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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
How is the tour
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
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
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
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 Tourtakes a final swing through Mansfield. Mass.
Check out The Raskins as well!
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
Is the Kiss/def Leppard tour going to Europe too or is just the
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
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 isalways 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
The Kiss/Def Leppard audience is very diverse. How have they been
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
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
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.