This Promotion Man Podcast takes you through an entire year of tours and the albums on the chart for 1981. The year started off with a number one album from John Lennon, which came only a few weeks after he was murdered in New York. Through the year, an entity named MTV came along in August that completely shook up the music industry as we know it. This dynamic created different career paths for bands like ZZ Top who completely reinvented themselves into video sensations. Olivia Newton John returned to get Physical and recreated herself. But the most notable thing from the year and moving forward was how many one-hit wonders came as a result of MTV airplay. Quarterflash...remember them...just one example. Fred has a funny story about how Quarterflash led to Sammy Hagar getting pissed at him that lasted after Sammy's solo career into joining Van Halen. We close out the show with the Centerfold kings J. Geils Band who invades the hotel where Fred is getting married. 

 

Recommended Music:

Intro: AC/DC “For Those About To Rock”

Middle: Stones “Waiting on a Friend”

Middle: Quarterflash “Harden My Heart”

End: Steve Winwood “If You See a Chance Take it”

Mike Easterlin Elektra Records Fred Meyers has worked with some incredible people as a Promotion Man. Mike Easterlin who now co-heads Elektra Records joins LA Lloyd and Fred as our guest. Mike worked with Fred early in his career. He explains how he transitioned from radio to records, bringing Elektra back after it had pretty much folded as a label, how bands and artists receive a gold or platinum status for their singles and albums in the modern streaming era. In addition, Mike answers LA Lloyd's question regarding the necessity to release full albums instead of just singles. Then Fred puts Mike on the spot to talk about the controversial 360 deals with artists and record labels. Finally, Mike gives us some up and coming artists to look for that he is very passionate about.

 

Recommended Music:

Intro: Tones and I "Dance Monkey"

Middle: Twenty One Pilots  "Stressed Out"

Middle: Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"

End: Lenny Kravitz "American Women"

Fred gets a ton of backlash for supporting this year's big Grammy winner Billie Eilish. So Lloyd and Fred discuss her big night, the biggest for a new artist since Christopher Cross in 1981. Lloyd is excited about Gary Clark Jr getting Rock back into the spotlight for the Grammys. The guys transition into a couple of Fred's tour stories from the early 80s with The Who. Somehow Fred managed to piss off Roger Daltrey because he liked one of their songs...Roger retaliates by hitting on Fred's wife. Just another day in the life of Fred Meyers and LA Lloyd on Promotion Man.

 

Recommended Music:

Intro: Billie Eilish "Bad Guy"

Middle: The Who "Eminence Front"

End: Who "It's Hard"

If you listened to radio in Houston, one name stands out; Dayna Steele. She has had quite a ride entertaining listeners for a couple decades and had the opportunity to interview and become close friends with some of Rock and Pop's biggest icons. Dayna takes Fred Meyers and LA Lloyd on a trip discussing helicopter rides with Ambrosia to having a water park party with Billy Idol and a few other friends exclusively. In addition, Dayna talks about helping David Crosby after a little time he spent in the Big House. Dayna has written eleven books and you have the opportunity to get a copy. Listen for the keyword from LA Lloyd and email us for a chance to win!

 

Recommended Music:

Intro: Ambrosia "Biggest Part of Me"

Middle: Police "Do Do Do the Da Da da"

Middle: Robert Palmer  "Your Going to Get What's Coming"

Close: Billy Idol "Rebel Yell"

Fred Meyers and LA Lloyd open the show debating holes. And speaking of holes, what kind of a**hole snubs Pat Benatar, Wayne Kramer, Judas Priest and more deserving ROCKERS from The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame! Fred and LA Lloyd discuss getting screwed by the Good Ole Boy Club. A quick segue into one of the Biggest Rabbit Hole conversations on record. How do you begin with "What's your favorite Live album and somehow morph into how the legends of Jazz were the direct link to Captain and Tennille's song "Muskrat Love." And finally the boys talk about good and bad tribute bands. Wait, are there really any GOOD tribute bands?

