Podcasts & Radio

Tue
14
May

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - KANE ROBERTS

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON, new interviews with guitarist Kane Roberts and Beasto Blanco (Chuck Garric, Calico Cooper and Brother Latham). 
 
In our first interview, Kane Roberts discusses his new album The New Normal as well as Saints And Sinners, Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, songwriting, Paul Stanley and the KISS Revenge album, Bob Ezrin, The Nightmare Returns and much more. 
 
In our second interview, Calico Cooper, Chuck Garric and Brother Latham discuss Beasto Blanco's new album We Are as well as their live performance, the visuals, balancing her acting career and being in the band, touring with her dad, the brilliance of Lzzy Hale, Nita Strauss, and much more. 
 
 
 
 
 
Wed
08
May

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JIM PETERIK, JIM VALLANCE & URIAH HEEP

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON. New interviews with Uriah Heep's Mick Box, Jim Peterik and songwriter Jim Vallance. Co-host is Jim Peterik.
 
Before the first interview, co-host Jim Peterik and I discuss Uriah Heep's cover of his song Across The Miles.
 
In our first interview, Uriah Heep's Mick Box discussed the band's current tour with Judas Priest, their latest album Living The Dream, making new music, drummer Lee Kerslake, Heep singers, how his songwriting has changed, upcoming 50th anniversary plans, keeping the brand name alive, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, and much more.
 
Quote from the interview: "Ozzy has a lot to Thank me for."
 
In our second interview, Jim Peterik discusses his new album (Jim Peterik & World Stage - Winds Of Change), the different guests on the album including Loverboy's Mike Reno, Dennis DeYoung, Jimi Jamison, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and many more. Also, he talks about meeting Work Of Art and melodicrock's Andrew McNiece, new recording techniques, being in so many band/brands, where do the songs 'come from', writing with CHEAP TRICK for their Woke Up With A Monster album, and much more.
 
Before our final interview, Jim Peterik and I discuss his time touring with Bryan Adams, meeting Jim Vallance and more. 
 
We end the episode with a new interview with JIM VALLANCE a part two if you will from our previous chat, but this time ALAN NIVEN sits in. We discuss songwriting, Summer Of '69, Aerosmith, cover versions of his songs, The Beatles, Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway and more. VISIT: https://prettywomanthemusical.com
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Wed
08
May

The Right To Rock Podcast - BURNING RAIN

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #45), featuring Burning Rain vocalist Keith St. John.  Keith took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Burning Rain's latest release Face the Music, as well as their recent UK acoustic tour.  Keith also talks about his time in Montrose as well as other projects that never saw the light of day. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
 
The boys recently caught up with Burning Rain vocalist Keith St. John to discuss Burning Rain's latest release Face the Music. Keith gives us insight on his career as well as why it took 3 years for this new release.  He also discusses upcoming tour plans, which might include a small U.S. trek.  Tune in to get all of this and more.

And hey if you dig Burning Rain's music as much as we do, then show them some love by purchasing their music from your favorite online store won't you?  HORNS UP!

http://therighttorock.com/journal/2019/4/22/podcast-interview-keith-st-j...

 
Thu
02
May

The Right To Rock Podcast - LAST IN LINE

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #43), featuring Last in Line (Ex-Dio, Black Sabbath) bassist Vinnie Appice.  Vinnie took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Last in Line's latest release II, as well as current tour.  Vinnie also answers the question if whether the original Dio band ever has a possibility to of getting back together, when Dio was still alive.  Tune in to find out what he says. Interview lasts approx. 20 min.
 
The boys recently caught up with Last In Line drummer Vinnie Appice to discuss Last In Line's latest release II. Vinnie also discusses the band's tour plans as well, as how the whole project started.  He also takes us back to his days backing up John Lennon.  This one is not to be missed.
 
And hey if you dig Last In Line's music as much as we do, then show them some love by purchasing their music from your favorite online store won't you?  HORNS UP!
 
 
Tue
30
Apr

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - KIP WINGER & M3 Festival

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON. New interviews with KIP WINGER and M3 Rock Festival organizer - ERIC BAKER. Trixter's Steve Brown co-hosts.
 
Before getting to our first interview Mitch and co-host Steve Brown discuss which bands should be invited to play the M3 Rock Festival in upcoming years.
 
Our first interview is with KIP WINGER. We talk M3 Rock Festival, Get Jack (A Musical Thriller), the experience of writing a play, new music coming in 2020, the importance of Winger, his upcoming solo album, working with the Nashville Symphony, writing with Reb Beach, working with Alan Parsons and Bob Dylan, why did he learn from Alice Cooper, having a Grammy nominated #1 Classical album, and much more. 
 
In our second interview, M3 Rock Festival event organizer Eric Baker discusses how the festival comes together, how bands are chosen, talks about LA Guns (approx. 1hr 09 minutes), Heaven's Edge and much more. 
 
 
 

 

 
Thu
25
Apr

The Metal Voice: Carmine Appice & Jim Crean

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Jimmy Kay
from The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) talks to legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Blue Murder) and singer Jim Crean (Hair Nation, Appice Brothers) about Vinnie Vincent's  Nashville's show cancellations claims on February 8-9 2019. Carmine and Crean correct Vincent's claims on why the show were cancelled and who cancelled them

Watch the Show  Here  (sorry for the feedback sound) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLkHNslB76s

