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12
Nov

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - ALDO NOVA & TESLA

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with Canadian guitarist ALDO NOVA and Tesla's FRANK HANNON. Former Guns N' Roses & Great White manager Alan Niven co-hosts. 
 
In our first interview, guitarist Aldo Nova talks about his new album 2.0, where does this reboot lead, future plans, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, his work with Bon Jovi, working with Celine Dion, Rick Hughes and SWORD, Blood On The Bricks, and much more. 
 
Our second interview is with TESLA guitarist, Frank Hannon (interview starts at approx. the 1hr03 min. mark). He talks about his latest release 'From One Place... To Another Vol. 2',  Tesla's new album Shock (approx. 1hr 18min.), new producer Phil Collen, Aldo Nova, future solo releases, why he's chosen not to cover Led Zeppelin, the production team of Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero (approx. 1hr 27 minutes), upcoming TESLA deluxe editions (approx. 1hr 34 minutes), his new HUSH video and much more. 
 
Alan Niven mentions the Izzy Stadlin/Bon Jovi tour that almost happened and more. We also discuss George Thorogood's annual Who Do You Love charity drive that starts Monday November 12th and runs until December 24th 2018. For more visit: www.georgethorogood.com
 
 
 
 

 

 
Thu
11
Oct

The Metal Voice: ALDO NOVA

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Aldo Nova has finished a Rock Opera that took him 8 years, Mastered & Mixed ready to go
Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice ( https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) Spoke To  Canadian solo Artist Aldo Nova about his new  Album 2.0 coming out on October 19 2018 via Megaforce, his upcoming Tour and his Rock Opera that he has been working on for the past 8 years.


WATCH HERE
https://youtu.be/a5xJ5ZI_F7E

When asked about his new Album 2.0 a re-recording of his classic songs
"It happened casually it wasn't planned, on April 1 2017 was the 35 anniversary of my debut album and usually when there are landmark albums like that record companies and bands what they do is remaster, repackage those albums. So I knew that Sony would want to remaster. So I thought to myself what can I do that would be really special for the anniversary, something special for me, my fans and something that would get new fans. Then I got the idea why don't I redo everything from scratch and turbo charge the songs while keeping the innocence of the songs that I had when I was 22 years old  and add  the 35-36 years of  experience that I have now. If I can do Fantasy and get it to be exciting  at the point where it excites me I will keep going otherwise I will drop this whole concept. I wanted 2.0 to sound like you were coming to see me at a live concert, that's why there are extended solos, there is breaks, time changes and key changes. It's a guitar oriented album. I also wanted 2.0 to have a  more timeless sound to the album and today a mix of both worlds. I really worked hard on the arrangements to be exciting to me. Plus I added a  new song called  'I am a survivor' and people have been telling me it's a standout track. "

When asked about how his debut album was the template and blueprint of the 80's sound
"Many bands copied that formula. I think I was the template for a lot of bands that followed"

When asked about the ups and downs after the success of his albums in the 80's
"I got shafted financially so much back then and I am feeling it  today more than ever, when I go back and look at all these old contracts. The first album, I had my dreams come true to be a successful musician. I got to play with Cheap Trick, Blue Oyster Cult, Sammy Hagar, there really was no down side, even with my second album there was no down side. The down side really started to get bad on my third album Twitch, that is when the record company really got involved and that's when I really started to hate music and hate the whole business. The contracts were really unfair I had a manager that was extremely crooked when it came time to buy a house in New York after my first album  sold a couple of millions of albums I  couldn't. Nothing really expensive ($200,000) and I went to the accountant and they told me I don't have enough money and I said what do you mean I sold a couple of million albums, I toured the world. he said your manager put all your money into your tour. : 

When asked about his contribution to Bon Jovi's debut album
"Jon Bon Jovi's  cousin Tony Bongiovi mixed my first album at the Power Station in New York and I got to know Jon at the coffee machine andi invited him to hear my songs. So when it came time for Jon to do the demo of the song Runaway and others his cousin called me up and I was more than glad to come and do it, Jon and Tony were my friends. I went into the studio and it was me on guitar, I did all the background vocals with others and I played keyboards on a lot of tracks on that album too. I was pretty involved with the debut album especially from the initial track Runaway. That track basically got them the record deal they got so much airplay from it , it did really well."

When asked about him losing confidence in his voice in the late 80's
"I lost confidence in my voice many times because I was in such a bad marriage, I stayed in it too long. It's kind of hard being told you have a bad voice and after a while you start believing it. Also there was a physical side why I could not sing. Your mind is a powerful thing. I think at that point of time I convinced myself I could not sing but it came back naturally. "

When asked if he will be releasing  a new album with new material
"From February 2008 to 2016 I have been working on a Rock Opera called Space and I have been working on it non stop  night and day for 8 years. I kept writing song after song. Now I have a 32 song rock opera ready to go. It's mixed it's mastered and it's played on by the best players. It's style classical, heavy rock , my voice changes in almost every song to suit the characters." 

When asked if he will be touring
"I will be touring the most extensively as possible, the band is set and I am in shape."

Nova initially gained fame with his self-titled debut album Aldo Nova in 1982 which climbed to Billboard's number 8 position, and its accompanying single, "Fantasy", which climbed to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The debut album reached number 8 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 14, 1982, Platinum on February 14, 1989, and Double Platinum on December 5, 1994

Nova provided guitar, keys and background vocals for the demo of BON JOVI's first hit, "Runaway", and ended up playing with an assemblage of session musicians throughout BON JOVI's 1984 self-titled debut.

