Jared James Nichols Interviewed In The Vault with Shanda Golden

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In the Vault with Shanda Golden

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Frank Hannon Band with Jared James Nichols & Greg Golden at Powerhouse Pub Folsom, CA 8/11/2018

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In the Vault with Shanda Golden

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JOHN McENROE with PATTY SMYTH & SCANDAL ROCKING IN A FREE WORLD The Canyon Club Agoura 7/28/2018

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JIM FLORENTINE INTERVIEWED BY “IN THE VAULT WITH SHANDA GOLDEN”

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In the Vault with Shanda Golden interview with JIM FLORENTINE.

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David Z. Memorial Fundraiser The Whisky Ultimate Jam Night 7/10/2018

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David Z. Memorial Fundraiser tonight at the Whisky for Ultimate Jam Night playing some of David’s favorite songs by some of his favorite artists.

Upon David’s tragic passing last year, David’s brother Paulie Z created the DAVID Z SCHOLARSHIP FUND, which provides kids with music scholarships:
http://davidzfund.com

•DUSTIN BRAYLEY (TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
•GEORGIA NAPOLITANO (TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
•FRANKIE BANALI (QUIET RIOT)
•CHUCK WRIGHT (QUIET RIOT)
•TERRY ILOUS (GREAT WHITE)
•RICH REDMOND (JASON ALDEAN)
•ABBY GENNET (SLUNT, RIOT BRIDES)
•LUCIA MARCO
•RACHEL LORIN
•DEBBY HOLIDAY
•JESSE BLAZE SNIDER
•KATJA RIECKERMANN (ROD STEWART, LADY GAGA)
•KOKO POWELL (EDGAR WINTER)
•FRANCESCO DICOSMO (MOON CHILD, THIN LIZZY)
•ALEX KANE (JIRO)
•BEN WHITE (MAGNETICO)
•JOE RETTA (HEAVEN & EARTH)
•RICHIE ONORI (THE SWEET)
•JOHNNY VENTURA (FAST TIMES)
•JIMMY BURKARD (BILLY IDOL)
•JIMMY KEEGAN (SPOCK’S BEARD)
•HOWIE SIMON (NELSON)
•STEVE WILSON (HEAVEN & EARTH)
•STEVIE STEWART (THE SWEET)
•STEPHEN HAAKER (AZEALIA BANKS)
•ADI ARGELAZI (WHITE WITCH)
•TOMMY PITTAM (BULLETBOYS)
•ZEUS JADE (LOUIS METOYER)
•STEVE DAWSON (CJ RAMONE)
•SAM HARMAN (VOID VATOR)
•CHRISTOPHER ALLIS
•ALEX CSILLAG
•BEN LERNER
•BUMPER RENGA
•CHRISTIAN STURBA
•DANNY HECHTER
•DENNIS LEEFLANG
•DIEGO RUSSO
•EDDIE AYALA
•GEORGE FOSTER
•JEFF LEWIS (TRUMPET)
•KYLE CUNNINGHAM
•RAY VIDAL
•SHANE HUNTER
•SHANE SOLOSKI
•THOMAS JOHANSEN

UJN HOUSE BAND:
•PAULIE Z (THE SWEET, RUBIX KUBE)
•CHUCK WRIGHT (QUIET RIOT)
•JOE TRAVERS (ERIC JOHNSON, JOE SATRIANI)
•MITCH PERRY (THE SWEET)
•WALTER INO (SURVIVOR)

OPENING BAND IDOL X

Counting Crows with LIVE 25 Years and Counting at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino July 2, 2018

Pictures by Shanda Golden

Nancy Wilson and Roadcase Royale at The Rose Pasadena 6/20/2018

Photos by Manny Dominguez
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Led by Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation and Nancy Wilson co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys). Each of these members shine with their various sensibilities creating the group’s sensitive, passionate, and driving rock and R&B sound. Great music often stems from the most unlikely of partnerships, and this is certainly true of Roadcase Royale. On their debut album, First Things First, the band, led by legendary Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson and powerhouse R&B vocalist Liv Warfield, a former member of Prince’s New Power Generation, conjure an explosive and affecting rock-and-soul sound that nods to each musician’s particular musical past while also looking ahead to explore bold sonic frontiers. From the laidback groove and liquid guitar chording of opener “Get Loud” to the piledriving heavy blues riffing of “Not Giving Up,” the sultry—and slightly Stones-y—love letter “Cover Each Other” to the hushed, hymn-like inspirational closer “Never Say Die,” First Things First draws from a deep and diverse well of styles and sentiments to create something fresh and unique. “It’s been such an exciting and creative experience, and so effortless,” Wilson says of playing with Roadcase Royale. “With this band, it feels like the first time all over again, just because of the enthusiasm and energy we share when we get together.” The roots of Roadcase Royale stretch back to 2015, when Heart had two shows scheduled at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. “We were looking for an opener,” Wilson recalls, “and we just happened to see Liv on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing with the Roots and singing a song called ‘Why Do You Lie?’ Her energy, her power, her presence, it was so overwhelming. It was like, ‘Oh my God…’ ” Heart invited Warfield and her guitarist and musical director Ryan Waters—another alumnus of Prince’s band—to play the two dates at the Hollywood Bowl, and the seeds of Roadcase Royale were planted. “I ended up talking with Nancy and we just connected really quickly,” Warfield says. “Like, seriously, from hello. And that’s how this whole door opened.” As for how they felt about bringing their two disparate musical backgrounds together, Wilson laughs. “It’s funny—when Liv and I first started having conversations about doing this she was like, ‘I wanna rock! I’ve always wanted to rock more!’ And I said, ‘Well, I’ve always had the obligation to rock. I’d love to do some R&B.’ And so it was an obvious thing to meld our styles together. And it’s a very natural combination.” That combination is reflected in the band name as well: “I came up with the word ‘roadcase’ because I’ve always liked how road cases have a lot of character, where they’re beat-up and scuffed,” Wilson explains. “They’re old warhorses—just like the people that go on the road with them. And then with Liv and Ryan coming from the Prince world, I thought that ‘royale’ would be a really nice juxtaposition to this beat-up road case concept. You put the words next to each other and it’s just a cool contrasting image.” In addition to Wilson, Warfield and Waters, Roadcase Royale is rounded out by three current members of Heart—keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist and main producer on First Things First, Dan Rothchild, and drummer Ben Smith. Wilson calls the band an “inspired democracy,” with all six members contributing to the overall sound and direction of the music. “There’s just this great collective energy,” Warfield adds. “Everybody pitches in and brings a piece of something to the writing table.” The songs the band came up with for First Things First run a gamut of sounds and emotions, with several of them tackling hot-button social issues like female empowerment (“Get Loud”), political divisiveness (“Not Giving Up”), and self-determination in the face of aggression (“Insaniac”). “These are politically-charged days we’re living in right now,” Wilson says. “All these things that we’re facing all over again in our culture, it’s a bit frustrating for somebody that grew up in the late Sixties and was aware of all that stuff the first time around. So sticking up for yourself a little bit can never hurt.” That said, Warfield adds, “there are also plenty of songs that aren’t politically-driven. A lot of the lyrics are about love and being there for one another. They’re about humanity.” To that end, First Things First boasts a poignant and evocative take on Colin Hay’s “Hold On to My Hand,” with Warfield’s lilting vocal telegraphing words of love and loss as waves of guitars crash against the hypnotic rhythm behind her. “Cover Each Other,” meanwhile, features a lyric Wilson wrote for her husband during a moment of great uncertainly in his life. Then there’s the harrowing “The Dragon,” which paints a picture of lives in a different sort of distress. “I started writing that song back in the Nineties, for [late Alice in Chains vocalist] Layne Staley,” Wilson explains. “At that point Layne was still around, but you could see that he wouldn’t be around forever. His was a long and arduous decline that we all watched. And recently we’ve seen what has happened with Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, people in our lives that have gone down some road that is nothing but negative and you can’t stop it. So the song has become about more than just Layne since I first wrote it.”   As for how “The Dragon” wound up on First Things First, she continues, “I’ve always loved the song, but it was never finished. But then Dan [Rothchild] came up with the final bit, and finally it felt complete. Now it’s in its full capacity as a Roadcase Royale song. It was never destined for Heart, I guess.” Which is not to say that there are no traces of Heart in Roadcase Royale. First Things First features reworkings of two of that band’s classic songs—the smash 1985 ballad “These Dreams,” and the hard-rocking “Even It Up,” which is given a slinky, funkier reading here. “It’s sort of like a transfer of power,” Wilson says about bringing her past into her present. And indeed, there’s no denying the power and eternalness of these songs. “It’s crazy for me to play them,” Warfield says. “Insane. I grew up on ‘These Dreams’—that was a song that, back before anybody knew I was a singer, I’d be upstairs in my room singing it to myself. It spoke to me. So in the studio I was bugging out to be doing these Heart songs. And it’s even better to be singing them onstage for the fans.” And it’s the stage, in fact, where Roadcase Royale envision spending much of their future. “We want to take this music to the world and inspire people,” Wilson says. Adds Warfield, “Seeing us live is like a thousand notches up. I think the energy comes alive. The words come alive. It’s a totally different experience from the album. And I’m loving it.” Wilson concurs. “You know,” she says, “doing this brand-new band after working with one rock group since I was 19, basically it’s been kind of an emotional and artistic lifesaver for me. And I never expected it. When we first got together to do Roadcase Royale, I thought, Oh, it’s just a side project. And now I’m thinking, maybe not so much. Now I’m thinking, This is my calling.”

