| 1. What are you currently up to? (e.g.
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.
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
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
| 9. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased
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
| 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!!!!!