GRAHAM BONNET Says He Will Soon Get Together With 50-Year-Old Son He Has Never Met

GRAHAM BONNET Says He Will Soon Get Together With 50-Year-Old Son He Has Never Met

Prior to his performance with MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST at the British festival Hard Rock Hell on November 8, vocalist Graham Bonnet (ALCATRAZZ, RAINBOW, GRAHAM BONNET BAND) spoke with Heavy TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On his ongoing touring with his solo band:

Graham: “It’s going very well. We’re playing every shed you can imagine, every club, every festival we can do with the GRAHAM BONNET BAND, which may have a name change coming up very soon, which I won’t tell you about just now… but it’s doing good. We have our second album that’s out, and it’s doing really well. It’s called ‘Meanwhile, Back In The Garage’, and I hope that a few folks will have a listen to it, because if they liked anything I’ve done in the past with ALCATRAZZ [or] with RAINBOW, they’ll definitely like this. I’m proud of it. Hopefully it’s more up-to-date and isn’t too 1980s, but it’s very hard to bring this kind of music into 2018 because it is what it is. If you go too far away from that direction, people will go, ‘What the fuck is that?’ You can’t do rap or something. [But] I think the band I have right now is really good, and I’m really proud of them.”

On striving for a more modern sound:

Graham: “It’s basically within the instrumentation, if the band sounds kind of modern. That’s really all I’m going for. I’ve always been a sucker for harmony. I always put harmony in everything… I really like unusual harmonies, sort of discordant jazz harmonies and things, to put along with hard rock stuff, because it works really well. As far as lyrics and melody goes, I think I’ve taken the melody lines a little bit further. The lyrics [are] always about real stuff, real life. If something happens on TV, I like to be like a reporter… always reporting, I think, is the way to go, instead of fantasy.”

On bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone‘s role in encouraging him to start the GRAHAM BONNET BAND:

Graham: “She and I are kind of, like, together. We’ve been together for four years. We started the band together because she suggested that I get back on the road again not playing with pick-up bands from different countries — if I’m playing in Finland, play with a Finnish band, et cetera. To have a band that’s actually there every day and knows exactly what I’m going to do — when I’m going to fart, when I’m going to throw up, whatever. It’s nice to have sort of a family. We’re doing good. We have a great drummer; she’s a great bass player; and we have a great guitar player right now; and we have Jimmy Waldo, who’s the keyboard player from ALCATRAZZ [and] who is now a member too… We almost started out doing an acoustic thing, and then someone said, ‘I don’t think you’re going to get away with that somehow’ — bass, two acoustic guitars, but still singing heavy rock stuff, but without a drummer and keyboard player. It didn’t work, so we re-thunk. I had to, really. I’m proud of what’s going on now. It’s really good.”

On who he’d love to work with:

Graham: “Jeff Lynne. I was asked to join ELO when ELO first started back in 1970-something. I went to meet up with Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne. I turned the job down. They played me all these tracks, and I went, ‘What the hell is that?’ It was all these cellos going on. There were no songs, but I heard all the tracks. They said to me, ‘Do you want the job?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. I’m not sure.’ I went back home to my girlfriend at that time. She said, ‘You’re going on the road? You’ll meet all these girls,’ blah blah blah… I didn’t do it. I turned it down because of my girlfriend. Whether that was a good move at the time, I don’t know. I don’t know what would have happened.”

On his upcoming plans:

Graham: “We’re going back to Spain to do about five gigs, and then we go home to start recording another album. I have some things to do personally. I’m going to be going home and meeting a boy that is my son I’ve never met. He’s 50. His brothers and sisters, my other kids, don’t know him yet. He lives in in Canada. That’s what I’ll be doing when we’ll have this time off. It’s going to be very strange, but at the same time, very emotional. I’m really excited about it. The funny thing is, this man was a fan of RAINBOW and of ALCATRAZZ, and he didn’t know I was his dad. That’s the interesting part.”

The GRAHAM BONNET BAND released its new album, “Meanwhile, Back In The Garage”, on July 13 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc offers 13 new songs where Bonnet lays down his inimitable vocals over a selection of tunes full of great hooks and melodies. It includes a bonus live DVD captured at a “Live From Daryl’s House” performance in early 2018.

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GRAHAM BONNET Says He Will Soon Get Together With 50-Year-Old Son He Has Never Met
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METALLICA Donates $100,000 To California Wildfire Relief Efforts

METALLICA Donates 0,000 To California Wildfire Relief Efforts

METALLICA has donated $100,000 toward wildfire relief efforts in California.

The band made the donation through its All Within My Hands non-profit foundation, which was launched in 2017 to help creating sustainable communities by tackling the issues of hunger and workforce education and encouraging volunteerism.

“Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state,” METALLICA‘s foundation wrote in a statement Friday.

All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies provide service to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief.”

The statement continued: “We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies or by giving your time volunteering or providing temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”

In its first six months of operation, All Within My Hands donated more than $750,000 to local food banks around the world — a practice the band and the Foundation have continued on METALLICA‘s current North American tour. They’ve donated $10,000 to local food banks in every city and met dedicated people who focus their daily lives on helping others.

The Camp Fire, which started November 8 in Northern California, has destroyed about 9,800 homes scorched 146,000 acres. It is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has claimed three lives and destroyed 548 structures in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. More than 98,000 acres have been burned since the blaze began November 8.
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MINOR THREAT Reunion Is 'A Non-Story,' Says Bassist BRIAN BAKER

MINOR THREAT Reunion Is 'A Non-Story,' Says Bassist BRIAN BAKER

Legendary hardcore band MINOR THREAT has recreated the cover photograph of its final record, 1985’s “Salad Days” EP.

A new picture of the quartet — drummer Jeff Nelson, singer Ian MacKaye, guitarist Lyle Preslar and bassist Brian Baker — sitting on the front porch of Dischord house in south Arlington, Virginia was posted on Baker‘s Instagram page and was shared by Dischord on Facebook.

Naturally, fans on Facebook have been buzzing about what the photo could mean, with many hoping the band will perform again. But Baker put an end to the speculation, telling WTOP in an e-mail: “This is a non-story. Jeff insists that we always take a porch shot for posterity when the four of us are at Dischord. This is just the first one we’ve had taken since I’ve had an Instagram account.”

Baker‘s explanation was corroborated by a caption that accompanied the picture on the Dischord Facebook page. “MINOR THREAT tries to get together every few years to catch up with each other,” the caption read. “This photo was taken yesterday at the Dischord house.”

MINOR THREAT released two EPs and the studio album “Out Of Step” before breaking up in the mid-’80s. MacKaye formed FUGAZI in 1987 and recently started a new band with his wife and bandmate in THE EVENS, Amy Farina, and FUGAZI bassist Joe Lally. Baker joined fellow punk legends BAD RELIGION in 1994. Preslar was a member of THE MEATMEN in the 1980s and played briefly with SAMHAIN before eventually becoming a lawyer.

Minor Threat tries to get together every few years to catch up with each other . This photo was taken yesterday at the Dischord house.

Posted by Dischord Records on Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry Albums Ranked in Order of Awesomeness

Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry Albums Ranked in Order of Awesomeness

In a way, Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry are inseparable, even though the band and its singer have taken slightly different career paths over the past four decades.

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