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Books that Rock…nothin more,nuthin less!

Rock 101/Zakk Wylde-Bringing Metal To The Childern

imagePicked up this book on my trip out to Vancouver at a real cool shop called The Book Warehouse. It’s a real homey chill store as they have hundred of recently new book titles discounted so if you want to pay full price for books  you can go a few more blocks up West Broadway to the Indigo Book Store!

I’ve been meaning to pick up this book for a few years now but never got around to it but when I seen it for $8.99 it was a no brainer!

Zakk Wlyde as we all know was Ozzy’s former guitarist/ sidekick for many a year and when Zakk left and formed his own band Black Label Society (which he continues to this day) I guess a book was in order as well since many musicians it seems nowadays write their own bio’s!

Except Zakk went a different route with his book as it’s not so much a biography but a book of touring and seriously this guy should have been a comedian! Frigg the dude is funny as hell and in this day and age of everything seriousness Zakk goes a different route and writes about his tales of touring and recording life and a ton of war stories about his days in Ozzy’s band and now  that Zakk is sober it’s still a hilarious read.

Basically Zakk is a Viking well those around him call that by his look and he just says it takes the piss out of everything so he just lets it roll to keep everyone amused. Berzerker’s is what Zakk calls himself and his fans.

The book is co written by Eric Hendrix who is basically Zakk’s point counterpoint kinda fella and they verbally spar each other chapter after chapter! ( don’t let the kids read this book ..just saying!)

The book is broken into 6 Chapters. Even the Chapter Titles are classic. Case in point Chapter 4 titled “No Shitting On The Bus” and Chapter 6 “Psssst Don’t Tell The Warden” hahaha….

Zakk spins a great life philosophy on all aspects of his career. From growing up in New Jersey, how he went about auditioning and getting the Ozzy Osbourne guitar gig. Going solo,family life and just general life stories all spun in a hilarious way on how it’s written.

One of the great stories is we all know he got the Ozzy gig so when Ozzy told him he got the job the first thing Ozzy told him was to make The Ozz a ham sandwich and to go light on the mustard!

Zakk,should do a speaking only tour! Man that would be something to see…

This book if you come across pick it up! It’s a great read!

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Rock 101/Van Halen Rising By Greg Renoff

image1978. AC/DC puts out the classic Powerage. Judas Priest release Stained Class. Scorpions drop on the public Taken By Force. What do these three albums have in common?

They all stalled on the American Charts! None of them cracked the Billboard Top 100 unlike the four long hairs from Pasadena California calling themselves Van Halen.

David Lee Roth/Eddie and Alex Van Halen along with Michael Anthony did what AC/DC,Judas Priest and Scorpions couldn’t do in the United States and that’s sell records.

Van Halen’s debut titled simply enough Van Halen got as high as 19 on the Billboard Album Charts selling over 2 million copies. If your thinking overnight success not really and Greg does a very in-depth detailed look at the years leading up to 1978 and the release of the debut album. That’s as far as the book goes and it’s a awesome representation of the early years and struggles of Van Halen. Believe it or not they worked there asses off and it as we all know paid off in spades but getting there for these guys was tough.

Van Halen Uprising explains it all!

Greg did his homework here. Well over 200 interviews with people associated with the early years of Van Halen. Plus as an added bonus there are pictures  of  the earliest incarnations of Pre VH of photos who played with Ed and Alex  and also pics after Anthony joined.(pics I have never ever seen) Too be honest I’m not big on unauthorized books except for this one as Greg interviews key people to give this book a ton of legitimacy like Pete Angelus (who toured and worked for Halen and with Roth when he went solo) Neil Zlowzer(photographer) and the two biggies to gain street cred with me and that’s Ted Templemen(VH’s Producer) and Michael Anthony(VH’s  bass player)

One  of the many great things about this book are things that I didn’t even know about Van Halen is that Ed and Alex had auditioned David Lee Roth as far back as 1971 and he failed 4 auditions with the brothers. I’m not gonna give it away but the friction between Roth and  Van Halen was boiling long before 1978 rolled around. Some of the earliest band names of VH were Trojan Rubber Company,Genesis(until they heard about the British Genesis) and Mammoth(which I had read about).

