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Guns N’ Roses Debuts Previously Unseen Video For “It’s So Easy”

Guns N’ Roses Debuts Previously Unseen Video For “It’s So Easy”

Geffen/UMe continues its celebration for the release of Guns N’ Roses’ forthcoming Appetite For Destruction reissues with the debut of the original, newly discovered video for “IT’S SO EASY.”

Filmed live in 1989 at the infamous Cathouse, “IT’S SO EASY” was never completely finished and has remained in the vaults, unseen and unreleased. The footage was recently uncovered for inclusion in the box set and has been digitally restored in 4K UHD from 16mm film transfers with the original conceptual scenes edited back in with the live footage, just as the band had originally intended.

IT’S SO EASY” can be viewed below!

In addition to “IT’S SO EASY,” Geffen/UMe will also officially roll out Guns N’ Roses’ 14 seminal music videos spanning the band’s career all in newly upgraded 1080p HD pillarbox video. “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Paradise City,” “Patience” and two versions of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” will also feature newly remastered stereo audio.

Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. They went on to captivate the entire world with the July 21, 1987 release of Appetite For Destruction, which remains the best-selling U.S. debut album ever, moving over 30 million copies globally. Appetite features such indelible tracks such as the No. 1 single “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Nightrain,” and “Paradise City.”

The band’s ongoing success of the ‘Not In This Lifetime’ worldwide tour has elevated it to the 4th spot on the list of the most successful tours in music history, from its first two years alone – with no sign of slowing down. The next leg of the highly successful and anticipated World Tour continues in Europe in June & July 2018 and from what we hear, onto the fall.

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Guns N’ Roses Release Previously Unseen Music Video For “It’s So Easy”

Guns N’ Roses Release Previously Unseen Music Video For “It’s So Easy”

In celebration of the forthcoming Appetite For Destruction reissues, due out on June 29th, today the band released a previously unseen music video for “It’s So Easy,” available to watch now exclusively on Apple Music HERE.

Filmed live in 1989 at the infamous Cathouse, “It’s So Easy” was never completely finished and remained in the vaults, unseen and unreleased. The footage was recently uncovered for inclusion in the box set and has been digital restored in 4K UHD from 16mm film transfers with the original conceptual scenes edited back in with the live footage, just as the band had originally intended.

Released on July 21, 1987, Appetite For Destruction remains the best-selling U.S. debut album ever, selling over 30 million copies globally.

Click HERE to watch Guns N’ Roses’ 15 seminal videos spanning the band’s career, in newly upgraded 1080p HD video.

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Guns N’ Roses Unveil Plans For Massive  ‘Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition’ Box Set

Guns N’ Roses Unveil Plans For Massive ‘Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition’ Box Set

On June 29, Geffen/UMe celebrates one of rock’s most important bands, Guns N’ Roses, with the release of Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition box set. Commemorating the band’s highly influential album debut Appetite For Destruction, thislavish box set is the ultimate GnFnR fan’s dream fulfilled.

Appetite will also be released in concurrent multiple configurations, Appetite For Destruction will be made available in a 4CD/1Blu-ray Audio Super Deluxe Edition with a 96 page book featuring unreleased photos from Axl Rose’s personal archive, a 2CD Deluxe Edition, 2LP 180-gram heavyweight vinyl edition, 1 CD remaster, and digital download/streaming equivalents.

Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. They went on to captivate the entire world with the July 21, 1987 release of Appetite For Destruction, which remains the best-selling U.S. debut album ever, moving over 30 million copies globally. Appetite features such indelible   tracks such as the No. 1 single “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Nightrain,” and “Paradise City.”

