TROY – The Reality Of Yourself

TROY is no Greek tragedy – they’re on a musical odyssey of their own.TROY is a Midwestern rock band that formed in the small town of Pleasant Hope, Missouri in 2004, and has played with some of today’s top hard rock and metal artists, such as KORN, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Smile Empty Soul, Trapt, 12 Stones, … [Read more...]

Leon & The Peoples

‘Love Is A Beautiful Thing’by Teri Doty, Music Insider MagazineMany people know Leon Robinson simply as “Leon,” the actor starring with Tom Cruise in “All the Right Moves,” a star in Madonna’s controversial “Like a Prayer” video and the lead actor in “Cool Runnings.” He also gave memorable performances as three legendary singers: David Ruffin … [Read more...]

Eric Johnson

Setting the ToneEric Johnson has been called everything from a prodigy and perfectionist to the “King of Tone.” He’s played and recorded with some of the biggest names in popular music — Cat Stevens, Carole King, Steve Miller, Dweezil Zappa and Sonny Landreth, to name just a few.Coming from humble, middle-class beginnings in Austin, Texas, … [Read more...]

Joe Bonsall

The long road from Philly to NashvilleIt all starts with a conversation. As a music journalist, it’s hard not to be star-struck over some of the people whom I’ve had conversations with — Toby Wright immediately comes to mind, because I admire his prolific and prodigious work in the field of rock-and-roll music production and engineering. Another … [Read more...]

POP EVIL’S Leigh Kakaty

Evil has never been so kindOn a brisk, late winter evening in the middle of February, I am driving along the winding Ozark mountain roads on my way to Springfield, Mo. to interview the singer of one of the hottest active rock bands around, Pop Evil. As I’m driving along these roads in a sort of Zen-like state of mind that long drives on pleasant … [Read more...]

Jeff Loomis

Conquering Dystopiaby Brian McKinnyGuitarist Jeff Loomis has an all-encompassing passion for sonic vibrations of all sorts and styles. At one moment, his playing style is as savage and brutally aggressive as an MG-42 machine gun. The next moment his style is melodic and soars with the ecstasy of a Germanic Valkyrie screeching out a high C in … [Read more...]

Rudolf Schenker

The Scorpions — Unplugged in Athensby Brian McKinny, senior editor, Music Insider MagazineBefore Rudolf (Rudy) Schenker founded the Scorpions in 1965, he was 16 and just another teenager from Hildesheim, Germany with dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. Forced to choose between playing soccer and playing guitar, he decided … [Read more...]

The LOCKHEARTS

Welcome to the Freakshowby Ray Rocha, editor, Music Insider MagazineHailing from Sydney, Australia, The Lockhearts are currently knocking ’em dead at Ziggy Pop on Oxford Street, in Sydney every Tuesday Night. Their debut video “Welcome to our Freakshow,” is in heavy MTV rotation and is a free download on The Lockhearts website.The band is … [Read more...]

The Nerve of Glenn Proudfoot!

‘Audiodacity’ and ‘Aftershocks’by Brian McKinnyMany guitarists have attained legendary status throughout modern musical history. Some are gone forever but not forgotten — Jimi Hendrix, Danny Gatton, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Thankfully, others are still with us — Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Steve Vai, … [Read more...]