Twisted Sister Founding Member and Music Executive Jay Jay French Delves into Podcasting with “The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music” Tuesday March 23 2021, 6:24 PM
Twisted Sister Founding Member and Music Executive Jay Jay French Delves into Podcasting with “The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music”

In the nearly 50 years since founding heavy metal institution  Twisted Sister John “Jay Jay” French  has sold over 20 million records, collected 37 gold and platinum albums, headlined many of the world's largest music festivals in 38 countries, and now is now adding podcasting to his resume with  The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music .

“What makes my podcast stand out is the close personal relationships that I have with most of my guests,”   French  says.  “This allows them a kind of safety zone where they will tell me stories and experiences that you just won't hear anywhere else.”

On  The Jay Jay French Connection French  brings an enormous wealth of knowledge that stretches beyond music business. His natural curiosity results in wide-ranging conversations with a variety of well-known musicians, authors, actors, wrestler/musicians, managers, celebrity chefs, TV and movie directors and writers.

New episodes of  The Jay Jay French Connection  are available every Tuesday on  Spotify Apple Music  and  PodcastOne . Upcoming guests include guitarist  Steve Vai , DJ  Eddie Trunk , actor  Michael Imperioli , guiatarist  Eddie Ojeda , legendary manager  Doc McGhee , music industry veteran  Dorothy Carvello , radio/podcast personality  Jordan Harbinger , guitarist  Joe Bonamassa , producer  Eddie Kramer  and talent manager  Shep Gordon .

Highlights of previous episodes have included:

  • Drummer  Mike Portnoy  discussing replacing  AJ Pero  in  Twisted Sister  and his never-ending list of projects.

  • Vocalist  Rob Halford  revealing information on his new autobiography and what scared him the most about coming out.

  • Singer/radio personality  Dee Snider  on everything  Twisted Sister .

  • Guitarist  Nuno Bettencourt  telling the story of the story of how Extreme got their name and how his playing has evolved.

  • Guitarist  Joel Hoekstra  about future plans for  Whitesnake , the effect of the pandemic and his own solo projects.

  • Guitarist  Elliot Easton  talking about the death of  Ric Ocasek , the history of the  Cars  and his new band  The Empty Hearts .

  • Beatles  book author  Andy Babiuk  on the challenge of bringing new stories and never-seen photos of the  Beatles ’ recording and performing gear to the millions of  Beatles  fanatics worldwide.

  • Filmmaker  Frank Marshall  discussing his incredible producer/director history in Hollywood and his new hot  Bee Gees  documentary,  How Do You Mend A Broken Heart .

  • Celebrity chef, music fanatic, guitar player, current managing partner and executive chef at NYC’s number one Steakhouse Porterhouse  Michael Lomonaco  recalling how a last minute decision to get his eyeglasses fixed saved him from perishing at his restaurant, Windows On The World, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11, and his thoughts on the devastating effect of Covid on the New York restaurant industry.

  • Professional wrestler and vocalist  Chris Jericho  hyping on his upcoming movie, which tells the true story of a local metal band, retired for four decades, who returns to perform at a German metal festival.

  • Television writer  Brian Koppelman  discussing his latest hit show, the Showtime series  Billions , how he discovered  Tracy Chapman  in college and transitioned from record executive to screen writer/producer/director.

  • Singer/songwriter  Don McLean  dishing on the little-known secrets of his massive hit song “American Pie.”

  • Singer  Johnny Lee  talking about getting a new record deal at the age of 74, 40 years after his biggest hit, “Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places,” and how modern country radio feels about its legends.

  • Music industry exec  Gary Spivack  revealing information on his  Long Live Rock  documentary, a love letter to the contemporary live rock scene, and his belief that it is thriving.

  • Hit songwriter  Nate Cyphert  ( Florida Georgia Line ’s “H.O.L.Y.,” among many others) on what it takes to write Grammy winning, multi-platinum hit songs in today’s pop market.

  • Author  Jenny Boyd  on her new book  Jennifer Juniper , being the muse for  Donovan 's hit song “Jennifer Juniper,” living with the  Beatles  in Rishikesh, India, living in London in the “Swinging Sixties,” being married to  Mick Fleetwood  of  Fleetwood Mac  and having sister Pattie married to both  George Harrison  and  Eric Clapton .

  • Best-selling British “chick lit” author  Jane Green  telling the story of how her professional life and career evolved. All aspiring writers need to hear this one!

French ’s two biggest hits with  Twisted Sister , the rock anthems “We're Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” have become two of the most licensed songs in the history of heavy metal, appearing in hundreds of TV, radio and internet commercials, movies and TV shows.  French  currently oversees all music licensing and all business regarding  Twisted Sister .

In addition to his career as a musician, manager, producer and executive producer,  French  is a highly sought after keynote speaker, as well contributing writer for business magazine , pens a Beatles column for  Goldmine  called “Now, We're Sixty Four” and writes a an audio column for  Copper , an online music and high end audio magazine published through PS Audio.

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