Klaus Eichstadt is the original guitarist for the longtime hard rock/metal band Ugly Kid Joe. Ugly Kid Joe had tremendous success in the early 90’s when their first two records went double platinum. Their debut, As Ugly As They Wanna Be, was the first debut EP to ever go platinum. Klaus and Ugly Kid Joe are back and they have a new record called Rad Wings Of Destiny, and they are getting ready to go on a headlining tour across the U.S. starting on May 3, 2023.
In this interview, Klaus talks about the band’s history, the writing process over the years, traveling the world and playing with countless legendary bands, and playing to more than 100,000 fans. He also tells us how he got started in music, what he might play for someone to introduce them to Ugly Kid Joe, and two things that he’s always wanted to do in his life.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!