This week is the first guest of the new year – the prolific British record producer Steve Lillywhite! If you’re not already familiar & want to look at the list of records that Lillywhite is credited on – you’ll need to sit down & set aside some time. Steve has been credited on over 500 records – collaborating with the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Psychedelic Furs, Simple Minds, Dave Matthews, & The Killers (to name a few) – receiving 6 Grammy awards along the way, and being made a Commander of the Order of The British Empire in 2012 for his contributions to music. Tune in to hear about how Steve began his career by learning to be the best tape operator possible, his deep love for punk music, how he became U2’s go-to producer, & his advice on working in the music industry. Don’t miss this insightful conversation on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!
This week’s focus is on Jay Jay’s remarkable health journey & surviving prostate cancer, with special guest Dr. Samir Taneja. Dr. Samir Taneja is a urologist & surgeon who performed Jay Jay’s prostate cancer operation in 2018. Jay Jay discusses why he finds it so important to educate yourself on any health concerns that are affecting your life, & shares his experience in doing so himself.
Dr. Taneja shares his insight on prostate cancer diagnosis & methodology, and discusses the decisions that individuals who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have to weigh, differences between various treatments currently available, & why he finds active surveillance to be so important.
Legendary rock n roll guitarist, singer & songwriter Ricky Byrd is this week’s guest on The Jay Jay French Connection. Ricky spent over a decade playing Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – & has performed, recorded & toured with the likes of Roger Daltrey, Ian Hunter, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mavis Staples, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Dion & Elvis Costello – just to name a few. Hear Jay Jay & Ricky discuss their deeply rooted connection through all things rock n roll, and be sure to check out Ricky’s recently released record “Sobering Times,” available on all digital platforms and through rickybyrd.com. Sobering Times is an honest and intimate reflection of recovery delivered through his signature brand of Rock ‘N’ Roll. As Goldmine Magazine states “…The Faces and The Rolling Stones with a dash of Otis…It rocks like a b*tch. His vocals are the best of his career…early indications make it seem likely that this will be his career statement.”
This week’s unique episode truly goes beyond the music.
Uveitis is one of the leading causes of blindness among young girls in America.
This disease is a personal issue as it affects Jay Jay’s daughter.
Knowledge is power and Jay Jays guests this week are world wide leaders in the research, treatment & cure of this disease which also affects adults as well – Dr. Stephen Foster, Dr. Stephen Anesi & Dr. Peter Chang who are this week’s guests. Hear about the importance of proper treatment of the disease early on; learn all about uveitis, & how it is currently best treated around the world and in the US.
This week we’re revisiting an episode from the past year, with the one & only Doc McGhee as the guest! Doc is one of the most well known American music managers in the history of rock – working with the likes of Kiss, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue & Scorpions, just to name a few. Tune in to hear Doc & Jay Jay discuss the ins & outs of music management, share their best advice, and swap some of their most memorable stories.