Decibel Geek Podcast

2014 is drawing to a close and we're finishing it out with a rocking look back.

 

Aaron and Chris close out 2014 by spinning their Top 10 tracks of the year (each). In this supersized episode of the Decibel Geek podcast you'll get 20 tracks of the year's best in rock and metal with songs from Big Wreck, Rival Sons, Harem Scarem, Ace Frehley, Overkill, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Steve Conte, Slash and a bunch more! 

 

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Steve Conte - NYC

Big Wreck - Ghosts

Edguy - Space Police n

Sebastian Bach - Give Em' Hell

Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie

Ace Frehley - Space Invader

The Dead Daisies - Face I Love

Kyng - Burn the Serum

Red Dragon Cartel - Red Dragon Cartel

Vega - Stereo Messiah

Harem Scarem - Thirteen

Crobot - Something Supernatural

Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy

Overkill - White Devil Armory

Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

Slash - World On Fire

AC/DC - Rock or Bust

Black Label Society - Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

Donnie Vie - The White Album

California Breed - California Breed CD/DVD Deluxe Edition

 

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David Alpizar, Chris Karam, Victor Ruiz (Mars Attacks Podcast), Bakko, Paul Stamm, Joe Lascon, Allen Tate, Brad Kalmanson, Derik Novak, Jason Thomas Broadrick, Brent Walter, Shane Hebert, James Brendon Dunn, Warren Money, Julie Bakken, Sit and Spin with Joe, Chad Pollock, Robin Bennett, Brian Bates, Matt Bradshaw, Tony Clemons, Metal: A Headbangers Heaven, Mike Stewart, Todd Cunningham, Miguel Nunez, Joe Vanchieri, Mike Blount, Matt Ashcraft, Justin Ace Sixx, Gino Ames, Riff of the Day, Orm Arnarson, Doug Aldrich, hoops, Sid Menon, Jeff Ludban, Viking Girl, MusicMagsAndWax, Jack Broad, Joel DeLorge, TwittEarl, Nonsensicast Radio, Hard Rock Dad, Raw Magazine, Hot Metal Magazine, Loudmouth Column, Faces Rocks Magazine, The Mooger Fooger

 

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Aaron and Chris return to cover the second half of 1989 and boy is there a lot to talk about! July through December see news stories involving Drew Barrymore, The Monkees reuniting, Pete Rose's banning from baseball, the San Francisco earthquake, and the opening of the Berlin Wall. 

 

The guys cover all of it and spin tracks from bands like Lion, Ace Frehley, KISS, Alice Cooper, Warrant, Shotgun Messiah, and much, much more!

 

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Alice Cooper

Guy Mann Dude

Enuff Z'nuff

Lion

LA Guns

Smithereens

Motley Crue

Faster Pussycat

Aerosmith

Shotgun Messiah

KISS

Joe Satriani

Eric Clapton

Overkill

Suicidal Tendencies

Whitesnake 

Warrant

Ace Frehley

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It's been six months but this week we return with another Year in Review; this time it's one picked by our very own listeners.

 

Aaron and Chris take you on a journey of the first half of 1989. You'll get discussion of news stories, sports, movies, the price of bacon, and pop culture happenings highlighted by tons of music discussion and tunes from artists like Extreme, Lizzy Borden, Skid Row, Sepultura, Tesla, Blue Murder, Badlands, and much, much more! It's a trip in the way back machine going back 25 years. Join us!

 

 

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Blue Murder

Badlands

Sepultura

The Cult

Great White

W.A.S.P.

Dangerous Toys

Ramones

Nirvana

Faith No More

Mr. Big

King's X

 

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This week marks an anniversary that is anything but something to celebrate. That said, we pay tribute to a true metal icon and, more importantly, an amazing human being.

 

Aaron and Chris return this week to pay tribute to the memory of Dimebag Darrell. The iconic guitarist was murdered onstage 10 years ago this week. Since then, a series of bike rides for charity have sprung up all over the United States. We had rock photographer and friend of Darrell's, Chad Lee, on the show as he was gearing up for the Nashville chapter event in September. Chris attended the ride and documented the process while later being joined by Aaron for the knockout metal concert. 

 

In this Dimebag tribute special, you'll hear first-hand how the day unfolded for Nashville's Ride for Dime event; from the bar-b-que before the ride and party that includes chats with Chad Lee, Steve Bumpus of Bumpus Harley Davidson (hosts for the event), Nancy Sayle (Rock for MS), and guitarist Nick Bowcott (Grim Reaper). The episode moves into the evening and features backstage talks with Sirius/XM deejay Jose Mangin as well as a lengthy talk with former Black Label Society guitarist Nick Catanese. It's a fly-on-the-wall perspective of a day that saw thousands of people coming together to help out charities and remember a metal legend and amazing person. We hope you dig it.

 

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Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue

 

 

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Stuart Balk (Midnight Movie Cowboys podcast), Matt Ashcraft, Mike Blount, Jason Thomas Broadrick, Howard Tate, Gino Ames, Kal Hinz, Aaron Baker, Brian Bates, Paul Stamm, David Alpizar, Brad Kalmanson, Joe Lascon, Justin Ace Sixx, Sit and Spin with Joe, Shane Hebert, Brent Walter, Warren Money, Jason Ramaley, Derik Novak, The Riff of the Day, Chad Pollock, Brian Knapp, Alicia Martin, Lynn Bohne, Cassius Morris, Jack Broad, Adam Cox, Raw Magazine, Hot Metal Magazine, Loudmouth Column, Faces Rocks Magazine, Steve Newton, Music Mags and Wax, Daniel Chaput, Hoops, Pep Pep

 

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One of our favorite past guests and friend of the show returns this week for a more personal reason.

 

Todd Austin (aka Toddzilla) returns to the Decibel Geek Podcast this week and boy is he packing some great stories. If you don't remember, Toddzilla was Aaron and Chris' guest for Episode 113 - Roth-Era Van Halen Discussion. In that discussion, the guys picked favorite tunes from Eddie and co. but Toddzilla's stories were so memorable and entertaining, they elicited a lot of listeners asking for him to return.

 

In this conversation, Todd shares some of stories of his long career in and around the music industry. Entertaining tales involving Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Ace Frehley, Vinnie Vincent, and Gene Simmons highlight just a portion of the talk.

 

Other subjects touched upon include the growth of the Nashville rock music scene, a strange encounter with Johnny Cash, and details of a documentary in-production covering Toddzilla's life.

 

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Todd Cunningham, Matt Ashcraft, Howard Tate, Warren Money, Chris Karam, Kal Hinz, Derik Novak, Justin Ace Sixx, Dan Miles, Mike Blount, Shane Hebert, Matt Syverson, Scott Olinger, Brent Walter, Brian Knapp, Chad Pollock, MusicMagsAndWax, Hoops, Adam Cox, Raw Magazine, Hot Metal Magazine, Loudmouth Column, Faces Rocks Magazine, Viking Girl, Pep Pep, Jack Broad, Joel DeLorge, Snark at the Moon Billy Hardaway, Nick Rose, Robert, Collins, Singer International.


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It's been over a year since we've gone to bizarro world and this week we finally go back.

 

Aaron and Chris return to a strange place this week as they present volume 5 of their Bizarro Covers series. This week they're spinning more great hard rock and metal versions of songs that are anything but. Tracks from rock/metal artists such as Enuff Z'nuff, Charm City Devils, Exodus, Machine Head and more performing tracks originally done by non-rock artists such as The Police, Seal, Paul Simon, and Irene Cara. We're back in bizarro world and what a long strange trip it's been....

 

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Charm City Devils

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L.A. Guns

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Andy Taylor

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Exodus

Machine Head

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Edge of Forever

 

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This week's episode marks the third time that the "Hoser Heavy Metal Twins" have taken the reigns of the Decibel Geek Podcast. Once again Wally "Wallygator" Norton and Rich "The Meister" Dillon are back with a new batch of Canadian homegrown hard rock and heavy metal. Joining the Decibel Geek website writers turned hosts are two very special guests guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs from Canadian bands Brighton Rock and Fraze Gang.

 

"Roadtrip!" was called, as the Decibel Geek podcast headed out to Niagara Falls Canada to the home of bassist Stevie Skreebs. Equipped with some Iron Maiden Trooper beer, we set up shop in the very basement where Brighton Rock often rehearse and where Fraze Gang came to life.

 

For the next hour the guys enjoyed some laughs, some beers and most importantly some great Canadian music. Also touched on throughout the show, the formation of Brighton Rock, playing a historic show with Triumph, how they came to be part of Mitch Lafon's KISS tribute album, their interpretation of "Creatures of the Night" and more. They also chime in on Gene Simmon's "rock is dead" quote and of course they discussed the progress on the upcoming and eagerly anticipated new Brighton Rock record that is in the works.  The Decibel Geeks can tell you.....it's gonna be fantastic!

 

Wally's Story...

Greg rocking the Hammer 1989

 

I have written about growing up a Canadian metal fan in the 80's many times now. We didn't get MTV north of the border, instead we got the Canadian version called Much Music. Much played all the big rock videos of the day. Crue, Def Leppard and Whitesnake were there, of course, but right along with them were plenty of great Canadian rock, Coney Hatch, the KiLLeR DWaRfS and Brighton Rock among the best. They were every bit the "rock gods" that Sixx, Elliot and Coverdale were. Of course they were, they were all over our televisions and radio airwaves. It almost seems strange to me that these great Canadian bands were not necessarily getting the same exposure south of the border.

 

Brighton Rock in the 80's burned quite a trail, released three incredible albums produced by Michael Wagener, Jack Richardson and Toby Wright respectively. They earned Gold records, won Juno awards and toured the country relentlessly. Over the years I was privileged enough to catch Brighton Rock live probably a dozen or more times. From various clubs in Hamilton (Dallas, Bannisters, etc.), my college pub on frosh week, opening for Honeymoon Suite at COPPS Coliseum and opening for Triumph at Canada's Wonderland.

 

Stevie's Peavey!

If you had told the 18 year old me that I would be invited to sit around and chat with Greg and Stevie, at Stevie's house no less, I might have actually peed myself. Fortunately as a mature adult now (shut up Rich!), I was able to contain my bladder and enjoy the experience. After the recording, the conversation continued on and as hinted on the show we got a sneak peak at one of the new songs slated for the new Brighton Rock record. A thick heavy riff sets off a great new tune that I can't wait to add to my music collection, hurry up fellas! Stevie even let me tinker with his bass as I suddenly went fanboy and almost did a Wayne's World "We're not worthy!" You can see how miserable I am in the photo.

 

Being able to share some Brighton Rock and Fraze Gang music has been a blast! I want to thank Stevie and Greg for being a part of the show, sharing some of your musical picks and for sharing some of the great memories with the Decibel Geek listeners.

 

Rich "The Meister"'s Story:

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and it's time for Chris and Aaron's yearly week off.  These two faithfully deliver an inciteful, humorous, and entertaining podcast each and every week, never having missed one for a total of 162 episodes!  In what has become a yearly tradition in itself, The Hoser Heavy Metal Twins, Canadians Wally "Wallygator" Norton and Rich "The Meister" Dillon are back for a third year of stepping in to bring you this week's episode.

 

I wanted to do something different for our third year attempting to remotely fill the big shoes of the regular Decibel Geek hosts and basically give the faithful listeners something better than just the two of us "Hosers".  I didn't know quite what, but almost immediately after I expressed this sentiment to Wally he returned with the suggestion that soon became a reality.  Joining the Decibel Geek website writers turned hosts for this

The Meister mauled by Brighton Rock!

episode are two very special guests, guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs from the Canadian bands Brighton Rock and Fraze Gang.

 

Personally, I almost feel deprived at times, especially when reading Wally's story above, in that although I was a long time listener my first concert experience with Brighton Rock was the October 2012 show at The Rockpile in Toronto.  Wally and I got the opportunity to sit down with frontman Gerry McGhee before the event for an in depth interview.  The boys had set the gig as a warm up for their planned appearance at that year's Firefest Festival in Nottingham UK and what a show it was.  It was thrilling to finally get to see these guys live and I don't know what they were like then, but I think I can safely say they're stronger than ever.  Over the next couple of years I would often speak to Greg via the internet and even run into him at various shows held at The Rockpile venues, to the point where a friendship has formed.  Even with this it was still exciting to sit down and talk with the boys in this revered space.  As Wally eluded to the fact that 18 year old him may have wet himself, 41 year old me was near that (well I did drink a fair amount of Skreebs' beer!).

 

With the traditional "Keep it Canadian" theme, the four play some great Canadian music, some Brighton Rock/Fraze Gang, chat about bands, music, concert memories and of course drink some beer.  Hopefully you find it as interesting to listen to as we did fun in recording it.

 

Cheers,

The Meister  (The Meister on Facebook) (Meister on Twitter)

 

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Brighton Rock - Take a Deep Breath

Brighton Rock - Love Machine

Brighton Rock - A Room For Five: Live

Fraze Gang - Fraze Gang

Fraze Gang - 2

Rush - Moving Pictures

Triumph - Thunder Seven

Step Echo - Songs For the Broken

Blood of Van Gogh - Blood of Van Gogh

 

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While you can always count on Decibel Geek to bring you the best songs from your all-time favorite bands, we'd not be doing our duty if we didn't turn you on to some great newer bands as well.

 

Chris and Aaron return this week for volume 3 of their Fresh Blood series. In this hour-plus episode you'll hear great tracks from newer bands such as Count's 77, Cage the Gods, Wayland, Black Trip, Charm City Devils and much, much more!

 

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Charm City Devils

Cage the Gods

Black Train 27

Nothing More

Wayland

Black Trip

Mista Lou and the Posers

The Tip

 

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We're back this week to (belatedly) celebrate Halloween with some of our favorite scary songs.

 

This week Aaron and Chris are spinning some of their favorite Scary Songs. The criteria was loose in some cases as some of these songs sound scary, some are by scary artists, and others are about scary subject matter. All in all though, it's a solid 90 minutes of great spooky rock and metal from artists such as Type O Negative, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Mondo Generator, Dokken, Slayer and more!

 

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After a huge response to last week's part 1, we're back to pick up our talk with John Corabi about the 1994 self-titled Motley Crue album.

 

We pick up Albums Unleashed - Motley Crue with John Corabi part 2 with a discussion of Hooligan's Holiday. From there John guides us through the creative process for each song on the album; highlighting the motives for the lyrics as well as some surprising revelations about the origin of some of the music on the album and a great story about Glenn Hughes' involvement in the recording for Misunderstood. 

 

Other topics touched on in this long-form discussion include

the much-talked-about MTV interview that strained the network's relationship with the band, the possibility of the band changing their name during the making of the album, one song that was re-written for the album five times and another that was almost torpedoed by record company politics; leading to a fight from the band for its inclusion. All of that and A LOT more!

 

 

 

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We're back with the second installment of our Albums Unleashed series and it's been a long time coming but we truly believe it's been worth the wait.

 

John Corabi joins Aaron and Chris this week to discuss what is arguably one of the most underrated albums of all-time; Motley Crue's self-titled album from 1994. In part one of this discussion, John helps us lay the groundwork into the story of the album with stories of his audition process, pre-production for the album, and the maddening-yet-rewarding experience of working with legendary producer Bob Rock.

 

John also shares revelations into the decision-making process of Motley Crue at that time; choosing to abandon the previously-blazed path of lyrics about rock and roll decadence and focus on delivering an album that's powerful not only musically but thought-provoking in its exploration of dark social commenatary. Tracks discussed in part one of this discussion include 'Hammered,' 'Power to the Music,' 'Uncle Jack,' and 'Hooligan's Holiday.' Also covered in this episode is information on John's current plans to perform the Motley album in-full at select upcoming dates with his band that includes guitarists Jeremy Asbrock, Josh Dutoit, bassist Topher Nolen and John's son Ian Corabi.

 

Next week we return to the track by track of the remainder of the album and it promises not to disappoint as John is very forthcoming in sharing the impetus for each song, it's process of creation, and his thoughts on them in hindsight.

 

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After a week focused on Germany to celebrate Rocktoberfest, we're back to being all over the map this week.

 

This week Aaron and Chris return with volume 19 of the Radio Sucks Radio Show series. No theme, no plan; just tunes that the guys have been listening to and think you might like. All eras celebrated with artists old and new including Britny Fox, Cinderella, Crobot, Faith No More, Winger, John Corabi, and a bunch more!

 

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While many rock/metal shows celebrate Halloween during the month of October, we can't forget another important event from across the pond that enables everyone to get sloppy drunk...

 

This week Aaron and Chris get into the deustchland spirit with Rocktoberfest; an hour-plus of great songs from great bands that hail from Germany. There were a lot of great options to choose from as Germany has produced a ton of great rock and metal over the years. The guys picks include Michael Schenker Group, Accept, Edguy, Helloween, Gamma Ray, and a bunch more. So, fill that beer stein to the top and rock out with us as the Decibel Geek podcast celebrates Rocktoberfest!

 

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No previous guest has garnered more attention (and controversy) to the Decibel Geek podcast than Gary Corbett. And this week, he's back for a different reason.

 

This week Gary Corbett returns to the Decibel Geek Podcast to join Chris and Aaron in a discussion of notable keyboardists throughout rock and metal history. In this long-form conversation, the guys point out some of their favorite keyboard players and favorite keyboard/synthesizer parts of songs throughout rock history.

 

This in-depth discussion with Gary Corbett also includes personal stories of Gary's involvement with keys throughout his life; from his early days of piano lessons at age 4 to his love for the British Invasion to the influence of prog-rock on him throughout high school and into his work from the 80's onward with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, KISS, and Cinderella

 

A lot of laughs, personal memories, and great music throughout this hour-plus discussion on keyboardists. Join Gary, Chris, and Aaron on a trip down memory lane.

 

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Uriah Heep

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It's hard to believe that this week's theme has not been covered on the Decibel Geek Podcast but today it takes place.

 

Media worlds collide this week as SiriusXM deejay and author Luc Carl joins the Decibel Geek podcast to discuss their Top 5 Live Albums. When picking parameters for their choices it was mutually agreed that each person would choose albums that had a personal meaning to them in their journey through music and life. Because of that, you're going to hear a wide variety of picks; some you'll agree with and others you won't. Either way, there's lots of tunes, lots of laughs, and lots of great stories shared between Chris, Aaron, and the Ayatollah of Jack and Cola, Luc Carl!

 

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In the early 1980's a pair of Texas brothers decided to form a band. 30+ years later, they are heavy metal legends. Pantera's rise to the top of the thrash heap happened despite a lack of heavy radio airplay and media hype. Their ascent was due to the power of grassroots word-of-mouth brought on by a legion of loyal fans that are still as fanatical about the band as they were at the end of their run in 2003. Today, we talk to a fan of the band that wound up in the inner-circle.

 

This week, Chris and Aaron are joined by rock photographer Chad Lee to discuss all-things-Pantera. Chad is not only a talented photographer but was a personal friend of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. He organizes the Nashville chapter of Ride for Dime. With the Nashville event coming up on September 27th, Chad sat down to discuss Pantera and Darrell's legacy, their material, and other entertaining stories about the "Cowboys from Hell." 

 

Ride For Dime Inc, a 501 (c) 3, charitable organization, honors the lives of guitar hero and friend, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Jeff Thompson, Nathan Bray, and Erin Halk. Ride for Dime has proudly given back to charities that were of interest to Darrell during his life as well as charities he would have been proud to be a part of, like IAVA. In 2010, they started planning and began raising funds for their own "Ride for Dime Scholarship Fund" and are well on their way with the addition of new chapters.

 

We encourage all of our local listeners to purchase a ticket to the upcoming event and hang out with us! Ticket purchase includes entry into a raffle for autographed guitars from KORN & Halestorm. If you aren't local, you can still purchase a ticket and that money will go towards the charity so you can help from abroad as well. All proceeds benefit Rock Against MS and Nashville animal rescue Proverbs 12:10

 

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Ride For Dime Nashville 2014 3rd annual Motorcycle run and concert

 

Main Street Music

527 W. Main St.

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Date: Saturday September 27, 2014 06:00 PM Doors: 5:00 PM

 

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KIST -AMAZING KISS tribute full costume and stage show

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Opener:

Erasing Never

Sekond Skyn

The F**king Pantera Cover Band

 

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Jonathan Montoya - SALIVA

Nick Catanese - The Evil Twin (Black Label Society)

Nick Bowcott - (Grim Reaper/Marshall Amps/Guitar World Dime tribute)

Jose Mangin- (Sirius XM, Liquid Metal, Ozzy's Boneyard , Affliction Clothing)

Lüc Carl (Sirius XM Hair Nation, Ozzy's Boneyard Drunk Diet author)

 

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After spending a week in the clouds, we're heading south......way south.

 

This week Aaron and Chris spin some of their favorite songs from the underworld. Hell - Ep153 features hellaciously good tunes from KISS, Turbonegro, King Kobra, Black Sabbath, Heaven's Basement, Halestorm, and much more.

 

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The guys are back from a week that nearly put Aaron Camaro out of commission and into recovery. After a health scare of pre-pneumonia, Aaron is back to help Chris tackle this week's subject; and is it ever a doozy.

 

This week the guys cover the first half of two very common subjects in songwriting; Heaven and Hell. Rock and metal bands have written about these subjects for decades and that only stands to continue in the future.This week Aaron and Chris spin some of their favorite tracks about the great beyond that is Heaven. In this episode you'll hear great tracks from artists such as Dio, Gunpowder Gray, Volbeat, Suicidal Tendencies, Stryper, Dokken, and much more.

 

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It's no secret that we like Ace Frehley around here and the new 'Space Invader' album is in constant rotation in the studio and we can't wait to hear more from the original Spaceman. And on that note....

 

Recently, Ace announced that the wait for his next album won't be as long as us Frehley fans are accustomed to. In fact, Ace is planning an all-covers album for the near future.

 

This week Aaron and Chris spin their wish list of covers that they think would benefit from an Ace-lift. You'll definitely be surprised by some of their choices that include songs from Budgie, Billy Joel, Deep Purple, Head East, Cheap Trick and much more! We also share YOUR suggestions for songs that Ace should consider for this new album. Enjoy this hour+ of songs that we want to hear covered by the space cowboy!

 

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KISS – Crazy Nights

Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock (anthem in Australia)

 

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AC/DC – Back in Black

Van Halen – I’m the One

George Harrison – What is Life?

 

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Rush – Working Man

 

Brent Walter:

Ace demos – Catch Me When I Fall aka Audio/Video

 

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Judas Priest – Victim of Changes

 

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Eric Clapton – Cocaine

Rolling Stones – Satisfaction

Jimi Hendrix – Manic Depression

 

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VVI – Back on the Streets

 

James Geike:

Sea of Love

Flipp – Freak

 

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Deep Purple – Space Truckin’

 

Robert Jackson:

Free – All Right Now

 

Paul Wozniak:

Motorhead – Ace of Spades

 

Mensch Maschine :

The Normal – Warm Leatherette

 

Kent Bennett:

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

 

Collins Janus:

Joe Perry Project – Shooting Star

 

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Thin Lizzy – Thunder & Lightning, Bad Reputation, Do Anything You Want to, Havin’ a Good Time, Jailbreak

 

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KISS - 2000 Man

 

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It's been entirely too long since Aaron and Chris unveiled the Fresh Blood format for Decibel Geek. The first volume received lots of praise and we're happy to now add the second volume to the collection.

 

This week the guys are spinning tracks by up and coming bands that have the talent, chops, and spirit that all Decibel Geek listeners can appreciate. Tracks from artists such as Gang Forward, We Are Harlot, Diamond Lane, Thundermother, Hardone, Red Wine Hangover and much, much more. It's all new and all for you with Fresh Blood volume 2

 

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After a full month of covering KISS and the second half of an Anthrax career/discography discussion, Aaron and Chris are ready for a week of their favorite format; no format!

 

We return this week with volume 18 of the Radio Sucks Radio Show. If you’re new to the show, the idea behind this format is simple. We play great songs by great artists that rarely, if ever, get radio play. Corporate stations can waste your time with advertisements and the same 10 songs every hour. This week we’re breaking out awesome deep cuts from W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, Angel, Ugly Kid Joe, Nazareth, Heavens Edge, and LA Guns. We’re also playing brand new stuff from Judas Priest and Sixx A.M. On top of that we, honor the late great Dick Wagner at the top of the show. Lots to sink your audio teeth into!

 

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After a jam-packed KISSMAS in July, we're back this week for the second half of our Anthrax discussion with special guest Victor M. Ruiz from Mars Attacks and Talking Metal.

 

In this long-form discussion Chris, Aaron, and Victor dissect the second decade of the Anthrax story. Starting with 1993's 'Sound of White Noise' and going all the way through 2013's 'Anthems' EP, there was a lot of change in the Anthrax camp. What started out as a new life with former Armored Saint front man John Bush would lead to an interesting game of musical chairs over the years and would ultimately result in the return of Joey Belladonna.

 

In part 2 of this Anthrax career discussion, your hosts share their thoughts on the musical and personnel choices made by the band in the past 10 years. Was 'Sound of White Noise' a stab at being a grunge band? Did 'Stomp 442' have no chance at equaling the success of 'White Noise'? Was Bush's more serious side pushing out the youthful and humorous spirit of the Belladonna-era?

 

Other topics touched upon in this coversation are the behind the scenes power moves that have taken place, trouble with record companies, surviving an American tragedy, and unsung heroes in the Anthrax alumni.

 

It's a fun, thoughtful discussion and not everyone agrees with the choices made. We'd like to hear YOUR take on all of this and you can give it to us by any means listed in the Contact Us section below.

 

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KISSMAS in July is now drawing to a close for 2014 and there were so many things we wanted to cover we figured, why not cover them all?

 

This week Aaron and Chris open up a KISS Grab Bag of topics to discuss. Listeners of the show submitted KISS-related subjects and your hosts give their take on those topics this week. Everything from discussion of KISS' merchandising reaching into things like Hello Kitty and arena football to favorite/least favorite albums, stages, costumes, songs, and much much more is covered in this free-form discussion. We also give an update on Vinnie Vincent, plans for more KISS-related shows later in the year and a track by track discussion of the Ace Frehley album 'Space Invader.'

 

A whole lot to cover to round out KISSMAS in JULY so take it all in and enjoy our talk on the Hottest Band in the Land!

 







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While Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are the 2 constant mainstays in KISS, the lead guitar position has faced the most changes of their 40 year history.

 

This week Aaron and Chris dissect and spin their Top 10 favorite KISS guitar solos. Aaron takes the Ace Frehley route for his list and Chris pulls his 10 favorite from the combined tenure of Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick, and Tommy Thayer. There's some very interesting and unexpected picks. Let us know what YOUR top 10 KISS guitar solos are by commenting below or on the facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/decibelgeek).

 

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Some of the most memorable KISS discussions we've had are the ones we've conducted with crew members. This week's guest should prove to continue that tradition.

 

Former KISS crew member Ken Barr joins Chris and Aaron this week for an in-depth discussion of a very transitional phase in the Hottest Band in the Land's career. Ken was a drum tech/guitar tech/carpenter for KISS from 1992 - 1996. His tenure included the Revenge tour, Alive III, the 1995 convention tour, MTV Unplugged, Reunion tour rehearsals, and the 1996 KROQ Weenie Roast. Lots of stories about the personalities behind the members of KISS, stories from the road, and Ken's thoughts on what the band is doing today.

 

Our talk with Ken today is just the tip of the iceberg of experiences that he's had throughout his career in the music industry. For much more, check out his book We Are the Road Crew at http://theroadcrew.wordpress.com/


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This week we kick of the 2014 edition of KISSMAS in July. During these next four weeks we'll be focusing solely on KISS-releated episodes and talking to KISS-related guests; and today's is a good one!

 

Sher Bach has been in close quarters with the Hottest Band in the Land during different eras of their storied career. Sher was married to a member of NY glitter scene contemporaries The Harlots of 42nd Street. She was also a performer in her own right; working with another New York act; Ruby & the Rednecks. In this long-form discussion, Sher details her memories of the rock scene at the time including her attendance at pivotal shows in KISS' career at venues such as Coventry and the Hotel Diplomat.

 

A few years later, KISS was on top of the world and churning out enough anthems, toys, and belt buckles to satisfy the population. Her longtime friendship to KISS manager Bill Aucoin strengthened in 1977 when she went to work for Aucoin Management. 

