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The Dead Daisies Announce The The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017

The Dead Daisies Announce The The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017

THE DEAD DAISIES awesome live juggernaut is set to storm into North America in August for a dozen prime live dates as part of their Live & Louder World Tour, in support of the release of their landmark ‘Live And Louder’ album on Spitfire Music/SPV/eOne on May 19th. Heralded “The Dirty Dozen Tour”, the trek is set to kick off in Chicago, IL on August 10th and will wrap in Las Vegas, NV on August 27th.

“The Dirty Dozen Tour” is inspired by the classic 1960s movie of the same name. “Rehearse them, Excite them, Arm them – then turn them loose on the Fans!”
It will be the band’s first North American Headline Tour where demand has been steadily building after 2016’s smash success of their third album “Make Some Noise”.

Lead singer John Corabi – “We’re all very excited for our very first North American headline run. We’re kicking it all off on August 10th in Chicago and ending it in “Sin City” Las Vegas!!! You guys have been amazing with all of your support and requests for shows here, so we’re giving it to you “LIVE AND LOUDER”, and “down and dirty” on “The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017”!!!! See ya on the road kids!!!”

Before being turned loose on North American audiences, the troops will be fresh from playing some of the most prestigious & high profile UK & EU Rock Festivals coupled with a series of headline club shows, dates in Japan to then make their long-awaited debut in South America. From South America it’s back to one of the EU’s largest Festivals “Woodstock Poland”, to be part of a “Concert Inspired by Freedom” which will see the band perform with a 60-piece Orchestra.
The “Live & Louder” – World Tour 2017 will visit the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Holland, France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Canada and the USA.

”LIVE & LOUDER”, will be available in multiple deluxe formats & perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016. The result, once again mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company), is an absolute stunner!

Lead guitarist Doug Aldrich has some choice words about the upcoming live album – “Live & Louder really helps define The Dead Daisies’ sound. Like bands I’ve been involved with co-producing (Whitesnake and Dio), we have a great team that makes sure our sound is consistent and we are always looking to pump it up. Onstage I just play guitar but our crew and production team are very instrumental in capturing what happens on stage. Now get out there and go Live & Louder with us this summer!!”

Special Guests on this run will be THE DIVES which the band made instant friends with on the previous years’ KISS Kruise and who will add their own blend of signature rock and roll to the fiery package.

Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!

Check out the “Make Some Noise – Live & Louder” video below!

LINE-UP:
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) –  Guitars
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – Vocals
David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – Guitars
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) –  Bass
Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) –  Drums

THE DIRTY DOZEN TOUR – NORTH AMERICA 2017:

Thu 10 Aug    Arcada Theatre | Chicago IL
Fri 11 Aug    Shelter@Saint Andrews | Detroit, MI
Sat 12 Aug    Lee’s Palace | Toronto, ON
Wed 16 Aug    House Of Independence | Asbury Park, NJ
Thu 17 Aug    Highline Ballroom | New York NY
Fri 18 Aug    Rams Head Live | Baltimore, MD
Sat 19 Aug    Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
Sun 20 Aug    The Basement East | Nashville, TN
Wed 23 Aug    Gas Monkey | Dallas, TX
Fri 25 Aug    El Rey Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
Sat 26 Aug    House of Blues | San Diego, CA
Sun 27 Aug    Counts Vamp’d | Las Vegas NV

Tickets: www.thedeaddaisies.com/thedirtydozen
General on-sale April 14, 2017

LIVE & LOUDER WORLD TOUR 2017:

EUROPE

Fri 2 Jun        Rock Hard Festival | Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Sat 3 Jun     Rock In Vienna | Vienna, Austria
Sun 4 Jun     Substage | Karlsruhe, Germany
Mon 5 Jun    Druso | Bergamo, Italy
Tue 6 Jun     Dynamo | Zürich, Switzerland
Thu 8 Jun    Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
Fri 9 Jun         Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden
Sun 11 Jun     Download Festival | Donington, United Kingdom
Mon 12 Jun     Liquid Room | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Wed 14 Jun     Boerderij | Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Fri 16 Jun     Le Forum | Vaureal, France
Sat 17 Jun     Hellfest | Clisson, France
Sun 18 Jun     Graspop Metal Meeting | Dessel, Belgium
Tue 20 Jun     Hirsch | Nürnberg, Germany
Wed 21 Jun     Hellraiser | Leipzig, Germany
Fri 23 Jun     Harley Days Festival | Hamburg, Germany
Sun 25 Jun     Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
Mon 26 Jun     Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
Tue 27 Jun     Rockhouse | Salzburg, Austria
Wed 28 Jun     A38 | Budapest, Hungary
Thu 29 Jun     Lucerna Music Bar | Prague, Czech Republic
Sat 1 Jul         Freigericht Rockt Festival | Freigericht, Germany
Thu 3 Aug     Woodstock Poland | Kostrzyn, Poland

JAPAN

Wed 5 Jul     Shibuya Club Quattro | Tokyo, Japan
Thu 6 Jul     Umeda Club Quattro | Osaka, Japan

SOUTH AMERICA

Wed 12 Jul     Opera de Arame | Curitiba, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Thu 13 Jul     Carioca Club | Sao Paulo, Brazil   (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Sat 15 Jul     Vorterix | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sun 16 Jul     Teatro Vorterix | Rosario, Argentina
Wed 18 Jul    Venue tba. | Santiago, Chile

More South American Dates to be announced!

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REBEL SPIRIT: Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan His Life In Music And Powerful New Album

REBEL SPIRIT: Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan His Life In Music And Powerful New Album

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In 1989, legendary guitarist George Lynch parted ways with his former band Dokken. In the days to follow, he would go on for the Lynch Mob and join forces with one of rock’s most unique voices, Oni Logan. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Lynch Mob’s debut release “Wicked Sensation,” which is the band’s most popular work to date achieving gold-selling status. However, it isn’t like Lynch and Logan to rest on their laurels. Lynch Mob is back once more and stand ready to unleash their eighth studio album, “Rebel”, on August 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. 

From the blistering album opener “Automatic Fix” to the album closer “War,” Lynch Mob is back to show fans why they are one of the most-loved rock bands. The Lynch Mob line-up on “Rebel” is comprised of namesake George Lynch on guitars, Oni Logan on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass and Brian Tichy on drums. Songs like “Testify,” “Sanctuary,” and “Dirty Money” showcase Oni Logan’s trademark vocal ability while putting his diverse lyrical content on full display. The album was produced by George Lynch collaborator Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Oni Logan to discuss his life in music, his early memories of joining forces with guitar legend George Lynch and the rise of the Lynch Mob, the main of their new album, ‘Rebel,’ and what the future may hold for him musically.

Music has been a huge part of your life. What are your first memories of music and what drove you to make your passion a career?

Oni Logan

Oni Logan

Music is such a powerful thing. There were several things that impacted me musically as a kid. There were albums like “Frampton Comes Alive” to Led Zeppelin’s first two or three albums to Rush’s “2112.” For me, music was a way of relating to my friends. It was something we all shared together. Looking at the album art and listening to them were an amazing experience. I can remember looking at the album art for Van Halen’s first record and hearing it for the first time and being blown away. At a very age, I felt the bug and caught the bug, which led to me starting to play drums at 9 years old. I continued doing that until I was 17, when I was asked by my brother to start singing. I got up to the microphone and I got to singing the blues. I loved stuff like Robert Plant and Steve Marriott. All I can say is that music just consumed me and it was all I thought about day in and day out. I had this perception of possibly doing music for real, coming out to California, being a recording artist and being up on stage. It was tunnelvision! I just didn’t stop and eventually it came into fruition by me getting the right opportunities and the right contacts. The next thing I knew, I got the opportunity to come out to LA and I am in front of 9,000 people playing alongside George Lynch in his new band, the Lynch Mob. For me, there are so many great influences but it is more the classic rock people who had an impact on me. I still love those people very much! I don’t know what else to tell you other than I am a lucky guy who got a lucky break! I just managed to be at the right place at the right time and was lucky enough to be able to hold a tune together!

Building on that, what are your first recollections of meeting George Lynch and the early days of Lynch Mob?

My first recollection of meeting George? It was a bit of a slow build. He was like the president at the time. [laughs] He was sending out people to talk to me at different places in Hollywood. For instance, I would be at The Roxy or The Rainbow and a certain person would come up to me and give me the line, “Hey. I just heard George is looking at you to be his new singer.” This all built up over a months time and finally he showed up with Mick Brown at The Whisky. That was my first look at George being naughty! I say that because he did have a nasty reputation of doing that sometimes back in the day. We were all younger and a bit mischievous! [laughs] They were just rock ‘n’ roll guys with attitudes at the top of their game. They came in and said, “We’re going to take your singer and that is all there is to it.” That was my first impression of him as a badass! The dude with the horns! That was my first impression of him!

It has been 25 years since the release of Lynch Mob’s first album, “Wicked Sensation.” What are some of your fondest memories of bringing it to the masses?

Lynch and Logan together on stage.

Lynch and Logan together on stage.

I can tell you one highlight. Those guys had flown me out to Arizona and put me up in an apartment. I was still without a car and I was borrowing George’s old 1965 Corvair, which was a rag top. I remember driving along the highway and I was listening to 98 KUPD, which was a great rock station. That is when I heard “Wicked Sensation” for the first time on the radio! I was shaking in my seat, man! I couldn’t believe I was hearing myself on the radio. It was one of the richest times of my life. I was by myself and it just happened to come on. I pulled over on the side of that desert road and screamed because it was so fuckin’ cool! That was one of the great experiences. There were so many others! We toured with Queensryche in Europe a month-and-a-half. Going around Europe with those guys, we were playing big arenas in front of 13,000 people. I believe it was the Operation: Mindcrime Tour. We also toured around with Cinderella back in the day and played Hershey Park, Pennsylvania in front of 10,000 people. I wish I could really have cherished it back then and bottled it up so I could savor it every once and awhile. Those moments go by so quickly and you wish you could have them back sometimes. However, we have experienced some special moments these days as well. For example, I hit the road with ol’ George Lynch again and we realized it was still fun! It was fun to be up on stage together again, play our songs that everybody loves and see the smiling faces of the fans enjoying their time. Some of the fans even bring their sons and daughters to introduce them to what could possibly be a new sound to them. Those are special moments that I definitely cherish and will take with me! As you get older, we all start realizing you have to take time to really enjoy it because it goes by so quick!

Lynch Mob has a brand new album on the way titled “Rebel.” That is certainly worth celebrating. What changed and what stayed the same when it comes to creating a Lynch Mob record?

Lynch Mob's 'Rebel'

Lynch Mob’s ‘Rebel’

Nothing has really changed. The basic formula is still us doing what we do. George comes up with riffs and then I come up with the melodies and the lyrics. We don’t force it and we don’t think about it too much. What you have is a natural progression when it comes to writing. On the recording end of it, the tones of a record are pretty natural when it comes to the drum, bass, guitar and voice tones. That means it still sounds like a rock band and isn’t oversaturated with plug-ins people are using these days to make things sound better. We like to keep it organic. What I hope people recognize is that we still care about what we do. We care very deeply about what we do. We don’t throw shit together just to put something out there to collect some bread! We honestly get involved and connected with it because, as artists, we always want to keep evolving. When I listen to our songs, I want to be able to sit back at the end of the day and say, “That is a damn good song!” I want to be able to pat myself on the back and that is the payoff for me. We only hope that people will give this record a chance. Sit back and listen to it a few times. Have a little patience! Don’t do it for just me but for all the other rock ‘n’ roll acts out there. Give these releases some time and really listen to them, as we used to do in the past. Then you truly know what songs work on you and which ones didn’t. I think in today’s world, we don’t have the attention spans to give things a chance. Instead, we just act on impulse and immediately say, “This song works on me. This one doesn’t. Next!” I hope people will give all creative people a chance and the time to understand their craft and what they are trying to do.

