Rob De Luca knew Spread Eagle couldn’t come back with a ‘plate of shit’ after 26 years between albums
Spread Eagle, Sebastian Bach and UFO bassist Rob De Luca was recently interviewed by Metal Mike for the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast.
Last year, Spread Eagle, consisting of Rob De Luca on bass, Ray West on lead vocals, Rick De Luca on drums and Ziv Shalev on guitar, released their third studio album Subway To The Stars via Frontiers Music Srl. The band previously released the albums Spread Eagle (1990) and Open To The Public (1993). Subway To The Stars finished at #12 on the Sleaze Roxx Readers’ Top 20 Albums of 2019.
In terms of what Spread Eagle have been up to, Rob De Luca indicated (as transcribed by the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast with slight edits): “We are writing our follow up to Subway To The Stars. It’s going really well so far. I’m very happy. It’s always so cool to be creative, I never get tired of it. Our last record got the best reviews of career. We knew we had to make a strong comeback album. You can’t comeback after all this time with a plate of shit. We worked very hard on Subway To The Stars. So I am hoping it will be at the same level. What we are coming up with is aggressive and maybe even a touch heavier. It’s definitely geared toward Spread Eagle fans. Spread Eagle fans are geniuses. They are the smartest music fans in the world!”
With respect to MCA Records who released the first two Spread Eagle albums in the early ’90s, Rob De Luca stated: “I don’t know if they were the best label. They were mostly an urban label. They were a rock label in the 70’s. They decided to focus more on rock after Guns N’ Roses sold a billion records. There is a learning curve to everything and they weren’t really up to speed of knowing what to do with bands like us. We didn’t have that pop hit that they could plug into their machine to make us big. Bands like Spread Eagle require a different kind of grassroots building. You need a lot of patience and people out on the street promoting it, and they didn’t get that. So it could have been a lot better for us.”
You can listen to the interview with Rob De Luca by Metal Mike for the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast below: