Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing is Our Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 389 - Heavy Duty

Most excellent show this week as we have former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing on board. K.K. (along with Mark Eglinton) just released “Heavy Duty: Days And Night in Judas Priest” a 288 page book about his life in and out of Judas Priest. With only 50 minutes Richie didn’t have time to delve deep but the takeaway is that this is a must read for metal fans. There's stuff in this book for every Priest fan out there.


Want to keep up with K.K. then head to KKDowning.net/SteelMill/


K.K. Downing solo from a 2010 British Steel Show


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Alex Skolnick & Mark Tremonti Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 388 - A Dying Majesty

Once again not one, but two returning guests this week. Alex Skolnick returns to give us the run down on the latest from Metal Allegiance “Volume II, Power Drunk Majesty” as well as some commentary on the 30th anniversary of Testament’s “The New Order”. 


Also this week Mark Tremonti is with us once again, this time to talk about the release of the limited edition book that was written to accompany “A Dying Machine”, the latest from Tremonti. He also gives us some insight on the new Alterbridge release “Live at Royal Albert Hall”.


Point your browser to MetalAllegiance.com/ for links to order your own copy of “Volume II, Power Drunk Majesty” or any of their other music.
Be sure to hit up MarkTremonti.com/  to order one of the limited first edition copies of “A Dying Machine” while they are still available.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Deen Castronovo & Glenn Hughes Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 387 - Set The World on Purple

We have not one, but two returning guests this week. Deen Castronovo pays us a visit to talk about his new Gioeli-Castonovo release “Set The World on Fire” as well as updates on Revolution Saints and The Dead Daisies. 


Head to DeenCastronovo.net for all your Deen info and to TheDeadDaisies.com for all their latest tour dates

If that wasn’t enough we also touch base once again with Glenn Hughes. Glenn is of course out on tour playing all his classic Deep Purple tracks so he fills us in on that as well as answering some deeper questions about his past career.

Here's a clip with Myles from the Steelhouse festival which Glenn talks about on this episode

Be sure to hit up GlennHughes.com for all of Glenn’s upcoming dates.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

KINGDOM COME CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM WITH 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR





KINGDOM COME CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM WITH 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The hard rock band Kingdom Come was formed in1987 and quickly signed to Polydor Records. 
Kingdom Come released their first single "Get It On" which held a stranglehold on rock radio in early 1988, prompting their self-titled debut album to ship gold. 
The quintet, comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, and singer Lenny Wolf, took to the road immediately as part of the North American “Monsters of Rock” Tour alongside Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, and Dokken. In addition to touring and extensive radio airplay, they also became MTV favorites with such videos as "Get It On" and "What Love Can Be" helping the band to sell over two million debut albums worldwide.
 
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of that classic album prompting drummer James Kottak to revive Kingdom Come. 
Along with original members Danny Stag, Rick Steier, Johnny B. Frank, a tour to commemorate the success of the band and album is born. Original singer Lenny Wolf declined to participate in the tour, but wishes the rest of the guys all the success and best in the world! Keith St. John (formerly of Montrose & Lynch Mob) will be stepping up to fill that large void, “but is definitely up to the job” according to the band members.
 
Guitarist Danny Stag says, “...we all love each other like brothers, get along, and laugh a lot. It's like a miracle that this is finally happening!" Bassist Johnny B. Frank adds, “It was 30 years ago The Wolf recruited us, The Rock produced us, MTV aired us and Van Halen made us Monsters Of Rock. Grateful to Rock another day!!!" 
 
Kingdom Come will tour in 2018 – 2019 performing songs from their legendary debut album along with music from their second album In Your Face.



