20?s with Loudness lead vocalist Minoru Niihara.
Minoru rocking in the modern day!
First off we have to give a huge shout out to our Sludgeaholic from the land of the rising son, Soichi. He helped coordinate, conduct and translate this great interview. We also want to give props to Darren P. as well. Thanks guys!
As for Loudness, they formed in 1981 and released 4 albums in Japan before "Thunder in the East" was released worldwide. Their guitarist Akira Takasaki was touted as the Eddie Van Halen of Japan. The band also landed the opening slot on the Motley Crue "Theatre of Pain" tour. Add in their Mtv Headbangers Ball smash anthem "Rock n’ Roll Crazy Nights" and you have sushi & success.
Here is an in depth look at the band and their "lock n’ loll bad boy" singer, Minoru Niihara.
My second solo album "ASHES TO GLORY" will be released on February 22nd through TOKUMA JAPAN COMUNICATIONS. So now I’m doing promotion for that album.
Also we’re having some rehearsals for the next LOUDNESS tour – our first
a long time:
3/18/2006 – Galaxy Concert Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
3/19/2006 – Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
3/20/2006 – The Pound San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
3/22/2006 – Joe’s On Weed Street – Chicago, IL
3/23/2006 – I-Rock Nightclub – Detroit, MI
3/24/2006 – Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
3/25/2006 – The Chance Entertainment Complex – Poughkeepsie, NY
3/29/2006 – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern –
4/01/2006 – Jaxx –
4/02/2006 – Jesters Pub –
4/04/2006 – Starland Ballroom –
4/05/2006 – Crocodile Rock Cafe –
Enjoy our old and mature-looking JAPANESE metal band and sing along with heavily-accented Japlish like "’Crap your hands, ebulybody” and "Wock and Woll Clazy Nights."
Loudness early 80’s & Loudness 20 years later!
3. Rank the following singers on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being a wank who sounds like they gargle sand, and 10 being a master of the art of voice.
Don Dokken = 8 – One of the voices of
Jeff Scott Soto = 8 – Very good professional singer
Joe Lynn Turner = 8 – Very good professional singer
Tony Harnell = 8 – I was amazed by his stable high notes!
David Coverdale = 10 – A living legend of soulful and bluesy rock
Ronnie James Dio = 10 – DIO RULES!! MASTERPIECE!
Rob Halford = 10 – A voice of true heavy metal!
Ian Gillan = 10 – A living legend of British hard rock, I love the "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR" album though.
Ozzy Osbourne = 10 – Intriguing character and charming charisma
Mike Vescera = 8 – One of the best – a clear and strong voice he has
Masaki Yamada = 8 – A cute and shy guy
Vince Neil = 8 – The man of
4. What "rock star" deserves a smack in the mouth and why?
AC/DC, RUSH, and ZZ TOP — come to
VAN HALEN, rock us again with DAVID LEE ROTH soon!
RITCHIE BLACKMORE, I’m getting bored of hearing his nice and soft acoustic songs — I wanna hear his some hard rock stuff!
Burger King or McDonald’s = McDonald’s — When I was in
5. Of the following, which do you prefer and why?
Anthem or Earthshaker = Earthshaker — I’m original singer of this band, I
still remember some lyrics of early EARTHSHAKER songs
Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan = Bruce Lee — He is a very mysterious guy.
Budokan or Shibuya Kokaido = Budokan — near my house.
Sushi or Sukiyaki = SUSHI — I love seafood and also I’m on a diet now.
6.Your "Thunder in the East" album cover resembles a Kamikaze design.
Were you guys criticized about this issue in foreign countries before?
7.You once told an interviewer that you would become a monk if you were
not a singer now? Is that true?
8. What do you remember most about the following years:
1974: I was practicing KENDO (a kind of Japanese martial arts) every day and jacking off every night.
1980: I received a phone call from Akira Takasaki’s manager and he asked me if I want to do an audition for AKIRA TAKASAKI project.
1983: I went wild becoming a true professional rock singer and I was very busy trying to finish recording and do many shows.
1986: I met many rock stars in the States and played a lot of shows as an opening act at arenas.
1995: I was little disturbed, I was drunk and depressed so badly almost every night. I hated the
rock show biz and music.
2005: My first son arrived.
Shouted ‘Crap your hands, ebulybody’ to an American audience only to be laughed at = I have never said ‘Crap your hands, ebulybody’ before, who the hell do you think I am? I am a Lock and loll star!
Had a fistfight with Akira Takasaki because of his 20-minute guitar solos = Yes — 20 minutes is too long to be taking that shit!
Sang along with Morning Musume songs = I wish I could sing their song with cuties.
Seen a ghost = Yes.
10. Judging by our Sludgeaholic Of The Year, Soichi Masuda’s speech in
Akira Takasaki guitar God of Japan!
Seriously, if you’re older than 6 years old as a Japanese person, I think that no matter how long it takes, the Japanese can never ever correctly pronounce and hear "L" and "R," also "B" and "V."
Fortunately all of them were nice to us.
12. For what amount was your largest music-related check and what did you do with it?
It’s too silly of an amount to tell you in the public.
Last book you read =
Last concert you watched from the audience = SHOW YA (Japanese female
Last film you saw in the theater =
Last celebrity you shook hands with = DON DOKKEN last year
Last tribute CD you performed on = Tribute to COZY POWELL
Last time you got piss drunk = This New Year’s
Last time you talked with the member of Lazy = Last December
Old Skool Minoru looking like Vince Neil
meets Kevin DuBrow meets Jackie Chan?
MY ZEBRA ASS
Loudness live in Japan 2002!
15. How did the original lineup of Loudness wind up getting back together?
AKIRA started the whole thing in 2000. He called up each member of the band and he said "LOUDNESS’ 20th anniversary is coming up, can we do something about it?" We had talked to each other about reuniting, and we all agreed with reuniting the band to do for our 20th Anniversary.
After 20th Anniversary Tour, we decided to continue the band as much as we can.
16. Your original American management tried to turn Loudness into a Motley Crue-type band, even though your original Japanese albums were closer to thrash-metal than hair-metal. Are there any songs that you wish Loudness never wrote?
There are not any songs that we wish LOUDNESS never wrote. But Akira did not like the guitar riff of "CRAZY NIGHTS" because he thought the guitar riff was too simple.
We call it "THE CRAZY TRILOGY." So "Crazy SAMURAI" is the last installment of trilogy.
However, "CRAZYNESS" is kind of cool title. I’ll think about it.
Loudness appeared in Hit Parader magazine in 1985!
18. Atlantic Records — looking back, was that such a smart contract to sign?
For our career, yes it was.
We could work with some phenomenal talented producers and also we could have excellent experience in the world.
There are some kinds of new metal types of bands in
Loudness giving us the business 2002!
20. Time for Metal Sludge’s Word Association. We mention a name, and you give us your thoughts:
X-Japan = The first of the kind of visual band. Very good Japanese ballads they have.
Gene Simmons = Clever man
Keiichi Horiuchi = Work harder, man!
Domo Kun = I don’t know
Marty Friedman = Great guitar player and excellent Japanese speaker!
The Last Samurai = Beautiful picture but I think that the story is not so good.
Loudness looking pretty fucking Dokken Crue meets Ratt Krokus batman!
Domo Arigato! Is that correct? Either way, we’re excited to give you some Sludge from the far east. Thanks again to Soichi & Darren. Who’s next? Attention E-Z-O! Breaker-breaker, come in, do you read me E-Z-O?