ROBBY KRIEGER The Canyon Agoura 6/8/2018

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Photos by Chuck Walker

NUNO and FRIENDS with NANCY WILSON RICHIE KOTZEN SOUNDCHECK LIVE LUCKY STRIKE 5/2018

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Cheap Trick Sunday May 20, 2018 Grand Sierra Resort Reno

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Grand Casino Resort
Pictures by Shanda Golden

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Poison Sunday May 20, 2018 Grand Sierra Resort Reno

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Grand Casino Resort
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Lamb of God at Papa Murphy’s Park, Sacramento, CA 5/13/2018

Pictures by Shanda Golden

STEVEN ADLER ALL STARS ADLER’S APPETITE 4TH ANNUAL “RIDE FOR RONNIE” MOTORCYCLE RALLY & CONCERT HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK AND MELISSA MAXX Sunday, May 6, 2018

STEVEN ADLER ADLER’S APPETITE and ALLSTARS 4TH RIDE FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND 5/6/2018

4TH ANNUAL “RIDE FOR RONNIE” MOTORCYCLE RALLY & CONCERT,TO BENEFIT THE RONNIE JAMES D IOSTAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND
RIDE FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF GLENDALE TO RALLY AND CONCERT
AT LOS ENCINOS PARK, ENCINO HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK AND MELISSA MAXX TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CANCER CHARITY

The 4th Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, assembled for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11:00 am.  The RIDE took them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino for an afternoon of live music, raffle, live auction, food trucks and much more.  Last year’s RIDE FOR RONNIE event raised over $50,000 for the cancer charity.

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Photos and Videos by Chuck Walker

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A silent auction was conducted at an exhibit booth throughout the afternoon with live auctions from the stage during intervals between artist performances featured one-of-a-kind rock collectibles.

Sponsors lending their continued support to the RIDE FOR RONNIE: Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers, Ninkasi Brewing Company and LA’s rock radio station, 95.5 KLOS.

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Schedule:

Rider Check-In & Registration/ Continental Breakfast
 9:00am - 10:45am
Kickstands up at 11:00am
Harley-Davidson of Glendale
 3717 San Fernando Rd
 Glendale, CA 91204
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Los Encinos State Historic Park
 16756 Moorpark Street
 Encino, CA 91436
Rally & Live Concert
 11:45am to 5:00pm

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010. A privately funded 501(c)(3) public charity, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised well over $1 million since its inception. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. Most recently, the Dio Cancer Fund has committed funds to support the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in developing a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer, which is in keeping with the Fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education.

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MusiCares! A Fantastic Night of Music and Friends Coming Together for a Great Cause. The Healing Power of Music

Photos by Chuck Walker

The Offspring Sabroso Taco Festival Doheny State Beach Dana Point 4/7/2018

Photography by Manny Dominguez

DOUG ALDRICH and Friends Soundcheck Live​ SOUNDCHECK LIVE TAKE 70


SOUNDCHECK LIVE – ACT I

10:00 – LIVE 4 LOVE – Prince

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/RANDY COOKE(d)/DYLAN WILSON(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

10:05 – TOO FUNKY IN HERE – James Brown

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/RANDY COOKE(d)/DYLAN WILSON(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/JON MANNESS(tpt)/BLAKE CROSS(sax)/RICKY LUCCHESE(tbn)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

10:09 – MOVIN’ ON – Bad Company

HUCK JOHNS(lv)/STEVE WILSON(d)/SHANE SOLOSKI(b)/JOEY SYKES(g1)/BARRY POINTER(g2)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

10:14 – SHAKIN’ – Eddie Money

HUCK JOHNS(lv)/STEVE WILSON(d)/SHANE SOLOSKI(b)/JOEY SYKES(g1)/BARRY POINTER(g2)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

10:19 – MISERY BUSINESS – Paramore

ELECTRA BARAKOS(lv)/LINDSAY MARTIN(d)/SCOTT KOZIOL(b)/AUGUST ZADRA(g1)/BARRY POINTER(g2)/ADAM PERI(k)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

10:24- TAKE ME DOWN – The Pretty Reckless

ELECTRA BARAKOS(lv)/LINDSAY MARTIN(d)/SCOTT KOZIOL(b)/AUGUST ZADRA(g1)/BARRY POINTER(g2)/ADAM PERI(k)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

10:29 – MONGOLOID – DEVO

NICKI TEDESCO(lv)(b)/LUCKY LEHRER(d)/PAUL KILLION(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

10:34 – SEX JUNKIE – The Plasmatics

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10:39 – LOVE ROLLERCOASTER – Red Hot Chili Peppers

