Tag Archives: Rock and Roll

John McFee

unnamed (4)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.

John Lydon

TPIIR US Poster WebSex Pistols and PiL legend John Lydon returned to the show to discuss a new documentary, The Public Image is Rotten, as well as his upcoming show at Thalia Hall in Chicago on October 22nd.  John also shared his thoughts on music streaming, self-funding a band, and making sweater vests cool.

Pistols fans:  Hear our interviews with Steve Jones & Paul Cook!

Seymour Stein

Siren Song.inddSeymour 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.

Steve Dorff

dorffSteve Dorff, a new inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, called in to chat about his new book I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney.  We discussed his inspiration for the book, writing a book vs. writing a song, his songwriting process, and becoming a songwriter in Junior High School.

Note: Not the greatest audio quality due to a phone gremlin, but still understandable.

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.”