Billy Sheehan- 28 August 2017. Perhaps only sometime band mate Mike Portnoy can challenge Billy Sheehan for the title of ‘busiest man in rock’. A member of The Winery Dogs with the said drummer, he’s also found time to reconnect with Talas, form new super group Sons Of Apollo, and release a new album with Mr. Big recently. We sat down with the former David Lee Roth bassist for a chat about all of the above.
Damon Johnson- 23 August 2017. Damon Johnson has sat down on many occasions with eonmusic, covering such topics as sharing the stage with members of Thin Lizzy and Aerosmith, and of course the success of Black Star Riders. This time we thought we’d discuss another subject very close to his heart; guitars. We caught up with Damon to discuss the evolution of his playing, as well as his favourite Thin Lizzy moments.
Megadeth- 23 August 2017. Pioneering members of the Big Four and a multi-million selling act, Megadeth have also weathered the storms of line-up changes, controversy and album misfires. Enjoying a renaissance with 2016’s ‘Dystopia’ the band are now back on level footing once more. We sat down with David Ellefson and “Megadeth veteran” Kiko Loureiro for a chat about all of the above.
Vinny Appice- 22 August 2017. Working with Dio, Black Sabbath, and a host of others, Vinny Appice’s signature hard hitting sound can be heard on such classic albums as ‘Mob Rules’, ‘Dehumanizer’, and of course, ‘Holy Diver’. Back with the remaining original members of Dio in Last in Line, the drummer has come full circle. We sat down with Vinny for a look back at his career.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd- 15 August 2017. With new album ‘Lay It On Down’ just released, blues supremo Kenny Wayne Shepherd is gearing up for some serious activity over the coming months. Talking to eonmusic at Ramblin’ Man Fair festival, you get the feeling he wouldn’t want it any other way. We sat down with Kenny for a chat about his beginnings, evolution, and work ethic.
Vivian Campbell- 9 August 2017. The recipient of this years’ Oh Yeah Legend award in his home town of Belfast, Vivian Campbell has had a career more than worthy of the title. Showing no signs of slowing down despite four decades in rock, we sat down with Viv at Ramblin’ Man Fair festival, to discuss life, music and why the next Last In Line album won’t be a prog rock affair.
The Iron Maidens- 7 August 2017. The Iron Maidens are a tribute to one of the world’s biggest metal acts. Formed in 2001, the all-female five-piece accurately replicate the work of Harris, Dickinson & co. Due in the UK for their first ever British tour, we caught up with guitarist Courtney Cox for a chat about playing live, and the challenges of replicating one of the most respected guitarists in metal.
Janet Gardner- 4 August 2017. Thrust into the limelight with Vixen at the tail end of the 1980s, Janet Gardner was the front woman for one of the biggest bands of the era. Teaming up with husband Justin James, the singer is about to unveil her debut solo album. We sat down with the pair for a chat about the disc, as well as a little Vixen history and what lies ahead for the group.
Steve Harris- 2 August 2017. EXCLUSIVE: Just five days after wrapping up Iron Maiden’s hugely successful ‘The Book Of Souls’ world tour, Steve Harris is out on the road again; this time with British Lion. Juggling both acts by readying a second British Lion release while working on “other stuff for Maiden which I can’t really talk about”, he’s a man with a lot going on. We sat down with Steve to talk about playing festivals, Trooper Ale, and more.
Quiet Riot- 25 July 2017. Frankie Banali has seen and done it all during his four decades in music. From reaching the top and selling over six million albums with Quiet Riot’s infamous ‘Metal Health’ album, to enduring the sad death of vocalist Kevin DuBrow, the sometime W.A.S.P. player has weathered the storm. We caught up with Frankie to discuss the road to QR's new album ‘Road Rage’, and his storied career.
The Cadillac Three- 21 July 2017. Formed in Nashville, Tennessee by friends Jaren Johnston (vocals, guitar), Kelby Ray (bass) and Neil Mason (drums) The Cadillac Three are southern rockers born and bred. Readying a winter tour in support of forthcoming album ‘Legacy’, we caught up with the boys after playing to their biggest crowd to date at Download festival.
