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So, you had big plans for this year, huh? Well my friend, you got 2020'd! Fortunately for you, so did everyone else including Benny, Siobhán, and Cory from the band Lost Symphony. But instead of binge watching the Tiger King, this trio decided to create a Podcast to provide a vehicle for their pent-up creativity. They called up some of their most interesting and successful friends who include recording artists, touring musicians, music industry experts, TV personalities, even a billionaire, ...
 
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Gene Joly (Former President - Musician's Friend, Former Sr. VP - QSC) is back with Benny, Siobhán, and Cory to give us more insider industry answers to the big questions, such as the importance of the Ukulele, how artists drive up market sales when using gear, and should you buy bitcoin or guitars? We wrap up Gene's story of his career, going over …
 
Gene Joly (Former President - Musician's Friend, Former Sr. VP - QSC) joins Benny, Siobhán, and Cory to let us in on the insider perspective of managing iconic brands like Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, QSC and E. U. Wurlitzer at an executive level… Gene takes us behind the scenes to talk about how these businesses stayed ahead of the curve when…
 
Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge / Slash / Solo Artist) is back for round two with Benny, Siobhán, and Cory to talk about the differences he sees in the playing styles of Slash and Mark Tremonti, how to gracefully handle face planting in front of 30k fans, why he initially declined Guns N' Roses' invitation to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, …
 
Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge / Slash / Solo Artist) joins Benny, Siobhán, and Cory for a brand new episode of 2020'd to talk about everything from his first musical memories, hearing Eruption for the first time, discovering his ability to sing and song write, all the way to being asked to join Alter Bridge, writing "Blackbird", and working with Jimm…
 
Nuno Bettencourt (Guitarist of Extreme, Singer-Songwriter, and Record Producer) joins Benny, Siobhán, and Cory for another episode chock full of crazy stories like being offered the chance to join Ozzy Osbourne's band (and why he said no), the time he thought Yngwie Malmsteen might take a swing at him during the Generation Axe tour and his candid d…
 
Nuno Bettencourt (Guitarist of Extreme, Singer-Songwriter, and Record Producer) Joins Benny, Siobhan, and Cory to talk the full story of his path to stardom. From coming to the U.S. as the youngest of 10, being poor and experiencing discrimination, to singing Queen to Brian May and hundreds of thousands of screaming fans. Nuno brings us the persona…
 
Benny, Siobhán, and Cory are joined once again by Jim Foster (Producer / Director at Red 13 Creative) to dive deeper into the crazy stories that come with being a Creative Director. Meatballs for Tommy Lee, Fish Surgery, and an inside perspective on working with successful bands like Godsmack is just a taste of this weeks episode of 2020'd Learn mo…
 
Ep. 106 Jim Foster (Producer / Director at Red 13 Creative) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about his early career in music that ultimately lead to him founding Red 13 Studios. From working with legends like Howard Benson and Nuno Bettencourt to producing content for Godsmack, Alice in Chains, Daughtry and more, Jim has seen and done it all..…
 
Ep. 105 Amit Sharma (Rock journalist for publications like Guitar World, Total Guitar and Kerrang!) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about the current state of print media and its relationship to online publications, why it’s OK to meet your heroes, his interviews with Mark Tremonti, working with Dave Mustaine, playing with t…
 
Ep. 104 Amit Sharma (Rock journalist for publications like Guitar World, Total Guitar and Kerrang!) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about his career as a journalist writing articles on some of rock’s biggest acts. We hear about Zakk Wylde’s favorite (and somewhat overused) analogy, Slash’s artistic gift to Amit, Paul Gilbert’s technique tips,…
 
Ep. 103 Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, The Ex-Man Podcast) is back once again for PART 2 of his 2nd appearance with Benny, Siobhán and Cory. This episode we talk about how Doc manages his time and multiple projects, his thoughts on gun control, why there is NOT three sides to every story, edgy comedians, free speech, what he's learned from his podcast gues…
 
