9 episodes

30 year veteran tour manager and audio engineer John Michaels and entertainment attorney & longtime musician Alan Tilles sit down with musicians and professionals in the music business to discuss the inner workings of concerts, unique experiences that happen in the entertainment industry and what happens backstage.

Soft Pass - Your Backstage Access John Michaels & Alan Tilles

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

30 year veteran tour manager and audio engineer John Michaels and entertainment attorney & longtime musician Alan Tilles sit down with musicians and professionals in the music business to discuss the inner workings of concerts, unique experiences that happen in the entertainment industry and what happens backstage.

    Mark Andes (Spirit / Firefall / Heart) & Lance Hoppen (Orleans / Felix & The Rascals)

    Mark Andes (Spirit / Firefall / Heart) & Lance Hoppen (Orleans / Felix & The Rascals)

    Episode 9 is about the bass!  East Coast meets West Coast as John and Alan are joined by Mark Andes, who first came to musical prominence as the bass player for the legendary LA band Spirit, and went on to be a co-founding member of Jo Jo Gunne, he then became Heart's second bass player, and co-founded Firefall.  Holding down the other bass position is Lance Hoppen of Orleans, who together with his brother Larry (and now including his other brother Lane) has graced the Billboard charts with huge hits like Still The One and Dance With Me.
    Mark talks about growing up in the L.A. music and acting community, his encounter with a naked Charles Manson, the Spirit/Led Zeppelin controversy and playing with scores of terrific musicians in cities far and wide.  Lance talks about the Woodstock music scene in the 70s, how re-recording Dance With Me led to the band's success and why siblings singing together sounds so good. A truly unique episode!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 8 - Andy Cahan (Turtles / Harry Nilsson / Little Richard) & Rodney Justo (Atlanta Rhythm Section / Roy Orbison & The Candymen)

    Episode 8 - Andy Cahan (Turtles / Harry Nilsson / Little Richard) & Rodney Justo (Atlanta Rhythm Section / Roy Orbison & The Candymen)

    Join John and Alan as they sit down with 2 legends of the business. Multi-instrumentalist Andy Cahan who has played with the Turtles, Jimi Hendrix, 3/4 of the Beatles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Frank Zappa, Harry Nilsson and many more. Our other guest Rodney Justo is the original and current lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, he also toured with Roy Orbison as part of The Candymen. 

    Andy talks about gigs with the Turtles, hanging out with Grace Slick, recording Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr in his living room, and all kinds of other odd stories including the origin of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album title. Rodney takes us back to Doraville and the early days of ARS, as well as working with BJ Thomas and Buddy Buie and his own story about Paul McCartney and we talk about the nicest man in show business, Roy Orbison.  Enjoy.

    • 58 min
    Episode 7 - Dan Navarro (Lowen&Navarro) & Noah Levy (Brian Setzer Orchestra / Rockabilly Riot / The Honeydogs / Peter Frampton / Five for Fighting)

    Episode 7 - Dan Navarro (Lowen&Navarro) & Noah Levy (Brian Setzer Orchestra / Rockabilly Riot / The Honeydogs / Peter Frampton / Five for Fighting)

    In this episode John and Alan are joined by longtime singer/songwriter Dan Navarro who, with his former songwriting partner Eric Lowen, has written songs for The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dionne Warwick and many others including the #1 smash hit "We Belong" made popular by Pat Benatar. In addition Dan is a voice actor in Los Angeles and works on movies and shows like The Lorax, The Book Of Life, Family Guy, and American Dad. We are also joined by a common friend, Twin Cities drummer Noah Levy, originally from his own Minneapolis band The Honeydogs. Noah has played with Peter Frampton, BoDeans, Five for Fighting, Mason Jennings, Martin Zellar, and others. He currently plays drums for Brian Setzer in both the Orchestra and the Rockabilly Riot. We discuss everything from Shakeys Pizza to the interpersonal difficulties between songwriters. Dan talks about being a buyer for Tower Records and working as an assistant to the manager of the Moody Blues. Noah talks about what it takes to do something impromptu on television when dealing with a 17 piece horn section of music readers. Dan takes us through the entire process of writing "We Belong" and he shares some stories about his cousin Dave. Noah talks about building a studio with his son Issac and his current escapades in the Minneapolis scene and much much more. We close with "on the road" Trivia. Enjoy.

