Many of you have known Macabre Ent for some time. He is always
ready with a story about time on the road with Geroge Lynch or a about any one of the other several acts he has worked with over the years. In another
exclusive GLFF Q&A, Macabre Ent takes some time to share his experiences.
Emergencies crop up all the time on the road. Can you tell us about one time where the shit hit the fan and how you saved the day?
M.E.- I really can't say i saved the day. But i made sure the guys got paid. That's a job in it's self. When your playing smaller venues promoters an club owners can be alittle slimy to say the least. I have MacGyvered drum hardware an other gear that craped out just before show time. A couple of times just mins before show time.
You've worked in quite a few different aspects of the entertainment industry. In which part would you say you met the best people to work with? Which part had the nicest ladies?
M.E.- I would say best people to work with is the Music biz. Hottest chicks? That would be TV & Movies. Lots of amazing women willing to give you their head shots. L.O.L.
Were the LM groupies uncomfortable sitting down in a chair after being in the back of the bus with George? (ed. note: to understand more, click here and scroll down a little over halfway to #60 in the 2nd group)
M.E.- Wouldn't you be? I do remember running interference on some chicks boyfriend while GL had her on the back of the bus.
Is Robert Mason REALLY a "Bad Motherfucker?" (song title)
M.E.- Hell Yeah! There's not a stage anywhere he can't Conquer! And Make No mistakes No prisoners will be taken.
What's your take on the direction the music industry will go in the future? Will bands make all their money from touring and merch?
M.E.- I think it goes in cycles. Right now a big part of the biz is in the hands of the producers. ie: Rap, Hip Hop, Pop And some modern Rock. People like Simon Cowell, P Diddy, etc. Those people are Leeches on the industry. Simon Cowell's claim to fame before idol was the producing the Teletubbies. Band make money touring. That's a fact. And most 80s bands need to tour to make money. Most attempts at new records don't sell enought to make a difference.
I'm sure you must have partied with "Wild" Mick Brown. What was that like?
M.E.- Mick is a pisser. He is a fun person to hang with. I don't usually remember much but laughing alot. And waking up with some girl that i don't know what her name is.
How does working a tour for George Lynch differ from some of your other clientele?
M.E.- With other artist i don't have to wonder when and how bad i'm gonna get Fu*ked
Who were some of your early influences for getting into your line of work? Who still influences you to this day?
M.E.- I did some worked for Lenny back on his Circus record. And seeing how he worked i thought everybody was like that. I learned real fast that wasn't the case. As for today i'll stick with Mr. Kravitz. He's a true musican/song writer.
What is your most outrageous story from being on the road with George Lynch?
M.E.- While doing a show in Sacramento CA. The band was on stage playing and i had two naked girls performing in the back lounge on the bus. And having GL's dad knocking on the door an wanting a tour of the bus. As a Tour Manager you have to think on the fly. L.O.L.
After working on music videos for Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, Megadeth, and Danzig, what is your take on what MTV has done to the music business?
M.E.- In the beginning in it's true form, MTV was good for the artist. Now it's pay-o-la and has nothing to do with what's happening with music. It's now become Empty TV
Speaking of those videos, which do you feel stand the test of time? Which of those artists did you enjoy working with the most? Are you another notch in Madonna's belt?
M.E.- I would say Nine Inch Nails. Trent makes more than music. He creates visual art. Art that goes beyond himself. Case in point The Hurt video with Johnny Cash. I.M.O one of the best videos ever made. As for Madonna, Not me! She reminds me of raw chicken on your super market shelf. Whitish/Gray with vains showing through. I'll pass!
For those interested in getting into tour support, what would you tell them?
M.E. Get your tools together, Say goodbye to your relationship. And expect to want to kick the sh*t out of a artist you idolized. haha
Was George still bodybuilding when you worked with him? If so, was it Jamba Juice or the other juice?
M.E.- I was the only one getting the Strawberry, Banana, Orange 16oz from Jamba juice. So i guess you can do the math.
Having worked with Ronnie Spector, did you ever hear anything that made you think Phil was guilty or innocent?
M.E.- Ronnie is a class act. What a singer, Freaking amazing. The socalled Divas of today could take lessons from a true Diva. It was before the Phil trial. But i would say guilty.
Among your different fields (tour support, sfx, etc.), who do you look to for inspiration?
M.E.- My Mom & Dad. And the people i love.
Some of your movie work includes Volcano, Starship Troopers, and Face/Off. Which one shows off your work the best? Who chewed the most scenery, Cage or Travolta? Did the crew fall over themselves for Denise Richards? Is Tommy Lee Jones that cantankerous in person?
M.E. Tommy was cool on the set. And Denise, We all followed her around like puppies after the puppy chow! My best work was in Face Off, Travolta chewed the most scenery. L.O.L.
You worked on the 1st season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Marry, f***, kill: Sarah, Alyson, Charisma?
