Joey Tempest of Europe joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days of discovering music, songwriting, his influences and connecting with John Norum, the difference stylistically between the first couple Europe albums and those that ultimately broke the band out globally, memories of being at Epic Records while Pearl Jam’s Ten was released, reconnecting with John Norum for 1992’s We Will Be Strong, what lessons did Europe learn and apply when the reunited in 2003, how they approach writing and record at their more mature stage, his friendship and writing collaborations with Chris Difford of Squeeze, how important is it for Europe to have a presence in American, lots of talk around their new album Walk The Earth, and much more.
Joe Satriani joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days of discovering guitar, building his first ad-hoc amp out of a reel to reel tape player, touring in a disco cover band in his late teens, following his muse and making the move to California at a young age, building a new network in California, how he ended up singing background vocals on Crowded House’s self-title debut album, what he loved about giving lessons to many of the guitar greats of our time, views of his breakout album Surfing With The Alien after celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary, what he’s learned from 20+ years of touring with the world’s greatest guitarists in G3, how the idea of his new album What Happens Next featuring his friends Glen Hughes and Chad Smith came together, and much more.
Gene Simmons joins Eric in conversation to discuss The Gene Simmons Vault – an amazing collection of 50 years of Gene! We talk about the earliest recording My Uncle Is A Raft from 1966, how he views songwriting from a creative perspective in addition to the business success, he shares details of specific never-before-heard tracks Hunger, Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl, early versions of Journey of 1000 Years, It’s My Life, writing during the Elder and Dynasty years, the history of the tapes involved in compiling this collection, how the book came together, the process he’ll undertake to deliver these to fans that buy them around the world, was anything retouched, whether he and Paul have talked about the future of KISS should one of them choose to step away, what’s next and much more. W’ALLLRIGHT!!
Derek Shulman of Gentle Giant joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering music, working as Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, his early friendship and the Gentle Giant audition of Elton John, the formation and creative process of Gentle Giant, working with Tony Visconti, the ups and downs of Gentle Giant, his time working A&R at Polygram and as the President/CEO of Atco Records where he helped discover and sign such bands as Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Tears for Fears, Dream Theater, Pantera, thoughts on Dan Reed Network, the new Gentle Giant Blu-Ray and CD release Three Piece Suite featuring remixes by Steven Wilson, does he still write music, does he miss performing, what’s next and much more.
Alain Johannes of Eleven joins Eric in conversation to share memories and pay tribute to the life and work of his longtime friend Chris Cornell. How did they first connect, Soundgarden taking Eleven out on tour on their own dime, memories of writing and recording Euphoria Morning, Chris’s relationship with Jeff Buckley, reconnecting for The Keeper, Chris passing the stage to Alain at a festival as a way to needle the promoters, Alain’s thoughts on Chris’s creative journey, and Alain’s amazing thoughts on Chris’s legacy. Lots of funny stories, behind the scenes memories, praise, kind words, laughter and tears in homage to one of the world’s greatest, gone too soon. Part 2 of 2.
Kevin Godley joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering music, the formation of 10cc, his meeting with Paul McCartney, why he left 10cc, branching out with Godley & Creme, what it was like to record with Sarah Vaughan, memories of the Cry video, looking back at some iconic videos such as Girls On Film, Two Tribes and When We Was Fab with George Harrison, his autobiography, his feature film in the works, the new deluxe 10cc box set and his exciting new fan collaboration project called Musicle Memory. And there might be some Trump talk in the mix!
Rich Williams of Kansas joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering the guitar, his role as a “fixer” in the band, some details around the split of the classic lineup, his memories of the late 70s into the early 80s around Monolith/Audio Visions, what he did during the post-Elefante break, how he views the MCA Records, what he learned from Steve Morse, memories of the bus touring in the early to mid 90s, the bittersweet departure of Steve Walsh, and the new rebirth that Kansas is currently experiencing with Prelude Implicit and their new live album Leftoverture Live & Beyond.