The Tapes Archive
The Tapes Archive
Alan Berry
A podcast that unearths never-before-heard conversations with world-class musicians and comedians.
#043 Bill Bruford (Yes/King Crimson) 1980 Interview
In this episode, we have one of prog rock’s greatest drummers, Bill Bruford. At the time of this interview in 1980, Bruford was 31 years old and on tour with his solo band supporting his album Gradually Going Tornado. In the interview, Bruford talks about why he left Yes, how Robert Fripp tried to cancel the King Crimson’s 1974 Central Park concert, and the advantage of making a name for himself in bands like Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson. The challenges of commercial radio The advantage of making a name for himself in bands like Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson The problems with playing in big-name bands vs. as a solo act His thoughts on touring with Genesis What attracts him to the U.S. market What he wants to tell people about his music Why he left Yes to join Robert Fripp and King Crimson How and why Fripp tried to cancel King Crimson’s July 1, 1974, Central Park concert How he sees himself Whether he’s wealthy His thoughts on progressive rock supergroup UK What music he was listening to Whether he would sacrifice a song to sell a million records Could there be a record company that existed on goodwill? 
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Jan 19
18 min
#42 Neil Peart (Rush) Interview 1994
In this episode, we have our third and final interview with Rush’s drummer, Neil Peart. At the time of this interview in 1994, Peart was 42 years old and was promoting Rush’s album Counterparts and their concert in Indianapolis. In the interview, Peart talks about how Rush progressed over its first 18 albums, why he agrees with Frank Zappa that love songs are destructive, and what characteristic he has that has enabled him to be successful. 00:00 - Intro 00:44 - Start of Neil Peart interview 01:02 - What kind of difference can one person make? 01:44 - The western idea of heroism 04:06 - The luxury he enjoys 06:04 - How people react to him asking them to think 10:42 - What he learned from Paul Simon 11:39 - Why he agrees with Frank Zappa that love songs are destructive 12:25 - How he’s a dreamer and an idealist 13:36 - What characteristic he has that has enabled him to be successful 16:01 - His thoughts on Rush Limbaugh 18:03 - His play on words that no one gets 19:11 - Who he thinks Rush’s audience is 21:06 - If he thinks his audience is smart 22:24 - Existential questions he asks himself 23:33 - Thoughts on Rush’s album progression 25:52 - How long it took for him to master the dums 27:47 - His pick for young and upcoming bands 
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Jan 5
29 min
Steve Sybesma (Co-founder of Deer Creek Music Center)
In the interview, Steve talks about how the Rolling Stones played a pivotal role in taking out his competitors and why the Stones steered clear of Indiana for years; how much U2 and AC/DC got paid the first time they played a show in Indiana; and the fascinating history of Deer Creek Music Center. 
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Dec 29, 2020
16 min
#40 Angus Young (AC/DC) Interview 1996
In the interview, Young talks about: - What it’s like to come back after a five-year layoff - The ever-changing landscape of rock ‘n’ roll - The key to AC/DC’s success - How Bob Dylan compares to AC/DC - Why AC/DC was considered a punk band in England - One of his hobbies - The making of the Ballbreaker album - How AC/DC comes up with the setlist for concerts - How the schoolboy outfit came to be - His thoughts on Butt-head from Beavis and Butt-head wearing an AC/DC shirt - His thoughts on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. - Can we ever expect an AC/DC rock opera? In this episode, we have the original problem child, AC/DC’s Angus Young. At the time of this interview in 1996, Young was 40 years old and was promoting AC/DC’s album Ballbreaker and their upcoming tour. In the interview, Young talks about how his schoolboy outfit came to be, the reason AC/DC took a five-year hiatus, Beavis and Butthead, and the key to all of AC/DC’s success. 
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Dec 8, 2020
15 min
#039 Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Interview 1992
In the interview, Butler talks about: - What happened to his solo career - Why he left the Ozzy band - How he reconnected with Dio - The difficulty in finding a vocalist - The making of the Wayne’s World soundtrack - The bleak outlook of the Dehumanizer album - A rare Black Sabbath press kit - His thoughts on all the Black Sabbath’s critics - Whether he thinks Sabbath was the first heavy metal band - Black Sabbath’s musical influences - Whether it feels right to be in Sabbath at age 43 - What he thinks about Ozzy retiring. - Spinal Tap In this episode, we have Black Sabbath bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler. At the time of this interview in 1992, Butler was 43 years old and was promoting Sabbath’s new album and an upcoming concert date in Indianapolis. In the interview, Butler talks about what happened to his solo career, why he left Ozzy’s band, what he thinks about music critics, and the Wayne’s World soundtrack. 
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Sep 29, 2020
14 min
#038 Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) Interview  1995
In the interview, Pollard talks about: - His creative time of the day - Upcoming records to be released - Working with Matador Records - What makes him happy - Giving hope to all other garage musicians - The collectability of his records and “hoarding” a few himself - Luna Music in Indianapolis - The business side to making money in the music biz - His love for The Beatles when they are “goofing around” - Whether he thinks kids are getting dumber - What he has tortured himself with over the years - What it’s like being a musician and living in Dayton, Ohio - Who he thinks is a “fucking creep” - Working in the studio - How the band Ween acted like rock stars - Writing a song for Tom Hanks In this episode, we have one of the most prolific songwriters of the past 30 years, Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard. At the time of this interview in 1995, Pollard was 37 years old and was promoting an upcoming concert date in Indianapolis. In the interview, Pollard talks about the collectability of his records and “hoarding” a few himself; the business side of making money in the music biz; who he thinks is a creep; and how he gives hope to all other garage musicians. 
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Sep 15, 2020
29 min
#37 Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead) Interview 1992
In the interview, Welnick talks about: -His love for Bob Marley - If being in the Grateful Dead was anything like he imagined - His vision as a child that came true - What it was like auditioning for the Grateful Dead - The differences between being with The Tubes and being in the Grateful Dead - The time Robin Williams performed with him - How he integrated himself to the Grateful Dead’s way of playing live - His songs that the Grateful Dead will be playing live - If it was tough to fit in - The luxury of being in such a popular band - Working with Todd Rundgren - Bruce Hornsby handing off the “baton” to him In this episode, we have Grateful Dead and The Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick. At the time of this interview in 1992, Welnick was 41 years old and was promoting the Grateful Dead’s two sold-out shows at Deer Creek Music Center in Indiana. In the interview, Welnick talks about what it was like auditioning for the Grateful Dead; his former band The Tubes; and how being in the Grateful Dead felt like being a part of a “big, old, wonderful family.” 
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Sep 1, 2020
24 min
#036 Paul Stanley (KISS) interview from 1996 6
In the interview, Stanley talks about: - How the 1996 tour is going to be a better Kiss concert than the 1974 shows. - The familiarity of playing with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss - Parasitic friends and business associates - If there will be more reunion tours - How fast tickets are selling - How KISS fans are the greatest fans in the world - His thoughts on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - The founding of the Kiss Army and Bill Starkey, the founder In this episode, we have the Starchild, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley. At the time of this interview in 1996, Stanley was 44 years old and was promoting the Kiss reunion tour. In the interview, Stanley talks about the Kiss Army and its founder, Bill Starkey; the familiarity of playing with Ace Frehley and Peter Cross; and how Kiss fans are the greatest in the world. 
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Aug 18, 2020
18 min
#035 Kurtis Blow interview from 1997
In the interview, Blow talks about: - Whether he thinks God cares about pop music - How he had it all and now has nothing - What hip-hop fans should go back and listen to - How early hip-hop had a code of ethics not to use swear words - Why he got out of the music business - How he foresaw how big hip-hop would get - The language of a rap - Why rap artist don’t typically have long careers - Why white America has gravitated toward rap - The first time rap was used for a commercial - How Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, broke Kurtis’ heart - If he became the overlord of music, what the first thing he’d change would be In this episode, we have hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow. At the time of this interview in 1997, Blow was 38 years old and was promoting his three-CD compilation, “The History of Rap.” In the interview, Kurtis talks about how Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, broke his heart; what hip-hop fans should go back and listen to; and how he foresaw how big rap music would become. 
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Aug 4, 2020
23 min
#034 Lars Ulrich (Metallica) interview from 1997
In the interview, Ulrich talks about: - Pat Boone’s version of “Enter Sandman” - Metallica’s songwriting process - How the internet can be a “frightening instrument.” - Being on the Ferrall on the Bench show and whether he and Scott Ferrall are friends - What motivates him - The challenges of touring with a huge stage - The cover art for “Load” - The weirdest encounter he has ever had with a fan - Whether he’s enjoying himself on tour - How he’s looking forward to “some of that horseradish down at the old St. Elmo’s joint” (an Indianapolis insider tidbit) In this episode, we have Metallica’s co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich. At the time of this interview in 1997, Ulrich was 34 years old and was promoting the band’s concert date in Indianapolis. In the interview, Lars talks about Metallica’s songwriting process, the weirdest encounter he has ever had with a fan, what motivates him, and how the internet can be a “frightening instrument.” 
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Jul 21, 2020
23 min
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