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Celebrity Maps to Success... people living their dream... the paths they took to get there

Game Changers With Vicki Abelson Vicki Abelson

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Celebrity Maps to Success... people living their dream... the paths they took to get there

    Marcus Eaton Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Marcus Eaton Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Marcus Eaton Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Live from Florence Italy, singer/songwriter, easy on the eyes and ears, Marcus Eaton, treated us to a mini concert and great conversation. When David Crosby describes you as, "one of the best young singer-songwriters in America - maybe even the world, brilliant musically, brilliant lyrically, and he just plays guitar like God on a good day,” then invites you to tour, record, and co-write with him, and plays on your album… well, it doesn’t get much better than that. And yet, it does. Add to that composing the soundtrack of David Crosby: Remember My Name, and, opening for Bob Dylan, and Dave Matthews, to name two, his own, Versions of The Truth (https://www.marcuseaton.com/music), which Crosby joined him on for some, Invisible Lines, and his new album tentatively titled 'What Is Real' set for release this year.

    Marcus started us off with my request of his Better Way, reminiscent of Sting, but oh, so Marcus. We talked about his first trip to Italy, accompanying Roy Mcalister, a renowned luthier, who connected Marcus with his protege, Allessio Guarnieriri, who along with Marcus’ ideas and suggestions created his signature guitar, a masterpiece, the Guarnieri ME. On it, Marcus treated us to his brand new, Something True, Obvious, some crazy in the best way, slap playing, a bow rendition of The Last of the Mohicans, which went viral on TikTok and closed with a smoldering cover of Sting’s Fragile.

    There were great stories about growing up in Idaho surrounded by a musically gifted family, getting signed, hitting the road, hungry, literally, a near-miss opportunity in late March 2020 to open for huge heroes, derailed by the pandemic, and finding his soul and his feet in Italy, the land of his heritage, surprising at first glance.

    Marcus is an original, one-of-a-kind, take my breath away athletic guitarist, with an evocative voice, and provocative songs––he’s handsome as heck, a gifted fine artist, and well, the whole package is pretty spectacular. I encourage you to Spotify the hell outta him.

    I call him "Football." If I had to guess his occupation, well… I've not seen too many singer/songwriters who look quite like this, nor have I heard any who sound like this. Marcus is as easy on the ears, mind, heart & soul as he is on the eyes.

    SCORE!

    Marcus Eaton Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
    Wednesday, 9/21/22, ***1 pm PT, 4 pm ET***
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    James Lee Stanley Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    James Lee Stanley Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    It’s always a warm delicious treat to sit down with James Lee Stanley. There’s a reason he’s opened for everyone from Bonnie Raitt, Art Garfunkle, Bill Cosby (before we knew), Robin Williams, Dionne Warwick, Robin Trower, and Steven Wright for 3 years. His 50+ years of friendship and musical partnership with Peter Tork were covered from start till two days before Peter’s passing when he was felled by rare cancer under his tongue. Shockingly, James survived his own bout of tongue cancer months later, when his beloved wife Evelina suggested an endoscopy, without cause. James was back performing mere months later. Last September, days after sitting down with us here, James fell off his roof, for the first time not under the watchful eye of his Evelina, broke his back, was airlifted for surgery, took no pain meds, and did a concert two weeks after surgery. This is a substance- sans substances.

    James treated us to a solo rendition of All I Ever Wanted, one of the many songs he and Peter recorded together. Just today he posted a video of them performing it: https://youtu.be/9VmeUvSYS1A. James also treated us to fab, funny, apropos, Wake The Flock Up, one of my favorite cuts from his All Wood And Doors, Moonlight Drive, and to the ink just dried, brand new, Carnival. Gorgeous vocals and stunning guitars are James’ trademarks.

    We talked about his All Wood And Stones, Doors, and Led series, what inspired it, the players who’ve graced it, his upcoming album, his 36th, the documentary, The Opening Act – The Extraordinary Journey of James Lee Stanley directed by documentarian Gary J Katz (Badfinger, Humble Pie, Steve Marriott, Manassas), which has received a Peoples Choice Award, was in the London Lift-Off Film Festival and was accepted into the LA, Chicago, and Atlanta Film Festivals, awaiting judging.

