Ryan Diaz.

Monreaux frontman Giorg Tierez told the Independent late last year that the band was still a work in progress, in large part because the band lacked a permanent guitarist. However, the band’s rhythm section is rock-solid: Tierez struck gold when he put bassist Chris Dub and drummer Ryan Diaz together. Monreaux’s rhythm section has been the talk of the local music scene, and Diaz’s drumming is impressive to watch; see for yourself Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Hood Bar and Pizza. The show with The Sweat Act and Kill the Radio starts at 9 p.m. and is free. For more information on Monreaux, visit www.facebook.com/monreauxmusic. Ryan Diaz was kind enough to recently answer the Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

My first concert was unforgettable: I saw The Scorpions, Dio and Deep Purple.

What was the first album you owned?

Limp Bizkit, Significant Other.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Fu Manchu, Tool and Tribal Seeds.

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

Everyone in this new generation is into this EDM stuff, but I don’t understand it.

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

I want to see Linkin Park, because I’ve never seen them live.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Um, that one, I don’t know. Ha ha!

What’s your favorite music venue?

There are so many good ones, but I’m going to say the San Manuel Amphitheater.

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

“I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway,” “I Am the Highway,” Audioslave.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Staind, ever since I first heard the band’s music when it arose in 1999, up to this present day. From the lyrics to the rocking music they produce, the band has always had such an impact on my life.

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

I would ask Danny Carey, the drummer from Tool, “Hey, can I hang out and play drums with you for a day, as well as get a signed ‘wave drum’ from you?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“So Far Away,” Staind.

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

I have so many, but one for sure is Master of Reality from Black Sabbath.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Vampires” from my band Monreaux.

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Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...