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BAPTIZM OF FIRE

     "You have to believe in what you are. I'm thrilled to be playing heavy metal. It really does make me sick when I read interviews with bands and they're turning their back on metal, just because everyone else has been so mixed up with being alternative. There's no reason heavy metal can't also be contemporary...I'm proud of what I've been able to accomplish on Baptizm Of Fire. I'll play heavy metal until my dying day."
- Glenn Tipton, 1997

     "This album was done for all the right reasons, because I didn't know whether there would be a Priest or not. No delusions of grandeur or to be a solo artist. I got such great encouragement from all the other artists. I can't thank them enough..."
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

MUSICIANS:


Glenn Tipton: All Guitars and Vocals

BASS:
  
Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies/Ozzy Osbourne/Metallica)

C.J. de Villar


Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/David Lee Roth/Various)
John Entwistle (The Who)

DRUMS:

Cozy Powell (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Various)


Shannon Larkin (Ugly Kid Joe)


Brooks Wackerman (Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Groves)

KEYBOARDS:


Don Airey (Rainbow/Deep Purple/Various)

BACKING VOCALS:

Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)

     "The last five years have been the best of my life in music. I really had to dig deep inside myself and grow as a musician. These guys, these great musicians I played with, they instilled a lot of confidence in me. There was an electricity to the whole project, and I can't thank them enough."
- Glenn Tipton, Pause And Play, February 6, 1997

Management: Bill Curbishley, Trinifold Management
Co-ordination: Jayne Andrews, Trinifold Management

ALBUM:

Hard Core Paint It Black Enter The Storm Fuel Me Up
Extinct Baptizm Of Fire The Healer Cruise Control
Kill Or Be Killed Voodoo Brother Left For Dead

Japan Bonus Track:
Himalaya

  • Released February 18, 1997 by Atlantic Recording Corporation (US Cat. # 7567 82974) and
    East West Companies (Japan Cat. # AMCY-2058)

Produced by Glenn Tipton and Mark Dodson
Engineered and Mixed by Sean Lynch
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Masterdisk
Recorded and Mixed at Devonshire and Ocean Studios, U.S.A. and Monnow Valley, Battery, Olympic and The Gazebo Studio, U.K.,
1994 -1996

PROMO SINGLES:

Enter The Storm/Himalaya released on CD in 1997 by Atlantic Recording Corporation (US Cat. # PRCD 8092).
Extinct (Edit)/Extinct (Album version) released on CD in 1997 by Atlantic Recording Corporation (US Cat. # PRCD 8151).
Paint It Black released on CD in 1997 by Atlantic Recording Corporation (US Cat. # PRCD 6993).
Kill Or Be Killed released on CD in 1997 by Atlantic Recording Corporation
(US Cat. # PRCD 6992-2).

ARTWORK:

Cover Illustration: Mark Wilkinson
Photography: Amy Guip
Design: Larry Freemantle

1992-1995:  A new drummer? A new band??? Where it all started...

     "When we finish, I probably will do a solo album. I'm sure if you ask Ken and Rob the same thing, they might say that too, then again, maybe not. I write a lot of stuff, and some of it I don't even present to Judas Priest. But having said that, my first love is to play Judas Priest music.
     "If I made a solo album, it would be more melodic, I guess. But then, you never know. It really depends on what I want to do at the moment, and I don't believe in pre-meditating what I'm gonna do. At the moment, I've no intention of doing a solo album. Until the moment I know Judas Priest is over, I wouldn't even bother. But then, and not out of boredom, but because as a person who is very energetic and likes to do things, I'll probably move on doing something. Maybe a solo album, maybe another band project.
     "If Priest reached the point that it was going downhill, yes, I might consider leaving, but I can assure you that myself, Rob, Ken, Ian and Dave, if we ever found out that we weren't giving a good performance, before we reach that point, we'll know. You will never see Judas Priest go out on a low. When we go out we want to go out in glory. We're proud of the fact that a lot of younger bands have looked upon us, and when the time comes we want to be able to say, 'Okay, that's it, thank you for everything'. We want to leave with the best album and the best tour, but we are talking about the future."
- Glenn Tipton, Atlantis Online, October 24, 1986

Now ten years later, and with the future of Judas Priest uncertain, the members took some time off to recover from the grueling Reno trial, the exhausting PAINKILLER world tour, and the devastating blow of Rob's departure. But Glenn Tipton, ever the workaholic who cannot stay away from making music for too long, began writing some personal material as far back as 1992, not quite sure of what the direction would be:

