Streaming on The Metal VoiceFacebook Live, host Jimmy Kay, was joined by Megadeth’s David Ellefson, Combat records Manager and singer of Ellefson Thom Hazaert, CTV legal affairs television journalist Stephane Giroux and Doctor Chris Karatzios, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The Five discussed and debated the new reality of bands touring’.
Topics in the panel discussion included; the safety and reliability of fast tracking vaccines; the legality of enforcing mandatory vaccines at concerts; risk and benefits of vaccines at a global level; distribution of vaccines, the safety of wearing masks at shows; touring in a non vaccine environment and helpful hints to reduce community transmission plus so much more.
David Ellefson also spoke about his recent Ellefon tour supporting his new album ‘No Cover’ and all the precautions and challenges the band faced on the road.
For Canada’s The Metal Voice,Jimmy Kay spoke to Iron Maiden’s Guitarist Adrian Smith about his memoir, “Monsters Of River & Rock”, which was released on September 3 2020.
Other topics in the interview include, Maiden’s parting of ways with former drummer Clive Burr, Smith’s thoughts on the band’s album covers and his comments on the passing of Eddie Van Halen.
When asked to describe the content of his new book “It’s primarily a fishing book but it is not overly technical. A lot of fishing stories and what happened around the fishing, traveling to and from fishing. Sometimes the fishing and the music literally cross lines like when Maiden were doing the Powerslave album in the Bahamas at Compass Point studios (I always take my fishing rod wherever I go). So when I had some time off I was fishing outside the studios in the Caribbean I cast out and I got tangled up with another line and it turned out to be Robert Palmer, addicted to love, that guy. Who came out running from his balcony and told me off, literally like that. The book is full of stories like that. Later on Robert Palmer turns up in the studio this time when I was recording a solo, this is a whole other story. All these things happen on my travels. When I actually got the physical book I was surprised there was so much music content in there. I would say it’s 30% broader stuff about me personally and stories on how we wrote certain songs (Iron Maiden), situations we found ourselves in the studio as well as fishing stories and travel of course.
When asked about his favorite Iron Maiden Eddie Album cover artwork
“I don’t know really, the graphic ones I am not too keen on like Killers and all that. But probably something like Brave New World Album it was kind of cool, it incorporated the imagery but it was also a little more subtle. I like that a bit more artistic rather than graphic horror of the early days.”
When asked about his relationship with former drummer Clive Burr and his feeling when he was let go from the band “Clive and I used to share a room together, he was a great guy and he was a very funny guy. Let’s say he embraced the rock and roll lifestyle maybe a little too much and that’s why he ended up leaving the band. He was a great drummer and a great guy but it got a bit much for him and so we had to make a change. So that was very sad and I know Bruce had said subsequently and I think he said it at the time, I wish we had more time, to take more time off so he could have sorted himself out but we just didn’t have the time then. We would finish one tour and go straight into another one. That is the way you had to do it then, tour, tour, tour. The same thing happened with Paul Di’anno, it’s tough and it happened to me. It can get on top of you, a young guy and you have to perform every night and mentally it can be quite tough. You have a lot of down time as well to sit around thinking about stuff in your hotel room. Of course you end up drinking too much and that spirals, this life doesn’t suit everybody.”
When asked about his thoughts on the passing of Eddie Van Halen “It was very sad, very sad. Probably him and Jimi Hendrix certainly in my lifetime were the biggest effects on the electric guitar I loved his playing although when he came out, I had already been playing for 5 or 6 years already. So if I had been starting out when I heard him I would have just copied him like 99% of the other guitarists did. He was fantastic. I would have loved to meet him. I came close a couple of times but never met him. I love his guitar sound. if I’ve got a guitar and an amp and I’m just trying to get a sound I would probably use him as a reference point.”
Smith is well known in the community as a fisherman, and a former cover star of coarse-fishing bible the Angler’s Mail (biggest chub of the season, August 2009). In his first, very personal, riverside memoir, “Monsters Of River & Rock”, Smith takes us with him on his incredible journey, through the highs and lows of life on tour, and on the river-bank, as his fishing gear travels with him across the world.
Charming, funny, and moving in equal measure, “Monsters Of River & Rock” is the ultimate fishing-fantasy armchair read, and is also the story of a rock star in a fast-moving world who seeks peace and tranquillity at the water’s edge — wherever he is.
Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to guitarist and founding member W.A.S.P. Chris Holmes. Holmes talked about his upcoming documentary, his new album and touched upon some W.A.S.P. history.
