Podcasts & Radio

Mon
13
Apr

Double Stop Podcast - MARK SLAUGHTER

 
This week on The Double Stop is vocalist Mark Slaughter.

Mark (Slaughter, Vinnie Vincent Invasion) discusses his career - from starting in Xcursion, to joining Vinnie Vincent Invasion - to striking out (and finding huge success) with Slaughter. He goes into detail on the first two Slaughter records and discusses his new solo record - Reflections In A Rear View Mirror.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-55-mark-slaughter-slaughter-vinnie-vincent-invasion
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Fri
10
Apr

BAD COMPANY Shoot Straight On 40th Anniversary Straight Shooter

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Dallas, TX - April 8, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bad Company's sophomore smash Straight Shooter .                                                  

The year 1974 must have seemed quite a whirlwind for Brit blues-rockers Bad Company.  As former members of Free, singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, along with ex- Mott the Hoople guitarist/ songwriter Mick Ralphs and bass player Boz Burrell (who had a stint with King Crimson), had all tasted success in the UK early in their respective careers, tagging them with the blessing/curse of supergroup upon the formation of Bad Company.

Bad Company had elbowed their way to the forefront of the rock world by the April 1975 release of their second album Straight Shooter, delivering the timeless hits Good Lovin Gone Bad, Feel Like Makin Love and Shooting Star and avoiding a sophomore jinx.

In an interview with InTheStudio host Redbeard, Ralphs, Kirke, and Paul Rodgers recall how the Grammy- nominated Feel Like Makin Love single, originally composed during Pauls time in Free but never finished, ended up on Bad Companys Straight Shooter album.

We had come off a very heavy tour...We needed material, come to think of it... so I started to play it and I said to Ralphsy, It needs a chorus, something to come in heavy here.  So he says, How about this? (hums guitar part of chorus). Weird isnt it?  It came together like almost by accident. It might still have been floating around in my head today if we hadnt like needed a song desperately, you know.  - Paul Rodgers

Bad Company /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/bad-company-2/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations
Direct Link to BAD COMPANY website: http://www.badcompany.com
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: http://www.inthestudio.net

 

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Thu
09
Apr

One On One With Mitch Lafon - SKID ROW

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SPECIAL EPISODE of One On One With Mitch Lafon featuring SKID ROW's RACHEL BOLAN discussing the recent lead singer change. He explains the decision, the hiring of Tony Harnell, the possibility of a live album and more.

Speaking about Johnny Solinger: "At certain times, you get a feeling that someone isn't putting a 100% into things and Skid Row is very important to the rest of us. We wanted to carry on with quality performances."

For more SKID ROW visit: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialSkidRow

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit: http://www.heavymontreal.com

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Mon
06
Apr

Double Stop Podcast - CARMINE APPICE

 
This week on The Double StopPodcast - Carmine Appice walks us through his entire career - from early days learning drums (and helping his brother Vinnie) to early success with Vanilla Fudge and Cactus. He also covers working with Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. We also take a look at his 80/90's bands King Cobra, Blue Murder (and clears up the details of his involvement with the 2nd album Nothin' But Trouble) and supergroup Mothers Army. Busier than ever, Carmine also gives details on Drum Wars, Rated X and the new Vanilla Fudge cd. He also reveals that he wants Dave Grohl to produce a new Drum Wars cd and that he's currently about to mix a new Cactus album.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-54-carmine-appice-vanilla-fudge-cactus-rated-x-drum-wars

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Mon
06
Apr

One On One With Mitch Lafon - DEF LEPPARD

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One On One With Mitch Lafon​ interviews with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Michael Des Barres:

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Singer/actor MICHAEL DES BARRES, and DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen join Mitch on this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Former GUNS 'N ROSES manager Alan Niven co-hosts.

Michael discusses his new The Key To The Universe album, working with the '80s supergroup POWER STATION, his performance at Live Aid, the art of acting vs. singing, the KISS Destroyer demo song Ain't None Of Your Business, the success of Animotion's song Obsession, and much more.

Follow Michael online: http://michaeldesbarres.com and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichaelDesBarres.OfficialPage

DEF LEPPARD's Phil Collen joins Mitch to talk about the band's upcoming new album, their spring tour of Canada, their summer tour of the US alongside STYX and TESLA, Vivian Campbell's health, were Adrenalize and Hysteria over produced, High 'N Dry, the Bon Jovi/Def Leppard co-headline tour, Def Leppard's 'Hysteria On The High Seas cruise, being a vegan, the city of Montreal and much more.

