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Author: CW West

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Rock and Roll Confessional is a podcast for Rock music fans. Those that love music, but are not in the industry, yet want to hear the stories that shaped the world of music. We interview not only musicians and song writers, but promoters, DJs, venue management, agents and more.
49 Episodes
Happy birthday to MTV. 40 years ago this August 1st MTV changed the way we listened and watch music. It all started with 5 VJ including our latest guest, Nina Blackwood. Nina was on the network for over 5 years before moving over to Entertainment Tonight. Nina tells us how she auditioned for the job, some of her favorite and not so favorite interviews and how MTV all began.
This episode is with Steve Berlin who plays saxophone, flute, percussion & keyboard, and is one of the members of the band, Los Lobos. Los Lobos is an iconic East Los Angeles band that has been together for almost 50 years. With hits like "Will the Wolf Survive", "Come On Let's Go", "Don't Worry Baby" and "LaBamba" they have followed their roots all the way to their new album; "Native Sons". This new album is a collection of the most influential Los Angeles based bands that have impacted Los Lobos throughout their career. Including Jackson Browne, War, Buffalo Springfield and many more. Steve talks not only about the new album, but some of the bands highlight over the years.
This show was originally recorded in May of 2020. We thought due to X's patriotic song "4th of July" and the bands being such an iconic American group, we would run the show again! We have a great interview with one of the founding members, John Doe. John talks about the bands latest album: Alphabetland along with classic punk-rock stories including the time he got pulled over by the Los Angeles Police Department. 
This episode is with James Raymond. James has been in the music and film business for over 25 years. He has scored many commercials, television shows and films. He has also worked as writer and producer of music. His latest project is David Crosby's new release: "For Free", which will be released on July 23, 2021. James not only co-wrote music for the album with David but also with Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen. James has a special bond with David Crosby. If you don't know the story, you'll be amazed by what James has to say. 
This episode is with the Knights of Rock - including our returning guest; Leo Rossi along with his friends, Jerry Levin & Bill Darlington. The three of them all worked as roadies / tech crew for bands in the 70s, 80's & 90's. They worked with Fleetwood Mac, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Spinal Tap, Neil Young, Alice Cooper, Bette Midler, Al Jarreau and many more. They tell their stories of being on the road while working for some of the biggest bands in the world! 
The episode is with Live Nation Concert's - Rich Best. Rich is the President of Live Nation Booking, California. Rich chats with us about the concert business, how Live Nation is moving forward to create live shows. Plus "Crew Nation" the charity developed to help those affected by Covid 19 during the shot down of concerts, plus the Vax Live show, The Ohana Festival, Classic East West show and more!
This episode is with one of our idols; Grammy Award winner - Peter Frampton. Peter talks about his new album: "Frampton Forgets the Words", along with touring with his dear friend David Bowie, his passion for playing the guitar, coping with his degenerative muscle disease, spending time recording with George Harrison and Peter tells us the story of his missing Phenix guitar. 
Rita & CW  answer listener questions; Why Bruce? Favorite Disney Movie, Craziest moment in your career, person who helped you in your career, along with fun radio days events and stories! 
This episode is with Joel Selvin, Joel was one of the writers of the Pop Music section of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper for over 30 years. His latest book is titled: Hollywood Eden - Electric Guitars, Fast Cars and the Myth of the  California Paradise. It's all about the rock/surf music world in the late 50s to the early 60s and features the stories and connections with Jan & Dean, Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, Phil Spector, Lou Adler and many more that were all just immerging at this time. 
This episode we talk with Jeff Jampol of J.A.M. - Jampol Aritst Management. Part of what Jeff does is manages bands or artists that are no longer producing music. Some of his clients are: The Doors, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, John Lee Hooker, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Grace Slick, The Mamas & The Papas, Charlie Parker, Henry Mancini and more. Jeff talks about how is company represents these legacies, plus he gives us the lowdown on the new Jim Morrison book (The Collected Works of Jim Morrison; Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and  Lyrics) coming out on June 8th and a taste of the new Janis Joplin scrapbook coming out (hopefully) later this year. Plus details of what he does representing all of his clients. 
This episode is with our good friend Gary Hoey. Gary has been playing guitar since he was 14. He has released over 20 albums and is considered one of todays greatest guitarists. Gary chats with us about how he has had to change his way of performing and promoting his art during Covid, his audition with Ozzy, producing two Lita Ford albums, his involvement with the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp, how he looks at the positive side of streaming music and his passion for playing guitar!  
Toto's front man Joseph Williams and Lead Guitarist Steve Lukather join us on our latest episode. They have each released new albums: Luke's "I Found The Sun" and Joseph's "Denizen Tenant". The two joined us for fun conversation. They talk about making/working on each other's albums, what's up with Toto, their friendship since high school, what bored band members do during Covid, and plenty of rock stories! 
The episode is with studio and touring bassist, Leland Sklar. Leland has worked with over 2,600 bands and played on over 30,000 songs. In 2004, Phil Collins hired him for the farewell tour. Lee brought his camera and started taking pictures of birds, and we don't mean the ones from the Audubon Society! Now 16 years later and with over 12,000 photos from everyone he has run into, he has a new book titled: "Everyone Loves Me". The book will make you smile and laugh as will this episode. Lee talks not only about making the book, but touring with Phil Collins & Toto and his YouTube channel that he has been posting on everyday since March of 2020.
This episode is with bassist Rudy Sarzo. Rudy started playing with  Quiet Riot in the late 70s and then joined Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio and currently The Guess Who. Rudy chats with us about his musical upbringing, growing up in Cuba, playing bass for such phenomenal bands, plus a few stories of the craziest events that ever happened on stage!
This episode Brian Wheat, founder, bassist and vocalist for Tesla talks about his new book: Son Of A Milkman - My Crazy Life With Tesla. Brian tells us stories about the bands "break-ups", reunions, how drugs and therapy played a key part in the band member's lives, how he has always wanted to be Paul McCartney, his great friend Jimmy Page, his other great friend Joe Elliot, and so much more!
This episode is with former Traffic guitarist and singer Dave Mason. Dave has re-recorded his first album, 50 years after it's original release - titled "Alone Together, Again" Dave talks with us about having Covid, joining Fleetwood Mac, Derek & The Dominoes, almost joining the Jimi Hendrix Experience and so much more good rock stories
WARNING - EXPLICIT LANGUAGE! Our latest episode is with guitarist/lead singer & song writer for the Goo Goo Dolls, Johnny Rzeznik! The Goo Goo Dolls have had such hits including Slide, Name and Iris! They have a new album titled "It's Christmas All Over" and features renditions of classic holiday tunes - familiar and unfamiliar, along with a few newly written songs! In the episode, Johnny talks about creating the new album, being in a punk band, their dedicated fans and lots more! 
This is part two of a two part episode - featuring Mark Thompson & Brian Phelps, better known as Mark & Brian. They were on Los Angeles radio station, 95.5 KLOS for over 25 years and were one of the most legendary morning radio teams in the country. They were just inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame and we caught up with them a week later. The boys talk about some of their favorite moments including best interviews, throwing rocks, what they have been doing since the quarantine, favorite characters, being on the air during 9-11 and their appreciation of the listeners.
Mark & Brian were known for their morning show on 95.5 KLOS radio in Los Angeles for more than 25 years! They just got inducted into the  Radio Hall of Fame and they (as always) have plenty to talk about.  The boys talk about the beginning of their career, working together, and some of the funniest moments, characters and interviews during their time in the radio business! 
This episode we talk with all 5 of the greatest studio and touring musicians: Waddy Watchel, Leeland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar and Steve Postel - all of them form The Immediate Family! These guys have been working together since the 70s and just a few years ago they created the band, The Immediate Family. The Band just released a new EP titled: Slippin' and Slidin' (with a new album coming in 2021) which has two new songs plus 3 cover tunes which different band member originally contributed to. They talk about forming this band and playing on so many albums over their decades in the music industry.  
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