When asked about  the recent claims by Vinnie Vincent that his promoter was to blame for the recent cancellations of the show in Nashville and Vincent's disapproval of the choice in singer  
"The promoter did nothing but try his best to make these gigs happen. The promoter Derek Christopher hired me because I knew Vinnie and I talked to Vinnie and we said maybe it would be cool if I did the gigs with him and Vinnie Vincent agreed. Derek hired me and put the deal together, then I brought bassist Tony Franklin in whom Vinnie never heard of before. Then they were going through tons of singers and I said  I have this guy names Jim Crean that can sing high just like the original Vinnie Vincent invasion singer Robert Fleischman. I told Jim Crean about it and he was up for it. Then Derek  said why don't you put Jim Crean's voice on a couple of Vinnie's tracks and he would send it to Vinnie and see what he thinks and that's what we did. And from what I remember Vinnie said to the promoter Derek that he thought Jim Crean was great. So we were moving ahead and waiting for a set list and then when we never got any set list from Vinnie so the promoter sent me, Jim and Tony some lists of songs, which included Vinnie's songs and Kiss Songs and I thought that was what we were going to do and then Vinnie started to steer away. And I said to Vinnie, I saw that clip of you playing that Pre-Kiss cruise clip you did not look comfortable on stage,  you looked scared and I blatantly said can you still play? You didn't do any solos?  Vinnie said to me yeah I can still play. Then later on Vinnie said I don't want to do any Kiss songs or my songs I just want to jam for an hour and a half after he just put out a press release with the promoter saying I'm gonna do Kiss songs, Vinnie Vincent songs, this is him verbally saying that on the ad. Then he changed his mind on that and said he just wanted to jam. Quite honestly I don't want to jam, I don't want to go on the stage and jam. I want to play songs people want to come and hear. As for choosing Jim Crean as the singer, I was working behind the scenes getting Jim Crean to sing demo songs for Vinnie so he can hear what he sounds like. Derek the promoter said Vinnie was fine with him, Derek had no reason to lie about it so we were going to move ahead."  Carmine Appice

"Derek called me and wanted me to sing some of Vinnie's songs so I did that, they got back to Vinnie and they said he was very impressed with it. Derek called me the day after he talked to Vinnie and said that Vinnie was very happy with the vocals and he loves it and we are going to make a press announcement and put a poster up as well. Then Derek called me up and said to me to please start sharing the information to get a buzz going so then we started promoting it and then Vinnie started changing his mind." Jim Crean

When asked about Vinnie Vincent's statement "There's only one uncontroverted fact that actually did happen, and that is that I, Vinnie Vincent, did not cancel that show 
"The cancellations came from Vinnie he did not want to do the gig. I gave Vinnie three other singers to pick from but Vinnie did not like them and Vinnie said Jim Crean was good. Then Vinnie to blame it all on Derek the promoter who is the nicest guy and is now really ill since all of this happened is bad. Derek has not been able to stand up for himself because he has been really ill, in and out of the hospital. The last thing on his mind is Vinnie Vincent right now, he is trying to get healthy. And to see Vinnie saying it's Derek's fault, it wasn't his fault. Derek the promoter did everything he can to make these gig happen. Vinnie is saying it's Derek's fault I'm saying it's not his fault, Derek did everything and beyond to make things happen, to keep it on track. Derek brought Vinnie out of hiding, he put together that Kiss expo that Vinnie came out on, that made Vinnie money, Vinnie didn't do that Derek did that." Carmine Appice

When asked why Jim Crean was one of the scapegoats
"I don't think Vinnie Vincent should be blaming me, I was there just trying to help him out. I came into the band late and Carmine is a very high profile artist and so is Tony Franklin so I guess that leaves me and the promoter to blame." Jim Crean

 

 
Tue
23
Apr

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - VINNIE VINCENT

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON - a new and exclusive interview (recorded April 19th 2019) with guitarist extraordinaire VINNIE VINCENT
 
We discuss everything under the sun including his upcoming shows, his career, and much much more. (Please note that at the 45 minute mark for 15 seonds or so the audio is unstable. Similar at the 58 minute mark.)
 
MITCH MERCH (designed by Judas Priest's artist Claudio Bergamin) is available now at: https://loudtrax.com/search/?s=mitch

 

 
Mon
08
Apr

The Right To Rock Podcast - Bob Nalbandian

Monday, October 27, 2014
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www.TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #40), featuring Inside Metal/Band vs Brand director Bob Nalbandian.  Bob took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his latest film Band vs Brand, as well as what we can expect next from him. Interview lasts approx. 40 min
 
The boys recently caught up with Hard Rock/Metal documentarian/Director Bob Nalbandian to discuss his latest film Band vs Brand. Bob is best known for his Inside Metal series, but has taken things to a new level with his latest endeavor Band vs Brand.  Bob talks about his history and the early LA scene, as well as the concept of the brand.  Get your tablets folks, you're about to get schooled.
 
 
Mon
08
Apr

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - TESLA & NIGHT RANGER

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON - New interviews with Tesla's Jeff Keith and Night Ranger's Keri Kelli. Plus, Alan Niven has Izzy Stradlin news. 
 
In the show's first interview, Tesla's Jeff Keith discusses the band's latest album - the Phil Collen produced SHOCK as well as the importance of making new music, the sound of the new album and fans calling in Tes-Leppard, trying something new, the importance (for Tesla) of the Steve Thompson/Michael Barbiero production team, the anniversary of The Great Radio Controversy album & others, changing up the set list from night to night, the upcoming summer tour (through Canada) with Def Leppard, what Def Leppard has meant both professionally and personally to him & the band, will they work with Phil again, and much more.
 
After Jeff, Alan and Mitch are back for more 'Rock Talk' and discuss Izzy Stradlin, Guns N' Roses & The Louder Than Life Festival. #Izzy2019
 
The episode's second interview features current Night Ranger guitarist, Keri Kelli. We discuss his new band & album A New Revenge, Night Ranger the backstage party band, taking A New Revenge out on the road, remembering tour manager Todd Confessore, the role of the tour manager, the upcoming tour dates with Sammy Hagar, contributing to Night Ranger's Don't Let Up album, Dawn Patrol & Midnight Madness album shows, his Aces & Ales venues in Las Vegas, and more.
 
