Video of what apparently led to guitarist Shawn Sonnenschein getting let go from Black ‘N Blue
Back in March 2017, Sleaze Roxx interviewed guitarist Shawn Sonnenschein and asked him why he was no longer a part of the band. Sonnenschein was apparently not given a reason why but he speculated that the actions from his girlfriend during the Monsters Of Rock Cruise West in early October 2016 may have led to his dismissal. You can find Sonnenschein‘s answer in that regard below after the video. Of note, it does not appear that Black ‘N Blue ever publicly gave their reasons for parting ways with Sonnenschein in or about October 2016.
Sonnenschein posted the following message on his Facebook account earlier today:
“So have a look at what everyone is so pissed off about, use your own opinion but it’s rock n roll and I think what she did was wonderful ! she wanted to hug Akira because she thought he was amazing!! she jumped off stage after the hug but the rest of the band wanted a hug too and as you can see she accommodated beautifully but for gods sake people got shitty about it because she was wearing a bikini and only because she was bullied by some girls who threw her clothes in the pool just a little earlier… good god everybody! What rude bastards! ( chicken shit girls)”
Loudness playing “In The Mirror” at Monsters Of Rock Cruise West on October 3, 2016:
Loudness Presentándose En El Stardust Theater Del Barco “Norweigan Pearl” Durante La Celebración Del Festival MORC 2016 West (Monsters Of Rock Cruise), 3 Octubre 2016
Sonnenschein provided the following answer in part to Sleaze Roxx on why he was no longer with Black ‘N Blue: “That’s a good question! I honestly do not know… I really don’t. After the last California cruise [Monsters Of Rock Cruise West from October 1 to 5, 2016], which was kind of a rough one, we came back. I got a phone call from Jaime [St. James]. He told me that I was fired. I was out of the band. I wasn’t going to ruin all the work that he’d done over the years with his position and Larry [Morand] and the Monsters Of Rock franchise, and he hung up on me. I had no idea. I know that we had a rough go on that one. I got seasick on one of the shows. Really, the boat was hopping around quite a bit and I had a rough show. I mean I’ve seen videos of it, fine, but I was about ready to puke the whole time [laughs] that I was onstage. It was all over the place. It was terrible but I loved playing the shows and I loved being on the boat.
I brought my girlfriend, my new girlfriend, on that one. You know, there was a little bit of a stir about her. We pulled through. We decided that you know, we would just stick to ourselves and have our own fun. She wasn’t being treated very well on the boat so we kind of escaped away from everybody and kind of did our own thing. We bought some masks. It was close to Halloween. We ran around in masks and had a blast. She jumped on stage with Loudness. I’ve known those guys for a long time ago. In her bikini — it didn’t disrupt the show. She did it between songs. She just wanted to give you know, the lead guitarist a hug. She just thought that he was really amazing. I said, “Go do it!” So she just jumped up there and gave him a hug. The crowd loved it. She went to go off stage and the singer was screaming at her, “What about me? What about me?” So she climbed back on stage and went out of her way to give everybody a big hug. She jumped off stage and you could hear the singer saying, “That’s why we love America right there.”…
“Thank you baby. Thank you.” You know, I think it kind of made their day. For some reason, it got bad PR. Maybe the band didn’t dig her doing that but you know I did. I thought it was rock n’ roll! But there were also some weird rumours going around that she was a porn star and we were secretly filming everybody for her porn site. I was told by one member of the band that it didn’t matter if this was true or not. That it was perceived was bad enough, which was just bizarre to me. You know, it was stacking up. I could see things stacking upon the boat. At one point, she went swimming by herself and some girls threw her clothes in the pool and a member of the Black ‘N Blue entourage actually smacked her on the ass. She was being treated really disrespectfully. We decided that we were going to try to separate ourselves from everybody so she would have a good time. I told her when I invited her to come that being part of the Black ‘N Blue camp was the most amazing thing in the world and she was going to be accepted and loved and taken care of. Boy, it was kind of the opposite so I was king of embarrassed about that.
We were chased around by security at one point that were yelling at us about getting caught on stage with Loudness. We didn’t see anything wrong with that. In the rock n’ roll industry, I just found it very bizarre that anybody would be accusing just a beautiful innocent loving person of anything at all. It was just very very crazy. So we went throughout that you know….”