Ex-White Lion, Megadeth and Black Label Society bassist James Lomenzo talks about his career from Brazil (video)
The great James Lomenzo sat down with Dani Buarque of the “Lokaos Rock Show” on March 4 after the band HAIL!’s concert at Blackmore Bar in São Paulo, Brazil. Buarque does a fantastic job with the interview, which turned into a career retrospective for Lomenzo in chronological order. I didn’t realize Lomenzo was in a band called ‘Rondinelli’ with the late Ray Gillen (Badlands, Black Sabbath) and Bobby Rondinelli, who later was in Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore. In fact, Lomenzo talks about how he used to jam with Ritchie and Bobby pre-White Lion.
Buarque then leads Lomenzo through his stints White Lion, Pride & Glory (with his buddy Zakk Wylde), Slash’s Snakepit, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Lynch Mob and now in HAIL!. Lomenzo shares some really interesting stories about his time with each band and the personalities involved. The humble and appreciative Lomenzo shows just how cool he is in this interview, and I had to share it. He certainly has had an interesting and varied career in rock. Kudos to the beautiful Dani Buarque.
HAIL! is an all star band featuring vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear), guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and drummer Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden).
There has been different lineups of HAIL!; including one featuring Owens, Bostaph, Lomenzo and guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), who completed a tour of China and Taiwan in December.
HAIL! is planning to release a DVD that will capture the band’s entire history and spotlight all of its live shows and special guests and contain exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from its travels, rehearsals, soundchecks, interviews, meet-and-greets.
Here’s the interview and some great fan-shot footage of the show, with almost the entire set: