> Last month we saw The Naked and Famous at Town Ballroom in Buffalo. We were fortunate enough to also ask David Beadle, the bass player, from The Naked and Famous some questions. Here are his answers to the questions we have always wondered about.
What your favorite food you've had on tour?
I can only speak for myself and maybe a couple others here, but I like to eat whatever is on the menu in whatever city we're in, be that alligator and jambalaya in Louisiana or something as simple as In-N-Out in Hollywood. I'm open to anything and everything. Food, people, and culture go hand in hand. I'm lucky to be in a position to experience that.
Fight a bear or wrestle a crocodile?
I just spoke about eating alligator. Apparently crocodiles are more aggressive. Did you see Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog? No matter which way you look at it, we're fucked.
What do you miss the most about New Zealand?
I miss my family. A lot. When I was 14 years old, my Lolo and Lola asked me why I ever wanted to move to Hollywood. I had no idea. I knew that's what I wanted to do. When I was 21 taking a chronobiology class at the University of Auckland, my professor asked us, "what would you want to do if you weren't doing this?" and I told the class, "I wanna be a rockstar. ”What I miss most about any place is the fact I'm not fucking there. Grass is always greener.
What has been your biggest challenge you've faced as a band?
Anything and everything. You name it.
Are you working on anything new?
Yes! That's the nature of the beast. Watch this space!
If you could collaborate with any band what band would it be?
I recently had the absolute pleasure of seeing Poison and Def Leppard in Nashville. See, this ain't any old "I got comp'd tickets" story. It was three days before and I knew we had a day off in Nashville. I was looking for a country show to go to. Maybe a Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw … God damn, if Chris Stapleton was in town I'd have been the happiest man.
Well. There weren't any of the Top 40 country stars playing but holy crap, Poison and Def Leppard were. I sang my heart out for two and a half hours.
And if you want to Give Me Something To Believe In (Poison) I sure as hell would write a power ballad with Bret Michaels
What music did you listen to when your were growing up?
I grew up listening to my sisters play violin and piano. They were six (or so) years older than me so I was privy to them playing and listening to music before I could even reach the piano keys from the stool. After that, it was Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. The Eagles. And after that, it was Warren Zevon, then I stole my step-dad’s records and found Nick Cave and Warren Zevon. From the age of 16 until now I've always loved hair metal. So what did I listen to when I was growing up? When I was wearing white fishnet gloves and had a padlock around my neck, I was listening to Ratt, Poison, Motley Crue, Dangerous Toys, and any other teased hair band you can get your hands on.
Has your parent's music taste influenced you?
Yes. Absolutely. I stole all my parents records and CDs and called them my own. Now they have Devil Without A Cause and Ride The Lightning joining their collection.
What parts of American culture do you think are the strangest?
Everything. Grass is greener. To be able to experience another culture is so exciting. I'm more excited to hear about what people think of New Zealand culture.
If you could give your mom a tattoo what would it be?
Oh gosh! I couldn't even imagine! My girlfriend and her mum have both got very similar tattoos together and I've always wondered how I would broach that subject. Maybe a lyric. Maybe a word. Zevon, Petty, Cave, DYLAN.
What music are you currently listening to?
Right now at this moment in time, I'm listening to George Strait - Let's Fall To Pieces Together.
I'll just recommend a couple friends bands.
Now now - SGL
So Below - Ruin
Warren Zevon - Deaperadoes Under The Eaves <