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Kevin and I have been slaving on this new issue and it's almost done. Greg's article is called "There's Thunder In the Temple Of Sound" and it took several hours to tweak and make look good, but it was worth it. It's pretty long.
Finished most of the layout on the Jesse Jane interview. I'm expecting a major publicity campaign behind this and I think it already began in Porn Valley.
Al is calling on Monday, I can't make it to Texas do to time restrictions but it would have been cool. So we're doing the interview then.
Rich Madden of I LOVE RICH is interviewing Gene Simmons. perfect. I wonder if Gene hangs up on him.
At the last minute we got Corey Parks x Nashville Pussy and now in DIE HUNNS, and Texas Terri in the new issue.
Well hope you like the new look of MK. It's getting to be exactly where I wanted it to be for a long time. You can thank that trip to Mammoth Caves for inspiring it I'm still riding that high out.
Playing the new SKINNY PUPPY right now. It's amazing. They sent me 5 copies. One for the car, and one for the house, and 3 for good friends and writers. I'm so glad they added a second show. Now I can see them 2 X and everyone else who didn't buy tickets when I told them to can see them.
Next week is a BIG week. 3 shows in row, photo shoots and video shoots.
Back to The Grind - AZ
NEW MK: Slated For A Late-May Release
We continue to cross the line, and the line is more than blurred!
The fastest rising star in adult film JESSE JANE, graces our cover, centerfold and presence in a rocking interview.
In depth interview with Jared Louche of the reformed and rejuvenated as well as highly influential Chemlab
The worlds sexiest front man from the worlds sexiest band interviews Gene Simmons about his new solo album
Al Jorgenson checks in with Alex Zander about Ministry, Revolting Cocks and politics.
My Ruin's Tarrie B and Mick Murphy
Sunwheel Psychedelic behnd a year of Hype! Discover why we have hyped it up.
Michael Monroe talks to us from Finland about the new HANOI ROCKS
Also: Moonspell, Doro Pesch, Texas Terri, Corey Parks, Eric Singer and lots of Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll.
Everything you've come to expect from MK and some new additions.
Zorin, you really missed out bro.
Last night I went to the new Hard Rock Hotel downtown. it wasn't bad but as I had learned to expect it was light on the rock n roll and a haven for afterwork suits. Nevertheless, Afra who does Ministry's website met me, and we went up to the fourth floor were we were treated to Hord'oeurves and Johnny Walker Scotch. Afra and I have never met face to face till now and by the time we had our second drink we were whisked away wit four other guys into a candle lit room where a guy was playing guitar. We were each given a seat ad a woman bowed before each one of us and massaged our fingers and hands as one was behind us rubbing our necks, shoulders and backs. After about 20 minutes of pampering they took us up to a suite where a man in a kilt gave the 6 of us a presentation of Johnny Walker Blue Label and got to sample the nectar. The Blue Label; retails for about $200 a bottle. The two guys next to me said they bought a bottle in St John for $115.
After about 15 minutes we were dismissed and I caught up with Mike Jakubow from Rebel Radio and Moe from Interscope. They were on their way to their massages, and we agreed to meet up in the hotel bar.
Afra and I hung out and a very relaxed and impressed duo joined us and we chilled in the hotel bar for awhile and ran up Afras tab.
I haven't heard from my new friend to day so I assume he didn't make it into work. cant wait till he tells Al and Angie about the night he met Zander. - AZ
PS How do you like the new cover?
I got a very strange call on Friday. I was offered to fly into El Paso Texas and hang out at the ranch where Al and Co are recording the new Revolting Cocks record. At that time I would be able to do an interview w/ Al about the MINISTRY record which I should have any day now and about the pending RevCo record and the tour. After checking some prices it looks like I can fly in and out of El Paso for under $150. So it looks like I'm going to take them up on their offer. We'll do the interviews for both the magazine and DVD.
It's official there will be a MINISTRY and RevCo Tour starting in July. Al is putting a booth up at all of the shows with a goal to register 100,000 voters to help get W out of the White House. Please don't wait for it to come to you, you can register online now by clicking the Rock The Vote banner above.
I'm supposed to be receiving an advance of the new album any day now. This is a strange trend. Starting with Psalm 69 I've been getting advances of MINISTRY albums for over a decade long before the street date. In fact I had FILTH PIG (still my favorite MINISTRY record) somewhere around 4-5 months before it came out. This should be a good week for tunes.
Today I should be getting 5 copies of the new SKINNY PUPPY disc, and speaking of the great SP, it looks like we'll be taping them for the MK DVD when they play here in June, as well as taping the interview. Puppy live completely changed everything about what I look for in music and a concert. It's pretty embarrassing to admit what I listened to and was seeing live prior to that. Make no mistake, I've always been a punk at heart, but I was into electronic music as well. But the awful thing was some of the 80's metal bands I saw. That all ended when I become absorbed with The Sisters, JAMC, Love and Rockets, MINISTRY and of course the great Skinny Puppy. My favorite SP offering by the way is Too Dark park. This was all before the NIN revolution.
I'll also be getting the new Gene Simmons solo this week, and it better be impressive because I'm not excited about it at all. And I was once the biggest KISS fanatic. I've read both of Gene's books and am not impressed at all with the caricature he's helped turned the legacy into.I'd rather see them do a no make up Revenge era line-up album and tour than this retro charade. This will be the second time I've passed on seeing them live. I've seen incarnations of KISS over 50 times. I'm done with it...for now. Though That Symphony DVD was AWESOME. Rich Madden of I Love Rich fame, will interview Gene for us.
Friday I sent a box to my long lost best friend who I found in Texas. I haven't seen or heard for the guy since graduation 20 years ago. From 13-19 we did all the crazy shit together. If I dated a girl, he dated her best friend. it seemed that when I broke it off and met another, he ended up dating her best friend as well. We both saw KISS together for the first time and the very last concert he saw was with me back in our senior year of High School with our best friend girl friends. We skipped school together, learned how to drive and roller skate (in that order?) and got drunk together the first time. At 18 we both got our ears pierced and my father flipped and called me a fag. So I've been trying to find this fucker since the 80's and when the internet became available the search continued. well, last month I found his sister who I last saw when she was 3 years old. She had no idea who the fuck I was. But 5 min later he called me from Texas where he's a truck driver and races stock cars. He's been married for 15 years to the same lady and has 3 kids. I explained what I do and he wasn't surprised. So I sent him 4 issues of the magazine, DVD' s of my JBTV appearances, a Type O CD and 3 porno's. I'm anxious to hear what he thinks of the material. When I asked him if he was still a long-hair and he said no because he's still in the National Guard. In High School he had the long hair and I had the spiked punk hair long before it was socially acceptable, (for both of us) and we played the most horrible pranks on each other regularly. I was hoping to meet up w/ him in Texas but he lives 400 miles from where MINISTRY in working. Bummer.
I hooked All Systems Halt up with the first contest ever to record at Trent/Nothing's studio. The deadline was last week and I know its a shot in the dark but at least they're in the mix. The contest ended last week and I have no idea who else is in the running, but this is the first time anyone outside the very small circle who will be permitted to work and record with the Trent-ster. Contrary to what people may think or believe, Nothing is a record label and the studio that Trent built isn't available for rental or recording by anyone outside of the master himself,and a couple of friends. Not the way that Chicago Trax or Smart Studio have been. Manson did Anti Christ Superstar at Studio 1 in NOLA.
All Systems Halt are playing at The Double Door on Sunday May 2nd as part on Emergenza. I gotta do that after staying out at Newbombs on Saturday night. Whhhhoooo Eeeeeee.
Tomorrow I'm meeting The Madman Mike J of Rebel radio and Victory Records, at the Hard Rock Hotel for a special event. Look for my full report on Chicago's newest Hotel and their hospitality on Wednesday.
Been busting my ass on wrapping up the redesign of MK. It's like Kevin and I have gutted this damned thing and rebuilt it from the inside. So many changes that have to be done so quickly and the new adult sections we've added are really jazzing this baby up. We worked non-stop hours on it today and then he's working on the site from his office and I work on editing and site content from this office.
Kevin has been a real pleasure to work with and we bounce off of each other pretty well.
We created a logo for the adult DVD review section called FAST FORWARD and lined up Chris Curry and Kim breeding JACKHAMMER JIMMY which is the rating key for the new section. It's really funny, and adds new "spice" to and old formula.
I'm really excited about the new ViXXXens logo. It's the concept I've had in my head for 3 years but it took myself and two other guys to make a reality and to get exactly what I've been looking for. It's going to be out on the t-shirts we're doing for girls and we're doing an MK Logo Shirt and a Got MK? shirt. Invisible are having the shirts done as a promo tool for the new DVD we're doing with them. There are also going to be some Point Of Sale Posters. I'm not sure if I mentioned but the first disc will be on sale everywhere in August. It looks like there is going to be some pretty cool promotion for this venture.
A few last minute interviews are lined up for this issue: Gene Simmons, Al Jorgensen, Texas Terri and Corey Parks formerly of Nashville Pussy who is now in Die Hunns. Jesse Jane did a few last minute questions and loves that we're doing a cover of her. So we'll have plenty of female content in this issue as always.
We're going to work up 3 cover concepts and then vote on which one we will release. I thought I'd share with you all two of the mock up's that are still in the process of design. I really like the look but still want to whip out the other to really have something stunning to chose from.
We have decided to use Exile On Mainline by Chemlab as the new theme-song for the website this summer. It will be on the new flash movie which is nearing completion.
Before I forget, I got a letter from a girl who knew Dylan, one of the kids who helped kill all tosepeople at Columbine, before killing himself. She verified that the jocks gave them the nickname "Trench Coat Mafia" in the school cafeteria when they's torment them, and that neither Harris or Kelbold listened to Manson or KMFDM, but were big fans of trance and techo. I guess the mofos who created the rumors need to blame The Crystal Method or Tricky now. Gee, what fun is that.
Not to make light of it, but that music sure woud make me want to kill myself.
Now I'm completely exhausted, have to check my email that has been building up and call it a day. - AZ
I spent many hours today digging some stuff from my youth in order to share some insight on what may have triggered the Columbine shooting 5 years ago. I hope this is the last time I feel I have to deal with that whole "it's not Marilyn Manson's fault" scenario. So for those of you who only come to the site to read my diary to see what I've been into, I thought I'd point you in that direction.
Thanks for your time Live Long And Strong -AZ 4/20/04
It's been a year and 4 days since I made my escape. Those of you in the know understand what I am referring to. I will now thank Jeff, Greg and Greg, Fred, and Phia for their help when it was called to be a commando.
It's been a really big week for MK and things are looking to get very busy. Personally the trip to Kentucky gave my mind exactly what it needed, to be cleared. It was a very cold and difficult winter and many changes have been implemented. Everything is now in motion and the wheels turning faster as the gears crank higher and harder than ever. Lots of projects on the table. So here's an update.
Last week it was extremely refreshing to do some serious bike riding in and around the city and I had my first cook out at the new house on Sunday. I got to visit the Secretary Of States office to renew the corporation and dodged cars on State Street and tried not to dodge the yuppie scum on Rush Street area. So much Starbucks scum.
Speaking of Starbucks, I did meet a new intern from the DePaul program at Starbucks next to the old MK office in Lincoln Park. And she's aware of the Trixie phenomenon. Her name is Jozenda.
I saw Kill Bill 1 finally and liked it, and saw the remake of Texas Chainsaw which made up in suffering where it lacked in originality.
The Black Label Society release party at The Liars Club was an amazing success. I finally hooked up in person with Carlos Burnett who is an executive on Nick Cages movie that they are shooting here in Chicago. Carlos played in the Byrds and later became the tour manager to the Runaways. So it should be no surprise that the great Kim Fowley hooked us up. I also met Barry Paddington (sp?) who heads up the Steppenwolf Theatre. I guess I'll be hanging with these guys a bit more and also Nick is coming out to a show with us but I am not saying which one it is. Carlos was amused by all the Trixies who came in and were pitching shit fits over the music. They complained and whined on end and couldn't take it till 11 PM when the event was moved upstairs. In LA when you absorb yourself in Entertainment these types yuppies etc are not even on your radar. I mean they barely show up on my, it's really like two different worlds. But they do spend their money on the product that we provide which is funny and a nice vicious circle. That's what I think.
1) The long over due issue will be out in May. The adult content is now in place so the publication has gone through a massive change. The look is sharper and the content is even more varied than before. We haven't really taken much out, we've just added to it.
2) We are putting together a video which is the very first solo video from Ron Marks/Subsonic who used to be the lead guitarist for Celtic Frost. The song is Dream American and it's a rocker. This is Ron's second solo album. Shooting is in Chicago over May and June with myself directing and the shoot is being produced by Solomon Mortimer who is doing the movie It Came From Trafalgar see the website www.itcamefromtrafalgar.com (a lot of people are unaware that I took film and theatre classes in college)
3) Speaking of the movie It Came From Trafalgar, I will be making an appearance in the film. Others starring in the film include Hank Williams 3, Scream Queen Legends Brinke Stevens and Linnea Quigley, Gunnar Hansen (Leather Face from Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) Conrad Brooks (Plan 9 From Outer Space) Bill Hinzman (Night of the Living
Dead). Christopher Curry the longtime MK contributor and author of the great HG Lewis book is doing the cover art and the liner notes. This is the second movie I will have been in, the first being an indie film I actually saw on the big screen titled "The Mercy Seat". I played of all things a cop who kills the two stars at the end of a crime scene.
4) Last month Martin Atkins asked if I'd be interested in doing a new line of DVD's for Invisible. We met yesterday and by August the first in a series of MK Magazine DVD's will debut. It's going to be very sexy and have lots of great music that other productions are afraid to boast. We were talking about cranking out four of these a year and will be tour backstage pass into our world. I'm waiting for the paperwork and yes, it looks as though I'll be a signed artist of sorts. Again I am amazed and admire Martins dedication to underground entertainment and arts. So look for hot new MK shirts and posters advertising this baby.
5) I spoke to the Tower records magazine consignments last week and was informed that worldwide only 2 issues of the Messy issue didn't sell. So that is a new milestone for us. Tower figures that they can sell 50% of the product they order from us. this time is elapsed that. I will get the covers back and will have Messy sign them and frame them. Maybe it calls for a giveaway.
6) We are doing a contest with Mofo Wear www.mofowear.net in the new issue and it's going to be very hot. Look for it.
7) Not to sound like we're bragging here but this stat only means something if we're selling a product and we do sell advertising space on the site. We are now getting a million hits per month and this is thanks in a large part to AVN which doubled our exposure since Jan and have done numerous articles on yours truly.
9) I am in the May issue of AVN Magazine as part of the cover story on Rock and Porn and it shook be on stands any day now. They are running a not so good photo of me but being that the article represents my views it all that matters.
10) They are filming Batman begins for 6 weeks this summer here in Chicago and you know I am going to try very hard to get a part and an extra.
It's now April 20th or 420 and the date marks several things. It's the five year anniversary the Columbine shooting rampage, (I was working at HBO where I met one of my very best friends Mr. Bob 'Newbomb' Hoeksema) that maniac Hitler's birthday, my dear friends Kevin and Sam's Anniversary (congrads), a year ago was Easter and the final date of the successful first leg of the United Tour which I sponsored and that was the night I met My Motor Booty Brigette. And who would have though that would happen after over a year of hell I was living. I certainly never saw it coming. But I sure saw it going hehe.
