Interview with…Mick Mashbir (3.1.09)

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1 – Mick what made you pick up an instrument and why a guitar?

I THINK THAT IT WAS SEEING ELVIS ON ED SULLIVAN.THE BEAT AND THE ENERGY
DREW ME IN. THE VENTURES GOT ME STARTED. I REALLY DUG THE SOUND OF THE
ELECTRIC GUITAR AND WANTED TO MAKE THE SAME NOISE. THEN THE ROLLING
STONES AND THE BEATLES CAME ALONG AND SEALED THE DEAL

-What was the
first song you remember that stuck in the back of your mind?

“PEGGY
SUE” BY BUDDY HOLLY.

-Who were your early heroes?

THE FIRST RECORD I
EVER BOUGHT WAS “THE VENTURES.” AND OF COURSE DUANE EDDY A
LOCAL/NATIONAL GUITAR HERO

2. Where were you raised?

PHOENIX ARIZONA.

-How was school life?

SCHOOL
WAS COOL BACK THEN. THEY WERE ONLY TWO FACTIONS IN HIGH SCHOOL. THE
JOCKS AND THE REST OF US. THEN I STARTED THE FIRST BAND AT CAMELBACK
HIGH AND SO THERE WERE NOW THREE CLIQUES…LOL

3. How did you and Michael Bruce meet?

THERE
WERE TWO SENIOR CLASS DANCES GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME AT THE SAME
COUNTRY CLUB. MIKE’S BAND THE “DUALS” AND MY BAND “THE JAGUARS” WERE
PLAYING THERE. WE WERE CHECKING EACH OTHERS BAND OUT DURING THE BREAKS
AND MY RHYTHM GUITAR PLAYER WENT TO MIKES SCHOOL AND THEY KNEW EACH
OTHER, SO WE ALL GOT TO TALKIN AND THAT’S WHEN OUR FRIENDSHIP BEGAN.

4.
What brought you to record with Michael on the Wildflowers “A Day Like
Today” and “Man like Myself”?

MICHAEL ASKED ME TO PLAY ON HIS SESSION

-What
do you remember of the session?

VERY LITTLE..I DO REMEMBER THAT THE
STUDIO WAS IN A GARAGE AND THAT WE ALL PLAYED TOGETHER. LISTENING TO
THOSE TRACKS I IMPRESS MYSELF..LOL

5. How did you first meet Alice, Glen and Dennis?

PROBABLY WHEN THEY WERE THE “EARWIGS”. WE PLAYED AGAINST THEM IN A BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION.

6.
“Keeping the Vibe Alive” brings just that alive in the listeners mind,
the 1960s and 70’s and all that was cool about it. What kind of
personal memories do you carry now with you that still shines?

I THINK
THE YEARS LIVING IN THE DESERT AND PLAYING WITH MY BAND JOSHUA WE WERE
REALLY INTO THE TRIO WITH SINGER FORMAT AND OF COURSE SEEING
HENDRIX,THE STONES,THE WHO, THE DOORS..DON’T GET ME STARTED I COULD GO
ON FOREVER ABOUT THOSE DAYS..LOL

Favorite musicians?

WE LOVED THE WHO,
CREAM AND ONE OF OUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES WAS THE BAND FREE.

7.
One of the most asked of any questions is of course the connection with
the Alice Cooper Band’s “Billion Dollar Babies” and “Muscle of Love”
LP’s…what were the favorite songs you worked on and why?

I ENJOYED
“NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY” BECAUSE THAT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SONGS WE
WORKED UP AT THE FIRST REHEARSAL.”WOMAN MACHINE” WAS ANOTHER ONE. THE
PRODUCERES WERE HASSLING ME TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND I
USED A FOXX OCTAVE PEDAL TO GET THAT EFFECT..OH AND i ALSO ENJOYED THE
TALK-BOX SOLO IN “MUSCLE OF LOVE”..WE MADE OUR OWN IN THE STUDIO AND IT
JUST INSPIRED THAT SOLO.

8..What was your opinion of Bob Ezrin?

BRILLIANT TASK MASTER

-How
did you feel working with old friend Michael Bruce again?

