Interviews

 
Chris Kael
bassist for Five Finger Death Punch

Chris is pictured far left

Five Finger Death Punch is coming off a 2013 in which they released two massive new albums "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell" Vol 1 and 2, both of which peaked on the Billboard top 200 album chart at #2.  Their single "Lift Me Up" featured metal legend Rob Halford and was a smash hit.  The band has always been a touring monster and once again this year sees them starting offt the spring with a string of U.S. festival dates.  Bassist Chris Kael spoke to me recently regarding the band's touring, the success, the importance of social media, and more.

Our interview starts off with a talk about Chris' thoughts on the importance of social media and interacting with fans.  He also sheds light on how the writing process works for the band and how the band's recent European tour went.

Here Chris talks about the band live and Ivan's presences on stage.  I ask him about performing with Rob Halford on "Lift Me Up" and then we discuss metal musicians and how they seem to be so down to earth.

In this clip Chris talks in detail about the video for "House of the Rising Sun" as well as what it's like to play the large festivals like Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and Rocklahoma.

Our interview winds up with Chris talking about his signature bass with Spector and also drops a hint of a big tour announcement to hit soon.  Chris also gives up two cool stories about Pantera for me.

Five Finger Death Punch "House of the Rising Sun" video

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Sebastian Bach
legendary rock singer, solo artist, actor, and TV personality

Sebastian Bach fronted one of the biggest metal bands of the late 80's and as the lead singer of Skid Row took the world by the balls.  He's sold over 20 million records worldwide, has appeared on Broadway in "Jekyll & Hyde", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show", had a recurring role on the CW hit show "Gilmore Girls", and starred in the VH1 classic show "Supergroup".  And now he's about to release his fifth solo album "Give 'Em Hell" on April 22nd.  I had the privilege of speaking to Sebastian recently to discuss the release of the album and how this monster record came together.

Our interview starts with a discussion about the album, how the writing process has been over his career, and the songs "Hell Inside My Head" and "Knife to a Gunfight" from the new album.  Sebastian also talks Black Sabbath and touches on the history of Skid Row.

John 5, Steve Stevens and Duff McKagan all appear as guests on "Give 'Em Hell" but in this clip Sebastian specifically talks about the other musicians on the album including Devon Bronson and Bobby Jarzombek.  Then we have a discussion about albums and Sebastian gives his perspective on the lost art of track sequencing.

In this clip Sebastian talks about digital singles and then we get into the meat of the album, talking about the songs "Taking Back Tomorrow", "All My Friends Are Dead", and "Rock and Roll is a Vicious Game", including a very cool segment on just how much he and the band paid attention to detail during the recording of "Give 'Em Hell".

Our interview wraps up with Sebastian talking about his upcoming ABC primetime network tv show "Sing Your Face Off", his past recurring role on "Gilmore Girls" and he gives up a very cool personal story about Pantera.

Lyric video for "Taking Back Tomorrow"

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Anthony Smeragliuolo
guitarist for JULIUS SEIZURE

Julius Seizure is a killer new metal band from Clifton, NJ.  They are working on a new album "Trials" which is due to be released in August.  The band will be playing at this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival! 

I recently spoke to guitarist Anthony Smeragliuolo and in this first clip Anthony discusses the origin of the band name.

In this clip Anthony talks in depth about the band's upcoming appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and what it means to be playing this show.
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Pepe Clarke


Drummer for KYNG

Pepe is pictured center

KYNG is getting ready to release their second full length album "Burn The Serum" on April 15th.  Few bands have been able to accomplish what they have in such a short time.  Since the release of their debut album "Trampled Sun" KYNG has garnered praise from critics for their music, praise from fans for their live performances, and respect from fellow musicians who have taken KYNG on tour with them. 

On April 11th KYNG drummer PEPE CLARKE answered some of our questions before the band's performance in Pensacola, FL.


Musicfrenzy
Tonight you're in Pensacola, FL with Lacuna Coil, Eve to Adam, and
Nothing More.  Now that's a pretty diverse lineup. How¹s this leg of touring been going?

Pepe Clarke - "It's been great so far! All of the bands have been getting along great and it's been a lot of fun. It's definitely diverse, but I've always thought diversity makes for a great show."

MF -  I saw Kyng live three times in 2012, once with Clutch, once with Megadeth, and then at Metallica¹s Orion Festival.  Pretty unbelievable touring partners, especially for just having your debut album out.

PC - "We've been extremely lucky to have been a part of those amazing tours and that festival.  All three of those bands are actually some of my favorite bands, so to tour with them is such an honor. They were all amazing experiences as musicians and as fans of those bands."

MF - Each time I see the band live I¹m so impressed at the big sound that spews from the stage from you three guys. Years of practice have gotten you to this sound I'm assuming?

PC - "I guess so. You know, bands that we love were essentially 3 piece bands with a singer. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pantera; these were all one guitar, bass and drums and they all had a HUGE sound. We're basically that, except we have a guitar player who happens to be a great singer and a bass player who does amazing back up vocals."

MFOn Tuesday your second studio album "Burn The Serum" comes out and the title track is burning up satellite radios everwhere on Sirius XM Liquid Metal. The drums are massive, the bass is forceful, and there are about 32 different guitar time changes. Such a freakin killer track!! Some of the lyrics could be representative of my last two relationships!!! "Your words mean nothing to me". "You drag us to ruin now you¹re on your own".

PC - "I'm glad you dig it! SiriusXM has been a huge supporter of us, and we are beyond grateful for how they've helped the band out so much.  Lyrically it's about people who act a certain way no matter how it affects others or themselves. I can see how it can translate into a relationship."

MF -  "Electric Halo" is such a simple song musically but the way you guys pull it off, again there¹s just so much power behind it.

PC - "Thanks man.  It's definitely a different song for us. People seem to be responding great to it and we're very happy to see people around the country singing along."

MF - Two pretty different songs, one somewhat simple, one much more complex.  What else is there on the album??

PC - "There's a bit of everything on the album. There's rock, there's thrash, there's classic metal. It basically has bits and pieces of all of our musical influences."

MF - The in studio videos up on Youtube are so cool because you can see just how the songs came together.

PC - "It was definitely cool to see how those were put together. Jim (Rota) would take some studio footage here and there and people at the label chopped it up and made it into a bunch of cool video clips."

MF - On April 26 you play Fort Rock in Ft Meyers, FL. The next day you¹re in Jacksonville for Welcome to Rockville, and then the next day you hit the road for a string of shows with Kill Devil Hill and Crobot.  Incredible list of shows!!

PC - "I know, man!  We are very excited for those festivals. Florida loves it's heavy music, and we're happy to play down here! We are also beyond excited for the Kill Devil Hill/Crobot tour. We've heard nothing but good things about Crobot and KDH is an amazing band with great dudes. It should be a great run!"

 

MF - Are you guys always writing music or do wait until it¹s time to record to put pen to paper?

PC - "There's always ideas floating around that we mess with. I know Eddie is constantly writing in his head. He's got a phone full of riffs and melodies."

 

MF - With the 20th anniversary of Pantera's "Far Beyond Driven" I wanted to ask for your thoughts on the band, the album, their members.

PC - "Pantera is one of our biggest influences! The three of us love Pantera.  Growing up, I memorized every single Pantera song and play along to them in my head. Vinnie Paul is one of my biggest influences. I basically taught myself to play drums with Pantera and Metallica. That makes the KDH tour even more awesome. Rex has been a huge KYNG supporter and we couldn't be more honored that he likes our band. We toured with HellYeah a couple of years ago and Vinnie was such a great dude! I had to let it sink in a few times that I was drinking with Vinnie Paul! Surreal. Now we just have to get Down to take us on the road!"

 

 

 

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Hiran Deraniyagala
Guitarist for BATTLECROSS

Hiran is pictured second from right
Battlecross is one of the hottest metal bands today.  With the success of their sophomore album "War of Will" they are positioning themselves as a formidable force in metal music. 
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala to talk about the band's current tour and all the success the band has had to this point.

In this first clip Hiran discusses the success of "War of Will" and all the touring that Battlecross has been handling.

Next up is Hiran talking about building a fanbase and all the fan interaction the band has.  He also talks about Battlecross' appearance at Metallica's Orion Music and More Festival.

My interview with Hiran wraps up with him discussing how he feels about writing on the road, where Battlecross is regarding their next album, and what music he's listening to while on the road.
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Tim King
Bassist for SOiL

Tim is pictured far right
SOiL recently wrapped up a European tour and are currently touring the U.S. with Tantric and Social 66, spreading the word about their latest album "Whole".  With the increased airplay of their latest single "The Hate Song", SOiL will continue touring in May with (Hed) P.E.

