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Today is a good day…we got to interview a guy that is one of the people that helped shape my musical taste. I would have to say that my brother was my number one influence, as it was because of him that I fell in love with KISS and Black Sabbath, but right after my brother…it was Riki Rachtman.
Now I don’t personally know Riki, but it was because of MTV’s Headbangers Ball that I was introduced to music that helped me through my younger years. Sure, Headbangers Ball played some crap from time to time, but when they played something really good…I could hear it in Riki’s voice. When he geeked out about something, I became a fan of that band. Just off the top of my head, here is a list of bands that I was introduced to…thanks to Riki, and “The Ball”:
Guns N Roses
Faith No More
Circus Of Power
Also…Headbangers Ball introduced me to the “Seattle Sound”… I remember watching and seeing Mother Love Bone on there (and then in turn Pearl Jam), I remember the first time I saw “Loud Love” by Soundgarden, “We Die Young” by Alice In Chains.
I remember that moment Kurt Cobain & Krist Novoselic were guest and Kurt wore a gown because it was a “Ball” after all!
I always loved it when Riki would feature Seattle bands…it made me fall in love with a city that I hoped to live in. This was a fun one…when he hung with Soundgarden and went bowling with Chris Cornell…
Or the time he went to Action Park in NJ with Alice In Chains…
Now why did we have Riki on? Because he’s doing something pretty cool…he decided to just get on his Harley and do a lap around the USA! He’s doing it by himself, and having people tweet him places to go, etc. Well he’s currently in Washington…he was in Tacoma and Seattle over the weekend, and is currently in the San Juan Islands area. On Saturday he will be at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma for the Harley Flat Truck Racing (Get info HERE). You can follow him with the hash tag: #RikisRide or follow him on Twitter or Instagram: