JOE LYNN TURNER
(Rainbow, Deep Purple) -
VINNY APPICE (Black
(Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) -
CLUB PARADISE -
Thursday March 27th
Special Guest: That 80’s
Hairband, Michael Hund’s Graffiti
LOUD AND PROUD…..The
thunderous sound that will be roaring from the rafters inside
Western New York’s premiere entertainment complex this Thursday
night will be BIG NOIZE.
This unique band of Rock and Roll Road warriors has well over
a century of Mountainous Music rushing through their veins.
What sets this show apart from any other “All-Star” line-up
is that each member of this band has had an integral part in the
writing, recording and performing of the mega-hits that jam pack
Without further ado let’s meet the Masters of Metal Mayhem
JOE LYNN TURNER has been one of
Rock ‘n’ Roll’s consummate frontmen with over 60 album credits
to his name in his illustrious thirty year career. JLT
and his peerless pipes have fronted some of Rock’s most
influential bands, recording and touring the globe with
His stunning solo resume includes stints with guitar giants
RITCHIE BLACKMORE, INGWIE MALMSTEEN and GLENN
HUGHES. His 2007 release “Second Hand Life” has
garnered rave reviews worldwide and has had
touring relentlessly throughout
since its release.
In recent years
has lent his time and talent to the
CLASSIC ROCK CARES TOUR, this charitable organization was
founded on behalf of the late great JOHN ENTWISTLE of the
WHO. The foundation was set up by musicians to give back
to those in need, underprivileged children and those overwhelmed
by disaster, be sure to check it out at
a longtime friend of the Rock Rapport has numerous
projects in the works for 2008 to go
BASSIST: Anchoring the band with his booming Bass
lines is the multi-faceted bassist / songwriter / producer
PHIL SOUSSAN. Born
in England, SOUSSAN penned one of OZZY OSBOURNE’S biggest
hits “Shot in the Dark” as well as being part of the
“Madman’s” touring band.
has also recorded and toured with BILLY IDOL, JOHN WAITE,
VINCE NEIL, and guitar greats JIMMY PAGE and STEVE
LUKATHER (TOTO); he is also an accomplished producer working
on the other side of the glass with DOKKEN, JANI LANE(Warrant),
TOTO and BLUES TRAVELER.
His musical diversity has also scored
a seat on the prestigious Board of the GRAMMY’S (NARAS).
PHIL SOUSSAN and clips from his
impressive 2006 solo album “Vibrate” at
DRUMS: Features definitive drummer VINNY APPICE who provided
the pummeling pulse behind legendary acts the likes of DIO
and BLACK SABBATH.
Most recently APPICE kindled the kit on the immensely
successful HEAVEN AND HELL Reunion tour; a new record and
another tour is said to be in the works for 2008.
APPICE is also slated to make another appearance in the area
next month as
will kick off their reunion
tour at the BEAR’S DEN SHOWROOM inside the SENECA NIAGARA
for two special performances on
Tuesday April 22nd and Wednesday April 23rd.
Keep an eye and an ear out as the Rock Rapport will be
chatting with VINNY next month. VINNY is also the
younger brother of legendary drummer CARMINE APPICE of
VANILLA FUDGE fame. Check VINNY out at
CAVAZO is the absolute axeman
who spent the bulk of his career shredding his strings to the
Metal mischief of the multi-platinum selling band
has been involved with several projects in the virile L.A.
music scene with bands like HOLLYWOOD ALL-STARZ and
3 LEGGED DOG.
Thursday night will also be special as
along with original QUIET RIOT
CARLOS CAVAZO will play songs to
help Western New Yorkers celebrate the life and music of
the late KEVIN DuBROW.
Check out CARLOS
The Rock Rapport had the good fortune to chat with
PHIL as he and BIG NOIZE (www.myspace.com/abignoize)
break out their arsenal of hits for an East Coast jaunt that
includes a stop at
this Thursday Night.
Ross CAT- Thanks Phil for your time; give us a
little background on how this talented group of musicians came
- The concept of putting this
group together came through a mutual friend outside of the music
industry. The project was presented to us as something to have a
bit of fun with, so he was the catalyst. After some discussions
and coordination of all the hectic schedules involved we made it
to Nashville for some rehearsals which subsequently lead
to a live performance which was captured on video.
Ross CAT-This isn’t your mainstream All-Star
line-up, every song included in the stellar BIG NOIZE set
list has a direct connection with the band members. Was it the
fact that this particular line-up is able to take all these
great classic songs out to the fans without compromising or
misrepresenting their legacy?
