Louisville Rock Closeup
By Eddy Metal

Name: Jon Huffman

Age: 42

Instrument: Lead and rhythm guitar, vocals

Band/Former Bands:

99MPH, Too Much T.V., BSR, Hemibuddha, SugarBuzz, Groove Therapy, Joe Mama, The Peckers, Pushin' Up Daisies, Sweet F.A., Fire Dept., Sioux Savage, Freeway, Deloris Nix, Genocide

How long on instrument: 26 years

Equipment: Gibson Les Paul Standards, Gibson SG, Fender Stratocasters, 150w Mesa Engineering Triple Rectifier, 100w 1974 Marshall SuperLead MkII, two Marshall cabinets, Maestro Echoplex, Univox EC80 echo unit, MXR flanger (70's), MXR Phase 90, Dunlop Crybaby, Digitech Whammy Pedal, D'Addario strings

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Jon Huffman

Influences:

Guitar: Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Glen Tipton, Alex Lifeson, Al DiMeola, David Gilmore, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Billy Duffy, Steve Howe, Buckethead

Bands: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Rush, Pink Floyd, U2, Soundgarden, Sex Pistols, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Jane's Addiction, Mr. Bungle, Crazy Horse

First gig: Except for a few keg parties, the first "real" gig was in the gymnasium at Our Mother Of Sorrows school.

Hobbies: Reading, working out, driving fast in my Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo (and not getting caught), aviation, hiking, mountain biking, camping, people watching. Soon I will be working towards getting my private pilot's license.

Favorite movies: "Apocalypse Now," "Sideways," "The Big Lebowski," "Goodfellas," "A Clockwork Orange," "Star Wars," "Jacob's Ladder," "Sin City," "The Caine Mutiny," "Caddyshack," "American Beauty"

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite place: A little town called Amble on the northern coast of England or the top of Iroquois Park.

My bad habits: I tend to be aloof. To some people, that might translate as being "stuck up, " although I'm not. I just like to keep to myself sometimes and watch everyone else. I also like drinking beer. A lot.

What I am listening to nowadays: The Mars Volta, Louis IV, Buckethead, Old 97s, Gordon Lightfoot, Porno For Pyros, Tom T. Hall

Coolest thing I have done: Jeez, I am really blessed to have done a lot of cool things. I think that one of the coolest things that I've done was hiking down the northeastern coast of England with my Dad, staying at bed and breakfasts along the way and exploring castles that were hundreds of years old. Then topping it off with a week in London. Awesome!

Most embarrassing moment: I have many of these, but two of the most embarrassing moments happened when I was in Fire Dept.

The first was right after I got in the band. I was doing my guitar solo out on the dance floor with the spotlight on me, surrounded by about 350 people. The lead singer snuck up behind me and jerked my pants right down to the floor! Now these were the days of spandex, so no underwear. There I was, in the spotlight, people all around, ass in the breeze and my thang hangin' out. So much for that solo!

The second moment was when we were at The Toy Tiger. There was a tank of helium backstage for balloons. Well, the intro tape is rolling, the band is onstage waiting for me, and the place is packed. I decided that I was gonna take a big hit of helium and then run out to the stage and say something funny in the mic. I took a deep breath of helium, ran out on the stage just as the intro finished and then promptly passed out. I woke up and everyone in the band was just kinda standing there lookin' at me. What an idiot!