Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Meister in Sweden 2014: The Meister Parties With New Friends!

Roxy Petrucci-by Meister
As I walked by the stage prior to the show I was able to grab a little of the soundcheck, eluding me to what was in store. Madam X began the day perfectly with one of the best shows that I saw in Sweden. Drummer, Roxy Petrucci (Vixen) tossed a couple of drumsticks into the crowd before the rest of the band had even made it on stage. Roxy and Maxine Petrucci make up half of the all original band membership, the stunning sisters being joined by vocalist Bret Kaiser and Chris "Godzilla" Doliber with his bass guitar. By the end of the third song selection there were pin on buttons and guitar pics heading into the audience, around song number six it was one of "Godzilla's" broken bass guitars making its way into the crowd (passed down into the front row, not
Maxine Petrucci-by Meister
thrown out). Wow, the budget for Madam X must be quite high I thought as shortly afterwards "Godzilla" began smashing his bass guitar off his head, drawing blood. One can only presume his anger towards the bass for drawing blood was the cause of bits and pieces of guitar flying all over the stage as he destroyed it with great overhead swings, smashing it against the stage! More buttons, pics and stick souvenirs were tossed out throughout the remainder of an awesome and exciting performance, sporting the best guitar sound I've heard yet on The Sweden Stage. Songs included: "Dirty Girls", "She's Hot Tonight", "Come One, Come All", "Cat's Got Your Tongue", "Reserve the Right to Rock", "Stand Up and Fight", "Good With Figures", "Metal in My Veins", "Another 80's Rock Song" and "High in High School". Madam X does "deserve" the right!
Chris "Godzilla" Doliber & Maxine Petrucci of Madam X-photo by The Meister

Madam X live @ Sweden Rock Festival 07-06-14

 After taking most of the word by storm with their debut album

“ We reserve the Right” and making a name as a wild and crazy

live band, Madam X has reunited in 2014.

I was on location at Sweden Rock Festival to witness if all it all

were true that we had heard about the band. This is the original

line up -

 Roxy Petrucci - Drums

Maxine Petrucci - Guitar

Chris “ Godzilla” Doliber - Bass guitar

Bret Kaiser - Vocals

 The band have given us rather high hopes with the brand new

single  “ Another 80´s rock song” I caught the sound check and I wasn´t

dissapointed.

Now the big question was, would the band be able to awake a hung

over festival crowd at 12.15 on a Saturday?

As the band entered the stage the crowd was rather exited, well

the ones in the pit were anyway. And as “Come on, Come all”

echoed over the fields of Norje it was quit obvious that this was

going to be something special. The band is very tight and sounds

awesome.

And they are just as crazy as we were told in the 80´s. The many

years has not done much to the band. Bret fires up the crowd with

this energy, Roxy and Maxine shows just how excellent musicians

they are.

But just like it was in the 80´s it´s Godzilla that steals the show.

The man is a maniac! He bangs his bass with his hands and head

to the audience amusement. By now all of the about 2000 people

in front of the stage is singing along and waving their fists and

horns.

If I don´t remember too badly I think 3 bass guitars had to put

their life to an end just for us.

And all this to the songs given to us by the band on their debut.

And I actually think the band was rather surprise when they

played “High in High school”, even if Bret said before they

started that they know it was a big hit in Sweden, I don´t think

they expected us to sing the chorus louder then the band long

before the time they had a singalong in mind!

And the new single? Well we learned quickly.

To sum things up I think I can say as much as, Sweden Rock

loves Madam X !

And I think they liked us as well.

 

Last Updated (Sunday, 08 June 2014 14:51)

  

Many 1980s bands try to cash in on former glory and play a reunion of just one or two original members. Not so with Madam X; the original lineup reunites after 30 years! This band proves there is the rare gem that still with the chemistry and magic they had from that magical era.

Madam X arose out of the mean streets of Detroit in 1981 with Maxine Petrucci (guitar), Roxy Petrucci(drums), Bret Kaiser (vocals), and Chris Doliber (bass).

They would relocate to NYC shortly after inking a record deal with Jet Records. Produced by Rick Derringer, they released their début album We Reserve The Right in 1984. This album spawned the cult classic High In High School. The video for the song became a favorite on MTV and resonated later on with the now infamous April 20th (4/20) observance for marijuana legalization.

The band experienced various lineup changes over the years. Roxy Petrucci would leave the band to join Vixen. Doliber and Kaiser also left to pursue other projects.

Fast forward to 2014 and the band, with its original classic lineup, is back! They are planning on releasing a new single, their first in decades. The new single, Another 80′s Rock Song (The Party Never Ends), was recorded at Metro 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, MI, and co-produced by Kevin Sharpe andGreg Stryker.

The teaser of Another 80′s Rock Song can be heard here on SoundCloud.

The announcement of the Madam X reunion has garnered much attention worldwide. The producers of the Sweden Rock Festival, scheduled for June 4-7, invited Madam X to perform. A festival lineup which includes Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Billy Idol, Ted Nugent, Megadeth as well as many others.