The Kingdom Come 2018 – 2019 line up:
 
•           Drummer James Kottak  
•           Bassist Johnny B. Frank            
•           Guitarist Danny Stag  
•           Guitarist Rick Steier   
•           Singer Keith St. John  
 







Confirmed Kingdom Come Tour Dates:
 
9/27 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
9/28 Vancouver, WA – Cascade Bar & Grill
9/29 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver 
10/3 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
10/5 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
10/6 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/7 Scottsdale, AZ – BLK Live
10/8 Santa Fe, NM - Camel Rock Casino
10/11 St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre  w/ Special Guests Killer Dwarfs
10/12 Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
10/13 Versailles, OH – BMI Indoor Speedway  co-headlining with Autograph - special guests are Killer Dwarfs. 
10/14 Louisville, KY – Bourbon Hall 
10/17 Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
10/18 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre
10/19 Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina 
10/20 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance   ***Kingdom Come is direct support for Zebra
10/21 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
10/23 New Bedford, MA – Greasy Luck Brewpub 
10/26 Granite City, IL – Eddie’s Bar & Grill
10/27 Kansas City, MO – The Scene K.C. Rock Bar
 
Please visit the band’s website (www.KingdomComeBand.com) for information on VIP Meet and Greets.
 
VISIT KINGDOM COME ONLINE:

www.KingdomComeBand.com (current lineup)   

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mick Wall & Joel McIver Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 386 - Kerrang! Episode 10

Our Kerrang! project continues this week with not one, but two guests. First up we have our perennial co-conspirator Joel McIver. Joel happens to have taken the dive into podcasting with the new show “Dead Rock Stars” which brings me to our second guest this week Joel’s cohost the legendary Mick Wall
Any longtime listener will know we’ve tried forever to get Mick on the show and we finally have him on as part of our Kerrang! project.So enjoy part 10 of the project and make sure you add “Dead Rock Stars” to your podcast habit.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

NEW BOOK, ‘THE 100 GREATEST ROCK BASSISTS,’ COUNTS DOWN AND ANALYZES THE BEST OF THE BASS




There have been seemingly countless “Greatest Rock Guitarists” lists assembled over the years - for articles or books. But...what about bassists? In ‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists,’ author/journalist Greg Prato courageously attempts to level the playing field, single-handedly. In addition to counting them down from the bottom to the top, each entry contains info on each player - including background data, standout tracks, similar players, preferred makes/models, etc. 
 

And that’s not all! Also featured are ten all-new interviews for this book, with some of the greatest rock bassists of all-time (Billy Sheehan, Les Claypool, John Myung, Mike Watt, Doug Wimbish, Doug Pinnick, David Ellefson, Glenn Hughes, Glen Matlock, and Cris Kirkwood), as well as vintage/rarely-seen photos of many of the top names. So...put down your bass for a bit, pick up this book, and discover just who are ‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists.’
 
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar, and has authored such books as ‘Shredders!: The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More),’ ‘The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s,’ and ‘Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music .’ ‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists’ is his 24th book overall.
 
‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists’ is available as a paperback version [258 pages, $14.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99].
 
Read excerpts here:
 

http://www.songfacts.com/blog/writing/the_100_greatest_rock_bassists_-_an_excerpt/

https://www.alternativenation.net/top-10-greatest-90s-alternative-rock-bassists/
 
Ordering info here:
 
Paperback & Kindle -
 http://a.co/6GLKPf0
 
Nook - 
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-100-greatest-rock-bassists-greg-prato/1129334041?ean=2940161908129

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Vocalist Brian Howe Drops In On This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 385 - Dangerous Age


Vocalist Brian Howe gives us a great interview this week as Richie delves into his time with Bad Company. The intended focus was on Dangerous Age but Brian has a lot of insight into all the albums he did with the band.



Brian is still out there hitting stages everywhere be sure to check out BrianHowe.com to see if he's coming to a stage near you.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Vixen's Roxy Petrucci Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 384 - Live Fire

This week we welcome Roxy Petrucci to the show to give us all the info on Vixen and their latest release on Rat Pak Records “Live Fire”.



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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Chris Brooks From Like A Storm on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 383 - Catacombs


Way back on Episode 262 we had Matt Brooks of Like A Storm on the show while they were on tour promoting their new release “Awaken The Fire”. Three years and 121 episodes later they have a new release “Catacombs” and we welcome vocalist Chris Brooks on to talk all about what’s been going on in the interim as well as giving us the rundown on the new music.



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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Biff Byford Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 382 - Saxon mkVI


This week we talk about Call To Arms, Sacrifice and Battering Ram. Yep we kept you waiting for another 63 episodes before finally getting to another installment of the Saxon catalog. However I think we’ve more than made up for it by having on none other than Biff Byford to discuss these most metal releases. Yep Richie sat down with Biff around the time they were mixing Thunderbolt to discuss the next three albums in the catalog. 



