Tom Bailey of The Thompson Twins joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life discovering music and growing up with a musical family, how he got into discovering the keyboards via The Beatles, what the working structure was within The Thompson Twins in terms of creativity, are there any songs hidden in their vault, what it’s been like returning to the stage after 20+ years, was he nervous that the audience would still be there, the journey back to pop music in recent years, inspiration behind his song Come So Far, his first self-title debut solo album Science Fiction, will it be another 20 years before his next album, and much more!
Kicking off our Billy Squier sidecast series, Songs of The Knight: A Billy Squier Retrospective, we’re taking a look at Billy’s early life in music, his two A&M albums with Piper and his solo debut from 1979, Tale of The Tape. Joined by podcast friends Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll Podcast, Eric and his co-hosts go in-depth on the details of these early records in Billy’s career, we share personal stories about getting into Billy’s music, what it means to us, we go off on more than one tangent (as three podcast guys are wont to do) involving Bill Aucoin, KISS, Escape Club, Queen, and even The Greenberry Woods, we share thoughts on particular tracks and how these first three albums are a harbinger for things to come in Billy’s discography. Finally we wrap this debut episode in the series with Jon’s personal top ten list of Billy Squier songs. We hope you’ll follow us as we work through Billy’s entire discography!
The legendary Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Free, The Firm, The Law, and Queen + Paul Rodgers joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life discovering music and the soul singers that inspired him to find his voice, his early days of songwriting, the success experienced by Free at an early age, was he ever tempted to wade into the Prog waters of the 70s UK scene, where his thoughts were at the time of leaving Bad Company, connecting with Jimmy Page to form The Firm, are there any Firm songs left in the vault, looking back at his time touring with Queen and some of the challenges in performing their material, his thoughts on their Cosmos Rocks album, his current solo band and their latest live CD and DVD release Free Spirit, thoughts on his upcoming tour with Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson, working with animal rescue, his looking forward to us moving into the Age of Aquarius and much more!
Kicking off our Michael Jackson sidecast mini-series, we’re taking a look at Michael’s proper solo debut album from August 1979, Off The Wall. Joined by dear friend and serious, SERIOUS Michael Jackson fan Beverly Brown and frequent and beloved guest/the musical encyclopedia himself Jeff Harris of Behind The Grooves, Eric and his co-hosts go in-depth on the release of the record, going track by track with facts, thoughts and commentary. Also discussed are some of the other songs that didn’t make the cut, how this affected his relationship with his brothers, and much more. Finally we each pick our favorite songs and which one would we cut if forced.
Will Turpin of Collective Soul joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life discovering music, songwriting, and growing up with the family owned Real to Reel Studios in Atlanta, how he first connected with Ed Roland and how he officially joined Collective Soul, memories of their first recording sessions, traveling the world for Music In High Places, finding his own voice lyrically and musically with his solo debut EP Lighthouse, his latest full length debut album Serengeti Drivers, what’s in store for Collective Soul’s upcoming 25th Anniversary (hint: a double album!), and much more!
Legendary drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police and Gizmodrome joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early drumming influences from a trio perspective, switching from drumming to fronting a band, springboarding on the punk scene and evolving his unique style of playing with The Police, tips on how to get on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine, the conflicts of songwriting in The Police, the sibling bond he shares with Sting and Andy, memories of the reunion tour, his approaches to composing for TV and film, moving on to writing “fancy schmancy” music for opera, working on Spyro video game music, his current project of orchestrating his greatest hits (including some Police) for stage performance, his intriguing day of recording with Tom Waits, performing with Gizmodrome, the future of Oysterhead with Les Claypool and Trey Anastasio, and much more!
Legendary drummer Steve Smith of Journey and Vital Information joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering the drums, his early teachers and training regimes, connecting with Jean Luc Ponty, working with Allan Holdsworth, going from the jazz kit to the rock kit, working with Ronnie Montrose, joining Journey and becoming a band member, what they saw in him from a drumming perspective, thoughts on each of the classic Journey albums, memories of the classic music videos, getting the call to rejoin Journey, working on Y&T’s Ten album, exploring Indian music, his ongoing jazz group Vital Information, doing instructional books and videos and working with students of all skill levels, and much more!