Podcasts & Radio

Fri
09
Aug

The Right To Rock Podcast - DUANE MORANO

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #57), featuring guitarist Duane Morano.  The boys recently caught up with guitarist Duane Morano, to discuss his 80's hard rock tinged release Incognito.  Duane gives us insight on how his debut record came together, as well as how he assembled an all star cast of musicians to give him a hand. 
 
Duane was able to hook up with Terry Illous (XYZ), Jeff NorthrupDanny Vaughn (Tyketto) as well as Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) to create a kick ass debut.  Even though Duane has has been on the scene for awhile, he is sort of a late bloomer, that never had the opportunity to get his music to the masses, until now.  Tune it to hear Duane's journey and much more. 
 
Fri
09
Aug

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - MICKEY CURRY

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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents the return of drummer MICKEY CURRY (recorded on August 6th 2019). Montreal on-air personality Jeremy White co-hosts.
 
During our conversation, Mickey discusses his early bands (The Scratch band), working with producer Neil Kernon, the key to getting a good drum sound, Live Aid & playing for over an hour, Woodstock, working with Helix - Honeymoon Suite & multiple other Canadian acts, preparing for a session, The Cult's Sonic Temple, the song Fire Woman, his David Sanborn session, his drumming ability & limitations, Bryan Adams & his sound, his kit, old school recording, KISS drummer Eric Carr, the Boston Bruins, and much more.
 
 
 
Mon
22
Jul

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JANET GARDNER (ex-Vixen)

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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON continues Mitch Marathon Month with Janet Gardner (formerly of Vixen) and Justin James.
 
They discuss their latest album Your Place In The Sun, stepping away from the Vixen brand (yes, I said brand), collaborating on the songs, why her and Vixen didn't share the same vision for the future, their attempts to make a new Vixen record, the Vixen album Tangerine, her five year plan, marriage, the environment for an all female band back in the day, Richard Marx, remembering Jan Kuehnemund and much more. 
 
 
 
 
Tue
25
Jun

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - BRAD GILLIS (Night Ranger)

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This episode is not a 'classic-styled' interview per se, but rather NIGHT RANGER's Brad Gillis and I give you a glimpse into the making of his upcoming solo album set for release in the fall. We discuss the tracks I've had a chance to hear (12 in all so far), the band playing with him, using singer GARY MOON (who sang on his Alligator solo album released in 2000 and Night Ranger's Feeding Off The Mojo from 1995), song titles, why he's making a solo album, solo tour, the future of Night Ranger and a lot more. 
 
Recorded: June 20th 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tue
18
Jun

The Classic Metal Show Talks MEGADETH & DAVE MUSTAINE Cancer News

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Friday, August 29, 2014
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Interview with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. Ellefson called to talk about his new book MORE LIFE AFTER DETH, the recent announcement of Dave Mustaine's cancer, the Ellefson Empire, and many great topics related to his career.
 
NOTE: Due to YouTube Censorship, all In Studio Cam videos of the entire week's edition of THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW are uploaded to: https://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/cmsstudio
 
 
Dave’s statement made overnight:
 
“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on - but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.
 
Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.
 
Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.
 
I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more.
 
I’ll keep everyone posted.”
 
See you soon,
Dave Mustaine

 

 
Tue
11
Jun

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - MIKE RENO (Loverboy)

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In this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON, I sit down with ICONIC Canadian singer MIKE RENO from Loverboy. We discuss the band's non-stop touring schedule, putting out new music including the great new song Without A Bullet Being Fired (with Jim Peterik), work on the new LOVERBOY album, experimenting with new music, Farewell tour, opening for KISS in 1979, their Lovin' Every Minute Of It album and working with Judas Priest producer Tom Allom, Canadian content rules (CanCon), his solo album Renovation, Get Lucky, MOXY, and more. 
 
