RONNIE ATKINS (PRETTY MAIDS): “It’s Damn Hard To Write About Sex, Drugs, And Rock And Roll When You’re In This Situation… Or Dungeons And Dragons For That Matter”

Ronnie Atkins

One Shot is the debut solo album by Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins. Atkins never really had the desire to record a solo album, but after he was given the news his lung cancer had progressed to stage 4, he decided to give it a go. Although getting the news that his cancer was incurable hit him hard, Ronnie resolved to pick himself up, pursue his goals and dreams, and continue living. Ronnie figured since touring for the last Pretty Maids album Undress Your Madness wasn’t going to happen, he might as well hit the studio and try something different. I had the chance to speak with Ronnie ahead of the album’s release.

Highlights Include:

  • Discussion of new album One Shot
  • Why he’s waiting 40 years to release a solo album
  • How he’s dealing with stage 4 lung cancer
  • How his Pretty Maids bandmate pushed him into making this record
  • Dealing with recording via computer filed vs. the classic in-studio
  • The future of Pretty Maids
  • His working relationship with Frontiers Music
  • His appreciation for the Bee Gees
  • How he missed out seeing the Bee Gees live in NYC
  • … and much, much more!


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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