You have probably played more gigs in the last decade than anyone in Chicago: is that why your known as ‘Madman’? The nickname Madman comes from my days in the Record Biz when cohorts liked to call me that instead of my last name, Madden. Now I have to live up to it.
You have worn a number of hats in the music business, what’s the state of the union? I’ve gone back to my roots, playing live music. Folks don’t support recorded music like they used to or should.
If you could reset and meddle with history, what rock era would go by the way-side? Is there a Rock Era today?
What was the first concert you ever attended and what impression did it have on you? Badfinger played @ my high school field house. It was also the first time I saw people smoke the kind bud.
How do you feel deep down about smashing guitars and the like? I did that twice in school but felt bad because that is somebody’s livelihood and sometimes a piece of art.
What are you listening to at home circa 2015? Davie Allen & the Arrows, “Blues Theme”(60’s biker music)
If you could tour with any artist in a time machine who would it be? Cream: they taught me how to jam and to sound full for a 3 piece.
What are your favorite 3 albums of all-time? More of the Monkees, Sgt. Peppers, Wheels of Fire.
What’s the best live performance you have seen by a Chicago artist or band? Heavy Manners ….
Jesus appears in front of you and graciously asks for a custom 5 song set, in what do you play him? “Porpoise Song” (The Monkees), “A F Wittek” (Madman), “Talk Talk” (Talk Talk), “Well Allright” (Buddy Holly), “I Need You” (Fab Four).