Michael Schenker- 23 May 2022. A regular on eonmusic, Michael Schenker is celebrating fifty years in the music business with the release of new album ‘Universal’. The blond axeman began his career in the early 1970s with the Scorpions, achieved worldwide fame after joining U.F.O., and now leads his own band which has gone through numerous guises over the years. We sat down with Michael for a chat about all of the above.
Boyzlife - 11 May 2022 Coming from two of the biggest boybands in history in Boyzone and Westilfe, Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have seen and done it all. Now “ageing boyband members”, the pair have come together as Boyzlife, with their first album of all original material ‘Old School’ an exhilarating homage to the music the duo grew up listening to. We sat down with the Irish pop heroes for a chat about the album and their glory days.
K.K. Downing - 04 May 2022. WORLD EXCLUSIVE: It's official: Judas Priest will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2022. The Midlands’ metal legends will receive the Musical Excellence Award at the event, which will also honour Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics and Carly Simon. With the news arriving, we caught up with founding guitarist K.K. Downing for a chat about the honour.
Heart - 20 April 2022 As co-leader of Heart, Ann Wilson has had a career spanning almost five decades. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with 35 million album sales, the Seattle-based musician has little left to prove. All of which makes “Fierce Bliss”, her latest solo release all the more remarkable. Talking the new album, the excess of the ‘80s, and Heart’s plans to celebrate five decades in music, we joined Ann via Zoom.
Suzi Quatro- 15 April 2022. A bona fide icon, Suzi Quatro has been the Queen of Rock n' Roll for over five decades. Not only a global legend who has sold over 55 million records worldwide, she is also a record producer, actress, poet, author and radio presenter. Readying a “highlight of my life” in a landmark celebration gig at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, we sat down with Suzi for a chat about her career.
Joe Satriani - 4 April 2022 Joe Satriani needs little introduction. The maestro behind classics ‘Surfing with the Alien’, and ‘Flying in a Blue Dream’, he’s collaborated with former student Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, and Deep Purple to name just a few. Nineteen albums into his career, he’s still pushing the boundaries, as can be heard on latest release ‘The Elephants of Mars’. We sat down with Joe for a chat about the set, and touch on some key moments from his musical past.
Ricky Warwick- 25 Mar 2022. Back on the road promoting 2021's 'When Life was Hard and Fast', it's a battle-weary Ricky Warwick that greets us as we sit down for a chat. "It's bronchitis", he admits, voice breaking; "but we've been powering through it as best we can every night". He may be down, but appropriately, it's his fighting heart that will see him through. We caught up with the Black Star Riders man for a chat about musical changes, The Almighty, and his legacy.
Steve Vai- 3 Feb 2022 Appropriately crowned “the master of the space age guitar” by Brian May, with a career that had seen him do stints with Whitesnake and both David Lee Roth and Frank Zappa, Steve Vai status was assured decades ago. But he's not one to rest on his laurels. We sat down with Steve for a chat about new album ‘Inviolate’, his continued instrumental innovation, and touch on some of his past work.
Whitesnake- 24 Nov 2021. Engaging in a monstrous mission to “butch-up” the last two decades plus of the Whitesnake catalogue, David Coverdale has spent the last few years retracing his history. We talk to David about the changing times that brought about 'Restless Heart' in 1997, his ambition to bring a “timeless” sound to his works, and why John Sykes won’t be making an appearance with him anytime soon.
John 5 - 13 Nov 2021 Guitarist’s guitarist John 5 has had an incredible run in his career so far. As foil to David Lee Roth, Rob Halford, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, he’s played with some of the greatest names in rock and metal. Donning his ever-present Telecaster for his latest solo album, we sat down with the man born John Lowery for a chat about ‘Sinner’, his work with some of the greats, and more.
Uriah Heep- 3 Nov 2021. With fifty years in music, Uriah Heep are classic rock elder statesmen. The passing of a number of key former band members in the past twelve months however have left last man standing Mick Box in reflective form. “I can’t say it’s comfortable, but I’m carrying the flag, and so be it”, he admits as we sit down to chat. Talking curating the band’s legacy, his feelings on his fallen friends, and the new album, we get in-depth with the founding guitarist.
