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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Rising Stars Revisited - MADISON PAIGE

1. What's happened for you in 2006? (Any new music, gigs, etc)

2006 has been a year of new beginnings for us as a band. We welcomed in new bassist Eric David and new guitarist/keyboardist Danny Valentine, we toured the Midwest over the summer, we've written and recorded new music (which we are slowly making available to the public on our website and myspace page), and we recently just played an amazing Halloween show in L.A. that was professionally recorded for a possible live album. Now we're going to begin the shopping process for the next album to the industry.

2. What bands have you been involved with live wise during 2006 and live highlight(s)?

Our tour of the Midwest w/ our old friends in SYDERA was definitely a highlight all around. We also just did a gig with Arista recording artist FREEMAN, which features Paul Freeman of James Blunt's band. They're definitely one to watch.

3. What have been the highlight(s) and low point(s) of this year?

The highlight was definitely our Midwest tour of the summer. It was our first forray into those markets and the reaction was unbelievable. I hope there will be many more midwest tours to come. The low point was probably the difficulty in finding band members.

4. Is your audience the same people who have followed the band since its early days, or are you picking up a different fan base?

Our core fan base is still very present and vocal on behalf of the band, which we appreciate beyond words. But we've certainly seen our fan base expand, thanks in no small part to things like Myspace & YouTube. We recently did an acoustic show, which appeals to a different market and was very successful for us. We'll probably do more of those to build on that momentum, but fundamentally our fanbase is still made up of people who love both 80s hard rock and modern rock. There are a lot more people like that out there than anybody realizes and we're looking to introduce every single one of them to the band.

5. Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?

Tons of good rock n'roll tales, but we're not telling :-)

7. Your take on the current music scene (both rock & in gerneal terms)...

I think rock is actually surprisingsly healthy. I've seen a real turnaround in the last two years. It used to be all drop-D and screaming. Now I see melody and guitar solos returning to mainstream rock radio with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, My Chemical Romance, Hinder and the comeback of Buckcherry. We've been doing it since 2002, when it was VERY unfashionable, so as long as we keep doing what we're doing, we should be just fine.

As for the industry in general, it's still a mess. Myspace has replaced L.A. and Seattle as the hot new music scene, but you can't really on those things alone. You still have to pound the pavement and do the grunt work. And there is a real movement for indie artists to remain indie, rather than take a major deal.

8. Which new musicians/bands do you think have impressed you? Who would you like to work with in the future?

Avenged Sevenfold, My Chemical Romance and Hinder are probably the best three "new" bands out there. As for who I'd like to work with, I'm still dying to work with Butch Walker.

9. What would you like to achieve ideally by this time next year?

By this time next year, our next record will already be out, released either by or in conjunction with, a major label (or indie w/ major distribution), and we'll be touring, touring, touring.

10. Message to your fans...

The fans are the single highest priority to this band. We respect them tremendously and we work our asses off to make sure they get their money's worth and then some, both on record and on stage. We're extremely grateful for their support over the years and especially their patience. The best is yet to come.....

Richie Rivera


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