nadir dpriest
London / D'Priest vocalist
Nadir D'Priest
aka Antonio Nadir

FIBM:  What's new, what have you been up to lately and what's in the future?

Nadir:  Well at this time I am looking for a label and or distributor so I can release my second LONDON album "Dont Cry Wolf". This album never did have the right push or the right label behind it, so I hope that I can have it re-mastered, new art etc. and finally give it what it deserves

FIBM:  You played in a band called Vertigo in the early eighties. Who were some of the influences for that band?

Nadir:  WOW! thats waaaay back man, Vertigo had some very talented players and I think Brian Ikari was one of the fastest guitarist at the time, I am talking Faaasst. This when it was cool to be really fucking fast i am telling you this little guy could shred. Dean Avram was a clone of Van Halen's bassist Michael playing and look wise. Drummers we had many so this group was the begining of my musical carreer. Influences, I think Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Judas Priest among many many others.

FIBM:  Did you ever release anything with Vertigo?

Nadir:   No! we never did. we cut some demos, but never an official release at all.

FIBM:  Any fond memories come to mind when thinking about your days in Vertigo?

Nadir:  oh Yeah! at that time I was very young and had an array of chicks at our shows. BIG following, what can I say they couldn't help themselves. My outfits, make-up, voice and nasty attitude were very appealing to the females and some males..Yuck!. We used to throw party's at the Holiday Inn back when it was cool to stay there. We use get the Walter Lantz suite you know? (woody woodPecker creator) and JUST! PARTY HARD. Good Times.



London Promo Photo from
Non Stop Rock


FIBM:   What year did you join London? Describe the process of how you ended up being the singer

Nadir:  believe it was end of 1984? not sure but, no! no I think thats right. The process got started when Jack Russell (Great White) talked to my bass player Dean Avram from Veritgo and told him to get me into Vertigo but! soon after that, Lizzie Grey approached me and I ended up leaving Vertigo to join LONDON. It was so fast that my image went to a completely different level of appearance and lifestyle. I became bigger than life at a young age. It was very cool looking back now.


FIBM:  Any memories stand out from the Non-Stop Rock recording sessions?

Nadir:  This was the beginning for me since we were about to have our first born/album. Myself, Brian West, Bobby Marks and Lizzie were feeling real good about the recording and designing of the cover and all that fun stuff. No money really. I think Mr.Varney gave us a whopping $8,000.00 to get it all done but it was accomplished. Mission complete. those where the days, us against the world.

FIBM:   Several big-time players were in London, at one time or another, including Nikki Sixx, Blackie Lawless, Izzy Stradlin, Slash amongst several others. Who were some of the other musicians that you worked with that went on to become very successful and what were they like to work with?

Nadir:  This question has been following me forever, since we all know who was more successful, right!. I think that the people that I got to work with, (which the list goes on and on) they where all great to work with and I tell you why. That period was very special, players where hungry and not yet poisoned by the success. The innocence was the beauty of it all. it was incredible for me, cause we all wanted the same thing which is the DEAL the BIIIIGGG deal and everything that came with it. We were growing and making history together.

FIBM:  3 most fond memories from your days in London.

Nadir:  Non Stop Rock
Dont Cry Wolf
making our first music video which was titled, "Radio Stars"
I can go on forever, we did so much.

FIBM:  Any memories stand out of the Don't Cry Wolf recording sessions.

Nadir:  Yeah! working with Kim Fowley was one. I had the best time working with him, he was a very special character, a very talented dude. Unfortunately, I saw him at the Cleopatra records box set Cd party a month or so ago and he did not stop to say hi!. I guess that some things never change. "Dont Cry Wolf" was engineered by mr. Gene Meros who also worked as an assistant engineer for Van Halen's Fair Warning album. He gave us the best BIG ROCK sound, a real gentleman. We also had some real crazy outfits done by some girl who was also working with Alice Cooper and price, so you can imagine what that was like, money was no object. The album cover was done at my good friends studio Althea Flynt and Larry Flynt who basically hooked us up with the photographer i cant remember his name but he usually shot Amber Lynn among thousands of porno stars and skits. We brought in Siberian wolves, not stuffed, but real actors. It was quite a scene.


FIBM:  What kind of crowds did you have at London shows. Was the place always packed? What were a few of your most memorable shows and why?

Nadir:  Man it was packed, not only by girls, but by other musicians who would just stand there and stare at you, it was funny. Memorable shows were the ones that we would do without full stage set up and one especially with Stryper (did i spell right??) we were playing at the Troubador, LONDON was headlining, we used to have a drum rizer about 7 feet high and they wanted us to take it down so they could set up their drums, so! we refused, we had a major blowout with them, basically our bodygards where ready. fun shit. the other was with Poison in San diego at the Adams Avenue theatre, same thing, the drum rizer but! this time they tried to get their own bouncers to kick my ass and this black dude tried to put handcuffs on me thats when the promoter, OUR MANAGER, pulled out a 9mm and the shit hit the fan, again fun shit. This kinda dirt got around all over the place, so we basically did not take shit from anyone

FIBM:  Who were some of the bands that you played shows with, at the time, that went on to become stars?

Nadir:   Warrant, XYZ, Alcatraz, Great White, Poison, Strypper, G&R, there are more but I can't remember right now, sorry.

FIBM:  Did you tour with London? ( the first version) If so, where did you tour? Ever go overseas?

Nadir:   Yes! New Orleans we played on a river for the mayor and three thousand of his friends this after our dummer Dane Rage left us in New Mexico and had to head back to Phoenix to audition a guy for a period of two hours to learn all the set. Then we broke down outside New Orleans did the show got laid and went on to finish the rest of the tour. We never made it overseas, but we did sell lots of records there.
FIBM:  Former London bandmate Lizzie Grey had co-writing credits on Public Enemy #1, from the Motley Crue, Too Fast for Love Lp. Has he ever received any payments for his contribution? If so, do you remember a typical payment?

Nadir:   yes he did and probably does and NO I dont know the $$ part of the question.

FIBM:  Tells us about the first time you ever saw, or met Nikki Sixx. What did you think of him at that time?

Nadir:  First time i met him was at his house in the hills and what I thought of him was that he was very cool to me and had great dope. Stayed up all night looking at his rifles and guns basically talking and gacking.


-Nikki Sixx in London--

FIBM:  We did an interview with former Sweet Savage vocalist, Joey C. Jones. Were you aware of Sweet Savage and if so, any memories come to mind?

Nadir:  No I did not know much about him or the band.

FIBM:  When you were a club act with London, were you able to survive, on record sales and gigs alone, or did you have another job? How did you survive in LA back then?

Nadir:   Good question, NO WHAT JOB! we lived off our fame believe it or not. I look back and still dont know how we did it but did have lots of investors and people who loved the band. Never got a royalty check. the gigs paid for the party materials, clothes and stage props etc. We loved to put on a great visual show and sound great.


Alternate photo for "Don't Cry Wolf"
Shot at Hustler Magazine studios, Althea Flynt helped on this one


FIBM:  Describe a typical DAY-IN-THE-LIFE-OF Nadir D'priest back in your days ('85 to '88) in London. From the time you woke up, to the time you fell asleep. What was a typical day like for you?

Nadir:   I never did know were I was going to sleep. I knew I would sleep with a girl somewhere in Hollywood but I did not have a clue. I would stay up all night drinking and doing blow, listening to music, talking to people then i would end up with one or two sometimes three girls having a bit of outrageous sexual fantasies, girl with girl and girls with me. Morning comes, I am still in bed with these girls, more dope and more drinks, toys etc. Go til 4 pm, sleep til 10 pm and start all over again. Wow, i am still alive, it's incredible.

FIBM:  How many copies of Don't Cry Wolf were sold? What about Non-Stop Rock?

Nadir:   THAT! I would like to know myself. We never got any accounting from Varney at Shrapnel. Cry Wolf not much, no distribution.


