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Kelly Hansen Reaches Out To Fans For Foreigner Roadies & Discusses The Band's Future

Posted December 2020


KellyHansen 001 cropped 002Photo by Rick WardMost Boomerocity followers have been to live concerts. Have you ever wondered what goes into putting on a live show? Who gets the band from town to town while on tour? How the stage gets set up and taken down? Who sets up all of the instruments? Who runs the sound? Who makes all of that happen?

It’s the road crew.

Long after we’ve gone home and gone to bed after enjoying an amazing concert, the “roadies” are still working hard, breaking down the stage and loading up the gear . . . just to do it all over again at the next stop of the tour.

Those men and women are the unsung heroes of the artists who provide us great, live entertainment. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full form, we all know that touring virtually stopped this year and into early next year, as it stands now. This means that the roadies don’t make a living and are doing everything they can to scrape together funds to pay their bills and to survive.

The roadies for the legendary group, Foreigner, are no different. Like a lot of folks right now, the crew and their families are suffering financial hardships with no end in sight. Lead singer, Kelly Hansen, and bassist, Jeff Pilson, are especially aware of the stellar work their roadies do and are leading an effort to invite Foreigner fans to join them in helping the roadies financially until the pandemic subsides.

The band is raising money for the crew and their families by selling some cool limited-edition vintage and current Foreigner merch items, along with various items donated by some of the band’s sponsors and vendors, via the Foreigner website. They are also accepting donations on the site.

Boomerocity reached Kelly at his home in Southern California to discuss his and Jeff’s efforts as well as what Foreigner’s outlook is, tour and music wise, for next year. The video to the right is a slide show set to the audio file from our chat with Hansen. It was a fun chat about a serious matter. Please give it a close listen. Afterward, please consider helping Kelly and Jeff help the roadies by clicking on the Foreigner band photo, below. You will be taken to their website where you can purchase merchandise to help the roadies or make a direct donation to help them.

On behalf of Kelly Hansen, Jeff Pilson, and Foreigner, Boomerocity thanks you in advance for your kindhearted generosity!

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Joseph Williams Talks Denizen Tenant

Posted December 2020


Joseph WIlliams 015 c Alex Solca Photography ReducedPhoto by Alex SolcaLong-time Boomerocity followers already know that we are HUGE TOTO fans. We’ve interviewed its guitarist, Steve “Luke” Lukather, six times (our most recent interview here as well as here, here, here, here, and here).

However, we’ve not had the privilege of interviewing the band’s lead singer, Joseph Williams, until now. Williams and Lukather recently settled a lengthy and expensive lawsuit regarding the TOTO name and ownership and are now back into the swing of things, musically. They’re rehearsing material for a new album and tour as well as releasing solo albums. Williams forthcoming album is entitled “Denizen Tenant” and is an amazing disc that you will definitely want to order. You can do so by clicking on the album cover on this page.

It is about that album and a few other subjects that we Zoom called Joseph at his home in SoCal. You can watch that interview on the right of this page.

You can keep up with the latest with Williams and TOTO here.

For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Williams’ broad career, here’s some background info for you:

At age fifteen, Williams began his career as a radio and television commercial singer. Joseph also achieved success as a television and film composer in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. He fronted Toto as a lead vocalist from 1986 to 1988, and was featured on the albums Fahrenheit (1986) and The Seventh One (1988). He also appeared on the 2006 release Falling in Between, sharing lead vocals with Luke on “Bottom of Your Soul.” In 2010 he returned to the band, becoming front man and lead vocalist, a tenure that continues through today. He has released ten solo albums, and is an Emmy Award nominated film composer. His career as a session vocalist has placed his voice indelibly in pop culture through the dozens of performances in the medium of film, amongst which is his role as the adult Simba on The Lion King. Williams voice is featured on “Hakuna Matata” alongside “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” He is the son of film composer John Williams and actress Barbera Ruick.

Read much more about Joseph’s accomplishments here.

 

 

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Jeff Scott Soto - Wide Awake In His Dreamland

Posted November 2020


JSS in Smoke 0325 2 reduced croppedJeff Scott Soto is no stranger to rock and roll fans. But for those of you who many not have heard of him, here’s a quick rundow
n of his career, to date:

*Vocalist on the first two albums by guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen

*Founding member/vocalist for Talisman

*Replaced Steve Augeri in Journey in 2006 – 2007

*Formed the super group, W.E.T., from members of Work Of Art, Eclipse, and Talisman (thus, ‘W.E.T.’) and have begun work on an album together

*Is also part of the super group, Sons of Apollo, that also consists of Derek Sherinian (keys), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Billy Sheehan on bass, and Mike Portnoy on drums

*Soto has also be a singer with the legendary Trans Siberian Orchestra is 2008

Jeff has a phenomenal new solo out entitled, “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) which afforded Boomerocity the opportunity to finally chat with this rock and roll veteran.

“Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” is Soto’s 7th official solo album. With more than 85 albums under his belt along with numerous collaborations and recordings, Jeff has established himself as a consummate professional who manages to expertly deliver with his vocal performances across multiple musical genres, from Metal to Hard Rock to Progressive Rock and even Funk.

