Featuring: Matthew & Gunnar Nelson, Joe Lynn Turner, Janet Gardner, John Corabi, Bobby Rock, Neil Zaza, Howie Simon and Todd Rogers
August 5, 2011
Wolf Den – Uncasville, CT
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
For those of us entrenched in the melodic rock world it’s easy to recognize Jeff Scott Soto as one of the best vocalists of the era and one of the hardest working men in the biz. Currently rocking the world with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and two recent releases under his belt Jeff Scott Soto – One Night In Madrid (a two disc cd/dvd live set ) and Jeff Scott Soto – Live At Firefest 2008 we don’t quite know how he does it!
Following his career starting in the 80s up to the present – his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Eyes, Journey, a myriad of solo albums, Rockstar, W.E.T. and of course most recently Trans-Siberian Orchestra – we were excited to get a chance to talk to him about everything he’s up to now and the path that lead him there.
Oh we also managed to chat a bit about hoops and find out that JSS’s first concert was The Bee Gees – what a lucky son of a gun!
Interviewed by: Roger Scales
(Featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Jani Lane of Warrant, Janet Gardner of Vixen, Jami Jamison of Survivor, Bobby Rock & Neil Zaza)
June 3, 2009
Wolfs Den – Mohegan Sun, CT
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
On April 26th Scrap Metal played to a sold out Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun Casino to what has seemingly become their hometown crowd. Since Scrap Metal’s inception, the band has played at Mohegan on several occasions and each show seems to surpass the show before in energy, passion and of course kickass special guests. Scrap Metal, the brainchild of Mark Slaughter (of Slaughter) and the brothers Nelson (Matthew and Gunnar) is a mix and match all star lineup of amazing vocalists singing their smash hit songs while the all star band backs them up. On this particular evening fans would be treated to the hits from Slaughter and Nelson and then from special guests C.J. Snare of Firehouse, Jimi Jamison of Survivor and Jeff Scott Soto, Journey’s recently departed frontman. The crowd was treated to an array of Journey, Survivor, Slaughter, Nelson and Firehouse songs and to top it all off a Queen encore.
For those of you who have yet to experience the phenomenon that is Scrap Metal, think about your favorite mixtape coming to life, walking out of your headphones and hopping on to a stage, right in front of you. That’s right, all of your favorite songs by all of your favorite artists, all at the same show! It’s a lot to take in but for Scrap Metal, word of mouth is starting to pay off and people are starting to get it, really get it. It might not be too long before The Scraps come to your town so start preparing now! It’s definitely been a labor of love but considering the fun these guys have on stage at every show, none of them consider it work.
With other big news on the horizon including an upcoming Nelson tour with Firehouse and Great White (Nelson’s first tour in FIFTEEN years!), Gunnar Nelson took some time pre-show to let us pick his brain about Scrap Metal, growing up Nelson, and all things in between.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | May 2008
Back in the late 80s and throughout 90s Kelly Keagy, Mark Slaughter, Eric Martin, and the brothers Nelson were all fronting their own hugely successful rock acts – Night Ranger, Slaughter, Mr. Big and Nelson. You may recall a few of their mega hits that are still in regular rotation in most rock radio stations – Sister Christian, Fly To The Angels, To Be With You and After the Rain, just to name a few. Well, the decade may have changed but the music hasn’t, they are just bringing it to us a little differently these days. Scrap Metal started years ago when the boys were asked to perform at the annual National Songwriter’s Association meeting, what started as a friendly jam session turned into a fortified band consisting of a potluck of musicians who have one main goal – to bring the fun.
While the nature of the music industry is constantly changing, and arguably not for the better, these guys have definitely found their niche. There will always be a loyal fanbase who will turn out to see this band because of the love they have for that genre of music, and the time and place it takes us all back to, mix that with musicians who love what they are doing and you’ve got a recipe for success. There is something to be said for songs that stand the test of time and can still bring people back to the first time they heard it over twenty years later.
Most recently Scrap Metal played a benefit for St. Jude and has a show coming up in December in Nashville. One of their many lead singers, Kelly Keagy, took time to talk with TWRY staffer Star about Scrap Metal, Night Ranger, Rock and Roll Fantasy camp and…Olivia Newton John covers?
Interviewed by: Star Rhoney | November 2007