Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (solo album interview)                              
Doro Pesch                                                                                    Mikko Von Hertzen (Von Hertzen Brothers)
Mike Orlando
 (Adrenaline Mob "Dearly Departed" interview)        Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists)                                                         
Chris Garza
 (Suicide Silence)                                                        Kenneth Nixon (Framing Hanley)
Lawrence Gowan (Styx)                                                                 Oliver Fogwell (Our Last Enemy)
Don Felder (The Eagles)                                                                Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence)
Hank3                                                                                             Tom Gimbel (Foreigner)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs)                                                    Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod)
Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)                                                                Tommy Victor (Prong)
Max Cavalera (Killer Be Killed)                                                        Sebastian Bach
John Connolly (Sevendust)                                                              Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Anthony Smeragliuolo (Julius Seizure)                                            Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Hiran Deraniyagala (Battlecross)                                                     Tim King (SOiL)
Jeremy Widerman (Monster Truck)                                                 Randy Cooper (Emperors and Elephants)
Philip H. Anselmo  (solo album interview)                                        Chris Howorth (In This Moment)
Oderus Urungus (Gwar)                                                                  John Waite
Phil Anselmo (Down interview)                                                        Tom Keifer (Cinderella)
Von Hesseling (Star and Dagger)                                                    Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
Rob "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns n Roses)                                           Jeff Angell (Walking Papers)
Paul Shortino (King Kobra)                                                               Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs)
Joe Festa (Pillbuster)                                                                        Josh Todd (Buckcherry)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob "Coverta" interview)                         Rex Brown (Pantera, Kill Devil Hill)

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
guitarist, songwriter, producer 

Guitar genius Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has released nine solo albums and since 2006 has been a member of Guns and Roses.  He has toured the world  performing live with GNR, Lita Ford, and as a solo artist as well as through his guitar workshops and his work as a cultural envoy to various U.S. Embassies.

On February 24th Bumblefoot will release his 10th studio album "Little Brother is Watching" and he recently spoke to Musicfrenzy about the album and lots of other topics.

In this opening clip Bumblefoot talks about the title track "Little Brother is Watching", the recording of the album, and one of the songs off the album "Don't Know Who To Pray To Anymore".

Here Bumblefoot talks about another song from "Little Brother is Watching" titled "Women Rule The World" as well as his acoustic album "Barefoot" and the new rock supergroup Art of Anarchy, a band he recorded an album with that includes Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Jon and Vince Votta. 

Our interview wraps up with Bumblefoot detailing his 2015 plans which include touring in Thailand and England and also performing at the Masters of Metal Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on March 26- 29.

Mikko Von Hertzen
Von Herzen Brothers

On March 26th Spinefarm Records will release the sixth studio album from the Von Hertzen Brothers.  Titled "New Day Rising"  the album is a new collection of original rock songs from the brothers from Finland with songs that range from quirky and funky to rockin' and melodic.

Recently Mikko Von Hertzen spoke to us regarding the album, from the recording and production to the band's touring plans.

Our interview starts with Mikko discussing the decision to have Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (award winning producer who has worked with bands such as Rage Against The Machine) produce the record and what it was like recording with GGGarth at the Farm Studios in Vancouver, the same studio where Aerosmith, The Cult, and Motley Crue have recorded.

Next we dive into the album and discuss the title track "New Day Rising" and the accompanying video (posted here after our interview)

Two more songs off the album, "Trouble" and "Dreams" are discussed in depth here.

Our interview wraps up with Mikko talking about the wonderful harmonies that he and his brothers produce on the album.  Finally we discuss the Von Hertzen Brothers' 2015 touring plans. 

"New Day Rising" video

Doro Pesch
legendary Queen of Metal

Metal legend Doro Pesch released her 17th studio album "Raise Your Fist" in November of 2012 and since then has been a touring juggernaut.  She has performed countless shows across the world, performed at some of the largest festivals, and celebrated her 30th anniversary in music with two sold out shows in her hometown of Dusseldorf, Germany.  Doro also contributed to the 2014 Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your LIfe" by performing the Dio classic "Egypt (The Chains Are on)". 

