Thanks to Greg Fraser, Patrick Gagliardi, and surprise guest Brian Hamilton of Storm Force for joining Deke and I Friday night! It was a free-form chat tackling subjects such as: The album Age of Fear Memorable impact gigs Canadian Rock New music Secrets to singing Thunder Bay Touring and touring and touring Brighton Rock and […]Storm Force! Greg, Pat and Brian join Deke and LeBrain in the Age of Fear! — mikeladano.com
Just a little over a week ago at Brighton Rock‘s Facebook Page was a post about how they recorded there first new track in 28 years! Not to miss a beat I reached out to Brighton Rock Guitarist Greg Fraser who graciously answered my few questions about the New Song ‘End of Time’ and how they ended getting producer Beau Hill to do the mixing!
‘End of Time’ is available from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify! Please take the time to check it out …..
Actually Folk’s why don’t you all show your Visa or Debit cards a good time and just buy the song from iTunes! Here in Canada it’s for 99 cents! Not even a buck! Where can u find anything for under a buck nowadays?? The Dollar Store doesn’t even sell stuff for under a Dollar anymore!! ‘End of Time’ is great Ear Candy!
For the record I purchased this tune….
Check out the video below for the song!
Listen to that opening Guitar Riff and the song just lifts off! Full out kudos to Gerry McGhee(Vocals) Stevie Skreebs(Bass) Johnnie Rodgers(Guitars) Mark Cavarzan (Drums) and Greg Fraser (Lead Guitar). End of Time has that Brighton Sound. Total current sounding track that just flat-out Rocks but could have slid right on the Love Machine album back in 1991!
The only real knock I have is that once it ends that’s it! Your left with that wanting more feeling. You know I had to ask the questions to Greg like how about more songs? An album in the works? Showing up to play in Thunder Bay? ( Ok that last one was my doing) Seriously, you have to hand it to these guys that these are same Fella’s that released the debut album Young Wild and Free back in 1986! Now in this day and age of rotating band lineups these guys have stayed intact as a Musical Unit!
I would like to personally Thank Greg for being a great sport as always like he was last summer when he was one of the first guys to get back to me with My ‘10 Questions With’ segment…
Let’s Do This…..
1- Greg! Thanks for doing this Interview with me once again! Pretty exciting news from the Brighton Rock camp that you guys are releasing your first new tune in 28 years! End of Time is the new song and tell us all about whose idea it was to get a song done/recorded/written.
My pleasure Derek. A while back BR was trying to write & record a new record & we soon found that our schedules could never match up. It was impossible to get all 5 of us in the same room together. There was always somebody that had other commitments. After a while we decided to scrap the idea hoping one day things would open up for everybody schedule wise. If anything it’s even harder to get together now than before. A lot of songs were written & recorded but in pieces, meaning some songs still needed vocals or keyboards or guitars etc. The only song fully completed was ‘End Of Time’ & we decided to finally release it.
2- Now correct me if I’m wrong but this being your first new song since the Brilliant Love Machine release from 1991. This song would mark Keyboardist Johnny Rogers first tune with Brighton since 1988’s Take A Deep Breath release!
You are correct sir. And the song does not have any keyboards on it! It’s a real balls out rocker & we found that keyboards sweetened it up too much. So Johnny strapped on his Les Paul & rocked out with me to get that twin guitar attack. He plays great on this song.
3- What also is real cool is that you got the great Beau Hill to mix the new song as well! How did you guys go about getting Beau who produced many albums in my collection including Ratt/Winger/Europe/Alice Cooper basically a who’s who of hard Rock back in the 80’s!
Back in the Myspace days over 10 years ago I was in the process of releasing a solo/band record called Fraze Gang. I started posted songs & Beau somehow got wind of it & reached out to me & said he loved what he heard & said to call him. I was shocked to say the least. This guy is a legend so I initially that this was a hoax. I called him & was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was indeed really him. He said he wanted to mix my songs. I told him the record is pretty much done but we have one more song to record & if he’s interested he can mix that. He said send it over. The song is called Jackhammer & he loved it & mixed it. We actually did a video for it on YouTube if you want to check it out. When we were making our second record Fraze Gang 2 he said he wanted to mix the whole record. So I would send him each song as they were recorded & we would talk about how to approach things and slowly built a friendship that has lasted to this day. We would always check in with each to stay in touch & in fact he’s making plans at some point to come up here a visit me. When we decided to release this new song I mentioned it to Beau he jumped right on it & did a fantastic job .We could not be more happier with the results.
4-Now the question has to be asked. Is End of Time going to lead to more songs or is this indeed the End of Time for Brighton? Am I digging too deep here? LOL!
We would love to do more stuff but like I mentioned our schedules our insane. Just getting us all together to rehearse for a gig is near impossible. Time will tell.
5- Brighton has an appearance on the Monsters of Rock Cruise next month (February) after that is there anything on the cards for more Live Brighton shows in 2019?
We have a bunch of offers that we are mulling over but no contracts have been signed yet. We definitely will be doing more shows though.
6- With Lead Singer Gerald McGhee running a successful record plant any thoughts on reissues of the current single or perhaps the previous albums being issued on Vinyl?
There are talks on reissuing all the BR stuff on vinyl at some point but nothing is set in stone yet.
