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1. What are you currently up to? (e.g. touring/studio,etc.)

Uncle Sid is currently in the middle of writing right now and we'll soon be working on pre-production, then we'll be going in the studio for a spring release. We're also planning a European tour for next year, we'll be Rock'n across the pond as they say. The band is really looking forward to playing to all the fans in the many countries that we've received some awesome responses from, such as London, Sweden, Greece, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Uncle Sid would like to thank all you Rockers out there. Rock On!

2. Who was/is your biggest influence on your career?

For me as a drummer, some of my biggest influences are Keith Moon, John Bonham, Neil Peart, Alex Van Halen, Mitch Mitchell, Bill Ward, Tommy Aldridge and Buddy Rich.

3. Brief history of your work to date the style of music you play.

Uncle Sid is a guitar driven melodic Hard Rock band from western Canada formed in 1993. We're diligently working on some new tunage for our next C.D. with New vocalist Franky Dee. Things are going well for our band and we are very excited about playing live again! Uncle Sid has supported such name acts as April Wine, Blue Oyster Cult and Uriah Heep. Our show promises to be a dynamic Hard Rock explosion, sure to electrify all who experiences it. There will be an update and more info soon. Stay tuned! You can check out a couple of new tunes and more info on Uncle Sid's main site at

4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

Speaking for myself, some of the high points would be playing live gigs, getting feedback from the fans and gigging with bands I've grown up listening too and have seen in stadiums. I get a total rush from playing live and the more the audiences are into it the more our band gets into it. Low points for me, would have to be, when I've gone through member changes. So it's great, to now be in a band that's on track and is ready to Rock!

5. How easy is it to gets gigs? What is the live music scene like? Who have you toured with and would like to tour with in the future?

About getting gigs, you have to work very hard to get them, as there are a lot of bands out there that are trying to get through the same door. It's about getting connections and having a good manager, agent and attorney and if you don't have those, you have to hit the books and any other music business source and learn about the music biz. But most of all you have to have good songs, show, promo package and also having a good promotional wheel rolling to inform loyal fans, doesn't hurt either. Uncle Sid has been very lucky locally with gigs, supporting some Name acts and getting great responses at our shows. The scene is pretty good here in Vancouver, BC Canada but you can only play once in awhile, so you don't cause fan burn out by over playing. I think, as a Hard Rock band you have a better chance touring in Europe, Japan, U.S.A. and to other places where they like to Rock and see a Show. For some reason, in my opinion, I think a band needs to tour too other countries to really be accepted in their own. We are looking forward to touring with other Name Acts in the future and we're also working on a tour and some festivals over in Europe for 2003. Uncle Sid are very hyped about getting our CD completed and getting on the road again, so we ask all the Rockers out there to, GET READY TO ROCK!

6. What do you think of the state of rock music at the moment? Do you listen to radio much at all? Has the Internet helped music grow or hindered it?

Rock I feel is on the rebound. I think the fans want to hear quality music as far as singing and musicianship is concerned and they also want to see a good show again, this is the opinion of some Rockers I've spoken too recently.

As for radio, I listen to the local morning show and if I hear the odd specialty show. I wish DJ's could play, within reason, what they want to instead of being so programmed, you can only hear the same song so many times. Nowadays, you can find more selection with Indie Radio on the Internet, which is refreshing to hear.

As for the Internet, you ask if it helps or hinders music. All I can say, it has helped us immensely and has opened doors that wouldn't be possible without a lot of finances and touring to reach the people and places that we're associated with now. The net makes it way easier to connect with your audience around the world. If you're in a band, you can look at Uncle Sid's site for links that help Independent Bands; we add more links every couple months. I think the more info a band can get on their own, the more doors they can open. You have to work the Internet, if you want it to work for your band.

7. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?
Currently we have two Rock'n songs on our web site featuring new singer Franky Dee belting it out on vocals along with the wailing guitar of Henry Seto, making these tracks very popular downloads. We also have our new CD is in the works for a spring-summer release. Our CD, shirts and other paraphernalia will soon be available on our main site, so stay tuned. Our songs Frenzy and Out Rock the Clock!, can be found on Uncle Sid's main site as well at
8. Message for your fans?

They're the best; they are people from around the globe who like to Rock. We'd like to inform all of our fans that we are working very hard to get our new CD finished so we'll have more Uncle Sid tunage available for them soon. Your requests are building and we'd like to thank all you Rockers out there for your e-mails and letters, so keep them happening and stay in touch. We want to thank all of our fans all over the world and that we appreciate all the e-mails, letters, downloads and the support they have shown Uncle Sid. We'd also like to let our fans know we're anxious to see them all when we get our show on the road. Rock on!

"Long Live Rock" - Uncle Sid


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