MYLES KENNEDY On Reuniting With SLASH & THE CONSPIRATORS: 'There Was Unfinished Business'

MYLES KENNEDY On Reuniting With SLASH & THE CONSPIRATORS: 'There Was Unfinished Business'

Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS) was interviewed by Full Metal Jackie on the May 13 edition of her “Whiplash” program on Los Angeles’s 95.5 KLOS. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the “vulnerability” he displays on his debut solo album, “Year Of The Tiger”:

Myles: “I wanted to make a record like this for a long time. I wanted to make a record that was a little more stripped-down and really just trust my instincts as a songwriter without the safety net of a band to bounce ideas off of and have that filter system in place, and see what would happen. It was a challenging undertaking to say the least, but after it was all said and done, I felt like I grew a lot as a songwriter. I think there was such a profound level of catharsis to the whole thing. It was like the best therapy session I could have asked for. I feel like on all fronts, it ended up being a beneficial thing for me.”

On whether he’ll ever revisit the solo material he originally wrote and later decided to scrap:

Myles: “I was just talking with my brother a few weeks ago about this. He’s heard the entire [scrapped] solo record, and he’s, like, ‘Man, I really hope that some of those songs eventually see the light of day. It would just be such a shame.’ With that said, I took that into consideration, and I think that whether I re-record some of those songs and use them on another solo record… my hunch is that’s probably the only way I could use those, because they’re so different from what I would bring to ALTER BRIDGE or something that SLASH & THE CONSPIRATORS would use. As you can hear by the sound of ‘Year Of The Tiger’, I have such a love of acoustic-based music, and that was the original intention of the first solo record as well, but I just for a number of reasons decided that wasn’t the record to put out first. I’m sure a few of those songs will find a place in the future, hopefully. We’ll see how it plays out.”

On how he benefited from making a solo album:

Myles: “I think it’s just part of the evolution. I try to look at everything I’m a part of as a chance to grow and evolve as a writer and a performer, understand my voice better, understand myself as a songwriter. To me, it’s just an ongoing process. I never feel like I’ve completely arrived, and hopefully, I never will. I feel like if I ever wake up one day and feel comfortable where I’m at and don’t have something toward, I think that would be a sad day, because I fear that I might get complacent, or I might stop driving as hard to evolve. I’m always wanting to grow, and I took this opportunity to continue to do that.”

On how his bandmates received “Year Of The Tiger”:

Myles: “They were just incredibly supportive. I’m very lucky that I play in entities with people that I respect and I love, and who understand that it was something that I needed to do. I’ll never forget — I was on the bus touring late last year. We were in Europe finishing up an ALTER BRIDGE run, and I was putting the sequence together for the record. I remember Mark [Tremonti] came in, and he was, like, ‘Hey, is that your new material?’ I was kind of sheepish. I’m generally not the guy who’s, when I finish something, super-excited to run it up the flag pole. I’m kind of guarded initially, and a little bit shy with my songs. He was just so excited and wanted to hear it, and I sat with him as he went through the entire record. He was so supportive, and it really meant a lot to me. Not just with Mark, but with Slash and Todd [Kerns] and Brent [Fitz] and all those guys. It means a lot, especially when you have respect for the people you play with that they’re giving your stuff a listen and giving you a vote of confidence.”

On having to work around GUNS N’ ROSES‘ schedule when recording a new album with Slash:

Myles: “There had always been talk that there would be something in the future, and I think it was just a matter of waiting for that window to open. Because of the magnitude of that entity, which has been extremely successful, I think that finding time when we would have the opportunity to record again and tour again was, for lack of a better word, challenging. When it finally looked like things were going to open up and there’d be a window of opportunity to record, it was good news, certainly, because I felt like there was unfinished business. There were songs that we started working on together years ago, back toward the end of ‘World On Fire’, so knowing that we’d be able to document that was a good thing.”

“Year Of The Tiger” was released on March 9 via Napalm Records.

The new SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS album is expected to be released later this year. A full North American tour will follow in the fall.


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DEF LEPPARD Guitarist PHIL COLLEN Leaves Tour; TRIXTER's STEVE BROWN Steps In

DEF LEPPARD Guitarist PHIL COLLEN Leaves Tour; TRIXTER's STEVE BROWN Steps In

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen has left the band’s tour with JOURNEY, reportedly to deal with a family emergency. Replacing him until he returns is TRIXTER‘s Steve Brown.

