For The Metal Voice Jimmy Kay stopped by the grounds Le Studio in Morin Heights Quebec Canada and did a quick report and walk around on July 4 2021.
Also according to Rush is A Band Website the grounds of where Le Studio used to sit is now for sale
As mentioned on the website “The legendary Le Studio recording studio in Morin Heights, Quebec where Rush recorded several albums throughout the ’80s and ’90s has been demolished and cleared, and the property it sits on is now for sale for $850K CAD. The studio was built in 1972 by recording engineer and producer André Perry, Nick Blagona and Yaël Brandeis. In addition to Rush, Le Studio hosted such legendary acts as The Police, Bee Gees, Chicago, David Bowie, April Wine, Cat Stevens and many others over the years. Perry sold the studio in 1988 and by 2008 it had gone out of business. Since then the property has steadily deteriorated, culminating in August of 2017 when it was partially destroyed by fire. Despite some half-hearted efforts to rehab the building/property over the years, it was finally demolished and put up for sale earlier this summer as seen in this video from The Metal Voice. Thanks to Tomas D for the heads up.”
Wikipedia Le Studio (later renamed Studio Morin Heights) was a residential recording studio in the Laurentian Mountains near the town of Morin-Heights, Quebec, Canada built in 1972 by recording engineer and producer André Perry, Nick Blagona and Yaël Brandeis. The studio, where artists recorded and stayed, was the venue for many notable Canadian and international artists, including Rush (it was nicknamed “Rush’s Abbey Road”, The Police, Bee Gees, Chicago, David Bowie, April Wine and Cat Stevens . Perry described the facility as “like the United Nations. I had people from London, New York, Quebec, all over the world.
Renowned for its retreat-like location as well as its state-of-the-art equipment, it was one of the earliest studios to install Solid State Logic mixing desk and RADAR digital-recording equipment. Perry sold the studio in 1988. In 2008 the studio had gone out of business, and as of 2015 the property was up for sale. On 11 August 2017, the building was partially destroyed by “a suspicious” fire.
The house and grounds are featured in the music videos of the recording sessions of the Rush songs “Tom Sawyer”,”Limelight” and “Vital Signs”. The studio is also seen in April Wine’s music video for “I Like to Rock.”
Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from The Metal Voice spoke to legendary Canadian artist Lee Aaron about her new album ‘Radio on’ which will be released July 23rd via Metalville Records. Aaron also talked about working in the past with the Scorpions on Savage Amusement (Back Vocals), Venom, producer Bob Ezrin, the moniker Lee Aaron and so much more.
When asked about her new album “I like to take the listeners on a journey. I think every record I have ever done ultimately sounds like a Lee Aaron record cause obviously it’s my voice with the production values that I like and the style of music I like to write. I think the challenges as I have become more older and a more mature person is, how do I write songs that reflect my world view and where I am personally and how to engage my fans? The reality is my fans have grown up with me they are between 40 and 60 years old, so the subject matters that are going to reel them are the same things that are on their mind, as my mind.”
When asked about the type of music she plays “I really don’t consider my music Metal, it might have little elements of that. I don’t think my music has been metal for many many years. Truthfully there are other females out their like Doro and Lzzy Hale that I think carry that torch far better than I do. I am just a fan of all kind of music and I am influenced by all kinds of things. I am always on the quest, for me to write the ultimate great song and to me the ultimate great song is something that not only has the greatest guitar parts and riff but has a real memorable melody and something that people can latch onto lyrically and sing along with. “
When asked about the band Venom mooning her in May 1985 on the ECT show live on British Channel 4. ECT (Extra Celestial Transmission) “That was one of the most disconcerting moments of my career (laughs). I think there were three rotating stages. Even back then the Venom guys didn’t think I was metal and they were like how can we get Lee Aaron. So there I was trying to play my tune, playing live and these guys are full on ripping their shorts down in front of us trying to throw us off our game.” (laughs)
When asked her doing back vocals on the Scorpions Savage Amusement song Rhythm of Love “I believe it was 1987, The record label was trying to get some stuff for a live record and they had employed (producer) Dieter Dirks and got a mobile recording studio to come out and record some of our shows on our German tour that year. The Scorpions in the meantime were in the middle of recording Savage Amusement album with Dieter Dirks who was there long time producer. And they were trying to find somebody to hit this super high harmony on the song ‘Rhythm of Love’. If you listen closely people say you can actually really hear my voice. Udo from Accept came in and tried it, Don Dokken tried it, they had a few guys come in but they just didn’t have that register to sing up there. So Dieter went back to the band and said hey I’m recording this girl right now she is from Canada and has a real great rock and roll voice and we should consider bringing her down to the studio and sing on the song. So I went down there and it was just the funniest day. “
Has been called The Metal Queen been a Blessing or a curse “As a curse, I have to say the whole image was somewhat crafted for me. So for those who don’t want to see me able to do anything or be labeled as anything but Metal, it’s a curse. I got angry for a few years I didn’t want to play the song live (Metal Queen). I need to be allowed artistically to be able to expand beyond this pigeon hold box that I have been put in. So artistically I found it very constricting and that is why I said screw everybody I’m going jazz and blues for a while. Artistically I love taking these diversions. I love to step away from the whole Metal Queen image thing. In the blessing part, Metal Queen, lyrically it’s a feminist statement, it’s a song of empowerment, it’s about being the woman in charge. I think is a blessing that that message is getting across. Metal Queen has been also the moniker that labels all the great women in Rock and that is something.”
