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That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 11: The Winery Dogs, Vinnie Paul, Yngwie Malmsteen

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MUSICAL GUEST:  Yngwie Malmsteen

Eddie revealed that Yngwie was the one who inspired the idea for musical guests.  Yngwie says that he never practices.  He only picks up the guitar if he can blow himself away.  However, he did practice for TMS because it was an important appearance for him.  New live video and live album coming out from the last tour soon.  Yngwie also has a full line of Fender equipment coming out soon.

 

METAL NEWS:

The guys discussed the untimely passing of GWAR’s Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus).

 

TMS TOP 5:  Top 5 Greatest Trios

  1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  2. Cream
  3. ZZ Top
  4. Rush
  5. Motorhead

 

GUEST:  The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan)

Eddie’s favorite current trio.  He had a hand in their formation.  Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan were working on a project with John Sykes that ultimately didn’t pan out.  Eddie recommended Richie Kotzen to the guys, and The Winery Dogs were formed.

The Winery Dogs are all huge TMS fans, so much so that Portnoy was disappointed that they had to leave for their gig in NYC that night.  They are the only band that has had every member appear on TMS as a musical guest.  They wanted to be the first band to ever play on the show, but were unable to because of publishing restrictions.

The band is about to embark on the second leg of the tour, and will be out on the road this year through the summer.

Kotzen has played in bands before (Mr. Big, Poison), but has been a solo artist for a number of years.  Eddie discussed a conversation that the two had backstage at a show in New Jersey.  Kotzen asked if there were people out there, and Eddie told him that it was sold out.  A surprised Kotzen shook his and said…“I’m not used to success.”

Jim asked if there would be a second Winery Dogs record, and the guys said that they have already started writing.

The band discussed the origin of the name Winery Dogs.  They are dogs that are used to protect wineries from intruders.  The writing of the music came easily to them, but naming the band was very difficult.  Before settling on The Winery Dogs, the band briefly was going under a name that Kotzen came up with…Zen Vida.

In one of the funniest segments in recent memory, the band discussed their special edition deluxe box set called Dog Treats.  The set comes with a lot of cool stuff.  The funny part came as Portnoy was showing everything and Kotzen seemed to be seeing it for the first time as he was surprised by what was in the package.  When Kotzen started asking questions about the set, Portnoy told him that he’d have to buy it if he wanted to find out what was in it.

 

 

GUEST:  Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah, Pantera)

This is the 20th anniversary of the release of Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven (the first true heavy metal record to reach #1 on the Billboard charts).  What makes the success of the record so incredible is that the band got no love from MTV, radio or the media.  Their only publicity came from heavy metal magazines and the fans.  Perhaps even more incredible is the fact that the album came out during the peak of grunge when metal was considered a four-letter word.  The classic album is being reissued in honor of the anniversary.

Paul talked about their first time playing Donnington, England and what a memorable day it was.  However, their European success did not come easily.  The first time that they toured Europe, opening for Judas Priest, the fans hated them.  They swore that they would never go back there, but were convinced by their manager when they were offered an opening slot with Megadeth after a buzz about the band started happening in Europe.

His current band, Hellyeah, has a new record coming out called Blood For Blood.  The band will be touring after the album comes out with Avenged Sevenfold.

Paul discussed the fact that his presence in the band did not mean instant success.  This is the band’s fourth album, and he feels that they are finally on the brink of something big.

When Eddie asked Paul to address the rumors about a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar, he summarily dismissed it, saying that there is no Pantera without Dime.

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE: Vinnie Paul

As Don started to ask the lightning round questions, Eddie interrupted to let the audience know that this segment has finally gotten a sponsor – Just For Men.  This is an important step in ensuring that the show remains on the air.  Paul said (while stroking his facial hair…“Nothing is more metal than Just For Men.  I use a lot of it.”)

If you could be in any other bandVan Halen (as the singer)

One song you wish you wrote“Blind In Texas” – by W.A.S.P.

One vice –No matter what I’m doing, I’m all about having a good time (playing drums, drinking, gambling, etc.)

Best concert you ever attended – Two years ago, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas – Rammstein.

Favorite new band – Chino Marino’s new band, Crosses.