Housed in a custom 12x12x12-inch solid-wood box that’s wrapped in faux-leather and sports embossed, instantly identifiable artwork with a hand-sculpted and hand-painted 3D cross on its front doors, the Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition is clearly the one true GN’R Holy Grail. The box encapsulates all content being offered to fans and more, including the Super Deluxe Edition, as well as first-time benchmarks of the album itself being newly remastered from the original stereo analog tapes, 12 remastered tracks compiled from of-era EPs and B-sides, 25 unreleased demos from a 1986 Sound City recording session, and a pair of unreleased tracks from recording sessions by Appetite’s producer Mike Clink: “Shadow Of Your Love” recorded December 1986, one month before the album sessions, as a trial recording session which resulted in Clink getting the producer gig; and “Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)” which was from the GN’R Lies sessions.

Additional highlights of the unreleased audio include the first two work-in-progress recording attempts of the 1991 epic masterpiece “November Rain” which was originally penned as the ballad for Appetite, covers of songs like Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” Aerosmith’s “Mama Kin,” twodistinctly different recordings of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (one electric, one acoustic) and two never finished tracks/jams “The Plague” and “New Work Tune.”

On the vinyl front, the original Appetite For Destruction album has been broadened to 2LPs for the first time, including expanded gatefold jacket art and a limited-edition foil printed plastic slipcase. The music itself is being presented on three sides only for maximum audio fidelity, with the fourth side featuring a vinyl Hologroove Hologram of the band’s iconic logo. Seven 7-inch singles are also included: the five original singles from the album, plus one for “Patience” and a new song, the aforementioned “Shadow Of Your Love.” All of the bonus tracks appearing on 12-inch vinyl will only be available in the Locked N’ Loaded Edition box including a reissue of the band’s first EP Live ?!?@ Like A Suicide.

The Blu-ray Audio disc contains the 12 tracks from the original album as newly mixed in glorious 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 surround sound from the original multi-tracks by legendary producer Elliot Scheiner(Steely Dan, Eagles), plus 5 bonus tracks mixed in 5.1 surround sound by both Scheiner and Frank Filipetti (Billy Joel, Elton John). Additionally, the Blu-ray includes four iconic GN’R music videos that have been newly sync’d to both remastered stereo audio and new 5.1 surround sound mixes, plus a brand-new video for “It’s So Easy” that was shot in 1989 by the band but was never completely finished — until now in 4K HD from 16mm film transfers.

Exclusive collectibles inside the box include a dozen 12×12-inch lithos of new illustrations visualizing each Appetite track, 5 custom buttons with various band logos, 5 custom hand-sculpted metal-cast band skull face rings, 5 custom hand-sculpted metal-cast band skull face lapel pins, a replica of the band’s first stage banner from the ‘85/’86 club days, a bandana, a 2-inch collector’s coin with unique imagery stamped on both sides, 2 24×36-inch wall posters, a 12×24-inch Robert Williams painting litho, 5 never-before-seen band lithos, 6 replica gig flyers, 3 replicas of classic show ticket stubs, two temporary tattoo sheets featuring life-size tattoos of the band members’ tats, 6 iron-on stitched patches, 5 metal-stamped guitar picks of the band skull faces with stamped signatures on the back, a turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, a 7-inch large-hole custom adapter, and finally, a 32gb metal-cast USB stick with 192kHz/24-bit, 96kHz/24-bit, and 44.1kHz/16-bit uncompressed audio files of all of the tracks included on the 4 CDs.

 

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GUNS N’ ROSES – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: LOCKED N’ LOADED EDITION BOX SET

[4CD, 1 Blu-ray, 7 12-inch LPs, 7 7-inches, Hardbound Book, Ephemera box set]

 

CD 1 – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: REMASTERED

1. Welcome To The Jungle

2. It’s So Easy

3. Nightrain

4. Out Ta Get Me

5. Mr. Brownstone

6. Paradise City

7. My Michelle

8. Think About You

9. Sweet Child O’ Mine

10. You’re Crazy

11. Anything Goes

12. Rocket Queen

 

CD 2 – B-SIDES N’ EPS: REMASTERED

1. Reckless Life

2. Nice Boys

3. Move To The City (Live)

4. Mama Kin

5. Shadow Of Your Love (Live)

6. You’re Crazy (Acoustic Version)

7. Patience

8. Used To Love Her

9. You’re Crazy

10. It’s So Easy (Live)

11. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Live)

12. Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)

 

CD 3 – 1986 SOUND CITY SESSION

Previously unreleased

1. Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)

2. Nightrain (1986 Sound City Session)

3. Out Ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Session)

4. Paradise City (1986 Sound City Session)

5. My Michelle (1986 Sound City Session)

6. Think About You (1986 Sound City Session)

7. You’re Crazy (1986 Sound City Session)

8. Anything Goes (1986 Sound City Session)

9. Rocket Queen (1986 Sound City Session)

10. Shadow Of Your Love (1986 Sound City Session)

11. Heartbreak Hotel (1986 Sound City Session)

12. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986 Sound City Session)

 

CD 4 – 1986 SOUND CITY SESSION N’ MORE

Previously unreleased

1. Shadow Of Your Love

2. Move To The City (1986 Sound City Session)

3. Ain’t Goin’ Down No More (Instrumental Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

4. The Plague (1986 Sound City Session)

5. Nice Boys (1986 Sound City Session)

6. Back Off Bitch (1986 Sound City Session)

7. Reckless Life (1986 Sound City Session)

8. Mama Kin (1986 Sound City Session)

9. New Work Tune (1986 Sound City Session)

10. November Rain (Piano Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

11. Move To The City (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

12. You’re Crazy (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

13. November Rain (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

14. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Acoustic Version- 1986 Sound City Session)

15. Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)

 

DISC 5 – BLU-RAY AUDIO

96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound & Remastered Stereo

5.1 Surround Sound mixed by *Elliot Scheiner and **Frank Filipetti

Previously unreleased

 

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION*

1. Welcome To The Jungle

2. It’s So Easy

3. Nightrain

4. Out Ta Get Me

5. Mr. Brownstone

6. Paradise City

7. My Michelle

8. Think About You

9. Sweet Child O’ Mine

10. You’re Crazy

11. Anything Goes

12. Rocket Queen

BONUS TRACKS

1. Shadow Of Your Love**

2. Patience*

3. Used To Love Her**

4. You’re Crazy**

5. Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)**

MUSIC VIDEOS

1. Welcome To The Jungle

2. Sweet Child O’ Mine

3. Paradise City

4. Patience

5. It’s So Easy (Brand New Video From 1989)

 

GUNS N’ ROSES – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: SUPER DELUXE EDITION

[4CD, 1 Blu-ray, Hardbound Book box set]

 

CD 1 – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: REMASTERED

1. Welcome To The Jungle

2. It’s So Easy

3. Nightrain

4. Out Ta Get Me

5. Mr. Brownstone

6. Paradise City

7. My Michelle

8. Think About You

9. Sweet Child O’ Mine

10. You’re Crazy

11. Anything Goes

12. Rocket Queen

 

CD 2 – B-SIDES N’ EPS: REMASTERED

1. Reckless Life

2. Nice Boys

3. Move To The City (Live)

4. Mama Kin

5. Shadow Of Your Love (Live)

6. You’re Crazy (Acoustic Version)

7. Patience

8. Used To Love Her

9. You’re Crazy

10. It’s So Easy (Live)

11. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Live)

12. Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)

 

CD 3 – 1986 SOUND CITY SESSION

Previously unreleased

1. Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)

2. Nightrain (1986 Sound City Session)

3. Out Ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Session)

4. Paradise City (1986 Sound City Session)

5. My Michelle (1986 Sound City Session)

6. Think About You (1986 Sound City Session)

7. You’re Crazy (1986 Sound City Session)

8. Anything Goes (1986 Sound City Session)

9. Rocket Queen (1986 Sound City Session)

10. Shadow Of Your Love (1986 Sound City Session)

11. Heartbreak Hotel (1986 Sound City Session)

12. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986 Sound City Session)

 

CD 4 – 1986 SOUND CITY SESSION N’ MORE

Previously unreleased

1. Shadow Of Your Love

2. Move To The City (1986 Sound City Session)

3. Ain’t Goin’ Down No More (Instrumental Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

4. The Plague (1986 Sound City Session)

5. Nice Boys (1986 Sound City Session)

6. Back Off Bitch (1986 Sound City Session)

7. Reckless Life (1986 Sound City Session)

8. Mama Kin (1986 Sound City Session)

9. New Work Tune (1986 Sound City Session)

10. November Rain (Piano Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

11. Move To The City (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

12. You’re Crazy (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

13. November Rain (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)

14. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Acoustic Version– 1986 Sound City Session)

15. Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)

 

DISC 5 – BLU-RAY AUDIO

96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound & Remastered Stereo

5.1 Surround Sound mixed by *Elliot Scheiner and **Frank Filipetti

Previously unreleased

 

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION*

1. Welcome To The Jungle

2. It’s So Easy

3. Nightrain

4. Out Ta Get Me

5. Mr. Brownstone

6. Paradise City

7. My Michelle

8. Think About You

9. Sweet Child O’ Mine

10. You’re Crazy

11. Anything Goes

12. Rocket Queen

BONUS TRACKS

1. Shadow Of Your Love**

2. Patience*

3. Used To Love Her**

4. You’re Crazy**

5. Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)** MUSIC VIDEOS

1. Welcome To The Jungle

2. Sweet Child O’ Mine

3. Paradise City

4. Patience

5. It’s So Easy (Brand New Video From 1989)

 

GUNS N’ ROSES – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: DELUXE EDITION [2CD]

CD 1 APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: REMASTERED

  1. Welcome To The Jungle
  2. It’s So Easy
  3. Nightrain
  4. Out Ta Get Me
  5. Mr. Brownstone
  6. Paradise City
  7. My Michelle
  8. Think About You
  9. Sweet Child O’ Mine
  10. You’re Crazy
  11. Anything Goes
  12. Rocket Queen

 

CD 2 – B-SIDES, EPS N’ MORE

  1. Reckless Life
  2. Nice Boys
  3. Move To The City (Live)
  4. Mama Kin
  5. Shadow Of Your Love (Live)
  6. Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)*
  7. Nightrain (1986 Sound City Session)*
  8. Out Ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Session)*
  9. Paradise City (1986 Sound City Session)*
  10. My Michelle (1986 Sound City Session)*
  11. Shadow Of Your Love*
  12. It’s So Easy (Live)
  13. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Live)
  14. Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)
  15. You’re Crazy (Acoustic Version)
  16. Patience
  17. Used To Love Her
  18. Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)*

* Previously unreleased

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Appetite for Dysfunction: Axl Rose’s Former Manager, Vicky Hamilton, Releases New Tell-All Book

Appetite for Dysfunction: Axl Rose’s Former Manager, Vicky Hamilton, Releases New Tell-All Book

Appetite For Dysfunction-2016At 22, Vicky Hamilton left her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and arrived on the Sunset Strip as a wide-eyed blonde with an ear for rock & roll: “I was back home interviewing Tom Petty for Three Rivers Review,” says Hamilton, “And he told me I was a ‘real California girl,’ and that’s all it took.” It was 1981, and Hamilton arrived at the center of Hollywood; where the scene was erupting with spandex, sex, cocaine, Aqua Net hairspray and madcap visionaries, like Hamilton, who discovered Guns N’ Roses and became their first manager and surrogate mother. At one point, Guns N’ Roses lived in Hamilton’s apartment, as Axl Rose ducked a rape charge. “I realized I was harboring a fugitive,” she says, “But then Axl ended up crashing on my couch for six months.” Hamilton then negotiated Guns N’ Roses contract with Geffen Records.

