Chip Z’Nuff keeping the seat warm if Donnie Vie wants to return to Enuff Z’Nuff
Enuff Z’Nuff‘s long-time bassist and new lead vocalist Chip Z’Nuff was recently interviewed by the Washington Times and spoke about his now former bandmate Donnie Vie.
In terms of why Vie gave up touring, Z’Nuff stated: “If it wasn’t for Donnie Vie, no one would even know who I am. He doesn’t owe it to anybody anymore. He’s dedicated his whole life to making music and playing records. Sometimes it gets tiring. He needed a little bit of a break. Right now he is in the studio doing a solo record. I’m out there carrying the name on, which will help him as well. Donnie has done wonderful things for my career, and I hope I’ve done the same thing for him. I love him. He’s my brother. And if he ever wants to come back, I’m just keeping the seat warm.”
When asked who took over the lead vocals from Vie, Z’Nuff stated: “It’s me. I could have gone out like Foreigner or Styx and got another singer to come in there like a lot of these bands do. But I took the Genesis approach. When the one cat [Peter Gabriel] left, Phil Collins came in and started singing. That is my template for what I’m doing with Enuff Z’Nuff now. When Donnie split, he said, “Look, I’m not going to do it anymore. But if you’re gonna do it, then you should sing the songs. At least people will know it is Enuff Z’Nuff.” He said, “You co-wrote these songs with me. You produced these records. You go do them. With you out in front, people will say, ‘There’s Enuff Z’Nuff.’” I’m carrying the torch for us. The fans have spoken. They love it.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Chip Z’Nuff at the Washington Times.