Tell us a little about the band you played in with Geoff Tate.
Adam Bomb: Well, let's see....at first it was called Spectrum and then it was called
Tyrant. Then there was RAGE, which was Scott Earl, me and this drummer Gary and we didn't have a singer.
We did a show in Gary's basement.(laughs) Scott stopped playing with
me & Gary shortly after that and we had a band with the twins; Rod and Brad Young and they were the brothers of Terry Young who was the
singer for Rail & Co. Rail & Co. was this big rock band that was with Unicam Mountain Entertainment, this guy Craig Cook. He was like
this cheesy guy with a jeri curl perm and the bad suntan. He used to take advantage of all the kids in all the bands and put on these shows at the roller rink.
And if you signed with Craig Cook, you could be somebody, but he never signed anyone (laughs). Let see...I had a band with the twins, and then
we got this bass player who was older and we auditioned for singers...no this was before the twins actually, we had a singer named Jake and
we had a band called Spectrum and this bass player who was in his twenties....we were kids, like fourteen or fifteen...and Jake was really
good, a professional singer, could sing Aerosmith and stuff like that. But he quit and then we put some advertisements out and we found
Geoff Tate and he joined. We did Judas Priest and UFO songs.
How was his voice back then?
Adam Bomb: Well he had a high voice that could sing Rush and Judas Priest, so he
got the gig. I mean we played like my High School, Highland Junior High. (laughs) We played the Roller Rink, we played Lake Washington Senior Keg...that was
pretty cool. I can't really remember, we did a few other gigs. We did this battle of the bands and when we lost, the band broke up.
Tell us about your meeting with Eddie Van Halen when you were a kid.
Adam Bomb: When I was a kid, me and my buddy Mike McKrae and Gary, the twins and we
had this band Tyrant....yes, that's right, Geoff Tate left Tyrant and then we got the twins, yeah, that's what happened. We were gigging a lot and these
older chicks were hanging around us and one of them was working for the John Bauer Concert Company, the big concert company and she knew where
Van Halen was staying and they put on Van Halen Shows. We found out where Van Halen was staying and we stayed in the same hotel and I
managed to get Eddie to sign my guitar and he invited me into his room and jammed with me and I was just a little kid, so it was pretty
inspiring, even today....I play "Eruption" every night, everywhere around the world.
What were some of the cool things that happened that night, did he teach you any tricks.
Adam Bomb: Yeah, he played like "I'm the One" and I asked him if this was done right and
it would come to the middle part of the lead he would stop and I would do the riff and he would go "Wow, Cool". He told me I was
better than Mick Ralphs of Bad Company. He had girls panties with his name written on them. He had a guitar in a suitcase that he
put together. He snorted coke in front of us, off the guitar pick. Coolest thing I had ever seen.....he didn't give us any though.
After Tyrant did you join TKO?
Adam Bomb: Yeah, I got the gig in TKO and I was like a seventeen year old guitar player.
They were all older and they played bars...I learned their songs. We played Mr. Bill's, that was a big rock club. They had already had
their heyday where they had gotten signed and did a big tour, but this was way after that. I was a guitar player with another guitar player....
and then after a few gigs....I remember being in an apartment with Brad Sinsel and his girlfriend Nina, who he lived with and this guitar
player Tony Bortko and said that he brought me in as his replacement and that he had announced that he was gay (laughs) and I didn't really
give a fuck, I just wanted to play. Got rid of Tony and I became the only guitarist and I brought in this drummer named Gary and then
we wrote some songs and played around and were kind of legendary in Seattle...Brad Sinsel being drunk all the time and saying dumb shit
FIBM: I don't think a lot of people know this, but you were the one who
actually recorded the guitar parts on the TKO "In Your Face" release right?
Adam Bomb: Yeah, we went and did that album. We were just kids, me & Gary...that was like my
Van Halen I album I tried to write (laugh) and working with Sinsel was kind of difficult. We didn't know what we were doing, we were
kids. He didn't take it anywhere, didn't take it to LA, we went through a bunch of bass players and musicians. And when they brought another
guitar player they brought in a guitar player who used to play in TKO back in the days, Rick Pierce, I didn't like playing with him
as a guitar player, I thought it was redundant, so I went to Hollywood and went solo
FIBM: Why did they picture another band on the back of the record?
It was very common to do that in the 80's. They'd make a record and then put people on the cover and try to sell that record and go on tour.
Yeah, we made the record and then we sat around for a summer trying to get a deal and Rick Keefer, the producer, never got a deal.
Basically, the band just kind of fell apart.
FIBM: Any cool memories stand out from "In Your Face" recording sessions?
Adam Bomb: Well it was my first experience at making a record. Live in the studio
basically. I believe Keefer financed it. Recording doesn't take much, a few microphones and a studio. I don't remember who did
the business of TKO, I certainly didn't have anything to do with it. I don't know who bought my plane ticket to Hawaii, I am sure
it wasn't Brad Sinsel. But that is basically how I started my relationship with Rick Keefer and I wound up making six or seven
albums with him.