JOHN BUSH (ARMORED SAINT): “We Had A Half Million Dollar Debt To Chrysalis From The First 3 Records”

ARMORED SAINT (Livestream From The Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, USA, October 10, 2020)

Armored Saint first hit the heavy metal scene back in 1982, and 42 years later they are still going strong with 4 out of 5 original members. The band is getting ready to hit the road on a long tour supporting Queensrÿche, and vocalist John Bush took the time to chat with metal Express radio’s Bryce van Patten about the upcoming tour, the re-release of their catalogue, the music industry, and a whole lot more.

Photo courtesy of Scott Braun – Rock Photography

  • John Bush – lead vocals
  • Joey Vera – bass, backing vocals
  • Jeff Duncan – guitars, backing vocals
  • Gonzo Sandoval – drums, backing vocals
  • Phil Sandoval – guitars

The tour poster for Armored Saint and Queensrÿche for the upcoming 2024 tour.

Check out the video for “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” from Armored Saint’s latest album here.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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