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JASON CALLEAR (Sadness ills The Superman)

1. What are you currently up to? (e.g. touring/studio,etc.)

We are currently touring with Michael Bruce, the original rhythm guitarist and song writer with the Alice Cooper Group. We are performing with him and are fortunate enough to be supporting with an original set. Behind the scenes we have been developing our web site with Tony Mckenzie.com and we are working on new material for our next recording.

2. Who was/is your biggest influence on your career?

I originally played guitar and Brain May has always been the No. 1 man in my eyes along with Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Phil Collins and John Bonham for my drumming influences.

3. Brief history of your work to date the style of music you play.

We have classic melodic rock influences with the power and attack of NU Metal. We like the new sound but we think that good solid vocal melodies should be there to back them up. We have all played in various bands over the years and tribute bands too. Craig and Paul played in an Alice tribute and Lloyd played in a Manics tribute. We have played with: BC Sweet, JT of Budgie, Tom Galley brother of Mel, Joe Bouchard from The Blue Oyster Cult and BDS. Ryan Roxie, Eric Dover and Greg Smith of the current Alice Cooper line up and of course Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway of the original line up.

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

I was in a grunge band in the early 90's which almost made it, after a BBC session and 1 album we split, same old story and very disappointing. However you never really stop trying, maybe this time. This is by far the most talented and exiting bunch of guys I've played with, we hope it does the trick. We played the Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend last year under our old name of Quarterback Punk, at the Whiskey a GoGo - Awesome. Check out GBMW on the Cooper sites.

5. How easy is it to gets gigs? What is the live music scene like? Who have you toured with and would like to tour with in the future?

It is hard when you are unheard of especially when you contact some of the biggies like the Marquee or Mean Fiddler. It occurred to me that the borderline crown that turned up after the show are missing out on the live scene and we could have potentially had tons more fans there, instead they just sit there and listen to CD's. We need a severe kick up the arse in this country to promote live acts and provide adequate parking 31 per each 3 vehicles thanks very much. We would like to tour with the Foo Fighters as their genre is very similar or Cooper where people would know who we were.

To be honest we would tour with who ever would have us, it costs allot of money to jump on a band wagon, money that only record companies have got. I hope from the tour we are doing now someone will spot us and give us another, it's a serious buzz, but harder work than you might think at this level.

6. What do you think of the state of rock music at the moment? Do you listen to radio much at all? Has the Internet helped music grow or hindered it?

New rock bands are springing up all the time and there seems to be a big rock influx again, it will never die because its real and the whole package and attitude is far more inviting to the music buyer. I watch MTV2 allot and Kerrang , etc. to see whets going on and most of it is pretty good with the odd GRUNTY bloke spoiling the whole sound of what id potentially a good band.

Radio tends not to be rock friendly but of late the Foo's and Nickelback have done OK out of it, I thing they are starting to except it's not going away. Specialist stations are hard to tune to out of the City but I think the US have it sussed.

As for the internet, its swings and roundabouts, you have you stuff downloaded and copied all over the shop, but the exposure that we are enjoying through links and search engine we could not do it 5 years of mailing, its certainly an instant promotion tool and we have enjoyed developing our site. Its another part of the package for the fans and for the first time the fans can chat directly with the band in real time.

7. If you could create a fantasy band - who would be in it and why?

Difficult one, I would have to say to play with people you are influenced by it's easy to be intimidated and hold back, with SADNESS KILLS THE SUPERMAN we are all on the same level, its really been a total gas getting around the country with these guys.

8.How did Sadness... hook-up with Michael Bruce? Which Alice Cooper songs do the band enjoy performing most? Any you don't do that you would like to?

Initially last year's promoter Ken Bloor plucked Craig and Paul from Fistful of Alice the Tribute. I was chosen muck later after the original drummer failed to show for rehearsals, I stepped in with 3 weeks notice. Lloyd is our new kid, he is doing a great job on vocals and its the first time in the job since laying down the Bass, he's a real character, they all are, there are totally mad brummies, ala Ozzy.

We love playing Is It My Body, it rocks, Halo of Flies of course is the tester and My Stars is full on for a good work out, superb tune. I like the entire Billion Dollar Babies Tour '73 set, it would be cool to re-enact that.

9. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?

We have our first CD EP "SHAME" still on sale, which you can email or send a message to either myself or the band to obtain a copy. We recorded this in a day at Big Dan Studio in Stoke on Trent, The best way to purchase is to come and see us and we do give a few away at gigs. There is some Cooper stuff from last year which we hope to gain permission to use, so keep an eye out for that and the Whiskey a Go Go show will be available as a 4 or 6 track EP shorty.

10. Message for your fans?

Thanks to all your kind messages on the site, we hope you can come see us and please sign in on our guest book on our website. Check it out we love you all!!!!!

Website: http://www.www.skts.us


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