Rock And Roll Confessional

By CW West

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Rock and Roll Confessional is a podcast for Rock music fans. Those that love music, but are not in the industry, yet want to hear the stories that shaped the world of music. We interview not only musicians and song writers, but promoters, DJs, venue management, agents and more.

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Peter Frampton talks new album, his great friend David Bowie, recording with George Harrison

This episode is with one of our idols; Grammy Award winner - Peter Frampton. Peter talks about his new album: "Frampton Forgets the Words", along with touring with his dear friend David Bowie, his passion for playing the guitar, coping with his degenerative muscle disease, spending time recording with George Harrison and Peter tells us the story of his missing Phenix guitar. 

May 05, 2021
Co-Hosts Rita Wilde & CW West take listener questions and talk about radio days

Rita & CW  answer listener questions; Why Bruce? Favorite Disney Movie, Craziest moment in your career, person who helped you in your career, along with fun radio days events and stories! 

Apr 21, 2021
Author Joel Selvin talks about his new book Hollywood Eden - all about the surf/rock music in the late 50s - 60s

This episode is with Joel Selvin, Joel was one of the writers of the Pop Music section of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper for over 30 years. His latest book is titled: Hollywood Eden - Electric Guitars, Fast Cars and the Myth of the  California Paradise. It's all about the rock/surf music world in the late 50s to the early 60s and features the stories and connections with Jan & Dean, Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, Phil Spector, Lou Adler and many more that were all just immerging at this time. 

Apr 07, 2021
Jeff Jampol manages the legacy of artists - He talks about the new Jim Morrison book along with what it takes to manage non-performing artists

This episode we talk with Jeff Jampol of J.A.M. - Jampol Aritst Management. Part of what Jeff does is manages bands or artists that are no longer producing music. Some of his clients are: The Doors, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, John Lee Hooker, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Grace Slick, The Mamas & The Papas, Charlie Parker, Henry Mancini and more. Jeff talks about how is company represents these legacies, plus he gives us the lowdown on the new Jim Morrison book (The Collected Works of Jim Morrison; Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and  Lyrics) coming out on June 8th and a taste of the new Janis Joplin scrapbook coming out (hopefully) later this year. Plus details of what he does representing all of his clients. 

Mar 24, 2021
Master Guitarist Gary Hoey talks about touring, his upcoming album, Ozzy, Lita Ford, Rock Camp, his love for the guitar & more!

This episode is with our good friend Gary Hoey. Gary has been playing guitar since he was 14. He has released over 20 albums and is considered one of todays greatest guitarists. Gary chats with us about how he has had to change his way of performing and promoting his art during Covid, his audition with Ozzy, producing two Lita Ford albums, his involvement with the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp, how he looks at the positive side of streaming music and his passion for playing guitar!  

Mar 11, 2021
Toto's Steve Lukather & Joseph Williams talk about their new albums, touring fun, making music, and farting on the tour bus!

Toto's front man Joseph Williams and Lead Guitarist Steve Lukather join us on our latest episode. They have each released new albums: Luke's "I Found The Sun" and Joseph's "Denizen Tenant". The two joined us for fun conversation. They talk about making/working on each other's albums, what's up with Toto, their friendship since high school, what bored band members do during Covid, and plenty of rock stories! 

Feb 24, 2021
Bassist Leland Sklar talks his new book "Everybody Loves Me" + touring w/ Phil Collins, recording sessions. Frankenstein & more.

The episode is with studio and touring bassist, Leland Sklar. Leland has worked with over 2,600 bands and played on over 30,000 songs. In 2004, Phil Collins hired him for the farewell tour. Lee brought his camera and started taking pictures of birds, and we don't mean the ones from the Audubon Society! Now 16 years later and with over 12,000 photos from everyone he has run into, he has a new book titled: "Everyone Loves Me". The book will make you smile and laugh as will this episode. Lee talks not only about making the book, but touring with Phil Collins & Toto and his YouTube channel that he has been posting on everyday since March of 2020.

Feb 10, 2021
Rudy Sarzo - bassist for Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake joins us for great touring stories!

This episode is with bassist Rudy Sarzo. Rudy started playing with 
Quiet Riot in the late 70s and then joined Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio and currently The Guess Who. Rudy chats with us about his musical upbringing, growing up in Cuba, playing bass for such phenomenal bands, plus a few stories of the craziest events that ever happened on stage!

Jan 28, 2021
Brian Wheat, Tesla's co-founder & bassist

This episode Brian Wheat, founder, bassist and vocalist for Tesla talks about his new book: Son Of A Milkman - My Crazy Life With Tesla. Brian tells us stories about the bands "break-ups", reunions, how drugs and therapy played a key part in the band member's lives, how he has always wanted to be Paul McCartney, his great friend Jimmy Page, his other great friend Joe Elliot, and so much more!

Jan 14, 2021
Former Traffic guitarist and singer Dave Mason talks about getting Covid, playing with Hendrix Clapton, Fleetwood Mac & more

This episode is with former Traffic guitarist and singer Dave Mason. Dave has re-recorded his first album, 50 years after it's original release - titled "Alone Together, Again" Dave talks with us about having Covid, joining Fleetwood Mac, Derek & The Dominoes, almost joining the Jimi Hendrix Experience and so much more good rock stories

Dec 29, 2020
Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik says "f*ck you" if you don't like our new Christmas album!

WARNING - EXPLICIT LANGUAGE! Our latest episode is with guitarist/lead singer & song writer for the Goo Goo Dolls, Johnny Rzeznik! The Goo Goo Dolls have had such hits including Slide, Name and Iris! They have a new album titled "It's Christmas All Over" and features renditions of classic holiday tunes - familiar and unfamiliar, along with a few newly written songs! In the episode, Johnny talks about creating the new album, being in a punk band, their dedicated fans and lots more! 

Dec 16, 2020
Mark & Brian Part 2 - L.A.s most successful radio team talk about their favorite times, interviews, characters & more!

This is part two of a two part episode - featuring Mark Thompson & Brian Phelps, better known as Mark & Brian. They were on Los Angeles radio station, 95.5 KLOS for over 25 years and were one of the most legendary morning radio teams in the country. They were just inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame and we caught up with them a week later. The boys talk about some of their favorite moments including best interviews, throwing rocks, what they have been doing since the quarantine, favorite characters, being on the air during 9-11 and their appreciation of the listeners.

Dec 02, 2020
Mark & Brian, known for their Los Angeles morning radio show just got inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame

Mark & Brian were known for their morning show on 95.5 KLOS radio in Los Angeles for more than 25 years! They just got inducted into the  Radio Hall of Fame and they (as always) have plenty to talk about. 

The boys talk about the beginning of their career, working together, and some of the funniest moments, characters and interviews during their time in the radio business! 

Nov 18, 2020
The Immediate Family - 5 of the greatest studio & touring musicians talk about their new EP and great music stories!

This episode we talk with all 5 of the greatest studio and touring musicians: Waddy Watchel, Leeland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar and Steve Postel - all of them form The Immediate Family! These guys have been working together since the 70s and just a few years ago they created the band, The Immediate Family. The Band just released a new EP titled: Slippin' and Slidin' (with a new album coming in 2021) which has two new songs plus 3 cover tunes which different band member originally contributed to. They talk about forming this band and playing on so many albums over their decades in the music industry.  

Nov 04, 2020
The Boxmasters - Billy Bob Thornton & JD Andrew talk about their new album Light Rays

Billy Bob Thornton (or "Bud" as he is called in the band) & JD Andrew also known as The Boxmasters, talk about their new album; Light Rays. They also speak of their love of music, the importance that radio and the DJs had in their lives and how they team up to write their music. Plus influences like Frank Zappa - Frank's music also helped Billy Bob write his screen play for Sling Blade. And  Bud reminds of that he has a confession! This is a really fun show! 

