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Stacey Blades - guitarist for L.A. Guns

Stacey Blades

An interview with the L.A Guns guitarist
by Tina Hall
August 2010

Canadian born Stacey Blades is best known as the guitarist for L.A Guns. He has also played in Roxx Gang, Mojo Gurus, Supercool, and is a solo artist. His solo album album Symphonic Slam is currently available on Itunes and Amazon.com

Maximum Ink:  Who were your earliest musical influences? Which of your influences have affected your playing style most?
Stacey Blades: Well for bands it was, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Ozzy, Motley and Hanoi Rocks. Guitarists are Randy Rhoads, Joe Perry, Jimmy Page and Hendrix. Definitely Randy Rhoads influenced me the most for guitar players. He was amazing and died waaayy too young! I love those first two Ozzy records. His playing on those is just incredible.


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John

Black Label Society

an interview with John Deservio
by Tina Hall
August 2010

While John “JD” DeServio is best known for his work as the bassist of Black Label Society, he also works hard on his own project Cycle of Pain. He formed Cycle of Pain with Greg Locascio and Joe Taylor, who he has been playing in bands with since he was 15. The band recently won an award from High Times Magazine for “Best Pot Song” for, “Do My Work High” off the self-titled debut album (featuring Zakk Wylde and Sen Dog (Cypress Hill).

Maximum Ink: You’ve mentioned as a child you were a fan of music and horror flicks. Why do you think the two go together so well? What are some of your favorite horror films and why?
John DeServio: Heavy metal music is dark, so to speak, just like horror movies. Growing up, I loved Black Sabbath and Kiss. Two bands that brought horror movies to the stage. My favorite horror movies are night of the living dead, and the exorcist.

MI: Aside from playing bass you also enjoy playing the drums and keys. Do you think you might ever play either on any upcoming albums?
JD: On my Cycle of Pain record, I played both on one song! I see heaven, I played drums, piano, keys, bass, and sang!!


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Homemade sin - photo by Per Olav Heimstad/POHphoto

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

an interview with guitarist Dan Baird
by Tina Hall
August 2010

Dan Baird is most well known for his work with the Georgia Satellites and his solo album, “Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired.” The album released in 1992 featured the song “I Love You Period” that peaked at # 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. He has worked alongside artists like Will Hoge, The Yayhoos, and the country band Trent Summar & the New Row Mob. He is currently working with his own band, Homemade Sin. I recently had the pleasure of catching up with the artist on his latest projects and favorite pastimes.

Maximum Ink: At what age did you know first know you wanted to be a musician?
Dan Baird: “I was pretty young when I first wanted to play. (10/11?) I’m not sure if it was any one particular thing that made it happen for me. Might have been seeing a local band play, or The Beatles/Stones on TV or the radio. I just thought I’d like to sing and play like those guys ‘cause “they were cool”. Yes I was 1/2 of Beavis and Butthead. You figure out which one. Being a “musician” was not a goal until much later and I’m still not there.”


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Bo Bice

Bo Bice

from American Idol to pop star
by Tina Hall
August 2010

Bo Bice first came to the attention of his fans everywhere when he finished second to Carrie Underwood on the fourth season of American Idol. Since then he has enjoyed a successful solo career. His third album 3, is a joint release from the SugarMoney/Saguaro Road labels. It features performances by The Black Crowes drummer, Steve Gorman and A.J Croce (son of Jim Croce) on keyboard.

Maximum Ink: Your mother was a gospel singer and your father played guitar. Did their influence have a major impact on your decision to become a musician?
Bo Bice: Of course, I think every family member contributes in different ways to an artist’s music whether it’s directly or indirectly. I known I’ve drawn inspiration from memories both good and bad from childhood experiences and on down the line.

MI: You were originally from Alabama and later moved to London. Was there much of a culture shock? How did the exposure to the cultures of both places affect your musical style?
BB: Living in London was extremely different from living in the states. But I have many fond memories of the UK and my time there. I started my first band at age 14 in a little town called Gerrards Cross and without my time and travels in Europe, I’m not sure I would be where I am today.


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Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick

From KISS to Grand Funk Railroad, a rock legend
by Tina Hall
August 2010

Bruce Kulick needs no introduction. From his years with KISS, to working in Grand Funk Railroad and his well established solo career, he has proven he is legendary guitarist time and time again. His latest solo album, BK3 was released on Twenty 4 Records earlier this year. The album features an impressive line up of guest artists with Gene and Nick Simmons (KISS), Eric Singer (KISS), John Corabi (Motley Crue), and Doug Fieger (The Knack).

Maximum Ink: What lead you to release BK3?
Bruce Kulick: I was pleased with my first two solo discs, Audiodog from 2001 and Transformer from 2003. But I did have the desire to do the ultimate solo CD. When approached by my producer friend Jeremy Rubolino he was adamant that we do it with very high standards, as close to lets say Revenge as possible,  (Revenge being my fave KISS album). So that made the new CD very important and very complicated to finish. And the result is something I am very pleased with.

