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Six Minutes With…Jimmy Crespo

Such a great interview – I doubled my column!

Often referred to as “the only guy good enough to replace Joe Perry”, guitar legend Jimmy Crespo has also shared the stage with other notables over his career – like Rod Stewart, and Billy Squier, among others. 2012 will mark the 30 year anniversary of the release of “Rock In a Hard Place” and for the next two years Jimmy Crespo will let the music do the talkin’ by playing live shows and releasing an album of original material. Joining him onstage for the live shows will be Chris VanDahl (LA Guns, Aeromyth), Ellis (Sin City Sinners) and Kyle Kyle (Bang Tango). Jimmy was kind enough to sit down with me for some completely random questions prior to the band’s first show in Las Vegas. Here’s the story:

Is there one song you wish you had written?
Wow. Okay. That’s deep. There’s so many genres of music, and I love every genre of music. Beethoven’s Ninth… That’s not a song. “My Way”, “Mama Kin”… I could go on, there are many.

Where do you see the future of music heading?
Oh wow. Very random! I don’t want to get too philosophical about it, I don’t really know. And that’s actually the beauty of music – it’s unpredictability. Not to get into the generations stuff, but it just keeps evolving… and devolves… and evolves. It just keeps going up and down, up and down, around and around. Sometimes it gets better, sometimes it gets worse. But eventually it comes back, and gets even better than the last time. So, where is it going? I’m not sure, but I’m looking forward to it, that’s for sure!

So, anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last few months has heard that your old bandmate (Steven Tyler) is now a judge on American Idol. Do you think that show adequately prepares these kids for what they could potentially face in the music business, or is it Disneyfied?
That’s a big question. There are moments that I feel that it’s another corporate representation of music, which pisses me off. Pardon me, but it definitely pisses me off. But in another way, and this is going to sound odd because the band, Aerosmith, is pissed off at Steven, but choosing Steven kind of drifted away from the corporate, for me, for a minute. And made it a little more like “Okay, let’s see what’s going to happen…Where is it going?” But then they also picked Jennifer Lopez. That’s going to be an interesting combination! So, people will be watching. Do I think they groom kids to be rock stars? I don’t know. I still think it’s corporate. But because Steven will be on, I will have a special interest in what develops there. I’m sure everybody will.

Unfortunately, when they started cutting music out of the curriculum in schools, that’s a bad move! It’s not doing anybody any justice. Music is a part of everybody’s life. Not because I’m a musician, only, but how sad! What do kids do? They listen to music. That makes them go online and search for what? 

Watching that interview you did on local Vegas Fox 5 last night – I didn’t know you had a band with Chazz Palmintieri (Goodfellas, The Sopranos)!
You know?  That was my very first band! I must have been about sixteen. Yeah! I felt like I was a baby! He was always dramatic, always an actor, and we were really good friends for a long time. We still are but we were really close. It blew me away! I could not believe of all the people on the planet, that day, we were both in the same place doing plugs. It was awesome!

So, what do you want people to know about the Jimmy Crespo Project?
There are a few things: the band members that I have are just outstanding. Stellar.

How did you come across all of them?
Actually, my manager, Jason Green, was monumental in getting these people together. As he mentioned names, I said YEAH! to every one. They’re all outstanding. I love them all! We came together, and you never know with these things, are they gonna work? We got into a room and it was just BOOM! They dug the music. And there’s going to be expansion. They’re all into it. I’m excited about the project.

Right on! And what do you hope people come away from this tour with? Both as a band, and as an audience?
I’m going to re-introduce the Rock in a Hard Place stuff that kinda got put on the back burner for whatever reasons. I don’t want to go into any discussions about who was upset and whatever, but there was some legitimately good music there and I worked very hard to make it happen, in spite of everything going on at the time. I want to re-introduce that. The other thing is that there’s going to be new material with the whole band and everybody’s gonna see everybody’s shit.

Looking forward to it!

For upcoming shows & more on Jimmy Crespo:
Official Website

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