Oct 21, 2020
Jon Scott is credited to putting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on the map!

Jon Scott is for not only discovering Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers first album in the closet, but making the band one of the biggest in the rock world today! Jon has a fantastic book titled; Tom Petty & Me - My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty. This is an amazing story told by our good friend Jon Scott who lived it all! 

Oct 08, 2020
The Tubes lead singer Fee Waybill joins us for stories about his new album, Quay Lewd, his worst stage show and more!

This episode we speak with The Tubes lead singer Fee Waybill. The Tubes started in San Francisco in the mid 70s. Some of their hits include: Don't Touch Me There, Sushi Girl, She's A Beauty, Mondo Bondage and the iconic White Punks On Dope! Fee has a new album: "Fee Waybill Rides Again" which was produced by Richard Marx. Fee talks with us about forming The Tubes, Quay Lewd, Rocky Horror Show, what he found in his mother's house, living in a ghost town and we find out what his worst on-stage experience was. 

Sep 23, 2020
Rand Foster music store owner has great stories working with Foo Fighters, Chrissie Hynde, Al Jardine, Taylor Swift and more!

This episode we are speaking with Rand Foster who owns a local record store; Fingerprints in Long Beach, California. Rand opened his shop in the early 90s and has had some of the biggest names come in to play live. Including: Lou Reed, Prophets of Rage, Foo Fighters, Chrissie Hynde, Ryan Adams, Taj Mahal, The Alarm, Richard Sherman, Violent Femmes, Portugal The Man and many more. We talk with Rand about his love of music, the struggles during the pandemic, Record Store Day, and some of the great musical acts that have come into play live. 

Sep 09, 2020
Chris Frantz drummer for Talking Heads talks new book, David Byrne, Ramones, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and lots more

This episode we speak with Talking Heads drummer, Chris Frantz. Chris has a new memoir book titled: "Remain In Love; Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina" Chris talks a about forming the band with friend David Byrne & girlfriend Tina Weymouth, hanging with Andy Warhol, opening for the Ramones on their first tour, and what happened during the last live performance together as the Talking Heads. Plus Tom Tom Club and his love for his wife and band mate, Tina Weymouth. Great rock stories you won't want to miss! 

Aug 26, 2020
Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger talks new album, Jim Ray & John, Light My Fire & more rock stories!

This episode we are talking with the one and only guitarist for The Doors, Robby Krieger. Robby talks about his new album: The Ritual Begins at Sundown, along with working with his fellow band members, writing the bands first hit: Light My Fire, and what happens when Jim Morrison trashes the studio after they had recorded "The End" . Lots of great stories one from one of the Legendary Rock guitarists! 

Aug 12, 2020
Kenny Aronoff talks drumming for Mellencamp Seger Fogerty & his book Sex Drums & Rock n Roll

This is a great show with one of the hardest working drummers in the music industry, Kenny Aronoff. Kenny has been the drummer for many bands including; John Mellencamp, Bob Seger & John Fogerty. We talk with Kenny about his book; "Sex, Drums & Rock 'n' Roll". Along with his many accomplishments, stories and experiences in the music world! Kenny has worked with thousands of musicians including; Brian Setzer, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Glenn Frey, Neil Diamond, The Rolling Stones, Meatloaf, Stevie Nicks, Joe Jackson and many more.

Jul 29, 2020
Yes' front man Jon Anderson tells us about his new album, seeing the Beatles, Yes music + more rock talk!

This episode we welcome the front man for the band, "Yes", Jon Anderson. Jon will be releasing a new album called 1000 Hands at the end of July (2020), It is an fantastic album! Jon gives us the low down on the 50 plus artists who joined him on this album which he began 30 years ago.

