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Three Minutes With…Laura Wilde

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Spotlight Band: The Roxy Gunn Project

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Spotlight Bands

The Roxy Gunn Project is:
Roxy Gunn – vocals and guitar
The Rev Reject – bass
Jon Mills – guitar
Ryan J – drums

This is one band that can’t simply be pigeonholed into one genre. If I was forced to compare them to existing acts to make it easier for someone else to understand, I’d have to say they’re Joan Jett meets the Cranberries. They have a hard time categorizing themselves! Let’s let them tell you…. Read more

A Triple Shot of Three Minutes With… Ted Nugent, George Lynch & Blas Elias

December 31, 2011 by  
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A Triple Shot of Three Minutes!

 For the last “Three Minutes With…..” for 2011, I’m giving you, my readers, a gift. Not one, not two, but THREE interviews! I was fortunate enough to be granted interviews with so many amazing musicians this year that I actually had a bit of a backlog. These were all conducted months ago, and not published for whatever reason… Enjoy!

Three Minutes With………..Ted Nugent.

The “Motor City Madman” gave us “Three Minutes” while on a recent swing through Las Vegas. It was a bit of a departure from the normal “Three Minutes With…..” if there is such a thing as a normal “Three Minutes With…”, but here you go!

Have you ever had any real-life Spinal Tap moments?
Yes dammit! Such ultra FUN! During the filming of SUPERGROUP for VH1, Sebastian Bach was fighting furiously ( I like that in a guy) to name the band SAVAGE ANIMAL. It’s what happens when you are perpetually stoned or drunk, phenomenal stupid funny. God bless him.

What is the best tour story you can tell?
Dear God in heaven, there are a billion stories in the Naked City and I was there for all of them! Let me put it this way- For a lifetime clean and sober ultra intense guy performing more than 6300 ultra energized madhouse concerts for over fifty years with the unbridled enthusiasm and energy of an Iron Man Gonzo athlete, there is no way the unsuspecting civilian public could grasp or comprehend the phenomenal joys of my nonstop gravity defying soul music jihad. The simple yet diabolically confusing fact that every damn concert has been a perfect firestorm of spiritually erect all American R&B&R&R beyond anyone’s imagination is a story unto itself. Let’s just say my pursuit of happiness is exactly what God had in mind when He created this miracle of life. I thank Him daily by living it to the max and beyond. Still. I still believe.

Well, since Ted didn’t plug anything, we will! Check out his website where you can get updates, full tourdate listings, and other appearances. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.  

Three Minutes With…….George Lynch. 

He’s a living guitar legend who really doesn’t need an introduction, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty-five years or so… We caught up with the one and only Mr. Scary when he sat in with the Sin City Sinners at the Crown Theater at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas. He pulled no punches as he tells what he REALLY thinks about a singer he used to work with and what he would do if he was in charge of this country… 

What are 3 albums you think everyone should own, and why?
 Ahhh. I want to draw another question, I don’t like that one! What’s the other one say?

If you became President of the United States, what would your first order of business be?OHHH! That’s a MUCH better question!! Hmm…. Global answer or micro-answer?

Whichever you want to give! Totally up to you!
Let’s see… That’s a big question. I would insist that all policy be directed by truth and science and not mythology and bullshit.

I like that!
I know it’s kind of a sloppy answer, but it’s a good question. It’s an important one. Rationalism would be another term I would use. Rule by rationalism. By reason. What a concept, huh?

Foreign.
 Never happen though.

 I may have to put a footnote with the definition of rationalism in my column!
<laughter>

Yeah! Now you can promote anything you want to talk about!
 I have a new record coming out, I believe July 19th or thereabouts, on Rocket Science Records, Kill All Control. It was originally going to be a follow-up to the original solo CD, Let the Truth Be Known, but it become a George Lynch record. Worked on it for a couple of years, it’s an awesome record. Kill All Control. There’s that. I’m writing right now with Lynch Mob. Doing that as well. I’m working on a record right now with Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown, Tooth and Nail without Don Dokken, called Dump the Chump.

 That’s my favorite Dokken album!
 Okay. This’ll be your more favorite album! It’s the way we originally wrote it! 

Well, he certainly tells it like he sees it, folks! You can also check out George’s website and follow him on Twitter: @thegeorgelynch, and Facebook him. 

Photo by: Alexis G Photography

Three Minutes With………..Blas Elias.

Perhaps best known as the drummer for Slaughter, Blas is no stranger to the staff of TWRY. Now performing as part of Blue Man Group here in Vegas (he’s NOT one of the blue dudes though, just to clarify that!) I managed to catch up with Blas after he jammed with the Sin City Sinners and previous givers of “Three Minutes….” Pete Loran, Louie Merlino, and Jimmy Crespo, and he gave his first interview in more than a decade…. Here ya go!

