Interviews

  • James Thorley (Atlas) New young English AOR act Atlas are set to make waves in the scene with their debut EP ‘World In Motion’. I chatted to band leader and Keyboardist James Thorley ...
    Posted 29 Aug 2017, 11:37 by Paul Woodward
  • Joe Matera Interview by WoodyTell us about your new EP ‘Heart Of Stone’, how the songs were written, what they are about and the creation of the EP? All the songs ...
    Posted 28 Aug 2017, 11:33 by Paul Woodward
  • Russell Peake (Electus) ‘Rock N Roll Incarnate part one’ is the second Electus album, but for those yet to discover you, can you tell us a little about the bands formation and its ...
    Posted 17 Apr 2017, 08:06 by Paul Woodward
  • Licia Missori (The Dark Side Of Venus) Italian’s The Dark Side Of Venus have recently released a new and impressive album entitled Power To Victims. I caught up with principal song writer and composer Licia Missori ...
    Posted 11 Feb 2017, 06:11 by Paul Woodward
  • Eric Montoya and Jareth Grealish ( Hit N Run) Hit N Run hit the burgeoning melodic rock scene in the early ‘90’s but also fell afoul of the onset of grunge so their debut album never got released ...
    Posted 8 Feb 2017, 14:03 by Paul Woodward
  • Phil Vincent Phil Vincent’s D’ercole have just released their fourth album No Place Like Home so I thought now was the perfect time to catch up with him. As a ...
    Posted 19 Jan 2017, 11:55 by Paul Woodward
  • Stefan Blomqvist (Black Paisley) Black Paisley are a new band I think many fans of melodic rock and classic rock will really enjoy. So, I talked to main man Stefan Blomqvist about the emergence ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2017, 13:14 by Paul Woodward
  • Mick Devine (Seven) The unexpected return of multi-national melodic rockers SEVEN has been met with positivity and excitement from critics and genre fans alike. With the recent release of the bands stunning ...
    Posted 3 Jan 2017, 04:57 by Paul Woodward
  • Nick Workman (VEGA) So the unusual album artwork for ‘Who We Are’, what’s the story behind it? We knew it would be equally loved and disliked and that much is true. Hey ...
    Posted 3 Jul 2016, 10:17 by Paul Woodward
  • Steve Brown of Trixter Trixter rose to fame in the early nineties with hits such as ‘Give It To Me Good’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘One In A Million’. But when the rock scene shifted drastically ...
    Posted 6 Jul 2015, 09:56 by Paul Woodward
  • Gianluca Firmo of Room Experience Italy has become a little bit of a hotbead for emerging AOR and Melodic Rock bands in very recent years. Another Italin song writer to emerge this year is Gianluca ...
    Posted 6 Jul 2015, 09:52 by Paul Woodward
  • Jani Liimatainen of Cain's Offering Finnish melodic metallers Cain’s Offering release their second album Stormcrow via Frontiers Records on May 18th, six years after their debut. MR’s Woody caught up with founder ...
    Posted 6 Jul 2015, 09:48 by Paul Woodward
  • Jim Peterik (Peterik/Scherer, Survivor and Pride Of Lions) AOR song writing hero Jim Peterik has just released a new album with vocalist Marc Scherer. Risk Everything was released on April 20th on Frontiers Records and showcases Peterik ...
    Posted 12 May 2015, 14:20 by Paul Woodward
  • Chris Impellitteri (Impellitteri) Guitarist Chris Impellitteri rose to fame in the late eighties when the young guitar virtuoso was compared to the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen. The title track from the first full ...
    Posted 12 May 2015, 14:17 by Paul Woodward
  • Sky Hunter (Stonewire) By Woody Rising UK classic rock outfit Stonewire have been receiving critical acclaim across the board with their debut album ‘When The Crow Flies’. Woody catches up with the bands ...
    Posted 1 Mar 2015, 07:31 by Paul Woodward
  • Tony Mills Interview by WoodyBorn and Bred in the West Midlands Tony Mills is one of the most legendary figures in the Melodic Rock / AOR genre from the area. He rose ...
    Posted 14 Feb 2015, 05:51 by Paul Woodward
  • VEGA Since their emergence in 2010 exciting UK rockers VEGA have been spearheading a resurgent and rejuvenated Birtish melodic rock scene. Their third album ‘Stereo Messiah’ sees them going from strength ...
