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Podcasts & Radio

Wed
16
Dec

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - RICHIE BLACKMORE


Interviews with Ritchie Blackmore & Candice Night (Blackmore's Night), Dave Brons, Acid and Three Sides of the Coin Host on Rich Davenport's Rock Show

Listen now at: https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-ritchie-blackmorecandice-night-dave-brons-acid-3-sides-of-the-coin/

Legendary Hard Rock guitar pioneer Ritchie Blackmore and his wife and partner in Blackmore's Night Candice Night discuss the writing and recording of their new album 'All Our Yesterdays'. Ritchie also talks about modifying his guitar technique to adapt to the acoustic style of Blackmore's Night, and the prospect of making a return to Hard Rock with Rainbow in 2016, saying 'If it works, we'll do more dates.'

The first hour of the show also includes an interview with emerging British guitar hero Dave Brons (www.davebrons.com) whose debut album 'Based On A  True Story' has been described as 'Star Wars meets Van Halen', due to its mix of soundtrack influenced elements and searing melodic guitar work. Dave also chooses 2 tracks from the album.

In hour 2, we look at the recently re-issued trio of albums from Belgian classic Heavy Metal band . ACID with the band's drummer Anvill, who tells their story. If you're a fan of the NWOBHM, Motorhead , Venom and early Metallica, don't miss this feature!

And finally, one of the 3 hosts of long-running online Kiss talk show 'Three Sides of the Coin' (www.threesidesofthecoin.com), Michael Brandvold, talks about the show, his own work on Kiss's official website, and being a member of the Kiss Army. The program closes with a trio of Kiss anthems.

For the latest in Rock & Metal news, check out www.bravewords.com www.melodicrock.com www.metalshockfinland.com

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Wed
16
Dec

RUSH Deliver Fully Loaded 1985 Model Complete With 'Power Windows'

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Dallas, TX - December 15, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands pushes the button on the thirtieth anniversary of Power Windows, the mid-Eighties million selling album from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rush that fully adopted an evolving sound complete with synthesizers and string arrangements.
 
1981's Moving Pictures had catapulted Rush to international stardom while capping off what was the classic '70s era Rush. 1982's Signals would signal the end of their longtime relationship with producer Terry Brown, and by 1985 Rush would take a new approach to the studio, with producer Peter Collins pushing the band to rethink everything, with spectacular results.
 
Rush lyricist/ drummer Neil Peart saw an uncanny number of socio-political issues to write about with songs like  'The Big Money', 'Manhattan Project', and 'Marathon'  while  guitarist Alex Lifeson would breath new life into his guitar parts, stretching and creating news sounds for every new composition.
 
As bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee expresses to InTheStudio host Redbeard, Power Windows initially sounded like a silly name for an album, but it soon stuck.
 
'The album is about power ,the power of big business, of money.  The power of government. The power of love in 'Emotion Detector'.  The power of dreams. So we wanted to have that in the title somehow, but all of the titles sounded so corny... At one point we were going to call the album Windows, but it sounded too jazz -like. Nobody thought of Power Windows because it sounded so silly at first. It sounded like a joke. And the more we thought of it, the more we liked it. '  - Geddy Lee
 
RUSH Power Windows @ 30/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/rush-1985-model-fully-loaded-power-windows-geddy-lee-alex-lifeson/'
 
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'
Direct Link to RUSH website: 'http://www.rush.com'
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'
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Wed
16
Dec

One On One With Mitch Lafon - GARY SHEA (New England & Alcatrazz)

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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-176-gary-shea-alcatrazz

NEW ENGLAND & ALCATRAZZ bassist GARY SHEA joins Mitch for episode 176 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Gary discusses his work with Cooper Shea, Alcatrazz, the 1979 tour with KISS, Graham Bonnet, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, getting kicked off the KISS tour, Bill Aucoin, his time in WARRIOR with Vinnie Vincent, Herman Rarebell (Scorpions) and much more.

Quotes from the interview:

On getting kicked off the 1979 KISS tour: "Gene (Simmons) announced that we were not happening and we were off the tour. That was it."
On the 2006 reformation of Alcatrazz that only included Graham Bonnet: "We were more than annoyed. We were livid. We tried to stop him in the courts."

