The Double Stop Podcast with Brian Sword

Ep. 61: Eric Martin (Solo, Mr. Big)

In Part 1 of my 2 part interview with Eric Martin (Mr. Big), he shares how he got his start in music, and discusses his early solo albums “Sucker For A Pretty Face”, “Eric Martin” and “I’m Only Fooling Myself”. Eric also covers his contribution to the Teachers soundtrack (a song he wrote with Neal Schon from Journey), as well as his near miss in Toto. We discuss the formation of Mr. Big (and the role Mike Varney had), and the recording of the first Mr. Big album.

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Ep. 60: Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, House Of Lords, Great White, Dokken, Burning Rain)

Sean McNabb walks us through his entire career – from his early days to his first big break in Quiet Riot, he explains it all. He covers his time in House of Lords, Great White, Dokken, Burning Rain and now Lynch Mob. He also discusses his solo single “Fresh Air” where he is in singer/songwriter mode, and reveals Burning Rain’s plan to hit the studio and record a new cd for Frontiers Records.

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Ep. 59: Andrew McNeice (

Andrew McNeice discusses the history of – one of the first hard rock/melodic rock news sites on the net. He discusses how and why he started the site, its growth, his music festivals, his record label and the current state of the music business.

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Ep. 58: Ken Mary (House of Lords, Alice Cooper, Kip Winger)

Ken Mary (House of Lords, Alice Cooper, Impellitteri, Kip Winger) walks us through his career, starting with his early days, his first band (Fifth Angel), his time with Alice Cooper in the 80’s, recording early demos with Kip Winger and Paul Taylor, the formation of House of Lords (and why he left after the Sahara tour), his first solo project – Soul Shock Remedy and the House of Lords reunion album The Power and the Myth. He also reveals the terrible back pain that prevented him from playing drums for most of the last 15 years, and how he was able to recover and commence drumming again.

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Ep. 57: Tom Werman (Producer: Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Dokken, Rock Star)


Tom Werman walks us through his legendary producing career, from Cheap Trick to Motley Crue, and Twisted Sister to Dokken. He talks about his early days in music, and his rise to famed music Producer multiple hit records under his belt. He also addresses criticism by Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue over his production style, and discusses his challenges working with George Lynch on the “Tooth and Nail” cd. He also covers the film Rock Star, and how helpful Jeff Pilson was in the studio. And finally, we discuss his retirement from the music business, and his latest venture – a luxury Bed & Breakfast in Massachusetts called Stoneover Farm.

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Ep. 56: Spencer Proffer (Producer: Quiet Riot, WASP, Tina Turner)


Spencer Proffer discusses his early days, and how he went from law school to record producer. From his early works with Billy Thorpe and Tina Turner to his number one smash “Metal Health” with Quiet Riot, Spencer covers it all. We also discuss working with WASP on their “The Last Command” album as well as his transition into film, and his current projects with Meteor 17.

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Ep. 55: Mark Slaughter (Slaughter, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Solo)

Mark Slaughter (Slaughter, Vinnie Vincent Invasion) discusses his career – from starting in Xcursion, to joining Vinnie Vincent Invasion – to striking out (and finding huge success) with Slaughter. He goes into detail on the first two Slaughter records and discusses his new solo record – Reflections In A Rear View Mirror.

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Ep. 54: Carmine Appice (King Cobra, Blue Murder, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rated X)

Carmine Appice walks us through his entire career – from early days learning drums (and helping his brother Vinnie) to early success with Vanilla Fudge and Cactus. He also covers working with Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. We also take a look at his 80/90’s bands King Cobra, Blue Murder (and clears up the details of his involvement with the 2nd album Nothin’ But Trouble) and supergroup Mothers Army. Busier than ever, Carmine also gives details on Drum Wars, Rated X and the new Vanilla Fudge cd. He also reveals that he wants Dave Grohl to produce a new Drum Wars cd and that he’s currently about to mix a new Cactus album.

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Ep. 53: Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4, Bang Tango)

Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4, Bang Tango) walks us through his career – from joining Dio at only 17 years old, to having his album with Oni Logan (Violets Demise) shelved – all the way up to current projects such as DC4 and Bang Tango. From the writing sessions for “Lock Up The Wolves” to preparing for his years Monsters of Rock cruise, it’s all covered.

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Ep. 52: Jeff LaBar (Cinderella, Solo)

Jeff LaBar (Cinderella) tells us about his early days and early bands. He explains how he got the gig in Cinderella, and the recording of Night Songs, Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station – and how the changing musical climate affected Still Climbing. He also discusses Tom Keifer’s vocal problems and their failed recording contract with Sony in the late 90’s. He also talks about his new solo EP One For The Road, and the recording process for it. He also shares that he’s heading back into the studio to record the follow-up for Rat Pak Records.

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