Ken “Shark Tooth” Vantour – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Ken comes to Korea from Ottawa, Ontario and picked up his first six string after hearing the guitar solo from Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man” when he was thirteen. His influences range from Neil Diamond to Metallica but the biggest are Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, James Hetfield, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He has been with The Manwons since it’s very beginning in 2010 and has lent his talents to other bands such as Johnny 5 Is Alive. Ken’s tasty riffs and pinch harmonics will certainly get your attention at our next gig. As the eldest member his main role in the band is making sure he stays awake during practice.
Birthday: June 30
Place Of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Siblings: 1 older brother, Rick. He owns a School of Rock in Ottawa and plays bass.
Instruments: Guitar, Ukelele, Bass.
Started playing guitar: 13 years old.
First guitar: Sanox stratocastor copy. I still have it but it’s in pieces.
First guitar bought: The first guitar I bought with my own money was a Kramer Focus 6000. I worked at Dairy Queen to get the money to buy it. I still have that, too. I even used it in Korea with my other band Johnny 5.
Riff he wishes he’d written: Ain’t talking ’bout love (Van Halen), Keep Yourself Alive (Queen)
Bands prior to The Man Wons: None.
Favorite Man Wons songs: Original: The Grave.
Cover: Knights of Cydonia
Favorite place: A little town in Ontario called Huntsville, at my buddy Steve’s cottage.
Favorite car: The Golden Egg, a million year old Matiz that James Greig gave me.
Favorite Food: Korean: Kimchi Jiggae (김치찌개)
Other: Anything Mexican
Favorite TV show: Happy Days, Breaking Bad, Family Guy
Favorite Movie: This is Spinal Tap
Favorite Book: Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
Most prized possession: My framed photo
of me and Lemmy.
Favorite sport: I’m Canadian. Whaddya think?
What Ken wants on his tombstone: “See! I told you I was sick!”