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.
P.O.D.- 21 March 2019 Lynchpins of the emerging nu metal scene in the late 90s, P.O.D. blazed a trail, with their explosive sound. Going on to sell over 12 million albums, they’ve been blazing a trail ever since. Back out on tour in support of latest release ‘Circles’, we sat down with bassist Traa Daniels for a chat about all things Payable on Death.
Mike Rutherford- 11 March 2019. As a founder of Genesis, Mike Rutherford helped steer the progressive rock pioneers from their early days to the chart domination of the 1980s and beyond. He’s also the man behind Mike + the Mechanics, who are now almost a decade into their second incarnation. We sat down with Mike to discuss the new Mechanics’ album, and have a look back over his incredible career.
The Mute Gods- 07 March 2019 A regular collaborator with Steve Hackett, having just completed a mammoth tour as part of Steven Wilson’s band, Nick Begs about to release a new album from his own Mute Gods. The third from the project, ‘Atheists and Believers’ is an emotional roller coaster. We sat down with Nick to chat the Mute Gods, and how he went from Kajagoogoo to prog’s most in-demand player.
Kane Roberts- 1 March 2019. The chosen sidekick who helped Alice Cooper relaunch his career, Kane Roberts provided the ferocious sound, look, and stage presence to the shock rocker’s ‘Constrictor’ and ‘Raise Your Fist And Yell’ period. Back, with an album that sees him reuniting with the old boss, we set down to chat ‘The New Normal’, his Alice Cooper years, and that infamous album cover.
Chris Poland - 26 February 2019 A member of Megadeth from their earliest days, Chris Poland provided the fluid leads on the Big Four legends' first two LPs; ‘Killing is My Business… And Business is Good!’ and the landmark ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’. We caught up with Chris to chat guitars, his time with Megadeth, and how he ain’t superstitious about ever playing with them again.
Alice in Chains - 18 February 2019. Well into their second act, Alice in Chains have been back to full-time action since regrouping in 2005. Adding the charismatic William DuVall in place of the late Layne Staley, the band have built on their impressive legacy. We caught up with William at Ultimate NAMM night in Anaheim, to chat working with Elton John, and the band’s return to Ireland.
Tiffany- 15 February 2019 Thrust into the limelight on the back of the success of debut single ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ in 1987, Tiffany has spent over three decades in music. Having released tenth solo album ‘Pieces of Me’ in late 2018, the singer is now preparing to hit the road for some extensive touring. We caught up with Miss Darwish at Ultimate NAMM night to chat touring, and her love of metal music.
Michael Beinhorn - 14 January 2019. Michael Beinhorn has worked with some of the biggest names in rock including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marilyn Manson. He’s best-known however, as the producer behind Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’ album. We sat down with Michael to talk his new pre-production service, recording with Ozzy Osbourne, and the album that brought the world ‘Black Hole Sun’.
KK Downing- 09 January 2019 An architect at the genesis of an entire genre, KK Downing helped shape the world of heavy metal in Judas Priest. Estranged from the band he helped form in 1969, he finally told his remarkable story in 2018 autobiography ‘Heavy Duty – Days and Nights in Judas Priest’. We sat down with Ken for an EXCLUSIVE chat about his career.
Geoff Tate- 26 November 2018. On the road once more, Geoff Tate is celebrating 30 years of Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ album. With the last twelve months seeing the singer perform the fan’s favourite, he's now looking forward to celebrating another landmark; 1990's ‘Empire’. We sat down to talk the recording of ‘O:M’, plans for a deluxe reissue of their best-selling album, and new music.
OMD- 23 November 2018 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are Electro music giants. Founded by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, the Merseyside act are one of the most successful bands to have emerged from the early eighties’ scene. Today as relevant as ever, their 2017 album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ charted in the top 5. We caught up with Paul for a chat about the past, and the present.
Chris Holmes - 21 November 2018. A key member of W.A.S.P. from their formation until their late 80s’ heyday, Chris Holmes is back tearing up the live circuit with his inimitable presence and fluid fretwork. About to release new EP ‘Under The Influence’, we caught up with the guitarist for a chat his time with the shock rockers, why he hates ‘Kill. Fuck. Die’, and the divisions that drove W.A.S.P. apart.
Ginger Wildheart - 16 November 2018 Although no slouch, it’s been a particularly busy time for Ginger of late. Readying the release of two new solo albums, he’s also been compiling material for the second instalment of his G-A-S-S project and re-activating his Round Records imprint. We sat down to chat about all of the above, plans for a new Wildhearts album, and the turmoil that spilt the band in the late 1990s.
Chris Slade- 05 November 2018. Having sat behind the kit with some the biggest names in music, Chris Slade is best known for his time with rock titans AC/DC. Joining Angus Young and co for 1990's ‘The Razor’s Edge’, his services were called upon once more when original skinsman Phil Rudd found himself in a spot of bother in 2014. We caught up with Chris for a chat about his hard-hitting career.
Steven Wilson - 01 November 2018 It's been a remarkable year for Steven Wilson. A top three album in 'To The Bone', it was followed by a landmark tour and a three-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall. More recently, he was named U.K. Artist of the Year at the Progressive Music Awards. Readying a live release of the the RAH shows, we caught up with Steven to discuss the album, tour, and how to top that remarkable residency.
Jake E. Lee- 26 October 2018. EXCLUSIVE: For a generation of fans, Jake E. Lee is a guitar god. Adding his instantly-recognisable licks to ‘Bark At The Moon’, ‘Shot In The Dark’ and a host of Ozzy Osbourne tracks, his place has been assured in hard rock history. Now back after a long absence with his own Red Dragon Cartel, we sat down for an in-depth chat with the elusive player, to discuss what brought him back, his days with Ozzy, and much more.
Roxy Music - 19 October 2018 Few bands have been as influential in their lifetime as Roxy Music. Deservingly so then, guitarist Phil Manzanera has recently been crowned the ‘Virtuoso’, at the 2018 Progressive Music Awards. We caught up with Phil and former colleague Andy MacKay, to chat about the awards, the pair’s current work, and what may become of the ‘lost’ Roxy Music album.
Paul Carrack - 08 October 2018. Best known as front man for Mike + The Mechanics, Paul Carrack has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Away from his collaborations, the Sheffield native is successful solo artist, having recently released ‘These Days’, his 17th album. We sat down with Paul to talk about the new disc, nerves, and his tenure with Mike Rutherford.
Kingdom Come- 26 September 2018 Having spent two decades with the Scorpions, a well-publicised split was followed by a spell in rehab for James Kottak. With his personal problems behind him, the drummer has returned to to reassemble Kingdom Come. We sat down with James for an in-depth chat about his time in the Scorpions, his recovery, and the return of Kingdom Come.
Chesney Hawkes - 24 September 2018. Thrust into the limelight as the title character in the box office smash movie ‘Buddy's Song’, and with a global number one hit in ‘The One And Only’, Chesney Hawkes was inescapable in 1991. Almost thirty years later, we caught up with him to talk about his success, and working with some of his heroes.