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“Chewing bubblegum and rock ‘n’ roll, and we’re all out of bubblegum.”

Bad Custer is a Pittsburgh based roots rock trio that aren’t afraid to get a little too loud. Find out what I am talking about tonight as the band hits Howlers with End Men and Carney Stomp. My thanks to Jesse Davis (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.


The first album you ever bought?

“Greatest Surfing Songs” by the Beach Boys. Easily the best album to listen while surfing, if that sort of thing were possible.

Your last album bought?

“Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1”. Replaced a lost copy. It was a good decision.

Favorite album of all time?

Bob Dylan “Live 1966”. This is always a difficult question and, while it’s not a studio album, it’s probably the one album I’ve listened to the most. Every single time I hear the audience member call out, “Judas!” at Dylan, and his response of snarling, “I don’t believe you, you’re a liar,” before turning to his band off mic and yelling, “Play fucking loud!” and breaking into a raucous version of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ I get chills.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Dream Theater. All of it.

First concert attended?

The Beach Boys at Three Rivers Stadium.

Last concert?

The Devil Makes Three. Good stuff.

Favorite concert ever?

Bob Dylan with The Raconteurs in Philadelphia.

Least favorite concert?

Either a band named BJ who spent most of the time drunkenly giving “big ups” to Tommy Maddox, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I can’t decide which was worse.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh has really become a great artistic town and it’s awesome to see such a burgeoning music scene happen. There’s a lot of great talent and ideas being born here and it’s a pleasure to live in a place that has become a city of the sciences with a vibrant art culture.

Thanks, Jesse. That ‘Judas’ incident is such a great moment in Dylan history… hell, rock and roll history. So great it’s actually caught on film.