METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989
The first time I saw and read about KIDD COMET was about 9 months ago, when I received Bam Magazine from L.A. When my eyes caught Casey and Co. I was sure that this band was just my cup of tea. I contacted the band and soon received a copy of their debut EP, and a real killer it turned out to be KIDD COMET plays glam with so much power that it puts most other bands of their ilk to shame. I would compare them to early CRUE with a touch of POISON and WHITE LION thrown in for good measure. But to find out more about the KIDD COMET glam clan let’s bring in vocalist Casey Lee Michaels.
Casey, when was the band formed? Tell our readers how it all started?
“Well, in early 1988, I contacted a friend who lived in Los Angeles and ran a musician’s referral service. Ronny (North, guitar) had been playing around with some half-assed rock outfit called JADE, who seemed to have a lot of money but little else. Out of 200 prospective guitarists I chose Ronny and took his photo and bio to the band. We made the necessary phone calls, set up the meeting and exchanged tapes.”
So, who are your influences? “The band holds great respect for and is influenced by too many factors to really bother putting into words, but speaking strictly in the genre of rock music, there is definitely a common KISS bond within the group. I always thought Paul Stanley was the epitome of what a rockstar should be: a great songwriter, great vocalist, and a fantastic stage performer – not to mention that he looks and acts the part.”
How did you come up with the name KIDD COMET? “Comic books were my means of escape as I was growing up, and KIDD COMET was a character I created. Batman had his Robin, Captain America had Bucky etc, so KIDD COMET was the ultimate sidekick, except there was never a partner. The first night we met (the band) we hit it off right away and when the topic of group name came up, I offered KIDD COMET.”
You have just recorded your debut EP, could you tell us more about It? “The debut EP is called, “Kiss….Kiss….Bang! Bang!”, which includes the title track plus, “When it’s Over”’ about a psychotic’s obsession with a girl, “Ignite The Nile”’ which is about an experience I had when I first moved into Hollywood, and “Learn To Live” which offers a story line loosely based on a girlfriend of mine who moved to Hollywood to seek fame and reached a little too far.”
How would you describe your music? “It’s story board rock’n’roll, there’s no deep messages here. It’s escapism. It’s something to help take you away from the boredom of everyday life. It’s something that says ‘It’s Okay To Be You!’. That’s certainly nothing new, it is what it is, a product that gives you KIDD COMET seven days a week, every week.”
How much gigging does the band do? “We try to play out as often as possible, but at the same time you don’t want to flood the market. We’ll do the strip twice a month and concentrate on other venues, it’s a big world out there and L.A. is a very small needle in a very large haystack, an important little needle, but ultimately rock fans are everywhere!
Are you getting interest from any major labels? “Ah yes! The big LA myth. Of course we’ve had our fair share of labels offering us the dotted line, but we’re looking at the big picture – the take two steps back before you shoot picture. We’re in it for the long run, not to be someone’s tax write-off. Demo deals are not record deals, and record deals only count when you’re three records down and still selling strong with a point figure that allows the band to earn a living and not just the record company counting profits. To say the band doesn’t have the material is incorrect – we do. We’re just waiting for the right deal, we want full artistic freedom. KIDD COMET is not a ‘fad’ band. I don’t think you’ll ever see a KIDD COMET rap album!”
Well, as you can see, Casey has certainly got his head screwed on right, and he is ably supported by three talented musicians, namely Ronnie North (guitar), Mark Blaso (bass) and the recently recruited Denny Foxx (drums), and with the right breaks KIDD COMET could well be a name that’s on the tips of everyone’s tongue come the end of the year.