Well, not really a nice moment to begin an interview with but worth mentioning anyway. Whenever a record company sets up an enormous load of interviews with any artist who just released a brand new album the timing for interview is strictly limited to some 30-40 minutes. It might be fine when an artist is a newcomer and basically even 30 minutes can be a bit too much for an interivew with him. But when bringing up the name of Jeff Scott Soto, who did more work on hard rock scene than any other musician can ever imagine in his wildest dreams, then 30 minutes is enough to just say 'hello'. As a result, the interview I did back in 2003 left some sense of dissatisfaction and had to be re-arranged at some point in time. As a result of some plain and simple actions Jeff Scott Soto was kind and gracious enough to give me the green light for this interview and this time it lasted 1,5 hours. If I still forgot to ask something - don't shoot me :)))))
MetalKings.com: Jeff, hope this time we have more than 30 minutes! (laughs)
Jeff Scott Soto: (laughs) No problem! I don't have any other interviews today.
MetalKings.com: From the start I wanted to tell you that after our previous interview a week or so from that I was shocked to find an e-mail from Julie Greaux in my inbox. She wrote that she was surprised that I remembered her from her years with you and said that nowadays she writes music for TV shows and movies.
Jeff Scott Soto: Great to know it, thanks for the info.
MetalKings.com: Let's go back to the early days of your life. You were born in Brooklyn, New York, right?
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, that's true.
MetalKings.com: But from what I heard Brooklyn and Bronx are tough locations of New York. How did you survive there?
Jeff Scott Soto: Well, basically I was just born in New York. My family relocated to Los Angeles, California when I was around 8 years old. But it's true what you say about those areas of the city. If I grew up there in my teenage years it could be a lot worse since there were many gangs in the neighborhood and it wasn't an easy place to survive at all.
MetalKings.com: After coming to California one of the first local bands you played with was Seducer.
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, it was one of my first music experiences. Seducer was nothing but a cover band. We did a lot of cover songs from Scorpions, Motley Crue, Krokus, Def Leppard, etc. I think it was perfect for me since when starting in a cover band you improve your voice and also it's a great situation to understand what kind of music you like and what styles you can sing and what styles are hard to sing.
MetalKings.com: While being in all those bands did you have time for school? Did you ever go to college?
Jeff Scott Soto: Well, I always had this agreement with my mother that I have to finish high school. She was very worried with the fact that my grades were not good enough but anyway, she said 'Jeff, you have to finish high school. Point.' So when I did I was more or less given a green light to pursue my music career. I always wanted to become a musician and there was no other plan in my mind what to do in life. So as a result I never went to college or graduated any university.
MetalKings.com: Jeff, being on the scene so much in the 80ies when drugs and alcohol were common issues for most of the musicians how did you manage to avoid those problems?
Jeff Scott Soto: You know, one of the reasons is that I have a strong personality and never allowed anything to seduce me into those self-destructive habits. I didn't even drink until my early thirties! And there is one more very important thing - I never wanted to disappoint my mother. She is still alive but that's not really the case - I just never wanted to disappoint her so I couldn't face the fact that my drunk or drugged face would appear in any magazine or anywhere at all. Of course, a lot of the guys did those crazy things like heavy drug abuse and drinking but I never wanted to become someone like them at all.
MetalKings.com: Considering these statements it's no wonder then that you look so young and healthy to this day.
Jeff Scott Soto: Yeah, that's right. I can assure you that I never had a plastic surgery, facelift or any other operations that many rock stars had to undergo. Also I'm very fitness-oriented, I go to gym every day, carefully select the food I eat and what I drink.
MetalKings.com: I heard you also play basketball on the frequent basis.
Jeff Scott Soto: As much as I can. I love basketball and always play it when I'm home in California.
MetalKings.com: Alright. Not much longer after Seducer you auditioned for Yngwie Malmsteen and got the gig. Basically you and Joe Lynn Turner were the only guys who had input into Yngwie's lyrics since later he did it all on his own. Why do you think he allowed you to have so much control?
Jeff Scott Soto: I guess the stuff he was writing about was not really pleasing for producers and his management. He wanted to write about Vikings and dark themes and they wanted him to get some airplay and that's when you have to write something a bit more accessible and understandable. To tell you the truth, I have no problem with Yngwie himself at all, he's a nice person but his management always screwed up everything. They never wanted to promote the band, Yngwie was the top priority for them and we all were just accompanying him because he obviously couldn't play everything on his own! (laughs) So pretty soon I realized that this situation will not be helpful to improve my personal career and I will always remain in the shadow of Yngwie. So I left the band.
