Dedication, loyalty, and staying true to what you believe in, is
what I think of when I listen to Manowar. I've been a fan of the
band since their first album Battle Hymns, and always loved what
they stand for. After eight studio albums, they recently released
not one, but two live albums. Hell on Wheels Live, and Hell on Stage
Live. I recently spoke with Joey DeMaio about the live records,
the new live video Hell On Earth Part # 1, former guitar player
Ross The Boss and about metal in general. The bands official web
site www.manowar.org is packed with great information, and is a
great site to bookmark and visit frequently for all band news, and
merchandise. Thanks go out to Alan and Joey DeMaio for making this
Congratulations on selling 17,000 units so far for the new Manowar
video, Hell On Earth Part 1 in Germany alone.
Joey DeMaio: Thank you bro. Were pretty
proud of it.
CF: The major artists that you have out sold
so far is incredible.
Joey DeMaio: Thank you, I really appreciate
it. I feel really good about it, but the real credit goes out to
the fans. I'm not just saying that to be cool or to be humble, I'm
saying it because it's a fact. Without our fans the band would be
know where. Our fans have made us the kings of metal, and they have
stayed with us. It takes one hundred of another band's fan, to make
a Manowar fan.
CF: That's very nice to hear. I know the band
has been very passionate about their fans. There are a lot of bands
out there, and Manowar really give a hundred percent to their fans,
so the fans really love the band for it.
Joey DeMaio: That's the most important
thing that people miss. They just don't understand it. They don't
understand it, because they don't go to the concerts and see the
interaction between the band and the fans. It wouldn't be much of
a show if the band played to an empty hall. But when you come to
a Manowar show and see the camaraderie between the band and the
fans. You could walk into the hall and nobody says " hey you're
from Long Island, you're from Germany, France or Spain". Hey you're
a f***in brother, or sister of metal, whatever the case may be.
We've been able to do that, and no other band has been able to that,
and I don't think any other band will. It's a very unique experience.
The audience is 50% of what's going on at a Manowar concert, where
as with other bands, They're not (the fans) one percent.
CF: Is there a release date for Hell On Earth
Joey DeMaio: Not yet, I'm working on
it at the moment.
CF: Is the band working on a new studio album
Joey DeMaio: Where getting ready to
start really soon. I'm building a new studio in my house. That way
I can work at home, at our studio. I can work whenever I want to.
CF: Will you be recording at you home?
Joey DeMaio: No. We will record it
at our studio. As we have on the past two records. Time is a very
valuable thing. If I get an idea for a song. and roll out of bed
at two in the morning, I want to be able to record.
CF: Can you tell us about the new material?
Joey DeMaio: I haven't started yet
bro, but I can give you an idea of what it will be like.
Joey DeMaio: Pull down your pants,
put lighter fluid on your balls and light it.
CF: (Laughing) sounds great. In the states,
the band doesn't really tour much here. Is there a reason why?
Joey DeMaio: Up until recently, we
didn't have a record company that we felt good about. And probably
they didn't feel the same way about us (laughing). Now that we are
working with Metal Blade, we did a half U.S.A tour last October,
and it went very well, so I'm sure you will see us tour more in
CF: That's great. In Europe, the band is legendary,
so it's understandable that you spend so much time there.
Joey DeMaio: Europe, South America,
the whole world.
CF: I don't recall a band ever releasing two
live albums in a row. Was that planned or did you have so much material
that you decided to do it.
Joey DeMaio: We do what honestly needs
to be done. And according to what the fans want, and what feels
right. You never heard of a band signing there record contract in
blood, being with seventeen different f***in record companies, putting
out two live records in a row or two live videos in a row. Where
doing what we want for our fans. Giving them the best of what we
got to give. Other bands don't give a shit.
CF: That's great Joey. Your honesty means
a lot, for a person like myself who has been listening to the band
since Battle Hymns. I always loved the music and what the band stood
Well thank you. That's one of the things that people can look at,
even though we don't always get a fare shake from the media or whatever
it is. We have been fortunate in that I've seen reviews where the
reviewer had the balls to say "Look, I can't stand Manowar's music.
It's too loud, too heavy whatever, but, I went to the concert and
saw 10,000 people happy, screaming, going f***in mental, whatever.
The sound was clear, the lighting was good, and the band played
from the heart. And that's ok, as long as someone gives us a fare
shake. It's wrong, when someone says " I hate this music, It f***in
sucks" come on, that's not fare shake to the band or the fans. Those
people should die.
CF: Does the band still hold the Guinness
Book of World Records for being the loudest band ever recorded?
Joey DeMaio: Always have, and always
CF: What was the decibel level?
Joey DeMaio: 127.9. That was for the
band. For myself 131.7!
CF:That's incredible and I'm sure the sound
Joey DeMaio: That's the object. You
want to be able to play loud and have it sound good. It's not volume
that hurts people's ears, it's noise. A lot of bands try to be loud,
buy just playing as loud as they can and not giving a shit if its
noisy. All they're doing is pumping a bunch of shit through a PA
system. They think there cool, but there not. There a bunch of f***in
idiots who don't know what there doing. It's just loud shit.
CF: Are there any current metal bands out
there that you like? Old or new?
Joey DeMaio: I hear a lot of bands
and see a lot of bands that we play with at festivals. Everybody
is trying to do the best they can. But who gives a f**k. I only
care about our fans. Those are the only people that matter to me.
I don't want any assholes at our concerts. I want people to leave
immediately if they don't dig the f***in show. I don't want anybody
who doesn't belong there. I want the people who are there to be
undisturbed in having a good time. I don't want our fans f***ed
with. I don't want some asshole hall manager trying to shut down
the power. I don't want any bullshit to get in the way of that guy
or girl who walks into the hall and buys a ticket. That's the end
of their problems, not the beginning. That's where were coming from.
If someone doesn't like it, get the f*** out. Don't disturb our
fans. That's what were all about.
CF: How did you go about picking the songs
for both live records?
Joey DeMaio: When we finished the first
live record, we realized just how many songs we had that needed
to be recorded. It was kind of funny that we waited after eight
records before we recorded a live album. After mixing the first
one we had to make another record. In answer to the fans that wanted
a lot of the earlier songs, and songs that weren't on the first
one, we just followed it up. Hell On Stage Live was the logical
part two to Hell On Wheels Live.
CF: Both records are great.
Joey DeMaio: Thank you bro. They are
both different. The first one was done with the perspective that
we played in big, big halls that sound like shit. I didn't have
the audience mikes as loud on the first album. It has more of a
studio live album feel, even though it is a completely live performance.
Where as on the second record we played different size rooms and
some theaters that the acoustics were great, so I was able to push
live room mikes a lot more. So you end up with two different perspectives
of what the band sounds like live. On the first one is like if you
walked into our rehearsal room and hear the band play live, and
the second one sounds like you saw the band play in concert.
CF: Do you have a favorite out of the two
Joey DeMaio: Nah, Father loves all his children.
CF: (Laughing) How about a favorite record
Joey DeMaio: Father loves all his children.
No, it's true I don't. These songs are my children, my blood, my
sweat, my life, they are everything I believe in. They are everything
I am and the rest of the band members are. It's what we believe.
To say do I have a favorite is like looking into that audience of
50,000 and saying whom do I love best? I love all of the crazy motherf***ers
that have the balls to walk into the door and be apart of our concert.
That's what it is for us. The fans are a part of the concert. You
don't go to the Manowar show, you are part of the Manowar show.
That's why this video was done, edited and captured the way it was.
It was done with the perspective of If I was a fan, what would I
want to see? So I tried to capture as much of the fans as possible,
because were not like the rest of the douche bag bands out there,
who can only put the camera on there own f***in face. With us it's
just the opposite, I don't want the camera just on me. The show
is out in the crowd also.
CF: Was there any shows that stand out in
Joey DeMaio: They were all great. Every
Manowar show is different. Different venues, different people, different
situations, different struggle's to overcome that day. All the shows
CF: When it comes to picking material for
a show, were there certain songs that were picked because of where
the band played?
Joey DeMaio: It doesn't really matter.
The songs are really well known. When we play a festival we try
to pick a song that will relate to that part of the country a little
more, to thank the fans. But pretty much when we play live we just
grab the songs we think the fans want to hear and just play them.
If somebody yells out a song we will play that to.
CF: Is it a frustrating for you, since the
band has been around for a long time and doesn't get the recognition
here in the states compared to over seas, while other bands that
haven't been around for that long are having big success?
Joey DeMaio: Brother, they come and
go. Were still here, and will be here when there gone. If somebody
had offered me big money, big success and three years, or the career
that I have and will continue to have, I wouldn't trade it for anything
in the world. I don't want to be no f***in flash in the pan, here
today gone tomorrow band.
CF: I would do the same thing also.
Joey DeMaio: Every year we sell more
records and more tickets. We play or music our way. Nobody tells
us what the f***k to do. We don't change our hair style every year
to try and look like some other f***in band from Seattle, We don't
take our makeup off and put it on again or paint our nails. We do
what we do. We sing songs about life and about real f***in shit
that goes on whether it's in peoples souls, mind or dreams.
CF: The Warriors Of The World track, that
was on Hell On Stage Live was really cool. Who came up with that
Joey DeMaio: I did when we were in
the studio. I said, we have to find a way to thank all the f***in
fans that were on this record. Let's cut a little piece together
of every f***in show from every country. So that's what we did.
We went back and listened to all the tapes from Belgium, and looked
for something cool that the crowd did, so that they could be on
this record to. It was nice ways for us to say " This record will
be around a long time after were dead, well those f***in people
can say that I was there that night. That's me. (Laughing). I get
e-mails from people who saw themselves in the video. It's f***in
CF: Does the band handle the web site, or
do you have someone else do it for you?
Joey DeMaio: We have some one do it
with us. I encourage all the fans to go to the site because we are
going to be adding all types of different stuff that people want.
A lot of personal archive's, live CD's, videos etc. at the best
prices we can give them.