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/RANDY COOKE(d)/DYLAN WILSON(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/JON MANNESS(tpt)/BLAKE CROSS(sax)/RICKY LUCCHESE(tbn)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

SOUNDCHECK LIVE – DOUG ALDRICH GUEST CURATED SET

11:10 – IMMIGRANT SONG – Led Zeppelin

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11:16 – FREEDOM – Revolution Saints

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11:22 – HOLY DIVER – Dio

DEEN CASTRONOVO(lv)(d)/TODD KERNS(lv)(b)/DOUG ALDRICH(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

11:28 – WHIPPING POST – Allman Brothers

MICHAEL DEVIN(lv)(b)/DAVE “CHILI” MORENO(d)/DOUG ALDRICH(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

11:36 – MISTREATED – Deep Purple

MICHAEL DEVIN(lv)(b)/DAVE “CHILI” MORENO(d)/DOUG ALDRICH(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

11:44 – STORMBRINGER – Deep Purple

MICHAEL DEVIN(lv)(b)/DAVE “CHILI” MORENO(d)/DOUG ALDRICH(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

11:53 – MY LUST YOUR FATE – Burning Rain

KEITH ST. JOHN(lv)/DAVE “CHILI” MORENO(d)/BRAD LANG(b)/DOUG ALDRICH(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

12:59 – CRYIN IN THE RAIN – Whitesnake

KEITH ST. JOHN(lv)/DAVE “CHILI” MORENO(d)/BRAD LANG(b)/DOUG ALDRICH(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

12:07 – SPACE STATION NO#5 – Montrose

KEITH ST. JOHN(lv)(acou)/DEEN CASTRONOVO(d)/BRAD LANG(b)/DOUG ALDRICH(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

SOUNDCHECK LIVE – ACT III

12:30 – GIVE IT UP, TURN IT LOOSE – James Brown

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/RANDY COOKE(d)/DYLAN WILSON(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/JON MANNESS(tpt)/BLAKE CROSS(sax)/RICKY LUCCHESE(tbn)

12:40 – BLEEDING LOVE – Neon Coven

ANTHONY MONTEMARANO(lv)/KYLE CUNNINGHAM(d)/MARTY O’BRIEN(b)/JACOB BUNTON(g1)/ACE VON JOHNSON(g2)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

12:45 – DEGENERATED – The Lone Rangers

ANTHONY MONTEMARANO(lv)/KYLE CUNNINGHAM(d)/MARTY O’BRIEN(b)/JACOB BUNTON(g1)/ACE VON JOHNSON(g2)

12:50 – RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW – Jesus Jones

MURV DOUGLAS(lv)(b)/DAVE “CHILI” MORENO(d)/ERIK HIMEL(g1)/MATT FULLER(g2)/MICHAEL MARTINSSON(acou)ADAM PERI(k)/JON MANNESS(tpt)/BLAKE CROSS(sax)/RICKY LUCCHESE(tbn)

12:55 – HEAD ON – Jesus and Mary Chain

MURV DOUGLAS(lv)(b)/DAVE “CHILI” MORENO(d)/ERIK HIMEL(g1)/MATT FULLER(g2)/MICHAEL MARTINSSON(acou)ADAM PERI(k)

1:02 – RED HOT – Mötley Crüe

GABRIEL CONNOR(lv)/HARLEY DeWINTER(d)/MARTY O’BRIEN(b)/SAM BAM KOLTUN(g1)/YOHAI PORTAL(g2)

1:07 – DAM THAT RIVER – Alice In Chains

GABRIEL CONNOR(lv)/HARLEY DeWINTER(d)/MARTY O’BRIEN(b)/SAM BAM KOLTUN(g1)/YOHAI PORTAL(g2)

1:13 – COMPUTER BLUE/DARKING NIKKI – Prince

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/RANDY COOKE(d)/DYLAN WILSON(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT TO HOLD BENEFIT FOR SLAIN WHISKY A GO GO SECURITY EMPLOYEE RON BROADNAX

Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running community-oriented music program in residence at the Whisky A Go Go announced a benefit show on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 for Ronald Broadnax, a long-time member of the Whisky A Go Go security staff. Doors open at 8 pm. Contributions can be made directly to www.gofundme.com/ronbroadnaxmemorialfund

All funds received will go to his family to aid in funeral and other expenses.

Broadnax, well-known and loved in the live music business, was shot and killed in front of his home on February 14, 2018. The homicide was a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as Broadnax was an unintended victim. The death has shocked the music industry.

Known for his ability to make everyone from the very famous to the ordinary feel at ease, Broadnax often worked the Whisky A Go Go back-stage area. There, he was responsible for safeguarding some of the most prominent names in the music business.

