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Interview: Carmine Appice

On September 23rd, Appice, the project consisting of iconic drummers and brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice releasing their new collaborative album Sinister later this month, hit Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire. Just before the start of the show, the legendary Carmine Appice was kind enough to sit down with me for a great interview, where he gave an in-depth explanation of the record’s connection to late great Ronnie James Dio, plus an inside look into the Vegas video shoot for the track “Monsters and Heroes”. We also chatted about the Hall of Heavy Metal History, and the history of “Drum […]

Interview: Red Sky Mary

With seven years, three full-length albums, and an EP behind them, New England rockers Red Sky Mary have got plenty of material under their belt to pack an opening slot to the brim. The New Hampshirites regularly tour the Northeast, and recently played at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire, opening for Warrant. I caught lead singer Sam Vlasich and guitarist Tom Boisse at the show, who demonstrated some great time-management skills as they shifted between running their merch table and doing an interview with me. I took their populous local fanbase into consideration and tried not to […]

Interview: Dave DiSarro of Cardiac

Cardiac is a Hard Rock band on the rise, debuting in 2011 and touring ever since, while releasing a self-titled EP and forming a non-profit music education program along the way. They’ve got some shows coming up in support of Enuff Z’Nuff, and though Cardiac didn’t play that night, frontman Dave DiSarro (front and center in the above photo) was at the Ace Frehley/Enuff Z’Nuff show at the Canyon Club on January 29th. Chip introduced us so I could ask Dave some questions and find out what Cardiac is all about. Here with Dave from Cardiac at the Canyon Club, […]

Interview: Catching Up with Chip Z’Nuff

January 29th, 2017, Enuff Z’Nuff hit The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA, as part of their tour with Ace Frehley. A trek across the scenic Pacific Coast Highway plus a hike up some hilly roads is all it takes to get to this venue from Hollywood, and well worth the trip. It was a fun night with a fantastic show, and always great to see Enuff Z’Nuff live. I had interviewed Chip a few months prior, when the band played with Tracii Guns at The Backstage Pass on Long Island, NY. But a new year, new album and new […]

Randy Rhoads Remembered Interviews: Brian Tichy

The red carpet reception before the Randy Rhoads Remembered concert was the perfect opportunity to talk with the founder of the event himself, Brian Tichy. I was able to catch him for a few words on the event and his thoughts on Randy just before the show started. This is the fourth annual BashFest, a really great event with lots going on, and of course it’s your own creation in Tichy/Sutton Productions. So how does it feel seeing it all come together for the fourth time in a row? It really is great, this makes it all worth it, because […]

Randy Rhoads Remembered Interviews: Eddie Trunk

Eddie Trunk hosted quite a few concerts in a row during NAMM week, including the Hall of Heavy Metal History and Randy Rhoads Remembered. Despite the stormy night outside on the red carpet, we stepped aside out of the rain for a quick chat about Eddie’s latest radio shows, the Hall, and of course – Randy Rhoads Remembered. You hosted the Hall of Heavy Metal History last night, great event and the first of its kind. Just wanted to get some of your thoughts on what it was like to host and pay tribute to all those great artists. It […]

Randy Rhoads Remembered Interviews: Chas West

Closing out the night of interviews on the red carpet for me was vocalist Chas West. The show was just about to start, so I didn’t want to keep him long, but I did get a little insight on the event, and found out about a new solo record on the way. I know you only have a minute or so before you have to get inside, so I just want to get some quick thoughts on tonight’s event. Sure! Oh, it’s great. It’s a great show, you know. I think this is the fourth year we’ve done this now. […]

Randy Rhoads Remembered Interviews: Ira Black

Ira Black seems to come along with his own tagline – “the best hair in metal”. With a background that includes bands like Metal Church, Westfield Massacre, Lizzy Borden, and Vicious Rumors, among many others though, there’s no question of his impressive guitar abilities. Ira stopped by the red carpet before going in to take the stage at Randy Rhoads Remembered, and I was able to grab him for a quick interview about the show. Just want to start out getting some of your thoughts on tonight, what an awesome event, Randy Rhoads Remembered. Oh man, I’m just blown away […]