 
 
 
Tue
11
Jun

Misplaced Straws Interviews: GEOFF TATE, JEFF SCOTT SOTO

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Interview website MisplacedStraws.com has two new interviews of note just uploaded. One is an interview with Geoff Tate where, among many other things, he announces that he will play Empire in its entirety next year on the 30th anniversary.
Also just added is a wide ranging interview with Jeff Scott Soto.
 

 

 
Wed
29
May

The Right To Rock Podcast - KERI KELLI

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Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #48), featuring A New Revenge/Night Ranger guitarist Keri Kelli.  Keri took time out of his busy schedule to discuss A New Revenge's debut release Enemies and Lovers, as well as how the band formed out of a tribute, to the member's former bands.  Keri also discusses how Tim Owens transformed his voice for this project.  Lastly Keri talked about his restaurant/craft beer bar Aces and Ales.  Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
 
The boys recently caught up with A New Revenge guitarist Keri Kelli to discuss A New Revenge's debut release Enemies and Lovers.  Keri discusses how A New Revenge formed out of an all star jam band (Project Rock), that played tunes from their former bands.  After catching fire, this super group decided to record a record.  Keri also discusses his day job in Night Ranger as well as his love for craft beer.
 
Thu
23
May

The Right To Rock Podcast - RED DRAGON CARTEL

Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #46), featuring Red Dragon Cartel vocalist Darren James Smith.  Darren took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Red Dragon Cartel's sophmore release Patina, and how it differed from the debut.  Darren gives the skinny on the rawness of the record and what the writing process is like within the band.  He also touches on how he went from a drummer to a lead vocalist.  Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
 
The boys recently caught up with Red Dragon Cartel vocalist Darren James Smith to discuss Red Dragon Cartel's latest release Patina.  Darren discusses the main differences between the new release and the debut.  He also talks about what it's like trying to tour when the whole band has the flu.  Also, he touches on his involvement with Harem Scaem, amonst other things.  Tune in to get all of this and more.
 
 
 
Tue
21
May

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - HALESTORM, IAN HILL (Judas Priest), TORA TORA

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON, new interviews with Ian Hill Of Judas Priest, Halestorm's Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger, and Tora Tora's Anthony Corder. All interviews recorded live in-person at venues in Albany NY, Montreal and Columbia MD.
 
Our first interview is with Judas Priest's Ian Hill (recorded at The Palace in Albany, NY). Ian speaks about the current tour, why the Ripper Owens albums aren't available, the importance of the Painkiller album, what happens if Andy Sneap leaves, and much more. 
 
In our second interview (recorded backstage at the MTelus in Montreal), Halestorm discuss the band's latest release Vicious, should we use the term 'female guitarist' or simply say 'guitarist', Alice Cooper, covering songs from '80s bands, finding their 'sound' and much more.
 
And we end the episode with a quick chat (recorded at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland) with Tora Tora's Anthony Corder. He discusses the band's latest album Bastards Of Beale, getting back together, making new music, the importance of the M3 Rock Festival and much more.
 
 
 
 

 

 
Tue
14
May

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - KANE ROBERTS

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

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

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

 

 
Wed
08
May

The Right To Rock Podcast - BURNING RAIN

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

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

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

 
Thu
02
May

The Right To Rock Podcast - LAST IN LINE

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

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - KIP WINGER & M3 Festival

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

 

 
Thu
25
Apr

The Metal Voice: Carmine Appice & Jim Crean

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2015
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Jimmy Kay
from The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) talks to legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Blue Murder) and singer Jim Crean (Hair Nation, Appice Brothers) about Vinnie Vincent's  Nashville's show cancellations claims on February 8-9 2019. Carmine and Crean correct Vincent's claims on why the show were cancelled and who cancelled them

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

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

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

When asked about Vinnie Vincent's statement "There's only one uncontroverted fact that actually did happen, and that is that I, Vinnie Vincent, did not cancel that show 

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

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

 

 
Tue
23
Apr

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - VINNIE VINCENT

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

 

 
Mon
08
Apr

The Right To Rock Podcast - Bob Nalbandian

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

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - TESLA & NIGHT RANGER

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

 

 
Mon
01
Apr

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - STEEL PANTHER & RON NEVISON

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

 

 
Mon
18
Mar

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

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

 

 
Wed
13
Mar

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

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

The Metal Voice: VIVIAN CAMPBELL

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

When asked about his current health and his battle with Cancer
"I'm tired today I got another infusion yesterday, I'm supposed to do them every three to four weeks but given the touring schedule particularly last year with Def Leppard I had to push it to six to seven weeks. I've been very fortunate that I found a treatment that works for me. I was part of a clinical trial for this new wonder drug almost four years ago and now it got FDA approved and it's working for me, so it's holding everything in place. Also it has minimal side effects,  it's  immunotherapy  a general term given to a bunch of these new drugs  that basically bolster the immune system and the body and so your body can fight cancer. My oncologist seems to be happy for now. I feel  very fortunate as there's only about a third of the population who actually has been able to use this drug and get good results from it because it's based on your genetic makeup.  You have to have a certain genetic marker in order to be given this drug, something called PDL,  which I happen to have and about a third of the population has as well. This drug will be given  to people regardless of what your what kind of cancer you have, as long as you have this PDL. So if you have lung cancer or in my case lymphoma it will yield good results."
When asked about what it was like to work with producer Jeff Pilson on the New Last in Line Album coming out on Feb 22 2019 
"Jeff has so much  energy. Jeff is very upbeat, funny, it's always a better room when Jeff is in it. Jeff's musical talent is quite diverse too, he's a lot more than a bass player, he plays keyboards, guitar and sings.  He is also a very experienced and talented songwriter, engineer and producer,  just a really really well-rounded very talented artist. It's always a pleasure to work with Jeff, the hardest part about working with Jeff is just nailing him, he's so busy and that's true of all of us."
When asked about recording the new Last in Line album
"We have to work around everyone's we're evolving busy schedules and and we kind of do these records piecemeal, it's not like we go in and we've got three or four weeks to actually make a record I mean that would be luxurious. We'd write and record two three four songs at a time and then there would  be months in between where we would reconvene and do another two three four songs."
When asked if there is a Dio flavour to the album and what it was like to play with Phil Soussan
"There's the underlying element of the Dio vibe yes, that's because we have 50% of the original Dio members in this band now. When we started the project Jimmy Bain was still alive, so when Jimmy,  Vinny Appice and I played  it was like the Holy Diver album all over again.There's just a chemistry that the three had when we played together. Losing Jimmy Bain  was a real kick in the nuts for us  but we eventually we carried on and we were very fortunate to get Phil Soussan (Ex-Ozzy). Phil is very much cut from the same cloth as Jimmy and in terms of understanding the kind of  dynamics or that kind of music  but he's a different player than Jimmy.  Jimmy was a very fundamental player, with a huge tone and just great timing. Phil is less of a fundamental player he's a little bit more adventurous and musical and he wants to find passages to play."
When asked about the organic growth of Last in Line band
"When the project started we had no ambition other than to play songs from the first three do albums and play some clubs around LA where we were living at the time.  Had I known that we were going to  record and release albums of original music I would have thought twice about naming the band Last in Line. It just seemed like a very appropriate title at the time. Ronnie had passed away about a year and a half prior to us starting this project  and we just wanted to go ahead and play the early Dio songs and have fun. Nobody thought it was gonna grow and become a real serious band  but here we are." 
When asked about his thoughts about bands today who sound like Dio Copycats
" I would say, I have no idea to be honest I'm not familiar with them. I don't listen to a lot of music, I  generally live under a rock  and I just kind of do my own thing. But you know if our singer Andrew Freeman had walked into that rehearsal room back in late 2011 and if he had sounded anything like Ronnie I wouldn't have planned any shows. I just think that would be a bit cheesy,. Ronnie was the best of his genre and he was just like such a gifted singer had such a unique voice and tonality and style. I think  it would have been really creepy to to go on stage with a Ronnie clone.  I had a lot of people say to me why didn't you get this guy or that guy they sound like Ronnie but that's totally missing the point,.  Andrew freeman is a really strong singer,  he can sing anything and he can sing the Ronnie stuffy that's in his wheelhouse and  but he does it in his own way. The tonality of his voice is totally different and makes it his own and that's what appealed to me in the first place and that's what made this in interest project for me."
When asked about him getting fired for standing up for himself because of payments that were promised but not delivered
 " I was in my early twenties and  it wasn't about the money to me but it's about the principle,  I'm very very big on principle. When somebody makes me a promise I expect them to keep it  because I keep my word  it's that's just the way I was brought up. When I tell somebody I'm going to do something I meet my commitments. Ronnie had made us a promise and payment and we worked for very little money, less than our road crew and the band was very successful. Back then people bought records and we were selling a lot of records and  we were all very involved in the creative process, it was really a collaborative process. We were kind of squeezed.  Wendy Dio who never really saw it as a band. She never really saw the value  in the band and that's something that really really upset me.  "
"After I was fired  I think Ronnie knew better he understood the real magic that the original band had and the chemistry we had and how we created together. I think Ronnie was really fearful of her and he never stood up. Like I said it was never about money  I just wanted what Ronnie  promised, it was a contract that was between the four of us and and he just wasn't man enough to follow through on it and and I called him on it and I got fired as a result. It was very painful for me for many years. We never got royalty checks that was the whole issue, we worked for for minimum wages even though we were writing the music  we got no royalties, we got none of the merchandise or the t-shirts or those ticket sales for the venue's or anything.  We got a flat salary that was less than the road crew. Ronnie had promised by the third album  Sacred Heart there would be an equity situation so that was the the principal that got me fired. You know they offered us a few few hundred dollars more per week and then I got sent a contract  by Wendy  and it said failure to sign and return this contract by this date will constitute you're no longer being in the band.  I tried to call Ronnie, I was in Ireland at the time, it was a break  between legs of the Sacred Heart tour which finished North America. I'd gone back to visit my family my parents and I got this contract in a FedEx envelope and I was shocked I opened it and and I tried to call Ronnie and he wouldn't answer the phone.  Next thing you know Craig Goldie is the guitarist.  It was a seamless transition obviously it was well-executed and planned you know but that I wouldn't change any of that,  I would change maybe how I reacted to it in later years.  Ronnie and I both made the mistake of airing our grievances in public which is never a good idea but you know it is what it is and it was only after Ronnie passed away that I was really able to kind of look at the entire situation in a very different light. For years I didn't want anything to do with with the legacy of Dio. Later on  I really wanted to reconnect with that fire.
When asked if Pete Wilis the original guitarist will join the band on their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
"I really don't know I mean you know Joe Elliot put it out there in an interview. I know that  Pete's Willis was welcome to come join, I hope he does I really do. I only ever met Pete once many years ago very briefly and you know I don't know the guy at all but he was a very very important part of the legacy of the original Def Leppard. I think it'd be great if he shows up. "
When asked if he would have mended fences with Ronnie today and work together if he was alive
 "I think if the gatekeepers would have let that happen Ronnie and I absolutely would have worked together again. There are always people who come between artists.  People always ask me well what's Ronnie like.  Ronnie had his good days and his bad days  there were  days when when Ronnie was really difficult to be around and there were days when he was a real pleasure to be around. I think Ronnie was very proud of me as a guitar player particularly in the early days  he really liked taking me around L.A .saying this is my new guitar player, look what I discovered, like Ozzy had Randy Rhoads.  I wanted to bring my best riffs and then play my best solos I wanted to be the best I could be for that band and then I gave my all  because again we were working towards a common goal or so we thought. "
DEF LEPPARD's brand new greatest-hits collection titled "The Story So Far - The Best Of", was released in November.
The band will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this spring. The honor comes after the British rockers got the most votes in the Rock Hall's online fan poll.
 
Tue
12
Feb

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

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

 

 
Mon
28
Jan

The Metal Voice: LEE KERSLAKE

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

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

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

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

 

 

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