An Interview with 'LA Guns' Guitarist

'Stacey Blades'

(ex-Roxx Gang & Mojo Gurus)

that took place in West Hollywood, 8th April, 2010.

Interviewed by Glenn Milligan.

Glenn: What was it like groing up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada?

Stacey: Well I don't remember much of it because I was 7 when we left to Toronto - way back in 1976. I just kinda remember my street - when I lived on this culdesac. I remember the Summers being, the sun was up a lot and it wouldn't get dark until about 10.30 at night. There ws lots of kids in my neighbourhood and we'd always play like 'kick the can' - that was really popular - it sounds archaic now. I don't remember much of that, I mean I remember I had this little plastic white guitar and it only had like 4 strings on it and I have actually a picture. I think it's from my 5th birthday party and I'm like holding that guitar. I really remember that well. I think I slept with the bloody thing. So it was kinda some memories from Calvary.

Glenn: Was it much of a music scene there - then again you won't remember?

Stacey: No. I remember just listening to the radio a lot and it wasn't really until I got to Toronto until I really started getting into music because I had an older sister so a lot of her friends had all the cool records and a lot of my friends had older brothers and sisters and that's how I started kinda getting into Aerosmith and The (Rolling) Stones and Van Halen, Ozzy (Osbourne) and all that great stuff.

Glenn: So I guess these were the guys that influenced you to play guitar in the 1st place?

Stacey: Well my family was very musical so I come from a long line of piano players actually so when I was 9 I took piano for 2 years. My Sister had already been playing for years and my Mom had been playing since she was a kid and my great Uncle, my Mom's Uncle was an amazing piano player and he was like Liberace. He had the rings and the velvet suit and was very flambouyant but he was like an amazing piano player. So I started off on piano actually from 9 'til 11 and then when I was 11, my parents bought me an acoustic guitar for Christmas and that's how I got started on guitar. So I'm thankful that my family was very musical.

(Early Days - Fraidy Katt)

Glenn: Yeah mine is as well, My Dad plays guitar, my brother plays keyboards and piano and drums.

Stacey: Right, right. Yeah we're very fortunate for that yeah.

Glenn: If you don't hear music in our house, it's lke someone's died.

Stacey: Yeah yeah exactly. You look back and you go, "What would I have done without it?"

Glenn: Exactly. What was your first ever band that you formed and what was your 1st gig?

Stacey: I would say my 1st band, I would say I was probably 15 and there was this kid that lived down the street from me - he was a guitar player and there was a drummer that he was friends with that was a little bit older and that was kind of a band but my 1st real band was probably in high school in like '86. My 1st real gig was actually the high school starsearch night and I remember we did 3 songs in the auditorium and there was like 750 people and that was a big rush for me. I knew right then that, you know, I saw all those people in front of me and we were playing and we were actually a pretty good band . It was like, 'This is it', you know, 'This is what I want'. So I played in a lot of bands and that morphed into another band and I played in about 5 different bands in Toronto before I actually moved to Florida in the early 90's to join Roxx Gang.

Glenn: Would you say it had a good scene when you were up there in Toronto?

Stacey: At the time yeah. In the late 80's there was a fantastic scene. There was a lot of great bands up there. There was a lot of really cool clubs and it was kinda like it had an LA vibe - there was a music community and the the scene and all the chicks were totally decked out, you know, stiletto heels and fishnets and the guys were all rocked out - it was a really great time. The only problem was the Canadian Music Industry. The labels up there, they would have never signed a band like LA Guns or Guns 'n' Roses or Faster Pussycat - it's really safe orientated - even the hard rock bands usually had keyboards in them. I never really kinda understood that and they never really pushed most of the bands like that in the (United) States.

(with members of Fraidy Katt)

Glenn: Lips from Anvil was telling me that a lot of the Canadian people or Industry there weren't interested in the Canadian bands until the U.S. took an interest in them. It's like, "Hello!"

Stacey: Yeah it was a really odd thing because I remember there was a couple of bands from the circuit I played in that got signed to like major labels and did nothing. So I looked at it like, 'If I'm gonna have a music career, I've got to get to the (United) States.' That was bottom line. But in retrospect, it was a cool scene up there.