Your question is… What is the best rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
The best rumor I’ve heard about myself, I don’t ever hear anything about myself… Not even from the old days. I’m going to fail this miserably. 

Okay. How about this one? What is the best and/or worst thing about playing in Vegas?
The best thing about playing in Vegas is that friends from all over the world come to see you all the time. The worst thing is that friends from all over the world come to see you all the time. <laughs>

 Allrighty then! Now you can promote anything you want to talk about.
Ahhh. I have nothing to plug.

 DUDE. Yer killin’ me!
The funny thing is I don’t have anything to promote. I don’t have a band. I do have a band that I’m playing with, but I’m not an official member. The drummer from the Henry Rollins Band <Jason Mackenroth> is in Blue Man Group now and he has his own band called MACK and he sings, and the last time he toured – he has an album out – just recorded a new album, and the last time he played drums and sang on his own record, and he didn’t want to play drums and sing, so I’m playing with this band, called MACK, and it’s really cool.

You did it! You survived!

Blas has done random shows with Slaughter here and there… None planned in the immediate future though. He is a member of Blue Man Group, which currently performs nightly at the Venetian hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. And check out MACK.   (But don’t expect it to be Slaughter-esque! It’s closer to being a more melodic Ramones/Sex Pistols.)

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Side note to my readers: Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for reading this column (and TWRY in general) and supporting it, and supporting your local music scene. (They need you!) Without giving away all my secrets and possibly jinxing myself, 2012 could potentially be the biggest year for “Three Minutes With…” and I hope you’ll all come along for the ride! Together we’ll see who tries (and succeeds or fails ) to break the current records – shortest interview is still held by Kevin Baldes of Lit (one minute, eleven seconds), longest interview is still Sammy Hagar (seven minutes for one question and a plug), most questions in three minutes (and highest bar set because so many try to break this record) is still Brent Fitz (four questions in three minutes), and the one record that I hope never gets broken is held by Troy Patrick Farrell for the most number of failed attempts to conduct the interview (six in one year). I raise a toast to all of you! Thank you and Happy New Year!

Follow ME on Twitter: @MouthySmurf.

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Super huge THANKS to Jeff Klein at PRPlus, Jess Holmes and Jason Green for making this column happen!

Spotlight Band: ::FeeL::

November 30, 2011 by  
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::FeeL:: is:
Ian – Vocals/Guitar
Charles Henry – Guitar/keys/vox
Brian Thane – Bass
Jeff Tortora – Drums

Touring member(s):
Tony Carboney – keys/guitar/vox

Individually, the guys in this band are pretty much all over the musical spectrum – other projects are nothing like this band.  You’ll find that ::FeeL:: is generally not like any other band you’ve ever met, but, don’t take my word for it – let them tell you.

Brian, Charles, Ian, and Jeff sat down with me recently for possibly the most eclectic interview I’ve ever done – traffic sounds be damned!

Interviewed by:  Jessica Messina
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Three Minutes With…Scotty Griffin

Three Minutes With………..
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Three Minutes With…Troy Patrick Farrell

September 19, 2011 by  
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Three Minutes With………..
Troy Patrick Farrell Read more

Three Minutes With…Athena Lee

Photo: Peter Dokus

Three Minutes With………..
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Three Minutes With…Les Warner

Three Minutes With…Les Warner Read more

Three Minutes With…Carmine and Vinny Appice

Three Minutes With………
Carmine and Vinny Appice

These brothers really don’t need an introduction, but for those who’ve been unconscious for the last twenty or thirty years, here we go…. Carmine Appice is recognized as the drummer for Vanilla Fudge,  also having worked with other noteable acts,  and as the guy who set the standard for heavy hitting showmen drummers. Vinny Appice played in a little known band called Black Sabbath and with the late Ronnie James Dio in Dio.  They were kind enough to give me three and a half minutes after a Drum Wars show at Vamp’d in Las Vegas. (Which I highly recommend if it comes through your town!!)

Draw your question, but don’t peek.
Vinny: I got ’em ALL! Okay. That one.

Vinny, your question is – what is the wackiest question you’ve ever been asked?
Vinny: This question right now!
Carmine: This one!

Surprisingly, everybody says that!
Vinny:
 Do you get hemorrhoids from playing drums? Is that true?
<laughs> Wow.
Vinny: That’s wacky!
That IS wacky. I’m afraid to know the answer.
Vinny: It is false. You don’t get hemorrhoids from playing drums…. Guitar, right? 
Carmine: That’s right! You get them from playing guitar. 
Good to know!

Carmine: Okay! Let’s go! I gotta pick one….
<hands over every card in the Sack>
Carmine: The top one.
Carmine, your question is –  What are three albums you think everyone should own and why?
Vinny: Dio…. Sabbath….
Carmine: Blue Murder, King Kobra new album, and the new Travers and Appice album. Why? ‘Cause I’m on ’em!

Drum Wars in Vegas - Photo by: Leah Burlington

Fair enough!  Now you guys can plug whatever it is you want to talk about – product, project, place – it doesn’t even have to necessarily be yours!
Carmine: Okay. We’re plugging Drum Wars, the new crazy music of me and Vinny;  Carmine and Vinny Appice. And we’re gonna be going around the world doing Drum Wars. Come check it out, because it does kick ass! Right ,Vinny?
Vinny: What?
<laughter>
Vinny: Right. Drum Wars. It’s gonna kick ass everywhere. We’re going to Japan next month too.

Gonna hit the East Coast?
Carmine: Yes. Going to hit the East Coast at the end of July. We have three shows – Providence, New York, and Long Island. I think we’re gonna be joined in New York by Ronnie Spector, of “Be My Baby” fame, with this kind of crazy drumming. She’ll probably have a heart attack!
Vinny: She’ll probably have a heart attack – she doesn’t know what she’s getting into!
WOW. That’s awesome!

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For more info on DrumWars, check out the official website

Super super HUGE (as in, there aren’t anywhere near enough!) THANK YOUS go to Carmen Shortino for making this happen!

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Three Minutes With…Brent Fitz

Three Minutes With………
Brent Fitz

You’ve seen him as the drummer for Union, Vince Neil’s solo band, Theory of a Deadman, Alice Cooper, and currently Slash’s touring band. He’s also played keyboards for Vince and Theory, if my information is correct… He has almost as many albums to his credit as Vegas has slot machines. (His website shows more than 20, and Google shows more than that!) If you’ve been around Vegas for the past couple of years, you may have caught him sitting in with the Sin City Sinners here and there. It was after one of those such events that Brent broke a record with the Sack o’ Questions!

Draw your question, but don’t peek.
I have to answer these really fast? I can’t think about it?

No, the whole premise is that you don’t know what you’re going to get asked, so you can’t give me a canned answer….
Allright…. Uncanny… Here we go.

Your question is – what is the best and/or worst thing about playing in Vegas?Well, I live here, so the best thing would be that I get to sleep in my bed at night. The problem is that I never do play here so that’s the bad thing! I don’t play here, I’m always traveling far away from home, so I miss my wonderful girlfriend and I miss my dogs, so that’s probably the worst. The worst thing about Vegas, more elaborately, is that sometimes you’ve got to conform to rules in casinos. It’s a little more strict. I’m not used to it. That’s the only thing. I’m kind of a virgin at the casino thing, so it’s just a little different.

You still have time, want to do another question? There’s three records held. Shortest is one minute, eleven seconds. Longest is seven minutes. Most questions is three in three minutes
 I can do another question.

What is the most memorable point in your career – good, bad, or both?
Well, I think probably more recently, there’s been a lot of great ones, but it was pretty nice to get a phone call from Slash. He didn’t know me, he’d heard a lot about me from some other people so, it was just nice to get a phone call out of the blue one day asking if we could get together and jam. I think it’s been the most important phone call in a long time.   Can I do another question?

Allright…. You’re gonna shatter Louie Merlino’s record! Is there one song you wish you had written? What is it and why?
“Comfortably Numb”, I think it’s a perfect song. It’s got some emotion and it’s kinda eerie. I’m not a huge Pink Floyd fan, but every time I hear it, I’m like, “Man…” It’s got some emotional tugging to it. It’s not sappy. It’s not a disposable song. You can keep listening to it and get something new out of it every time you listen to it. So, it’s the first song that comes to mind. “Comfortably Numb”, Pink Floyd.

Wanna break the record?
Oh God. Of course I do!

If you didn’t do this, what would you do?
The answer is…. I would only be doing this. I don’t know what Plan B is! I only live Plan A lifestyle. That’s the end of the answer.  Four questions….. Allllll riiiiiiiight!

And now you can promote whatever it is you want to talk about. Product. Place. Project. It doesn’t even have to be yours!
Promote? I’m not even a promoter! No! I’m kind of like a team member guy. So, I’m promoting that I just had an awesome weekend playing with the Sin City Sinners, and I’m promoting going back out with Slash. That’s all I need to promote.

For all the latest on Brent and his latest projects visit his official website. (If he doesn’t want to promote it, we will!!!)

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

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