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Frankie Banali | Renowned Drummer Battles Cancer The Only Way He Knows How: Loudly & Artistically

By Robert Ferraro / June 4, 2020

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and he’ll be the first to tell you that his prognosis is bleak. Still, it hasn’t stopped him from playing drums and scheduling future tour engagements for the band, plans that he is expecting to be a part of. On a day to day […]


Lisa Lisa | Pop Star & Freestyle Legend Discusses Her Illustrious Past and Snoop Dogg Aided Future

By Robert Ferraro / January 28, 2020

Lisa Velez, more commonly known around the world as Lisa Lisa, first appeared on radio and MTV as a teenager, when Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam’s ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home’ became a surprise hit in 1985. A long string of Billboard hits followed, including ‘Head to Toe’, ‘Lost in Emotion’, ‘All […]


Ruth Pointer | For This Celebrated Singer Music Is Still A Family Affair

By Robert Ferraro / October 8, 2019

Ruth, Anita, Bonnie & June Pointer – The Pointer Sisters – were brought up in West Oakland, California singing gospel music at the encouragement of their mother and reverend father. The foursome – soon to become a trio – would go on to sing professionally, garnering sixteen Top 40 hits on the Billboard charts, including […]


Bernard Fowler | Acclaimed Rolling Stones Vocalist Turns Their Songs ‘Inside Out’

By Robert Ferraro / May 6, 2019

Singer Bernard Fowler insists on operating outside of his comfort zone. Having worked with a long and diverse list of artists ranging from AC/DC to Duran Duran, Motorhead to Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis to the late Michael Hutchence, Fowler has written or performed songs spanning Rock, Pop, Blues, R & B, Jazz and Hip […]


Nils Lofgren | E Street Band Guitarist Delivers Intimate New Album With Help From The Late Lou Reed

By Robert Ferraro / April 18, 2019

Nils Lofgren is known as much for his long and collaborative relationships with rock royalty (most famously, Neil Young, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen) as he is for his accomplished solo career and virtuosity on guitar. His personal and reflective new album, ‘Blue With Lou’, checks both boxes as it features 12 new recordings from […]


Taylor Dayne | Sultry Singer’s New Book Shares Her Story Of Old Fears & Newfound Purpose

By Robert Ferraro / April 12, 2019

Taylor Dayne began her career by singing in small New York venues ranging from prestigious clubs like CBGB and The Bitter End, to the much less heralded Russian-American nightclub she was steadily employed at for years. Come 1987 however, her single ‘Tell It To My Heart’ made her an overnight star in Europe, and within […]


Def Leppard’s Rick Allen: The Humanist

By Robert Ferraro / March 27, 2019

Not long after Rick Allen and I are seated in a quiet corner of a midtown Manhattan restaurant, the affable drummer of Def Leppard is indulging me on topics ranging from Thomas Dolby (who played keyboards on Pyromania under the pseudonym Booker T Boffin), to our mutual approval of the Rolling Stones’ recent set list […]


Bobbie Brown | ‘Cherry Pie’ Starlet Now A Stand Up Girl

By Robert Ferraro / February 19, 2019

In the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s, Bobbie Brown was seemingly everywhere. She was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA, finished second runner up in the Miss Teen USA pageant, spent months on Star Search as the most prominent model in the show’s history, was featured in music videos for artists ranging from Terence Trent D’Arby […]


Mickey Thomas | Starship Singer Brings His Voice To A Different Kind Of Rock Stage

By Robert Ferraro / February 6, 2019

Mickey Thomas, has been the lead singer of Jefferson Starship and Starship since 1979, and his voice appears on 12 Top Forty hits, 3 memorable Number Ones from the 80’s, and one of classic rock’s most popular ballads. Now Thomas is accepting a brand new challenge by taking a star turn as Dennis Dupree in […]


Holly Knight | Hall of Fame Songwriter Embraces Her Legacy While Looking Ahead

By Robert Ferraro / January 29, 2019

Music has always been second nature for Holly Knight – by the age of 14 she had already studied classical piano for a decade. Yet, few could have anticipated the impact on popular music she would eventually have, and the indelible mark she would leave on one of it’s most celebrated eras, the 1980’s.   Knight wrote or […]


Chris Moore | Veteran Musician Never Stopped Believing

By Robert Ferraro / December 27, 2018

In the high haired 1980’s, current Rock of Ages drummer Chris Moore chased his dream of becoming a professional musician, only to leave it behind for a more practical life and career. Decades later, he proved that dreams don’t have an expiration date. This is his story, in his words. [as told to Robert Ferraro] […]