But for other people who are chronic dope smokers means something different. I learned this from the pot head who tried and nearly attempted to steal my life from me when she'd light up everyday at 420. (and that was AM and PM on many days) Today, April 20th, or 420, is an important day for stoners everywhere, It started as an underground "tea time" for potheads, and has become an important time in many people's lives who find the numbing high of the stinky weed. Some people even have a special alarm that goes off at both 420's, like they need another excuse to smoke dope. But the day 420 means so much more than the hour, it seems, as they take it quite seriously from what I understand is about planning, things that focus around marijuana.
But it's been a year since I've been around dope and am happy not to have to walk through it's nauseating stench. I know a rather large majority of my readers and friends do indulge in the smoking of the weed and I mean no offense it's just not for me. And the person I have referred to was just a hypocrital pain in my ass who had to constantly remind me of what a loser I am.
So this is what I've been up to. Thanks for reading and supporting MK!
Happy Anniversary Booty!
When the dust settles and all is said and done, one crystal clear fact shall remain, I am alex Zander, and you're welcome to the rocking world of MK!
Mammouth Caves KY April 9-12 2004
Sometime early last Friday in the AM we loaded up Doro ( the luxurious gas hog), and were heading south to central Kentucky. It was a 400 mile trek and the car was packed to the gills and a huge apparatus was bungee strapped to the trunk. We were cruisin', and in our typical fashion taking our time. We had a 4 - day weekend so why hurry, right? The sky in Chicago was still gray and bleak and it was getting chilly. Prior to our trip the weather had been in the 70's at our destination, however, the forecast called for mid sixties falling to the mid fifties as a daytime high and a seventy percent chance of rain. We would not be denied our first camping excursion of 2004, no matter what so we prepared by taking a bounty of warm clothes and picked up and 11 x 11 canopy on the way down.
As always the excruciating drive through Indiana was boring and tedious, it is a drive that no matter which way you cross that state is nauseating. 300 miles into the trip changed dramatically as we crossed the border and weaved through Louisville. The grass was green a lot of the trees were in bloom, it was warmer and hills rose out of the landscape. Wildflowers and other vegetation colored the roadway making the drive more stimulating as we got further into the south.
April would be the earliest in the year I have camped in my adult life and I was looking forward to the extremities, as well as my very first introduction into caves and caverns.
Sometime in the early afternoon we arrived outside of Cave City KY and drove out to Onyx Crystal Caves campground where we had planned to camp for the next 4 days. However, we quickly learned the grounds were closed due to a death in the family. It was a beautiful rustic campground, isolated from the highway and tourism and sat back in heavily wooded hills. It was a bummer yet as we always do, we made the BEST of a bad situation. We spent the next couple of hours scouting the area prior to deciding on a riverside campground at Houchens Ferry on the Green River inside Mammoth Caves National Park.We were engulfed in Beautiful scenery, limestone bluffs, extordinary wildlife and caves. There was a ferry that ran across the river daily from 10:15 am - 6 PM which took cars from one side of the river to the other.
After we set up cap the ferry operator took us to the forest on the rivers edge on the other side where we were encouraged to gather our own firewood from tress that had either naturally fallen or were manually chopped down by the park. This was a nice bonus being that it saved a lot of money considering the bevy of fire wood I typically burn on a camping trip. Not to mention it was an extremely nice surprise being able to gather firewood in a national park, which I consider a rare privilege. As it should be.
After all that Brigette explored the area and it's two country stores as I got the fire raging. When we departed Chicago gasoline was $2.27 per gallon for regular, in Kentucky it was $1.57. I would also learn that although the areas is a very popular tourist destination the cost of everything in the area was relatively inexpensive considering other camping trips I've taken to national Parks, State Forest Parks and destinations in general. Upon her return it was nightfall and the stars were plenty and we opened the very nice bottle of rare tequila Zoran bought for me a few weeks prior. And it was off to sleep.
Early on Saturday we had breakfast by the fire and drove into the heart of the huge sinkhole where the main cave entrance was and embarked on a four and a half tour of the Grand Avenue Cave Tour. The tour was sold out as always and as cynical as I am about my distaste guided tours I didn't seem this one in particular and I was sincerely impressed with our tour guide Ranger Ron who grew up in the area and gave tours of the caves since the 1960's. We hung back toward the back of the line where we could film and move at our own pace, and the first hour of the tour was easy and casual, but after the first break in the snowball room, the passage ways were challenging, narrow, wet and steep. There were descents of 225 feet at points and changes were dramatic. We saw a few bats resting, some cave crickets and very little inhabitants on the tour, however it only managed to wet my appetite for the wild cave tour that I anticipate next spring. This was one of the few places I've explored that has made me want to return and further become familiar with.
There was only one couple and their kids who lagged behind with us and the tail end guide Ranger Rick whose job was to keep us in the group and turn out the lights behind us. I overheard them tell Rick they were from Northern Indiana and I told Brigette it was obvious by their southern accents. Oh, and they took a minute to demonstrate what total darkness looked like, and it's really fucking dark, the only darker they say on earth is death.
The only annoyance of the 5 hours we spent with the other 112 folks on the journey was the "man with the terrible smell" who not only exuded the worst BO I've had to inhale since my trip to Alaska, but he was farting all over the caves. And his stuff reeked ok rotten eggs in sour milk. It was like burning sulfur. Brigette walked around like the guy from Bazooka Joe who wore his turtle neck around his face and I begged light a match when it turns out he was within whispering distance of us. To make matters worse, don't you know he'd be sitting in front of me on the bus ride out.
So this has documented the genesis of my fascination with Caves.
And I also took notice of some very nice hosptality. The people working in and around the park were friendly and helpful. And even with their thick southern draw were not as rude and socially prejudice as most of the people I've met in central and southern Indiana which was what I was expecting. This is their bread and butter and they are happy to serve ya'.
And I also heard some great radio out of Bowling Green on 93.3 FM.
Pure southern hospitality and charm ran abundant and I enjoyed it as Cartman does Calamine lotion.
Around 4 we were back at the campsite and it appeared that we had the place pretty much to ourselves. We gathered some more firewood and began the useless attempt of setting up the canopy. This is an entire different story. I care not go into detail but it was extremely aggravating with both of us inventing new curse words and fighting the dammed thing. The wind had not helped however, the poles were cheap fucking pieces of shit. We finally jerry-rigged it and though it still hadn't rained as forecast like the Boy Scout I was I stay prepared. I an imagine some of what the people fishing were thinking as they watched us wrestle with the 11 x 11 thing I was ready to set on fire. We laughed at it later and enjoyed some tequila and some killer pork chops and rice. As darkness fell we had a nice long night not feeling any pressure to be anywhere the next morning. Sunday morning we skipped taking a canoe trip in favor of hiking the many trails in the forest in the area. I ate sporadically throughout the day and completely exhausted my self climbing rocks, hills, trees, crossing logs over creeks and streams and swinging from vines. I only fell one and when I did I was a muddy wet mess and yes, she got a photo of it. We explored the trails till night fall had dinner and stayed up a while building bigger fires. And then about 3AM the rain came, and came and came. The wind whipped the canopy over and everything we had covered was soaked.
Now this was not the first time I have had to deal with packing wet camping supplies in the rain It's not fun, and in the past it has been frustrating and a cuss fest, and having to drive long distances in the cold with a soaking wet carload of "stuff" simply put, sucks. But we work and a team and had fun with it. I had the great idea to haul everything to a big picnic shelter and we laid everything out sand packed it as orderly if not more orderly as we it was packed when we left Chicago 4 days prior. When it was all done we drove around the park in the rain, shot some last minute photos and stopped to eat in Cave City.
On the way home we made a detour in Clermont, KY. to visit the Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey Distillery.It was a nice stop and distraction from the wet ride and we can now say been there - done that. It pretty much rained all the way till Indianapolis and we were feeling very tired and road burnt. But after unloading the car at home at a little after 10 PM feeling exhausted we both felt renewed.
I can't say how bad I need this trip but I am back and full of energy and ready to rock and there is a lot of rock n roll to kick into gear.
Spring has sprung and I'm back in black baby! Serenity NOW! - AZ
PHOTOS COMING SOON!
Just had a heapin helpin' of Southern Hospitality.
Hey yawl! I just got back tonight 10:03 PM from 4 days camping in central Kentucky and exploring Mammoth Caves National Park and Forest. Lots to share and lots of great pictures. It's been a long day, be back tomorrow.
Check out a recent awesome review of Sunwheel Psychedelic at:www.roughedge.com/cdreviews/s/sunwheelpsychedelic.htm
Got a really funny letter today from a guy calling himself American Patriot trying to tell me alll kinds of bullshit about AL J of Ministry being anti-american because of a story I put on the site. I'll share it with you all on Tuesday.
It begins: I've recently read your story about the boycott on Urban Outfitters because of the t-shirt that said, "voting is for old people". You talked about an artists from the band, Ministry, called Al Jourgensen. Here's the truth about that man. Al Jourgensen and his following of fans are a bunch of anti-American lunatics.
That was just a piece from it. Nice to know people from all walks are reading MK Online.
FYI Kelly Ripa is the Toe of the week at www.cameltoe.org which makes her even hotter.
For another kick ass site see www.consumptionjunction.com
Funny how Clear Channel was fined for airing a Stern show LAST YEAR. These conservatives are offended by farts and sex calling it indecent and obscene. How the hell do the procreate if sex is so dirty? I thought it was a beautiful thing at least. (not always mind you) But being offended by fart sounds explains their tight asses.
Went to the coolest Metal Music and clothing store again today. Nocturnal Dominion is at 913 N Ashland. Tell them Alex Zander sent you. Fernando took some badass photos of his wife, they will be added to the ViXXXens gallery early next week. FINALLY someone who understands what a variety of styles/genres means.
Got the new Ron Marks tunes today. Everyone is going to be amazed. Video is in the planning stages. This is a project I'm really excited about working with.
Hi Kevin! How about a reality show called Full Haus?
Skinny Puppy in Chicago!
Saw the trailer for the Stepford Wives. Waiting for Spiderman 2.
I'm outta here have a Bad Friday (eat meat) and a Happy Easter!
Kurt Cobain and his band, Nirvana, spent only three years in the public eye, and they released only three studio albums. But what he accomplished before committing suicide 10 years ago Monday at age 27 — deciding it was "better to burn out than fade away," as he quoted Neil Young in his suicide note — was remarkable.
Beneath a bridge above the muddy banks of the Wishkah River, a troubled young Cobain would come to escape his unhappy home and the persistent gray drizzle of the Washington coast.
Among the cracking concrete supports, he would smoke pot and drink and plot his stardom, bragging to friends of his "suicide genes" and that he would die a young rock star.
It's here that many of his fans pay their respects since he fulfilled that prophesy with a needle and a shotgun.
"Peace, love, empathy," reads one message scrawled in graffiti under the bridge.
Critics describe 1991's "Nevermind," which has sold more than 10 million copies, as one of the decade's most important albums. Its biggest hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," remains a seminal expression of teen angst. Cobain brought the dark, driven sound of grunge rock to the nation, helped save the world from hair metal, and with a single line — "Here we are now, entertain us" — captured and captivated a generation that had grown bored and cynical about popular music.
I own the Nevermind album but as far as it being credited as one of the greatest albums of all time up there with Sgt. Pepper or The White Album, I don't get it, I never did, not then and not now.
The video and the single Smells Like Teen Spirit for me represents everything that is bad about MTV and radio and the mass media in general. I was sick of that song, and I always believed that there were 3 or 4 other songs on that album that were better. A song where I never understood the words was the voice of a new generation at the time. That is pathetic. Nirvana were to me just a mediocre band, at best, that made it. All it really represented to me was the backlash to hair bands like Motley Crue and Poison who dominated MTV up until then. It was just another trend, and not a glamorous one at that. And the really bad hair bands were overplayed and over rated as well. Overkill is what I prefer to call it.
There was never anything tongue in cheek about Cobains lyrics. They weren't a fun band to listen to, as they were live. One of the greatest moments in music history is at the MTV Video Awards after Kurt and Courtney traded verbal words with Axl Rose. And apparently Axl made a fuss, since he never had a sense of humor. During the Nirvana performance, either David or Chris was yelling "Hi Axl" over and over, and Chris tossed his bass up and it came down on his head.
Kurt Cobain wasn't the first rock star to battle addiction, but he was the fastest to disappear . Three years is hardly enough time to validate one as a legend. Who knows if Nirvana would have fallen off the charts or would become the victim of another passing trend and be has beens in the wake of urban music's domination of the media. It is very likely they could have become the same thing that they had helped turn watered down hair band cock rock metal into. It's not that illogical, infact it is probable but we'll never know.
It's too bad Kurt Cobain couldn't have become a better example to the kids who worshipped and idolized home, but like Sid Vicious, he has his Nancy in Courtney. And if you've ever read the book by Nancy's mother, Deborah Spungen "And I Don't Want To Live This Life Anymore", you'd see the simulates are horrifying right down to a young Miss Love appearing in the film. it's sad because if Kurt could have shed his demons including drug abuse and his wife he could have said to Gen X "Hey, I made it and so can you."
None of Nirvanas music celebrated life. It hailed angst as a party. It held negativity in high regard. And if rock n roll is a downer than I'm in the wrong business. There's enough of social unrest in real life, escaping into it as an artform is not fun. But that's just me and my favorite band is Type O Negative a band who does it in such and extreme way you can laugh at yourself later. Does that make me a hypocrite? Well, a bunch of long haired tattooed hippies from Brooklyn who are as lily white as they come singing "Kill All the White People" for me is fun. A learch of a sinner who could crush you in his bare hands, and has women throwing themselves at him screaming I Know You're Fucking Someone Else" offers comic relief to those of us who were distraught of the same shit.
My point is, life is tough and sometimes it simply sucks, but it isn't so bad that you can't get through it. To make a legacy out of fifteen minutes of shame doesn't make sense. And like the Sex Pistols "Near Mind The Bollocks" album, yes it makes a statement, but as far as I'm concerned is hardly worthy of being credited in the top 5 of all time let alone the top 10 or 20 for that fact.
Maybe after one of Kurt's failed suicide attempts in Europe on a tour that became postponed his estranged wife shouldn't have taken his child away and left him alone. Things may have turned out differently. Instead she rode on his untucked shirt tails and for a short while was a rock star herself. And where is Hole now? It's likely Nirvana would be in the same place. But we will never really know this for sure. But according to history of popular music over the last decade the smart money is on the trios popularity maintaining cult status at best.
The Nevermind album still sits on my shelf but as far as playing it, I don't think the actual disc has come out of it's case is over 5 years, maybe more. And yesterday MTV programming centered around Nirvana and the channel that made the band what they are also managed to find another way to cash in on the Cobain tragedy. And that alone says it all for me.
Getting spring stuff out of the way and preparing for some fun in the sun camping. Yesterday went to Indiana to but a really cool machete. This baby is heavy and sharp and we also picked up a lighter model for Booty. Also picked up a lot of other camping supplies. Gas is going to be $3 a gallon this summer so it's highly doubtful there will be a X country trip this year, so we're doing a lot of smaller roadtrips.
I've been conversing with a Wisconsin State Professor and he has given me all the information on a trip that begins north of Madison on the WI river and goes to the Mississippi River. It takes several days and camping is on the shore of the river anywhere, so I'm looking forward to that and to hunting the rare and elusive Asian Snakehead Fish that has been spotted in that area.
Got an email from Sean Yseult who should be appearing in the movie It Came From Trafalgar ( www.itcamefromtrafalgar.com ). I'm going to be in it with my friend Brad and we're going to be a pair of Hot Rod Hellbillies. He's got a custom lowriding Riviera that is purple and has orange flames on it ad other accessories custom tailored to his liking. The last time I was in a movie was in 1994 when I plaed a cop in The Mercy Seat which was based on the Nick Cave song.
This film already has Hank Williams 3, Gunner Hanson (Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw) Conrad Brooks (cop from Plan 9 from Outer Space) Linnea Quigley ( B Queen/ and Return Of The Living Dead) Brinke Stevens( B Queen/ and Slumber Party Massacre/ Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama ) Edwin Neil (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Bill Hinzman ( The Cider House Rules).
And if that isn't enough there is going to be a MK DVD coming out this summer with major distribution through Caroline Records. I get to pick out all the bands in it, interview some of them and a lot of sexxxy ViXXXens. Right now it is in pre-production, shooting will be done fast and this month and it will be out soon. Feels good that the people putting this out feel there is a market for it. It completely was not my idea to do it, but the more I think about it the more appealing it is. I have no idea what it will retail for but it will be available at retail outlets worldwide.
April 17 is the release party at Liars Club for Black Label Society’s new release Hangover Music Vol. VI due out April 20th. Party starts at 8:00 pm and runs to 3:00 am. No cover if entering before 11:00 pm!
1st Prize Signed Epiphone Guitar from Zakk Wylde himself! (one winner)
2nd Prize Autographed Hangover Music Vol. VI CD, Autographed DVD Boozed, Broozed, and Broken-Boned, and a BLS T-shirt. (6 winners)
3rd Prize Autographed BLS tour poster.
$1 Drink Specials on Black Label cans!
Another reason to get stupid drunk eh? - AZ
My friend Tom Tretter took this photo of a store around Louisville KY last week and sent it to me. Where's Jay and Silent Bob?
April Fool Diary and 2 News stories were false yesterday. You should know I was asleep before Letterman. I watched South Park for fucks sake.
Anyway, for the record the Rock and Messy stories were false. DAMN you believers, remember last years rant? Thought you would have caught on by now.
Once very cool thing happened is I tracked down my best friend from High School after years of searching. I haven't seen the guy since graduation day. I was a realy great moment for me. - AZ
I feel like poop. And, my hand to God, I haven't slept a wink.
Yesterday was long and busy and cold. I was in all day till Zoran showed up at 4 and we went to Dorothy's where beer is only $1. I thought we were just going to be there for an hour or so and the next thing we knew it was 7 and we were wasted. Ron called cause we were late for practice Yes, it's official I am the new bass player for All Systems Halt. So somehow we made it over to the practice space, all the way over to Jefferson and Jackson and everyone was there waiting and we were fucked up. Now the basslines aren't the most challenging when it comes to ASH but I couldn't play for shit and Zoran was more fucked up than I was. So we took them all back to Dorothy's with us. The bartender Minella (sp?) said someone called looking for me. OOps, I forgot to tell Brigette so I called her and told her I was there before and was back. She was pissed cause Ron called the house looking for me and neither Zoran and I were here. But she knows to check Dorothy's these day. Once she found out what was up all was cool.
By the way my debut with the band as a full fledged member is May 2 at The Double Door for the second leg of Emergenza.
So since we were on a roll I called up Marcos cause none of us know Spanish that well and nobody at Dorothy's speaks English that well. And though Marcos isn't our translator he's fun to drink with and is always up for a good time. Besides he always tells us what the songs on the jukebox are saying.
We chilled out till about 1030 when Grego showed up and took me and Zoran to Crazy Horse. For the record Zoran is a teacher and I have no idea how he goes to work the day after hanging out. However we haven't been out in months and the only time I've seen the guy is at rehearsal so I guess we were due. So this was Zorans first time at a strip club and he didn't seem phased. But you never know what he is thinking from the look on his face. For all one knows he could be plotting murder or of a teenage latina student, who knows. So we had a few over priced drinks when he go tithe brilliant idea to get a VIP room for the 3 of us. Who were we to argue? It was becoming obvious that this was his first time at a club like Crazy Horse and they were going to rape him of his tax return check he just put into the bank that was financing. This was his way of paying Grego back for the studio time he's giving us to record/master/produce a really slick demo.
Well the private VIP room is not exactly what I'd call private since there were other VIP's up there. But we felt fooled but were cool with it. Indeed we got teh VIP treatment and after sevarl lap dances better than you get downstairs we were ready to split, but no no no , there was a fucking $500 miniumum on top of what it cost him just to take us up there. So needelss to say Grego broke out his Visa and we were ready to rock n roll. And wth teh 3 of us in leather we stood out and got some very nice TLC untill a real star came in with his entourage, and where did they sit, NEXT TO US.
It was none other than H.I. McDonnough, Cameron Poe, Randall 'Memphis' Raines, Little Junior Brown, Ben Sanderson, Sailor, etc in other words Nick Cage. Not Nick Cave you cyber goth nerds, CAGE! So guess who got the attention then? Well it didn't last long as one of the executives for the film he's doing began rapping to me. He asked if we were in a band and I said as a hobby and that I worked in the business. He introduced himself as Carlos and said since the sixties he worked as a road manager before doing films and he was Mr. Cages personal assistant. So we all sort of made one big table and we surrounded by chicks and getting more than, well your typical treatment you get when you pa 20 bills to walk in the door. I really felt bad for the poor scmucks downstairs.
Nick was really cool. He's into comic books and metal. I always thought he was just into Elvis and I was surprised to hear he nags out at the Viper Room, The Whiskey and Key Club. I told him about my stunt as my impersonation of River Phoenix while in LA playing dead on the sidewalk in from of the Viper and he looked me dead in the eye and said, "He was a good friend of mine." I about shit right there, even with the beer and tequila in me I felt my face turn red. The he laughed and said, "That's pretty funny though, you say you put that on your site? " So I gave out my cards to everyone and the said they'd check it out. SWEET! I also made sure everyone got a copy of Gregos CD, we always make sure we're well armed with them on or persons where ever we go.
Zoran kept taking girls and a couple of the film entourage into the private bathroom, so I can only imagine what they were doing in there. But they were laugh it up and having fun. So who cares?
There was one cute dancer who was rather "enhanced" who was talking to me, Carlos and Nick and she asked if she could get pictures with us. No shit, her name was Trixie I swear! But she didn't look like any Trixie I've ever seen. But I haven't seen any who were nearly naked. She took out her disposable camera and got some evidence that will never appear on this site even if she does keep her promise to mail me the duplicates. I in turn promised to email them to Carlos. Lets just say the photos are better suited for AVN, and I don't think Nick Cage would like to have these images made public. They may show up in my memoirs in about 10 years. But for now, if I get them, they are in the vault.
We had so many girls hovering around us I don't think anyone downstairs had any company with them. And as it goes, some of the drinks were starting to get comp-ed.
Now, it was getting late and everyone was getting buzzed. Champagne after beer and shots has a kick, and for some reason it kicked my memory in. For some reason as I sat there I didn't even remember he was married to Lisa Marie who was once married to Michael Jackson. But as cool as everyone was getting along and as much really twisted talk about Dirty Sanchez, and donkey punch and jelly donut stuff as we were saying I thought it was open forum. So I'm not going to say who, but someone said something about Jacko's sloppy seconds. Well, that was it. SHIT hit the fan. What was laughter turned into violent yelling and I cannot believe the cops didn't come. After about 15 minutes of security diving the room and bus boys picking up some of the crap that got thrown around they actually turn the lights back down and let us take our seats and resume what we were doing. But it got pretty scary. And my memory is a little fuzzy after this. But nothing wakes you up like a pissed off Italian with huge arms who could crush anyone in the room. After awhile we were all laughing about it, but si y mi amigos were careful about what we discussed.
Next thing we knew it was nearly 4 and they said last call. By the time we finished our champagne which has a knack for keeping the implants around, walking out we noticed everyone from downstairs were already gone. Security said they clear out the downstairs first. With the light killing my eyes, I used Zorans cell to call home and tell Booty I was staying out and was okay. No surprise she didn't answer and was certainly deep in sleep, so I left a long weird message. And on the way out we were each given temporary membership cards good till June 1 with free VIP access.
A couple of the girls wanted to hang and a few of the crew guys who were off today invited us down to their suites at the Hard Rock Hotel. I didn't know Chicago had a hard Rock Hotel. Grego was up for it and Zoran instead of calling in sick actually went off to get ready for work, and I know that rocker is hurting, but he didn't look like he was ready for sleep. So Grego and I loaded a few "people" in the car and followed the others who got picked up in a few Lincoln Town Cars, and filled the up with some "guests".
With the sun coming up the room was full of party people and Grego and I got to fulfill a fantasy that not even AVN provided to us in Vegas. I can't go into detail but it has something to do with one of the last scenes of "Requiem For A Dream". Where the hell is my camcorder when I need it?
Grego dropped me off at home around 8AM, and I'm a little frazzled like I've had too much coffee already. I still feel slightly intoxicated, Booty already left for work and this apartment is too bright. It's a good thing I stayed out cause she is cool enough to understand it's better for me not to come home and wake her up when I've been rocking n rolling. So I'msure things are cool on the home front.
I have a bunch of phone numbers and promised this weekend I'd bring out Messy, Gia, Disco Bitch and Angeligue Starr to hang out with Nick, Carlos and the rest. And I will have my video camera for that one. There's a few metal bands playing we can take them to see this weekend. I WISH IT WAS FRIDAY ALREADY! And we cantake Motor Booty with us.
Thanks to everyone at Crazy Horse for putting up with us (management for the comps)and to the Hard Rock for room service and for not seeing anything that happened, and to my new friends from Cali. Oh, and to Trixie, if you're reading this, send the photos to the address on the card Einstein!
Of course when one becomes a V.I.P.
Inevitably one meets other V.I.P.s
At social occasions
And one inevitably thinks
How shallow and crass these people are
They're not down to earth and real like me
I'm a very special V.I.P.
Another interesting phenomenon associated with V.I.P. celebrityhood is the V.I.P. reflection effect during which anyone associated with the V.I.P. becomes a sort of V.I.P. in their own right such as the son of the V.I.P.
Guitar player for the V.I.P.
Girlfriend with the V.I.P.
Accountants of the V.I.P.
The maid, the cat, the best friend
All enjoy a sort of reflected glory as in,
"Hi, this is Newbomb
I work for AZ
And I'd like six tables tonight in the V.I.P. section
And he needs passes for everyone
And free drinks of course
In the V.I.P. area."
Cause I'm a V.I.P.