The real reason to why Kotipelto decided to leave Stratovarius? Perhaps not? RockUnited asked keyboardist Jens Johansson, about the really high vocals on their new record, since Kotipelto has never sung that high before?"
told him to, under pressure, he threatened him with a whip, actually...."
Ken Tamplin is a nice chap and his answer to the simple question: Wake The Nations" is the title of your new CD, do we need to be awaken and for/to what?
the other meanings it has for me has to do with music. The world (for
the most part) has embraced homogenized crap. Boy bands, girl bands, packaged
bullshit! It's all big business and big corporation with no care for artistry
or creativity. I think it's time we wake up to the fact that we are being
manipulated to buy spoonfed musical nonsense. I feel like the little boy
who shouted "but the emperor has no clothes" (taken from the story The
Emporer's New Clothes)."
RockUnited: Do you still feel angry if you get a bad review?
course. If you have a child and somebody comes up to you and says: My
God, that’s an ugly baby. How would you react?"
The big question everybody needed to know the answer to: Who the heck is Margritt anyway and why so good darn Mad?
is what we nicknamed our drummer Danny. Wouldn’t you be mad if your name
Quiet Riot wrote a song with the line 'bang your heads' in the past and I guess Tony (Sonata Artica) & Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius), took it very seriously. RockUnited saw them banging their heads together like crazy, at a Stratovarius album listening session during 2003. Tolkki ended up having the biggest bump on his forehead and thus why he decided to get rid of all the other members??? We asked Tony if he needed a aspirin?
Goddamn what a headache. Tolkki's forehead was really terrible! I have
a hard head though. I've fooled around like this earlier with Jukka from
Nightwish... but I haven't had the guts to call Tolkki yet after that...Sorry
Narnia is a W***e M***l band from Sweden and RockUnited asked them: why they hate to be put into a musical box.
is not quite right, I do understand that especially journalists have to
put bands into musical boxes or into genres but I do not like it when
they describe us as a white metal band. We are not that, we are a melodic
hardrock band, and yes, we are christians, but that does not mean that
we make white metal. That genre has a negative effect on listeners, if
they think that you are a white metal band, you get compared to Stryper
or something like that and we are nothing like Stryper, we are NARNIA
and we kick ass!!"
Oscar from Hammerfall is really into pro-wrestling I guess? The man even had his own magazine about the phenomena. Why oh why???? RockUnited asked.... I kinda' wish we never did ;-)
"If I knew
that I would probably write a thesis or something on the matter, but it's
something I've been heavily into since 1991. It's just the excitement
what I like about it. A lot of similarities between heavy metal and wrestling
I think. The ongoing argument by the people in the eightees and the beginning
of the ninetees was that this is not real, so how can you like it ? But
it's like saying this movie's not real, it's not a documentary, how can
it be good ? But it's good because it's not real, it's entertainment.
It's well- thought action normally. The wrestling matches also tell a
story inside of the ring, like this guy beats that guy for a while and
people want to see that guy come back and when he does everybody's gonna
go "yeahh !". There's a whole psychological thing with the wrestling matches
that people have no idea about if they're not involved with it. I don't
know much about it, 'cos I'm not in the ring, I've studied it pretty close
for the past ten to twelve years, close enough that I have a good feeling
Little Jasper thinks his daddy is ok... but the drummer is way too cool!!!
came on stage with me at a place called Sacameto. It was great. Although
at this time he wants to be Tommy Aldridge rather than his dad so I’ll
have to talk him out of that – singers make more money for instance".
Starbuck's advise to the finnish youth about their drinking habits and what else to do for fun, since this is a growing problem???
get a life and use your imagination ! Do you want to be out of shape and
fat, with a vice that´s way fucking out of control and drags you to hell
like a dog on a leash, or do you want to feel empowered and in control?
Don´t be a brainless, gutless sheep. Have the balls and character to call
your own shots. And if some dipshit doesn´t dig the fact that you´ve got
the spine to swim against the tide then you don´t need them. That´s a
fact. Have some Finnish SISU, dammit! Show some balls".
After reading RockUnited's "Don't Mess With my 80's" article. (click here to read) What can you say about yourself and other musician friends, from the time. Is there any truth in that "most" 80's rockers are ashamed about their past?
"I am not
ashamed of the 80's!! It was a blast, best time in my life. Played huge
concert, had great moment with the fans, fucked more girls then I can
remember... love the music girls were pretty, music was fun, cool cars,
man what a blast. I was a little boy in a candy stores. Your article of
"the 80's" was very cool, you said it very well. Man, the sunset strip,
girls in mini skits, what a blast! Thank god I was not into drugs, cause
it was all over.. I was into women... women, from all over the world,
all colors.. and with one thing in common... well I won t say it cause
I'm polite, but all I can say is LOVED THE 80'S. The only man that has
been with more woman then I, is Gene Simmons, and that is because he was
a bigger rock star.. that is it. The 80's were great, America was strong,
the Dodgers were great, Mike Tyson was winning... we had a blast".
Turn Up the Radio!!! RockUnited even asked this question to Ronald McDonalds long-lost brother Steve: The music scene has changed a lot since 1989, do you think that Autograph can still fit in that scene, or maybe fill up a gap? (the gap is a great store by the way)
"I am a
realist and I know how the music scene has changed. We don't stand a chance,
haha...... I think that there still is a certain incrowd that listen to
our "sort" of music, but the majority does not, and that's okay by the
way. Here in the US if you listen to the radio you hear bands like Nickleback,
Lifehouse, Creed or Audioslave and I really love their music, but there
is no way that Autograph will be played on any major radio station. I
know that the scene in Europe and Japan is quite different; there they
still play Def Leppard and that sort of stuff".
Did Bunton refer to his fans as the "Vulgar" people, when naming his new CD "Fame Among The Vulgar". Nope! It was all about the evil thing called music industry! Thus why we haven't seen any new 'super bands' or artists since the 80's really.
"Fame Among The Vulgar" is referring to the music industry. The vulgar
people are always looking for the next big thing instead of developing
the acts they already have. You get one shot these days with the major
labels. If your first single doesn't sell a million copies, they forget
all about you and move on to something else".
Some people are into Tolkien and role playing... and some try to take it to the next level somehow??? RockUnited asked Lost Horizon about their role names, do they tell something about them as a person and how did you decide on the names? (Bilbo is already called for I believe).
it was very natural for us to do it. I didn't like to have a hero or something
with normal name like Sven Svensson, who f*cking cares. If you are doing
something like building a concept with a message and everything, you have
to do it all the way. You cannot just hear music and the message and then
you go "hello, I am..", you know. You have to do everything, because otherwise
there's a lot of holes in your concept. My title is: Transcendental Protagonist,
I love it everytime I say it and I see it, because it's exactly what I
think of myself".
We had to bug Gregg about his new band's name... Sum 41, Blink 182...did he plead guilty at bandwagon jumping? Nah... but we still think something's going on there :-)
don't............ATTRACTION 65 is a sign on the interstate that I see
everyday on my way home...it's the exit I get off on to come home......there
are various "attractions" around the state, probably the country...and
we happen to live off an exit that has one of these "attractions".....thus..ATTRACTION
Did christian rockers Leviticus, experience any harsh words from their local church or other parish halls in the 80's? Hardrock was after all considered as the "devil's music" by many back then and still I guess??? How about reading the lyrics next time bucko!!!
received lots of harsh words from many churches and christians at that
time. They were sending back our posters which people had been setting
up for concerts and we received letters where they told us that we were
serving the devil! And in the christians newspapers they wrote that hardrock
music was satanic music, even if you were a christian and the lyrics tells
them all about Jesus and the kingdom of God".
The other side of the coin is of course "Hell"... and why did Crystal Ball name their new CD "Hellvetia" instead of "Helvetia"???
a kind of joke actually. Helvetia means Switzerland as you know and we
tried to deal with the prejudices that people tend to have about our country.
It is all Ricola, Swiss cheese, Milka and yodelling that people come up
with if you ask them about Swiss characteristics. It is also a bit of
criticism on our country(Hell) because a lot of things are still not very
good; it’s a very conservative country, if you know what I mean.”
'Best Night Of My Life'...if this was a Kiss or a Mötley Crüe song this would be about a night spent with a dozen groupies, whipped cream and handcuffs, but since you're a nice family man, it probably isn't...or is it? :)
I'm a family man, doesn't mean I don't like using whipped cream or handcuffs,
or spending the night with a dozen groupies. The only difference is, I'm
only allowed to let it happen in my head (at least the groupie part).
Anywhere else and I'm sure the wife will cut the family jewels off. OUCH!!!"
“Songwriting for Dummies”???? You betcha'!! Here's something for all you wannabees out there (including the entire RockUnited crew). Jim wrote the book... now go ahead and buy it, write a hit, and tell us all about it later.
for dummies” is a dream come true for me- I always wanted a forum to talk
about my love affair with song writing- trying to help the beginners along-
and sharing some tricks of the trade- when the dummies people approached
me- I jumped at the chance- it took us a year to write the book and gave
me many grey hairs along the way- but it was worth it!
How come that 'Wild Horses' decided to give it another go with "Dead Ahead" in 2003? The millions and millions of $$$ they received in advance from the label... or was there another reason? Yep... Norman Bates I believe????
from Z Records called us saying Wild Horses first release, 'Bareback',
was his all time favorite disc and would we consider doing another.....
we said 'why not'. I was on break from Scorpions, Rick (Steir/guitar,
ed's remark), is independantly wealthy, John was homeless again".
And finally... Satu had no complaints about COB's new guitarist Roope, being an old Stone-fan, she saw about 200 'Stone' gigs, in the eighties and the beginning of nineties. I guess even Roope was as impressed as the rest of us here at RockUnited. Need I say more???