     "I began writing for it about five years ago, but there was never any rush to get it done. I just wanted it to be done right."
- Glenn Tipton, Pause And Play, February 6, 1997

By 1995, things were looking dim for Judas Priest. They had not found a suitable singer as of yet, and with Rob Halford's Fight maintaining ground with two studio albums, an EP of live and re-mix tracks, and successful world tours, it seemed drummer Scott Travis might not be coming back as well. Glenn had been writing with drummer legend and good friend Cozy Powell, and now the thought of the songs being used for the next Priest album were becoming a very real possibility:

     "Well, we have got the drummer pretty well sorted out. I can't name anyone until the contracts come through, but it's pretty nailed down..."
- Glenn Tipton, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, 1996

     "For several years I just took it easy. We were very devastated when Rob left. Things evolved. We didn't even know if we'd go on after that. I started writing with Cozy Powell, not knowing if it would be for a solo album or a Priest album... Cozy is a good friend and we've always wanted to work together."
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

     "Where do you go from Priest? Initially, with my new album, I went too far behind and strayed away from what I'm so accustomed to. Metal will always be in my blood, so I got back to it."
- Glenn Tipton, Pause And Play, February 6, 1997

Cozy himself shared another interesting possibility as well:

     "I've closed a Japanese deal and together with Neil Murray, Glenn Tipton and John West, I have perhaps a future band to fall back on."
- Cozy Powell,
Aardschok magazine, 1995

Apparently, Glenn was preparing to stay active in heavy metal music, should Judas Priest decide to call it a day. The songs Glenn and Cozy were writing together almost become the beginnings of a whole new group!

As for the other musicians:

Cozy had a good track record with bassist Neil Murray, having recorded and toured together in such legendary bands as Whitesnake and Black Sabbath, as well working together in a few bands of their own, such as Cozy Powell's Hammer and Forcefield...

 

In 1995, John West was not as well-known yet. His claim to fame had not been recorded on any album, but he had replaced Badlands vocalist Ray Gillen in 1992 and toured with the band until their breakup. It is rumored that John then applied for the vocalist position in Judas Priest (he had previously applied to Iron Maiden), which is how he ended up in this possible new band lineup. But in 1996, Priest found Ripper Owens and ended any hopes of John singing with Glenn, so he moved on in the industry, contributing to other albums and tours, including doing all the vocals on Cozy Powell's ESPECIALLY FOR YOU release. He also recorded a couple of solo albums and is a member of the bands Artension and Royal Hunt. In 2002, John also recorded his third solo album, EARTH MAKER, with the help of Halford band mates Metal Mike Chlasciak and Bobby Jarzombek.

     "I met Mike Chlasciak at a Maiden show; Halford was opening and I was hanging backstage, and we met. I really liked his playing, and we decided to work together."
- John West, eSpudd, 2002

1995-1997: Puzzle pieces

The next move for Glenn Tipton was a puzzle in the making. Many pieces were coming into place, but not a full picture. Interest was beginning to pick up within the music industry and as Cozy had mentioned above, a Japanese deal was even closed. Atlantic Recordings Corporation Co-Chairman/Co-CEO, Val Azzoli, was interested as well in the developing collaboration. Through Judas Priest's American agency, Glenn was put in contact with Val, who offered Glenn valuable help to focus his ideas:

     "I'd like to thank Anne Weldon plus everyone at Atlantic Records, particularly Val Azzoli for the advice and support."
- Glenn Tipton, BAPTIZM OF FIRE liner note, 1997


Val Azzoli

Part of Val's advice and support came in the form of a contract with Atlantic Records! Glenn was now signed to a major once again, so he called in  longtime friend and engineer Mark Dodson (SIN AFTER SIN, DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH) to help record the developing songs.

Around this same time, the members of Judas Priest concluded to stay together (with Scott Travis still on board) and quickly discovered Ripper Owens to bring the band back from the ashes. This meant that Cozy would not be joining or writing for Judas Priest, nor would there be a new band for Glenn, so the songs he and Cozy had worked on were directed into a solo album for Glenn, with several well-known musicians recruited to inspire the writing and immortalize the results on tape...

     "Mark Dodson was very supportive and helped me recruit some of the musicians. He put me in touch with Robert Trujillo, Bruce Wackerman and Shannon Larkin. I've known him for years and years, and in a sense, it's hard to work with complete strangers, so it was nice to work with an old friend.     
     "John Entwistle came into the picture because we have the same management. Then I wanted to work with some older guys, because I'm older now, and with some younger guys.

