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Angie Bowie Talks About Re-Recording "Backstage Passes" and Other Projects

Posted July 2021

Angie 002 1017x1536If you followed Boomerocity for very long at all, you already know that I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing Angela Bowie back in November of 2019 (here) before everything in this crazy world got crazier with the pandemic and such.

Since that time, we have stayed in contact, and I've kept up with what all she's got going on. As she mentioned in that first interview I did with her, she was going to be re-recording the audio version of her first book, “Backstage Passes: Life on the WildBackstage.Passes.6x9.Cover .001 Side with David Bowie”, which is a fascinating and intriguing book. If you want to read about the early days of her and David Bowie, that's the book you want to listen to, or read, depending on what your preferences are.


She has re-recorded the audio version of “Backstage Passes”, and we decided it would be a good time to conduct another interview – that and the fact that there is also other stuff she's got going on. She talks quite a bit about it this interview so please give this audio and video a good listen/watch to learn what all Angie's got going on. She's got a lot on the ball. She never sits still.

I think you'll find this video quite intriguing so please give it a close watch/listen. Share it with your friends and please check out her website, AngieBowie.net, and order autographed copies of her books.

The Boomerocity Interview with Angie Bowie

 

Paul Gilbert and His 'Werewolves of Portland'

Posted July 2021

Paul Gilbert 001The interview you're about to watch is with Paul Gilbert. Mr. Big fans and Racer X fans are quite aware of who Paul Gilbert is. Or those of you who are into amazing guitarist and love to study their techniques know who this amazing guitar virtuoso is. Either way, he doesn't need any introduction to y'all. He's a phenomenal guitarist who has worked with not only Racer X and Mr. Big (his own bands), but he's collaborated with and recorded with Todd Rundgren, Carmine Appice, Jeff Pilson of Foreigner, and Neal Morse, to name a few and all some of the highest caliber musicians in rock. It also gives you an idea of how well Paul is thought of. It's no surprise because the guy's work speaks for itself.

That all said, he's also a great guy to talk with. Funny and just a blast to talk with about a lot of subjects. But we focused mainly on his new album that just come out called, “werewolves of Portland”. Great album, amazing guitar work.

Paul, and I talked for about 30 minutes about the new album, the music industry in general, the pandemic, and things of that nature.

The video of the interview is below. Please give it a good listen. And if you have good friends who love great guitar work and don't know who Paul is, I'd encourage you to have him listen to this interview.

After listening to the interview, please read the press release about “Werewolves of Portland” below the interview window. Also, please keep up with him at his website, PaulGilbert.com.

The Boomerocity Interview with Paul Gilbert

 

 

PAUL GILBERT’S 16TH SOLO ALBUM ‘WEREWOLVES OF PORTLAND’
OUT TODAY VIA THE PLAYERS CLUB / MASCOT LABEL GROUP
View Stompin’ Solo Performance Video of “Hello North Dakota!”

GILBERT AND MOJO MOJO RELEASE SIGNATURE PEDAL TODAY


Portland, OR – Today, Paul Gilbert and The Players Club / Mascot Label Group release the virtuosic guitarist’s 16th solo Werewolves of Portland. Gilbert has captured a stompin’ solo performance video of “Hello North Dakota!” to mark the occasion which can be screened to the right. The guitarist shares, “Let's start with the things I love. The trees. The rivers. My local guitar repair shop, bakery, and grocery store. Beautiful places for walking and biking. Driving to anything in less than 15 minutes. My musician and recording engineer friends. Small businesses and wonderful restaurants. My son's school and teachers. The pie bakery! I love all these. Then there's that other stuff you see on the news. I don't want to kick Portland while it's down. But if it stays like this, I may need to sneak away. I'm hoping to live somewhere that isn't in the news so much. I haven't heard much about North Dakota lately, which is good. I've actually never been there. I like buffalo. That's a start. Thank you, Paul.”

MOJOMOJO PGE Paul PedalMOJO MOJO and Paul Gilbert have released a new signature overdrive pedal, inspired by the gear he has been performing with for years. Danish guitar effects company TC Electronic, whom he’s been collaborating with for almost a decade, collaborated with the guitarist on the design and creation of the Mojo Mojo Paul Gilbert Edition. The redesign of his mainstay overdrive pedal truly adds a new dimension of pure shredding power to the pedal board. Gilbert offers, "The Mojo Mojo has been a mainstay on my pedalboard for years. I love the tones that it gives me! But I always wished that it was purple. Now it is purple! And it goes to eleven! Even better!" Look to the left for a glimpse at the design.

