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Kick Axe Guitarist Recalls The Time The Band Was Asked to Write Songs For Black Sabbath

Canada's The Metal Voice recently spoke to Kick Axe co-founder and guitarist Larry Gillstrom about the bands new album, upcoming tour, the bands legacy and how the band was asked to write for other metal bands in the 80's such as Black Sabbath.

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Larry Gillstrom explained to The Metal Voice how the band was asked to write for Black Sabbath during the Gillan era he said," while we were doing 'Vices album' we got the keys to the studio to go in and record some songs that were supposed to go to Black Sabbath with Ian Gillen singing. That was kind of what was going on at the time. Spencer (Proffer) was going to be involved with that and he needed some songs and he asked us to try to write some. So we went into the studio with Hans who was the the second engineer on our Vices album. We were just on our own and we we put together four songs and two of them were songs we wanted to actually do on our second album if they didn't get picked up by Black Sabbath. And they didn't get picked up because the whole Ian Gillen, Black Sabbath kind of didn't work the way Spencer wanted it to work. So we wrote the song 'Hunger', Piece of The Rock and two other songs 'Running Wild in the streets' and another song that really wasn't worth mentioning. But those three songs are all recorded. We did eventually release Hunger and 'Nothing's Gonna Stand on our way' which is a song we recorded with Randy Bishops. But 'hunger' and 'Piece of the rock' we thought they'd be on our second album but when I went to LA and talked to Spencer he said no they're already on King Kobra's album so...."


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Kick Axe is a Canadian heavy metal band from Regina, Saskatchewan. The group is perhaps best known for their 1984 album Vices. The band achieved moderate commercial success in the mid-1980s on the strength of the singles "Heavy Metal Shuffle", "On the Road to Rock", "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Rock the World". Following the release of their 1986 album Rock the World, Kick Axe disbanded and remained on hiatus for many years. In 2004, they re-emerged with the album Kick Axe IV

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