ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON: Shinedown’s Brent Smith, Rick Astley and Tax The Heat’s Alex Veale along with co-host Ron Keel on this episode of Westwood One’s Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon
In this episode’s first interview, Shinedown’s Brent Smith discusses the band’s new album Attention Attention, the Smith & Myers Acoustic Sessions EPs, fitness & weight loss, the 10th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album The Sound Of Madness, American DJ Casey Kasem, touring with Godsmack, Live Nation’s Ticket To Rock promotion, and more.
Next up, is iconic British singer Rick Astley. He’s of course famous for his ubiquitous hit Never Gonna Give You Up, but there’s so much more to the story as we discuss all the hits, walking away from the music business and then starting over, his fear of flying, his latest album 50, his mid-life crisis, working with the powerful team of Stock Aitken Waterman, performing onstage with Queen’s Brian May, his Foo Fighters connection, his punk rock trio, obviously ‘the song’ and so much more.
And to round out the show we finish the episode with Tax The Heat’s Alex Veale who talks about the band’s new album Change Your Position, being a guitar band, what is Tax The Heat, has the guitar become solely a textural instrument in modern music, the possibility of making a concept album, using social media, the mystery of bands, and more.
The episode is co-hosted by KEEL’s Ron Keel who offers his thoughts and comments about the episode’s guests as well as offers insight into his new Metal Cowboy: Reloaded album, the upcoming Ron Keel Band’s Fight Like A Band album and the Rock Candy remasters of the KEEL classic albums The Final Frontier & Keel.