I'm about to turn 46. I'm from a family of teachers and all 4 siblings took piano lessons early on. I had a friend in the neighbourhood that played both bass and guitar and I would jam to him on cardboard boxes. At the age of eight, I begged my parents for lessons & (bless their souls!) they found me a local teacher. I got my first drum set for Christmas that year! I am eternally grateful to them for this gift and encourage you all to offer this to your children.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I really had to dig to answer this question....I had totally forgotten that my parents snuck the whole family into the tail-end of a Sha Na Na concert in Hyannis Mass. in the summer of '79. I remember them closing the show with "Goodnight Sweetheart" with Bowzer doing the deep baritone hook, like the ending of their 70's t.v. show, but I was seeing it for real! Simpler times!
What gear do you use?
Most of the gear I play with these days is vintage. I have restored and resold over a dozen kits since I updated my answer to this question, but the kit I use the most is a 1969 Rogers with chrome-over-brass Dynasonic snare drum.