On July 27, Mark Uricheck of Coal Region Rock conducted an interview with guitarist Chris Garza of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
SUICIDE SILENCE‘s new album, “You Can’t Stop Me”, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous album, “The Black Crown”, opened with 14,400 units back in July 2010 to land at No. 28.
SUICIDE SILENCE‘s 2009 CD, “No Time To Bleed”, registered a first-week tally of 14,000 to enter the chart at No. 32.
“You Can’t Stop Me” first-week chart positions:
“You Can’t Stop Me” is SUICIDE SILENCE‘s first album to feature new vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida (ex-ALL SHALL PERISH) and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker. The CD was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), who worked with the band not only on “The Black Crown”, but also on some instrumental demos for the new effort just prior to Lucker‘s death in the fall of 2012.
The video for the “You Can’t Stop Me” title track can be seen below. The clip was directed by Nathan “Karma” Cox, who has previously worked with LINKIN PARK, BLACK VEIL BRIDES and MARILYN MANSON, among many others.
Mitch Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night.
Regarding the decision to enlist Hermida, guitarist Mark Heylmun told Metalholic.com: “There was really nobody else — we didn’t want to try anybody out. We didn’t want to call people and be, like, ‘You wanna come and jam with us?’ That’s not how this situation seemed like it would work for us. Eddie was just a friend. Somebody that we know is extremely talented, and someone that could put the passion behind the job that it is. To not replace Mitch or be the singer of this band, but to treat the gig that it is. He’s replacing an idol to so many people and he’s also coming into a band that preexists, which is the other four members of it. We just knew he would be able to handle it with respect and knock it out of the park.”
EMIGRATE, the side project of RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, will release its sophomore album, “Silent So Long”, on October 17. According to Amazon.de, the CD, which was mixed in February/March by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED), features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD) and Jonathan Davis (KORN).
Says Kruspe: “For me, it was important to reach a new level of songwriting, singing and production, and I can honestly say we made it.”
EMIGRATE‘s current recording lineup includes drummer Mikko Sirén of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA. Kruspe says: “[Mikko] did a great job laying down the drum tracks in the studio.” The team is rounded out by co-producer and guitarist Olson Involtini and bassist Arnaud Giroux.
“Silent So Long” track listing:
01. Eat You Alive (featuring Frank Dellé)
02. Get Down (featuring Peaches)
03. Rock City (featuring Lemmy Kilmister)
06. Born On My Own
07. Giving Up
08. My Pleasure
09. Happy Times
11. Silent So Long (featuring Jonathan Davis)
A teaser for “Silent So Long” is available below.
In a 2008 interview with All Access Magazine, Kruspe said about EMIGRATE: “It’s not a side project. It’s a new project and it will continue, and will be always a part of me.”
Regarding his decision to launch a band that was different from what he does with RAMMSTEIN, Kruspe said: “It was really important for me to distance myself from what I did with RAMMSTEIN because [several] years I did not feel healthy being in that band. I needed something else. EMIGRATE was formed to balance myself out to cure myself to go back to RAMMSTEIN and be back at the top of my game. Both with RAMMSTEIN and with EMIGRATE.”
Asked in another 2008 interview how long he had been wanting to get his solo project off the ground, Kruspe told Ultimate-Gutar.com : “It actually started a long time ago. I think every guitar player kind of has this thing in their head that they actually want to be a singer, and they’re just afraid or whatever. I think when I’m in RAMMSTEIN, I always thought I’d want to sing. This time I think I had the confidence to do it. I think not getting the attention of the singer, it all comes down to this anyway. I compromised a lot of things in RAMMSTEIN. I didn’t get along with the energy and the rhythm of the other members, and something was wrong. I felt like I wasn’t really happy.”
He continued: “I think to make music, it is something really selfish. You have to do what you’re going to do. That’s the only way you can really make the best music possible. You can’t think in the beginning about anything else besides yourself. So for that, I never really thought about what everybody else was going to think. I had to make myself happy and do what I have to do. I think it’s really important in life in general. We’re here basically to do our own things. One of the reasons why I feel this way is because you learn when you go the unsafe way. It’s really, really important as an artist to explore and to give yourself a challenge, to go the unsafe way. When I did the record, I realized that there was a dangerous part where the fans would basically try to judge me or think that I would break up the band. I would try to let them be a part of it. At the beginning, I would put songs online that they could listen to, showing them what I was doing right now. I tried to be as truthful as possible to let them know that this is something I had to do basically to go back to my old band and be happy again.”