M.E.- Marry= Charisma, What a woman!!!!! Marry= Alyson, A down to earth person with a good heart. As for the princess? She's a handful, To much work. Not her fault. When they tell you your a star since your a kid. You start to believe it.
George Lynch, Lenny Kravitz and Madonna get into a cage match. Who wins?
M.E.- Lenny wins! He's too smooth for you to hit. L.O.L.
After living in places as varied as New York, California and Florida, what are the best parts of each?
M.E.- NY= The people, the food, The CITY! Cali= The Women!!!!!!& The Beach! Fl= The weather in the winter.
What is the most memorable gig you've worked?
M.E.- Woodstock 94. So many cool artist. And my dog walking out on stage while Metallica was playing.
One of your favorite authors is Neale Donald Walsch. How have his writings helped you handle with some of the situations you've encountered in your line of work?
M.E.- Keeping me grounded, And understanding the Human condition.
If you had time on your schedule and George Lynch called you up to work his tour, what would you think and would you do it?
M.e.- I would think WTF! Hide! L.O.L.
Sheryl Crow. Does all she wanna do is have some fun?
M.E.- I worked with Sheryl back in 95. She sure didn't look like she looks now.
You are known to play a little music yourself. What gear are you currently using?
1965 Ampeg Gemini I. My Gibson LesPaul & my Unviox 335 Custom got lost.
Is DeeLite known to smoke on stage?
M.E.- Wow, DeeLite, That was a fun 3 month tour. Those people were CaRzY! Great preformers!
Is it common for bands to stock the bus with consumables from the gigs?
M.E.- if you have a rider there's No reason to take anything. If you don't have a rider. I found if you ask for something like water, beer, booze, food. Most are happy to help you out. Keep good Karma on your side.
You appear to have an impressive network of insider connections within the music industry. Who is the most influential person on your speed dial?
M.E.- Alex Alvarez, One of my Best Friends, And the Greatest Tech to do the job. I owe him alot.
What was your largest music-related check and how did you blow it?
M.E.- My 1st weeks check working with Lenny. Buying parts for my 72 Chevelle SS, And dinner at Ruth Chris.
Does Chris Cornell use his vocal chords to knock down a door when he's locked out?
M.E. He could!
What was the most memorable item you remember seeing on a tour rider?
M.E.- Pampers,( Don't ask) and Beanie Wennies.( People really eat those things)
You claim that George Lynch still owes you an ESP M-1 Tiger. Can you explain the situation? When do you think you'll finally get it?
M.E.- I was promised a amount of money to TM that tour. Then he wanted to cut my pay by $400.00 a week. I said OK if i get a M1-Tiger. It was agreed. But it never happened. He did give one to a bus driver that was terrible, and had a piece sh*t bus. When pigs fly!
If you had gottten the M1-Tiger you were promised, would you have kept it, or sold it on eBay like so much endorsement gear?
M.E.- I would have had the whole band sign it, And i would have put it on my wall.
How does your appreciation for American history play into some of the things you've seen on your travels?
M.E.- We live in a amazing country. So much to be seen an experienced. Things and places that will touch your soul. It's to bad the price of gas is what it is. It has taken away a basic joy we should all experience.
What's a revelation about being part of the Lynch organization that you've never shared with anyone before?
M.E.- I keep all my paper work. Ya hear that George, So don't talk sh*t!
Of all the muscle cars you've worked on, which one was the most rock and roll? Do you ever race any of them (legally or otherwise)?
M.E.- i had a 70 Chevelle back in the day. One of the fastest on the street back then. Yes, I street raced. And the judge knew me by name. L.O.L.
On the Rock Never Stops tour, you were there with Ratt and Quiet Riot. Did anything come up about the early 80s feud? Was DuBrow a sweetheart or did you see why Robbin Crosby had reason to mark out DuBrow's name when he signed that first album?
M.E.- Q.R. namely Frankie & Kevin had a bug up their asses about Ratt. We were told we can't hang out with them and don't go on their bus. Fu*k that. I'm good friends with Bobby, Robbie, Jizzy and Crabby. And i know Warren. It got so bad i called Kevin out in El Paso. I've Never done anything like that before. Very unprofessional. I had to just work for the gear after that. Fu*k them and make sure the gear was right an ready to go. Let me add Chuck Wright And Alex are good people.
Finally, what can we be expecting to see from Macabre Ent over the next year?
M.E.- Funny you should ask. I just came back from Hollywood, Where i had meetings with two major studios about my screen play that i've been writing for about 5 years. This came as a complete surprise. But things went extremely well. Who Knows???? Maybe, Blue House (the working title) coming to a theater near you. Wouldn't that be a hoot! L.O.L.
Wow! Those are some amazing answers with some incredible insight from a man that has seen many sides of the entertainment business. Everyone please give it up to Macabre Ent for sharing his time with us!! It takes a pair to stand up with candid answers like that.