Posts Tagged ‘Randy Piper’

L.A. GUNS – drummer Steve Riley (ex- W.A.S.P, Keel)

November 24th, 2011

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STEVE RILEY

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA

L.A. Guns are best known as being one of the veterans of the Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene. The band formed in 1983 by guitarist Tracii Guns and after several line-up changes they found the right members and the classic line-up then consisted of Guns, vocalist Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley, bassist Kelly Nickels and guitarist Mick Cripps. Their late 80’s/early 90’s albums COCKED AND LOADED and HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES were highly successful. The 90’s proved to be a difficult time for L.A. Guns, as it was for many metal and hard rock bands. A great number of line-up changes and unsuccessful albums followed but the band finally got back on track with the 2001 album MAN ON THE MOON which once again included Guns, Riley, Cripps and Lewis back together. The next album WAKING THE DEAD followed in 2002 but although that album had many great reviews, and the band had some good tour offers, Tracii Guns decided to quit and concentrate on his brand new project Brides of Destruction which also included Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crue. The band lost their record deal and already booked tour but decided to carry on with a new guitar player. Stacey Blades (ex-Roxx Gang) stepped in and the album TALES FROM THE STRIP was released in 2005 and since then the band has been actively touring across the globe. The current version of L.A Guns includes: Lewis, Riley, Blades and the latest addition bassist Scotty Griffin.  The band arrived to Stockholm on late October and then we had an honor to sit down with Mr. Riley and hear the latest news and other interesting stuff as well… Read on!

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WHERE ANGLES SUFFER – Drummer Stet Howland and vocalist Rich Lewis

October 18th, 2011

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WHERE ANGELS SUFFER

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Transcription assistance by EvilG

Where Angels Suffer (WAS) is a new band featuring former W.A.S.P. members drummer Stet Howland and guitarist Chris Holmes. The band is completed by vocalist Rich Lewis (Animal), and bassist Steve Unger (Metal Church). The original line-up also included another former W.A.S.P. member Randy Piper but he split with the group earlier this year and he’s now been replaced by Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, Metal Church) The band was formed in 2010 and they released the debut album PURGATORY in the spring of 2011. Where Angels Suffer did their first ever European tour on last August and in Sweden we had the pleasure to sit down with Howland and Lewis and learn more about the band and its future plans as well as some old stuff… Read on!

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STOCKHOLM ROCKOUT Festival, May 30th, 2010, Sweden

June 3rd, 2010

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MAY 30th, 2010

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Rarely, if ever, has one festival organization gone through so many difficulties as Stockholm Rockout faced out during this spring. First, there were many cancellations for whatever reasons, even some headliners got canceled, and finally the volcano eruption in Iceland and its ash clouds meant that most of the U.S. bands not reaching Sweden in time. The organizers of Rockout didn’t give up and they decided to organize a small-scale one day event with bands which were now available. The actual Rockout -festival will then be re-arranged for later next September. 
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W.A.S.P -Blackie Lawless

November 22nd, 2009

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BLACKIE LAWLESS

Legendary U.S band W.A.S.P. would stir up quite a bit of controversy in their mid 80’s heyday thanks to their explicit lyrics and over-the-top stage show, which many deemed violent and sexist. That controversy would fade in time as the band tamed a bit and many more controversial acts came long, but not before putting the band on the map of the rock world and creating a ton of free publicity. The band released its self titled classic debut in 1984, and wouldn’t stop or even slow down despite some highly disruptive lineup changes and slowly fading album sales. The band has been relentless in their album releases, almost never letting up or even taking a bit of a breather. Their latest effort, 14’th studio album, BABYLON, arrived stores just a couple of months ago. Although this band has faced many ups and downs in its long career they now seem to do extremely well especially here in Scandinavia. In Finland alone, band now sold out four shows and performed altogether in a front of over 6000 WASP maniacs, that’s not so bad on these days isn’t it? In Helsinki we had a chance to sit down with the bands founder and mastermind Blackie Lawless and discuss many current topics including: the new album BABYLON, The Crimson Idol Anniversary –tour, the past, the future, the current global situation, politics and Blackies’ thoughts about retiring… Read on and learn!!

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND MATTI MARTIKAINEN

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Chris Laney of Zan Clan, Animal etc

October 22nd, 2007

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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RANDY PIPER of Animal, ex-W.A.S.P.

August 21st, 2007
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RANDY PIPER’S ANIMAL

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRIPTION BY NEIL BATTY

Guitarist Randy Piper is an American musician who made his name in W.A.S.P in the early 80′s. The band’s debut single, entitled “Animal (Fuck like a Beast)”, was released in 1983 and it was an instant success. A self titled debut album came out one year later and it included such classics as “I Wanna Be Somebody”, “L.O.V.E Machine” and “Sleeping in the Fire”. THE LAST COMMAND was released in 1985 and it another successful album with the help of such gems as “Wild Child” and “Blind in Texas“.  After the Last Command -tour Randy quit the band and then he briefly worked with Alice Cooper before he started his own band Animal. Although Animal has been around more than twenty years it wasn’t until 2002 that band released its first studio album titled 900lbs STEAM. There have been numerous line -up changes in the bands history, at one point former W.A.S.P colleagues Chris Holmes and Tony Richards were members, but Randy and singer Rich Lewis are still remaining from the very first Animal line up. The band’s second album VIOLENT NEW BREED was released in 2006.  The album was produced by Swedish guitarist/producer Chris Laney who was also joined in the bands ranks. Today there are actually three Swedish guys in  Animal; Chris on guitar, Grizzy on bass and J.Koleberg on drums. The new line up of animal did a brief tour in Europe last May/June and I was honored to talk with the guys after their brilliant show in the backstage of the Swedenrock festival. Here they are: Randy, Rich and Chris from ANIMAL!!!

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