By Carl Begai
At the tail end of 2003 I caught up with vocalist / bassist / actor Tony Dolan, best known in metal circles as the man that replaced original Venom vocalist Cronos for the Prime Evil album in 1989 for a total of three records. An unexpected opportunity presented by a mutual friend affectionately known as The Mad Dutchman, based on the fact that Dolan had snagged a part in the Russell Crowe film Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World. The interview was published in January 2004 on the BW&BK website but it didn’t receive the attention it should have (in my always humble opinion ;-)). During a recent hunt through my archives for some information on another band I stumbled across the Dolan story and figured the world could do with a reminder of who the man is and his career. Particularly since he’ll be making a return in 2010. Following is an excerpt from the original story recapping the events leading to Dolan getting the part of Mr. Lamb in Master And Commander and working with Crowe:
Dolan’s move from the metal stage to the silver screen was more or less accidental. Days were spent working in theatre, the nights devoted to Venom until he decided to leave the band, at which point he signed on for a 15 month world tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company for A Comedy Of Errors. That experience led to working on the Queen tribute theatre production We Will Rock You in London, giving Dolan the best of both worlds. Then, an off-the-cuff audition for a “big Hollywood production” led to further auditions, meetings, and a huge first step into a new line of work (discounting a bit part in Judge Dredd that got hacked to pieces).
Continue reading TONY DOLAN – Life After VENOM: The Russell Crowe Big Screen Jam
By Carl Begai
Back in 1997, before the internet ruled the music world, I accidentally stumbled upon an album entitled Project One by the Japanese band Saber Tiger. I was (and remain) a fan of Japanese metal, and even though I had no idea who guitarist / ringleader Akihito Kinoshita was at the time, the musicians on the album with him had more than enough credibility to hold my interest: Anthem bassist / founder Naoto Shibata, ex-EZO drummer Hiro Homma, and vocalist Ron Keel.
I bought the record without hearing a note.
Continue reading RON KEEL And SABER TIGER – Feeding Time At The Zoo
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:
By 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).”
Continue reading POISON Guitarist C.C. DeVille Meets BRIGHTON ROCK — Name That Band…
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By Carl Begai
As 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