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Nigel Glockler Talks of Saxon's Inspirations

Posted April 2021

 

UDR037 saxon battering ram nigel A 72dpiNigel Glockler is certainly no stranger to Metal Heads and Saxon fans. Nigel has been the drummer for Saxon since 1981 after earning his chops as a sought-after session drummer in the U.K. Glockler also beat the skins for the super group, GTR as well as for Asia and other groups and artists.

Saxon has a new album out titled “Inspirations” – a collection of covers of the band members favorite songs by some of their favorite bands. Released March 19th of this year, via Silver Lining Music, Inspirations gets things rolling with the release of Saxon’s crunching take on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’. Nigel’s bandmate, Biff Byford, commented: “Loved this band since I first saw them and heard them. I liked the Beatles, but the Stones appealed to my rebel side; their iconic look… so many great songs, such a great attitude in the music!”

 

91FKXHmCwTL. SX522 Click Above To Order Your CopyThe release of ‘Paint It Black’ is also accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video which was filmed during the band’s recording session earlier in the year.

From the super-charged melodic romp of The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ to their freeway mad take on Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Stone Free’, Saxon show their love and appreciation with a series of faithful, raw and ready tributes.

Below the interview video towards the bottom of the page is this album’s track listing. After watching/listening to the Boomerocity interview with Nigel, a) share the link to it with your friends; b) click on the album cover to the left to order your copy of Inspirations; c) follow Saxon by visiting their various social media sites also located below the interview video.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Nigel Glockler

Track Listing
Paint It Black
Immigrant Song
Paperback Writer
Evil Woman
Stone Free
Bomber
Speed King
The Rocker
Hold The Line
Problem Child
See My Friends

Candice Blackmore Shares Nature's Light and More

Posted April 2021

 

03 Candice Night copyright earMUSIC credit Michael Keel reducedPhoto by Michael KeelBaby boomers and classic rock enthusiasts obviously know who Ritchie Blackmore is. For those of you who don’t know who he is, let me ‘splain.

Ritchie is one of the founding members of Deep Purple and was with the band from its inception until 1974. During that period, Ritchie created some of the most iconic guitar riffs to some of the most impactful songs in rock history.

After leaving Deep Purple, Blackmore went on to create the band, Rainbow, which included Ronnie James Dio among others.

Wanting to work with his girlfriend and future wife, Candice Night, he created a duo called Blackmore’s Night. The duo focused at first on traditional folk rock and then migrated into medieval inspired music heavily influenced by other genres, as well.

Natures Light CoverClick Above To Order Your CopyBlackmore’s Night is fronted by Ritchie’s now-wife, Candice. Quite talented in her own right, Candice co-writes much of the duo’s music as well as co-arrange anyone else’s music that the two decide to cover.

Candice and I recently met via Zoom and had a fun, informative, and (sometimes) humorous chat. When I say, “humorous,” I mean that I got a chuckle when Mr. Candice Blackmore, um, shall I say, kinda “photo-bombed” the interview, which was funny, surreal, and mind-blowing. I say so because he is one of the guitarists who made such an indelible mark on the musical memories of my youth.

 

Back to the interview.

If you’re not yet familiar with Blackmore’s Night, I encourage you to watch this fun interview, below. Then, check out their website, BlackmoresNight.com, for the latest on Candice and Ritchie including tour dates and their latest music and merchandise offerings.

The Boomerocity Interview With Candice Blackmore

 

Bob Malone Is Good People

Posted April 2021

BobMaloneRedPianoTo use a phrase often used in the South: Bob Malone is good people and that is the title of his latest album.

Bob Malone first came onto the Boomerocity radar in August 2015 via its review of his album, Mojo Deluxe (here), and have been a fan of his ever since. And while it’s always been a desire to interview him, that opportunity just recently presented itself and was immediately pounced upon.

More about Malone in just a moment. First, about this interview.

This interview (at the bottom of this page) was conducted via Zoom with Bob at his Southern California home. As with all Boomerocity interviews, they’re laid back and easy going. Malone and I just let the interview flow and spin off from the handful of questions I asked him.

This interview was an absolute blast to conduct and Boomerocity looks forward to many more chats with Bob in the years to come.

