Enuff Z’Nuff’s “new” frontman Chip Z’Nuff explains why he became the lead vocalist in the band
Enuff Z’Nuff‘s bassist and lead vocalist Chip Z’Nuff was recently interviewed by Music Life Magazine and spoke about taking over the lead vocals in the group with former band singer Donnie Vie having stepped aside. Enuff Z’Nuff have just released today their latest studio album Diamond Boy via Frontiers Music Srl.
Z’Nuff stated: “When he left, I looked at bands like Journey, Foreigner, Styx and Stone Temple Pilots who went other places to find singers and did well with them. But then I looked around and thought ‘what about Genesis? When Peter Gabriel left, Phil Collins took over.’ So, it was either that or give up. I could join Adler’s Appetite again [he had played with the band, formed around former Guns ‘N Roses drummer Steven Adler, for a number of years during a hiatus from Enuff Z’Nuff] or I go out [as a sideman] with Missing Persons again. They were all possibilities….
But I said no. I wanted to give this is shot, I wanted to front the band. And I remember when my mother was still alive she used to say, ‘honey, he is not coming back. You sing the songs.’ I look at Donnie as one of the quintessential singers of my generation and it’s a tough seat to fill. But a car has a front and a back seat, and I chose to be in the front seat from day one. And I always have been whether I have been a passenger and now the driver. I decided to take it on. And after one rehearsal with the band we realized it sounded pretty good. It’s a good representation of Enuff Z’Nuff, it’s a new chapter is all.
I will never be the singer Donnie is and I am not claiming to be. But I co-wrote those songs, I produced those records and I am really proud of my legacy and I was convinced I could do the gig. And the fans have spoken. We have done more than 200 shows like this and for the most part it’s been pretty positive. Fans want to hear the songs; they want to hear the songs that they heard the first time they fell in love, the first time they got high, the first time they went out to see a concert. I am holding onto that part of the past but also moving forward into the future I think we have put together a very nice record, and it’s something to build on for the future.”
You can read the rest of the article / interview with Chip Z’Nuff at Music Life Magazine.
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