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Ex-VIXEN Singer JANET GARDNER Still Works Part-Time As A Dental Hygienist: 'I Don't Have To Make Musical Decisions Based On Money'

Ex-VIXEN Singer JANET GARDNER Still Works Part-Time As A Dental Hygienist: 'I Don't Have To Make Musical Decisions Based On Money'

Former VIXEN singer Janet Gardner has confirmed in a new interview with Rock Titan that she still works part-time as a dental hygienist in Connecticut when she is not on the road with her husband.

“One of the best things I ever did for my relationship with music is to take money out of it — to not have to make any decisions based on what’s gonna make the most money,” she said (see video below). “I like to be able to have the freedom to do what we feel like doing, and I know that me and my family and everybody’s taken care of. I can work more when I want, I can work less hours when I want and do more music, or go to Australia or do whatever. It has a lot of flexibility, and I don’t have to make musical decisions based on money, on finances, and it feels great.”

Back in 2018, Janet told “The Five Count” radio show that she has never gotten pulled off the road for somebody’s emergency root canal surgery or anything like that. “Luckily, nobody I know has ever needed emergency cleaning, so I can book people when I’m around,” she explained. “But the poor dentist I work for has to deal with that all the time. But, luckily, he lives about 20 seconds away from the office, so he can go in and do those emergency root canals and I don’t have to hear a thing about it. He’s really a cool guy too, and he’s so good with me having to take off to do music and stuff like that, ’cause he gets it. He’s, like, ‘Oh, yeah. You’d be crazy not to. So get out of here. I’ll see you when you get back.'”

GARDNER/JAMES, Janet‘s collaborative project with her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, has just released its new album, “Synergy”, via Pavement Entertainment.

“Synergy” is the first Gardner/James album to be released under the GARDNER/JAMES banner. The couple previously collaborated on Janet‘s first two solo albums, 2018’s “Janet Gardner” and 2019’s “Your Place In The Sun”.

Janet announced her departure from VIXEN in January 2019, saying in a statement that it was time for her to step aside and let drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross “pursue their vision for the future of VIXEN.”

Gardner, Petrucci and Ross are considered to be part of VIXEN‘s classic lineup, along with founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who died of cancer in October 2013.

Gardner contributed lead vocals to VIXEN‘s most commercially successful studio albums — “Vixen” (1988), “Rev It Up” (1990) and “Tangerine” (1998) — as well as the group’s latest release, 2018’s live album “Live Fire”.

In January 2018, Gardner underwent surgery to remove blood clots in her brain, a condition known as a subdural hematoma.

While Gardner was recovering from her surgery, VIXEN played a show in Durant, Oklahoma in March 2018 with a fill-in singer, Lorraine Lewis of FEMME FATALE. In January 2019, Lewis was announced as Gardner‘s official replacement.

Source: HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net
Ex-VIXEN Singer JANET GARDNER Still Works Part-Time As A Dental Hygienist: 'I Don't Have To Make Musical Decisions Based On Money'
HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net

Legendary IRON MAIDEN And DEEP PURPLE Producer MARTIN BIRCH Dead At 71

Legendary IRON MAIDEN And DEEP PURPLE Producer MARTIN BIRCH Dead At 71

Legendary British producer Martin Birch, who is best known for engineering and producing albums by DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, FLEETWOOD MAC, WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and IRON MAIDEN, died earlier today (Sunday, August 9) at the age of 71. His passing was confirmed former DEEP PURPLE and current WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, who tweeted: “It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away.

Martin was a huge part of my life…helping me from the first time we met through until Slide It In…

“Mt thoughts & prayers to his family, friends & fans…Broken heart”

Birch began his career in music as an audio engineer with Jeff Beck, FLEETWOOD MAC and DEEP PURPLE. In 1981, he kicked off a long tenure working with IRON MAIDEN, producing their first nine albums, from “Iron Maiden” to “Fear Of The Dark”. He also produced and engineered LPs for various DEEP PURPLE-related projects (RAINBOW, PAICE ASHTON LORD, WHITESNAKE, Roger Glover, Jon Lord). The song “Hard Lovin’ Man” from the DEEP PURPLE album “Deep Purple In Rock” is dedicated to him. He retired in 1992, after producing MAIDEN‘s “Fear Of The Dark” album.

In a 1983 interview with France’s Best magazine, Birch stated about MAIDEN: “At first, I could objectively judge them and I think that they are very different from the hard rockers of the early seventies. Nowadays, I’m not so sure I can judge them, as we have become very close friends and I can’t do that anymore.

“The first time I saw them at work, I was surprised and seduced by their energy and their attitude. I have rarely seen bands with so much energy. In this way, they reminded me a bit of the early PURPLE. But their attitude towards rock is very different, and so is their conception of it. It was said that they were a second DEEP PURPLE, but I don’t agree with this. Obviously, Steve Harris was a PURPLE fan, but he’s mostly influenced by bands like JETHRO TULL, UFO or even GENESIS. Nothing to do with DEEP PURPLE. Of course, in both cases we have a very melodic hard rock, and not just speeded up noise like with some other bands in heavy metal, but I don’t think we can compare any further.”

He continued: “I personally wanted to produce them because it was a way out of the PURPLE family. There are in fact many differences. Musically, a band like IRON MAIDEN is typical of the second generation of hard rock and stands out from the first one because the band is more consistant, more compact. They don’t fall into easy and very boring solutions with 20-minute guitar solos, then keyboards, then drums, like I experienced with DEEP PURPLE. I think they’re more robust, musically speaking. Another difference is their attitude towards the outside world. They are not into the ‘star-system’ and remain very accessible. Success has raised any barriers between them and the others, press, audience, which wasn’t the case before. Moreover, they listen to you, and they are not convinced right away that they are right. This is why I think that this is my favourite band to work with; the producer/band relationship is much more constructive. Even within the band, although Steve Harris is the boss because he founded it and writes most of the songs, there is a great unity and nobody tries to stand out individually from the team. It’s really nice, and mostly really exciting because their music is full of energy.”

Source: HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net
Legendary IRON MAIDEN And DEEP PURPLE Producer MARTIN BIRCH Dead At 71
HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net

SEBASTIAN BACH Blasts Rock Bands Who Play Concerts During Coronavirus Pandemic: They 'Care Only About Taking Your Money'

SEBASTIAN BACH Blasts Rock Bands Who Play Concerts During Coronavirus Pandemic: They 'Care Only About Taking Your Money'

Sebastian Bach has blasted bands who have chosen to play live shows during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that those musicians “care only about taking your money and do not give one single shit if you live or die”.

While the coronavirus has devastated the live event industry this summer, and nearly all major concerts and events have been pushed to 2021, several states, including South Dakota, have fared better than others in the pandemic. As a result, live performances in South Dakota have been allowed to resume, with attendees largely free of social distancing restrictions common elsewhere in the country.

After it was announced earlier today that FOZZY had played three shows this week in South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa, Bach took to his Twitter to write: “Any ‘musicians’ putting on rock n’ roll shows in the United States of America at this time care only about taking your money and do not give one single shit if you live or die”.

He continued: “My fans mean everything to me they have given me an incredible life. I will protect my fans. My fans actually mean more to me than money does”.

The former SKID ROW singer, who recently accused FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho of “miming to a tape” during FOZZY‘s live performances, added in a separate tweet: “Bands that pretend to sing live on stage do not support the rock n’ roll community. They support the ‘Don’t be Tardy for the Party’ community. Performers who pretend to sing live to a tape wreck it for those of us who actually do”.

Last month, Jericho challenged Bach to a “singoff” with “no effects, no tuning, no bullshit” in response to Sebastian‘s allegation that Chris “mimes to a tape” during FOZZY‘s live shows. “Bas is a great singer…but I’m better,” Chris wrote on Twitter.” The wrestler-turned-singer added: “I’ve never mimed anything ever! I will fucking sing in your face anytime, anyplace dude. I’ve been a fan & a defender of u since day one…but don’t u ever question my rock abilities!” Bach fired back: ” You’re full of s*** bro. Every clip on the Internet is you miming to a tape. I will sing in your f****** face anytime. Wrestling is not rock and roll. I will show you f****** rock and roll. Check your texts set up The Sing-Off I am ready when you are”.

