Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Veronica Freeman and Jeff Pilson Collaborate On "Obey"

Welcome to a new December 2013 interview with powerhouse Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman and bassist/producer/songwriter Jeff Pilson of Dokken/Foreigner fame. That's right, a co-interview from the two - Veronica and Jeff collaborated on the new Benedictum album "Obey." After producing Benedictum's debut "Uncreation" in 2006, and followup "Seasons of Tragedy" in 2008, Jeff re-connected with the band and was essential to the project as co-writer and lending his production skills to the new album. Veronica's portion is up first, as she lays out her history with Benedictum co-founder Pete Wells, as well as the writing/recording process of "Obey." Jeff's part follows, with his thoughts on working with the band, the contemporary hard rock and metal scene, and what it takes to successfully collaborate with outside musicians. Of course, there's so much more covered within the 20-plus minutes of conversation, which was a total pleasure with these two incredible talents. Visit Bededictum online at www.benedictum.net for more on the band's history and music, and thanks to Veronica and Jeff for a great chat, as well as Dustin at Frontiers Records for setting it all up!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Angus Clark Unveils New Series Of Guitar Instructional Videos

Welcome to the first August interview of 2013, with guitarist Angus Clark. Angus, in addition to his long-running duties with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his rock outfit Daredevil Squadron, playing in the broadway show Rock of Ages, and too much else to mention, the guitarist's involved with a series of instructional videos released through TruFire.com - the newest of which is titled "50 Hard Rock Licks You Must Know." In this 30-minute chat, Angus discusses what is involved within the video's lesson plan, how he arrived at the material, and the lesson's real-world applications. He also gives great insight as a musician, into how his career has evolved, and the musical education he's had that's taken him to some of the world's biggest stages. Of course, there is lots of background into his time with Kitaro and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Angus' instructional videos are available at www.truefire.com/rock-guitar-lessons/50-hard-rock-licks/ , and make sure to check out his own site at www.angusclark.com.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Don Jamieson Talks Comedy, Metal, Career

Welcome to a new July 2013 interview with comedian Don Jamieson; one of the hosts of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. In this nearly 25-minute interview, Don chats about his two decades in comedy, including his beginnings working behind the scenes at MTV - helping the careers of guys like Jon Stewart and Kevin James along the way. He also chats about his role on That Metal Show, which has just finished up its 12th season, with no end in sight. In a cool tangent, Don is gearing up for the release of his performance art-based band, Gunfire -N- Sodomy, to release their debut EP at the end of July with a release party in New York City. Don talks about the band and its origins as well. Check out Don's website at www.donjamieson.com for a list of his live dates as well as clips of his "Live and Hilarious" CD.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Scott Rockenfield On Queensryche's Rebirth

Welcome to a new, June 2013 interview with Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield. In this 20-minute interview, Scott talks in-depth about the new self-titled Queensryche record, the band's first with new vocalist Todd LaTorre. Scott also gives some insight into the processes behind the record, such as writing, and working again with master producer/engineer James "Jimbo" Barton. Scott reveals the healthy atmosphere within the band at the moment, free of the drama of a year ago, when original vocalist Geoff Tate was primed for exit. Scott says the Queensryche will fulfill some festival dates this summer and fall, and then start a proper world tour for the album in 2014 - we can't wait, Scott! For more on the band, visit www.queensrycheofficial.com. Thanks again to Scott for the chat!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jon Oliva Raises The Curtain

Welcome to a new June 2013 interview with Savatage mastermind, and all things metal brilliance, Jon Oliva. Jon's set to release his solo debut, "Raise The Curtain" in July via AFM Records. The record, while still maintaining that Jon Oliva attitude and trademark growl, integrates a decidedly 1970's progressive edge into the music. Jon's performance is stunning in the record, of which he talks in depth about here. He also talks about the legacy of Savatage, which he created with his brother Criss over 30 years ago. Jon also speaks a bit about his contributions to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and working with TSO producer Paul O'Neill. Jon may embark on a "storytellers" type tour upon the release of "Raise The Curtain," which will be a treat for fans of this truly groundbreaking, unique voice in metal. Visit Jon online at www.jonoliva.net.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jorma Kaukonen Talks Career In New Interview

Welcome to a new, June 2013 interview with the legendary Jorma Kaukonen. Jorma encapsulates his entire career in this new 16-minute interview - from Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna, the latter of which was the main topic of the interview, used for an article in the July issue of Connections Magazine here in the Pocono mountains of PA. Jorma and his Hot Tuna compatriot, bassist Jack Casady, are in Stroudsburg, PA this July for an electric show. Jorma talks in length about Hot Tuna's recent album, "Steady As She Goes," which happens to be the band's first studio album in 20 years. Jorma also gives an insight into the Fur Peace Ranch. The ranch, located in Ohio, has been a leading catalyst for music instruction, featuring guest musicians from G.E. Smith to Steve Earle imparting their musical knowledge upon eager students. For more on Jorma and his extensive musical endeavors, visit www.jormakaukonen.com.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

John O'Reilly Inaugurates New Online Music School, Talks Career

Welcome to a new April 2013 interview with drummer John O'Reilly. Perhaps most well-known for his tenure with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with whom he's been the West unit's drummer since 2002, John's recently started an online drum instruction vehicle called Stanley Spector School of Drumming, based out of his homebase of Milford, PA. John was a student of Spector's and wanted to keep the master's brilliant teaching methods alive, and has taken all of Spector's lessons and incorporated them into a secure website and online correspondence format. John talks in-depth about the school, as well as his career in general - his time with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Peter Noone's Herman's Hermits, and of course, TSO, is talked about in the 30-minute chat. Make sure to check out all of John's endeavors and full career background at www.drummentor.com.

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