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56: Brian Beebe

Brian Beebe's Facebook biography describes himself like this: Average guitar player...Pedantic piano player...Good singer...Great memory for pop songs of all kinds. Played in Florida 20 years Worked with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick for 4 years before there was a Cheap Trick. The Robin Zander & Family shows are this weekend in WI Dells and Brian is getting ready to play some songs with his longtime friend. Finn, being the Trick fan he is, took some time to chat with Brian about their...


55: Mike Levine

Mike Levine is the bassist and keyboard player for the Canadian trio, Triumph. Formed in 1975, between their 16 albums and DVDs, they’ve received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the United States. The band was inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2007, into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2008, and into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2019. Their album Triumph ‘Classics’ has been re-released as a double LP, pressed on 180 gram silver vinyl....


54: Desmond Child

Grammy-winning and Emmy nominated songwriter - producer Desmond Child recently eleased DESMOND CHILD LIVE on BMG, a new live album showcasing his global mega-hits recorded at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. Chronicling his monumental career, Child takes the stage with his dynamic band and featured guests as they perform his biggest songs including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” and “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Over...


53: John Lodge

John Lodge is bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 inductees, The Moody Blues. Songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits from “Ride My SeeSaw,” to “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more, Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades,selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and...


52: Gregg Rolie

Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Rolie joins us on this episode of the podcast to talk about his new album Sonic Ranch. It’s his first album in quite some time, and he spent a few minutes with us chatting about it. Thanks as always to Anastasia Vishnevsky for our theme music and as always, please consider subscribing to our podcast through your favorite app. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a favorable rating AND subscribing at iTunes, Spotify, the...


51: Robbie Robertson

Inspired by his decades of creating and composing music for film and filled with an enthralling set of songs exploring the darker corridors of human nature, Robbie Robertson’s aptly titled, evocative new solo album Sinematic was released on September 20 via UMe. For his new album, Robertson drew inspiration from his recent film score writing and recording for director Martin Scorsese’s eagerly anticipated organized crime epic “The Irishman,” as well as the feature documentary film, “Once...


50: Shaun Murphy

It seems appropriate that we publish our 50th episode featuring a singer/songwriter who is celebrating her 50th year on stage. That’s right… She started when she was TWO at the Ann Arbor Blues Fest in 1969. If you’re a Classic Rocker, Shaun Murphy’s voice is one you’ve heard numerous times, but probably don’t realize it. She’s been recording with Bob Seger since 1972’s Katmandu and started singing with him on the road in 1978. They’re currently out on Bob’s (farewell) Roll Me Away...


49: Robert Berry

It’s been awhile since we had a chance to chat with Robert Berry, and he’s been BUSY since last we spoke, to say the least. 3.2 is on tour now, crossing the country and paying tribute to the musical genius of Keith Emerson.. During the conversation we touched on everything from Carl Palmer to what bass strings he uses, to breakfast cereal! Little did we know that Robert was a fan of Frosted Flakes and to this day plays a Washburn custom bass that Sammy Hagar gave him as a gift. Along the...


48: David Ellefson

David Ellefson is one of the coolest guys in Rock & Roll. Aside from being the bass player in Megadeth, he’s also an author and entrepreneur who owns his own coffee company. With names like “Roast in Peace” and the roasts for some of his friends like “Dark & Twisted” (Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister), “Get Off Your Ass” (Autograph), “Slave to the Grind (Skid Row), and more, he has the corner on the market for Metal coffee. After his 2013 memoir “My Life With Deth” was so successful, he...


47: Steve Hackett

We pay tribute to Eddie Money in the intro, recorded on Friday the 13th. Then it's on to a chat with Steve Hackett in which he talks about his coming tour of the US and gives us his views on the potential of a Genesis reunion. Will we see one? He doesn't say no... We were too late to include news of the passing of Ric Ocasek, but we want to extend our condolences to everyone his life and music touched. Thanks as always to Anastasia Vishnevsky for our theme music and as always, please...


46: Lita Ford

Here’s someone else who has SEEN IT ALL. Lita Ford was first recruited by Kim Fowley to join the all-female band the Runaways and in 1979 she headed out on her own. In 1980, after the breakup of the Runaways, she signed with Mercury Records and released her solo debut: Out For Blood. From there, she continued until 1995, when she went on a hiatus. In 2008, she came back with a vengeance and hasn’t let up since. Thanks as always to Anastasia Vishnevsky for our theme music and as always,...


