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In depth interviews with musicians, comedians, authors, actors, and more!

In depth interviews with musicians, comedians, authors, actors, and more!


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In depth interviews with musicians, comedians, authors, actors, and more!








Christopher P. Hilton (author)

Episode 126 - Christopher P. Hilton! Christopher wrote a great book, "The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of Hair Metal." This is the most comprehensive book on the subject I have ever seen. It starts off with defining the term hair metal, how it came to fruition and takes it from the beginning to present day. He covers all the big groups including Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison, and more. But he also does a deep dive with many releases I was not familiar with but glad I...


Joey Allen (Warrant guitarist)

Episode 125- Joey Allen of Warrant!!! It’s always a special treat to sit down with a member of one of your favorite bands and this is no exception. One of the best interviews I’ve ever done, certainly one of the most fun. Interviewing Joey was like chatting with an old friend. He had some great stories including playing in a band with Lars Ulrich (Metallica), the on stage accident with Jani Lane, Tommy Lee’s “present” on the Feelgood tour, why they were kicked off the Poison Flesh & Blood...


Tony Harnell (TNT singer)

Episode 124- Tony Harnell!!! Tony is most known for being the singer of TNT, of which he had a lot of success. However, he has also worked on several other projects including music for Sonic the Hedgehog and a collaboration with Bumblefoot. He is truly a great singer with incredible range and one of the few people to possess a true four octave voice. This was a fun chat talking about Tony’s whole career. 0:00:00 - Intro 0:01:23 - Pro Skateboarder 0:02:55 - Singing, Moving to New York &...


Josh Ross (Black Heart Saints singer)

Episode 123- Josh Ross from Black Heart Saints! This is a band every rock fan should know. They are extremely talented musicians and songwriters. The band has had two charted songs on rock radio recently, but even their older stuff kicks ass. They have done shows with everyone from Sevendust & Puddle of Mudd to Slash & L.A. Guns. Josh and I discuss how he got in to music and how the band formed as well as some of the more business aspects of working in music such as the band’s beer. 00:00 -...


Dr. Lee Mellor (author & criminologist)

Episode 122 - Author & Criminologist Dr Lee Mellor! This was a fun one. We examine two of his books- one on the true stories that inspired horror movies and another on conspiracy theories. Movies discussed include Jaws, Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror, Poltergeist and the Conjuring. We also talk about Area 51, aliens, MK Ultra, JFK assassination, chem trails and more. 0:00:00 - Intro 0:01:40 - Getting Interested in True Crime & Horror 0:03:30 - Jaws & Shark...


John Corabi (rock god)

Episode 121- John Corabi!!! John should need no introduction as he is well respected and known among the rock community. His lone album with Motley Crue is heralded not only among fans and critics, but also members of the band itself. John has a new autobiography coming out soon as well as new music. He gives me some song titles as well as some stories that aren’t in the book like having a gun pulled in him. We also discuss his time in Ratt, playing covers with Jerry Cantrell, why Duff...


Jay Dyer (author)

Episode 120 - Jay Dyer!!! Jay is an author, podcaster, comedian and overall brilliant guy. His book, “Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults & Symbols in Film” includes over 400 cited sources. He references several books, movies, and other media in this interview as well. It was a lot of fun going down the rabbit hole with him. We discuss Hollywood, the media, CIA, shadow government, elites, mafia, serial killers, aliens, demonic possession, mind control, A.I. & MK Ultra, to name a few topics....


Jon Donais (Anthrax & Shadows Fall guitarist)

Episode 119- Jon Donais! Jon is the current guitarist of Anthrax, but also played with Shadows Fall for many years. He has a new band as well, called Living Wreckage that will be releasing new music soon. It was a lot of fun talking to him about music. We covered everything from Metallica and Skid Row to Pantera and Five Finger Death Punch. Plus I get his thoughts on cancel culture, award shows, and much more! 00:00 - Intro 01:10 - Donais Last Name 01:43 - Fan Of The Show & 80s...


Cody Jasper (Moon Fever singer)

Episode 118- Cody Jasper, singer of Moon Fever! I first found about this band while researching my interview with producer Jim Kaufman (The Black Moods, Them Evils). I quickly became a fan after hearing their song “Cocaine” which is nearing a half a million downloads on Spotify. They have a new single out now called “Cheap Thrills” that’s also really good, and an upcoming song called “Payphone” that should be big. They have performed with Buckcherry and have shows lined up with Adelita’s...


Rob Lane (musician, podcaster)

Episode 117- Rob Lane!!!! It is my pleasure to welcome to the show, musician, fellow podcaster, and all around good guy Rob Lane! Rob has worked with really great artists including Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper), The Bulletboys, Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup), Jetboy, Johnny Monaco (Enuff Z’Nuff) and more. He is currently the bass player for Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts. He started interviewing musicians for his fanzine “Trashpit Magazine” and continues to interview them for his...


Knocko Nolan (Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel)

Episode 116- Knocko Nolan! You may recognize Knocko, a.k.a. Detective Jim McSorley from the new Netflix docu-series “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.” The series is about the mysterious disappearance of Elisa Lam while staying at the Cecil Hotel. So of course we’ll discuss that case, but we talk about so much more too! He tells me how to get out of a speeding ticket and how to catch someone lying. Plus I get his thoughts on the whole defund the police movement, homelessness and...


Rodger Shute (author)

Episode 115- author Rodger Shute! In this episode, I sit down with my dad, author Rodger Shute to discuss his new book “Ultimate Reality.” In the book he explores the questions of consciousness, where we come from, why are we here and where are we going after death. He has put a lot of research in to this book (496 sources!) and it shows when discussing it with him how knowledgeable he is on the topics. We’ll discuss a little of his background and how he got interested in the topic and then...


Little Mikey (Stern Show song parodist)

Episode 114- Little Mikey from the Howard Stern Show! I have always thought Little Mikey and his song parodies were one of the funniest parts of the Stern show. I laugh so hard every time I hear them because they are so ridiculous. I was shocked to hear he was a fan of my podcast and I had to have him on my show for my birthday to make him do a song for me. I’m glad I got a chance to interview him, I learned a lot and you will too! 00:00 - Intro 01:26 - Mutual Fans 02:47 - Jody Porter &...


Don Mclean (singer/songwriter)

Episode 113 - Don McLean!!! Don is truly a living legend. His music continues to be all over pop culture even to this day. His iconic song “American Pie” was listed at number 5 for “Songs of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America. In this episode Don discusses his rise to the top as well as his ambivalence towards success. He also tells me the story of Buddy Holly’s brother and his reaction to American Pie, as well as who he was referring to in the song when he...


Mark Knight (Bang Tango guitarist)

Episode 112- Mark Knight!! You may remember Mark as the guitarist from the band Bang Tango- they had some videos on MTV as well as a documentary made about them, “Attack of Life.” Mark went on to have a solo career and he has a new album out called “Days of a Dreamer.” We talked about all this plus writing a song for Alice In Chains, wrestling in the street on the sunset strip, calluses from playing guitar, wood working and more! 00:00 - Intro 01:49 - "Attack of Life" Bang Tango...


Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne guitarist)

Episode 111 - guitarist Jody Porter from Fountains of Wayne! This band actually has a great catalog of songs that have been featured in a lot of movies and TV shows - including How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Gilmore Girls and more. Of course their most well known song was “Stacy’s Mom” for which they earned a Grammy nomination. Besides Fountains of Wayne, Jody was in a band called “The Belltower” that was described as “shoe gaze rock.” He also has a solo career and a new record out called...


Steve Brown (Trixter, Tokyo Motor Fist guitarist)

Episode 110 - Steve Brown!!! Steve is guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer extraordinaire! Steve rose to fame in the early 90s as the guitarist in Trixter, but he has done so much more. He has worked with everyone from Dennis DeYoung (Styx) to comedian Jim Breuer. He spent some time filling in on guitar in Def Leppard and also appeared in the Rock of Ages on Broadway. We discuss all this plus his other projects past, present and future! Lots of great stories in this one like playing pool...


Steve "Lips" Kudlow (Anvil singer/guitarist)

Episode 109 - Steve “Lips” Kudlow, singer and guitarist for the band Anvil! Many people know the band from the award winning 2008 documentary, “Anvil: The Story of Anvil.” The band was incredibly influential early in the heavy metal game. With Motorhead, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and many more all citing them as an influence. Due to bad management and promotion the band didn’t break through to the next level. However after the success of the movie they finally broke through and continue to...


The Issue & The Ivins (Bands)

Episode 108- The Issue & The Ivins! This is double episode where I interview members of two bands! First up is Clay Deters, frontman of the band The Issue. They are a hard rock band from Minnesota and have a new single that just dropped today called “What You Need”. Then I talk to Jim and Jack Ivins of the alternative rock band The Ivins. We discuss everything from Jack playing football with Russell Wilson to what a “minnow bomb” is. They also have a new single on the way called “Don’t.”...


Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin guitarist)

Episode 107 - Keith Wallen from Breaking Benjamin!!! Keith’s story is really an inspiring one even if you’re not a music fan. After 8 years in his band Copper, he called it quits. Shortly thereafter he got the call to audition for the band Adelita’s Way. He had a lot of success with them including a #1 song on rock radio, as well as shows with Guns N Roses and the Deftones. He then joined Breaking Benjamin and had a #1 record and massive success. He’s just released a really great solo song...