The Double Stop Podcast with Brian Sword

Ep. 40: Paul Taylor (Winger, Steve Perry, Alice Cooper, Tom Keifer)

Paul Taylor (Winger, Alice Cooper, Tom Keifer, Steve Perry) discusses his life and career. He talks about his early life, leading to joining the Alice Cooper band. He covers his time in Winger (and why he decided to leave), working on the Steve Perry album “For the Love of Strange Medicine” and the subsequent tour, his career writing for TV and film, the Winger reunion and working with Tom Keifer.

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Ep. 39: Derry Grehan (Honeymoon Suite)

Derry Grehan from Honeymoon Suite discusses the history of the band. From the huge success of their first album, to working with Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock on the follow-up “Big Prize, and Ted Templeton on Racing After Midnight. He also discusses the effects of Grunge, and how they were able to rebuild in the 2000’s. He also shares that Honeymoon Suite are working on new music, and when we can expect it.

Note: I’m traveling and my road mic decided to die – so there is no intro or outro on this episode.

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Find more about Derry at: Honeymoon Suite Official

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Ep. 38: Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty)


Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, pretty much everyone else…) talks about his path as a drummer, and how he learned to play. He talks about the 17 years (and 10 albums) he spent playing in the John Mellencamp band, how he became one of the most sought after session drummers and covers working with such bands as Chickenfoot, Heaven & Earth, John Fogerty, The Smashing Pumpkins and more.

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Find more about Kenny at: Kenny Aronoff Official

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Ep. 37: Vinnie Moore (Solo, UFO, Red Zone Rider)

Vinnie Moore (Solo, UFO, Alice Cooper, Red Zone Rider) discusses how he picked up the guitar, his first gig (a Pepsi Commercial), working with Vicious Rumors, his early instrumental albums, working with Alice Cooper, how he responded to grunge, how he joined UFO (this one blew my mind), the formation of Red Zone Rider, and his future plans.

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Find more about Vinnie at: Vinnie Moore Official

 

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Ep. 36: Greg Howe (Solo, Maragold, *NSYNC, Michael Jackson)

Greg Howe explains how he got his start, and how he learned to play the guitar. He also covers getting his record deal and his solo career, plus how he gives full detail on how he got the gig as a touring guitarist for Michael Jackson (plus Enrique Iglesias, NSYNC and Justin Timberlake). He also shares how and why he formed the band Maragold, and reveals that they are working on a new cd, with hopes of releasing it early next year.

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Find more about Greg at: Greg Howe Official

 

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No new episodes for a few weeks

Hey folks – my father passed away so there won’t be any new episodes for at least 2 weeks. Will be back when the time is right.

Ep. 35: Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil, Top Gun Anthem)

Steve Stevens discusses his childhood and his path learning guitar (it was NOT rock), and the effects of his early influences. He covers his first recordings, how he met Billy Idol, and their rise to fame. He also shares why he ultimately left the band, but not before declining the lead guitarist gig for David Lee Roth (pre-Steve Vai). Other topics include working with Vince Neil, returning to Billy Idol, why he was unsatisfied with “Devil’s Playland”, and why he IS so happy with their new cd,  Kings & Queens of the Underground.

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Find more about Steve at:

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Ep. 34: Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages)

 

Joel Hoekstra shares his story – from early instruments and teenage bands to joining Night Ranger and now nabbing one of the most sought after gigs for a guitar player – the mighty Whitesnake. He fills in the blanks from how he got the gig in Night Ranger and managed to juggle it with Rock of Ages on Broadway, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – all at the same time. Plus, he goes into detail on how he got the gig in Whitesnake and his part of the recording process on the new cd.

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Find more about Joel at:

JoelHoekstra.com

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Ep. 32: Brandon Gibbs (Devil City Angels)

Brandon Gibbs from Devil City Angels discusses his early years, and how it led to him being asked to front a band that features Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Rikki Rocket (Poison) and Eric Brittingham (Cinderella). We also discuss the band’s use of social media to give fans a look behind the curtain as they write and record songs and play their first shows. Brandon gives great insight on the band, modern music business, and connecting with fans.

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Find more about Brandon at:

DevilCityAngels.com

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Ep. 32: Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Solo)

Bruce Bouillet discusses his early days in Indiana, and his trek to LA for GIT (and meeting Paul Gilbert on his first day). We covers his time in Racer X (with Paul Gilbert) and The Scream (with John Corabi), and being forced to stop playing guitar because of Carpel Tunnel. He discusses his move into production (winning a Grammy with Motorhead), and his return to guitar thanks to a new non-surgical treatment. He also reveals that he’s putting together a new vocal band, and what he’s looking for is a singer as he starts holding auditions.

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Find more about Bruce at:

BruceBouillet.com

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