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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…

Metallica - "Now That We're Dead"

Another new track from "Hardwired....To Self Destruct". Metallica - Now That We're Dead [Album Version] Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for -fair use- for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise…

Metallica - "ManUNkind"

Here's a long one for ya. "ManUNkind" Enjoy! Metallica: ManUNkind (Official Music Video) From the album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" available everywhere on November 18. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund Edited by Peter Wendin Post-production by Chimney © 2016 Blackened Recordings Follow Metallica: http://www.metallica.com http://www.livemetallica.com http://www.facebook.com/metallica http://www.twitter.com/metallica http://www.instagram.com/metallica http://www.youtube.com/metallicatv -Meltdown-   Related: No related posts.

Metallica - "Dream No More"

Here's another new Metallica track for your listening pleasure! Metallica: Dream No More (Official Music Video) From the album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" available everywhere on November 18. -Meltdown- Related: No related posts.

Metallica - "Confusion"

Here's the latest track to come from Metallica's "Hardwired....To Self Destruct". It's called "Confusion". Metallica: Confusion (Official Music Video) From the album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" available everywhere on November 18. Directed by Claire Marie Vogel © 2016 Blackened Recordings Follow Metallica: http://www.metallica.com http://www.livemetallica.com http://www.facebook.com/metallica http://www.twitter.com/metallica http://www.instagram.com/metallica http://www.youtube.com/metallicatv We'll have copies of the new cd to give…

Kim Thayil - Soundgarden

I was pretty fired up to talk to legendary guitarist Kim Thayil from Soungarden. The new box set surrounding the 25th anniversary of "BadMotorFinger" comes out this Friday. I found Kim to be very candid, kind, talkative and real. Of course we talked about the box set, the cd, new Soundgarden, the best 'way' to…
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WRIF Sin City Takeover

That is going to do it from Las Vegas. Another WRIF Sin City Takeover is in the books. Special thanks to The Linq Hotel & Casino for having us again, the listeners for joining us and everyone who stopped by during the broadcasts. We hope you had as much fun as we did!    …

WRIF Sin City Takeover Day 1 & 2

While Anne Carlini is relaxing at the spa today Meltdown is holding down the fort as we continue to broadcast live from inside the Linq Hotel & Casino at the 3535 bar in the heart of the strip in Las Vegas. Keep checking back to see more pictures and don't forget to tune in tomorrow when…

Tom Harkins - "Pearl Jam FAQ"

Today on Radio Chatter it's co-author of the book "Pearl Jam FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Seattle's Most Enduring Band" Tom Harkins.  https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Jam-FAQ-Seattles-Enduring/dp/1617136123 We talked all things PJ and more about the Seattle scene. How does the band get along? Who should be inducted when they get in the RNR Hall Of Fame?…
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Thank You!

I wanted to write a blog about my 21st anniversary at this great radio station. I was thinking about different way to do it and make it clever, witty, funny, maybe even tell a few stories. Then it occurred to me....just say THANKS! THANKS for everyone who's ever called me on the RIFF lines. THANKS…

Happy Birthday Scott Weiland

Scott would've been 49 today. I remember meeting him for the first time about 2 weeks after STP's debut cd "Core" was released. He was only using going by his last name way back then. To say the interview was a little bit of a downer would be an understatement. "Sex Type Thing" was the…

Chris Kael From Five Finger Death Punch w/ Bourbon Legend Wesley Henderson

A few weeks ago my friend Wes Henderson contacted me and told me about the new Chris Kael's "Impaled Ale" which is finished in bourbon barrels from Angel's Envy Bourbon. They're having a big party in Vegas to kick it off this weekend. Of course we talked all things bourbon, but also about Chris's history…
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Rob Zombie's "31"

Full disclosure: I'm a fan of Rob Zombie's big-screen releases...and pretty much anything he does! I thought "House of a 100 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects" were pretty kick-ass. I liked his re-make of "Halloween". I didn't like "The Lords of Salem". Maybe I should revisit it in a little more sober mode this time,…

Green Day Tonight

Green Day's rescheduled show is on for tonight. I'll be broadcasting my show from the State Bar right next door to the Fillmore between 3-7pm. They're doing this club tour in honor of their new cd "Revolution Radio". Somewhere along the line, I think in  the early 2000's, Green Day went from power punk/pop band…

Dave and Dean from Theory Of A Deadman

Great to catch up with Dean and Dave from Theory of a Deadman. It's been a while since I've talked to them, so I asked them if they'd come on the podcast.....and here it is. Ever wonder how they got their name? They answer that, plus who was the influence for them to pick up…
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The Beginning Of The End For The Joe

Tonight is the final opening night at Joe Louis Arena. In the past 21 years since I've been in Detroit, that place has played a huge roll for me with many hours of wintertime (and many Spring nights) watching. I've had the chance to play there several times, see many concerts, I've even hosted the…

Matt DiRito - Pop Evil

Today on Radio Chatter it's bassist Matt DiRito from Pop Evil. When they came through Detroit last week I asked him if he'd be interested in coming on the podcast and here he is. We talked about the new drummer Hayley Cramer, the 3 Doors Down tour, sobriety, his non-profit organization, playing festivals and tons…
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Scariest Haunted House In America

Check out this video of the scariest haunted house in the USA. It can last up to 8 hours! -Meltdown- Inside America's most extreme haunted house experience: McKamey Manor Warning: this video contains graphic scenes. McKamey Manor is one of the most extreme haunted house experiences in the US. Subscribe to The Guardian ► http://is.gd/subscribeguardian…

Chris Henderson - 3 Doors Down

The last time Chris was on Radio Chatter was in the beginning of January. A lot has changed since that time. The new album 'Us and the Night' came out in March, the guys have been touring for a big chunk of the year and GNR played Nashville. The reason I bring up the last…
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Sully Erna and "Diamond" Dallas Page

First up it's Sully Erna from Godsmack. His new solo album is called "Hometown Life" and drops September 30th. If you're looking to hear a heavy Godsmack record, this is not for you. We talked about what the writing process is for his solo stuff vs. Godsmack, the tour, what inspired him, a track with…
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Fan Plays With Alice In Chains (NSFW)

At a recent show in North Charleston, S.C., a fan who held up a shirt that said "Let Me Play Drums On "Would?" got his wish. Check out the video of the fan jammin' with the guys for the final song of the night. NSFW language. Fan plays drums with Alice In Chains Alice in…

New STP Singer?

Check out John Borja's audition tape for Stone Temple Pilots. He's the Filipino singer who is rumored to be the new front-man. If they're looking for someone that sounds a lot like Scott Weiland, I think they found him. Stone Temple Pilots Singer Submission/Audition - John Borja (12-song STP Medley) This is a 12-song medley…

Vinnie Paul - HellYeah....Neil Fallon - Clutch

Once again it's 2 for the price of 1. First up it's my "hockey brother", as he puts it, Vinnie Paul. VP talks about his love for hockey, unreleased "Dimebag" stuff that might see the light of day in the future, why they re-made "I Don't Care Anymore", tour bus issues, his love for GNR…
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Paul O'Neill - Trans Siberian Orchestra

Before you know it, Christmas time will be upon us and that will bring the Trans Siberian Orchestra out on tour across the country. Today on the show it's Paul O'Neill. He's the guy who formed this massive project 20 years ago. I love talking to him every year to promote the shows. He's pretty…
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Dave Mustaine - Megadeth

Megadeth is heading out on tour this fall and they make a stop in Detroit on October 9th. We touched on numerous things including some thoughts on the "Big 4", Detroit music, a possible Body Count tour, his line of beer and wine, Carla from the Butcher Babies on the red carpet, social media and…
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Brad Stewart - Shinedown/Fuel/Saliva

This could be one of my favorite interviews in recent memory. I've known Brad since 2003 when Shinedown first started. I ran into him this past summer on the "Make America Rock Again" tour, and, after a few adult beverages, we decided that he should be a guest on my podcast! So, here we are....LOL…
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Taylor Momsen And The Pretty Reckless

I'm on vacation....but the pod-casting greatness continues. The new Pretty Reckless cd "who are you selling for" comes out October 21st, so they're spreading the word early about it's release. They're playing in Detroit on November 10th at St Andrews Hall. They talked about the new album, bands that sparked their musical interests as kids,…
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Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate's voice is legendary. It owned the late 80's and early 90's. Queensryche made some epic albums. Now, Geoff has his Operation:Mindcrime project and he's about to release the 2nd part of his trilogy called "Resurrection". Today I talked with Geoff about the new cd, playing onstage with Disturbed recently, songs he wishes we…
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NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr.

