|1. What are you currently up
are currently on a break. We finished up our tour in the UK with a wonderful
acoustic show at Cafe Nirvana in Wigan (I highly recommend the venue to anyone
wanting to do this sort of intimate acoustic show) and had a fantastic night.
Very personal. The next step will be to write another group of
|2. Who was/is your biggest influence
on your career?
hard to say as there were so many. The first true "rockstars" I ever met
were the guys in Blackfoot and they were so larger than life and so very
personable that I kept thinking, "what do I have to do to be as cool as these
But also, working with the guys
in Iron Maiden can only have a great impact as well. They taught me so much
about live performance.
|3. Which band would you like to
When most bands do reform it always seems to be under the guise of squeezing
more money out of the old name and it almost always is a
|4. Vaughn are buliding a very good
reputation as a live act. Have you gained any new fans or are most fans from
the Tyketto days? Do you have any bands you like touring with and who would
you like to tour with in the future?
Yes, I think
we have gained a lot of new fans and that is being done the only way you
can, which is being relentless about playing live and putting on the best
show possible. There are a lot of bands that I would love to tour with. All
the obvious big names like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard come to mind. Know any
of their phone numbers?
|5. 'Fearless' was one of my top
10 albums of 2001. How did you come up with the song ideas? How has the CD
done? Which countries have been the most receptive?
When it comes
to writing songs and where they come from, it's never the same explanation
twice. I tend to pull from all sorts of experiences and fantasies. The CDwas
recorded at our old haunts in Millbrook sound studios in upstate New York.
England is, by far, our home away from home.
Photography by Martin Kessel
6. Tyketto's debut album is rightly
regarded as a classic. Was it hard to live-up to expectations on the second
CD? Would you ever consider a one-off reunion tour?
on the reunion thing. As I've said, I think in a lot of ways it cheats the
audience and says that you have little that's new to offer, which I feel
that Vaughn does. Living up to the classic reputation of "Don't Come Easy"
has never been a problem. I'm just pleased that the album is still so well
regarded after all this time.
|7. Waysted 'Save Your Prayers'
is a criminally overlooked album. What were the Waysted days like? The band
got a lot of coverage in Kerrang! at the time but never seemed to translate
the interest into sales.
my introduction in the "big leagues" for better and for worse. The days with
the band covered the spectrum of highs and lows. I go to tour the world,
do a video, open up for Iron Maiden, make my first record, all that stuff
that leaves you feeling high as a kite. I also got cheated and swindled out
of money and writing credit, which will bring you right back down
|8. What has been the highlight(s)
and lowlight(s) of your career so far?
is that I can still get out there and sing and people will come to hear it.
It's extremely gratifying to have longevity at any level. The lowlight? Having
to go back to working in a factory after I left Tyketto. It damn near crushed
my spirit entirely.
|9.What was the last thing you
I'm always reading.
It's one of the benefits of traveling a lot. Just finished "Travels With
Charley" by John Steinbeck and am currently flying through "The Streets Of
Laredo" by Larry McMurtry.
|10. Message for your
Know that you
are appreciated. Every time I see you or meet you, shake a hand, or sign
something, it means the world to me and is never taken for granted. See you
again next year!