GEOFF TATE ON REUNITING WITH HIS FORMER QUEENSRYCHE BANDMATES, “WHY?”

Original Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate was interviewed by TV War, quotes from the interview (as per blabbermouth.net) appear below.

On ever working with his former bandmates again:

“Pfft. Why? [Laughs] [I have] no interest in that. No. Not at all. [I have] absolutely no reason to. I don’t need the money. That’d be the only reason to do it. Maybe if they paid me, like, 10 million dollars or something like that. [Laughs]”

He continued, “It was a good thing for a long time, and then it went really bad. And I just don’t want that kind of negativity in my life. My life is so good, and I have such great friends and family. I travel the world and sing songs for a living. I mean, it’s lovely. I have wonderful, positive people in my life, and to go back and be in that negative land again… aargh, I just couldn’t do it. It’s not worth it.”


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KISS GUITARIST TOMMY THAYER ON THE FANS’ DISPLEASURE OF HIS WEARING ACE FREHLEY’S MAKEUP, “I DON’T LET IT BOTHER ME”

Richard Beinstock of Guitar World reports:

…[KISS guitarist Tommy] Thayer’s path, of course, was not a straight shot from the bedroom to the KISS stage. He first rose to prominence as the guitarist in Eighties hard rock act Black ‘N Blue, who opened for KISS on tour and for whom Simmons produced a pair of albums. Post-Black ‘N Blue, Thayer also performed as Ace Frehley in a KISS tribute act, Cold Gin. He was brought into the KISS organization in an administrative capacity in the mid-Nineties and assumed the role of the Spaceman in 2002 after Ace Frehley parted ways with the band following their reunion.

When it comes to straddling the line between staying true to Frehley’s original sound and style and injecting some of his own unique guitar voice into the band, Thayer, whose primary guitar and amp setup on the End of the Road tour will be a Les Paul through his Hughes & Kettner Tommy Thayer DuoTone heads, says, “That’s always been a little bit of a trick. But my guitar style has always been very much in line with the classic original KISS style, because I think Ace and I came from the same school of those late-Sixties, early-Seventies English hard rock blues players like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and Ritchie Blackmore. So it came very naturally to me to play that early KISS stuff true to the way it was written and recorded…”

…As for how he feels about possibly playing alongside Frehley or Eighties-era guitarist Bruce Kulick, were they to show up as surprise guests on this final run? “I think if it happens kind of organically, it would be great,” Thayer says.

The guitarist is also sympathetic — to a point, at least — toward the rigid stance some longtime fans have about seeing anyone but Frehley wearing the iconic Spaceman makeup. “I’ve been a fan for longer than probably most of these people, so I understand,” he says. “But you can’t expect things to be exactly how they were 40 years ago. That’s a fantasy. So I don’t let it bother me. I’m comfortable and confident with where I am and what I do.”

Read more at Guitar World.

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GUITARIST DOUG ALDRICH REMINISCES ABOUT THE TIME RONNIE JAMES DIO ALMOST GOT INTO A BAR FIGHT OVER AN NFL TEAM

XS Rock spoke with guitarist Doug Aldrich (Burning Rain, Dead Daisies, Revolution Saints). Excerpts from the interview appear below.

XS Rock: Another question by one of our readers is “Who do you think the best of the current crew of drummers are”? I’m going to guess you probably going to say Deen [Castronovo] as one of them…

Doug: Deen’s an amazing drummer and he’s still got a lot of life in him.  There are guys you’re not talking about… Charlie Watts is killer.  Neil Peart is killer,  but these guys are kind of winding  down a little bit. Guys like Deen, Brian Tichy of course and Blas Elias. These guys are still firing on all cylinders and wanting to get out there play. Especially Blas…he’s been like our secret weapon. He is so intense with his playing and he’s got a great reputation.  He’s been kind of laying low for a while,  raising his family and just kind of kicking it in Vegas and then he and I and I met during The Raiding The Rock Vault a couple years ago and I really was excited to get him involved on the record.  He’s going to be a huge asset to the band.  He just did a run with Trans-Siberian Orchestra which is a super intense gig and he was killing it.  I would say my favorite guys right now are Deen, Brian Tichy, Blas and Frank Ferrer from Guns N Roses. He’s just kick-ass too. I mean Vinny Appice he’s got a lot of life left in him… he’s still kicking ass with Last In Line.

XS Rock: Another reader question, “What’s the ratio of male versus female fans that you have?

Doug: My ratio? I actually know what the ratio is… because it shows up every time I go on Instagram or Facebook.  My wife would tell me. She’s the one that told me first that it’s about 80% male 20% female. So, it’s a lot of guitar players, guys and girls that play guitar and then there’s fans of the Dead Daisies, fans of Burning Rain or Whitesnake.

XS Rock: One of our readers wants to know if you would ever have any intention of returning to work with Whitesnake again?

Doug: I don’t have any plans, but of course if David (Coverdale) ever wanted me for something I would be happy to do it.  I would love to work on anything,  even if it was non-music related.  I’ll always be there for him. Musically we had a great chemistry and we wrote some songs I’m really proud of like Forever More, Good To Be Bad and Love Will Set You Free…I love all of both of those studio albums. I was really proud of all the music and proud of the band and how it sounded,  but in the end I had been away so much.   I just really needed to spend time with my family. I was in the beginning of a new relationship and I needed to focus on that for a while.  So he got Joel (Hoekstra) and Reb (Beach) together and that’s a killer team.

XS Rock: Tell me one of your favorite Ronnie James Dio stories?

Doug: The best one that comes to mind is Ronnie was a sports guy. He obviously loved music and that’s what he did for his whole life,  but he loved sports. He loved the New York Giants football team. That was his team and I think he liked the Yankees. He was from northern Upstate New York. He always talked about the Giants and I love the Philadelphia Eagles.  That’s my team that I’ve always supported since I was a kid and he didn’t like them but one day there was an Eagles game on and he’s like “I wish we could watch that game together. So I said, we can go to the sports bar down the street and we’ll watch it.  So we went there and there was sports fans there and Ronnie’s very intense.  He probably hadn’t been to a sports bar for a while.  Ronnie James Dio doesn’t go hang out that much, so we might go to the pub or whatever… but the thing about it, as you know,  on NFL Sunday people and their emotions are high. Some guy started yelling at me about the Eagles saying they suck and stuff like that and Ronnie got really upset. So Ronnie,  he squared off with this guy who was about twice the size of Ronnie.  Ronnie was just ready to throw down to protect my team. You don’t know how cool I thought  that was … We ended up having to leave. All three of us.   A of couple weeks later I went back to that bar and that guy was there and I said listen man,  you know,  no hard feelings right and he goes “That guy yelling at me was Ronnie James Dio?”  Ronnie was ready to kick that guy’s ass and telling him to shut the f–k up. Ha Ha Ha.

XS Rock: Speaking of Ronnie, What do you think about the Dio hologram?

Doug: You know,  I mean I would see it,  if it was close by or if you had a good theater or something.  I’d go see it to support the guys and and everything,  but I can tell you that Ronnie would probably not like this.   He would probably be like “This is not what I I signed up for”.  A hologram?… it’s not really what he would want to be,  I’m just guessing you know,  that it’s something that Wendy (Dio) thought about and she decided that Ronnie would be fine with it.  But I knew Ronnie well enough to know that he was very particular and he would prefer for them to let him just die and be in peace.

XS Rock: What kind of career do you think you would have had if you weren’t performing in a band,  which is probably hard for you to even imagine,  because like you said earlier…you’ve been doing this since you were a kid.

Doug: I never thought about it but I do love building things.  If I had the skills to be a home builder that would be pretty cool. There’s a lot of money in it and it would be fun. That’s a hard question because I never really thought about it.  Maybe at a younger age, I would have loved to been on a professional sports team.  I would love to have been a basketball player but  I’m just at 6 feet and I’m not super high jumper.  My shots not great but I love basketball.

Read more at XS Rock.

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JUDAS PRIEST, AND METAL GOD, ROB HALFORD SAYS HE IS FINALLY WRITING A MEMOIR AND ADDS, “I THINK MINE WILL END UP LIKE THE LORD OF THE RINGS”

James Croot of New Zealand’s Stuff reports:

Bohemian Rhapsody‘s success has got Rob Halford thinking.

Judas Priest’s lead singer believes the British heavy metallers’ almost-50-years-of-history would be ideal fodder for a Hollywood biopic.

“I think Judas Priest has had a very interesting life,” Halford tells Stuff ahead of the band’s visit to Auckland for a one-off show on March 16th. “We’ve certainly got some stories to tell. We’ve certainly had a lot of incidents on the road that’s for sure,” he adds, also pointing to the similarities between himself and Queen frontman  Freddie Mercury.

“I also had to hide a gay guy like  Freddie for all those years,” says the now 67-year-old Halford who only publicly revealed his homosexuality in 1998…

…As for who would play him? Halford isn’t sure. “Who could be the ‘metal god’? I haven’t got a clue. I thought Rami [Malek, who won an Oscar for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody] did a fantastic job of Freddie’s  persona, charisma. But I’m sure there’s another actor out there who could get the leather and whips and chains on.”

Halford says he could also help with the script, admitting that he’s currently finally working on a memoir on his life and time with the You’ve Got Another Thing Coming and Breaking the Law hitmakers.

“It’s been rattling around in my head forever. As you move on in life and have had the wonderful good luck, fortune and gratefulness to spend 50 years in a glorious band like Judas Priest, the main thing is you want to be to tell your side of the story from the horse’s mouth, as opposed to something that has been knocked up by somebody else from a bunch of interviews and so forth.