Lloyd Grant, the guitarist who played on the original recording of the METALLICA song “Hit The Lights” in early 1982, joined Ventura, California metallers NIGHT DEMON on stage this past Monday (August 4) at The Five Star Bar in Los Angeles, California to perform “Hit The Lights” and another METALLICA classic, “Seek & Destroy”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
In his “Metallica Unbound” book, noted hard rock journalist K.J. Doughton wrote about Grant‘s brief time with METALLICA, “Lars [Ulrich, drums] and James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] decided, with only hours to go before the ‘Hit The Lights’ demo was due for submission [to be included on Metal Blade Records‘ ‘Metal Massacre’ compilation], that a second lead by a second guitarist would be essential! Lars knew a Jamaican guitarist named Lloyd Grant who was available. So, on the way to Hollywood’s Bijou Studio where Brian Slagel [Metal Blade Records head honcho] was already finished mixing the other ‘Metal Massacre’ tracks, the band screeched into Grant‘s driveway, lugged the four-track into his front room, and watched him churn a second lead break. The ‘Hit the Lights’ recipe was now complete.”
“I remember we had this four-track recorder,” explained Hetfield, recalling the last-minute struggle. “It had tracks for drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Because there were no vocals in certain parts of the song, we could punch a lead in on the vocal track. I remember we wanted to get another solo on, so we stopped by Lloyd‘s house and hooked up some little fuckin’ amp and just ripped through a solo. It was the first take. We went into the studio and that solo ended up on the record. It’s a fuckin’ great solo, man!”
Although many stories claim Grant was actually a member of METALLICA, James maintains that this single, slapdash encounter was the only time he was involved with the band. Other associates remember that Grant was a talented Delta blues player who had a knack for tasty leads. “He could play leads like a motherfucker,” said James, “but his rhythm stuff was not very tight.”
The second and third pressings of “Hit The Lights” for “Metal Massacre” included Dave Mustaine and not Grant.
Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz of Florida death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE at the July 27 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Hartford, Connecticut. You can now watch the chat below.
CANNIBAL CORPSE will release its new album, “A Skeletal Domain”, on September 16 via Metal Blade Records.
The CANNIBAL CORPSE collective — vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, bassist Alex Webster, guitarists Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz — approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they’ve switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, after having tracked their previous three outings (“Kill”, “Evisceration Plague”, “Torture”) with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve-ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic, meticulously executed brutality.
Preparation for “A Skeletal Domain” did not vary significantly from previous efforts. “At the end of the day, we’re still making a death metal record, no matter where it’s being recorded,” relays Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that they could not be more pleased with their previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future. Changing producers is something the band has historically done after every few albums, if only to not get too comfortable. CANNIBAL CORPSE also tried to step outside of their comfort zone when it came to songwriting and their musical performances.
“Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That’s what makes this exciting,” Webster adds. “Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it’s not same-old same-old.” Mark Lewis would concur with Webster’s analysis and even goes a step further by claiming that “there are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history.”
“A Skeletal Domain” track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. High Velocity Impact Spatter
02. Sadistic Embodiment
03. Kill Or Become
04. A Skeletal Domain
05. Headlong Into Carnage
06. The Murderer’s Pact
07. Funeral Cremation
08. Icepick Lobotomy
09. Vector Of Cruelty
10. Bloodstained Cement
11. Asphyxiate To Resuscitate
12. Hollowed Bodies
The song “Sadistic Embodiment” can be streamed below.
Regarding the musical direction of the new CANNIBAL CORPSE material, Webster told Metal Wani: “I think it’s… a dark-sounding album. Which, you know, it’s a death metal album, so, of course, it should be kind of dark and eerie sounding anyway, but I think this one a little more than normal. That was kind of the direction the songwriting went in. Pat [O’Brien, guitar] actually wrote a lot on this album. This will be the first album where Pat wrote more songs than anyone else. He’s really been super motivated, and he’s been writing some great, great material that we’re all really excited about. And some of it, it’s very evil-sounding stuff. So I think our fans will be very happy. There’s nothing on here that’s even a million miles close to being a sellout, you know what I mean?! It’s definitely full-on evil death metal. I think everyone will enjoy it.”
Continuing with the momentum of celebrating their 25th anniversary, Sweden’s extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH have announced the reissue of their 2004 one-song EP, “I”, via Nuclear Blast. The album artwork and concept are courtesy of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake, who comments on the EP’s mutant resurrection: “This 21-minute madness that is the song ‘I’ is something we’ve always been extremely proud of!!
