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LA Guns frontman: trust us over line-up changes

September 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

LA GUNS singer Phil Lewis says fans should trust him and guitarist Tracii Guns to employ “the best players available” as the number of musicians who’ve been in various iterations of the band approaches the half-century. Guitarist Michael Grant was sacked from the Sunset Strip outfit this year and replaced by Johnny Monaco, who only lasted 12 shows. Some estimates had Monaco as member 49. Adam Hamilton, a former bass player with LA Guns, has now returned as guitarist. “I think it’s pretty much accepted now that if it’s me and Tracii playing together, then that’s LA Guns,” Lewis, 61, tells the latest episode of White Line [read on]

Rose Tattoo to be kings of rock’s monsters, says LA Guns frontman

August 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

LA Guns singer Phil Lewis has predicted veteran Australian band Rose Tattoo will go “gangbusters” when they play a Caribbean cruise on a rare trip to the US in February. The Angry Anderson-fronted originators of biker rock are taking part in the Monsters Of Rock Cruise out of Miami on February 24 as part of a bill made up largely of eighties hair metal bands. The Tatts have just announced their new drummer is Jackie Barnes, son of another Australian rock legend, singer Jimmy Barnes LA Guns are one of the most storied of all Sunset Strip acts and Lewis tells the White Line Fever podcast the Tatts are “not that well known at all but the [read on]

Dio would be “pissed” at being replaced by hologram, says former guitarist

August 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

RONNIE James Dio’s former guitarist says the late heavy metal singer would be “pissed” that he had been replaced by a hologram. Dio, the former vocalist in Black Sabbath and Rainbow who died in 2010 aged 67, is now the subject of a touring show in which his three dimensional representation is backed by members of his band Dio. “I would like to see it myself, just to see it. I love hearing those songs, I love Ronnie, so that would be cool, Doug Aldrich, who was in Dio between 2002 and 2006, tells the White Line Fever podcast. “But I think Ronnie would be pissed. I think so. Ronnie would be, like, ‘c’mon, let me be dead in [read on]

Americans confuse Black Stone Cherry with Blackberry Smoke and Buckcherry

July 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

BLACK Stone Cherry drummer John Fred Young has revealed the band is often confused by American fans with Blackberry Smoke and Buckcherry. “There’s so many stories of us in America being mistaken for other bands,” Young says on the White Line Fever podcast. “Our buddies in Blackberry Smoke … it’s so funny to hear that people come to them and say ‘I love that song ‘White Trash (Millionaire)’. “And people come to us and say ‘man, I love that song ‘Sanctified Woman’.” While Black Stone Cherry are about to embark on a headlining arena tour in Europe, they are much less well-known in their homeland of the United States. [read on]

Scottish rockers recall blazing studio rows with INXS star

July 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

SCOTTISH rockers Gun have recalled “a lot of friction in the studio” with INXS keyboardist Andew Farriss during the making of their poorly-received 1997 album, 0141 632 6326. Farris was brought on as producer for the album and guitarist Jools Gizzi tells the White Line Fever podcast: “Whatever songs we had, Andrew just came and disected them. “The demos were really up there. We just wanted him to add to the demos but he just went a complete left-field with it and then it caused a lot of friction in the studio – with myself especially. But Gizzi insists there are no bad feelings towards the 59-year-old. “It’s in the past,” [read on]

Bulletboys frontman performs on Eagles Of Death Metal soundtrack cut

June 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

JESSE Hughes and Marq Torien have collaborated on the new soundtrack for the movie Super Troopers 2, the Bulletboys singer has revealed. “He invited me to come and sing with Eagles of Death Metal on their new body of work,” Marq Torien tells the latest episode of the White Line Fever podcast. “We just got finished working doing the soundtrack for the now movie, Super Troopers 2. We re-did a song called ‘Blinded By The Light’. and it sounds unreal. “When you guys hear that, it’s going to be coming out really, really soon … I’m just ecstatic.” “Blinded By The Light” was first released by Manfred Man in 1976; [read on]

Torien recalls 2011 Bulletboys reunion “with distain”

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

SINGER Mark Torien says he looks back on the reunion of the Bulletboys original line-up in 2011 “with distain and sadness”. Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda bassist Lonnie Vencent and drummer Jimmy D’Anda reunited on December 30, 2011 at the Key Club in Hollywood and despite declaring from the stage they would never break up again, haven’t played together since. Sweda, Vencent and D’Anda instead maintain an alternative version of the band called Lies, Deceit and Treachery while Torien continues to play with other musicians under the Bulletboys name. Asked on the White Line Fever podcast he remembers on the reunion show, Torien [read on]

Vandenberg: I’m likely to work with David Coverdale again

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

GUITARIST Adrian Vandenberg says he and Whitesnake principal David Coverdale have “pretty specific ideas” about working together on a blues album or acoustic tour. Vandenberg and Whitesnake split after 13 years in the late nineties and the 64-year-old Dutchman is now touring the second album of his Vandenberg’s Moonkings project. “We became very good friends over the years and you never know what might happen because we always had vague ideas – well, actually pretty specific ideas – about maybe doing a blues album or an acoustic thing or whatever,” Vandenberg told the White Line Fever podcast. “Sooner or later it [read on]

Doug Aldrich: How KISS would have sounded with me instead of Vinnie Vincent

June 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

GUITARIST Doug Aldrich says KISS would have sounded “similar” in the early 1980s if he had beaten Vinnie Vincent to the job of replacing Ace Frehley. Aldrich, now with American-Australian supergroup the Dead Daisies, was still a teenager when he auditioned for the self-styled “hottest band in the world” in 1982. “At the time, everyone was looking for guitar players who had a little more chops, in the early eighties,” says Aldrich, now 54, on the White Line Fever podcast. “Whitesnake did it, they got John Sykes. Ozzy … Tony Iommi is amazing, he’s the riff-master but Randy Rhoads, he’s more of a soloist. Everybody wanted to [read on]

Gus G: Ozzy Osbourne helped me afford jeans and french fries

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

GUITAR whiz Gus G says the most immediate impact of being recruited by Ozzy Osbourne was “I could afford a pair of jeans and some french fries”. The 38-year-old became a part of Osbourne’s touring band in 2009 after being head-hunted by the Black Sabbath singer. He dropped out of Osbourne’s line-up with the return of Zakk Wylde last year. Asked on the White Line Fever podcast for the impact of this chapter of his career, Gus G says: “Well, first of all I could afford a pair of jeans and some french fries. Secondly, I could pay the rent finally. “No, I mean, it was great, the exposure. Everything was happening very fast. When [read on]