The Answer Guitarist Paul Mahon issued the following update at his website, on the Answer’s first visit to Los Angeles. This is a good read, and I though you all would like to read this.
After our little trip to Texas we set off for our 1st westcoast experience. It was time to hit the city of Angels! I was quite excited about visiting L.A. The 1st music I was passionate about was of course the sunset strip scene of the 80’s Motley Crue, faster Pussycat,G’n’r, L.A. Guns,W.A.S.P. Ratt and bands like Janes Addiction,Rhcp and Fishbone who came in spite of or as a reaction against that scene ,I liked them all.then I discovered the west coast bands of the 60’s buffalo Springfield and their off shoots csny etc, Love and my favourites Spirit. So visiting L.A. had the undercurrent of being a bit of a musical pilgrimage.
Flying into LA.X you get a great view of the skyline,not as many skyscrapers as you would expect but an amazing view of the hills. We touched down still a little hung-over from Austin and headed for sunset boulevard,we stayed across the street from the hyatt and the comedy store. Round the corner you can hit La cienega and go look for a liquor store with ryan adams or head up the street to the whisky,the viper room,the roxy,the key club or the Rainbow. We went straight to the rainbow for margaritas,the drink of choice for this trip.
The purpose of our trip to L.A. was to meet producers for the next record and play some shows,one in the spaceland ballroom in silverlake and in the infamous viper room on sunset. We met our old friend David Coverdale in the sunset marquis for Guinness and whiskies on st pats day and he kept us entertained with tales of the 1st time he came to L.A. with Deep Purple.We also went to the key club to see the phenomenon that is Metal School. Its basically some guys dressing up like an 80’s hair metal band doing note perfect renditions all the hits of that bygone era.The playing is impressive and the music is fun, they have also incorporated an element of humour into it , basically every groupie joke that’s ever been told in between songs, on the surface it can all be taken with a pinch of salt but there is no sense of irony to the humour, its just full on misogyny and borderline racist,that coupled with the fact that they didn’t seem to know any Vain made me leave after 20mins and head to the rainbow, they have “no respect” on the jukebox there!
On Tuesday before rehearsal we got to head up to Griffith park observatory, the one from rebel without a cause.You get the most amazing view of L.A. from up there and you can get pretty close to the hollywood sign too. After that we went to S.I.R. rehearsal studios and got in a little practice for Wednesday’s show. S.I.R. has abit of history, the picture on the back of appetite for destruction is from there, but looks like any other rehearsal studio,when you’ve seen one you’ve seen em all but they do have some cool guitars in there.
Wednesday came knockin and it was time for our 1st show in L.A. A short journey out to silverlake and we were at the Spaceland ballroom. I guess its abit like a barfly though not as dirty and slightly more welcoming. It was a showcase gig for us with every producer, booking agent and A and R man in town attending. Ah well no skin off our collective nose we’d done this sort of thing once or twice before and did what we always do, got onstage and rocked liked motherf**kers and it was one of the best shows we’d done in a while. 4 new songs made an appearance in the set and worked really good, its exciting and satisfying when you add in new songs and they make the set better and take it to a new level!
Thursday was a busy day for us. First we had dinner with redd kross then we had a photo shoot to attend at the sunset marquis. Robert.M.Knight was shooting us. Robert was the 1st guy to shoot led zep in the states and is a legend in the business, in the prescence of such company it would not be out of the ordinary for one to be nervous but Robert was a pleasure to work with and everyone was pretty comfortable with the situation straight away. He was also making a film, a documentary on guitar players in rock’n’roll including most of the guys he has photographed over the years,everyone from jeff beck, steve vai, carlos Santana, slash, billy gibbons etc.So we filmed a short interview for that too. After this we hot footed it to the viper room.Playing the viper room is a rite of passage for any band on their 1st trip to L.A. Again looks wise it isn’t dissimilar to a barfly maybe slightly nicer but there is the added bonus of table service and $1000 bottles of crystal on the wine list, it would have been rude not to order one bottle though im still paying that one off! We were on 1st so it was showcase rules again, no sound-check just get up and go for it and come out bangin for 30 mins, which we did and it was apretty good show. Aftershow we ended up in the sunset marquis bar , had a whisky with kerry king and may have been asked to leave due to noise pollution and wait a minute did Lars Ulrich just walk past???
Anyway Friday was our last day in the city of Angelas so we skipped breakfast cracked open a miller lite, hit the cocktail bar and went down the beach in Venice. Later we went on a tour of bars in west hollywood and that was pretty much it, a hangover and a long haul flight back to N.I. beckoned on sat.Thanks to everyone who came to the shows,all at Jensen P.R ,Robert Knight, Zematis guitars, Prs guitars, craig for making us sound good and last but not least Jannicke for driving us everywhere and more importantly taking care of my guitars,bang those rocks baby! Cu all soon. Cheers,
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