45: Denny Laine

Denny Laine was a co-founding member of the Moody Blues. He left the band in 1966 to form the Electric String Orchestra. From there it was Ginger Baker’s Air Force. Along the way, he got to know Paul McCartney musically and personally and after some other projects, it was on to help form Wings with Paul and Linda. He left Wings in 1981 and kept a fairly low profile, but has released a dozen solo albums along the way. He was finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April of...


44: Dave Clark (on Freddie Mercury)

If you haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody, see it. This story picks up mere months after Queen’s iconic performance at Live Aid, when Freddie Mercury was recruited by his dear friend, Dave Clark (Dave Clark 5) to record a track for a star-studded concept album based on “Time”: A sci-fi, rock musical written by Clark. A few months later, Freddie Mercury returned to Abbey Road studios to record a second song: ‘Time.’ Finn had a few minutes with Dave Clark to talk about the process and Dave...


43: Lou Gramm

There’s not a lot we can say about Lou Gramm that you don’t already know. As a youngster he sang and played drums for his band Black Sheep that released a single called “Stick Around.” On tour with KISS, an icy accident claimed their equipment truck and the lack of ability to support its albums with live performances caused the band to disband. Along the way, Lou met Mick Jones and when Black Sheep disbanded, it just so happened Jones was in search of a lead singer for a band he was...


42: Corky Laing

Corky Laing started his life in 1948 as the youngest of five siblings in Montreal, Canada. His early bands enjoyed a good local following, opened for many of the popular British invasion acts and, ultimately, got a record deal with Atlantic Records in New York. Through the teenage summers, his band was a regular on the Island of Nantucket, Massachusetts and frequented clubs in New York City. In September 1969, his life changed for good when Mountain happened. There started a few crazy...


41: Alice Cooper

He needs no introduction. His side project, The Hollywood Vampires, just released a new album entitled RISE. He's heading out with his own band on the "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour in a few days and he was just in the news for being part of a supposed death pact with his wife of 45 years. Alice Cooper is one of the main-stays of rock music and the godfather of shock. You're just as likely to see him spending time with a guillotine as you are with a pet snake or playing 9 holes of...


40: Ed Roland / Collective Soul

2019 is proving to be a bright and shiny 25th anniversary year for Atlanta multi-Platinum rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL, and they’ll be celebrating their ongoing legacy in all-out style with a little bit of the old and a lot of the new. They’re in it for the long haul and are gearing up to keep the party going. Thanks as always to Anastasia Vishnevsky for our theme music and as always, please consider subscribing to our podcast through your favorite app. If you like what you hear, please consider...


39: Chuck Garric

Chuck Garric is one of the hardest-working bass players in rock music today. Not only has he toured and played a key role in Alice Cooper's band since 2002, he also fronts his own band, Beastö Blancö, alongside Calico Cooper. He has also co-written songs for Alice Cooper. A Nashville native, Chuck has played with a with Turd, The Druts, L.A. Guns, Dio, and the Eric Singer Project. He's also played bass for Billy Bob Thornton, Ted Nugent, Don Felder, and Journey at the Alice Cooper Christmas...


38: Begin the Begin / Robert Dean Lurie

Begin the Begin is the first biography of R.E.M. wholly researched and written since they disbanded in 2011. It offers by far the most detailed account of the group's formative years--their early lives, their first encounters with one another, their legendary debut show, early tours in the back of a van, initial recordings, their shrewdly paced rise to fame. The people and places of the American South are crucial to the R.E.M. story in ways much more complex and interesting than have...


37: Rick Nielsen / Cheap Trick

If Rick Nielsen weren’t one of rock and roll’s most colorful and accomplished characters in real life, there’s no way to have dreamed him up. A homemade cartoon figure who is also a down-to-earth family man. A superlative guitarist who makes it look like a goof onstage. An inveterate joker whose best-known song is a sincere request for love. You think it’s all an image, a pose? Spend a few minutes with the man and you’ll find out just how wrong you are. (From Thanks to...