 
 

 

 
Mon
01
Apr

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - STEEL PANTHER & RON NEVISON

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON new interviews with Steel Panther's Satchel and producer Ron Nevison. Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
In our first interview, Steel Panther's Satchel discusses the band's upcoming tour dates including HEAVY MONTREAL. He also discusses the band's signature guitar pedals, Lexxi Foxx and rehab, geeky keyboard players, would he rather work with Rob Halford, should bands use backing tracks, their upcoming new album, his desire to do a solo album, Steel Panther TV and more. Check the sneaky references!
 
In the show's second interview, we go through the history of rock with Ron Nevison and discuss his work with UFO, KISS, Ozzy, Heart and more. Also, we talk about his upcoming autobiography, his childhood, his career, Mike Clink, Michael Schenker, the importance of having 'outside ears', does a producer have to satisfy the band or the record company, saving Heart, KISS & Crazy Nights (approx. time 1h16 minutes), Bruce Kulick, Bad Company, Ozzy Osbourne and The Ultimate Sin, taking Ozzy to France, UFO's Obsession album, comps, has music become sanitized and more.
 

 

 
Mon
18
Mar

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - ALICE COOPER, TRACII GUNS & TOM ZUTAUT

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. New Interviews with rock legend Alice Cooper, music executive Tom Zutaut, LA GUNS' Tracii Guns and Paul McCartney's Brian Ray. Alan Niven co-hosts. 
 
In our first interview, legendary musician Alice Cooper discusses his upcoming tour with Halestorm, fostering new bands, the Hollywood Vampires, his three upcoming albums including a new Bob Ezrin produced 'Alice Cooper' one, Johnny Depp, what is an Alice Cooper album & touches upon Brutal Planet & Dragontown, touring 'bare bones', the physicality of touring at his age, did Detroit's car industry give birth to the revered Detroit Rock scene, writing new songs with Mark Farner, more reunion shows and more. 
 
Our second interview is with music executive Tom Zutaut. We discuss Mötley Crüe at length including signing the band, John Corabi, Vince's car crash and the aftermath, Doc McGhee, who ran off with the band's money, copying of KISS on their Shout At The Devil artwork, the Sunset Strip scene, Nikki Sixx, producer Tom Werman, is The Dirt realistic, and more.
 
We continue the episode with Tracii Guns. He talks about L.A. Guns new album The Devil You Know, Nikki Sixx & Bobby Dall and using backing tracks (approx. 1hr 42 minutes), why bother making new music, his guitar playing moving forward, using KISS' Creatures Of The Night producer Michael James Jackson on their Hollywood Vampires album, Eddie Kramer & Rick Rubin getting fired as producers, working with producer Tom Werman, the magic of early albums including Van Halen, fabulous singer Phil Lewis and recruiting him from Girl/Tormé, and much more. 
 
We end the episode talking with Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray. We discuss his new music (featuring Smokey Robinson), his career and working with 'the best of the best' including Etta James, Steve Van Zandt, what has he learned from Paul McCartney and more. Please visit Brianray.com 
 

 

 
Wed
13
Mar

The Right To Rock Podcast - TONY HARNELL (Starbreaker, TNT)

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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #36), featuring Ex-TNT, Starbreaker vocalist Tony Harnell. Tony took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Starbreaker's new album Dystopia, as well as his future projects. Interview lasts approx. 30 min
 
The boys recently caught up with Ex-TNT/Starbreaker vocalist Tony Harnell to discuss Starbreaker's recent release Dysphoria, which also features guitarist Magnus Karlsson. Tony discusses the chances that they took on the new album as well as what it is like to work with Magnus. Tony also touches on his time in Skid Row as well as his last stint with TNT.
And hey if you dig the Starbreaker's music as much as we do, then show them some love by purchasing their music from your favorite online store won't you?  HORNS UP.
 
 
Thu
21
Feb

The Metal Voice: VIVIAN CAMPBELL

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2015
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Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice ( https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) spoke to Ex- Dio, Last in Line and  Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. Campbell, spoke about his battle with cancer, Last in Line's new album and not getting paid in Dio which resulted in him getting fired.
LAST IN LINE's sophomore album, "II", will be released February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl.

When asked about his current health and his battle with Cancer
"I'm tired today I got another infusion yesterday, I'm supposed to do them every three to four weeks but given the touring schedule particularly last year with Def Leppard I had to push it to six to seven weeks. I've been very fortunate that I found a treatment that works for me. I was part of a clinical trial for this new wonder drug almost four years ago and now it got FDA approved and it's working for me, so it's holding everything in place. Also it has minimal side effects,  it's  immunotherapy  a general term given to a bunch of these new drugs  that basically bolster the immune system and the body and so your body can fight cancer. My oncologist seems to be happy for now. I feel  very fortunate as there's only about a third of the population who actually has been able to use this drug and get good results from it because it's based on your genetic makeup.  You have to have a certain genetic marker in order to be given this drug, something called PDL,  which I happen to have and about a third of the population has as well. This drug will be given  to people regardless of what your what kind of cancer you have, as long as you have this PDL. So if you have lung cancer or in my case lymphoma it will yield good results."
When asked about what it was like to work with producer Jeff Pilson on the New Last in Line Album coming out on Feb 22 2019 
"Jeff has so much  energy. Jeff is very upbeat, funny, it's always a better room when Jeff is in it. Jeff's musical talent is quite diverse too, he's a lot more than a bass player, he plays keyboards, guitar and sings.  He is also a very experienced and talented songwriter, engineer and producer,  just a really really well-rounded very talented artist. It's always a pleasure to work with Jeff, the hardest part about working with Jeff is just nailing him, he's so busy and that's true of all of us."
When asked about recording the new Last in Line album
"We have to work around everyone's we're evolving busy schedules and and we kind of do these records piecemeal, it's not like we go in and we've got three or four weeks to actually make a record I mean that would be luxurious. We'd write and record two three four songs at a time and then there would  be months in between where we would reconvene and do another two three four songs."
When asked if there is a Dio flavour to the album and what it was like to play with Phil Soussan
"There's the underlying element of the Dio vibe yes, that's because we have 50% of the original Dio members in this band now. When we started the project Jimmy Bain was still alive, so when Jimmy,  Vinny Appice and I played  it was like the Holy Diver album all over again.There's just a chemistry that the three had when we played together. Losing Jimmy Bain  was a real kick in the nuts for us  but we eventually we carried on and we were very fortunate to get Phil Soussan (Ex-Ozzy). Phil is very much cut from the same cloth as Jimmy and in terms of understanding the kind of  dynamics or that kind of music  but he's a different player than Jimmy.  Jimmy was a very fundamental player, with a huge tone and just great timing. Phil is less of a fundamental player he's a little bit more adventurous and musical and he wants to find passages to play."
When asked about the organic growth of Last in Line band
"When the project started we had no ambition other than to play songs from the first three do albums and play some clubs around LA where we were living at the time.  Had I known that we were going to  record and release albums of original music I would have thought twice about naming the band Last in Line. It just seemed like a very appropriate title at the time. Ronnie had passed away about a year and a half prior to us starting this project  and we just wanted to go ahead and play the early Dio songs and have fun. Nobody thought it was gonna grow and become a real serious band  but here we are." 
When asked about his thoughts about bands today who sound like Dio Copycats
" I would say, I have no idea to be honest I'm not familiar with them. I don't listen to a lot of music, I  generally live under a rock  and I just kind of do my own thing. But you know if our singer Andrew Freeman had walked into that rehearsal room back in late 2011 and if he had sounded anything like Ronnie I wouldn't have planned any shows. I just think that would be a bit cheesy,. Ronnie was the best of his genre and he was just like such a gifted singer had such a unique voice and tonality and style. I think  it would have been really creepy to to go on stage with a Ronnie clone.  I had a lot of people say to me why didn't you get this guy or that guy they sound like Ronnie but that's totally missing the point,.  Andrew freeman is a really strong singer,  he can sing anything and he can sing the Ronnie stuffy that's in his wheelhouse and  but he does it in his own way. The tonality of his voice is totally different and makes it his own and that's what appealed to me in the first place and that's what made this in interest project for me."
When asked about him getting fired for standing up for himself because of payments that were promised but not delivered
 " I was in my early twenties and  it wasn't about the money to me but it's about the principle,  I'm very very big on principle. When somebody makes me a promise I expect them to keep it  because I keep my word  it's that's just the way I was brought up. When I tell somebody I'm going to do something I meet my commitments. Ronnie had made us a promise and payment and we worked for very little money, less than our road crew and the band was very successful. Back then people bought records and we were selling a lot of records and  we were all very involved in the creative process, it was really a collaborative process. We were kind of squeezed.  Wendy Dio who never really saw it as a band. She never really saw the value  in the band and that's something that really really upset me.  "
"After I was fired  I think Ronnie knew better he understood the real magic that the original band had and the chemistry we had and how we created together. I think Ronnie was really fearful of her and he never stood up. Like I said it was never about money  I just wanted what Ronnie  promised, it was a contract that was between the four of us and and he just wasn't man enough to follow through on it and and I called him on it and I got fired as a result. It was very painful for me for many years. We never got royalty checks that was the whole issue, we worked for for minimum wages even though we were writing the music  we got no royalties, we got none of the merchandise or the t-shirts or those ticket sales for the venue's or anything.  We got a flat salary that was less than the road crew. Ronnie had promised by the third album  Sacred Heart there would be an equity situation so that was the the principal that got me fired. You know they offered us a few few hundred dollars more per week and then I got sent a contract  by Wendy  and it said failure to sign and return this contract by this date will constitute you're no longer being in the band.  I tried to call Ronnie, I was in Ireland at the time, it was a break  between legs of the Sacred Heart tour which finished North America. I'd gone back to visit my family my parents and I got this contract in a FedEx envelope and I was shocked I opened it and and I tried to call Ronnie and he wouldn't answer the phone.  Next thing you know Craig Goldie is the guitarist.  It was a seamless transition obviously it was well-executed and planned you know but that I wouldn't change any of that,  I would change maybe how I reacted to it in later years.  Ronnie and I both made the mistake of airing our grievances in public which is never a good idea but you know it is what it is and it was only after Ronnie passed away that I was really able to kind of look at the entire situation in a very different light. For years I didn't want anything to do with with the legacy of Dio. Later on  I really wanted to reconnect with that fire.
When asked if Pete Wilis the original guitarist will join the band on their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
"I really don't know I mean you know Joe Elliot put it out there in an interview. I know that  Pete's Willis was welcome to come join, I hope he does I really do. I only ever met Pete once many years ago very briefly and you know I don't know the guy at all but he was a very very important part of the legacy of the original Def Leppard. I think it'd be great if he shows up. "
When asked if he would have mended fences with Ronnie today and work together if he was alive
 "I think if the gatekeepers would have let that happen Ronnie and I absolutely would have worked together again. There are always people who come between artists.  People always ask me well what's Ronnie like.  Ronnie had his good days and his bad days  there were  days when when Ronnie was really difficult to be around and there were days when he was a real pleasure to be around. I think Ronnie was very proud of me as a guitar player particularly in the early days  he really liked taking me around L.A .saying this is my new guitar player, look what I discovered, like Ozzy had Randy Rhoads.  I wanted to bring my best riffs and then play my best solos I wanted to be the best I could be for that band and then I gave my all  because again we were working towards a common goal or so we thought. "

DEF LEPPARD's brand new greatest-hits collection titled "The Story So Far - The Best Of", was released in November.
The band will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this spring. The honor comes after the British rockers got the most votes in the Rock Hall's online fan poll.
 
