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14:34 minutes Paul O'Neill talks to Iris about TSO's 2013 Tour and more

On November 9th, I saw the final run through of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 2013 production, in Iowa, where they use an arena for weeks to get the technical and musical elements of the show honed to profection. I have to say yet again, they just blew me away. I actually got to meet Paul O'Neill while I was there. He's a master magician of the TSO magic that happens each and every year. He is also one of the most down to earth, humble, kind and amazing people that I've ever met, and I've met a lot of people during 37 years in this crazy business.

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9:53 minutes Leslie West talks to Iris about the new album, "Still Climbing."

Leslie West has been there and back. He's one hell of a guitarist, and we all know the mega hit Mississippi Queen from Mountain, a staple of all Classic Rock libraries. He's been to Portland for shows at the Aladdin and each time just blows away the audience. The best news is that he keeps getting better and better all the time! Not only health wise, but I have to say that the new album "Still Climbing" is fantastic! Song for song, it's so strong!

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10:03 minutes Ray Davies of The Kinks talks to Iris Harrison

The Kinks are one of those bands that lead the way in the British Invasion. They have influenced several different genres of rock 'n roll, including punk, hard rock, and grunge. Ray Davies has put his experiences into a book titled "Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story" and begins from his hospital bed in New Orleans after being shot. We talk about the New Orleans incident, the Schoolboys in Disgrace tour, how he feels about America, and how he feels about Van Halen's cover of "You Really Got Me." I hope you enjoy the interview. ~Iris

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12:02 minutes Iris talks to Al Pitrelli of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Every year when we hear that TSO has set the date for their Portland shows, I get a rush. The band not only are wonderful, and the production BIGGER THAN LIFE ITSELF, but their musical director, Al Pitrelli, just "gets it." He's a cool guy, one hell of a guitar player, and one of my favorite rock stars of all time to talk to. Hope you enjoy the conversation about this year's show, and more.

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15:53 minutes Marv and Rindy Ross of Quarterflash talk to Iris about their new album "Love is a Road."

The first time I saw Seafood Mama at Frankensteins, I remember thinking that Rindy Ross was the coolest rock chick ever! She not only had that amazing voice, but she also played SAX! Marv and Rindy Ross took the seeds of that band to a record deal, changed the name to Quarterflash, released a debut album that went platinum, and are part of Portland music royalty! Not only surviving and thriving in the music business, they are still together, and being in this business and still married is a very big deal. Believe me, I know.

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8:22 minutes Iris talks with David Shipman, Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus

One of the best things about my job has to be the opportunity to talk to so many amazing people! From listeners on the phone in the studio to rock stars, and even the Ringmaster of the Ringling Bros/ & Barnum & Bailey Circus…The Greatest Show on Earth! David Shipman learned about the auditions through Facebook, but completely missed the audition. He called Ringling Bros. directly to see if there was any chance he could still try out... and look where he is now!

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11:48 minutes Iris chats with Larry the Cable Guy

What can you say about Larry the Cable Guy? He's hilarious, he's genuine, and he's EVERYWHERE! Last time we spoke, he was on tour with Ron White and the whole Blue Collar Comedy Tour was in full swing, and now he's got a TV show, a book, movies, several gold albums, and he's Pixar's "Mater" from the Cars franchise. But did you know that radio was part of the beginning of Larry's rise to fame? We talk about those days, how our friend, KGON's own Dick Sheetz was one of the people who loved Larry's "commentary" when he was doing radio in Orlando.

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10:17 minutes Little Steven talks to Iris about the E Street Band, and his campaign to reunite The Rascals!

KGON was one of the first stations in the US to begin syndication of Little Steven's Underground Garage. It's one of the best shows on the radio that you would ever want to hear. Great music, attitude, and if you pay attention, you'll learn something too. But most of all, it's fun! Steven has been a member of the E Street Band for decades, and he was in The Sopranos, and is still acting, as well as being a champion for causes. This time, he wants to reunite The Rascals with an amazing show!

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11:59 minutes Iris talks to Dan Schauffler about being inducted as a "side player" into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on October 6, 2012.

Danny Schauffler is not only the gifted sax player for the Crazy 8's, but a great session guy for many other players. The 8's went into the OMHOF a few years ago and have played at several of the induction concerts, so this is his second time being recognized for his musical contributions that keep our city rockin'. He is also a dear friend, who teaches music and makes an impact daily on young musicians. We talk about his career, teaching, and getting the honor once again. I adore this man and his family. ~ Iris

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9:34 minutes Art Alexakis talks to Iris about Everclear being inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

When Art Alexakis moved to Portland and formed his band, Everclear, it was the early 90's and KGON was still just a rock station, not Classic Rock, and we played their music. I asked Art about his musical influences, how he feels about the induction into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and how he would react to being played on a Classic Rock station. He's charming, smart, and it was a wonderful conversation! Enjoy~ Iris

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