20 April 2014

Jack Bruce, John McNally, Cannon Street, John Wetton, Alan Warner, Rob Comber & Patti Russo

Interviews from 31st March include Jack Bruce of Cream, John McNally of The Searchers, Cannon Street live in the studio, John Wetton of Asia, Alan Warner of The Foundations, Rob Comber of The Bohemians, along with Patti Russo.

Jack Bruce is a Scottish musician and composer, known as a founder member of the British psychedelic rock power trio, Cream, in the late 1960s.  He has maintained a solo career to date that spans several decades, and also has participated in several critically acclaimed musical ensembles. Easily recognised as a memorable vocalist and bass guitarist, Bruce has been referred to as a "World-class pioneer in his main instrument; a composer of some of the most endurable and recognisable rock songs of our time; an accomplished classical, jazz and Latin musician and one of popular music's most distinctive and evocative voices." Jack is also trained as a classical cellist. However, despite all other genres of music with which he is associated, he has always considered himself to be a jazz musician, although much of his catalogue of compositions and recordings tend to evoke the blues and rock and roll. The Sunday Times stated "... many consider him to be one of the greatest bass players of all time."

John McNally is an English guitarist and vocalist. He was one of the original founders of The Searchers in 1957, and is still with the band over 50 years later.  He started off playing skiffle and said that he was first influenced by country singers like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Hank Snow but after playing at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, and specifically, playing with Fats Domino at the club, his music took a different course towards Soul and Rhythm & Blues.  John, with his band, The Searchers, like The Beatles, were instrumental with developing the Mersey sound.

Find out more about Cannon Street on their website at www.cannonstreetmusic.com

John Wetton is an English singer, bassist, and songwriter. He was born in Willington, Derbyshire, and grew up in Bournemouth. He initially rose to fame in with bands such as Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash.  After his period with King Crimson, Wetton formed UK, and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, which has proved his biggest commercial success. Their self-titled debut album sold 8 million copies worldwide and was Billboard magazine's #1 album of 1982. He later formed the duo Icon with Geoff Downes(ex-Yes, ex-Buggles) and since the 1990s has had a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums.  He has had a long career as an in-demand session bass player and has collaborated with many members of progressive rock bands such as Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson.

Alan Warner is a musician. As a boy he originally wanted to play trumpet but ended up with a toy accordion. He started playing Guitar at the age of 11, his parents bought him a cheap Spanish guitar for Christmas, and he soon realised, listening to the twangy tones of Duane Eddy, Hank Marvin, The Ventures, etc., that this was what he wanted to do. In 1966 he joined The Ramong Sound and through the band's name change and evolution he was one of the founding members of The Foundations.

Rob Comber is vocals, acoustic guitar and piano for The Bohemians.  Established in 1996, they re-enact the glory days of Queen including the Craziness of the 70’s and the Magic of the 80’s proving themselves to be the most dynamic and exciting Queen Tribute Band currently touring.  They have performed all over the UK, Europe and the World at football stadiums, festivals, theatres and other prestigious venues. The Bohemians in their majestic magnificence receive standing ovations in response to their electrifying representation of a Queen Live Concert.  Rob Comber's outrageous stage antics and personality makes him the perfect Freddie.

Patti Russo is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is perhaps best known as Meat Loaf's female lead vocalist, touring the world with his Neverland Express band since 1993.

Jack Bruce of Cream


John McNally of The Searchers


Cannon Street (Live in Studio)


John Wetton of Asia


Alan Warner of The Foundations


Rob Comber of The Bohemians


Patti Russo

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