For “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)”, Soto has incorporated many of his past influences and blends melodic rock/AOR with hard rock influences throughout. The album was recorded and written together with Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Jorn, Revolution Saints, etc).

“Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” is the best of all the combined worlds of Soto’s previous solo albums and will delight his loyal melodic rock following. The new album also includes a bonus live album recorded at Frontiers Rock Festival in 2019.

Jeff Scott Soto’s previous solo albums include 1994’s‘Love Parade’, followed years later by the acclaimed 'Prism' (2002), then 'Lost In The Translation' (2005), 'Beautiful Mess' (2009), “Damage Control” (2012), and “Retribution” (2017).

Soto is an extraordinary performer and amazing vocalist. He delivers on hard rocking tracks with incredible energy and easily transitions to a powerful performance on epic ballads.

You can keep up with the latest on Jeff at his website, SotoWorld.net.

 

Click Below To Order Your CopyJEFF SCOTT SOTO wide awake in my dreamlandWide Awake (In My Dreamland) Track List:

CD 1
Someone To Love
Mystified
Love's Blind
Without You
Lesson Of Love
Paper Wings
Love Will Find A Way
Between The Lines
Living In A Dream
Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)
Desperate

CD2
Drowning (live)
21St Century (live)
Believe In Me (live)
Look Inside Your Heart (live)
Eyes Of Love (live)
Band Intros (live)
Soul Divine (live)
Our Song (live)
Holding On (live)
I'll Be Waiting (live)
Stand Up feat. Dino Jelusick (live)

Line-up:
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Bass, keys, guitars, backing vocals
Fabrizio Sgattoni – Guitars
Edu Cominato – Drums
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
August Zadra – backing vocals, lead guitar on ‘Between The Lines’

Steve Lukather Finds The Sun Again

Posted December 2020

Steve Lukather 008 Cover c Alex Solca Photography WEBLong-time Boomerocity followers already know that Steve “Luke” Lukather has been a generous friend of ours. This interview with Luke makes our sixth chat together (the previous five are here, here, here, here, and here) and each chat is always funny and informative.

The last time we chatted with Luke (Fall of last year), he dropped the bombshell on us that Toto as we knew it was going to be no-more after that particular tour. That configuration of the band went out with a bang, delighting fans all over the world as they did.

After settling a lengthy and very expensive lawsuit regarding the name and ownership of Toto, the band re-configured itself under the leadership Luke and fellow bandmate, Joseph Williams. In parallel with that, each of the men worked on their own solo albums, each helping the other out. Williams’ is ‘Denizen Tenant’ and Luke’s is ‘I’ve Found The Sun Again’ – both coming out in February of next year. It is about that album and a few other subjects that we Zoom called Luke at his home in SoCal. Portions of the sale of Luke's album will be donated to the Ed Asner Family Center. Please consider donating to the Center by clicking on the Asner logo on the lower right side of this page.

You can watch that interview on the right of this page.

For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Luke, here’s some background info for you:

Over the course of five decades Steve Lukather has placed an indelible stamp on pop culture. Alongside his tenure as the only member of Toto to never take a hiatus from the band, he has performed on thousands of albums as a session musician. Amongst these musical
contributions are some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of all-time including Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Additionally, he released a memoir titled The Gospel According To Luke which was a global best-seller. He continues to be Toto’s band leader, a member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band, and a solo artist performing with multiple ensembles which include Nerve Bundle and Toxic Monkey.


edasnerfamilycenterToto has enjoyed a celebrated resurgence over the last several years tied to the band’s 40th Anniversary, wherein over a thirty-month period they performed for millions of fans across North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. The band’s repertoire has been streamed over a billion times, while album sales exceed 40 million copies. Simply, Toto is one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and 45 years into a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Keep up with Luke at his website, SteveLukather.com, and with Toto at TOTOOfficial.com.

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Lilly Winwood Reminds Us That We Need "A Few More Records"

Posted November 2020


Lilly Winwood 1Celebrity offspring often are viewed under a microscope and held to impossible standards. In the case of Lilly Winwood, she’s withstood the scrutiny and is beginning to be viewed as a superb artist in her own right . . . which undoubtedly has put a huge smile on her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee dad, Steve Winwood.

As the daughter of Steve Winwood, Lilly grew up playing and writing. By growing up in both the States and England, Winwood’s international music influences help inspire her unique sound that’s intertwined with her strong Nashville base. Coming into her own, Winwood’s making a name for herself as an Americana artist with a Brandi Carlile-esque sound. Winwood has set her debut album release Time Well Spent for early 2021.

Lilly Winwood recently released her new single, “Few More Records”, from her forthcoming album, “Time Well Spent”, Lilly agreed to sit for an interview with Boomerocity to talk about it. It’s a fun, easy going interview so please take the time to watch/listen to it and then share it with you friends!

We also encourage you to keep up with the latest on Lilly but visitng her website, www.lillywinwood.org, and signing up for her newsletter.

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