MetalKings.com: Speaking about this most famous album, "Marching Out", were there any leftovers from sessions?
Jeff Scott Soto: No, not any. We recorded everything we had and there was nothing left at all.
MetalKings.com: Jeff, I don't know if you're aware of this fact but there was many covers of "Marching Out" album around. Have you seen the Japanese cover with a woman in bikini holding a guitar?
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, I've seen this cover. Please, consider the fact that those were the days when the Internet was not around and the record company in one country couldn't just send a cover by e-mail. So whenever any record company didn't get the cover on time and they had to release it they designed their own covers so that's quite possible that this is the main reason for such changes.
MetalKings.com: Going a little further into your career, do you think the same situation was with changing covers of Takara albums?
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, absolutely the same problem.
MetalKings.com: After Yngwie you were involved in a project called L'Amour. I heard those songs were later used in the movie "Rich Girl".
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, that's right. The songs were actually written by Jack Ponti, who later was a member of the band Baton Rouge. Later those songs were provided to that movie but it flopped in box offices and it wasn't a major hit or something. As far as I know, it's not even released on DVD, only VHS tape is available.
MetalKings.com: Another long story in terms of your involvement in it was the band called L.A. Rocks, which finally ended up as Eyes.
Jeff Scott Soto: Well, this band was always centered around Aldy Damian, drummer. He tried various musicians from the scene. When I joined the band there was also Chuck Wright there and we wrote and recorded a bunch of songs but couldn't find a record deal for a long time.
MetalKings.com: And then around 1989 you joined the band and it became known as Eyes.
Jeff Scott Soto: We finally managed to sign a deal but the record company was screwed up and nothing happened in the end. I really liked the band and didn't want to get into any other Yngwie-like situation but it all failed.
MetalKings.com: Jeff, can you comment on the cover of the 3rd Eyes album "Full Moon (The Lost Studio Session)", which shows for guys with their pants down?
Jeff Scott Soto: Actually a lot of people still come to me and say, 'Which ass is yours on this album cover?' (laughs) What can I say?! I'm not even on the album except for some background vocals so I couldn't be on the cover at all.
MetalKings.com: A very rare album you performed on was by the band Dragonne entitled "On Dragon's Wings".
Jeff Scott Soto: Well, a friend of mine formed this band and he wanted to get a record deal. He asked me to sing on the demo tape and finally he found a minor record company that released this mini-album. The band's name is pronounced as normal word 'dragon', they simply changed the writing style to be more original.
MetalKings.com: Another interesting combination was the Kuni project. How did you get involved with non-English speaking guitar player?
Jeff Scott Soto: At that time Kuni was living in Los Angeles for several years. He was managed by Wendy Dio, wife of Ronnie James Dio. She staffed Kuni with many musicians from the L.A. scene and you can hear the result on his first album ("The Masque"). But for the second album they wanted to form a real band, which could play gigs and write songs with him. And I should say it was a very surprising beginning of this project for me since Yngwie's manager at that time called me and asked to join Kuni. Surprising because the way we parted after I finished the Trilogy tour was not really nice and I couldn't imagine that Yngwie's manager would call me after all that story. And I have to say that the only reason I agreed to get involved with Kuni was because Wendy Dio was involved, not that troublesome manager of Yngwie. But after some time of working with Kuni I realized that only Kuni would be promoted and I was getting into Yngwie-type situation again. I thought that after a while the band would get a real name and we will work altogether but it never happened.
MetalKings.com: Were you in Japan twice with Kuni?
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, once was at Japan Aid festival organized by Ronnie James Dio, we played a 30-minute set and the second time we played a headline show, which was filmed for television.
MetalKings.com: What about the United States? Did you play over there?
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, we did some gigs here and there but nothing like a real tour.
MetalKings.com: In 1988 when debut album of House Of Lords was recorded you took part in it as backing vocalist. Did Gene Simmons invite you to participate?
Jeff Scott Soto: No, we were not friends with Gene at that time. House Of Lords was simply the first band Gene signed to his own label "Simmons Records" but I knew the guys from L.A. Rocks years. Chuck Wright and James Christian were both members of L.A. Rocks once. And you know, in the 80ies it was quite popular that fellow musicians invited each other to sing backing vocals on studio albums and that's one of the reasons I did so many of them at that time.
