The Lucky 13
Ehren Groban is known for being both the guitarist of War Drum and a member of former Kyuss frontman John Garcia’s band; Groban has played shows around the world with both bands. War Drum will be playing with Jesika Von Rabbit and Ideation at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. For more information on War Drum, visit the band's Facebook page. Here are Ehren’s answers to the Lucky 13.
What was the first concert you attended?
I saw Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., when I was around 10. David Lee Roth came out and did his thing, followed by a Cabo Wabo-endorsed Hagar set, complete with half-naked women dancing on the jumbo screens. I’m now a Cabo Wabo fan for life!
What was the first album you owned?
A Cream bootleg given to me by my dad, which I still have to this day, roughly 20 years later.
What bands are you listening to right now?
The new Tame Impala record, the new Wilco record, Robbie Basho, Baby Grandmothers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Claude Debussy have all been on steady rotation recently.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Justin Bieber. Do I sense Illuminati influence?
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Basho and Tame Impala at the Hollywood Cemetery—and, of course, Boy George.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Playing guitar and eating a Sub King sandwich at the same time. The sandwich wins every time.
What’s your favorite music venue?
That’s easy: Pappy and Harriet’s.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Robbie Basho. He turned me on to a whole new style of finger-picking and arranging.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Mick Jagger: “What’s up with you and Freddie Mercury?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Definitely something by R. Kelly, followed swiftly by War Drum’s new single.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma or Robbie Basho’s Visions of the Country or Do Make Say Think’s You, You’re a History in Rust … or a figurative gunshot, and now I’m dead.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
George Michael, “Careless Whisper.” (Scroll down to hear it.)