Andy Timmons shares his 10 Essential Brian May and Queen songs. Andy has been a lifelong Queen fan, even crediting Brian May with his discovery of harmony while studying songs from A Day At The Races as a young guitarist (a story he shares in this episode for the first time), but it was the recent success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film that inspired him to revisit the entire Queen catalog for a very serious, deep dive. Through sharing his ten essential Brian May/Queen songs, Andy tells great stories about connecting with these songs personally, the talent behind them and what sets these songs apart, the unique qualities of Brian’s guitar tone, playing, and singing, even personal experiences of playing with a 1947 King George Sixpence – the same coin Brian famously uses to play his Red Special.
We close out the episode with Andy’s gorgeous solo guitar rendition of Queen’s You Take My Breathe Away/Bohemian Rhapsody – a MUST hear!!
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!
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!
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.
Pat Badger of Extreme joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days picking up the bass, how he connected with Extreme, the production of the first couple of Extreme records, memories about Concert for Life including meeting John Deacon and Freddie Mercury’s mother, into his solo work on Badger and now Nasty Ass Honey Badgers. We even talk about his KISS fandom as a kid through getting a voicemail from Gene Simmons… of KISS.
Special guest Steve Leonard (lead guitarist in the Queen tribute band Almost Queen) picks some choice Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury tracks to dissect, discuss and play in the second and final installment of Steve’s Picks.