Tue
12
Feb

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - FOREIGNER, MIKE TRAMP & JIM VALLANCE

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with Foreigner's Mick Jones, Mike Tramp and songwriter Jim Vallance. Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
Our first interview is a quick ten minute hit n' run chat with Foreigner's Mick Jones. We discuss the upcoming Jukebox Heroes musical, Lou Gramm's 'retirement', the future of Foreigner including more reunion shows this summer and going on without Mick, supporting the Shiner's Hospital, the upcoming Rainbow '78 DVD, the Cold As Ice Canadian Tour and more. 
 
In out second interview, we chat with former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp. He discusses being in regular contact with guitarist Vito Bratta, KISS & Paul Stanley, vocal issues, his new album Stray From The Flock, leaving America, his debut with Mabel, being a 15 year old 'rock star' and parental support, the end of White Lion is final, opening for KISS, the PRIDE album, rock n' roll is 'the big swindle' and much more. 
 
(Starts at 1hr08 approx) We end the episode with song writer extraordinaire, Jim Vallance. We discuss his approach to songwriting, working with the greats (Bryan Adams, Scorpions, KISS, Ozzy, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and so many more, the Broadway musical (Pretty Woman) that he scored with Bryan Adams, being a 'song doctor', meeting Bryan Adams, how does streaming affect the business of being a songwriter, Bryan Adams' Reckless album, playing drums on different songs, getting Lou Gramm to do background vocals, receiving the Order Of Canada award, his mantra, and much more. 
 

 

 
Mon
28
Jan

The Metal Voice: LEE KERSLAKE

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2015
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Jimmy Kay from The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) spoke to former Ozzy Drummer Lee Kerslake in Anaheim California at this years annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala Jan 23 2019, where Kerslake was inducted and presented the two platinum Ozzy Discs.

When asked how he got to California to be inducted
"The phone rang about month and a half ago, it was Pat Guesaldo CEO of the Hall of Heavy Metal History and he said we would like to induct you into the Hall. Pat said we would love to have you in California for the Gala but I said I am on a pension and I can't afford it. Pat then said what if we take care of it for you . Then I said without sounding like a Deva I can't travel coach cause I have arthritis and bone cancer. Then Pat said no worries we are going to fly you first class. I nearly broke down and cried. I finally got to California, the flight took 10 hours and when I landed I said to myself, I MADE IT, I haven't done this for 22 years."

When asked about his reaction to finally receiving the platinum discs from Ozzy and Sharon and a personal letter
" We were filming me packing for California on my upcoming autobiography documentary and then my manager came in and said I have a surprise delivery for you and he brought in these two big boxes and they were the two platinum Ozzy discs, it was a crying moment. We finally buried the hatchet between the Osbournes and myself. I respect Sharon and I love Ozzy to bits. Ozzy also sent me back a beautiful letter hand written."

When asked about his current health situation
"The cancer has come back unfortunately, it has come back with a vengeance but I am not worried about it at the moment I am  enjoying this moment and all the love. I am having a great time. My doctor told me before I left they will be putting me on a new drug and I am hopeful."

 

 
Mon
07
Jan

ROCKPIT Turns 10 & Launches New Podcast

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The relaunch of The Rockpit podcast is here! Now titled The Heaven & Hell show…presented by The Rockpit.
 
The Rockpit is celebrating 10 years as an online rock and metal music media publication in 2019 and to help celebrate the anniversary, a brand new podcast show has been launched titled "The Heaven & Hell Show" featuring all new rock, metal and blues music, discussions, interviews and more.
 
Launched as an extension of The Rockpit's online media publication, The Heaven & Hell Show continues the company's focus on guitar oriented music from the underground and local scene along with the usual big hitters in the music world. The show is presented by members of the Rockpit team and is split into 2 segments - Heaven representing the melodic hard rock and blues side and Hell showcasing the more heavier side of music.
 
 
Thu
20
Dec

Noize In The Attic Podcast - VINNE & CARMINE APPICE

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2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Greg Schmitt of WESU's syndicated radio show Noize In The Attic recently spoke with drum legends Carmine and Vinny Appice. Together they discuss Carmine's history and renewed involvement with Vinnie Vincent, Vinny's relationship with John Lennon and much more! 
 
CarmineWhen I heard him with Vinnie Vincent Invasion, it wasn't the same Vinnie.  It was like - I don't know what he was trying to be, like an Yngwie or something...  He's beyond that.  He's a much better player than that.  He's like John Sykes.  John Sykes can play all that stuff, but you don't play it all the time.  You mix that up with a bit of blues and soul, and just great rock & roll like Jeff Beck or Clapton or those kind of guys.  And he can play that stuff. So, when I heard that album, and the mix and guitar was was so loud you couldn't even hear the rest of the band, so I was a little disappointed in that album, ya know? 
 
I said, 'You can still play like you used to play?  Like I know you can play.  Usually you don't lose it.'  He goes, "No, I didn't lose it,' he said.  'I had a guitar in my hand every day; even when I was gone."
 
Vinny on playing with John Lennon'We're rehearsing, John walks in, watches us play, he sits down on a step...  And he started hanging out with us.  We're playing pool with him, and smoking joints and stuff.  He always wanted coke, though.  We didn't have coke...  So we would up doing three videos with him … And then we did a live gig he asaked us to do.  And then I found out a couple of years ago that was his last live gig. Ever.'
 
