Pictures From Eden.

The Pictures From Eden website promises “the kind of music that’ll take you back to the good ole days of sold-out stadiums filled with giant power anthems and heart-pounding rock.” See what the quartet means by that at 9 p.m., this Saturday, Nov. 16, at Schmidy’s Tavern, 72286 Highway 111, Suite J3, in Palm Desert. Rob Lawrence and Eric Taylor—two Lucky 13 veterans—are also on the bill; there’s no cover. Two members of Pictures From Eden were kind enough to recently endure the Lucky 13: Paul Brian Cotterell, 36, a desert resident since 1992; and Tom Collins, 38, about whom Cotterell says he’s “still not sure if he knows where he is now.” (Cotterell also warned us about Collins’ sense of humor, for what it’s worth. You’ll understand when you read his answers below.) Get more info on the band at www.facebook.com/picturesfromeden, www.reverbnation.com/picturesfromeden or www.picturesfromeden.com.


Paul Brian Cotterell

What was the first concert you attended?

First concert was with my parents: Julio Iglesias (snort).

What was the first album you owned?

Michael Jackson, Thriller.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Pink and odds and ends on the radio.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Still don’t get the Justin Bieber phenomena. Did I miss something?

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Guns N’ Roses would be No. 1 (circa ‘91, NOT G N’ R today).

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Techno, house or dubstep.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Haven’t been in person, but seen a ton of awesome shows on TV from Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado—looks AMAZING!

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Live and Let Die,” Paul McCartney.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Nirvana. It got me through high school.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Slash: “How are you still alive?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Dr. Feelgood,” Mötley Crüe.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Appetite for Destruction, Guns N’ Roses, tied with several others: Nirvana, Nevermind, Ozzy, No More Tears, and Aerosmith, Pump.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Alive,” Pictures From Eden, official release on Nov. 22.


Tom Collins

What was the first concert you attended?

Robert Johnson and the Crossroads.

What was the first album you owned?

Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Take 5.”

What bands are you listening to right now?

Pictures From Eden, and (pan flutist Gheorghe) Zamfir.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Stomp.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Mudpie.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Carlsbad Caverns.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“You’re in the jungle, baby, you’re gonna diiiieeeeeeee,” from “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The Caveman. Helped (me) keep time.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Fritz Freleng: “How did you come up with all those characters?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Beethoven’s 5th.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Pictures From Eden, “Somewhere in My Mind.” (Hear it below.)

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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...