Metalzone.gr has posted an audio interview with MANOWAR's former guitarist and founding member, Ross The Boss. Download the audio file at this location. During the interview, Ross discusses the possibility of rejoining the group, the reasons for his original departure from the band, the "death" of the American heavy metal scene and his latest projects. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Metalzone: Do you see your self doing something similar other bands are doing nowadays, [rejoining MANOWAR] to do a world tour with the band or new material?
Ross The Boss: "We did talk about that before doing the [Earthshaker Fest] show in the beginning. So that is not impossible. [Rest assured] that's not impossible."
Metalzone: How about an album?
Ross The Boss: "An album, wow, that's a whole other fact. Joey [DeMaio, MANOWAR bassist] is a very busy guy. He has his record label, he’s got HOLLY HELL, he's got a lot of stuff in his plate, many things to do and, for me to come up and write songs like we used to in the past, it takes a lot. It takes a lot of time and money and effort now. Things were a lot simpler back then. We were all living together, we were younger, and I didn't have my family, bla bla bla bla…. You know it's the not the same thing."
Metalzone: It's different now — you have different priorities.
Ross The Boss: "Sure, but I would love to write songs with them again. I would love to write songs with MANOWAR. You know what?! This is my philosophy in life: At this part of my life I am so lucky to be able to write to be able to play with my friends. Now I don't care who they are — THE DICTATORS, SHAKIN' STREET. I played a show in Paris last year at the Olympian Theater. I played with my buddies from THE SPINATRAS, I played with JP [DICTATORS drummer JP 'Thunderbolt' Patterson], I played with MANOWAR, and I play with the BRAIN SURGEONS. As long as I can play with my friends and make some money and be happy, I am very grateful for that. That's the way I feel. I consider MANOWAR all my brothers, they are all my brothers and I am sure they think of me in the same way. I would just love to play with them."
Metalzone: How do you see the metal scene nowadays?
Ross The Boss: "I gotta tell you something; the scene in America for heavy metal, the kind of heavy metal that I like, is totally dead. It doesn't exist. To me it doesn't exist. When you can't go out to a club and hear the metal like that anymore... There's a band playing, there's this 'nu metal' in America…"
Read the whole interview at Metalzone.gr.