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Rock for Life 20th Anniversary Special PARS475

Rock for Life's 20th AnniversaryThe Rock for Life 20th Anniversary featured performances by:

Safety LastFarewell FeliciaAmberAlexisDoppler AffectDimwitThe Hellfire ClubTerry Lee SpencerThe ShinersLenny Collini 4PaKPost TraumatikBlack RidgeThe Borstal BoysBig House PeteXFACTOR1,After The Fall, & Skell
It is the mission of Rock for Life to provide financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.
I’ve been working basically since I left the house on Friday to head to the Rock for Life 20th Anniversary! trying to come up with a special way to commemorate this occasion. I started work on the website for this series way back when the first one happened and I believe I have been to 18 of the August Rock for Life shows (and a ton of the other ones, too). This series of events is something that I am truly honored to have a small part in. Matt FerranteSteve Craven, and as Matt called them all his best friends put on a great event for an even great cause. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate what they do. Please take a moment and check out the link here that includes videos from the weekend, photographs that I took, and I podcast that I just finished up that includes the interviews from the videos. I hope my tribute gives anyone who has never been to one of these shows a little bit of an insight into what these shows are about… FAMILY!
We did a little on the spot reporting at Iselin Community Park for the Rock for Life 20th Anniversary and this is the podcast and videos that will give you some insight into what the Rock for Life Concert Series really is.


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Dear Anna PARS474

Dear Anna
Episode 474 features the first time ever that the PA Rock Show is recorded from an alcohol storage room. Dear Anna, Easton, PA rock band members Lorenzo and Troy join Bill to talk about the band, the scene, and the pizza.

Segment 1 with Dear Anna

  • Where are you actually from?
  • Who is anna?
  • Tell me one thing you like about your scene and one that you hate.
  • If you could go back in time and follow one band for a year to learn from them, who would you follow and why?
  • If an apocalyptic event happened and only one Dear Anna song survives, which song would you want it to be and why?
  • what is the song Owner about?

Segment 2

  • Bill talks about this weekend’s Rock for Life 20th Anniversary Benefit show.
  • If you ordered a pizza right now, what’s on your pizza?
  • If I found a picture of your band in my social studies book, what would that page be about?
  • If you could open for any band from the beginning of time, who would you open for and why?
  • What are your thoughts on pay to play?
  • Tell us about an embarrassing moment on stage?
  • How often do you play out?
  • What would I hear if I played your music backwards?
  • Where can our listeners get your music from?

Lou Lombardi – Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone 3QS014

Three questions for Lou Lombardi – Episode 014

  • Some of my listeners may know you as the host of The Loudini Rock & Roll Circus Podcast, can you tell us about how the show came about and how it affects you personally as a musician? (Joann Quinn Smith’s Positively Pittsburgh Live!)
  • If you could go back in time and spend 1 year following any band around without changing history, which band would you follow and why?
  • I really like it when people talk about their live show memories because I feel like the craziest stuff happens. So I wanted to know, what’s a really great live show memory that you have? – asked by Marina of Echoheart in Episode 013

The Song: Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone?

Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone is a song about the days of psychedelic exploration. I wrote it to commemorate that era and also to say that we have lost something. There are some fun Easter Eggs in the song with references like “our merry prankster friends” and “electric cherry Koolaid”. The protagonist is singing to a girl, presumably one of the acid queens. While Tina Turner played the Acid Queen in the film version of Tommy, it’s also a reference to some of the other ladies who rocked that late sixties/ early seventies era; like Grace Slick, Mama Cass, and of course the great Janice Joplin.

Musically, the song is straight up hard rock with a singable catchy chorus. The guitar solo has this slightly out of time feel which we intentionally did as a way of showing how out of touch the world is today with that era of mental exploration.

About Lou Lombardi

Band Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Band Genre: Hard Rock

When a teenage Trekker from a devout Christian upbringing realized that he couldn’t join the crew of the Enterprise, he did the next best thing; he picked up a guitar, traded his Larry Norman praise music for ‘real’ rock n’ roll and never looked back.

Lou ‘Loudini’ Lombardi has been rocking the Pittsburgh PA area and beyond for over 20 years with his high octane brand of classic hard rock, as a solo artist, with his band Strangelove and as a freelance songwriter and session player for acts including Carly Simon and Billy Joel collaborator Pete Hewlett.

