ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON
On this episode of Westwood One’s Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. New Interviews with rock legend Alice Cooper, music executive Tom Zutaut, LA GUNS’ Tracii Guns and Paul McCartney’s Brian Ray. Alan Niven co-hosts.
In the first interview, legendary musician Alice Cooper discusses his upcoming tour with Halestorm, fostering new bands, the Hollywood Vampires, his three upcoming albums including a new Bob Ezrin produced ‘Alice Cooper’ one, Johnny Depp, what is an Alice Cooper album & touches upon Brutal Planet & Dragontown, touring ‘bare bones’, the physicality of touring at his age, did Detroit’s car industry give birth to the revered Detroit Rock scene, writing new songs with Mark Farner, more reunion shows and more.
The second interview is with music executive Tom Zutaut. Mitch discusses Mötley Crüe at length including signing the band, John Corabi, Vince’s car crash and the aftermath, Doc McGhee, who ran off with the band’s money, copying of KISS on their Shout At The Devil artwork, the Sunset Strip scene, Nikki Sixx, producer Tom Werman, is The Dirt realistic, and more.
The interview continues the episode with Tracii Guns. He talks about L.A. Guns new album The Devil You Know, Nikki Sixx & Bobby Dall and using backing tracks, why bother making new music, his guitar playing moving forward, using KISS’ Creatures Of The Night producer Michael James Jackson on their Hollywood Vampires album, Eddie Kramer & Rick Rubin getting fired as producers, working with producer Tom Werman, the magic of early albums including Van Halen, fabulous singer Phil Lewis and recruiting him from Girl/Tormé, and much more.
The episode ends with talking with Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray. They discuss his new music (featuring Smokey Robinson), his career and working with ‘the best of the best’ including Etta James, Steve Van Zandt, what has he learned from Paul McCartney and more. Please visit Brianray.com
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