important to me. I love listening to music and seeing it be
preformed on stage. I have quite a large music collection. Some of
my favorite acts and albums...
Neil Young: Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, On the Beach,
Tonight's the Night, Rust Never Sleeps, Sleeps with Angels, Live at
Led Zeppelin: III, IV, Houses of the Holy, Presence, How the West
Allman Brothers: Live at Fillmore East, Brothers & Sisters,
Hittin' the Note, assorted Instant Live CDs
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew, Dark Magus, Agharta
John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard, My Favorite Things,
Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire
Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency!, Turn It Over
White Stripes: White Blood Cells, Elephant
Gov't Mule: Life Before Insanity, Live... with a Little Help From
Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison, At San Quentin, At Madison Square
Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run, Live at Hammersmith Odeon
Wilco: A Ghost is Born, Kicking Television, Sky Blue Sky
Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks Vol. IV, Vol. VIII, Workingman's
Bob Dylan: Live 1966
Some great concerts I've seen...
Jimmy Page/Robert Plant 3/25/95 at Pittsburgh Civic Arena. As close
as I'll ever get to seeing Zeppelin, I imagine.
Neil Young 9/3/96 at Star Lake Amphitheatre. Incredible intensity,
ripping the strings from the guitar during Like a Hurricane
Allman Brothers Band 7/25/00 at Riverbend Music Center. Phenomenal
interplay between Derek Trucks and Jimmy Herring. Taking music way
beyond its borders.
Neil Young 8/28/00 at Riverbend. Different backing band, but still
capable of flights of fancy.
Phil Lesh and Friends 11/10/01 at the Palace Theatre, Louisville.
Tremendous jamming from start to finish.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band 2/21/05 at Jillian's,
Louisville. Maybe the most energetic rock/funk/soul group I've ever
White Stripes 9/11/05 at Cincinnati Music Hall. My God, Jack
White's guitar playing...
Allman Brothers Band 9/27/05 at Knoxville Civic Auditorium. A
lengthy show, great playing, great contribution from special guest
Gov't Mule 12/3/05 at Taft Theatre, Cincinnati. Heavy blues/rock at
Phil Lesh and Friends 7/18/06 at Palace Theatre. Different friends,
including Joan Osbourne, but still a terrific result.
Wilco 9/21/07 at Slugger Field, Louisville. Tasteful playing, from
gentle coutryesque songs to raging rockers.
Gov't Mule 10/27/07 at Madison Theatre, Covington. See above. :)
Great guest appearance by opening act Grace Potter.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 4/19/08 at Palace Theatre. A
fascinating exploration into American music, and what has sprung
from it. The roots of her bluegrass stylings as well as the roots
of Zeppelin's acoustic material.
Raconteurs 6/10/08 at National City Pavilion, Cincinnati. The
heaviness pours from the guitars, the vocals. They don't seem to
play THAT differently than what is on their records, and yet, it
seems to be more meaningful in person. Leaden songs on record are
brought to life live.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals 12/14/08 at 20th Century Theatre,
Cincinnati. The future of women in rock plays a hard-hitting set.
I'm lucky to see her before she starts headlining stadiums.
The Bonnaroo Festival, 6/13-16/09 from Manchester, TN. Dynamic sets
by multiple acts, including Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Grace Potter,
Gov't Mule, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, the Beastie Boys.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band 6/28/09 at Fraze Pavilion in
Kettering, OH. See eariler entry. :) Does including a stunning
instrumental version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.
I love to read, and also have a large book collection. Some of the
books in my collection are:
Footfall by Larry Niven
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck
Bootleg: The Rise And Fall Of The Secret Recording Industry by
I watch a lot of movies
, both in the theater
and at home. This is
another area where I have a large collection. Some of my favorites,
old and new...
The Dark Knight
The Last Waltz
Star Wars (original trilogy)
Star Trek II
Bride of Frankenstein
Horror of Dracula
The Wicker Man (70's version!!!)
This is Spinal Tap
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
There's a bunch of others, but I don't have all night here.
I enjoy a lot of different types of food. The ones I seem to enjoy
the most are pizza, Chinese, Mexican, and Indian. I do enjoy a good
steak every now and again.