NITA STRAUSS AND CHUCK GARRIC
INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
There is no doubt that Alice Cooper is one of the biggest and most legendary rock stars of our time. The man’s career has lasted more than four decades and there is no end in sight. Originally, Alice Cooper was a band that consisted of Cooper, bassist Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, drummer and guitarists Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton (RIP). In 1975, before the release of WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE, he scattered the band and continued as a solo artist with the same name. To this day he still follows this path. There have been a large number of fine musicians who have played in the band Alice Cooper. Names such as Reb Beach, Eric Singer, Kip Winger, Al Pitrelli, and Jimmy Degrasso, are all well-known world-class artists who have either created the early career of the Alice Cooper band or have played there at some point. Today, the Alice Cooper band consists of a drummer Glen Sobel, bassist Chuck Garric, and a trio of guitarists – Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, and Nita Strauss (she joined Alice’s band a year ago). I met a good-humored Strauss and Garrick after the gig in Helsinki in June and here is a summary of what was recorded on tape … Read on!
Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: ALICE COOPER, Chuck Garric, dennis dunaway, Dio, Eric Singer, esp, Glen Sobel, LA Guns, nita strauss, Orianthi, Ryan Roxie, Tracii Guns, welcome 2 my nightmare
Posted in 2015, Interviews | Comments (0)
vocalist Phil Lewis
INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA
L.A. Guns are one of the true originals of the 80’s Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene. The band was formed in 1983 by guitarist Tracii Guns but it took several years and line-up changes before the classic line up of Guns, vocalist Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley, bassist Kelly Nickels and guitarist Mick Cripps was born. The albums: L.A. GUNS, COCKED AND LOADED and HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES were highly successful but the 90’s proved to be a difficult time for L.A. Guns. Riley left the band in 1992 and Lewis, Cripps and Nickels departures followed in 1995 after the unsuccessful VICIOUS CIRCLE album. Guns then continued to tour and record under L.A. Guns names whereas Lewis focused on other things like a solo album and various band projects including Filthy Lucre and Liberators. The classic line-up was put together again in 1999. The band released re-recorded versions of the first two L.A. Guns albums and a new studio album MAN ON THE MOON was released in 2001. WAKING THE DEAD followed in 2002 and although the album was a critical success, Tracii Guns decided to quit with the band and concentrate on his new band project titled Brides of Destruction. Despite all the difficulties, the band lost their record deal and a tour with Alice Cooper; they decided to carry on with a new guitar player Stacey Blades (ex –Roxx Gang). The new line-up released album TALES FROM THE STRIP in 2005. Since then the band has remained active and a touring act, they have released a pair of covers albums and a live album LOUD AND DANGEROUS. Tracii Guns in turn formed his own version of L.A. Guns and for years there were confusingly two bands touring under the same name. However, last July Tracii announced that he’s done with his version and will start a new project instead. L.A. Guns which now consists of Lewis, Riley, Blades and bassist Scotty Griffin released its new studio album HOLLYWOOD FOREVER on last June. The band returned in Finland for a four date tour in late July (their first time here since 1991). In Helsinki, we had the pleasure to sit down with Mr. Lewis and discuss about various topics including HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, L.A. Guns history, Lewis’s other projects and also about his current relationship with some of his old band mates… Read on!!
Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Guns'n Roses, L.A. Guns, LA Guns, scotty griffin, stacey blades, Steve Riley, Tracii Guns
Posted in 2012 | Comments (0)
LA Guns frontman Phil Lewis has blasted Nikki Sixx’s bestseller The Heroin Diaries as a “fraud” – two years after former Motley Crue singer John Corabi made a similar suggestion about his ex-bandmate’s book.
Lewis’ outburst came in a forum tirade in which he slammed Crue’s touring partners Def Leppard, accusing them of not working hard enough on stage.
On the MetalSludge.tv boards the singer said: “I don’t like arena rock. Motley Crue, with exploding drum kits and midgets, bore me to death. Poison is an embarrassment. Def Leppard going through the motions and mailing it in every night is pathetic.”
After Sixx responded by calling Lewis a “sad li’l pumpkin” on Twitter, the Gunsman turned his anger on the bassist’s 2007 book. Subtitled A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, it documents the bassist’s experiences in the band, in his love life and with his drug issues, leading up to his heroin overdose in 1987.
Lewis stated: “I say Nikki Sixx and his Heroin Diaries are a total fraud.
“Anyone that was ever addicted to smack or any opiates know not to glorify addiction. It’s incredibly irresponsible. It’s total crap as well – Nikki may have dabbled a little, but him and most of the dinosaur rock stars of that era were doing blow or cocaine.
“There was very little heroin in LA in the 80s compared to London. Sixx was a teenage millionaire with a very thin grasp on reality.”
He adds that he should know, because he did a large amount of drugs in both England and the States, saying: “I don’t glorify it or complain I was sucked in because of an unhappy childhood.”
In 2010 Corabi, who fronted Crue between 1992 and 1997, said: “I love Nikki to death. This is just my opinion: I find it really hard to believe that somebody can do heroin then have the foresight to write everything down.”
Tags: LA Guns, Motley Crue
Posted in Glam Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal | Comments (0)