Thanks in large part to my older brother (and also I think to natural tastes), though I was born in '79, my first love was Classic Rock which was before my time. But great music is timeless, and thank god I found the older stuff first! I really discovered tunes in the 4th/5th grade, in '89/'90, but I didn't like the music of my time just yet. Actually, my first loves were: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Kinks. The first concert I ever went to, which enchanted me, was Paul McCartney at the War Memorial stadium in Berkeley, CA. I was 10, and my mom put me on her shoulders so I could see above the crowd. My brother's favorite band was The Who, and I used to listen to all his Who tapes. The Who quickly cemented themselves as my favorite band. Then my life really changed when in 6th grade I found Led Zeppelin and 'Led Zeppelin II'-- my undisputed favorite band throughout both Jr. High and High School; to say I was a Zeppelin fanatic would be a drastic, drastic understatement. Zeppelin single handedly made me pick up a guitar. The first song I learned to play was 'Ramble On,' I got a transcription from Guitar World Magazine, and locked myself in my room until I understood how the sounds matched the page and the hands on the guitar. I used to cut school to practice guitar, soon got a Gibson SG, and used to collect all things Zeppelin. 18 years later today, though I listen to them far less, Zeppelin and The Who are still tied for #1 on my all time list. My tastes have grown to include all things Rock 'N Roll: Classic Rock, Prog. Rock, Hard Rock, Punk, Oldies, Alternative, Grunge, Metal, 80's, Blues Rock, Goth-- however you'd like to call it, it's all the same to me. Just give me a good guitarist, bassist, drummer, vocalist, maybe some keys, and we're set. In my collection you'll also find a healthy dose of great tunes from all genres, blues, jazz, rap/hip-hop, salsa & flamenco, folk, classical & instrumental, good music knows no genre. I just flat love music.