Brad Gillis is an American guitarist, most famous for playing with the band Night Ranger. He has also played for Rubicon, Vicious Rumors, Fiona, and Ozzy Osbourne with whom he released the platinum selling live album SPEAK OF THE DEVIL in 1982. The man has also released solo albums and appeared in various projects and TV performances including “American Bandstand” and “Solid Gold, Rock & Roll Tonight”. Night Ranger appeared as one of the special guests for this years edition of the KISS Kruise in Caribbean. I had the pleasure to sit down with Mr. Gillis and discuss about the state of Night Ranger, his solo career, and, of course, about the bands past with KISS because, after all, we were on the KISS Kruise!
Interview by Ritche and EvilG
Video and editing by Ritche
Kelle was in our neck of the woods here in NL Canada doing some recording with a local band. Thus the opportunity presented itself to talk about Kelle’s musical journey and of course to speak about his brother, the legend, Randy Rhoads. Enjoy!
Gus G. has become a highly respected guitarist during the past ten years. Gus first gained his name in the Swedish band Dream Evil and has been navigating a band of his own, Firewind, for years before jumping to fill up the shoes of Zakk Wylde in the Ozzy Osbourne band. Metal-Rules.com sat down with Gus G. to talk about the future of Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne, his solo career, and of course his several guest appearances including Finnish “children metal band” Hevisaurus.
THE STATE OF CAREER AND UPCOMING SOLO ALBUM
Following your career during these past 10 years has been pleasant since seeing you for the first time in Dream Evil and then step by step by becoming what are you now – It has been really exciting 10 years for you.
Yeah, it has been. A lot of stuff happens, crazy changes in my life. It’s been a hell of a ride, I’ve really enjoyed it. I worked hard for what I do and stuff and I’ve dedicated myself completely to all these. So, I’m really enjoying it.
What is the state of career at the moment?
I’m obviously playing with Firewind. I’m taking a break from Ozzy’s band, he’s doing Black Sabbath right now. I’m also working on my first solo album. So, I’m keeping busy.
Tell us about more about that upcoming solo album?
It’s supposed to be recorded now, sometime in July and later. At the end of the summer we are going do recording. I haven’t signed it with a label yet, I’m still finishing up the writing. I’m going to have some guests on it. It’s going to have some instrumental songs, vocal songs. And I’m planning to release it next year some time. I don’t know when. It’s very different, the music is different from what Firewind is doing.
I can guess that the album is going to be something like more traditional metal?
It’s going to be more like classic rock or maybe a bit modern rock. So, it’s not going to be so heavy metal. I have two songs that are very heavy and very instrumental, more thrashing and stuff. There is stuff that is bluesy in there and there are some that are more of, kind of like Zeppelin vibe. It’s a different thing. A bit more groovy, kind of like mid temple and stuff. A lot of love songs.
Songs for the heartbroken from my life experience. “Laughs”
Are you going to sing by yourself?
No. I wish I could. I have a choice to work with many great singers, why should I bother singing. If I can get great singers to sing on my album – Why try to pretend I am singer? I’m a good guitar player, so I should be working with good singers.
Would you say any names, who will be in the album?
I can’t say right now, sorry.
But they, the lead singers, have already recorded their parts?
I still have not got all the guests in there, I’m still missing a couple I think. But I have three or four people in there already, there is going to be one main guy who is going to be doing a few songs. Then a few others do one song each. Some are known, some are not known. So, it doesn’t matter.
How about the rest of the guys, who else is playing on the album?
I’m going to be playing everything. Everything but drums of course.
Who is going to be the drummer then?
I don’t know yet. So, I’m working all that stuff right now.
Do you have plans to tour after the album is out?
I’d like to, if it’s received well I would love to have a full scale tour.
And the label will be?
I haven’t signed yet. I’m going to negotiate it with people. I have my own label as well in America, so if I don’t agree with somebody I will put it out of my own label.
What usually happens when you don’t have a label, one year later you are on Frontiers?
Frontiers? No, no. I don’t think I’m going to be signing with them. If I’m going to sign with a label it’s probably going to be Century Media, because I’ve worked with them for so long and they really understand what I do. So, it will be nice to kind of like keep it in a family or something. Otherwise, I have my own label. If we don’t come to terms, I will release it on my own.
How do you handle the business thing with your label, I mean, do you take care of everything or do you have people who do care of business, promotion etc?