MetalKings.com: In 1990 you recorded a couple of songs with Albert Morris from 3rd Stage Alert. Did you know him since Yngwie was involved in their EP?
Jeff Scott Soto: Of course, that's when I got to know them. After that EP was released the band split up very soon and when Doug wanted to get a record deal on his own he asked me to write songs with him. We wrote several ones and recorded them but once again, nothing happened out of it.
MetalKings.com: What was that project Flesh with Cherone and Bittencourt from Extreme?
Jeff Scott Soto: It was not with Gary Cherone but with his brother Mike Cherone and Nuno Bittencourt. We wrote and recorded an album together and wanted to release it. We had some interest from record companies and were close to releasing the album but then Nuno went back to Extreme and he remixed the whole album to make it sound more modern and up-to-date.
MetalKings.com: I once downloaded a bootleg video of Talisman playing in a Stockholm club performing original tracks along with many covers like Whitesnake 'Love Ain't No Stranger' and Bon Jovi 'Living On A Prayer'. Did you rehearse them before or were they spontaneous choices?
Jeff Scott Soto: No, it was completely spontaneous. We like to improvise on stage and play songs that people might know very well. Also when we released the first record we simply didn't have enough songs to play live so we had to throw in songs of other bands.
MetalKings.com: In 1991 a highly mysterious project called Skrapp Mettle came by. I heard lots of rumors about it, for instance, that David Coverdale and Vince Neil were involved in the making of this record but were forbidden to reveal their identities due to contract obligations.
Jeff Scott Soto: (laughs) Well, it was all me on vocals! The producer just wanted to have fun and we made up all those similarities in the studio. He just told me what famous singer he would like me to impersonate and that's the reason why a lot of people thought that David or Vince were involved in this project. We even did a secret radio interview when people were calling us and asking about band members and how the project came about. And we really told them that it was nothing but a joke but nobody believed us at all!
MetalKings.com: Another weird project of yours was Bakteria. What was it? I doubt there could be any company ever that could release an album with those lyrics about praising fascism, communism, mass killings, rapes, etc.
Jeff Scott Soto: Here's a big surprise for you - just recently I found out that there's a small company somewhere in Scandinavia that is willing to release the material we recorded for that Bakteria project. So Bakteria will finally see the light of day after all these years! (laughs) OK, this project was the idea of Johansson brothers, who knew me from Yngwie days. And they also engaged their friend, guitarist Jonas Helborg. I hope I will never do such a project again since the stuff was so ridiculous that I even didn't want my name to appear there, I was going under the pseudonym of Umberto Torres.
MetalKings.com: Another great project you were involved with was Takara. How did it come about? Why you never toured with this band?
Jeff Scott Soto: Generally speaking, Takara was just another project I did. Nobody even suspected that it would be popular or that I would be so much associated with it. Neal Grusky, leader and guitarist of Takara, he was a friend of mine and he asked me to help him with songwriting and production of his demo. He sent those demos everywhere and he also had another singer. He got some interest from a record company in Germany and they offered him a deal. But when he sent them tapes with those songs done by another singer that he had they said, "No, no, you will get the record contract only if Jeff Scott Soto is involved". So I ended up singing on the actual record but when people asked me why I wasn't listed as a band member I always said that it was just a project for me, nothing serious. That's why I'm listed there as a 'special guest'. In the end after three albums I decided that I didn't want to be involved in the project anymore since I became very busy with disco cover band Boogie Knights and some other things. 1993 - Takara. How did you get involved? Why no live shows were made? Does Neal do something apart from music? Who changed covers for Japanese releases? I personally like the snow wall cover for 'Eternal Faith' and stairway cover for 'Taste Of Heaven' most - at least, more related with album titles that that 'finger' on European 'Taste Of Heaven' cover. 'Always Be Mine' - best acapella track I ever heard in my life!!! 'ABM' inspired by secret hidden track of Eyes 'Somebody To Love'. Neal wanted a deal. Had other singer. Recorded tape w/me. Got a deal for this tape. Record company didn't want any other guy singing those songs.
MetalKings.com: There's an acapella song on the 3rd album of Takara "Blind In Paradise" called "Always Be Mine". Jeff, I should say that this is my favorite acapella song of all such songs I ever heard. How did it come about?
Jeff Scott Soto: Do you remember a hidden track "Somebody To Love" on the debut album of Eyes? The guys were so inspired and in love with that song that they asked me to make a similar song on the Takara album. And so you have "Always Be Mine".
