Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy‘s mind works at the speed of his drum sticks; his answers fly out almost in a constant unbroken stream. I got the distinct impression that everything he does is with 100 percent commitment or none. This was backed up by Tichy fending off a barrage of text messages from Whitesnake’s tour manager because he was running late for a band dinner so that he could finish our interview.
This man lives and breathes and talks rock and it’s impossible not to get taken in by his infectious energy and enthusiasm for being the drummer in one of his all-time favorite bands.
Geeks of Doom: The first thing I want to ask: officially is it Brian with one “˜i’ or two?
Brian Tichy: [laughs] It’s one. But I accidentally wrote two in an email and I looked at it”¦ I just thought it was funny and at the same time [of the email] I was doing a benefit show with Tracii Guns and we were kind of emailing about some stuff but this had nothing to do with him [the name]. I wrote to him and I”¦wrote Briian, two “˜i’s, not even thinking about it. This went on for a few days and I just kind of got used to signing with two “˜i’s just to see if anyone would notice and I go, “wait a second, I’m writing to Tracii, the original guy with two “˜i’s in his name!” Not even putting it together. At the same time Rudy Sarzo was emailing us about this benefit we were playing at and he starts signing his name r-u-d-i-i! [laughs] So it was pretty funny and then I just thought it was goofy, its funny.
But the cool thing is David [Coverdale], he likes it, so he put it on the record with two “˜i’s and I think it’s great because it’s just funny, it’s just a goof. So there’s my long-winded answer to that; it’s just a goof.
Any longtime Metallica fan knows that lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has an obsession with horror films. Many of his guitars are decorated with classic horror imagery, like The Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, and much more. Hammett is an avid collector of horror memorabilia, so it makes sense that the musician would put together a photo book of all of his very rare collection, which will include commentaries on each piece written by Hammett himself.
Hammett was on a recent episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show where he talked about the book, titled Too Much Horror Business, and how he’s spent the last two years so far cataloging for the book his vast collection of vintage horror movie toys and posters from the 1920s to the present.
To get everyone familiarized with their new Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon offering is up 23 ALBUMS FOR $3.99 OR LESS. There are some great selections, like Beastie BoysSolid Gold Hits and WhitesnakeThe Definitive Collection, both of which are $2.99 each. Also, the spotlight deal on Foo FightersGreatest Hits is still valid, so grab the album now for only $3.99 (contains exclusive track, “Have A Cigar,” a cover of the Pink Floyd song).
There’s also a 100 Albums for $5 Each sale, with selections from all music genres available at the discounted price through the end of the month. See below for my favorite picks from this sale.