Multi-platinum, award-winning Canadian vocalist Lee Aaron is back with a collection of 12 brand-new originals that invite you to tune into the heartbeat of your personal radio dial and hear the best of what this rock ‘n’ roll legend has to offer.
LINEUP Lee Aaron – lead vocals Sean Kelly – guitars Dave Reimer – bass John Cody – drums
DISCOGRAPHY 1982 The Lee Aaron Project 1984 Metal Queen 1985 Call of the Wild 1987 Lee Aaron 1989 Bodyrock 1991 Some Girls Do 1994 Emotional Rain 1996 2preciious (with 2preciious) 2000 Slick Chick (with the Swingin’ Barflies) 2004 Beautiful Things 2016 Fire and Gasoline 2018 Diamond Baby Blues 2019 Power, Soul, Rock N’ Roll – Live In Germany
For The Metal Voice, Kenny Kessel was on location at St-Paul’s Church in South Salem, New York where the famous Blue Oyster Cult Album Live album cover was taken (On your Feet or on your knees) and interviewed Blue Oyster Cult co-founders brothers Albert and Joe Bouchard. The two founding members talk about the backstory behind the live album cover, Cowbells, their time in Blue Oyster Cult and their work post Blue Oyster Cult.
When the two were asked who really played the Cowbells in the studio on the BOC classic ‘Don’t fear the Reaper’ Joe Bouchard replied, “this is the guy who actually played the Cowbell in the studio (pointing to Albert), there have been a lot of rumours over the years, that maybe it wasn’t Albert.” Albert Bouchard continued,” David Lucas (Producer) played Cowbell on the song Tenderloin (not Don’t Fear the Reaper) he came in (the studio) and played it (Tenderloin) when nobody was there . Then I came in the next day and said this is what I did and I said Dave, that’s great again this is before we put the cowbell on Reaper. The confusion was afterwards David Lucas said I know I played Reaper after nobody was there. I was like no, that is the wrong song, that is ‘Tenderloin’, which is the first one that had a Cowbell.”
On Your Feet or on Your Knees is the first live album by American rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released by Columbia Records on February 27, 1975. The album features three songs from each of the band’s first three studio albums, two covers (“I Ain’t Got You”, albeit with modified lyrics, and “Born to Be Wild”), and one (“Buck’s Boogie”) original instrumental that remains a staple of the band’s live shows to this day. The 12 songs include performances at the Academy of Music in New York City, the Paramount Theatre in Portland, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Show Palace in Phoenix, the Long Beach Arena, the P.N.E. Coliseum in Vancouver and the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey, though it is not clear which songs came from which venues and on what dates. The album reached No. 22 on the Billboard 200, in so doing becoming the band’s highest-charting album in the United States.
