VRP Rocks - Classic Rock Interviews

VRP Rocks - Classic Rock Interviews

The ultimate classic rock podcast with big name interviews on every episode! If you love classic rock and want to hear stories of the glory days from the guys who were at the heart of the action then you'll LOVE this comprehensive classic rock podcast, hosted by UK radio veteran, Paul Stephenson! Scroll back through the archives to hear Paul chat with stars from some of the biggest rock bands of the 60s, 70s and 80s, INCLUDING more than 25 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees! From playing with Jimi Hendrix and partying with Led Zeppelin, to appearing at Woodstock and starring on the famous Sunset Strip during the hedonistic days of the 70s and 80s, you'll hear it all told by these legends! Check out the video interviews too at https://www.youtube.com/@VRPRocks Proudly part of Pantheon Podcasts Network.

Episodes

September 25, 2023 49 mins
Welcome to the milestone 100th episode of VRP Rocks, where we bring you exclusive interviews with the biggest names in rock music. In this special episode, Paul plays you his exclusive new interview with the one and only Peter Frampton. Join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion and thank our incredible listeners for their unwavering support over the years. We give a special shoutout to those devoted fans who have been with us...
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We have a special treat for guitar enthusiasts as we sit down with the legendary Uli Jon Roth! Known for his incredible talent and iconic contributions to bands like the Scorpions, Uli shares his journey with the guitar and how he honed his craft. From his early years to his dedication and practice, Uli reveals the secrets behind his exceptional playing ability. But that's not all! We also delve into the technical side of Uli's sou...
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Paul sits down again with John Illsley, renowned member of the legendary band Dire Straits. As part of the new series "My Five Favourite," John takes us on a journey through his most beloved songs from the bands back catalogue. Join us as we dive deep into the stories, meanings, and creative processes behind these classic tracks. John shares stories from the songs, such as being transported back to the gritty and vibrant West End i...
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September 4, 2023 52 mins
Dee Snider needs no introduction. With huge success in the 80s, his career seemed unstoppable. Dee takes us through his career, recounting some incredible and hair-raising moments from his time in Twisted Sister From being the target of bottle-throwing crowds to the intense energy of iconic festivals like Reading and Donnington, he has seen it all. Through his candid storytelling, you'll learn how he turned challenging situations i...
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August 28, 2023 49 mins
This man has played with the best of the best! Voted Number 1 session drummer in the world by Modern Drummer Magazine 5 times and 3 times by Drum Magazine - not to mention appearing on Rolling Stone Magazines list of the 100 Greatest drummers of all time! He's played and recorded with McCartney & Ringo, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tony Iommi, Meat Loaf, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Dave Grohl, The Smashing Pumpki...
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August 21, 2023 34 mins
Paul sits down with the legendary lead singer and guitarist of Status Quo, Francis Rossi! Join us as we delve into the incredible journey of one of the most iconic rock bands in the history of the UK Charts. With a staggering 60 Top 40 singles, including an impressive 22 that soared into the Top 10, and an astonishing 25 Top 10 albums, Status Quo's impact is undeniable. Tune in as we uncover the secrets behind their breakout hit, '...
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Welcome to VRP Rocks, where today we dive deep into a legendary moment of rock history! In this episode, titled "Live Aid: Musicians Remember," we are joined by 3 musicians who played the Wembley show as they take us on a journey back to the iconic concert for Live Aid in 1985. Our guests share their personal memories of being part of Live Aid, the groundbreaking fundraising initiative organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in respo...
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July 3, 2023 55 mins
We have an exclusive interview with the legendary guitarist and composer, STEVE VAI! Join us as we dive deep into the fascinating journey of this musical icon, from his early days working with Frank Zappa to his groundbreaking solo career, his time with Dave Lee Roth, Whitesnake and Graham Bonnet. Get ready to be inspired by the stories behind the music and the evolution of a true guitar virtuoso. With the release of his solo recor...
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Welcome to a special bonus episode of the VRP Rocks, where we take look at the life and legend of the one and only Jimi Hendrix. Join us as we embark on a captivating journey through time, as legendary musicians such as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad, Dave Mason, Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Mark Stein from Vanilla Fudge, and Roger Earl of Foghat reveal their personal stories and experienc...
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June 19, 2023 65 mins
On Episode 94, we have a treat in store for you as we sit down with the incredible Tony Carey, keyboard extraordinaire! We explore his career which of course includes his time with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and the invaluable contributions he made to their iconic album Rainbow Rising! But that's not all. We also dive deeper into Tony Carey's career, his remarkable solo journey, delivering Billboard hits like "A Fine, Fine Day" a...
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June 12, 2023 49 mins
Join us as we delve into the remarkable career of Guy Pratt, a true virtuoso of the bass guitar. From his iconic collaborations with Pink Floyd, joining the group after Roger Waters left, to his work with renowned artists like Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Gary Moore, Echo and the Bunnymen, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Kirsty MacColl, Guy's bass lines have shaped the sound of music for decades. In this episode, we explore Guy Pratt's j...
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June 5, 2023 33 mins
On this week's big interview show we are delving back into the past to play you some more brilliant clips from the archive! This week we hear from 2 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, a Canadian star, a Brit whose band found fame in the US, an American drummer whose career goes back to the 60s and a British prog rock guitarist! We hear stories about being sued by the British Prime Minister, recording a breakthrough album oversee...
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May 29, 2023 57 mins
On today's episode we uncover the remarkable stories behind legendary rock vocalist, Graham Bonnet's career! We kick off by revisiting his early days, including his UK smash hit with The Marbles, working with the Bee Gees and the pivotal moments that set the stage for his rise to stardom. We then delve into the momentous chapter when Bonnet joined forces with the legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow. Discover the secret...
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May 28, 2023 8 mins
On this day in 2007 The Police began their HUGE reunion tour! On todays show we hear Stewart Copeland talk about that landmark set of shows! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Such sad news has broken this evening about the sad passing of the legend that is Tina Turner! Her music has enthralled fans around the world since the 60s with a string of absolute classics, such as River Deep Mountain High, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, What's Love Got To Do With It, Goldeneye, Private Dancer, Simply the Best and many many more! I interviewed Tina's former musical director last year, Alan Clarke from the band ...
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May 22, 2023 28 mins
Today Paul speaks with the incredibly talented guitarist, Joel Hoekstra, known for his work with bands like Whitesnake and Night Ranger. Joel shares his experiences from last year's "Farewell" Whitesnake tour, how he landed the gig with Whitesnake and what it is really like working closely with the iconic frontman, David Coverdale. We also explore the pivotal role played by Survivor's Jim Peterik in Joel's breakthrough, and the inc...
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May 15, 2023 17 mins
Todays guest is the former guitarist and principal songwriter for Hanoi Rocks, Andy McCoy! In this interview we talk about the re-release of his great solo record 21st Century Rocks, the remastering of the classic Hanoi album Oriental Beat, his current relationship with former lead singer Michael Monroe, his time working with Iggy Pop and the new music he's working on with daughter Sofia Zida! Andy is outspoken, as you'd expect, an...
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May 8, 2023 66 mins
In this captivating episode, we dive deep into the world of rock with an exclusive interview featuring the legendary drummer, Corky Laing. Get ready to be enthralled as Corky shares a treasure trove of incredible stories from his time in Mountain alongside Leslie West, his collaborations with iconic figures like Jack Bruce, Ian Hunter, and Mick Ronson, and unforgettable encounters with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, John Le...
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April 24, 2023 45 mins
Today Paul speaks with one of the greatest guitarists of the rock and metal scene, Mr Scary himself, GEORGE LYNCH! His unique playing style and iconic sound were a key part of the success of Dokken and Lynch Mob. We talk about his highlights from the 80s, chances of a Dokken reunion and his current relationship with Don, creating Lynch Mob, their planned new album for later this year, his work building custom guitars and about his ...
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April 17, 2023 33 mins
Rockers Alcatrazz are back with their 3rd new album in 3 years. I'm joined by their lead singer, former Rainbow frontman who's also sung for Yngwie and Michael Schenker, Doogie White! You'll hear all about the groups new release 'Take No Prisoners', his time with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow, a what-could-have-been moment with Tony Iommi and about who his first musical love was. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...
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