About me and my music
I was born and
raised in the Midway area of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1966.
favorite musician was Johnny Cash. What a great song writer!
Then around age
10 (thanks to my older brother Bill), I started getting into BTO,
Purple and Alice Cooper. And thanks to my cousin Jeff who turned
both my brother Bill
and I onto guitars and good music.
Not long after that I started getting into the hard rock of
that time: Zeppelin, Sabbath, UFO, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Iron
Maiden, AC-DC etc.; too many to list, but you get the idea. I really
don't consider many of those bands heavy metal but more hard rock.
At the young age of 14 I joined my brother's band Blitzkrieg as the
bass player. What a great time that was playing different bars around
the Twin Cities. The rest of the band was about 3 years older than me.
Don't ask me how we got into the bars. Our set list consisted of UFO,
MSG, Judas Priest, Scorpions, AC/DC and OZZY. This lasted for about 2-3
years before we broke up. I never played out live after
that aside from stuff we did in high school.
Up until the
mid 80's I was still huge into music. Then it seemed it was time to
grow up (not that you have to be out of music to grow up), but that's
what seemed to work for me. Going to school, getting a job and married.
I didn't play
much from 86-95. Although I did own a 1979 black Explorer during that
time and that's what I learned how to play on. Then I got back into
guitars and music big time. In 1998 I bought my first Gibson Flying V
and the rest is history.
Michael Schenker and UFO were the biggest influences on me. I once
drove 13 hours to see Michael Schenker play with UFO (my all time
dream). They are # 1 in my book. There are so many great
bands and talented musicians out there. I can appreciate any talented
band or artist. I am still stuck in the 70's - in my opinion the
greatest era for music and guitar playing. There again I could list a
ton of bands and artists from that era.
I'd have to say
my top 5 favorite albums are (1)Strangers in the Night (2) Lights
Out (3) Obsession (4) Force It (5)Phenomenon. I think my favorite song
may be "I'm a Loser". So, no, I'm not partial towards UFO at all.
concert at age 13 was the Scorpions and Ted Nugent. Ironically,
in Nov-04 I took my son Tyler, age 13, to his first concert and it was
the Scorpions, also.
above I bought my first Gibson Flying V in 1998. It was a 1991
white '67 reissue.
V addiction has not stopped since. Thanks to the WWW it has really
fueled the Flying V Frenzy.
Since 1998 I've really
enjoyed playing / collecting / buying / selling Gibson V's. I've made
tons of great V friends along the way. Through selling a 1981 Black
Gibson V on Ebay my wife and I met our great friends Dave and Rose in
England. We have since visited them in England and they've visited us
as well. All this from a Flying V Ebay transaction.
My son Tyler with a 75 V - he
was about 10 in this pic
Aside from music and guitars, I remarried in 1998 to my perfect match
and great wife Becky. I also have my son Tyler who is 13 -- he
has a great taste in music too (like he had a choice), Ha.
The spoiled one and the boss
We are the proud owners
on the most spoiled Golden Retriever dog in the world, Jake. We like to
spend our vacation time and weekends up at our lake near lake Mille
Yes we spoiled him!!
bless our Jake Jake - he passed in early 2008
The new puppy (Milo - A Bernese Mountain Dog) 2 months
for taking the time to look at my site.
Keep on rockin and enjoy that Flying V hunt!