What was the first concert you ever saw?
Cheap Trick at the Grenada Theatre in Chicago.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Ween, La Cucaracha; the soundtrack to I'm Not There; the new Band of Horses album; Queen Rock Montreal; and the audiobook version of Steve Martin's new autobiography, Born Standing Up.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Legally. iTunes is a dangerous thing for me!
What was the first album you owned?
Kiss, Alive II.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Grateful Dead, "Ripple."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
My friends don't know that I'm a big fan of old jazz music (Monk, Miles and Trane, mostly). My guilty pleasure is the music of the man they call the Jewish Elvis. ... I can only be speaking about the great Neil Diamond!
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Bruce Springsteen circa '73-'89 changed my life. Whatever problem you may be experiencing or life lesson you may need to learn, Bruce has the song for you.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Tie between The Clash's London Calling and Springsteen's Born to Run.