måndagen den 31:e januari 2011

Metallica på "Time warp"!



Väldigt kul och intressant program och här har ni avsnittet då Metallica filmades i minsta detalj. Bla slowmo när Hetfield sjunger samt slår sönder gitarrer.
Hittade klippet på en intressant blogg, nämligen "Erik on tour". En kille som bl a följde Metallica på de sista gigen av "World magnetic tour" i Australien.

Erik on tour här

/Niclas
Metallica in i studion i mars!



I en purfärsk intervju med danska Ekstra Bladet nämner Lars Ulrich att bandet troligtvis går in i studion igen i mars eller april:

"Jeg tror, vi allerede i marts eller april sætter kog på den kreative kedel og går i studiet. Vi vil gerne hurtigt tilbage til Metallica, for vi nyder det virkelig i øjeblikket, forklarer Lars Ulrich og peger på bandmedlemmernes harmoniske familieliv som forklaring på den gode stemning."


Hela intervjun med Ulrich här

/Niclas
Ett rungande grattis till herr Hanneman!



Den gamle Slayergitarristen fyller idag hela 47 fretboards!

/Niclas
Cameron Crowe om kommande filmen med PJ!



Saxat från NY Post:

Crowe is scheduled to have a pair of films out at the end of the year, including the documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty.”
Crowe calls it “our equal-part tribute to Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ and The Who’s ‘The Kids Are Alright.’ When I first moved to Seattle in the mid-’80s, that now-hallowed music scene was starting to come together and I was fortunate to have a front-row seat to the formation and the early shows of Pearl Jam. We gave them jobs on ‘Singles’ to keep the band afloat.
They became good friends of mine, and about 10 years ago we started talking about a project that would use all the archival stuff the band had never shown to the public. The time finally came to tell that story. Jeff Ament, the bassist and creative architect of the band in many ways, said to me, ‘I’m expecting to learn things about our little band that I never knew. I hope it’s a little bit like group therapy.’ ”


Hela intervjun med Crowe här

/Niclas

söndagen den 30:e januari 2011

Foo Fighters "These days" live i Santa Barbara!



/Niclas

lördagen den 29:e januari 2011

Foo setlist från igår!



Foo Fighters genomförde en hemlig spelning på Velvet Jones i Santa Barbara igår och här är setlisten. Nya plattan spelades rakt av.

Bridge Burning
Rope
Dear Rosemary
White Limo
Arlandria
These Days
Back & Forth
Matter of Time
Miss The Misery
I Should Have Known
Walk

/Niclas

torsdagen den 27:e januari 2011

PJ i backspegeln.



Charles R. Cross på Seattle Weekly tittar bakåt och kommer fram till att PJ nog fortfarande håller. Lite kul om bandets första gig 22:e oktober 1990.

PJ här

/Niclas
På den tiden tv var kul.



Frågan är var man kan hitta en Rip-piké som den Frank Bello bär?

/Niclas
Skål på Patton!



Mike Patton är antagligen fullkomligt galen. Kanske ett geni. När han spelade i Stockholm med Tomahawk för första gången hade jag en intervju på gång, men det blev inget. Dock hade jag nöjet att skaka hand med honom och ta ett snabbt foto. Kul bara det.
1997 fick jag möjligheten att se Faith No More live. Minns att någon hivade upp en oöppnad ölburk på scenen som landade strax intill Mike. Hans svar blev att med full kraft kasta ut den i publiken på måfå. Träffade en kille som stod framför mig mitt i magtrakten. Förutom denna lilla incident var det en magisk konsert.
Herr Patton fyller idag hela 43 midlife crisis.

/Niclas
"Fuck it! Let´s make the record in my garage."



Den alltid så oerhört underhållande Dave Grohl bjuder in till en liten rundtur av hans garage där senaste Foo Fighters-plattan spelades in. Klart sevärt!

Grohl visar runt här

/Niclas

onsdagen den 26:e januari 2011

Allt om Zeppelin och lite till!



Har inte tidigare läst detta fanzine, men det ska det bli bättring på nu.
"Tight but loose" innehåller verkligen allt som på något vis är kopplat till bandet.

Tight but loose här

/Niclas
Kommande bok om grunge!



Boken är skriven av Jacob McMurray, som är "senior curator" på Seattle´s Experience Music Project, vilket bådar för en säkerligen tillfredsställande läsning.
Förord av Krist Novoselic. Är den bara hälften så bra som Greg Pratos "Grunge is dead" (recension här), är den värd varenda krona.

Mer bokinfo här

/Niclas
Omslag till Soundgardens kommande liveplatta "Live on I-5"!



Får nog erkänna att jag gillar det. Frågan är bara hur ett band som Soundgarden lyckas dra på sig en "PA sticker"?

/Niclas
Skål Eddie!



Den gamle holländaren blir idag hela 56 plektrum. Ska bli mycket intressant att se hur nya plattan kommer att låta, om det nu blir någon?

/Niclas

tisdagen den 25:e januari 2011

Intervju med Bob Catley i Magnum!



Ännu en gammal rockräv man kan bocka av på sin intervjulista. Nya given "The visitation" tycker jag personligen är något av det bästa de presterat på år och dag.
Jag hade nöjet att bli uppringd av Bob Catley nyligen och vi kom bl a att prata om de tidiga åren, nya plattan, Robin George, Birminghamdialekten och Avantasia.

How´s England?

Bob Catley: Fine, cold. Frost everywhere and freezing.

I thought we´d dive right into it. I´m kind of wondering about the artwork for the new album? You worked with Rodney Matthews again. Was that the plan from the beginning?

BC: Yes, Tony wanted Rodney to do the artwork for this album again. He did a great job on the “Into the valley of the Moonking” as we all know. The idea was always to use Rodney and I think he´s done a great job again. Tony goes down to his house, he lives in Wales, and they go through some of the ideas for the artwork, partly from the lyrics in some of the songs and also images from the word “The visitation”. Rodney came up with some images for that. I think it´s quite eerie, but I think it´s a lovely album cover in a weird eerie kind of way and there´s a lot of interesting stuff on the walls you can look at. Rodney always puts himself into the artwork and stuff from previous Magnum albums as well. So there´s lots of little interesting things to look at. He´s done a great job and it suits “The visitation”, which is perfect for that album title. We like using Rodney and he´s got a big empathy with Tony for his words and his images, so we keep on using Rodney. He´s a good friend of ours and I can´t think of anybody better to do our artwork. It´s perfect!

How many are there now?

BC: Oh, man I can´t remember! Let´s go through them! The first time we had him was for “Chase the dragon” and we called it that because there´s a dragon on the front. (laughs) Then “The eleventh hour” and “On a storyteller´s night”, which was great and then we lost him and got him back for “Sleepwalking”. What did he do then? We got him back for “Princess Alice” and then “Moonking”. Oh sorry, he did a compilation in the 80´s for Jet Records with the elk on the front. So that´s eight. Eight that I know of. (laughs)

Well, the funny thing is that when I saw it, I thought it was Mark Wilkinson, the guy that did the Marillion covers and then I got his book and in that book he mentions Rodney, so it was kind of funny. What about the title, did that one come right away or did you have a bunch of them floating around?

BC: Yeah, there were some titles before that came along. It´s a year ago when we first started doing it and Tony wanted a direction for the album and there were some other titles around, but “The visitation” came through quite early on and it stuck and he had a good solid direction for the album then. He needs that early on really, so he can tell Rodney what the direction is so he can go on with it, because it takes quite a long time to do the artwork. “The visitation” was perfect.

I noticed that you´ve got Jim Lea (Slade) on strings on the album. How did that come about?

BC: He played on a song on the “Moonking” album and that´s where it all first started and it sounded so good so Tony asked him if he´d play again on a couple of tracks on this album and he came up with this. Sheena Sear who mixed the album, she scored all the violins parts, the viola, the cello and the orchestra and string parts and Jim came in and played. He´s got all these instruments at home and he´s done a wonderful job and we´ve got a picture of him on the back, sort of in silhouette, waiving his violin in the air and that´s what we did with Jim. He´s very busy and we thank him very much for doing it. We wanted proper orchestra sounds on there, not just fake ones, and I think it works beautifully on the song, “The last frontier”. Looking back over your life, the last frontier, which Tony does quite a bit these days. It´s nice to give people and inside to how the world was for us in the 50´s and 60´s. He likes to do that and it has come across very good and Jim also played strings on “Midnight kings”. He´s the orchestra on that as well. He´s done a good job for us. I don´t think we´ve paid him anything yet. (laughs) So, thanks Jim! (laughs) I think we owe him some money.

A record like this, how much is recorded and do you end up with leftovers or…?

