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The Sound Of...A Few Mistakes (Season 2 - Episode - 18)

Segment One: The Sound Of…A Lotta Love (Time: 19:55) - Why is there an echo before the vocals in “Whole Lotta Love”, what is that mysterious voice in the Grand Funk song “I’m Your Captain”? Steve uses his engineering background to point out s few things you probably didn’t realize. - [The Rev listens to…
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The Sound Of...International Metal (Season 2 - Episode 17)

Segment One: The Sound Of…British Metal?: (Time: 15:33) - According to a new BGO (British online Casino) poll, Heavy Metal is the favorite music format in the U.K. Anne and Steve look into the bands they call “heavy” vs what we in the U.S. call “heavy”. Are we too fragmented in the U.S. with musical…
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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…

The Sound Of...Words With Friends (Season 2 - Episode 16)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Lyrics With Friends: (Time: 25:51) - Words have always been important in music and this week Steve surprises Anne and The Rev with a lyric based twist….a big game show style twist. Segment Three: The Sound Of…A Special Guest: (Time: 17:07) - Anne and Steve select their personal top 7 studio…
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The Sound Of...#1, Kiss and a Few Covers (Season - Episode 15)

Segment One: The Sound Of…#1 at Age 14: (Time: 16:22) - According to Social Media the song that was #1 on your 14th birthday defines your life. Anne and Steve look at the songs that are supposed to define them. What age/year does music attach to the most memories? Segment Three: The Sound Of…A 3…

The Sound Of...Money, Concerts and 1979 (Season 2 Episode 14)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Dynamic Ticket Pricing: (Time: 16:40) - Anne and Steve explore the new world of Dynamic Ticket Pricing for concerts. The artists who are doing it: Taylor Swift, U2, The Eagles, Pink and Shania Twain, and the ones choosing not to including Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam. Are prices the main reason…

The Sound Of...Our Beloved Chris (Season 2 - Show #13)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Cornell: Voice of the 90s (Time: 13:51) - May 18th marks the 1st anniversary of Chris Cornell’s passing. Anne and Steve reveal the top 7 Chris Cornell songs (Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Solo and Audioslave) from his lifetime of music. Segment Two: The Sound Of…What? Who did what? (Time: 20:44)…

The Sound Of...The 5th Era of Music (Season 2 - Week 12)

Segment One: The Sound Of…5th or perhaps 6th Era (Time: 18:56) - Revenue from streaming now makes up more than half of the money generated by record labels. Era 1 was Vinyl, 2 - Tape (both 8-Track and Cassette) 3 - CD, 4 – Digital Downloads and 5 - Streaming. Which is our favorite? Do…

The Sound Of...Still Not Dead (Season 2 - Episode 11)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Not Dead Yet (Time: 16:17) - 2 articles released on the same day say “Rock is Dead” and “Rock and Roll Couldn’t Be Less Dead” Which is correct? Anne and Steve present the ideas and their opinions on why this question seems to linger on and on. Segment Two: The Sound…

The Sound Of…Purple Stories (Season 2 Show 9)

Segment One: The Sound Of…The Purple Legend (Time: 12:53) - The autopsy report on Prince was released which has Anne and Steve recounting some almost unbelievable stories about the enigmatic musician. Plus tales of famous guitars that have exchanged hands. Segment Two: The Sound Of…90s albums (Time: 21:58) - Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters an…

The Sound Of...The Orchestra (Season 2 Show #7)

Segment One: The Sound Of…a Symphony (Time: 11:27) - Anne and Steve talk about the upcoming Foreigner tour with an orchestra and some of the other bands who have played symphonic gigs including Metallica, Kiss, Aerosmith, Evanescence, Alter Bridge, Peter Gabriel, Grand Funk, Moody Blues, ELO and Scorpions. - Segment Two: The Sound Of…Ozzy (Time:…

The Sound Of...Family Ties (Season 2 - Show #6)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Ashley McBryde (Time: 12:08) - Steve Black sits down for a chat with rising country star Ashley McBryde who also happens to be his cousin. - Segment Two: The Sound Of…Southern Rock (Time: 19:22) - Steve and Anne select their personal top 7 Southern Rock bands. Segment Three: The Sound Of…The…