     "I couldn't think of doing an instrumental with anyone other than Billy Sheehan.

     "
I got to know C.J. when I was in Los Angeles. He's a bass player who was working in the studio as an engineer. He approached me to play on a track, but after hearing him play, I told him he could play on more than one track. He was stunning.
     "I jumped on stage with Ugly Kid Joe and saw Shannon play at Nottingham and I was so impressed because he just played the Priest songs so well. It all just evolved.

     "What I'm most proud of is that you've got a fairly extreme sort of scale of musicians, so it's nice that the album really ended up with a real character. I can't thank these guys enough. They gave me the confidence I needed to dig deep and find out what I've got inside me.
"
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

     "John Entwistle is an incredible bass player. Nobody else in the world can play like that."
- Glenn Tipton, 1997

     "Whitfield Crane is completely crazy, but he has a big metal heart!"
- Glenn Tipton, Aardschok, 1997

     "People don't realize that Wit is a total metal freak. He can sing almost every Priest song."
- Glenn Tipton, 1997

     "One thing fueled the other, The past three years have been so exciting for me musically. I've never felt so inspired. When I first started to write, I didn't know where it was going to end up, but the direction took care of itself once I began working with all these exceptional artists. The character of the album then formed spontaneously right before my eyes."
- Glenn Tipton, 1997

     "I'm playing with a couple of the guys from Suicidal Tendencies, and we've got a drummer who's only 18 years old. I've invited various guest artists to play with me, and John Entwhistle is even playing on one track. For the most part, I'm trying to keep it down to a three-piece, and just about anybody who's wanted to play with me is getting the chance to."
- Glenn Tipton, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, 1996

And with the demise of a possible new band formation, John West had moved on to other pursuits, leaving Glenn still without a vocalist. One well-known British name did come up however, but did not pan out... Tipton had apparently invited Glenn Hughes to sing for him, but Hughes thought it was for a Judas Priest try out, which would not be a fit for him, so nothing ever came of the request:

     "Last year, Glenn Tipton asked me to come down and sing."
- Glenn Hughes,
COAST TO COAST: THE GLENN HUGHES ELECTRONIC FANZINE, July 2, 1996

Meanwhile, Glenn Tipton had laid down scratch vocals as a guide for the approach he was after, when it was discovered that perhaps he should revive a former talent from his early '70s Flying Hat Band days and do all the lead vocals himself:

     "I didn't intend to sing on this album. I just started to put down the vocal approaches of the lyrics and singing, A lot of folks told me that I should do it. The more I sang, the better I sounded, and the character of my voice appeared. I know I won't win any awards for it, but I have my own identify. I use it as an extra instrument and it was a bit of a shock to me too. It just evolved. This album was done for all the right reasons, because I didn't know whether there would be a Priest or not. No delusions of grandeur or to be a solo artist. I got such great encouragement from all the other artists. I can't thank them enough. Who better to play with than Billy Sheehan and Cozy Powell on an instrumental?"
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

     "Early on, when I first played a few songs for friends, I remember them saying, 'Hey, who's the singer?' It was funny to see their reaction when I confessed it was me. But they kept telling me, 'You should sing on the album. You might not get a Grammy Award for your vocal performance, but you've got a unique voice that is you and nobody else.' It seemed the right thing to do. And the more I kept at it, the stronger my voice became and the stronger my character became."
- Glenn Tipton, 1997

     "I certainly didn't think I'd end up singing on it. We recorded it with various artists around the world over a two to three-year period. I had to find direction, and it's not that easy going out on your own after so many years with one band. Making it was almost like a sitcom, where your characters don't quite develop at first, but I took it all very seriously.
     "
I've played backseat for so many years, so it was a big adjustment for me. I'll be the first to admit I won't win a Grammy for my vocals. I've had no vocal idols to follow, so this is me and no one else, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out."