Bill Aucoin

 

In this discussion, Sher gives details of what it was like to work on the business side of the entertainment industry and how it, pardon the pun, mirrored the rock and roll side in many ways. She also shares her thoughts on how the excesses caught up to Aucoin and cracks started to appear on the surface of the Madison Avenue money machine.

 

After a couple of shifts in employment, Sher Bach would wind up working in Puerto Rico in the 1980's. In this discussion, she tells Aaron and Chris about KISS' visit to the country during that time, her impressions of Eric Carr, and an interesting story involving Paul Stanley jamming at a small bar.

 

The Decibel Geek podcast would like to thank Sher Bach for so many great stories from her time around KISS and appreciate her candor. 

 

Sher Bach currently works with Malla Entertainment Group

 

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Chris and Aaron tend to differ on many of the bands that they like. The dichotomy of those tastes have helped broaden their own musical palette over the course of doing this show. But one band that they both agree on is Anthrax.

 

This week Chris and Aaron are joined by Mars Attacks and Talking Metal host Victor M. Ruiz for a discussion of the first decade of Anthrax (1981-1992). In this discussion Chris, Aaron, and Victor go through the anthrax discography from their Neil Turbin-fronted debut, Fistful of Metal, through the final release of the Joey Belladonna era; Attack of the Killer B's.

 

Also included in this in-depth discussion are clips from the hosts favorite songs from albums of this era including Spreading the Disease, Persistence of Time, and the genre-bending I'm the Man EP among others.

 

Other topics covered in part 1 of this Anthrax discussion include rumors that Eddie Trunk was a key player in the removal of Neil Turbin as lead vocalist, touring troubles brought on by numerous problems including the death of Metallica's Cliff Burton, and the strange shared touring bill that had Anthrax opening up arena shows for KISS at their poppiest.

 

From the straight-ahead sound of Metal Thrashing Mad to their adventures into rap and hip hop with their cover of 'Bring the Noise,' Anthrax made a lot of movement during this first decade and we do our best to cover it all.

 

DISCLAIMER: Yes, we know that KISSMAS in July is starting next week. Never fear, part 2 of this discussion will be released during the first week of August.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

We're back this week to tackle the second half of a great year of pop culture and rock and roll. Tons of news stories including Madonna's controversial MTV awards appearance, Ted Turner's ill-fated Cable Music Channel and the horrible death of Hanoi Rocks member Razzle. All that, and more, underscored with music from Icon, Dio, Grim Reaper, Y&T, Helix, WASP, Metallica and many, many more!

 

 

July:

 

July 1 - The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA

 

A: DIO - Mystery - The Last in Line (7/2)

 

C: Icon - On Your Feet - Icon (7/7)

 

A: Grim Reaper - See You in Hell - See You in Hell (7/13)



July 14 - Eddie Van Halen makes a special guest appearance at a concert by The Jacksons in Dallas, Texas, playing the guitar solo for "Beat It" live.

 

July 20 - Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America

 

C: Quiet Riot - Condition Critical - Condition Critical  (7/27)

 

A: Metallica - Creeping Death - Ride the Lightning (7/27)

 

BREAK 1

 

Break Return Song:

Queensryche - Warning - The Warning

 

Groups Formed:

Dinosaur Jr., Frehley’s Comet, GWAR, Half Man Half Biscuit, Helloween, Living Colour, Nuclear Assault, The Offspring, Primus, Sepultura, Soundgarden, Warrant

 

Bands Disbanded:

 

Hagar, Schon, Aaronson, Shrieve (HSAS), Hollywood Rose, Kansas, Missouri, Vanilla Fudge

 

C: Y&T - Rock & Roll’s Gonna Save the World - In Rock We Trust(7/84)

 

C: Helix - When the Hammer Falls - Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge (7/7)

 

August:

 

A: Fastway - Station - All Fired Up (8/1)

 

August 9 – Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. This marks the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain.

 

August 10 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut album The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

August 11 - During a radio voice test Pres Reagan joked he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes"

 

C: Krokus - Midnight Maniac - The Blitz (8/22)

 

A: W.A.S.P. - Animal (Fuck Like a Best) - W.A.S.P. (8/17)

 

August 31 – Canadian music video channel MuchMusic begins broadcasting. The first video played is Rush's "The Enemy Within".



Break 2

 

Break Return Song:

Stryper - From Wrong to Right - The Yellow & Black Attack

 

Movies Released:

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • Gremlins

  • Karate Kid

  • Footloose

  • Ghostbusters

  • Red Dawn

  • Terminator (“I’ll be back.”)

  • Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Beverly Hills Cop

  • Police Academy

  • The NeverEnding Story

  • Sixteen Candles

  • Romancing the Stone



September:

 

September 2 – Van Halen concludes its 1984 world tour with a show in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock festival tour. This would be the band's last concert with David Lee Roth as lead singer until 2007.

 

A: Iron Maiden - Back in the Village - Powerslave (9/3)

 

A: The Cult - Spiritwalker - Dreamtime (9/10)

 

September 12 - Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on Tonight Show

 

C: KISS - I’ve Had Enough (Into the Fire) - Animalize (9/13)

 

C: Dokken - Just Got Lucky - Tooth & Nail (9/13)

 

BREAK 3

 

Break Return Song:

Armored Saint - Can U Deliver - March of the Saint

 

Born:

Mark Zuckerberg, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne, Ashlee Simpson

 

Died:

Andy Kaufman, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Count Basie, Ernest Tubb, Razzle

 

September 14 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, andThe Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for "You Might Think". Much attention is garnered by Madonna's controversial performance of her hit single "Like a Virgin" in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters, and grinds her crotch against her veil.

 

A:  Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers - Perfect Strangers (9/16)

 

September 21 – The first compact disc manufacturing plant in North America opens in Terre Haute, Indiana. CDs have previously had to be expensively imported from Japan or West Germany. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. is designated as the first CD ever made in the United States.

 

October:

 

C: Ramones - I’m Not Afraid of Life - Too Tough to Die (10/1)

 

October 26 – Turner Broadcasting System launches Cable Music Channel, a music video channel intended to compete directly with MTV. The first video played is "I Love L.A." by Randy Newman. The channel would only last 34 days.

 

November 6 - Reagan beats Mondale; winning 49 states.

 

November 20 – Michael Jackson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's Chinese Theater. Jackson leaves after only three minutes at the request of security, as the crush of 5,000 onlookers becomes a safety concern.

 

December

 

December – Tipper Gore forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in response to the "filth" she hears on her daughter's Prince album Purple Rain.

 

December 8 – Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident.

 

December 31 - Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car wreck.

 

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C: Hanoi Rocks - Underwater World - Two Steps from the Move (8/84)

 

 

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We're back this week with a discussion of the first half of 1984. All the facts, news stories, pop culture are brought to you by Aaron and Chris along with a soundtrack of great music released during the first half of the year. 

 

Tracks from Bon Jovi, Anthrax, Warlock, Kick Axe, Van Halen, Wendy O. Williams and tons more. Jump in the time machine and rock back to 1984 with us!

 

Facts:

Average Income per year $21,600.00

Average Monthly Rent $350.00

Average House Price 37,182

Movie Ticket $2.50

1 gallon of gas $1.10

Bacon Lb $1.69

 

January:

 

January 11 - BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.

 

Jan 14th - Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

 

January 24 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.

 

Van Halen - 1984, “Drop Dead Legs”

 

Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith, “Freewheel Burning”

 

Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi, “Roulette”

 

Anthrax - Fist Full of Metal, “Metal Thrashing Mad”

 

BREAK 1:

 

Break Return Song:

Russ Ballard - Russ Ballard, “Voices”

 

On TV…

 

Debuts

Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, ER, Murder She Wrote, Who’s the Boss?, Night Court, Airwolf, Three’s a Crowd (debuts a week after the finale of Three’s Company), Charles in Charge, Punky Brewster, Tales from the Darkside, V

 

Wendy O. Williams - “W.O.W.”, “Bump and Grind”

 

(1/27) - Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire during Pepsi Commercial. The next day he takes home a record breaking 8 Grammy awards.

 

Whitesnake - Slide It In, “Slide It In”

 

February:

 

2/14 - Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend an Aerosmith concert and re-join the band, which embarks on a reunion tour "Back In The Saddle" later in the year.

 

Europe - Wings of Tomorrow, “Scream of Anger”

 

March:

 

Warlock - Burning the Witches, “Homicide Rocker”

 

Great White - Great White, “Stick It”

 

RATT - Out of the Cellar, “Lack of Communication”

 

BREAK 2:

 

Break Return Song:

Scorpions - Love at First Sting, “Bad Boys Running Wild”

 

April:

 

April 1 – In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.

 

Saxon - Crusader,  “Sailing to America”

 

Apr 21st - After 37 weeks "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose"

 

May:

 

May 2Lionel Richie's hit "Hello" becomes Motown's first ever UK million-selling single.

 

May 19th - "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62 (‘In 3D’)

 

Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry, “The Beast”

 

Kick Axe - Vices, “Heavy Metal Shuffle”

 

Lizzy Borden - Give 'Em the Axe, “Give 'Em the Axe”

 

BREAK 3:

 

Break Return Song:

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA - Born in the USA (released 6/4)

 

In Sports…

 

‘84 Olympics in Los Angeles + Carl Lewis & Mary Lou Retton

Superbowl 18, LA Raiders (38) Vs. Washington Redskins (9)

World Series - Detroit over San Diego, 4 Games to 1

NBA Finals - Boston Celtics over Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3

Donald Sterling relocates the San Diego Clippers to LA

PGA Champion - Lee Trevino

Stanley Cup - Edmonton Oilers over NY Islanders, 4 games to 1

Wayne Gretsky - Leading Scorer & MVP

Hulk Hogan defeats the Iron Sheik for his 1st World Title at MSG, 34,000 fans

 

June:

 

June 18 – At the climax of a Judas Priest concert at Madison Square Garden, fans begin ripping out the cushions from the seats and throwing them on stage. Judas Priest pay damages through insurance and are banned from Madison Square Garden for life over the incident

 

June 25 – Prince releases his sixth album Purple Rain; the album sells over 20 million copies and gives Prince two US number one singles with "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy".

