Robert Bowman is best known in the local-music world as the guitarist for WiseMan. However, WiseMan is not currently a thing—but Bowman was recently announced as the new bassist for local desert-rock outfit Waxy, and he made his live debut with Waxy earlier this month. For more information on Waxy, visit www.waxy-music.com. Robert Bowman was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Dire Straits, the On Every Street Tour at the Great Western Forum, in 1992.
What was the first album you owned?
The first albums I bought with my own money were Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In, and Europe’s The Final Countdown, bought on the same day with birthday money.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Dream Theater, Deftones, The War on Drugs, Interpol, Waxy, Tool, The Secret Post, The Hellions, Vega, Alice in Chains and Pink Floyd. They’re pretty much always on rotation for me.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Artists who have never written their own music, or have loaded and unloaded their own gear for a show that paid $0. Also, any “artist” who has been signed to a major label for creating a catch phrase like “cash me outside.”
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
This is a tough question. I’ve seen most of my favorite current bands, so I’ll go with a defunct band: Pink Floyd, as cliché as it is. They’ve been my biggest inspiration in music.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Sade. I can’t get enough. She’s unbelievable.
What’s your favorite music venue?
As of last month, it’s The Wiltern. It’s a beautiful venue. I love the grandeur and opulence of that theater.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“You get the news yeah, you hear the words, you take your time, you pay your dues, nothing seems to touch your heart, you’re bored and your feeling like your torn apart,” “Firstlast,” The Secret Post.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Dream Theater. They made me appreciate complex arrangements in a style of music that I had not been into until my mid-30s. The more I listen to them, the more I have realized there is no limit to what we as humans are capable of when playing musical instruments. They are truly masters and have set the bar high. They make me want to be a better musician.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Another tough question; thanks a lot. Not only am I going to choose an artist who has passed on; I’m going back in time to ask my question. I’d have to ask Richard Wright of Pink Floyd: “Would you mind if I sit in and observe your magic as you record keyboards on Animals?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Where We Start,” David Gilmour. Go ahead and have a listen if you’re not familiar with it. It’s absolutely perfect.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I hate this question. Gun to my head … I guess I’d have to say Alice in Chains’ Dirt. Reason being: It really ties in all of the sugary memories of my adolescence: first love, my rebellion against authority, going through military school, and (being molded) into a music-loving kid whose biggest dream is to play music with eyes closed while on a big dark stage.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“At Wit’s End,” Dream Theater. Not many folks are up to it, but for those who really listen, YOU’RE WELCOME! (Scroll down to hear it!)