OCCUPATION: Sales representative, Rock Bottom Music
PLAYS: Pictured with a Spector NS-4 bass guitar. "I got it in '99, and it took seven months to pay off. I started out on guitar, and decided there were too many strings. I thought I'd try bass, and realized that I liked it a lot more, playing Red Hot Chili Peppers and '70s funk."
FIRST PERFORMANCE: "In the spring of 1994, I was in this band Haydren, and we played at The Cotton Patch with, like, 10 other bands. We actually had some originals, and we covered KISS, Bon Jovi and Skid Row. My gym coach showed up, which was nice. He kept a pick from the show in his drawer."
PLAYED WITH: Jemani, September 2000 to present, Fixt, 1995-98, Haydren, April-December 1994.
FIRST CONCERT ATTENDED: Bon Jovi and Skid Row, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 1990.
PERSONAL BEST: Opening for Drowning Pool at the House of Blues in New Orleans in 2000. "It was the House of Blues, there was a real crowd for a national act - it just felt like we were there with a big band."
WORST PERFORMANCE: In Athens, Ga., at Tasty World in 2001. "We had a crowd of people come in at about 10, and it looked like there would be someone there, but they were all going to the upstairs bar where there was no cover. At one point the bartender and the doorman were both outside smoking, so we looked at each other and were like, 'Should we even play?' But we finished out our set and went back to our hotel and had a better time."
CONCERT LINEUP OF A LIFETIME: The Ramones, they were the first punk band I ever got into; Skid Row, their bass player, Rachel Bolan, got me to switch to bass guitar; KISS, of course; The Misfits with Michale Graves on vocals; they're my favorite band of all time. Danzig got me hooked, but when they got Graves in '95, it was kind of like a spark. He can get the highs, he can get the lows. It's like a cross between punk and metal; Iron Maiden; I just want to see their bass player, Steve Harris, play."
DREAM PROP OR STAGE EFFECT: "I'd have the usual fire and pyro effects, shooting out of the floor, out of my bass. Basically any KISS or Mtley Cre show, all thrown into one."
- Patrick Verel
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