Ep. 102 Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, The Ex-Man Podcast) is back once again to talk with Benny, Siobhán and Cory… and boy, there is a lot to talk about…. Doc takes us behind the scenes of the very public drama between Bad Wolves and their former singer, Tommy Vext. From physical assaults, illegal music leaks and accusations of theft, Doc breaks down what…
 
Ep. 101 Guitarist Jimi Bell (Autograph, House of Lords, Lost Symphony) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhan and Cory to talk about what life has been like since joining Autograph, his first time realizing he wanted to be a performer, his early career, touring with JOAN JETT, being in the movie "Light of Day" with Michael J. Fox, auditioning for O…
 
Ep. 100 Guitarist Jimi Bell (Autograph, House of Lords, Lost Symphony) joins Benny, Siobhan and Cory to talk about his time working in the studio on the Lost Symphony records, his introduction to musical performance and how he developed his unique playing style, the first time he heard Eddie Van Halen’s tapping technique, joining Autograph and more…
 
Ep. 99 Guitarist Satchel (Steel Panther) returns to the show for his 2nd round of shows with Benny, Siobhán and Cory. In PART 2 we talk about STEEL PANTHER’s evolution from residency cover band to international touring original act, Satchel’s proudest moment as an entertainer, his experience smoking pot with PANTERA, beating RONNIE JAMES DIO in Ms.…
 
Ep. 98 Guitarist Satchel (Steel Panther) returns to the show for his 2nd round of shows with Benny, Siobhán and Cory. In PART 1 we talk about the elephant in the room, Lexxi Foxx leaving STEEL PANTHER, the search for his replacement and what the band is looking for in a potential member. We also talk about Satchel’s relationship tips, whether or no…
 
Ep. 97 Cellist Mariko (performed with Madonna, Starset, Cirque du Soleil and more) is back with Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about the best places to visit when traveling to Japan, how she ended up touring with STARSET because of a Facebook post, the differences between performing with a touring act and a residency show, her time performing with…
 
Ep. 96 Cellist Mariko (performed with Madonna, Starset, Cirque du Soleil and more) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about her impressive musical journey starting in Japan and bringing her to venues around the world. We hear about her move to the United States without even knowing English, the pressure of performing an unaccompanied solo during…
 
Ep. 95 Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall , Living Wreckage, Act of Defiance) is back with Benny, Siobhán and Cory and talks about the formation of SHADOWS FALL, the reason the band stopped performing, the three week tour that he was never paid for, the best advice he ever got from ZAKK WYLDE, his record setting noise complaint and more. http://www.livingw…
 
Ep. 94 Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall , Living Wreckage, Act of Defiance) joind Benny, Siobhán and Cory and talks about his preference of playing rhythm instruments as opposed to leads, his outlook on songwriting, the backstage fun of touring with Dimebag Darrell (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN, his impromptu KISS tribute band featuring Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), …
 
Ep. 93 British Ambassador of the show Steve Wood (Senior Manager / Shelter Music Group) is back for another round with Benny, Siobhán and Cory and this time he takes on the role of co-host as we welcome Dustin Bates (Starset) to the program as an impromptu special guest. Dustin and Steve share some high-level marketing ideas and we hear the theory …
 
Ep. 92 One of our favorite guests and British Ambassador of the show Steve Wood (Senior Manager / Shelter Music Group) returns to share his knowledge, his experience and, of course, his endlessly entertaining stockpile of rock and roll tour stories from his illustrious career working with some of the biggest artists of all time. We talk about the c…
 
Ep. 91 Legendary radio host and entrepreneur John Garabedian (Open House Party / V66 / Party Liveline) returns to the show for his 2nd round of episodes with Benny, Siobhán and Cory. In PART 2 we talk about what it takes to grow an idea like The Open House Party into such a huge cultural phenomenon, how John was able to raise 10 million dollars, th…
 
Ep. 90 Legendary radio host and entrepreneur John Garabedian (Open House Party / V66 / Party Liveline) returns to the show for his 2nd round of episodes with Benny, Siobhán and Cory. In PART 1 of 2, we discuss how popular music diverged from a monoculture into the endless styles and niche genres we see today, the role John played in breaking AEROSM…
 
Ep. 89 Guitarist Mikey Doling (Snot, Ex-Soulfly, Channel Zero) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán, Cory and our favorite special guest host, Shannon Larkin (Godsmack, The Apocalypse Blues Revival). In this episode we hear just how influential Shannon's drumming style and performance has been, Mikey's newest record and upcoming performances, wha…
 
Ep. 88 Guitarist Mikey Doling (Snot, Ex-Soulfly, Channel Zero) returns to the show PART 1 of 2 with Benny, Siobhán, Cory and our favorite special guest host, Shannon Larkin (Godsmack, The Apocalypse Blues Revival). In addition to catching up on Shannon and Mikey’s current musical endeavors, the two reminisce on their long careers, including stories…
 
Ep. 87 Ryan Roxie (ALICE COOPER, IN THE TRENCHES Podcast) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory and this time the crew dive into backstory of how Ryan connected with and eventually landed the ALICE COOPER gig. Ryan shares his thoughts on how every project leads to the next one and the importance of knowing your roll and staying humble. We…
 
Ep. 86 Guitarist and podcaster Ryan Roxie (ALICE COOPER, In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about his early career, learning the hard way that drugs and performing don't always mix, his discussions with SLASH about SCOTT WEILAND, getting to play a BEATLES song with LEMMY on-stage, how BUDDY RICH's pioneered drumm…
 
Ep. 85 Publicist Maria Ferrero (Adrenaline PR) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about her experience and unique perspective on being a woman in the metal music scene, what the industry has been like over the past few years and throughout the pandemic, which artists liked to smoke crack before major interviews, how Kirk Hammet…
 
Ep. 84 Publicist Maria Ferrero (Adrenaline PR) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about how she began her long and storied career in the metal music community. From signing TESTAMENT to Megaforce Records at age 19, to making bootleg recordings at early MEGADETH rehearsals and smoking joints with the late CLIFF BURTON of METALLICA, "Metal Maria" …
 
Ep. 83 Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge / Creed / Tremonti) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory and talks about his upcoming solo record, gives us some great tips and tricks on finding inspiration while songwriting, fills us in on how he spent time during the Covid lockdowns, tells us the HARDEST song he has had to play live, shares some gre…
 
Ep. 83 Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge / Creed / Tremonti) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory and talks about getting his first guitar for $10, how he initially avoided learning music theory, experimenting with different tunings while writing, Eddie Van Halen GIVING him a guitar in the middle of a CREED band argument and more. Learn more about your ad choic…
 
Ep. 81 Richard Shaw (Cradle of Filth) is back again for PART 2 of another round with Benny, Siobhán and Cory. This episode we talk about Richard’s contribution to the latest Lost Symphony single (Take Another Piece), how younger guitarists are learning from hyper-edited recordings and how that affects the way they play, how Richard approaches tone,…
 
Ep. 80 Richard Shaw (Cradle of Filth) is back again for another round with Benny, Siobhán and Cory. This time we catch-up with what Richard has been up to the past year or so, including welcoming a new member to his family. We talk about CRADLE OF FILTH's upcoming performances, the differences between underground and mainstream artists, bands that …
 
Ep. 79 Brock Richards (Starset / Live My Last) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory and this time we dive into some studio gear talk, why you shouldn't cheap out when it comes to musical instruments (especially for beginners), the craziest things that have happened on tour with Starset and much more. Instagram: @brockrichards starsetonli…
 
Ep. 78 Brock Richards (Starset / Live My Last) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory and takes us through his music career from getting his first guitar to touring the world with Starset. We hear his thoughts on writing music, the importance of collaboration with other writers/producers, how music is an outlet for emotions, why trying to be perfect isn’t a…
 
Ep. 77 Catch up with Benny, Siobhán and Cory as they discuss what's been going on in the world of their band, Lost Symphony, including a look at the production process, what it's been like to work legendary artists (like MARTY FRIEDMAN, NUNO BETTENCOURT, ALEX SKOLNICK), how the team has developed professionally over the past several years and more.…
 
