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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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