Glenn: What got you onto playing with the guys in 'Roxx Gang'?

Stacey: Well it was about '92. I already had their album (Things You've Never Done Before). I was well aware of the band. I really liked the band. I was in a book store and I was looking through the latest copy of Metal Edge and I saw they had an advertisement in Metal Edge that they were looking for a guitar player. So I hopped on it right away and I was like, you know, I thought I was a good fit for that band and I flew down and auditioned and got the gig and that was almost 20 years ago.. yeah.

Glenn: Yeah - it's incredible isn't it?

Stacey: Yeah. Yeah dude I was like 24 when I joined that band, maybe I was 23 - anyway, I played with those guys for about 8 years or so.

Glenn: I guess you grew up on 'Scratch My Back' and all that sort of stuff.

Stacey: You know what, I still have that album on vinyl. It's too bad - that album was really, really good and I think they should have been a lot bigger than they were. I ended up doing 4 records with the band. To not to get into a big long drawn out thing, there was a lot of control issues in that band and after being told what to do and how to play for so many years it gets really old and that's the reason why there was a constant revolving line of line-ups because 1 person in the band, I'll let you figure that out, and his brother managed the band on top of that so that's all I'm gonna say about that. You know what, looking back on it, it was a great opportunity and I'm glad. It got me where I needed to go. It wasn't all bad. I had some really good times in that band and recorded some cool stuff with them and we did some good shows so I'm greatful to get that. So not all bad.

Glenn: What were your hightlights being in Roxx Gang?

Stacey: Well I think getting to being in a National band and elevate myself from slugging it out on the Toronto scene to being in the States and sampling the cultural moments of being in a national band. I definately felt like, 'Ok, well it's not the biggest band in the world but I'm on my way', and you know, boy around that time in Canada things were really drab so the highlight for me was like getting out of Canada and into the US. I still kinda pat myself on the back for that so that to me was a highlight - actually getting into a known national band in the U.S. that had videos on MTV and they were in all the metal magazines - so that's pretty much the highlight.

(Roxx Gang - On Stage with Kevin Steele (Left) and with Fan (Right))

Glenn: And you did it at the right time.

Stacey: Yeah.

Glenn: Because coming in now with all the immigration laws it's a nightmare.

Stacey: Before 9/11.

Glenn: Bless it - NOT!!!

Stacey: Yeah.

Glenn: What were your favourite songs that you used to play with Roxx Gang or Mojo Gurus?

Stacey: All that stuff off the 1st record like 'No Easy Way Out'; 'Red Rose' and Scratch My Back' . There was a lot of really great stuff that we did on the 2nd album. 'The Voodoo You Love' - there was 'Time Bomb'; 'Daddy's Farm' - there were a few good songs off that. But looking back it was crazy - we used to play like 22 songs for the set and I was like, 'God that's almost like 2 bloody hours' but I always loved playing that stuff from the 1st record - that's such a good album. If of the Roxx Gang fans out there don't have the 2nd record, 'The Voodoo You Love', I encourage them to get it since it's a really good follow-up. 'Mojo Gurus' - no I definately don't advise getting that.

Glenn: Yeah - it's not that good.

Stacey: It's terrible! Don't get me started on that. There was some good stuff on like 'Smokin' TNT And Drinking Dynamite' but I think as a follow-up to 'Things You've Never Done Before', 'The Voodoo You Love' was pretty cool.

Glenn: Yeah. They went from being a cracking band to being a p*ss-poor 12-bar bar band.

Stacey: Yeah that was Kevin's whole doing and I was always scratching my head the whole time at that and it's like, 'This isn't gonna go over well' and it didn't. I hate that record. I hated making it - yeah. Next..

Glenn: Exactly. What would you say your favourite road stories are throughout your career so far?

Stacey: I remember when we went to Australia 3 years ago and we played in Adelaide which is South Queensland. I remember we finished the show and it was a great show and the promoter was driving us back to the hotel and this kid comes following us and he just climbs in the van with us and I didn't say anything because I thought he might have been a friend of the promoters or something like that.It's some long haired kid and he follows us out of the van and he hasn't said a word to anybody and he just kinda sits in our hotel room and Phil came over and there was a couple of other people and we're sitting drinking our beer and this kid is still standing in my hotel room and finally we're like "Who the hell are you?", and he didn't even say a word. He was just kinda like.. he just kinda looked at us and we were like, "Dude you gotta go, I gotta get changed or whatever..' like that. That's kind of a funny story. This kid didn't utter, not speak a syllable. That's about the cleanest road story I got.I kinda look back on that as an oddball story. There's lots of good times, like when Scott fell off-stage in Tokyo, Japan and tried to get back onto the stage - it was right out of Spinal Tap and he's kinda like doing the swimming motion - he's half off the stage, while he's trying to play bass and there's this little Japanese tech trying to pick him up and it's right out of Spinal Tap - that's always was funny to me - I always laugh about that.

(On Stage with Phil Lewis)

Glenn: It's almost like a little dwarf or something?

Stacey: Yeah.

Glenn: Who have been the coolest people you've had the chance to work with so far?

Stacey: All the...well you know what's great about being in a band like LA Guns is getting to work with all those great bands from the 80's. The guys from Warrant are fantastic - good friends of mine, Ratt, The guys in Quiet Riot, Dokken - good friends. All those bands - they're really great, all great guys and it's always a pleasure. I like, as much as I love playing our own headlining shows, I really love the big shows where its like a 2, 3 band bill like Skid Row, LA Guns and Dokken or Kixx. I always think the strength in numbers thing is great. Speaking that way, we're getting ready to go to Australia in about 3 weeks with Quiet Riot and Warrant for a two week tour. We're also heading to New Zealand and we're really stoked about that because it's gonna be big shows and all three bands get along great and it's gonna be a lot of fun. Yeah. Of course I think the highlight was working with Andy Johns, Producer on 'Rip the Covers Off' and 'Tales From The Strip'. Andy, Engineer/Producer did Zeppelin, Stones, Van Halen, Rod Stewart, Eddie Money, Cinderella, Autograph - the list goes on and on. That was pretty amazing getting the chance to work with him on two records was just incredible.

Glenn: I saw him onstage at LA Music Awards in 2009 at the Theatre on Hollywood and Vine.

Stacey: Yeah - amazing Producer, fun guy, got stories up the *ss like with Jimmy Page and Keith and Mick and he's a really entertaining guy. So those were fond memories working on those 2 albums with him.

Glenn: Yeah awesome. What would you say it's like living around Hollywood? Because you are Canadian, I suppose you look at it from a 'What's going on around here?'

Stacey: Well you know, I haven't lived in Canada in so long in 20 years that I'm pretty Americanised now so - not to outsmart our Canadianism, but you know, I've only been back to Canada a handful of times in the last 20 years on tour and in visiting. I find myself really blessed that I was able to get a great music career and live in Los Angeles. I remember the 1st time I came out here in '89 for a couple of weeks - like there's one day where I will live here. I've lived here for 10 years. I love it. There's a lot of great places all around the world to live but LA's home. Yeah - I love it.

Glenn: What would you say your favourite parts of LA are?

Stacey: The weather. People have this love/hate thing for LA. There's a ton of traffic and the gas is outrageously priced. The rent's really high - to buy a home here you've got to be a millionaire. There's something about Southern California - I can't quite put my finger on it - it's like a vibe. You either love it or you hate it. I love it - I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Glenn: I mean, let's face it, every city has got loads of traffic.

Stacey: Yeah. Well yeah. So you know what, I'm not in town a lot too as I'm out touring a lot. It's good to get out of LA but it's good to come home to it too. There's people I feel for that work 9 to 5 every day in the traffic here and stuff like that. Unfortunately, I don't have that life but I can imagine that doing that grind in a big city like this is tough but yeah - it's home. I love it.

Glenn: Well you can't say more than home can you? Wherever you lay your hat - that's your home.

