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IN THIS ISSUE ALBUM REVIEW Plesant Drive...................................................5 SMASH COSTUME IDEAS 2015 Pop Culture Ideas...................................6 SMASH RECIPE Rum Chata Pumpkin Pudding shots................9 SMASH AT THE MOVIES Sinister II........................................................10 SMASH BEER SNOB...OR NOT Dark Horse Scotty Karate..............................11 VINTAGE VINYL REVISITED Ratt - Dancing Undercover....................... 12-13 The F’in Catalina Wine Mixer........................13 OCTOBER MUSIC BOARD................... 14-15 SMASH INTERVIEW Julia Baird, Sister of John Lennon............ 16-17 SMASH HORROR REVIEW........................ 18 SMASH RESTAURANT REVIEW Sandbar & Grille............................................19 SMASH JOCK IN THE BOX Mike Irelan.....................................................21 Stand Up! Making of a Music Video.........22-23 Ready to Rock: Historical Theater Changes its Face...............................................................24 SMASH MUSIC CORNER.............................25 SUPPORTERS OF THIS ISSUE BONTEBOKTOBERFEST ARCADIA ALES PAPA PETES OLD DOG TAVERN TROXEL REALTY CO. FRANKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS OLDE WORLD VILLAGE ART WALK BATTLE CREEK KALAMAZOO STATE THEATRE THE MUSIC FACTORY If you’d like to advertise in Smash Magazine or on our website SMASHMAGS.COM, visit SMASHMAGS.COM/RATES for pricing, art requirements and deadline information. SMASHMAGS.COM P.O. Box 1376, Battle Creek, MI 49016 | S MAS H MAG S .CO M from the publisher Happy Halloween SMASHers, This month we celebrate all that is scary and pumpkineeeee. Where the creepy crawlies haunt your dreams and clowns are no longer funny men in the circus, Just kidding....but SMASH has been out and about searching southwest Michigan for the greatest events and places Michigan has to offer. We have something for everyone from local disc jockeys to famous authors, restaurant reviews to the best local music reviews. Also this month, you will get to check out the making of a music video and the transformation of a local icon, the Ready Theater in Niles. So put on the snow tires, get out your rakes and add pumpkin spice to EVERYTHING and fall into autumn like the SMASHers you are, Publisher Robin Cunningham robin@smashmags.com Editor Bruce Tuck bruce@smashmags.com Creative Director Nicholas Zastrow nicholas@smashmags.com Writers John Barrett Kasi Casterline Todd Cope Nick Hatzinikolis Hannah Berger Colin Smith Bruce Tuck Advertising Robin Cunningham 269-986-3912 rates@smashmags.com Cheers Editor Events and Shows Submit listings to events@smashmags.com Disclaimer KEEP UP WITH WHAT’S UP! SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work. Because they have a unique way of expressing themselves it is important for people who pick up the magazine to understand you might not always like what you see. There are also articles that may contain sarcasm and adult content. This publication is intended for a mature audience. Click over to smashmags.com or visit us at facebook.com/ bcsmashmag to sign up for our email list. We’ll send you a monthly digital copy of Smash Magazine, and not fill your inbox up with useless emails. PAGE 4
IN THIS ISSUE ALBUM REVIEW Plesant Drive...................................................5 SMASH COSTUME IDEAS 2015 Pop ...
Upcoming Events Kalamazoo’s Pint-Sized Oktoberfest Saturday, October one-offfrom 2-8PM 10TH & exclusive beers! mini beer festival including all TIckets $30 and include pours of 12+ beers plus dinner! To order tickets, call arcadia Kalamazoo at 269-276-0458. Tailgate Parties! Saturday, October 17th Kalamazoo and battle Creek MSU vs U of M! Cheer on your team with food and drink specials. Starwars Release Party 4-Course Beer Dinner Saturday, December 17th in Battle Creek $35 per person plus tax & tip. To order tickets, call Arcadia Battle creek at 269-963-9690. 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Party Tuesday, December 22nd in Battle Creek Dress your HOliday Worst & get weird at Arcadia Battle Creek! Special discounts, Prizes and more. Winners selected at 8PM! Weekly in Kalamazoo ALBUM REVIEW BY COLIN SMITH “Come with me to the unknown,” the band Pleasant Drive sang in the first track of their new EP Realize. It’s fitting, because the local jam band seem to bring listeners to another place above the stars. In this band’s first studio debut, their synths swoosh with cloudy textures, their harmonies on the song “Dig” almost sounds angelic, and some of their guitar solos rip like thunder. The members of the local band Pleasant Drive certainly have chops, and their record Realize offers a few tracks to chill out to for any fan of jam bands. For others more tuned to vocally-driven music, the band’s reliance on long instrumentals may wind you out. They have a slight Pink Floyd (Division Bell-era) glow. Though some of the bass runs and splashy drums do bounce like a Chili Peppers tune, textural keyboards and guitars chiming in and out appear at the forefront of their songs. Some of the guitar wails and executions sound very reminiscent of David Gilmour. And the synthesizer on “Realize” sounds like it could cue the fog machines and lights from underneath your desk or car stereo. As an EP recorded in the band’s rehearsal space, it does almost sound live. At the same time, the recording doesn’t deliver quite the same crispness as a live performance, nor does it offer the big studio sounds of more conventional bands who play shorter rock tunes. Instead, Pleasant Drive is somewhere in between. They present clear and polished songs, which may lack the grit or rawness for some rock listeners. The record Realize will serve the band’s fans and other members of the jam band community. It may not be for all listeners, but fans of dance-based music or guitar prowess will get a kick out of the 4 track record. Most of all, Pleasant Drive seems like a band you should go out to see and dance to. Do remember there’s more dancing at one of their shows, and not so much if sitting at your desk with headphones on. Kalamazoo’s Soul-Filled SUndays: 3-5pm live Soul, Funk, R&B, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Blues. Music to get that soul lifted before the week ahead. Kalamazoo’s Trivia Tuesdays: Geeks Who Drink 8pm begining October 20th. Great beer, sweet prizes, All the fun. Kalamazoo College Night: Thursdays Live music. DJS. 10% off food. $2 select 20OZ pints. October Arcadia Pub exclusives! $3 pints and $8.49 6-packs of Jaw-Jacker $4 CHeap Date Date pints during NHL games OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 5
Upcoming Events Kalamazoo   s Pint-Sized Oktoberfest Saturday, October one-offfrom 2-8PM 10TH   exclusive beers  mini beer...
WE ALL KNOW THAT MOST OF YOU WILL BE PUTTING OFF YOUR COSTUMES TILL THE LAST DAY OR TWO BEFORE HALLOWEEN. LET US HELP YOU GET A JUMP START TO YOUR COSTUME PLANNING, SO YOU DON’T SHOW UP TO ANOTHER PARTY DRESSED IN A LAME COSTUME (LOOKING AT YOU, GUY WHO WRITES SOMETHING CLEVER ON A WHITE T-SHIRT). with Nicholas Zastrow Women THESE 2015 POP-CULTURE COSTUMES ARE GOING TO BE THE HIT OF THE PARTY. Men Group KIMMY SCHMIDT UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Females are strong as hell, and you will be too if you follow this easy Kimmy guide. JIMMY” MCGILL BETTER CALL SAUL Let’s just say I know a guy… who knows a guy… who knows another guy, that gave me this costume idea. CLOTHING: Bright yellow cardigan, floral top, bright pink jeans and a backpack HOW TO ACT: Chipper, naive and out-of-date with pop culture OPTIONAL: Have Jon Hamm trap you in a bunker for 15 years WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS CLOTHING: Finest sea island cotton shirt with a white club collar and french cuffs (real mother-of-pearl buttons on the shirts, no fake plastic crap) HOW TO ACT: Be litigious, try to make a name for yourself at the party, and have a backstory for everything OPTIONAL: Take out a billboard before Halloween FURIOSA MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Oh, what a lovely day…to dress up as the baddest woman of the year. MAX ROCKATANSKY MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Your name is Max. A road warrior searching for the perfect costume. CLOTHING: Dirty, neutral colored tank top, black scarf, dark eye-shadow, metallic glove (or build your own bionic arm) HOW TO ACT: Like a bad bitch OPTIONAL: Buy a war rig semi-truck Short shorts with tube socks, H.S. track ringer t-shirts, denim jacket with a black wolf shirt and aviators…you really can’t go wrong here. If you can’t find clothing at the thrift shop, check out american apparel. Don’t forget the gum if you are planning having a make out session. CLOTHING: filthy waffle-knit thermal shirt, filthy leather pants, filthy leather jacket, and leg brace (filthy) HOW TO ACT: Like you’ve been hunted by scavengers living in a wasteland with only one instinct; to survive OPTIONAL: Hang upside down at the party with a muzzle on your face ETHEL DARLING AHS:FREAK SHOW Are you a woman with a beard? Then you’re halfway there with this unexpected costume. CLOTHING: Plain jane dress, short hair and fake beard HOW TO ACT: Talk in that weird Baltimore accent and do other bearded lady things OPTIONAL: Grow a real beard ILANA AND ABBI - BROAD CITY Bed Bath and Beyond coupons never expire, and neither do great BFF costumes. CLOTHING: Abbi, olive drab parka with denim or a $300 dress you bought online and forgot to return. Ilana, get weird with it. Fruit Loop leggings, fanny pack and tank top with bra exposed HOW TO ACT: Blow off your job, act irresponsibly, be as careless and hedonistic as possible OPTIONAL: Use “nature’s pocket” to hide your weed stash SMASHMAGS.COM GORDON RAMSAY I wouldn’t trust you running a bath, let alone a f***ing restaurant! Get yourself sorted with this simple celebrity costume. CLOTHING: Chef’s coat, use makeup for wrinkles and chin scar HOW TO ACT: Throw plastic plates at people screaming “it’s raw!”, cross your arms and shout curse words in a British accent OPTIONAL: Open up 14 Michelin Star restaurants before Halloween WAR BOYS - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Cover torso, arms and heads completely with white powder. PROTIP: Use Chefmaster edible silver spray to shine that mouth up all the way to Valhalla. EASIEST GROUP COSTUME OF THE YEAR SILICON VALLEY PHIL MILLER AKA “TANDY” LAST MAN ON EARTH This costume requires you to draw faces on various balls, giving them names and playing pool with them. CLOTHING: Red hoodie, yellow shirt, khaki cargo shorts, stop shaving 9 months ago HOW TO ACT: Like Tom Hanks in Castaway, except more of a lonely, selfish, whiny man-child. Lie a lot OPTIONAL: Move to Tucson and use a swimming pool as a toilet. We know you’ve got all the right clothing in your closet for this one. Hoodies, sneakers, and logo t-shirts are all you really need. Take it to the next level with some wearable tech and a messenger bag with a Macbook Air inside. If you are really lost just google “silicon valley dress code”. PAGE 6
