Barstool Rockers

A Music Conversation

Barstool Rockers is a podcast about music.  Hosted by two life-long rock fans, it aims to inform and hopefully entertain.

Episode 39: Chuck Garric

Chuck Garric is one of the hardest-working bass players in rock music today.  Not only has he toured and played a key role in Alice Cooper's band since 2002, he also fronts his own band, Beastö Blancö, alongside Calico Cooper. 

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Episode 38: Robert Dean Lurie / Begin the Begin, R.E.M's Early Years

Would you believe that Michael Stipe’s first song he sang on stage was Rush’s Working Man? That’s just one of the tidbits in the new book, Begin the Begin: The first biography of R.E.M. wholly researched and written since they disbanded in 2011. It offers by far the most detailed account of the group's formative years--their early lives, their first encounters with one another, their legendary debut show, early tours in the back of a van, initial recordings, their shrewdly paced rise to fame.

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Episide 37: Rick Nielsen / Cheap Trick

If Rick Nielsen weren’t one of rock and roll’s most colorful and accomplished characters in real life, there’s no way to have dreamed him up. A homemade cartoon figure who is also a down-to-earth family man. A superlative guitarist who makes it look like a goof onstage. An inveterate joker whose best-known song is a sincere request for love. You think it’s all an image, a pose? Spend a few minutes with the man and you’ll find out just how wrong you are.

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Episode 36: Mick Box / Uriah Heep

A “proper rock show” is what Mick Box is promising on the upcoming Uriah Heep tour, as they support Judas Priest through mid 2019. The band’s 25 album / 50 year path gave us SO MUCH to talk about with Mick and the whole time, it felt like we had known him for years. We chat about writing, touring, balancing family with rock & roll, recording ‘old school’ style and how to deal with an audience that’s so drunk, the police pull the plug on the show.

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