Rock and Roll Confessional is a podcast for Rock music fans. Those that love music, but are not in the industry, yet want to hear the stories that shaped the world of music. We interview not only musicians and song writers, but promoters, DJs, venue management, agents and more.
Here's the Latest Episode from Rock And Roll Confessional:
This is a great show with one of the hardest working drummers in the music industry, Kenny Aronoff. Kenny has been the drummer for many bands including; John Mellencamp, Bob Seger & John Fogerty. We talk with Kenny about his book; "Sex, Drums & Rock 'n' Roll". Along with his many accomplishments, stories and experiences in the music world! Kenny has worked with thousands of musicians including; Brian Setzer, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Glenn Frey, Neil Diamond, The Rolling Stones, Meatloaf, Stevie Nicks, Joe Jackson and many more.
This episode we welcome the front man for the band, "Yes", Jon Anderson. Jon will be releasing a new album called 1000 Hands at the end of July (2020), It is an fantastic album! Jon gives us the low down on the 50 plus artists who joined him on this album which he began 30 years ago.
We also hear about Jon going to his first Beatles concert, meeting Ringo & Paul , writing Yes music and then we'll dive in the deep subjects of the 4th dimension with the fairies! This is a really fun hour long interview and very spiritual on top of it all!
This mini episode we are talking with Jesse Colin Young. Jess began the Youngbloods in the mid 60s and had hits like Get Together & Darkness Darkness along with an extensive solo career that is still going today. Jess just re-recorded his famous Youngblood's song; Get Together with his friend Steve Miller, with 100% of the proceeds going to the WhyHunger charity started by Harry Chapin in the early 80s.
Jesse also talks about opening for Led Zeppelin, the day his home burned down in a devastating fire and how he was one of the original founders of the No Nukes Concerts.
Paul Williams is known for writing music for such groups as The Carpenters, Three Dog Night, Helen Reddy, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand and many others. Paul is also president of ASCAP, which is a membership association comprised of over 750,000 songwriters, composers & music publishers.
In this episode, we get into a very in depth interview about the Covid 19 pandemic, Black Lives Matters, Mother Earth, Gratitude & Trust, how becoming sober changed his life, Phantom of the Paradise and much more!
Director Alsion Ellwood talks with us about the making of the documentary film just released on EPIX. Features music and rare film footage by CSN&Y, Joni MItchell, The Byrds, Love, the Mamas & The Papas, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa, Jackson Browne, Eagles & many more!
This show we are talking with one of the original band members, lead singers & guitarist of the band The Alarm. Mike has carried on the bands name since the original break-up in 1991. He is releasing 3 new albums including "Stream - Hurricane of Change". Mike tells us about the new albums along with his battle with cancer, the bands first U.S. tour with U2, his first Springsteen show and how his life has changed since he departed from the original band back in 1991.
You know John Doe as the original member of the punk band X which was created in 1977. 40 plus years later, the band is still releasing new music. Alphabetland is an amazing piece of work that John talks with us about. He also tells us stories about working with Ray Manzerek of the Doors, preforming for the Los Angeles police department and what its like playing live on stage in a punk band! Plus he really gets into our bonus round!
This is a very special episode, first female, first during quarantine! We are speaking with the original lead singer of the Runaways, Cherie Currie! Cherie has a new album titled: Blvds of Splendor. She tells us the stories of writing the songs, and guest artists including Slash, Duff, Billy Corgan along with producer/drummer Matt Sorum. Cherie dives into the past and talks about her Runaways days and her chainsaw wood carving. Plus Cherie has a very interesting answer to our bonus round question: Tell us about your worst "Spinal Tap" experience.
This episode is part two with iconic rock photographer, Neal Preston. Neal talks with us about his relationship with the members of Queen, his friend and muse; Stevie Nicks. He tells the story of being with Nancy Kerrigan when she got whacked in the knees by Tonya Harding. Being confronted on an airplane by a very drunk John Bonham and his set up for shooting one of the most well known Bruce Springsteen photos!
Plus Neal has been kind enough to allow us to post the photos we talk about on our website. So go to www.rockandrollconfessional.rocks click on the appropriate show, and follow along!
Neal Perston tells us many of the stories behind the photos in his latest book: Exhilarated and Exhausted. Neal talks about going on tour with Led Zeppelin and watching the notorious Peter Grant, Zep's manager. Neal also talks about working with his best friend Cameron Crowe on the film "Almost Famous". Both Neal and Cameron went through some of the same experiences portrayed in the film. Plus many other incredible stories!
Gregg Bissonette is one of the most incredible drummers of today. He has played with Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, ELO, Spinal Tap, Derek Small, Don Henley, Duran Duran, Ozzy Osbourne and so many more. Gregg talks with us about his many influences, his solo albums and seeing the Beatles with his family at the age of 8.
The Association's guitarist and singer, Russ Giguere tells us about the band recording hits like Along Comes Mary, Windy & Cherish. Russ' new book; "Along Comes the Association" tells us about his time meeting Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival, Frank Zappa inviting him to play with the Mothers of Invention and the mysteries of The Who. Plus so much more.
