The Double Stop Podcast with Brian Sword

Ep. 27: John Regan (Ace Frehley’s Comet, Peter Frampton, Four By Fate)

 

John Regan shares how he got his start in music, how he started playing in Peter Frampton’s band, the rise and fall of Frehley’s Comet, his extensive session work with artists such as Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth and David Bowie, his return to Peter Framptons Band, and his new band Four By Fate.
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Ep. 26: Greg Chaisson Part 2 (Badlands, Solo)

We continue our conversation with Greg Chaisson, who discusses Badlands in-depth. He discusses the transition from Eric Singer to Jeff Martin on drums, the recording of Voodoo Highway and goes into detail on the making of Dusk, and how it saw the light of day. He also talks about his solo album (It’s About Time), becoming a session player for Shrapnel Records, and the show he played for Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel. He also feels that RDC proves that Jake E. Lee is one of rock’s all time great guitarists.

I agree.
 
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Ep. 25: Greg Chaisson (Badlands, Solo)

 

In Part 1 of our conversation, Greg Chaisson (Badlands) discusses how he went from a jock to a bassist, why he wanted to fight future Badlands drummer Jeff Martin when he met him in highschool, why Rob Halford showed up at his house, why he hung up on Sharon Osbourne 3 times (and auditioned for Ozzy only because they agreed to take him to Loche Ness), why 80′s image held him back from getting gigs, and how Badlands came to be. Plus how management wanted to FIRE Jake E Lee! Part 2 is next week.

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Ep. 24: Tony MacAlpine (Solo, CAB, Devil’s Slingshot, Planet X)

Tony MacAlpine walks us through his entire career. From a young classically trained pianist, to one of the leaders of the first wave of shred guitarists in the 80′s, Tony MacAlpine has a career spanning 30 years of amazing guitar.

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Ep. 23: Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, Lynch Mob)

Marco Mendoza shares his story of addiction and recovery. Now sober 26 years, he reflects on his life journey. From getting married at 16, and a father by twenty, to being homeless and addicted to drugs – he doesn’t hold back.

We also talk about his music career post recovery – and he explains the delicate dance of being in bands with David Coverdale and John Sykes at the same time, and his attempts to bring them back together (hint: he got VERY close).

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Ep. 22: Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM, David Lee Roth, Army of Anyone)


Ray Luzier takes us through his career and tells us about how landed the drum gig in KoRn, goes in detail about how it was being in the David Lee Roth band for 8 years (clue – he quit 4 times), his new band KXM, and how an “average” student got asked to teach at the Musicians Institute. Plus loads of advice from Ray for aspiring musicians.

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EP. 21: Stevie Salas (Solo, Nickelbag, Sass Jordan, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart)

Stevie Salas talks about his life and career on this weeks episode. He shares how he got started on the guitar, and covers most of his solo albums, working with Rod Stewart, George Clinton, Sass Jordan, why many of his solo albums have different names for different territories, who “Punkass Bitch” was written for, and all about his upcoming memoir – “When We Were the Boys: Coming of Age on Rod Stewart’s Out of Order Tour”
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EP. 20: Michael Wagener (Accept, Dokken, Ozzy, Extreme, Saigon Kick)

Michael Wagener tells us all about his early days as an original member of Accept, joining the army, early work as a producer with Dokken, Great White, Accept and Mötley Crüe, plus later work with Brighton Rock, Ozzy, White Lion, Extreme and Skid Row. He goes into detail about how he got George Lynch’s guitar tone in Under Lock and Key, what happened to his original mixes of Ozzy’s Ozzmosis album, and the recording of the kazoo solo for Saigon Kick.

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Ep. 19: Richie Kotzen (Solo, The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, Poison, Vertu)

Richie Kotzen explains how he got his start in music, the huge impact Steve Smith had on his first cd, how he ended up with titles he hated on some of his solo albums, he covers his time in poison, Mr. Big and Vertu, as well as his new band, The Winery Dogs. He also reveals that he has just completed recording a new solo album that will be released on Loud & Proud records in North America (as well as a best-of release).

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No Show This Week

Hi Folks,

Sorry, but there won’t be a new show this week. Unfortunately, a family matter has kept me out of town for a better part of the last 6 weeks and I’ve run out of banked interviews.

The good news is that things are about to get back on track with a new interview being recorded on Tuesday.

New show next Monday.

Thanks to all who listen for the support!

Brian