Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Jul 1st 2009 12:00PM by Dan Reilly
Beginning with the Nuge's rendition of the 'Star Spangled Banner,' the disc features over 20 tracks with a guest appearance by his old vocalist, Derek St. Holmes, on the classics 'Cat Scratch Fever' and 'Stranglehold.' But the selling point of the DVD for Nugent is what happened after a seven-foot tall red, white and blue cake was wheeled onstage. "The girl coming out of the cake is worth buying the damn thing," he says. "She was one of the models from the local radio station. She's so gorgeous it's stupid. I would have offered her free room and board in my lip."
For his future rocking plans, Nugent has many irons in the fire but one thing fans shouldn't expect is a reunion of Damnocracy, the group he formed with Sebastian Bach, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Biohazard's Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham for the VH1 reality show 'Supergroup.' "It's a shame too because I'm sure it would be wonderful," Nugent says, noting he's not in regular contact with most of his former band. "Scott Ian and I keep in pretty close touch and I've talked with Sebastian Bach since he finally hit rock bottom and had to go into rehab. He called to apologize. I've talked a couple times to Jason Bonham but not on a regular basis, no."
Being so busy, the Nuge doesn't have much time to check out younger bands, but his two current favorites are just a tad surprising. "Even though I can't stand the songs themselves, I'm quite moved by what I've seen the Jonas Brothers guys do," he says. "They play with soul. I don't like the songs but they certainly play with a lot of authority and they seem to have good chops." The famously right wing rocker offers another shocker. "Even though they're not a young band anymore, I've always just loved Green Day, even though their politics are like subhuman," he says. "It's probably why the music is so good -- they're so chimp-like that their music is primal and raw and I just love it."
So what can we expect from Nugent going forward? "I have my priorities," he says. "Number one, I love my current music I'm creating and I love what Mick Brown on drums and Greg Smith on bass guitar bring to it, so if I have time to make music, that's where I'm going. If I had time for more, I'd go right to Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw and Michael Cartellone and do another Damn Yankees thing because that was stupendous. Derek St. Holmes wants to do a rhythm and blues record -- he's got the killer songs and I've got the killer songs. The opportunities and offers on the table to make unbelievable music are far more than time allows. I just prioritize and plow forward."