I've had the chance to talk to the Baileys Brothers and I gotta tell
you they turned out to be just what I expected: two of the most entertaining,
original characters of rock n' roll! The whole interview was a blast! We
seriously had to consider what to include in the final version of it because we
found the common language of music, surfaced way too many issues to include in
one interview and the whole thing became an unlimited discussion of friends
instead of a "classic" interview. Anyway, here it is: the Baileys Saga for you!
Bandi: You've been long years on the other side of the music business.
What made you decide to release your own music instead of promoting somebody
else's? When did that happen?
Baileys: Well we still are and have never stopped promoting other
people's music. We just didn't like the way rock was being projected and also
became disillusioned after many rock magazines just started slating quality
bands that were major in the 80's. We saw the scene changing well ahead of the
pack and decided to get off the rock n' roll express at the platform we chose
and not have our destination determined for us. We were still on the radio,
packing the venues out and writing for Metal Hammer.
started for me as a musician thanks to Steve Tyler and Joe Perry
of Aerosmith. They had signed a guitar we were auctioning for our radio
station at the time to raise money for a charity in our region. The guy who came
to buy it offered to record some of my ideas on his 8 track recording system and
I knew straight away that I had it in me to develop in to a song
writer/musician. I never got the time before with the Bailey's busy
schedule but this was an opportunity to write our own music for a change. I
guess 1992 is when it first started but it wasn't until 1994 that
the idea of actually going for an album deal and band concept became a reality.
The best thing I ever did was to invest in my own basic studio with my good
friend Pete Eason. We had a blast and came up with some cool tunes. I
walked into a commercial studio in Sheffield with my gear and drum
machine and put down 5 tracks on my own. I then brought in the rest of the band
to do their bits for the very first demo. It turned out great so we put together
a business plan and package and went to see the labels.
Bandi: How did you get in touch with Frontiers and why did you decide
to release the album through the label?
Baileys: To be honest we were offered the Deal by Mark Ashton (Now
& Then) who knew all about the Bailey Brothers plus Mick
had built up a good rapport with him and most of the labels. We are all
disappointed in the time it's taken to finally get to this stage but pleased
that Baileys Comet and the Judgement Day album as arrived at last.
We have been very impressed with the way Frontiers have pushed the album
in Europe so far and are very optimistic for the future.
Bandi: Did you have any other offers?
Baileys: Yes we were offered several recording contracts and were so
close to a major deal but it's better to be on a specialist rock label for your
Bandi: Do you think a relatively "small" label like that can back you
up with big enough promotion?
Dez: The honest answer would have to be not as much as major labels.
There are so many horror stories where bands have been signed to major labels
and left on the shelf with no product out or not even promoted at all. If a
small label is working hard to promote you and you do your bit you can get some
good results. The majors can take out full-page ads in the magazines, advertise
your album on Radio and TV so therefore can break you a lot
quicker. That's the fundamental difference as I see it.
Bandi: What sales figures are you expecting by the way?
Baileys: It depends on whether MTV and VH 1 get behind
Baileys Comet. The show we did on MTV was the no 1 rated show for
two seasons so we need to let everyone in Europe know about Baileys
Comet. I was expecting my mum to get the album and everyone else is a bonus.
When you write your first album you are in new territory, I knew I could write
half decent songs but only a very small amount of people were aloud to hear the
stuff. We wanted the surprise element, which seems to have worked. Every sale is
really appreciated and we just hope we get the publicity we deserve after doing
so much for other bands and rock in general.
Bandi: What is Mick's role in the band? "Effects and backing vocals"
... sounds like the family connection only. (I know I'm pain in the ass).
