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Three Minutes With…Fuel

Three Minutes With..Fuel.

Well, three quarters of the band, anyway. Brett Scallions (Vocals), Brad Stewart (Bass), and Jasin Todd (Guitar) took on the Sack O’ Questions while drummer Kenneth Schalk soundchecked prior to their show at a Rock ‘n Roll Wine event at the Crown Theater at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

 

This is what transpired:

Your question is – if you didn’t do this (music) what would you do?
Brad : That’s cliché! Sorry!
Brett: Shhhh. If I didn’t do this what would I do?
Jasin: I’d go crazy, that’s what I’d do!
Brett: I don’t know. I never thought about it, really. I was always focused on being what I am. I was a crappy student. I went to college for a brief moment in life. Like a year and a half. While I was there, I was focused on music. I think if I wasn’t actually a musician, I’d be affiliated with it in some way. Whether it be working in a management company or in a studio or something in the world of music. I just wouldn’t be the musician. I’d probably be in the business world of it in some sense.

And now you can promote anything you’ve got going on. Project. Product. Place. Doesn’t even have to be yours.
Brad: New Rhianna album’s coming out!
Brett: Fuelrocks.com is the website, you can always find out what’s going on with Fuel and everything. We’re working on new music that we plan to have out next year. I have another project called World Fire Brigade that’s coming out next year, which is myself and Sean Danielson from Smile Empty Soul and our partner Eddie Wall. We wrote the record and stuff. It’s pretty much done, it’s coming out next year.
Jasin: Dontcha have that X Games thing?
Brett: Oh! I do this thing called Yukon Cornelius every once in a while. Yukon Cornelius is myself, Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies, Stefan Lessard from the Dave Matthews Band, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, and some of the guys from the band Guster and N.E.R.D., Warren DeMartini from Ratt played with us. So we just like cover shows, the past couple of years we’ve done the ESPN X Games, the winter X Games. So we’re doing that in January. The third week in January.

Brad, draw your question – no peekin’! Is there one song you wish you had written? If so, what is it and why?
Brad: Hmmm. That’s a good one. There’s a lot of songs I wish I had written. I can’t just pick out one.

You can name two… three…. ten.
Brad: Actually….
Brett: Pick a big hit!
Jasin: Feliz Navidad!
Brad: That’s a big one! Here Comes Santa Claus.

Imagine the royalties off of that one!
Brad: I know, right! I’d say that one of the most recent songs I’ve heard that I liked was “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. I just like it lyrically and the song comes together – the production and the strings and everything going on, it’s just one of those songs that just… ahhh. I just find it moving. That’d be a recent one, but… “Highway to Hell”… “It’s So Easy”, Guns N Roses… There’s some Beatles songs that just keep going and going. Anything by Led Zeppelin… “Change”, Blind Melon. Man, what else? That’s good, I guess. I don’t know!

Okay. You can make your plug now!
Brad: Plug? Really? This is my main gig right now. Doing the Fuel thing. I have a show I’m doing with some friends in a band called Burn Season in Jacksonville. I hope to be writing some songs. There’s a guy that’s hooked us up before in the past and he needs some new music, so I think in the down time, hopefully I’ll be doing some of that.

Down time? What’s that?
Brad: Down time. Well, we’re gonna take some time off in December and January. I’m gonna try to work on some new stuff.

Jasin – Your question is – What is the most memorable point of your career this far – good, bad, or both?
Brett: He doesn’t remember sh*t!
Brad: He doesn’t remember anything that’s happened up til now!
Jasin: Wow. Yeah, I have a very short term memory. Hmm, defining moment. I would probably have to say getting the record deal was and we did a tour with Van Halen. Sammy Hagar got my endorsement with Gibson guitars. So, I get to play Les Paul guitars, or anything by Gibson, for free, and that’s pretty cool, for me, as a guitar player.
Brett: And you play with me.
Jasin: I HATE playing with Brett!
Brett: Let me answer this for you… I know exactly what you’ll say.
Jasin: Yeah, that’s pretty much it, as a guitar player, that’s a big thing. I don’t think it would’ve happened without Sammy. But, it happened, so…

Awesome. Sammy’s great.
Jasin: Yeah, he’s a great guy.