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Monday Happy Hour All Day $3 Off pizzas Tuesday $2.50 Wells all day $6 BBQ Pork Wednesday Ladies Night Half-off drinks for the ladies! starting @ 6pm Thursday $2 Retro Beers All Day Friday $5 Bump-and-a-Wash A shot of whiskey and Miller beer Saturday $6 Bloody Mary Bar $5 Mimosas Sunday $6 Bloody Mary Bar $5 Mimosas $4 Bartender’s Choice Mixed Shots All Day 402 E. Kalamazoo Ave. 269-381-5677 www.olddogtavern.com Monday’s Tom Duffield @ 5 Reggae night @ 8 Tuesday’s Open Mic W/ Brannde Mann Sign up at 7pm Friday’s Live Music 9pm - 1am Saturday’s Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5pm Sunday’s ACROSS THE STREET FROM..... Jazz Brunch 11am-2pm Blues Jam 6pm-9pm HOURS OF OPERATION MONDAY 11am - Midnight TUESDAY - FRIDAY 11am - 2am SATURDAY 10am - 2am SUNDAY 10am - Midnight SMASHMAGS.COM PAGE 8
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Rum Chata Pumpkin Pudding Shots By Kasi Casterline IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! PUMPKIN SPICE MADNESS! I HAVE NO SHAME IN MY LOVE FOR PUMPKIN FREAKING EVERYTHING AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THESE AMAZING OH-SO-YUMMY SHOTS FOR THE SEASON! INGREDIENTS: 1 SMALL PKG. PUMPKIN SPICE INSTANT PUDDING ¾ CUP MILK 3/4 CUP RUMCHATA 8OZ TUB COOL WHIP DIRECTIONS:  1. WHISK TOGETHER THE MILK, LIQUOR, AND INSTANT PUDDING MIX IN A BOWL UNTIL COMBINED.  2. ADD COOL WHIP A LITTLE AT A TIME WITH WHISK.  3. SPOON THE PUDDING MIXTURE INTO SHOT GLASSES, DISPOSABLE SHOT CUPS OR 1 OR 2 OUNCE CUPS WITH LIDS. PLACE IN FREEZER FOR AT LEAST 2 HOUR ENJOY WITH A FRIEND OR TWO!! OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 9
Rum Chata Pumpkin Pudding Shots By Kasi Casterline  IT   S THAT TIME OF YEAR  PUMPKIN SPICE MADNESS  I HAVE NO SHAME IN MY...
FILM REVIEW SINISTER II by John Barrett Jr. - “DJ Verve” on WIDR’s Birdland – 12-4 PM Sundays Rated R; 97 minutes. Directed by Ciaran Foy; Starring James Ransone as Former Deputy So-and-So, Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney Collins, Robert and Dartanian Sloan as Dylan and Zach Collins, and Nicholas King as Bughuul. We begin silently in a cornfield, as another home movie reaches its ghastly conclusion. Three bodies, their heads covered in pillow cases, are tied to crosses as an unseen figure holds a gas can and prepares to set them on fire. Suddenly the screen goes blank, the title briefly appears and it takes 95 minutes before you see what happens next. Trust me, it is not worth the wait. As October approaches, the movie release schedule suddenly blossoms with horror films. It seems fitting given the arrival of Halloween, with the cold air and falling leaves adding to the somber atmosphere. But at the time of this writing just one horror flick could be seen in the theaters of Kalamazoo, a low-budget sequel to a film I knew little about. But in a sense lack of knowledge helps the horror experience, as it improves the chance of being surprised. Everything else is told in flashback as the movie slowly reveals all that leads to that opening scene. It takes roughly a half hour before these events are tied to those of the previous movie; it’s meant to create suspense but all it builds is boredom. In a sleepy farming community we see the unnamed deputy approach a rural church and enter the confessional. He’s there not to cleanse his own soul but to get info about a massacre that happened years before at a church nearby. By way of background, the original Sinister was released in 2012 at a cost of $3 million, which is less than the star’s salary on a lot of movies. The star in this case was Ethan Hawke portraying truecrime author Ellison Oswalt; seeking material for his new book, Oswalt knowing moves his family into the house a family murdered years before. In the attic Oswalt finds a series of home movies, each showing a family killed by a child thought to be missing. In reality these kids are controlled by Bughuul, a Babylonian deity who demands sacrifice of the family and then consumes the soul of the surviving child. The church and its adjoining house are now the residence of Courtney Collins and her twin sons Dylan and Zach; the deputy first sees them at a supermarket and they run away screaming. That reaction was unrelated to the Oswalt case; Courtney now has custody of the kids and thinks the deputy was sent by her husband to recover them. He explains he’s there to investigate the church murders: Courtney is aware of the incident but wants him to say nothing to the boys, who are unaware of those grim events. I saw the sequel at Celebration Cinemas, the remodeled theater in back of Crossroads Mall. There’s more parking by the new entrance, but parking in the old lot made me feel more isolated. This, combined with closed businesses near the theater, created an eerie mood I thought might help the experience of the movie. It didn’t. For the most part this is a different story, without much connecting it to the first film. Scott Derrickson, director of the first Sinister, is the co-writer of this one; the only actors returning are Ransone as the deputy, Clare Foley as a ghost child and Nicholas King as the masked Bughuul. A few elements are carried over from the earlier film, including the house of a past murder being a link to the next one, and the use of home movies to chronicle the kids’ carnage. SMASHMAGS.COM Or so she believes, in the first of many unsurprising plot twists. Since they moved to this house Dylan Collins has had vivid nightmares where ghostly children lead him to the basement and show him Super 8 movies of families being slaughtered. Each gets its own name; in “Fishing Trip” the doomed family is hung by ropes over a swamp and fed to alligators. Meanwhile, brother Zach is upset at the attention Dylan’s getting, angry that he can’t see the ghosts. Right there you realize where this is going, but it takes a full hour to get to the payoff. Courtney’s loutish husband Clint, an agricultural magnate with much pull in the region, comes by with state troopers to reclaim the kids, but the deputy informs them custody cases must be handled by a county sheriff, and they leave mad. You know they’ll return soon but this is when the deputy leaves to meet a professor studying these cases. If you expect Clint to be back when no one’s there to defend Courtney, you guessed it. If you thought any of these plot surprises would be actually surprising, you thought wrong. At this juncture several things come to a head. Clint moves in with the wife and kids, beating all three and showing us why she left in the first place. At the university the professor shows the deputy a ham radio which broadcasts scary messages from Bughuul’s child servants past and present. Speaking of which, after Dylan rejects the orders of the ghost children, Zach beats up his brother and demands to be in on the fun. The ghostly brats reveal it was Zach they wanted all along, and give him a camera to shoot his own movie. By now the moviegoers were talking back at the screen, and I understand why. Now we’re in front of the cornfield as Zach orchestrates the scene we saw at the start, shown again on cloudy Super 8 footage. Unexplained is how a ten-year old could raise these wooden crosses with his family on them, or how the monstrous Clint is unable to escape ropes tied by his son. Seizing a gas can, Zach torches his father in a really nasty scene as the deputy runs onto the site, cutting loose Courtney and Dylan and breaking the evil camera. Zach runs to the cache of home movies, hoping to find another camera; what he finds is an angry Bughuul, and it doesn’t end well for the little boy. The surviving Collinses drive away from the burning field and the deputy plans to join them, but first he retrieves his things from the hotel where he was staying. He opens the door, the ham radio is there with another spooky message, for an instant we see Bughuul, and the credits finally roll. I can’t say it was a complete waste of time, but it sure came close. The home movies took up way too much time, and we didn’t need to see all of them. Each ghost child killed their family, we get it. Once that point is established I’m not sure why we needed to see each atrocity reel in full, except to ensure the movie’s R rating. The acting is passable and the music builds a great atmosphere, but most of this is repetitive predictable crap, uninteresting for those who saw the first Sinister and pointless to watch for those who didn’t. PAGE 10
FILM REVIEW  SINISTER II by John Barrett Jr. -    DJ Verve    on WIDR   s Birdland     12-4 PM Sundays Rated R  97 minutes...
THE NON-BEER SNOBS GUIDE TO LOCAL CRAFT BEER BY BRUCE TUCK With the onslaught of micro-breweries and tap houses popping up all over the country and Southwest Michigan having some of the best, it is fitting that we bring you our monthly review of some of local flavor. If you are a beer snob, you may not want to read this, it may not give you an in-depth perspective of each ingredient and how it pairs with the others but it will give you a perspective from your average beer drinker. Sone of the great things about a solid craft brewery is their ability to provide some kick-ass seasonal beers and one of my very favorites hails from Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall, Michigan. Yes the very same brewery that was immortalized on television with Dark horse Nation, while short lived; you will be hard pressed to find another brewery that had its own show. The beer in question is named after a local celebrity Scotty Karate. A one man band who cranks out some wicked honky-tonk infused punk/country music. Scotty Karate…the beer, is a scotch ale with a big full-bodied flavor of coffee and caramel and an earthy finish. Now I was first introduced to this amazing concoction at a friends house where there were a bounty of choices and for some reason this jumped out at me, screaming STYLE: SCOTCH ALE ABV: 9.75% IBU: 24 AVAILABILITY: SEPTEMBER THRU FEBRUARY “drink me” so, of course, I did! The first drink took me a bit by surprise as I had never tasted a scotch ale before and it was pleasantly different from the host of strong, hoppy, bitter beers that have flooded the market. It was smooth, refreshing and almost too easy to drink given its 9.75% ABV. Now I had one…then another on an empty stomach and found that my martial arts skills were no match for what hit me next. That being said food is a necessary undertaking if you plan to partake in Scotty Karate and I can only think that a fine piece of angus beef walked past the grill and served up immediately would be a great pairing with this fine brew. To all of you out in the great Dark Horse Nation, lets put on our Gi and kick a few of these back but remember they have a kick of their own. Silver medal winner 2007 Great American Beer Festival. Dark Horse Brewing Co. 511 S. KALAMAZOO AVE MARSHALL, MI 49068 (269) 781-9940 DARKHORSEBREWERY.COM OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 11
THE NON-BEER SNOBS GUIDE TO LOCAL CRAFT BEER BY BRUCE TUCK With the onslaught of micro-breweries and tap houses popping up...
A LOOK BACK AT ROCK RECORDS YOU NEVER HEARD, OR MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN BY TODD COPE “I like the way you talk when you undress me. I like to take it off.” (Lyrics from “Enough Is Enough” from “Dancing Undercover”, by Ratt - 1986) Autumn,the most enchanting time of the year. The crispness of the air, the leaves turning into radiant hues of sunburst, Football, corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses, and all sorts of other crap that I’m glad that I don’t have to do.. (well, football’s Ok) The time of year when you get the false notion that love and romance are just around the corner. It’s also back to school. Fall always conjures up memories of my college days, back before my spirit was broken by relationships. In 1985 I attended a technical college in the Chicago suburbs, where there was ONE female in my entire curriculum. We had no sports teams. Our school mascot was a bottle of Pepto Bismol, which became my best friend, as I spent hours memorizing theory and learning about digital integrated circuits that would be obsolete technology by the following year. I lived with a group of guys who didn’t party. Every day they’d be religiously watching “Days of Our Lives” as I headed off to afternoon classes. I’m quite sure Wally Cleaver had more fun in college than I did. My first beer in college was at my freaking college graduation party, which was thrown at the house of one of the “cool” guys in my class, Tim Rutter, who had long hair and played bass in local bands in the Chicago area. He would often entertain us fel- SMASHMAGS.COM low classmates with his stories of the women he would encounter at his bar gigs. The “light bulb” finally got around to appearing over my head, and I relocated back to Michigan, took the guitar more seriously, grew my hair really long, got into bands, and before I knew it, I had more “fascinating” young ladies than I knew what to do with?(I use the term “fascinating” so this article can actually get printed) This was a different time though. The hair and glam metal scene ruled the 80’s. We affectionately referred to the genre as either “Butt Metal” or “Cock Rock”. It was a beautiful time, just as Barry White said of the Disco scene of the 70’s. Young girls listened to metal, dressed provocatively, and had their hair teased up to the moon. Best of all, their behavior could be best described as being very promiscuous. It was a good time to be a young man. In Battle Creek, you could find your trouble at the now defunct “Gangplank” on Columbia Avenue, and if you wanted to go big time (for Michigan) you made the trek to Lansing and went to the Silver Dollar Saloon, where rock and metal bands from all over the Midwest would perform. The bands at the “Dollar” were almost an afterthought, as the place at the time primarily served as a “meat market”, where you would meet someone of the opposite sex, find out where the after the bar party was, and very likely, wake up next to a near-stranger the next day. My favorite 80’s metal band (next to the mighty Van Halen) was Ratt. Hailing from San Diego, Ratt, comprised of Stephen Pearcy on vocals, Warren DeMartini, guitar, Robbin Crosby, guitar, Juan Croucier, bass, and Bobby Blotzer on drums, spent their formative years (known as “Mickey Ratt” at the time) hanging out on the LA club scene, playing shows and studying Van Halen’s live act, coming to VH’s gigs and literally laying down with their backs on the stage, taking it all in. Ratt obtained management through Marshall Berle (nephew of television legend Milton Berle) and released the Ratt EP in 1983, followed by their triple platinum debut “Out of the Cellar” in 1984 on Atlantic Records, which had their 80’s defining hit “Round and Round”.(featuring Milton Berle dressed in drag in the video) “Invasion of Your Privacy” followed in 1985, and achieved double platinum status. Ratt toured constantly back then, and was a band I got to see several times over the rise and fall of their career, from their show at Kellogg Arena in 1985 on the “Invasion” tour, where they had an up and coming new band called Bon Jovi opening for them, to the long gone Castle in Charlevoix in 1992, where they were trying to rebound with Michael Schenker on second guitar, to the sad, yet interesting show at the also defunct “Howling Moon Saloon” in Grand Rapids in 1997, which was a bowling alley/ bar that held a few hundred people. Even though it was an entertaining show (for as long as it lasted), you could tell the band was bummed out by this time of their career. They blew the circuit breakers in the place twice, and the second time, they all set down their instruments in unison (as if they’d been through this before), and marched off to the tour bus, never to return. Someone then announced over the intercom to the crowd “Ratt has fulfilled their contractual obligation, and the show is over”. Back when I was having a horrible time at college, I went to the record store (when those existed) and picked up Ratt’s third album “Dancing Undercover”, which was a refreshing change from the “Wham!” my roommate was putting me through at the time. Dancing Undercover is a very slick affair, produced by longtime Ratt producer Beau Hill, and recorded at Village Recorder, Los Angeles. It opens with the bombastic power chords and repetitive staccato guitar figure by Warren DeMartini on “Dance”, which was also written by Beau Hill and was the first single off the album, making it to #36 on the mainstream rock charts. A very grooving, high energy track which showcases the guitar chops of DeMartini, and stylistically shows why he was often referred to as a more technical, updated version of Joe Perry. The songs instantly segue into one another with no silence in between, a ploy also used by ACDC to ensure that Satan had your undivided attention, and you didn’t have time to “think” between songs. (or so the Christian extremist groups told us?) PAGE 12
A LOOK BACK AT ROCK RECORDS YOU NEVER HEARD, OR MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN BY TODD COPE     I like the way you talk when you undre...
