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PostSubject: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:07 am

Enjoy the interview! Wink June 2003 I remind you!

http://www.crossrocks.com/?p=interviews&id=6&lang=vo

Interview with Jeff Scott SOTO.



Hi Jeff ! First of all, Iím always impressed when I see the rhythm that you work ! In just a few months, between your solo career and Talisman, you released about 4 cds ! Whatís your secret ?
Jeff Scott Soto : I have no idea, I donít even know how it happens ! At 1 point of my career, I was attacked for being too present & releasing too much in a short time. I donít do it on purpose, but remember in this business, a recording process from writing to mixing takes monthsÖwhen it finally gets released, the album could be about 4-7 months old. Who wants to sit around doing nothing for 4-7 months ? How boring !

As a French, thereís a question I canít wait to ask. I read on your site that you will be back in Europe in September for a new solo tour. There are plans to possibly play here in France, I think. Do you have more information now, or could you confirm this venue yet ?
Unfortunately, France has been the hardest one to book ! I know I have many fans there, but the venues & promoters donít know or are convinced of this so no one is willing to take the risk because as you know, it is business. Iím hoping somewhere as weíre booking the dates that would take us through France, we could book something, even if I take a financial loss. Itís important I cover as much ground on this tour because for me itís a new chapter in my career & especially because itís been about 10 years since my last performance thereÖ.much too long !



Your latest release is the Live At The Gods 2002 on cd & dvd. You got back to your main past projects during that show, so letís follow about the same way for this interview. First of all, could you tell us how you were asked to play at the Queen Convention last year ?
I met the founder of the Fan Club about 4 years ago when I had a brainstorm idea of getting some material to Brian May, as he had just released his 2nd solo album & of course Iím a HUGE Queen fan, & thought after reading the many complaints about the only thing he hated about touring solo was being stuck behind the mic the whole show. I thought I could send him some material, show him my Queen influence/vocal abilities, & see if he might be interested in bringing a singer out on the road this time. Well, he didnít end up touring, but as I was looking for ANY reference to send my CD along, I found a recent BBC article about Queen reformingÖof course the alarm bells went crazy in my head. I found the Fan Club site & the woman running it, Jacky Smith, has been invoilved with Queen for 20+ years. I emailed her (remember, nobody on THAT side had any idea who I wasÖI was nobody to them !) & asked if I could get an address to send a CD to Brian. Of course, no reply. I wrote a few times & finally she gave in saying ĎSend it to me, if I think itís good, I might pass it oníÖ.good enough for me. Within a week of sending it, she wrote me saying ĎIf Queen do reform, they must have you as THE singer !í She ran the CD over to Brian immediately, who wrote me a very nice letter thanking me for sending it, but there were no truths to the reunion rumours. 2 months later, there was a fan club event celebrating Freddieís birthday in which Brian was making a guest appearance. I was invited along & the rest is history. I left such an impression, Iíve been invited to several functions since.

I heard that a DVD of this amazing show is scheduled for September. Can you tell us more about it ?
Yes, the show went over with such overwhelming delight, the Fan Club & I have made arrangements for a limited release, available through personal resources. I wanted to keep it low key on the release, as I donít want Queen to feel Iím capitolising on their name or for anyone to think Iím just trying to make a quick dollar on their music. The reason Iím involved in it is to control it from being sold through bootleg, 2nd generation resources or someone elseís financial gainÖ.this is for the Fan Club members & my longtime followers exclusively.

Prism is your second solo album. You did everything yourself from writing to production, I think. Is that something you wanted to do for long ?
Yes, for so many years I have to share in the writing, decisions & arguments of songwriting with othersÖthis time, I wanted to answer to just me. Iím happy with the outcome, although Iíll get it heavier on the next 1.

There was particularly two songs that blow me away on Prism. The first one is Eyes Of Love, and the other one is your duet with Glenn Hughes on the Sly & The Family Stone cover. How did you met him ?
Iíve known Glenn for about 10 years, we met in Sweden & have been great supporters of each other since. We share the same dilemma of wanting to do soul music within our rock & roll.

Youíve done a lot of covers in the past, between your various projects and a few tribute albums too. Do you have a favourite one ?
Uh, let me thinkÖ..QUEEN ! The Aerosmith & Van Halen ones were great fun too.

You did two videos for Prism. We lost the habit to see that kind of stuff in melodic rock these days, since the majors left the style. Is that something you missed as an artist ?
Indeed, & with the technology of making videos again at home to look like some of the inflated budgets of the 80ís is a good reason to do them again. Both videos cost me about 1500 Euro to shoot, edit & authorÖ.not bad, huh ?

At the Gods, you finally sang on stage Stand Up which was written for the Rock Star movie soundtrack. Is that the first time you played that one live in front of the public ?
Yes, great fun that song !

I heard that you were singing the songs backstage when the live scenes of the movie were shot. Is it true ?
Not true at allÖI wasnít even in the US when they did the live concert sequence. It was a great day from what I heard, lots of energy & real bands in between the movie shooting.

The songs youíre singing were written by old legends like Sammy Hagar or Steve Plunkett from Autograph fame. Have you met them during the recording sessions ?
Iíve met Plunk at airports & music trade shows before, but not Sammy. Steve is a really nice guy, very approachable.

Donít you think it would have been cool to get the role and do the show yourself ? Wink
Yes, but Mark Wahlberg is definitely much better looking ! I could have done the singerís role that I sang for, but then Marky Mark would have had a different Ďanimalí to replace !

You stopped a few projects lately, like Takara and Humanimal. Do you want to work more on your solo career, now ?
Yes, that & TalismanÖ& hopefully someday, Queen , ha ha !

As for Humanimal, I heard that there was personal problems between Marcel Jacob and Pontus Norgren. Is that the main reason of the Ďsplití ? What did happened exactly ?
Itís a long story which has been resolved lately. Itís water under the bridge, but honestly, we did a great fucking album with Fredrik back in the band.

Does your problems with Z Records are settled now ?
I never really had problems as I was an outsider in the whole thing. With Humanimal, I was a hired session singer so I did my vocals, got paid & let the shit fly with the others. But the answer for their problems, no, not resolved at all.

Are you still in good relationship with Pontus since Fredrik Akesson is back in Talisman ?
Absolutely, Pontus mixed a couple of our shows recently in Sweden & we all jammed together at some of our shows. Heís a great human being.

You will play a few more dates with Talisman in Europe this summer. I guess that you will record a show for an upcoming dvd release. Is that right ?
Yes, that is the intention, we are planning a DVD archiving a good portion of our past, including clips from the early 90ís.

Letís talk about Cats and Dogs, now. You did a long break since the last album. Is that something the band wanted ?
No, it just seemed to happen that way. We all went directions of keeping ourselves so busy, but moreso, it was the Humanimal/Z Records incident that made us decide to do it as Talisman again.

I think this is a fine mixture between your classic stuff and a more modern edge for songs like Friends To Stranger. Do you agree ?
AbsolutelyÖwe try to shake things up a bit on every album.

I was very impressed by Marcel Jacobís playing on that album. Sometimes he reminds me of Billy Sheehan from MR. Big. I didnít feel it that much before. Is that something he wanted to do for long ?
No, Marcel has played & written his bass parts like that long before he even knew who Billy Shehan was. Iíve heard demos of him at 15 years old playing like thatÖ.heís now 40.

I guess you live in the United States and the rest of the band in Sweden. Isnít it hard to work in that conditions, and where have you recorded Cats And Dogs ?
Not at all. Marcel generally writes all the music anyway, heíll send it over to me, i write melodies/lyrics, put the music on my home studio, demo the songs with vocals & then we set a date to get together to record. Has worked great for many years.

Does the re-release of Talismanís complete discography is done yet ?
I believe soÖ finally !

As you finished the Gods show with a Yngwie medley, letís talk about your ĎYngwie eraí briefly. Everybody knows that this is not the nicest person in the world, but did you have a good relationship with him ?
Iím 1 of the few people in the world who has a good relationship with him. Yngwie is a very Ďuniqueí individual, you must really understand why he is the way he is to accept him. Most choose not to bother with it, may be too difficult for mostÖ.me, I get along with everyone.

Do you think your career would have been the same without your beginnings with Malmsteen ?
Who knows, in some ways it hurt me in the beginning because it took so long to escape his shadow & musical genre. Even today, I hate to be known as the singer of Iím A Viking, but hey, it is my past & I am grateful for everything thatís come from it.

OK. Thatís all for me. Do you have something to add ?
I will do my best to come & sing for you all there this September, I need you all to prove to the cynics there is room for JSS in FranceÖMerci !

Thanks so much for the time ! And maybe, see you here in France !


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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:14 pm

Very Happy
Thanks so much for sharing!
I looooove reading his interviews :]
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:31 pm

victoria wrote:
Very Happy
Thanks so much for sharing!
I looooove reading his interviews :]

My pleasure Victoria! Very Happy And sorry for my english! Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:34 pm

What's wrong with your english?
I see no errors Wink
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:36 pm

victoria wrote:
What's wrong with your english?
I see no errors Wink

My wife correct them! What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:39 pm

Hehehhe
Well tell her I said thanks!
Good english or bad english I'd still read your post just as intently Wink
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:01 pm

Ok, I need to add my two cents..lol

First, Thanks for posting this, I love to read Jeff's interviews.

And, Jeff would have been PERFECT for the role in Rock Star! Mark Wahlberg is NOT better looking than Jeff...lol Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:33 pm

HAHAHHAA
I know what you mean Sherrie Razz
We pretty much have discussed his gorgeous-ness to no end!
Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:03 pm

We sure have Laughing Anytime you want to continue our discussion on this subject, you know where to find me! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:07 pm

HAHHAHAHA
I would say let's continue our discussion here buuut since The Man reads our posts now... I'd be a little --> Embarassed Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:16 pm

victoria wrote:
HAHHAHAHA
I would say let's continue our discussion here buuut since The Man reads our posts now... I'd be a little --> Embarassed Rolling Eyes

Don't hesitate to use the chat room! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:21 pm

LMAO..is that encouragement from Personne? lol!

I know what you mean Victoria, I commented in a post that I will have to watch what I say in here now that Jeff posts, wouldn't want him to know some of the things I've said about him..I'd be sooooo Embarassed heehee! I'll be a good girl in here, I promise Wink
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:22 pm

HAHHAHAHAHAH
Good thing we're friends Sherrie, otherwise we'd have interesting blackmail to post for one another Razz
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:29 pm

Oh my god, yes! LOL
We know some things about each other or rather, we know what each other has SAID Very Happy
I won't tell if you won't Wink
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:31 pm

Cross my heart Razz
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PostSubject: Re: JSS Interview (June 2003 for Crossrocks)   Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:51 pm

Ha ha! It's a deal then Very Happy
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