LISTENER OF THE WEEK: KEVIN GOFF
A drum kit for a Strat!
I live in … Leesburg VA.
I work as … a technical product manager for Gannett/USA TODAY.
My favorite episodes are … Replacements Week. All of those episodes were about the best. I could not wait until my drive to work each day. I loved how the whole community seemed to be on board with prepping and participating in the episodes. The Who was probably next ... (see what i did there?).
My favorite artists are … U2, R.E.M., The Church. Those are probably the top 3 for me over my lifetime. The funny thing is that I rarely choose to listen to them anymore. However, any time one of these bands comes up as a topic, it almost certainly leads to a monthlong discography binge. Is that normal?
My record collection consists of … maybe 75 or so vinyl records. I have almost gone 100% streaming. I had to embrace streaming because I am one of those people that came up with the idea before it existed. It was my million-dollar idea that I had no way to carry out. I still buy my favorites on vinyl and mostly just hang them on my office wall. I used to argue with my sister that buying vinyl was better because you could transfer it to tape and have the best of both worlds.
The first concert I saw was … well, I tell people that U2, Atlanta,1985 Unforgettable Fire tour was my first. The truth is that I attended a Rod Stewart concert in 1984 as a favor to a friend. I was not really a fan, but I left that concert as a fan of Rod Stewart.
The best concert I saw was … The Mighty Lemon Drops and the The Church at Center Stage in Atlanta in 1988. This was the night after my high school graduation and the idea that i could see both of these bands on the same night is probably the reason I loved it so much. It was SOOOOOO loud, but would not be the loudest show I would go to. The loudest was Camper Van Beethoven at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis in 1989.
I played … drums and guitar in bands in high school and college. When I was graduating, I had no way to transport my drums back to Atlanta, so I traded the kit for a Squire Strat that I still own. I taught myself how to play guitar after trying guitar lessons. Teachers hated me because I would play by ear instead of following along with the sheet music. I hated to practice scales and notes and really just wanted to play songs. One teacher gave up and just started teaching me how to play along with songs.
I have met rock stars … 10,000 Maniacs after a show in Normal IL. They were so nice and just hung out with the few of us in freezing November weather. A close second would be meeting members of Wingtip Sloat at a Potbelly.