The new Crown of Thorns album Faith is out now.
What is your feel about the album?
JB: At the moment, Iím pretty happy with how it
turned out, Iím never 100% satisfied with anything but thatís
ok. The reactions have been good so far and that means a lot.
What is your favorite song on Faith?
JB: Maybe Living in the Shadows, but my favourite
song will change as time goes on.
How does the songwriting and recording process
JB: I usually start the writing with just ideas
into a tape recorder, just melodies, riffs etc. When I have
enough, I listen and start recording basic demos of what I
believe are the best ideas. The band members send their riffs or
ideas as well. I usually do lyrics last unless the idea comes
right away. We mix it all up and decide on the songs to be
recorded. Usually 6-10 songs donít make the album.
It took awhile between Faith and Karma. What was
the major reason for that?
JB: It felt like it was time for a break, I was
asked to be Managing Director of Steven Van Zandtís rock and
roll company Renegade Nation and that took up a lot of my time.
We were getting mail from fans asking whenís a new record
coming? We always kept in touch as a band and realized we all
were getting the itch to make another record. Frontiers
contacted me and it was time.
Will we get to see Crown Of Thorns on tour in
JB: Not sure yet but we are in talks about doing
some dates. Weíre checking into agents, festivals etc.
Any plans for another solo album?
JB: Not at the moment, too much to do, Iím
concentrating on Crown of Thorns.
Any plans for a dvd with all your solo
videos,Voodoo X and Crown Of Thorns with some live stuff on
there as well?
JB: Actually, we released an album called Raw
Thorns some years back that had the whole video collection.
Weíll probably do it again with all the updated stuff at one
Over the years you have written some amazing
songs with Paul Stanley.
Are there any songs that havenít seen the light of day yet and
will the two of you work together again?
JB: Thanks! There are a couple in the vault! I
have to get to that vault and go listen again. As far as future,
you never know.
Any plans for another Little Steven & the
Disciples Of Soul album?
JB: Lotís of people ask about that, heís as busy
if not busier than I am! Iím really not sure.
Have you ever been asked to join the E-Street
JB: Actually no, but I was invited on the
European tour this year. It was very cool, Steven and I did
business for our company during the tour but it was an honour to
travel like a band member. It made me miss playing.
Is there any dream project you would like to do?
JB: Iíve always wanted to do a rock musical that
I would write or co-write for. Perhaps star in it as well with a
band, that could be fun. I would also love to do a tour pulling
the best songs from all the years. Combine an orchestra,
background singers with the band to get the absolute most out of
What band or artist is your biggest influence?
JB: It was several, I loved Led Zeppelin, Kiss,
Rod Stewart (early days), AC/DC, Foreigner, The Beatles, The
Stones to name some.
Over the years is there any
offers to join another band that you have turned down?
Billy Idol, Prince, Michael Jackson and there were a few others.
What is the proudest moment so far in your music
JB: My first hit record as a solo artist, ďFeel
The HeatĒ which came after a very difficult time in my life.
Since I had written, produced, played all the instruments on my
own, it was truly self-satisfying and felt like a great
What is your all time favorite song of the ones
I think thatís an impossible question to answer,
but good question!!!
Any message to all your Swedish fans?
JB: Love you all, Sweden is my heart and hope to
see you all face to face soon!
Questions by Andy Flash for Artrock