Category Archives: Famous People I Have Met

Interview with Dio and Yngwei Malmsteen (St Petersburg Times. 2000.)

Don’t dump growling metal singer Ronnie James Dio nor Swedish guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen onto the bandwagon of ’80s metal bands making the arena rounds these days. Dio, 51, is the vocally talented legend who helped bring Black Sabbath back … Continue reading

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Extended interview with John Oates (Oct. 2013. VICE).

Earlier this year I was lucky to interview my favorite living singer, Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. This month I interviewed his talented partner John Oates. That Q&A — complete with a long intro about all of Oates’ accomplishments … Continue reading

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Movie review: “12 Years a Slave” (Louisiana Weekly. Oct 2013).

The largest crowd in the 24-year history of the New Orleans Film Festival helped kick off eight days of high-quality new movies, starting at the Civic performance space in the CBD. The mood on the genuinely star-studded red carpet outside … Continue reading

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Four Days at Todd Rundgren’s Birthday Party (VICE. July 2013)

The post before this one is a Q&A I did with Todd Rundgren about his week-long 65th birthday party. The following is about that party.  DAY 1 By the time we get to White Castle, Louisiana—more than an hour’s drive … Continue reading

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Article plus unpublished Q&A with Daryl Hall (Gambit Weekly. April 2013).

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing my longtime singing hero Daryl Hall, whose 2013 Jazz Fest show with partner John Oates I wrote about for New Orleans Gambit Weekly — CLICK HERE to read that long article. Below this video of Daryl … Continue reading

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Interview with Chuck D. of Public Enemy, PT1: about Hurricane Katrina (AntiGravity. 2007).

At times throughout my life I’ve wished Chuck D were my father. Nothing else has ever spun my brain as hard, both musically and socially, as Public Enemy. Various teenage groundings by my parents kept me from ever seeing P.E. … Continue reading

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Interview with author Bret Easton Ellis and producer Braxton Pope (VICE. Feb. 2013).

 To read the actual professional published interview at VICE Magazine, CLICK HERE. Below I have pasted the tons of interesting leftover material from that interview, wherein  Bret Easton Ellis and Braxton Pope discuss their new movie The Canyons, plus Bret’s reputation, Lindsay Lohan, paprazzi, … Continue reading

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