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THE FLIRTS are a female trio spawning several Dance hits and music videos in MTV in the early 80’s. The group was created by American producer Bobby Orlando, known around the world for their smash dance club hits “DANGER” & “JUKEBOX”, receiving heavy airplay on MTV and appearing on several 80’s New Wave compilations including the VALLEY GIRL film soundtrack.

Their biggest chart success in America was with “YOU AND ME”, which hit number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, and have had several world tours, including Europe, South America and several Latin American Countries.

The current lineup features founding member Christina Criscione and her vibrant and talented partners Kim Rowe and Danielle McKee. I was fortunate enough to play with them for a couple of shows in recent years, and have gotten to know them as incredibly lovely and sweet humans. Come Flirt live with us!

Strange Advance was initially made up of Drew Arnott (keyboards, percussion, vocals), Darryl Kromm (lead vocals, guitars), and Paul Iverson (bass). The three met in Vancouver and founded the group in 1980. Initially called Metropolis, they changed their name after discovering a band in Germany using “Metropolis”.

The group’s first album, Worlds Away featured the title track, “Worlds Away”, which saw modest airplay in North American markets in 1983. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn, known for his work with Loverboy and Prism, but featured a very different sound from those groups. Rather than commercial hard rock, Strange Advance’s music was a fusion of progressive rock and new wave, with a heavy reliance on synthesizers and keyboards.

Iverson left the group after the first album and was not replaced. The group’s 1985 album 2WO also went gold in Canada and was produced by Arnott, using an extensive array of session players, and brought the band their first big Canadian hit with “We Run”. Strange Advance had never played a live gig prior to 1985, so Arnott and Kromm added musicians Ric deGroot (keyboards), Ian Cameron (guitar, violin), Joey Alvero (bass) and David Quinton (drums) to the line-up as session players, and supported the first two albums with a tour of Eastern Canada.

Strange Advance’s third album, 1988’s The Distance Between also used well-known session musicians (including Randy Bachman and Allan Holdsworth), and produced the top 20 single “Love Becomes Electric”. Following this album’s release, the group became essentially inactive. Arnott stated in 2021 that other music genres such as grunge were gaining popularity, and he wasn’t interested in changing the group’s sound.

In 1995, the Strange Advance compilation album Worlds Away & Back featured a mix of previously released material, outtakes, remixes, demos, and three newly recorded tracks—one from 1991, and two from 1995.

Gustav first moved to Portland from the Bay Area to study German and International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College, where he was immediately seduced by radio. He has spent the past 25+ years on the air in Portland, sharing his love for all things music and entertainment. He’s been voted “best of Portland” multiple times by Willamette Week readers, played mixed dance music sets in clubs around town, including Waterfront Park, and has volunteered for numerous years with UCP Oregon as well as his son’s school district.

We had a beautiful conversation about his on-air time at KNRK during the attacks of 9/11, trying to share some sense of positivity with the community, and how much his love for music means to be able to share with those around him. His legacy is intact, providing joy and positive vibes to all around him, and the fortune cookie opened for his episode said it all:

 

A professional attitude on everything Ric does has landed him some top gigs with some notable names. Pre-pandemic Ric had been touring the world with Engelbert Humperdinck since 2015 which had taken him to exotic places such as Egypt, New Zealand, Israel, Belgium, South Africa, Iceland, Singapore, Tailand, Malaysia and more. July 2021, Ric landed the gig with 80’s band BERLIN and has been fortunate to work alongside with some of his favorite bands like Living Colour, Culture Club, A Flock of Seagulls, Men Without Hats, and so many more. Berlin just wrapped a tour of the US/Canada and Australia, and has some fun memories to share with All Access Live!

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Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decade of the 80’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars.

Mickey made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey joined Jefferson Starship as the lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, and recorded a string of hits including “Jane”, “No Way Out”, “Find Your Way Back”, “Stranger”, and “Layin It On The Line”.