    Posted 31 Dec 2014, 13:34 by Paul Woodward
  • Rolf Munkes (Dead End Heroes) Interview Originally starting life as a solo project for drummer Daniel Voegeli to showcase his song writing, but after hooking up with long time friend Rolf Munkes to produce the album ...
    Posted 14 Oct 2014, 13:14 by Paul Woodward
  • Ken Sandin (Alien) Interview by Woody   Hi Ken, It’s been a long time since Alien’s previous album ‘Dark Eyes’ but I’m loving ‘Eternity’ and it was definitely worth the wait ...
    Posted 25 Jun 2014, 14:32 by Paul Woodward
  • Joachim Nordlund (Sunstrike) Interview by Woody   Hi Joachim, you have just released your debut album with SunStrike (“Rock Your World”) – As a new band do you find it hard to get noticed as ...
    Posted 25 Jun 2014, 14:29 by Paul Woodward
  • Rik Priem (Rik Priem's Prime) Interview by Woody Hi Rik, the lead singer on your debut album is Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schultz who is a very popular singer in the current melodic rock scene, how did ...
    Posted 3 Jun 2014, 09:26 by Paul Woodward
  • Francesco Cataldo (Perfect View) Interview by Woody   Hi Francesco, Italy has developed a really positive reputation in recent years for its emerging melodic rock and AOR acts. What’s it like been part of ...
    Posted 3 Jun 2014, 09:24 by Paul Woodward
  • Alexander Kronbrink (Sonic Station) Interview by Woody Hi Alexander, ‘Next Stop’ is the second album from Sonic Station,  has it turned out as you hoped and originally envisioned? Hi Woody! Yes, I’m very ...
    Posted 1 Jun 2014, 17:03 by Paul Woodward
  • Sami Alho (Free Spirit) Finland’s Free Spirit made lots of fans in melodic rock circles with their debut album and as a massive fan Woody was keen to talk to front man Sami ...
    Posted 1 Jun 2014, 16:54 by Paul Woodward
  • Linda and the Punch Interview by Woody Linda and The Punch will be a new name to most, but they roll in prestigious company most notably their producer Michael Voss and are set to ...
    Posted 1 Jun 2014, 16:45 by Paul Woodward
  • Jens Berglid (Fate) Danish melodic rockers Fate are currently riding high on the comeback trail and have a new album out now, the rather awesome ‘If Not For The Devil’. Woody catches up ...
    Posted 10 Mar 2014, 16:21 by Paul Woodward
  • Angelica By Woody Angelica Rylin is best known as the front woman of Swedish melodic metal act The Murder Of My Sweet, but her debut solo album ‘Thrive’ sees her go ...
    Posted 10 Mar 2014, 16:17 by Paul Woodward
  • Vince O'Regan (Legion) By Woody Guitarist and prolific songwriter Vince O’Regan is one of the busiest musicians in the UK and he’s just released his fifth album in four years with ...
    Posted 31 Dec 2013, 07:42 by Paul Woodward
  • Steffan Berggren (Revolution Road)  You have been absent from the melodic rock scene for quite some time now, was there a reason for this and what brought you back to the biz with Revolution ...
    Posted 31 Dec 2013, 07:38 by Paul Woodward
  • Thomas Riekirk (Sparklands) Interview by WoodyHolland may not be famous for its AOR exports but Sparklands are about to stir things up and let the AOR sparks fly. So Woody spoke to ...
    Posted 11 Nov 2013, 17:11 by Paul Woodward
  • Jesse Damon Interview by Woody Silent Rage front man Jesse Damon is back with a brand new solo album, his first for seven years and it sees him collaborating closely with AOR ...
    Posted 11 Nov 2013, 17:03 by Paul Woodward
  • David Reece Interview By Woody David Reece is one of the busiest men in melodic rock at the moment, fronting Bangalore Choir and Tango Down and he’s about to release his ...
    Posted 11 Nov 2013, 16:58 by Paul Woodward
  • Paul Logue (Eden's Curse) Hi Paul, I hope your well! Eden’s Curse are about to unleash their fourth album ‘Symphony Of Sin’. There has been many changes and a shit load of turmoil ...
    Posted 7 Oct 2013, 10:24 by Paul Woodward
  • Phil Vincent (Legion) Anglo American rockers Legion have released five albums in three years! On the eve of their latest one been released, Woody wanted to catch up with lead vocalist American Phil ...
    Posted 23 Sep 2013, 17:49 by Paul Woodward
  • Roi Vito Peleg (Chase The Ace) Chase The Ace is about to hit the road in the UK and Europe supporting their debut album ‘Are You Ready’. Woody caught up with front man of the raucous ...
