Just because Artvoice got rid of anything worth keeping on their website, doesn't mean these classic interviews have to die! Here is an interview I did with Mickey DeSadist, frontman for Canadian classic band the Forgotten Rebels prior to a 2014 performance in Buffalo.
You can see my extended interview with DeSadist here, where we talk Tim Horton's and pro wrestling, among other topics.
It’s been over 22 years since he’s played in Buffalo, but Forgotten Rebels front man Mickey DeSadist has fresh memories of the Nickel City and it’s old punk rock club, the Continental, which closed in 2005.
“Well, it was a pretty dark neighborhood, but I liked it. What can I say, I always liked playing there. The only thing I didn’t like (was) that we would start playing at 2:30 in the morning and finish up at 4. Yeah, that’s a little late,” DeSadist said.
Hamilton, Ontario’s Forgotten Rebels are anticipated to go on much earlier than 2:30 a.m. when they return to city on October 18 for the first time since 1992.
Another Artvoice interview saved from Internet deletion forever. This one is to promote an event that I put together at 1811 Comics featuring WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts live comedy/spoken word show in 2015. Jake had recently come back into the public eye through his Hall of Fame selection and through the lauded Resurrection of Jake the Snake documentary.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts is just now seeing the world through clear eyes. Even during his heyday touring with the WWF (now WWE) through the 1980s and 90s, if Roberts wasn’t under the influence, he was moving too fast to take in the scenery as he bounced from town to town performing before thousands of fans.
Now, touring his “Unspoken Word” live spoken word show, Roberts has the downtime and mental clarity to enjoy his travels, see the sights and chat intimately with his fans.
“It's always been a dream of mine to go back to these places and check the architecture out, check the food out, check the people out, check the fishing out, you know, just get out there and look around,” Roberts said. Roberts’ “Unspoken Word” comes to 1811 Comics in Williamsville on Aug. 1.
Here is another classic pulled from the web by the evil Artvoice.com: my first cover story as a writer in Buffalo back in 2011. I was able to catch up with Mick again this year before his 20 Years of Hell tour came to town.
It’s possible that Mick Foley would be known only as the most brutalized pro wrestler ever had he not let his personality pop through somewhere along the way.
Foley, who grew up in Long Island and attended college at Cortland, spent the early part of his career portraying “Cactus Jack,” a large, hairy, South Western lunatic. As “Cactus Jack,” Foley would raise the bar for barbed-wire bloodshed and mayhem during his various stops throughout the US and Japan. Along the way, he had part of an ear ripped off, his teeth knocked out, and dozens of other painful injuries.
By the time Foley became a huge star in the WWE in the mid-90s, he had already transcended his label as pro wrestling’s “Hardcore Legend,” one who specialized in enduring the brunt of the violence. Promoters realized that Foley was just as good at being dramatic and funny as he was at falling 20 feet off of a cage through an announcer’s table.
This interview took place over the phone in 2013 and was originally published by Artvoice.com, which no longer maintains archives online. Read extended quotes from this interview here.
Heavy metal powerhouse Danzig closes out their 25th anniversary tour this month, highlighting favorites from Danzig's career as well as classics from singer and band leader Glenn Danzig's legendary punk band, The Misfits.
The Misfits portion of the set is supported by the guitar work of hulking Misfits' guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, making the shows a reunion of sorts and perhaps the last chance for fans to see Doyle and Danzig play together, as the singer says he plans to stop touring for the foreseeable future.
Glenn Danzig spoke with Artvoice about giving fans one more shot at indulging in his earliest works, as well as the challenges faced by a metal band crossing the Canadian border.
"The 25th Anniversary of Danzig with Doyle" tour comes to the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls on October 17, with supporting acts Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition and A Pale Horse Named Death.
Comedian Michael Ian Black’s history with Buffalo is more than just stand up shows and chicken wings - he also has fond memories of traveling to Buffalo to watch men beat each other up in what he claims to be among the greatest nights of his life.
Black’s sharp sarcasm has been only display since first appearing on MTV’s The State sketch comedy show in 1993. Since then, Black has added many additional credits to his resume beyond comedian and actor. He’s also a successful author, producer and podcaster on his weekly How To Be Amazing interview show.
Nickel City Con set up me with a set of cool interviews ahead of the Nickel City Con in May, including published interviews with Billie Dee Williams and William Shatner that can be found at DailyPublic.com.
This interview with Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on the Star Trek TV series and original movies, was finished a little late and was never published.
For the first time, check out this exclusive interview with TV legend Nichelle Nichols!
The Public published an interview I did over the weekend with Steve Zing, touring bassist with Danzig. Steve and I discussed a wide range of topics and the entire conversation couldn't make it to print. Here is the extended interview with Steve Zing of Samhain, Danzig and other projects, including Blak29.
As it turned out, this show would never end up happening, a cancellation announcement came out hours after posting this originally!