For more about about GARY SHEA visit:
Online: http://www.garyshea.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gary.shea.14
Facebook (Cooper Shea band): http://www.facebook.com/coopersheamusic

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Wed
16
Dec

Double Stop Podcast - JON LEVIN

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Jon Levin (Dokken, Doro, Warlock) discusses his life and career on this week's Double Stop Podcast. From his early days and bands, to his first big break with Doro (Warlock) with the Force Majeure album and tour. We also discuss why he turned his back on music in the 90’s and became a lawyer, and how (over a couple of years) he landed the lead guitarist gig in Dokken. We discuss his 3 Dokken studio albums in depth (Hell To Pay (2004), Lightning Strikes Again (2008) and Broken Bones (2012), plus what the future lies for Dokken and possible recording plans.
 
 
On Dokken’s recording plans 60:00 "What we’re talking about is not doing a record, but maybe doing an EP, and then some videos. Three songs, or four songs and then a video for each song. And that makes a lot more sense to me.”
 
On his first time in the studio with Dokken (recording solos - a few years before he actually joined the band pre Reb Beach) 23:00 “The two songs were The Maddest Hatter but it was a different version of The Madddest Hatter, a slower version. Not the up-tempo version we now have today. And then “The Irish Song” (released as a bonus track for Long Way Home”).
 
On the recording of Broken Bones 50:20 “Loved it. The most fun of any record we’ve made. Loved it. Don and I purchased identical recording studios. Identical computers, identical pro-tools everything.”
 
Dokken on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dokkencentral
Jon Levin Website: http://www.jonlevin.com/
Dokken Website: http://dokkencentral.com/ 
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Fri
11
Dec

Decibel Geek Podcast - RADIO EXILE

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CHARLIE CALV AND CHANDLER MOGEL TALK RADIO EXILE DEBUT ALBUM, LYRICS, LED ZEP, LIFE & LAUGHTER
 
Decibel Geek podcast Staff Writer Adam Cox recently interviewed Charlie Calv and Chandler Mogel for a talk about their band Radio Exile's self-titled debut album, lyrics and influences, plans for the band, ideal touring packages and why we need a good laugh.

'I think we touch many different elements, a little soul, a little gospel, maybe a tiny hint of country, but all based in hard rock.'

On the Radio Exile lyrics: 'I've always written about things that are very real to me, as in real life, real situations - I find those things can best translate to the listener as well - as we all go through stuff.  David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio are two I have always favored.'

On the band's plans and doing it their own way: 'We plan on releasing another video, possibly a third and then we would at least like to do some shows, unfortunately due to everyone's touring schedules it makes it hard for us to do any proper touring so maybe some select dates.'

On bands they would like to tour with, including bands no longer around: 'My all time favorite is Led Zeppelin, so to tour or work with any of those guys would be amazing.'

On musical anecdotes: 'It's the only business where you can work your ass off and be truly good at what you do and it just does not matter'it's all about luck and timing. Like my old friend and former Shotgun Symphony bandmate Ed would say, at least we had a lot of laughs'.and that we all have.'

Link to Official Website Posthttp://www.decibelgeek.com/wordpress/interview-radio-exile-2/

The Decibel Geek podcast, started in 2011, is a weekly hard rock and heavy metal music and discussion show. Covering rock and metal bands from the late 60's to today, the show features rotating themes including Year in Review, Radio Sucks Radio Show (music-based), Interviews, Fresh Blood (upcoming bands) and many more. 

Subscribe to Decibel Geek on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/decibel-geek-podcast/id433426711?mt=2

Official website located at: http://www.decibelgeek.com

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Tue
01
Dec

One On One With Mitch Lafon - HALESTORM

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HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale joins Mitch for episode 172 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. She discusses the band's new album INTO THE WILD LIFE, life on the road, Nashville, Monster Energy Drink, her brother, Guns N' Roses and more.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-172-halestorm-2015

Quotes from the interview: "There's something about all these '80s rockers guys. I have a gaggle of them that are my friends now and it just makes my heart happy."

For more about about HALESTORM visit:
Online: http://www.halestormrocks.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/halestormrocks
Twitter: @LZZYHALE @Halestorm

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Mon
30
Nov

Clone of Rich Davenport's Rock Show - S.A.Y, GEOFF TATE & MARTIN TURNER

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INTERVIEWS WITH GEOFF TATE (OPERATION MINDCRIME, EX QUEENSRYCHE), MARTIN TURNER (EX-WISHBONE ASH), NEAL MORSE AND GENTLEMANS PISTOLS ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW
 
Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate discusses 'The Key', the debut release from his new project Operation Mindcrime, founding original Wishbone Ash member Martin Turner gives an insight into the writing and recording of his new solo album 'Written In The Stars', Neal Morse, formerly of Spock's Beard, spills the beans on his recent CD/DVD package 'Morsefest 2014', and James Atkinson from classic rockers Gentlemens Pistols gives the low down on their new album 'Hustler's Row'. You'll hear the artists' choice of tracks from each release, along with the second part of our Melodic Rock Records showcase, which turns the spotlight on Sweden's S.A.Y, as singer Peter Grundstrom introduces a song from their new album 'Orion'.
 