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How have you most evolved as an artist through the years?

I think I have become a better listener along the way and have become more motivated with my decisions and reactions. I feel I am now a person with deeper thoughts in regard to songwriting and anything else in life. I love writing music, going into the studio and performing, now more than ever. I think what I have taken from all these years gone by is a sense of maturity, a sense of depth and the ability to be comfortable in my own skin. I really love what I do and I consider it an honor and a blessing to still be able to do this. I am still kicking out the jams, the voice feels good and I am healthy! I am a lucky guy to be able to say all those things!

Where do you see yourself headed in the future when it comes to music? Is there anything you are still anxious to take on?

You know, I love all sorts of music and I am open to experimentation. I grew up in South Florida, so I was a big fan of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and classic rock. I would love to do a classic rock album some day with some classic rock players who really understand that type of music. I would also love to work with different people and co-write songs. I hope to perform until I am much older but at some point you have to call it a day. I don’t see myself slowing down for a long time but I certainly love to branch off and work with different writers, singers and guitar players. That is where I see myself in the future, being a songsmith. You never know, I might write something good that ends up on the radio!

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What can you tell us about your songwriting process at this point in your career?

Well, let’s see. I light a bunch of candles … [laughs] I’m just kidding! In the past I used to do that and the whole mood had to be right for the recording and everything else and it does help with the vibrations. There really is no sequence. What I do is almost like chipping away at stone and carve something out. That process of chipping away is where I find words or melodies that I haven’t used or heard before and really putting a spin on the lyrics that no one has done before. It is all about sitting down and focusing because you have to dig deep and find something to say. Sometimes it isn’t there and you have to settle down and say, “Listen, don’t take your shit so seriously and write the song the way it wants to be written. Let it be what it wants to be.” That holds true for any song, even if it is just a hip shaker kind of song. I have learned through the years to focus, try to do my best work and not to take myself as seriously as I did in the past. I spent a lot of years trying to take myself too seriously! I wanted to be Pink Floyd but it didn’t work out! [laughs] I am Oni Logan and that is all I can expect, ya know?! We all want to be brilliant but sometimes it just doesn’t work out!

That is a great perspective to have! I want to thank you for your time today, Oni! The new record is really great and we wish you continued success!

Thank you, man! I appreciate your continued support! Do play the record, man! It’s a good one and I hope everyone out there enjoys it!

Lynch Mob’s “Rebel” will be released on August 21st via Frontiers Music Srl. Pre-order the new Lynch Mob album “Rebel” from Frontiers Records at this location.

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Slave To The Empire: George Lynch Discusses T&N’s Powerful Debut Album!

Slave To The Empire: George Lynch Discusses T&N’s Powerful Debut Album!

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George Lynch’s captivating playing style and rock ‘n’ roll attitude have established himself as one of the music electrifying guitar players in the music business. This guitar legend rose to prominence back in the 80s as lead shredder for Dokken. His story did end there as Lynch remained determined to continue to mold his blossoming career by working outside the box. His latest musical project is no exception to that rule. T&N reunites George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and “Wild” Mick Brown – aka “The Big Three” from Dokken – for this brand new 12 song disk that is sure to please fans and critics alike! Returning to their roots, “Slave to the Empire” offers seven new original songs and five re-recorded classic Dokken songs that feature sensational vocal performances by Tim “Ripper” Owens, Doug Pinnick (King’s X), Sebastian Bach, and Robert Mason (Warrant). Add to the mix the hard hitting, multi-talented drumming of Brian Tichy and you’ve got yourself a major dose of awesome! This 12 song release is progressive, it’s heavy, it’s dark, it’s bluesy, and each player’s performance is absolutely stellar. “Slave to the Empire” captures the spirit and magic from the classic metal genre, and is truly a work of art that will not disappoint! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with George Lynch to discuss his formative years, the heavy metal powerhouse that is T&N, his upcoming film titled “Shadow Train” and much more!

You have been an inspiration for so many young musicians and have impacted their formative years. What are the first musical memories and influences that influenced you?

I imagine my first music memories are from the womb, but I don’t think that is what you are alluding to! [laughs] Very early on, I would say it was, classical flamenco music, jazz, blues and R&B. That is what my father, who was sort of an audiophile, was listening to on reel-to-reel tapes. We also had neighbors, who were older guys, that had 78s, which I would listen to. There was all kinds of strange music including Django Reinhardt, who was one of my early guitar influences. The next step in the evolution of listening was The Beatles. Beatlemania occurred and it was truly a profound phenomenon and hard to explain. Nothing has happened like that since. It was a little overwhelming! After that, there was the whole late 60s British Invasion era and Zeppelin, [Jimmy] Page, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. When they had records, I had the very first ones! I was there when they first came on the scene. They completely reinvented rock ‘n’ roll and changed the world. Of course, those are huge guitar icons for young George to be exposed to at an early age. That was my initial exposure to it all.

That being said, you have been at it for a long time now and are very successful in doing so. To what do you attribute your longevity in the ever-changing music industry?

I not giving up, for one. Two, having a point in what I am doing. I mean, if you are just staying in it because it is your job to do, then you are just like a monkey with a blindfold in the dark, shooting a handful of darts at a dartboard and hoping something hits the bullseye! If you have a running soundtrack in your head and you are chasing that dragon, you have a vision and you are trying to obtain that ideal. That is what I have always done.

Your latest project is T&N. We are pretty excited about it as I am sure you are as well. What inspired you guys to come together and take on this project now? What can you tell us about the timing and how it came together?

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‘Slave To The Empire’

It was sort of a triangulation of events, a perfect storm and all the planets lined up! Jeff [Pilson], Mick [Brown] and myself have always wanted to play together and now we do play together in a more meaningful way than back in the day. We just needed an excuse and a reason. What had been happening over the past few years was talk of a Dokken reunion, which never materialized, obviously. Out of that came an opportunity and it brought us together. We started to think about it and in thinking about it and being in the same room together was the catalyst for us to find a way to do it. When we realized the Dokken thing wasn’t going to pan out, we said “Well, let’s do it anyway!” Which we did! More specifically, Jeff and I were writing. We live close to each other and love writing and playing together, we thought “How about we write for Lynch Mob? Let’s write a few songs and maybe they will end up on that record.” That was the first idea and it didn’t pan out. We wrote the songs anyway and we had them. Then Brian Kitschy, who was drumming for Lynch Mob at the time, came up with Tooth and Nail, which later became T&N. It was his concept and we rolled with that.At that point, we knew we had a vehicle, some songs and concept. We said “Ok! Let’s do it!”

The title of the record is “Slave To The Empire”. How did you arrive at that title and what does it mean to you personally?

Jeff and I are politically aligned in that we are both extreme progressives, which I don’t even like characterizing these political views as extreme or progressive but that is what people know them as. Really how we like to think of ourselves is as humanistic free-thinkers! [laughs] We felt we had an obligation to use our music as a sounding board and a vehicle to express our ideas.

What were your expectations going into this project? I am presuming you have exceeded those expectations along the way.

It is interesting doing these kind of records and projects coming from a world, in the 80s, where you have a record deal with a major record company with a band. Back then, everything was categorized and compartmentalized. You had a certain amount of time for preproduction, a budget, a producer, a manager, an agent and all of that. You would release the record, go on tour, open up for a bigger band, sell your t-shirts ad records. You would just keep doing it and doing it. That system is broken now and it is a brave new world. Essentially, what it is project is about is creating and we focused on that. We will find a place to put it and a reason to do it later! [laughs] What it ends up being is an adventure. You are putting the cart before the horse and writing the music first and everything will fall into place later, you hope. We have never been good at business and I probably never will be. I am not good at marketing, self promotion, lying to people or playing the Hollywood game. I just do what I do, which is putting my heart and soul into the work. Hopefully, I get out of my own way with all the things to follow. I think the thing that concerns me when we do work like this is that people might not know about it. It isn’t that they wouldn’t like it but they just might not know about it and that is the obstacle. It is something that I am not sure how to remedy, other than by talking to people like you.

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We are happy to be able to spread the word. What can you tell us about the writing process of this album?

It wasn’t done in band context. We didn’t sit in a room like in the old days or like Lynch Mob does or Dokken did, it was really just Jeff and I. Jeff and I work best when get in the studio and create in that environment. Back in the Dokken days, it was a primitive drum machine and a four track cassette recorder. Of course, today we have studios and the technology has really advanced but it is essentially the same thing! It is just Jeff and I getting together to talk, think, play and build intellectually.

How much material did you come up with during the writing process and do you still have some stuff in the vault from those sessions? The big question from a fans standpoint is “Will there be more T&N in the future?”

We already have half of the second record recorded and we have all of the Dokken songs recorded. There are also a couple of new songs that we had left on the back burner when we were working on “Slave To The Empire’. We are just trying to finish the second record at the moment, which is the fun part!

You guys are best enjoyed in a live setting as you aren’t afraid to rock! What are you guys looking at in regard to touring?

We are making plans to tour in the Fall of 2013, Japan, Europe and limited United States touring. Further out we are thinking about doing a more meaningful ground tour in the U.S. spring into the summer or 2014 in support of both records. We have Michael Sweet from Stryper on vocals for the live shows. He also plays guitar, so we will be able do a little bit of a different arrangement live than I am traditionally used to, being the only guitar player. He won’t be playing all of the time but there is a lot of guitar on this record, so I can’t play it all! [laughs] Truthfully, we want this project to continue, it is a long term project, not just one or two records. As long as people are willing to listen and come out, we want a reason to do this!

What can you tell us about the film project you have had in the works and what we can expect from “Shadow Train” in the near future?

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Shadow Train

I have always been disappointed in myself that I haven’t used the music I have been involved with to express a larger message of things that I care about such as the environment, human nature, philosophy, spirituality, the way people treat each other, a better way forward or anything else. I am sort of ashamed of that. I felt compelled, very deeply, that this is what I should be doing. Jeff feels the same way. We both arrived at the same place in our lives at the same time. That is really what T&N is really all about, as is “Shadow Train”. This was me thinking “How can I do this in a larger context to reach people’s ears but to also open their eyes as well?” I was on a mission to do that and it has been incredibly rewarding from a personally standpoint. The film is about all of the things I just mentioned and it also has a huge music component. I have a band called Shadow Train, which runs throughout the movie. In the film, you will see us performing and we wrote the soundtrack as well. We are dealing with all the issues on Indian reservations, talking to politicians and musicians that are politically active like Tom Morello, Serj Tankian and Ted Nugent, talking to the American Indian Movement leaders who were at the Wounded Knee uprising in the 70s. We are talking to philosophers, progressives, talking heads, for instance — Noam Chomsky of MIT. We are discussing very important, meaningful things and what it does for me musically, is flesh out everything musically by giving it so much more gravity and weight, as a lot of music did when I was growing up in the late 60s and early 70s. At that time there were bands and artists like Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash and countless others that spoke to social and economic injustice, war, civil rights and other important issues. I am a child and student of that. I am very passionate about all of those things. As I said, I have a small megaphone, so I should be using it as a vehicle for issues that impact us all.

From what I have read, you are co-directing this project. Is that correct?

Whatever that means! [laughs] It’s funny, I am not sure if we will put this in the outtakes, but I had a chair made with a fictitious name that sounds like an aristocratic director from back in the 30s. I have a monocle, an ascot and a megaphone to shout out direction on the set! [laughs] The film is very low budget and we had a shoestring budget. We were out there in the desert on an Indian reservation, camping out and families feed us because we don’t really have a lot of funding but we did it out of love and passion. We were finding adventures everywhere we went. Being a director, hummm, I am not sure what that means. It is partly my vision and I am involved but there are other people equally involved, so that title doesn’t have a lot of weight.