 

Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground, “Hallowed Ground”

 

TNT - Knights of the New Thunder, “Seven Seas”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There's a lot of hard-working, stressed-out people in this world. One of those people happens to co-host this show.

 

This week Aaron Camaro gives Chris a much-needed week off and produces and hosts this week's episode all by himself. The theme this week is Love Fest and Aaron pays tribute to Chris and others that deserve credit for the hard work they put in. In between, he spins some uplifting tracks from artists such as Motorhead, KISS, Warrant, Supersuckers, ELO, and more. C'mon get happy and enjoy the smooth sounds of Aaron Camaro and some inspirational tunes.

 

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Chuck Garric is no stranger to large crowds and big tours. His bass duties for such rock and metal legends as Dio, LA Guns, and Alice Cooper have given him quite a resume. But one thing that stays the same after playing in front of millions of people over the years; Chuck Garric is still the same music fan he was as a kid.

 

When not on tour, Garric resides in Nashville, TN as part of the long line of rockers that have made their way to the Southeastern hotbed of music. On a random weeknight you can see Chuck, along with members/ex-members of Motley Crue, Thin Lizzy, Accept and many others jamming out to some of the songs that got them hooked on rock and roll in their early years.

 

Aaron and Chris were fortunate enough to grab a coffee with Chuck just before he left for Europe to hit some big festivals with Alice Cooper as well as gearing up to co-headline with Motley Crue on their final tour.

 

In this discussion, Chuck goes back to his Lake Tahoe, CA roots to describe his musical upbringing, the awesomeness of Ted Nugent, his thoughts on American vs. European audiences, and the likelihood of Alice breaking the drought of DaDa songs in the setlist among other things.

 

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This week we bring you volume 17 of our Radio Sucks Radio Show series. If you're new to the show, it's basically us spinning some tracks, old and new, that we think you'll enjoy. Don't expect to hear the same singles that have been run into the ground by classic rock radio. Expect to hear deep cuts from great veteran bands as well as awesome new tracks that the radio guys in suits and ties continue to ignore.

 

 

This volume's selection includes classics from UFOSea HagsD.A.D. and Legs Diamond along with brand new tracks from Rubicon CrossCalifornia Breed and Rival Sons. Also featured are killer cuts from KyngMutha's Day Out and Rearview Ghost.

 

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Last week Aaron Camaro went solo with his one on one talk with Mike Tramp. This week Chris decides to strike out on his own with an in-person hangout with some legends of the Great White North.

 

The Killer Dwarfs were spending a day in Nashville at Sirius Hair Nation deejay Luc Carl’s “metal farm” and Chris took the opportunity to hang out and pester the guys with a microphone between beers. What you’ll hear in the first half of this episode is Chris (and writer Billy Hardaway) hanging out on a patio with the Dwarfs and Luc Carl while chatting about an assortment of stuff including their mutual love for Alice Cooper, touring with Saxon in the 80’s, and what happened to that can of Cuddly Cola from the ‘We Stand Alone’ video.

 

The second half of the show features a one on one talk that Chris has with Darrell about his time with the band Laidlaw, his other band Automan, getting back together with the Dwarfs, sharing a studio with KISS in 1992 and what Dwarfs fans can expect on their current tour in support of their Start @ One album.

 

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It's been 27 years since White Lion broke through into the public consciousness with 1987's 'Pride' album. Featuring a solid rhythm section of bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Greg D'Angelo joining virtuoso guitarist Vito Bratta, the band was fronted by a platinum blonde singer that not only had the right look for the era but also had a damn good singing voice that would reverberate through arenas across the world during the late 80's glam rock takeover. That singer is Mike Tramp.

 

The Danish-born front man fronted White Lion through a very successful run of albums from the previously-mentioned 'Pride' album through 1991's 'Mane Attraction.' The Seattle grunge movement eventually commanded a bigger spotlight and bands of White Lion's ilk were pushed aside; but Mike Tramp perservered, going on to form Freak of Nature and then release eight solo albums with 2013's 'Cobblestone Street ' being his most recent.

 

Mike Tramp has been on a US tour in 2014. Aided by only his guitar and a son he's been reconnecting with, Tramp is bringing an intimate experience for fans that includes White Lion classics and solo selections. Mike was nice enough to spend some time during his stop at the Rutledge in Nashville, TN talking to Aaron Camaro about the tour, the old days, and what it was like to be a part of the shifting sands of the early 1990's. Also included is a chat with two Mike Tramp die-hard fans about their expectations for the show as well as some of their favorite tracks from Tramp and White Lion.

 

The Decibel Geek podcast would like to thank The Rutledge LMV for their help in facilitating this interview.

 

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This week we present you with the 5th installment of our Vinnie Vincent Special. Joining us for this discussion is drummer Andre Labelle of The Sky. Andre was tapped by Vinnie to drum on the still-not-officially released album Guitars from Hell that was recorded over a period of 1989 through 1992. In this discussion you'll hear the whole story of how the project was started, the interesting ways that Vinnie would decide on equipment,recording techniques, and the circumstances that led to the album being shelved.

 

During this discussion Andre also shares some interesting insight into Vinnie's brief reconciliation with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and his work with them on the then-in-production 'Revenge' album as well as Vinnie's influence going beyond the songwriting for the album.

 

Guitars from Hell has leaked in-part online over the past few years in the form of rough demos; many of which feature Vincent re-recording all the tracks using a drum machine in Labelle's place. In this discussion, Andre shares his feelings about this and confirms that more than the 8 leaked songs do exist.

Fan-created artwork

 

Along with Andre, the Guitars from Hell album featured the return of original Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist  and current Sky front man Robert Fleischman. During this talk, Andre shares the working dynamic between the vocalist and guitarist and how things didn't always go very smoothly yet still yielded an incredible technical performance out of all parties.

 

The Sky recently released their second full-length album, 'Majestic.' The band is rounded out by bassist Steve Barber and guitarist Ryan Lake.

 

 

As we did in part 3 of the Vinnie Vincent Special with Robert Fleischman, all music clips in the epiosde come from the 'Majestic' album. We encourage you to support this band by purchasing the album HERE.

 

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This week Aaron and Chris launch the first installment of a brand new series for the Decibel Geek podcast with Albums Unleashed. The stories behind the songs, circumstances, and creative process from a major player in an album's creation. And to start things off, we're covering Alice Cooper's DaDa album with special guest Dick Wagner.

 

Released in 1983, DaDa was, for all intents and purposes, dead on arrival due to being the final album in Cooper's contract with Warner Brothers as well as the out-of-the-box style of songs. Part art-rock, part esoteric/theatrical concept, DaDa's synthesizer-infused production combined with a healthy amount of humor crossed with dark subject matter left 1983 audiences confused; and they weren't the only ones.

 

The early 80's were a self-professed "blackout" period for Alice Cooper with the rocker going as far as saying that he barely even remembers the songwriting process or production of this album. Cooper's lack of recollection has led many die-hard Cooper fans to create their own theories as to the concept behind DaDa. Guitarist/composer Dick Wagner, a longtime collaborator of Alice's, was the principal songwriter on this album and was kind enough, while in Nashville in May of 2014, to sit down with Aaron and Chris to discuss the entire album track by track and memory by memory.

 

In this discussion, Wagner shares his memories of the difficult 

that led to getting Alice to come to ESP Studios in Buttonville Ontario from his Pheonix home to join he and producer Bob Ezrin in the making of DaDa. Alice's alcohol abuse hit record highs during this period and Dick shares his recollections of their songwriting and recording process that led to the songs on the album.

 

From the creepy title track's intro that features producer Ezrin aping a psychiatrist talking to Cooper as DaDa's featured character over a bed of strange reverberating sounds and the voice of a child calling out for its father to the dark tale of self-destructive realization that is album closer 'Pass the Gun Around,' Wagner tells the story of the album's basic concept.

Alice during DaDa Seesions
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During this in-depth discussion of 1983's DaDa, Dick Wagner reveals the inspiration for the man-in-the-attic track 'Former Lee Warmer' and how, while it has horror opera feel, it's true roots lie in a bad business realtionship with Alice's record label.

 

A fantastic fan-created theory of the albums concept and storyline was written online in 2008 for Ultimate-Guitar.com by a user named madpaperboy89. Aaron and Chris were so intrigued by the review that they read parts of it to Dick to get his take on it. As you'll hear in the discussion, the writer was spot-on in parts.

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As you'll hear in this installment of Albums Unleashed, DaDa still holds a very special place in Dick Wagner's heart and it's finally earning some much-deserved attention after all these years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For a certain segment of the population, April 20th is a very significant day. If you don't partake of a sticky green plant that has certain psychological stimulating qualities, you don't know what I'm talking about.

 

This week Aaron and Chris celebrate 420 in the most fitting Decibel Geek way; by spinning some of their favorite rocking songs that pay tribute to the enjoyment of ganja (aka marijuana). Tracks from Bulletboys, Enuff Z'nuff, Ace Frehley, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath and more are included. Light 'em up!

 

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Every year, the high seas get rocked a little harder during this time of year and 2014 was no exception. The Monsters of Rock Cruise featured around 40 Decibel Geek-worth artists performing rotating sets in the Bahamas aboard the massive MSC Divina cruise ship and our very own Rich "The Meister" Dillon was on board to take it all in.

 

Rich "Meister" Dillon came through Nashville on his way back from the Monsters of Rock cruise to join Aaron, Chris, and Decibel Geek writer Andy Lafon for a discussion of all of the music, atmosphere, and debauchery that took place on the high seas. Underscoring this conversation is music from artists aboard the ship such as Cinderella, Killer Dwarfs, Winger, Red Dragon Cartel, and a bunch more. Dig it!

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:38pm EST

If you're anywhere near America during this time of year, the term "March Madness" seems to permeate the air. The NCAA basketball tournament becomes the sports centerpiece for the entire month of March and sports and non-sports fans escape into office pools of their own brackets in an attempt to prove their sports knowledge. The musical equivalent of this takes place on (crappy) radio stations across the land; with stations assigning bands in the bracket spots and letting listeners vote on who should be crowned the champ. 

 

This week Aaron and Chris take a rock band bracket list and go head-to-head in a discussion/argument over what happens when you pit these bands against each other. Some of these matchups and picks will anger you, make you laugh, question our sanity. Either way, it's a fun, laid-back talk between Aaron and Chris and more indisputable evidence that radio absolutely, positively sucks.

 

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Nick Rose (belated), Cassius Morris, Jason Wood, Nonsensicast Radio, Mojo Dave, The Pod Mafia,

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

We're back this week to discuss the second half of the year that was 1994. Tracks from Alice Cooper, Pearl Jam, Stone Roses, Annihilator, Peter Criss, Machine Head, Cinderella, Megadeth, and a ton more.

 

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Facebook: Patrick  Johnson, Adam Smith, Matt Ashcraft, Todd Cunningham, Chris Karam, Rich Dillon, Wally Norton, Robert De Pasqua, Billy Hardaway, Music is my Religion, Kisstory Science Theatre, Jason Thomas Broadrick,

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Intro Song:

Sponge– Plowed – Rotting Pinata (8/2)

 

Facts & Figures:

Movie Ticket $4.08 Average cost of new car$12,350.00 Dozen Eggs 86 cents  

 

Born: Harry Styles (One Direction) & Justin Beiber

Died: Harry Nilsson, Dinah Shore, Dan Hartman, Selena, Kurt Cobain

 

July:

 

Rolling Stones – Sparks Will Fly – Voodoo Lounge (7/11)

 

Gilby Clarke - Pawnshop Guitars - "Cure Me... or Kill Me" (7/26)

 

Alice Cooper – Bad Place Alone – The Last Temptation

 

August:

 

August 12 - Woodstock '94 begins in Saugerties, New York. It is the 25-year anniversary of Woodstock in 1969.

 

Peter Criss - Cat #1 - "Bad People Burn in Hell" (8/16)

 

Machine Head – Block – Burn My Eyes (8/9)

 

BREAK 1

 

Break Return Song:

Korn– Clown – Korn

 

October 11 - Korn, a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, launches its self-titled debut album Korn, peaking at number 72 on the Billboard 200 and launching the nu metal sound.

List of other metal albums

Sports Discussion

 

September:

 

Jackyl- Push Comes to Shove - "Back Down in the Dirt"

 

Tuff- Fist First - "In Dogs We Trust"

 

October:

 

October 12 - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: No Quarter (Unledded) premieres on MTV. The "unplugged" concert special featuring the two former Led Zeppelin bandmates was filmed to accompany the release of the album of the same name.

 

“Surprised They Released Albums” Discussion

 

Nativity in Black: Tribute to Black Sabbath - Ugly Kid Joe - "N.I.B." (10/4)

 

Queensryche– My Global Mind – Promised Land (10/18)

 

Melvins– Sweet Willy Rollbar – Stoner Witch (10/18)

 

Annihilator– King of the Kill – King of the Kill (10/10)

 

BREAK 2

 

Break Return Song:

Testament– Low – Low

 

Movies Discussion

 

Airheads Soundtrack - Stuttering John - "I'll Talk My Way Out of It"

 

November:

 

November 7 – WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world's first internet radio broadcast.

November 28 - The Milwaukee Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer is beaten to death by a fellow inmate at the prison where he was incarcerated.

 

Megadeth– Reckoning Day – Youthanasia (11/1)

 

Cinderella– All Come Down – Still Climbing (11/8)

 

“Still Kicking in 94” Discussion

 

December:

 

December 2 - Warner Music Group acquires a 49 percent share of Seattle record label Sub Pop in a deal believed to be worth over $30 million.

 

Stone Roses - Second Coming - "Love Spreads" (12/5)

 

Biggest Hit Singles:

Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia, Adams, Stewart, & Sting – All for Love, Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe, All-4-One – I Swear, Mariah Carey – Without You

 

Big Rock Songs of 1994 discussion

 

 

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy - "Not For You" (12/5)

 

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We're back this week with part 1 of our 2 part 1994 Year in Review. In this episode, Aaron and Chris take a look at the facts, figures, cultural events, and new stories that shaped 1994 with an excellent soundtrack as a compliment. Lots to cover!

 

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Intro Song:

Buckethead– Welcome to Bucketheadland – Giant Robot

 

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Facebook: East Side Gamblers, Derik Novak, Matt Ashcraft, Jason Thomas Broadrick, Gino Ames, Chris Karam, Union, Heavy Rock

 

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Facts & Figures:

Average Monthly Rent $533.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas$1.09 Loaf of Bread $1.59

 

January:

January 6 – In Detroit, MichiganNancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband.

January 11 - The Superhighway Summit is held at UCLA's Royce Hall. It is the first conference to discuss the growing information superhighway and is presided over by U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

 

King's X - Complain - Dogman (1/18)

 

January 17 – The 1994 Northridge earthquakemagnitude 6.7, hits the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles at 4:31 a.m., killing 72 and leaving 26,029 homeless.

January 21 – Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of mutilating her husband John.

Dio- Strange Highways (U.S.) - "Strange Highways" (1/26)

Prong- Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck - Cleansing (1/25)

Black Sabbath – I Witness – Cross Purposes (1/28)

 

 

February:

Widowmaker– Stand by for Pain – Stand by for Pain (n/a)

 

BREAK 1

Break Return Song:

Corrosion of Conformity – Clean My Wounds – Deliverance

 

TV Discussion

March:

Motley Crue - Poison Apples - Motley Crue (3/15)

Yngwie Malmsteen – Never  Die – The Seventh Sign (3/15)

Pantera - Far Beyond Driven - "I'm Broken" (3/22)

 

April:

April 8 - Kurt Cobain, songwriter and frontman for the band Nirvana, is found dead at his Lake Washington home, apparently of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Offspring- Smash - "It'll Be a Long Time" (4/8)

 

February 1 - Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which will eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.

April 19 – A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.

Love/Hate - Let's Rumble - "Spinning Wheel"

 

May:

May 10 - Illinois executes serial killer John Wayne Gacy by lethal injection for the murder of 33 young men and boys.

 

Pride & Glory - "The Chosen One" (5/1)

Cheap Trick – You’re All I Wanna Do – Woke Up with a Monster (5/4)

Enuff Z'nuff - 1985 - "Fingers On It" (5/2)

 

BREAK 2

Break Return Song:

Alice in Chains – Don’t Follow – Jar of Flies

 

June:

June 12 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman are murdered outside the Simpson home in Los Angeles, CaliforniaO.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.

June 17 – NFL star O.J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low-speed chase ends at Simpson's Brentwood, Los Angeles, California mansion, where he surrenders.

Shandi’s Addiction – Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved – “Calling Dr. Love” (6/21)

Helmet- Milquetoast - Betty (6/21)

Kyuss- Welcome to Sky Valley - "Gardenia" (6/28)

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

We teased last week that we'd be doing a year in review this week. Unfortunately, time and sickness played factors in us getting our research finished in time. The year in review shows take a lot of preparation.

 

This week, Aaron and Chris bring you volume 16 of the Raido Sucks Radio Show as they spin new tracks by Winger, Heavy Tiger, and The East Side Gamblers alongside rocking tracks from KISS, Betty Blowtorch, Union, Hair of the Dog and much more.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:50pm EST

The winter of 2013-2014 has been absolutely brutal in the United States and outlying territories. Worse than that, if feels like it's never going to end! March is here and there are still places that have plenty of snow on the ground. It's enough to make even the most cheerful of Decibel Geeks feel depressed and cry out "Winter Sucks!"

 

This week we're joined by guest host Mitch Lafon for a discussion of some of our favorite Winter-themed songs (ie. songs with words like "cold", "ice", "frozen" in the title). In this hour-long discussion, Aaron, Chris and Mitch discuss and spin tracks by Cinderella, Aerosmith, Rainbow, London, LA Guns, Metallica and much more to help remedy your cold weather blues. Mitch also shares his reasoning for recently leaving the popular Three Sides of the Coin podcast and lets us in on his plans for the future.

 

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Cry of Love

L.A. Guns

Billy Idol

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:56pm EST

After two weeks of discussing a British Invasion, we decided this week to discuss another kind of British Invasion and Chris and Aaron are joined by Tim Henderson from Bravewords.com for an in-depth discussion of the entire catalog of heavy metal legends Judas Priest.

 

In this long-form discussion, Aaron, Chris and Tim discuss the recorded output of the iconic Judas Priest catalog; starting with 1974's Rocka Rolla and chronicling each album through 2008's Nostradamus and their hopes for the upcoming album currently being created.