Before heading off to Sweden, Madam X played a ‘one-off’ gig on May 4th, at the Diesel Concert Loungejust outside of Detroit, MI. This was their only North American appearance and this group of seasoned musicians put on a stellar and electrifying performance!

Playing through an hour-long set of classics, they delivered a true rock n’ roll stage show just as riveting and rocking as if it were 1984 all over again. The classically trained sisters Roxy Petrucci (drums) andMaxine Petrucci (lead guitar) are just like a fine wine that just gets better with time and they ‘kicked ass’ all night long.

One would thing they had been in a time capsule as their talents (and looks!) showed no sign of aging. Multi-octave singer Bret Kaiser sounded perfect this night. He sounded so good that it was almost as if he were in the studio laying down tracks. Chris “Godzilla” Doliber caused a minor earthquake with his rumbling bass lines. Not content with just smashing his bass on the stage he also managed to concuss himself smashing into his skull a few times, unknowingly gashing his head and still finishing out the set!

Set List:
Dirty Girls
Shes Hot
Come One
Cats
We Reserve The Right
Stand Up
Drum Solo
Figures
Bass Smash and Guitar Solo
Metal Veins
Another 80′S Rock Song
High School
Metal Health (Quiet Riot cover)

Madam X are:
Bret Kaiser (Vocals)
Maxine Petrucci (Guitar)
Roxy Petrucci (Drums)
Chris “Godzilla” Doliber (Bass)

Band Spotlight: Madam X

Glam rock pioneers, Madam X, who formed in 1981 are back. The original lineup of Maxine Petrucci (guitar), her sister Roxy Petrucci (drums), lead vocalist Bret Kaiser, and bassist Chris Doliber have regrouped, started planning some tour dates, and began recording new material

Word has spread online that Madam X is planning to release a new single, their first in decades. The new single, Another ’80s Rock Song (The Party Never Ends), was co-produced by Kevin Sharp and Greg Stryker. It was recorded at Metro 37 Studios.

The announcement of the Madam X reunion has garnered much attention worldwide. The producers of the Sweden Rock Festival, scheduled for June 4-7, invited Madam X to perform. The festival lineup includes Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Billy Idol, Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Ted Nugent, and others.

A teaser of Another 80′s Rock Song is available on SoundCloud

Madam X originally formed in 1981 in Detroit by the Petrucci sisters. The band, like most others, experienced various lineup changes over the years. Roxy Petrucci would leave the band to join Vixen. Doliber and Kaiser also left to pursue other projects. One notable member would be a young Sebastian Bach, who played with Madam X from 1987-1988, before leaving to join Skid Row.

In 1984, Madam X released its début album, We Reserve the Right. The album, produced by Rick Derringer, spawned the cult classic single, High in High School. The video that followed was an MTV favorite. For obvious reasons, the song resonated with the now infamous April 20th (420) observance for marijuana legalization.

The band went on hiatus from 1988 to 1991. The Petrucci sisters reformed briefly with Lenita Erickson on vocals and Irene Wohlman on bass. This incarnation of Madam X would mark its first and only time as an all female band. However, this was not to last as the band disbanded a year later.

This might have been the last we heard of Madam X, had it not been for Roxy Petrucci. According to an interview, she was performing at Firefest in England in 2013. During a meet and greet session, she noticed a lot of Madam X materials (records, pictures, etc.) coming across the table for autographs. This led her to approach her sister, Doliber, and Kaiser about reforming to release new material for the fans. This led to the invite to play Sweden Rock Festival.

Here is what others have said about Madam X:

Madam X songs are catchier than herpes at a groupie convention.” ~ Billboard Magazine, 1984

Madam X has reached semi-mythological status.” ~ Sweden Rock Fest producers

This song is everything I loved and miss about the ‘80s. Very fresh in today’s scene” ~ Tony Srock, president of Full Effect Records

Madam X has written a barnstorming anthem! A crushing sing along chorus, reminiscent of the best the ‘80s.” ~ Gerard Talbot, Virgin Records, Astralwerks

Madam X will perform in the Detroit-area at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Twp on Sunday, May 4th. A VIP meet-and-greet is planned. Doors at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 / VIP $25. Copies of the new single will be available.

Madam X are:
Bret Kaiser (Vocals)
Maxine Petrucci (Guitar)
Roxy Petrucci (Drums)
Chris “Godzilla” Doliber (Bass)

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 It’s been more than twenty years since the four original members of Madam X performed on stage together and thirty years since their debut album, “We Reserve The Right” was released. That’s a literal lifetime for metal head fans like me.

And even though they’ve individually gone on to other successful projects over the years; guitarist Maxine Petrucci, drummer Roxy Petrucci, vocalist Bret Kaiser and bassist Chris Doliber still occasionally entertained the idea of doing something new for diehard Madam X fans. But for whatever the reason, the timing just wasn't right and the stars never seemed to align.

Until now.

Madam X will soon release a brand new single: “Another 80’s Rock Song (The Party Never Ends)”. Recorded at Metro 37 Studios and co-produced by Kevin Sharp the new single (written by Chris “Godzilla” Doliber and Greg Stryker) is an anthemic stadium rocker and marks the first time the classic line-up of Madam X has reunited since 1992!