Ep. 76 Guitarist Matthew LaPierre (Three Years Gone, Lost Symphony) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about his new band (Three Years Gone), the perils of performing for drunk people at bars, his background in sculpting, being pushed out of his comfort zone in the studio, recording Lost Symphony solos with OLI HERBERT behind t…
 
Ep. 75 Guitarist Matthew LaPierre (Three Years Gone, Lost Symphony) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about his experience with music from a young age, his thoughts on music school, touring with a gospel music group, building guitars (and some unfortunate legal issues that caused), what it was like to work with one of his biggest inspirations, …
 
Ep. 74 Elizabeth Zharoff (The Charismatic Voice) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory for a deeper dive into what it REALLY takes to build and maintain a successful online community. From the challenges one might face as your business/brand grows, to the importance of investing in yourself along the way, this episode if loaded with some …
 
Elizabeth Zharoff (The Charismatic Voice) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to discuss her musical upbringing, formal training and how her professional career as an opera singer and vocal coach has led her to create and build a successful YouTube channel. We hear about how gaming has influenced her work, how she works to maintain a dedicated online com…
 
Marketing guru Jason Lekberg (Lekberg Enterprises, Nefariant) is back for part 2 of his 2nd round of shows with Benny, Siobhán and Cory and this time talk about his newest band, Nefariant. We touch on the formation of the band, the sonic goals, the writing process and beginning to navigate the world of live shows again. We also talk about how artis…
 
Ep. 71 Marketing guru Jason Lekberg (Lekberg Enterprises, Nefariant) is back for part 1 of his 2nd round of shows with Benny, Siobhán and Cory to discuss the current state of the music industry, how some bands have capitalized on the events of the past year, how many successful bands and artists still rely on alternate forms of income, the real sco…
 
Ep. 70 Television producer, entrepreneur and former Survivor contestant Burton Roberts joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory to talk about his serendipitous entry into the world of television and how it led to pioneering an entire new approach to producing content. Burton talks about his background in the tech world, the importance of have a business partn…
 
Ep. 69 Steve Wood (Shelter Music Group) is back for PART 2 with Benny, Siobhán and Cory to share even more epic stories from is illustrious career tour managing some of the biggest rock acts of all time. We hear the 1st hand details surrounding Kim Thayil's (SOUNDGARDEN) arrest on assault charges, what really when down the night the SOUNDGARDEN bro…
 
Ep. 68 Steve Wood (Shelter Music Group) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory and talks about his early years and how stumbled into a career in the music industry. - WATCH + LISTEN + SUBSCRIBE: https://lnk.to/yougot2020d FOLLOW 2020'd: Official Site: https://2020-d.com/​ Facebook: facebook.com/yougot2020d Instagram: instagram.com/yougot2020d Benny Goodman:…
 
Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall, Living Wreckage) is back for another hour with Benny, Siobhán and Cory and talks about working with Lost Symphony (including sharing shred duties on a song with his former guitar teacher, Jimi Bell), how time off in 2020 allowed him to form a new band and get years of back-logged riffs developed into songs, why Sh…
 
Ep. 66 Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall, Living Wreckage) joins Benny, Siobhán and Cory and talks about how he’s been spending the past concertless year (including starting his new band), what it was like touring with legendary bands and artists like Dimebag Darrell, Zakk Wylde and Iron Maiden, the story behind him joining Anthrax, the importance …
 
Ep. 65 Welcome to PART 2 of a very special episode of 2020'd with David Abbruzzese (Ex-Pearl Jam) and featuring Shannon Larkin (Godsmack, The Apocalypse Blues Revival) as our first official "Guest Host". This episode is a TRIP... get ready for discussions on interdimensional doors, drawing eyebrows on dogs, platypussies and other completely normal …
 
Ep. 64 David Abbruzzese (Ex-Pearl Jam) is back once again for PART 1 of a very special episode that also features Shannon Larkin (Godsmack, The Apocalypse Blues Revival) as our first official "Guest Host". Alongside Benny, Siobhán and Cory, Shannon and Dave reminisce about their incredible careers and share some incredible first hand stories about …
 
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