BC: Not really. There was only one song that was left over, that didn´t really fit on the album and we put it on the dvd, a song called “Eyes like fire”. That was part of the same session, but we needed a bonus track anyway for the dvd and we´ve got some live footage from High Voltage on there as well. And we wanted something from the studio where we were all playing together and it´s one of the songs that didn´t make the album. It´s a good rocker. I´ve got me hat on and me shades, looking good! (laughs) But apart from that, there wasn´t really anything left over to pick up on next time. It will all be new stuff next time. As a matter of fact, Tony´s at home now writing new songs already. Yeah, he´s getting idea for new songs. He doesn´t use… what´s done is done and it doesn´t carry on to the next album.

Was there any thought of using an outside producer?

BC: No, no, no! Tony´s Magnum´s producer and he has been for a long time. Years ago it was the case, yes. We had Keith Olsen, who was very good and Chris Tsangarides, but that was a long time ago and Tony´s our producer now. He´s the best one to be sitting in the director´s chair. There´s no good in trying to explain to a producer what we should sound like, when we can do it ourselves. Cut out the middle man, I would say.

Is it easier work these days recording an album or is it harder?

BC: It´s hard for Tony, for the song writer it´s hard. Not for me, I just sing what I´m given. I make the tea half the time, so Tony´s got all the hard bit to do, coming up with an album and the pressure must be enormous for him, to follow up a successful album like “The moonking”. Tony´s very easy to work with and in the studio it´s a lot easier these days with computers brought into it a lot more these days. It just makes it much more easier to put the album together and it´s a lot easier mixing it as well. But we´ve still got this great big 48 channel desk in front of us and there used to be three of us on that desk, mixing the album, and now if it´s not right you just go back and do it again on the computer. You don´t need to have any headaches anymore. I love it these days! I didn´t use to like recording, it was a pain in the arse, but now I look forward to going into the studio and I like being creative. It´s great and the technology has made it so much simpler.

What´s the plan when it comes to touring then?

BC: Well, we´re gonna kick off in Sweden in Stockholm on the 9th of March and then we´re gonna do Germany, 18 shows, and in between the 18 shows in Germany there´s one in the Czech Republic. Then Switzerland and Be Bop in Belgium. It´s mainly Germany and then we´ve got a week off and then we´ve got another two weeks in the UK. It´s 40 days all together.

Are you gonna do any playing in the US or elsewhere?

BC: Not at the moment no. We have an American release, but we haven´t yet had the call to go and tour, but we´d love to obviously. We´ll see how it sells, but we´ve got the European tour all booked up now. I´d love to go back to the States and I´d love to go back to Japan! I´ve just been to Japan with Avantasia and they love Magnum over there. I was talking to a lot of fans over there and signing Magnum albums, so there´s definitely a place for us in Japan. We´ve got a Japanese release, so we´ll see. Sometimes you can´t have everything you want, can you? We´re lucky to have Europe, but I think we need to break some new territory.

How did you hook up with Tobias Sammet and Avantasia?

BC: He´s a big Magnum fan and has been for a long time, forever! He reckons Magnum got him started in the business. That´s a big compliment! My manager is a friend of his and she got in touch with him about me doing Avantasia and he liked me to do it. That was two years ago and I said “Yes please!” It´s great stuff and I´ve just done it again and I´ve been on all the Avantasia albums now and Tobias´ become a big part of my life and I´ve just done this three week world tour with him and everybody, Europe, South America and Japan. Fantastic reception for everybody and I had my eyes opened by how popular Magnum was over there. I had no idea, so we´ll see if we can get Magnum back there. I love doing the Avantasia shows! I had a great time and hope to be doing it again in August when Avantasia play Wacken and I hope to be part of the entourage there. But I´m not quite sure because it depends on how long Avanatsia are allowed to play for. It´s a long set, it´s two hours and 45 minutes. I love being part of Avantasia so I count myself very lucky to have magnum and Avantasia and my solo stuff. I´m hoping to work with Sascha Paeth, the producer for Avantasia and he´s also the co-songwriter with Tobias for the album and he´s offered to do me an album later in the year when he´s not too busy and I´m coming off the Magnum tour. I´ve got one more album to do for Frontiers I believe, so I´d like Sascha Paeth to do it for me. He´s gonna come and see me when we´re in Germany and we´ll talk about it and hopefully start recording soon after that. That´s my plan anyway.

Alright! I thought I´d go back in time a bit. What do you remember of the Rum Runner Nightclub?

BC: (laughs) The Rum Runner, I remember that place! (laughs) We were like a resident band thing. Something you do for the money. Like a proper job, a regular job for a musician. I started there in 1970 and Tony joined Magnum, we were already called Magnum, and we had Kex Gorin who is sadly not with us anymore. Me and Kex started Magnum and Tony joined that in 1972 and the we played there for another three years until we got the sack (laughs). Bands used to come in and get up and play. It was like a jam thing. I was at the bar and getting paid for it. Robert Plant was up there and Toni Iommi and Geezer Butler. John Bonham was up there playing drums. It was all a big jam thing, so that´s what I remember it for and the we got the sack because we weren´t playing the music that was right for the times. I mean, women had long dresses on and blokes had suits and it was us lot with long hair and you can imagine what we looked like and all the bands coming in. So that didn´t go down very well so we all got the sack.

Did you play your own material or top 40 stuff?

BC: Yeah, it was covers, top 40 stuff, but towards the end of that Tony said “I´ve got some songs, do you want to play some of these?” and we said “Yeah, we´re fed up with this crap!”. So that´s where the first album came from. He´d written “Invasion”, “Kingdom of madness”, “In the beginning” and those were the songs we were doing on the stage at the Rum Runner and that´s why we got the sack. (laughs) So we had to go and do proper gigs up and down the country then and that´s how we got our fan base together in the mid seventies. That´s when the magnum fans started to come in and know that we existed and in 1978 we put out “Kingdom of madness”.

Yeah, well my other question was about you coming across other rock and rollers from Birmingham? You mentioned Iommi and Bonham.

BC: Yeah, they used to come down and see us. We kind of knew them. You all know each other, you know. But like I said, they used to come down and get up. It was a good scene. All for the wrong reason, it was all self indulgence, but we were having a great time and they were losing customers. (laughs) But yeah, I´ve known Rob Halford and Black Sabbath and half of Led Zeppelin all my life. You can´t help bump into them up and down on the motorways around the country.

It´s funny, I interviewed Rob Halford a couple of years ago and you and him sound so alike. Your dialect and your voice!

BC: (laughs) Well, he´s from Wolverhampton and I´m from Birmingham but it´s very similar to anybody else. Roy Wood sounds just like Tony. It´s that Birmingham accent and Jeff Lynne from ELO and Ozzy, we´ve all got this voice and the same accent, so it´s a bit confusing who you´re talking to sometimes. (laughs)

Do you have any fun memories from the recording of “On a storyteller´s night”? Did you know when you recorded it, could you feel that you really had something?

BC: Absolutely, yeah! We´d been down and out before that. We´d been on the dole and nearly broke up. A terrible time before that and there nearly wasn´t a Magnum at all. On a “Storyteller´s night”, Tony realized he had to open up… we had to open up to the majority of rock fans and give them a chance to actually like what they´re hearing from Magnum. It was a bit self indulging before that, which was ok but we weren´t going anywhere. I think he realized that and he wrote this wonderful album. Commercial for us, which used to be a dirty word, but I don´t see it like that. I see it as playing great music that anybody can get into. I hear it now and I´d love to remix it. Some of the sounds aren´t that great. The songs are wonderful, but it´s showing its age now in the production. 1985 was a long time ago, but I´ve got a lot of fun memories. We recorded it at UB40´s studio in Birmingham and I was a lot younger then. (laughs) We had a different drummer, Jim Simpson, who didn´t last long because he tried to join UFO. He dropped us in the crap actually. We were trying to do a tour for “On a storyteller´s night” and half way through rehearsals… this isn´t a fun memory, I just thought I´d tell you, and he nearly dropped us in the shit. He said “I´m joining UFO!” and we went “Oh, thanks a lot! Cheers!”. We were five days from going on tour, so we had to get a new drummer in quick and that ended up being Mickey Barker, who was with Magnum for years and years. Fantastic drummer!

You were on JET Records for five years and I gather David Arden is Don Arden´s son so did you ever come across Don Arden? I mean, you hear all these crazy stories about Don hanging people out the window and so on.

BC: Yeah, yeah! We´ve all heard those stories and they´re probably all true, I don´t know. It´s not for me to say. We got on fine with Don Arden. He was alright! It was good that we had the deal with JET and it started up our road to success, as they say. We couldn´t have done it without Don Arden and JET Records. So thank you Don! Cheers mate! But I wouldn´t know anything about all the goings on. He got us the Ozzy Osbourne tour in America in 1982. That was Don Arden doing that for us and his son David Arden started out being our manager, but the less said about that the better, really. He was never around! (laughs) What manager? But Don got us to America and Ozzy and Sharon looked after us really good. We were in nice buses and hotels and we had a great time! Groupies galore and police escorts! Fantastic! Rock and roll! Those were the days!