And your plug?
Jasin: I’m just gonna plug World Peace. And keep the creatures outta my room! That’s it.

Allright! Two-legged, four-legged… does it matter?
Jasin: They’re mostly two-legged.

Good to know!

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For more on Fuel visit:
The Official Fuel Website

Special Thanks goes to TPF, Chris and Sonny at Rock ‘n Roll Wine (http://www.www.rnrwine.com) and Alyssa and her awesome staff at PR Plus (www.prpluslv.com) for making this happen! You are always so good to me!

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…Kevin Baldes of LIT

If you were even remotely into the SoCal punk-style music of the late 90’s, you’d have to have been living under a rock to NOT have heard of LIT. Everyone at one time or another could totally relate to their number one tune “My Own Worst Enemy” from their platinum disc “A Place in the Sun”. Bassist Kevin Baldes set a new speed record for the world’s shortest interview when LIT recently hit Las Vegas to play at the Crown Theater at the Rio Hotel. Don’t blink when you read the following:

 

If you became President of the United States, what would your first order of business be?
First order of business would be to legalize marijuana; and I don’t even smoke marijuana. For some reason, you never hear of anyone getting into fights when they’re high, but you hear about people in bars getting into fights because they’re drunk.

True. Very true.
There ya go. Done! Oh, but I didn’t promote anything!

That’s your next question!
I want to promote LIT’s new album. We’re working on it right now, we don’t have a title yet but we do have quite a few songs. It’s awesome! It’s gonna be my favorite album so far! It’ll be our sixth studio effort. Awesome!

When is it due to be finished?
We’re hoping it’s gonna be out probably in March.

Is that on a real calendar or the music business calendar?
Real calendar. We’ve gotta get it out! We’ve gotta get out there, gotta get goin’, man! It’s been too long. We’re excited to get cracking on this.

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For all the latest on LIT or to find out about their new album check out:
LIT on Facebook
The Official LIT Website

 

*Side note: the above conversation took place in one minute, eleven seconds. That beats the previous record held by Gilby Clarke, of one minute, thirty seconds. 

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…Jani Christine Love – the Rock N’ Roll Jeweler!

September 7, 2010 by  
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I decided to take a bit of a departure from my usual musicians and interview a different kind of “rock star” – a jeweler. Jani makes all kinds of custom jewelry and is offering a very special deal for my readers. Read all the way to the end for that. Jani was kind enough to take on the Sack O’ Questions recently, and here ya go….

 

The question you picked was – do you have any rituals or superstitions when you work?
Oh… I do! One thing, before I start working, everything has to be clean. I’m super organized about everything. It’s the only way to live.  So, I probably spend at least an hour cleaning everything and organizing everything into different metals, different gauges of wire, everything has to be in its place. All my tools are always on the right, all my metals are always on the left so I can grab with my left hand, take a tool with my right…. Superstitions. Y’know, one thing I definitely have found out is that if I try to work on a day when I’m just not into it, I sit down and try to force myself to work, and I always notice that if I try to force myself to work and I just don’t have it in me, nothing comes out. I will literally scrap everything I made that day and send it all to the refinery. So, I have to be in the mood to do it.

 

Well, now make your plug:
Well, you can go to www.suzysinsstudio.com to see more of my jewelry, I also have a blog up there, and I’m an artist of different mediums – I have paintings and poetry and photographs up there as well. I’m an artist who loves artists and if another artist is interested in contacting me and networking, I love networking!

 

Now, about that special deal – if you tell her that TWRY sent you, she’ll hook you up with a 20% discount on anything in the shop – including premade and custom work. AND, all custom orders get FREE shipping every day! Now, don’t procrastinate because this offer is not going to last forever and is a very special deal for TWRY fans and can be canceled at any time. Check out the Facebook and LIKE it!

Three Minutes With…Sammy Hagar

Depending on what demographic you fall into, he’s either the singer for the band Montrose, the guy with “one foot on the brake, and one on the gas” who couldn’t “Drive 55”, or the one who replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen. He’s also the co-owner of the Cabo Wabo Cantina chain and formerly the purveyor of Cabo Wabo Tequila. He’s also a philanthropist, but more about that in a moment. The Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, did a round with the Sack o’ Questions before he played a “surprise” unannounced gig at the Cabo Wabo Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip at the end of July.

