MICHAEL STANLEY

Michael Stanley just released And Then. Expect the quality he has been offering since 1969!

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You have been making albums for a very long time and wrote a lot songs. Does inspiration still comes easy?

Inspiration…this far down the line I still find that it’s easy to come up with music that inspires me but after having written around 500 songs the big question these days is what to write about…what have I not addressed that I want to or how can I conjure up a new take when revisiting an old topic.

A song like “All Together Now” from the new album “And then” ranks among your best songs, I think. What do you think? Or is ranking your own songs not important to you?

“All Together Now”…thanks for the kind words. It’s one of my favorites on the album but the funny thing is that it’s a song I wrote about 30 years ago that somehow slipped through the cracks. I found an old demo tape and thought I’d see what could be done with it…and the band rose to the occasion! And no, I don’t rank my tunes…it doesn’t matter which ones I like, the audience will make the choices.

The music industry has changed a lot over the years. From your first album till now. What’s the biggest change?

It would take a book to list the changes in the music business since I made my first album back in 1969…hell, the recording consoles still had rotary dials…faders were few years away. The internet has leveled the playing field on one level but has also made it almost impossible to work your way through all the dreck to find the good stuff. But the biggest thing is that I think there are several generations of listeners who expect their music to be free…they’ll pay a plumber or an electrician but expect musicians and songwriters to ply their craft for free…and that only leads to musicians and songwriters who are looking for new jobs. Unfortunately I don’t think music means as much to listeners today as it use to.

Strange times, don’t you think? What is the best way for to promote your new album?

I’m afraid, I’m still a little “old school” with internet promotion. My late wife (a former VP at Capitol Records) ran our label and took care of all that but after she passed away I now find I not only have to come up with new product but also try and market it and that is not my strong suit. I guess I’m just hoping that the cream will rise to the top…but confidence isn’t high.

I think you recently added your music to Spotify. If true, what made you decide to do this? Where I live, The Netherlands, it looks like everybody uses streaming services (or buys vinyl) and more and more people are willing to pay for this.

We have a guy who deals with all the streaming options and I’m afraid I’m at his mercy.

Your voice gives your songs an extra warmth. When and how did you found out you could do this?

The voice? Well, it just is what it is…forty-five years of cigarettes and the road have left their mark. I certainly don’t have the vocal range hat I had in my younger days but i think I’m a far better singer than I use to be…in fact I’d love to re-sing a lot of the old stuff…that would be interesting (at least for me).

Did you ever tour Europe? Is it very difficult to do nowadays?

Tour Europe? I’m afraid not…but I’d love to at some point. We’ll see what the future brings.

What’s up for the next couple of months?

The next couple of months will be filled with gigs around the Midwest and finishing up a new album which we’ll start mixing the beginning of July…you gotta keep moving ’cause someone might be gaining on ya!

Please check out Michael’s website

Buy the new album here.

Here is a classic from the old days.

 

JOE LYNN TURNER

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Street of Dreams is a fabulous live recording. Can you still remember the gig? Did you always knew it was a special recording?

Yes, we knew that was a special night where we had a lot of synergy…both band and audience. It was circulating around as a bootleg for a long time and Cleopatra Records has issued the release because they felt there was a demand for it to be put out properly. It was recorded during the “Rescue You” tour. The set includes some Rainbow songs like “Stone Cold” and “Street Of Dreams.” There are some songs that were not on Rescue You like “I Found Love” and a cover of “Them Changes.”

You were the king of the world that night. How did that feel?

That night at the Boston Paradise, the band was on fire and so was the crowd. I can remember seeing the audience and I remember there was an awkward pillar enough to block some of the view. But the stage was an actual concert stage. Aerosmith and all those guys used to always play at the Paradise. I can remember how it felt because it was absolutely exhilarating.

Is it strange to you that they released an old recording?

Not completely. I knew it was very much in demand by fans and Cleopatra apparently thought there would be a market for it. I am glad they have released it properly and thank them for putting it out.

Were those the best days in music or is it me just being sentimental?

Those were special times for sure. More artists had actual talent, there was not a lot of “auto tuning” being used. If you were a musician back then, most of the time you had to have “chops” or merit. These days, there are more artists without a lot of talent that can become successful. Additionally, there was no internet like there is now. It was more exciting when an artist “came to town” and there was more mystique. Now, artists are all expected to interact with fans on social media and there are no secrets or mystery any more. It makes it all less exciting in my opinion.

What’s up for the next couple of months? And after that?

I am trying to play as many shows as I can! There are other things in the discussion stages that I cannot reveal right now but if everything comes to fruition it will be great. We just confirmed a couple of USA shows…in Las Vegas and in Hollywood.

