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Friday, February 17, 2017

SACRED REICH.....LIVING WITH IGNORANCE!!


In 1983, when my brother, Paul, and I owned the Bootleggers Club, I dabbled in band management. What I really was focused on though, was the production of the shows. I had never known one drop of production, promotion, gear, anything to do with the music biz! The first music dude who contacted me was Bill Metoyer, the Vice President of Metal Blade Records. Damn was I excited!! He called to book Lizzy Borden.



When the city illegally took our club, I plunged into silence. Damn, we had lost everything we had, in one night! We couldn't afford a costly court case, so we just walked away. I guess it was a blessing that I didn't recognize at the time. A few months later, I was talking to Jason Rainey, of Sacred Reich, and he was telling me they had gotten an offer to record, from Metal Blade. I asked if he wanted me to manage them and he said yes!! When I hung up the phone, I looked at Christina and Dana and said "what does a manager do?" Being a woman in the music business, you can't count on much help or favors. I dove in and here I still am.... The Sacred adventure was about to begin!




Bill was also a record producer and worked with most of the Metal Blade bands. He was the coolest to work with and we called him Bill "Valium" Metoyer! When the time came to record, he arranged the transportation, per diems, gear, and even found us an apartment to stay in!! He was professional from Day 1!! I even had my own room! We were going to stay in California for a whole month!!




Step by step, we went through the recording process. Everything was new, fresh, exciting! We laughed, partied and recorded. I admit the guys got wild at times, and once even rumbled in my room, breaking the night stand. It was Metal, I guess.


Ignorance turned into a classic and Sacred is now viewed as one of the early Metal pioneers! I was very blessed to work with them and go to the Metal University of the 1980's!! It was so fresh! I didn't know the long road I would travel. 33 years in Metal...

Friday, February 10, 2017

LET'S SEEK AND STRIKE!!!!


2001 was a strange year, politically. Max became an American and received the famed, blue, US passport one week before 9-11. We were like "ouch," but also overjoyed that he had achieved such a step in his life. He always says he is like Jason Bourne!





The horrible sight on TV of the Twin Towers falling and the haunting voice mail on my private number coupled together and literally took our breath away. Max was just starting to write the Soulfly 3 record and this dark time would affect his lyrics. He mastered songs like Seek and Strike for the troops and Defeat U, with Danny Marianino of Northside Kings, slaughtered the likes of Al Qaeda.


When it came time to make the video, the chosen track was Seek and Strike. We decided to make it on our property in Unincorporated Phoenix. The property is in the center of an extinct volcano, with bobcats, a clever mountain lion, coyotes and plenty of rattlesnakes. Nestled in a mountainous area, it made privacy complete. The only problem...it was about 120 degrees the day of the daytime shoot!





We gathered our friends, the gear, and plenty of face paint! Christina painted Soulfly symbols on the faces of the extras (our close friends and our kids), as Max, and Co. tore through the silence of the valley, with their sweat drenched performance. As I recall, Leo caught a rattler who seemed to want his face painted too, but the brushes just weren't small enough!


After the performance was filmed several times, our herd of Tribesters tramped through the creek bed and the cactus patches, trying to avoid the jumping cactus. We all ended up on a large piece of bedrock, with a water truck spraying water wildly at everyone. There was a lot of laughing our asses off and sweating rock salt. I won't mention when we found the ice cold watermelon chunks saved only for the video crew...... 😊



Class dismissed......

Friday, February 3, 2017

MAX GROWLS FOR THE SCORPION KING

In 2002, the movie, The Scorpion King was released by Warner Bros.  Did you know Max does the voice for The Rock, AKA The Scorpion King?  I got a call from someone at Warner, asking if Max was available to head to a local studio, in Phoenix, and simply yell, scream, hiss and make whatever noise the could conjure up from his throat.  Of course I said yes, as we just happened to be home at the time.

 

For 4 hours, Max shrieked every sound he could spit out, from growling, to the yell from hell!  It was so easy for him!  The engineer was simply amazed and asked how he could do such things, but Max just laughed and said it was easy. He never lost his voice or got a sore throat.

The day of the release, we got invited to the after party, so we made our way to Hollywood.  We partied with Zyon and Igor all day at Universal Studios and then went to the party at night.  It was amazing with statues from the movie and Egyptian styled revelers surrounding us.  Food and booze and fire!!!  I admit, when it was time to go, we stuffed 6 of the ceramic table decorations in my handbag!  One for each child!  Hell, we needed souvenirs!!

When the movie came out, there was Max's name in the credits.  He was listed as Creature Foley, because the studio had a contract with The Rock and couldn't give Max credit for the Scorpion King's voice.  If you watch the movie and listen carefully, you will hear our Tribe Father's growl throughout.  And you know what else?  I never signed the contract....they can look for it, but they don't have it!  Sometimes you just gotta stand firm..

 
 

Class dismissed.......

Friday, January 27, 2017

CHAOS AD...THE CASTLE PARTY

Recording Chaos AD was a badass experience!  The studio was brimming with history.  Bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath had recorded there.  Why, they had slept in the very beds we were sleeping in!  Everything about that recording was immense.  It was an honor to spend the entire time with the God of Production, Andy Wallace.  Andy had also brought his wife, Trish, and his young son with him.  It was Metal and Family, just how Max and I like it!  Zyon was only 6 months old.  We had come from the best occasion-our wedding the week before- and the worst occasion-losing a grandchild 12 hours after our wedding.  Emotions in our house and our hearts were like a thunderstorm of energy.

 
 

After the recording was complete, we all flew to our various cities and relaxed.  The crucial time was over.  The record was on fat analog tapes, sitting in the reproduction plant and we were nestled in our homes..for a minute!  Cees, the owner and founder of Roadrunner Records, contacted me and said he was throwing a Chaos AD launch party for the band in a Welsh castle!  Now we're talking!!

 
 


I got my best black velvet on and packed our bags and off we soared to the UK!!  MTV was in full force there.  Vanessa Warwick, the beautiful MTV VJ of Headbanger's Ball, had become close friends with us.  She was a big supporter of Sepultura.  Without people like her, the band would have never grown to the capacity it had.  I had signed the band on Epic Records for one LP and their distribution would eventually make Chaos the biggest selling Max Sepultura release of all time.  I had all y ducks in a row.  MTV would have a huge presence at the party.

We arrived at Caerphilly Castle with a full heart of excitement!  This was a dream come true, actually!  We couldn't believe Cees had thrown down for us in such a big way!  They even rolled out the red carpet!

The castle was packed with label folks and journalists from every corner of every Metal media in the world.  We were treated to fine Brazilian food and exotic Brazilian entertainment.  Of course as the night got on and the booze flowed, there had to be one crap talker griping about all the poor people that the money could have been spent on.  Other than him, it was all pure excitement!!

Everyone took home this pottery castle mug.   We were in awe the entire evening, as every detail was there!!  MTV videoed most all of the night and you can check it out here, on this link.  Good times were rolling like waves on a beach!                                                                                                The only flaw in the whole Chaos campaign was Max and I knew shizzle was growing in the Sepultura camp.  Someone was planting the seed of contempt.  Envy was the partner and walked hand in hand; its grip ever tightening on a couple accepting hands.  Old Man Trouble was looking for a ledge to perch on and would eventually find it.  In the meantime, we geared up for the many tours I had set in place and the fans who thrashed outside our perimeters.  And off we went!



Class dismissed......

Friday, January 20, 2017

YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND....


I admit, I have hung out with some pretty cool people. I never got starstruck except when I met JFK Jr. I was so surprised to see him standing there! I had green hair and he looked at me ,as we were both checking into a hotel, and said "far out!" Roxanne was with me, so I know I wasn't dreaming. But, that's another blog....



On a tour for Soufly 1, we happened to be staying in the Iwo Jima Best Western in Washington DC. We stayed there often, when Soulfly performed in the area, because the price was much better than the city center hotels, and it had a quite good, and reasonable, restaurant. I was outside our room, on the balcony when another tour bus pulled up. I watched as all these cool looking grey haired people came out and headed in. They looked awesome....men with long hair and beards, cool looking ladies with their grey locks streaming. They were all dressed casual, and I wondered who they were.



Kendog came to me and said "did you see Willie Nelson just pulled up?" I was like "wow, this is cool!" He said, "his family works for him and his crew is the same for years." It was at that moment I decided I wanted the same....a loyal crew. One that we walked with on our journey together. I wanted that loyalty, that comfort, that vibe. I wanted to see my crew grow older, have families, stay with us and be happy! I wanted them to feel the same about us.


After a short time, someone knocked on our hotel door. It was Wille's tour manager, asking if I wanted to go visit a bit with Willie!!!! After a couple woohoos, I regained my senses and went down. Maybe someone had told him we were staying there, or God knows how he knew of us, I really don't know. Max was cool with it, so off I went. I may have been floating as I walked down.



I entered his private bus and there he was, looking just like Willie Nelson! Long braids running parallel down his chest, those warm all-knowing eyes, yes, it was Willie frikken Nelson!!! He took me on a short tour through his bus. Just past the living room, he had a little alcove for a computer and bench. I was really impressed, since the big, boxy computers were the norm, and here was one in a bus! I never even knew you could have wifi in a bus back then! Going further back, he had a comfy woolen Western type blanket on the double bed. The back room was set up like a bedroom in a house. I swear I could smell the country smells of Texas in that bus!!



After my bus tour, we went up front and chilled. Yes, he had a bowl of magic snacks on the table. I mean, heck, he was Willie Nelson! We talked about a TV channel he wanted to make and I told him about a few shows I had planned. He was the perfect gentleman and definitely had a magic aura surrounding him. When I left, he said he knew we would see each other again and you know what? I think in the next year or two, that will be a reality!! You will be the first to know!!!

Class dismissed.......