Tales from the Stage, Volume #1

 
9781105726569: Tales from the Stage, Volume #1
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Take a personal journey with some of the biggest names from the hard rock and heavy metal movement, as they relive their past, discuss the present, and enlighten us about their plans moving forward in the music industry. Tales from the Stage #1 consists of 15 in depth interviews with some of the most influential names from the hard rock and heavy metal genre. Each interview starts with basic personal questions (birthday, hometown, education, marital status, etc) , then we dive into their career leaving no stone unturned. We clear up all controversies and ambiguities with their bands, band mates, and management. Then it s a free for all; If you took a drug test today what would it tell us? When was your last run-in with the law? Who will you be voting for in 2012 for President? What do you drink during a gig? Your craziest groupie experience? Who are you listening to in your car right now? Have you ever been afraid for your safety while on stage? What kind of car do you drive?.........and dozens others! Below are the book participants; Bruce Kulick, Lead Guitar, Kiss/Grand Funk Railroad Jay Reynolds, Lead Guitar, Malice/Metal Church Herman Rarebell, Drums, Scorpions Tim Ripper Owens, Lead Vocals, Judas Priest/Dio Disciples Eddie Trunk, Hard Rock/Metal TV/Radio Personality Jeff Duncan, Lead Guitar, Armored Saint/DC4 Tracii Guns, Lead Guitar, L.A. Guns/League of Gentlemen Paul Shortino, Lead Vocals, Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt Chris Holmes, Lead Guitar, WASP Oz Fox, Lead Guitar, Stryper Steve Lips Kudlow, Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals, Anvil Betsy Bitch, Lead Vocals, Bitch Ron Keel, Lead Vocals, Keel/Steeler Brian Slagel, Chairman, Metal Blade Records Brian Tichy, Drums, Whitesnake/Foreigner

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About the Author:

Michael Toney grew up in Romeo, Michigan and graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelors degree in Hotel Management. Outside of being a twice published author, Toney is a professional journalist, interviewer, and speaker within the hard rock and heavy metal community. He resides in Henderson, Nevada on the outskirts of Las Vegas. In the 8os, he played drums for numerous hard rock bands in Detroit, gigging at Harpos, The Ritz, New York New York, and others.

Review:

Let s get the quotable out of the way first off: if you re a metal head and interview junkie like me; Tales From the Stage is a romp through a metal music orgasm! Strong words? Maybe. Truth? Definitely. This insider look at the music we all love takes a very unique approach that keeps you not only learning tid bits about metal and heavy music, but it also gives insight into stars and industry people that are often misrepresented in mainstream media. --Martell, Welovemetal.com

The most fascinating aspect of rock and roll life revealed in Tales From the Stage is the secret economies of a professional musician. From who has to pay for strings to how publishing rights are split on songs for different groups glimpses an aspect of the rock and roll world that s often closed to outsiders. It s no surprise to learn that Gene Simmons will scoop up the lion s share of publishing rights if you work on a song with him, but it s more interesting to see how many of these guys still have joe jobs and gig with cover bands to make ends meet. Don t give up your day job, dude! advises Megadeth guitarist Jay Reynolds as he laments over having sold his condo in Redondo Beach. I should have never sold it. It s probably worth a couple million bucks today. In short, getting a record deal and making it as a musician doesn t translate to making it financially. --David Feltman, Target Audience Magazine

All the credit should go to Toney, who knows his stuff and knows how to conduct an interview. Books of this nature usually fall short of mark because of generalities, but Toney has no fear. He goes right into the lion s den and comes away unscathed and in most cases, so does the interview subject. Tales From the Stage could not be more recommended for those who fancy 80 s metal. --David Gehlke, Blistering.com

The most fascinating aspect of rock and roll life revealed in Tales From the Stage is the secret economies of a professional musician. From who has to pay for strings to how publishing rights are split on songs for different groups glimpses an aspect of the rock and roll world that s often closed to outsiders. It s no surprise to learn that Gene Simmons will scoop up the lion s share of publishing rights if you work on a song with him, but it s more interesting to see how many of these guys still have joe jobs and gig with cover bands to make ends meet. Don t give up your day job, dude! advises Megadeth guitarist Jay Reynolds as he laments over having sold his condo in Redondo Beach. I should have never sold it. It s probably worth a couple million bucks today. In short, getting a record deal and making it as a musician doesn t translate to making it financially. --David Feltman, Target Audience Magazine

All the credit should go to Toney, who knows his stuff and knows how to conduct an interview. Books of this nature usually fall short of mark because of generalities, but Toney has no fear. He goes right into the lion s den and comes away unscathed and in most cases, so does the interview subject. Tales From the Stage could not be more recommended for those who fancy 80 s metal. --David Gehlke, Blistering.com

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