The Reno music scene would truly be incomplete without the guitar wizardry of Scott Schlingheyde. He currently plays guitar for bands including Cyanate, From the Ruins, Alice Unchained and Reverse the Cycle. He’s got one hell of a musical resume—and some electrifying skills handling a guitar to back that up. Schlingheyde is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Elvis, and not the good Elvis. I really don’t remember much of it. My first awesome concert was Ozzy, which I may not remember that well, either.
What was the first album you owned?
Styx, Paradise Theatre. It had a badass hologram on the B side of the album. Then it was Kiss, a lot of Kiss, then AC/DC and Maiden.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Iron Maiden is always in the mix, but I have been listening to a lot of heavy stuff lately. Also, Alice in Chains; I’ve been busy learning those for Alice Unchained.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Christmas music … fa la no.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Jimi Hendrix. I would have loved to see him live.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
It all makes me wanna play more guitar.
What’s your favorite music venue?
Virginia Street Brewhouse has the best stage to play on. You can’t help but feel like a rockstar up there.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
Ooh, don’t get me stuck on that one. Luckily, it’s gone for the moment.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Kiss. That is when I knew I wanted to play guitar.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would ask Randy Rhoads to miss the bus on March 18, 1982, and meet up with the band later on the 20th.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Dreamer Deceiver,” Judas Priest.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Probably Piece of Mind, Iron Maiden, but there are so many favorites.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
From the Ruins, “No Honor.”