    Posted 23 Sep 2013, 17:47 by Paul Woodward
  • Kimberley Dahme (Boston / Color Three / Solo) Hi Kimberley, I hope you are well! Thank you for the interview and asking Woody.  I’ve been great.  Life’s so good!  I hope it’s the same for ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2013, 05:25 by Paul Woodward
  • Andree Theander (The Theander Expression) Hi Andree, You are a new name to the world of melodic rock can you tell us a bit about yourself and what we can expect from your album ‘Strange ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2013, 05:22 by Paul Woodward
  • Gary Pihl (Boston / Color Three) Gary Pihl the current guitarist with the legendary AOR band Boston has a new band Color Three. Woody caught up with him to discuss his latest musical venture. Hi Gary ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2013, 05:17 by Paul Woodward
  • Steve Newman (Newman) This summer Newman released his tenth album ‘Siren’. Woody took this opportunity to catch up with one of the unsung heroes of British melodic rock. Hey Steve, your tenth album ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2013, 05:14 by Paul Woodward
  • Paul Hume (Lawless) Hailing from North Staffordshire UK melodic metal act Lawless have just unleashed their debut album ‘Rock Savage’.  Woody caught up with front man Paul Hume to discuss all things ‘Heavy ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2013, 05:10 by Paul Woodward
  • Pierpaolo Monti (Charming Grace) Italy has been producing lots of new and exciting traditional AOR and melodic rock musicians and bands in recent years. One of those is songwriter Pierpaolo Monti who came to ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2013, 05:03 by Paul Woodward
  • Ged Rylands (Rage Of Angels) Hey Ged, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks! You seemed to go quiet after your time with TEN and it’s good to see so active in the music scene ...
    Posted 13 Jul 2013, 12:13 by Paul Woodward
  • Archie (Santa Cruz) Hi, this is Woody form Midlands Rocks in the UK! Santa Cruz is a new band hailing from Finland, so for those who are unaware of the band yet can ...
    Posted 13 Jul 2013, 12:10 by Paul Woodward
  • John Clews (Corvus) By Woody   Hi John, You are the guitarist with a new AOR band hailing from Birmingham – Corvus. So can you tell us who’s in the band, how you got ...
    Posted 27 Jun 2013, 06:35 by Paul Woodward
  • Paul Uttley (Lost Weekend) By Woody Hey Paul, Lost Weekend have been around for quite a while now but for anyone new to the band can you tell us the Lost Weekend line-up ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2013, 13:14 by Paul Woodward
  • Rick Palin (Skyfest Festival) By Woody Hi Rick, I believe you are the mastermind behind a new midlands based melodic rock festival called Skyfest! What inspired you to put on a melodic rock festival ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2013, 13:10 by Paul Woodward
  • Daylight Robbery  By Woody Hi Tony, Mark, Col and Ben! For those who don’t know Daylight Robbery how did you form, who’s in the band and how would you describe ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2013, 13:05 by Paul Woodward
  • Johnny Trowbridge & Richie Beardsley (Skin & Bone) By Woody Hey Johnny, Richie! I know you guys well from your previous band Tara’s Secret. I know you are keen to start the next chapter of your musical ...
    Posted 8 May 2013, 16:19 by Paul Woodward
  • Toni Gale & Mark Wilkins (Shyne) Interview By Woody Hi Guys, Shyne are a really new band and as far as I’m aware you haven’t been formed long? How did the band get together ...
    Posted 8 May 2013, 16:12 by Paul Woodward
  • Steve Overland (FM) Hi Steve, it’s Woody here from Midlands Rocks, hope your well and well rehearsed for FM’s upcoming UK tour! MR:  FM have not rushed since the reformation in ...
    Posted 29 Mar 2013, 17:11 by Paul Woodward
  • Sarah & Melissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets) -    Hey Sarah and Melissa, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks in the UK, hope all is well! Chasing Violets : Hi Woody, we are fine thank you ! We are glad to ...
    Posted 15 Dec 2012, 14:57 by Paul Woodward
  • Stevie K (Escape) Hey Stevie, Woody here from Midlands Rocks, hope all is well in sunny Northern Ireland! You are the vocalist in a new UK AOR band – Escape. How did you become ...