And then you played with Robin George in ´83 or something? How did you hook up with him?

BC: That was on the “Eleventh hour” tour and there were a lot of guitar parts on the album and Tony thought he couldn´t really cover it just himself so he asked Robin if he would come on tour with us as a second guitarist, so Tony could do lead stuff and that. So that´s how we started with Robin. A nice guy, Robin George! I haven´t seen him in years.

Well, I remember being really into his first album when it came out and then just a few years ago he released a follow up to that one and he was in interviews and so on and now he´s just disappeared again.

BC: He was a niche chap, but that was all a long time ago, you understand. He did a good job!

How did you end up working with Jeff Glixman on “Chase the dragon”? He´d done Kansas before that and also Paul Stanley´s solo album in 1978.

BC: Oh, did he? We were offered his services. “Oh, you want Jeff Glixman! Money´s no object!”. We did it at the Town house down in London and he was ill all the way through. But he still produced it. He sort of shouted instructions from laying on the floor, you know, “I´m dying, I´m dying!”. He had the flu or something, which was a shame for him. But he still did a great production for it and it still sounds good now I think. Again, I haven´t seen him in years. He was a good bloke!

Is he American or British?

BC: He´s an American! I think he´s American… yeah he´s a yank!

And you opened up Monsters of Rock in 1985. What do you remember from that?

BC: (laughs) Having a load of mud slung at me! Thank you very much from the Metallica fans. Cheers! That´s what I remember. We were on first and I had a pale blue outfit on and I was covered in crap. Bottles of piss flying passed me. Stuff like that. But we went down really good considering that half of them were trying to get us off. They were waiting for Metallica to come on. Metallica was third on the bill that year. They weren´t as big then, but they had a lot of fans there. We had a great time, talking to everybody and we also signed a record deal with Polydor at that gig. A five album deal, a million pound deal, yeah! It was in all the papers “Magnum million pound deal!”. They took over “A storyteller´s night” and we did five albums with them. And it was at Donnington as well, so it was a dream come true. It was fantastic! “Oh, we´ve arrived!”. A million pound record deal thrown at me, fantastic! (laughs)

That must´ve been enormous back then?

BC: Back then it was big stuff, yes. Yeah, we´ve been there mate! We used to have five trucks for the backline, PA and lights and staging. We used to have two buses, one for the band and one for the crew. It was big stuff, you know. So we´re trying to get back to all that! (laughs) But not the five trucks. There´s other ways of doing it. We go around with a trailer. Most bands now, have the bus and the trailer and you´ve got all your backline in the trailer. It´s just pure economics. I mean, it was getting too silly! I think only The Rolling Stones do that sort of stuff anymore.

And U2!

BC: And U2 yeah! But we were in that league.

Do you ever get nostalgic and think back on the heydays and the 80´s and the stuff that was going on back then? Especially when it comes to the music industry, where you back then were given three or four albums to find your sound.

BC: Yeah, that´s pretty much true. With Polydor it was like that. They stuck with us and believed in what we were doing for the next album and the next album. You need somebody like that otherwise you don´t go anywhere. We had that and it´s different these days. The whole industry´s different these days. It´s a lot smaller. A lot of bands and record labels and record stores are gone, because of the way it´s done now through the internet. So it´s not so good. Not for certain bands anyway. Some bands give away download to sell records and you can do that if you have a lot of fans, but some of the bands coming out can´t do that and they depend on people buying the records. That´s a shame and it seems to be happening a lot these days. I think we´re all lucky to still have a record business going. I really do. It´s just like the car industry going down the pan. I hope it turns around. I mean SPV, our label, was saved by SONY other ways there would be no SPV, no Magnum album there.

Just one more thing, going back to the Rum Runner nightclub, was anything ever recorded live back then? Do you have any stuff laying around?

BC: No, no! Nothing like that. I don´t think anybody was interested then. They weren´t Magnum fans, you know. We moved on to a place called The Railway, which was a pub in Birmingham, and everybody played there. And yeah, people used to bring their tape recorders and record you there, sure. But they were into the music. At the Rum Runner nobody gave a crap I think. It was more like “Why are you playing the wrong music?”. (laughs) But I´ve seen some of that bootleg footage on YouTube and it looks alright actually, so I shouldn´t complain. I´d rather be on YouTube than not!. (laughs)

Well, it´s been excellent talking to you Bob and I´m really looking forward to catching you live in Stockholm. Have a great weekend!

BC: I will, and you! Thanks!

/Niclas

måndagen den 24:e januari 2011

Oh sweet mamacita, julen kom tidigt i år!



Fantastiskt trevligt klipp med Zakk Wyldes Pride & Glory från Stocholm 1994! Kan inte för mitt liv komma på vad det är för tv-program, dock är det nog filmkritikern Ronny Svensson som intervjuar. Kultur!

/Niclas
När Ebaysäljare går loco!



Må så vara att denna poster från 1976 är extremt sällsynt och i mint condition, men $20,000 känns lite i överkant.

Se hela annonsen här

/Niclas

söndagen den 23:e januari 2011

Überkult!



Egentligen har jag aldrig varit något större fan av Nirvana, men sådana här små saker är alltid kul att hitta. Poster för att hitta folk till videoinspelningen av "Smells like teen spirit".

/Niclas
Hip hip hooray!



Kvällen är sen, men jag hinner precis slänga in ett grattis till herr Zander som fyller 58 mikrofonstativ idag!

/Niclas
"Metal heroes never die. They just find different ways to run with the devil."



Pete Freedman på Dallas Observer bevittnade The Prince of Darkness och Slash i torsdags och var mer än nöjd med spektaklet. Av klippet att döma tyckte även publiken att det var kul.

Recension av giget här

/Niclas
Whitesnake overload!



Alla fans av Coverdale och hans kompband lär bli tillfredsställda när Classic Rock släpper sitt specialnummer den 25:e mars.

"The Whitesnake Fan Pack includes Forevermore, the band’s brand spanking new studio album, plus a 132-page magazine.

Fans who buy the Whitesnake Fan Pack will be able to hear Forevermore three weeks before it goes on sale in the record stores. What’s more, the Fan Pack version of Forevermore comes with two bonus tracks – 'Slide It In' and 'Cheap An’ Nasty' – recorded live at Whitesnake’s headline set at the Castle Donington Monsters Of Rock festival in 1990. That's 13 brand new studio tracks plus two bonus ones - a lot of Whitesnake music to sink your fangs into. These bonus tracks will not be on the record store version of Forevermore and the CD cover for the Fan Pack album will feature exclusive artwork that will NOT be used on the record store version.

The Fan Pack magazine contains a major, all-new interview with Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale, conducted at his home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA. Forevermore was recorded at Coverdale’s home studio and Classic Rock were there while it was being recorded. Coverdale also talks us through the new album, track by track.

It also has new interviews with the other Whitesnake band members: guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, bassist Michael Devin and drummer Brian Tichy. There’s a wealth of exclusive, never-before-seen pictures of Coverdale and his band, taken by top US photographer Travis Shinn while Forevermore was being made.

Elsewhere in the Fan Pack magazine, Classic Rock talk to the musicians who knew Coverdale when he started out as a club singer in north-east England in the 1970s. It analyses the multi-platinum success of the band’s legendary 1987 album and also review Whitesnakes' entire back catalogue of albums. All this and it lists Coverdale’s Top 20 Friskiest Lyrics. Slide it in, indeed!"

Förhandsbeställ här

/Niclas

lördagen den 22:e januari 2011

Skål på Adler!



Nu ska man kanske inte direkt skåla med en gammal pillerknarkare, men Steve Adler fyller 46 baskaggar idag och förhoppningsvis är han numera på rätt köl.
Jag intervjuade honom för några år sedan och minns hur han trots sin hävdelse av att vara back in action, satt och sörplade på en Heineken under intervjun, samtidigt som han oavbrutet torkade av hakan då han konstant dreglade pga av sin tidigare hjärnskada. Dock en mycket trevlig kille.
Jag säger som Nancy Reagan: "Just say no!"

/Niclas
Grunge is on the rise!



Fram med flanellskjortorna! Grungen slår tillbaka med full kraft under 2012.
Soungarden har lagt ut bilder på sig själva när de repar nytt material i Pearl Jams huvudkvarter.

Fler bilder här

Alice in Chains börjar joba på ett nytt album under sommaren.

Mike Inez till GuitarInternational.com på NAMM: We are going to take a much needed break. We did about 30 countries on this last tour, and then will start recording a new CD in the summer time. I’m going to reacquaint myself with my wife.


Och Mudhoney jobbar även de på nytt material.

Ny intervju med Mark Arm i Seattle Weekly här

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"No racist or other small-minded hate monger can stop us."

