Interviewer: As you know from my review, I was disappointed in the album. I found that the songs were too long and monotonous.
Joey: "Yes, the songs are long, but that is the way we want it. Really the tracks are like mini- operas. It's no good us playing short three minute numbers. We need the time to express all we want into a song. You can't run a horse race over 10 yards of ground."
Interviewer: Maybe, but you talk about 'playing louder, harder and faster' than any other band. The album falls well short of that statement.
Joey: "Well, we certainly play loud and hard. By faster I mean individual playing - fast guitar playing, fast drumming - I' m the fastest bass player in the World! Short fast songs are for headbanging bands. Just what is Heavy Metal? The word HEAVY means something that weighs a lot and is difficult to pick up, and METAL is a substance such as iron or aluminium. A ship is HEAVY and is made of METAL, but that just cruises along in its own time, crushing all that gets in its way, and that's what MANOWAR is about. We want to be different. If all the other bands started playing longer, slower songs then we will start playing short, faster numbers."
Interviewer: How has "Into Glory Ride" been received generally?
Joey: "Very Well, we've been very pleased with the response to the album, even the critical reviews. It means we are being noticed, which is what we want."
Interviewer: I must admit that despite my criticisms, I like the track "Defender" - it's something different, but you decided to leave it off the album and release it as a 12" single instead. Wouldn't it have been better to leave your strongest song on the album?
Joey: "No, not really, like you say, "Defender" is something different and I wanted to make it something special by releasing it as a single."
Interviewer: "Defender" of course features Orson Welles who also appeared on "Dark Avenger" from your first album. How did he become involved with MANOWAR?
Joey: "When we were recording "Dark Avenger" we were using Eric's (Adams) voice, but we wasn't happy with the results, it wasn't giving the effect that we were after. So we said to Bob Currie, who incidentally was the man who discovered MANOWAR, someone who sounds like Orson Welles, why not get Orson Welles. Orson looked at the lyrics and agreed to do it, which really knocked us out! When he came down and recorded "Dark Avenger", he also narrated an intro tape for our live show, which was something he suggested himself."
Interviewer: Whose idea was it to sign your new recording deal in blood?
Joey: "That was my idea, I just felt we should show the people that we were prepared to give a little blood to the cause of Heavy Metal."
Interviewer: A year or so ago, there was a lot in the music press ('Sounds' in particular) about your rivalry with TWISTED SISTER. Was this something that was just blown up for publicity?
Joey: "Totally I've never even met the band. I don't know why the press made up the stories. Maybe they just thought it would help sell papers. I don't know. I've heard some of TWISTED SISTER's music. I believe they have a couple of albums out and are gaining quite a lot of success. Well power to them, I wish them well."
Interviewer: You're coming over to the U.K. to play gigs soon. How about the rest of Europe?
Joey: "No, not this time, we want to concentrate on England first."
Interviewer: So making it big in England is your main goal then?
Joey: "Oh yes, definitely. To us England is Heavy Metal. The English audiences are the most critical. If we can't make it in England, then it's not really worth carrying on."
Interviewer: Would you consider setting up base here?
Joey: "Yes, eventually we hope to come and live in England."
Interviewer: What's the music scene like in the U.S. at the moment?
Joey: "Pure shit! When I say shit, I don't mean the kids, I'm referring to the fuckin' people that run the business - they just don't understand what the HM fan wants. That's why we are on a campaign to wipe out all False Metal."
Interviewer: Just exactly what bands do you class as "False Metal?"
Joey: "I don't have to name bands, we would be here all night if I just began to. You know who I mean."
Interviewer: What are your own musical influences?
Joey: "I haven't got any. I listen to a lot of classical music, but I'm not really influenced by it."
Interviewer: What about favourite bands?
Joey: "MOUNTAIN... CREAM... BLACK SABBATH ..."
Interviewer: So you've been brought up on Heavy Metal then?
Joey: "Oh yeah, I eat HM, sleep HM, live HM... there is nothing else, is there?"