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!
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.
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?
Never happen though.
I may have to put a footnote with the definition of rationalism in my column!
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!
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.)
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!
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When George Lynch started digging into the writing process for his latest solo album Kill All Control, the intent was to write a new Souls of We album however, what would follow is a solo album with contributions from four different lead vocalists and a bevy of guest appearances. On vocals the album offers up tracks with London LeGrand (Souls of We), Will Marten (Earshot), Marc Torien ( Bulletboys), and Keith St. John ( Montrose) – why pick one lead singer when you can showcase four of the best!
Kill All Control also features “Son of Scary”, a song that follows up one of Lynch’s most beloved instrumental tracks written during his time in Dokken, “Mr. Scary”. “Son of Scary” also has a guest appearance on it, Cinderella drummer Fred Coury offers up his skin-bashing for the recording.
With a new solo album, a new Lynch Mob album in the works and a Lynch Mob tour on tap, you’d think that George would be short on free time, but somehow he’s managed to launch his own custom guitar company called ” Mr. Scary Guitars” selling custom, hand carved, guitars he creates – each one like a piece of art.
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with George to talk about the new solo album, Lynch Mob, his career and his new guitar company.
Interviewed by: Roger Scales
The shredder George Lynch is back! He’s announced plans to release his eleventh solo album in nearly twenty years. Kill All Control is set for release on June 21st through Rocket Science, Inc. Fans can check out the track “Wicked Witch” here.
What began as a follow-up to the Souls of We debut, Let The Truth Be Known, George quickly realized the project was taking on a new direction with the addition of Powerman 5000 drummer, Adrian Ost. While writing with Souls of We singer, London LeGrand (Brides of Destruction), George noted, “The creative juices flowed and we wrote most of the CD in 10 days.”
Kill All Control combines many of Lynch’s varied styles and histories, including a reflection back to earlier days which spawned a follow up to the instrumental Dokken track, “Mr.Scary”, called “Son Of Scary” featuring Fred Coury of Cinderella on Drums. Additional guests on the album include a variety of known singers. Will Marten (Earshot), Marc Torien ( Bullet Boys), and Keith St. John ( Montrose) all joined in on the new album in which George hopes he was able “to create an eclectic listening experience for my fans.”
In 2009, George re-formed Lynch Mob and released Smoke and Mirrors, which resulted in an extended tour and the reuniting of the original Lynch Mob Line-up, to the delight of many fans. Lynch Mob are currently also working on a new album, due out later this year.
The track listing for Kill All Control is:
1. Kill All Control 7. Voices In My Head
2. Brank New Day 8. Resurrect
3. Done 9. Here Comes The Sun
4. Flys on the Wall 10. My Enemy
5. Wicked Witch 11. Son of Scary
6. Man on Fire
George Lynch and his Lynch Mob have announced some tour dates for 2011. Check them out below or head to his website for all the details
Date City Venue
01/21/11 West Hollywood, CA Key Club
01/21/11 Tucson, AZ Branding Iron Bar & Grill
01/24/11 Denver, CO. Casselman’s
01/25/11 Lincoln, NE. The Grove
01/26/11 St. Paul, MN. Station 4 U
01/27/11 Indianapolis, IN. Rock House Cafe
01/28/11 Westland, MI. Token Lounge
01/29/11 Boilingbrook, IL. Tailgaters
01/31/11 New York, NY B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill
02/02/11 Cambridge, Ontario 515 Concert Club
02/03/11 Poughkeepsie, NY. The Chance
02/04/11 Springfield, VA Jaxx
02/05/11 Newark, DE. The Cube
02/07/11 Greensboro, NC. Arizona Pete’s
02/08/11 Buford, GA. 37 Main
02/10/11 Kansas City, MO. Crosstown Station
02/11/11 Oklahoma City, OK. Samurai’s
02/12/11 Houston, TX. Flamingo Palace Concert Hall
02/13/11 Dallas, TX Trees
Some of our favorite rockers have joined together to lend a hand to save the lives of animals in need this holiday season. Supporting the Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary people like Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Phil Collen and Wendy Dio have donated gifts and gear from signed guitars to Disney memorabilia leather pillows to raise money for the charity.
Head over to their ebay page to place your bids and help a great cause! (Oh and if you’re still looking for my gift I’ll take the signed Steve Vai guitar thanks!)
Fur & Feathers Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) that was organized exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, more specifically for helping homeless and un-wanted animals with medical care, adoption in a no-kill safe environment. To donate to the cause use Paypal and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email to get address to send checks.
Guitar virtuoso Dave Reffett and his collaborative partner Nancy Taylor make up the core base of Shredding The Envelope. On their debut disc “The Call Of The Flames” Reffett combines his unrelenting guitar shredding with Taylor’s prose resulting in firestorm of thrashing, in your face metal.
Reffett, the son of a coal miner who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in Eastern Kentucky started out as a jock, until his older sister turned him on to the power of music. Joining the school band he played tuba until a chance meeting of his teacher’s Fender Stratocaster in a dusty closet; it was love at first sight.
Shortly thereafter his grandmother bought him his first guitar and the rest, as they say, is history.
His path would lead him to Berklee College of Music in Boston and that’s where he started assembling his who’s who list of guest appearances on “The Call Of The Flames” including Joe Stump, Michal Angelio Batio and George Lynch.
We caught up with Dave to ask him about his latest project and how it all fell into place.
Meet Souls of We, the latest brainchild from guitar great George Lynch. When George Lynch puts together a band, he takes the time to get it right. It took him five years to put the final pieces together on his latest project, but the result, Let the Truth be Known, is a modern rock album that combines the musical genuis of Lynch with London Legrand’s (Brides of Destruction) unique lyric stylings.
The two hit it off immediately when they met years ago but unfortunately other commitments kept them from working together at the time. Both going their separate ways they met up again a few years later and the timing fell into place. They headed into Lynch’s studio and the rest is history. Rounding out the band is Johny Chow (Systematic, Fireball Ministry) on bass and Yael (Tom Morello, Alex Skolnick) on drums. The album also boasts a bevy of guest appearances including an all star list of drummers including Morgan Rose of Sevendust and Mike Wengren of Disturbed.
George recently dialed in to TWRY to talk to us about the making of the album, how the band fell into place and his thoughts on music and guitar icons through the years.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | January 2009