JERRY: Yeah, it was about three years. The drummer and I grew up together, but not the original drummer of course. Sean and I grew up together, and he brought me into that gig. We played in bands together earlier on, and he later went on to join Molly Hatchet. I was living in Hawaii at the time of getting that phone call from that band. I was pretty much looking to leave Hawaii at that time anyway, so that’s how I joined Molly Hatchet.
BISCUIT: You worked on the double album that was recorded by them in Germany too, I believe.
JERRY: I did a re-recording of all of Molly Hatchets greatest hits, which was seventeen songs, and that turned out to be a great record. It was done in studios just outside Hamburg in Germany.
BISCUIT: I would like to move on to 2005, and your touring with XYZ, and a little later on Healer, which involved members of White Zombie. What are your memories of those days?
JERRY: The XYZ thing was with Terry Ilous singing, and he was the original vocalist with XYZ and had the most amazing voice. That band opened up a lot of doors for me, and those were good days. They were a really great melodic metal band, and it was real fun…and yeah, then I moved on to Healer. I actually answered an add in a magazine and it was the drummer from White Zombie. We hit it off right away and we ended up doing the Warps tour. That was a great metal band to play with and the Spector basses came in real handy on that one for the metal stuff, and I used a pick on those tunes too. I was saying earlier, I almost always use my fingers to play, but if I am playing metal, I will use a pick generally so as to get that click sound, like the Judas Priest thing.
BISCUIT: You have also worked with Rock legend Stephen Pearcy, who of course is the original lead singer with top rock band Ratt. I believe you accompanied Stephen on a few of his solo tours. How did you enjoy that gig Jerry?
JERRY: I actually played on three of the “Metal in America” tours and that was great fun, because when I was growing up and around the age of fourteen, Ratt was like my favorite band at the time, so as an adult being able to play all those Ratt songs was quite an experience for me.
BISCUIT: Is it right that you did around twenty shows in twenty three days with Stephen?
JERRY: Yeah…we were driving all over the place at the time, and after every show we just drove straight on to the next state…. boom-boom-boom.
BISCUIT: More recently, you were involved with the band Laidlaw which toured with Lynyrd Skynrd in 2007. I bet that was a time to remember.
JERRY: Yeah…that was really a great time. Laidlaw was a great band that has been around for a long time, and they have toured with Motley Crue and Van Halen too. I hooked up with them for the Lynyrd Skynrd tour. We did all the west coast, from San Francisco over to Arizona and it was a really awesome time and I think it was definitely the best tour I have ever been on. And after that I became really good friends with the Skynrd’s bass player Ean Evans, and later ended up joining his project Evanscapps.
BISCUIT: Could you tell us some more about Evanscapps as this would bring us pretty much up to date my friend, would it not?
JERRY: Pretty much…well, of course Ean was the bass player with Lynyrd Skynrd and he approached me with his idea for a separate project in which he was also working with Bobby Capps, who although was the keyboard player for 38.Special, was going to do the vocals on the new record. Todd Harrell and Chris Henderson from the great band “3 Doors Down” were also very much involved as well. So I realized it was going to be something well worth doing. Ean asked me to do all the bass tracks and he did all of the guitar parts, and Bobby of course came up with the amazing vocals.
BISCUIT: You did indeed manage to get it all together and come up with a fabulous record, entitled “Last time”, which came out under the Rock Ridge label.
JERRY: Thanks man. Ean had a nice home studio where we spent ten days getting my bass parts down together, and although he did not play any of the bass on this one himself, Ean did end up showing me a bunch of licks from his “Chops” box. Once I started putting all of my own chops together, with all that Ean had shown me, it made me a lot better bass player man.