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Vintage Rock Pod - Classic Rock Interviews

Vintage Rock Pod - Classic Rock Interviews

Author: Vintage Rock Pod, Paul Stephenson

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The ultimate classic rock podcast with big name interviews on every episode! If you love classic rock and want to hear stories of the glory days from the guys who were at the heart of the action then you'll LOVE this comprehensive classic rock podcast, hosted by UK radio veteran, Paul Stephenson!

Scroll back through the archives to hear Paul chat with stars from some of the biggest rock bands of the 60s, 70s and 80s, INCLUDING more than 20 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees!

From playing with Jimi Hendrix and partying with Led Zeppelin, to appearing at Woodstock and starring on the famous Sunset Strip during the hedonistic days of the 70s and 80s, you'll hear it all told by these legends!

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155 Episodes
99. Uli Jon Roth

99. Uli Jon Roth


We have a special treat for guitar enthusiasts as we sit down with the legendary Uli Jon Roth! Known for his incredible talent and iconic contributions to bands like the Scorpions, Uli shares his journey with the guitar and how he honed his craft. From his early years to his dedication and practice, Uli reveals the secrets behind his exceptional playing ability. But that's not all! We also delve into the technical side of Uli's sound. Fans of the early Scorpions albums will be thrilled to hear him discuss the effects and distortion techniques he used to achieve that signature tone on records like "Virgin Killer" and "In Trance". Join us as Uli takes us back in time to the height of his career with the Scorpions, particularly their iconic live album, "Tokyo Tapes". Hear him reminisce about the significance of that visit to Japan and how it marked the culmination of their journey as a band to that stage. Get exclusive insights into the decision he made to leave the Scorpions and pursue his artistic vision with Electric Sun. And speaking of life after the Scorpions... Uli opens up about his relationship with his former bandmates and the friendship that has endured beyond their time together. Find out if there is any chance of a full tour reunion with the Scorpions, a question hotly hoped for by eager fans. And don't miss out on Uli's revelation about an intriguing offer he received from another prominent band in 1975. Learn which band approached him and why he ultimately turned down the opportunity. The stories and insights from Uli Jon Roth himself are not to be missed! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Paul sits down again with John Illsley, renowned member of the legendary band Dire Straits. As part of the new series "My Five Favourite," John takes us on a journey through his most beloved songs from the bands back catalogue. Join us as we dive deep into the stories, meanings, and creative processes behind these classic tracks. John shares stories from the songs, such as being transported back to the gritty and vibrant West End in 1976, the beginning of his lasting friendship with Mark Knopfler, how it felt when David Knopfler had to leave the band, how putting down long songs in one take in the studio was tough and much more In addition, John talks about their collaboration with Tina Turner on "Private Dancer," and about his own solo work which is seeing great levels of success. Throughout the interview, John and Paul engage in thought-provoking discussions about the songwriting process and the enduring legacy of Dire Straits' music.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dee Snider needs no introduction. With huge success in the 80s, his career seemed unstoppable. Dee takes us through his career, recounting some incredible and hair-raising moments from his time in Twisted Sister From being the target of bottle-throwing crowds to the intense energy of iconic festivals like Reading and Donnington, he has seen it all. Through his candid storytelling, you'll learn how he turned challenging situations into unforgettable performances that left audiences in awe. You'll hear stories about metal legend Lemmy, how he felt ostracised from his bandmates right from the moment he joined, how he wrote the groups biggest album in just 45 minutes and much more. Plus he details how, as the music scene started to change, so did his fortunes. He found himself at a crossroads, facing financial struggles unlike any he had experienced before. It was a humbling experience for the rock star, as he realized that his ego had prevented him from accepting that his career was over. Broke and with a family to support, Snider hit rock bottom. He found himself working a desk job and even lying about his identity. It was a wake-up call, forcing him to reassess his life and priorities. Snider credits his wife for not putting up with his rock star behaviour and for pushing him to start over. This experience taught him to be appreciative and respectful, a lesson that would shape his future endeavours. But Snider's talents extend far beyond music. Not only does he possess the gift of songwriting, demonstrated by the iconic hits of Twisted Sister, but he is also an accomplished writer. He shares stories of his writing process as his novels, screenplays, musicals, and songs all draw inspiration from his vast repertoire of ideas. In addition to his captivating interview, the episode also delves into Snider's latest venture, his book "Frats." Based on true events, this intense and dark novel draws inspiration from high school fraternities with a twist. Don't miss out on this incredible episode of the Vintage Rock Pod! Subscribe now to the podcast and explore our previous episodes, which feature interviews with over 25 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. And don't forget to join our growing community of rock fans on the Vintage Rock Pod YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
97. Kenny Aronoff

