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Gypsy Pistoleros Enter the Studio

Kids, an update on my favorite glam-flamenco-sleaze band, the Gypsy Pistoleros. Here's an official press release from Evil Boy Records:

pistoleros_wm.JPG"Gypsy Pistoleros, the fastest rising U.K rock group, were stunned by the amazing reaction from the American people to their U.S debut at Rocklahoma! The band would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone that took them to heart, the feeling is mutual!

The group have been invited back to play the bigger & better Rocklahoma 2008 next year, and cant wait to see you all again.

Gypsy Pistoleros enter Mighty Atom studios ( Wales ) in September with their legendary producer Joe Gibb ( Catatonia, Funeral for a friend, Jane's Addiction, The Cure, Travis, Madonna ) to record their crazed rockin' version of the Ricky Martin classic Living la vida Loca.

The double A side single Livin la vida Loca/Pistolero will be released on Evil Boy Records November 5th."


Rock Revolution

Philadelphia glam boys Britny Fox are the focus of my final Backstage at Rocklahoma interview series. All the current members of Britny Fox crammed into a tiny, air conditioned trailer less than an hour after their Sunday performance. Singer Tommy Paris and bassist Billy Childs did most of the talking, while the others laughed. During the interview, Britny Fox spoke about a glam resurgence, a new project and Olde English. Transcription follows.

billychilds_wm.JPGBring Back Glam!: You literally just got off the Rocklahoma stage. How was it?

Billy Childs: Fantastic. It was kind of early in the day, so it wasn’t as crowded like a night, but I think we (Britny Fox) and the audience all woke up and got drunk at the same time, so it all worked out. The crowd really seemed to love it and we really appreciate it.

BBG: You played first, before the heat set it. Just how hot was it on stage?

Billy: 126 Celsius. Or is that Fahrenheit? We didn’t leave on our fancy jackets very long. (Laughs).

BBG: Tell me about your upcoming projects.

Billy: We’ve been on a tour since May. It goes until the end of July, and we have some European stuff planned, too. Tommy and I have been writing, so we’re waiting on a window where we can record some stuff again. We just recorded a couple old songs for a new compilation with Gilby Clarke for Cleopatra Records.

BBG: What’s the name of the compilation?

Billy: We don’t know yet.

Tommy Paris: We remade “Girlschool” and “Long Way to Love.”

BBG: What’s the new version of “Girlschool” like. Please tell me it’s not industrial.

Tommy: Laughs. No, it’s not industrial. You’ve got to hear it. Gilby put his feel in to it and basically we just recorded the song with this line-up. Gilby is great to work with and the song sounds killer. Maybe we can do a record with him this year. It was great working with him.

BBG: Why do people always spell your band’s name incorrectly?

Billy: Because we have an incorrect, bastardized spelling.

Tommy: The Olde English version isn’t spelled our way!

Billy: We’re kind of dumb. We’re from Philly. We don’t know big words. We didn’t realize, or even think about it. There’s such a long tradition of rock n’ roll misspellings, like Def Leppard or Led Zeppelin…

Tommy: Anytime we sign an autograph for a girl name Britney, there’s always an “E” or an “I.”

Billy: Phonetically, our name is spelled correctly.

tommyparis_wm.JPGBBG: Ok, well why did a bunch of guys decide to name their band Britny Fox?

Billy: Oh, it was just an idea we all had way back in the beginning. If you remember what we looked like on the first album (Editor’s note: at this point, Billy Childs produces a laminate from the Britny Fox 1988 tour.) It was just a point in time in the music industry. Just remember, that if you don’t play ball along a certain image, you were not going to get looked at. A band like us, the only choice we had, was to take it to the next level. After we took it to the level we did – Pirates of Penzance! – there really wasn’t that much farther to go at that point.

BBG: What does a festival of this magnitude say to you?

Billy: I think it’s amazing the music has endured to the level it has, and I think that’s a feeling shared by all the bands playing. We’re all very happy to still be around in 2007. There’s a surreal quality to it.

Tommy: For whatever reason, it seems like there’s been a real spike in the interest in this kind of music. Which is cool for us.


Day of the Rocker

Bring Back Glam! spoke with Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda a few hours before the legendary New York rockers hit the Rocklahoma stage. During the interview, Eddie spoke about Video Years, why Vampire's Rock and the importance of specialized rock radio.

sepiatwisted_wm.JPGBring Back Glam!: Tell me about playing Rocklahoma.

Eddie Ojeda: Well, so far…it looks like it’s going to be great. Looks like a great crowd. It’s so nice there’s finally something like this in the States. There are so many European festivals that go on every year… We’ve (Twisted Sister) played all of them, headlined all of them, and it’s just great to be finally doing one here in the States that’s running so well, so smoothly. I’m glad to see everyone get together here.

BBG: Rocklahoma is your only U.S. date this year?

Eddie: Yep, just Rocklahoma.

BBG: What about the U.K.?

Eddie: We have one U.K. date. This year, like last year, we’ve done a lot of festivals, or a lot of one off shows. It was pretty brutal. We almost wanted to take this whole year off, just give it a break from ourselves, and then come back in 2008. We decided to do this show, and one other one in England. I myself am doing this thing called Vampire’s Rock, starting in September. I’ll be doing 39 shows with that.

talleddie_wm.JPGBBG: Club dates?

Eddie: Nope, arenas. This is a big production. There’s a website,, and it’s a big theatrical production. Kind of like Rocky Horror, but not gay. Or less gay. No offense to anyone.

BBG: Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Eddie: Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being gay.

BBG: Tell me about the new Twisted Sister DVD.

Eddie: Yes, the Video Years. It just came out. It’s basically a commentary of all our old videos, plus interviews and commentaries. It’s very cool. I watch the footage and I think “Man, I was cute!” It’s great to finally have that on an official DVD release. We plan to put out another DVD, a Christmas DVD, probably called A Twisted Christmas: Live. It’s all the best shows from last year.

BBG: Does the success of the Christmas album surprise you?

Eddie: Yes, I was pleasantly surprised. When we did it, it was for fun. We hoped people would “get it.” Some people would ask “Why are you doing a Christmas album?” It was fun. The attitude was that no one has ever really done a hard rock/heavy metal Christmas album. We did it with a lot of different songs in mind, and we rearranged everything. It was cool and very fun. We recorded it in August –

BBG: Which is very holiday like –

Eddie: Oh yes! A nice holiday feeling, August in New York.

BBG: Dee Snider really pushed Rocklahoma hard on his House of Hair radio show. Do you think Dee is instrumental in bringing back glam?

talldee_wm.JPGEddie: I think so. I think there are a lot of people responsible, and not just Dee. There’s bands like Poison and Queensryche, guys that have faith, kept playing and kept us all alive. I think it’s cool, with a lot of the 80s music, a lot of kids that were too young…You know, they saw the videos or whatever, this festival is giving people a chance, that could never see the bands at one time. Or bands like us (Twisted Sister), the 80s were very entertaining. The whole thing about 80s bands – hair bands – they were all very entertaining. You’ve got to say that.

BBG: Do you like the term hair band?

Eddie: Uh, it’s kind of like…I don’t hate it. Well, I don’t really think about it that much. The term makes it seem like that’s all you have, you know? Some of the guys don’t have that much hair anymore! (Laughs)

BBG: Well, do you think Dee’s radio show and the Hairball John Radio Show are getting young people back into this music?

Eddie: Sure, I think it all helps. The more people are aware of a certain genre of music and the power behind it, the better. Great guys like Hairball John are promoting us, helping with the message.

BBG: Bring Back Glam!

Eddie: Absolutely, Bring Back Glam!


Like Never Before

Bring Back Glam! interviewed Miljenko Matijevic, lead crooner for Steelheart, just minutes after he left the Rocklahoma stage. During the interview, Miljenko spoke about the re-birth of Steelheart, the time he died, and the band's new album. Transcription follows.

steelheartinterview_wm.JPGBring Back Glam! What was it like playing Rocklahoma?

Miljenko Matijevic: Well, it felt like…the beginning of a whole new vision. We were supposed to play up in Germany at the big open air festival (Wacken Open Air) and I was kind of waiting to see what show opened up the doors so to speak. The freedom. That didn’t happen and I’m actually glad it didn’t happen because I felt the need for it to start in the United States. That’s why this was the new beginning, of Steelheart.

BBG: It’s already been announced there will be a Rocklahoma 2008. Do you want to come back and play again?

Miljenko: Yeah, sure. In fact, a promoter just talked to me…and already ask me to come back…they want to put me up in a later night sort of thing. So yeah, absolutely.

BBG: What was it like playing so early? (Editor's note: Steelheart played around 2:00 p.m.)

Miljenko: It was…fine. Great. It’s nice to be playing before more people. But it don’t matter. The people we played for…if we touched them, I’m sure they’ll tell others. It’s the way life puts it together, you gotta do what you gotta do.

bwsteelheart3_wm.JPGBBG: What’s up with your new album? (Editor’s note: The Just a Taste EP is already available)

Miljenko: The new album is complete. It has been complete for awhile now. We are just trying to find out what is the right release date. That is what’s going on. What we’re thinking about is releasing it in October, the end of October. In a weird way, I was trying to release it on the way I died. October 30th, when I had my accident and I almost died (Editor’s note: Miljenko Matijevic was hit with an improper lighting truss in front of 13,000 people while opening for Slaughter. The result was extensive brain damage).

BBG: What do you think programs like the Hairball John Radio Show are doing for this type of music?

Miljenko: They’re giving a good energy. Putting that out there in the United States…it’s a positive thing. It’s giving people power. A smile. And that is so powerful…I’ll check this guy out. You’ll hear me…then they’ll play RATT…then something else. The 80s were such an incredible, good time of energy that the 90s…I don’t even want to talk about the 90s. Now, it’s like “What the hell is going on? These guys had something going on in the 80s.” There’s an energy. A vibe. So now, it’s coming back. At the same time, it can’t come back just like the 80s. If it does, it will last ten minutes and end up in Vegas –

BBG: Why do you think that?

Miljenko: Because…you haven’t evolved. Need to twist it and grow as a person. Change your music so you can prove you know what’s up. Give the people a little bit of what’s today…but not forgetting yesterday. That’s important.

steelheart_wm.JPGBBG: So, the new Steelheart album will be modern, with a reverence for your classic sound?

Miljenko: When I started from day one I said, I want to make a record with elements of the past, present and future. I don’t forget about everyone in the past, but still be modern.


Gigantic Pile of Crap

usablevoj1_wm.JPGThe New York Post has suddenly decided that Vains of Jenna are newsworthy. Remember, dear readers that I first wrote about Vains of Jenna on December 30, 2006. The Post article focuses more on Bam Margera than VOJ. Article by Maxine Shen follows. Warning: it's a big pile of crap! Don't worry: I'm interviewing Lizzy DeVine tomorrow night. I'll actually get some facts about the band, instead of spewing back-handed compliments and negative insults.


July 22, 2007 -- WHEN it comes to spreading word about obscure Scandinavian bands, it's hard to find a better prophet than Bam Margera.

After successfully bringing unusual bands like HIM, Turbonegro and the 69 Eyes to the attention of the MTV-watching masses - all were guests on his "Viva La Bam" show - the popular pro-skater and "Jackass" star is taking a stab at the music business.

He started a record label, Filthy Note, last fall, with the sole intention of throwing his considerable influence over America's youth behind the label's first signing, Sweden's Vains of Jenna.

Why bother with such a mercurial industry?

"It's so easy for me to let the kids know what bands are good and what bands aren't," Margera says. "Next thing you know, everyone starts recognizing [the music], they do research and find out that they're rockin'."

Filthy Note released Vains of Jenna's debut album, "Lit Up/Let Down," in October and sent them to play a bunch of small club dates in the United States. Less than a year later, the quartet of young unknowns - who look like refugees from an '80s hair-metal video - are opening for Poison and Ratt at Jones Beach on Tuesday.

Lead singer Lizzy Devine admits that he was hesitant to sign with the untested Filthy Note, but common sense won in the end.

"Bam's such a huge person in the U.S., and in the whole world, kids really look up to him," Devine says. "If he can get some 15-year-old to buy our album and they really enjoy it, that's perfect."

But just because Margera's got legions of loyal fans worshipping his every move doesn't mean that he'll be able to turn his pet bands into No. 1 chart-toppers.

"Celebrities have almost never been able to break bands," says Revolver Editor-in-Chief Tom Beaujour. "Bam liking a band isn't enough to make other people really like a band, but it is enough to make them check it out. He can definitely expose bands in a way that most bands or labels would kill to have as a marketing tool."

"I can shrink-wrap band posters with my skateboards, of which I sell 10,000 a month," says Margera. "If Island Records asked Element to do that, they'd say, 'No. Give me 50 grand to do it.' But they do it free for me because it's a favor, and they know it'll help them as well."

The only potential impediment to the scope of Margera's influence is that "his taste is either totally ahead of the curve or just completely off the map," says Beaujour.

"Maybe sleaze rock is going to be the next emo and he's a prophet. If not, he's just a dude who has this huge pulpit from which to proclaim his love for these completely strange bands."

In case he is some kind of music savant, Margera's staying mum about the next five bands (from Scandinavia, of course) that he's trying to sign, in case some "jerkoff" from a major label tries to outbid him.

"I hope that Warner Bros. and Island don't catch on to my plan. I don't want them flying to f- - - ing Finland and stealing my thunder - I'm going to have to start buying more plane tickets if they do." --Maxine Shen.




Sometimes a Picture...

Remember when musicians...were Rock Stars? The members of L.A. Guns are still rock stars, pure and simple. Just look to these photos as proof:



























































Later today on Bring Back Glam! another exclusive backstage Rocklahoma interview. I'm still working on my photo gallery, so please be patient. All this work takes time, especially considering I have a demanding day job.


Call It Rock n' Roll

In the hectic few moments between Great White’s backstage press conference and taking the Rocklahoma stage, Michael Lardie, Mark Kendall and Audie Desbrow were sweet enough to chat with Bring Back Glam!. During the interview, the boys discuss seeing old friends all summer, Starbucks, and Internet radio. Transcription follows. greatwhitepresser_wm.JPG

Bring Back Glam! Let’s get right into this. Tell me about your upcoming show at Rocklahoma.

Michael Lardie: Well, here we are at Rocklahoma. We’re planning on playing a good cross mixture of all our albums. How many albums do we have now? 14, 15? It’s really great to play with all these bands. It’s like an 80s Woodstock for rock and heavy metal bands. You look at the lists, and you go “Oh my God, they’re playing?!?”

Mark Kendall: Almost every band today (Sunday, July 15) we played with at some point.

BBG: How long have you been at Rocklahoma?

Michael: Well, we flew in this morning.

BBG: So, you’re not watching the other bands?

Michael: Well, we played a show last night and then we came on over here. We’re tired.

Audie Desbrow: We’re running on pure adrenaline right now.

Michael: Soon, Starbucks!

BBG: Is there even a Starbucks here?

jackrussellsings_wm.JPGMichael: (Laughs). No, but there’s one in Tulsa. We have connections.

BBG: Well, I was going to ask if you were excited to see anyone, but you just arrived so you’ve missed most the festival.

Michael: No, but a couple of the guys, we’ve recently played with. Like Kendall said, we tour around. We just did a show with Vince Neil in Colorado. It’s kind of like, we’re around…if we don’t see them here (at Rocklahoma), we’ll definitely seem them on the road this summer.

BBG: What do you think about radio shows like Hairball John? What does it do for your type of music?

Michael: I think it keeps it in the pipeline in a good way. All the Internet radio stations seem to host special programs…there’s a market for it obviously. Just look how many people are here to see these bands. It gives people an alternative to regular radio.

Audie: I’ve noticed a lot of younger kids at our gigs, you know, like, the parents bring their kids, the kids say “This does rock!” They are not music research people, but when they do hear this, they know there’s something to it. “It’s not just my lame parent’s music.”

Mark: The different generations get into something, that they are not force fed.

Michael: That’s an excellent point, too. The generation coming up is very Internet savvy. The fact that they can access a lot of these shows, because they’re driven. It flips my parents how I’m into it…and my nephews are into it. The computer thing…it’s a whole other vehicle to keep this music alive.

lovelymichaellardie_wm.JPGMark: I met a 23 year old kid with like 100 face piercings, and he swears by the Doors. “The Doors rock man!”

BBG: Well, what do you think all this says about today’s modern rock music?

Michael: I think it’s like anything: it will stand the test of time if it’s a great song. We’ll know in 15 or 20 years…If it’s all just kill your parents—

Mark: Negativity!

Audie: (Cackles). I remember when I wanted to kill my parents. I moved on. (Laughs).