Paul Gilbert discusses his career, from his early days, to his time at GIT, Racer X, Mr. Big, and his solo albums – including his new release, “I Can Destroy”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.