What was the first concert you ever saw?
It was the Cleveland Orchestra. I remember being a wee kid, so at the time all orchestrated pieces sounded the same to me. I just got particularly excited about booming drums and bass sounds. It made it sound so animated and scary.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Ray Brown, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Lordz of Brooklyn, Flogging Molly, and I just got the Otis Redding box set.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I probably have about 1,000 LPs, 45s and 78s, maybe 1,000 or 1,500 CDs, and boxes and boxes of cassettes.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I don't know if I've ever downloaded a song in my life. My computer prowess is virtually non-existent.
What was the first album you owned?
I think it was probably Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I'm Irish, so it's pretty standard to have "Danny Boy" and "Amazing Grace." It's kind of like how I grew up and when you are going back to your origin, it's fitting to have something familiar played.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Journey--with Steve Perry, of course.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
When I first heard Joan Jett, I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. She was this tough chick, but she was sexy and in charge of who she was, which was something that female musicians weren't allowed to do before then.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I'd have to say it's a tie between The Pogues' If I Should Fall From Grace With God, and a Rolling Stones album: either Let It Bleed, or Exile on Main Street or Made in the Shade.