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The Sound Of...MJ RK and Gello (Season 3 Episode 9)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Questionable Behavior:   (Time:   21:45) Does an artist’s words and actions affect your ability to enjoy their music. The recent documentaries on R. Kelly and Michael Jackson have prompted some radio stations to stop playing their music. Anne, Steve and The Rev discuss questionable behaviors of artists. Segment Two: The…

Interview with the Neal Morse Band

The term progressive is used to describe music it often invokes thoughts of mechanical precision and a need for higher education to absorb all the layers. Sure you can find that style of music under the progressive label, however if you're open to it you will also find much, much more. The late writer, composer,…

The Sound Of...A Few Answers (Season 3 Episode 8)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Random Answers:   (Time:   23:50) We accept a few music questions from Facebook for Anne, Steve and The Rev to respond to. Segment Two: The Sound Of…The Live Album:   (Time:   24:46) In honor of Cheap Trick’s album At Budokan which turned 40 last week, Anne and Steve select their personal…

The Sound Of...Cinema Magic (Season 3 Episode 7)

Segment One: The Sound Of…A Well Placed Song:   (Time:   21:32) A great song placed at just the right point in a movie can make all the difference in the world. Anne and Steve select their 7 personal favorite songs as used in a film. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Black (music) History Month:   (Time:  …

Interview with Brain "Head" Welch of KoRn

It’s billed as The remarkable true story of Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and the little girl that saved his life. The new film Loud Krazy Love is an emotional journey of what life on the road can inflict not only on musicians but their families and loved ones. I sat down with “Head” on board…

The Sound Of...Their First Albums (Season 3 Episode 6)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Vinyl Firsts:   (Time:   24:38) Members of Alter Bridge, Papa Roach, Nothing More, Badflower, Tremonti and Wilson all check in with memories of their 1st vinyl purchase. Anne and Steve talk about the selections and include their own. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Pearl Jam:   (Time:   15:38) Pearl Jam have been…

The Sound Of...1994 (Season 3 Episode 5)

Segment One: The Sound Of…25th Anniversaries:   (Time:   19:06) Green Day, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and a dozen other rock bands have landmark albums all celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year. The panel takes a look at 1994 discussing where they were, what music they liked at the time and what has grown on them…

ShipRocked 2019 - Another Amazing Journey

Rock festivals have become all the rage in the U.S. and hands down the best of them all is the annual ShipRocked cruise. This year marked the 10th anniversary for ShipRocked and the 7th with the Chop Shop as a media partner. Without exception the voyage has become the annual musical highlight of the season…

The Sound Of...Greta Van Fleet (Season 3 Episode 4)

The Sound Of…Greta Van Fleet:                                          Time:   37:38 From sold-out shows across the globe to the Grammy nominations to the recent gig on Saturday Night Live, Greta Van Fleet have become one of the most interesting names in the music world. Steve Black has spent time with the band on a few…

The Sound Of...A Guy Named Glover

Segment One: The Sound Of…Foo Fighters 7 to 1:   (Time:   15:35) Dave Grohl turned 50 and our social media feeds went crazy. As for Anne and Steve it was an opportunity to select their personal Top 7 Favorite Foo Fighters songs of all-time. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Festival Season 19:   (Time:   11:06) Most…

The Sound Of...A Left Turn (Season 3 Episode 2)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Jumping The Shark:   (Time:   17:00) In a recent interview James Young of Styx admitted that Mr. Roboto “Alienated some fans”. Anne and Steve talk about other moments, songs and videos that created a negative impact. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Driving Songs:   (Time:   12:38) Rock & Roll and driving fast…

The Sound Of...Partners (Season 3 Episode 1)

Segment One: The Sound Of…A Game Show (Part I):   [Time:   20:03] Anne, Steve and The Rev welcome in their counterparts, Joe, Gina and Karie Anne for a Newlywed style rock & roll game show hosted by WRIF’s own Jade Springart. Segment Two: The Sound Of…A Game Show (Part II):   [Time:   21:19] The relationships…

Greta Van Fleet Interview

Greta Van Fleet are in Detroit for 3 sold-out shows at The Fox. For the calendar year of 2018 that makes 8 sold-out shows at 3 different venues within the city. The band’s debut album The Anthem of the Peaceful Army has also now been released so I sat down back-stage with guitarist Jake Kiszka…

The Sound Of Remembering 2018 (Season 2 Episode 38)

Segment One: The Sound Of…2018:   (Time:   14:44) Anne and Steve recap some of the biggest music events and news of 2018 including Queen’sBohemian Rhapsody film, Ozzy and Elton starting their final tours and Jerry Spencer’s departure from Five Finger Death Punch.  Segment Two: The Sound Of…2018’s Best Songs:   (Time:   21:09) Anne, Steve and…

