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Rory- Lead Vocals and Guitar

1.     What is your zodiac sign? 

       Virgo

2.     Where were you born 

        Ontonagon, Michigan

3.     What is Your Fondest Childood Memory?  

        Not having a care in the world

 

4.  What are you doing now?

     a. Career?          

     Sales Service Rep/Trainer  

     Cintas Corporation.  Macomb  
     b. Family? 

     Working on it

     c. Where do you live? 

     Lapeer, Michigan

     d. Children? 

     Son, Bailey

 

 

5.     Musical influences? 

       Kiss, Guns & Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Dokken, Bon Jovi, L.A. Guns & Roses, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and oh Yeah, did I mention KISS?

6.     Do you remember your first gig?

         Yes...

 

7.     Favorite Drink?

        Southern Comfort and Water, and/or Yaegermeister

8.     Favorite Food?

         Florida Grouper sandwich.

 

9.     What are your hobbies?

         Music, golf, sex, music, golf, sex, music...

 

10.    What influenced you to begin playing? 

         I initially had a love for Rock seeing Kiss on Solid Gold with Dionne Warwick hosting. I played drums in the school band for awhile, but really wanted to learn guitar after hearing Twisted Sister. However, after

seeing  Slash play Night Train, I definitely had to learn guitar!

 

11.     Favorite place on earth? 

          Sitting on my balcony with a cold drink watching the sunset, while sailing toward it in the Caribean.

 

12.     The place you have to see

          before you die?

          Europe, the whole thing.  France, London, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, maybe even Spain.

 

13.      The one thing that to make

          your life complete?

On my death bed to say, "...Looking back, I can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing"

 

14.     What is a little known fact about you?

          I'm Easy...Going that is, but not easily pleased

 

15.     The venue that you would most love to play?

          The Whiskey in L.A., but realistically- DTE Energy Theatre in Auburn Hills, MI as an opening act for someone like Slaughter or Warrant!

 

16.     Any advice for young players? 

          There are a bunch of bands out there that play better than all of us in NightStrike, but unfortunately they mostly play covers.  Write your own shit!  You will take a lot of heat for corny or stupid lyrics in the beginning, but as life fills you with it's experiences, your stories will take on new forms and be relatable on different levels!

 

17.     What is the code that you live by? 

          I'm first - you're second, in other words...Me

          first - you last!

 

18.     Are you a Dog or Cat person? 

          Dog, I am loyal to a fault!

 

19.     Boxers or Briefs? 

          Work...briefs. Don't want to be dangling! 

          Home...Boxers...like to hang out with the

          wang out!

 

20.     Musically, where are you in five years

          Playing a killer show at the next All School Reunion in celebration of another album release and (dare I dream?) return from a North American tour.

 

 

Musical timeline

 

1988-PRESENT:     NightStrike

1993-1995:        Easy Money

1995-1997:        Broken Lampshade

 

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Kevin-Lead Guitar and Vocals

1.     What is your zodiac sign? 

       Virgo

2.     Where were you born 

        Ontonagon, Michigan (Let's GO GLADS!)

3.     What is your fondest memory of childhood? 

        Probably getting my first guitar, the Sears Randy

        Rhoads white flying V copy. I played "Wipe Out"

        until my neighbors puked!

4.     What are you doing now?

        a.  Career?

            Retail management -

            Mill's Fleet Farm  Wausau Wi.

        b.  Family?

            I divorced and remarried in May 2005.

        c.  Where do you live?

            Mosinee Wi

        d.  Children?

            I have three children from my previous

            marrige, two step children from my

            wife and we had two together, for

            a grand total of seven...any babysitters

            out there?  

 

5.  Musical influences? 

     I first got the itch to play guitar, watching Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" video. I also idolized players like Eddie Van Halen, C.C. Deville, Vitto Bratta, and bands like Ratt, Cinderella, Warrant, Tesla, Metallica and so on.

6.  Do you remember your first gig?

     Ahh...Winter Olympics...I still can't beleive Sam setup that big of a gig for us.(so what else is new?) I was so nervous. Initially, my feelings about the performance were pretty poor, but afterwards I realized that everything you do is a stepping stone to the future and we all need to start somewhere.

7.   Favorite Drink?

      Tarbender!  I'll Have another Brandy

           Old fashioned Sweet W/ Olives please!

8.   Favorite Food?

                              As long as it ain't movin',

                              it's all good!

9.     What are your hobbies?

         First and foremost, spending time with my wife and kids! I also keep pretty busy trying to stay in practice for NightStrike's rigorous recording and performance schedule.

10.    What influenced you to begin playing? 

         Seeing other bands, having the time of their lives, entertaining fans with their music and the crowd reactions they got while performing. Nothing feels better than a crowd of people, singing, dancing and havin' a good ole time to music that you are making. 

