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Tom Leu, MS/CPC is a Professional Speaker, Writer, Radio Host, & Photographer. A member of the National Speakers Association, Tom talks shiFt™ about Communications, Psychology, Recovery, & Rock 'n Roll. His writings, presentations, images, & interviews uncover layers within music, culture, & communications.

108: Jeff Pilson #2

April 04, 2021 Sound Matters episode 107 features Tom’s conversation with Jeff Pilson from Foreigner, Dokken, The End Machine, and Black Swan. Jeff talks about the writing and recording of the 2nd The End Machine album Phase 2 with George Lynch and Robert Mason, the addition of Steve Brown on drums replacing Mick Brown, his role…

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107: Geoff Tate

March 20, 2021 Sound Matters episode 107 features Tom’s conversation with Geoff Tate formerly of Queensryche, as well as Operation Mindcrime and Sweet Oblivion. Geoff talks about the making of the 2nd Sweet Oblivion album, Relentless, the benefits of recording virtually, the inevitable comparisons to Queensryche, his recollections about a couple of classic Queensryche songs…

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106: Doug Aldrich

March 13, 2021 Sound Matters episode 106 features Tom’s conversation with Doug Aldrich from The Dead Daisies, and formerly of Whitesnake, Dio, Revolution Saints, Hurricane, Lion and many more. Doug shares insights about the latest Daisies album Holy Ground, Glenn Hughes, stories from his many past bands and projects, on being a pro in this business, Tommy Aldridge,…

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105: Highlights & Hits (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & The Tree Dogs)

February 20, 2021 Sound Matters Show “Highlights & Hits” episode #105 features Terry “Double T” Turen from 96.7 The Eagle and I running down the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, controversies, snubs, opinions and politics (8:13). Also, my conversation with Mike Parr from Rockford’s The Tree Dogs (46:59) talking about the band’s music,…

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104: Highlights & Hits (Yes Factory & MetroCentre’s 40th)

February 06, 2021 Sound Matters Show “Highlights & Hits” episode #104 runs down the latest controversies in music news, This Week in Music History, the 40th Anniversary of the Rockford Metrocentre, and my conversation with Ian Zander & Brennan Reiter from Yes Factory on their approach to songwriting and recording and future plans for their music… …

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103: Highlights & Hits (2020 Top Albums & Favorite Guitar Solos)

January 23, 2021 Sound Matters Show “Highlights & Hits” episode #103 runs down Terry “Double T” Turen from 96.7 The Eagle, show producer Spencer Jacobsen, and my lists of Top 2020 Albums. Special guest Jay Mock, guitarist from Suite Oblivion and I also share our eclectic picks for Favorite Guitar Solos of all time. SOUND…

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102: Highlights & Hits (4 YR)

January 02, 2021 Sound Matters 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY “Highlights & Hits” show #102 features conversations about new themes and topic driven shows going into 2021, songs about new beginnings, and well-wishes from past show guests and listeners thanking us for doing the show throughout a very tough year. Guests include show producer, Spencer Jacobsen, Kevin…

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101: Highlights & Hits (Holiday #2)

December 19, 2020 Episode #101 is the second holiday-themed show featuring conversation and commentary about changes coming in 2021, the sounds of the season, as well as Tom and Spencer’s select holiday tracks from a cross-section of artists. Show #101 concludes with Tom’s signature Sound Matter Moment… > New show features/segments coming up in 2021…

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100: Eddie Van Halen Tribute

October 10, 2020 Sound Matters milestone episode #100 is a very special tribute to the late, great Eddie Van Halen. This episode features unique, personal, and revealing insights and experiences with EVH from platinum rockers Steve Brown from Trixter and Tokyo Motor Fist, and Mark Kendall from Great White. Van Halen’s influence and legacy is also…

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099: Michael Grant & The Assassins

August 07, 2020 Sound Matters episode 099 features Tom’s conversation with Michael Grant formerly of L.A. Guns and Endeverafter. Michael split from L.A. Guns in 2018 and never looked back. His first solo album (under Michael Grant & The Assassins) titled Always the Villian is simply incredible. This 11 song record contains killer songs, melodies, arrangements, production, and…

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098: Donnie Vie #2

Sound Matters episode 098 features Tom’s 2nd conversation with Donnie Vie, formerly of Enuff Z’Nuff…

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097: Daxx Nielsen

July 20, 2020 Sound Matters episode 097 features my conversation with Daxx Nielsen from Cheap Trick. For over a decade, Daxx has been the drummer for the influential and legendary Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame band hailing from my hometown of Rockford, IL. Daxx and I have known each other since our days gigging…

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