On this Part Two of Two, Dan Reed shares his essential Danny Vaughn songs, why he chose the songs he chose, how they connected, what he admires about Danny and his work, what he’s learned from travelling and sharing the stage with Danny, what inspires him and what’s next for this fantastic duo!
Jeff Scott Soto of Sons of Apollo joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering his voice, how he got the gig singing on the first two Yngwie J. Malmsteen records and what he learned from that experience, finding his own voice after early days in cover bands, performing with such greats as Journey, Queen and Jimi Jamison, was he up for the lead singer role with Queen back in 1999, his various solo career efforts, his solo albums, working on Song For Joey from his new album Retribution in tribute of his brother, the upcoming W.E.T. record, connecting with the Mike Portnoy, Bumblefoot, Billy Sheehan, and Derek Sherinian to form Sons of Apollo, what it’s been like recording and hitting the road with that band, what’s next for their second record and much more!
On this Part One of Two, Danny Vaughn shares his essential Dan Reed songs, why he chose the songs he chose, how they connected, what he admires about Dan and his work, what he’s learned from travelling and sharing the stage with Dan, what inspires him and what’s next for this fantastic duo!
Next week – Dan Reed Picks the Essential Danny Vaughn!!
Author Duane Tudahl joins Craig for a discussion about his book PRINCE AND THE PURPLE RAIN STUDIO SESSIONS: 1983 AND 1984. A Prince fanatic with an impressive resume going back several years, Duane tells the story about procuring a stack of Prince’s session documents from Sunset Sound and how interviews with those who worked with Prince folded into an impressive work which is – in Craig’s opinion – the ultimate look at the Purple Rain years. You can purchase the book here.
Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket joins Eric to share his 10 Essential Talk Talk songs. Talk Talk lead the synth pop movement with their 1982 debut album The Party’s Over and scored a couple MTV style hits early on, but they quickly evolved beyond their beginnings to become a truly innovative and unique band under the direction of Mark Hollis. Their final album was 1991’s incomparable, experimental and inspired Laughing Stock, which is considered by many to be a true masterpiece. Check out Glen’s 10 essential Talk Talk songs spanning their brief but significant five album career.
Ronnie Platt of Kansas joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering his voice, working his way up through the Chicago music scene for decades struggling through a string of bands including Shooting Star and ARRA, his near misses with both Survivor and Foreigner, how that prepared him for when he ultimately got the meeting with the guys in Kansas after Steve Walsh had announced his retirement, what it’s been like for him to take the stage and record and write with one of his most inspirational bands, the new rebirth that Kansas is currently experiencing with Prelude Implicit and their new live album Leftoverture Live & Beyond, Kerry Livgren’s reaction to seeing him sing Hold On, his favorite deep cuts from the Kansas catalog, what’s next in terms of an anniversary tour for Point of Know Return, a new studio album in the works and much more!
Weird Al Yankovic’s lifelong drummer, Bermuda Schwartz joins Eric to share his 10 Essential Weird Al original songs. Also some memories and anecdotes about working on those songs, what it’s like for him to perform the wide variety of styles in Al’s catalog both original and parody, memories from some of the video shoots, how Al presents songs to the band, what it’s been like for him on the long journey beside one of the greats.