In 1986, she was let go and forced to sue the band to recoup the $25,000 she’d borrowed to bankroll them. Hamilton now shares her stories in a memoir about a woman who rode the crazy train with some of rock’s wildest frontmen, and matched their hard-partying ways. Sober for 15 years, Hamilton spent that last seven excavating her private collection of photos, flyers, contracts, letters, and interviews to create a revealing look into her fascinating life. Her book includes new details about her turbulent relationship with Axl Rose and Poison’s Bret Michaels, her experience as an A&R rep for Geffen, and above all, Appetite for Dysfunction is the story of her rise and fall, and how she regained her life by becoming a Grammy Award-winning executive that helped relaunch the career of June Carter Cash in 1999.

About the Author:
Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award-winning music industry executive and manager who oversaw the early careers of Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Faster Pussycat and Mötley Crüe. She is considered one of the most successful music industry executives of her time. Appetite for Dysfunction is her unbelievably true story, told for the first-time alongside stunning images and first-hand accounts of a music executive with nearly four decades of rock & roll stories to tell.

Visit Vicky Hamilton’s official website at www.vickyhamilton.com. ‘Appetite for Dysfunction’ sounds like one hell of a read and is available for purchase now!

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ADLER Gears Up For Select Summer Tour Dates

ADLER Gears Up For Select Summer Tour Dates

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ADLER the band led by former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler is gearing up for a handful of select summer shows starting in June. The upcoming tour dates will be the band’s first live performances in over two years, and the band’s first ever visit to South America.

Additional 2015 tour dates are currently being secured and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Initial ADLER 2015 dates are as follows:

6/18/15 – Tailgators – Bolingbrook, IL

6/19/15 – Hat Tricks – Pekin, IL

6/20/15 – Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO

7/10/15 – Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA

7/11 15 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

7/23/15 – Real Plaza Centro Civico – Lima, Peru

7/24/15 – Arequipa Aura – Arequipa, Peru

7/25/15 – Frozzen – Cusco, Peru

8/21/15 – The Rock Pile – Toronto, Canada

8/22/15 – TBA – Canada

8/28/15 – Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, CT

8/29/15 – Blackthorn 51 – Queens, NY

9/26/15 – History Park – San Jose, CA

10/1/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Monsters Of Rock Cruise

ADLER’S debut album “Back From The Dead” was released at the end of 2012 via New Ocean Media. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN) and mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, THEORY OF A DEAD MAN), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers (“Back From The Dead”, “Own Worst Enemy”, “Another Version Of The Truth”) to arena-rock anthems (“Good To Be Bad”, “Blown Away”) to powerful, heartfelt ballads (“Waterfall”, “Just Don’t Ask”). The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former GUNS N’ ROSES bandmate Slash and ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5.

ADLER is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC), guitarist Lonny Paul (ADLER’S APPETITE), and bassist Johnny Martin (CHELSEA SMILES).

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Legendary Drummer Steven Adler To Embark On Select Summer Tour Dates With Adler

Legendary Drummer Steven Adler To Embark On Select Summer Tour Dates With Adler

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ADLER the band led by former Guns ‘N Roses drummer Steven Adler announced today that they have confirmed a handful of select summer shows. These will be the band’s first live performances in over two years, and the band’s first ever visit to South America.
Additional 2015 tour dates are currently being secured and will be announced in the coming weeks.
Initial ADLER 2015 dates are as follows:
6/18/15 –  Tailgators – Bolingbrook, IL
6/19/15 –  Hat Tricks – Pekin, IL
6/20/15 – Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO – w/ QUEENSRYCHE
7/10/15 – Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
7/23/15 – Venue TBA – Lima, Peru
7/25/15 – Country Club Los Huancas – Huancayo, Peru
7/28/15 – Venue TBA – Cusco, Peru
8/28/15 –  Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, CT
ADLER’S debut album “Back From The Dead” was released at the end of 2012 via New Ocean Media. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN) and mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, THEORY OF A DEAD MAN), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers (“Back From The Dead”, “Own Worst Enemy”, “Another Version Of The Truth”) to arena-rock anthems (“Good To Be Bad”, “Blown Away”) to powerful, heartfelt ballads (“Waterfall”, “Just Don’t Ask”). The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former GUNS N’ ROSES bandmate Slash and ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5.
ADLER is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC), guitarist Lonny Paul (ADLER’S APPETITE), and bassist Johnny Martin (CHELSEA SMILES).
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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.

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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?

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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?

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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!

Be sure to follow Enuff Z’nuff on FacebookYouTube and Twitter. Visit the newly relaunched website of the band at www.enuffznuff.com. Click here to purchase ‘Covered In Gold.’ 

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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!

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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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Jacob Bunton Discusses The Creation of Adler’s Ass Kicking Debut Album!

Jacob Bunton Discusses The Creation of Adler’s Ass Kicking Debut Album!

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Jacob Bunton is a lot like you and me. He grew up with posters of some of rock’s biggest names plastered to his bedroom wall and had hopes of one day making his rock ‘n’ roll dreams a reality. However, what sets Jacob apart from the crowd is an incredible drive and an amazing voice that oozes rock ‘n’ roll! Little In 2012, this small town kid from Alabama would find himself in the studio with some of the rock legends he had looked up to as a kid and fronting an outstanding new rock outfit called ADLER. Comprised of frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite), and Johnny Martin (Chelsea Smiles), the band has just unleashed their impressive debut album, ‘Back From The Dead,’ which is best classified as a “no holds barred, balls to the walls, rock ‘n’ roll thrill ride!” At it’s core, the album is a perfect storm of musical collaborations between its members. Serving as icing on the cake, the album also features guest performances from Steven Adler’s childhood friend and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash, as well as Rob Zombie/Ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5. Jason Price of the mighty Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Jacob Bunton to discuss his roots in rock music, his intriguing new band, the making of their debut album and much more!

It is great to finally catch up with you, Jacob. Thank you so much for taking time out to talk with us!

Hey man! Thank you so much for doing this! Thank you for your support, it means more than you know!

Takes us back a few years if you would. How did music first come into your life and what are some of your earliest memories?

Music first came into my life when I was a little bitty kid. For as long as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. I have always been obsessed with it. A lot of parents put their babies in a playpen or whatever but when I was a kid, there was an old piano at my grandfather’s house that my mother would sit me at. I would sit there and although I couldn’t pay anything, I would bang away on it and I loved it! I would sit there as long as she would let me! Eventually, she noticed that I would start picking out little melody lines from commercials playing in the background. Like I said, I have always been obsessed with it. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and there wasn’t a whole lot to do than listen to music and play guitar. When I was a kid, all of the rockstars you would see on MTV looked like superheroes. Motley Crue, Poison, KISS or any of those people looked like they sprung straight from the pages of a comic book! It was very appealing and I really gravitated towards that. I bought my first guitar by mowing grass and doing lawn care when I was eleven years old. I saved up 60 bucks and I went to the local music store, a place called Highland Music in Birmingham, Alabama. The owner, a guy named Don Murdoch, sold me a guitar. It was called a Memphis guitar and it had a broken head stock that was broken during shipping. He had super glued it back together. He sold that guitar to me for 60 bucks and that was my first guitar! I learned how to play on that guitar. That is all I did was sit in my room and play music from there on out!

Who would you cite as your biggest influences as a musician? Are there some that might be surprising?

My biggest influences growing up were definitely the 80s rock bands that you would see on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. My favorite record of all-time is “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses. That is the thing that is so surreal about the project I am involved with now, ADLER. Slash came in and played on the record and Steven [Adler] is playing drums! These were guys whose photos were hanging on my wall when I was a kid! I would put on “Appetite For Destruction” back then and try to play along. I learned a lot about playing guitar and singing from spending time with that record. My favorite bands were KISS, Poison, Motley Crue and Cinderella. My favorite guitar player of all-time is definitely Steve Vai. I also love John Petrucci from Dream Theater. I guess as far as the bands I love that might surprise people is Duran Duran. I think they are amazing! I also love bluegrass music and stuff from Ricky Skaggs. I love country music, like Brad Paisley. I am all over the place musically!

What was the catalyst that made you pursue music as a career instead of taking a different route?

A lot of people when they are young sit there and they don’t really know what they want to do for a living. I have never had that moment where I was like “Hummm. What should I do?” I just kinda always knew this was my path because I always played music. I never came to a conscious decision where I thought “Ya know what? I’m going to try and make it in music!” It was never even a question. I always just had the drive and I knew that I would do it. I just had to play music!

As you mentioned, your latest project is ADLER. What is your first recollection of meeting Steven Adler?

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Jacob Bunton

The first time I ever met Steven was, I believe, in 2008 at Rocklahoma. It was very briefly. It was Dario Loreno, who is the guitar player for Lizzy Borden, and myself. We both spotted him and wanted to get a picture taken with him. We walked right up to him and he was just the sweetest guy in the world. He gave both of us big hugs and posed for a picture. That was that! That was the first time I ever met Steven. Fast forward to a few years later. I was very close friends with Janie Lane from Warrant. We would write songs together. He would fly out to my house or I would visit him out in California. When he passed away, not only did I lose a friend but the music world lost an incredible talent. I went out to Los Angeles last August for his memorial. Lonny Paul, the guitarist for Adler’s Appetite was there. We were introduced by a mutual friend, producer Jay Ruston. Jay told me that they we looking to start a new band and were in need of a singer. Lonny started talking to me and explained that Steven had been doing Adler’s Appetite for ten years, doing the Guns N’ Roses songs for the fans. SO many fans wanted to see him play those songs and he did it well. I was tried of that and really wanted to do an original project of his own stuff. Lonny and I hit it off and then the next day, he and Steven came to my hotel room. That was the first time I really had a chance to talk to Steven at length. Once again, he was the sweetest guy in the world and we hit it off immediately. We sat and talked music forever! He has such a vas knowledge of music. Where my influences we people like Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue, his influences were more like Queen, Aerosmith and bands like that. We sat and talked forever that day and immediately knew we had a great chemistry. From there, Lonny and I started writing and working on songs.

When you found yourselves at the start of this project, what were your expectations for the album?

It is really weird. I really didn’t have any expectations because it was s surreal being part of a project with guys I always respected growing up. My desire was to create a kick ass rock ‘n’ roll record and I feel like we did that! Steven definitely had expectations and goals for this band, more than the rest of us, because this was the first full length record that he has played on and done since “Appetite for Destruction”. He had a lot to prove. Now that the record is out, he said the other day, he accomplished. He wanted the fans, the media and the critics to accept it. Everybody is giving it great reviews. All the fans have been very receptive to it and really seem to like the record. That is all he wanted, so he is super happy. I am just glad to be a part of it and I feel really honored.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for this record and how it all came together?

I live in Birmingham and those guys live in Los Angeles, so Lonny and I started sending ideas back and forth on email. Lonny would burn CDs and take them to Steven. Steven would say yes to stuff he liked and no to stuff he didn’t. Steven definitely chose all the songs for the record. There were songs that both Lonny and I wrote that we really liked and were really proud that weren’t chosen. One of the thing we said the day we first met when we first met that day in the hotel was that we would leave ego aside and be honest with each other about songs and wouldn’t have to worry about hurting the other persons feelings. It a song could be better, we would say it. If a song wasn’t good, we’d say it. Everybody agreed to make changes and not to get to attached to an idea. If something could be better, we were all for making it better. Once we had a few songs, in January of 2012, we started recording the record. Lonny and I sat down in his office and the first song we wrote together in the same room was “The One That You Hated”. We wrote that song in about ten minutes and like I said, we had really great chemistry. That was pretty much the way the songwriting went. I brought a bunch of songs to the table, as did Lonny. We collaborated on stuff and it was a very easy and natural process.