The show is now available for streaming at this link:
 
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Tue
24
Nov

REO Speedwagon 1980 'Hi Infidelity' #1 Album Caps Long Road To Top

 

Dallas, TX - November 24, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands spotlights the 1980 # 1 album Hi Infidelity from REO Speedwagon with singer/songwriter Kevin Cronin and keyboardist/ co-founder Neal Doughty.

If REO Speedwagon was a baseball team, the statistics from their 1980-81 season would be as follows: 9 - High Infidelity was the bands ninth studio album; 4- the number of times REO Speedwagon changed lead singers; 2 - the number of times Kevin Cronin was hired to be that lead singer; 5 - the number of charted singles from that sole album; 1- the chart sales peak of both the Hi Infidelity album and its first single Keep on Loving You; 15 - the number of weeks as the top- seller in the US; 10,000,000+ - the number of copies sold of REO Speedwagons High Infidelity album.

In a lot of ways, REO Speedwagon was much like the Midwest region from which they sprang at the University of Illinois at Champaign, solid unassuming hard-charging musical journeymen determined to make it.  InTheStudio host Redbeard rolls through the changes that made REO the biggest band in America in 1980 with singer/ songwriter Kevin Cronin and co-founder keyboardist Neal Doughty. 

I think it was the frustration that kept us going. We knew we could do it. We werent going to quit one record before the big one. - Neal Doughty

Kevin Cronin remembers the contributions that the late Gary Richrath gave to the band prior to Richraths September death.                    
,
Gary used to write tons of songs... He put this song on (Take It on the Run) and from the very opening, Heard it from a friend who hear it from a friend just got me. I think its Garys best song ever. Of all the songs written, I think its the most emotional hes ever gotten with his lyrics.  - Kevin Cronin

REO Speedwagon  Hi Infidelity @ 35 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/reo-speedwagon-releases-1-album-single-35-years-ago-kevin-croninneal-doughty/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations

Direct Link to REO Speedwagon website:   http://speedwagon.com

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: http://www.inthestudio.net

 

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Mon
23
Nov

One On One With Mitch Lafon - VINNE APPICE: LAST IN LINE

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THE FULL INTERVIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_aRnJAILrQ

Famed DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL drummer, VINNY APPICE, joins Mitch in this special YouTube edition of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Vinny checks in for a quick update on his new band LAST IN LINE which includes the classic DIO - Holy Diver lineup featuring Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and bassist Jimmy Bain. Singer Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, Hurricane) rounds out the band. Their new album Heavy Crown is released in February 2016. He also discusses his RESURRECTION KINGS side project featuring Chas West (LYNCH MOB), guitarist Craig Goldy (DIO, DIO DISCIPLES), and bassist Sean McNabb (DOKKEN, GREAT WHITE). Their debut album is slated for January 2016. Vinny also addresses the current drumming situation in BLACK SABBATH and whether or not he'd like to join them for their Farewell Tour. Reminisces about the Black Sabbath MOB RULES album and picks his favorite between the Holy Diver and Mob Rules albums.

Quotes from the interview:

Vivian Campbell: "Viv is moving along with his health and he's doing really good now."

LAST IN LINE (the band): "Out of all the bands I've played with - this is my favorite combination of 'band'. I look forward to going to rehearsals. I look forward to being with them. It's just fun."

KILL DEVIL HILL: "There were a lot of things going on. It wasn't pleasant. It was a great band, but it wasn't pleasant."

BLACK SABBATH: "When I first joined the band, I was a kid. I brought my drums down to audition with them in my '67 Mustang. It started out from there and it was always 'you're in the band until Bill Ward comes back'. They expected him to come back. This was his baby."

For more about about LAST IN LINE visit:
Online: http://www.lastinlineofficial.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lastinlinerocks/
Twitter: @LastInLineRocks & @VinnyAppice1

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Thu
19
Nov

QUEEN's Gamble On 'A Night At The Opera' Pays Off Royally

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Dallas, TX - November 17, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands speaks to Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, about the make or break fourth album from Queen A Night at the Opera.
 
