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Songwriter Interviews

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  • Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden)The singer that appeared on Iron Maiden's early albums talks about overcoming "Steve's rules" to co-pen some of the band's early classic anthems.read more
  • Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireThe longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.read more
  • Chris Butler of The WaitressesChris was part of the vibrant '70s music scene in Akron, where he started The Waitresses, best known for their hits "I Know What Boys Like" and "Christmas Wrapping."read more
  • Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, SOD, ex-Anthrax)Lilker was the bassist with the heaviest bands of all time, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, SOD and Brutal Truth among them.read more
  • Larry John McNallyA top-tier songwriter, the Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart and Chaka Khan have all recorded the songs of Larry John McNally. As he explains, it's all about translating the human experience.read more
  • Teddy Gentry of AlabamaAlabama founding member Teddy Gentry breaks down the band's philosophy on writing and recording songs, and talks about the most personal one's he's written.read more
  • Jason Bieler of Saigon KickWith their hit "Love is on the Way," Saigon Kick got caught in the purgatory between metal and grunge. Their guitarist and songwriter Jason Bieler tells the story.read more
  • Peter Hook (Joy Division, ex-New Order)The founding bassist of Joy Division and New Order tells the stories behind some of alt-rock's most groundbreaking and enduring tunes.read more
  • Marc Roberge of O.A.R. (2014)The O.A.R. frontman talks about how Jeff Buckley and Pearl Jam influence his life and lyrics. He also explains why sometimes you have to throw out your notes and sing at the wall.read more
  • Scott WeilandScott Weiland was not just the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, but also the lyricist in those bands. We talk songwriting and find out what he's up to now.read more
  • Jim Peterik of SurvivorJim talks "Eye of the Tiger" - why he let Weird Al do a parody, what he thinks of Katy Perry's appropriation, and the reason he skipped the Grammy ceremony when it won an award.read more
  • James Pankow of ChicagoChicago's trombone player has also penned some of the band's biggest hits... just don't get him started about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.read more
  • CJ Snare of FireHouse and Rubicon CrossCJ tells the story behind the FireHouse hit "Love of a Lifetime," which Jon Bon Jovi told him would "ruin your career."read more
  • Jeff Waters of Annihilator Jeff Waters explains how Canada's Annihilator weathered their North American metal drought by expanding their territory.read more
  • Chris Goss of Masters of RealityThe Masters of Reality frontman is also an accomplished producer. He's made music with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Scott Weiland and The Cult.read more
  • Daryl HallDaryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only one of these developments excites him. read more
  • John Wetton of Asia (ex-King Crimson)John co-penned some of the biggest mainstream rock hits of the early '80s (Asia's "Heat of the Moment") and some of the rockingest prog ever (King Crimson's "One More Red Nightmare").read more
  • P.F. SloanP.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed. read more
  • Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden)Blaze was Iron Maiden's lead singer from 1994-1999, co-writing "Man on the Edge," "The Aftermath" and "Futureal."read more
  • J-Mann of MushroomheadMushroomhead's vocalist explains their song "Qwerty" and talks about the Danny Elfman influence on the band. read more
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