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An Interview with The Singles by Jeff Howitt

The Singles play tonight at The Loving Touch with The High Strung and Moon Walks 
$12 for 18+

1. I saw the band on Randall's Island in New York City in 2004. Despite the in the round stage giving out a few hours in, you made the most of it. What was that show like?
Vince: We were actually the first band that played after the rotating stage stopped working. The show seemed like organized chaos looking back at it now. That was so long ago! Still, it was fun, and great to see Bo Diddley, Alex Chilton, and The Stooges.

2. When the band originally left for LA, well after the post-Garage Boom in 2009 Vince was quoted as feeling like you'd been "going in circles" in Detroit. Seeing the city now do you think bands have a better opportunity now?
Vince: I don’t think so. The opportunity was there maybe in the early 2000’s when there was focus on guitar bands again….White Stripes, The Strokes. I think bands need to get out and tour if they can. Go to New York, LA or Nashville; where the industry is mainly located. 

3. The Singles always struck me as like Detroit's Association. A great mix of stomp and hook. What led to the line up becoming a two piece?
Vince: We still tour as a 3-piece, and record as a full band sound. It’s just Nicky and I are the only members of the band. We’ll have exploding bass players, etc. from now on until we can find musicians that want to take the Singles blood oath with us.

4. In LA did you do any session work? 
Nicky: Not really. Vince and I have just been working on The Singles. Full on. 

5. Any other dates you are excited about on this tour? Or just happy to be back on the road and see what happens? 
Nicky: I think we’re just stoked to be on the road in general. We’re getting in front of a lot of new people and It’s been awesome. In particular, we’re looking forward to Detroit. Portland at the Doug Fir Lounge is going to be great. And we love playing Eugene, OR. People get really nutso there. 

6. I saw you played with Blaire Elise and The Bombshell's in New York. Was that put together or have you been keeping up with your old friends and new bands in town? 
Nicky: We were asked to join that bill by Get Hip Records. They put that show together. Now that we’re rocking again, we’ve been getting back in touch with a lot of old rock n rollers we used to know. We’re also meeting tons of new bands again, like Blaire Alise & The Bombshells. It’s refreshing.

 The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI  

TONIGHT: Fuckknot, Broadzilla, The Devil Elvis Show, and Rock N' Rummage at The Crossroads Bar and Grill in Ypsilanti

Tonight (July 25) Ypsilanti may just have what you're looking for in a night of entertainment.
It all goes down starting at 9PM at at the Crossroads Bar and Grill in Ypsilanti.

Live performances from:



The Devil Elvis Show

Plus Detroit's traveling rock n' roll inspired flea market...
Rock N' Rummage

The Crossroad's Bar and Grill is located at 517 W Cross St. in Ypsilanti, Michigan 


REVIEW & INTERVIEW: BODY COUNT with ICE-T at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival on July 19 at DTE Energy Music Theatre

Surveying the crowd at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and it can easily be gauged that they probably know Ice- T more for his 14 year role as Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola on the NBC Crime Drama Television program "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" then for his musical endeavors in a rock band. And for good reason considering the majority of festival attendees were not even born yet when Body Count formed in 1990. Adding to that is the fact that it's been 11 years since Body Count featuring Ice-T has played the Detroit area and it's been 8 years since the band has released an album.

Body Count is back this year though with a new album called "Manslaughter" on Sumerian Records and a tour that takes them on the road for 27 dates on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.

Motorcityblog was at the Michigan tour stop on July 17 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston to catch up with the band and witness all the live action on stage.

We had the opportunity to chat with lead guitarist and founding member Ernie C before Body Count's live set. Ernie C is no stranger to Detroit as he lived in the city and went to school on 7 mile as a youth.


Check out our chat with Ernie C below as we discuss the new album, the tour, the song "Cop Killer", and future plans ...

We also had the opportunity to briefly say our hellos to Ice-T and his wife Coco as they were kind enough to do a short meet and greet with the crowd before the Body Count set.

The Sumerian Records stage where Body Count headlined was amongst two other stages that saw bands play one after another. Ice-T’s wife Coco took her spot on the side of the stage before her husbands set began and she brought along both their bulldogs to accompany her. I don't know if the bulldogs were wearing earplugs, but I sure hope the crowd was because they were about to be assaulted with the thrash sounds of Body Count. 


You know you're in for a treat when the mic stands are adorned with brass knuckles.

As soon as Body Count hit the stage the massive crowd shifted to the far left to witness the return of the band. There was much rambling about the band all day and many people who never had the opportunity to see the band live were highly anticipating it.

The band had a 25 minute time slot on the tour and they made the most of it. The band performed 4 tracks of their debut album (There Goes the Neighborhood, Bowels of the Devil, Body Count, and Cop Killer), 2 tracks off their new album (Manslaughter, Talk Shit,Get Shot) and a Exploited cover melody (Disorder) off the Judgment Night film soundtrack. 

