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!
Pat Torpey of Mr Big joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering the drums, watching Buddy Rich on The Tonight Show as a kid, his years as a hired gun in various bands, what he learned from touring with Neil Peart, his initial connections with his Mr Big bandmates, how Richie Kotzen changed the complexion of the band, his initial reactions to his Parkinson’s diagnosis, what he’s learned from that, what WE should learn about that, and plenty of discussion around the fantastic new Mr Big album, Defying Gravity and so much more.
Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his earliest years of playing bass and his influences. We talk about his offer to join Van Halen in the very early 80s, his years with David Lee Roth, the successes and pressures with Mr Big, and his relationships with his Winery Dogs bandmates, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy. And we focus quite a bit on their new record, Hot Streak.