Guitarist John Ricci of the Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER was one of the featured guests on last night's (Saturday, August 2) edition of "The Classic Metal Show". An excerpt from his chat with "The Classic Metal Show" co-host Wendell Neeley follows.
The Classic Metal Show: John, are you friends or acquaintences with guys like Jeff Waters from ANNIHILATOR, or any of the guys from KICK AXE or maybe even Brian Vollmer of HELIX? Do you ever associate with any of those guys ever?
Ricci: Well, you mentioned one name that I never want to talk about, Jeff Waters.
The Classic Metal Show: Why's that?
Ricci: Well, I can't get into all the details, but we had a... I don't want to talk about Jeff. It was just some real bad stuff happened. His involvement with EXCITER, the way we exist today, made his dealings very difficult to pursue... you know, our career the way it is now. I never want to see or talk to that guy ever again.
The Classic Metal Show: [To fellow "The Classic Metal Show" co-host Chris Akin] Chris, get Jeff on the phone (laughter)!
Ricci: I don't think so. Then you would hear me swearing!
Listen to the entire interview below.
"The Classic Metal Show" can be heard every Saturday night between 9:00 p.m. EST and 3:00 a.m. EST at www.cmsradio.net.
EXCITER's new album, "Thrash Speed Burn", was released on February 22 via Massacre Records. The CD marks EXCITER's recorded debut with new singer Kenny "MetalMouth" Winter, who joined the band in October 2006.
EXCITER's current lineup is:
John Ricci (Guitar)
Rik Charron (Drums)
Kenny Winter (Vocals)