Bassist Tim King recently spoke to me prior to their Augusta, GA show about the band's touring, songwriting, and more.

I started the interview by discussing SOiL's performance at Rock on the Range in 2012 which led to further discussion about the band's touring schedule.

Next up is a clip with TIm talking about playing clubs like the Whiskey A Go Go (which SOiL plays on May 7th) and CBGB's (where the band performed for Clive Davis once).

In this clip Tim talks about how SOiL's album "Whole" was written and recorded and then we talk about our mutually favorite song from the album "Way Gone".

Here Tim talks about his 12 string bass, how it came about and how he uses it.

You gotta hear this clip of Tim talking about his history with the members of Pantera, which includes SOiL opening up for Damageplan, recording acoustic tracks at Dime's home studio, and meeting up with Phil Anselmo at the recent Soundwave festival in Australia.  Tim talks in details about Dime's death and time he spent with Dime. 


This final clip is a talk about SOiL's performance this September on the Rockaholica cruise with Korn, P.O.D. and Fuel.



Pics of SOiL from Rock On the Range 2012, taken by John Doan

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JEREMY WIDERMAN
Guitarist for Monster Truck

Canada's MONSTER TRUCK are on a roll!  Having completed tours with Deep Purple, Alice in Chains, and Slash w/ Myles Kennedy 2014's touring schedule is just as strong.  In February Monster Truck hits the road with Buckcherry and April has the band sharing the stage with Alter Bridge.

Monster Truck guitarist Jeremy Widerman spoke with us recently to discuss their "monster" touring schedule.

Our interview with Jeremy starts with him discussing the amazing touring schedule the band has upcoming this year.  Jeremy also discusses the recording process for their debut album "Furiosity".


Clip two is Jeremy talking about the vibe of the band and how Monster Truck came together.  It's cool to hear him talk about how easy going the band is and how important it is to carry that feel over to the stage.


Finally, we talk a bit more in depth about this year's tours with Buckcherry and Alter Bridge.  Jeremy also gives indication of an even larger tour happening for Monster Truck this year!
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RANDY COOPER
Guitarist for Emperors and Elephants

Randy is pictured far left

On January 21st Chicago rockers EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS released their debut album "DEVIL IN THE LAKE".  The album is a superb hard rock effort and has been receiving radio play due to their first single "Who You Are".  Former Texas Hippie Coalition guitarist RANDY COOPER spoke to me recently about his new band and their singer JESSE ANDREWS as well as his recent appearance at NAAM and his friendship with DIMEBAG DARRELL ABBOTT.

Our interview starts off with Randy discussing his band mates and hearing the band's single "Who You Are" on the radio for the first time!


In this next clip Randy talks about lead singer Jesse Andrews and how Jesse comes across in person, on stage, and on this album.


Here is an amazing clip where Randy talks about meeting Pantera as a teen and talks in depth about Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott and shares a couple stories with us.


Our last clip is a discussion with Randy about his recent appearance at NAAM and his run in with Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando.  We wrap up the interview with talks on Emperors and Elephants tour plans.
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PHILIP H. ANSELMO
Pantera, Down, and solo artist

photo credit: John Doan, 2012 Rock on the Range


2013 was a busy year for Philip H. Anselmo with the release of his first solo record, his first annual Housecore Records Horrorfest, and with work on the next Down record happening.  On December 11th I spoke to Philip about 2013, and what's going on in 2014.


In this first clip Phil gives an update on the next Down EP and how the album is progressing.  He also talks about Christmas and what he thought of the new Black Sabbath album.


In this clip Phil breaks the news that long time Down guitarist Kirk Windstein is no longer with the band and discusses why.  Phil then divulges how he goes about writing and specifically how the Down writing process happens.



Here Phil talks about the second leg of his solo tour which kicks off on January 10th as well as his label Housecore Records and what he looks for in a band to sign to the label.



In this next clip I inform Phil that his album "Walk Through Exits Only" as voted the number 1 album of the year on our site!!  Phil talks about writing his memoirs and also discusses is there's a chance any unreleased Pantera music will be released.



Our interview ends with Phil talking about his future and the ideas he has for future projects including Down and more solo material.

