KickActs interviews Eric Seevers of “Social 66”

Posted onJune 20, 2014
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

My name is Eric Seevers, I play bass guitar for Social 66 we can be found @

www.facebook.com/social66band

www.reverbnation.com/social66

www.youtube.com

itunes

soundcloud 

etc..

eric

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

For me personally I grew up listening to thrash metal, played guitar and rode skateboards so I liked the faster heavier stuff. I always looked up to Alex Skolnic, Dave Mustaine, Danny Spits, Randy Rhoades. The faster music made me want to go harder and faster and I loved the way those guys made their guitars sound like a chainsaw slicing into raw meat. Some did it with elegance and some attacked it head on.

 

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! no seriously. its a tough, tough business and if you don’t have the drive and determination to take it as far as you can along with some tough skin you’ll find that this biz doesn’t care about you or your band you need to do it for the lvd of music and not of fame and fortune.

 

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

Nothing really comes to mind because I felt like I never had a mentor to help me through it was always trial and error. I burned a few bridges along the way and built some real good ones too. but in the end it was just me and my desire to share my music with people and after a few right and wrong turns, here I am.

 

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

I have a long history before I joined Social 66 so I have a lot of war stories but since Ive joined Social 66 Id say it would be when we played Planet Rock in battle creek MI with Saliva. From the time we showed up at this gig things were falling apart. When we finally got on stage Jason was having major issues with his gear and the FOH guy was pushing us to get started. Almost near meltdown we stripped it down to bare bones and just ripped into it. I seen this near empty room fill up quickly and start moving toward the stage and before you knew it we had a couple hundred screaming people in fort of us picking up what we were putting down. So what started out bad turned into a great night for us.

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

Me personally I have too many damn hobbies! I play basketball, golf, snowboard, ride motorcycles, collect comics, ugh..,. I need to get rid of some.

 

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

It would appear to be hit and miss nowadays? Some markets can’t get enough rock n roll and some are ghost towns. It helps when you have a local rock station backing up the shows and letting people know there are cool things going on and when to get out there and support the bands that come through. without it it makes it difficult to keep people informed without the right promotions.

 

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

HURT! if people at home think that is what real life is about then they are gravely mistaken! people need to grab a guitar grab your buddies and jam. learn to get better and go through getting the door slammed in your face a few times. a panel of judges and “america” voting is not real life.

 

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

I understand both sides being a fan and an artist. If people would look at paying for music as a donation to the artist to be able to make more music and continue touring and coming to their hometown then I think it would go better. Im not buying music to make someone rich, I buying music to help an artist make more music.

 

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Hard working, nice guys. We all have normal lives outside of this rock nroll thing just like everyone else and sometimes people lose sight of that. its not like we are super heroes with a cape coming in to slam your ear with loud drums and guitars. We will hang out with you, talk to you, drink with you, do what all of you are there for, have a good time and listen to good music.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

mary ann, hands down. she might look sweet and innocent but I bet she’s a wild cat!

 

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Yea I’m not as young as I look. I’ve owned a few in my life time but I still don’t buy that old BS that they sound better than CD’s. save that BS for someone else. I prefer a clear sound not some sandpaper scratchy ass vinyl record

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

No Id keep him around and beat him up everyday and make him do the lame stuff I don’t want to do.

 

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

You go Girl! stack that paper as high as you can because its all gonna come crashing down someday. Good luck keeping your kids from finding out about your past because in this day and age people are gonna find out what you do and did.

 

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip synching or real vocals?

Real Vocals! duh!

 

10485998_4608293621401_1222675418_nWho, or what, is the next big thing?

Social 66 and unsliced bread

 

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…

Sebastion Bach. Can’t get enough old skid row. It’s my guilty pleasure.

 

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I listen to pop music and I love it! there I said it. I don’t care what people think. if its good its good.

 

Favorite movie of all time and why.

