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Friday
Jun292007

Creepy Crawley

It's finally Friday, and the glam mistress is exhausted. Unfortunately, I have a full weekend and lots of work to do, so I won't be getting much rest. When I get tired, I start having loopy thoughts. Last night, I was thinking about RATT and their "Lay It Down" video.


Last week, I purchased Ratt & Roll 8191. It's a greatest hits album and is relatively cheap. One of my favorite RATT tunes is "Lay It Down." Over the weekend, I caught the video on VH1 Classic Metal Mania. Great song, but the creepiest video ever made. A scary looking boy, a young girl painted up like Jon Benet Ramsey and a clown at a birthday party.


Suddenly, the "birthday boy" blows out the candles on his cake and we fastforward 25 years to an adult Stephen Pearcy, singing lead in RATT. Not a bad wish mind you, but now he's following around the adult version of Jon Benet in a very stalker-esque manner.


Maybe it's just me. Watch this video: RATT "Lay It Down" and tell me if you think it's the creepiest video ever produced.


Thursday
Jun282007

Opening Night: Downstage Thrust Tour 2007

bandacoutic3.JPGLast night, Def Leppard kicked off their Downstage Thrust Tour 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For a first night, there were few - if any - noticeable flaws.

The Brits opened their show with “Rocket,” and continued with “Animal” and “Excitable.”

“Foolin’” came next, and then lead singer Joe Elliot asked guitarist Vivian Campbell to join him on the catwalk.
Vivian obliged.

Turns out, the Leps were about to play “Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)” from High n’ Dry! Joe told the crowd that the band hasn’t performed the song since their Pyromania tour. That means Vivian has never played the song for a live audience, so a little Def Leppard history was made in the Queen City!

By this time, it was pouring and the hordes of people in the lawn were running for shelter. Even with covered seats, I still got wet. The band competed with the vigorous thunder and lightning for center stage. Finally the band gave up, walked down the catwalk and addressed Mother Nature, thanking her for the light show.

bandrain.JPGOccasionally, there were small technical mishaps, including popping and echoing microphones. During one song, Joe pointed to his ears and mouthed a complaint to a roadie. Otherwise, things seemed to move smoothly.

Now it was time for some heavy hitting and that means “Love Bites” from Hysteria. The 12,000 or so fans went completely bonkers. A man directly in front of me started jumping and yelping. I think he was having some sort of religious experience. In just a few short songs, his shirt would be gone, twirling around his head like a cheap stripper.

The ever-sexy bassist Rick Savage climbed to the highest point of the two-tier stage for his solo that eventually turned into “Rock On,” from the Yeah! covers album.

From fast to slow, the Leps do ballads best. The quintet went “intimate” with “Two Steps Behind” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.” This time, all band members – save for drummer Rick Allen – joined Joe on the catwalk. Joe strummed his guitar while singing, and crazed fans below the catwalk nearly knocked the rockers off their platform.

A highlight of the show was when “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” switched from acoustic to electric.

The band also played “Switch 625” while Joe took a breather. This also allowed guitarist Phil Collen to demonstrate his savindark.JPGabilities. Later, the band played “Hysteria,” “Armageddon It,” “Photograph,” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” This is the point of the show when the aforementioned man took off his shirt and bounced around like an idiot. Having fun at concerts is wonderful; jeopardizing the safety of those around you because you’re flapping around like a fish out of water is something else.

I was stunned the band didn’t save “Sugar” for their encore; instead, they went with “Rock of Ages.”

All in all, it was a great first night of a tour.

Joe Elliot sounded strong in voice, and everyone in the band looked both happy and healthy. I must admit, the pauses between songs seemed longer than at other Def Leppard shows.

A note about the stage: Def Leppard is touring in many sheds this summer. As such, the stage design is fairly basic with a raised platform parallel to the drum riser. There are several microphone stands all along the stage, allowing each member to roam freely. There are no pyrotechnics, but there is a gigantic television screen projecting images during each song.

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Wednesday
Jun272007

Back on Trakk

Bring Back Glam! recently spoke with Eric Young, drummer for Swedish glam sensation Crashdïet. During the chat, Eric spoke about working with Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, recording a new album, life after Dave Lepard and growing up. Transcription follows.

crashdiet2007.jpgBring Back Glam!: Let’s talk about your new album. How is it coming along?

Eric Young: It’s coming along great actually. Next week we’ll work to complete five new songs, for a total of eight songs completed, with vocals, arranging and everything. Then, we need a couple more tracks. So, in pretty much one month, it should be done.

BBG: So, the new album will have ten tracks total?

Eric: Exactly.

BBG: Do you have a tentative title for the new album?

Eric: We haven’t really nailed down a titled yet. We have a lot of ideas, none of which are decided on.

BBG: Can you tell me about the ideas?

Eric: Well…I don’t really have them on my right now. We have about 50 different options. It depends on the outcome of everything. You know, surrounding the album. The photo shoots and everything. The title needs to be something that really sums it up in a good way: striving how we are now, restoring ourselves and ramping ourselves for the future.

BBG: When do you expect the album to be released?

Eric: For Sweden actually, it’s planned for September. In Europe, the beginning of next year…something like that.

BBG: What about America?

Eric: I’m not sure for the date over there…I’m positive it will be released there as well, but I just don’t know the date.

BBG: Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe recently traveled to Sweden to help you write some songs. What was that like?

Eric: Well, it was quite amazing (laughs) if you want one word. I don’t know. I wasn’t actually the guy recording with him. But, Martin (Sweet), our guitarist and songwriter told me a lot about it. He was so excited, meeting a guy that’s his idol. Pretty unreal situation. In some ways, it kind of levels out after a while, I mean, they spent the whole day together. At the end of the day, it was like they knew each other quite well. I mean he (Mick Mars) is a person just like you and me. They went along really great. He (Mick) started riffing the second he put his stuff down. He went in the room, sat down, got his guitar out and started riffing. It was…he’s just a riff machine that guy. So, we built two or three songs around his riffs. Hopefully, we’ll use some of that material on the upcoming album.

BBG: Does this mean Mick will have a writing credit?

Eric: Well, I don’t know how that will fall into place. I’m guessing he’ll be credited as a co-writer in some way on the album. Just the idea of having Mick Mars helping us out and doing these collaborations is really cool!

BBG: So, who came up with the idea to bring Mick into the recording process?

Eric: Well, that was actually from our record company. I think Mick heard about us in some way. We met up with him – well, not “we” actually – but our record company and his management met when Mötley Crüe were here. Mick said he would come back to do a writing session. It felt like the most obvious thing for Sweden’s most up and coming glam rock band. So, I think that was really how it came about.

BBG: When do you plan on posting some of your new music on your Myspace page?

Eric: Well, it seems we will be holding onto that…until we get all the mixes ready to go. Not sure about the process of that. We’re going to release a single later in August. I would say, maybe in August or something like that.

BBG: Are you planning an international tour after the album is released?

Eric: Yeah, probably. I mean, that would go hand in hand with the release of the album. Like I said, we’re releasing the album in the beginning of 2008 in Europe, so by then, we will probably do a European tour to support the release. In Sweden, we’ll do a tour around the September release and we’ll probably do the same for the American release, whenever that will happen I’m not sure. But it will happen!

BBG: There are a lot of American fans that would love to see you play live.

Eric: I’m sure. That would be awesome to get to the states to play, actually. We have a lot of contacts with different people. They say we should come play and it has never been possible. This time it’s going to be possible, for sure.

BBG: It’s kind of amazing to think that the band who recorded an album as strong as Rest in Sleaze has never performed in America.

Eric: I know. Well, we were on our way in some ways, and then the whole thing happened (the death of former lead singer Dave Lepard). That really stopped everything form developing.

BBG: What were those first live performances without Dave Lepard like?

Eric: It was sort of natural in some ways. We had already rehearsed with the guy (H. Olliver Twisted, new lead singer). We first met him in November. We would hang with him a lot. It wasn’t a strange thing at all for us to perform with him. We noticed by the reaction of Dave’s family and the fans that they we’re like “It’s so strange to see you guys on stage with a new singer.” I never really thought of that. It was so natural, you know? We had so much fun, and it was really a blessed evening even though it was a tribute for Dave (Rest in Sleaze Festival). The whole idea of the night wasn’t to mourn his death or something like that. It was to celebrate his memory. It wasn’t a bad evening at all. We had a lot of fun.

BBG: What’s the typical scene backstage at a Crashdïet show?

Eric: Lots of ladies and stuff like that. We’re quite professional in some ways. It sounds quite boring, but we’ve grown up since the last time we were out on the road in 2005. We’re more keen on doing a great job this time. We choose when to party and when to not party, you know? I think it’s average, like all rock bands. There’s a place and time for everything.

BBG: Where did the band get its name?

Eric: Laughs. The thing is – Dave – when he started the band back in 2000 or 2001 with the first line-up… he was trying to find a name. I remember he told me he was having difficulty finding a name to suit the band. I think the former drummer actually told me that Dave had called him in the middle of the night – like 4 a.m. or something -- and he (Dave) was really, really, really drunk and said “I think I have a name for the band: Crashdïet.” And then he hung up. The next day, the band members met to continue drinking or rehearsing, and they said they’d thought about the name Crashdïet: “Sounds pretty good!” Dave was like “Crashdïet?” He didn’t remember it at all! Actually, he never could tell us where he got the idea from. I think there’s some disease that old sailors used to have, when they ran out of food on the seven oceans or whatever you call it. Anyway, I think that’s called Crashdïet when you run out of food and you die of starvation. Dave used to tell me stories about that. I guess that’s where he got the name. I’m not sure, though. No one is.

BBG: Finally, why do you think Sweden is such a hotbed for glam music?

Eric: I don’t know. I think…the new scene with all these different bands. You know the new bands - the emo rock bands - isn’t something that’s so big over here in Sweden. In a way, the old bands - the 80s bands - didn’t become a real big thing over here before the emo scene reached Sweden. I think the whole glam thing got really big around here amongst the youth before they got a chance to hear the stuff from America and the U.K. I’m not sure; maybe the kids didn’t have anything better to do. The young guys and girls started doing their hair and rebellion against their parents and being glam rockers – which they do best! They have really developed an anti-emo thing. Of course, you have the emo scene here as well, but it’s a bigger thing to be in a glam rock band here.

Tuesday
Jun262007

Year of the Cock

henzerlingbigcock.jpgBring Back Glam! recently chatted with guitarist David Henzerling of Big Cock. The band is bringing back glam with their decadence-driven lyrics and heavy guitar solos. Henzerling has been making glam-worthy Metal for years, performing with Lizzy Borden, Keel and King Kobra. He talks about forming his dream band, musical influences and why every image-conscious rock star should have at least two names. Transcription follows.

Bring Back Glam!: How did Big Cock form?

David P. Henzerling: Big Cock is a band all of us have wanted to do for a long time. John Covington (the drummer) and I have been friends ever since high school and when we talked about it with Robert Mason, his reply was “Big Cock…and why not?” Colby we just found wandering the streets, so we gave him some leather pants, a bass and pointed him to the stage. That’s a true story, except for the part about the leather pants. Look, when all you sing about is cars, booze and girls, it’s pretty clear that we’ll never grow up – and that’s just what you’re gonna get from Big Cock.

BBG: How long did it take you to record Year of the Cock and who did most of the writing for the album?

David: Year of the Cock took about a week to record. We did everything live in a great, big warehouse out here in Arizona in the middle of the summer, so it was fucking hot. I wrote most of the songs and even borrowed a few from my King Kobra days (“Take it Off” and “Mean Street Machine”). In fact, “Mean Street Machine” was one of the first songs I ever wrote back in high school. You’d never know I went to Catholic school from writing a tender love ballad called “Hard to Swallow. ”

BBG: What was it like producing Year of the Cock versus other albums?