In 1996, he received a Grammy Award as producer for Celine Dion's "Falling into You" for Album of the Year.

"2.0" track listing
01. Fantasy 2.0 
02. Ball and Chain 2.0 
03. Heart to Heart 2.0 
04. It's Too Late 2.0 
05. Can't Stop Lovin' You 2.0 
06. Foolin' Yourself 2.0 
07. I'm a Survivor

 

 
Mon
08
Oct

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - SLASH

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This week on Westwood's One Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon - new interviews with Slash, Venom Inc.'s Tony Dolan and Sean Yseult. Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
In the episode's first interview, we speak with Slash about his new Living The Dream album, Guns N' Roses, Axl & AC/DC and a lot more. 
 
In the episode's second interview, we talk to Venom Inc's Tony Dolan about changing drummers, K.K. Downing, Mantas' heart attack, opening for The Misfits, will there be a €˜Venom United€™ show like Helloween is doing, the next new album, his upcoming participation in Guns N' Roses (the musical) and playing the part of Duff McKagan and more. 
 
Gnr musical talk - approximately at the 53.00 minute mark. 
 
Sean Yseult ends the episode talking about her new photography exposition They All Axed For You, at Boyd Satellite Gallery, her creative mind, wanting to work on soundtracks, parenting a gifted child, the commercialism of art, White Zombie, and more. 
 
 
 
Tue
02
Oct

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - PAUL STANLEY

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This week on Westwood's One Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon - new interviews with KISS frontman Paul Stanley, Red Dragon Cartel's Jake E. Lee and Accept's Wolf Hoffmann. Former Guns N' Roses & Great White manager, Alan Niven, co-hosts.
 
First up, is our forty minute chat with revered KISS frontman Paul Stanley. We talk End Of The Road and a whole lot more. ENJOY!
 
Next up, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee discusses Red Dragon Cartel's new album Patina, the band's revolving door of lead singers, the challenges of touring, Badlands and more. 
 
And we wrap up the show with ACCEPT's Wolf Hoffmann talking about the band's upcoming album Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017, future 'Symphonic' shows, the chance to play Headbangers Symphony tracks live, Judas Priest's Andy Sneap and producing the next Accept album, Blood Of The Nations being the band's most important album, being asked to become a replacement player in another band and much more.
 

 

 
Mon
01
Oct

The Metal Voice: ACCEPT Talk Symphony World Tour

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Accept will be  touring with an Orchestra all over the world in 2019 - Wolf Hofmann
 
For The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin interviewed Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann in Pasadena, California USA at The Rose on September 29 2018.
 
WATCH HERE:
 
 
Wolf Hoffmann spoke about the bands upcoming plans to tour with an orchestra all over the world, new album update and their new live album Symphonic Terror Live at Wacken 2017 that will be released  on November  23 2018 via Nuclear Blast.
 
When asked about the new live album  Symphonic Terror Live at Wacken 2017:
"It's going to be a live DVD/CD of the show we did live at Wacken with  50 piece orchestra it was incredible, I always wanted to do that and it finally all came together when we played at Wacken a 2 hour set. I also played some stuff from my solo album 'Headbangers Symphony' and we played a  bunch of Accept songs that were never done with orchestra. I have always been a fan of classical music however I was never a classically trained musician. My solo album was more like a tribute from an outsider. I just grew up wanting to make noise with Marshall stacks. A lot of these classical pieces are beautiful and I always thought it would be so cool  to have a bunch of violins on stage and combine the two worlds."
 
When asked if they plan to tour with an orchestra:
"The orchestra at Wacken was meant to be a one off but then everybody loved it so much and we loved it so much he decided to  bring this out on the road with us somehow because that what it waere it was meant to be. So we will be performing with an orchestra next year all over the world. It will start in Europe then Russia then the rest of the world."
 
When asked about details of an upcoming studio album:
"We have been so busy touring and with the classical album coming out so no time yet to work on. Yes we will make a new album but when we will get started I don't know yet. I can't write  on the road. Then will be a time when I set the time aside and focus and dig into it. The musical direction is not going to change dramatically we don't want to, we haven't changed our style on the last four albums.
 
When asked about his writing style:
"I am not trying to write any different I'm trying to write in the frame of mind that we had back in the day, how we felt back then and trying to recapture that even though it's 40 years ago. I think we found out style and we are trying to write songs that could have been written 30 years ago.  We are trying to write old school songs  with modern tools and technology. It sounds simple but it really isn't. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel but we want to build on what we have.
 
 
Tue
11
Sep

LA Guns Frontman PHIL LEWIS; "Trust Us!"