    James Lee always leaves me wanting more. Fortunately, I know exactly where to find it JamesLeeStanley.com

    James Lee Stanley Live on Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 9/21/22, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Immediate Family​ Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    The Immediate Family​ Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Whaddya get when you put 5 rock icons and a rockstar filmmaker together on a Zoom screen… besides a ridiculously hip Brady Brunch, Hollywood totally not Squares scene? Nirvana - sans Kurt. Sitting down with The Immediate Family, Danny Kortchmar (Kootch), Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Russell Kunkel, and Steve Postell, plus documentarian, Denny Tedesco, could have been a chaotic mess, instead. like the brilliance that pervades their music and art, the time flew like smooth jazz, only more like great rock ’n roll… cause that’s way more fun.

    We talked current events, their upcoming album, tentatively titled, The Best Record Ever Made, the one cover they’ve covered, to be the first single, their hitting the festivals now documentary, Immediate Family, featuring James Taylor, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, and Stevie Nicks, to name some, touring in real-time, with Lyle Lovett and Stevie Nicks, and the toll COVID is taking, upcoming shows in Los Angeles at all the Canyon Clubs in November (for the dates, ask Steve), how they first assembled 50 years ago, became The Section, and how they reassembled, added Steve and became The Immediate Family. Denny gave us insights into the making of the movie, and the boys tossed out favorite parts.

    For anyone who grew up with or now listens to rock ’n roll, these players define the music of our generation. Pretty much every record in heavy rotation on my turntable through the years was graced with their genius. And now, the brothers come together front and center, featuring not only the hits they helped create, but new songs that will no doubt blaze a similar trail. They rock like hell and together they may just be the best rock ’n roll band any of them has ever been a part of.

    Check out the doc preview: https://immediatefamilyfilm.com/
    I can’t wait for the thing. I love these guys so damn much as people and as artists. Still flying from the time spent in their collective good company, and I haven’t boarded a plane in 3 years. Long live rock!

    The Immediate Family Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
    Wednesday, 9/14/22, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
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    Nicole Venablesof Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Productss for the best tressed. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Peter Riegert Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Peter Riegert Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Peter Riegert Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Stories, stories, and more stories, one better than the next, all fantastical! Peter Riegert exceeded my high expectations and that’s an exceedingly tall order.

    Somehow 2 hrs and 45 min flew by in an instant, yet at the same time, we got to know so much about Peter, his life, his work, his thoughts, his heart, and his art.

    From the Bronx boy playing stickball to marching with Martin, who had a dream, to an underachieving student, teacher, and waiter, Bella Abzug, to improv, War Babies to Peter’s first resume and headshot––hysterical story! From Off-Broadway, a Marx Brother, to Mamet, aligning lives and love with Bette Midler, Mash, Coma, to the game changer, Animal House, how he got it, so many stories from there to here… Bette, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Matheson, John Belushi, Karen Allen, Mark Metcalf, Chilly Scenes of Winter, John Heard, an Academy Award nomination, Crossing Delancey, Amy Irving, the pickle man––a chick magnet, Local Hero, how that came to be, what it meant to him, crazy stories, one of which brought a tear or two to both our eyes. Burt Lancaster, with whom he shared a long ago historical memory, to Tony Soprano and how James Gandolfini allowed Peter a searingly horrifying yet graceful exit from The Sopranos to Succession and the Amazon crime drama he begins filming on Friday.

    We hit highlights of Peter’s work, dug deep into the man, and I hope, gained a new friend. As accessible and fun as Animal House’s Boon, as charming and emotional as Crossing Delancey’s Sam, and as savvy, transformative, and thoughtful as Local Hero’s Mac, Peter Riegert is a warm, complex, fiercely talented human whom I’ve adored since first sight, and respect and appreciate even more now. This time with him was a gift. He's a mensch beyond measure. I so needed the laughs and the eggs.

    Peter Riegert Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
    Wednesday, 9/7/22, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    • 2 hr 45 min
    Sandy Gennaro Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Sandy Gennaro Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Sandy Gennaro Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    I feel like I went “home.” Sitting down with Sandy Gennaro after a 30-year abyss was a walk down the wild side of memory lane and just crazy fun. Having a bunch of our old cohorts from back in the day along for the ride made it that much funner.

