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Stevie Benton from Drowning Pool

If you're in S.E. Michigan this coming weekend you'll have a chance to see Drowning Pool. They're playing the Easy Riders Rodeo in Fowlerville, Mi. on Saturday night with Puddle Of Mudd. Stevie is great to talk to. We talked a lot about music, trends and more. He tells some great stories about 'Dimebag' Darrell,…
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Guitar Legend Tom Morello

What an awesome conversation with Tom Morello. It's a quick hit but we touched on a lot of subjects. Of course Prophets of Rage, some thoughts on his former band-mate Chris Cornell and how he thought Chris was doing, working with the Boss, his son named after a guitar hero of his, and more. -Meltdown-
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Carla Harvey from Butcher Babies

I got more out of this conversation than I had expected. It was surprising to find out what Carla was doing with her time over the summer here in Detroit to help out some great people. She also talks about her upbringing and how she was bullied over her choice of music. We talk about…
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Comedian J. Chris Newberg

Today is something different on the Radio Chatter podcast. Detroiter J. Chris Newberg is on talking about everything that revolves around his life in comedy. Everything from why he cried sitting next to Richie Sambora on a flight to living is West Hollywood, writing for TV shows, seeing all sorts of celebs daily in L.A.…
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Corey Taylor and Johny Chow from Stone Sour

It's another killer Radio Chatter podcast. Johny Chow and Corey Taylor are touring with their band Stone Sour opening for Korn and what a great show it is! Corey even jumped onstage during Korn's set for a couple songs. We talked about the new album, the gold standard of front-men for Corey and bassist's for…
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Head from Korn

What a great conversation with Head from Korn. He was very open and candid about a number of topics. Leaving the band for 8 years, his addictions, his upbringing, and his thoughts about Chester Bennington. He really opened up about Chester. On July 20th when Chester was found dead, Head posted on his Instagram and…
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Rob De Luca and Ray West from Spread Eagle

I'm a huge fan of the 1990's band Spread Eagle. They were the 2nd band I ever interviewed way back when.  I've managed to keep in contact with singer Ray West, and due to all the projects he's in, I've re-connected with Rob De Luca. In this podcast we talk mainly about the rise and…
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WWE's Paul Heyman and M.I.S. President Rick Brenner

The WWE makes another stop in the Motor City this weekend, and the last time at the famed Joe Louis arena. Today on Radio Chatter it's Paul Heyman. He's in full Heyman Hustle form. I guess he's thought a lot about the new arena here in Detroit because he has the perfect name for it.…
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John Cooper from Skillet

Not many people in this business nicer than John Cooper and the guys from Skillet. Just listen to this conversation if you don't believe me. They're currently on tour with Korn and Stone Sour. John and I  talked about the tour, the death of Chester Bennington (which hit him hard) the 70's rock that shaped…
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Alice Cooper

What a week. Josh Todd was on Radio Chatter yesterday and Alice Cooper today? Oh, and it's still early. I have some interviews in the can that I'll be posting soon. On to Alice. His new album his coming out this Friday the 28th called "Paranormal". He talks about how much different this album is…
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Josh Todd - Josh Todd and the Conflict and Buckcherry

Josh Todd has his new band Josh Todd and The Conflict, plus a new album dropping in the Fall. "Year of the Tiger" comes out on September 15th and it's a pretty intense record. Josh told me about how he wrote the album and how some of it may have been inspired by what went…
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James Hetfield from Metallica, Johnny and Zacky from Avenged Sevenfold and Michael Poulsen from Volbeat.