Stacey: Mmmm Hmmm.

Glenn: Enjoy it.

Stacey: Exactly yeah.

(Live In Sedona)

Glenn: I love to be here. I love Florida as well - I like a bit of both and come across when I've got the chance and meet cool guys like your good self.

Stacey: I love to travel and to be in this industry you have to love to travel because if you don't, you're screwed. So I've been blessed that I've seen the world like 5 times because there's a lot of great places out there.

Glenn: Here's a kind of political question - What's your thoughts that there's 2 separate LA Guns?

Stacey: It's ridiculous. I always get asked this in interviews obviously. I just always thought it was so odd that if Tracii wanted after he quit the band and two years passes that if you wanted to do LA Guns, why won't you go back to your band, the band you left? - this band. Why in Gods name would you start another band (and) continue that with like 3 or 4 different line-ups? It's just so bizarre to me. It's just so bizarre to me man and I don't think it's fair to the fans either. He's almost got this vendetta against us and it was like, he was the one that like quit the band. I never understood that - I still don't.

Glenn: Everytime I've seen LA Guns it's been a different line-up.

Stacey: With Tracii yeah.

Glenn: I've seen the Tracii line up once (with Jizzy Pearl on vocals) when he was in the Phil Lewis fronted LA Guns (before he left). I've seen the one with you on-stage without Tracii in Sheffield.

Stacey: Yes in 2004.

Glenn: At Corporation or Nelson Mandela Building and it was just weird to see Jizzy Pearl last year fronting an LA Guns when there was no other members but Tracii.

Stacey: You know, without Phil, I mean, Phil's got one of those very unique voices. He more or less is the sound of the band. He's a fantastic frontman - an amazing singer and witrhout him singing. It's one thing if he wasn't in music anymore and Tracii was trying to keep the band going but Phil's been back in the band for like 11 years now and we've kept going even strongly after Tracii's departure so it just makes it that much more weirder to see him doing what he's doing.

Glenn: What would you say your favourite material is that you play in LA Guns?

Stacey: I think it's everything off.. of course I'm in love with 'Tales From The Strip' we did with Andy Johns in 2005 is an amazing record. Of course all the classic stuff - all the stuff off the self-titled album, 'Cocked & Loaded' and 'Hollywood Vampires'. It's just the band has such a great catalogue of material.

There's even some great stuff off 'Viscious Circle' and 'Waking The Dead' that we do. So to pin-point one song is kinda hard - I love all of 'em so.

Glenn: There's always something off some album that stands out.

Stacey: Yep. So it's great that they have such a great catalogue. The music kicks *ss and we look cool. There's just this certain synergy that Phil, Steve and I and Scott have and have had for years and it works well - it works well with us and it translates to the fans too. The fans will tell you the same thing too.

Glenn: Would you say that some fans can be different in other coutries or would you say that we are all about the same?

Stacey: I think the Europeans and the people over in the UK are a little more involved. Like they know more, like they know all about like the band and the albums and the band members and other bands they've been in. There's American fans too but I think that they are a little more... the Europeans are more involved, they are a little more rabid so to speak which is fantastic. Rock 'N' Roll fans - god bless 'em. They pay their hard earned money to come to the shows and rock out and lose their inhibitions and we are really blessed to be able to do what we do. Without the fans we do not (exist).

Glenn: Often when I ask bands about fans, they always seem to say that the UK or the European fans seem to give more back to them.

Stacey: Yeah you know it's like weird. You go and play in Japan - they kind of stand there - they don't really rock out. They kinda watch you. Some of them are pumping their fists and stuff like that but that's just the way they are. It doesn't mean they are not into it. They kinda watch as opposed to if you go to Sweden or your are playing in the middle of Europe - they are really into it and same with the UK. But I mean, you know, it's the same in the mid-west of America - the fans are really amazing there too. So it varies from country to country but they're all total rock 'n' roll fans.

Glenn: Yeah - makes sense. So what's happening with the new LA Guns album?

Stacey: Well there's really not much of a record industry right now. The deals out there are few and far between. You know when the record industry collapsed in 2006 or 7 we were like, "Oh boy!" - the Independent labels really took a hit. That's why we have not done a record in 5 years. There's just really nothing out there. It doesn't mean we don't wanna do a record - we miss doing records. It's just that when i-tunes and all that stuff came out it really changed the recording industry. So we have written over the last couple of years. We have a lot of great material. It's just trying to find someone that is gonna give us the money to do another record with Andy and that's not so easy right now. It's because there really isn't an industry.

Glenn: I mean from the inside I know stuff like that but to other fans they think you are just treading the boards and becoming a Las Vegas band just milking their old stuff.

Stacey: Right - yeah, yeah, yeah.

Glenn: But it's not like that.

Stacey: No. No. There's a few deals out there but they are few and far between. I know Warrant is coming out with a new album that Keith Olson I believe just produced. They are real excited about it and they haven't done a record in a long time. So they are really excited about that. So we're constantly trying to suss out some deals out there so I really hope that we can do that soon because we are dying to do a new record and the fans are dying to do a new record too.

Glenn: The last thing I remember you got a deal with Eagle/Spitfire and then it's like 'Where's the band?'

Stacey: Well that's when Tracii left and that whole thing went south and when I joined we got a deal with Shrapnel and we put out 3 records with them but then the industry caves so Shrapnel just kinda barely floated.

Glenn: There's all those labels like Frontiers..

Stacey: Yeah and they are barely scraping by. It sucks - it definitely sucks but...

Glenn: Have you guys ever considered like doing it all yourselves, I mean there's quite a few people.. bands out there?

Stacey: Yeah, you know we are gonna start talking to some investors and maybe go that route and then make the album and then get like a distribution deal. So that's another avenue too we are gonna start looking into. Hands-on approach. You got 30 grand?

(Live with Champagne Sparkle)

Glenn: (I laugh) No. It's expensive innit.

Stacey: Yeah.

Glenn: Yeah - there you go. What made you decide to bring out an instrumental album out yourself?

Stacey: That kind of fell on my lap and I'm really excited that it did because I've always wanted to do one and not many people know about my guitar playing. OK, they know I was in Roxx Gang and I've been in LA Guns for 8 years and they know me from that but outside of that I'm really happy that I got a chance to showcase my playing in a different element. I did a session for some compilation and itwas the song 'Greensleeves' and it came out so good that Blind Prayer or Cleopatra were like, "This is amazing - let's do a whole record with this theme of Classical Music from Strauss, Beethoven, Bach and Tchaikovsky and Handel and let's do a whole record like this Adam Hamilton who used to be in LA Guns produced it - we did it at his studio - his new recording studio and he also played bass and drums on it and did all the orchestration - that guy's so talented it's sickening. It's amazing and I urge anyone out there to check it out. It's a fantastic album.

Glenn: Has it been selling well?

Stacey: Pretty good. It's on Amazon, point on demand and it's on i-tunes again. So in that different type of format. I mean that shows you right there that point on demand hard copies CD on amazon - it speaks volumes right there.

Glenn: I remember the good old days when I used to go out to the shops and buy albums on CD, Cassette and Vinyl.

Stacey: I know, you have to go online to buy a record now - it's crazy. But it's a great album and it's great guitar - total guitar based but there's all kinds of dynamics on there especially with all the classical - you know, all the different classical moments like 'Canon in D' and 'Moonlight Sonata' and 'Tocata and Fugue' and '1812 Overture' - there's a wide variety of stuff on there. So yeah - a really cool album - I am really proud of it.

Glenn: And I guess you are surprising fans who didn't realise that you could play like that as well.

Stacey: Right that was the main thing. It's a tough when you replace like a founding, original guitar player iconic or not. You kinda are always in that persons shadow. You're always compared to them but I really have kinda made my statement and I think I've really proved myself as a guitar player on 'Tales From The Strip' with writing and playing and of course in the 8 years I have been touring with LA Guns. But this kinda really cements - the solo instrumental album really, kinda really showcases my playing - this one yeah. I'm really glad I got an opportunity to do it - yeah.