“Originally recorded for Jason Popson‘s Fractured Transmitter record label, this was a ‘one-off’ that Nuclear Blast gave us the go-ahead for — as we were under contract with them. Our plan was to just quickly write a little nugget of a song to help our friend Jason to kinda kickstart his label. It wasn’t quick, however. We ended up spending a couple months on this thing as it just kept evolving and kind of took on a life of its own.
“This song is really different as it wasn’t ‘written’ in the normal sense, but recorded without anything more than very open guidelines/ideas as to what kind of style we wanted each part to have. For example: The initial one-and-a-half-minute drum fill is an excerpt of around a 15-minute recording of me just randomly going off on a kick/tom fill. Once we had chosen which part of it to use, we had to chart out the hits on paper and guitarists Fredrik [Thordendal] and Mårten [Hågström] then basically used sight-reading/Avista to get the hits right while recording. And this is how we continued through the whole song/process.
“We often get the question, ‘When will you guys play ‘I’?’ — and though I’m sure it could be done with a lot of listening and hard work, it’s really too unstructured a track. It would take up too much time and effort to make sense.
“We’re super stoked now to have this be re-released under the Nuclear Blast flag. Distribution and access to this little demon of a song was never quite what we had wished back when this was released, so we’re thrilled to see it be brought back to life!!
“To further add value to this re-release, we added a couple live tracks and another weird little track ‘Pitch Black’ that some of our fans may have heard, but probably not all, as it was only released in a limited number.”
“I”‘s 21-minute title track has been re-mastered and includes two live tracks recorded during the 2012-2013 “The Ophidian Trek” world tour, plus an extremely limited studio track recorded in July 2003 at MESHUGGAH‘s own Fear & Loathing studio in Stockholm, Sweden that has never previously appeared on a studio album.
The track listing for “I” is:
02. Bleed (live)
03. Dancers To A Discordant System (live)
04. Pitch Black
Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA have entered Fascination Street Studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (KREATOR, PARADISE LOST, OPETH) to begin recording their new album for a tentative late 2014/early 2015 release. The follow-up to 2010’s “Aqua” will mark the band’s first release with new members, acclaimed Italian vocalist Fabio Lione (VISION DIVINE, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT) and drummer Bruno Valverde.
Speaking to TV Rock Live at this past June’s Hellfest in Clisson, France, ANGRA guitarist Kiko Loureiro stated about what fans can expect to hear on the forthcoming CD (see video below): “The musical changes always happen because we change as persons as well. So not only the lineup changes. So you can expect some changes, of course, with Fabio, a different voice. We try to search for new ways of doing music, so for sure you guys are gonna hear some different and new stuff, but the core and the essence of ANGRA is gonna be always there anyway.”
Regarding the departure of drummer Ricardo Confessori and addition of Valverde, ANGRA bassist Felipe Andreoli said: “Bruno, we’ve been playing with him, me and Kiko, for the past two and half years, with Kiko‘s solo trio. So when it was time for Ricardo to go… Ricardo has other objectives in life now, and he wants to be more at home and not on the road so much; he has a family and he has some other stuff that he wants to do. So when it was time for another drummer for ANGRA, we knew that Bruno would be the right choice, because he’s a very versatile drummer and we’re not a strict power metal band, so we need these elements of other styles and other types of music to be brought into the band. That’s very important to keep the band fresh and have new elements and new ideas.”
ANGRA celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of its 1993 debut album, “Angels Cry”, with a special concert on August 25, 2013 at HSBC Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil. The performance, which featured special guest appearances by Tarja Turunen (NIGHTWISH) and Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS), was professionally filmed and recorded for the “Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour” DVD and a double CD, containing over 20 tracks in total and extra behind-the-scenes footage captured during the latest tour.
Singer Eduardo “Edu” Falaschi quit ANGRA in May 2012. He explained in a statement, “There comes a moment in a man’s life when it is necessary to make a radical decision in order to move forward with dignity and renewed energy.”
Falaschi joined ANGRA in 2000 and appeared on the band’s last four studio albums — 2001’s “Rebirth”, 2004’s “Temple Of Shadows”, 2006’s “Aurora Consurgens” and 2010’s “Aqua”.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley will perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” next Tuesday, August 12. The former KISS guitarist will sit in with the house band THE ROOTS for the program’s entirety.
