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Gloria Johnson gets an update with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard

One of the highlights of my radio career was the day Joe Elliott and Rick Savage of Def Leppard presented me with this incredible award. Gold album for HIGH & DRY and Platinum album for PYROMANIA. Talked to Joe on the phone about what he's up to now. Click here to enjoy the interview and Keep Rockin!
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Al Pitrelli with a T.S.O. update for Iris

The proper way to kick off the Holiday Season is with a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show! It's what gets me into a holiday mood every time. Plus, it's just a great concert! The band is incredible, the singers are amazing, the story is moving, and the lasers and pyro add that little sparkle that just lights everything up in a big way! Every year, I have the pleasure of speaking to Al Pitrelli about the upcoming show. This year I was really looking forward to our talk because T.S.O. is doing a NEW SHOW! "The Christmas Attic" is the one part of the Christmas Trilogy that has never been done in its entirety. So we get a new show to embrace this year from T.S.O.! Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 23rd at the Moda Center. There's two shows, a matinee at 3pm and the 7:30pm show that follows. I recommend going to both shows. That's what I always do. Just can't get enough of that band! SO, here's the conversation I had with Al Pitrelli about the upcoming concert. Thanks for listening! ~Iris
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Iris chats with Jay Bird Koder

Portland's musical landscape is rich with such talented artists, like Jay Bird Koder! Last time I saw Steve Miller perform at Edgefield, he was brought on stage to play, and for me, Jay Bird stole the show. On October 4th, 2014, he will be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. He's played with Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, Obo Addy, Doc Severinsen, Jeff Lorber, Robert Cray, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Cool'r, The Oregon Symphony, Steve Miller and many more. In this interview we talk about his band SoulMates, touring, some of the people he's worked with, music education, his time at Berklee School of Music, and more. He's a wonderful human being, and it's always a pleasure to talk to him. Click here to enjoy the interview. ~Iris
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Things to do this weekend!

There's so many things going on as we get to the end of the summer, that I thought sharing a list with you might be helpful and handy!  So, here you go:
Oregon State Fair-Starts today and goes through 9/1 in Salem
Hood to Coast Relay -Through Saturday
Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro-Saturday and Sunday (& Labor Day) through 9/21
Street of Dreams- This is the last weekend, folks
Dave Foley at Helium Comedy Club-Saturday
Festa Italiana Portland's Italian American Festival- now through Sunday in Pioneer Courthouse Square
Tequila Fest PDX through the weekend at World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street
Dinosaurs Unearthed at OMSI through September 2nd
Peter Max-A Retrospective through this weekend
Portland Saturday Market-Sat & Sun
Rip City 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the Rose Quarter-Saturday and Sunday
Portland Farmer's Market at PSU- Saturday starting at 8:30am

AND you can come visit me at Gresham Subaru from Noon until 2pm!  I'll be looking for you!

Have a great weekend!~ Iris
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Justin Hayward talks about the new live CD & DVD with Iris.

Justin Hayward is one busy man.  He's currently on tour with The Moody Blues, and that was right after he wrapped a solo tour.  After this Moodys tour is over, he goes back out on the road to do the solo gigs again.  Plus there was the Spring Moody Blues Cruise that not only featured the band, but several other artists along for the ride. I'm tired just thinking about it!  His show here in Portland in June at the Aladdin was fantastic, and the new album and DVD "Spirits Live" is from his solo tour.  We talk about his love of travel, the Moodies, the cruise plans, and more.  
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Iris catches up with Curtis Salgado.

Curtis Salgado is a Portland icon and legend.  If you haven't seen curtis perform in a while, then you need to do some catching up yourself, and here's a perfect opportunity! He’ll be performing at the Winco Foods Portland Open, Saturday, August 23rd, 6:00pm at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.  It’s a one of a kind setting on the fairway at the Witch Hollow course.   The Curtis Salgado concert is FREE to all daily and weekly Winco Foods Portland Open ticket holders.  If you don't have a Tournament ticket…they will be available at the gate at Pumpkin Ridge ALL DAY Saturday, August 23rd for ONLY $15, and parking is FREE at Pumpkin Ridge!  So, let’s go enjoy the show.   
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Ian Anderson Interview

Check out my recent interview with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.  Make sure to check him as he performs The Best of Jethro Tull at Maryhill Winery on September 13th!

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Chatting with Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues will be performing at the Aladdin on June 10th.  It was a pleasure to talk with this legend.  Click here to enjoy the interview!  ~Iris
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Congrats to U-2. They got a Golden Globe award last night for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom". Plus BONO got some Extra Love from AMY POEHLER when she picked up her award. From my POV as Queen Couch-Potato, it looked like it was quite a party. 

Peek at the Week:
Big show on Sunday, 1/19 at the Aladdin - Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica BlowOut featuring the legendary JOHN MAYALL and a boatload of the best harmonica players on the planet. You can win tickets to that with SHANNON at 3:45 pm.

Birthdays to Celebrate:
Wed 1/15 - REV DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR (this is his actual birthday, celebrated on Mon 1/20); RONNIE VAN ZANT - LYNYRD SKYNYRD singer who went down in that fatal plane crash in 1977.
Fri 1/17 - 1st Lady MICHELLE OBAMA; Blues-rockin Hall of Fame singer JANIS JOPLIN; ex-STONES guitarist MICK TAYLOR

Stuff you can win on KGON this week:
Mornings with BILL PRESCOTT - Pr of tickets to see HOT TUNA's acoustic set at the Aladdin with special guest DAVID LINDLEY Feb 18th
My 3 Songs with IRIS - noon hour - Pr of tickets to see ARLO GUTHRIE Apr 16th at the Aladdin
Classic Rock Trivia with SHANNON - 3:45pm - Pr of tix to that Blues Harmonica BlowOut with JOHN MAYALL at the Aladdin this Sunday
Get the Led Out with JEFF MITCHELL - Jeff can get you in to see the movie HER with Joaquin Phoenix & Scarlett Johansson


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Yeah, the big news around here this week is BILL PRESCOTT- back where he belongs. Rockin' in the mornin' with BILL just seems right, especially since it's now officially KGON's 40th Anniversary year.We're rampin' up to full-blown party mode, so stay close, you won't want to miss anything.

Big Birthdays to celebrate this week:
Mon 1/6 - MALCOLM YOUNG of AC/DC; SYD BARRETT-original singer/guitarist for PINK FLOYD
Tue 1/7 - KENNY LOGGINS; JANN WENNER - founder of Rolling Stone Magazine
& Concert promoter/band manager BILL GRAHAM
Thur 1/9 - A couple of Brits: JIMMY PAGE - LED ZEP; Duchess of Cambridge KATE MIDDLETON

Stuff you can win on KGON this week:
Mornings with BILL PRESCOTT - 7:15 am - "Grown Ups 2" on DVD & 2 KGON bandanas
My 3 Songs with IRIS - noon hour - Pr of tickets to see MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP at the Tonic Lounge
Classic Rock Trivia with SHANNON - 3:45 pm - Pr of tickets to REELIN' & ROCKIN @ Crystal Ballroom Jan 15th

Have a great week!
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