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XS ROCK Interviews

Interview With Axel Ritt From Grave Digger

XS ROCK: Tell me about the new Grave Digger album? Axel: 100% Grave Digger, but with a lot more sophisticated songs.     XS ROCK: How was the recording process? Axel: Writing all the songs together with Chris: about 3 months, doing the pre-production in my Meadow Studios: about 2 months, recording guitars in my Meadow Studios: about 1 month, recording choirs, vocals, basses and drums at the Principal Studios together with Jörg Umbreit: about 1 month, doing the final mix and mastering: once again about 1 month. https://youtu.be/gW-X2dYtQUk   XS ROCK: Any touring plans announced yet? Axel: Yes, our European tour starting Jan. 11th in Hannover, Germany. Please check out the tour dates at http://www.grave-digger-clan-de     XS ROCK: What’s your favorite song off of the new album? Axel: „Shadow Of The Warrior“     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally being in a band? Axel: Being creative with some good friends and colleagues.     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Axel: I studied music.     XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Axel: Power, strength, speed and melodies.     XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?...

XS ROCK Talks to John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ) About New Project Trash Deity

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? JDN: Our debut album, Cross & Divide, comes out Sept 7 on Metropolis. Groovie Mann is finishing the new Thrill Kill Kult album and I’m finishing the new Blue Eyed Christ album.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? JDN: Groovie Mann and I have been writing songs together for 3 years now.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? JDN: Groovie Mann and I started hanging out socially a few years ago. We toyed with the idea of starting a project. He came over to my studio one day and we wrote our first song, “Run 4 Your Lies!” We liked it so much we decided to write an EP, that went so well we decided to expand it to an album.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? JDN: Groovie Mann is the singer and co writer in My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and I have my project, Blue Eyed Christ. I also engineer, produce, and mix other major artists. My background Is keys...

XS ROCK Talks With Elias Soriano Vocalist For Nonpoint About New Album “X”

After 20-plus years, ten full-length releases, countless sold out shows, and over one million albums sold worldwide, Nonpoint endure through sustaining an unbreakable bond among themselves and to a diehard fan base all over the globe.    On 2018’s aptly titled tenth offering, X , the quintet—Elias Soriano , Robb Rivera , Rasheed Thomas , Adam Woloszyn , and B.C. Kochmit —not only maintain the momentum, but also amplify the intensity. I had the chance to sit down and talk to vocalist Elias Soriano about the new album "X", touring, his thoughts on the music industry and a whole lot more. Their new album hits the shelves August 24th...Check it out! It absolutely rocks and is some of the best, if not the best, work from Nonpoint so far.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? You’ve got a brand new album out now, right? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?   Elias: So much going on.  New record indeed.  Ten, Roman numeral ten, X.  Call it whatever you like, we’re leaving that to the imagination.  The new songs we released already are getting lots of love.  Chaos and Earthquakes is seeing success on...

Interview With Nozumu Wakai From Destinia

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? NOZOMU: Next year on January, we will have a show in Tokyo, Japan with the original line up of “METAL SOULS”. Each member has own bands or projects, so it is a bit difficult to schedule a tour with them, but I am discussing with the Agent to make it happen. I am thinking to do a show in America, somehow, perhaps next year. My plans for the rest of this year, I will be going on a tour in Japan this summer as a backing musician for a Japanese solo artist, and also around fall I will go to Las Vegas to continue working on the album I started with Paul Shortino last year. We’ve got a lot of demos already, so I am sure it will become a good album.   https://youtu.be/xHfFY_64rFQ XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? NOZOMU: Actually, this project ‘DESTINIA’ up to now released two albums. The first album was released in 2014, so this is the fourth year for the band. I have significantly changed a style of music this time compared...

