Singer, bassist, and songwriter John Wetton died on January 31, 2017 after a battle with cancer. He worked in bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash. He found commercial success as the front man and primary songwriter for the supergroup Asia.
This week we talk to Allen’s long time friend Robert “Rockin’ Rob” Bloomer about all things Led Zeppelin.
Aerosmith, Poison, Journey, Bon Jovi, & Guns ‘N Roses are easily on the setlist for 80s tribute bands, but being 30 years old and playing that music seems a little strange. In this episode, Brian Durbin (aka Mick Jäger) joins us to discuss what it’s like to be the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the midwest, Hairbanger’s Ball.
After having to take a couple years hiatus due to work responsibilities, I will be returning to Pryor, OK for Rocklahoma 2017! I’ve never seen Soundgarden, The Offspring, The Cult, Suicidal Tendencies, Diamond Head, or Fozzy so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m also looking forward to seeing Jackyl, Ratt, Skillet (all Rocklahoma alumni), Def Leppard, Buckcherry, and Slaughter again. Note that Nova Rex is also on the bill. We interviewed their bassist, Kenny Wilkerson, back in September. I’m looking forward to checking them out again. On a side note, I interviewed Jesse James Dupree WAY BACK in 2008 for another rock website. That dude is a riot.
This year, I treated myself to the VIP seating and camping package so that I can spend less time fighting for a good spot on the lawn and more time watching the bands so that I can bring a better reporting experience to the Ages of Rock audience. Stay tuned. I’m going to do my best to write about some of the artists between now and the weekend of the show.
This week we have a fun conversation with musician Jason Lee McKinney. He talks about his musical influences, his musical style, being an independent artist and his upcoming 3 EP Jason Lee McKinney Band release. Did we mention he is also a music professor?