Graham Bonnet – solo artist, Alcatrazz, ex-Rainbow, MSG and more…

November 6th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet

GRAHAM BONNET

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Transcription by Andy Osborn

Graham Bonnet was originally born in 1947 in England and he got his first touch of success in the music business in the late 60’s with his band Marbles. Graham released his first, self titled, solo album in 1977 which did quite well especially in Australia. After several solo albums, which included mostly cover songs, Graham was surprisingly chosen to replace Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow in 1980. The album DOWN TO EARTH was released later on the same year and it included massive hits “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “All Night Long”. Unfortunately Graham’s career in Rainbow didn’t last too long and he was soon replaced by Joe Lynn Turner. Graham released another solo album LINE UP in 1981 and it included another hit ‘Night Games’ which went into number 6# in UK charts. Graham replaced Gary Barden in MSG in 1982 and the band released the album ASSAULT ATTACK later in the same year. The album did pretty well but once again Graham’s career didn’t last too in this band either. He was fired after his disastrous performance in Sheffield in November 1982. Next Graham decided to form his own band which was called Alcatrazz. The original version of Alcatrazz included Graham, Jimmy Waldo, Gary Shea, Jan Avena and a young rising guitar hero named Yngwie Malmsteen. After two albums Yngwie was fired and he was then replaced by another future star Steve Vai who soon after decided to join David Lee Roth’s solo band. Alcatrazz was slowly disbanded in 1986 after four albums. Since then Graham has worked with such bands and names as; Blackthorne, Impellitteri, Forcefield, Anthem, Taz Taylor and Electric Zoo among others but he has also released a couple of solo albums, the latest being THE DAY I WENT MAD came out in 2001. Over the past few years Graham has done a lot of session work, worked with some of the bands mentioned above and been on tour both as a solo artist and as a band member. Graham did a brief co -headline tour in Finland with his old Rainbow colleague Joe Lynn Turner last August. It was then that I had a chance to sit down with Graham and get the latest news as well as some facts from the past from the man himself. Enjoy!

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DeathBreath : Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

November 6th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

 

 

 DeathBreath
The 31rd of October 2007
Nosturi
Helsinki Finland
 

by Arto Lehtinen

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Dokken and Kingdom Come on the Defenders of Rock European Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark

November 6th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Dokken
Kingdom Come
Defenders of Rock European Tour
The Rock
Copenhagen
Denmark
20/10 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Peter Wichers : Ex-Soilwork Guitarist, Producer

November 1st, 2007
by Greg Shackles

Peter Wichers

Interview by Shaq

Photos taken from Peter’s MySpace page

 

After leading the way in one of the most successful acts in the metal scene today from nothing to success, Peter decided to step away from the limelight to make a career as a producer.  In addition, he wrote all the songs for the recently released OUT OF THE DARK album which featured singers from the Nuclear Blast family.  Fortunately, Peter had some time to provide some insight into his new life and what he has been doing.


 

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Astral Doors New Revelations European Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

October 29th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Astral Doors
New Revelations European Tour
The Rock
Copenhagen
Denmark
18/10 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Horna, Vorkreist, Black Lodge – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

October 29th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

Horna
Vorkreist
Black Lodge

   Nosturi the 16th of September 2007
   Helsinki Finland

Review and Live Pics By Arto Lehtinen

This gig provided a black and industrialized black metal assault from France. That may sound weird and a little bit exotic to the ears of everyone. But to be honest, Vorkreist’s brutal, nihilistic, savage death metal with a raw black metal approach should appeal to anyone digging extreme metal. However, the WCH gig organization did it again by dragging a pretty obscure line-up to Finland. Approaxiately 200 and little more die hard extreme metal freaks had found the way to see these three bands.

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Wiley Arnett – Sacred Reich / The Human Condition

October 28th, 2007
by EvilG


Interview conducted by HannTu
Live Pics by HannTu

I did an interview with Wiley Arnett, guitarist for Sacred Reich and The Human Condition in July, right before the show in London and Wacken. Apologies for its lateness, but it was a truly amazing experience to be able to talk to Wiley, who was really humble and appreciative of the fans, as well as being immensely talkative about everything from coffee to political issues to families.

 

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Patrik Johansson – Astral Doors

October 28th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

NEW REVELATION is the name of Astral Door’s latest brilliant new album. When the opportunity to interview the lead singer Nils-Patrik Johansson knocked on my door I took the chance to once again talk to this amazing but very busy singer. As you can see we talked about the new album, the up-coming tour through Europe and about what the future holds in store for Johansson. The interview was made just before the tour was about to kick off so watch out for a live review from the tour premier.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Live pictures taken by: Anders Sandvall

All promo pictures are taken from the bands website

Thanks to Claus at Intromental Management for setting up the interview.

 

 

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Cloudscape – Studio Report 2007

October 27th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Cloudscape
Studio Report
Roastinghouse Recording Studio
Malmoe
Sweden
16/10 – 2007

 

By: Anders Sandvall

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

Thanks to Mike for the new promo pictures of the band

Promo pictures on the band by: Mattias Noren

 

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Down – Jimmy Bower

October 25th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Drummer Jimmy Bower

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

Transcription By Mike Holmes

***All live photos by Lord of The Wasteland unless otherwise noted.


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Chris Laney of Zan Clan, Animal etc

October 22nd, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Here is an interview with the experienced and legendary multi-instrumentalist Chris Laney. I have followed both Zan Clan, where Laney plays guitar, and Randy Piper’s Animal, where he also plays guitar, with great interest. When the opportunity for an interview came I took the chance to speak to Laney who’s also a well renowned producer and songwriter.

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Chris Laney for the promo pictures
Promo pictures taken by Uffe Magnusson and Helena Larsson
Live pictures of Chris and of Zan Clan by Anders Sandvall

  


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An Evening With Down – Live In Vancouver: October 4, 2007

October 19th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

An Evening With Down
Thursday, October 4, 2007
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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PAIN – Peter Tägtgren

October 18th, 2007
by EvilG

PAIN

Written by Simon Lukic
Transcribed by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes

Peter Tägtgren is a well known figure amongst Metal circles. From his work as a producer and his many releases with Hypocrisy, without forgetting Bloodbath, Lock Up, The Abyss and War amongst others, one can say that he is certainly a busy man. Peter’s “other” musical outlet – Pain has recently released a new disc titled PSALMS OF EXTINCTION – their fifth overall and first for Roadrunner Records. Peter and I spoke about a number of things from songwriting to producing and in between.  

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Dimmu Borgir – Silenoz

October 18th, 2007
by EvilG


Dimmu Borgir Interview with Silenoz

By Simon Lukic
Transcribed by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes
Live pics by Hanntu


Love them or hate them Dimmu Borgir is quite the success story. From their early days as a fledging Black Metal act to the orchestrated tones of DEATH CULT ARMAGEDDON, there’s no denying their place at the top of the funeral pyre. The new album IN SORTE DIABOLI continues Dimmu Borgir’s march forward – an ascension that is sure to continue unabated. Guitarist and founding member Silenoz and I had a bit of chat recently and here a few of the things we covered.

 

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Vince Neil – Live In Coquitlam: October 12, 2007

October 18th, 2007
by Lord of the Wasteland

Vince Neil
Friday, October 12, 2007
Red Robinson Show Theatre
Coquitlam, BC  Canada

***Live Review By Lord of The Wasteland
(NOTE: Photo approval was not granted)


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