Marillion- 09 Oct 2019. Picking up an award at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards for ‘Best Reissue’, Marillion’s ‘Clutching at Straws’ remains a masterwork of the genre. Released in 1987, the set was their final album with Fish, and for some – including guitarist Steve Rothery – it ranks among their finest works. We sat down with Steve at the bash ito discuss the set, and hear how he “left the band for 24 hours” during its recording. Just
Feeder- 07 Oct 2019 Coming hot on the heels of 2017’s ‘Best of’, Feeder; singer / guitarist Grant Nicholas and bassist Taka Hirose are riding the crest of a fresh bout of energy, Back with a brand new album, we sat down with Grant for a chat about ‘Tallulah’, and hear EXCLUSIVELY about plans to celebrate 20 years of ‘Comfort in Sound’. “I shouldn’t be telling you this!”, says Grant.
Art Alexakis- 04 Oct 2019. Recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Everclear's Art Alexakis has had to adjust to a new way of life, one that has informed his debut solo album ‘Sun Songs’. Art is in defiant form however; “I’m going to live for a long time, and love life. That’s the job, right?”, he tells us. We sat down for a chat about the disc, and plans to celebrate 20 years of ‘Songs From an American Movie’.
Thunder- 02 Oct 2019 Celebrating three decades together, Thunder have just released their first ever band sanctioned, career-spanning retrospective; ‘The Greatest Hits’. With eleven studio albums and countless live shows behind them, it’s a good time to take stock. We sat down with front man Danny Bowes for an in depth chat about the London band’s creation, their early years and rise, as well as the bumps along the way.
Megadeth- 30 Sept 2019. Readying his first ever solo run of European dates, Megadeth co-founder David Ellefson is bringing his ‘More Live With Deth’ solo project. He’s also assembled three former Judas Priest members for a one off show at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton. “This is like a dream moment!”, he tells us. We sat down with David for a chat about the shows, reuniting with Megadeth alumni, and twenty years of ‘Risk’.
Dream Theater- 25 Sept 2019 2019 has been a busy year for Dream Theater. With the release of latest album 'Distance Over Time', the neo prog outfit have done some serious touring that has seen also celebrate 20 years of their defining 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory’ set. We caught up with John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess for a chat at the Prog Awards in London.
Marillion- 19 Sept 2019. Preparing for a fresh round of activity with a U.K. tour that includes two nights at the Royal Albert Hall, Marillion have everything to be optimistic about. There’s also the ongoing reissues series that next sees 1995 fan favourite ‘Afraid of Sunlight’ getting the expanded treatment. We caught up with front man Steve Hogarth for a chat about the set, and their return to the scene of their greatest triumph.
Michael Schenker - 17 Sept 2019 It’s been a transformative few years for Michael Schenker. Reuniting with a host of musicians who helped shape his career in the 1980s, the resulting Michael Schenker Fest has been a dream for long-time fans of the iconic guitarist. About to release the group’s second album, we sat down with Michael for a chat about the album, as well as his pending 50th anniversary as a recording artist.
Nick Mason- 16 Sept 2019. The man behind the kit with one of the most successful bands of all time, Nick Mason has earned his place in music history. One of only two to have played on every Pink Floyd release, Nick has a unique place in the band’s expansive story. We caught up with Nick at the Prog Awards in London, for a chat about his career.
Geoff Tate - 06 Sept 2019 2019 has been a busy Geoff Tate. A raft of live activity performing Queensrÿche's 'Operation: Mindcrime' in full, he's also been on the road with German supergroup Avantasia. Elsewhere, he's been working on the 30th anniversary edition of his former outfit's 'Empire' album. We caught up with Geoff for a chat about all of the above.
The Four Tops- 04 Sept 2019. Abdul "Duke" Fakir is a true musical icon. A founder member of The Four Tops, the Motown soul singer has won countless accolades. With over five decades in music, at 83 years of age, the Detroit man has nothing left to prove. We sat down with Detroit original at Rewind Festival for a chat about The Four Tops' beginnings, the Motown years, and their ‘80s resurgence.
Tiffany- 03 Sept 2019 Injecting a new lease of life in her career, Tiffany has embraced her rock roots on latest album ‘Pieces of Me’. Back in the UK for an appearance at Rewind Festival and sitting down with eonmusic for the second time this year, we chat Winter NAMM, her early phenomenon, and forthcoming U.S. tour.
Queensrÿche- 29 August 2019. It’s been a dramatic few years for Queensrÿche. Re-established with new singer Todd La Torre since 2012, the Seattle band have forged ahead, only for founder member Scott Rockenfield to take a leave of absence. We sat down with guitarist Michael Wilton to discuss changing times, and what might lie ahead.
Paul Young - 21 August 2019 An icon of the eighties, Paul Young’s blue eyed soul sound saw him score back to back No.1 albums. The lead voice on Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, he also performed at Live Aid. Still in demand as a solo performer, he's just been announced as special guest to Cher on her 2019 UK tour. We caught up with Paul for a chat about all of the above.
K.K. Downing- 15 August 2019. EXCLUSIVE! Eager to put negative headlines and misquoting behind him, it’s an upbeat, and focused K.K. Downing that greets us following his Bloodstock 2019 appearance. There is, however the ‘will they / won’t they’ elephant in the room, and the small issue Judas Priest's pending 50th Anniversary to discuss. We sit down with the metal guitar god for his first chat since returning to the stage.
Crobot - 08 August 2019 Since emerging in 2011, Crobot have quietly cemented themselves among the rising rock vanguard. Four albums into a career that has seen them tour with the likes of Clutch and Motörhead, the band are readying the release of their forth; the musically and thematically dark ‘Motherbrain’. We caught up with the band to talk the new set.
Gun - 06 August 2019. Gun have been taking on the world since stepping out of Glasgow in 1989. Readying a 30th anniversary tour and preparing for the release of their first-ever sanctioned best of, we caught up with founders Dante and Jools Gizzi for a chat at Steelhouse Festival in Wales.
Uriah Heep - 05 August 2019 Almost fifty years into their career, Uriah Heep are one of rocks true originators. Leviathans of the seventies, they morphed in the eighties, survived the nineties, and came out stronger in the 2000s. We caught up with band leader Mick Box and singer Bernie Shaw at Steelhouse Festival, for a chat about all of the above.
The Wildhearts- 02 August 2019. It’s been a riotous three decades for The Wildhearts. Reconvening their classic line-up for the first time on record since 1995 for this year’s ‘Renaissance Men’, Ginger, CJ, Danny and Ritch are back at their very best. We caught up with the lads at Ramblin’ Man Fair festival to talk ancient history, and present future.
Ugly Kid Joe- 24 July 2019 Bursting onto the scene in 1991 as brash as the brat on the cover of their debut EP, Ugly Kid Joe made an instant impression. Out on another run of summer dates, we caught up with founder and front man Whitfield Crane to talk their rise, demise, and plans for a new album.
Godsmack - 10 July 2019. From "banging nails" to hanging platinum discs, it’s been twenty-one years since Godsmack burst onto the scene with their powerful, chart-bothering debut. With latest album ‘When Legends Rise’ continuing that success, the band show no signs of slowing. We caught up with guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill for a chat at Download Festival.
Tesla - 03 July 2019 Four decades into their career, and Tesla are a band that can still surprise. “Everything we’ve done has just been a by-product of us doing what we do in a real organic fashion”, says Troy Luccketta. We caught up with the drummer at Download Festival to chat the bands rebirth, changing times, and their close relationship with Def Leppard.
David Prater - 01 July 2019. David Prater has had a varied and successful career in the music business. Starting out playing drums with Santana, he went on to produce albums by FireHouse, Night Ranger, and Stephen Pearcy’s Arcade. He’s best known however, as the man behind Dream Theater’s defining ‘Images and Words’ opus. We sat down with David for a candid chat about his career.
Last in Line- 29 June 2019 When he’s not selling out arenas around the world with Def Leppard, Vivian Campbell is busy in the clubs with Last in Line. What started out as reclaiming their shared ownership of the Dio band’s past, two albums in, the band is developing into its’ own entity. We caught up with Viv and bassist Phil Soussan to talk Donington past and present, touring, and album number three.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - 07 June 2019. One of modern blues' most iconic names, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums, and has supported icons such as The Rolling Stones, The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Back with new album ‘The Traveller’, we caught up with Louisiana-born guitarist to chat the new set, guitars, and his return to Ramblin’ Man Fair festival.
Jeff Scott Soto - 17 May 2019 Primarily known for his melodic rock sensibilities, Jeff Scott Soto has gotten down and gritty with latest venture, Soto. Now on third album ‘Origami’, it’s time to “create a new buzz”, says the New York native. We sat down with Jeff for a chat about the band and the disc, his time in Journey, and get the EXCLUSIVE story behind his fronting the original David Lee Roth band in Anaheim earlier this year.
Status Quo- 08 April 2019. Francis Rossi has stepped out form his role as Status Quo figurehead for a bout of activity that includes his first ever autobiography, a solo book tour, and a country album. Despite the tragic passing of his partner of 50 years Rick Parfitt, there’s also a new album on the way from Quo. We sat down with Francis for a chat about the book tour, his relationship with Rick, guitars, and the Frantic Four reunion..
Midnight Oil - 01 April 2019 Midnight Oil burst out of their native Australia in the late 80s, with their worldwide smash ‘Diesel And Dust’. Disbanding in 2002 following front man Peter Garrett’s move into politics, they returned in 2017, taking a trip around the world and playing to over a million people on their ‘Great Circle’ tour. We caught up with guitarist Jim Moginie, for a chat about music, culture, and roots.
Yngwie Malmsteen - 27 March 2019. With a reputation for being moody, hard to please, and difficult to work with, Yngwie Malmsteen is anything but when we sit town to chat with him. We caught up with the Swede to chat about 'Blue Lightning', his approach to playing, and west coast sensibilities.