Interview With Matt James Of Blacktop Mojo

XS ROCK: So James, let's start with you. Tell me a little about yourself. James: First of all....I'm James and I sing for Blacktop Mojo.     XS ROCK: Can you tell me a little about this current tour you're on? James: This is the second leg of our North America tour. We've been out on the road since April. We went home for about two weeks and then went back out. We just got off the road with Shaman's Harvest and then we're going to meet up with our boys in Black Stone Cherry.     XS ROCK: Correct me if I'm wrong, but you guys are working on material for a new album, right? James: We are! We've got some demos of several songs done back home and we're going to play a couple of new songs tonight at our show here in Sarasota Florida.         XS ROCK: So how long have you guys been together as a band? James: We've been together as a band since 2012. Almost six years now.     XS ROCK: Did you guys know each other before starting the band? James: I worked in a coffee shop in Palestine Texas...

Joey “Shithead” Keithley Of D.O.A. Interview

Joey "Shithead" Keithley Of D.O.A. Interview Today we're talking with Joey "Shithead" Keithley from the legendary punk band D.O.A. Along with Black Flag and Bad Brains, D.O.A. is often listed as the original founders of hardcore punk and their album Hardcore '81 appears to be the first time that the term hardcore was associated with the music. D.O.A. is preparing for their 40th anniversary as a band with a large tour and a great new album called "Fight Back". I had the opportunity to talk with Joey about the new album, touring, his political aspirations and reflect on his long career to date. Joey is a really honest and straight forward guy to interview who has a deep passion for activism. I hope you enjoy listening to our interview with the original Godfather of Hardcore Punk himself!     You can purchase Joey's book Talk - Action = 0 - An illustrated history of D.O.A. right here.                   And the great new D.O.A. album "Fight Back" right here.               http://suddendeath.com/   Canada’s legendary Punk Kings,who helped spread punk rock counterculture around the world, approach a momentous milestone. For...

XS ROCK Talks With Dash Cooper, Vocalist For CO-OP And Son Of Alice Cooper

    XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dash: The band is on the road as we speak. We are doing a Midwest run with the band FLAW and The Crowned. We are playing our 2nd show with them tonight in Joliet, Illinois. We also have our debut album being released on June 15th from David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.   XS ROCK: How long has CO-OP been together? Dash: The band formed in 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.   XS ROCK: Obviously your dad, Alice Cooper is a living legend in the rock world, what was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Dash: I’ve always loved music. My parents raised me on some great tunes and I’ve always had a urge to sing along with songs. I guess it started at a young age when I would try to mimic my favorite band and singers. I just naturally progressed to the next step of moving forward in music by starting a jam band with my friends in high school called Runaway Phoenix. We played for a bunch of years but then I really wanted to take it seriously and...

Interview With Legendary Mountain Drummer Corky Laing

Known as “The Supergroup That Never Was,” Corky Laing’s POMPEII recorded The Secret Sessions between 1976 and 1978 after a re-introduction to old friend Ian Hunter via Steve Wax of Elektra / Asylum. Laing recalls, “The late 70s was a turbulent time as the musical taste went through a generational change. Punk was just beginning to surface in the rock landscape. It replaced the increasingly complacent era of glam and classic rock with a new confrontational and rebellious attitude. Bands like Mountain and Mott the Hoople were becoming oldsters. In this environment, my record company Elektra/Asylum was preparing to bail on me, but before doing so, they asked if I wanted to form a so called “supergroup”. I had no choice, and so began the journey into The Secret Sessions. Steve Wax, the president of E/A hooked me up with an old mate, Ian Hunter to begin the work. Bob Ezrin was brought in to produce and together we proceeded to invite our famous friends to the Briarcliff Studios in Westchester, NY to see if we could put something interesting together.” Before long Laing and Ezrin had assembled a cast that included Free’s Andy Fraser, the Alice Cooper Band’s Steve...

Interview With Patrick Stone From Budderside

Recently, I had the chance to catch up with Patrick Stone, lead vocalist for Budderside. I spoke with him just before he was going on stage to perform as the opener for L.A. Guns on their latest tour. He invited me me into the Budderside bus where everyone was preparing for the show. The really interesting thing about Patrick, is that when you meet him, he's a super gracious and humble guy. None of the better-than-you kind of rock star attitude, but just a real down to earth genuine guy who loves rock n' roll. We talked at length about many subjects and the entire band are really a great bunch of guys. Have no doubt though, you'll see the rock star emerge the second he hits the stage. Budderside puts on one hell of a great show. Check out my interview below as he talks about working with some of the legends of hard rock, his inspirations and hope for the future:   XS ROCK: So, tell me about the latest with Budderside? You guys are on tour with L.A. Guns right now. How long is the tour? Patrick/Budderside: We are fresh off the Monsters Of Rock Cruise and are having...

Interview With Steve “Lips” Kudlow From Anvil

XS ROCK: Hey Lips! Great to talk with you! I was just watching the documentary Anvil: The Story Of Anvil again. I have a lot of respect for you guys and what you've gone through for your music. Lips: No problem, man. We should be okay.   XS ROCK: I was also just listening to the new album "Pounding The Pavement" and it's awesome. I agree with a lot of the reviews that I've read. It's really some of your best work in years. Lips: Well, we ended up going to Germany like the last album. It's amazing. You get really isolated out there and no distractions. It was a small little town. Really nice surroundings. It's really country style, not a bustling big city. It was very, very laid back. It was beautiful weather. We did it all in August. We lived at the studio itself. It was a smooth process.   XS ROCK: So tell me a little about the opening track "Bitch In The Box". I love that song. Lips: It was inspired by my wife actually. You wouldn't think that'd come from a female, but where else would it come from? In my opinion women are more...

XS ROCK Interview With Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate seems to be sort of an enigmatic person for a lot of people. Always a bit mysterious and probably often misunderstood. Prior to meeting Geoff for the first time, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I have been a longtime fan of his work, first in Queensryche and now on his own. Geoff has just finished his latest album under the Operation: Mindcrime moniker, The New Reality, which is set for release on December 1st through Frontiers Music. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Geoff is a very friendly, intelligent and articulate guy that has a tremendous amount of respect for his fans, the press and other performers. During our interview, I found him to be humble, honest and quite interesting to speak with. I hope you will enjoy reading the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it. Bobby Caughron Senior Editor XS ROCK XS ROCK: So, I really like the latest and final chapter in the Operation: Mindcrime trilogy, The New Reality. To me, it seems much closer to the classic Queensryche sound that you helped create. Was that by design? It almost seems like, in many ways that on the first two albums, you...

Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

Michael Sweet (Stryper) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)  have reunited once again to create Unified, the second album by Sweet & Lynch. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Michael Sweet about the new album, working with George Lynch, life in rock n' roll and of course....Stryper. I found Michael to be very humble and appreciative for the long career in rock music that he has had to date. Although he has millions of fans of his own, it's interesting to hear him talk about Van Halen from his view as a fan. Unified by Sweet & Lynch comes out on November 10th. I've had a chance to hear the album and I've got to say it's simply incredible. The collaboration of these musicians makes for an excellent hard rock album that simply can't be missed. XS ROCK: So this is your second album working with George Lynch. Was this album a little easier to put together than the first one, since you had worked together before? Michael: You know what? It was a little easier. I feel like it was more thought out. George sent me more complete music ideas, if not complete for most...

Interview With Legendary Drummer Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice is a legend in the world of rock drummers. Over the years he has played with a virtual who's who list of artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Pink Floyd, Michael Schenker, Jeff Beck and the list goes on. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Carmine about his new project, simply called "Appice" that features not only Carmine, but his brother Vinny as well.  Dual drummers playing together throughout the album with guest appearances by performers from bands such as Whitesnake, Bulletboys, Dio, Warrant, W.A.S.P., MSG, Guns N' Roses and more.   XS ROCK: Hey Carmine. Great to talk with you today. I've had a chance to listen to the Appice album that you just finished with you and your brother Vinny Appice. So fill me in on how recording this record came about. Carmine: Well, we've been doing this show Drum Wars for many years now. It's always been a lot of fun working together. We got a new manager last year and far as booking goes, our manager thought it would help with getting new gigs and it'd be a lot of fun for us to do...

Interview With Chris Jericho WWE Superstar & Vocalist For Fozzy

Today I sat down with Chris Jericho. Pro wrestler, rock singer, writer, podcaster and the list goes on and on. Chris is a multi-talented guy and was great to interview. We talked about his latest album, Judas by his band "Fozzy", which is spectacular, by the way. We also talked about a few heavy subjects like terrorism, politics, religion and world chaos. Check out the interview below as Chris updates XS ROCK on his latest happenings. XS ROCK: So let's start out by finding out the answer to a question that I've wondered about for a while. Why the hell did you decide to call your band Fozzy? Chris: Yeah man, It's funny. The thing with Fozzy is it's the easiest band name to chant ever. In a world where there's a Def Leppard, a Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and KISS. All of those bands names are just part of the lexicon, but if you think of those band names and just the name alone, they're dumb names. Def Leppard? Okay, so that's like my band is named Sick Cougar. Or I'm going to put together a band called Hugg like Kiss or like Korn, only...

XS ROCK Interview With Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali

XS ROCK: So, Quiet Riot now has James Durbin as lead vocalist. I've had a chance to listen to Road Rage and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people. I was surprised that he was able to remind me of Kevin DuBrow's sound and style while still sounding like himself. Frankie: Yeah. One of the reasons that I wanted to bring James into the band was that I had to be conscious of two things, one...whoever might be singing in Quiet Riot would have to have an amazing range because Kevin had a ridiculous range. He could sing all of the high stuff, he could sing all of the low growly stuff and everything in between. I needed to find someone that had that kind of a range for the old material live, which is something that James could easily handle. But, at the same time I didn't want to get a Kevin clone. I wanted someone that reminded people of Kevin's vocal style and range but at the same time brings something of their own self to the table, because ultimately I think it's a win-win situation. It's a win situation for Quiet Riot because it's similar...

XS ROCK Interview With Buckcherry Vocalist Josh Todd

Recently, I received an advanced release for Josh Todd & The Conflict's debut album, "Year Of The Tiger". Most of you probably know Josh and guitarist Stevie D from the band Buckcherry. Buckcherry is still alive and well, but I've got to tell you, Josh Todd & The Conflict are the real deal. This band stretches the boundaries of rock and have created a sound that's aggressive, energetic, and fresh sounding. I spoke with Josh about the new band,  his thoughts on the current state of rock n' roll and of course, Buckcherry. I had a lot of fun doing this interview. For someone who's been in the music business for twenty plus years, he was incredibly humble, genuinely honest and really passionate about creating music as an art form.  XS ROCK: How did Josh Todd & The Conflict come about? Josh: It kind of came about last year. Stevie D, who is my songwriting partner in The Conflict, longtime friend. He's known me since I was 19. He also plays guitar in Buckcherry. Anyways, we were out on the road with Buckcherry last year and at first I wanted to find someone who could make me beats. Anyway, he...

Interview With Warrant’s Robert Mason

XS ROCK: Hey Robert! It's a pleasure to talk with you. I've been a fan for many years. I want to talk about the new Warrant album in a moment, but first, let's go back to the beginning for a minute. Tell me about your first major label appearance. Robert: I was signed to a record deal in the late 80's early 90's to Epic/Sony. That ended up being one of those things that fell to the wayside. The President of A & R that signed you changes jobs and you get shelved. And then in 1991 I joined Lynch Mob. I did an album and a tour and almost another album with them. We supported Warrant in arenas and that's where I became friends with the band. Isn't life funny. And then, I was Ozzy's background vocalist for '95-'96 for a whole year on the road, under the radar, behind the curtain. No one knew about it. I left Ozzy prematurely, to do a record with Cry Of Love called Diamonds and Debris. I'm fiercely proud of the Cry Of Love record. But, it came out at kind of a weird time and Columbia Records just didn't know where...