    Sandy took us from Staten Island, getting ignited by The Beatles, local giggin’ and day jobs to LA, meeting an idol, erring’ at a major audition, helping said idol get that gig, Michael Boloton - not a misspelling, before he was Bolton, Pat Travers, playing arenas, to playing with an unknown Cyndi Lauper, who exploded on their first tour, getting that gig thanks to Sandy’s kindness to a stranger. A recurring theme in his story. Great stories along the way, opening for Queen for months at the height of it all, The Monkees, Davy, and Micky, solo as well, Joan Jett… we got stopped there, the time flew and Sandy had another show to do.

    We talked family, his marriage which has thrived for 30+ years, his daughter living her dream, she’s had a great teacher, and Sandy’s been a masterful manifester. His recently dropped, Beat the Odds in Business & Life, which is filled with more great stories, how he did and does what he does, and how we can, too. You can get a signed copy with a pair of sticks, at https://sandygennaro.com/beat-the-odds-products/ - Sandy gives good signage! It’s how his career kind of began. It’s all in there.

    There was much laughter, smiles from face end to face end, warm remembrances, an all-around great time. There’s so much more to talk about - we’ll be back. Part Two is promised. Part 1s don’t get better.

    Here’s the discussed video of Sandy on Carson playing Stump The Band https://bit.ly/3q0L0Ey - killer!

    Sandy Gennaro Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
    Wednesday, 8/31/22, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    Thanks to Rick Smolke of Quik Impressions the best printers, printing, the best people people-ing. quikimpressions.com

    Nicole Venables of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products, for the best tressed. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Liberty DeVitto Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Liberty DeVitto Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Liberty DeVitto Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    I can’t stop smiling. How I adore Liberty DeVitto, and would even if he wasn’t one of the greatest drummers of all time––Billy Joel's, iconic partner in music for 30 years.

    I’ve known Lib for 30-something years and every time I see him it’s better than the last. Like fine wine, except neither of us is having any––unlike how it was when we met. We talk about that - his climb to stadium rock, the magnums of red, throwing up on his shoes––before Billy, Mitch Ryder, Vanilla Fudge, meeting Billy, Stevie Nicks, Only the Good Die Young, what Lib brought to it, love and their marriages, and marriages, and marriages, Richie Cannata, Russell Javors, Doug Stegmeyer, The Billy Joel Band, how Billy gave up an enormous opportunity out of love, loyalty and respect for them, and how it fell apart after 30 years of stellar music, fame & friendship. Sobriety, perhaps contributing to Lib’s demise.

    We talked about the silence between them in the years that followed, Lib’s resurrection, NYC Hit Squad with Ricky Byrd, The Lords of 52nd Street with the original BJ band, his bestselling memoir, https://amzn.to/2CP8qrg, an upcoming book about Santa https://amzn.to/3dS13li, and, his girls, girls, girls. Wife, daughters, and a new baby granddaughter, that is. The reconciliation with Billy, the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Band— playing and getting inducted into the Long Island off-shoot, and being featured in the rock doc, Hired Gun.

    Life is grand, better than ever. Lib is happy and grateful. And so much damn fun! Couldn’t adore him more. Sitting down with Lib is like going home and being with family. The one you dig.

    Liberty DeVitto Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
    Wednesday, 8/24/22, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    Thanks to Rick Smolke of Quik Impressions, the best printers, printing, the best people people-ing. quikimpressions.com

    Nicole Venables of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products, for the best tressed. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    And, Blue Microphones

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

LouisePalanker ,

I Love This

This show is infectiously informative. And I don’t just say that as the co-host. I just happen to have the best seat. Listen. Enjoy!

pea bear ,

Vicki always delivers!

Sometimes when you listen to a show, you can just feel the passion coming from the host. This is Vicki Abelson. She is an inspiration...oh, and also really really funny. Keep it up!

@tinyhuman ,

Vicki is Binge-Worthy!

I am such a huge fan of the long form interview and Vicki Abelson's conversations are some of the best I've heard. I binge-listened at work and was so impressed with the variety of guests. Michael Nesmith? Phil Rosenthal? Illeana Douglas? Vicki's show is a Who's Who of movie stars, celebrity chefs, musical stars and many more. I really enoy hearing each person describe their journey- their Road Taken- and each interview has many life lessons told with humor, love and humility. I look forward to many more episodes. Well done, Vicki!