Saturday, April 04 2009 12:00

ARCHIVE INTERVIEW: Tommy Victor of PRONG (2009)

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From the Personal Archives of James Zahn: This interview was originally conducted for and posted on the late FANGORIA Musick section of horror magazine FANGORIA's website on April 4, 2009

When people ask me to ramble off the names of my favorite bands, there’s a few that I always mention. Faith No More. Helmet. Clutch. And PRONG.

Prong first hit my radar in the early 1990’s. I was in high school, and MTV still played music. A weekend staple was always HEADBANGERS BALL, and it was through that show that Prong first hit my ears during the era of their 1991 Epic Records release PROVE YOU WRONG

A publicist for AXL ROSE and GUNS N' ROSES sent The Rock Father™ a copy of an open letter that Rose issued today in regards to the forthcoming induction of G N' R into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The short version of the story is that neither Rose, nor the current GUNS lineup will be taking part in the ceremony when it happens this Saturday. With the long history of turmoil between past and present members of the band, it's easy to see why they'd wish to avoid an ''awkward situation.'' Read Axl's full letter, which I'm including unedited below.

It's only Tuesday, yet still a fair amount of music news has been hitting my inbox here at Rock Father HQ. While I can't say anything has been completely mind-blowing, there's enough here for an early-edition of The Random Rock N' More, the column where I fire off quick one-line updates on a bunch of artists. If you want to dig deeper, a link is provided. As always, this hits on all areas of 'rock' from indie and folk to black metal and grindcore - "Music for Grown-ups" that wouldn't be featured on the homepage of The Rock Father™ site. Everything is fair game. Here's your Random Rock for Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

It's been a busy week for The Rock Father™, hence my keeping up with all the music news hitting my inbox has been slower than usual. I've been working on a 'secret' project for one of my favorite bands  (I'll blog about it sooner or later) since last week, so it's time for some catching up here on the site - another edition of The Random Rock N' More. This is the column where I blast through updates on tons of artists from the rock world (everything from indie and folk to thrash, black metal, and pop fare), then drop in the "N' More" for some non-rock musical goodness to expand those musical horizons. Each update comes with a link to learn more. That said, here's the updates for Saturday, April 7, 2012. Be careful tonight, folks - rumor has it that a man-sized rabbit might be on the loose.

Well, this is odd for a Thursday night. A press release just arrived here at Rock Father HQ announcing that PHILIP ANSELMO, the voice of PANTERA, DOWN, and SUPERJOINT RITUAL, has released a series of ringtones. There are instructions about how to get said tones, along with the warning that ''charges apply,'' yet there doesn't seem to be anywhere to hear audio previews, nor learn the price prior to purchase.  This came from Anselmo's publicist, so it's legit - but lacking details.  Here's the full press release below.

It's the middle of the week and the music news is flowing. While The Rock Father™ is all about entertainment for the kids, there's plenty of Music for Grownups, and that brings us to another edition of The Random Rock N' More. I've got rapid fire updates on over 40 bands and artists starting with ''rock'' (from mainstream to indie, pop rock to black metal), and finishing with ''N' More,'' brief items from elsewhere in the musical spectrum. A well-rounded musical pallette is good for the ears. Here we go!

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