Just because of the way I am and because I’m the lyricist of the band – a bit like my mate Bruce [Dickinson, Iron Maiden’s lead singer] – I think mine will end up like The Lord of the Rings. Between my early childhood, adolescent years and the place where I’m at now, I think we’re talking about three heavy metal tomes.”

Read more at Stuff.

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NIKKI SIXX SAYS MOTLEY CRUE’S SONG “LIVE WIRE” IS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx spoke with Sirius/XM about the meaning of some of the bands songs (transcription courtesy of blabbermouth.net).

“One thing that’s important to me, and our fans know it, but people that don’t know Motley Crue [may not], is we’re very transparent in our lyrics and, of course, in our lifestyle, and there’s the climb to success and, of course, the demise. And we talked about that in [The Dirt] movie. But even songs like Live Wire. People were, like, ‘What is that song about? It’s so brutal.’ And I’ve kind of kept my tongue pretty quiet about it. I’ve talked to a few people about it.”

He continued, “Watching the movie and the relationship with my mother and these stepdads that used to beat me, the song is actually about domestic violence. And in the movie, you’ll see how I had to get out of domestic violence, and I took extreme measures. And there’s songs — like on the first record, On With The Show, it was me actually killing myself — my former self [by renouncing my given birth name, [Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.] — ’cause I didn’t wanna live in the shadow of my dad, who’d abandoned me.’

Sixx added, “So the band’s always been willing to say things that isn’t said by other bands. That was important to us, and that’s how we’ve conducted this movie as well.”

Listen to interview below.

The upcoming film adaptation of The Dirt, which will arrive on March 22nd on Netflix.

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ULI JON ROTH U.S. AND CANADA TOUR CELEBRATING HIS 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Uli Jon Roth is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players ever. He is one of the last greats who is still around to present his magical style of playing which he already forged in the late Sixties when he was still in his teens. Uli played his first ever show in  December 1968 – at the age of 13 – and to celebrate his upcoming 50th Stage Anniversary, he will perform concerts across North America this spring.

The two hour-plus program will consist of carefully selected highlights from Uli’s entire musical career, which – by now – is spanning no less than 5 decades. The amazing thing is that Uli Jon Roth keeps on getting better, as we have seen amply demonstrated by his astonishing and powerful recent appearances at the G3 Tour of Europe and the UK with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci. 

In recent times, Uli has successfully revisited the early music of his celebrated Scorpions days which resulted in the superb Scorpions Revisiteddouble CD and Tokyo Tapes Revisited DVD/Blu-Ray releases. 

The 50th Anniversary set will naturally include the best of that timeless material, including The Sails of Charon, In Trance, Fly to the Rainbow and many other songs.

As a logical continuation of Uli’s journey into his own musical past he will also be reconnecting with the second very important part of his unique musical journey – that of his ground breaking Electric Sun period – during which he took the art of electric guitar playing to a completely new and unprecedented level. In those early days, Uli was already forging the path and laying the ground work for later virtuosos such as Malmsteen, Eddie van Halen, Vai, Satriani, Jason Becker and a generation of younger players who came after him, with his novel use of highly melodic, classically inspired arpeggios and scales. 

Virtually singlehandedly, Uli pioneered a unique style of guitar playing which – for the first time in the history of the electric guitar – combined complete technical mastery of the instrument with an intensely melodic and emotional appeal.

Thanks to Uli’s innovative and ground-breaking guitar playing and interesting compositions, Electric Sun became artistically influential and presented a unique blend, which was sometimes likened to a strange mixture, located somewhere between Beethoven and Hendrix. Back then, Electric Sun had many fans in the UK and on both sides of the Atlantic, but Uli decided to move on, and the year 1985 saw the end of Electric Sun as a band concept.

It has been more than 30 years since Uli performed the music of Electric Sun in the UK in an unforgettable series of shows which included Hammersmith Odeon, Manchester Apollo and Newcastle City Hall. After all these years, Uli has now taken a fresh look at this unique material, drawn from the altogether three Electric Sun albums:  Earthquake, Fire Wind and Beyond the Astral Skies.

Uli is reconnecting with his Electric Sun music after all this time and will bring that music to life in the here and now. Electric Sun and Uli fans alike will be delighted to finally hear these songs played live again by the master himself. Don’t miss this chance to witness an important part of rock history.

As a guitar player and artist, Uli Jon Roth is in a league of his own as legions of guitar players will attest. Joe Satriani has recently stated in one of his interviews that – of all the guitarists who ever played in the G3 – Uli impressed him the most. Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker and other top-league players agree. Uli’s playing and onstage presence is always inspirational and each concert is a unique event, because of his ability to make his instrument soar and sing emotionally and his spur of the moment improvisations. His musical scope is enormous and ranges from vintage Jimi Hendrix and Cream to the technically much more demanding world of classical music, yet somehow Uli manages to create exciting bridges between these seemingly musical opposite languages. Uli has written classical concertos and symphonic pieces and is equally at home in both worlds, which makes him a unique phenomenon and very rare breed among guitar players. 