11.     Favorite place on earth? 

          I spent time in Crested Butte, Co. a while back,

          and I'd love to go back some day. However, my

          heart will always be in the GOOD OLE' U.P.

12.     The place you have to see before you die?

          

13.     The one thing that would make your life complete?

          Raise my children well and Die Happy!!

14.     What is a little known fact about you?

          I cried at the end of Lassie (tell anyone,     

          and I'll deny it)

15.     The venue that you would most love to play?

          Madison Square Garden would be the ultimate, no?16.     Any advice for young players? 

          Get instruction. Don't waste time trying to figure it out on your own. Hang out with other good players, so you're constantly pushed to move forward and advance your skills. There is a wealth of information for sale and for free on the internet.  Keep learning new things. Falling in a rut is easy to do if you don't push forward with new techniques.

17.     What is the code that you live by? 

          Live for today, as yesterday is gone and tomorrow

          is never guaranteed.

18.     Are you a Dog or Cat person? 

          Neither

19.     Boxers or Briefs? 

          Uh...are these my only choices?

20.     Musically, where are you in five years

           I see little change in my personal life other than probably more drama with children issues. As far as NightStrike, I see us gigging out and releasing more CDs. This is a great band that dovetails seamlessly into my personal life, yet we're still getting the job done, and having a blast doing it!

 

Musical timeline

 

1988-1991:     NightStrike

1991-1993:     The Steve-O band  "We went by a few names,

               to this day, I still don't know for sure

               what we decided on"

1993-2003:     M.I.A. "Got out of the band scene & focused 

               on my family. In that time, I sold my rig

               and other than a crappy acoustic guitar,

               given to me by Joel Giesau, (I think

               he borrowed it from his Dad) I was playing

               very little. But, it kept me playing

               somewhat."

2003-2004:     "I spent a couple years going through a

               divorce and some really bad dating

               experiences. But, then I met my current

               wife Krystal, what a Godsend...she

               plays guitar too...You're hired!...er...

               will you marry me? We picked up another

               electric guitar together and started really

               working on my chops again."

2004-2005:     Revolution 

2004-PRESENT:  NightStrike  "The NightStrike Reunion!!!

               We are back and badder than before!"

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Sam-  Drums, Percussion &Vocals

1.     What is your zodiac sign? 

       Scorpio

2.     Where were you born 

        Reed City, Michigan

3.     What is your fondest memory of childhood? 

        Hanging out at Antonio's with freinds, before it burned down!  Swimming at the RR bridge, playing football during recess, waiting for the next issue of GI Joe to come out, spending time with my family, ...so many memories, it's hard to choose.


4.     What are you doing now?

       a. Career? 

       Financial Advisor

       Marquette, MI

        

       b. Family?  

       Wife - the lovely and

       vivacious Tiffany 

 

       c. Where do you live? 

       Marquette, Michigan

 

       d. Children? 

       Well, sort of...two Boston

       Terriers - Rozzy

       Rosbourne and Twinky    

       Tellulah.  We are expecting

       our first child June 2008! 

 

5.     Who are your musical influences? 

        BANDS:  Kiss, GN'R, Metallica, AC/DC, Stones,

        Sabbath, Aerosmith, Warren Zevon, Pistols, Crue,

        Beatles, Zeppelin, Blind Faith, Deep Purple,

        Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, Maiden, Rainbow

 

DRUMMERS: Tommy Lee, John Bonham, Neil Peart, Tommy

Aldridge, Peter Criss, Eric Singer, Fred Young, Kenny Aranoff, Stan Lynch, Troy Lucketta, Mickey Curry

 

GUITARISTS:  Kevin Johnson and Rory Fiszer - seriously...when these two are together there's this perfect muscial circle created.  Also...Warren DeMartini, Zakk Wylde, Slash, Mick Mars, Brent Mason, Vince Gill, Ritchie Blackmore, Jake E. Lee, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix and the man that I consider to be the greatest player alive...Doug Aldrich!

       

BASSISTS:  Jeremy Dishaw is the best.  He has the perfect mix of chops and disdain for Rock that give him a swagger very few can keep pace with!  Geezer Butler, Billy Sheehan, Juan Croucier, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Mike Levine, Pino Palladino

 

SINGERS:  Joe Diffie, Sebastian Bach, George Jones, Robert Plant, Martina McBride, Gregg Allman, Elton John, Ray Gillen, Larry Stewart, and the greatest singer of all time...Ronnie James Dio!

       

PRODUCERS:  Bob Rock, Tom Werman, Randy Staub, Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Fairbairn, Eddie Kramer, Neil Kernon, Mutt Lange, Duane Barron and John Purdell, Dave Sardy and Howard Benson 

6.     Do you remember your first gig?

         Yes...UP Winter Olympics, 1989.  Nearly athousand kids (so were we) all ready to be entertained. Oops!  Probably should have spent more than five months learning how to play our instruments, not to mention rehearsing.  We had a blast, and really, truly started at the bottom (in front of a huge crowd, no less).  There was really no place to go, but up!

