Jill M: Hi Roger, love what I’ve heard so far of your new project and I will be purchasing it as it is released! I was wondering how you felt about this new way of promoting yourself and your own music through social media. Do you like being able to do your own promoting on FB and Twitter…etc? Is it more exciting and inspiring for you to be hands-on with your fans?(I am so glad I caught up with you on FB! you are so awesome!)Thanks!
Thresa B.: Rog, I have a question for you concerning your relationship with Nancy Wilson while in the group heart did you ever feel, as Nancy has said that she just caved in to you or do you think she actually loved you, I know that you felt you loved her. Was it more of a convenience relationship?
Thanks for your question, Thresa.
There are many possibilities as to why she would make a statement like the one you referred to in your question.
I choose to believe that she loved me in a way, and continues to, but because of our inability to harmonize personally at the time, she knew we couldn’t be together.
The love we feel in previous relationships should be invulnerable to time and circumstance, otherwise, was it ever truly love?
Dyan H: I would like to know if you, Ann and Nancy and the other founding members have considered putting out a cd? Not touring but just getting together and doing an album. Sales would be tremendous. No one has your style on stage, your gift with your guitar is like watching jimmy page perform. Awesome.
Thanks so much for your question, Dyan….very pertinent.
We haven’t discussed putting out a CD, or any form of record, but I think it would be a wonderful thing. I’m all for it.
Imagine the merging of our styles again, and the expertise we’ve evolved over the years! And imagine all the money we could generate for charity!
Jack F.:I hope I’m not bothering you. I talked to you once before. I was a big fan of the old Heart. It’s so easy to hear how the music lost it’s power and edge after you left and you put on a great live show. I’ve seen you in Knoxville I guess only once-the Dog and Butterfly tour, I’ve seen Heart several more times. It wasn’t the same. Anyway, I was reading that you and Mike have a CD coming out. I was wondering what type of music is it? Is it the good heavy rock or is it something different? Also if you don’t mind on Magic Man didn’t I read along time ago that you used a different tuning on the E and B string? just curious-It’s that lick you do when one note is going flat and the other going sharp. Thanks.
Roger:The new album is a new genre: World Rock. Gotta hear it to know what it is Thanks for the kind words, Jack. E tunes up to G; B tunes up to D
Hello Roger,Thank you for offering this opportunity to ask you some questions.
I’d like to know what is this Les Paul you’re pictured with in the Dreamboat Annie gatefold pictures. I always tought it was terrific! It looks like a flattop? Do you still own it? You didn’t seemed to use it in concerts after while.
I have a few questions for you.
If I remember correctly, in the 1979 Guitar Player interview you mentioned trying your hand at vocals but not having things work out. Obviously you’ve found your singing voice. How were you able to do this? Was it a matter of finding a good vocal coach or something else?
I used four different vocal coaches: Seth Riggs; George Peckham; David Kyle; and Kendall Aickin. I learned different things from each of them, but it was working on my own, exploring and exploring that really brought it all home. Now I practice every day to improve, and teach when I have time.
Have you read Ann and Nancy’s autobiography? Any comments or thoughts on it? When can we expect your book to be out?
Yes, read it. I have a lot of thoughts and comments, but none to be made here 🙂
Bro Mike’s and my book – a double autobiography – will be released gradually, as our interactive site is unveiled, beginning this year.
Do you still practice the guitar much apart from playing gigs and rehearsing? What kind of things do you work on?
Practice almost everyday. I’ve developed a new style of playing, and that’s what I practice. I’ll be releasing a teaching series, beginning this year.
It’d be fun to see you put up some guitar tips or tips on playing Heart songs on YouTube – Heart’s guitar player would probably appreciate it (ha ha!) I’ve always been impressed and inspired by your guitar playing and I’ve noticed you have a lot of stylistic things you do that give songs an extra flair. Parts that appear simple might be trickier than people think and vice-versa, which I think is something true of guys like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, as well as many top-notch players. I’ve watched videos of Heart live since you’ve left and it’s a credit to your playing that no one since – regardless of technical ability, has been able to capture your feel and style. Even some signature licks don’t seem to be played right.
Guitar tips and Heart song tips have been recorded. Just need to do the editing and away we go!
My name is Glenn. I am a 53-year-old session guitar player, and you are one of my biggest influences, along with Steve Lukather, Jimmy Page, John Petrucci, and David Gilmour. YOUR style of lead-playing, is so refreshingly unique, that it definitely caught me by the ears, and still hasn’t let go to this day. “Heart” was lucky to have you, and when you left the band, I lost all interest in following them from that point on.
You played with Heart in Montreal, and I was in the front row, just to your left.
During the song “Barracuda”, I motioned to you with my hand, as if I was picking a guitar, in the hopes that you would be so kind, as to give me that guitar pick. You noticed this, and immediately nodded as if to say: “Yup, No Problem”. At the end of the song, you walked over and handed me the pick you were using – it even had a gouge in it, from using it sideways to scrape down along the 6th string… It had the “Heart” logo on it, and it was colored a reddish-brown mix.
When the concert was over, your limousine stopped on the way out of the garage, right in front of me, and I leaned through the back-right window, right past Ann and Nancy, to shake YOUR hand, and compliment you on a great show – I didn’t even say a word to them… they probably thought I was gay or something – – – lol.
I was ecstatic to have, and show-off that “Barracuda-Pick” to friends through the years, and I graciously thank-you. One day last year, though, my 17-year-old son got into my music stuff out of curiosity, thought that the “Barracuda-Pick” was just a regular guitar pick – took it to a jam with his friends, and ended up losing it!… I was beside myself… completely livid, and I gave him a talking-to, that he will never ever forget!
