The Fuel Girls are “the most kickass fuckin’ rock chicks you will ever meet”. They said it. We know it. The beautiful Lora Leigh took some time out from riding fire-spitting buggies around arenas to tell us about her mad year.
What was your highlight of 2008?
Fuck we have so many! We drove the US Gumball Rally with David Hasselhoff in KITT (Yes THE Kitt – fuckin’ Knight Rider, yeah!), we went trophy truck racing just outside Vegas with Carey Hart and Travis Pastrana for their new MTV show, we have travelled the world, been on the Masters Of Dirt FMX Tour, performed at Download Festival, helped host the Golden Gods Awards, and our new UK TV show started on Playboy TV! All of those things have been highlights!
Malefice are one of British heavy metal’s great hopes for the next few years. Basically, they’re dead good, bloody love their metal (especially the Download Festival part of it) and vocalist Dale Butler, does not like Kid Rock.
What was your highlight of 2008?
Playing Download 2008, dude. Literally lived a dream that day. Thank you to all the people that came out early and bled for us! It was insane!
What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Probably crashing our van on tour in September. It wasn’t that bad – nobody was hurt – but it kept us off the road for four days. Bear in mind we had been in the studio recording the new album for about three to four months, so we were eager to be out playing. It sucked.
Mighty American Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced a brand spanking new UK tour for May 2009. These will be the band’s first shows for six years.
The band is currently writing the follow-up to 2003’s Vicious Cycle but With ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Freebird’ already in their arsenal, Lynyrd Skynyrd have managed to flog 26 million records over the years.
After explaining just why Paramore’s Hayley Williams is ace, the next installment of Hell’s Belles sees Emma Edmondson pondering the disappearance of one of the staples of a rock show’s backstage: the groupie.
Sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an age-old sought after dream more weathered and decrepid than Jordan’s shrinking silicone tits. Boys in bands crave it. Girls after the boys in bands follow it. But only some truly live it. And now it seems that those few are fast becoming even fewer.
Make no doubt about it – the calibre of true rockin’ and rollin’ gals, or band aids as they’re affectionately labelled in iconic groupie flick Almost Famous, are withering faster than your, or your boyfriend’s, cock might do when thinking of Margaret Thatcher in a thong. Just imagine.
So where have all the real groupies gone? The sixties had Pamela Des Barres and her pals. A self-confessed serial rock star shagger, who even babysat Frank Zappa’s sprogs, she made a career, and found fame, by riding some of the most famous penises in rock history.
Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon and Jim Morrison all sampled her lower loins. Hell, Ms Des Barres released an album due to her loose legs and even documented her bed hopping ways in a best selling book. That’s big dividends for little work. She wasn’t the last though.
Watch an interview with Pamela Des Barres
The seventies meant punk. And punk is Siouxsie Sioux. Now a recording artist in her own, albeit terrible, right Sioux avidly followed the Sex Pistols before cleverly taking advantage of the media coverage surrounding them and their followers to launch her own band Siouxsie and The Banshees“. And she’s still making money solo style today.
1980 onwards saw the onset of poodle permed cock rockers adopting groupies who were already celebutards. Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson are just a couple who found true, yet fleeting, love with someone in that Mötley Crüe. And the band’s non-famous groupies were hardcore with a capital H. Don’t know why? Just read The Dirt and you’ll see.
The nineties had Courtney Love. Who, although not fully-fledged band humper as she was already a working musician, dabbled with the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan before settling on the late legend who became her husband – Kurt Cobain.
But these music loving laydees seem to have been one offs as we’re now left with a bargain bin selection of groupie girls in the noughties. Most of them seem to have rather well known rock star daddies – and that certainly doesn’t play by the (unwritten) groupie girl book. No fair laydees.
Watch a clip of some groupies talking about being groupies
Let’s look at the options. Probably most infamous of the bunch is that Croydon born fabric-wearing matchstick – Kate Moss. Counting Pete Doherty and The Kills’ Jamie Hince in her long-term relationship history Mossy is the most clichéd of all wannabe groupies, being a supermodel and all.
Other half-mast modern day band fuckers include Paris Hilton who is dating Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden, and last, but not least, that thorn in the British public’s side Peaches Geldof. The fruity-named teen recently made front-page not so jaw-dropping news by shotgun marrying the guitarist from little known schminde band Chester French. Go girl. But he’s not the first of the notches on her band boy bedpost by far.
One thing’s certain – these fakers don’t have anything on their predecessors, especially not the sixties originals. Battling to meet their heroes rather than born into it Pamela Des Barres and co make the Geldof crew seem like a bunch of chastity belted Mozart-loving virgins.
Bring back the originals say I. For although they didn’t have morals they had loads of fun losing them. Plus they have plenty better stories to tell than the champagne swilling groupie pretenders who bought their way into a life some crawled through the gutter to get. And that deserves some kind of warped respect. Right?
Kerrang! The Album ’08
29 September 2008
by Vincent Danger
Kerrang! has always followed the latest and the greatest rock music around. That’s why you should put your trust in their choice for a mixtape because, let’s not beat around the bush, that’s exactly what this is.
Way back in spring 1999, once Kid Rock had already gone multi-platinum Stateside, the ‘All Summer Long’ star made his first trip to London. Ben Myers was there to conduct Kid Rock’s first ever UK interview.
What can you tell me about your early years as a crack dealer?
I was very fucking small time. I was the kid with the vial full of rocks, just hanging out. I used to get kicked out of the house for stupid things. Like my brother would be in drug rehab and I wouldn’t want to go and I’d tell everyone to suck my dick.
I was about fifteen so I’d take my turntables down to the ‘hood where I was known as a DJ. I’d stay for three months, work in a car wash, DJ parties and sell crack. We were just hustling, we could make $100 a day. When you’ve seen the shit go down though, it’s not that funny. When you have a gun pointed at you it’s not funny. When you see a friend get shot, it’s fucked up.
You saw your friend get shot?
My good friend Dada got killed by a drive-by, he caught one in the chest when shot through his window. Also I was living with my two best friends and their Mom was professionally hit in some sort of mob shit, they found her in a trailor with her head and her right arm cut off. Shit like that is fucked up.
Being the only white kid on the rap scene were you treated differently?
I was a really good DJ, I could do all those tricks with my elbows and chin. I was the white kid who could rock the turntables and aint nobody fucked with me. Everyone was really cool. I still hang out down there.
Watch the video to #1 single, ‘All Summer Long’ by Kid Rock
Is Kid Rock on tour as debauched as your public image suggests?
Yeah, but we’re not assholes about it. We don’t get girls naked on the bus and then kick them out. We’re not mean, but yeah all that shit happens…girls shoving bowling pins up them… all that shit.
I suspect stuff that like possibly sound better in print than in reality.
Yeah. You’ve got to careful with ages, so we always check girls’ IDs. I have my sick moral standards. I don’t fuck married women and I don’t fuck guys’ girlfriends. If a girl has a boyfriend I’ll tell her to go get him so he can hang out too. Other than that it’s open season.
I remember one time this hot chick came on the bus and said ‘I want to suck your dick’ and I’m like, ‘Alright!’ I mean, what am I going to say? No? So she ended up coming with me to the next city and it turns out that she’s married. And her husband had sent the police after her. Ain’t my problem though. I mean… whatever.
Kid Rock with ex-wife and former Baywatch star, Pamela Anderson
Isn’t it all bit clichéd?
We don’t hurt people, we just want to get fucked up and have a good time. We don’t like to throw TVs out of windows – we like to fill up the hot-tub and put a bunch of hot girls in there. I’ve got nothing to hide. If you lie and get caught you look dumb. If you catch an actor with a hooker, it’s front page news, but if I’m caught smoking crack with a hooker, I’m some sort of hero. It’s like, ‘Yeah! Alright, Kid Rock!’
Have you made any enemies as a result of your success?
Kids where I live come around. They say ‘Let’s go fuck with Kid Rock’s house’, which I would have done at that age too. So now I’ve got a security guard. They paint my car, they shoot paintballs at my car… no death threats or anything though. What are you gonna do anyway? Motherfuckers killed the president, if they want to get me it’s not going to be that hard…
Rock N Roll Jesus, featuring ‘All Summer Long’ by Kid Rock is out now on Atlantic Records
Kid Rock hit the #1 spot in the UK Singles Chart with ‘All Summer Long’ moving up one place in its fourth week of release.
Going back to his country roots with a Lynyrd Skynyrd homage, away from his hugely successful rap-rock style, Kid Rock has proved that he can cut it whatever way he plays his music after his eleventh album Rock N Roll Jesus hit #1 in America.
‘Bawitdaba’ was taken from Kid Rock’s breakthrough album, Devil Without A Cause which went 11 times Platinum in America which makes it only one of only two hugely successful albums which have been certified as Diamond with a parental advisory sticker on it. Edgy.
‘All Summer Long’ recently charted at #6 in the UK Singles Charts and is looking like “doing a Nickelback“, in terms of having a hit single anyway. That’s even after Kid Rock cancelled his Download Festival 2008 appearance due to sickness.
What was the title of Kid Rock’s 1998 breakthrough album, released on Atlantic Records, that went on to sell 11 million copies?
Email your answer with your name and a contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Kid Rock” as the subject. The closing date for entries is 10am Monday, 9 June 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone.