US in the 80s was overflown with so called glam or hair metal band. Only the few of them survived that decade and managed to strive. The rest were, in a manner of speaking, washed out. The sea has thrown Adam Bomb on the shores of Europe. Guitar player that was too young to play in The Kiss and whom Axl Rose only out of the fear of rejection didn’t what to ask him to play in Guns N Roses, one of the most active players concert-wise. His virtuosity on guitar and spectacular show with torches, fire crackers and guitar burning he presented in Serbian city’s Nis and Belgrade. In an interview with Balkanrock, Adam Bomb speaks about his concerts, shares memories of guitar sessions with Eddie Van Halen, his regrets about signing with Geffen records and says he’s gonna rock until he dies.
BR: How would you describe your relationship with audience on your shows?
Adam: Well, we’re kind of a spectacular show. We try to entertain the audience and take them away from their lives for a little bit. I don’t know, we’re just like people in the audience, we’re just the party band. You know, rock & roll, party…
BR: You played in USA in ’80s – the decade of glam and hard rock music. How much are people today interested in this kind of music in USA, and how much in Europe?
Adam: It took me a long time to get the point where I can tour and come to all this places. I would have loved to come to Bulgaria when I was in my 20s, or come to Serbia and play. World was different then. I think that in the days of Hollywood and glam rock we all thought: Wow, we wish we were around 10 years earlier and touring with Led Zeppelin, because nobody would have ever thought we’d be hanging out with Poison… something that people would read about later. It’s the same shit. It’s just like you live for the moment and not really think like: Oh fuck, it was just 10 years back, because some things change, life’s different now. It’s kind of very exciting now with all the internet and the communications. I mean, communication is what rock and roll used to be all about. Communication is very easy now – between cultures, languages…and rock ’n’ roll is universal.
BR: In glam, what is more important? Music, image or something else?
Adam: I’m a guitar player, I don’t consider myself a glam rocker, because glam rock is all about image. I don’t consider Kiss glam rock, but they are very glamorous, even in their old days.
BR: When you were 16 you went to Eddie Van Halen’s hotel room to ask him to sign your guitar and ended up jamming for hours. Do you treat young musicians the same way?
Adam: Of course I do. I try to give them lessons. If the kid was happen to be in the same hotel as I am, and come to me with a guitar for an autograph, I wouldn’t just sit in the room and do coke, I suppose would let him in like Eddie let me in. I wish I could give kids advice and show them guitar tricks. We’ll return to a lot of places and I’ll see a kid and tell him: Ok. I’ll be back here in a year and show me if you got better.
BR: How valuable was that Van Halen experience for you, as a young guitar player at the start of his career?
Adam: I took some guitar lessons from this guy in Rebel company and he would like show us songs that i think he didn’t play right. He was mister note for note, you know, he was like: You need to know songs note for note. Anyway, when I went to see Van Halen I realized that he was wrong and I was right. It was kind of validating that I knew what I was doing was right and I had heroes to look up to. Guitar players were special back then.
BR: Where did you get idea for “Fire guitar“?
Adam: That involves trying to the things like bands on the big concerts, but in the little clubs. And thought what can I do to keep the audience. It’s not just fire, there are also fireworks. It’s just little shtick that you collect. And if you collect enough of them and capture people’s attention for 20, 30 seconds than you can build show on them.
BR: And does it work for you?
Adam: Yeah! My show is full with shticks. There are all those things that I thought were cool over the years like little guitar solo, guitar trick or just boom, boom, boom.
BR: You’ve worked with a lot musicians, who will you work with next?
Adam: I’d like to support Kiss. Right now I played with everybody I ever wanted to play with in my life, and the guys I would still lake to play with are dead. I just wanna make a record with my band and I would like to do some big thing with my band, like some festivals, which we do, and I would like to do one big tour opening for Kiss or somebody big like them.
BR: You mentioned you want to record with band. You last album was issued in 2005. When do you plan to make a new one?
Adam: We’ve been in studios here and there just recording one song, but I need a producer and I need money. I used to spend most of the ’80s and ’90s making records. I don’t want to make a record that’s s**t, just to make the record so I could have something new at the merchandize table. And we keep playing and getting booked for the past four years. I didn’t have two months break to make a record. But even if I did, it would still take a lot of money because I want to do it the way I know how to, which is kind of the way they made records in the ’70s and ’80s, not the way they do now, with computers, at home.
BR: Do you regret something in your musical career?
Adam: Sometimes I wish I never signed for Geffen records. That was kind of a fatal error. I choose the wrong way for stupid reasons. My friends were in Geffen. I had offers from many labels. I really should have went with Polygraph, cause they really wanted me and had plans to do something on the back of Bon Jovi. It could have been anybody, but it turned out to be Cinderella. Companies think like that. They are like a f*****g candy bar. Bon Jovi had blonde hair and they were looking for some Aerosmith-kind-looking rock band, and they took them on tour with Bon Jovi and they sold. That’s all the music business really is. I don’t know, I chose my own path. I said, when I was starting and writing song “I want my heavy metal”, which I still sing today and I love singing it, cause it’s true. It was true when I was 18 years old and wrote, and it’s f*****g true now, and I will rock till I die. And 25 years later it’s pretty cool. I’m on the stage in the middle of who-knows-where in the world and playing.
BR: Will you be touring for another 25 years?
Adam: I’m gonna rock until I die, so I suppose, yeah, because I have more in common with the blues men from the past, and the jazz guys. Even my name is like a burning black man name like Muddy Waters or someone like that. I see myself as carrying on something that people don’t do anymore. The only reason I know this is because the bands I see or play with on the road don’t sound like that. It’s very hard to find an original, authentic rock and roll. Even not an original and authentic rock guitar.