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November 4, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: Interview 'bucket list' is wide and varied

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Tonawanda News — Meat Loaf would be pretty cool. I have followed his career closely because of the Todd Rundgren and Utopia connection, but his story is very interesting and his season on “Celebrity Apprentice” is one of my favorites. I have requested interviews, but no luck.

Then there is Bruno Mars. He is certainly one of the youngest on my list, but the guy is oozing with talent. I have both of his albums and songs like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “The Lazy Song” are just brilliant. I would love to chat with the guy and see how he enjoys all the success.

Speaking of success, then there is Taylor Swift. I saw her in concert a couple of years ago, and like Sugarland, I was hooked. Swift is a great performer, but her real talent lies in her songwriting — she can craft a wonderful pop song. All too often her personal and dating life overshadow that talent, and if I interviewed her it would be a discussion on songwriting. I have never requested an interview, but when her new album comes out I just might give it a try.

Next, there is Tommy Shaw of Styx. I think the best interview I ever conducted was with Dennis DeYoung, and I had the honor of interviewing Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo. Tommy and/or James Young would be very cool, to say the least. They are coming to Fallsview Casino this month, so maybe this time?

Finally, here is Gil Moore of Triumph. I have interviewed Rik Emmett twice, he is simply amazing, but I have always wanted to talk to Moore about the business end of Triumph and the design of their light show. I requested an interview once, but nothing came of it.

Thom Jennings writes a weekly column on the music scene for Sunday Lifestyle. Email him at thomjennings@rochester.rr.com.

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