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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LA GUNS singer Phil Lewis says fans should trust him and guitarist Tracii Guns to employ “the best players available” as the number of musicians who’ve been in various iterations of the band approaches the half-century.
Guitarist Michael Grant was sacked from the Sunset Strip outfit this year and replaced by Johnny Monaco, who only lasted 12 shows. Some estimates had Monaco as member 49.
Adam Hamilton, a former bass player with LA Guns, has now returned as guitarist.
“I think it’s pretty much accepted now that if it’s me and Tracii playing together, then that’s LA Guns,” Lewis, 61, tells the latest episode of White Line Fever (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/white-line-fever/id494213902?mt=2).
“That’s the nucleus and ‘trust us, we’ll get the best players available’.”
Lewis has never explained the reasons behind Grant’s sacking earlier this year but admits it’s preferable not to keep chopping and changing.
 He says: “Of course - but there are situations, you know, that are beyond our control. If something comes up and somebody can’t stay and they’ve got to move on, you’ve got to replace them.
“So, you know, it has to be fluid.
“I think a lot of of people are curious why we didn’t get MIck (Cripps) and Kelly (Nickels) back in the reunion, the originally bass player and guitar player. The fact is that we asked them and they either didn’t want to or they couldn’t. Mick couldn’t because he’s got family, he’s got the whole business and everything. 
“And Kelly didn’t want to so we just sort of forged ahead with the players that we had.”
Monaco, formerly of Enuff z’nuff, left because he didn’t feel the band was “a good fit”.
“There are somewhere near the 50 mark of people out there that can say at one time they were a member of LA Guns,” Lewis says. “That’s pretty funny if you ask me.
“That’s what happens when there are two versions of the same band touring at the same time. It happens. It’s just one of those things. It’s disastrous. It’s terrible for fans, terrible for the two bands involved in it but it was just the reality that we were dealt. It was just something we had to deal with professionally.
“And when you’ve got two touring bands going through various players frequently, as you do in touring situations, it doesn’t take long for the numbers to go up.
“To be fair, the people that I played with, there’s been about 10 people in my life, in my experience of LA Guns. There’s been around 10 different players, which isn’t very much, certainly not much when you think I’ve been doing it since ’87. 
“There was a band when I wasn’t in the band for years. You know, I left. I left the music business. They had all kinds of members. The guy Ralph (Saenz), Steel Panther, he was the singer in LA Guns. He did a pretty good job. Jizzy Pearl of course. Chuck (Garrick), the bass player from Alice Cooper’s band, was in LA Guns for a time. Unfortunately I wasn’t in the band. I’d love to have been in a band with him.
“But ... this is LA Guns. You never know, he might be in it next week.”

 

 
Mon
10
Sep

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JUDAS PRIEST, FOREIGNER

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This week on Westwood's One Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon new interviews with former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, King Crimson & Foreigner founder Ian McDonald and Helloween's Andi Deris. Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven co-hosts and we talk about Great White touring with Judas Priest, the 1988 Donington tragedy and more
 
In the episode's first interview guitarist K.K. Downing discusses his new book Heavy Duty - Days And Nights In Judas Priest, his reasons for the book, Rob Halford, Gull Records, his relationship with Glenn Tipton, brand over band, forming a new band with Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Sharon Osbourne & OzzFest, one voice/one band, regrets in leaving Judas Priest, and much more.
 
In our second interview, KING CRIMSON - FOREIGNER co-founder Ian McDonald talks about his new band Honey West, their latest album Bad Old World, the Foreigner reunion shows, the possibility of a new reunion Foreigner album, Foreigner's inception and was it a supergroup, finding Lou Gramm, the story behind Foreigner's debut album, departing after Head Games, KING CRIMSON's debut album & iconic artwork, his solo album Drivers Eyes, T.Rex and much more. 
 
Helloween Andi Deris closes the episode talking about the band's Pumpkins United (reunion) tour, his time in Pink Cream 69, Germany's Internet service, KISS, will Helloween go back to being a single singer band, new album with current Pumpkins United lineup, the Pumpkins United single, how Helloween's 1994 album Master Of The Rings album utilized Pink Cream 69 song ideas, the upcoming live DVD, leaving Pink Cream 69 and more.
 
*Please note that the interview with Andi is made up of three separate phone calls. 
 
 
 
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Mon
10
Sep

Focus On Metal - DEEN CASTRONOVO & GLENN HUGHES

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Friday, March 6, 2015
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This weeks episode of my radio show Focus On Metal (www.focusonmetal.net) features new interviews with Deen Castronovo and Glenn Hughes.
 
"We have not one but two returning guests this week. Deen Castronovo pays us a visit to talk about his new Gioeli-Castonovo release Set The World on Fire as well as updates on Revolution Saints and The Dead Daisies. If that wasn't enough we also touch base once again with Glenn Hughes. Glenn is of course out on tour playing all his classic Deep Purple tracks so he fills us in on that as well as answering some deeper questions about his past career."
 