I would like to ask you, if there was a way that I could in some way, RECOVER from a loss like that. It has been some time since you were with the band, and an item like that would surely be hard to come-by. I’m just sick to my stomach, every time I think about it – which is quite often.
Is there a way that you could help ease my anguish? Anything that you could send me, would be so greatly appreciated – If you have a “Roger Fisher” pick, and played “Barracuda” (making a gouge in it), that would super-cool – it would still have that “WOW” factor, and I wouldn’t have to be sad anymore!
I will gladly compensate you for any expense related to this “unique” request.
P.S: I would also like to know if you still have the guitar with all those sexy lights, that showed chord-progressions and other wacky stuff, up and down the neck. What kind of guitar was that? Very cool 🙂
Thanks for your kind words, quite a story!
In regard to your comments regarding my playing, you may be interested to know that since you saw me, I’ve developed a unique style of playing that is a cross between finger-picking and flamenco, using only fingers, no pick or fingernails. Flesh touching guitar strings is a very intimate relationship. I plan on touring as much as possible this year, and would love to return to Eastern Canada, an area I’ve loved since first playing there in the ’70’s.
In answer to your question regarding the “LED Strat,” I sold that guitar to a close friend in Atascadero, California. It was (I think) a 1965 Strat that I had outfitted with LEDs which were triggered by voltage-sensitive switches (meaning that to change the sequence that chased through the lights, one merely touched any combination of the three brass knobs on the face of the guitar). All the electronics are on circuit boards inside the guitar, viewable from the back through a translucent plexiglass cover. This was finished in 1979, a one-of-a-kind collector’s item.
Sending compensation isn’t necessary, but welcome if you choose to do that… your call.
I’m looking forward to your response to the new album, All Told, due for release in May. Currently we have released two songs from the new record, Love Alive, and Dear Friend, available on iTunes and Amazon.
Thanks for your continued support and interest, Glenn. The world needs music!
Who were your influences (bands, guitarist, etc.) when you were young?
One of my first “Golden Moments,” the phenomenon that happens when you’re struck to the core of your being by a lightning bolt of pure magic, was putting on a 45 RPM vinyl single of You Send Me by Sam Cooke. I sat there on the floor, playing it over and over, swept away, goose bumps from head to toes.
The very first Golden Moment I’ll never forget. I believe it was 1953 and I was, having been born in 1950, three years old. Only mom and I were home, and she and I walked out into the yard on a beautiful Spring morning. Seattle at that time was still small, and hadn’t displaced wildlife yet. Mom and I were greeted by the chorus of thousands of birds – a tumultuous, yet perfectly interwoven symphony of melody, joy and celebration. If one has a feeling for what heaven would be like, equate that with the way this music made me feel.
Another was the first time I heard All Shook Up, by Elvis. Wow! Brother Mike and I went around singing “Amashaka” all day:-) In second grade I made my public singing debut standing on a desk in the front of the classroom singing Hound Dog. Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, and Jailhouse Rock also rocked my world.
Mom and dad always had the radio on in the morning and I remember loving Mr. Sandman, by Pat Ballard; Yakety Yak, by the Coasters; Honeycomb, by Jimmie Rodgers; Let The Good Times Roll, by Shirley and Lee; Be-Bop-A-Lula, by Gene Vincent; Blueberry Hill, by Fats Domino; It’s Only Make Believe, by Conway Twitty; Chantilly Lace, by the Big Bopper; Rock-In Robin, by Bobby Day; So Fine, by The Fiestas; Sea Cruise, by Frankie Ford; Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home), by The Impalas, and generally being uplifted by most music. I’ve always been grateful that mom and dad loved music and started the day with it.
Talking about these good ol’ days caused me to remember the first song I composed, a commercial for Schick electric shavers. I performed it at 8 years of age to an audience of thousands… of frogs at a nearby pond. Their roaring croaks of unanimous approval were encouraging.
One of my all-time favorites is Come Softly To Me, written, arranged and performed by Gretchen Christopher with The Fleetwoods, which was the biggest selling song of 1959.
I was on a Los Angeles-bound jet in the mid ’90’s when I became aware of an attractive lady sitting a few seats behind and across the aisle. There was a tone in her voice and friendliness and outgoing quality which immediately mesmerized me. I went back, introduced myself, and a friendship began that lasts to this day. It was Gretchen. I’ve been very privileged to have performed the song live with her several times since.
When I was in 8th grade I met Steve Fossen and we became instant friends. I remember seeing “The Beatles Are Coming” written on someone’s notebook cover. Steve told me who they were and that they were great. My first memory of experiencing them was watching their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. It was THE Golden Moment! Absolutely thrilled to my soul… riveted as time stood still… being changed forever by a force that must have been divine intervention. They went on to be the biggest musical influence of my life, as I know they were also many others’.
Of course I loved the Stones; The Kinks; Gerry And The Pacemakers; Lovin’ Spoonful; Beachboys; The Ventures; ahh, the list goes on and on.
Guitarists in particular who drove me were: Scotty Moore; Jim McCarty; Howard Roberts; Nokie Edwards; John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney (Paul played several of The Beatles’ solos, including Taxman); Eric Clapton; Jimmy Page; Jeff Beck, to name a few.
Louie Armstrong, Victor Borge, and Buddy Guy are some of my favorite live performers.