Original PRONG Bassist MIKE KIRKLAND Discusses Band's Early Years

A full-length interview with original PRONG bassist Mike Kirkland, conducted by music writer Joel Gausten, is now available online at www.myspace.com/gaustenbooks. Gausten will include an extensive chapter on the history of the band as part of his upcoming book, titled "Albums that (Should’ve) Changed the World". The book also features exclusive interviews with past/present members of AEROSMITH, KISS, BLACK SABBATH, DANZIG, SAMHAIN, MISFITS, KILLING JOKE, PLASMATICS, RAMONES and many others.

Nearly two years in the making, the PRONG chapter will include a detailed history of the band's 1990 album "Beg to Differ", a song-by-song breakdown of the album's music and extensive interviews with Kirkland, drummer Ted Parsons, guitarist Tommy Victor and fellow PRONG veterans Paul Raven and Troy Gregory.

"When I decided to write about 'Beg to Differ' in this book, one of my major goals was to track down the elusive Mike Kirkland," says Gausten. "After performing on PRONG's first three albums, Mike bailed on the band in 1991 and left New York for his native Salt Lake City. Just as PRONG was about to break into the mainstream with 1992's 'Prove You Wrong' and 1994's 'Cleansing', Mike seemingly vanished off the metal map. Thanks to the help of drummer Ted Parsons, I was very fortunate to secure Mike's involvement in this book.

"When I posted a brief excerpt of his interview online earlier this year, the response was enormous! Of all the musicians featured in this book, Mike is the person I'm asked about the most, and I'm very proud to now present his FULL side of the story online."

Joel Gausten is the former managing editor of Liner Notes magazine. A longtime musician, he has worked with a number of artists, including PIGFACE and ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN. "Albums that (Should’ve) Changed the World" is slated for an August 2007 release.

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