Kickstarter Spotlight: ‘Star Wars’ Documentary ‘Elstree 1976’

If I was a betting man I would lay down a few of my hard-earned pennies on the likelihood that you are a Star Wars fan. Not only because you made the excellent choice to read articles on Geeks of Doom, but also because everyone loves Star Wars!

And if, like me, you are still hungry to find out about even the smallest of details about the movies – or the universe – then Elstree 1976, which currently has a Kickstarter campaign, could be the film for you.

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Interview: Rock Biographer Neil Daniels

From Bon Jovi to Judas Priest and UFO to Pantera, British rock biographer Neil Daniels has written books on some of the biggest and best names in rock and heavy metal.

In only seven years Neil has published close to thirty books including his biographies and also his collections of interviews with fellow rock writers and musicians. In addition to books, Neil has contributed to dozens of websites, magazines and newspapers. Frankly, his workload puts many of us to shame.

2014 is already shaping up to be a busy year with books on Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Journey guitarist Neal Schon due for release at the beginning of this year, with many more to come.

Continue reading to check out my chat with Daniels about his work.

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Interview: Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess

Keyboard player. App developer. Wizard. Jordan Rudess is all of these things. The phenomenal talent behind those sumptuous Dream Theater keyboard tones is a continuously busy man.

Not only is he a member of the progressive metal colossus Dream Theater, who released its twelfth studio album this year, Rudess has been working with King Crimson bass player Tony Levin and drummer and guitarist Marco Minnemann in creating the inspiring Levin Minnemann Rudess album – an instrumental rock masterpiece put together by three incredible musicians.

Away from music he is an innovator, creating new ways of teaching and training musicians in the world of apps. More on that further down.

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Interview: Former Runaways Guitarist and Queen Of Rock Lita Ford

Since her breakthrough in the 1970s with all-girl hard rockers The Runaways, Lita Ford has become one of the world’s foremost guitar-wielding goddesses. Twice. She managed to come back from a 13-year music hiatus to fight her way back to the top of her game and is still releasing punchy hard rock albums that leave many of her (few) peers in the shadows to prove she is still the first lady of rock.

Last year, Ford released a new solo album, Living Like a Runaway, and this week saw the release of the live album from its tour, The Bitch Is Back…Live.

As well as cranking out albums full of hard rock, Ford has set up a Facebook page dedicated to raising awareness of Parental Alienation, of which she is currently a victim after her divorce from singer Jim Gillette.

Lita Ford is one of America’s greatest living rock stars, but her story did not start in the U.S. We got a chance to talk to her recently about her upbringing, music, touring, and what’s to come for the tattooed queen of rock.

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Interview: Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal

Before joining one of the biggest bands in the history of rock “˜n’ roll, Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Ron “˜Bumblefoot’ Thal played with everyone from Lita Ford to Ty Tabor (King’s X) to, erm, Jessica Simpson, as well as having a successful solo career.

Not only that, New York native Bumblefoot has been putting his status as one of the world’s premier rock guitarists to a much more personal affect and runs teaching workshops all over the world (even private ones via Skype if you ask nicely).

More recently he has been involved in A World With Heroes, a KISS tribute album created by rock journalist Mitch Lafon raising money for a Canadian cancer hospice. Along with Rex Brown (ex-Pantera) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), they came together to record the classic “Detroit Rock City” and the band ALIVE was born.

Geeks of Doom: How did you get involved with A World With Heroes?

Bumblefoot: When Mitch Lafon was first considering doing this album, we chatted about it. I think before he even went public I had already recorded my guitar and vocals. Mitch played matchmaker and reached out to Brian Tichy and Rex Brown for drums and bass.

Geeks of Doom: Were you allowed to go in your own direction to record “Detroit Rock City” or did you try and stick closely to the original song?

Bumblefoot: I stuck to the original. It couldn’t ever be improved upon, I’m not going to try and re-write the song. I added a little of my own guitar doodling at the end, but other than that we all kept it traditional.

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