The 50th Anniversary Concerts are going to reflect that, as Uli will play excerpts from his stunning Metamorphosis of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concerto as well as several pieces which feature him on classical, acoustic and flamenco guitar.

No Uli concert would be complete without some of his interpretations of the guitarist who inspired him the most in his early days – Jimi Hendrix. Because of Uli’s deep understanding and inborn affinity with the artistry of the trail blazing musical genius from Seattle, many see Uli as the perhaps most qualified on-stage persona to imbue Jimi’s original music with the right kind of vibe and true spirit. And to hear Uli step into Jimi’s artistic footsteps live is always an eerie and unforgettable experience. 

Uli Jon Roth will hit the UK stages with a superb band consisting of younger, extremely talented and accomplished younger musicians, each, a virtuoso in their own right. Together they are a powerful band – capable of playing anything – as we have clearly witnessed on the recent G3 Tour. Niklas Turmann, will be sing lead vocal, in combination with Corvin. The other young talent is guitarist David Klosinski, and together with Uli, those three are performing rare and very exhilarating triple harmony leads, thus doing complete justice to the sometimes-intricate guitar arrangements from Uli’s albums. It speaks volumes for their musical prowess that on the recent G3 tour, both David and Niklas were asked by Joe Satriani to contribute a solo each during the highlight of the G3 evening – the final Jam session. A rare honor indeed. 

Uli’s voice is his legendary Sky Guitar which is his own invention, and which surpasses all current guitars on the market in terms of range and versatility. It is this instrument which allows him to play with a nigh-on six-octave range. Due to their ingenious design, Sky Guitars are the only guitars which make it possible to play Vivaldi’s celebrated violin concerto The Four Seasons at concert pitch, but with the sound of an electric guitar. Uli has recently founded his own personal company designed to produce these guitars exclusively – UJR SKY-GUITARS – and he will play a range of his new guitars during these shows.

Uli has launched the official UJR SKY-GUITARS website, featuring a range of new Sky Guitars built for discerning guitarists and collectors.. The guitars come in three ranges – Pegasus, Aquila and Unicorn Sky Guitars. 

Visit www.sky-guitars.com to see the latest models.

Confirmed North American tour dates :

March: 

20 in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky
21 in San Jan Capistrano, CA at Coach House
22 in Ramona, CA Ramona at Mainstage
23 in Las Vegas, NV at 172 @ The Rio
24 in Ventura, CA at the Ventura Theater
26 in Redding, CA at The Dip   
27 in Santa Cruz, CA at Moe’s Alley
28 in Oakland, CA at The Parish
9 in Sacramento, CA at Holy Diver
30 in Portland, OR at Bossanova 
31 in Seattle, WA at Club El Corazon

April:

1 in Vancouver, BC at Venue 
3 in Calgary, AB at Country Line Saloon
4 in Edmonton, AB at Starlite Room
5 in Regina, SK at The Exchange
6 in Winnipeg, MB at The Park Theatre
7 in Fridley, MN at Route 47 Pub
10 in Milwaukee, WI at Shank Hall 
11 in Edwardsville, IL at Wildey Theatre
12 in Joliet, IL at The Forge 
13 in St. Charles, IL at Arcada Theater
14 in Detroit, MI at Token Lounge
15 in Toronto, ON at Rockpile
16 in Montreal, QU at Piranha
17 in Quebec, QU at L’ Anti
/18 in Ottawa, ON at Brass Monkey
19 in Pawling, NY at Daryl’s House
20 in Derry, NH at Tupelo Music Hall
21 in Hartford, CT at Infinity Music Hall
23 in New York, NY at the Gramercy Theater
24 in Asbury Park, NJ at Wonderbar
25 in Sellersville, PA at the Sellersville Theater
26 in Syracuse, NY at Sharkey’s
27 in Cleveland, OH at Agora Ballroom
29 in Pittsburgh, PA at Jergels

May:

1 in Plymouth, MA at Spire Center for the Performing Arts
3 in Newton, NJ at the Newton Theatre
4 in Louisville, KY at the Diamond Pub Concert Hall
5 in Nashville, TN at The High Watt
6 in Atlanta, GA at City Winery
9 in Dallas, TX at Trees
10 in San Antonio, TX at Rockbox

For further information on Uli Jon Roth, please visit:

https://www.ulijonroth.com
http://www.sky-guitars.com
https://www.facebook.com/Uli-Jon-Roth
https://twitter.com/UliJonRoth1

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