We also hear about Jon going to his first Beatles concert, meeting Ringo & Paul , writing Yes music and then we'll dive in the deep subjects of the 4th dimension with the fairies! This is a really fun hour long interview and very spiritual on top of it all! 

Jul 15, 2020
Jesse Colin Young talks Youngbloods, Steve Miller & rerecording Get Together + plus starting the No Nukes concerts

This mini episode we are talking with Jesse Colin Young. Jess began the Youngbloods in the mid 60s and had hits like Get Together & Darkness Darkness along with an extensive solo career that is still going today. Jess just re-recorded his famous Youngblood's song; Get Together with his friend Steve Miller, with 100% of the proceeds going to the WhyHunger charity started by Harry Chapin in the early 80s.

Jesse also talks about opening for Led Zeppelin, the day his home burned down in a devastating fire and how he was one of the original founders of the No Nukes Concerts.

Jul 08, 2020
Singer song writer Paul Williams talks his insight on Covid19, BLM, music writing + more.

Paul Williams is known for writing music for such groups as The Carpenters, Three Dog Night, Helen Reddy, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand and many others. Paul is also president of ASCAP, which is a membership association comprised of over 750,000 songwriters, composers & music publishers. 

In this episode, we get into a very in depth interview about the Covid 19 pandemic, Black Lives Matters, Mother Earth, Gratitude & Trust, how becoming sober changed his life, Phantom of the Paradise and much more! 

Jul 01, 2020
Laurel Canyon Documentary Director, Alison Ellwood chats with us about the making of the film

Director Alsion Ellwood talks with us about the making of the documentary film just released on EPIX. Features music and rare film footage by CSN&Y, Joni MItchell, The Byrds, Love, the Mamas & The Papas, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa, Jackson Browne, Eagles & many more!

Jun 24, 2020
Mike Peters of The Alarm

This show we are talking with one of the original band members, lead singers & guitarist of the band The Alarm. Mike has carried on the bands name since the original break-up in 1991. He is releasing 3 new albums including "Stream - Hurricane of Change". Mike tells us about the new albums along with his battle with cancer, the bands first U.S. tour with U2, his first Springsteen show and how his life has changed since he departed from the original band back in 1991. 

Jun 17, 2020
Punk Rocker John Doe of X talks about the bands first album in 35 years; Alphabetland + more!

You know John Doe as the original member of the punk band X which was created in 1977. 40 plus years later, the band is still releasing new music. Alphabetland is an amazing piece of work that John talks with us about. He also tells us stories about working with Ray Manzerek of the Doors, preforming for the Los Angeles police department and what its like playing live on stage in a punk band! Plus he really gets into our bonus round!

Jun 03, 2020
Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie chats with us about her new album Blvds of Splendor

This is a very special episode, first female, first during quarantine! We are speaking with the original lead singer of the Runaways, Cherie Currie! Cherie has a new album titled: Blvds of Splendor. She tells us the stories of writing the songs, and guest artists including Slash, Duff, Billy Corgan along with producer/drummer Matt Sorum. Cherie dives into the past and talks about her Runaways days and her chainsaw wood carving. Plus Cherie has a very interesting answer to our bonus round question: Tell us about your worst "Spinal Tap" experience.

May 20, 2020
Rock photographer Neal Preston returns for part 2

This episode is part two with iconic rock photographer, Neal Preston. Neal talks with us about his relationship with the members of Queen, his friend and muse; Stevie Nicks. He tells the story of being with Nancy Kerrigan when she got whacked in the knees by Tonya Harding. Being confronted on an airplane by a very drunk John Bonham and his set up for shooting one of the most well known Bruce Springsteen photos!

Plus Neal has been kind enough to allow us to post the photos we talk about on our website. So go to click on the appropriate show, and follow along! 

May 13, 2020
Rock photographer Neal Preston talks about working with Led Zeppelin, Zep's Peter Grand & Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe and more!

