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Jan052009

Richard Page


Richard Page is back. For proof, go to iTunes or Richard’s web site and you’ll find his most recent solo release since his 1996 solo album, Shelter Me. What’s most unusual is that he chose this holiday season to release a most wonderfully crafted Christmas single entitled, I Always Cry At Christmas. But, this isn’t your typical Christmas track, this is a Richard Page song that delivers what you’d expect - something special from the soul. As the former lead vocalist for Pages, Third Matinee, and Mr. Mister, he has delivered hits such as Broken Wings and Kyrie. But over the past several years he has taken a hiatus from his personal solo career to craft songs and produce artists such as Leona Lewis, Bill Champlin, Al Jarreau, Celine Dion, as well as many others. Today, Richard is once again ready to let us all come into his world, by sharing his music and his personal story with us all. Inside MusiCast is glad to welcome Richard Page as our first guest of 2009.

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Reader Comments (23)

Thanks for choosing Richard Page as a guest. I am a true fan of this guy's talent. Cheers to Rick and Eddie! Keep 'em coming!

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January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreek Golangco
Rick and Eddy,Great job, as always! What an interesting and informative interview. Sounds like a down to earth guy.Please keep up the great work! Thanks!John Marshall
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Happy new year guys, seems ages since the last interview and glad that you have chosen Richard Page. A great start to the year. Got to know Richard's talents as a backing vocalist on Steve Lukather/Toto releases (and looking so forward to seeing Luke again when he comes to Wolverhampton here in England on March 6th) Cheers for now, Brian.
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hassan
Thanks guys! Richard is really down to earth...he really opened up with us...he's a real pro. So glad you enjoyed it as much as we did!Enjoy Luke's show in Wolverhampton, Brian!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEddy
Rick/Eddy....

What can I say other than a fantastic job on the interview. Richard is a tremendous talent, and seemed very personable in his manner. I was taken by the history of his musical journey, more specifically his work with 3rd Matinee which is an album that stands out as one of the best in my collection, and my personal favorite of his work. Pages, Mr. Mister, and his Shelter Me work are also outstanding.

I'm also glad you touched on his offer to play with both Toto and Chicago...I was hoping you'd bring it up, and you didn't fail.

Hearing his insights on Jeff Porcaro was also touching. Jeff's passing was so tragic, and has definitely left a void in the industry.

I'm happy that Richard will be producing some new material for purchase via his website and Itunes. I think that with the industry being what it is nowadays, it only makes sense for an artist to do that. I wish others would follow suit, but I'm glad Richard GETS IT.

Again, great job, Rick and Eddy, and thanks as always for bringing these artists to the forefront.

Happy New Year!
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill Brown
Bill,

Thanks for the wonderful comments Bill! Yes, Richard is a class act. What impressed me is the fact that he doesn't seem to give-in to the pressures of having to continually crank out songs. He gave me the impression that he likes to take his time and writes and creates when it's the moment right, not when someone tells him to punch out a hit. I like the idea he has of posting songs to his site or iTunes when he has something he wants to share. This is great control for an artist, and a way of working that I believe will bring a comfort factor and will go along way in allowing an artist like Richard to create and present his best work.

Happy New Year!

Rick SuchInside MusiCast
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRick Such
Hey, and thank you for this superb interview.I appreciate this very much, and I’m glad to hear that Mr. Page will give us some tastes of his fantastic voice and music.I got one question to the interview: When he talked about Luke, he mentioned some Swedish guys. I didn’t got there name precisely, could it be something like Per Magnuson and David Kruger? Since I live I Norway, and close to Sweden, it would be interesting to track these guys. A quick search on Google and MySpace didn’t mach, so if someone has some more information on these guys it would be interesting.Keep on the good work, I’m looking forward to the next interview.Best regardsPeder

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeder
Thanks guys for your service, great to listen to Richard Page and the other great musicians! It seems you have a lot of fun doing these interviews!

/Bengthttp://www.westcoast-music.comThe Social Network of Westcoast/AOR Music
January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBengt Isaksson
Just one word :It's a good good news for 2009. Fred - France.
January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFred
Hi Two words in fact : if you fans of Richard Page :http://www.myspace.com/richardpagefansfrance
January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFred
Great interview. RP is my hero and has been for more than 20 years. I google him on a regular basis - and wow: This came up! 65 minutes of honest Page - THANKS. And great with the new song.

Lots of great details - Foster asking why Pages didn't record hits (!), the dental thing, the Luke-Stockholm get-together (being a Dane I'm also curious about the two Swedes...), etc.

