New York City native Bruce Halper, aka Tony Bruce, is a 27-year veteran of the Tucson music scene as the drummer for such favorites as Rainer and Das Combo, Sidewinders/Sandrubies and Greyhound Soul, to name a few. He's been crooning for the society set for the past six years, and is now working with Mike Hebert on his Plez Records roster, which includes a new version of the Kings of Pleasure. A pop solo release may be on the horizon. (God willing.)
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Pink Floyd, 1975. It was the Dark Side of the Moon tour.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
The last two more recent Bowie albums; Elvis Costello's North; Tony Bennett live at Carnegie Hall; The Walkmen; Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's Come Poop With Me; Radiohead; The Bends.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Not nearly enough.
Do you download music, and if so, legally?
No; I need to have the artwork there with the CD, thank you. But if I had an iPod?
What was the first album you owned?
It was a Stones album. But I didn't like it, so I brought it back.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
"Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I've used them all up. Dionne Warwick with Burt Bacharach or Ms. Ross and the Supremes.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
I saw Bruce Springsteen in 1978 and that was it for me. I haven't seen anything like it before, or since. I was a disciple. He changed my life, because I understood what he was talking about in his music--I was from that neck of the woods growing up.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. I happen to think it's the best rock and roll album of all time. Just don't shoot; I'm only the piano player.