We try to keep interviews fun, and as much as possible, different. So we were stoked when we had the chance to try out some of our Quick & Dirty questions with Hed PE guitarist, Jackson Benge. The band, who is set to release their eagerly-anticipated new album Evolution on July 22nd, is just as incredible today as when they began their career circa 1994. Packed with rock, punk, metal, Rasta, and soul, Evolution is one of Hed PE’s best recordings ever, period. Now for some fun… check out what Benge had to say.
What Internet Search Engine do you use?
Benge: Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, other?
Beer, Wine or Liquor?
Benge: Beer – Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Wine – Coppola – Pinot Noir.
Must-have on your rider?
Benge: Riders are few and far between these days, but we try to at least walk away with a few six-packs of beer.
Must-have non-musical item when you’re on tour?
Benge: At least one book.
What 3 things would you have to have in your bag on a road trip?
Benge: Lap Top Computer, Guitar Tuner, and Ear Plugs.
Check out an early ‘Evolution’ album preview
What’s the theme song to your life and why?
Benge: The Benny Hill Theme Song… I spend a good portion of my life moving around at rapid speeds.
If your life were a book or movie, what would the title be?
Benge: Book – ‘Aging As A Pastime’.
Would you rather be a zombie, vampire or werewolf?
Benge: I already look kind of like a werewolf; so, I’ll go with werewolf for a smoother transition.
Cats or Dogs?
If you were a stripper what would your name be?
Benge: Pretzel Dick Johnson.
What are 3 words that describe you?
Benge: Patient (adjective, although the night is young), Well-traveled, Skeptical.
What quote would you put on your Tombstone?
Benge: “He existed.”
What is the Best Movie ever?
Benge: ‘Big Trouble In Little China.’
If you could have anything as a pet, what would it be?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Benge: Mint ‘n’ Chip Ice Cream.
Top 3 songs of all time?
Benge: “All Along the Watchtower” – Jimi Hendrix, “Mr. Crowley” – Ozzy Osbourne, “Got Me Wrong” – Alice In Chains.
If you could hang out with a famous person (dead or alive) for one day, who would it be?
Benge: Abraham Lincoln.
What toppings do you like on your pizza?
Benge: Canadian Bacon and Pineapple.
What was your first concert?
Benge: The Cars.
If you could be a cartoon character who would you be?
Benge: Bugs Bunny.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would play the lead role as you?
Benge: Jim Carrey.
You just won a game show and your prize is a dream vacation! Where are you headed?
Check out the ‘Evolution’ album sampler
How do you drink your coffee?
Favorite book of all time?
Benge: ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle.
What’s the best venue you have ever played and why?
Benge: Machine Shop, Flint, MI – they know how to treat bands and we always have a great turnout!
Wii, Xbox or Playstation?
If you could have dinner with any musician (dead or alive) who would it be?
Benge: Randy Rhoads.
What were you doing in the 80’s?
Benge: Learning how to ride a bike and watching Knight Rider…
Favourite childhood musical memory?
Benge: Watching my dad play guitar!
What’s your secret to great metal hair?