MetalKings.com: Jeff, I don't know how to express it to you but your love lyrics are always a lot more sensitive and touching that most of the love songs that appear on the radio or anywhere else. For instance, "Always Be Mine" from Takara or "The 1 I'm Living 4" from Talisman.
Jeff Scott Soto: I wish more people thought the same way you do! Funny that all those simple lyrics in other love songs appeal to a lot of people those songs become big hits but lyrics that I write go almost nowhere. Every time I put a little more passion into love lyrics they do not get enough notoriety.
MetalKings.com: As a wish from your fan, I would like you to never fall down to writing that typical stupid love stuff that is on the radio or in modern pop songs!
Jeff Scott Soto: (laughs) OK, I'll try! (laughs)
MetalKings.com: On one of your most favorite Talisman albums "Humanimal" there's a song with very long title "You Can Not Escape The Revelation Of The Identical By Seeking People In The Illusion Of The Multiple". How did you come up with such an unusual title?
Jeff Scott Soto: The reason is that we got tired of giving names to our songs and decided to name this short song by the only lyric that it has. Pretty original, don't you think?!
MetalKings.com: Yeah, very original. And there's a song "All+All" that was sung in Spanish as well entitled "Todo Y Todo". So you might know Spanish?!
Jeff Scott Soto: Not at all, just a few words! (laughs) But I'm half-Puerto-Rican and one of my uncles is a teacher of Spanish. He teaches Spanish to people who speak only English. So when we came up with that idea to record "All+All" in Spanish, I sent a fax to my uncle. You remember those days when there was no e-mail and Internet around and fax was the only way of communication. So I faxed lyrics of "All+All" to him and he translated the song and faxed it back to me, that's the story.
MetalKings.com: Once you did a project with Ricky Phillips and Spanish musician Marcus Nand. It was Ku-De-Ta. And on a Talisman bootleg recorded 2007 I even heard he joined you on stage for a couple of songs. Why nothing was released from those demos? I heard them and they are great songs in my opinion.
Jeff Scott Soto: Classic situation - we recorded a bunch of demos and tried to shop them for a record deal but nothing came out of it so the project was abandoned.
MetalKings.com: Well, Jeff, I cannot say that it was completely abandoned since one of the tracks was released as the Japanese bonus track for your solo compilation album "Essential Ballads".
Jeff Scott Soto: That's right. I thought that some of those songs deserve to be heard so I gave the Japanese record company the green light to use one song called "2017" as a special bonus track.
MetalKings.com: Was the song re-recorded for this release?
Jeff Scott Soto: No, not at all. That's exactly the same demo that I guess you heard.
MetalKings.com: In 2004 came out your third solo album "Lost In The Translation". Why such a title?
Jeff Scott Soto: First and foremost, I want to say that I didn't want to benefit from the success of the movie "Lost In Translation", which came out at the same time. Also my album was called "Lost In THE Translation" and the movie title is "Lost In Translation". Concerning the name itself, well, I guess all of my career is a reflection of this title. It's always so different and diverse. Take for instance, "Prism", which was a very AOR album and on "Lost In The Translation" I went back to hard rock music again.
MetalKings.com: In 2007 Talisman released my favorite album "7". Can you comment on the song "On My Way"? Why it has a subtitle "For Serafino"? Did you mean the president of "Frontiers Records"?
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, that's him. You see, we always have this funny joke around us about which musical direction I should follow. So I wrote the song about this fact that I just want to be what I am and follow any direction that I want to follow.
MetalKings.com: So there are obviously no hard feelings between you and him?
Jeff Scott Soto: No, of course not! We're very good friends and hopefully will remain this way. And "Frontiers Records" is the best label releasing hard rock music these days and they still can make money from selling this music especially considering illegal downloading problems and stuff like that.
MetalKings.com: Another interesting song is "Nowhere Fast". In between verses you say almost rap-like words 'First one', 'still praying', etc. What is the influence for that?
Jeff Scott Soto: There's absolutely no meaning behind that. You see, when we're recording something in the studio I always become very inspired and do whatever comes naturally. So everything you hear is not planned in any way, it's very spontaneous.
MetalKings.com: The song "Forevermore" is obviously a dedication to Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Jeff Scott Soto: Definitely! It was 15th anniversary of his death and I really couldn't believe that it's been 15 years since the day that he passed away. And at the same time Brian May from a song "No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)", where he also expressed the same feelings that it's unbelievable that it's been 15 years since Freddie died.
