FIREHOUSE's CJ Snare and former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy have signed on to appear with SCRAP METAL, the project featuring Gunnar and Matthew Nelson (NELSON), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER), Kelly Keagy (NIGHT RANGER) and Eric Martin (MR. BIG). The group has lined up the following appearances during the coming months:
Mar. 28 - Mercy Lounge - Tin Pan South - Nashville, Tennessee
Nov. 02 - Mohegan Sun - Wolf Den - Uncasville, Connecticut
A few video clips from SCRAP METAL's February 3 concert at the Mohegan Sun Hotel & Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut have been posted online at YouTube.com:
In a recent interview with BlastMagazine.net, Gunnar Nelson was asked about the other musicians involved in the project, and why they were chosen. "Well, the intention at first was to have a core that could be counted on to be there for every show," Gunnar explained. "Mark, Kelly, and I all live close together and have the same strength of belief in the project, so that was a given. Then we were going to have a revolving door policy for our visiting 'cast members'; yes, we consider "THE SCRAPS" to be much more than a band; we consider it an ongoing theatrical production, before, during, and after show time. Our visiting cast members all had to fit certain criteria first, and that still holds true:
"1) People have to know who the hell you are. You had to have been a lead singer for a band from 'our era' that had real hits... I'm talking about the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, not just the Rock 40 Chart. During the decade of decadence, there were a ton of bands who had 'hits' on the rock chart that no one knows or remembers now, because that chart was for a niche market. If you had a top ten song in the Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, that means you made the big time. It means that people in the real world, not just hardcore rock fans, know who the hell you are.
"2) You have to still look like you give a damn. Looks are important. No one wants to see their favorite star from their high school hit parade looking like bloated road kill onstage. It reminds fans, too starkly, of their own mortality. We're here to help people escape and feel unstoppable, like they did during the best times of their lives when the promise of their futures were down the road ahead, and they were rockin' out to our tunes in their spiritual convertible Ferrari.
"3) No substance abuse issues are tolerated in THE SCRAPS, whatsoever. That eliminates about half of the potential candidates, right off the top. Oh well; life's too short. Same thing goes for being known for being an asshole. If you're famous for being a prick with 'Lead Singer Syndrome,' you AIN'T gonna get a call to play with SCRAP METAL, regardless of how supposedly talented or marketable you are. We want everyone, including ourselves, to have a blast doing this, you know? I also believe that above all, ATTITUDE is King. Talent is Queen."