Monday, January 6, 2014

Brian Tichy - This Week On Rock Ain't Near Dead - January 11, 2014

Brian Tichy will be joining us on Rock Ain't Near Dead on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. PST on LA Talk Radio - January 11, 2014. How he's found the time I have no idea, because he might just be the busiest guy in rock 'n' roll. When he's not busy behind the drum kit with the like of Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Billy Idol, or Geoff Tate's Queensryche, he might be found playing killer guitar in S.U.N., his incredible new band with supersinger Sass Jordan, but this month he's outdone himself.

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On January 2nd, his Led Zeppelin tribute band, The Moby Dicks (Tichy, Stephen LeBlanc, Brent Woods, James Lomenzo, Chas West) recreated Zep's first ever LA show at the Whisky a Go Go, 45 years to the day! Same date, same venue, same setlist!

Next, on Thursday, January 23rd Tichy is hosting the fourth annual Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2014 - the greatest collection of great rock 'n' roll drummers to ever be assembled in one room. Besides the list of all these great stickmen (see poster below), special guests will include Billy Sheehan, Bernard Fowler, Robert DeLeo, Oni Logan, and many more!

As if this weren't enough, it gets even crazier with the first ever Randy Rhoads Remembered show on Friday, January 24th at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tichy will be joined by an amazing list of A-list guitarists (Brad Gillis (ex-Ozzy), Nuno Bettencourt, Gus G., Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Marty Friedman, and many others, including perhaps even the once reclusive Jake E. Lee!) to celebrate the life and music of one of the most legendary and missed guitarists to ever pick up an axe. This one will be beyond belief.

Indeed, Brian Tichy is one rocker who seems to have the golden touch. How does he do it all? Heaven knows, but we'll be asking him how this Saturday at 8 p.m. PST on Rock Ain't Near Dead on LA Talk Radio ( He may well even play some guitar for us, as well. Another show you won't want to miss!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rod Melancon - Saturday, January 4, 2013

"Rod Melancon can't miss - he writes great songs, sings like a bird, and looks like a young Elvis. I don't know exactly what it is, maybe reincarnation, maybe fate, maybe destiny, but while I may not know what it is, I know it when I see it. He's got star quality, and he's fairly steeped in it. He was born into this." ~ Rock Guitar Daily, May 2013
I said it then, and I'll say it again - Rod Melancon is amongst the finest singer/songwriters on the American music scene. His second long player, Parrish Lines, will be released on March 4, 2014 on Medina River Records, and as the title implies, his writing comes straight from his upbringing in rural Louisiana. Produced by Brian Whelan, most recently seen with Dwight Yoakum's band, the album finds Melancon continuing his trek towards a more rocking' version of his country roots that began last year with the Dave Cobb produced, Mad Talkin' Man EP.

When I first agreed to talk with Rod, it was me buying a product sight unseen. He came so highly recommended that I agreed with no prior knowledge - and to be honest, I thought I had stepped into a mess. He was so handsome and so well presented that I thought he was a pre-packaged, Hollywood designed, reality show product, and I cringed and bit my lip. However, a deal is a deal, so I dove in - I had to admit - the bio was intriguing, and when I put on the records when they arrived, I realized that I had made the age old mistake of judging the book by its cover. Rod Melancon turned out to be the best singer/songwriter I've heard in ages. The writing is timeless, his voice is outstanding, and he's managed to surround himself with some fantastic players on both outings.

Join us live at 8 pm EST on LA Talk Radio (, or listen later on the archive, but don't miss this one - it promises to be one of those moments that will be remembered for years to come. Rod will tell the tale, and grace us with a few tunes live in the studio. This week on Rock Ain't Near Dead.