Welcome to the first ever Reader Spotlight at mikeladano.com! It’s time to turn the mirror on you!
If you enjoy this feature, it might be the first of several. Be sure to let us know.
There’s a story about how this came to be. The timeline is as follows:
- T-Rev discovers Irish band The Sultans of Ping F.C. and turns them into a local cult phenomenon.
- The Sultans album Casual Sex in the Cineplex has proved so elusive over the years that I put it on my “Holy Grail” list.
2012: Aaron FINDS THE SULTANS ALBUM and gives it to me for Christmas!
- And there was much rejoicing.
2018: Reader Harrison from Australia alerts me that there is a 2 CD “deluxe edition” of Casual Sex in the Cineplex, in stock at the Canadian Amazon store.
- Three left in stock! Ordered, shipped and delivered — thanks for the tip, Harrison.
In gratitude, I decided to do a Reader Spotlight on Harrison, a pretty cool guy who has now helped me solidify my music collection even further. Harrison graciously agreed. We had a chat and I asked him ten questions. Then he went and added more on his own!
M: So Harrison, tell us how old you are and where you live, and what you’re doing at school.
H: I’m eighteen (nineteen in July). I live in Perth, Western Australia and I’m currently at university studying Professional Writing and Economics.
M: How did you discover heavy metal?
H: Pure chance, almost. My dad likes Led Zeppelin a lot and my mother likewise with AC/DC, so I guess I kind of always had it in my life but is wasn’t until my uncle passed on his CD collection to my family after digitizing it that I experienced a moment of clarity (to quote LeBrain). Among the many other discs of varying genres was a battered copy of Iron Maiden’s Best of the Beast (2 CD edition but only disc 1 included). By the first chorus of the third song (“Man on the Edge”) I was hooked. That disc got a lot of play thereafter and is single handedly responsible for starting my love of metal.
M: This helps explain why you love the Blaze era so much! Was there ever any other music you loved this much?
H: My dad has varied musical tastes and a diverse collection, so I got to experience a wide variety of artists. Before Iron Maiden came along my favourite band was the Electric Light Orchestra
M: Top five bands — GO!
H: Oh dear, I was dreading this question. Very difficult to do a top five, but here I go anyway.
1. Iron Maiden
2. Black Sabbath
3. Deep Purple
5. Electric Light Orchestra
(Honourable Mentions – Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Blaze, Zeppelin, Slade)
M: You’ve guest reviewed here before and I don’t think you’re done writing reviews. What’s next?
H: Well I’ve got some tales to tell but seeing as you can’t write your memoirs at age 20 that will have to wait until I’m older and (hopefully) wiser. I’m planning for it now though. I enjoy writing and discussing the reviews, so I hope to guest more in the future. I just want to keep them few and far between, to preserve the occasion.
M: Who would win in a street fight: Ozzy or Alice Cooper.
H: Hmm…yes…very deep question…very philosophical. They would never fight though. Ozzy can’t leave his mic stand for more than ten seconds, and Alice is too nice.
But for the sake of the question, Alice would. His head is bigger than a bat’s so he safe, and he once pulled a gun on Elvis. (Although he was promptly shown by Elvis how to deal with an armed man when you are unarmed.)
M: That’s right, Elvis was into Karate. Why the heck do you keep coming back here to read the garbage I post?
H: Firstly, it’s not garbage. Secondly, funny you should ask that, because there’s a bit of a tale involved (there’s a Japanese bonus paragraph if you want). In short, I stumbled upon your 2 CD Best of the Beast review a while back, and I enjoyed it a lot. The personal style and in-depth review was far better than the mediocrity I could scrape up from other sites. I liked it so much that I kept coming back to it (although I did disagree with some points). Eventually I branched out into other Maiden reviews before going the whole hog. It was definitely your writing style that hooked me at the start, followed by your great insights, humour and personality that kept me here.
M: Well thanks! Speaking of writers: Heavy Metal OverLOAD, or OverLORD?
H: Overload (which would make a decent Metallica album title).
M: Do you get a lot of concerts down your way?
H: Not really unfortunately. Of the classic rock and metal bands, AC/DC come here often. Sabbath has a couple times (they even filmed a DVD in Melbourne for some reason). Maiden seem to do it mainly for the album tours. While I’m sure we get a decent amount of concerts here, most of them are not by bands I would see (which might have something to do with the fact that most of them are pensioners now).
M: If you want LeBrain readers to know just one thing about you, what would that be? GO!
Bass – Geezer Butler
Lead Guitar -Joe Satriani
Rhythm Guitar – Tony Iommi
Drums – Nicko McBrain
Vocals – James Hetfield
Keyboards – John Paul Jones
Acoustic/Harmony Guitar – Adrian Smith
Stats of Doom:
First album – Iron Maiden – Killers
First Concert – Haven’t been to one yet. Hoping Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the Beast Tour will be the one.
First Vinyl – Iron Maiden – Maiden Japan (notice a theme yet?)
First Bootleg -Iron Maiden – 24th May 1981
First album bought twice – None yet thankfully
Current Collection size – 45 jewel cases/digipaks
Thanks Harrison for taking part! If you enjoyed this Reader Spotlight, please do let us know in the comments. You could be next!