97. Kenny Aronoff


This man has played with the best of the best! Voted Number 1 session drummer in the world by Modern Drummer Magazine 5 times and 3 times by Drum Magazine - not to mention appearing on Rolling Stone Magazines list of the 100 Greatest drummers of all time! He's played and recorded with McCartney & Ringo, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tony Iommi, Meat Loaf, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Dave Grohl, The Smashing Pumpkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Sting... and many many more - too many to mention! Kenny Aronoff has been at the top of the business for for over 40 years and shares some wonderful stories from his extensive career with Paul in this in depth interview. Hear about his friendship with Rush's Neil Peart, the intense working environment - fight or fight - which led to the worldwide number 1 hit "Jack & Diane", how he became one of the leading session drummers in the world, his time with Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins and Tony Iommi and the special special night honouring the Beatles famous first US TV appearance where he got to hang out and work with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. It's all in this action packed episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Paul sits down with the legendary lead singer and guitarist of Status Quo, Francis Rossi! Join us as we delve into the incredible journey of one of the most iconic rock bands in the history of the UK Charts. With a staggering 60 Top 40 singles, including an impressive 22 that soared into the Top 10, and an astonishing 25 Top 10 albums, Status Quo's impact is undeniable. Tune in as we uncover the secrets behind their breakout hit, 'Pictures of Matchstick Men,' and explore the audacious decision to self-produce their albums, a move that set them on a path of creative independence from an early stage. Discover the stories that unfold, being 'too loud for one studio' and the monumental moment they rocked the Live Aid stage, opening the event which left an indelible mark on music history. But that's not all – we dive deep into the man behind the music. Francis Rossi opens up about his thoughts on the 'three-chord wonder' label, the candid reflections on the band's attempt to crack the American market, and how it took some convincing to get the band to finally record the powerful anthem 'In the Army Now.' Join us as we unravel the tales, triumphs, and tunes that have shaped the legacy of Status Quo and continue to resonate with generations of rock enthusiasts. Don't miss this captivating conversation with a rock legend on Vintage Rock Pod! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Welcome to Vintage Rock Pod, where today we dive deep into a legendary moment of rock history! In this episode, titled "Live Aid: Musicians Remember," we are joined by 3 musicians who played the Wembley show as they take us on a journey back to the iconic concert for Live Aid in 1985. Our guests share their personal memories of being part of Live Aid, the groundbreaking fundraising initiative organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in response to the famine crisis in Ethiopia. Join us as we unpack the triumphs and tribulations of Live Aid, and uncover the backstage stories that made this global concert an unforgettable moment in rock history. Share your own memories of Live Aid, were you at one of the shows, did you watch it all day on TV, did you hate it??? Whatever it is, get in touch, email or message us on the social media channels and we'll read out your memories on next weeks show! Remember to connect with Vintage Rock Pod on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on the new social media app Threads as well as the YouTube channel! If you enjoy listening to Vintage Rock Pod, please leave us a 5-star review on your preferred podcast app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
95. Steve Vai