Veckans Henry bjuder på tankar om filmpremiären av "Lemmy", skotten i Tuscon, Martin Luther King och dessutom lägger han upp saker att lyssna på.
On a sidenote sa Henry följande till GuitarInternational.com på NAMM: "I’m working on documentaries for National Geographic, a photo book is coming out in November 2011 and a travel book coming out 2012."

/Niclas
Hail Darkness!



I senaste numret av hipsterblaskan NME listas tydligen de 50 "dystraste" albumen.
Hittade en liten kul kommentar från en läsare.

"Armington: Surely Reign in Blood - Slayer has to be the darkest album ever. It rains blood for Christ's sake!"


Nuff said!

/Niclas
Inte ens vargar tål Creed!



Kul liten story om en norsk kille vid namn Walter Eikrem som fick några vargar att vända om med hjälp av Creed.
Vargen - Creed: 1-0

Story i NME här

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"Ten" fyller 20!



Alla Pearl Jam-fans kan glädja sig åt en hel del godis under året. I firande av plattan "Ten" ingår återutgivningar av "Vs." och "Vitalogy" med diverse bonusmaterial, en egen festival samt en banddokumentär signerad den underbare Cameron Crowe. Bandets hela historia, inklusive den tragiska olyckan i Roskilde 2000.

Mer om firandet här

/Niclas

fredagen den 21:e januari 2011

Shanks + Van Halen = Ouch!



John Shanks är för mig en tidigare okänd megaproducent. Anledningen kan ju vara den att han mest producerat fullkomligt könlös musik, som dock visserligen sammanlagt sålts i 60 miljoner ex. Men Keith Urban, Take That, Westlife, Miley Cyrus och Jessica Simpson är inget man skryter med på stan enligt mig.
Den stora frågan är varför Van Halen väljer att jobba med Shanks? Varför inte Rubin, Rock, Ezrin, Templeman eller Nick Raskulinecz? Hur som haver, den som lever får höra. Shabba Ranks på den!

Shanks hemsida här

/Niclas
Verklighetens Spinal Tap lever och frodas.



Från GP:

"Metalbandet Manowar firar skivan Battle Hymns 2011 med en intim spelning i Göteborg.
Den 29 mars spelar amerikanska Manowar på Trädgår'n i Göteborg. Heavy metal-bandet brukar spela på betydligt större arenor, men firar nu utgivningen av albumet Battle Hymns 2011 med ett fåtal spelningar i mindre format över hela världen.
På konsertprogrammet står bland annat att spela hela Battle Hymns som Manowar skivdebuterade med 1982 och som nu har spelats in på nytt."

Orden Manowar och intim i samma mening, ger mig kalla kårar. De enda tillfällen då Manowar spelar på "betydligt större arenor" är när de drar igenom de forna öststaterna. Och där kan även Rednecks sälja ut.

/Niclas
Prat i nattmössan kanske?



Jag har intervjuat Mike Wengren i Disturbed vid två tillfällen. Jättetrevlig kille med en hög grad av seriositet gällande sitt band och dess musik, men frågan är om det finns något mer ointressant än Disturbed i musikväg?
Hans tankar om deras musik kontra andra bands musik är härlig. Personligen anser jag att Disturbeds låtskatt inte ens kommer upp på fillernivå, men det är ju jag det.
Att bandet sålt mer än 11 miljoner album är bara ytterligare ett bevis på att det omöjligen kan finnas en gud. Däremot överväldigande bevis för Satans existens och humor.

“I think a lot of artists these days don’t put a lot into their records, usually just a couple of good songs with the rest being all filler songs.

“That’s not the way we go. We feel like every single song on the record could be a single and our fans know that. They know when the buy a record of ours they are going to get a full package, they know we won’t let them down and they don’t let us down either. Our fans are very loyal and very passionate about us.

“It’s been a great blessing for us and there are few bands out there who are still selling records but I think it goes back to the fans. I think it just proves that if you put out good music people will want to buy it.”


Ovanstående citat från RockAAA.

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Justify your shitty taste!



Den senaste krönikan om allmänt sett dåliga album som behöver upprättelse, har kommit till Ministrys "Filth pig" (1996). Själv köpte jag plattan när den kom ut. Jag hade två år tidigare haft en nära döden upplevelse i en liten japansk bil, som rusade fram i 130 knyck mot downtown Minneapolis och soundtracket var "Psalm 69". Efter det var jag hooked on Jourgensen!
Minns att jag upplevde stor besvikelse över "Filth pig" och till denna dag är det fortfarande bara Dylancovern "Lay lady lay" som jag lyssnar på. Kanske dags att ändra på det?

Filth pig i Decibel Magazine här

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Foodokumentär!



Från Spitfire Pictures:

"Concurrent with the album’s release, Exclusive Media Group’s documentary division Spitfire Pictures will be producing a feature documentary about the Foo Fighters to be directed by Academy Award winner James Moll (The Last Days, Running The Sahara). Co-produced and co-financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records, Moll’s documentary will chronicle the entire history of the Foo Fighters, from the cassette demos Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana’s drummer through their ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. This chronicling of the Foo Fighters’ triumphs and tragedies will culminate in an in-depth behind the scenes perspective on the making of the new album: A process in which the band pushed itself forward by going back to basics and recording in Grohl’s garage completely on analog tape."

Musikdokumentärer är alltid kul och en om Foo Fighters kan säkert bli hur trevlig som helst.

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"Gimme head or gimme Van Halen!"




My Vinyl Review har lyssnat igenom de senaste 180 g utgivningarna av "Van Halen II", "Women and children first" och "1984".

VH recenserade här

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Here´s to ya Nigel!



Idag höjer vi glasen för gamle Saxontrummisen Nigel Glockler som klockar in på 57 cymbaler!
"Back on the streets" från "Innocence is no excuse". Min första konsert var Saxon på Olympen i Lund på denna turné. Metal up the arse!

/Niclas
Ett överflöd av foton på klassiska KISS!


(April 26, 1976 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON)

Fantastiskt trevlig sida på Facebook med tusentals bilder på bandet i sin absoluta prime. Jag anser mig själva ha sett ofantligt många bilder på KISS, men här finns stora mängder jag aldrig tidigare sett. Desutom är de försedda med datum och plats.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=487482393066&set=at.487471228066.268270.115234308066.549802072&ref=nf#!/album.php?aid=44110&id=107374809288016

/Niclas
"I'm reading Winne the Pooh for the first time."

Kul intervju med Lemmy på LA Weekly. Bl a samtalas det om strippklubbar, hans läsning och olika spelställen i LA.
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onsdagen den 19:e januari 2011

Bullet snart i en lokal nära dig.



29/01/11 Råckståckfestivalen (S) +Imperial State Electric

05/02/11 Releaseparty for HIGHWAY PIRATES Växjö (S)

10/02/11 Close up Båten (S)

11/02/11 On the rocks Helsinki (Fin)

18/02/11 Tivoli Helsingborg (S)

19/02/11 Stars Vordingborg (Dk)

02/03/11 Cirkus Stockholm (S) + Mustasch and Electric boys

04/03/11 House of Metal Umeå (S) + UDO and GHOST

11/03/11 Lisebergshallen Göteborg (S) + Mustasch and Electric boys

19/03/11 Minus 30 grader Kulturens hus Luleå (S)

25/03/11 S2 Borlänge (S)

01/04/11 Nöjesfabriken Karlstad (S)

02/04/11 Münchenbryggeriet Stockholm (S)

14/05/11 Metallsvenskan Örebro (S)

17/06/11 Myötätuulirock (Fin)

29/08/11 Gröna Lund Stockholm (S)

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Stöld!



En man vid Ron Toma har stämt Live Nation och Mötley Crüe för användandet av bilden från bandets debutplatta "Too fast for love" (1981).
Gay metal at its best!

Story på TMZ här

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“I went over and played with Led Zeppelin."

Säg vad man vill om Steven "The train wreck" Tyler, men nog fasen hade det varit intressant att höra vad han och Zeppelin hade kunnat hitta på tillsammans?
Vi får väl vänta på att dessa jam sessions i London läcker ut. Någon måste ju ha tryckt på record...
/Niclas
It´s one louder, isn´t it?



The indie professor på The Guardian svarar pedagogiskt om varför det ofta är för hög volym på konserter.

Hög volym här

/Niclas

tisdagen den 18:e januari 2011

Don Kirschner 1934-2011 R.I.P.



KISS på Don Kirschner´s Rock Concert 28:e maj 1977.

Story i NY Times här

/Niclas
Det var en gång...



Denna dag för 27 år sedan sparkade Van Halen igång sin "1984-turné" i Jacksonville, Florida. Jag vet inte hur många gånger jag önskat att jag fått uppleva den turnén. Bandet på topp, gigantisk scen och mer "big rock" än du kunde svälja.
Det underliga är att det finns väldigt lite filmat från just denna turné. 2-3 boots och så vitt jag vet, inget pro shot.
"Gimme head or gimme Van Halen!"

