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Catching Up With Metal Church’s Craig Wells…Again

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Hard to believe that it’s been 6 years since I did a little email interview with the shredder Craig Wells of Metal Church.  I had seen that he moved to Houston within the last year and we couldn’t make a connection to meet until this week, as I’m working here weekly for a while.  He works nights in the TV engineering business and rarely gets a free evening.  Tonight I got lucky.

We went to a nice little Mexican place called El Tiempo Cantina.  Once inside I was given all kinds of great stories about the history of Metal Church.  One awesome tidbit he gave me was that Mark Baker of Strychnine played live for them on the first 2 tours when Vanderhoof wasn’t in the band.  Also that David Wayne (RIP) recorded the vocals for Highway Star in one take!  It was pretty mind numbing taking it all in and even realizing the fact that I’m sitting across the table from the guitar player that played on some of my all time favorite albums.

After dinner, he graciously signed The Book and some of my CD covers.  I couldn’t find my copy of Human Factor and had forgotten to bring my Operation Rock and Roll CD.  There’s also a foto of us from 1989 that I’d like to get signed.  He assured me that he’d take care of that next time.  Craig is an absolutely awesome guy and I look forward to seeing him again.

This was a perfect Halloween!

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October 31, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Found this today…

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while going through some boxes…

Metal Church!  Craig Wells, me, Mike Howe.  1989, Blessing in Disguise Tour @ The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA.  Fun bunch of dudes.  Man, I was 19.  Simpler times for sure.

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February 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Mike Howe? Where are you?

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Seriously.  Dude.  Please come out of retirement and rock out for us one more time.  I honestly don’t really care if you’re doing metal or some rock stuff, just grant us the privilege to hear that voice again.  Some of your counterparts did it like John Arch and Michael Kiske and their stuff sounds pretty good.  I know you still have the pipes.

I remember when I first heard Heretic’s Breaking Point and thinking, “Damn, this dude’s got a unqiue voice.”  I really liked that album too.  When I read that he had joined Metal Church to replace David Wayne (RIP), I was looking very forward to it even though I was a huge Wayne fan.

So Blessing in Disguise comes out and me and all of my metal friends were toally into it.  They had a video on Headbangers Ball regularly (Badlands) and went on tour.  When they rolled through my area of Virginia they did an in-store autograph signing at Tracks Records at Wards Corner.  So some friends and I pile into CK’s truck (Alice) and head out there to meet the guys.  They were super cool.  Small crowd to meet them but it worked out to our advantage.  Craig Wells and Mike Howe asked us to hang out after the signing to share some pizza with them.  How cool?!  So after the signing was completed, the band was allowed to get 2 CDs of their choice and then headed back upstairs for the pizza.  Kirk Arrington was sick as a dog, looking like death warmed over.  The other guys seemed healthy enough.  They were great fun that afternoon and it was an experience I’ll never forget for sure.

That night we headed over the The Boathouse in Norfolk to see the show.  It was Metal Church/Meliah Rage.  Both bands kicked ass.  We hung out with them again after the show outside of the tour bus.  I have a slew of photos somewhere that I need to get scanned in.

I ws looking forward to the Human Factor album but was greatly disappointed when it came out.  Honestly I cannot tell you the name of any song besides Date With Poverty and I really don’t even remember how it sounds.  I should revisit that one, eh?  When I saw Hanging In The Balance came out, I was pretty much disinterested and didn’t bother picking it up until years after its initial release.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by it.  Good production and the songwriting was good.  I think the production on Human Factor is what turned me off.  It seemed too muddy for me.

Shortly after the Balance tour, Mike was gone.  What a pisser that new was.  I remember reading an interview with him within the last 8 or 9 years and he said he’s hanging out in Kentucky or Tennessee doing carpentry work.  Wait, isn’t that what John Arch is doing too?

So please, Mr. Howe…please come out of retirement and give us one more.