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Interviews from the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show with Pariah Burke.

Hard, Heavy, and Hair with Pariah Burke is a world-wide syndicated radio show featuring 2 full hours of heart-pounding, guitar-crunching, horn-throwing Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and all the way up to today. Airs on 5 continents on FM, AM, and Net stations. New show every week!

Website: https://PariahRocks.com

Pariah Burke's Hard, Heavy & Hair: THE INTERVIEWS Pariah Burke

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Interviews from the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show with Pariah Burke.

Hard, Heavy, and Hair with Pariah Burke is a world-wide syndicated radio show featuring 2 full hours of heart-pounding, guitar-crunching, horn-throwing Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and all the way up to today. Airs on 5 continents on FM, AM, and Net stations. New show every week!

Website: https://PariahRocks.com

    Phil Lewis (LA Guns)

    Phil Lewis (LA Guns)

    I had an enjoyable conversation with L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis from his home in Las Vegas. After showing me around his house, Phil and I talked about the new L.A. Guns album Checkered Past, Tracii Guns' offer to Phil of 49% ownership in the band name, his surprising views on the future of L.A. Guns recording, the rising star painter Mason Storm, and Phil's work helping to posthumously finish Pete Way's final album.

    More info at https://rockn.me/phillewis | https://PariahRocks.com/Interviews

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    • 26 min
    Emissary (Jym Harris & Tim Dahlen)

    Emissary (Jym Harris & Tim Dahlen)

    There once was a talented Melodic Thrash and Power Metal band from Southern Oregon that was cutting their own path to success. Unfortunately, they stepped off the path, and they've been lost in the woods for 25 years. This year, they found their way back to the trail, and now they're poised to pick up where they left off.

    Taking a quarter-century-old demo tape of songs so good it became a fascination for collectors as far away from Oregon as Germany, and applying modern musicianship and mastering techniques, the cult favorite band Emissary has reunited for success. And they've asked me and The Hard, Heavy & Hair Show to host the exclusive, worldwide premiere of their next song, a track that won't be available until they drop their first official album in 25 years, just before 2022.

    I spoke with the driving force members of Emissary--then and now--about the song, the new album, and just what the hell happened to get them so off track for so long.

    More info at https://rockn.me/emissary | https://PariahRocks.com/Interviews


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Steven St. James (Rough Cutt, Sarge, Kagny and the Dirty Rats)

    Steven St. James (Rough Cutt, Sarge, Kagny and the Dirty Rats)

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    Steven St. James has a soulful singing voice that has taken him from Motown's Hard Rock band Kagny and the Dirty Rats with a pre-BulletBoys Marq Torien, to the band Sarge where he cowrote some of what would become Rough Cutt's hits with guitarist Chris Hager, to, finally, just in the last couple of years, reuniting with Hager and fronting Rough Cutt itself with a revitalized lineup. His voice brings back to Hard Rock a soulfulness, a vulnerability, but also a street corner toughness, that's lacking from many bands these days.


    Steven's singing ability is big and beautiful and outdone only by his humility and kindness. I first met Steven at the first performance of the current Rough Cutt lineup in 2019. We've been friends ever since. It turns out, Steven is the only member of Rough Cutt I haven't previously interviewed, so we decided to rectify that in what became part-interview, part-hangout. We talked about his time with Motown, the new Rough Cutt song "Black Rose," which he co-wrote, his singing and songwriting career, how he gets along with original Rough Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino, and more.



