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.

Left To Right – Ace Von Johnson, Shane Fitzgibbon (now former drummer), Phil Lewis, Tracii Guns, Johnny Martin

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.

Track Listing:

  1. Rage
  2. Stay Away
  3. Loaded Bomb
  4. The Devil You Know
  5. Needle To The Bone
  6. Going High
  7. Gone Honey
  8. Don’t Need To Win
  9. Down That Hole
  10. Another Season In Hell
  11. 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.

Credit: Rudysarzo.com

**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.

Purple Pain: RIP Prince Rogers Nelson

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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

AFPDONPUSSYCATDuring 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.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/izzypresley/don-jamieson-chad-stewart-danny-nordahl

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RICHIE KOTZEN TALKS NEW WINERY DOGS, SONGWRITING, SOUL MUSIC, AND POISON ON ANOTHER FN PODCAST

LOS ANGELES, CA: Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs (Kotzen/Billy Sheenan/Mike Portnoy) called into Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley to talk about the new Winery Dogs record Hot Streak.

The new record is a stylistic departure from their self titled debut while keeping their hard rock roots.  The lead single “Oblivion” and a majority if the record is in the vein of what fans came to love with the preceding release while showing a few different sides of their musical tastes.

The song “Fire” has a very Eagles feel while “Ghost Town” has a Concrete Blonde vibe. afppromork2

“The record does have a broader style and I think that’s a good thing”, Kotzen said.

Unlike the debut record, Hot Streak contained no material that Kotzen had previously came up with.  On the first record, Richie had brought in songs that he had already been working on.

“I brought finished songs in.  “I’m No Angel”, “Damaged”, “Elevate”; they were all recorded.  “Elevate” was actually a little different because I had a verse from another song and that “Elevate” chorus, so we did some kind of Frankenstein things with what I had written, but there is at least 5 songs on that first record that came off of my hard drive” he said. “This time, that I just decided in my own mind, that I didn’t want to be bringing in my songs.  If I’m sitting in a hotel room and I write a song, that’s my song.  I’ll put it on my record and be done with it.”

He also said, “I wanted this record to really just come from the three of us, at least from the initial foundation and it really worked well by doing that.”

Kotzen also talked about how he is doing it because he enjoys playing with Sheenan and Portnoy.

“The reality is that we do this because we love it and we will keep doing it as long we love it and as there’s a base and people that will respond favorably, we’re gonna keep doing it” he said.

“I personally don’t need to be in a band.  I haven’t been in a band since 2002 and before that it was another 10 years since I was in a band.  I love doing what I do, I’m a solo artist, that’s who I am, I will always be that.  It’s what I enjoy” Kotzen continued.

When getting on the topic of Prince and soul music, he had a message for musicians out there, “As an artist I think it’s mandatory you can play at least two instruments, write your own songs, sing your own songs, and then be able to get on stage and do it live and do it well. Yet, there are so many people that are huge recording artists that can’t even sings and somehow they are playing stadiums.  It’s really bizarre, it’s a bizarre thing.  I try not to think about it too much because it can make think I don’t want to be a part of it.”

When asked about his time in Poison, he had nothing but good things to say, but also talked about when it went sour for him.

“I joined a band that really opened a creative door for me to do whatever the hell I wanted. That Native Tongue record could have easily been my solo record and they let me do what ever I wanted and the only difference is that I cowrote lyrics with Bret Michaels and he was the lead singer.  They couldn’t have treated me better on a creative level during that process” he said.  When they started playing live is when the problems started for him.

“When it got really hard and was really like a wake up call and I realized “oh, this is not your band, dude” is when we got on the road and suddenly we’re only playing two songs from the new record and I’m up there playing songs; not that they’re bad because they’re good songs and people like those songs and they sold a lot of records, but it just didn’t connect with me.  They have a song called “Ride The Wind” and I can remember playing it thinking “I have no emotional connection to this whatsoever; I could be reading a book right now.  I’m not here, I’m not present, I’m not enjoying this” and then obviously things happened and I moved on” said Kotzen.

