Keith Kessinger came onto our radar when he released a music video for a cover of Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher song. In the video and song he played Waldo 20 years removed from Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher video. Not only was Keith a striking image of Waldo, he showed some humour, and some amazing chops behind every instrument on the song.
He discusses the video, being mistaken for the original actor from Van Halen’s video on DISCovery With Eric Senich.
(2:41) Working off of Eric’s episode with Keith, we touch on Keith introductions to guitar and his friend John Hawkins introducing him to Van Halen’s Eruption, (5:36) We talk his love for Charles Schultz and Prince, and what a monster Nuno Bettencourt is behind the drum kit. (7:04) He reminisces about Hollywood and his band Imagine World Peace.
(7:43) We talk about family and music, (12:34) his brother who has always played with him, (13:12) how he became involved with the disco band Roxanne, (14:12) working with Jeff Scott Soto, (15:48) Savatage and their evolution into Trans Siberian Orchestra, The Scream and John Corabi, Dan Reed Network, and Boogie Nights.
(19:19) In My Blue Car – Keith Kessinger
(25:45) They talk about Imagine World Peace and the new Dokken lost tapes and their brush with Marshall Berle, Juan Croucier and Kiss at the Whiskey a Go Go.
(32:25) We talk about our love for Berlin and what happened with Top Gun, segueing into Keith’s first guitars, and Keith’s sound stage.
(35:48) We discuss Keith’s solo music with My Money’s Around Here Somewhere and how he records with loops.
(43:48) Misery - Keith Kessinger
(46:56) We end Part One on writing music for yourself. Keith does not play one style as you will hear in part two.
Here are some of the bands Keith played in and the timeline
Dirty Tricks 1989-91
Imagine World Peace – 1991-92
Ex-Idols – 1993-94
You can find Keith Kessinger’s YouTube page, which is jam packed with snippets from his entire music career.
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