Ken has some great stories working for Stone Temple Pilots. In their early days, he made a Slide Bandolero for guitarist, Dean DeLeo, and when he smashed Dean’s favorite guitar on stage. Ken tells the story of how he and some of the other guys from the road crew opened up for them at one show. We discuss him being a tech for Gene Simmons and Eric Singer of Kiss, and his return to Alice Cooper.
Part Two of a Two Part Story
Video interview with Ken Barr (Part 2)
Ken Barr’s band, “Monkey’s with Guns” opening up for STP
Pat St. John is no stranger to the Rock N’ Roll music scene, and has just about met everybody in Rock N’ Roll. He was one of the most popular DJ’s in the country for most of his years at New York’s WPLJ. He was rated by Arbitron as the most-listened-to afternoon radio personality. Pat has been recognized by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland by being added to their display of America’s Greatest Classic Rock Air Personalities.
Detroit, WPLJ, and WNEW Radio
Pat was brought up in the Detroit area and loved the music of Motown. He began his radio career on Windsor, Ontario’s CKLW (800 AM) in 1968 and 1970, followed by WKNR (1310 AM) in late 1970 to early 1972, followed by WRIF FM (101.1) to April 1973. St. John is best known for the 42 years he spent in the New York City radio working for WPLJ, WNEW-FM, WAXQ and WCBS FM. In 1973, Pat jumped on the offer when ABC (WRIF and WPLJ parent company) to be a DJ on their album-oriented rock (AOR) station WPLJ in New York City, He stayed at WPLJ for 15 years and left to join WNEW-FM, a WPLJ competitor. Pat became the station’s program director in the early 1990’s and was a DJ during the mid-day. In 1994, Pat did the morning show through 1996. Pat left WNEW after their format switched to a hot talk format in 1998.
Satellite Radio, SiriusXM, and WCBS
After Pat left WNEW, he received an offer from up-and-coming Sirius Satellite Radio and was one of the first programmers as the Director of Classic Rock Programming. Pat stayed on as Sirius acquired XM Satellite Radio and changed their name to SiriusXM, and is one of their most popular personalities. Pat has been on many of the station channels, including, “60s Vibrations,” “The Vault,” “Deep Tracks,” and “Sirius Blues.” Since 2014, Pat has been on the ’60s on 6 channel weekdays 3PM to 7 PM ET.
While he was at SiriusXM, Pat also joined WCBS-FM in 2000 and stayed through 2015 ,.
Ken Barr was a road-crew technician (folks these days don’t like the word Roadies because they are a lot more technical than a Roadie) for a lot of bands throughout his career. He started out in the NYC area clubs in 1978, and eventually landed a gig with Debbie Gibson in the early 1980’s when her first album was released. Ken has worked as a drum tech for Eric Singer of Kiss and Alice Cooper, then ultimately became Gene Simmons‘ bass tech, handling both Eric and Gene. He has worked with Air Supply, The Bangles, Alice Cooper, Stone Temple Pilots, and many other artists. In 2009, Ken decided to share his amazing stories in his book, We Are the Road Crew.
In 2003, Sean Gilday formed Blue Raven Entertainment in New Jersey after starting a successful merchandise company in 1994. The merchandise company was also involved in making concert T-Shirts. When Molly Hatchet asked him to make their T-shirts, they were so impressed with his product and fast production, that they turned him onto other bands such as Blackfoot, Jefferson Starship, and others. Sean then became an agent in booking bands as a result.
More on Blue Raven
Blue Raven is based in Mountain Lakes with offices in Illinois,Texas, and Siberia. They handle all aspects of the music business from merchandise, booking shows, and finding new talent, such as The Outcrops. They work with national acts and tribute bands. Blue Raven also works with festival shows, especially the New Jersey Rock, Ribs, and Ridges that Howard Freeman promotes every year in Sussex County. Check out the interview below with Sean and hear from him about Blue Raven as well as a couple of funny stories that he has to tell.