Glenn: What are your favourite peices that you got to play on?

Stacey: I think '1812 Overture', 'Greensleeves'. I think there's a bunch of them. 'Tocata and Fugue' - it came out really great - the whole album is great. I think one of favourites is '1812 Overture' just kinda rips - that George Lynch type of thing. I try to approach every song differently with styles. For example, 'Blue Danube' that we did - it's kinda got this Zeppelin vibe with the synths in there and I almost took like a Neal Schon type approach/Jimi Hendrix and then there's other ones where I use my Randy Rhoads influence on (them) - so there's a wide variety of stuff. So it's kinda hard to pin-point - I really dig that album.

(Adam Hamilton & Stacey Blades)

Glenn: Did you have a long list of all the songs you fancied doing?

Stacey: No I gotta tip my hat to Adam. He arranged the whole album and he picked the songs. What he would do is he would pick the original melody from each original track and then he would build rock rhythms around that so he would basically lay down the bass & drums and like a synth track - an orchestration track and just send me the mp3's of that so we were constantly playing so much guitar with my computer - just like hours and hours and hours and trying to get as creative as I can. It was like, "OK, you gotta solo or whatever - do these parts for four minutes - you better get creative'. So I gotta really tip my hat to Adam - he did an amazing job producing that and arranging it. The guy's just a fantastic musician.

Glenn: You know if you weren't a guitarist - what would you see yourself doing?

Stacey: Wow - that's a Barbara Walters question - maybe working with animals. I've always had a fascination with psychiatry. I really like studying people and kinda getting into what motivates people and how people react in certain situations and delve into their kind of psychis - I am really interested in stuff like that. But I think of like without music in my life - it doesn't register and I think that comes from starting at such an early age - it's really all I know. I'm fortunate - going back to my family being musical. But there's a couple of other things that interest me like that. But music number 1 - absolutely .

Glenn: What sorts of hobbies and interests do you have outside of music?

Stacey: I love to cook. Not a lot of people know that - I really love cooking. I love travelling too - obviously I travel a lot with the band but I like to travel. I love documentaries. I love spending time with my wonderful girlfriend and so yeah - you've gotta have some other interests. I love getting tattooed but usually I am attached from the hip to my guitar. It's like, "What do you do when you get home?", "Play Guitar". (We laugh). It's probably like a day of rest and there I go - I go to my music room and it's like, you know? Of course, you gotta digress from being on the road and stuff like that but it's funny because there's... it's kind of a love/hate thing because when you are out there you love it and after an while you get tired and, "Oh I can't wait to get home", and after 3 or 4 days, "I can't wait to get back on the road". It's this weird balance but I think it's important to hae other interests other than music and hobbies and lately I've actually been getting into a lot of clothes design. Most musicians are obviously creative people and I've really kinda been getting into a lot lately and I've got the nice iron scar on my arm to prove it. Leaving over to pick up a piece of material and resting my arm on a red hot iron - that felt good.(We laugh). The price of fashion right?

Glenn: Yeah it's either that or burning it on the cooker. We've all done it.

Stacey: Csssssk Ow!

Glenn: Ow! And it all blisters up and boils.

Stacey: It was like wiping away - oh that's my skin. Yeah.

Glenn: What favourite bars do you like hanging out in when you're in..

Stacey: LA?

Glenn: Yeah.

Stacey: There's a great place that I go to and I was just up there last weekend called the Whiskey Bar - not the Whiskey A Go Go - it's at the Sunset Marquee Hotel and I've had some great times there. I've hung out with Trey Cool and Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day and a couple of Summers ago my buddy had a villa there for the weekend - this is a great story. Me and two other people and my buddy are hanging out at the pool all having a beer and I see this old guy with white hair and a pony tail and me and my launcher are going, (whispers), "God that guy looks really familiar".