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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Leather Leone Returns to Focus on Metal This Week.




Episode 381 - Leather

Yep I know we're a day early. Consider this a rare Tuesday release.
So yes leather is one the most metal of fabrics (along with denim) but it’s also Leather Leone, one of FoMs most frequent guests. Once again this week we welcome Leather to the show and this time its to talk about her second solo release “II”. We’ve only been waiting 29 years for another solo release from her but Leather has delivered the goods. 


Also this week we indulge in a bit of music discovery so besides the great tracks from leather we also has selections from Trillium, Lizzy Borden, Lords of Black and Sunstorm.


If that wasn’t enough for ya we also have a track of the week from A Sound of Thunder’s latest release “It Was Metal”.



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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Gregg Giuffria Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal





Episode 380 - Gregg Giuffria

House of Lords, anybody? Yep, this week Richie gets a chance to talk with founder and keyboardist Gregg Giuffria about the origins of House of Lords. Gregg was also a pivotal part of Angel and Giuffria but House of Lords has always been high on Richie’s list of bands so enjoy his chat this week.



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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mark Tremonti & Toby Jepson Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 379 - A Dying Machine


Mark Tremonti is back on the show once again and this time he’s on board to discuss the latest Tremonti Release “A Dying Machine” due out this week.


Also on the show this week we have a talk with Toby Jepson. You may know him from Little Angels or Fastway but now he’s providing the vocal power for The Wayward Sons. Toby will be talking a bit about his past as well as a chat about The Wayward Sons latest “Ghosts of Yet to Come”.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Producer / Engineer Duane Baron Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 378 - Duane Baron

This week Richie sits down with mixer, engineer, and producer Duane Baron. Given the stellar cast of metal musicians that Duane has been able to work with (Dream Theater, Ozzy, Crue, and more) this chat should be a good one.


Track of the week is from “By Blood Sworn” the new release from Ross the Boss.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Carl Alvarez From Inside Metal on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 377 - The Rise of LA Thrash Metal


At long last Bob Nalbandian and the crew at Metal Rock Films ( MetalRockFilms.com ) have finished the LA metal documentary trilogy they started way back in 2014. The final part was the much anticipated volumes on thrash, “The Rise of La Thrash Metal” volumes 1 & 2. Narrated by David Ellefson they wrap up the project in style. This week we are happy to have filmmaker Carl Alvarez on to talk about the making of the Inside Metal documentary series and his own first hand personal experiences in the LA thrash and metal scene.


Track of the weeks comes from the just released second solo album from Leather Leone "Leather II"


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Producer Jason Slater Returns on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 376 - SlaterRyche II


Producer Jason Slater (jason-slater.com) returns this week to wrap up the discussion of his years working for Queensryche. We also get an extra bit of talk about working with Dio.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Producer Jason Slater on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 375 - SlaterRyche

Jason Slater (jason-slater.com) was the bassist for Third Eye Blind and Snake River Conspiracy but he is probably best known as a record producer and in particular the producer for Queensryche’s output from 2005  to 2013.

Jason had a massive two sessions of talk with Richie about those years and this week we bring the first hour of that dialog.

Also this week we run the rare "Shred Chronicle" as we bring you a listen to "Tomb of The Gods" a  track from "Conspiracy" the latest release from Ethan Brosh.

Here's another track from that release


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Colorado Thrashers Havok on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 374 - Havok

Century Media artists Havok have been bringing the thrash since 2004. You would think that after all this time that spellcheck would not try to correct the band name but apparently technology can’t keep up with the relentless assault of these thrashers.

Richie spent a bit of time on the bus with the band when they had a tour stop in Worcester. He was able to talk with the whole band and that’s what we have in store for ya this week.

Here's some social commentary courtesy of Havok from their latest release


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Steve "Krusher" Joule Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 373 - Kerrang! Episode 9

Our Kerrang! project continues on into 2018 this week as we talk with Steve “Krusher” Joule. Krusher was the Art Director at Kerrang! from 1982 to 1992. If that wasn’t enough metal cred he also hosted the ITV program “Raw Power”, designed album sleeves for Ozzy, Maiden, and Sabbath (to name a few), designed a few metal biographies, hosted Metal Mayhem on the BBC… Get the picture. Some serious metal cred on this guy. Great stuff from Krusher this week so, Enjoy!


