JOHN BUSH Interview Page 2
By Erik Fong
SW: Do you have any other possible takers?
JB: Well, there's a couple. We're shopping the album as we speak, but I don't want to say anything yet because I don't want to jinx it. We've had such bad karma over the last couple of years that I'm pretty gun shy when it comes to anything regarding Anthrax.
SW: Let's talk Armored Saint for a minute.
JB: I always love talking about Armored Saint. We did the DVD recordings yesterday for all the additional footage and interviews and it was great. We had a real fun time.
SW: Very cool. You'll have to excuse me, because when Armored Saint first started I was about two years old. So tell me what it was like growing up in the L.A. scene. You started around the same time as bands like Motley Crue and Ratt, right?
JB: A little after Motley Crue, but we played a bunch of shows with Ratt, WASP, Great White, Black and Blue, Steeler...
SW: What was the general camaraderie among the bands like back in the day?
JB: It was pretty good, actually. It was a scene that was exploding, it was a lot of fun to go out to the clubs every weekend, if not every day, because bands were playing and everybody was excited about what was going on. It was just a really fun time. We enjoyed it. We were only 18, 19, 20 years old when it was happening. You can't ask for a much better age when you're discovering rock 'n' roll.
SW: Damn right. Young and stupid.
JB: Exactly. So, the only thing about Armored Saint that was probably a little different was that we never really sounded like an L.A. band. We always modeled our sound after all the European groups that we were inspired by. Bands like Priest, Maiden, UFO, Thin Lizzy and stuff. We loved Aerosmith and Ted Nugent and they were influential to the sound of the band but we were really just pumped up by the sound of the European bands that were happening. We're from L.A. and we're super proud, but the thing is that we never really felt like we sounded like all the bands that were going on. But we still got along great with everybody.
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