 

Okay Sammy, reach in and grab your question.
<while reaching into the Sack o’ Questions> I want to see ’em all – I think it’s rigged!
Totally not!

What is the most memorable point in your career? Good, bad, or both.
Oh boy, that’s tough! The first thing that comes to mind is Van Halen just because everyone was so against it, everyone said “Oh, this is not gonna work…” and we knew it would, and the whole thing was such a huge success, that’s very memorable. But if I could cheat, I gotta say that when I went into the studio in 1972 with Montrose, for my first record ever. I had never written any songs in my life but  I wrote “Bad Motor Scooter”, “One Thing on My Mind”, “Make It Last” and  “I Don’t Want It” – four of the songs on that record. That was so memorable. When I went into the studio with Ted Templeman, big-time producer, and we got a big record advance, and all of a sudden it was like I was a star overnight. I’ll never forget that. I was scared to death! But, it didn’t have the success of the Van Halen, so you pick whichever you want….

I think both are pretty iconic!
Quite honestly, damn near every night of my life has been pretty memorable!

Okay, now you can plug whatever you’ve got going on….
 Oh, I have nothing to plug. I just wanna say that one of the biggest missions in life is to take care of kids and families that can’t take care of themselves, so that’s the only thing that I’m plugging. With my extra money, which there’s plenty of, by the way, and not bragging, it’s a good thing, we started The Hagar Family Foundation. I support children, terminally ill children, and their families who have run out of money, hocked their houses and everything, and their kids are still terminally ill. Whaddya gonna do? So, I believe that people like that – that’s my big mission.

That’s awesome! Is there a website or anything?
No, probably not. I’m not into it like that. Y’know, it’s a big deal for me, I work with Emeril Lagasse, and some of his foundations, he helps kids too.  I just want to help kids have a better life, and just ensure that they even get a chance, that’s all I’m really trying to plug, because everyone should do that. I’m only plugging it because if you do it in your backyard, everyone can do that. There’s people in your hometown that need help. Don’t help some kids in Africa – not that I don’t want to! – help your neighbors first, and his neighbor, and when you get to Africa, help them too! Everyone should help in their own way. That’s my new philosophy. That’s what I’m plugging!

 For all the latest on Sammy and his pursuits visit his official website or hit him up on Facebook.

Side note to Sammy – I’ll come “run things”, just have your people call my people and they can take a meeting!

A super huge THANK YOU goes out to Leslie and Beth at Wicked 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…Kristy Majors of Pretty Boy Floyd

August 2, 2010 by  
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He’s one of the original Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz. He’s the guitar player from the band that set the bar for glam rock in the late 80s/early 90s. Kris took on the soon to be iconic Sack O’ Questions when Pretty Boy Floyd played at Feelgood’s in Las Vegas. Here’s what happened:

This question was submitted by Tracy: What is the strangest item on the tour bus?
Well, we don’t have a tour bus on this one, we drove here in myMercedes but it’s cool. The strangest item we ever had on the tour bus was this crazy sake bottle. It was maybe about two feet high, and it had a looooooooooonng neck and we used to make girls do some bad things with that. We used to make little markings on it and… <chuckles> That sake bottle, it used to go in many different holes. <laughs> Yeah, that was the strangest thing I’ve ever had on the tour bus.

 

Now you can make your plug – whatever you’ve got going on:
We have a n
ew Pretty Boy Floyd record coming out in September and a new Kristy “Krash” Majors record coming out in September as well. Whole world tour starting in October.

prettyboyfloydband.com
kristymajors.com

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…Gilby Clarke

The first time you probably remember seeing him was in Guns N’ Roses in the early 90s. (Unless you’re my mom, then he’s “that other smart guy who did that show with Dave Navarro”, which is referring to Rockstar: Supernova from 2005-2006-ish.) He’s also released several solo albums and produced a number of other acts as well. I caught up with Gilby before he played at Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel over Memorial Day Weekend, and he did like few others have done before – gone two rounds with the “Sack O’ Questions”!
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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!)

