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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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Johny Chow - Stone Sour 2017

The new Stone Sour album is done! Johny tells us all about it today on Radio Chatter. "Hydrograd" will drop in late Spring, early Summer. He talked about the writing process, what the flavor of the album sounds like, how they recorded it, a business he's undertook outside of the band and more. They spent…
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Kids React To GNR

These videos are classic! The latest has kids listening to Guns N Roses. Check it out... KIDS REACT TO GUNS N' ROSES GUNS N' ROSES reacted to by Kids! Original links below! Subscribe to Guns N' Roses: https://www.youtube.com/user/GunsNRosesVEVO Watch all main React episodes (Kids/Teens/Elders/Adults/YouTubers): http://goo.gl/4iDVa SUBSCRIBE THEN HIT THE 🔔! New Videos 2pm PST on…

Actor Kim Coates and "Clown" from Slipknot

Today it's another 2 for 1 Radio Chatter podcast, but both both are related to a single project. Kim Coates plays the lead role in "Officer Downe", which is directed by Slipknot's M.Shawn 'Clown" Crahan. First up is Kim. He was recently in Detroit to watch his favorite hockey team. We talked about that, of…
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Shaun Morgan/Seether and Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars

Today its 2 for the price of 1 again. First up is Shaun Morgan from Seether. Their new album comes out on May 12th and it's called "Poison The Parish". We talked about the new single and the creepy video, the fact that he produced this cd himself, their plans for 2017 and more...all from…
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Dorothy Martin - Dorothy

The band Dorothy is an L.A. based rock/blues band. I've never met or interviewed Dorothy before today so it was cool to see what she's about. She talked about her influences, which is pretty eclectic, what country singer she loves, her yodeling, Grammy parties and maybe posing for Playboy. She also gives us an update…
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Adam Gontier - Saint Asonia/Three Days Grace

Adam Gontier is getting antsy so he's breaking out the acoustic guitar and doing a few shows in the area. 3/24 Diesel Concert Lounge @ Chesterfield, MI 3/35 Ground Zero Nightclub @ Traverse City, MI 3/26 The Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI 3/30 Mercy Lounge @ Nashville, TN 3/31 Masquerade @ Atlanta, GA We…
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Robert Trujillo - Metallica

I did this interview a couple of months ago and was just given the OK by the record company to release it. The Metallica machine is starting to ramp up and there's a date right here in Detroit with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat at Comerica park on July 12th. That should be a great night…
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Jack Russell - Great White

It's been forever since I've interviewed Jack so I had to get him on. He's out promoting his new cd "He Saw It Coming" which is out right now. It's well documented the Jack has gone through his own trials and tribulations, but he seems to be in a great place right now. The picture…
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Tia Carrere & Frank Hannon From Tesla

First up on today's podcast is the lovely Tia Carrere. The 25th anniversary of 'Wayne's World' is coming up and the RIFF has passes to score to watch the celebration at the Royal Oak Music Theater on February 8th. You'll never believe what is one of Tia's favorite 90's cd's and who she has never…
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Happy Birthday, Michigan

Even thought I've only been apart of this great state for the past 21 years, it's treated me well. From hockey tournaments up north and everywhere in between, to vacations on it's west coast, to treacherous driving conditions coming home from Grand Rapids.....this state has a lot to offer. I've told people several times that…

Frankie Banali - Quiet Riot

Frankie Banali brings Quiet Riot to the Token in Westland on Thursday, January 26th, so it was the perfect time to get him on Radio Chatter. Frankie is a real talkative guy and always willing to chat it up as far as the past is concerned. Some bands are not. We talked about the early…
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Happy National Peanut Butter Day

I LOVE peanut butter. I only buy crunchy and there's a simple reason for it. When I was a kid my mother only bought creamy. I made a promise to myself that when I was old enough to buy my own, I'd only purchase crunchy. What's you peanut butter of choice? -Meltdown- Related: No related…

"Thunderstruck" - The Scottish Way

Bagpipes are by no means commonplace in rock, but they're not totally foreign either. Korn has used them in several songs, and even AC/DC on their homage to young upstart rock bands on "It's A Long Way To The Top" from the Bon Scott years. Check out this Scottish band cranking out this classic AC/DC…

Kid Rock To Rock The LCA

In a surprise announcement this morning, the 'son of Detroit' told reporters and workers at the new Little Caesars Arena that he would play 4 shows in September. The dates are September  12, 13, 15 and 16 with tickets going on sale next Friday, January 27th. Tickets will cost you  $20, $35, $55 and $75.…

Stephen Pearcy - RATT

Today on Radio Chatter I talk with the legendary front-man from RATT, Stephen Pearcy. He's doing the interview rounds to promote his new solo cd "Smash" which comes out on the 27th. Our interview was a little discombobulated because it was 9:30 where Stephen was. Still, we talked about the new cd, reuniting with RATT…
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Guitarist Scott Bartlett - Saving Abel

This first Radio Chatter of 2017 is with my friend Scott Bartlett from the southern rock band Saving Abel. We were going to do it a day earlier, but we'll get into the reason why we waited one more day. We talked about his clothing line, playing for the troops, Jared Weeks leaving the band…
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I'm Ready, 2017!

Personally, I thought 2016 was great! If for no other reason than GNR reuniting! I saw tons of kick-ass shows including Disturbed, Slipknot and more. This year will bring us Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, maybe Kid Rock and that's just the start. My Radio Chatter podcast took off in 2016. I made a pledge…

Best Of Radio Chatter 2016 Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the best of Radio Chatter 2016. In this, the final episode of 2016, I wrap up the best of with snippets of conversations with some of you favorite rock-stars. Jesse James Dupree from Jackyl tells me about a lunch party that cost him a million dollars! M. Shadows from Avenged…
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Merry Christmas!

Every year I do a different Christmas card and this year is no different. It all started back in 1996, if I recall properly. I was a huge Ozzy fan, and still am, and told my friends that if I ever met the 'Prince of Darkness' that I'd put it on a Christmas card and…

Radio Chatter - Best Of 2016: Part 1

2016 was a great year for the growth of my podcast. I made a New Years resolution to do one each week, and I did....kinda. I recorded this best of before being blown off by Sebastian Bach for some unknown reason in early December. Oh well. On this first 'best of' you'll find out about…
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Rhyno - WWE

Rhyno is an old friend and quality guy. The final WWE Smackdown at Joe Louis arena is coming up on December 20th. Obviously we talked about that, wrestling in smaller places vs. bigger venues, injuries, how much longer he'll wrestle, strange places where's he's been recognized, the attitude era vs. today, his political bid and…
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Jeff Plate - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

I started this week's podcast by giving you the reason why I didn't post an interview last week. Let's just say it was circumstances beyond my control. But on to today.....Jeff Plate from TSO. As with Paul O'niel, Jeff is a great interview and had some cool stories to tell. We talked about the show…
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Let Kids Be Kids

I try to keep my blog to 'rock' related things and podcasts, but I have to say something about kids sports. As I watched the hockey game before my son's game yesterday, I was kinda baffled at how some of the parents and grandparents acted and shouted in the stands. I know, there's been a…

Rock On The Range and Wilson

Rock on the Range announced the line-up on Tuesday and once again it's killer! Headlined by Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn and a ton more. Once again Promoter Gary Spivack joins me to talk about all things ROTR. He talks about the other festivals they do, great memories from the past, ticket info, bands that haven't played…
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Gary Hoey Is Back!

This is the time of year craved out for Gary Hoey. This marks the 21st year of his Ho, Ho, Hoey holiday tour. What a great conversation. We talked about the blues, playing the National Anthem at a Bruins game, playing with his guitar heroes, auditioning for Cher and others, the 90's, and one question…
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Metallica - "Hardwired....To Self Destruct"

The new Metallica disc drops today and so far I'm digging it a lot. I'm listening to "Am I Savage", right now. To me, there's distinct Metallica era's. "Kill Em All", "Ride The Lightning" and for the most part "Master Of Puppets" where the first chapter to me. "And Justice For All" was its own…