Sebastian, who has been outspoken about rock bands using pre-recorded backing tracks during live shows, later tried to explain his outburst, writing: “I’m not trying to beat anybody at anything. I’m actually trying to say hey Chris maybe you’re right maybe I’ll stop singing live and prance around while the tape is playing just like you do Chris. I’m tired of trying so hard it’s like beating my head against the wall.”

After a self-proclaimed Bach fan called Sebastian “an asshat” on Twitter for firing “the first shots” in his war of words with Jericho, Bach came back with: “Hey man f*** you. I have spent my life learning how to sing live on stage. When someone comes along and mimes to a tape it sucks for all of the rest of us that don’t. You want to go see a wrestling match good. Don’t call it rock and roll”

Source: HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net
SEBASTIAN BACH Blasts Rock Bands Who Play Concerts During Coronavirus Pandemic: They 'Care Only About Taking Your Money'
HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net

SEBASTIAN BACH Blasts Rock Bands Who Play Concerts During Coronavirus Pandemic: They 'Care Only About Taking Your Money'

SEBASTIAN BACH Blasts Rock Bands Who Play Concerts During Coronavirus Pandemic: They 'Care Only About Taking Your Money'
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Sebastian Bach has blasted bands who have chosen to play live shows during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that those musicians “care only about taking your money and do not give one single shit if you live or die”.

While the coronavirus has devastated the live event industry this summer, and nearly all major concerts and events have been pushed to 2021, several states, including South Dakota, have fared better than others in the pandemic. As a result, live performances in South Dakota have been allowed to resume, with attendees largely free of social distancing restrictions common elsewhere in the country.

After it was announced earlier today that FOZZY had played three shows this week in South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa, Bach took to his Twitter to write: “Any ‘musicians’ putting on rock n’ roll shows in the United States of America at this time care only about taking your money and do not give one single shit if you live or die”.

He continued: “My fans mean everything to me they have given me an incredible life. I will protect my fans. My fans actually mean more to me than money does”.

The former SKID ROW singer, who recently accused FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho of “miming to a tape” during FOZZY‘s live performances, added in a separate tweet: “Bands that pretend to sing live on stage do not support the rock n’ roll community. They support the ‘Don’t be Tardy for the Party’ community. Performers who pretend to sing live to a tape wreck it for those of us who actually do”.

Last month, Jericho challenged Bach to a “singoff” with “no effects, no tuning, no bullshit” in response to Sebastian‘s allegation that Chris “mimes to a tape” during FOZZY‘s live shows. “Bas is a great singer…but I’m better,” Chris wrote on Twitter.” The wrestler-turned-singer added: “I’ve never mimed anything ever! I will fucking sing in your face anytime, anyplace dude. I’ve been a fan & a defender of u since day one…but don’t u ever question my rock abilities!” Bach fired back: ” You’re full of s*** bro. Every clip on the Internet is you miming to a tape. I will sing in your f****** face anytime. Wrestling is not rock and roll. I will show you f****** rock and roll. Check your texts set up The Sing-Off I am ready when you are”.

Sebastian, who has been outspoken about rock bands using pre-recorded backing tracks during live shows, later tried to explain his outburst, writing: “I’m not trying to beat anybody at anything. I’m actually trying to say hey Chris maybe you’re right maybe I’ll stop singing live and prance around while the tape is playing just like you do Chris. I’m tired of trying so hard it’s like beating my head against the wall.”

After a self-proclaimed Bach fan called Sebastian “an asshat” on Twitter for firing “the first shots” in his war of words with Jericho, Bach came back with: “Hey man f*** you. I have spent my life learning how to sing live on stage. When someone comes along and mimes to a tape it sucks for all of the rest of us that don’t. You want to go see a wrestling match good. Don’t call it rock and roll”

Source: HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net
SEBASTIAN BACH Blasts Rock Bands Who Play Concerts During Coronavirus Pandemic: They 'Care Only About Taking Your Money'
HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net