When MANILLA ROAD signed to Black Dragon records people in Europe thought that "Open the Gates" was their debut album. Of course the line-up with Randy Foxe on drums seems to be the original line-up - but it is isnīt! On the first three records "Invasion", "Metal" and "Crystal Logic" you can hear RICK FISHER playing drums. Since the current reissue of "Crystal Logic" people know this fact! When you listen to those three albums you will find out that both drummers are very different in style. But they have one thing in common: They both play(ed) an unique style! When Randy was more heavy and playing tons of breaks in each song Rick was more relaxed and song-based. But if you listen to "Enter the Warrior" or "The Dream goes on" you will soon find out that Rick also played grooves that are not usual - a fact that makes the music even more interesting. The following interview was made in March 2001:
are the original drummer of MANILLA ROAD playing on the first three
records including CRYSTAL LOGIC. What do you feel or think when you look
I have many good memories of my time with Manilla Road . We were a hard rock band with a unique style. It is that uniqueness I am most proud of, no one else sounded like Manilla Road. It is a time I look back on with fondness.
your early influences when you started?
I liked the drumming of Ian Pace, Simon Phillips and Neal Peart. Besides Rush, Deep Purple and Judas Priest other bands that influenced me were Uriah Heep, Metallica,and Black Sabbath
the band after CRYSTAL LOGIC. Do you think later material would be
different if you hadnīt left the band?
played on the "lost" record. Why was this material never
released? (It will be soon on CD!)
think back do you have any stories about MANILLA ROAD on tour etc.?
MANILLA ROAD never was that succesful in the eighties. Now in 2001 there
seems to be more interest in the band than back in the eighties. Why?
What are your favorite songs of the "Rick Fisher-period"?
The song I liked to play the
most was Viels of Negative Existance. My favorite to listen to is The Riddle
What are your favorite songs of the later stuff?
I have'nt listened to anything
after The Deluge. I lost track of the band until recently I did'nt even know
Randy had left band. I now have contact with Mark and have become interested in
his current incarnation of Manilla Road. I have no contact with Scott or Randy.
What do you do now in 2001? Still playing drums, maybe in a band?
I own my own bussiness
and have a family so I have little time to play in a band, however I
occasionally jam with friends.
Any words to the MANILLA-fans?
I would just like to thank all
who have supported Manilla Road now and through the years. Also good luck to
Mark on his future projects!
Thank you for this interview!