Chris O’Brien’s Favorite Rocker Might Surprise You!
So I got a chance to talk to one of the greats today, the voice of Foreigner Lou Gramm. Lou will be part of Rocktoberfest 2013 at the River Valley Civic Center in Perth Andover, New Brunswick on Saturday, October 5th. This man is rock and roll royalty as far as I'm concerned and it really took me back to my youth.
Sure I was into all kinds of music, Foreigner and Lou Gramm included, but there was one artist who made me want to become a musician. It was 1981 and I was eight years old and watching his concert on HBO. It was the encore, the band played his most famous song and he left the stage in the middle of it. The camera followed him to the dressing room where he changed his clothes. He ran back to the rear of the stage where someone handed him a guitar. At a crucial moment during the guitar solo he ran and jumped over a line of amplifiers and back in front of the crowd. My jaw dropped. That's what I wanted to do.
Years later, through radio, I got a chance to interview this superstar and I told him that story. He was very gracious. There was a time when I was ashamed to admit that I was a fan because his music may have been considered pop and not rock, like there's something wrong with that. As I've grown older I'm no longer ashamed, especially since at the age of 64 he's rocking out harder than twelve of these young punks put together. Thank you Rick Springfield.
You can make fun of me here. I can take it.