For Lucifer’s Friend fans, despite the recent deaths of both Dieter Horns and John Lawton [Dec ’20 / June ’21], there are a couple of upcoming releases that will [hopefully] lift fans’ spirits. October will see the second solo release – Night Drive 2, from guitarist Peter Hesslein, and in December there will be the Lucifer’s Friend compilation The Last Stand. In this exchange Peter Hesslein gives some answers regarding both of these new releases, as well as future releases that fans can look forward to.
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Regarding Night Drive albums:
How was response to the first one?
The reaction to the first Night Drive album was a huge surprise for me, with unanimously positive reviews, I had planned the album for myself to relax and to bridge the gap until the next Lucifer’s friends album for the loyal fans, I was initially a little insecure as the rock lovers can be felt, I was immediately motivated to find a successor with many good reactions, especially since John still had not started with the vocals, although the playbacks were completely finished.
When was the 2nd Night Drive recorded? and does it differ much from the first one?
Night Drive 2 was finished in May 21st, it’s a little more rocking than number one.
After so many years of working in bands or with other people, how did you enjoy recording solely for yourself?
Working while listening to top musicians from all over the world naturally shaped me, as I have already done everything myself for Lucifer’s Friend and John had given the vocals, it was a habit for me.
Do you foresee yourself doing another such solo album, or is there something else [musical direction] you’d like to record in?
I finished the recordings for Night Drive 3 and I even aimed it towards Brazilian music, inspired by my long-time friend and percussion player Pablo Escayola
Nice. when is this planned for release?
In May 2022.
Lucifer’s Friend :
The Last Stand compiles songs from the LF albums ’94 to 2019. Is this basically your own choices or how did you choose the tracks?
The Last Stand was supposed to be the new Lucifer’s Friend album, as this wasn’t possible now, management decided to turn it into a sampler of tracks from the last four albums. I chose these songs in the sense of being John’s favorite songs.
Is there more Lucifer’s Friend stuff in the vaults that could be released — be they leftover studio tracks, demos…?
Lucifer’s Friend only have playbacks without vocals.
You had mentioned previously a LF recording from Japan. Might this be something you could still release, and is there any other live recordings that was could be issued?
There is a live recording from Japan, but unfortunately the quality is too poor to be released.
Regarding the unfinished LF album – I understand that everything was done except for the vocals!? If so, is this something that could be finished musically OR with ‘guest’ singers?
The management has decided to close the chapter of Lucifer’s Friend for the time being.
Curious if there were any song titles [?]
Since John always wrote his lyrics shortly beforehand, so unfortunately, none exist.
Is there any chance we could still get proper CD reissues of the entire Lucifer’s Friend catalogue? [maybe a box set]
When the management gets the rights for a box set from the different companies, maybe at the end of ’23.
Is this something that is being planned with a particular record company?
That is planned with Cherry Red.
Might you consider writing a memoir of your career in music?
My rheumatism makes it difficult to write.
*Photos courtesy of Richard Wagner.
KJ, 09 / ’21