Tying into the Just For Men theme, Eddie asked Paul about his worst haircut ever.  Paul said that his worst was when he shaved off his signature facial hair, and ended up looking like Blackie Lawless.

The best part of the segment was seeing Eddie, Don and Jim with their long hair back in the day.  Classic!

 

STUMP THE TRUNK: 

Eddie was on point, getting every question but one correct.  The only question that he missed was by a fan from Ireland.  He watches the show on YouTube, as the show is not available in Europe.  After he stumped Eddie, Jennifer did not come out with the box.  Instead, she came out with Billy Sheehan’s bass guitar signed by the members of The Winery Dogs.

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – ON THE FRINGES:

Eddie – Farmikos (featuring former Ozzy and David Lee Roth guitarist, Joe Holmes).

Jim – Scar The Martyr (featuring Joey Jordison of Slipknot).

Don – IKILLYA (Vae Victis) – Lamb of God type music.

 

 

METAL MODEM:  Michael Poulsen (Volbeat)

Poulsen appeared via Skype from Denmark.  He is home right now getting ready for a new U.S. tour.  Don asked him the following question…

“On a scale from 1-10, how important was it for you to go out on tour with Metallica?” 

Poulsen replied…

“That’s a very stupid question.”  It sounds harsh out of context, but it was actually very funny.

Poulsen talked about the bands that are going out with them on the road.  This time around they’re taking Trivium, and they have taken out Hellyeah in the past.  He said that they would do more shows with Hellyeah in the future.

 

The show closed with an extended, inspired solo performance by Yngwie.  This episode stood out because all of the guests were such big TMS fans.

 

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That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 4:  Ted Nugent, Gary Hoey

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 5:  Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Matt Nathanson, Steve Brown

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 6: Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler, Charlie Benante

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 7:  Mick Jones, Leslie West, Lita Ford

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 8: Mick Mars, Tom Keifer

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 9: Dee Snider, Chris Caffery

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 10: Peter Criss, Richard Christy

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-29-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 3-29-14.

This 3-29-14 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.

#15 –  “Take Out The Gunman ” – CHEVELLE

#14 –  “Heaven Knows” – THE PRETTY RECKLESS

#13 –  “Would You Still Be There” – OF MICE & MEN

#12 –  “Dead But Rising” – VOLBEAT

#11 – “Always” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

#10 – “Strife” – TRIVIUM

# 9 –   “House Of The Rising Sun” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 8 –   “Torn To Pieces” – POP EVIL

# 7 –   “Courtesy Call” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 6 –   “Immortal” – EVE TO ADAM

# 5 –   “Shepherd Of Fire” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 4 –   “My Demons” – STARSET

# 3 –   “Weak” – SEETHER

# 2 –    “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

# 1 –    “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/5/14

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/5/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
    2. DEMON HUNTER – Extremist
    3. KXM – KXM
    4. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH– The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    5. PERFECT PUSSY – Say Yes To Love
    6. SKILLET – Rise
    7. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    8. OF MICE & MEN – Restoring Force
    9. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    10. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
    11. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
    12. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
    13. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Common Courtesy
    14. ISSUES – Issues
    15. KORN – The Paradigm Shift

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Three For Thursday: Metallica, Of Mice & Men, Iron Maiden

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Three For Thursday featuring:  Metallica, Of Mice & Men and Iron Maiden.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:              Metallica

SONG:                “One”

ALBUM:               …And Justice For All

RELEASED:          August 25, 1998

WEBSITE:            www.Metallica.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Of Mice & Men

SONG:                 “Would You Still Be There”

ALBUM:                Restoring Force

RELEASED:           January 28, 2014

WEBSITE:             www.OfMiceAndMenOfficial.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Iron Maiden

SONG:                 “The Wicker Man”

ALBUM:                Brave New World

RELEASED:           May 30, 2000

WEBSITE:             www.IronMaiden.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“INSPIRED BY LITERATURE”

METALLICA – “One” (Song inspired by Dalton Trumbo’s book Johnny Got His Gun)

OF MICE & MEN – “Would You Still Be There” (Band name inspired by John Steinbeck’s book of the same name)

IRON MAIDEN – “The Wicker Man” (Album title inspired by Aldous Huxley’s book of the same name)

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That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 10: Peter Criss, Richard Christy

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MUSICAL GUEST:  Richard Christy

Christy is known by the masses for his work on The Howard Stern Show, but he is also an accomplished drummer. The guys talked about his reputation for not showering.  He said that the longest that he’s ever gone was two weeks when he lived inside of a storage unit.  Christy also discussed wearing a diaper to concerts because he drinks a lot and doesn’t want to miss any of the songs.  The diapers don’t really work for him anyway because adult diapers are not meant to absorb tons of liquid.  He is currently working on his third record with his band, Charred Walls Of The Damned.

