Interviews

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Exclusive Soundcheck 'Night Train' Tour Concert & Interview with Country Music Superstar Jason Aldean

Country superstar Jason Aldean recently taped an exclusive interview and concert with Soundcheck. The current chart-topper performed special live versions of songs from his #1 new album, 'Night Train,' including current hit single 'Take a Little Ride,' plus plenty of fan favorites too. Jason also speaks openly about how the new album came together, his sold-out tour, Nashville and much more during our revealing sit-down interview.
 
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Interview with Randy Rhoads’ Biographer

For 30 years, Randy Rhoads fans have been left to ponder what the beloved guitarist might have gone on to achieve, had he not died tragically in a plane crash in 1982. Andrew Klein can’t answer that question, but he can authoritatively address nearly any other subject related to Rhoads’ life and career. Working with veteran music scribe Steven Rosen and former Rhoads guitar student Peter M. Margolis, Klein has just published a 400-plus-page coffee table book — titled, simply, Randy Rhoads — that teems with insights from those who knew Rhoads...
 
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Interview With Paul Bibeau - Founder Of Spitfire Records

Paul Bibeau created Spitfire Records in New York in September 1998. He developed the company from his bedroom to become one of the premier independent record labels worldwide. DIO, TESTAMENT, Zakk Wylde, Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach and EUROPE are just a short part of a big list of artists and bands who dealt with Paul’s company. In 2005 he successfully negotiated a partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment (Eagle Vision), a London, England based audio and visual company. And all of this was just a little part of his successful career.
 
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KISS’s Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on “Monster”

Strange to think that KISS went a full decade – 11 years, in fact – without releasing an album of new material. Even more remarkable is the fact that when KISS did hit the studio again – to make 2009’s Sonic Boom – their return to form was spectacular. Monster, the band’s just-released follow-up, provides conclusion proof that KISS’s comeback was no fluke. Packed with full-throttle rock and roll, the album distills the spirit of KISS to its no-frills essence. “There are no symphony orchestras, no boys choirs, no keyboards, no outside producers...
 
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WOLF: Discussing New Material, India, Illegal Downloads and “WOLF’S BLOOD”

Blackdiamond from METAL SHOCK FINLAND caught up with Viper, Raptor, Tornado and Demon (A.K.A. Niklas, Richard, Anders and Simon) at The Corporation in Sheffield this week and conducted an interview with three of the four “Wolves.” The show was extremely heavy, extremely loud with excellent metal tunes which left my ears ringing well into the following day! Below are some excerpts...
 
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Skindred - In The Studio And Excited

London-based SKINDRED is totally unique and remain without peer in music today. The quintessentially British band is the only one to have combined elements of punk, rock, metal, reggae and electronic music with such success. 2012 has so far seen Skindred headline a Sold out Brixton academy show (5000 capacity) and at Download Festival and a number of other key festivals globally, the future looks red hot for Britains most exciting Live act. Recently Metalshock Finland‘s Tarja Virmakari had a chance ...
 
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Trent Reznor & David Byrne On DIY vs Major Labels

A talk Sunday night featuring David Byrne and Trent Reznorincluded an interesting discussion of the business options facing musicians today. Due to Trent Reznor's recent deal with Columbia Records for How to destroy angels_ coverage has focused on DIY vs Major Labels. However both artists shared the stance that the current landscape is not about label deals vs DIY but about choosing the right path and the right deals for the artist in question. Trent Reznor's recent announcements that his band How to destroy ...
 
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Guitarist Extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa Talks About New Supergroup And More

For a guy whose last two albums hit No. 1 on the blues charts and are both still sitting in the Top 10, Joe Bonamassa remains quietly off the grid. He was not mentioned in a mainstream music publication until the release of his 13th album. Despite his relentless touring schedule he somehow still has time to record and tour with supergroup Black Country Communion, the blues/rock tour de force with Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian. The band’s eagerly anticipated 3rd album
 
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Billy Gibbons: Words of Wisdom

Z.Z. Top’s new album La Futura is a study in retro-cool. It’s a return to the down-and-dirty songwriting and arranging that was the foundation of the band’s career during their first decade of recording, the ’70s, and a throwback study in guitar tones that extends two decades beyond that, when giants like Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Frankie Lee Sims, Fred McDowell and other vintage electric bluesmen perfected the art of story telling with three chords — sometimes just one — and six-string sounds that spoke volumes. Z.Z. Top’s guitar maven Billy Gibbons absorbed all of those sounds and has the uncanny ability to apply them to music that’s both...
 
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Richie Sambora on His Friendship with Les Paul

Twenty-three years ago, a feature article in Guitar World began with these words: “On a humid New Jersey night in early July, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora sat on an empty dock on the Manasquan River chatting with guitar legend Les Paul. It was well after midnight, and while a party was in full swing just a hundred yards away, Sambora and Paul were left to themselves as they talked about music, the industry and guitars.” That night marked the beginning of an extraordinary friendship, a near father-son relationship between Paul and Sambora that ...
 
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Lou Pallo Talks About the All-Star “Thank You Les” Project

Thank You Les is a tribute album, and it’s a special one. It was organized by Lou Pallo – Les Paul’s close friend, co-guitarist and the man who persuaded Les Paul to keep playing guitar. It boasts a stellar line-up of guests, including Keith Richards, Steve Miller, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Johnny A, Arlen Roth and many more. A DVD of its recording is also out now. Lou Pallo – a great guitarist in his own right – explains all to Gibson.com. Congratulations, Lou - with such a star cast, Thank You Les must have taken a lot of organization...
 
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Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath's Iron Man

The tag “guitar legend” is sometimes thrown around. But it is truly deserved for Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. A quiet-spoken riff machine, Iommi is a guitar great. His agile but doomy riffs have influenced Metallica, Nirvana, Eddie Van Halen, Zakk Wylde, Queens of the Stone Age and just about every metal band you can think of. But what of the man himself? And what of new Black Sabbath songs? Tony Iommi recently published his must-read memoirs, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell with Black Sabbath. It contains some near...
 
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Clinton Gregory Returns After Taking Short 17-Year Break

Clinton Gregory has emerged from his 17-year hiatus with a bang. There is nothing subtle about his latest effort, “Too Much Ain’t Enough.” The cover aptly features Gregory posing with a vintage Rolls Royce. The fifth generation fiddler cut an album steeped in authentic country music. In a genre obsessed with crossover stardom and chart position, it is a refreshing back to basics anomaly. In the early 1990’s Gregory released six national recording projects and 11 charted singles, most notably, “(If It Weren’t For Country Music) I’d Go Crazy.” Six years later...
 
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A Conversation With Kate Miller-Heidke

Australian singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, currently out on tour with Ben Folds Five, recently sat down with Dan Harr at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The two talked about Kate's rising star in the alt-pop indie music scene, including how she was the first Australian to win the International Songwriting Competition with her song "Caught in the Crowd." She's just released her new album, Night Flight, and is playing to packed venues across the U.S. Kate also talked about life on the road and more.
 
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A Conversation with Chris and Dave of Within Reason

Birmingham, AL-based band, Within Reason, is making a name for themselves on the rock circuit and building a strong fanbase around the country. From performing live on TV's One Tree Hill and winning awards at the BAMA Awards, to getting their music up on Pandora and taking the stage on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, Within Reason has been climbing the ladder to success two rungs at a time. Band members Chris Dow and David Koonce sat down with Dan Harr of Music News Nashville to talk about life on the road, their latest ...
 
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