Instrument(s): Guitar and backing vocals
Location: Wadsworth, Ohio
How did you get into Pink Floyd? My dad took me to see Pink Floyd at the Coliseum for the Delicate Sound of Thunder tour. I had heard of them but had never heard them. Wow! What an introduction. It is still the best concert that I’ve ever been to.
What made you join DSOTM? I hadn’t played in a band for years, though I was asked all the time. After the previous guitarist left, a friend of mine, who knows that I love Pink Floyd, recommended me to the band, and we just clicked.
Favorite Pink Floyd song and why? Comfortably Numb – the first solo is so melodic. I remember when I first learned it. At the time I didn’t have the CD or sheet music. I figured it out note-for-note from memory. That’s a testament to Gilmour’s phrasing.
Favorite Pink Floyd album and why? Dark Side of the Moon – The common thread throughout the album kind of makes it an opus versus just a collection of songs. There’s a reason it was on the Billboard 200 for 741 weeks and sold over 45 million copies.
What equipment do you use? Fender guitars and amps and many of the same effects that Gilmour used live and in the studio.
Brief musical history: I started playing the piano when I was five. I quit after five years because it wasn’t “cool”. That was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I picked up the guitar my freshman year of high school, and haven’t put it down. I played in a few cover bands over the years. I even fooled around a little with some solo and duo acoustic shows, but I was basically a “professional basement guitarist”. When this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
Name of the first band you were in: Young Blood
Best gig and why? Alchemy Rising (Music & Arts Festival) – what a diverse group of people. The crowd was so full of energy, AA Sound & Lighting did a fantastic job with sound production and complementing our light show, the promoter Jim Garibaldi did a wonderful job. We met so many really great people. I look forward to doing it again.