It would be next to impossible to understate the importance of Queen's November 1975 A Night at the Opera, both to the band's career and to the album's influence on rock thereafter. Brian May, one of the finest guitarists in rock history, is joined InTheStudio by Queen drummer Roger Taylor in this classic rock interview for the 40th anniversary of this eclectic hard rock album which included: 'Death on Two Legs', 'I'm in Love with My Car', the progressive rock 'The Prophet Song', skiffle pub sing along ' '39' , mainstream pop 'You're My Best Friend', campy vaudeville 'Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon', Freddie Mercury'sdrop dead gorgeous love song 'Love of My Life' , and the mock operetta song for the ages 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
 
Broke after three albums, Queen's Brian May reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard how desperate the band's situation was, but also how determined they were to do it.
 
'It was definitely sink or swim. If that album (A Night at the Opera) hadn't done what it did, that would have been the end of the band... We took a lot of risks and that was always the name of the game, I suppose. And 'Bohemian Rhapsody', in particular, everyone said, 'you can't put that out as a single'... Well that's what we're putting out and we're not changing it.'  - Brian May
 
QUEEN A Night at the Opera @ 40 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/queen-night-opera-40th-anniversary-brian-may-roger-taylor/'

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'

Direct Link to QUEEN website:  'http://wwwqueenonline.com'

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'

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Thu
19
Nov

The Right To Rock Podcast - CIRCLE II CIRCLE


TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #8), featuring Circle II Circle vocalist Zak Stevens. Zak took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Circle II Circle's latest release Reign of Darkness, as well as the possibility of a new Savatage record. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.

The voice of Savatage for many years as well as the popular Circle II Circle, Zak Stevens checks in for a little chat as he discusses CIIC as well as the possibility of new Savatage music...

Don't forget to check out Circle II Circle's latest album, Reign Of Darkness, available from earMUSIC! HORNS UP!

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Thu
19
Nov

One On One With Mitch Lafon - TOM WERMAN Part 2

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Producer Tom Werman joins Mitch in episode 169 of One On One With Mitch Lafon for an 'encore performance'.
 
Producer Tom Werman returns! In our second interview with Tom, we covered many things including L.A.Guns, Dokken, Poison, Ted Nugent, Theatre Of Pain (Motley Crue), the Motley song that was inspired by the James Bond theme, Jeff Scott Soto, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, his Stonover Farm Bed & Breakfast and more.
 
Quotes from the interview:
 
On Dokken: "George and Don were not the best of friends. In fact, it just appeared that it was Don against everyone else, but he was the writer. He went for the more romantic song and the other guys wanted to rock."
 
"I did not get along with George Lynch. We had a very divisive engineer. He set us against against one another in very very devious ways. He was a real bad guy." Motley Crue: "We had to do Theatre Of Pain quickly."
 
Poison: "Rikki Rockett is the only musician that has ever turned to me and said, 'I understand that I'm not a very good drummer or I'm not the greatest drummer in the world, but I try.' And he did. He just stayed at it, at it and at it. He had the greatest work attitude."
 
Working with Poison: "We recorded digitally - I knew there'd be a huge amount of punching in and fixing this and fixing that."
 
For more TOM WERMAN visit his Bed & Breakfast: Online: http://www.stonoverfarm.com
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Wed
18
Nov

The Right To Rock Podcast - MICHAEL MONROE

 
TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #6), featuring vocalist Michael Monroe. Michael took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his latest solo album Blackout States, as well as his upcoming tour plans. Interview lasts approx. 30 min
 
The one and only Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) takes some time to chew the fat with Ragman in a thrilling interview that includes work on his latest album, Blackout States, as well as his amazing experience of neary 40 years in the industry.
 
And make sure to check out [and buy, if you like] his new album available from Spinefarm Records, because that's how we get more music, capische? HORNS UP!
 
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Tue
17
Nov

Noize In The Attic Podcast - MICHAEL SWEET

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"You can't make an album that sounds like it's out of the 80's because you're gonna get laughed at.."
 
Michael Sweet guests on this week's Noize In The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com) on 88.7FM New Haven CT.  Michael talks in depth about the new Stryper album Fallen, zealotry in their fan base, social media and so much more!
 