Dez: With out Mick there would be no Bailey
Brothers, no band and no album. Mick has always been the driving
force behind the Baileys well-oiled rock n' roll machine. We don't
consider who does more of what on a project as long as we are happy with the end
results. The deal was offered to the Bailey Brothers on the back of my
song writing and the reputation Mick and me had worked hard to establish
over the years. The label left it up to us to put a band around the
Baileys and trusted in me to deliver the songs and form a band we were
happy to go with. His role has been to keep the relationship with Mark
Ashton and Bruce Mee (Now & Then Records) on track even when our
relationship with certain band members went off the rails. He's given me a
straight opinion and input on the songs, done some vocals and helped give us all
inspiration and encouragement. I noticed in your review of our album
Judgement Day that one of your favorite tracks was Celtic
Warriorwasn't going to finish it but Mick heard me writing it; he
loved it and persuaded me to record it. He has a great ear for good music and
can hold down a vocal. We have been up on stage singing with the likes of
Brian May (Buxton Opera House, England) so doing vocals isn't a problem.
Mick loves Pink Floyd and all those weird and wonderful effects
and so helped me collate loads of stuff for the album. I knew the title (effect
samples) would confuse many but there's more to making a record than plugging a
guitar in. His role is to be Mick Bailey and Baileys Comet is our band.
Bandi: Yeah, you seem to know my favorite tracks quite well. Now how
about yours? Do you have any? Why?
Dez: Not so much a favorite but there are some that are more
special for personal reasons. "Wild One" I did for Phil Lynott,
his family and especially his mum Philomena, plus the Thin Lizzy
"Revolution" is also keeping his work alive so we have already
done a lot to promote Phil and Thin Lizzy.
Toumahai" and "Seven Hills" have a special place because they were
co-writes with my good friend Pete Eason. It was fun, as it should be. I
love the opening riff of "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and would have
reintroduced it back into the song (time permitting). I came up with that just
as we were going to record it, a bit of Winger/Dokken influence creeping
I think the songs are strong lyrically and there's loads of hooks in
them so overall I'm well pleased with the great response to them. If you can
write good songs you can move onwards and upwards.
Celtic Warrior is
thanks to Mick because he dug his heels in for that one, I recorded a lot
of that in my own studio and it turned out all right in the end.
Bandi: Okay, now back to the beginning: when hearing the word "DJ" and
average rock fan - including me too - gets Goosebumps associating the job with
greasy disco, pop, mainstream creatures with Vaseline in their hair
force-feeding you with crappy music? How come you still went down this road and
became a well-known rock DJs. Why did you decide to do so?
Baileys: Let's get one thing crystal clear from the start.
Mick and Dez Bailey have never since day one allowed any pop shit
to make contact with our stylus. When every one from school was into dancing
around handbags in the youth clubs, we were into the album tracks of bands like
the Sweet. If you don't think these guys can rock then check out the live
Strung Up album or Sweet Fanny Adams and Desolation
Boulevard. Once we heard Deep Purple In Rock, Not Fragile from
Bachman Turner Overdrive and Montrose we were hooked. We started
playing the music we loved because we couldn't hear it anywhere else but we had
to bullshit the pub owners to get those first few gigs. They would ask these
well-dressed young men "Do you play middle of the road music?" "Of course" we
replied "oh yeah sure plenty of middle of the road stuff". What they didn't
expect was these two Randy Californian meets Jimmy Hendrix for
lunch with Phil Lynott type dudes wearing headscarves to show up for a
gig. We would turn up with a massive rock crowd and you would find us all
outside on the pub furniture head banging to the likes of Rush and Ted
Nugent. Eventually we would end up playing in the middle of the road
(so it wasn't really a lie). I can remember this old dear at a pub in
Sheffield called the Captive Queen chuntering "turn it down, Churn
it down" (with her false teeth going ten to the dozen) "we can't hear ourselves
talk". We unashamedly pinched Ted Nugents line and replied "If It's
Too Loud You Are Too Old". The glasses were dancing on the bar and it was no
surprise we were not invited back. This went on at every pub we could con into
letting us play. We would be on top of the PA speakers going for it; we would
have walked through fire for rock we were crazy for it. We eventually ended up
at the famous Retford Porterhouse (near Nottingham, England) for a
residency that would shape our future and by then we had a record collection to
die for. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal had kicked in and we were
working on a regular basis with Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Diamond Head,
Motorhead, Sampson etc. We soon got to know all the bands well. We had
hundreds of rock fans waiting for us at 8 O clock on a Saturday night to hear
all the American music we were pushing such as Kiss, Angel, April
Wine, BTO, Ted Nugent, Journey etc. Not only USA bands but the
Scorpions and Accept from Germany, to cut to the chase we
were playing international rock at a time when all the hippies wanted to hear
was Stair Way To Heaven from Zeppelin. By the time the bands hit
the stage at the Retford Porterhouse we had an electric atmosphere going
and all the bands would love to play there. We would often get up on stage to
sing with the bands for the encore (whether they knew about it be forehand or
not). Saxon was so impressed with us they asked for us to open up for
them at the Leeds Queens Hall and we went from a 1500 capacity to
5000 rock fans and went down a storm. This was the start of a journey and
stage show that propelled the Bailey Brothers internationally. We were
soon elevated up onto the theatre circuit playing the London Marquee,
Birmingham Odeon, Brixton Academy etc and then again up on to the festival
circuit and the Donington Monsters Of Rock and Milton Keynes Bowl.
