I’m Mick and I’m from the North-East of England , not too far from the Scottish border and not too far from my favourite football club … Sunderland AFC.
I first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne`s spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of `79 I discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst my sister’s record collection, which literally blew me away!!! I then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow Down To Earth, and I was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!!!
Over the ensuing years, I’ve enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensryche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica … and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. Hopefully over the coming months, you will get to know more about the bands who impress me … and those that don’t!!!
When I’m not listening to music, I watch Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if I have to, I go to work as a property lawyer.
My favourite 21 albums of All Time (only 1 album allowed per band! — and it was going to be a Top 20 but I had to squeeze Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom in there!):
1) Kiss: Alive II
2) Rainbow: Rising
3) Rush: Moving Pictures
4) Van Halen: I
5) Magnum: Chase The Dragon
6) Dream Theater: Images and Words
7) Signal: Loud and Clear
8) Royal Hunt: Moving Target
9) Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening
10) AC/DC: If You Want Blood
11) Queensryche: Rage for Order
12) Boulevard: Into The Street
13) Tommy Shaw: Ambition
14) Judas Priest: Painkiller
15) Rammstein: Reise Reise
16) Marillion: Seasons End
17) Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell
18) Rhapsody: Symphony of Enchanted Lands
19) Live: Secret Samadhi
20) Aerosmith: Rocks
21) Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom: And You
Special Honorary Mention: Jeff Wayne`s The War of the Worlds…the one that started it all !!