Hear the full episode (the interview starts at 28 minute mark)
 
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Mon
16
Nov

One On One With Mitch Lafon - ROSS THE BOSS (Death Dealer)

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DEATH DEALER's Ross The Boss joins Mitch on episode 168 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. In the episode's only interview guitarist Ross The Boss discusses Death Dealer's new album 'Hallowed Ground', The Dictators, his time with Manowar, shares his thoughts about Joey DeMaio and much more.
 
Quotes from the interview: On leaving Manowar "Sometimes you just grow apart and Joey was taking the band over. There was no street sense. There was no nice. There was no being cool with other bands.This is not me. I wasn't planning on leaving and I did not leave. I was asked to leave."
 
On retiring from music: "If it ever gets to a point where it's an embarrassment. That you're just wheeling me on the stage... That'll never happen. Some bands are doing that already and it's not pretty. You'll never see that out of me - I guarantee you."
 
For more about about Ross The Boss & DEATH DEALER visit: Online: http://ross-the-boss.com & http://deathdealer.co/site/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deathdealerband & http://www.facebook.com/RossTheBoss Twitter: @officialrtb & @DeathDealerband
 
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Fri
13
Nov

JOHN MELLENCAMP Retrospective On 30th Anniversary Of 'Scarecrow'


Dallas, TX - Nov 12, 2015.  InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of John Mellencamp's Scarecrow  album with a look back at the many revealing interviews conducted with John over nearly a decade for InTheStudio.
 
John Mellencamp Scarecrow released this week in 1985 was loaded with hits including 'Small Town', 'Lonely Ol' Night' and 'R.O.C.K. in the USA'. His list of Top 20 hits is so extensive it required the double-disc Words and Music compilation to fit them all.  Scarecrow revealed some of the best of John's songcraft. 'Minutes to Memories' has cinematic characters with dialogue to rival any Larry McMurtry novel; 'Between a Laugh and a Tear' is an under-appreciated gem featuring Rickie Lee Jones harmonizing on the choruses; and the driving 'Rain on the Scarecrow' pelted the public apathy toward the disappearing family farmer, providing a spark to ignite the Farm Aid effort with Neil Young and Willie Nelson.  All of the promise of the American Dream, and the contradictions, are evident in the gutcheck of the rural North American parallel universe in this revealing series of interviews.
 
'People think I'm the keeper of the small town. And everybody thought 'Well hell this guy is really all about small towns.' I'm not really. I wrote one song.'  - John Mellencamp
 
John Mellencamp Scarecrow@ 30 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/john-mellencamp-2/'
 
Direct Link to John Mellencamp: 'http://www.mellencamp.com'
 
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'
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Fri
13
Nov

New TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Interview Posted

 
November is typically a busy time for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but this year it's even more so. Not only is a new show centered around the made-for-TV-movie, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, being premiered on their annual November-December winter tour, but they are releasing their first new album in six years, Letters From the Labyrinth.

Rather than being a rock opera as previous TSO releases have been, Letters From the Labyrinth is a collection of songs written around a series of letters sent between characters in their 2009 release Night Castle covering such topics as bullying, the banking crisis, the struggle in Ukraine, and the fall of the Berlin wall among others.

As the band convened on their rehearsal space near Omaha, Nebraska to prepare for their upcoming winter tour I spoke with creator, composer, producer and would be history professor, Paul O'Neill. I very briefly checked in for his reaction to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Savatage joint venture performance at Wacken Open Air this past summer, but primarily stayed focused on the new album for an in-depth discussion on its themes and dove head-first into the inspiration and details of the new songs.

On Lzzy Hale:
I also wanted to bring back something more from my youth. George Harrison's most famous song is "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," the guitar solo on that is Eric Clapton. Eric Clapton's most famous song is "Layla" and the guitar player is Duane Allman. There was just this intermingling of talent. So we decided somewhere on this album I wanted to try to bring in an outsider to have artists collaborating again. It happens in the rap world, but not as much in the rock world...So "Forget About the Blame" just kept pounding itself into me. But I needed somebody who had that passion and Lzzy Hale is a passionate singer. I've been a fan and so we made a phone call. She was so sweet. They were in the middle of a tour and there was a small window, but we got together and she even had a show the next day after we'd done the first day. I said, "I'm really sorry, Lzzy, but I need you back for another day." She came and she nailed the song. And I didn't know this before, but she was a TSO fan. She had her jeans signed by the band from 2007 when she saw the band in Hershey. She was a sweetheart and her band was so kind. Here they are with very little time off and here she is doing this. We are all fans of Halestorm and we didn't know they were aware of TSO and it was one of those things where the stars lined up. So in America we're going to radio with Lzzy Hale's version. Classic Rock magazine in Europe reached out and wanted to put the Robin version in the sampler CD on their cover.

