On this 40th journey of The Rock Train we talk to two of the world’s GREATEST current rock guitarists, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed, Mark Tremonti Project) and Orianthi Pangaris (Alice Cooper band, Michael Jackson This is It).
Mark Tremonti is a true living guitar legend. Founder member of Creed and Alter Bridge he is presently touring with his new band, The Mark Tremonti Project. Total Guitar Magazine lists him as the 4th greatest heavy metal guitarist of all time. So Tosh met up with Mr Tremonti backstage and talked about his time in the music business so far and what to expect with his current band. The Mark Tremonti Project sees him exploring his more metal roots and it is an honour to have him on the show for Siren FM.
We first met up with Orianthi at the Bloodstock Festival last summer and again in Nottingham earlier this year when she was playing in Alice Cooper’s band. She had recorded an album with her good friend and producer Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) back in Nashville of all places and promised she’d speak to us again once the album hit the shops.
Orianthi’s new album, ‘Heaven in This Hell’ takes the listener on a journey through a hard rock and blues guitar rampage to blend seamlessly with country and jazz influenced licks. There is no doubting Orianthi’s ability on lead guitar (Michael Jackson had picked her for the ‘This is It Tour’ that never was and Alice Cooper has her as a fixture in his touring band) but what is amazing about this album is the impressive quality of the songwriting and the vocals.
Before the interview we asked her fans from around the world to tweet us questions to ask which we included in the piece.
We also welcome special guests from Birmingham The Whiskey Syndicate, who play an acoustic session in the studio and tell us about the music scene in the midlands through their eyes. This band highlights the fantastic talent that exists around the midlands and we are hoping to arrange somewhere for them to play in Lincoln later in the year.
To highlight Lincoln’s local talent, Dean Foxx from Lincoln’s very own Knock Out Kaine drops in to talk about his bands exciting new charity project supporting the Vulcan to the Sky. Knock out Kaine are donating all proceeds from their new single ‘Set the Night on Fire’ to this cause. This is going to get a lot of national coverage so you heard it here first.
So there you are. We set our stall out to speak to International, National and Local artists from the community of music that we inhabit and this week’s show ticks all those boxes.
So as well as all these great guests and their music we bring you the usual mix of the latest rock and metal releases from the world of rock.
Coming up in a fortnight on the next show is our Hammerfest Festival special. Mark (Tosh) and I spent the weekend in North Wales interviewing bands and meeting new people, the results of which will make up a 2 hour extravaganza.
Kev and Mark