Ginger Lynn

Born in Rockford, Illinois, on December 14, 1962, Ginger Lynn Allen went to California in 1982 to visit her ill grandfather. She decided to stay and found employment as a manager at a Musicland record store in Redlands. She had lived in a trailer in one of the worst parts of the city for almost a year when she answered an ad for figure models. This led to employment the same day and a layout in Penthouse magazine. Work in the adult-film industry soon followed. She worked in the industry from December 1983 through February 1986, making a total of 69 films (plus countless re-issues and compilations).

She retired, partially because the work was no longer fun and she had very little time off. That same year, she was approached by the FBI to testify on behalf of Traci Lords, who had just been exposed as having been underage during her years in the adult-film industry. She refused and was eventually arrested for tax evasion. Following her years in adult movies, she appeared in many “legit” films throughout the late 1980s and 1990s– most notably the “Vice Academy” films. She also starred in Metallica‘s music video “Turn the Page.” She has a son, who she gave birth to on March 24, 1996. She tours gentlemen’s clubs around the country, and signed a comeback deal with VCA Pictures in 1999.

Ginger is available for booking personal messages at Cameo by clicking here.

Amanda was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California. As a teen, she was discovered in a local theater production and soon was recurring on Universal’s When the Whistle Blows and won a Best Young Actor award for her work in the ABC After School Special: She Drinks a Little.

Leading roles in major motion pictures came next, including hits such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, A Nightmare on Elm Street, John Cusack’s obsession in Better Off Dead and Kevin Costner’s love interest in Silverado. In television she was seen in a recurring role as Woody Harrelson’s girlfriend on the hit sitcom Cheers and was a series lead on Highlander.

More recurring guest stars followed in such notable shows as St. Elsewhere, Cagney and Lacey, Quantum Leap, NYPD Blue, JAG, and many TV movies & pilots including ABC’s acclaimed The Final Days as “Tricia Nixon”. More recently she has recurred on CSI, Major Crimes, Murder in the First and All Rise.

Amanda continues to garner critical-acclaim in the independent film world for her work in films such as Powwow Highway (Independent Spirit Award and Sundance Film Festival winner), the thriller Oct. 23rd (Best Actress at the Santa Monica International Film Festival), the psychological drama The Id (Best Thriller winner at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest), more recently, the western Badland (Best Supporting Actress at the C & I Movie Awards & Netflix Top Ten) and the horror film Hunter’s Moon (opposite Thomas Jane).

Tig often says, “I think I came out of the womb banging on things.” As a child Tig couldn’t be kept away from pounding on anything that made an interesting noise, buckets, coffee cans, magazines. At the ripe old age of 5 he saw the rock band KISS on the Midnight Special Concert TV Show and his life was forever altered. From that moment on, he was on a quest to try to duplicate every beat and every sound on KISS Alive. “I knew in that moment, that’s what I am going to do!”

His first formal music lesson was in the 4th grade. Drums weren’t an option in the grade school band, so he took Flute & Piano. At home he built a drum kit out of practice pads and soda bottle cartons. At age 12 he studied under the world famous instructor, John Rinaldo at Eagle Rock Jr. & High School. There he met Jazz legends Shelley Mann, Louie Belson, and his private teacher, 4 time Grammy Winning Drummer/Percussionist Martin Flores.

He started jamming with anyone with desire. This led to his first paying gig at 14 and his first signed act at 16 Aaronsrod (Roadrunner/CBS).

It’s been a constant stream of bands, recording sessions, and tours ever since. “I basically said YES to everything my schedule would allow”. Here’s a partial list of the acts Tig has toured and recorded with in the last 10 years:

  • Drug Of Choice
  • Kevin Martin & The Hiwatts (Candlebox)
  • Maiya Sykes
  • The Motels
  • Zero1
  • Molly Zenobia
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Paluka
  • Billy Vera & The Beaters
  • DownTown
  • Gene Loves Jezebel

As an accomplished sound engineer, producer and musician, Tig aspires to serve the song rather than the ego. If asked to sum it up he’ll say “it’s all about conveying emotion through sound”.

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ALL ACCESS LIVE is excited to have founding members Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo on the show to share a remarkable journey, currently bringing us to the premiere of their new album due in August 2023.

Hurricane is an American heavy metal band formed in 1983, originally featuring current Foreigner lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (vocals/rhythm guitar), Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay Schellen (drums).

Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow introduced Sarzo and Cavazo in the early 1980s. After deciding to form a band, they recruited Hansen and Schellen.

The Band’s discography includes: Take What You Want (1985), Over The Edge (1988), Slave To The Thrill (1990), Luiqifury (2001)  and RECONNECTED (2023).

Current Line-up is Robert Sarzo (Guitar), Tony Cavazo (Bass), Mike Hansen (Drums) & Dan Schumann (Lead Vocals), all of whom feature on Hurricane’s latest Album “RECONNECTED”.

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Jeff Pilson is an amazing multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording & touring artist, and vocalist, currently the bassist for FOREIGNER. He joined the band in 2004. He produced Foreigner’s 2006 Live CD, “Extended Versions,” recorded November 26, 2005 at Texas Station, as well as tracks off of their “No End in Sight” CD in 2008. In 2009 FOREIGNER released “Can’t Slow Down” featuring Jeff on Bass and backing vocals. Jeff was also featured on the 2011 FOREIGNER release, “Acoustique” which presented their most famous songs along with some newer tracks, stripped-down. FOREIGNER released a LIVE album in 2016, “In Concert: Unplugged” with Jeff as the musical director for the project. Later that year the band dropped a new EP featuring “The Flame Still Burns” for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event.

Jeff was a member of melodic metal bands Dokken, Dio and MSG. Additionally, Jeff played in the band Wild Horses which also featured drummer James Kottak (Scorpions, Kingdom Come), guitarist Rick Steier (Kingdom Come, Warrant), and singer John Levesque.

Jeff also formed his own progressive metal group called War and Peace in 1989, handling all of the vocals, along with his instrumental work. Jeff released four W&P albums: 1993’s “Time Capsule”… 2001’s “Light at the End of the Tunnel”… 2004’s “The Walls Have Eyes”… as well as the 2013 reissue of “The Flesh & Blood Sessions” featuring tracks that pre-dated Time capsule along with a new bonus track, “Heaven Knows.”

Jeff Pilson is also an actor, having appeared in the movie Rock Star, 2001. Pilson played bassist Jorgen, of the fictional band Steel Dragon. The film also featured performances by musicians such as Zakk Wylde, Jason Bonham, Myles Kennedy, Brian Vander Ark, Blas Elias and Nick Catanese. He also played in the film’s soundtrack and served as Musical Director for the film.

Pilson produced the first two CDs of San Diego metal band Benedictum as well as the first release from Adler, featuring original Guns & Roses drummer, Steven Adler.

Jeff also worked with his ex-Dokken band mate, guitarist George Lynch (and drummer Michael Frowein) in a project called Lynch/Pilson, which in 2003 released the critically acclaimed “Wicked Underground” in 2003 where Pilson also handled lead vocal duties. This recording was later remastered and re-packaged in 2020 with a special bonus track, “Top of the World.”

Jeff & George have since collaborated on several projects & bands, including the 2012 release T&N “Slave to the Empire” which also featured Dokken drummer, Mick Brown and drummer Brian Tichy. Vocals on all new tracks were handled by Jeff, and a few re-worked Dokken classics were handled by guest vocalists.

Jeff was invited to play bass on Lynch Mob’s 2015 release, “Rebel” and later would team up again with George & Mick along with former Lynch Mob vocalist Robert Mason to record & release “THE END machine” in 2019, followed up by “Phase 2” in 2021. Jeff & George would like to record new music with this group!

And finally, Jeff balances TEM with another project group called Black Swan that features Jeff on bass with REB Beach on lead guitar, Matt Starr on drums and powerhouse vocalist Robin McAuley on the mic. They released “Shake the World” in 2020 and came back in 2022 with “Generation Mind.”

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