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Double Stop Podcast - PHIL VERONE (Saigon Kick)

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This week on the Double Stop Podcast is Phil Varone from Saigon Kick.
Phil Varone discusses his life and career, from his early days and the history or Saigon Kick, the side effects of their hit “Love Is On The Way”, his issues with Saigon Kick’s management, and their breakup. Plus he discusses his 90’s band with Rachel Bolan, Prunella Scales, and his time in Skid Row. We also cover his other endeavors such as stand-up comedy, writing and the adult film business (and why he left). He talks about his regrets over the documentary “Wake Up Dead”, the new book he’s writing on an undisclosed comedian, and his newly announced return to music.
On his Saigon Kick manager 29:00 “If I ever get a terminal illness and I know I'm dying, I'm gonna go kill the manager. He deserves to die. That's how much of a piece of shit he is. Outside of being a crook and a skumbag, he's just a piece of garbage.”
On the documentary "Wake Up Dead". 36:30 “It's something I regret doing. For me, it was done to hastily. I think I was in a mindset that was very much dark, and not anything that should have been shot”
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The Double Stop Podcast - CHRIS McLERNON (Saigon Kick, Cold Sweat)

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In episode 72 of The Double Stop, Brian is joined by Bassist Chris McLernon (Saigon Kick, Cold Sweat, Cold Gin). This is part 1 of a two part episode.

Chris McLernon (Saigon Kick, Cold Sweat, Cold Gin) discusses his life and career. From his early days/bands to the formation of Cold Sweat (originally called Ferrari) with Marc Ferrari and Oni Logan - and having Oni leave the band to join Lynch Mob, finding a replacement singer in Roy Cathey, the unexpected success of his KISS tribute band Cold Gin (with future Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer), and how he got the gig in Saigon Kick following the recording of The Lizard.

On Lynch's pitch to Oni Logan to join Lynch Mob (21:54) "At this point we're called Ferrari. He's standing there and he says 'Hey Oni! How'd you like to drive a Ferrari instead of just being one?' And I'm like - OK, that's pretty clever. Way to go"

On Oni quitting Cold Sweat on the day they were to sign a record deal (24:00) "Everything I had worked for was on a stack of paper, right in front of me with a pen. And I'm just thinking to myself, you're kidding me."

On Cold Sweat getting dropped after their first album (with new singer Roy Cathey) "Wendy (Dio - Manager) calls us up one day and says I've got good news and bad news. The good news is MTV added the video to heavy rotation today. The band news is MCA has dropped the band."

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