Melissa Etheridge | ‘Yes I Am’, The Singer, Songwriter & Rocker’s Most Pivotal Album, Turns 25

By Robert Ferraro / October 2, 2018

Melissa Etheridge’s first three albums, which she affectionately calls “The Red One, The Black One and The White One”, earned her a loyal audience, along with critical acclaim for her deeply personal songwriting and emotional delivery. It was the release of 1993’s ‘Yes I Am’ however, powered by singles ‘I’m The Only One’, ‘Come To […]


Belinda Carlisle | Worldly Pop Star Lives Life Her Way

By Robert Ferraro / June 13, 2018

Belinda Carlisle is an activist, humanitarian, and friend to animals the world over. What she also is, of course, is the unmistakable voice of numerous radio hits, dating from her time with the famously rambunctious Go Go’s, through her more sophisticated days as a chart topping solo artist. Carlisle will be reminding America of both […]


Thomas Dolby | Lifelong Innovator Still In Pursuit Of The New and Unknown

By Robert Ferraro / May 14, 2018

At a mere 59 years of age, Thomas Dolby has already lived a life in full. In the 1980’s he became a musical innovator with his eclectic smash hit ‘She Blinded Me With Science’, followed by 5 Grammy nominations and memorable appearances at the two largest live musical events of his generation. In the 90’s […]


Bebe Buell | Rock ‘n Roll Mainstay Bares It All On New Album

By Robert Ferraro / April 20, 2018

Bebe Buell, a charismatic pop culture presence for five decades, represents different things to different people. For some, she’s the glamorous model who burst onto the pages of magazines while still a teenager. For others, she’s the Playboy Playmate who posed as a centerfold in a still popular 1974 pictorial. And for many others, she […]


Lou Gramm | The Voice of 18 Top Forty Hits, Has Taken Life’s Hits, And Persevered

By Robert Ferraro / April 12, 2018

Like most musical artists, Lou Gramm, whose powerful and distinctive voice led legendary rock act Foreigner to over 70 million albums sold worldwide, had to overcome his share of struggles along the way to success. Unfortunately for Gramm, those struggles were as unique and tough as his voice. The first hurdle nearly cost him a […]


Paul Stanley | Legendary Kiss Frontman Is Colorful Both On Stage and On Canvas

By Robert Ferraro / April 4, 2018

Paul Stanley, the charismatic frontman for Kiss, has been a rock and pop culture giant for the better part of 5 decades. On stage he ignites audiences with his trademark bravado, but off of it, he shows a more subdued and thoughtful side that is exhibited through his painting – vibrant work that has garnered […]


Rick Allen | Drummer. Survivor. Humanist. Artist!

By Robert Ferraro / January 8, 2018

Rick Allen first appeared behind the drum kit with Def Leppard nearly 40 years ago, at the tender age of 15. His drum sound would go on to leave a distinct impression on modern popular music, appearing on over 100 million albums sold, and winning him fans the world over. It was overcoming the loss […]


Gary Gulman | Are There Abbreviations for Observational, Smart & Funny?

By Robert Ferraro / December 30, 2017

Gary Gulman will try to tell you that he’s not an intellectual comedian, and with some of his best known bits centering around cookies, the Karate Kid and yogurt containers, you might be inclined to believe him. . But when in conversation with him about comedy and his career – which includes a long string […]


Nancy Wilson | My Thanksgiving

By Robert Ferraro / November 19, 2017

In August of 2016, Ann and Nancy Wilson and the rest of Heart took to a stage in Washington, in the midst of an extensive Summer tour. While the band was performing it’s encore, Ann’s husband, angered at Nancy’s twin 16 year old boys for leaving the door to Ann’s tour bus open, physically attacked them. He was […]


Joey Tempest | Europe Aims To Capture The World’s Attention Yet Again

By Robert Ferraro / October 19, 2017

Joey Tempest is the lead singer of the internationally renowned, platinum selling band Europe – and the signature voice of one of the most enduring songs in popular music history. Tempest not only penned the lyrics for ‘The Final Countdown’ at age 17, but wrote its iconic keyboard riff as well. One of rock music’s most […]


Amy Holland | In Full Health And Voice, With A Light On Her Path

By Robert Ferraro / October 12, 2017

Amy​ ​Holland​ ​started​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​music​ ​business​ ​when​ ​she​ ​was​ ​just​ ​a​ ​teen,​ ​eventually​ ​scoring​ ​a​ ​hit​ ​single​ ​with 1980’s​ ​‘How​ ​Do​ ​I​ ​Survive?’​ ​It​ ​would​ ​mark​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​a​ ​long,​ ​diverse,​ ​and ​too​ ​​often​ ​interrupted​ ​singing​ ​career​ ​that​ ​would​ ​see​ ​her​ ​record​ ​songs​ ​for​ ​​movies​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Scarface​ ​and​ ​St Elmo’s​ ​Fire,​ […]


Lita Ford | With Guitar in Hand, She’s Still the Boss

By Robert Ferraro / October 4, 2017

Share0 Tweet0 Share +10 Lita Ford has worn many hats in her 40 plus year career, all of them comfortably. As a guitarist in the seminal all girl band The Runaways, she was a pioneering musician. After two hit singles (Kiss Me Deadly and Close My Eyes Forever) pushed her album ‘Lita’ to platinum status, she […]


Kenny Aronoff | Famously In-Demand Drummer Turned Author, Knows His Purpose

By Robert Ferraro / September 18, 2017

Kenny Aronoff is known primarily as the drummer you’ve heard on most of John Mellencamp’s biggest hits, leaving his hard hitting mark on songs like Jack & Diane, Pink Houses, Small Town and countless others. Among musicians however, he is better known for his astoundingly long history of studio work, in service to a roster […]


Nancy Wilson | Famed Guitarist and New Band Set Out to Make Their Case on The Road

By Robert Ferraro / September 4, 2017

For the first time since she was 19 years old, Nancy Wilson finds herself a full fledged member of a hungry new band. On an open ended hiatus from working with Heart and her sister Ann, she lends her voice and guitar to a Rock and R & B collective creatively named, ‘Roadcase Royale’. Their debut album, ‘First […]


Bernard Fowler | From The Back(ground) to The Front, and Everywhere In Between

By Robert Ferraro / August 23, 2017

Bernard Fowler has been an integral part of the Rolling Stones for so long now, that it’s hard to remember when they last toured without him (1982). Providing backing vocals on the largest stage in live music, Fowler has won fans the world over with not only his rich voice and wide vocal range, but his stage presence […]


Ann Wilson | On Tour, Bringing New Life to Old Lyrics

By Robert Ferraro / August 14, 2017

Ann Wilson, the renowned voice of Heart, is trekking across America on a solo tour that will see her play 80 dates before its conclusion in November. I spoke with her after her show in Sylvania, Ohio and discussed the tour, what a song must possess for her to want to sing it, bringing an […]


Ivan Doroschuk | New Wave Legend Is A ‘Wonder’ Once Again

By Robert Ferraro / May 15, 2017

Men Without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk is a polite, contemplative and soft spoken Canadian, a multilingual former law student, and a classically trained pianist. Ivan Doroschuk is also a punk at heart, possessing a defiant anti-authority streak which has informed both his music, and a turbulent musical career that spans five decades. Above all else however, at least […]


Alonzo Bodden | Last Comic Standing Still Looking For A Challenge

By Robert Ferraro / March 31, 2017

 Alonzo Bodden has probably entertained you somewhere, somehow, during his 24 years of comedy. He has appeared on network and cable television, acted in major motion pictures, done voiceover work for cartoons, and hosted radio shows and podcasts. You may also recognize him from the news, as he was widely heralded for donating a kidney […]


Ann Wilson | Legendary voice of Heart goes it ‘Alone’

By Robert Ferraro / March 21, 2017

It is widely recognized, by both fans and peers alike, that Ann Wilson owns one of the most formidable voices in rock history. That voice has propelled Heart, a collaborative with her sister Nancy, to twenty Top 40 hits, and over 35 million albums sold worldwide. Ann also possesses one of music’s more distinctive voices, […]


Alan Hunter | A Conversation with a Pop Culture Pioneer

By Robert Ferraro / February 7, 2017

In 1981, a brand new channel calling itself ‘Music Television’ chose an astronaut walking on the moon as the symbol of its brand. The message was clear: no one has gone where we’re going in the field of television entertainment. Four decades later, MTV remains a pop culture landmark. Still, the groundbreaking 80’s are widely […]


Will Calhoun | Restless Drumming Icon Pays His Respects To A Jazz Great

By Robert Ferraro / December 1, 2016

Will Calhoun is the relentlessly creative and widely respected drummer for funk metal pioneers, Living Colour. Voted by the readers of Modern Drummer as “Best Progressive Drummer” on three occasions, he has collaborated with musicians as diverse as B.B. King, Public Enemy, and the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood. A graduate with honors from the Berklee […]