Interview | Masque: The Making Of A Comeback

Interview | Masque: The Making Of A Comeback

Never heard of the 80′s Hair Metal band Masque? You’re not alone. Unless you were smack dab in the middle of the Hollywood 80′s Hair Metal scene, going to shows on the Sunset Strip at the Troubadour, The Whiskey, or Gazzarri’s’ or you were actually in one of the other bands that they performed with, you wouldn’t have heard of Masque.

Face First

Face First

But the band was right there playing along side other unsigned (at the time) bands like Poison, Warrant, and Guns N Roses among others. The bands line-up was, Tony Kelly (vocals), Kevin James (lead guitar), Bruff Brigham (bass), and Johnny Haro (drums).  Masque took their name and incorporated a unique look and stage show donning colorful flamboyant costumes that were influenced by the festive courtly entertainment which flourished in sixteenth and early seventeenth century Europe commonly known as a Masque attire.

The band recorded and performed numerous original songs between 1985 and 1989, but due to record company and publishing complications never got the chance to release any of the songs on record. That all changed in 2008, when they released ‘Face First’ a record that features some of those original recordings.

In a recent interview I asked Masque founding member and lead vocalist Tony Kelly about the record that never was:

“We actually did record one, what happened was, we had an issue with the first label that we signed a deal with and then it got moved over to another label. So it was really a matter of some issues that were going on between us and some publishing problems so eventually the 8, or 10, or 11 songs, I can’t remember how many total, never made it to record”

With the end of the 80′s and the emergence of Guns N Roses and the Seattle scene things were rapidly changing in the music landscape so the band called it quits in 1989.

Hear what happened to Masque and what the band is currently up to in The RockPhiles interview with Masque lead vocalist Tony Kelly below.

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24 Responses to “Interview | Masque: The Making Of A Comeback”

  1. Jett City says:

    MASQUE ROCKS!!!!…and they really appreciate their fans! Wish them lots of luck! Great interview Tony.

  2. HUNTER D says:


  3. Lisa Baldwin says:

    You guys are great..Its been a long time since I’ve heard any bands come out with this type of 80′s metal mix. I really liked the new song best but you guys rock with your other music too…Keep puttin it out..Love to hear more..Lisa

  4. SpaceTrucker says:

    Hi Scott, thanks for the comment. Do I detect a little jealousy? LOL. Were you a member of the Masque crew? I would love to hear a few road stories from back in the day, I’m sure everyone would also.

  5. SpaceTrucker says:

    John, I am amazed at how effective myspace is for connecting music lovers like ourselves to bands from many different genres and eras. It was great to have the opportunity to speak with Tony, we hooked up through myspace of course.

    Thanks for the comment.

  6. SpaceTrucker says:

    Hey Kim, I to thought it was cool Tony liked the same bands I did growing up, having seen Led Zeppelin and Kiss live myself. I felt we really connected during our conversation.

    Thanks for the comment.

  7. Scott says:

    Exellent interview Tony and Robert. One question though…. how come no mention of the greatest crew any band ever had? :)

  8. John says:

    I was shocked to see Masque on Myspace a few months ago as I wondered what happened to them. I saw them live a few times back in the day and they put on a great live show. Thought for sure they were going to make it big. They also put on great party’s at their practice facility in Van Nuys! Great to see them come back. My 14 year old son loves this kind of music too.

  9. Guy says:

    I saw Mark Jacobs film Jessie’s Story in San Diego and it was intense. Great director. Will be interesting to see what he does with this. Awesome new song!

  10. MistyD says:

    Great interview! As always Tony…

  11. Kim Sonksen says:

    Thanks for such a wicked interview. I have been following Masque thru MySpace and have Face First in my CD player right now :)

    Fantastic interview – I feel I know the history of the band much more now and I love the fact that Tony was influenced by bands like Sweet, Kiss, Led Zep – guess we grew up at around the same time with the same “heroes”…he he

    Cannot wait for the new album!

  12. Tobie says:

    Great interview Tony! It was wonderful!
    Thanks for sending comments!
    Rock On!!
    Peace Out!!

  13. SpaceTrucker says:

    Hi Pat, Thanks for the comment, glad you like the site.

  14. Pat says:

    Kudos to Mr. Kelly. Very articulate and glad to hear the band is getting well deserved recognition. Not too bad yourself Robert. Dig this website.

  15. Laura says:

    Keep up the Good Work….

  16. Sharon says:

    It was a great interview even without Bruff. LOL!
    Tony sounds very smart!
    Thanks for getting the word out on Masque. I’ve loved them since they were on the scene. and they F’n Rocked live!!!!!
    You ROCK!!!!!!

  17. SpaceTrucker says:

    Hey Sharon, you must be a Bruff Brigham fan, or maybe he just owes you some money or something….just kidding. Thanks for the comment.

  18. SpaceTrucker says:

    Thanks Lori, I also liked the new song ‘Body, Mind and Soul’ a lot.

  19. janis says:

    Tony if it wasn’t for bands like you, Poison, Kiss and so on the bands today would not have anything to go on, you set the path for them. The 80′s will never die and a lot of 80s bands are re-recording. I have a friend on my space, Dean Pressley his band was Gynger Lynn they are making a new cd and also a video. Love your new songs and can’t wait for the rest to come out, I will be there to order.

  20. Sharon says:

    Where the Hell was Bruff?

  21. Lori says:

    Although I’m a fan of eighties rock, I’m impressed their new music has a modern vibe. Interested to hear what the rest of the album will sound like. Well done interview :)

  22. SpaceTrucker says:

    Thanks for the comment Steve. That’s my goal with, to turn people on to new bands and music. I was very impressed with Tony Kelly and I’m looking forward to the new Masque record and documentary.

  23. Steve says:

    Very good interview. Thanks for turning me on to this band. Great music and story.

  24. deejay says:

    Great Interview with Tony Kelly of Masque enjoyed listening to it and you did a very good job also. Thank you very much.

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