Interviews

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Peter Frampton “Comes Alive” Again!

The 1970s boasted many famed live albums, but one of the ones was Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton. It made the Englishman – a pop pin-up, yet also a mercurial guitarist – a huge star, selling 17 million copies. In 2011-2012, Frampton revisited that setlist on a long-running tour, and he recorded it all for release. He explains his newFCA!35 live album to Gibson.com. FCA!35 Tour: An Evening with Peter Frampton is out now on live 2xDVD and Blu-ray, and there’s The Best Of FCA! 35 Tour 3xCD set also. Buy the lot and you will have to take the day...
 
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Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day”: Behind the Scenes With Dick Carruthers

When Led Zeppelin reunited in 2007 to play London’s 02 Arena, it was one of the most in-demand shows ever – 20 million people reportedly applied for tickets. Five years on, the show is out on DVD, Blu-ray and CD as Celebration Day. Gibson asked visuals director Dick Carruthers about capturing a legendary event. Carruthers is a well-respected video producer in the rock world, with performances by The Who, Oasis, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and more to his credit. In November 2012, his direction of Noel Gallagher’s International ...
 
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Rock By The Sea Benefit With Will Turpin in Atlanta, GA

Will Turpin of Collective Soul, as well as his own solo project with his band, The Way, headlined the Rock by the Sea benefit concert at Vinyl in downtown Atlanta, GA. Rock by the Sea is an organization that raises funds to help fight children's cancer and has been organizing music events for the last seven years. Will Turpin and The Way, along with a lineup of other artists including Gareth Asher, Amy Gerhartz and Lauren St. Jane, took the stage and entertained a crowd of supports and fans. Music News Nashville was on hand to capture the...
 
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Hip Kitty - Takin' It To The Troops!

Nashville-area Rock group Hip Kitty will soon be taking their music on the road in a big way. In December, the group led by charismatic lead singer Jen Halverson, will be crossing the seas and heading to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan to perform for those Americans that are fighting for our freedoms. Halverson told Music News Nashville that it’s something the group is looking forward to. “We’re very excited,” she says with a smile. “This...
 
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Gretchen Wilson - Definitely Not A Girly-Girl

Gretchen Wilson doesn’t like her show billed as An evening with Gretchen Wilson. “I get kind of pissed because this isn’t a wardrobe changing, dressy kind of show, this is like seeing Skynyrd,” she said. It is probably safe to assume that she was not fazed by performing at Chautauqua NY, an epicenter of culture and refinement, on the stage that has hosted some of our most prominent intellectuals, symphonies and ballet companies. Indeed, she is a face-melting vocalist whose ability to wail is up there with the likes of Ann Wilson of Heart (no relation), Martina...
 
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Susan Toney Believes Love Is The Cure

Susan Toney is in her element with guitar in hand and audience before her. She has a rare talent and diverse sound; drawing on pop, country, pop/rock, alternative and rhythm and blues. Susan captivates her listener with brilliant lyrics and unexpected melodic twists and turns. Solo or with her band, her music explodes with raw edge and intimacy; her pure, passionate, voice compels attention. The band features Susan on lead vocals, keyboard and guitar along with veterans Arno Lucas on percussion and vocals (Al Jarreau, Jackson Browne, Don Henley
 
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Between The Liner Notes: An Interview With Larry Mills

Although Larry Mills has worn many hats in the music industry, his career has always focused on the success of independent artists. At age 22 he founded Atlanta based Steam Records which issued early releases by Lisa Loeb and Rusted Root. He then expanded his reach by founding Autonomous Records, helping bands like Sister Hazel and Creed penetrate markets throughout the southeastern United States. Next, he entered into music licensing as VP of Marketing and Partnerships for the trailblazing music licensing company Pump Audio...
 
