Dave Bickler shares his 10 Essential Survivor songs. Spanning all eras of the classic melodic band Survivor, Dave picks his favorites, shares memories of joining the band, the production struggles in making the first album with Ron Nevison, Bruce Fairbairn, and John Kalodner, memories of making the classic videos, recording Caught In The Game, getting fired and his recovery from vocal chord surgery, what he learned through that, what it was like seeing Survivor carry on without him, first meeting Jimi Jamison, their friendship, what it meant to tour and share the stage with Jimi, the struggles within the band, and what we can expect from his upcoming debut solo album, and much more.
Ricky Phillips Picks The Essential Ronnie Montrose
Ricky Phillips of Styx, The Babys, and Bad English shares his 10 Essential Ronnie Montrose songs. From Van Morrison to Edgar Winter to Herbie Hancock to Montrose to Gamma, the work of under appreciated guitar god Ronnie Montrose has influenced countless fans and colleagues for decades – Ricky Phillips of Styx among them. In sharing his 10 essential Montrose songs, Ricky also shares how he first discovered Ronnie’s music, how he connected with Ronnie, what set Ronnie apart as a versatile guitarist and songwriter, the joys of jamming and playing with Ronnie before his passing, what it meant to Ricky to complete and release Ronnie’s final recordings on the 10×10 record, which of Ronnie’s friends did he pull in to help honor him, and much more.
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution shares her 10 Essential Prince songs. Keyboardist Lisa Coleman also shares memories of the songs chosen, first hearing Prince’s music, her parents reaction to the sexual nature of Prince’s work, connecting with Prince as a fellow pianist, thoughts and memories of the unreleased song Lisa and what was unique about their relationship, Prince’s growth as a poetic lyricist, the power of Prince’s puppy dog eyes, “scoring” Prince onstage, memories of her brother connecting with Prince, stories of Prince, Wendy, and Lisa meeting, hanging out, and jamming with Joni Mitchell, and much more.
BrownMark of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
BrownMark of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Bassist BrownMark also shares memories of the songs chosen, learning Prince’s preferred style of bass playing, memories of the infamous 1981 gig opening for The Rolling Stones – his first gig, first hearing When Doves Cry with its lack of a bassline, his extended bass jams with Prince, Wendy joining The Revolution, Prince as a drill sergeant, the possibility of joining The Time, racial diversity in the band and what it meant to him at the time and now being “the black guy” in the band, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Bobby Z of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Bobby Z of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Drummer Bobby Z also shares memories of the songs chosen, being witness to early Prince sessions including for local advertising spots, what it was like on the road touring with Prince and Rick James in the early days, how he and Prince bonded over talking drummer influences, how Prince wore those influences on his sleeve, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Dr Fink of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Dr Fink of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Dr Fink also describes first hearing Prince’s music, great stories about his audition, Prince’s sense of humor and some practical jokes along the way, the writing and recording of Dirty Mind, how was Prince when it came to co-writing, what’s his favorite classic video, diversity in the band, Prince’s sexuality through the years, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Corey Glover of Living Colour shares his 10 Essential Bill Withers songs. As a young kid growing up in New York, Corey first discovered the timeless music of Bill Withers in his home and on long car-rides with the family. The work of Bill Withers would inspire and influence Corey’s life as a performer, vocalist, and songwriter both in Living Colour and in his solo career. He also shares memories of meeting and getting to know Bill, his appearance in the Still Bill documentary, some insights on the songs, the lyrics, what Bill’s presence in the music world meant to the black experience in the early and mid-1970s and much more.
Nancy Wilson of Heart and Roadcase Royale shares her 10 Essential Jimmy Page, err.. ok it pretty much devolves into the Essential Led Zeppelin songs. Heart has long been unabashed Led Zeppelin fans, having performed tons of Zeppelin songs through their career. As Nancy shares her essential Led Zeppelin songs, she also shares memories about the first time she saw them in concert, the first time she met them, her memories on the legendary Kennedy Center Honors performance, how various Zeppelin songs have seeped into her DNA and how they’ve inspired and impacted her guitar playing and the music of Heart, how Zeppelin has inspired Nancy to dig into the blues even through her new band, Roadcase Royale, and much more. From the unique perspective as one legend talking about another, Nancy shares personal memories and musical insight into the work of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin.
Bryan Beller shares his 10 Essential Mike Keneally songs. Originally connecting in Dweezil Zappa’s band in the early 90s, Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats) and Mike Keneally have been longtime friends and collaborators in various bands (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3, Dethklok) and on each other’s work for 25+ years. The music of Mike Keneally is creative, progressive, versatile, introspective, layered, adventurous, humorous, emotionally powerful, and musically brilliant. Bryan walks us through his list of Keneally song selections, sharing memories of recording and performing these songs, why he chose the songs he chose, and offers wonderfully detailed musical and technical insight.
Neal Morse shares his 10 Essential Genesis songs. As one of the founders of Spock’s Beard and Transatlantic, Neal Morse is a prog hero from the 90s through to today with his solo work (new album: Life & Times) and his Neal Morse Band. One of his favorite bands is Genesis – classic Genesis! So Neal shares his ten essential Genesis songs and his thoughts on why he picked those songs, how they influenced him, that era of prog rock and thoughts on working with and meeting several the guys in the band.