In 1981, Albert Bouchard left Blue Öyster Cult. He began to work on an intended solo album that would become the Imaginos (1988) released under the BÖC name. Albert Bouchard released in 6 November 2020 titled Re Imaginos
Joe Bouchard is a co-founder of the world-famous band BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. In the 70s and 80s he played, sang, recorded and wrote songs with BÖC for Columbia Records. He retired from Blue Öyster Cult in 1986
“Astronomy” is a song by rock band Blue Öyster Cult written by the Bouchard Brothers and Sandy Pearlman. It was first released on their 1974 album Secret Treaties. Their second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, included a version with an extended guitar solo and a third version was included on the Imaginos album. It was also re-recorded for the band’s Cult Classic collection in connection with the TV miniseries of Stephen King’s The Stand. Most recently Metallica did a cover of the song for their 1998 Garage Inc. album.
Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada’s The Metal Voicerecently spoke to HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske. During the chat Kiske spoke about the Helloween Pumpkins United reunion and the making of the new self titled album. He also told The Metal Voice about his upcoming acoustic solo album.
Tell us what was the defining moment that made you say yes to reuniting with Helloween “There wasn’t one moment with everything but there was one moment that changed my mind, in general. In the 90’s I would have rejected anything. It didn’t matter how much money you offered me I would not want to do it. I was disappointed about the band, I was disappointed about the scene and pretty much on a crusade to be honest with you. And it was good for me, it was a good time, it was important, it shaped my personality and I didn’t want to miss it. “
“My kind of opening up to this type of music started with Avantasia I think at the end of the 90’s. He (Tobias Sammet) really talked me into it, I didn’t want to do it at first but I liked him right away and he convinced me to do it and I enjoyed it. Then later on Serafino (label Owner) showed up and offered me a deal for my solo stuff and then came Place Vendome which was great and I really enjoyed it and it was getting me into that direction a lot. Then though that ( Place Vendome) I got in touch with Denis Ward and Kosta Zafiriou a few years later and was offered the idea of making a real band (Unisonic) cause they were both getting nowhere with Pink Cream 69. Then on the first tour I did with Avantasia, Kai Hansen was part of it, so I was on stage with Kai again and there was this old familiar way, this chemistry going on and we started talking we should do something together but I didn’t want to join Gamma Ray it’s not my cup of tea, so he joined Unisonic. So that was another step. Around the same time I got pissed about a quote Andi Deris (Helloween singer) said in an interview saying he is sure that in 2000 something that I would be part of the team again (Helloween) and we were going to make a big tour. I was like what is he talking about? But it shows you how long they (Helloween) planned that. Andi and Kai Hansen were like the driving force behind it. In 2013 I was on a tour with Avantasia in Europe and I ran into Michael Weikath (Helloween guitarist) backstage and he stood in front of me and said ‘what have I done that you can’t forgive me for? You can’t be more straightforward. I was holding my breath and I noticed there was no anger anymore. In my soul something had changed probably by getting older. That was the game changer when it comes to realizing that something had changed. Then like a year later we played three shows in Spain with Unisoic, great shows, the band was getting in shape and after one of those shows Kai Hansen looked at me and said, you know what Michael we just got to do something with Helloween once more before it;s too late. And that is when I said, you know what I’m open.”
When asked about working with Andi Deris today “We got along perfectly, it was almost like I knew him which is the most beautiful part of it because every time I saw his face in the past it was not connected with a good feeling, that’s the dude that got my job. The other way around in the early years when he joined the band he got a lot of fire from the fans that did not agree with that so when he saw my face in the past it was probably not connected with the best feelings. (laughs). We were nervous, there was an element of insecurity but it was quickly gone. It was so interesting how good we got along, he is like an old mate or someone I knew in a previous life. That is when we started to go into brainstorming sessions and planning all of this. ”
What was the key to reuniting that you can share for other bands “The basis has to be on a human level, it has to be because you want to make peace. If you are just in there for an ego reason, it’s not going to work, it doesn’t have any strength, it doesn’t have any legs. “
Tell us how the band started falling apart because of money back in the 80’s “Not so much the band, it was more the people around the band trying to get the biggest piece of the cake. The band was massively sucked into a legal situation, you shouldn’t have to think about things like that. We were like so screwed you couldn’t imagine we sold millions of records, we were selling out venues and we were in debt. Typical musicians are usually naive and they should be, music needs a free mind and business is kind of trapping your mind. If you don’t free yourself from these traps and become a business man instead of a musician you are done. It is always that fight of not letting the business side destroy the artist that’s why you need managers, you need to have someone who takes care of that. We do have that now. In the 80’s we were surrounded by sharks. This time around the management is on our side, part of the team now.”
