Cole Cameron is drummer for the Listings, a local blues, Americana and country act. They play Friday night at Kathy’s Pub.
1. Most listened to song in the last week?
I’ve been listening to the tracks from the Listings’ upcoming release (Note: they will have a CD release party for the album at the North Star Bar in April). The one I like best is a mod country number called “That’s on Me.”
2. What do you drink during a show?
When I’m on stage I usually drink two pints of dark beer per set.
3. Favorite local band/artist?
It might be a little selfish, but Evan Spee, our guitar player, and Jeremy Johannsen, our bassist, impress every time we play. Probably because we have so much fun playing.
4. Most memorable gig experience?
Milwaukee Metal Fest in ’93. The band I was in (Neurotoxin, from Rochester) opened for Dee Dee Ramone, Ice-T, and Body Count. That was the year they were banned by President Bush. Ice-T was really gracious and the whole tour was quite memorable, but meeting Ice-T and Dee Dee Ramone was the high point.
5. If you could play with one artist no longer among the living, who would it be and why?
I think, if I could, I would love to play with John Lee Hooker. I think I could really put a big smile on his face with my playing.
6. Top three artists at the moment?
Tough question. Chronologically. let’s say Kiss. I was about 5 and it was when they were at a very high point of sensationalism. Led Zeppelin as a teenager. John Bonham is one of the primary influences of my drumming. As an adult, I’m a sucker for all of the alternative bands from the ’80s, before it was called alternative.
7. One book everyone should read?
A book that I really enjoyed was “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie. It is a deeper look into diplomacy, reaction, and the human condition. I think everyone would learn by reading this book.
8. Favorite local hangout?
The North Star, hands down. Great staff, great stage, great sound. It’s no joke when I post “Home, again” for upcoming shows. It’s a lot like playing in our practice space because I’ve been there so many times. Schell’s Amber on tap, mmm.
9. Strangest thing you’ve ever seen an audience member do?
I was watching a group of, about eight people interpretatively dancing to one our songs at a show recently. I probably looked like a dog that just heard just heard his first dog whistle. I applaud their commitment, but it did make all of us laugh.
10. Best show you’ve ever seen?
I saw Roger Waters performing “The Wall” a few years ago. It was a multimedia experience like I’d never seen before. I think he’s going to take it on the road one more time before he retires. If he does, don’t miss it.