Wow… too many to choose so I’ll cop out and say the Star Wars movies.

 

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Id like to thank all the Fans for helping us get to where we are at and to the future we about to be in. If it wasn’t for all of you we wouldn’t be here and I love you all.

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KickActs interviews Tim King of “SOiL”

Posted onApril 25, 2014
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be

found online.

tknTim King from the band SOiL. I play bass. All things Soil can be found at:

www.soiltheband.com <http://www.soiltheband.com>*

www.facebook.com/soilmusic <http://www.facebook.com/soilmusic>*

 

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Nikki Sixx made me wanna play bass.I loved his look and attitude. Also

loved his business sense.

As for other bass heroes I like Dave Ellefson from Megadeth. Great player. Duff McCagan from GNR. Another highly underrated player.  Love John Patitucci. He is prolly my favorite technical player hands down.

 

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music

business?

Yes. Give it all you have. If you don’t want to sacrifice everything to

make it and I mean EVERYTHING (family, relationships, children, weddings

funerals, jobs, house, car, etc) then just do it as a hobby, beause you

won’t make it in this business otherwise. Well unless you are rich to begin

with.

 

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

There are certain tours and events we should have participated on early in

our career which we passed on.  That prolly was a mistake.

 Soil 2

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to

share?

The greatest was definitely a London gig in 2011 with Ryan back in the

band.  Our first gig with him back in almost seven years.  I just felt

alive again.  I felt like I was proud again.

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps?

Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or

boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

I love salt water aquariums.  I have two reef tanks and I am kind of a

total fish nerd when it comes to studying coral growth and lighting

techniques.  It keeps me away from worrying about music 24/7.

 

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to

address that?

I feel sorry for the new bands the most.  They will never get to feel what

it is like to be “wined and dined”.  The days of excess are over.  It’s all

bare bones these days. It’s so tough to sell records these days and

technology is killing everything.  Streaming on spotify and pandora is

killing the sale of songs and albums.

 

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have

helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

I think they just kinda make a mockery out of the business.  They laugh

and mock the people that have no business even being on TV cause they suck

so bad and then they take the real talent and brutalize them into

competitions.

 

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

It’s killing everything we do. It’s hard enough to sell music to people,

let alone do it when a click away you can get it before streetdate.

 

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up

with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

Both Ginger and Mary Ann of course.  Mr Howel can watch.

 hahahahahahahahahaha

 

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so,

what was it?

Yes of course.  I own plenty of it. In fact our new Soil album “whole” is

out on vinyl. My favorite was the gatefold Motley Crue “shout at the devil”

LP. Looks so bad ass.

 

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the

first night in his sleep or what?

Hell no.  I just found my new butler.

 

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

She’s cool. Very talented. Can’t take that away from her.  She deserves

credit.

 

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip synching or real vocals?

If you can’t play your instrument, you have no business being on stage.

period!

 

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Who the hell knows. It could be a bunch of clowns playing the skin flute

for all I know, and it prolly will be. 

 

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…

Motley Crue of course…..my favorite band of all time.

 

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

My new guilty pleasure is the tv show “2 broke girls”

 

Favorite movie of all time and why.

The Warriors. Just something about that movie that is so bad ass. I always

wanted to run a street gang.

 

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk

about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

 

Well since that is also a KISS song, I’d like to express how tired I am of

hearing all the back and forth bickering from the original 4 members. WHO

GIVES A FUCK!!!!!!!!!

Tim

 

CHECK OUT SOiL ON THE “BORN TO RIDE 2” TOUR DATES BELOW!

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“Dug” Pinnick’s solo “IYFU” video

Posted onAugust 7, 2013
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If you don’t know who Dug is…may the fleas from a thousand camels infest your tent is all I can say…

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Here is a major clue if you don’t know who Dug is…

David Lee Roth wants Michael back!

Posted onFebruary 13, 2013
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David Lee Roth recently sat down with Rolling Stone magazine about the lack of communication coming from  the Van Halen camp and his opinion of one of the greatest tenor voices in Rock and Roll Michael Anthony!

 “What we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever — that was in Michael Anthony,” Roth explains. “In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys… so I would always look forward to that reunion.”

Nothing against Wolfie playing bass. He did a great job but putting this rock and roll machine back together with all its original running parts would be earth shatterin’!

chuck

chuck@kickacts.com

For more…click Dave’s face 🙂

DLR

 

 

Ten Questions with The Mighty Kevin Book

Posted onOctober 30, 2012
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It’s Halloween Eve again this year and once again no great pumpkin interviews, not one physic responded to my requests for interviews…I don’t get it. But it is what it is. so once again, I am running Kevin Books interview I did back in 2009. Enjoy…maybe next year someone will step up to the plate? Where is Ms. Utley when you need her??

chuck

 

blood_drippingbsr4thstreet11. Hey Kevin, welcome to Kickacts.com. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born July 1965 here in good ol’ Henderson, Ky. Started playing guitar at 7. My Dad bought me a hollow-body Kay guitar and brought it home. I started playing along with a Mel Bay 45 rpm on a little record player that taught you how to tune.

I didn’t have any records but my older sister did, so I snuck into her room and got KISS’s first album from her stack. I hid it under my bed and started playing it every single night after supper…and I mean every single night for about a year. My parents thought I was masturbating up there in my room all night long…but I wasn’t. What I was doing though was playing the bass lines on the guitar and I didn’t know it…

I finally got the courage to call my parents in to listen, and the first thing my mom said was..”You’re playing the bass lines…””You need a bass”…I had no idea. Back then you didn’t have MTV or the internet, so I only got to see pictures of bands once a month when all the music magazines came out…Creem, Hit Parader, Rolling Stone…etc…And I wasn’t allowed to have those magazines in the house, period.

So when I got a Bass…it was all over. I never came out of my room after supper again until I was about 15. I had been stealing my sisters records and recording them onto a cassette player to learn them…all the classics..Led Zep, Sabbath, Kiss, Rush, Ted Nugent but I also was playing stuff like Ohio Players, Billy Preston, and KC & the Sunshine band…I couldn’t get enough…so that had everything to do with my style today.

After graduation I started playing on the road..went from MACH, to a band called HOT ICE, then moved to Nashville and played and toured with a band named “London Angel”. That was in 1986. We played from Buffalo, NY down to Florida and from Memphis straight over to Myrtle Beach, SC and all points in between.

I’ve played in 31 states and had sex with women in every one of those states…I’ve stimulated the economy in my own special way.Then it was back home in 88 when my son was born. I didn’t wanna be one of those fathers. I wanted to raise my boy.I knew I could make money right here at home, that’s how Chet & the Molesters got goin..we actually changed the way bands played and how much they got paid for sure…we had the biggest and the best sound and lighting…like any “road” band that came into town. And when we filled a place with as much shit as we could…we made room for more…We were the hottest band in town for a while and made some bars and ourselves alot of money.

2. You play bass guitar in the band “BSR”. Tell us about the band and who is in it and the website address you guys can be found at.

www.bsrband.com

Right now, It’s me, Brad wireman, and the newest guitarist in the band, Eric Smalley..

Brad and I haven’t had much luck with guitarists. It seems that every guitarist that we’ve played with is a big flake in some way or another.

The only guy that ever fit perfect was Jimmy Powers, and we played so much a few years back with him in the band that he actually got burnt out and semi-retired…He’s a fantastic guy and is always there when we need him. Luckily, guitar players are a dime a dozen and we seem to get lucky with these guitar slingers from Louisville…

Eric is a great player, has a great attitude and fits in perfect with the direction and type of material BSR is doing. We book gigs no matter what and no matter who the guitarist is…fuck em’…It’s a business too. We don’t take guitarist’s feelings into consideration when it comes to booking gigs…they can be replaced, usually in one phone call.

 

3. What type of gear do you use?

I only use a Sansamp RB-1 and run direct. No amp, period, I hate bass amps and big-ass bass amps bleeding all over everything on stage when trying to mix and get a good clean stage volume and mix out front. I mix from stage and it’s way better on monitor mixes and stage levels. Don’t believe what you hear about trying to keep up with loud drummers…it’s ALWAYS the bass player or guitar player that thinks they need a full stack to play a local gig…but that’s only my opinion.

Before the Sansamp, I only used a small Gallien Krueger MB 150 that I could fit in my lap. I get hooked up in about 20 seconds. Beautiful …

4. You guys are currently working on a new CD. Tell us about it.

It’s actually a cursed project as far as I’m concerned…it’s about the third time we’ve recorded some of the same songs and every time we record it, a guitar player flakes out and quits…Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of the songs and they sound fantastic.

We decided to record two different ones this time too, so it’s sounding real good. It was all done except for vocals, but now I’m gonna record over the guitar parts and let Eric have his way with them. It’s been a long time coming and actually has cause writers block for me. I’ve had a very hard time being able to write new material with these songs stuck in limbo…it will be out by summertime hopefully and you won’t be disappointed.

5. Do you have any “greatest gig” stories to tell?

I tell ya, all the stories and things you hear about bands on the road and gigs and groupies back in the 80’s and early 90’s?? It’s all true, and I lived it. All of it except the drugs part. I’ve never been into drugs. I had the most fun anybody could have…I just wish there had been digital cameras back then. I have very, very few things to remind me of those times.

They were all great gigs. Every one of them…except one.

6. And in the same vein, got any “worst gig ever” stories to share?

Yeah, In 1987, we played in York, Pennsylvania at a place called “The Cracker Barrel”…that’s right…the restaurant..

I guess that’s were it originated from, I don’t know….well, it had a bar in it, so needless to say, we came out blasting with our smoke and flash bombs while Grand-ma and Grand-pa were trying to eat their “all you can eat fish”…We played all of about a song and a half when they ran up to tell us to stop, they thought we were a country band.They told us to leave, and didn’t pay us…as we walked out I threw and kicked over about twenty of the rocking chairs they had outside…(they had those back then on the porch too…weird). I threw two of them into the road and a big semi crashed through one of them and jack-knifed right in the road…we took off. I remember people all lined up in the windows staring out at us as we ran by flipping all of them off…they were as horrified of us as we were of them.We were broke and had to sleep on the side of the road in the truck going to the next show in Allentown.

7. I ran into you a few years ago at the DMV in Henderson. At that time you said you were done playing. We all get that feeling every once in a while. But here you are playing out again. Music is a drug that can’t be refused for very long. What did you do while on hiatus and what brought you back?

The money you make in a three-piece band is awesome, period. That’s it. The money…

The older you get, the easier it is to get with guys you like and can make money with…Brad and I have played together for about 8 years now.

8. Who are your heroes and what inspired you to take up playing?

Gene Simmons was my first big rockstar hero type…I wanted to spit blood and breath fire. If you listen to bass now days, they don’t walk up and around the melody. Simmons had some really bad-ass bass lines in those old songs.I was into Geddy Lee and Bootsy Collins too, because of his star sunglasses.

9. Do you have any other hobbies other than playing Bass guitar?

I am an eBay whore…I’ve been selling full time on there since 2001. I’ll sell anything and everything, including your mom. I’ve made more money on eBay than any job I’ve ever had and I’ve done it all…from laying carpet to being a mail carrier for the USPS. My parents and I have bought and sold antiques all my life in antique malls, auctions..etc..so

eBay is just a natural for me because I know what sells and what doesn’t. I’ve also collected comics since I was six. I have a huge collection. I own just about every major key comic book from 1962 on. I hope one day to own Superman #1 which is worth about 125,000.00. I have every issue of Spiderman going back to the very first one “Amazing Fantasy 15” back in 1963…look those up and see how much they’re worth…*wink*…I’m retiring off them. The great thing about certain antiques and collectibles is that they are recession proof…like gold.

10. # 10 is called “Shout it Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead Kevin, and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

 

Well, I’m glad I’ve been able to have fun, make money, and enjoy playing music in spite of all the drama, whiners, flaky-ass musicians and coat-tail hangers that infest the music business…even on a local level. It takes a lot of work to be able to keep something going for over a decade. Even a rock band… I’ll put our resume’ and list of accomplishments up against any band, anywhere. I’ve done it my way and I’m proud of it. I have plenty of friends out there and they know who they are, so I won’t have to use this space to kiss any asses.. I’ll pat myself on the back right here instead…and Brad’s back too. Oh and I love working at the Guitar Center…all the bad things and stories you hear from ex-employees or whatever stem from laziness and not knowing how to hustle and make money. You have to depend on yourself in life and not somebody else, and that carries over into how you live your life everyday and your job or jobs. To me, I have three jobs, eBay, BSR and the Guitar Center and I have a ball at all three…I worked hard to get it this way and I love my life.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

 

1.  You and I are no longer in our 20’s or even 30’s and still like to rock but never pulled off the “Big Time”. Got any advice for the young cockstars that are currently hanging out at the Guitar Center everyday hashing it out on the free gear Guitar center provides?

What’s funny is all the snorting and roaring the singers do now…I don’t get that. BUT it’s been done before way back in the late 80’s early 90’s with Pantera, so it’s nothing original. I hear the exact same guitar riffs everyday coming from those young guys…and when you ask them to play a twelve bar blues lead in B flat, they look totally confused and don’t know what you mean.

It has nothing to do with the Guitar Center at all, it’s the fact that kids now don’t actually “listen” to the recordings like we had to in the old days to recreate what the bands were doing…they don’t spend time “listening” they just pull it up on youtube or their iphone or whatever…it’s electronic overload..they get it half way, then start hashing it out their own way and it sounds wrong…no patience in the “I want it right now” world. There are some very talented younger musicians out there though and you hear those guys too in the store. My son is one of them.

2.  You guys opened for Motley Crue Back in the 90’s during their “We’re Clean Drug &bsrtks Alcohol free” period in the band. Got any backstage dirt of these Mofo’s? I need something on them considering I got kicked out the Executive Inn in 1983 for banging on one of their hotel room doors when they were on top of the rock world.

Not really…They sucked ass then, and they suck ass now…we smoked them that night. The lead singer from Laid Law, the second opening band, said we should’ve been signed right then on the spot..Motley Crue has never impressed me…they were in the right place at the right time. I knew we were gonna smoke them, and we did. They were all standing off to either side of the stage watchin us while we were playin…they knew we were good too.

SUPER BONUS FROM THE EDITOR”S PHOTO ALBUM: I save everything and I happen to have one of Mach’s old business cards, slightly burnt from our house fire back in 1989. … 🙂

mach

Special thanks to Kevin for playing  a long … Great answers from a great guy …

chuck gee

The New Pop Evil Vid “Purple” is here!

Posted onOctober 24, 2012
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Robert Wayne Birch, Elton John’s bass player commits suicide…:(

Posted onAugust 15, 2012
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from TMZ


Robert Wayne Birch
, a bass guitarist who played with Elton John and Billy Joel among many other huge artists, is dead after apparently having shot and killed himself this morning … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us … Birch was found around the corner from his home, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.  We’re told all signs point to a self-inflicted wound.

We’re told authorities have not found a suicide note and there were no apparent signs of drug use.

Birch has been playing with Elton John since 1992, and was also involved in the biggest single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997.”

Birch has also performed with legends like Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Cher, Sting, The Backstreet Boys, The Spice Girls, Clint Black and many others