The Pure Michigan 400 is coming up on August 28th at Michigan International Speedway. The Brooklyn, Mi. area is awesome and it comes alive twice a year for NASCAR. Martin scored a huge win this year and set a record which we talked about. He loves his fishing, as you'll hear. We also talked about…
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John Cooper From Skillet

The band Skillet just put their 10th studio album out called "Unleashed". Front man John Cooper called in to talk about the new effort. We talked about the album, the WWE using one of their songs, his beard...and why he grew it, and more. John is a great guy, as you'll hear in this conversation,…
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Comedian Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer is a funny bastard. He'll be at the Royal Oak Music Theater this coming Saturday night and he phoned in to plug the gig. This is a funny conversation that was interrupted twice, which you'll hear. We talked about , sports, festivals and music. A lot of music. Jim is a huge rock/metal…
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Corey Taylor from Stone Sour/Slipknot & David Freiburger From Roadkill

After my interview Friday night in Detroit with Corey, I couldn't wait to post this for you guys. He's easy to talk to and a really nice guy. We talked about the new Stone Sour cd, WWE, "Corey Taylor For Mayor", "Kick Start My Fart"....you have to listen to that, and more. Then it's David…
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David Draiman - Disturbed

Disturbed is on tour with Saint Asonia, Alter Bridge and Breaking Benjamin all summer long, so when they swung through the Motor City I had to get David on the show. He's a real thoughtful, deliberate, interesting guy. We talked about is absence from Twitter, "Sound Of Silence", his appreciation for the police, Ozzfest and…
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Dustin Kensrue - Thrice

I have to admit, I've never been to a Thrice show and I don't know much about them, so when I was approached to talk to Dustin, I was a little nervous. Turns out, he's very chill and a decent guy. We talked about his solo stuff, Thrice, his family and more. Hope you guys…
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Brent Smith From Shinedown And Sheamus From The WWE

Again this week I give you two for the price of one. First off, the podcast starts with Brent Smith from the band Shinedown. Their "Carnival of Madness" tour with Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and Whiskey Myers kicks off on July 20th. It touches down at DTE here in Detroit on August 18th. These guys…
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Matt Sorum From Hollywood Vampires

Matt Sorum is pretty much the definition of free-lance player. The list of legends this guy has played with is long and impressive. His new band Hollywood Vampires is no different. Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Robert DeLeo make up this superstar band. Of course we talk about the band, the legends he's…
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William Duvall From Alice In Chains And G.T.O.

What a thrill it was to have William Duvall on my radio show. I had never met him before, and I'm a huge A.I.C. fan so I was pretty excited. He was very nice and an awesome interview. Of course we talked about the GNR tour, his new band Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (AKA G.T.O.....listen at…
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Art Alexakis From Everclear

What a great chat with Art. Everclear is playing this Friday at Taylor's Summer Festival with Sponge, so I decided to get him on the blower and talk about whatever comes up....and we did. Sobriety/addiction, Detroit music, a great story about when the debut cd went on sale and there were none to be found…
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Johny Chow From Stone Sour

What's going on with Stone Sour? That's the question I had and I thought I'd ask my friend Johny Chow, bass player from the band. He plays in a few different projects which we talked about. A legendary guitar player he's played with. Early stories from Buffalo and his brushes with the Goo Goo Dolls.…
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Brad Wilk from Prophets Of Rage and a Veteran Job Fair

Prophets of Rage is a band made up of 3/4 of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D from Public Enemy and B Real from Cyprus Hill. They're heading out on tour this summer and fall playing all the hits with some surprises here and there. We talked about how the band started, his drumming in…
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