Three Minutes With…Pete Loran

 

Trixter THEN

He was, and is, the voice of the (newly resurrected) band Trixter. You saw them blow up on Mtv when they still played videos… You saw them play arenas with Kiss and The Scorpions… You may have even caught some of his solo stuff.

I recently caught up with Pete Loran when he was a guest of our mutual pals The Sin City Sinners and he had the fortitude to go not one, but two rounds with the Sack O’ Questions!

I recently caught up with Pete Loran when he was a guest of our mutual pals The Sin City Sinners and he had the fortitude to go not one, but two rounds with the Sack O’ Questions!

Do you have any preshow superstitions or rituals?
I don’t. Zero. I have zero preshow rituals or superstitions. Nothing.  I try to warm up before I go on. That’s it.

Well, since we’re way under time, you can plug whatever you want.
That’s it? I only get one question? Wow!

Well, it is the shortest interview with the shortest interviewer!
My God! Why dontcha make up some stuff?

Want another question?
YEAH!

 What’s been the most memorable moment of your career so far (good, bad, or both)?
That’s a good question. The most memorable point was probably when the first record went gold. We had a big party at, at that time it was called the Brenden Byrne Arena, (at the Meadowlands in New Jersey), we had a huge party. That was pretty awesome!

That was when you guys were opening for KISS, yes? Y’know, I’m pretty sure it was The Scorpions. Yeah, it was The Scorpions…. TIME?

Trixter NOW

Still got a minute.
A MINUTE?

 Yeah, so you can still make your plug!
I don’t have a plug… Of course, I’ve got Trixter, check us out – trixterrocks.com, a myspace – Pete Loran on myspace…. That’s it.

Wowwwwwwwww. This really was the shortest interview ever!
Short but sweet!

*Trixter Now photo courtesty of Trixterrocks.com/Photo Credit: DAVE FELIX / MARK BALOGH

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!) 

 

Special thanks to Todd “Dammit” Kerns for being absent the night this interview took place, otherwise I may not have had a subject to interview….

Three Minutes With….Andrew Freeman

You’ve seen him sing for Lynch Mob and on tour as the guitarist for the Offspring and in a band called Thirty Stone. Currently he fronts the Orange County, California band The Thuggs, but more about them in a moment. You’ve probably also seen at least one of the bands he’s been in over the years if you reside or have visited the OC  -both East Coast and West Coast versions.

I recently spent three minutes with Andrew at Feelgoods’ Rock Bar in Las Vegas. Here’s the result:

 If you became President of the United States, what would your first order of business be?
Wow. I feel like I’m on the Miss America Pageant. So, I’m gonna start my answer like a Miss America Pageant contestant. If I were elected President of the United States, my first order of business would be to outlaw really bad shows in Las Vegas so that I wouldn’t get thrown into a barrel like a man on a sea ship in the 1600s, getting bad things done to my face because I’m in the barrel by a bunch of sea-people.  I don’t know where I’m going with this, but I figured I’d give you the most interesting answer I can, and then I’m just going to count… Forty Mississippi…. Forty-one Mississippi…. Forty-two Mississippi….

No, actually, my first order of business would be to make a radio show on NPR so that the intellectual community can hear it because there’s there’s a lot of intellectual things going on here right now, in a parking lot… Off-Strip… in Las Vegas..no, actually, maybe  in the Champagne Room at the Mandalay Bay. <laughter> On the roof of the Mandalay Bay. And I would make the Champagne Room on the roof of the Mandalay Bay the Oval Office. But it wouldn’t be oval, it’d be square. In turn, it’d be called the Square Office. Thank you.

You’ve earned your plug – go for it!

 I’m in a new band called The Thuggs, check us out at at www.TheThuggs.com, a little cover band with James D’Anda of Bulletboys fame, and a couple other dudes. We do this thing, and we are taking it on the road eventually. It’s a new thing we’re working on. There’s that, and there’s a TV show I’m working on right now. I can’t tell you the name of it yet, but it’s gonna be huge!  ‘Cause it’s still in “the works” so we can’t have anyone steal it…

The Thuggs currently play every Thursday night at the Gas Lamp in Long Beach, California. Look for them at www.theThuggs.com and coming soon to a venue near you! 

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