An Interview with
The Legendary Rocker and Frontman of
Interviewed by Glenn Milligan on 8th October, 2004.
Glenn: What made you decide to record an album of cover versions?
Kevin: I have always loved the music from this era. I grew up with this stuff and always wanted to do an album like this. Mike Varney of Shrapnel records has been a friend of mine for 25 years and is a real music person. He asked if I'd be interested and I jumped at the chance.
Glenn: No doubt you have a massive record collection - how did you go about choosing the songs?
Kevin: I do have a large collection but a lot of my stuff is on vinyl and not out on CD. I just went through a mental list of my favorites and jotted those down. Then Mike Varney and I agreed on specifics and there you are.
Glenn: Why did you call the album 'In For the Kill'?
Kevin: It's just a title that goes with the cover.
Glenn: How did Michael Lardie become involved in the album?
Kevin: Again, Mike Varney has been so instrumental at hooking so many people up. I knew Michael Lardie on a hello basis but never really spoke to him. It turned out that he was a great person, really smart and super talented.
Glenn: Where did you get the idea for the human face/robot cover?
Kevin: The Terminator. We went back and forth on the cover concept and that's why my album came out a little later than it should have.
Glenn:What are your favorite songs on the album and why?
Kevin: 'Red Light Mama'. I've always wanted to sing that one and I think the playing and the production are both top notch.
Glenn: Have many of the original artists heard your versions and what did they think to them?
Kevin: Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie has heard "Red Light Mama" and told me he gave it a thumbs up. Ronnie Montrose heard "Good Rockin Tonight" and said, "Nice job M'lad"
Glenn: Did you purposely decide not to go for obvious songs i.e. choosing 'Modern Times rock and roll' instead of an obvious greatest hit?
Kevin: Very much so. I, like so many other people was sick of hearing the obvious choices. I selected the songs that I wanted to hear, not a day of classic rock radio.
Glenn: Which songs are you performing live in concert and how are they going down with the audience?
Kevin: We've been doing 'Red Light Mama', 'Burn On The Flame' and 'Good Rockin'. They have been going down great.
Glenn: How did the 'Bad Boys Of Rock 'N' Roll Tour' come about?
Kevin: I had been approached about doing something similar to this over a year ago. The nature of this business is that people are not very reliable and nothing ever came of it. Finally the agency had a lineup they felt would work so after some negotiating I agreed to do it. Little did I know what I was getting myself into!
Glenn: How was the line-up chosen for the tour - was it case of who was available at the time or were there many other reasons - e.g., having the same agent?
Kevin: It was mostly who was available - certainly not who was most sober!!!
Glenn: Will it be the same bands - or will it depend where it is you happen to be playing?
Kevin: The tour used a band that I had assembled of the best players that were available at that time.
Glenn: What gigs have been good? What have been major highlights?
Kevin: All of the sets that I did were really good. I never saw anyone else's show. The highlight was ending it! It was such a good idea ruined by the absolute silliness of Lane and Adler. I am glad to be back in the company of professionals who are doing it for the right reasons- music.
Glenn: Will the tour be touching Europe or if not, are you coming over for a solo tour?
Kevin: I won't be coming to Europe with the Bad Boys of Metal tour. Now that Frankie Banali and I have reformed Quiet Riot we are hoping to come to Europe early in 2005.
Glenn: Any good road stories that you can share from your extensive career in rock 'n' roll?
Kevin: There are so many. Let's just say what happens on the tour bus stays on the tour bus.
Glenn: Can you see Quiet Riot reforming anytime soon in the future?
Kevin: See below
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Glenn: What are you most proud of, of your days with Quiet Riot?
Kevin: ' Metal Health' going number one, jamming with Steve Marriott and my friendship with Frankie Banali. It's really unusual to have a deep friendship with anyone in this business.
Glenn: What is the Rock Scene like where you live and how is it towards Classic Rock and 80's Rock in general?
Kevin: I live in Las Vegas and I live here. I don't really pay attention to any rock scene because it's not how I live my day to day life.
Glenn: Have many bands these days grabbed you attention ? Which ones and why?
Kevin: I listen to the same things I have always listened to. Glenn Hughes, Humble Pie, The Who, Free. Nothing new really attracts me.
Glenn: What is the average 24/7 of Kevin Dubrow both on and off tour?
Kevin: I do many things. I like home improvement, I love to cook, I do a lot of songwriting.
Glenn: Where do you like to hang out at night?
Kevin: I don't hang out all that much anymore. Unless I am on tour, I am up early and in bed early. I go to the gym 4 times a week and that's no fun if you are hung over!
Glenn: What have been some of the best gigs you have gone to as a spectator?
Kevin: The Faces in 1970, Humble Pie 1972, Glenn Hughes last year (2003)
Glenn: What is next for you?
Kevin: With Quiet Riot back and ready to tour, I'm hoping to do a new album and tour the world again.
Glenn: Will be releasing an 'In For the kill - volume 2', depending on the success of this one?
Kevin: That would be nice, but if 2004 was a solo year 2005 is definitely a QUIET RIOT year.
Kevin - Here's to seeing you over
here in Europe in 2005!