Brown made his live debut with DEF LEPPARD on the current tour Friday night (May 25) at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage and photos can be seen below.

This is not the first time Brown has stepped in for a member of DEF LEPPARD. He previously subbed for Vivian Campbell at several shows in 2014 and 2015 while the DEF LEPPARD guitarist received treatment in his fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Brown‘s first appearance with DEF LEPPARD took place in September 2014 during the pregame show for the first of three NFL International Series outings.

Asked by Sleaze Roxx in a 2017 interview how the DEF LEPPARD gig came about, Brown said: “Those guys are like family to me. Most people don’t know this, but I go back with DEF LEPPARD to about 1988 when they were touring behind ‘Hysteria’. Phil Collen is a like a brother to me. When Vivian was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Phil said to the LEPPARD guys, ‘I have the guy that can step in while Viv is undergoing treatment. Let’s call Steve.’ I was also friends with Joe [Elliott, DEF LEPPARD singer] and I think it helped that he was a fan of one of my other band 40 FT. RINGO. I think he knew I had the voice to do it. I truly believe that I got the gig not because of my ability as a guitarist but more because of my vocal ability. So I got the call in early 2013. I learned the entire set and finetuned my parts and began playing some gigs with them in 2014.”

Steve went on to say that “the DEF LEPPARD catalog is not the easiest thing to learn. There’s some very intricate guitar parts, very unique guitar parts,” he explained. “Steve Clark wrote things in shapes and boxes that I haven’t played before. So it was challenging, for sure. I have said this to friends of mine that are guitarists, ‘Man, the LEPPARD gig isn’t as easy as you think it is.’ It was a challenge to dig in and learn the Mutt Lange/DEF LEPPARD collection. They are not your typical cookie-cutter rock and roll band. They have a unique way of writing songs.”

DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY‘s 58-city tour kicked off on May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut and will run through October 6 in Los Angeles.

Posted by Joel Walter on Saturday, May 26, 2018

Check out these PHOTOGRAPHs! Yes, that is our very own band brother and axeman, STEVE BROWN, filling in for Phil Collen…

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CRO-MAGS Founder HARLEY FLANAGAN Sues Band Over Name

CRO-MAGS Founder HARLEY FLANAGAN Sues Band Over Name

According to the New York Post, Harley Flanagan, who founded the legendary hardcore band the CRO-MAGS at the age of 14 and toured with them for some 20 years, is suing members of the group for allegedly using the CRO-MAGS name without his permission.

Claiming that CRO-MAGS was his idea when he formed it back in 1981, Flanagan has filed a lawsuit against the current lineup of the group — including singer John Joseph McGowen — in part for copyright infringement, saying he trademarked the “Cro-Mag” name for recording in 2010 and for merchandise in 2009 and then again in 2017.

Harley claims in the lawsuit that the other members of the CRO-MAGS took over the band around 2002 when “Flanagan‘s first son was about to be born… and Flanagan had to stop touring to help with the baby.”

The CRO-MAGS have been touring sporadically ever since and are scheduled to play in Europe in June.

In July 2012, Flanagan was arrested in New York City on charges of attacking several members of the CRO-MAGS during the CBGB Festival. Flanagan, who had been a panelist at one of the event’s seminars, allegedly attempted to attend the concert of his former band.

At the time, Joseph told the New York Post he and Flanagan started the band together in the early ’80s, but Flanagan continually takes all the credit for himself. Joseph claimed the situation got so bad, Flanagan pocketed every cent from their 1986 tour: “That caused me to lose my apartment and be homeless in 1987,” John said. “I lived hand to mouth.”

In a separate interview with The New York Times, Joseph said that Flanagan “has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever.”

Less than two years ago, Harley told Straight & Alert that he “would love to make peace with all” of his former bandmates in the CRO-MAGS. “But I don’t think they are ready or able yet,” he said. “But I would do it. I have put it out there and I want that to be known. But in all honesty, I really care less and less about it every day. I would do a show, to make the fans happy. I’d record a album, ’cause I think we could do a great one and I think it’s a shame that we only ever recorded the one record, ‘The Age Of Quarrel’, as a group. I would be happy to share the stage with them one last time. But, honestly, none of them are people I really want in my life at this point. I am in a great place in my life and I don’t really want to bring any negativity or any of those guys back into my life. A show would be great, and for the fans I would do it. A record would be great. I write songs every day; that’s never a problem. And I would even love to play with them, all of them again, even if it was just in a rehearsal studio together in front of no one just to do it. But it’s all good. I’m not holding my breath.”

