This is THE star filled show of the series! From 1984, Here is the complete 90 minute broadcast of Hot Rock's LIVE show direct from the Bay Area Music Awards- or "Bammies". The video has been squeezed down to allow you to stream it, so quality is lower than the other videos in order to be able to post it for you.
Guests appearing and interviewed include Huey Lewis, Journey, The Tubes, Night Ranger, Eric Martin Band, Members of Santana, The Jefferson Starship, Bam Magazine publisher Dennis Erokan (who allowed me to do "Music news from the pages of Bam Magazine" on the series) and many more. The show also features quick glimpses of performances from the Bammies as well. BAM magazine was the most influential and important bay area music magazine in the 80s, and the Bay Area music awards sprung from it. I don't think any rock radio jock at the time went on the air (including me) in those days, without having read the latest Bam magazine from cover to cover!
Doing a TV show totally live, especially at an awards show, with rock stars and celebrities was an enormous amount of stress, and an enourmously fun adrenaline rush. There were a couple missed cues, mic adjustments, etc which can be expected on a Live shoot. Looking back, I did an enourmous amount of prep before the show to have facts and content memorized. I was pretty young at the time of this show- and was just learning my craft. This was the biggest thing I had done yet in show business...what a blast!
This episode features guest Eddie Money. Here's highlights from the original 90 minute broadcast. Once again we're backstage at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco for Eddie's sellout show supporting his latest album. He was riding high (no pun intended) in 1984 with hits including Shakin', and was, as always- a funny guy and a terrific interview.
I've interviewed Eddie and had him my radio shows at least 20 times over the years, he was one of the first to come up to KRQR on a fairly regular basis during my night-time show, bringing test recordings from upcoming albums to see how the audience liked them, and promoting up and coming bands who were writing material for him- like Randy Oda (who wrote "I think I'm in Love"). He was also one of the first to sign up to be a guest on my TV series, He was always cool with his fans, and at this show we did a backstage fan party so his biggest fans could meet him. Eddie always had a down to earth ego, and a "regular guy" attitude off air. But on-air, he always had something funny to say, and used self-depracating humor to show people he was just an east coast guy who liked to party and perform. Over the years, I saw Eddie do plenty of both!
Today, Eddie Money still performs and tours, and continues to satisy his fans by playing all of his hits at every concert. For more on Eddie Moey today, visit hiswebsite at: http://eddiemoney.com/
This Hot Rock TV show features guests Y&T. This show was from the legendary Fantasy recording studios in Berkeley- the same studios where Creedence and John Fogerty made their hit recordings. As a DJ on KRQR he Rocker in San Francisco, I had been playing Dave Meniketti and Y&T's music, and promoting them as a personal favorite. In 1984 bands like Night Ranger, Y&T, and Eric Martin were the next "up-and-coming" San Francisco rock stars, following in the footsteps of established artists who appeared on my show like Eddie Money, Grace Slick and the Starship, Sammy Hagar, Journey, and others. Co-producing the TV series gave me an opportunity to call in favors and get some big guests, but it also gave me a chance to showcase newer bands that I believed in. Dave and some of the band are originally from my hometown, San Leandro, CA. I had seen Y&T perform as far back as high school, so I knew they were rock solid. This video shows them in their prime! Today, the band is still together, with a new member here and there- and Dave Meneketti remains one of the greatest rock guitarists of the 80s...or any decade.
We've stayed in touch over the years, and Dave has done a few Y&T reunion shows in Sacramento that my radio stations have hosted. In 2000, Dave came down to the station I was running -101.7 The Fox, and played with his solo band for a private breakfast live on air- and with 101 lucky listeners who got invited. The night before, since I'm a bass player- during sound check Dave invited me to play bass while their guy tweaked the soundboard. WOW, what a thrill!
If you're an 80s rock fan- go out and get the Best of Y&T and you'll be reminded of how powerful this band is. Also look for Dave Menketti solo cds, like "on the Blue side" and others to hear what Dave's been up to in his solo career.
Currently touring Europe and selected US cities, learn more about Y&T today at: http://www.meniketti.com/index.html
Here's highlights from the Hot Rock show I did with guests Night Ranger and The Eric Martin Band. This was shot on location backstage at the Warfield theatre in 1984. Both bands were local favorites, and favorites of mine on my radio and TV shows. As I first heard them, it hit me that these guys were going to be a hit machine for rock radio. Their music was a breakthrough for the double guitar solos, thundering sound, and glossy well written hooks and melodies. Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson are virtuoso guitarists, who've created memorable soaring double guitar riffs and solos. Jack Blades on Bass and vocals wrote and performed all many of their hits,like "Rock in America" and "Don't tell me you love me", along with Kelly Keagy, drummer and vocalist best remembered for their monster hit, "Sister Christian". As a thank you for playing their music and having them guest several times on the TV series, I was given the "World Premiere" of the Sister Christian Video to play on Hot Rock before MTV played it!
This backstage show, is one of these TV appearances. You can also see Night Ranger in our Bammies 1984 show, and the "Hot Rock" race at Malibu Grand Prix. among other programs. In the 90s, and the early 2000s, Night Ranger has stayed in touch and has done some cool stuff for me- including doing an acoustic set in the studio with me at 101.7 The Fox (and having me sing w them on "Don't tell me you love me"), to doing a concert for the launch of the 80s station I was running called Flash 103.9, and another one in downtown Sacramento for a special radio event summer festival.
Over the years, Night Ranger's switched out a few band members, most notably Jeff Watson who embarked on a solo career recently. But the band keeps busy, releasing a new album in 2009 "Hole in the Sun" and a world tour. Most recently, they've hooked up with Journey for a series of shows across the US. For more information on Night Ranger, visit: http://www.nightranger.com/
In 1984, while working on air at KRQR (CBS-FM) in San Francisco, I heard about a new TV series at KGO TV (ABC) that was looking for a host. They wanted someone connected to the local SF music scene, someone who could interview rock stars, and write the show as well. After auditions, I found out I got the gig! I was on my way to turning what I did on the radio into a weekly show. I had already interviewed lots of bands and rock stars, along with other celebs, but doing it on TV was a whole new experience.
The TV series was called "San Francisco Hot Rock" For a full season on ABC, I hosted a 90 minute TV show filled with music videos, rock star interviews, and had an incredible time. This series had guest stars and visits from artists like Grace Slick, Huey Lewis, Journey, Van Halen, Night Ranger, The Pretenders, Eddie Money, Y&T, Christine Mcvie, Boy George, Cyndie Lauper, and so many more. Even Weird Al did a show with me!
Although it faded away after one season (cancelled for reruns of let's make a deal!), the series was a career turning point for me. During the show's run, I learned how to do live TV, how it's produced, shot, lit, edited- my band even did the music for the show's theme! This is the program I really learned how to do TV and on camera narrator work from.
Today, 20 something years later- after much urging from rock fans who want to see rare footage of The SF music scene in the 80s, I am remastering some of these shows from the vault. Here' you'll find highlights from the 30 shows we produced. As you scroll through these pages, I hope you'll get a glimse of one of your favorite artists, in footage not seen since 1984. Enjoy!
Here's the Very first commercial for the show's Debut in January of 1984...
Give us your advertising and marketing challenges and we'll solve them.
With over 20 years of award winning success in the marketing, media and entertainment business, Steve Garland has the experience and resources to help you grow your business. Partnering with Entercom Sacramento we have access to 1.2 million consumers every week.
In a hurry? Click "Contact Steve Now" to put your marketing in high gear!