Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted onNovember 27, 2014
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And please enjoy “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” originally broadcast in 1973:)

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Taylor Swift car singing lol funny stuff!

Posted onNovember 14, 2014
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Taylor swift. Love her or hate her she is here… And recently she has made the jump to “pop” radio with her album titled “1989”. Her hit “Shake it Off” is busting up HUGE. “Players’ gonna hate hate hate!” lol..Well, she recently released a video of herself lip-syncing to her own song “Blank Space “while enjoying a car ride. Obviously the video is staged of course, her guy friend takes his hands off the wheel for an extended period of time but the video is cute and funny. Check it out!

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Here is the original “Blank Space” video

AC/DC’s “Play Ball” video

Posted onNovember 13, 2014
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Here is the latest AC/DC release “Play Ball”. Not sure if it’s a left over piece that was pulled off the music shelf or it’s a brand new song written by the current line up but it does Modulate through a couple of keys which for AC/DC, hasn’t been done that often. Please enjoy nuns playing soccer and the indoor all female football teams… As with AC/DC, the song has at least “2” meanings…lol.

Kind  of different and sad not seeing Malcolm Young in the mix. 🙁 So what do you think? Hit or Miss?

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If you would like to see the “Behind the scenes” of the video shoot, check this one out!

KickActs October Stats…

Posted onNovember 5, 2014
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October 14th and 15th the server had issues so the site was down…Other than that,a pretty good month!

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Judas Priest Whole Concert video Evansville Indiana!

Posted onOctober 27, 2014
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Props to BerryTheMusicMan for posting it!

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For my review of the show go here! Review20141022_210501

Concert Review Judas Priest/Steel Panther @ the Ford Center

Posted onOctober 24, 2014
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2014-10-22_22.08.49First off, in the famous words of the band SAXON…”DOES THIS TOWN KNOW HOW TO ROCK?” It might be better said “Does this town still know how to rock”? Did you see the lines waiting to get into the Ford Center Wednesday night? I did. They were stretched out all the way around the building and across the street! It was wonderful! When my wife and I parked in behind the “The Center’s” parking lot I noticed several tailgate parties going on! Judas Priest was cranking on one truck’s stereo system and the guys and girls were hanging out around the truck and pre drinking and getting psyched about the show!. Not hurting no one and not driving. Just waiting for the doors to the Ford Center to open. T-shirt bootleggers were crisscrossing the parking lots selling concert t-shirts at half price. It was just like the good ole days of concerts gone by. Does anyone remember those?

This was a real Damn Loud Rock show. One that was needed in an area that is over ran with bro-country bands and too many country radio stations… Not that I am hating on country, some of it is actually well written but for the most part it’s over saturated with the same lines in every song…Lines that mention: trucks, rivers/lakes, a country road, KC Lights, some kind of alcoholic drink, a hot girl, long legs and short shorts, and either a moonlight or sunrise and don’t forget to mention a country music legends’ name like Hank or Haggard….and WALLA! And repeat…But I will leave all this for another day! Back to the ROCK SHOW!

First off though… The KickActs PROPS and ROCK SALUTES to the following!

Many props needs to go out to our ROCK radio stations! Evansville Stations 103WGBF and 107.5WABX carried the rock torch and promoted this show relentlessly. Hell, even Pat Ballard and the WKTG93.9 gang also heavily promoted the show and had a contest using Judas Priest song titles in a story  and gave away tickets too and they are located in Madisonville! So the radio stations ROCKED it!

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(Rated PG from here down people)

Back to the concert. The Ford Center along with Outback Concerts presented the God Fathers of Metal, “Judas “Fucking’ Priest” along with glam rockers “Steel Panther”! Judas Priest has over 40 years of experience and 50 million albums sold under their belt. They are legends. Their material is as fresh today as it was when it was released. Back in the day, you had to have “British Steel” in your record collection. “Screaming for Vengeance” was another one. “Painkiller”. The list goes on and on. Judas Priest, the ever adapting progressive metal band, when syth guitars came into play they cranked out “Turbo Lover” and many more syth guitar rock songs on their release “Turbo”. Here in 2014,  they are still releasing ground breaking albums like the newest one “Redeemer of Souls”. A world class act here in Evansville Indiana!

