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    George Lynch

    George Lynch

    Known as one of the greatest guitar players of the last four decades, George Lynch’s work in Dokken, Lynch Mob and The End Machine has captivated listeners around the world.
    The guitar legend spoke to MetalTalk’s Kahmel Farahani about The End Machine’s new album ‘Phase 2’, his approach to writing music, his relationship with Don Dokken as well as his upcoming projects.
    On the new ‘Phase 2’ album from The End Machine:
    “The first record was a little bluesier, a little more 70’s influenced, but there was not this focused commonality throughout the last album… We decided to tighten all that up and make it more focused on the hooks this time.
    “At some point you have got to give the people what they want. I mean musicians always want to experiment and expand their horizons and that iss all well and good, but I think you have an obligation and responsibility to serve the people that have served you so well and allowed you to do what you do.
    “We made a concerted effort to do that on this record.”
    On his approach to writing music:
    “I just sit at home, practice and when I get an idea it goes on my phone and I have got hundreds of ideas saved and those all become songs.
    “In the 70’s I woul’d use a cassette and in the 80s a Sony Walkman, so it was just different methods of recording those ideas, but the process was the same.
    “I was talking to Jeff [Pilson] about this and saying “why can’t we be like real songwriters in Nashville?” [laughs].
    “They write the melody first, not the guitar, just put the guitar away. Maybe the argument is if it is not broke do not fix it.
    “Do what you do well instead of doing what somebody else does badly.”
    On the highs and lows of Dokken:
    “I think the best that Dokken ever was was on the Aerosmith tour [1987]. We were trying to beat a headliner and we had been on the road for so many years everything was clicking and firing on all pistons. That was our peak, I think.
    “It felt like we were ready to be a headliner and that is what we had been working towards for eight years.
    “[Monsters of Rock ’88] that was the last tour of its kind really, kind of an end of an era, although nobody knew it at the time. We were billed above Metallica, who had not quite gone over the edge yet.
    “The thing that I will never understand about the management, that tour and that band was that they, in their insane thinking, called a meeting days before the tour started and informed us that Don was going to be breaking the band up and then hiring us as musicians.
    “If we did not agree to that he was just going to leave and keep the name. Back then I operated out of a sense of commitment, that we built this thing as a family and a band of brothers and that was really the struggle between Don and I.
    “Don used people as best he could, and I am not saying it in a derogatory way. We succeeded because of him and that mentality, the way he used the world. He is able to do things that I personally could not do, I do not know if I could live with myself, but for better or worse we benefited from it.
    “But it was a double edged sword.”
    On future projects:
    “We are writing the fourth KXM record right now and in the fall I start working on the third Sweet & Lynch record.
    “Then I have got a solo instrumental record called ‘Seamless’ coming out this summer. Then I have got this industrial project that I have been working on for years called The Banishment, with Tommy Victor from Prong.
    “A lot of things are in the pipeline.”The post George Lynch first appeared on MetalTalk.

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    James Kennedy / With Trump gone, you can still ‘Make Anger Great Again’

    James Kennedy / With Trump gone, you can still ‘Make Anger Great Again’

    James Kennedy recently released his cracking album ‘Make Anger Great Again’, a Heavy Alt Rock slab of genius which, even though it was recorded before lockdown, is pretty damn relevant for right now. He has also been storming the Amazon book charts with his book ‘Noise Damage’.
    In Episode 34 of MetalTalk TV, we discussed if James was naturally angry. James says: “I’m not really an angry person, I get angry at stupid stuff. I get angry at the Wifi. But it felt good to get that album out. I wrote the album before COVID-19, so it was about Boris, Trump, Brexit and all that shit, so it felt good to get all that stuff out onto the record.”
    While he may have seen the back of Donald Trump, James says there is plenty of comedy yet to have with Boris.
    Although Trump eventually proved himself useful. YouTube and Facebook initially blocked the video for ‘The Power’, due to the content of the film used [film which came from YouTube], so every time Trump tweeted, “I would comment and add a link to the video there. It got 14,000 views, just on the back of that.”
    ‘Make Anger Great Again’ is James’ “first, out of the gate, solo album” and with the prospect of COVID-19 regulations beginning to ease, there are plans to take the album out on tour. Of course promoting an album during these times was challenging, James says he “has had enough of the house. I just want to get out playing the thing.”
    With the ‘Noise Damage’ book, which incidentally is an excellent read, James explains his motivations for writing it and how important a good editor is, recounting an earlier tour of Canada which, for James remained a good memory, but digesting the detail behind the whole episode with someone else, does seem quite the opposite. So, for example, this improved the direction of the chapter.
    The success of the book has lead to working with a literary agent, with James teasing plans forming for a second book which covers some themes of ‘Noise Damage’, but is not connected directly to it.
    As for the next solo album, “it would break my heart to have a second album that I could not tour”, so it is full throttle on getting the band gig sharp for when dates can be arranged.
    All this and more in MetalTalk TV Episode 34:The post James Kennedy / With Trump gone, you can still ‘Make Anger Great Again’ first appeared on MetalTalk.

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    Jeff Plate / Savatage and TSO drummer talks about Alta Reign and more

    Jeff Plate / Savatage and TSO drummer talks about Alta Reign and more

    Best known as skinsman for Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage and Metal Church, Jeff Plate has carved a name for himself as one of the best, hardest hitting and most versatile drummers on the scene.
    With his new project Alta Reign, they have just released the superb album ‘Mother’s Day’, which MetalTalk reported on here.
    The album sees a mix of influences come to play, taking it from the big, classic AOR of opener ‘Shine’, through to the Power Metal of ‘Witness’ and beyond into touches of Prog.

    MetalTalk’s Kahmel Farahani sat with Jeff to find out more about the project and Jeff’s work with Savatage and the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
    On his new band Alta Reign:
    “The idea of Alta Reign started many years ago when I was working with Zak Stevens, so it all began back in Boston in the late 80’s… years later there was a lot of material that had not been used.
    “I was a nervous because it was my first time leading a project and I am usually just the drummer! [laughs]. So we just built on riffs but the majority is all original music.
    “I used the time in lockdown to finish the album and I have to say I am really happy with the end product. The members of my band all stepped up and did a fantastic job. I am starting to work on the second record right now!”
    On Joining Savatage:
    “It was very exciting for me. I had known Zak Stevens in Boston and he left to join Savatage which was an awesome move for him. Tragically Criss Oliva died in a car accident in 1993 and I called Zak at the start of 1994 just to see how he was.
    “He said Savatage was going to continue and the band liked the demos they had heard of what we had done in Boston and said we want to hire this guy. It blew me away – it was such a thrill to join Savatage.
    “It was such a difficult time for them – Jon Oliva had just lost his brother and Zak was the lead singer now. As much as I was excited, I also just felt for those guys because it was not easy.
    “It was just such a thrill for me to find a home in a band like that.
    “It was just remarkable that Jon and Paul O’Neill had decided to keep it going. That line up between the Dead Winter Dead tour and The Wake Of Magellan tour, it was just on fire.”
    On the success of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra:
    “Suddenly we had a hit song with ‘Christmas Eve Sarajevo’, and the bigger TSO got, the more time was needed to be focused on that. Savatage became secondary.
    “TSO has become such a phenomenon over the years. It has been 20 years and I have been there for every note of it, and somehow it still gets bigger and better every year.
    “It is just amazing and I always say I have the best seat in the house!”
    On the Savatage and TSO comeback show at Wacken 2015:
    ‘Paul O’Neill had always wanted to have TSO east and TSO west performing at the same time and we always wondered how that was ever going to happen.
    “My part was pretty simple, just playing the drums, but the technical aspect for our crew, was just amazing. We pulled it off and I was just so proud of Paul – he put in so much time and energy and money. He pulled it off.
    “When we finished that show we were thrilled but also relieved, because if any one thing had gone wrong it would have wrecked the whole thing.
    “Paul was just so happy and I was so happy for him.”
    On the future of Savatage:
    “Well…obviously when Paul O’Neill died it disrupted everything. Savatage, TSO, everything – we are still figuring this out.
    “My response to this is, when I joined Savatage in 1994, I was invited into the world of Paul O’Neill and Jon Oliva and I have always respected that.
    “Now these decisions are up to Jon Oliva and Paul’s family. I would certainly love to do something! I think we all would.
    “Even if we do not do anything, I am very very proud of what we have done up to this point and I have no regrets a

