Seriously I do still love my 3 solo cds EXCEPT for my horrible singing on Kiss' “Two Timer” off my 3rd solo cd. I think I'm most proud of the song "Clintonesque.” No other human plays on that song- just me and a drum machine.
After I released my 3 solo cds, I did a record with Blitz from Overkill. THE CURSED cd "Room Full of Sinners" is slamming. Look for it if you don't already have it.
We did a NON-FICTION reunion show in November of 2009. Amazing. We also did a HADES show in April of 2010 in NJ and in July of 2010 we played the Bang Your Head! festival in Germany with Twisted Sister, Queensryche, and Fates Warning. Did I mention Jim Matheos from Fates Warning doesn't eat meat or own a cell phone? Yeah, I know... he wants to be me.
I really hadn't written much new music the last 3 years until just recently. Now, I'm not sure what the fuck to do with it. The music business appears over. I don't really see the logic in releasing a new cd. There are no record stores left. I'm never going to tour. But... some things in life can't be dealt with logically. The HADES and NON-FICTION reunion shows were WAY more fun than I thought they'd be. I even did two cover shows with "Screaming Metal"-Alan on vocals- with myself and Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy from TALKING METAL. Fun. Maybe I should mail some of my new tunes to Blitz. We'll see. I do know I NEED to back on the basketball court right after the HADES show at Dingbatz on Saturday March 26th. Hopefully I'll see you there.
-Dan Lorenzo, December 29th 2010.
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I have a couple of musical opinions that are a bit different from my peers in music. First, “Practice makes perfect” is what most musicians think. To me, practice makes stale and boring. To me, a song is always at it's most exciting when you first write it. When I used to tour I was absolutely going through the motions after the 5th day of a tour. I was no longer nervous on stage. The only highlight of the set for me, would be if we took a risk. Hades were never big on taking risks when performing live in the late 80's. We over-rehearsed. Non-Fiction was way more about being spontaneous. If I would write a riff in the dressing room a few hours before we would go on stage, we might open the show with that riff.
For my new "solo" project I am recording these songs after only one rehearsal with Johhny on drums. Jimmy and Ron are getting two rehearsals with me before recording. As a result some might say these songs are underdeveloped. Some might say my new songs are too short. I think that's a great complaint. I much rather have people say "I wish that song were longer" than wishing the song were shorter. You can always replay it.
Even though Led Zeppelin were easily the greatest band of all time, I feel too many of their songs went on too long. I have a REALLY short attention span. I think this may have to do with the fact I don't drink or do drugs. I think Clutch are one of the greatest bands in history, but I won't go see them live anymore. Even though somebody like Marilyn Manson may only have 4-5 GREAT songs he is much more fun to see live. I don't want to play out live anymore. I hate when old people who used to look so cool go out on stage and look old. It makes me sad.
I still listen to the bands I grew up loving: old Kiss, old Aerosmith, old Cheap Trick, AC/DC. The only albums I loved when I was young that I think are laughable now are the Bruce Dickinson-era Iron Maiden albums. I can not believe people don't laugh at any of the new Iron Maiden albums.
I love writing diverse songs, but for the most part I love playing and listening to heavy stuff. I've never understood why my musical idols play such wimpy, mellow stuff the older they get.
Now that I'm working on my first solo disc I'm remembering how much I enjoy writing melody lines. I wrote a lot of them on the first Hades album (as well as lyrics), but then Alan wanted to write all the lyrics and melody lines for If At First (the second Hades album). As soon as Hades broke up I wrote everything to "Know You Like A Book" and "The My Way", but stopped as soon as Alan rejoined me in Non-Fiction.
When you're in a band, you need to be a team player. Sometimes other guys in the band want to write. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's not. I'm not a great lyricist, obviously I'm not a real singer, but it's fun to take on that responsibility... to be in charge of EVERYTHING and see what happens.
Even though I love HEAVY songs first and foremost sometimes I have a different opinion of what's heavy. To me "Angie" by the Rolling Stones is heavy. Maybe because the first time I heard it I was visiting my mom in the hospital. I think Dr. Dre and Ice Cube write some of the heaviest music I have ever heard. It kills me that some white metalheads hate all rap. In my opinion there have been more great hardcore rap songs written in the last 10 years than metal songs. I love Slayer and Alice In Chains’ Dirt cd. I still put Exodus' Bonded By Blood at the top of my list. Hope this explains some of my upcoming album. - Dan
P.S. There is going to be one, one minute country song most of you will hate, but it's been in my head for years. Maybe I'm ripping off some country dude, I'm not sure. I'm going to throw it on the cd, which I hope to have out by February.
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