In Part 2 of a 2 part interview, Stevie Rachelle (TUFF, Metal Sludge) discusses TUFF and the effects of Grunge in the 90’s, the rise of Metal Sludge, and his current projects.
In Part 1 of a 2 part interview, Stevie Rachelle (TUFF, Metal Sludge) discusses his life and career. From a punk-rock loving skater kid, to the frontman of a glam-rock 80’s band, Stevie Rachelle walks us through his experiences in the 80’s rock scene.
Anthony Esposito discusses his career, from his early start in music, to his time in Lynch Mob and Ace Frehley’s band. He also discusses his new gig in Red Dragon Cartel, and gives us an update on the recording of the new album (a return to Jake E Lee’s Badlands style).
Howard Benson discusses how he turned a Materials Engineering degree into a career as a record producer. Starting in the tail end of the hair metal era where he worked with bands such as Bang Tango, Tuff, SouthGang, and Pretty Boy Floyd, he moved on to heavier bands such as Motörhead and Sepultura in the 90’s, and then hit big in the 2000’s with P.O.D., Daughtry, and Kelly Clarkson.
Dave Wittman discusses his career as a Recording Engineer. From meeting Jimi Hendrix as a teenager, and his first job with Eddie Kramer, to working in the studio with KISS (and the Van Halen demos with Gene Simmons), Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Billy Idol and much, much more. He also discusses the change in the music industry with Grunge, and his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra both in studio and on the road. This episode features guest co-host Greg Renoff – author of the new book Van Halen Rising.
Chris Moore (George Lynch, Graig Goldy, Cry Wolf, 208 Talks of Angels) discusses his life and career. From His early days and bands, to quitting the music business in his 20’s, only to have the spark return in his 40’s and return to music full time. We learn about his involvement with Cry Wolf and 208 Talks of Angels, his new drumming book/DVD and the formation of his two new bands – one with George Lynch (formerly named The Infidels), and one with Craig Goldy (formerly named Endangered Species).
Phil Varone discusses his life and career, from his early days and the history or Saigon Kick, the side effects of their hit “Love Is On The Way”, his issues with Saigon Kick’s management, and their breakup. Plus he discusses his 90’s band with Rachel Bolan, Prunella Scales, and his time in Skid Row. We also cover his other endeavors such as stand-up comedy, writing and the adult film business (and why he left). He talks about his regrets over the documentary “Wake Up Dead”, the new book he’s writing on an undisclosed comedian, and his newly announced return to music.
Al Pitrelli (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Savatage, Alice Cooper, Randy Coven) discusses his life and career. He touches upon his early days with guitar and early bands, as well as early opportunities with Michael Bolton, what he learned as musical director for Alice Cooper, as well as discusses bands such as Savatage, Megadeth and TSO. He also talks about some of his more obscure works with Randy Coven and TM Stevens.
Barry Sparks discusses his life and career. From early bands to such major acts such as Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Yngwie Malmsteen Ted Nugent and B’z. He also discusses his solo albums Glimmer of Hope, Can’t Look Back and his new project Riot On Mars. He also covers his prolific session career and touches upon his brush with Richie Blackmore.
Frank Gambale discusses his life and career. From learning the guitar and early bands to his amazing solo career and time in bands such as Chick Corea Elektric Band and Vital Information. He also discusses his new guitar school – Frank Gambale Online Guitar School.