I have a team of people, it’s me and my manager and I have a partner in America. I have a distribution deal with a big distributor. The same with what people do, PR and Section, Radio, Business people. I have marketing team and everything. So, it’s a lot more work. But it’s a lot more rewarding at the same time. We did it for FEW AGAINST MANY in America now, for the last Firewind album and it worked out fine.
I have learned on the news that Firewind’s future is some sort of question mark after this summer?
We just talked about trying to do some more gigs this fall, maybe go to Russia or Australia. That we were supposed to play there in April but we canceled it. So, hopefully we are going to put those tours back on. I would like to do some more tours with Firewind before the year ends, and then probably next year we are going to take a break. Because I’m going to go and do my solo thing. But it’s all up in the air, maybe my solo thing, there is no interest in that. So, if there is no interest, I’m not going to play. And then I’m probably going to work on another Firewind album or maybe, you never know what happens with Ozzy. So, I always keep my options open because you never know when the phone call is going to come in.
In the beginning, Firewind sounded more like traditional power metal stuff but album by album you have progressed more into the heavy metal, classical rock stuff.
Yeah, more classical rock stuff. Yeah. I think our style is a blend of things, like there are some hard metal moments. There is some traditional heavy metal you hear, like the Priest, Maiden influence. And then there is songs that are like influenced from bands like Thin Lizzy or rock bands, 70′s rock bands. So, it’s an interesting blend. It’s not just one thing. There is many colors, many sides to Firewind I think.
But when you were younger, I guess you were more obsessed by the power metal stuff than nowadays?
I was listening to a lot of Yngwie Malmsteen, when growing up, and I still do. The first album – I want to save a lot of guitar in there and a little shredding stuff and the fast double bass stuff. Yeah, later on I started to slow down a little bit to my songwriting, trying to write different kinds of songs. So, there is no point for me to make the same album two times. So, look at the first album, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL and look at ALLEGIANCE, its two different bands, two different things. But it’s still the same, somehow it still remains the same. Somehow we can pull it off. But I like that, I like to change it up. I don’t want to do copies of the old songs, do a bad copy of that. I want to go to the next song. It’s the same with the FEW AGAINST MANY record, it doesn’t sound like the stuff we did before.
MEMBERS COMING AND GOING
Speaking of the members of Firewind, sometimes I’m not sure who is in the band or who is out ?
Me too, I don’t know. Sometimes, I got to show up for a tour, I don’t know who’s going to sing.
I was about to ask about Apollo. When he left the band, did this come out as a surprise to you?
No, not at all. He quit before as well. Back in 2007 he quit during the world tour of ALLEGIANCE.’ So, we hired Henning Basse from Metallion. And then two years ago, he also skipped the European tour for DAYS OF DEFIANCE, so we hired Mats Levén. So, it was no news to me at all. Apollo always did this as music was his hobby, he was never a 150% in this, like us.
Do you think he is now completely dedicated to spirits of Spiritual Beggars, because I saw him with spiritual in Holland a few months ago?
I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to him in months. I don’t know what he’s doing.
You also got a new drummer when Mark Cross left the band after three years…
We got this guy Johan Nunez from Nightrage. He was suggested by Marios my friend. Marios plays in Nightrage and I needed a drummer for the upcoming tour, and Johan here is s session guy. But we really, he liked us and we liked him. But he brought the new energy to the band, he’s a younger guy. So, we asked him to stay and he’s been in the band since 2011.
When members come and leave, do you ever wonder that, “Why I’m doing this?”
Many times. There is always times I’m like, “Fuck this.” But then, you know what I think after awhile I’m like, “Fuck this, if some guys doesn’t see the interest in this. Fuck him.” There is people out there that love this band. And what’s going to be more sad, a member leaving or the band quitting? The band quitting – And I’m not a quitter. So, I always come back. I hit stronger. When somebody fucking leaves, I come back stronger. That’s always my motto, that’s always how I think. I know there are people that are really dedicated to the band, and I don’t want to let them down. We’ve been doing this for 10 years. And we make a living from this, and these people, we know we owe them our career. I’m not going to quit because somebody, maybe he didn’t make a million dollars like he expected, “Come on, fucking wake up.” If you want to be a millionaire go fucking be a banker, don’t be a rocker. Do this because you love music, if you make money cool or whatever reason.
As you mentioned Yngwie Malsteen, but he had the same problem that you have – The guys keep on coming and going all the time?
Yeah, yeah. I think he had more members than I had in my band.
