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DBG VIP and host of Digital Killed the Radio Star podcast David Hudson joins the guys this week for Radio Sucks Radio Show v31. David was a supporter of the recent Rock n Pod Expo in Nashville. When asked for a desired show theme, Radio Sucks was his choice and this one is packed with great tracks. In this long-form music and discussion show you'll get tracks from Warrant, Tora Tora, Poison, Gaslight Anthem, RATT, Roxy Blue, Scorpions, Dream Theater, Skid Row, and Motley Crue.

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Radio Sucks Radio Show v31

 

Tora Tora and Roxy Blue (along with Every Mother's Nightmare and Under the Radar) will be sharing the stage with Bret Michaels on October 28th at the Bankplus Ampitheatre in Southaven, MS. The show is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of local radio station Rock 103 in Memphis.

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A regular fan since the early days and it has always been my favorite! I love the interviews but why I come back is the hosts. Chris & Aaron’s chemistry and friendship makes the show for me. Great topics, audio quality, consistency. Five high flying METAL horns!

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Kevin Williams, Criticult, Sonny Pooni, Joey Haynie (Rock Strikes Ten), Ages of Rock Podcast, Drunken Lullabies, Kenneth Roy, Cool World, Brendon Dunn, Jeffrey Mendenhall, Greg Renoff, Mike Grabowski, Nate Atchison, Justin Ace Sixx, The Riff of the Day, Gino Ames, The Pods and Sods Network, Matt Ashcraft, Andrew Jacobs, Todd Cunningham, Wayne Cross, David Glynn, Ian Wadley, Rockin Ron Runyon, Eric Moore, Greg York, Adam Cox, Rob Webb, David Hope, Greg McGlone, Shane Hebert, Ken Mills, Joe Royland, Sit and Spin with Joe, Mikael Burell, Joshua Toomey (Talk Toomey Podcast), Rock n Ray Osborne, Michael Wagener, David Hudson, Dan Chaput, Growin’ Up Rock Podcast, Sean Cullen, Lee Gerstmann, Marc Alden Taylor, Free Form Rock Podcast, Shawn Franklin, Bobby Valentine Army, Georgi Goergiev, ThunderAndLightning, Ernesto Aguilar, Robin Bennett, Derik Novak, MDG Rock Photography, Shane Hebert, James McEllhiney, Digital Killed, Focus on Metal, Pat Catalano, The Mooger Fooger

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This week we present a live recording of the Producer Panel with Michael Wagener and Toby Wright. This panel discussion, recorded on stage at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo, has the two legendary producers sharing stories that span their career, recounting some of their favorite recording moments, and some discussion on the current state of recording today. Artists from throughout their career are discussed including Warrant, Skid Row, Alice in Chains, KISS, Dokken, Denman and more.

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Rating: ★★★★★

Chris & Aaron (in addition to being some of our finest citizens) know their stuff and they also know what they like. With a guest roster I am jealous of plus a true passion for Rock, it's a no-brainer that you must listen and subscribe.

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Joe Royland, Sit and Spin with Joe, Sandy Gennaro, Desolation Angels, Listen to the Band - Tribute Page to Monkees Band Members Past and Present, David Glynn, Andrew Jacobs, Adam Cox, Dave Huckridge, Derik Novak, Marc Alden Taylor, Joseph Capone, Brandt Cattell, Mikael Burell, Wayne Cross, Brent Tibbetts, Martin Wenham, Chad Pollock, Free Form Rock Podcast, Joe Lascon, Joshua Toomey (Talk Toomey Podcast), Dan Chaput, Shawn Franklin, Bobby Valentine Army, Christopher Stokes, Tom Smoke, James McEllhiney, Ernesto Aguilar, The Mooger Fooger

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Sandy Gennaro joins the guys this week for a career spanning discussion that goes deeper than just the music.

Sandy has toured and/or recorded with: Blackjack, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, The Monkees, Joe Lynn Turner, Michael Bolton, Benny Mardones, Craaft, The Mamas and Papas and Jon Paris. He has recorded several Top 10 singles and has performed for for over a billion fans spanning his 50 year career.

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Sandy has also made numerous TV appearances including The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV New Years Ball, and The Late Show with David Letterman among others. He is also a favored councelor at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps.
He is currently recording and gigging with various artists in Nashville.

In this long-form discussion, Sandy shares stories of growing up in New York, a passion for the Yankees, his early musical influences, experiencing KISS playing in a small Queens club and many other great stories. As is known with Decibel Geek, KISS stories are always of interest and Sandy has a lot of tie-ins to KISS including his time working Bruce Kulick in Blackjack as well as a stint of coaching Peter Criss in preparation for the KISS Alive IV Symphony shows in Australia.

Sandy is also a speaker and, as you'll hear, has a knack for solid, inspirational advice. His advice on persevering through adversity and sticking to your dreams comes through loud and clear in this conversation.

Sandy will be performing this Friday, August 25th at Cobra Nashville with his band Desolation Angels (A Salute to Bad Company). It's the kickoff to Rock n Pod weekend in Nashville that will have Sandy at the preparty on 8/25 as well as at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo for a signing session and a recording session with Zilch: A Monkees Podcast.

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Chris and Aaron return this week to preview the party of the summer with Rock n Pod Primer - Ep292. The Nashville Rock n Pod Expo takes place Saturday August 26th, 2017 at the Music Valley Event Center in Nashville, TN. Over 25 rock podcasts will be on-site as well as vinyl vendors and current and former members of Nelson, Tora Tora, KISS, Winger, Roxy Blue, Monkees, ACCEPT, and many more! In this hour-plus episode, the guys talk about the upcoming Rock n Pod Expo as well as spin music from artists/personalities that will be on-hand as guests.

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Tracks from Roxy Blue, Every Mother's Nightmare, Tora Tora, Budderside, Blackjack, Joe Lynn Turner, ACCEPT, KISS, Kenny Olson Cartel and more are featured. It's a Rock n Pod party. We hope you enjoy Rock n Pod Primer - Ep292 and SHARE with a friend!

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When a planned episode gets shelved due to audio issues, we improvise this week with KISS Lightning Round - Ep291. We put out a last-minute call for KISS-related questions and topics and, boy, did you guys respond! In this 2 hour-plus loose discussion, we tip a few beers and try to address as many KISS-related topics that the listeners through our way via the Decibel Geek facebook page.

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We can talk KISS non-stop and this week is no different. However, we definitely disagree on a number of facets of the Hottest Band in the Land. In this long-form talk, we touch on all sorts of subjects including the current lineup makeup situation, the possibilities that would've altered history had Vinnie Vincent stayed in the band, why Chris won't see KISS live anymore, and the limitations that certain members of the band are facing.

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KISSMAS in July gets even cooler this week with The Return of Pixie Esmonde! Pixie, former wardrobe manager for KISS (1979-1980), quickly became one of our favorite guests. Her quick wit and fantastic stories had us in stitches and we knew we had to have her back on the show. If you missed her first appearance, be sure to go HERE and check it out. We promise, you won't regret it.

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Return of Pixie

 

In this Return of Pixie Esmonde episode, we came armed with questions; not only from us but also from listeners of the show. Pixie did not disappoint in her answers, giving bold, honest answers about a number of topics. Subjects including the drama that permeated the Dynasty tour, her memories of certain behind the scenes personnel, run-ins with celebrities backstage and thoughts on some of the opening bands that went out with KISS during her tenure; Loverboy, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden among them.

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Nashville Rock n Pod Expo!

Join us Saturday, August 25th for the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo! Over 25 rock podcasts (including this one) on-site recording episodes and meeting listeners! Signing/Meet & Greet sessions with current and former members of Winger, The Monkees, Joan Jett, Tyketto, ACCEPT, Tora Tora, Budderside, and more! Panel Discussions with legendary producers Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Dokken, Skid Row etc), Toby Wright (KISS, Alice in Chains, Sevendust, etc.), and Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon, Y&T, etc.) All that and a Heavy Metal Parking Lot Screening and Reunion!

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The guys are back for week two of KISSMAS in July with Demolicious KISS Edition. While KISS has released a great catalog of music over the past 43 years, there's been a wealth of solid material that didn't get released officially. In this long-form episode, Chris and Aaron spin some of their favorite KISS demos.

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Demolicious KISS Edition

 

You'll get material that pre-dates the first album all the way through unreleased songs from 1998's 'Psycho Circus' album. It's a fun peek at what could have been. We hope you enjoy Demolicious KISS Edition and SHARE with a friend!