Neal Perston tells us many of the stories behind the photos in his latest book: Exhilarated and Exhausted. Neal talks about going on tour with Led Zeppelin and watching the notorious Peter Grant, Zep's manager. Neal also talks about working with his best friend Cameron Crowe on the film "Almost Famous". Both Neal and Cameron went through some of the same experiences portrayed in the film. Plus many other incredible stories! 

Apr 28, 2020
Drummer Gregg Bissonette talks about playing with Ringo Starr & The David Lee Roth Band

Gregg Bissonette is one of the most incredible drummers of today. He has played with Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, ELO, Spinal Tap, Derek Small, Don Henley, Duran Duran, Ozzy Osbourne and so many more. Gregg talks with us about his many influences, his solo albums and seeing the Beatles with his family at the age of 8.

Apr 15, 2020
Russ Giguere of The Association tells his rock stories - when the Mafia wanted the band to sign with them.

The Association's guitarist and singer, Russ Giguere tells us about the band recording hits like Along Comes Mary, Windy & Cherish. Russ' new book; "Along Comes the Association" tells us about his time meeting Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival, Frank Zappa inviting him to play with the Mothers of Invention and the mysteries of The Who. Plus so much more. 

Mar 25, 2020
Venice the band auditions for Roger Waters' The Wall tour and tells touring stories

This episode, Kipp Lennon from the band Venice dives deep into the whole story of how they auditioned for the 2010 Roger Waters' The Wall tour and got the gig. There are so many amazing stories including the night that David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined the band on stage at the O2 Arena in London and how Kipp saved David when he began singing the wrong lyrics during Comfortably  Numb. Oh but there is so much more in this episode including talking about the bands latest album Jacaranda Street and their time working with Bruce Springsteen!  If you haven't listened to part 1 yet, we suggest you do! 

Mar 11, 2020
Who steps in when Michael Jackson doesn't want to sing his own songs????

Our latest episode features Kipp Lennon. Kipp talks about not only the size of his family but how important it is to him. He explains the story of his famous sisters and the band that he, his brother and his cousins started in the 80s called Venice (which is still performing today). Plus how he and the band worked with Jackson Browne to create an ongoing fundraiser. And if that's not enough, Kipp tells us about his experience working with Michael Jackson on the Simpson TV show. 

Feb 26, 2020
What happens when the Fleetwood Mac road crew buys 8 crates of chickens in San Francisco?

This episode we are speaking with an amazing philanthropist - Leo Rossi. Leo started his career as a lighting designer for concert in Long Beach, California, with Led Zeppelin being one of his first shows. He later went on to be a roadie (or road crew or tech) for bands such as The Who, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys and so many more. 

After all the years in the music business, Leo has now shifted to become a philanthropist and give back to the world by donating his time and any profits to the charity: 20Kwatts. A charity that his late son began years ago, and Leo is now carrying the torch for.

Check out this AMAZING interview with Leo Rossi!

Feb 12, 2020
NAMM - Have a taste of what went on at NAMM 2020

This episode, we are taking a mini dive into NAMM - the National Association of Music Merchants. There big convention was last weekend and this is a taste of what was going on. We will be playing quick interviews from many different rock and roll merchants and a few rock stars that were brought in to endorse products. Check out our interviews featuring the new Slash guitar at Gibson, Tom Morello guitar at Fender, Bob Weir guitar at D'Angelico plus we talk with Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), photographer Neil Preston and members of a new band: Pushing Veronica. This show is fast & furious so tune in quickly!

Jan 29, 2020
Pink Floyd's Scott Page finds himself in a real predicament in Japan thanks to Steve Lukather

This show we are talking with a great friend: Scott Page, who is know for playing saxophone with bands like: Toto, Supertramp & Pink Floyd. But there is so much more to Scott...

