Tag Archives: Rock and Roll

Ray Parker Jr.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Ray Parker Jr. is featured in the new documentary “Hired Guns: Out of the Shadow, Into the Spotlight,” which is in theaters tomorrow night (6/29/17) for one night only.  We discussed the beginning of his career as a teenage session guitarist, getting a call from Stevie Wonder, and recording his first solo album in the middle of the night.

Rudy Sarzo

Rudy Sarzo has been a member of Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, and Dio.  He toured with Ozzy Osbourne.  He’s currently playing with The Guess Who.  We discussed his impressive resume and the role of the so-called “hired gun” with his appearance in the new documentary “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows and Into the Spotlight.”  Plus: Rudy and I form a power trio with Mick Fleetwood and Rudy helps me go beyond root and fifth.

Mark Slaughter

Mark Slaughter’s new solo album is “Halfway There.”  He’ll be performing with Slaughter coming up on August 12th at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.   We talked about the writing and recording of the new album, the challenges and advantages of being a one-man band, and the constant search for honesty in music.

Liberty DeVitto

Legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto called in to chat about his appearance in a new documentary, “Hired Guns.”  We talked about his work with Billy Joel, the greatness of Ringo Starr, and messing up onstage in front of 19,000 people.  Plus: insider drummer discussions of paradiddles and buzz rolls.

Brian Southall

Brian Southall has worked in the music industry for over 50 years and is the author of a fab new book chronicling the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ masterpiece, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967.”  We had a great chat about the Beatles and the making of the record that could have gone on for hours.

Battle of the Garage Bands with Bill McCormick

World News Center Bureau Chief Bill McCormick called in to talk about a great new contest for independent musicians, “Battle of the Garage Bands,” sponsored by the fine folks at LiftMaster.  We chatted about the details of the promotion and shared stories of bad club gigs.  Also, due to some phone issues, I’ll finally get to use the Command-D function in Final Draft (for dual/overlapping dialogue) when this segment is eventually made into a web series.

Michael Nesmith

MIKE NESMITHOne of the greatest sentences ever spoken to me in my life happened just before this interview: “Ryan, I’ve got Michael Nesmith on the line for you.”  It was an absolute thrill to chat with Mike about his new book, “Infinite Tuesday:  An Autobiographical Riff.”

 

 

Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon called in to talk about his new children’s book, “Touch the Earth.” We discussed the book’s positive environmental message, his faith in children to help take care of the planet, his White Feather Foundation, and how this book came from  a very special and personal experience.

 

Dolores O’Riordan & Noel Hogan from The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan and Noel Hogan from The Cranberries called in to talk about their latest record, “Something Else,” featuring reworked versions of their classic hits along with brand new material.  After geeking out because I’m such a fan (their songs meant a lot to me when they came out, and they still do), we discussed the making of the new album, rediscovering the meanings and significance of the songs, and why their music still sounds so fresh today.  Plus:  Dolores and Noel reveal that the band will be announcing U.S. tour dates next week, including an appearance in Chicago.   Looking forward to my 7th show!

William McKeen, author of “Everybody Had An Ocean”

Author William McKeen called in for a fun chat about his new book “Everybody Had An Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles.”  We discussed how many casual music fans (and even some dedicated Beach Boys fans) may not know about the connection between the Beach Boys and Charles Manson,  what drew so many musicians to L.A. in the ’60s, and how the hippie philosophies of peace, love and acceptance might unfortunately led to their downfall.