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Wes Craven - R.I.P.

By now you've probably heard of the passing of Wes Craven. One of the best in the horror genre. Of course he's known best for the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" series. I can remember as a kid going to see "Freddy" at the theater. The character is so iconic you only need to…

Vacation Time......Pure Michigan!

After the Foo Fighters concert on Monday I took the rest of the week off. I had to work Saturday so I decided to stay in-state and go visit the western side of Michigan. My question to you is, if someone had only a few days, where in Michigan would you tell them to go?…

Foo Fighters in Detroit. 8/24/15

What a great show last night. Dave Grohl broke his leg earlier this summer and does what any good rock star does....keeps touring! Of course with the help of his "throne", which might be one of the most kick-ass contraptions in rock -n- roll. That thing needs to be in some sort of 'Foo Fighters…

Rock Star stories - Dave Grohl.

As the Foo Fighters play Detroit tonight, I thought I'd share a Dave Grohl story with you. I remember it was the fall of 2010 and I had the chance to interview Them Crooked Vultures. That's one of Dave's other bands. He has several. TCV is made up of Josh Homme from Queens of the…

Top 5 Friday Challenge - Cover songs.

The new Disturbed cd "Immortalized" drops today, and if you know anything about them, they always include a cover song on each album. They've covered "Land of Confusion", "Shout" and others. This one is no different. Along with Dan's crunchy guitar riffs, David's barking vocals and the onslaught of rock, they covered, of all songs,…

Dimebag.............

Today would've been Dimebag Darrell's 49th birthday. Everyone in this business has a story about "Dime". I recently interviewed Chris Henderson from Three Doors Down and he told me how much he loved his guitar playing. Then I asked him why his style is so different from Dimebag's to which he replied, because Dimebag was…

Hollywood homes...

http://triblive.com/news/fayette/8936263-74/film-bill-buffalo#axzz3jHQ8zwX4 I just saw an article that said the house used in "Silence of the Lambs" is going up for sale. It got me thinking.....what movie/tv show home would you buy if $ were no object? I've been down to see the "Christmas Story" house in Cleveland and it's a great one day road trip…

Kid rock show number...err...ahhh...whatever.

Once again I'll be broadcasting at DTE for Kid Rock show #7 inside the east plaza in the Bad Ass Block Party. Swing by and either try to win your way to tickets upgrades or watch other people, some poorly, attempt Kid Rock karaoke.  In case you missed it on my show last week, Kid…

Pure Michigan.

The summer's in Michigan are lots of fun. I think I packed about 2 weeks worth of events into this past weekend. Kid Rock, Cruise, WWE and NASCAR. The good thing is we still have some summer left for things we haven't done yet. The Renaissance festival, more Kid Rock shows, the Foo Fighters, AC/DC…

Top 5 Friday Challenge - American Muscle cars......go!

With the Dream Cruise this weekend I thought it would be fun to see your top five muscle cars. I've been a fan of Detroit muscle long before I moved here in 1995. When I was called to come to WRIF my first thought was - that's where they build all the cars! I've always…

Busy weekend...

If you don't see me out somewhere this weekend, you're just not looking hard enough! It all starts tomorrow with another Kid Rock show as I broadcast live at DTE. I'll have more chances for you to sing your way to upgrades. Look for me inside the east gate plaza in the Bad Ass Block…

Kid Rock - Show 4!

I'll be broadcasting again today just inside the east plaza at DTEin the Bad Ass Block Party. Swing by and try to sing your way to ticket upgrades. We've had some decent singers, one guy who looked exactly like Kid Rock, and some people who had more than their share of liquid courage to sing…

Rock Star stories - Don Dokken...

I was telling this story to a friend of mine over the weekend and thought I'd share with you guys since Jeff Pilson from Dokken is now playing with Foreigner who is opening the Kid Rock shows.  It was around the release of Don's solo album "Mirror, Mirror" in 1990. He was playing in town…

NASCAR is this weekend at M.I.S.

It's always fun to talk NASCAR with Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis. He's truly a hands-on president and big racing fan. In this conversation we talked the weekend's events, Kyle Busch's remarkable season, and near the end of the interview your chance to score tickets to Friday, Saturday  and Sunday's races with pit passes. 

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NASCAR this weekend at M.I.S..