Enter the world of Krusher at: www.krusher.co.uk



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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gus G & Michael Sweet Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 372 - God Damn Fearless


Double shot of metal goodness once again as we bring not one but two great chats this week. First up we talk with guitarist Gus G about his brand new release “Fearless” and we follow that up with a chat with Michael Sweet about the latest from Stryper “God Damn Evil”. Both of those releases are due to drop this Friday so this ought to get you in the mood for release day.

Here's a taste of what to expect from Gus


and of course some new Stryper


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Review - A Sound of Thunder "It Was Metal" (Mad Neptune Records)



A Sound of Thunder's seventh studio release "It Was Metal" is due to drop on June 15th. These guys will probably never have a release qualified with the statement "long awaited". The way these guys write their next one is written and probably the one after that too. Detractors would say that being that prolific leads to less than stellar output but in the case of A Sound of Thunder they would be very very f#%king wrong.

According to guitarist Josh Schwartz, "the mission statement was to write fast, heavy, catchy songs that are fun to play and fun to listen to. I Think we've accomplished that goal and then some. This is an album meant to be blasted in your car while you speed down the highway at 100mph singing at the top of your lungs." Interestingly, that pretty much matches up with one of my litmus tests for a good metal album. And it's exactly what I was doing while listening to it. So does that mean "It Was Metal" aces the test? In a word, yes but not without at least one speed bump.

So the last few releases have shown a good chunk of the prog metal side of this band (not counting the covers album) with a healthy dose of humor from vocalist Nina Osegueda but on this one they go for those fast punchy songs that leave the hook in your brain. I gotta say I've been waiting to hear this side of ASOT again and I wasn't disappointed. This, for the most part, is their version of classic hard rock and metal and they're wearing their influences on their sleeves. I've been cranking this one for about ten days now so I think I've had a good chance to absorb the whole deal.


So let's dig in...

11 tracks with a running time of 59 minutes. So a bit longer than a classic LP but still in the ballpark. Most of the songs come in around 5 minutes so again I'm a happy camper on that score.
A cool note on this is that the mix is awesome. Rather than go with the current trends of massive low end this sounds like both the album and the digital media may actually be mixed very similar. It's quite possible that this vinyl like mix brings the old school vibe of the album on on a subconscious level.


"It Was Metal" kicks off with Phantom Flight. Great 80's style intro that hooks you right in. This is the perfect opening track. Super hooky chorus that gets stuck in your skull. And if that wasn't enough it also feature Accept singer Mark Tornillo trading vocals with Nina. So right out of the gate you're in classic metal heaven.

From there we head to Lifebringer. Again impeccable sequencing. This is a one-two opening salvo. Opening hook just screams Maiden and the segues to a sweet galloping rhythm. About halfway through we get treated to some Theremin and some classic ASOT atmosphere. Not sure how they're gonna pull this one of live, there's a lot of stuff going on in this break. Not even mentioning all the Nina vocal tracks here. I used to be amazed at how Brad Delp of Boston could track against himself but I think Nina takes it to a new level. We also get some tight soloing from Josh at the tail end of the tune too.

Track three is Atlacatl. The rhythm section of Jesse Keen on bass and Chris Haren on drums are the all stars of this song. Let's just say tribal rhythms with a sheen of crunchy guitar. So far this puppy is hitting on all cylinders.

Track four is The Crossroads Deal. It's a quick swampy bluesy intro to the title track. With a final harmonica whimper and a scream from Nina the title track It Was Metal blazes from your speakers. This is a tune that coulda been on any of the classic Dio albums. It's got the Vinnie Appice drum swagger from Chris and right before the break Jesse steps in for a little solo bass grooving. Speaking of that solo, dunno why but it's one of my favorites from Josh. This is another tune that will stick in your head for days. I think it's an unqualified metal anthem. It's even got a brief appearance from the Thunder Choir.