Armored Saint- 25 Oct 2021 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of perhaps their best-known album, Armored Saint have just released 'Symbol of Salvation Live'. A set John Bush refers to as the band's "cornerstone record", the original studio release came at a pivotal time for the band. We caught up with John for a chat about the making of the album, his relationship with his former Anthrax bandmates, and how he's elated to finally see his Anthrax catalogue finally back in the record racks.
Anthrax- 7 Oct 2021. With boundless energy and enthusiasm, Frank Bello's positive take on life is infectious. He has, however, been down some exceptionally dark roads, as he reveals in his new autobiography ’Fathers, Brothers, and Sons – Surviving Anguish, Abandonment and Anthrax’. We joinedthe Anthrax bassist for an in-depth talk about the book, his four decades in music, and much more besides.
Marillion- 30 Sept 2021 Marillion are finally heading back on the road again in November on their 'Light at the End of the Tunnel' U.K. tour. The fans may have missed it, but then again, so have the band. "Every night on this tour is just going to be incredible; just walking on that stage. Yeah, it’s going to be emotional", affirms Steve Rothery as we sit down to chat. Talking the band's eagerly anticipated new album, their ongoing reissue campaign, and guitar techniques, we get in-depth with the guitarist.
Terrorvision- 27 Sept 2021. With thirteen Top 40 singles and a Top 10 album, Terrorvision were the hellions of the U.K. charts in the 1990s. Peaking with ‘Tequila’ which reached No.2 in 1999, the Bradford act have since gone down as one of the greatest live acts in the country. We caught up with the band to chat about surviving lockdowns, magazine covers, and record company politics.
Blaze Bayley- 17 Sept 2021 Blaze Bayley is back on the road following and the pandemic. Kicking things off at Stonedead Festival in Nottinghamshire, the onetime Iron Maiden front man is raring to go, following the release of his latest album ‘War Within Me’. We caught up with Blaze to talk life on the road in the new normal, the writing and recording of Maiden’s ‘Como Estais Amigos’, and what’s coming from Wolfsbane.
Wet Wet Wet- 9 Sept 2021. It's a particularly chipper Wet Wet Wet that greets eonmusic. Headlining Rewind 2021, and following the most turbulent period in their history, it’s easy to see why the band are in a good mood. “Everyone is just in a party mood, and it’s a wonderful thing to see”, says founder Tommy Cunningham. We caught up with Tommy and new singer Kevin Simm to chat the transition, the early days, and the song that just wouldn’t go away.
Limahl- 6 Sept 2021 As frontman for Kajagoogoo, Limahl exploded onto the pop scene in 1983, when the band scored a worldwide smash with ‘Too Shy’. It was a short lived affair however, with the singer exiting the group after less than a year in the public eye. The memories of the good times remain however, and as he EXCLUSIVELY reveals, it might not be the last we’ve heard of the band. We caught up with Limahl at Rewind Festival to talk the past, and possible future.
Altered Images- 3 Sept 2021. Clare Grogan has recently returned to her first love, music. Back on stage with Altered Images, the respected actor is readying her first new music in three and a half decades. “I just thought it was kind of remiss of me not to get around to it”, she tells us as we sit down to chat at Rewind Festival. Talking stage nerves, and “the song that keeps on giving”, we caught up with the delightful Clare Grogan.
Trevor Horn- 2 Sept 2021 Trevor Horn CBE has had an almost unparalleled career in music. A member of Buggles, Yes and more, he’s also produced some of the biggest hits in pop history, with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Simple Minds, Seal, and countless others. We caught up with Trevor after his set at Rewind Festival 2021 to talk about his career, his love of Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, and why he won’t be singing with Yes again anytime soon.
Black Box - 20 Aug 2021. Italo house pioneers Black Box made their mark in music history with the chart-topping monster hit ‘Ride On Time’. A number one for five weeks in 1989, it went on to become the biggest selling single of the year in the U.K. Back with a reimagined version of their 'Dreamlands' album, we caught up with producer Daniele Davoli for a talk about how the last massive hit of the 1980s came to be.
