LA GUNS: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Review
I already know your first instinct; “Izzy, you are friends with the band. You are in a band with the bass player (Johnny Martin). You consider Ace Von Johnson your best friend. Tracii Guns thinks you are a swell guy. Phil Lewis sometimes remembers who you are. Friend with now former drummer Shane Fitzgibbon (who played like a monster on this record). You are going to kiss their ass in a love filled review.” Well, let me go on the record to tell you that the reason I love this record is because it’s a great fucking record.
In the second offering from LA GUNS since Tracii Guns came home, the band kicks it up another notch above the previous release The Missing Peace.
The Missing Peace was a great album, but the brand new offering available worldwide on March 29, 2019, The Devil You Know is a step above it. From the very first listen I knew it was even better.
I had heard a couple tracks prior to the album being available for review and I knew right away I would love it. The hard rock and punk roots of the band shine through from front to back.
Gone Honey has a hint of The Cult meets Blue Oyster Cult meets LA GUNS. Needle To The Bone has a riff reminiscent of Freak by FLIPP before going in that classic LA GUNS mode. Fucking beautiful.
The first single and title track The Devil You Know is a great precursor to an album filled with the testicular fortitude that only the LA GUNS can bring. But then again, when you have Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns together with Johnny Martin chiming in, how bad could it really be? Your answer? I can’t be bad. I highly recommend The Devil You Know.
- Stay Away
- Loaded Bomb
- The Devil You Know
- Needle To The Bone
- Going High
- Gone Honey
- Don’t Need To Win
- Down That Hole
- Another Season In Hell
- Boom (CD & DIGITAL BONUS TRACK)
Rudy Sarzo From RX Magazine September 2010
I came across an old, old interview I did with Rudy Sarzo who we all know from Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Dio, and more. I wanted to share this with you all.
Rudy Sarzo has played bass with some seriously successful bands. He was member of Quiet Riot with Randy Rhoads and during their rise to success, he was a member of Whitesnake when they exploded in the mid 80s, he was a member of Dio with the late and legendary Ronnie James Dio, and he was a part of Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz band with Randy.
Rudy recently wrote a book called “Off The Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz” about his stint with Ozzy and more importantly to answer the question, “What was it like to play with Randy Rhoads?”
I had a chance to talk to Rudy about that, dealing with the loss of his Randy, and a whole bunch of other stuff so sit back and enjoy my conversation with Rudy Sarzo.
Izzy Presley – The first time you toured the country, let alone the world was with Ozzy. Who did you learn the most from in that first go around?
Rudy Sarzo – Wow, that’s a good question. That’s not an answer that I can just give you a one layer answer because there’s a lot of people that I learned from. It was one of those situations that I was aware that I was gonna get a lot from it as far as a new experience, so I really kept my ears open and my mouth shut.
Musically? I had already played with Randy, of course Randy was playing on a completely different level than he had been playing with Quiet Riot. Nevertheless the core of what Randy was as a musician, he had already defined that with Quiet Riot before he joined Ozzy. It’s just that when he joined Ozzy he took it to another level.
So I learned that from him and I learned also how to make the transition. He went from being a local musician to being a world class rock star when he joined Ozzy, you know, the whole evolution. So I learned how to handle that by just pacing yourself and not letting it get to your head and more or less just keep concentrating on your musicianship.
Also, with Tommy Aldridge, I had never played with a drummer who was performing at that level, so I had to rise to the occasion and try to keep up with him. I had to try to become a better bass player.
Bass players to me are the guys who are part of the rhythm section so you always have to play with the drummer. Tommy gave me the opportunity to rise to the occasion and play with someone who was playing at his absolute best behind the kit. He never had a bad show. At his worst he was great, at his best he was Tommy Aldridge. He had no comparison. He was in a league all his own.
Ozzy? I learned about the intangibles. He has a quality that you just can’t define. He is a rock star, he was born a rock star.
With Sharon Osbourne, well Sharon Arden at the time because they weren’t married yet; I learned about the do’s and don’ts about business. She was an incredible business woman. I would say about 90% of what I know about the music industry I learned from watching her.
Izzy Presley – There are a lot of press clippings and reviews included in the book, but my favorite one was the review your mom gave of the Fort Lauderdale, FL show. Were you surprised to hear her break it down like she did?
Rudy Sarzo – I was very surprised because I figured they (mom and dad) would come and see the show and be impressed by the lighting or production or whatever, even though we had minimal production.
In my family we had performers with my uncles so she was surrounded with that so she wasn’t really impressed with the glitz or whatever that goes along with showbiz, so she was very honest in her review of what was going on onstage. She nailed it.
My mom had never really seen me before in an arena level band, but it’s not like my mom had went to see me play in a bar. I thought that being at this level that they were going to be impressed, but she was very analytical of the whole presentation.
Izzy Presley – At one point in the book you kind of imply that when Ozzy’s wife at the time was around that there might have been something going on between Sharon and Randy.
Rudy Sarzo – No, no, no. As a matter of fact it is not implied, it is explained as to why it happened. Actually, she wrote about it in her book which came out publicly. It was published about a year to a hear and a half before mine and in it she talked about it before the book even saw the light of day.
As a matter of fact she went on Howard Stern and then she went on Larry King to talk about it and I got a call about it from Cathy Rhodes, Randy’s sister about that subject. I said “it was pretty much common knowledge to everybody within our circle that that had happened, it’s just now it sees the light of day because Sharon wrote about it in the book.”
You can actually trace that information back to her coming out and saying it, I was just putting it in perspective as to how it happened and from the information that I got from Randy himself.
Izzy Presley – How long did it take you to come to grips, get over, and move on from what happened with the crash and losing Randy?
Rudy Sarzo – About twenty years. What I got out of the book; writing the book was something that I did not expect, that was not the purpose of writing the book; which was closure. I didn’t know that I needed to get closure of that I WAS going to get closure out of writing the book. I wrote the book to answer one question; “what was it like to play with Randy Rhoads” , so it took me that long to actually say “now I can move on”.
You never really heal completely, you just learn how to live with it.
Izzy Presley – Do you think that Ozzy ever has gotten over losing Randy?
Rudy Sarzo – The one thing I really wanted to present in my book was the Ozzy pre-crash and the Ozzy in the months after; how he turned into the Ozzy that everybody knows right now; which is somebody who is living with that.
I certainly hope that he does get that closure someday. Maybe he had as we speak, I don’t know, but everybody finds closure their own way.
Izzy Presley – How good do you think Ozzy could have been without the excess of drugs and alcohol?
Rudy Sarzo – I think that he would be exactly the same. I’m not saying that he is successful because of drugs and alcohol; he is successful because he is very talented and he is surrounded by very talented people, and he puts out quality product. Basically he’s the everyday man and people relate to him because they see a bit of themselves in Ozzy, or a lot.
Izzy Presley – Have you ever returned to Cuba?
Rudy Sarzo – No, but it’s interesting that you ask me that question because we have actually been invited to perform at Guantanamo Bay by one of the high ranking officials at the base. That would be such an incredibly rewarding experience on so many levels: performing for our troops and to be in the island but not necessarily on Cuban soil because it’s on the base on Guantanamo Bay, but never the less it would be such a rewarding experience.
Izzy Presley – You are a legal immigrant. You came here the right way when you were a child. What are your thoughts on the immigration bill that was passed in Arizona?
Rudy Sarzo – Well, it’s like this. Illegal is illegal. Whether it is immigration, drugs, or what ever else you want to attach illegal to. I live in California. I know that we are impacted by illegal immigration here on so many levels and like I said, illegal is illegal.
When I go through TSA at the airport nearly daily as I do with all my travels, I show all my legal documents because I’ve got nothing to hide. If you want to go further and check my bags then go ahead, I have nothing to hide. It is only going to affect the people that do have something to hide. It’s like what is the problem with being legal?
It took my family about a year or year and a half to come to the United States legally, to be sponsored. So we got our tickets, we got our passports, we got on a plane, and we came here legally. I travel the world and the countries that are the hardest to get into are the countries that are here illegally the most in the United States.
For me getting into Mexico, getting into Venezuela, all the South American countries, we are constantly hassled making sure that the promoter has all the paperwork, our work permits, our visas, everything, and we are only going to be there for like 24 hours. We are obviously going there to perform, get out, and comeback home.