Randy Rhoads Remembered Interviews: Scotti Hill

“Crazy Train” is probably the best known song from Randy Rhoads, so being the guitarist to take it on in a tribute to the great virtuoso himself must be both a thrilling and daunting experience. It certainly seemed to provide nothing but excitement for the musician who took it on at this event, as he was very enthusiastic about the whole thing. Scotti Hill of Skid Row was the man who took to the stage to play this wildly successful hit, and I had a few words with him on the red carpet reception beforehand to get his thoughts on […]

Interview: Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes has a new solo album, and the sound of it is sure to “resonate” among fans of this iconic rock musician. Resonate came out on November 4th on Frontiers Records and it’s being called Glenn Hughes’ heaviest album to date. Last week, before the album was released, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Glenn Hughes for an in-depth interview about Resonate, Black Country Communion, Deep Purple’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction, his musical background and bass skills, plus some hints as to how he keeps the “Voice of Rock” going strong. Bonus little fun fact, […]

Interview: Chip Z’Nuff

Enuff Z’Nuff is in the spotlight lately, between the announcement of their upcoming album plus the release of the first single off of it, and the active touring of the lineup now fronted by founder Chip Z’Nuff. One of the most recent stops along their tour was at The Backstage Pass in Ronkonkoma, NY, and I had the chance to sit down with Chip after the show to talk about the latest with Enuff Z’Nuff, as well as some of his side projects and bands, and his work as a Producer. So Chip, you just finished a show here at the […]

Interview: Marq Torien of BulletBoys at Hair Nation Festival

The BulletBoys have been busy with the release of their album Elefanté last year sparking a new music video and plenty of tour dates, and one stop along the way was the SiriusXM Hair Nation Festival. I had the opportunity to talk with founding frontman Marq Torien after their set at the Festival, and catch up on the latest goings-on with the band. How’s the festival been treating you so far? You had an awesome set earlier. Oh, thank you, it’s been great. A lot of family here, you know, we grew up here so this feels like we’re playing […]

Interview: Billy Childs of Britny Fox at Hair Nation Festival

Britny Fox founding member Billy Childs has been the bassist of the band since its formation in 1985. After the release of four total studio albums over a number of years, the band went on a hiatus of sorts – Recently, they returned and hit the road, playing shows and festivals worldwide with a new guitarist in tow. The evening of the Hair Nation Festival, I was able to catch Billy for an interview, where we discussed the latest with Britny Fox, including the potential for a new album and some of Billy’s activities outside the band. First off, awesome […]

Interview: Bang Tango at Hair Nation Festival

About an hour before their show, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Bang Tango backstage at the Hair Nation Festival. The current lineup of Bang Tango is Joe Lesté (vocals), Lance Eric (bass), Rowan Robertson (guitar), Timmy Russell (drums), and Drew Fortier (guitar). Drew wasn’t there for the Festival, but he (or at least the mention of him) ended up playing a big part in this interview nonetheless. You’re about to take the stage in just a little while for your set here at the Hair Nation Festival, how’s everything going today? Lance: We’re doing well. […]

Interview: Todd “Chase” Chaisson of Tuff at Hair Nation Festival

Early afternoon at the Hair Nation Festival, Tuff was one of the bands that kicked off all the action. Later that night, I got an interview with Tuff bassist and founding member Todd “Chase” Chaisson and we talked about everything from Tuff to Todd’s bass-playing family and his food truck – featuring a surprise guest appearance. Festivals seem to be what’s going on with Tuff lately – you had 80’s in The Park last month, Farm Rock coming up, Monsters of Rock Cruise next month and of course you’re here at Hair Nation Festival today. Pretty busy schedule, you guys […]