With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?
What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallicastillbe headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.
Something of a classic this: The Bad Boys From Boston showed no hesitation at having a bit of fun with CGI back in 1997 for their video ‘Pink’. The track remains the biggest fan favourite from the Nine Lives album and this video went on to win an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video. All factoids aside, its just a video that’s impossible not to smile at… go ahead, give it a try…
Hell City Glamours
Hell City Glamours Powerage Records
03 November 2009
by Jon Kerr
There was no such thing as grunge. You can’t walk down the high street these days for kids in white jeans. Having pointy hair and tattoos of Les Paul guitars and go-go girls dancing through fire is still cool and always has been. Or so Hell City Glamours would have you believe. Hmmm…let’s pop that little bubble for them, shall we…
Sebastian Bach is never knowingly understated. Sian Wynne talks to the former Skid Row frontman about forming a super-supergroup with Slash and the joys of chicks whipping their tits out whilst on tour.
There aren’t many musicians with the wherewithal to open an interview with a screamed “YEAH!”, but Thrash Hits .com was not surprised to discover that Sebastian Bach is one of them. And we like to think he had his fist in the air when he said it.
Down a crackly hotel phone line two weeks into a US tour with Poison, the former Skid Row frontman could not sound more enthusiastic.
“I’m having the time of my life. It’s 2008, I have a new CD, I’m selling out arenas and it’s fun,” he laughs. “I’m having a great time!”
The silky-haired Axl Rose sympathiser and serial reality TV star has finally got it together for a UK release of his latest solo effort Angel Down this week. It’s no middle-aged ballad fest. At times more Judas Priest than Skid Row, it was bashed out in a measly two weeks in the studio between legs supporting Guns N’ Roses.
Watch the video to ’18 And Life’ by Skid Row
“The first Skid Row album we recorded at the Playboy resort in Wisconsin,” he tells. “We went jet skiing by day and recorded by night, and played a hell of a lot of tennis.”
“But for this album it was a pressurised situation, we had to get it done. There was no messing around. And it has that feel of a live band kickin’ ass. Not playing tennis…”
With Rose on board for three memorable duets – a cover of Aerosmith‘s ‘Back in the Saddle’ included – it would appear the high profile friendship is still on track.
“I read so much misinformation about Axl,” he says. “It makes me angry because I know the dude and what he is really like. He’s not motivated by money or fame – he’s got more than enough of both.”
Having unsuccessfully auditioned for Velvet Revolver (“But I’d rather hear Skid Roses than Stone Temple Roses”), rumours continue to circulate that another Slash/Bach project is on the cards.
“Here’s the deal: I was contacted by one of the biggest musicians in rock and roll – bigger that Skid Row, bigger that Guns N’ Roses – some other mystery guy,” says Bach. “He was putting together a supergroup with Slash on guitar and he wanted me to sing.”
Watch the video to ‘Monkey Business’ by Skid Row
“It looked like it was going to happen, but it is not happening now. It may happen in the future, but it is not happening now. I want to make that clear.”
So let’s not rule it out all together.
He may have a guest role in The Gilmore Girls but it’s not all comfy armchairs and lemonade for Bach just yet.
“Last night we sold out an arena in Pikeville, Kentucky – 12,000 people,” he says. “And I’ve never heard of Pikeville, Kentucky. I didn’t know there was a Pikeville in Kentucky.”
“It’s just fucking hilarious. It’s like every chick feels compelled to whip her tits out. What a great life this is,” he laughs. “We are talking the finest women in the world. Someone actually said this to me once – Poison and Sebastian Bach on the same bill? Even chicks are getting hard-ons. Wow. For the first time in history. That’s a pretty cool thing.”