Ann Wilson of Heart, Superunkown producer Michael Beinhorn, Bhi Bhiman, Kevin Martin of Candlebox, and Gary Lucas join Eric in conversation to share memories and pay tribute to the life and work of Chris Cornell. Did Chris ever write or record with Heart? What was it like when Black Hole Sun first arrived in the studio? How was it coming up, sharing the stage and working in the studio with Chris? 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 1 of 2.
Paul Gilbert of Mr Big joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering his singing voice and how that immediately led him to guitar, his leap of faith from Pennsylvania to the music scene in California, early impressions of his Mr Big bandmates, touring with Rush in his early 20s, his thoughts on turn signals, what separates his music from that of Mr Big and a lot of discussion around the new Mr Big album, Defying Gravity.
William Duvall of Alice In Chains and Giraffe Tongue Orchestra joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering music and songwriting, his journey through the indy scene with Madfly and Comes With The Fall, how that connected him with Jerry Cantrell and ultimately into Alice In Chains, what that position means to him both in and out of the Alice In Chains world in terms of creativity and growth, focusing a lot on his super-group side project Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, possible plans for a solo album and even how he sees the current political climate.
Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering music and songwriting, the quick and early success of Toad The Wet Sprocket and what it meant to him in his 20s and currently, his reunion with Toad, how he balances that with his solo career, his rebirth at Largo and connecting with the Watkins Family Hour, his thoughts on marriage, divorce, relationships, fatherhood, spirituality and so much more. Also a lot of discussion around his new, deeply personal album Swallowed By The New.
Gary Cherone of Extreme joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering his voice, stage presence and songwriting, the evolution from Extreme’s self-title debut through to the epic III Sides To Every Story and beyond. Also a lot of his solo efforts from Tribe of Judah, Hurtsmile and Cherone. Memories of Concert for Life and performing Queen’s Love of My Life at Rock In Rio, the Pornograffiti 25 CD and documentary DVD set, what’s the new Extreme record looking like and much more.
Neal Morse joins Eric in conversation to discuss his musical family, his early days in Los Angeles, his days with Spock’s Beard, influences such as Frank Zappa and his personal, spiritual kinship with Kerry Livgren of Kansas, his partnership with his current band including Mike Portnoy. We also talk about the new Neal Morse Band concept album, The Similitude of a Dream, the writing and recording process, what’s next and much more.
Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale, Steve Hunt, Jean Luc Ponty, Jennifer Batten and Ty Tabor of Kings X join Eric in conversation to pay tribute to musical pioneer and guitar god Allan Holdsworth. Lots of funny stories, tributes, praise, kind words and guitar geekery in homage to Mr Holdsworth. Part 3 of 3.