Nine Questions

After growing up in New York and living in Manhattan for 12 years, Lew Barbieri moved to Tucson four years ago. A huge fan of the Tucson music scene, he cites its diversity and inexpensive ticket prices as especially positive attributes.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I saw R.E.M. on the Fables of the Reconstruction tour in 1985, at Radio City Music Hall.

What are you listening to these days?

Nothing new, that's for sure. I find myself going back and listening to the music I listened to in my youth. I've been listening to Joe Jackson's Look Sharp! and the Clash's Combat Rock.

What was the first album you owned?

It was probably something by the Beatles, like Sgt. Pepper's, or it might have been Devo's Freedom of Choice. The first album I bought with my own money was Combat Rock.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

I don't get the Jonas Brothers. Where I grew up, and for the time, you would have gotten the crap kicked out of you just for admitting to liking something like that.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Sex Pistols.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I can fess up and say that I liked Duran Duran back in the day. Hey, I was part of the MTV generation.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

It would have to be something that got a few yuks. Maybe "You're Wondering Now" by the Specials.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

I've always been a big Beatles fan, but it was more of a period that influenced me. I was really into the first wave of new wave. Bands like the B-52s, Talking Heads, the Ramones, the Police and the Clash really influenced my taste in music, style of dress and attitude.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

It's probably Let It Be by the Beatles. I loved the Smiths when I was in my teens, but I just can't wallow in self-pity anymore.

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