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Soul SirkUS


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Marco Mendoza
Virgil Donati
Jeff Scott Soto

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 We recently had a chance to sit down with Marco Mendoza, bassist of Soul SirkUS. Marco has seen it all, and done it all as a member of White Snake, Thin Lizzy, as well as playing with Ted Nugent. It was great to sit and talk with Marco about his new band, Soul SirkUS. We got to talk to Marco before their show at the Somerville Theatre in Boston. Give a Listen* as we talk about about their debut CD, finding the time for a new band, rock music, and starting back at the beginning. *Windows Media Player 9 is needed to listen to this interview.

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1. When the buzz first started about the band, it contained Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony (Van Halen). How did the "new" version of the group get put together?

2. Original drummer Dean Castranova (Journey) left the group and was replaced by Virgil Donati. How did that happen?

3. Why go back in and rerecord the CD with Virgil on the kit, when it was already done?

4. It is only the 4th or 5th show for you guys, are you still finding your places live?

5. The thing that struck me about World Play, is the big guitar sounds on it?

6. Jeff, Virgil, Neil, and you are all pretty much underrateed players despite being around for so many years. Is it fun flying under the radar?

7. You look at the success of Motley Crue's reunion tour, is it the industry that is finally starting to come back around to that big guitar sound?

8. What are your thoughts on the tape trading community and people trading your live shows?

9.The European market seems to favor the melodic, guitar driven rock more than American's do. Why is that?

I want to thank Marco and the guys of Soul SirkUS for taking the time to talk with me. It was great getting a chance to chat before the show and they really blow you away live. These guys are all MONSTERS live. We look forward to when Soul SirkUS returns to Boston Keep your eye up for when they come to your town.

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