David Vincent: "I started on upright bass when I was nine. It was a beast to get on and off the school bus"

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When I was a teenager in the 70s, radio was much more diverse than it is today. What was considered pop music might be Carl Douglas’s Kung Fu Fighting or Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, and rock ’n’ roll radio had a much broader palette than it does today, when everything is so very calculated. 

The DJs would be actual disc jockeys who would play records. Musically speaking, bands such as KISS, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and the like cemented the foundations of hard rock, whose offspring would ultimately evolve into metal. It was a great time, culturally speaking. 

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