“Edge Of Tomorrow” is the title of the forthcoming Sunstorm album and I recently filmed a video for it in Greece that is really spectacular. It is a song that is basically a lyric about the apocalypse that’s happening right now and the geopolitical situation in our world. So I went to Vikos Canyon, the deepest and longest canyon in the world, the canyon of the Gods.

The video director and producer Menelaos Sykovelis is an incredible artist. He knew that this particular location was where we should do this, where we should show the world what is happening in symbology, in symbolic form.

Do you still have goals you want to achieve?

Sure! I have been interested in doing more work for film, writing and possibly producing. But right now I am very focused on my current plans.

Who were (or maybe “are”)  in the best live band you ever fronted? And what made (makes) them so special?

They are all great in their own unique way. As for making the biggest impact on my career…Rainbow and Deep Purple for obvious reasons! Deep Purple, because they were a huge influence in my career. I played Purple covers when I was a young musician. Fronting them later in life was surreal. Rainbow, because I was involved in helping Rainbow achieve more commercial success and that was a major goal for the band at that time. Even though my previous band, Fandango, recorded several albums for RCA, we were well known in the USA but not as worldwide as Rainbow. Rainbow was my chance to truly see the world.

What’s the song you wished you sang (but you didn’t) ? And why?

How about a song I wished I had written…”Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley.

There is a Survivor song called It’s the Singer Not the Song. And there is a country dude saying Song is King. What do you think?

The singer can make the lyrics and song come alive and be more meaningful to the listener. By the way…great song by Survivor and Jimi Jamison. RIP Jimi…a great writer and vocalist and a world class person as well. I miss him.

I am from the Netherlands, we are cycling a lot. When I am alone on a bike I can’t stop singing. Always the same songs. It’s either Bird of Paradise by Snowy White, Luka by Suzanne Vega, The Outdoor Type by The Lemonheads or King of Dreams of by you know who. King of Dreams is a really good song, don’t you think? And don’t you get tired of people saying that it is from the best or the worst Deep Purple album? A love it or hate it album? Which I think is nonsense. You can’t hate the songs on Slaves & Masters?


It is a great song and also a controversial video came out of it as it was banned in some situations because of the theme. Ritchie always said “Slaves and Masters” was one of his favorite DP albums. I still try and include the song in some of my current setlists.

How did you realize your voice was something special? Was there somebody who told you you could sing?


I actually started out as a guitarist when I was in a popular local band as a young musician. When we found our band in a situation without the lead singer being able to sing, I took over and the rest is history.

Check Joe’s website

Watch the official Rainbow video for Street of Dreams

Or the video for Endlessly (featured on Rescue You and Street of Dreams)

DION BAYMAN

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What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

Hearing the final production of each song and then comparing it to the demo. Most of the time they are very different songs.

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

I’ll cheat and name two songs 🙂 From the new album I’d say ‘One More Reason’ because it shows a heavier side to my song writing and it’s just a kick ass song. And ‘For You’ as I feel it’s a well written and produced track with a soaring killer chorus.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?
We all know that the traditional music industry model is dying. Technology has given musicians the opportunity to self produce and to share their music around the world. There is great music out there if you look for it!

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?
Tough question. Honestly I have absolutely no idea.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixt tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

Another tough one! Today I’ll say ‘Broken Over You’ by Vertical Horizon, ‘In Love With a Girl’ by Gavin Degraw, ‘Piece by Piece’ by Kelly Clarkson, ‘We Found Love’ by Ed Sheeran, ‘You Ruin Me’ by The Veronicas.

What’s up for the next couple of months?

I’ve just released my new album so I’ll be relaxing 🙂

Buy it here

PINK CREAM 69 – Dennis Ward

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What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

Me getting drunk with myself whilst mixing the album!

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

“I come from a land down under” because I work in a cellar… all day…

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

“So they say”?? Are you kidding? “Completely” is the right way to explain it. What it brought me was my job, so that’s good.  It didn’t bring me eternal youth though.

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?

If there is such a great musician that no-one has ever heard of then I haven’t heard of them either I’m afraid.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

I would tell her that because of her request there would be no second date.

What’s up for the next couple of months?

I’m working on some projects and PC69 has some shows this summer.  Hope to see everyone there!

TODD HOBIN

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What was the biggest fun during the making of Keepin’ the Dream Alive? Can you still remember how the songs came together?

Every day was an adventure. Unlike our previous albums we booked studio time and secured a great producer (Mark Doyle) before we even had songs written. We walked into the studio with pretty much a blank sheet of paper and started writing. The fun was in the unbridled work of creation.

Sadly, I died near the end of these sessions. Mark and Doug Moncrief wrapped it up. True story, it was a tumultuous year. Keepin’ the Dream Alive took on a whole new meaning for us. Good doctors brought me back from the land of the lost and I was able to rejoin the band.

