For almost 30 years, New York-born Jeff Scott Soto has been one of the most respected hard rock vocalists in the business, with a career that has included stints with Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul SirkUS, Journey, the iconic Talisman and, most recently, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Last year, he released his fifth solo album, ‘Damage Control’, to both renewed critical and fan acclaim, and next month sees the arrival of the long-awaited second release from W.E.T. – the supergroup which also includes Robert Säll of Work Of Art and Erik Mårtensson of Eclipse. JSS also returns to the UK for a solo tour this coming Spring.
So, what better time to sit down with the charismatic frontman – albeit with the width of the Atlantic Ocean between us – and discuss his storied career to date and his plans for the future? What follows is an extremely frank, honest – and completely unedited (as you’ll hear from an early interruption) – trans-oceanic chat…
‘Damage Control’ by Jeff Scott Soto is out now on Frontiers Records.
‘Rise Up’ by W.E.T. is released on February 25th, also on Frontiers.
JSS plays the following UK dates:
Thursday April 4 – Limelight 2, Belfast
Friday April 5 – The Asylum, Birmingham
Saturday April 6 – Camden Underworld, London
Sunday April 7 – Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival, Magna, Rotherham