Just a few of my favorite things…
Albums – Fair Warning (Van Halen), Night at the Opera (Queen), Discipline (King Crimson), Hemispheres & Moving Pictures (Rush), Live at Leeds (The Who), Live (Cream), How The West Was Won (Led Zep), Animals (Pink Floyd), There and Back (Jeff Beck)
Groups – Rush, Van Halen (DLR era), Pink Floyd, Led Zep, Cream, The Who, ZZ Top
Guitars – Fender Tele & Strat, Gibson Les Paul & ES335, Gibson AJ, Martin OM-28 Marquis, Brian May’s original “Red Special”
Amps – Marshall non-master volume 50 Watt heads, Fender 58 Tweed Deluxe
Guitarists – Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Julian Bream, Paul Gilbert, Alex Lifeson, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Clive Carroll, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai,
Guitar solo – Push Comes To Shove (Van Halen – it’s difficult to choose one!), La Villa Strangiato (Rush), Dead on Time (Queen), Where Were You (Jeff Beck), Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd)
Bassists – Geddy Lee
Drummers – John Bonham, Neil Peart, Bill Bruford
Food – Tandoori meat/fish, Steak (rare) and chips, Seafood, Pasta, Crispy Duck, Hotel Chocolat
Restaurant – Cafe Spice Namaste (London), Locanda Locatelli (London), China City (Manchester), Royal China Club (London), Santa Maria Del Sur (London), Jamie’s Italian (all over the place), Swadesh (Manchester), Wings (Manchester) ,La Bandera (Manchester), Lotus (London), Asha’s (Manchester), Blacklock (London)
Holiday destination – Venice, New York, London, Nice, Lisbon,
Car – Any air cooled Porsche 911 (a 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS would be nice!)
Drink – Italian Red Wine (especially Barolo ), Rye Whisky, Espresso, Single Malts, Chinese Tea, water, Cocktails (Old Fashioned is my current favorite)
Films – Star Wars, Kill Bill (1&2), Bullett, Lord of the Rings, The Shawshank Redemption, Bourne, School for Scoundrels (the original b&w one), The Thomas Crown Affair (McQueen), The Good The Bad & The Ugly, Ronin, The American, Fight Club
Books – Lord of the Rings, Saga of the Exiles (Julian May), The Jack Reacher books (Lee Child), Ian Fleming’s James Bond books
TV – Star Trek (Next Generation & Voyager…and the original series of course!), Most cooking programs, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Dr Who (esp DT), Breaking Bad, Mad Men
Non music related hobbies – Cooking, Mechanical watches (I find the complex mechanisms inside totally fascinating)
And a few of my LEAST favorite things…
Cold sales phone calls – !
Politicians – The lot of them!
Food – Liver, Kidneys, Rhubarb, Celery
Restaurants – The fancy looking ones, with the fancy menu, but when the food comes, it’s rubbish!
Waiting in airports – What’s with all the stupid shops, selling stuff nobody would think twice about looking at normally…there is always at least one selling suitcases and I’ve even seen one selling full size chocolate footballs! Why not a cinema, or indoor Karting!
Driving – Why can’t other drivers set off more promptly at traffic lights…I can’t help thinking that congestion would be less if more people got through each time! I think it’s time for more “Public Information Films”!