One thing was omitted - the 4th Mr. Mister album, Pull (never released). That's also an interesting story - luckily I have a good quality copy...4-5 songs are very good - what a shame they never hit the record stores but hearing RP's RCA experience with 'go on...' explains it all... SAD.

/Kos

PS: Where is Steve George now? After Loggins I don't know... Some years ago he was quoted for having an album in the pipeline... hm... How about an interview with the guy?!
January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKos
Hi Kos,

Eddy and I have been asked why we didn't ask about the fourth album "Pull". The main reason is because we talked about this with Pat Mastelotto when we interviewed him. In hindsight, we should have asked Richard for an update. So, about a week ago, I e-mailed Richard to ask about "Pull" and if it might ever be released. Here is Richard's response:

"The Pull album might be released. We're talking to the record company about it now."

So there you have it! I'd say that's positive news.

Best wishes and thanks for listening!

Rick SuchInside MusiCast
January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRick Such
GREAT news. 'Burning bridge' ALONE is worth the release!

I took the liberty of mentioning your great interview on Wikipedia's RP page (last paragraph, career section). I also published the link in the notes section: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Page_(musician)

/Kos
January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKos
BTW - just remembered this OLD Pages-Kitaro collaboration:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do7yeVbcNnY

And this great song by Noriyuki Makihara song by RP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDO9ZNL6VKs

/Kos
January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKos
Guys, great to have you back and start 2009 with such an incredible interview of one of the best singer/artist in the world (in my humble opinion ;-)). Fantastic insight info and it would be coolto get PULL out in a commercial way. I think it is a great album and needs to be heard. Steve George was playing keys for JEWEL a while back after that I haven´t seen him. Good to finally have a RP website up, to keep up with what he is doing. Nice XMas song by the way.
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHenning Mielke
Rick/EddyI know I emailed you shortly after hearing the interview with Richard but I have since passed the link on to many others who are more than thrilled to hear that Richard is working on releasing more of his own music. The 'Meanwhile' and 'Shelter Me' CD's have been keeping me company as I continue to shovel the many feet of snow that has fallen here in the Boston area so far. Let's hope we have more news about the 'Pull' album very soon. With his unlimited musical abilities Richard Page should be a household name but as revealed during this interview Richard was forthcoming about the record company and the business of "trends" so unfortunately a lot of great music will not be heard. Please thank Richard again for his honesty and openness about his life, music and future.

Di
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDi
Thanks for the great Richard Page interview. Wonderful insight. Mr.Mister was a very underrated band. Go On was an amazing record that got lost in the shuffle.

Hopefully "Pull" will see the light of day. Also do you have any news on what Steve Farris has been up too? He was one of my favorite guitarist.

Thanks for the great work. I will help spread the word about your website.

Mike
April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael.Peloso
Hey there! I've been a huge fan of Mr. Mister. I can hardly wait for the Pull album to be released. I've been disappointed about hearing it being shelved and listening to the lone track "Waiting in My Dreams", which I love.
May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrew
Hello, nice to beable to voice my opinion about one of my favorite bands. Mr Mister! Welcome to the Real World is just great selection. I still play it now. I can't ever remember a band releasing a single that was a classic (Broken Wings' and being able to follow it up with a near equal in 'Kyrie', and listen to the album, it certainly doesn't disappoint, the whole set is strong. Go on . . . I've also played to death, Man of a Thousand Dances - a brilliant song! Hopefully Pull will be released one day, it's not as good but it's still good and deserves something!

S
May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Ratcliffe
Hello, nice to beable to voice my opinion about one of my favorite bands. Mr Mister! Welcome to the Real World is just great selection. I still play it now. I can't ever remember a band releasing a single that was a classic (Broken Wings) and being able to follow it up with a near equal in 'Kyrie', and listen to the album, it certainly doesn't disappoint, the whole set is strong. Go on . . . I've also played to death, Man of a Thousand Dances - a brilliant song! Hopefully Pull will be released one day, it's not as good but it's still good and deserves something!

S
May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Ratcliffe
Yes, Pull has been bootlegged to death and the quality of these have been terrible so far - it would be nice to see a proper digital mix of the completed album with today's tech. The album's definitely worth it!
July 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJack S.
It WILL be worth it...at least for all us "audiophiles" who take pleasure in a "finished" mix/mastering, right?

I was thinking that although it's been bootlegged to death, it only proves that a huge demand is there for Richard's music.

Thanks for your comments, Jack.
July 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereddy

Thanks so much. I got to meet Richard inn 1986. I was too nervous to talk though. I got to interview him on-air back in Dec. '08 about the Xmas song. I was much less nervous 22 years later. Kyrie is still my favorite song. I'm writing my thesis about music in advertising, and I love sites like this that give in-depth interviews.

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdawn behnken

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