But he is a little bit older so you have still plenty of time to beat him on that! “Laughs”
Yeah, exactly. Yeah. That thing is also with Yngwie. A lot of people had joined his band. They join for the wrong reasons.People join the band called Yngwie Malmsteen, he sells the tickets, people go to see him. You should know your place. And musicians, it’s weird that we are weird people. Because the egos get involved. I know my place, I know what I have to do in the band. It’s the same with Ozzy, I’m hired to play the guitar. I don’t go and tell him what to do, he’s the boss. I’m there to play the guitar, I play the best I can. My own band is a different story.
When you got job with Ozzy – Do you think that Firewind has got more people, more audience to gigs or is it a normal stable thing for all?
I didn’t know what was going to happen, all I know is that I wanted to continue with the band. I knew there was going to be a break for at least a year because with Ozzy. And I said, will see what happens. And when we went back and did some gigs, we have no new album out. We booked a tour in America and a tour in Europe, just to see what happens after all these. We had no marketing, our contract with Century media had expired, so we were on our own, “Okay, let’s book a tour, let’s see what happens.” We went out and toured out there. It was very successful. There were still a lot of interest in the band, a lot of fans came out. And I saw a lot more Ozzy T-Shirts in the audience, it was a good thing. I was happy, because obviously some people kind of like, “Who is the new kid?” And they check and they go, “I didn’t know your band is great.” I think it’s catching up, it’s growing, it’s something that’s on a long run. And I think is going to bring in a lot more people in hopefully.
Gus G. on stage with Ozzy 2011
GUESTING ALBUMS AND HEVISAURUS
As you have played with several musicians and bands, you are always asked to play some solos and riffs on their albums – How do you pick up bands and where you are going with it ?
A lot of that stuff happened when I lived in Sweden and I was working with Fredrik Nordstrom in his studio and a lot of bands were recording there. Usually somebody would say, “Do you have a guitar player who can do a solo here.” And then Fred would say, “Yeah, my new guitar player. He’s from Greece, he’s great.” So, I ended up doing a little session like that because of Fredrik in the studio connection. And then after that, I don’t know for some reason a lot of people were contacting me. They were like, “We would like you to play a solo.” Here and there and stuff.
Like Rotting Christ?
Those were friends of mine. A lot of those were people that I knew. Again there was people that I did know, I don’t know. It was Rob Rock, asked me to play a solo at some point and other bands, I don’t remember. I’ve done a lot of those and if I liked the music I check it out and I do it.
How about the Hevisaurus? I had to ask because my nephew is really obsessed about it.
That took some convincing, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be involved with that. But Nino from Thunderstorm – So, he’s a good friend of mine for years and years – And our first European tour was with Thunderstorm, we shared a bus with them. He was, “Dude, I’m doing this fucking thing. Project is taking off big times, you should check it out. It’s like really good metal stuff.” I’m like, “Alright. And you really asked me.” So, I’m like okay. I like the song and it was fun, it’s cool. We did it for the kids. It was the Hevisaurus song “Rayh” that I played.
I think it also helps, you doesn’t understand the lyrics?
Yeah, I know, but the music was cool.
Is it possible to see you on the stage with the Hevisaurus costume ?
I don’t think so. I gave to Riffy Raffy Refry one of my guitars zone, I think he plays my second guitar.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OZZY
Do you have any opinion about the new Black Sabbath album 13?
I just streamed the other day, because I was steaming on night times, and I fucking love it. It’s a very dark album, very doomy. Which I like, because they got back to what they do best. Yeah, and I love it. I really like, ‘God Is Dead’ song. I like, “Zeitgeist”, “Planet Caravan” type of vibe and everything. There is really brilliant moments in the south, you need to listen to the vibe more because some stuff is too fucking heavy, you can’t take it all in with a couple of listens. But I pre-ordered it on iTunes, so the day when it comes out it’s going to be downloaded already and what a beautiful song.
I think that it serves the 70’s sound and the feel and it really great with that album. There are long, over eight minute long songs there – really doom stuff indedd.
I’ve been listening it “Into the Void”. that what it was. Fucking eight minute doom roll, it’s like. It’s doom, yeah.
I think you have been asked for this many times, since you were asked to join the band, you played on the album SCREAM and all the songs were written written already?
Were you fully satisfied to material because it was quite different to what you had done before?
Yeah, it was a different situation. But I took it as a challenge. And I think I did my best considering the circumstances that I worked under. And Ozzy also understood that and he didn’t push me, he didn’t stress at me at all. Same for him and Sharon, they were like, “Go in the studio, do what you need to do.” This is what Ozzy want to add, go to stuff and they were very nice and very open minded. They gave me the chance to play in Ozzy band. He used to appreciate that.
If there is going to be another Ozzy album, and you said there are lots of writing that you have done already. So, is it going to be some different style this time?
The stuff that I write it’s different and only center, I’m trying to writing more on the classic Ozzy thing. The last time I spoke to Ozzy about it, he wanted to do an album like in the old days version f:ex BLIZZARD OF OZ. He got the band, doing the old jamming. Hopefully that will happen too, we have to see.
You are a big fan of Ozzy albums like THE ULTIMATE SIN and BARK AT THE MOON if I’ve understood, right?
Yeah. I’m not sure if we would make a ’80s kind of album, but we would try to make it a bit of an album that could be… I imagine the next Ozzy album to be an album that you can still play 20 years from now, and it doesn’t sound dated. Like BARK AT THE MOON stuff, there is a fantastic material there. But it’s from the ’80s there. But look at BLIZZARD OF OZ and DIARY OF A MADMAN, those albums. You can still listen today, the song currency. I would love to make an album that it can be current forever.
You were also the guy who did bring back the songs from THE ULTIMATE SIN tothe set list. That must not have been easy to make Ozzy to do those songs again?
I don’t think I was not the guy, I just said to Ozzy, “Hey man, “Killer of Giants” is a great song.” And I said, “It’s one of my old time favorite song, one of the first song I learned how to play. I said, “You should think about that.” And then he listened to it, he came back, “What the hell, it’s a fucking great song.” And then we started playing it.
He didn’t play that stuff near to 30 years.
Sometimes you just need to remind a little.
Now when Ozzy is busy with Sabbath, how much you do communicate with him?
He’s very busy with the stuff he does, and I don’t want to bother him. Sometimes we text each other and hey, how are you and stuff. But I don’t bust his balls. I’m sure he’s got a million things going on. And when he’s ready, I’ve been writing a lot of stuff. I’ve sent him a bunch of demos, he has them, when he’s ready he can call me and I’ll always be there, so.
Gus G. live 2010
Gus G. live 2010
“MANIAC” ON VOICES OF FINLAND
You have covered the “Maniac” song, which is from the ’80s – Can’t remember now who sung it originally?
Do you know a singer contest called Voice of Finland – Where they pick up the singer there. there was a Voice of Finland contest on the Finnish TV – And one of the guys went there and sung this “Maniac” and it was really powerful, and the credits were given to Firewind?
Really? That’s great. When was that ?
This is awesome.
I think you can find it from YouTube. You search the Voice of Finland and Maniac in one.
Okay, I’ll check it out.
And the guy won the whole thing.
Yes and he’s a rock/ metal singer. It’s funny, it’s the most favorite TV show. There are hundreds of competitions and the winner gets a record deal, and other things. And usually…
…The 15 minutes of fame?
Yeah, something like that. But usually the guys keep on singing like biggest hits and stuff like that f.ex Bon Jovi. But he was really brave and sung that song.
That’s nice, that’s cool. Maybe he sung it, was a backing track from us.
No. He had a live band. Alright, thank you for your time.
“The album is mindblowing, [that's] how good it is. I’m so over the moon about the way the album turned out. We wrote 16 songs … and I put it on my CD player, expecting me to be unhappy with the end result, but this big grin came on my face and my hair on the back on my neck [stood up] … It’s better than my wildest dreams; it’s so good.”
He continued: “People have been quoting me that this album was quite possibly the most important album of my career. What I meant by that is I didn’t want it to sound like a follow-up to ‘Never Say Die!’, ’cause that was when we were dying out within the band.”
RANDY RHOADS & FAMILY BETRAYED WITH UN-AUTHORIZED USE OF MATERIALS
RANDY RHOADS Biography
In late 2012 Randy Rhoads mother, Delores Rhoads, siblings Kathryn Rhoads D’Argenzio and Kelle Rhoads, learned that a coffee table book titled “Randy Rhoads” had been released, co-authored by Andrew Klein and rock writer Steven Rosen with the assistance of Peter Margolis and Denny Anderson. The family obtained a copy of the book. They were both astonished and horrified to see that Klein and Margolis are holding themselves out as “experts” on the life of Randy Rhoads, implying that they had the approval and cooperation of the Rhoads family, which they did not.
