Music plays a big part in my life. I regret never learning an instrument. I took some guitar lessons off a mate when I was in high school but I never stuck with it. Music really helps when I’m feeling like shit. It always has. I have some go to albums depending on my mood. Nirvana are up there. Unplugged in New York is one of my favourite albums of all time. I don’t know how many times I have spun this record. I love Radiohead. When I’m angry with the world Rage Against The Machine hit the spot. Amy Winehouse, Queens of the Stone Age, Primus, A Perfect Circle, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins are also bands that are rated highly.
My favourite band of all time is Tool. I am a fanatic. I have seen them live six times. I have a Tool tattoo. I’ve been a fan since 1998 – 23 years of dedication! I am also a fan of the singer Maynard James Keenan’s other groups A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. I saw Puscifer live a few years back. It was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. I have also seen REM, Audioslave, Primus, Placebo, Silverchair and others. I can’t go to live gigs these days. I don’t do crowds. The same applies to the football.
I have a tendency to obsess in music groups. Especially as a teen. My first was Micheal Jackson as a young kid, then Guns and Roses, then Nirvana, The Doors and then Tool. I sometimes think it’s a little childish to obsess over music and have rock star hero’s but the music has helped me through some rough times.