Podcasts & Radio

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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Monday, October 27, 2014
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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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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."

 

 
Mon
07
Jan

ROCKPIT Turns 10 & Launches New Podcast

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

Noize In The Attic Podcast - VINNE & CARMINE APPICE

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

 

 

 
Mon
17
Dec

The Metal Voice: BOB DAISLEY

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

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https://youtu.be/GQ6M2YREsIA

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
Mon
17
Dec

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - BRUCE & BOB KULICK

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

The Right To Rock Podcast - ERIC MARTIN & STRIKER

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

The Metal Voice: Dave Mustaine MEGADETH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Tue
04
Dec

The Right To Rock Podcast - RUDY SARZO

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

 

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Mon
26
Nov

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - STEVE LUKATHER, JACK BLADES

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

 
Fri
23
Nov

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - BERNIE TORME

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

The Metal Voice: FRANK HANNON / TESLA

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

 

 
Mon
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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2015
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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
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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.
 
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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 .........
 

 

 

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