Lead Guitar – Johnny Nielsen

Music Background

What’s your background, history in music?

Started playing guitar at the age of 13, played in various local bands.

What was your first band?

My first band was Sabotage.

Why did you start playing the guitar?

I would like to say it was for the love of music but let’s be honest, it was for the girls.

Who is your favorite guitar player?

Gary Moore or Michael Schenker, can’t decide.

Who would you like to play guitar with some time?

My brother-in-law who basically got me started on the guitar and taught me a lot of what I know.

Who was your favorite band or artist when you were growing up? Who is your favorite today?

UFO, hands down, still feel the same way.

What is your favorite song?

Crystal Ball by Styx.

What was the first concert you attended? What was the last concert you attended?

REO Speedwagon and Head East at the Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium, most recent was the Eagles at Summerfest.

Do you have any regrets in music?

That I didn’t keep playing the piano that I quit at such a young age.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Practice, practice, practice but make it fun.

Personal Background

What’s your day job?


Who is in your family?

My wife Brenda and two daughters Emma & Gracie.

What is your favorite food?

Italian sausage pizza with green olives, mushrooms & onions.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Door County

What is your pet peeve?

People interrupting when I’m trying to talk.

What is your motto?

Live for the day.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

That I was raised in foster care most of my teenage life.