Allister
Tim Rogner - vocals/guitar
March 8, 2019

Burning Stars: Hey how have you been? It's been a while since we last
chatted. I believe Showplace in Buffalo in 2006 with Mest was the last
time we did an interview. It's been a while since you've really done
shows as a band too. What have you been up to since?

Tim Rogner: Not a whole lot...working writing music and raising my two
boys.

BS: You're heading over to Japan to start the tour. Is there anything you
are looking forward to most about the Japanese tour?

Tim: Two things.  Definitely looking forward to the shows.  Japanese
fans are always out of control with energy and so welcoming.  It’s so
fun to be able to play for them. I’m also looking forward to reconnecting
with some friends that we haven’t seen in a long time.

BS: Do you have plans to do a tour in the US or anywhere else this
year?

Tim: We’re working on it.  Since Scottie lives in Japan and the rest of us
work full time, it’s tough to find a block of time where all of us are
available to tour.  We’d really like to do some shows over the summer,
it’s just a matter of working out the logistics.  

BS: Recently you released 20 Years & Counting which a bunch of your
hit songs re-recorded and 4 new songs. Can you tell me about the
album?

Tim: We thought it might be fun to revisit a bunch of old songs and re-
record them. We still owned the rights to the songs so we thought, what
the hell.  We were able to take our time with it and it was fun to
experiment a little with some of the older songs.  Truthfully we were a
bit nervous to re-record some of them but I think it turned out great.  We’
re all really happy with it.

BS: Two videos were recorded for the new version of "Somewhere On
Fullerton" and a new track "Stay With Me". How did you decide on those
songs?

Tim: Somewhere on Fullerton was always a popular song and we had
a chance to film a video for it at the Fireside Bowl, which was the
inspiration behind the song.  So that one was a no-brainer.  We also
wanted to do a video for a brand new song since it had been a while
since we released anything new.  We collectively thought Stay With Me
was one of the better new songs.

BS: Are there plans to record more new music in the near future?

Tim: Yes!  We’ve been writing and recording some demos and we’re
hoping to have enough material for a new album by January of next
year.  That’s the goal anyways!

BS: Since forming the band in 1994 what has been your greatest
memory so far with the band?  

Tim: I’m really proud of the fact that we have a Gold record in Japan.  I
also very fondly remember the first tour we ever did - buying a shitty,
beat up van with no A/C and driving across the country for an entire
summer playing shows the we mostly booked ourselves.  We learned
a lot on that tour and met so many friends, some of whom we still keep
in contact with today.

BS: Do you have anything else you would like to add or tell your fans?

Tim: Quite simply - Thank you!  The only reason we’re still able to do
this is because of you.  That fact is not lost on us.  Hopefully we can
keep making music and releasing records for another 20 years!

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Interview & photos by: Maureen Benedict