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HALLOWEEN: The Heavy Metal Horror Show
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This is James and Cassie and honored to have the members of Halloween, with us. How are you doing today?
I guess we'll pull a Sludge and start out by asking you to talk about your current projects which would be the CD Horror Fire and EP E.vil P.ieces 6/6/6. So, tell us a little something about them, if you could.
George: Horror Fire has been in the works for some time now, we originally recorded it a few years ago then the working title was Fire Still Burns The first recording of the record was done with Billy Whyte on drums, and he had just started in the recording field. It was his first project as an engineer, and he had little experience. It just wasn't coming out like we wanted it to, and a few months later after this recording, Bill went on to join another band. He was eventually replaced by Rob Brug. We had talked about writing all new songs and put F.S.B. on the back burner, but when Rob came along he started working on songs and things started sounding better than ever. We decided to record them again with the current lineup. During the recording process the songs took a new life so we wanted to give the project a new name as well. Brian came up with "Horror Fire". On this recording we did some old school Halloween songs such as "Halloween Night" "Candles" & "Nobody's home" to name a few, also we did Alice Cooper's song "Go To Hell" it was a blast to do this record. Now on the other hand our other release "E.vil P.ieces" was recorded because we wanted to do something special for 06/06/06 "666". We wanted to put a collection of songs that fit the date 6/6/6, and this is what we came up with. We wrote a new song to put on that release "Angel Of Evil" along with some older songs that were recorded from our first album and demos. There is a song on there called "HELL" that is something you will see on a future recording. After we started work on this, "Horror Fire" was taking a bit longer than expected for pressing, & we were getting closer to June 6th, so we decided to just release both CDs on the same day.
One of our complaints about rock bands in the current state is that few of the new bands seem to be having fun and nobody seems to have much by way of a personality. Do you think the "Rock Star" is an endangered species?
George: I can only speak for myself, I guess everyone is different and I am not sure what a "Rock Star" should be. I see fun party bands that look like they are having a blast, and I have seen bands that go up on stage and look pissed off, but I bet deep down everyone is having fun or they would not be doing it... How can anyone go up on stage in front of thousands of people and not have fun?
For those of our readers who aren't familiar with Halloween, can you tell us a little something about yourselves? How did the band come about?
Brian: It all stated out in the basement of a house in Detroit. It was Halloween time when we put it all together. The basement was decorated with a fifty-fifty mix of pornographic pictures of naked girls with various things on them, in them, and around them. The rest was all spider webs, skulls, pumpkins, bats, witches, and all kinds of Halloween decorations because Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. We rehearsed in my basement; the place was all done up, and people would come to watch us practice, and see all this stuff. Being the lazy, rock-n-roll, long-haired f***ers that we are, we left all the shit up after Halloween had passed. It still looked cool, so we left it up in the basement. When people came to see us play they though it looked cool, so when we started playing out we took it with us.
We're interviewing some up and coming rockers like a new band called Kid Ego. Any words of advice for any aspiring musicians trying to get into the business
George: Find Good Management and keep your wallet hidden and stay true to yourself and don't go the flavor of the month thing.
After Metallica blew the whistle on music downloads, a lot of bands came out both for and against the ability of downloading music on the Internet. Do you think that the ability to download music has hurt the music industry?
George: downloading or bootlegging? I am OK downloading music, I have done it myself for personal use, but for someone to make money off of other peoples work kinda sucks ass.
Who are your influences?
George: Kiss, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Scorpions, Motown, Slayer... just to name a few.
If you were to put one song you performed on in a time capsule to be preserved for people to hear 1,000 years from now, what song would you pick to sum up your contribution to rock 'n' roll?
George: That's a hard one.. for me it would have to be Trick or Treat because that was the song that got the ball rolling for us & it brings back a lot of memories.
By the same token, what song, if any, do you wish you hadn't performed and wish you could erase from your catalog?
George: back in 1985 we played a show and we all had a moment of blank.. Everyone in the band started a different song at the same time we could not dig our self out of the mess and when it came time for Brian to sing he just made up shit. It only lasted about 60 seconds and we had to stop playing it was a mess but it was pretty damn funny after the fact.
What's next for Halloween?
George: Well the Halloween Season in coming up soon so I am sure we will be getting prepared to start doing shows. Also we are starting on the writing process for the next recording and hope to have another new CD out soon.
We'd like to thank the members of Halloween for spending this time with us at the Metal Epicenter. Do you have any closing words you'd like to share with your fans, site links, or anything like that?
Please come visit us at:
or our Myspace page:
I hope everyone gets a chance to check out some songs from Horror Fire soon, we think you will dig it.
Once again, thank you for doing this.
Thank you for doing this interview.
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