If they make it so hard t come into their country, why should we be the ones who make it so easy for anyone to walk into. Their country doesn’t allow that, but why should we be the one country that does allow that? I’m speaking from experience; I will debate this with anybody. I know how hard it is to enter those countries because I do it every single year.
Izzy Presley – You talk about being a Beatles fan in the book and this will probably run in August which was the month that Elvis supposedly died in. Were you an Elvis guy too?
Rudy Sarzo – Supposedly dying, I like that. I actually wrote a script about that, him supposedly dying.
Last year we actually got to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton in the Elvis Show Room. We were following Barry Manilow. Not only am I a fan, but I do understand Elvis’ contribution to not only the music industry but the whole American Phsyci and culture.
Elvis was the United States first entertainer who was a triple threat. He was a recording artist, a performer, and a movie star, and he was one of a kind. If you look at Elvis he was different from anybody that came before him or after him. There has never been a replacement for Elvis.
Along with that he was American royalty; I mean they crowned him “The King”. Of course you got Michael Jackson who was the Prince of Pop or The King of Pop, but Elvis was Elvis. He has so many musical contributions because he could be pop, he could be gospel, he could be country; incredible entertainer.
I get stories from executives at the Hilton that claim every time Robert Plant comes to town he requests Elvis’ penthouse. There is so much at that Hilton, so much of Elvis’ DNA all over the place. That literally was built for him so impact that he had on my era is that he is my heroes hero. So yes I was an Elvis fan even if I wasn’t effected directly, he effected the people who inspired me. As I grow older I realize not only the impact he had musically, but the impact he had on the culture.
When I watch a show like “American Idol”, they might as well call it “looking for the next Elvis”, because that is what they are trying to do. They are still searching for it. I think that if they did the show would be over. They wouldn’t be able to top themselves because they still haven’t found one.
The experience for me of playing at the Hilton, knowing that Elvis sweat here, knowing that he played on this stage, or going through his dressing room, or recently they had discovered some rooms, some secret passages and stuff he used to use during the show so I’ve been there.
I think that when Elvis died, a big part of America died with him; I mean when he was pronounced dead. I’m not saying whether he is dead or live because what do I know, but it is possible that he died that day. I do believe that a big part of America died that day, and its something that a lot of people are still holding onto or still trying to capture. I am talking about magic, real magic. A magic that certain performers have and when they pass a magical sense in our lives goes with them.
I had the privilege of being a member of Dio, up until recently when Ronnie passed away. In retrospect, all the times I had hanging and playing with him, it was a sense of loss of magic that he brought to my life and is one of the things that I will miss the most. He was the last of that type of performer, someone who has such a huge legacy and every time you went on stage with him you were guaranteed that you were going to experience that magic whether you were in the audience or standing next to him on stage.
Izzy Presley – It’s so easy to say about someone when they pass that they were a good person, but like Randy I had heard the same about Dio, that he was truly and honestly a good person and super nice guy.
Rudy Sarzo – Absolutely, but they know that because that’s the way that they choose to live. I think that kindness is something that you have to be conscience of if you are a human being. Being kind to each other is something that you must practice and I know that they were aware of because it is something that they practiced every day.
Izzy Presley – What is one thing that you want people to take from the book?
Rudy Sarzo – Well, the reason that I wrote it. I want people to know what it was like playing with Randy Rhoads and what kind of impact his life had not only on me, but on the rest of the people that came into contact with him either through his music or experiencing him as a human being.
**Off The Rails is available in bookstores everywhere and on rudysarzo.com
The Past Meets The Present With L.A. Guns New Record “The Missing Peace”
In their first effort since the 2012 release “Hollywood Forever” and first record with new music from Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns together since “Waking The Dead” in 2002, L.A. GUNS are back with a brand new album called “The Missing Peace”.
The album, which features Michael Grant (ENDEVERAFTER), Johnny Martin (ADLER), and Shane Fitzgibbon was released on October 13th via Frontier Records and is a shot in the ass of old school, sleazy, Sunset Strip rock n roll.