On April 1, 2007, Margolis entered into an agreement with the Rhoads family to produce a single documentary film on the life of Randy Rhoads. Margolis assured the family that the film would be completed within three years. From that point on, however, Margolis himself did not own any of the ideas and materials obtained or created in the production of the documentary, or any of the photos, videos or sound recordings collected for use in it, having assigned all of that to Dakota Films, the company financing and producing the documentary. Over the next several years, Margolis, Klein and others, working for Dakota Films, went forward with the project. Although Margolis reportedly claimed, as of early 2012, that the documentary was completed – “in the can”—it has never been released. Individuals who saw portions of it during production have reported that it was “edited poorly and unprofessionally,” and that the quality of the film was “abysmal.” The Rhoads family was frustrated by what they considered the mediocre quality of Margolis’s film, and by the fact that the “official documentary” they had so long hoped for had never come to fruition. This has been especially painful for Randy’s mother, Delores Rhoads, who is now in her nineties, and has spent the last three decades carefully preserving and advancing the legacy of her son.
The family contends that Margolis and Klein have stolen the materials; they have no rights or ownership of, from the failed documentary. They used them in the book, in order to try to exploit Randy and the family for their own profit, while trying to establish themselves as “authorities” on Randy Rhoads. They have falsely implied that they have the Rhoads family’s support and cooperation for the unauthorized book. The family emphasizes that in no way did they authorize or participate in publication of the book, nor have they had anything more to do with either Margolis or Kleinsince the production of the unreleased documentary ended.
Moreover, according to the family’s complaint, the book contained more than fifty instances in which Klein and Margolis had used without permission photos, excerpts from interviews and other personal information that had been provided to them by the Rhoads family solely and exclusively for use in the authorized documentary film and for no other purpose.
The Randy Rhoads Estate and family have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the filmmakers and now authors Peter Margolis and Andrew Klein, the publishing company Velocity Publishing Group, Inc., and co-author Steven Rosen. The suit arises out of a failed documentary film project on the life of Randy Rhoads, and the defendants’ recent publication of a book arising out of their involvement in that film project. The defendants are alleged tohaving made extensive and, unauthorized use of personal information and photos from that documentary project, and are accused of fraud, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of rights of publicity.
Randy Rhoads had a relatively short career as a rock guitarist and songwriter, but like James Dean had in the movies, Rhoads blazed like a comet across the music world, particularly in his short time as lead guitarist, first with Quiet Riot and then, most famously, with Ozzy Osbourne in the early Eighties. Rhoads’s guitar work and songwriting are featured on such legendary songs as “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley.” While he was alive Rhoads was voted Best New Talent” and “Best Heavy Metal Guitarist” by various music magazines. In March 1982, Rhoads tragically died in a plane crash, at the age of 25, while on tour with Osbourne. Noted for the influence of his classical musical training on his high-speed, heavy metal guitar style, Rhoads reputation and influence has grown exponentially in the years since his death. Rolling Stone and Guitar World list Rhoads high on their lists of Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all time. “Crazy Train,” which he co-wrote, place Number 51 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Songs of All Time. Ozzy Osbourne has been quoted as having said ““He was a saint. . . .He was an angel, and too good for this world. His death’s always on my mind. Every year at the anniversary of his birth and death, fans from all over the world gather at his grave site to honor his passing. We will never forget him. His musical legacy lives on in the minds and music of his many fans.”
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 4, 2012) – Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.
The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 6th and ends Saturday, December 8th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.
The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.
A special note from the Rhoads family:
The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive.
Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~
Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~
Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads’ neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: “Mr Crowley” and the hit “Crazy Train“. Rhoads left us March 19th, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving us a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people – He was a true hero and legend.
Please join us December 6th through December 8th and pay respects to Randy Rhoads and his family for his birthday at the:
Ex-OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee is back after over a decade in seclusion. In great shape mentally, physically and spiritually, Jake is ready to return and bring his brand of unique playing and music to the world.
In the process of recording his new album at Las Vegas’ The Hideout Studios — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — Lee’s first new release will feature a combination of legendary rock artists and some of the biggest names of new metal. Already recorded are guest appearances by Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK), Paul Di’Anno (IRON MAIDEN), Maria Brink (IN THIS MOMENT), with many other big names attached to the project.
Jake has launched search for a new vocalist, who will sing at least one track on the new album and will tour the world starting in late spring 2013.
Criteria: Must be capable of singing a couple of OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS songs, plus tracks from Lee’s new album while still having a strong enough identity to be able carry the band into the future, as Jake will head straight back into the studio after the touring to begin a new album with the new band.
