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Paul Forrester. Credit: Sandra Goodin

Hammer of the Ozz is one of the heaviest bands to come out of the Coachella Valley in recent years. What started as a Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath cover band has evolved into a four-piece hard-rock group with a blistering debut album, Hot as the Sun, available at, that was released earlier this year. The band features Paul Forrester on bass; he is the latest to take The Lucky 13, and here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. John Cougar (Mellencamp) and Randy Hansen doing his Jimi Hendrix impersonation opened.

What was the first album you owned?

Sly and the Family Stone, Fresh.

What bands are you listening to right now?

UFO, Judas Priest (pre-British Steel), Gary Moore (rock), Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Queensrÿche, Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols, Corrosion of Conformity, and Scorpions (Uli Jon Roth era).

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


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

Led Zeppelin.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Jesus Christ Superstar with Ian Gillan as Jesus.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I’d have to say Furstworld and Pappy and Harriet’s; it’s a tossup.

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

It’s usually one of ours, “Ashes and Resin” or “Motorgrinder.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

When I heard “Rock the Nation” by Montrose, I stopped suffering and started playing guitar. I had the pleasure of meeting Ronnie Montrose, and I told him he was the reason I play guitar. Great guy; R.I.P.

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

I’d ask Geezer Butler if it was really blown speakers that gave him that great tone and sound during the recording of the first Black Sabbath record.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“The End,” The Doors.

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

Operation: Mindcrime, Queensrÿche.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Ashes and Resin” by Hammer of the Ozz. (Scroll down to hear it!) 

Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...