Shotgun - 'Live - Down Decadencia Drive'


THE BAND:
Zinny J. Zan – Vocals (Gathering Of Kings, Shotgun Messiah, Easy Action)
Stixx Galore – Drums (Shotgun Messiah, House Of Heavy, Kingpin)
Rob Marchello – Guitar (Danger Danger, Marcello/Vestry, Twenty 4 Seven, Iron Horse)
Chris Laney – Bass (Gathering Of Kings, Randy Piper's Animal, Laney's Legion
)




SET LIST:
1.)"Squeezin Teazin"
2.)"I'm Your Love"
3.)"Bop City"
4.)"Nowhere Fast"
5.)"Dirt Talk"
6.)"Nervous"
7.)"Shout It Out"
8.)"Don't Care Bout Nothin'"


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    Shotgun Messiah were a glam metal band originally from Sweden; they crossed over to industrial rock music during the early 1990s. In 2012, Zinny J. Zan and Stixx reunited as Shotgun to celebrate Shotgun Messiah's legacy.
    The band originally went under the name "Kingpin" while in Sweden, recording the album Welcome To Bop City; the line-up featured Zinny J. Zan (vocals), Tim Skold (going by "Tim Tim") (bass), Harry K. Cody (guitar) and Pekka "Stixx Galore" (later simply "Stixx") Ollinen (drums). This would become the original line-up of Shotgun Messiah as the band changed their name and relocated to Hollywood, California. The album they released under the "Kingpin" name was re-recorded and released as Shotgun Messiah's self-titled debut album, Shotgun Messiah. The style of this album was glam metal typical of early 1980s American bands such as Mötley Crüe and Ratt.
    Frontman Zinny J. Zan departed the band in 1990 leaving Tim Skold to take over vocal duties; Shotgun Messiah drafted in American bassist, Bobby Lycon, to fill Skold's former position. In 1991, the band's follow up album Second Coming was released, spawning their most famous hit "Heartbreak Blvd". Stylistically, due to Skold's less conventional singing style, this era saw the band playing sleaze glam-styled hard rock, closer to Guns N' Roses and Faster Pussycat than their previous effort.
    A punk rock influence is also notable during this period. The band released I Want More, an EP featuring cover versions of songs by the Ramones, The Stooges and the New York Dolls; they were also known to cover the Sex Pistols live.
    1993 was the final year for the band; Harry K. Cody and Tim Skold were left as the only members of Shotgun Messiah and created what would be the last Shotgun Messiah album Violent New Breed. This album is significantly different from the previous efforts as it focused heavily on industrial rock stylings, bringing in live players for the "Violent New Breed" tour. Soon after the tour, the band split permanently citing artistic differences as the reason.
    After Shotgun Messiah, Tim Skold's acitivies have been the most notable. Building on the industrial rock of the band's last album, Violent New Breed, he released a solo album entitled Skold; this was followed by joining bands such as KMFDM, MDFMK and The Newlydeads. From 2002 to 2008, Skold joined the band Marilyn Manson creating two albums; he also replaced Twiggy Ramirez as the tour bassist and later became the tour guitarist. His latest release is a collaboration with KMFDM entitled Skold vs. KMFDM. Tim Skold stated in an interview that a Shotgun Messiah reunion is "very, very unlikely to happen."
    Harry Cody went on to form the band Coma with Saigon Kick singer Matt Kramer but the project was short-lived. In 1996, he teamed up with Rhino Bucket singer Georg Dolvio to make Das Cabal but the band only made it as far as to record a 3-track demo only to split up later because, according to Dolvio in an interview, Cody didn't want to play live. Cody later put together a 6-track demo called Stark and tried submitting it to various record labels but to little results. Recently, Cody has been collaborating with Tom Waits and appearing on his most recent albums Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards and Real Gone performing guitar and banjo.
    Zinny J. Zan and Stixx reunited in 2012 referring to themselves as Shotgun to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Welcome to Bop City, the original debut album from the band's first incarnation as Kingpin before changing their name to Shotgun Messiah. They have also assembled Rob Marcello and Chris Laney to the line-up. Shotgun Line-up Zinny J. Zan - Vocals Rob Marcello - Guitar backing vocals Chris Laney - Bass backing vocals Stixx - Drums backing vocals.
Sweden Rock Magazine has named Shotgun Messiah #38 on their "The Best Rock Bands Of Sweden Ever" list
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   Shotgun Messiah was one of the pioneers of the glam and sleaze metal scene back in the 1980’s and one of the first acts to come out of Sweden to relocate to the U.S. and actually hit the charts and make a name for themselves. With extensive tours, press, radio, and TV covering the entire U.S. under the belt for some years the band burnt out and made the decision to call it quits in 1993.
    Two of the original members vocalist Zinny J. Zan and drummer Pekka "Stixx" Galore have re-united under the moniker of Shotgun.  They chose to shorten the band name to Shotgun due to the fact this is not a full Shotgun Messiah re-union.  Rounding out the band are the two key supporters that made this re-union and live CD possible Rob Marchello formerly of Danger Danger and currently with The Defiants and Chris Laney of Gathering Of Kings.
    ‘Live – Down Decadencia Drive’ is a celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Shotgun Messiah debut self-titled album released in 1989.  For this live release, the band plays their self-titled release in its entirety.  This performance was a one-night only.  When most bands do an anniversary performance they will play the CD from cover to cover.  However, for this performance the band played the songs out of order as opposed to the way they are on the studio version.  Shotgun Messiah was undoubtedly one of the best glam/sleaze from the eighties hard rock era.  Over the years Zinny's voice has changed however the songs sound just as good today as they sounded in 1988.  If you are a fan of eighties glam/sleaze then this is an absolute must have!