/Niclas
Drömpolis!



Cheap Trick gästade Conan O´Brien förra veckan. Alltid bra.

/Niclas
Do you remember rock and roll radio?



I väntan på ett nytt album med bandet kan ni ratta in P3 Live nu på torsdag 20/1 kl. 20.30, då det bjuds på liveinspelning från Getaway Rock förra året. Fullspäckad action i hela 30 minuter.

/Niclas

måndagen den 17:e januari 2011

Jeff Ament om nya liveplattan!



Exploremusic.com har lagt upp korta intervjusnuttar med Jeff Ament där han pratar om låtarna på nya liveplattan "Live on ten legs", som släpptes idag, samt om idéer för en ny studioplatta.

Jeff Ament här

/Niclas
Veckans Henry!


(Foto: Robos photostream)

Henry kommenterar skjutningen i Tuscon, Arizona och hoppas att något gott ska kunna komma ur det.

Henry här

/Niclas
Fira minnet av Phil!



Saxat från hemsidan:

"När Phil Lynott skrev låten King’s Call, som en hyllning till Elvis, skrev han samtidigt manualen för hur man sörjer en fallen hjälte. Fans världen över har sedan Phils egen bortgång i januari 1986 följt den manualen.
Den 25 januari 2011 uppmärksammar vi i Sverige att det är 25 år sedan musikvärldens främste rockpoet gick ur tiden. Välkommen till Skyddsrummet, Söder Mälarstrand 25, 19:00-01:00 för att hedra minnet av Philip Parris Lynott och hans musik.
På scen husbandet The Little Darlings med hemliga gästartister."


The King´s call här

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söndagen den 16:e januari 2011

Intervju med rockfotografen Neil Zlozower!


(Neil och Slash)

Om inte Zloz har fotograferat det så har det antagligen aldrig hänt.
Neil Zlozower har varit en legend längre än de flesta av er levt och har plåtat alla band värda att nämnas. Hans bilder var ständigt med i 80-talstidningar som Hit Parader, Faces, Metal Edge och Kerrang och han var en stor del av LA-scenen med band som Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Poison, Guns N´Roses mfl.
Nedan följer en väldigt lång intervju med Zloz som jag gjorde strax efter nyår och vi kom bl a att prata om hans möten med tidigare nämnda band samt hela hans karriär som tog sin början på 70-talet och som fortfarande är fullt aktiv. Dessutom frågan om vilket som var det galnaste bandet? Ja, inte var det Mötley Crüe i alla fall.
Han har tidigare bl a gett ut två riktigt snygga och fullmatade fotoböcker med Van Halen och Mötley Crüe.

How did you get into photography from the beginning?

Neil Zlozower: Well, when I was a little young punk kid, me and my friends were Rolling Stones fanatics and just like any other fan we used to put pictures of our idols on the walls. We used to go up to this record store in Hollywood called Lewins Record Paradise. We used to go up there and we couldn´t afford the imported albums they sold, which is pretty rare for record shops in America, but we could afford to buy the 8X10 glossies that they sold of Mick and Keith and Brian Jones. Those were a dollar each, so we´d be like little kids in a candy factory; “Ah, look at this one of Mick! Look at this one of Brian!”. We´d buy one or two 8X10´s and take them back and put them on our walls at home. One day I was working at my dad´s liqueur store, making 50 cents an hour and I was bringing home five dollars at the end of the day. One day this guy came in and had some camera which looked pretty fancy to me. I didn´t know what the fuck it was! “Dad, can I buy this camera, it looks pretty cool?”. So I bought the camera for 75 bucks. I basically didn´t know what it was, didn´t know how to use it, didn´t know anything about it. I don´t even think I shot any film with it and then my dad took me to a pawn shop and I bought my first single lens reflex camera, A Pentax HV3. Back then I was already going to concerts, so I would take my camera to concerts which you could do back then and they didn´t have these big bouncers. The first concert that I consider my beginning was The Rolling Stones at The Forum in 1969, when tickets were 6.50, 5.50 and 4.00 dollars. So I started doing that and I took it to a Who show and a Ten Years After show, took it to some Led Zeppelin shows. Basically I did it because I wanted to shoot my idols, come home and hang their pictures on my wall. I ended up selling photos to the record shop that was across the street from my high school. We were selling 8X10 prints for a dollar and I´d get 60 cents and the owner would get 40 cents and at the end of the month I´d have about 35 bucks and back then vinyl was about 3 dollars and 20 cents a record, so at the end of the month I had enough to buy about ten or eleven records, so I was a happy kid back then.

Did you ever take classes?

NZ: Well, I took a class in high school, a photography class just to fulfill my… I think it was practical art or something, but the thing is, I remember still how I turned in four prints at the end of the semester, that I thought were pretty brilliant. They weren´t rock and roll prints, it was old people walking down the street or beach shots or whatever, but other people would turn in 40 or 50 prints that were blurry, out of focus, terrible composition, but they got A´s in the class and I think I got a C. It wasn´t how good you were, but how many prints you took. That´s basically the only class I ever took. I´m pretty much self taught. My feelings are, if you wanna do something well enough, you can learn it on your own other than being a doctor or a lawyer or whatever, but I restore cars and motorcycles for a hobby and I basically learned how to work on all my machinery myself and I think I´m a pretty good… I won´t say cook, but I learned everything I do in the kitchen by myself and photography I learned to do by myself and so on. If you wanna learn something bad enough and you really have the will power to do it and the desire and the motivation, I don´t really think school can help you.

What were the first band photos that you got published?

NZ: Well, the first thing that I remember was in about 1971 or 72, me and my partner that I was shooting photos with, Todd Gray, we got hired by Capitol Records to shoot a Cannonball Adderley album cover. It was a live shoot at The Troubadour and I think it was called “The Black Messiah”, if I´m not mistaken and we got hired by the art director at Capitol Records and they paid us back then, like 500 bucks and in ´71 I was about 17 or 18 years old. Me and my partner split it and got 250 bucks each. I was living at home with my parents and he was living at home with his parents and blah blah blah… that was a lot of money back then.

Cool! What was the first magazine cover?

NZ: You know, I don´t really remember. I couldn´t really tell you what my first magazine cover was. I sort of like to think it was a Creem magazine Jimmy Page, but I actually think I had quite a few before that. I can´t really remember.

When was the first time you met Mötley Crüe?

NZ: I think it was probably late ´82 or very early ´83. It was way before “Shout at the devil” came out and I met them in a recording studio. I used to shoot photos in the 70´s with photographer Barry Levine. Me and Barry were friends for ages and we´re still friends, I just had lunch with him about three or four weeks ago. He called me up one day, “Neil, I´m working with this band Mötley Crüe and I´m just wondering if you wanna meet them and do some work with them?”. At the time they weren´t really big and they were still pretty small in everything, but part of being a photographer is you´ve gotta sort of in your mind say “Wow, this band´s good! I think they´re gonna be really huge!” and you gotta catch them on the bottom floor. If you wait till they´re big, all the other parasite, maggot, leach photographers come out and they want to work with them too. You gotta get the band when they´re nobody and that´s pretty much what I did with Ted Nugent and that´s what I did with Aerosmith and I did it with Van Halen and then Guns N´Roses, Ratt and Poison, you know. That´s part of the beauty, being able o tell that “This band´s good and they´re gonna go somewhere!”.

Did you ever go to the so called Mötley house?

NZ: Not really, because that was when they were living on Clark Street, I think a few houses up from the Whisky A Go Go. Just like I told you, being a photographer, you sort of gotta call the band, but you don´t want to start working with the bands too early, because if you get them too early, you either have member changes or… like Pantera. They used to be a glam band with poofed up hair and everything. It wasn´t till they got into their nitch of being hardcore Pantera, that they really took off, so I didn´t work with Mötley in their very early days. The first time I really ever shot them was when they opened up a couple of shows for KISS. I had already met them through Barry Levine, but “Shout at the devil” still was not released at that point. They opened up a couple of shows for KISS, one at the Universal Amphitheater and the next one at Irvine Meadows. It´s funny, I remember I was backstage hanging with the band and I remember Nikki came up to me and he goes “Hey Zloz, this is our last show with KISS, so when we leave the stage I think I´m gonna go – Hey, we´d like to thank our grandmother and grandfather´s favorite band KISS, for letting us be on the bill!” and I was like “You know Sixx, I don´t think that´s too good of an idea!”. He didn´t end up doing it, but it was pretty funny though.

What was the most decadent crazy thing you saw those guys do? I mean, did you shoot stuff that you were later told not to use?