    Bourbon
    Singing in 118-degrees
    Urgent L.A.
    Why Steven trained for, but didn't become, and EMT
    Controlling his anger
    Steven's long history with Rough Cutt before joining Rough Cutt
    Forming the band Sarge with Chris Hager, who was fresh out of Ratt
    Recruiting Matt Thorne and other Ratt members
    Motown seeks out Steven
    Motown demands exclusivity
    Hanging with Ronnie James Dio
    Recruiting Marq Torien for Kagny and the Dirty Rats
    Reconnecting with Chris Hager of Rough Riot
    A singer who helps with load-in!
    Impressing Rockin' Dave Alford
    Joining Rough Cutt (before he knew he joined Rough Cutt)
    2019: "I know Chris [Hager] and Dave [Alford] reached out to Paul [Shortino]" and the other former members of Rough Cutt
    The other Rough Cutt's songs and crediting songwriters
    The classic Rough Cutt lineup then Rough Riot
    How could "those other guys" not know about the 2019 Rough Cutt new lineup
    The perplexing press release by Shortino, Thorne, and Derakh
    An impromptu review of Rough Cutt III
    Rough Cutt vs. Rough Cutt
    Steven reaches out to Paul Shortino
    Who is everybody really mad at?
    Turning off the controversy
    Who's going to change their name?
    Joking about new band names
    Rough Cutt CD
    RC/DC
    Who couldn't have known about the new Rough Cutt over the last 2 years?!
    Mutual respect
    Who actually wrote "Black Rose"/"Bed of Black Roses" and who claimed credit?
    Steven co-wrote Rough Cutt's most famous song... without credit
    Working past things
    Sarge songs reworked to Rough Cutt songs
    Matt Thorne went "full on scorched earth on ASCAP"
    Pariah looks up the actual legal songwriting and royalty credits
    The fight quiets down
    There is no comparison... unless you want to create a conflict
    Steven St. James and Paul Shortino are two different singers
    \ Butting heads, but making a way to work together
    "Eventually the water's just going to be red."
    Paul Shortino apparently won't talk to Pariah
    Rougher Cutt
    Keeping his voice in shape during the lockdown
    Advise for other singers
    Singing with Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Walker, and Mary Clayton
    Supporting the bands
    Steven's bands' websites


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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Cassidy Paris (Singer)

    Cassidy Paris (Singer)

    Cassidy Paris is a teenager with a voice--and mind--more mature than her years. From Melbourne, Australia, Cassidy has reached across the globe with a Rock N' Roll signing voice evocative of Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and Lzzy Hale. She's also a spokesperson for Metalheads Against Bullying and a woman with a heart almost as big as her amazing voice.

    Cassidy has been mentored by her father, Wicked Smile guitarist Stevie Janevski, and Danger Danger and the Defiants vocalist Paul Laine, but, as excellent as those musicians are--and I'm a fan of all three of those bands--Cassidy's talent at the next level. I can see her music leading the next generation of Hard Rock and bridging the gap between that genre and Pop music in a way not seen since Lee Aaron. That much talent, packed into a level-headed 18 year-old who has been recording since she was 13, gives me hope that the next generation of Rock N' Roll is in good hands. 

    Recently I had the pleasure and honor of talking with this talented, smart, passionate woman from her home in Australia, from a bedroom that mirrors any Rock fan's in the 80s--with wall-to-wall concert and band posters, guitars, and Peavy amps.

    More info at https://rockn.me/cassidyparis | https://PariahRocks.com/Interviews


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    • 36 min
    Ray West (Spread Eagle, Weapons of Anew)

    Ray West (Spread Eagle, Weapons of Anew)

    More info at https://rockn.me/raywest | https://PariahRocks.com/Interviews

    Spread Eagle is the sound of New York Street Metal. Their 1990 debut album is one of the best Glam Metal debuts of all time, right up with Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, and Skid Row. Their 2019 comeback record is equally celebrated. Pariah had a great conversation with original and still Spread Eagle frontman Ray West about the band, their music, and so much more.

