Interview - Manowar Undisclosed

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Raw Uk - October 28 - November 10 1992


Interview taken by Dave 'not Lang' Ling  on "Rogues Gallery"

He's been called the Biggest Asshole In The World, he lives in the Palace Of Love, he once wanted to be a Hells Angel, and he thinks that groupies are so wonderful that he wants to give them their own tour bus! He is JOEY DeMAIO, - bassist of self-confessed Kings of Metal MANOWAR.

Full name and Nickname
Joey DeMaio. As for nicknames, I've been called Biggest Asshole In The World to Greatest Bass Player In The World... and everything in between!

Date and Place of birth
In New York. The date? I'm old enough to fuck your mother, your sister or all your girlfriends, so age ain't a problem.

Current Home
In upstate New York, but I've lived all over the world, in Birmingham, Toronto and Florida. (Interrogator enquires what subject's house is like). I call it the Palace Of Love. It's set up to sleep because I like sleeping during the day, so it's dark at six o' clock in the morning and at midnight. My bedroom's got a hot tub in it - not a jaccuzi, but a hot tub - and a whirlpool bath, so that if I'm working out I can relax my muscles. There's a huge bed in it because I cherish my sleep - if I can get any! It's not posh, but it's comfortable.

Three words to words to describe yourself?
Dedicated, perfectionist and professional.

What team do you support?
I don't have anything to do with sport because I don't understand it. I figure everything's rigged.

What car do you drive?
It'll depend upon where I'm going or what I'm doing. If it's chore-type work I'll drive a Blazer, which is the equivalent of your Range Rover, or if I'm touring about I'll be an old Corvette.

When you were a child, what career did you want for your adult life?
When I was 16, I wanted to be a Hell's Angel. I thought that was the way to go because my father was a policeman. My parents hoped I'd become a doctor or lawyer, but my mind blew over Heavy Metal music, motorcycles and shit like that, and I wanted to be a Hell's Angel come hell or high water. (Interrogator enquires if subject ever tried to actually become one?) No, it was just a childhood fantasy, allthough I did once ride my motorcycle through the High School cafeteria!

If your house caught fire, what possession would you save first?
If my main guitar was in the house I'd save that. But if any of my family were there I'd save them first and the guitar second.

Do you get on with your parents?
Very well. My family actually live with me, we share a double house because my father's been ill for a while. We get on famously. They didn't encourage me musically at first, but when I called 'em up and told 'em we'd hired Orson Welles to speak on our first album (1982's 'Battle Hymns') that sorta legitimised the whole thing.

What's the best thing about being in Manowar?
Being in a band of guys that understand that Heavy Metal is a way of life, not just a job. Being lucky enough to be in the Greatest Band In The World. And knowing that we strike fear into the hearts of all these fucking poseurs - and rightly so. It's a good feeling to take to the stage and know that you're invincible.

What's the last thing yon do before going onstage?
Make sure everybody's ready. If they are I scream as loud as fuck to the moon. We have a backstage ritual, too, but its sorta confidential

Where, when and at what age did you lose your virginity?
Between 12 and 13 in upstate New York, in the back of this field with a chick we passed around the neighbourhood. She was a good sport.

If you gave up the music business, what would you do?
Good question. I don't know because I've never done anything else. I'd probably refrain in the music business in some form, maybe producing or managing. I guess I'm here to stay.

What film would you like to be in, and why?
I'd love to write a script and score it, too. I'd be interesting to start with the musical themes first and have the script follow, not the other way around. It needn't even be a sword and sorcery fantasy, just what the music conveyed. If I were in a film that already existed, maybe I'd be "The GodFather" or "Apocalypse Now".

If you where and object in the bathroom, what would you be?
A tampon because that's the place I like to be in most of the time. Yeah, you get used up and flushed away, but that's the story of our lives isn't it, Brother? Once girls get what they want there's no respect left anyway.

Would you shave your head for charity?
No, because I don't believe in charities, the money doesn't get to those who need it. (Interrogator suggest that DeMaio is a cynical soul, bearing in mind his earlier comments about sport). There's so much corruption, often you'll read about prominent American sports figures and how they never had a proper education. This football player went through High School and never took a test, his teacher told him 'This is your paper, sign it' and he got 99%. He couldn't even read! It's fixed, and so is all this government bullshit.

What part of your body would you most like to change?
You take what you're given in life.

What's the worst thing about being in Manowar?
Knowing that human nature wants you to compromise - and you can't allow yourself to do so. If you're ever faced with a struggle it's natural to just look for an easier way. When we put this band together we swore a pact that we knew the easier way would be fucked. So we've suffered and taken the long way around. Sometimes it's hard to swallow when bands with no talent do better than you.

Who's the most arrogant dickhead you've met in Rock 'n' Roll?
I've met too many to name.

What's the worst thing you've had written about you?
Somebody once interviewed Eric (Adams, vocalist) and said he was disappointed because I wasn't there too. He wanted to slag me too. He viciously set out to slag us off. (Interrogator enquires if It hurts when people laugh at Manowar?) No, because people just laugh at our image, and that laughing can only go so far. If somebody has the balls to laugh at me to my face, I say 'Here's my loincloth and my leather chaps that cover hardly anything, let's see what they look like on you'. If they're criticising my playing, I invite them to give me a bass lesson. It hasn't happened yet. Some of the things written about us have made me laugh. The English press are the best at doing that - if it's done in a witty manner. There have been a couple that I've had to read out loud to the rest of the band because they were so fucking humorous. I don't mind having the piss taken out of us if the person is intelligent enough to do it well.

Have you ever done a song that you now think is crap?
No. It wouldn't end up on a record if we didn't believe in it.

What are your views on groupies?
Obviously, they're the most wonderful thing that could happen to a person. I can't stand the bands who say 'We have nothing to do with them'. When you're on the way up and playing shithole clubs these girls are there and they're only there to do whatever they can do. These are a certain breed of women who live to do nothing more than be around bands. They're fantastic! Do they suck and fuck every band that comes along? Of course they do! Does every band and crew suck and fuck every one of these chicks? Of course, Will they admit it? Of course they don't. But don't let any of these guys kid you, we all fuck the same chicks, they're all out there for the same bands. It's there for the taking - enjoy it! (Interrogator enquires how Joey know this? Does he ask 'em who else they've, er, accomadated?!) No, I know they've fucked everybody in town - twice! That's just the way it is. And they'll never be treated better than with Manowar. As a testament to that we're gonna have a tour bus just for girls. Who else will spend that kinda cash? God wants us to make girls happy. More tea Brother?

Most peculiar place you've had a bonk?
On a snowmobile in the winter, it froze my ass off but it was worth it.

What do you wear in bed?
Nothing. (Interrogator: Not even a loincloth?) Fuck, no! We haven't worn loincloths since1983.

If you were a fly on the wall, whose wall would you most like be on?
The record company (Atlantic)'s, after one of our screaming sessions. We don't have many, but when they happen they happen in a big way.

Proudest moment of your life?
The first time we played Hammersmith Odeon (in 1984). (Interrogator enquires if it bothered them that the venue was half empty, and has been on each subsequent visit?) Fuck, no, that doesn't matter. Just being there matters. We've never played anywhere else in London, we've never played the clubs.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
'The Crown And The Ring' (a cut from 1988's 'Kings Of Metal').

Would you go to heaven if you died today?
I don't know and I don't care, if I died today at least I'd die happy. I don't know if there's a heaven or a hell, that's why I'm living my life while I'm here and not taking any chances on getting a reward later on.
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