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Rock Legends ANGEL Ink New Record Deal With Cleopatra Records

Rock Legends ANGEL Ink New Record Deal With Cleopatra Records

Legendary rock band ANGEL has just signed a Record deal with Cleopatra Records and will start recording in April 2019. Original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino along with current member Danny Farrow have written 14 brand new songs for the album which they describe as very diverse ranging from songs that are very Melodic with real strong hooks to much heavier songs that contain great melodies and will have the classic Angel sound. This album will appeal to all ANGEL fans of every era and previous albums.

“I am real excited to be making a new album and signing with Cleopatra. I strongly believe this will be one of our best and really want to give ANGEL fans something special. Can’t wait to rock you on tour at a city near you.”- Punky Meadows. 

“Writing and recording a new Angel record is always exciting, and having a new partnership with Cleopatra records makes it even more special. Really looking forward to a new tour, a new record, and a new partnership.” – Frank Dimino 

“Punky and Frank are sounding incredible.The songs are coming together really amazing and I can’t stop singing them lol. There will be something on this new album for every ANGEL fan and more.” – Danny Farrow

Angel will also be starting there US tour on April 11th ( see dates below ) and hitting the UK and Europe in August.

Along with original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino are Danny Farrow (Rhythm Guitar), Charlie Calv (Keyboards), Steve Ojane (Bass), Billy Orrico (Drums).

Tour Dates 
April 11, 2019 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
April 12, 2019 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
April 13, 2019 – Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall
April 16, 2019 – New Bedford, MA – Greasy Luck
April 18, 2019 – New York, NY – The Iridium
April 19, 2019 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
May 4, 2019 – Chesterfield, MO – Chesterfield Ampitheater
May 9, 2019 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
May 10, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
August 22, 2019 – London – Underworld
August 23, 2019 – Nottingham – Rock City
August 25, 2019 – Liege, Belgium – Golden Age of Rock

For Tickets and Meet and Greets go to: www.angelbandofficial.com

For more info visit: www.angelbandofficial.com

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MIXED REALITY: Gin Blossoms’ Jesse Valenzuela On Life, Career and New Music!

MIXED REALITY: Gin Blossoms’ Jesse Valenzuela On Life, Career and New Music!

For many music fans, Gin Blossoms need little introduction. The journey began with their formation in 1987 in the Arizona city of Tempe; guitarists Jesse Valenzuela and bassist Bill Leen were founding members. After some lineup changes, the group coalesced around Valenzuela, Leen, Robin Wilson (vocals and guitar), drummer Phillip Rhoades and guitarist Doug Hopkins. Gin Blossoms’ exploded onto many people’s radar with their blockbuster 1992 album “New Miserable Experience,” which spawned four Top 40 hit singles, and established the Arizona quintet as one of the top rock groups of that decade. 

While more than 25 years passed since the release of “New Miserable Experience,” Gin Blossoms haven’t missed a beat. In 2017, Gin Blossoms began their first new album in almost eight years. Longtime producer and friend of the band John Hampton passed away in 2014, so at first the group considered self-producing. But at one of their shows, they met Don Dixon, producer of the Smithereens’ first two albums and a legend in power pop circles. The group booked time in Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium Studio in Kernersville, N.C., working with Dixon as well as Easter, veteran of R.E.M. sessions. Now Gin Blossoms had a producer and engineer who helped define ’80s jangling power pop, a style that exerted a major influence on the band’s own musical approach. The results were undeniable as the Gin Blossoms are back in 2018 with their best set of songs in years on “Mixed Reality.” Releasing June 15, 2018 via Cleopatra Records, the powerful new album demonstrates the timeless appeal of Gin Blossoms’ music endured.

“Mixed Reality” shares the same timeless feel as “New Miserable Experience.” It’s packed with 15 songs, with Wilson, Leen, Johnson and Valenzuela contributing material. And once again, the mix of songwriters results in something that has that unmistakable Gin Blossoms sound. Built around the proven strategy of using the band’s deep songwriting bench, and packed with memorable songs that connect with listeners while transcending a specific time period, “Mixed Reality” may turn out to be as timeless as Gin Blossoms’ major label debut.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with guitarist Jesse Valenzuela to discuss his life in music, Gin Blossoms’ new album, “Mixed Reality,” and what he has in store for music fans in the year to come.

Let’s go back to the beginning. How did music first come into your life?

I’ve always been a fan of music. I’ve gotten older now and my mother’s started handing over lots of photographs from my childhood. It seems that I always had a guitar in my hand as a kid. I do remember just wanting a guitar really badly and it was all I thought about at that age. I was playing in bars by the time I was 15. As square as it may sound, I learned that it all requires some responsibility! [laughs] By that I mean, you can’t get drunk at the shows, you have to pace yourself, stay focused and do your best job. I don’t know, I just always wanted to play music. I’ve been doing it for so long now, I’m 56 years old, so I have been playing for my livelihood forever! I never really had a job and I didn’t go to college, so it’s been my only career. With that said, I really respect it and I feel really prideful about it. At the same time, I do wonder, “What would have happened if I did go to college? What if I had choices!” [laughs] To be a guitar player/artist was all I could think of early on.

What are the keys to longevity to a career in music?

Luck is a key component. I’ve been a very lucky person for my entire life. I think my willingness and being around like-minded individuals.

The Gin Blossoms have a brand-new album, “Mixed Reality,” releasing on June 15th. What made now the time to get together for a new record?

Fortunately, and unfortunately, we are always together because we play a lot. [laughs] It is something that just sort of happened. These things take on a life of their own. A few songs are created and all of a sudden you get the feeling that you should make a record. The record is like two years now, for us, but it’s time to let it finally see the light of day! I’m used to making records at home and not having to travel. To have to travel to make a record seems kind of old fashioned to me and is something I haven’t done in a long time. Honestly, it felt like we were back in the ‘90s and we had to go to some studio! It was kind of exciting in that regard.

There are 15 tracks on “Mixed Reality.” Was there anything that didn’t make the record?

I think that everything made the cut. I think the idea of this record was that everyone got to record the songs that they wanted, so there wasn’t a cut process for the record.

Gin Blossoms are currently out on tour. How has your approach to touring changed through the years?

Ya know, we’re in a bus right now on tour, which has its own set of challenges! [laughs] I was in Long Island on Sunday and I flew home for the day and now I’m going to fly back to Ohio tonight for the show. Ya know, it’s nice to get away from it all every once in a while. We are grown men and we’ve been together for a long, long time, so it’s nice for us to get away from each other on occasion. It’s nice to get home for a day and get that sense of renewal. We spend a lot of time doing the same thing, so you have to find a balance. I think that has been a key to my life. If I can find a balance, then I can play a great show, get home and then pursue songwriting or just be around my family.

What can fans expect from the live show?

There are definitely a lot of hits that have to be respected and played, so that is going to happen. I think, sometimes, we play too many new songs but it seems to be working, so I’m not going to argue with it!

How have you evolved as a player and songwriter through the years?

Through the activity of writing everyday and playing guitar, you get better at certain things. You realize what’s important in your playing and songwriting, if you get lucky. Then, you hone in on that! Honestly, the biggest realization I’ve had his the importance of family. I’m just getting to the point in my life where I want to be around my family and find that balance of work and life, as I mentioned.

I know you do a lot of writing for film and television. How does that process differ from writing with a band?

