BARRY SPARKS Talks MSG, RITCHIE BLACKMORE, RIOT ON MARS And B'Z On The Double Stop With Brian Sword; Audio

October 7, 2015, 2 years ago

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BARRY SPARKS Talks MSG, RITCHIE BLACKMORE, RIOT ON MARS And B'Z On The Double Stop With Brian Sword; Audio

In episode 76 of The Double Stop, Brian is joined by Barry Sparks (MSG, Dokken, Malmsteen, B’z, Ted Nugent). 

Barry Sparks discusses his life and career, from early bands to such major acts such as Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Yngwie Malmsteen Ted Nugent and B’z. He also discusses his solo albums Glimmer Of Hope, Can’t Look Back and his new project Riot On Mars. He also covers his prolific session career and touches upon his brush with Richie Blackmore.

On his brush with Ritchie Blackmore: "When I was with Ted (Nugent) I auditioned for Blackmore's Night - and got the gig. He (Blackmore) was different than I expected. He was funny and really friendly. And most people don't think of him being that way.  ... I wish I got to do it!"

On the origins of Riot On Mars: "The basis of this record, was at one point going to be half of a UFO record"

Former members of guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen's touring band Michael Vescera (vocals) and Barry Sparks (bass) - who also worked together on former Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow's Kaleidoscope solo album - recently launched a new band, Riot On Mars. They have posted a clip of the band covering the Nazareth classic "Beggars Day" with original nazareth singer Dan McCafferty. Check it out below:

Riot On Mars' debut, First Wave features the following tracklist:

"Carry On"
"Out Of Sight"
"Movin' On"
"Sacrifices"
"Prologue"
"This Is The Time"
"State Of Mind"
"Chaotica"
"All To Light"
"Wasted Days"
"What Lies Beyond"
"Consequences"
"Alba Peters Suite"
"Beggars Day"
"Rose In The Heather"

Audio samples from the album are available at this location.

Go to the Riot On Mars Facebook page here.

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