Rick’s Rock Talk On Demand

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Livestream Event

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns this holiday season with a livestream event. Covid is keeping them off the road but they’re performing a special live event on December 18th. Details here. I spoke with drummer Jeff Plate about the show as well as the inspiration behind one of their most famous songs. It’s a great story.

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The Doors Guitarist Speaks

I spoke with Robby Krieger of the Doors about the 50th anniversary of their classic Morrison Hotel. There’s an expanded edition of the album out now with bonus tracks. Some great trivia here about the songs and the album cover. Robby also has a new solo album out called The Ritual Begins at Sundown. 

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Blue Oyster Cult is Back!

This week, Blue Oyster Cult will release their first album in nearly 20 years. The album is called The Symbol Remains and it really rocks. I spoke with the band’s singer Eric Bloom about how weird it must’ve been recording an album while in lock down due to Covid. He also talks about their relationship with Alice Cooper and their close ties to Syracuse.

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Mick Fleetwood Joins Us!

I spoke with the legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer about his new song and video “These Strange Times.” It’s remake of an old Fleetwood Mac song with Mick himself on vocals. We also talk about a pretty cool 8-cd Fleetwood Mac box set that’s out now.

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Slade’s Noddy Holder Joins Us!

On September 25th, Slade will release a brand new hits compilation called Cum On Feel the Hitz on both cd and vinyl. It will feature almost every hit they’ve had around the world and in the US. I spoke with their legendary singer Noddy Holder about it. We talked about his connections with Queen and AC/DC too. A fun chat.

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STYX Salutes First Responders & Front Line Workers

STYX has created a video for their 2003 tune “These Are the Times.” You can find the song on their Cyclorama album and the video here. It’s a thank-you to essential workers on the front lines of the Covid battle that have kept us safe and healthy this year. The lyrics seem like they were written yesterday!

Talking with Triumph’s Rik Emmett

I spoke with the legendary voice/guitarist of Triumph about his solo music, now available for stream, as well as classic Triumph music and my favorite guitar solo. Check it out.

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Benny Mardones Tribute Show

If you missed our tribute when it happened live, check it out here on-demand. RIP, Benny. Syracuse will forever miss the Voice.

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Talking with Wang Chung!

They created one of the most iconic songs of the 80s and this Saturday, they’ll be part of the Back to the Basement concert featuring other 80s legends. It’s a virtual show you can watch here. It’s all to raise money for Covid 19 relief through Direct Relief. You can make a donation here. We talked about classic Wang Chung music and their videos. Hear the chat here.

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Ted Templeman – The Super-Producer

The brand new autobiography Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music is available now. Ted’s co-author Greg Renoff joins me to talk about Ted’s legendary work with Van Halen, the Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Carly Simon and others. You’ll also read about encounters with Prince and Aerosmith among others. Hear Greg talk about the book and tell some cool stories here. And order the book here.

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Dio Drummer Vinny Appice Remembers Ronnie James Dio

Vinny Appice appeared on Dio’s greatest records and was Ronnie’s closest friend in the band. I talked to Vinny about the 10th anniversary of Ronnie’s passing and got some great stories. Vinny and his brother Carmine have put together a tribute video that you must see for the song “Monsters and Heroes.” It’s a great way to remember Ronnie.

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Remembering Ronnie James Dio with Carmine Appice

I spoke with one of rock’s most iconic drummers, Carmine Appice. (You’ve heard him on those great Vanilla Fudge albums and he’s played on Rod Stewart and Pink Floyd classics too) He and his brother Vinny were close friends of the late Ronnie James Dio and we talked about what Ronnie meant to him. Some great stories here. Also, check out the new tribute video he and Vinny did for RJD. It’s called Monsters and Heroes and it’s a must-see.

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Mike Love of the Beach Boys Calls In

The Beach Boys were set for a busy year on the road, but Covid 19 has cut that short. I talked with Mike Love about how he’s been spending his time. Hint: he’s written a brand new song called “This Too Shall Pass” and he’s giving all proceeds from sales of it to Feeding America’s Covid 19 Response Fund. This will help stock food banks across the country. I talked to him about the song, as well as what Beatles song he inspired. 

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Dennis DeYoung Talks His New Album & Styx

Dennis DeYoung joined me to talk about his new album 26 East Vol. 1. It’s out now and features a cool duet with Julian Lennon called “To the Good Old Days” and many other great tunes paying tribute to his time in Styx. Listen to the interview and hear Dennis even belt out a line from one of his classics right on the phone with me. The voice is still amazing.

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Rick Springfield Calls In

I spoke with Rick Springfield about his new song “The Wall Will Fall.” The proceeds for the song benefit Feeding America, which is a great cause right now with so many out of work. The video for the song features a ton of celebrities and you need to see it. Oh, and Gomez and Lisa crash the interview, making for some funny moments.

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Talking with Whitesnake’s David Coverdale

Whitesnake have released a vinyl edition of the 35th anniversary remix of their classic Slide It In album and will release The ROCK Album on June 19th. The man himself, David Coverdale called in to tell us about these new releases and to discuss how he’s handling being quarantined.

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Talking with Bob Geldof

I’ve been a Boomtown Rats/Geldof fan for years, so it was a real trip to be able to talk to the man himself. Here, we discuss the new album, out March 13th called Citizens of Boomtown. There’s also a new book on the way called Tales of Boomtown Glory and a film. Oh, and of course, we had to talk about Live Aid. Fascinating chat.

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Robert Tepper Joins Us

If you saw Rocky IV, you have to remember Stallone driving to the song “No Easy Way Out.” I spoke with Robert about the song, his co-writing of the Benny Mardones classic “Into the Night” and even the strange disappearance of a musician he once played with in Iron Butterfly. You’ll also want to hear Robert’s new album Better Than the Rest.

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Scorpions Guitarist Matthias Jabs Joins Us

Scorpions are bringing their monstrous show to Las Vegas this July for a nine-date residency. They’re also recording a new album. Legendary guitarist Matthias Jabs called in to talk to us about it and even dishes some cool trivia on “Wind of Change” and some of the famous shoppers at his guitar store in Munich!

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Get in the Spirit with Gary Hoey

I spoke with guitar virtuoso Gary Hoey about what he’s up to around the holidays this year, the 24th anniversary of his groundbreaking Christmas rock album Ho! Ho! Hoey, auditioning for Ozzy Osbourne and what it’s like to play the Star-Spangled Banner in front of 66,000 people. Gary even plays his guitar for us over the phone!

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Michael McDonald Talks the Doobie Bros 50th Anniversary Tour

I spoke with the man himself about his rejoining the Doobie Brothers for the 50th anniversary tour next year. They’ll be at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview July 5th!

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Voice of America

One half of the group America, Gerry Beckley has released a new solo album called Five Mile Road, which is terrific. I spoke with him about it, as well as why the critics hated America and what he learned from Beatles producer George Martin.

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Hitmaker to the Stars

I spoke with Desmond Child, who’s written some of the most legendary songs in rock. Everything from “Livin’ on a Prayer” to “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” to “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and countless others. His new live album Desmond Child Live is available now. Here, he tells me some cool stories about how he wrote some of these iconic songs.

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Black Crowes Drummer Steve Gorman Talks to Us

Steve Gorman was not only the drummer but a founding member of the Black Crowes. His new book Hard to Handle: the Life and Death of the Black Crowes is out now and tells some wild stories about the band. His band Trigger Hippy has also released a GREAT new album called Full Circle & Then Some. Check out my exclusive chat with him here.

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Talking The Band with Robbie Robertson

I spoke with the legendary Robbie Robertson about the new Scorsese movie he scored, (The Irishman) the Band’s music, buying a car from Bob Dylan and even he and George Harrison exchanging copies of the Band’s second album and Abbey Road. A very cool interview!

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These Ladies Rock

I spoke with former Runaways singer Cherie Currie and Brie Darling, singer & drummer from the band Fanny. Both were hugely influential for women in rock. They’ve gotten together to record a new album called The Motivator and it’s fantastic.