    • 35 min
    MTTV Episode Thirty One: Ricky Warwick, The Almighty

    MTTV Episode Thirty One: Ricky Warwick, The Almighty

    MetalTalk TV recently caught up with Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy and former frontman of The Almighty Ricky Warwick, whose sublime sixth solo album ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ was released recently to great acclaim.
    Interview: Robert Adams
    In the second part [Part One is here], Ricky discuses his time with the New Model Army, why The Almighty were signed so quickly, his memories of Paul ‘Bomber’ Jackson and the Donington appearance in 1992, the new ‘Welcome To Defiance’ boxset  and why he will never be as Rock ‘N’ Roll as his late father.
    How did a teenage boy from Newtonards, rellocated to Strathaven which isn’t the biggest village in Scotland, end up being touring guitarist for New Model Army?
    “It’s a long story. I was in a three piece punk band called Rough Charm and I would regularly get the overnight bus down to London from Glasgow with demos and make my way round the record companies. It was brutal.
    “I handed my tape to a girl at Abstract Records, who were New Model Army’s label. She liked it and said we weren’t quite there yet and needed some gigs and that we would be perfect to support New Model Army.”
    On The Almighty being signed so quickly
    “We were signed after only twelve gigs. It helped a lot that we were the Teuchters [colloquial Scottish term for describing someone who is uncouth and rural] and not really part of that Glasgow scene.
    “There were a lot of Glasgow bands back then who could really play and these three ruffians from Strathaven came along with more attitude and swagger than all of those bands put together.”
    Speaking about original roadie Paul “Bomber” Jackson
    “Paul was an integral part of it [The Almighty]. He joined from day one and he did everything. Drove the van, sold the merch, sorted out the fights.
    “What I loved about Bomber was that “no” was never an option. Anything was possible.”
    On The Almighty’s appearance at Donnington Monsters Of Rock in 1992
    That introduction that he [Bomber] gave us was just legendary. I wish I was not as arrogant as I was when I was that age. I wish I had taken a lot more stock of what was happening.”
    On the forthcoming The Almighty ‘Welcome To Defiance” box set
    “It is to do with licensing. We have been working on this for five or six years. The Almighty had various record labels and management companies and the stuff was a mess.
    “My management, Siren, who I have been with for ten years, took this on to sort it out. There are now plans to do a second box set from 1989 to 1993 with all the bonus material on it.”
    On why he’ll never be as Rock ‘N’ Roll as his late father
    “My dad passed away five years ago and at the crematorium, as his coffin was going into the flames, he had demanded that ‘Free ‘N Easy’ be blasted at full volume.
    “It is going in there, tears streaming down my cheeks and just laughing. I was like, you beat me, how can I top that?
    “That is the most Rock ‘N’ Roll thing I have ever seen.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx1QoEQE3O4The post MTTV Episode Thirty One: Ricky Warwick, The Almighty first appeared on MetalTalk.

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    MTTV Episode Thirty: Ricky Warwick

    MTTV Episode Thirty: Ricky Warwick

    MetalTalk TV recently caught up with Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy and former frontman of The Almighty Ricky Warwick, whose sublime sixth solo album ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ was released recently to great acclaim.
    Interview: Robert Adams
    In the first of a two part interview, Ricky discuses the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how he has coped with it, his new solo album ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ and future plans for Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy.
    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
    “Suddenly the rug was pulled from under our feet.
    “Something we did take for granted, going to a gig, then suddenly BOOM it’s gone. One thing I have learnt with age is to try and find the positive in any situation and not to dwell on the negatives.
    “Our crew has been decimated. Without going down that road, the arts are just so unappreciated and underfunded. Where would we have been this last year without the arts.”
    Meeting ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ producer and co-writer Keith Nelson
    “It was all down to Damon Johnson leaving Black Star Riders. It was a bizarre situation. I asked my friend Richard Fortus from Guns ‘N’ Roses, who played with me in Thin Lizzy for a while, if he knew anyone.
    “He told me that Keith Nelson had just left Buckcherry. I called him up and we had a brief chat and I asked him if it was something he would be interested in.
    “He said ‘yes’. We met up at 10 in the morning at Barney’s Beanery and the first thing he did was look me straight in the eye and said ‘I’m not your guy’. I’ve got my own studio now and that’s what I am concentrating on now.
    “The next day I went over and I had most of the song ‘Fighting Heart’ written. We finished and recorded a demo of ‘Fighting Heart’ and it sounded great.
    Waiting so long for ‘When Life Was Hard And Fat’ being released (completed April 2019)
    “It was good that knowing you had an album in the can and it was good and done, as the stress of writing and recording it was gone.
    “If i was to go and record ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ now, it would be a completely different album as my head is not in the same place as it was two years ago.”
    Black Star Riders
    “We are looking at going into the studio at the end of summer.
    “Geographically Black Star Riders are all over the place, so as soon as it is safe for everyone to fly and meet up, we will.
    “We have already agreed the album will be recorded in LA with Jay Rushton, who did ‘Another State Of Grace’. There are fifteen songs all ready to go.”
    Reissue of The Almighty’s ‘Powertrippin’’ and the ‘Welcome To Defiance’ box set
    “The Almighty had different management and record labels and it was a mess. My management company ‘Siren’, who I have been with for ten years now, took this on to get everything in the same place.
    “There are plans for a second box set from 1989 to 1993.
    “It is criminal that this stuff has not been available for so long. It pissed me off so much.
    “We lost some of the master tapes in the Universal warehouse fire a few years back.”
    Coming Soon – Part Two
    In the upcoming Part Two, we will discuss the reissue of The Almighty’s ‘Powertrippin’’ album and the forthcoming ‘Welcome To Defiance’ box set, as well as his time with New Model Army and much more.
    Also, why he will never be as Rock ‘N’ Roll’ as his late father.
    When Life Was Hard And Fast
    MetalTalk described ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ is quite sublime. If there is any justice in this world, this album will be huge. Ricky Warwick deserves it. He has had more than his fair share of knocks throughout his career, but he is still here and still writing top drawer songs.
    For that alone he deserves praise. The fact that he is probably in the form of