In other news, Frehley will take part in a one-time-only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, New York City on Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Fehley’s new album, “Space Invader”, signed by the Space Man himself.
“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, will be released in North America on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The CD, which will be made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, will include 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”.
Asked what the songwriting process was like for “Space Invader”, Frehley told Guitar World magazine: “You know, all my life I’ve never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There’s no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There’s a song on the new album called ‘Into The Vortex’. It’s a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing.”
Ace also spoke about the recording process for “Space Invader”, telling Guitar World: “I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it’s quiet and there aren’t all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass.”
On the topic of whether there were things about 2009’s “Anomaly” that he wanted to change with “Space Invader”, Ace said: “I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I’m also doing an instrumental this time, called ‘Starship’, that isn’t slow. It’s a departure from the ‘Fractured Mirror’ style. It’s more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it.”
Frehley also explained his decision to cover Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”, saying: “It was the record company’s idea, to be honest. And I was a little resistant when it first came up. But then I thought back to my 1978 solo record, when [producer] Eddie Kramer‘s assistant said to me, ‘Why don’t you try this song?’ And it was ‘New York Groove’. At first I said, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ and it turned out to be my biggest hit. So maybe history can repeat itself.”
The “Space Invader” cover artwork was created by Frehley‘s longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS‘ best-selling LPs “Destroyer” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977).
British progressive metallers THRESHOLD will release their new album, “For The Journey”, on September 22 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2012’s “March Of Progress” was produced at Thin Ice Studios in England by THRESHOLD members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards) and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland.
The first trailer for “For The Journey” can be seen below. Watch as guitarist and producer Karl Groom walks you through Thin Ice Studios and chats about the guitars used on the new album.
“For The Journey” marks THRESHOLD‘s second release with vocalist Damian Wilson since his return to the band in 2007. Damian spoke to Prog magazine about the band’s relationship and how easy it was recording the new album: “I think it’s just the fact that we’ve become really good friends and it’s the companionship in the band,” he said. “We seem to care a lot about each other and we’ve become really close. So we thoroughly enjoy making music together.”
“For The Journey” track listing:
01. Watchtower On The Moon
03. The Box
04. Turned To Dust
05. Lost In Your Memory
06. Autumn Red
07. The Mystery Show
08. Siren Sky
09. I Wish I Could (digipak, vinyl and digital versions)
10. Lost In Your Memory (acoustic version) (vinyl and digital versions)
Commented West: “‘For The Journey’ is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I’ve probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process, but now that’s it’s over, I still can’t stop listening to it!”
The official lyric video for the song “Watchtower On The Moon” can be seen below.
The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Leszek Bujnowski, whom THRESHOLD found on the Internet. “He’s designed some beautiful pieces and we thought this was a perfect THRESHOLD cover,” stated West.
Genre-hopping vocal powerhouse Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM joined classical-rock crossover violinist Lindsey Stirling last night (Wednesday, August 6) to perform the title track of Stirling‘s sophomore album, “Shatter Me”, on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. Video footage of the performance can be seen below.
The studio version of the “Shatter Me” song — featuring Hale — was released as the first single and video from the CD, which debuted at an impressive No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 56,000 copies.
Stirling, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, told rock journalist Gary Graff it wasn’t a collaboration she envisioned prior to making the album. “I was looking for a singer who’s just a powerhouse singer…women who can belt out those power ballads, “she said. “I started to dig into (HALESTORM) videos and thought, ‘Wow, this girl is powerful,’ almost a perfect mix between a little bit of (EVANESCENCE‘s) Amy Lee‘s style and the power of Hayley Williams from PARAMORE. So I reached out to (HALESTORM‘s management) and immediately they responded.”
She added: “It was funny, because Lzzy had never heard of me and I’d never heard of Lzzy, but we immediately became fans of each other’s music and respectful of each other. We have similar stories; they’re a self-made band that paved their way through touring the world over and over again and working their records, where I did it through YouTube. It’s just cool how we can have this respect for each other as self-made artists who did it their own way. And I absolutely loved Lzzy; she’s one of my favorite people in the world.”
“Shatter Me” video (featuring Lzzy Hale):
Studio footage from “Shatter Me” recording sessions:
ANTHRAX guitarist, author, and television personality Scott Ian had a lot to say on the European and United States legs of his “
Speaking Swearing Words” tour.
After decades-worth of international touring with ANTHRAX, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences — Ian certainly had some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.
“Swearing Words” is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. Now, you can experience Scott‘s “Swearing Words” tour by way of “Swearing Words In Glasgow”, available via Megaforce Records on November 13.