In addition to the new song, Madam X has planned a full-fledged reunion show which will take place on May 4th at The Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI. From there, they’ll embark on a trip overseas to perform at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival!

While they haven’t committed to anything long term beyond Sweden, the band does acknowledge it has a few more surprises in store, but fans will just have to wait and see. In the meantime, it doesn’t get much better than experiencing new music from one of the best bands to come out of the 80’s. Welcome back Madam X!

I spoke to the band about their new single, reunion shows and what excites them the most about the return of Madam X.

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I suppose the first question to ask is what sparked the Madam X reunion?

Roxy Petrucci: I was performing at Firefest in England last year and during a meet and greet session I noticed a lot of Madam X stuff coming across the table: records, pictures, things from European magazines. It was a nice surprise to see that the Madam X fans were still there. So when I came back home, I asked Max about the possibility of releasing a new single for the fans. We called up the guys and discovered that they were both on board with it too!

Maxine Petrucci: Our original intention was to release something new just for the fans. We never had any intention of playing live. But once we posted about our plans for a new single, it started leading to more things - including an invitation to perform at the Sweden Rock Festival!

Bret Kaiser: Everyone thought the idea for a new single was a great one, so we started putting our heads together. That’s when Chris came up with this song that’s going to be a huge!

What can you tell me about the new single, “Another 80’s Rock Song (The Party Never Ends)"?

Chris Doliber: I‘ve always been writing and have years of music stuck in my head and my heart I knew I had a purpose for. It's a song about loving the 80's and about not going out without kicking and screaming. It's definitely a Madam X style song. Bret recorded his vocals at The Salt Mine studio in Mesa, AZ and we got Ted Jenson from Sterling Sound in New York to do the mastering. It’s a great big stadium anthem and a song that the audience can chant back. I feel it's the best thing I've ever written.

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s ‘We Reserve The Right’ album. Looking back now, what thoughts come to mind?

Bret Kaiser: We were ahead of the curve. We all had it in our minds that we were going to go to LA and get a record deal. And after all of the hard work we did traveling back and forth from the east coast to the west, playing six nights a week and sometimes as many as four sets a night - we did it!

Maxine Petrucci: I think we were rushed when we recorded that album. At the time, our record label [Jet Records] had so much control over us that we often felt we were hurried along just to get it done. We didn’t really have closure with it.

What’s the origin of the song, “We Reserve The Right”?

Chris Doliber: Back when we were recording the album, we used to go to this little Asian restaurant. There was a sign hanging in the window that said "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." One day I went in and there was this little oriental lady who refused to serve me just because of the kind of shirt I was wearing. When I asked her why, she said "We reserve the right to refuse!" I remember going back to rehearsal and in my frustration just started playing and singing the line that eventually turned into the song.

Why do you believe there’s been such a resurgence of great bands from the 80’s?

Maxine Petrucci: I think people are a little tired of the dark sounding, fabricated music that’s out now. They want the fun time from the 80’s back, which was more about partying and having fun. People can relate to that and that's what those bands recapture.

Roxy Petrucci: The shows and the music stand the test of time. For many years the question was always, "Where's the rock and roll?" or “Where’s the entertainment factor?” People really missed that. So whether the radio wants to play it or not, rock and roll will never die. There will always be a demand. People want to go to a show and hear great music and that's really what it's all about.

Chris Doliber: Everything comes full circle. Our demographic may have evolved and grown up but now they’re able to take advantage of being an adult to satisfy their quest of reliving their youth.

Brett Kaiser: The music is like a time machine that brings you back to a time when you didn't have to worry about things like paying bills or picking up the kids from school. People naturally feel at ease with that. You never forget that feeling. It may lay dormant for a while but once you get hit with the rock and roll disease, you never lose it!

What are you most looking forward to about this Madam X reunion?

Chris Doliber: For the last decade, we would occasionally get calls asking us to play, but in every case we weren't all on the same page. For whatever reason, all of the stars are now aligned. I'm very excited about playing with my friends again. This show is not only for the fans, it's just as much for us.

Roxy Petrucci: I love playing with Maxine. We've been playing together for so many years and have a natural bond. Whenever we get in a room, there's just a feel that we both have together.

Maxine Petrucci: The passion that everyone has for this project is incredible so we’re going to go along for the ride and see where it goes. No matter what happens, it’s going to be awesome closure.

Bret Kaiser: This whole experience has been uplifting for me and given me a whole new outlook. Even though we took an extended hibernation, we've never lost our stride. We just click together so well. Of course, it won't be the same hair reaching up to the sky but who knows, maybe it will! It’s like I’ve always said: The higher the hair, the closer to God!

Will there be more Madam X stories to tell when you return from Sweden?

Roxy Petrucci: There will always be Madam X stories. Some of the good ones though are saved in the vault and we still have more to write. Right now, we're just going to enjoy being on stage together and taking things a day at a time. “X” marks the spot!

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