It’s been a good year for singer Kurt Deimer so far. In the fall of 2021, Deimer released his debut EP Work Hard, Rock Hard and served as the opening act for former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate. Not a bad way to commence your first major tour I imagine.
If that wasn’t enough, Deimer is currently back on tour opening for Yngwie Malmsteen, which hits the Marquee Theatre in Tempe this Tues. May 24.
For our neighbors in Tucson, the tour arrives the following night Wed. May 25 at Rialto Theatre.
Calling from a tour stop in Toledo, OH, Deimer briefly fills us in on all-things, well, Kurt Deimer.
BADS: Kurt, how has the tour with Yngwie been going so far. You’re about seven shows into the tour, correct?
Deimer: Yes, we’re almost two weeks into the tour. We’re honored to have the opportunity to play for his audience. What makes it special and challenging—which I welcome— is that musically, we’re both polar opposites. However, that’s probably why it’s working so well. Ultimately, the audience really gets the best of both worlds.
BADS: It’s fair to say that Yngwie doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the business among some of his former colleagues. What has your experience with him been like?
Deimer: Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to get to know him at this point. I’ve literally only crossed paths with him one time when he was heading onstage, we just exchanged hellos to each other. That’s been pretty much it.
Still, it’s pretty surreal touring with him, and of course, he’s an incredible musician who delivers 100% every night. That’s the most important thing.
BADS: Tell us about your debut EP and some of your recollections of the recording of it, if you would please?
Deimer: The songs really came together the past two years (during the pandemic). It was a tough time for everyone obviously, but somehow it was very positive for me, creatively speaking anyway.
For Work Hard, Rock Hard we narrowed it down to six songs that I think are a great representation of what myself, (guitarist) Phil X, and (producer) Chris Lord-Alge came up with to introduce ourselves to the world-at-large.
We’re very proud of it, and to date, we’ve written about 40 songs that hopefully we’ll be able to do something with as time goes on. We can’t wait to release more music, sooner than later hopefully.
BADS: Not only did you tour with Geoff Tate, you also collaborated with him on a song from the EP called Burn Together. Were you a Queensryche fan growing up?
Deimer: Yes I was. I was a fan of the radio hits mostly, especially Silent Lucidity. I loved his operatic voice, and it fit the music perfectly. My co-manager Paul Gargano (yes, the former editor of Metal Edge magazine during its later years) is a huge Queensryche fan and is close friends with Geoff. Through Paul, we were able to secure the tour and eventually recorded Burn Together.
His voice really complements the song, and we had a blast doing the video as well. I consider him a great friend, and he was so encouraging to me during that entire tour. It was a tremendous honor opening for him.
BADS: It’s too bad that Geoff didn’t jump up onstage with you to play that song during the tour, at least at the show I saw last October.
Deimer: Well, I understand why he wouldn’t. Being the opening act, it doesn’t look too good when the headliner plays with the opener. However, that doesn’t mean that we won’t play it together at some point in the future. In fact, I’m sure if the timing is right, we’ll play it live together eventually. You never know.
BADS: For those who have never seen you live, tell them what they can expect?
Deimer: Just a great time with our own brand of high-energy rock and roll. I don’t just stand there and sing, I like to entertain the audience as well. We have our influences, but it’s definitely our own thing.
–Val Tapia, BADS Contributing Writer