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New Freddie Mercury

There’s a new piano and vocal version of Freddie Mercury’s “Time Waits for No One” that you MUST hear. Dave Clark (legendary leader of the Dave Clark Five) wrote the song for his music Time and asked Freddie to contribute. I spoke with Dave about this newly-discovered version of the song and about Freddie in general. Check it out here.

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Survivor Founder Jim Peterik Speaks

I spoke with the founder of Survivor and the Ides of March, Jim Peterik. (He also co-wrote “Hold On Loosely” and “Caught Up in You” for .38 Special) Jim’s new album Winds of Change is out now, featuring a great song with Dennis DeYoung and an unreleased song featuring the vocals of late Survivor singer Jimi Jamison. We also discuss his working with Stallone and how “Eye of the Tiger” came to be used in Rocky III.

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Alice Cooper Tells Some Wild Tales

I spoke with the man himself about his upcoming show at C-Mac on August 7th, as well as the new Hollywood Vampires album, his friendship with Keith Moon and John Lennon, sleeping in a coffin and more. You’ll love this one.

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Rick Springfield Talks Syracuse

I spoke with Rick about his new album, Orchestrating My Life, his friendship with Sammy Hagar, who Jessie’s Girl really was and how he feels about Syracuse after the lawsuit.

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Rick Talks with Former Van Halen Bassist Michael Anthony

On May 10, Sammy Hagar’s The Circle is releasing Space Between, the band’s first all-original, new album. The group also includes former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham (son of legendary Zeppelin drummer John Bonham). Rick recently spoke with both Michael and Jason about the album. You’ll get some very cool Van Halen and Led Zeppelin trivia too.

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Bowie & Lennon’s Guitarist Speaks

I talked with Earl Slick, who played on David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs and Young Americans albums and on John Lennon’s Double Fantasy. Hear what he has to say about working with these legends in this exclusive chat.

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It’s Not Christmas Without Gary Hoey

The man himself joined me to talk about his classic Christmas album Ho Ho Hoey and so many other cool topics. He brought his guitar and shreds for us too!

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Toto’s Steve Lukather Joins Us

I talked with one of my favorite guitarists – Toto’s Steve Lukather, about his new book The Gospel According to Luke as well as his work on thousands of classic recordings and his current tour with Toto.

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Hendrix Engineer Eddie Kramer Joins Us!

To celebrate the release of the 50th anniversary edition of Jimi Hendrix’s final album Electric Ladyland, legendary engineer/producer Eddie Kramer joins us. He dishes some cool stories about being in the studio with Jimi too. Don’t miss this!

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra in NY State

I spoke with TSO guitarist Joel Hoekstra about the 2018 tour, the TSO’s massive charitable donations and some other cool topics.

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The Hardest Working Rock Star You’ve Never Heard Of

Meet Robert Berry. He’s been working with everyone from Sammy Hagar’s bandmembers to Boston to Emerson, Lake & Palmer for many years. He’s just released a new album called The Rules Have Changed featuring some of the final ideas of Keith Emerson. (You’ll recall that the legendary ELP keyboardist took his own life in 2016) Here, Berry talks with me about recording the album and channeling Keith, as well as that time Tom Scholz asked him to join Boston, among other fun topics.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Coming to NY

With the Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing in Albany on 11/28 and Rochester on 11/29, I spoke with drummer Jeff Plate about the band’s history, including this year being their 20th touring anniversary. (Tickets here and here) We also talk about his love of KISS, the Mets and how TSO donates a ton to charity.

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Jethro Tull Guitarist Martin Barre Speaks

With a new album out soon called Roads Less Traveled and a show at Auburn Public Theater September 22nd, (tickets on sale now here) legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre and I spoke about his amazing career. Some cool stories about recording next to Led Zeppelin and seeing one of the Eagles jogging in Seattle. Enjoy this one.

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Canine Carnival This Saturday

I spoke with CNY Central Meteorologist Wayne Mahar about this Saturday’s Canine Carnival. If you’re looking to adopt a pet, you’ll finds hundreds that need good homes at this special annual event.

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Rich Robinson Talks About The Magpie Salute & the Black Crowes

I spoke with Black Crowes guitarist and songwriter Rich Robinson about his new band The Magpie Salute. Their new album High Water I is out now. It’s fantastic and will give you hope for the future of rock. We talked about this and some other cool topics.

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The Doors’ Robby Krieger Speaks

The classic Doors album Waiting for the Sun celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The band will re-release the album as a deluxe edition on September 14th, featuring bonus tracks and remastered audio. I spoke with their legendary guitarist Robby Krieger about the album and some other cool Doors trivia. He even has a connection to Syracuse you’ll hear about toward the end of the chat.

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Styx is back in town!

I spoke with Styx singer Lawrence Gowan about this week’s show at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview with Joan Jett and Tesla. Hear what he says about the band playing “Mr. Roboto” again, trivia about “Blue Collar Man,” the band’s name and more.

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Jason Bonham Talks to TK

I spoke with the legendary Zeppelin drummer’s son about his show at the Amp and the music he and his dad loved. Jason Bonham tells the story of his dad throwing shade at Phil Collins too! Check it out.

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Poison’s Bobby Dall Calls In

Poison is back in town – with Cheap Trick, tonight at the Amp. Bass player Bobby Dall and I chatted about the tour, riding in a broken down ambulance to California and how the band still get along after 3 decades together.

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The Yardbirds are Coming!

The classic British group that spawned the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (and even evolved into Led Zeppelin) are coming to Turning Stone May 4th. I spoke with the original drummer Jim McCarty. His new book Nobody Told Me is out now. Hear some great stories about Clapton leaving the band as well as Jim’s thoughts on Page starting Led Zeppelin and Jeff Beck’s hilarious moment at the Yardbirds’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Procol Harum, The Beatles & “A Whiter Shade of Pale”

If you love the classic “A Whiter Shade of Pale” like I do, check out my chat with the voice of the song. I spoke with Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker about that song, connections to the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and the new Procol Harum box set that’s out 3/23 called Still There’ll Be More: An Anthology 1967 – 2017. Some cool trivia in this interview.

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New Rock Photography Book Available!

I spoke with Larry Singer, author/photographer of the new book Rock & Roll: Concert and Backstage Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s. Larry got to know Deep Purple and Alice Cooper. He took some greats photos of Van Halen, the Stones, the Who, Edgar Winter and others. Here, we chat about his once-in-a-lifetime experiences with rock royalty. Buy the book now at Amazon.com.

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New Book Explains the Life and Death of AC/DC’s Bon Scott

I spoke with author Jesse Fink about his new book Bon: The Last Highway. In this book (and this interview) you’ll learn new details on Bon’s final days. Did he actually write the lyrics that Brian Johnson would sing on Back in Black? Who was the last person to see him alive? Listen to this fascinating interview here and buy the book now.

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Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Talks About Their Christmas Album

Yes, you read it right. Cheap Trick are releasing a Christmas album. It will be in stores at the end of October. I spoke with Rick Nielsen about it, as well as his appearance on American Pickers and some trivia about one of his early bands.

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Remembering Tom Petty

Take a trip through Tom Petty’s life and amazing music in this tribute.

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Canine Carnival This Saturday

Something slightly different this week. Rocker and CNY Central Meteorologist Wayne Mahar joins me to talk about the Canine Carnival this Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park. We talk about adopting animals, the heartbreaking scenes from the hurricane-ravaged states and other topics.

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Rock Legend David Crosby Joins Me

I talked with the icon about his new album Sky Trails which is out 9/28. We also chat about him and Jimi Hendrix, his friendship with the Beatles and some other cool stuff.

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Styx Singer Previews the Amp Show in Syracuse

I spoke with Lawrence Gowan, Styx’s singer and keyboardist about the upcoming Styx/REO/Don Felder show at the Lakeview Amphitheater. Some great conversation about their new album, what they think about fans holding cell phones up to film the band and we even discussed NHL hockey. Styx’s new album “The Mission” is out now.