What a day! July 12th 2017 Metallica brought the rock to Detroit. Before the bands took to the stage they sat down with me for a few minutes. Up first, the legend, James Hetfield. What an honor to talk to him! We discussed the new album and the response that they've gotten from the fans.…
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Vinnie Paul - HellYeah

Vinnie was doing a press junket today and they asked if I wanted in...of course! Always killer to talk to the legendary drummer. He's always excited to talk about hockey, and now with an NHL team heading there he's a little more fired up. HellYeah has a few shows in and around Michigan that he…
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Mix Master Mike

Today on Radio Chatter it's legendary DJ Mix Master Mike. This guy has done it all and now he adds a tour with Metallica to his already impressive resume. He talks about being the "high powered appetizer" to get the crowd warmed up for the show. Growing up in the 80's, he applies what he…
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Geoff Tate - Operation Mindcrime

I did this interview with Geoff Tate last week. After a busy weekend I've just had a chance to re-listen to it, and it's killer. Geoff talks about a number of things. Chris Cornell, the early days of touring with Queensryche, his 'super group' he'd sing in front of, the final album of his trilogy…
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Jason Hook - Five Finger Death Punch

Jason Hook is my guest today on Radio Chatter. He's the producer of this new documentary coming out called "Hired Gun....out of the shadows and into the spotlight". It plays in 400 theaters across the country (4 in SE Michigan) next Thursday, the 29th for one night only. He talks about getting the idea and…
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Drumming Legend Kenny Aronoff - Hired Gun

What a thrill it was to talk to Kenny Aronoff. This guy has played on some of the most famous albums of all time. According to his own website, he was - "named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine. He has…
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Comedian Don Jamieson

I could talk to Don Jamieson for hours about rock n roll and comedy. He has tons of hilarious stories. We get into some of them today on the podcast. His new cd is out called "Communication Breakdown" on Metal Blade records, which we talk about. Opening for Metallica at a festival, his 'super group'…
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Dean and Dave from Theory Of A Deadman - Scott Bartlett from Saving Abel

This weekend is Motor City Harley Davidson's HarleyFest in Farmington Hills, Mi. Sunday night Theory of a Deadman and Saving Abel are playing, so I thought I'd get some of the boys on the show. First up it's the TOAD guys. What a crazy schedule they have this weekend. We talk about the new album which…
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Scott Holiday from Rival Sons & Alexa Kabazie from Letters From The Fire.

First up today is Scott Holiday from the Rival Sons. Bumped into him at Rock on the Range a couple weeks back. I didn't realize how much of a Soundgarden fan he is. He talks about that, the explosion of straight ahead rock bands and more. Next up is Alexa from the Pennsylvania band Letters…
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Rockers Remember Chris Cornell

Over the weekend at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, I had the chance to ask some of the bands about their thoughts on the death of Chris Cornell. As they get ready to lay him to rest, I thought you'd like to hear what some of your favorite bands had to say. First…

Billy Sheehan from Mr. Big

It's so cool to have someone as skilled and as legendary as Billy Sheehan on Radio Chatter. He tells me about the biggest gig he ever played with Mr. Big in front of tens of thousands of fans, opening up for Aerosmith who went by an alias that particular night, his band Talas and the…
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Rock On The Range 2017

Another crazy weekend is in the books. The headline of this years Rock on the Range was the weather, and of course the cancellation of Soundgarden after Chris Cornell's untimely death last week. I asked many of the artists about their thoughts on that and more on this edition of Radio Chatter. You may notice…
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Taylor and Ben - The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen and Ben Philips sat down with me before what would become a historic concert in Detroit on May 17th, 2017. Later that night they opened for Soundgarden's final show, as Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel room. We talked about the relationship and tour with the guys. Also about how they got…
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The Pretty Reckless talk with Meltdown in Detroit

Before a SOLD OUT show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, The Pretty Reckless stopped by Hockeytown Cafe to chat with Meltdown. You can view that chat and some photos below. The Pretty Reckless talk with Meltdown from WRIF Before s SOLD OUT show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit with Soundgarden, The…

Chris Vos - The Record Company

Today on Radio Chatter it's the front-man from the band The Record Company, Chris Vos. Having never met or talked to him I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a great conversation. We start out by talking about the name of the band. Every band has a story on how they got…
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Corey Taylor Talks 'Hydrograd' And More

Yesterday on my Radio Chatter podcast my guest was Stone Sour/Slipknot front-man Corey Taylor. You can listen to the entire interview here. Today I just wanted to touch on a couple of the things we talked about. The first being the name of the album. Back in March I had bassist Johny Chow on, and…

Corey Taylor - Stone Sour

It's always fun and easy to talk to Corey Taylor from Stone Sour/Slipknot. Today is no different. He's doing the press junket to promote the new SS album "Hydrograd". He explained how running through an airport inspired the title track to the record. Johny Chow told me about it a little bit on a recent…
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Stephen Richards - Taproot

It's been a few years since we've heard from the band Taproot, but when I found out they were doing the album "Welcome" in its entirety coming up this weekend at the Machine Shop, I had to get Stephen on. We touched on a ton of things. The start of the band, what history Fred…
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Bill Leverty - Firehouse

It's been over 20 years since I've talked with anyone from the band Firehouse. They've had some pretty big hits and still tour to this day playing festivals and weekend shows all year. We hooked up over Twitter and I asked him if he would come on the show. Bill is a big hockey fan…
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Guitarist Richie Kotzen

Richie has his 21st solo album out right now called "Salting Earth". As he tours the country he makes a stop in Westland, Mi. this Friday night (May 5th) at the Token lounge. He touched on the Whinery Dogs, his time in Poison, deaths of some guitar legends recently, his musical guilty pleasures and more.…
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Zacky Vengeance - Avenged Sevenfold

Today it's Zacky Vengeance from Avenged. I didn't get a lot of time with him but what I did get was great. The tour with Metallica and Volbeat, what's happening with the million $ stage that's now collecting dust, the new video from "God Damn" they shot with the fans, Zakk Wylde rejoining Ozzy and…
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Alex Skolnick - Testament

It's been a long time since I've talked to guitar legend Alex Skolnick. Actually, I think the last time was around 1991. I did touch on that a little near the end. Alex is going to be in town with his band,  Testament, Friday night at the Majestic Theater after an appearance at Rock City…
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The Perfect Album

If you've listened to any of my recent Radio Chatter podcasts you know that I recently bought a turntable. It all stems from a conversation I had with Stone Sour's Johny Chow. I was telling him how I had heard a song while working out and I recalled buying the album, driving home with huge…

Brann Dailor - Mastodon

As I mention in the interview, I've never been a huge Mastodon fan.....until this new record. "Emperor of Sand" is a great album from start to finish. Normally, a record company or venue will ask me to interview an artist for a new release or concert coming through town. This time I contacted my friend…
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Satchel - Steel Panther

It's like Steel Panther part 2. I talked to Michael Starr a couple weeks ago, and this week it's guitarist Satchel. All kidding aside, he's an awesome player. They have a new album out called "Lower The Bar" which we talked about. He talked about the time Steven Tyler jumped up onstage with them at…
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Tim King - Soil

Soil plays the Diesel concert lounge in Chesterfield, Mi. this coming Friday night. It's their first show of 2017 so I thought I'd get Tim on Radio Chatter today. We talked about the band celebrating 20 years, his love of Motley Crue, and their classic Ozzy/Rob Zombie tour from December of 2001. We also talked…
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Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless/Michael Starr from Steel Panther

It's always cool to talk to both of these lead singers. I've interviewed both of them before so it was great to talk to them again. Taylor Momsen talks about her musical influences and the tour upcoming with Soundgarden. We also talked about a rumor of a collaboration between her and Detroit legend, Eminem. What…
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Dustin Bates - Starset

The Columbus, Ohio band Starset is making waves with their new album "Vessels". The cd came out back in January and it's a pretty solid effort of 70 minutes of sci-fi rock. We talked about the cd, the bands upcoming shows, the Starset society, their live show and more. I have to be honest, I've…
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WWE's Samoa Joe and Vintage Chatter with Axl Rose from 2002.

It's a special 2 for 1 today on Radio Chatter. First up is the WWE's Samoa Joe. Raw is at Joe Louis arena for the final time tonight. Joe talks about his heroes growing up, the legendary matches at the Joe, what is Detroit's own Rhino's big fascination and more. Then it's time for vintage…
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