Stephen Pearcy’s vocals shine on “One Good Lover”. I always thought he had an interesting voice, it always sounded to me like he had two separate voices coming out of his throat simultaneously, even without the double tracking. “Drive Me Crazy” features Robbin Crosby on lead guitar, who’s melodic, bendy guitar style made him sort of the 80’s metal equivalent to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, who was his favorite guitarist. “Slip of the Lip”, another single from the record is a complete cocksure sex groove, and a defining moment of this period in music. This song probably made more money for the Friend of the Court system than it ever did for the band. Ratt’s lyrics could never be accused of being poetry, but it did the trick at the time. “Body Talk”, also released as a single, displayed a heavier sound for the band, almost bordering on thrash metal, and was also used in the Eddie Murphy film “The Golden Child”. “Enough Is Enough” is the sleeper track on the album, with it’s catchy chorused guitar hooks. Dancing Undercover went platinum, the final Ratt album to do so, and made it to #26 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the last brush with true success for their career, as the next wave of younger, prettier pop-metal bands (Poison/Cinderella) were taking over and selling more albums and concert tickets. Ratt recorded two more albums for Atlantic Records, “Reach For the Sky”, 1988, and “Detonator”, 1990, and then were dropped by Atlantic and decided to call it quits by 1992. In 1991, Nirvana appeared on the scene and seemingly drove the stake through the heart of 80’s metal, spawning the grunge era as flannel replaced spandex, the gals all cut their hair and started wearing ball caps, and suddenly everybody had “feelings”. The members of Ratt all worked on personal projects and new bands, and also spent the next 20-plus years reuniting and breaking up in various incarnations. Guitarist Robbin Crosby had developed a heroin addiction and was let go from the band in 1991. He later contracted HIV and full blown AIDS as a result of his drug use, and died in 2002 from a heroin overdose. In 2014, vocalist Stephen Pearcy announced for about the bazillionth time that he was quitting Ratt, leaving the band in a lurch, and today, both bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer have their own tribute versions of Ratt going, with each camp speaking out negatively about the other. Ratt’s music will live forever as a testament to the 80’s, and all the fun that those of us who were lucky to be young at that time had back then. The soundtrack for throwing on your leather jacket, hitting the “Hot & Now” drive thru, and getting to the free clinic before closing to “clear up that thing..” Murmur is one of those albums that must be listened to from start to finish. I know I’ve said that before, but the sounds on this record absolutely jump out at you, especially on vinyl. This album goesbest with humidity and beer. My go-to record when I’m cleaning the bathroom.. Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler (www.reverbnation.com/kingkooler) and is currently convinced that Tom Brady could beat a murder rap. Isn’t he just dreamy? BY KASI CASTERLINE Please tell me you’ve seen Stepbrothers, a hilarious movie that came out in 2008 with comedy champs Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Because if you have you know all about the greatest party on earth at the end of the movie and how completely awesome it would be to crash this fictional event. Well this year for the very first time the Island of Catalina is going to host the Original Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club! Of course this event is completely sold out but don’t worry! On October 17th, at H20 Restaurant on Goguac Lake, we will be hosting our very own mixer! You can be sure there will be wine, food, and 80’s cover music all evening! There’ll be so much room for activities! But this is more than drinking, eating and shenanigans. This fundraiser will go to support a local family in need. A family you will instantly want to help. It’s a tragic story of a young man’s life ending way too soon, leaving behind a wife and two young sons. Eric Shepherd died September 2, 2015, leaving Carmen widowed after 10 years of marriage. They both had a love for music and she is a talented artist, but his career provided financially for the household. Amidst her heartache we want to provide support for her and her children during this very difficult time. Please join us with a generous heart or make a donation to the family’s Go Fund Me account: GOFUNDME.COM/ERICSHEPHERD You’re $10 entry includes a wine sample complemented with appetizers including grapes, cheese, and chocolate desserts. There was talk of raffling a helicopter ride but we aren’t that fancy, so we decided on a 50/50 raffle! It’s going to be a beautiful night on the lake with wine and music that will benefit a family in need. I hope to see you all there. Maybe someday we could become friends. Friends who ride majestic, translucent steeds, shooting flaming arrows across the bridge of Hemdale. (Ok, that only makes sense if you’ve seen the movie) OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 13
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OCTOBER MU BACKROADS SALOON 15325 W MICHIGAN AVE MARSHALL 269-781-7091 NORTHPORT ROAD THE MUSHMEN WSG TERROR! TERROR! OH MY!, GHOST BUNNIES Thursday 8 8pm DOPAPOD WSG THE NTH POWER FULL FRONTAL CORTEZ Saturday 3 10pm BRIAN RANDALL BAND THE DOCK@BAYVIEW KOFFEE KLUTCH 12504 E. D AVE RICHLAND 269-731-4911 PLAIN JAYNE Saturday 10 10pm Friday 2 JAKE STEVENS BAND BRONK BROTHERS Saturday 3 Sayurday 10 8pm PAT ZELENKA PROJECT Friday 9 CHAMELEON DEN, WOOZY ROCK SHOP SIERRA SHAME SUPER HAPPY FUNTIME BURLESQUE ELECTRIC JUG BAND Friday 2 9:30pm TRIG COUNTY Saturday 3 9:30pm ALY-AN Friday 9 9:30pm JARED BLAKE Friday 9 8pm PIMPS OF JOYTIME WSG MARROW & STONE Saturday 10 9:30pm MOLD, SHOTO, Friday 16 9:30pm Saturday 17 9:30pm OLD DOMINION WSG KRIS HITCHCOCK & SMALL TOWN SON Friday 23 9:30pm MATT WILLIAMS Saturday 24 9:30pm STEVE ARMSTRONG & THE 25 CENT BEER BAND Friday 30 9:30pm HUBIE ASHCRAFT & THE DRIVE HALLOWEEN PARTY Thursday 15 8pm Friday 16 8:30pm THAT 1 GUY Saturday 17 8pm OF MONTREAL WSG DIANE COFFEE Friday 23 8pm BONEHAWK WSG TOUCHED BY GHOUL, DRINK THEIR BLOOD Saturday 24 8:30pm Saturday 31 9:30pm JOE HERTLER & THE RAINBOW SEEKERS WSG MICHIGANDER BELL’S ECCENTRIC CAFÉ BILLY STRINGS & DON JULIN WSG WHO HIT JOHN? 355 E KALAMAZOO AVE KALAMAZOO 269-382-2332 JOE MARCINEK BAND WSG PLEASANT DRIVE Thursday 1 8pm ELZHI WSG DEZERT EEZ, BRONZE NAZARETH & THE WISEMEN, WU ZEE Friday 2 8pm CRIME FUNK WSG MEDICINAL GROOVE Saturday 3 8:30pm Thursday 29 8pm Friday 30 8PM 7TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE BALL FEATURING THE RED SEA PEDESTRIANS & THE CORN FED GIRLS Friday 16 10pm Saturday 17 10pm Friday 23 10pm Saturday 24 10pm SOUTH COUNTY BAND Friday 30 10pm CZARS 505 505 PLEASANT ST SOUTH HAVEN 269-983-1188 FLEX CREW REGGAE BAND Friday 2 8pm 403 PHOENIX ST. SOUTH HAVEN 269-637-4837 REVIVING THE ERA Friday 2 10pm SMASHMAGS.COM MEGAN RAE BAND Saturday 10 BAREFOOT BLONDE Friday 16 TONY FIELDS & DOUG DECKER Friday 23 HAIR MANIA HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY Saturday 24 TYPO Friday 30 TYPO Saturday 10 8pm JARED KNOX Friday 16 8pm PALE GREEN STAR Saturday 17 8pm P.S. DUMPED YOUR BOYFRIEND Friday 23 8pm LAURRA RAIN CAPTAIN IVORY Friday 30 8pm SUCKER PUNCH, GUN SHY Saturday 31 8pm 800BELOVED Friday 9 6pm KALAMASHOEGAZER 9 WITH BRILLIANT BEAST, THE CULT OF LIP, STAR TROPICS, TREATMENT, GLOWFRIENDS, BRIEF CANDLES, NEIV, AIRIEL Friday 9 6:30-8:30 Saturday 10 3pm DOUBLE STRUNG SINGER/ SONGWRITER SHOWCASE LISA MACKIE MOAIERY AND MATTHEW BORR, T-REX ROTH, HOPIE JO, BRIAN KOENIGSKNECHT, MEGAN DOOLEY, NICHOLAS JAMES THOMASMA AND MIRANDA ELLIOTT AN THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT Friday 16 6:308:30 LONDON GRILL Every Sunday 4-6pm FRANKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS DUMALA PROJECT STEVE HOWES & FRIENDS ERIKA SCHERRY BAND THE NEW SECRET WEAPON, HERO JR Friday 9 8pm Thursday Saturday 17 Saturday 31 Saturday 3 8pm SINGER SONGWRITER NIGHT Every 214 E MICHIGAN AVE KALAMAZOO 269-381-9212 ERIKA SCHERRY Saturday 31 8:30pm Saturday 24 8pm BLACK RIVER TAVERN CHEAP DATES 2 W MICHIGAN AVE GALESBURG 269-665-5282 IRISH SESSIONS BROOK FARMS Friday 2 7pm DAVID LLOYD Friday 9 7pm WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST Friday 16 7pm DAVID LLOYD Friday 23 7pm THE BOG ROAD Friday 30 7pm Thursday 15 8pm KOFFIN KATS, MURDER PARTY, JESSE RAY AND THE CAROLINA CATFISH Friday 16 8pm “DRESS GAUDY DAY” BYJR , SEXY TOXINS, TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT, 400 RABBITS MUSHMEN AND FRIENDS AS BAD RELIGION) MICHFITS (MEMBERS OF THE HEX BOMBS & THE FREIGHT BANDITS AS THE MISFITS) WESLEY WILLIS NEEDS A LIFE(KATY NEEDS A LIFE AS WESLEY WILLIS) Friday 30 8pm Louie’s Mystery Halloween Party Saturday 31 8pm MAUDE’S TAPHOUSE 117 E ALLEGAN ST OTSEGO 269-692-3377 MOXIEVILLE Friday 2 ADAM LABEAUX Saturday 3 SCHLITZ CREEK Thursday 8 DAN AGNE Friday 9 DAN AGNE Friday 16 NASHON HOLLOWAY Friday 23 RENE MEAVE 214 E MANSION ST MARSHALL 269-781-0001 LOUIE’S TROPHY HOUSE GRILL JIM STOUT BAND & THUNDERDUDE TRIO MERCY BEACH, JIM FRANZ & THE BAD BOYS, SIXES AND SEVENS Thursday 22 7:30pm BLUES JAM HOSTED BY BIG TROUBLE Friday 23 8pm THE BREAKOUT BAND LESS IS MORE, BIG FOOT BUFFALO, DEREK RICHMOND Fri. 9 & Sat. 10 THE BRONK BROTHERS DEVIL’S NIGHT COVER SHOW WITH CAKE BUNNIES (GHOST BUNNIES AS CAKE) RAD BALIGION (MEMBERS OF THE SOMEBODY’S FRIENDS I94 CONCERT SERIES WITH Thursday 8 7pm KALAMAZOO VALLEY MUSEUM 230 N ROSE ST KALAMAZOO 269-373-7990 ART HOP MUSICAL EXPERIENCE: DAVE MENZO AND FRIENDS Friday 2 6pm 440 EAST NORTH ST. KALAMAZOO 269-385-9359 Friday 2 9pm Thursday 8 7:30pm KALAMASHOEGAZER 9 WITH DEAR TRACKS, OVERLY POLITE TORNADOES, PANDA RIOT, MOTES, CRASH CITY SAINTS, Saturday 17 8pm BLUES JAM HOSTED BY BIG TROUBLE MARROW AND STONE, COLD MOUNTAIN CHILD Saturday 24 8pm Friday 30 NOB HILL 4218 S SPRINKLE RD KALAMAZOO 269-349-2965 POST 530 Fri. 2 & Sat. 3 Fri. 16 & Sat. 17 Fri. 23 & Sat. 24 BOOM TOWN Fri. 30 & Sat. 31 PAGE 14
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USIC BOARD THE MUSIC FACTORY OLD DOG TAVERN 191 ANGELL ST. BATTLE CREEK 269-962-2121 SEASONS AFTER, BEYOND THE FALLOUT Friday 2 7pm LONGEST WINTER Saturday 3 8pm EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS, NOT FOR LEASE , ABOVE-GROUND Friday 9 7pm BURN HALO, XXI, AGAINST HIMSELF Saturday 10 7pm THE BUTCHER BABIES, NEKROGOBLIKON, DEAD IN 5, A SLEEPLESS MALICE Friday 16 6pm FLAW, A FALL TO BREAK, THE SUBURBANS, NOVENA VENDETTA Saturday 17, 7pm 3 PILL MORNING, 86 THE EVIL , THE KICKBACKS Friday 23, 7pm NOVA BLAST Saturday 24 9pm DEVILS NIGHT BASH LOA, ALL ENDS BLACK, DEAD HOUR NOISE Friday 30 7pm MR. PRESIDENTS NIGHTCLUB 304 N. BURDICK STREET KALAMAZOO 269-381-1110 DAVID LLOYD AND FRIENDS Every Wed. at 5pm 402 E KALAMAZOO AVE KALAMAZOO 269-381-5677 JAZZ BRUNCH WITH ELLIOT BILD Every Sunday 11am TOM DUFFIELD Mondays at 5pm REGGAE NIGHT WITH REGGAE LOU Mondays at 8pm BRANDEN MANN Tuesdays at 8pm starting the 12th BEN JAMMIN AND ANALISA Every Saturday 10am DUFFIELD CARRON PROJECT KNIGHT & ROSE LONGEST WINTER CATS IN THE HAT BLUES PLEASANT DRIVE HALLOWEEN Friday 16 9pm Sunday 19 6pm THE CENTER STATE Saturday 24 9pm CROSSROADS BLUES BAND Sunday 25 6pm THE HIGH DIVERS Friday 30 9pm BRANDEN MANN & THE REPRIMAND Saturday 3 9pm SEVENTH SON BLUES BAND Sunday 4 6pm HIRED HANDS Friday 9 5pm THE DUNNING KRUGER BAND Friday 9 9pm FOUR WHEEL DRIVE Saturday 10 9pm OLD TIME JAM Sunday 11 2pm SEVENTH SON BLUES BAND Sunday 11 6pmpm ALEX MAYS Thursday 15 7pm BRASS RAIL Friday 16 5pm ELROY MELTZER Friday 9 9pm STOVE PIPE STOVER 517 E MICHIGAN BATTLE CREEK 269-964-0872 STRANGE BREW BATTLE OF THE BANDS FINAL 773 W MICHIGAN AVE. KALAMAZOO 269-337-9911 OVERTIME PUB & GRILL BRASS RAIL Friday 2 9pm RUPERT’S BREW HOUSE BAD ASSETS Every Saturday 5-8pm THE REAL FANTASTICS Saturday 31 Saturday 31 9pm DARLING DOWN, SXX, TRUST NO ONE Friday 2 5pm Friday 30 Friday 2 Friday 9 PLAIN JAYNE Friday 16 BAREFOOT BLONDE Saturday 10 9pm Friday 16 9pm STIKY FUT Saturday 17 9pm TREE KNOCKA STYLEE Friday 23 9pm ALL IS WELL Saturday 24 9pm BENADICT JOLLYROCKERS Friday 30 9pm FORTE BRANDAN MANN SINGER SONGWRITER NIGHT PAPA PETE’S SATELITE RECORDS Friday 23 Friday 30 502 SOUTH BURDICK KALAMAZOO 269-388-2196 LARGE MOUTH BASS Friday 9 JELLYROLL Saturday 10 VANTAGE BDAY PARTY Thursday 15 STRANGE LOVE Saturday 17 THAT FREAK QUINCY Friday 23 BABZ HALLOWEEN Thursday 29 Saturday 31 9pm 808 S WESTNEDGE AVE KALAMAZOO 269-381-0218 BROWN COMPANY MICROWAVES SMOKE SIGNALS Thursday 15 6pm SHAKESPEARS LOWER LEVEL 214 EAST KALAMAZOO KALAMAZOO 269-488-3330 THE FLIPS, HONEY POT, TRUE FO, ELEPHANT CELEBES Sunday 4 8pm THE DAWN DRAPES, AXEL QUINIAN, CARDBOARD HIGHWAYS GRACE POTTER JESSE COOK Thursday 29 8pm KILL MATILDA , THE HEX BOMBS THE UNION CABARET & GRILL Friday 30 9pm Monday 5 8pm Wednesday 7 8pm OFF THE LEDGE, CARDBOARD HIGHWAYS, THE CLASS ACTS, LIGHTS & CAVES Saturday 17 8pm GUERILLA POUBELLE, ARMS ALOFT, THE SHORTLIFE, FREIGHT BANDITS Monday 19 8pm CARNIVAL OF SOULS, THE REPTILIAN AS NO DOUBT, THE HEMINGERS AS THE CRAMPS, FULL FRONTAL CORTEZ AS THE WHO Friday 23 8pm STARFARM Saturday 24 9pm STATE THEATRE 404 S BURDICK ST KALAMAZOO 269-345-6500 HIGH WAY TO HELL AC/DC TRIBUTE SHOW Saturday 3 7pm BUDDY GUY Saturday 10 8pm MELISSA ETHERIDGE Tuesday 13 7:30pm THE MERSEY BEATLES Friday 16 8pm ROCK MY SOUL WITH THE FAIRFIELD FOUR & THE MCCRARY SISTERS Sunday 18 7pm Sunday 25 7pm Tuesday 27 6:30pm WMU JAMS WITH KEITH HALL OUT OF FAVOR BOYS Thursday 1 9pm PROFESSOR SCAREMY SISKIND’S PHANTOM OF THE BOPERA: A JAZZOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR STEVE HILGER BAND WAREHOUSE 125 S. KALAMAZOO MALL KALAMAZOO 269-384-6756 ADAM SMALE Friday 2 9pm KEITH HALL’S HOME COOKIN Saturday 3 9pm LUKAS PEDERSON Tuesday 6 8pm WMU JAZZ ORCHESTRA Wednesday 7 8pm GENE KNIFIC GROUP Thursday 8 8pm CLIFF ERICKSON Friday 9 9pm CLIFF ERICKSON Saturday 10 9pm UNIVERSITY JAZZ LAB BAND Monday 12 8pm NATHAN HOLLEY Tuesday 13 8pm GLJO Wednesday 14 7pm ORGANISSIMO Thursday 15 8pm HIRED HANDS Friday 16 9pm NASHON HALLOWAY Saturday 17 9pm BELLO SPARK Tuesday 20 8pm WMU SCHOOL OF MUSIC Thursday 22 8pm GABRIAL JAMES Tuesday 27 8pm Saturday 31 9pm 1299 COLUMBIA AVE BATTLE CREEK 269-979-9273 SUPPORT THE TROOPS FUNDRAISER W/ COUNTRY JUNKIE Friday 9 9pm SXX Friday 16 9pm POGO REY & BLUE HAZE Saturday 17 7pm ERIKA SCHERRY BAND Saturday 17 9pm MATILA SANDERS & GEE-Q Friday 30 9pm M89 SPORTS BAR & GRILL 129 E ALLEGAN ST OTSEGO 269-694-6970 33 Fri 2 & Sat 3 THE DANI JAMERSON BAND Fri 9 & Sat 10 SOUTH COUNTY Fri 16 & Sat 17 TYPO Fri 23 & Sat 24 THE DENISE BROWN CONNECTION Fri 30 & Sat OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 15
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PHONE INTERVIEW WITH JULIA BAIRD SISTER OF THE BEATLE JOHN LENNON by Nick Hatzinikolis Julia Baird is an Author and the half-sister of the legendary Beatle, John Lennon. SMASH Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Julia ahead of her mini British invasion to Kalamazoo with the Beatles tribute band “The Mersey Beatles”. Julia has endorsed the Mersey Beatles with their authentic sound and look of the Original 4 lads from Liverpool. The Mersey Beatles will be playing the Kalamazoo State Theater on Friday October 16th at 8pm. Julia Baird will be there as well to sell and sign her biographical book about her brother John Lennon “IMAGINE THIS”. SMASH - What is it about the “Mersey Beatles” that you saw in them to give them your endorsement? JULIA - I call them the “Black and White” Beatles, they as are near to the Beatles as they can be, they don’t put their own take on it so much, they just represent. SMASH - How did you get connected with the Beatles tribute band the “Mersey Beatles”? JULIA - It started about 11 or so years ago when the Australian Cavern Club opened in Adelaide, it was to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original Beatles playing in Australia, there were dignitaries from the mayor, councilmen and such, it was a very big celebration, they were trying to replicate what had happened 40 years ago, so they invited us from the Liverpool Cavern Club to participate in the celebrations of the Adelaide’s Cavern Clubs opening. They wanted a Beatle Band and it was the “Mersey Beatles”, we all went together. SMASH - As I understand it, all of the Mersey Beatles are from Liverpool, is that correct? JULIA - They are indeed, just like the original Beatles. There are a few bands like the Cavern Club Beatles, and the Mersey Beatles that literally have the echo of the 4 lads or the 4 boys from Liverpool SMASHMAGS.COM and it does make a difference when they are from Liverpool. The Mersey Beatles, have the scoff, the wit, they have the attitude, the tenacity, humor of the Beatles themselves had and it’s a nice little gift on top of their musical talent and the fact that that they are from Liverpool means that they nearly replicate the Beatles. They have an inside understanding of who the original Beatles are. SMASH - A follow up question to that, do the Mersey Beatles get the respect or reception when they play as the Beatles with the look and sound? JULIA - People respond to them really, really well! I remember going to early Beatles concerts; in fact they were Quarrymen concerts, but they weren’t concerts as we know them today, they were playing little village halls, in backs of lorry’s, as a family that’s where we saw them play mostly. The audiences started to grow and grow and grow until they went to America of course, but that was out of reach for us to see them as a family, but that is when they really started to hit the global awareness. These Mersey Beatles, are very, very much like the early Beatles, I was with them on their last trip playing theatres’ much like the one we will at in Kalamazoo, the theaters were absolutely packed. It was really, very exciting! Everyone was singing along there was even some dancing. It is indeed very reminiscent of the early Beatles. It is very interactive! If you can ever get to the Cavern Club over here in Liverpool, that excitement is here every night! That magic is recreated night after night! And Kalamazoo will get that when they see the Mersey Beatles! SMASH - Did the Beatles themselves or anyone in their inner circle expect the Beatles Mania to be as big as they were and still are in the beginning? JULIA - Well, you know people think that they were an ‘Ov ernight sensation”. Paul has famously said “What makes them think we woke up one morning being stars? We went to bed made a record and hit the jackpot?” He said, we did 800 hours of rehearsals in Hamburg Germany alone! Even before they went to Hamburg, they came back and they would play all night long on the stage, sometimes sleeping on the stage as well, they did what is famously known as the Northern clubs. They were working men’s clubs, you can die a death in those places, you just have to get off the stage or you can really take off. They did the hard work and the apprenticeship for years, it truly did not happen overnight. Our Aunt Mimi famously said to John “The guitar is all very well John, but you’ll never make a living at it!” When he got a gold disc, he had that etched on the plaque for her to display. SMASH - Before Ringo had joined the Beatles, Pete Best was the drummer in the Quarrymen and the early Beatles, can you recall what happened with that? JULIA - Actually, before it was Pete Best, it was Colin Hanton on drums, the Original Quarrymen are actually on the road now, Len Gary, Colin Hanton and Rod Davis, so do look out for them in the states! We don’t know the ins and outs of what happened but suddenly Ringo was the drummer. SMASH - It can be argued, pretty successfully that the Beatles changed the world between the look, the sound and alike, what was it about them that made them so endearing? JULIA - Well again, it’s not like they were the overnight sensation that many people believe, they went off to do the Ed Sullivan show in February of 1964. I have a series of tapes from the BBC that have them playing on the radio every Saturday morning on the Brian Matthews show “Pop goes the weasel” and they would be reading postcards saying “Happy Birthday Michelle from Birmingham is 16 today”! And they would sing to her! And this is going on as they hit America, so they didn’t think in terms of global villages or global awareness, it was not in their vocabulary. They had no idea of what was about to happen to them, they were going to the ends of the earth when they came to America! A quick story, after arriving in America, they all got to the Plaza Hotel in New York where they were staying, do you know what the first thing they did? They got on the phone to Brian Matthews back in England and read out all of the Happy Birthday postcards they brought over with them to the states, at the end of it they were talking to the PAGE 16
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fans and John would be saying ”We’ll be gone a couple of weeks, don’t forget about us!” I honestly think no one truly knew what was going to happen with the Beatles. SMASH - Let’s talk about your book “IMAGINE THIS”, why did you feel the need to write it? JULIA - The book talks about Beatles early start in Liverpool. I’ve said if you had an aerial view every shed in town it would be shaking with young lads playing guitar or bashing on drums. All of the lads were all in one (Group). You must know about the Liverpool groups, every town in Britain had groups and not bands. A band was an orchestra with violins, oboes, trombones and a conductor in the front. Every family who had a brother or son was in one, it was going on everywhere and we were here in Liverpool. So, if a girl had brothers, they’d all be playing in a group. The questions about our brother(s) to us school girls were, “Does he play an instrument”? Does he sing? Does he do both? What’s the group called? Indeed, my brother played the guitar and he sang as well. And he was a Rock ‘n’ Roller through and through! The book is my story, ‘IMAGINE THIS, talks about growing up with my brother, John Lennon’, I wrote the story in an attempt to distinguish the reality from the fantasy and to establish an honest historic record for John, the stories of him have been so wildly wrong. I was eventually compelled to set the record right before I depart this mortal coil. My mother had died and then John had died and after about 5 years after his (Johns’) death there were all of these dreadful stories that were not true and made up. You cannot libel the dead. More importantly, however, it is the story of our family, our Mother, his sisters including myself. There was a dreadful documentary on John’s life on the BBC, my sister and I and Julian weren’t mentioned at all, so I rang the BBC the next day, they wanted to know who it was that was calling, I said it’s John Lennon’s sister, the producers of the documentary on the other end of the phone said “John doesn’t have any sisters”, I said oh indeed he has, you’re speaking to one! That’s how stupid it got. SMASH - What do you want to share with the SMASH readers and Beatles fans before your arrival to Kalamazoo? JULIA - Simply, bring your dancing shoes!! Anyone that has has seen the show has been blown away! Catch the Mersey Beatles wsg. Author Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister on Friday, October 16th at 8:00PM I 94 Concert Series AMERICAN ROOTS EVENING Jim Stout Band Thunderwüde Thursday Oct. 8 7:00 PM Beer & Wine Bar Opens at 6:30 $15 Door Downstage Club Lower Level of the Franke Christopher Carter Recognized as one of the world’s greatest “mind readers.” Oct. 24 Advance Door 8:00 PM $20 $22 Reserved Seating:  Pricing ranges from $22 – $49. Opportunity for VIP Meet & Greet Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available in-person-only at the State Theatre Box Office hours: Thursday-Friday 11am-6pm 214 East Mansion Street Marshall, MI 49068 Box Office: 269-781-0001 Visit  the  Frankecenterforthearts.org  website  for  more  informa5on   Kalamazoo State Theatre 404 S. Burdick St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 269.345.6500 OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 17
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In lieu of the Smash Artist of the Month this issue, our creative director, Nicholas Zastrow is going to talk about his favorite horror movies, soundtracks and show off some of his spooky inspired artwork. Most people love watching horror movies near Halloween, but I’ll sit down and watch a terrible slasher flick any time. With such holiday classics as; ThanksKilling, Silent Night Deadly Night, Jack Frost (not that one with Michael Keaton), and My Bloody Valentine; the horror movie genre has cemented itself into every possible holiday. Hell, you can even consider M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Happening’ as an Arbor Day horror movie. Here is a list of my favorites from the last year or two (mild spoilers ahead): Horror Movie posters for movies that dont exist...yet CREEP (JUNE 2015) When Nicholas isn’t designing for Smash, developing websites, turning wood on his lathe, 3D printing, or any of the other one million projects he does each week; he likes to sit down and get creative with fake projects. DIRECTOR: Patrick Brice TAKE-AWAY: Don’t pick up freelance jobs on craigslist. This series was focused on developing movie posters for horror movies that don’t exist, or one’s that he’d eventually like to shoot. See more at his website letsaweso.me HOUSEBOUND (OCTOBER 2014) WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (FEBRUARY 2015) DIRECTOR: Gerard Johnstone TAKE-AWAY: If you hear strange noises in your house, bust down the walls. OTHER RECENT FAVORITES DIRECTOR: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi TAKE-AWAY: Don’t eat the bisgetti, it’s worms. IT FOLLOWS (MARCH 2015) Antiviral, Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead, Frankenstein’s Army, Grabbers, Horns, The Guest, You’re Next LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE NEW RELEASES Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, Goodnight Mommy, Poltergeist reboot, The Green Inferno, The Witch FAVORITE HORROR ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: DIRECTOR: David Robert Mitchell TAKE-AWAY: Use protection or you’ll have a weird STD ghost trying to kill you. SMASHMAGS.COM LOST THEMES ARTIST: John Carpenter LABEL: Sacred Bones Records IT FOLLOWS (OST) ARTIST: Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland) LABELS: Milan Records, Editions Milan Music PAGE 18
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head towards the lake is always welcome in my book, so my daughter (Baylee, 8) and I made the drive one Sunday evening. I did my Facebook research and found they have a passion for burgers, all kinds, creative ones I’ve never heard of, but was excited to try! As I pulled in it wasn’t quite what I had expected, as I was hoping for a view of the lake while I dined. But nonetheless the atmosphere was inviting, the patrons and staff friendly, and the food didn’t disappoint. It was clear that I had to try a burger and while there were some awesome options, like the Godfather $8.50(provolone, mozzarella, giadiniera, lettuce & tomato), the Cowboy $8.50 (American cheese, black pepper candied bacon, grilled onions & A1 sauce) or the Aloha $8.50 (provolone, teriyaki glazed ham, pineapple, lettuce & tomato), I chose the special $10. By Kasi Casterline My dear editor gave me my first assignment; a restaurant review on The Sandbar and Grille (note the play on words there, genius), located near the Lake Michigan shoreline in St Joe. An excuse to bun was completely perfect, the patty juicy, and the toppings blended to create a perfect specimen of burger ingenuity. It was paired with their thick crispy sidewinder fries that were a pleasant replacement to your traditional fry. My daughter chose the mac and cheese bites which she stated were, “heaven”. But this place was more than a unique burger. While waiting for our order my daughter asked me to teach her how to play pool. She received pointers and encouragement from many of the regulars and we had an awesome time being part of their hometown bar for the evening. After wards we made the short drive to the beach and watched the sunset together before heading home. Great town, great memories, great burgers. The Yankee Doodle burger sounded exceptionally unique (and a little scary). This bad boy came equipped with American and Swiss cheese, bacon, BURBON FRIED APPLES, and caramelized onions. Did you catch my reaction to those apples? Apples, on a greasy burger, could this really be happening? If you checked out last month’s issue you may remember that I did some hardcore research on the best burger in Battle Creek. So I think that kind of makes me somewhat of a reliable, trustworthy source to rate this creation. I tackled this burger beauty and ate every last bite! I have always been a fan of mixing sweet and salty and this definitely delivered. The The Sandbar and Grille MONDAY-SATURDAY :11:00AM - 2:00AM SUNDAY: NOON - 2:00AM 2701 LAKESHORE DR, ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN THESANDBARANDGRILLE.COM OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 19
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Mike Irelan 89.1 FM WIDR Blues Disc Jockey By Nick Hatzinikolis When SMASH magazine asked Mike about the “State of the Blues” Mike says, “Everyone is looking for the next Stevie Ray Vaughn!” He also quoted Buddy Guy to say “Stevie Ray had a magic skeleton key, he let us all out to play again”. BluesPower Host Mike Irelan with Bobby Wilson This month’s “Jock in the Box” is Mike Irelan. Mike, a well-known local Blues historian and Blues Disc Jockey is the long time host of his radio show Bluespower on Tuesday evenings at 8pm till 10pm on Kalamazoo’s 89.1 WIDR-FM or as Mike said, “I’ve been doing this about as long as the station manager has been alive!” Mike got his start in radio when he tried out at as a disc jockey at 89.1 FM WIDR at the suggestion of Marty Spalding, Marty himself was a Blues disc jockey in Kalamazoo as well as the owner of the now closed 411 Club. Mike has been served as a board member of the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA) and continues to be a long time and supporter. Mike‘s mission coupled with his passion for the Blues genre is “… to promote, educate, and preserve the rich history of blues music …” is the central theme of the KVBA mission statement.  This bluesman has been an integral part of the KVBA’s “Blues in Schools” program. He has helped to present the history of blues music at libraries, book stores, and schools, impacting hundreds of Kalamazoo area school children as well as the community at large. Bluespower has been bringing the best of the Blues, from the classics to the contemporary for the Kalamazoo Blues audiences to enjoy and savor. Mike is also known for featuring local Blues artists to promote their CD’s and music on his show. Mike also hosts a live jam the Tuesday before Thanksgiving call the “Pre-Bird” show, it’s a by invitation only jam session in studio. “If there’s a mistake, oh well, you get the good, bad and the ugly” Says Mike. SMASH asked Mike about the “Guitar Gods” in today’s Blues music scene, Mike said “That is a pet peeve of mine.” Mike went on to say, “The Blues was not meant to have a “hot” guitar licks. It was meant to be usually done in 1 take. It there was a mistake, whoever copied the song also made the same mistake, just the way it was, there’s too much Rock in the Blues music these days.” “The older Blues musicians were not formally trained, the music was slower and not over produced like a lot of today’s blues artists”. The faster, hotter guitar players get all of the gigs because they appeal to a wider audience. It’s a double edge sword being a Blues artist.” Welcome to SMASH Magazines new monthly feature “Jock in the Box”. We will be talking to the people you listen to on the radio in the SMASH magazine distribution area. When asked about who was the heir apparent to B.B. King after his recent death, Mike said quickly “It’s Buddy Guy! The problem is we no longer have the older guys to teach the new guys anymore. They are dying off.” Mike is a big fan of Chicago, Blues, Delta Blues and Acoustic Blues. Some of his favorite artist include, Angelo Santelli from Kalamazoo, he is also a fan of Selwyn Birchwood and Victor Wainwright, Damon Fowler. Mike believes that “The Blues like everything else, it evolves. The Blues is a journey!” Mike wanted thank Marty Spalding for all he has done for the Kalamazoo Blues music scene and fans of the Blues over many years! Cheers to you Marty! When asked about the lack of a full time commercial Blues stations in the Kalamazoo and other markets area Mike responded that “It’s all about the dollars and cents. We are not demographically correct for commercial radio stations, they look for the 15-35 crowd, and they’re the ones that spend the money. With the exception of my show and XM or Sirius radio stations, there’s not much out there these days.” “Same with venues, how many kids do you see, at the shows in town not many, it’s the usual 40 year olds plus crowd, and we need venues in town to showcase the talent we have around here.” OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 21
Mike Irelan  89.1 FM WIDR Blues Disc Jockey By Nick Hatzinikolis  When SMASH magazine asked Mike about the    State of the...
STAND UP! The making of a music video By: Bruce Tuck On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, MTV launched with what would be the changing face of music, with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack, and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia, which took place earlier that year, and of the launch of Apollo 11. Those words were immediately followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching rock tune composed by Jonathan Elias and John Petersen, playing over photos of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the flag featuring MTV's logo changing various colors, textures, and designs. The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star". This was followed by the video for Pat Benatar's "You Better Run". We have come a long way since the days of MTV, and what used to be a platform for only those who had made it big in the industry. Now, with the advent of the internet, You Tube, and social networking, the music video has blossomed into an all-out promotional concept for up and coming musicians. Like its predecessors, the video was a way to describe the story behind the lyrics, just as movies did for books. Now, they are not always just a story, but an off handed way to see the band perform if you never had before. About 5 years ago, I had the pleasure of working with a band of young men from Alabama, helping them find gigs to play in Michigan, which turned out to be a valiant, although rocky attempt at assisting them in their efforts to find venues all over the country to play. Since that time these kids have grown into amazing musicians, friends and my family. With their growth and popularity, they have now become stars in a community of touring bands. I was recently selected to play a role in their upcoming music video and wanted to share that experience with you. Videos are not what you would expect with several fancy cameras and a cast of stars and or SMASHMAGS.COM people getting paid to play a role, but simply put, they work with a videographer who shoots multiple angles and directions of the same scene utilizing a state of the art digital camera that records video. The entire cast was comprised of volunteers who offered their time to help make this video a success. Part of the process was finding the right location and scenarios to properly represent the meaning and vision created by the band and their videographer. The location was set in Saginaw, Michigan as that is where the videographer was hired from. Basically the entire town was used in some form or another from, bars and coffee shops, to warehouses and churches, not to mention some road shots and background themes to tie it all together. I do not want to give away too much of the video, prior to its release, but we started out in a warehouse where I was filmed along with several other cast members as workers. It was hot inside and they asked me if there was any way I could be sweaty for the shoot, well…that was the easiest part of my role. I was filmed doing certain tasks and as I stated previously the same shot was taken many times and yes I was soaked with sweat PAGE 22
STAND UP  The making of a music video  By  Bruce Tuck  On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12 01 a.m. Eastern Time, MTV launch...
and dirty. Keep in mind, there are no dressing rooms, makeup or anything resembling that, so my dressing room for this particular shot was in the parking lot, yup changed right there in front of everyone. the days that brought us here, we laughed until 2am…wait we had to be up at 6am for the next days activities…yikes! Rise and shine and back to the grind, we started the day back in the same place we ended the evening, Downtown Saginaw. On the same street, dressed in the same clothes I ended the night in, slightly tattered and unkempt looking we walked the streets again, filming what would be the climax of my part in the video. While we were filming, a crowd began to gather, a crowd that would play a major part in the video, all friends and family volunteering their Sunday morning to be a part of the finale. After filming several scenes of people gathering, we made our way to the main road where the local authorities assisted by blocking off an entire city block so we could film what would be the tie in to the entire video. This was the end of my part in the video, there was more filming taking place that day, other story lines and fill in shots, but wow, what a weekend. Once we finished the warehouse shoot, the next step was to portray the worker in his apartment preparing to take a shower and dress for the next scene. Ok, I am not built like a brick shit house, nor do I resemble a model by any stretch haha. So I was told the scene was to be of me taking a shower…was I nervous that I had to take my clothes off in front of a camera…hell yes, but I was able to keep shorts on, just so you know. So the shot progressed with me and my DAD BOD getting into the shower and being filmed while washing up. Sucking in my gut when I remembered and trying to get the shot that the videographer wanted was a challenge, but apparently I passed the test. So I bring this suit to wear for the next scene, a BLACK suit, its 85 degrees outside, just took a pseudo-shower, walked outside and bam… drenched in sweat again! A/C in my truck was a bit lacking so the 55 mph window down A/C was all I had. I digress, so we head to the location of the next scene, A CHURCH, now I have been in a church many times for various things, but NEVER have I had to get up in front of the “congregation” and act like I was preaching. There were no lines to read, I had to ad-lib everything to make it look like I was preaching in front of about 40 people. Let’s just say, I would have rather been back in the shower scene. Keeping in mind again, I had to do it more than once. Felt like I was back in the warehouse with sweat dripping from my head. I should have had a few more shots of holy water before I tried all that. So after a few shots of me driving to random places to fill in some gaps, we headed to our final destination of the evening, Downtown Saginaw. To sum it all up, this was an experience to mark off your bucket list, for sure. I want to thank the boys in Shallow Side, Nick (Producer/Videographer), the City of Saginaw, Shannon and Jon for opening up their home and all the friends, family and supporters that are going to make this an amazing production. So remember, you have a voice and your opinion matters, so STAND UP!!!! I finally got to loosen the tie and unbutton the collar, whew! The local bars were very accommodating as we walked in and out of them several times to capture an image that would tie the story together. Even the local patrons, bartenders and other standers-by were able to be a part of this, soon to be epic video. As dusk approached and night set in, we ended the shoot for the day. We all gathered at a friends home for some good food and fun times to end the night, sitting around a bon fire, reminiscing about OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 23
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READY TO ROCK: A HISTORICAL THEATER CHANGES ITS FACE by John Barrett - “DJ Verve” on WIDR's Birdland Change is so regular in our lives that the biggest surprise sometimes comes when things stay the same. When motion pictures first appeared on the scene in the 1890's they were usually shown in small shops and converted vaudeville theaters. Starting in the 1910's that changed, as the larger movie studios built mammoth venues to exclusively show their company's product. Ornate block-length structures with Art Deco facades and often dripping with velvet and brass, these picture palaces were meant to be as impressive and grand as the films they presented. The State Theatre in Kalamazoo comes from this era, as does the legendary Fox in Detroit. Most are gone now but a few survive in unexpected quarters, including one which in the months ahead hopes to present a different kind of entertainment. Niles, a small town on Michigan's border with Indiana, is not a place you think of often when it comes to big events. It's probably best known for being a stone's throw from Notre Dame University, but some impressive names were born here, including the auto industry's Dodge Brothers, Montgomery Ward, Ring Lardner and Sixties rocker Tommy James. For almost a century standing on a corner of East Main Street, the Ready Theatre presented silent movies when it first opened in 1927, which explains the orchestra pit in front of the screen. As is the case with stage productions, a live band would perform as the film unreeled above the musicians, providing added emotion to the scenes Valentino or Pola Negri were portraying silently. There was also a giant theater organ, which was later sold and removed from the premises Bedecked with rounded windows and a massive curtain that parted to reveal the screen, the Ready brought the glamour of Hollywood a few blocks from home. SMASHMAGS.COM Such opulence in a small town can be easily explained: in its early days the Ready was owned by Butterfield Theatres, itself owned by industry giant Paramount Pictures. Originally known as Famous Players, Paramount began as a theater chain and later entered movie production to bring exclusive films to their screens. (Fox and the MGM-owned Loew's Corporation also began in this way.) This meant the feature film on the bill was usually a Paramount, but you would also get serials, cartoons and short films from a variety of other makers. Owned by Butterfield throughout the 1940's, the building was large enough to house other businesses, including a barber shop, also called the Ready, which lasted many years. According to the 1941 edition of the Film Daily Yearbook, the Ready had a capacity of 1,000 seats for its single screen. One man, reminiscing on a movie fan website, recalls that the Saturday matinee at the Ready cost twelve cents in 1941. In later years the seats were increased to 1,144, apparently its largest capacity. This version of the theater was not to last, owing to changes both local and national. The event which ultimately ended the motion picture studio was a 1948 Supreme Court decision, formally titled United States Vs. Paramount Pictures but which also encompassed other movie companies. Terming the studios a vertical monopoly, the decision meant studios could no longer do business in all aspects of film production, leading the studios to sell off their theaters. Passing through many hands as the years went by, the Ready eventually partitioned itself to form four smaller theaters. In this form it was called the Ready 4 and the neon marquee removed for something less grandiose. The barber shop was also removed at some point and its space use to expand the lobby area. The recent history of the Ready is in the hands of Moore Theatres, which closed the old movie house in the mid-2000s. Moore Theatres also owns Won- derland Cinema, Niles' only movie theater at present; they also operate the Loma in Coloma, the Michigan Theatre in South Haven and the M-89 Cinema in Otsego. Moore's most recent acquisition was the former Cheap Flicks Theater in Battle Creek, currently being renovated with the aim of becoming a first-run theater. The purchase of the Battle Creek venue is one of the factors delaying the reopening of the Ready, a work in progress many years in the making. Plans for revamping the Ready have been in place for some time now; as owner Carol Moore has said, “It will be ready when it's ready.” A comment made on a Web article in 2012 said that the auditorium was almost completely restored with work progressing on the lobby area. The partitions diving the theater in four have been removed, returning the Ready to a single-stage format. A new marquee was installed in 2013, and a large glass-fronted addition to the building added later. The area offers expanded restroom facility and a cafe area for attendees once it reopens. No date for the launch is available at this time, but one plan sees the Ready presenting live concerts, with a movie screen intact to keep open the possibility of showing films. Work still continues on the building, and no firm date has been set for the venue's relaunch. Rest assured, when this legendary site opens for the first time in roughly a decade, the entertainment fans of Niles will be ready. PAGE 24
READY TO ROCK   A HISTORICAL THEATER CHANGES ITS FACE by John Barrett -    DJ Verve    on WIDR s Birdland Change is so reg...
COLLECTIVE SOUL – SEE WHAT YOU STARTED BY CONTINUING GENRE: ALTERNATIVE ROCK RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 2, 2015 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD GENRE: POP PUNK RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2015 In February 2014, the band announced they would be releasing their ninth studio album, “See What You Started by Continuing”, during the summer that year. The twenty-ninth studio album by British singThe forthcoming second studio album by Australian er-songwriter Rod Stewart, is due to be released on pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer. It is due to 23 October 2015 through Capitol Records. It was be released worldwide by Capitol Records on 23 produced by Stewart and Kevin Savigar. October 2015. Despite reports that the album would be released in August or September, the album was pushed back from its anticipated summer release to the following year. On September 10, Ed Roland responded to questions regarding the album’s release: “First of all thanks to all of you for your patience, we are so happy you are eager to hear new tunes! We are diligently working to bring you something worth the wait. I’m finishing vocals this week and then we mix. With a realistic amount of setup time to launch we are looking at early 2015. That’s the best estimate I can give you at the moment. Many thanks!” Stewart released his twenty-eighth studio album, Time, in 2013. The album contained eleven songs written or co-written by Stewart. Commenting on Time, Stewart stated, “I’ve found that the only way to write songs is to be as personal and honest as possible, and when my last album was so well-received it gave me the confidence to keep on writing, and to examine and write about different things. It also gave me the freedom to experiment with different sounds like reggae, ska and Celtic On 12 August 2015 they announced the title and melodies.” cover art for the record, with pre-orders starting on 14 August in each time zone. Each pre-order gets Stewart stated that “Batman Superman Spiderman” an instant download of new track “Fly Away”. was written about bedtime stories that he would Following the release their first album “5 Seconds of Summer” and their live album LiveSOS in 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer took a break for the holidays. They flew to Los Angeles in early 2015 to start writing and recording for what was to become their second album. On their headline tour, beginning in early May, they began performing a new song titled “Permanent Vacation”. See What You Started by Continuing, Collective Soul’s first album in six years and was recorded at The album’s first single “She’s Kinda Hot” was reEd Roland’s home studio in Sandy Springs, Georgia. leased on 17 July 2015, and a music video to acCollective Soul are using social networking services company it in early August. such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote the album. On October 23, 2014, the band released a teaser trailer in anticipation of the album’s release; the trailer features footage taken from a live performance of “December.” On December 25, 2014, the band offered a sneak preview of the album by making it available for streaming on Sound Cloud exclusively for Christmas Day. ROD STEWART – ANOTHER COUNTRY GENRE: ADULT CONTEMPORARY RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2015 tell his youngest son, Aiden Patrick Stewart, based around the three fictional superheroes. The album’s title track, “Another Country” was inspired by Stewart’s respect for the armed forces - a respect influenced by his birth occurring shortly before the end of the Second World War - and consequent musing on life in the armed forces, particularly regarding the emotions generated by being apart from loved ones. “Love Is” was released as the lead single from Another Country on 23 June 2015. In the United States, the single’s current peak is at no. 37 on the Adult Contemporary chart. OCTOBER 2015 | THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE | PAGE 25
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