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Rock Eyez Webzine has gave us permission to use their interviews. I have chose this one because I am a very big Crash Diet fan. Dave Lepard would commit suicide less than 6 months later. Dave had a live fast die young attitude.

Interviewed by Brian Rademacher
Date: September 12th, 2005

http://www.crashdiet.org/

CRASHDÏET has just released their debut CD after months of hard work. In the early stages of Rockeyez.com Dave Lepard graciously gave us one of the first interviews ever on our site and Dave has returned once again to fill us in on the happenings with their debut release.

Dave congratulations! I am happy for you and the band. I see the new CD is #1 in Sweden on the rock charts right from the start. How does it feel?
Cheers Brian!(ha-ha) well its just amazing the flow of the record right now… it’s nice to see people enjoying what we do, going out buying the album instead of  “not buying CDs anymore coz we got internet to download our asses off 24/7” world of ours (ha-ha).

So what has changed since the CD release?
Well we just started the tour here in Sweden at ‘KB’ in Malmö and the place was packed! I guess that the obvious change is that more people know of us and wanna have a ball with us at gigs, dance with us all night at our fantastic after parties.

I want you to promise us that when you come to the USA, Rockeyez will have front row seats and we will have the chance to meet the band?
If you wanna have seats then I guess it’ll be in the back (ha-ha)! Hey man sure thing you’ll be in the front row bangin’ your heads off with all the other crazy maniacs…of course we’ll have a nice rendezvous with Rockeyez..

You know the band is going to be huge. This is what sleaze is all about. You are bringing back music that the fans are starving for. The music fans are waiting for CRASHDÏET. How does it feel making an impact on the music world?
If CRASHDÏET is opening doors for the Rock ’n’ Roll Sleaze scene in the world that’s just Fuckin’ Straight A Freakin’ Jackpot. I think that we have shown that you don’t have to play by the basic rules to make it, since we barely have made anything right from the start (ha-ha). I mean since the record deal contract got signed we’ve just been going downhill on every level there is (ha-ha)! As it’s said it’s not until you’re in hell you can sing about heaven…or is it just me sayin’ that (ho-ho-ho).

I know the band gained popularity from “Riot in Everyone” which is explosive. Wait until they hear “It’s A Miracle.” It is my personal favorite on the CD. What is your personal favorite track on the CD?
Back on trackk” ‘coz its like an aerobic track (ha-ha) every part of the song is like a new step up on the treadmill… it just keeps on going.

Kiss, Motley CruË, and WASP are just some of the bands still around. Sweden has the best sleaze scene in the world. CRASHDÏET is fresh and has that element to reach superstardom. Do you see the band reaching a more diverse audience?
I think one of the most valuable ingredients in writing music is to have a diversity of songs. I feel like the “Rest In Sleaze” album has a good mix of tunes so consequently we got a pretty fair chance of serving our line of art to a bigger crowd.

When the band first formed how hard was it to be accepted with your image? Emo, Alternative, and Rap music basically owning the top spot on the charts.
I don’t know really coz I haven’t felt it to be such a wacko thing for myself. Some people think your looking like shit when you’re struttin’ down the streets. They get intrigued and showin’ up at shows later on and then they are stuck, and a week later they look the same… (ha-ha)

Kiss and Motley CruË have their stories when they first started at their very first practice session. Tell us how it was the first time the band practiced together?
We needed a drummer badly coz since the split of the first lineup it was hard finding good drummers, that wanted to play good Rock ’n’ Roll. I knew Eric from earlierdays. He was more into playing death metal and stuff. I just remember this guy with hair down to his ass, like zz-top beards, looking like the typical Swedish death metal freak . Stinkin’ and all (ha-ha)! He wanted to try out for CRASH so I was alright let’s tryit, here comes this guy I haven’t seen in maybe a year. He had bleached his hair, got rid of the beard, lost 70 pounds and looked like a slut but played the drums like Tommy Lee. He got the ticket to CRASHDÏET right away (ha-ha)! We played two songs, went out got drunk as fuck! And were still going strong on the drinkin’ and playing part.

When CRASHDÏET first started performing do you remember the very first show that you played (date, venue, and how did the show go)?
The first show we did we had bought a wireless system to the gits and bass. We had hype already and we marched through the audience from the back when the intro went on, I think it was the theme song from ’Hawaii Five-O’ as an intro. We screamed, waved our arms, got up on stage and played a really cool gig… think it was in Feb-March 2003 with the present lineup. The place was a nice jazz club in Stockholm called ’Tre backar’. The same place we played our first gig with the first lineup in 2000 or something like that.

The new CD is sensational. It received 4 ½ / 5 stars on our site. Were there any songs you wrote or recorded that were not put on the CD and if so what were there titles?
Well the only song that didn’t get put on this pressing is a song called “Tomorrow.” It’s put on the Japanese CD as one of the bonus tracks amongst some videos and stuff… it’s a kick ass song so it will surely be on the next album.

What are the expectations of the band now that the new CD is out?
Hopefully, the expectations are high, you guys come see us play live… and for us it’s touring, do as much promotion and stuff as possible.

We interviewed you back in February and you were recording the CD then. Why did it take seven months for the release?
Effective recording time is no more than a month maybe two… but we used different producers and where out playing shows at the same time. So to make the time schedule for recording wasn’t easy, but I agree 7 months was longer than we expected.

There must have been other names you were thinking of when naming the band. Can you tell us some of the names you were going to call the band?
I can’t remember any other names actually (eeehhhh)… I think that since 2000 it’s been CRASHDÏET (ha-ha).

What is it like being backstage with CRASHDÏET?
What you give is what you get… loads of Breasts and Booze…

How long is your set?
Around 45 mins. Then we do some extras if the crowd is rowdy.

Who was the most exciting band that treated you well on tour and tell us the fun you had with them?
We haven’t been playing out with any other band for more than a show or 2 maybe… it’s always fun to play with Crucified Barbara and Crazy lixX.

What was the first record you ever bought and the first concert you attended?
EuropeFinal Countdown” ’86. I got 7 bucks, went alone to the record store and got it on vinyl… I think it was Pernilla Whalgren ’87 or something… she was Sweden’s equivalent to Samantha Fox.

What CD’s have you listened to lately?
I now listen to TerrorizerWorld Downfall” its mainly 10cc and GG Allin on the speakers.

You have a new video out. “Breakin the Chainz” can you tell us any wild stories about recording it?
There are no wild stories behind that one sadly… we recorded it at the Universal office and just had a really sober but yet good time.

How many women in one night are too many for Dave Lepard?
How many nites are enough for a women with Dave Lepard… (ha-ha)!

What is the most exciting thing that has happened since being in CRASHDÏET?
With the bunch in the band everything is pretty messed up( ha-ha). The trip to Malaysia was freaked since the whole crew was drunk and behaving in a true CRASHDÏET manner… very pleasing.

Do you feel the success of the band has put a boundary between you and the fans?
Hell no! On the contrary, my friend we spend as much time as possible with our fans they are our friends through this roller coaster ride.

Can fans contact the band or does everything go through management?
I think the best way to contact us is through the forum since we are on the board. www.crashdiet.org and register on the forum…voila.

Have there been any songs written for a follow up CD?
I have like 10 songs in my head just waiting for some time off to get recorded.

Who came up with the CRASHDÏET logo?
I woke up one morning, just saw it in my head and that’s the first thing I have ever painted. I paint like a 4 year old… (ha-ha)

What are the future plans for CRASHDÏET?
Touring, drinking, masturbating…

Dave I would once again like to congratulate you on a fantastic CD. I hope the music community will support the band and buy the CD and also checkout the CRASHDÏET official site. Would you like to say anything in ending?
If you got a little piece of rock, name it the world and own it…

Special Thanks go to Anders Johansson at Stockholm Records.

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Rock Eyez Webzine has gave us permission to use their interview. I have picked this Kevin DuBrow interview as a tribute to a true rock icon.

Interviewed by Brian Rademacher
Date: May 2007


Talking with Mr. DuBrow I found out this a man who has changed his way from past craziness and antic’s to a mature subtle man, still speaking his words and feelings to the fullest read a little about the past and the future with Kevin DuBrow
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Brian Rademacher: Hey Kevin, how’s it going today?

Kevin DuBrow: Good. How are you?

Brian Rademacher: Good. Do you feel that people or fans misunderstand you with negativity?

Kevin DuBrow: (Laughing) I try not to think about it.

Brian Rademacher: In a recent press release sent out from your camp, you mention that you would not take part in the Dakota film directed by Peter Margolis, because of untruths and personal gain, and also inaccuracies in the film. Tell me a little of what you know about the movie that changed your mind?

Kevin DuBrow: It’s all in the press release. It’s all there, and everything is listed.

Brian Rademacher: You also say in that press release that you want to keep the memories and feelings private about Randy, but you were going to work on that project?

Kevin DuBrow: Yes, and I did some investigation and it was not what I was told, and I felt it wasn’t in anybody’s best interest.

Brian Rademacher: So why don’t you do a book as others did, and donate the funds to a charitable cause?

Kevin DuBrow: Because I live in the present, I am quite happy doing QUIET RIOT 2007. Some people have nothing to do, and earn a living off of things from twenty- thirty years ago. We have a new album out ‘Rehab’ – and we work all the time.

Brian Rademacher: So you don’t like talking about the past?

Kevin DuBrow: No, I don t mind, I just don’t want to dig a hole about the past. Sometimes you have to do some damage control. There were a lot of great positives that happened. I mean, sometimes you have to deal with the wreckage of the past. Sometimes there are inaccuracies, and you wake up in the morning and you say, ‘What the hell happened here?!’ (Laughing)

Brian Rademacher: I was just at your MySpace, looking at the pictures that you have posted there. A normal person could only dream of some of the things that you’ve been through.

Kevin DuBrow: I had a great life, and still do.

Brian Rademacher: Tell us a little about the youth of Kevin DuBrow, growing up in Hollywood then moving to Van Nuys at the age of thirteen.

Kevin DuBrow: It really wasn’t any fun. My fun started when I got a driver’s license. Being a kid was no fun, you had no freedom. I wasn’t into sports, so I didn’t care about that, rock & roll entailed a car, and I couldn’t go to concerts until I was over sixteen. I had an Opal GT, which is a poor man’s Corvette. I had a great time living in Hollywood.

Brian Rademacher: How do you feel about the music of today? A lot of it sounds the same and repetitive.

Kevin DuBrow: That s because every generation has its own music; that is just the nature of the beast. The all the record companies screwed up the record business; that’s why there really is no record business anymore. It’s all based on live performance now. They weren’t paying artists; they were so in control of what was going on financially with downloading, they all got screwed themselves. It ate on itself, kind of like the dinosaurs.

Brian Rademacher: I know a lot of bands from back in the day that don’t even want to make records anymore, because they say all the money is in their live show.

Kevin DuBrow: There’s a certain amount of logic to that. But for us, we want to make the music even if nobody buys it, just as an artistic outlet. Inside of us ther’s music that has to be let out ‘Rehab’. We didn’t do it to make money; we did it because we had the songs. We did it with our own finances, and I would do again in a heartbeat. I think it turned out great and I really don’t care who buys it. At the end of the day, it s a personal satisfaction musically. I don’t write songs to go platinum, or they go nickel.

Brian Rademacher: Your latest CD, ‘Rehab’, was a great release and a change in style. Are you working on new material as we speak?

Kevin DuBrow: Not right now. It’s an ongoing process. There’s always something new to come out. The good thing is that we get to play new songs live. We are playing three songs off ‘Rehab’ live, which is nice. We are getting bored playing all ‘Metal Health’ songs, but we still play all the hits.

Brian Rademacher: You signed with Chavis Records. Will the next release be on Chavis also?

Kevin DuBrow: We’re not signed to Chavis; they released it. We licensed the rights to Chavis to release it in the U.S.

Brian Rademacher: Do you have any thoughts on the RIAA / CRB (copyrights board) situation? If thousands of Internet radio stations shut down, a lot of exposure for bands that are rocking like QUIET RIOT will lose air-play if the station can’t pay more than they are already paying for royalties.

Kevin DuBrow: Frankie mentioned something slightly to me about it, having said that, years and years went by that nobody paid us royalties, so I don’t pay too much attention to that stuff. For someone like a Bruce Springsteen, it might be relevant, but since the checks aren’t coming in my mailbox, I don’t think much about it. In ’83, ’84, they had to pay us royalties because they wanted the next album to come out; it made a difference to their income. But when QUIET RIOT ceased to be a major record seller, they stopped paying us. What are we going to do, go after them?

Brian Rademacher: Do you have any feelings about Youtube playing videos of QUIET RIOT and vintage material? I was watching some great footage of vintage QUIET RIOT called ‘Picking up the Pieces’, and you don’t get anything for that.

Kevin DuBrow: Never did. I mean, Youtube is better then MTV, because MTV doesn t show videos anymore. I like Youtube; there are a lot of bands I liked in the ’70’s who I could never find any videos for, like FACES. And I go on Youtube and find a lot of neat stuff on there, THE SMALL FACES, which is a different band with Steve Marriott -same thing. Youtube’s cool.

Brian Rademacher: How much did Randy used to practice when you were together?

Kevin DuBrow: When I was with him, he didn’t practice at all. When we were together we were rehearsing or going out and partying. Practicing he did when I wasn’t there. We would basically rehearse, go out to the Starwood or the Whiskey, go and eat, but his rehearsing time was when I wasn’t there.

Brian Rademacher: Is it true that you auditioned for QUIET RIOT in Rhoads’ kitchen? And what that meeting was like?

Kevin DuBrow: No!

Brian Rademacher: I read that on Wikipedia.

Kevin DuBrow: That is full of inaccuracies too; all these on-line things are filtered down through the years and it’s like that game ‘telephone’; it all becomes inaccurate. It was actually in his garage. The first time I heard Randy play was in his bedroom; a little room off the kitchen. Then I auditioned in his garage, and they recorded on a reel to reel machine, and we discussed the way it sounded and made some changes, came back and did it again, and basically, I got the gig. I read somewhere I was the worst singer they ever heard, and I kept bothering them until I got the gig, which is totally untrue. I auditioned for them one time and I got the gig. It was me, Randy and Kelly, and the songs I auditioned on were ‘Suicidal Show’ and ‘Back To the Coast.’ And we worked on them for about two hours. From that point on, I got the gig and we went on to find a drummer.

Brian Rademacher: Wasn’t Randy’s brother a drummer?

Kevin DuBrow: Yeah, but he wasn’t up for the thing. He wanted to be a singer, and they didn’t care for his voice.

Brian Rademacher: Have you read Rudy’s book ‘Off the Rail’, and if so, what you thought of it.

Kevin DuBrow: I don’t want to discuss him in any shape or form. I made Frankie a promise, months ago…I’m fifty-one, and I will never mention his name for the rest of my life in an interview. Because life is too short, and there’s too much trouble and there’s too many good things going on to sit and stew in negativity.

Brian Rademacher: I see on your MySpace site, a picture of you and Ian Hunter from MOTT THE HOOPLE, and you’re holding a photograph signed to you by Ian. Are you a memorabilia collector? And what are you prized possessions?

Kevin DuBrow: Isn’t that great?! I don’t collect memorabilia, but Ian Hunter, Steve Marriott, Paul Rodgers and Glenn Hughes are my heroes. Ian Hunter was really neat, and I saw MOTT THE HOOPLE growing up.

Brian Rademacher: Back in the early days of QUIET RIOT, what were some of the things you would ask for on your rider? And what do you ask for now?

Kevin DuBrow: Free made sandwiches in the old days. We make our own now. (Laughing) They didn’t have palm juice back then; Palm juice is good for the heart. (Laughing) They didn’t have low carbs and fat free stuff back then; we got that now. In the old days there was a lot of alcohol; we have none of that now. We don’t use a bus. Back then we could take everything on the rider on the bus and have stuff for the next day. These days we do three shows a week and drive in a little van, and get the hell out of there the next day. Again: no alcohol, some soft drinks, towels and water. There was one member of our band that was quite a bit older than us (and you know who I’m talking about) who had Ensure on the rider. I think he still does with the band he’s in now.

Brian Rademacher: What goes through your mind on March 19?

Kevin DuBrow: I go on with my life. I think about Randy on his birthday, December 6th. I don’t think about the day he died, I think about the day he was born. I don’t understand all the hubbub about the day he died. I think they should all be there on his birthday. Celebrate something on a positive note.

Brian Rademacher: I see you will be playing the Sweden Rock Festival on June 7th. This should be a great show. And you’re playing the same date as my buddies from ANIMAL: Randy Piper and Chris Laney. How long will you get to play? And are there any bands on that bill that you are looking forward to seeing?