95. Steve Vai


We have an exclusive interview with the legendary guitarist and composer, STEVE VAI! Join us as we dive deep into the fascinating journey of this musical icon, from his early days working with Frank Zappa to his groundbreaking solo career, his time with Dave Lee Roth, Whitesnake and Graham Bonnet. Get ready to be inspired by the stories behind the music and the evolution of a true guitar virtuoso. With the release of his solo record, a masterpiece titled "Passion and Warfare," Steve Vai cemented his name as one of the most innovative guitarists of his generation. The album showcased his unmatched technical prowess, intricate compositions, and captivating melodies. His talent and dedication paid off as he garnered critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase that would follow him throughout his career. In this insightful interview, Steve Vai reflects on his humble beginnings, his time spent touring the world, and the evolution of his musicality. From sharing the stage with Frank Zappa to crafting his iconic guitar design with Ibanez, Steve takes us behind the scenes and gives us a glimpse into the life of a true rock legend. So, tune in and join us as we delve into the world of Steve Vai, a name synonymous with innovation, passion, and the timeless spirit of rock and roll. Get ready to rock out with Vintage Rock Pod! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Welcome to a special bonus episode of the Vintage Rock Pod, where we take look at the life and legend of the one and only Jimi Hendrix. Join us as we embark on a captivating journey through time, as legendary musicians such as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad, Dave Mason, Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Mark Stein from Vanilla Fudge, and Roger Earl of Foghat reveal their personal stories and experiences of the incomparable guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix. From auditioning for his band to playing on some of his biggest hits, sharing star struck moments to touring across the US with him, these rock icons offer a unique perspective on the genius of Hendrix, shedding light on his unparalleled guitar skills and the enigmatic persona that captivated millions. Tune in to "Hendrix Experienced" and get ready to be transported back to the golden era of rock 'n' roll, as these musical legends regale us with tales of friendship, creativity, and the indelible mark that Jimi Hendrix left on the world of music. Whether you're a die-hard Hendrix fan or simply intrigued by the stories behind the scenes, this bonus episode is a must-listen for all music enthusiasts. Let the rock 'n' roll legends guide you through the untold tales of Jimi Hendrix like never before. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On Episode 94, we have a treat in store for you as we sit down with the incredible Tony Carey, keyboard extraordinaire! We explore his career which of course includes his time with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and the invaluable contributions he made to their iconic album Rainbow Rising! But that's not all. We also dive deeper into Tony Carey's career, his remarkable solo journey, delivering Billboard hits like "A Fine, Fine Day" and exploring different genres, from rock to electronic music with Planet P Project. We hear about his incredible success in Europe, Japan and beyond and some of the legends he's worked with over the many years. You'll hear all these stories and more as Tony shares his insights, memories, and personal anecdotes from his 50+ year career in the music business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Join us as we delve into the remarkable career of Guy Pratt, a true virtuoso of the bass guitar. From his iconic collaborations with Pink Floyd, joining the group after Roger Waters left, to his work with renowned artists like Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Gary Moore, Echo and the Bunnymen, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Kirsty MacColl, Guy's bass lines have shaped the sound of music for decades. In this episode, we explore Guy Pratt's journey, from his early days as a session musician to his pivotal role in Pink Floyd following Roger Waters' departure. Discover the stories behind the scenes, the unforgettable moments on stage, and the magic that Guy Pratt brings to every musical endeavour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On this week's big interview show we are delving back into the past to play you some more brilliant clips from the archive! This week we hear from 2 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, a Canadian star, a Brit whose band found fame in the US, an American drummer whose career goes back to the 60s and a British prog rock guitarist! We hear stories about being sued by the British Prime Minister, recording a breakthrough album overseen by a Beatle, the early days of a Hall of Fame group, dealing with the departure of a bands lead singer despite huge success and much more! Sit back and get ready to enjoy these great rock stories! All these clips are taken from episodes 38 to 43 - please scroll back and give the full interviews a listen, you won't be disappointed! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On today's episode we uncover the remarkable stories behind legendary rock vocalist, Graham Bonnet's career! We kick off by revisiting his early days, including his UK smash hit with The Marbles, working with the Bee Gees and the pivotal moments that set the stage for his rise to stardom. We then delve into the momentous chapter when Bonnet joined forces with the legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow. Discover the secrets behind this iconic collaboration and the infamous tale of Graham cutting his hair—an incident that has become the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. As the conversation unfolds, we pull back the curtain and reveal the true reasons behind Bonnet's departure from the band. Explore the challenges, the clashes, and the defining moments that ultimately shaped his career trajectory. Of course, we can't forget the electrifying era of Alcatrazz, where Graham Bonnet united with guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Prepare to be enthralled as we explore the magic they created together, the crazy incident that led to Yngwie leaving and the lasting impact their music had on the rock landscape. But the journey doesn't end there. Join us as we delve into the present and discover the latest projects and new music from Graham Bonnet himself. Gain an exclusive insight into his creative process and what lies ahead for this legendary rock singer. So, whether you're a die-hard fan or a curious music enthusiast, this episode of Vintage Rock Pod is a must-listen. Prepare to be captivated as we unravel the untold stories, the highs and lows, and the enduring legacy of Graham Bonnet—one of rock's most extraordinary voices. Tune in now and join us on this exhilarating expedition through the extraordinary career of Graham Bonnet! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On this day in 2007 The Police began their HUGE reunion tour! On todays show we hear Stewart Copeland talk about that landmark set of shows! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Such sad news has broken this evening about the sad passing of the legend that is Tina Turner! Her music has enthralled fans around the world since the 60s with a string of absolute classics, such as River Deep Mountain High, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, What's Love Got To Do With It, Goldeneye, Private Dancer, Simply the Best and many many more! I interviewed Tina's former musical director last year, Alan Clarke from the band Dire Straits. In this short clip, Alan pays tribute to Tina Turner, talking about what she is like as a person, what she was like to work with and he shares a wonderful story from their time in Memphis. Rest in peace Anna Mae Bullock, the Queen of Rock & Roll! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today Paul speaks with the incredibly talented guitarist, Joel Hoekstra, known for his work with bands like Whitesnake and Night Ranger. Joel shares his experiences from last year's "Farewell" Whitesnake tour, how he landed the gig with Whitesnake and what it is really like working closely with the iconic frontman, David Coverdale. We also explore the pivotal role played by Survivor's Jim Peterik in Joel's breakthrough, and the incredible opportunities that followed. From his time with Night Ranger to filling in at the last minute for Foreigner, Joel's versatility as a guitarist shines through as he shares the challenges and rewards of these experiences. But that's not all! Joel takes us on a journey through his solo projects, including his latest record with Joel Hoekstra's 13, where he discusses the creative process and collaborations that shaped the album. We also touch upon his recent work with Revolution Saints, showcasing the unique elements that make this project stand out. Tune in to Vintage Rock Pod as we celebrate the brilliant Joel Hoekstra, a true rock maestro whose talent and passion continue to shape the landscape of rock music today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Todays guest is the former guitarist and principal songwriter for Hanoi Rocks, Andy McCoy! In this interview we talk about the re-release of his great solo record 21st Century Rocks, the remastering of the classic Hanoi album Oriental Beat, his current relationship with former lead singer Michael Monroe, his time working with Iggy Pop and the new music he's working on with daughter Sofia Zida! Andy is outspoken, as you'd expect, and you may not agree with some of his opinions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
89. Corky Laing - Mountain

