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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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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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