RTH: Brian Jones- or Mick Taylor-era Stones?
Paul Kopf: Man…Obviously anything mid-1960s, so BRIAN!!! But I also like Mick, too. But in the end the music with Brian is so cool!!!
RTH: Which do you prefer, the Peter Sellers-Ringo Starr movie or the Badfinger album?
Paul Kopf: LOVE the album…”Carry On Till Tomorrow”…man! The film is fun, too, though.
RTH: Is there any hometown love left for Sammy Hagar?
Paul Kopf: Sammy’s real cool…records at the same place we do so we’ve hanged a bit. Some of his stuff is cool. “Red”, “Turn Up the Music”… He and Cyril can be quite funny together.
RTH: Considering each woman in their respective prime, Debbie Harry or the Queen of San Francisco Rock, Grace Slick?
Paul Kopf: Woah… Tough one. But I think Grace ’til she started talking too much, then I’d split and hang with Debbie, who I got the chance to meet this summer in the UK, when we were over there. She’s a sweetie. She likes Magic Christian, too which is way cool!
RTH: If Magic Christian were to tackle one song by the Grateful Dead, what would it be?
Paul Kopf: They didn’t write it, but they did do it: “Turn On Your Love Light”. Also “Golden Road” might be cool. Actually, a Jerry Garcia solo track like “Sugaree” might be cool, too.
RTH: I saw Blondie open for Elvis Costello and Genesis (yuk) at Philadelphia’s long-gone 100,000-seat JFK Stadium around 1981. At one point in Blondie’s set, between songs, Clem Burke and Jimmy Destri were yapping for some reason. Clem removed a cymbal threw it at him, Frisbie style. Has he ever thrown a cymbal at one of you?
Paul Kopf: No but he jumped COMPLETELY over my head in Austin when we had a equiptment malfunction to get to the mic! I mean there are pictures in some SXSW picture gallery of it! Right over my head as I turned back to him. It was scary! Clem can be a little intense at times on stage. So he keeps you on your toes, but he’s the ULTIMATE pro. Amazing drummer. And I love the guy.
RTH: Battle of the Bands: Magic Christian vs The Flamin’ Groovies vs The Plimsouls vs Blondie – who wins?
Paul Kopf: Tough call again but I hear Debbie can fight, man! She’s from NYC too, so they’re naturally crazy and full of angst, but I don’t know… Those Plimsouls and Groovies guys are tough as nails as well, but I’d take us! We’re a bunch of nuts and, besides, because of all the experiences through the years the guys have picked up a few tricks of the trade that the other bands might not know. And Eddie’s from Texas! They kick ass down there.
RTH: Thanks a lot, Paul. Hope to see you in Philly. Anything else you’d like to add?
Paul Kopf: Keep rockin’ people!!! And I hope to see you at an MC show or two back east in the coming weeks.