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John Connolly of Sevendust/Projected & The Chicago Open Air Festival


Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast. On this weeks episode Bob talks about his experience with the Chicago Open Air Festival featuring Korn, Kiss, Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Steel Panther etc etc. It was a fantastic festival and I highly recommend everybody check it out next year.

Our guest this week is John Connolly from Sevendust as well as Projected. Projected has a new album out now called “Ignite My Insanity.” It’s a fantastic album featuring Vinnie Hornsby from Sevendust, Scott Phillips from Alter Bridge/Creed and E Rock from Tremonti.

Here’s the press release for the first video “Reload”

Coming on the heels of the recently released EPK and album announcement, Projected returns with the video for the debut single “Reload.” The video was produced, directed and edited by
Jamie Brown for Smoking Gun Productions and can be seen here: The song comes from the band’s sophomore double-length release, Ignite My Insanity, scheduled for release on July 21st via Rat Pak Records. Thetwo-disc collection is now available for pre-order in various configurations at as well as digitally via iTunes at: Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive an instant download of “Reload” with two subsequent downloads scheduled prior to the full-album release. Ignite My Insanity is the long awaited follow-up to the 2012 self-released debut album, Human from the band comprised of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, Sevendust bassist Vinnie Hornsby and Tremonti guitarist Eric “E-ROCK” Friedman.

Ignite My Insanity features 21 all new tracks from Projected and continues to build upon the sound the band established with their debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the member’s original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener “Strike” to the raucous ending of closer “Battlestations,” the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like “Six Feet Below,” “Gomorrah,” “Inhuman” and “Upside Down” are infectious rockers. The first single “Reload” is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. Alter Bridge/Tremonti songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote “Rectify” and “Call Me The Devil” and Sevendust’s Morgan Rose co-wrote “Concede” with the band.

Projected formed in 2012 when longtime friends John Connolly (Sevendust), Vinnie Horsnby (Sevendust), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge/Creed) and Eric “E-Rock” Friedman (Tremonti) decided to create some music together. While all members are successful in their mainstay bands, Projected afforded the members a chance to explore some different ideas musically. In September 2012, the band self-released their debut album Human and is currently looking for breaks in their respective schedules to bring the music to their fans in a live setting.

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Twisted Sister & Red Tide Rising


Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast.

On this weeks episode we have two guest. Bob got the chance to do two short interviews with two great bands. The first interview was with Red Tide Rising’s frontman Matt Whitman. Currently they are out on the road with Sevendust and Crobot. They’re the future of rock n roll and on the second half of the podcast I got to talk with Mark “The Animal” Mendoza of the legendary Twisted Sister. They are fresh off of the release of their “Metal Meltdown DVD.” We talk about the DVD, the documentary, beefs with in Twisted Sister and what The Animal has planned for his future.














One band is the future the other is legendary both interviews were great.

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Lajon Witherspoon from Sevendust


On the latest episode of the Zoiks! Online Podcast Bob and Jason talk to Sevendust frontman Lajon Witherspoon. Bob is a big Sevendust fan. He owns every album and had just recently caught “An Evening with Sevendust” in Joliet, IL supporting their most recent album “Time Travelers and Bonfires.”


Three Years Hollow


Quad City natives Three Years Hollow have a brand new record out called “The Cracks” produced by Clint Lowery of Sevendust. Their hit single is called “Hungry” and each and every one of you should call your local radio stations and request that song, even if you own the album. They just got off the road with Saving Abel and are about to head right back out into the fire with Saliva.


Luckily for Jason and I front man Jose Urquiza and guitarist Tony Reeves made time to stop over for an in studio interview/podcast. We’ve known these guys since they were nothing more than a local band. We’ve got to watch them grow and to see them as basically equals to some of our favorite bands is pretty exciting for us, for them and for all their fans.

Zoiks! Online Interviews: John Connolly of Sevendust and Projected


All of us that are out there covering the music industry, whether it be bloggers or paid professionals, we all started out as fans. It’s important to be professional, but we should never lose that inner fan. I’ve been a Sevendust fan for as long as I’ve known they existed. I’m also a big fan of Alter Bridge’s music. So when I found out there was a band called Projected that was basically made up of the guys in Sevendust Alter Bridge and Creed, I jumped at the chance to cover it.

Between Sevendust and Alter Bridge there are five side projects, Slash & Myles Kennedy, The Tremonti Project, Call Me No One, Projected and Hello Demons Meet Skeletons (and I suppose we could count Creed to make six). Between those bands, they’ve released four albums and each album is fantastic, beginning to end. The album, “Human” by Projected was probably the most surprising of the bunch, for the simple fact that I knew Mark Tremonti and Clint Lowery were good singers, but I had no idea John Connolly had it in him.

Beginning to end “Human” is a high-energy solid hard rock album. I got the chance to chat with John Connolly about the new album “Human” which is out now, along with what’s going on with Sevendust and the possibility of a super tour with Alter Bridge Sevendust and a couple of the side projects…hey it could happen, I’m going to do everything in my power to get a rumor going.

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