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Styx’s New Album (Part 1)

Styx has released a brand new album called “The Mission.” In this exclusive 3-part special, hear from members of the band and get the inside scoop on the recording of the album. As you get ready to see them with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder at the Lakeview Amphitheater August 19th, listen to the new songs here.

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Styx’s New Album (Part 2)

Here’s part 2 of “Inside the Mission,” featuring members of Styx talking about and playing songs from their new album.

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Styx’s New Album (Part 3)

Here’s part 3 of “Inside the Mission.”

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Boston’s Gary Pihl Talks About the Amp Show

The Hyper Space Tour with Boston & Joan Jett lands at the Lakeview Amphitheater Saturday, 7/29. I spoke with Boston guitarist Gary Pihl about the show, his work with Sammy Hagar, working on the sound for the show with Tom Scholz and other topics. Check it out here.

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Foreigner’s Kelly Hansen Talks About the Syracuse Show

If you missed my chat with the Foreigner singer, check it out here. We discuss original singer Lou Gramm and talk about the show in Syracuse at the Lakeview Amp.

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Allman Bros Tribute in Syracuse

This Friday at the Westcott Theater, catch Live at the Fillmore – Tribute to the Allman Brothers. They’ve been featured on AXS TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” show and now they bring the sound of the ABB to Syracuse. I spoke with Lou Maresca, founder of the band, about seeing the original concerts recorded for the Fillmore albums in 1971, his interactions with the Allmans over the years and what to expect from Friday’s show. Check it out.

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Styx Singer Speaks

I spoke with Styx singer/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan about the August 19th show in Syracuse at the Lakeview Amp. We also discussed the new Styx album called “The Mission,” which is out 6/16.

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Tribute to Gregg Allman

If you missed our one-hour tribute to Gregg Allman on the day he passed away, check it out here. It’s one hour of music and stories. A celebration of the life and music of this rock icon.

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Eagles Guitarist Don Felder Talks Syracuse & Hotel California

I spoke with legendary Eagles guitarist (and creator of the Eagles classic “Hotel California”) about the song and his upcoming show with Styx and REO at the Lakeview Amp.

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Our Fantasy Local Band

Gomez and I put together our bands featuring famous local artists. Who sings? Who plays guitar? Check out our lineups and let us know if we left anyone out. Also, who is your fantasy rock group of famous Central New Yorkers?

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RockTalk & Wrestling with Wayne Mahar

CNY Central Meteorologist Wayne Mahar is a big wrestling fan, as I am. The difference is that he knew wrestlers personally. This week, we re-live some fun 80s moments and talk about the legends he knew. His mom was a fan too! Listen to the whole thing – you’ll love the legendary clips.

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Genesis’ Mike Rutherford Speaks!

His new Mike + the Mechanics album “Let Me Fly” is out now and he’ll be touring to support that. He’ll also be playing select dates as Phil Collins’ opening act. Hmm…maybe Genesis could do something for their 50th anniversary? Hear Mike’s response in my exclusive chat here!

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Talking Bon Jovi, Triumph & Elton with the Dunes

A good friend and colleague Gary Dunes talks rock with me this week. He’s been a staple in Syracuse radio for decades and has met every major rocker imaginable. Hear some fun stories about a private show with Elton John, meeting Huey Lewis and the News while covered in mud at Weedsport and storming backstage at the War Memorial with Triumph. Rock AND radio junkies will enjoy this one.

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Rick Talks with Night Ranger Guitarist Brad Gillis

Their new album is out now and Brad Gillis calls in to talk about it. We discuss their new tour, his playing with Ozzy and who the real “Sister Christian” was.