So five tracks in and it's all going really freaking well and then there's that speed bump. Track six Obsidian & Gold just ain't doin' it for me. At over 9 minutes long it's already got a big strike against it. This album should be all about the get in get out, next song please. Don't get me wrong the playing is top notch. There's some great Hammond going on that just says Deep Purple. There's also some great bass that really benefits from the great mix since it sits perfectly in there. Besides Nina's always impeccable vocals we've also got former Rainbow player Tony Carey dropping by to lend some keyboard prowess too. And the guitar is solid too but i'm just just not connecting to it. I think between the length and the overall slower tempo it would be a great song on The Lesser Key of Solomon but it just doesn't sit well on this one.

I like to think of it as a palette cleanser to prepare for what I like to think of as side two. Second Lives kicks off slow and moody and builds to a nice tempo. More great Hammond in here and another one with a Rainbow/Purple vibe. Not a bad thing in my book. But this one is just a runway to get to track 8 Els Segadors (The Reapers). Yes this one's slower but it's got a killer anthemic feel. Probably cuz it's a defacto legit national anthem for Catalonia (if your keeping score at home). If any band can pull off a metal version of a national anthem its A Sound of Thunder. This track has been an international success for them and deservedly so.

Back to the more uptempo with Tomyris. Been really trying to think what it is about this track that connects with me and I thinks its because it reminds me so much of their sound on Out of The Darkness blended with an extra flavor shot of classic metal. So now we're on the backside of this puppy with two more tracks to go.

I instantly liked Charles II. It's a four and half minute run through a bit of history. I could totally see Maiden covering this one. This one is a great example of the versatility of Nina's voice as she voices multiple characters and tonalities. Great soloing from Josh backed by some solid rhythmic backing. on this too.

Sadly this bring us to track 11 Fortress of The Future Race. I'm surprised that Mark Tornillo isn't on this one as it sounds like modern Accept meets ASOT with some fine contributions from the Thunder Choir.

So what's the score on this one? 10 tracks that I can give a solid  out of five and one that although it's a  I'm still not totally seeing it fit on this release. Most of the tracks meet Josh's stated mission. They are catchy and you'll find yourself singing them once they are trapped in your skull. We get Mark Tornillo guesting. The mix is top notch and really adds to the depth of the album and goddamn this really has some sweet classic metal vibes going on. I should also mention the stellar artwork from Dusan Markovic too.

The only real downside besides track 6 is that there's no Nina evil freak out song on here. I've always looked forward to the next "Kill That Bitch" or "Hello Nurse".

So my final takeaway? Buy this thing!!! If you're already an ASOT fan it'll be an instant classic for you. Otherwise it's the perfect gateway to discovering this killer band. Nina has stated that she can't wait to play this stuff live. Well Nina, bring it on cuz I for one can't wait to hear it live.

"It Was Metal" is currently available for preorder at all the usual spots plus you can get special formats including vinyl and  the "It Was Metal" comic at asoundofthunderband.com




Tracklist:
1. Phantom Flight (featuring Mark Tornillo)
2. Lifebringer
3. Atlacatl
4. The Crossroads Deal
5. It Was Metal
6. Obsidian & Gold (Desdinova Returns) (featuring Tony Carey)
7. Second Lives
8. Els Segadors (The Reapers)
9. Tomyris
10. Charles II
11. Fortress of the Future Race

Total running time: 59 minutes

       Vocals: Nina Osegueda
       Guitars & Keyboards: Josh Schwartz
       Bass & Keyboards: Jesse Keen
       Drums & Percussion: Chris Haren


  Produced by Kevin '131' Gutierrez
  Recorded at Assembly Line Studios


Website: 
www.asoundofthunderband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/asoundofthunder
Twitter: @asotband
Instagram: @asotband



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Little Caesar vocalist Ron Young on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 371 - Little Ceasar

This week Richie has a marathon chat with vocalist Ron Young from Little Caesar. Those guys just released “Eight” their first studio effort in six years. Like the title of their 2016 live album “Brutally Honest” Ron doesn’t mince words about the music biz.


To get more info and all the pertinent links head to LittleCaesar.net/ as Ron tells us, it’s not updated very often but its a good place to start.




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And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Danny Bowes of Thunder on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 370 - Thunder, Stage

This week Richie checks in with Thunder vocalist Danny Bowes about their new live album “Stage”. Given that Thunder has always had a huge fanbase in Europe unlike here in the States it’s only fitting that we let the Irishman in the house do this one.

Wanna know about Thunder? Head to thunderonline.com



And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.