fredag 13 maj 2011

Intervju med Jamie St James i Black N´Blue!

Äntligen fick jag då möjlighet att göra den där intervjun jag viljat göra sedan bandets debut kom ut 1984. Jamie St James visade sig vara en hyvens gammal rocker som svarade utförligt på alla frågor.
Under det ganska långa samtalet avverkade vi bl a den nya plattan "Hell yeah", fula skivomslag och Gene Simmons ökända polaroidsamling.

Hi, this is Niclas from Stockholm, Sweden!

Jamie: Hi, how are you doing?

I´m good. How are you?

Jamie: I´m doing great! What time is it in Sweden?

It´s exactly 8 pm.

Jamie: Oh, ok. Well, it´s eleven in the morning here so it´s all good.

Cool! I´ve been longing to do this interview since your first album came out in 1984. Been a fan ever since.

Jamie: Thank you sir!

Is it ok if we start with a bit of history of the band and then move on to the new album?

Jamie: Whatever you like!

I was wondering, when you started out in Portland and you decided to move to LA, did you guys just pack up a van and go there win or lose? How much was planned?

Jamie: Yeah, we really did kind of fly by the seat of our pants on that one. We had a truck, since we were playing shows in Portland, Oregon and we played enough club gigs to buy us a 16 foot truck to put all our equipment in and I forced the band into it basically. I was the one who said that we gotta go to LA and that we´re not gonna break out of Portland, it´s not gonna happen! So we literally put all our equipment in that truck and I think I put my bed in there. I was still living at home at the time, with my father, and I took my bed and threw it into the truck and we put all the stuff that we owned in it basically. We were kids, you know! 21 or 22 and we drove to LA and we knew a girl who was staying with another girl that had a house, because her mom owned the Los Angeles Rams at the time. We got lucky, so we all slept on the floor and we started playing shows in Los Angeles and it´s funny, because Robbin Crosby from Ratt was sleeping on the same floor. Don Dokken used to always come over and Juan Croucier from Ratt was always there to borrow our bass gear. It was a kind of strange little house, but we basically kept playing shows and we got a manager and he got us our own place to live. So we definitely took a chance and went for it and that´s what you have to do in life sometimes and it worked out for us.

Do you remember the first show you played in LA?

Jamie: Sure I do. The first show I played in LA was not with Black N´Blue, it was with a band called Hell. We played at a place called The Starwood and that was in 1978, I think. I was a teenager.

Ok. That was around the time Van Halen played The Starwood.

Jamie: Yeah, I know that when I went to The Starwood to see the place before we played there, Quiet Riot was playing there with Randy Rhoads, so it was back in that time. I was a kid, but I started playing drums when I was 13, so I got a bit of a head start. In Hell I was the drummer, I wasn´t the singer. I did sing back behind the drum kit, I sang half the set. I knew from that point that Black N´Blue had to come to LA, since I knew what it was like down here and I knew that was how it was gonna happen.

Back then, was it hard getting shows? Did you play a lot in the beginning?

Jamie: You know, we had a hard time getting shows initially, but we met a few people, one of them being Dee Dee Keel, who ended up marrying Ron Keel. She worked at the Whisky and we brought her this press kit and she said “I´m gonna take a chance on you guys!” and she booked us at The Troubadour and the Whisky and that was our first gigs for Black N´Blue here in Los Angeles and it was really credit to her. She gave us a chance and she thought we were cool and I still love her to this day. So we got in the door and started playing and it took a while but we built up a huge following in LA and suddenly when we would play, the place would be sold out fast.

Cool! Who came up with the idea for the name Black N´Blue?

Jamie: We didn´t know what we were gonna call ourselves and Tommy and I were talking about it. Tommy and I formed Black N´Blue from bands we were in previously and Tommy came in one day, because he´s always organized, he´s that kind of guy, and he had this big list of names and I remember we used to play the song “Action” by The Sweet which was on our first record, and that was one of the names. He had all these different names and he had Black N´Blue written down on there and I remember that we were almost gonna call our band Action. But this Black N´Blue, “That sounds like a metal band! Punch somebody in the face. That sounds cool!” and he wrote it down and why he wrote that down, I don´t know, but it was one of those things he had on his list and we went with it.

When you signed with Geffen, was that like a multi album deal or was it just for the first album?

Jamie: When we signed with Geffen, it was exactly what it ended up being, a four album deal. It was a four album deal and renegotiable after two records, but after two records they said that they still wanted to work with us and “We want to keep on going here!”, so we did four records and that was it. It was a four album deal.

Ok. I read in an interview with you that the first and second album cost somewhere around $300.000 each, which must´ve been a lot of money back then?

Jamie: Well it´s funny, because when I look at it now… yeah, the first record cost a little over $300.000 and the second one I think the same thing, maybe $280.000, but basically it´s kind of weird when I look at it now, man the way technology is today, I could´ve done the record for $30.000. (laughs) But yeah, we spent, on the recording for the four albums with Black N´Blue, easily a million dollars! If you add them all together. Kind of crazy, but back then, that´s what it cost to do a really good record. Part of it is paying for the… I mean, Dieter Dierks cost money and if you want Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock, you gotta pay them for it. You gotta pay $40.000 or $50.000 for a guy like that and then the recording was not the same. There was no Pro Tools, it was all big 2 inch tape machines and just a fuller process and I actually kind of miss that, but there´s no reason to spend that kind of money anymore.

Right! But as you mentioned that the four album deal was negotiable, was there ever a thought after the second album, that you would sign with another label?

Jamie: Actually, negotiable meant it was on Geffen´s end, not on ours. It gave them the opportunity to drop us, but they didn´t. They were a good label in a lot of ways. When we said “Hey, we want Dieter Dierks!”, they got him and Dieter said “I wanna work with Geffen!”. We sent him a demo and stuff and he loved it. Geffen was really good at that, getting us who we wanted. At the same time they also were really good at interfering with what we wanted to sound like, in a lot of ways, so you get good and bad.

Yeah. When you worked with Dieter Dierks, was that the first time you guys were abroad?

Jamie: It was the first time I was on an airplane. I´d never been on an airplane in my life. I´m 23 years old and all of a sudden I´m flying to Germany and I was scared to death. (laughs) I´m looking down and saying “Oh my God, that´s Greenland!”. (laughs) “What the hell!”. It was very strange for me. I´d never been off the west coast and all of a sudden I´m on an airplane and flying to Germany and it freaked me out a little bit. Very much a huge thing, because all of a sudden I´m flying for the first time and I´m doing my first record. My dream has come true and I´m doing an album and I´m doing it with Dieter Dirks of Scorpions fame and I´m in Germany. Jesus! That´s a lot to absorb.

I got the album when it came out in 1984 and me and my friends just kept rocking out to it all the time and we loved Black N´Blue! I always wondered why you included the song “Action”? Was that your idea or the labels idea?

Jamie: No, that was our idea. Black N´Blue used to play clubs in Portland where we´re from and we would play original music and we used to play “Hold on to 18” all the time and we would play cover tunes, but most bands would play Top 40 stuff. We wouldn´t! We played cool stuff like “Action” by The Sweet and “Motorcycle man” by Saxon and that´s why we didn´t get a lot of gigs, because we refused to compromise. We wanted to do things our way. “Action” was one of the songs that we always played and we said “Maybe we should see what it sounds like and put it on the record!”, so it was our idea. It was a good idea and it sounds pretty cool. I like Sweet´s version better, but I think ours kicks ass.

Well, you really Black N´Blueinized it or whatever you wanna call it. At that time I probably didn´t really know who The Sweet were and I guess initially we thought it was your song.

Jamie: Yeah! Look, Black N´Blue, when we get together we just sound like Black N´Blue. It´s funny, I was just thinking about that recently and I´ve been playing with Patrick Young way longer than with Black N´Blue. He was in two bands with me before Black N´Blue, so we´re talking about over 30 years of this band being together and it´s weird. Ever since day one when we get together, we have a certain sound and it still holds true today and that´s why this new record sounds like us, because we don´t just change. We sound the same still, after 30 years and that´s amazing.

When the second album came out, and I bought that on holiday in Germany, I´ve always wondered about the cover? What was the deal with that? The title and there´s a letter and blue roses. What was the thought behind that one?

Jamie: Not much thought at all. We had a whole different concept for the artwork. We weren´t even gonna call it “Without love”. We wanted to call the record “Bombastic plastic” from the song I wrote and it was going to be a wooden crate, like you ship something in a wooden crate and there´s be cracks in the wood and a bunch of glowing stuff coming out and a big burnt stamp saying “Bombastic plastic” on it. That´s what we wanted to be the cover and the record company didn´t like it and didn´t want nothing to do with it. We were trying to finish the record and they hired some guy and said “Here´s your cover!” and it was these little weird blue roses and it was called “Without love” and we thought “Well that just sucks!”. Our idea would´ve been way cooler and way more rock and roll and more like an Alice Cooper record with this really cool kind of concept with this wooden crate and shit glowing inside. I was really bummed about the cover and by the way, I think everyone of our covers suck! (laughs) But the new cover for the new “Hell yeah” record is probably the best one we´ve ever had!

Yeah, it´s good!

Jamie: I´m the first one to say that Black N´Blue´s album covers suck!

And the song “Same old song and dance” (Aersomith), I didn´t hear that one until I bought the Japanese cd. Was that song on the vinyl release for Japan as well?

Jamie: It was on the cassette in America. If you bought the album you didn´t get it and the Japanese always get bonus tracks. So if you bought the cassette here in America you got “The same old song and dance”. That was a cool thing, because it wasn´t all the guys in Black N´Blue.

Yeah, I saw that when I read the liner notes. Bob Rock was on guitar.

Jamie: Bob Rock was playing rhythm guitar and me and Tommy were the only ones in Canada at that point, so me and Tommy, Bob Rock on guitar, Matt the drummer from Loverboy playing drums and a guy called Spider on bass, who was killer. It was pretty cool! I like it and I know that John Kalodner played it for Steven Tyler and he got a smile on his face.

Cool! The reason for recording it, was that for the Japanese version and the cassette?

Jamie: Yeah, just to have a bonus track.

I also read that Steve Porcaro is on that album?

Jamie: Yeah, Steve and that other dude, David Paich played on it. They did some pretty cool stuff and also the keyboard player from Loverboy. He did the simple little stuff in “Miss Mystery” and Porcaro did the part in the song “Without love”. There´s a strange sound in it and he did that. So yeah, those guys came in and helped us out.

And talking about album covers, “Nasty nasty” is probably the weirdest one.

Jamie: Yeah, it´s pretty strange! When I showed Don Dokken our new album he looked at it and goes “I don´t understand, why is there a little hand in a shot glass?”. (laughs) I tried to explain it to him because the guy that did that album cover is from Canada and he goes “Well, that´s a symbol for not to put your hand in it because it´s corrosive material. It will burn your flesh off!”. That´s what he thought about it and then he goes “It´s a symbol wide known in Canada!”, but no one knows it in the rest of the world! So hell, it doesn´t make any sense! Don Dokken was right, it´s a little skeleton hand in a shot glass!

Well, I´ve never thought of it like that, but now it makes more sense.

Jamie: And this is the problem with Geffen! They said about “Nasty nasty”, “You can´t have anything to do with women on this! You can´t have a hot chick or any of that stuff on there!” and when we did our first video they said “No fire, no chicks, no nothing!”. We were always getting these horrible rules, so we ended up with a little hand in a shot glass, thank you very much!

Wow! Why these rules? This was the mid 80´s?

Jamie: That´s because they didn´t want us to be like everybody else. They wanted us to be different, but they really tied our hands behind our backs and then they would come up with these guys like this dude from Canada and what´s up with that? We were always busy trying to finish the record and get ready to go out on tour, so they would just show us our cover and say “Here it is!”. I mean, it wasn´t that bad, but it was really kind of like that, you know. We seemed to not have some control over our artistic integrity.

But I gotta say that those three albums of yours made my 80´s! I played the shit out of those albums and played them all the time and I loved them and me and my friends always considered you to be much more fun than a lot of the other LA bands. You became one of my absolute favorite bands from that LA era.

Jamie: Thank you so much!

And I still do! Peter Criss on “Nasty nasty” then? I think I read that it was your idea to bring him in.

Jamie: It was absolutely my idea! I saw him in a club here in LA called The Rainbow and he was with his wife at the time and I said “Hey, we´re doing a record with Gene Simmons and I have this song and we´re trying to have some guest guys sing on it, would you wanna do it?” and he said “Yeah, maybe! But I haven´t seen Gene in years!” and he was really kind of afraid to go into the studio and hang out with Gene, since he hadn´t seen him in so long and maybe there were some weird feelings. His wife took down my phone number and she called me after a couple of days and said “Look, push him to do this! He needs to do this!”. I told Gene about it and he said “I´d love it! Bring him in!”, so he came in and they hadn´t seen each other in years and I got the pleasure of seeing Gene Simmons and Peter Criss sit down and we didn´t record a thing that night. They just sat and talked about old times and I just enjoyed the hell out of it. It was so cool to see them and all of a sudden they were hugging each other and they hadn´t seen each other in so long and they had this weird fall out. Peter Criss on the Black N´Blue record was cool, but seeing Peter Criss back together with Gene Simmons and hugging each other, that was the ultimate thing. It was awesome!

“In heat” then? Your final album before you kind of disappeared, did that one turn out the way you wanted it to?

Jamie: Well, I think there´s some great stuff on it. There´s some great tunes on there and some oddball tunes too, like all our records had, because the record company would fuss with us sometimes. We had finished the record and then we came back with two more songs, “Suspicious” and “Sight for sore eyes”, which were like after thoughts and they sound like it. They don´t really fit on the record. I think they´re good songs, but I don´t think they belong there, but we had to try and find something to please Geffen to get on the radio and that´s what seemed to happen with us. What are you gonna do? Tell the record company to go fuck themselves? You kind of have to play the game a little bit. Look, I think there´s some great songs on that record. “Heat it up, burn it out” is great, “The snake” is great! There´s some great killer songs, but we knew once we did that record… Oh, and “Live it up”! I love “Live it up” and we do that one live all the time. We knew that if something wasn´t gonna pop, that would be it for us with Geffen, so that´s what happened and so it goes.

Right! There was this other band that kind of had the same career as you guys, Autograph with Steve Plunkett, and another favorite band of mine from that era. They released three great albums and never really became one of the big shots but actually sounded way better than a lot of those bands back then. Same thing happened to them and they kind of disappeared. Did you ever cross paths with Autograph?

Jamie: Yeah sure! I was actually hanging out with… me and Steve Plunkett and David Lee Roth at the Forum club backstage one night and he goes “Hey, this is Steve!” and David Lee Roth loved him because he used to be in a band that used to open for Van Halen. I forget what they were called… Wolfgang or something. Anyway, David Lee Roth introduced me and we were hanging out and that´s the only thing I know about those guys. You know, that´s what I love about you guys over there! People in America are so jaded by what happened here with MTV and American radio and you don´t seem to be jaded by that.

Not at all!

Jamie: And I love that! It amazes me that we never got a chance to do a European tour. Maybe it will happen now, but man, it´s so much cooler where you´re at as far as the mindset on metal.

Yeah, hopefully! We´ve got Sweden Rock Festival and a lot of the bands that came out of the LA era have played there numerous times. I mean Y&T have played there like three times or something and that would be the perfect festival for you and I think a lot of people would go bonkers watching you guys live.

Jamie: I´d love to do it and now that we have a European label, it could happen finally. I hope it does. The album comes out on May 13th in Europe, so maybe it will change things for us a little bit. I think the record is brilliant and it´s a great rock record and maybe it will help us get over there.

Definitely! It is and I just listened to it again and there´s some really, really good songs on there. One of my favorites is “Falling down”, which kind of has an old Black N´Blue feeling to it. Did you produce it yourselves?

Jamie: We did it ourselves. We gave Jef “Woop” Warner the producing credit, because he´s the one that oversaw everything, so he produced it. Basically it was Black N´Blue, us four guys with our new guitarist Shawn, just doing it our way. No outside interference and I think we probably should´ve done that a long time ago.

How did you end up with Frontiers? Did they approach you?

Jamie: No, we were on Z Records out of England and we ran out of money. This whole thing started with me getting a solo deal with Z Records and I said “Ok, I can do a solo record for this amount of money!” and then I started thinking about it and it seemed the time was right to maybe try and put Black N´Blue together, so I talked to Jef Warner and Patrick Young and just basically said “I think we should make this a Black N´Blue record, so screw it!”. At a certain point we ran out of money and ended up in a lot of problems and my management basically contacted Frontiers, so it was a strategic move from our part to contact Frontiers. They loved what they heard and they gave us money to buy us off Z Records and additional money to finish the record. Frontiers Records saved our ass and “Hell yeah” might never have seen the light of day if it wasn´t for Frontiers Records! I personally love them!

Writing this record and recording it, 14 songs on there, were there a lot of other songs that didn´t make it or was it just these 14?

Jamie: Some of them stem from… they´re songs that I wrote and Jef “Woop” Warner wrote some songs and then me and Jef got together and wrote stuff. Some of it came together while we were recording it. There´s a song called “Fools bleed” and I was writing that at Jef´s house and I put it together and he helped me with a couple of little things and then he left and 30 minutes later I said “Come down, I´ve got this song!” and I sang it for him and he goes “Oh my God, that´s it!”. So we wrote while we were recording, songs like “So long” and “Hell yeah”, those are the demos that I sent to Z Records to get the deal, but the recordings on “Hell yeah” are brand new, that´s Black N´Blue. The demos was just me with some guys that I knew, putting that together, so everything´s new recordings. I wrote “Falling down” when I was in Warrant and it was like I was trying to tell everybody “Hey, I´ve got this really cool song!” and lyrically I think it´s the best one I´ve ever done. Over those eight years they all came at certain times. We have plenty of time to write and there´s plenty more songs! We´re ready to do another record!

I read in the liner notes for “Nasty nasty” that the song “Promising her the moon” had to be ditched because of the Jonathan Cain song “I´ll be there for you”. A song like that, any chance of it ever appearing on an album or any other old stuff you´ve got laying around?

Jamie: I mean, we´re always gonna sound like Black N´Blue so we can write that stuff all the time. There´s no chance of us sounding like anything else. This is what we are, but “Promising her the moon” was fully recorded and mixed. We did “I´ll be there for you” for a movie and Geffen said “Well, that´s gonna go on the record! That´s the single!” and we were like in chock. I mean, I like the song and Jonathan Cain wrote it. It´s cool, but we wanted that album to be heavy and we wanted it to kick ass. “Promising her the moon” was heavier than “I´ll be there for you”, but still a ballad kind of thing. It was a really cool song! I don´t have a version of it and I don´t even know if it exists anymore, but there is a fully recorded mixed version of it somewhere, but that´s owned by record company people and I don´t know if it´ll ever see the light of day. Gene loved it! We´re not really into rehashing stuff, but for the next Black N´Blue record we may go back to some of it. We have a lot of songs that didn´t make it onto records back in those days, so maybe we´ll rerecord one. We´ll see. But I mean, you can´t recapture that vibe from 1983 or 84, because we are different people now, but we might record one of those on the next record, but let´s get this one out first!

That Jonathan Cain song, was that especially written for you?

Jamie: I don´t know what he wrote it for, but basically it was gonna be in a movie soundtrack and we said “Ok, fine!”, so we went into the studio, recorded it with him and he produced it and he was there and man, he was really tough on me vocally because he was used working with Steve Perry and I was like “I´m not Steve Perry!”, but it was really cool and he was a really nice dude and we did it and then Geffen said “Well, it´s going on the record!”, so it was just like “Ok, thank you!”. It was like this dictatorship telling you what you have to do which is kind of strange sometimes. At the end of the day it´s a good song, but we didn´t write it and it´s not what we would´ve chosen, but I still like it.

I´ve talked to a lot of musicians over the years and I recently talked about this with Carmine Appice, was it more fun back then? Was it easier coming across to people, more fun touring and playing, than it is today considering how the music industry is today?

Jamie: The thing you have to realize about today is that there´s no way we´re gonna get a gold record! So many people download stuff for free and it´s just not gonna happen. As much as I think that we have a great killer record out, it´s not gonna do the numbers that it would´ve back in the day. In a way they´re killing their own selves because they´re killing the future of music. If we don´t sell enough records the record company doesn´t get their money back and there´s no next album. Who´s gonna sign a band and put all this money into them when they know they´re not gonna get their money back? The record company is like a bank. When you get something for free you are killing the future of music whether you like it or not, that´s a fact! It´s kind of sad, but at the same time I´m ok with it and I don´t care. We put out this record because we want people to hear what Black N´Blue sounds like and we wanna give it a shot and I just want people to like it and enjoy it. We´re not gonna get a platinum record because there´s no way it can happen anymore, but hey, we still put one out and we´ll bite the bullet!

Hell yeah! The last song on the album “A tribute to hawking”, where did that come from? Do you read his books or…?

Jamie: No, it was an accident. I´ll explain it to you really quick. We were doing “Hail hail” and I did all the vocals and Patrick Young came in and said “Jamie sounds a little robotic on this. Maybe he should re sing it?”, so as a joke I went in and sang and I wrote those lyrics really fast. I know they´re mean and Stephen Hawking is probably a very sweet person, but I did it as a joke to get Patrick to laugh. I said to Patrick “Hey, check this out, I rerecorded it and see if this is less robotic!” and then of course that thing came on and he just fell out of the chair laughing. It was a joke for us, but those guys decided… I live in LA and they live in Portland and they decided that they wanted to put that on the record and I go “Oh man, are you sure? It´s just a thing we did for ourselves and nobody´s gonna get it and nobody wants to listen to it more than once.”, but they wanted to put it on there so “Alright, whatever!”, so it´s on there and it´s a hidden track, it´s not even listed but it seems to be generating a lot of interest. We have a sense of humor and I laugh at it because I think it´s funny, but we don´t mean to make fun of anybody in a wheel chair.

LA these days, I guess it´s a lot different from the hey days in the 80´s, but is it a different town these days?

Jamie: Yeah, it is different. Look, you´re never gonna see the times that I saw. I went to a Mötley Crüe concert at the Troubadour and it was Tommy Lee´s 17th birthday and David Lee Roth pulls up in a brown Mercedes with skull and crossbows on the hood. Painted. That´s how cool that time period was and there was chicks everywhere with studded bras and giant boobs. I mean, it couldn´t get any better. It was the greatest thing in the world! Right now it´s pretty much dead and LA is riddled with tribute bands and that just sucks to me. It´s a terrible thing and that´s what people go to see, so I think everybody´s lost their minds, but what do I know. I miss those days, but life goes on and I´m just glad that I was there when it was cool.

Everybody´s writing a book these days. Have you ever thought of that? Writing about those days and Black N´Blue and what you´ve been through?

Jamie: You know, if I wrote a book about some of the things I did, I might get arrested. (laughs) Seriously! I´m afraid to do that and I don´t think people care that much. They just want Jamie to sing in Black N´Blue, so that´s what I´m gonna do.

Right. Finally, did you ever get to see gene´s Polaroid collection?

Jamie: Oh yeah! He´s proud of it and I´ve seen it! I was over at his house writing some songs and we had a little break and he goes “Jamie, come over here!” and he had this closet and he pulled out these books and I´m flipping through them and he has a picture of every single girl he´s ever banged and it was funny for me because “Gene, I did that one too!”. (laughs) But yeah, he has it, he really does! It´s not a myth. He has it and I´ve seen it and it´s funny as hell. Yeah, me and Gene have shared a few things. (laughs)

Fascinating! I thank you so much and and all the best with the new record1 It´s really good!

Jamie: Thank you and I´m glad you like it and I´m really proud of it. I think it´s a great Black N´Blue record and it really hits the mark. It´s been a long wait, but it´ll be worth it!

Did you sign on just for this album or more?

Jamie: As far as I can remember, I think just for this, but if it does well I´m sure they´ll want another one, so we´ll see what happens. I hope we do another one and I want to. I really love this label and I like Frontiers better than Geffen. They´re the best label I´ve ever been on and they rock! They really know how to treat a band. They give us freedom but also a little bit of guidance. They didn´t want certain things to happen and they´re really intelligent and I love this label!

Cool! Touring wise? I´ve read that you´ve got this M3 festival going on. Is that the only thin for now or do you have more?

Jamie: We have some other stuff that are pending but we haven´t accepted yet so I can´t say anything. We´re wide open. I think the record´s gonna boost us to the next level here and I think it´s awesome and a lot of people are gonna say “Whoa, these guys still mean business!”.

Hell yeah! Playing a festival like that must be a lot of fun since I gues you´ve played with a lot of them before and it´s gotta be alike a family get together in a way?

Jamie: It´s really cool to do and I´m a fairly friendly guy. I remember opening up for Tesla in warrant and Jeff Keith was on the side of the stage yelling “Go Jamie, you rock!” and rooting me on the whole time and I just go “I love that guy, man!”. And I love the band KIX and has been a fan since day one so it´s really fun for me to say hello and give them a big hug. For me it´s very cool and I´m very fortunate to have been involved with all these people all these years and it´s very cool.

Again, thank you Jamie and I wish you all the best with the album and forthcoming tour and you should aim for Sweden Rock festival next year. It´s usually great weather and Sweden has some good looking girls.

Jamie: I married a Swedish girl and her whole family was from Sweden and I… I can´t speak Swedish, but we would always celebrate Christmas and drink glögg and all that. I love the whole Swedish thing and I need to be there!


Jamie: Thank you so much for this great interview!