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Back When Musician Interviews Were Awesome

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:02AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments12 Comments

Disclosure: I have no idea where the clip below aired, but I'll go ahead and assume it was MTV, Much Music or another channel solely dedicated to music.

Remember when musician interviews were just awesome and you sat around, waiting for a feature on your favorite band? Last night while killing time before Big Brother came on, I was surfing YouTube and found a pretty great interview clip of Ray Gillen and Jake E. Lee from the Badlands days. Basically, Ray and Jake explain how Badlands came together. I felt like I was watching a little piece of Glam metal history. You have to watch this clip and if you know where it originally aired, let me know.


Reader Comments (12)

Nice find Allyson! Great band, wish I could've seen them live.
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnoot
Power 30 was a program on Much Music. Cool clip
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill
Awesome clip! Ray Gillen was taken from us way way too soon. He had an absolutely incredible voice: a rare combination of range, power and soulfulness. I never saw Badlands live, but have managed to find several bootlegs, and Gillen could bring it just as hard live as he did in the studio...Simply an amazing vocal talent.
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob
As Will oted - this was Power 30 on Much Music. i remember when this aired and may still have it on VHS in a box at my parents' house. Tribute show that aired when Gillen passed.

The live footage was filmed at Rock And Roll Heaven in Toronto.

I watched another awesome Badlands video on Youtube a few months back - I think it was an EPK for the Voodoo Highway release.
Had them playing and interviewed at The Palace in Hollywood.
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Rock and Roll Heaven!!! Talk about a blast from the past.

I was so sad when that place closed. That was the place to be. I saw so many great bands there - Bullet Boys, Paul Stanley solo show... I guess that place was our version of the CatHouse. That and the Gas Works.
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRita
Great singer (one of the best for sure), great guitarist, great band - GREAT MUSIC!! How I wish they did more than three albums.

Actually, it's pretty crazy when you think about how few albums there are between Jake and Ray, yet how revered they both are (esp. Ray, to my knowledge he's only on about 5 albums, and the BS one was not even released 'till recently (officially), and how many people even know about Sun Red Sun?).
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Saw these guys at The Cat Club off that first album. Mind blowing! And came off like a TOTAL class act. What a tragic loss when Gillen left us at such an early age.

I guess The Cat Club was the NYC version of The Cat House, Rock & Roll Heaven and Gas Works.

p.s. Back in the day I went to Toronto quite frequently on business and was stunned by all the excellent stuff on MUCH Music. I used to walk past their headquarters and felt like going in and applying for a job there, it seemed so cool, even though I'm sure the only thing I would have been qualified to do would be sweeping floors, if that, hahaha!!!
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
That's how Bon Jovi started out MB! Lol
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Yes, Rita and I had some good times at Rock and Roll Heaven and the Gasworks. Aptly named, it was heavenly in those days.

We went to high school with Mike Myers (he didn't know us or talk to us, we were in grade 9 and he was in grade 13) but I'm sure Mike named the Gasworks, the club in Wayne's World, after our Toronto bar.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyne
Haha, Gary! I know. I woulda done that but I was already too old!
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Let's not forget: Jake E. Lee on The Monsters of Rock Cruise in March 2014. I wonder if he'll do any Badlands songs?
August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
yea the only fun interviews to watch these days are black veil brides those guys are fucking hilarious!! i watch them all the time and all sorts of different bands. but i wish i coulda been around the mtv times!!
August 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdj

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