NZ: You know, I´ve never shot anything by anybody who´s never told me “No, you can´t use it!”. You gotta understand, I´m sort of a crazy motherfucker myself, so the thing is, usually when they´re doing their quote unquote crazy wild antics, I´m doing it with them! When I´m done working, I´m done working! I wanna fucking play, I don´t wanna work!”. That´s pretty much my thing right there. But no one’s ever told me… you know, I saw a lot of shit that was pretty wild and whacky that most people would only dream of being involved in and I also participated in a lot of that, but no one ever said “You can´t do this, you can´t do that!”.

I talked to Ross Halfin just a few days ago he said that Mötley Crüe were the ones that really didn´t care. They just did whatever they did and that was it.

NZ: Good friend of mine. Yeah, that´s probably true to some degree, but honestly, everybody likes to think there´s the bad boys of rock and roll, Guns N´Roses or Mötley, but honestly, the things that I witnessed with Van Halen were the most human debauchery as far as things they did with girls. I went on tour with Poison, I went on tour with Bon Jovi, I went on tour with Guns N´Roses, I went on tour with Ratt and I went on tour with Mötley and a billion other bands, but to me the antics with Van Halen, nothing really ever compares to that.

Who was the main instigator? Was it David Lee Roth?

NZ: Well, they all had different personalities. Michael was married and his still married to the same girl. She´s fantastic and I love her, so Michael he liked to drink Jack Daniels and he never really got involved in too much of the debauchery that was going on. Eddie was pretty mellow. He did the shows… he´s one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, but I´d say Alex to be honest. Did you ever see those films where they throw pieces of meat to the shark and you get about 50 sharks that just fucking lose their mind and go ballistic, that´s how Alex was if he saw like a naked girl or whatever! He just would lose his fucking mind. He reminded me of those sharks and the shark eating frenzy. It turns out that me and Alex probably hung the most out of any of them. Usually after the shows, Dave had three of four girls and he would just take them up and do whatever he did, but me and Alex hung and I have tons and tons of photos of different adventures we had. I´m sure that the Mötley guys did it, but I never really saw it. Nikki was one of my closest friends in the world in ´83 and ´84! Me, him and Robbin Crosby went to Martinique on our trip to the Caribbean and we caused quite a bit of drama on that trip, to say the least, but I just never witnessed the same type of antics that I witnessed on tour with Van Halen.

Cool! When was the first time you met Ratt and that first ep cover with Tawny Kitaen´s legs and the rats? Who came up with that?

NZ: They came up with that idea. I was working with Van Halen and Robbin Crosby used to go out with Tawny Kitaen, but by this time Tawny had already moved up the ladder to Pete Angelus, but Robbin was still friends with Tawny and he would always be at all the Van Halen shows and all that shit. This big guy, and they used to call him King; “Hey Zloz, here´s a tape of our band!” and everytime I would see him he was like “Hey Zloz, did you check out that tape I gave you?” and I was like “Dude, nah I´m sorry!”. This went on for about ten times. “Dude, give me the tape and I promise you I will listen to it!”. So he gave me the tape and I go home and put it on and within the first ten seconds, the first song “Sweet cheater”… “Oh my God, these guys are good! I like these guys!”. The first ep was about as rough and raw as it gets. You know, “Walking the dog”, “Back for more”, “Sweet cheater” and all that stuff. I called him and went “Hey Robbin, you guys are good and I wish I´d listened to it a long time ago! I wanna work with you guys!”. We brought the band in for that first photo shoot and we did it at my studio and they got the rats from a place called “Rent a rat”. I don´t know if you´ve seen any of my “Zloz hours”? We did Bobby and we also did Stephen, but it´s not up there yet. Bobby said they started with four rats and I thought we had six, seven, eight or nine rats. He said when we finished the shoot, there was one more rat then there was in the beginning.

Since you were close with Robbin Crosby, when did it start to go off the deep end, so to speak?

NZ: He was a good friend of mine and I know he always used to like dabbling in heroine and that was never one of my favorite drug at all. I think the very first time I ever snorted heroine was up at Nikki´s house with him and Robbin. They were doing it and I did a little, but it didn´t do much for me. He´d always have it under control, but I worked with them through all those records and I didn´t really… I don´t know, I guess it was right around the time with Contraband with Bobby, Tracii Guns, Michael Schenker… maybe it was around that time we started just not talking that much, I can´t remember really. I mean, he got married and once you get married you don´t hang with your quote unquote guy friends that much anymore. I didn´t see him for a while and then I started hearing some stories. One day he called me up and needed some money for something. It´s funny because I didn´t have any money that day in my wallet. He called me up and he was at the front door of my condominium where I was living; “Hey Zloz, it´s King!” and I went “Hey, what´s up?”. He goes “Hey, I´m at your place, let me in!”. I go “Well, I´m not there bro, I´m at the studio.”. He showed up and he was barefoot and he had all these sores all over his feet and stuff like that. He looked pretty beat. “Hey dude, I need to borrow some money! I´ve got this girl and she´s throwing all my shit in my swimming pool. I gotta get her out of there.”. I knew he needed money for drugs, but I didn´t have any though. Finally… he wouldn´t leave so I ended up going down to the money machine and I loaned him a 100 bucks and then he split. He didn´t look very healthy.

Yeah, that´s strange. What would you say is the biggest difference working as a photographer today compared to the 70´s and 80´s? When I talked to Ross Halfin he said it was a lot easier back in the day because you could do whatever you wanted to do.

NZ: Back in the 70´s, if you had a Led Zeppelin photo pass you shot the whole show and there wasn´t ten different passes. I remember just walking into the band´s dressing room. There wasn´t like a laminate back then. You had a backstage badge and you walked right into the band´s dressing room. Back in the 80´s everybody wanted to be a rock star, so they were happy to do photos and then grunge came in and it wasn´t cool to be a rock star anymore. Basically now, no one cares! All the people at the record companies are total fucking morons! They don´t know anything and they´re incapable of basically even holding a job, if you ask me. The magazines don´t care about the quality of the photos. Everybody´s going to these piece of shit agencies like Getty and Wire Images and they do these deals where they pay like a 1000 dollars a month and you can use as many photos that you want and then the photographers are getting 20 cents here and 40 cents there. It´s just ridiculous! Most of the work I do, is advertising work for companies like Pearl drums, Vater drumsticks, Sabian cymbals, Fender guitars and Gibson guitars. Things like that. I don´t shoot that many rock bands anymore because there´s no places to sell photos anymore! No one really seems to care and now with digital, you know back in the old days, people would hire me and Ross because they were conscious about expenses. Me and Ross used to use cameras called MMIA RC 67´s(?) and you get ten shots on a roll. Every roll of film cost about eight or nine dollars to buy and the you get one frame snip before you get the other nine shots processed, so to get it snip would be five or six bucks and to get the rest of the roll would be five or six bucks. Every roll of film and processing for ten shots would be about 20-25 dollars, which we would bill back to the client. If you shot ten rolls, that´s an extra 250 dollars plus the Polaroid you charged them back. Now with digital, you put in a 16 gigabyte card into your camera and you could shoot a 1000 frames and now days these magazines and shit are hiring Joe Schmoo with a digital camera and they´re letting him shoot a 1000 frames and the thing is, if they shoot a 1000 frames, they gotta get one or two decent ones and if they´re only decent, they can fix them in Photoshop! It´s like, if I call up 500 different girls, I´ve got a better chance of boning one then if I call up three girls! The same thing with these new idiot photographers, they don´t even know what they´re doing with their digital cameras. I mean, almost anybody can shoot a good photo with a digital camera and if it´s not, they can fix whatever´s not good a little later on in Photoshop, you know.

You´ve got any plans for a new book?

NZ: Yeah! I´m working on it now. It´s gonna be an Eddie Van Halen book, that Eddie´s working on with me.

Nice!

NZ: Yeah, we´re working on it and it should be out around August or September this year. It´ll be Eddie in his heyday from ´78 to ´84. I mean, I wasn´t a big fan of Van Halen with Sammy Hagar and I wasn´t a big fan with Gary Cherone. To me, the David Lee Roth years are the best!

Looking forward to that! Do you have any idea of what those guys are doing? There´s rumors of an album and a tour?

NZ: Supposedly. People say they´re gonna go on tour. As a matter of fact, I don´t remember if I heard that they were announcing shows. I don´t know! People sat that they´re making a new album. They don´t really call me. I haven´t heard from Dave since he got back into the band. I thought Dave was one of my best friends or whatever, but I guess I thought wrong. Once he got back in the band I never heard from him again!

What about Zloz TV? Who came up with that idea?