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Galaxy CEO Ed Levine’s Crazy Rock Stories

Not too many people have had more of an impact on rock radio in Central New York than Galaxy Communications CEO Ed Levine. As owner of TK99, K-Rock, Sunny 102 & ESPN Radio he influences the current landscape, but in his previous role as program director in the 70s and 80s, he helped introduce CNY to rockers we now consider household names. He also became friends with many of them. Which rocker stole his car? Which one did he threaten to leave on the side of the road for complaining too much? Which major star trashed his hotel room? Find out here. (Strong language – NSFW)

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Rick, Gomez & Lisa’s Top 5 Interviews

This week, it’s a must-hear! Gomez and Lisa are my special guests as we count down our top 5 lists of rock star interviews. We drop tons of famous names and dish plenty of behind-the-scenes dirt on many of your favorite rockers. If you’re a music fan, you won’t want to miss this as you’ll learn a ton.

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STYX and REO Talk to TK

On Friday, I spoke with REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin and Styx guitarist James “JY” Young about the United We Rock tour coming to Syracuse August 19th. Hear what they love about Syracuse and some other great tour stories here.

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Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett

I spoke with the legendary Steve Hackett who was a member of Genesis during the classic years in the 70s. His playing on everything from “Supper’s Ready” through the amazing A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering albums always struck me as some of the most enchanting work from any guitarist in rock. Here, he discusses the February 18th show in Ithaca and even tells me which other rock legend suggested that Phil Collins take over as the lead singer of Genesis after Peter Gabriel left!

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Bad Company Drummer Talks About His New Album

I talked with legendary Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke. He’ll be releasing a solo album February 10th. In this interview, we discuss that album and some cool Led Zeppelin trivia. How did the near break-up of Led Zeppelin fuel the first Bad Company album? Listen to find out.

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Foreigner Singer Speaks!

I spoke with Kelly Hansen, Foreigner’s lead singer about the 40th Anniversary tour that kicks off here in Syracuse July 11th. TK99 PRESENTS “Rock the Amp.” (Also featuring Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience) 

Kelly and I talk about the music, his appearance on Food Network’s Chopped and more.

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Tribute to Greg Lake

On December 7th, the voice and guitarist of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson, Greg Lake passed away after a long fight with cancer. We pay tribute to him here.

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Rock Stars Behaving Badly

It’s no secret that young dudes with lots of money and fame can get into trouble pretty easily. Guns N’ Roses prove this point perfectly. In this edition of Rock Talk, hear how they upset Chicago’s lead singer in a restaurant and made Mick Jagger mad on stage.

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Duane Allman’s Daughter Talks About His Life

October 29th marked the 45th anniversary of Duane Allman’s tragic death due to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. His daughter has worked tirelessly on a book and a comprehensive box set of his life’s work with the Allman Brothers Band as well as his work with other artists. Hear all about it in my exclusive interview with her.

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Ozzy, a Little Person and Some Cold Cuts

Yes, you read that right. In this week’s Rock Talk, you’ll hear how these three things came together one night in Indiana to make for one of Ozzy’s craziest concerts ever. (Don’t forget to follow me @rickontk99 on Twitter for more fun stuff like this)

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Kansas Speaks!

The iconic band has a brand new album out now – their first in 16 years! Hear from guitarist Rich Williams and new singer Ronnie Platt in this exclusive interview. Some cool stories are featured here and some discussion of their performances of the entire Leftoverture album in honor of its 40th anniversary.

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Led Zeppelin’s Hair?

In today’s Rock Talk on-demand, find out why Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones wore a wig in the film The Song Remains the Same.

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Talkin’ Bout Van Halen

Recently, I spoke with Greg Renoff, author of Van Halen Rising. In this interview, you’ll hear about Van Halen’s distaste for Journey, Gene Simmons’ distaste for David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers’ distaste for Dave’s vocals before he joined the band. This was a fun, informative chat. Enjoy.

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BEATLES Producer Talks Exclusively to Us!

The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl is now available on cd and the sound is fantastic. All credit to producer Giles Martin (son of the legendary George Martin) for remastering the tapes and ensuring that we get to hear the Beatles from 1964 with stunning new clarity and depth. Ron Howard’s new film Eight Days a Week is also out now, so this week has been Christmas-like for fans of the Beatles. Listen here to my exclusive interview with Giles to hear how he interacts with Ringo and Paul and some cool stuff about how he came to work for the Beatles.