A lot of times you are writing to screen, so you’re writing to pictures. Someone will send you something and they want you to interpret it. A lot of times, you go with your gut and whatever your initial feeling is and write something in that regard. There are other times when it pays to be able to arch and write against the picture and see if that fits. Those are generally things people try to do immediately. There are other techniques but those are principally the two big ones.

As you said, you lived your entire life in the music industry. What are the pros and cons of being a working artist in this day and age?

I don’t know any cons. I can only speak to my experience. For me, I just stay at it every day. As I said, I’m a pretty lucky guy and very fortunate to have a nice career. I still like to play music!

You still have many miles ahead in your career. Where are you headed?

I’m very excited about the new Gin Blossoms record, obviously. I don’t want to sound immodest or ungracious but I am also making a new record. I have a lot of it done and I’m working with some really exciting people. I’ve worked with Judy Collins. Ya know, the business has changed so much, I’ve been thinking about releasing a song a month, on CD maybe or whatever it might be, to give people a chance to check it out! We will see what happens. I recently worked with an artist named Rhett Miller from the Old 97’s. We wrote a really beautiful song and I recorded that. There are a series of songs I’m going to release and, I think, in 2019 I will be playing some acoustic shows, along with the shows with the Gin Blossoms.

What is the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

Hmmmm. Well, maybe to be patient. [laughs] I don’t know if that applies solely to the music business as much as it does to life. I see that now because I’m older. I think I was a relatively patient person when I was younger. At the risk of sounding like a father, which I am and my son just graduated from high school, I really think that there are no shortcuts. I think you have to do your best everyday and the rest will come!

Thanks for your time today, Jesse! I’m happy to help spread the word on this great new album!

I’m glad to hear that! Thank you very much! I sure appreciate your time!

For all the latest news and tour dates for Gin Blossoms, visit their official website at www.ginblossoms.net. Connect with the on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Gin Blossoms To Release Long-Awaited New Album, ‘Mixed Reality,’ On June 15th!

Gin Blossoms To Release Long-Awaited New Album, ‘Mixed Reality,’ On June 15th!

Cleopatra Records will be releasing the brand new album from one of the most successful melodic alt-rock bands still making music today, Gin Blossoms! “Mixed Reality” will be released on June 15, 2018. The Blossoms recently celebrated the 25 year anniversary of their seminal, multi-platinum album “New Miserable Experience,” which spawned the blockbuster singles “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You!”

Gin Blossoms’ blockbuster 1992 album “New Miserable Experience” spawned four Top 40 hit singles, and established the Arizona quintet as one of the top rock groups of that decade. More than 25 years have passed since the release of “New Miserable Experience,” and now Gin Blossoms are back with their best set of songs in years. Produced by Don Dixon and engineered by Mitch Easter, “Mixed Reality” demonstrates that the timeless appeal of Gin Blossoms’ music has endured.

Says lead singer Robin Wilson, “I knew we were recording with Don and Mitch, and I managed to hack into a young version of myself to craft songs. All of us turned in our best work in 25 years. Regardless of commercial outcome, I know ‘Mixed Reality’ is special, and that we’ve lived up to our legacy.”

Gin Blossoms formed in 1987 in the Arizona city of Tempe; guitarists Jesse Valenzuela and bassist Bill Leen were founding members. After some lineup changes, the group coalesced around Valenzuela, Leen, Robin Wilson (vocals and guitar), drummer Phillip Rhoades, and guitarist Doug Hopkins. One quality that set Gin Blossoms apart from other groups was its deep bench: four of its five members wrote songs.

In 2017 Gin Blossoms began work on their first new album in almost eight years. Longtime producer and friend of the band John Hampton had passed away in 2014, so at first the group considered self-producing. But at one of their shows, they met Don Dixon, producer of the Smithereens’ first two albums and a legend in power pop circles.

The group booked time in Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium Studio in Kernersville, N.C., working with Dixon as well as Easter, veteran of R.E.M. sessions. Now Gin Blossoms had a producer and engineer who helped define ’80s jangling power pop, a style that exerted a major influence on the band’s own musical approach. “We needed to be shaken and taken out of our element,” Wilson explains. “Working with Don and Mitch gave us the inspiration to reconnect with the very foundations of the band: where we came from as songwriters and band mates.”

“Mixed Reality” shares the same timeless feel as “New Miserable Experience”; it’s packed with 15 songs, with Wilson, Leen, Johnson and Valenzuela all contributing material. And once again, the mix of songwriters results in something that has that unmistakable Gin Blossoms sound. “As much as we are children of our influences,” explains Wilson, “we managed to do something that was both familiar and original.”

“We’re at the point now where we play better, we communicate better, we get along more,” says Wilson. “We’re more grateful. It’s a very full-circle thing for us to be releasing ‘Mixed Reality.’” Built around the proven strategy of using the band’s deep songwriting bench, and packed with memorable songs that connect with listeners while transcending a specific time period, “Mixed Reality” may turn out to be as timeless as Gin Blossoms’ major label debut.

Track List:
1. Break
2. Face The Dark
3. New Mexico Trouble
4. Angels Fly
5. Here Again
6. Still Some Room In Heaven
7. Miranda Chicago
8. Girl On The Side
9. Fortunate Street
10. Wonder
11. Shadow
12. Forever Is This Night
13. The JFK Shit Show
14. The Devil’s Daughter
15. Mega Pawn King

Catch the Blossoms on tour this year with special engagements alongside Vertical Horizon & Tonic!

Tue 05 29 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
Thu 05 31 18 – South Bend, IN – Four Winds Field
Fri 06 01 18 – Eldon, MO – Shawnee Bluff Vineyard
Sat 06 02 18 – Alabaster, AL – Alabaster City Fest
Sun 06 03 18 – Greensboro, NC – White Oak Amphitheater
Wed 06 06 18 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater
Thu 06 07 18 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
Fri 06 08 18 – Big Flats, NY – Tag’s Summer Sound Stage
Sat 06 09 18 – Fairfax, VA – Celebrate Fairfax Fair
Sun 06 10 18 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Wed 06 13 18 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heigh
Thu 06 14 18 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield
Fri 06 15 18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Pavillion
Sat 06 16 18 – Springfield, IL – Bank of Springfield Plaza
Sun 06 17 18 – West Saint Louis Park, MN – Common Sound Festival
Sat 07 07 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Sun 07 08 18 – Rochester, MN – Down by the Riverside Concert
Tue 07 10 18 – Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater
Thu 07 12 18 – Appleton, WI – Neuroscience Group Field
Fri 07 13 18 – Toledo, OH – Promenade Park
Sat 07 14 18 – Fort Wayne, IN – Headwaters Park
Wed 07 18 18 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
Thu 07 19 18 – Stamford, CT – Alive @ Five Outdoor Summer Co
Fri 07 20 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Outdoors
Sat 07 21 18 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Theater, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sun 07 22 18 – Lakeville, PA – Cove Haven Resort
Tue 07 24 18 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Wed 07 25 18 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
Fri 07 27 18 – Chautauqua, NY – Chautauqua Institution Amphith
Sat 07 28 18 – Island Lake, IL – Sideouts
Thu 08 02 18 – Selbyville, DE – The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Sat 08 04 18 – Mount Tabor, NJ – At The Tabernacle
Fri 08 10 18 – Chamblee, GA – Chamblee City Park
Sat 08 11 18 – Suwanee, GA – Suwanee Town Center Park

To purchase Gin Blossoms “Mixed Reality”:
CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/gin-blossoms-mixed-reality-cd/
Digital: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/mixed-reality/1383520725?app=itunes&at=1000lt9k

Official website: www.ginblossoms.net

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Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25’ To Hit Blu-ray, DVD, and CD on August 4th!

Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25’ To Hit Blu-ray, DVD, and CD on August 4th!

Rock Fuel Media, in association with Sonic Films, Cleopatra Records, and MVD Entertainment Group, is excited to announce the August 4th release of the state-of-the-art DVD, Blu-ray, audio CD and vinyl collection by legendary, multi-Platinum rockers Jane’s Addiction, called “Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25.”

Directed by Mark Ritchie (Madonna, Kanye West) and produced by Barry Summers (Rock Fuel Media), Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25 features a complete concert filmed at the historic Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on September 23rd 2016, which was the last stop on the band’s 20-city worldwide “Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour.” The powerhouse line-up of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney performed an explosive 90-minute show consisting of their entire landmark album Ritual De Lo Habitual, as well as some of the band’s biggest hits spanning their 30-year career. It was all captured with 20 cameras throughout the venue and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

As Perry Farrell explains, “25 years – what a beautiful milestone for both Ritual De Lo Habitual and Lollapalooza. As both were great achievements in our lives that also helped change the course of music history, we really sought to come up with a special show for this tour so that the fans could celebrate it with us.”

Award-winning producer Barry Summers from Rock Fuel Media explains, “The band’s great visual and very edgy performances always kick ass on stage. Ritual De Lo Habitual is such an iconic album that changed the landscape of alternative rock and we wanted to capture the 25 year anniversary in stunning 4k. It’s quite mind-blowing and we think fans will enjoy this package for years to come.”

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UNSTOPPABLE: Bulletboys’ Marq Torien Talks Life, Career And New Album!

UNSTOPPABLE: Bulletboys’ Marq Torien Talks Life, Career And New Album!

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Formed and fronted by the charismatic Marq Torien, the Bulletboys exploded onto the music scene in 1988 with their self-titled album ‘Bulletboys.’ The raw and relentless rock album resulted in two major (and very memorable) hits for the band; “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money.” The future looked very bright for the band and they quickly followed up by releasing their sophomore album, ‘Freakshow,’ which featured “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover),” “THC Groove” and more. Despite their critical and commercial success, the Bulletboys never rose to the heights of some of the peers. It was a pivotal time in music history as the once flourishing Hollywood metal scene would soon been cast aside. As the phenomena of grunge music quickly took hold,  terms like “glam metal” and “hair band” became dirty words and cast a shadow over the Bulletboys and many other bands who didn’t quite fit the mold; robbing them of the credit they deserved as artists and a formidable force in rock ‘n’ roll.

In 2015, Marq Torien and Bulletboys have returned and stand ready to tear the house down with their new massive new release. ELEFANTE, on Cleopatra/Deadline Records. The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). It is clear at first listen at everyone involved with the project, from the band members to those working diligently behind the scenes, have poured their heart and soul into the process of bringing this powerful new album to life. Hitting stores on June 9th, 2015, ‘Elefante’ shows that the Bulletboys are an unstoppable force ready to once again take the world by storm with their unique brand hard rock; the group’s first album of original material since 2009. Armed with a rockin’ new record, known for it’s kickass live show, will soon will embark on a national tour — The Armed Alliance Tour! They will be joined by LA Guns with Tracii Guns for the first leg of the highly anticipated summer outing. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Bulletboys frontman Marq Torien to discuss his amazing life in music, his longevity as an artist, the creation of ‘Elefante,’ risking it all for rock ‘n’ roll and what the future may hold for him and his legendary band.

Going back to your early years, what are your first memories of music and what ultimately led you to pursue it as a career?

Marq Torien

Marq Torien

That is quite a question because I started in music at the age of 7. I was behind a mic by the age of 8 in a recording studio where I was recording original songs. I come from a very musical background. My mother and father are both musicians of a very high caliber. My father plays trombone and played first trombone in Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, along with a lot of others back in the day. My mother was a singer and worked as a background singer and worked with so many different groups back in the day. Basically, that is where it all started. I grew up in Montebello, California. My earliest musical endeavor was when I was around 7 or 8, like I said. There were two gentlemen who approached my family to take us into the recording studio and possibly become something like The Partridge Family. [laughs] It was really great! A gentlemen by the name of Skip Soder had written some songs and a promoter by the name of Wally Wozniak came to us. They were so full of life and really saw talent in my family. They put us out on the road for a little bit here in Los Angeles and we performed at different colleges. From there, I started working with Skip as a songwriter. He loved my voice but things eventually fell off because they didn’t have the means to go in and produce the band. I was really blessed to get started so young with something that was a God given gift to me. I knew at a young age that I had this voice and the ability to play instruments. It was something I honed and worked on very hard. My parents were very diligent about encouraging me to continue working at music. My first love was guitar. I have been playing since I was 8 years old and writing since I was 9 or 10. I don’t think I chose this career. I feel it was kind of chosen for me. I have always known I would do music for my entire life. I really wanted to chase that experience and challenge myself. My father gave that up when he was very young and decided to raise up his dreams, so I kind of wanted to pursue it and possibly gravitate towards something that my father didn’t get to do.

Seeing as you made quite a career for yourself in the music industry, what is the secret to your success? To what do you attribute your longevity as an artist?

Marq Torien

Marq Torien

Perseverance, hard work and tough skin. You have to try to be like teflon in many ways because the music business is not the easiest business in the world. It is full of ups but it is also full of a lot of downs! [laughs] To do what I am doing, you have to have a lot of chutzpah and tough skin. Many times throughout my career, I have been praised but there are other times where I have been ridiculed and humiliated. You really have to go into it knowing that you are going to see a lot of people on your way up but you will see a lot more people on your way down. If you choose to have a long musical career, which I have been fortunate to have, you have to treat people the way you like to be treated. I have gone through some dark times in my career but my faith has pulled me out of it. I try to keep on keepin’ on. I have said this before but a lot of of people from my particular genre are lumped in a group with the stereotype of rock stars or hair metal bands. I have never really liked those terminologies. I have always wanted to be known as a great musician and to be respected as a great songwriter, singer and performer. The whole rock star thing was never in my equation for my career. When I hear those things, it makes me shake my head. To me, being a rock star to me is the act of giving back. I revere people who are supposed rock stars or great musicians or artists who have accumulated wealth but are focused on giving back rather than having all eyes on them. I would like to see a lot more bands from my genre attempt that. We never became multi-millionaires with this band and I am not a man who has oodles and oodles of money in my life but I continue to do music for music’s sake. It is a very tough road. It is not the easiest thing in the world but, when we have the upswing, the highs are amazing and we try to deal with the lows as they come. We also move forward and try to turn any negatives into positives. The band is extremely large on social media and that is really the key to a band’s success these days. Being as close to your fans, family and friends is very important. I encompass all three of those elements into one group for my band! It is really important to us! My whole band is constantly on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, reaching out to our fans and letting them know we are coming out with a massive new record from the Bulletboys! The new album, Elefante, is getting a lot of critical acclaim right now because we took that time, just over two years, to put together something that was musically sound and was taking a risk.

The Unstoppable Marq Torien

The Unstoppable Marq Torien

I recently heard you on Dean Delray’s amazing podcast, “Let There Be Talk,” and you mentioned taking risks. Can you tell us a little about taking those risks and what it means to you personally?

Yeah. Bulletboys, as a band, have never written the same album twice. Is that correct?

Yes, that is correct. Definitely a fair statement.

Bulletboys will unleash 'Elefante' on June 9th, 2015!

