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RBP Rossaround with Bobby Herr, Episode 25 - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More I had the pleasure of working with Bobby Herr this last month. He filled in as Production Manager for the Chris Isaak tour. He is a true Professional. He makes this work look so easy with his relaxed attitude. Bobby's credit list is long and impressive. He is leaving us to start this years Fleetwood Mac Tour that may last up to two years. He has been with Fleetwood Mac for 15 years. He got his start working for Jan & Dean and went up from there working for...


RBP Rossaround with Scott Taylor, Episode 24 - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More "Young Gun" Scott Taylor knows where he is going and he knows how he’s going to get there. I met Scott when I got hired to mix FOH for Chris Isaak. Scott was the Sound Image Rep taking care of audio set-ups for the tour. Shortly after I was hired, Scott became the Stage Manager as well as handling the audio duties and he has been doing a spectacular job. Scott wants to do many things in this business. He wants to mix FOH, be a Production Manager on big tours...


RBP Rossaround with Ken Stacey of Ambrosia, Episode 23 - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More I just started working with Ken Stacey this year when Ambrosia started calling me to mix their shows. I have been very impressed with Ken's vocals. He's a real pro. You don't have to take my word for it. He is in high demand for his vocal talent. Ken has toured with Bobby Caldwell, Elton John and Ambrosia. He was all set to be on the giant but ill fated Michael Jackson tour, but after rehearsing for months with the MJ band, the world came tumbling down on all...


RBP Rossaround with Bob Whyley, Episode 22 - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More I met Bob Whyley a long time ago when Michael McDonald performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1993. I was Michael's FOH Mixer, so my job was to be in the control room and make suggestions to the Tonight Show mixer. I was not allowed to touch anything but to act more like a music producer. Bob and I hit it off from the start and I came back to the show several times with other artists in the same role. Sometimes I came down just to sit and watch him...


RBP Rossaround with Brian Kilgore, Episode 21 - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More You have heard him play many times. He is all over the movies and television shows that you watch on a regular basis. Brian Kilgore is an extremely talented percussionist who I have known and worked with for many years. He has a massive collection of ethnic percussion instruments as well as all the usual orchestral and hand percussion instruments in his collection. Brian started out as a drummer when his parents surprised him with his first drum kit that his...


RBP Rossaround with Jamey Tate, Episode 20 - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More Jamey Tate is an amazingly talented musician. I met Jamey when working with David Benoit. Not only can he play the drums and read music cold, he can also write music, work as a Musical Director, arrange music and much more. Besides being a major talent, he is a genuine good guy. Always respectful of his touring partners while having great sense of humor. Jamey hired me several years ago to mix the Spotlight Awards show while Jamey was the Musical Director and...


RBP, Rossaround with John Tesh, Episode 19 - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More This is a very special interview for me. I worked for John Tesh for about 12 years, recording and mixing well over thirty projects. In the beginning, we made several records that were really inventive and exploring music styles like ELP, Yes, Pink Floyd etc. When the radio station, "The WAVE" became popular and Yanni was big, Johns music style became more "New Age" or "World Music". John was very popular and his records were successful to the point where we...


RBP Rossaround with Martin Thomas, Episode 18, Part-2, Lighting Designer Extraordinaire - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

We continue now with Martin's story. If you enjoyed last weeks Part-1, your going to love Part-2. Martin goes in depth with his stories about working with great artists and tells how he almost lost his eyesight permanently, ending his career forever. Fortunately, with great doctors and the benefit of today's technology, Martin is still out on the road dazzling the audiences with his stellar work. We will both be back out on the road in June with Alan Parsons. Come out and see the show!...


RBP Rossaround with Martin Thomas, Episode 18, Part-1, Lighting Designer Extraordinaire - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

More I have been working with Martin Thomas on the Alan Parsons Live shows since 2012. He never ceases to amaze me with his beautiful lighting designs an impeccable timing. We have had some great times on the road both as friends and as the FOH team. Martin has worked with many great artists including Todd Rundgren, Jill Scott, Maxwell, D'Angelo, Foreigner, Diana Ross, and Erykah Badu. Originally from New York, he transplanted to Arizona chasing the dream of...


RBP Rossaround with JT Mollner, Film Director: Outlaws & Angels - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

JT Mollner is an up and coming American film maker. Born in Las Vegas, he had big plans as a young boy be a novelist. He was influenced by Stephen King and other writers of that genre. As he grew up he discovered acting and realized that acting was just brick in the road toward becoming a director of feature films. He has studied all the great film makers and studied all the films he could possibly watch. After making several Short Films and getting awards and accolades for his work, he...


RBP Episode 16, Rossaround with Burleigh Drummond of Ambrosia - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

Burleigh Drummond is one of the founding members of the 5 time Grammy Nominated band, Ambrosia. Along with David Pack, Joe Puerta and Chris North they formed the band in 1970. They had a string of hit sons; How Much I Feel, Biggest Part of Me, You're the Only Woman, Holdin' On to Yesterday, I Just Can't Let Go, and other great songs very popular in the Prog Rock world. They have been through some changes over the years but they are still touring and making great music together. I was lucky...


RBP Episode 15, Rossaround with Tyson “TROPO” Leonard - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

Tyson Leonard AKA TROPO is a very talented Violinist, Artist, Producer, Songwriter, Audio Engineer, Stage Manager etc. I met Tyson on a Jeff Bridges tour we did together several years ago. Recognizing Tysons many talents, I hired him to work with me on the Alan Parsons Live shows. Tyson has worked on the AP tours as Stage Manager, Monitor Engineer and this last year, Tyson has been featured playing violin on stage with Alan. Tyson produces his own records performing as TROPO as well as...


RBP Episode 14, Rossaround with Roberto Vally - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

Roberto Vally, Bassist, Producer, Songwriter, Artist, recently sat down with me and told his story from start to now. Roberto has written many #1 hit songs in the Jazz/Smooth Jazz world and has played with some of the best musicians in the world. We also talked about our shared Italian heritage just for fun. It is so amazing how all these musicians seem to rise to the top in many different ways. They all have one thing in common...DRIVE and that's what it takes. Can't give up if you want...


RBP Episode 13, Rossaround with Guy Erez - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

Guy is the bass player and background singer in the Alan Parsons Live Project. Guy spends most of his time, when not on the road with APLP, writing songs and composing music for various television shows. Guy came to Los Angeles from Israel in the early 2000's to be a professional bass player. He has had his share of ups and downs achieving his goals and is now a successful session player and composer. In this interview Guy tells his story from his life in Israel up to now and all the...


RBP Episode 12, Rossaround with Alan Parsons - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

Alan Parsons was born in London England and first became famous for his work with Pink Floyd at Abbey Road Studio. Alan recorded and mixed "Dark Side Of The Moon". This album won him the respect from regular fans as well as the entire record industry. Alan also recorded and mixed Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother" and worked on Ummagumma. Some of Alans other big hits were The Hollies "The Air That I Breathe" and He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother". Alan also Produced Al Stewart's "Modern Times"...


RBP Episode 11, Rossaround with Mindi Abair - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

Mindi Abair has two Grammy Nominations for her artistry as a saxophonist, vocalist, author, and is the National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She toured with Aerosmith during their 2012 world tour and has also played with Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg at the Beacon Theater in New York. She has also been featured with Paul Shaffer on the David Letterman Show. She has had ten number 1 radio singles and two number 1 Billboard Jazz CDs. She played...


RBP Episode 10, Rossaround with David Benoit - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

David Benoit is a Artist, Musician, Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Radio Personality. He is a five time Grammy Nominee and Emmy Award Winner. Benoit has made over 25 albums. He is also music director for the Asia America Youth Orchestra. David tours most years in December with "A Tribute to Charlie Brown Christmas" where he plays several songs from the popular Charlie Brown Christmas Special along with other selections from his recordings. David's biggest hits include, Linus & Lucy,...


RBP Episode 9, Rossaround with Chris Walden - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

Chris Walden is a 7 time Grammy Nominee. He was born in Germany and came to Hollywood to seek his fortune as an Arranger and Composer for the Music, Film and TV industries. I interviewed Chris in his writing room at the historic Capitol Records building in Hollywood California. When I visited Chris, he was working on an orchestral arrangement for Celine Dion. Chris also works for many great artists such as David Foster, Barbara Steisand, George Michael, Andrea Bucelli, Aretha Franklin,...


RBP Episode 8 Part-2, Rossaround with PJ Olsson - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

PART-2 PJ Olsson is a Grammy Nominated Singer, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Studio Owner, Entrepreneur and Lead singer with the Alan Parsons band. PJ has worked with hundreds of artists and producers over his long career and has really lived the life of ups and downs of the music business. His story is so great and interesting that we ended up recording this episode for two hours. I did not want to cut out anything so I decided to split it up into two parts. Please share and subscribe...


RBP Episode 8 Part-1, Rossaround with PJ Olsson - Rossaround Backstage Podcast

PJ Olsson is a Grammy Nominated Singer, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Studio Owner, Entrepreneur and Lead singer with the Alan Parsons band. PJ has worked with hundreds of artists and producers over his long career and has really lived the life of ups and downs of the music business. His story is so great and interesting that we ended up recording this episode for two hours. I did not want to cut out anything so I decided to split it up into two parts. Please subscribe to my podcast,...