Mike Portnoy shares his 10 Essential Neal Morse songs. Mike Portnoy and Neal Morse have been friends and collaborators for 20+ years through four bands. They first connected while Mike was in Dream Theater and while Neal was in Spock’s Beard. In this monster FOUR HOUR episode, Mike shares his personal list of Neal’s essential songs – spanning from Spock’s Beard through Neal’s solo work, Transatlantic, and The Neal Morse Band. Mike also shares some great stories about how they first connected, how they work together, what about Neal’s music inspires him personally and professionally, and he shares some great insights to their working relationship as well as their personal friendship. Nothing beats one friend celebrating the work of another!
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!
Nils Lofgren, Dwight Twilley, Amy Helm, Keller Williams, and Mike Portnoy join Eric in conversation to share memories and pay tribute to the life and work of Tom Petty. Hear Nils Lofgren share memories of bringing Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on their first UK tour in 1977, Dwight Twilley shares memories of the early days at Shelter Records and appearing on each other’s early recordings, Amy Helm talks about how Tom’s music has been a real soundtrack to her life, Keller Williams shares details of his Pettygrass bluegrass tribute to Tom Petty, and Mike Portnoy’s high school memories of competing with the Tom Petty poster on his girlfriend’s wall. 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 3.
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.
Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his earliest years of playing drums and his early influences. We talk about his many, many, many projects including Dream Theater, Metal Allegiance and of course The Winery Dogs. Also we cover his Hello Kitty drum kit, the band Jellyfish, Steven Wilson and prog rock in general. Will he do a straight up solo album? An autobiography? Would he collaborate with the DT guys again? Check out the episode to find out…