Phil Collen Pull Quotes:

"High 'N Dry was a little bit derivative."

"Mutt Lange is a genius."

"On our new album you'll definitely hear some of our influences - you'll hear Queen. You'll hear AC/DC. You'll hear Stevie Wonder and stuff like that as well, but it still sounds very Def Leppard."

"This is the best album we've done since Hysteria."

For more about the band visit: http://www.defleppard.com and on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/defleppard


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Thu
02
Apr

ROBERT PLANT Solo Career Retrospective On Dual Album Anniversaries

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Dallas, TX - April 2, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show website www.inthestudio.net celebrates Robert Plant, one of rock's premiere voices, in a special solo career retrospective.

Quite coincidentally, two of Robert Plant's post-Led Zeppelin solo albums, Spring 1985's Shaken'n'Stirred and March 1990's Manic Nirvana, are each marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine them via the impressive Nine Lives box set which chronicles Plant's prolific solo output.

It was Robert's second solo album, 1983's The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, with whom he fronted for twelve fabled years. Angular extended songs 'In the Mood' and the cryptic 'Big Log' became rock radio staples in the States, followed by 'Little by Little' from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.

Not until 1988's Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song 'Tall Cool One', brilliantly sampling the 'thunder of the gods' iconic Led licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. 'Heaven Knows' and 'Ship of Fools' made Now and Zen a blockbuster, with 'Hurting Kind' in 1990 from Manic Nirvana twenty-five years ago and the tender heartfelt '29 Palms' on Fate of Nations

Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how Plant views himself and how he continues to evolve as an artist.

'I can't really stand in middle ground and be showered with confetti and compliments. The most important thing to me is to expand what I'm doing and take people with me' or not.'  - Robert Plant

 
Robert Plant / InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/robert-plant-nine-lives/'

Direct Link to Robert Plant website: 'http://www.robertplant.com'

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Wed
01
Apr

BILLY JOEL Throws Stones At Glass Houses On 35th Anniversary

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Dallas, TX - March 31, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Billy Joel's Grammy Award chart-topping album Glass Houses
 
Billy Joel took a big risk in March 1980 by following blockbusters The Stranger and 52nd Street with the surprisingly stripped down garage rock arrangements of Glass Houses. But lest you get the wrong idea, it was the approach that was lean, not the material. Some of Joel's best songs are here including 'You May Be Right', 'Sometimes a Fantasy', 'Don't Ask Me Why', 'Close to the Borderline', the under-appreciated 'All for Leyna' and the timeless 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me'.

In a rare conversation, Billy opens up to InTheStudio host Redbeard about his musical influences, seeing the Beatles perform on TV's Ed Sullivan Show, the British Invasion bands that followed, garage rock, and the New York City punk scene which inspired his approach to the making of Glass Houses.

'I think what I was doing with the Glass Houses record in the studio when it came time to get together with the band was becoming a garage band all over again. I wanted to have fun ,and I wanted to make music that all the musicians enjoyed playing, as if we were in a bar.'   - Billy Joel

BILLY JOEL Glass Houses @ 35 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/billy-joel-glass-houses-35th-anniversary/'

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'
Link to Billy Joel website: 'http://www.billyjoel.com'
Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'


 
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Tue
31
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - DAMON JOHNSON & GUNS N ROSES

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"Clearly there were difficulties between the manager and Axl. They were having problems with Slash."

BLACK STAR RIDERS' Damon Johnson and former GUNS 'N ROSES manager Doug Goldstein join Mitch in celebrating 100 episodes of One On One With Mitch Lafon. The episode is co-hosted by Talking Metal's Mark Strigl.

Our first interview is with guitarist extraordinaire, Damon Johnson who discusses Black Star Riders, the decision to not use the well established Thin Lizzy brand name, their fantastic second album The Killer Instinct, their upcoming UK tour opening for WHITESNAKE and DEF LEPPARD, the Damon Johnson Trio, his upcoming solo dates, working with ALICE COOPER , his work on the the unreleased third DAMN YANKEES album called 'Bravo' (he replaced Tommy Shaw to work alongside Jack Blades and Ted Nugent) and more.

