(New Rock Times) Ugly Kid Joe frontman Whitfield Crane says rock n' roll has raised and steered him from a young age and remains his 'safety net' to this day. In a revealing interview with TeamRock's Matt Stocks, he explains having his father walk out on the family saw the young Crane turn to rock music for solace.
He says: "Rock 'n' roll is kind of like my father figure. My dad split when I was a young kid and that was tumultuous for me growing up. I was always trying to fill that void.
"I liked sports and what not, but then I found Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'. I was hooked immediately, and all those motherf***ers - Halford, Bon Scott, Ozzy, Ronnie Van Zant, Hendrix - became like my father figures."
He continues: "When I talk to some people they don't quite know all the lyrics to a lot of songs, but I'm obsessed with lyrics. Those are my teachers. I used to ask Lemmy all the time, 'What does rock 'n' roll mean to you?' And he'd always give me the same answer: 'Chuck Berry and Little Richard.' " Read more here.