Artist interviews are always exciting to read or listen to, but too often they are superficial and fairly basic. So it’s a refreshing change when an interviewer gets the opportunity to sit down and dig deeper. With Tales from the Stage Volume 1, author Michael Toney does just that. Giving fans and readers an unparalleled look into the work of some of rock and metal’s best known players.
The book Tales from the Stage Volume 1 takes you on a vivid journey though the evolution of the hard rock/heavy metal movement, with 15 of the best tour guides in the business. They developed it, thrived in it, and somehow survived it. They openly shared the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of their personal life and career in music. Tales from the Stage Volume 1 consists of 15 in-depth interviews (50-60 questions, think Playboy meets Howard Stern) with some of the most influential names from the hard rock and heavy metal genre. Each interview starts with basic personal questions (birthday, hometown, education, marital status, etc…), then we dive into their career leaving no stone unturned. We clear up all controversies and ambiguities with their bands, band mates, and management. Then it’s a free for all; drug use, groupies, publishing, legal problems, finances, size of their home, car they drive, and dozens more.
- Bruce Kulick (Lead Guitar/Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad)
- Jay Reynolds (Lead Guitar/Malice, Metal Church)
- Herman Rarebell (Drums/ Scorpions)
- Tim “Ripper” Owens (Vocals/ Judas Priest, Beyond Fear)
- Eddie Trunk (Hard Rock/Metal media personality)
- Jeff Duncan (Lead Guitar/ Armored Saint, DC4)
- Tracii Guns (Lead Guitar/ L.A. Guns)
- Paul Shortino (Vocals/ Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt)
- Chris Holmes (Lead Guitar/WASP)
- Oz Fox (Lead Guitar/Stryper)
- Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Vocals, Lead Guitar/ Anvil)
- Betsy Bitch (Vocals/Bitch)
- Ron Keel (Vocals/ Steeler, Keel)
- Brian Slagel (CEO/Metal Blade Records)
- Brian Tichy (Drums/ Whitesnake, Ozzy, Lynch Mob, Slash’s Snakepit, Billy Idol)
Bruce Kulick, Lead Guitar, Kiss-Grand Funk Railroad
MT: Rumor has it that during the peak of his treatment for the disease, Eric Carr pleaded with Paul and Gene to let him appear in the video, “God Gave Rock n Roll to You”. What do you remember about Eric and making that video?
BK: I remember that he picked me up from the airport in his rental car. He had a nice Kiss wig on, that didn’t look any different than his real hair, and he played his heart out. He had more energy than I did. I couldn’t believe it, but it meant a lot to him. You can see in his face in the video and photos that it’s kind of drawn. You can tell that he wasn’t healthy and fighting a disease, but I must say that he was very brave.
Herman Rarebell, Drums, Scorpions
MT: Did you ever hang out with fellow drummer, Rick Allen, from Def Leppard on tour?
HR: Oh yeah. We used to smuggle him into the clubs because he was only 16 or 17 at the time. Cliff, the drummer from Ted Nugent, and I used to tell the doormen at the clubs, “Don’t worry, he is with us. He just forgot his passport, but he is 21.” (laughs). In those days all of the bands that were signed to our management, Leber-Krebs, became friends and knew each other. Especially when you are on the road together for months and months and months. You get to know each other backstage, you’re of the same age group, and of course you want to party after the show.
Tim “Ripper” Owens, Lead Vocals, Judas Priest-Dio Disciples- Yngwie Malmsteen
MT: Monday morning you flew to England to audition for Judas Priest. What were your nerves like walking into the studio to audition?
TO: It was pretty crazy. Jane picked me up at the airport, and I was driven to Wales – which was hours away, to a studio that Black Sabbath recorded at. When I got out of the car, I could hear guitar playing and drumming. I’m like, “Oh my god. This is Judas Priest in there playing!” The thing was, I didn’t think that I was going to have to sing. I didn’t even practice singing. I hadn’t sung a Judas Priest song in over a year, and I wasn’t ready to sing. We walked into the kitchen, and there is Ian Hill sitting eating breakfast. I was like, “Wow!” So she took me in and there is Glenn playing guitar and Scott playing drums. It was crazy. I was nervous, obviously. I mean these were guys that I grew up idolizing, but they made me feel comfortable right from the start.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Toney is a twice published author, drummer, and lifelong metal fanatic. He is a retired hotel executive who grew up in Romeo, Michigan. He now resides in Henderson, Nevada.
RELEASE DATE/AVAILABLE AT: June 29, 2012, exclusively at www.talesfromthestage.com
SPECIFICS: Available in soft cover (238 pages, B&W, $16.95), or eBook (226 pages, Color, $12.95). The book is available only at www.talesfromthestage.com till January 2013.
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