I have been blessed …
Combined with a little bit of elbow grease and in the pathway of many talented artists who make their way into Montreal – I was fortunate to have many insightful conversations this past year.
Far too many to put a list together as the best. Each one of my talks – informative about music, the music business or the character of whomever I am speaking with. To say these conversations have not changed me as a person would be a gross understatement …
Each person teaches something new through life experiences. A unique perspective that is truly theirs and no one else’s. I am privileged and appreciative of the time musicians give me. My first reward for promoting their show is the opportunity to hear and see them play. My ultimate reward is to meet and shake their hands. It is not monetary, it is not to pose for pictures. They work hard at what they do and so do I.
I sincerely believe the reason I get to meet so many is my ability to treat each one as a person and not a star. After all – they are only people like us who happen to possess gifts of music.
Without further ado – here is my list of the 2013 Top Ten Interviews. As you check out each one – I hope you will be as fascinated as I was.
10. Glen Matlock – Bass Player; The Sex Pistols
How often does one get the opportunity to speak with someone who hung around with Sid Vicious? Matlock was one of the original Pistols and was replaced by Vicious as the group’s bass player. The composer of ten songs on the 1977 album; ‘Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. One of the original punk rockers and a part of music history. I spoke with Glen on the phone and for an hour following his show with Scott Kempner of The Dictators.
9. Vinny Appice – Drummer for Axis, Derringer, Black Sabbath, Dio, John Lennon and Heaven and Hell.
Did you know that Vinny Appice – by chance, played drums for John Lennon at The Record Studio in New York? Or – his brother Carmine (also a drummer) co -wrote Rod Stewart’s ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? Neither did I until I spoke with him on the phone from California and once more in person before and after his Drum Wars show with brother Carmine. The guy played drums for John Lennon for Pete’s sake!
8. Lee Rocker – Double bass player for The Stray Cats and solo artist.
Lee and I spoke over the phone from his home in New York as well as about a half an hour in person before his show. We had a delicious conversation about the roots of Rockabilly and Rock n Roll. A very open guy who just loves to make sure everyone respects Carl Perkins and Scotty Moore. His tale of Keith Richards laying down a track on Rocker’s solo album – priceless!
7. Holly Cole – Canadian Jazz Singer
I spoke with Cole for an hour on the phone from Toronto. She spoke candidly of her recent album ‘Night’. The tale of her riding her Father’s shoulders on a foggy night in Nova Scotia- ‘so many moons ago …’; a sheer delight. An honor to speak with this Canadian legend …
6. Ian Mosley – Drummer for Marillion
A gentleman! Mr. Mosley gave me an hour of his time on the phone and I was very lucky to spend two nights backstage following Marillion’s shows at The Olympia. Mosley lives in England yet his daughter lives in the West Island of Montreal. A drummer who got his start/ lucky break by going to the washroom? Check out this kind man’s story …
5. Joe Louis Walker – Blues Guitarist / Teacher
Mr. Walker hung out with Jimi Hendrix and roomed with Blues legend Mike Bloomfield. Currently he hangs out ( once in a while ) with Ron Wood of The Stones. Walker gave me two hours of his time on the phone and another hour in person before and after his show at L’Astral. Say what you want – reading about the history of The Blues and talking face-to-face about it; two very different things. I was blessed for two evenings!
4. Gowan- Keyboardist / singer Solo and with Styx
Lawrence Gowan donated an hour and a half of his time to speak of everything from his beginnings in music to his ( then ) upcoming show with Styx. A very intelligent guy with opinions which make you go hmmmm …
3. Wanda Jackson – Queen of Rockabilly
Not everday one gets to speak with one of Elvis Presley old girlfriends. Not everyday you get to speak with a lady who toured with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash … Need I say more? I spoke with Wanda on the phone for an hour and again for another half hour at her show as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
2. Rod Argent – Keyboardist with The Zombies and Argent
Rod Argent spoke with me for an hour to promote a new Zombies’ album! That’s right and he was so pleased and appreciative that I took the time to speak with him about it. Very insightful conversation of the old days and the history of The Zombies. The Zombies were part of the British invasion. Need I say more …?
1. Buddy Guy – Blues Guitarist
My conversation with Buddy Guy was limited to ten minutes on the phone by his publicist. In that ten minutes – Guy spoke of his new book and how important it is for everyone to know the truth about the Blues. Mr. Guy invited me backstage before his show where I was fortunate to spend forty-five minutes once more – talking about The Blues. Mr. Guy promised me a glass of wine on the phone and preceded to give me heck when I did not have one in my hand upon our meeting. A legend and a class act …