Joey/Jack/R.C - Belladonna
I am ever so grateful for my nice fuckin' life! When Wendy and I learned that Joey Belladonna was coming to town, and that Jack Frost had joined his band, we instantly set up an interview, and purchased tickets for the show. Joey Belladonna has endured a hard life, but he is anything but anti-social, or on a power trip. To be blunt, man he is really a genuinely reserved soul. He works diligently at his own merch. booth, and since he has now got the time, he is more than willing to get to know his fans, personally.
Enjoy our candid conversation, which Wendy & I had with all members of Belladonna as we get caught in a mix mosh of past glories, discussing Joey's two faced role in "Pledge Night", his appearance on Married With Children, and night rager - Jack Frost's other seven wishes, including his body of work to near perfection. We are also very grateful we got to know the newest members of Belladonna: R.C. Ciejek on bass who was sponsoring a Dean Guitar give-away for all attendants, and the ever so swift and talented drummer Paul Marciano.
MettleAngel: Joey Jack, R.C., Paul - just let me say that this is a real joy to be speaking with you. (Joey continues to set up the merchandise booth).
MettleAngel: Thank you! Let's begin. In order to celebrate this wonderful life I am now living, Wendy suggested that we watch our favorite episode of Married With Children, with Anthrax. Do you mind discussing Anthrax, is that cool, or a bitter pill?
MettleAngel: That rules, because, the last
thing I wanted to do was to open any wounds.
MettleAngel: I thought Anthrax also did appearances on Newsradio & Cheers?
MettleAngel: So did you keep Edd "Kookie" Byrnes' comb, was it the gingiest?
MettleAngel: So tell me about your brief Hollywood experience playing the lead role in "Pledge Night".
MettleAngel: Unfortunately, I've never seen this movie, it is really hard to find, as it's not on DVD. From what I understand, you play a man who is badly burnt, who goes on a killing spree. Basically, a Dark Man meets Jason, right?
MettleAngel: Was the song Two Faced from your solo debut release inspired by this role?
MettleAngel: You only played the non injured indian role, though, never the actor with the lame prosthetics, right?
MettleAngel: That it was I thought. Was not the movie concerned with continuity?
MettleAngel: That was the time when Ozzy & Gene Simmons did "Trick Or Treat" or Dave Mustaine opted for "Shocker". Metal and horror were real popular at this time. Bands were struggling to get their music on horror soundtracks, everywhere. Anthrax was on "Night Of The Living Dead III", and a few other unmentionables. Just look at one of the best metal soundtracks of all time on the deplorable "Leatherface:Texas Chainsaw Massacre III" which starred Mathew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger. This horrible flick had a ragin' soundtrack with mostly thrash acts like Lääz Rockit, Death Angel, Wrath, Sacred Reich, MX Machine, etc., but also Hurricane.
MettleAngel: Welcome to Cincinnati! Actually that is on Interstate 71 and closer to Colombus. Down here in Cincinnati, we are not as backward or preachy. (MettleMaiden:) If you were driving the other way, the sign dispalys the Ten Commandments. I'm surprised religious advertising like this is accepted. Michael always flips off the sign when we pass. If you head toward Dayton on 75 you will see a gigantic Jesus statue. (MettleMaiden:) Now, Joey let's discuss the band, and why Jack Frost decided to join.
MettleAngel: So, Jack you intiated the call?
MettleAngel: Wow, you met in a Borders. I remember when I met Charlie, Scott, & Frank when they came in for coffee, while I was working at Barnes & Noble. I showed Scott my original Judge Dredd key chain, and he told me to donate that to the Anthrax Archives. This was right after you recorded the Ball Of Confusion cover with them.
MettleAngel: Wow, you are that new to the
project! I thought it was strange when I recently found out that you were
in the band. What happened to Seven Witches? I imagine due to Alan Tecchio's
journalistic job commitments for "Steppin' Out", this is on
MettleAngel: I've heard really good things about Deadly Sins, but I still have not heard the CD. What about Lizzy Borden, I so love your work on Appointment With Death.
MettleAngel: I assume you learned a number of classic Anthrax songs, do you plan to add Armed & Dangerous to your repetoire? This was the first Anthrax song I ever heard Joey play on.
MettleAngel: That is so encouraging. I had Fistful Of Metal on cassette, but once I heard Armed & Dangerous on Megaforce Records, I instantly became an Anthrax fanatic.
MettleAngel: I have been an Anthrax advocate ever since. (MettleMaiden:) I discovered Anthrax when I'm The Man came out. (MettleAngel:) And they say rap and metal will never mix! I'm The Man and Bring The Noise sure served as a gateway for many successful bands. Joey, we last saw you with Anthrax when you played two summers ago here at Riverbend with Judas Priest. I bet that was a fun tour?
MettleAngel: That is an awesome attitude. It's a shame people cannot always accept change. I enjoy Anthrax with all their vocalists, even if the 'Belladonna Years' are my favorite. It's like Blaze with Maiden or Ripper with Priest. I always give every line-up a fair chance. We'll see what Anthrax does with Dan Nelson. Exodus has been successful with Rob Dukes.
MettleAngel: Actually, I have been playing a bunch of Van Halen Sammy Hagar era, as I never did have those titles back in the day, falling into the David Lee Roth purist attitude. These are now the best years of my life, and I celebrate all the music I receive and enjoy. Jack, new Whitesnake is incredible, I've also been enjoying their older titles remastered. All these classic hard rock bands are releasing new albums, like Dokken, White Lion, House Of Lors, Asia, etc.
MettleAngel: That is reassuring, I love it when I watch guitarists having a good time, high on life. Just watch Tony Iommi or Craig Goldy perform, those cats are always smiling.
MettleAngel: Well, as I always tell everyone, Wendy & I are first and foremost fans, and we love to serve the essence of metal by contributing in any capacity to which we are capable. This is our bliss, our happiness, our pursuit of joy. When we serve others we are truly happy. (MettleMaiden:) We are pleased to be here with you, as we follow our hearts and savor every moment
MettleAngel: Speaking of your solo work,
I have the debut on CD, but I only have Spells Of Fear on cassette. Is
a song like Injun about you being an Indian?
MettleAngel: That would rule! You had an experience like Gerre of Tankard when he wrote Desperation (singing the chorus). As popular as it is for Anthrax to play Anti-social, how difficult was it for you to do the original Trust version all in French on the Penikufesin EP which came out in 1989? On this record you also play Sects, another Trust cover and Friggin' In The Riggin an amusing adaptation of the Sex Pistols' song.
MettleMaiden: R.C., tell us a bit about this Dean Bass Guitar contest you are sponsoring.
MettleAngel: I bet! Another perk to draw in enthusiastic fans. Joey, Jack, R.C., Paul thank you for taking the time to indulge us.