I made a funny face. I smiled. I laughed. Even though nothing funny had happened, I caught a case of the giggles. Then came the munchies. I could have eaten a mountain of pizzas. I went back to class, still high but able to hide it. On the first day of being stoned out of my mind, I learned to maintain, a skill that I would regularly employ for years to come.
On the same day and at the same time, I turned into both a pothead and a Zep head. Now with Zep ringing in my head, I heard their connection to Hendrix. Hendrix was the source. Now I saw how Hendrix had opened the floodgates. He was the guitar god. As a kid, though, I heard him as the breakthrough genius. He lived inside Album) head. His rock rearranged my brain. Tonguing his Strat, smashing it against the sides of his giant Marshall amps, setting the thing on fire, distorting our national anthem in such a way that the song finally made sense.
But I had other heroes who were not accepted by the surf-skate culture of Santa Monica. I loved KISS, but my friends said that they were for fags and that the band looked like they were wearing Halloween costumes.
Everyone thought I was insane. I thought I was the Black Gene Simmons. I loved how KISS turned comic book characters into rock stars. I loved their theatrics. Peter Criss, the cool Catman with the perfect backbeat and the levitating drum kit.
I also loved the sophistication and slickness of Steely Dan. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were brilliant musicians and storytellers who created a blues-based jazz-rock genre all their own. One thing had nothing to do with the other. Every Saturday, I was at the Guitar Center on Sunset playing every guitar in sight, plucking every bass, fingering every keyboard, The Preacher - Testament (2) - Live At The Fillmore (Cassette, pounding every drum set.
Sometimes my mom would come along and patiently wait for me in the front The Preacher - Testament (2) - Live At The Fillmore (Cassette the store. I was obsessed with sound, though I had no idea how to The Preacher - Testament (2) - Live At The Fillmore (Cassette the sounds spinning inside my head. Just keep listening. Listen to Bob Marley. Listen to the Eagles. Listen to Phoebe Snow.
Listen to the Commodores. Listen to everything. A lot of my friends came from hippie households. Hanging out in those beach bungalows did even more to connect me to an earlier era. Their folks openly did what we kids did in secret: smoke tons of reefer. Sex was still years away for me, but there were make-out parties with blond beach girls. Their period posters of Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, and Cream made it seem like the summer of peace and love was still alive and well.
And lack of structure was just what I wanted. There, we could smoke weed, eat junk food, and watch cable TV for hours. Z Channel was the new thing. We could even sneak peeks of softcore porn.
Anything goes. We could also blast the stereo as loud as we wanted. Seventies rock, funk, and four-on-the-floor disco. All great. Back home alone in my room, I kept honing my drumming chops. I followed Buddy Rich, who carried his seventeen-member band on his back. Buddy was a crazy technician. I also heard the comics that provided the laugh track of my teen years. My friend Shannon turned me on to Richard Pryor. I put Pryor in the same category as Jimi Hendrix: the best of the best.
Pryor was hysterical, but the hysteria was deep. He exposed everything. He said everything. He opened up his insides and offered them to the world.
Me and my boys could do all his routines. His characters — Mudbone, the preachers, the pimps, the hos, the winos — were living, breathing people. He was taboo, and that made us like him even more. The ultimate stoner kings were Cheech and Chong. Mom and Dad never did learn that I was a pothead. Scrobble Stats? What is scrobbling? Artist images 99 more. Testamentlisteners Related Tags thrash metal metal heavy metal Testament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the s.
Originally formed as 'Legacy' in by founding members Eric Peterson rhythm guitarDerrick Ramirez guitar and Louie Clemente Album)the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza and Greg Christian bass. Ramirez was later replaced by wunderkind Alex Skolnick lead guitar. Souza soon departed to join Exodus and suggested that the towering Chuck Billy take over as frontman.
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