Listen to the full interview here: (starts at 12 minutes)
 
 

 

 

 
Mon
17
Dec

The Metal Voice: BOB DAISLEY

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2015
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Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada's The Metal Voice ( https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently spoke to former Gary MooreOzzy Osbourne , Rainbow, bassist Bob Daisley about his new tribute album to former guitarist Gary Moore.  Which was released on October 26 via earMUSIC"Moore Blues for Gary - A Tribute To Gary Moore"

Watch here 

https://youtu.be/GQ6M2YREsIA

Daisley talks about Gary Moore's career, the participants on the Gary Moore tribute album, Moore' preference of Ozzy guitarists and when Moore turned down Ozzy as his frist choice for  guitarist when Ozzy got fired from Black Sabbath.

When asked about the time Ozzy wanted Gary Moore as his guitarist prior to Randy Rhoads
"Ozzy never wanted to replace Randy Rhoads with Gary Moore, Gary Moore was Ozzy's first choice. When Ozzy was in Los Angeles after he got fired from Black Sabbath and he was thinking of putting a band together his first choice was Gary Moore. Gary Moore didn't want to work with Ozzy because of Ozzy's reputation with drugs and booze being unreliable and unprofessional. Gary said I will help you find  a guitarist or if you find a guitarist that you want my opinion on I will help you that way. "

When asked about which Ozzy guitarist Gary Moore preferred
"One thing I would like to add is that Gary rated Jake E Lee very high he said, Saying I  think Jake E Lee is one of the best guitariist Ozzy ever had. " 

When asked about his and Lee Kerslake's induction into The Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala in January 23 2019 for their contributions to Ozzy's Blizzard of Ozz and  Diary of a Madman
"That is great it really puts the icing on the cake. I spoke to Lee Last week about it and he is over the moon because Lee is not having a good time at the moment he has some bad health issues and we don;t know how much longer Lee is going to be around, he can go in a few months we don;t know. So for this to happen for Lee it means a lot for him and it means a lot for me. it's something that's really really nice to have. "

John Sykes (ex-THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) does a rendition of "Still Got The Blues", with the soulful vocals by Daniel Bowes (THUNDER) complementing each other.
"Parisienne Walkways" is played by Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE, DIXIE DREGS) and Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, BLACK STAR RIDERS, THE ALMIGHTY).
Gary's friends are here - his rocking keyboard / guitar / vocal sidekicck Neil Carter sings "Empty Rooms", which he co-wrote with Gary. Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) and Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE) had joined forces with Gary on numerous occasions, together with Eric Singer (KISS) and Darrin Mooney (PRIMAL SCREAM). .
Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), r Steve Lukather (TOTO), Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW), Jeff Watson (NIGHT RANGER), Damon Johnson (BLACK STAR RIDERS, ALICE COOPER) and Stan Webb (CHICKEN SHACK).
Gary's sons Jack and Gus are also involved, playing guitar and singing on "This One's For You", showing that the "Blood Of Emeralds" still runs their veins.
Moore Blues for Gary - A Tribute To Gary Moore" track listing and personnel details:
01. That's Why I Play The Blues
02. The Blues Just Got Sadder
03. Empty Rooms
04. Still Got The Blues (For You)
05. Texas Strut
06. Nothing's The Same
07. The Loner
08. Torn Inside
09. Don't Believe A Word
10. Story Of The Blues
11. This One's For You
12. Power Of The Blues
13. Parisienne Walkways

 

 
Mon
17
Dec

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - BRUCE & BOB KULICK

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon: It's an early KISSmas as I sit down with longtime KISS guitarist BRUCE KULICK and his brother BOB. Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
In our first interview (starts at approx. 11 mins 30 secs), Bruce Kulick discussed his recent experience on the KISS Kruise as well as the KISS box set, unreleased songs, his career highlight with KISS, joining KISS on The End Of The Road tour, his new website BruceKulick.com and more. 
 
Our second interview (starts at approx. 1 hr 10 mins) is with guitarist Bob Kulick. We discuss Pure Fire - The Ultimate KISS Tribute (which includes Chris Jericho),  his involvement with KISS (including playing on KISS Alive II, Unmasked, Killers and more), should he have joined KISS, Balance, Bon Jovi (1 hr 32 mins) and much more. 
 
 
Also available on Amazon Alexa, GooglePlay, Apple Podcasts, and more.
 
Fri
07
Dec

The Right To Rock Podcast - ERIC MARTIN & STRIKER

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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www.TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #35), featuring Mr. Big Vocalist Eric Martin.  Eric took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Mr. Big's latest release Live From Milan as well as the current state of the band.  Eric also discussed his European solo tour as well as his current involvement with Avantasia. Interview lasts approx. 60 min.
 
Join the lads in their latest An Evening With... series as they welcome back Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin.  The boys recently caught up with, friend of the show, Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin to discuss the band's latest live release Live From Milan.  Eric also discusses his recent solo European tour, as well as the state of Mr. Big.  Could this be the end of Mr. Big, or is their more gas in that tank?  Tune in to find out.  Lastly, Eric also gives some great stories about the late great Pat Torpey.
 
www.TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #244), featuring Striker Guitarist Tim Brown.  Tim took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Stiker's latest release Play to Win as well as the origins behind their sound. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
 
The lads have returned with their long lost Halloween show. Join Genghis & Ragman as they hide out on a rainy night during The Purge. Will they survive and possibly take out a few choice pop stars in the bargain? Or will they finally be snuffed out like the two old cigarette butts they are? Either way, with an opportunity to commit any crime imaginable with impunity from dusk 'til dawn, Eddie may want to watch his back...
And be sure to check out as the boys talk with Tim Brown, Canadian guitarist with Striker, as he discusses the band's writing process and tour schedule in support of their latest album, Play To Win. Horns up!
 
Wed
05
Dec

The Metal Voice: Dave Mustaine MEGADETH

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2015
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Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice ( https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently spoke with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine about the upcoming Megacruise, Megadeth's new album, Mustaine Wine and A Tout Le Monde Beer and the possibilities of working with Jeff Waters of Annihilator and Michael Sweet of Styper sometime in the future.
 

When asked how he would differentiate the Megacruise compared to all the other Metal cruises out there

"As far as I know all the cruises in the USA that had happened are on the East Coast, we are the first metal cruise on the west coast, so we're pretty stoked about that. I've been to both sides of the nation and I think that California is probably the most famous State for the beach cities, though Florida is pretty close.  The cruise leaves Los Angeles and goes to San Diego which has great weather all year long, then to Ensenada, Mexico which is really quaint small city, then we're going to  u-turn  and go back to Los Angeles. I'm just excited because we've got great bands and mostly every band on the tour are my friends that I've grown up. Some of the bands are new bands and I looked forward to getting to know them. The majority of the bands, Anthrax, Armored Saint, Overkill, etc..  are like my brothers that have carried the flag for American metal for 3 almost 4 decades. You can find the full list on our website but we still have a few more slots left. We're just trying to make this be one of those cruises that you know people say you know this was the one cruise you can't miss.  I mean the cruise has been on sale for a couple weeks now and the sales have been phenomenal."

"In terms of activities there's a movie theater on the boat and we are discussing the movies we wanted to play and I was thinking maybe,  some documentaries on some of the bands, maybe movies that I like, like 'The Good The Bad and the Ugly 'and 'Mad Max' stuff like that. We also have been talking about a Mega karaoke  contest so we will have some Megadeth tribute bands on board to help. The contest will be the tribute bands plays and you have one of the fans on the cruise sign up and they sing with the band with lights, with the PA, with an audience and after they are done, we judge you. "

When asked about the wine tasting on board the Megacruise
"I think it's gonna be called wine guzzling when people get a grip on how good the stuff tastes but yeah we've got several varieties of Mustaine wines that we will be bringing with us.  It's the end of these wines with very limited inventory  so depending on how many people buy the wine before we get out on the cruise, we may not have any left.  Our wine business is doing really well but a problem with alcohol businesses is that a lot of people in the alcohol business they see people like myself  coming in and they think f**k this musician they  come in and put their name on the wine bottle  and then try and take money out of our business.  That's not me. I'm in for a long haul, we did our vineyard at my house, I hand planted those vines I didn't pay someone to do it, I did it."

When asked about the musical direction of the new Megadeth album to be released in 2019
"I don't how to answer that because if you want me to say what record it sounds like, it sounds like a combination of everything.  When I write a riff if I don't like it I don't record it, if I do record it, I save it and if I don't use it now I'll use it at some point. There is a complete finished song left over from Dystopia that I forgot we did . When were in the studio and you're doing 16 songs and you're working your ass off every day  sometimes, somethings just slip through the cracks like this song. We've already got a huge head start on this new record.  Kiko just came out to see me, Dirk was here before him and David Ellefson will be visiting me shortly to start playing some bass stuff. We're doing things a little bit differently this time we're kind of approaching the songs one riff at a time and just kind of focusing on the riff  and if the riff doesn't sound good on its own and then why put it in a song?  A lot of people when they write songs they'll put a part in section in the song   just because they need something in there.  For me I don't like doing that. I don't want that one part of the song where there's a weak spot.  I've tried just about every way to write a song over my career and I found this way's probably the best way because if you have a riff and it's not it's not carrying its own weight and it doesn't sound cool , how can it possibly sound cool to good lyrics over it."

When asked if his lyrics on the new album will be politically inspired by the politics in USA today
 "I've kind of toned it down a little bit with the political stuff to where it's more about being  a one world kind of people, about the stuff that affects us as people not so much as citizens of any particular government or nation. Why I put an unnecessary walls up between us right."

When asked if he would ever work with  Jeff Waters of Annihilator or Michael Sweet  from Stryper
" Jeff Waters is an amazing talent and has had a really unfair run because of the same thing I suffered from lineup changes and and it's a bummer.  You start off with one vision and then that vision changes over time from different members in the band and it's  usually because of one of the four P's power, property, Prestige or Pussy  For us every time you've ever had a breakup it's been over drugs money or women. So we yeah would be  great to do something with those guys.  I don't know how people would actually respond to me doing something Michael Sweet because of the Stryper  but I I really care a lot about Mike he's been to my house for dinner several times."

 
Tue
04
Dec

The Right To Rock Podcast - RUDY SARZO

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #33), featuring The Guess Who bassist Rudy Sarzo.  Rudy took time out of his busy schedule to discuss The Guess Who's first new album in over 20 years, The Future is What it Used to Be, as well as their upcoming tour plans.  Interview lasts approx. 30 min
 
The boys recently caught up with The Guess Who bassist Rudy Sarzo to discuss the band's recent release The Future Is What It Used to Be.  Rudy discussed how he was recruited into the band and that he has made this band his top priority.  Rudy also discusses many of his past bands. 

 

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Mon
26
Nov

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - STEVE LUKATHER, JACK BLADES

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This week on Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon - new interviews with William Shatner, Toto's Steve Lukather and Night Ranger's Jack Blades. Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
Our first mini-interview is with actor William Shatner. He discusses working with L.A. Guns' Adam Hamilton, his new Christmas album Shatner Claus that features guest appearances by The Cars' Elliot Easton, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and more, his new country album with Alabama's Jeff Cook, will he make a heavy metal album (like Pat Boone) and much more. 
 
Up next, TOTO's Steve Lukather. We talk about his fantastic new book - The Gospel According To Luke, the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Toto, Thriller, a BBC/Sony documentary about his life, quitting the band in 2008, Eddie Van Halen (approx. 57 minutes), his Ernie Ball/ Music Man LIII signature guitar, respecting your road crew, playing on albums by Alice Cooper & Cheap Trick, and so much more. Probably the best interview you'll hear this year. Honestly. 
 
