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Jun 8, 2012 | by Staff
Mitch Malloy Blast from the Past

Mitch Malloy has lived the life of a rock star. After growing up in Dickinson, he moved to New York where he hit it big in the music industry. He has since toured all over the United States and Europe, and even had a stint as the lead singer for Van Halen. FM Spotlight caught […]

Mitch Malloy has lived the life of a rock star. After growing up in Dickinson, he moved to New York where he hit it big in the music industry. He has since toured all over the United States and Europe, and even had a stint as the lead singer for Van Halen. FM Spotlight caught up with Malloy to talk about what North Dakota means to him, his unlikely rise to fame and what’s in store for his future.

1. Do you have any crazy stories from your years of performing?

Malloy: There was the time I was wearing red leather pants and they split from the front to the back of the crotch to reveal my tighty whitey’s. Maybe God was trying to tell me no more red leather pants. I think I’ve worn them since though, a different pair of course. Then there was the time a girl jumped up on stage with her arms out lunging for me, running around the stage. She had a CRAZY look in her eyes. I was a little freaked out. The look in her eyes was one I didn’t recognize. There was no time to be flattered – it was more just like, “Run for your life!” Thankfully the roadies grabbed her before I became possessed.

2. What sort of impact has growing up in North Dakota had on you?

Malloy: Huge. I think I look at things in a much more down to earth and grounded way because of it. It also has made me proud to be from there and proud of all the travel and things I’ve done since I left. My father, the late Judge Harry Malloy, was very proud to be a North Dakotan and he instilled that in me.

3. What are you up to these days?

Malloy: I’m working on a new acoustic live CD. I’m recording songs live in my studio and recording them for YouTube at the same time. I love recording live. I have one song from it posted on YouTube now. It’s called “On And On Acoustic” and it features Keith Howland, the lead guitar player from the band Chicago, sitting next to me also singing background. He’s my buddy and we wrote the song together and he played most of the leads on the last CD which was called Mitch Malloy II and it’s a tribute to the first CD. I have as special guests Phil Collen – lead guitar player from Def Leppard, Hughie McDonald – bass player from Bon Jovi, Keith Scott – lead guitar player for Bryan Adams, Des Dickerson – lead guitar player and background singer from Prince and the Revolution and many more friends. People can purchase that on iTunes or at www.mitchmalloy.com

4. What do you think of Fargo?

Malloy: To me Fargo was always the big town, as I’m from Dickinson. So it was always exciting going to Fargo. It always seemed to have a certain vibe or energy about it that was bigger than what I was used to. It’s funny because I’ve lived just outside of NYC and now in Nashville for 15 years and when I go to Fargo it still has that same vibe to me. Also, Fargo was exciting because we knew when we got to Fargo we were almost to the lake. I’ve had a lot of fun in Fargo growing up at the lake in the summers, also having a lot of fun with my friends who moved there from Dickinson. And then my dad lived there for a long time before he died, so I used to visit him there for many years. Then there were the Fargo Theatre shows I did and those were fantastic memories. I have a lot of good memories of Fargo.

5. If you had one day left to live and you had to spend it in Fargo, what would you do?

Malloy: Wow! That’s a tough one. I’m pretty sure I would do a show at the Fargo Theatre. To me that would be a good way to go out.

6. If you had one day left to live and you had to spend it in Fargo, what would you do?

Malloy: Wow! That’s a tough one. I’m pretty sure I would do a show at the Fargo Theatre. To me that would be a good way to go out.

7. How often do you come to the area?

Malloy: I try to come once a year. Doesn’t always happen, but I try. My family has a place on Lake Melissa (in Detroit Lakes) and that is my favorite place to be on the planet, so I try to come.

8. How did you hit it big and what did it feel like when you first realized you were on your way to stardom?

Malloy: Hard work. I moved to New York and just pounded it out and tried to make the right moves and I guess I did. But it felt great when I got my major label deal with RCA/BMG and made my CD in LA and then was touring the world and people were showing up and cheering and writing to me.

I love meeting the fans and talking to them and getting to know them. But the best feeling is when people write to you and tell you your music saved their life or helped them get through a dark time. I never realized as a kid the importance music can have in someone’s life. And when I started I never thought about that. I just thought there is something pulling and tugging at me to do this and I don’t know why. I guess you just think, well I’m pretty good at this so I should do it. But then when people take your music into their homes and into their lives it’s pretty amazing. To affect someone’s life through your talent is a great feeling, humbling even. So that to me is more important than feeling like a star any day of the week.

But I have to admit the day Eddie Van Halen called me and asked me to join Van Halen I thought wow… OK, this is cool. Last year I was on tour in Europe and after a show I was signing autographs for three and a half hours in that line and German man was standing in front of me crying as he was reading the liner notes of the new Mitch Malloy II CD and saw his son’s name. He was overcome. It was amazing. I have a song on the new Mitch Malloy II CD called “I’m the one” and I had invited fans to sing at the end and send me MP3’s and I told them I would pick the best three. Well, one of them was this young boy and I actually cried when I heard his voice – he was trying so hard and there was so much passion in it that it made me weep. So I put him on and of course added his name to the credits and that blew his father away. Getting to do your music and the cheering is great, but moments like that are what it’s all about for me.

Check out Malloy’s website www.mitchmalloy.com or find him on YouTube.

 

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