October 26, 2014

Matt BowerMATT BOWER
REPORTER

If you could travel back in time to live in a certain decade, what would it be?
Totally the 80's! Although I was born in '84 and lived through the latter half of the decade, I was too young to remember it or be aware of it. Music, film, television: As far as I'm concerned, what was produced in these mediums in the 80's has yet to be topped.

What’s your favorite spot in Warwick/Cranston/Johnston?
Warwick: Newbury Comics - You can find me in here just about every Tuesday evening browsing the aisles for new CD releases and forgotten classics. Cranston: Garden City. Johnston: Brewed Awakenings.

What do you do on your days off?
I'm an avid concertgoer, so usually if I'm not working, you can find me at a show. I spent my past two vacations on two very different epic heavy metal journeys. The first was to Germany, where I camped out at a four-day festival, complete with six stages, 90 bands, 75,000 people, and one amazing time! The second, which may top the first, was aboard a Heavy Metal Cruise. Two thousand of us metal heads and 42 bands sailed the high seas from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico and back. And there was a stage on the pool deck of the cruise ship; now how cool is that?!

Tell us something unexpected about yourself.
I'm a huge fan of Weird Al Yankovic. Most people who know me, know me to be a metal head and a fan of the heavier, more aggressive, and more extreme styles of music, but when this wacky guy picks up his accordion and starts parodying the hits of whichever flavor of the month artist is ruling the charts, I just can't help myself. Fun fact: The first CD I ever bought was Weird Al's "The Food Album."

Favorite sports underdog

New England Revolution. Soccer, or football as it's known outside of the United States, is the most popular sport in the world. While its ranks may be growing in the U.S., I don't think it gets much love around here, so I do my part to support the Revs when I can. I grew up playing "the beautiful game" and have never stopped loving it. The Revs have never won the MLS Cup, although they've been to the final several times. Hopefully, this is the year!

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