Posts Tagged ‘John Payne’

PS Caitlin points out the Government is willing to apologize (rightly) for an STD scandal in Guatemala…  PPS: Caitlin had hopeful contact with MA senate offices since the STD apology; follow links to Brown & Kerry to add your voice.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s excellent Post on the DES Drug disgrace inspired Diana Bianchini to write a powerful piece on DES on THE HUFFINGTON POST, linking our blog.  DES groups and celebrities like producer Ted Hope and Rock star John Payne have also been inspired by Caitlin to lend their support.

I too have been inspired– and I’m asking any readers to LET ME KNOW if you know of a ‘disgrace’ that you feel needs more attention (and hopefully more action to right it).  Please send in your idea as a COMMENT or as a Direct Message to me on FACEBOOK and I will consider a Post or Guest Post to help draw attention as Caitlin has done.  THANKS Caitlin and here is an UPDATE from her:

I just received the following email from Senator Brown’s office (copying Senator Kerry’s office):

“Hi Caitlin:

Unfortunately, and despite our offices many attempts to raise awareness of this issue, it does not appear that the US Government–including the FDA–will issue a formal apology at this time.

If you would like to continue to pursue this matter, we suggest that you consider working with members of the Senate HELP Committee, which has jurisdiction over the FDA.  The Senate HELP website can be found herehttp://help.senate.gov/

We wish we could have provided you with the resolution that you desire and wish you the best of luck in your future efforts.

Thank you.”

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my blog post, add the blog post links to their Facebook and Twitter pages, and spread the word about the DES apology attempt. I honestly did my best. Moving forward, I’m going to focus my attention on raising awareness about DES through my feature film screenplay WONDER DRUG.

I encourage anyone who wants to continue pursuing the DES apology to contact the Senate HELP Committee (see link above).

Thank you again for your help and support   — Caitlin

(photo: Caitlin photo courtesy of author; priceofoil.com)

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Welcome John Payne fans; enjoy this interview (including a world exclusive on Payne’s new album title) & visit our Celebrities in Disgrace film website.

An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two feature films in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“The Dinner Party,” premiering November 2010). She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.


After my blog post about supergroup SCRAP METAL went live on this site, I received an email from the manager of rock star John Payne (ASIA Featuring John Payne) – and my first celebrity interview was born! John was down-to-earth, compelling, and a true gentleman during our near hour-long chat.

John Payne has had an amazing career. He became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. ASIA extensively toured the world for the next 14 years performing new classics and old favorites. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released eight stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On May 9, 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as ”ASIA Featuring John Payne.”ASIA Featuring John Payne have commenced touring in North America and a new studio album is planned for release on Steve Vai’s label Favored Nations in the near future.

The interview below contains the name of the new album – you heard it here first, a world exclusive!

  • Caitlin McCarthy (CM): You have a long and distinguished music career. What was your big break?

John Payne (JP): My first break was working with Roger Daltrey.  His producer Alan Shacklock heard me singing locally, and we got to talking. He said, “I’m producing this singer. Would you like to come over and do some backing vocals?” Then when he told me it was Daltrey, I was over the moon – which is fitting, because the album was called “Under a Raging Moon” [one of Roger Daltrey’s solo albums]. This really helped moved me along because I then got involved with Roger Daltrey’s manager. This helped propel my career.

  • CM: Early in your career, you toured with the biggest acts in the industry, such as KANSAS, Peter Frampton, STYX, Paul Rodgers, DIO, URIAH HEEP, NIGHT RANGER, THE FIXX, BERLIN, THE OUTFIELD, Ted Nugent, and David Lee Roth. What was the best advice someone gave you about the ins and outs of the music business?


John Payne's likeness on FAMILY GUY

Don’t do it! (John laughs.) Someone once said to me, if you want to do this, it’s a real rollercoaster. You have money, you don’t have money, you have success, you don’t have success. The best “advice” I actually got was by watching other people and knowing that you can have an extraordinary amount of talent, but you also have to work at it. A lot of people think many musicians just go out and play and record a little bit of whatever, but it’s a full-time career. I’m working seven days a week in the studio. The only times I’ve had off have been for tour, and that’s been for the last year or so. Successful people, in any genre from pop to heavy metal…it’s not just luck. Luck does help a bit. It helps a lot. But they also need to keep themselves going through sheer hard work. Anyone who’s really successful works really hard.

  • CM: Can you share any crazy tour stories? You can omit names to protect the “guilty”! (more…)

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THANKS Caitlin for covering the Scrap Metal concert and providing super links to videos & more!  Check out Caitlin and Elizabeth Searle in the Boston Herald together…

An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two feature films in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“The Dinner Party,” premiering November 2010). She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.

“What Goes Around, Comes Around: SCRAP METAL, The Rock’N’Roll Rat Pack is Back!” by Caitlin McCarthy

Caitlin with Chris & Karen at Scrap Metal

The 80s are making a serious comeback these days. Sly Stallone currently has the number one movie in the country with “The Expendables.” Leggings are being sought out by teens shopping for school. And radio stations – from rock to Top 40 – are playing all the hits from that decade. The “oldies” have turned into “goodies” that people want.
Which brings me to SCRAP METAL. Known as the “rock and roll rat pack,” SCRAP METAL is a confederacy of multi-platinum artists from the 80s Arena-Rock generation who took over MTV and held the airwaves hostage (in a good way!) for a decade. These “scraps” are all lead singers and front men/women who were the voices and faces of rock’n’roll in America for the good-time rock generation.

SCRAP METAL was created by close friends and rock stars Gunnar Nelson (who with twin brother Matthew Nelson was half of the hit group NELSON) and Mark Slaughter (of the rock group Slaughter). Their bands’ number one mega-hits are still in regular rotation on most radio stations today: “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” (Nelson) and “Up All Night” (Slaughter), just to name two. NELSON also just returned with Mark Slaughter from performing live in Suzhou, China at the Holisland Rock Festival as part of the NELSON 20th Anniversary “After the Rain” tour. This October, NELSON will be performing in the U.K. for the very first time ever at the Firefest in Nottingham. And if that’s not enough, NELSON has a new album coming out soon with Frontiers Records called “The Blond Leading the Blond.” (more…)

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