Category: 2018

Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves

Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves

“It wasn’t so much about coming back so quick, we’ve just started out there and saw how well it was doing so for us it just made sense to come back it’s like we wanted to fit it in and not leave Australia out for a long time because it was so good the last time we were there so […]

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Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

“So I’ve always heard these songs heavy and outlaw country for me the lyrics, the stories are the most poignant on the planet, those guys are the Lemmy’s of their genre, they are the outlaws of their genre, and so it just made all the sense in the world to try to do something that has never really been done…” […]

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Mark Williams of Dragon

Mark Williams of Dragon

“…you know when we started up again it must have been an eight to ten year break where Dragon were never heard and then we started playing, this was thirteen or fourteen years ago, then we started playing around and you can see the recognition and the look of surprise and everybody down in the audience going ‘oh my god […]

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Björn Strid of The Night Flight Orchestra

Björn Strid of The Night Flight Orchestra

“So that’s really what inspired us to do that and it feels like we’re sort of alone in this genre, when you talk about AOR today it’s still something completely different we feel so I think we’re almost like classic rock pariahs in a way *laughs*.” From Release: It started out as a united vision in 2006, shared between the […]

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Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin

“I just want to do something different, and it’ll be the same with Michael Stipe, the way he sang the R.E.M. songs I can’t do it like him so I need to do what I do to my strengths but at the same time going back to what we said earlier I’ve got to maintain the soul and the integrity […]

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Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley

“Well we came up with probably the biggest and best rock and roll show in history, and I don’t think anybody’s ever topped it. I think probably the best way KISS will be remembered is if Paul and Gene decide to take me back into the fold and we end up doing a bigger and better show and go out […]

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Rachel Bolan of Skid Row

Rachel Bolan of Skid Row

“It’s not self-serving to anyone in the band, any time we’re in a room together it’s always about Skid Row and what can we do for Skid Row there’s never anyone with personal agendas and it’s a really good feeling and what a band should be you know.” From Release: Skid Row started in 1986 when a group of New […]

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Suze DeMarchi of Baby Animals

Suze DeMarchi of Baby Animals

“…music is very powerful and you see it every time you do a show how people are affected by music, it’s just like an invisible thread that goes through every person in the crowd and connects everybody you know? That’s the best thing about it.” From Release: Hot on the heels of the scorching new single ‘Tonight’, their first new […]

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Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman

Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman

“So now we finally get to come, so yeah it actually is a dream come true, it’s a place that a lot of people just want to visit but we get to play music too.” From Release: With their sixth studio album, Wake Up Call, Theory hit the reset button, diving into a new sound, a new approach, even a […]

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Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme

Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme

“We’ve always done our live shows very big and we take a lot of pride in how much energy and how much performance and passion we have there, so I think that’s the best way to describe it is you won’t be disappointed whether you hate the band or love the band either way.” From Release: Extreme have sold over […]

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Jocke Berg of Hardcore Superstar

Jocke Berg of Hardcore Superstar

“…now I’m forty four and we were like young kids who wanted to conquer the world and world domination and we still have that in a weird way at the age of forty four still have that I want to conquer the world thing, we take that with us when we record new albums and we think about that…” From […]

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Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

“We were very lucky to come along when there was loyalty for bands and it was also the end of the pub rock era and yeah our live shows were probably second to none and we always put a lot into our live shows, the songs obviously play a huge part in that…” From Release: 2017 was a huge year […]

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Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch

Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch

“We are blessed and very fortunate to have the opportunity to do exactly what it is that we love, that’s writing music, playing live, meeting with the fans, doing the various charity works that we do, we’re very fortunate and we’ve done it for ten years now and I’m hoping for at least another ten.” From Release: Confidently leading heavy […]

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Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns

Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns

“So it’s just blending that kick in the teeth with a better musical outfit now and kind of combining the two and with very little competition in the sleaze rock world we’re not competing against anybody so I don’t listen to anybody else either.” From Release: L.A. GUNS was formed in 1982 by guitar player Tracii Guns and, then unknown […]

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Shaun Morgan of Seether

Shaun Morgan of Seether

“It’s a double edged sword because all the pressure is on your shoulders and you have to perform and put out an album that can live up to all the expectations but can also stand up to the others, and I mean I think the songs on this record are personally my favourites in a long time just because they […]

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Michael Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of Stryper

“As I was writing the album I was really trying to make sure that each song made its own statement, musically, lyrically, in terms of energy it was very important to me that every song stood on its own yet at the same time that we retain the continuity and it had a great flow from beginning to end that’s […]

