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It's Carnival time, the party of the people they say, that time of year which you do not work, you put on your costume, go to the streets, drink as much as you can until you fall and shag everybody who is in front of you.

It lasts for five days (seven for the "lucky" ones) and you are forced to listen to that horrible music coming from the streets nearest you.

Anyway, I bloody hate Carnival. Do you know what I do instead? I interview rock stars. And today I bring you not only one, but two interviews: Jeff Scott Soto and Eric Martin.

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Both of them are coming to Brazil on a tour together, starting March 8th. I was not sure if I would have the time to meet them when they are here since they have a pretty tight schedule ahead of them, however they were kind enough to give me some of their time.

But before you read it, I must inform you of the tour. First of all, it's not the first time they have come to Brazil together. In 2010 they came here for two shows and here's a look to see how cool it was:



This time Jeff Scott Soto will come with his Queen Tribute Concert before coming back home to finish his next album, which will be a band album and not another solo effort.

As for Eric Martin, he promises to play some Mr Big hits as well as some of his solo material and maybe a couple of covers. Will they be together on stage? Well, there's a chance for that as you can read in the interviews below.

Here is what Jeff Scott Soto had to tell me before getting his plane to Rio.

Hi Jeff, here you are back in Brazil after one year since you last came. What do you expect from this new tour?

"Well it's not really a tour, it started as one show on the Motorcycle Cruise to do this Queen set as they wanted me for this, not for my own band at this time. I told them I would only be interested if I can do at least one more show, it's a LONG flight from Los Angeles to come only for one show.

"Once the second show was booked, others came in with interest to do more. I didn't want to make a tour of this because I don't want people thinking this is my new decision to do tribute tours. This is more for fun, as a reason to come back to Brazil before my real tour later!"

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This time you are touring with Eric Martin. Can the fans expect a jam with you two on stage?

"Eric is a dear friend, I love him both musically and personally so I always look forward to sharing the bill with him. Jamming together is never discussed, we decide at the time and moment so for now, there is no plan."

You will be on a cruise, the Motorcycle Rock Cruise. Is it your first time performing on a cruise? If so, how do you think it will be? If not, tell us how is the experience of performing on a boat? Do you end up hanging out with fans before and after the gig? Are those cruises a way of getting fans and idols closer to each other?

"No, I have done a few of these rock cruises... the funny thing about them is yes, of course you're closer to fans and the people coming to see you but you don't want to get too close as I have done many shows where the audience is mostly my friends or people I know and its difficult to entertain them fully because they feel if they're too close, they don't have to respond like an audience.

"So I try to find a balance of hanging around but also hiding a bit so they don't see me every minute before I hit the stage and it feels more like a real gig, letting the connection occur more onstage during the gig. After the gig is totally different, I don't mind taking photos and shaking hands, I can relax and be a part of the experience at that point."

You recently posted on your Facebook page that this will be a busy year for you. Tell us a little bit about this reunion with Talisman. How will it be for you without Marcel Jacob next to you on stage?

"This Talisman reunion has been a long time coming. It made the most sense to do this year as its the five year mark since Marcel left us as well. He would have been 50 years old this year.

"There is a lot in the plans, I am hoping it all comes together as I have in my head, I want it to be something very special beyond just another show."

And what about your new album? You said it will be a band album, instead of a solo one.

"I am not saying much more about this right now, one of the reasons I am refusing all interviews. I only wanted to discuss this Queen thing as I am not ready to give bits and pieces of info anymore about the next steps until I am ready to give ALL details about it including letting people hear it finally."

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How are the discussions of reuniting with Axel Rudi Pell later this year? Can you comment a little further on that?

"There is discussion of me joining him onstage at a festival in Germany in July; I am waiting for details still."

Last time I interviewed you in Rio for MetalTalk.net, you taught our readers how to make the perfect Caipirinha. Have you learned any new recipe that you're willing to share with us this time?

"I remember that but maybe you don't remember, it was a Caipiroska, I don't like Caipirinha's! I don't have any new recipes, I haven't even been drinking much, have been too busy touring and taking care of my health... but every time in Brazil, I make up for it!

Click here to see Jeff's exclusive Capiroska's recipe!

What is the question that I forgot to ask that you really wanted to answer?

"Why after 30 years of a successful career do you still get people calling you 'Scott' as your first name? My reply is 'have you ever called David Lee Roth 'Lee'?'"

Do you have a message for our readers?

"My message is all in my answers here. Love and enjoy life while you can! :)"

Now let's check what Eric Martin had to tell us:

Hi Eric. How's coming back to Brazil? Last time was with Avantasia, right? You were also here the year before with Mr Big.

"To me it's a long time coming. I always miss Brazil, the fans bring so much energy and rock n' roll love to the event I almost feel like I'm the one whose being entertained."

How was touring with Avantasia? How did Tobias approach you? Did you know the project before you were invited? How was working with Michael Kiske?

"Tobias came to a Mr Big show that I was playing at in Eastern Europe and that was the one show out of the whole seven month tour that I lost my voice. God I felt terrible and embarrassed.

"Tobias gave Billy Avantasia's box set for me to listen to and watch. Ironically he bought the box set at a local record store because he forgot to bring one... I think hearing that story sold me on this talented kid. I really didn't know what this project was all about but I knew that it was some sort of a rock opera.

"I was asked to sing the balled 'What's Left Of Me' and join their upcoming 'Mystery Of Time' tour. The music and all the musicians and singers were amazing but I was intimidated at first because I was taking the place of the great Jorn Lande. After a few dozen cold sweats, taking a diver's deep breath and re-adjusting my balls I think I pulled it off and maybe brought some hard soul to the mix.

"Michael was very helpful and sweet to me knowing that I was new to the tour and this style of music. He has a powerful presence onstage but off stage he's childlike in nature... he serenaded all of us with Elvis tunes before every show... it was a nice warm up before the three hour Metal opera. The King lives!"

This time you are touring with Jeff Scott Soto. Can the fans expect a jam with you two on stage?

"We've talked about it and we're not going to plan anything, we're just going to "wing it" as they say. If we're both feeling the love from the audience then sure, why not bust out a few tunes."

Will you be doing a fully acoustic set? What can the fans expect from this tour?

"Actually the majority of my show will be plugged in. I've hired a kick ass rock band from Brazil to play my songs and I will be playing a handful of acoustic songs by myself as well."

Browsing the internet, I found out that you are currently writing material for a new Mr Big album. Can you comment a little further on that?

"Yeah we're writing right now for an album to be released in about five months or so, with a tour to follow. I've been working everyday for the last two months and I can't wait till we all get together again."

How was reuniting with them after so many years? How did you settle everything that had happened before?

"God that was so long ago... when five, six, hell, ten years go by the things you disliked then seem so trite and trivial now. I know for a fact that we missed singing and playing that material together live.

"As clichéd as it sounds the BIG music brought us back with no questions asked. We didn't have any big plans to do anything except touring; we had such a great time of it that we decided to do an album. The only thing we all agreed on was keeping it completely painless and stress free.

"So far so good, we get together every couple years and rock n' roll. The minute it starts becoming a job or a pain in the ass than I guess we just put the Genie back in the bottle... again."

Are you and Billy on good terms again (if you ever were)? Do you talk to each other or is it a professional relationship only?

"Huh? This kind of question should be reserved for Hollywood power couples and tabloid fuck ups. Billy and I have known each other for 26 years, that's almost half my life. He's one of the most intelligent men that I've ever met; he's got a heart of gold and can also be as tough as nails. The key to a lasting R&R relationship is respect; I've never played with anybody better than him."

What is the question that I forgot to ask that you really wanted to answer?

"How did you get the name Mr. Big? Or When did you cut your hair and why? Or how is it that you're still so young looking? Do you take anti-aging drugs? I'll get back to you on that. Ha."

  Do you have a message for our readers?

"I love my life as a singer, songwriter and live performer. I wouldn't be able to cross the ocean, much less cross the street, without your unwavering loyalty and support for Mr Big and myself. Thank you all for keeping my dream alive so I can rock out for you."

The tour starts in Rio on March 8th and it ends on March 16th in São Paulo. Check below for more dates.

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I'd like to give a big thanks to Heloísa Vidal @ FreepassEntretenimento.







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The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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