Interview With Kobra Paige Of Kobra And The Lotus

     Without a doubt, one of the best metal bands to hit the scene in the last ten years has to be Kobra and the Lotus. If you've never heard them, stop reading this now and go to iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify or the KATL Official site and check them out. I'm positive after hearing them, you'll want to come back and read this interview, so we'll wait for you here while you prepare to be blown away. If you're one of the countless numbers of fans that they've picked up over the years, then you already know exactly what I'm talking about. The band is releasing the first part of a two part album entitled Prevail on May 12th and it's simply incredible. KATL is one of the hardest working bands out there. I recently had the chance to sit down with lead vocalist, Kobra Paige and discuss the new album. Not only was she was great to interview, but I also enjoyed her true passion for music that comes through in everything she does. Check out what she has to say about the new album, her influences and how she feels about being considered a sex...

Interview With Former Sister Sin Vocalist Liv Jagrell

    In my opinion, one of the best metal bands to come out after the year 2000 had to be Sister Sin. Each album seem to be better than the one before it as the band continued to release quality album after album. But, alas, some things are not meant to last forever and Sister Sin split up after the final album. "Black Lotus" was released. I was really devastated by this news, because they seem to be a band with a real fire and passion for metal. However, former lead vocalist Liv Jagrell has continued on with her new band, simply entitled Liv Sin. I was simply blown away when I heard the songs on the upcoming, new album "Follow Me". I had the chance to sit down with Liv and discuss the new album. She has such a great passion for rock n' roll and was an absolute blast to interview. XS ROCK: Well, let me start off by saying that I'm a huge fan of your work in your former band "Sister Sin" and I recently had the chance to listen to your new upcoming album, Follow Me for your brand new band Liv Sin. The new...

Interview With Ex-Guns N’ Roses and Art Of Anarchy Guitarist Bumblefoot

Recently, I reviewed the latest album by Art of Anarchy called "The Madness". Which you can read here.  Needless to say I was blown away by it. When I got the chance to interview guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, I was thrilled. After talking with him, it was easy to see that's he's one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He carefully answered every question that I asked, with not only great attention to detail, but a sort of real honesty that's not often evident during a casual interview with many artists. Art of Anarchy is the definition of a super group. The band featuring Scott Stapp of Creed on vocals, John Moyer of Disturbed on bass, Bumblefoot ( Ex Guns N' Roses) on guitar and twin brothers, Jon and Vince Votta. My interview with Bumblefoot is easily one of the best that I've done for XS ROCK. We discussed many things including previous Art of Anarchy vocalist Scott Weiland, his thoughts on Axl Rose and the making of "The Madness" album. XS ROCK: So there's a lot of different personalities at play in a band like Art of Anarchy. I mean you guys are all stars in your own...

Interview With Alex Grossi From Beautiful Creatures and Quiet Riot

Today I had the privilege to sit down and talk with Alex Grossi. Most of you probably know Alex as the guitarist in Quiet Riot. But Alex is quite the journeyman of rock n' roll and always seems to have a musical project going. Beautiful Creatures also features Alex on guitar along with Joe Leste (Bang Tango) on vocals, Kenny Kweens (Former L.A. Guns), Anthony Focx on guitar, and Timmy Russell on drums. The band have just released a really great re-mastered version of the album "Deuce" and included bonus tracks as well as their first newly recorded track in 13 years. I spoke with Alex about Beautiful Creatures, Quiet Riot, QR's new vocalist James Durbin and another great side project that Alex has with Dizzy Reed from Guns N' Roses, called simply Hookers & Blow. Alex was simply a blast to interview. Check it out. XS ROCK: So I was excited to hear about the release of the re-mastered deluxe edition of  The Beautiful Creatures Deuce album. Alex: So was I. XS ROCK: So tell me a little about it. How did it come about? Alex: Well, It's actually a long and a short story. Last September-October, Quiet Riot was...

Interview With Night Ranger’s Jack Blades

Jack Blades Talks To XS ROCK About New Night Ranger Album, His Career and More... Rewind back to the year 1982. I was in middle school and I had gotten a part time job so that I could buy my first stereo. I picked up the stereo and bought two albums at the same time. One of them was Cheap Trick's One On One and the other was Night Ranger's debut album, Dawn Patrol. The airwaves were buzzing with their new song "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and MTV was airing it regularly. Believe it or not, MTV actually played music videos in those days. I played those two albums over and over until I knew them forwards and backwards. I was convinced that I was going to join a rock band and be a superstar one day. Okay, so maybe I missed the mark a little on that one, I didn't really have the talent to make it in a band, but I am still involved in what I really love, and that's enjoying and spreading the word about great rock music. Night Ranger has sold well over 10 million albums now and became a household name with...

Interview With David Reece

XS Rock readers know that I've recently been raving about the debut album by Sainted Sinners featuring David Reece (Accept, Bonfire, Bangalore Choir). Well, today I had the chance to talk with him about his new band, his past work and his influences as well as what the future might hold. He's a really great guy who appreciates his fans and is truly grateful for the opportunities that he has been given to him to do what he does best, be a singer in a rock n 'roll band. You can check out my review of the new Sainted Sinners album here. But first, read on to see what David has to say....   XS ROCK: So I guess my first question is what happened with Bonfire? It seemed like you were a good fit for the band? David:  You know, I was just miserable dude. I was really unhappy working with Hans Ziller. Our relationship started off really strong when we were doing the EZ Livin' thing in 2014. He hired a manager who I really dislike and he basically put that guy in control. He got between us, the same old stupid story, and gradually the relationship deteriorated. And I...

Interview With Jack Russell

XS ROCK: So tell me about your great new album "He Saw It Comin". I just did a review on it recently and in my opinion, it's some of the best material that you've ever done. Does the title reference your exit from Great White several years ago? Jack: No. Actually, when I was six years old, I knew that I wanted to be a rock singer. When I was five, I was really interested in dinosaurs and archaeology. I wanted to be an archaeologist and dig up ancient remains, rocks and so forth, but on my sixth birthday, my parents bought me a record player. I still remember what it looks like to this day, really vividly.  My parents bought me the Beatles album Help! I remember taking it out of the record sleeve and seeing it was Capitol Records with the rainbow design and it was funny, because I eventually ended up on Capitol. So, I put the record on and the next thing I know, I had this, like God experience, an epiphany I guess, but I hate that word. It was like this overwhelming feeling that at six years old, it really freaks it you out because...

Interview With Stephen Pearcy From Ratt

When I was in high school, I had the walls of my room covered with posters and magazine pages from my favorite bands. No one got more space on those walls than my favorite band, Ratt. When "Out Of The Cellar" came out I was simply blown away. Lead singer, Stephen Pearcy was charismatic. The essence of coolness. All of the girls wanted Pearcy and all of the guys wanted to trade places with him because of that fact. Fast forward to 2017. 33 years have passed since "Out Of The Cellar" came out. After sitting down to interview my teenage rock idol, I can say that Stephen Pearcy is still the essence of coolness. Stephen has a new solo album called "Smash" that's coming out on January 27th. It's a great record that any fan of Ratt or Stephen's solo work will absolutely want to pick up. We had a chance to talk about the new record, the music biz and of course all things Ratt!   XS ROCK: I can't say enough good things about your new "Smash" record. It's an incredible album. Most of your solo albums have been released under your own record label of Top Fuel...

Udo Dirkschneider Says He Will Never Reunite With Accept

When it comes to metal's greatest anthems, Accept's Balls To The Wall is always listed as one of the top songs. And, with good reason. From the opening chords, you immediately recognize it, your head begins to start rocking in the headbanging motion and your hand can't help but form in the metal horns position.  The architect of this song and many other great Accept songs in none other than Udo Dirkschneider. I had the chance to talk with him at length about his time in Accept, his solo band U.D.O. and many other topics. I found him to be a really warm and genuine person with a great sense of humor. So, check out my interview below where you can find out how he feels about his replacement in Accept and among other things, a funny conversation about what type of underwear he wears (or doesn't). XS ROCK: Your new live album Back To The Roots is fantastic! So what comes next for you? Is there a new studio album on the horizon? Udo: Oh, yeah. As soon as we finish the tour of Canada, we will start working on the new album at the beginning of March.   XS...