Wed
01
Aug

The Metal Voice: LEE AARON

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Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice (https://www.youtube.com/user/voicemetal) spoke to Canadian singer Lee Aaron at this years Heavy Montreal festival on July 28
When asked about the origins of the band name Lee Aaron
"When I was 15 years old  I was in a hard rock band  in high school and we were looking for a name and we wanted a name like Jethro Tull , Max Webster something that didn't really mean a particular person. So we put some names in a hat and we came up with Lee Aaron. Then after a year the name became synonymous with me, people thought I was Lee Aaron because I was the front woman."
When asked what were the challenges of being a woman in the hard rock world in the 1980's
"The challenges were, there were very few women doing it and it was much more of a sexist form of culture, so there was this pressure to look good and sing amazing and we were treated more of a novelty in the beginning. It was easy for people to get to interview you because you were an anomaly. At the same time the thing that has sustained my career over many years is the fact that I am actually a songwriter, I still have a voice and I am a producer."
When asked about her new album Diamond Baby Blues
"I guess because of the 80's challenges  I still write songs of  empowerment, so Diamond Baby Blues the new album of mine, that's song in particular Diamond Baby, it's a song about rising above obstacles and the fact that we are all diamonds in the raw and we all need to uncover our personal power."
When asked about the song Metal Queen
I throw the terms metal around loosely what's metal to one person is different to another. I consider myself to be more in the melodic rock with big guitars. So the song Metal Queen was a very melodic song , with a strong chorus. I think it was more the fact that I wrote a song called Metal Queen that label was put upon me. "
When asked about her bankruptcy in the Grunge era
"When grunge came along it kind of sidelined everybody career and that was a really tough time and I continued to make new music. But previous to that my manager and lawyer talked me into to go independent, my own label. I borrowed almost a half a million dollars and then grunge came along and I was 400.000 dollars in debt. So I had to decide to go If I should  go bankrupt and start fresh or do I spend the next ten years of my life to make music to pay off debts which is not inspiring. So I went bankrupt and it was like the Phoenix rising from the ashes for me. "
When asked if she would ever Consider doing a contemporary Metal Album
"My inclination is to never go down the straight and narrow path and to not be like everybody else, you never know, I'll say never say never but its not something I am strategically planning at this point. "
 
Mon
30
Jul

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - DANNY VAUGHN

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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The newest addition to the Totally Driven Entertainment team is Charlie Calv, who is the man who hear playing keyboards / synthesizers alongside Legendary Angel Guitarist Punky Meadows & Vocalist Frank DiMino
 
Charlie came to us wanting to do an article for us, and unleash some hidden treasure stories of rock n roll, and here with his latest monthly article he wrote exclusively for our website,
 
Charlie talks to Danny Vaughn of Tyketto about the YES Album "Union" and gets a great Guns n Roses story as well .........
 

 

 
Mon
30
Jul

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - LOU GRAMM, KEVIN CRONIN

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with singer LOU GRAMM, REO SPEEDWAGON's Kevin Cronin and Colin Blunstone of THE ZOMBIES. Drummer John Humphrey of SEETHER (seether.com) co-hosts.
 
Up first, LOU GRAMM talks about the upcoming reunion show with FOREIGNER and reveals plans for more. Also, a possible upcoming EP with Mick Jones, being a team player, Foreigner's musical direction at the time, making 'good rock songs', the Shadow King album with Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell, the Foreigner album Unusual Heat, what does Mick Jones mean to Lou both personally & professionally, the album Mr. Moonlight and the terrific song White Lie, his thoughts on present day Foreigner, and much more.
 
Our second interview is with REO SPEEDWAGON's Kevin Cronin. We talk touring with CHICAGO, making new music, his sons' foray into music with their band Sir, Please, their set list & adding new songs like Whipping Boy, tinkering with the songs live, his upcoming memoir, the recent charity event with Sammy Hagar, a solo album, plan to release demos, and he responds to the jokingly put assertion that they've been on a 42 year reunion tour.
 
And we close the episode with a chat with THE ZOMBIES Colin Blunstone. We discuss their upcoming tour with Uriah Heep, the fake The Zombies, ZZ Top, breaking up, Rod Argent, creating new music, his solo career, brand over band, Neil MacArthur, Alan Parsons, and more. 
 
Co-host John Humphrey of Seether adds his thoughts about Lou Gramm, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, The Zombies, gives a Seether update, talks KISS & Eric Carr, The Nixons (new music coming) and more. 
 
 
 
 
Thu
12
Jul

The Right To Rock Podcast - JIZZY PEARL

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #235), featuring Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl.  Jizzy took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his resurrection of Love/Hate as well as his new album All You Need is Soul.  Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
 
Do members in bands have to like each other?  Back in the day, I felt like each band, I loved, had to be the best of friends.  I figured they all considered themselves brothers.  Fast forward 20 years or so, and you realize some of these guys hate each other, and that is why they ride in separate tour busses etc...  When did the love end and why?
 
Tune it to find out what G and R think.  Next the boys brought in Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl for a one on one.  Jizzy discusses his latest album All You Need is Soul, as well as the reason behind leaving Quiet Riot, before they recorded their latest.  You won't want to miss this one.  

 

 
Sat
07
Jul

The Metal Voice: JEFF PILSON (Dokken/Foreigner)

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Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently interviewed current  Foreigner  bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio) who called  in from his hotel room on a headlining tour with Foreigner in North America. 
Watch here - https://youtu.be/D2hZkD3VU0s

When asked about his legendary  answering machine messages
"Actually there was a bootleg a long time ago of my answering machine messages. There was a period, especially in the 90's when I would just make these epic answering machine messages and I sort of got known for it, so then I felt obligated to continue. One time I did Pilsonian Rhapsody, I actually did, Bohemian Rhapsody done to an answering machine message. I went crazy with all the voices and music. I did the Batman theme, but of course I said PIL-SON instead of Bat-man and again played all the instruments. If you can ever hear the bootleg there are some pretty hysterical stuff."

When asked which of the three bands Dio Foreigner and Dokken  he is most proud of
"It would be Dio because there was a connection about Dio. It was the most heaviest  powerful band I had been in and I took what I learn in Dio and brought in back to Dokken later on. I would say Dio but I am really proud of Foreigner. Foreigner is on a headlining tour  now and we worked our asses off to get back here of course we have Mick Jones great songs but we had to work our way back".

When asked if Foreigner will be writing a new studio album
"I don't see us do a whole record of new material like we did in 2009 that was a tough situation for us because we are on the road so much  that it was really tough for us to come up with a whole record of new material, it was a lot of work and a lot of stress. I don't really see that happening again. What I do see  happening is what we had done on the last couple of years is that we will put out a new song here and there maybe include it in some package. I see us going recording of new songs but not full albums."

When asked if Foreigner is still Foreigner without Mick Jones can the band exist without Mick 
"It's a fair question but I will ask anybody who asks that have you seen the band live.  When Mick is not there, it's still very much Foreigner. It's sanctioned by Mick. I understand how people feel about original members but with Foreigner it's really about the songs. Lou Gramm was one of the greatest rock voices ever and it's not taking away from Lou it's actually flattering Lou that his performances were so universal that we can carry on and do those songs even when he is not there, so we can also do those songs when Mick is not there. The only way it could exist without him being there is if he passed away because he will always be connected to Foreigner. Even if Mick Passed away the legacy of the music is so strong to me yes Foreigner could exit but I don't anticipate it existing without Mick in some way or form."

When asked if there are any unreleased Dio Songs?
"As far as me having it no, as far as being unreleased material yes there is. There is actually a fair amount of unheard material. There is talks and they are in the works of someday the music seeing the light of day. In order for it to be releasable there would have to be things done to it .  Yes there is Ronnie on songs that people have not heard does exists.

However I do remember playing Ronnie a riff  and us starting to work on a song and I believe the riff is going to surface on the upcoming Dio Disciples record."

When asked if there will be a new studio album and a US tour by the classic Dokken lineup
"The reunited Dokken gets offers all the time and we talk about most of them, we are all on speaking terms and we get along fine. It's down to opportunity. I think all of us have somewhere in us where we would like to do perhaps one final studio record together. So I see that as a distinct possibility somewhere down the line but as a whole US tour the problem is kind of obvious it's our scheduling. Maybe someday some limited shows, its not impossible and I think a recording is possible but it's kind of first things first. The last time we talked about a recording Don was starting to work on  his Dokken album, fair enough, there is no hurry. Maybe some day but nothing in the books right now." 

When asked who much truth there was to the bickering and hatred of Don Dokken and George Lynch
"It was a drastically over hyped version that something that is essentially true. The two of them get along pretty good now but there was a time in the early days they didn't get along great. What really blew it all up is when we were doing publicity for the Tooth and Nail record we had a publicist who  wanted to come up with a publicity angle that would really help sell the band. So what they centered in after talking with everybody was wow Don and George don't like each other and that just exploded and it became the media hook that got stuck with the band and then it became a self fulfilling prophecy and then it became our worst enemy. Did George like the fact that the band was called Dokken, of course he didn't like that he just wanted to have a regular band name. "

When asked when he joined the band was he an equal partner in Dokken
"It was equal right from the beginning and that was the brain child of our managers  Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch and they new about the personalities of the band and the name so right from the start it was an equal split except for Breaking the Chains album cause I wasn't on it but they gave me a little piece of it. Don and George also encouraged me to write and to be a participant right from the beginning. "

When asked how the whole band fell apart after Back for the Attack Album
"It was our personalities exaggerated by drugs."

When asked about him producing the new Last in Line album and a timeline on it's completion
"Right now they are talking about January 2019 as a release date, the record is not completely done recorded."

When asked about his memories of the late Vinnie Paul from Pantera
"I didn't know him well, actually Pantera opened for Dokken on our very first tour, Pantera they were really sweet to us, they were just starting out. My memory of Vinnie was  that he always brought fun with him, he was a  very nice man. There were some strip club trips in the 90's , he was always up for a good time. I hope he rests in peace."

When asked about his new band/ project and new album project with George Lynch, Robert Mason (Warrant) and Mick Brown
That record is actually done although it;s going to come out until April 2019 it is phenomenal, it's a very inspired piece of work. We have a new band name but we are not announcing it yet. George is playing his ass off on it. The music is very natural to what we are there is a bit of Dokken in there, there is a bit of Lynch Mob in there, it's kind of that direction although it gets a little deeper, we got pretty musical and deep on this record. We are trying our best to do a couple of live shows at some point. The whole record is recorded and done it's being mixed right now to be released April 2019."

 
Tue
03
Jul

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - MARK GUS SCOTT (Trixter)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 – 11 pm Est time on the Totally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni, Nick Wilkinson and Jimmy Jannetty covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews,
 
This week we talked to Mark Gus Scott of Trixter
 
Mark discussed:
**Guinness Book of World Records Attempt for Largest Rock Band
**Hosting Rock n Skull Festival
**The status of Trixter
**a Possible Congressional Run in 2020
 
Mark hangs for about 40 mins, and talks all this and more
 
You can listen to the full interview here: https://youtu.be/FJKA-QNVX-I
 
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Tue
03
Jul

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - NEAL SCHON, MYLES KENNEDY, ULI JON ROTH

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This week of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, vocalist Myles Kennedy and Uli Jon Roth. Alan Niven (GNR/Great White) co-hosts.
 
