"In America", the new George A. Johnson-directed video from THE GUESS WHO, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "The Future Is What It Used To Be", which was released in September via Cleopatra Records.
THE GUESS WHO is responsible for countless rock classics, which still retain a major presence on rock radio — "American Woman", "No Time", "These Eyes", etc. The band is Garry Peterson (drums, vocals), D# (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Will E. (guitar, harp, vocals), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, flute, sax, vocals), and Rudy Sarzo (bass, vocals).
Also featured on the album are several special guests, including Tommy Shaw (STYX) on vocals, Brent Fitz (SLASH, GENE SIMMONS) on percussion, Jim Kale (THE GUESS WHO founding member) and Michael Devin (WHITESNAKE) on bass.
Garry Peterson: "I never dreamed that I would get a chance to record an album, after 40 years, in the same way, and with the same recording gear that we used in the '60s and '70s. This was truly a blessing for me and a humbling, cathartic experience for my musical soul. Thank you to all my bandmates, and everyone who helped make it a reality. I hope our fans enjoy it as much as I do."
D#: "Lyrically and musically, these songs are the soundtrack to my journey with THE GUESS WHO over the last 10 years. This record was a joy and an honor to create. As version 3.0 of this iconic band, we had our work cut out for us. The challenge in this type of situation is always to be true to the heartroots of the original blueprint, as well as being able to journey onwards into an inspired future, incorporating the new energies that we bring to the experience, as you do in any family, generation after generation. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as we did."
Will E: "I am honored to be a part of this chapter of THE GUESS WHO. We specifically wrote and arranged the music to reflect what people have always loved about the band; great songs with big vocal driven choruses. We accomplished our own sound while maintaining the classic nature that makes THE GUESS WHO an iconic band."
Leonard Shaw: "It has been quite the trip since I joined the GUESS WHO 25 years ago, but I am stoked about our new recording of original songs! These songs are fun to play live, and people are digging them!"
"The Future Is What It Used To Be" track listing:
01. When We Were Young
02. Runnin' Blind
03. Talks All The Time
04. Baby Come Around
06. In America
07. Playin' On The Radio
08. Give It A Try
09. Good Girl
10. Long Day
During a recent appearance on FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho's "Talk Is Jericho" podcast, Sarzo — who has previously played with OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE and QUIET RIOT — discussed how he ended up joining THE GUESS WHO. He said: "It's really a roundabout way. The path towards me joining started maybe four years ago. I was touring with the Geoff Tate version of QUEENSRŸCHE, and they bring [sic] in Sass Jordan to perform the part of Mary, because we were performing the whole 'Operation: Mindcrime' record. I had known Sass from years before, but I never really got [to know her well]. Once you're in the same tour bus, you really get to know a person. She's such an incredible talent, and also an incredible person, too. It just so happens that her husband, Derek Sharp, has been the lead singer with THE GUESS WHO for 10-12 years. It came a point that they were looking for a bass player — this happened maybe a year and a half ago — and they called me up. Sass said to Derek, 'Hey, why don't you call Rudy?'"
He continued: "I've been a fan of THE GUESS WHO since I was a kid. When we play on stage, all these songs, they bring up memories of crazy girlfriends that I had in high school. Jim Kale, the founding bassist of the band, he's retired from the road. He passed me the torch. Actually, they were doing a show in Las Vegas. He brings me up on stage and says, 'Rudy Sarzo is going to be taking over my spot from now on.' I did one song, got off the stage and he finished the show.
"Besides playing with QUIET RIOT, this is the [only] other band that I've actually got to play with an original drummer," Rudy added. "That makes such a difference, because you're actually locking into the original feel and rhythm, the intent, [what] the foundation of the song is all about. It's not an interpretation watered down from five generations of different percussionists coming into the group. It's very hard to find all the original components, and this really gives me an opportunity to get the sense of the real deal."