He is the host of the Loudini Rock And Roll Circus podcast, broadcasting weekly to a global audience and has conducted extended interviews with a wide roster of musicians, including recent chats with Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and Nancy Wilson of Heart. And even if he never did fly to the stars, he came close when he opened for KISS’s space-ace Ace Frehley.

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Danny Gochnour PARS473

Danny GochnourDanny Gochnour of Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers joined Bill to discuss his solo album, The Despair of Summer, that he released in September of 2018. This is episode 473!

Segment 1 with Danny Gochnour

  • What 3 records influenced you the most in shaping you into the musician you are today?
  • If I was flipping through my Social Studies book at school, and came across a page with a picture of you on it, what would that page be about?
  • Let’s talk The Despair of Summer, where did you record it, and are there any interesting stories about the writing or recording process for the disc?
  • Can you give us the VH1 story tellers version of Better Things to Do, and then we’ll take a listen to it?

Segment 2 with Danny

  • I know Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers are playing the Pittsburgh Blues Festival on Saturday, July 26, 2019, what other shows do you have coming up and what can you tell us about the Blues Festival show?
  • What was it like stepping in to an already well-known and established band like the Houserockers, which includes working with Bruce Springsteen from time-to-time?
  • When we were chatting on Facebook last night, I mentioned Lou Lombardi, who I was interviewing for my other podcast, 3 Questions & a Song, and you checked him out and said he was okay by you because he played PRS. So I assume that you’re a gearhead, want to tell us about your show rig?
  • How can my listeners get a copy of your music?

Royal Honey PARS472

Bill goes to West Homestead and hangs out with Royal Honey at their practice space. Episode 472 is a trip back to our roots.

  • Where did the band name, Royal Honey, come from?
  • Why would I find Royal Honey in my social studies book?
  • If you could go back in time and follow one band for a year, who would you follow and why?
  • If I were to go on tour with you, what music would we listen to between cities?
  • If I played a Royal Honey backwards, what would I hear?
  • Can you share some embarrassing moments with us?

Segment 2 with Royal Honey

  • Where can fans get a copy of your disc; Hype, Money, & Misbehavior?
  • How do you feel about pay-to-play?
  • What is Excusapalooza?
  • Find out about the garlic combo.
  • If you were a management group instead of a band, what super group would you create from bands you’ve been involved with over the years.
  • What song from your disc would the people remaining people after an apocalypse listen to while rebuilding the human race?

Who is Royal Honey?

RH is filling the need in the Iron City for trashy, swingin, swaggin, dirty, blues soaked grit , sweat , and grind…a nasty brew of sweet drippin sticky sweet axtion…come dry, leave sticky..feel me?

Echoheart – Void 3QS013

EchoheartThree questions for Marina Heath – Episode 013

  • What is one thing that you love about the local scene in Maryland, and one thing that you hate?
  • Has the transition from a trio to a duet caused any changes to how your originals are played?
  • How long does it usually take you to write and record a song? – asked by Derek Davis formerly of Babylon A.D. in Episode 012

The Song: Void

We wrote this song when we thought that the band might fall apart. We were just off the heels of releasing and touring our previous EP when our guitarist needed to step back from the project. This song is all about grieving the good times and preparing for what’s about to come. It’s about trying to approach your pain positively and rebuild instead of wallowing in sadness over what you once had.

About Echoheart

Band Location: Rockville, MD USA
Band Genre: Indie Rock

Echoheart is a two-piece pop-rock band from Rockville, Maryland. Consisting of Marina Heath (21) on guitar and vocals and Pablo Hannan (20) on drums, we have been going non-stop since 2015. We have been consistently putting out EPs and singles, music videos, and doing self-booked tours across the east coast and mid-west. Echoheart is known for our high energy and personable stage presence.

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The Crucible Project, Suffacate, & Shattered PARS471

The Crucible ProjectJason Kozura of Silence Follows and The Crucible Project joins us to talk to us about TCP as the main guest of Episode 471. We also talk to Cate of Suffacate & Chris and Erik of Shattered during a rain delay at last weekend’s Gigaroo.

Segment 1 with Jason of The Crucible Project

  • Before we get started with The Crucible Project, tell me what you have been up to with Silence Follows since we last talked.
  • How did The Crucible Project come to fruition, what is it, and why that name?
  • How did the collaborations with First Angel Media, Twist of Fate Productions, and The Metal Edge come about?

Segment 2 with Jason of The Crucible Project

  • What upcoming shows does The Crucible Project have for us?
  • How does a band get involved in the shows?
  • What are you goals for the scene as a whole?

What is The Crucible Project?

Originally forming in 2016 under the “Homegrown Hard Rock Showcase” moniker, The Crucible Project has blossomed into an organization that hosts a recurring monthly concert series, currently based out of The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, with a focus on Pittsburgh and surrounding area-based rock/metal artists. Along with our partners Twist of Fate Productions, The Metal Edge, and First Angel Media, our goal is to showcase some of the best talent in the rock and metal communities that Pittsburgh has to offer. With an “artist first” approach and attention to detail, we strive to deliver an experience to both artists and fans that is nothing short of memorable.

Segment 3 with Cate of Suffacate at Gigaroo

  • How would you describe playing on the Iselin Community Park stage?
  • We discussed the storm, Doppler Affect, alcohol, and her puking out of the backseat of my car for a bit.
  • We talked about what bands should have been playing the rest of the night, but a blown transformer had actually ended the show, unbeknownst to us. The power came back on at approximately 4am.

Segment 4 with Chris & Erik of Shattered at Gigaroo

  • I offered the wrestle Chris, who has wrestled for many wrestling companies, and he tells us about it.
  • What does Shattered have coming up?
  • I invited them to do an episode of 3 Questions & a Song, and we learn a little bit about their new song and an upcoming EP.

* Special thanks goes out to Tim of Fat Lipp Productions, for not getting to upset at me when I commandeered his sound booth to do a few interviews at Gigaroo.

Hell's Oasis PARS470

Hell’s Oasis join Bill on episode 470 of the Pennsylvania Rock Show to discuss the band and talk about their track “Creature of the Night”.

Segment 1 with Hell’s Oasis

    • With a band name like Hell’s Oasis, there has to be an interesting story behind it, can you share it with us? How did the band come together?
    • You have been a part of a few different music scene’s including Austin Texas’. How would you compare the scene in Pittsburgh to the others that you’ve been involved in?
    • How excited are you to be a part of Deutschtown Music Festival?
    • You have a show tomorrow this Saturday at the 19th hole in Chippewa, what can you tell me about that show and are there any others that you’d like to mention?
    • What can you tell me about your song “Creature of the Night“?

Segment 2 with Hell’s Oasis

  • What is your dream gig? Who would you play with and where would it be?
  • You mentioned that you were hoping to make it out to see some friends play tonight, who are you going to see?
  • 50 years from now, what do you hope people remember about Hell’s Oasis?
  • How can we get a copy of Hell’s Oasis’ music?

Who is Hell’s Oasis

Alexis and Ginger began making music together in the Live Music Capitol of the World, Austin, Texas. Their projects fused progressive rock with funk and punk. Now in Pittsburgh, PA, they’ve added trip-hop, singer-songwriter, and folk styles to their repertoire.
Alexis, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, grew up playing cello and piano. As a teen, he switched to the more portable guitar and jammed in New York City, then Austin, Texas.
Ginger began singing in church in a small Texas town at 7 years old. She studied voice in England, Dallas, and with the famed Marcy Lynne in Austin.

Derek Davis 3QS012

Derek DavisThree questions for Derek Davis – Episode 012

  • How has your writing process changed from the beginning when you were working with Babylon A.D. and now when you are doing your solo work? – asked by Micah Martin in Episode 11
  • Have you ever had a really embarrassing moments on stage that you wouldn’t mind sharing with the fans?
  • Having been signed to Arista and Frontiers Records, what kind of advice would you give to an artist that is starting today?

The Song: Mississippi Mud

This song was written quite a few years ago when he first started playing slide guitar. He thought is sounded muddy, kinda like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Foreigner. It is almost like a biography of when he started playing music. Listen to hear a more in depth description.

About Derek Davis

Band Location: Oakland, CA USA
Band Genre: Blues/Soul/Funk/Rock

Derek Davis, Songwriter and Frontman for former ‘Arista Records’ and ‘Frontiers Records‘ rock band ‘Babylon A.D.‘ releases “Resonator Blues” on June 1st 2019.  

“Resonator Blues” is Derek’s third solo album after his initial 2012 release “Re-Volt.” His second offering, the 2017 “Revolutionary Soul” ushered in some great Retro Soul’ and was widely praised by music critics and fans alike. In total, Davis has performed and written on twelve albums. With a wide range of influences, Hard Rock, Southern Blues Rock and Old School R&B Soul. [Read More]

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