In our first interview JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon discusses the band's current tour with Def Leppard, his public feud with bandmate Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon's Journey Through Time, a Journey music festival, Santana and the Santana IV album, Carlos Santana, Santana III, the need to form Journey, new music, the desire to make a blues album with singer John Waite, doing something with Steve Perry 'that's different than Journey', his upcoming solo album, his work with Sammy Hagar, and comments about the various singers he's worked with including Steve Perry, John Waite and more. 
 
In our second interview, singer Myles Kennedy talks about his recently released solo album Year Of The Tiger, his upcoming solo tour, his voice, playing GNR songs in the future, Slash's guitar playing, Mark tremonti and more.
 
In our final interview, guitarist extraordinaire ULI JON ROTH discusses his UJR Sky guitars -visit: http://www.sky-guitars.com/2017/ -- As well as the recent immigration issues that delayed his scheduled North American tour, Electric Sun, late starts in North American clubs, leaving the Scorpions and becoming a solo artist, the metaphysics of music, the importance of commercial success, The Sails Of Charon, Your Light & The Taken By Force album, not being fond of the Scorpions lyrics, Tokyo Tapes and more.
 
 

 

 
Tue
29
May

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - Collective Soul, Lit and Poison

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Collective Soul, Lit and Poison guest on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Former L.A. Guns bassist, Adam Hamilton, co-hosts.
 
Our first interview is with Collective Soul bassist Will Turpin. He talks about his love for KING'S X, his new solo album Serengeti Drivers, frontman Ed Roland, the Rock & Roll Express Tour with 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul Live (the album), songwriting, their upcoming new album, Collective Soul being Ed's thing, Woodstock 1999 and much more. 
 
Our second interview is with LIT's Jeremy Popoff. We talk about the Nashville influence on their new album These Are The Days, the GEN-X summer tour (with Buckcherry, P.O.D. & Alien Ant Farm), we remember drummer Allen Shellenberger, the importance of social media, re-releasing the albums View From The Bottom and The Black Album (2004's self-titled Lit album) with bonus tracks, the band ODIN, growing up as hardcore metalheads (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dokken), the upcoming 20th anniversary of A Place In The Sun, his parents, the lost tour with KISS, and more.
 
And to end the show we speak with POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT (starts at approx. the 1hr 32 minutes mark). We discuss the band's current Nothin' But A Good Time 2018 Tour with CHEAP TRICK, his health, 30th anniversary of Open Up And Say... Ahh!, his Rockett Vlog, why no new Poison music - is Bret to blame?, a possible Las Vegas residency, C.C. DeVille's guitar chops, producer Tom Werman, the set list, new Devil City Angels music & new single 'Testify' and much more. 
 
 
 

 
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Thu
24
May

GLENN HUGHES Talks Millennials & California Breed

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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LEGENDARY singer/bassist Glenn Hughes says working with guitarist Andrew Watt showed him “millennials want all the power and all the money of people who’ve already got it without working for it”.
California Breed, a project in which now-65-year-old Hughes worked with 27-year-old Watt along with drummer Jason Bonham, broke up after one album in 2015.
“It was a very stressful band for me to be in,” Hughes told the White Line Fever podcast (please use this link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/white-line-fever/id494213902?mt=2). “I was, you know, bamboozled into forming this band with a young man, Andrew Watt - a very talented young man - but it was the wrong move for me.
“The guy is a millennial. The guy is 25 years old and it was difficult to play with somebody with a different head space to me and Jason not wanting to tour was a difficult thing.
“Looking back at California Breed, I should never have toured behind that. I should have just released the album and moved back onto my solo work.
“A great record by the way but I don’t have very fond memories of that period. I’d was just recovering from open heart surgery, it was a difficult period for me but I look back on it and I learned so many different things.”
Asked for this thoughts on millennials, the former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man answered: “The way I see it is this, and this is a generalisation: millennials want all the power and all the money of people who’ve already got it without working for it. I’m sorry, that’s the way I see it. 
“People of my age group have worked their asses off to get this and a lot of youngsters - some youngsters don’t feel that way - they want it all and they want it now. They want what you got and they’re not willing to work their asses off for three of four decades to get it.
“And it just doesn’t work that way.”
When asked if he was linking these thoughts to Watt specifically, Hughes said:  “He comes from a group of people from that generation. You’re born in the early nineties and you have a different angle and a different viewpoint of the world. You have the whole internet thing. You grew up with the internet in front of your fingers. It’s a different demographic. It was difficult for me to work with people who had a different angle on life.
“I’m old school. I’ve had a heart attack. I’ve been shot at, pistol-whipped, run over in a car. I’ve been, you know, stabbed and all of a sudden I’m working with people who have no idea what I’ve been through and they just want success. And success, you just don’t get it overnight.”
Hughes returned to another high profile collaboration, Black Country Communion, which currently has a album in circulation entitled BCCIV. Hughes is also touring a show of Deep Purple classics with his solo band.
 
