This month Glenn Tipton from Judas Priest talks about the band’s Epitaph World Tour, new guitarist Richie Faulkner and the band’s 40-year legacy now celebrated with new single and album box set releases.
Biff Byford from Saxon checks in with a summary of the band’s incredible last 12 months discussing their recent studio album, Call To Arms, rightly celebrated as their finest for years, and touring Europe twice in the same calendar year of 2011.
Venom have been around for more than 30 years now and recently released a new album, Fallen Angels through Universal. Original frontman Cronos gives his forthright views on why they have been so influential and why a whole new audience is finding out what Venom is all about. We speak to him and relative new boys Rage and Dante.
Finally we speak to David Phillips, a man who armed with his trusty digital camera has photographed pretty much every rock drummer you could ever wish to see – from some angles you’ve definitely never seen! It helps that he’s in charge of artist relations for DW Drums so he has the kind of stage access even we can only dream of.
Music comes from all the above plus Slash and Van Halen and there’s a brief news and new release roundup too.
This month Brad Gillis from West Coast favourites Night Ranger talks about their new album Somewhere In California, their upcoming tour with Journey and Foreigner and how they’re having fun getting back to the 80s sound that made them a household name.
Simon Wright talks about the Dio Disciples tour currently finishing up in Europe and hopefully starting up stateside in September. He’s adamant people understand that the tour is a celebration of Dio’s music performed by his band, not some kind of money-spinning tribute act. Wright also talks about his tenure with AC/DC and we hear from one of his earliest bands A II Z.
Finally New York’s Richie Scarlet (Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach) talks about the KISS Army, his work with members of the original Alice Cooper band, how he was at the original Woodstock festival and has been under the spell of Hendrix ever since.
David Coverdale talks about the recent Whitesnake Live at Donington 1990 DVD and CD release and there’s the usual news, new release and live dates roundup plus music from Night Ranger, Whitesnake, A II Z, Richie Scarlet and new boys Enforcer.
The February edition of the new CLASSIC ROCK AND METAL PODCAST is available for streaming at www.classicrockpodcast.com and for download through iTunes.
This month Ricky Warwick from the new Thin Lizzy touring line-up talks about what pursuaded him to front this version of the band and how he prepared for it. We also have an exclusive live track performed by the new line-up in London during the recent UK tour.
Europe have released three albums since their return in 2004 but it was 2009’s Last Look At Eden album that starting turning heads in the mainstream again. They’re headling a tour in the UK this month so front man Joey Tempest checks in to chew the fat about this album, and THAT song.
Tokyo Blade are one of British heavy metal’s originals. From their debut in 1983 the band have been through many line-up changes and produced ten studio albums. Their latest, Thousand Men Strong was produced by legendary Chris Tsangarides (Ozzy, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy) and is due for release in March and features the original line-up with the addition of new vocalist Nicolaj Ruhnow. Guitarist Andy Boulton shares tales of woe from the early days and how great it was to get back in the studio with the old gang.
David Rock Feinstein is front man for the band The Rods, was in ELF with Ronnie James Dio who also happened to be his cousin. Dave’s recent solo album Bitten By The Beast features one of Ronnie Dio’s last known recordings and he tells us how it came to be there.
Finally we have the first part of our interview with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides.
As always there’s music too plus the latest classic rock news roundup, tour information for February and new releases.
The Classic Rock and Metal Podcast is available to stream or download on the first Monday of every month and is intended for people wanting to catch up on their favorite rock and metal bands of the 70s and 80s, find out what they’re doing now and learn about some of the great new bands following in their footsteps.