Now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Bob Malone, Boomerocity will shamelessly lift what his website says about him:

Malone Alone: Called “a keyboard wizard” by The New Yorker, Bob Malone has toured the world as a solo artist for over two decades and has played keyboards with John Fogerty since 2011. Bob is featured on the 2017 Ringo Starr record Give More Love, and his recording of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was the theme in the Illumination/ Universal movie trailers for “The Grinch”, heard by millions. Bob combines unforgettable songwriting with an eclectic hybrid of high-energy rock, uptown blues, melodic piano pop, New Orleans R&B, jazz chops and a voice all his own. His latest single “Good People” is out now!

When not touring with his band or with John Fogerty, Bob Malone brings his solo show to acoustic listening rooms, small theaters and house concerts around the world. Just Bob, a piano, a microphone and a stompbox, the show has the high energy impact of a full band performance combined with storytelling and pin-drop ballad singing in the best of the troubadour tradition.


Prestigious venues such as McCabe’s (Los Angeles), Walker Theatre at Clay Center for the Performing Arts (Charleston, WV), Dazzle Jazz (Denver, CO), Alberta Rose Theatre (Portland, OR), Kuumbwa Jazz Center (Santa Cruz, CA), The Duplex (NYC), Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), Caffe Lena (Saratoga, NY), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta, GA), Towne Crier (Hudson, NY), Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA), The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI), The Barns at Wolf Trap (Washington, DC), and Club Passim (Boston, MA) have hosted his show. He has also brought his eclectic hybrid of rock, blues, melodic piano pop, jazz and New Orleans R&B to the concert spaces at Steinway Piano Galleries all over the United States.


Music Connection Magazine says of his solo live album, Malone Alone: “Fiery performances and on-mic asides reveal the masterful storyteller and musician at his most entertaining.”

The Bob Malone Band: Bob’s four touring bands are made up of all-star players from around the globe and include A-list session players in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and Rome. Artists his bands have toured and recorded with include The Neville Brothers, Journey, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Gino Vannelli, Joe Sample, and Claudio Baglioni. Add to this the gospel powered Malonettes background singers and it adds up to a high energy, eclectic hybrid of rock, blues, melodic piano pop, and New Orleans R&B, with a light dusting of jazz chops all around.


The Bob Malone Band plays worldwide, including sets at Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), HB Town Music Festival (China) Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Beersel Blues Rock Festival (Belgium), Blue Mountains Music Fest (AU), and venues like Iridium (NYC), House Of Blues (New Orleans, Chicago), Wilshire-Ebell Theatre (Los Angeles), The 100 Club (London), Sellersville Theatre (PA), Biscuits & Blues (San Francisco), Crested Butte Center For The Arts (CO), and The Basement (Sydney).


The magic and energy of Bob’s band shows are captured in full on his Mojo Live album and DVD, captured live at the Grand Annex Theatre in Los Angeles.

With John Fogerty: Bob Malone joined John Fogerty’s band in 2011 and has been touring and recording with the classic rock legend and former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man ever since. Bob’s piano, Hammond B3 organ and accordion playing have been showcased increasingly over the years, as can be seen and heard on the 2020 “My 50 Year Trip: Live From Red Rocks” CD and DVD. He also plays on John’s 2012 album “Wrote A Song For Everyone” including John’s duets with Bob Seger, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. In addition to appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The View, Bob has played with Mr. Fogerty at The Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival (AU), the Netherlands’ mammoth Bospop Festival, and countless other arenas, theaters and festivals worldwide.

In The Studio: Bob Malone has been an in-demand session player and arranger for years. Highlights of the hundreds of recordings he’s played on include Ringo Starr’s Give More Love, John Fogerty’s Wrote A Song For Everyone (with Bob Seger, Keith Urban, and Miranda Lambert), The Bobs Rhapsody in Bob, and Mary Gauthier’s Drag Queens in Limousines.


Arranging credits include symphony orchestra scores for Voices of Classic Soul (ex-Temptations, Four Tops, Platters, Drifters) big band and strings for Avril Lavigne, instrumental tracks for Entertainment Tonight, The Rachel Ray Show and Dr. Phil. Bob co-wrote and arranged Jonny Blu’s Holiday for Two, which has been used in over a dozen TV holiday movies.

Piano Rock: Through timeless songs and amazing behind-the-scenes stories of his time with Rock N’ Roll royalty including CCR’s John Fogerty, Beatle Ringo Starr, heartland rocker Bob Seger and more, the PianoRock show redefines an evening of classic rock. From The Hollywood Bowl, New Orleans JazzFest and Radio City Music Hall, to far-flung juke joints and big-city jazz clubs, Bob and his piano have graced thousands of stages worldwide for over two decades.


Audiences will explore Golden-Age classic rock anthems by Faces, Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker and more, transformed into foot-stomping displays of keyboard pyrotechnics. And they will also experience the best of Bob’s own catalog of songs — from fist-pumping rockers to cathartic piano ballads. 


I encourage you to keep up with the up-to-the-minute latest with Bob Malone by going to his website, BobMalone.com. While you’re there, visit his store (here) and purchase a few – if not all – of his CDs. You’ll definitely want them as part of your musical library.

The Boomerocity Interview with Bob Malone

Joe Bonsall Talks About The Oak Ridge Boys 'Front Porch Singing'

Published April 2021

 

joe2Baby boomers know about the Oak Ridge Boys if for no other reason than their huge 1981 hit, Elvira. I’ll bet you that just the mention of that song has the chorus running through your mind, huh?

Well, the group has been around a lot longer than that, starting in the 1940’s and still recording and performing today with the same line-up since 1973 which is about the time that Joe Bonsall joined the group. He’s been with the Oaks ever since.

The Boys have put out countless albums. Their latest is called “Front Porch Sing’” and is an album full of good ol’ home singing with a sound that only the Oak Ridge Boys can deliver.

It was a privilege to chat with Joe about the new album as well as his writing, “Elvira”, and even his “special ops donkeys”.

Yes, seriously.

The chat was a blast so I strongly encourage you to listen to it. After listening to it, order your owncopy of “Front Porch Singin’” and share the link of this interview with your friends and fellow Oak Ridge Boys fans. The interview is at the bottom of this page.

Click Below To Order Your CopyfrontporchsingincoverYou can keep up with the Oaks at OakRidgeBoys.com. There you can order their latest recordings and see if they're going to be performing near you. Joe’s personal web address is JosephSBonsall.com. You can order his books and other solo projects there.

 

Our Interview With Joe Bonsall

Robert Berry Makes A Great Third Impression

Posted April 2021

 


robert berry 1176LLong-time Boomerocity fans are already familiar with our friend, Robert Berry, from our interview with him a year and a half ago (here). Robert is a much sought-after producer/songwriter/vocalist/instrumentalist who has worked with the likes of the late Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer, Greg Kihn, Sammy Hagar, Ambrosia, Steve Howe, and many others.


This interview is primarily covering Robert’s final installment of the 3.2 trilogy of albums. This one is titled, “Third Impression” – the follow-up to 3.2’s 2018 release, “The Rules Have Changed” and is an amazing body of musical work! What’s especially great about “Third Impression” is the track, “Never”, that Robert and Keith Emerson worked on together before Keith’s untimely death.


Berry's publicist shared:


“After garnering critical acclaim in his native Northern California at a young age, Berry eventually moved to the UK, where he met Yes guitarist Steve Howe and joined Howe in a revamped version of the renowned British rock band, GTR. Before disbanding, the band recorded a new album to which Berry contributed heavily on vocals and guitar, but the album was never released.


“While in the UK, he met Keith Emerson, who invited him to join the new line-up of 3. They released on Geffen Records in 1988 the album, To the Power of 3, which also resulted in a successful tour and the release of several live 3 concert recordings. The first single released from the album, Talkin' Bout, penned by Berry, reached #9 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.


“Since their initial meeting, Berry and Emerson remained friends for over 30 years, meeting again in Los Angeles in 2016 to discuss the long-awaited follow-up release to 3. After Emerson’s death in 2016, Berry was left with his and Emerson’s final musical ideas for the project.


“The Rules Have Changed (a collaboration with Emerson under the band name 3.2.), was Berry’s triumphant result with the Billboard-charting album serving as both a tribute to his friendship and musical partnership with Emerson and to Berry’s impressive musical skills.”

Boomerocity hopes that you thoroughly enjoy this interview. Please feel free to share it with your friends and please do visit Robert’s website, RobertBerry.com to keep up with the latest in his career.

The Boomerocity Interview With Robert Berry