Jimmy Eat World is from Mesa, AZ. I got to see them before they hit the big time. Good band. Also Chester Bennington went to high school here in Phoenix. There'* a pretty good music base here I guess. A new band called The Format is from here as well.
Seth had mentioned Van Halen Best of Vol. 1 is the previous post which is also a good choice. Personally 1984 is my favorite Van Halen album. But Best of would be #2.
Christine....you have fantastic taste in music. Metallica with the San Fran. Orchestra is the best!!!! Also the Metallica DVD Cunning Stunts is great too. FInally another woman who enjoys good music!!!!