50 episodes

Interviews with keyboard players from all genres.



Whether you’re a weekend warrior in a covers band or a successful act on the international tour circuit, we’ll try and keep you entertained with the latest and greatest. With hosts who are players themselves, we ask the questions that matter but keep it fun at the same time.

The Keyboard Chronicles David Holloway

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Interviews with keyboard players from all genres.



Whether you’re a weekend warrior in a covers band or a successful act on the international tour circuit, we’ll try and keep you entertained with the latest and greatest. With hosts who are players themselves, we ask the questions that matter but keep it fun at the same time.

    David Rosenthal, Billy Joel (Part 2)

    David Rosenthal, Billy Joel (Part 2)

    In this second of two parts (see Part 1 here), David Rosenthal continues the discussion on the fascinating journey that’s been his musical career.

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    Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab): 

    Auditioning for the first big gig with Rainbow

    Rainbow – Stone Cold (San Antonio 1982)

    Preparation and over-preparation

    David’s amazing on-stage train wreck story

    Artists who have been big influences: Yes (Close to the Edge) / Emerson, Lake and Palmer / Rush (Moving Pictures) / Tomita / Uriah Heep 

    Who inspired David to buy his first synth

    Playing with Happy the Man

    Suggestions / tips for players wanting to make a career in the industry

    Quick Fire 10 questions with a Billy Joel bent.

    The blessing and curse of perfect pitch

    (Some of) David’s favourite Billy Joel songs

    Another great train-wreck story, this time in Rome Italy.

    No Man’s Land – Billy Joel

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    • 47 min
    David Rosenthal, Billy Joel (Part 1)

    David Rosenthal, Billy Joel (Part 1)

    In this first of two parts (Part 2 is here), David Rosenthal joins us to talk about his amazing career, including nearly 30 years as Billy Joel’s keyboard player. As you’ll hear, that’s only one aspect of what continues to be an amazing career in music.

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    Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    2022 and continuation of Billy Joel’s amazing residency at Madison Square Garden

    Having nearly 90 songs ready to go on a keyboard rig

    Billy Joel’s You May Be Right  / Led Zep Rock and Roll combo

    Billy Joels’ River of Dreams / Dancing in the Street combo

    The experience of playing 110 times (and counting) at Madison Square Garden

    Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen: Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and Born to Run

    Billy Joel and Tony Bennett – New York State of Mind

    Billy Joel and Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69

    Billy Joel and Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium – Let It Be

    The secrets to success of working with Billy Joel for nearly 30 years

    56 shows in 56 nights in 56 cities with Robert Palmer

    Discussion of David’s A, B and C keyboard rigs

    David’s dual career as synth programmer and rig designer

    Setting up Roy Bittan and Charlie Giordano’s re-designed E-Street Band rigs

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    • 42 min
    (Extra) Paul Gildea and Glenn Reither talk 'Music Business'

    (Extra) Paul Gildea and Glenn Reither talk 'Music Business'

    We talk with two master Australian musicians about the music business and the challenges musicians face making a living in the 21st Century.

    Paul Gildea is a guitarist who has played with Icehouse for decades, as well as being guitarist with Little River Band, Rick Price and Vika and Linda Bull to name just three. Paul also happens to be an accomplished music educator, teaching and coordinating music industry subjects for a number of educational institutions.

    Glenn Reither is a keyboard player and saxophonist also with Icehouse, but has played with a large roster of artists as well. Glenn has also been a previous guest on the show – check out his episode here. Between Paul and Glenn, you get a rollicking, insightful discussion into a range of topics, so enjoy! 

    This is bonus content that was provided to our Patreon supporters and we hope you enjoy it as much as they did.

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     Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):

    Paul and Glenn in action together on stage

    Glenn playing with Jon Stevens

    How Glenn and Paul make a living in music

    The importance of diversification

    The ‘saturation’ of the music industry

    The death of the stadium rock band

    The source of future growth in streaming

    How to succeed in stock / library music

    The opportunities in gaming and music

    The tyranny of choice and curated playlists

    The renaissance of music festivals

    Risk management, touring and COVID-19

    Glenn’s guitar amps built from vintage radios

    Exclusivity / geographical radius clauses for bands

    Fuzzy / wishful thinking when entering the music industry / being careful what you wish for

    The modern session musician is at home

    RadioActive Band (Canada) 

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Richard Hilton, Nile Rodgers and CHIC

    Richard Hilton, Nile Rodgers and CHIC

    Richard Hilton has had one rich, ongoing career as a keyboard player and producer.  This career and dedication to the craft has created a great musician with an amazing outlook on life and music more broadly. 

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    Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):

    Nile Rodgers and Chic Live

    Working with Nile Rodgers

    Playing guitar with Eric Clapton

    How and why Chic are ‘loaded with love and forgiveness’ for each other

    Historical division of keyboard duties in Chic with current line-up and previous line-ups (Russell Graham, Phillipe Saisse, Katreese Barnes)

    Rich’s rig

    Chic Live at the Budokan 1996

    Admiration for Kerry Minnear, Steve Winwood, Elton John, David Bowie

    Jump They Say – David Bowie

    Working with a Synclavier for Bowie

    Gentle Giant – ‘Proclamation’ Official Fan Video

    Working with Ric Ocasek

    Ric Ocasek – Rockaway (from Fireball Zone)

    Rich’s tips for upcoming players (highly recommended listening)

    Tag a keyboard player: Cory Henry

    Cory Henry playing the Harpejji

    Rich’s obsession with the Roli Seaboard (and chamber music)

    Desert Island Discs: Meet The Beatles – The Beatles, Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix, The Inner Mounting Flame – Mahavishnu Orchestra, A Love Supreme – John Coltrane, Debut: The Clef / Mercury Duo Recordings 1949-1951 – Oscar Peterson

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    To help us keep the podcast running like a finely oiled machine, we do have a Patreon account if you’d like to contribute the cost of a small cup of coffee a month and receive bonus content







    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Chris Norton, Cirque Du Soleil and Zappa Plays Zappa

    Chris Norton, Cirque Du Soleil and Zappa Plays Zappa

    Chris Norton arguably has been part of two of the more stressful gigs a keyboard player can be involved in: band leading a Cirque Du Soleil show and playing as part of Dweezil Zappa’s Zappa Plays Zappa. Chris has not only manage to pull off both with aplomb, but has a career full of highlights and lots more on the horizon.

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    Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    What it’s like auditioning for Cirque Du Soleil (and getting the gig nine years later!)

    Cirque Du Soleil: Axel

    Timely cues or death!

    Zappa Plays Zappa

    Peaches En Regalia

    Michael Whalen episode talking Zappa’s Synclaviers

    Auditioning for Zappa Plays Zappa by making a video playing G-Spot Tornado

    Playing with Chick Corea and Rachel Flowers

    Chick Corea on a Viscount VIntage Vibe piano

    Rachel Flowers plays ‘Montana’ with Zappa Plays Zappa

    Tips for new players

    Composing for film and TV

    Composing for video games

    Tag a keyboard player: Ty Bailie

    Desert Island Discs: Either / Or – Elliott Smith, Whatever and Ever Amen – Ben Folds Five, A Wizard A True Star – Todd Rundgren, Waiting for Columbus – Little Feat, Joe’s Garage – Frank Zappa. Runners-up: Toy Matinee – Toy Matinee, Original Soundtrack – Undertale

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    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Francis Capistrano, Narf Sounds

    Francis Capistrano, Narf Sounds

    Francis Capistrano is an accomplished keyboard player who survived a decade or more in music retail. That alone makes him a great guest, but he’s also CEO of Narf Sounds, a company that makes sound packs for cover band musicians. As weekend warriors ourselves, we couldn’t resist catching up with Francis for a wide-ranging discussion that covers a lot more than his sound offerings.

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    Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    Busselton, Western Australia

    How justifying the purchase of a gold Kronos led to Narf Sounds

    Kronos Enthusiast Workshops (KEW) Facebook Group

    Salacious performing live

    The Baker Boys Band

    Why cover band players may be better players than originals players

    Tag a keyboard player: Luke Edwards (Rocky IV Training Theme)

    Desert Island Discs: Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite – Maxwell, Hunting High and Low – a-ha, Songs from the Big Chair – Tears for Fears, Power, Corruption and Lies – New Order, 1984 – Van Halen.

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    We’re always keen to hear from you: drop us a line via the website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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    To help us keep the podcast running like a finely oiled machine, we do have a Patreon account if you’d like to contribute the cost of a small cup of coffee a month and receive bonus content







    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

JazzGuy44 ,

Loving it

I love the variety of guests on this show. I’m more a jazz player but I love some of the rock / folk / prog stuff as well. Keep up the great work.

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