Anthony Welch's sound advice 

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A 20-year veteran of the Colorado Springs metal scene, Anthony Welch currently publishes the monthly Southern Colorado music magazine Riff Rag, edits the senior newspaper Life After 50, and serves as the drummer for Capricorn, Axe 2 the Face, and Judas Priest/’80s metal band The Fold. A former member of the cover band 40oz. Freedom Fighters, he also fronts The Dub Project and Another Shade of Hate.

We caught up with him recently to get his take on a wide range of music that matters.

Essential Saturday night listening: When my son Jaxson and I are playing video games, we like putting records on my sweet Star Wars turntable that my wife Ashley bought me for Valentine’s Day. I just started my vinyl collection, but I’m all about the ‘80s rock and metal. Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil is the first choice, then some Quiet Riot, Krokus, Night Ranger and Autograph. If I’m out and about, I like cranking some Candiria, Hatebreed, Machine Head and Chimaira in the car, just to name a few.

Essential Sunday morning listening: I’m a late bloomer in discovering how amazing Ronnie James Dio was. Hearing Dio songs calms me. Occasionally when I’m cooking, I’ll put Dio on shuffle. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers would also make a great Sunday morning song. Simply put, it’s just smooth.

First record I bought with my own money: The 45 single for Ratt’s “Round and Round” from an Alco store when I was probably 8 years old living in Loveland, Colorado.

“Wish I’d written that” song: Prince’s “Purple Rain.” It’s just legendary and loved by people who enjoy all different genres. It’s an eternal classic that will be cherished by all generations to come.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: This list could go on forever with all the mindless and heartless “music” out there. One that stands out though is the hip-hop song “Dance” by Big Sean. There are parts where it just says, “Ass, ass, ass, ass, ass, ass” and so on. I used to joke with my cover band mates as we set up and sing my own version, “Balls, balls, balls, balls, balls…”


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