I’d like to use this topic whenever I stumble upon something cool or unique from my past. Not only will the nostalgia of finding these treasures remind me of a much more innocent time, but writing about the things that I discover will really help put in perspective what my goals in life were at the time.
During the mid to late 80’s I kept semi-regular journals describing what was going on in my life as well as the things I had in mind for when I made it to the big time. One of the things I often liked to do in my journal was pretend that someone was doing an interview profile of my life for my fans to enjoy.
This one was from ironically enough, 25 years ago today. A journal entry from February 8th, 1989. In it, I ask myself questions and answer them. Enjoy!
Rocker’s Profile 1989
Rocker’s Name: James Edward Wood
Birthdate: October 5th, 1969
Instruments: Guitar, Vocals, Piano
Years Playing: 3 years
Date Started: May 24, 1985
Favorite Guitarists: Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Randy Rhoads, Van-Halen
Favorite Bands: Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon
Unfavorite Bands: Slayer, Megadeth, One hit wonders
Favorite Songs: Dust In The Wind (Kansas), Armageddon It (Def Leppard), All of Hysteria & Pyromania, Too many others to list
Favorite Album: Hysteria, Pyromania, Blizzard of Ozz, (Ozzy Osbourne), Appetite For Destruction (Guns n Roses)
Favorite Food: Cheese Fries, Country Club Melts
Band Experience: Silent Rage Mar 11, 1988 – July 6, 1988
Favorite Guitars: Gibson Les Paul, Gibson Explorer, Fender Stratocaster
Hobbies: Songwriting, Teaching Music
Current Goals: Become respected for music
It’s interesting to see how much things have (or haven’t) changed in a quarter century. Obviously, you could tell that I was (still am) a huge Def Leppard fan. It’s also worth noting that at the time this interview was taken I had only ever been in one band. As of today, I’ve been in six. And in 2006, after more than twenty years of waiting, I finally was able to purchase my very first Gibson Les Paul.
But if you were to ask the dude being interviewed if he ever saw himself working a 9-5 job in the 21st century, I’m sure he would have laughed in your face. Because the truth is, all I saw at the time were gold records, tour buses and a sea of women calling my name. Responsibility? HA! That was the furthest thing from my mind in 1989.
Such was the naivety of youth.