Tracii Guns revealed in a 2015 appearance on Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley that he and Phil Lewis were working on new material but at that time it was not known what it would be used for.
“There’s all kinds of possibilities. But the reality of any type of what Phil and I would call an L.A. GUNS ‘reunion,’ that probably won’t ever happen. But there’s a good chance that you’ll see even possibly new music from Phil and I. Certainly, at some point, as long as we’re living, we’ll definitely be on stage again at some point together.” Guns said.
What a difference a year makes because in 2016 the current lineup played at Sirius/XM’s Hair Nation Fest in Irvine, California, and a year out from that there have been months of touring as L.A. Guns and now a new L.A. Guns record featuring Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns.
The record itself is what you would expect from a effort between Lewis and Guns. Tracii’s tone and licks combined with Phil Lewis’ vocals is the true sound of L.A. Guns and combined with the prowess of Grant, Martin, and Fitzgibbon, you are left with a record that sounds like it could have followed up 1989’s “Cocked & Loaded”.
In a recent appearance on Another FN Podcast, Martin, the band’s bass player talked about what was then an upcoming release.
“It’s a fresh thing”, Martin replied, “You have Phil and Tracii together, you’re gonna get that sound regardless. But we have three new guys as kind of a fresh…we’re all songwriters.”
He continued, “We had our first official show with Phil at the Hair Nation Festival, that was September of last year. Everything went great. And then we waited, you know Tracii got some songs together, we all got songs together…everybody wrote something on this record, if not everything, together”.
As a fan, I highly recommend this record. As a critic? I highly recommend this record.
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Scotti Hill Puts Skid Row/Sebastian Bach Reunion Hopes To Rest
Scotti Hill of Skid Row joined the August 7th episode of Another FN Podcast to tell stories about his youth, learning to play guitar, how Skid Row got together, Dimebag Darrell, the KISS Farewell Tour, and more, but eventually the elephant in the room made itself known and the topic of Sebastian Bach and any chance of a reunion came up.
It had been rumored for years that the reason Bach was relieved of his duties fronting the band had to do with the fact that Skid Row turned down the KISS Reunion Tour in 1996. Hill confirmed this with a story that he doesn’t think had ever been told.
“That caused a giant uproar is what it did and he did something to Snake Sabo that was unacceptable. He called Snake on Thanksgiving and said some horrible things into his answering machine and Snake said ‘you know what? I’m not going to be in a band with you anymore’. It’s as simple as that.”
Replacing a guy with the talents of Sebastian Bach was not easy. He remembers when that came up after a long vacation from anything Skid Row and remembers thinking about how the fans would freak out and the road back to where they are now was not an easy one.
“We did that KISS (Farewell) tour and that was a 140 something shows, of all of which I watched, and after that it was a battle to get to where we’re at now” he said.
For the past couple of years rumors have been circulating of a possible reunion of the Skids and their former front man but once and for all, any chance of that happening has been laid to rest.
“That door is closed. There was talk about it, the two camps went back and forth and it was not to happen so that door is now shut” Hill said.
When asked if that meant forever and that was the last nail in the coffin of any Skid Row/Sebastian Bach reunion, he responded, “Yeah. I believe so. I tell you what, our singer, ZP Theart…just call him ZP. He’s a brother. He’s a great fucking singer, he’s a great front man, he’s a guy I look forward to seeing, a guy I look forward to hanging out with. We trust him with the band that we’ve been in all this time and that is precious to us. We can go out and play and enjoy ourselves.”
Of course it is something the fans want to see. Fans wax nostalgic about the originals that created the magic being on stage together, but as we all know in this crazy rock n roll world isn’t always the fairy tale that we wish it could be. How did Hill respond about doing it for the fans?
“Not at the expense of my happiness, no. I’m sorry. It ain’t fucking happening.
We appreciate fans, we do. We’re probably the most fan friendly band you will every meet. We will go out in the cold, we’ll hang out with them, but what we won’t do is put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now”.
While shutting down any hope the fans may have of a reunion ever happening, he did have this to say about Bach, “He’s not a rockstar, he’s a superstar. He’s great. I’ll speak for myself. He is a guy who will cut his own throat to do a good show. He puts it all out there. He’s a great singer and a great front man; one of the all time greats, but we’re not working together. To replace a guy like that? You realize what you’re up against. The records he did with Skid Row were great and he was a huge part of that.
