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Jeff Pilson Is No Foreigner To Great Music

Posted March 2021

 

Jeff Pilson LiveAs Foreigner fans already know, Jeff Pilson is the bassist for the band and has been since 2004. Not only is he their bassist he also produced the band’s 2005 CD, “Live in ’05,” and some of the tracks on their “No End in Sight” CD in 2008.

Dio, Dokken, and MSG fans will know Jeff from his tenure with those bands as well as his own progressive metal group, War and Peace that he formed in 1989 and the two-member band he formed with George Lynch, Lynch/Pilson in 2003. When he wasn’t tied up with all of those bands and their projects, he played with other groups and artists (the guy definitely doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet!).

In addition to being a sought-after bassist, Pilson is also quite skilled on the guitar and keyboards and is in demand as a record producer, as well, having produced the first two CDs of San Diego metal band Benedictum as well as the recent release from Adler, featuring original Guns & Roses drummer, Steven Adler.

As if that all isn’t enough, Jeff has successfully tried his talented hands at acting, having appeared in the movie, “Rock Star, 2001” in which he played bassist, Jorgen, of the fictional band Steel Dragon. The film also featured performances by musicians such as Zakk Wylde, Jason Bonham, Myles Kennedy, Brian Vander Ark, Blas Elias and Nick Catanese. To boot, Pilson also played on the film’s soundtrack and served as Musical Director for the film.

With this wealth of work to his credit, you can see what Boomerocity wanted to chat with Jeff Pilson. After you’ve watched the interview, share the link to it with your friends. You can also keep up with Jeff at his website, JeffPilson.com as well as with Foreigner at ForeignerOnline.com.

 

The Boomerocity Interview with Jeff Pilson

 

 

Steve Fossen Shares A Lot of Heart

Posted March 2021

 

Steve Fossen002Photo by Haunted Song PhotographyIf you were listening to rock radio in the early 80’s, you undoubtedly remember the incredible, new sounds by female-fronted band called ‘Heart’. Originally named “White Heart”, it was co-founded by its bass player, Steve Fossen. He worked on the first five albums (Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Magazine, Dog and Butterfly, and Bebe le Strange). Steve is heard on several of Heart’s greatest hits albums and other compilations. Steve’s “Heart by Heart” website shares a brief history of Heart:

Beginning with 1975’s “Crazy on You” from Heart’s debut album “Dreamboat Annie,” the music of Heart has always had a home on the radio, a fact for which Fossen says he is grateful.


“I’m very appreciative of classic rock and classic hits radio for keeping our music alive for so many years,” he said. “It’s really cool to listen to the radio and hear a Pink Floyd song followed by a Led Zeppelin song and The Beatles and then a song by Heart will come on. It’s just a great feeling. I sit there and think ‘How did that ever happen?’”


Heart’s origins can be traced back to 1967 when Fossen formed The Army – a band that eventually morphed into Heart in 1969 after a series of different names and personnel changes, key among them being the addition of Ann Wilson in 1972 followed by sister Nancy in 1974. Heart went on to release six top-10 albums and landed 20 hit singles on the Billboard top 40 chart, including “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Heartless” and “Even it Up.”


Fossen and Derosier left Heart in 1982 following the recording of “Private Audition” and were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the classic Heart lineup in 2013.


“That was an amazing night,” Fossen said of Heart’s induction. “I had a conversation with Ann and it was good to reminisce a little bit. We have such high regard for our rock and roll heroes that it was a little surreal when we joined them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There’s a part of heartbyheartcoverClick Above To Order Your Copy!you that says, ‘You’re not worthy’ but then you remember how big Heart was - and still is - such a big part of classic rock, that it was a no-brainer for us to be in there.” (author: Mike Dow)

It’s no surprise, from all of these accomplishments, that it all led to Steve being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the band back in 2013.

Fossen left Heart in 1982. Several years later, Steve formed “Heart by Heart” – to play Heart hits as well as other original compositions. In the video interview, below, Steve shares some more insight into both Heart as well as Heart by Heart. We also talk about a lot of other things that led to lots of laughs.

Please carefully watch and listen to this interview. I’m sure you’ll find it fun and interesting. Afterward, please share the link to this interview with your friends who might like it. Also, follow the latest with Steve and his band, Heart by Heart, at their website, HeartbyHeart.com.

The Boomerocity Interview with Steve Fossen

Mark Andes of Firefall Discusses 'Comet'

Posted March 2021

 

Firefall Group PicFirefall. The name of the band conjures memories of, among other great bands, Firefall and some of their hits like “You Are the Woman”, “Just Remember I Love”, “Strange Way”, and others.

Yes, the seventies had the best music!

For a band like Firefall to have the staying power that they do that has spanned more than forty years and toClick Below To Order Your CopyCOMET Album Cover picture show no signs of slowing down or disappearing, that speaks volumes.

Positive. Uplifting. Firefall’s work has earned them two Platinum records, three Gold records, as well as eleven singles that were chart-topping. Get this: Firefall’s huge hit, “You Are the Woman” has been played an eye-popping SEVEN MILLION times (and counting) as well as finding its place in TV programs and in movies.

Firefall is still touring and still recording. In fact, they have a new album titled, ‘Comet’, and it’s chock-full of songs with the band’s signature sound that we all know and love.

