More Classic Quotes/Interviews:
1978 interview with Angus Young, guitarist of AC/DC, just after their very first U.S. tour. At the time they had just two LP’s released in the United States; High Voltage and Let There Be Rock. We loved this new group and called them “one of the best heavy metal bands ever”. The interview was short and devoid of any notable quotes but sitting with these guys just as they were breaking in America was enough.
1978 interview with Rick Neilson, guitarist of Cheap Trick not long after the LP “In Color” was released. We asked Rick about their show at the Santa Monica Civic with the Runaways and he stated: “don’t tell anybody but Bun E (Carlos) got together with Cherie Currie”. When asked about the influence of the Beatles he states “they’re great but Art Linkletter is god. Everybody knows that”. Very funny guy. Nice interview but shorter than we would have liked as the cassette tape broke when we got home and we were only able to take down half the interview. What a Cheap Trick!
1979 cover feature with Ace Frehely, guitarist of KISS. Ace asked if we would put him on the next cover of Raw Power Magazine and we couldn’t say no. We interviewed both Ace and Gene Simmons on separately on separate occasions in 1979. Ace graced the cover of our final issue, #6. The interview itself was boring. One thing we quickly learned is that in the majority of cases the musician’s who was known as being dynamic on stage and in the leadership of their groups was by far the most dynamic interviews. Gene Simmons, for example, was by far more interesting than Ace Frehely.
1978 interview with Deborah Harry of Blondie just prior to the release of her breakthrough third album, “Parallel Lines” which contained the hits “One Way or Another” and “Heart of Glass”. When asked how she felt about being called the sex symbol of punk rock, she replied “I love it. It’s all bullshit, right? So it’s good bullshit”. She showed up to the interview without make-up and did not look like a sex symbol. We were 18 years old and didn’t get why everyone thought she was so hot. She went on the discuss the Germs, Patti Smith and The Ramones. Nothing very memorable from this interview except that it was held at BOMP Records and Rodney Bingenheimer was present.
1978 interview with Phil Moog, vocalist of UFO, at their peak just after the release of their best album, Lights Out. Phil was a nice guy and the interview was informative but also a bit calculated. He avoided many of our questions about problems with guitarist Michael Schekner who was in and out of the band at that time, reportedly due to drug use. Can’t blame him for being protective of his fragile, star guitar player.
1977 interview with Blackie Lawless of the group Sister, who eventually became the lead singer and guitar player for the heavy metal band W.A.S.P. As the leader of “Sister”, Blackie was known for eating live worms on stage during his show. We witnessed this in person when he played at a Raw Power Magazine event at Palisades high school on Oct 29th, 1977. During the interview, he talks about being offered a spot in the New York Dolls with whom he was with for one tour. He stated that Sister was going beyond what KISS and Alice Cooper were doing theatrically. He called Sister’s genre “Torture Rock”. We hired Rodney Bingenheimer to host the event.