|Tommy Lee's METHODS OF MAYHEM
Project - EVERYONE should get involved with THIS!|
When and where were you born?: September 14th, 1955 in Compton, Los Angeles County, California. Grew up in Lynwood, Rubido and Alhambra before moving to Arizona at age 9.
When and where was your first public performance?: San Francisco, California in June 1973, where I sat in with some bands on the military base on Treasure Island, where I was stationed until my discharge from the U.S. Navy in September of 1973.
Then where did you first perform as a hired act at a civilian venue?: Alhambra, California in 1975. I played solo w/guitar accompaniment doing covers of Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, BB King and the usual mixture of Top 40 and standards as well as a couple original compositions of my own.
What is your main instrument?: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals and Lead Guitar are my main instruments. I also play Bass Guitar, Drums and some Keyboards. Most of my writing comes from guitar against drums, or drum machine loops (which drives Bob NUTS!). I write a more rounded song from scratch when the beat, timing and rhythm structure are developing at the same time as the lyrics.
How did you get your nickname?: Stevie Ray
Trower is obviously the combination of Robin Trower and Stevie Ray.Vaughan? They are the two most influential
singer/songwriter guitar players I've really taken the time to know musically.
What made you decide to pursue music?: Music has always been a part of my life. Choir and Band in school up through High School. And, according to one very reliable source, at age 2 I was singing along the entire Top Twenty on the radio. According to the same background source, I was also known to slide myself along the tile floors, using a book as a steering wheel, as I "drove" around the house. I guess I was instinctively preparing for life on the road as a musician <chuckles at the obvious pun>
What have you accomplished so far in your career, or is this a hobby?: Honestly, this is more of a calling than a career. I have never been able to leave music behind, it's just in the blood, you know? I can't imagine life without it. As far as "accomplishments"<does the finger "quote" thing>, there are so many different answers to that question. I could say I survived the road and the pitfalls while some other people I know did not fare as well, if you can call that an accomplishment. I could say that I've learned and grown along the way, which is more of a byproduct of living than an accomplishment. Or maybe I could point to four previous original albums of material released in the late 70's. But, I think what I really want to answer is that it took music for me to find myself, my incredible wife and even brought me to the realization that there IS a God and I am NOT Him! That changed my whole perspective on life, on what's really important, and I have been being changed from the inside out ever since. That, I think, is what I want to say about "accomplishments".
It's obvious from what I've heard from this CD that you have a religious or spiritual lyric style that lends itself well to the style of music you are playing: Well, that may be true, I do consider the lyrics to be spiritual in nature and I make certain as regards to the Spiritually focused songs that whatever is written is in agreement with The Bible. I tend to stay away from the idea of "religion" since there are way too many to keep track of. So, "religious" to me is a bit too generic and misleading. I write about many subjects, and I look at life from the spiritual perspective of believing in God, Jesus and The Holy Bible being the absolute Word of God. When I write about something it tends to automatically come from that point of view. It doesn't mean I hit people over the head with Scripture, I just see things in life in a different way now and so it effects the way I write about everything.
Any children?: Yes, two! And three grandchildren! Jason and Linda Marie are our children and have made us very proud, each in their own unique way. Linda Marie has given us three granddaughters and is hoping to be blessed with a grandson in the future. Jason Edward left this world far too soon and it is in his memory that Cross Town dedicates our Debut release "Point Of View". His dedication and the back story can be read HERE.
What do you like most about your band?
We have a different, yet familiar, sound to our songs. Coming from a heavily Blues and Classic Rock based influence, we continue to pay homage to those genres while giving as much thought and importance to the lyrical content of our songs. John and I have played together since the early to mid 70's, and Bob (Trogg) and I have played together since our High School days! Chris has played with John for 6 years or so and Chris has the same background in percussion and musical influences as Bob, which has made the transition extremely easy and enjoyable. With Bob on the road all the time, we were VERY lucky to get Chris to fill the void! We feel like family, best friends and comrades in arms. We all share the same passion for music and the same goal for our "career" in the Industry - to bring the message of the Cross, through contemporary music, everywhere we play.
Tell me a little about your playing and why you chose
the guitar as your main instrument?
I chose guitar because all the music I liked growing up centered around that instrument. I felt it was the most expressive instrument I had ever heard.
How would you describe yourself?
Passionate about God, life, love and music!
Martial Arts, Weapons training, Reading GOOD literature, scale airplane modeling, Chess, some really exciting computer games, water sports...
Your favorite bands?
Robin Trower, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bad Company, Bread, RUSH, Mahogany Rush, Gary Moore
"More things are wrought by Prayer than this world dreams of, Wherefore let thy voice rise like a fountain night and day." Tennyson
Are there people you admire?
My Mom for all her strength and kindness, my Dad for his convictions and wisdom, my step-Dad Milo for his ability to overcome life's obstacles and make his way HIS WAY, My brothers, Mark for his strength of character and wonderful ability to teach others, Breck for his incredible talents as an artist of ALL mediums, my daughter Linda Marie for having the courage to stand her ground on her own while having the guts to get to know me after all that time had passed, her husband Cameron for being a man of integrity, morals and courage, and of course our grand-daughters for giving me the chance to be a part of their lives! There are many others that have given of themselves to better the world around them, and most of all the Son of God for showing us the Way home and teaching us to bring as many with us as we can.
Well, that about wraps it up for me, anything else you'd like to say?: Yes! Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to interview us and hopefully giving us a chance to create an interest in the music lovers out there to come and see us LIVE, where this all comes together in a high energy, passionate concert experience!
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