Rock Legend Joins Envision Networks® Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock In Extended Interview
Gregg Rolie, former lead vocalist and founding member of Santana, joined Paul Shaffer for an exclusive interview on Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock. The feature aired on affiliate stations throughout the country and can be heard online at http://bit.ly/1UEYJI5. An extended interview is now available online at www.PaulShaffersDayInRock.com.
In the on-air feature, Rolie discusses his reunion with Santana for the first time in 45 years and how it compares to his original time with Santana. Rolie is currently promoting his newest release with Santana, Santana IV. It is available now in stores and through digital retailers.
In the online-exclusive audio, Rolie discusses his musical career post-Santana, including his work with Journey and his solo recordings. He provided vocals on some of Santana’s most iconic songs and on a number of Journey tracks, while also playing piano and organ. He also further elaborates on his reunion with Santana and assembling their latest release.
“We played in Vegas just the five of us with no timbales, no bass. We sat down to play and played for about six hours and ended up with a piece that was 17 minutes long,” Rolie said about their first session together.
They continued to work at a rapid pace on the rest of the record. “The recordings were very quick, one to three takes. Everything was just ‘Bang!’ It came right back like riding a bicycle.”
Listen to the complete interview online at http://bit.ly/1ZhdPah. Rolie is the latest in a line of renowned guests to be featured on the show including Phil Collins, Dave Davies, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page, Joe Elliott and Tony Banks.
Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock is available on a barter basis and illustrates the history of rock according to Paul Shaffer. The 60-second daily program draws on Shaffer’s vast musical knowledge and ability to comment on the history of rock with his unique perspective and sense of humor. Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock is a perfect benchmark feature that can be programmed throughout the day and offers key sponsorship opportunities for radio stations that are looking to add infotainment to their lineup. Visit paulshaffersdayinrock.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com for more information.
Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years. Shaffer spent five years with the original “Saturday Night Live,” during which he played keyboards, composed special musical material, served as musical director for The Blues Brothers, and was a featured performer (which included his unforgettable Don Kirshner impression). Shaffer composed the LATE SHOW theme song and co-wrote the timeless classic “It’s Raining Men,” and has recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers, in addition to his own albums, “Coast to Coast” (1989) and “The World’s Most Dangerous Party” (1993.) He has appeared in numerous feature films, including portraying prototypical promo man Artie Fufkin in the seminal mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap.” His first book, We’ll Be Here For The Rest of Our Lives – A Swingin’ Showbiz Saga, was released in 2009.
Grammy-winner Shaffer continues to serve as musical producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986, and led the band for the “We Are the World” finale of “Live Aid.” Shaffer hosted CBS’s 1994 New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square and was musical director of the closing concert at the 1996 Olympic Games. He appeared with the Blues Brothers at the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show and was musical director of the 1999 “Concert of the Century” at the White House, featuring Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Gloria Estefan, and ‘N Sync. He was the musical director of Paul McCartney’s “Concert for New York” and appeared with Faith Hill on the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon, both of which honored and raised money for victims of 9/11.
Paul Shaffer holds two honorary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was recently awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is currently the National Spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. He lives in the New York area with his wife and two children.
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