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Charlie Benante from Anthrax

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Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast Episode 123. On this weeks episode our guest is Charlie Benante of Anthrax. Charlie is the heart and soul of Anthrax.

Pretty much all Anthrax songs start with Charlie.  For the most recent For All Kings, the band went into the studio with more songs than they ever had in their career, and ended up recording 20.  This was in part due to Charlie’s surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome that caused him to miss quite a number of that cycle’s tour dates.  Benante put the down-time to good use and came up with a slew of foundation riffs and ideas for new songs that he took into writing sessions with fellow writers Frank Bello and Scott Ian.  Although he plays drums for Anthrax, Charlie does all of his “riff-writing” on guitar.  In addition, he designs all of the band’s cover artwork, ads, marketing tools and band merchandise.  He’s also the band’s archivist, and if it weren’t for the fact that he’s kept one of everything the band has done – artwork, t-shirts, posters, demo recordings, early rhythm tracks  takes, and so on – Anthrax would never be able to release the rich “anniversary editions” that they have been able to.

Most people know Anthrax’s Charlie Benante as the band’s low-key but dynamic drummer, and while that’s true, the totality of contributions he makes to the band – and then some – are immeasurable.  Revolver did a fabulous piece on his artwork that you can check out here:  https://goo.gl/hr127N

Check out Anthrax here: https://anthrax.com

As part of the band’s 35th anniversary year, Anthrax released one of 2016’s most-anticipated metal/thrash albums, For All Kings (February 26/Megaforce in North America/Nuclear Blast internationally), that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart, and #9 on the Top 200, becoming Anthrax’s highest-charting album in more than two decades.  Written by drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre, combined with Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, it’s no wonder the album and the band’s live shows have consistently received tremendous reviews.

Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.”  Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.  From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise,” to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre – to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to break ground andinnovate.  On December 13, 2016, the Epiphone/Revolver Music Awards presented Anthrax with its first-ever “Innovator Award” to acknowledge the band’s contribution to music.  On April 27, Anthrax will release “Kings Among Scotland,” a live DVD shot at the band’s 2/15/16 show at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland Ballroom.

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Ira Black

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Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast Episode 122. On this weeks episode we’ve got journey man guitarist Ira Black on the show. If you’re a fan of hard rock and heavy metal then most likely you’ve heard a song or seen a band live with Ira in it. He’s played with everybody: Metal Church, Dokken, Lizzy Borden, Westfield Massacre, Attika 7 and currently I Am Morbid. He’s also a strict vegan. We broke a little news on this episode as Ira Black told us how he was forced out of Westfield Massacre.

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Tim Skold formerly of Marilyn Manson, KMFDM, Shotgun Messiah and more

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Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast Episode 121. We’ve got a very special guest this week, the eclectic Tim Skold. Tim Skold has done some amazing work with Marilyn Manson, KMFDM, Shotgun Messiah, among so many more. He’s an artist in the truest form as well as a great collaborator.

Check Tim out at: http://www.skold.com

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Hardcore Legend Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) & Comedian Jim Norton

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Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast Episode 120. We’ve got a two for this week for you.

To start the show Bob sat down for a brief interview with Comedian and Heavy Metal enthusiast Jim Norton. Jim is bringing his Kneeling Room Only tour to Iowa City at the Englert Theater Saturday May 12th.

You can purchase tickets here: http://www.englert.org/event/jim-norton/.

Check out Jim Norton here: http://jimnorton.com.

Our Feature interview is with Hardcore legend Harley Flanagan of Cro-Mags. Cro-Mags was one of the pioneers of Hardcore. His solo band will be opening for the reunited Misfits in New York. He’s also a professor in Jiu-Jitsu. It was an honor to have such a hardcore legend on the show.

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Gin Blossoms

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Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast Episode 119. Our guest this week is Robin Wilson, frontman for the Gin Blossoms.

Visit the Gin Blossoms: http://www.ginblossoms.net

In the late 80’s, Gin Blossoms started to grow a huge following as the #1 local music draw in Phoenix and certainly were the hometown heroes of their favorite hang, Tempe, Arizona.

Gin Blossoms indelible jangle-pop sound was evolving during radio’s diverse mix of hair bands and grunge music superstars. They qualified to perform at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas in 1989. That same year College Music Journal dubbed them “The Best Unsigned Band In America” and added an invitation to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City. Their breakout record New Miserable Experience was where their rise to fame began. This album kept the band on the chart for almost 3 years with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” The crossover hits on New Miserable Experience played on 4 radio formats and, to date, have sold over 5 million records.

Those hits were followed up by “Til I Hear It From You” which rocketed to #1 and moved the Empire Records smash soundtrack to platinum status. The track also became Canada’s longest-running #1 hit of 1995, its #1 tenure lasting six weeks. This song was co-written with the great Marshall Crenshaw and Billboard described it as “the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory.” Their next gem “Follow You Down” spent ten weeks in the top 10, and “As Long As It Matters” earned the band a Grammy nomination for “Best Performance by a Duo or Group” making their Congratulations I’m Sorry record another multi radio format favorite and multi-platinum success.

Having dominated radio and MTV playlists for most of the 90s, Gin Blossoms took a brief turn of the century hiatus, a provisional parting of the ways that singer Robin Wilson chalks up to “personal dissatisfaction and the mistaken impression that we could perform at that same level with another group.” The brief break allowed guitarist Jesse Valenzuela and Wilson to re-energize via solo recordings, new combos, and production credits for an array of local Arizona acts. However, Gin Blossoms’ idiosyncratic magic proved impossible to ignore for long, and on New Years Eve 2001 in their hometown of Tempe, the band reconvened and never looked back.

“There’s a certain civility among us now,” Valenzuela says. “None of us are as brusque as we once were. We’re too old to have shouting matches.”

The revivified band hit the road hard, earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the busiest touring acts in the world, playing close to 150 shows a year. Those chops were readily apparent on 2006’s Major Lodge Victory – Gin Blossoms’ long awaited fourth album and first new recording in almost a decade. Rave reviews followed, as did a top 10 Triple A smash in the album’s lead single, “Learning The Hard Way.” The album’s second single, “Long Time Gone,” quickly became another favorite among both fans and the critics and Major Lodge Victory made Billboards Top 10 Independent Albums. Next, Gin Blossoms recorded “No Chocolate Cake” and released the single “Miss Disarray” which is now one of the most requested songs in the band’s live set and the album reached #1 on Amazon’s sales chart.

These talented tunesmiths promise the inevitable arrival of new material and as they approach their third decade, Gin Blossoms remain a rare breed – rock ‘n’ roll lifers, destined to continue creating, crafting, and performing for audiences ever rapt by their glorious catalog of material. “We’re entertaining and we have chops,” says Wilson, “but it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, what’s the best thing to do to further my career, I always say, ‘Write good songs.’ It always comes down to that.”

The band’s fusion of Pop, Melodic Rock, Folk and Country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, Robin, Jesse, Bill and Scotty have sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in demand 90’s live artists who began at the end of the grunge era. In February 2017 the band went back in the studio recording a new album in time for release this Summer. Fans will get a taste of the new album as it works its way into their live set beginning this April.

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