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One On One With Mitch Lafon - GUS G & TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick

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Ozzy Osbourne guitarist GUS G. and TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick join Mitch on episode 146 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. In the episode's first interview GUS G. discusses his new album 'Brand New Revolution', getting the Ozzy gig, working with Ozzy, an update on a new Ozzy album, Firewind and much more.

In the episode's second interview Mitch sits down with Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick. He discusses his new band with Metal Allegiance that also includes The Winery Dogs' Mike Portnoy, Megadeth's David Ellefson and Mark Menghi. We also get an update on the upcoming Testament record, the Alex Skolnick trio, Alex's infamous one night stand as OZZY OSBOURNE's guitarist, TSO, Savatage, Heavy Montreal, and more.

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Quotes from GUS G.:

"I can see Firewind becoming more of an eclectic band in the future."

When he was asked to tryout for Ozzy: "You go 'hold on a second,' have three shots of whiskey, you calm down, and then you reply 'yes, I'd like to audition.'"

Learning the Ozzy songs: "You approach them with respect first of all and love (as a fan). You don't fuck around with those songs."

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Quotes from Alex Skolnick:

Metal Allegiance: "There wasn't any pressure to sound like a certain band."

New Testament: "I look at it like a car. Eric and Chuck work together. They both have their hands on the wheel and I'm the back seat driver."

Working with Ozzy: "It was this very strange period, so you don't want to get to emotionally attached, but at the same time how can you not. It's a dream gig for a guitar player."

"Even though it was just one show... To do so well in rehearsals that Ozzy decides to book a show. Everybody is going crazy because he's inspired and wants to play. What an acknowledgment."

"There are musicians you outgrow, I saw KISS on the Dynasty tour (I was 10 years old). I thought, 'these are the greatest musicians in the whole world.' I saw KISS on the Psycho Circus tour and I thought, 'Oh my God! They can barely play."

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METAL ALLEGIANCE Signs With Nuclear Blast Entertainment; Debut Album This Fall

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
After successful appearances at sea on MOT'RHEAD's Mot'rboat and Shiprocked as well as an unforgettable show before NAMM in Anaheim this past January, METAL ALLEGIANCE has signed their first-ever record deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The world-wide deal stems from the popular musical collective uniting to write and record original material this past winter. Brought together by METAL ALLEGIANCE principal partner Mark Menghi, the original material came together from the creative minds of David Ellefson of MEGADETH, Mike Portnoy of THE WINERY DOGS and Alex Skolnick from TESTAMENT alongside Menghi. The four writers then reached out through their metal rolodexes to a diverse lineup of performers, each adding their own personal musical stamp to the collection of nine original songs. More information on the performers and individual track lineups will be released in the near future. The debut album from METAL ALLEGIANCE is slated for release this fall.
Nuclear Blast Entertainment President Monte Conner offered up his label as the home for METAL ALLEGIANCE after several meetings. Upon hearing the demos and seeing the list of performers, he felt it was something he wanted to be a part of.
'I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work with legendary musicians and personal heroes like David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy, as well as METAL ALLEGIANCE founder Mark Menghi. These guys wrote an amazing and diverse record that is 100% pure metal, and lined up some killer guest vocalists and lead guitarists to bring it home in an epic, shredding fashion - just the leads on this record alone will blow people away!', exclaims Monte Conner, President, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. 'Perhaps the coolest part of all is that unlike similar projects in the past that existed as studio-only creations, METAL ALLEGIANCE were a touring entity first and have now organically evolved into a studio band that makes albums. I am very grateful to these guys for choosing me and the Nuclear Blast team as the vehicle to bring their music to the metal masses.'
Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, METAL ALLEGIANCE was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal's most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal, a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything METAL ALLEGIANCE; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. METAL ALLEGIANCE is more than just a record or a concert, it's an experience and a lifestyle.
Previous participants in METAL ALLEGIANCE live events have included: Philip Anselmo/Rex Brown (PANTERA), Joey Belladonna/Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Gary Holt/Kerry King/Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Chuck Billy/Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Troy Sanders (MASTODON), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS) and Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) to name a few. These unforgettable events have also spawned surprise appearances by the likes of Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), Phil Campbell/Mickey Dee (MOT'RHEAD), Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS). | | | |
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