Everybody is like “oh we’re on Skid Row’s side” or “we’re on Sebastian’s side”. No. You gotta be on the side of rock and roll. When Sebastian plays in your town, go see him, because he’s great. When Skid Row plays in your town, go see em, because I’m great (laughs), no because we will fucking blow your ass away”.
The Skids are currently in the process of writing and demoing new songs for an upcoming record featuring ZP Theart on vocals. No time frame has been given for the release.
Barbwire Dolls – “Rub My Mind” Review
Barb Wire Dolls // Rub My Mind – by Jaide Soto
I have never sat down to write a review and had a more difficult time articulating my thoughts in the last
two years than I did with the Barb Wire Dolls latest release ‘Rub My Mind’. I think the reason I am so
boggled by this record is because I went into it expecting more punk rock than the album contained.
Being very unfamiliar with the band, all I knew about them is what I’ve seen and heard- which was that
they’re a garage punk type band which I was so interested in hearing. As a huge old-school punk and
hardcore fan, I was hoping to hear some of those influences laced throughout the album, but what I
ended up hearing was a few punk rock songs thrown into what’s probably best categorized as a good old
rock and roll record. Different than what I expected, but good for what it’s worth.
The Barb Wire Dolls, on this album at least, can be described as a melting pot of numerous musical
styles but my initial thought was ‘the Go-Go’s mixed with Green Day’. The female vocals mixed with the
occasional poppy, bouncy beat make for some really catchy choruses that’ll without question have
crowds singing along. The first track that stood out to me was “We Are The Champions”- most likely
because it was the first track with a really punky, in your face type of sound which is what I came to the
album in search of. It’s fairly repetitive which some may view as a negative, however punk rock legends
the Misfits staple track “We Are 138” literally repeats the title phrase for the majority of the song.
Sometimes repetitive works and this is one of the cases where it does. Another standout track is
“Contract” which again, delivers a hard hitting dose of rock and roll and is a sound I can stand behind.
“Contract” steps a little outside of the box with its lyrics and delivery which is exactly what this album
needed. A majority of the tracks feature really light and airy vocals, and considering the theme of the
album being fairly politically driven, I would except each word to be spit at me with a fiery amount of
force, not rocking me asleep like a lullaby. Be the light and airy vocals not my cup of tea, the vocals are
good vocals nonetheless. Same thing applies to the rhythm section- the guitar is fierce and the solos are
exceptional at times, the bass is apparent and adds some groove to the tracks while the percussion is
simple yet pounding when they want to be. I wish every track was as out there as “Contract”…now that
would make a kick ass modern day punk rock record. ‘Rub My Mind’ has good intentions and delivers in
some aspects, but more than anything is lacking that extra ‘umph!’ to really express the themes that
they’re trying to convey.
“Rub My Mind” is available on CD, Vinyl, and iTunes www.barbwiredolls.com
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JOHNNY MARTIN OF LA GUNS OPENS UP ABOUT RECORD AND THE ADRENALINE MOB ACCIDENT ON ANOTHER FN PODCAST
Johny Martin, bass player for LA Guns joined the Monday August 17th edition of Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley along with Barry Pointer of The Anatomy. They were talking The Anatomy and Soundcheck Live, the new LA Guns single, “Speed”, their upcoming record, touring with this version of the band, Michael Grant and TRACII GUNS complimenting either others playing, the Adrenaline Mob tragedy, and had a call in from Ace Von Johnson of Faster Pussycat who is currently out on the road.
Martin, who is close friends with Adrenaline Mob tour manager Janet Reigns said “One of my dear friends”, “she’s in critical condition. I heard that things are getting better, that they got the smoke out of her lungs- she’s also a singer, they said that she’d be able to sing again. I don’t know exactly what’s going on, I don’t know if she’s in a coma or what but things are getting progressively better within the past couple of days. So we’re just praying for her and everyone involved.”