“It has been an absolute pleasure and a unique experience to work with Paul on tailoring this pedal to his exact needs and preference,” says Paul Robert Scott, Customer Solutions Guitar and Bass Leader. “And we’re not just talking about a new stylish custom color. Paul always uses the same settings on his MOJOMOJO, which meant there was no need for the additional Voice switch found on the original version. Instead, we went for an ‘Eleven’ switch that engages a massive gain boost for even more drive and attack, taking it to, well, eleven! On top of that, you can add stepped-up circuit board voltage that increases both headroom and dynamics significantly.” Further, MOJOMOJO PAUL GILBERT EDITION features classic TC Electronic characteristics such as True Bypass, easy battery compartment access, road-worthy reliability and an intuitive user interface that supports a constant flow of creative juices and spontaneous ideas.

With the international lockdown putting the world on hold, Gilbert approached recording Werewolves of Portland playing all the instruments on the album himself. He offers, "It took me about six months to think of it, but it finally occurred to me that I could play all the instruments myself. I've always loved playing drums, and I can play bass and keyboards well enough to get the job done."

When it comes to writing, Gilbert reveals that surprisingly it isn't the guitar that provides the impetus. "Mostly, I write by singing. I use the lyrics to give myself a structure where I can hang the notes. Once the melody is long enough to have some life in it, my musical instincts can take over. I can often finish the song without needing more words. But if I get stuck, lyrics will always get me going again." He continues, "My guitar can hit the high notes! It's amazing to have the physical limitations of my voice… gone! The challenge is to be expressive, with all the slides, vibrato, dynamics, and tones that a voice has. I'm constantly learning vocal melodies on guitar, so I get used to playing with the kind of expression that singers have. "

Recorded at Opal Studio in Portland with co-producer and engineer Kevin Hahn, Gilbert pulled out some of his current favorite guitars for the job. "I mostly used my Ibanez Fireman guitars," he says. "I've been collecting vintage Ibanez guitars lately, too. I brought some models from the '70s, '80s, and '90s like the Ibanez Artist, Roadstar II and Ghostrider. I also brought and modified a '60s Epiphone Olympic. I used to play those in the early days of Racer X, so it was fun to have a guitar that reminded me of my early shredder style."

The album title's inspiration partly comes from the Warren Zevon song, "Werewolves of London". "I live in Portland and thought it would be funny to substitute the name of my much lesser-known city. My original idea for the 'Werewolves' was just the guys in my band and me. When we play music, it is our version of 'howling at the moon'. Unfortunately, Portland has become more 'known' in the last year for events that are pretty sad to watch. And 'Werewolves' could take on other meanings that I certainly hadn't anticipated. But the title, to me, still has a musical meaning."

Gilbert is a formidable force. From his time in LA metallers Racer X to helping form Mr. Big, one of the era's most revered names. His distinguished solo career has seen him putting out 15 acclaimed records and has been asked to guest on albums from such diverse names as Todd Rundgren, Bowling for Soup, Glenn Hughes and MC Lars. He also toured with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci in 2007 (G3) and two years later with Richie Kotzen and George Lynch (Guitar Generation). This is not to mention a lengthy tenure as a much-in-demand teacher and instructor. This began when he was still a teenager, being hired in 1985 by the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Los Angeles.

"I didn't become a musician to shout my ideas, complaints, or philosophies at anyone. I love music because of the music. So, I love my method of using my inner rants as scaffolding to build melodies. This scaffolding can then be pulled away to unveil some pure emotional music. This works perfectly for me and hopefully for my listeners. "I need to be able to visualize the look and sound of my fretboard well enough to play accurately in my mind. It's almost like real air guitar! Then when I actually go to play the music, I've got a good chance of having my melodic intentions come true. And that's about the best feeling in the world."

Ian Anderson Talks About The Pandemic, Jethro Tull & the Music Business

Posted July 2021

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the seventies, a teen listening to the radio and frequenting record stores were more than just a little aware of the English band, Jethro Tull.

Named after an 18th century agriculturist in the United Kingdom who is credited with perfecting the horse-drawn seed drill in 1700. The lead singer and flutist, Ian Anderson, was often mistakenly identified as the band’s namesake.

Bringing the flute to the rock stage and delivering its melodic notes while standing on one leg, Ian and the band became a bit of an enigma, intriguing teens and adults alike.

Until the pandemic hit, Ian Anderson has kept Jethro Tull’s catalog of music alive and well, often touring to the delight of the band’s loyal fans. Anderson has also continued creating new music and collaborating with a wide range of artists and groups.

Recently, I got wind of a new album in the works by Ian. Over a period of a couple of months, an interview with Ian was arranged. Already known as a highly intelligent person with a broad range of interests in multiple subjects, Anderson also showed himself to be a gracious interviewee.

The interview below is that chat, raw and largely unedited. Please share the link to it with your fellow Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson fans. You can also keep up with Ian Anderson and all things Tull at JethroTull.com.

The Boomerocity Interview With Ian Anderson

Nathan East Brightens the World With His Spirit

Posted July 2021

NathanEast 001bIf you’re only a casual listener to music, then the name might not ring a bell. If you’re heavy into Jazz and heard the band, Fourplay, or are into the nuts and bolts of the music business like a lot of us are, then you know that Nathan is one of the most renowned, respected, and recorded bass players on the planet, having played on over 2.000 albums

I first started paying attention to him through his work with Eric Clapton and with Toto. But when I started noodling around to learn about Mr. East quite awhile back, I was absolutely stunned as to the incredible depth and breadth of this remarkable man's career and body of work. I feel that Nathan's work with Fourplay is quite impressive enough with his signature bass lines that reveal an incredible foundation that, in many ways is immediately recognizable yet dovetails seamlessly within whatever genre or artist who requests his artistry. An artistry that, if not innately and prenatally instilled in him at birth by his parents, then they most certainly and wisely raised him in such a way that nurtured the God-given gift within him.

It is written in the ancient Scriptures, "Do you see a man who excels at his work? He will stand before kings." The inspired writer of that particular text must have had a prophetic glimpse at the career of Nathan East. His work has placed him squarely in front of Pope John Paull II in 1987. Thirteen years later, Mr. East played at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

 

Additionally, East has recorded and/or toured with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Here is a very small sample of some of the artists that Nathan has recorded and/or toured with over the last three decades:

  • Eric Clapton
  • Barry White
  • Lee Ritenour
  • George Harrison
  • Ringo Starr
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Al Jarreau
  • Love Unlimited Orchestra
  • Chick Corea
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Whitney Houston
  • Phil Collins
  • Lionel Richie
  • Michael Jackson
  • Bobby Womack
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Daft Punk
  • Joe Satriani

He’s also recorded three solo albums and has played on a Grammy show or two.

Aside from my interest in his lengthy body of work from his 35-year career, I honestly don’t know why I felt so strongly compelled to interview him. I just knew that I had to interview him.


For weeks, his assistant, Debbie Johnson, and I exchanged e-mails in attempts to get this interview nailed down, that’s how important I felt it was to interview him. While every interview I’ve pursued have been important to me, this one was different, and I didn’t know why.

Again, I just knew I had to interview him.

I had a heck of a time crafting the questions for our chat because there are so many ways to go with it. If I had watched the documentary on him, ‘Nathan East: For the Record’, before the chat, I would have been totally bogged down.

More on that in a moment.

I could say a lot about Nate and his career. Frankly, if you watch the aforementioned documentary, his career speaks for itself, and his works makes him the personification of excellence.

But what I especially came away with from the interview with – and from watching the documentary AFTER our chat – was Nathan East has one of those rare, beautiful, loving, giving, gracious hearts that is so rare in this world today.

Perpetually smiling.

He exudes love and warmth.

He’s a totally dedicated family man.

There is a beautiful spirituality that radiates from him.

When I finished my interview with Nathan East, I was amped up in a way that I never had been before after an interview. After watching the documentary on this remarkable man’s life, I had tears in my eyes. That has never happened to me before or after watching a documentary.

If you never watch any other interview on Boomerocity, please, please, please watch this one, below. Share it with your friends. Then, go to Amazon Prime and pull up “Nathan East: For the Record”, and watch it. Watch it twice. It’s that phenomenal of a documentary.

Finally, go to his website, NathanEast.com, and check out his site and order some of his work. Heck, if you can, you can even sign up for his Jazz Weekender cruises that are already being booked for next year and for 2023.

The Boomerocity Interview With Nathan East

 

Kelly Hansen Is Hot Blooded About Foreigner's 2021 Tour

b419ebea48ffPosted June 2021

As you already know, I’m a HUGE Foreigner fans. Huge. Really huge. I’ve seen the band live three times. Each and every time they gave knock-it-out-of-the-park performances, leaving each crowd yelling for more.

I’m such a huge fan, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing three of the guys from the group. As you may recall, the first person from the group who I interviewed was the band’s founder, Mick Jones (here). That interview took place in January of last year to promote the band’s scheduled performances with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Not only was that one of the best concerts I ever attended, but it was also one of the last couple of shows I caught just before the pandemic shut the world down.

I closed out 2020 interview wise very much like how it started: An interview with one of the guys from Foreigner. This time, it was with the groups lead vocalist, Kelly Hansen (here). The occasion was to help the band raise money to help pay their roadies so that they could feed their families and pay their bills. It was a great cause that ended with great success.

In March of this year, I took advantage of chatting with the bassist for the band, Jeff Pilson (here). Again, a fun chat with lots of insight into the band and the music business in general.

OnTour 03Click Above To Buy Your Tickets!Here we are in the summer of 2021 and concerts are beginning to happen again. Among those concerts is Foreigner tour. Naturally, I wanted to chat with one of the guys about it and Kelly obliged.

As with the chats before, this interview with Kelly is fun, insightful, and interesting. Please check it out and share it with your friends.

Oh, and go to ForeignerOnline.com and buy your tickets to one of their shows near you!

The Boomerocity Interview With Kelly Hansen