 

There's a lot of twists and turns in this conversation with each host bringing a different perspective due to differing levels of Priest fandom. We hope die-hard Priest fans enjoy this trip down memory land and we also hope this coversation helps turn on listeners not as familiar with Judas Priest's catalog and hisotry to pick up and discover one of metal's most iconic bands. Enjoy!

 

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Screaming For Vengeance 

Defenders of the Faith

Turbo

Ram It Down

Priest Live

Painkiller

Jugulator

Demolition

Angel of Retribution

Nostradamus

 

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This week the Decibel Geek podcast stays Fab as Aaron and Chris spin some of their favorite Beatles songs covered by some of the favorite rock & metal artists.

 

The Beatles - Covered in Metal is an hour plus of  rock and metal artists putting their own spin on some Fab 4 classics. Tracks from Kip Winger, Type O Negative, Me First & the Gimme Gimme's, Tesla and more!

 

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With the majority of the world celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landmark first performance on the Ed Sullivan show, Aaron and Chris decided to dip their toe(s) into this renewed Beatlemania.

 

The guys discuss and spin some of their favorite 'heavy' Beatles tracks from albums such as The White Album, Yellow Submarine, Sergent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and more.

 

We also hear from Podkisst host Ken Mills with his picks for favorite heavy Beatles tunes. If you didn't already know, Ken hosted a fantastic look back at the Sullivan show appearance in a special entitled Beatles Invade America. We highly recommend it!

 

We hope you enjoy this look/listen to The Heavier Side of the Beatles.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

As we proved in our Best of 2013 episode, last year was a pretty cool year for hard rock and metal. That kind of standard has Aaron and Chris thinking this week of how 2014 will shape up.

This week the guys play some tracks from bands/artists that are possibly releasing music this year. Tracks by Sebastian Bach, Overkill, Helix, Ted Nugent, Sixx A.M. and many more highlight this week's episode entitled Album Anticipation.

Sixx A.M. continued on the tradition of creating catchy-yet-heavy rock music in 2011 with the release of 'This is Gonna Hurt.' A companion piece to the book of the same name penned by Nikki Sixx, the album combines elements of new and old. Sixx confirmed in a late-2013 interview that the band was putting the finishing touches on their new album.

The Cult are on schedule to release new music in 2014. They had a very busy 2013 as they crossed the U.S. performing the classic 1987 album 'Electric' in full. We prepare for this year's new material with a track from the aforementioned 'Electric.'

Ted Nugent seems to be a real lightning rod these days due to his very divisive comments that he always seems to be making in the press in regards to politics and gun laws. What do we think? Who cares? We hope for new music from Uncle Ted this year and, while we wait, blast out a track from the epic 1978 'Weekend Warriors' album.

Black Label Society are slated to release 'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' this April. Zakk Wylde and company will surely continue their tradition of brutal riffs that also contain a hint of melodic sensibility. While we wait for April, Aaron spins a track from the equally heavy 2006 release 'Shot to Hell'.

Formed in 1974 in Canada, Helix have been in the music industry for 40 years. While new music is scheduled for release this year, Chris plays a track from their commercial peak and the 1983 album 'No Rest for the Wicked.'

One band that's definitely no stranger to the Decibel Geek podcast is Overkill. After 2012's awesome 'The Electric Age' expectations are high now that's known that Bobby Blitz and the boys will be putting out new material this year. We take a listen to a left-field track from 1997's 'From the Underground and Below.'

The Darkness is a band that's been through just about every rock music cliche imaginable. The fact that they are still producing great old-school-inspired hard rock is a testament to their work ethic. The band has stated that they are working on a 2014 follow-up to their 2012 'Hot Cakes' release. Chris takes things all the way back to the 2003 debut album with a track from 'Permission to Land.'

Ace Frehley finally gave KISS and guitar fans new product back in 2009 after a 20 year wait with the release of 'Anomaly.' While many remain skeptical about new music from the original Spaceman, there has been reported activity of Frehley doing some recording over the past year with some well-known musicians. The hope of new music from Ace inspired Aaron to pick a smoking track from 1989's 'Trouble Walkin.'

Scheduled to release a new album entitled 'Give 'em Hell' in 2014, Sebastian Bach is expected to continue releasing solid music as his past few solo albums have proven. Closing out his picks is Chris' choice of a rocker from 2007's 'Angel Down' album.

Hell seemed to freeze over in 2008 with the long awaited release of Guns N' Roses' 'Chinese Democracy.' After a ridiculous amount of lineup changes and delays, the album didn't exactly set the world on fire but did contain some notably great songs. As impossible as it seems, rumors have swirled recently from reliable sources that Axl and the gang might actually put out new material this year. Aaron closes out this week's show with the ultimate in anticipation as he spins one of the 'better' tracks from GNR's previous release.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

Rock and Metal music is widely stereotyped as a man's world. This couldn't be further from the truth and Aaron and Chris are out to prove it today as they discuss and spin some of their favorite female rockers. Tracks from The Runaways, Vixen, Doro Pesch, L7, Halestorm, and Betty Blowtorch among many, many more show that girls can rock every bit as much as the boys in this hour-plus episode that highlights the Queens of Noize.

Starting things off, is a double dose of Swedish female power as Sister Sin teams up with Doro Pesch for their take on a Motorhead classic.

A few weeks ago, Aaron spun a great Billy Squier cover performed by Damone. Up from the ashes of that great band is singer Noelle LeBlanc's current project known as The Organ Beats. Featuring a catchy pop/rock sound, Chris spins a track from their 2012 'Goldenheart' release.

An all-female metal band that cropped up in the 1990's was Drain STH. Also from Sweden, this group toured heavily, opening for many legendary hard rock and metal acts before calling it a day. Aaron spins a great track from this powerful but short-lived band.

Chris' next pick hits close to home as he spins a selection from Vixen's self-titled 1988 debut. Late guitarist Jan Keuhnemund is no stranger to the Decibel Geek podcast as she was interviewed on the show back in 2012.

We come back from the break with Aaron's choice of a controversial band from the 1990's. L7 were not your stereotypical all-girl group. In fact, they were as tough (if not tougher) than many of the male-dominated bands that they toured with. Fronted by Donita Sparks, we take a listen to an attitude-filled track from 1992's 'Bricks are Heavy' album.

No list of top female rockers would be complete without a mention of Heart. Formed in Seattle in the 1970's and fronted by the sisters Wilson (Anne and Nancy), Heart have strung together a legendary career that has withstood numerous changes in trends. Chris spins one of their heavier tracks with a selection from 1980's 'Bebe Le Strange' album.

What if there were an all-girl version of AC/DC? The closest thing you'll find to that are The Donnas. Known for a simple and catchy hard rock sound, this all-girl group has released a number of great tracks over the years. Aaron spins a festive number from their 'Bitchin' album.

There's a female-fronted band that is getting lots of mainstream attention while continuing to fly the flag for classic hard rock and metal. Halestorm have been racking up hits and awards while saluting their heroes in the form of cover songs and guest appearances onstage. Led by singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, this band continues to give us hope that good rock music is not going away anytime soon as we listen to a track from their 2012 'The Strange Case Of....' release.

Rounding out Aaron's choices of top female rockers is another band that left us too soon; this time due to tragic circumstances. Betty Blowtorch was gaining real momentum with their debut album in the early 2000's and seemed destined to become pretty big stars. 

That all ended much too early as lead singer Bianca Halstead was tragically killed in a car crash during their tour stop in New Orleans. We take a listen to a track that sums up the talent and humor that the band had going for it.

As with Heart, we couldn't do this episode without putting the honor forward to another forerunner of powerful rock women. Chris picks his favorite song by The Runaways. 

This band launched a number of great careers including Joan Jett, Cherie Curry, and Lita Ford. We finish our tribute to women in rock this week with a Joan Jett-fronted track from 1977's 'Waitin' for the Night.'






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After a wild couple of weeks of going behind the KISS curtain, we're back this week to kick back, have some laughs, and spin some awesome cover songs.

This week we bring you Under Covers 2, a collection of kick-ass hard rock and metal cover songs. Some of these are just great takes on the original and others are more rocked-up versions of less rocking songs. Covers by bands such as Bobaflex, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, Ronnie James Dio, Halestorm and Nantucket covering songs by great acts like AC/DC, Styx, Alice Cooper, Simon & Garfunkle, and Hall & Oates (weird, I know). Hope you enjoy!

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Jizzy Pearl

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Nantucket

Ronnie James Dio

Stevie Rachelle

Halestorm

Skid Row

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

To say that last week's part 1 of our conversation with keyboardist Gary Corbett was popular would be an understatement. In just 7 days, part 1 exceeded download totals for any episode in show history. The audience feedback was overwhelming with many, especially KISS fans, expressing gratitude for a peak behind the curtain of a working band that has had its share of controversy. This week's second half is no exception.

Gary shares his happy recollections of his time spent on the road with Paul Stanley during his 1989 solo tour. The solo band, comprised of Stanley, Corbett, guitarist Bob Kulickbassist Dennis St. James, and drummer Eric Singer formed a tight bond and showed a side of Stanley that was much easier to work with according to our interview subject. While this tour seemed a happy time for Paul Stanley, Gary explains that there was definite pushback from the rest of the KISS camp and not just Eric Carr. He also shares an eerily prophetic moment from Carr after he took in a Stanley solo performance.

We then segue into discussion of Eric Carr's decline in health. Gary describes the physical symptoms that cropped up during the end of the Hot in the Shade tour and the subsequent surgeries and chemotherapy.

