POISON Guitarist C.C. DeVille Meets BRIGHTON ROCK — Name That Band…

It seems that every interview I do includes a couple stories or anecdotes from the artist in question that don’t fit into the context of the “official” interview. After getting three such gems thrown at me in two days I figured it might be kinda cool to showcase them in a separate column. No drama, no controversial tabloid fodder, just the fun shit. With that in mind, I give you round one from On The Inside:

CCFrazeBy Carl Begai

Fraze Gang / Brighton Rock guitarist Greg Fraser looks back on a moment in the ‘80s fast lane, which was clearly faster for some than others 😉 …

Fraser: “Brighton Rock did a show in Edmonton, and the next night Poison was playing in town with Tesla opening. They arrived the day before their gig so they all came out to see us play. So, we’re partying upstairs at the club and somebody asked ‘Where’s C.C.?’ because we knew he was there but he never came upstairs. It turned out that while the crew was tearing down the equipment – and the bar had pretty much emptied out by this point – C.C. got on stage and grabbed a mic yelling ‘Heeeeeeeyyyy! How you doin’ tonight!’ to an imaginary crowd. The mic wasn’t even going through the P.A. anymore, the guy was loaded out of his face (laughs).”
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CRIMSON GLORY – A Tribute To MIDNIGHT — Part 2: The Truth About Strange And Beautiful

(Go to this location for Part 1)

By Carl Begai

Crimson_Glory-Strange_and_BeautifulAs previously reported, Crimson Glory frontman Midnight (real name John Patrick McDonald Jr.) passed away on Wednesday, July 8th at 3:30am EST due to kidney and liver failure at the age of 47. During my recent exclusive interview with guitarist Jon Drenning, he discussed the band’s 1999 comeback album Astronomica and its connection to their Strange And Beautiful record from 1991, which was deemed a colossal flop in the wake of their 1988 breakthrough, Transcendence, due to a change in musical direction.

Drenning comments on vocalist Wade Black being tapped as Crimson Glory’s new frontman for Astronomica, making some startling revelations with regards to the writing for the album.

“Nobody could copy Midnight, but Wade fit the Crimson Glory style,” Drenning says of choosing Black, who is arguably the closest they could have gotten to a worthy successor. “Astronomica was originally written and recorded for Midnight. Continue reading CRIMSON GLORY – A Tribute To MIDNIGHT — Part 2: The Truth About Strange And Beautiful