FIBM: What are your 3 most fond memories of being in
Rik Fox: Well, I think I pretty much hit the mark on that one
in the other answers...Let me think on it some more...Oh!
When we did our FIRST show as the new line-up of STEELER,
we opened for HUGHES-THRALL at "THE COUNTRY CLUB" in
Reseda, CA. As the curtain was going up, it started to take
my mike-stand with it and it's half-way up in the air, and
we're calling to the roadies to stop, and get the mike
stand back, out of the curtain!, LOL!!! They had to lower
the curtain, and start all over again! What a way to begin
our new show with new members...Later, after the show, RATT
drumer BOBBY 'The BLOTZ' BLOTZER, walked by my dressing
room, and I gave him back "What For" and completely
embarrased him. He respected me after that and we became
good friends after that.
(Back Story: When I auditioned for RATT, and THE GREG LEON
INVASION, before STEELER, Bobby Blotzer had preferred bass
players who played with their fingers, over those who used
a pick. I stated that some of the BEST bassists used a
pick. Bobby says: "Like WHO?" I said" Paul McArtney, Pete
Way, Gene Simmons, etc...), He didn't like that, because I
was right. I said "Different players, different
preferences, besides, I can play either way". THEN, he
picks on my bass, because it wasn't a 'traditional' shape,
like "real players' use a Fender Precision. I was using a
more-exciting-looking Explorer-body bass made by a GIBSON
offshoot. Problem was, I overlayed the fret-markers with
those little 'prism-looking' stars, which were easier to
see, and (I thought) cooler-looking. 'The Blotz' always
dogged me on that, so, when I finally showed up in the
hottest new local act, STEELER, opening for a MAJOR act,
he'd asked Ron Keel's girlfirend (who booked acts for THE
WHISKEY AND ROXY), in the audience at the time, "Who's the
new guy with the 'Disco Stars' on his bass, he looks
Well, as Blotz passed me after the show, he looks in at me,
up close, THEN recognizes it was ME, that guy who didn't
get the RATT gig, and I say: "Not bad for 'DISCO STARS',
huh?!?" Blotz turned six shades of red, and ran up the
hallway, LOL!!! Now THAT was funny! He later relented, and
thought I was a 'decent' player...When we opened up for
VANDENBERG at the Roxy, the stage was recently re-built
higher off the main floor, and, subsequently, still a bit
wobbly. Every time I stepped up to the mike for backing
vocals, the mike-stand would wobble, and the mike would hit
me in the mouth, lol...
I'd been told that Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, and other
BIG famous guitarists were out in the audience to see this
new 'pistol' named Yngwie and his 'new style' of playing.
Later between shows, (we did two sets, BLACK N BLUE did the
previous night the same way), I was visited by NIKKI SIXX
and Blackie Lawless...Blackie, now thinking, that I was a
person to be reckoned with as a player in a hot, Sunset
Strip act, begins recanting his original feelings about
kicking me out of WASP. He NOW says "If there's ANYTHING I
can do to help you, you just let me know, and I'm there"...
I look over at Nikki, remembering what Blackie told me
about "the BIG Lie", and Nikki grabbed me and pulled me
into the upstairs dressing-room-men's room, and locked
Blackie out. He says Blackie is the BIGGEST liar and thief
he ever met. Blackie helped him out so he could get further
along for himself. Nikki was too smart for him, and since
they'd played together in LONDON, Nikki knew how Blackie
operated. He said "Don't EVER give ANY ideas or suggestions
to Blackie, he'll steal them fast as he can throw your
grandmother off a cliff and get away with it".
I say "Well then, why do you continue to hang out with
him?", and Nikki just goes "For laughs. And, because I'm
now a bigger star than he is, so he likes to tag along and
see what girls he can try and get by hanging out with
me"...Then he lays out some 'lines' (blow), and we do
them. (my first time)...Nikki tells me how proud he is of
me in STEELER, and that I was "kicking Blackie's ass all
over", with my look and performance. Meanwhile, Blackie's
banging on the door screaming "C'mon guys, let me in!
