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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell me about your first time playing on a stage?

TA: My first time on stage was when I was 16 in Ohio, my band won a battle of the bands. My first time on stage with Bang Tango was in 2009, We played a show in Indiana. I was also playing in D’Molls that night. D’Molls were the opening band. It was a great night and an extremely fun show.

MW: Tell me about your life before Bang Tango?

TA: I have been touring for 22 years, before Bang Tango I was touring with the band “The Dogs Divine” and the band “D’Molls” with Desi Rexx. I met Bang Tango while The Dogs Divine were opening for Bang Tango, L.A. Guns, and Faster Pussycat. Before that I had toured with many bands, my first real recording deal came with a band called Black Bone, out of Memphis, TN. The singer of that band was Josey Scott from the band Saliva. We had a deal with a label called SURF Records. I also toured with a band called Solace For Now featuring Paul Crosby of Saliva on guitar and Johny Sprague from the band Earshot.

MW: How did it come down you being the drummer for Bang Tango?

TA: When Timmy left the band to play in Burn Halo, I called Lance and asked what the game plan for Tango was. He really was not sure, So I asked him if I could fly out to Phoenix, Where he and Joe live and play some of the songs together to see how they felt about it. We got along really well and it kind of started there, that was in July of 2009.

MW: What was your favorite song to play with Bang Tango?

TA: I always loved playing “Heart of Stone”, “Untied and True” and of course “Someone Like You”. But I also loved playing the new stuff we wrote on the album “Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt”. Songs like “Live Life” and “Bring on the World”.

MW: What is one of the craziest stories about being on tour with Bang Tango?

TA: Lol, there are a lot, too many to talk about. I played 218 shows with the band and recorded an album, All the of tours had wild times. Lance is the kind of guy that likes to play practical jokes, and most of the time they are pretty funny. All I can say is, you should ask Scott Laflamme about a candy bar that some how got spread around a bed he was sleeping in at a hotel in Michigan.

MW: What made you walk away from Bang Tango?

TA: Honestly, It was a business thing, I really do not want to talk about it. Looking back, I really miss playing music with the band, But it was time for me to move on to my next steps in my music career. Playing in bands that have a 20+ year history can be tough. There are so many variable’s involved like, Original members that quit and feel the band should have died with what they did with the band. Also touring is hard and money is sometimes low, so what bands have to do to make a living can be very hard and having internal problems just make it harder. I love Bang Tango and all of its music, But for me it was just time.

MW: Do you ever wish you would have stayed?

TA: Sometimes I do, I feel the business thing could probably have worked out by itself, But I would have left at sometime. But to answer the question, Sometimes I do.

MW: Tell me about getting asked to be a part of the new Bang Tango documentary movie “Attack Of Life”?

TA: Drew was a blessing and I thank him for allowing me to be part of the movie and part of the history of a great band like Bang Tango.

MW: What do you think of the finished movie?

TA: I love it, Drew did a great job.

MW: What would you like to see out of the movie coming out?

TA: Respect for how long Joe Leste has kept it alive and going.

MW: Do you ever see yourself playing with Bang Tango again?

TA: Probably not, But if they needed help in the future I would fill in if Joe was in a pinch.

MW: Tell me about what you are doing now?

TA: I am touring with a dance band called Sushi Roll, we play a lot of casino’s and have dates coming up in May at Harrah’s in Las Vegas. http://www.sushirollband.com The band is my main focus right now. It is really fun.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
TA Thank you to everyone who helped make the movie, and thank you to Joe Leste for playing music with me for nearly 4 years. I had a blast.

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell me about your first time playing on a stage?

LE: Arizona State fair. I wore white wrist bands and a matching headband. I looked like a cross between john McEnroe and Weird Al.
MW: Tell me about your life before Bang Tango?

LE: I was a truck driver. I drove oil tankers
MW: How did it come down you being in Bang Tango?

LE: I met Joe in a bar by my house and we hit it off personally. Became great friends right off the bat and he asked me to tour with him.
MW: What is your favorite song to play in Bang Tango?

LE: “Soul to Soul”

 

MW: What is one of the craziest stories about being on tour with Bang Tango?