The Brothers VH went through a few bass players before settling on Michael Anthony and the real deal of this book for myself is Greg goes at detail when VH opened for U.F.O and better still when the one and only Gene  Simmons shows up and begins working with VH! For every Kiss and Van Halen fan out their  was always talked that Gene had Ed play on some Kiss demos around the time of Love Gun. Greg goes into great detail on this time frame of the Simmons/VH alliance fallout and  disappointment that VH were dealt with. (Course we know the ending) this part is the Meat And Potatoes of the book!

We also get to read how Warner Brothers Records came to signing the band. It’s all here. No stone is left unturned!

What’s another real slick move on Greg’s part is his breakdown almost dairy like of the recording of the debut album. Greg places dates and this is not a bunch of B.S as its Ted Templemen (VH’s producer of the first 6 studio albums) giving the timeline of the debut albums recording.

Of course there’s also the tour details of Van Halen’s first Arena Tour opening for Black Sabbath and countless others. Also In true record company fashion you can read about the sordid details of how VH sells 2 million copies of their debut yet owe Warner Brothers 1 million dollars!

Welcome to the biz boys!

This is a totally awesome read! Hunt this book down its well worth it. Greg digs deep with interviewing a ton of people associated around VH(Templemen) and in VH (Anthony). I have even seen with my own eyes Billy Sheehan and Gregg Bisonette (Roths Bass Player and Drummer on the Eat EM And Smile Album and Skyscraper releases) even call Uprising a must read!

I could go on but Nope…buy this book and support a music fan (Renoff) who took the initiative to tell the story of Van Halens origins to a fan (myself) who has followed Van Halen for 36 years yet new little about their  pre 1978 history.

Bravo Mr Renoff!

ROCK 101…Carl Dixon/Strange Way To Live

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So of all the rock biography books that I have read lately for example Joe Perry/Paul Stanley/Stephen Pearcy/ Sammy Hagar the one that interested me the most was Carl Dixons Strange Way To Live(A Story Of Rock N Roll Resurrection) The reason is simple all those musicians I have mentioned above all ended up millionaires and more power to them but although Carl may have not tasted the Holy Grail of a Rock N Roll Payout. Dixon is a millionaire and has won the lottery in more ways than the Stephen Pearcys off the world have its just in a different kind of way!

Let me explain it to Ya……

Alright,so everyone knows my deal here at Arena Rock about how much the three  Coney Hatch albums(the self titled and Outta Hand) had on my sonic senses as a young lad back in 1982 thru to 1985s Friction(title makes total sense now after reading Carl’s assessment of the recording and interband working relationships).

I’m getting ahead here….

The first part of Carl’s journey ( after two  great forwards by Larry Gowan and Pat Stapleton) is about Carl growing up in Sault Ste Marie Ontario and he talks about the Dixon clan and his Grandma who Carl says is one of his heroes as in 2011 she celebrated her 100th Birthday. You know by reading in the early part of the book how much family has meant to  Carl.

Carls career as a professional musician starts at the age of 16 and he gives credit where credit is due to his music teacher in high school a lady by the name of Sharon Sibthorpe who also contributes a page in the book as well and commends Carl on his dedication to being a musician and taking his craft seriously. They have the upmost mutual respect for each other.

From there Carl writes in detail about his earlier bands that he was in like Boots and than onto Olias  back to Boots who borrowed a name of a band to become Hollinger(great story) back to Boots to which they finally called themselves Alvin Shoes who became a touring act like Carl says you drive all day Sunday to play your next bar in some forsaken Northern Ontario city to perform 4 shows a night 6 days a week and living in seedy conditions with cheap pay to do it all over again but the gratitude he says is when the crowd appreciates what your doing. Many are called….few are chosen! Eventually Alvin Shoes packed it in except Carl whose decides to keep going.

Firefly is the name of Carl’s next band which was based out of Montreal and he as he puts it had to fight to get his 2 songs into there set and like anything times were tough so Carl packed up and went back to Toronto and hooks up with Andy Curran,Steve Shelski and Dave Ketchum and they become Coney Hatch!

The Coney Hatch part of the book is a big reason I was looking forward to this read. Back when they were putting out records there was press but not too much. Carl here tells it how he remembers it as like he says he stayed pretty focused meaning he stayed straight so what he says is not just some juiced up rock n roll frat party!

Coney Hatch became a big deal in the Toronto area in the early 1980s being discovered by Kim Mitchell and this led to there deal with Anthem Records (home of Rush and Max Webster) Some cool facts from Carl in the early years of Coney are.