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Sébastien Lefebvre of Simple Plan

Sébastien Lefebvre of Simple Plan

“…I think that hopefully the fact that the songs are good has something to do with it, aside from that I think something that we’ve noticed over the years is whenever we’re very, very personal with a song that’s when people can relate to it the most.” From Release: Multi-platinum Canadian pop-punk legends SIMPLE PLAN will bring their ‘No Pads, […]

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Ross Knight of The Cosmic Psychos

Ross Knight of The Cosmic Psychos

“I’m not quite your Axl Rose who sits down for six months to just find two words, mine just falls out of my ass really quickly and if I don’t write it down quick I’ll forget about it, so I think for every eleven albums I’ve written songs for I’ve probably forgotten fifty albums.” From Release: The Psychos are back, […]

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Joey Tempest of Europe

Joey Tempest of Europe

“…we do stuff together but we also try to dig deeper with each record and find the expression rather than copy ourselves from the past or anything, we think there’s room for nostalgia in the live concert but in the studio we don’t find any room for nostalgia like that.” From Release: Sweden’s legendary hard rock band EUROPE, best known […]

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Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther

Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther

“…we want Steel Panther to be a place where people can come and be a freak for ninety minutes, that’s always been the message. We have fun and we figure if it starts with us and it goes out to the crowd then they’re gonna have fun and we’re gonna have even more fun.” From Release: The Sunset Strip’s favourite […]

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Tim Alexander of Primus

Tim Alexander of Primus

“When we’re in the studio we’re kind of writing as well, we don’t sit and record everyone’s parts together, then one person might know what he’s doing and the other ones won’t and it wouldn’t make sense.” From Release: Primus is responsible for some of the most cutting edge and original rock music of the 1990’s. They were strictly an […]

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JD Cronise of The Sword

JD Cronise of The Sword

“…I think these days I think I’ve observed a lot more just because time has passed and I’ve had time to do so and I’ve just taken in and studied a lot more music and just the craft of song writing.” From Release: Even at this point in their career, there can often be difficulty when it comes to describing […]

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Jahred Gomes of (hed) p.e.

Jahred Gomes of (hed) p.e.

“I can’t just say whatever pops into my head these days because I have a ten year old son and it really does affect me. When there probably was a time I would write or sing anything just to shock people now I would not take that path artistically.” From Release: Fusing rock, punk, rasta, gansta rap and soul into […]

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Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro

Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro

“I think as you watch us there are some bands you can tell they’re putting it on, but we very much mean it and we demand a lot of ourselves and I think people see that and then put that kind of pressure on themselves and boost themselves to get into it and keep us going…” From Release: Biffy Clyro […]

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Andrew Strong

Andrew Strong

“…it’s a great thing and it’s not that often that you can be a part of something where you can talk about, actually it’s been more than twenty five years, it’s been twenty seven years since the movie so yeah it’s great, great that it stood the test of time.” From Release: In 1991, Strong was introduced to the world […]

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Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

“I feel very much like I did back in 1998 / 1999 I’m still climbing the same mountain, maybe I have some new tools I certainly think that through practise and continued effort you develop additional skills and refine your approach to get into that peak but I still haven’t gotten to that climax and in way I’m thankful because […]

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Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker

”… I haven’t been listening to music since I was seventeen and haven’t copied anyone since I was seventeen, I became a trend maker rather than a trend follower and so I just always make sure because my focus is the lead guitar, the art of lead guitar is pure self-expression that’s what I do.” From Release: Michael Schenker is […]

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Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

“I mean everyone asks, “Zakk, is this a greatest hits record?” and I say no in order for it to be a greatest hits record you need that one vital, important ingredient and that would be hit songs, we don’t have any hit songs. So that’s the reason it’s ‘Grimmest Hits’.” From Release: One part invading horde and all parts […]

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Joe Principe of Rise Against (Video Interview)

Joe Principe of Rise Against (Video Interview)

“I always say our shows are kind of an interactive experience, we feed off the crowd and the crowd feeds off of us and we’re all kind of in it together, there’s no like up on a pedestal like this rock star band. We want to get down in the trenches with our fans and I love that.” From Release: […]

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Will Hunt of Evanescence

Will Hunt of Evanescence

“So we’ve gotten this to a point where we’re really happy with it, it’s a very different experience, I’ve had a lot of people describe it as somewhat cinematic, really emotional, it’s a different thing it’s still Evanescence through and through but it’s a different experience for sure…” From Release: Two-time GRAMMY award-winners Evanescence are heading to Australia for Synthesis […]

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