Metal Edge, February 1992
On a steamy summer day in Florida, where Trixter was playing with Warrant and Firehouse, Peter Loran and P.J. Farley took some time to call in and relate some road stories, respond to some complaint letters we’d received, bring us up to date on Trixter’s plans for their second record and more.
Are you staying out of trouble?
Peter Loran: Mark isn’t. He’s been crazy. He bought a pellet gun and shot some holes in the wall in the dressing room in Birmingham [AL]. The promoter didn’t like that at all. Mark had to pay for it, 750 bucks. He mooned the crowd during the jam in Fayetteville, NC and the cops got bent out of shape. Afterward, the looked for him but they didn’t find him. We hid him.
P.J. Farley: In Fayetteville, there was a fire escape outside of our dressing room, a catwalk that went up to the ceiling of the place and across the other side of the stage. Firehouse didn’t see it, and me and Jerry from Warrant got up there and threw fruit and bread at them during “Love of a Lifetime.” I threw pretzels at Michael’s cymbals, and finally he looked up and saw me. Last night they got us back – they marched around on stage during “Give it to Me Good.” Me and Jerry had a whiskey fight one night. The bar was packed, and I was standing across from Jerry. He spat some beer at me, and I did it back, and we were both drenched. I threw a pitcher of kamikazes at him. Then we took everyone else’s drinks and threw them at each other. Everyone was so sticky, especially me and him. We looked like drowned rats. We thought the club owners were gonna kill us, but they came over and high-fived us. It was complete mayhem.
While most of Trixter mail is very favorable, we’re gotten some disturbing letters from fans who claim they were dissed by you, including one from a girl in Philadelphia. Any comments?
Loran: That was the day of our “Surrender” video shoot. We shot all day and drove in a van to the gig in Philly. We almost missed the gig. It was one of those days where the stress was real high. We did our meet-and-greet – we do it every night. But it was our only night to see our families after being on the road for eight months. I didn’t blow everyone off completely. I signed a few things real quick, but I just wanted to get home and be with my family for the few hours that I could. [The fan] didn’t understand the whole story. There’s never a time when we don’t have to sign autographs, unless we have to be somewhere or catch a plane, which is rare.
Farley: Sometimes they just don’t understand. We’re out there every night for hours. The one that missed us is pissed off, and we take the heat for it. I understand where they’re coming from, but no matter how long you’re out there, someone will write in and say we were dicks.
Other readers have expressed dissatisfaction with the Trixter fan club.
Loran: Things are gonna change. We’re gonna get a real fan club. Our record company can’t handle it.
You’ve been on the road for over a year, a long haul.
Loran: Yeah. This is a good package. I couldn’t be any happier. We’re lucky. There are only a handful of new acts that have gone gold. It’s gotta be tough for bands who’ve been in headlining situations to go back to playing clubs. We’ve been playing clubs on days off.
Will you continue after the Warrant tour ends?
Loran: I think we’re gonna try to hook something up overseas. We may do promotion in Japan.
The album is nearly platinum, but not quite. Are you disappointed?
Farley: Not at all. We’ve sold almost a million records playing live, with MTV and press. We never had a top 20 or a top 40 single. Whoever says we’re a radio-oriented band should take it back because we’re hardly on the radio, just AOR. It’s the fans that bought the record and told their friends about it and came to see us live. I’d rather have a career than a hit song any time. I wouldn’t trade places with any band that’s come out in the last two years.
How’s the new material coming along?
Loran: We’ve got some cool stuff.
Farley: We’ve got a four-track with us on the bus.
Will you record in L.A.?
Farley: I’m sure we will, but I’ll miss winter. I love all four seasons. I don’t think I could handle the same weather all the time. Hopefully, we’ll get our heads together, and go do it. If you wait too long people lose interest. You gotta keep the vibe happening. But we’re not gonna go out with our next record and say, ‘We gotta headline.’ I wouldn’t mind opening up in arenas again, I love it. If the record takes off and people want us to headline, great. But we’re not rushing into anything.