A program featuring both local and national artists that Broadnax admired will be presented. A complete list of performers is continuing to be assembled. Updates will be made right until showtime and listed at www.facebook.com/ultimatejamnight.

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright, now in its 143th edition, Ultimate Jam Night features a rotating cast of players in an unrehearsed format.

Facts Over Fiction: Interview with Joakim Brodén From Sabaton

 

Sabaton frontman Joakim Broden took time off before his band’s co-headlining show with Kreator at The Wiltern in Los Angeles to opine on whether he is concerned with offending people with his music, why he is tired of performing some of his best-known songs, and what he is really thinking about on stage while singing some of Sabaton’s biggest hits.

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California Rock News: We are here with Joakim, lead singer and frontman for Sabaton.

Joakim: Yes!

California Rock News: How are you doing today?

Joakim: Very good! Thank you!  It’s kind of nice to be here considering we got 10 degrees and 3 feet snow back home.  This is much better!

California Rock News: I always wondered, when a band that is not from the Los Angeles area, they come visit the Los Angeles area, yet they haven’t built their name in the Los Angeles area, yet just a short drive from here bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Guns n’ Roses, Motley Crue started.  So does this stop have any kind of special meaning or significance or are all stops kind of the same to you?

Joakim: No, of course, it does.  Especially when you’re here for the first couple of times, for sure there’s a lot of sites you want to see.  Let’s say Rainbow Bar & Grill, Whisky A Go Go, and stuff like that, but once you’ve been around a couple of times that kind of wears off.  Nothing in a bad way, it does in every country, and it’s also kind of sad cuz when you’re touring, not always do you have time to do what you want to do.  I was in London for over 10 times before I saw the Big Ben.  Still haven’t been to the Statue of Liberty.  Been in Europe probably 15 or 20 times.

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California Rock News: Sabaton has one of the more unique shows that I’ve seen.  I was at the show at the Grove in Anaheim a couple months ago and I saw you guys at Knotfest as well.  That’s where I first got introduced to your…

Joakim:  San Bernardino!

California Rock News: San Bernardino.  I was all the way in the back and I thought wow that band sounds really good.  I had never heard of you, then I went home and I listened to you and I was like “Whoa, I’m a fan.”  So what is a little bit of the difference between playing a festival with a whole bunch of different bands and maybe a lot of fans that don’t know you versus headlining a tour where everybody is there to see you?

Joakim: Oh, the obvious one I’d say is well, especially in the setlist front, you can be quite a bit more adventurous I guess, take bigger chances and risks with a headline show.  In many cases, we can count at least fifty or more percent have seen us before and you can throw in a curveball, and odd song, and old song that might be super popular the first time you hear it, while in a festival, one of the reasons to do that, unless you’re huge and headlining it, is to gain new fans of course.  So that point of view it’s very different, and also, how you talk to the crowd.  On a festival we can’t assume, especially in San Bernardino for example, I can’t assume that the people are going to know our history.  So when I’m talking about a song, I can’t just reference it somehow, I gotta explain it.  So it is quite different, but you know, we have been doing this for 19 years now, so I don’t really think about it anymore.

California Rock News: One of the hallmarks of the Sabaton show that is unique that I enjoy and a lot of my friends enjoy… because actually, I took some friends of mine that had just vaguely heard a song or two of yours to Anaheim and now they’re here with me today bringing 5 other friends…

Joakim:  That’s what we like!

California Rock News: We’re here with 8 people today.  So one of the things they liked is that it seems like you guys try to inject some levity and humor into the show.  Is that something that’s calculated or is that something that comes naturally?

Joakim:  It came slowly over time.  You look at Sabaton these days.  The camo pants, the image with military history, it looks like it was well thought out, but it’s just like whatever worked, stayed.  The rest we kind of took away.  So there was never a master plan and we enjoy playing heavy metal.  So, in the beginning, if you look really way back, we were trying to be cool, or trying to look evil, or you know all of this.  But, in the end at a certain point you’re having so much fun one night, you’re laughing and you start making jokes that you normally wouldn’t do, you guys start making fun of each other on stage because everybody was in a good mood and the crowd was in a party mood and then the crowd went wild.  It’s like, “We don’t have to look evil and shit? Alright! So we can take a piss out of each other like we were doing on the tour bus.”  Ok, yeah so, slowly but surely more of that comes in so there was never any time where we said we should have more humor in our show, but over the years , slowly but surely things come in. And I mean sometimes, we take it too far as well.  Of course, we dialed it back then, because we ourselves realized you know oh well, it’s becoming some kind of stupid caberet.  No, we’re a metal band, let’s focus on that and if we get a good idea or a good joke, sure let’s do it, but let’s focus on the music.  That’s the main thing but if we can make somebody laugh and crack a smile, then all good.