Thu
24
May

Ep. 283 Bobby Rock, Former Drummer with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Episode 283, May 22, 2018. This week we are joined by drummer Bobby Rock. Bobby was the drummer in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Bobby shares his memories and amazing stories of auditioning for the VVI. Who was the brains behind the band. When the wheels first started to fall off. How the VVI eventually imploded. Thoughts on why the VVI never broke big. Changes in management. We guarantee you will learn something new about Vinnie Vincent and the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Bobby just released his book, The Boy Is Gonna Rock available at www.bobbyrockstore.com. Press requests please contact Michael Brandvold at www.MichaelBrandvold.com

 
Thu
26
Apr

IN THE STUDIO Celebrates 35th Anniversary of DAVID BOWIE's 'Let's Dance'

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dallas, TX - April 26, 2018.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands "puts on its red shoes and dances the blues" this week to celebrate the 35th anniversary of David Bowie's Let's Dance album.
 
Far from David Bowie’s first “comeback”, thirty years ago he emerged from a protracted period of self-imposed exile in Berlin where he had virtually singlehandedly co-opted the best elements of Kraut Rock (Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Can, Amon Duul) into a series of critically lauded if not best-selling albums Low, Lodger, Heroes and Scary Monsters, whose influence can now be seen in full bloom in today’s wildly popular Electronica movement. When Bowie’s Let’s Dance emerged in Spring 1983 with songs “Modern Love”, “China Girl”, “Cat People” (with young unheralded Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan), Metro’s “Critical World”, and the seven minute title strut, it put David back in heavy rotation on North American rock radio where he had been MIA since his previous “comeback” to rock, 1976's #1 seller >Station to Station. This week IN THE STUDIO program host Redbeard shares some of his conversations over the decades with Bowie, who made startling predictions about the internet and who explained the difference between rock music as change agent versus popular music.
 
“It’s very important for an art form to be the way that only a certain group of people think. That’s when it’s still an incendiary device. But then when it just becomes the way that we ALL think, it’s popular music. We all love popular music. Access to it is so easy. It’s everywhere.”  - David Bowie

DAVID BOWIE Let's Dance @35 / IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard interview is available now to STREAM at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/david-bowie-lets-dance-35th-anniversary/
 
 
Thu
05
Apr

THE CARS Forty Year Road Trip To Rock Hall

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dallas, TX - April 5, 2018.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates The CARS 40th anniversary on the eve of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

The Cars‘ zero-to-platinum popularity came amidst the final fizzle of the mid-Seventies Punk Rock sparkler, and the sound and attitude that survived by Spring 1978 was labeled by at least one rock writer as the nebulous one-size-fits-none term New Wave.

The drivetrain of the five man Boston band was always powered by the songs of Ric Ocasek. Growing up in the Otcasek household (Ric(k) later would also drop the “t” from his surname), early 1960s Sputnik paranoia and Telstar technology mixed with Cold War James Bond spy intrigue for Ric, courtesy of his father.

The Cars’ test track where they had tuned up their sound was the mid-Seventies Boston club scene, and the first recording to roll off the assembly line,”Just What I Needed“, contains every musical hallmark of their identifiable style: the catchy simplicity of Ocasek’s songwriting; the half-spoken halting unconventional lead singing by both Ric and bass player Benjamin Orr, allowing The Cars to be a versatile hybrid crossover with all-terrain vocals; the insistent industrial beat by former Modern Lovers drummer David Robinson; the quirky, campy, reedy organ and synthesizer of Berklee School of Music grad Greg Hawkes; and the melodic yet economical lead guitar of Elliot Easton.

"We made that first record in twelve days,” remarks The Cars’ driving force Ric Ocasek in this IN THE STUDIO classic rock interview. What is even more remarkable is that The Cars would accelerate from regional Boston appeal in May 1978 to parked on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine by the following January with the headline “Best New Group”, eventually to sell seven million copies of that incredible debut album.

The Cars  surprise hit debut (#16 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Debut Albums of All Time), the torque of the Cars’ “Good Times Roll”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, “Just What I Needed”, “You’re All I Got Tonight”, “Bye Bye Love”, the mesmerizing “Moving in Stereo”, and the plaintive lead vocal by the late Benjamin Orr “All Mixed Up” all propelled the cross-legged Woodstock generation off of their butts and back onto the dance floor. The sleek polished chrome and glass produced sound by Journey/ Queen veteran Roy Thomas Baker combined distinctive instrumental arrangements from rock and roll’s past in a way that, paradoxically, sounded cutting edge modern.

Forty years later we still rev up this high-horsepower rock roadster which runs as well today as the day in May 1978 when The Cars rolled off the production line. Neck and neck with Heartbeat City as their best seller, The Cars  is highly responsible for shuttling the band from the parking lot to get the green light for entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 


 
The Cars 40th & Rock Hall Edition /IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard interview is available now to STREAM at: www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/cars-40th-ric-ocasek-greg-hawkes
 

 

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Tue
03
Apr

The Right To Rock Podcast - ANIMAL DRIVE

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #231), featuring Animal Drive vocalist Dino Jelusic.  Dino took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Animal Drive's debut album Bite!, as well as what it is like to be a hard rock band in Croatia. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.

Well it is St. Paddy's day again and you know what that means, our annual visit from rock's most notorious leprechaun, Jose McLucky.  Well, if that ain't enough to grab ya, then join Genghis and Ragman as they discuss some of their favorite Irish hard rock and heavy metal bands.  Who will they chose as their fave?  Tune in to find out.  Next the boys chatted with new comers Animal Drive.  Ragman checked in with vocalist Dino Jelusic, to discuss the band's debut album Bite!, as well as what it is like to be a member of TSO.  This one is not to be missed!

