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Ken Barr- Road Crew Technician

Ken Barr – Road Crew Technician

 

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.

Eric Singer, Alice Cooper, and Phil Collins

In part one of our interview, we talk to Ken about meeting drummer Eric Singer. We also talk about Ken’s time working with Alice Cooper’s band and almost running over Phil Collins at the 40th Anniversary of Atlantic Records at Madison Square Garden.

Part One of a Two Part Story

Video interview with Ken Barr (Part 1)

Ken Barr’s band, “Monkey’s with Guns” opening up for STP

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Perry Leandro- Violinist and Music Teacher

Perry Leandro Violinist and Music Teacher

Violin in Blues and Rock

Perry Leandro is well known for being a violinist, but his musical career did not start out that way. He started playing guitar at a young age and was a student at Berklee School of Music., Perry even had a lesson with Barry Gordy. It wasn’t until Perry was in his 30’s when he discovered the violin.  It has been a passion of his ever since. Perry is a violin and guitar teacher and offers lessons through his website, LearnBluesViolin.com

NYC and The Killer Blues Band

Perry’s passion is not only the violin, but the music of the Blues. Perry was a regular at the blues clubs throughout New York City and was asked by the owner of the Chicago B.L.U.E.S. Club if he could put a house band together, Perry soon put a band together with his violin in tow and called the band, The Killer Blues Band. The band was also the house band for BB King’s Blues Club on 42nd, also located in New York City. The Killer Blues Band have also released one album, The Mighty River.

Video interview with Perry Leandro

Perry Leandro’s version of “Summer Song” by Joe Satriani

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