MI: The album showcases the singing debut of Nick Simmons. Was it very hard to convince him to try his hand at vocals?
BK: He was always into singing, and Gene offered him to me. I think we really accomplished something very special with his huge bluesy voice. Nick chose that track to sing on, and Hand Of The King turned into a very strong track for BK3. He was of course a bit “green” in the studio but he is super smart and a good learner. He really nailed it.


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Black Robot

Black Robot

an interview with the former Buckcherry bassist Jonathan Brightman
by Tina Hall
August 2010

Black Robot was founded by former Buckcherry bassist Jonathan “JB” Brightman and Detroit raised frontman Huck Johns. The self titled debut was produced by Dave Cobb for record label Rocket Science Ventures. It features Yogi on lead guitar and Devon Glenn on drums who are both former members of Buckcherry. Black Robot also features Darren Dodd and Chris Powell lending a hand on percussion, and the legendary session keyboard wizard Fred Mandell (Elton John, Pink Floyd, Queen). The album has the AC/DC inspired groove of J.J Cale’s classic “Cocaine.”

Black Robot was created by JB shortly after his departure from Buckcherry during a time when JB found himself living in a storage unit. The “Black Robot” character started as a futuristic comic book hero. In the words of JB, “Our ebony-plated comic book hero is a metaphor for an uncertain future fixated on the unreal. He can’t help us until we help ourselves. The elixir is music, the secret to survival is located somewhere in the sacred shred that no man, beast, or “bot” can cast asunder!”.

Maximum Ink: When did you first know you wanted to be a musician?
Jonathan Brightman: My earliest influences were all the British invasion bands of the sixties and seventies. The Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Who, Kinks and Pink Floyd.


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Chad Cherry - photo by Trey Campbell

The Last Vegas

by Tina Hall
August 2010

Michigan native Chad Cherry and his band The Last Vegas were awarded the iTunes “Rock Song of the Year” in 2009 for the song “I’m Bad off of the album “Whatever Gets You Off”.

The Last Vegas were then hand picked by Motley Crue as a part of Guitar Center’s “On-Stage” Program, and later signed and are managed by the Crue.

The band came together when some of the group were living in the small town of Normal, Illinois playing house parties and decided to take the act to Chicago where they met and where joined by Chad and his childhood friend Danny Smash.
 
Before being signed to Eleven Seven Music, they had independently sold well over 10,000 records, toured in over 17 countries and were designated the official music of Kyle Busch Motor Sports.

Maximum Ink: At what age did you first know you wanted to become a singer? What did you want to do before then?
Chad Cherry: I have always been guided and driven by music. At a very early age I crossed over to the dark side via rock-n-roll and sold my soul. I would say around the age of 14 or 15 I dove into writing and singing songs as more of something I took serious then just for the sake of me not being bored in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. There was only one path that I have been on my whole life. I’ve always wanted to be a part of rock-n-roll chaos.


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Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson

an interview with Rock 'n Roll manager to Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna and More!
by Tina Hall
August 2010

Bill Thompson has sold more records for RCA than any other manager in history with the exception of Colonel Parker who manages Elvis Presley. He has been the manager of Jefferson Airplane since 1968 (during Woodstock and Altamont), as well as Jefferson Starship. He has also managed Hot Tuna and the solo projects of Grace Slick, Jorma Kraukonen, and Paul Kantner. He is the administrator for the catalog and various publishing interests of Jefferson Airplane and Starship. Their songs have appeared in various films and television shows, like Platoon, Forrest Gump, Cocktail, Apollo 13, The 60’s miniseries that aired on NBC, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos.

Maximum Ink: What first led you to get into the music industry?
Bill Thompson: I had a friend named “Marty Balin”, who started the band and he asked me to move in with him at the end of 1964. I did and he had this ideal about starting a band. We used to fantasize about it and it all came true.


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Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter

by Tina Hall
August 2010

Johnny Winter is best-known as a legendary blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.He was rated 74 on the Rolling Stone list of “100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time.” His recording career began at the age of 15.He performed at Woodstock with is brother Edgar joining for two songs during the nine song set.He is also an inductee of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

Maximum Ink: Do you think it was helpful to your future career as a musician to have your parents nurture your interests at an early age?
Johnny Winter: Oh yeah. We sang together. Daddy would teach me songs from his younger days. Most of those songs were from the 1920s and 1930s.


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John 5

John 5

by Tina Hall
August 2010

John 5 is best known for his work as former guitarist for Marilyn Manson and also as guitarist for Rob Zombie. He has one of the most impressive resumes in rock having working with artists like, K.D Lang, Lita Ford, Meatloaf, David Lee Roth, Salt-N-Pepa, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. His latest solo effort is titled “The Art of Malice.” I sat down with him recently to talk music and what he would most like to do otherwise.

Maximum Ink: If you dont mind asking, how did the stage name John 5 come about?
John 5: I became John 5 when I joined Marilyn Manson.He dubbed me that because I was the 5th member to join the group, and yeah, it does have a biblical reference too.


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