NZ: I had this guy that I´ve known for quite a long time and he came to my studio and went “Hey man let´s do a reality show! Hey man let´s do this…!” and I was like “Dude, come down and relax, man! Dude, I don´t need a reality show! Do I need some camera in my face when I´m shooting sessions and yelling and screaming at people on the phone and when I´m boning chicks or whatever I´m doing! I don´t need some fucking camera in my face 24 hours a day!”. Just to shut him up I´m like “Look Chuck, do me a favor! Write down some ideas and give them to me! If it gets my dick hard, then maybe we can talk about it!”. The he said “Can I bring in my camera guy?” and I´m like “Yeah, I´ll talk to your camera guy.”. As you can see, I´m sort of an animated character and I obviously know pretty much everybody in the music industry, so I said “Ok, this could be interesting! Let´s give it a go!”. We´ve actually filmed quite a few, on top of the ones that are already up there. Well, let´s go back a second! When the guy told me about it he said “Neil, I´ve got connections at MTV, VH1 and we´ve got connections at FoX and SPIKE TV!” and I´m like “Ok, cool! Maybe we can sell this thing and make some money, because there´s another show on VH1 that I think is the worst most fucking boring talk show in the world! I won´t even watch it, I mean the guy´s supposedly very knowledgeable, but I think the guy is one of the most boring people I´ve ever seen on tv. Then I started thinking, I wanna use bad language, I wanna talk about scantily clad girls and boning chicks and maybe about drugs and drug usage or whatever, so I go “We can´t have this on regular channel 11 FoX or VH1!”. You know what, if I can give some of my fans that and gain a little knowledge that they didn´t have before. Someone could watch my show and be entertained for 15 or 20 minutes and walk away and go “You know, that was really interesting! It was cool seeing Neil talk to Wendy Dio or my friend Tori from Red Monkey.”. We´ve had Stephen Pearcy, Steve Vai, we´ve done Slash with a guy named Marc Canter whose parents own probably the most famous deli I LA. So I met Slash with Marc Canter and we´ve done Zakk Wylde and Duff and Gilby Clarke. We had this Asian adult actress on called Kianna Dior on there. We had Bruce Kulick, we had Tommy Thayer, we had Billy Sheehan and those aren´t even up yet.

Cool! You´re keeping yourself busy!

NZ: Yeah, well we stopped right now because everybody on my crew started fighting and shit like that. We´re talking about possibly starting up again in February. You know, Paul Stanley said he would do it and a friend of mine is this famous baseball pitcher, Randy Johnson, who is now an avid wannabe rock photographer. You know what, we had Chad Smith and Michael Anthony and that was just off the wall funnier than shit. My main purpose is not to make any money or anything, it´s just a little fun thing and my co-host, she´s like my best friend. Everybody seems to be enjoying it and I´ve gotten a lot of positive comments and stuff like “Neil, can´t you shut up, you talk too much!”. It´s not like an interview! That is exactly what I´m not trying to do. It´s me talking with my friends. My crew was like “Get Travis Barker!” and I´m like “Look, as much as I know Travis Barker, I don´t know what to talk to him about! I´m not a big Blink 182 fan. Travis is an amazing drummer and I´ve shot him about six or eight times, but I don´t really know what to talk to Travis about. People that are on there are people that I know pretty well and can sit down and talk to like I´m talking to you right now.

Nice! I´m just gonna finish off her with a couple of bands and you say whatever comes to mind!
Poison?

NZ: You know, I loved working with Poison and I think the very first Poison album is their best record they´ve had. A lot of people mock Poison and make fun and they´ve obviously had their high point and they hit their lows in the grunge years, but it seems like they´re back. I don´t know if the band still exist. Bret Michaels is such a big celebrity now and doing all his solo stuff. I don´t know if Bobby, Rikki and CC are still in Poison, but I have a lot of great memories working with them. I love Rikki! He´s a fellow English motorcycle fanatic. Great band and their first album I thought was fantastic.

Y&T?

NZ: My favorite Y&T album is the one they did with Jimmy DeGrasso. I was never a big Y&T fan. I will say, they had this one video where they´re walking down Venice Beach and Oh my God I hated that! What were they thinking when they made that video? Dave Menikett is wearing these short pants and they´re like ten sizes too small for him. I was never a big Y&T fan but I did like that album with Jimmy DeGrasso.

Quiet Riot?

NZ: I´ve known those guys… Kevin DuBrow and Randy Rhoads was in the original version and that didn´t do much. I remember I went on tour with them. The “Metal health” album was a great album! Kevin was a great front man and Carlos a great guitar player, Frankie and Rudy all great musicians and that album up to that point was the biggest selling rock album since Peter Frampton´s “Frampton comes alive”. I don´t think they ever duplicated the success that album had, but they were fun. They used to sell out the Forum and they were a big attraction back in 1983-84.

Did you ever shoot Black N´Blue?

NZ: Loved Black N´Blue! Probably my favorite on the road experience was going on tour with Black N´Blue for their “In heat” album. I latched on to them right around the “Without love” album and then “Nasty nasty” came out and I actually did the album cover for that one and the “In heat” came out. You know, I´ve been on Lear jets and stayed at Four Seasons hotels and all that shit, but one of my most fun tours was going out with Black N´Blue in this shithole of Texas and I love Texas, but we were in little shit places. We were travelling in this little nine seater minivan and we were all sharing the same Penthouse magazines, looking at chicks tits and cutting the cheese. That was probably one of my most fun tours I´ve ever done in my life. I love Black N´Blue! It´s too bad that Geffen Records basically signed all these bands and didn´t do much with any of them. I think “In heat” had some amazing songs and “Nasty nasty” was great too. I love that! I´ve never been a big KISS fan, but I think KISS with Tommy Thayer playing guitar… as a matter of fact, just last week I was at home listening to “Modern day Delilah”, which I think is an amazing KISS song! That´s a great song!

It is! Guns N´Roses then? When did you meet those guys? Was that prior to “Appetite for destruction”?

NZ: I met them because this girl I knew, a chick from Belgium and she was like a writer back then. Somehow she hooked up with Guns N´Roses at an early point and they were touring around Hollywood and I think I was boning this little chick named Carrie, that Steven Adler was boning at the same time. She was like “Yeah, I´m going out with the drummer from Guns N´Roses!”. I knew they were the bad boys of rock and roll and it´s funny because I met Slash tree years earlier when he came to my house with Marc Canter the very first time. He came to my front door and Marc came in, “Hey Neil, this is my friend Slash!” and Slash came in and he looked like he´d just crawled out of the guttery and he had the top hat and his hair was totally in his eyes and pimples all over his face. I looked at Marc and went “Why are you bringing this fucking piece of trash into my house?”. The first time I shot Guns N´Roses in my studio, Slash walked in and “Hey, remember me, I met you with Marc Canter?” and I went “Yeah, you´re the guy who came in and tried to rip me off of some rock magazines!”. “Appetite for destruction” to me, is one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all times. To me, like I said, rock and roll in the 80´s was like Before Guns and After Guns. After Guns all the bands, Mötley, Poison and every band you could think of, their hair started getting smaller and smaller and instead of going to all the clothing designers and having all these stupid stage clothes, everybody just started getting a bit more rougher and raunchier. Guns N´Roses to me, singlehandedly changed the whole face of rock and roll music. I mean, Metallica changed it too, but that wasn´t really my cup of tea. Metallica was a little harder and a little rougher, but I wouldn´t call Metallica rock and roll. But Guns pretty much changed it. To me “Appetite´s” rock and roll is hard and nasty.

Do you think Axl Rose is crazy?

NZ: You know what, I never had any problems with Axl myself at all! He always treated me with respect and he was really nice. The only problem I had with Axl was one day we were supposed to do a photo shoot with the whole band and everybody showed up but Axl! Id the drummer wasn´t there was one thing, but the lead singer you sort of need for a group shot. What´s good with a group shot without the singer? But Axl did personally on the phone about two or three days later and he was like “Hey Neil, it´s Axl! Look, I´m really sorry for not showing up for the photo shoot the other day, but if I showed up to that photo shoot, everybody´s life in that room would´ve been miserable, but I´m gonna make it up to you!”. So we did do another shoot later with the whole band and Axl and I had a cover of Rolling Stone magazine with that shoot, 20 years later, not then, and I had a cover of Spin Magazine with some solo shots of Axl and to this day I´m still selling those photos.

Alright! You mentioned Metallica. Did you ever work with Metallica?