When asked about his new single ‘Playing With Fire’ “If you listen to the lyrics it’s about Covid. It’s about the government lying to you about the virus, they are saying it’s not very contagious, they are playing with fire. It’s about who do you trust? Who do you blame? Who is going to die? Singing on it is Oliver Tindall, Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper), Tommy Bolan (Warlock) and Charles-André Lambert (Canadian Touring Band, Phoenix in Flames). “
When asked about his upcoming studio album “I have to finish the record. I got all the songs written, I just need to record them. That is why I got an Indiegogo page up to help fund the recording. The way I was doing records before is I would play live and take all the money that I made and put it into the recording of the album. That is how I got my last E.P. done. So from the tour that I missed out this year I was going to take that money and finish the record but since I didn’t get to tour I haven’t made any money. A lot of people think I made money from W.A.S.P. I never got my royalties. I never got paid one penny (in royalties). And you know who’s fault it is, it’s my fault for not knowing the business (not record company). I’m talking when albums are done and how they split up the publishing, with the publishing contracts that is where the money comes from. I was never told about these meetings. The other members in the band (W,A,S,P,) never wrote , I was the only one (except Blackie Lawless). I was the only one they had to screw over to get all the publishing. In 2006-2007 I went into Sanctuary music and had a lawyer to find out where my publishing was and he discovered I was written in as a session player onto all the records (W.A.S.P. Albums). “
“So I trusted Blackie Lawless about that and when I found out it kind of yanked me wrong. He (Blackie ) was sticking a knife in my back from the first day, the first album and not telling me and being my best friend. If it wasn’t for me he would not be where he is at I guarantee you that. It’s alright it’s been a long time and it’s something I will never get over. I will take that to the grave with me. Yeah Blackie’s got an outrageous voice but he turns his back on his band members. I’m the only guy in the band that ever came back and got screwed twice. I came back for Kill F*** Die and I was promised half publishing on that album and didn’t get crap. That’s why I wrote the song Two Faced Mother F***er on my Shitting Bricks album, it’s about him. And I got a new song on new album it’s called, ‘You can’t handle the truth.” I’m going to write a song about him on every album. Everybody asks me about a W.A.S.P. reunion, sure I would love to play a W.A.S.P. reunion if he (Blackie) pays me my publishing. Screw me once , screw me twice you are not going to screw me a third time. “
Tell us about the musical direction of the new album “I got the EP of the new album already out. It’s called Under the influence. it’s going to sound like that, straight forward Rock and Roll.”
When asked about the upcoming documentary “I have a documentary coming out called Mean Man and it’s the story of the last ten years of my life it comes out Jan 19 2021 and It will be out on Cleopatra. It shows what I have been doing , touring and has interviews with people from the past. The guy followed me around with a camera for a very long time. “
When asked if he got paid for the famous pool scene in Decline of Western Civilization. “I went to high school with Penelope Spheeris’ boyfriend years before and I have met her a bunch of times in Hollywood. She called me up personally and asked me to do a scene. She still owes me 300 bucks, Penelope Spheeris paid 300 bucks but it went to management not me. The deal was she called me personally and she should have paid me personally, so she still owes me 300 bucks. She called me up wanting to do another interview for the box set that is coming out. I told her if you want to pay me my 300 bucks I’ll think about it.”
Chris Holmes Tentative Canadian Tour dates 2021 Quebec City April 22 Montreal April 23 Ottawa April 24 London April 29 Toronto April 30 Calgary May 8 Vancouver May 14 Victoria May 15
Credits:Composer: Chris Holmes Recording lineup:Chris Holmes (lead guitar) Florian Lagoutte (bass) Patrick Friedrich (drums)Lead vocals:Oliver Tindall Steve Grimmett Tommy Bolan Charles-André LambertChorusCarine Pinto Amelia Grimmett Lex Gifford Stephen Jackson Christian Kimmett Christian Pinto Mel SteelMixed by Florian Lagoutte
For Canada’s The Metal VoiceJimmy Kay and Giles Lavery recently spoke with Blue Oyster Cult Co-Founder, composer and drummer Albert Bouchard.
Bouchard spoke about his new album Re-Imaginos, The Blue Oyster Cult legacy and Cowbells.
Re-Imaginos album is a updated version of the Blue Oyster Cult Imaginos album from 1988 which was originally meant to be a solo album by Albert Bouchard.
Re-Imaginos will be released November 6 2020 via Deko Entertainment
Watch full interview here
When did the original Imaginos writing sessions begin “Somewhere between 1973 to 1976 Sandy Pearlman (BOC Manager producer, lyricts) started coming over to my apartement and we were working on both music and lyrics. I think at that point we did the songs “The Girl that loved me blind’, ‘Del Rio Song’ and ‘I am the one you warned me of”. Those were three we worked on then. The song Astronomy was started by Joe Bouchard brother) in 1973-74. Supposedly Sandy Pearlmean had the whole arc of the story prior and presented the band with those lyrics before the first Blue Oyster Cult record. When we got the name Blue Oyster Cult we already knew he got it from the song Blue Oyster Cult (from Imaginos story).”