For more about Damon or Black Star Riders visit on TWITTER: @DamonJOfficial or @BlackStarRiders and on the web: http://www.damonjohnson.com or http://www.blackstarriders.com

Damon's upcoming solo tour dates include:

April
1 - New Hope, PA - Havana New Hope
2 - Northampton, PA - The Gin Mille & Grille
3 - Pittston, PA - Bar On Oak
4 - Queens, NY - Blackthorn 51
8 - Moline, IL - Rascal's Live
9 - Berwyn, IL - The Wire
10 - Pekin, IL - Twisted Spoke
11 - Middletown, OH - Old Crow Bar
12 - Richmond, IN - Firehouse BBQ and Blues

In our second interview with sit down with former GUNS 'N ROSES manager Doug Goldstein (current CEO When Pigs Fly) for an epic two hour chat discussing the entire history of the band including the feuds, lawsuits and riots. More specifically we talk about AXL ROSE becoming the sole owner of the GNR name, the firing of Steve Adler, working with KISS' Paul Stanley and Bob Ezrin, the Montreal Riot and why it was Metallica's Lars Ulrich's fault, the 2 1/2 years of documented yet unreleased Use Your Illusion Tour film, Yoda aka Sharon Maynard, Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood (and his potential involvement in a GNR reunion tour), controversial songs One In A Million and Look At Your Game Girl, working with Black Sabbath featuring Glenn Hughes and current KISS drummer Eric Singer, the ROSE FESTIVAL featuring Van Halen and Guns N Roses, his letter to Axl, the 'Denver Incident', John Reese, are there 100 unreleased songs sitting in a vault, Slash, Duff and MUCH MUCH more.

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Mon
30
Mar

Double Stop Podcast - ROWAN ROBERTSON

 
This week on the Double Stop Podcast is Rowan Robertson (Dio, Violets Demise, DC4, Bang Tango):
 
Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4, Bang Tango) walks us through his career - from joining Dio at onlyy 17 years old, to having his album with Oni Logan (Violets Demise) shelved - all the way up to current projects such as DC4 and Bang Tango. Frrom the writing sessions for “Lock Up The Wolves” to preparing for his years Monsters of Rock cruise, it’s all covered.
 
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Thu
26
Mar

Focus On Metal - SCORPIONS

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"This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The Scorpions. To mark the occasion they have just released their 18th studio album "Return To Forever" as well as embarking on a celebratory world tour. For those you that want the scoop on this years Scorpions plans (and who doesn't) we have a guy with the inside scoop, drummer James Kottak on the show this week. James called us direct from tour rehearsals and graciously gave us a nice chunk of time out of his very hectic schedule."
 
www.focusonmetal.net and iTunes under "focus on metal".
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Tue
24
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - SCORPIONS

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SCORPIONS' James Kottak and THREE DAYS GRACE'S BARRY STOCK join Mitch in this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON.

Russ Dwarf of the KILLER DWARFS & HAREM SCAREM'S Darren James Smith co-host. Follow RUSS DWARF on TWITTER: @RussDWaRf and his band the KILLER DWARFS: @KillerDwarfs. Follow Harem Scarem: @HaremScaremBand

In our first interview, James Kottak discusses the Scorpions' new album Return To Forever, their upcoming tour with Queensrÿche, his time with Warrant, the band's 'Farewell Tour', working on the much maligned Eye II Eye album, reuniting with Kingdom Come, his band KOTTAK and much more.

Visit James at: http://www.jameskottak.com and on Twitter: @JKottak

Our second interview features Barry Stock of THREE DAYS GRACE. We discuss their new singer Matt Walst (My Darkest Days), their new album Human, the challenges of being a Canadian band, playing the Heavy Montreal festival and much more.

Follow Three Days Grace On Twitter: @threedaysgrace  and visit: http://www.threedaysgrace.com/

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit: http://www.heavymontreal.com

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

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Tue
24
Mar

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - MICHAEL SCHENKER, EUROPE, BLACK STAR RIDERS


Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features interviews with legendary guitar hero Michael Schenker, Europe's Joey Tempest, Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Black Star Riders) and Western Sand, and is now available for streaming at this link: 
 
 
In the first hour, Michael Schenker discusses the new Temple of Rock album, 'Spirit on a Mission', and selects 3 tracks which reflect the record's diversity. Michael also talks about the band's touring plans for 2015, and confirms that he would like Temple of Rock to be seen as a band in its own right, like UFO or the Scorpions.

