Ah, the ‘80s. While I only spent a few years in them and in diapers at that, it’s a decade I look back on as the one that gave way to incredible sitcoms, birthed incredible fashion, and housed some of the last legit rock stars. Rock n’ Roll was something else back then and people like George Becker fully realized that. He got his start then and over the past 30-some years has kept the rock spirit alive with various bands, his latest being Jaded Past. We caught up with George Becker to talk about Jaded Past’s present, future, and patterns I may have read too deep into.
Kendra: You’ve been part of the east coast scene for some time. Was Jaded Past your first venture in a band though, or did you start in other bands or other aspects of the industry?
George Becker: I have been playing the East Coast scene since the ‘80s. I fronted a glam rock band called Wicked Sin from 84-88 with some mild success, but as the music scene changed I decided to take a hiatus from the original scene and just lay local with my cover band If 6 Was 9. Then in 2010, I got the itch again to write and record, and there you have Jaded Past.
Kendra: Also, how would you compare your rock realm on the east coast to that of other areas of the US?
George Becker: It’s all relevant to the fans that want to hear my type of rock n roll. Straight-up hard rock with a groove. I love playing all the regions of the US.
Kendra: Jaded Past’s first record dropped in 2012, and you all have managed to release a new album every four years since including a new one this summer. Is four years just a coincidence or does Jaded Past’s creative process always follow a similar plan that adds up to four years?
George Becker: All of that is a coincidence. I don’t think that hard to do that on purpose.
Kendra: Another pattern I noticed is all four (four again) of your recent singles this year all start with “M.” You don’t have to explain why, but I am curious if these songs will be on the new record, or are these a bonus addition to what’s to come later this year?
George Becker: Again coincidence, haha! And yes, all of them will be on the new record as of right now.
Kendra: As someone who has been in music for a healthy amount of time, how do you feel we’ll move forward after all the coronavirus stuff dies down in terms of getting back to venues for live music?
George Becker: I think things will get back to some type of normality. When? I don’t know. Our first show back is slated for July 11th at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ with KIX.
Kendra: Usually, this is where I ask people what they have planned in the coming months but with the world in a strange place right now, plans aren’t as concrete as they typically are. Can you go ahead and let us know what you have tentatively planned?
George Becker: As this pandemic dies down our plans are simple; rehearse, record, do live shows! We have planned shows throughout the year. Please go to our site for all details and upcoming events.