FIBM: What's new, what have you been up to lately and what's in the future?
Mandy: Currently I am working on my first Mandy Lion solo CD. This is something I have
been wanting to do for a very long time since I have had these songs for a very long time and have not been able to use it on
any other projects. The CD should be finished within the next few weeks. Other than that I am looking to hook up with a national
tour for next summer... Oh yea... Then there is the
official mandy lion website where all the merch is sold...
FIBM: You formed WWIII in the late eighties. Did you
actually have full-time members in the band before you
signed with Hollywood, or were they paid musicians?
Who were some of the members during that time in LA.
Mandy: I had so many people coming and going in WWIII it would make Spinal Tap
jealous...LOL I had for example the
complete line-up from Kingdom Come in my band at one point... Then there was the line-up of Jonny Crash... The list goes on and on...
Eventually, you met Don Arden, who is not only known
for being one of the elite managers, managing Black Sabbath, but also for the fact, that Sharon Osbourne is his daughter. What was it like working
with him over the years and what were some of the
aspects that set him apart from other managers?
Mandy: Don Arden is about as close to a real life Godfather as you can get... Just
to give you an idea how heavy this guy is... The manager for Led Zeppelin (Peter Grant) started as Don Arden's chauffeur! He and
his son David Arden made more stars and had a bigger influence on modern music than any other team in the history of music...
Absolute geniouses. Don and David
scare the shit out of most people but since we had that in common, we got along just fine. I am still friends with both of them.
You were breaking club attendance records, in LA,
before you ever signed a record contract. Please
describe a typical Day in the Life of Mandy Lion
during that time.
Mandy: Yes, we did break some attendance records during that period... For example
we out-did Van Halen's long standing record at Gazzaris. A typical day would have been the same as it is now... I get up at
about 5 PM, feed a baby to my dog, work out, pull the latest cage girl out of the coffin to spank some circulation into her
pale little ass and as soon as the sun goes down I am ready to take the Phantom ( my 8 cylinger, 1500 pound, 600 horsepower motorcycle)
out and scare the shit out of any senior citizen I see... Then by about 10 PM it is time for either rehearsal or recording... At
midnight I take my K9 son for a walk hoping no one sees him dropping compact car size turds on the sidewalk. Then for the rest
of the night I just try to be as decadent as one can be without getting arrested.
Pic from Mandy's first feature