He continued, “It was very vauge, the info that I got. I know everybody’s gotta be clamering to get information from people closest to her but what I heard was from the neck up she’s not badly burned but chest and back I believe is…it got the worst of it. That’s what I’ve heard.”
LA Guns have just gotten off the road and are amping up for another run to take them into August before they take a break leading into the release of the brand new record on October 13th. There may be some things here and there between then but they are trying not to oversaturate until the album drops. The first single, called “Speed” has just been released along with a video for it.
The album started being recorded in late 2016/early 2017 and was a true group effort with everybody contributing.
“What had happened was we had our first official show with Phil at the Hair Nation Festival, that was September of last year. Everything went great. And then we waited, you know Tracii got some songs together, we all got songs together…everybody wrote something on this record, if not everything, together. And the we, Tracii and Shane, the drummer, Shane Fitzgibbon, they laid down the basic tracks probably in I wanna say December/January. And then the rest of us went in and cut everything and then we finished it mid-March I believe. You know, a few tweaks here and there. Gave it to the label, see what they had to think and you know, had to say about it. Brought it back, we had a few things we wanted to change and yeah, it’s submitted to the label” Martin said.
Martin gave us a little preview of some other tracks (not on the show so don’t get all excited) but also played a couple tracks for Barry Pointer on the ride over.
“Johnny played a song for me in the car on the way over here and I totally hear this grinding punk thing underneath it, it’s cool”, Pointer commented.
““It’s a fresh thing”, Martin replied, “You have Phil and Tracii together, you’re gonna get that sound regardless. But we have three new guys as kind of a fresh…we’re all songwriters.”
When asked how it is playing with Tracii and Phil together, Martin said ““Since our first show in September, that love is still as genuine as it was back then- now”.
“They have a great chemistry together, it’s like a lot of people are like ‘I guess they’re doing it for the buck’- well yeah, we’ve gotta make a living. But Phil and Tracii are genuinely happy together. You see that on stage, you know. They look like Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, you know, sharing the mic at times. And with the chemistry of Mike and Tracii it’s just phenomenal. You have two different types of guitar players, but two amazing guitar players and it works.”
Martin also commented on the feeling of doing it now compared to that 1st show in September, “It still kind of feels the same. I know what to expect out of it a little bit more, out of a show, but still the audience doesn’t ‘cause they’re seeing this for the first time in years. So that excitement, I’m still feeding off that from everywhere that we play.”
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“Who doesn’t love drinking, having fun, and f*cking hot chicks.”
By Annee Elizabeth
This week on Another FN Podcast was the fabulous and absolutely delicious porn star Aiden Ashley in the studio. At last months AVN Awards she was nominated for Best All Girl Performer Of The Year. In previous years Aiden won the awards for Best Solo, Best Tease, and Best Movie. In the podcast, Aiden discussed her recent touring with bands such as Faster Pussycat working as a merchandise girl. Recently she just returned from her gig tour managing Andy Black. As she said in the podcast “Music is my first love, but porn pays the bills.”
At 19, Aiden moved to California for a college internship with a music licensing company. However, internships rarely pay anything. During a drunken Friday night discussion about other options for making money, a friend jokingly told Aiden she was not sexy enough to do porn. Being the firey woman she is, Aiden sent pictures of herself to the top porn producer in the industry. The next morning she had an interview and that Sunday she landed a shoot with Penthouse.
Aiden has been in the industry for 7 ½ years. In 2016 Proposition 60 was introduced stating: “Adult film performers are required to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Producers are required to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical exams. Producers are required to post condom requirements at film sites…” Not only did this law require the use of condoms during filming, but it also required the performers to register their legal names, addresses, and phone numbers, which would be easily accessible to the public, violating the privacy rights of the performers. Aiden, along with friends in both the porn and music industry promoted against Prop 60 and thankfully it was rejected in the November 8, 2016 election.
Aiden works year round. When she is not out on the road with a band (usually 10 months out of the year) she’s filming. She shares several exciting stories both from the road and the set. When asked if she had to pick one or the other, she said she would pick music. She will be home for a month before heading back out on the road. In the words of Aiden Ashley “Who doesn’t love drinking, having fun, and fucking hot chicks.”