Doro recently spoke to Musicfrenzy about her upcoming Spring tour (which kicks off on March 3 in Philadelphia, PA), her album "Raise Your Fist" this year's Grammy award show, touring and playing clubs like The Whiskey A Go Go, and her plans for an upcoming DVD.

Mike Orlando
guitarist for Adrenaline Mob

Adrenaline Mob is at it again gang, this time around releasing an album titled "Dearly Departed", a collection of classic rock covers and rare alternate versions of their songs.  Guitarist Mike Orlando spoke with us just before the album released on February 10th.  Mike touched on the band's cover of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band, the Mob's Black Sabbath Medley, their version of the Queen classic "Tie Your Mother Down", and Mob originals (this time performed acoustically) "Crystal Clear" and "All On The Line".

Mike also discusses with me his side project "TRED" (with Rudy Sarzo and AJ Pero) as well as his recent performance at the Randy Rhoads tribute concert (a video of this follows our interview below)

Brock Lindow
singer for 36 Crazyfists

Brock is pictured second from left

On February 17, 2015 Spinefarm Records will release the latest album "Time and Trauma" from the band 36 Crazyfists,  the metal mashers from Anchorage, Alaska.

Recently Metal Injection premiered the band's video for their single "Also Am I" which you can view at the end this interview Musicfrenzy did with singer Brock Lindow.

Musicfrenzy - Brock, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions about your band 36 Crazyfists and the upcoming release of “Time and Trauma” which is out on Spinefarm Records on Feb 17.  
Before we start with questions about the album I first gotta ask man, how does a band from Anchorage, Alaska get signed to a record deal??  I mean, there are bands from New York City, Los Angeles, and here in Philly that can’t get a deal, LOL! 

Brock Lindow - Well I'd like to think we grinded hard enough to get noticed. Alaska is a difficult place to be discovered & was a big reason we relocated to Portland , Oregon in the mid nineties.

And yes, I said “here in Philly”.  I know you’re a big NHL fan and especially a fan of our beloved Philadelphia Flyers. 

Brock - Hell yes! Go Flyers

MF - 
What do you think of our Flyers and how far are they away from reaching a Stanley Cup finals?

Brock - Well one of these years they'll hoist the cup again, there are some awesome young players that are kicking ASS, just need to string some wins together and get up in the standings so they can make the playoffs.

MF - "
Time and Trauma” has so many highlights for me.   Such a great album man!!  I’ll start with the lead single from the album “Also Am I” which blew me away when I first heard it.  Your vocals are sick Brock and Steve is a madman on guitar.

Brock - Thank you

How did you approach this song vocally?  I ask because there are parts that are so heavy both vocally and musically that I could see the song being sung without any melodic parts and yet the way you pull off the violent vocals and the melodic vocals it’s just so right.

Brock - M
y approach throughout the record was to concentrate on my singing voice and let the screams take a back seat. The screams are there don't get me wrong but I really wanted to focus on melody. So singing over the heavy parts challenged me a little more.

MF - T
he video for “Also Am I” is a cool performance-oriented video and I really dig Kyle sporting the Maiden shirt!  In an interview with Metal Injection you said that some of the video was shot in the woods of Willow, Alaska.  When I was a teenager we used to party in the woods near my home, sitting around listening to tunes, playing acoustic guitar, drinking various alcoholic refreshments and enjoying every minute of it.  How many 36 Crazyfists were inspired by some of those nights partying in the woods with friends ??  And will there ever be a video of the band crushing it in front of the “Dr. Seuss” house!!

Brock - So much of our growing up revolved around camping and hanging out in the midnight sun blasting tunes so it was a huge part of our upbringing. We actually wanted to shoot the video in the Dr Seuss house but couldn't get permission in time. Hopefully some day, that place is killer!

MF - On
e of my favorite songs from “Time and Trauma” is “11.24.11”.  I actually listened to the song 4 times in a row, each time focusing in on a different instrument, drums, guitar, bass, and vocals.  Masterful Brock, just masterful.  What was the inspiration lyrically for this one?
Brock - That is the date my mom passed away and I wrote that song that night. I was in a pretty weird space at that time, trying to find peace and closure on a tragic time in my life.