MetalKings.com: I saw a live video clip on YouTube where you perform the ABBA song "Dancing Queen". How did it happen?
Jeff Scott Soto: You remember I was a member of Boogie Knights playing disco covers?! My fans in Brazil, they knew about this step of my career and they wanted me to put up the same show in Brazil. They found local musicians and we did some shows playing only disco songs and one of them was ABBA "Dancing Queen". The recording you saw was most possibly from one of those shows.
MetalKings.com: Jeff, the recent album "Beautiful Mess" came out in Japan just a few days ago. As far as I can tell, Japanese are a way too traditional when it comes to hard rock/heavy metal music. What do you think are the prospects for this release in Japan?
Jeff Scott Soto: To tell you the truth, I don't know. We'll see what happens. If people don't like it, it's fine with me, I can't force it on them. So we have to wait and see.
MetalKings.com: Personally to me the change of style in "Beautiful Mess" is not that radical. It's still Jeff Scott Soto music and I can hear some elements of Talisman in your music. When I compare it to how other hard rock musicians change their style, it's nothing but a little slide on the side.
Jeff Scott Soto: I agree with you. I consider this album to be simply an evolution, it's not a complete change of style. When people come to me and say, "How could you change your style so much?" I always say, "It's not a change of style, it's an evolution". Why can't I try something different but still maintaining the style I always had?!
MetalKings.com: Well, Jeff I have some questions about your Queen influence. When you came up on scene in the 1980ies Queen was still around and still playing shows. Did you ever meet Freddie or did you see Queen live?
Jeff Scott Soto: Unfortunately, I didn't. That's my biggest regret - I never saw them playing live.
MetalKings.com: When Queen decided to return again did you get an invitation to participate in Queen before they settled on Paul Rogers?
Jeff Scott Soto: Well, I can tell you that I'm in a good relationship with Brian May and Roger Taylor, we're friends but I just can't think of the fact that I could join Queen. Basically I'm not that popular and famous like Paul Rogers and I doubt that they would select me from all the possible candidates. Also you might not know it but their decision to come back was very spontaneous. They just played a show together, it was a small event but it felt so good that they decided to maybe give it a try. The rest is history.
MetalKings.com: But some days ago I read that Paul finally said that he had enough and that he's leaving the band. What if they ask you to join them?
Jeff Scott Soto: I don't know what to say. I have to think about it very carefully. Of course, I'd love to but I'm definitely not sure that it would ever happen.
MetalKings.com: Jeff, to me personally Queen was the first rock band that got me into this kind of music. And being a huge fan about 10 years ago I downloaded weirdest tracks from a P2P network saying 'Jeff Scott Soto with Queen'. The songs were 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'I Want It All', 'Somebody To Love' and 'The Show Must Go On'. It is definitely Queen playing and you are singing over Freddie's vocals. What was it?
Jeff Scott Soto: Well, that was intended to be released at all. You see, I have a friend who is a huge fan of Queen. And once he got a karaoke-like album of Queen songs, where lead vocals were removed but backing vocals and choirs stayed the same. Knowing that I'm a singer and a big fan of Queen music he gave me that CD and just to make a small present for him I decided to record some songs as ordinary karaoke tracks. But I guess when I gave him back those songs he got so excited that he gave those tracks to other friends and they gave them to their friends and that's how they ended up on a P2P network.
MetalKings.com: Concerning the music piracy situation, what do you think about it?
Jeff Scott Soto: I have no problem with that. I might not like it but there are positive things in it. For instance, when I was in Bulgaria several thousand people came to my show and they mostly downloaded my music from the Web or bought bootleg copies of my records. The same thing was also in Brazil, where lots of my bootlegs are floating around. But anyway, real fans still buy my records and those that download them - well, they get to know me and they obviously come to my shows 'cause you cannot download a live concert unless somebody records it with a camera or something. So in terms of promotion of my name I have nothing against the fact that people get to know me by downloading my music.
MetalKings.com: A Queen convention show was released on CD/DVD. You seem not to have a keyboard player there. Was it all samples done on PC?
Jeff Scott Soto: No, there was no keyboard player. You see, that show was the first concert I did in Europe before starting a solo tour. I didn't have a keyboard player for that tour so I just programmed all keyboards and piano earlier at my home and then switched n those samples at particular songs. I should say that originally the show was not supposed to be released at all, it was meant to be available via fan club. But knowing that my fans might want to have this recording I arranged with the fan club that it would also be available in the United States through my Web site.