NZ: I never shot them off stage, but I do have a funny story. I was up in Brooklyn shooting my friends band which was Lääz Rockit. This is probably like ´85 or ´86 and I remember they were just starting to make a name for themselves. They weren´t humongous and I was up there. My friend with Lääz Rockit, they were all friends with James and Kirk and Lars. I knew that and I guess it was Elektra Records that needed shots of them and I told Elektra I was going up to Berkeley, San Francisco and they were like “Oh Neil, we´d love for you to do some shots of Metallica!”, so my friends in Lääz Rockit took me up to meet them; “Hey, this is Neil Zlozower and he´s like a big famous photographer!”. They didn´t even look at me, they just kept on watching tv. They didn´t even look and say “How are you doing?”. I was like “Hey guys, how are you doing?”, they just kept on watching tv. “Hey, the people at Elektra really want me to do a photo shoot with you!” and their reply was “We only shoot with Ross Halfin!” and that was pretty much it. They pretty much dissed me, ignored me, wanted nothing to do at all with me. It was fine, because at that point they were really nobody. At least in my mind I didn´t know, but that wasn´t really my genre of music. I wasn´t really into Megadeth back then, even though I did a lot of work with them, probably not at that point but soon after I did tons of work with Megadeth. That was a little bit different music for me. As I said, Guns N´Roses was pretty hard shit, but it was nasty and you could understand the lyrics and relate to them, but bands like Megadeth and Metallica had sort of different lyrics and they were just a little bit different type of beast. Maybe it was over my head, I don´t know, but to this day I don´t think I own one Metallica record and I don´t think I own one Megadeth record! It´s just not my cup of tea! Different strokes for different folks!

I saw that you had a picture of Alice in Chains on your site as well. What´s your memory of Layne Staley?

NZ: You know, it´s funny, my friend Peter Fletcher used to work at CBS and I had this one chick whose name was Kim Kayman and she was sort of a grunge chick. She liked me and I liked her and she would tell me of allthe bands back then; “Neil, you gotta shoot Stone Temple Pilots! Neil, you gotta do Alice in Chains! Neil, you gotta do Soundgarden!” and I listened to her and I did these bands. The first time I set up my Alice in Chains shoot, my friend brought them into my studio and it was in the night time and it was about ´91. They were nobody still at this point. This chick was really good at getting me these bands before anybody knew who they were. It was sort of like when I shot Guns N´Roses in ´87, they came in and I was used to people listening to me, so I was like “Ok guys, look in the lens and give me some attitude!”, but when Guns came in, I tried that with them and they were on the backdrop and they were all smoking and laughing and giggling and looking at each other. I was like “Guys, guys look! I´m trying to make you look cool! We gotta work together!” and they finally listened to me and I sort of did it a little their way and a little my way and they loved what I did and I continued to work with Guns for another three years till ´89, but with Alice in Chains, they got down on the backdrop or whatever and I went “Ok guys, look in the lens!” and they just sort of totally ignored me. They were laughing and giggling and really didn´t pay any attention at all to me, whereas Guns paid some attention to me but still kept on doing what they wanted to do, but they still listened to me. Finally I went to my friend Peter and I´m like “Peter look, I´m here to work! I don´t know if these guys are giggling like little girls or whatever, if they don´t want to listen to me and they don´t want to work, I don´t need to be here at night time! I´d rather go home and watch tv and have dinner. Either we´re gonna work or they can leave, one or the other!”. So they listened to me and saw what I was doing and then they gave me a 100 percent of total attention and I guess they liked the photos, because I did quite a bit of work with Alice in Chains up till about 1993 and by then they were a pretty big band, if I remember correctly. I mean, I started with them in ´91 and I remember when they were opening up for the “Clash of the titans” tour, which was Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax and they were just killing it every night. Layne´s voice was great and Jerry was great and the whole band was great. I used to hang with them and I´d be in their dressing room and I remember them telling me “Man, we don´t even have any photos in the tour book for this thing!”. They were a little bummed out because here they were and they were killing it every night and they got no recognition, but it wasn´t long after that they became a really humongous band. Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer maybe hit a little low point right around there and bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Nirvana could do no wrong.

Great bands! Thank you so much Neil! I´ve been longing to do this since I started seeing your pictures in Faces and Hit Parader and those magazines back in the 80´s.

NZ: How old are you?

I´m turning 40 in a couple of weeks, so I was a teenager back in the mid 80´s and I was totally into that whole LA scene with the Crüe and Ratt and all that.

NZ: yeah, that was a fun thing because bands back then all wanted to be rock stars! I tried to make it so when you were flipping through Shit Parader or Metal Edge which I call Metal Shit, you´d be flipping through and you got to a Zloz photo and if you were a chick you´d go “Oh, look it´s Stephen Pearcy! I wanna fuck him! Look at Jon Bon Jovi, I wanna fuck him!”. That was my goal, to give them that rock star look. But back then there was like 40 or 50 American rock magazines. If you did a Mötley shoot or a Bon Jovi shoot, you´d sell that shoot to all those 50 magazines. The dough was rolling in! I mean, that was the Reagan years as Americans would call it and the money was plentiful and everybody was making a lot of money and then grunge came in and it wasn´t cool to be a rock star anymore and all the magazines went bankrupt. Faces, Metal Licks, Rock Shots, Metal Mania and Pilot and all those just went down after that.

Different times!

NZ: Yeah, I guess so! You said you were in Sweden?

I´m in Stockholm and got this site which been around for ten years in different versions. I usually put up the interviews in English because I´m so lazy and won´t translate. Been doing it for fun for ten years and been interviewing people like Rob Halford to, well everyone.

NZ: I love Rob! He´s such a gentleman and fucking amazing! Do you know my friends from Drain?

Well, I´ve seen them and I actually think I saw Martina backstage at the Disturbed show a few weeks ago.

NZ: Oh Martina! I used to have the hots for her. It´s funny! She´s a friend of mine and my friend who worked for Fernandes guitars and now he works for Jimmy Dunlop, he brought her to the studio right when she first got to America and she was so fucking hot and then I had the hots for her forever. It´s funny, I was managing this band and she came to the show one night and she was looking at me and I was looking at her and she goes “Neil, I´ve got to admit something. Remember that time when Scott brought me over to your studio? I really liked you and I used to have a big crush on you!” and I go “Well Martina, I used to have a crush on you! You know what, let´s go and fucking bone each other!” and she was like “Oh Neil, I know you to well now! I can´t do that anymore.”. So, anyways. She was really cute and then a couple of years later, I don´t know what she did, but her butt got so big, but then she lost all that weight and she looked great last time I talked to her. She´s a friend of mine and Anna, the bass player, she´s a friend of mine too. I think she may have moved back to Sweden also, if I´m not mistaken. Her husband is named Chris and he used to play with Vanilla Ice or someone else like that and he´s a nice guy too. Do you know a friend of mine, Michael Joahnsson?

I know of him, yeah! I´ve been trying to get hold of him. He´s always featured in a magazine here called Sweden Rock Magazine and there´s always a spread with his photos from the 80´s and he´s telling some story of Yngwie Malmsteen or Bon Jovi or something.

NZ: Yeah, we used to hang in the old days. He used to come to America, but I haven´t seen him for years. He´s a nice guy!

Thinking of Martina and Drain, do you know Athena, Tommy Lee´s sister?

NZ: Yeah, of course I know her! She was married to James Kottak, but I don´t think they´re married anymore.

I know! I´ve got her on Facebook and there´s been all these weird updates. I don´t know! I met her a couple of years ago and she was one of the coolest and funniest girls I´ve ever met. She brought us up on stage and got us beer and I interviewed her later on. Just a cool cool girl!

NZ: Yeah! One day in 1983, I was at a Mötley Crüe gig and Tommy saw me and he threw his drumstick at me. I thought it was funny, but it hit the stage and bounced off the stage and it hit me in the head! I didn´t think anything of it. I looked at Tommy and just sort of flipped him the finger with a smile “Good shot motherfucker! Fuck you!”. Then I go backstage and Athena was back there. I mean, she must´ve been… Tommy was 21 or 22. I was at Tommy´s 21:st birthday party and I remember I drank so much that on my way home, I was in my car and had to take a piss so bad I didn´t even pull off the freeway. I pulled to the shoulder of the freeway, opened the passenger door because I didn´t wanna open my door because I thought that maybe a car would come by and just rip it off and I remember pissing right on the side of the freeway. I remember Athena comes backstage and she goes “Neil, you´re bleeding!” and I go “What?”, “Yeah, you´ve got a cut on your head and you´ve got blood all over your head!” and I go “Yeah, it´s from your dumb fucking brother! He threw his drumstick at me!”.

I think she played here in Europe with a Swedish band called Blowsight and it´s one of the Drain girls´band.

NZ: Oh, I wonder which one, because one of the Drain girls is married to Toni Iommi! And there´s Flavia, the guitar player.

I know! Yeah, that´s the one in Blowsight!

NZ: Alright, that´s cool! I´ve always liked those girls! I´m not a big fan of girl bands other than The Donnas! I love The Donnas! I think they´re amazing! My favorite album is “Spend the night”. It´s phenomenal and then the next one I didn´t really like as much when it came out even though I listen to it now, but the last one is really good to. Alison is an amazing guitar player!

She is! Thank you so much Neil! It´s been a pleasure talking to you.

NZ: I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and interview me! If you need anything else, give me a holler brother!

Neil Zlozowers hemsida här

/Niclas