 

TAKE IT OR TAKE IT:  Concert Double Bills with Co-Headliners

Jim – Take it because the prices are so high, that you want to get your money’s worth.

Don – Takes it for the same reason as Jim.  Both discussed that they get to discover the new bands by going to club shows.

Eddie – Leaves it because he likes the exposure of being turned onto something new and it takes away from the big buildup of the headliner taking the stage.  The other reason that he leaves it is because the co-headliners both end up playing abbreviated sets that are mostly hit-driven.

 

TMS TOP 5:  Top 5 KISS Songs of the 70’s (original lineup)

  1. “Detroit Rock City”
  2. “Deuce”
  3. “Strutter”
  4. “Shock Me”
  5. “Black Diamond”

 

GUEST:  Peter Criss

Criss came on and started out by evaluating the TMS Top 5.  He said that his favorite songs to play were “Strutter” and “Nothin’ To Lose.” Don asked him if the setlist was done by democracy back in the day, and he said that it was, which is hard to imagine given the power that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley wield nowadays.

Eddie asked him about the time that they spent getting ready with makeup.  Criss said that it was a very therapeutic time.  They would all bond and listen to music through a boombox that they brought with them.  The whole procedure to get ready was limited to the band and their manager Bill Aucoin, and it really got them ready to play.

Criss credits Aucoin for KISS ever reaching their pinnacle.  He said that he was like a father figure to all of them, and when they were fighting, he would lock them in a room until they all made up.  The process worked.  Eddie said that it’s too bad that Aucoin is no longer with us because he might be the only one who could settle the current dispute going on surrounding KISS’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

After 15 years of waiting, Criss said that he felt that they should have been voted in long ago, however, he still is honored to finally be getting inducted.

He and Ace Frehley hadn’t played together for 13 years, until reconnecting at Eddie’s 25th Radio anniversary party.  There were hurt feelings over what Criss wrote in his book Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS.  At the party, Ace gave him a hug and apologized for getting crazy and said that the things that he wrote in the book were all true.  He still thinks of Ace as his brother.  He was nervous to play with him again because he hadn’t played in so long due to leaving KISS and suffering from male breast cancer.  All of the guys were wearing male breast cancer ribbons to show their support.  Because of all of the work that Criss has done to raise awareness, The Beauty Foundation For Cancer Care has created the Peter Criss Man Of Courage Award.

The interview wrapped up with Eddie asking Criss about the drama surrounding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

He said that he was very excited when he got the call telling him that KISS was finally getting inducted.  He attributes the amazing life that he’s had to KISS fans, and said that for him, KISS has always been about the fans.  Things started out well, but quickly deteriorated after he got a call from Gene and Paul (neither of whom called him during his cancer battle).  They offered congratulations, but took everything with a grain of salt because of all of the bad blood between them.

Criss is heartbroken over the fact that they are not going to be performing at the ceremony.  He would have been happy to get back into the cat costume because it is his persona.  He couldn’t imagine sitting there and watching someone else wearing his makeup and performing.  He had no desire to be there watching someone else performing with his costume.  Not only would it be wrong, but also disrespectful to KISS fans around the world.

To Criss, there is only one band in the world…KISS.  That is the reason that he never joined another band.  He absolutely would bury the hatchet and play for one night.  He cannot understand how Gene and Paul would refuse to give 10 minutes of their time for the 40 years of support that fans have given to them, which also helped them all to enjoy an extraordinary lifestyle.  His cancer has given him a new perspective on life…“you have to forgive to live.”

