It’s been a year of change for Queensryche. From the exit of vocalist Geoff Tate and the addition of Todd LaTorre to their latest self-titled release reaching No. 23 on the Billboard 200, Queensryche has reinvented themselves.
We recently caught up with guitarist Michael Wilton to talk about the whirlwind of a year it has been and what the future holds for the rockers.
Interviewed by: Roger Scales
Your S/T record was released in June and the response from the fans in the US especially has been overwhelming. You charted #23 on Billboard and most critics have been extremely favorable in reviewing the record. I believe the public has more than accepted vocalist Todd LaTorre into the band and the crowds are feeding off this positive energy that was enveloped and surround Queensryche at this time. Do you agree?
Yes. It’s evident with the release of our album the reviews have been totally positive. It’s encouraging to read what the magazines and online sites are saying but what’s great is what we have heard from the fans. That’s the ultimate approval that we look for. We also appreciate what our peers are saying as well. Other bands seem to have really accepted our direction with the addition of Todd as well. Read more
In her new book Dirty Rocker Boys – the original video vixen lays it all out on the line. Brown speaks candidly about her colorful life and career, reflecting on everything from her marriage to Warrant frontman Jani Lane and his tragic passing to her tumultuous relationship with Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. Brown has led a remarkable life and she shares both the highs and lows throughout her new memoir.
TWRY recently caught up with Brown to talk about the new book, her extraordinary life and what she’s currently up to.
Interviewed by: Roger Scales
After reading your book Dirty Rocker Boys, it seems that it is as much an autobiographical sketch of your life story as it is a story of the LA Rock scene of the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s do you agree?
I do. I totally do. Read more
We catch up with the one and only Lita Ford to talk about her upcoming live record The Bitch is Back…Live, her triumphant return to rock, some surprises she has in store for this Christmas season and even a book in the works she has in the works. What can we say, it’s good to be LITA!
Lita, you have a brand new live record coming out on November 5 titled The Bitch is Back…Live. Having covered “The Bitch is Back” as a bonus track on your last studio record Live Like a Runaway, is Elton John aware of you covering his song or did you seek his blessing in any way prior to or after recording it?
What we did was when Elton was performing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Hard Rock Café I had my manager call his manager to let him know I would be in the area at the show and that I would be recording “The Bitch is Back” and wanted his blessing. Elton’s tour manager told us don’t worry I’ll take care of Lita. Make sure she’s here prior to the show so she can come backstage and say hello. So I went and told him I was doing a cover of “The Bitch Is Back” and he said “That’s my song!” and I said “Yes…that is YOUR song and I want to thank you for allowing me to cover it.” He said “Thank you for covering it”. He was a perfect gentleman and very happy that I was recording his song. The tour manager said “That is one rockin’ version of your song Elton!” Read more
It’s been almost 6 months since the release of your first solo album The Way Life Goes and the reviews have been very positive both of the record itself and the shows in support of it. Was it a scary concept to go out and be just Tom Keifer having been a part of a band setting with Cinderella for all of your career up to this point?
Yes, there is a safe feeling being part of a band for that long. The thought of stepping outside of it and starting something new with each step that I took was a little nerve racking and something to get used to. It’s felt pretty natural so far. We worked so long on this record and have been real pleased with how it came out. It feels really good also to be out touring in support of it. It’s cool. But it did take a minute to get used to the idea. Read more
Jeff Waters of Annihilator
Interviewed by: Roger Scales
Annihilator are back with their new disc Feast and we caught up with Jeff Waters to talk about it:
It looks like Feast is yet another collection of assaults on the senses. Is the creative process any different now than it was 30 years ago?