    Topics:

    - Ray West's career before Spread Eagle
    - The founding of Spread Eagle
    - A&R reps coming to them
    - The debut album
    - Quitting Spread Eagle
    - Drugs and getting sober
    - Becoming Ray F*****g West
    - On track to Subway to the Stars
    - Subway to the Stars and COVID
    - The 80s transitioning into the 90s
    - New York Street Metal
    - A rat in the Spread Eagle soundboard
    - Stepping in poo... and it squeals
    - Boston and New York
    - Sports
    - Rock N' Roll has changed
    - What really happens backstage now
    - Ray's sobriety
    - His solo album
    - Teaching at School of Rock
    - Ray's advice to the next generation of rockers
    - The business of being in a band
    - Split sheets
    - The one thing every band needs for it to work
    - "The business doesn't want assholes any more."
    - The business/fun relationship
    - Ray's unexpected reaction to the day they signed their first record deal
    - The Music Cemetery of America
    - Guns N' Roses blazing a trail
    - The silliness of the 80s
    - Getting real
    - Spread Eagle was caught between the grey area and the grey area
    - The band girls could bring home to their mothers
    - "I got to go to the party for a little while."
    - Backing tracks
    - The Book of Rock 101
    - Auto-tune
    - Keeping their edge
    - Spread Eagle's first road gig - New York, NY to Portland, OR

    One night in 1990, at the pinnacle of 80s Hard Rock and Glam, the safety of the suburbs was shattered with the switchblade screech of Paul DiBartolo's guitar and Ray West's back alley wailing that sounded like gunshots and screams on a Brooklyn summer night. Spread Eagle had broken out of New York and brought the raw, grimy feel of America's largest, most dangerous city with them.

    Their record company didn't know what to do with them, but their debut album consistently ranks up with Appetite for Destruction, Skid Row, and Too Fast For Love as among the greatest Glam and 80s Metal debut records with tracks like "Switchblade Serenade," "Scratch Like a Cat," "Hot Sex," "Through These Eyes" and "Suzy Suicide." Their sophomore album, Open to the Public, was released at the nadir of 80s Metal and the apex of Grunge, prompting the band to call it quits.

    26 years later, in 2019, they released their third album, Subway to the Stars, proving that you can take the Metal boys out of New York, but not the New York Metal out of the boys.

    The minute my conversation with Spread Eagle lead vocalist Ray West started, we both felt like we'd been friends for years already. We talked about the history of Spread Eagle, Subway to the Stars, the new album the guys are working on, how their record label didn't know what to do with them, Ray's sobriety, and some truly sage advice for the current generation of Rock musicians.

    More info at https://rockn.me/raywest | https://PariahRocks.com/Interviews

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    • 58 min
    Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Last in Line, Resurrection Kings)

    Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Last in Line, Resurrection Kings)

    Vinny Appice is one of the biggest Metal drummers and songwriters in the world, and is in the Hall of Heavy Metal History for his contributions to Heavy Metal drumming.

    As a teenager he played on a John Lennon album, and drummed for Lennon during the former Beatle's final live performance. Vinny replaced Bill Ward as Black Sabbath's drummer during the Dio years, and then joined Ronnie James Dio in founding and defining the sound of the band Dio. Vinny co-wrote all your favorite Dio songs, which he still performs, along with new songs, with a mostly reunited Dio under the name Last in Line. Vinny is part of Joel Hoekstra's 13 and the supergroup Resurrection Kings, whose latest album I was ready to ask him all about, but Vinny's surprising response to my first question about the record made me change tact. Listen for yourself in the Hard, Heavy & Hair interview with Vinny Appice.

    We talk about:
    - The new Resurrection Kings LP Skygazer and what Vinny doesn't like about it
    - Find out who Vinny is talking about when he says, "either they're deaf or they don't know how to mix."
    - Drumming on the latest Joel Hoekstra's 13 album, Running Games.
    - Playing a perfect set with people he met only 2 hours before.
    - The upcoming third Last in Line album.
    - The Last in Line writing process.
    - Vinny's advice to younger musicians.
    - That time Jimmy Bain got into the wrong tour van.
    - When the smoke machine exploded behind him during a Black Sabbath concert.
    - Where you can catch Vinny this summer for an autograph and drum clinics.


    More info at https://rockn.me/vinnyappice | https://PariahRocks.com/Interviews

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    • 42 min

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