Many rumors have swirled around for years about Eric Carr's status in the band after his cancer diagnosis. Gary shares his memories of what took place between Carr and his KISS bandmates and what led to Carr's family cutting off all contact to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during the end of Eric's life.

Gary also shares his objections to certain things portrayed in The Eric Carr Story by Greg Prato; a book in which Corbett is quoted alongside Bruce Kulick, Carrie Stevens, and others that were close to the late drummer. He also states how his side of things are backed up by, what many would consider, a surprising source.

Hot in the Shade was released as, basically, a collection of demos that were polished up for cost-cutting measures. Gary explains how one of the biggest tracks on Hot in the Shade featured a future lineup of KISS.

Gary then takes us a bit by surprise by stating that Eric Carr was, indeed, fired by KISS and explains the different ways in which they were pushing to attain his exit from the band during a very difficult time as well as their motivation.

During this part of the conversation, Gary recounts more of Eric's displeasure with his drum solo being taken away during the beginning of the Hot in the Shade tour. He also claims that Paul Stanley, in particular, had a certain way of, in his words, "torturing" Carr.

Gary then shares details of the funeral and the tension that hung in the air as Eric's KISS bandmates showed up for the services. He also talks about the infamous feud between Gene Simmons and Howard Stern due to Stern's comments on the air about Eric's death. Gary reveals his role in this drama that wound up being played out on Stern's television show later. He also shares details of the icy reception for Simmons and Stanley at the post-funeral dinner.

One positive note from the funeral is shared by Gary as he describes the miles-long turnout of thousands of fans along the road for the procession. Despite the fan support though, Carr's parents were uncomfortable with the attention.

Chris tells Gary about seeing footage of he and Carr goofing off on camera during the Hot in the Shade rehearsals in bootleg footage that circulates among fans as Exposed II. Gary goes on to discuss some footage that he took himself of the band during the band's Smashes Thrashes and Hits tour and, in particular, a certain story of Carr experiencing hash in Amsterdam for the first time.

Gary describes some of the conversations that took place among the band during the Hot in the Shade era including the Paul and Gene's stories of Ace and Peter, talks of a possible reunion, and the tension that resulted from a makeup-era flashback scene that was filmed for the 'Rise to It' video.

Gary also shares how Eric Carr's naivety and innocence worked against him in the confines of the music industry. He talks about Gene and Paul's business savvy and what he thinks it will lead to in the future.

We then ask Gary about the Revenge era and he describes his memories of the club shows that led up to the tour to break in new drummer Eric Singer. He explains how the emotional toll of Eric's death kept him from being able to continue to work with the band and how he made his exit from the band. He also talks about how the tension, with Paul Stanley, in particular still exists after the two saw each other backstage in Nashville during the 2012 co-headlining tour with Motley Crue.

Gary Corbett remains friends with current KISS drummer Eric Singer. We get Gary's take on Eric's role in the band portraying the Catman character and how he feels about Singer's extended employment with KISS.

Finishing up the conversation Gary explains how Eric Carr's memory and friendship are absolutely the highlight of his time working for the band as well as his current projects, plans for the future, and success that he's had with other artists such as the Marley Brothers and Cyndi Lauper.

The Decibel Geek podcast would like to thank Gary Corbett for a such an open, frank conversation.

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At the end of 2013, Aaron and Chris got to sit down in-person with a guest that had been on their wish-list since, basically, the inception of the podcast. Today, we're happy to share the first half of the conversation.

Gary Corbett may not be a household name along the lines of Gene SimmonsPaul Stanley, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, or Cyndi Lauper but he's worked closely with all of them. In part 1 of this long-form discussion, Gary shares his experiences in the music business working with Cinderella and KISS.

The discussion opens with Chris telling Gary about seeing, or more appropriately hearing, him perform with KISS in Nashville on the Hot in the Shade tour. Gary goes on to share how he wound up relocating to Nashville from New York years ago and also talks about the Scrap Metal project that he's been part of with also-Nashville-resident Mark SlaughterScrap Metal.

We then discuss the announcement of KISS' upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Gary's thoughts on who still deserves to be in the museum.

Gary shares the story of how he was brought into the KISS fold during pre-production for the 'Crazy Nights' album. He was then brought in to tour for the 'Crazy Nights' tour and he recounts the struggles the band went through on the road due to low ticket sales in the face of dismal returns on the album.

Soundcheck for KISS is a time when the band members can cut loose away from the audience while still being on stage. Unfortunately for Gary, his first tour with the band didn't provide a fun atmosphere in which to soundcheck due to Gene Simmons razzing the keyboard player in a particular way.

We go into a brief discussion of KISS' appearance at the Monsters of Rock festival in Germany in 1988 and how Gary being shown on camera during the performance led to some unpleasant vibes from Gene and Paul.

Chris, then, approaches Gary about the presence during those years of Jess Hilsen, who was Paul Stanley's therapist who wound up handling KISS' financial affairs before leaving the country amid a haze of lawsuits and bad business deals. And speaking of managers, Gary then shares how another KISS manager Larry Mazer was responsible for bringing him into the fold playing for Cinderella beginning with the Heartbreak Station tour.

We come back from the first break with some Vinnie Vincent discussion and Gary shares how he was actually at Mark Slaughter's house when news broke of Vinnie's arrest.

Another KISS connection for Gary goes back all the way to the 1970's as he crossed paths with the Kulick brothers early on. He was also a part of the mid-late 70's New York scene and was a part of the Max's Kansas City crowd.

During his time working with KISS, Gary become very close friends with Eric Carr. In this discussion, we get Gary's take on Eric's personality and some of the struggles he had with dealing with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons' control. He would typically hang out with Gary after the shows and in this discussion he shares what Eric was like socially with fans and friends.

Eric Car went through a difficult circumstance when KISS toured Europe in 1988 as his drum solo was vetoed. This decision hit Eric very hard and Gary shares his take on who was responsible and why.

In this discussion, Gary has some very pointed things to say in regards to Paul Stanley. He also shares his thoughts on Bruce Kulick's long tenure in the band and how that took place under the control of Simmons and Stanley.

We come back from the second break with discussion of Gary's memories of his tenure with KISS and how, during the 'Crazy Nights' tour, the employment arrangements with the band were becoming troublesome due to the on-again/off-again nature. This situation came to a head and led to a standoff of sorts between Gary and the band at Nassau Coliseum.

We finish off Part 1 with a quick discussion of what it must have been like to be a roadie for KISS during the 'Crazy Nights' era. Who could forget that logo?

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We kick off 2014 with a guest that has seen many facets of the music industry in his 30+ years in it. Paul Taylor joins Aaron and Chris this week to discuss his career in rock with artists like Aldo Nova, Alice Cooper, Winger, and current projects including The Big Rock Show and production work with up and coming singer Rizzi Myers.

Paul Taylor was brought up in the San Francisco bay area to parents that he describes as "70's hippies." Paul's professional debut in music would take a few years but, as you'll hear in this discussion, his face appeared on a major label album cover by a well-known Vietnam-era band.

After honing his skills in the Bay area, Taylor catches his first big break as touring keyboardist for Aldo Nova as well as a cameo in the 'Fantasy' video from 1981. In this discussion, Paul tells Aaron and Chris about Nova's difficult demeanor on the road as well as the surprising supplier of the hokey visual effects in the 'Fantasy' video.

After a stint with Nick Gilder in the early 80's, Paul winds up in the Alice Cooper band for The Nightmare Returns tour in 1986. He shares the circumstances that led to his hiring in the Cooper act as well as memories of forming a friendship with bassist Kip Winger that would lead to big things down the road.

Also in this discussion, Taylor reminisces on the Raise Your Fist and Yell era of Alice Cooper including memories of protesters outside the venues and the continued misunderstanding of Alice the person in comparison to Alice the performer.

After the European tour with Alice Cooper, Taylor leaves the band to join his former band mate Winger in a new, original project that had just achieved label backing. In this conversation, Paul shares his thoughts on the rise of Winger including the criticism they faced due to the band's image overshadowing the undeniable talent in the band. 

Winger toured the world on the strong sales of their self-titled debut as well as the successful followup 'In the Heart of the Young.' In this discussion, Taylor remembers the tours the band undertook including stints with Scorpions as well as KISS and the bond formed with late drummer Eric Carr.

He also gives his thoughts on Mike Judge's 'Beavis & Butthead' putting a bullseye on the band through MTV and his opinions on Judge himself. This part of the conversation also dovetails into a discussion of the rise of grunge causing the fall of bands of Winger's ilk as well as the work he's done with Winger in more recent years and some reunion dates going on right now.

After his departure from Winger, Taylor teamed up with former Journey vocalist Steve Perry for 1994's 'For the Love of Strange Medicine.' In this conversation, Paul tells Aaron and Chris how a simple songwriting session turned into an entire album collaboration, Perry's vision for a record, and his thoughts on the then-new digital mix the album received and what he'd do differently with it today.

These days, Paul Taylor is as busy as ever. He recently finished a stint touring with Cinderella vocalist Tom Keifer for his recent solo album. This gig spawned two music videos as well as an appearance with Tom on the David Letterman show.

Paul is also a member of The Big Rock Show; no stranger to the Decibel Geek podcast. This group performs all of the country as well as on many of the rock-themed cruise lines.

in addition to performing duties, Taylor is also a writer, arranger, and producer for up and coming talent Rizzi Myers. Myers was present during this interview recording and we see big things for her in the future based on the great tracks Paul shared with Aaron and Chris. Check Rizzi Myers out HERE.

We want to thank Paul Taylor for taking the time to share such great stories from a great career in music. Aaron, Chris, and the entire Decibel Geek staff want to wish Paul much success in the future.

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