I have survived three auto immune disorders and being put in a medically induced coma back in 2016. I've shared the bill with GG Allin and Murphy's law, bumped in Bob Dylan and the Black Crowes and lived through NY's Punk scene in the 80s. Ask Me ...
I was raised in Italy until I was around four or five. My father was in the US military and ended moving to Huntsville Alabama to work on the deployment of missile systems with Wernher Von Braun. On 9 February 1964, two days before my Birthday, I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. My father cut off the performance after about the first minute of All My Loving, but I was hooked. I knew what I wanted to do with my life. When I was 14 I picked up the guitar and in 1977 became obsessed with British Punk. Over the years down south I got to see the Ramones at Brothers BBQ in Birmingham, met the The Clash, saw Gang of Four and a very young REM in Atlanta and saw everyone from Elvis to Led Zeppelin. In 1982 My Girlfriend and I moved to New York City. My first night in NY I went to see The Sex Pistols great Rock and Roll Swindle at Roxies Roller Rink and I immediately knew I was in the right place. After two years playing gigs and getting ready to go on tour with a group called Velveteen, i was knocked on my ASS by Guillain Barre Syndrome and spent months in the hospital. My face is still paralyzed after almost forty years, After spending years playing NYC clubs like CBGB, the 308 and the living room, I had settled into working as a clerk at a law firm.
In August of 1999 New York was plagued by Mosquitoes. I remember that summer my son was bit on the eye lid! That summer I was bit by a mosquito and was diagnosed with either aseptic meningitis or West Nile Encephalitis(Doctors still aren't sure on that one). Around the same time psoriatic arthritis arthritis began to destroy my hands feet and spine. I worked in this hellish state until 2009 after rupturing a disk in my spine, i was finally forced to call it quits. After a few years retired, my Wife and I got divorced. It was a nasty process, with the wife and I separating almost a dozen times in our marriage. Shortly after the divorce went through, August 6th I went to a medically induced comma. Even though I hadn't had a drink in over a decade, I ended up with end stage liver disease and no one could tell me why. After some kind of crazy miracle I pulled through, to the surprise of everyone and here I am! I've been broken and beaten down but i am still fighting! Ask me Anything!
Here's a record I played guitar on with Velveteen (2)
Here's some medical paper work talking about the Disorders I have had
Edit: Fixed medical picture link