SACRED METAL-PAGE: First of all the questions that burned the last few years inside my head:
Is there a possibility of a new Liege Lord album and a live reunion?
Paul: Joe, Tony and myself at least, have been seriously talking about writing new
material. We have even gotten offers to reform and tour in Europe. Anything is
possible at this time and you guys will be one of the first to know.
SACRED METAL-PAGE: Then I've got a historical question; How did it all begin, what were the
very first steps in the history of the band? What was the first line-up?
Tony:Liege Lord was originally a Judas Priest cover band named Deceiver. After a short time we released a 4 song demo in 1984. We got some great press and
started getting a good underground following. Iron Works signed us to do an
EP, then France's Black Dragon Records picked us up in Europe and the Ep
turned into a full album beeing released world wide in 1985. The original
members were Andy Michaud, Matt Vinci, myself, Pete McCarthy, and Frank
SACRED METAL-PAGE: Do you still feel comfortable with your debut? If you have the possibility
to change something, what would it be?
Tony:We wouldn't change a thing. That album opened a lot of doors for us and the
music still holds up today.
SACRED METAL-PAGE: Then came out "Burn to my Touch". What do you feel when you hear these songs
today? How would you caraterize the difference between "Freedoms Rise" and "Burn to my
Tony:Well for one thing, we got Paul Nelson to replace Pete. Then Metal Blade
Records signed us and Joe Buchard of Blue Oyster Cult produced "Burn..." This
record was a combination of a lot of changes occuring. Andy was on his way at
this time also, I think it was a stepping-stone for what was to become more of
a group effort in "Master Control".
SACRED METAL-PAGE: "Master Control" was without any doubt your masterpiece, itís nothing
less than a Metal - Classic!! Do you still like the recording? And what differences do you
see comparing them to the two albums before?
Paul:Terry Date engeneered this one, there is really nothing to change. Terry and I
sat behind the board almost 24 hours a day to complete this record. Keep in
mind we did this record in 14 days... We rehearsed endlesly to prepare this
album. And with Joe singing, well he was just great!!!
SACRED METAL-PAGE: What are the LL members doing today, musically? Do they still got a band?
I know Joe is in OVERKILL, does he like his role in the line-up of this metal legend? I
would love to hear his powerful voice again!!
Paul:I'm in the process of putting the finishing touches on my own CD called "Vinyl
Signs" (instrumental), session work, endorsment-clinics and coloums.
Tony:A lot of session work and various projects as well as talking to fans trough
our new web-site: www.liegelord.com
Paul: As far as Joe, I was just at the Carrige House hanging with OVERKILL. Joe and
Seb are both very happy. And yes, I'd love to hear Joe sing again.
SACRED METAL-PAGE: If you would have the possibility to make a big metal-festival and you
could invite six bands, who would that be and why?
Judas Priest only with Rob Halford, UFO (I love Michael Shenker), Uli Roth
(somewhere on stage), Accept (UDO is a maniac!), Iron Miaden (just because...)
and Queenryche. I think that would be a killer retro "80s metal-fest.
Please give me a list of your ten all-time favorite records. And what
were the biggest disappointments from your favorite bands?
1: UFO, "Force It" 6: Tony Williams, "Believe It"
2: Scorpions, "Tokyo Tapes" 7: Black Sabbath, "Paranoid"
3: Judas Priest, "Sad Wings" 8: OZZY, "Blizzard Of OZ"
4: Hendrix, "Axis" 9: Wayne Newton, "Greatest Hits"
5: Jeff Beck, "Blow By Blow" 10: Savatage
If they dissapointed me, I don't mention them...
Which musical styles do you hate?
SACRED METAL-PAGE: What are you doing in your free time? How do you earn your money?
Paul:Recording, session work, touring, endorsments, everything musical.
SACRED METAL-PAGE: Now I want you to give me some comments on the following terms:
Internet: God's gift to promotion!
Heavy Metal: They have said it once and they have said it again; It will
Underground: The starting point for greatness.
Iron Maiden: Changed the face of metal.
Progressive Metal: Another valuable offshoot.
Tori Amos: '90s anyone??? (Kate Bush wanna-be).
Family: ...Is forever.
Money: You can't take it with you unless you hide some in your
Winter: I hate the feeling of cold slush in my fucking socks!!!
Thanks Michael, those were some very different questions! I hope our answers
cleared up a few things. Thanks man, Paul and Tony, LL.
(c) 1998, Michael Kohsiek