Kevin DuBrow: Yes, I’ve known Randy Piper for years. I used to date his wife. We get to play the festival, our full show. We get there a day early because it’s a long flight. This is the first time I will be in Sweden. It will be like Guerilla warfare – we get there, get some sleep, then we go to the site, which is two hours from the airport. Here’s the interesting thing: I can tell you accurately everything that happened in the seventies and eighties. Everything in the last ten years – there have been so many similarities from gig to gig, nothing really struck me as memorable, as it had in the first twenty years of my career. Sweden Rock: We’re really looking forward to it, but I won’t think about it until I get on that flight. We’re doing that Rocklahoma thing that sounds like a testosterone fest. We do a lot of those gigs. I’m glad just to be playing. Put it this way: QUIET RIOT, and all other bands from that era, is a nostalgia act, which is a great thing. People pay money to see things they grew up listening to, which is awesome. People are still giving me a way to earn a living, and I love singing for my dinner, as David Lee Roth would say. I don’t think about it on a gig-by-gig basis Frankie does, because he books them.

Brian Rademacher: How much different are the women from back then to now?

Kevin DuBrow: The women- Completely different! Back then there were no worries about AIDS. I was twenty-eight when we made it; I’m fifty-one now. The people who come and see us come in couples most of the time, or bring their kids. QUIET RIOT was really never a chick’s band. If MÖTLEY CRÜE was equivalent to the STONES in terms of what they were getting from girls, we were THE WHO. We were more of a guys’ band; the music was more aggressive, we’re not so pretty.

Brian Rademacher: If you could change anything in you music career, would you?

Kevin DuBrow: Absolutely, but I can’t. (Laughing) What I should do is to make up for it in the future music we do. Certain people I worked with in the past were unable to do certain things I wanted to do, so we had to adapt to the people who we were working with. That was the nice thing about the ‘Rehab’ album; it turned out just the way I wanted it to. I’m really happy with it. There are certain aspects of ‘Condition Critical’ that are just embarrassing, but I don’t listen to them.

Brian Rademacher: Do you have kids?

Kevin DuBrow: No

Brian Rademacher: Are you married?

Kevin DuBrow: Nope, and I’m not gay either.

Brian Rademacher: Do you feel you missed out on that part of life?

Kevin DuBrow: Sometimes, Most of the women I dated were psychos. Nice, pretty, beautiful, tall blondes or nuts. I went through years and years of completely gorgeous women that are completely crazy.

Brian Rademacher: How about now?

Kevin DuBrow: I’m single now, and gun shy.

Brian Rademacher: So what about the women now? What do they do, shake your hand and walk away?

Kevin DuBrow: We do meet and greets, they say ‘Hi. How are you? It was a great show’, I say, ‘Thank you for coming’ and go back to the hotel and go to sleep. I’m a happy camper; I have two cats, I have a good life, I have some good friends, and every once in a while, you wake up, go on the Internet, and see some adoration. (Laughing) You get a little shell-shocked by being ambushed when you had nothing to do about anything. You see your name mentioned when you didn t talk to anybody about it. You say, ‘What the hell happened here?’ I had to put out a press release on something I didn’t even start. Like in the eighties, I said them dumb things. I started that stuff myself; that was my own screw up. This time I woke up, I see my name on the Internet, and said, ‘What the fuck?’ I had to put out a press release for damage control, because I couldn’t believe what was going on. I told them I wasn’t going to do the film weeks ago, and they are just telling people now in their own way. I felt like I got ambushed. All I want to do is get on with my life and enjoy myself. I have a great friend in Frankie Banali, I really enjoy playing with Alex and Chuck, and sometimes you wake up and say, ‘What happened here?’

Brian Rademacher: Does it stump you that people around the world actually care what you have to say?

Kevin DuBrow: Frankie says one of the reasons why people like to talk with me is because I’m controversial, and it helps people sell magazines or look at their sites. A lot of times people interpret that what I have to say is the untruth for some reason. My credibility is not as high as some people s who are liars. So having to deal with that, I tend to clam up, which is my current status. I’m not going to be doing a lot of talking as I used to. When I get up in the morning and I see an article about me on Guitar World Magazine, posting negatives, and I have nothing to do with any of it, it makes me want to not do interviews. When I am promoting  Rehab or an upcoming gig- cool, but then again, I look on Blabbermouth and go ‘WHAT?’ I don’t want to be taking my time doing press releases. There’s other ways to spend my day productively.

Brian Rademacher: So what is a typical day for you now?

Kevin DuBrow: I am going over to the Salvation Army to donate some old clothes. W’re gearing up for a bunch of shows, so I gotta go to the cleaners to get some stage clothes cleaned. I am painting a new mic stand. The last one broke on the airplane. So I am preparing for the show.

Brian Rademacher: When people stop you and recognize you, do you stop and talk?

Kevin DuBrow: If I’m not going to miss a flight, sure. I always talk, and people are always very nice to me. That’s what amazes me when I see negative things. And yet, when I’m out in public they treat me so nice; couldn’t be any more friendly to me. We do meet and greets after every show, sometimes people have too much to drink and there’s an attitude. I found out anytime there’s alcohol involved, there could be inappropriate behavior. Otherwise, people couldn’t be any nicer. They appreciate the music that QUIET RIOT’s brought into their life, and I appreciate their support and giving me a career. It’s all good. Sometimes people bring up a subject that I don’t want to talk about, like the way this started.

Brian Rademacher: Kevin, I have the right to ask you whatever I want to ask, and you have the right to answer it or not.

Kevin DuBrow: But sometimes they push it, because you’re not going to get me to talk about something I don’t want to talk about. But, you get alcohol in there& you follow me& You never know what’s going to be said. Otherwise, in the last ten years people have been great to me.

Brian Rademacher: You know Kevin, it’s been great talking with you, and was a real pleasure talking with you. Enjoy yourself at the Sweden Rock Festival.

Kevin DuBrow: I appreciate that, and I am looking forward to that show, and also seeing HEAVEN and HELL. I loved that SABBATH stuff when Dio was singing, and he has a great band with him. It was great talking. Take care, bud.

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Interviewed by Absalao Da Silva (Criss)
Date: October 2011

My affair with GUNS N’ ROSES dates back to 1987, when their first album “Appetite For Destruction” was released. Even before it was a major hit all over the world, I bought this album which at the time was to be one of the best-selling records of all time. I love it when I am a fan of a band before its commercial explosion and that was what happened to me and GUNS N’ ROSES. They were not only just another long-haired band but also one that would differ musically from all others of their time. In 1988, “GN’R Lies” was released, and they were already a huge band. “Patience” and the hit singles off their first record were everywhere. Some years later “Use Your Illusion I and II” were released and then they were the biggest band in the world circa 1991 / 1992. After that they released “The Spaghetti Incident?” with minor success and the band that once was on top of the world simply dissolved. Year later Axl Rose reformed the band to play at Rock In Rio III and it was a major success. All of his fans could hardly wait for their next release which would only come to life almost a decade later, the controversial “Chinese Democracy” album. With a new band comprised of guitar players DJ Ashba, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Richard Fortus bass player Tommy Stinson drummer Frank Ferrer and longtime partner Dizzy Reed on keyboards and Chris Pitman on keyboards and samples. Axl was once again on top selling millions of records and on every newspaper or magazine around the globe.

Last year (2010), GUNS N’ ROSES announced a tour in South America with a five-date leg in Brazil. That was then that I met the guys in the band for the first time. Some friends and I got to meet “the man” Axl himself after a long tiring and suffered four-week try.

This year when they were announced to be the closing band for Rock In Rio people in Brazil were excited to once again catch one of the most important bands in history live. My friends and I also would try to meet the band again and of course, Axl. So we did meet the band, and we were glad that most of the guys remembered us from last year! They were just amazing, cool, down to earth guys who really care about their fans. It’s a pity that the Rock In Rio production was lame (security guys for GUNS N’ ROSES were nice and great people and the band’s staff was also really nice and respectful to everyone around). After a series of problems caused by and because of the Rock In Rio (one wouldn’t believe what the band crew and staff – but Axl – went through), we were about to attend the most expected attraction of the festival. Other big names that played Rock In Rio this year were Elton John, Shakira, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, METALLICA, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLIPKNOT.

The only bad thing that happened after all was not being able to meet Axl Rose again. Yes, this time it was just not possible. GUNS N’ ROSES, DJ Ashba was kind enough to give me this interview, as he said – “it’s gonna be the one and only interview I’ll do around here, for you, brother”. Boy, was I flattered!

* DJ Ashba interview (Friday, September 30th, 2011) – two days before the Rock In Rio gig.

Criss: DJ, please tell us about the early days of your career.