Bulletboys will unleash ‘Elefante’ on June 9th, 2015!

I am blessed that I did write the song “Smooth Up In Ya” and that Lonnie [Vincent] and I penned that tune. It was very successful but I don’t want to be known as The Smooth Up Guy for the rest of my life! [laughs] No disrespect to the song, none at all, but I see bands get pigeonholed like that and we have never been that. Our new joints are always new joints. We never try to borrow from the past. We live in the now and write in the now. As far as “Elefante” is concerned, I wanted to write something at a high level, specifically for our fans, family and friends. I say that because if you are coming out with weak stuff musically, it just ain’t gonna happen for you these days. There are too many great bands out there who are putting out great material. I think a lot of bands have a fear of trying to do something at a risk, as I did, and fear trying to do something musically that someone might not have been expecting. To me it is very challenging and I have to be challenged to write. I don’t want to write or re-live the late-’80s or early ‘90s where the Bulletboys did the majority of our touring. I was taught an important lesson way back in the day. I was taught by my family and other great artists when I was signed with Motown and Warner Brothers, as well. That lesson was to never rest on your laurels. Always learn how to reinvent yourself. If you are able to do that, you have a career. Those who can’t will find themselves faced with a very difficult road.

As a songwriter, where do you look for inspiration these days?

I look for inspiration within the people I see in the music business or in life that are trying to do something by giving back, as I mentioned earlier. It is very inspirational to me when I see a lot of these musicians who are trying to do things on another level. I wrote “Elefante” to step out of my comfort zone. I have been through a lot in my personal life. There has been a lot of pain, hurt and suffering. I wrote this record, not only as therapy for myself, but to let people know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, things have happened to me. I have been bullied and things have happened to me but we can move past that, have strength and move forward. We can do that by taking the good from the people around us who are trying to help us and have faith. There is a God out there and He is working for us everyday in our lives and we can ask him for guidance or strength. That is where I am at. We have done so many sex joints back in the day. We were that band and that was that time. However, there is a lot more to life than making love and spending money! [laughs] There are a lot more things to talk about! With “Elefante,” there are a lot of peaks and valleys. It’s not a linear record. The lyrical content is for people like myself, who feel like they are from the Island of The Misfit Toys. [laughs] It is for all of our fans that want to be uplifted and who may be going through things in their lives that are not so great right now. I am hear to tell you that the same things have happened to me in my life but, if you continue to move forward and stay positive, things will change. It is important to stay positive because once that negativity comes in you can be doomed. Surround yourself with positive people, not yes people, but people who love you for who you are.

Bulletboys

Bulletboys

Building on what you just said, I was curious to know how you felt you most evolved as an artist through the years?

Oh my gosh, that is a great question, Jason. I think I’ve learned how to listen more. When I was younger, I was a bit naive, as we all are. I was like the Muhammad Ali of rock, just talking a bunch of mess about my band. It was, “We’re doing this … ” or “We’re gonna do that … ” It was true in my heart because of the confidence I had in my band and our music. We signed with Warner Brothers and here is Van Halen passing us the torch as we were working with an amazing group of people. Here we were, young and full of piss and vinegar! “We are going out there and we are going to trounce you guys!” [laughs] I am still very competitive musically and I think that is what challenges and drives me. I revere so many of the great artists right now and I want our little band, Bulletboys out of L.A., to finally have some comeuppance finally even though we have been labeled a hair band in the past. Labels are labels but listen to the music! When you listen to the music, you will be blown away. Every review I have read so far has been so positive and we have been so blessed in that everyone has given us a 10 out of 10. They have said this record rivals our first record. I am so happy that people are getting it and saying, “This band really took time to do something special for us and special for rock ‘n’ roll.” Rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead. It is alive and well! I read an article the other day and I hail Corey Taylor from Slipknot as he was saying, “Rock ‘n’ roll can’t be dead when I am performing in front of 35,000 people every other night!” [laughs] He was going on about Fallout Boy and their record “Saves Rock and Roll.’ That record is not rock ‘n’ roll. It was so nice to see someone not having fear and stepping out to say what he really feels. I just think people are so worried about taking flack for being honest. I am here to tell people, especially the young kids full of dreams, to never let people squash those dreams. Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well! Get a guitar. Get some friends together! Make mistakes! Play loud music and have fun, man! You have to have fun! That is what we do in Bulletboys!

You and the band seem to be in a terrific place at this point in time. From an insider’s perspective, where do you see yourselves headed in the future?

Marq Torien

Marq Torien

The future looks very bright! It looks really, really good! We are going to continue to move forward. I am sure we will be touring on this record for at least a year, which would mean this summer and possibly next year. We have a lot of radio friendly songs on this album. We are going to be touring non-stop and bring our game to the people. We did very well last year on our summer tour with Quiet Riot. We played some amazing venues and have been asked back! We are going to be doing the Gramercy Theater this year. We are playing the Verizon Amphitheater, being welcomed back to Irvine Meadows, for the Cathouse Live Show on the main stage! We have added a lot of people our band; I have background singers called The Pistolettes and a horn section called The Bullhorns. We are a huge family now! On some of these big shows, I am going to invite them to play! Keep looking out for us, man! We have an amazing tour on the way! Live Nation has been so kind to us and is starting to back our shows in these amazing proper venues. When we hit the road for this upcoming tour, we will be bringing a lot of love!

I am completely humbled by the comeuppance of this band and how people have been so supportive about wanting to see us have our day! We never got our day and people have always wanted to take us to that level. After all these years, it seems we are this band that is still putting out killer records. I don’t see any of the bands from my genre coming out with anything, aside from these new bands that I really revere. I have to tell you something. My favorite band is Foo Fighters and David Grohl. When I was really down their music really inspired me to write something out of the box, to not be mundane and to challenge myself musically. David has been the ambassador for rock music for all of these years and has been carrying that flag for everybody. Recently, we were invited to record at 606, the Foo Fighters studio, to record a brand new song for Rock Against MS. I have to tell you, it was one of the most humbling moments I have ever experienced. It was such an honor to record there and to be around the magical energy that is in that studio. I can’t even fully express the feeling I had as a musician when I was able to record there and to be part of this amazing project for Rock Against MS. The project is going to be a double album, a vinyl record that will feature a lot of really great punk rock bands from Los Angeles. I always say I never really go on other people’s records and sing but Phil X is a really great friend of mind. He is doing a new record with The Drills. He asked me to come up and sing some stuff. I said yes and went up there only to find out I am at Tommy Lee’s house. I hadn’t seen Tommy in years! It was great! We were all up there reminiscing and making a point to get together more often and hang out. Musically, it has been really great to hang out with all of these musicians. They are also really excited about what we are doing and how we are doing it, that we took that risk and aren’t trying to relive the past. I have learned from so many people that you can’t relive your past! You have to live in the now and put stuff out that is relevant to who you are now!

Bulletboys: Killin' it on stage.

Bulletboys: Killin’ it on stage.

Absolutely! Like you mentioned on “Let There Be Talk,” we only have so much time left on this planet, so you have to go after it hard. I found that to be really inspiring and took it to heart!

