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Jimmy Waldo Discusses Afterlife and Don't Kill The Thrill

Posted September 2021

Waldo Jimmy 03Boomerocity recently interviewed Doogie White (here), lead singer of Alcatrazz, about his re-issue of debut solo album, “As Yet Untitled”. Coincidentally, his bandmate, Jimmy Waldo (keyboardist for Alcatrazz), has re-issued “Afterlife”, recorded by his former “super group,” Blackthorne. It’s been released in conjunction with the band’s previously unreleased second album, “Don’t Kill the Thrill”. This is all ahead of next month’s release of “V” by Alcatrazz.

These boys are busy!

Below is my interview with Waldo. I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends. Below the interview is the press release for the “Afterlife” and “Don’t Kill the Thrill”. Click on the album covers to order your own copies.

The Boomerocity Interview with Jimmy Waldo

 

 

Press Release


Blackthorne CoversClick Above To Order Your CopyAfterlife and Don’t Kill the Thrill - Reissued
This deluxe two-CD set by one of the early 90’s most underappreciated rock bands, includes a reissue of the band’s only studio album, Afterlife, along with the band’s previously unreleased second album, Don’t Kill the Thrill. This is the first time the two albums have been reissued as one single release. Both albums also contain previously unreleased bonus tracks and many of the tracks on both albums are remastered.

Afterlife was originally released in 1993….an era when grunge ruled the music world and most classic hard rock, and metal, was considered outdated at that time.

This great record didn’t sell much at the time due to the changing musical landscape but has, over the years, aged like fine wine and become an underrated gem, much like Blackthorne itself. This reissue of Afterlife features seven unreleased bonus tracks including both demos and live tracks.

Prior to disbanding, Blackthorne recorded a second album entitled Don’t Kill the Thrill, but the album was shelved when Bonnet left the group. It remained unreleased for over two decades.

But good things come to those who wait, and the album is released and contains not only the original ten tracks recorded for the album but also eight additional unreleased demos included as bonus tracks.

Blackthorne was a short-lived, but well-loved, hard rock band featuring five ‘80s hard rock stalwarts – guitarist Bob Kulick, singer Graham Bonnet, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo and bassist Chuck Wright.

Jimmy Waldo was the keyboardist in Blackthorne. He was also a founding member of Boston-based hard rock band, New England, which scored a Billboard charting hit with its first single, Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya. He is also a founding (and current) member of Anglo/American metal band Alcatrazz, which will release a new album, V, in October.

Bonnet is best known as Ronnie James Dio’s replacement as the lead singer of Rainbow…singing on one of the band’s best-known songs, Since You’ve Been Gone. He also sang for the Michael Schenker Group and Alkatrazz and has enjoyed a successful solo career.

Kulick auditioned for KISS in the early 70s with the gig going to Ace Frehley. He also played and wrote songs for a number of late 70s/early 80s KISS albums and he worked with Meat Loaf and WASP.

Drummer Frankie Banali was the longtime drummer for Quiet Riot, who helped to usher in the 80s metal era with their classic album Metal Health; the first metal album to ever hit number one on the Billboard charts.

Bassist Chuck Wright has been the on-again/off-again (and current) bassist for Quiet Riot since 1982 and has also performed and recorded with Giuffria and House of Lords.

Lee Loughnane of Chicago

Posted September 2021

Lee LoughnaneBoomerocity followers already know that, over the years, I have interviewed three people from the band, Chicago. They are Robert Lamm, Jimmy Pankow, and Keith Howland. I’m so stoked to have interviewed a fourth person from Chicago. This time I get to talk with another founding member of the band (Robert was one and Jimmy was another). He is none other than Chicago’s phenomenal trumpeter, Lee Loughnane (pronounced “lock nane”). He's as energetic on stage as you see Jimmy, Keith, or Robert.

With Chicago hitting the road again, and probably coming to a town - if not right where you live, at least easy driving distance - I thought it would be a good idea to talk to one of the guys again and Lee was kind enough to chat with me. We talked about the band as well as a little bit about the documentary that you can see on one of the streaming channels (perhaps here).

Keep up with Chicago at their website (here) as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you're personal Chicago listening library needs to be update, click here to order anything you're missing.

The Boomerocity Interview With Chicago’s Lee Loughnane

Doug Cosmo Clifford Talks 'For All The Money In The World'

Posted August 2021

cosmo croppedAs I’ve said many times before over the years, it’s always flattering when an artist sits for a Boomerocity interview for their second (or more) time. They have a lot of demands on their time so when they take the time to chat with me about their new projects, I never take it for granted.

Such is the case with my third interview with the legendary drummer and co-founder of Creedence Clearwater revival, Doug “Cosmo” Clifford. While it’s the third time that I’ve chatted with Cosmo, it’s the second time we’ve chatted about new releases from his personal music archives. This chat is about the latest in such a release, For All The Money In The World. The previous interviews can be read here and here.