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Interview With Masterplan Frontman And Ex-Helloween Roland Grapow

Roland Grapow started playing guitar at the age of 12, his teacher told his father that he wouldn’t be a good guitarist, but as nobody can read the hand writing of destiny, Roland said NO and he made it. He is leading one of the best active power metal bands, MASTERPLAN, and also he was a part of legendary power metal generators HELLOWEEN for 12 years. A very successful and shining career is the result of that saying NO and his determination to continue. Metal Shock Finland‘s Chief Editor Mohsen Fayyazi has recently conducted an interview ...
 
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Martina McBride - Chatting With A Country Music Icon

Martina Mcbride was introduced at a CMT awards presentation as “one of the greatest voices ever created by God.” While debatable that her voice may be the result of divine creation, her high octane soprano is one of the most beautiful and powerful in music. She has become an iconic figure and a lock as a future member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her latest release, Eleven, is her most personal to date. Most everything about the record is unorthodox starting with its launch via train tour. Twenty years into her career, she severed ties with the long ...
 
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Smashing Pumpkins Pt. 2: Guitar Tone

Last week, we ran Part 1 of the interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder, featuring guitar talk about the band’s choice Les Pauls. This month, we continue with Part 2, offering a glimpse into what Corgan was looking for in a guitarist when he brought Schroeder into the fold and how to get that classic Smashing Pumpkins tone. Check out the interview below, and go here to read Part 1 of our chat. Smashing Pumpkins’ current album, Oceania, is available now.
 
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Fan Q & A With Jim Martin Formerly of Faith No More

After a silence of over a decade, Jim Martin agreed to a Q&A session with fans via a British based fan site. A set of 15 questions were selected by administrators of the fan site from over 500 submissions by fans eager to hear from Jim. What follows is a Q&A session with Jim Martin, former Faith No More guitar player, songwriter, and producer, and fans of Faith No More. “Some weeks ago, the FNM “fan club guy” was asking about how to contact me, he wanted to talk to me about the fan page. After several exchanges via email...
 
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Sick/Sea Interview and Acoustic Performance of Parasite

Texas-based alt-rock/pop band Sick/Sea recently sat down with Dan Harr prior to their performance at The Drunken Unicorn in downtown Atlanta, GA., and talked about their new EP, "Moral Compass," their current tour and more. Made up of brother/sister duo Audrey and Cameron Scott, along with bassist Miguel Morales and Jonathan Garza on lead guitar, Sick/Sea is on the road celebrating the release of their new EP. After the interview, they performed a raw, uncut version of the song Parasite from Moral Compass.
 
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The Many Sounds Of A.J. Croce

It promises to be a special night of music on Friday, November 16 at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center. A.J. Croce will bring his unique melting pot of musical fare to the stage, and the singer is excited to return to a place where he once called home. “I can’t wait, honestly,” he told MNN. “I lived there for about three years. I left about a year ago, and I miss it all the time. I’m really looking forward to seeing a bunch of friends. TPAC is a great place...
 
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Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder Talk Guitars

Over two decades after the Smashing Pumpkins first brought their amalgamation of psychedelia, dream pop, shoegazer and hard rock to the masses, Billy Corgan is on his eighth studio album with the Pumpkins, Oceania. With Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bass player Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Michael William Byrne in the fold, the Pumpkins have fashioned a lush, assertive, sensitive opus in Oceania, with distorted guitars, rousing melodies and, of course, lots singing Gibsons. Hours before the band’s Detroit stop of...
 
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Interview With Mahyar Dean of Angband

Iran (aka Persia) is a country with about 3000 years of civilization history. Iranian people are so proud of that, their culture and their art too. Unfortunately metal music is illegal in Iran but it doesn’t mean that Metal is not alive there. ANGBAND is a Persian power metal band, formed in 2004 in Tehran by talented musician Mahyar Dean, who also is known for writing books about the bands Death and Testament. METAL SHOCK FINLAND’s Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayyazi has recently conducted an interview with Mahyar and asked him several questions about his band...
 
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