The Sound of... Acting (Season 2 - Show 5)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Movie Roles (Time: 15:59) - James Hetfield crosses over to the world of film with the upcoming movie. Anne and Steve talk about the long tradition of musicians who have tried their hand at acting including Elvis, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jerrod Leto and Alice Cooper among others. Segment Two: The…

The Sound of...Opening Bands (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Odd Pairings (Time: 14:45) - Poison, Cheap Trick and Pop Evil will tour together this summer. What are some of the odd pairings we’ve seen in the past. What are some of the best and worst opening acts we’ve encountered. - Segment Two: The Sound Of…Aerosmith Songs (Time: 14:37) - Joe…

The Sound Of...Sports Anthems (Season 2 - Week 3 Full show)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Halftime Shows (Time: 16:55) - Super Bowl LII is just around the corner so Anne and Steve talk about the good, bad and the ugly of music mixing with sports. - Segment Two: The Sound Of…Goodbye Candle Dancer (Time: 16:31) - Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Slayer have all announced farewell…

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…

The Sound Of...Goodbye 2017 (Season 1 - Week 15):

LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW ABOVE or SELECT PARTS BELOW: Segment One: The Sound Of…Remembrance (2017) (Time: 23:54) - Anne and Steve explore an in-depth list of musicians who passed away in 2017, and discuss some of their personal moments and memories with some of the bigger names including Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Chuck Berry,…

The Sound Of...Farewells (Season 1 - Week 11)

THE FULL SHOW IS ABOVE - INDIVIDUAL SEGMENTS BELOW Segment One: The Sound Of…Farewell Tours (Time: 17:08) - Anne and Steve talk about Ozzy’s 2nd retirement tour (3rd counting Black Sabbath). Is it just marketing? Why do so many bands do it? Segment Two: The Sound Of…Females (Time: 21:23) - In honor of the recent…

The Sound of...Record Stores (Season 1 Week 9)

The Full show (individual segments and descriptions are below): Part One: The Sound Of…Records Time: 17:48 - Anne and Steve talk about the list of Record Store Day releases coming out on Black Friday including vinyl from Iggy Pop, Queen, Dimebag, Rush and Neil Young. - Anne also talks about her recent tour of Third…

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…

The Sound Of... (Tech)

Segment One: Anne brings up the topic of technology and how it is changing the concert experience. Time: 20:35 Segment Two: Anne and Steve select their top 7 albums from 1987 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Whitesnake album which is being re-issued in a variety of packages. Time: 16:48 Segment Three: Steve…
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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…

Interview with John 5

Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 has released his 8th solo album Season of the Witch. Leading up to the release John has been releasing great videos of each song, one per month as a unique way to reach out to fans. I called John 5 on Monday (March 13th) as he was at the start…

Mark Farner Interview

On Friday March 24th the music community will come together to celebrate the life of Michigan’s own Dick Wagner. The 3rd Annual Dick Wagner "Remember The Child" Memorial Concert will be held at the Sound Board inside of Motor City Casino & Hotel, in Detroit. And will include music from Mark Farner, Suzi Quatro, Kip…

Scott Stapp talks about music, life and his new band:

Just a couple of years ago Scott Stapp was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Scott, the frontman of Creed, has been diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder, a serious mental illness that when mixed with drugs and alcohol can lead to death. This time around though, that familiar crash and burn rock & roll story has…

Interview with Anthony Kiedis of RHCP

I must admit after a lifetime of going to concerts (more than 600 at this point) I’ve become a bit jaded. Last night at JLA (2/2/17) taking in the Red Hot Chili Peppers not only proved that I haven’t seen it all, they also gave me the needed slap in the face style reminder of…

ShipRocked 2017: Filled with Once in a lifetime moments

ShipRocked 2017 is in the books and as a media partner via The Chop Shop, I’m saddled with the arduous task of describing what it’s like to experience 4 full nights of pure rock & roll heaven in the format of a quick blog post. The 44 concerts, spread out across 5 on-board venues on…