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Listen: Neal Schon of Journey interview

Kaedy and Melissa Ruggieri from ajc.com spoke with Journey guitar-great Neal Schon about the band’s upcoming show with Def Leppard and the Pretenders at Sun Trust Park on July 1st!

Tickets available at ticketmaster.com

Listen: Rock N’ Roll Animals talk with Kaedy about their upcoming Atlanta show

Kaedy spoke with her longtime Atlanta musician friends Bruce Smith and Andrew Adler about the other Atlanta musicians they’ll be performing with for their tribute to Lou Reed, “Rock N Roll Animals”, coming to Smith’s Olde Bar June 23rd. 

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Listen: Kaedy interviews Jim McCarty of Yardbirds 

The Yardbirds founding member Jim McCarty spoke with Kaedy recently about the upcoming Yardbirds show at City Winery June 19th. Hear what Jim has to say about playing with some of the greatest guitarists in rock history, his new solo CD “Walking in the Wild Land”, and what you can expect to hear at the upcoming show!

Video: Kaedy talks to Collective Soul’s Will Turpin

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke recently with Will Turpin of Collective Soul about his new solo release, Serengeti Drivers. Will will be performing at Eddie’s Attic June 6, and at Madlife Stage and Studios in Woodstock June 8th. See willturpin.com for tickets.

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Listen: Paul Stanley of KISS returns to Atlanta

Legendary Kiss front-man, Paul Stanley, returns to Atlanta with his artwork for sale on Saturday, June 16th from 5 - 8 pm at Wentworth Gallery in Phipps Plaza. Hear what he has to say about his painting and about what Kiss has planned, as he recently spoke to Kaedy and the AJC’s music writer Melissa Ruggieri.

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For more about Paul Stanley visit his official website.

Keyboardist Mike Garson talks ‘Celebrating David Bowie’

Celebrating David Bowie is coming to the Buckhead Theatre Sunday March 18, 2018, featuring David Bowie band members and special guest vocalists.

Kaedy spoke with Bowie’s on and off keyboardist since 1972, Mike Garson, who is also the band’s Musical Director. One of the special guest vocalists for the Atlanta date is actress Evan Rachel Wood

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Tickets are available at The Buckhead Theatre.

Listen: A Tribute to The Beatles Interview

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles returns to The Fabulous Fox Theatre for ONE SHOW ONLY, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at 5 p.m.!

Don’t miss this amazing tribute celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Hear Kaedy Kiely with Melissa Ruggieri from AJC.com talk with “Paul”, Paul Curatolo, about this must-see production!

Get ticket at foxtheatre.org.

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Listen: Kaedy’s interview with the real life Green Beret heroes

Exactly a week before the movie opens (Friday Jan. 19, 2018) Kaedy interviewed the real life Green Beret heroes behind the movie 12 Strong, Major Mark Nutsch (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Chief Warrant Officer Bob Pennington (played by Michael Shannon).

Hear part of the amazing story with Kaedy and two of the twelve U.S. men who were the first to infiltrate Taliban cells in Afghanistan after September 11th. It’s an incredible story, and Kaedy saw a preview of the movie and thought everyone should see it! Here’s a link to the trailer.

Listen to the full interview below. 

Listen: Drummer Tony Brock of The Babys talks with Kaedy about their return

The Babys, one of Kaedy’s favorite bands of the 70’s, will be performing at Eddie’s Attic on Jan. 4th.

Kaedy spoke with original drummer, Tony Brock, about why the band broke up at their peak and their re-launching a few years ago.

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Visit The Babys official website for more information.

The Babys, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan 4,  Eddies Attic, 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur, GA.

Get tickets at Eddiesattic.com.

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Def Leppard’s Rick Allen brings veteran-inspired art to Atlanta

Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with Def Leppard drummer, Rick Allen, about his appearance and upcoming art exhibit coming Saturday, November 11th. Rick’s artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit his foundation to help support veterans.

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Allen will make an appearance on Veterans Day 2017 honoring his 12 years of working with injured veterans at his “Rick Allen: Drums for Peace” art exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia at the Wentworth Gallery.

Rick Allen will be making two special appearance at Wentworth Galleries in Atlanta on Saturday, November 11th, 2017: Perimeter Mall from 1-3 pm and Phipps Plaza from 5-8 pm : RSVP’s are strongly suggested.

A portion of the proceeds from each and every sale during this extraordinary event will be donated back to Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, sponsored by his charity foundation the Raven Drum Foundation, and each purchaser will receive a limited edition hand-signed Commemorative Purple Heart piece.

“Music, Art and Photography have been passions of mine since I was a boy and now I am bringing these artistic expressions to life with paint and canvas. My life has been a journey of transformation and my art is a reflection of the many facets of dreams and perceptions that have shaped me to be the person I am today. Each piece has a story and a connection to my life from my roots in England, my life changing car accident, journey to America, travels around the globe and to my deep connection to Wounded Warriors and their struggle to heal.” - Rick Allen.

Listen: Todd Rundgren talks about Ringo’s All-Starr Band

Kaedy spoke to Todd Rundgren, who’s with Ringo’s All-Starr Band at The Fox Theatre Saturday, November 11th. Find out what’s new with one of Kaedy’s favorite artists!

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Tickets available at the FoxTheatre.org.

Marshall Tucker Band lead singer Doug Gray talks about the band’s heritage, their upcoming show and more

Kaedy and Melissa Ruggieri from AJC.com spoke with Doug Gray, singer and founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band, about the band’s Southern heritage and the upcoming show at The Variety Playhouse Saturday, November 4, 2017.

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Tickets available at variety-playhouse.com.

Scott Sharrard of Gregg Allman Band talks about Laid Back Festival

Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with Scott Sharrard, lead guitarist and Musical Director of The Gregg Allman Band, about the upcoming Laid Back Festival.

The big show will feature the band with Gregg’s son Devon Allman playing Gregg’s last album, Southern Blood, live in its entirety, and Lynyrd Skynyrd October 14, 2017 at Verizon Amphitheatre.

Listen to the full interview.

Tickets to Laid Back Festival are on sale now at LiveNation.com 

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Talks Roadcase Royale and Bob Seger Tour

Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke to Heart’s Nancy Wilson about her new band, Roadcase Royale.

The band’s new album is out, and they are on tour now with Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band and will be performing with them at Infinite Energy Arena on October 7, 2017.

Listen to the full interview below.

Tickets are available for purchase at Infinite Energy Arena

Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night to Rock Chastain 2017 benefit concert hosted by Kaedy Kiely

Kaedy Kiely and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with Danny Hutton, singer and founder of Three Dog Night - the record-holders of the most consecutive Top 40 hits in history! 

Danny talks about the current line-up, and spins some great yarns about having THE Rock and Roll party house in Hollywood in the ‘70s! 

Kaedy will be hosting Three Dog Night at this year’s Rock Chastain with The Whiskey Gentry November 21, 2017 to benefit the Chastain Park Conservancy. 

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Tickets are available for purchase at Livenation.com

Don Barnes of .38 Special talks about his new solo album

Kaedy spoke to her friend Don Barnes of .38 Special, as his long-awaited “Ride the Storm” solo album is finally available wherever you buy music! .38 Special will be performing some of Don’s new/old songs when they play The Amphitheatre at Adamson Square in Carrollton on October 7, 2017.

 

Don Was talks about Gregg Allman’s last album

Kaedy spoke with Don Was who produced Gregg Allman’s last studio album, Southern Blood, released posthumously September 8, 2017. Hear about Don’s experience working with the Allman Brother during his last days – “He was making an extremely crafted farewell statement.”

Read the liner notes for the last Gregg Allman album written by Don Was below.

In Sept 2011, Gregg received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. I was playing bass for him in Buddy Miller's house band and was totally blown away when he swaggered onstage for our afternoon soundcheck. Dressed in black jeans, t shirt and boots, covered in tats and jewelry, long blond hair askew, he was as cool as a motherfu*#er and manifested the essence of a natural born rock 'n roll star. His combination of charisma, soulful singing and poetic songwriting was not an 'act' that one studies and perfects over the years - it was a profound gift that only a handful of folks in each generation are lucky enough to be born with. Offstage, he radiated that same presence but you could quickly see that, at his core, he was utterly without pretension - a humble, shy, self-effacing and well-mannered southern gentleman. We struck up a friendship that night which ultimately led to my involvement in this - his farewell album.  He wasn't partial to aimless small talk and, outside of what he expressed in music, kept his feelings pretty much private. Although I became aware of his irreversibly failing health as we got into making the record, we never once got around to discussing the fact that he was living-out his final chapter. The choice of songs for this record said everything that needed to be said...it's the musical last testament of one of the greatest artists of our time. Everything you need to know about Gregg and how he felt at the end of his life is contained in the lyrics to these 10 songs and in the raw and expressive approach he brings to these last performances.   Like the hero in Bob's “Going Going Gone,” he found himself at the 'top of the end' - closing the book on the pages and text and urging those behind him to follow their hearts. His heart led him, in the words of Willie Dixon, to live the life he loved and to love the life he lived. In Gregg's autobiographical “My One True Friend,” he tells us how he'd spent his life on the road and was most alive and happy when he was onstage playing music. Like the truck driver in Little Feat's “Willin',” he'd been kicked by the wind and robbed by the sleet but was still willin' to stay on his bus and keep moving till the end. In Tim Buckley's “Once I Was,” he wonders if, just for a while, he will be remembered. Is he singing to an ex-lover? Is he singing to all of us and referring to the deep, indescribable bond between a performer and his fans?  The moment that gets to me every time is the ending of the last verse of Jackson's beautiful and haunting “Song For Adam.” Gregg always loved this song because it reminded him of his brother Duane. When he gets to the line "still it seems that he stopped singing in the middle of his song" you can hear him choke up and falter. We decided to stop for the day, and Gregg never got the chance to actually sing those next two lines. Leaving them open seemed like a poignant and poetic way for him to make his exit.  Gregg Allman cared deeply about this final album. He had very specific ideas about what he wanted to say and how he wanted to say it. He spent his final night listening to the latest mixes and closed his eyes for the last time knowing that his vision had been realized. Everyone involved in the making of this record hopes that it moves you and brings you great comfort in the years to come.  Viva Gregg!

Kaedy spoke with singer Jesse Colin Young ahead of City Winery concert

Kaedy spoke with lead singer of the band The Youngbloods, Jesse Colin Young, who’s in town Saturday night, August 26th, at The City Winery.

Jesse talks about coming up in the music scene in NYC and Boston in the 60’s with some amazing peers, his battle with Lyme’s Disease, even his own brand of organic coffee!

Gregg Allman’s niece and manager talk about ‘Southern Blood’

Kaedy Kiely and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke to Gregg Allman’s niece (Duane’s daughter), Galadrielle Allman, and his long-time manager, Michael Lehman, about the September 8th release of Gregg’s last studio album, Southern Blood. They also discuss upcoming events in honor of the late Allman Brother’s legacy.

 

Judy Collins talks about new album and tour

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are celebrating 50 years of friendship with a new CD and a tour that hits Symphony Hall on August 9, 2017. Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri talked to Judy about her relationship with Stephen, their musical collaborations, and lots more!

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