This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here at the blog. Let’s see how it turns out.
Tomorrow (February 8th) is Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil 53rd birthday. He is a consummate Rock Star, but nowadays is better known as a restless entrepreneur. Among his enterprises: his very own tequila brand.
Tequila was also the business of Sammy Hagar (former Montrose and Van Halen singer, currently fronting Chickenfoot), until he sold his brand and made more money than in any of the bands he fronted. Sammy also owns the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Southern California, immortalized in the song Cabo Wabo from Van Halen’s OU812.
OU812 was written in response to Dave Lee Roth, who had released Eat’Em And Smile two years prior. Dave assembled one of the best bands possible with Bobby Rondinelli on drums, Billy Sheehan on bass and Steve Vai on guitar.
Steve Vai, who afterwards went on to forge a brilliant solo career and later formed G3 firstly alongside Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. Other guitar players were part of G3 later, including John Petrucci.
John Petrucci, guitar player from Dream Theater, is a Berklee School Of Music graduate, just like his bandmates, keyboardist Jordan Rudess and bassist John Myung and his former bandmate, drummer Mike Portnoy.
Mike Portnoy now plays on Progressive super-group Transatlantic and in Winery Dogs, alongside Billy Sheehan and former Poison and Mr.Big guitar player, Richie Kotzen.
Richie Kotzen who – rumor has it – was kicked out of Poison from fooling around with drummer’s Rikki Rockett wife.
Rikki Rockett released a 70’s Glam Rock tribute album in 2003 (re-released in 2008), called Glitter 4 Your Soul. Among the songs covered, “Action” from British Glam band Sweet.
Do you know who also covered a Sweet song called AC/DC in his solo covers album? Vince Neil.