Yeah! That is the truth! That is the God’s honest truth! We only have so much time left! There are a lot of things I was very angry about that I didn’t do and I wasn’t doing when I was younger. Now, I can’t make all that up but the one thing I can make is music and be diligent about what we are trying to do as a band and break away from our past in a way. I also hope to play with other friends of ours. I mean, I would love to play with Vinnie Paul and Hellyeah! Vinnie would love to have us play with them but we are definitely riding up against the grain. I say that because there are a lot of radio stations who might not play us and say, “Oh, they are just some ‘80s hair band.” Guess what? That is turning around now too because they are hearing the music and saying, “This song is so good. Send it to me!” [laughs] A few months back, we had a program director on KROQ’s sister station in San Diego start playing one of our songs because he is a huge fan. He didn’t care what anybody said! He put it on in the morning, drive-time, and said, “You have to hear this new song by the Bulletboys because this record is coming and it is going to reinvent rock!” He got a lot of guff but he said, “I don’t care, Marq. I will take that because we need music that is going to move people. All this music that is out right now is not doing it. This is an organic record, not some Pro Tools, pieced together stuff. This sounds like real rock!” Listen, Jason. You put in our new single “Roll Over” and get in your car this summer and crank that thing when you are rolling down the highway! You will feel like Superman! It’s on!

It is very cool to hear how passionate you are about “Elefante” and the future of the Bulletboys. Obviously, we are just getting to the tip of the iceberg talking to you today when it comes to your history in rock. Is there any interest on your part of doing an autobiography at some point?

Marq Torien

Marq Torien

If I come out with a book, there are going to be a lot of people running for cover! [laughs] I promised a lot of people I would take some of this stuff to the grave! [laughs] I’m just kidding! Absolutely! I am actually starting to work on a book. There is so much to cover! Yes, I am really trying to focus on that and make it happen. If I write a book, I want the reader to be uplifted by it and say, “Wow. This guy went through so much but he continues to move forward. I like this guy! He doesn’t know the word quit!” [laughs]

What is the best lesson we can take away from the life and times of Marq Torien, so far?

Have the heart to persevere. Be close to your family and friends. Keep in mind our time here is short. I look at my life and I enjoy every day. I live for the day and I really want to send my heartfelt love to all of our fans! I hope they know that, from me, they will never get a quitter. I have had people quit on me but I have never quit on Bulletboys, my fans, family or friends. Never give up!

Thanks so much for your time today, Marq! We are so excited to spread the word on this record and can’t wait to catch you on tour!

Thank you! We are close friends now, so please come up, say hello and let’s chat again! Thank you for your support! I greatly appreciate it!

For more information and updates on Bulletboys and when they will be rocking’ your town, visit www.bulletboysofficial.comPre-order ‘Elefante’ at this locationhttp://t.co/WsF2U3Xvkq

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BULLETBOYS To Embark On The ‘Armed Alliance Tour’ This Summer!

BULLETBOYS To Embark On The ‘Armed Alliance Tour’ This Summer!

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The BULLETBOYS will embark on a National tour starting with some key headline dates in June – Then they will be joined by LA Guns with Tracii Guns for the  first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

BULLETBOYS VIP packages are available – You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8×10, you can bring 2 items to be signed and a special “merch package” full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.

Buy your VIP here: http://www.bulletboysofficial.com/my-website#!__my-website/tour-dates

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80’s, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he’s the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80’s record you are completely wrong!”

Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9th 2015. You can PRE-ORDER this long awaited album herehttp://t.co/WsF2U3Xvkq

TOUR DATES – MORE DATES TBA:

JUNE – BULLETBOYS SOLO DATES

FRI       6/05    SANDUSKY, OH                      BROKEN SPOKE SALOON

SAT      6/06    BRADLEY, IL                            THE LOONEY BIN

SUN     6/07    BEREA, OH                             THE GRINDSTONE

SAT      6/13    CHINO HILLS, CA                   SHAMROCKS

 

JULY – ARMED ALLIANCE TOUR W/LA GUNS & TRACI GUNS

THU      7/09    DALLAS, TX                             GAS MONKEY LIVE

FRI       7/10    HOUSTON, TX                         CONCERT PUB NORTH

SAT      7/11    AUSTIN, TX                              THE GATSBY

TUE      7/14    MEMPHIS, TN                          ROCKHOUSE LIVE

FRI       7/17    PITTSBURGH, PA                     REX THEATER

SAT      7/18    MANCHESTER, NH                 JEWEL NIGHTCLUB

MON   7/20    NEW YORK, NY                      EDDIE TRUNK SHOW – LIVE

TUE      7/21    NEW YORK, NY                      GRAMERCY THEATER **EDDIE TRUNK TO HOST

WED    7/22    TORONTO, ON                       ROCK PILE EAST

FRI       7/24    WESTLAND, MI                       THE TOKEN LOUNGE

SAT      7/25    BOLINGBROOK, IL                 TAILGATERS

WED    7/29    MERRIAM, KS                         AFTERSHOCK

THU      7/30    COLORADO SPR, CO           PEAK 31

AUGUST 

SAT      8/15    IRVINE, CA                             CATHOUSE LIVE FESTIVAL

THU      8/27    MELBOURNE, FL                     80’S IN THE PARK FESTIVAL

The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman.

For more information and updates click on: www.bulletboysofficial.com

www.facebook.com/pages/BULLETBOYS/121246147910242 or https://twitter.com/TheBulletBoys

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BULLETBOYS Return With ‘Elefante’ On June 9th, To Embark On Summer Tour

BULLETBOYS Return With ‘Elefante’ On June 9th, To Embark On Summer Tour

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The BULLETBOYS are back and ready to tear the house down with their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9th 2015. This long awaited album shows that the BULLETBOYS are unstoppable with their grinding hard rock. Singer Marq Torien’s vocals hit every note with the power that is his trademark. “Can’t wait for our fans to hear this album. I put my heart and soul into this music,” exclaims lead singer Marq Torien. “This album has sick peaks and valleys … it is NOT a linear album. A straight out labor of love that I’ve dedicated to my amazing father, all of our Families and our unfaltering BULLETBOYS fans and friends.”

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BULLETBOYS

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80’s, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he’s the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80’s record you are completely wrong!”

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Rollover
  2. Tsunami
  3. Symphony
  4. The Villain
  5. Kin Folk
  6. Saving You From Me
  7. As Dumb As
  8. Superhuman Girl
  9. Drop Your Weapon
  10. Bitch Is Back
  11. Elefanté

The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

The BULLETBOYS will be embarking as the headlining act on a 3 month summer tour which is soon to be announced. “Feel like I’m gonna jump out my Skin .. Can’t wait to take this on the Road with the Fellas!! All year!!! He’ll Yeah!!! Let’s do This!” Marq Torien.

For more information and updates click on: www.bulletboysofficial.com
www.facebook.com/pages/BULLETBOYS/121246147910242 or https://twitter.com/TheBulletBoys

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STRANGE TIME: Chip Z’Nuff To Release First Solo Album On February 3rd

STRANGE TIME: Chip Z’Nuff To Release First Solo Album On February 3rd

Chip Z'Nuff's 'Strange Time'

Chip Z’Nuff’s ‘Strange Time’

On February 3, Deadline Music (imprint of Cleopatra Records) will release STRANGE TIME, the first solo album by Chip Z’nuff.  The 10-track record marks a departure from the trademark Enuff Z’nuff trip-pop sound, with heavier guitars and more psychedelic elements.  

In addition to special guest appearances, the album includes a bonus 5-track EP collaboration with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses).

“It’s a stoner rock record,” said Z’nuff, matter-of-factly.  “What I have with Enuff Z’nuff is special, but this is a labor of love.  I started these songs while going through every type of hard time – family, finances, relationships – and found moments of clarity while writing.”  He also called on some tour buddies and long-time friends to guest on the record.  

