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What bands have you opened for? Chris: XYZ, Paul Stanley, EZO, probably more , but I don’t remember.
What clubs have you played? Chris: The Whisky, Roxy, Gazzarri’s, FM Station, Country Club,Viper Room, Hollywood Palladium.
Why do you think Charlotte never got signed back then when so many other bands in the genre did? Chris: We never fit in to any kind of “mold”, you might say. The interest was definitely there, we were courted by Arista records, Giant, Mercury, as well as others. At the time we were selling out everywhere we were playing and the buzz was huge. Everyone thought “Oh yea, they're next”. We see people today who still wonder why we never got signed back then. Thanks to Eonian Records we're signed now! What were your goals in writing your songs? Chris: To make sure we were always true to ourselves.
Do you have a favorite song and if so, why does that one "stick out" for you? Chris: ”Little Devils”. Eric brought that song in to rehearsal, and if you listen to the intro, the whole song was supposed to be that fast. I said” Lets do it in half-time and see what happens”. From there it turned into the “epic”, as we called it .We put that on one of the demos just to hear what it would sound like, never thinking anyone would notice and that song got the biggest response from everybody. We used to close shows with that song. Even the record companies thought it was great. Besides, the lyrics are really cool. “Ocean of Love and Mercy” is another great song, great lyrics. We have some live recordings of songs we never did in the studio that would blow your mind.
Share your funniest band story. Chris: There’s not enough time and paper. Lets’ see, Nick taking off his clothes and swimming in the fountain of the “Cat and Fiddle Pub” in Hollywood. Eric G throwing beer bottles off the roof of our apt. bldg. on to Hollywood Blvd, so the L.A.P.D. showed up with helicopters. Another one comes to mind. We were opening for this band “Cry Wolf” at the Palace in Hollywood and as we were waiting for the gear to get set up, Myself, Nick, Vinnie, and Eric G were talking to the guitar player, who took things a bit too seriously. He had a glove on his left hand with the finger tips cut out, furiously playing up and down the neck of the guitar. Nick asks what he’s doing with the gloves on. He responds, “This is how I warm up, what do YOU do to warm up?” Nick looks at him for a second, lifts his glass of beer to his lips and says” THIS is how I warm up”. Any chance of Charlotte reforming and releasing new music? Chris: That would be fantastic! Eric G, Vinnie, and I continued to record after we all moved back east in the mid 90’s. We have a show in November at The Cat Club on The Strip, it'll be great to play with these guys again.
Who was the band's main songwriter...or was it a collaborative effort? Chris: Eric G did all the lyrics. We all collaborated on the music. We could never match Eric’s twisted thoughts. “Miss Necrophilia” anyone?
Did you ever make the pages of Metal Edge or similar hard-rock related magazines back in the day? Chris: Yea, we made it into all the rags of the day.
Do you hold a grudge against grunge for "killing off" the kind of rock/metal that Charlotte played? Chris: I love the fact that all the bands that “Grunge” supposedly killed are more popular then ever now. ---------------------
Eonian Records will be releasing a compilation cd inc. songs by CHARLOTTE and other Sunset Strip favorites; SAM MANN N' THEE APES, TAZ, and many many more. Proceeds from all sales will help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the NY/NJ area. Stay tuned..
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+++FREE DOWNLOAD+++ What's up everyone- you can download CHARLOTTE rocker 'Siren' from their cd 'Medusa Groove' for free for next 24 hrs. Go to facebook and search Charlotte Fan Page, then click 'Band Profile' and download song and check out video of us playin' the song live if ya want. You can also download on reverbnation.com/charlotterockband
+++FREE DOWNLOAD+++ What's up everyone- you can download CHARLOTTE rocker 'Siren' for free for next 24 hrs. Go to facebook and search Charlotte Fan Page, then click 'Band Profile' and download song and check out video of us playin' the song live if ya want. You can also download on reverbnation.com/charlotterockband
+++Free download+++ What's up everyone- you can download CHARLOTTE rocker 'Siren' for free for next 24 hrs. Go to facebook and search Charlotte Fan Page, then click 'Band Profile' and download song and check out video of us playin' the song live if ya want. You can also download on ReverbNation.com/charlotterockband
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