LE: I am a huge practical joker. My jokes are very well thought out and planned. I once had my guitar player served copy write infringement papers on stage once. Had him going for a whole week thinking he was being sued.

 

MW: What made you stay in  Bang Tango for over 10 years?

LE: Joe is my best friend. He and I have a blast on the road. I love traveling and meeting new people and seeing old friends I would never have just being a truck driver. I’m very blessed.

 

MW: Tell me about getting asked to be a part of the new Bang Tango documentary movie “Attack Of Life”?

LE: well I’ve been in the band for the last 10 years. I should be in it.I’ive been in the band longer than the other originals members were. Joe and I are keeping it alive. It’s Joe’s band. No one knows who I am. I’m just a player.

 

MW: What do you think of the finished movie?

LE: I think it came out well. Very well balanced. Old members and current members tell their story. Drew did a great job in my opinion.

 

MW: What would you like to see out of the movie coming out?

LE: We could probably tour off this and even have a show with the original guys playing.

 

MW: How would you fell if the original Bang Tango got back together?

LE: I’ve seen when they tried years ago. They don’t have the magic they once did. I respect Joe for sticking with the guys who have been with him through thick and thin not going back because these guys have nothing going on and they want to play rock star. How would you feel if your boss comes to you after you have busted your ass at your job for 10 years and he tells you that you are fired because some old employee wants to come back and do your job? The old guys are not the nicest guys to Joe and I don’t blame Joe for saying no. Joe has more integrity than that. I’m actually tired of hearing about it. They quit years ago and now they have nothing to do. Tigg is the only cool/non bitter one in the bunch. I’ll invite Tigg any day of the week to come up with us. Not taking away from the old guys talents. Kyle Kyle is an amazing bass player for sure. Huge shoes to fill n this band. I’m doing the best I can. I haven’t received any complaints…. Yet… hahhah

 

MW: Do you have anything else going other then Bang Tango?

LE: I have an original project going called Color of Chaos out of Phoenix, AZ.

 

MW: What would you like to say in closing?

LE Yes. I’d like to say that in the movie all my interviews were done after working in the studio in Chicago in the summer. I was sweaty and tired I don’t look very good and I’ve lost a lot of weight since…hahhah…I’m just saying every one else interviewed had showers, Nice cloths perfect lighting, Fans blowing their hair perfectly, Their little dog sitting in their laps, At a nice bar…Me? No. Sweaty and bloated from Jager and Stella…hahhah.

Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell me about your first time playing on a stage?
MK: Wow! that goes back not sure exactly. I am thinking it was a middle school lunch break my band Krude Witch played. It went nothing as planed and was over so fast it was a blur.
MW: What did you think when Bang Tango got signed?
MK: I was thrilled and thought I won’t have to worry about a day job for a couple years. Your imagination kinda can go crazy when you get a record deal. You start dreaming about touring and big arena stages and the whole brass ring dream.
MW: Tell me about working with Howard Benson on Psycho Cafe?
MK: Howard and me got on well. I spent an whole day with him and the engineer getting the perfect sound for the record and at the end the the day before we are about to start tracking he kicks me out of the studio. I was real nervous like what is up turns out he was comparing my sound to other bands guitar sounds. He was cutting his teeth on us and really cared about this record.
MW: What was your favorite song on Psycho Cafe?
MK: Sweet Little Razor.
MW: When did you know Bang Tango had made it?
MK: I still don’t know if we “made it” ha!
MW: What is one of the craziest stories about being on tour?
MK: Ah to many to list. I jumped off a drum riser once hit my head on a light rig and hit the floor during a gig. My orange Jackson was stolen after a show and we found it stashed in the ceiling in the dressing room.
MW: Do you think “Love After Death” will ever be released?
MK: It was released in Europe. I feel it most Likely will in the states one day.
MW: What made you walk away from Bang Tango?
MK: Lot of ego in Bang Tango I didn’t really walk away the band just disbanded.
MW: Do you ever wish you would have stayed?
MK: Not without the original guys no.
MW: Tell me about getting asked to be a part of the new Bang Tango documentary movie “Attack Of Life”?
MK: Well it was my band so I figured I would get asked to be part of the movie. It was nice to tell the true story of the band.
MW: What do you think of the finished movie?
MK: After many versions of the movie I think Drew finally nailed the true story of the band. He had to turn over a lot of rocks to find the answers to the mysterious break up of the band and real story of how we were formed and where everyone is now. He did a nice job and stayed focused through all of it. Damn near killed him though.
MW: What would you like to see out of the movie coming out?
MK: Hope people find it interesting.
MW: Do you see the original Bang Tango going on tour?
MK: Pass!
MW: Tell me about Bang Tango Redux?
MK: The four original members had an itch to go blast out the Bang Tango music again especially the Love After Death material so I asked an old friend of the bands and x band mate to sing the stuff for us. We did a couple shows and that was the end of it. They actually went pretty well but not the same without Joe Leste.
MW: Why didn’t you just do a full blown reunion with Joe?
MK: Pass
MW: Tell me about what you are doing now?
MK: I am making my third solo record and getting ready to do some touring in the south this summer. It’s a real sparse acoustic singer songwriter story telling record and I am preforming material solo acoustic! just me and my Guild guitar.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
MK: Glad you all are interested in my music and thanks for the support… Check www.musicbymarkknight.com for updates..