Interview With Legendary Drummer Deen Castronovo

Recently, I had the chance to talk with Deen Castronovo. A man with a music resume' as long as my arm. You know his work from bands and playing with artists like Bad English, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman,Tony MacAlpine, Wild Dogs, Hardline, G/Z/R, Fear Factory and of course the legendary rock band "Journey",  with which he performed for 17 years.  Many of you also know that Deen was arrested on June 14th, 2015 and faced some really serious legal charges. Before you read the following interview, I want you to do me a favor. I want you to take just a moment and reflect on the fact that we've all made mistakes in our own lives. Some big and some small, but we all have things that we regret in our past. Substance abuse is a very real problem and we've seen many rock stars over the years succumb to it. Most recently, Prince and Scott Weiland among others. Luckily, Deen Castronovo is still alive. One thing that I think the press often does wrong, is when a sensational news story hits that involves a celebrity hitting rock bottom, getting arrested or getting into legal...

Interview With Keith Douglas From Tora Tora

Today, we've got a great interview with Tora Tora's guitarist, Keith Douglas. After signing with A&M Records, Tora Tora recorded their debut album Surprise Attack in 1989. Surprise Attack hit Billboard's Top 200 at No. 47 and featured the great singles "Walkin' Shoes" and "Guilty." The band released "Wild America" in 1992 and in recent years have released several great albums with FNA Records. Tora Tora is now playing select festivals and concerts. Keith is an incredible bluesy, guitar player and had a lot to say about the band, MTV, bands they've toured with and more.   XSROCK: Tell me about the latest Tora Tora news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Keith: There's really no big news. We are currently working with a couple of promoters and booking agencies to schedule a few more shows than we have been doing lately. We are really all pretty busy doing our own things but we've decided to take advantage of more opportunities that can take us to some markets we haven't played in quite a while. None of us are really interested in lengthy touring by any means, but the occasional special event or festival is more our speed....

Interview With Chris VanDahl, Vocalist For Angels In Vein

XSROCK recently posted the announcement of the new band, Angels In Vein, featuring former members of L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and White Lion.  We were immediately bombarded with questions from our readers demanding to know more about this new group. Angels In Vein have generated more buzz in the hard rock and metal scene, than anyone else that we can think of in recent memory. And though they reject the title of "Supergroup", they are definitely overloaded with talented veterans of the rock scene. Angels In Vein are: Chris VanDahl (L.A. Guns) - vocals, Stacey Blades (L.A. Guns) - guitar, Eric Stacy - bass (Faster Pussycat), Tod "Taz" Anthony - guitar (Cherry St.) and Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion) - drums. Recently, I had the chance to catch up with lead vocalist, Chris VanDahl and talk about the new band, his musical history, and his take on the current music scene. Chris is an incredibly nice guy and was more than happy to fill us in on the new record and what's next for Angels In Vein. XSROCK: So tell me about how Angels In Vein came about? Chris VanDahl: It originally started because I had been performing as Steven Tyler with Legends...

Interview With Edge Of Paradise Vocalist, Margarita Monet

XSROCK: So what's the latest with Edge Of Paradise? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Margarita: Thank you for having me! We've been busy working on new music and videos, i'm very excited about the new stuff, it's an evolution in our sound and we can't wait to share! We've recently released a trailer to one of the songs "Shade Of Crazy" to give a sample of what's to come. https://youtu.be/XYmFzp70-2o We also have some cool shows coming up this summer, playing That Metal Show with Eddie Trunk at M15 in Corona CA, playing a benefit concert for Military Veterans on July 3rd in Las Vegas, and then heading out to the East Coast for a string of dates! XSROCK: How long has Edge Of Paradise been together? Margarita: Dave Bates (guitarist) and I started the band in 2011, and with the current lineup with John Chominsky on drums and Nick Ericson on bass, it's been almost 3 years! We're very lucky to have found those guys to keep the circus going strong 🙂   XSROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Margarita: I love music, I love the stage and love...

