Monday, January 16, 2006

Rising Stars - LION'S SHARE


What are you currently up to? (E.g. touring/studio, etc.)

We are currently writhing songs for our 5th album.

Brief history of how you got into the music business and the style of music you play…

Lion' s Share released the first album in 1995 and have since released another 3 CD's. We've toured Europe and Scandinavia with bands like Manowar, DIO, Motörhead, Saxon, Dee Snider, Iced Earth, Nevermore, U.D.O. plus done a bunch of festivals with Deep Purple, Scorpions, In Flames, Candlemass, David Lee Roth, DIO, HammerFall, Manowar and many more... Right now the lineup is: Lars Chriss - guitar (original member and founder), plus the new guys Patrik Johansson - vocals (Astral Doors, Wuthering Heights, Space Odyssey), and Sampo Axelsson - bass (Glenn Hughes, Crawley).

I guess we play classic or as they say nowadays "old school" metal. We like melody and heavy riffing and bands like Megadeth, Black Sabbath , DIO, KISS, Judas Priest, Accept, Queensryche, Rush, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Iommi, Mars Volta, Disturbed, In Flames, Soilwork, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson and many more....

How do you hope to get heard above all the other bands and singers vying for attention out there?

We just keep our fingers crossed I guess...haha. No, seriously we need to continue touring and hopefully our fans will help out in any way they can as well.

How do you view the current live scene in the US as regards new bands getting exposure?

Our main markets are Europe and Asia, but hopefully our style of metal will continue to grow in the US. I doubt that it will ever be as big as in the 80's, but then again you never know...

How has the Internet helped spread the word about the band? Do you think downloading is helping or killing music?

It's helping music in general, but not the sales of CD's.

I'm sure some potential LS buyers downloaded or burnt a copy instead of buying it. On the other hand it's a great and for the most part free promotion tool. We've gotten especially a lot of US fans through the internet. For some reason the support from USA has always been good even though we've never been there...

What bands/artists do you admire and/or are an influence?

I admire many but KISS and Black Sabbath (especially with Dio), are my two favorite bands.

What have been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

I guess the month we did with DIO playing big hockey rinks is gonna be hard to top when it comes to highlights. Ronnie is my fave singer of all time and to be able to hang out with him everyday (what a nice person he is BTW!!!) was beyond anything I could dream of growing up and blasting his music on my bedroom stereo. Our fist tour with Saxon was really cool as well. Lowpoint must be working with some of the labels we've been signed to.

What ideally would you like to achieve ideally by this time next year?

Having the new CD ready?

What’s the most rock ‘n’ roll moment you have had so far?

It's been a couple, but having Lemmy personally making me my first whiskey/cola ever and then sing the whole new MH album to just the backgrounds (on a CD), just me and him in the room is pretty Rock'n'Roll to me...

What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?

If you go to our web site there's a link section with some suggestions for stores. Our merchandise section also includes all our albums. Another place these days is of course I-tunes...

Message to your fans...

Thanx to you all for your patience and support!!!!


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