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Where music does the talking

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Guitarist RUFUS MILLER Reflects On Keeping Himself Busy During Lockdown: “I Used the Pandemic to Reconnect with My Musical Roots”

4/8/2021
Talent surely runs in the family when it comes to Rufus Miller. His interest in electric guitar came from his father Dominic, an accomplished musician with several solo albums, who has been collaborating with Sting since 1991. Slowly but surely, Rufus started to learn basic chords and to play grunge songs, which to this day [...]

Duration:00:16:27

JAMES LASCELLES of WHEEL Discusses “RESIDENT HUMAN” Album: “It Was Cathartic to Write about Some of this Stuff, but with Every Record We Want to Grow Both Musically and Personally”

4/6/2021
Just two years after making an impact with their debut album “Moving Backwards,” the Finnish progressive metal band Wheel released their sophomore album “Resident Human” on March 26th, 2021. With their new album, Wheel invites the listener to an introspective and reflective journey that seeks to perform a symbolic deconstruction of humanity. Deep topics are presented through a brilliant blend of [...]

Duration:00:26:21

MEGADETH’S Basist DAVE ELLEFSON and DREW FORTIER Reflect on Their Collaboration on Books, Movies and Music: “We Really Found a Collective Voice Together”

4/1/2021
One of the most enduring metal acts on the planet, MEGADETH has been recording a new album in the last few months, and updates have been given by their main-man Dave Mustaine from time to time. While the new songs are being honed in the studio, the band’s bass player, Dave Ellefson, aka “Junior”, is [...]

Duration:00:52:26

RONNIE ROMERO Reflects on His Involvement in SUNSTORM’s “Afterlife” Album: “As Musicians We Always Try To Prove Ourselves, and I Took This Record As a Challenge”

3/31/2021
The new chapter of SUNSTORM is here! Originally designed to showcase a musical style similar to singer Joe Lynn Turner’s Melodic Rock/AOR roots, the band now has a new face on the front-man’s seat, in the form of LORDS OF BLACK and RAINBOW singer Ronnie Romero. His debut with the group, “Afterlife” was recently released [...]

Duration:00:24:32

GEOFF TATE Talks SWEET OBLIVION Sophomore Record: “The Whole Album Concept Deals with the Relentless March of Time”

3/29/2021
Very few people who are called an “icon” in the metal community deserve such title, but Geoff Tate is surely worthy of that denomination. Tate fronted the prog metal pioneers Queensrÿche from the band’s inception through the peak of their success with albums like “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Empire”, all the way to a controversial exit [...]

Duration:00:28:20

HUMAN FORTRESS Singer GUS MONSANTO Reflects On Recent Compilation Album: “A Good Singer Is Like an Artist ,You’ve Got To Be A Good Storyteller”

3/12/2021
Coming from Hanover, Human Fortress has been flying the flag of power metal and taking no prisoners since their inception in 1997. After several lineup changes and eight albums, things seem a little bit more stable since Brazilian singer Gus Monsanto joined them in 2013. The band recently put out an album entitled “Epic Tales [...]

Duration:00:32:39

RICHIE KOTZEN Talks Upcoming SMITH/KOTZEN Debut Album: “It’s A Big Deal for Me To Have My Name Alongside ADRIAN SMITH’s Name on an Album Cover”

3/12/2021
Smith/Kotzen, the collaboration between guitar giants Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen, has been teased with cryptic posts on social media in the last few months. More recently, three singles have been revealed: “Taking My Changes”, “Scars” and “Running”, which carry both players’ early influences on their sleeves. On March 26th fans will be able to [...]

Duration:00:25:01

JOHN YOUNG of LIFESIGNS on New Album “Altitude”: “We’ve Always Been In Charge of Our Own Destiny”

3/10/2021
For decades John Young has played with an amazing array of rock’s best musicians and performers, making a living as full-time professional musician in esteemed company. From Asia to The Scorpions to The Strawbs to Bonnie Tyler and much, much more, he has covered a wide terrain while being one of the nicest guys you’ll [...]

Duration:00:49:43

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Talks Recent Album “The Darkest Skies are the Brightest” and Inspiration Behind it: “You Have to Go Through Darkness In Order to Get To The Light”

3/8/2021
“This album is all about growth,” she continues. “Every cloud has its silver lining, and there’s always light at the end of a dark period.” “If you look for it,” she adds. Anneke van Giersbergen is no stranger to facing daunting odds with a self-assured smile. Indeed, she penned one of her former band’s most [...]

Duration:00:27:57

Extensive Interviews with GEOFF DOWNES and CHRIS BRAIDE of DBA: “This Album in Particular Very Much Bears Mine and CHRIS’ Souls”

3/2/2021
In his in spare time between work with Yes and Asia, Geoff Downes began a new project with noted singer songwriter Chris Braide. Ten years later, the fourth release from the Downes Braide Association (DBA), “Halcyon Hymns”, is a beautifully textured album, as colorful as the Roger Dean cover art which adorns it. You can [...]

Duration:01:14:48

STEVE LUKATHER Talks New Album “I Found the Sun Again”, Friendship with EDDIE VAN HALEN and More: “Musically Speaking This is a 70’s Album, But With a 2021 Fidelity””

2/26/2021
Over the course of five decades Steve Lukather has placed an indelible stamp on pop culture. Alongside his tenure as the only member of Toto to never take a hiatus from the band, he has performed on thousands of albums as a session musician. Amongst these musical contributions are some of the most successful, influential [...]

Duration:00:43:43

Former IRON MAIDEN, LIONHEART Guitarist DENNIS STRATTON Talks Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nomination: ‘I’m Honored to be Nominated and I Ask the Fans to Vote!’

2/23/2021
Earlier in the month, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2021 list of nominees. Among the illustrious group of artists was heavy metal favorite; Iron Maiden! It was a long-overdue recognition for the band as they are arguably one of the world’s biggest metal bands, selling over 100 million albums worldwide during [...]

Duration:00:34:48

BLAZE BAYLEY Talks New Album “War Within Me” and Time in IRON MAIDEN: “Being in MAIDEN Was A Crazy and Wonderful Time, It Gave Me Incredible Confidence in My Songwriting And I Got No Complaints or Hard Feelings Whatsoever”

2/22/2021
Bayley Alexander Cooke, (widely known as Blaze Bayley), is a survivor. From his early days with WOLFSBANE, through his tenure with IRON MAIDEN and his prolific solo career, he has faced more than the usual share of hardships. A motorbike accident, the loss of loved ones, and criticism from the IRON MAIDEN fanbase who never [...]

Duration:01:14:32

SYMPHONY X Drummer JASON RULLO Dives Deep About His 3 RULES Band: “This Is a Real Band for Us, Not Just a Project”

2/11/2021
Drummer Jason Rullo, from the internationally acclaimed prog metal band Symphony X, is venturing into new territories. His new band 3 Rules, with Ron Sanborn on guitar and Artha Meadors on bass, is focused on instrumental music with no boundaries. The end result can sometimes be heavy, melodic or jazzy, depending on what goes through [...]

Duration:00:30:29

MR. BIG’s Front-man ERIC MARTIN Discusses Plans for New Live Releases: “They Are Coming Out, with Some of the Last PAT TORPEY Shows”

2/9/2021
Owner of one of the most distinctive voices in rock, Eric Martin has had an unstoppable career. Best known as the longtime vocalist for the Los Angeles-based hard rock group Mr. Big, he found chart-topping success with the band in the early ‘90s with the ballad “To Be With You.” Since his early efforts with [...]

Duration:01:04:44

NATHAN JAMES Discusses INGLORIOUS’ New Album “We Will Ride”: “Lots of People Thought This Album Wouldn’t Happen or the Band Was Falling Apart. This is a Middle Finger to Anyone Who Didn’t Believe”.

2/5/2021
Even earlier than many people thought, the British hard rock band Inglorious is back in the game with a new album under their sleeves. “We Will Ride” sees Inglorious riding to lands farther from those previously ridden, and they do it commanded by the prodigious voice of Nathan James, as well as killer riffs, prominent musicianship, and high concentrations of energetic hard [...]

Duration:00:43:29

STEVEN WILSON Reflects Upon Just Released Album “The Future Bites” and More: ‘My Heroes and Inspirations Were Always the Kind Of People That Were Constantly Surprising Their Fans’

2/3/2021
Steven Wilson may have originally made a name for himself through his band Porcupine Tree but his subsequent solo career has seen his influence and impact grow exponentially. Having made music with a variety of projects and bands over the past three decades, Wilson has long pushed his edge of being a big fish in [...]

Duration:01:03:23

QUEENSRYCHE’s Frontman TODD LATORRE Talks Debut Solo Album “Rejoice In The Suffering” Creative Process: ‘I Want What’s Best For The Music and the Songs’

2/2/2021
Todd La Torre, vocalist for Queensrÿche, will be releasing his debut solo record, “Rejoice in the Suffering”, this Friday February 5th via Rat Pak Records. As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, Todd used the pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo record. He and Craig [...]

Duration:00:32:52

MICHAEL SCHENKER Talks Upcoming MSG Album and Career: “I Declined OZZY OSBOURNE, DEEP PURPLE and Many Other Bands for The Only Reason To Be Myself”

1/27/2021
Not many can say they had a stellar 50 year career in any line of work, let alone one in a competitive market such as the music business. Michael Schenker is a survivor, who went through every trend, fad and style through the years, and remained a respectable force in the guitar realm. From his [...]

Duration:00:47:09

JOEL HOEKSTRA Reflects on Upcoming JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 Album: “It’s a More Focused Album This Time Around”

1/20/2021
Joel Hoekstra does know how to keep himself busy. Aside from being one of David Coverdale’s gunslingers in Whitesnake, he has done tours with Cher and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2015 he created a solo project entitled Joel Hoekstra’s 13, and released the debut album “Dying to Live”. February 12th sees the release of the band’s [...]

Duration:00:28:54