They signed for $10,000(1982) and there lawyer bill was $9,364 meaning Carl,Andy,Dave and Steve split $366 between them to get to there next gig! (Welcome to the Music Business).

Carl speaks highly of Kim Mitchell who produced the debut(1982) and guided them through the studio and showed them the ropes.

Coney started making the Rounds touring wise opening for Trooper/Saga/Peter Frampton but the one show that stands out in the book is when Coney returned home to open for Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent in Toronto. Cheap Trick were cool to hang with but Nugents road crew gave Coney shitty sound and basically sabotaged there homecoming but as Carl puts it you put your head down and get on with it even if people in  the crowd can’t hear you!

Judas Priest is a band they opened a ton of shows for as well and Carl has nothing but high praise for Priest especially singer Rob Halford who would hang out with Coney and even occasionally drive with them to gigs! No ego whatsover and Dixon says that both Priest band and Crew treated them very well!

When Coney went to do the second record (1983s Outta Hand)they were manipulated by management and there record company in dumping Mitchell producing there second record and hiring Max Norman(producer of the first two solo Ozzy Osbourne records) and it wasn’t a pleasant fit! Band had no say in the matter…

Opened for Iron Maiden on Maidens 1983 Piece Of Mind tour and like Priest Carl says Maiden were awesome to tour with and still remain pals to this day. Watch out for those flying M80s In Seattle Carl!

By the time the Hatch record  1985s Friction there third release it is a aptly named record to say the least. Problems with producers ( they had to reluctantly go back to Max Norman) management,changing drummers(Dave Ketchum gets the boot) not getting on a big tour,and inner band turmoils and Dixons marriage was crumbling as well so he bid adieu to Coney Hatch and moved on.

This part of the story is about survival,working odd jobs to support his young family becoming a staff song writer out of New York than losing that job joining the Guesss Who as the keyboard guy basically doing the Burton Cummings deal! Moving on and joining April Wine as the keyboard/guitar slinger and Also there are numerous rock stories to go along with him joining these bands! Carl pulls no punches in regards to other musicians behaviours etc. I wouldn’t even so much say dishing the dirt as opposed to just calling it like it is! I think Carl tends to take the high road on most of it but he gives you great examples on what it like to be on other bands payrolls! Hired Gun I guess they call it!

Of course the book also goes into great detail on Carl’s  car accident when visiting his daughter who was filming a TV show down in Australia and his long road back to recovery.( He has a pic of the car that he was in the accident,it’s amazing he survived. I’m sure that’s not the first time he has ever  heard that or read that comment) I think this is the part of the book where he finds Resurrection and happiness in both his personal and professional life after something so traumatic.

Of course it all comes full circle as he reconnects with the original Coney Hatch fella’s and they put out the very good cd titled ‘Four’ back in 2012.

This book was a great read and as a fanboy of Coney Hatch from 1982 it was great to read about Carl Dixons obstacles and how he always survived and his journeys to do what he loves to do without the real fame and fortunes of rock stars! Carl just found fame and fortune travelling down other roads !

 

 
 

 

Rock 101….Hair Metal by Martin Popoff

The cover of this classic Book! Bravo Mr Popoff!
The cover of this classic Book! Bravo Mr Popoff!
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Paul Stanley is pointing at you Sarca!

 

Good OL Skid Row for Aaron(haha) and a add for VH's F.U.C.K album for the Erickison bros!
Good OL Skid Row for Aaron(haha) and a add for VH’s F.U.C.K album for the Erickson bros!
A classic Y&T cover for Jon over in Sweden!
A classic Y&T cover for Jon over in Sweden!
The Coop for Mr Ladano!
The Coop for Mr Ladano!

Martin Popoff if you don’t know the story is a Canadian rock writer of various rock books and also is one of the top dog writers at brave words (music on line site).

Martin knows the deal with all genres of music and man does he  hit the nail on the head with Hair Metal! All of you that have been reading my babbling on and on about things rock here know that I grew up in the 80s(I was born in 67) so hard rock was a very huge part in my life as I bought everything under the sun whether it was vinyl(cassettess sometimes) and a ton of printed media. (Creem,Circus,Hit Parader,Faces,Rip Magazine,Metallion,Rolling Stone,Kerrang) I loved to read and still do and wowzers when I seen that Martin was doing a book on Hair Metal….Ummmmmmm….SOLD!