DJ: I moved to L.A. about twenty years ago and I did an instrumental album called “Addiction To The Friction”, with James Kottak, Jerry Dixon and a couple of other buddies. Then I went from that to starting a band called BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. We got signed with Warner Brothers, toured Ozzfest and did a bunch of stuff, toured with KISS, and then we eventually started SIXX A.M. with Nikki Sixx and James Michael. I’m skipping a lot of things but (laughs) and our last album was number one with “Life Is Beautiful”, and this album debuted at number one in Hard Rock record in the U.S. “Lies Of The Beautiful People” went number one and now “This Is Gonna Hurt” is way off the chart, so we have like two songs in the Top 20 right now over there.

Criss: Can you talk about joining GUNS N’ ROSES?

DJ: Yeah they were auditioning guitar players they had well, I think well over 100,150 people, then I got a phone call out of the blue from the management asking would I want to come down and play guitar with GUNS, and I said absolutely I’m there. Axl called management, and said that if DJ even shows up in the room he has the gig, (it’s) that simple.

Criss: Do you have a favorite song to play live?

DJ: No, I don’t, because I have so many… I wrote a brand new solo piece called “Ballad Of Death” for the last tour we were on and I wrote a brand new one for this tour called “Me And More”, it’s my love. I wrote it about my guitar that’s been the one “chick” in my life that has never fucked me over. (laughs)

Criss: What can you say about the guys in GUNS N’ ROSES?

DJ: Axl put together not only some of the nicest, coolest guys and the most talented guys out there. I mean, he can play with everyone but he really did put together a top-notch band. Every guy in this band knows their shit for sure, so it’s really good, it’s nice to play with with people that just can play anything, anytime, any day. It’s crazy the talent this band has.

Criss: And how is it playing at the same time with GUNS N’ ROSES and Nikki Sixx from MÖTLEY CRÜE?

DJ: It’s good! I have a side band called SIXX A.M. with Nikki Sixx. Nikki goes and does MÖTLEY CRÜE and I do GUNS, that’s our main focus. When we get together we do SIXX A.M. for fun, it’s just a labor of love project. We don’t really consider it a band like everybody (does). We don’t have a drummer; James and I program all the drums for the albums. I write a lot of the orchestra stuff and we’re just three best friends, three producers, three songwriters, we get together and we actually have a lot of fun making a SIXX A.M. record.

Criss: Cool… What about the new material from GUNS N’ ROSES?

DJ: I’m working around the clock on stuff so, yeah, we’ve got some really good shit in the works; in the bucket already. Axl has a lot of material left over from “Chinese”, that’s really good that we’re re-working and I’m writing stuff every day, so that’s good.

Criss: What about the future?

DJ: That’s my big focus; my big goal is to come out with the biggest GUNS N’ ROSES record of all time. That’s my main goal in this band I know we can do it. I’m excited, excited to be in the band with Axl and all the guys and working with Axl who works with a lot of people (while) out producing all the time. I sit down and as soon as he starts playing something on the piano, it’s like I know exactly what’s kind of there.

Criss: How can you define DJ Ashba?

DJ: I don’t know, you know! Music is one of the many, many things that I love to do. I have a clothing line called Ashba Swag; you go to http://www.ashbaswag.com – it’s a labor of love. It’s kind of where I think the artist side of my brain is, inclined with the music side of my brain. I love producing, I love scoring, I love being in GUNS N’ ROSES, I love SIXX A.M. , I love doing my clothing line, and I have our graphic design agency, and I’m working on a big project that no one really knows about… I wrote and created an animated musical, so I’m working with some big, big companies back home in L.A., with big movie studios too, bringing my animation to life and I’ll be scoring the movie too.

Criss: How is it playing Rock In Rio for the first time?

DJ: I’ll know after I play it! (laughs). No, I’m excited, I mean, this is a dream come true for anybody and to be here with GUNS N’ ROSES you gotta pinch yourself I’m lucky, I’m a lucky guy. A blast, I should say. Not lucky, because I work hard, but definitely a blast.

Criss: Would you like to say anything in ending?

DJ: Yeah! I just wanna thank everybody, I mean; my fan base is just amazing. I absolutely couldn’t do this and wouldn’t be here without all of you so thank you so, so much. Thank you for visiting my Facebook page every day and posting and writing me e-mails and all the gifts you guys bring and just all of the love and support, it’s something. I’m addicted to my fans because they’re the best drug I’ve ever been addicted to, that’s cool.

Criss: Thank you, DJ!