Kyle gives a killer performance on the drums.  Such complexity in his drumming.   Can you give some insight into the recording process and what it’s like to see your fellow musicians light it up like they do on this track?

Brock - The boys are tremendous musicians and I'm blessed to jam with them every night. Kyle is a total badass and a really fun drummer to watch. He is a little dude that bashes the hell out of his kit!

“Marrow” is a standout song for me because it has that epic feel to it.  Your vocals are so strong and passionate Brock and the light, almost simplistic, music in the first section of the song is complimented so well by the more powerful middle section.  Oh, and the female vocalist rocks too!  The mystic sounding guitar riff and the strings are brilliant!  I would have enjoyed watching you lay down the vocals for this tune.  You really pour it on man.

Brock - "Marrow" is song that was one of the first written for the album, it's somber vibe really spoke to me and my mental head space, my wife really pulled me out of the darkest times of my life so I wrote this song about how much I've needed her to breathe her strength into me. My awesome friend Stephanie Plate from the band Thera graced us with  her beautiful voice on the track.

MF -
From what I read one of the first, if not THE first, European tour the band embarked on was with Killswitch Engage.  What was that experience like?  KSE is such a great band and trekking through Europe with those guys must have been incredible.

Brock - One of the greatest tours of my life, everyone was really young then and we had a total blast. Love all the fellas in the KSE camp!

Next week the band heads overseas to start another European tour with dates in England, Germany, Switzerland and France before coming back to the states in March.  I assume most of 2015 for 36 Crazyfists will be touring, touring, and more touring? 

Brock - That is the plan, time to get our grind on!

Brock, thanks again for the time and I’ll make you a deal.  If 36 Crazyfists plays a gig in Philly the PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS are on me!!!

Brock - Ha that's a deal!!! Thx

36 Crazyfists "Also Am I"

Chris Garza
guitarist for Suicide Silence

Suicide Silence is currently out on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in support of their latest album "You Can't Stop Me".  The album was recently released on July 15th and debuted on the Billboard charts at #16.  Their singles "Cease To Exist" and "Don't Die" have been blowing up on Sirius XM "Liquid Metal" and currently "Don't Die" is #1 on the station's "Devil's Dozen" countdown.  Suicide Silence are also acting as "Liquid Metal" correspondents while on the Mayhem Festival!

Just a couple hours before the band's set in Burgettstown, PA, guitarist Chris Garza gave me a call to talk about the Mayhem Festival and the band's album.

Kenneth Nixon
singer for Framing Hanley
On April 29th. Knoxville, TN rock band Framing Hanley released their latest album "The Sum Of Who We Are" through Imagen Records.  The album is a very strong alt. rock album which features fiery guitar riffs, catchy hooks, and an incredibly energetic singer in Kenneth Nixon.  Nixon took time out recently to answer a few questions for me about the album, which features the song "Criminal" and can be heard on Sirius XM Octane. - With the release of the band's latest album "The Sum Of Who We Are" it's evident to me that Framing Hanley really know how to write a rock song.  Each song on the album is structured so well and your vocals are radio-ready man!  

Kenneth Nixon - Haha, thank you, thank you.  We spent a lot of time on this album to ensure we put out the album we felt fine being “judged” on after being gone so long, so it’s nice to see someone like yourself dig it.

MF - "Criminal" is the lead track from the album and it's catchy as hell!  The lyrics are fun to sing to and the song sounds like it would go over huge live.

Nixon -  "Criminal" is definitely one of the most fun songs in the set now. The “na na’s” are just inviting everyone to sing along by the end of it. A lot of high energy there. We’ve been opening with it actually, so it’s been cool to come out guns blazin’ right from the start.

MF -  "Twisted Halos" has a pretty strong intro, full sounding drums,  and again your voice is stellar man.  What was the recording process like for this album Nixon because the sound quality is top notch.

