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Brett Scallions Tells His Story
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Source: Alternative Addiction

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 Sunday, August 05, 2007

As if fronting a multi platinum rock band isn’t enough of an incredible accomplishment, Brett Scallions hasn’t even thought about resting on his laurels after parting ways with Fuel in early 2006. Instead, he picked up a Bass guitar and helped form new rock band Circus Diablo, who just released their self titled debut album on Koch Records.

“I never really started playing bass until a couple years ago, but I’ve known how to play guitar since I was like 13,” Scallions told Alternative Addiction. “If you know how to play guitar, you can play bass, it’s one thing at a time basically. But at the same time, playing guitar versus playing bass are two separate things, because when you’re playing bass you are laying down the foundation for the entire band - you and the drummer.”

Scallions was clearly enthusiastic about being a part of the new band, and seems to be having a blast with them out on this year’s Ozzfest tour.

“I love these guys, and I love making music with them. We are planning on making another record, maybe next year. We’ve already started writing stuff together, so we’re looking forward to the future.”

Scallions also has had the honor spending time on the road singing with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of Doors in their band “Riders on the Storm.” Scallions struggled to describe just how amazing the experience of singing with these rock legends is.

“It’s something that you can try to describe all you want but no one ever really can grasp how cool, and fun, and intense it is until you are actually standing there where Jim Morrison once stood,” he explained. “You look to your left and there’s Robby Krieger there just laying down all those beautiful riffs, and then Ray Manzerek there on your right. It’s pretty surreal to be right there in the middle of all that, it’s pretty fun.”

While Scallions seems to be on top of the world right now, its hard to believe less than two years ago he was in one of the lowest places in his life. He shocked everyone in the winter of 2006 when he walked away from fronting the band Fuel. While Fuel guitarist and songwriter Carl Bell told Alternative Addiction last month that Scallions left the band mostly due to struggling with his voice (see article), Scallions explained that had nothing to do with it.

“The last Fuel record we did, nobody was into it, at least not in the band. Speaking for myself, there was no fun in it, because there was no activity within the band. It was kinda a one man show really, and what’s the fun in that? The word “band” doesn’t even come into play in a situation like that. It wasn’t an enjoyable environment for me, and I don’t think for any of us really, except for Carl maybe – because Carl’s mind was set into his songs, his music, and that’s the way it was. For me, growing up and being a fan of music, being a fan of creativity, you wanna be a part of things, you wanna actually feel like you are in a band, and it just wasn’t feeling like that anymore.”

As far as the comments from his former band mate, Scallions was disappointed by them, but was reluctant to take any shots back at Bell.

“I’ve read the interviews, both with Kevin and Carl, and it breaks my heart to see the road that they’ve taken. I don’t know if they are doing it out of frustration, maybe things are going as well in the Fuel camp as Carl would hoped for, so he’s gotta take shots at me? But I’m gonna take the high road here, I’m not gonna fire back. And trust me…I could lay out all kinds of dirty laundry if I wanted to. But its not about that, this is about being happy where you are, loving life, loving what you do.”

Scallions explained that he reached a point with Fuel where he just could no longer go on with the band, and forced himself to quit.

“I was depressed, I was drinking and doing all kinds of drugs and stuff that I shouldn’t have been doing, but I was depressed about the environment that I was in. I wasn’t happy, and there was just one day I was like ‘You know what, you’re gonna kill yourself if you keep doing this, you gotta get out of this situation, you have to move on with your life and do something that makes you happy and feel good about yourself.”

Putting everything behind him, Scallions didn’t hesitate to say how proud he was to have been a part of such a successful band, and how he wishes that he could have remained a part of the band.

“I am very proud of what we did as Fuel; it’s a shame that it didn’t stay the way it was in the beginning, when everyone was excited about where we were, and what we were doing,” he explained. “I will never take anything away from what we did with Fuel, and what I was a part of. We had a good time there together, but sometimes the frustration out weighs the pros of things.”

Scallions plans on continuing his work with Circus Diablo and Riders on the Storm for the foreseeable future, as well as releasing a new album that he’s spent the last few years writing.

“Jonathan Mover who played drums on the first Fuel record, he and I are doing a record together where I am doing the bulk of the writing, I’ll be singing it, and playing guitar, and I’ll have some guest guitar players come in,” Scallions explained. “It’s very exciting for me; it’s a record I’ve dreamed of doing for a really long time.”

Scallions made it clear this would not be a solo record, but wouldn’t reveal a band name in which the album would released under.

“We’ve got a few names in the hat right now, but I’m reluctant to say any of them right now because I wanna make sure that we have the name ready to go when it comes time to put it out.”

Listen to all of Alternative Addiction's Interview with Brett Scallions here

You can catch Brett Scallions with Circus Diablo on the remaining dates left on the Ozzfest Tour this summer:
8/6/07 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO
8/8/07 Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH
8/10/07 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
8/12/07 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
8/14/07 Verizon Wireless Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
8/16/07 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
8/18/07 New England Dodge Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
8/20/07 Tweeter Center, Boston, MA
8/22/07 Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
8/24/07 Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
8/26/07 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
8/28/07 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
8/30/07 Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL

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brett is back in fuel he is working on no more drugs and has made many other changes to keep on in fuel so yeah brett is back in fuel
Posted by cole on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 9:48:40 AM

Since Brett left Fuel, I have'nt listened to them again. Brett made Fuel. The passion in his voice puts me over the edge.
Posted by Jill Hunt on Sunday, April 01, 2012 at 7:59:41 AM

Sorry but BRETT is the MAN!!!!, Brett was the VOICE who made FUEL, and DO NOT belittle such a special and unique voice he's bless with!!!
Posted by anonymous on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 2:55:32 AM

BRETT gave he's own sweat in every single word sang!!! but whatever range your "personal trainer" sings in really sux!!! I think he lacks oxygen, style, and originality, if he's so amazing why does he poorly trys to sing like BRETT!!!
Posted by Veronica on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 2:54:43 AM

need a guitar player from tennessee
Posted by cannon on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 2:55:57 AM

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