7.     Favorite Drink?

        Tanqueray and Tonic

8.     Favorite Food?

        I'll try anything once.  However, I like sushi and

        steamed rice.

 

9.     What are your hobbies?

         Music is and always has been my passion.  Golf, Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Legos, Home improvements,

Hunting, Water skiing, Snow skiing, working out, etc...

 

10.    What influenced you to begin playing? 

         Without question, hearing Tommy Lee!  Probably more than that,though, was the first time I saw the "Looks that Kill" video - Holy Cow!  What fun!  I bugged my dad the next day to take me to the mall in Novi and I bought Shout at the Devil almost as soon as it came out in 1983.  From there on out, I was banging away on anything I could until I got my drum kit in 1988! 

 

11.     Favorite place on earth? 

          Tulum, Mexico, so far...

 

12.     The place you have to see before you die?

          Machu Pichu in Peru.  I am obsessed with Meso-

          American culture and history...the Incas, the

          Mayans...

13.     The one thing that to make your life complete?

          Knowing that I left nothing on the table.  I gave

          it all I had to give.

14.     What is a little known fact about you?

          I still sleep with my tattered baby blanket,

          "Blanky"!  I thought I lost it a couple years

          ago at Fish's house.  I headed back to the UP

          and forgot it.  God bless, his wife Cathy, she

          saved it for me!

 

15.     The venue that you would most love to play?

          Definitely Red Rocks in Colorado!  Also, we've

          never headlined at the Whiskey, so that would be

          pretty cool, too!

16.     Any advice for young players? 

          I don't know if it's advice or not, but when I first started playing I was bound and determined to recreate every fill Lars Ulrich performed on "And Justice for All".  I never got close. Lars is phenomenal. Looking back, it actually stunted my growth as a player.  Drummers keep time and occassionally throw in a cool counter rhythm fill or something.  I have spent years trying to unlearn all of those overplaying habits and focus on playing for the song.  If there's any advice, that's it.  Play for the song!

17.     What is the code that you live by? 

          "Be cool, with as many cool people, as you can

          possibly be cool with!"

 

18.     Are you a Dog or Cat person? 

          Dog, cats are messy animals! 

19.     Boxers or Briefs? 

          Boxer briefs! 

20.     Musically, where are you in five years

          Hopefully, still able to get together and make music with my friends. This whole reunion, or whatever they're callling it, has been a blast.  If we're fortunate to still be having this much fun, then long live NightStrike! If it is still together I can only say that I will be eternally grateful. 

 

Musical timeline

 

1988-PRESENT:     NightStrike

 

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Jeremy-  Bass and Vocals

1.     What is your zodiac sign? 

       Uranus

2.     Where were you born 

        The End of the Earth

3.     What is your fondest memory of childhood? 

        Losing my virginity at the age of 9

 

4.     What are you doing now?

       a. Career? 

          Prize Fighter        

       b. Family?  

          Brother from another mother

       c. Where do you live? 

          Apartment

       d. Children?

          Christian James and Austin Allen                


5. Musical influences? 

    Juice Newton, Vanilla

    Ice and Eric Lutz           

      

7.  Favorite Drink?

     Yes

8.  Favorite Food?

     Meat

9.  What are your hobbies?

     diahrea, needlepoint,     

     muscle cars, muscley women 

10.  What influenced you to

       begin playing? 

       Jem and the Holograms

       (seriously!)

11.  Favorite place on earth? 

      Stubb's men's room after

      a Harbortown burrito.

12.  The place you have to see

       before you die?

                                   Stubb's lady's room

13.     The one thing that to make your life complete?

          If I could grow a decent mustache instead of hair

          on my back.

14.     What is a little known fact about you?

          I have actually used the power of the force to

          score chicks!  Thanks Luke.

15.     The venue that you would most love to play?

          The Apollo Theater

16.     Any advice for young players? 

          Does anyone remember the scene with the aluminum

          foil wrapped cucumber in Spinal Tap?  If you're

          discovered in an airport nowadays, they don't go

          that easy on you...don't stuff your pants!

17.     What is the code that you live by? 

          It's important to know fire codes

18.     Are you a Dog or Cat person? 

          I like monkeys

19.     Boxers or Briefs? 

          Boxer briefs! 

20.     Musically, where are you in five years

          At Sam's house recording my magnum opus

 

Musical timeline

 

1989-1993:     NightStrike

1993-1995:     Rosie's Machine

1994-1996:     HeadFirst Blues Band

1996-1997:     NightStrike

1996-1997:     Lickety Split

1998-2000:     Third Street Traffic

2000-2001:     Don't Ask

2001-2004:     Bobby Hayes and the Young Bloods

2004-2005:     Funky Muthas

2004-2007:     Junction 28

2004-Present:  NightStrike

  

 

 

        

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