My first Marshall was a Super Lead 100 that I bought along with a 4X12 cabinet that was stenciled 'Ram Jam,' back in 1977.
Yup, the Black Betty rig, and I've not been the same, nor quite right since. Notable tours of duty have included working as a guitar tech for Michael Schenker (McAuley/Schenker days), playing with such notables as Bobby Womack, Iggy Pop, and too many others, and working as a manager in the Guitar Center chain for many years, where I started out at on Sunset Boulevard back in 85.
I currently write my Rock Guitar Daily blog, manage an artist here and there (more on that very soon), and have returned to Los Angeles to seemingly do it all over again.
While I'm at it, I'm going to join a band, or two, as well and make some noise.
That was me you saw talking to Billy Gibbons last week in that Mexican restaurant in Hollywood. Never let the third act be boring. And you'll hear me say this a lot - Rock Ain't Near Dead.
29th December 2016: Tony Conley's Best Of 2016
9th November 2016: Diamond Head Going Strong Across The USA
2nd September 2016: Glenn Hughes And His Band To Die For Know The Way To San Jose
19th March 2016: UFO: Lights Out In San Francisco
20th November 2015: Leslie West: 'Soundcheck'
12th October 2015: Death Dealer: 'Hallowed Ground'
1st October 2015: Scorpions/Queensrÿche: SAP Center, San José, California
25th September 2015: Joel Hoekstra On Whitesnake And Joel Hoekstra's 13 Project
25th August 2015: Neal Morse: 'Morsefest! 2014'
16th June 2015: Coverdale And Hughes, Now Schenker And Bonnet - What A Great, Great Week For Rock
5th June 2015: Whitesnake - The Purple Tour: Wells Fargo Center For The Arts, Santa Rosa, California
6th May 2015: Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock: Rockbar Theater, San José, California
20th April 2015: Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: Unblackened Mass, Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, California
12th April 2015: Mos Generator/Zed/Blackwülf: The Golden Bull Bar, Oakland, California
7th April 2015: Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock: The Boardwalk, Sacramento, California
7th April 2015: Dio Disciples/The Quart Of Blood Technique: Rockbar Theater, San Jose, California
4th April 2015: Damo Fawsett Of Slam Cartel Audio Interview
4th April 2015: Van Halen: 'Tokyo Dome In Concert'
20th March 2015: Andy Tillison Of The Tangent Audio Interview On New Album 'A Spark In The Aether' And Much More
20th March 2015: Chris Impellitteri Audio Interview On New Album 'Venom' And Much More
20th March 2015: Steve Overland Of FM Audio Interview On New Album 'Heroes And Villains' And Much More
19th March 2015: Andy Fraser - Free At Last
7th March 2015: Whitesnake: 'The Purple Album'
6th March 2015: Europe: 'War Of Kings'
3rd March 2015: Eden's Curse: 'Live With The Curse'
3rd March 2015: Wolfpakk: 'Rise Of The Animal'
25th February 2015: Michael Schenker Audio Interview
24th February 2015: Brad Gillis Of Night Ranger Interview - Heading For Islington 02
24th February 2015: Udo Dirkschneider Talks U.D.O. - The Decadent Interview
20th February 2015: Danko Jones Talks About New Album 'Fire Music'
18th February 2015: Nightwish: 'Elan' single
12th February 2015: Alice Cooper Guuitarist Nita Strauss In Conversation With Tony Conley
10th February 2015: Neil Young's PONO Music Player Reviewed
8th February 2015: Graham Bonnet: 'private i (The Archives: Vol. 1)'
8th February 2015: Gary Moore: Four Years Gone
5th February 2015: U.D.O.: 'Decadent'
3rd February 2015: Randy Bachman Audio Interview On New Album 'Heavy Blues'
3rd February 2015: James Williamson Audio Interview On Iggy And The Stooges And Much More...
2nd February 2015: Pete Way Audio Interview On UFO, Michael Schenker And Much More...
31st January 2015: Uli Jon Roth: 'Scorpions Revisited'
31st January 2015: Richie Kotzen Audio Interview
29th January 2015: Randy Bachman: 'Heavy Blues'
27th January 2015: Uli Jon Roth/Vinnie Moore/Black Knights Rising: Rockbar Theater, San Jose, California, USA
26th January 2015: Robin Trower: 'Something's About To Change'
23rd January 2015: The Neal Morse Band: 'The Grand Experiment'
19th January 2015: Damon Johnson Of Black Star Riders Talks In Depth About 'The Killer Instinct'
18th January 2015: Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock: 'Spirit On A Mission'
14th January 2015: The Dictators NYC: The Blue Lamp, Sacramento, California, USA
12th January 2015: Black Star Riders: 'The Killer Instinct'
10th January 2015: Pat Travers Band: 'Live At The Iridium NYC'
31st December 2014: Best Of 2014
16th December 2014: James Williamson: 'Re-Licked'
13th December 2014: Paul Raymond Talks About His Solo Career And 'Rewind 50'
8th December 2014: Paul Raymond: 'Rewind 50'
8th December 2014: Brian May's Red Special: The Story Of The Home-Made Guitar That Rocked Queen And The World
8th December 2014: Revolution Saints: 'Revolution Saints'
1st December 2014: Judas Priest: City National Civic, San Jose, California, USA
19th November 2014: Lynch Mob Makes The Case With 'Burning Sky' Cover
18th November 2014: Foreigner: 'The Best Of 4 & More'
28th October 2014: VHF: 'Very High Frequency'
27th October 2014: Eric Gales: Good For Sumthin''
24th October 2014: Anthrax: 'Chile On Hell' DVD
22nd October 2014: Dave Kilminster: '...and THE TRUTH will set you free...'
22nd October 2014: Sonata Arctica: 'Ecliptica Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition'
15th October 2014: Ross The Boss Interview On The Dictators, Manowar And More
13th October 2014: Celebrating Jon Lord
10th October 2014: Bernie Torme Interview On 'Flowers & Dirt', Ozzy Osbourne, Ian Gillan And Much More
7th October 2014: Mike LePond's Silent Assassins
6th October 2014: Whitesnake: 'Live In 1984 - Back To The Bone'
29th September 2014: Rival Sons: The Fillmore, San Francisco, California
24th September 2014: Bernie Tormé: 'Flowers & Dirt'
18th September 2014: Spike: '100% Pure Frankie Miller'
15th September 2014: Judas Priest: Richie Faulkner Interview
5th September 2014: Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators: 'World On Fire'
29th August 2014: Red Zone Rider: 'Red Zone Rider'
14th August 2014: ZZ Top/Jeff Beck: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California
31st July 2014: Dick Wagner Obituary
30th July 2014: Ace Frehley: 'Space Invader'
30th July 2014: That Metal Show Presents: Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor: Thunder Valley Casino, Northern California
20th June 2014: The Dagger
20th June 2014: The Who: 'Quadrophenia - Live In London'
10th June 2014: Interview With Scott Gorham Of Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy
10th June 2014: Kadavar: 'Live In Antwerp'
30th May 2014: California Breed: Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
27th May 2014: Pinnick Gales Pridgen: 'PGP 2'
27th May 2014: Rival Sons: 'Great Western Valkyrie'
19th May 2014: Black Star Riders: Harlow's, Sacramento, California
16th May 2014: Glenn Hughes Talks About His Split With Joe Bonamassa And Being Excited About California Breed
12th May 2014: Joe Satriani And Jake Brown: 'Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir'
23rd April 2014: Motörhead With Support From Graveyard: Warfield Theater, San Francisco
14th April 2014: Jack Bruce: 'Silver Rails'
9th April 2014: California Breed: 'California Breed'
7th April 2014: Joe Satriani: In Conversation About His Solo Career, Chickenfoot And Collaborations
12th March 2014: Gus G: 'I Am The Fire'
9th March 2014: Korn + King's X + Lynch Mob = KXM = Synergy
1st March 2014: George Lynch's Mob Makes A Good Effort But Stalls Out In Sacramento
20th February 2014: Cynic: 'Kindly Bent To Free Us'
13th February 2014: Bigelf: 'Into The Maelstrom'
12th February 2014: Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock: The Boardwalk, Sacramento, California
5th February 2014: Brian Tichy - MVP For NAMM Week 2014 With Bonzo Bash And Randy Rhoads Remembered Tribute Shows