by David Mendez
Sean Fitzpatrick, known as “The Fitz” to friends and frenemies alike, is the director of interactive marketing for Canyon Ranch. He’s a veteran of the UA Science Center, the UA Athletics Department, AzStarnet.com and the Tucson Weekly’s parent company, Wick Communications. When he’s in musician mode, he plays guitar, harmonica and sings. He’s played with The Modeens and “Tom Walbank a few times,” and is working on getting a band together for the Great Cover-Up.
What was the first concert you attended?
It was Huey Lewis and the News at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix. I was a deprived child. Wait … actually, I was in college. I wasn’t allowed to do stuff like that in high school. Musically, I was very stunted.
What are you listening to these days?
I am addicted to RadioParadise.com, an Internet radio station. One moment, they’re playing the latest indie band; the next moment, they’re playing Miles Davis; the next, Led Zeppelin. I like musical casserole.
What was the first album you owned?
Michael Jackson, Thriller.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
One word: Bieber
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Stevie Ray Vaughan with guest harmonica-player James Cotton.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Glee Karaoke app.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“One” by U2. It’s representative of what I can only call a musical religious experience.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Johnny Cash. He showed me that country music could be contemporary and edgy,
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Wow, you’re gonna have to pull the trigger. I am going to have to go with Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon. It’s such a clichéd answer, but I can’t think of an album that’s better and more groundbreaking.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.