Denny Laine was a co-founding member of the Moody Blues. He left the band in 1966 to form the Electric String Orchestra. From there it was Ginger Baker’s Air Force. Along the way, he got to know Paul McCartney musically and personally and after some other projects, it was on to help form Wings with Paul and Linda.
Corky Laing started his life in 1948 as the youngest of five siblings in Montreal, Canada. His early bands enjoyed a good local following, opened for many of the popular British invasion acts and, ultimately, got a record deal with Atlantic Records in New York. Through the teenage summers, his band was a regular on the Island of Nantucket, Massachusetts and frequented clubs in New York City. In September 1969, his life changed for good when Mountain happened.
2019 is proving to be a bright and shiny 25th anniversary year for Atlanta multi-Platinum rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL, and they’ll be celebrating their ongoing legacy in all-out style with a little bit of the old and a lot of the new. They’re in it for the long haul and are gearing up to keep the party going.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a “made man” wants to talk, you stop and listen. Steven Van Zandt is a well connected individual with TWO bosses: Bruce Springsteen AND Tony Soprano. We spent some time talking about musical memories, his new album and whether his presence was requested for the Sopranos prequel.
He played a role in one of the most epic guitar solos EVER. His double-neck guitar is in the New York City Metropolitan Museum’s Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll exhibition. He took a little time out while he was in New York City for the opening of that exhibition to chat with Finn about his new album, American Rock ‘n’ Roll, his legendary guitar and teaching Tom Petty.
Michael Schenker is a changed man. With a career stretching back to 1969, the German guitar virtuoso is an artist for whom the term ‘volatile’ has sometimes seemed invented. Recorded with singers and musicians associated with Michael in previous decades, the aptly-titled Resurrection sees Schenker embracing his past to build something fresh and exciting. We had a brief window of time to chat with the legendary guitarist about where he draws inspiration from, the new project and more.
Uli Jon Roth is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players ever. He is one of the last greats who is still around to present his magical style of playing which he already forged in the late Sixties when he was still in his teens. Uli played his first ever show in December 1968 - at the age of 13 - and to celebrate his upcoming 50th Stage Anniversary, he will perform concerts across North America this spring. He had some time to chat with us recently during an extended visit to a truckstop in Canada....
With songs like Darkness, Darkness, Lightshine, Sunlight, Sugarbabe, Songbird and The Youngblood's version of Get Together, Jesse Colin Young has influenced and shaped the character of American music for over 50 years. Jesse Collin Young has a new album out called Dreamers, and spent some time chatting w/ Finn.
Jim Breuer had some spare time on his hands so he spent a few minutes talking with Finn. His new album, "Jim Breuer: Live From Portland" just arrived. It was recorded at Helium Comedy Club and features 14 brand new tracks, were Breuer shares stories from his recent tour with Metallica, aging, and the best part about getting a colonoscopy.
“Serving The Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain,” an amazing read from Danny Goldberg is out today on the 25th anniversary of the passing of Kurt Cobain. The Nirvana manager from 1990-1995 had a chance to spend a few minutes talking to Finn In the book he shares his memories of his brief but momentous time with Kurt and the band, with candor, honesty and empathy.
Carl Palmer took a few minutes to chat with us about his upcoming Prog Rock Camp in November, along with some chatting about Asia, ELP, and other projects he’s been involved with over his illustrious career.
Our buddy Sal joined us on the podcast this morning after attending the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony over the weekend. We got his perspective on how things went and what folks have to look forward to when they see select portions on HBO.
There are legends and then there are legends. Robin Trower is BOTH. He played with Procul Harum and fronts his own power trio that will be visiting the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on April 14th. He has a new album out too called Coming Closer to the Day on which he plays all the musical instruments (sans drums) and provides the vocals.
Finn had the opportunity to chat with Brian Wheat, one of the founding members of the band Tesla about their new album "Shock." It was produced and co-written by Def Leppard's Phil Collen. They talk about longevity, breakups, reunions, influences and more.
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.
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."
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.