Ivory Tower, a band from the late 80's,
whose CD trades on Ebay for over $100. The CD will now be re-released by
Chavis Records at the end of August. For more details please visit -
Don't forget to pre-order "Heart of the
City" while you are there, only $9.99 + s/h USD. The streetdate is August
|1. What are you currently up
I am currently
doing solo acoustic guitar/vocal dates all over the New Jersey - Philadelphia
area. I have done a lot of studio dates in recent years with various hard
rock country acts---but these days I am keeping busy with my acoustic act.
I am also wrapping up and seeking publication on a book I wrote called "50
of Rock's All-Time L.P's." Joe Lam and Duke Franc are still working together
in the music biz playing, writing, and producing for various acts in the
studio. They had a band together a couple of years ago called Love Revolution,
who had a good run of regional success on the strength of the single "Alyson's
|2. Who were your
were my first and most important influence. My older brothers and sisters'
records dazzled me with Beatlemania and then The Stones and Led Zep etc..
finally almost everything rock or pop, I loved as a kid. When I grew up,
I found that the basic music principle can still be applied but played loud
and hard and fast ,that's when I discovered Black Sabbath, Kiss, AC/DC, and
|3. Which band would you like to
I would like
to see an All-Star band reform with Bon Scott on vocals, John Bonham on drums,
John Entwistle on bass, and Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitars.
Other than that I don't care who gets back together, but if they reform and
they're still good, I'll find them.
|4.Would you ever consider any
UK/European dates at all? Tuff are touring in Oct and LA Guns were over here
earlier this year.
I would do UK
and Europe in a heartbeat. Getting the band and the music together again
is the hard part - hopping a plane is no problem.
|5.Your debut CD 'Heart of the City'
is re-released by Chavis Records. Do you expect further success this time
around? Any plans for a new studio album and are all the original members
I don't know
what to expect - I can only tell you what I hope. I hope that there's a new
legion of headbangers out there to discover and enjoy the music of Ivory
Tower. That's why we recorded the music.
Music never goes out of style
because of it's sound and emotion. The way it sounds and the production technique
reminds us of the things that do go out of style, like clothes, hair, lifestyles,
etc.. but emotions like aggression, love, wonder, and the like never go out
of style. No, there are no plans yet for a new album - but I rule out nothing
in this lifetime.
6.Who have you toured with in the past?
Who would you like to tour with in the future? Would you take part in a package
tour with similar bands such as Cinderella, Britny Fox, Poison?
We played with
Cinderella, LA Guns, Britny Fox, etc. in the past and would experience a
very pleasant and serious deja vu in a large club/theatre tour with any good
band of note who enjoys the finer aspects of road life.
|7.Who would you like to work with
in the future?
If we could
pry him off Shania Twain, I would love Mutt Lange to produce an album for
Ivory Tower. A good old fashioned state-of-the-art kickass rocker. I would
also like to do an acoustic album with "The Incoherent One"
|8.What do you think about the state
of rock music at the moment? It seems classic rock/'hair' band music are
big news again but only as a touring vehicle (e.g. all the classic rock bands
touring the US - Styx, REO, Scorpions, Poison - but no new albums in many
Rock music is
now the minority, the underdog, and it's not really fun. It stifles the amount
of music that gets out. You have to search a little harder to find the good
stuff. There's no sense in being bitter about it or anything because change
is constant, so you roll with it or become a cynical dinosaur.
|9.How did Ivory Tower come about
as a band? What was the reason to leave the music scene for
flourished in the 1980's as a studio band-producing, playing, and writing
songs for other artists. We developed our own thing on our own time and took
it to the clubs. On the strength of many hot club dates all over the Northeast,
and the L.P. "Heart of the City", we became very popular at the time. We
recorded material for a second album, (which Chavis Records is considering
releasing), but the music biz changed radically, and quickly, leaving us
and our second album out to dry.
|10. Message for your
Keep on rockin'
and I wish I could sit down with each and everyone and have a long talk about
the music, "the day", and what's going on now. Contact us through Chavis
Records http://www.chavisrecords.com and let us know "what up", we'll get
back to you. Thanks to Bill Chavis and all of our fans for
Interview © 2002 Jason Ritchie/
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