The Metal Minute: CBGBs had its hardcore weekends and California had the Metal Mondays at the Old Waldorf in the early eighties before the Bay Area thrash explosion erupted later in the decade. Tell me about Metal Mondays. Did you guys draw sizable crowds since metal was only just starting to catch on in the U.S.? What were some of the goofiest moments of Metal Mondays that you can recall?
Geoff Thorpe: Metal Monday was great! We were one of the first bands to get started there. I remember the Scorpions' Klaus (Meine) and Rudy (Schenker) showed up at our gig and the bar was closed. I had already offered them some beer! So we ran around and got two pitchers from all our half empties! I still have photos of us all drinking that nasty beer! We had great shows there. I used to come out of a coffin. Long story.
TMM: (laughs) I'm sure there must be days when you wonder "What if Vinnie Moore had stayed in Vicious Rumors longer?" Not that we need to dwell too long upon the past, but does it ever weigh on your mind what might've been, considering the Bay Area thrash scene came up with a ton of future household names who brought the scene up?
GT: No, not really. He's a great player but a small part of Vicious Rumors history. It's all about the songs.
TMM: Digital Dictator and the self-titled Vicious Rumors album put the band on a crash course of intense touring in the late eighties and early nineties, just as metal was coming through the tail end of its first running cycle in the U.S. Looking back, what would you say were some of your fondest memories of road life at this critical point in the band's career and did you ever go through personal ruts after those touring cycles when grunge relegated metal acts to the far-flung parts of the underground?
GT: We did have some great road trips! Of course, in the underground you have your ups and downs. I'm very proud to have this long run and with this new CD Razorback Killers, the best is yet to come. We are just about to start a huge tour of Europe with 10 major festivals! The CD is getting killer reviews! Plans to tour the USA are in the works! All details are at www.viciousrumors.com.
TMM: As you mentioned, Razorback Killers is your latest album and as with every Vicious Rumors recording, there's a hefty mix of thrash, power metal and NWOBHM. With this being your third album of the 2000s behind Warball and Sadistic Symphony, what do you feel is your personal draw to staying true to Vicious Rumors' unwavering mission statement?
GT: We live for the action! We love what we do and we have a long way to go. Life is short, so live it well. We are living the dream! 33 years of Vicious Rumors for me! It's taken me around the world and it's given me the love of my life. I am so lucky to live this charmed life. We feel are one of the last bands of our kind and we will hold the flag high! With the Scorpions and Priest saying goodbye, Vicious Rumors will still be here to kick your ass!
TMM: Righteous, brother. Tell me, have you ever had any run-ins with an actual razorback? That might serve as a cool premise to a Z-horror-metal flick!
GT: Almost every day with my Dean Razorback guitar and that's as close as I want to get! Keep it metal!
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