Helen Rose Marketti
I just finished my interview with Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings). We discussed the current “British Invasion Tour” which will be coming to The Kent Stage on March 4th. It’s a rockin’ line up with Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Mike Pender (The Searchers) and Terry Sylvester (The Hollies). Denny and I talked about the 60s, current projects, longevity of his career and life in general.
My interview this evening with Jorma Kaukonen was a blend of reflection and inspiration. His new album, “Ain’t In No Hurry” (Red House Records) is due for release on February 17. We discussed the current tour, projects and classes taking place at Fur Peace Ranch, longevity of career with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and his many solo projects. He said Jefferson Airplane will turn 50 years old on August 13!!
I was recently contacted by the curator of the “Psylodelic Gallery” at Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, OH. The ranch is owned by Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) and his wife, Vanessa. I was asked if it was OK to use an article of mine from an interview I had done with Jeanne Rose. She was a fashion designer during the late 60s/early 70s for Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Rascals and many more. Her fashion designs are currently on display. The exhibit is called, “Lay It On Me, Celebrating the Threads, Rags and Acid Fashions of the 60s”. My article has been enlarged and attached to foam core board to accompany the designs. The exhibit will run until December 2014.
I had the opportunity to interview Kelly Hansen who is the frontman of Foreigner! Kelly is a great person to talk with and we discussed many various topics. The band will be at The Hard Rock Rocksino on November 16. (Northfield Park)
I had a very cool interview with Kofi Baker. We talked about many different subjects ranging from his childhood, learning to play the drums, inspiration for music, working with students at his drum clinic, touring with the “Cream Experience” and building a relationship with his father, Ginger Baker.
Another great interview!! Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers) will be at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, Ohio on Saturday, May 24th. Bill talked about the early days, his friendship with the late Bobby Hatfield and his soon to be released autobiography, “The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir”. (Release date: April 15, 2014) It is always an honor for me to talk with classic legends of an era that were spot on for music and still going strong!
I just finished another great interview in regards to the POP EXPO event which will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center on May 16, 17 & 18. Pat Priest who played Marilyn Munster on the TV show, The Munsters will be one of the wonderful guests. I loved talking with her! After The Munsters, she did a movie with Elvis Presley in 1967. (Easy Come Easy Go)
Jeanne Rose was a fashion designer for Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charles Lloyd Band, The Everly Brothers, The Young Rascals and many more! It was wonderful to talk with her this afternoon as she reminisced about those days. Fashion definitely went hand-in-hand with the culture and music of the 60s.
My interview with Kelle Rhoads was very interesting as well as enjoyable. If the name sounds familiar, Kelle is the brother to the late guitarist, Randy Rhoads who played in Quiet Riot and later with Ozzy Osbourne. Kelle is a very accomplished classical pianist. He has several CDs released with another one due for release in the Spring of 2014. He still is involved with Musonia Scool of Music in North Hollywood. Kelle’s mother, Delores, started the school in 1948 and now it’s in its 66th year of operation!
The one and only Eddie Money will be doing a show at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Friday, March 28! We talked about his early days in music, a career spanning 40 years and much more! This was my second time interviewing him and he is ready to rock Cleveland once again!
Maestro Topilow (Carl Topilow) is the conductor for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. I had the pleasure of interviewing Maestro this afternoon. We discussed upcoming shows, his signature red clarinet and why he loves conducting! The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will be performing a tribute to the wonderful work of the late Marvin Hamlisch on Friday, February 21 at Severance Hall.
I recently interviewed Russell Hitchcock who is the lead singer for the band, Air Supply. They will be at Akron Civic Theatre on Friday, January 31. Russell and Graham have side projects as well as many wonderful events going on for the band. Please check out the band’s web site to keep up with the latest. The interview went very well. I always enjoy talking with people whose music I have enjoyed over the years.
I interviewed Julian Lennon today via telephone. He is currently in France working on a photography project. His new album, “Everything Changes” has recently been released and is available on Amazon and iTunes. There are many beautiful songs that speak from the heart that all of us can relate to in one way or another.