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The Raskins An Interview With Roger Raskin
I had the chance to speak with Roger Raskin. Roger along
with his brother Logan and an insanely talented band are currently on tour
opening for Motley Crue and Alice Cooper. Landing such a prestigious spot is
never something to take lightly; and the fact that this is Motley Crue's final
tour is not lost on The Raskins, as they rock stages across the United States
How is the tour
Tour has been going amazing. The reception has been
amazingly good and the guys are playing well.
Has it been tough
opening for the Crue on their final tour?
It is an interesting question.When the tour started I wasn't sure how the
crowd would accept us. But you know obviously they come to see Alice Cooper and
Motley Crue. But my guys give 100% and the crowd really appreciates that. After
we play we do a meet and greet and the fans have been incredible. I am really
psyched about everything so far.
The album is doing
The album is doing great. People seem to dig it. There are a
lot of layers on the record. So far all the reviews have been solid.
The video for"
we had it all" has a tremendous amount of hits.
Yeah it is a cool video. We had a tremendous amount of fun
doing it. It is kind of the trials and tribulations of being in the industry.
At the end of the video we are kind of locked out of the label. Which is how it
The music and your
personality says "good times'
Yeah when you get into the business you do not know what the
hell to expect. One thing I would try to tell younger bands is to do the music
that you like. Do what makes you happy. You have to write the kind of music
that makes it feel right. Don't do what the label pushes you to do. So it's
organic. That is what we do. We give 100% every night.
So you have felt
pressure from labels?
When we were younger. Your objective back then was to try
and get a label. The business has changed so much. The labels are not in play
as much anymore. With you tube and social media the artist has more control.
You don't need a label anymore. We took a grass roots approach. It was amazing.
We could do the record we wanted to do.
What is next for
the Raskins after this tour is over?
When we took this tour. Well we were hoping to get this
tour. I wasn't sure how many shows we would get. Turned out to be the whole
tour. Something like 67 dates including Canada. Things are growing rapidly for
us. There are some talks about AC/DC. Which I could die completely happy if
that happens. They are getting an album and tour ready and our name came up.
Do all the bands hang together backstage?
It's cool. The first show we all had lunch with Nikki Sixx.
He h=made us feel very comfortable. He was super cool. He really digs the band
and even plays our record on his radio show. Alice Copper's guys we always hang
out with. Tommy and Nicky the guitarists. Alice Cooper hung out. Real laid back
Any crazy road
stories on this tour?
Yeah well...we will have to talk about that in person (laughs)
you know what every night something is going on. It's the Motley Crue, Alice
Cooper tour so there is a lot going on. It is not boring. It has been great
though. All in good fun.
On 8-24-2014 The Motley Crue/Alice Cooper Tourtakes a final swing through Mansfield. Mass.
Check out The Raskins as well!
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
KATATONIA, HammerFall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, Circuit Of Suns, And MANY MORE TBA!!!
Sat, April 22, 2017Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
$45.00 - $50.00Tickets
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Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
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Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
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