2004 Limited Edition Signature Guitars-
Available in stores beginning in July
Epiphone's Will Jones had a chance to talk with "Backyard
Babies" guitarist Dregen after they returned from their tour in Japan. Here's
what the Swedish rocker had to say about how he got started, his new signature
guitar and the future.
At the bottom, be sure to check out the 2 Epiphone "Limited
Edition" signature guitars from guitarists Nicke and Dregen of the "Backyard
Babies" - available in stores NOW!
Also - to find out more about "Backyard Babies" visit
www.BackyardBabies.com and check
out their latest CD "Stockholm Syndrome" - also in stores NOW!
Hey Dregen! It's Will Jones from Epiphone in Nashville...what are you
Dregen: Hey Will, just getting in from Japan. What's
going on there?
Dregen, I just called to ask you a bunch of questions about yourself and
the Backyard Babies.
Dregen: Sounds cool.
Dregen, how'd you get started in all of this?
Dregen: When I was a kid there was a picture of
KISS in a pack of bubblegum cards. I saw the picture and thought they must
be the best band in the world! Ace Frehley is still one of my total heroes...you
know Jimmy Page did better work in some ways, but Ace had so much influence
on me and so many others. There are other bands, but KISS is the band I've
hung onto the longest. KISS records are on Friday nights and really
loud….sometimes all through Sunday…loud!!!
What would you like to try that you haven't yet?
Dregen: Do something with the Beastie Boys, perhaps.
That's a side of Backyard Babies that people may not know, like the Sex Pistols
and Ramones. A Backyard Babies gold record in the U.S. wouldn't be bad
EPI:Tell me about you
Epiphone Signature Dregen Dot.
Dregen: It's like a childhood dream come true!
When I was 13 if you had told me I would have my own guitar someday I wouldn't
have believed you. The Epiphone folks in Scandinavia did a small run and
it just took off. It's a thing I wanna do to get young people to play guitar.
It has Gibson-type hardware, looks and sounds and plays great. Everyone can
play it. Everyone can afford it. Why have a signature guitar people can't
afford? For every kid who would rather buy an Epiphone Dregen Dot rather
than a Playstation or X-Box, that's a victory for me.
Where have you not toured that you would like to?
Dregen: I wanna go back to the US soon; we haven't
been to New Zealand, though we have toured Australia. Russia would be cool,
Argentina. We're starting the tour in Scandinavia tomorrow and it's just
getting so big…we like that! We'll be in the area 'til the 13th of March
then back to Japan and Australia, England, Europe and the USA.
Tell us about your new album.
It's called Stockholm Syndrome. It was recorded over here with American
Producer Joe Barresi in three weeks and we went to L.A. to mix it. It has
pieces from all our albums in a way. We've come to a certain point as a band
where we do what we feel comfortable with. This record is more like a real
band instead of 17 f___ing overdubs…so it just sounds more live. If
someone hasn't heard it yet, it's like the missing link between the Ramones
and KISS. I've never rehearsed a lot by myself, but as a band I don't think
any other bands rehearse as many hours as Backyard Babies….it brings
tightness and that special groove.
What advice do you have for those just starting out?
Dregen:Don't start out getting stuck playing
covers….we started with one chord…even if you just play a few chords
together, get with someone and play guitar. A guitar sounds good, but it
sounds even f___ing better with a 22" bass drum!!! You don't get the girls
sitting around playing with a pair of headphones!!!
And now... check out these "Limited Edition" guitars from
Sweden's #1 Rock band - "The Backyard Babies!"
Customized to meet the needs and reflect the unique personalities of guitarists
"Dregen" and "Nicke".
Limited Edition Epiphone "Dregen Dot"
Limited Edition Epiphone "Nicke LP Custom"
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