Also in the first hour, rising UK rockers Western Sand, who supported Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock on their UK tour last December, talk about their new EP 'Cut You Down To Size', their touring plans, and their Southern Rock influences.

Part 2 kicks off with Europe's Joey Tempest, who looks at the writing and recording of their new release 'War of Kings', which the band have described as the album they always wanted to make. Joey also chooses 2 songs from 'War of Kings'

And The Almighty / Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick shares his memories of the first two Almighty albums, 'Blood Fire & Love' and 'Soul Destruction', both newly reissued in remastered form with bonus discs by Spinefarm Records. Ricky also chooses a pair of tracks from each album.

There's also new music from Whitesnake and Black Star Riders, tribute songs for Bruce Crump (Molly Hatchet, China Sky, White Rhino), AJ Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob) and Andy Fraser (Free), and tracks from Black Star Riders and The Amorettes.

You can also listen on Tuesday 24th March12:00-14:00 and Thursday 26th March 07:00-09:00 on  www.totalrock.com

For the best in Rock & Metal News check out www.metalshockfinland.com www.melodicrock.com www.bravewords.com

 
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Mon
23
Mar

Double Stop Podcast - JEFF LaBAR

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This week on The Double Stop is Jeff LaBar:

"Jeff LaBar (Cinderella) tells us about his early days and early bands. He explains how he got the gig in Cinderella, and the recording of Night Songs, Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station – and how the changing musical climate affected Still Climbing. He also discusses Tom Keifer’s vocal problems and their failed recording contract with Sony in the late 90’s. He also talks about his new solo EP One For The Road, and the recording process for it. He also shares that he’s heading back into the studio to record the follow-up for Rat Pak Records."

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-52-jeff-labar-cinderella-solo
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Fri
20
Mar

"They didn't want to pay Night Ranger,' says JACK BLADES of KISS and Def Leppard Tour

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NIGHT RANGER's Jack Blades joins Mitch in this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON to discuss the great new band REVOLUTION SAINTS which includes guitarist Doug Aldrich and JOURNEY's DEEN CASTRONOVO. Jack discusses how the band, the songwriting and album came together, the infamous 1995 Night Ranger album 'Feeding Off The Mojo', his friendship with Styx's guitarist Tommy Shaw, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades and explains why the 2014 Night Ranger summer tour with KISS and Def Leppard didn't happen explaining in part that, "They didn't want to pay Night Ranger".

Russ Dwarf of the Killer Dwarfs co-hosts. Follow RUSS DWARF on TWITTER: @RussDWaRf and his band the KILLER DWARFS: @KillerDwarfs

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http:// www. heavymontreal.com

REVOLUTION SAINTS on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints

Follow Jack Blades & Night Ranger on TWITTER: @JackBlades & @nightranger  and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nightranger

This episode's second interview is with Katrina (formerly of Katrina And The Waves). She discusses her current album BLISLAND, the 30th Anniversary of their smash hit Walkin' On Sunshine, her 2015 North America tour, Attic Records and much more.

NOTE: Attic Records was the early home for such artists as the Killer Dwarfs, Anvil, Lee Aaron, Goddo, Haywire, Triumph, Katrina And The Waves, George Thorogood, Razor, and Motorhead's The Watcher live album (Live At The Roundhouse 1978).

Follow Katrina on Twitter: @KatrinasWeb and online: http://www.katrinasweb.com

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Tue
17
Mar

Double Stop Podcast - JOEY ALLEN (Warrant)

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This week on The Double Stop Podcast: Joey Allen (Warrant) gives us a full overview of his career. He discusses the early days of Warrant, and their heyday in the late 80’s. He also shares why he left the band after Dog Eat Dog, what he did in the years before his return, reflects on Jani Lane, and looks forward to the next CD, and when that will be recorded.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-51-joey-allen-warrant
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Tue
17
Mar

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - VIXEN

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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 11 pm Est time on the Totaally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

Totally Driven Radio have recently been talking with the band Madam-X about being guest on Totally Driven Radio, but when all 4 members were presented to us, I asked if I could do individual interviews to get 4 sides of the story of Madam-X and more. So this is Part 4 of 4 with our drummer of both Madam-X & Vixen .. Roxy Petrucci

