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Joe Perry

Joe remembers going to the family dinners as a child where his uncle would sing Portuguese folk songs on his homemade guitar. As Joe got older his parents got him clarinet and piano lessons. After listening to Ike & Tina Turner, Roy Orbison, and Elvis on the radio in the late 1950's, he wanted to emulate the sounds he was hearing. Joe finally talked his parents into getting him a guitar that he played for a while and then put it…

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Gene Simmons of KISS

Gene Simmons talks about coming to America when he just turned nine years old. Although he didn't speak any English, hearing Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Sam Cook, Otis Reding and James Brown on the radio made perfect sense to him. The music moved him and he moved to it!  At that young age, he couldn’t quite figure out what it was that excited him so. One thing he knew for certain, he was smitten by the music.  Gene reflects on the first time he saw the Beatles…

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Vini “MAD DOG” Lopez

Vini "MAD DOG" Lopez played with Bruce Springsteen in Steel Mill and The E Street Band  from 1968 to 1974.  He also played on Springsteen's first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. Lopez started out in a drum & bugle corps. as a bugel player until the 8th grade. He attended a show at the U.S.O. club in Asbury Park NJ. Walking up to the club, he heard some great music coming…

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Stephen Pearcy of RATT

Stephen Pearcy of RATT talks about his early days before RATT. Getting run over by a car,  his first band Crystal Pystal, Mickey Ratt hanging out with Eddie Van Halen, smoking a joint with David Lee Roth in the late 70s,  getting signed and recording Round and Round with Beau Hill.

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Michael Wilton of Queensryche

Michael Wilton of Queensryche talks to Rock Scene about his very young years in San Francisco, moving to Seattle Washington and playing bass in garage bands while growing up. Eventually switching instruments with a guitar player, Michael began learning all that he could about the guitar. After high school, he attended the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts for a year and a half until running out of money, forcing him to take a job. In doing so, he met Eddie…

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NITA STRAUSS of the ALICE COOPER BAND

Nita Strauss takes her name from composer Johann Strauss. She grew up listening to classic rock with her father and picked up the guitar at age 13. After going to the movies to see “Crossroads” she knew she wanted to be a musician. The scene with Steve Vai just blew her away. Only two years later, she started playing in clubs. Since the age limit was 18, she would wait outside until it was time for the band to play.…

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Steven Adler Guns N Roses

Steven Adler the original drummer  from Guns n Roses  talking abou t his Rock Scene growing  up, getting  his  first  drum  set, and the  first  record he    bought, KISS ALIVE 1.  Steven  reminisces  about  how he  met Slash in history   class    when  he    was  12 and     seeing   Ax l  &  Izzy’s band“Hollywood Rose”  at Gazzarri’s on the Sunset Strip.

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Don Airey – Deep of Deep Purple

Don Airey shares his ROCK SCENE - keyboardist currently in Deep Purple. He has had a long and productive career, playing with such acts as Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Saxon, Wishbone Ash, Steve Vai, Michael Schenker, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy and Brian May.

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A.J. Pero A Tribute in Photographs by Mark Weiss

Keep positive and live life to the fullest. If history has taught us anything, we move on, keep strong and continue to do great positive things. But, always keep those you love dear in your hearts. It should always be up to you. Listen to your heart, it will never steer you wrong. Believe me! A.J. Pero

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Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens talks about his ROCK SCENE! Hear the stories behind his name; why he dropped out of high school after seeing the Heartbreakers; the memorable first concert he attended as a teen in 1977…he was rushed to the hospital after a bottle hit him in the head; hanging with Tommy Lee at the Rainbow; and working with Billy Idol since 1981. Steve then does the Rock Scene “Read” –reading the actual 1977 story on Billy Idol and Generation X…

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PHILIP ANSELMO of DOWN-PANTERA

Phil Anselmo from Pantera and Down talks about writing his first song when he was 9 years old.  Tells how when he was 15 and saw  Agnostic Front  “When I saw Agonstic Front, a bunch of dudes, no image and deliver these unforgiving, quick hard hitting songs it changed my perspective forever.  In 1988 the guys in Slayer came to a Pantera show quickly hitting it off. Phil and Kerry King exchanged numbers and next thing you know it Kerry…

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Rickey Medlocke of LYNYRD SKYNYRD

Rickey Medlocke from Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd talks about his early days playing banjo at 3.  Seeing Elvis Presley at the age of 7 after that show he knew what he wanted to do. Talks about going to Woodstock  when he was 19.  In 1970 he spoke with Ronnie Vandzandt to see if he needed a roadie.  Ronnie asked him “do you still play drums” Ronnie asked him to go to Muscle  Shoals and record Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first record.

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Tom Keifer of CINDERELLA

Check out Tom Keifer's solo debut "The Way Life Goes" https://www.facebook.com/TomKeiferOff... http://twitter.com/TomKeiferMusic Itunes (USA) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the... Tom talks about his rock scene growing up as a young kid-- and first seeing the Beatles and then The Monkees on TV and then... "I started hearing a different sound than the Beatles or the Monkees... and it was like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and once I heard that... and the Rolling Stones…you know I remember hearing Jumpin' Jack Flash and Brown Sugar…and from…

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Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent  from his first band in  The Amboy Dukes formed in 1964  through the super group he assembled in 1989 The Damn Yankees  Ted speaks candidly about guitar maker Les Paul “God Bless Les Paul – Electrified the ultimate expressive instrument in the history of noise”  talks about Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry and the list goes on as Ted praises the forefathers of the electric guitar.  Reminisces about his first band in high school The Lords from Detroit…

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Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde played guitar in a cover band Zyris in a club in Sayreville, NJ in 1987, Zakk talks about going to photographer Mark Weiss’ studio in NYC to play for Ozzy  only to find out he was out drinking with Andree the Giant. He joined the Ozzy Osbourne band in1987. Zakk, formed Black Label Society  in 1998.  He  talks about his guitar heroes Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhodes.  “As a guitar player in the 80’s was just insane”…

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