Interview With Bret Kaiser From Madam X

Recently I had the chance to talk with Bret Kaiser, lead vocalist for the legendary band "Madam X". Their debut album, "We Reserve The Right" was incredible and the stuff that legends are made of. After disbanding, drummer Roxy Petrrucci went on to form the band "Vixen" and the other members carried on with various projects. In 2014, the original lineup of Madam X reformed and now they're back with a new album in the works and so much more. Bret's a great guy and was more than happy to talk with us about the band, the new album, touring and more. XSROCK: First of all, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. I really appreciate it. Bret: No, thank you   XSROCK: So you resurrected Madam X back in 2014. How did that come about? Bret: It was all Roxy’s (Petrucci) fault…LOL! She was playing the fire fest in England with Vixen and noticed a lot of Madam X memorabilia come across the signing table. She contacted her sister Maxine and suggested we put something out for the fans. Maxine reached out to me to which I said #!@?$!…LOL no just kidding of course I...

Interview with Leather Leone of Chastain

Chastain is the XSROCK Metal Artist Of The Month for November If you haven't heard their latest album. It's a must have for all metal fans! Leather Leone, metal vocalist extraordinaire, talked to us about all things Leather and Chastain. XSROCK: Let's start with the new album, "We Bleed Metal". We recently reviewed it and our review stated that this is one of if not the best Chastain album so far. Tell me your thoughts about this album. Do you agree? Leather Leone: I don't get excited about a lot of stuff that I do, but I really like this album. (David) Chastain and I were just having a conversation and I actually agree with something he said, He said It's hard to form an opinion on something we do until five or six years down the road. I usually make something and then just put it away because I hear the flaws in it, but the songs on this one and the energy that we had in the studio is really staying with me. Since, I'm still playing it in my car, I think it's one of our best also.   XSROCK: What are your favorite tracks on the...

XSROCK Interview with Tim King of SOiL

XSROCK: What's going on with SOiL at the moment? Tim King: We are doing a few select shows and then seeing what comes along next year. Looking at some tours and making new music. Adam and I also have a project called INTO THE FIRE we are going to release at some point. It's me and him along with Bryan Scott (the union underground) and Will Hunt (evanescence). XSROCK: SOiL has been around for a while now. How long exactly? Tim King: It will be 19 years in January 2016 XSROCK: Why did you originally want to be in a band? Tim King: Playing music and playing live. XSROCK: Do you like writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Tim King: I like both. Recording is always stressful though. The pressure is on to write and record quality music. XSROCK: Do you have any crazy tour stories from the road?. Tim King: Way too many. XSROCK: Ha ha, Okay. We'll leave it at that. XSROCK: What's the strangest request that you've ever received from one of your fans? Tim King: To sign their baby's diaper. XSROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in...

Interview with Straight Line Stitch’s Alexis Brown

XSRock: Tell me about the latest Straight Line Stitch news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Alexis: Currently we are about to wrap up a short run that has ran through the Midwest. We did a festival in Texas & now we are about to embark on a few shows opening up for Soil & then it's home for the holidays. XSRock: How long has the band been together? Alexis: Straight Line Stitch was stared back in '99. Jason & I joined in early to mid 2000. We've been in this band for quite some time. XSRock: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Alexis: Ever since I was a little girl all I ever did was sing & dream about being a singer. I started off singing R&B then as I got into my teens my musical influences started to develop more & I started listening to bands like Korn & from that point on I wanted to join a band. XSRock: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Alexis: I think I like them both about the same honestly. XSRock: Do you have any outrageous tour...

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