There were some technical glitches that interfered with the video transmission, but we picked it up by phone with my camera still running. As with past interviews, this one is laid back and informative. Please give it a good watch and listen; share it with your friends; then visit DougCosmoClifford.com to order your own copy of For All The Money In The World. You’re going to want to add it to your personal listening library. The Press release for the album is below the interview video below.

The Boomerocity Interview With Doug Cosmo Clifford

Press Release


CLIFFORD / WRIGHT
For All The Money In The World
Release date August 27

CW album cover art 210210In mid-1968 a band of four dedicated musicians from El Cerrito, California skyrocketed to fame with their debut single “Suzie Q.” It took 10 years of gigging to get there, but by the time “Suzie Q” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) was an unstoppable force in rock’n’roll. Over the next 2 years they released 11 million-selling hit singles and 5 studio albums, they toured the world as headliners, including an appearance at Woodstock in 1969, and were ultimately inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.

In the decades that followed CCR’s 2-year reign as the #1 band in the world, Creedence drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford focused his creative energy on producing album projects. His concept was to assemble a top shelf mix of players, write an album’s worth of original songs, then record, mix and master each album. When a project was completed, the masters were archived and safely stored in Cosmo’s Vault until the time was right to release them. Fast forward to 2021 and Cosmo has retrieved those masters and will be releasing them one album at a time on his own label, Cliffsong Records. The first release will be For All The Money In The World by Clifford / Wright.

As was the case with Creedence, the core members of Clifford / Wright are from El Cerrito, California, each having earned Gold records over the years for playing on million-selling hits. Cosmo’s original idea was to build the band around a solid rhythm section, and his first choice for a bass player was his old pal Steve Wright from the Greg Kihn Band. Cosmo and Steve not only had great chemistry as a rhythm section, they also clicked as a songwriting team, crafting well over a dozen original songs for the album.

Completing the Clifford / Wright lineup were featured guitarists Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band), Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money) and Joe Satriani, plus keyboard players Tim Gorman (The Who) and Pat Mosca (Greg Kihn Band). After holding auditions for a lead vocalist, Keith England was selected as a perfect fit for the Clifford / Wright songs. With the band in place, recording sessions were booked in various studios in the San Francisco Bay area. The final result is the 11-song album For All The Money In The World by Clifford / Wright, direct from Cosmo’s Vault.

Jimmie Vaughan Talks About His Story and Touring With Clapton

Posted September 2021

JV CroppedIt’s always an honor and a special treat to chat with artists more than one time. That is especially true in the case of the legendary Jimmie Vaughan.

I last spoke with Jimmie almost a year ago to discuss his then newly released album, “The Pleasure’s All Mine” (here). Before that, I interviewed Vaughan for the first time to discuss his then new album, “Baby, Please Come Home” (here). With news of his new monster box set of his career-spanning music hitting the streets, it was, of course, time to chat with the blues legend again.

This is a laid-back conversation that you’ll hear the audio of. I’ve edited where necessary to tighten up the chat (for instance, where Jimmie was looking up something). Otherwise, this audio is pretty much how the conversation took place. The interview is below. Beneath it is the press release on his new box set.

Enjoy and please share with your friends!

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Jimmie Vaughan

 

Press Release


BLUES GUITAR LEGEND HAS
A LIFETIME OF MUSIC ON NEW BOX SET
THE JIMMIE VAUGHAN STORY
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 17 ON LAST MUSIC CO.

AUSTIN, Texas — Blues guitarists have been the foundation of American music for more than a hundred years, back to early acoustic musicians performing in the Deep South. The evolution of the blues has been one of the truly captivating legacies of popular music in America, from early jazz to even country and, to everlasting success, rock ’n’ roll.

The guitarists in the pantheon of blues players reads like a Who’s Who of the world's finest musicians, and for the past 50-plus years one of those people has been Jimmie Vaughan. The guitarist fell in love with that most moving of styles when he was still a young teenager in early 1960s Dallas, Texas, and while it took him a few years to find a true home for what he heard in his head and felt in his heart, once he got to Austin in 1969 and found some fellow blues lovers, he set off on a journey that still continues, playing the blues whenever and however he hears it. The man has spent countless years treating the blues with full respect.

The Last Music Co.'s guiding light Malcolm Mills took on the mission a few years ago to create The Jimmie Vaughan Story a five-CD box set that captures Vaughan's blues journey, starting with some of his earliest recordings from the mid-1960s and continuing all the way to his most recent in the 2020s. The result is a stunning collection of not only music, but really Vaughan’s history, on the record and in person.

