ROB de LUCA
is bassplayer with the
Sebastian Bach Band
and he has also worked with
George Lynch, Joan Jett, and Spread Eagle
spoke to Rob about his upcoming tour
where he will be on bass duties
for the 25 shows between 9th April and 9th May
after the US Embassy refused to grant
Pete Way a work visa
soon be heading out with UFO on their North American
tour, standing in for the legendary Pete Way. That's
some big shoes - and tight spandex - to fill. What
led up to you getting this gig?
My manager Peter Kalish heard about it on the internet
and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal gave me a much
appreciated thumbs up. I emailed Vinnie and we took
it from there.
you a UFO fan? And what are your favourite UFO songs/albums?
Absofuckinlutely! I was lucky enough to see them as
a kid in Philly. Favorites: Rock Bottom's riff, Love
To Love's melodic voice leading, Only You Can Rock
Me's melodic post chorus, Light Out's vibe, Doctor
Doctor's feel, etc, etc.
bandmembers have quite a reputation for playing practical
jokes on each other - such as hiding frozen kippers
where they won't be found until the kippers thaw out
and start to rot majestically, by which time the culprits
are well away from the scene of the crime. What are
you looking forward to most (or dreading most!) about
touring with UFO?
Well, as a musician you try make something that lasts,
something that's classic. UFO have done that and I'm
honored to be involved and helping out. So that's
what I'm looking forward to. I wasn't dreading anything,
but now you're making we worry, haha!
year the Sebastian Bach Band toured with Guns N' Roses.
How did that go, and what were the highlights?
So many highlights! Sebastian is a great singer and
frontman. Gn'R are a classic and Axl, Ron and gang
were SO cool to us. Every night was incredible, but
some of the highlight shows for me were Madison Square
Garden, The Meadowlands, Baltimore, Gibson Ampitheatre,
Quebeq City, Melbourne, Sydney Aus., Aukland NZ...
The Canada dates where I was also playing bass in
HELMET were incredible too!
June you'll be on the road again in Scandinavia with
the Sebastian Bach Band, including a set at Sweden
Rock Festival. Do you get much chance to write, and
if so, how easy is it to focus on writing when there
is so much else going on? It's very hard. I'll
write a few riffs but so far when I'm in touring mode
that's my focus. It's difficult just to stay healthy
and rested on a long tour. You have to learn to pace
yourself. That's difficult with the loonies I'm friends
did you first start out playing bass? Please take
us through a timeline of the early days.
I started on guitar when I was 15. I moved to Boston
and switched to bass when the band that became Spread
Eagle needed a bassist. We struggled for four years
travelling to N.Y.C. to showcase, but the record labels
didn't love our singer. We moved to N.Y.C., got a
new singer and signed To MCA/Universal within months.
That band had gigged alot so I pretty much learned
bass onstage. I truly love the instrument and its
unique function in rock music.
Eagle are a band who really should have been a lot
bigger than they were. Switchblade Serenade from 1990
was likened to songs by Skid Row, LA Guns, Love/Hate,
a real kicking'n'biting sound. The album got a new
lease of life recently when it was re-issued by Lovember
Records. What is happening with Spread Eagle at the
moment? Well, as I'm about to jump on the UFO
tour bus and after that fly overseas with Bach, Spread
Eagle is on hiatus. I'm not one to live in the past
but Spread Eagle released records that should've been
much, much bigger. We were critically acclaimed and
many of the big bands at the time were playing our
discs and talking us up. For some reason it just didn't
get to that level. Sometimes in this crazy biz things
slip through the cracks. Because of that we were excited
to reissue the disc through Lovember
Records and tour again. The reissue is remastered
us about 'Of Earth', which is much more laid-back,
progressive and spacey. What's that all about, and
how does it relate to the kind of music you make with
your other bands? It's my release from the
"full on" thing where I get to sing lead
and play music involving atmosphere and sublety. I
enjoy it because it lets me flex my range and helps
to round me out as a musician.
What other projects do you have
in the pipeline? Why - does it seem like I'm
slacking, haha? I have an unnamed project with a guitarist
in Ireland that's coming out great.
have been the proudest moments in your career?
So far, it's definitely been touring as direct support
for Gn'R on the big stages.
Any embarrassing and/or Spinal
Tap moments? Only the cucumber in the trousers
at the airport metal detector....
Who are your top three musical heroes, and why?
Anyone who's created a lasting genre that wasn't there
before them - Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, The Beatles....
of music, who are your top three heroes, and why?
My dad because he's a natural visionary. My mom because
she was the perfect mix of cool and class. Someone
who realizes their cause or message is bigger and
more important than theirself - such as Martin Luther
basses will you be playing on the UFO tour? Any chance
of you playing a Thunderbird on at least one of the
songs, as a tribute to 'absent friends'? I'll
be playing Fender Precisions. Unfortunately I don't
own an old T-bird, but am looking for one...
And finally, what would you like to say to the UFO
fans who, for the third USA tour running, aren't getting
to see Pete on stage up there with UFO? I understand
your disappointment, Pete is a HUGE part of the band.
Unfortunately, the U.S. isn't looking at it that way
and are refusing to give him entry. I'll do the best
I can to represent the bass as he would, and am honored
to fill in for one of rock's legends.
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