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You can definitely hear song of the band’s collective influences in there but the music has a sound of it’s own. Was it a difficult process to find the sound you were looking for with this band?

It wasn’t had to develop the sound at all because once we all got together, all of our different influences and styles came out. What you hear, literally, is all of our own styles coming out in the music. Like I said, all we wanted to do is write kick ass rock songs. With Steven on the drums, Lonny on guitar, Jeff [Pilson] on bass and my singing, it just blended together perfectly into what you hear on the album.

What was the biggest challenge you encounter in putting this album together?

It seems so crazy to say this but we didn’t encounter a big challenge. We were all really, really happy going into it and had that common goal. I guess the biggest challenge was trying to pick which songs would end up on the record because we had lots of songs. Narrowing down those songs was challenging. Everything else was very easy and almost painless.

At points during the recording process, you find yourself in the studio with Steven, Slash and Jeff, who have all made a big impact on you in your youth. What did you take away from that experience?

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The biggest thing as far as the recording aspect goes is today when bands record, they use computers, ProTools and very few of them play live as a band anymore. It all gets recorded in different parts. That is why a lot of things you hear on the radio all start to sound exactly the same and almost like robots. A lot of today’s music is missing that live feel. When you are dealing with guys who were making records a long time ago like they were, they like that organic feel, the vibe of the live stuff and they like the mistakes. When we where recording, if there was a mistake, instead of fixing it, they were like “Ahh, just leave it!” It adds character to the record. Steven can point out a million different mistakes on “Appetite For Destruction” that I never realized were mistakes! The main thing I learned was to never lose that human element because it is those little nuances and little mistakes that can make those masterpieces. People feel an attachment to something that is human and feel detached from something that is perfect, computerized and sounds like a robot! The other thing I have learned is that if you want to do something and put your mind to it, you really can do it! like I said, I am just some redneck from Alabama! [laughs] Despite that fact, I am getting to play with people that I respect and am able to take part in this really cool project! It is kinda like the thing from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” where they said “If you can dream it, you can be it!” It’s true!

You are still a young guy and things have really taken off for you in 2012. How do you feel you have evolved as an artist since your early years?

As with anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become. You definitely get better with years of experience under your belt. I feel that I am constantly growing as an artist and as a person. Ya know, since the time I first started recording, you can definitely hear that the songwriting has grown, from the very first record I made to the newest stuff. The more that you do something, the better you get and I think the same holds true with me.

We are catching you late in 2012. You just released the album and 2013 will be here before we know it. What is on the horizon for Adler in the year to come?

Lots of plans! Lots of touring! We are going to Japan with Duff [McKagan] in March. There is also talk of us going to South America and Europe and of course, we are going to play all over The States! We will probably be extremely busy in 2013!

That is really great to hear. What about videos? Any movement on that front?

We have plans to do a video for “Good To Be Bad”. Right now we are trying to coordinate with John 5’s schedule because that is the song he is on. He wants to be in the video and we definitely want him in the video! Right now are trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule!

Is there anything you would like to say to the fans out there?

Yeah! Thank you for your support! Everybody can check out our website at www.adlerrocks.com. Our Twitter is www.twitter.com/adlerrocks and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/adlermusic. We would love to have everyone check out the record for sure!

I can safely say they won’t be disappointed, Jacob! I really think it is a terrific record and your voice is kickass! I am really looking forward to catching you guys live in 2013!

I really appreciate that, man! Thank you so much for taking time to do this interview!

The pleasure is all mine! Take care and know we will be spreading the word!

Thank you, man! It means a lot! See you later!

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