Nixon - Both “Twisted Halos” & “Criminal” were actually the very last 2 songs we recorded for the album.  We started this thing back in August of 2012, and these 2 songs weren’t written and recorded until December of 2013. Funny they end up being the first 2 songs on the album. But yea, it was the first time we had ever worked with Eric Bass (bassist of Shinedown) and it was a very cool connection/chemistry we had with him.  The songs just happened, really. Excited to work more with Eric in the future after pumping out 2 songs like these 2 at the last minute like we did.

MF -  I'm a guitar guy, I've played here and there since I was 10 years old, so a song like "Crash and Burn" really stands out for me.  Brandon and Ryan are really solid guitarists and together bring so much excitement to each song.  Oh, and the bridge in this song is killer!! 

Nixon - Yea, I hear ya. Again, a lot of energy in that song. That was a riff that Ryan has had since we were recording "A Promise To Burn" in 2010.  So we lived with it for awhile, and it was just too cool of a riff for us to pass on twice, so we worked on it some and ended up coming up with a kickass song from start to finish. That is definitely one of my favorite bridges on any of our songs.

MF - Same with "Crooked Smiles".  Great guitar work and a pretty cool riff.  What's cool though Nixon is that the guitars are pretty strong, but your vocals even out the song so that the guitars don't overpower the song.  

Nixon - Yea we were a pretty angry band during the time period we wrote that song.

MF - A song like "Science" in my opinion shows the band's creative side because it's unlike most songs.  Pretty different, almost experimental in the percussion and sounds that start the song.  Your vocals are almost haunting.  It's one of those songs that you can listen to a dozen times and pick out something new with each listen!

Nixon - There are tons of layers and weird noises that we threw on that track. That’s one of my top 3 favorite songs on the album, and like you said, a very different side of our band that I think we are all looking forward to exploring more.

MF - If you would, talk about the production on the album because I can't stress enough how great the sound quality on this album is. 

Nixon - This was the first album that we worked with so many different producers on. It’s tricky to find a way to do that and not make the album feel so different track to track.  But we managed to make a cohesive sounding album that we worked with different guys on. Working with other guys this time was cool because it was good for us creatively to be pushed out of our comfort zones.

Framing Hanley video for "Criminal"


Lawrence Gowan
keyboardist/vocalist for Styx

Lawrence is pictured first row far right

This summer rock legends Styx embark on the "Soundtrack of Summer" tour alongside Don Felder and Foreigner.  Keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan spoke to me recently while the band was in Missouri and provided some great discussion on the tour, the current band line up, performing the classic Styx songs, and the global response to Styx.

In our first clip Lawrence talks in detail about the current "Soundtrack of Summer" tour, touching on the vibe on tour, the audience, and the Styx set list.

The current line up Styx (Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman) have been together longer than any other line up over the course of the band's 40 year history.  In this clip Lawrence talks about the line up and the band's performance on "The Grand Illusion/Piece Of Eight Live" DVD.

Here Lawrence discusses performing some of the Styx classics such as "Blue Collar Man", "Come Sail Away", and "Renegade".  He gives his opinion on rock music and how it flourishes all over the world.

In our last clip Lawrence talks about touring with prog-rockers Yes and also with Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon.  He also discusses performing live and how he came up with his unique keyboard set up.

Styx "Blue Collar Man" from "The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live" DVD

Oliver Fogwell
singer for Our Last Enemy

Oliver is pictured center

Our Last Enemy is an industrial metal band from Australia who released their first North American album "Pariah" on March 11th.  The album is a prime example of heavy, creative metal music and provides the listener with 16 songs to smash and trash to.

Lead singer Oliver Fogwell spoke to me recently about the band's album, including how several of the songs came together, and the band's future plans for us metal fans in North America.

We start by discussing in general the band's album "Pariah" and then Oliver and I discuss in more detail the single "Devour The Sun" and the accompanying video which premiered recently on

In this clip Oliver discusses two bad ass songs from the album, "10,000 Headless Horses" and "Ants In The Palm".  He talks about how the songs came together and recording the songs with former Fear Factory guitarist/bassist Christian Olde Wolbers.

In our last clip Oliver talks to me about the song "Internus Diablos Verni" (probably my favorite song from the album) as well as the band's future plans for touring North America.

