The Spoken "Rock" Word – Iconic Guitarists, Drummers and Frontmen in the RAW!

Written by - J.D.

Yngwie Malmsteen 2008
The Backstage Auctions 2012 “Rock Gods and Metal Monsters” Auction is turning out to be quite and epic event! We’ve already posted little blurbs about some of the extraordinary GEAR and RARITIES we have filling out the auction, yet we have so many more amazing lots of “hidden gems” we’ve not even mentioned and refuse to let get overlooked!

Quite possibly some of the most intimate items available in this auction come in the form of Interview Cassettes, provided to us by our consignor Steven Rosen. For nearly four decades Steven has been one of the premiere, most recognized rock journalists whose interviews with Rock and Metal’s top talent has appeared dozens of American music magazines, as well as in leading European and Japanese publications. Rosen has interviewed over a thousand musicians over the last 40 years and has been published in countless issues of Guitar, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Bass Player, Modern Drummer - you name the magazine, he has likely contributed to it.

There are a number of factors that make this collection so fascinating. First is that every interview contained within these cassettes has been published! In many cases these interviews have been published in more than one magazine, but at the very least each has been published, in some publication, at least once.

Another feature of these cassettes, even more exciting to us - is that these are unedited, raw versions of your (& our) favorite rock stars, speaking intimately. Backstage Auctions owner Jacques van Gool explains: 
“These interview cassettes contain the stuff that’s not printed too…the expletives, the long-winded answers, the jokes, and the upbeat comments and remarks…so you get a truly one-of-a-kind spoken dialogue from these artists - and these are the only existing copies of these interviews. None of these cassettes have been duplicated, distributed, released - nothing - making each cassette an irreplaceable, unique item.”
Kerry King - 2009

DJ Ashba  2011  /   Slash 2009

Steve Vai,  James Lomenza 2009 /  Dave Mustaine 2009

From Rosen’s personal collection we have put together over 70 stunning lots of exceptionally rare interview tapes! These cassettes feature interviews with the likes of Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Kerry King (Slayer), Glenn Danzig (Danzig), John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), John Paul Jones & Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Serj Tankien (System Of A Down), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Slash & Duff McKagen (Guns N’ Roses, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy, Black Label Society), Scott Ian & Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Joe Satriani, and Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), just to name a few. In all, we have over 100 cassettes separated into over 70 unique lots!

Phil Anselmo 2010
These rare cassettes from Steve Rosen’s collection are just another facet of the incredible “Rock Gods and Metal Monsters” Auction coming up in April. At Backstage Auctions, we pride ourselves on the things like this that differentiate us from any other auction house - these items that truly connect us to the artists we respect and admire. We hope you will find these cassettes as exciting as we do!

Be sure to tune into our Special VIP Preview from April 14-20 and start making your list! And don't forget to register for your VIP All Access Pass: Sign Me Up

The Rock Gods and Metal Monsters Auction will go live and open for bidding from April 21 - 29, 2012.

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