If you’ve seen Gutter Candy perform recently, you may have noticed a new yet familiar face behind the drums: Dani Diggler, also a member of Sticky Doll, and the guitarist and drummer for Van Vincent. That’s not all: Diggler is also a solo artist. Catch him in action with Gutter Candy this Friday, July 13, at The Hood Bar and Pizza; and Friday, Aug. 3, at Gadi’s, in Yucca Valley. See him with Van Vincent on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Joshua Tree Saloon, in Joshua Tree. Diggler was kind enough to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Aerosmith, 1993, in Costa Mesa. Jackyl was the opening act. It was a great show, and I remember most of it.
What was the first album you owned?
Too far back to recall, but I believe it was a cassette tape given to me by my aunt: Draw the Line by Aerosmith. (Aerosmith was) also my first favorite band.
What bands are you listening to right now?
I’m always listening to Tool, Primus and The Doors.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Rap. It’s just not music at all.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Without a doubt, it would be The Doors. I can’t think of a show that could be more legendary than that.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Tori Amos. She’s amazing. Most people can’t believe I’m into her. Why not? She’s amazing!
What’s your favorite music venue?
I’d have to say the Greek Theatre (in Los Angeles). Great place to see a show.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Death makes angels of us all, giving us wings where we had shoulders, smooth as ravens claws,” The Doors, “A Feast of Friends.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Again, The Doors.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Les Claypool: “How the hell do you do what you do on the bass so well?” Greatest bassist of all time. Period.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Two songs: From a band I was in years ago Chili Cow, “… And the Story Begins,” and an original I wrote, currently unreleased, “Death My Friend.”
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Right in Two,” again by Tool. So accurate. (Scroll down to hear it.)