Having played bass for both Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) and Adler (Adler’s Appetite), Z’nuff knew they’d contribute something truly unique (Z’nuff calls Adler’s drumming “incendiary”). Home state  legend Robin Zander lends his pipes to “All Day and All of the Night.”  Geezer Butler’s son, Biff, sings on “Rockstar.”

STRANGE TIME was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in Chicago and Abbey Road Studios in London.  Brendan Jeffrey produced all tracks except “Rockstar” (produced by Johnny K) and “Strange Time” (produced by R. Rubin).  Mixing was done by Jeff Luif and engineering by Chris Shepard (Elvis Costello, Smashing Pumpkins), Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s), Rob Pozen, and Ron Lowe.  Daniel Stout mastered at Colossal Mastering.   Performers include Z’nuff (vocals, guitar, bass), Adler (drums, percussion), Biff Butler, James Morrison Jr., Steve Ramone, Sir Ashley Scott, Robin Zander, and Scott Faukes.

The EP was recorded at Chicago Recording Company and Chip Z’nuff Studios in Blue Island, IL.  Brendan Jeffrey produced, Jeff Luif mixed, and Bob Ludwig mastered.  Z’nuff and Adler performed all the music, with Bozzio on vocals and a Slash sample solo on “Tonight We Met.”

STRANGE TIME TRACK LISTING:
~ all songs written by Chip Z’nuff except where noted ~

  1. Sunshine
  2. Rockstar
  3. Strange Time  (written by Chip Z’nuff and Trent Reznor)
  4. Dragonfly
  5. Still Love Your Face (written by Chip Z’nuff and Wendel Rey)
  6. F..Mary..Kill (written by Chip Z’nuff, Howard Stern, and Steve Miller)
  7. Anna Nichole (written by Chip Z’nuff and Syklopps)
  8. Strike Three
  9. Hello To The Drugs
  10. All Day And All Of The Night –  featuring Robin Zander & Steven Adler (written by Ray Davies)

BONUS EP: STEVEN ADLER & CHIP Z’NUFF

  1. My Town
  2. Yesterday (Another Wasted Day)
  3. The Game
  4. Tonight We Met (And Now We’re Going To Fuck) –  featuring Slash & Dale Bozzio
  5. The Pain Is All On You (written by Chip Z’nuff, Steven Adler, Paul McCartney)

Enuff Z’nuff has a west coast run in February.

Feb. 19 – Vamp’d – Las Vegas

Feb. 20 – Whisky-a-Go Go – Los Angeles

Feb. 21 – Fulton 55 – Fresno

Feb. 22 – The Boardwalk – Sacramento

Feb. 24 – El Corazon – Seattle

Feb. 25 – Tonic Lounge – Portland

Feb. 27 – RockBar Theater – San Jose

Feb. 28 – TBA

STRANGE TIME will be available at record stores and online retailers including iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/n3mlwje) and Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/ohduxhy) on February 3.

In addition to a career in broadcasting as a go-to guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and co-host of “Mancow TV,” Chip is writing his autobiography.  It will chronicle, in part, his three decades in EZ. In 1989, Enuff Z’nuff released its self-titled debut, and the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle,” which earned them the first of two Gold records, huge credibility in the music video landscape, and legions of fans from the pop, rock, hippie, metal, and glam communities.  Rolling Stone, David Letterman, and Howard Stern have all been continued vocal supporters of the band.   A new record of Enuff Z’nuff originals is planned for 2015.

Connect with the band at enuffznuff.com and facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official.

 

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Music In The Blood: Chip Z’Nuff On His Career, ‘Covered In Gold’ And New Music

Music In The Blood: Chip Z’Nuff On His Career, ‘Covered In Gold’ And New Music

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On August 19, Cleopatra Records will release COVERED IN GOLD, the first covers album ever recorded in the 30-year history of Enuff Z’nuff. The 14-track record honors the diverse influences that inspired the band, and includes fan-favorite songs often heard in the band’s live sets.

From reverent takes on classics from The Beatles (“Run For Your Life”) and Nirvana (“All Apologies”) to surprising takes on Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and the blistering “Stone Cold Crazy” from Queen, Enuff Z’nuff demonstrates the core reason for its longevity in music: taking cues from exceptional and broad role models and creating an accessible but unique sound around them. To that end, the band takes a pop TV theme song, “Believe It Or Not” from The Greatest American Hero and turns it into a refreshed pop gem.

In 1989, Enuff Z’nuff released its self-titled debut, and the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle,” which earned them the first of two Gold records, huge credibility in the music video landscape, and legions of fans from the pop, rock, hippie, metal, and glam communities. Rolling Stone, David Letterman, and Howard Stern have all been continued vocal supporters of the band. Founder Chip Z’nuff continues to be the cornerstone, keeping the group active on stage and in studio with fresh musicians coming into the fold as change required. Twenty albums and countless concerts later, Enuff Z’nuff continues to deliver melodic, accessible rock.

In addition to a new career in broadcasting as a go-to guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and co-host of “Mancow TV,” Chip is working with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses, Adler’s Appetite) on two albums to be released this year. Both THE DEATH OF JOHNNY ROTTEN JR. and ADLER’S ENOUGH will feature guest artists like Robin Zander and Dale Bozzio. A new record of Enuff Z’nuff originals is planned for 2015.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Chip Z’Nuff to discuss his decades in the music  business, his evolution as an artist, the recent release of ‘Covered In Gold,’ the new music he has on the way and what the future might hold for him and the band.

Chip Z'Nuff

Chip Z’Nuff

Let’s go back to your formative years. What are some of your earliest memories of music?

I remember watching Don Kirshner’s “Rock Concert” and “Midnight Special” with my father. He would let me stay up late at night and have the chance to see bands like Alice Cooper, Queen, Mott The Hoople, Led Zeppelin and a lot of the old English stuff. That was really the first thing that tripped my trigger, stuff like Pink Floyd, Sweet, The Who. Those are the first bands I fell in love with. I was bitten and I had the disease! I said, “This is something I really enjoy!” At the time I discovered those bands, I was probably around 11 or 12 and I was playing baseball. I was pitching. By the time I got a little bit older and had some success in sports, it just seemed to me that writing a song was more challenging and exciting than throwing a curveball or a slider.

Was there a particular catalyst or moment that made you know music was the right path for you?

Oh yeah. I was playing a gig on the Southside of Chicago. Peter Cetera from the band Chicago came out to see the band. It was one of our first gigs. He came up to us and was very encouraging. He said, “Hey, you guys are working hard. Keep it up and you are going to go places.” I thought, “Here is a big rock star and he is telling me I have a chance!” That was one of the beginning motivations. My aunt lived outside of Los Angeles in a little town called Norco, Calif. She told my father she would take me in for the summer after I graduated. I was 17 years old. I went to her house and I had a band called Degeneration, the original Degeneration. We had some big management people following us. We were young dudes in what was like a punk rock band. That was very inspiring for me because I realized I was out there playing, doing it every single day and hanging out at places like The Whiskey A Go Go watching Motley Crue play. I thought, “If they could do it, so can I!” I think that was the catalyst right there!

You have been in music for a very long time and have been very successful. What is the secret to your success and longevity?

Chip Z'Nuff on tour in Germany.

Chip Z’Nuff on tour in Germany.

