Blacklist Union is an authentic rock n' roll band from Los Angeles, California. Their albums include After the Mourning, Breaking Bread with the Devil, Til Death Do Us Part and Back to Momo. Here is more band info, including their work with the late Todd Youth.
The music scene in L.A. right now is sad.
In 1989, I ran away to Los Angeles at the young age of thirteen, and it was exactly what I was looking for. Part of the reason I survived was the community and camaraderie. People took care of each other. They took care of me.
That is gone from L.A. now. The promoters have turned Sunset Strip into a joke.
Throughout the years. everyone has talked badly about each other and basically shot themselves in the foot. And nowadays, it’s so easy for anyone — ...
Music has been my life since I was very young, but that doesn’t mean I’ve reached a plateau. Part of being a musician is realizing that there’s always more to learn.
Right now, I’m learning how to play the piano.
Because I already read music and have some basic knowledge, the learning process may be easier for myself than other adults. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it too.
Yes, You Can Still Learn
I don’t know for sure that an old dog can learn new tricks, but I do know that an adul...
Tony West: A Tribute to Todd Youth
Todd Youth passed away on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. It breaks my heart to write something like this, but I have to. Todd and I had a deep connection, and I’ve always had such a high level of respect for him because I grew up watching him play.
When I was a young teen in New York, Todd Youth was on my radar. Then in 2000–2001, we got to know each other personally.
Over the years, I found that Todd and I were a lot in common. We were both notorious for bei...
Everyone’s got some kind of baggage, and some way of coping with the negative aspects of their lives. Music—groups like the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, David Bowie—helped me survive through traumatic experiences. As a kid, I was hurt a lot, held underwater by my mother, and my father showed me explicit material when I was just six years old. Navigating life with that kind of a background wasn’t easy. I took some dangerous turns, got involved with drugs and alcohol, and most of my relationships...
You might have heard some rumors that rock is dead. Whoever makes those claims is surely misinformed. Make sure you check their sources. Rock music has had a tidal pattern of popularity, but it has yet to disappear completely. And so far, it’s come back every time a journalist has considered it dead.
To put it simply: Rock music will never truly die.
There have been periods of time in the past where journalists claimed that rock had died, that the era of rock was over. Each time, rock...
As you might have noticed, I’m not your everyday conventional kind of front man. When trying to secure the lead vocalist position for Stone Temple Pilots last year, I made six demos available to the public. This was partially to gain support, but also because I wanted my fans’ opinions on my versions of the songs.
Despite my unique path on that particular venture, I think it’s important for musicians to know about music licensing and why it’s important.
Los Angeles hard rockers Blacklist Union are back with their 4th CD entitled ‘Back To Momo!’ Hailed worldwide as the next big rock band, Blacklist Union have 13 blistering tracks written by Tony West and Todd Youth, two of rock n’ roll’s most controversial outlaws in 2015. You are guaranteed inspiration with this brand of street rock with songs like “Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell,” “Superjaded,” and “Evil Eye.” I sat down with lead singer and founder Tony West to talk about all the...
Official music video for the Blacklist Union song "Alabama Slammer" from the 2012 album "Til Death Do Us Part". Video directed by Muck Sticky. Produced by Smooth Journey Productions. Song written by Tony West, lead singer of Blacklist Union.
In 2012, Blacklist Union released our album Til Death Do Us Part. I dedicated the album to Mike Starr, former Alice In Chains bassist, who passed away in 2011. I’ve known Mike since I was 17, and his death broke my heart. He was a great performer and an even better person. Til Death Do Us Part was my way of paying tribute to his legacy. The album also became a reminder for me that life is fragile.
Tracks to Highlight
Having your life be controlled by drugs is an unfortunate path....
The 1960’s were a revolutionary time for rock music. It’s when everyone realized the genre wasn’t just a fad, and it evolved to become an embodiment of freedoms, experimentation and political righteousness.
We saw psychedelic rock, surf rock, garage rock, roots rock, blues rock, and more. Music of this decade still influences today’s hits, and many of the rockers, bands and songs have stood the test of time.
There’s not enough time in the day to highlight every kickass artist of tha...
Back in June of 2015, Keven Skinner of Fox Force Five News interviewed me for an article. It took place right before Blacklist Union released our fourth studio album, ‘Back to Momo.’ Here are some highlights from that interview that give insight into the album, Blacklist Union and myself as an artist.
No interview would be complete without diving into a person’s love life, and Keven certainly covered all his bases on that front. He doesn’t doubt I’ve dated every chick in Holl...
Gibson Brands has made iconic guitars played by the likes of Elvis, B.B. King and Jimmy Page. On May 1st, Gibson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. Here’s a look at the details behind Gibson’s decision and what it could mean for the future of the company.
Gibson is Not Doomed to Fail
Contrary to popular belief, filing for Chapter 11 protection does not mean a company is on its way under. It is simply a way for companies to survive through rough patches when they’re struggling financ...