SIMON WRIGHT DRUMMER FOR AC/DC & DIO RON KEEL GUEST THIS FRIDAY ON TALKING METAL LIVE
Simon Wright, drummer for bands such as AC/DC, Dio, Operation Mindcrime, U.F.O., Dio Disciples and Dio Returns will be joining Mark and John on Talking Metal Live. If you haven’t checked out Talking Metal Live, it’s a call back to the old Talking Metal Forums, and the live streaming that the show did way back when. The added caveat is the video component to the show. With segments that will only make sense if you watch live. For example, John talking about his massive guitar collection. Or Mark’s Brush With Greatness stories. You can also interact, and ask them questions in real time before the show is edited and released in audio format.
The show is usually split up into the interviews, and just Mark, John, and sometimes Emily shooting the shit.
Most of us first became acquainted with Simon Wright due to his playing on AC/DC’s 1985 album Fly On The Wall. He would go on to play on the album Who Made Who, and Blow Up Your Video as well. His playing is all over classic AC/DC staples like the track “Who Made Who”, “Heat Seeker”, and “That’s The Way I Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll”.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “THAT’S THE WAY I WANNA ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” HERE:
Wright would leave AC/DC for Dio. At the time I remembered hearing that he kind of felt stifled in AC/DC, as he couldn’t really play the way he wanted to, or could. The jump to Dio would give him the opportunity to show fans what he was all about. He would play with Dio, and Rhinobucket off and on over the years. As well as appearing on albums by U.F.O., John Norum of Europe, and Tim “Ripper” Owens. These past few years he’s been part of Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime, and Dio’s Disciples.
The second guest on the show is Ron Keel. I’m sure a ton of people know him for the Keel album and track The Right To Rock. Ron has been on Talking Metal in the past. His last appearance on the show, he discussed rumors about him and Black Sabbath. You can revisit episode 792 for the lowdown on exactly what happened between Ron and the seminal band from Birmingham. Over the years he’s work with Gene Simmons, Yngwie Malmsteen, and has tip toed between hard rock and country. The metal cowboy’s latest album is with the Ron Keel Band, and is called South X South Dakota. It is a collection of covers, taking on a slew of southern rock classics.
CHECK OUT THE COVER OF THE LYNYRD SKYNYRD CLASSIC “RED, WHITE & BLUE” HERE:
THE RETURN OF BUD FRIENDLY
You people asked for it, and you’re going to get it. Returning for the episode is Talking Metal’s masked Don Pardo, Bud Friendly. For years people have asked, what happened to Bud Friendly? He was a staple of the show Talking Metal On Fuse and the old live streams. He’s back for the episode!
To watch the episode and interact with with Mark, John, and perhaps Emily, go here this Friday, June 5th at 8PM EST/5PM PST.