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Bizarre backstage night at the Iridium


A few minutes before the show ended, the waitor brought us the check. We didn’t have time to wait to pay with our credit cards, so we just dug deep into our wallets for the last cash. Then, after the last song, we grabbed all our stuff and went straight to the door on the left side of the stage where Josie (Stevens, Steve’s wife) had said she would pick us up to escort us backstage.

Funny enough, before she showed up, another guy came over and asked “You’re here for the interview – right?” 
THE Interview”? It wasn’t “You’re here for an interview, right?” So, apparently, people knew we were coming. That’s nice, makes things a lot more easier than when you have to deal with people who are trying to throw you out because they think you’re some fan sniffing around the backstage door. 

Anyway. Josie came out to pick us up, just like she had said. She had already warned me that it would be a small dressing room, but when I saw it, I still couldn’t believe how super-mini-small it actually was…! You walked through a short hallway, then right in front was this tiny little area with a table and two chairs, most guests had to stand up. The hall/corridor continued to the left and around the “dressing room” then out to something that looked like a restaurant kitchen.

– It’s a little crowded, friends and family is here. He’ll be with you guys in a few minutes, ok? said Josie and walked off.

Man, it was really packed back there, to say the least. The family and friends-meet-and-greet didn’t take long, probably because there were fans waiting outside for the “official” meet and greet where Steve was to sign stuff and have his picture taken with people.
One of the guests backstage was an older gentleman with grey hair that might have been Steve’s father or some other close relative, they had very similar features. Who knows. I didn’t ask. :-)

When there’s friends and family, I’d rather stay out of the way until the timing is better. I just feel that when musicians get to meet their closest friends and family members, the last thing they want to have around in that particular moment, is some reporter wanting to do an interview. :-)

Sebastian’s cousin was there, she was talking with Beatrice, I just overheard the conversation being something about museums, but don’t ask me what, I didn’t pry. :)

Sebastian was talking somewhere in there, you can never miss Baz, he’s not exactly the quiet type. :) He looked happy to see me. “Daniela! You’re fucking WILD! I knew that if anybody was gonna sing Youth Gone Wild with me, it’d be you!” 

Well – me and the other big fan from Jersey who had been freezing his ass off outside the Iridium since 4 in the afternoon. :) 

He was complaining about his hair being messed up and asked Josie if she had a dryer, but she only had a flattening iron – so he went for that. He plugged it in, and then had to go get something, so he gave the iron to Beatrice, to hold til he got back.

You’d have to smile a little at the absurd situation. Backstage in a jazz club on Broadway, with Steve Stevens and Sebastian Bach – and the photographer ends up holding a flattening iron for no apparent reason. When the guitarplayer, Pete, walked in, he found her standing there with the iron and no Sebastian was in sight.

– You need to fix your hair? he asked her.
– Oh well you know… After all that headbanging and all, I felt I had to straighten it out…! she joked.

Not sure if he believed that though. :) Sebastian came back and started fixing his hair, when I suddenly spotted a black CAT! I guess it wasn’t weird enough already. Let’s throw a cat into the equation as well. The kittie was very friendly, wanted to be petted so I didn’t mind things were taking a while.

[Black cat in the dressing room at the Iridium – checking out the gear..! :-)]


Beatrice pointed out that it was already 10.20 PM,
20 minutes past the start of the second gig actually. It didn’t look like the interview was going to happen right there and then. So when Josie and Steve came back, I suggested we’d give it a try after the second set. 

– Yeah, I think that would be a lot better, I’ll be more relaxed, said Steve.

Josie took off to see how she could arrange for us to stay and see the second set too. It took her five minutes tops, and she got back to show us to our seats. She apologised that we “had to” see the second show as well. I for one couldn’t be happier because I LOVED the concept and the show, this was a bonus and a treat. Never mind the table was right next to the ladies room, and people kept running back and forth all the time. Apart from that – perfect seats! In only a few minutes…!

Once again a waitor approached us and went: “You were here for the interview, right?” There we go again – “THE interview”…… We didn’t have to spend another 10 bucks which was the minimum, so that was a relief at least.

Second show was even better than the first. Relaxed, yet energetic, fun and inspiring. Loved it.

After the second set, we went to the stage door again. Sebastian was entertaining in the “dressing room” again and Josie pointed at Steve who was way in the back, in that “kitchen” talking to somebody. I figured we’d wait until he was done. 

There were some old, dusty chairs back there, no table, no nothing, very humble to say the least. This is the kind of place that any local band knows only too well. It’s cool to see that Steve doesnt have a problem with this stuff, no snobby attitude whatsoever.

The cat was purring during the interview, buffing and puffing, wanting more attention. Steve was superduper-nice, very down to earth, very easy to talk to. Very likeable person. He seemed to be enjoying the interview, cause when I said I was done – when I heard Baz yelling in the background, probably getting the party started – I didn’t want to keep Steve from joinig them. 

But Steve was comfortable with the situation. “Noo, no it’s no problem, keep going!”

I knew there would be very little time so I had picked only the most important questions, I was done. In the meantime, Josie came in to let Steve know there was a LONG line of people outside waiting for him. He asked what my plans were for my New York stay. I said that I was leaving next morning, I was only here to see this gig.

He stopped, put his hand on his chest and with a small little bow he went: “I’m honored….”

Another nice gesture. No bigshot attitude to be found anywhere. Just a humble and nice guy. Same thing with Josie, she looks like this glamour girl you would expect to be stuck up and full of herself. She definitely wasn’t. Some people you just automatically like – and I spontaneously liked Steve and Josie. They left and Sebastian was out there talking to the guys of Nightranger who had dropped by. 

Hey Daniela! I sang for you! Did you hear it!? Fuck I can’t remember which song, but did you hear it? he asked.

I honestly hadn’t. I thought he meant that he sang it “for me”, as in dedicating to by looking or something like that. But Beatrice explained to me later that he had changed the lyrics in one of the songs to contain “Daniela”. I never heard that.

When we had packed our stuff, I just stuck my nose through the crowd to say bye to Sebastian.

– Bye Baz – see you at Sweden Rock!


It wasn’t easy plowing through the crowd outside. Josie wasn’t exaggerating when she said there were a LOT of people waiting for Steve. They were both posing with fans, so they were busy to say the least when we left. I just said thank you and waved to them as we left the building.

I feel that this was one of those evenings I’ll never forget. It was just so unique, had a great vibe on- and offstage, cool people everywhere, great show – unusual venue…. I loved everything about it.

And I got a great interview too. It was a pleasure talking to Steve – planning on having the interview done this weekend. :) 

But just as a little “teaser” – here’s Steve telling the story about how Sebastian and him COULD, potentially, have been working together already back in 1988……!

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STEVE STEVENS & SEBASTIAN BACH – photos by Beatrice Bring

Photos from the first set on Saturday at the Iridium:

Photos by Beatrice Bring (copyright 2012)


More photos (not as classy as above, just my own snapshots)
from the show can also be found on Facebook:

Steve & Sebastian @ The Iridium, NYC (review)

Back in Sweden. It’s been a hectic and intense weekend in New York City and most of all, I had a blast. I am so glad that I decided to go see this unique gig with Steve Stevens and Sebastian Bach, because it’s just one of those things that you won’t get to see too many times. At least not in Europe. When I did the interview with Steve after the Saturday shows, and he realized that I only came over for this particular gig, he stopped, put his hand on his chest and went: “I’m honored“.

It’s mutual mr Stevens, believe me. There is so so much to tell, there will be a story and an interview, photos and everything else, but I will not have time for all of that today. I’m still trying to shake the jetlag.

For now, let me just tell you about the show. Actually, why not just link the whole thing here for you first (if you can spot the blonde down in the front, that’s yours truly ;) ):

The jazz-club was small, even smaller than I thought. Someone there said it only took about 100 people. Steve said it could hold about 200. Either way – if you wanted an intimate gig, this was definitely it.

Different – to say the least. I was seated right in front of the stage, so close I could probably see the guys’ nosehair if I looked close enough. :-) Cool place though, it was like a mini-jazz version of Hard Rock Cafe. 

My friend and photographer Beatrice arrived shortly before the show began, we had barely finished our cheesecakes when the band walked up on stage.
At first glance, you’d probably go “so, who are THOSE dudes?” – you know, the “not-so-rockstar-looking” other guys in the band. But you’d drop your jaw trying to plow through those guys’ discographies and bios.

Anton Fig – drums (Joan Armatrading, Sebastian Bach, Blackmore’s Night, Joe Cocker, Ace Frehley, Peter Frampton, Mick Jagger, Journey, Kiss, B.B King…..) I’m not even half-way through his list!

Neil Jason – bass (John Lennon (!) Kiss, Art Garfunkel, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Mark Knopfler, Céline Dion…..) And about 4 more pages of legendary names that he’s worked with.

Pete Thorn – guitar (Chris Cornell, Melissa Etheridge, Alicia Keyes, Dread Zeppelin).

Steve Stevens – in case you didn’t know, is the guy who’s been standing next to Billy Idol the past 30 years or so. You’ve heard his solo in Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”, he also played with Robert Palmer, Joni Mitchell and Vince Neil and got a Grammy for the Top Gun-anthem:

Sebastian Bach – the one and only. If you don’t know who he is, you’re in the wrong place. :) Brought Skid Row to super-stardom, performed on Broadway as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and Mr Jekyll/Mr Hyde. Has released solo-albums, done acting and everything/anything under the sun. 

When he walked up on stage Saturday night, he spotted me and a guy from Jersey that I’d been talking to while standing in line outside the club for a few hours. He was doing some sort of stage-charades when he with a slightly surprised face tried to figure out what I was doing there.
“What are you doing here? Did you fly over??” 

The show was so much more than I even anticipated. I got on a plane to New York City because I was curious. I had no idea what to expect. You could easily say that it felt very exclusive being that close, in such a mini-club hearing these incredibly competent musicians play a selection of their favorite songs.

I’ve seen Sebastian many – MANY times throughout the years, and it was so obvious that he loved being a part of this. His face was the face of a little boy at Christmas Eve, he’s never had much of a poker face. :-)

It was a winning combination. Steve has a sincere respect for Sebastian as a vocalist and frontman, and Sebastian gets that extra kick from performing with these guys – because he’s got some high standards to live up to. It always brings the best out in him when he’s working with people of that caliber.

Steve is amazing. Even after so many years of playing, he still has a sincere love for what he does. It’s interesting how both he and Baz admitted to how scary it was, to be playing for such a small crowd, though. You can look every single person in the eye at that little club. It takes guts, even for people who’re used to playing for screaming masses.

I loved their bold choices of songs for these intimate gigs – most of all I loved the fact that they didn’t play it safe.

They picked songs that they loved but that weren’t necessarily the usual crowd-pleasers. They played AC/DC but not “T.N-T” or “Back In Black”, they played Led Zeppelin but not “Whole Lotta Love” and most certainly not “Stairway To Heaven”. And they played Van Halen but not “You Really Got Me” or “Jump”….

I rarely hear bands play what they ACTUALLY want to play, they usually do what they think people want to hear, so just the fact that they took the tough road, was enough to impress me.


It never got boring because nothing was predictable – the next song could be pretty much anything. Because were playing their personal favorites, they gave their all, in a natural, sincere kind of way. Very unpretentious, and damn cool.

I truly loved seeing the smiles on their faces. It wasn’t just another day at the office – they were enjoying this just as much as we did.
That’s what I want to see when I go to a show. I had a blast.

Of course, some songs could not be left out of the set – something by Billy Idol and something by Skid Row. So we got “Rebel Yell“, “I Remember You” and “Youth Gone Wild“. People LOVED it! The energy in the room was on top – as much as it could be when you’re seated at long tables in a jazz-club. ;-).

I can still see and feel that back-to-the-roots vibe when I think back at the Iridium-gig. Apart from the impecable musicianship, we also got some hilarious, spontaneous stand-up from the guys who were cracking jokes between songs.

To sum it all up:
It wasn’t Madison Square Garden (that was taken by Megadeth and Motorhead, this particular night) it wasn’t bright shiny lights and glitter-glitz, bombastic stage production. It was the exact opposite of all that – and probably for that very reason, it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever attended.

Can’t wait to hear more from Steve and Baz – and according to Steve, there will be more. Stick around for the interview in the next few days!




More photos on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/InTheRearviewMirror

First day in New York – tomorrow Steve Stevens and Sebastian Bach


When I got to the airport and found the Continental check-in desk, there was a loooooong line of people in line. Not much you can do, so I got in line with everybody else. An airline representative asked me for my passport, and as I have all my printed documents at hand in a plastic pocket, I took the passport out of there to show him. He saw my printed Continental check-in paper and went: “Oh, you’ve already checked in? Then you can go straight to THIS line”. He got me out of the looong line and to the business line – where there were like two people. :-) Piece of cake! I just breezed right through! Yes!