(Interview starts at approx. 28 minutes)
 
We finish the episode with Night Ranger's Jack Blades. We discuss their current single Truth from their latest album Don't Let Up, what makes a good song and his songwriting craft, the importance of making new music, changing members & band chemistry, a 2019 acoustic tour, the infamous Damn Yankees third album, a new solo album, Glenn Hughes, Kelly Keagy's health and much more.
 
(Interview starts at approx. 1hr 26 mins.)
 

 
Fri
23
Nov

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - BERNIE TORME

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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On this Episode of #TDRRocks, we talk to Iconic Irish Guitarist Bernie Torme, who has played with Ozzy, Ian Gillan, Dee Snider, and Phil Lewis who has just released his new album “Shadowland”
 
Bernie discussed:
 
**Reconnecting with Ozzy this past Summer
**Meeting Zakk Wylde, and if he was asked to join them onstage
**Getting to play with Phil Lewis & LA Guns
**Meeting Tracii Guns for the first time
**If asked to join LA Guns would he consider it?
**His new album “Shadowland”
**Reaching 514% of his goal on Pledge Music and almost setting a record
**Is this his final album??
**His upcoming “Final Fling Tour”
**Is he retiring from music??
 
You can listen to the full interview here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB03UOYq8kM
 
For more info on Bernie Torme go to: ww.bernietormeofficial.com
 
Remember to listen to Totally Driven Radio LIVE every Thursday, and Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram & Twitter.
 
And we can now be heard on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play & more!!
 
Mon
19
Nov

The Metal Voice: FRANK HANNON / TESLA

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2015
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New Tesla album 'Shock' will be a more polished production, 80's sound- Guitarist Frank Hannon
 
Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice (www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently spoke to Tesla's guitarist Frank Hannon about his new solo album of covers called "From One Place To Another Vol. 2" which wass released on May 2019 as well as the musical style on the upcoming new Tesla album called Shock that will be produced by Def Leppard's Phil Collen and released in February 2019
 
 
When asked about how many cover solo albums he is  planning on releasing in the near future
"I'm a fly by the seat of my pants artist this whole thing wasn't even planned to be a series. I was just recording songs for fun and for a challenging exercise to develop my singing voice. I learned to play guitar by learning from the old masters Jimi Hendrix, Check Berry, Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, you learn guitar from learning from your elders. So I said I really want to learn to sing better, so I started recording. Then one of my business associates said hey man you should put this out, there was so much material we had to spread it out over time. I don't know if there will be more albums in this series because I do have some original songs that i am writing for my solo projects  coupled with the fact that Tesla has a new album  coming out  in February of this year 2019. So I don't know what is going to happen in the future. Keep in mind not only do i have these cover albums but I also have 6 solo albums."
 
When asked about the intricacies of singing and playing guitar on this covers album
"There are different approaches of playing guitar you can noodle, you can play fast, shred or you can play melodies. I like to shred and I like simple melodies that make you feel a certain way that you remember. So I think actually singing actually makes you a better guitar player cause it can make  think more about the song in general then just noodling on the guitar."
 
When asked about him covering Black Sabbath's song Sweet Leaf on his covers album Vol 2
"I like punk music, I like Metal, I would like to cover Judas Priest the Ripper. There is a song that Judas Priest does called Running Wild I love that song and would love to do that. I love all the spectrum's everything from the Grateful Dead to Iron Maiden to Black Sabbath. I love it all so why not? "
 
When asked about his new video and song covering Deep Purple Hush and what he brings to that classic song
"The melody is what you keep from the original, it's the melody that lives forever so you pull that and then what I did I got rid of the 3/3 organ stuff that Deep Purple did and I put in Randy Hansen to play some funky Jimi Hendrix style guitar and percussion. You keep the melody the same but you crank up the guitar and put different kind of sounds to it. "
 
When asked about what Phil Collen will be bringing to the table producing the new Tesla album Shock
"Phil really helped us, Phil had a bunch of song ideas and a lot of the writing on the new album is co-written by Collen he interjected a lot of positive energy into us. Phil is bringing production quality and details that we would have not done and haven't done in the past. Some fans may not like it, some fans are gonna love it. This is something that we wanted to try we never worked like this before. Mutt Lang is a producer that really has techniques that are very detailed in the studio and Phil Collen obviously has experience with all that and he brought that type of approach to making the Tesla record which we never done before. the sound on this new album is really powerful."
 
When asked about the musical direction of the new Tesla album:
"It definitely has an 80's kind of polished production but there really is no direction we don't really put ourselves into one sound we got elements of metal, country etc..
This new album has the big production but every song sounds different, you are going to hear some slide guitar riffs there and then there is also hear some Queen, Beatles, big Beatles vocals type influences on it. You are going to hear some Def Leppard style influences and there is some of that big back vocals too. We are going to be on tour in February playing new songs off the new album and if you buy a ticket to the show in February 2019 it gets you a copy of the new album in advance. So February March 2019 the new Tesla album Shock."
 
Hannon's "From One Place... To Another Vol. 2" was released on May 18, just four months after the initial installment in what is planned to be an ongoing series of solo cover albums. 
 
"From One Place To Another Vol. 2" track listing:
01. Hush (featuring Randy Hansen)
02. Lord Of The Thighs (featuring Graham Whitford)
03. You Can't Always Get What You Want (featuring Duane Betts)
04. Tell Me Somethin' Good
05. Kiss From A Rose
06. Sing Child (featuring Roger Fisher)
07. I Can See Clearly Now
08. Spanish Castle Magic (featuring Randy Hansen)
09. I Can Help
10. Sweet Leaf (featuring Jared James Nichols)
 

 

 

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