On bullying:
I wrote "Not the Same" because the fact that Amanda Todd had moved three times and kids had watched her get beat up and nobody moved. It's amazing how bullying has gotten so out of control. All these songs have a purpose and as we've discussed before, Brad, the arts have an unbelievable power. I hate bullying. There is no need for it. The guy who bullied Amanda Todd had a mental illness, but the fact that fifty kids could stand around and watch as they see this girl who they know is hurting and see kids beat her into a pulp and leave her in a ditch. And no one stood up for her and no one went back for her blows my mind...The arts can drag attention to things that are so wrong. With "Not the Same" Kayla really brought that song to life. All it would have taken was one person to have gone up to Amanda Todd in that ditch, "Hey, come home with me. Let me clean you up. You want to know something Amanda, high school, junior high school's not the end of the world. Your life won't start until you're twenty-one. Your whole life is in front of you. Just hang in there." And that girl would have been okay. She just needed one person. There's millions of people in this world who would have loved to have been that one person. Evander Holyfield, the boxer, said that video hit him harder than anyone ever hit him in the ring. If that video doesn't bother you then there's something mentally wrong with you.


 
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Thu
12
Nov

One On One With Mitch Lafon - STEVE VAI

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STEVE VAI and MARTIN TURNER (former Wishbone Ash) guest on episode 167 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
 
In the episode's first interview guitarist Steve Vai discusses the upcoming Tony MacAlpine benefit show, his time with David Lee Roth & Whitesnake, the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Eat 'Em And Smile album, bee keeping, working with Ozzy Osbourne, his guilty pleasure desire to join the Alice Cooper band and much more. Our second interview is with former Wishbone Ash member, Martin Turner, who talks about his new album Written In The Stars, classic Wishbone Ash albums, twin guitars and much more.

Quotes from the Steve Vai interview:

"I started getting full of myself and to David Coverdale's credit he tolerated it all."

On almost joining Ozzy Osbourne's band: "I love Ozzy, but can you picture me touring with him? I can't see myself playing Paranoid every night."

"When it came to the Ozzy thing, saying that it would be step backwards is too strong, but I'd done it. I'd been with the big rock stars doing that kind of thing. My instincts said, 'no no no'."

On wanting to play with Alice Cooper: "I would have to say yeah... I could do this for a while (like a tour). How cool would that be?"

To help benefit Tony MacAlpine visit: http://www.gofundme.com/benefitfortony

For more about about STEVE VAI visit:
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Twitter: @stevevai

Quotes from the Martin Turner interview:

"I'm still very much a studio man and always have been... Very very into recording and the process of recording."

For more about Martin Turner visit:
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MartinTurneroriginalmemberofWishboneAsh
Twitter: @MartTurnerMusic

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Nov

Double Stop Podcast - HOWARD BENSON

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This week on the Double Stop Podcast it's Howard Benson (Producer: Bang Tango, Motörhead, Adam Lambert, P.O.D.)
 
Howard Benson discusses how he turned a Materials Engineering degree into a career as a record producer. Starting in the tail end of the hair metal era where he worked with bands such as Bang Tango, Tuff, SouthGang, and Pretty Boy Floyd, he moved on to heavier bands such as Motörhead and Sepultura in the 90’s, and then hit big in the 2000’s with P.O.D., Daughtry, and Kelly Clarkson.
 
 
 
On Producing Butch Walker (with SouthGang) 15:30 “Butch is kind of an asshole, if you want to know the truth, and you can print that. There's only one person in the music business who has ever trashed me in print, and he's one of ‘em. He wrote a book, and for some reason, I have no idea why, but he trashed me. Cause I was tough in making the record I was producing. He didn't want to be produced, he wanted to be the lead singer. He thought the lead singer was awful. He wanted to be the star of the band, you know, he wanted to be the guy. He wasn't the guy. He was just an average guitar player. And he's still kind of average."

On working with Keith Olsen after being fired by SouthGang 17:20 “I did two records with them. The second one I was actually taken off the record by the band because they hired a new manager. The turning point in my career, cause the record was taken over by a guy named Keith Olsen, who is famous. A very famous guy. He was my mentor. Had they not done that, I would have never met Keith and never would have really learned how to produce records. It was one of those great moments were you take lemons to make lemonade.”

On being “saved” by Motörhead 20:20 "Motörhead was incredibly important to me, and I still thank Lemmy and his manager Todd Singerman to this day. I thank them for literally rescuing my career."

Howard Benson on Twitter: @Howard_Benson1

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Wed
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Nov

The GuitarCast - ROSS "THE BOSS" FRIEDMAN

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Ross "The Boss" Friedman Talks Death Dealer and The Dictators
 
It's not many who can claim to have started two important bands in two separate genres. Ross "the Boss" Friedman can claim just that as the founding member of  both Punk legends "The Dictators" & Power Metal pioneers "Manowar". Formed in 1973 and 1980 respectively, both bands forged new territory in their genres as Friedman's latest project Death Dealer, seeks to carve it's own name in music history.
 
Ross called into The GuitCast podcast to talk with the guys about the new Death Dealer album 'Hallowed Ground, out now via Sweden Music Group (SMG), & a flurry of new activity for Friedman's Punk band The Dictators.
 
Featuring members that have previously played with the likes of Manowar, The Dictators, Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden and Cage, Death Dealer are a true heavy metal force as the album 'Hallowed Ground' shows. Recorded remotely between band member's homes in Australia and the U.S.A., the 13 tracks that make up 'Hallowed Ground' are the follow-up to their over-the-top debut 'Warmaster' from  2013. Friedman says: It's an amazing piece of work and it's gonna stand the test of time." Accompanying Ross on guitar is Stu Marshall, vocalist Sean Peck, bassist Mike Davis, and drummer Steve Bolgnese.
 
Friedman's original band The Dictators are having a resurgence with a new single 'Supply and Demand'. Their first new music in 15 years as The Dictators began their European tour November 8th. Also CBS Legacy Recordings is re-issuing the first Dictators album 'The Dictators Go Girl Crazy'. "That was my first record and its hanging in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame." says Ross.
 
Andrew W.K. has remixed original recordings to create brand new versions of "The Next Big Thing," "Two Tub Man," and "Weekend" for this Black Friday exclusive release! The brand new 10" EP, which comes pressed on beautiful opaque red vinyl will be released exclusively on Black Friday, November 27th, 2015 in a very limited edition of 2500. The album also includes previously unreleased session outtakes, a completely unknown recording of, "Backseat Boogie," along with an alternate take of "Weekend."
 
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One On One With Mitch Lafon - TOM WERMAN

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Producer Tom Werman joins Mitch in episode 166 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Tom discusses how he became a producer, offers his thoughts about ghost musicians, Nikki Sixx, Dee Snider and Rick Nielsen. He also looks back on classic albums by Stryper, Mötley Crüe, Glass Tiger, Cheap Trick, Love/Hate, Twisted Sister and more.
 
Quotes from the interview:

Stryper: "They were not equipped to compete in that hard rock arena because they had a mission. I loved the guys. We had a great time. They're wonderful people; really good people all of them. I don't want to take anything away from them, but I do think that they had to work a little harder because it wasn't just 'let's rock'."

Dee Snider: "I have never come across anyone who approaches the hypocrisy of Dee Snider. He was Mr. X until we finished the album than he was Mr Y."

Mötley Crüe: "Vince and Nikki (in the beginning) were not that accomplished at their craft. Tommy and Mick - I thought were amazing."

Dokken: "George Lynch was pure genius. He's probably the best lead guitarist I've ever worked with."

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Online: http://www.stonoverfarm.com

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Nov

Double Stop Podcast - DAVE WITTMAN

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This week on the Double Stop Podcast is a rare interview with Dave Wittman, who Engineered a boatload if records in the 70's and 80's.
 
Dave Wittman discusses his career as a Recording Engineer. From meeting Jimi Hendrix as a teenager, and his first job with Eddie Kramer, to working in the studio with KISS (and the Van Halen demos with Gene Simmons), Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Billy Idol and much, much more. He also discusses the change in the music industry with Grunge, and his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra both in studio and on the road. This episode features guest co-host Greg Renoff author of the new book Van Halen Rising.
 
 
 
On Engineering early KISS demos 27:30 “Eddie (Kramer) and I did the first demo that got KISS their record deal. They came in and did the classic Cold Gin, Deuce, Strutter - that kind of thing, and we just went in one afternoon and did the kind of did the Beatles thing. The four track to four track to four track kind of thing. That was one of the first things that Eddie trusted me with - with him looking over my shoulder."
 
On Mixing the Gene Simmons Van Halen Demo's 28:25 “Eddie (Kramer) brought in the multi-track tape - it included Runnin’ with the Devil. I didn't actually know who it was at the time, I just knew I loved that song.”

On working with Led Zepplin 34:20 "I got to work on the mixing of Houses of the Holy, and the movie soundtrack The Song Remains the Same. And they used my Marshal top on that, by the way. They needed a Marshal top to do an overdub at 2 in the morning, and I lived around the corner so I went home and got it."
 
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SANTANA Spiritualizes RockNRoll On 1970 'Abraxas' Album

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Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve Share Story

Dallas, TX - Nov 3, 2015. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands  celebrates one of the boldest, most successful, enduring and influential American albums, 1970s Abraxas by Santana.

The original Santana was one of the last bands to emerge from the late Sixties San Francisco music scene, introduced by a lights-out performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival documented on film for the world to see. Until then no Artist had successfully infused the sounds of Blues, Salsa and Jazz into Rock, but Santanas second album Abraxas would embody all of it, spending six consecutive weeks atop the US album charts, selling millions and being lauded as Album of the Year by several publications.

Band leader Carlos Santanas distinctive guitar sound became instantly recognizable to fans and iconic in modern music to this day. His passion for music, his belief in its power and its magic, transcends both cultural differences and musical categories.  But for Carlos Santana, making music has never been about chart position or record sales. For Carlos, music is almost a spiritual quest, an expression of feelings too profound and intense for words. Playing music, says Carlos, is like having a ministry.

Carlos Santana elaborates on that thought with InTheStudio host Redbeard.

I think about planting certain sounds, certain cries, not whining, but certain cries, certain things in their hearts (concert goers). When you leave them... they say, Man you guys left me pregnant with the sound. Even when you unplugged the amplifiers and the trucks roll away, its still in me.    - Carlos Santana

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One On One With Mitch Lafon - BACKYARD BABIES


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DREGEN from Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES joins Mitch on Episode 164 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

 
We discuss the band's stellar new album Four By Four, KISS, the return of THE HELLACOPTERS, MICHAEL MONROE, more cowbell, new solo music, his book, Supershit 666, the vibrant music scene in Sweden and much more.
 
Quotes from the interview: On being 'bored' with the band: "I couldn't really tell anymore if the gig we did was great or if it totally sucked. I was a machine just doing the same thing every night." The Hellacopters reunion: "Me and Nicke have been talking about putting the original Hellacopters together. We think it's a waste not to do it because I still think the original Hellacopters can still deliver that sound."
 
On KISS: "Between '73 and '78, they were the best band in the world... I'd rather follow the KISS soap opera than the Kardashians, but it's almost the same." "I can't see KISS without Ace Frehley."
 
For more about Dregen & the Backyard Babies visit: Online: http://backyardbabies.com Twitter: @bbabiesofficial & @DregenOfficial Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/backyardbabies
 
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Oct

One On One With Mitch Lafon - GIRLSCHOOL

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1on1 Mitch Lafon 163 - GIRLSCHOOL, Martina Edoff & Madame Mayhem

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GIRLSCHOOL guitarist JACKIE CHAMBERS, vocalist Martina Edoff and solo artist Madam Mayhem join Mitch on episode 163 of One On One with Mitch Lafon.

In our first interview, Girlschool guitarist Jackie Chambers discusses the band's new album Guilty As Sin, creating new music, the band's illustrious career, Lemmy, Motöhead and more.

Quote from the interview:

"If we ever hated it or stopped enjoying it. We'd all quit."

For more about about GIRLSCHOOL visit:
Online: http://www.girlschoolband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/girlschoolband
Twitter: @girlschool78

Our second interview is with singer Martina Edoff who talks about her new album UNITY, working with members of Swedish band H.E.A.T. & The Poodles, being a contestant on Swedish reality show Fame Factory and more.

For more about MARTINA EDOFF visit:
Online: http://www.martinaedoff.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martinaedoffmusic

And finally, our third interview is with solo artist Madame Mayhem who talks about her new album Now You Know, working with The Winery Dogs' Billy Sheehan, former GNR guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Korn's Ray Luzier.

For more about MADAME MAYHEM visit:
Online: http://www.madamemayhem.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/madamemayhem
Twitter: @MayhemOfficial

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