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Talk about a supergroup with some great pedigree. Four individually talented musicians coming together and forming Devil City Angels to rock your world. Devil City Angels features Rikki Rockett (Poison) on drums, Tracii Guns ( L.A. Guns) on guitar, Eric Brittingham (Cinderella) on bass and Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill) on vocals and guitar. They are ready to deliver some straight up rock and roll that you have to hear.

They have just announced the completion of their new website at www.thedevilcityangels.com. They also have added three more new song to their Reverbnation page. I am hooked on their latest track, No Angels. It is a great song that will have you in anticipation of more new music! You can stream the songs and make sure to pick up All My People as a download. Download of their song insures that 50% of sales goes to the Fender Music Foundation charity. Click the link below to check out No Angels.

http://www.reverbnation.com/devilcityangels/song/21650296-no-angels

I love their classic rock vibe and the vocals just grab you with the catch melody. I am definitely ready for Devil City Angels. They have also announced several upcoming shows. Check the dates and see if they will be coming to a venue near you.

  • Sep 04   Southport Bar & Grill      Indianapolis, IN
  • Sep 05   Diesel Concert Lounge   Chesterfield, MI
  • Sep 06   Fish Head Cantina            Baltimore, AL
  • Sep 07   MVP SPORTS BAR & GRILLE         Cincinnati, OH
  • Sep 10   Bourbon Street of New Port Richey         New Port Richey, FL
  • Sep 11   Club LA Destin, FL
  • Sep 12   Concert Club North         Houston, TX
  • Sep 13   Gas Monkey Bar N Grill Dallas, TX
  • Sep 19   Pzazz Convention and Event Center        Burlington, IA
  • Oct 10   Count’s Vamp’d                Las Vegas, NV

We are excited and look forward to the new music. We will keep you posted and make sure to visit their social media sites to stay up to date on their latest news. Also be sure to head over to their merchandise page so you can pick up a cool Devil City Angels t-shirt and show your support for this great band which we will definitely be hearing a lot from.

~ Marisol

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Just last month we introduced you to the hard rock band from Peru, Cocaine Cowboys. In case you missed it, you can read that article here: Cocaine Cowybos from Peru. Today I want to share with you their live video feature celebrating their 2nd anniversary as a band. The song is their bad ass track, Come N’ Get It. Check out the video here:

 

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They have fierce guitars, gritty powerful vocals and a style that screams Rock! I just love those vocals, they are almost a blend of Tom Keifer and Sebastian Bach. Love them! The guitars have this dirty, raw edge vibrato similar to a Velvet Revolver style. The spot on precision drumming comes in and set the even tone without being overbearing which can happen so much with today’s music. I am really looking forward to check out more of their music. They are currently working on their debut album.

Band Members:

  • Vitucho – Vocals
  • Diego Daga – Guitar
  • Miki Tay – Guitar
  • Kike Ilave – Bass
  • Carlos Llontop – Drums

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Sweden has just been my Go To country for awesome rock n roll for a while now. It seems that every time I turn around another great rock band from Sweden is popping up. What is really great is that each band are unique in their own way and equally deserving of our attention. Today, I want to introduce you to Laney’s Legion from Stockholm. Their self titled debut album was released in April of this year. Their first single Taste of Your Tongue absolutely rocked me the first time I heard it.

Then they followed it up with their second single, Poptastic and then I knew they had more rockin tunes that I needed to check out. The catchy song brought out a great blend of punk rock angst with a Motley Crue 80s vibe. It has been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it! It has a very catchy sing along chorus, sweet guitar solo and vocals that will have you thinking you were transported to a Sunset Strip nightclub in 1982!

Check out their video for Poptastic here:

Band Members:

  • Chris Laney – leadvocals/guitar
  • Rob Marcello – Guitar/vocals
  • Mats Vassfjord – Bass/vocals
  • Patrik Jansson – Drums/vocals

You can pick up the album on iTunes here and make sure to check out a couple other great tracks on there, Bleed Within, Beneath The Surface and Lady Luck.  Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. We will see if we can bring you an interview with them soon.

~ Marisol

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SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have been quite busy out on tour with Aerosmith for the Let Rock Rule World Tour 2014. But in September for a few select dates, it will be all about SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators as they takeover iconic Sunset Strip nightclubs for headlining shows. They will be celebrating the release of their highly anticipated album, World on Fire which is set to release on September 16th through Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline- also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Guitar Center.

The three one-night only performances are scheduled as:

  • Tue    September 23   The Troubadour
  • Thu    September 25    The Roxy
  • Fri     September 26    The Whisky A Go Go

Tickets for all shows go on-sale August 1 at www.SlashOnline.com.  We’re excited to unleash ‘World On Fire’ in a big way and be a part of Guitar Center’s 50th celebration,” says SLASH. “They’ve been really supportive of me since the very beginning on the Sunset Strip.”

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win.

Check out the upcoming tour dates on the Let Rock Rule Tour here:

  • Fri           8/1        Scottsdale, AZ      Talking Stick Resort & Casino   *
  • Sat          8/2         Las Vegas, NV    MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Fri           8/8         Stateline, NV     Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harvey’s
  • Wed      8/13       Concord, CA       Sleep Train Pavilion
  • Fri           8/15       Coquitlam, BC, Canada  Hard Rock Casino – Vancouver  *
  • Sat          8/16       George, WA       The Gorge Amphitheatre
  • Tue        8/19       Denver, CO         Pepsi Center
  • Fri           8/22       Dallas, TX             American Airlines Center
  • Mon      8/25       The Woodlands, TX         The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • Thu        8/28       Atlanta, GA         Phillips Arena
  • Fri           8/29       Hollywood, FL    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   *
  • Sun        8/31       Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
  • Wed      9/3         Newark, NJ         Prudential Center
  • Sat          9/6         Bristow, VA        Jiffy Lube Live
  • Tue        9/9         Clarkston, MI     DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • Fri           9/12       Sydney, NS, Canada        Open Hearth Park

* Indicates Headlining shows

Check out the lyric video for the title track, which is available on iTunes:

So mark your calendars for September 16th for the album release and make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Ok so we all have to admit Spongebob is not just for children. I know that my kids might have been the reason I began watching it many years ago but our entire family watches it. Whenever someone wants to put on a kid friendly movie, our first choice is Spongebob and no one complains, not even the adults! Well get ready for a new Spongebob movie which is set for a 2015 release. They have released a new trailer for the movie and you can even catch the guitar legend himself, Slash in it!

Check it out here:

So stay tuned and get ready for more fun with Spongebob in Sponge out of Water.

~ Marisol

 

SPONGE OUT OF WATER Online:
WEBSITE: http://www.squarepantsmovie.co.uk
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/spongebobmovie.uk
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/paramountuk

 

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We recently told you about the Sleaze Rock n Roll band Rockstars On Mars. These guys are breathing the Vodka tinged air back into Sleaze Rock and having you crank up the music to 11, and you begging for more. They have just released a new music video. This time it is for Fancy Panoucha and it was mixed/mastered by Martin Sweet of Crashdiet.  Check it out here:

I hope you love these guys as much as we do! They really bring the sleaze rock n roll into your soul. In case you missed our interview with lead vocalist, London Le Grand, here it is one again.

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Band Members:

  • London LeGrand – Lead Vocals /harmonica/percussions/piano
  • Dave – Bass Guitar /back vocals
  • Johnny – Guitars /back vocals
  • Caesar – Drums /percussion/back vocals

Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press! First, I have to ask…How in the hell did you guys get to Mars???

London: u mean MARS as a location ? as in ROCKSTARS ON MARS ? our band name and a term we’ve used before to fuck with one another that means “FUCKED UP CRACK HEADS” ? its easy , all u gotta do is commit SOCIAL SUICIDE too ! its fun lol! its called rock n` roll, real rock n roll! trying to start or recrank the motor on a music movement thats not everybody yet gets.. this is like viking shit .We are saying fuck it , we´re setting sail and gonna make our society that gets us rather than moving over after the buildings are up and all the work has been done, or waiting around like ones that are pissed off cause shit aint moving fast enough but don’t do their part to start that band . FUCK THAT! we are up on that stage with broken equipment ,shit shorting out,so fucked up were falling off stage and usually just dangling by a thread ..but were doing it .. cause were not waiting until we HAVE what we don’t to scream FUCKING HEAR US!!! U WILL NEVER KILL ROCKING ROLL !! we´ll do it with broken acoustic guitars if we have to, and no mic and shove our rusty broken stings up somebody`s ass if they try to stop us or snob out on us cause we got the balls to do it anyway we have to.

Music Junkie Press: All kidding aside, we love your music, it is definitely bringing back the great sleaze rock music back to the forefront where it belongs. How did Rockstars On Mars form?

London: ..its wasn’t hard to find one another even in rock city DEATH METAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD “GOTHENBURG,SE.” .. we are those rodeo clowns that wonder what the fuck people are talking about when they look at us like we are rodeo clowns.. that shits been going on for years though.. but one night, went to a club called ROCK BAR a well known in Gothenburg, got TOO DRUNK TOO FUCK and realized we were some of the last standing that looked like rodeo clowns ,That night we decided to start a BAND that dirty little sleaze glam rocker girls would be into. Now we have some new clothes and a shit-ton of make up. Thanx ladies.

Music Junkie Press: How did the name come up?

London: we were gonna go with “music junkie” but we couldn’t find any sleaze rock like we had in the 80´s so the shooting up stopped and we went to music rehab.. ROCKSTARS ON MARS is the aftermath to a Valium and a cup of coffee ,so to speak . How did u come up with your name ? Just kidding we love u cats but if we weren’t dicks ,would u love us?

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Music Junkie Press: Well, you got me there and we would still love ya! Can you tell us a little bit about each of you? Maybe three things we wouldn’t know?

London: we`re white trash , mentally insane,a fuck the rules sleazy glam rock ,smart ass band of motherfuckers that luv baby chickens lol! girls ! chicks rock ! most people think we are innocent POP with our singers new tattoo that reads “FILTHY WHORE” lol!

Music Junkie Press: We are loving the song and video Too Kool For Skool! Will you be releasing an album or EP soon where we can pick up the song here in the US?

London: man ,we just released a 8 song self titled ep on our very own DIRTY SLUT RECORDS®. Our sexy ass friend “Martin Sweet” from “CRASHDIET” mastered the songs for us too .. TOO KOOL was recently featured on Nicke Borg from BACKYARD BABIES radio show on Bandit Rock but that was before MARTIN got a hold of it and gave it a even harder dirtier punch in the face that we knew he could and would do. THANK YOU NICKE n´ MARTIN!!! You can find our cd on Facebook and our webstore ,we feel thats the coolest way to get it cause u have cd in hand with the album art like it was meant to have .. u can also get it on itunes & Google play but at the web store we got shirts,photos,g string panties (those are cool) buttons and pins and shit ..soon were adding ROCKSTARS ON MARS baseball caps and they are the 80s sleaze glam ones ,with the mesh in the back, that look cool as shit backwards with a bandanna … wanna get one?

Music Junkie Press: I was hoping that you had an EP out. I will have to see if we can get it here in the US. We love the new video for Too Kool For Skool, who did you work with on the video?

London: Rene U Valdez @ Greenworks , he’s the perfect cat for us ..he understands what were doing..he knows the Faster Pussycat ,Vain, Seahags, Dogs d ámour,old GnR, D.A.D., Johnny Crash just to mention a few video vibes that we´re into.. He gets it. He’s done some vids for HARDCORE SUPERSTAR , ADDICTION FOR DESTRUCTION, THE BACKYARD BABIES ,NICKE BORGS HOMELAND ,DREGEN ,ANVIL , INFLAMES… ROCKSTARS ON MARS has 2 with him so far we are in the middle of a third with him that is in the cans, right next to the TRASH cans lol! LIKE WE LIKE IT ! it should be out at later date .. the videos are available on youtube or our website.

Music Junkie Press: We understand that you have been working with Martin Sweet of Crashdiet, how did that come about?

London: Well we’ve been friends with CRASHDIET for a while now, but a tattooist friend of mine in LA turned me on to them a while ago. First time I heard them it was like waking from a coma and it was 86 all over again ,I couldn’t believe it was a new band! fucking cool!! It’s like this in the sleaze glam scene in Sweden, from head to toe, heart to soul ,the lifestyle, everything that many have thought of being only of yesteryears is very alive and kicking ,and not a trend but a culture and still is made up of those same street kids that would never and will never give up and this attitude explodes through the music as real as it ever did before. It’s sleazy, it’s dirty, at times feels like a train wreck waiting to happen, it’s loved, its hated ,It’s misunderstood, but no matter what it is ,it stays hungry it’s rude , it fights for it’s kind ,it’s perfect because it’s unperfect.. It’s rock n roll! IT’S “FUCK YOU ROCK N ROLL”! Now u add shit tons of make up, the most fucked up shit we can find to wear, while getting off everytime we get sneared at by the same people that act like they would’ve worshiped the PMRC long ago and mix in that we surf your couches, aint got no jobs, people half the our age sometimes even look at u like “grow the fuck up”, not to mention we will blow your computers up with porn lol! ,drink everything u got then puke on your welcome mats cause u tell us we have to leave and combine that with a couple of cigarette burns in the carpet and i guess you have to ask yourself ,anyone who wants to work with US fucked up “perma kids” and supporting what WE call rock n roll are ones of us and deserve us never to quit and leave them to stand alone. Finding ones that tell us to fuck off is a dime a dozen but ones that are on our side that´s another story we are their family …dysfunctional family yes but none the less. Now, to answer your question , we stalked them at their shows until we all became friends lol! jk we love the fuck outta them and PETER LONDON bassist from CRASHDIET is at the moment talking to us about playing rhythm guitar in ROCKSTARS ON MARS . They’re are pics on Facebook with us passed out drunk in the park in the grass with about 10 people. THAT WAS OUR BUSINESS MEETING ..

Music Junkie Press: Can you tell us what you are currently working on?

London: 

1.getting PETER LONDON from CRASHDIET in this shit and us drinking more straight vodka together than Chris Holmes drank on the movie DECLINE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION pt2 THE METAL YEARS and all his years in W.A.S.P. hehe thats alotta fucking Vodka (fuck it! we´re a thirsty band),

2.getting DAVE some new duct tape to hold his bass to the strap. It keeps breaking accidentally over the heads of people that confuse him for being a sexy chick,yea i don’t think that angry fucker likes guys grabbing his ass too much.

3.getting JONAS some more beer so he can spit it in the crowd when he “jacks off” his guitar neck during his solos (we love it when he does that) its sexy cool (its like ROXX GANG shit!!)

4.getting more porno mags to decorate the stage and a microphone that doesn’t shock when stuck down my pants and fucked on stage , cool Hendrix feedback effect and only a few minor burns to date

Music Junkie Press: I hope you get everything done soon! For your fans who have never seen you live in concert, what can you tell them to expect from a Rockstars on Mars show?

London: hope a clusterfuck ,train wreck,doing it by the skin of our asses,and still after we’ve passed out ,tried to fuck everybody in the audience including hitting on each another lol! , after the ambulances and firetrucks and we are on stretchers in straitjackets it would be an honor to have someone say oh my god , i remember that was once called SLEAZE GLAM and for those who have never seen it,to be inspired to be.

Music Junkie Press: Do you have any plans to tour or come to the USA soon?

London: why not turn the whole planet sleaze glam and lets put rocket boosters on this motherfucker and go where no one’s gone before.. i bet u there are some fine space bitches out there don’t you? BARBARELLA,SUPER GIRL,somebody,anybody!!!!

Music Junkie Press: We can’t wait for Rockstars on Mars to come to California and play! Lastly, what would you like to share with our audience?

London: All that are digging ROCKSTARS ON MARS we fucking love you!!!! and girls in cowboy boots are hot as fuck please wear them, they turn us on!!!

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One thing is for sure, I can’t wait for these guys to get out here and play some shows in California. Now that will be an amazingly entertaining interview. We will make sure to bring them lots of Vodka. porn magazines, and hide our welcome mats! We will have to send out advance notices with tickets that all girls are to wear cowboy boots and for everyone to prepare to be inspired. Get ready for Rockstars on Mars.

Make sure to visit their social media sites and also pick up their self titled CD through their Facebook page or Website. Also be sure to pick up some cool merch! I will leave you with another of their bad ass tracks, Tequila n Gin.

~ Marisol

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We return with our Tuesdays Travels where we highlight a band from another country. Tonight we travel all the way to South America to a town where I visited back in 1983 with my parents; Lima, Peru. I am sure when people think of Peru, they think of Machu Picchu or the great food (particularly my famous Causa or Papa a la Huancaina), and not ROCK n ROLL. But Peru has a great history rich in culture/music and if you haven’t read it yet, check out my article, Punk Rock Originated in Peru with Los Saicos in 1964.  Yes, I am proud to say that I am 100% Peruvian so this is quite an honor to find a band that I completely ROCKS and is from the hometown of my parents. I am talking about the bad ass rockers, Cocaine Cowboys.

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Cocaine Cowboys is a hard rock band from Lima, Peru that bring to life my love for straight up ROCK n ROLL. They have fierce guitars, gritty powerful vocals and a style that screams Rock! Check out their video here for their song, Leave Me Alone and get hooked:

I just love those vocals, they are almost a blend of Tom Keifer and Sebastian Bach. Love them! The guitars have this dirty, raw edge vibrato similar to a Velvet Revolver style. The spot on precision drumming comes in and set the even tone without being overbearing which can happen so much with today’s music. I am really looking forward to check out more of their music. They are currently working on their debut album.

Band Members:

  • Vitucho – Vocals
  • Diego Daga – Guitar
  • Miki Tay – Guitar
  • Kike Ilave – Bass
  • Carlos Llontop – Drums

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. I will see if I can bring you an interview with these bad ass rockers!

~ Marisol

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Tom Keifer has been busy touring in support of his highly acclaimed solo record, The Way Life Goes. He has recently released a lyric video for another song off the album. This time it is for the bad ass rockin track, It’s Not Enough. Check it out here:

 

 

Make sure to visit Tom’s social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news as well as updates on upcoming shows. I will leave you with a repost of our interview with Tom from last last year here:

 

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Music Junkie Press: Hi Tom, Thank you for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press.

We have been enjoying your solo record, “The Way Life Goes” and we can’t wait to see you out here on the West Coast. Do you have any upcoming plans to play out here in California?

Tom: Well, we were just out there in May, when we did the Canyon Club  and in Anaheim at the House of Blues. But I am sure we will be coming out that way again. We are actually on a break from the tour at the moment. We have been touring off and on since February, way before the record was released so we are in a bit of a rest period. Other than that, we are playing this week at the NFL Hall of Fame Induction Celebration in Canton.

Music Junkie Press: We got to see for the taping at That Metal Show and you were great on it. Was that your first time on the show?

Tom: Yes, that was the day before we played at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. I have known Eddie for a long time, I love Eddie. I have talked to him a lot on his radio show but hadn’t done That Metal Show yet. It was a lot of fun.

Music Junkie Press: You were great on the show! Now, your album is filled with passionate and emotionally driven songs, do you have a particular songwriting process or ritual?

Tom: Well, I try to write from real inspirations and it always starts from a lyric for me. Even the hard and heavy songs that you would think that started on guitars actually started from lyrics. So that inspiration can come at any time, you can be driving down the road or in aisle 6 at Home Depot. You got this idea in your head and then you are racing for an instrument to try and figure out what you are hearing. I will hear a lyric, a song title, or a chorus or line or something usually with a melody and it grows from there.

Music Junkie Press: I know that all songs tend to be like our children, we can’t play favorites but which song on your album might be the one closest to your heart or that special one?

Tom: I think the most special one isThick and Thin. I wrote that for my wife Savannah when she was going through a really hard time and it was just my thing that I will always be there for her.

Music Junkie Press: That is a beautiful song. How about one of my favorites, “You Showed Me”, what is the story behind that song?

Tom: Well that is actually the flip side of what I just said. I wrote that for Savannah because she was there for me when I went through a hard time.She was my person who was always there for me so that was my thank you to her, where as in Think and Thin,that was me telling her that I would always be there for her.

Music Junkie Press: Those songs are incredible and beautiful together. How old were you when you started playing music ?

Tom: I first started playing guitar when I was 8 years old. I saw the Beatles on television and also started at that early age watching The Monkees on TV. I loved their songs and I loved Mike Nesmith guitar playing and that is when I first started playing guitar. My Mom had a teacher come to the house and I learned acoustic guitar and the basic chords, and the teacher would make me sing while I played. Then a few years later I heard Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones and that is what really took me down the road to rock and hard rock stuff. That was the 70’s and there was so much incredible inspiration at that time for a young musician learning how to play. I could list the bands, probably all day from the 70’s that inspired me.  There were just so many. From Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Eagles to Janis Joplin, and  Rod Stewart, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Heart, Fleetwood Mac. It just goes on and on, it was such a great time for music. Also progressive stuff too like Kansas and Yes. Great time for music and that is when I learned about writing, playing and singing.

Music Junkie Press: Can you remember what is the first song you learned how to play in its entirety?

Tom: In its entirety? I don’t know, but I remember when I first starting playing guitar, an older kid in the neighborhood  taught me the electric guitar riff tor Sunshine of Your Love. I didn’t even really know the song, I just heard him playing and said, “That is cool sounding and can you show me how to play that?” and he showed me and of course I struggled to play because it was the first electric, plugged in, blues rock riff I ever played.

Music Junkie Press: That is a great song too! With  musicians there are all kinds of milestones, ; first concert, first recording but we all know with guitarists a major milestone, which is  do you remember your first Les Paul?

Tom: My first Les Paul was and Ibanez copy and it was like a black copy of a Gibson custom. That held me over for a while but I had my eye on a real Gibson custom Les Paul that was hanging on the wall at the local music shop and my Mom actually used that to bribe me to finish high school. I was not the most academic and I had some challenges with academics and she, being a very wise woman, knew that was like the Golden Ring for me, and said if I got through high school she would buy it. And she did and I still have it today. That was my first real Gibson.

Music Junkie Press: Yes, I believe that there should be a place on Facebook for the milestone of when someone gets their first Gibson Les Paul! In the past 20 years, with the technology advancing at a such a rapid rate, with the addition of the internet, social sites, digital cameras, etc  is there something from today that you wish you had when you were growing up.

Tom: Not really. No, not really at all, To be honest, I think we have too much today.

Music Junkie Press: Personally for me it would be the cell phone instead of carrying around pocket full of change to call home if I was late.

Tom: The first cell phone I saw back in the 80’s, I went WOW,that is like the Jetsons, I got to have one of those so I bought one. Of course this was like early in the game so the thing cost like a grand and the monthly service fee was insanely expensive. We all remember those old analog ones. I was one of the first kids on the block to have one because I thought, Oh cool, we are like the Jetsons now. To me now, I think back to the simpler time when it was just the phone on the wall with the coil chord and like Joe Walsh says, “Just leave a message and maybe I’ll call”. I don’t like this anyone can get to you anywhere, anytime, through a cell phone, through text, through Facebook, through email, There are so many ways of communication, I mean it is convenient but I think it also splinters our focus  a little bit. It is a catch 22. It is kind of what the song “Fools Paradise” is about on the new record.

Music Junkie Press:  Yes, especially with the younger generation. I feel they don’t go out as much as we did, they tend to communicate through all these different ways but yet not as much on a personal contact level. It has become harder to get them offline and out there to shows. Do you have advice to get them out from behind their computers/devices?

Tom: Are you referring to the people who just back and watch everything on Youtube?

Music Junkie Press: Yes, that too. Even buying music, they just download one song. There used to be such an excitement level when you went into the record store, put on the headphones and found new music. You buy the album, the tangible product and now they just pick up a song and that is it.

Tom: Well I think every generation has their way and it is not wrong. I think that what would probably help people to be more into whole works of arts or records is that artists create whole works of art or whole records. Like a Physical Graffiti or an Exile on Main Street, or Hotel California – are some of the ones I grew up on. Or Fleetwood Mac Rumors, Aerosmith’s well of them; Toys in the Attic. Those were incredible albums from beginning to end. I think there are still some artists that still do that but I think with the shrinking budgets at record companies, artist development isn’t what it used to be, recording  budgets are nott what they used to be. So I think less and less we are nott getting great full albums. That is the Catch- 22  of the lost revenues from downloading. I don’t know that the average listener out there or fan realizes that by swiping music you kind of hurt the art itself and record companies. I mean, I know everyone views the record companies as the big evil corporate thing or whatever but there is a lot of good that comes from them too. They do help to develop artists and back in the 60s, 70 s and the 80s when we were coming up, they stayed with you and they developed you. They made sure you were working in the best studios, working with the best engineers and the best producers and that is a good thing. That is how you get great albums. That still goes on today, don’t get me wrong, I just think it is less artists get the opportunity for that because of the budgets and the mentality of the record companies have changed, due to lost revenues and we all know why. There are many reasons of why that has happened and a lot of that has to do with the technology we have. The second the first audio file transmitted over the internet we were really all sunk. In terms of what the door it had opened up for causing  problems within the industry.

Music Junkie Press: Yes, I agree. With the good the internet brought, it also brought a lot of evils and the downside of it. We were all excited about it and didn’t think of all the bad things it brought as well.

Tom: There are conveniences. I remember back when if you had wanted to get a song to someone or a file to someone, it was called Fed EX. Now, I love the convenience of if I have a song and I need to send it someone, a musician or the record label, I can just BOOM, send an email but obviously that has opened the door for people to be able to steal music or listen to music anytime they want and it has affected the whole business. I am not just talking about the artist’s and the record company’s pockets, I mean obviously peopled deserve to be paid fairly for their music but I think not a lot of people realize how much that actually affects the money going back  into developing talent as well. That is the flip side of that and to me is the bigger side of the issue.

Music Junkie Press: If we could peak into your iPod/mp3 player what would we be most surprised at seeing in there?

Tom: I like everything. I still listen to all my old favorites from the 70s, a lot of the bands I just mentioned and those artists cause me to dig back even further to Blues, real authentic blues stuff. I listen to Son House ,and  Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters, and all that stuff that I have more of an appreciation for. And then coming into more current stuff, really current, is Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars. I have the utmost respect and admiration for someone that can sing like him. I mean he is incredible. There has been some hard rock acts that I have liked in some recent yearsl Buckcherry, I think is really bad ass. The first two Jet Records I just love, I thought they were just incredible, high energy hard rock records.  Unbelievable angst in the vocals, high energy tracks and just really great stuff. So there are a few there that I like.

Music Junkie Press:  Those are all great artists to be listening to and Jet just delivers some solid nonstop energy on those albums. We love the video for Solid Ground which has us excited to see you live, are you working on any more videos from the album?

Tom: We have talked about doing one for The Flower Song. I think at some point we will probably do something for that one.

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Music Junkie Press: If you could go back to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

Tom: Hmmm, I don’t know. Honestly I think I could turn that around. I think my 14 year old self could probably give myself today some good advice, and that would maybe be to stop and smell the flowers a little more.

Music Junkie Press: That is awesome! Best answer yet. We are always looking back at how we could change things but if we kept our insight back then.

Tom: Ya, Kids do. I mean because I have a 9 year old son now, and I will be stressing out all day taking of business and working, and I watch him and he is not even thinking about the clock.  In terms of wisdom, there is a probably a  lot I could learn from my 14 year old self. Obviously it works the other way around too but there is something very pure about the wisdom of youth. I question around and say that I could probably think I could have learned something from 14 year old me.

Music Junkie Press: I always wonder if we would even listen to advice we give ourselves! I know most 14 year olds would not even listen to our own advice!

Tom: That is the problem. I actually had that thought and lost it and you brought it back to me. You are right, we don’t listen. Because I tell him things all the time and he just looks at me like “I got it covered Dad, don’t worry”. I am like alright, come talk to me when you are thirty.

Fan submitted question from Ryan:  What does a band have to do to catch your eye and make them your new favorite band in today’s world?

Tom: I don’t know. Man, if I could just state that in a couple sentences, I could just put it in a bottle and sell it. I am thinking in every decade there has been different launch methods for artists. I think some of them remain the same throughout the years. I think radio is still a very powerful thing. Obviously in this day and age, social media and Youtube are very powerful. Youtube, I guess is what MTV was for us in the 80s. Fans can go on 24/7 and see their favorite artists constantly, videos, live videos, shows. You name it. That is kind of what MTV was for us only it blasted into your living room.

Music Junkie Press: Ya, we had to wait a while to get it in our area but I remember being glued to the set the first weekend we had it.

Tom: Yes, we were too. We were amazed by it and some of the videos were very clever back then. I still love watching a lot of those early videos. It is what created the whole MTV meeting the music, that visual, it was in the 80s the first time that there was that huge visual aspect. I think it is what created the whole over the top imagery that we all had. And not just the rock bands, but even with the pop stars, I mean look at Cindy Lauper, Madonna, Boy George. Everything, from an image standpoint was just tenfold over the top. I think MTV created that because we were all on film.

Music Junkie Press: Yes, I remember watching and seeing what they were wearing and wanting to dress like them. I remember my 80’s clothes or cut up shirts, so much fashion and fads came from them. It was no longer someone just singing on an album. It was incredible, you got to see them, how they look, dress, act.

Tom: Yes, It was a very creative colorful time because of that visual and everyone was trying to take it to the next level and over the top. It was all genres of music and ultimately, it is what toppled it because it started to become the focus. I mean in the media, or at least the critics, the focus was more on the image and that somehow took away from the music. But NO, actually the music still holds up, so the focus got placed on that imagery because it was so over the top. I think, t was the thing that ultimately toppled the whole thing.

Fan submitted question from Kristi: When you are touring what is your favorite meal to have?

Tom: Usually when I am on the road, it is a pretty physical and intense high energy show so I usually eat light on a show day. And on a day off, it is kind of like I get as much food as I can. I like something pretty heavy, like a nice steak and potato, to kind of refill the reservoir.

Fan submitted question from Vito: What is your biggest pet peave?

Tom: We all have lots of those. My biggest one? I am just going to be very general and just say hypocrisy. It is my biggest pet peeve. There is nothing more annoying than someone saying one thing and doing another so I am just going to go with a very general concept.

Music Junkie Press: I know you just released this album, but we would love to know if you are planning on doing more solo work?

Tom: Yes, we are just getting started. We have another rock single being released I believe in September, is the impact date of that one. Cold Day in Hell is that one. The label will continue t work the Flower Song as a single and we will be getting back out on the road. We are kind of in the middle of the break right now. Like I said, we toured from February and ended about  the end of June, right after the Letterman performance. We wanted a little bit of a break and we will be getting back on the road soon.

Music Junkie Press: We are going to be sharing all your social media links and where everyone can pick up their copy of ‘The Way Life Goes” Lastly, is there anything else that you would like to share with our audience?

Tom: I would just like to thank the fans that have supported, not only my solo stuff here but Cinderella over the years. They are who we make the music for and they are the ones who keep it alive. It is greatly appreciated the support and the energy that they have shown to us over the years.

Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for your time Tom and your album is definitely one I play from start to finish! Thank you for your great gift of music!

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I am looking forward to catching Tom when he is out on the road again. If you haven’t already make sure to pick up your copy of The Way Life Goes which is available everywhere! Get your copy and then let me know which is your favorite song!

 

~ Keep on rockin, Marisol

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Need some Sleaze Rock n Roll to infect your soul? Well, then I have just the band for you; Rockstars On Mars. These guys are breathing the Vodka tinged air back into Sleaze Rock and having you crank up the music to 11, and you begging for more. It is time for you to check out these guys and see how they make being dirty and bad, feel oh so good!

Band Members:

  • London LeGrand – Lead Vocals /harmonica/percussions/piano
  • Dave – Bass Guitar /back vocals
  • Johnny – Guitars /back vocals
  • Caesar – Drums /percussion/back vocals

We had the opportunity to interview vocalist London LeGrand who you may know from his time with hard rock super group Brides Of Destruction with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns.  One thing is for sure, London is the real deal who calls it like it is and says exactly what is on his mind. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. Just makes me love these guys even more. So grab a drink, put on some Rockstars on Mars and check out our Q & A here:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press! First, I have to ask…How in the hell did you guys get to Mars???

London: u mean MARS as a location ? as in ROCKSTARS ON MARS ? our band name and a term we’ve used before to fuck with one another that means “FUCKED UP CRACK HEADS” ? its easy , all u gotta do is commit SOCIAL SUICIDE too ! its fun lol! its called rock n` roll, real rock n roll! trying to start or recrank the motor on a music movement thats not everybody yet gets.. this is like viking shit .We are saying fuck it , we´re setting sail and gonna make our society that gets us rather than moving over after the buildings are up and all the work has been done, or waiting around like ones that are pissed off cause shit aint moving fast enough but don’t do their part to start that band . FUCK THAT! we are up on that stage with broken equipment ,shit shorting out,so fucked up were falling off stage and usually just dangling by a thread ..but were doing it .. cause were not waiting until we HAVE what we don’t to scream FUCKING HEAR US!!! U WILL NEVER KILL ROCKING ROLL !! we´ll do it with broken acoustic guitars if we have to, and no mic and shove our rusty broken stings up somebody`s ass if they try to stop us or snob out on us cause we got the balls to do it anyway we have to.

Music Junkie Press: All kidding aside, we love your music, it is definitely bringing back the great sleaze rock music back to the forefront where it belongs. How did Rockstars On Mars form?

London: ..its wasn’t hard to find one another even in rock city DEATH METAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD “GOTHENBURG,SE.” .. we are those rodeo clowns that wonder what the fuck people are talking about when they look at us like we are rodeo clowns.. that shits been going on for years though.. but one night, went to a club called ROCK BAR a well known in Gothenburg, got TOO DRUNK TOO FUCK and realized we were some of the last standing that looked like rodeo clowns ,That night we decided to start a BAND that dirty little sleaze glam rocker girls would be into. Now we have some new clothes and a shit-ton of make up. Thanx ladies.

Music Junkie Press: How did the name come up?

London: we were gonna go with “music junkie” but we couldn’t find any sleaze rock like we had in the 80´s so the shooting up stopped and we went to music rehab.. ROCKSTARS ON MARS is the aftermath to a Valium and a cup of coffee ,so to speak . How did u come up with your name ? Just kidding we love u cats but if we weren’t dicks ,would u love us?

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Music Junkie Press: Well, you got me there and we would still love ya! Can you tell us a little bit about each of you? Maybe three things we wouldn’t know?

London: we`re white trash , mentally insane,a fuck the rules sleazy glam rock ,smart ass band of motherfuckers that luv baby chickens lol! girls ! chicks rock ! most people think we are innocent POP with our singers new tattoo that reads “FILTHY WHORE” lol!

Music Junkie Press: We are loving the song and video Too Kool For Skool! Will you be releasing an album or EP soon where we can pick up the song here in the US?

London: man ,we just released a 8 song self titled ep on our very own DIRTY SLUT RECORDS®. Our sexy ass friend “Martin Sweet” from “CRASHDIET” mastered the songs for us too .. TOO KOOL was recently featured on Nicke Borg from BACKYARD BABIES radio show on Bandit Rock but that was before MARTIN got a hold of it and gave it a even harder dirtier punch in the face that we knew he could and would do. THANK YOU NICKE n´ MARTIN!!! You can find our cd on Facebook and our webstore ,we feel thats the coolest way to get it cause u have cd in hand with the album art like it was meant to have .. u can also get it on itunes & Google play but at the web store we got shirts,photos,g string panties (those are cool) buttons and pins and shit ..soon were adding ROCKSTARS ON MARS baseball caps and they are the 80s sleaze glam ones ,with the mesh in the back, that look cool as shit backwards with a bandanna … wanna get one?

Music Junkie Press: I was hoping that you had an EP out. I will have to see if we can get it here in the US. We love the new video for Too Kool For Skool, who did you work with on the video?

London: Rene U Valdez @ Greenworks , he’s the perfect cat for us ..he understands what were doing..he knows the Faster Pussycat ,Vain, Seahags, Dogs d ámour,old GnR, D.A.D., Johnny Crash just to mention a few video vibes that we´re into.. He gets it. He’s done some vids for HARDCORE SUPERSTAR , ADDICTION FOR DESTRUCTION, THE BACKYARD BABIES ,NICKE BORGS HOMELAND ,DREGEN ,ANVIL , INFLAMES… ROCKSTARS ON MARS has 2 with him so far we are in the middle of a third with him that is in the cans, right next to the TRASH cans lol! LIKE WE LIKE IT ! it should be out at later date .. the videos are available on youtube or our website.

Music Junkie Press: We understand that you have been working with Martin Sweet of Crashdiet, how did that come about?

London: Well we’ve been friends with CRASHDIET for a while now, but a tattooist friend of mine in LA turned me on to them a while ago. First time I heard them it was like waking from a coma and it was 86 all over again ,I couldn’t believe it was a new band! fucking cool!! It’s like this in the sleaze glam scene in Sweden, from head to toe, heart to soul ,the lifestyle, everything that many have thought of being only of yesteryears is very alive and kicking ,and not a trend but a culture and still is made up of those same street kids that would never and will never give up and this attitude explodes through the music as real as it ever did before. It’s sleazy, it’s dirty, at times feels like a train wreck waiting to happen, it’s loved, its hated ,It’s misunderstood, but no matter what it is ,it stays hungry it’s rude , it fights for it’s kind ,it’s perfect because it’s unperfect.. It’s rock n roll! IT’S “FUCK YOU ROCK N ROLL”! Now u add shit tons of make up, the most fucked up shit we can find to wear, while getting off everytime we get sneared at by the same people that act like they would’ve worshiped the PMRC long ago and mix in that we surf your couches, aint got no jobs, people half the our age sometimes even look at u like “grow the fuck up”, not to mention we will blow your computers up with porn lol! ,drink everything u got then puke on your welcome mats cause u tell us we have to leave and combine that with a couple of cigarette burns in the carpet and i guess you have to ask yourself ,anyone who wants to work with US fucked up “perma kids” and supporting what WE call rock n roll are ones of us and deserve us never to quit and leave them to stand alone. Finding ones that tell us to fuck off is a dime a dozen but ones that are on our side that´s another story we are their family …dysfunctional family yes but none the less. Now, to answer your question , we stalked them at their shows until we all became friends lol! jk we love the fuck outta them and PETER LONDON bassist from CRASHDIET is at the moment talking to us about playing rhythm guitar in ROCKSTARS ON MARS . They’re are pics on Facebook with us passed out drunk in the park in the grass with about 10 people. THAT WAS OUR BUSINESS MEETING ..

Music Junkie Press: Can you tell us what you are currently working on?

London: 

1.getting PETER LONDON from CRASHDIET in this shit and us drinking more straight vodka together than Chris Holmes drank on the movie DECLINE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION pt2 THE METAL YEARS and all his years in W.A.S.P. hehe thats alotta fucking Vodka (fuck it! we´re a thirsty band),

2.getting DAVE some new duct tape to hold his bass to the strap. It keeps breaking accidentally over the heads of people that confuse him for being a sexy chick,yea i don’t think that angry fucker likes guys grabbing his ass too much.

3.getting JONAS some more beer so he can spit it in the crowd when he “jacks off” his guitar neck during his solos (we love it when he does that) its sexy cool (its like ROXX GANG shit!!)

4.getting more porno mags to decorate the stage and a microphone that doesn’t shock when stuck down my pants and fucked on stage , cool Hendrix feedback effect and only a few minor burns to date

Music Junkie Press: I hope you get everything done soon! For your fans who have never seen you live in concert, what can you tell them to expect from a Rockstars on Mars show?

London: hope a clusterfuck ,train wreck,doing it by the skin of our asses,and still after we’ve passed out ,tried to fuck everybody in the audience including hitting on each another lol! , after the ambulances and firetrucks and we are on stretchers in straitjackets it would be an honor to have someone say oh my god , i remember that was once called SLEAZE GLAM and for those who have never seen it,to be inspired to be.

Music Junkie Press: Do you have any plans to tour or come to the USA soon?

London: why not turn the whole planet sleaze glam and lets put rocket boosters on this motherfucker and go where no one’s gone before.. i bet u there are some fine space bitches out there don’t you? BARBARELLA,SUPER GIRL,somebody,anybody!!!!

Music Junkie Press: We can’t wait for Rockstars on Mars to come to California and play! Lastly, what would you like to share with our audience?

London: All that are digging ROCKSTARS ON MARS we fucking love you!!!! and girls in cowboy boots are hot as fuck please wear them, they turn us on!!!

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One thing is for sure, I can’t wait for these guys to get out here and play some shows in California. Now that will be an amazingly entertaining interview. We will make sure to bring them lots of Vodka. porn magazines, and hide our welcome mats! We will have to send out advance notices with tickets that all girls are to wear cowboy boots and for everyone to prepare to be inspired. Get ready for Rockstars on Mars.

Make sure to visit their social media sites and also pick up their self titled CD through their Facebook page or Website. Also be sure to pick up some cool merch! I will leave you with another of their bad ass tracks, Tequila n Gin.

~ Marisol

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Talk about a supergroup with some great pedigree. Four individually talented musicians coming together and forming Devil City Angels to rock your world. Devil City Angels features Rikki Rockett (Poison) on drums, Tracii Guns ( L.A. Guns) on guitar, Eric Brittingham (Cinderella) on bass and Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill) on vocals and guitar. They are ready to deliver some straight up rock and roll that you have to hear.

They recently posted via their Reverbnation page their new song, All My People. You can stream the song and make sure to pick it up as a download. Download of their song insures that 50% of sales goes to the Fender Music Foundation charity. Click the link below to check out the song and download.

http://www.reverbnation.com/devilcityangels/song/21310632-all-my-people

I love the classic rock vibe the song has, but in no way does it sound dated. It is a kick ass rockin track.  Brandon’s vocals remind me so much of one of my all time faves, Billy Squire. The guitars are sexy and it has a very sultry groove to it. It is definitely a great introduction for Devil City Angels.

We are excited and look forward to the new music. We will keep you posted and make sure to visit their social media sites to stay up to date on their latest news. Also be sure to head over to their merchandise page so you can pick up a cool Devil City Angels t-shirt and show your support for this great band which we will definitely be hearing a lot from.

~ Marisol

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