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California Rock News: To go into specifics, me and my friends, we kind of joke about this sometimes when we are talking about your music when we go to your shows.  I saw the show in Anaheim, and then I sometimes I watch some of the concerts, and I have some of the records… every time before the song ‘Swedish Pagans’, you kind of are saying that you don’t want to play the song, yet the whole crowd is chanting for it and all your bandmates want you to play it. So is that something that was planned or is that spontaneous?

Joakim:  Well it is planned, kind of these days, but came organically if you know what I mean.  We didn’t have it on the setlist, the crowd was singing it, then it was I guess our old guitar player Thobbe was in the band before Tommy, would start it, “Yeah, I want to play it!”  And we didn’t plan to play it at all, but the crowd was singing it and he wanted to play it and I’m like, “Don’t! Motherfucker!  You know it’s not on the setlist, let me at least not have to play that song one more time!”  And then it became kind of fun and then we kind of stuck to it.  But today, yeah it’s kind of expected of me to not want to play it.  Umm honestly, I’d rather not.  I might not hate it as much as I project on stage, but honestly, it’s very very far from my favorite Sabaton song.

California Rock News: Why is that?

Joakim:  I don’t know!  And the weird thing, I wrote it!  No, I don’t know what it is.  It’s just one of those that I get tired of.  Sometimes, some songs even though you think I’d get tired of them, it doesn’t happen.  ‘Primo Victoria’, for example, I have so many good memories of people jumping, I can you know have a movie inside my head going on when we are doing that song and reliving all of those shows, thousands of shows you know.  So I never got tired of that one.  But the song, for example, ‘Panzer Battalion’ from “Primo Victoria”, same album, I got tired of waaaay earlier.  It’s cool to play on a good night when the crowd is you know singing along, ok.  But as soon we start rehearsing it and we are bringing it back into the setlist, it just feels, “Oh God, this is boring”, you know.  Not because it’s a shitty song, it’s just that I’ve grown tired of it and I know also that’s the case with ‘Swedish Pagans’.  I didn’t hate the song when I wrote it, then it would never have been on the album.  We really do everything as good as we possibly can, especially when writing the music.  Now looking back at our first album that came in 2007, so it came later, the “Metalizer” it feels kind of (primitive) you know not too many favorites.  But I can live with that album even though it’s by far our worst album.  I can live with it because I know I was 19 or 18 when I wrote many of those songs.  That was the best I absolutely could do and I rewrote and rewrote and you know worked my ass off.  So it’s fine that for me at least I can live with because I know I put everything, my best at that time and that is the case for ‘Swedish Pagans’ as well.  I’m not ashamed of having written it.  I’m actually quite proud of it that so many people are singing along and want to hear a song I wrote.  That’s a matter of pride.  That doesn’t mean I’m not tired of it though! (laughs)

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California Rock News: Going on a tangent, something I wonder about any musician, for example, you have a hit song that the crowd is always expecting you to play.  Now even though you like the song, does it ever get tiring to play (for example) ‘Ghost Division’ every single night you go out there?  Because you guys have a lot of albums and a lot of songs to choose from, but the crowd expects it.  So is it tiring to you? For lack of a better term….

Joakim:  Not in general.  Let’s say when you start playing a song for the first times, it’s a bit shaky of course when you’re in the rehearsals before everybody in the band has learned it.  Then when it’s rehearsed, you bring it onto the stage and it’s fresh.  It’s really fun.  Then you get a little bit of routine in it, and that’s the best part of a song’s life if you know what I mean.  So we rehearsed it, we brought it onto the stage, and now we played it quite a few times live, but not so many times that we are only going on routine.  There is a routine setting in.  That’s when a song is most fun.  After a while, it can actually be… not boring really, but it’s like yeah it becomes automated a little bit, not totally.  Obviously, the audience interaction will be different on the night…. But let’s say it’s a song we’ve played many many times, I don’t really have to think about what the next vocal line is.  It just appears naturally.  But then if you do something really, really much, it becomes second nature, and then it’s kind of fun again because I don’t have to think at all about anything else besides doing something fun with the crowd or kicking a band member in the ass or something like that.  So ‘Ghost Division’ is really fun to play because that’s…. I can actually enjoy seeing the crowd.  “Oh, there’s that guy I remember him! He’s been to many shows.  And oh fuck! Uhh, what’s her name again?”  You know it could be, “Wow! There’s a good atmosphere tonight.” or “Wow!  It’s good here but people on the right are a little bit slow, I got to get them going” you know.  I don’t have to think about anything about the song or the lyrics.  That is programmed in my spine, so it’s kind of liberating.  So I can actually experience the song or the music or the atmosphere without thinking about what I’m doing.