Our Last Enemy video for "Devour The Sun"


Don Felder
singer, songwriter, guitarist for The Eagles

Don Felder has had a stellar career in music spending over 27 years as a guitarist and songwriter with rock legends The Eagles.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and is a NY Times bestselling author for his memoir "Heaven and Hell" My Life in the Eagles".  He continues to make music and his current solo album "Road to Forever" produced the single "You Don't Have Me" which has been on the Classic Rock charts for the past nine weeks. 

Don is currently on tour with Foreigner and Styx as a part of the "Soundtrack of Summer" tour and he spoke to me on June 5th to talk about the tour and his career.

Our interview starts with Don speaking about the current "Soundtrack of Summer" tour, how it's been to be touring with Foreigner and Styx and the diverse audience that he has seen coming out to the show.

Next is a clip in which we discuss Don's latest album "Road to Forever" and specifically the songs "Girls in Black" and "Fall From The Grace of Love".  Don also talks about songwriting and song arranging and gives a great look into how he approaches writing a song.

This is a fantastic talk with Don about The Eagles smash hit "Hotel California", a song that he was instrumental in creating.  He talks about the three different versions of the song that he has had to arrange, including the version recorded on the Eagles dvd "Hell Freezes Over".

In this last clip I talk to Don about the documentary "History of the Eagles - Part One" and specifically the relationship he had with Joe Walsh.  Don talks in detail about performing alongside Joe and how the two musicians pulled off so many classic songs together.

"Hotel California" from The Eagles "Unplugged"

Mark Heylmun
guitarist for Suicide Silence

On October 31, 2012 Mitch Lucker, lead singer for Suicide Silence, passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.  The following day the band was scheduled to enter the studio to begin work on their next album.  Now, almost two years later Suicide Silence is ready to release their album "You Can't Stop Me". 

Guitarist Mark Heylmun spoke to me recently about the making of the album (set for release on July 15th in the U.S.) and also about the benefit concert the band held to raise money for Mitch's daughter.

Our interview with Mark starts with a discussion about the first single from "You Can't Stop Me" titled "Cease To Exist" which is a brutally heavy tune.  Mark talks about the possibility of another single being released in the near future and the recording of the album after Mitch's passing.

In this clip Mark talks specifically about the Mitch Lucker Memorial Show which was recorded for the cd/dvd set "Ending Is the Beginning".  The concert was held on December 21, 2012 and all proceeds from the album go to Mitch's family.  Mark talks about his feelings at that time, what it was like to perform with so many special guests, and details the vibe of that night.

Our final clip with Mark touches on the heavy touring schedule Suicide Silence has for this year, including some of the big European festivals and of course a summer long run on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

On October 1, 2013 the original Hellbilly Outlaw Hank Williams III (better known to his legions of fans as Hank3) released a double album of country music called "Brothers of the 4x4" as well as the punk album "A Fiendish Threat".  He's currently out on tour bringing his energetic and lengthy concert experience to the east coast and pulls into my hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18th.

Hank spoke to me on Thursday (June 5th) about the tour and we also discussed a few songs off of "Brothers of the 4x4" and the biography of him that was penned by Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe.

The interview starts off with Hank talking about the current tour and fans can expect to witness this time around.  Hank also talks about the last time he played Philly, which included a guest appearance by Pentagram singer Bobby Liebling.

In this clip I ask Hank about the song "The Outdoor Plan" from the album "Brothers of the 4x4", an amazing song that vividly describes the outdoor activities that come along with being surrounded by nature.  Hank also talks about how he approaches the writing and recording process.

In the last clip Hank3 discusses the song "Ain't Broken Down" (another song from "Brothers of the 4x4") and then talks in depth about Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe and the history between he and Randy.

Photo credit:  Emily Jones
Tom Gimbel
guitarist for Foreigner

This Summer fans of classic rock will have a chance to catch three incredible bands all in one night as the "Soundtrack of Summer" tour crosses through the U.S. with Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder taking the stage.  Recently Foreigner guitarist Tom Gimbel spoke to me about the tour and what fans can expect as the tour comes to their town.

Our interview starts off with Tom discussing how the "Soundtrack of Summer" tour has been progressing and what the crowd has been like.  Tom talks about the age range he's seen so far on this tour and also what it's like to have an audience singing word for word to all the hits!

This clip is a cool conversation about "Double Vision" and one of my favorite songs off the album "Tramontane".  Tom also talks about playing rhythm guitar for Foreigner and speaks on the likelihood of fans getting a chance to see members of one band performing with another band during this tour.

The last clip of my interview with Tom has him talking about the six years he spent touring with Aerosmith, including the unforgettable appearance of Aerosmith on Saturday Night Live's "Wayne's World".  Tom talks about how he became a member of Foreigner and also talks about the set list for the "Soundtrack of Summer" tour.

Foreigner's "Tramontane"

Mike Portnoy
drummer for The Winery Dogs

Mike is pictured far right
Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen, and Mike Portnoy individually have each reached musical success during their careers.  Billy has played bass for Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, and Mr. Big among others.  Richie has played guitar with Mr. Big and Poison and many others.  Drummer Mike Portnoy has had a career that spans more than 25 years.  He has played with Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob and so many other musicians.  But collectively, these three outstanding artists are The Winery Dogs.  

Mike spoke to me recently about his new band and how the band came about.  Mike also talks about the band's touring schedule, their upcoming "Dog Camp", his drumming technique, Adrenaline Mob, and Pantera. 

In this opening clip Mike talks about The Winery Dogs and how he, Richie and Billy got together.  He also talks about how the recording and writing process worked for the band.

In clip two Mike talks about the band's current tour and the upcoming "Dog Camp" which takes place July 21-25 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.  Mike also gives tips to new drummers on what he feels is the most important things to keep in mind.

Our interview wraps up with Mike talking about how he performs drum solos (like the one below from Cymbal Vote).  He also talks about Adrenaline Mob and their cover song "Break On Through" by the Doors.  Lastly, Mike gives me his thoughts on the mighty Pantera.

Mike IX Williams
vocalist for Eyehategod

Mike Williams is pictured center
EYEHATEGOD will release their new self-titled full-length album on May 27th, their first since 2005.  A month long American tour kicks off the following day and recently singer Mike IX Williams spoke to me about the album, the band's drummer Joey LaCaze, and recording with Phil Anselmo.

Our interview starts with a discussion with Mike about the new album and how the album flows from the punk heavy "Agitation Propaganda" to the dark sludge tune "Paris Motel Sickness"

Next up Mike talks about the bands drummer Joey LaCaze, who passed away on August 23, 2013 of respiratory failure.  Joey's drum tracks were recorded prior to his passing and are used on this album.

In this clip Mike talks about the bands recent releases as well as the amount of touring that Eyehategod does.

Here Mike discusses recording vocals for this album at Phil Anselmo's "Nodferatu's Lair" studio and how Phil helped in the recording process.  Mike also talks about the legacy of Eyehategod.

Our interview wraps up with Mike giving me his thoughts on Pantera.  He gives up a couple funny stories from being on tour with Pantera and gives his thoughts on the individual band members.
Rex Brown
bassist for Kill Devil Hill

Rex Brown is pictured far left

Kill Devil Hill is spending much of 2014 touring in support of their second album "Revolution Rise".  The band has undergone one change since the release of the album, the addition of new drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative/Danzig/A Pale Horse Named Death).   With guitarist Mark Zavon, singer Dewey Bragg, and former Pantera bassist Rex Brown leading the charge,  these four guys are well on their way to making Kill Devil Hill a pillar in the hard rock community. 

Rex Brown spoke to me recently to discuss "Revolution Rise", the band's new drummer, their tour plans, and his thoughts on digital music and "Far Beyond Driven"

Our interview starts with Rex discussing the departure of drummer Vinnie Appice and how new drummer Johnny Kelly came on board.  He also outlines some of the upcoming touring plans, including their appearance at this year's Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH.

Next is Rex discussing playing live and how having Johnny Kelly on board is breathing new life into the band.  Heavy tour plans and the band's appearance at this year's Donnington festival are also discussed.

