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Frankie, first I would like to say thank you very much for this interview. And here we go:
We saw you live on stage at the Summers End Open Air in Andernach. You played a tour in Germany, too. Do you like our country, did you enjoy the concerts? Is there a difference in the reactions of your fans in Germany and your Scandinavian fans at concerts?
We love the country and the people of Germany. It’s the second time we’ve been touring over there and we’re coming back again start of next year. People in Germany tend to get more crazy on the shows and also metal and rock is way bigger than over in Sweden.
What are the exciting and positive aspects of a tour for you, and what do you don´t like at it?
We love coming out on stage and giving our very best every night and also enjoy hanging out with the crowd afterwards. You never know what you’re up against from one night to another which is pretty exciting but at the same time can be a bitch. We had a show cancelled this tour due to a motorcycle gang fighting with another gang in a city that we’re gonna play. That really was a bummer since we wanted to play for the people in that city, but there was really nothing we could do about it.
From the musician's point of view, could you please tell me: what were the most important experiences and impressions for you at the gig in Andernach?
It’s always great to come out and do a show on the big stages like on a festival. That’s really where we feel like home when we get a chance to flex our wings and move around. It’s also more competition since you have other great bands playing before and after your set, so you have a hell of a lot to prove. Especially when you have a big mouth about your self like we do.
Your performance was awesome. Since when do you rock with the current band line-up?
To be honest with you this was the first tour with this band line up.
Could you please introduce the members from Billion Dollar Babies, describe each of them in two-three words and tell us a bit about the history of the band?
Andy - crazy bass player who has more energy than a football team with 13 year olds on speed. This guy NEVER shuts up!
Max - one of the absolute best guitar players around. Young, wild and a pussy magnet. I’d do him if I was a chick!
Danny - Drummer and Mr. Laid back. Takes things with ease and always gives his work 100% focus. We go way back but never really played together until this tour. Wanna talk to have a long night with drinks and good times, go see him!
Pat - even though everyone in the band is special, this guy takes the cake. He’s a character and I’ve never met anyone like him. The guitarist of the band. And like no one else this guy can let me know if I’m right on track, piss me off, make me cry and make me laugh my ass off. I sometimes think he’s the devil with dyed blonde hair.
Frankie - I can’t tell you much more than that I’m the singer of the band and run the fuckin’ circus which this really is. You’d have to ask someone who knows me what I’m like.
In 2013 your EP House Of Dreams Pt.2 was released in Scandinavia. How was the feedback from the press and the fans?
It’s been amazing. By the release of House Of Dreams Pt.1 we made a huge step both sonic wise with production and with the songs. House Of Dreams Pt.2 is the next step and keeps adding to what will become the full length and to be released in 2014. Keep your eyes open for this one.
How much of the plannings/prearrangements for your next album did you get done up to now?
Half of the album is recorded and ready. Rest of the songs are written and soon ready to record.
Who writes the songs for Billion Dollar Babies?
Ever since 3 years back we’ve all been a big part of it all. Even though it usually starts with one persons idea, we’re all involved from the first drum beat to the last piece of lyrics.
How would you describe your music in your own words?
Our songs are packed killer riffs, monster groove and solid melodies. Sound wise, it’s a mash-up of modern Mötley Crüe and Rob Zombie directed by Robert Rodriguez and with Devil himself in the title role.
Which bands/musicians would you name as your greatest influences?
For me personally it’s KISS. My home is full of big framed posters, books, albums and signed stuff.
If you would have the freedom to choose: in which city, in which location and in front of/on which place of interest - worldwide seen - you would like to play a gig sometime?
It would have to be some place classic. Like Hyde Park or Madison Square Garden in New York. And mark my words. Before I die it will fuckin happen.
What do you prefer:
- studio work or live performances? It’s easy. LIVE in front of a screaming audience.
- digital download or physical CD? Physical CDs and LPs
- Köttbullar or Kroppkakor? ;-) I’d go for the meatballs. Either Italian or Swedish ones.
What is on your plan for the future - short term and long term?
To release great music and play in front of millions of people. Next up is finishing the album and getting it out to you people out there.
What CDs are spinning in your CD/MP3 players the most these days?
Is there anything you would like to add to this interview?
Thanks for letting us in to your country. You’re gonna have to change the locks soon. We’ll be back again in Germany in the end of January. If you live in a city near by a show. Come by and get your ass kicked. I’ll share a beer with ya after the gig!
Thanks for your time. We wish you and the band all the best and much success!
Photos: ©2013 by Marion Ney