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CHRIS HOWORTH
guitarist for IN THIS MOMENT

Taken by John Doan 2012 at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival


We caught up to Chris while In This Moment are on tour headlining the Hellpop Tour with Motionless In White, Kyng, and All Hail The Yeti as support.  The band is wrapping up a vigorous touring cycle behind their hit album "Blood".  In our interview below Chris talks about the attendance and fan reaction to the current Hellpop Tour, how the band spends their days off while on the road, how they keep their rigorous touring schedule fresh, and plans for their next album.


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ODERUS URUNGUS
lead vocalizing scumdog and lord of Gwar

Oderus Urungus is pictured center

The Scumdogs of the Universe known as GWAR are back in 2013 with a brand new album of musical mayhem and lyrical debauchery they call "Battle Maximus".  In this album they record their battle with "Mr. Perfect" and also use this album as a send off to their fallen brother Flattus Maximus.  Lead singer and Lord of Horror ODERUS URUNGUS recently took time out from planning ways to decimate the world and honored me with an interview.

Our interview starts out with Oderus scolding me for asking to speak with Dave Brockie but soon we get on track and discuss Gwar's summer events which included the annual Gwar B Q.  Oderus also talks about writing and recording "Battle Maximus" without Flattus Maximus and gives us an idea on exactly how long the album took to record.



The storyline of "Battle Maximus" is discussed in this next clip which leads to Oderus giving me details of his perfect woman, which includes the head of Mother Theresa and a whale pussy.



Here we talk about a couple track off the new album, the lead track "Madness at the Core of Time" and the autobiographical "Raped at Birth"



Oderus gives us details on why he loves Serena Williams and despises Nancy Grace in this clip.



Our interview with Oderus Urungus wraps up with a talk about the upcoming Gwar tour and a video interview I did last year with him.  He then gives us his true feelings on Dave Brockie's artwork and we end our conversation with Oderus giving a special message to the Gwar fans in Sayreville, NJ who plan to attend the September 15th show at the Starland Ballroom.

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JOHN WAITE
solo artist, singer for The Babys

John Waite witnessed success early on in his career as a member of the british rock band The Babys but it was his solo work that powered him to stardom with hits list "Changes" and "Missing You".  He also garnered another major hit song as a member of Bad English with the song "When I See You Smile".  John now has a new live album titled "Live: All Access" and I spoke to him recently about this new album.


Clip one is John discussing the new album, which was partially recorded in Philadelphia, PA (my hometown), and how the sound on the album reflects the live performance.  We also discuss a couple of the songs and the band John put together for this album.



Clip two is a discussion with John as to why his biggest hit "Missing You" is not on this live album.  He also talks about the possibility of another live album.

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TOM KEIFER
solo artist, singer for Cinderella

Tom Keifer reached worldwide success as the frontman for the rock band Cinderella.  On April 30th he released his debut solo album "The Way Life Goes".  I interviewed Tom recently discussing his album, his past vocal issues, and his tour (which included a gig on the David Letterman Show).


In this clip Tommy discusses his tour from earlier this year, his gig on the David Letterman show, and his upcoming show with Halestorm in Atlantic City.



Here, Tom talks about his past vocal issues and how he was able to get his singing voice back.  He talks about recording the vocals for the new album and all the warm up exercises he does before shows, including an early morning set he did on a local Philadelphia radio show, WMMR.


In this clip Tommy talks in detail about the recording process for the solo album and how is differed from recording Cinderella albums back in the day. 



This clip is a discussion with Tommy about a couple of the songs on his album ("The Flower Song" and "Aint That A Bitch") and how complex the songs are.  Tommy details the use of mulit-track recording and just how many tracks he uses to put a song together.



In this last clip I ask Tommy how Cinderella got their break out of Philly.  His answer includes the Empire Rock Club and Jon Bon Jovi. 

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PHIL ANSELMO
singer for Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, and Down

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals are:

Philip H. Anselmo – voice and handmade special FX
Marzi Montazeri – axes and landscapes
Jose Manual Gonzalez – drumbeats
Bennett Bartley - GWB bassdose

Philip H. Anselmo has had one of the most successful musical careers in metal.  Phil lead one of the biggest metal acts in history in Pantera then struck out with the still successful Down and also kicked it up in Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem.  But lucky for us, he's not done yet.  On July 16th Phil released his first solo album "Walk Through Exits Only" with his band "The Illegals".  Phil spoke to me recently about his current solo tour, the album, his insightful thoughts on music, and his future.


