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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Raskins An Interview With Roger Raskin

The Raskins

I had the chance to speak with Roger Raskin. Roger along with his brother Logan and an insanely talented band are currently on tour opening for Motley Crue and Alice Cooper. Landing such a prestigious spot is never something to take lightly; and the fact that this is Motley Crue's final tour is not lost on The Raskins, as they rock stages across the United States this summer.

How is the tour going?

Tour has been going amazing. The reception has been amazingly good and the guys are playing well.

Has it been tough opening for the Crue on their final tour?

It is an interesting question.  When the tour started I wasn't sure how the crowd would accept us. But you know obviously they come to see Alice Cooper and Motley Crue. But my guys give 100% and the crowd really appreciates that. After we play we do a meet and greet and the fans have been incredible. I am really psyched about everything so far.

The album is doing really well.

The album is doing great. People seem to dig it. There are a lot of layers on the record. So far all the reviews have been solid.

The video for" we had it all" has a tremendous amount of hits.

Yeah it is a cool video. We had a tremendous amount of fun doing it. It is kind of the trials and tribulations of being in the industry. At the end of the video we are kind of locked out of the label. Which is how it goes sometimes.

The music and your personality says "good times'

Yeah when you get into the business you do not know what the hell to expect. One thing I would try to tell younger bands is to do the music that you like. Do what makes you happy. You have to write the kind of music that makes it feel right. Don't do what the label pushes you to do. So it's organic. That is what we do. We give 100% every night.

So you have felt pressure from labels?

When we were younger. Your objective back then was to try and get a label. The business has changed so much. The labels are not in play as much anymore. With you tube and social media the artist has more control. You don't need a label anymore. We took a grass roots approach. It was amazing. We could do the record we wanted to do.

What is next for the Raskins after this tour is over?

When we took this tour. Well we were hoping to get this tour. I wasn't sure how many shows we would get. Turned out to be the whole tour. Something like 67 dates including Canada. Things are growing rapidly for us. There are some talks about AC/DC. Which I could die completely happy if that happens. They are getting an album and tour ready and our name came up.

 Do all the bands hang together backstage?

It's cool. The first show we all had lunch with Nikki Sixx. He h=made us feel very comfortable. He was super cool. He really digs the band and even plays our record on his radio show. Alice Copper's guys we always hang out with. Tommy and Nicky the guitarists. Alice Cooper hung out. Real laid back guy.

Any crazy road stories on this tour?

Yeah well...we will have to talk about that in person (laughs) you know what every night something is going on. It's the Motley Crue, Alice Cooper tour so there is a lot going on. It is not boring. It has been great though. All in good fun.

On 8-24-2014 The Motley Crue/Alice Cooper Tour  takes a final swing through Mansfield. Mass. Check out The Raskins as well!



Monday, July 14, 2014

Kobra Paige Interview

Kobra Paige Interview


Canadian power metal superstars, Kobra And The Lotus are taking the world by storm. Their latest album " High Priestess" is a tour de force of in your face metal. It is the album to buy in 2014. "I am, I am", "Soldier", "Warhorse", and the incredible title track, "High Priestess, this album is full of searing metal anthems. I spoke with Kobra Paige about life on the road with Kiss/Def Leppard, recording, and tarot cards.



How is the tour going so far? I know it just started.


   Yeah it’s going great.  I hope it never ends.


Is the Kiss/def Leppard tour going to Europe too or is just the states?


   Just the states. We don’t know their plans after this tour but we are still planning to go overseas.


How long did it take to write the new album?


    Oh man. That is hard to answer. Songs were written before. About a year in the making. Some were ideas of riffs. Songs were written at scattered times, when we had moments of opportunity.  I don’t write on the road. I try to stay healthy.


The album is darker. Do you feel that?


   Lyrically. There are some more piercing lyrics and some subjects are graphic. “Soldier” is darker. It wasn’t intentional. It just happened. I guess it is darker. I never think about it. Just the way it came out.


Was it because of touring or experiences on the road?


    No, I write the lyrics from experiences in my own life. Just topics that I want to bring awareness to. I wrote them all basically about life and the journey we are all on.


Do you have any Native American blood?


   I actually don’t. I am Ukrainian on both sides. (laughs) I’m some kind of native. I’m from somewhere


“High Priestess” is the title of the album and one of my favorite tracks. What inspired the lyrics?


    High Priestess was inspired by a tarot card. It has the high priestess representing arcane knowledge and she holds the future. We have to journey through life to gain that knowledge. She won’t tell you. So you have to prophess your own prophecy. That is where that comes from. It was also a great metaphor for the album. Just an all encompassing view.


How cool is it to watch and learn from Kiss and Def Leppard?


    They are great. They come down to talk quite a bit. Especially Eric and Tommy(Kiss) they pal around quite a bit. Yesterday, right before we went on, Paul (Stanley) came and grabbed me on the shoulder and was like” you got this” The crew is awesome. Def Leppard is always buzzing around. Rick came down and slapped one of our guys in the but and said “have a great show”. Production team is awesome. We have been using their in ear monitoring system.  It has been great.


So for this tour we can safely say you have a better bus driver than the last one.


    (Laughs) Oh yeah. He is awesome. Very mellow. Down to earth. They are hard to come by.


I know last year you had a crashed trailer.


   Yeah. we had everything happen with those trailers.( last year's tour the equipment trailer actually passed the van they were in as it went off the road.)


The Kiss/Def Leppard audience is very diverse. How have they been treating you?


    They have been great. We have to go out and win them over every night. We adore them. It is tough they are all sitting. Security keeps them all sitting. Very different than what we have been used to. No one knows us and it is a great challenge. Our job is to warm them up. We come out twice. After we play and then after Def Leppard plays we like to hang out.


Have you ever done any onstage duets with anyone?


    I did the metal all stars tour.  But not yet. I would love to.


A Halford/Paige version of “Victim Of Changes” would be awesome


  Whooh. Yes!  Push for that!


Who else is on your musical list that we might not expect?


 I love Devin Townsend. He is brilliant. Of course Judas Priest is always going to be one of my faves.



For New England fans: Kobra and The Lotus will open for Kiss/Def Leppard at the xfinity Center, Mansfield Mass. August 1st.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

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