Decline director, Penelope Spheeris
w/ Sean Lewis & Nadir

FIBM:  Were you paid for your appearance in the Decline of Western Civilization? Did your life change any after that movie came out? If so, how?

Nadir:   Yes we did get paid. I think about $2,000.00 for the whole thing. It changed a lot. Everyone wanted to talk to us, we were rock stars man hahaha. I think it put us on the map for the rest of our lives and beyond; we are here for a loooooong time.

FIBM:  I read somewhere that some of the bands were angry with you after that movie. Who was upset with you & Why?

Nadir:  i know that many of the smaller bands did not want LONDON on the movie but the director Penelope Spheeris did cause of our antix and bad rap among other local bands. The ones that did not like us never did have the balls to confront me about it and still dont, fuck them they know who they are.

FIBM:  What's going on with "Don't Cry Wolf" never being released on cd? I once saw a bootleg copy of it, sell for over a hundred dollars on Ebay. Why has it never been released?

Nadir:  Well, that album was never licensed to the right company so it never did get the chance to be exposed correctly. I am the owner of it, so if anyone is interested then they can contact me. I would like it to be a CD/DVD deal not just the music.

FIBM:  What about Non-Stop Rock? It was in print and has now disappeared? How long was it in print and why isn't it any longer?

Nadir:  Again, Shrapnel has the masters and is hanging on to it but! if this continues than I would either buy the masters or get my attorney to handle it. I recently spoke to Varney and sounded like he may?? be into it, but to be honest with you I think that Varney regrets his involvement with LONDON. Why would you hang on to the music and not release it. Noise records has done the same for D'Priest why isn't the record available, beats me. They basically are not interested in re-releasing but! it wont end there, I guarantee you this.

FIBM:  Why did London never sign with a major label, during 1985 to 1988? Were there any close calls, did you almost sign with someone? Please explain.

Nadir:  Plenty of offers but they never signed us, you gotta remeber LONDON prior to me being the singer did not have any music published as far as vinyl or tapes, never. When I joined things started to happen immediately. I don't want to mention labels, because they never did anything for us or me so i wont promote them at all they dont need it. LONDON had the curse almost like being blackballed from the industry but people still wanted to know all our moves. No one could erase us from the map, nobody! and never will.


The Last of London
The last promo photo the band ever did under the name London,
changing it soon after, to D'Priest

FIBM:  Later the band London signed with a major label, but changed the name of the band to D'priest. By that point, what had happened to Lizzie? Why was he not a part of that band?

Nadir:  I still dont know what happened with Lizzie but he went on to do his deal so I congratulate him for that. The change to D'Priest was done because of the long history of LONDON and names and bullshit that came with all these rock star musicians. So the president of Noise in NY Bruce Kirklad suggested the change and we did it and it worked.
FIBM:  Who were some of the bands that you toured with while you were in D'Priest.

Nadir:  We played with so many but mostly we would be on the road on our own and hook up with nationals via the agency should i say Mark Hyman in Tune Management at the time.


Attending a party for the band, Poison.
Michael Schenker & Nadir D'Priest
-At The Palace in Hollywood-


FIBM:  Any memories stand out from the Playa Del Rock recording sessions.

Nadir:  Oh yeah, we had the pleasure of working with one of the most amazing producers Mr.Richie Podolor and his partner Bill Cooper. This man had 52 platinum albums, Black Oak Arkansas, Heart, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Alcatraz and the list is scary. We also had opportunity to work with Elton Johns keyboardist Guy Babylon who played on most of the album and also Three Dog Night original hammond player and keyboard master Mr.Jimmy Greenspoon. What can I say man this kinda talent from the best era from the 60's to the 70's is hard to come by I will probably never ever have the chance to do it again with the old school players. I was blessed.


London rehearsing at LA Rocks, with 7 ft. drums. Izzy Stradlin, in the hat


D'Priest w/ Richie Podolor


Nadir & Matt Sorum


Nadir D'Priest w/ Steel Prophet
FIBM:  In the nineties you were instrumental in putting a CD Rom together for the Rolling Stones. What tour was it for and how did it come about?