The Sound Of...Lists and the People Who Make Them (Season 2 Episode 21)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Loudwire’s List   (Time:   16:04) Anne and Steve look at a new list from Loudwire of the Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Live Acts. Do our host agree? (Of course not!).  Segment Two: The Sound Of…longer songs:   (Time:   13:53) Dave Grohl is releasing a film about a 23 minute…

The Sound Of...Jumbled Emotions (Season 2 Episode 37)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Tears (Bad and Good):    (Time:   18:32) In reference to joining Warren Haynes on stage playing “All Apologies” Dave Grohl recently told Rolling Stone"As we were playing it, the audience starts to sing along, and I'm crying my eyes out onstage trying to keep it together - what a beautiful moment.",…

The Sound Of...Led Zeppelin (Season 2 Episode28)

Segment One: The Sound Of…LZ at 50:   (Time:   25:48) In celebration of Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary Anne, and The Rev look into the storied history of the band. Jimmy Page answers a couple of Steve’s questions and Robert Plant salutes Anne from the stage!  Segment Two: The Sound Of…Led Zeppelin Trivia:   (Time:   14:19)…

The Sound Of...Mostley Guitars (Season 2 Episode 36)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Collections:   (Time:   13:45) Anne and Steve discuss the upcoming Play It Loud Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focused on the instruments of Roc & Roll. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Guitar Players:   (Time:   28:54) Steve points out why a recent Top 25 List of the best guitar players…

The Sound Of...Clickbait (Season 2 Episode 35)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Biopics:   (Time:   14:02) Anne and Steve discuss the biopics on the way from Elton John and Dave Grohl, and submit a few artists’ stories they would like to see captured on film. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Foreigner:   (Time:   19:42) Foreigner have a musical in the works and some reunion…

The Sound Of...Generation Axe (Season 2 Episode 34)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Guitar Master Vai:   (Time:   15:00) Steve Black’s interview with Steve Vai backstage at the Generation Axe show in Detroit. Steve and Steve talk about the tour, the upcoming live album, the recent “Dark Matter” video and the Frank Zappa hologram. Segment Two: The Sound Of… Father Zakk:   (Time:   9:16)…

The Sound Of...Timeless Music

Segment One: The Sound Of…Different Eras:   (Time:   22:04) Would Pink Floyd have been a massive success if they started their career today? How would Green Day have fared in the 70s? Anne and Steve discuss the various eras of rock and the bands that are truly timeless. Segment Two: The Sound Of… Queen:  …

The Sound Of...A Final Kiss

Segment One: The Sound Of…The Kiss PodKast Part 1:   (Time:   25:10) To coincide with the announcement of Kiss' End of the Road Tour, Anne and Steve welcome special guest “Joe” who owns the single largest private collection of official Kiss merch in the world Segment Two: The Sound Of… The Kiss PodKast Part 2:…

The Sound Of...Artistic Images (Season 2 - Episode 31)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Art, Really BIG Art:   (Time:   21:28) Anne and Steve invite graphic artist John Rios in to talk about his work designing and creating images for Alice Cooper, Korn, Kid Rock, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, Ghost, Ted Nugent Motley Crue and others. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Even More Art:   (Time:   24:13)…

The Sound Of...Drums (Season 2 Episode 30)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Drums (Quiz Style):   (Time:   14:31) Can you name a song just by listening to the Drums? Steve has isolated drum tracks presented in a game show setting for Anne and Rev to test your rock & roll knowledge.  Segment Two: The Sound Of…Oli Herbert:   (Time:   13:41) Oli Herbert from…

The Sound Of...Def Reunions (Season 2 Episode 29)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Def Leppard:   (Time:   20:57) The nominations for the 2019 class of the Rock Hall are out and Steve and Anne take a detailed look at the list. In honor of Def Leppard finally being included the pair of hosts also select their Top 7 favorites from the band’s career. Segment…

The Sound Of...Def Reunions

Segment One: The Sound Of…Def Leppard:   (Time:   20:57) The nominations for the 2019 class of the Rock Hall are out and Steve and Anne take a detailed look at the list.    In honor of Def Leppard finally being included the pair of hosts also select their Top 7 favorites from the band’s career.…

The Sound Of Led Zeppelin

Segment One: The Sound Of…LZ at 50:     (Time:   25:48) In celebration of Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary Anne, and The Rev look into the storied history of the band. Jimmy Page answers a couple of Steve’s questions and Robert Plant salutes Anne from the stage! Segment Two: The Sound Of…Led Zeppelin Trivia:    …

The Sound Of EP041

Did Ticketmaster get busted scalping their own tickets? A CBC reported seems to have caught them on film and Ozzy drops his AEG lawsuit with an agreement in place for them to stop block-booking. Steve and Anne get you caught up. The Jimi Hendrix album Electric Ladyland turns 5o next month and a deluxe re-issue…

The Sound Of...A Crazy Industry (Season 2 - Episode 27)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Tix and the Music Biz:     (Time:   18:51) Did Ticketmaster get busted scalping their own tickets? A CBC reported seems to have caught them on film and Ozzy drops his AEG lawsuit with an agreement in place for them to stop block-booking. Steve and Anne get you caught up. Segment…

The Sound Of EP039

Steve reveals 4 rock and roll stories. 2 that almost happened, and 2 that actually did, while the panel reacts to these intriguing moments presented by Zakk Wylde, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Don Felder (Eagles) and George Thorogood. Three Days Grace just passed Van Halen for the Most #1 songs (14) on Billboard's Mainstream…

The Sound Of EP040

Steve, Anne and The Rev look into the origins of where bands get their names including White Zombie, Greta Van Fleet, Black Sabbath, Kiss, and The Black Keys. Anne and The Rev put up with Steve�s quiz style rock and roll trivia done in the Over/Under format, oh and German robots and Mexican food too.…

The Sound Of Band Names And German Robots

The Sound Of…Band Names and German Robots (Season 2 Episode 26)  Segment One: The Sound Of…Band Names (Origins)   Time:   22:35 Steve, Anne and The Rev look into the origins of where bands get their names including White Zombie, Greta Van Fleet, Black Sabbath, Kiss, and The Black Keys.  Segment Two: The Sound Of…Rock &…

The Sound Of...Things That Did - Didnt happen (S2 - Show 25)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Things You May Not Know:    (Time:   22:35) Steve reveals 4 rock & roll stories – 2 that almost happened, and 2 that actually did, while the panel reacts to these intriguing moments presented by Zakk Wylde, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Don Felder (Eagles) and George Thorogood. Segment Two: The…

The Sound Of EP038

Less and Less radio these days is actually done live, but Anne and Steve are among the few who still get to enjoy the thrill of it�mistakes and all � and this week we talk about those mistakes, and include special guests Lou Brutus of Hard-Drive, Hales (LA Lloyd Rock Countdown) and Big Ric of…

The Sound Of...Very Live Radio (Season 2 - Eppisode 24)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Going Live Without A Net                           (Time:   26:47) -          Less and Less radio these days is actually done live, but Anne and Steve are among the few who still get to enjoy the thrill of it…mistakes and all –…

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…

The Sound Of EP037

The music world has lost Aretha Franklin, leading Anne (and to some degree) Steve to point out her impact on rock and other musical genres. Next month 666 Dio owned items go up for auction, with that in mind Steve and Anne select their all-encompassing top 7 list of song featuring Dio on vocals (Dio,…

The Sound Of...The Queen, God and Rev (Season 2 - Episode 23)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Aretha’s Legacy: (Time: 11:54) - The music world has lost Aretha Franklin, leading Anne (and to some degree) Steve to point out her impact on rock and other musical genres. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Ronnie James Dio: (Time: 15:56) - Next month 666 Dio owned items go up for auction, with…
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The Sound Of EP036

Some recent special guests in concert include Joe Elliot of Def Leppard joining Billy Joel on stage while Weird Al jammed with Weezer. Steve recounts a few other special moments with the audio to enhance the stories from the stage. ZZ Top will pull out all the stops next year to celebrate their 50th anniversary,…

The Sound Of...Goosebumps (Season 2 - Episode 22)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Goosebumps From the Stage (Time: 25:49) - Some recent special guests in concert include Joe Elliot of Def Leppard joining Billy Joel on stage while Weird Al jammed with Weezer. Steve recounts a few other special moments with the audio to enhance the stories from the stage. Segment Two: The Sound…
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The Sound Of...Lists, And The People Who Make Them (Season 2 - Episode 21)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Loudwire’s List (Time: 16:04) - Anne and Steve look at a new list from Loudwire of the Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Live Acts. - Do we agree? (Of course not!) - How many of the top 25 have we seen live? Segment Two: The Sound Of…longer Songs: (Time: 13:53)…
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The Sound Of EP035

In our first cross-over episode Anne and Steve welcome Check Bean and Al Beck from the Nerd Radio Podcast to discuss the good and bad of looking up a band�s set-list. (Is this something you do? Have you even decided not to buy tickets based on a set list?) Godsmack�s self-titled major label debut turns…

The Sound Of...Nerds (Season 2 - Episode 20)

Segment One: The Sound Of…Set Lists (Time: 18:37) - In our first cross-over episode Anne and Steve welcome Check Bean and Al Beck from the Nerd Radio Podcast to discuss the good and bad of looking up a band’s set-list. (Is this something you do? Have you ever decided not to buy tickets based on…
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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…