What to do: Send an email to Ronnie@HideoutLV.com containing an MP3, or a link to an MP3 of yourself singing a OZZY OSBOURNE or BADLANDS songs. Then submit one other song or video of your choosing that you feel best represents who you are as an artist. Listen to BADLANDS’ “High Wire” to see the range required for this gig. Only those vocalists that really fit what Lee is looking for will be contacted with further instructions.
Lee’s new solo album is being recorded with the help of guitarist Ronnie Mancuso of BEGGARS & THIEVES, whose 2011 video, “We Come Undone”, featured an appearance by Jake.
According to the All Music Guide, Lee helped Ozzy Osbourne score two of the most commercially successful releases of the singer’s long and illustrious career — 1983′s “Bark at the Moon” and 1986′s “The Ultimate Sin”. Lee eventually joined up with another former BLACK SABBATH singer (albeit briefly), Ray Gillen, and formed the LED ZEPPELIN/classic rock-esque outfit BADLANDS. Subsequently, Lee played briefly with a band called WICKED ALLIANCE before setting off on his own, issuing his solo debut, “A Fine Pink Mist”, in August of 1996.
Jake E. Lee’s “covers” album, “Retraced”, was released in the U.S. in April 2005 via Shrapnel Records. All the songs were recorded in a “power trio” format ala BADLANDS and the tracks for the project were cover songs along that style (bluesy power rock).
Well, we’ve made some great headway in the first half of this campaign. And all the early supporters should have received their link to download the advance preview of Chapter 13 from Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces. We want to send a HUGE thank you to the folks that have given us the great feedback on the chapter and have expressed how they’re even more excited for the rest of the book. As we are currently formatting the text and photo layouts to standard book form, we are currently looking at nearly 400 or more pages of insight only Kelly Garni could provide to the world of Randy Rhoads, Kevin DuBrow and the formation of Quiet Riot…and that is before adding the pics!
We only have 12 days left and a little ways to go to hit our target of $8000 to help expand the number of books printed within the first pressing.
To help make that push we’ve restructured an overlooked reward level and made it our “Best Value” overall and it is a limited run of 100.
A $65 pledge will get you ALL of the following:
A Signed Advance copy of Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces (This is a guarantee you will receive a book out of the first pressing and nearly a month before it is available to the rest of the public in October)
PLUS an exclusive 11X17 museum quality print of a custom painted portrait by renowned artist Peter Mera. Inspired by one of Kelly’s favorite pictures showing Randy & Kelly as kids, this portrait has been beautifully painted and inked by an amazingly artistic hand. These exclusive prints will be handcrafted and made one at a time using the highest quality archival inks and printed on a heavyweight “fine art” archival paper stock. Each print will be hand signed and numbered by the artist. They will also be custom stamped using typeset letter press. These prints will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter project. You can see an “in progress” photo and see the actual painting within our intro video on this project’s Kickstarter home page.
PLUS you will receive a digital/ebook version of Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces (which will be released and delivered in Dec)
AND your name (or someone of your choosing) will be included on a special “Dedication” page at the front of the book. Yep, you will actually have your name IN THE BOOK!
This is the most bang for your buck package we can put together! There are only 98 of these left at this time and once they’re gone they’re gone.
All the other packages will still be available throughout the campaign. We know that times are tough all over and wanted to remind everyone that even a pledge of $1 – $49 gets your name in a special “thank you” section within the book and a $50 or more pledge gets your name in the special “Dedication” section at the front of the book.
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BLACK SABBATH headlined this year’s Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL this Friday (August 3rd), marking their only North American gig of 2012. Following is an excerpt from Ultimate Classic Rock’s review of the show:
“During the hot and humid Midwest evening, singer Ozzy Osbourne’s voice may not have hit every note, but our reporter on the scene told us that he more than made up for it with the showmanship, enthusiasm and boundless energy during the show. One of Ozzy’s most human moments ironically came during the band’s performance of ‘Iron Man,’ in which he ran over to kiss the woman who was offering a sign language translation for the deaf audience members and managed to keep up with the band throughout.”
FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. (also OZZY OSBOURNE) has confirmed a string of guitar clinic dates in the US for August:
7 – Sam Ash Music – Carle Place, NY
8 – Washington Music – Washington DC
9 – Sam Ash Music – King of Prussia, PA
10 – ALTO Music – Middletown, NY
Firewind’s new album Few Against Many, has achieved the following chart positions around the world:
UK: #11 (Rock Album Charts)
Sweden: #12 (Rock Album Charts)
USA: #28 (Billboard “Heatseekers” Top New Artist Charts)
Germany: #90 (Official Album Sales Charts)
Firewind – Few Against Many
Produced by Gus G., Few Against Many, was recorded with long time band mates vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, Bob Katsionis (keyboards/guitar) and bassist Petros Christo at Valve Studio in Greece as well as The Sweetspot Studios in Sweden and sees the band expand on their signature melodic sound with some of their most aggressive songs to date. Mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Orlando, Florida. Few Against Many also marks the recording debut of new Firewind drummer Johan Nunez (NIGHTRAGE).
ADDITIONAL HELP BY SAMI RUOKANGAS AND PATRICK CLEMENT
Night Ranger is an American hard rock band hailing from San Francisco. The band gained its popularity during the early 1980s with such a classic albums as SEVEN WISHES, MIDNIGHT MADNESS and the debut DAWN PATROL. The bands biggest hit single to date is “Sister Christian” from the 1984. The first five Night Ranger albums sold altogether more than 10 million copies worldwide. After Night Ranger’s success slowly waned in the late 1980s, the band split up in 1989 and its members pursued other musical careers including Damn Yankees and solo efforts. The original band members Jack Blades, Grad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Alan Fitzgerald and Jeff Watson re-united in 1997 to release two new albums in the latter half of the decade. Later on the original members Fitzgerald and Watson left the band and were replaced by Joel Hoeksta and Eric Levy. The current line up released its latest effort SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA in 2011 and the band has continued to tour and remains very popular in USA, Canada and especially in Japan. The band now finally arrived in Scandinavia for the first time in their 30 year career and performed in front of an demanding Swedenrock audience in early June. After the show we had the pleasure to sit down and discuss with founding members Blades and Gillis about the bands future, past and present. Read On!
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Speak Of The Devil on DVD by Ozzy Osbourne in North America. [Pre-book Order Date June 22, MSRP $14.98]
This show was filmed at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California on June 12, 1982 as part of the delayed continuation of the “Diary Of A Madman” tour following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads a few months earlier. The audio has been digitally restored and remastered and is now available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. Speak Of The Devil includes the classics “Mr Crowley” “Over The Mountain” “Crazy Train” “Flying High Again” “Iron Man” “Paranoid” “Goodbye To Romance” and many more
The concert is a perfect snapshot of Ozzy Osbourne’s live performances in the eighties with dramatic staging and masses of energy with a setlist based around his first two solo albums and a few Black Sabbath classics. The line-up for this show features Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Don Airey (keyboards); Tommy Aldridge (drums); Brad Gillis (guitar) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).
Ozzy has always been one of heavy metal’s great frontmen and, despite the difficult circumstances, the show presented on Speak of the Devil captures him at his absolute best.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
1) Over The Mountain
2) Mr Crowley
3) Crazy Train
4) Revelation (Mother Earth)
5) Steal Away (The Night)
6) Suicide Solution
7) Guitar / Drum Solo
8) Goodbye To Romance
9) I Don’t Know
11) Flying High Again
12) Iron Man
13) Children Of The Grave
Before his tragic death at the age of 25, Randy Rhoads was on a fast track to being hailed by critics and public alike as the greatest rock guitar player of all time. Over a short two-year period, Randy recorded two seminal multi-platinum albums with OZZY OSBOURNE, which are heralded today as among the most noteworthy recordings in hard rock music history. Through his jaw-dropping six-string work on songs such as ‘Crazy Train’, ‘Mr. Crowley’ and ‘Flying High Again’, Randy Rhoads achieved legendary status as a guitar icon and his artistic legacy continues to grow with each passing year.
A brilliant guitar virtuoso, Randy’s masterful ability of bridging rock and classical techniques helped him forge a groundbreaking style of guitar playing. In 1981, Guitar Player magazine honored Randy by selecting him as best new talent of the year. Humble and self-effacing, Randy refused to rest on his laurels. Instead, being bestowed with this prestigious award motivated him to strive for greater creative heights. Tragically, Randy’s life ended much too soon when on the morning of March 19, 1982 he was killed in a small private plane that careened into the garage of a plantation home in Leesburg, Florida.
Randy Rhoads’ ascendancy to super-stardom was inevitable. Tirelessly honing his craft, he was a devoted student of his instrument, endlessly practicing and perfecting his skills. His days were spent as a guitar teacher and by night he solidified his rising reputation as the “next big thing” on the Hollywood club scene. His big break arrived when he assumed the lead guitar slot in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. Soon the entire music world would be dazzled by his spectacular flights of fiery fretboard sizzle, swiftly recognizing the merits of this burgeoning guitar genius.
