The Big Wakeup Call looks back and says farewell to the unusual Summer of 2021 as we chat with special guests Michael Ian Black, Scott Aukerman, Ben Gleib, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Andy Summers from The Police, Dylan Brody, and Bill McCormick! Re-live that exciting 6 weeks when everything seemed possible before unwelcome guest Delta Variant showed up.
The whole show is a fun listen, but if you’d like to skip to the individual chats, here you go!
John Oates joined our exclusive Five Timers Club with his appearance on the show today and chose the Big Wakeup Call coffee mug as his special gift. John is hosting a special event, “Oates Song Fest,” featuring a lineup of superstar performers, to benefit Feeding America. You can see “Oates Song Fest” on March 20, 2021 at 7:00 Central on nugs.net.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason called in to talk about a new version of his classic tune “Feelin’ Alright,” which he recorded remotely with an all-star supergroup called “Dave Mason and The Quarantines.”
Greg Renoff made a return appearance to the show to talk about his new book, “Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music.” We had a fun chat about recording Van Halen, the Doobie Brothers, and Ted’s timeless productions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seymour 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.