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Interview With Heavens Edge Guitarist Reggie Wu By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

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Interview With Heavens Edge Guitarist Reggie Wu

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio

 

    

 

Late 1980's Philadelphia rockers Heavens Edge have maintained a cult following from their strong Columbia Records debut and guitar talent Reggie Wu is a huge part of that.  The band still makes occasional appearances in the Philly area as well as on the heavy metal cruise ship circuit.  If you have worn out your Warrant, Slaughter, and Steelheart cassettes then perhaps you may want to revisit their 1990 self-titled recording.  Boston Rock Radio would like to thank Mister Wu for this exclusive interview.  

 

Heavens Edge - Skin To Skin 

 

What is the creative process like between you and Mark when in song mode?  Do you share Google Drives to share ideas with lyrics, riffs, melodies and progressions?

I might have a riff or sometimes even a full song (musically) which I will send to Mark via emails, and vice versa  Mark might have a riff which he will send to me.   We had been writing a lot prior to the pandemic but once the pandemic hit, time has been tough to put any ideas together and for me personally I’ve been teaching a ton now as I can do it via video.

Heavens Edge rocked on a cruise earlier this year before the pandemic hit.  What was that experience like?

This was our 3rd cruise – and they all have been amazing.  We are a little band on these cruises so to be in the dining hall with Queensryche and Extreme just blows my mind.  I’m like, look “Nuno eats food just like I do”!  haha

(Current Lineup)

What do you remember about working with producer Neil Kernon during the recording of the debut?

Working with Neil is still one of the best musical experiences of my life.  He is such an amazing producer and he is an incredible musician with a perfect ear as he can hear anything that is out of tune – haha – but his vision and creativity were off the charts!

You have a thriving home guitar studio in southern New Jersey, what have you been teaching the kiddos this year via Zoom?

A ton of Taylor Swift as usual, Ed Sheeran, a lot of classic rock.  I don’t get many requests for any current rock bands these days.  I got away from the shredders, and became more family oriented.  It was better as far as consistency.  It was too inconstant teaching rockers.  They would be cancelling all the time due to tours or gigs, or lack of money.   haha

Who are a few of the newer bands regardless of genre that you have been enjoying?

I love Alter Bridge and Tremonti.  Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti are so prolific.  They remind me of a modern day Led Zep, no “hits” just every song is epic. I also love Nuno’s solo stuff.

 

Have you caught any cool music documentaries or biopics on Netflix as of late?

I haven’t seen many. I loved the Queen one, did not like the Elton John one; it was too Broadwayish.  I did see that one about the sidemen (Hired Gun) made me sad on how the drummer from Billy Joel was treated.

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As you can tell there have been many "all-star" collaborations online during Covid-19.  Can we expect one soon that includes Reggie Wu?  

Unfortunately I’ve been so busy I haven’t done any.  I did do a solo for Tommy Krash from Britny Fox for his solo record and we’ve talked about doing a Heavens Edge “quarantine video” but we haven’t done it yet.  This virus has really messed up the entertainment business (and everything else) but it is so awful what it’s done to the music industry.

 

Heavens Edge Official Website

Heavens Edge Facebook

Reggie Wu Music Lessons

 

Boston Rock Radio Journalist Thomas Amoriello Jr. is a heavy metal guitarist, children's picture book author, educator and recording artist who resides in Lambertville, New Jersey, USA. You can learn more about Tom at https://thomasamoriello.com

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