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ANTHRAX's CHARLIE BENANTE: 'The Metal Community Is Probably One Of The Most Loyal Communities'

ANTHRAX's CHARLIE BENANTE: 'The Metal Community Is Probably One Of The Most Loyal Communities'

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante was recently interviewed by the “Nothing Shocking” podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Asked if it gets easier for musicians in a band to get along with each other as they get older, Benante said: “The thing that people have to understand is that when you form a band or you start a band, it’s usually at a time in your life when you’ll do anything to get out of what you’re doing and reach that next level, because you look up to your favorite bands. For me, it was KISS, IRON MAIDEN… those type of bands I looked up to. I always wanted to be like that. And then when you start a band, these are your goals. And then, one day, that whole thing turns into a business, and then that aspect kicks in. And no matter what you say about it, you still have to try to remain interested and make it fun. And the business does take over, and it definitely sets certain people apart in the band. It does get weirder, but it also makes you bond together more. So, if I had to tell you, now the way we interact with each other is pretty much the same. The only difference is we each have families and I think a good portion of it goes to that. But there’s still time that we hang, so it’s good.”

Benante also talked about how heavy metal fans are widely believed to be more passionate than any other fanbase.

“I think the metal community is probably one of the most loyal communities,” he said. “They follow the music, just like we do. It’s a way of life. I really think that it’s important for us to recognize that too. That’s the main thing about… for me, especially, is why I spend so much time on putting a package together for a new release. I wanna make sure the cover is outstanding, I wanna make sure the inside is [equally impressive] — I wanna make sure everything about that is just amazing… for myself, of course, but our fans. I just want them to have a really great experience. And I don’t want them to just stream the music, I want them to read the music, I want them to smell the music, I want them to just be a whole part of it.”

ANTHRAX is supporting SLAYER on the first two legs of the Tom Araya-fronted outfit’s last-ever North American run of dates. Also appearing on the bill are LAMB OF GOD, TESTAMENT and BEHEMOTH (with NAPALM DEATH replacing BEHEMOTH for the second leg).

Last month, ANTHRAX released “Kings Among Scotland”, the band’s live-in-concert DVD, via Megaforce. Captured on February 15, 2017 at the band’s sold-out concert at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour “Kings Among Scotland” incorporates the band’s entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD also includes a “gear rundown” from each of the band members.

Interview (audio):

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GENE SIMMONS: 'The Problem Is That Politicians Are Telling You What You Want To Hear'

GENE SIMMONS: 'The Problem Is That Politicians Are Telling You What You Want To Hear'

In a brand new interview with Barron’s, Gene Simmons spoke about the fractured state of American politics and the fallout of the 2016 presidential election. The KISS bassist/vocalist — who is a former contestant on Donald Trump‘s “The Celebrity Apprentice” series — said: “I enjoy politics. But I think it’s populated by people who have a self-mandated directive to get re-elected. They are not there, in my estimation, to do what is good for the masses. By the way, the current president is doing his job for one dollar. I like that.

“When you want to lose weight, the guy at the gym doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, because he’s doing what’s good for you,” he continued. “If you go into the military, you’re going to have a drill sergeant and you’re going to hate him. But he is going to prepare you to survive. The problem is that politicians are telling you what you want to hear.

“Also, you have to give to your constituency. There’s $4 million in research going on in Hawaii on why flies fart. It’s called pork. It’s why the two most hated professions are politicians and lawyers. Be suspicious of all politicians because both sides give pork to their constituencies.”

Simmons previously said that he “didn’t necessarily vote for President Trump or candidate Clinton” in the 2016 presidential election, adding that “it’s really nobody’s damn business” whom he voted for. “I think you’d be surprised by my choice — but he’s President Trump, because even if you don’t like the man, you must respect the office of the presidency and the will of the Electoral College,” he said. Simmons also confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Trump‘s inauguration but turned it down because it was “not a good idea.”

Simmons began personally delivering copies of his new box set, “Gene Simmons – The Vault Experience: 1966-2016”, in January. It is a comprehensive box set of Gene‘s solo material that comes packaged in a safe.
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