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Stacey Blades (born Bryan Todd MaClachlan; November 4, 1968) is a guitarist originally from Toronto Canada, who has played with such bands as Fraidy Katt, Roxx Gang, Supercool, L.A. Guns, Let It Rawk, and Ratt. He has played on the L.A. Guns studio albums Rips the Covers Off, Tales from the Strip, Covered in Guns, and Hollywood Forever, and the L.A. Guns live album Loud and Dangerous: Live from Hollywood. He authored a book Confessions of a Replacement Rockstar in 2009.

Interview With Stacey Blades

September 21, 2014  

By Londa R. Marks | Metal Music Interviews

Published By Rock Legend News, Firenze, Italy and

Tempi Dispari.it, Rome, Italy

Rock Legend News: Stacey, you have a unique style and sound. What has been your approach to music; has there been someone or something in particular that has profoundly influenced you?

Stacey Blades: I was and still am way into Randy Rhoads. I also very much into Neal Schon. I get a lot of my melodic style from him. There is so many players that I grew up listening to. Hendrix, Page, Alex Lifeson... Just tried to borrow and get inspired by their playing.

 

Rock Legend News: You seemed to be a good match with Roxx Gang and were with them for about 8 years. What is the story with that band; why did you leave, or what did happen?

 

Stacey Blades: The first few years were great in that band.There were a lot of control issues in that unit. That got old after a while. By the late nineties the band turned into this swamp hillbilly thing which I didn't get so I was pretty much done by then. A great band though for sure

 

Rock Legend News: You replaced Tracii Guns in L.A. Guns and contributed much to the writing of the albums giving it a fresh perspective which the fans seemed to have appreciated. Was it difficult for you to replace Tracii or how did you feel about filling that position?

Stacey Blades: It was a great opportunity and I thought I really fit the band and gelled well with them. The fans really embraced me, it was fuckin great!

 

Rock Legend News: You have worked with legendary producer Andy Johns. In fact, you were the last artist he worked with. What was that experience like and how has that shaped what you do?

Stacey Blades: I loved working with Andy. He was a mentor, friend and colleague. I was gutted when he passed away. I will always cherish my time with him and we made some amazing music together. Andy and I had the same style of humor so we were always joking around being silly. It was so great to record guitars with him. I learned a lot about tone and recording techniques. He is sadly missed! Anytime I would start shredding he would stop me and go "there you go again with the widdley widdlies!" LOL!

 

Rock Legend News: You joined with Jamie St. James of Black ’N Blue, Oz Fox of Stryper and others in a super band called, Let It Rawk. The song, American Rebels, is a big hit; and a dip into the 80’s. What do you think about the return of hard rock? It’s really starting to happen again don’t you think?

Stacey Blades: As long as people like big chorus's, hooks great melodies and killer musicianship there will always be a demand for great hard rock!!

 

Rock Legend News: Tell us about your next project? Can we expect to see you here in Europe any time soon?

Stacey Blades: I'm really focused on Let It Rawk right now. I really love this band! Amazing guys, great musicians! Ron Keel and I are starting an acoustic Duo this fall called Keel Blades. I'd love to have Let It Rawk tour Europe!!

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