Hey I 'm sure as hell not the type that says I have grown out of it thats for the posers and trendoids and those that live down by d--nile river. Fuck, if anything I've grown to love it even more. I've learned to age with Rock and dignity, fucking integrity always moving forth come hell or highwater through the materialistic bullshit and status stress having touched the pearly gates smiled in the face of the devil yet close enough to shake his hand and still here to brag about it and so the weak as I see it have been left behind to harbor their lovely "when they were young memories.." Yes it sounds very much like a crusdade of soldiers marching forth into time but in a way it is true. Metal has always been defended by those who feel young at heart and defended from those who change as life changes them. As silly as it sounds its called fucking " Rock Dedication" and for me it has always been a way to stay outside your circle to be iconoclastic and I love that aspect of it. Originally no it was not by my own choie that I became hooked on good Metal for music it chose me. It's a long story, .......got a couple of hours and some understanding I will attempt to give you a look into the nurturing of a die hard Heavy Metal rocker....
Well it all started back when I was about thirteen and being accidentally introduced to KISS (Alive I and II in particular). I fancied Alive II a little more.Tell me who wasn't enchanted by the theatrics and the hard pounding music KISS had. Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Hendrix and all those wonderful musicians of the sixties at that time seemed to unaggressive and hippie- flowery for me if you know what I mean (sounds familiar ?) well 'tis true. I was totally mind blown. Now looking back it figures why I was so much more impressed by the hard rock music much more than my other childhood buddies and there's your sign of a music bug biting. This is what is referred to as "the calling" so sure enough I turned into a huge Kiss freak as my junior high classmates affectionately and sometimes unaffectionately called me back then ( I would get on their nerves so much with my KISS rants and such) in my teenybopper years. I of course am not ashamed to disclose that back then I was also the Yngwie Malmsteen of Air Guitar. Fuck, my air guitar solos were legendary as well as my imitations of Paul Stanley specially on the song intros and audience participation parts. My tennis racket was my ax of sonic destruction with no need for cords , high gain amps ,pedal boards or racks etc., it was always perfect. At this time my friends had older kin that were in bands so seeing and hearing live loud music was even more impressive to me even with their Pat Benatar covers ? Theres something about a raw unmixed live sound. I was also at this time beginning to see in Hard Rock "a way to be tough but not get physically hurt" and of course a way get women, well girls anyway I was only fourteen or fifteen and frankly my one eyed pioneer was tired of pitching tent every morning know what I'm saying G ? OK so subsequently this leads me to dig bands from the great 70's like Queen, Cheap Trick, live at Boudokan LP ( I want you to..yes you know it Rocky ! want me..) Journey, Styx, Purple,The Who, Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Foreigner etc.,