CF: Going back to the early years of Manowar,
What type of band influences did the band have? Joey
DeMaio: Well we wanted to put a band together that kicked
f***in ass. Just totally melt peoples faces. We wanted to be louder,
heavier, wilder than anybody else.
CF: Were there any bands that influenced,
as well as bass players?
Joey DeMaio: For me, music is part
of life. Good music just blends into you life. I've heard a lot
of bands and bass players. Black Sabbath, was always a big influence
on me and I've always loved their music. I could sit here and name
band's all day, but the name of the game is, is it in your heart
to play metal? Do you do it because you love it?, do you do it because
it's who you are and what you are. Any f***in idiot can go out and
buy a guitar, buy a wig and jump around stage like a f***in idiot.
That's not being a musician, and that's not dedication. You live
for a cause.
CF: How did you find Eric Adams? Was he a
gift from the gods? He's amazing.
Joey DeMaio: Childhood friend. We grew
CF: Was his voice always that way?
Joey DeMaio: He always had the greatest
voice in heavy metal and always will.
CF: How does he keep it going over a long
Joey DeMaio: He's a trained singer.
He takes care of himself. He doesn't abuse his voice. He does abuse
himself with girls and booze, but he doesn't abuse himself to the
point where he can't go out and sing, and perform his best for the
fans every night.
CF: What does it feel like when your on stage,
and the crowd is singing you song back to you, like on the Hell
On Stage Live when the band was doing Heart of Steel.
Joey DeMaio: It's tremendous. There
are times when I stop playing. I just stop. There's just no point
in playing. Because they would drown me out. I just stop playing
and listen. It's amazing.
CF: It must feel good that the songs that
you write, can mean so much and touch so many people. Joey
DeMaio: I received a letter from a guy, whose president of
one of the Hells Angels chapters, who was dying in the hospital,
and he asked that they keep playing Master of The Wind for him and
he felt that it brought him back.
CF: When you write, do you write on the bass
or the guitar?
Joey DeMaio: It depends. Never on the
guitar. Mostly on the bass or keyboards.
CF: What is the difference between a Piccolo
bass, and a regular bass?
Joey DeMaio: The difference is its
tuned up to the octave of a guitar, but it's still a bass guitar.
CF: Do you use a specific brand?
Joey DeMaio: All my stuff is custom
made. Store bought stuff is junk. My friend makes my stuff for me.
CF: Do you have to be in a certain mood to
Joey DeMaio: There's days when I grab
the guitar and I start to play and I go "don't F***kin even think
about it" and I just put it down. You wouldn't pick up a sword or
a gun and dick around with it. You would have too much respect for
it. Same goes with my guitars.
CF: Are you the sole song writer for the band,
and do the other members bring in ideas?
Joey DeMaio: Well, pretty much an idea
is fabricated, then we get together and hash it around. Manowar's
a band, not just Joey DeMaio.
CF: There was a rumor that Ross the Boss was
coming back to the band. Was this true?
Joey DeMaio: That's not happening.
It was just a rumor.
CF: Do you still speak to him? And why did
Joey DeMaio: I speak to him all the
time. I spoke to him last week. Ross is a very diverse guitar player.
He played punk rock with the Dictators, but he grew up on metal.
He grew up on classic hard rock music, which branched off into metal.
After being in Manowar, he felt that he accomplished what he wanted
metal wise. Remember we went around the world together many times.
We drank a lot of beer, f***ed a lot of girls, wrote a lot of songs,
played a lot of shows and had a lot of fun. He just got to point
where he felt that he made the statement that he wanted to make.
He wanted to start playing some blues. He's a great blues guitarist.
Ross is kind of guy who can play pretty much anything he wants.
CF: How difficult was it when he approached
the band about leaving?
Joey DeMaio: Naturally, it was a sad
experience to think that this guy has to go, It was like breaking
up a good marriage or relationship, but we realized that if he was
going to be happier playing another type of music, that's the right
thing. He did get married and had a child. He wanted to do some
other things. You've got to be happy for someone, who's going to
be happy. It was honest of him to be that way and it was honest
for the fans. It wouldn't have been honest to the fans.
CF: Is the band on Metal Blade?
Joey DeMaio: At the moment we're not
signed to Metal Blade.
CF: Are you going to go back to them?
Joey DeMaio: We haven't finalized what's
going to happen for our next record, but so far were happy with
CF: Do you know how many units Hell On Stage
Live sold in the U.S.?
Joey DeMaio: No, I don't actually.
I know its quite a few. The band sells a lot of records here to.
Don't be fooled by the fact that you don't we the band on MTV or
on the radio. As far as heavy metal goes, where there's metal there
CF: Do you have any messages for your fans
who will be reading this?
Joey DeMaio: I just want to say we
have the greatest fans in the world. I've always said it, and I
will die saying it. Everybody knows it, that's why they're jealous
of Manowar. It does take 100 of any other band's fan, to make one
CF: Thank you for your time and for staying
true to the fans.
Joey DeMaio: Thank you, brother and