If you've ever been to Che's Lounge, chances are you've crossed paths with Bob Friel. Born and raised in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., Friel spent his late teens and early 20s in the Los Angeles area--where he was witness to the burgeoning late '70s/early '80s punk scene and caught either the first or second Motley Crue show ever--before moving to Tucson in 1984. He currently works at Ace Rubber Stamps and Engraving, on Pennington Street in downtown Tucson.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Johnny Winter, with Ted Nugent opening.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
No changer, but lately, local acts like The Deludes and Leila Lopez, and--since I heard about his upcoming show here (at Vaudeville Cabaret on Dec. 5)--my Best of Blowfly CD.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Only about 30 CDs. All the cassettes and 8-tracks are obsolete.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
What was the first album you owned?
I think Kiss, Alive.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
The Pretenders' "Talk of the Town."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Eddie Money.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Growing up in Rockaway Beach, New York, I'd say the Ramones taught me songs could be simple and good.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?