PHIL SOUSSAN -
That pretty much hits the nail on
the head as far as describing the thought process in putting
together this polished group of players; it’s important to each
of us as individuals and as a group to perform these songs while
still protecting the integrity of their origins. I think that
comes much easier when you’ve been involved with a song and its
heritage from its inception.
What really fueled the fire for me was when I saw all these
bands from our era reforming with substantial line-up changes,
groups like FOREIGNER and BAD COMPANY going out
and playing the songs that the people want to hear.
In fact one of the best live shows I’ve seen in the past few
years was FOREIGNER, the only original player in the band
is founding member MICK JONES. It really was a great show the
venue was packed, everyone from the stage to the last seat in
the house was having a blast.
That being said, BIG NOIZE has a challenge in the respect
that we can’t go out and tour as OZZY, DEEP PURPLE
or QUIET RIOT, those names belong to someone else.
We had to find common musical ground and BLACK SABBATH
was the connection that tied us all together at one point or
another in our careers.
So what we have to do now is to take the name BIG NOIZE which
we’ve branded ourselves with and take it to the fans, and that’s
exactly what we plan to do this week in BUFFALO.
Ross CAT- One of the difficulties with putting
together this type of group is the other projects that everyone
is involved with, how does that affect the cohesiveness of
writing, recording and touring?
PHIL SOUSSAN -
That certainly can be a hurtle when
working with a group of high caliber musicians who are in such
great demand like VINNY, JOE and CARLOS.
We look at those other opportunities that each individual
takes on as a chance to expand on what we are doing when they
step away for another project.
We all realize this may take time to materialize into a
number one priority for all involved so we are extremely
supportive of each other when something outside of BIG NOIZE
BIG NOIZE is and was a well designed concept, our schedules
and other commitments where all laid out on the table from day
one. For instance this summer looks very exciting for VINNY
APPICE, he is working with HEAVEN and HELL, he’s also
touring with the reunited DERRINGER line-up so we’ve
planned ahead for that, we’ve already had discussions with Big
Brother CARMINE to step in. The cool thing about that is he has
played with OZZY so the BIG NOIZE concept still stays in
Ross CAT-Lets talk about your accomplished career; as
mentioned earlier congratulations on being an elected Member of
the GRAMMY’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS. Tell us about the prestigious
Thanks so much, I consider it a great
privilege. It’s really a humbling experience to be recognized by
your peers, most importantly the fact that they’ve instilled
there trust in me to represent them is even more of an honor.
I feel an obligation as both a musician and a member to help
ensure that artists from all genres of music are properly
compensated for their contributions. I know it’s an issue that
often gets either criticized or overlooked and I don’t want go
off topic of the great Rock ‘n’ Roll show we have in store this
Thursday night for BUFFALO, anyone interested in more
information can go to
Ross CAT-My readers
would hang me like one of OZZY’S midgets from the “Diary of a
Madman” tour if we didn’t talk a little about your time in the
band. Tell us about the song you wrote “Shot in the Dark” from
the “Ultimate Sin’ record?
PHIL SOUSSAN -
It’s really amazing how a song can take
on a life of its own. I
had written the song several years before I joined Ozzy; at that
time it was first recorded, but never released while I was in a
band called WILDLIFE which included drummer SIMON KIRKE, who by
the way predicted that it would one day be a hit.
When it was originally presented to OZZY he wasn’t to
keen on the slant of the song; a few days before we went into
the studio to lay down the vocal tracks JAKE LEE, RANDY
CASTILLO and myself where hanging out watching the movie
PRIZZI’S HONOR and I started taking notes. It wasn’t really
based on the movie it was more of an inspiration.
It was really a wonderful experience in
the sense that the song grew with me as an artist and then to
have it become a huge success for the band was even more
would like to thank
for his valuable time along with our friend LISA WALKER
for putting it together.
It would be the “STONE COLD” “ULTIMATE SIN” to miss
out on this Superstar concert event; so “Cum on Feel the
Noize” as this “Mob” of Heavy Hitting Hard Rockers is
sure to break all the “Rules” with a wealth of “Classic
Metal Hits” at
this Thursday night. To preview the show check out the DVD
trailer of BIG NOIZE
blasting out all the hits they made famous at
Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 day of
show and are available at
tickets.com; all Tops locations, and inside the
Clarion Hotel 24/7 Box office located on McKinley Parkway in
This is another
BACK Entertainment Group Event.