The plane was really comfortable, plenty of legroom, video, good food – and there was an empty seat between me and some other guy. Looots of space, no need to scrunch. :-)

Prepared my questions for Steve on the plane. Lots of time to do that, I like to work on planes if there’s enough time to just relax. There is nothing that is bothering you, no phones, no TV, no internet – nothing that can steal your attention away from what you’re doing.

It’s almost as good as working in the middle of the night. As I’m writing this, I’m looking out the window, right at the right wing – and seeing snow-white fluffy clouds that look like cotton! And the sky is just baby-blue, so beautiful! I should get some sleep, it’ll be a long day with the time-zone change so… will take a nap in a few. I love life. :-)



Arrived to a rainy Newark, NJ. Took the shuttle to 7th Avenue and went straight to the Iridum on Bradway where Steve’s and Sebastian’s first show will take place tonight. The box office was closed so I went to Hard Rock on Times Square and had a burger.

When I got back, there was somebody at the club. He told me I didn’t have to pick up any tickets, all I had to do was just say my name at the door, they already had it in a computer. “It’s gonna be jam packet tomorrow night. A lot more than there’s gonna be tonight…”, he explained. Probably because Sebastian has posted info about tomorrow’s show being broadcasted live online.
According to the guy at the door, “there’s gonna be a bunch of celebrities here and all…”. Hm, wonder what that means. Guess I’ll know in a few hours. :) Heard the sound check going on downstairs, should have asked if I could go down there and see if I could find mr Bach but I didn’t.

Was supposed to meet Victoria, the girl who got me to the Ozzy-gig once – well long story – but she got stuck in a meeting. New try tomorrow. Went to meet up my friend Beatrice instead, we were going to have dinner at this 50’s diner and then take the ferry over and see the skylines on the way back to Brooklyn where she lives. It’s fast with those water taxi’s, and a lot less crowded than the subway (that stinks by the way).

Got lost in the subway on Lexington Ave, couldn’t find any ticket machines or booths or anything. I probably looked confused to a guy asked me if I needed help with anything. I asked if he knew where I could buy a subway ticket. He just went over to one of those gates and said: “Here, I’ll swipe my card for you!”. So he let me in for free. People in NYC are nicer than people usually give them credit for. Or maybe I was just lucky today. Was great to meet Beatrice. Her and I have been working together on so many projects for Sweden Rock Magazine. :)

Was a great evening – but I’m already jetlagged and tired and can’t wait to get some sleep so I can cope with everything that tomorrow brings!!








The Atomic Playboy

One week from now – next Saturday – I’ll be back in New York City again (one of my favorite cities in the world) for the Steve Stevens & Sebastian Bach show.

I’m still trying to picture those two sharing a stage. It’s the most unusual combo I’ve heard of in years, which is why I felt that I just had to see it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime sort of show. Both of them are great entertainers, but where they meet musically is yet to be seen and heard! :-)

My day today started out great actually, cause I got an e-mail from Steve’s wife Josie, who I’ve been in touch with regarding an interview, that confirmed I’m in. Wonderful! I am super-happy and excited about that.

He’s one of the very few people that I’ve admired for years, but still haven’t met or talked to.

In Rolling Stones, I preferred Keith Richards to Mick Jagger.
In Aerosmith I most definitely thought Joe Perry was cooler than Steven Tyler – and with Billy Idol, I just thought that Steve Stevens was the cooler guy.
Not that I don’t like Billy Idol, it’s just that the slightly mysterious guitarists are more interesting sometimes.

Steve is in my opinion one of those underrated guitar heroes. When you talk about guitar heroes, people will start listing guys like Yngwie, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani and people like that. I even remember an interview with a modern guitar hero, who shall remain nameless, being asked about what he thought about a few selected guitarists. He didn’t even know who Steve Stevens was. Embarrassing.

Maybe Steve didn’t get the credit he fully deserves because he was dismissed as a poser. A guitarist friend of mine was going to pick out a Billy Idol song a few years ago and started with great enthusiasm, saying it would be a piece of cake. After a while he gave up. It was a lot harder than it sounded. 

Anyway, mr Stevens absolutely rocks, and I am very happy about the good interview-news and most of all, hearing whatever he’s got up his sleeve this time, bringing in mr Bach to help out! Should be memorable!