Musical Guest – Bumblefoot
Eddie discussed the 30th radio anniversary at the Hard Rock Café, and showed clips from the event. The night was a who’s who of hard rock and metal. One of the highlights of the night was having Ace Frehley and Peter Criss playing on stage together.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Motley Crue’s Farewell Tour
Eddie – Takes it because he thinks it’s good to go out on top. Too many bands end up dragging the band name through the mud with replacement players that don’t measure up to the original band members.
Don – Leaves it because he doesn’t believe it. Everyone says that they’re doing a farewell tour, but they never stick to it. He thinks that if someone offers the band a ton of money down the road, they’ll get back together and tour.
Jim – Leaves it because he thinks that there is going to be a void when all of the older metal bands actually retire, and they’re still young enough to keep representing the older generation of metal.
TMS Top 5 – Anthrax Songs
- Caught In The Mosh
- In The End
- I Am The Law
Frankie Bello & David Ellefson (Altitudes and Attitude)
The two discussed how the side project Altitudes and Attitude came to be. Four years ago, during the Big Four shows, they did a bass clinic together for Hartke, and decided to write their own songs. Frankie was insecure about his singing ability, but everyone thinks he’s doing a great job. The EP is something of a curveball, hard rock, not heavy metal or thrash.
Dave talked about releasing his book My Life With Deth. Didn’t want to do a book about slinging dirt and bringing up old problems. Filled with drugs, booze and girls. Feels like he and Mustaine’s books complement each other.
Frankie discussed new Anthrax record. Twelve thrash songs pushing the envelope. Angry kind of vibe to the album.
While discussing the Big Four show that took place at Yankee Stadium, Jim Florentine revealed that Frankie almost didn’t make it to the show. Frankie is a huge Yankee fan, and he was going to jump over the gate before the show started to dive into second base. The security guard warned him that he didn’t care what band he was in, and that he would be arrested if he defied him.
Don does a reading from Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen…
“As much as she hated me, Courtney Love ended up sleeping with me, except, I made her shave her giant beaver before I’d get in bed with her. She trimmed it down to sort of a jagged Brazilian landing strip that looked more like a lightning bolt, but it was good enough for me.”
QUESTIONS FROM THE CROWD
Dave, out of all of the concerts that you’ve performed, is there one that stands out?
The first Big Four show in Poland. That was the shot heard round the world for the metal community.
Frank, you’re singing lead on Altitudes and Attitude, how come you never sang lead in Anthrax?
It’s too much work. We have Joey Belladonna, the best singer in the world. I’m still finding myself as a vocalist, but I’m a bass guy.
Frank, what is the funniest prank that you pulled off on tour?
On the Clash Of The Titans tour, we brought a really big fish and hung it in front of Tom Araya (Slayer) during a song. He was laughing so hard that he couldn’t sing.
PUT IT ON THE TABLE
If you could be in any other band – Iron Maiden
Song you wish you wrote – “Highway To Hell” – AC/DC
Best concert you ever attended – KISS – Nassau Coliseum, 1976
First rock or metal song you learned how to play – “Killers” – Iron Maiden
If you could be in any other band – AC/DC
Song you wish you wrote – “Muders In The Rue Morgue” – Iron Maiden
Best concert you ever attended – KISS – Met Center, 1977
First rock or metal song you learned how to play – “Not Fragile” – BTO (rock), “Rapid Fire” – Judas Priest (metal)
ON THE FRINGES
Eddie – Andy Timmons – “That Was Then This Is Now”
Don – Lower The Veil – “Soon”
Jim – The Plasmatics – “Coup D’Etat”
METAL MODEM – Lzzy Hale
Frankie says that he and Dave have an issue with her because Halestorm beat them both out for the Grammy. Lzzy reveals that the song that won it was inspired by both of them, so without them, the song would never have existed. Jim asked her about her thoughts on pop acts using backing tracks and enhancing their sound because they are such a great live band. Lzzy said that it is unfortunately not limited to pop acts, and that rock acts are being told by their labels to do the same thing. Halestorm is writing the new album right now.
EUROPEAN vs. AMERICAN METAL
Bumblefoot – EUROPEAN
Frankie – EUROPEAN
Dave – AMERICAN
Eddie – EUROPEAN
Jim – EUROPEAN
Don – AMERICAN