It's always fun to talk NASCAR with Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis. He's truly a hands-on president and big racing fan. In this conversation we talked the weekend's events, Kyle Busch's remarkable season, and near the end of the interview your chance to score tickets to Friday, Saturday  and Sunday's races with pit passes. 
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Motley Crue last night......

I've seen tons of pictures from other shows along the Crue's final tour so I kinda knew what to expect. A full-out assault on the senses. That's what we got last night at the Palace. I was on the fence about going, but I'm glad I did. My first concert was January 28th, 1984 where…

Top 5 Friday challenge. - Kid Rock.

It all begins tonight. Kid Rock's record breaking 10 sold-out shows at DTE. I'll be broadcasting live so make sure to swing by and see us. We'll have ticket upgrades and a ton more. My challenge to you, if you choose to except it, is your top 5 Kid Rock songs. Here's mine...... 5 -…

Wes Scantlin trying to set record for mug shots.

He's at it again. This is not a repeat from the last time this happened....last month. The Puddle of Mudd singer was arrested again on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.  He posted bail and did play a gig last night in South Dakota. -Meltdown-

The final Motley Crue visit to Michigan.

I was thinking about the final Crue show happening this weekend at the Palace and it got me thinking back to my first concert. January 28th 1984. Ozzy Osbourne with a very young Motley Crue opening. They were touring in support of "Shout at the Devil". I remember long trips to hockey tournaments listening to…

What's in a word?

I heard about a report that studied how artists use words. They said Eminem has used over 9,000 different words in his songs. The guy is a true words-smith. Very creative and entertaining. As far as rock goes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have used over 3,500. On the other end of the spectrum is…

Stafford. Who's on board?

Walking backstage after Slipknot last week I struck up a conversation with a Lions fan. I told him I didn't believe they had what it takes to win and a lot of it starts in the backfield. Fast forward to yesterday when coach Caldwell said that QB Matthew Stafford will silence his doubters. Put me…

James is 52!!

  Happy Birthday to James Hetfield. I've had the chance to bump into him a few times over the years. Here's a couple stories that come to mind right away. Back in 1994 when "Binge and Purge" came out, Metallica started their tour in Buffalo. As I was wrapping up my interview with Lars in…

R.I.P. Roddy Piper.

According to TMZ, WWE legend Rowdy Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61 from natural causes. I never had the chance to meet him, but loved his larger than life persona. The guy sure knew how to entertain. R.I.P., Hot Rod!

Friday top 5 challenge. Metallica!

I thought I would challenge you guys every Friday with your top 5. Could be the top 5 whatever. Could be top 5  songs, TV anchors, days of the week....anything. You guys can email your suggestions at [email protected] I thought I would start it off today with your top 5 Metallica songs. Boy, this is…

Wes Borland - Detroiter.

Don't be surprised if you bump into Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland around the Detroit area. Apparently his fiance talked him into moving to the Motor City. He suggested he was very skeptical at first, but says he has grown to love the city. Supposedly he's a thrill ride fan and loves the fact that…

Great opening tracks.

I read an article that counted down the top 10 great opening songs on classic albums. GNR "Welcome to the Jungle", AC/DC "Hells Bells", Van Halen "Running with the Devil" to name a few. What are some of your favorite opening tracks? What songs have set the mood for an entire record in your opinion?…

$250,000 for chewed up gum?

If you're to believe a post on some KISS fan site, a piece of Gene Simmons' chewed up gum has been auctioned off for almost a quarter million dollars! Having met and interviewed Gene a few times, I get a kick out of his over the top megalomania. But this might just push Gene over…

SlipKnot last night....

Great show by the Iowa boys last night. My favorite song of the night was "Before I Forget". I love that song and it translates really good live, as do most of their songs. "Wait and Bleed", "Duality", "The Devil in I" and "People = S#&t" were also killer.  Just think about how hot it…

Slipknot - tonight!

I'll be broadcasting today inside the Arbor room at DTE. Stop by before the show and say hi if you get the chance. I'm super excited to see the show tonight. I was on vacation when Corey Taylor came through town a few weeks back on his spoken word/acoustic tour. I'm a big fan of…

Wes Scantlin and Layne Staley news.

A couple thing happened in rock today. One was not so surprising and the other was...kinda. Not so surprising is Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd leading police on a 100m.p.h. car chase then being arrested for alleged DWI. According to reports he blew a .310! Yikes. I've met him a few times and he's…

Another great Rock Doc.

"RUSH:Beyond The Lighted Stage" I know this one is about 5 years old, but I've never seen the whole thing. After getting in late Saturday and wired from the Harley ride home, I decided to turn this one on. Rush is almost one of those bands that you take for granted. But you soon realize…

Great Rock Documentaries.

I've watched a couple pretty good documentaries over the last couple of weeks. The first one was "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon".   For those of you who don't know who Shep Gordon is, you're not alone. I didn't know who he was either. He's a talent manager of some pretty big names. Alice Cooper,…

Detroit Rock City!

On this, the 314th birthday of Detroit, I want to look back on my time here. People ask me how I ended up in the "D". I lost my job in Buffalo the summer of 1995 after the station I was working for was sold. I spent the summer playing softball, riding my Harley and…

Happy Birthday, Slash!

Happy 50th Birthday to guitar legend Slash. I've had the chance to meet and interview him several times going back to the early 90's. During my last interview with him a few months back we even skimmed over the Guns/Metallica tour. I would've loved to talk to him more about that, but was running out…

Chris Henderson From 3 Doors Down.....

After hanging with 3 Doors Down here in Detroit over the weekend, I asked guitarist Chris Henderson if he'd do the podcast and fill in the fans on the new cd. We talked about that, 2 piece bands, the metal cd that had a profound impact on his life and more. Chris and the guys are salt of the earth people and great to talk to. Hope you enjoy this and thanks for listening!
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M.I.S. President Roger Curtis....

With the Quicken Loans 400 coming up I fired off a call to Michigan International Speedway president, Roger Curtis. There's a lot of stuff going on around race weekend including a music festival and more. Roger is also giving away driver introduction passes just for listening. Good luck and thanks for checking out the podcast!
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Robbie Merrill From Godsmack

I've known Robbie for a lot of years and it's always good to see him and Godsmack. It was cool to get into a little bit more about him and the band. Find out about Robbie the 'dad', the difference between playing headlining gigs and festivals, plus the beginings of the band and a ton more. As always, thanks for listening! Meltdown
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FFDP, Halestorm And Papa Roach....

Lots of rock to get to today. Zoltan from Five Finger Death Punch and Jerry from Papa Roach, but I didn't know that. Find out what's up with the new FFDP cd "Got Your 6". Halestorm is out on tour and swung by our RIFF rock girl event. And finally Jacoby from Papa Roach talks all thing P.Roach and more. Enjoy! Meltdown
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Tremonti, Rival Sons & Volbeat At Rock On The Range.

It's all about the guitars in this podcast. Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge/Tremonti talks his new cd and even Creed's beginings. Scott Holiday talks Rival Sons and being left along in a room with a guiatar legend of the hightest! Plus Micheal Poulson from Volbeat cathes us up on them and gives us the story of how he scored his first guitar....a 5 finger discount! LOL Enjoy!
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Alice Cooper And Tommy Lee Talk Touring & More...

In this podcast I had the pleasure of talking to 2 rock legends, Alice Cooper and Tommy Lee. Of course they'll be touring again this summer and fall for Motley Crue's "Final Tour". We talked about that and much more. In Vintage Chatter, I dug out some older interviews I did with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson as they talked about Alice Cooper. Happy listening and thank you!
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Brent Smith From Shinedown And Classic Phil Anselmo.

It's always great talking with my longtime friend Brent Smith from Shinedown. The boys have been working on their 5th album and looking for a 2015 release. He talks that and the tour, plus more. Then I cut up an interview I did with Phil Anselmo from Pantera from 2013. Find out what his biggest memories of Detroit are, and it's not the music fans, although he did mention them.
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LZZY Hale Talks New Cd And Vintage OZZY Talks Slash

Lzzy Hale is one of the nicest people you'll meet in this business and the new cd is one of the best I've heard this year. She talks about the new record and has a classic story about Ronnie James Dio. Plus a vintage interview I did with Ozzy. He's a 'pull no punches' kinda guy and a truly entertaining to talk to. This enterview took place in 2011 and he had some really cool things to say about Slash, which he had just recorded with, and GNR. Enjoy!
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Red Wings Playoff Bound And Vintage Chris Cornell.

DetroitRedWings.com beat writer and all around good guy, Bill Roose, talks NHL playoff hockey. This guy knows the Red Wings! Plus I posted snipets of an interview I did with Chris Cornell last year. Chris was great and opend up about Black Sabbath, the possibilty of Soundgarden going into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, and more. Thanks for listening!
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