From The FROM TIME TO TIME Pages.
As a prelude to my new exclusive interview with TOD HOWARTH, [ex of Frehley's Comet], I thought I'd post this one here.
I did this interview with Tod back in the fall of 1996 [via snail mail!] when his first solo disc came out - "Silhouette". This originally appeared in Issue 15 [Nov. 96] of my fanzine "From Time To Time". Enjoy!! :-) ..and be sure to visit the wesbite at www.todhowarth.com !
FT: When did you take up music? Who were your influences & early 'heros'?
TH: I started singing at 7 years old. I was amazed at the harmonies and melodies of the Beatles. My influences changed somewhat, but at first it was the, BEATLES, BADFINGER, then heros like T-REX (Marc Bolan), Jeff Beck (for guitar), and Steve Marriot (HUMBLE PIE) for vocals.
FT: Apart from all the instruments you play on "Silhouette", what else do you play ? How did you learn so many instruments ? What do you specialize in ?
FT: When and why did you get into music as a profession ?
FT: What was your musical history prior to joining Frehley's Comet in 1983 ? Please give any band names, recordings, people you've played with, years, etc...
FT: Prior to FC did you write a lot of songs ?
FT: How did you get the gig with Ace Frehley ? What was your first impressions of him ? (Baring in mind he was in Kiss, and had undergone a few personal problems.)
FT: How well did the original FC work together ? (ref to Ace, Anton, and John R.) Was it very democratic, or was Ace in charge ?
FT: Can you recall some of the tours you did with FC ? How well were you guys received ? Any funny
stories ? (I saw you guys open for Alice Cooper in Buffalo ! Great show, I'm a big Alice fan and I'd just got the FC album and loved it !)
FT: Why did Anton Fig leave the band after the live EP ?
FT: On the first album you only contributed 2 tracks, and on "Second Sighting" you contributed half of the material. How did that work ?
TH: On the second album Ace didn't have enough (any) tracks ready !
FT: Were you guys kind of disappointed that "Second Sighting" didn't break it BIG for the band ? Why did you split-up after ?
FT: You are credited with backing vox on Ted Nugent's "Penetration" Lp. Did you do any other work with/for him ?
FT: What was your association with Cheap Trick ? Any Lps or tours ?
FT: What did you do following Frehley's Comet ? Any recordings or bands prior to "Silhouette" ? Any
FT: What inspired you to do all of the work on "Silhouette" by yourself, at home ? Did you shop around demos ?
FT: When were the songs written for Silhouette ? Was making the album a long process ?
FT: What is your songwriting process ? (You tend to always write alone !?)
FT: The songs on Silhouette lean a good bit towards the FC stuff you contributed, but are a good bit heavier. Would you agree with that statement ? How would you describe the sound ?
FT: You're already working on another album. How different will it be to Silhouette ? Are you doing it at your home studio, with the same way you did Silhouette ?
FT: Are you happy with your career at this point ? What do you see yourself doing (wishing to) in the
future ? (ref to future recording plans, bands, touring...).
FT: (Lastly)....What are your thoughts on today's music scene ? Who are some of your favorite musicians/bands (new or old) ?
Interview written & conducted by Kevin J. Julie
Copyright - KJJ, Sept 2000.Interview, Sept 2000.