LISTENER OF THE WEEK: MIKE WAGNER
The kids are alright!
I live in … Houston TX.
I work as … a software developer.
My favorite episodes are … EPJ episodes, Patrick road shows, artist countdowns, artist weeks/deep dives.
My favorite artists are … The Beatles, Replacements, Rolling Stones, The Who, Stevie Wonder, Black Crowes.
The most prized record in my collection is … Buckingham Nicks vinyl gatefold.
The first record I ever bought was … on my 10th birthday: The Beatles’ "Blue Album.” I went back the next day and got the "Red Album.”
The first concert I saw was … The Who, “Farewell Tour” in the Astrodome, Dec. 3, 1982. Note: I have seen them six times since that farewell show.
The last concert I saw was … New Pornographers in February 2020.
The best concerts I’ve seen were … The Who in 2000 (insanely intense and is on YouTube. Also, Townshend was hilarious that night); R.E.M., Green tour (Michael Stipe at his best); U2, Joshua Tree (Opening with “Streets” was electric); World Party (in a small theater and I was just blown away).
I play … guitar and write songs. You can hear both on a streaming service near you on an album called Lost in a Crowd by Total Strangers. You are welcome to listen as I would love for one of my songs to get to 1,000 streams someday so I don't have the dreaded "< 1,000" on Spotify.
I met a rock star …"Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboard player for the Who/Pete Townshend), after the Who played the Dome in 1989. Hung out in his room at the Four Seasons after the show until like 3 in the morning. He was insane and was eventually kicked out of the Who in 2012.
I am drinking … EZ7 Pale Ale, during the pandemic to support my favorite brewer: Brash Brewing. They are having a rough go at this time. Great social media follow, by the way.
My favorite basketball team is … 1980s Show Time Lakers, and Magic Johnson is the greatest basketball player ever. Don't @ me. 🙂
Your philosophy of life is … “Have a good time all the time.” Oh wait, that's the philosophy from the keyboard player from Spinal Tap, but he seems solid.