David: It was much easier, more fun and cheaper. We did everything our way and didn’t have to answer to anyone but ourselves. After all, what label in their right mind would sign a band called Big Cock with songs called “Bad Motherfucker” on an album titled Year of the Cock? God Bless us for going out on a limb and making this a reality, otherwise the world would have no Big Cock. We know you love Big Cock, Allyson!

BBG: How is performing in Big Cock these days different from the glam days of Lizzy Borden, and Keel?

David: It’s much more fun now, since it’s our own band and we can - and do - whatever we want. Listen to the songs and you’ll see what I mean. The great thing is that people have really responded to our no-holds-barred, aggressive, arrogant cock-rock. It also helps that Robert is such a bad-ass singer.

BBG: What is your greatest tour memory?

David: Two, really – the first was King Kobra’s first opening slot for KISS in front of a huge festival audience. It was a great rush and I’ll never forget the roar of the crowd when we started playing. The second was a few years later, when we played a concert in Mexico with Quiet Riot and La Toya Jackson. La Toya refused to ride on the bus with us to the gig. I guess us long-hairs were a little too unsavory for her champagne tastes.

BBG: What's the deal with Big Cock and Rocklahoma? You had a contest running to play the festival. Is there a definitive deal in the works?

David: Nothing special – we just entered the (Jpot Music) contest like anyone else. It looks like a fun show and it would be great to be a part of it. Of course we would surely kick ass.

BBG: What made you first pick up a guitar?

David: Ace Frehley of Kiss and Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple.

BBG:
Your brother is also a musician. Did you grow up playing together?

David: My brother Dan used to play drums and we had a band when we were kids that only played Kiss songs -- because they were easy enough to be able to learn. He later played in an early version of the Gin Blossoms here in Arizona and then switched to guitar.

BBG: What's the deal with the dual names (David Henzerling vs. David Michael- Philips )?

David: My real name is Dave Henzerling. Back in the 80s, you had to change your name into something Hollywood, like Steve McNasty or Sting or Nikki Sixx . It was the law, you know.

BBG: Do you play songs from your collective former bands during your Big Cock shows?

David: We play two King Kobra songs (but not in the live set) and a cover of Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady” from our second CD.

BBG: Are there plans for a follow-up to Year of the Cock?

David: We will keep making Big Cock records as long as the fans keep listening; we are simply filling a void - pun intended - in an industry greatly lacking music in the cock-rock genre.

Monday
Jun252007

Warrior Soul

doro.jpgThe Metal queen is back and reigns supreme with a new 2 DVD set. The double disc set follows Doro Pesch as she performs a concert in her native Germany. The disc also features documentary-type footage and backstage antics. Aptly titled 20 Years: A Warrior Soul, the set includes six hours of footage, separated into three sections: “Warrior Soul: On the Road,” 20 Years Anniversary: The Movie,” and “20 Years Anniversary: The Concert.”


The movie segment was an actual German theatrical release. This film gives fans an inside look into the life and culture that is Doro and her band. This portion of the disc includes celebrity interviews from some of music’s most legendary performers. Interviews include Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Tom Angelripper (Sodom) as well as many members of Doro’s original band Warlock.

Tracks on the album include “Always Live to Win,” “Fall For Me Again,” “Love Me in Black” and “All We Are.” Interesting covers include the Billy Idol hit “White Wedding,” and You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” originally recorded by Judas Priest. For the latter track, many members of Saxon join Doro on stage.

The portion of the DVD set that chronicles the 2006 Warrior Soul European tour relies heavily on subtitles, as Doro sings many tracks in German. Much of the narrative is also in German, including behind-the-scenes footage such as stage preparations and fan meet-and-greets. This segment of the disc is about 90 minutes long and includes the tracks “True As Steel,” “Strangers Yesterday,” and “Above the Ashes.”

