This month we’ve got our spotlight on a rock trio from San Diego, Ces Jacuzzi and the Slumlords. They play live all over the Western United States and have opened for national acts like The Outlaws, WASP, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rick Derringer and guitarist Tony MacAlpine and have a CD to promote. We’ve selected these quotes for your enjoyment. If you like what you see here, then go check out their web site at cesjacuzzi.com. It’s a great site with some cool images, wav files and even a video clip.
CHRIS MICHAELS (Bass Guitar) – on the January 25, 1997 impromptu show at Boomer’s in Las Vegas
“…. our last gig in Vegas was just wild. We showed up at Boomer’s Backstage just to hang out and KOMP 92.3, ‘The Rock of Las Vegas’ was doing a big live benefit show from there. Next thing I know, they’re asking us to play! Bruce from the station was doing a live remote and got me on the air and asked me questions about that band. Tim was asleep back at the hotel, he’d been up partying all night from the last show. Mike and I had to call him 5 times to wake him up. We didn’t get on until 2 AM, but the show went great! They finally made us stop around 4 AM because the sound crew was shot, but the audience sure wasn’t”
MIKE MILLER (Vocals and Guitar) – on the music business, March 1997
“I think the world’s getting burned out on seeing a bunch of Dennis Rodman’s with guitars! I think the record industry lately has become so consumed with catering to a crowd that is only interested in the veneer. There are some great new bands out there but unfortunately, rather than their music being the focal point, negative press has become the marketing tool of the 90′s. The true music listener, looking for real furniture, has folded up his wallet and gone home to listen to the Beatles, U2, and all of the other classics. Maybe that’s why the record sales for ‘96 were down. We try to make music that’s real, rather than put on some anal sideshow. We’re all tired!! Take the ‘tude home and give us some tunes!! Right now that’s what I’m thinking and that’s all you need to know about me.”
TIM JEFFRIES (Drums) – on signing autographs at Tiger’s Pub in Vegas, July 1996
“There was this girl that came up to me after the show, and she said she’d never seen anybody drum like me, and could I sign her breast? So I said yes and she whipped open her shirt and handed me a felt tip pin. I signed the top part of her breast, nice and neat. That was it. We had a few beers and then she left. All talk and no action. She said she wouldn’t shower for a few days to keep the signature. Weird, it wasn’t what I expected.”
TIM – on how busy he is, February 1997
“I can’t believe it!!! I have to go to Kinko’s, deliver pasta, I have to make a light bulb run, I have to swing by the Belly Up and 4th & B, drop a promo pack off at The Riverfront and get Steve over there so he can fix the buzz, swing by the doctor’s office and pick up Raquel, take her downtown to immigration and stand in as an established citizen for her so she can get her citizenship, run by my doctor’s office in Long Beach so he can look at my neck, run over to the Coach House, back down to San Diego and swing by Top Gear, drop my car off at the transmission place to get the seals replaced, walk over to the Star of India and put up fliers, pick up my new cymbal at the drum shop, over to immigration again to pick up Raquel’s papers, pick up my car, back over to the pasta place so I can drop off the trays, get back to V town and get my laundry, put the bearings in the rear end of the van and take it off of the jack, fix the plumbing under my sink etc., etc., etc…”
MIKE – on women, February 1997
“I play the show, get a beer and talk to all of the musicians that introduce themselves to me. Unfortunately, usually, none of them are women. That’s OK because I like getting serious input from people in the field. Most of the women at our gigs don’t find me interesting so my interaction with them is usually nil.”
To find out more about Ces Jacuzzi, visit their official web site at cesjacuzzi.com.