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Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music PodcastOne

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    • 4.1 • 67 Ratings

Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

    Adam of Adam & The Metal Hawks

    Adam of Adam & The Metal Hawks

    This episode is a must listen for any new artist entering the music business & looking for advice on how to navigate the world of social media. New artists frequently ask Jay Jay for advice - & now, for the first time, Jay Jay & his guest, American idol metal singer, 24-year old Adam Ezegelian - lead singer of Adam & The Metal Hawks - will take you through all the steps you need to master & fulfill all of your Rockstar dreams. Adam gained listener's attention when starring on Season 14 of American Idol, & has since furthered his notoriety through live performances, & becoming a viral sensation with his band Adam & The Metal Hawks. Jay Jay & Adam discuss the parallels & differences between the state of Rock n Roll now to where it was in the 80's. They get into how the digital age has affected the music industry, for better or for worse, and discuss how to best navigate the current musical landscape. Jay Jay talks about why he views Adam's music in such a high regard, & how his raw talent immediately stuck out to him after catching their band perform live earlier this year. You won't want to miss this conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    Be sure to stay up to date on Adam's music (New album releases this year, “Hurry up and Wait) - & check out some of his videos, socials & upcoming tour dates below!

    "Backwards"
    https://youtu.be/GLMq91Q5lBw

    Adam on top 12 guys American idol season 14 singing I Wanna Rock!
    https://youtu.be/FzBcBR8Op5w



    Upcoming Canadian tour dates and locations:

    May 25 - @onyxguelph / Guelph, ON
    May 26 - @mooseandgoose / Thorold, ON
    May 27 - @thesneakydees / Toronto, ON
    May 28 - @brassmonkeyottawa / Ottawa, ON
    May 29 - @thequeensnightclub / Barrie, ON

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Barry Bostwick

    Barry Bostwick

    This week's special guest is actor & singer Barry Bostwick! The talented & energetic actor has built an amazing legacy through both film & theatre performance. Barry has received both a Golden Globe & a Tony Award for his acting, & is well known for portraying Brad Majors in the musical comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Jay Jay & Barry get along over their musical experiences, and chat about the differences between the creative communities in New York vs Los Angeles over the years. Hear the story of how Barry landed his role in Rocky Horror, Hollywood's doubt & unawareness of its value upon its release, & what it has been like to be a part of this cult institution. This insightful episode has countless gems of stories, & is a must listen for all film, theater & music buffs.

    Stay up to date on Barry's current acting projects, or have him sign a pair of underwear for you - at barrybostwick.com, & don't miss this conversation - only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Catherine Mary Stewart

    Catherine Mary Stewart

    The renowned actress Catherine Mary Stewart is this week's guest on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! Join Jay Jay & Catherine for another conversation that truly goes beyond the music. Hear the story of how Jay Jay & Catherine connected earlier this month when both working & signing autographs at a horror con event in New Jersey, & how immediately upon meeting Jay Jay told Catherine about his appreciation for her acting, as "Weekend at Bernie's" is one of his all time favorite films. Hear all about Catherine's upbringing in Canada & how passions combined with her unique journey led her to pursue acting & to become the actress that she is today. Catherine also gets into some of her favorite stories & experiences working in film & theater, including playing the role of Gwen Saunders in Weekend at Bernie's and Kayla Brady in Days of our Lives. Catherine goes on to discuss current projects, & her newfound passion for directing.

    Don't miss this conversation, and be sure to stay up to date on Catherine's current work:

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0829252/
    https://www.facebook.com/catherinemarystewart

    Produced & edited by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Jenny Boyd & Jane Green

    Jenny Boyd & Jane Green

    This week we're revisiting previous episode highlight, Jay Jay's conversation with best-selling author Jane Green, and author & former model Jenny Boyd. Listen to these two discuss their most recent writing projects, including Jenny's book "Jennifer Juniper: A Journey Beyond the Muse," which was released this past year. Jane & Jenny also discuss the differences between living in England and the United States, what their writing processes look like during a global pandemic, and remarkable stories from their careers, as well as being in and around the music world.

    -Produced & Edited by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Mark Metcalf

    Mark Metcalf

    Mark Metcalf, star of the legendary movie Animal House & the overbearing father/teacher in two of Twisted Sister's most famous videos, I Wanna Rock & We're Not Gonna Take It, is this week's special guest! In addition to these roles, & exclaiming the classic line "What do you want to do with your life??!" Mark has an incredibly extensive history is both television and theater. Mark shares some amazing, & hilarious, stories about his journey into the world of entertainment, and how his passion for theater at a young age led him to become an actor. Jay Jay & Mark share stories covering everything from how they dealt with being drafted into the army, to being typecast in Hollywood & the importance of sticking to your own unique creative journey. Be sure to catch this conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    Produced & edited by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Rocky Athas

    Rocky Athas

    Rocky Athas, also known by fans as the Texas Tornado-The Malice from Dallas- & The Last Great Bluesbreaker Guitarist, is this week's guest on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! The legendary Texan Blues guitarist & songwriter has collaborated with the likes of Buddy Miles, Glenn Hughes, Black Oak Arkansas & John Mayall - to name a few. Jay Jay & Rocky talk all things Blues guitar - discussing how the Blues came into both their lives, and how deeply it impacted their lives & playing over the years. Don't miss their conversation, and be sure to keep up to date on Rocky's work by checking out his website www.rockyathas.com, Instagram @rockyathas & Twitter @RockyAthas

    Produced & edited by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

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Pretty good

JJ’s a great host.
Love the fact that he mixes music, business, family and politics and speaks honestly about each. That takes courage. Would love to see him interview some of the people who were on Tipper Gore’s Censorship Committee.

Deantho* ,

Awesome podcast!

Life long T.S fan here, love hearing Jay Jay's stories and insights along with great interviews with top notch guests from the music industry!
I look forward to it weekly...

JGK177 ,

Thoroughly enjoyable

I listened to your first two shows (so far). Really enjoyed hearing you and Mike talk- the best part was you both sounded like you were enjoying the conversation and it was a good balance of technical talk, nostalgia and humor! Same with Chef Lomonico.. congratulations John! You really were made to do this! Well done!

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