Yngwie Malmsteen- 9 Aug 2021 One of Time Magazine’s top ten greatest guitar players of all time, it’s fair to say that Yngwie Malmsteen is a master of his instrument. Not only that, but he’s a pretty damn interesting and entertaining interviewee. Having recently unleashed new album 'Parabellum', we caught up with the Swede to talk returning to his neoclassical roots, showmanship, and the bands that tried to steal him away from his solo career.
Nik Kershaw - 6 Aug 2021. Nik Kershaw has waited a long time to hit the stage again, however, that’s about to change with his first live shows in a year and a half; at Rewind Festival. “To actually finally be walking on stage on Saturday is going to be, well, it’s going to be really emotional”, he admits as we sit down to chat. Talking Rewind, life at the top during the height of his success, and guitars and gear, we caught up with Nik Kershaw.
Therapy?- 2 Aug 2021 Like a lot of bands, and indeed most of the world, this past year and a half has been a long layoff for Therapy? According to drummer Neil Cooper, in fact, it’s been a whopping 658 days since their last show. Talking their now, somewhat ironically-named ‘So Much For the 30 Year Plan’ tour, progress on their new album, and Spinal Tap drummers, we sat down with the band for an extended catch up.
Def Leppard- 2 July 2021. As the famously one-armed drummer for Def Leppard,Rick Allen has provided the beat behind the multi-platinum ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’ albums. An accomplished artist, he’s recently put down the sticks and taken up the paint brush, creating a series of critically acclaimed works that he’s preparing to exhibit with a special brace of shows. We sat down with Rick for an in-depth chat about his fine art, his playing style, and some rarely mentioned Def Leppard gems.
Helloween- 28 June 2021 For a certain generation, Michael Kiske, the man who fronted the ‘Keeper’-era is the voice of Helloween. For another, it’s founder Kai Hansen. For those who discovered them in the ‘90s, it’s long time singer Andi Deris. Putting the best of all three worlds together, the pumpkins united in 2017, and haven’t looked back since. We sat down with Michael for a chat about reuniting with Helloween, and working with Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith.
Eagle Eye Cherry- 17 June 2021. Exploding onto the scene in 1997 with monster worldwide hit ‘Save Tonight’, Eagle-Eye Cherry became an overnight success, something that he was keen to avoid, initially; “I’d seen my sister Neneh having this massive hit with ‘Buffalo Stance’, and I was like; “that’s not for me!”, he confesses as we get acquainted. Talking the track that launched his career, the album that followed it, and new single ‘I Like It’, we caught up with Eagle-Eye.
Dom Brown- 09 June 2021 Most famously the six stringer for Duran Duran for the past decade and a half, guitarist, singer, producer and all-rounder Dominic Brown is about to release his first solo set in eight years. “I was so inspired, and I so enjoyed writing lyrics and singing again”, he tells us as we sit down for an in depth chat. With a track by track breakdown, we go deep on the writing, recording, and story behind ‘In My Bones’.
Paul Gilbert - 4 June 2021. A chat with Paul Gilbert is almost indecently entertaining. In fact, it’s less of an interview, and more a loose conversation peppered with tales, observations, and awesome guitar licks from a man who clearly knows his way around a fret board. We sat down with Paul to chat new album ‘Werewolves of Portland’, his guitar preferences through the years, and the future for Mr. Big.
Fear Factory - 27 May 2021 It's been a trying few years for Fear Factory. Not only has a lengthy court case prevented any activity from the band since 2016, but it ultimately led to the departure of front man Burton C. Bell. In the unique position of promoting a record which features the departed Bell, we caught up with founder Dino Cazares to discuss 'Aggression Continuum', the events of the last few years, and how he ranks the Fear Factory discography.
D:ream- 5 May 2021. Consisting of DJ Al McKenzie, and frontman, singer, and song writer Peter Cunnah, D:ream achieved a brace of UK top 5 albums in the mid-nineties, as well as a domineering number one single in 'Things Can Only Get Better'. Reconvening for their first work in a decade, we sat down with Peter to discuss the band's return, song writing, the 90s' club scene, politics, and how dancing might just be the answer to deciding future elections.