- Glenn Tipton, Pause And Play, February 6, 1997

Not everything came together all at once though. Indeed, this was a puzzle in the making, fit together piece-by-piece. And in early 1994, the Judas Priest vocalist auditions had to be put on hold while Glenn was fitting recording sessions around the world into his schedule:

     "Due to various other commitments the band have, including Glenn Tipton working on his solo album, we have had to put the auditions off until later on in the year..."
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, February 4, 1994

     "The album has actually been two-and-a-half years in the making. It wasn't totally straight through. I've recorded with so many different guys all around the world. I've had to wait until we could schedule them all in. Then I've had the Priest commitment. We're nearly finished with that album too.
     "
I did bits in London, U.K., Wales and in Los Angeles. Just when everybody could fit it in. Wherever it was possible, we tried to get spontaneous takes and a live feel. There was some forethought in there..."
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

The revival of Judas Priest also brought about another change of direction: Glenn had recorded enough material to complete two solo albums, but with Priest back in action, it was decided to release only one solo album and to keep the material distinct from Judas Priest:

    "The past three years have been the best years of my life. I've got so much energy now - I'm in a prolific mode. I've signed with Atlantic and put together two solo albums, and just last week, Ken and I have finished writing the next Judas Priest album. I still have about two more tracks to lay down on the second solo album before it's finished. I should have that done by the end of the month while I'm in the states.
     "At first, I wanted a separate sound from Priest, but as I wrote, I found that the direction was evolving towards Priest. Since Ken and I did almost all of the writing on the Priest albums, it was only natural that my own writing would contain a bit of that sound. The other musicians, along with my singing, kept my solo works from becoming too much like Priest. But that's the way it should be. It's very important for it to be separate. I'm not Judas Priest. I've always felt that I was separate from it. I'm only one part.
There's a real danger in thinking you are the band, or that you're bigger than the band.
     "As you can imagine, I've been writing material throughout my career with Priest. I have a big stockpile of songs, but they will most likely never be used. Unfortunately, unless I've just recently written a song, I lose interest. I'm just not as excited about it, and so the material on both my albums and the new Priest album is all new.
     "No members of Judas Priest are playing on the solo albums. Contractually, I'm not allowed to have any other member of Judas Priest play on my solo albums. I'm not sure how that's written in exactly, but I have to use other musicians. But even though Ken and Ian aren't on the albums, I've kept in constant touch with them every step of the way. I have their total approval, and I've made sure to keep them aware of my intentions. We're working much harder now to be honest with each other. If we can maintain honesty, then Priest will be strong.

     "My solo albums aren't a signal that I'm leaving Judas Priest, either. I'd never do that. My heart and soul is in Priest. I could never turn my back on that. My solo album and the new Judas Priest will both be out sometime next year, and there's no reason why one can't fuel the other.
- Glenn Tipton, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, 1996

     "...You’ve got to have a good reason to do a solo album. My last one was done when I thought that Priest was all over, so it was a good reason to do one. That way it wasn’t misconstrued as an ego trip where I just go and show off what I can do, but instead my emphasis was on songs and the fact that we didn’t have a singer at the time."
- Glenn Tipton, KNAC.com, September 10, 2002
 
     "These songs are new - they're not leftover Priest songs... The long and short of it is that it's easily definable which is a Priest song and which is one of my songs. You can tell the difference. Obviously, you'll hear similarities, because I'm one of the main writers in Priest. It's my natural instinct to write that way. At first, I moved too far away from Priest with a deliberate attempt because I didn't want people to think I was wanting to sound like Judas Priest. I'm only one person in that band. I'm not more important than any of the other members. I moved too far away and it wasn't until my instincts pulled me back toward what I naturally write, which is metal, that I found the direction. It was very exciting for me not just to work with all these guys but to see my vocal character and the album's character emerge over a couple of years. My album has its own character. It just grew in front of me. Priest is Priest and I'm me. They should be separate really."
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

1998-2002:

As mentioned above, during the BAPTIZM OF FIRE sessions, Glenn had recorded enough material for a second solo album, but before Glenn could wrap up that second solo album, the members of Judas Priest decided to carry on. Glenn devoted his time and energies to the band and the recording of JUGULATOR. A successful world tour followed and a live album was released. Then, as time and commitments marched on, sadly, two other tragedies took place.

First, was the untimely death of Cozy Powell: On April 5, 1998, Cozy Powell was driving his SAAB 9000 at speeds in excess of 120 MPH, when he crashed into a center divider reservation barrier on the M4 motorway near Bristol, England. It was later determined that he had been using his car phone at the time of the accident. Powell was taken to a nearby hospital, but succumbed to his injuries, passing away at the age of 50.

The other tragedy occurred June 27, 2002, when John Entwistle was found dead at the age of 57 in his hotel room at the  Las Vegas, Nevada Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the night before the Who were to embark on a U.S. tour. It was determined that John had compounded a bad heart condition with the use of cocaine, leading to a heart attack.