Doro herself is absolutely beautiful on stage and her band is phenomenal. The band includes bassist Nick Douglas, guitarist Joe Taylor, drummer Johnny Dee, and keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai. If the name Johnny Dee sounds familiar, that’s because he was the drummer in glam band Britny Fox. All the musicians put on a great stage show and really move to get the crowd motivated in a true Metal frenzy.

From a production standpoint, the audio quality is top notch and the layout of the DVD set makes perfect sense. The disc does not include extras per se, but that is probably because the concert footage is so extensive, there really isn’t much to add. With hours and hours of coverage, 20 Years: A Warrior Soul is enough to satisfy the appetite of the most Metal hungry head banger.


For more information, please visit:
Myspace.com/Doroband

Watch this video: Warlock "All We Are:"

Sunday
Jun242007

The Most Un-Commerical Band in the Land

poisonvideoclip.jpgVH1 Classic is the latest television network to fall victim to struggling finances.

The cable music channel recently let go of nearly every staff member, and now programming is suffering.

Before his contract ended with the network, syndicated radio host Eddie Trunk taped his final Hangin' With episode.

Poison were the featured band on the episode.

During the interview, Trunk asked the boys about the now infamous Atlanta Guitar Slinging Incident.

 

After Bret Michaels and Bobby Dall explained what happened on stage that fateful night, the conversation moved to the band's new album Poison'd.

Bret and Co. explained their song selection process, and how they narrowed their list of proposed choices from 200 down to about 25 and then to the handful of new tracks that actually made it on the album.

Eddie and Poison spend much of the 30 minute interview laughing. The boys reminisce about their Sunset Strip days and explain the secret to their success.

Says drummer Rikki Rockett "It would be 1 A.M. and the other bands would be hanging around the Rainbow looking cool. We were out flyering. That's how we made it."

Bret says Poison is one of the most un-commerical bands in the business. They have a do-it yourself mentality, and they put any money they make right back into their stage shows.

Eddie also asked Poison about their experiences recording with legendary producer Don Was. On Was, guitarist C.C. DeVille says "Don is no stranger to eccentric behavior. When you're poor, you're crazy. When you're rich, you're eccentric."

Finally, the biggest revelation for me: the reason why the band chose electric green as their signature color.

As the story goes, the band was (obviously) dirt poor back in the early 1980s. They needed paper for flyers to post on the Sunset Strip. The quartet went into Sir Speedy with three bucks. The store owner said they couldn't have a lot of white paper for that money. Instead, they could choose between yellow or electric green. Poison didn't want yellow because it was too common at the time, so they went with green and it became their signature marketing and merchandise color. Brilliant!

You can catch Hangin' With: Poison at various times all this week on VH1 Classic.

 

Saturday
Jun232007

Wanna Be in the Show

pyschogypsy.jpgDuring the height of grunge popularity, a motley band of glam-loving musicians gathered together and formed Psycho Gypsy. After several years and tours later, the band broke-up and Eddie Electra joined the now legendary outlandish glam outfit Peppermint Creeps. Tragedy has brought Psycho Gypsy back together. Now, Electra - along with Timm Tantrum - are back with a vengeance. The duo recently spoke with Bring Back Glam! about the band’s future, performing on the same stage as their idols, and music fans today. Transcription follows.

Bring Back Glam!: Tell the readers a little about the history of Psycho Gypsy.

Timm Tantrum: Eddie Electra and myself began forming the band in 1992. By, 1994 we had found a guitarist and a drummer and were starting to play live. Within a year or two, we were starting to tour to other states. We created a very large local following in our hometown of Phoenix because of our distinction as Arizona's only glam rock act. All the glam fans of Arizona only had one band to see, so we did quite well for ourselves.

BBG: What was it like opening up for major acts like Warrant and Poison?

Eddie Electra: It was a lot of fun to be opening up for people whose posters were still on our walls! The Poison show in particular stands out for obvious reasons. That has to be the most people I've ever played to.