Scotty starts off with his confession on what happened on his first tour with Toto, his father being in the Lawrence Welk Band and also working at the famous Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles. Plus what he learned from touring with Diana Ross and what it was like touring and working with Pink Floyd & David Gilmour.

And if you are a new start up band or business, Scott has some great tips for you to help make your business successful.

Jan 15, 2020
Tom Petty, George Harrison & Slash, all connected by one man...

This show we are talking to Mark Felsot who was the associate producer for the syndicated radio talk show; Rockline. Rockline featured bands each week, where listeners could call-in and ask their questions. Mark also works as the morning DJ on the Tom Petty Channel on Sirius XM along with producing the entire channel.

Mark talks with us regarding some of his highlights on Rockline including what happens when your host has a heart attack live on the air, the George Harrison special and the infamous Guns N' Roses/Slash story. Plus what it is like putting together the Tom Petty Channel and working directly with Tom up until Tom's passing in 2017.

Jan 01, 2020
Minisode 1 - What is your best "Spinal Tap" moment???

Rita and CW take time out of their busy holiday schedule to ask each other a few of the bonus round questions they normally ask the guests. What was your first concert?? And What was your best "Spinal Tap" moment? You'll be amazed, and empowered from their answers. You might even feel a little bit sorry for them. But no matter how you feel, you should be entertained for a brief 10 minutes. 

Dec 25, 2019
The Truth Behind Styx - James “JY” Young talks about the band he has been a part of for almost 50 years! Show - 004

This episode we are speaking with one of the top performers in Rock History! He is known for his song writing, guitar playing, amazing vocals and founding member of the band Styx. He is an all round amazing, fantastic guy; James "JY" Young. We caught up with JY while he made a brief stop in Los Angeles. 

JY talks about the early days of putting the band together. Bo Diddley being one of his major influences. Growing up in Chicago and the different bands and types of music that influenced him. And why he got a degree in Aerospace Technology. JY tells us his history with the current band members and why the band didn't accept the offer to headline the US Festival in 1982. We also discuss how Mr. Roboto was the downfall of the band breaking up in the 80's. Plus James fills us in on touring with Ted Nugent and his take on the band getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dec 18, 2019
Show 003 - Dramarama - John Easdale

This episode we are talking with one of the founding members and lead singer John Easdale of Dramarama. John was kind enough  to drop by our studio to talk about the history of the band, the break-up and the reforming of the band, how drugs played a part in his life, what it's like having Bruce Springsteen open for you and his love of music. Dramarama has been around since the 80's and has had such hits as; Last Cigarette, Wonderamaland, Haven't Got A Clue, Everybody Dies, Scenario, Some Crazy Dame and their biggest hit that you can still hear on the radio today, Anything Anything! If you are the biggest fan or have never heard of the band, your going to be in for a real treat!

Dec 04, 2019
Show 002 - Attention Kinks Fans - this show is with Andrew Sandoval

This show Rita & CW are talking with Andrew Sandoval who's latest project was compiling the newly released Kinks 50th anniversary box set of Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire). Andrew talks about the concept of the album, what it entails putting it together, what it was like working with Ray & Dave Davies and all the exciting bonus material that is part of this unique box set. 

Plus we also talk to Andrew about playing in the Dave Davies band, working at Rhino Records, working with the Everly Brothers, managing the Monkees and his radio show: Come To The Sunshine.

And of course, Andrew plays the Bonus Round for a fabulous prize!

Nov 20, 2019
Show 001 - Steve Downes

This show we are talking to Steve Downes who had a long career in the music world. Working in L.A.Radio, Host of the syndicated show Rockline, Morning show host in Chicago radio and then commencing with one of the biggest video game; Halo as the voice of Master Chief. He talks about being a DJ for many years, what happens while leaving the mic on during and interview with Axl Rose and being invited to Bob Marley's hotel room for an interview.

Steve also talks about being program director, what happens when he goes to meet one of his idols: Ry Cooder and what Master Chief sounds like.

Oct 30, 2019