Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"If you're famous for being a prick with "Lead Singer Syndrome," you AIN'T gonna get a call to play with SCRAP METAL."

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 11:02 AM

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Check out this Q&A with Nashville resident Gunnar Nelson, where he discusses the formation of Scrap Metal, a lineup of late 80's, early '90s pop-metal hit paraders who play Mercy Lounge on March 28. Mark Slaughter is on board, as well as Nelson's bro Matthew and members of Night Ranger and Mr. Big.

A few tidbits on the band's criteria for selecting the additional rotating cast members in the band:

1) People have to know who the hell you are. You had to have been a lead singer for a band from 'our era' that had real hits... I'm talking about the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, not just the Rock 40 Chart. During the decade of decadence, there were a ton of bands who had 'hits' on the rock chart that no one knows or remembers now, because that chart was for a niche market. If you had a top ten song in the Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, that means you made the big time. It means that people in the real world, not just hardcore rock fans, know who the hell you are.

2) You have to still look like you give a damn. Looks are important. No one wants to see their favorite star from their high school hit parade looking like bloated road kill onstage. It reminds fans, too starkly, of their own mortality. We're here to help people escape and feel unstoppable, like they did during the best times of their lives when the promise of their futures were down the road ahead, and they were rockin' out to our tunes in their spiritual convertible Ferrari.

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