California Rock News: Sabaton, all your songs, they have roughly the same theme: wars, military campaigns, military figures, heroism, and at the end of your album sometimes you have a song that’s about heavy metal in general.  But nevertheless, does it ever, as a songwriter, does it ever feel constraining that “All my songs have to be about this topic.  I want to write about love or drugs.” Or something like that.  Has it ever constrained you?

Joakim:  No, never that.  Uhh, actually never ever because there (are) so many aspects to war or military history you can go into.  You can… that’s our way of reinventing the wheel or you know, doing “Heroes”, we’re talking more the human side of it, then you can talk more about, you know, the bigger battles.  You can… there are so many ways of doing that I, I really love facts over fiction.  Always.  There are so many fantastic stories in our past, and fantastic actions made by people who are dead now.  Why the fuck are we making up new stories?  We should be celebrating their actions and their lives instead.  So I just love finding out, like a curious child, when I get, you know, documentaries or read books.  Sometimes though what I feel is constraining if there’s anything is that when I’m writing the music, that it’s hmm….  Does it really have to be so heavy metal always?  Or does it need double kick drum?  For example on the album “Coat of Arms” we have the song ‘The Final Solution’, which is not really a heavy metal track.  With those synthesizers going and the guitars are more, kind of, rock, classic rock bluesy.  Uhh, we have a song called ‘Cliffs of Gallipoli’, for example, which is more touching, progressive Meat Loaf, I guess, with pianos.  Doing stuff like that is really fun.  So sometimes, if there’s anything that can feel constraining, not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s sometimes that, “Hmm, double kick drum, cool guitar riff, catchy chorus,” you know.  That’s sometimes I feel like I want to break out of you know.  For example, on “The Last Stand”, I got tired of everything being in minor, so I did ‘Blood of Bannockburn’ in major just because I could!  (laughs)

California Rock News: The topics of war, and military campaigns, especially in recent histories where maybe some of the memories are fresher than past campaigns… have you ever shied away from writing about a certain war or military event because it might be a little too controversial or it might upset some people or it might get you banned from a country?

Joakim:  Yes and no.  We have done it several times because it’s too recent.  Two recent events.  It’s happening at this moment or just happened.  But not for the reasons that anyone will expect.  Sorry, you know.  At least America has freedom of speech, not every nation has this.  It is my right to offend people if I want to and talk about these subjects.  I don’t give a fuck if somebody’s offended or if we are controversial.  Because facts overrule your emotions.  You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts, ok?  That’s what I’m saying.  And, we would though not do what’s happening now, because we might still not know the fucking truth, because we might still be hearing only what the generals have to say, what the politicians have to say.  In 10 years or so… it’s different on the conflict, how big was it?  When the soldiers and the historians who have read and collected all this information… when we hear what they have to say, we’ll happily sing about it and talk about it.  So no, we’re not afraid of controversy or offending people, but if you’re offending people, we should be offending people with facts that are correct.  You know, we don’t go out of our way to get people angry or sad.  That would be stupid.  But sometimes people are a little bit oversensitive and we shouldn’t shy away from facts.  It’s like, we wouldn’t go to Germany and not play songs about World War 2, which would leave a lot out of our setlist actually. (laughs)  We wouldn’t have much left to play.  But people say, “Oh, you can’t come here and play ‘Rise of Evil’.  Of course we can!  It’s about the rise of Adolf Hitler.  You’re singing, “The reich will rise.”  Yeah, so what!  It fucking happened!  Don’t like it?  Don’t come to the show!  It’s not our problem.  But, we would never change our setlist based on that.  Of course, we change our setlist on what people want to hear, on the other half.  So if nobody wants to hear ‘Rise of Evil’, then it makes no sense to play it.  If we’re playing Poland, for example, we have songs about Polish history that are very popular over there that people don’t want to hear here… because you might in America… there might be other songs that are popular in Sweden, there are other songs that are popular.  So that of course we of course listen to!   We want the crowd to be happy.   We want to make a great night.  But yeah, we’ve been banned from entering Russia because they thought we were nazis.  We’ve been blamed about being zionists, we’ve been accused of being communists.  Everything you know, because we’ve been singing a song from maybe the bad guys point of view sometimes.  But isn’t it strange?  Nobody would ask Steven Spielberg if he’s a nazi because he made “Schindler’s List”.  Nobody would ask… is it Waltz who is doing the nazi role in that one?  Nobody would ask the actor, “Are you a nazi?” because he’s wearing a nazi uniform in the film.  No.  We are telling stories.  We’re not doing propaganda here.  So, it’s important for us to stay with the facts.  We have gotten it wrong sometimes.  Sometimes, you know, down the line, archaological evidence has revealed that, ok it was wrong.  And we can live with that.  As long as, when we wrote the song, these (were) the facts as we knew them.  And that’s fine.