Roxy talked with Bay Ragni, for over 45 minutes for a very open interview to discuss a ton of topics like:

**Was there a specific drummer or influence that made her choose drums
**What did her parents think when her & Maxine changed their musical style to rock
**If guys gave them flack for being female rock musicians
**Talked about Madam-X going to LA to get a record deal, and doing that after 2 shows
**Her thoughts on Don Arden, and if he did right by the band
**Roxy tried out for David Lee Roth’s solo band, after he left VH
**Leaving Madam-X
**Joining Vixen
**Being part of the Metal Years Documentary
**Getting the call from Jan Kuehnemund to put the reunite the original band, and then Jan became sick with cancer, and sadly passed away.

**The new Madam-X Single “Another 80’s Rock Song”

You can listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHQ5fDDY5b8

Remember to listen to Totally Driven Radio every Thursday, and Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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Tue
17
Mar

Right To Rock Podcast - DORO PESCH

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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #187), featuring Vocalist Doro Pesch. Doro took time out of her busy schedule to discuss her upcoming U.S. tour, as well as her upcoming 30th anniversary DVD. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
The lads are hitting their stride with the second full show of the year as they discuss the topic of the CD boxed set. Does it have the same relevance it once enjoyed in this digital era? Tune in as Genghis & Ragman discuss what they consider the best ones and what they like to see in an official boxed set of their favorite artists.

Then check out an interview with the Metal Queen herself, Doro Pesch, who discusses her plans for 2015 and what it's like being one of the few female metalheads who've been rocking as long and hard as she has.

 

 

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Tue
17
Mar

Producer Toby Wright Looks Back on KISS’ Carnival of Souls

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Famed producer Toby Wright guests on the Decibel Geek podcast for a 2 part Albums Unleashed special covering KISS' controversial 1997 release Carnival of Souls.

Recommended by producer Bob Ezrin, Wright remembers his initial meeting with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, which took place at A&M Studios: “They kinda put it in my ear why I was there. They wanted to follow a little hip trend going on at the time called Grunge music. The bottom line was, like all artists, they wanted to sell records. Y’know, they want to be on top of the pile. Gene has a big competitive personality so he’s all about being on the top of the pile and whatever it takes to get there.”

Then-guitarist Bruce Kulick was a large creative force during the making of the album. Wright shares his memories of Kulick’s importance as well as a directive from him during pre-production meetings about how to get the most out of Simmons and Stanley for this very different album for KISS. “Bruce and I got really close during that whole record because he played most of the record. Without Bruce, this record wouldn’t exist, ever. During those initial “nobody’s around” conversations, I got inspiration from Bruce and instructions from Bruce that were like “You are gonna have to push the fuck out of these guys (Simmons & Stanley). Don’t be afraid.”

Other advice came from Ezrin who had worked with KISS on their previous album Revenge, “Bob’s told me some stories about Gene. He’s like “Watch out. One fucking smell of weakness and he’ll be all over you.” I’ll always remember that comment. So, I was like “Okay. I’m never gonna show any fear whatsoever that I’m in a room with one of my heroes. He’ll never know that.” He’ll take advantage; big time. He’ll smell fear in your eyes, it’s over for you as far as having any kind of control over a situation; especially in a producer situation where I’m in the studio co-producing with he and Paul (Stanley) and it’s the three of us “making decisions.” Who has the last say? Depends on what the issue is. If it’s something sonically, it’s usually me. If it’s something musical, it’s usually them. It just depends on how the conversation was going and who was the bolder lion that day (laughs).”

Wright was tapped to produce Carnival of Souls, in part, due to his previous work with Alice in Chains. In this 2 part special, Wright details how he pushed the members of the band to attempt harmony vocal takes that mirrored the Seattle quartet’s and how it, ultimately, would fall short in comparison, “It’s just an effect that I use, harmony vocals. I hear all the harmonies in my head like Layne (Staley) did. I do that on a lot of records I produce..Layne and JJerry (Cantrell), they had something special with it because they used notes that people don’t use, typically speaking. Layne and Jerry, theey just did it. That was a part of their art just like Van Gogh picking up a fucking paintbrush. That was their sound. With Gene and Paul, that’s stuff that’s songwriter-forced.  There’s more movement in what Layne and Jerry would’ve done instead of these guys (Simmons & Stanley).

