Q & A With Rev Jones

Q & A With Rev Jones

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Rev: I have a new album called “Bakwash” that was just just released in November 2018. It is my first solo album. It features myself (Rev Jones) on Vocals & Bass, Jim Dofka (Dofka, Leather Leone) on guitar, and Jeff Martin (Badlands, MSG, Racer X) on drums. This album is full of heavy rock songs with catchy riffs, intense vocals, pounding drums, and lots of Insane over the top bass & guitar soloing.  I’m very pleased with it, and I think everyone that is into music from Rock to Metal should give it a listen, there’s a something for pretty much everyone on this album.

You can stream my new album at https://revjones.hearnow.com

You can purchase the album at one of these:
Available on CD (USA and CAN) = http://revjones.bigcartel.com/
Digital Download (world wide) = https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bakwash/1438599660
Digital and CD (world wide) = https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/revjones
its also available on most all online stores.

There is also a new Steelheart live DVD that just came out that features myself (Rev Jones) on Bass. It is called “Steelheart – Rock’n
Milan” on Frontier Records. It was filmed in in Italy 2017 shortly before I left the band.

XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Rev: I’ve been doing shows with my solo band off and on for a few years, but this is the first time I’ve released an album , so in a way it is completely new to me. Plus I’ve only had this lineup since October and we’ve only done a few shows. So I guess we are a new band.


XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Rev: Well I was a music fan from early childhood. My parents were both young so they had this great record collection which I pretty much listened to every day. There was everything from Buddy Holly, to the Who, to King Crimson, to Pink Floyd, to Kenny Rodgers, to Bee Gees, to Yes, to Led Zepplin. In our house we were not prejudice against any music. I also started going to concerts with family members when I was really young, and continued to attend concerts well into my teens. Me & my buddies would go to every concert, even if it was Dan Folgelberg we would go. So I kind of grew up being a big music critic. When I got in high school I started meeting people that were in bands, and I would be truthful with them about what I thought of their band, well they hated that. A few times they would say “if your so musically inclined why don’t you play in a band”. So that is where the thought first came across my mind. Then this band called FX played at my high school, they did Crue, Fastway, Priest, all the cool stuff of the era. And I ended up hanging out with them after the show on their purple school bus drinking some beers listening to their cool stories, it was awesome. I decided that night that I wanted to be in a band. And I never changed my mind. I’m still real good friends with all those guys, as a matter of fact the singer for that band was Kerry Staton, who is the drummer in my current Rev Jones live lineup.


XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Rev: Well I started playing bass when I was 15, and joined my first band about 3 months later, followed by playing my first shows about 6 months after I started. From then until now I’ve been doing the same thing, playing music. I’ve been touring & recording with several big acts for the last 20 years or so. I was in a speed metal band called Fort’e we released 2 albums on Massacre Records in the early 90’s. Then I joined Black Symphony we released 2 albums in the late 90’s and did a european tour with DIO. Then in 2000 I joined Michael Schenker Group, I was the bassplayer 2000 until dec 2006, during that time we toured the world non stop and released a couple of albums & DVD’s. I did returned to do several tours in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.  After leaving MSG, I joined 2 well well known bands, the first was Steelheart who I toured & recorded with from 2007-2017, the second band was Leslie West/Mountain who I toured & recorded with from 2008-present. I still currently do shows with Leslie West. Also during all those years I recorded with George Lynch, Jeff Martin, Paul Gilbert, Kottak, Jack Frost, Steve Moore, Fort’e, China Blue, and Blasted To Static. I also did several tours during those years with Fuel, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Gundriver


XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Rev: Life/Music. I really don’t know how to answer that.


XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Rev: To play as many shows as possible to promote my album, so I can release another album and promote it, and so on and so forth.


XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Rev: My goal is to continue playing music and teaching all the way to my last days.


XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Rev: Playing live for sure, there’s nothing that compares to it. It doesn’t matter if there are 40 people in the crowd or 40,000 people in the crowd, it still stimulates the same area of your mind that makes you feel alive and in control. The writing & recording process can be just as exciting, like when you get real creative with what your recording and how your recording, and adding layers of things to create something that is not really there. All those things are fun, but in reality if you did that every time you recorded you would probably still be recording your first album. The problem with writing & recording process is “too much thought”, everything you do, everything you play, everything you sing, and everything you add & subtract from the song, get analyzed and examined over & over just to make sure all is correct. Well to me that’s just absolutely boring. I choose a stage and a crowd every time.


XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Rev: I guess the theme would be LIFE. I don’t write my lyrics based on themes or specific subject matter. If I write a music part first, what ever thoughts happen in my mind when I’m listening to the riff, that is what I write about. If nothing come to mind then I start coming up with words that sound good together and once I have a verse or a chorus I read it a few times to see if I can make a story from it, if I can’t than I just continue adding words that sound good together. Not all songs have to make sense as long as the words flow. It also happens in a similar fashion If I write lyrics first, make the music fit the lyrics.


Q & A With Rev JonesXS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Rev: I was playing in Forte and we were on the road doing shows with Wrathchild America and Pantera. It was the first show of the run, I was in the crowd talking to fans and Pantera was on stage. All of a sudden this guys comes flying off the stage and his boot hit my left hand and broke my thumb, it was all the way back touching my forearm. All I could think about was not being able to play and most of all losing these shows. That was not gonna happen. So I ran backstage, had a shot of whisky and forced my thumb back in place. Then Jay Abbene the guitarist from Wrathchild America grabbed one of Dimebags Dean Guitars and put it on me, then I placed my hand on the neck like I was playing and Jay gaff taped my hand in that position so I would be able to play. It worked I did all the shows like that, it hurt but it was worth it. There is actually a picture of me & Jay right after taping my hand here –


XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Rev: I’ve had a couple of them ask me to autograph their arms so they could go get it tattoo of it.


XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Rev: YES!!! My first band actually used to practice in my bedroom when I was like 16. We would stand my bed up against the wall and my dad would be in the other room watching TV (he would just turn it up). They were and still are very supportive of my music.  My dad plays guitar and sings, and he was in a band for a short time in his teens in the 60’s, and he knew a lot about rock music. When I decided that music was gonna be my life and I told him that, he gave me the best advice that anyone could ever give, he said “look forward to a life of poverty”. Because of him telling me that, I realized that I had to really work hard for everything, and I realized that fame & fortune in the music business is very very very rare. Well I have been making a living in the music business for over 20 years now, and I thank my dad for that advice. When I teach or just talk to young musicians, I always give my version of that same advice, hopefully one day one of those musicians will think back and realize my advice helped them.


XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Rev: All of them. Every single song on my “Bakwash” album I thoroughly enjoy performing live. Every song is fun and challenging to play, lots of parts that show of your talent, plus lots of cool grooves . And singing these odd vocal lines over the odd bass part I’m playing adds another level of excitement to playing these songs live. Plus they all get a great response from the crowd, so that always helps.


Q & A With Rev JonesXS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Rev: The bands that inspired me the most early on as a live performer, would be Van Halen, Queen, Judas Priest, Who, Yes, Deep Purple, and Beatles.  The individual artists that inspired me the most early on & influenced the way I act on stage, would be Pete Way, Pete Townshend, Eddie VanHalen, and Chuck Berry.  All of these guys taught me that the more fun you look like you are having on stage, the more fun the audience will have. If you are standing in one spot on stage looking like you are bored to death, why would you expect the crowd to have a great time? Its called
entertainment. If your gonna be boring on stage you better get a huge light show, like Pink Floyd did.


XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
The Who
Rev Jones
Lady Gaga
Hank III


XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Rev: Greatest accomplishment is that I’ve made a career out of music for over 20 years.



XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Rev: Well it would have to involve music somehow. Probably be a Guitar Tech, which is what I do when I’m not on the road playing. I am currently George Thorogood’s Guitar Tech during my down time. Its a great job for me, plus I play rhythm guitar offstage on 2 songs during each show. That is also cool.


XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Rev: I use “Dean” Bass Guitars = I have 3 of my own model “Rev-Cadi”, 2 “Cadillacs” (1 with Kahler tremolo), 1 “ML”, 1 “Demonator”, 1
“Hollywood Z”, 1 “pace upright”, 1 “Contra Pace”, and 1 acoustic bass.
I use “Phil Jones Bass” Amps = D-600 head, D-400 head, 8B Cabinet (8×5″), PB-300 powered Cabinet (6×5″ 300watts).
I use Maxon effect pedals.
I use Sennheiser – Wireless Instrument System, Wireless In-Ear Monitor System, e935 Vocal Microphone.
I use Ultimate Ears In-Ear Monitors.
I use InTune Guitar Picks.
I use Ernie Ball Bass Strings.


XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Rev: The biggest problem bands have today is that there are too many avenues for music so its almost impossible to properly promote your band to everyone that should hear it. Unless you have an account with all of the different Music Services, (which takes way too much time), chances are you are gonna miss out on a whole bunch of people that would be fans of your music just because there is too many music options and who knows where and to reach the right people anymore. Plus the internet is over saturated with real bad music and or music that has been put together on a computer and the supposed band that released it could never pull it off without backing tracks, modern day Milli Vanilli. Remember if you tune your vocals, program your drums, or use a computer to play your guitar parts – You Are Not A Real Musician , Just a wanna be impostor!


XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Rev: Not only have I played in every sub-genre of Rock & Metal, but I’ve also played with country bands, and big band jazz group. The next one shocks people, I do casino shows singing lead & playing bass in a 70’s Disco Tribute Band, wearing the afro wig and a groovy polyester outfit. I still do shows occasionally with them, the money is unreal, but playing the shows is one of the most fun gigs I’ve ever done. Its like your playing a role in a movie. My disco name is Juan Revolto.


XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Rev: Heavy Rock with catchy riffs, intense vocals, and a bunch of crazy Insane bass & guitar soloing.


XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Rev: Yes please check out my new solo album, Rev Jones “Bakwash”

You can stream my new album at https://revjones.hearnow.com

You can purchase the album at one of these:
Available on CD (USA and CAN) = http://revjones.bigcartel.com/
Digital Download (world wide) = https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bakwash/1438599660
Digital and CD (world wide) = https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/revjones
its also available on most all online stores.

If you are on Spotify please add it to your playlists – https://open.spotify.com/album/6MHHamIVc2I7rpC6EngfS8

For the News, Tour dates, and all other Rev Jones related stuff:
http://www.revjones.com = {Official Rev Jones website}
https://www.facebook.com/RevJonesBass = {Rev Jones Facebook page}
https://www.youtube.com/user/revjones = {Rev Jones You Tube Channel}


XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XSRock!
Rev: thank you

Q & A With Rev Jones

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