Glenn says he has to have a reason to do a solo album, not just for showing off, and with Priest recording and touring again, Glenn did not want to release the second solo album as a conflict of interests. But with the passing of both Cozy and John, Glenn feels there is now a purpose to put this second album out, once Glenn and Priest are able to make the time again. As Glenn reflected on the recent news about John's death, he shared the following:

     "John played on Baptism of Fire, and he was the most amazing bass player. Unfortunately, Cozy Powell died about four years ago, and he had also played on my album. Cozy and I were in the studio, and I asked John if he would like to play some tracks on Sunday. He said, 'Yeah, I’ll come down.' He was a real character, and he just struck up in the studio. It couldn’t have been anybody else but John Entwistle. Not only did he have a striking style, but he could play any kind of bass. He had an amazing collection of guitars -- not just bass guitars. He probably had one of the best collections in the world. He was just a total bass player.
     "I’ve actually got quite a few tracks with John and Cozy on them. It might be the thing I do next...I’ve been looking for a reason to do another solo album because I’m very prolific, and I’ve written a lot of stuff. Basically, I’ve got a whole album with Cozy on it, and John is on a number of the tracks as well. I think it would be a nice thing to do the album and dedicate it to them… just let people hear what they played. I just don’t want people to think that I am cashing in on it or anything. It was a tragedy, really. At some point I really want to do it because the songs are already done and they just have to be mixed. There is some incredible playing from both of them."
- Glenn Tipton, KNAC.com, September 10, 2002

     "Yes I shall do another solo album, I've actually started work on some songs but as time goes on, I usually discard those and write new ones, but I think there are some songs done already that will make the album. You have to be careful when you talk about solo albums because people think you've got delusions of grandeur or they think you're trying to be a solo star, which I never have. I'm a single member of Judas Priest and that's my role in my musical life. I do enjoy doing solo albums because I am quite prolific; I do write material over and above that for Judas Priest, so I get an outlet for that. It's also really exiting and different to work with other musicians. Not that I'm saying anything against anybody in Priest, but we have been together for twenty-five or thirty years, so it's just nice and refreshing to work with different people. I don't ever expect it to change the face of rock 'n' roll.
Solo albums are the kiss of death really, but you do them for yourself. I do feel that I have good songs to contribute. As a guitar player, people expect you to do solo albums to show off what lead work you can do, but I don't feel like that; I feel an album is all about good songs. Because I'm a lead guitar player, people expect my solo albums to be riddled with lead. Alright, the title track was on BAPTIZM OF FIRE, but other than that, it's all about good songs, so if you have good songs to offer there is a valid reason for doing a solo album."

 - Glenn Tipton, UKRockNet, 2002

     "There will be a follow-up to BAPTIZM OF FIRE, but only if I find some free time. I'm very busy with Judas Priest at the moment. I do have something in mind, but it's still too early to talk about it. We are now on tour and will have a new album for Judas Priest, so that's exclusively on my mind."
- Glenn Tipton, Metalzone, 2004

LYRICS:

Hard Core Paint It Black Enter The Storm Fuel Me Up Extinct Baptizm Of Fire The Healer Cruise Control
Kill Or Be Killed Voodoo Brother Left For DeadHimalaya
 

     "I dug very deep when writing the lyrics. I did a lot of soul-searching and I came up with some things that were unexpected.
     "When you're down and out, fight your way through... that's a sentiment that's guided me throughout my life."
- Glenn Tipton, 1997

 

1. Hard Core
G.Tipton
Robert Trujillo (bass)
Brooks Wackerman (drums)

As I lie awake in the morning
Just killing time
I can feel the pain and the torment
Building up inside my mind
Have to get it under the counter
Stop myself from going blind
An excess is what I'm after
Nothing less will satisfy
So I walk the streets
And I search beneath
The cloak of decency that hides
All that I need
On which I feed
Better give me
Hard Core
And so the urge returns again
Hard Core
Only thing to ease the pain
Lipsmacking magazine when you're younger
Hidden in my desk at school
Big appetite increases the hunger
Now I need it more and more
Gimme little something to take until daybreak
Or I will go insane
It's building in me, need relief
You better give me
Hard Core
Speak to me of things I like
Hard Core
Nothing less will satisfy
Oh they lie to me
So it's time to be on my way
Speak of love but say
We are way ahead of this place
So so - so frustrated
Never naked - never betrayed
So so - so frustrated
Never naked - never betrayed
Take it to the limit
I admit it you know
Yes I couldn't give a damn
Oh is it any wonder
That I hunger
Just can't give me
Hard core
Seeping back into my brain
Hard core
The only thing to ease my pain
Hard core
Get it while you can
Experience it every day
Hard core
You want it bad you better pay
Fax phone line just wanna flick through
Anytime cataloguing while I kinda change
I'm gonna order mine this time and
I'm gonna watch you viewing behind a mirror
Looking I'm out there ... do it
Hard core
Feel the need to return again
Hard core
Nothing less will ease the pain
Hard core
Hard core