With his dynamic six-string wizardry, Randy Rhoads invented an exciting and technically advanced style of explosive hard rock guitar playing that dominated the ’80s music scene. Decades later, his massive influence continues to shape, educate and inspire first, second and third generation players and music fans that marvel at his extraordinary musicality and stunning instrumental prowess. Today, Randy’s legendary status as a guitar hero is assured, joining the pantheon of rock’s Mt. Olympus where he stands proudly alongside such revered guitar heroes as JIMI HENDRIX, ERIC CLAPTON, JIMMY PAGE, JEFF BECK and RITCHIE BLACKMORE.
No one trick pony, Randy was well versed in a multitude of musical genres seamlessly cross-navigating rock, blues and classical. In fact, his immense love of classical music continued to be a driving force in his life. Until his untimely death, he continued to take classical guitar lessons in an effort to break new ground as a player.
Today, mythologized and immortalized, Randy Rhoads has become a veritable pop culture institution. Paying homage to his pioneering ability, Marshall Amplifiers created a custom amplifier that bears Randy’s name and signature sound. Action figures and sculptures with Randy’s likeness have become highly sought after collector’s items, while Jackson Guitars have sold millions of Randy Rhoads model guitars, pleasing the late guitarist’s loyal legion of dedicated followers. His image graces innumerable music magazine covers annually.
Finally, after years of anticipation, comes the release of Randy Rhoads, a biography written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein, which vividly documents Randy’s life and career. Teeming with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia, the book chronicles an oral history of Randy’s remarkable life through those who knew him best. Packed with countless emotional and poignant stories about the guitar icon, the book weaves a powerful tapestry of colorful memories about his life, which help provide deeper insight into Randy, the man, the myth, the legend. His life is a lasting testament to his supernatural talent and quiet humility.
Randy Rhoads is being published by the Velocity Publishing Group, with exclusive distribution through Guitar World.
TMD has obtained enhanced audio of late great OZZY OSBOURNE lead guitarist Randy Rhoads performing the classic song “Over The Mountain” on February 23, 1982 at County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas during what would turn out to be his last recorded show before being tragically killed in a plane crash just a few weeks later on March 19th, 1982 in Leesburg, Florida.
Nearly thirty years have passed but the magic of the music never goes away.
Versailles Records recently announced plans for the spring 2012 release of No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To OZZY OSBOURNE.
The label has now announced the guests that will appear on the album, which is set to cover highlights from Ozzy’s entire BLACK SABBATH and subsequent 30-year solo career.
Rockers include: Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Keri Kelli (ALICE COOPER, RATT, L.A. GUNS), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Stu Hamm (JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI), Eric Singer (KISS, BLACK SABBATH, BADLANDS, THE CULT), and Derrick LeFevre (LILLIAN AXE) among others.
Along with the aforementioned name players, the record will feature a global collection of many of the hottest rock and metal bands on the rise around the world, from Europe to Japan, South America to the former Soviet block, reflecting The Prince of Darkness’s world-wide fan base.
Featured Millennium bands will include:
TAKARA, LEAVING EDEN, THE MADELINE HAZE, DIRTY ROSE, FIERCE ATMOSPHERES, KINGSHIFTER, CRYPTIC CHAOS, STONE DIRT, W.A.N.T.E.D., MATVEY, SHANE DOSS, TITAN’S EVE, SNAKESKYN WHISKEY, BUGSY PARKER, ATTICA RAGE, SAGE4, METAL HORSE, CRITICAL SOLUTION, SKYSCREAMERS, STALWART, HIGH VOLTAGE, SLANT, CRITICAL SOLUTION, DAWN OF THE FINAL DAY, NASTY REPUTATION,KINOATH, RAVAGE, REACT METAL, TATTOO FRANK & JERIES, IN HIS BLOOD, ALFREIH, QUARTERMOC, BLACK IRIS, CORNIVUS, ENDLESS VENDETTA, A NEW DECREE, ANNIHILATION, DRAWZZNIKK, ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE, AL SOLO FEATURING MANURI, MARTIAN HONEY, DEVIL, JUST ONE FIX, MANTASUKA, DOOM DOGS, ERLING SOLEM, MR. THUMB, PERRY MASON, DENNIS DEEN, MR. MURRAY.
The album will be released on May 8th, 2012 to retail nationally.