When asked about the basic story of Imaginos “The basic story is it starts around the 19th century and there is a sea captain who is an explorer and he goes to the jungles of Mexico and discovers a mirror and he brings it back to Europe and when people look at this mirror they kind of go crazy a little bit, they get drunk on power and this end up resulting in the two World Wars that we know. “
When asked why he decided to re-do the original B.O.C. album Re-Imaginos “My motivation doing it the first time was I saw this as an opportunity to launch my solo career. Sandy Pearlman’s suggestions about the making of the record was he wanted it more acoustically oriented, he wanted the arrangements to be more sparser and I fought him on that I said this has got to be a blockbuster, there is no single so we gotta make it as heavy as possible. And listening to it later was my disappointment not so much from the band or everyone else, they all did a good job. I think it was my fault for not recognizing that the best way to present the album was as a story, to really try to serve the story better than I did. Aty the time I was looking at it as a revenge on Blue Oyster Cult for kicking me out and for the band not doing it in the first place as the band was too busy chasing a hit. ” “I look at Re-Imaginos as a kind of correction. I corrected the track listing. I gave credit to all the original guys who played on the Imaginos record, it wasn’t B.O.C. It was other artists that I assembled to do it. One of the things I decided in the beginning if Re-Imaginos was that it was going to be acoustically oriented and focused on acoustic instruments. I was not going to use any loops. I was going to play everything all the way through. For vocals everything was going to be as natural as possible. Sandy would say these songs should sound like nursery rhymes. I played all the drums on it but tried not to get too heavy on it. “
When asked the Blue Oyster Cult hit song ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ written solely by Buck Dharma create any tensions in the band back in the day “Yes but not really. Don (Buck) is a pretty easy going guy he was not trying to be Napoleon or anything. What happened was the album sold so many copies (Agents of Fortune) and I wrote so many of the songs there was a kind of push back where they didn’t want me to have so many songs on any of the other records.”
When asked if there are plans to commemorate the upcoming 40 year anniversary Fire of Unknown Origin “I haven’t heard of anything. “
When asked what he take away from working with the late producer Martin Birch on Cultösaurus Erectus and Fire of Unknown Origin “I was very happy with the way Cultösaurus Erectus came out . For the first time in my life I found the drums sounded the way they should have sounded, they always sounded wimpy to me in the past. Martin Birch really made the drums sound fantastic and he just cut to the chase there was no indecision. He was very decisive in what he asked us to do which was a nice change whereas Sandy Pearlman and Tom Werman as producers were indecisive. Martin Birch knew what he was going for. He went for it, he got it, it was great working with him. I learnt so much about producing and how to make a great record. And for Fire of Unknown Origin Martin Birch said I don’t know if I want to do this album cause Eric and Don were not that excited. They were so disappointed with what happened before with the last album Cultösaurus Erectus I don’t feel like I can get the energy to do it. And he said would you want to help me produce this record and I said sure, I said am I going to get credit and he said sure. I was there for every single bit of music you hear on that record. I was in the studio with Martin Birch. So when the album came out he said because of my contract I can’t really give you credit and it might cause tension with the other guys, so I can’t give you production credit. But that’s all right, I got more out of it than he did.”
When asked if he had embraced the cowbell pop culture thing “Of course and a lot of people don’t know this but 6 months out of the year I do a blog called ‘Most Cowbell’ I have embraced it, it is fine. I like the Cowbell. The real producer who wanted the Cowbell on Don’t Fear The Reaper ( on Agents of Fortune album) was David Lucas. On the SNL Skit they had producer Bruce Dickinson (Played by Christopher Walken), Dickinson connection was he just rearranged the song on the remaster later on but was not the original producer. Will Ferrall in the skit portrayed Gene Frenkle (fictitious character) however Eric Bloom in all our shows used to play the Cowbell. In the studio why David Lucas wanted me to do the Cowbell part on Don’t Fear the Reaper I don’t know? I think Eric Bloom was not in the room when he asked me to do it. During the recording I was like really? Cowbell? “
When asked if he thought Don’t Fear the Reaper was going to be a big hit at the time “In reality I’m Burning for you charted higher but did not have the longevity of Don’t Fear The Reaper. I was just talking with Don when I was doing the video with the band a couple of weeks ago and he is like can you believe all this time later? Yes we knew we were going to have a hit but we never imagined it would still be popular so many decades after it’s been out. “
When asked about the backstory on the making of the song Godzilla “The backstory is that we were on the road and Patti Smith had put out a book of poetry in one of the poems she started going God- Zilla- God. So Don called her up and said Patti I want to write a song with you and call it Godzilla and she said oh that’s a great idea but because of our schedules they could never get together so eventually Don just wrote it all by himself but it started with Patti Smith. Now I always thought it would be great to have this song in a Godzilla movie.”
Join Jimmy Kay, Alan Dixon and special guest Aldo Nova as the pay tribute to legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Aldo Nova gives his perspective on Eddie Van Halen as a guitarist, composer and his legacy. The Metal Voice