2. Paint It Black
M.Jagger/K.Richards
Robert Trujillo (bass)
Brooks Wackerman (drums)

     "I've always loved the Stones as songwriters, and that song in particular. It was a bit of a challenge to do a punk metal version of that song. Three-and-a-half minutes of power-packed fun. I don't know what they'll think about it. Not much probably."
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

     "I've always been a great fan of the Stones, but there was no use trying to do it note-for-note. That's the easy way out. I was going more for three-and-a-half minutes of mayhem."
- Glenn Tipton, Pause And Play, February 6, 1997

I see a red door
And I want to paint it black
No colours anymore
I want them to turn black
I see a line of cars
And they are painted black
They pass me by with one
Who's never coming back
I look inside myself
And see my heart is black
I see a red door
And I have to have it black
Maybe I'll fade away
And not have to face the fact
That it's not easy
When your whole world's turning black
Paint it black
My world's black
If we look hard enough
Into the setting sun
These things will last with me
Before the morning comes
I see them walking by
All dressed up in their clothes
I have to turn away
Until my blackness goes
Paint it black
My world's black
Paint it black
It's all black

3. Enter The Storm
G.Tipton
C.J. de Villar (bass)
Shannon Larkin (drums)

Enter the storm
You probably won't survive
But if you do
You'll be much stronger cos you tried
The mighty fall
A world gone mad beneath it all
Nothing to loose
Step through and watch all hell break loose
Rip away the rotten wood
You've been reborn
End the lies and face the truth
The blackness comes
The risk no greater than the gain
But if you stay
Your soul evaporates away
Cyclonic winds
Will blow away the sins you gained
A tidal wave
Can take you where you've never been
Clear the haze inside your brain
You've been reborn
End it all and start again
Gonna lie in wait
For a hurricane
And for sure when I'm
Inside I'll shed my skin
Don't assume
You are doomed
In the stratosphere
Only way to escape
And get out of here
If you should see the devil there
Wondering where I've gone
Tell him I stepped into the storm
Tell him I've been reborn
If you should see the devil there
Wondering where I've gone
Tell him I stepped into the storm
Tell him I've been reborn
Enter the storm
You probably won't survive
But if you do
You'll be much stronger cos you tried
As your life disintegrates
You've been reborn
When confusion blows your brain
Enter the storm
End the lies and end the pain
You've been reborn
End it all and start again
If you should see the devil there
Wondering where I've gone
Tell him I stepped into the storm
Tell him I've been reborn

4. Fuel Me Up
G.Tipton
C.J. de Villar (bass)
Shannon Larkin (drums)

Don't pass me by
Without a drop
Just step across
And fill my cup
Gimme more
It's not enough
Rejuvenate me
Fuel me up
Running drier
Every day
Low on gas
High on octane
See the needle
Running hot
Once you start
It's hard to stop
Galvanise me
To the spot
Immunise me with
Everything you've got
Don't pass me by
And never stop
Step across and
Fill my cup
Gimme more
It's not enough
Rejuvenate me
Fuel me up
Are you big enough
To take it
Cos now you'll pay
Pick me up if
I fall I just need
Some more fuel
Don't you understand
My need creates demand
Running drier
Every day
Low on gas
High on octane
See the needle
Running hot
Once you start
It's hard to stop
Galvanise me
To the spot
Better give me
Everything you've got
Don't pass me by
Without a drop
Just step across
And fill my cup
Gimme more
It's not enough
Rejuvenate me
Fuel me up
Don't preach to me
I wont O.D.
You talk too much
Shut the fuck up
And fuel me up
I never stop
I wouldn't last
I'd never rock

(footnote: famous last sentiments which have unfortunately taken many from us at great loss.)