Hmmm. Good question I’d say no. The results can be a lot different. The actual process is pretty much the same. I just sit down with what used to be a drummer years ago years and years ago or writing by myself writing guitar riffs and putting together an arrangement and then showing the drummer what to play and then the bass player what to play it’s evolved pretty quickly into me playing everything in my own studio. I might also program a drum machine to jam along to while I’m putting together the guitar riff. I just put the music together by myself now. Slowly built it and record it from there. Usually I write the lyrics myself and sometimes pawn some of the songs off to Dave (Padden, rhythm guitar and lead vocals). It’s more or less the same idea as in the past. When I’m writing the guitar riff I kind of have an idea of how I want the bass and drums to sound so it is in a sense a solo project really but in the last ten years it has been more of a Jeff and Dave band. We decided this time to stop switching drummers and bass players (Mike Hershaw and Alberto Campuzano) out on the road and find a pair we like and keep them around. Read more
Queensryche have paved quite a musical legacy throughout their three decade career. Unfortunately, the past year has been focused on the breakups and shakeups within the band, rather than the music. The strife between Geoff Tate and his former bandmates has resulted in two versions of Queensryche, at least until the courts decide.
Drama aside, Geoff Tate and Queensryche recently released their latest disc Frequency Unknown and are now out on the road in support of it. The tour hits New England this weekend with a trio of dates starting tonight, June 7, at Lupo’s in Providence, RI, followed by the Webster Theater Hartford CT on Saturday, June 8 and the Wilbur Theater in Boston on June 9.
TWRY had a chance to chat with Geoff Tate about the new disc, the pending lawsuit and his love for wine.
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With a monstrously successful career that includes work with everyone from Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Suicidal Tendencies and Megadeth, Jimmy DeGrasso is definitely a drummer that leaves fans saying “What could possibly come next?”
We recently caught up with DeGrasso to ask him just that. He told us all about his latest collaboration – Black Star Riders – with several members of the current lineup of Thin Lizzy. Their first disc All Hell Breaks Loose debuts today (May 28) in the US. Check out all the details below.
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November 2012 saw the release of a project more than 8 years in the making: Lila, The Divine Game by Matthew Leone was published. It’s the story, philosophies, and message the band Madina Lake–for which Matthew plays bass guitar–built their entire career around. Finally, sense was made of the clues hidden in the artwork, lyrics, videos, and stage performances of the band’s 3 full-length albums, From Them, Through Us, To You (2007, Roadrunner Records), Attics To Eden, (2009, Roadrunner Records), and WWIII (2011, Razor & Tie). Less than 6 months later, the band shocked and saddened their worldwide fanbase by announcing their final tour. Just a couple days after that, drummer Dan Torelli dropped a figurative atomic bomb–he would not be joining the band on that tour–and “WWIII” was over. Madina Lake, as we knew them for the last 8 years, was over…
In every tragedy there can be triumph; in every negative, a positive hides, waiting to be found. This is something Madina Lake has always stressed to their fans, not just through their music, but through their personal lives, as well. Medically speaking, remember, Matthew Leone shouldn’t even be alive right now.
But alive, he is, and doing very well! He joins TWRY today to help shine some light into the recent darkness that has fallen on his beloved band, town, and River People (fans).
Interviewed by: Debie “Jinx” Patton
Ever wish you could have seen rock legends in such a room like Elvis played in his heyday? Well, now you have a chance to! In the world-famous room in what used to be called the Las Vegas Hilton – now named the Las Vegas Hotel or LVH – where the likes of Elvis, Liberace, and Barry Manilow have graced the stage, there is a new show beginning a one-year residency.
Named Raiding the Rock Vault, it is billed as the story of classic rock. Featuring classic rock legends from some of your favorite bands. I recently had the opporunity to speak with John Payne, bassist and frontman from Asia (you started singing “Heat of the Moment” just now, didn’t you?) and he gave us the skinny on how this show came together and what the audience can expect. Read more
Vocalist Chance Garnette spoke with us before their recent show in Wallingford, CT, and discussed going full bore when it comes to being in a metal band, album reissues, the future of physical media for music, and more.
Interviewed by: B. Cross Read more