So for Xmas on my wishlist was Hair Metal and my super duper cool wife delivered the ultimate rock 80s rock book into my hands !

Martin starts the book from the 1950s with the first ever can of Aqua Net being produced(awesome) to Sept 24 1991 when Nirvana released Nevermind and sank many a 80s act in one fell swoooop!

Martin takes no shortcuts and lays out this beauty of a book decade by decade, year by year  like a scrap book with tons of pics/adds/ticket stubs you name it Martin has gone to great detail to satisfy all the sticklers(like ME!) that would find sumthin missing! I’m happy to report Nothing is missing at all!

The real cool thing is Martin jams the book with interview quotes  with everyone he has interviewed over the years! You want Dokken quotes? Check! You want Sammy Hagar quotes ? Double Check! You want more quotes from guys like Beau Hill( producer for Ratt/Warrant ) ? Triple Check! It’s all here ! In a one stop read!

Since I dumped all my magazines years ago into the landfill site here in Tbay  thanks to Martin for bringing back a ton of memories With this book!

Like I wrote in my review of Brent Jensens awesome Left Over People book review,do yourself a favour and support our homegrown guys like Brent,Martin and Sean Kelly who know how to put the rock into the book!

Tell EM Deke sent Ya!

ROCK 101….Leftover People By Brent Jensen

imageLeftover People is the second book from Brent Jensen a fellow Canadian who wrote the excellent book No Sleep Til Sudbury about growing up and listening to hard rock in the 80s. In No Sleep, Brent takes us from the time of seeing Iron Maiden live in Sudbury on Maidens 1984 Powerslave tour and how it all falls into place musically for him when he again goes and sees Maiden on there 2007 (23 years later)tour when they recreated the whole Powerslave meal deal live!

Like I said Brent’s  first book No Sleep til Sudbury is a great read! Brent tells great stories like meeting Gene Simmons and whatever happened to Dave Allison the original guitar player from Anvil? Well buy the book and find out! Plus he talks about guitar heroes,his analogy of new Aerosmith vs Ol Aerosmith is one of the best written pieces describing the two! Well put,and many, many more music stories,drinking stories ..it’s all there and for me it’s the book I wish I could have written as I can relate to many of Brent’s stories both musically and personally. Don’t be fooled by the title of Sudbury being in the title,you can be from Mars and still read this book as if you listened to hard rock from anywhere in the world you will be able to relate!

So so here we have the followup to No Sleep and that’s Leftover People which Brent describes in detail his journey thru the United States on a promotional book tour for No Sleep…

Brent is contacted by a fellow named Chris Long( whose name is later rechristened to Pink Chief) a fellow writer who wrote a book about working for Poison as a personal assistant to Bobby Dall. The book is called Shot Full Of Poison,I myself have not read it but from what Brent says his poor pal Mr Long almost had a nervous and mental breakdown working for Mr Dall!

Basically Brent tells us of his road trip that he takes promoting No Sleep Til Sudbury in parts of the U.S. with Chris Long who has booked them into vinyl shops/coffee shops instead of regular places like bookstores and along for the journey is Brent’s buddy Flemming (who by the sounds of it could write his own book!) and Chris Longs son Jesse.

Brent does a great job of writing about his journeys on the road thru various stops and at the early stages of how he and Flemming would fuck with Long when he would come to their hotel room..they would signal him thru the window that the door to their hotel room was open and then Long would go to open it and it was locked! All the time Long fell for it! I think we can all relate to people we have screwed with and toyed with thru the years!

Brent also tells us of another great story about some female woman who they termed the Nashville Predator(Jensen and Crue are in Nashville ) as she stalked them and treated them to drinks in which Brent had to pay as her credit card was declined and I won’t give it away but it’s a great hysterical story.

The real great thing I like about Brent’s two books Is that as a hard rocker I can totally relate to him especially musically. In Leftover People he talks about Guns N Roses Use Your Illusions and why he made one big greatest hits single  disc out of there double discs and they all included songs that were written by Izzy Stradlin and once he was gone by the end of 1991 Guns was done creatively!