This episode, Kipp Lennon from the band Venice dives deep into the whole story of how they auditioned for the 2010 Roger Waters' The Wall tour and got the gig. There are so many amazing stories including the night that David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined the band on stage at the O2 Arena in London and how Kipp saved David when he began singing the wrong lyrics during Comfortably Numb. Oh but there is so much more in this episode including talking about the bands latest album Jacaranda Street and their time working with Bruce Springsteen! If you haven't listened to part 1 yet, we suggest you do!
Our latest episode features Kipp Lennon. Kipp talks about not only the size of his family but how important it is to him. He explains the story of his famous sisters and the band that he, his brother and his cousins started in the 80s called Venice (which is still performing today). Plus how he and the band worked with Jackson Browne to create an ongoing fundraiser. And if that's not enough, Kipp tells us about his experience working with Michael Jackson on the Simpson TV show.
This episode we are speaking with an amazing philanthropist - Leo Rossi. Leo started his career as a lighting designer for concert in Long Beach, California, with Led Zeppelin being one of his first shows. He later went on to be a roadie (or road crew or tech) for bands such as The Who, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys and so many more.
After all the years in the music business, Leo has now shifted to become a philanthropist and give back to the world by donating his time and any profits to the charity: 20Kwatts. A charity that his late son began years ago, and Leo is now carrying the torch for.
Check out this AMAZING interview with Leo Rossi!
This episode, we are taking a mini dive into NAMM - the National Association of Music Merchants. There big convention was last weekend and this is a taste of what was going on. We will be playing quick interviews from many different rock and roll merchants and a few rock stars that were brought in to endorse products. Check out our interviews featuring the new Slash guitar at Gibson, Tom Morello guitar at Fender, Bob Weir guitar at D'Angelico plus we talk with Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), photographer Neil Preston and members of a new band: Pushing Veronica. This show is fast & furious so tune in quickly!
This show we are talking with a great friend: Scott Page, who is know for playing saxophone with bands like: Toto, Supertramp & Pink Floyd. But there is so much more to Scott...
Scotty starts off with his confession on what happened on his first tour with Toto, his father being in the Lawrence Welk Band and also working at the famous Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles. Plus what he learned from touring with Diana Ross and what it was like touring and working with Pink Floyd & David Gilmour.
And if you are a new start up band or business, Scott has some great tips for you to help make your business successful.
This show we are talking to Mark Felsot who was the associate producer for the syndicated radio talk show; Rockline. Rockline featured bands each week, where listeners could call-in and ask their questions. Mark also works as the morning DJ on the Tom Petty Channel on Sirius XM along with producing the entire channel.
Mark talks with us regarding some of his highlights on Rockline including what happens when your host has a heart attack live on the air, the George Harrison special and the infamous Guns N' Roses/Slash story. Plus what it is like putting together the Tom Petty Channel and working directly with Tom up until Tom's passing in 2017.
Rita and CW take time out of their busy holiday schedule to ask each other a few of the bonus round questions they normally ask the guests. What was your first concert?? And What was your best "Spinal Tap" moment? You'll be amazed, and empowered from their answers. You might even feel a little bit sorry for them. But no matter how you feel, you should be entertained for a brief 10 minutes.
This episode we are speaking with one of the top performers in Rock History! He is known for his song writing, guitar playing, amazing vocals and founding member of the band Styx. He is an all round amazing, fantastic guy; James "JY" Young. We caught up with JY while he made a brief stop in Los Angeles.
JY talks about the early days of putting the band together. Bo Diddley being one of his major influences. Growing up in Chicago and the different bands and types of music that influenced him. And why he got a degree in Aerospace Technology. JY tells us his history with the current band members and why the band didn't accept the offer to headline the US Festival in 1982. We also discuss how Mr. Roboto was the downfall of the band breaking up in the 80's. Plus James fills us in on touring with Ted Nugent and his take on the band getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This episode we are talking with one of the founding members and lead singer John Easdale of Dramarama. John was kind enough to drop by our studio to talk about the history of the band, the break-up and the reforming of the band, how drugs played a part in his life, what it's like having Bruce Springsteen open for you and his love of music. Dramarama has been around since the 80's and has had such hits as; Last Cigarette, Wonderamaland, Haven't Got A Clue, Everybody Dies, Scenario, Some Crazy Dame and their biggest hit that you can still hear on the radio today, Anything Anything! If you are the biggest fan or have never heard of the band, your going to be in for a real treat!
This show Rita & CW are talking with Andrew Sandoval who's latest project was compiling the newly released Kinks 50th anniversary box set of Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire). Andrew talks about the concept of the album, what it entails putting it together, what it was like working with Ray & Dave Davies and all the exciting bonus material that is part of this unique box set.
Plus we also talk to Andrew about playing in the Dave Davies band, working at Rhino Records, working with the Everly Brothers, managing the Monkees and his radio show: Come To The Sunshine.
And of course, Andrew plays the Bonus Round for a fabulous prize!
This show we are talking to Steve Downes who had a long career in the music world. Working in L.A.Radio, Host of the syndicated show Rockline, Morning show host in Chicago radio and then commencing with one of the biggest video game; Halo as the voice of Master Chief. He talks about being a DJ for many years, what happens while leaving the mic on during and interview with Axl Rose and being invited to Bob Marley's hotel room for an interview.
Steve also talks about being program director, what happens when he goes to meet one of his idols: Ry Cooder and what Master Chief sounds like.