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Tales from the Road is your all access pass into the lives and projects of musicians, performing artists and people behind the scene uncovering the stories behind the music, the songs and the concerts.

Tales from the Road Vikram Chandrasekar

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Tales from the Road is your all access pass into the lives and projects of musicians, performing artists and people behind the scene uncovering the stories behind the music, the songs and the concerts.

    The life and times of Eddie Van Halen with Paul Brannigan

    The life and times of Eddie Van Halen with Paul Brannigan

    “I didn’t know how he would react to what I was doing. So I warned him before he listened. I said, “Look, I changed the middle section of your song.”

    Now in my mind, he’s either going to have his bodyguards kick me out for butchering his song, or he’s going to like it. And so he gave it a listen, and he turned to me and went, “Wow, thank you so much for having the passion to not just come in and blaze a solo, but to actually care about the song, and make it better.” 

    That was a conversation between Eddie Van Halen and Michael Jackson after Eddie Van Halen had recorded the guitar solo on Beat it.  Like David Deal said in a column by fusing Rock and R&B Eddie Van Halen helped Michael Jackson become more culturally relevant with Beat it. 

    Eddie Van Halen's contribution to the world of music is extraordinary. Even more so his contribution to the guitar and inspiring hundreds of thousand’s of people around the world. 

    Paul Brannigan is a former editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine, and a current contributor to MOJO, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and Louder. He has previous written books on Dave Grohl, Metallica and much-missed Motorhead legend Lemmy. 

    I caught up with Paul from his home in North London to talk about his new book Unchained: The Eddie Van Halen Story,. In an hour long conversation filled with humour and insight  we reflected on how he put this book together and we then delved into the Van Halen story, one of immigration, opportunities, imagination, and hard work. As we reflected upon the time Paul first met Eddie we also spoke of things that I was very curious about like the influence of his brother Alex on the band and on Eddie, his son Wolfgang Van Halen and of Eddie’s love and respect for his family. 

    Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020 in Santa Monica, California after a long battle with cancer. , The Van Halen story is quite a dramatic one but one that Paul has tackled with respect and affection in his book, pairing original interviews with meticulous research to bring to life the story of a genuine musical virtuoso who changed the course of rock ’n’ roll.

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    Paul's book Unchained - The Eddie Van Halen story is now available across the world and online and available in multiple formats.

    https://www.amazon.com/Unchained-Eddie-Van-Halen-Story/dp/1637583508

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    Tales from the Road with Dead Romantic

    Tales from the Road with Dead Romantic

    Dead Romantic are a melodic hard rock band from the UK.  I caught up with Mike, Dan and Sam from the band to talk about thier new single and music video Waste of Who I am , the upcoming album, what touring will be like now,  how they found music and a whole lot more. 

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    Check out the new single Waste of Who I am at https://deadromantic.com

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    • 27 min
    Eclectic Electric with Joe Louis Walker

    Eclectic Electric with Joe Louis Walker

    Joe Louis Walker is one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is a four-time Blues Music Award winner and 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee who has appeared on multiple Grammy-winning albums. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers—a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist.  I caught with with Joe from his home in NY to talk about his upcoming release ECLECTIC ELECTRIC.  A 11 track album ]comprised party of originals but also finds Joe applying his watermark to some classics including The Eagles hotel California,  the Rolling Stones Make no mistake and muddy waters two trains running.

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    For tour dates, merchandise and info https://joelouiswalker.com

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    • 34 min
    The never ending show with Alan Parsons

    The never ending show with Alan Parsons

    Alan Parsons is a lengendary producer and engineer.  He is also an acclaimed vocalist, keyboardist, bassist and guitarist. His perfection and fingerprint are all over some of the greatest albums of our time from  The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let it Be, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Atom Heart Mother, and Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat,  All this outside of his remarkable work with the The Alan Parsons Project on some of the most seminal prog - pop albums of all time.  Alan Parsons’ also worked as an engineer  with Steven Wilson’s on his 2013 album The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories). 

    I caught up with Alan from his home in California to talk about his new album Live in THE NETHERLANDS, the new single The never ending show. and the upcoming Alan aprons album and live shows in 2022.  We chatted about concept albums, his work with Steven Wilson and a couple of other interesting projects that Alan was a part of. Check it out.

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    • 27 min
    The final countdown with Ian Haugland of Europe

    The final countdown with Ian Haugland of Europe

    Ian Haugland is the drummer  for Swedish rock band Europe’s . From the time joined the band in 1984 he has played on all their important releases and seminal albums. Outside of Europe, he has contributed to albums by Glenn Hughes, and Candlemass.

    Ian lives in Stockholm and his desire to be involved in music also sees him as a DJ for Swedish classic rock station.  In this conversation Ian reflected upon The Final countdown days, playing with Glenn Hughes and then Whitesnake, life on the road with Europe his hilarious audition for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN back in the day and a whole lot more. 

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    For tour dates, merchandise and info https://www.europetheband.com

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    • 46 min
    'Appy days with Mick Box of Uriah Heep

    'Appy days with Mick Box of Uriah Heep

    Mick box is firmly focused on serving the music. His unrelenting passion for music has kept British rock legends Uriah Heep alive across a 52 year career spanning 24 albums and 1000’s of shows across 62 countries. 

    I caught up with Mick to chat about the bands latest offering, 50 Years In Rock, a 23 cd and vinyl boxset that celebrates  Uriah Heep’s extensive career.  Formed by Mick

    The band started out in 1969 under the name Spice and then got their name from a a villain-like character in a David Copperfield novel.  In a chat filled with humour, Mick was his happy self as we traced his early beginnings in music and the early days of the band.

    We explored specific Uriah Heep albums, and traced the bands history and their legacy over the last 50 years.  Uriah Heep are a vibrant force in the live arena and were the first western band to play in Moscow in 1987. 

    Mick had hilarious road stories to tell from playing in a prison complex in Germany to Moscow to touring in India, other parts of the world.  We finally looked forward to their upcoming album and live shows in 2022.

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    For tour dates, merchandise and info https://www. uriah-heep.com
    Mick's website https://www. mick-box.net

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