5. Extinct
G.Tipton
Billy Sheehan (bass)
Cozy Powell (drums)

I am alive
Not on the brink
But people think
I am extinct
Don't write me off
Or even think
I don't exist
I'm not extinct
I stand alone in many ways
Evolving from a different race
I have a name I have a face
And I'm still breathing
Endangered species are it's said
A little rare - I'm not dead yet
Don't strike me off your list just yet
Cos I'm still breeding
Gone but not for good and you bet
I'll resurrect again
I am alive
Not on the brink
But people think
I am extinct
Don't write me off
Or even think
I don't exist
I'm not extinct
One of a kind but I am not
Just a statistic in your book
There may be just a few of us
But I'm still living
Invisible to many eyes
It may then come as some surprise
Re-energised I will arise
Hey! I'm not finished
Gone but not for good and you bet
I'll resurrect again
I am alive
Not on the brink
But people think
I am extinct
Don't write me off
Or even think
I don't exist
I'm not extinct
I won't fade away
I'm staying
I refuse to be endangered
I'll protect my reputation
That of living not forgetting
I am indestructible
I'm made like you of flesh and blood
I'm not a fossil etched in stone
I am alive I'm not alone
Prehistoric I never was
I'm made like you of flesh and blood
Unlike the dinosaur I'm not
About to perish
I walk this earth
Alongside God
I asked "Man am I done?"
He looked at me
He said "Live on
You won't get damaged"
I am alive
Not on the brink
But people think
I am extinct
Don't write me off
Or even think
I don't exist
I'm not extinct
I am alive
Not on the brink
But people think
I am extinct
Don't write me off
Or even think
I don't exist
I'm not extinct
I am alive
Not on the brink
But people think
I am extinct
Don't write me off
Or even think
I don't exist
I'm not extinct

6. Baptizm Of Fire
G.Tipton
Instrumental
Billy Sheehan (bass)
Cozy Powell (drums)
Don Airey (church organ in mid-section)

     "Who better to play with than Billy Sheehan and Cozy Powell on an instrumental?"
- Glenn Tipton, Hard Radio, 1997

So you've come of age
And so you want to meet God
Sure you can
He's right here next to me

7. The Healer
G.Tipton
John Entwistle (bass)
Cozy Powell (drums)

It depends on your point of view
I'm a healer
I can heal you
If you're skeptical no can do
If you're a believer
I can heal you
Run out of remedies as others do
Then come to me
I will heal you
I'll take your pain away
Then give to you
A new beginning
If you want me to
Stand in line
Tell me what's wrong
I'll give you faith
And I'll make you strong
Come here close to me
Feel my energy
Put your trust in me
I can heal you
Look at me
And you'll begin to recognise reality
Sickness lives only in your mind
Look at me
Give yourself completely
Look at me
Trust in me
Look at me
I can heal you
"Save me"
I can hear you say
Heal me
Take my pain away
Stand in line
Tell me what's wrong
Give me strength
And I'll turn the heat on
Come here close to me
And feel my energy
Put your trust in me
I can heal
Come up close to me
Feel my energy
Put your trust in me
I can heal you
Come up close to me
Feel the power in me
Believe me - I'll heal you
Come up close to me
Change your destiny
Trust me - I'll heal you

8. Cruise Control
G.Tipton
C.J. de Villar (bass)
Shannon Larkin (drums)

Sinking
I'm sinking deeper every day
I don't care
I don't care
I'm outta here
Seems to me it's time to taste
Some different air
And get outta here
Caughtup in the routines
Really nothing much to loose
So risk it all and
Just cut loose
Put your life in cruise control
Set your course and let it go
And you
Might find a better way
Tomorrows looking pretty grey
Say a prayer
Cos I've been there
About as welcome as acid rain
So do you dare
Get outta there
Never take a look back
Never say that it's too late
Pull the plug
On yesterday
Put yourself in cruise control
Set your course and let it go
And you
Might just find a better way
Never take a look back
Never say that it's too late
Step on the gas
Accelerate
Choking
Set your course and let it go
Put your life in cruise control
Set your course and let it go

9. Kill Or Be Killed
G.Tipton
C.J. de Villar (bass)
Shannon Larkin (drums)

The pacifist won't last
His view means nothing
Take off your safety catch
Earn your blood money
Shoot first don't hesitate
If they lie, you lose, too late
No monument to grace
You as you leave this place
No-don't-be-fooled by
All-those-codes-you've lived by
The mercenary will act
The suckers stand and take it
Initiate attack
Or one time you'll never make it
Always assume the worst
You fight or bite the dirt
Who needs a good excuse
Just stick it where it hurts
Dog-eat dog
Don't-forget it
Or-you'll live-to-regret it
Kill or be killed
Live or die
Kill or be killed
Don't think twice
I ride the wall of death
I've never fallen yet
No need to risk my neck
Just second guess
With every step
So-don't-be fooled by
All-those-codes-you've lived by
Kill or be killed
Live or die
Kill or be killed
Don't think twice
Kill or be killed
Live or die
Kill or be killed
Take my advice

