Speakeasy, a relatively new interview series from live music broadcasting programmer Front and Center, came about somewhat serendipitously. Executive producer and industry veteran Don Maggi had already recruited Roger Waters to appear on the show, but when asked who was going to be the one asking him the questions, he was stumped. "It was so new in the process that we didn't have anybody," he tells Billboard. "So I said, 'How about Roger chooses?'" He picked journalist and CNN anchor Bill Weir, bringing to life the novel concept behind the new talk show.
"We wanted to try to deliver a platform where we can give a voice not just of music to people, but also the voice of the musician to all to their fans about things they wanted to talk about, not necessarily what someone wanted them to talk about," says Maggi.