Yes. fairly so - Wanstead.
Guernsey, Channel Islands.
Jack Daniels & Coke. / Talisker & soda, / Budweiser & friends.
No - Paul Bowring nicked it & left the island!
Apart from guitar? No, no time! (well, current affairs, politics, and the arts generally, music specifically)
The first gig was a local band called Ponders End (In Guernsey!) They were an extraordinary band who covered everything from Clapton to Yes, Argent to Deep Purple, CSNY to Zeppelin! They were great musos and fab singers. The guitarist/keys player was incredibly good on both, and had an outstanding voice. For an island 9 miles by 5, it is incredible that such a good band could happen. (They broke up when the guitarist/keys guy went pro and left the island. The others were happy in their jobs, so wouldn't join him).
The first Pro gig was Wishbone Ash in Southampton, June 1971:
They were superb! Andy Powell had a white Firebird that just looked beautiful.
See my edition of Derek & Clive Live!
I was on a recent episode of The Chase, I was once featured perusing postcards in a news feature on Channel Television (Guernsey's local ITV station), and I once auditioned for Smile. I didn't get the job. Some long haired reprobate called Brian May did, with some Herbert called Mercury on vocals and piano. I often wonder what happened to that band...
Around 40 years - so just a beginner, really!
In the 70s I was in a local band called Trucker, (we were quite well known in the Ilford, Romford, Stratford corridor) and many others before and since.
Clapton. When I heard the solo from "Badge", it was the first piece of music that moved me to tears, other than Tchaikovsky.
Jazz, Country, Classic Rock.
Clapton, Peter Green, Clapton, BB King, Clapton, Paul Kossoff, Derek from the Dominoes, Albert King, Clapton, Freddie King, Clapton, Leadbelly, Clapton, and finally, Eric Clapton. (Did I mention Clapton?)
Chick Corea, Al di Meola, John Miles, Elton John, Herbert von Karajan, David Cassidy.
Yes. The first band I ever saw locally in Guernsey had a superb guitarist (see above) who I finally got to jam with some 25 years later in Warrington (I hadn't started playing when I lived on the island). I was so honoured that he asked me to stay on a bit and jam some more. It seemed to endorse my playing in a way that not much else has before or since.
I once had a Gibson Les Paul R7 Gold Top 1957 re-issue from 1997:
It was (allegedly) one from a consignment to Gary Moore that he sent to Music Ground in Doncaster to sell on his behalf. That guitar was by some way the very best sounding and playing guitar I have ever held, played or owned. A nasty tax bill forced me to sell it, and the guy who owns it now won't sell it back to me. If I ever won the lottery, it would be the first thing I would try to buy. Whatever he wanted, he would get.
I would also persuade Dr Andy Turnpenny of Blind Dog amps to build me a Bluesbreaker combo clone. I once had one of his Marshall JTM45 clones, and it was a thing of sonic beauty. It went the same way as Goldie, so I would team them up again and I would be a very happy bunny indeed!
Fraught. Unsuccessful. Frustrating. Etc.
Italian female audience; split jeans; no shreddies. I'm not saying any more.
Apart from my wife & kids? Nearly getting set of the week a couple of weeks ago!
I can make a complete paper hat of myself, and it doesn't matter.
Any of the great festivals from the 60's, when you could get Cream, Traffic, and Jethro Tull on the same bill.
HELL'S TEETH & BUCKETS OF BLOOD, NO NO NO NO! *
*(But my wife and kids love it.)
Keep your chin up!
I am a black belt in Wu Shu Kwan Kung Fu (honestly!)
I am painfully shy - I always ask to go on early at the jams, so I can slope off after making a complete arse of myself on stage. (I don't really "have to go to work", which is the excuse I always use).
No band I have ever been in has let me anywhere near a mic. The only time I get to sing is at the jam nights! (Well, have you heard me sing?)