The band's current lineup consists of original members Ice-T on vocals, Ernie C on lead guitar, and Sean E Sean on backing vocals. The lineup is completed with Vincent Price on bass, Ill Will on Drums, Juan Of The Deads on rhythm guitar, and Ice T's son Tracy Marrow Jr. on backing vocals.

Ice-T did take note of the all the youngsters at the show. He stated how he was the oldest performer on the tour (Ice is 56 years old) and asked the audience memebers their ages. One yelled out "20 years old". Ice-T schooled him and told the 20 year old to remember that he was once his age and he has never been his.

The crowd reacted to the new material just has much as the classic tracks from 22 years ago. Body Count's new single "Talk Shit,Get Shot" and it's accompanying video have been making the rounds on the internet and a whole new generation of Body Count fans have been born. A Body Count live show can only solidify the fan base.  

Complete set list of  the July 19, 2014 performance at DTE Energy Music Theatre:
There Goes the Neighborhood, Bowels of the Devil, Manslaughter, Body Count, Disorder, Talk Shit,Get Shot, Cop Killer

Do yourself a favor and pick up the new Body Count album "Manslaughter" from Sumerian Records. Full of great lyrics and tight riffs.


UPCOMING: Corpus Illuminata pre-show High Tea, 9 August

We cordially invite you to the premier of an exclusive engagement amidst an exhibition of anatomic-inspired art:

The Corpus Illuminata
High Tea Social

Commencing at 4pm until 6pm on Saturday the 9th of August 2014.
For further details and to RSVP, please visit


Ed Hamell Really is the Happiest Man in the World

I had my MasterCard “priceless” moment last Friday night. A six pack of beer, Bud light Lime, $6.99. Donation to a house party,  $10. The opportunity to hear Hamell on Trial in a basement with friends, priceless.
I’ve known about Ed Hamell of Hamell on Trial for about 15 years (maybe even longer),  going back to when I received his first press release from Mercury records with his single that introduced me to a singer that really was like his song “Big as Life.”   I loved the hell out of that song as Ed tells a story of misguided racism by the media that still brings a tear to my eye.
The years that followed I’d see Ed’s name pop up every now and then, usually in a UK music magazine that would heap loads of praise on him for being one of America’s great storytellers and songwriters. He released albums that were full of crime and wit. Shady and colorful characters he met appeared on the albums like a psychedelic version of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. However, I didn’t get Ed’s real magic and charm until I experienced him live about 8 years ago. He played a small club on the very east side of town in front of a crowd of about 20 people. He joked between songs and played a beat up guitar like a madman that had made a deal with the devil. I interviewed him that night in his car while rain splashed on the windshield and he told me stories about music and touring.
I’d almost recently forgotten about Hamell on Trial. I tucked him into a corner of my brain where smart, talented people that don’t fit in go while the rest of my mind space is full of hollow, entertainment candy that never satisfies. But I was fortunate enough last week to find myself invited to house party that Ed was playing. That’s part of Ed’s life now, playing intimate parties around America that afford him enough to travel to the next stop and maybe take in some fun for him and his son, Detroit (coolest name for a kid ever). I spoke to Ed  before he played and he told me about his travels the last few years, including a recent trip to London. Those people over the pond still get what makes Hamell on Trial great.

The night kicked off with Ed introducing my friend’s daughter with her ukulele.  It was her first real audience so she was full of fright but took a bold approach and sang some songs that made us all beam and tear up. I could look over shoulder and see that Ed was sharing in this special moment. Around midnight, Ed strapped on his rugged guitar, the same one I saw him with years ago, opened with a few jokes and then tore into his set. He started the show with some songs from his new album “The Happiest Man in the World” and made us laugh by telling us about hard and bad times that still fill him with joy. His guitar playing was ferocious. There were times I thought I saw smoke coming off the strings. It didn’t take long before everyone in the room, even the young  and jaded, were transfixed by Ed, realizing they were in the presence of an authentic entertainer. He took requests and I had him play “Big as Life”. We laughed hard during “When You Are Young” and sang with him on several others. He ended the night imploring us to shout an expletive that I enjoyed yelling along with my daughters. Then, we all, everyone in the room, surrounded his table of CDs and albums to buy a couple and put in a few dollars to get his son a new Xbox.
That night has made me think again about what it takes to make a great show. It’s not fancy lights, a packed house or even a good PA. It’s songs with melodies that speak to the heart and mind from a gifted artist that has lived a life true to his art.

Post and pics by Mikel O.D. of MPAD Media  

THIS WEEKEND: Maker Faire Detroit on Saturday & Sunday (July 26-27) at The Henry Ford in Dearborn


Maker Faire is an award winning, family friendly event celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability, and more. Maker Faire has become part of pop-culture, a place for experiential marketing, debuting new technologies and inventions, and celebrating geekdom. Maker Media produces two annual flagship Maker Faires, partners with museums to produce Featured Maker Faires, and works with communities to license Mini Maker Faires around the world.

