2/24: ROCKENFIELD/RYCHE, MUSIC BIZ, KEIFER, MORE
Had a great conversation for almost an hour with Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche on my Q104 show this past Friday. You can hear it on all affiliate stations usual place and time this coming weekend as well as online outlets. Was the first time I really spoke at length with that side of the Queensryche divide. Scott answered everything thrown at him and was extremely happy with how things were progressing with his version of the band. I even joked with him about Chris DeGarmo being the key to swaying fans to one version or the other, but Scott said the only way Chris would be a part of Queensryche these days is if he was piloting the plane. I also world premiered a clip of a new song called “Redemption” that truly sounded great. Very much like old Queensryche and it was stunning how much new singer Todd LaTorre nailed Tate like vocals. Scott made it clear his version of the band is all about embracing the more metal side of Queensryche’s history and it certainly sounded that way. I’ll see them live for the first time on the Monsters Cruise next month. When ever stuff like this goes down with bands I’ve known for decades, as is the case with Queensryche, all I can do is give a platform to all parties and ultimately the fans make the decisions what to support. So when Geoff is ready my door is also open to him as well. It sucks when stuff like this happens for us as fans, but who knows, maybe somehow we get two solid bands from this? We will find out soon enough.
Just watched a 3 hour doc on The Eagles. Obviously not hard rock but a great band just the same and if you are a fan of rock docs as I am check it out. On Showtime.
The latest band contract situation is now Dave Lombardo and Slayer. Had me thinking, have we ever seen a time when the business side of music has become so transparent? Used to be much of this was hidden from fans, but between Lombardo, Ward and many others it’s being finally put to fans as it is, business. We all like to think the bands we follow are all for one, one for all, but rarely is that ever the case. In most instances one or two members own and control, the others employees. More common than you think, but only heard about recently with social media and some of these guys going public. I for one like the transparency VS the bullshit. It is after all the music BUSINESS, and that second word yields so much power.
Much to discuss so join me LIVE tomorrow from 6-10PM ET for Eddie Trunk LIVE on SiriusXM channel 39 Trunk Nation (Hair Nation). Tom Keifer joins me live at 6:15 ET.