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Saturday August, 26th 2017. One day event celebrating all things Rock n Roll! Over 25 rock podcasts from all over North America recording shows on-site and meeting listeners. Vinyl and merchandise vendors selling the best in rock goods. Special guests appearing for signing and meet & greet sessions with fans. Current and former members ACCEPT, The Monkees, Collective Soul, Tyketto, and many more. Also, a producer panel with Michael Wagener, Kevin Beamish, and Toby Wright. Additionally, a Heavy Metal Parking Reunion and Screening! Get your tickets NOW at www.gofundme.com/rocknpodexpo

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KISSmas in July kicks off with an in-depth talk with members of the Gene Simmons Band. Guitarists Ryan Cook, Jeremy Asbrock, and Philip Shouse have been garnering rave reviews since their debut in March of 2017. Those names should be familiar to Decibel Geek listeners and readers as they've made numerous appearances on the podcast to discuss The Big Rock Show, Hair of the Dog, and Guitar Duos. They are also members of Thee Rock n Roll Residency; a weekly covers show that has been wowing Nashville crowds with its spot-on renditions of classic rock hits and deep cuts. Additionally, Thee Rock n Roll Residency has a rotating cast of musicians that come from all eras of rock history.

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The Gene Simmons Band has been impressing die-hard KISS fans at every show on this tour. What started as a six show commitment has turned into a full-on world tour with more dates being released recently.

In this conversation, the Gene Simmons Band shares the circumstances that led to them being hired. Moreover, they discuss their personal KISStories and their take on the band's history.

One of the bigger reasons for the success of the Gene Simmons Band has been the wealth of deep KISS cuts that are being performed. Songs such as Charisma, Got Love for Sale, and Almost Human among many others have been thrilling KISS fans en masse. In this discussion, the guys tell Chris and Aaron how those songs were chosen as well as what songs have been rehearsed and are possibly going to be included in future setlists. Furthermore, they discuss the upcoming addition of drummer Brent Fitz to the band. Brent is a member of the extended KISS family tree; known for his work in the band Union with Bruce Kulick.

Gene Simmons plans to release a massive box set later in 2017. The set is to contain a large amount of demo and unreleased material. In this long-form talk, the guys share some details they've learned about the box set and plans for it.

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Donnie Vie appears on the Decibel Geek Podcast this week for a revealing conversation.  This long-form discussion covers a life and career of ups, downs, triumphs, rejections, celebration, turmoil and ultimately, rediscovery. Vie, known by many as the controversial front man for Chicago greats Enuff Z'nuff has churned out an impressive catalog of work. However, demons (both individually and collectively) seemed to overshadow the band at every step. Shifting musical climates,  substance abuse, changing members, and even death threatened to eliminate Enuff Z'nuff but the band pushed on; eventually without Donnie Vie. It's been an interesting ride to say the least.

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In this long-form discussion, Donnie Vie discusses the band's early days including how he met bassist Chip Z'nuff, his thoughts on late-guitarist Derek Frigo, wild gigs and after-gig activity, and tons more. Additionally, Vie discusses the stories behind many Enuff Z'nuff songs as well as his thoughts on how songwriting credits were given.

Also in this long-form talk, Vie discusses his current situation including how he's adapting to his newfound sobriety. Additionally, he sheds light on some interesting projects that he's currently working on both musically and otherwise. It's a deep dive into one of the most unique people to ever appear on the Decibel Geek Podcast.

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Chris & Aaron continue the love-fest for Geddy, Neil, and Alex this week with RUSH Covered in Metal. There are a lot of cover versions of RUSH songs out there by a lot of different artists. What your hosts found out in research for this episode is that there are a lot of bad RUSH covers. However, this week you're gonna get the best gems that they could find in a sea of mediocrity. Clearly, RUSH is a very difficult band to successfully cover. Try to put too much of your own spin on it and you trash what people remember. Try to straight up mimic them and you come off sounding like a poor imitation. This week you'll get harder-edged, unique (but not too unique) renditions of RUSH classics.

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RUSH Covered in Metal featured covers performed by Mark Slaughter, George Lynch, Sebastian Bach, Michael Schenker, Skid Row, Machine Head, Local H, Allegaeon, Jani Lane, Billy Talent, and Mindless Self Indulgence.

Before the festivities the guys give an update on a tragic situation that befell former guest and friend of the show, Todd "Toddzilla" Austin. Full details within the episode including the GoFundMe link to contribute to the cause.

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