인터뷰에서는 다음과 같은 이야기가 이루어집니다.
2020 Metal Hall of Fame에 헌액되는 Graham Bonnet의 소감, Joe Stump에게서 듣는 새로운 Alcatrazz 앨범의 작업 진행상황, Alcatrazz 새앨범 게스트로 참여하는 Chris Impellitteri의 이야기, 인터뷰가 있던 약 6개월 전에 Impellitteri 일본 공연에서 그래함이 조인해서 라이브했던 에피스드(2019년 6월 1일에 있었던 Impellitteri의 일본 공연에서 Graham Bonnet이 일부 곡에 함께 했었습니다), Alcatrazz 새앨범 송라이팅에 Steve Vai가 참여했다는 이야기, Impellitteri 밴드 앞으로의 계획(크리스는 여름에 있는 유럽지역 락 페스티발에 문을 두드리고 있다고 했으나 인터뷰가 이루어질 당시가 코로나 바이러스가 있기 전이었기에 희망사항으로만 끝났습니다), Alcatrazz 새앨범 발매된다면 이후의 투어 계획, Judas Priest 및 Pat Benatar가 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame에 헌액되지 못한 점에 대한 생각들, 그리고 2020년 1월 7일 세상을 떠난 Rush의 드러머 Neil Peart에 관한 그들의 생각을 나눕니다. (인터뷰는 Neil Peart가 사망한지 약 1주일 후에 이루어진 것입니다)
Graham Bonnet & Chris Impellitteri Talk Neil Peart Passing
Jimmy Kay of The Metal Voice sits down with Graham Bonnet, guitarist Chris Impellitteri and guitarist Joe Stump of Alcatrazz at the Metal Hall of Fame Gala 2020 on January 15 2020 and discuss Bonnet’s induction into the Metal Hall of Fame, the recent Rock and roll Hall of Fame snubs of Judas Priest and Pat Benatar, Rush’s Neil Peart’s Passing and the new upcoming Alcatrazz studio album which will feature songwriting from Steve Vai with guest players such as Bob Kulick and Chris Impelliteri.
ALCATRAZZ Putting Finishing Touches On First Studio Album In 34 Years
Original ALCATRAZZ bassist Gary Shea has rejoined the band. The group’s current lineup is rounded out by fellow founding members Graham Bonnet (vocals) and Jimmy Waldo (keyboards), along with guitarist Joe “Shredlord” Stump and drummer Mark Benquechea.
ALCATRAZZ’s new studio album is nearly complete and will be released mid-2020. The disc was mixed by Andy Haller.
Bonnet says: “This album is for fans of the first two ALCATRAZZ records, in particular the one with Yngwie [Malmsteen]. We are not messing around here. This is going to be heavy and guitar-driven — plenty of that neo-classical guitar style, along with heavy riffs and over-the-top vocals … We are ready to take ALCATRAZZ up to the next level with this, our first studio album since 1986.”
ALCATRAZZ’s upcoming LP will also feature contributions from Chris Impellitteri, Steve Vai, Bob Kulick, Dario Mollo and Japan shredder Nozomu Wakai in what is being described in a press release as “a ‘Bonnet-Shred-Fest’ of some of the guitarists from his past.”
ALCATRAZZ will tour extensively in 2020/2021 and beyond.
Bonnet, Waldo and Shea previously reunited after 33 years for a unique series of shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Japan in March 2017. For the special occasion, the band was rounded out by Mark Benquechea (drums) and Conrado Pesinato (guitars), both from the GRAHAM BONNET BAND.
ALCATRAZZ was formed in 1983 by former RAINBOW and MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP vocalist Graham Bonnet along with Waldo and Shea and they would go on to make three studio albums in the 1980s. The band’s debut album included a young Swedish guitarist, Yngwie Malmsteen, and their second album featured guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. ALCATRAZZ split up in 1987 after the release of their third album, “Dangerous Games”.
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