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Devour the Day is a great band that came out of a good band called Egypt Central. What was a good pop rock band in Egypt Central became a great band full of authenticity and intensity. Their new album “Time and Pressure” is sure to be one of the best of 2013 and is hopefully the first album on the way to many. I got the chance to chat with Joey “Chicago” Walser, check it out.
If you bought a lot of albums in the rock genre over the last several years than odds are you bought an album that Will Hunt played on. Black Label Society fans, he played on “Order of the Black.” Lately he’s been known for his work with Amy Lee in Evanescence but throw a rock at a handful of hard rock albums and you’re bound to hit one Will Hunt played on. He’s now a full on member of the band Device, David Draiman’s side project from Disturbed and it’s a great new band. They’re gearing up for Megadeth’s Gigantour and I got a chance to chat with Will.
I remember where I was the first time I heard “Juke Box Hero.” I was in high school; the song had been out for close to a decade. I was transitioning from grunge back to the 80’s. I was driving around in my ’88 Eagle Summit when it came on the classic rock station. That experience sent me straight to my local cd/record store where I purchased Foreigner’s Greatest Hits only to find out I knew every song on the disc. It was one of those magical musical moments that I will never forget. It was such an honor to speak with Lou Gramm about his up coming biography “Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock n Roll.”
One of my favorite new bands is the “super group” comprised of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) Mike Orlando, John Moyer (Disturbed) and Russell Allen (Symphony X). This year they released an EP full of covers entitled “Coverta.” They cover Dio 3 times, The Doors, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Heart just to name a few. They’re an amazing band full of amazing musicians who just happen to be really busy; hopefully they get the chance to dedicate 2013 to the Mob. I recently got the chance to chat with Russell Allen of Adrenaline Mob while he was on the golf course, check it out here.
This spring the Progressive Rock legends Yes are going out on the road and playing three of their classic albums (The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One). Recently I got the chance to chat with Yes bassist and the only member to play on every single Yes album and tour, Chris Squire. During our discussion we talk about the up coming tour, his take on the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, how Yes came into their sound and their upcoming “Cruise from the Edge” cruise.
A couple of weeks ago I was begging my Aerosmith contact to get an interview with a member of Aerosmith. While my contact looked into setting this interview up he sent me the album “Head Down” by Rival Sons. My mind was blown away. I love bluesy rock music with dynamic vocals. Rival Sons is a great band. The first song I heard was “Keep On Swinging.” If you’re not hooked after the opening riff of that song then you will be as soon as Jay Buchanan starts singing. I was lucky enough to get the chance to talk with Jay about the new album and how they put the album together in 20 days…from scratch.
Since I was in Junior High I’ve been a die-hard Aerosmith fan. Unfortunately for me they were 20 years into their career. I honestly like every single Aerosmith album. I like some more than others, but I like all of them. It’s been 10 years since the last Aerosmith album of new material “Just Push Play” and if I’m being honest I was worried the new album “Music From Another Dimension” wasn’t going to be very good. As soon as the opening riff to “Luv XXX” hit I was sold. It’s one of my favorite Aerosmith albums; I think it’s the best since “Night in the Ruts.” As soon as I heard it, I begged my Aerosmith contact to let me have an interview and here it is, with Tom Hamilton.
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Chris Hardwick is one of my biggest influences. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. I remember him from “Singled Out” and “Shipwrecked,” but I really started to become a fan right around the time he did Rob Zombie’s “House of a 1000 Corpses” with Rainn Wilson. Chris was an excellent guest, he gave me over thirty minutes to chat with him and I’m extremely grateful for that. He had a lot of good advice about starting a podcast, so it was a great experience for me. Minutes before our interview it was announced that Disney was acquiring Lucas Films, so I got to be the first one to chat with The Nerdist about “Star Wars Episode VII.”
“Enjoy your burrito!”
I enjoy most of the interviews that I do, but I’m pretty sure most of the people I talk to, don’t want to be there. Every now and then you meet someone who is so passionate about what they do that you can just feel their passion when you’re talking to them. I got that feeling with Don Miggs. I hope you enjoy this interview. Check out their website www.miggsmusic.com.
A couple months back I was trying really hard to interview Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. I was able to land the interview. At the same time the PR person that helped me land the interview recommended the band Stratospheerius to me. I decided to check out this band simply because she did a favor for me, so I figured I could repay the favor. In the process I fell in love with this band.
I’ve been into progressive rock since I was a kid. So much of it is over my head, but that is what I found fascinating about it. Stratospheerius definitely sounds progressive but there are many other elements blended in there, jazz, metal, rock, r&b etc. The weird thing is that they’re also a jam band. I have a hard time wrapping my head around a jam band that plays progressive rock.
Joe Deninzon fronts Stratospheerius and he plays the electric violin. He is currently doing for the violin what Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar. They have an album out called “The Next World” that is phenomenal. They are looking to record a video for the title track “One Foot in the Next World.” You can donate here: