I’m going to say growing up will be from the ages of 11 to 20. 11 is when I really got into music, the seeds of which were sown when I was 10 but by the age of 11 I had an identity. I was a rocker! Headbanger extra-ordinaire and proud of it. The guitar ruled my world and I wanted to be a rockstar.
During these years (from 1987 till 1996) I listened to a lot of Europe, Bon Jovi & Def Leppard. In particular the albums Final Countdown, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Pyromania & Hysteria. Metallica & Guns n’Roses were new finds for me in 1989 and I embraced the sounds to my ears, soul & heart. GnR Lies, Appetite For Destruction and the 1988 Metallica album And Justice For All were on constant playback on my stereo player. Poison would also soon become a favourite band of mine and the two albums I played a lot were Open Up & Say Aah & Flesh & Blood. I discovered Rush in 1992 and their Roll The Bones album is something that I worshiped.
Scorpions were a big band for me and I consider them to be a huge favourite – I had a greatest hits compilation album of theirs that was glued to my tape deck and ofcource Crazy World which came out in 1990. Jeff Healey, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nirvans & Alice in Chains – all these bands/artists would become huge favs and I played them all the time. Aerosmith was a big attraction, a band I discovered in 1989 and whose albums always were played in my room. PUMP must have been played the most!
From 1993 till 96 the Crash Test Dummies breakout album God Shuffled His Feet was like a best friend. Blind Melon’s debut album was another great find. Ugly Kid Joe’s debut LP As Ugly As They Wanna Be & their first album America’s Least Wanted were solid gems that I played over and over again. Pearl Jam’s Ten, Vs & Vitalogy were always big favs then and now. No wonder they are my fav band.