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Gerard McMahon interview 

Gerard McMahon
Submitted by Rick Huisseune on 2006-07-29
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO .... GERARD MCMAHON ?

Thats right, whatever happened to this AOR cult hero who released three albums in the early 80s: BLUE RUE on Columbia, NO LOOKING BACK on Warner and FOREIGN PAPERS on Atlantic. After his effort for the LOST BOYS soundtrack we didnt hear much from Gerard, but a couple years ago he returned to the scene with the G TOM MAC album with Charlie Sexton on guitars. I thought Gerard McMahon was an interesting person to interview to prove to the people he didnt vanish from the face of the earth at all ! So hes the first person in these series to jump on my bus and ride along to answer the following questions ....
FOR THE RECORD, WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOWDAYS ?
I was born in Birmingham, England,and now live in Los Angeles, via New York City, where I spent quite a few years.

YOUR 3 FIRST RELEASES WERE ON LABELS SUCH AS COLUMBIA, WARNER AND ATLANTIC, WHICH ONE WAS THE MOST SUCCESFUL ONE ?
Well they were all successful, considering that I got to make and release them. As far as I know the most successful in sales was Blue Rue on Columbia Records -

WHY DID YOU CHANGE YOUR NAME FROM MCMAHON INTO MCMANN AND BACK AGAIN ?
When I would go out and do interviews on the radio or TV, it seems everybody was pronouncing my name in many different ways, except the correct way. So I thought it would make more sense to spell it out the way that is it pronounced. Then when my dad passed away, I thought it was good to put the family name back into business.

ARE YOU STILL IN TOUCH WITH YOUR EX GUITAR PLAYERS RICHIE ZITO AND DAWAYNE BAILEY ?
I saw Ritchie not long ago, we had some good chats, he brought up some things we did at times, that I completely forgot. He brought up how much of a tyrant I was in the studio. But he loved every minute of it. It was really good to see him. Dawayne I1d love to see again, but I don1t know where he is, brilliant guitar player

WHO ARE G, TOM AND MAC AND WHY DO YOU NAME YOUR BAND LIKE THIS ?
G TOM MAC is GerardS..ThomasS.MacMahon, (the correct Irish spelling of McMahon). I1ve been writing with Roger Daltrey for some years now, and he1s always called me "G". So when I was trying to think of a name for this new CD, I thought why not, I1m a G, I1m a Tom, I1m a MAC.
EXPLAIN US THE STRANGE FRONT AND BACK CD COVER OF THE G TOM MAC CD ..
I was working closely with Naked Eye Design. They came up with a few ideas with photographs of me on the cover that looked great, but I just didn1t want another album with my face on the cover. And as a joke one day they put the idea together of the dolls, which I loved, and they laughed, and said "are you joking", and I said "no that1s the cover".

YOU HAD A SONG ON THE LOST BOYS SOUNDTRACK, BUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU IN BETWEEN FOREIGN PAPERS AND THE G TOM MAC RELEASE IN 2000 ?
I got fed up with record companies wanting me to make the records they wanted me to make. It seemed like I was constantly fighting for what I felt was coming from my soul, and after awhile that just got exhausting. So I moved back to New York and focused more on writing songs. Around the time Foreign Papers came out I was getting a lot of calls to write for and with various artists such as Kiss, Carly Simon, Roger Daltrey to name a few. Along with that I was asked to write songs for films. It was a nice break from the politics of the music business and it was a great new creative outlet.

HOW DID YOU CAME IN TOUCH WITH THE EDGE ARTISTS LABEL, WHO ARE THEY AND WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED ?
Ed Kislinger, who worked at Motown Records, approached me to make another record. Ed has always been a fan and offered me a deal where I would have full creative control. The label is located in Santa Monica, California.

WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR LIVE BAND THESEDAYS AND DO YOU MAINLY PLAY IN CLUBS ?
Rob Ladd on Drums, Tony Silver on Bass, Willy Aron on lead guitar, Rodney Alejandro on Keyboard, Bree Darling, backing vocal and percussion. The gigs we1ve played vary. We love playing live, and have played small clubs to larger venues. This summer there were a lot of festivals around the U.S. which were brilliant to play at.

ARE YOU MOSTLY WRITING THE NEW STUFF AGAIN BY YOURSELF OR WITH OTHER SONGWRITERS TOO, LIKE WHO ?
For my next CD, I1ve been writing mostly on my own. But I still continue to write for and with other artists, such as Vonda Shepard to Ice Cube and Roger Daltrey

IF THE 2000 RELEASE WAS THE LAST ALBUM YOU RELEASED, DOES THAT MEAN THAT THERES NEW MATERIAL COMING OUT SOON ?
Yes, I1m hoping to have a new CD by early Spring 2004! Some of it will include live recordings from various gigs we1ve done over the summer.

AS THE GERARD MCMAHON BAND OR AS G TOM MAC ?
Probably as G TOM MAC, since most people are getting used to that now.

PRODUCED BY YOU AGAIN, OR DO YOU PREFER TO WORK WITH ANOTHER PRODUCER IN THE FUTURE ?
My last CD I actually produced with Tony Berg, who has worked with Beck, Peter Gabriel and some of my favorite artists. He1s the perfect objective producer. It was great working with him. As I1m working on my next CD, Tony and I have been talking about working together again.

WHERE CAN THE READERS ORDER THE G TOM MAC RELEASE ?
The G TOM MAC is available at www.CDSTREET.com.

Thanx to Dawayne Bailey and Don Grierson for all their help ... next bus stop, Vancouver, Canada: IDLE EYES.

By Rick H melodic.net (c) - 2003

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