On his departure from the band? AFPRK

“I can tell you the truth about what happened back then.  It was really sensationalized and not nearly as insane as what was put in the press.  They needed a story because the tour was bombing and the band was really going into oblivion, so to speak.  They needed a story but in the end we’re all on good terms”.

The entire episode can be heard via Spreaker and iTunes:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/izzypresley/richie-kotzen-the-winery-dogs

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Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley is a weekly show talking music, sports, and many other things featuring guests from the music, sports, and the entertainment world.

FORMER REALITY STAR ADMITS HE NEARLY COMMITTED SUICIDE

FORMER REALITY STAR ADMITS HE NEARLY COMMITTED SUICIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 19th, 2014

"Big John" Murray  - Rock Of Love/Monsters Of Rock Cruise

“Big John” Murray
– Rock Of Love/Monsters Of Rock Cruise

 

“Big John” Murray, who appeared in two seasons of VH1’s “Rock Of Love” with Poison front man Bret Michaels in 2008 and 2009, appeared on the November 18th edition of “Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley” and made a startling confession.  On May 28th, 2010, he nearly committed suicide.

While talking about the extent of his drug and alcohol use, he admitted this publicly for the first time ever:

It got so bad, I’ll never forget this. Memorial Day weekend, May 28th, 2010 I was in Salt Lake City; nobody knows this, well maybe a few people know this.

I sat in a dark room about three in the morning and I put a pistol in my mouth.  I cocked it and said, “OK dad”.  I sat there for a minute contemplating, contemplating. 

I had seen and done it all.  The “Rock Of Love” and everything was already done; THAT made it even worst, because then everybody wanted to party with ya, and I got into such a hole that I was just like, “I’m done.  I’m done with this, I don’t want it anymore”.

I put a pistol in my mouth and I sat there and thought about it and said, “OK Dad, you’ve got 24 hours to prove to me or give me a sign, or something, to show my why I’m here”.

I’ll be damned that the next day I didn’t meet the woman that is now my wife. 

When asked what stopped him, he replied, “It was almost like there was something pushing on my hand to get it back out of my mouth.”

He went on to say that veterans (which he is) are killing themselves at a rate of 22 a day, so he is not afraid to talk about what happened to him and share his story.  “I have a story where I was a hair pull away of a trigger of ending it all to turning it around and living…I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.”

Throughout the interview, he talked about how the fame from the TV show combined with the drugs and alcohol turned him into someone he wasn’t and how fame in itself is a drug.  At one point he was up to a half gallon of Jim Beam a day.

Murray also told stories about his days as a professional wrester in ECW, working with bands like RATT, Cinderella, and Saliva, and doing cocaine with Kid Rock. He also ended the long argument about Bret Michaels hair. “It’s the most expensive hair extensions you can buy”.

Big John is currently residing in Cincinnati and spending time with his mother who is aging.  He will be back on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise in 2015.

The entire show is available via Spreaker and iTunes:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/izzypresley/big-john-murray-rock-of-love-mor

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Bobbie Brown, The Cherry Pie Girl, Is Welcomed On Another FN’ Podcast

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Bobbie Brown swings by the Hurt Locker to talk about her book “Dirty Rocker Boys”, The Ex-Wives of Rock, paranormal experiences with the ghost of Jani Lane, and tells the truth about if size really does matter.  She also talks about meeting her current boyfriend via online dating.

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KISS SLAPS THE MAKE UP OFF ACE & PETER; LETS DOWN FANS WITH HALL OF FAME PERFORMANCE SNUB

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Let me premise this article by saying that I fully understand that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley own KISS, the make up, and the brand that used to be the band that molded me into the music geek that I have become.  In 1977 I received “Destroyer” for Christmas and from that point forward I would be a proud member of the KISS Army…until now.