From early bands Storm through the Fabulous Thunderbirds, including previously unreleased recordings with producers Joel Dorn and Doc Pomus; Jimmie’s collaboration with brother Stevie Ray Vaughan on 1990's award-winning Family Style album; and into the past 30 years of duets, shared albums and solo releases featuring a divergence of styles, the box showcases Jimmie’s take on the blues. Jimmie Vaughan built a world of blues from the only sound that completely captured him as a very young Texan. He is often seen as being in a party of one in this pursuit, and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Along with all the powerful music and newly discovered recordings on The Jimmie Vaughan Story, there is a treasure trove of never-before-seen photos and writings in the gorgeous book included in the set. There are images of the Vaughan family, including childhood photos of Jimmie, Stevie and their parents, and a bonanza of photos that illustrate, tour-guide-like, Jimmie’s entire career, from childhood onward to today. Among the writings is an interview from the 1978 Austin Sun, considered to be the first Jimmie Vaughan ever did, along with an essay by journalist and record producer Bill Bentley, and Jimmie’s life story in his own words: a lifetime of memories, historical occurrences and family insights, all shared now for the first time.

The Jimmie Vaughan Story is a unique collection of music, words, and images, the kind of release that can only come based on a life of belief in the blues. It has given Vaughan an ability to take the music he loves so much on a worldwide journey of discovery, and one he is devoted to sharing with others. Listen, see and read how he’s lived it, and where it might be going.

Doogie White . . . As Yet Untitled

Posted August 2021

 

DTW ALICIA ORTA 7Alcatrazz
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow
Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force
Praying Mantis
Tank
La Paz
Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock

If you saw this list on a singer’s resume, you’d assume that they have the talent, experience, street cred, and stamina needed to be a force to be reckoned with in the rough and tumble world of rock and roll.

And you would be right.

In this case, you’d be looking at the incredible resume of Doogie White, current lead singer for Alcatrazz who has also worked with the aforementioned bands. Because of that pedigree – and because the opportunity presented itself – I just had to take advantage of the opportunity to chat with Doogie and the re-release of his project, As Yet Untitled.

The video below is a fun, informative interview with Doogie wherein we chat about COVID, As Yet Untitled, and other topics. So, watch, share, and follow Doogie at DoogieWhite.com. Click on the album cover image on the right to order your copy of As Yet Untitled and a couple of extras for the music lovers on your gift list. You can read the press release about it below the interview video.

The Boomerocity Interview With Doogie White

 

Press Release

Doogie White
‘As Yet Untitled’
10 years later, solo album reissued
with a host of bonuses

‘As Yet Untitled’ was originally released by Doogie White a full decade ago and has been reissued as a two-CD set through The Store for Music [Cat No SJPCD641] on June 4, 2021. The first CD (As Yet Untitled) features the full ten track album, plus two bonus songs, while CD2 boasts a dozen previously unreleased tracks created with an enviable group of friends and peers collected over the Scottish vocalist’s remarkable career. ‘As Yet Untitled’ is his only solo album.

Doogie White currently sings for Alcatrazz but is also known for stints performing with other amazing bands including Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Praying Mantis, Tank, La Paz and Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock.

Featured artists on the solo album include Patti Russo [Meatloaf, Queen etc.], Tony Carey [Rainbow etc.], Paul Logue [Eden’s Curse], renowned guitarist Phil Hilborne, Neil Murray [Whitesnake, Sabbath etc.], Greg Smith [Alice Cooper, Rainbow], Thomas Broman [Great King Rat, Electric Boys], Patrick Johansson [NorthTale], Marcus Jidell [Avatarium etc].

The album was produced by Pontus Norgren [Hammerfall], who also added some guitar. ‘As Yet Untitled’ features four songs written with Alex Dickson [Midnight Blue, Gun], and a couple with Mick Tucker [Tank]. ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ was written with Alex Dickson and was deemed too beautiful and fragile to fit on the original album, but is too good to leave off the reissue, ‘Dishing The Dirt’ was created by Doogie White and Mick Tucker.

The second disc draws together a selection of carefully chosen cover versions that Doogie White has recorded over the years. These songs are real classics from the likes of Whitesnake, The Stones, Iron Maiden and more and this anniversary reissue provided the perfect occasion to pull them all together into one place for the first time ever.

CD1

  1. Come Taste The Band 2. Time Machine 3. Dreams Lie Down And Die 4. Lonely 5. Land Of The Deceiver 6. Secret Jesus 7. Sea Of Emotion 8. Catz Got Yer Tongue 9. Living On The Cheap 10. Times Like These 11. Dishing the Dirt (Bonus) 12. Small Town Saturday Night (Bonus)


CD2

  1. The Clairvoyant 2. Too Hot To Handle 3. Judgement Day 4. Let’s Spend The Night Together 5. This Flight Tonight 6. Long Gone 7. Emerald 8. Crying In The Rain 9. Love Hurts 10. Not Fade Away 11. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter 12. Twistin The Night Away

‘As Yet Untitled’ is a dramatic and hard-hitting album and, a decade on from its original release, remains compelling and fresh. This 2CD reissue, packed with great songs and great musicians celebrates not only the anniversary but the career and talent of Doogie White himself.