IT WAS
MICHAEL THAT BROUGHT ME INTO THE BAND..WE HAD SPENT TIME HANGIN OUT IN
LONDON WHILE THEY WERE THERE TOURING AND I THINK HE FELT THE NEED TO
FILL OUT THE ACG SOUND.

-How do you feel now about playing on one of
the biggest well known Cooper LP’s of all time?

GREAT..THATS WHAT
HELPED ME ATTAIN LEGENDARY STATUS..LOL

9. How did the Michael
Bruce solo LP come about and your involvement?

WE SHARED A HOUSE DURING
THE ACG DAYS AND IT WAS A NATURAL EXTENSION OF PLAYING IN OUR STUDIO
EVERYDAY.

-Any memorable moments in the recording process?

KEITH
MOON SHOWED UP TO PLAY BUT WAS TOO HIGH TO ACTUALLY CUT A USABLE
TRACK..SAD..

-Favorite tracks?

“SO FAR SO GOOD” AND “KING OF AMERICA”

10. What was your initial feelings about the “Billion Dollar Babies – Battle Axe” LP?

I
THOUGHT THEY DID A VERY CREDIBLE JOB BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF A CHANGE IN
CAREER DIRECTION..FROM SUPERSTARS TO STARTIN OVER STARS.

11. I know you worked with the Turtles and Flo & Eddie by the late 1970s
and 1980s…how was that experience?

IT WAS REALLY A LOT OF FUN. I HAVE
NEVER LAUGHED THAT MUCH ON STAGE IN MY LIFE..

-Any favorable moments and
music?

IN 1985 WE HEADLINED THE HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR…WE OPENED WITH
THE RIFF FROM “SMOKE ON THE WATER”..WE WERE WEARING HEAVY METAL GEAR
AND THE LOOK ON THE AUDIENCE’S FACES WAS ONE OF SHOCK AND
CONFUSION..VERY FUNNY MOMENT..

12. How do you feel about metal
and country music?

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?..LOL..COUNTRY IS NOW “ROCK
WITH HATS” AS MY FRIEND ED BLACK USED TO SAY.

13.What was it like attending the Glen Buxton Memorial?

BITTERSWEET..BITTER CAUSE, HELL,YOU CAN’T HAVE A MEMORIAL UNLESS
SOMEONE DIES.. THE SWEET PART FOR ME WAS IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I
ACTUALLY MET ANY FANS FACE TO FACE. I WAS HUMBLED BY THEIR SINCERITY.

-Favorite Buxton guitar part?

PUBLIC ANIMAL #9

14. How do you feel about MySpace and the total Internet presence of your work?

ONCE AGAIN,TO ACTUALLY HAVE CONTACT AND RECOGNITION BY FANS WAS A FIRST FOR
ME. IT WAS A BIT OVERWHELMING. I HAD RECEIVED NO PUBLICITY OR
RECOGNITION DURING MY ACG DAYS..I WAS A VERY WELL KEPT SECRET!..LOL

15. – I know you are in progress of your next work, how is it coming along?

SLOW BUT SURE. SINCE THE PASSING OF MY FRIEND AND DRUMMER DONALD
LINDLEY (FOR ME THAT WAS LIKE ZEPPLIN LOSING BONZO. I KNEW OUR
CHEMISTRY COULD NEVER BE REPLACED ) I DECIDED THAT I WOULD HAVE TO FIND
A DRUM PROGRAM SO I COULD MAKE IT A DIY PROJECT. FINDING THE RIGHT
PROGRAM TOOK TOO MUCH MONEY AND TOO MUCH TIME BUT I AM VERY HAPPY WITH
ADDICTIVE DRUMS.

-Will it continue on the path of the last disc in
anyway?

YES..I ALWAYS HAVE TO ROCK!!

16. What advice would you give someone starting out on guitar with huge dreams?

HEY.. COOL
HAIR,STYLIN’ CLOTHES AND TUFF BOOTS ARE IMPORTANT…BUT THEY DON’T PAY
ROYALTIES..LOL..JUST FOCUS ON THE MUSIC…DO YOUR THING TO THE VERY
BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AT ALL TIMES AND THE WORLD WILL OPEN UP FOR YOU.
AND RIK ..THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO SHARE MORE WITH MY FANS AND FOR
HELPIN TO KEEP THE VIBE ALIVE ..YOU RAWK!

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