The Hollywood Saints
don't mess around. The brainchild of bassistNaked Dave
, who coincidentally ownsNaked Dave's Music
, the guitar/drum shop where the band practices, the group cover 80s hair-metal classics, but also put their Aqua Net sheen on classics byC.C.R.
and Thin Lizzy. Lead by charismatic, booze swilling front-manGeno Dellamorte
, the band have opened for Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns at neighboringClub Red
, which, when combined withRockzone Records
and Waffle House make up some sort of butt-rock nexus in Tempe.The 'Saints
open forFirehouse at Club Red on April 10th.
"We play music the way it's supposed to be played," Naked Dave tells me. "From the heart, you know?"
"Yeah," Dellamorte chuckles. "We express what's in our heart by playing other people's music."
Despite his wry grin, the band takes their fun seriously. "Practice always starts out pretty rough," Dellamorte states. "But after a few drinks, it gets really awesome."
Smells Like: What kind of smell does a guitar shop have? The smell of ambitious dreams? The smell of "Stairway to Heaven?" The smell of bad credit? I'm not sure, but that's what Naked Dave's smells like.
Most Cherished Piece of Gear: Asking gear-heads like Hollywood Saints about their most cherished piece of equipment is trouble. Drummer Robbie Sixx, who teaches drum lessons at the store, was beaming in pride about his new "totally butt-rock drum-set." Dellamorte showed off his new Fender Bassman head, despite the fact that he "never plays it." But the ultimate bandanna goes off to Naked Dave himself, who's bass-rig was taller than me.
Odds N' Ends: The store features plenty of memorabilia, the wall's covered in rock n' roll posters and oddities, including a signed poster from Creepsville 666, the psycho-billy act that includes both Dellamorte and Sixx, who also practice at Naked Dave's.
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