By Charisma We sent Charisma to talk to Kelly Fairchild from Winnipeg Manitoba, this is what we got. Charisma: Dude, I am a huge fan! Ever since you graced Global Pirate Radio with your presence, I have been in love. You rock! How have you been Kelly? Kelly: Well, so far so good Charisma. This is a real pleasure. Things are well, thank you. Just got back from a few weeks in CA, Vegas mid-September, things are going good. Charisma: Starland, your album. Hooray! I have an autographed copy. It’s success? Kelly: I’m glad you like it. Starland is doing well, it’s an album that is everything I hoped it would be, a fun, good times, crank it in your car with the roof down on the way to the beach kind of record. If that makes any sense. Airplay has been solid and some great shows have come about as a result, like heading back to Hollywood for a return to Cruefest and the International Pop Festival. While in Hollywood we were invited to play a promoters party in Beverly Hills which turned out to be a blast; a party hosted by Playboy model is never bad. Charisma: The Pamela Anderson song. Dude, like, did you have an affair with her? Or what? Kelly: Oh, now do I look like the kind of guy to kiss and tell? Charisma: What was the Cruefest ’08 like? Kelly: Cruefest ’07 and ’08 were pretty much a real-life nights of everything you’ve always imagined would happen in Hollywood. 2007 Cruefest was my live debut in LA and probably the coolest way I can think of to be introduced, at the infamous Whisky a Go Go. Being invited back the next year was even better. It’s just a great event with a lot of very cool bands from around the world, doing it for a great cause. Charisma: You are an awesome musician! Do you write your own songs? Kelly: Thank you, I do write all my own songs but also occasionally collaborate, depends on the situation at the time. “Pam Anderson” is a result of co-writing. I’m also, to nobody’s surprise, a huge KISS fan so I also just had to put a KISS cover on Starland. Can’t take credit for Stanley and Frehley. Charisma: Jennifer Dolls? She’s pretty hot! Is she an exotic dancer? [Winking at Kellly] A very close pal, maybe? Kelly: Pretty hot? Again asking me to kiss and tell, tsk tsk. Jennifer Dolls is a burlesque dancer and we first met at Cruefest ’07. She truly is a sweet and wonderful girl. There have been tour ideas batted around for myself this coming year and the tentative plans were including Jennie touring with us and doing a couple burlesque sets. Charisma: Is your real name Kelly Fairchild? Kelly: It’s the only name people call me. Charisma: What is it you do exactly when you visit Hollywood? Women? Party? Kelly: Charisma, why does anybody go to Hollywood? That’s like asking “what do you do in Vegas?” Actually, it’s a little double-duty for me. When I’m on the road there’s actually a lot of business going on behind the scenes. I try to make the most of my time getting connected to the scene, meeting with people, working the business side. L.A. is a big town and being there four times this past year has helped but there’s a lot to be done there. But certainly, there’s always time for a drink, a good party and a pretty girl (not necessarily in that order). Charisma: What is your kind of party? Kelly: Ideally, one with friends, good people, beer and lots of pretty girls. Charisma: So Kelly, I have heard your voice on the phone [smiling]. I know what it’s done for me. Do you have that effect on all women? Kelly: Hmmm.. I don’t know about ALL women. Charisma: Your hair, do you have that sexy red look still? Kelly: Right now I’m just doing the sexy all-black look. But the red will be back soon, I’m sure. Charisma: What image do you think your music conveys? Kelly: Have fun, party and rock and roll. Don’t forget to live, laugh and rock. Charisma: What are your favorite venues to perform in? Kelly: Without a doubt the Whisky is on top, legendary, great sound, big stage. Pretty awesome. The Knitting Factory in LA is also great and in Canada I like the vibe of the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto but the greatest live venue to play in Canada time and time again is The Zoo in Winnepeg. Best crowds and sound system in Canada and the club treats their band like gold. Charisma: What inspired you to choose KISS Coming Home for a song of your own? Kelly: I’ve always liked the song, loved the way KISS did it on their Convention tour and thought I even spice it up a bit and then give it my own touch. I love how it turned out; it’s one of my favorite tracks off the album. Charisma: Can we talk about the Paul Stanleys for a moment? What an awesome idea? Kelly: Haha, you’re good. It was an idea by the lead Paul and he and I played together in the Maroons, my Ramones tribute. I made a couple calls, found two other Pauls. It was meant to be. Charisma: You are Ace of The Paul Stanleys. Do you add the fireworks to the end of your guitar as well? If so, have you ever gotten burned? Kelly: AS with my own group, I do shoot a 20 foot pyro out the end of my guitar after a solo. Haven’t been burned yet, maybe you should ask the other guys in the band or the people in the crowd though. Charisma: The McDonalds video! What the hell? That shit was so funny. Whose idea was that? You people must see this. The big beef and rock & roll! Kelly: When we got the band together for rehearsal we were laughing and cracking each other up with those kind of jokes and talking like Paul more than we were rehearsing. We knew we had to put something to video. The idea was our singer’s, no script but we knew we wanted to do something silly in a fast food joint. We actually went to a Burger King first and asked permission, they obviously and understandably said ‘no.’ So, we literally went across the street and ambushed the McDonalds before they knew what hit them. Charisma: Are you in any other bands? Other than being the great you Kelly Fairchild and The Paul Stanleys? Kelly: The Maroons, the ultimate Ramones Rip-off! I put that together with my Fairchild guitar player Shaune Kemkaran over 12 years ago. The Maroons are what prepared me to front my own band really; singing 54 Ramones songs in a two hour show really gets you in shape, and gave me what I needed inside to know I could do it. The Maroons still play and are part of my plans for taking Fairchild on the road this coming year. Charisma: Seriously, what do you think of internet radio? Kelly: I think the way society gets their music today has changed immensely and will continue to change. Where people will buy their music, hear their music, it changes daily and I think internet radio has a big role to play in the future of the music business. Charisma: Are you working on a new album anytime soon? Kelly: Absolutely, that’s the next big thing to do. I hope to begin preproduction by Christmas or early ’09 and will cross my fingers for a summer release. Lots to do between now and then. Charisma: Thank you so much Kelly for this interview. I am forever a fan! And wish you huge success in all that you do. Do take care and keep in touch. Please tell the fans how they can gain access to your music. Kelly: The CD is available for purchase worldwide from CD Baby and Amazon Canada and for download from iTunes and about a hundred other digital sites, too many to mention obviously.