Purple Pain: RIP Prince Rogers Nelson
Growing up and living nearly all of my life in Minnesota, parts of home will always ingrained in me and Prince will always be one of those things.
This morning I woke up to a text from my mom telling me that Prince had died and in my groggy haze I did what everybody else would do; do a quick google search to confirm the news. Falling back to sleep I would wake up two hours later and start to process what I had just heard, and nearly six hours later, I am still trying to process what I had heard and what had been proven to be true. Prince is dead.
It is an odd phenomenon how people are effected and mourn the loss of someone that they never personally knew and never personally met. People that have touched our lives through sport, film, music and what have you, have a serious impact upon peoples lives and sometimes such an impact that they almost feel like family because of the impact they did have. Being a native Minnesotan and musician, this is one that does hit hard. It’s Prince. It’s in our blood.
I was lucky enough to see him live once at Target Center in Minneapolis in 1999 and like nearly everybody who has seen him perform, I was utterly blown away. You go in knowing you are going to see a great show and a great performance, but not truly knowing that you are about to see one of the best ever. A truly masterful musician, performer and songwriter that owned every single stage he had ever been on and every instrument he played. Seeing him play every single instrument on stage was the icing on the cake of an already amazing performance.
Prince’s passing is a grim reminder to all of us music fans to get out there and see as much of it as possible, whomever it may be. Just glancing at the list of iconic performers that have left us in the past few months, it is staggering seeing the list knowing personally I will never have the chance to see Motörhead perform again nor will I ever get to see Lemmy at The Rainbow. I will never have a chance to see The Eagles, a chance that I passed up on in the 90’s because my suave gingerness could not find a date. I will never have a chance to see Bowie or Merle Haggard.
Prince, his music and his film has touched the lives of millions. Today, April 21st 2016, the music industry and the world lost a revolutionary artist. An artist who’s name will forever be mentioned with those before him that impacted and changed music. Elvis, The Beatles, Hendrix, Cobain, and now Prince Rogers Nelson. #purplepain
Faster Pussycat Members Unleash on Stryper And Talk New Pussycat Record
During the live recording of Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise “Shredders From The Deep”, Faster Pussycat members Danny Nordahl and Chad Stewart talked about their distain for the band Stryper.
While picking on their friend Eddie Trunk along with his That Metal Show cohost and comedian Don Jamieson, they unleashed on Stryper.
Chad Stewart chimed in – “At least it’s not fucking Stryper, those fucking condescending fucks.”
“Stryper hates us. We don’t see eye to eye with Stryper” Stewart continued.
“Fuck Stryper. Stryper’s the worst piece of shit ever. They love jesus and dress like bumble bees. Am I the only one who see this as fucking horribly horrible? I really fucking hate Stryper, there is no way around it” Danny Nordahl said.
Stewart continued to tell the story about how Stryper was playing an acoustic set in Chicago with, as he put it, “that horrible singer from TNT (Tony Harnell)”. He recalled that John Corabi and himself decided to go play bass and drums with them after downing a bottle of Patron.
Stryper was doing Boston songs with Harnell because he and Michael Sweet had both fronted the band. Needless to say, the impromptu jam session did not go as planned.
“They did not find that amusing, strangely, I don’t understand why”, Stewart said.
Nordahl joked “Faster Pussycat just wrote a new Stryper record”.
Stewart added “It’s a Stryper Cover record”.
Don Jamieson coined it “To Hell With My Liver”.
During the 1st half of the show that featured Danny Nordahl being Danny, he did talk about the new Pussycat EP that is slated to come out.
“We got so many punk rock cover songs. I hate Faster Pussycat (joking of course) but this is gonna be the best record they ever made. Really, it’s good. It’s legit.”
When I asked him when it would be out, he simply said, “How the fuck would I know, I don’t even know what month it is”.
When asked about their partying reputation, Stewart said that Night Ranger has them beat.
“Night Ranger is the most evil band ever” Stewart said. “Ranger Danger, that’s for real. You think we fucking party? Hang out with Night Ranger. We’re nothing compared to Night Ranger. They’ve been partying for 60 fucking years. We got nothing on them.”
This is a can’t miss episode that is filled with drunken debauchery and off color humor and can be heard in it’s entirety right here.
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