Tag Archives: Rock and Roll

John Oates

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.

Huey Lewis

The great Huey Lewis called in to discuss his current battle with hearing loss and promote the brand new Huey Lewis and the News album “Weather.”  After getting my geeky fan boy moment out of the way, we had a good discussion about songwriting, his adjustments to hearing loss, and the possibility of future live performances.

Jake Brennan

Jake Brennan, host of the popular “Disgraceland” podcast, returned to the show to talk about his new podcast series “27 Club,” featuring members of rock community who died at age 27. Series 1 will focus on Jimi Hendrix.  We discussed the other members of the club (including why Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones is usually overlooked), music rights for podcasts, and cool potential 27 Club merch.  Plus: a special shoutout to Chelsea Ursin of the “Dear Young Rocker” podcast, of which Jake is an executive producer.

Chelsea Ursin

Chelsea Ursin is the host of the great new podcast “Dear Young Rocker.”  It’s an audio memoir of growing up a loner and finding a home in music, including a segment on letters she’d write to her younger self.  Despite our being a generation apart, I relate to so much of her story as a fellow creator/writer/nerd/musician.

William King

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.

Cyndi Lauper

Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter )that’s 3/4 of an EGOT!) called in to talk about some of her newest projects as well as her work as a spokesperson for the 8 million Americans dealing with symptoms of psoriasis.

Mick Hucknall

Simply Red lead vocalist Mick Hucknall called in to talk about the band’s 12th album, “Blue-Eyed Soul.”  We had a lively chat about songwriting, recording in the studio with a live band, what his original songs mean to him, why the concept of bands being regionally popular is an anomaly, and whether or not we’ll see Simply Red perform in the States.

Jake Brennan

Jake Brennan called in for a fun chat about his “Disgraceland” book and podcast.  Topics included Kurt & Courtney, the Ramones, Phil Spector, Elvis, and the Beach Boys.

Glenn Tilbrook

It was an absolute thrill to chat with Glenn Tilbrook, who has been an inspiration to me as a songwriter ever since I discovered I could. Squeeze is one of my all-time favorites and I was overjoyed when Glenn told me the story of how he and Chris Difford wrote “Up the Junction,” my favorite Squeeze song.  Squeeze is about to begin the U.S. leg of their “Squeeze Songbook 2019” tour, which comes to the Chicago Theatre on August 31st (Glenn’s birthday!)

Stu Cook

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.