    Dan’s Website
    Dan’s FB
    Dan's Instagram - @dannavarromusic
    Dan's Twitter - @dannavarro

    We Belong - Lowen & Navarro
    Walking on a Wire (Official Video) - Lowen & Navarro
    Dan on American Dad  
    Dan in Happy Feet  
    Dan in Fallout 4  
    Donate to help fight ALS

    Noah’s Twitter - @NoahLevyDrums
    Noah’s Instagram - @noahllevy
    Noah Levy's FB Page
    Noah with Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot - Gene & Eddie 
    The Honeydogs - What I Want (official video) 
    Noah with Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot - Stray Cat Strut

    • 1 hr
    Episode 6 - Eliot Lewis (Hall & Oates/Average White Band) & Herman Matthews (Tower of Power/Kenny Loggins/Tom Jones/Timothy B. Schmit)

    Episode 6 - Eliot Lewis (Hall & Oates/Average White Band) & Herman Matthews (Tower of Power/Kenny Loggins/Tom Jones/Timothy B. Schmit)

    This episode John and Alan are joined by Eliot Lewis (Hall & Oates / Average White Band) and Herman Matthews (Tower of Power / Kenny Loggins / Tom Jones / Bob James). Eliot talks about working on Live From Daryl's House and some of the guests he's played with. Herman talks about drinking with Tom Jones and hearing Elvis stories until the sun comes up. Eliot talks about jamming with Peter Frampton at age 12 and playing at the White House, and Herman shares some experiences with Stevie Wonder, Richard Marx, and taking the place of David Garabaldi without trying to take the place of David Garabaldi. Eliot shares a story about playing with Booker T, and both of them discuss working with Kenny Loggins. We close out with a new segment - Soft Pass Trivia.

    Eliot's Website
    Herman's Website
    Eliot with Average White Band
    Eliot with Hall & Oates
    Herman with Tom Jones
    Herman with Tower of Power (Drum View) 

    • 57 min
    Episode 5 - Burleigh Drummond & Mary Harris-Drummond of Ambrosia

    Episode 5 - Burleigh Drummond & Mary Harris-Drummond of Ambrosia

    John and Alan sit down with Burleigh Drummond and Mary Harris-Drummond from Ambrosia for an hour of stories.  What kind of stories? Stories about how Bruce Hornsby first got his start in Ambrosia, Debby Boone, Ringo Starr, Michael McDonald, Edger Winter, Jimmy Buffett, and a bunch of other people all played a part in Burliegh and Mary's lives. Hear about how the soft pop stars Ambrosia killed time on the road by using explosives to launch trash cans in the air. Burleigh laments on having to practice in front of the greatest drummers in the world and Mary tells us about Sting and Stewart Copeland trying to push each other out of an airplane in flight. Burleigh and Mary talk about what it's like to have a second generation of Drummonds playing music together, and Burleigh finally clears the air on why Dave Pack isn't with the band. Most of all it's a delightfully fun trip through 5 decades of music, and some great stories told by a couple who's marriage has survived the same amount of time.

    Tin Drum Music - www.tindrummusic.com
    Ambrosia Official Website - www.ambrosialive.net

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 4 - Singer Jason Malachi & Goran Kralj (The Gufs)

    Episode 4 - Singer Jason Malachi & Goran Kralj (The Gufs)

    On this episode we have a rare appearance from east coast Singer/Songwriter Jason Malachi along with Midwest Singer/Songwriter Goran Kralj. Jason's life was turned into upheaval 10 years ago among accusations connecting him to the 2007 Eddie Cascio / James Porte / Michael Jackson sessions which were brought into ill repute by Teddy Riley and members of the Jackson Family, and ended up in an ongoing lawsuit - more about that in the episode.  We also talk about the songwriting process, Goran talks about seeing Jeff Buckley in the crowd at one of his past shows. Jason tells us about working with the R&B group Dru Hill and Jodeci among others in the studio as well as working with producer Damon Sharpe. Goran tells us his Desmond Child story. Jason expounds on horseback riding escapades in Los Angeles with Suge Knight. Goran talks about his band The Gufs and some of their touring experiences with Jars of Clay, The Samples, and Matchbox 20. We close out with a sneak peak of each artists new solo record, including a never before heard clip of Jason's new record.   

    Jason's Website - www.jasonmalachi.us
    Goran's Website - www.goransongs.com
    The Gufs Website - www.thegufsmusic.com

    • 59 min

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