I think it is that passion that intrigued me the most. It seems like a really cool project and you have turned up some interesting content along the way. When might the film debut?

We are shooting for hitting the film festivals like SXSW and many others in the Fall of 2013. We will be shooting throughout the year and will be in soft editing up until the end of Summer. Then we will have two months of hard editing and then take on the sweetening, foley, soundtrack, the credit roles and opening sequence. These things always take longer than you think they will! We really need to get this out by then because we have been working on it for two years. I would like to see it completed at some point! [laughs] I don’t want it to become one of those projects that I have seen many other people do which never end.

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Where can people learn more about the film?

The website is www.shadowtrainmovie.com. We do accept donations. Films are very expensive to make and we have gifts for people who do contribute. That is what is keeping us moving forward. We do appreciate it!

Do you have any interest in taking on some other type of film project in the future?

Ya know, we have talked about that a bit and we really need to see how this one goes. This was a HUGE experiment for me! It takes a lot out of you. Albums are hard enough and they can be difficult but rewarding. This is that magnified ten times! This project has been an unbelievable amount of work. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that I have no idea what I am doing. I am learning the hard way by making lots of mistakes that would make you cringe! They make me cringe at night when I think about them! I think “Oh my God, I am so stupid!” [laughs] The innocence of it is something I find beautiful. One of the things I would make a parallel to is some of the bands that we are involved with out on the Indian reservation which are young kids in metal bands. There are two kinds of music on most of the reservations, country and metal. The younger kids are drawn toward metal, of course. A lot of these bands, I have to be honest with you, aren’t great but what gets me and touches my heart is the passion! They live within six miles of each other, have no equipment, it’s fifteen degrees outside and they will hitchhike to practice together in a chicken coup and play their music. They are so passionate! It really reminds me of myself when I was 15 or 16 years old and sucked! It was still the greatest thing in the world and it was what you lived for! That is what I love about it, it’s not about being Dream Theater! It is the angst of existence coming through, which we can all relate to!

How do you feel you have evolved as an artist since you started out all those years ago? Do you ever take time out to reflect?

No. I think it is pointless and it is not how I am built. I don’t sit there and reflect or try to triangulate where I should go from here, ponder how I can remain current or what my next move will be. I don’t really work that way. I react to my environment and people I am playing with and I try to make somewhat smart decisions. To me, music is such a mystery. “The Wilderness of The Mind” is what I like to call it. Without that mystery in life, life becomes very mundane. I feel truly sorry for people, not in a gloating way at all, that don’t have a passion like that in their life, no matter what the passion might be. I fortunately have that and it is something I am very thankful for and it is a gift. For instance, I am doing a project right now with Ray Luzier from Korn and Doug Pinnick from King’s X. It is called KXM. We just finished up the basic tracks with that. We went up in the studio in the mountains where we lived for a couple of weeks. We had no songs. We went up there and played together as a band for a couple of weeks. We created music from scratch, wrote it on the spot and recorded one song a day. We have the album done. It is just a beautiful project that was done in a very unorthodox way and was very gratifying. We don’t know where it is going to go but that is the beauty of it. It’s just like this film. I don’t know where it is going to go! [laughs] That is the adventure part of it all!

You project with Ray and Doug sounds very promising. When can we expect to hear more on that endeavor?

The website for KXM will be up soon. We may possibly be releasing a song a month for an entire year, versus the traditional record deal. T&N will also have a new record coming out in the Fall of 2013 and a tour to follow. There will also be a soundtrack record available for “Shadow Train”. That is what is happening musically at the moment.

It has been pleasure talking to you today, George. Thank you for your time!

I appreciate you having an interest in it! Thank you! Thank you for letting me talk about myself endlessly! [laughs]

Anytime! You have the number!

Great! Anytime I feel like talking about myself, I will give you a call! [laughs]

Sounds like a plan!

Thank you so much, man! I will talk to you soon!

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