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 24: Michael Ciravolo / Beauty in Chaos

The morning after the 20th anniversary of his marriage to his wife Tish,  Michael Ciravolo took some time to talk with us about Beauty in Chaos. We talked about the album’s guests and their contributions as well as the role(s) his wife and daughters played in the project.

Along the way, we also answered the pressing questions like, “Is it really a Van Halen reunion if Michael Anthony isn’t on stage?”

Michael Ciravolo is also the President of Schecter Guitars and we only recently learned of this project through Anastasia Vishnevsky, who is the composer and producer of our theme music.  She uses a Schecter guitar on much of her music.

The album is going through a reinterpretation project with several producers and artists taking part.  They’ve also re-recorded a few songs with strings and piano.

Michael recently had the solo on Un-Natural Disaster re-recorded by none other than Zakk Wylde and there’s a video in production for it.  Zakk & Ice T have already shot their parts and we should be seeing it soon.

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Episode 23: Carmine Appice

Ronn Dunnett Photo

Ronn Dunnett Photo

Carmine Appice is a legend when it comes to drumming.  As Rick Van Horn said in Modern Drummer magazine (1999) "Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming ... before Bonham, before Ian Paice... before anyone else."  He's played with a wide range of bands from Vanilla Fudge, Blue Murder, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley, Ted Nugent, Cactus, and Rod Stewart to name a few.  He even performed on Pink Floyd's "Dogs of War."

He's currently celebrating the reissue of "Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus" which, released last month, features his '95 and '97 installments of the album and pairs them with five new tracks, yielding a 33 song non-stop who's who of guitar wizardry.

Also this year is the 40th anniversary of the Rod Stewart album Blondes Have More Fun on which Carmine played, sang backing vocals and co-wrote the smash hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy." Carmine also co-wrote 1981's "Young Turks from Rod's Tonight I'm Yours album.

Carmine has written several books throughout his career from instructional to biographical.  In "Stick It.  My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll" he talks about how hung with Hendrix, trashed hotel rooms, and taught John Bonham (as well as Fred Astaire) a thing or two about drumming (along with some more colorful memories).

Episode 22: Steve Hackett

Photo by Tina Korhonen

Photo by Tina Korhonen

Steve Hackett is heading out on tour this year in support of his newest album At The Edge of Light. He took a little time to chat with us about the album his live shows, and how his music is more like a painting.

Following the tremendous success of 2017’s ‘The Night Siren’ (charted at #22 in Germany, #28 in the UK), legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on the 25th January 2019. The album which features ten songs, sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric all brought together in Steve Hackett’s unique style.

Steve says: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light... The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”

Steve Hackett has established himself as one of Rock music’s finest and recognisable guitarists through his time with the legendary Genesis who he joined in 1971 and a solo career following his departure from Genesis in 1977 and is a hugely influential guitarist particularly in the Progressive Rock genre.  ‘At The Edge Of Light’ will be Hackett’s 26th studio album in a solo career that began in 1975 with the release of his debut solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte.

‘At The Edge Of Light’ was mainly recorded in Steve's own studio but also around the world.   The album features international artists, including Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame with drummers Nick D'Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish bass player Jonas Reingold... This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend... All magically honed and engineered by Roger King.   


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