California Rock News: What can you tell us about the next album?  I heard that after this coming touring cycle, you guys might be taking some time off to work on the next album.

Joakim:  Time off for time off? (laughs)  That’s relative.  Sabaton time off is what some bands call a bathroom break.  So I guess, yeah, I mean for sure we’ll have an album out next year.

California Rock News: So do you have a set of topics or wars that you know that you’re going to be tackling?

Joakim:  No, I can’t say for certain at this moment.  I’m not trying to be secretive.  I just don’t know.  But we have thousands and thousands of ideas.  Not only the ones we have, that’s only going to be a few hundred.  But, every day we get emails or somebody gives me a book, “Hey, you should read about this!”  ‘Lost Battalion’ came out that way.  An American guy from New Jersey gave me a book called “The Lost Battalion” and it’s about, obviously, The Lost Battalion and it took me a couple of years and I read the book and “Oh, this is amazing!” and it came on “The Last Stand” because that’s when we decided to do it.  So, it turned out great.

California Rock News: There was a tweet from Nikki Sixx a couple of weeks ago about the Grammys where they don’t televise the rock and heavy metal categories any more.  It feels like here in the states, the general population or whoever is in charge of television, they don’t really want people to know (about) what’s happening in (the) heavy metal or rock scene.  Do you think that is just specific for the states or do you think it’s similar to what’s happening in Europe?

Joakim:  Depends on the country.  Let’s say for example, Finland.  The rock and heavy metal would be one of the most interesting because there’s no country where heavy  metal is so mainstream as in Finland.  I mean if Nightwish, for example, would release an album, Madonna doesn’t have a fucking chance on the sales charts you know.  She’ll kick their ass you know.  So, it’s very different for different countries I’d say.  Let’s say Poland, for example, heavy metal would not be that heavily featured in mainstream media.  We were lucky though, we did a video about the Polish uprising in ’44 and that obviously with a video was quite powerful and got us a lot of attention because it was about Polish history.  And the metalheads (were) really shocked that “What the fuck! Heavy metal on national Polish TV!  This has never happened before!”  But I mean coming from Sweden, I discovered heavy metal through Swedish national television.  Back in those days, we didn’t have many channels and they showed Twisted Sister with ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ and ‘I Wanna Rock’ you know, so I guess that’s down to every different country and how they want to do it.  But yeah, there are certain places, specially Latin America as well where you see that the metal community lives in some kind of a parallel universe that, you know, metalheads have to live in the normal world, but at the same time have their own total community, their own bars, their own, I guess, facebook groups or whatever it is.  And it’s especially visible in smaller countries.  You go to Cyprus or Israel, these places.  Oh, I would say, if not every metalhead knows each other, everybody has a friend who knows that other guy, you know.

California Rock News:: We are looking forward to the show and we will welcome you back next time.  I’m noticing every time you come back to LA it’s a little bit bigger venue.  You guys were playing the Whisky a couple years ago, and then the Grove, and I think this one’s even bigger than the Grove.  It feels like you guys have momentum here….

Joakim:  It is, but the Whisky was a… what do you call it, a strange step because it was during a tour where we were not supposed to play here anyway and Judas Priest was playing the same night.  Obviously, we couldn’t chance it.  We’ve done bigger shows before the Whisky at Key Club.  We sold that out in 2012, 600 people.  So Whisky, there were fewer people there, but Judas Priest and some other band was on the same night.  There was a lot of things happening and we didn’t have a show here so we just thought, “Can we play the Whisky?” because we didn’t play there.  “Yeah sure, we can arrange that.  That’s a smaller venue with a small stage, like Fuck it at least we can say we played the Whisky!”  So it was like a bit “whoop” bit of a bump there but I’m happy we did it.  But you’re right, in general, yeah, it’s going the right way and thank fucking hell for that! (laughs).  Could be worse!  Could be going slowly but surely with the smaller venue!

California Rock News: We want to thank Joakim Broden for his time.  Thank you!

Joakim:  Thank you very much, guys!

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2018 SABATON & Kreator North American co-headliner remaining tour dates:
02/13/2018 – Showbox – Seattle, WA
02/14/2018 – The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC CANADA
02/16/2018 – Union Hall – Edmonton, AB CANADA
02/17/2018 – The Palace – Calgary, AB CANADA
02/19/2018 – Revolution – Boise, ID
02/21/2018 – The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
02/22/2018 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
02/23/2018 – The Myth – Minneapolis, MN
02/24/2018 – Orpheum – Madison, WI
02/26/2018 – 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
02/27/2018 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
03/01/2018 – The Phoenix – Toronto, ON CANADA
03/02/2018 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
03/03/2018 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
03/04/2018 – The Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
03/06/2018 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
03/07/2018 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
03/08/2018 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
03/10/2018 – Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL
03/11/2018 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
 
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