Episode 4 – Artist Feature – Interview With Tony Cardenas-Montana of Twenty Two Hundred
Welcome to another edition of the Noize Faktory, and thank you for coming back to listen each week. This week is the first in what I hope to be a long line of Artist Feature Shows. I sat down with my friend Tony Cardenas-Montana, currently the lead singer for Twenty Two Hundred, former bassist for Great White, creator of The Monster Circus, and vocalist on the debut CD from Welsh blues guitar phenom Chris Buck.
Hour 1 starts off with the powerhouse tracks “Hitman” from Twenty Two Hundred’s Carnaval De Venus, and then I am joined by Tony for a trip through his career. We begin with some of the Great White classics that he had a hand in, and we round out the hour with some tracks from his solo CD The Tombstone Shuffle.
Hour 2 takes you through some tracks that you will not hear anywhere else. From a rare tribute CD appearance to the French band Trust, to Tony’s writing project Anna’s Brother (songs which should be heard on a much grander scale), and then some bootleg live recordings of the Vegas show Monster Circus. Tony is featured along side John Corabi, Rudy Sarzo, Bruce Kulick, Fred Coury, Brent Fitz, Dave Kushner, and Bobby Rock on these different tracks. You can hear him singing with Corabi on Kiss’ “Shout It Out Loud” and handling Coverdale on Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”, and then playing lead guitar on an incredible version of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher”.
Hour 3 brings us full circle. We start out with some live tracks from Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy recorded during the 2010 tour of Australia where Tony filled in on bass and backing vocals, and a couple of tracks from the itunes session recordings that also featured Tony’s bass playing and backing vocals. Then we have another track you will never hear anywhere else, where Tony does an incredible acoustic version of Tangier’s “Mississippi”. We return to the new Twenty Two Hundred CD to wind down the show, and showcase the bands power, groove, and Tony’s incredible vocals.
I think you will all enjoy this show, the cross section of material is very impressive, and all top quality. Thank you Tony for sitting down and doing this interview with me, its a pleasure to have you as the first guest!