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Stephen Pearcy of RATT talks about his early days before RATT. Getting run over by a car, his first band Crystal Pystal, Mickey Ratt hanging out with Eddie Van Halen, smoking a joint with David Lee Roth in the late 70s, getting signed and recording Round and Round with Beau Hill.
Michael Wilton of Queensryche talks to Rock Scene about his very young years in San Francisco, moving to Seattle Washington and playing bass in garage bands while growing up. Eventually switching instruments with a guitar player, Michael began learning all that he could about the guitar. After high school, he attended the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts for a year and a half until running out of money, forcing him to take a job. In doing so, he met Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Chris DeGarmo. They started jamming and eventually put together a 4 song E.P. The only thing missing was a singer. Chris DeGarmo recruited Geoff Tate to lay his vocals down, and Queensryche was born.
Steven Adler the original drummer from Guns n Roses talking abou t his Rock Scene growing up, getting his first drum set, and the first record he bought, KISS ALIVE 1. Steven reminisces about how he met Slash in history class when he was 12 and seeing Ax l & Izzy’s band“Hollywood Rose” at Gazzarri’s on the Sunset Strip.
Phil Anselmo from Pantera and Down talks about writing his first song when he was 9 years old. Tells how when he was 15 and saw Agnostic Front “When I saw Agonstic Front, a bunch of dudes, no image and deliver these unforgiving, quick hard hitting songs it changed my perspective forever. In 1988 the guys in Slayer came to a Pantera show quickly hitting it off. Phil and Kerry King exchanged numbers and next thing you know it Kerry came down to Louisiana to jam with Pantara learning Chemical Warfare, Reign in Blood, South of Heaven. As Phil reflects “ I think that right then and there that’s where Dimebag really learned to respect the thrash riff and the power of it and the actual real way to play Reign in Blood and that type of technicality hit him hard and I think that without that particular moment in life Pantera would of ended up on a very different path.“
Rickey Medlocke from Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd talks about his early days playing banjo at 3. Seeing Elvis Presley at the age of 7 after that show he knew what he wanted to do. Talks about going to Woodstock when he was 19. In 1970 he spoke with Ronnie Vandzandt to see if he needed a roadie. Ronnie asked him “do you still play drums” Ronnie asked him to go to Muscle Shoals and record Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first record.
Ted Nugent from his first band in The Amboy Dukes formed in 1964 through the super group he assembled in 1989 The Damn Yankees Ted speaks candidly about guitar maker Les Paul “God Bless Les Paul – Electrified the ultimate expressive instrument in the history of noise” talks about Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry and the list goes on as Ted praises the forefathers of the electric guitar. Reminisces about his first band in high school The Lords from Detroit opening up for the Supreemes. and the greatness of James Brown and his influences to Aerorsmith through ZZ Top.
Zakk Wylde played guitar in a cover band Zyris in a club in Sayreville, NJ in 1987, Zakk talks about going to photographer Mark Weiss’ studio in NYC to play for Ozzy only to find out he was out drinking with Andree the Giant. He joined the Ozzy Osbourne band in1987. Zakk, formed Black Label Society in 1998. He talks about his guitar heroes Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhodes. “As a guitar player in the 80’s was just insane” as Zakk puts Yngwie, Waren DiMartinni and George Lynch, Vivian Campbel.
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