Thankfully the Bailey Brothers were a success at all levels.
Bandi: Was this the beginning of a friendship that ended up hiring
ex-Saxon musicians for your own band?
Baileys: No, the original Saxon line up, which featured
Byford, Dawson, Oliver etc asked for us at Leeds. Nigel has always
worked with us and Fasker came in to it later. The only Saxon
connection is that Nigel and Fasker once played with them.
Nigel has also recently played with Oliver/Dawsons Saxon so we all
stay in touch.
Bandi: What was the secret of becoming famous with the DJ thing?
Baileys: To be famous you have to be well known. To do this
you must stand out from the rest, have something no one else has got. I guess
God gave the Baileys this poodle jacket for a hair style and the whole
year round sun tan for something and thankfully we had a look that once seen was
recognized. Exploding guitars, coffins and the reputation as the wildest rock
DJs on the planet may also have helped spread the word but like we said the
music was and still is our motivation. You have to also have some talent if you
wish to get past the novelty factor. To be famous has never been an interest of
ours. To entertain thousands or even millions was always appealing. Our street
credibility was built up on years of touring the UK and hanging out with the
fans, the reception we received at the Donington Monsters Of Rock was
just them saying thanks guys for being one of us. Our relationship with the rock
fans and the bands is often envied and some UK journalists could never
work us out. We may have stood out from the crowd but always felt more
comfortable as part of it.
Bandi: Something about MTV times: How did you get the show?
Baileys: Metal Hammer wanted to sponsor a new rock show on
MTV and needed some presenters. We had already done some TV shows for
SKY and had been involved with UK terrestrial TV stations. We went down
for a screen test and this American dude pretended to be Dave Lee Roth
and we had to interview him on the spot plus do some links etc. We passed the
audition and got the gig. We had a bit part at first but we were asked to take
over the show and immediately changed the format. We knew most of the bands so
the interviews were relaxed and a lot of fun. We chased the record companies for
the videos we needed and the up shot of it all is that we had the number one
rated show on the network. No budget, yet we had the viewing figures. We were by
now writers, presenters and co-producers and that rock show is something the
Bailey Brothers and MTV can be very proud of. The highlight was
being filmed on stage at the Donington Monsters Of Rock in front of
110.000 rock fans, all chanting our catchphrase "Rock Not Pop".
This was our second year at the event so we had accomplished much more than we
could ever have imagined.
Bandi: This Diamond Dave pretending thing sounds funny! Tell us more
Baileys: You wouldn't think it was funny if your arse flaps
were going that fast that you were giving your self-a round of applause
(nervous). I think it was John Kline who was the American trying to put
us in an interview situation? He wanted to see how we would handle it if things
didn't go to plan. He asked, "who we would love to interview on TV"? We
said "Dave Lee Roth" he said "that's me let's go for it"
We asked him
"how he first got the gig with Van Halen". His reply was "I don't want to
talk about Van Halen they suck". Instantly we said" well that's going to
make next weeks show very entertaining because Van Halen are our special
guests and I'm sure Eddie will have something to say about you". Words to
that effect and we grew with confidence after that and got the MTV gig.
We later had a storming interview with Diamond Dave and he insisted to
his manager that we could run over time because he was having a good time with
us. Gene Simmons was also impressed when we interviewed him and Paul
Stanley in New York for a Kiss special we wrote. He later sent
a bottle of champagne to us at our TV studios and again back stage at
Donington when we were on the bill together and interviewed Kiss
again. We had and still have a cool relationship with a lot of bands.
Bandi: Was the disappearance of classic rock from the media the only
reason of quitting it or were there any others?
Baileys: There are other reasons but how can you present a show if you
don't believe in the music you are promoting? It would be selling the fans
short. We could have gone on for a bit longer but the wind had changed
direction. We found out that there were other pirates waiting to board our ship,
daggers at the ready, so we set sail in the opposite direction but hoped that we
would always be welcomed if and when we returned.
Bandi: Can you honestly believe you had the chance to do so? I mean
people (well, at least we people attached to the biz) keep talking about the
comeback of classic melodic rock and heavy metal and I tend to admit there are
hopeful sings... but still... do you think the circle will complete itself and
you (or anybody else) had the chance to make a full-blown rock show on a major
music media in the upcoming years?
Baileys: We would not have returned to TV before Baileys
Comet, you have to move forwards not backwards. We had a No1 rated show and
the scene changed, all we would be doing is going over old ground. We have some
cool ideas TV wise but we are in no hurry. I think we would all love to
see a revival but don't you think we are all dreaming a little?
are interviewing us, old habits never die).
Bandi: Yep, I do think so too. But it is to admit that 2000 was
probably the best year in a decade for AOR / melodic rock as far as the quality
of new bands, releases, and the supporting work of melodic rock record labels
Baileys: Good call, there was a definite feel good factor as if the
whole scene was saying thank f*** the 90s are over. The only
positive thing to emerge from the black hole of that period is the return of the
"all for one and one for all" spirit. Even Def Leppard are not selling in
the millions anymore although the last album has just about hit a million sales
according to Joe. We really have to stick together now.
We talk a
good fight in Europe but we don't see many rock punches being thrown in
anger. We need to follow the Americans lead and pull together. The
UK needs another band to do a Def Leppard and that would have the
labels rushing around trying to sign some rock bands again instead of the
manufactured pop shit we are getting now.
As for the Baileys making a
difference and re-igniting the scene. We haven't put this thing together to
impress the neighbors; you have to remain focused and ambitious. I believe the
Baileys with some help from our friends can make a difference and can
lead by example. I wouldn't rule us out of the equation. We proved our street
cred when we stormed the radio stations with our "Rock Not Pop" campaign
and all you need is a vehicle. Hopefully Baileys Comet and the Bailey
Brothers will become just that. We have a game plan on the table that will
have the UK fans dusting off their denims and joining us for something
very special and with our track record live you know it's going to be one of the
best shows in town.
Bandi: Can we hear more about these plans or is the whole thing still
Baileys: Somehow we knew you would ask us that. This is about kicking
back and about joining forces. You make your self look a complete knob head if
it doesn't come off so it's better to announce what's happening and not what
might happen so stay tuned. You will be one of the first to know if it comes
Bandi: If you knew that you shouldn't have mentioned it! Remember we
are carved from the same wood… a bit too much maybe! lol
Who was the most
entertaining, funny character in the music biz you met those MTV promoting
Baileys: Rock has some amazing characters and we could be here all day
telling you about them but Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) is a bit of a
party animal. We were staying at the same hotel and were drinking at the bar
with Robbo all night till the early hours of the morning. It was very
loud and the hotel manager had had enough of hearing and serving two brothers
from Sheffield, one Scotsman and one American. So he shut the bar, Robbo
(Brian Robertson) said "come with me, lads, I've a secret stash, the bar
closes when I say it does" (in his broad Scotch accent). He pulled these bottles
of Pil's lager from behind some plants by the hotel entrance door, sneaked them
under his coat and we went up to his room. The bottles were already open and as
Robbo was drinking from one of the bottles out popped this slimy slug. "You wee
little F****** beasty " he was yelling at the top of his voice and just pulled
the slug from the bottle and continued to drink from it. By this time we were
really upsetting the others who were obviously trying to get some shuteye. He
was later drinking from another bottle when out popped another slug so off he
went again with "another wee little beasty". By this time the hotel manager is
banging on the door wanting to kick us out. We put the slug in the bath and let
him come in. By the time we had finished complaining about the hygiene and
insects in the hotel room they were apologizing to us.
legendary party animals and there's stories about Phil falling off the edge of
the stage pissed and breaking his leg.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were hilarious when we were
filming them for our TV show. They were pretending to be the Beatles and
talking in a Liverpool accent.
Lemmy and Fast Eddie Clarke
(Motorhead) These two were so drunk when they come on our show that they
couldn't even do a 10-second trailer with out falling apart laughing. All they
had to say was their names and "you're watching Metal Hammer with the
Bailey Brothers". It went on for the best part of an hour. We were all in
stitches and all the crew thought it was fantastic entertainment.
Hart (Fastway) The stories we have about Lea are unbelievable and
maybe another time we will tell you some of them but he is well up the league
table of people to avoid when he is pissed.
There's just too many to mention
but most have a story to tell .We plan to tell it one day in a book we have
planned called From A Minor To A Minor!
[Note to readers: The Baileys
agreed to deliver some "official" Beast Side Story too, so stay tuned!]
Bandi: Anyone who turned out to be just the opposite?
Baileys: Yeah but I'm not going to even mention his name
apart from saying he is the keyboard player in Bon Jovi. We had just done
Donington MOR with Bon Jovi etc and they were standing with us
back stage watching their massive firework display light up the sky. My
girlfriend's brother Jerome was 14 at the time and a massive fan
with all their records. He asked this keyboard player for his autograph and he
just looked down on him like he was a piece of shit and ignored him. I felt
gutted for the kid. I would have given anything to drop him one on the chin and
say "Take a better look at the rockets now, arsehole" Thankfully Dee
Snider (Twisted Sister) was there and he signed it no problem as did Paul
Stanley (Kiss). I don't know who he thought he was but he went down hill
faster than a runaway train in my estimation. In the Jovi defense: we had
a good time with Tico and Richie from the band on a night out with
Bandi: Can you make use of your old Metal Hammer and MTV
contacts when promoting your own album?
Baileys: Well let's put it this way, we helped launch Metal
Hammer and no one has done more to promote it than the Baileys. We
had a top show and promoted MTV so it would be nice to think they would
be up for giving us a push. To be honest looking back it's amazing how well we
did and although you spend all your life promoting rock you can't take it for
granted that everyone will be as willing to help bands as we are.
Bandi: Especially taking a look at the music Metal Hammer and some of
the big magazines are promoting in the last some years. I keep saying the
FrontPage always looks like some Madam Tussaud advertisement, horror movie
creatures, made up to have white face, bloody eyes, and scars on their face,
dressed in barbed wire. Where's the room for poodle hair there? :-) Nevermind,
it's just me ranting, friendships with the old guys should take you far anyway
but I can't help asking it: did they (Metal Hammer and MTV) show any signs of
backing Baileys Comet up? Or is it just relatively small magazines like
AOR-Europe and the alikes that are standing up for the band?
Baileys: A promo video for "One Love One Life" has gone to
MTV so we hope they get behind it. We haven't spoken to Metal
Hammer but we will. We would like to think we could count on the support of
a magazine we helped to launch and then wrote for but let's wait and see. It has
been amazing that the best support is coming from people whom we haven't met
before like your selves, interested in the history and the future. We have
opened up the gateway that will lead to new and exciting journeys and once again
we hope to make many more friends on our travels. The interest and support from
around the world is appreciated and we thank everyone for it.
Bandi: Hmmm. I named "One Love One Life" as my personal favorite, the
most AOR-ish track of the album in my review however when we were talking about
it my impression was that you aren't that big fan of that track. You didn't list
it among your favorite tracks of the album either. So shooting a video for it is
a compromise from your side? I mean having the most melodic, "hit" song with
lots of hooks pushed first…
Dez: I will say this for you mate, you go over everything with
a fine tooth comb especially your hair (ha ha). "One Love One Life" is
one of my favorite tracks but I didn't want to explain about every song. It
shows what Alex can do vocally and also shows I can write good melodic
AOR. Like you said it's the most commercial track. With a singer like
Alex I wouldn't rule out this approach on the next album but it will be
more guitar based than keyboards. We also shot a video for "Emerald Isle"
but we still have it to edit. I think this may be a cool opportunity to explain
what the Baileys are in to musically because every one else has just
slotted us in to the Thin Lizzy mould. I did the Celtic thing for
Phil but also because for some reason it came natural. It's obvious our
other influences are going to be in the 80s vibe but there's lots more to
Judgement Day than just good Celtic themes. We dig many bands but
the Damn Yankees (Ted Nugent, Jack Blades etc) are one of the coolest
bands you could ever wish to see and we would love to emulate them if we could.
"Operation Mindcrime "(Queensryche) is one of the
Baileys all time favourite classic albums as is the Black album
from Metallica. Mr Big [pictured right with BB], I dig their stuff and of
course all the 80s guitar heroes including Yngwie and Satriani. As
for AOR, there are some class bands but to be honest I find too many
keyboards and mid tempo stuff a bit of a turn off. I'm all for a great ballad
but an album full of them, no thanks.
Bandi: Yep, you named some classics. But are there any new artists you
like and keep listening to?
Baileys: There are a few piss artists I've listened to this week and
yes, I've been one of them. I haven't had much time just lately but the new
Aerosmith album (Just Push Play) is well up the "piss the
neighbors off with the noise" league table. They are such a cool band and I
don't give a toss how old they are. Steve Tyler and Joe Perry will
kick anybody's butt. There's some cool new bands but if you mention a few people
will say why didn't you mention our band etc.
Bandi: Okay, so much about "new" artists! lol
hell-raising game: name the three worst looking rock musicians. And yes, you are
allowed to pick them from Baileys Comet too! hahaha [Hint to my review on the
band's debut featured in AOR-Europe some weeks ago.]
Baileys: I haven't had time to check out your looks on your
site yet but you better be a handsome dude? Stick your mug shot at the top of
this interview and let's all check out the AOR-Europe rock sex god! [AOR-E Team:
and of course, as requested, we will put a pic of The Bandicoot here...doing his
Joey moves...see right]
Bandi: hahaha, yep, the AOR-Europe sex god indeed! The anti-Bandi
people keep saying Joey Tempest wanna-be… but that's another story.
Dez:You are far too cool looking to be a journo you should be a rock
star. (AOR-E Team: For heavens' sake, don't encourage him, he is a nuisance as
Baileys: Well we all want to hear the story, let's have your head on
the chopping block for a change. So don't tell us you are in a Europe
cover band? How can a song that was so awesome (Final Countdown) when you
first heard it piss you off so much that you never want to hear it again? (There
we go again pinching the microphone)
Bandi: You seem to know more about me than I expected! Weird cuz I
didn't remember getting interviewed on MTV. :-)
One can not avoid asking
this: the name of the band Bailey's Comet sounds pretty close to Frehley's
Comet. First I even though it was some kinda joke. Explain it, please! I bet the
answer would not be "never heard of them"... :-)
Baileys: We know all about Ace Frehley's Comet. We wanted to
retain the established name of Bailey but let everyone know at the
restaurant that there was a lot of new tasty dishes on the menu. It would be
easier to have gone out as the Bailey Brothers but it would confuse the
fans if they hadn't yet heard about the band and album. Baileys Comet is
also an Irish drink but a huge Guinness (Irish beer) descending on the
earth may not have the same impact although it always goes down well!
Bandi: I was quite surprised by the album cover of the debut.
Not that it were bad but it was just the typical PC designed
Frontiers-Now&Then artwork. I was expecting some more individuality. Didn't
you have any impact on it?
Dez: In other words is it my fault?
I had this vision of a Comet
colliding with earth on the front cover. The sea would part and band images
would be seen through the waves instead of the normal photo shots. All through
the album sleeve you would see the comet vapor trail as though it had passed
through. All the credits and other photos would be in and around this theme. The
back cover would have been a desolate earth with a photo of the band in the
ruins as if we had survived the impact. Mick suggested mini comets would
carry the song titles in the vapor trails rather than just your normal track
listing. It's not always easy to have a vision transformed in to reality. I like
the futuristic Comet and landscape. It's a 16-page booklet and the album package
is cool for a first release. Everything has a budget and a time frame and you
have to work with in it.