 

Recommended Music (Live Versions):

Peter Frampton: "Show me the way"

J.Geils: "Whammer Jammer"

Allman Bros: "Whipping Post"

Rolling Stones: "Midnight Rambler" - Close "Little Queenie"

The Black Crowes and Chris Payne Chris Payne is a Promotion Man that was with The Black Crowes on and off the road from the very beginning of their record deal and the release of Shake Your Money Maker. Not everyone was on board with The Crowes' sound including the head of the label Rick Rubin. There's a story of Rick Rubin actually burying the Black Crowes gold plaque he received. Down the rabbit hole...Somehow Fred and Chris Payne were at a big record party many years ago with an inflatable ass for Sir Mix-Lot. Other highlights in this podcast include H.O.R.D.E. Festival from the 90s, The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz co-headlining tour, Stinky rock star leather pants, The infamous Robinson Brothers fights, Albums performed in its entirety and lead singers hitting on your daughters.

 

Recommended Music:

The Black Crowes "Jealous Again"

Lenny Kravitz "Are You Gonna Go My Way"

The Black Crowes "She Talks To Angels"

Blues Traveler "Run Around"

Fred opens the podcast with a potential guest named John Mellencamp who may come on and talk about his paintings. This leads into other artists who do painting as a side hobby. LA Lloyd takes you through the biggest albums for the first week of a new decade 40 years ago. Fred talks about his transfer from Detroit to Houston and lets just say there are some crabs involved. While in Fort Worth, TX, Fred sees Prince opening for Rick James and understands the feeling of being a minority. Finally, we close on a bittersweet note as Fred and Lloyd talk about the biggest albums at the end of 1980 including John Lennon's Double Fantasy which was the #1 album on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart. This was only days after John was murdered in New York City.

 

Recommended Music:

Intro: Fleetwood Mac “Tusk”

Middle: ZZ Top “I’m bad I’m nationwide”

End: John Lennon “Just like starting over”

David Cahn was Fred Meyers regional boss at Warner Bros.  In this episode, David takes LA Lloyd and Fred on a trip from his first week on the job at a promotional meeting with all the record reps at the Stanley Hotel, where The Shining was filmed. 

David is asked who is the most obnoxious member of The Eagles.  Also, why did Freddie Mercury not have any dental work? Who were the Hit Men in regards to music and why were they so territorial? What was the secret to making Richard Pryor a household name when his comedy albums were full of explicit language?

 

Recommended Music:

Intro: Eagles "Old 55"

Middle: Bruce Springsteen "Roselita" (Come out Tonight) 

End: Neil Young "Comes a Time"

Jon Scott was a Promotion Man that was with Tom Petty from the beginning that led to a 40-year friendship. Fred Meyers and LA Lloyd talk with Jon as he tells stories of getting fired for believing in an unknown artist named Johnny Cougar. After he gets let go from MCA Records, he is hired by ABC Records and it was déjà vu with another unknown artist named Tom Petty. After Tom’s untimely death, Jon wrote all of these great stories in the book “Tom Petty and Me,” which you can win an autographed copy. We will give you a secret word towards the end of this Podcast. Once you hear it, email your entry to mailto: Fredsmeyers@gmail.com and we will pick 5 random winners. 

 

Recommended Music:

ZZ Top: "My Head's Mississippi"

John Cougar Mellencamp: "Tonight" / "Ain't Even Done With The Night" 

Tom Petty: "Listen to Her Heart" / "Breakdown" / ''I Need to Know" / "I Won't Back Down" 
December 23, 2019

2020 Tours (Episode 21)

2020 Tours are shaping up to be the biggest in many years.  Fred and Lloyd talk about the confirmed shows with Motley Crue and Def Leppard, Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker tour, Doobies back with Michael McDonald first time in 25 years, Alanis Morissette’s 25th Anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Eagles perform Hotel California album in its entirety, Rage Against the Machine, MC50, ZZ Top, David Lee Roth in Vegas and tours with KISS End of The Road, and the guys wrap up voting on hopeful tours that will happen...or definitely won’t happen.

 

Recommended Music:

Motley Crue: "Girls Girls Girls"

Black Crowes: "Shake Your Money Maker"

Alanis Morissette: "Jagged Little Pill"

Kiss: "Detroit Rock City"

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