Kevin William Lee is a bartender, musician and standup comedian. Originally from Scranton, Pa. (a fact which is featured prominently in his comedy), Lee has been living in Tucson for about seven years. As a musician, Lee has played drums for such bands as the Swim, Four Five Six and Birds of India. As a comedian, Lee worked his way up from open-mic nights to opening for big acts like Kevin "Dot Com" Brown and Doug Stanhope. He founded the Wednesday Night Comedy night at Mr. Head's Art Gallery and Bar, a weekly event that just had its first anniversary. Lee performs regularly on Wednesdays at Mr. Head's and Thursdays at Laffs Comedy Caffé.
What was the first concert you attended?
The original Roots Crew and Kool Keith at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. (Ah, the mid-'90s!)
What are you listening to these days?
Everything by Hot Snakes, Fugazi, Okay Paddy, and Q and Not U.
What was the first album you owned?
Michael Jackson's Off the Wall. It's timeless.
What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love but you just don't get?
Rockabilly and solo acoustic acts.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
MC5 and Nirvana. Kurt would be in his 40s now, and probably a little better at guitar.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I have a huge soft spot for '90s R&B and old Irish drinking songs.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Guiding Light" by Television.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
A New York City-based band called the All Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors. They showed me that rock could be fun, and should be.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
It's a toss-up between The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.