This clip is a full discussion about the album "Revolution Rise" and specifically the songs "Crown of Thorns", "Why", "Leave It All Behind", and "Where Angels Dare To Roam".  Rex really gets deep into his bass playing, Dewey's writing, and how the album overall came together.

Our last clip picks up where the last clip ends and starts with Rex giving his opinion on LP's versus EP's (coincidentally some of the same thoughts that Sebastian Bach gave in his interview with me as well) and also talks about a future book idea he has.  Rex also gives me his thoughts on Pantera's "Far Beyond Driven", the album that celebrated it's 20th anniversary this year.
Tommy Victor
Singer/guitarist for Prong

Photo credit: Tim Tronckoe

On the heel's of the their 2012 album "Carved Into Stone", Prong is back in 2014 with a brand new release titled "Ruining Lives", the band's ninth studio album.  The album comes out in North America on May 13th and is a brilliant hardcore album filled with crunchy guitars built around lyrical content that provokes thought on subjects ranging from privacy to self-change. 

Founding member and singer/guitarist Tommy Victor spoke to recently regarding the album and gave details on several of the new songs as well as his thoughts on touring Europe and the Los Angeles Dodgers!

Our interview kicks off with Tommy's thoughts on "Carved Into Stone" and how he feels the album was received.  We also discuss "Ruining Lives" and how the production and recording turned out.

This album has so many tight, killer tracks and in this clip Tommy talks about the first single from the record "Turnover" as well as the title track "Ruining Lives" and the song "Windows Shut".

The song talk continues with Tommy getting into the thoughts behind the thrash monster "The Barriers", "Self Will Run Riot" (which would be on the radio if I had a say), and the old-school metal vibe of "Chamber Of Thought".

Our interview wraps up with Tommy talking about Prong's recent European tour and what it's like being able to still tour cities like London, Copenhagen, and Munich.  And finally, Tommy gives me his opinion on this year's Los Angeles Dodgers.
Max Cavalera
Singer/guitarist for Killer Be Killed and Soulfly

Killer Be Killed is a new metal/hardcore project energized by Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Dave Elitch (formerly of The Mars Volta).  The beginnings of Killer Be Killed came from a three-day marathon writing and recording session between Max, Greg, a drum machine and a four-track recorder.  Once Troy and Dave came into the fold the formation of Killer Be Killed was complete.  And on May 9th the band unleashes their debut self-titled album upon us.

Singer/guitarist Max Cavalera spoke to me regarding the formation of the band and in detail about the band's debut album, giving insight into the songs "Wings of Feather and Wax", "Snakes of Jehova", "Save the Robots", and "Face Down".  Max talks in depth about how the band fed off each other's energy during the recording of the album and also how members of Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Mastodon were able to mix their styles to create a killer new offering!
John Connolly
guitarist for Sevendust

John Connolly is pictured second from the right                                                                                                   photo by Chris Baird

Sevendust is currently out touring behind their first studio acoustic album "Time Travelers & Bonfires".  "An Evening With Sevendust" is the name of the tour and it brings to the fans a band that is enjoying reinventing some of their classic hits while treating the crowd to new songs and some surprising covers.
Guitarist John Connolly spoke to me, before the band's show in Cincinnati, about the tour, the album, and of course their fans!

Our interview starts with a discussion about "Time Travelers & Bonfires" and in particular the acoustic versions of classic Sevendust songs "Black", "Denial", and "Crucified"

Next is a discussion about the two new songs from the album, "Come Down" and "Bonfire".  John also talks about Sevendust's annual appearance on the Shiprocked cruise!

In this clip John talks about how Sevendust approaches writing and recording and specifically how he feels about the frequency of putting out new music.

Our interview wraps up with a talk about "An Evening With Sevendust" and where the tour is taking the band next.  Then John gives me a few thoughts on Pantera and their impression on him.
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

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"

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.
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.

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!"




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.
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

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!
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

Chris Jericho
FOZZY singer/ WWE superstar

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.

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!

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. 

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!

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!

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.

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".

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.
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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