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Blacklist Union Interview with Tony West By Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist Boston Rock Radio

Blacklist Union

Interview with Tony West

By Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


First of all, we wish to express our sympathies for the loss of your bandmate and friend, iconic New York Hardcore guitar legend Todd Youth. We're going to talk about Todd today and about the history of his band Blacklist Union.


BRR: Could discuss the history of Blacklist Union and an introduction to your band members?


TW: Blacklist Union was formed in 2005. We have four full length CDs available. We done extensive touring throughout the United States and have had critical acclaim across the globe with absolutely no real representation from management or a label. We are truly DIY and are ready to take the next step forward with the right person or company.


BRR: What are some of your musical influences?


TW: Mother Love Bone, Warrior Soul, Turbonegro-punk rock and blues.

BRR: What makes Blacklist Union unique?


TW: What makes any band unique is having a distinctive singer. With a distinctive voice that isn’t a clone of someone else.


BRR; Let's talk about Todd Youth who just recently passed on October 27, 2018.  It is always especially difficult when you lose a band member as they become your family. Can you give us a  history of his musical background and his influences?


TW: Todd’s resume speaks for itself. He was 12 years old when he played in Agnostic Front. That’s a baby and a child. My son is 12. I can’t imagine him playing in any kind of band besides being in the garage. Agnostic Front? That’s hard-core in every aspect. He went on to play in many bands Murphy’s Law, War Zone, Danzig, Degeneration, Glen Campbell, Ace Frehley, and many more.


BRR: He was quite the well rounded guitarist, having performed not only with Blacklist Union but also with everything from Glen Campbell to Danzig, Murphy's Law and I believe I saw Motorhead. What made him such a versatile guitarist?


TW: He respected music of all kind and was a Jedi on guitar.

BRR: What was it like working together? What made your friendship so unique?


TW: Our work together was effortless. I never had to explain to him to check out this band or check out that band. He was always well schooled with who is who and what was what. What made our friendship unique was we were family and brothers before we ever wrote any songs together. The first song we wrote together was called “Digging for Gold“ which was on our third record called till death do us part. We had such a good time and such good feedback from that song that we decided to write a whole record together. That whole process was just so fun and amazing.


BRR: What are some of your favorite songs from the Back to Momo album that you enjoyed performing live?


TW: “Wined Dined & 69’d,” “Meet Me On Zen Street,” and “Read Between the Lines.”


BRR: What are your future endeavors?


TW: Rock n’ roll.


BRR: Can you describe the current metal and rock scene in LA?


TW: There is no current Roxy in LA. It’s a disaster, mostly in part to a few promoters and pay to play.


BRR: Aside from attendance at venues, what changes would you like to see in the rock and metal industry?


TW: More camaraderie and community, people getting together and working together.

BRR: Again, on behalf of Boston Rock Radio we extend our condolences to you and the band, as well as his family and friends. Over the last several years we have seen so many amazing musicians pass on to the next realm.


TW: Thank you for your time.


BLACKLIST UNION Pays Tribute to Legendary Hardcore Guitarist TODD YOUTH with FREE DOWNLOAD of 'Back To Momo'


(Expires 12/31/18)

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