I will tell, luck is the residue of design but preparation meets opportunity. When I first met Bon Jovi, he said, “If you want to be huge, you have to want it 24 hours a day.” He’s not exaggerating. You have to dedicate your life to it. There will be ups and downs and you have to be prepared for them. More than anything, you can’t give up. You have to be determined beyond belief. It is tough out there. It is a big playing field and there is only so much room that is out there but if you write good songs, you are true to yourself and you stay as clean as you can you have a chance for a little career. I’ve been really lucky. I’ve been blessed! We have good people around us and had some great management in the business. When I think of a man who believed in our stuff, I think of Doc McGhee, who used to manage Bon Jovi and now he manages KISS. He was our first manager, along with a guy named Don Bingham. Our second manager was Herbie Herbert who managed Mr. Big and Steve Miller. Our last manager was the late, great Bill Aucoin, who managed KISS earlier in their career. We have had a chance to have some wonderful management and that certainly helped us set the tone for our career but more than anything it was songs! Donnie and I really hustled, built a lot of tunes in the house and recorded them all. That was our catalyst, come up with songs and compete against our idols. There is also a little bit of luck thrown in there as well! You have to sprinkle that in! We worked every single day. That was our job 24 hours a day. We pushed aside our family and friends and that is the hardest part of this business. You really have to focus on the band to be successful, it is almost like a marriage. I think all of those elements, mixed with a little luck, gave us the opportunity to have a career.

Looking back on your life in music, how did you evolve as an artist?

I don’t want to sound like I am immodest but I can definitely play with any band in the world. I have worked very hard at my craft. I play a few different instruments, I sing and I can write songs. I think those tools right there, along with the blessing of The Lord, has helped me. I’m not trying to be religious at all but let’s face it, there is higher power out there and someone is watching over me. Although I feel all the hard work has paid off, I am still unsatisfied but I am grateful. The band has been through a lot of ups and downs. We lost our drummer, Ricky Parent, who passed away in 2007. Before that, we lost Derek Frigo, who was a great guitar player. Don’t think I don’t miss those gentlemen because their contribution is immeasurable and I can’t put it into words. They were terrific musicians. I get a chance to listen to the CDs and see the DVDs and videos and see them. That is something I can keep forever, those amazing memories. No one can take those away from us. Besides that, there are my broken marriages and family strife. Through it all, we have stuck together and worked really hard. That is why I still do what I do. I have dedicated my life to it. As far as being a musician goes, I learned all different styles of music in my early days. I have been playing for such a long time that I have produced and played on over 50 albums. I think my musical contributions speak for themselves, without my trying to sound like I am immodest.

Enuff Z’nuff is putting out a covers collection titled “Covered in Gold.” What made this the right time for the release of this album?

Enuff Z’nuff - 'Covered In Gold'

Enuff Z’nuff – ‘Covered In Gold’

It was our management. Todd LePere, over at PRG Nocturne, has taken the band under his wing. We haven’t had a North American label in 15 years. I’m signed with King Records over in Japan and Enuff Z’nuff is with Rock Candy over in England but we had nothing here in the United States for the longest time. Everybody wanted the record for free. Finally, we found Cleopatra Records. They called me up one day and said, “We licensed your greatest hits record, ‘Favorites,’ and it has done very well for us. I always liked working with you, Chip. Do you have any music?” I told him we didn’t have a lot at the moment, just demo stuff but quality record stuff. It is very important to have music that is going to hold up sonically. I said, “I do have a covers record I am thinking about putting out. I would like to take all of these cover songs we have done in our career and put them on one record. Maybe we could record three or four extra songs for it. Would you be interested in that?” He said, “Absolutely!” I sent him the record and he nailed it! It was the perfect time. It’s like I said earlier, preparation meets opportunity. He had the songs and wanted to put the record together. I went over to Chicago Recording Company on the north side of Chicago. They were nice enough to give me the studio for a week. I put the songs together and I think there has been a resurgence with Enuff Z’nuff. We have certainly been helped through radio and TV. I host a TV show here in Chicago called “Mancow TV.” I think that has helped where people have seen us and know the band is still alive and playing shows. That whole combination made it a great time for this to come out. The record came out and it was at 54 its first week on Amazon and shot itself up to number 28. It has been pretty good for us so far! I think the way to sustain that would be to go out and tour a little bit this year and then come out with a brand new record next year. That is my goal right now, to put out some fresh new music for the fans in 2015. They certainly have been very loyal to us. Our audience has always bought our albums and passed them around to their friends. If you go to a record store, you don’t see us in the used bins because people keep our albums and we are really proud of that! I would definitely like to see a brand new, fresh record out. I was a little concerned about doing it because it is a different lineup right now but the fans have spoken! Next year I am looking forward to putting some fresh new music out and hopefully “Covered In Gold” will hold everybody over.

Chip Z'Nuff backstage before a gig.

Chip Z’Nuff backstage before a gig.

Where are you in the process of creating the album of new material for Enuff Z’nuff? Are you the type of artist who is always writing?

No, I’m not always writing because I am always in the studio producing other bands and helping other artists that need a helping hand. It is very challenging to find a new group and have them say, “Hey, we want to pay you to come into your studio to record our songs. Will you help us?” I give them everything I’ve got, all the bands that come in. I have produced over 30 albums at my house. It is very gratifying at the end when you see how happy they are. They see how it is done and I can really help them in a lot of ways because I have been making records for all these years. That feels really good. As far as songs go, John Lennon said it best, “All the great songs have already been written. It is up to us as artists to bring them down and turn you guys on to them.” There are a bunch of songs that we have, so that is the least of my worries.

Being in the music industry as long as you have, you have seen it go through many changes. What are some of the surprises the industry has thrown your way recently?

Music In The Blood: Chip Z'Nuff and Ace Frehley

Music In The Blood: Chip Z’Nuff and Ace Frehley

The music has changed a million times. In some ways it is better today because of social media where you can reach millions of people instantly. You couldn’t do that in the past, however, the playing field is so packed. There are so many bands and, since there isn’t a lot of room, you really have to have something special. It’s hard to not have a name and get out there to push a new record. You need a tour, you need a video, you need to try and get it out virally. You have to hit all the states and play shows with as many bands as you can and steal their fans. It is really tough out there for all artists. That being said, it is a great opportunity for us. Quite a few people are following us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and on www.enuffznuff.com. That will certainly help us in the long run. Listen, we have been through so many tough times and overcome so many obstacles that right now for the new record, as encouraging as all that is, will certainly be a challenge. My manger from the old days, Bob Brigham from PRG Nocturne, said “It’s like bandaging a gunshot wound.” It will take a lot for us to get back into the game, so we are not fooling ourselves but there are enough people out there who do like Enuff Z’nuff that one song could change things. You never know, a director or producer could want to put a song on their next movie soundtrack or a commercial or something and we are back in the fuckin’ game again. That is how it is for every single band out there. We are all one hit away from being back in the game again. I encourage those out there who are making songs to never give up and try to get the songs out there. We are all on the same playing field and you have a great chance out there. There is a book out there called “As a Man Thinkith.” Basically, what the book says is that if you wake up in the morning and it is pouring rain outside, if you are thinking it is going to be a shitty day and you aren’t going to get anything done then you aren’t going to! You have to wake up every day and say, “I am going to make things happen today. It’s going to be a positive day. I’m not going to lose.” If you go in there with great vibes, then you have a real chance. Every single person out there has a chance!

Is sharing your life and experiences in the form an autobiography something that is in the cards for you?

Yeah, I have been working on it for the whole year actually. It takes a lot of time. People think that you simply put a book together and put it out! No! It is trial and error. It is a bunch of stories and you have to find someone to help take your words and put it together in a way that is cohesive. I have this guy named James Reardon, who wrote “Break on Through.” He wrote the book on The Doors and worked with Oliver Stone when they did The Doors movie. The whole movie is based on his book. I just got him involved to help me put this book together. I have another person who is on The New York Times Best Sellers List named Jodee Blanco, who wrote “Please Stop Laughing at Me.” Those two are helping me put this great story together. It is all true, no phony stuff. It shows the warts, scars and tattoos I have acquired through the years with my band, Enuff Z’nuff.

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Did you have any reservations about putting yourself out there in that capacity?

I did at first but when I knew I was going to bring up some other people … I am not talking about other bands and their substance abuse or promiscuity. I am talking about my life and my band. I really had to let my hair down on this, for lack of a better term. I wanted to talk about the problems, trials and tribulations of being in Enuff Z’nuff and the very first days of substance abuse this band carried with us through the years. Even though we had issues, we had great songs and four guys who really knew how to play together and had a great chemistry. Along with the good stuff, I wanted to show all the bad stuff like the drug abuse and promiscuity, on both sides of my marriages, and my band’s relationships. I also wanted to focus on the people in the record company, in the very beginning, thinking that was the way to go to vibe with everybody to shows where band members weren’t up to snuff at gigs and we doing less than desirable shows with a great band. We were just not in the condition to play as great as we were on the records. We went through bankruptcies, signed with Clive Davis over at Arista and sold a couple hundred thousand records, which is considered a failure back then! Nowadays, I would be hailed for seeing over 200,000 records! We had two gold records and were in debt three quarters of a million dollars. There are embarrassing moments in there as well. I talked about all those things because I wanted to be honest. I have to be honest with ya, some of it hurt. It wasn’t an easy ride or an easy book to start putting together. However, I am cleansing my soul! It’s kind of like Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses, when he wrote his book. I was with him when he was writing the book. When it was finished, he had the first copy. I was so proud of him for putting all of that stuff down on paper. He went over and lit the fireplace. He threw the book in and said, “OK. This story is done. Those chapters of my life have diminished. I have the memories and my fans can remember these if they want to but I am on to the next thing!” That is how I look at the book I am working on.

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Chip Z’Nuff continues to rock crowds around the globe.

Speaking of Steven Adler, you have been working with him again. What can you tell us about what you have going on there?

There is one record that is already out called “Adler’s Appetite.” It’s an EP on Down Boys Records, which is a label the guys from Warrant own. I think it is a great record, a hard rock record, of course. It is very reminiscent of the Guns N’ Roses sound. Then, Steven flew out here from Los Angeles to Chicago in 2012 and we recorded a five song EP at my house, “Adler’s Enough.” He stayed here for about a month. Every single song that we write together, he played drums first before there was any music or anything. I just gave him an idea and a drum beat. He would go into the room and play his drums. From there, I would write songs around it. There are five tunes and I am really proud of this record. Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons is also on this record. We used a couple of Slash’s guitars from samples because we couldn’t get him down here. I think it is a strong record. I am singing and playing everything on the record, along with Steven. We are hoping to release that sometime this year because I think fans really need to hear it! We did the record in 2012, went out on tour and I brought about 400 copies with me. We sold them out in two weeks on a little small club tour we were doing in North American.

Chip Z'Nuff and Steven Adler

Chip Z’Nuff and Steven Adler

The management company said to me, “Chip, ya know what? People are going to be confused by this record and Adler’s Appetite band, so stop selling them.” I said, “No problem.” When I left Adler’s Appetite and went back to Enuff Z’nuff full-time and started doing the TV show, I was playing the songs for people. Everyone kept saying, “This is a great record. Why don’t you do something with this?” Steven and I deserve to have those songs out there. There could be a movie director, producer or somebody out there who might say, “I like these songs. I want to use them for my next project.” I want to get those songs out there for us. I was lucky enough to cut a deal with Cleopatra Records where I can release that record along with my solo record, which is a different band called Johnny Rotten Junior. That record is a 10-song record. It is all done on two inch tape, analog, here in Chicago. I think it is a strong record but I tried to do something a little bit different than Enuff Z’nuff. I wasn’t trying to write hits. I was just trying to put together a cool stoner rock record. I think I achieved that.

What is the best advice you can give to aspiring musicians looking to make music their career?

Spectacular success is when you can thoroughly deal with problems without letting them pull you down. Don’t stop. Stay positive. You are only one song away from being recognized!

We appreciate your time today, Chip! We are excited to help spread the word on all that you have going on!

Thank you for your time, Jason! God bless you and your family! Cheers!

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Enuff Z’nuff To Release ‘Covered In Gold’ Covers Album On August 19th!

Enuff Z’nuff To Release ‘Covered In Gold’ Covers Album On August 19th!

Enuff Z’nuff - 'Covered In Gold'

Enuff Z’nuff – ‘Covered In Gold’

On August 19, Cleopatra Records will release COVERED IN GOLD, the first covers album ever recorded in the 30-year history of Enuff Z’nuff. The 14-track record honors the diverse influences that inspired the band, and includes fan-favorite songs often heard in the band’s live sets.

From reverent takes on classics from The Beatles (“Run For Your Life”) and Nirvana (“All Apologies”) to surprising takes on Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and the blistering “Stone Cold Crazy” from Queen, Enuff Z’nuff demonstrates the core reason for its longevity in music: taking cues from exceptional and broad role models and creating an accessible but unique sound around them. To that end, the band takes a pop TV theme song, “Believe It Or Not” from The Greatest American Hero and turns it into a refreshed pop gem.

In 1989, Enuff Z’nuff released its self-titled debut, and the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle,” which earned them the first of two Gold records, huge credibility in the music video landscape, and legions of fans from the pop, rock, hippie, metal, and glam communities. Rolling Stone, David Letterman, and Howard Stern have all been continued vocal supporters of the band. Founder Chip Z’nuff continues to be the cornerstone, keeping the group active on stage and in studio with fresh musicians coming into the fold as change required. Twenty albums and countless concerts later, Enuff Z’nuff continues to deliver melodic, accessible rock.

In addition to a new career in broadcasting as a go-to guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and co-host of “Mancow TV,” Chip is working with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses, Adler’s Appetite) on two albums to be released this year. Both THE DEATH OF JOHNNY ROTTEN JR. and ADLER’S ENOUGH will feature guest artists like Robin Zander and Dale Bozzio. A new record of Enuff Z’nuff originals is planned for 2015.

COVERED IN GOLD TRACK LISTING:

1. Everything Works If You Let It (Cheap Trick cover)
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
3. She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult cover)
4. All Apologies (Nirvana cover)
5. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme)
6. The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
7. Run For Your Life (The Beatles cover)
8. When Doves Cry (Prince cover)
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles cover)
10. The Stroke (Billy Squier cover)
11. Yankee Rose (David Lee Roth cover)
12. Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)

BONUS TRACKS
13. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Live on Howard Stern)
14. New Thing (Live Unplugged In London)

After more than 140 concerts last year, Enuff Z’nuff took a break from the road early this year to craft new releases.  The following new dates are confirmed, with more to be announced on the website.

Aug 31 Farm Rock 2014 – Wauconda, IL

Sept 26 Park Pavillion ‘80s In The Park Wickham’ – Melbourne, FL

Nov 14 Rock N’ Skull – Pekin, IL

COVERED IN GOLD  will be available at record stores and online retailers including iTunes (http://geni.us/2lfp) and Amazon (http://geni.us/3j3v) on August 19.

Connect with the band at enuffznuff.com and facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official.

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