Joey Vera, Armored Saint and Fates Warning bassist, sat down for an interview with California Rock News this past weekend during NAMM to talk about his plans for 2016, and to reflect on some of the recent changes in the music business.

Vera, who is in his early 50s, states that things are no longer done they way they were when he was growing up.  To the question about his advice on how to become successful in the music business he states: “To be a musician, you have to really love what you’re doing…   That has to be your number one priority.  All the other stuff — being successful, getting money and fame, it really should not even be in your portfolio.”   He urges the younger generation: “If you have expectation other then that, you’re setting yourself up for a disappointment.”

When asked what shows he would like to see in 2016, Vera confesses that he initially was not interested in seeing Black Sabbath, but now because of unexpected and tragic losses in  the rock/metal community he changed his mind and seeing Black Sabbath is one of the thing on his list.

Vera, also let in on a secret that he and Jim Wilson are in the very early stages of working on new material for next Motor Sister album and Fates Warning record might be out by Fall.

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