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LA HQ Interviews SKIN's Myke Gray about the One More For The Road Tour...

Hi Myke - many thanks for taking the time to speak to us at LA HQ!

LA HQ: Of course, it has now been announced that SKIN will hit the road again this December in the UK with Little Angels. Last we heard SKIN were no more...what convinced you to get back together for this tour?

Myke: To be honest we have Toby to thank for that. Toby and I have stayed friends over the years, and Skin asked him to come on tour with us on our farewell tour. He has always been a great guy and one of the gentlemen in Rock Music.  Red White & Blues, my other band, played at Download this year and obviously I was there to see the Little Angels reunion, Toby told me of their plans and asked me if Skin would support, I obviously said yes instantly, and to be fair the other members didn't take much convincing, on the drive back from Download i called each one and by the time I got to London it was all sorted.

LA HQ: When you originally toured with Little Angles, SKIN were still very new. What effect did that tour have on the band?
Myke: The first tour SKIN ever did was supporting the Little Angels on their farewell tour, it was all new to us as a band, and we didn't know what to expect. The Little Angels fans were amazing to us and gave us a warm reception and it was the kickstart of our success.

LA HQ: Do you have any specific memories from the tour that you'd like to share with the LA fans?
Myke: The over riding memory is what great guys they all were and how well they treated us. We always got soundcheck, and was always made to feel welcome, The friendship continued on after the tour, we toured with B.L.O.W, Bruce's project after The Little Angels, and he played on a track on the second Skin album. Another great guy, and it was great to catch up with him at Download.

LA HQ: Do you have a favourite Little Angels song?
Myke: She's A Little Angel, love the opening riff.

LA HQ: Is the December tour a one off for SKIN or is there a possibility of anything else on the horizon?
Myke: I have given up predicting the future, I think we all love playing music too much to walk away now.

LA HQ: You shared the stage with Little Angels at Download 2012 , playing with your other band Red, White & Blues - did you manage to catch the Little Angels set that (very wet and muddy) day?
Myke: I stood on the side of the stage with Paul Anthony from Planet Rock with big smiles on our faces, there was nowhere else I was going to be that day, I was extremely happy for them, I went thru a similar thing with SKIN in 2009, the experiences you share with your band members, is long lasting and gets ingrained in your collective DNA, you become brothers or sorts.

LA HQ: Tell us a little bit about the Red, White & Blues and what your future plans with them involve.
Myke: Red White and Blues is a band that I formed with Matti Alfonzetti, it started as a little project but turned into something much bigger. In our first year we recorded an album, toured with Steel Panther, The Quireboys, Chickenfoot, Whitesnake, Lynyrd Skynyrd and then played on the second stage at Download. The bands website is www.theredwhiteandblues.com if you would like to check us out. We are hoping to tour again before the year is out and we are writing the second album. 

Thanks again for talking to us Myke. Good luck with the tour and with the Red, White & Blues! See you on the road!

For more information of SKIN please visit their official website at www.skinfreak.co.uk