 

[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]The opening act was LA “Calipornica” based “Steel Panther”. Boosting that they have had over 20,000 YouTube views! LOL… A band that has taken the over indulgences of the 80’s glam/rock metal bands and repackaged it and made a comedic Rated PG-13? gig out of it. The band comes complete with guy liner and over the top wigs! These guys are highly talented musicians and pretty freakin’ humorous too!  The songs are spoofs like “Death to all but metal”. With the play on “butt” of course. Then there’s P****whipped, “Asian Hookers”, “Glory Hole” and one of their more popular ballads’ “Community Property” with the famous chorus line that goes ” My heart belongs to you, but my **** is Community Property”. lol…Probably not too cool and a bit much for the young kids in the audience though! I would say, think more like in the lines of the movies “American Pie”, “Porkies”, and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” type tone…You know, “dick” humor…They hit on all the clichés and poked fun at themselves along with the 80’s era. The bass player Lexxi Roxx even did a standard 80’s bass solo “called “hair solo” and just played an open E on his bass while playing with his hair! We all know bass players played more than just one string but its fun to poke fun at! Great set and I could have watched a full show from them. I get it and it’s awesome!

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STEEL PANTHER

 

Steel Panther was a great warm up band but we all know who we came for! Judas Priest! Thanks to the internet I knew that when Black Sabbath’s “WAR PIGS” came over the front house system it was show time! I have to admit, to the 15 year old inter kid in me, hearing the crowd singing to War Pigs was touching to my metal heart! The curtain dropped and they kicked into “Dragonaut” off the new album “Redeemer of Souls”! From the word go it was a well oiled classic Priest show! They know how to rock! Are they older? Hell yes but so are we but no denying music makes us young again. I saw plenty of young and young at heart metal fans there! The Priest ripped out many of their classic hits and well as some deeper cuts. One of my favorites is “Beyond the Realms of Death” off the Stained Class album! They played “Metal Gods”, Another Thing Coming”, “Turbo Lover”,” Victim of Changes”, “Love Bites”, “Jaw Breaker” (not in that order just recalling off the top of my head)…And then…The Stage went dark…thick fog was rolling in…and then you heard it…

 

The Harley motorcycle started up!!! As Rob was warming up the engine on that suicide machine you could feel the tension rise! It’s loud pipes racking off the sound system and bouncing around the arena walls! As he rode it out on stage the band broke into “Hell Bent for Leather“!. Fucking A for AWESOME!

  Judas Priest came back out for two encore songs! “Living After Midnight” and “Defenders of the Faith”. It was a great night for Heavy Metal!

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Before the show and really afterwards, I looked around and saw many “metal heads” that I had seen at rock concerts back in the day when Evansville seemed to have a great rock show once a month. I don’t know these people as coworkers or friends per se but we have something in common. The music. We all acknowledged each other with the typical “what’s up” gesture but we’re all brothers and sisters in rock. We support the cause…The numbers were small but we were there…

eric211  The show was undersold. It’s a known fact that for some reason rock/metal shows no longer do well in Evansville. It was also on a Wednesday night but are we really too old to get out and enjoy it? I think not. Was it advertised well? In some ways yes. The radio stations I mentioned did their part if not more…

103WGBF even had a special ticket price with Ticketmaster for one day where you could get a ticket for 30 bucks! You couldn’t beat that folks! My ticket was on the floor, B section middle of the stage and I only paid 70.00 for it. So I paid 150.00 for two seats on the floor. Someone on my Facebook page said the tickets were too high… I just went to Ticketmaster and looked up Eric Church’s show. Same Ford Center, same seating area my wife and I were in. Keep in mind I paid full price at Ticketmaster for the Priest tickets…Here is Eric Church’s ticket prices for the same area. If you can’t make it out, it’s $908.00 for 2 tickets! Talk about scalping someone! Sad thing is, someone will pay those prices.

I know ad space is pricey. So let’s get that out of the way. But you have Facebook and posting daily is free. The Ford Center has a Facebook page. As of today (10/24/2014) it has 20,073 “Likes” and been visited 87,563 times. Those are great stats! Congrats! But you hosted Judas Priest and what did you do? You announced the show on July 17th and a few times after that. Then when the show neared you stopped the free advertising via posting on Facebook on your own page. From September 30th until October 16th, no mention of the Judas Priest show on your Facebook page. You posted up and coming shows like Miranda Lambert and Eric Church. Both of those shows are scheduled after the Judas Priest concert. It’s as if you guys just abandoned the show. I sent you a message asking about it on September 15th. No reply but the next day you posted about the show. I can’t tell you what to do but you know Facebook is a great free advertising tool. It wasn’t used for the Judas Priest show. I am not hating, just the facts…

Enclosing…

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Denise, LaDonna, David and me…

I had a great time at the show. I attended it with my wife Denise and my brother David and his girlfriend LaDonna. It had been a long time since my brother and I attended a concert together so the night was very special to me…The thing is, yea, the guys in Priest are older. K.K. Downing has retired and has been replaced with Richie Faulkner, a younger guitar slinger that is badass. But in reality, it’s about us an individuals’ more importantly. Are we really that old in our 40’s or 50’s? Most of the guys in Judas Priest are in their mid 60’s. The Rolling Stones are in their 70’s and they are still playing. Touring isn’t easy…So what’s our excuse for not going?

If you have been blessed with good health why head for the rocking chair early? Why not play “Kick the can“. Why not live while you are alive? So what if you are up a little later one night in a year at a rock show? I saw the guys and the  girls there. Young and older. We are the  Defenders of the faith along with Judas Priest. Who gives a crap if your not 21 anymore? Had a couple of kids and your not 36/24/36 anymore? I saw younger ladies and MILFS/GILFS dressed up in leather or dressed nice. I saw the newer young generation metal guys taking the torch. I saw the older metal guys with a lot less hair than they used to have and maybe the standard 40ish belly instead of the “six packs showing” it’s “six packs hiding”. The leather jacket they have had for years doesn’t quite fit like it used to but… They are “Defenders of the Faith”. All of them. Every damn one of them…

Never let anyone tell you that you are too old. If they do, tell them, well just show them. Wear what you wanna wear. Grow your hair how you wanna grow it. Be you. Who the hell wrote the book on growing up anyway? Be responsible but live dammit…Just live! If its metal….Get your ass off the couch and support the shows. If it’s country you like….do the same. But do something. What did ole Red say in Shawshank Redemption??? Get busy living or get busy dying…

Anyway, I’m off the soapbox now… I posted this question on my Facebook page after the show. Please feel free to respond or comment…

I am currently writing about the Judas Priest concert last night for Kick Acts. if you attended the show “what are your thoughts”. I will use some of them in the article. Comment below or PM me.

Here are some of the replies…

It was GREAT to hear the old Preist songs but sadly…Steel Panther pushed the entertainment factor out of their reach. Singing along with iconic metal legend Judas Preist wasn’t nearly as fun for me as laughing along with Steel Panther and their refreshing approach to cock rock.
Keith Alvey Maybe they should’ve used the center instead. Just a thought not sure the light rig would’ve fit.
Allen Tate Overall, I thought it was a great show. Both bands delivered. It was disappointing to see so many empty seats but not surprising. The only two places I noticed any advertising for this show was on WGBF and WABX. Maybe if they’d have advertised on the local TV stations there would have been a few more seats filled.
Kim Veazey-Wood I had tickets and sold them I won them. If it had been on a weekend I would have went but im to old to go partying at a rock concert and who did they think was gonna go see judas priest..the old rockers Just a thought
Kevin Book Steel Panther is good for what they do, but they’re basically a comic act and it gets old real quick. I just don’t have any interest in watching old rockers get up there and try to act like it’s 1976 anymore…I saw Priest several times back when they were the baddest in the world…that’s good enough for me. No wonder it was such a lame crowd.
Rodney Beasley Uh Kevin Book…If you had been there last night you would see they are still the baddest in the world. 🙂 Amazing show!!!
Charles Dicus Lame crowd as far as numbers, but those there were far from lame. And as for Priest being old rockers…they proved last night that old or not, they still kick ass. There’s so many factors to look at. First, this town pays to see entertainers, not legends or artists. They should of played the Center, but from what I heard, they have a contract with VenuWorks to play their establishments in various cities. So the way it was explained to me…whatever money was lost here will be made up someplace else.

I remember just years ago (2002+), Motley, Def Lep, KISS…playing Roberts to huge crowds. So what happened?

I’m always baffled by “fans” around here. I know people that travel across Europe to see their bands. Hell, I know some people here who would rather make the trek to Nashville or Louisville to see the same artist that is playing in Evansville. What does that say?
If there was a Led Zeppelin reunion at the Ford Center…the place would probably sell out, with Evansville residents buying MAYBE a 1/4 of the seats (if they knew about the show). All others would be from out of town, state or country.

 

Doug Sauls I hate to say this Chuck but I didn’t even know Judas Priest was coming to Evansville! Like you said there are many free ways of getting the word out so I will say that a lot of people just didn’t know about it.

Benny Sauls Evansville demographics no longer support rock shows. It does not matter how long the artist has been around, it is about what demographic our area now represents and unfortunately it is no longer rock music. Country acts and more main stream artists will always do better here for that reason alone. How does that change? The people that refuse to go see the few rock shows that do come to town have to get out and support a show when feasible. Even the minor major tours that hit The Centre and The Victory.

Dave Lutz They actually advertised on TV. I saw several times and hardly watch TV. Probably would have done a bit better had they teamed JP with another Classic Metal act and not Steel Panther. SP great musicians but pretty vulgar and most people have no clue who they are. Heard JP killed it and I went back and forth on whether or not to go. Would have gone if they would have put say Lynch Mob or Dokken or Saxon or somebody like that on the bill with JP. JMO which really means……Nothing!

Karen Clayton Beasley Well, I enjoyed the show very much but I was quite disappointed in the small crowd that showed up. I’m sure there are many reasons for the lack of fans there, including it being held on a weeknight, we are ALL getting older, the lack of a more popular opening act, and tickets were not cheap! Even though I did have a great time and I love JP, I was a bit disappointed in some of the songs they chose to perform. Of course, they had to do the songs from the new album and they did do a few of the classic Priest tunes…Screaming for Vengeance, Breakin’ the Law, Turbo Lover, You’ve Got Another Thing Coming, Metal Gods, Living After Midnight, and Hell Bent for Leather. IF they had added Diamonds and Rust, and Green Manalishi, this chick would have been even happier! I say KUDOS to Judas Priest for STILL rockin’ the stage even after 40 years of being Metal Gods. Seeing JP last night was also kind of a “flashback” to a time gone by. I enjoyed every minute of the show with my rock star husband (Rodney Beasley) and I am glad we had the chance to see yet another JP show. Horns up!!

Brad Linzy I saw Priest and Steel Panther at Louder Than Life here in Louisville. Both kicked ass. Only bands that were as good as those two were Mastadon and Limp Bizkit.

 

 

TANTRIC TO RELEASE “BLUE ROOM ARCHIVES” ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

Posted onAugust 29, 2014
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Alternative rockers Tantric will release a compilation of new, unreleased,
and acoustic material under the title of “Blue Room Archives” on September
30 through Pavement Entertainment.
This new release will follow up 2013’s highly successful 5th studio album
“37 Channels”, and includes acoustic versions of the classic Tantric hits
“Breakdown” and “Mourning”, as well as, the brand new single “Cynical”. A
streaming version of the new single can be heard here: http://goo.gl/uTrTI5
The title for the album comes from Tantric’s home studio “The Blue Room”
where much production work and song writing have taken place over the
band’s extensive career.
Lead vocalist and frontman* Hugo Ferreira *comments: ” This isn’t so much
a premeditated album, but a collection of music I have done that I always
loved extremely but never found a place for.  It’s songs in their purest
form, no flashy production or elaborate theme. Imagine it as a mix tape of
songs I wrote or co-wrote that stand alone uniquely. A inside view of the
other side of a tantric state of mind.”
*Please post as a news item. Hugo is also available for interviews!*
  “Blue Room Archives” track listing:
  1. Cynical
2. Breakdown (Acoustic)
3. Abuse Me
4. Don’t Let It Win
5. Fall To The Ground (Remix)
6. Mind Control (Remix)
7. Mourning (Acoustic)
8. Nothing At All
9. Mourning After
10. Indiscretion
11. Flip A Coin

KickActs interviews Aaron Morales of “Pistolas D’ Pasión”

Posted onMay 9, 2014
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

 

408714_196841987132783_1087807763_nI’m Aaron Morales, singer and guitarist for Pistolas D’ Pasión, we’re a bilingual (English/Spanish) rock band from Chicago, Illinois and we can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/pistolasdpasion, Twitter at twitter.com/pistolasdpasion and our official website at pistolasdpasion.com

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

As a singer, my influences are Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth, Steve Perry and Joe Elliot. As a guitarist-Randy Rhoads, Neal Schon, Robbin Crosby and Steve Clark.

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

Learn from those who came before you. And never, never, ever quit. Perseverance is key.

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

Advice not to dismiss certain former members of the band before they became a problem.

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

Worst gig was headlining a theater in my hometown on a 40 foot stage with a 10 foot guitar cable. Kept getting unplugged during the whole set. It sucked.

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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?

Hobbies? I don’t have much time for hobbies but I do draw pictures of sock puppets with boobs while eating Cheetos. I’m kidding. I don’t eat Cheetos at all.

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

What music scene? In Chicago, you have DJ’s with laptops and cover bands making all the money while the original artists generally starve. Nothing to address for me though, we don’t really play in Chicago.

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

I had invitations to audition for two of those three shows, but I declined because I didn’t feel it was for me-But if people feel it is right for them and their career goals, so be it. Doesn’t hurt the music industry, in my opinion because some people who were on those shows end up selling lots of records. And selling records is a good thing for the industry as whole.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

They suck. If you truly like an artist, spend the 99 cents or whatever and help that artist continue to make the music your enjoy.

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

Tomasso knows quite a bit about how things work in Amsterdam and Robby walks with a strut.

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

Ginger. She seems like she would have been a fun chick to hook up with. Of course, this is only if we’re talking about me being old enough to hook up with her back then and not now!

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

Yeah, I know about vinyl but I never purchased a vinyl record… my parents had an awesome collection, so I didn’t need to.

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

Why would I choke Justin Bieber if I stuck on an island with him? I’m sure he’d be more helpful in aiding my return to civilization than a fiddler crab or a monitor lizard…

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

I don’t know her, so I have no opinion.

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

Are you serious? Real vocals.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

The “next big thing” is so subjective. What are we talking? Record sales? Awards? Critical acclaim? Musical ability?

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

There is no one artist that fits that criteria for me. Sorry.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I dislike people taking photos of me.

Favorite movie of all time and why.

It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s a classic-Great story and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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”!

Check out the latest single from Pistolas D’ Pasion, Imposible-Available on MTV.COM, Amazon.com and other fine retailers. Big things are in the works for the band this year, so “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the scoop and most importantly, come see us live at a venue near you!

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KickActs January Stats

Posted onFebruary 4, 2014
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KickActs interviews “Holly Elle”!

Posted onJanuary 31, 2014
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All new set of questions too!!

HollyElle_Lafamos_12Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and where you can be found online.

Well alright then. I’m a Canadian pop artist currently based in Nashville TN. My favorite color is pink and my favorite food is pizza. My website is www.hearholly.com and from there you can find links to my Facebook page and Youtube channel and my Twitter is @hearholly. Follow me!

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Hmm let’s see. Well to start, my Father, because he’s a self-trained musician with an amazing ear. Thanks for that musician gene Dad! My brother, Freddy because he paved the way for me by first taking the leap of being an independent artist. The Beatles, because they are the best band of all time, end of discussion. Mariah Carey because of her outstanding vocal chops and unique vocal style, and her staying power.

Links:
Website- http://hearholly.com/
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holly-Elle/177891678905141
Twitter- https://twitter.com/hearholly
iTunes- http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/holly-elle/id417522549

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

There’s obviously no instruction manual, no hard and fast rules, which is what makes it exciting and terrifying all at once. I’d say do it as long as you love it, you can’t be in it for any other reason. Develop a tough skin. Get ready for a roller coaster ride, or a walk through a maze where most corners you turn end in a big wall that says “NO”!

Out of all the advice I’ve ever got about the music business, the best I ever heard was this: it’s all bullshit. Not in a negative way, but in the way that no one has all the answers, nobody knows exactly what they’re doing. If we did, everyone would be churning out hits 100% of the time forever. Is there a certain amount of talent and experience that determines success in the industry? Yes. But it also requires a perfect storm, which includes those things mixed in with timing, luck, and a big dollop of who the fuck knows. I dunno man, just do you and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Follow your dreams kids!

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

I don’t do regrets, and I take all advice with a grain of salt. I appreciate advice, and I take it into consideration. But then I follow my heart and determine what’s right for me, at the time, to the best of my knowledge, and that course can never be wrong.aaaaaaaaaaa_n

 

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

There was a recent summer here in Nashville where we had the hottest day on record, ever. Did I mention ever? And I had a 3-hour gig out on a patio in the middle of the afternoon, no shade, no fan, no breaks. There are few things I hate worse in life than being hot. #First world problems.

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?

You’re giving me some really good ideas. And I’m also feeling like my hobbies are boring now comparatively. I like to play Texas Holdem poker. I actually like games in general, card games, board games. It drives my family crazy I think, it seems no one ever wants to play games as much as me 🙁

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

I’m not a get-on-my-soapbox music scene analyzer and criticizer. It’s the same as it’s always been and always will be; ever-changing, diverse, with some shit and some good shit. Each generation has their time with music, and then when that time is over you get to go “in MY day music was music, not this crap you hear today and blah blah blah” whatever.

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

I’m sure it’s both, who cares. I hate it when people get all high and mighty about music. Saying what’s good for the industry and what’s not, declaring who’s a sellout or who’s not worthy to be where they are. Judgey wudgey was a bear. Music is a come-one-come-all expression fest. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, turn the channel, and let others get on with their lives. My personal opinion? I still watch American Idol. Although they are too mean in the way they produce the show and depict contestants during the audition process, and then too easy on them later during the judging process. They’ve got it backwards. As for The Voice, I wish they would make it so that the judges don’t see the contestants until the end of the season, maybe the final 3, now that would be a show!

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

I only download music that I’ve paid for, but I’m in the business so I’m close enough to know and feel the effects. It’s human nature, you may have one opinion, until it directly affects you, then suddenly that opinion changes. Is it wrong? Yes. But it’s too easily accessible and tempting for people. I have close friends that do it with music and movies too. You can debate about it until you’re blue in the face but the fact is, too late, what now?

It’s the job of artists and industry people to now figure out a new business model. Yes it creates hardship but it also creates opportunity.

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

I really wish I had band members right now just so I could dish on them and tell you all their secrets. Like Billy’s an alcoholic (which fucks with our road schedule, he’s so unreliable) and everyone knows Brittany and I never got along but we pull it together just enough to record and then go our separate ways until the next tour. It would be so much more interesting…

hollyphoto1Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

Dude, I love you but your references are way outdated. I’ve never seen that show. I know vaguely of the main character and the movie star lady, but if I chose I’d have to reveal my sexual orientation. We can’t have that.

If we were doing old shows we should have done Golden Girls. Oooh let’s do a “Fuck, Marry, Kill”! Okay hm, that’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to kill Blanche, because even though Sophia is close to the grave I’d miss her witty remarks. I’d fuck Rose for shock value and because she’s probably secretly a freak, and I’d marry Dorothy just for the challenge, and for the fact that she always knows the right thing to do. Okay now you go!

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

Oh my goodness what do you take me for? Yes and yes. I have a few let me check and see what I have here… Wings of Sound, that’s a good one. The Beatles, obvi. My Fair Lady, some classical stuff. Future goals: expand my collection by leaps and bounds, and release a vinyl album myself.

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

Absolutely not! He’s my fellow Canadian and he’s adorable. I might slap him and say “what’s your problem? Pull it together. Don’t lose your shit now!” But seriously, when people say he isn’t talented I want to punch them in the face. Say what you want about the guy, you might not like his music, but don’t be fucking ridiculous. He can sing. He can dance. And he’s spanking most people’s asses in album sales.

But since we are on an island and we have time, I may teach him a new face to make for pictures. It’s always the same one, check it out, you’ll see.

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

She or somebody in her camp is a marketing and PR genius. One day they sat in a room and said okay, what can we do to boost album sales and make everyone talk about you? Then they did it. Then you fell for it. The end. I don’t hate on Miley man. I got “We Can’t Stop” on my playlist just like I had “The Climb”. Whoever’s picking her songs is spot on. I do miss her long hair though can we convince her to grow it back out?

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

REAL VOCALS. Are you kidding me? I can’t even.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

If I knew that do you think I’d be here talking to you? I’d be all over that shit.

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

Ugh don’t make me choose. I will say this, there is an interesting phenomenon with Rihanna. She seems like the only artist that can stay in our faces year after year without anyone getting sick of her. Has anyone else noticed this? Why is that? Think about it. I love Rihanna by the way.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

Nah.

Favorite movie of all time and why?

I’m not good at narrowing down to just one thing. As you have seen I just go on and on and on. Let me say a couple: Dirty Dancing, because my Mom and I watch it every time we get together and it makes my Dad really mad. The Mummy, I don’t know why. Bring it On, delicious cheesiness. Okay how about this, favorite Disney cartoon: Hercules. Unless we’re talking old Disney movies in which case Sleeping Beauty. Okay I’m done now.

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

Oh my gosh yay! Anything in the whole world? Let’s talk about me! Oh I know, I’ll practice for when I do Us Magazine’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me.” But don’t get mad or tell anyone when I reuse them later K? Here goes:

1. My Chihuahua Chickadee is the love of my life

2. Pizza is my favorite food (you may want to insert a “spoiler alert!” in the first 
question now)

3. I hate running. So much. I always have.

4. I love going to the movies. No really, I go and see like every movie that comes 
out

5. I have a phobia of birds

6. I had a near death experience when I almost drowned as a child

7. I’m extremely close with my family and they drive me insane!

8. I believe in aliens

9. My worst guilty pleasure reality TV indulgence is Love and Hip Hop

10. I’ve always been a night owl so I wasn’t allowed to nap like the other kids in

preschool

11. I started a club in elementary school called “The Cool Cats”

12. I’ve dyed my hair every possible color there is

13. My favorite southern expression is “Bless their little hearts”

14. I’ve been guilty of gossip in my day but I’m working on it (oops there’s that 
confession you were looking for)

15. My favorite comics are Dane Cook (screw the haters) and Eddie Izzard

16.I try to find humor in everything and usually do

17. I’m obsessed with makeup

18. My current celebrity crush is Tom Hiddleston. Yeah Loki, work it.

19. My favorite season is winter

20. I prefer to stay out of the ocean

21. I once played Dorothy in a school production of The Wizard of Oz

22. Coming up with 25 things is harder than you think

23. Maybe 10 or even 15 things would be more reasonable

24.I really enjoyed talking with you, it was so much fun!

25. Thanks!