JACKYL Frontman Speaks Out On AC/DC Collaboration

August 8, 2002

JACKYL frontman Jesse James Dupree recently spoke to Electricbasement.com about the group's collaboration with AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson on the track "Kill The Sunshine" for JACKYL's as-yet-untitled new album.

"I am very proud of it," Dupree stated. "It sounds like AC/DC but what do you expect when him and I are writing together? I think people will love it. It has that AC/DC-type crunch.

"[Brian] is real supportive of JACKYL and we have actually written a lot of stuff together," the singer added. "We are going to keep writing together. Maybe one day we will do an album together.

With regards to how the two vocalists came to be friends, Jesse said: "[Brian] had heard that JACKYL sounded like AC/DC so he checked us out. Mutual friends hooked us up and he thought it would be cool to have a song where everyone could hear what how much we sounded alike but also hear how much we sounded different. I don't even put myself in his league. His voice is so rich. He is an imposing character. He is very intense. Even though he has been around a long time he still has a great work ethic. He is just a huge inspiration to me. He doesn't have any bodyguards or anything like that. Him and his wife will come stay at the house. I keep all of his English mint jellies in the fridge. He races up in Atlanta so when he is in town, he has a key, and he will come stay with me. He is a real down-to-earth good old boy from northern England."

"Before we go out and play we crank up tunes on the bus to get us fired up. We crank up JUDAS PRIEST or AC/DC or IRON MAIDEN. Supposedly, AC/DC does the same thing because he told me that they like to crank up JACKYL before they go play."

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