The Full Setlist
John and Alan sit down with musicians and industry insiders to discuss the unique experiences that happen in the entertainment industry.
Episode 9 is about the bass! East Coast meets West Coast as John and Alan are joined by Mark Andes, who first came to musical prominence as the bass player for the legendary LA band Spirit, and went on to be a co-founding member of Jo Jo Gunne, he then became Heart’s second bass player, and co-founded Firefall. Holding down the other bass position is Lance Hoppen of Orleans, who together with his brother Larry (and now including his other brother Lane) has graced the Billboard charts with huge hits like Still The One and Dance With Me.
Mark talks about growing up in the L.A. music and acting community, his encounter with a naked Charles Manson, the Spirit/Led Zeppelin controversy and playing with scores of terrific musicians in cities far and wide. Lance talks about the Woodstock music scene in the 70s, how re-recording Dance With Me led to the band’s success and why siblings singing together sounds so good. A truly unique episode!
Join John and Alan as they sit down with two legends of the business. Multi-instrumentalist Andy Cahan, who has played with The Turtles, Jimi Hendrix, 3/4 of the Beatles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Frank Zappa, Harry Nilsson and many more. Our other guest Rodney Justo is the original and current lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, who has also toured with Roy Orbison as part of The Candymen. Andy talks about gigs with The Turtles, hanging out with Grace Slick, recording Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr in his living room, and all kinds of other odd stories including the origin of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album title. Rodney takes us back to Doraville and the early days of ARS, as well as working with B.J. Thomas and Buddy Buie, and his own story about Paul McCartney. We also talk about the nicest man in show business, Roy Orbison.
John and Alan are joined by longtime singer/songwriter/voice actor Dan Navarro who, with his former songwriting partner Eric Lowen, has written songs for The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dionne Warwick and many others, including the #1 smash hit “We Belong” made popular by Pat Benatar. We are also joined by Twin Cities drummer Noah Levy. Noah has played with Peter Frampton, Five for Fighting and currently for Brian Setzer.
John and Alan are joined by Eliot Lewis (Hall & Oates / Average White Band) and Herman Matthews (Tower of Power / Kenny Loggins / Tom Jones / Bob James). Eliot talks about working on Live From Daryl’s House and some of the guests he’s played with. Herman talks about drinking with Tom Jones and hearing Elvis stories until the sun comes up.