7- Once again thanks for doing this Greg! Please keep us posted here at Thunder Bay Arena Rock on any more news with Brighton Rock! Take Care and Continued Success!
Any time Derek. Have a fantastic 2019 my friend!
Greg Fraser is a founding member of Canadian Rockers ‘Brighton Rock’ who first formed in 1982 and basically hit the bars all across in Canada by 1984. From there it was a record deal with WEA records which resulted in 3 albums being released all with three big time producers for each album which was mighty impressive!
Like many an act back than once the early 90’s rolled around Brighton went there separate ways but in recent times Brighton has been active with selective shows with the Original Lineup! Now in this day and age of rotating lineups its cool to see a band that started out so many years ago still playing together at certain select dates…
Do check out the live Brighton Rock album “Room For 5 Live” in which Greg plays some brilliant riffs of rock. It’s basically a Greatest Hits album but LIVE! All the hits plus some of the heavier stuff from the much ignored ‘Love Machine’ album!
Thanks to Fraze for doing this…
Take it away…
1-Greg! Thanks for doing this. Looking at the Brighton Rock website you guys were playing a ton of shows even appearing at the old Sleeping Giant Hotel here in Thunder Bay back on Aug 4th 1986! I think its safe too say by looking at those early tour dates Brighton Rock played every nook and cranny in Canada! Any thoughts on those early Cross Canadian Tours?
We played Thunder Bay quite a bit back in the day actually and always had a blast. Those early tours were exciting but some of those long drives were brutal. Back then there was no cell phones or anything so we had each other to entertain ourselves. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did on some of those drives with all the ball busting and stories. The crowds were always killer across Canada too.
2- Your first full length album after the 85 release(EP) came in the form of 1986’s “Young Wild and Free” release which was produced by Micheal Wagner. Wagner has done some huge albums. Must have been a huge score for you guys to snag him on the debut?
Michael was a lot of fun and brought a lot to the table. He was very encouraging and was a total team player. He really was one of the guys and I learned a lot from him. Going to be seeing him once again early 2019 on the ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise’ that BR are playing and it’s going to be great to reconnect after all these years.
3- From there a ton of shows played and in 88 comes “Take A Deep Breath” produced by Jack Richardson. The most success you guys had been with this album. A more commercial slant on the sound. Was that the main reason was to get current with the sound of the day?
Jack was actually involved with some of the pre-production of the first record and when Michael was not available for the second record Jack was a natural choice to take the helm. I’ve learned a lot of the art of songwriting from Jack and will be forever grateful for the guidance and knowledge he taught me. It was never our intention to try to be current. We wanted to sound a little different from the rest so we would stand out a bit. Jack helped us a lot with that. He is a legend and will be forever missed.
4- “Hangin High N Dry’ is a great song. That chorus is so catchy it will ring around in your noggin for hours after. How did that song come about?
Nothing out of the ordinary. I used to have a little mini studio that we would demo new ideas with and that was just one of the songs that stood out. We would demo lots of things but we strived to sound a little different. If something was great but sounded a little cliché or generic it was tossed. Hanging sounds like BR and no one else. Extremely proud of that one and it still sounds great today.
5- More shows followed in 88 which is crazy as you guys were in that tour album cycle for a few years. In 91 you guys put out the serious rockin ‘Love Machine’ album produced by Toby Wright. You guys ramp it up and it didn’t do what the previous album did sales wise. Was that do in fact of Grungemania sweeping North America at the time?
There was numerous factors. A lot of our supporters at the record company were gone and the new breed that came in did not care as much for us and would not promote the record. And we were in transition with getting new management which was quite difficult as no one was banging down doors for us like before. The grunge thing was just starting to take hold and our music was becoming out of fashion, so the writing was on the wall. Looking back I think we ended at just the right time, although at the time I refused to believe it.
6- After Brighton Split for a bit you joined Helix in which I caught you guys here back in 1993. That was a great band as it was you along with the Classic lineup with Dr Doerner on Guitar, I know Brian released the ‘It’s a Pleasure doing Business with You” Even though you guys were pictured in the album if my memory serves me correct none of you guys were on the album. Guess what I’m trying to say is was their any recording done with that line up?
You are correct. Even though we are credited, we did not play on that record. That record was written recorded and produced by Mark Ribler out of New York I believe. The plan for the next record was to use the same guy and process of which once again excluded the rest of the Helix band. It’s a shame because it was potent band and we never got to record together.
7-First album ever purchased?
I think it was ‘Meet The Beatles’ or maybe ‘The Partridge Family’ both of which I still have. I still have all my old vinyl from day one.
8-If You had to go with 5 all time favourite albums what would they be?
1. UFO – ‘Lights Out’
2. UFO ‘Obsession’
3. UFO ‘Strangers In The Night’
4. Led Zeppelin ‘Song Remains The Same’
5. Liona Boyd ‘with Andrew Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra’
9-Arena/Stadium show. What was the best gig you ever witnessed?
It’s a tie:
1. Van Halen opening & blowing Black Sabbath off the stage on their first tour in Niagara Falls NY 1978
2. Judas Priest with Whitesnake & Iron Maiden in Buffalo NY 1981
10-Feel Free to Plug whatever your currently up to! Thanks again!
Be sure to check out Brighton Rock in the UK in September at ‘Hull Metal Heaven’ & also on the ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise’ in Feb.2019
It was great chatting with you.