What was the first concert you ever saw?
Not by choice: Ten Years After and the Buddy Miles Express, right after Woodstock. I brought a tape recorder the size of a toaster to the show.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Silvertide and Burning Brides. Also, I love the new Green Day. It's great to see a band with longevity put out a really good album.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Somewhere in the 100s. ... I'm not an audiophile. I rarely listen to music, I'd rather be on stage playing it. I'm a doer, not a watcher; I'd rather fuck than watch porn, I'd rather play sports than watch. ... Ya know?
Do you download music, and if so, legally?
No, I don't endorse it, but I'm not against it if it is used for the purposes of good and not evil. It's only fair to sample.
What was the first album you owned?
I'm an old badass guy--Hard Day's Night from The Beatles. That album made me want to be a rock star.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
(Laughs) "Freebird." Just kidding! So many to choose from. ... "Bad to the Bone" from George Thorogood.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Early '60s R&B, Motown, doo-wop, '50s.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Musically, Billy Joel. I met him at a party, and he was the greatest guy ever--very warm, no attitude. This happened when Twisted Sister was only big in the tri-state area around '79. I was an asshole back then, but wanted to be perceived as a good guy.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Queen II; it's their least popular album. Also, the first Montrose record.