I can’t listen to this album without reliving some of the pain of that year. But, the songs have endured and the trauma we lived through was worth the pain of birthing this album.

 If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

Let It Roll. Somewhere deep inside all of us who play rock lives a little Elvis. His swagger, his cool, his reverence to the blues and gospel, as well as his boyish charm and quest for fun have influenced everything that came after him.

This song is homage to my roots. You can hear the influence of Elvis, the Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even the Big Bopper in this track.

Somewhere between that song and Tonight, I Wanna Be Lonely is who I am.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

I’m lucky. I survive by doing my art. And when I’m not doing my art, I’m helping others with theirs. We own all the masters to our music, and the publishing as well. We also own our own studio. So for us, the changes in technology and the internet have helped us reach our fans.

On the down side, all of us have noticed that there is a lot of inferior music out there. Anybody can release anything they want. Touring is harder with a lot of wannabees willing to play for nothing. If we dumb down the art, the audience gets dumber and expects free music that they don’t really care about. Music becomes background music. Young musicians should aspire to greatness, not just acceptance.

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?

I teach a college course in the History of Rock n Roll. Every year I make a prediction about who will be the next big break out artist. In past years I’ve chosen, Mumford and Sons, Adele, and Zac Brown. Last year my pick was Tori Kelly. In just about every case, when I introduced these artists to my classes not one of the students had ever heard of them.

This year, I am totally baffled.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixt tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

I Love You Just the Way You Are – by Billy Joel, The Nearness of You – Sinatra’s version, We Found Love – Ed Sheeran, (I’d insert the next song I write right here. It would be titled with “Her Name”), Bolero – Ravel. If that don’t score a second date, I’d move on.

I am an old, hopeless romantic. I love my wife like crazy. I think I’ll write that next song right now. I’ll call it “Joann”.

What’s up for the next couple of months?

I am recovering from vocal strain. I haven’t performed since November. SO, what’s next is my vocal rehab tour. The first date is with my songwriting partner and bandmate, Doug Moncrief – May 6th at the Ontario Performing Arts Center. I’m going to ease back into the full band concert dates by doing a few solo and duo shows. By July, we’ll take the monster back out on the road. I’m lucky enough to play in one of the best rock bands in the world… going on 42 years with the same guys.

New songs are in the pipeline.

Buy the re-issue of Keepin’ the Dream Alive here.

BLOOD RED SAINTS – Lee Revill

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What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

The whole process was a blast from the start … from recording the early demos of the tracks right through to hearing them evolve into what you hear on the finished CD. Working with the guys in this band is what makes it all worth while and is so much fun to be involved in. It’s an honour to work with Mr.Godfrey , Mr.Naylor  Mr.Newdeck and Mr.Parrat.

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

I am very proud of all the tracks but if I had to pick one it would be the track Dangerous.It is a good marker of what I like in a song, powerful, moody and a big chorus. We were all really pleased with how it turned out.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

I think everyone agrees that with the internet came a massive change in how we listen to music ..from iTunes, Spotify and to Youtube you can access many new bands and different types of music at the click of a button. So while I think that this has been a good thing, being from an era in the 80’s and 90’s I kinda miss the excitement of going round to your mates house to check out the new album he got on import or listening to it at your local record shop or waiting to read the inside cover of your favorite bands new Album.

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?

I personally think that would be Mr.Pete Godfrey, who is a gem of a singer/songwriter and has the qualities to write for any genre he chooses to. He is now slowly getting the recognition he thoroughly deserves by being the frontman for Blood Red Saints and also receiving requests for his skills as a songwriter from other signed acts.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixt tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

1-  Just Take My Heart – Mr.Big

2-Something in your Mouth -Nickelback

3-I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi

4-Smooth Up In Ya – Bullet Boys

5- I’m A Believer- Giant

What’s up for the next couple of months?

We have tour dates across the UK booked in with Romeo’s Daughter, Vega  and Newman….and have just played HRH in Wales which was fantastic. And then we have the Frontiers Festival in Milan in April which we are all looking forward to! … meeting up with old friends and making a lot of new ones hopefully! Then it’s on to recording album number two for the Blood Red Saints.

RnR.

Blood Red Saints will also play the ROCKINGHAM Festival.

FM – Merv Goldsworthy

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What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

Getting the final mixes of the finished tracks.

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

“Digging Up The Dirt” – it’s one of the best tracks we’ve ever recorded.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

More work, less record sales, more illegal downloads.

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?

Jim Kirkpatrick… you’d have to ask him yourself.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixt tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

STEELY DAN – FM

DOOBIE BROTHERS – Listen To The Music

THIN LIZZY – Boys Are Back In Town

TOTO – Rosanna

FREE –All Right Now

What’s up for the next couple of months?

UK tour with HEART

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