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell me about your first time playing on a stage?
RR: My first stage experience was playing Johnny B Goode and Smoke On The Water for village entertainments evening with my drummer friend when I was ten!  The little old ladys holding their ears in the front row! 
MW: Tell me about playing with DIO?
RR: It was great. Can you imagine a better fairy story for a young guitarist? Ronnie loved rock and roll and his fans. It was an amazing magical time and I am so thankful I can look back to the things he taught me and know it came from the man himself. 
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MW: Give me a story about your time with DIO?
RR: One night during the recording of the album at Granny’s House in Reno, Nevada, Jens Johanssen, the keyboard player and I took a giant speaker up into the attic and layed it face down on the ceiling of the bassist’s room. There were a lot of practical jokes going on at the time and I think Teddy caught more than his fair share of them. So at about 4 in the morning Jens got his keyboard and generated this loud low frequency hum, starting quietly into the speaker above Teddy’s room and of course he jumps out of his bed and takes a flashlight all round the house and we’re hiding. We did this a few more times and in the morning Teddy was questioning the whole studio, all of whom knew about it but acted baffled. To this day I don’t think he could ever find out what that it was in the middle of the night. 
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MW: If you could say one thing to Ronnie James Dio today what would it be?
RR: I’m still at it and loving it mate, you’re sorely missed by all of us. 
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MW: What is going on with DC4?
RR: We played in Vamped in Vegas about a month ago which was great. Jeff has almost an album worth of material so when circumstances permit, I’m sure there will be another record. I’m really close with all those guys. 
MW: How did it come down you being the guitarist for Bang Tango?
RR: Joe grabbed me aside one night and said he wanted me to be in Bang Tango. He called me a month or so later and I knew he meant business. I wasn’t sure at first, if I’d fit in but I did just fine. 
MW: What is your favorite song to play with Bang Tango?
RR: Can’t say I ever have a favorite song of any kind because they’re all unique but My Favorite 9 rocks!!!
MW: What is one of the craziest stories about being on tour with Bang Tango?
RR: Well we’ve only done 10 or so shows and are being comparatively well behaved but I think there are two pairs of Joes shoes left on the cruise ship we just played on leaving him only with flip flops now , so that should be a signal of some pretty decent nights of fun. 
MW: What do you hope for Bang Tango in the future?
RR: I hope Bang Tango goes on and on with more great music and gets more popular. 
      
MW: Tell me about getting asked to be a part of the new Bang Tango documentary movie “Attack Of Life”?
RR: Joe said Drew was making a movie about the band and that I would be interviewed. I was excited to be involved but it was also quite sudden as I really wasn’t too familiar with Bang Tango other than that early hit or two.  I didn’t know what I would have to add but went along happily with it as I really rate Joe as a big talent and it made sense to me to do it as I was going to be a part of the group.
MW: What do you think of the finished movie?
RR: Drew did a brilliant job, it is well put together. 
MW: How has it been playing in Bang Tango?
RR: Great fun! 
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
RR: We’re a big rock and roll family and when I meet people coming to see us at the gigs is such a big pleasure and privilege to be part of. 
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