The “Swearing Words In Glasgow” DVD is a full performance recording, filmed towards the end of the tour run in Glasgow, Scotland, and is being funded by a wildly popular PledgeMusic campaign, which surpassed its goal with the help of gracious and dedicated fans.
To pre-order the DVD or for more information, visit the PledgeMusic campaign page here.
Scott Ian previously stated about the “Speaking Words” tour: “I’m calling it ‘Speaking Words’ because the pretension of saying I am doing a ‘spoken-word’ tour is too much to bear. This ain’t no poetry reading. This isn’t an evening of sensitive discourse.
“It’s an evening of ridiculous truth. It’s me talking (swearing) about this insane life I’ve led over the last 31 years, the people I’ve met and the shit that’s happened. And when I’m done swearing, you can ask me anything you want, the floor is yours.”
In an interview with Decibel magazine, Ian stated about the “Speaking Words” tour: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve always been trying to figure out how can I do this, how would I ever make this possible. I’ve seen [Henry] Rollins do it all these years; I saw Rollins, maybe on the first time he ever did a tour I went to see what it was going to be about. I mean, I am a huge fan of Rollins’ music and I had read all his books at the time, so I really knew that he had a point of view and something he needed to express and he did it really well. It’s something that I always wanted to do and I finally had the opportunity this year; doing this one-off show in London. I was approached by the band’s agent, who basically put it together, and asked, ‘Are you interested in doing this?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely. I’ve been kinda waiting for this to happen but I didn’t know how to kick-start it.’ I did the one show in London and I enjoyed myself so much, I had such a good time with it that I was like, ‘Can I do more of this? How do we do more of this?’ They came back and said, ‘There’s a lot of interest in it, do you wanna do a tour?’ I was like, ‘Sign me up! Let’s find a window when it works and go and do it.'”
Asked where he got the material from and whether it was something that he had sketched out in advance, Scott said: “No! I did absolutely zero rehearsal. I didn’t even know how to prepare for it, truthfully. The show was booked months in advance, and I had all these months to think about it, and think, ‘Okay, I’m going to put a whole show together… ‘ Because I am friends with a lot of stand-up comedians and a lot of writers, and I am a big fan of comedy and certainly live stand-up comedy. I’ve seen my friends do it and I think that it’s the most challenging thing in the world just to sit down, write jokes, get on stage and make people laugh. I mean, I think that’s the hardest thing in the entertainment industry. It doesn’t get any more raw than that, and I am certainly not a joke writer nor am I a stand-up comedian, but I just feel that my life is, in so many ways, ridiculous. The last 32 years of my life spent in a metal band; I’ve got so many stories, whether it’s shit that I’ve done, people that I’ve met, stories that I know from other people … I’ve kinda been in this bubble for so long. I sit around in bars with my friends and I’ll get around to telling stories, as we all do, and most of my friends are in this industry or connected to it somehow, so we all have stories and we all sit down and tell stories to each other and crack each other up. I always felt that people need to hear this stuff. This shit is hilarious. It’s just a really fun thing for me to do, to relate to people on that level. That’s what it is. That’s what the material is; it’s shit that I have been through in my life.”
Journalist and musician Barbara Caserta of Italy’s Linearock conducted an interview with SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan when the band played at Circolo Magnolia in Milan, Italy on August 4. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he ever gets tired of having to constantly answer questions about the possibility of a reunion of SKID ROW‘s classic lineup — featuring Sebastian Bach on vocals — Bolan said: “It’s just one of those things. Whenever there’s change, people always want the original, however it was. It’s like anything. When a car changes its style a little bit, they’re, like, ‘Ah, I don’t like these anymore.’ But it’s the same car, and it does all the same stuff. So it doesn’t really bother me. And it gets less and less. And people are very accepting. And Johnny‘s [Solinger, current SKID ROW singer] been in the band for 14 years, so it’s working out good. [laughs]”
Speaking to the Dallas Obsever back in May, Bolan was asked whether people still ask about Sebastian Bach almost 15 years since Solinger joined SKID ROW. “Yes, you’ll get them occasionally from the purists, the people who can’t deal with change,” Bolan replied. “The majority love Johnny and they know he is all about SKID ROW. When people bring it up, you have to kind of shrug your shoulders and say that it is really a dated question.”
Regarding whether the hatchet has been buried with Sebastian, Bolan said: “No. He does his thing and we do ours. We don’t speak and that’s that.”
