Chad Cherry, The Last Vegas (January 2010)
Chicago's The Last Vegas
are known for being Guitar Center's On Stage contest winners last year
and gaining an opening slot on Mötley Crüe's Saints of Los Angeles tour.
Recently, the band has embarked on a U.S. club tour bringing their brand
of dirty rock to the people. Brothers Nate (drums) and Adam (guitar)
Arling, along with bandmates Chad Cherry (vocals), John Wator (guitar)
and Danny Smash (bass), have kept the rock 'n' roll train rolling along
since the Mötley Crüe tour. Their current CD, "Whatever Gets You Off,"
was produced by DJ Ashba, Marti Frederiksen and Nikki Sixx, as part of
the Guitar Center contest winnings that landed the band a recording
contract. The Last Vegas' raunchy sound combines classic rock, glam,
garage and punk, often sounding like a fusion of early Aerosmith, Mötley
Crüe and Guns N' Roses.
We got the scoop on what the band has been up
to since the Mötley Crüe tour from vocalist Chad Cherry before The Last
Vegas' show at Bar 3 in Rockford, Illinois.
been for the band after the Mötley Crüe tour?
We've pretty much been on the road since
then. Life has been extremely busy in an extreme way. In a good
extreme way. Enough to make your head spin! (laughing).
How fast did you blow through the $20,000 at Guitar Center
for new equipment by winning the contest?
In about 12.3 seconds! It was already
spent, man. Before we even got it! We were like kids in a candy
store. We basically had free-range of the place and we all came
out with all sorts of good stuff.
Did you get to keep the bus?
No one gets to keep the bus, man, no! (laughing).
Going from a bar band loading your own equipment to the
Crüe tour and now your current bar tour, is this the natural
progression the band has to take in order to get to the next
Doing what we do, you're never going to
know what could happen. You can be playing arena's, you can play
small shows, and then the next day you could be playing in an
arena again, that's kind of how we are. You know, it doesn't
really matter if there's 20,000 people there, they're going to
get the same show that we're going to put on if there were 20
people there. We're going to do exactly what we do and we don't
give a fuck, man.
You've had some great response in Europe. Do you plan on
touring there again anytime soon?
Yeah, I'd say we go to Europe like once
or twice a year, if not more. We have some plans in the fire for
Europe for sure. I don't have any dates specifically, but you'll
know when I know.
Can you talk about this club tour you're on now with Smile
Empty Soul and Burn Halo? They are both bands with very
different styles from you, how did this tour come about?
The thing is, it's better to have bands
not sounding exactly like every band that's playing. The
camaraderie of all the bands on this tour are pretty phenomenal,
everybody gets along, everybody jokes, we're sharing the same
girls ... and the same needles ... kidding! (laughing). I know the fans have been
eating it up and we're pushing along and everyone's getting
exactly what they came here for ... a good rock show.
state of the record industry is in these days, how important is
it to handle your own business, merchandise and getting out
there and playing live?
You gotta be
on the road, you gotta be in people's faces. They're not going
to know who the hell you are. If you're going to be in a band, I
recommend that you know the business because you're going to get
fucked in the ass if you don't. You're going to get fucked in
the ass even if you do know the business. Stay in school kids! (laughing)
Obviously Motley Crue was a big influence on your sound,
as well as punk and glam, but what is it about TLV that gives
you your distinct sound? What makes you want to do this?
Insanity! Lots of alcohol! We're not
trying to sound like anything. It's exactly what's coming out of
our pores and our minds. We don't set out to sound like Mötley
Crüe or Lady Gaga, we're just playing music that comes out of us
and that's the only way I can really explain it. I would think
that a lot of people look at us as an extension of maybe classic
rock or arena rock ... we actually play guitar solos, and
there's a lead singer and we put on a good show ... we're a live
Have you been working on any new material?
Constantly. We're on the road so much
... when we're in a hotel, our guitars are out, I have a pen and
paper ... that's my technology (laughing). We're writing songs,
and after this leg of the tour we're going to lock ourselves up
in a cabin in the middle of "nowhere" Michigan and start demoing
new songs with an engineer.
Can you describe the sound and the direction the new
material is headed in?
TLV style, all the way. Real dirty and
sleazy ... a little rhythm and blues.
Will Nikki, DJ Ashba or Marti Frederiksen be handling the
production on the next album?
I don't know. Hopefully not. According to Nikki,
it's like, "You hang out with us now and do this album, and then you're
not going to need us anymore." So he's basically saying "Learn it all
now and then do it yourself."
How valuable was the experience in the studio with Nikki?
Oh, it was extreme. Not a whole lot of bands
get the chance to work with ... I'd definitely say that Nikki Sixx is
the Mayor of Los Angeles! A larger than life guy, genius music writer,
awesome at everything he does, a complete freak, a crazy evil bastard.
You know, being around him is an experience of itself. I feel sorry for
people that didn't grow up on his music.
What do you hope happens to TLV in 2010 and the years to come?
I hope to be putting out records, doing exactly
what we're doing ... staying on the road, making more fans and not
coming away with a bunch of illegitimate children! (laughing).
Any last words for the fans?
If it wasn't for the fans, then we wouldn't be
doing this, so they're No. 1 in my book.
Interviewed by Kelley Simms
The Last Vegas - Whatever Gets You Off
Album available on
Eleven Seven Music.