MetalKings.com: Jeff, again on the personal note and as a Queen fan I want to thank you for the fact that you played some completely obscure songs from Queen repertoire like "Tenement Funster", "Lilly Of The Valley", "Jealously" or "The Millionaire Waltz"!
Jeff Scott Soto: I am a big fan of Queen music, I've seen many bands in Brazil and everywhere else and in terms of setlist they mostly stick to the Wembley show that Queen did in 1986. I didn't want to limit myself to this show although I like it very much. People keep forgetting that lots of great songs were written for the first several albums and they mostly ignore the 1970ies music of Queen. I wanted to be more original and change this situation.
MetalKings.com: Going a little back to the 1990ies your first solo album "Love Parade" came out in 1995. How did it happen? Why it's so untypical in comparison with everything you did at the time?
Jeff Scott Soto: A record company in Germany wanted me to release a solo album. But I never ever thought of releasing a solo album at all, I wanted to be in a real band. Still I guess at that time I realized that I just cannot find the right band and started thinking more of the solo career direction. And of course, being a solo artist I didn't want to make another Yngwie or Axel Rudi Pell-styled guitar hard rock album, it had to be myself from top to bottom.
MetalKings.com: I guess, some songs came out from sessions with the band Slam, in particular, "Love Parade".
Jeff Scott Soto: Yes, some songs were written in Slam days and used them in totally the same way that they were written back then.
MetalKings.com: When making the "Rock Star" movie did you get to meet Mike Matijevic at that time?
Jeff Scott Soto: No, I didn't see him in for a while now. You know, I did backing vocals for the 2nd Steelheart album "Tangled In Reigns" and we were friends since that time. Of course, I knew other people from that movie like Jeff Pilson, John Bonham and Zakk Wylde since they were all my friends from the 1980ies.
MetalKings.com: Once you played a live show together with Dutch musician Valensia and just recently with another singer from Holland, Robby Valentine. Did you listen to Valensia and Valentine albums before that? What do you think of their music?
Jeff Scott Soto: Of course, I know all of their albums! Their solo stuff and two albums they recorded together. Every time I play in Holland where Robby lives or in Spain where Valensia lives we meet and have fun together. And once in a while they come to my shows but I want them to come up on stage with me and sing a couple of songs together.
MetalKings.com: It means that you definitely know "Queen Tribute" album of Valensia?!
Jeff Scott Soto: Sure, I do, I even played a joke on my friends, who are huge fans of Queen. I played the song "Killer Queen" for them. And you know, it's a different version, it's recorded with piano and not a rock song like it is in the original. I said, "Guys, I just got the unreleased version of "Killer Queen", just listen to how good it is!" I mean, they freaked out, they said, "Why Queen never released it? It's a great version, it should be released, let's write to the fan club!" And only after I showed them the cover of the album they did understand that it's not Queen at all. (laughs)
MetalKings.com: (laughs) I know what you mean, I did the same with "Bohemian Rhapsody"! Well, of the recent events some time ago there was a rock festival in San Francisco where you played together with Dream Theater and some other bands including Japanese rockers Concerto Moon. What do you think of their music? Did you get to see their show?
Jeff Scott Soto: Unfortunately, I saw just two songs. They played right after me and after my show I was hanging backstage with Eric Martin and other guys so I happened to see only the end of their show. Yet we had a dinner on the day before that festival and I spoke a bit with Concerto Moon guitarist (Norifumi Shima). I liked their music, it's not really my style but they are great musicians. Also very nice people, very humble and polite.
MetalKings.com: Just 2-3 days ago I read about a new project you are involved in called W.E.T.
Jeff Scott Soto: That's again the idea of Serafino from "Frontiers Records". He wanted me to take part in some melodic hard rock/AOR project with musicians from Work Of Art and Eclipse. Last week we shot three videos in Sweden and the album is planned for September release.
MetalKings.com: What about Talisman? I hope there will be more albums and tours.
Jeff Scott Soto: You're right on time! We just recorded the new album and plan to release it late this year or early next year.
MetalKings.com: Well, Jeff, mighty thanks for you patience in talking to me for so long and answering everything I wanted to know about you! I hope some day I'll be able to see you at your live show in Russia or someplace else!
Jeff Scott Soto: Thanks to you! Have a nice time writing it all on paper! (laughs) Take care!
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