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PRIDE (Chris Green)

Pride are a UK based melodic rock band who supported Vaughn earlier this year (2003) and appear at the Gods later this month. They are also set to release their second album, 'Signs of Purity' in June.

1. What are you currently up to?

Our 2nd album 'Signs Of Purity' is finished and should be released in June 03, We are also doing a hand full of shows in june which are.... Fri 13th Archers-Barnsley... Sat 14th Penningtons- Bradford.... Sun 15th Pressure Point-Brighton....These dates are with Lost Weekend and Deadline. We should also be playing a couple of dates with Danger Danger but these are yet to be confirmed.

2. Who were your influences?

There are so many influences to mention. As far as musicianship it would have to be Paul Gilbert and John Petrucci but as far as live bands it was definately Skid Row and Aerosmith that made me want to get up on stage and give it some 'Balls'.

3. Brief history of the band plus the style of music you play.

The band has been together for about 3 years, we wrote the 1st album 'Far From The Edge' which was released in 2001 and as i said we have just completed the 2nd album 'Signs of Purity' Which the whole band think is a huge step up for us in both writing and musicianship.The style is just Rock music, i suppose if i have to be precise it would be Melodic Rock with a Hard edge to it.

4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

High point was deffinately being signed to Toshiba EMI, we all got horribly drunk after signing that contract, Low point would have to be, not being able to get gigs or tours for about a year after the release of the debut album. We were promised so many tours and either the headlining bands wanted stupid amounts of money off us or the promoters pulled out, i think all bands that are in our genre will understand how hard it is!!!

5. What has been the best show(s) Pride have played so far?

Definitely BELFAST-IRELAND that placed rocked. Great sound,great crowd all you could ask for.

6. If you could create a fantasy band - what would be the line-up and why?

For me personally it would be Seb Bach-Vocals... Zak Wyld & Paul Gilbert-Guitars....Rudy Sarzo-Bass and Deen Castronovo on Drums. I think its safe to say that would be the most energetic all out rock band you could hope to see.

7. What state do you think rock music and live gigs are in at the moment?

Well rock music is still around but just not the way that we all used to love it, I think the bands of today have substituted Musicianship for gimics like face masks or stage scenery, they may fool the kids but i think even they know who the true 'Rock Stars' are or were as the case usually is now, but I still live in hope that a wild rock band with screaming guitars and melodic vocals will take over the music scene!!!!!! As far as GIGS...WHAT GIGS!!

8. What sort of set can fans expect at the Gods?

We will be playing a couple of tracks off the new album and the rest will be off the debut album.

9. How did the recent dates with Vaughn go? Who else would you love to tour with?

Danny was awesome, we had such a great time in Ireland. Lots of Guiness and lots of loud music... It was perfect. And I think it would have to be Firehouse I would love to play with at the moment , it would be a good gig for melodic rock fans.

10. Message for your fans...

Thank you so much for still believing in this music, please realise that none of these bands could be doing this without you guys buying cd's and concert tickets. Hats off to you all!!!!!!!!! and we'll see you all on tour soon!!!!!!!! All the best CHRIS GREEN ...PRIDE

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