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.
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.
Mike Peters of The Alarm joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering his voice in a Sex Pistols and David Bowie landscape, what did he learn touring with Bob Dylan, memories of supporting Queen for their historic 1986 Wembley concert and how Freddie’s piano ended up on their stage, stories of his Leukemia diagnoses and how it affected his life, how anyone can help with his Love, Hope and Strength charity, singing Wooly Bully on the summit of Kilimanjaro, how his new documentary Man In The Camo Jacket came together, what’s next for The Alarm and so much more.