While loved by a core group of KISS fans, the album overall was not embraced by the KISS Army stylistically. Wright remembers, “To be brought into a situation where I’m trying to make someone sound unlike themselves is difficult. I would have rather had this KISS album be entirely them and just do what you do; because that’s what you do. I think a larger number of their fans would have embraced it instead of fighting about “that sucks” or “that’s good.”
While in production, the band were very excited about the prospects of this change in sound and, according Wright, putting a lot of eggs into the Grunge basket, “I was already slated to produce the next one ..It was in my contractt. If this one had shipped platinum, I was to produce the next KISS album.”

As many now know, everything came to a halt one day in the studio when Simmons and Stanley called a meeting with Wright and the rest of the band to make an announcement that would have a major impact on the album as well as two of the band members, “We were about done with the record. Gene got the call. Somebody offered him 100 million to put back on the makeup with all the original members. And that announcement in that room; holy shit.We all knew right as the words came out off his mouth that we were done.“\Paul didn’t really look aroundd much. Gene, he was Paul Revere. He was the messenger that should’ve gotten shot (laughs).”

Carnival of Souls would soon thereafter leak on the internet and become a widely distributed bootleg album, with KISS fans snatching it up online as well as at KISS conventions. Rumors swirled that a member of the band may have been responsible for leaking the album. In this 2 part discussion Wright reflects, “I do remember getting questioned, big time. Who knows who did it? I have great ideas on who did it. If it was a band member, I’d just say it was for his personal gain and I’m sure he made a lot of fucking money.”

The album would finally get a proper release in October of 1997 when it was issued by Mercury Records with very little fanfare. Wright remembers the experience being very bittersweet, “I was thinking that I’m working on another multiplatinum album, and it should’ve been, and then all of a sudden they shelve it. 2 years later, now they’re releasing it and didn’t put any marketing push behind it and it’s like “Why did you bother?””

Parts 1 and 2 of Albums Unleashed Carnival of Souls with Toby Wright can be heard using the links below:

MP3 Links:
Part 1: http://traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Albums_Unleashed_Carnival_of_Souls_1.mp3
Part 2: http://traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Albums_Unleashed_Carnival_of_Souls_P.mp3

 
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Mon
16
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - SOTO & STYX

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Lawrence Gowan of STYX and Jeff Scott Soto of S.O.T.O. join Mitch on this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon. WHITESNAKE's Joel Hoekstra co-hosts (and briefly discusses the band's new The Purple Album).

In our first interview, Gowan discusses the band's upcoming AXS-TV and Blu-Ray live concert event: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAST VEGAS, the progress of the next STYX studio album, their 2015 summer tour with DEFF LEPPARD and TESLA, the battle against cancer that his wife won, the Juno awards, his involvement with select charities including The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and  McDermott House Canada (serving veterans).

In our second interview JEFF SCOTT SOTO discusses his new band S.O.T.O., his new album Inside The Vertigo, his future, his time with JOURNEY. Select quote: "S.O.T.O. is my life right now. If I have to live out the rest of my career doing somebody else's legacy - to me it would be like being in a cover band and that's just not me."

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http:// www. heavymontreal.com

For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13
For more about STYX visit:  http://www.facebook.com/styxtheband
Follow STYX on TWITTER: @STYXtheBand
DOWNLOAD Gowan's exclusive charity performance for McDermott House Canada here: http://mcdermotthousecanada.org/gowan-in-kilt-tonight/

Follow S.O.T.O. on Twitter:  @jeffscottsoto and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial

 
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Wed
11
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN

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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-96-richie-kotzen

On episode 96 of One On One with Mitch Lafon, we have interviews with THE WINERY DOGS’ Richie Kotzen, and Cronos from legendary metal band, Venom. This episode of One on One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Talking Metal's Mark Strigl.

Richie Kotzen discusses his new album ‘Cannibals’, recording with his daughter and the progress of The Winery Dogs' upcoming second album.

Our second interview is with Cronos of Venom who discusses the band's latest masterpiece 'From The Very Depths', their history and has a few choice thoughts about Black Flag's Henry Rollins.

