PIGGY D. - Bass player and backup vocals for Rob Zombie
July 26, 2013
by Kim Harvey
The 2013 Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour brought headliner, Rob Zombie, to Indianapolis, IN on July 26th. Rob Zombie is a seven-time Grammy-nominated artist and has sold 15M albums; he is also a highly acclaimed film producer and "Lords of Salem" is his most recent feature.
Rob's band consists of John 5 - guitarist, Piggy D. - bass and Ginger Fish - drums. I was able to interview one of my favorite performers, Matthew Montgomery, aka Piggy D. before the show.
"So, how did a nice guy named Matt from Houston, TX get involved with Rob Zombie?"
PD: "Mutual friends, his bass player - Blaskoand I wrote together for awhile. One day he called me and said I'm going to Ozzy's band, do you want to take over? Rob is going to call you... Rob called him and said, can you be here Tuesday?" "It was terrifying for me, I was on a plane the next day, but very exciting and fun." "I loved White Zombie, I have still have the albums, the t-shirts...so it was familiar to me, I actually have some records that Rob doesn't even have."
"Where did the name Piggy D. come from?"
PD: "I was in high school in my first touring band, and while I was sleeping in the van, my friend Todd drew on my chest the piglet - this was in 1993." "The name stuck." "And, everyone's name was Matt...it was not unique, but Matthew is a good Bible name!"
"What makes 'Venomous Rat Regeneration' different?"
PD: "The title." "No, you know, it's experimental, he (Rob) took some calculated risks ." "He said he wanted to make atypical songs with atypical structures. Rob pushed himself with the arrangements, he pushed himself with the lyrics. He focused on the parts. I think it's a great record, I'm really proud of it."
"What's the very best thing about being a bandmember with Rob Zombie?"
PD: "We are under the umbrella of someone who is a creative energy - so being able to get my ideas out, Rob allows us to express ourselves through our outfits, our music, we are very free." "Pretty rare fuckin' thing...he allows us to be us..."
"You guys have a big dynamic with each other, you can tell you get along with each other - it's very unique."
PD: "Yeah, unique is a good word...it's unlike other relationships; you have creative decisions, business decisons, costume decisions - it's a weird thing and it's going on seven years now, it works for us."
"You are ultimately a very creative individual; a songwriter, a musician, an artist, a producer yourself...tell me about all these things."
PD: "You know I have multiple personality syndrome, I like to try new things to see if I can do them, like Alice Cooper - he allowed me to do new things. I grew up studying Alice Cooper. So, he allowed me to do album covers for him, clothes for him, we actually wrote a whole record together. I released some songs with him. Alice rewarded me. I could think like he did, I was able to create through him."
"Things and life have been good to you and blessed you."
PD: "Yeah, I have been very, very blessed."
"What does it mean to you to be the headliner of Mayhem Tour?"
PD: "It's a good feeling. It has been a challenge though - fans have the records of some of these bands, and they may have seen the tour before - but with this tour, people are out in the heat for 10 hours, not all fans are RZ fans, so we have to play the show like they have never seen us before...and there are kids that don't know us with from current music, so we have to play like it's the first time." "We have to work extra hard."
And that they do, work hard. Every RZ show is a theatrical production complete with full costumes, dynamic energy and staging & lighting that only this band can produce. Each costume represents the creative side of each band member - the costumes are hot and heavy in 90-100 degree summer temperatures. Rob, Piggy D., John 5 and Ginger are non-stop during their 90 minute performance, giving their fans another show that was better than the last. You can see more at www.robzombie.com and www.Piggy-D.com. Thank you Matt!!
July 11, 2013
by Kim Harvey
Most people remember John Waite from his days in The Babys and maybe even Bad English. But currently, John is not only writing new music, but he is making his own records and licensing out the music to larger music companies.
In 1984, the song "Missing You" was #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and made it to the Top 10 list on the UK Singles Chart. It even knocked Tina Turner's hit "What's Love Got to do With It" out of the number 1 spot.
Bad English was then formed in 1988 when he met up with former Baby's bandmembers Jonathon Cain & Ricky Phillips along with Neal Schon (Journey) and drummer Dean Castronovo. "When I See You Smile" went to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and earned a gold-certified single. The band dissolved in 1992.
John's newest release is "Live All Access" featuring musicians Keri Kelli - guitarist (Alice Cooper), Rhondo - drummer and Tim Hogan - bassist. "This is not a business venture, it's a show, I think it's great!", says John. "We went to South Philly and recorded in a church that holds 300 people. It was a very blue collar area and we played live to this crowd and recorded." "I bought six kegs of beer and opened the doors!"