On this episode of Westwood One’s Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with Rob Zombie guitarist JOHN 5 and legendary drummer CHUCK BURGI (Billy Joel, Rainbow, Bon Jovi and more). Noted (former) GUNS N’ ROSES manager ALAN NIVEN co-hosts.
Before the interviews commence, Alan and Mitch discuss the current controversy surrounding Pledge Music and what certain artists such as Queensrÿche and Bernie Tormé are doing to make it right.
In the episode’s first interview, guitarist JOHN 5 discusses his upcoming North American tour, his new album Invasion, releasing a video a month, are albums still relevant, being terrified about going on tour, the use of backing tracks during shows, performing with Ace Frehley, working with different vocalists and who’s his favorite, working with former Journey singer Steve Perry and more.
The second interview is with longtime BILLY JOEL drummer Chuck Burgi. Mitch and Chuck discuss the time with Billy as well as playing on BON JOVI’s first record (alongside Aldo Nova and bassist Hugh McDonald), his Grammy nomination for Rainbow’s Anybody There from Bent Out Of Shape, his work with Rainbow, his time with Meatloaf, working with Bruce & Bob Kulick, the possibility of joining KISS and his drums on Creatures Of The Night, Eric Carr, playing & recording different styles of music, getting the Billy Joel gig, the Broadway show Movin’ Out, Liberty DeVitto, Meat Loaf, Balance, Skull, does Billy Joel use backing tracks, the mighty Tokyo Motor Fist with Steve Brown and much more.
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John 5 | Top Cover Photo by Frank Piercy
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