Steve Black

Steve Vai Interview

For the 17th time in my 27 years on the radio I had the great pleasure of speaking with guitar master Steve Vai. As usual his Royal Vai-ness has a lot going on including the 52-Hour Big Mama-Jama Jamathon, a gig with an orchestra in Alabama and the Generation Axe Tour with Zakk Wylde, Yngwie…

Interview with Producer Michael Beinhorn

A couple of days ago I saw the headline: Acclaimed Music Producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ozzy, Fuel, Marilyn Manson) Launches Pre-Production Services for the People. I was thrilled and then quickly recalled that I had advised dozens of band and musicians that producers and pre-production are critical if you want the…

Mark Farner Interview

Mark Farner's American Band is in town tomorrow, Saturday June 16, to play a free show at Detroit Music Weekend. I sat down with Mark to talk about his musical journey from his 1st guitar to the local band Terry Knight and The Pack to the global success of Grand Funk and his current American…

Living it up on ShipRocked 18:

Imagine yourself visiting a sun-soaked small city that floats to and from scenic destinations inhabited by dozens of amazing rock bands. It’s the kind of place where you get a big bear hug from guitar God Zakk Wylde while grabbing your morning coffee (actually happened), a place you can enjoy a late-night ice cream with…

Nothing More Interview

As a life-long rock & roll fanatic who has been attending concerts since 1982, hundreds upon hundreds of them especially during my 26 years on the radio, you get to a point when you think you’ve seen it all…then you see Nothing More. Within moments you realize this is different new and unquestionably authentic. The…

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview:

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is back with an outstanding new album called Lay It On Down. The record hit #1 on Billboard's Top Blues chart and landed at #5 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart during its first week of sales. I spoke to Kenny for the Chop Shop by phone on Wednesday (August…

Marty Friedman's new album and Detroit gig:

Guitar master Marty Friedman (Megadeth/Cacophony/Solo) will be playing a gig at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield on Wednesday August 9th. I spoke to Marty on Thursday (August 3rd) about his new album, Wall of Sound, his 13th solo record, the current tour and his life living in Japan. Enjoy – Steve Black

John Connolly (Sevendust/Projected) Interview:

I spoke with John Connolly (Sevendust) today (7/21/17) about the new album from his band Projected. We also talked in depth about the loss of Chester Bennington and depression. Ignite My Insanity is on sale now. The band is a modern-age super-group comprised of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, Sevendust bassist…

Don Felder Interview:

Former guitarist for The Eagles and music legend Don Felder is part of the United We Rock Tour with Styx and REO Speedwagon. All three bands will play DTE on July 25th. Last week I spoke to Don for the Chop Shop Guitar Show about the upcoming tour, new music and some of the groundbreaking…

Tommy Shaw from Styx Interview:

If you know me outside of radio at all you know I’m a big science, space, sci-fi junkie. From super heroes to time travel to space travel to the possibilities of an endless multiverse, yep, you can count me in. On June 16th Styx released their 16th studio album, a concept album called The Mission.…

Mark Slaughter Interview:

On May 26th, Mark Slaughter released his new studio album Halfway There. The record was Produced and co-mixed by Slaughter with John Cranfield (AFI, Andy Grammer), with art by famed horror/album artist “Mister” Sam Shearon (Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, KISS, Clive Barker). Last week I spoke with Mark by phone about the album, life, guitars…

Def Leppard Interview as Hysteria turns 30:

On August 3rd of 1987 Def Leppard released their 4th studio album Hysteria, now nearly 30 years later to the day (August 4th) the band will celebrate their top selling landmark album with the release of several ultimate 30th Anniversary editions. The reissue will be available in multiple formats: the 1-CD "Vanilla" version, a 3-CD…