Nadir:  The Rolling Stones VooDoo Lounge CD Rom was the most amazing task I have ever encountered in my life. I had been hired by a company called Second Vision New Media from NY which was owned by Bruce Kirklad who was president of Noise records 1989. Later years he became Vice President of Capitol Records USA and introduced me to some people who where looking to work on the Stones CDRom. Things happened so fast that I became Project director for the Cd Rom working for the Stones exclusively not for Virgin but the band. So you can Imagine the scene the biggest and most baddest band in the world I was doing things that most people dream of, the royalty of Rock&Roll. Amazing time.



FIBM:  Later, you went solo under the name, Antonio Nadir. What kind of music were you playing?

Nadir:  This was my solo attempt to Rock en Espanol. i had the pleasure of working alongside with Mr Matt Sorum (the Cult velvet revolver G&R) who played on 99% of the album and co-produced it with me. this album was a real challenge for me going to my roots, we had a lot of fun doing it and playing in Mexico City. If you guys get a chance go to www.picap.com and click on Antonio Nadir the album is titled "Tatuaje" (tattoo in English) and check it out it has interactive media same as the stones with full length videos and lots of three D graphics. Check it out it was ahead of its time for latin America.

FIBM:  You seem to be quite popular in Mexico. What was the largest crowd you have played for in Mexico?

Nadir:  Depends i signed autographs for 5 hours straight at a place called El Chopo its like an 80's flea market nothing in the world like it, still going on. Thousands of thousands.

FIBM:  You were interviewed for Behind the music with Guns n Roses. I have not seen it yet, so I don't know if your parts were included, but what were your experiences with Axl Rose? Any good stories and did they include your parts?

Nadir:  They did not include my parts and maybe one day you can ask Axl himself, tired of the same question everywhere I go.

FIBM:  While looking on the internet, I found a record company that you own, or something? Are you a distributor in Spain, or what is the deal? It looked like you had some big names on it, but my spanish is not so good and I couldn't make out what it was? Please explain.

Nadir:  Used to. not anymore too much responsibility.

FIBM:  Recently you joined a band called Steel Prophet. Were they already signed when you joined or did the band sign to a label afterward?

Nadir:  Oh yeah, we got signed afterwards.

FIBM:  What was an average crowd turn-out at a Steel Prophet show? What was the largest crowd you played in front of, during your time with SP?

Nadir:  we only did three shows, not many at all.

FIBM:  How was it singing METAL again?

Nadir:  It was fucking amazing unfortunately it was not working for either of us.

FIBM:  Any memories stand out from the recording sessions for the "Beware" release?

Nadir:  Yeah, doing my vocals in a garage with no AC and having to listen to someone complain the whole time about how fast we needed to deliver the record. not good memories.

FIBM:  3 fond memories from your days in Steel Prophet.

Nadir:  Leaving.

FIBM:  Why did you leave the band?

Nadir:  Easy, the guitarist wanted to work with his buddy so I moved on.

FIBM:  Nadir D'Priest is transported in time, back to the year 1984. Is there anything you would do differently?

Nadir:  Yes and no, i should of fucked this one girl and i do regret it since she loved to eat pussy all the time missed out. No because those are the cards that I was dealt so you cant go back and change anything i had a great time. Life is too short look ahead and look at the future. Move on.



-The Fast 5-

FIBM:  What is your most disgusting habit?

Nadir:   Pick my nose

FIBM:  What is the most feminine thing you do?

Nadir:  Lipstick, of course

FIBM:  If there is a God, what is the first question you would ask God when you arrive?

Nadir:  Where did my money go

FIBM:  Greatest Rock band of all time?

Nadir:  The Rolling Stones

FIBM:  What were you doing 40 minutes before you sat down to do this interview?

Nadir:  Working on a music video for a Rap artist.


Nadir D'Priest | Antonio Nadir





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Our interview with London Guitarist, Lizzie Grey.

Our interview with London Drummer, Tim Yasui.

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