Timm Tantrum: Growing up watching some of these guys on MTV made the experience a little surreal. Although we won't name names, what I can say is many of the bands we played with were very gracious and pleasant to be around. Others were not. Some seemed like they had a lot of bitterness that they weren't in their heyday any longer. One name I will drop is Tracii Guns. Not only was he great to be around, but also hung out with us a lot. We were never treated like "the lowly opening act." He always treated us as equals and always took the time to hang out with us on a first name basis. No rock star egos anywhere within L.A. Guns.

BBG: Why the desire to reform the band after the break-up in 2000?

Timm Tantrum: This is kind of a hard one so here it is. On July 28, 2006 Psycho Gypsy's former drummer Mykel Geyman died in a tragic motorcycle accident. Mykel and I had been working on putting together another band. Through that time, Mykel had told [me] over and over that I should work with Eddie Electra again at some point. Shortly after Mykel passed away, Eddie left the Peppermint Creeps. I approached him about doing Psycho Gypsy again largely because Mykel had always wanted to see that happen…he just wanted to see Psycho Gypsy live again.

Eddie Electra: A lot of things happened leading to the re-formation. Tim and I started talking again, and he had actually come to see me and joined me on stage when I came through his town on tour with another band…At the same time I was no longer happy in the situation I was in band-wise, so it was a no brainer.

BBG: Plans for a new album? If so, a tour of the US?

Timm Tantrum: Song writing is almost completed for a new album and recording has been going on for a while. As far as the U.S., we will be returning to our original stomping grounds soon. Of course, there will be shows set up soon for Hollywood. After the new CD drops, we will be taking aim at the rest of the U.S. We also hope to have someone sponsor us to go overseas and visit all our friends and fans over there. We have quite a large following in Europe and would love to see everyone over there. If anyone knows someone who will fly us out there so we can play, contact us on our Myspace page.

BBG: How does playing live music rate now as opposed to a decade ago? Are fans more or less interested?

Timm Tantrum: The funny thing is that I did a Google search for Psycho Gypsy and found out that we became more popular after we broke up then when we were together the first time. So, the response so far has been better than we expected.

Eddie Electra: It almost seems like they are more interested now. We formed at the height of the grunge era; nobody was doing glam anymore - that mattered anyways. It seems like every 20 years trends recycle themselves and it appears to be happening with glam again. Nobody talks about grunge anymore, yet all VH-1 seems to show are videos and stuff on all the bands we grew up to! In Hollywood, there is a new weird scene with kids like 14 to 20 years old and you would swear they are from the 80's. They look so vintage! These kids are getting into stuff like Shotgun Messiah, Skid Row, Motley [Crue], while their friends are into My Chemical Romance and A.F.I.

BBG: What was it like to be a new glam band during the height of the grunge era?

Timm Tantrum: When we first started, we were told by everyone -- especially other bands -- that we were going to fall flat on our faces. No one in the industry thought there was any market to speak of for glam. The result was that while we were headlining clubs that held 2,000 plus people, all of the alternative bands in the Arizona scene at the time were playing small clubs on Tuesday night for 7 people. We drew much more attention to ourselves in the press and otherwise because we were different and not following the trends.


Eddie Electra: It was hard to get a gig, but it was fun! Those were some of the best times of my life. It’s taken a lot to happen over the years to realize that, and [to] count my blessings.

BBG: Who are your main musical influences?

Timm Tantrum: First and foremost KISS! And of course Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison, Twisted Sister, Ozzy [Osbourne]. Maybe some things you would not expect. Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, 18 Visions, Black Label Society, Pantera. I also listen to classical music like Mozart and Beethoven.

BBG: Do you have any crazy stories from the road?

Timm Tantrum: We once had some girl sneak her way backstage when we were playing in Scottsdale, Arizona. Both of the bathrooms were "occupied" and she had to pee. Jokingly I suggested she pee in a cup. She then dropped her pants and began to pee in the cup I handed her. I guess she really had to go!

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/psychogypsy.