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 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!
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.
John Oates joined our 3-Timers Club when he called in to talk about his new book, “Changes of Season,” as well as the upcoming Hall and Oates tour with Tears for Fears.
Deanna Adler is the mom of Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler who tells her story about a mom’s love for her son and her struggles with his very public battle with addiction in her book “Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns and Roses.” Deanna shared a very personal story of bonding with someone mother-to-mother about addiction, how she never gave up on her son, and how, despite the sometimes heroic public image, rock stars are all too human.
It was a pleasure to chat with Tommy Roe about his new book, “From Cabbagetown to Tinseltown.” Tommy talked about why he decided to return to performing after a long absence, his experience on the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, and opening for Sam Cooke on a tour of the segregated south.
Steve Jones called in to talk about his new book “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol.” We talked about how he wrote the book through a series of Skype chats, growing up poor in London without a fridge or a bathtub, and things that are not rock and roll — like “meet and greets,” electronic drums, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
it was great to have John Oates return to the show, this time to talk about his fun new Christmas single, “Santa Be Good to Me,” which features a fun, modern lyric backed with a traditional-style holiday tune. We discussed working with an amazing studio band like the Time Jumpers, how working with a tight established band differs from working with an assembled group of studio musicians, our love of vinyl, and what we’re going to read in his upcoming memoir to be released next year.
Gerry Beckley is a legendary singer-songwriter and a member of the Grammy Award-winning band America. His new solo album, “Carousel,” is out now. We talked about buying 45s (and reading the labels to find out who wrote the hits), his evolving songwriting process, and working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick.
Taylor Barton is an accomplished singer-songwriter and the author of a new children’s book, “Pedro ‘n’ Pip,” that not only has a strong environmental message, but also an original musical soundtrack, on which Taylor collaborated with her husband, legendary guitarist G.E. Smith. We discussed why she chose a combination of music and narrative to reach kids with her message, as well how the book was inspired by being on tour with Bob Dylan — and what Bob might think about being portrayed in the book as a Rock and Roll Octopus!