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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!)

Three Minutes With…Brent Muscat

February 28, 2011 by  
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Three Minutes With………..
Brent Muscat

Since this is my one year anniversary of squeezing “Three Minutes” outta several musicians, I figured I’d go back to where it all began…. to my boys, part of my extended family, the Sin City Sinners. I first brought you them as the Spotlight Band for February 2010, right before the release of their debut CD Exile on Fremont Street, then singer Todd Kerns and bassist Doc Ellis took on the Sack O’ Questions later that spring, right before Todd left on tour as Slash’s bass player. I now cornered the last remaining holdout from that original interview – guitarist Brent Muscat.

Okay Brent, your question is – what is the best and/or worst thing about playing in Vegas?
The best thing about playing in Vegas is playing in the casinos. They can actually afford to pay you, and there’s no “pay to play” like LA. In LA, you can’t make any money. If you’re a new band, you even actually have to pay to play, which really sucks! I love being here, playing in Vegas, I think it’s the best scene in the whole world.

Is there anything bad about playing in Vegas?
Bad? Hmmm…. Well, not that I can think of really. There’s bad things about Vegas, but not about playing Vegas.

 Alright! Now make your plug!
Sin City Sinners! Every Friday and Saturday at Station Casinos! Fridays at Sunset Station. Saturdays at Santa Fe Station. Come out. Hang out. Have a good time. See what Las Vegas is about!

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“Three Minutes With”…. Year In Review:

As an added bonus, I also caught up with some past subjects to find out what they’ve been up to lately….

Todd Kerns/Doc Ellis (June 2010) – The Sin City Sinners released their second CD in December 2010, an acoustic EP titled Broken Record. Pick it up at their live shows and their website and there’s been some autographed copies put on Ebay by their manager to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. Keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page for those special auctions! Todd is also putting out a solo disc Go Time and the limited run is now available on his website.  

Phil Varone (July 2010) – is Playgirl’s Mr. December. If you missed it on your local newsstand, he has some copies available on his website: philvarone.com

TJay (April 2010) – had has a huge year! Since we spoke to him, he’s opened for Blues Traveler again, along with Little Feat and The Neville Brothers. He also won the Relix Magazine Jam Off contest and had his song “Goldfish” featured on their compilation CD in their Jan/Feb edition – which put his tune alongside those by Gregg Allman and Keller Williams.

Jani  Love – the Rock N Roll Jeweler (September 2010) – Jani is currently at work on a new line of jewelry she will release for spring. She also is hoping to add a few surprises to add to the mix with fashions and accessories that fall into more than just the jewelry category. More to be released on that in the coming months. Suzy Sins Studio is turning three this July and will be throwing a celebration showcase sometime between May and then. Jani would just like to thank all of her supporters and Jessica Messina for spotlighting her company in her column on They Will Rock You. More of her work and contact details can be found at www.suzysinssstudio.com. (business only please!) Also- become a fan on Facebook and mention this story and Jani will give you 30% off your next quote for custom jewelry!

Andrew Freeman (First One! February 28, 2010) – Andrew is now the lead singer for the reformed band Hurricane, replacing Kelly Hansen. They’re gearing up for the release of some new tunes and a tour soon, and for updates, check ’em out on Facebook.

I just wanted to thank my readers and my subjects and everyone who’s helped me out over the last year. You are all awesome! I look forward to snagging “Three Minutes With…” many more! xo

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….Todd Kerns and Doc Ellis of the Sin City Sinners

I first brought you these guys as the Spotlight Band for February, right before the release of their CD “Exile on Fremont Street”, and now vocalist Todd Kerns and bassist Doc Ellis were ready to take on the “Sack O’ Questions”!

If you could put together your dream project – a band, or a tour, or an album – who would be involved?
Todd:
   Band… tour… album… You mean put together a band of my favorite players? Something like that? That’s a good question. I’ve always wanted to do a record and have Sami Yaffa play bass, because he’s my favorite bass player. Have somebody like Dave Grohl play drums, and then have Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols play guitar,and I’ll sing and that’d be my band. We would tour the world and elsewhere. We’d take the tour to the Milky Way.

 What’s your guilty pleasure?
Todd:
   My guilty pleasure is things like “Smallville”. A television show about a teenage Superman I find fascinating. Mind you, I find all things Superman fascinating. Most people assume I’m this rock n’ roll kinda guy, and I am this rock n’ roll kinda guy, but I have a real thing for cheesy sci-fi and comic books, and stuff like that. I love it. I can’t get enough. That’s me!

Make your plug!
Todd:
  Sin City Sinners. “Exile on Fremont Street”. The video’s called “Goin’ to Vegas”, and there’s other videos for “Gotta Girl” coming and “Numb” coming. Three videos in two months. You’ll see!

Here comes more…

This question was submitted by Mario: What’s your best hangover remedy?
Doc:
 I haven’t had a hangover in a long time because I’ve discovered the best way not to get a hangover is to just not stop drinking!  In the old days, a remedy was Mountain Dew…  full of caffeine. However, I like to think that best offense is a good defense.  So, before you go to bed, make sure you eat something extremely greasy. I recommend Naugles, no not Naugles, they changed the name…. It’s now called Del Taco! Eat as much bacon and as much pancakes as you can stuff into your body!  That will cure a hangover! NEXT?!

Now you can plug whatever you want!
<tapping on table in time to words and drops voice> Buy the Sin City Sinners record. Buy the Sin City Sinners record. Okay! And GVR (Green Valley Ranch) Saturday nights!

Side note to my readers: Todd will be playing bass for some shows with Slash this summer. (You  know who he is, right? He’s that top hat-wearing guitar player who used to work with that Axl dude) Here’s my challenge to you – go to the Sinners’ website and get yourself a t-shirt (while you’re there, pick up a CD too!) and wear it to see Slash. I triple dog-dare you to show Todd that the “Sinners Nation” extends beyond the 702! (You can be sure I’ll be asking him how many he sees, so I hope he keeps track!) You now have your mission… GO!

 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!)

Sin City Sinners

February 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Spotlight Bands

This is potentially the best band you’ve never seen, at least in their current incarnation. Comprised of former members of Faster Pussycat, Age of Electric, Raging Slab, and Static in Stereo, the Sin City Sinners are probably the most gigging band in Las Vegas. With regular weekly gigs at the Rio Hotel and Green Valley Ranch and being the first “house band” at the new Hard Rock Cafe on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip with frequent shows at the rock bars in the Venetian and Hard Rock Hotel and other places around town thrown in for good measure, they are probably the one band in Glitter City with a significant steady following, yours truly included.

The Sin City Sinners’ debut CD, “Exile on Fremont Street” will be available at Midnight on February 13, 2010, with a live DVD to follow. If you’re in Vegas, the CD release party and live DVD filming is at Ovation at Green Valley Ranch on February 13th -starts at 11pm. Otherwise, you can order it online.

I recently sat down with Brent Muscat (guitar), Todd Kerns (vocals), and Michael Ellis (bass) backstage before a gig at the Hard Rock Cafe to let you in on some of what the “Sinner Girls” (and Boys) already know.

Interviewed by:  Jessica Messina | February 2010

 
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