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Billy Howerdel talks solo album and tour, A Perfect Circle debut at 30, gumption of Billie Eilish

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Billy Howerdel’s June 29 performance was to be at the Newport Music Hall but the show has now been moved to the A&R Music Bar.  Billy Howerdel is renowned as chief composer and axman for A Perfect Circle, his partnership with legendary Tool singer and lyricist Maynard James… Read More

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly founder Dave King reflects on triumphant ‘Anthem’ album, how Ireland’s remarkable rebound can inspire world

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WOUB Digital · WOUB’s Ian Saint talks with Dave King of Flogging Molly Twenty years after the release of their landmark Gold album, “Drunken Lullabies,” Flogging Molly are widely heralded as legends of the Celtic punk genre – but being a standard-bearer of this sound wasn’t the initial intention of founder Dave King from Dublin…. Read More

Meat Loaf guitarist Paul Crook recalls Ohio launching ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ producing final album as Neverland Express carries on

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“Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums in world history. Led by Meat Loaf, and backed by the Neverland Express band, Jim Steinman’s magnum opus was rejected by dozens of record labels… until an independent label in Ohio, Cleveland International Records — run by Steve Popovich in Willoughby — took a gamble… Read More

Tears

Tears For Fears launch world tour in Ohio; Curt Smith talks Tipping Point push for women & youth “to Rule the World” too

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WOUB Digital · Tears For Fears’ Curt Smith talks Tipping Point push for women & youth “to Rule the World” too 1985 was a watershed year for global relations. It marked the second inauguration of the Ronald Reagan presidency; meanwhile, in Moscow, Mikhail Gorbachev was installed as the new General Secretary of the Communist Party… Read More

Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett talks Genesis defining prog rock, coaxing Phil Collins to be lead singer amid ‘Seconds Out’ Revisited USA tour

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Genesis is the name of the first Book of the Bible; and Britain’s Genesis band, true to their namesake, were at the forefront of the progressive rock genre’s genesis. Lead guitarist Steve Hackett was not only an integral part of their innovative songwriting; he also found himself at the genesis of popularizing guitar wizardry, such… Read More

On tour for “En Español,” Mavericks’ Eddie Perez explains band’s success from embracing diversity Nashville execs shun

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WOUB Digital · WOUB’s Ian Saint speaks with Eddie Perez of The Mavericks Although country music’s roots are multi-ethnic, the rosters of musicians with top billing in Nashville haven’t exactly reflected that diversity. Nevertheless, that did not faze The Mavericks; whose lead singer and principal songwriter, Raul Malo, was born the son of Cuban immigrants… Read More

Air supply

Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock talks ‘Lost In Love’ tour’s celebration of hard-won success, importance of authenticity

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WOUB Digital · WOUB’s Ian Saint chats with Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock If you were asked to single out a definitive Air Supply song, you could be forgiven for struggling to narrow it down. First of all, Air Supply racked up a whopping seven consecutive top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 —… Read More

Dream

Top Of The World Tour returns Dream Theater to Ohio; Jordan Rudess reflects on ‘slow, steady climb’ to prog metal royalty

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WOUB Digital · Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess reflects on ‘slow, steady climb’ to prog metal royalty 2022 marks 30 years since the release of “Images and Words,” the breakthrough album for Dream Theater. Not only did this epic album cement Dream Theater’s presence on the world stage; it also hallmarked Dream Theater as leaders in… Read More

Oak Ridge

From Elvis to Elvira to Air Force One: as Oak Ridge Boys tour in 2022, Richard Sterban celebrates 50 years since leap of faith

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WOUB Digital · As Oak Ridge Boys tour in 2022, Richard Sterban celebrates 50 years since leap of faith The Oak Ridge Boys will later return to Ohio again on Friday, March 11 at the historic Dayton Masonic Center (525 Riverview West Avenue).  Madison Square Garden in New York City is arguably the most common bucket… Read More

Alice

As Alice Cooper launches 2022 tour in Ohio, he divulges Detroit and Cincinnati stories and reflects on genre-bending collabs‬

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WOUB Digital · Alice Cooper chats with WOUB Culture’s Ian Saint 2022 marks 50 years since the unleashing of “School’s Out,” the penultimate anthem for celebrating the end of the school year and diving headfirst into summer. Half a century later, fans can still hear that anthem’s lead proclaimer – Alice Cooper – belt it… Read More

GTLO

Get The Led Out singer heralds importance of small heartland cities to classic rock, plays Marietta on Jan. 13

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WOUB Digital · Get The Led Out singer heralds importance of small heartland cities In December, the Peoples’ Bank Theatre (222 Putnam St.) in Marietta was rocked by British Invasion front-liners Herman’s Hermits — whose lead singer, Peter Noone, spoke to WOUB shortly beforehand. Many of Herman’s Hermits records featured guitar from an uncredited session… Read More

40 years after ‘Working Class Dog’, Rick Springfield’s live shows sow renewed hope for navigating hard times

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WOUB Digital · WOUB’s Ian Saint speaks with Rick Springfield 40 years after ‘Working Class Dog’ The year was 1981, and new eras were being born at warp speed. A new president was sworn in, the chart domination of disco was flaming out, and MTV made its premiere – music videos becoming a medium that would… Read More

Lorrie

On eve of Grand Ole Opry homecoming, Lorrie Morgan will grace Peoples Bank Theatre, celebrating her Ohio heritage

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WOUB Digital · Lorrie Morgan will grace Peoples Bank Theatre, celebrating her Ohio heritage Country music’s Lorrie Morgan played the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta on Saturday, December 4. I had the chance to speak to Morgan in the feature embedded above. Lorrie is the daughter of George Morgan, an early member of the Grand… Read More

herman

British Invasion vets Herman’s Hermits will criss-cross Ohio, Peter Noone professes appreciation of Buckeye State and the importance of local radio

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WOUB Digital · Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits spoke with WOUB’s Ian Saint “Something tells me I’m into something good…”  You’ll probably recognize that as the hook of a VERY catchy song. It’s from “I’m Into Something Good,” the debut single by Herman’s Hermits, who were at the forefront of the British Invasion when it… Read More

Sara

Country icon Sara Evans kicks off Blue Christmas Tour jolly, debunks ‘bro country’ fervor folly

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Near the precipice of the 25th anniversary for her debut album with RCA Nashville, country music icon Sara Evans is rounding out 2021 with her Blue Christmas Tour – which includes a performance at Marietta’s Peoples Bank Theatre (222 Putnam Street) on Thursday, December 2 featuring special guest Everette. WOUB’s Ian Saint spoke with Evans… Read More

Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship’s David Freiberg ‘Finds His Way Back’ To Ohio, Reflects On Bridging Divides and Thriving At 83

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WOUB Digital · Jefferson Starship’s David Freiberg ‘Finds His Way Back’ To Ohio For Five Cities’ Concert Blitz In 1981, Jefferson Starship released the classic rock banger, “Find Your Way Back” – just one of many of their hit singles. 40 years later — and shortly after turning 83 years young — founding member David… Read More

Country Legend Terri Clark To Perform Sept. 4 at the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival

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WOUB Digital · Country Legend Terri Clark To Perform Sept. 4 at the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival Country music’s Terri Clark will headline the closing night of the 2021 Millersport Sweet Corn Festival Saturday, September 4. WOUB’s Ian Saint spoke to the Canadian country legend about her upcoming Ohio performances, cultivating meaningful relationships with her… Read More