On July 26-27, 2014, The Henry Ford in Dearborn will be the place to visit when Maker Faire Detroit returns to The Henry Ford for two days of unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and a whole lot of forward thinking. More than 400 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. Go to The Henry Ford, roll up your sleeves, and make something.


The event runs from 9:30am-6:00pm each day.
The Henry Ford is located at: 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

For information on tickets, parking, makers, lodging and more visit the extensive Maker Faire Detroit website

UPCOMING: TAPE EATERS VHS CONVENTION on Saturday, July 26 in Ann Arbor

The 3rd Annual Tape Eaters VHS Convention will happen on Saturday, July 26th, at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2900 Jackson Rd, in Ann Arbor, MI.

TAPE EATERS specializes in Horror, Grindhouse, Science Fiction, Exploitation, Drive-In, Sleaze and generally weird releases on VHS, along with other "forgotten" formats, like beta & videodisc, plus posters, magazines, and other related merchandise. 


The Convention runs from 11:00am-8pm. 
Films will be shown from 11:30am-8pm.

Guests include:












And tons and tons of used VHS!



11:30AM- ADJUST YOUR TRACKING (encore matinee showing)
5:05PM- BACK FROM HELL (followed by 15 min director Q&A)

(Please keep in mind that this schedule can change, so check day of at the show, for any posted changes to the schedule. Intermissions between films will be very short, so keep that in mind also.)

Lots of VHS prizes and goodies at the show!

Visit the conventions website here... 

REVIEW AND PHOTOS: YES @ Meadowbrook Music Festival

Review by Michael Doré
Photos by Paul Hitz

Rochester Hills, MI - July 22nd 2014 - The great aspect of being at a Yes concert is knowing that if someone didn’t want to be there, they wouldn’t be. The band will never be mistaken for a flavor of the month, or the hot new group rising up the charts in the summer months. To be quite succinct, it is not a see, or be seen, type of show.

Formed in 1968, the group has evolved, disbanded, re-formed and has a current line- up that includes former members as well as new the addition of Jon Davison as the new lead singer (if you want to consider 2012 as new) whom in the true tradition of rock stardom was plucked in “Rockstar” fashion from the tribute group Roundabout.  Alan White on Percussion is also known from his younger days with the Plastic Ono Band prior to joining the group. After a brief break from Yes in the early 80’s, he has been with the band consistently since 1972. Geoff Downes on Keyboards rejoined his mates in 2011 after a cup of coffee stint in 1981. Downes has had a steady career and Is  looked upon with respect for the cultural significance of his work with the group Asia,  and the shot heard round the MTV generation world “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Original members Steve Howe on Lead Guitar and Chris Squire on Bass are still the heart and soul of the prog rock icons.

Yes is an acquired taste and was at the front of the prog rock genre in the late 60’s and early 70’s. This tour was put together as a gift for the die- hard fans that have followed them from their inception.  Starting the trip, Yes learned a lesson from the previous show in Detroit and reversed the order of performance to start with “Siberian Kahtru” instead of “Close to the Edge” for the performance of the album in its entirety. If you were new to the group, this made for a hefty start to the show as you were looking at 40 minutes for 3 songs.  This is not to mistake the group as an early precursor to the DMB or Widespread Panic Jams, as what the group does is take you on a journey. You can follow the music and be surprised at the different levels of intricacy that can be developed.

As with any artist, the band played a cut from the new album “Heaven and Earth” which was received warmly from the relatively full Meadowbrook Music Theatre. All new music has the herculean task of immediately being compared to the bands past classics and with the FM airwaves no longer playing the current hits from the classic artists, this was no different.

“Fragile” was performed in order and very close to the original cut, including the sound from back in the day which was distorted a bit by the placement of the speakers as well as the overall weak sound system at the amphitheater. Despite the weak sound, the hash bash crowd was feeling every bit of what the band was giving them. Davison was more than passable as the lead singer; in fact he had the soul of what Jon Anderson originally brought to the band and let the audience know that he felt what they felt in both the performance of the music as well as the enjoyment of the experience.

The true love was directed at the 67 year old Howe on his Gibson, still plugging away on all of the strings that define the eclectic mix of the sweeping solos of the group. Squire, as an original founding member is still having fun, after 6 decades of playing the same Bass lines. Like many others, he did not seem to be put off that this was now a job as opposed to a passion.

Encores were what you would expect, with the radio hits of “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Starship Trooper” putting a cap on a night for a crowd that enjoyed a show of perfect length on a summer night. This is the type of show that outdoor venues are for. What make a band are memories and Yes rekindled many of those for an appreciative fan base.

Set List:
Siberian Khatru
And You and I
Close to the Edge
Believe Again
Cans and Brahms
We Have Heaven
South Side of the Sky
Five Per Cent for Nothing
Long Distance Runaround
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
Mood for a Day
Heart of the Sunrise
I've Seen All Good People
Starship Trooper