50 Years of Maximum Rock & Roll is a podcast hosted by Dave Hines and features concert sound pioneer Bob Heil. Hear stories from his days touring with The Who, Humble Pie, the James Gang and others, to the development of the Talk Box made famous by Peter Frampton. The show will feature special guests who were "in the trenches." Bob will also talk about his current cutting edge microphone designs. Take a look back - and forward - at the inner workings of Heil Sound by the man who created it all.
44:23This final episode is a bit of a two-parter. Part one is Bob explaining the impact of, mostly, British rock stars and their crews invading tiny Marissa, Illinois to shop at Ye Old Music. In modern day terms imagine Carrie Underwood strolling into your local music store. Part two ends 50 Years of Maximum Rock & Roll with a few stories from current Heil Sound employees who keep the fires burning for performers worldwide as they build incredible microphones for the next fifty years. It's all about people, isn't it? We think it is. The harvest and the feast. Enjoy.
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S1:EP13: Geeking Out
32:39This episode is not about rock stars trashing hotel rooms or epic concerts. It is about the innovation and technology that has gone into much of Bob Heil's career. Bob has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the science of audio and we wanted to give our geeky audio fans a very special episode.
Ep 12: ZZ Top
30:05Before ZZ Top were sharp dressed men they were just a little three piece band from Texas. With no beards. But they had "that sound" driven by Billy Gibbons unmistakable guitar and vocal. Bob Heil and Heil Sound were there on the band's early tours perfecting the live sound where, with a trio, everything mattered. In this episode you will hear a wonderful and wide ranging discussion by Bob of his work with ZZ Top including some of his secrets for getting the critical guitar and bass sounds on the road. You will also be treated to some little known nuggets too – Billy Gibbons is a voracious reader – so enjoy!
47:52In this episode Bob Heil sits down with Dave Hines to talk about The Who's Quadrophenia tour and how a meeting with Pete Townsend in London blossomed into the album Quadrophenia and the technology that Bob Heil developed to allow that album to be performed live the way it was intended.
S1:E08 NAMM Show 2016 Highlights
29:54Topics NAMM, Russ Long, Sandra McCracken, Denny Tedesco, The Wrecking Crew Synopsis The annual NAMM show in Anaheim, California is a must-attend event for anyone in the music products industry. It’s an opportunity to see old friends, make new connections, and get a peek at the latest innovations in music gear. As you would expect, Heil had a front-row seat to this year’s event. In this episode, Dave and Bob chat about the highlights from this year’s NAMM show. You’ll hear about Bob’s connection to Joe Walsh through ham radio, which legendary musician helped birth the PR35 microphone, and why it is the vocal mic of choice for so many artists today. You’ll also hear from producer Russ Long, who shares tips on live tracking, as well the scoop on Sandra McCracken’s latest project. Finally, you’ll hear from filmmaker Denny Tedesco and why his documentary on The Wrecking Crew was such an important project for him. This episode is packed full of tips and insights for musicians, storytellers, filmmakers, and everyone in between. Links & Resources Heil Sound NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) The Wrecking Crew Film Zildjian Cymbals Joan Baez Sandra McCracken Russ Long
S1:E07 Randy Burton, Legendary Soundman (Part 2)
25:02Topics: Pete Townshend, The Who, B.B. King, Journey, Steve Perry Synopsis What is it really like to be a professional touring soundman? While some might believe it’s little more than lugging gear and pushing a few buttons, Heil Sound alum Randy Burton will be the first to tell you it’s much, much more than that. In this episode--the second half of a two-part interview--Randy dives into stories from the road and shares his perspective on what it really means to be an effective sound engineer and work effectively with artists who are often insecure. You’ll also hear about how he was hit in the head with Pete Townshend’s guitar, how he almost witnessed the demise of Journey’s frontman, Steve Perry, and why he thinks B.B. King is such a nice guy. Randy’s stories and insights will entertain and inspire you in your own journey as a music fan, sound buff, or fan of classic rock ‘n roll. Links & Resources Heil Sound Pete Townshend B.B. King The Who Journey
S1:E06 Randy Burton, Legendary Soundman (Part 1)
22:32Topics: Ozark Music Festival, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Humble Pie, The Eagles Synopsis Music festivals are a staple of the rock ‘n roll industry. Incredible bands, huge crowds, and a rowdy outdoor atmosphere all come together to create an environment where legends are born and history is made. If you want a firsthand account of some of the craziest and most memorable moments in the history of rock music festivals, look no further than Heil Sound alum Randy Burton. In this episode--the first half of a two-part interview--Randy shares a soundman’s-eye view of 1974’s Ozark Music Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. You’ll hear about Wolfman Jack’s run-in with a wine bottle, Ted Nugent’s on-stage antics, and what Randy thought of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s sound engineer. Randy also shares stories about The Eagles, Sammy Hagar, and J. Geils’ run-in with Black Sabbath. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a music festival, you’ll love this episode as Randy Burton shares a unique perspective on a key moment in rock history. Links & Resources Heil Sound Ozark Music Festival The Eagles Lynyrd Skynyrd Ted Nugent