CHRIS LOGAN (MSG)
|1. What are you currently up
On tour with
I just got done recording the new MSG album, which should be
released sometime this summer. I'm really excited about it. I also did
some backing vocal work on Pat Travers' new album, "P.T. Power Trio", in
February, which will be releasing sometime in May. Currently, I am writing
for a solo project which I hope to record later this year.
What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career
Well... as for high points, I'd have to say that right about now is a
major high point for me. I'm very happy with the way the new MSG album is
turning out, as I was finally able to, for the first time ever I think,
really write and deliver the vocals the way I envisioned them and to my
satisfaction. There always end up being things here and there that you
wish you'd done differently on an album, but this time there is very little
of that. I'm really happy with it. There are also some interesting
possibilities coming into the picture as far as my solo career goes, so
that's pretty cool.
As for low points, the absolute lowest point was definitely with the break
up of Outlaw Circus in '94. I lived and breathed OC for 2 of the greatest
years of my life, and it was heartbreaking to have it all suddenly come to
an end. The 5 years following that, with the almost complete absence of
real rock & roll on both radio & TV, could also have been better!
|3. How did you get the vocalist spot in MSG? How much input did you have on
the 'Be Aware Of Scorpions' album?
I was introduced to Michael Schenker by Mike Varney. He suggested to Michael that he listen to a demo I made.
Michael liked what he heard and asked me if I would like to do the album.
Michael and I pretty much arranged the songs together. He wrote the
musical parts and we both put them in the order be thought worked best. On
many of the parts, Michael told me the way he envisioned the vocal and then
let me either take it or leave it - either use his idea as a reference
point or come up with my own.
|4. Michael Schenker has a reputation as being difficult to handle - how
have you found him?
Michael has always given me plenty of room artistically - he's never been adamantly against anything I've written or
any of the ideas I've put forth. He is a very creative person, so he tends
to always encourage me in the creative process rather than discourage.
|5. Do MSG cover any UFO songs live? How have you been recieved by the MSG
On the 2001 MSG tour, we covered one UFO song as an encore - "Dr.
Dr." From what I've read on the internet, many fans didn't understand why
so few UFO tunes, so here's the explanation:
Michael has written so many great songs with both UFO and MSG that it has become a bit difficult to
play enough songs from both bands in one MSG performance. Plus, he decided
that it was a bit silly to fill an MSG set with a bunch of UFO songs when
the band touring wasn't even UFO. Many MSG fans have missed hearing their
favorite tunes being played live at an MSG concert because UFO tunes are
played in their place. So he wanted to give the MSG fans as much MSG as
possible in a night. (You can never get too much MSG, right? Everything
you buy today has "NO MSG" written all over it... what's up with that??)
There are so many great MSG songs that when Michael's manager asked me to
submit a "favorite set list", it was difficult to choose! We had to leave
so many great classics out of the final list. I don't know if Michael
intends to follow that same logic in the planning of any future MSG tours
that may come about, but that was the thinking on the last one.
The fans were great - It was a lot of fun playing for them, and I hope to
see them again!
|6. Your previous bands have included Pheonix Rising and Outlaw Circus. What
level of success did these bands achieve and would you like to revisit them again at some stage in the future?
Phoenix Rising, formerly "Malathion", was the first band I ever wrote and performed with. I joined them in 1991
and played with them for about 6 months or so. It was a great experience
and a lot of fun. We were sort of "alternative" in a way I guess, but real
blues/rock oriented. While I was in the band, Phoenix Rising played a
couple gigs in Hollywood and probably about 10 or so in the Inland Empire
of Southern California. But we had some pretty neat songs. No demos,
unfortunately. I'd love to jam with those guys again, any time!
I joined Worlds Within on New Years Day, 1992. They were in Newburgh, NY.
I lived there and played with them for about 9 months. They were a
progressive rock band, within a similar genre to of Rush, Yes, Pink
Floyd... I don't really know who else. A VERY original band, with some
incredible songs. Those guys were absolutely phoenominal musicians, each
one of them; some of the greatest amateur musicians of their time, without
a doubt. We played all over Upstate NY and recorded a 2 song demo. There
were some professional issues between myself and one of the members with
which I took exception, and I ended up leaving because of them. I'd love
to do a reunion show or something with the guys.
Shortly after that, I was contacted by Outlaw Circus. OC was a "hair" band
located in Austin, TX. We weren't glam really - we all just had alot of
hair! When I heard the music these guys wrote, I was pretty blown away and
immediately moved out to Austin and joined them, sight unseen. It was a
rock & roll dream come true. We started pulling out tunes right and left
that totally kicked ass. We became one of the top draws in Texas (among
unsigned acts) and totally lived the rock & roll dream. Well, I did... I
don't know about the other guys. I think Sebastian did too. Whatever - it
was lots of rock & roll craziness, all night long, after every show... the
kind of stuff you don't tell your mom - or your girlfriend - about! The
greatest years of my life.
We recorded 4 songs, and released 3 of them on a demo. There are still some of those tapes floating around out there, but
unfortunately we lost the studio masters to them. The 4th I think Tim
still has on ADAT . It was hastilly mixed down and featured on Texas radio
shows along with others from the demo. We were featured on both the
playlists of Texas radio stations and as the theme music for an Austin
radio show on Z-ROCK FM. We ended up hitting the scene at precicely the
wrong time though, as all the other bands in our genre were just beginning
to get dropped by their respective record companies due to the wretched and
overwhelming arrival of Grunge/Alternative music to both radio and TV.
|7. Who have been your main influeneces on your career?
My vocal influences span quite the spectrum.
As for Heavy Metal, I'd have to say Sebastian Bach's work with Skid Row is
by far my all time favorite... 'influenced me like crazy. Next would be
Geoff Tate's work on Operation Live Crime (the live version) and Empire...
'influenced me like crazy as well. Then there's Kip Winger, Jani Lane,
As for my roots, I am totally into Bob Seger, Lenny Kravitz, Bobby
Kimball, Prince, & Joe Lynn Turner on the more rockin' side of things...
and on the more soulful side, Lionel Richie is probably my favorite.
|8. Last book that you read...
I don't read books. I am completely anti-book. You should NEVER read
books. BAD BAD BAD. NO BOOKS!
|9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?
Read a good book.
|10. Message to your fans?
Watch for the release of MSG 2003 sometime around June of this year! Check
out http://chrisloganmusic.com for the latest updates!
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