Bolan was full of praise for Solinger, telling the Dallas Observer: “When he came to the audition, we were half way through the second song and we knew he was the guy. He came in so well prepared. We threw him a couple curve balls with a couple of deep tracks and he absolutely blew us away. And after 15 years, we are still having fun.”
Asked if the fans initially give Johnny a hard time, Rachel said: “A couple here and there, but not really. The majority of SKID ROW fans are very open-minded and they were cool with it. As long as they got to hear their favorite songs being sung the way Johnny does and they are down.”
In an April 2014 interview with RockRevolt Magazine, Bach spoke about the friction between him and his former bandmates, saying, “When I read interviews with [members of] my old band [SKID ROW] and they say, ‘We get along great with our new singer. We have barbeques and drink tequila together.’ You know what? I don’t give a fuck about barbeques.
“You don’t hear [THE ROLLING STONES singer] Mick Jagger saying that he loves working with Keith Richards and that they have barbeques together. You hear Mick saying that he hates working with Richards!
“Newsflash: Rachel Bolan doesn’t like me for what we’ve been talking about, but I would work with him anytime, because the result of that dynamic is really good music.
“I don’t think you have to be best friends with everybody to work with them.”
Bach in July 2012 posted a letter on his Facebook page in which he said he was willing to reunite with SKID ROW. “For the fans, I would be willing to put my ego aside and do something that would be special for the people who put us where we are today,” he wrote. “I do not personally want it myself. But it’s not always about ‘what I want.’ If the fans really want to see us together, I would do it for the fans. Sometimes you can do things for people other than yourself.”
Bach said he wanted to write the letter in response to Solinger‘s interview in which Johnny said a tweet by Bach about a possible SKID ROW reunion was an attempt to “get attention.”
Speaking to SCTimes.com, Bolan stated about Sebastian‘s departure from SKID ROW, “We thought we were disbanded and that we’d never do it again. Then we kept getting e-mails and the management office was getting lots of letters about people wanting to see SKID ROW on stage and we really started to miss it. We knew if we got back together, we were going to do things different.”
He added, “When Johnny joined the band [in 1999], that really gave us a kick in the ass. It was a different guy there and everything that came out of that guy was positive.”
On the topic of the persistent rumors of a reunion with Sebastian, Bolan said, “Actually, there were never any talks. Ever. That was all just total rumor. We got rid of him in the ’90s and never looked back. . . After the first tour [with Solinger on vocals], it seemed like this is the way it’s always been. It’s so weird, I’ll hear an old song on the radio and it just sounds so bizarre to me because I’m so used to Johnny singing it.”
SKID ROW — Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave “Snake” Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — has just released a new seven-song EP, “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two”, via Megaforce Records. The CD contains covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.
As MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s farewell tour gets underway, Tommy Lee isn’t just causing fans to leap from their seats ― he’s causing them to look under them. In an innovative way to engage his fans in an issue close to his heart, Tommy hosted a scavenger hunt at the band’s show near SeaWorld San Diego. Following clues that Tommy tweeted, fans tried to find a “SeaWorld Kills” T-shirt hidden by his friends at PETA. The fan who found the shirt won backstage passes to meet Tommy and celebrated his win by tweeting a picture of the shirt.
“In addition to the buzz generated at the show, Tommy‘s half-million Twitter followers all learned about the cruel treatment and confinement of orcas at SeaWorld, which is a huge boost to our campaign,” says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews.
Tommy and PETA will conduct similar scavenger hunts at MÖTLEY CRÜE shows near SeaWorld parks in Texas and Florida.
Southwest Airlines last week ended a 25-year partnership with SeaWorld following a petition signed by 30,000 people to “stop promoting SeaWorld animal cruelty.”
SeaWorld has been losing favor with the public ever since the documentary “Blackfish” — starring a quartet of former SeaWorld employees — raised questions about the marine park’s treatment of its animals and the safety of its staff.
In 2010, Lee fired off a letter to SeaWorld over its treatment of the 12,000-pound orca named Tilikum which was involved in the death of three people, most recently Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old trainer with 16 years of experience at SeaWorld. Lee complained about the way SeaWorld got whale sperm from Tilikum, writing, “We know from SeaWorld‘s own director of safety (as well as videos on the web) that the way you get his sperm is by having someone get into the pool and masturbate him with a cow’s vagina filled with hot water.
“Even in my wildest days with MOTLEY CRUE, I never could’ve imagined something so sick and twisted.”