89. Corky Laing - Mountain


Welcome to Episode 89 of Vintage Rock Pod! In this captivating episode, we dive deep into the world of rock with an exclusive interview featuring the legendary drummer, Corky Laing. Get ready to be enthralled as Corky shares a treasure trove of incredible stories from his time in Mountain alongside Leslie West, his collaborations with iconic figures like Jack Bruce, Ian Hunter, and Mick Ronson, and unforgettable encounters with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, John Lennon, and many other rock luminaries. Join us for a riveting conversation that takes you behind the scenes of rock history. Get ready to rock and roll! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today Paul speaks with one of the greatest guitarists of the rock and metal scene, Mr Scary himself, GEORGE LYNCH! His unique playing style and iconic sound were a key part of the success of Dokken and Lynch Mob. We talk about his highlights from the 80s, chances of a Dokken reunion and his current relationship with Don, creating Lynch Mob, their planned new album for later this year, his work building custom guitars and about his upcoming release with Stryper lead singer Michael Sweet! Sweet & Lynch are back with their third album together, Heart & Sacrifice, set for release on May 19th - PRE-ORDER IT NOW! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Side 2 - Alcatrazz

Side 2 - Alcatrazz


Rockers Alcatrazz are back with their 3rd new album in 3 years. I'm joined by their lead singer, former Rainbow frontman who's also sung for Yngwie and Michael Schenker, Doogie White! You'll hear all about the groups new release 'Take No Prisoners', his time with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow, a what-could-have-been moment with Tony Iommi and about who his first musical love was. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In this episode, Great Rock Stories Vol5, we've compiled some of the best short stories and insights from interviews with legendary rock stars, including Jorma Kaukonen, Stephen Pearcy, Steve Lukather, Jeff Pilson, Doogie White, and Paul Carrack. These interviews were originally featured in episodes 32 to 37 from June and July 2021, and in this special episode, we've distilled the best moments into a single, action-packed show. You'll hear hilarious and heartwarming stories from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen, the electrifying Stephen Pearcy from RATT, the iconic Steve Lukather from Toto, the legendary Jeff Pilson from Dokken, the phenomenal Doogie White from Rainbow, and the incomparable Paul Carrack. Whether you're a die-hard classic rock fan or just looking for some great stories from rock and roll's most iconic stars, this episode of the Vintage Rock Pod has something for everyone. Tune in now to hear these incredible interviews and get your daily dose of rock and roll history! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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