‘Wild’ Mick Brown joins us to discuss his life and career. From his early days with The Boyz and Exciter, to success with Dokken and Lynch Mob, Mick shares his story (and all the mistakes made!). He also discusses the possible reunion with Dokken, his status with the Ted Nugent Band, and goes into detail on his new project – Wild Mick’s Bourbon Ballet.
Guitarist Tim Donahue calls in from Japan to discuss his life and career. From building his first fretless guitar as a teenager to his first big break from Mike Varney, to his solo releases Fifth Season, Still Dreaming, Voices In The Wind (Featuring producer Eddie Kramer and vocalist Paul Rogers), Into The Light (featuring Foreigner vocalist Kelly Hansen), Madmen + Sinners (featuring Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie), and Earlyworks. We also cover his new project – The Cage.
Mike Slamer discusses his life and career. From his early days to the 5 albums he recorded with Producer Mutt Lange (with the band City Boy), why he was thanked in Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’, his secret session playing on the first two Warrant releases, and most of his other band / recording projects (Streets, Steelhouse Lane, Seventh Key, Slamer, Ozone).
In part 2 of the conversation with Michael Thompson, we cover specific sessions such as Animal Logic, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Shania Twain (including over a month working closely with Mutt Lange).
Michael Thompson discusses his life and career, and explains how he became one of the most sought-after session guitarists of the last twenty-five years. A small sample of his sessions includes Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, ‘N Sync, Toni Braxton, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Bette Midler, Madonna, Animal Logic with Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke and Shania Twain. And producers such as Mutt Lange, Quincey Jones, Babyface, and David Foster. This week in part one we go through his personal history, and in next week’s part two we’ll talk about specific sessions.
Recording Engineer/Mixer Tom Size joins us this week to talk about his life and career. He discusses his path into production and covers some of his key projects such as Aerosmith’s Done With Mirrors, Sammy Hagar’s VOA, David Lee Roth’s Eat ‘Em and Smile, and the numerous cd’s he’s worked on for Mr. Big – including solo albums by Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert. He also discusses the new live DVD’s by Eric Martin (newly released in Japan) and Mr. Big (release date TBA).
As a part of the later wave of Shrapnel shredders, Darren Housholder missed out on the exposure of some of his counterparts that came out in the 80’s, but his 3 records for Shrapnel in the 90’s set the bar high for shred. We cover his entire career including his album with Love/Hate, his brief time working with Jeff Pilson’s War & Peace, W.A.S.P, Enuff Z’nuff and a near-miss with David Lee Roth. We also cover how he ended up with George Lynch’s famous bomber jacket – and its return to Lynch.
Marc Ford discusses his life and career. From his early days, to his first band (Burning Tree), how he got the gig in The Black Crowes, and why he eventually left the band, his struggles with substance abuse, the Black Crowes reunion, his time playing with Ben Harper, his solo albums and the new cd he is prepping to record.
Billy Sheehan ( The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth Band, Talas ) discusses his life and career. From his early days in Buffalo and Talas to the near reunion with David Lee Roth Band, the recent fundraiser for Tony MacAlpine, and the new Winery Dogs cd – Hot Streak.
Jon Levin (Dokken, Doro (Warlock)) discusses his life and career. From his early days and bands, to his first big break with Doro (Warlock) with the Force Majeure album and tour. We also discuss why he turned his back on music in the 90’s and became a lawyer, and how (over a couple of years) he landed the lead guitarist gig in Dokken. We discuss his 3 Dokken studio albums in depth (Hell To Pay (2004), Lightning Strikes Again (2008) and Broken Bones (2012), plus what the future lies for Dokken and possible recording plans.