 
 

 

 
Tue
20
Mar

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - Mick Jones FOREIGNER

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Listen to FOREIGNER's Mick Jones and UB40's Ali Campbell on this episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon on Westwood One. Co-hosting is Alan Niven, plus we divulge the mystery track give it another spin and have a bonus interview at the end of the show!
 
In our first interview, Foreigner's Mick Jones talks about the upcoming tour with Whitesnake & Jason Bonham, the importance of reuniting with Lou Gramm and the other past members, making new music with Foreigner/Lou Gramm, Mutt Lange, past albums, his 1989 solo album, working with Johnny Hallyday and writing in French, session guys Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones, Spooky Tooth, and more.
 
In our second interview we talk with UB40's Ali Campbell. He discusses the band's new album A Real Labour Of Love, reggae, the band's longevity, the split, New Zealand's Got Talent, their unplugged album and covering Prince, Red Red Wine, farewell tour, the North American Market and much more. 
 
With all the talk of Farewell tour and the era of classic rock standing on its last legs, I reached out to 83 year old blues guitarist, Eddie 'The Chief' Clearwater to talk about making a new album (at his age), and his plans to never retire. Plus, we talk Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, the Chicago's Blues scene, his induction in the Blues hall Of Fame. 
 
And last we reveal the title, artist and story behind the 'mystery' track that was played on a previous episode.
 

 

 
Mon
05
Mar

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - DOKKEN - Don Dokken & Jeff Pilson

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Listen to Dokken's Don Dokken and Foreigner's Jeff Pilson on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Plus a secret previously unreleased 1980's recording from one that era's most popular bands.
 
 
In our first interview, singer Don Dokken discusses his band's new live package Return To The East (2016) featuring the 'classic lineup' featuring George Lynch, 'Wild' Mick Brown and Jeff Pilson. Plus, Don offers an update on the current lineup's upcoming studio album, talks early days including Great White & Guns N' Roses, his approach to songwriting, future work with the 'classic lineup', The Beatles, Up From The Ashes, and being 'probably retired' in five years.
 
In our second interview, bassist Jeff Pilson discusses Foreigner's upcoming tour plans (including Whitesnake & Jason Bonham), the band's upcoming orchestral album, reuniting with Dokken & the Return To The East (2016) CD/DVD, Canadian band Chilliwack, thoughts on retirement, Lou Gramm, new music with Dokken, his new band Super Stroke, Warrant's Robert Mason, the upcoming Last In Line album, Motlley Crue, and more. 
 
Former Guns N' Roses/Great White manager Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
And stick around to the very end of the show for the exclusive world premier of our mystery song (a previously unreleased original 1980's) recording from a well-established band from that glorious era. 
 
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Wed
14
Feb

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JOHN 5 & LOVERBOY

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On this episode of Westwood One's ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON:
 
Mitch welcomes Rob Zombie guitarist JOHN 5. The pair discuss his great new live album It's Alive, progress on the new Rob Zombie album, his friendship with original KISS drummer PETER CRISS, writing with Desmond Child, his work with the SCORPIONS & Lynyrd Skynyrd, guitarist Rickey Medlocke and more.
 
Our second interview is with guitarist PAUL DEAN from multi-platinum recording artist LOVERBOY. The band is best known for their iconic mega-hits Working For The Weekend, Lovin' Every Minute Of It & When It's Over. Paul & Mitch discuss the band's history, Canadian artist Bryan Adams, KISS frontman Paul Stanley and the much talked about band's first ever live show - which just happened to be opening for KISS in Vancouver in 1979. Paul also mentions his upcoming solo album.
 
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Thu
08
Feb

VAN HALEN 1978 Debut Erupts 40 Years Ago

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dallas, TX- February 8, 2018. North American syndicated Rock radio show IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands returns to February 10, 1978 and the release, forty years ago, of the debut album from the band who would single-handedly usher in a new era of hard rock. Van Halen’s first, with Eddie Van Halen’s soon-to-be signature guitar sound (take one listen to “Eruption”) literally changed how thousands would play guitar, forever.
 
Having become the biggest band in Pasadena California, Van Halen would start to migrate to Hollywood for that chance to get noticed. In this classic interview with Alex & Eddie Van Halen, the guys recall to IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard, how a forgettable rainy Monday night at the Starwood Club would end up convincing two important Warner Bros Records execs to sign the band. Alex Van Halen starts, “It was 99 cent beer night and three people were in the audience and two of them were (WB President) Mo (Ostin) and (producer) Ted (Templeman)...Ted was at that time, I think, one of the most purest recording kinda guys. He wasn’t interested in special effects, he wasn’t interested in overdubbing... At the time, I would have liked to have the record to be more like a Zeppelin record that had layers of sound, but Ted wanted nothing to do with it. He wanted to record the purity of it.”   - Alex Van Halen
 
Eddie Van Halen interjects, “That was my fault, because I had never been in a studio and I didn’t know how. So we just played live. When you write songs and you just play them live, I’ve gotta solo. And I’d have had to write rhythm guitar parts underneath, and I wasn’t prepared to do that. So blame me, it wasn’t Ted’s fault.” - Eddie Van Halen
 
Van Halen’s debut album was immediately embraced by rock radio and would go on to sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.
 
VAN HALEN 1978 Debut - IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard program is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/van-halen-40th-anniversary/"
 
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