On October 29th, before a performance in Syracuse, NY, I caught up with Tommy Henriksen (guitarist/songwriter) of the Alice Cooper group for this exclusive Rock Music Star interview. While he's not the biggest "name" in Rock, he is a very likeable guy and very honest, as he discusses all of the guitar lineup changes since joining Cooper and tries to answer why "W2MN" while looking good on paper, did not translate well into a "great" Alice Cooper record. Also talks about his new solo CD, producing Beasto Blanco and mixing Ryan Roxie's new EP and how he would like to produce the next Cooper CD with Bob Ezrin.
Review and photos by John Jeffrey & Diana MacDonald
Buffalo, NY - When interviewing Dave Brockie (original lead singer of Gwar who died earlier this year of a heroin overdose) for the first time in 2011, it had come to fruition to find out that we shared the same vision on what the future of the entertainment industry will become. We similarly believed that in the future, they will bring deceased actors and musicians back to life, in movies and in concert, through various forms of technology (holograms, CGI, etc.). So it came as no surprise that just three years after our conversation that fans would be seeing Gwar perform live onstage, to a tape of the now deceased Brockie's vocals, while video was being shown of Brockie (as his character Oderus Urungus), on a film screen, center stage.
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By John Jeffrey
Take some 90's power pop, mix it with some 70's garage rock, and sprinkle in some 50's do-wop, and you'll have a pretty close recipe to Roxie 77's "Ameriswede" EP. Ryan Roxie has been at the helm of the number one guitar slot in Alice Cooper's solo band for the better part of the past 20 years, and has figured out what Kane Roberts, Vinnie Moore, Al Pitrelli and a slew of other guitar shredders could not. Being the lead guitar player in Alice Cooper's band is not about cramming as many notes as possible into eight bars of a classic Cooper track or figuring out what the mode of the month is, but it's about being authentic and playing for the song, which is exactly what Ryan Roxie does on the "Ameriswede" EP.
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From Lake Tahoe to "Dragontown," Chuck Garric has been quietly building a resume as one of the most rock solid bass players in the business. From playing with L.A. Guns and Ronnie James Dio, to becoming a stable mate in Alice Cooper's solo band since 2002, plus stints playing the "Gene Simmons" part in Eric Singer's nod to the 90's version of KISS - in Singer's cover band, ESP, Garric is now breaking his silence. And he is determined for the world to recognize the talents he possesses outside of the confines of bass guitar. In addition to switching from four strings to six, Chuck Garric has also assumed the role of lead vocalist and front man, in his relatively new band, Beasto Blanco.
Beasto Blanco was formed in 2012 by Garric and lead guitarist Chris Latham. Together, they set out to create a live, raw power, rock & roll band that would let them indulge in their influences and imagery that shaped their collective musical background. To rear the sound out of the Beast, the band hired Garric's Cooper bandmate, Tommy Henriksen, to produce their debut CD, "Live Fast, Die Loud." Right from the first roar of recording, they realized they were on to something great, as Beasto Blanco is a band that's tapping into a truly unique rock sound - staying true to their old school roots, with a innovative attitude and fresh technology.
Although Garric is currently on tour with Alice Cooper, supporting Motley Crue on their "Final Tour," he's chomping at the bit to unleash 'the Beast' again, once a substantial break occurs in Alice's constant touring cycle. While on a short reprieve, Chuck Garric granted Rock Music Star an exclusive interview. During our discussion, Chuck Garric revealed to us what he has planned next for all of his Alice Cooper fans and the Beasto Blanco converts.
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