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Tesla Guitarist Talks!

Recently, I talked with Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon about their new live album Mechanical Resonance Live, their work with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and the craziest guy they’ve ever partied with. We discuss David Lee Roth running in the snow too.

Here’s the new video of their collaboration with Phil Collen. Check it out!

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Talking Eagles Classics

While you may not know the name Jack Tempchin, you’ve definitely heard his songs. He wrote this and this. He also wrote this and guess what? He wrote this too! Yeah, he’s written some amazing songs that have defined the 70s and 80s. He also has a brand new album out that you should hear, called One More Song. I spoke with Jack about his songs and some funny topics like what he thought of his song being bashed in The Big Lebowski.

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Rockstar Aliases and Nicknames

When they need to be anonymous, rockers use goofy aliases. To identify each other internally among their bandmates, they’ll come up with bizarre nicknames for each other. Here are some funny and clever names for some of your favorite classic rock stars.

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1966 – What A Year for Music

Mojo Magazine described it as the year “pop music exploded.” I put together a month-by-month audio snapshot. Check it out!

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Foghat Talks

I spoke with Roger Earl, the original drummer from Foghat as well as guitarist Bryan Bassett this week. We talked about their new album, the making of the classic “Slow Ride” and Foghat wine?

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Bun E. Carlos Speaks!

This week, I had a chance to chat exclusively with founding Cheap Trick drummer, Bun E. Carlos. We chat about his new album Greetings from Bunezuela and we even get into some behind the scenes talk about what Cheap Trick dealt with when going to Japan to record their classic At Budokan album. There was mass hysteria in Japan for them and Bun tells us what it was like to be a captive of their own fame.

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Carl Palmer Talks ELP, Asia & More

Carl Palmer brings his tribute to his former band Emerson, Lake & Palmer to the Palace Theater in Eastwood this Saturday night. The show benefits the Spine Program of the Crouse Neuroscience Institute at Crouse Hospital, so please think about attending as this will be a great show for a great cause. In this interview, he and I talk about his former bands ELP and Asia and his (now late) band mate Keith Emerson.

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Talking Toto & More

Recently, I chatted with keyboardist and songwriter Steve Porcaro, a founding member of Toto. He has a new album of his solo music coming out. We spoke about that, the music he’s written for Michael Jackson over the years, a song about actress Rosanna Arquette and (of course) about Toto coming to the Fair on August 26th for a free concert.

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Talking with a Beatle!

Friday afternoon, I got to spend a little time with rock royalty. Ringo Starr and I chatted exclusively for a few moments about Sgt. Pepper and a potential Beatles reunion at Eric Clapton’s wedding. He only did ONE radio interview in Syracuse and this is it.

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20 Years of Music & Beers (Part 7)

Here’s the seventh and final segment of our look back at two decades of the Taste of Syracuse. (Click this link and scroll down to hear parts one through six)

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20 Years of Music & Beers (Part 6)

Here’s the sixth part of our look back at twenty years of the Taste of Syracuse.

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20 Years of Music & Beers (Part 5)

Here’s part five of our look back at the last two decades of the Taste of Syracuse.

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20 Years of Music & Beers (Part 4)

Here’s part four of our look at the Taste of Syracuse over the last two decades.

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20 Years of Music & Beers (Part 3)

Here’s part three of our look back at the Taste of Syracuse.

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20 Years of Music & Beers (Part 2)

Here’s the second segment of our Taste of Syracuse special.

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20 Years of Music & Beers

The Taste of Syracuse turns twenty years old this year and we’re celebrating with a two-hour look back at the artists that have played (including some local stars). Get some great stories from those that have organized the Taste and hear some great tunes.

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Randy Bachman Talks!

I recently spoke with guitar icon Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) and the Guess Who about the classic song “American Woman.” In this clip, he explains what the song is really about.

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Songs Under Construction: Talking Heads Edition

In 1985, Talking Heads recorded Little Creatures which would turn out to be their best-selling album. Listen here as we go into the studio with them for an early, rehearsal version of the first track “And She Was.”

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