So he goes and sits down and I lay down in my long chair and like a minute later I shoot out of my chair and go, "Holy Sh*t - that's Jimmy Page", so I'm looking over at him and he's like 10 feet from me, he's looking at me and they're like, "Go talk to him dude". I go, "I gotta drink another beer to get the courage up". So I finally went over and talked to him and introduced myself and we start talking and this kinda took me all by surprise and he's like, "Stacey, have you talked to Andy Johns lately?", and I'm like, 'Holy crap - this guy knows who I am' and we hung out for about half an hour. He was with Ross Halfin, the famous photographer and it was a highlight. Jimmy was in town for the movie 'Make It Loud' Premier - I think that's what he was doing here - I mean what a perfect opportunity to hang poolside with Jimmy Page.

Glenn: It's like when I met Nikiki Sixx on the way out of Lax Airport before I had even got my baggage. My buddy June said, "Hey is that Nikki Sixx", so I checked him out saw the SIXX tattooed on his fingers and took the opportunity straight away to say hi and he was really cool. I said, "Hi Nikki, how you doing bro?", and he was like, "Hey man, how you doing?" and we had a chat.

Stacey: That's awesome.

Glenn: You never know do you?

Stacey: I know. It's like I remember 10 years ago, I was at the strip joint called 'Crazy Girls' on the corner of La Brea on Sunset and there were a few people and I'm a little buzzed and I'm like, "Holy Sh*t, there's Steven Tyler", and I went over and talked to him and no bouncer came up to me and he talked to me for like 5 or 10 minutes and yeah - you never know who you are gonna bump into.

Glenn: Future plans? I guess that's gonna be going on the road.

Stacey: Yeah - we are geared up to doping a lot of touring this year and like I said we are hoping to have some new material soon. I know we've been saying it for years but really, really that's a priority. It's the 20th Anniversary of 'Hollywood Vampires' so we are doing a few choice numbers off that that the band has never done before so we are really excited. We had a fantastic year, last year andI'm really looking forward to great years.

Glenn: Would you ever consider writing a book about your Rock 'N' Roll memoires with Roxx Gang etc?

Stacey: I have.

Glenn: You have?

Stacey: I have. Funny you should ask. I did my actual autobiography - it's called 'Snake Eyes' - it was published in 2009 and it starts from birth up until about the end of 2008. It's actually been out for a couple of years. Now you know - it's called 'Snake Eyes - The Confessions Of A Replacement Rock Star' and it's kind of a story of inspiration. It deals with all the sh*t I had to eat and all the struggles I had to go through to get where I'm at. So it's kind of a story of inspiration but it's got all the rock 'n' roll dirt of sex, drugs and porn stars and alcohol and car crashes and stalkers. So looking back I never thought I would have written it. I mean I wrote the whole thing too. I didn't have a ghost writer. I obviously had a couple of people help me with the book itself but it came out really, really good. You know, really writing about your life and writing about other people that you work with, you really kinda put yourself on the limb and you gotta crack a few eggs. You're gonna p*ss a few people off along the way but, you know, I thought the book came out really good.

Glenn: What would you say your favourite parts of writing the book were?

Stacey: You know just... it took me about a year and a half - when you start writingf about your life and certain experiences it's almost self therapy and it acutally was theraputic to kind of get stuff out about my childhood an about my time in Roxx Gang because there was alot of crap - I went through so much crap in Florida. A lot of B.S.- so it was good to kinda proach that out. But there's some great stories and stuff like that. A lot of crazy, crazy stuff that I've gone through in my life. It took a long time because the thing about writing is that you never really stop - so at what point do you stop writing? So trying to remember everything that's happened in your life, you've gotta keep going back and back and it's very time consuming. So it's a good read. I think you'd like it.

Glenn: Did you had to do some searching and ask people like what happened?

Stacey: Yeah - you have to really put your thinking cap on and think, 'Did this really happen this way?' (We laugh) As far as I remember it did. What was cool too was that a lot of my friends and family helped me out too because there's a lot of testimonials from friends and bandmates and guys from other bands in the book too. So yeah - it's a cool read, it's a cool read. 'Snake Eyes' - yeah.

Glenn: That's great. Will you be coming back to play some UK shows?

