I did map out how many rockers I needed, how many AOR cuts, etc., but in the end I had more than I bargained for in which it was more about what was better for the completion of it. Thankfully I have such a long history with Frontiers who instead of sticking to the contract and standing their ground about ONLY having 11 songs on the final album, they gave me the respect of releasing the ‘directors cut’ with all 14 songs I felt were the true vision of it.
JLT: I think that after being bombarded with so many artists that do not stand the test of time or are not really good singers/musicians that people are finally starting to realize that there is no substitute for authentic, REAL music. Everything goes in cycles.
” I feel the scene has no mystique or soul the way it did in the 70′ and 80’s. Maybe it’s because I was so young and excited about music as a kid. I think things took a turn in the early -mid 90’s and spiraling downward since. The internet has desensitized people on one hand, yet allowed people to access music more easily. “
But yes I’m definitely not opposed to the idea and as a matter of fact I’ve always stated that i would love to take part in such a reunion if it ever came to be, most definitely. And the organization knows this so my position is no surprise to anyone by now of course. Like a lot of bands that have had reunions, it’s the fans that ultimately can make things happen more than they probably know.
The album is more of a laid back journey of Soul & Blues, very Earthy & full of English heritage & all its roots, but that style really is a big part of my inner make up, I don’t get to show that very often, so this was a nice change …
Nick: Let me tell you, this is the first time since being diagnosed that I have consciously thought about something fifteen years down the road. It’s nice to do that and have some confidence that I will still be around!
Doogie: Great leaders and doctors and heroes leave legacies. Rock n Rollers leave broken hearts. Ronnie Dio left a legacy but he was a great man with compassion and a thoughtful mind and touched many with his music. I don’t expect to leave even 1oz of what was left behind when Ronnie died.
C J Snare: I think we all really wish that we had broken on to the scene a bit earlier. We had just arrived and it wasn’t long after that there was a changing of the guard in the music industry. With a few more years under our belt during the hey day we probably…
“Victory is a special record and i love them all…. you chose “Take It All Back” lol!! i love it too! The vocals and guitars have a “Queen” overtone especially in this song….there’s really a lot of great moments everywhere in every song and something for everyone to enjoy.”
On the morning after our first gig in Holland, I took us on a fairly long van journey on the wrong side of the road, it wasn’t until a car coming the other way around a round-about swerved around me that I realised we weren’t in England any more! We were all pretty ‘tired’ after the previous gig!..