Interview With Suzi Quatro At The Fisher Building in Detroit 4/18/2013

Posted: May 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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BA – Tell us how it feels being back in your hometown of the Motor City and playing the Detroit Music Awards.

SQ – It feels great to be here ’cause I’m a Detroit girl. It’s good to be back. I left when I was 21 and went overseas.

BA –  What was it like playing in The Pleasure Seekers and Cradle?

SQ – It was such a small part of my career. That was my learning ground. That’s where I learned my craft – great training. I have fond memories of it.

BA – How did you feel about being part of The British Glam Rock Scene & being one of the few Yanks?

SQ – It never made any sense to me how anyone calls my sound Glam, or my look, and I was always confused ’cause I was always Rock And Roll. But I think it was because I started in that era to have hits, so they lumped me in that, but I’m not Glam Rock, I’m Rock and Roll and always have been. I didn’t wear any make up. I had a plain black leather suit on so what glam about that! ?

BA – What was it like being cast in Happy Days?     Bruce's World Suzi_Quatro_at_AIS_Arena_02

SQ – That was great. I was in Japan on tour and my American publicists called me and asked me to come over and audition, so I flew to LA and got the part.  It turned into 3 years and 15 episodes. I’m still good friends with everyone on the show.

BA – Talk about growing up in the  Detroit music scene during the 1960’s,  and who were your musical influences and who do you listen to now?

SQ – Elvis Presley was my main guy, then Otis Redding,  then Jamerson. I now listen to Keene, Razorlight and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, people like that.

BA – With your recent record Into The Spotlight, you started working with Mike Chapman again. How did it feel ?

SQ – Mike and I have always worked together, but this was the first full album in years that we did together. My last album, Back To The Drive, which is my fans’ favorite, was  very autobiographical, so Mike called me and said now that you got that out of your system,  let me make the next album and give him  control, and he did a great job. Mike and I get along very well. We’re on the same page.

BA – How do you feel becoming one of the first female rockers?

SQ – I was the first one to have success doing it. I was the first one to have a hit record and be a rock and roll female bass player, ’cause it hadn’t been done before. I created the niche, which is great. Maybe because I don’t do gender and I never have. I don’t understand the male and female thing,  I just go off and write. I thought to myself maybe I should change and be a little bit more feminine, but then I said no,  if I can’t make it exactly as I am,  which is a rock and roll female bass player,  then I don’t want to make it at all.

– Tell us about your early songs like” Can The Can,” and  “48 Crash,”  and, later, your biggest hit in America, “Stumbling In,” with Chris Norman.

SQ -” Can The Can” was the first number one ,which was incredible. It was a hit everywhere but America. The reason for that was that I was based in the UK and Mickey Most, my writer, kept changing my record labels, so every record was on a different label. So it made it confusing, but I still toured in the States. My albums sold well and I had a hit TV show with Happy Days.

BA – Any plans to tour America and New York City?

SQ –  I do want to tour America, people kept asking me. I would like to come back, I’m hoping to.

BA – What made you decide to write your autobiography Unzipped?

SQ  – It was simply time. I don’t know why.I decided to tell my story.  I had a show called Unzipped,  which I did last year. It  was  a one woman show about my life.

BA –  Anything else you would like to add ?

SQ –  I got a poetry book coming out called Who Are My Eyes. I  also got my own line of Christmas cards.

– Tell us the songs that you will be performing at the Detroit Music Awards show.

SQ – I’m doing Rocking In The Free World, which I always open my show with. Then I’m doing Stumbling In with John Drake from The Amboy Dukes, and then I’m doing Sweet Little Rock And Roller, which  I  always end my show with.

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