Another “rad”thing about Brent’s books he can shift from present day stories and keep me totally hooked by throwing in his knowledge on all things that are hard rock n roll from past years! His school  grade stories about public speaking from the early 80s is the real deal. If you are around my age(47) you know how the Public Speaking went in schools back in the 80s. Brent tells us how he was scarred from speaking publicly for many years but overcame it and has no problem with it now except for as he says some crazys  that now and again appear at his book signings.(more good stories there).

One of these Chapters in the book is called Saskadelphia I don’t want to give it away too much but after reading about artists diverse in this chapter like The Tragically Hip,Barenaked Ladies,Kesha,Toni Basil,Jensen ties it up all nice and neatly just don’t offer him or Flem a Burger King Whopper with guacamole after a night of drinking!

Each city that this book posse travels thru there are tales to be told. Chattanooga,Macon,Jacksonville and Melbourne are all described in great detail as these are the book tour stops!

Melbourne Florida at their book tour stop Brent notices Jack Starr he of Virgin Steele fame(New York band from the 80s) and the two get to talking and find out they have a mutual respect for each other. The moral of the story is that it’s good to meet your heroes and it’s even better when they turn out not to be dicks!

Leftover People is a great read from start to finish. The road stories like i said are classic and the people who Jensen comes across are sometimes interesting characters to say the least!

Now to be honest with everyone here, I like reading rock biographies only if they are authorized and only if it’s  the rock guy telling his story. I can’t handle bullshit books it’s a waste of time and well I don’t have money to toss around on junk. But last year when I think it may have been on bravewords.com I read about Jensen’s first book (No Sleep) and was intrigued by his title and when i went to his site and read his write-up on the book i was hooked and had to get it so it was off to Amazon.ca and it was the best $20 I spent in a long time!

Leftover People I was able to score off of Brent’s site as he had a contest and I won it! Brent told me on Monday am that I won and  he sent the book  and 3 days later,in my hands!

Now that’s  service!

Were lucky in Canada to have rock authors like Jensen,Martin Popoff (whose written a ton of books two of my faves are his books on UFO and Hair Metal) Sean Kelly(Metal On Ice) and Brian Vollmer(Gimmie A…R!)These dudes are the real deal as when you email via Facebook or goggle Mail they get back to you with whatever it is your questions are about. Why not support our homegrown boys! It’s simple ….buy these books and put the friggin electronics down!

 

 

Rock 101….Joe Perry/Rocks-My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith

image imageAnother first here at Arena Rock. My first book review under the new category of ROCK 101…..Enjoy..

Also me and Aaron are doing a double review of Joe Perrys book here and at his site(KeepsMeAlive)

Joe Perry has to be one of the first cool looking rockstars I had ever seen! Kiss hid behind makeup at the time(late 70s and early 80s)but Joe had the rock swagger down pat/he played cool guitars/co wrote real cool tunes with lead singer Steven Tyler and just had Rocker written all over him!

My daughter Lauren asked me what I wanted for Xmas this year so this was a no brainer and  Lauren delivered the book of Perry to me on Xmas day! So once we kinda got the festivities out of the way I sat down and started in…..

Of course in  this day and age all these Ol Rock Dogs are putting out bios! Fair enough as no one buys records anymore so buy books I guess……

The book itself is layed out real cool with of course Joe on the cover but inside a ton of pics from growing up thru to Aerosmith in the 70s and even drops in a couple of Joe Perry Project pics for good measure( his second solo album I’ve Got The Rock n Rolls Again is a bonafide classic here at Arena Rock) right thru to today with some family pics!

Its evident that early on in the book you see a young Perry driven by the guitar and the sounds of the day growing up from Chuck Berry to the  Beatles and the Stones thru to Hendrix and Jeff Beck(who he met when he played a club in Boston) as Steve Tyler met Mick Jagger in his Tyler’s book(Does The Noise Inside My Head Bother You) before even Tyler and Perry hooked up.

Perry tells it as he see’s it especially when he talks about that time working as a 19 year old at a resteraunt in Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire when Steve Tyler and his band came up from Boston took over the diner being loud and obnoxious and making a mess of the place and well who had to clean up the mess after Tyler and crew left? That’s right folks Mr Perry! When there paths did cross again Tyler and Perry did indeed move to 1325 Commonwealth Ave in Boston and formed Aerosmith with Tom Hamilton,Joey Kramer and there original rhythm guitarist Ray Tabano who was a pal of Tyler’s but when Tabano wasn’t showing up for rehearsal it was decided by Tyler and Perry that Tabono should be cut loose so Tyler let Perry do the dirty work!

The inner early working years of Aerosmith are really a focus of the early part of the book and Perry goes into great detail with there early management,the struggles they had to endure to make it,and of course the drugs which he goes into great lengths about and has no problem telling the world about it! But this book goes deeper Into it than that on how he’s always been a family guy and that for him family comes first and of course his relationship with Tyler which can be at times volatile and creative at the same time!

He talks about his leaving Aerosmith over spilt milk(literally) his lean years fronting the Joe Perry Project,him rejoining Aerosmith,the manipulating paranoia of there manager Tim Collins. Joe leaves no stone unturned and for my money I love the fact that he goes in depth with the recordings of all there albums along the way. So yeah sure everyone loves a good story about debauchery but I also love hearing about how some of these albums were made. I’m gonna skip a couple. So for your reading enjoyment heres a quick rundown on how I heard it from Joe,well read it that was!!! ( for more indepth detail buy the frigging book!)

Here’s some Aero studio album info for Ya….

Aerosmith- the debut album was for Perry a bummer he loved the tunes but the production was not how he had wanted it to sound! Plus Tyler sang in a different range but overall Perry says hey,they got a record deal!

Toys In The Attic-Perry says this is the album that got them joining the big leagues Also there first with Jack Douglas producing. Interesting fact is that Perry writes in his book that he wrote the riff to Walk This Way sober back in 1975!

Rocks-Perry uses a 6 string bass on Back In The Saddle and during the recording of it passes the bass off and grabs a guitar and flings off the solo and it’s the take that we all have heard a million times over!

Done With Mirrors-Perry rejoins Aerosmith after 5 years away and they put this out and it fails with the public! Perry says nowadays he doesn’t diss this album as much as he knows theres pockets of fans out there that love this album(me and Tbone! Hello!) but at the time he says he was disappointed as the record sounded half finished to them!

Permanent Vacation- the bounce back record with the hits! Perry talks about in great detail the journey to Vancouver to record the next three records with new producers,outside songwriters(which drove Tyler crazy) but 5 million records later Perry says he’s grateful for the resurgence in there popularity!

Get A Grip- trouble from the get go. Started in LA went back to Vancouver and had issues with the mixing of the album…

Nine Lives- issues with there manager which resulted him in being canned and the fact that they hired Glen Ballard(the writer of that huge Alanis Morrisette album Jagged Little Pill) and than fired him and had to rerecord Nine Lives and than there drummer Joey Kramer checked out for issues(breakdown) they brought in a replacement drummer to do the album( it didn’t feel right recording with another drummer) but waited for Joey Kramers return…

Just Push Play- Perry pulls no punches here saying Tyler wanted to be hip with the times and some of these songs like Trip Hoppin are not Perrys deal and Perry pulls no punches that there producer Marti Friedrickson sided with Tyler all the time in the direction (Perry doesn’t like the sound) songs  and the cover as Perry says he was outvoted so the robotic cover he says was not his idea!

Music From Another Dimension- Joe says he loves the rockers on this album and he says all the ballads that Steve Tyler brought to the record Perry does not like except for one! He says the album got a bad rap from the public by the fact that people (like myself actually) said it was too ballad driven.

Like the fact that Perry is totally cool calling out issues when there are issues and it goes to show you that thru all the makings of every single Aero record they had problems even when they got sober!

Of course family life is a big part of the book as well and the drug use is already well documented within Aerosmith but he’s open and frank about his and Tyler’s relapse a few years back that almost cost Perry  his marriage and Joe pulls no punches in regards to Tyler’s girlfriend at the time.

Ok I wasn’t gonna go there with a drug story but one of which is kinda funny is on the Pump tour Skid Row was opening for Aerosmith and Perry says that the very first encounter he had with  Sebastian Bach (lead singer)the first thing Bach said to him was “Dude I wanna get high and smoke hash with you and Steven!” Perrys response was he laughed and said “that ain’t happening!”

Perry balances the book out very well with personal life and of course Aerostories! The whole Brand Tyler chapter is a crazy read! WTF was Tyler thinking? This book I would say is a  highly recommended!

This is a great read from a guy who had it all,lost it all,got it all back and almost lost it all and once again got it all back!

Once A Rocker ….Always A Rocker….