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Q&A with Scotti Hill

Do you have any sort of pre show rituals?

Warming up has become an important part of my pre show ritual. It's something that I used to overlook, I just went out and played cold. Eventually I figured out that I played so much better after warming up before the show (DUH!!). I also do some stretching. The Skid Row show is very physically demanding. Im always coming off stage with small cuts, bruises and pulled muscles. Over time I once again realized that a few minutes of stretching can keep the machine running longer and more efficiently. Another big part of pre show is getting into the proper mental state. Getting psyched and adrenaline pumping is a must. Let it build up like a slow fuse until I release it with that first chord. This is a feeling of massive power.
 
If you were to add one song that is currently not on the set list, what would it be?
I always thought it would be fun to play the song "Forever". Purely for the selfish reason that it's a fun guitar song. But most Skid Row fans don't know it. It was leftover from the first record and eventually appeared on 40 Seasons. I also think "The Threat" would be a good song. Im sure there or many other songs that Ive forgotten about. I think "2112" by Rush would be fun too. 
 
 
What is your personal favorite song on United World Rebellion chapter one? And why?
That is difficult to answer. Since it's only 5 songs, I look at entire EP as more one piece of music rather then 5 songs. If it where 12 or 15 songs it would be easier to answer. Let's get back to this question when all 3 chapters are done. I should be able to come up with a favorite song then. Or not.
 
 
What is your favorite and  least favorite part of the recording process?
I have always enjoyed the studio. It's the creative capsule with no windows and no clocks. Hearing what you've been working on turn into a finished and polished result is very rewarding. But from time to time you need to step out and breath some fresh air and find a distraction to keep you fresh. Getting to close to a song or a piece of music can be a bad thing and can bring a session to a standstill. 
 
 
What inspired you during the recording of United World Rebellion Chapter one?
It's always the same thing. The best work we can do. The best personal performance. The opportunity to be able to make music. The fact that our fans are eager to hear what we've come up with. The excitement and energy among the band members as it all comes together. It makes me look forward to the next chapter even more. 
 
 

Q&A with Rob Hammersmith

Do you have any sort of pre show rituals?

 
Rob: Nothing exciting really... I like to do a little stretching and warm up my hands on a practice pad a little. Other than that, I don't have much of a ritual. 

 

If you were to add one song that is currently not on the set list, what would it be?

 
Rob: There are so many I'd love to add... If I have to narrow it down to one right now, it would be The Threat. Check back next week, I'm sure it'll be a different one!
 
 
What is your personal favorite song on United World Rebellion chapter one? And why?
 
Rob: My favorite would have to be Kings Of Demolition. I love the energy and the groove of the song, and it's been a blast to play live!
 
 
What is your favorite and  least favorite part of the recording process?
 
Rob: I think my least favorite part of the recording process would have to be the balance of over thinking things, and just doing what we do and doing it naturally. It's very easy in that situation to get too close to what it is you're working on, and losing the ability to be objective. That's a balance you have to be aware of at all times. I'm not always great at that!
My favorite part of the recording is the excitement of the creative process. I love the idea of five guys in the rehearsal room having fun and working out ideas. It takes us back to the feeling we had when we all starting do this. It's an awesome feeling.
 
 
What inspired you during the recording of United World Rebellion Chapter one?
 
Rob: The energy and excitement from all of us as a band was pretty inspiring. The band was really excited to back in the studio after so much time since the last recording. The excitement was throughout the entire process was great. That kind of excitement and energy from the people around you is contagious, and it makes you want to work harder. In that environment, it reminds you that we're fortunate to be able to do this, and it doesn't feel like work at all!
 

Snake's joins Twisted Sister on stage.

When I was 16 years old I had been sneaking into bars and clubs for a year or 2 already. Back then there were so many amazing bands playing in the bars and clubs in the NY/NJ area. And I wanted/needed to see them all! My life had already been changed 3 years earlier on Dec 16th in Madison Square Garden by this little band called Kiss! But Kiss seemed so larger than life and mythical that it seemed that it would be nearly impossible to achieve that sort of stature. I had started writing songs and they all sucked. It felt like I would never be able to achieve what I had seen on the stage at Madison Square Garden.

 

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