Originally created 07/27/06

Sonic Spotlight: Tom Perkins



Tom Perkins

Age: 48

HOMETOWN: Augusta

Plays: Pictured with his Carvin T60 guitar

PLAYED WITH: Southwind Band, 2004-present; Dave's Not Here, 2002-03; Tim Woods and the Horsecreek Band, 1998-2000; Southern Justice Band, 1995-98; Navigator, 1990-93

FIRST GUITAR: "It was a totally plastic guitar. Strings, the body, the frets, the tuning keys - everything on it was plastic. But I was young, and my parents figured that I probably wouldn't fool with it too long. But I had friends next door to me that played, so I took the plastic strings off of it and put some steel strings on it, and actually learned how to play it."

MEMORABLE MAJOR CONCERT: Styx at the Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, 1977. "It was overwhelming to me ... I was a big Styx fan, and then when we got there, they were just way beyond what I thought they would be. The talent that they had at that time was incredible."

ONE OF HIS FAVORITE SHOWS: Candlelight Christmas service at Fleming Christian Church, Augusta, 1998. "I played the whole candlelight service. That was probably the most meaningful thing I ever did."

WORST SHOW: New Year's Eve at the Red Lion Pub, Augusta 1998. "It was a nightmare for us, 'cause we played late, and by then everybody was trashed. It was just a bad deal all the way around."

IF HE COULD PLAY WITH ANY MUSICIAN: Joe Satriani. "Just to be somewhere in his neighborhood, just to able to watch him play, because the things you hear on the albums, and the things he does when you watch him play, are just totally different, and I'd just like the chance to be close up to watch him actually do it."

CONCERT LINEUP OF A LIFETIME: Styx, Pieces of Eight; Rolling Stones, Jumpin' Jack Flash; Night Ranger, (You Can Still) Rock in America; Ozzy Osbourne with Randy Rhoads, Crazy Train

- Ryan Wehmeyer, staff writer