The bassist for the band Mark Andes. After a year of e-mails, we were finally able to connect for an interview and what a fun interview it was! We chatted in depth about the effects of the pandemic, the new album, and other fun topics. Please watch the interview, below, and please feel free to share it with your friends who are Firefall fans!

You can also keep up with the latest with Firefall by going to their website, FirefallOfficial.com.

The Mark Andes Interview

Rafe Van Hoy

Posted March 2021

 

Rafe Van Hoy 001Rafe Van Hoy is someone you may not have heard of by name but, if you haven’t, you most likely have heard that he either wrote or co-wrote that were recorded by others. Songs like “Golden Ring” that was recorded by Tammy Wynette and George Jones; “What’s Forever For” by Michael Martin Murphy; or Steve Azar’s “I Don’t Have To Be Me (Til Monday); or even Trick Daddy’s “I’m A Thug”.

He was nominated for a Grammy; has received eleven BMI One Million Airplay Awards; three BMI TWO Million Airplay Awards; as well as having his songs on records that have sold in excess of fifty million copies. Those include ten number one songs and a ton of top ten singles.

Obviously, to say that Rafe is a prolific songwriter would be an understatement.

I met Rafe through one of my cousins at a songwriter’s convention workshop in the Smoky Mountains a couple of years ago and we became immediate friends. I’ve watch him perform several times and from time to time we exchange jokes.

All of that is to say that Rafe Van Hoy is a great man with a great talent and even a greater heart. I’m proud to be able to call him a friend

Please watch this interview. It’s fun and insightful. When you’ve finished watching it, share the link with your friends and also please check out Rafe’s website, RafeVanHoy.com.

The Interview With Rafe Van Hoy

Nils Lofgren Talks About His 'Bonus Tracks'

Posted March 2021

Nils Lofgren EricMarcelPhoto by Eric MarcelWhether you’re a fan of Nils Lofgren because of his solo work, his work in Grin, Neil Young’s Crazy Horse, or with Lou Reed, Lou Gramm, or Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, long-time Boomerocity readers and followers already know that we consider Nils Lofgren a great Boomerocity friend. Beginning in November 2011, we’ve interviewed four times over the years (here, here, here, a-a-a-a-and here). We’re proud to add a FIFTH interview with Nils – this time on video for the first time.

Boomerocity caught up with Nils at his home studio (via Zoom) in Scottsdale, Arizona, and, as we have during the previous four interviews, had a great chat about his latest offering, ‘Bonus Tracks,’ and several other subjects. So please give this interview your careful attention and please share it with your friends. After you’re finished, you can order ‘Bonus Tracks’ but clicking on the album cover on this page.

 

‘Bonus Tracks’ Press Release


With Nil’s career spanning 10-disc Face the Music Box set now out of print, Nils wanted to digitally share the 39 rare recordings and special demos that were a part of that limited edition package.

Here are a few of Nils’ thoughts about some of the songs on Bonus Tracks. Kicking off this digital only release is Grin’s version of Keith Don’t Go featuring an inspired performance by Neil Young on piano and vocals. “It Rocks” says Lofgren.

Bonus Tracks Cover ArtClick Above To Order "Bonus Tracks"The tracks weave a musical journey over the years. Includes the tender Miss You

“C”. “A love and thanks to my dear friend and bandmate Clarence Clemons. Originally titled Miss You Ray, inspired by the amazing Ray Charles, I reworked the lyric to pay homage Clarence, who stood by my side for 27 years, on and off stage. Sure miss you, ‘C’. Grateful your spirit’s still with me.”

Nils reminisces about the song Awesome Girl, “Crazy LA days led to this 4am basement demo in San Fernando Valley, produced with Kevin McCormick who’s also on bass. Mid-session, super freak himself, the amazing Rick James walked in on us and insisted on singing with me as the song grooves away through the ending. What a lift, thanks Rick!”

On What Is Enuf?!! There is a special power trio jam with the great Andy Newmark and Kevin McCormick. “As mankind still struggles with our frighteningly self-destructive nature, the rock and rage in this track speak to our current struggle to survive,” notes Nils. “What madness, and you can feel it in the performance!”

A pairing one might not imagine is Nils Lofgren and the late author Clive Cussler on Whatever Happened To Muscatel. Nils remembers “My dear, departed friend Clive Cussler, one of the all-time great adventure writers, asked me to write this country song with him. It was a joy to research the lyrics with him of old, rotgut liquors gone by the wayside, in his historic writing room in AZ. A great honor and creative adventure to team up with Clive. Rest in Peace dear, brilliant friend.”

Sing For Happiness is an old, lost Grin track featuring the soulful Ben Keith on pedal steel. Three brilliant mystery girls grace this track with amazing, gospel harmonies.

“I was always sure I’d never write a song about 9/11, as it was too painful a chapter in our history. One day, this idea of a mother who’d lost her husband in that tragedy, having to raise their young son alone, just overcame me and this song When You Are Loved appeared.”

“As the historic Yankee Stadium site was about to close, I co-wrote Yankee Stadium with my wife Amy from her perspective as a young Jersey girl going to this landmark, American institution with her Mom and sisters. The majesty and beauty of that magical place through a young girl’s eyes was an emotional adventure for us both. Goodbye Yankee Stadium. We miss you!”
And one of the greatest voices ever, Lou Gramm duets with Nils on Some Must Dream and I’ll Arise.

“Truly an honor. Hope you all enjoy these Bonus Tracks.” - Nils