Bandi: The music you play, promote, are attached to is at its best
when performed live. How are tour plans at the moment? I assume
Frontiers-N&T is not able to finance an independent tour. So is there any
chance to make us of your old friendships to some of the leading artists of the
melodic rock world and get an opening slot on their European (or world) tour for
them? I'm thinking of Def Leppard or Kiss or any other band that still sells out
stadiums. Or is it all in the hands of their managers?
Baileys: I wouldn't assume that because a label is small it
couldn't finance a support tour. Put it this way if we said Kiss want
Baileys Comet to open up for them our label would find the funds. You
have to want to be up there with the giants of rock if the opportunities come
along. I'm sure that Gene Simmons would love us to open up for
Kiss but to get to him you have to go through management and probably
some secretary going WHO? That will be a job for the Management Company.
The Scorpions are another band we would really love to go on the road
with and will certainly be a yardstick for this band in terms of great live
performances. Def Leppard are another as we know the guys as we do
Steve Harris and the Maiden guys. There are many bands that we
have given our support to so hopefully it's now pay back time.
Bandi: By the way: are you managing yourselves or are you attached to
a promoting office? Which parts of the promotion is Frontiers taking care of?
Baileys: A management company ripped us off some years ago, which left
a big sign on the office door asking can we trust anybody again? We are
now talking to several management companies with a view to them coordinating the
whole international interest. There's so much going for us that it is becoming
too much and I want to concentrate on the playing and creativity side of things.
Frontiers have started the ball rolling with the promotion and as
always the Baileys have done more than our fair share of grabbing the
media's attention. So far it's a very good start and we are pleased with
Frontiers I hope they continue to follow up on the initial progress made.
A good team can do far more than any individuals.
Bandi: What is your priority? To break into the States (that would
mean the opportunity of selling big and becoming the flag-ship of the rock
revival) or trying to establish a solid fan base in Britain first, then maybe in
Baileys: The main priority was always to be big in the pants.
Once you have that reputation you can always pull the girls so it doesn't matter
if you are a rock star. It's a weird situation because we are well known as the
Bailey Brothers so a bit of a push through the European media to let them
know Baileys Comet is our rock 'n ' roll flag ship would be a big help.
It wouldn't surprise us if we do better in Europe than the UK. It
all depends on how much the rock fans want to see the Baileys back in the
big picture. We will always give a 100% but it's no good staying at home talking
about a come back, we all have to make it happen. We have guys in Canada
and LA in the States wanting to give us a push which is cool and
we are the type of guys who will just get our arses over there and Spank
the Yanks! (All done in the best possible taste)
Bandi: Finally I got to ask this: You've changed your occupation
several times (DJ-ing, being a journalist, being TV people, etc.). I know all of
these were related to music; still I can't help to ask how long the Baileys
Comet project is planned to last. Any plans, goals you set for yourselves
according the project?
Baileys: If it lasts until the end of this interview we will
have done well (ha ha).
Baileys Comet should be around for many years
to come but the Baileys will still be actively involved in some of the
other fields that you have mentioned. All that stuff comes pretty natural and we
were successful at it. We have just moved on a lot and would approach things in
a different style these days. Musically we will work with other artiste and on
other projects and I will even write different styles of music. We would like to
be the next, major British rock band but so do all the other bands over here so
the priority is to enjoy the moment and give it our best shot.
The one thing
the Baileys have is history, with the fans, the bands and the whole rock
scene. Those who know of us or who have heard the album will already be
anticipating the live show. So if we are anywhere near your town then get your
butts down to meet us. We will have all tour and band info on our site soon at
www.baileybrothers.co.uk and we
hope to hear from you rock dudes so sign the guest book and keep in touch.
We should also thank the main man here Bandi who grilled the
Baileys faster and hotter than a burger, it was a real F****** blast man,
in fact it's worth doing another album just to get another interview going.
Till the next time, and there will be a next time. Keep the faith
By Endre "Bandi" Hübner,