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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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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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096: Chip Z’Nuff #2

Sound Matters episode 096 features Tom’s 2nd conversation with the always cool and catchy, Chip Z’Nuff from Enuff Z’Nuff…

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095: Steve Brown

Sound Matters episode 095 features Tom’s killer conversation with the super enthusiastic guitar great, Steve Brown from Trixter and Tokyo Motor Fist…

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094: Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Sound Matters episode 093 features Tom’s 2nd conversation with vocalist and songwriter Tony Harnell formerly of TNT…

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093: Tony Harnell #2

Sound Matters episode 093 features Tom’s 2nd conversation with vocalist and songwriter Tony Harnell formerly of TNT…

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091: Stonefront Band & Documentary

Sound Matters episode 091 features a behind-the-scenes look at the acclaimed Detroit-area jam band, Stonefront and their (as yet unreleased) “Stones Throw” documentary…

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