Greg Renoff made a return appearance to the show to talk about his new book, “Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music.” We had a fun chat about recording Van Halen, the Doobie Brothers, and Ted’s timeless productions.
John Oates is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and The Big Wakeup Call 4 Timers Club! John called us up to announce a new Darryl Hall and John Oates tour, which comes to Chicago on July 18th at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. We discussed putting together a set list, dealing with downtime on tour, and touring with their special guests Squeeze. John also may or may not have announced the existence of “Maneater” underwear at their merch table.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.