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    MTTV Episode Twenty Nine: Joseph Williams

    MTTV Episode Twenty Nine: Joseph Williams

    It has been a busy few months for the members of Toto and a very exciting few months for their fans. Frontman Joseph Williams has just released his much anticipated new solo album ‘Denizen Tenant’ and it comes right alongside Steve Lukather’s excellent new album ‘I Found The Sun Again’.
    The albums make a perfect pairing between the harder and more melodic, and even features a guest appearance from Toto keyboardist and writer David Paich.
    Here Joseph Williams walks Metaltalk through his new album, his highs and lows with Toto in the 80’s, the past, present and future of the band and finally his involvement in a little film called Star Wars.
    On his new album ‘Denizen Tenant’
    “It was a lot of work and we are thrilled it is coming out. Luke [Toto bandmate Steve Lukather] had planned to do his album separately and I had started chipping away at material I had started in 2016.
    “I just started writing some pieces… I had no record deal and just started working it on my own. After the fact, Luke introduced me to his label then we thought what if we released them together, it might be nice for Toto fans!
    “I hope people dig the album – it meant a lot to me when I was making it and I still really like it.
    “My take is that real human beings recording real music is always the best. Something is missing if you do not have humanity there somewhere, if it is all digital. It has to have humanity.
    “Like a movie score without some real instruments, orchestra or not, it does not sound rich enough.”
    On picking a favourite Toto song
    “I would pick a couple. ‘Pamela’ was a lot of fun to work on. It was a lot of hard work and that one sticks out.
    “It was my tune with Dave and everyone else in the band was really digging it. That is my favourite Toto song that I worked on, but my favourite Toto song period is probably from before my time.”
    On recording ‘The Seventh One’
    When ‘The Seventh One’ came out it was really well received in Europe. It did not catch on as well in The States, it didn’t have a ‘Rosanna’ type top ten, or an ‘Africa’ number one, but overseas it had that hit with ‘Stop Loving You’.
    “The work on that album was really a lot and I did not do any prep before we went out on the tour.
    “I was struggling by the end of the rehearsals, so when we got out and started the tour I was already in trouble. I basically limped my way through that whole tour.”
    On The Lion King and Star Wars
    “The Lion King was a vocal session that I got hired to do, to do the singing parts in the film so it sounded more pop. Just to be a tiny part of something like that, a Disney thing, was just huge. I am humbled.
    “Star Wars, in the original version of ‘Return Of The Jedi’ before George Lucas changed it, was this pretty goofy song…my father asked me to write some words, in English, for the tune in Jabba’s court and the song that the Ewoks do at the end of the movie.
    “My dad [legendary composer John Williams] said it would be translated into the alien language so you will not hear your words, but you will still get a credit!
    “So I just wrote some lame words to go with the music [laughs]. Then I went up to Lucasfilm with him and did some voices for Ewoks! Then Lucas replaced it [laughs].”
    On the legacy and future of Toto
    “I was a fan before I was a member, and I was a friend before I was a fan!
    “The songs and the music that endures, especially what I call the legacy Toto, ‘Rosanna’, ‘Africa’, ‘Hold The Line’, all the Hydra stuff, it was so good ! I was just like 18 or 19 when ‘Hold The Line’ came out and those guys were only 20 or 21.
    “To be a part of it just makes it that much more fantastic.
    “As for the future, we are just waiting until we can play. We still want to d

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