Stacey: Yeah. You know we're talking back for a month long tour in September so we should have that finalised in the next few months or so. We're really happy abouit that to do an extensive tour. I mean we've done spotty stuff over the last few years. I mean, we tourd Italy for a week last and Bulgaria and Romania for 2 shows but that was like the extent of it so we're excited to do a big chunk of Europe which we haven't done in a long time. So yeah - it's gonna be good to get back in the UK because it's been about 2008 since we were. Hopefully we'll play Sheffield again because it's been bloody what 6 or 7 years since we played and that's a great venue and we had fun that night. So I hope we get back there yeah.

Glenn: What places around the world have a really big impact on you?

Stacey: You know going to Australia for the 1st time 2 or 3 years ago - that was an incredible high and the fact that we are going back again and actually be albe to play in Auckland, New Zealand too which I've never been. God, there's just so many great places around the world. Sweden and Italy and UK and Tokyo, Japan and playing through Canada too - there's a lot of great shows we did there too and of course the States. It's amazing - you know people are like, "What's the world like?", I'm like, "I don't know, I've seen nothing but like hotel rooms, tour buses, airports and stages".

Glenn: And if you get a day off you wanna sleep.

Stacey: You wanna sleep. Exactly. You really have to force yourself to make time, for example last year we did 5 shows in Italy and it was like, 'This time I am gonna go down the Colisseum', like I had done in the past but it was at night but i was able to.. I was able to spend the whole day down the ruins in the Coliseum and all that area. It's just incredible to say that you've seen that. You know, I put my hand on the wall of the Colisseum - it was just incredible. So yeah - I'm really blessed but most of the time there's no time to do anything.

Glenn: If there's a place where you've not played in before where would it be and why?

Stacey: Let's say 'Hong Kong'. I've always wanted to visit. I've had this fascination with Hong Kong - it's just an incredible place. I'm sure it's much like Tokyo which I've been in quite a bit. I'd love to play in Hong Kong and maybe in Rio too. I'd love to see that but who knows. There's something about Hong Kong. I'd love to see Asia - that'd be pretty cool.

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Glenn: If you could put a big festival line-up together, who would you have in that line-up and in what order?

Stacey: Wow.

Glenn: Including you guys.

Stacey: Including us - that's an important one. Probably like Motley, Dokken or Skid Row. I'd love to do a show with Hanoi Rocks - I know they've broken up but Mike Monroe. Any of those artists.. you know... Aerosmith - it's be just incredible to play with some of those. I mean obviously we've played with other bands from our genre but to be able to play with Motley or Aerosmith - that'd be really cool.

Glenn: Kind of like a 'Rock Never Stops' with Aerosmith or someone like that.

Stacey: Yeah - that would be cool. It's cool that they (Motley Crue) are going out and I was shocked that they are going out with Poison - I think that took a lot of people by surprise. It's really cool that they added the New York Dolls to that too. That's a cool package.

Glenn: Yeah.

Stacey: Yeah but we love playing with anybody anywhere. It's like, "Give us an outlet to plug into" and obviously playing with Cinderella and Scorpions has been a highlight too and I'd love to work with those guys again now. Yes definately. Yes Cinderella are great guys - just an amazing band.

Glenn: Yeah I saw them at Download (at Donington Park) last year and Tom Kiefer's voice held out.

Stacey: Yeah, they are so good - we've done some shows with them and Fred's a good friend of mine and I'd like to do some more work with those guys.

Glenn: That's cool.

Stacey: Yeah.

Glenn: What would you say the proudest moment you've had so far as a person or as a guitarist?

Stacey: I think, god there's so many, I mean, the release of my book, my instrumental album, the albums that we did with LA Guns with Andy Johns. It's all been just an amazing ride. I think the first time I played in front of like 15,000 - that was a pretty cool experience too. There's been so many of them I can't really pin-point one. Yeah there's been so many great experiences in my music career. So hard work does pay off. Good luck too.

Glenn: Cheers man. We got a good one there.

Stacey: Cool.


A Big Thankyou to Stacey for a very informative insight into his Rock 'n' Roll Life.