In the first clip Phil talks about his summer solo tour and delves deep into the thought process on what he intended to deliver with his first solo release, something new, fresh, heavy, and unique.



Next clip is an incredible conversation with Phil about the lyrical content on "Walk Through Exits Only", including the line "Regurgitation is Boring, Emulation is Death" from the lead track "Music Medias Is My Whore".  Phil explains that bands need to start being original and stop "regurgitating" or "emulating" the cornerstone bands.



This clip is Phil talking about his famous studio "Nodferatu's Lair" and the video for the song "Bedridden' in which we get to see what lurks inside the lair as well as Phil's actual bedroom.  He then talks about "The Illegals" and what they bring to the album.



In our last clip Phil talks about his future plans once this current leg of his solo tour ends, which he divulges includes a new Down EP, a west coast solo tour, and his "Housecore Horror Music and Film Festival".  Phil also gives love to the fans for buying his new album and making it hit #35 on the Billboard charts.

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals "Bedridden" video

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Von Hesseling
singer for Star & Dagger

Von is pictured center.  Photo by Thanira Rates


Star & Dagger's debut album "Tomorrowland Blues" was released on July 23rd via Megaforce Records.  The album is an excitingly diverse collection of new music written by band members Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts from Hell), Sean Yseult (White Zombie), and vocalist Von Hesseling.  These three ladies kick ass with their heavy guitar riffs, menacing bass lines, and sultry singing.  Von spoke to me album the band, the album, and how it all came together.


In this first clip Von discusses the formation of this rockin' trio.  As you'll hear, friendship and whiskey were involved! 



In this next clip Von and I talk about the album "Tomorrowland Blues".  Von talks about the unusual way the writing portion of the album happened and we get into some of the songs such as "You're Momma Was A Grifter" and "Selling My Things", and "End Of Days".



In our last clip Von talks about upcoming tour plans for Star & Dagger as well as the video shoot for the single "Tomorrowland Blues" and the New Orleans metal scene.

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Chris Jericho
singer for FOZZY

Pic taken by John Doan during the Uproar Festival 2012

Since the release of their fifth studio album "Sin and Bones" in August of last year FOZZY has been on a heavy touring schedule which continues this summer with a European tour and then another North American tour in September with metal legends Saxon.  I was able to catch up with singer Chris Jericho just before he and the band left for Germany to play the Wacken Open Air Festival.


In this first interview clip Chris talks about the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival 2012 and how the band's cd sales went and how the band approaches meet and greets and interviews.  Chris also discusses festivals and his take on their importance to a band like Fozzy.



Clip two is a discussion about Fozzy's latest album "Sin and Bones".  I ask Chris if any songs off the album surprised him by going over big live.  We also talk about the song "Inside My Head".



The final clip has Jericho talking about how the upcoming "Sacrifice and Sin" tour with Saxon came about.  He also talks about what new music he's listening to, including Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Stone Sour, and Halestorm.  We wrap up the interview with Chris giving details on where Fozzy is with writing their next album.

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Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
guitarist for GUNS and ROSES



Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has had an extensive musical career.  Whether it's through his solo material, his instructional workshops, or his work since 2006 as the guitarist for Guns and Roses Ron has kept very busy in the music industry.  This year he continues to tour with Guns, has a slew of guitar workshop shows happening, and has found time to appear at the Revolver Golden Gods awards show and start up a Kiss tribute band with Rex Brown.  I had the opportunity to speak to Ron recently about all he has going on.

The first clip from the interview has Ron talking about the recent Guns and Roses shows in Brooklyn, NY and in Canada.  I also ask for details on the Kiss tribute band "A.L.I.V.E." that he'll be playing in alongside Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Foreigner), and Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill) and how this project came about.



Next up is a clip with Ron and I reminiscing about being members of the Kiss Army when we were younger.  Then Ron talks in detail about the insane touring schedule he has upcoming and also announces that he has been selected to be a Cultural Envoy for the United Nations!!!



In this last clip from my interview with Ron I ask him how it feels coming from playing guitar as a kid in Brooklyn to touring all over the world.  I then ask him about what's going on in the world of Guns and Roses and Ron opens up about what he hopes to happen this year, which is the band getting together and writing new material!

