Here's two excerpts from the column:
"The four guys in FATAL look like they've been grinding out Guns N' Roses for the past 15 to 20 years. Beer guts and thinning hair be darned, they could still rock."
"The bassist was a little animated, and the drummer was confined to his stool, but the other two just stood there like lumps."
Both the singer and the drummer e-mailed me about the story, and they took my jabs really well. Most bands have really thin skin, and melt down when writers criticize them -- even a little.
Here's some of what the singer wrote:
"I haven't stopped laughing. Brutally honest. ... I really didn't think i just stood there like a lump. I'll have to remedy that. Thanks for pointing some of the good too as well as your honest perception of us. When Mike (Mann, the drummer) sent me the email the subject line said: The Good, The Bad, The Beer Guts. I'm still laughing ( at ourselves ). As they say..... there's no such thing as bad publicity. I guess. ... Loved the article, warts and all.
Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitarist
Frankie and the Actions