“In case you tuned in, we’re here with Gene Simmons right now.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Deke’s favourite video. The legendary Dan Gallagher put on some Kiss makeup to talk to Paul Stanley. It was such a party that Slaughter dropped in too! It was the infamous gig opening for Whitesnake, and you can get a sense of Paul’s anger that Kiss were not allowed to do their full stage show. David Coverdale’s ego is alluded to.
“If I was gonna paint the Sistine Chapel, I’d do it with a roller. I’m not a fine artist folks!”
“Everything we did was always in addition to what the music was doing. We never did it in place of the music.”
“Whenever people put out sequels to movies, they’re usually not as good as the original. Alive II was pretty much as good as Alive I. When gotta make sure Alive III isn’t…Jaws 3D or something.”
“Michael [Bolton] used to have the mic in his hand and strut around…he’s a rocker!”
When Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum show up, it becomes a bit of a party.
NOTE: There are a couple audio glitches here that I didn’t notice until too late.
Use Your Illusion wasn’t even out yet, but Guns N’ Roses were two solid weeks into a tour chock full of new and old music. MuchMusic’s Dan Gallagher talked with Duff McKagan and new member Matt Sorum before their show on June 7 in Toronto. Was there an album really coming?
MuchMusic was into adding strange visual effects to their videos in the early 90s. That choppy visual is not mine. That is from the source broadcast.
Axl Rose had hurt his ankle and was giving the injury a stretch, riding around backstage on a bike. Stay tuned to the end! I hope that was gum.
- “Popping the question” with Matt Sorum.
- The broad appeal of Guns N’ Roses.
- Unexpectedly playing “November Rain” for the first time in a year in front of 20,000 people.
- Rock In Rio.
- Punk covers recorded for a future album.
The late, amicable Dan Gallagher was always enthusiastic about every band he interviewed. He drew a good interview out of King’s X, and asked some deeper questions that got the band thinking. You’ll also see some live footage from the Faith Hope Love tour.
- What is King’s X?
- What does Faith Hope Love mean?
- How much does Ty hate making music videos?
- Spirituality in music — does it belong?
I really love Jerry’s answer on that question.
Thanks for hanging this week for a whole lot of old VHS clips. Winter is the perfect time to work on projects like this!
In the summer of 1990, Kim Mitchell and video director Don Allan stopped to visit with MuchMusic’s Dan Gallagher to ask fans for help. Kim’s first solo live album, I Am A Wild Party, was burning up the charts and tape decks nation wide! All he needed was a music video.
Mitchell is always a card and this segment is no exception.
Kim and Don Allan wanted footage of your “wild party” or your “air bands”; anything really to go with that “Rah! Rah! Olé!” chorus. I also included a few snips of my own footage that I filmed specifically with a rented camera for the video! Ultimately though, Mitchell and Allan abandoned the fan video concept, and made a straight live/studio clip for “I Am A Wild Party”.
This is historically interesting to Kim fans since the video as originally conceived never came to be.*
Enjoy some goofy Kim on Much!
*EDIT: Mike from Facebook was the winner chosen for the “I Am A Wild Party” video and says this!
I was the one that won that contest, and in MM’s defence they made a “limited edition play version” with about 10 seconds from our submission video that was cut off in the final version. But thanks for finding this… Rah Rah Ole!
“Outside of Toronto…that’s Kitchener anyway.” – Dan Gallagher
This is a real treasure! A legendary interview, it does not appear to be anywhere else online. It’s also the only video I know of to have one of my old customers in it — Snake the Tattoo Man. To be fair, Snake was T-Rev’s customer first. Trevor sent him to me, because he knew I was a huge Helix fan. Snake’s first claim to fame was appearing on the Phil Donahue show. Snake has over 90% of his body tattooed, and was kicked out of a mall in London Ontario simply because of the way he looked. His next bout with stardom was when he was cast in the Helix video for “Running Wild in the 21st Century”, one of their best songs!
MuchMusic’s Dan Gallagher talked to Brian Vollmer and Snake outside Speaker’s Corner in the spring of 1990. Of course Snake’s tattoos are discussed, and a new technology called “Surround Sound” is rolled out. Which of course you won’t hear, since Much was broadcast in stereo and I was recording in mono!
Great, classic interview that I proud to bring back to the world via Youtube.
Usually Scorpions interviews involve Klaus, Rudolph and Matthias. In October 1990, Dan Gallagher got to talk to Herman “Zee German” Harebell, Rudolph Schenker and Francis Bucholz. Topics discussed include replacing producer Dieter Dierks with Keith Olsen, and Canada! “You know how to rock and roll!” says Herman.
Roger Waters’ The Wall – Live in Berlin had just been released. The Scorpions were asked to open the show with the first song “In The Flesh?” Dan inquires about that gig and playing behind the Iron Curtain, and then asks them to say “apple strudel”!
Check out this cool interview with the Scorpions, another great example of the kind of quality television we got with the Pepsi Power Hour.
Two fantastic, historic clips for you today, featuring the “Metal God” himself, Rob Halford of Judas Priest!
First up, from MuchMusic’s news show called FAX, Steve Anthony talks to Rob about the Judas Priest suicide trial. They also talk Priest’s new album Painkiller. (The anchor of the FAX show is Monica Deol.)
Second, and most important: Dan Gallagher visits the Scarborough rehearsal hall where Priest were gearing up for their Painkiller tour! Rob is friendly and engaged for this top-notch interview. Halford co-hosts the Pepsi Power Hour with Dan, and talks about his passion for new heavy bands like Pantera (he’s wearing the shirt), Love/Hate, and Suicidal Tendencies. They also discuss the trial, the drummer change, education, and reading. “I consume books,” says Rob. You’ll be impressed with Rob’s answers especially where the trial is concerned.
Rob picked all the music for the show, and while I didn’t include the music in the VHS Archive, you can at least find out what bands and songs Rob picked! (Hint: heavy bands!)
Also look for a Painkiller tour ad during one of the commercial breaks — I kept that in.
This is a great example of what made the Power Hour special. It was an hour of live television. That means when Dan Gallagher (always) refers to Anthrax as “Anthrash”, then it goes out live like that.
Queensryche were in Toronto promoting their then-new Empire CD. Geoff was sick, so Michael and Chris visited the MuchMusic studios. They co-hosted the hour with Dan and did a damn fine job of it. Ladies and gentlemen, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton: Queensryche!