For More Richie Kotzen visit: http://www.richiekotzen.com ; http://www.thewinerydogs.com and on TWITTER: @Richie_Kotzen
For more about Venom visit: http://www.venomslegions.com
For more Mark Strigl visit: http://www.talkingmetal.com and follow him on Twitter: @Strigl and @talkingmetal

Check out the new releases from Melodic Rock Records at: http://www.melodicrockrecords.com

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

 
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Wed
11
Mar

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - GEORGE LYNCH

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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 - 11 pm Est time on the Totally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

Totally Driven Radio spoke with Legendary Guitarist George Lynch to discuss a ton of topics like:

**Randy Rhoads and how he got the consolation prize and took over Randy’s Students
**He was also up to replace Brad Gillis in Ozzy’s band as well
**He talked about leaving Dokken, and he ended up joining Ratt, because Warren took his spot in Dokken
**The Sweet / Lynch project
**That he has been getting too much flack for doing too much lately
**The Shadow Nation documentary
**The Infidels
**He is finishing up a new Lynch Mob record for Frontiers
**If it is frustrating to not be able to play out live with all the different projects
**How did him & Michael Sweet hook up to do the project together
**Talked about Michael Sweet singing for Tooth & Nail, which half of record is recorded musically
**What if Don Dokken called him to ask George to work on a song or two, what is George’s answer
**Anyone he wants to work with, he hasn’t had chance
**If he does anymore body building

George hangs out for 30 minutes and You can listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1OFdeA8Hw

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Fri
06
Mar

Focus On Metal - REB BEACH

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New from Focus On Metal: "Another in our series of career retrospective episodes, our guest this week is Whitesnake/Winger guitarist and all around good guy Reb Beach. We talk with Reb and go through a brief history of his career through a bunch of bands and catch up with what he's up to these days as well. Reb doesn't usually go for these type of things so it was very cool of him to allow the Focus on Metal team to put him under the musical microscope. We hope you enjoy what he has to say."
 
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Tue
03
Mar

Double Stop Podcast - JEFF WATSON

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Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother's Army, Solo) comes out of hiding (he's a self-proclaimed hermit!) and discusses his life and career in this special 50th episode of The Double Stop. He explains his early days, and learning guitar. He covers the formation of Night Ranger and walks us through their early albums and eventual break-up. He discusses his first solo album, Lone Ranger, as well as Mother's Army - his band with Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice and Bob Daisley. He reveals for the first time the recent discovery of 5 lost Mother's Army songs that he is preparing for release.
He talks about the formation of Night Ranger, and why he decided to leave in 2008. He also discusses what led to him meeting his Night Ranger replacement - Joel Hoekstra - and their surprise jam at the Randy Rhoads Remembered show. He also discusses his plans to join the upcoming RRR tour. The bigger surprise is that Joel Hoekstra will be guesting on Jeff's next single - following his new song "Squirrels & Kerosene". And finally, Jeff announces his plans to re-release his solo track "Around the Sun" in tribute to his late father.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/jeff-watson-interview-night-ranger-mothers-army-ep-50
http://thedoublestop.com/ep-50-jeff-watson-solo-night-ranger-mothers-army/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23aZK7qB9YA

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Mon
02
Mar

Noize In The AtticPodcast - GEORGE LYNCH

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George Lynch speaks in-depth and candidly on the latest episode of Noize In The Attic - Where Your past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com)

George speaks openly on the new Sweet / Lynch album, on the failed Dokken reunion "it was way too painful and way too ugly" and how he was cheated out of $30,000 on the Dysfunctional album and tour.

On his early Ozzy auditions: "I went out to Scotland, England, Ireland.. I toured with them and played at some sound checks.. I brought in Don Costa and we rehearsed for a while. (they told me) "you're the guy" (and) I spent two months in that camp. They didn't give me a nickel.. I ended up losing my job and my apartment. It really blew me away the indifference of those people. They are callus and non-empathetic, non-compassionate.. they didn't really give a shit but maybe that's what you need to be successful in this world, being heartless and calculating and cold".

Hear the interview here (starts at 30 minute mark)

http://noizeintheattic.podomatic.com/entry/2015-02-28T06_55_02-08_00

 
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Thu
26
Feb

Focus On Metal - REVOLUTION SAINTS

 
The new release from Revolution Saints drops this week and Doug Aldrich returns to the Focus On Metal show to give all the lowdown on it. Doug also gives some insight into his decision to leave Whitesnake as well as an update on what's going on with Burning Rain and his hometown gig with Raiding The Rock Vault.
 
Listen now at: www.focusonmetal.net and iTunes.
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