RockPages Talks To JANET GARDNER

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Highlights: Janet, I guess the first question is quite obvious…why did you decide to record your first solo album now, aftter all these years?
Janet Gardner: It just happened really…together with Justin we sset up our home studio and we started playing around, exchanging ideas…wee wrote a few songs and then we saw that we were really coming up with something special. The album was completed before we knew it. In the past I have worked with other people but this time, with Justin, it's really important to me. Actually, it's the best thing that I've done in ages. So, in answer to your question, I just knew that it was the right time to do it. Janet, did it feel any different working on your own compared to your previous recording experience with Vixen?
Janet Gardner: Well, it's quite a bit different obviously due to my personal relationship with Justin but also due to the fact that we are only two people that made the decisions. We were only two people that we had to agree upon certain things. So that was the main difference compared to the other records that I did with Vixen. Also, we were able to move things quickly that's why the record was completed so fast. On the one hand, it's great that we finished the album so quickly but also I must say that it's also great when there are other people on the band adding something to the album. This time was faster and it felt great to create something with your life partner. I wrote in my review that the album is diverse and it sounds like a bridge that connects the 80s with the 90s. What's your point of view on the musical style of the album?
Janet Gardner: I think it's pretty accurate because our roots go back to the 70s up to the 80s and the 90s. I must tell you that we both loved some of the 90s bands. In the 80s everything was about fun and all we wanted to do is have a great time. But I must tell you that as an artist I love the depth that came in the 90s with the lyrics and the overall darker mood of the albums. I guess you can say that we love both eras…the best of both worlds. We definitely combine those two elemments that's why there is some diversity on the album. The album is modern sounding. Did you have any worries regarding the reaction of the old school Vixen fans?
Janet Gardner: Well, it's not a Vixen album…it'ss me and Justin. So I hope that they won't think that it's that different. Naturally, it doesn't sound like Vixen. But I must say that there is a lot of stuff on that album that I truly believe that the Vixen fans will appreciate. I still have some of the 80s anthemic choruses in there so I guess they should all give it a chance and listen to it. I am sure they will find things they will love. 

RockPages Talks To TRIUMPH

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rockpages Web Magazine did an exclusive interview with TRIUMPH's bassist Mike Levine in the wake of the 30th anniverssary since the release of their album "Thunder Seven" and Levine didn't rule out the possibility of doing another TRIUMPH album in the future. Here's the excerpt (for the full link of the interview check here: - Interviews - Triumph - ) You did a reunion show in Sweden and another one in the States back in 2008. Is there any chance of you doing a full tour and why not record one last album?
Mike Levine: We sit down every couple of months, Gil, Rik and I'and always talking about thee possibility of doing something again. When we did those shows in 2008, everything went so well that we decided to do a full tour. We had booking agents and managers working around the clock to arrange a tour in North America and just when we were ready to begin rehearsals, the recession hit so hard that we all got nervous about the economy and whether anyone could be successful on the road under these circumstances. So, we said: “well, let’s just wait and see how the things will turn out in the coming months and then decide what we will do”. Later on, we just kinda lost our enthusiasm and'well, here we are after 6 years. I am not sayiing that we are not going to tour ever but it’s highly unlikely. As far as recording'I am asking myself: “Does anybody really wwanna hear something new from us?”'I don’t know. Onee thing is certain. If we decide to record once again, it would have to be a bunch of excellent songs'nothing less. We haven’t reached that point yet but as our song goes'Never Say Never.
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