    Posted 15 Dec 2012, 14:43 by Paul Woodward
  • Michael Bormann Hi Michael, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, I hope you are well!Hey Woody, nice doing this interview with you. I am curious, what questions you´re coming up ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2012, 13:25 by Paul Woodward
  • John Blaze (Arabia) Interview by WoodyHi John, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, I hope you are well!Hey Woody – nice to meet ya!! I am freakin’ doing awesome!So John are ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2012, 13:21 by Paul Woodward
  • Mark Alger (Z Records) Z Rock 2012  Melodic Rock Festival Z Rock 2012 is only a short time away so I thought I’d catch up with Z Records label boss & Z Rock promoter Mark Alger to ...
    Posted 16 Mar 2012, 06:45 by Paul Woodward
  • Mark Thompson-Smith (Big Life) Hi Mark, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks; I hope you’re well and up for answering a few questions for us!“Hi Woody, I'm very well, thank you ...
    Posted 25 Oct 2011, 06:45 by Paul Woodward
  • Steve Newman (Newman)   Hi Steve, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, I hope your well and ready to talk about your new album “Under Southern Skies” due out on September 23rd on ...
    Posted 13 Oct 2011, 15:00 by Paul Woodward
  • Matt Black (Serpentine) Hi Matt, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, hope your well and ready for a few questions! Earlier this year you were named as the new singer for British AOR ...
    Posted 13 Oct 2011, 14:54 by Paul Woodward
  • Pete Fry (Far Cry) Hi Pete, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks; I hope you’re well and up for doing a quick interview for us! Woody, the pleasure is all mine, I’m ...
    Posted 20 Sep 2011, 15:08 by Paul Woodward
  • Lee Small (Shy) Hi Lee, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, hoping your keeping well and ready for some questions! You’re currently the front man of one of the UK’s most ...
    Posted 11 Sep 2011, 05:25 by Paul Woodward
  • Reuben Archer (Stampede) (Photo's by Paul Broome)   Hi Reuben, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, hope your well and ready for a few questions! Stampede reformed in 2009, what inspired the band ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:39 by Paul Woodward
  • Paul Logue (Eden's Curse) Hi Paul, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks; I hope you are doing well and up for talking about your band Eden’s Curse and upcoming third album “Trinity” due ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:27 by Paul Woodward
  • Tony Mills (TNT/Shy/Serpentine) Interview by Woody MR: Hi Tony, Woody here from Midlands Rocks; I hope you are doing well! I’m sure you’re very busy on the promotion trail with TNT ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:22 by Paul Woodward
  • Hal Marabel (Bad Habit) Interview by Woody MR: Hi Hal, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks in the UK; I hope you’re doing well!HM: I’m good thanks Woody!The new Bad ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:19 by Paul Woodward
  • Dan Trigger (Trigger) Hi Dan, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, hope you are well?! Now the band has been around a while, but for those who don’t know who are Trigger ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:17 by Paul Woodward
  • Sue Willets & Tim Manford (Dante Fox) Hi Sue & Tim, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, hope you are doing well? I thought it was about time MR caught up with you guys with the band been ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:42 by Paul Woodward
  • David Reece (Bangalore Choir) 90's Melodic Hard Rock outfit, Bangalore Choir, have reformed following the re-issue of their album "On Target" on the AOR Heaven label. Woody caught up with front man ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:11 by Paul Woodward
  • Chris Laney Woody talks to Swedish guitar maestro Chris Laney about his latest album, asperations and his collaboration wish list. Hi Chris, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks, hope your well and ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:01 by Paul Woodward
  • Anders Rydholm (Grand Illusion) Its been 6 years since GI's last album, but now the melodic rockers from Sweden return to the scene. All of which means that Woody gets on the blower ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 11:58 by Paul Woodward
  • Gareth Noon (Serpentine) Hi Gaz, this is Woody from Midlands Rocks hope you and the rest of the Serp’s are well and up for answering a few questions? Looking forward to it ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 11:56 by Paul Woodward
  • Torstein Flakne (Stage Dolls) Hi Torstein, this is Woody from UK website Midlands Rocks. Hope your well.  Very well thanks Woody…. Good to speak to you!!   When you were writing the new album “Always ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 11:52 by Paul Woodward
  • Craig Chapman (Tara's Secret) (Woody) The album has been out a few months now.  What's the reaction and feedback been to "Vertigo" so far?(Craig Chapman) Very good thanks, we’re getting some ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 11:48 by Paul Woodward
  • Tony Mills (Shy/TNT) This is my interview with Legendary Midlands rock singer Tony Mills of Shy , TNT , State Of Rock & Serpentine too name but a few of his bands over his long career ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2011, 12:43 by Paul Woodward
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