Tag Archives: Rock and Roll

Steven Hyden

twilightRock journalist Steven Hyden called in to discuss his new book Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock.  We discussed the Classic Rock upbringing of Gen X’ers, why Lennon-McCartney will be discussed like Mozart, 90s bands becoming the new classic rock.  Plus: we share our love of Styx: Behind the Music. 

Michael Bolton

boltonMusic legend Michael Bolton called in to talk about a special documentary film, Michael Bolton Presents American Dream: Detroit, which will be in theatres for one night only on Tuesday, May 15 from Fathom Events.  We discussed his love of the Motown sound, why other great music coming from Detroit should not be overlooked,  and the cultural importance of a city on the rebound. Plus: a special shoutout to a member of The Big Wakeup Call’s 9-timers club, Scott Aukerman!

Rita Coolidge

coolidgeIt was great to have the chance to catch up with the great Rita Coolidge as she called in to talk about her new solo album, “Safe In the Arms of Time,” featuring her original tunes, collaborations with Keb’ Mo’, Stan Lynch and Chris Stapleton, and a special composition from Graham Nash.

Garry Beers

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.

Scott Ian

Scott Ian from Anthrax returned to the show  to talk about his new book Access All Areas: Stories From a Rock Hard Life. We discussed how the book is not a sequel to I’m the Man (since that would require writing a second autobiography, an absurd yet interesting thought), telling an honest version of tales of debauchery, and his most requested story (involving Lemmy and a pair of Daisy Dukes).

Dionne Warwick

Music legend Dionne Warwick called in to talk about her participation in a new song, “Let There Be Light,” with all proceeds benefitting Feeding America.   We also chatted about her unexpected appearance on an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Mick Rock

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.

Herb Alpert

It was a thrill to chat with the legendary Herb Alpert about his new album The Christmas Wish and his two shows at City Winery in Chicago.  Despite some pesky phone gremlins, we had a fun talk about recording an album in 2017 vs 1967, how the trumpet turned on him for a while, and how he’s always searching for new sounds.

Afshin Shahidi

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.

 

Petula Clark

Petula_Clark_1500x1500_klIt was pleasure to chat with music legend Petula Clark about her new album Living For Today and her upcoming tour that will bring her to the Chicago area on December 17th.  We discussed how she keeps her voice in such amazing shape (at age 84, soon to be 85!), and what it’s like to make a record in 2017 versus 1967.  Plus:  Petula tells the story of how she wound up singing on the “Give Peace a Chance” record with John & Yoko.