When did you first play RB?/When did you know you were hooked?
I drove from Columbia, MO to Champaign, IL to some friends's party. They were big gamers and they were showing off their RB setup and their giant HDTV. I've never played a plastic guitar game before but I really got into the parts I played (no vocals!). After the party I was staying the night so I popped in GH3 to try that as well. I was hooked on the genre but I didn't know which one to get. On one hand, I had more fun with Rock Band, but on the other I was more of a single player type of person (ie I had no one to play with back home). My friends told me to get Rock Band anyway. When I went back home I dropped $600 on a 360, RB1, and other equipment. From there, I was the one having Rock Band parties, I picked up my brother's guitar, and a music fan was made.
Discover any new bands through RB?
I was a total music noob pre-RB. I grew up listening to the Beatles and didn't have time for 'other music.' I opened up some in the 90's but there were still huge gaps in my listeneing. Here is a partial list of bands I totally love now due to RB: The Who, Metric, Foreigner, Paramore. Also I've gotten a lot more into musicians I knew before like Nirvana, Green Day, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie.