Talon have released one album of melodic hard rock so far, with
another new album due later this year. They also play the Gods
festival in the UK at the end of May. Over to guitarist John Parker...
(Thanks to Katy for passing the questions on)
| 1. What are you currently up to? (e.g. touring/studio,etc.)
Talon is currently rehearsing for our slot at this years GODS
Festival in England. We will be performing a Talon set and also have
been asked to be the backing band for Emmy-Winning Artist Stan Bush.
Should be an awesome weekend !
We are also in the demo stage for tracks for our 2nd CD release on
Now and Then/Frontiers Records.
| 2. Who were your
Randy Rhoads ! The man simply played guitar like no one else ! He was
a major influence because of the fact he added so much emotion to a
song - be as tender as a classical guitarist, then rip your face off
with a solo that is loaded with intensity. Other influences were/are
Tommy Aldridge ( freakin' animal ), Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, Cozy Powell.
| 3. Brief history of your work to date and the style of music you play.
Talon plays straight-ahead 80's Hard Rock with a touch of Metal here
and there - but always melodic and great harmonies ! History started
as the band Voxen, which released a CD in 1997 with Statue Records
and then changing singers and re-grouping with a sound as Talon.
After negotiations, we signed on with Now and Then/Frontiers for a 2
album deal and released our self-titled debut CD in May, 2002.
| 4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?
Highlights include - our music used in WB Picture "Outbreak" and 2
NBC Mini-Series, Working with Mikey Davis, and also the awesome
response to our debut CD - making numerous Top-10 Lists of the year !
Lowlights - The mess that was Statue Records ( can you say 'Bark like
a Dog' ), Tour Cancellations, and having to release our 1st Singer.
| 5. The self-titled debut CD came out last year. How has it been recieved
so far? What are your personal highlights on the album and why?
The response has been phenomenal ! Lot's of Top-10 Lists ! We seem to
fill a niche where it's not too soft ( AOR ) and not too hard (
Metal ). My personal highlights are the more Dio-Priest type songs -
"Talon In my Heart", "Fire in your Soul" , along with the
single "Wrecking Ball" and also "Mother Mary May I". We wanted to
make a CD that moved well throughout, and I think we at least came
You're playing the GODS in May. What sort of set are you planning?
You're also backing Stan Bush - how did that come about?
Our set will be a "mover" ! No ballads, just straight Hard Rock
including the songs I mentioned above, plus a crowd favorite from the
Voxen days - "Paradise" which we are re-doing for the upcoming 2nd
Talon CD. Also, we are debuting 3 new tracks from the upcoming
release - "Euphoria", "Hole in My Head" and "Evil" !! It will Rock !!
For backing Stan Bush, Mark Ashton ( Label President at Now and
Then ) asked if we could do the set with Stan - and we said it would
be an honor ! He is a great guy and rehearsals have been awesome. We
might even do some LA shows with him also !
| 7. How have Talon gone about promoting themselves and getting exposure
for their music?
Flying Dolphin in Gemany has been an outstanding Promotion company for us and we achieved great Radio airplay and Interviews all over
Europe. I have also done tons of Phone Interviews and Web Site
Interviews to keep the Talon vibe alive and growing !
It never ends - you have to keep on it to suceed and get the message
out. Also, playing out as much as possible.
| 8. Who have you toured with and would like to tour with in the future?
We have done mini-tours with Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Warrant among
We would love to tour Europe with other established artists such as
Ten, Talisman, TNT, Mitch Malloy, etc.
| 9. If you could create a fantasy band - what would be the line-up and
Mmmmm.....I would start with "The Man" - Ronnie James Dio, of course
a 2-Guitar attack of Randy Rhoads and Michael Schenker, rotate Bass
duties with Geezer Butler and Bob Daisley and behind the Kit - Tommy
Aldridge !! As you might have noticed - No Keyboards !!
All masters of their craft and my personal favorite musicians.
| 10. What state do you think rock music is in at the moment? Are the more
melodic & hard rock bands gaining more exposure and popularity at all ?
I see the state right now as pretty disturbing. Very Angry, no real
songs - just aggression and pain. Nobody listens to music just to be
taken somewhere anymore ? I miss the fun times and simpleness of the
early 80's - before the hair bands destroyed the vibe and Nirvana
knocked down the door. I don't think it will come back - melodic
bands are having a tough time and it seems to slowly get tougher each
year. We will still continue to fight for it though !!! Just from the
response from our CD tells me so !
| 11. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be
The debut Talon CD is available from most European outlets and also
from Frontiers at the Frontiers Web Site. Web Sites include
www.nehrecords.com and www.hottracks.com
In the USA, both the Talon CD and the Voxen "Sacrifice" CD can be purchased at the official Talon Web Site at
| 12. Message to your fans?
A huge Thank You to all our fans all over the world for supporting us and enjoying our music.
We love creating the music we play and having others enjoy it also makes it all worth it !
We look forward to seeing a lot of you at the Gods and if not there -
we will see you on Tour ! Keep Rockin and thanks for your support ! Thanks to you also Jason !