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When I was 16 years old I had been sneaking into bars and clubs for a year or 2 already. Back then there were so many amazing bands playing in the bars and clubs in the NY/NJ area. And I wanted/needed to see them all! My life had already been changed 3 years earlier on Dec 16th in Madison Square Garden by this little band called Kiss! But Kiss seemed so larger than life and mythical that it seemed that it would be nearly impossible to achieve that sort of stature. I had started writing songs and they all sucked. It felt like I would never be able to achieve what I had seen on the stage at Madison Square Garden.