William King, founding member of the Commodores, called in to chat about his career and the band’s participation in the upcoming 2020 Ultimate Disco cruise. Topics: How “Night Shift” wasn’t originally considered to be released as a single, opening for the Jackson 5, and the dedication of their fans.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Stu Cook is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Stu called in to talk about the last go-round for Creedence Clearwater Revisited, who are on their “Final Revival” tour. Getting to pick Stu’s brain for some bass-playing advice is something I’ll never forget.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre joined the show to talk about his upcoming appearance at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago and his new album “Roads Less Traveled.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
John McFee from the Doobie Brothers called in to talk about their current tour and plans for a new album. We also discussed his former band Clover, who backed Elvis Costello on his debut album, and what it’s like to still be “the new guy” in the band after 40 years.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Seymour Stein, America’s greatest living record man, called in to talk about his new autobiography Siren Song; My Live in Music. I had a set of questions prepared about The Smiths, Ramones, and Talking Heads, but instead Seymour took my question about working with infamous label honcho Morris Levy and ran with it! An amazing story, and I want to hear more. Next time we’ll get to the bands.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Garry Gary Beers from INXS called in to discuss the 30th anniversary edition of “Kick.” The deluxe version includes alternate takes, mixes, demos, and a special version of the album mixed in Dolby Atmos by Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios. Garry also talked about experiencing the album for himself in a completely different way, answering music geek questions (from me) about bass strings and amps, and touring with the Wiggles before they were the Wiggles.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Renowned rock and roll photographer Mick Rock, who has taken iconic photographs of David Bowie, Queen, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Ramones, and especially Lou Reed, called in to discuss a limited-edition book of pictures and stories, Transformer, out now to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the LP that, with the magic help of David Bowie and Mick Ronson, launched Lou Reed into the hero status we know today. We only had 10 minutes for the interview, but I could listen to Mick tell Reed and Bowie stories all day.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Afshin Shahidi was Prince’s personal photographer for more than a decade. He’s honoring his friendship with Prince and sharing some of his finest images and his favorite memories of the music legend in a new book “Prince: A Private View.” We discussed the public vs. the private side of Prince, how Prince thought of music and visual presentation simultaneously, and how he chose which photos to include in the book.
Jimmy McDonough is a journalist and biographer best known for the bestselling Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and his biographies of Russ Meyer, Andy Milligan and Tammy Wynette. He has written for a number of publications including The Village Voice, Film Comment, and Variety. McDonough lives in Portland, Oregon. Jimmy called in to talk about his latest book, Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Legendary Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook called in to talk about a new album from his post-Pistols project The Professionals, What In The World, featuring an all-star lineup of guests including Pistol and Professional Steve Jones, along with Mick Jones, Phil Collen, Billy Duffy and more. Joining Paul was new Professionals lead singer Tom Spencer.