On Friday night, February 21, 2014, Ace Frehley called into the Eddie Trunk radio show on Q1043 in New York to make an announcement to KISS fans regarding the upcoming April 10th Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

“I don’t think KISS fans are gonna be too excited and happy about the news, ‘cause at this juncture Gene and Paul have decided to perform with Tommy (Thayer) and Eric (Singer) and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it.”

Ace continued on to say “If I am not gonna put on the make up and do a three song reunion for the fans, then what am I gonna do; and right now right now I don’t even know if I am gonna show up for that, ya know?

I don’t know and at this point, I don’t really give a shit.  I really don’t care.  It’s like, enough already.  You don’t wanna do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?”

He also went on to say in the interview that he feels terrible for the fans and would not get on stage with Tommy in his make up.

Peter Criss released a statement via his website, www.petercriss.net:

To KISS fans,

It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.   Tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 24th,  and I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets.  This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.

God Bless,

Peter Criss – The Catman

I decided to clear my mind of anger and Jack Daniels so I could write this logically today instead of full of piss and vinegar (and JD) last night.

I don’t want to say “I told you so”, but, I told you so.  When it was announced that KISS would in fact be inducted into the Hall, I proclaimed on my podcast (Another FN Podcast w/Izzy Presley) that I had a bad feeling this would turn into another Guns n’ Roses/Van Halen debacle, and unfortunately, it has.

For their illustrious forty year career, KISS has claimed to be about the fans.  It was the fans who bombarded an Ohio radio station in 1975 to get them to play KISS records by claiming they were the “KISS Army”.

It was the fans that poured money into the marketing machine that KISS had become buying anything and everything with KISS on it, as ridiculous as any of the products may have been.  A phenomenon that repeated itself with the bands return to glory.

It was the fans that stuck by the band throughout line up changes, format changes, and tough times.

It was the fans that not only made KISS the Hottest Band In The World, but the biggest band in the world.

It was the fans who made the reunion an enormous success.  For many reliving their memories from years past and many seeing  for the first time what they were too young to see in those years past.

It was the fans that made so much of a stink that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame finally caved and let us vote in the band that changed our lives.

It is the fans who are getting the shaft from the two people that we have stood by for those forty years: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

I could take this opportunity to throw hateful passages and take shots and Gene and Paul, but I cannot do that, no matter how easy it would be.  Instead I prefer to discuss this rationally and save the hate for the podcast.

With that said, what Gene and Paul have done is wrong.  After thanking the fans over and over for getting them where they are and especially now by getting them in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they are turning their backs on us, The KISS Army, before the biggest moment of their career.

The Hall will be inducting the original line up. Inducting them the way they appeared on the back of the records: Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons. Not The Spaceman, The Starchild, The Demon, and The Catman.

When the Hall was asked if other members of the band could be inducted also, the Hall said no, but is allowing the performance without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.  This has happened with bands in the past, but with a band like Heart, those excluded original members were in no way as pivotal NOR as important as Ace and Peter with the success of the band.

It was the four of them wearing the warpaint they created. It was the four of them that wrote those songs and put on the show that made them bigger than life.  It is the four of them that the Hall is inducting and to not allow the two people who you could not have done this without is the biggest backhand to not only Ace and Peter, but to the fans, and the history of the band.

Gene and Paul, I am taking this opportunity to renounce my devotion to the KISS Army.  I am taking this chance to say to you that this time you have went to far.  If you can’t suck it up and play three songs with the people you have always claimed to be family, then I cannot suck it up and give you one more dimes worth of my hard earned money.

I will never renounce my memories.  I will never forget the music.  I will never regret the ink on my arm (now I am really happy it is Ace).  I will move forward with my life.  Yes, I will continue to watch the old videos and listen to the records because that music changed my life, but I can no longer move forward supporting a band that cares less about their fans than the fans care about them.

Sorry Gene and Paul, I’m and Ace and Peter guy.

ACEPETER

 

*Ace Frehley Quotes – www.eddietrunk.com

*Peter Criss Quote – www.petercriss.net