Posts by Ville Krannila

Thomas Jensen Interview

At the 29th edition of the biggest heavy metal festival in the world Wacken Open Air, Steel Mill sat down with Thomas Jensen, leader and heart and soul of the event. We touched on Wacken’s past, present and future, Thursday 2.8. headliners Judas Priest and festival’s 30th anniversary next year. http://kkdowning.net/steelmill/Interviews/thomas-jensen-wacken-open-air-interview/
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Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister) – Steel Mill Interview

Twisted Sister ended their long and illustrious career after 40+ years in 2016. Band’s founding member and guitarist Jay Jay French has been through thick and thin with the band and shared stages with Judas Priest going as far back as late 1970’s. Heather Williams went through his career highlights for Steel Mill. http://kkdowning.net/steelmill/Interviews/from-club-daze-to-heavy-metal-stardom-jay-jay-french-twisted-sister-interview/
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K.K. Downing “Heavy Duty” US edition book cover released!

A long awaited “Heavy Duty” book from K.K. presents its US edition cover! Pre-order link also available. Message from K.K.: Hi everyone! I’m proud to finally show you all the cover art for the U.S edition of my forthcoming autobiography. I’ve put my heart and soul into this book to give you, the fans, an honest account of my life in and out of Judas Priest. The book is available to pre-order at the link below. http://bit.ly/2pWNft4 We will keep you updated on publication information for other countries as the details will arrive (Millworkers’ note).
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Andy LaRocque – A Steel Mill Interview

Guitarist Andy LaRocque has been a constant partner and creative force with King Diamond since the band’s origins 32 years ago. Here he talks to Heather Willliams about his lengthy career, past projects with Death and Falconer among others, gear and the status of upcoming long awaited King Diamond -studio album. http://kkdowning.net/steelmill/Interviews/andy-larocque-interview/
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K.K. Downing Heavy Duty -memoir to be published in September 2018

K.K. Downing’s long-awaited biography Heavy Duty – Days And Nights In Judas Priest (co-written by Mark Eglinton) will be released in September. K.K.’s official statement can be seen below: Hi Everyone! I just wanted to make reference to my upcoming autobiography. It was with great surprise to me that I saw articles recently relating to my book, as work is still in progress finalising everything. The internet-led world we live in doesn’t make it easy to keep secrets! However, I was secretly desperate to tell you all about this book, as my life story is something that I am very proud
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Gary Hughes (Ten) – Steel Mill Interview

British melodic hard rock masters Ten have been forging their brand of AOR-influenced music for almost 25 years. The band’s new surge of creativity saw them release a new album “Gothica” last year. Steel Mill talked to band’s vocalist and song writer Gary Hughes on the new record, his influences, Ten’s past, present and future. http://kkdowning.net/steelmill/Interviews/journey-ages-gary-hughes-ten-interview/
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Andy Sneap – A Steel Mill Interview

Legendary producer Andy Sneap really needs no introduction but we will give it to you anyway. The man who also plays guitar in Hell has produced every major metal band out there and of course has worked with Judas Priest and Saxon on both of their upcoming releases scheduled for early 2018. His CV also includes Accept, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Megadeth, Kreator, Nevermore and Testament. He played guitar with British legends Sabbat in late 1980’s and has been a member of his biggest influence Hell for the past decade, since group’s reformation. Steel Mill’s Jari Asell and Heather Williams talked to
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Paul Crook – A Steel Mill Interview

Guitar Master Paul Crook has worked with many musicians among them Glenn Hughes (composing the song Feels Like Home for Glenn’s solo record Building The Machine), Scott Metaxas from Nuclear Assault (co-producing Billy Milano’s M.O.D. record The Rebel You Love To Hate), and Frank Dimino on his Old Habits Die Hard album. He’s also performed on television night time talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Top Of the Pops in the UK and Germany and co-owns Devil Star Entertainment in Las Vegas with John Madera so the man has had a lot of things going on since day
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