Exivious- 21 July 2017. Dutch fusion experimentalists Exivious are soon calling it a day. However, as some of the band are set to go down a more dreamy, emotional, atmospheric route with shiney new quartet Our Oceans. Both bands are the brainchild of one person; Tymon Kruidenier. Ready to discuss all of the above, Eonmusic caught up with guitarist at UK's TechFest.
Alestorm- 17 July 2017. The pirates of metal, Alestorm’s philosophy is one of alcoholic sweary fun on a heaving longboat. Formed in Scotland by vocalist Chris Bowes, the five-piece have been making waves ever since the release of debut album ‘Captain Morgan’s Revenge’ back in 2008. We shared a flagon of rum with Chris at Download festival, for a chat about their nautical approach.
Riverdogs- 14 July 2017. Formed in Los Angeles in 1989, blues rock outfit Riverdogs were poised for success when guitarist Vivian Campbell left to join Def Leppard. Reforming for 2011’s ‘World Gone Mad’, the four-piece are back once again with what they believe is the true follow-up to their self-titled debut. We sat down with lead singer Rob Lamothe for a chat about ‘California’, and what it took to get there.
Metal Church- 12 July 2017. Coming to prominence in 1984 as part of an exciting new wave of American metal acts that included Metallica and Slayer, Metal Church have survived line-up changes and management problems, releasing the critically acclaimed ‘XI’ in 2016. We sat down with guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof vocalist Mike Howefor a walk through their chequered history.
Wayward Sons- 10 July 2017. As singer and creative force behind Little Angels, Toby Jepson has already reached musical heights most would dream of. Following the last few years working as a respected producer, he’s ready to do it all again with latest project Wayward Sons. We caught up with Toby and guitarist Sam Wood for a chat about the future, and a little of the past.
Warrant- 6 July 2017. One of the biggest American metal acts of the early 1990s, glamsters Warrant achieved two back to back platinum albums before Grunge brought the party to an abrupt end. Through line-up changes and the death of lead singer Jani Lane, Warrant have weathered the storm to return ‘Louder Harder Faster’. We sat down with founding bassist Jerry Dixon for a chat about all of the above.
Airbourne - 4 July 2017. Aussie rock and rollers Airbourne come from a long line of Antipodean exports that have brought their gritty attitude and sweat-drenched anthems to the masses. Led by brothers Joel and RyanO'Keeffe, the four-piece have become one of rock's most exciting live tickets. We caught up with Joel for a chat about the long way to the top.
Devin Townsend- 3 July 2017. Devin Townsend has been riding the ocean machine since coming to prominence as a member of Steve Vai’s Vai band back in 1993. Recently crowned the ‘Riff Lord’ at the Golden Gods awards in London, we caught up with Devin to discuss life, music, and Ziltoid the Omniscient.
Nik Kershaw- 29 June 2017. For a certain generation, Nik Kershaw defines an era. One of the most identifiable acts of the 1980s, the Bristol-born singer was ubiquitouse, releasing a brace of multi-platinum albums and playing at Live Aid in London. With a series of ‘An Evening With’ gigs announced for the end of the year, we sat down with Nik for a chat about all of the above.
Black Star Riders- 28 June 2017. Recently re-signing with Nuclear Blast, Black Star Riders have recently gone through their second line-up change. Introducing former Breaking Benjamin and Black Label Society sticks man Chad Szeliga just last month, we caught up with the newest BSR recruit along with ever-present guitarist Damon Johnson for a chat about changes, and what lies ahead.
John Corabi - 27 June 2017. John Corabi has been on a hooligan’s holiday for almost three decades now. Most famously the front man for Mötley Crüe in the mid-nineties, he's now fronting classic rock revivalists The Dead Daisies. We caught up with John for a chat about the band, his mooted collaboration with Mötley guitarist Mick Mars, and the ’94 album that just won’t go away.