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Jeff Angell
singer/guitarist for WALKING PAPERS

Jeff is pictured far left

On August 6th Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season), Jeff Angell and Benjamin Anderson (both of The Missionary Position) will release the self-titled debut album from their new band "WALKING PAPERS".  Rock and blues come together to make for a vibrant album that from start to finish keeps the ear interested and the mind intrigued.

Singer/guitarist Jeff Angell spoke to me about the album and how Walking Papers (both the band and the album) came together.

In the first clip from our interview Jeff talks about how he met Duff, Barrett, and Benjamin and how the band came together as a whole.  He also details how he recorded with Slash, Izzy, and the guys from Velvet Revolver when they were initially looking for a singer.



Next is a clip in which we talk about the sound of this album which leads Jeff to expand on sounds that some bands have versus other bands.  We then discuss the songs "The Butcher" (which has a heavy piano part) and "Capital T" (which has some very cool lyrics).



In this clip I discuss with Jeff the songs "Red Envelope" and one of the heaviest songs on the album "Two Tickets".  Jeff talks about how The Doors impressed him when he was in high school and how he approached these songs vocally.



The last clip from our interview is spent talking about the song "Already Dead" which leads off the album with a spacy track and makes it clear that Walking Papers is not only about hard loud rock. 

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Paul Shortino
singer for King Kobra

Paul Shortino has been a hard rock singer since he kicked off his career with Rough Cutt in 1985.  He's also sang with Quiet Riot, Bad Boyz, and was in the benefit band Hear N Aid.  He also garnered a role in the rock cult movie "This Is Spinal Tap" as "Duke Fame".  Currently he's performing at the Las Vegas Hilton (LVH) in "Raiding the Rock Vault" and now has a new album out with King Kobra.  "King Kobra II" hit stores on July 9th and features Paul on vocals, David Michael-Philips and Mick Sweda on guitar, Johnny Rod on bass, and Carmine Appice on drums.


In this opening clip Paul talks about "Raiding The Rock Vault" and the premise behind the production that's going on now in Las Vegas.  He then gives his thoughts on how he feels the King Kobra album turned out.



Next Paul discusses how the new record came together after he and Carmine toured with spanish blues guitarist Javier Vargas.  Paul talks about recording with Vargas and how one cover song "Do You Think I'm Sexy" happened and another "Surrender" didn't.



Here Paul and I discuss the attitude and vibe of the album, which dips into both the 70's and the 80's in character and feel.  Paul also talks about why he has a disdain for the way labels signed bands in the 80's.



This is a quick clip of Paul and I talking about the lyrics in the album and Paul explains what the band was going for on this record, mainly not worrying about putting out the typical 4 minute radio song.



Here's a clip which talks about the song "The Ballad Of Johnny Rod" and how it came about.  Paul tells a story about leaving the Rainbow Room with Wendy Dio back when he was with Rough Cutt and getting pulled over and arrested.  Rock and Roll!



Last is a clip in which I ask Paul about recording "We're Stars" with the metal benefit band Hear N Aid (formed by Ronnie James Dio).  Paul also talks about his role as "Duke Fame" in the movie "This Is Spinal Tap" and recalls his favorite gig, at the Philadelphia Spectrum opening for Dio!

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Billy Sheehan
bassist for The Winery Dogs

Billy Sheehan is pictured in the middle above


Billy Sheehan has carved himself quite a successful career.  Among the many band's he's played with, he is a founding member of the band Mr. Big who scored a #1 single with "To Be With You".  He played in David Lee Roth's solo band on the "Eat 'Em and Smile" and "Skyscraper" albums.  And now he's part of a star trio that includes drummer Mike Portnoy and singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen.  Billy spoke to me recently about this new band "The Winery Dogs" and his musical career.


In this first clip Billy tells me how the guys decided on the band name "The Winery Dogs" and how he, Mike and Richie came together to form this band.



In this clip Billy discusses how writing the album took place and also talks about singing on the album.  He tells a story about Geddy Lee here too!



In this clip we discuss the individual styles of each band member and how they come together to form a cohesive album.  Then we talk about some of the jam parts in the album and what songs are radio ready tunes.



Here Billy talks about the upcoming tour with The Winery Dogs and then tells a cool story about playing with Richie as they opened for the Rolling Stones in Japan and why he prefers smaller clubs to the large expansive arenas.  Then, Billy tells me why he chose to play bass as opposed to any other instrument.



In this last clip Billy talks about how he is always praciticing and even now is still learning things on his bass.  And to end the interview I had to ask him about playing in the 80's with teased hair, spandex, and hot pink instruments!!  Great stuff!



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Joe Festa
guitarist for Pillbuster

PILLBUSTER is Brett Lloyd (vocals), Joe Festa (guitars), Chris Kernstock (bass), and Douglas Stanek (drums)


On August 6th Stonerkill Records will release the self-titled debut album from Virginia Beach hardrockers PILLBUSTER.  The album is a prime example of raw, angry rock in the vein of Crowbar, Down, or Corrossion of Conformity and guitarist Joe Festa gave me a call recently to discuss the album.


This first clip with Joe has him discussing the formation of Pillbuster (a band with members from Detroit, New York, Virginia Beach, and Colorado) and the recording of the album with producer Dick Hodgin, who has work with COC, Velvet Revolver, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.



Next up is a clip where I discuss with Joe three of the songs off the album, "5th Helena Drive", "Revery", and "Sinkhole" and how they came together.



Lastly is a quick talk about the band's tour plans once the album drops as well as how Pillbuster approaches their live set.

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Josh Todd
lead singer of Buckcherry
Josh Todd is pictured center above
In February of this year Los Angeles rockers Buckcherry released their sixth album "Confessions", arguably the best album of their career.  Having performed around 200 shows since the recording of the album the band is on tour yet again headlining across North America this summer.  Prior to their June 26th show in Portland, Oregon lead singer Josh Todd called to discuss the album and the tour.


My interview with Josh starts off with a discussion on the touring behind "Confessions" and how the new songs have played to the audiences. 



In this clip Josh talks about the coming together of the idea for "Confessions" and also discusses the reaction the songs have been getting overseas.



In this last clip we delve deep into the album as Josh and I discuss "The Truth", "Greed", "Nothing Left But Tears", and "Dreamin' Of You".

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Piggy D
bassist for the Rob Zombie band

Along with guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish, Piggy D is about to embark on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie as they headline the tour.  As rehearsals for the tour continue, Piggy D spoke to us about the tour, the band's new album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", and Alice Cooper, among other things.


In our first clip, Piggy D talks about last year's Rock on the Range show and how that show fits in to the plans for this year's Mayhem Festival tour.  He gives an in depth idea on how rehearsals for the tour are progressing and we talk about the set list.




Next is a discussion about the new Zombie album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", how the band feels about the album, and how the flow of the album works.  Piggy D also tells me what his favorite memory was while being at the Golden God awards show.




Here we talk specifically about the first single from the album "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown", the video for the song, and why the band decided to cover Grand Funk Railroad's hit "We're An American Band"




Piggy D also plays guitar and is a songwriter and in our last clip he talks in detail about his work with Alice Cooper and in particular 12 songs that they wrote that have yet to be released.


Video for "DEAD CITY RADIO and the NEW GODS of SUPERTOWN"

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MIKE ORLANDO
guitarist for ADRENALINE MOB

Mike is pictured far right


In this first clip Mike gives an update on how the Adrenaline Mob spring tour is going.  We also discuss the single "Indifferent", from the band's debut album "Omerta", and the video for the song.


Clip two is a cool discussion with Mike about "Coverta", Adrenaline Mob's latest EP of cover songs. 


Here's a clip where we talk to Mike about two of the songs on "Coverta", Van Halen's "Romeo Delight" and Heart's "Barracuda.


In our last clip with Mike he discusses his new band TRED that he's put together with Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot) and AJ Pero (Twisted Sister).  We also touch on his instrumental band SONIC STOMP and plans Mike has for both bands.
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REX BROWN, bassist for PANTERA
In our first clip Rex discusses how his new book "Official Truth 101 Proof, The Inside Story of Pantera" came about and what it was like to open up about all the issues discussed in the book.

In our next slip Rex opens up about his best friend and bandmate Dimebag Darrell Abbott. 

This clip has Rex talking about growing up around music in his family, it's affect on his music, and how Pantera sold 40,000 copies of their 1988 album "Power Metal".

Phil Anselmo, constant run ins with venue security, and love for the fans are discussed in this clip with Rex

In our final clip I ask Rex about one of the stories he tells in his book about he and Phil playing ping pong with KK Downing and Glenn Tipton while Pantera was on tour with Judas Priest.  He then talks about the next book he's gonna write, Pantera recording sessions, and the possibility of unreleased Pantera material.
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