15 episodes

50 Years of Maximum Rock & Roll is a podcast hosted by Dave Hines and features concert sound pioneer Bob Heil. Hear stories from his days touring with The Who, Humble Pie, the James Gang and others, to the development of the Talk Box made famous by Peter Frampton. The show will feature special guests who were "in the trenches." Bob will also talk about his current cutting edge microphone designs. Take a look back - and forward - at the inner workings of Heil Sound by the man who created it all.

50 Years of Maximum Rock n' Roll With Bob Heil

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    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

50 Years of Maximum Rock & Roll is a podcast hosted by Dave Hines and features concert sound pioneer Bob Heil. Hear stories from his days touring with The Who, Humble Pie, the James Gang and others, to the development of the Talk Box made famous by Peter Frampton. The show will feature special guests who were "in the trenches." Bob will also talk about his current cutting edge microphone designs. Take a look back - and forward - at the inner workings of Heil Sound by the man who created it all.

    S1:EP15: Midwest

    S1:EP15: Midwest

    This final episode is a bit of a two-parter. Part one is Bob explaining the impact of, mostly, British rock stars and their crews invading tiny Marissa, Illinois to shop at Ye Old Music. In modern day terms imagine Carrie Underwood strolling into your local music store. 
     
    Part two ends 50 Years of Maximum Rock & Roll with a few stories from current Heil Sound employees who keep the fires burning for performers worldwide as they build incredible microphones for the next fifty years. It's all about people, isn't it? We think it is. The harvest and the feast. Enjoy.

    • 44 min
    S1:EP14: A Six Pack

    S1:EP14: A Six Pack

    Bob Heil will explain what he means by a six pack and what Creem Magazine has to do with that. He will share some special stories about some of the Rock n' Roll legends that he's worked with (Jimmie Hendrix) and we'll finally hear how he met Joe Walsh.

    • 26 min
    S1:EP13: Geeking Out

    S1:EP13: Geeking Out

    This episode is not about rock stars trashing hotel rooms or epic concerts. It is about the innovation and technology that has gone into much of Bob Heil's career. Bob has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the science of audio and we wanted to give our geeky audio fans a very special episode. 

    • 32 min
    Ep 12: ZZ Top

    Ep 12: ZZ Top

    Before ZZ Top were sharp dressed men they were just a little three piece band from Texas. With no beards. But they had "that sound" driven by Billy Gibbons unmistakable guitar and vocal. Bob Heil and Heil Sound were there on the band's early tours perfecting the live sound where, with a trio, everything mattered.
     
    In this episode you will hear a wonderful and wide ranging discussion by Bob of his work with ZZ Top including some of his secrets for getting the critical guitar and bass sounds on the road. You will also be treated to some little known nuggets too – Billy Gibbons is a voracious reader – so enjoy!

    • 30 min
    Ep 11: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll

    Ep 11: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll

    From Joe Walsh trashing hotel rooms to groupies, Bob Heil recalls some of the crazier stories that to the rest of us seem like legend.

    • 37 min
    Ep 10: Halls Without Walls

    Ep 10: Halls Without Walls

    After working at venues around the globe some of Bob Heil's favorite live sound venues were actually right in his own backyard. Bob recalls the iconic Mississippi River Fest and how Kiel Auditorium became a live testing venue for Heil Sound. 

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

N5ASH ,

Hail Heil!

Dr. Bob Heil K9EID is a legend in concert sound AND amateur radio! His innovations have benefited both fields greatly, and it doesn't hurt that he's a nice. humble man, too! The history, stories and anecdotes as told by someone who witnessed the development of 'arena rock' are priceless!

I have been a fan of The Who and Peter Frampton since my high school years (1974-1978), a singing drummer beginning in 1976, and a ham radio operator (N5ASH) since 2010. I own microphones made by Heil Sound: a PR30 for voiceover work, a PR22 stage vocal mic, and an ICM for my Icom 718 ham radio rig. They are wonderful in each application. This podcast series is my favorite, along with "Ham Nation" at twit.tv!

Richard From Bama ,

Thank goodness this podcast is back!

As a lifelong music lover, who's accomplishments will probably never exceed learning how to hook up a PA for my weekend bar cover band, I can't tell you how much I enjoy this podcast. Hearing the history of PAs from the humble beginnings is just incredible - Bob shows a lot of pride in his craft, plus the determination and willingness to roll up his sleeves and "make it happen". I'm so glad that this podcast has returned - I missed it while it was gone! Can't wait for the next episode!

iphonenutt ,

Bob Heil as only Bob Heil can tell it. Great Podcast 10 Stars.

I was fortunate to get to meet Bob Heil last April. I really wish he had more time to tell me the stories of his years in the music industry and now I can hear more of them. He suggested I listened to this podcast, I can't say enough kind words for him as a person and as a person and as a audio master. You will not be disappointed in listening to this podcast. I can only hope he makes more as I can't find a better podcast that I look forward to hearing when I see it pop up on my playlist. I have kept every episode.

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