Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple) - Vocals
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) - Guitar
Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) - Drums
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) - Bass
While some classic rock musicians have formed successful all-star bands, what is unique about Big Noize is its heritage and concept. All members have a related and connected past. The artists they are associated with have featured many of the same musicians and share the same fans. Big Noize is a tribute to the bands that each member were integral parts of and a reunion for their extensive and loyal fan base.
Big Noize features vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow), guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), bassist and Grammy Award Committee member Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Billy Idol) and although not officially promoted, Teddy ZigZag Andreadis (Guns N Roses).
On their current three-state tour consisting of NY, NJ and PA, Big Noize makes their name known at one of Long Island’s last remaining Rock N Roll Halls Mulcahy’s in Wantagh. The beer specials, appetizing 9 cent Buffalo wings and Guitar Hero were the attraction for enduring fans until 11pm when Big Noize arrived onto the stage to perform their two hour set.
The bands set list contains a powerhouse of anthems that topped rock and pop charts in the 70s and 80s. Highlights include "Crazy Train" (Ozzy Osbourne), "Cum On Feel The Noize" (Quiet Riot), "Rainbow In The Dark" (Dio) and "Stone Cold" (Rainbow). Street of Dreams (Rainbow) was an eye opener for fans as they sang along and swayed in the crowd. Sprinkled in between songs were spontaneous jam sessions where band members took turns either resting or demonstrating their talents.
Joe Lynn Turner as always is very direct with the audience and offers up the option to simply proceed directly to the encore or pretend to leave and wait for enthusiastic cheers to bring the band back on stage for a grand finale. Big Noize completes the night with Deep Purple’s "Highway Star", "Long Live Rock N Roll" by Rainbow and a much unexpected "Tush" from ZZ Top.
ClubLongIsland.com’s exclusive interview with Joe Lynn Turner reveals the birth and immediate plans of Big Noize plus more.
CLI: Who came up with the concept for Big Noize and how were the members chosen and assembled?
JLT: The concept has been attempted but we do not know of any exactly like Big Noize…a group of artists that were not only in major classic rock bands in the past but have a related past as well. What separates us is we are the originals playing the originals. We either wrote, recorded or toured with these acts whose music we play. We are not a band behind either a guitarist or singer who may have been in a major act in the past. We are not a tribute band we’re originals doing our originals.
As far as how the members were chosen, there is a lot of friendship involved and other considerations. It came down to personality, availability and professionalism. Although we are all so busy with other projects outside of Big Noize, scheduling is a huge challenge. That’s why it’s hard to put together a long tour.
A successful businessman in Franklin, Tennessee who is also a big rock fan, wanted to put something similar together where the band members all had a related past. A lot of phone calls and emails later, we all met in Tennessee where we did two private Big Noize showcases. One of them was recorded for a DVD and video to promote the band to talent buyers and promoters.
CLI: I hear there have been thoughts for collaboration on a new original album.
JLT: Yes more than thoughts. We are just trying to find time. Again, it’s the scheduling issue that is holding us back. We all have several things we are working on at once. In fact, I have to do 2 albums before the end of the year myself along with spending almost the entire summer on the road overseas. Right now, Big Noize is focusing on "getting on the map" as a viable entity.
CLI: You were the frontman for "Hit Squad" a band which had a similar concept but had rotating members. Would you say that Big Noize is the evolution from Hit Squad?
JLT: Not at all. It’s a completely different type of music. I think Big Noize has a more cohesive lineup in that we all have related pasts. We have a stronger lineup for the genre and hard rock audience that we are playing for. In Hit Squad most of the set consisted of other people’s songs we loved and grew up with…not our own songs.
CLI: Currently you are on a 3-state tour (NY, NJ, PA) promoting Big Noize. Will you be focusing more on touring other states, or on areas outside of the US where there’s currently a larger fan base for hard rock?
JLT: Definitely and we are looking into all that now. There is talk about us going to New Zealand and Mexico and possibly are doing more international dates.
CLI: The setlist currently includes powerhouse rock anthems originally performed by Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Dio, Rainbow and others. What other classics might we anticipate to hear as part of the setlist?
JLT: We do Deep Purple classics like, "Highway Star" and "Smoke On The Water." We may pull out a jam if the timing and situation feels right…maybe do "Rock and Roll" by Led Zep…LOL…it depends on the crowd, the booze and the broads.
CLI: Were there other performers considered for Big Noize?
JLT: Yes, but because of personality type and background combined with sense of commitment we decided on this line up.
CLI: What are your thoughts about the American Idol frenzy?
JLT: It’s a FAR CRY from what it was like when I started in the biz. I grew up with a no-fluff hard work ethic where dedication and tenacity was the focus if you wanted to "make it big". We did not have some venue where 40 million people were watching you every week, voting in what seems to be more of a popularity contest. It was all about "dying for your art" back in the 70s and even through most of the 80s.
CLI: You’ve all inspired legions of fans to pick up instruments, form bands and write music. Today’s youth are begging for Rock Icons to inspire them. Many are listening to classic hard rock, wearing vintage rock t-shirts and buying up Guitar Hero games featuring many classic hard rock songs.
JLT: You are absolutely right! Thanks for that observation! So-called classic rock is bigger than ever. My 18 year old daughter said it best when she said the new stuff has no soul. I was surprised they realize the high-tech generation is so fond of this music from the 60s, 70s and even some from the 80s. All her friends listen to the classics and they even wear the old vintage t-shirts. In Russia, where I just finished a sold-out tour, the genre is huge! Like I said before, a GREAT song is a GREAT song no matter when it was recorded.