How did you get interested in music?
A lot of people tell me it was Keith Richards...I say it was Keith Partridge.
What was your first gig and what made you decide to pursue music as a career?
My first gig was at the Alameda County Fair Talent Show...I played and sang in a band called "The Stratocasters" (guess what my first guitar was??). We were three guitarists, that is it, no bass, no drums...and we won! So the fact that we beat out a dancing bear and tap-dancing barber shop quartet, that gave me the desire to pursue music as a career...
How long have you been playing with Alice Cooper?
I've been with the Coop, on and off since 1996.
How did you get to be a part of Alice's band?
A lot of friends put in a lot of good words for me, and I'm thankful for that! I'd be lying if I said there was no luck involved! Lady Rock shined down upon me that day I went down to audition and I'm glad it did.
What is it like to work with Alice Cooper?
He's the big brother I never had...
What kind of gear do you use on the Cooper tour?
I swear by GMP Guitars and Sunn Amplifiers. They are the best combination of equipment I've ever played out of. The people that run these two companies are amazing, and that's not just me kissing ass to try and get more equipment, ha!
Who came up with the idea of you giving private guitar lessons and has it been an enjoyable experience?
I owe it all to J.J. King...and yes, it's been a great way to get to know your audience and to learn things about your playing that either had forgotten, or never thought about doing it that way etc...So in reality, I learn just as much as the student does...
Do you have a favorite song on the Brutal Planet CD and if so what is it and why?
I really like the ballad on it called "Take It Like A Woman" and it's one of the solo's that I'm really proud of.
Is there an Alice song you really would like to do live but Alice won't or doesn't want to?
There are so many songs that he has, so I don't think it's a matter of not wanting to do them, it just has to all fit into the 1:45-2:00 hour set list. But I'll tell ya, I really liked playing "Clones", but it got dropped from the set a couple years back...but that's the beauty of it...there's always next tour that it might pop back up again.
What about DPM supporting Alice the next time he hits the UK?
That's good! We've been trying to pull that one for years! I've got one even better...Glamnation, DPM, Slash's Snakepit, and Alice Cooper...then I get paid 4 times!!
Are there some songs over others that you enjoy playing due to their complexity or ability to let you show off your musicianship?
Nahh...not so much...I pretty much prefer the big rock show riff songs, like "School's Out" cause it's such a powerful opening riff, and the crowd immediately knows what song it is and they usually get nuts after that!
How do you feel about being constantly compared with the original band and criticized for maybe not playing the song note for note the way it was intended?
Personally, I love the way the original band sounded, so I try and get my tones and feel directly from the records. There are times that maybe I'll add a little echo or vibrato here or there to satisfy my own efx-warped mentality, but for the most part, I like to stay true to the originals...after all, they were the music makers, and the dreamers of the dreams* (*quote taken from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory").
How did DPM get started?
Friends that got together and had something in common, dad's porno mag...and it went from there.
Your website mentions that DPM has a record deal. When you aren't on tour with Alice is this a band that you do a lot of shows with? Do you go on club tours throughout the U.S. or do you just do gigs in CA and AZ?
Yes, we are on Robison/Conspiracy Records in the States, and we are on Tricycle Records in Japan...you can always log on to dadspornomag.com and get the album through that avenue also.
You have a CD that I guess was re-released in March. Can you tell us a little about it?
The website tells so much more then I can even begin to. So if you are in the least bit curious come check out our world at dadspornomag.com.
You've played on a number of albums (Gilby Clark, Alice Cooper, Tamara Champlin, Tal Bachman). How do you get involved in these projects?
It's usually playing with some of these bands that leads to the other, then back and forth, until you have a bunch of friends and contacts in a bunch of bands, so when somebody needs that thing that I do, I'm there for it.
It was said that you were a "ghost musician" on the Tal Bachman album. How do you feel about people who don't give credit where credit is due?
John Lennon had a great song called "Instant Karma" , and never does it reign more true then to people that don't give credit where it is due. So if there is anyone out there that has helped me (whether it be out of a bar, or into a band!) I thank and salute you! Cheers...
Can you tell us about Electric Angels?
My education and degree in the University of Rock. I know it's corny, but it's true. I learned most of what I know living, playing, surviving with those guys.
How did Glamnation get started?
At the end of the day, you realize that you've got to have a sense of humor with what you do for a living, and you realize that not everything you do will be critically or even socially acclaimed, those days are the ones that you are thankful to be a part of Glamnation!
I read that Glamnation may be playing some dates outside the U. S. Is there any chance of playing dates around the U. S.?
Being that we are supposed to be from Brixton...I hope we play outside of the Los Angeles Basin soon...but seriously, Glamnation has crossed the Atlantic and played Sweden and Norway...so now we can retire!
I was asked to ask about Grumpy Grandpa.
You must mean, "Don't Touch Grandpa" and all I can say to that is, "don't touch grandpa."
Someone wanted to know if 77 on your email addresses has any significance.
Once again, come and find out the mysteries of "77" and the dream of the blue turtles, and the Joey Tempest fan club, and more....at you know by now, dadspornomag.com. In fact why don't we just call the article dadspornomag.com. Ha!!!
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