An Interview with Godsmack

Godsmack is a Boston based band put together by lead singer Sully Erna(former drummer of Strip Mind) around 1995. With friend and bass player Robbie Merrill, Erna hooked up with local guitarist Lee Richards and ex Lillian Axe drummer Tommy Stewart and formed the original line-up of Godsmack. After jamming on some new tunes both Richards and Stewart left the band. Current guitarist Tony Rombola took the helm on lead and Joe Darko filled the position on drums. The band in 1996, with a loan from a friend recorded their first recording All Wound Up. The recording drew a big following in the Boston/New England area. With great fan response local radio station WAAF started playing the single “Whatever.” While becoming the #2 seller at Boston’s Newbury Comics and joining PGE management (Paul Geary’s, formerly of Extreme, company) major labels began to show interest in the band. In 1997 Darko left the band and original drummer Stewart was invited back. Then in July 1998 Godsmack signed with Republic Records. August…

An Interview with Weird Al Yankovic

artists : interviews unsigned | indie | r.i.p. | interviews | featured sites | djs WEIRD AL YANKOVIC INTERVIEW JULY 7TH, 1999 listen to music Who would have ever thought that an accordion, a piece of processed lunchmeat and a guy named Al would cause such a commotion? Dr. Demento did… that’s who. With hit singles such as “Like A Surgeon,” “Another One Rides The Bus,” “Fat” and most recently “The Saga Begins,” “Weird Al” Yankovic has been able to parody his way into the hearts, soul and laughter of the world. After an impressive run of over 8 albums, various Greatest Hits packages and a feature film, “Weird Al” has once again graced the world, this time with his latest album Running With Scissors. This time around, “Weird Al” puts his parodies to work on Star Wars, talk show host Jerry Springer, Puff Daddy, The Offspring and others, all done in the classic “Weird Al” style that we love so much. Recently, Music.com’s Chris Bergen met up with the…

An Interview with Misfits

“It’s just a relentless pursuit of greatness,” bassist Jerry Only affirms. “And not bending to the pressure, I think we stand for something, not giving up. 2000 is the year of the Misfits.” 20 years later that very pursuit has immortalized the quartet formed in Lodi, New Jersey in the eyes of fans as well as fellow groundbreaking artists like, Metallica, Guns And Roses, and Prong. Erie, anxious, fifties style crooning, dramatized with classic Hollywood fear, the new Misfits Roadrunner release, Famous Monsters is the Boris Korloff of punk. Their signature grisly talent has been recently summoned by the silver horror screen great, West Craven. Jerry explained, “Scream” was written for West Craven, for Scream 2. Unfortunately, we didn’t get into the studio and put the song on tape before the movie came out. We submitted it to Wes for Scream 3, hopefully he’ll use it.” MisfitsGeorge Romeo directed the video for “Scream” which marks his plunge back into the zombie world after a 16 year withdrawal but 21 Century…

An Interview with Mike Peters

Mike Peters has been rocking for over 20 years. From fronting the Alarm in the 80s and early 90s to embarking on a solo career including numerous collaborations with other UK artists, Mike Peters loves to play music. With age and experience he continues to produce quality music with 1998’s solo effort Rise and the more recent Coloursound colaborations with the Cults Billy Duffy. On October 18 Peters returns to the shores of the USA with UK mates Gene Love Jezebel and Mission for the Resurrection Tour. Hear what he has been doing while he takes some time to talk to Music.com’s Brian Parks. Brian Parks: Where you at now? Mike Peters: Over in Wales a very wet Wales. BP: What have you been up to lately? MP: Well we just finished making an album with Billy Duffy of The Cult and that comes out Oct 11 in the UK(Europe) I’ve been recording and mixing that album this past year. After that I’m embarking on a solo tour to promote…

An Interview with Stroke 9

Coming from the city by the bay, Stroke 9 has found themselves in a very nice position. They paid their dues with non-stop touring and other forms of constant persistence, in addition to recording two albums on their own. One of those albums recorded was called Bumper to Bumper and it contained a pop-gem called “Little Black Backpack” that was re-recorded for their latest album, Nasty Little Thoughts. It was this song that became the break they were looking for and it turned the rest of America on to this band from the bay. In a recent conversation with Music.com’s Chris Bergen, Stoke 9 member Greg thinks of how they came together and reveals a nasty little thought. Chris Bergen: How did Stroke 9 come together? Greg: John, the guitar player and myself all went to High School together where we had a class called ‘rock band class.’ That was were we first hooked up. One of the first projects for the class was to make a multi-track demo so,…

An Interview with Yankee Grey

In the early 80’s a band emerged bringing “evil music” to even greater levels of horror. Led by vocalist King Diamond, the band Mercyful Fate formed combining all the elements necessary for good heavy metal music while telling stories of spirits and the devil himself through ingenious lyrics. Mercyful Fate disbanded in 1985 and King Diamond launched a successful solo career beginning with Fatal Portrait in 1986. After this time, King gained a larger audience and released several concept albums singing a variety of dark yet beautifully crafted horror stories and received airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. Having later reformed Mercyful Fate, In The Shadows was released in 1993 pleasing loyal fans and the heavy metal industry. King Diamond has since been involved with both bands and has recently released the Mercyful Fate album titled 9. Music.com’s Mike Hetman had a chance to speak with the real King for a special Halloween interview. Here is what he had to say… Mike Hetman: Tell me about your latest album with Mercyful…