When asked why he didn’t contribute songwriting wise to the new Helloween album “I didn’t want to, I’m making a solo album right now, an acoustic album that is my creative part and role. When it comes to the songs of Helloween I have written a few songs that were successful. I know to me the rest of the band are the main songwriters that define the main sound of the band. And since we have 6 songwriters I thought it was enough. Maybe I will do something for another record. I think it has something to do with the label boss from Nuclear Blast. He is really after my solo record. He is a big fan which is always great. I told him that I am doing something like that and he is like I want to have it. “
When asked if his solo album is completed “I have all the material, it’s going to be 50-50 a few of my own songs all just acoustic but I will also record my favorite songs (covers), non metal tunes, it’s stuff from various bands that I do my own take on. Some from the 70’s, songs that I love and I can sing them in an interesting way. It’s going to be very simple acoustic everything recorded here in my place. I want to take the time but they want to release it when we start the tour (Helloween) next year which is planned March, April, May 2022. It’s going to be released next year for sure.”
Helloween released its new album on June 18 via Nuclear Blast Records
The “Pumpkins United” lineup features returning singer Kiske and guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen alongside frontman Deris, guitarists Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bassist Markus Grosskopf and drummer Daniel Löble.
Produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and Dennis Ward, the new Helloween Album was recorded in part at the H.O.M.E. Studios in Hamburg.
The “Pumpkins United” tour marked the first time Kiske had played live with HELLOWEEN since 1993. Hansen, who departed HELLOWEEN in 1988, had been joining the band onstage on various tours and festival appearances throughout the years.
Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently interviewed Def Leppard Drummer / Artists Rick Allen. Rick Allen spoke about his upcoming Art exhibitions and his charities. He also spoke about coping with his post traumatic stress, famed producer Mutt Lange, Rush Drummer Neil Peart, former guitarist Pete Willis, the drum production on Pyromania and the crowds of Montreal Canada.
When asked about his upcoming Art Exhibition at the Wentworth Galleries “I recently did some in person art shows in South Florida. I did three shows and it was the first time I did them since March of last year. It was cool to get out there amongst the people again and you can tell people really want to get out there and really do something. It was pretty special doing that so these next dates are really just a continuation of that. When we heard the Def Leppard tour was going to be pushed again. I said I might as well do the entire Wentworth gallery tour, so that is what I am planning on doing. “
Tell us about Wings of Hope 2021 collection “All the proceeds of all the pieces to various projects under the umbrella or ‘Raven Drum’. ‘Project Resiliency’ is really focused on the suffering of some of our wounded warriors. Not too many people know this but I suffer from PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder) not through combat trauma but through a car accident (where he lost his arm). I just saw a lot of the same traits, same triggers in them that I did in myself. I’ve been passionate about it ever since. I think the reason I do it is to inspire people to ask for help. “
What can people expect to see in regards to your art exhibition “I think the Legend series is really interesting because it’s like a history of all the people that inspired me and probably the reason why I became a musician in the first place.”
When asked about the next Def Leppard studio album “There is always new music on the go and I am happy to announce in the not too distant future we will be able to present that. I think that the nice thing about technology these days is that we can be all over the planet and still share ideas or come up with new songs. So that is a given it’s always something we pride ourselves in, is the fact that we come up with new music and we don’t try and rest on Christmas past. “
When asked if there has been any contact with former guitarist Pete Willis “If you hear Joe’s speech from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I thought it was beautiful the way it included everybody and anything to do with the success of Def Leppard. I think the tone of that speech sort of sums up what we are about and there is no long lasting animosity towards anybody. It just so happens that Pete didn’t do well when we got out on the road, he was fine when he got home but there is no animosity. In fact Pete was very welcoming when I first joined the band. Pete Willis was so welcoming, he was kind of the first person to really put my mind at ease. I will always be thankful to Pete for that. We did all the right things and we asked him (to join the induction ceremony) . He was happy but he declined to be there.”
When asked about the recording of the drums on Pyromania “The songs were evolving as we were in the studio so it seemed easier to me to put down a basic drum track or drum machine and to go back in and punctuate the songs after wards instead of second guessing what the songs were going to become. It then became a hybrid. some of the drum machine remained and I would overdub things or go back in and redo, it was whatever the song needed. Pyromania and Hysteria were like experiments in how to record differently, how to come up with hit songs.”
When asked about the accuracy of the Def Leppard Story (Movie) a few years back “The Def Leppard story I feel was pretty accurate but the things that weren’t so accurate were the characters themselves. For example, Mutt Lange would challenge you but the way you would challenge yourself, it wasn’t like cracking the whip. It was more he would push you to the limits of your physical and mental abilities. He was one of the sweetest guys I ever encountered. Mutt Lange was very instrumental in my recovery (car accident).”
When asked about his fondest memories of playing Montreal, Quebec, Canada “Not too many people realize this but per capita Def Leppard is probably bigger in Canada then anywhere else on the planet. I think the Montreal crowd for us is the loudest thing we have ever heard. I think the crowd is in the region of 110 decibels and our sound engineer was having a hard time competing with the sheer volume of the crowd at Montreal.”
Legendary drummer of Def Leppard, will be making two special appearances next month at the Wentworth Galleries in Atlantic City and King of Prussia to celebrate his newest creations. Allen will appear on Saturday, July 10 at Wentworth Gallery in the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City in addition to Sunday, July 11 at Wentworth Gallery in the King of Prussia Mall. These events are open to the public and follow the latest CDC recommendations.
This new and extraordinary collection houses originals, limited editions, the painted drum series, mixed media originals, plus the “Legends Series,” featuring new portraits of Eddie Van Halen, Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash. A portion of each sale will benefit his Project Resiliency where for over the last 12 years Rick and his wife Lauren Monroe have worked passionately with veterans from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. Allen and Wentworth Galleries will donate a portion of each and every acquisition to benefit the Foundation.
Rick Allen became the drummer for Def Leppard at age 15. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, two albums with RIAA diamond certification (10 million albums sold) and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
At the height of worldwide fame in 1984, he had a car accident that changed his life. Rick lost an arm, but turned personal tragedy into spiritual transformation and continued his musical career. While he was already a hero to millions of young people, he soon added millions of new admirers. Since then Rick has been reaching out and giving support to others all over the globe by sharing his personal experiences and his love of drumming. Over the past 13 years Rick has reached out to teenage cancer patients, children with special needs, at risk youth in crisis, families of domestic violence and veterans who have served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by Maria Shriver’s Best Buddies of CA in 2002 and in 2012, was also awarded the prestigious Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry It Forward Award. Rick continues his work helping wounded warriors through Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program sponsored by his charity foundation the Raven Drum Foundation.
An integral part of Rick’s creative life went public in 2012. After years of personal photographic work, Allen ventured into the fine art world with a blockbuster debut collection of abstract artwork built from rhythm. Allen has become a pioneer in the new medium, utilizing drumsticks and rhythm to dictate abstract visuals on canvas.
That debut collection, in 2012 featured 300 pieces, quickly sold-out in its initial offering to the public and boasted a sold out exhibition. A second collection, released in 2013, and titled “Rock-On-Canvas” met with a similar exceptional reception and helped to forge a relationship with America’s leading fine art retailer Wentworth Galleries. The Artist is pleased to present this new Collection: “Wings of Hope 2021” in May 2021.
In a recent conversation on The Metal Voice with Canada’s Metal legend Thor, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes also joined the interview and spoke about his guest solo on Thor’s first new single ‘The Ultimate Alliance’ off of Thor’s upcoming album ‘Alliance’ via Cleopatra. In the interview Chris Holmes also gave The Metal Voice an update on his upcoming new album.
When asked about the timeline of his new studio album “I just finished up the last guitar solo yesterday. I’m sending it to the guy that is mixing it and then he can put it on and start mixing all the rest of the songs. Then he will send it to me and I ok it. It will probably be released in three months. Probably done in a few weeks but it takes time to do the other stuff. It would have been done a long time ago if the Covid hadn’t hit it has just been postponed. It will be self released, it will be easier to sell on Bandcamp and at my shows. “
When asked about the songs “All the songs on there are about what I have done in my life experiences and stuff like that. In regards to the songs there is one ballad called ‘In God’s Hands’ and the rest of the stuff is heavier.”
Thor ‘Alliance’ available on digital, CD & Vinyl July 16! Watch first single below with guests Chris Holmes and Ross The Boss.