Jason Saulnier conducted an interview with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and CYCLE OF PAIN bassist John "J.D." DeServio on October 11, 2008. DeServio talks about his favorite hockey team, Zakk Wylde's Berserker Sauce, Guitar Hero World Tour, his days touring with Lita Ford, the CYCLE OF PAIN album, bass clinics, Uli Jon Roth's guitar playing, Randy Rhoads and Bernie Tormé.
The 24-minute chat is now available for streaming below.
CYCLE OF PAIN had its song "5" used on the FX drama "Sons Of Anarchy". The episode featuring the track aired on September 17.
Audio samples of CYCLE OF PAIN's music can be found on DeServio's web site (scroll down to the bottom of page for the audio player).
As previously reported, DeServio has signed with Reform Records for CYCLE OF PAIN.
Accompanying DeServio in CYCLE OF PAIN is vocalist/rhythm guitarist Gregg Locascio, lead guitarist Joe Taylor (who plays with Doro Pesch) and drummer Rich Monica. In fact, DeServio, Locascio and Taylor were in a band together when they were only 15 years old. "We grew up together," says DeServio. "It's family, just like BLS."
The reason behind CYCLE OF PAIN is simple, "The tunes were written to create some awesome music," explains DeServio. "This record is very diverse. Our influences range from BLACK SABBATH to JOHN COLTRANE, there's even a piano ballad with string arrangements on here. Zakk Wylde is going to do a guitar solo or two and Brian Tichy will be on a few songs as well. CYPRESS HILL is also doing a track with us."
Endorsed by Schecter Guitars and an alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, DeServio's rock 'n' roll resume includes playing bass for LITA FORD when she opened for MÖTLEY CRÜE on the "Dr. Feelgood" tour. DeServio then joined UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore's band for their opening stint in front of RUSH on the "Roll the Bones" tour. Aligning himself with Zakk Wylde in PRIDE & GLORY, DeServio got to open for AEROSMITH. In addition to working with Richie Kotzen and Derek Sherinian amongst others, DeServio often holds bass clinics and teaches.