10. Voodoo Brother
G.Tipton
Robert Trujillo (bass)
Brooks Wackerman (drums)
Whitfield Crane (helps out on backing vocals)

You can hear the thunder in the sky
I can see the fire in your eyes
Don't you even think that you can hide
You're the same flesh and blood as I
Damn the very day that we were born
In the centre of the electric storms
We will never see the light of sun
Cursed forever by the hand of God
Fear is the only friend of mine
Excuse me while I step out of the light
We will only see the dead of night
I'm a voodoo brother
You're the next in line
Got a voodoo mother
Just the same as mine
Gonna live forever
But your soul is lost like mine
On the day we die
Voodoo brother
Voodoo mother-father
Damn the very day that we were born
In the centre of the electric storms
Fear is the only friend of mine
Excuse me while I step out of the light
We will only see the dead of night
I'm a voodoo brother
You're the next in line
Got a voodoo mother
Just the same as mine
Gonna live forever
But your soul is lost like mine
On the day we die
Stepped into volcanic rage
Spoke to voices from another age
Walked across atomic plains
Never to return this way again
I'm a voodoo brother
You're the next in line
Got a voodoo mother
Just the same as mine
Gonna live forever
But your soul is lost like mine
On the day we die
I'm a voodoo brother
Got a voodoo mother
I'm a voodoo brother
You're the next in line
Got a voodoo mother
Just the same as mine
I'm a voodoo brother
Got a voodoo mother

11. Left For Dead
G.Tipton
C.J. de Villar (bass)
Shannon Larkin (drums)

You can live your life of ease
If you obey the hierarchy
I never could see, I never knew why
I shouldn't stand and speak my mind
You keep your mouth shut and your ok
You get to live through one more day
But I had to say this
And I had to say that
And they stuck a knife right in my back
Closed the lid to bury me
But while there's still
A breath of life in me
Left me for dead
But there's no way that I
Will ever give in
I will survive
Traitors prosper, rebels die
And then they say
He was no friend of mine
Oh I never say no when I want to say yes
I never go along and vote for the obvious
Just because of my
Point of view
My expiry date's long overdue
Oh you never can tell
What's going on in their minds
They write your death warrant
But return your smile
While there's still a breath in me
I will not lie down
They won't get me
Left me for dead
There's no way that I
Will ever give in
I will survive
I will survive
While there's still a breath in me
I won't lie down
They won't get me
Left me for dead
There's no way that I
Will ever give in
I will survive
While there's still a breath in me
I won't lie down
They won't get me

12. Himalaya
G.Tipton
Japan Bonus Track

Cities in the sky
Secrets locked inside great minds
Hold answers to all the mysteries of time
Walk amongst the clouds
Listen to the mountain sounds
Speak gigaically
And tell me how it ought to be
Awake inside
Learn that you can find
Every single thing
You ever left behind you
Look into the sun
Raise your voice and say
Oh! Oh!
You gave me strength
And Killed me fear
You answered my prayer
Himalaya
We who know it all
Simply decided to ignore
\For a million years
All wisdom leaving here
On Tibetan nights
If you reach up you can touch the sky
As the changing light
Guides you to another life
Another road
As the vision holds
Take in what you can
Regain possession of your soul
Raise your voice and shout
Let it echo out
Oh! Oh!
You gave me strength
And killed my fear
You answered my prayer
Himalaya
I came for help
in deep despair
You answered my prayer
Himalaya
I want to be near you
Time standing still just for me
I want to be near you
I want to be here
You gave me strength
And killed my fear
You answered my fear
Himalaya
I came for help
In deep despair
You answered my prayers
Himalaya
You gave me hope ( You gave me hope)
When no one cared
You'll always be there
Himalaya
 

All songs Written and Arranged Glenn Tipton ( 1996 EMI Songs Ltd., ASCAP) except "Paint It Black, Written by Mick Jagger  and Keith Richards ( 1966, Renewed 1994 ABKCO Music, Inc., BMI)


2002-2003
Steel & Leather Productions, U.S.A.