Donald Murray is a shadowy figure who has had a good time hanging around the downtown Tucson music scene on and off since 1987. He has supported many bands with his cash, but enjoys getting in free on the guest list, too. His unfinished novel features a character who has made a New Year' s resolution to go out 365 nights in a row, mostly to see bands play. It is loosely based on his life.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Kiss. I was 12. I went home with a Nassau Coliseum contact high and told my father, "I'm in love with a man named Ace. He wears silver makeup." He was not amused.
What are you listening to these days?
This amazing '70s band from Guadalajara called Toncho Pilatos. I'm so tired of all the anti-Mexico sentiment these days. We should be overjoyed to have such a cool neighbor.
What was the first album you owned?
Probably The Partridge Family Album. I had a haircut like David Cassidy—parted in the middle, feathered back—and a crush on Susan Dey.
What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
I can't stand Lester Bangs. I love reading quotes from artists saying they want to piss on him, or set him on fire, or punch him. A band that can almost ruin my night is Daft Punk.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Wow, there are so many. Bill Withers. Skeeter Davis. Magazine.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Dionne Warwick. Early Chicago. Yes, I said early Chicago.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Thank You Friends," by Big Star, followed by Lou Reed's "I'm So Free."
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
The first was Led Zeppelin. I was a drummer, and John Bonham was my hero. Jimmy Page was, too. It was love at first listen, and it never wavered—not even during my college punk rock years.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
This answer changes every hour. Big Star's Sister Lovers, Television's Marquee Moon, Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti.