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CHECKONETWO Musician Survey: Jakob Hooks January 4, 2009

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Jakob Hooks, holdin’ down the driveway.  Photo by CheckOneTwo

NAME:Jakob Hooks

 

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: The Jakob Hooks Experience

 

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  DO TELL:  Guitar.Duh.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: Shred, metal, blahblahblah

 

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? Same way everyone got started. I watched School of Rock.

 

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): American Princes cause they rock and/or roll.

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? Your moms phone number.

 

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? Vino’s

 

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. VAN HALEN! DUDE IT ROCKED IT WAS LIKE THE BEST SHOW EVER ONLY BETTER THAN BEST!

 

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? Backyard BBQ.

 

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) Guitar World.

 

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? Flying Webelos.Wait…is a Webelo an animal? Ok flying cows.

 

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: Van Halen, Master of Puppets, and anything by Lil Wayne or Soulja Boy…yeah right!

 

RE YOUR MUSIC:  DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? You’re kidding, right?

 

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: People showed up.

 

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? A caterpillar or the President.

 

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? Dude rocks.

What was your first big Rock Show? January 31, 2008

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My 12 yr old can now answer that question with three words:  VAN FREAKIN’ HALEN. 

Think you liked some old-school Van Halen when you were in jr hi?  Try going with your own jr hi kid, one who has been playing guitar for a couple of years and–seriously–envies me for being alive in the seventies.  Watch the show through his eyes, hear the sharp intake of his breath when the lights first go down and then come UP!!  Sit back and watch your own son truly rock out for the first time…wow.   Last night’s cocktail was one part nostalgia, two parts Feelin-Like-Superdad. 

About the show:  the opening act was Ky-mani Marley (son of Bob), who brought a strong half-hour reggae set mixed with a bit of R&B/hip-hop flow.  I was surprised with how well he was received by the crowd and how much we liked his set.   Even the young-un’s head was bobbing along to the rich beats, and the teachable moments presented themselves nicely when Ky-Mani covered a couple of his pop’s better-known tunes (“No Woman, No Cry”, “I Shot the Sheriff).  Good mellow intro to the night ahead.

Van Halen, though, utterly brought it,  in their signature fun-lovin’, good-times way.  Make no mistake:  this was not Van Hagar.  Former lead singer Sammy Hagar’s presence was nowhere to be seen, save perhaps the giant, serpentine “S”-shaped stage.  This year’s model features the return of Diamond David Lee Roth in all of his spangled, high-kicking, mic stand twirling glory, skipping over the Hagar repertoire entirely and loving it. 

A highlight for me was the debut of Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie VH’s sixteen year old son, on the bass.  The kid wasn’t just there for decoration or for family time–he has some serious chops, and displayed them to the delight of the crowd.   Wolfgang and Eddie were clearly enjoying this show, sharing mics on background vocals and running around the stage together….how’s that for bonding time? 

Van Halen knew why we’d trekked out on a cold January night and wasted no time.  Name a Van Halen hit from the David Lee Roth era and they did it:  “I’ll Wait”, “Panama”, “Jamie’s Cryin'”, “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, “Jump”, “Everybody Wants Some”, “Hot for Teacher”…on and on for a solid two hours.  We were also treated to a blistering Eddie Van Halen solo (think “Eruption” with some extended, jaw-dropping additions) and an Alex Van Halen drum solo that left us all wondering what the kit had done to piss off Alex.

A total treat.  Loved taking a trip back in time and showing the new generation what we used to do back when tickets cost about $12.50 and we bitched about it.

Question:  What was your very first “big” rock show?