What's going on in there?!?"...Nikki looks at me and says
"Watch this"..."WHATTA YOU WANT OLD MAN?!?" And we both
crack up laughing hysterically...It was truly a bonding
moment, to be 'recognized' as a "PEER" by Nikki, who, I
think was well onto working on the "SHOUT AT THE DEVIL"
album by then??? (This was summer of 1983)...We eventually
opened the door and Blackie looks all 'left out of the
fun'. (he didn't do drugs, but, downed Vodka like a
fish!)...Nikki says to me "Have a great set, winks, and
laughs with me, as he heads back downstairs to the club,
Blackie looking like, "What'd I miss?!?" I'll never forget
it. I have a picture of the three of us together posing
that night backstage. "The Three Gods". All bassists, all
black-haired. All wild.
Rik Fox, Nikki Sixx, Blackie Lawless
Then...there was the night we as STEELER, were coming home
from that "Y & T" "Black Tiger" tour show we saw at the
We're all packed into somebody's car, I can't remember
who's we borrowed, might have belonged to one of our
roadies. another car pulls up next to ours at a red light.
(only that phrase wasn't yet coined). They say something to
us. I can't rememebr what was said, or, replied with. Next
thing, one of them gets out of their car with a gun, I
believe, and starts coming towards us. "FUCK THE RED
LIGHT...GO!!!!!" we punched it, I'm talking LIGHT SPEED!
Zero to Eighty in .1 seconds!!! These guys then tear out
after us, and now there's this chase, like right out of
Steve McQueen's film "BULLIT", all thru the streets, and NO
frickin' cops ANYWHERE!!!! Up streets, down streets, around
corners, tires squealing, burnin' rubber and all!
We finally ditched them by pulling and ditching into one of
those strip-malls between some parked cars, and killing our
lights. ZOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!! they go right past us, doing
about 90 MPH...We all look at each other, in shock. "Man,
THAT was CLOSE!"
We were never so GLAD to get back to that roach-infested
dump, we called 'home' on the western edge of South Central
L.A. When we went up north to record our album, we loaded
up anything that wasn't nailed down, for fear that our place
would be broken into because we were the ONLY white guys in
an all-black neighborhood, and the kids were always trying
to probe our defenses, which would result in us chasing
them down the streets with baseball bats, boy can those
kids run, lol!!!! We loaded up everything into the truck
and the road crew drove it up north to the studio. Whatever
we needed 'from home' was conveniently located right
outside the studio in the truck!!! LOL!!!
Opening one night for us (STEELER) at the Country Club in
Reseda, CA, were SHRAPNEL RECORDS label mates "WILD DOGS".
at the time, this was of no special signifigance. They were
nice guys, and rocked the place.
Push on to...the 1990's...I'm a guest of L.A.GUNS, thru my
friend, Stage manager CORKY late of SWEET PAIN where KELLY
NICHOLS came from. (I was told by my ex-SIN drummer BASIL
STANLEY, that he 'groomed' KELLY NICHOLS to be another
version of RIK FOX)...Anyway, L.A. GUNS are opening/support
for BAD ENGLISH and ex-BABYS bassist RICKY PHILLIPS, now
with BAD ENGLISH calls and offers me backstage passes.
I used to hang out with RICKY and former DIO sound
engineer, (also from back home in N.Y.) ANGELO ARCURI at
RECORD PLANT Studios. So, after L.A.GUNS's show, I go
backstage to say hi to everyone, and I'm hangingg out with
TRACII GUNS who's showing me his new 'ocotpus dreds'
hairstyle, when I hear my name gets mentioned, I hear this
REALLY LOUD YELL from behind me: "OH MY GOD! MY FAVORITE
BASSIST! HOLY SHIT!...RIK FOX!!! Now, the entire backstage
area is all on full alert!
Rik Fox, Ricky Phillips, Bobby Omen
I just about get turned around, and I get lifted up in a
bear-hug by none other, than, ex WILD DOGS drummer DEAN
CASTRONOVA, now, playing with BAD ENGLISH! I never expected
that, and had no idea it was DEAN who was now drumming for
BAD ENGLISH...That guy is one AWESOME drummer!
What a commotion THAT was! TRACII GUNS was like "Who's
THAT?!?" And, by this time, PUNKY MEADOWS & I had identical
hairstyles for some years now...It was a GREAT show by BOTH
bands that night!