Armored Saint and Fates Warning bassist Joey Vera has a story similar to many of us as kids, dating back to before he even picked up an instrument. “When I was getting into hard rock and music in the mid-70s and the late ‘70s, at that point I was just playing a tennis racket in the mirror and doing my best to mock all the favorite bands I was listening to," says the bassist to kick off this edition of Gear Factor.
But what was the song that finally got him to give up the "racket" to make some racket? "It wasn’t until I heard KISS Alive I and that song ‘Deuce’ was the thing that really did it for me. It’s such a simple thing, but it’s so heavy,” recalled the bassist, rocking out a bit of the KISS classic.