Sin City Presents Magazine March 2019 Volume 6 Issue 3 - Page 24


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“Bakwash and” Bass: Interview with Rev Jones

Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen

Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen: Hello Rev Jones! I am glad to be doing this interview with you. I hope you haven’t been asked this a million times, but let’s start out with, how did you get the nickname Madman?

Rev Jones: Well I've been known to act a bit crazy onstage, more so in my younger days, as I get older it is taming down a little, but not much. As a matter of fact, when I'm at rehearsal I'm usually pretty laid back and calm, well as calm as my ADD will let me be. I don't remember who said it first, but it was a live review and the guy was describing me something like, "The bass player was playing all of these technically hard bass lines, playing over the top of the neck, with both hands tapping every note on every string, while jumping all over the stage with his head spinning around like a windmill going about 200 mph. He looked like some kind of MADMAN BASSIST!"

Metal Babe: Ha! That’s awesome! You’ve been playing, recording, and touring for quite some time and have a very impressive resume. What made you decide to record and release your first solo album at this time?

Rev Jones: Well I tossed around the idea of doing a solo album several times in my career, but it either turned into another project, or I was way too busy touring to make it happen. Now I have been doing

Rev Jones AKA The Madman is known for his unique two-handed tapping style and has recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in music, including Steelheart, Michael Schenker Group, Leslie West, and Kottack. Rev Jones released his debut solo album “Bakwash" on Nov 9, 2018 (RJB Records) and recorded on the live Steelheart DVD “Rock’n Milan 2017” (Frontier Records) that was released December 7th, 2018. On “Bakwash,” Rev Jones not only plays bass, he also plays guitar and keyboards, and he produced the album.

I had a great time interviewing Rev Jones, and love how he is so down to earth and approachable! He even invites fans to personally contact him with feedback on his latest release!