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE: Peter Criss

If you could be in any other bandThe Rolling Stones

One song you wish you wrote“Imagine” – by John Lennon

One vice – Oreo cookies

Weirdest rumor you’ve heard about yourself – That I was sleeping in the toilets of Santa Monica.  The story appeared in Star Magazine, and it wasn’t true at all.  His mother had just passed away, and he was out of touch.  He got a call from his drum company telling him about the story.  Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold were fans of his, and they ended up driving around the streets looking to help him out.  Ultimately, Criss and his wife ended up becoming good friends with Barr and Arnold.

Favorite new band – The Winery Dogs.

 

UNDERRATED:

Eddie – Vain – Enough Rope

Jim – Epic – Zombie Hunters Inc.

Don – His own comedy album

 

THROWDOWN:  KISS Alive I vs. KISS Alive II

PeterAlive I

RichardAlive I

EddieAlive I

JimAlive I

DonAlive I

 

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-22-14

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 3-22-14.

This 3-22-14 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.

#15 –  “Heaven Knows ” – THE PRETTY RECKLESS

#14 –  “Weak” – SEETHER

#13 –  “Dead But Rising” – VOLBEAT

#12 –  “Would You Still Be There” – OF MICE & MEN

#11 –  “Courtesy Call” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#10 –  “Strife” – TRIVIUM

# 9 –   “With Me Now” – BLACKLITE DISTRICT

# 8 –   “House Of The Rising Sun” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 7 –   “What If I Was Nothing” – ALL THAT REMAINS

# 6 –   “Immortal” – EVE TO ADAM

# 5 –   “Shepherd Of Fire” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

# 4 –   “Always” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 3 –   “My Demons” – STARSET

# 2 –    “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME

# 1 –    “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 3/29/14

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 3/29/14.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

    1. KXM – KXM
    2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 2
    3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Hail To The King
    4. OF MICE & MEN– Restoring Force
    5. SKILLET – Rise
    6. ARCHITECTS UK – Lost Forever // Lost Together
    7. NICKELBACK – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1
    8. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1
    9. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
    10. A DAY TO REMEMBER – Common Courtesy
    11. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
    12. ISSUES – Issues
    13. KORN – The Paradigm Shift
    14. PEARL JAM – Lightning Bolt
    15. CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Melophobia

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Three For Thursday: Rush, Kid Rock, Led Zeppelin

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Three For Thursday featuring:  Rush, Kid Rock and Led Zeppelin.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:               Rush

SONG:                “Dreamline”

ALBUM:               Roll The Bones

RELEASED:          September 3, 1991

WEBSITE:            www.Rush.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Kid Rock

SONG:                 “Times Like These”

ALBUM:                Born Free

RELEASED:           November 16, 2010

WEBSITE:             www.KidRock.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Led Zeppelin

SONG:                 “Stairway To Heaven”

ALBUM:                IV (Zoso)

RELEASED:           November 8, 1971

WEBSITE:             www.LedZeppelin.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING”

RUSH – “Dreamline”… “like lovers and heroes, birds in the last days of spring”

KID ROCK – “Times Like These”… “the ice and snow give way to a new spring bloom”

LED ZEPPELIN – “Stairway To Heaven”… “it’s just a spring clean for the May queen”

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Hard Rock Bands Under The Radar: SEVENTRAIN

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In the fall of 2012, Seventrain first performed together at a memorial show for close friend, Vincent John Crudo (a.k.a. “Big Vinnie”), a sound technician and bass player from Southern California. The original intent of guitarist, Eric Horton, who played in the power metal band Cage, was to put together a group of well-respected local musicians to do some cover songs for the event.  An undeniable chemistry inspired the group to stay together and record the new material that Horton had been writing with vocalist, Jon Campos.

Seventrain is a relatively new five-piece hard rock outfit with a sound that can best be described as blues metal.  This eclectic band features seasoned veterans that have enjoyed varying degrees of success with previous bands.  In addition to Horton and Campos, the rest of the lineup features drummer Joel Maitoza (24/7 Spyz), guitarist Jef Poremba and bassist Steve (Dino) Andino.

After going into the studio to record last spring, Seventrain’s self-titled debut album was released this February.  The sound of the album is distinct not only because of the various backgrounds and influences of each member, but also because, unlike most modern hard rock recordings, it was tracked in analog with no use of auto tune or pro-tools, and only limited effects.  The end result is a stripped down rock record with a timeless sound that harkens back to the 70’s and early 80’s.

While there is no obvious single that necessarily stands out above the others, every song on Seventrain’s debut album is rock solid and features outstanding musicianship.  Every member of the band shines in their own right, which is something that isn’t very common nowadays.

Seventrain is bluesy metal at its best.  From gritty, powerful rhythms to guitar harmonies and shredding solos, Seventrain delivers a unique brand of eclectic hard rock.  Fans of great musicianship will not only appreciate the dynamic guitar offerings, but also the musicality of an impressive rhythm section whose contribution goes well beyond providing a solid foundation to build upon.

Campos’ vocals are ideally suited for Seventrain’s sound.  From the moody, slower moments to the powerful wails, Campos uses everything in his arsenal to capture the emotions of each song.

Fans of King’s X will instantly feel a connection to Seventrain from the first vocal harmony to the last.  While King’s X is the most obvious influence, fans of bands like Alter Bridge and Badlands will be drawn to Seventrain’s sound, as will those who are fans of guitarists like Zakk Wylde and Ritchie Blackmore.

Seventrain’s debut album is available on iTunes and Amazon.  If you are a fan of timeless hard rock music, take a ride on a musical journey with Seventrain.

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 9: Dee Snider, Chris Caffery

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MUSICAL GUEST:  Chris Caffery

The Savatage/TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) guitarist discussed a show that TSO played on New Year’s Eve at the Berlin Gates for two million people.  Jim Florentine asked Caffery how it felt to go from playing for two million people to 60 (in the TMS audience).  Caffery talked about what an awesome honor it was to be on TMS – the greatest show on TV.  When asked if there would be another Savatage tour, Caffery said that they would like to, but they’ve been so busy with TSO that it’s hard to find the time.

 

TAKE IT OR TAKE IT:  Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album (This Is Your Life)

The segment, normally called Take It Or Leave It, was renamed for this week only because there was no possible way that anyone would leave it when it comes to a Ronnie James Dio Tribute album.  All of the proceeds from the album will go to Dio’s cancer fund.  The album features performances by Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Corey Taylor, Doro, Lemmy w/ Biff Byford, Adrenaline Mob, Glenn Hughes and more.  The final track on the album is the title track performed by Ronnie James Dio.

 

TMS TOP 5:  Top 5 Scariest Hard Rock and Metal Songs

  1. “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath
  2. “Dead Skin Mask” by Slayer
  3. “Welcome To My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper
  4. “Welcome Home” by King Diamond
  5. “God Of Thunder” by KISS

 

GUEST:  Dee Snider

The Twisted Sister frontman is working a number of projects.  His radio show, House Of Hair, is in its 17th year and is now heard on over 220 radio stations.  Twisted Sister is doing festivals this coming summer.  Snider started his own line of clothes with The Saints Sinphony.  He wrote a musical called Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale.  There will be eight shows per week this Christmas season, starting in Chicago with plans to hopefully bring it to Broadway the following year.  He is the narrator of the show.

Snider revealed that a lot of bands that open for Twisted Sister now have actually sold more records than them, but because the band plays so few shows per year, there is a great demand to see them.

Age doesn’t seem to have any effect on Snider.  He turned 59 on the night that the show aired, but he could easily pass for someone in their late 40’s.

When the discussion turned to Snider’s book – Shut Up And Give Me The Mic – he took some not-so-subtle shots at Nikki Sixx, claiming that the people that he knew on heroin couldn’t find their own dicks, much less a pen to write down all of their thoughts as Sixx did in The Heroin Diaries.  Snider said that the real struggles and trials and tribulations of someone trying to make it as a rock star on Long Island were not nearly as scintillating as stories about heroin.  His book shows both the meteoric rise and colossal fall of Twisted Sister and the impact that it had on him.  At one point, things had gotten so bad financially that he was riding a bicycle to work at a low-paying desk job after filing a tax return that showed zero income for an entire year.

 

RANK:  Led Zeppelin albums (one of Dee Snider’s favorite bands)

Before ranking the albums on the rack, Snider immediately discarded In Through The Out Door (which was somewhat surprising) and Coda (which was not at all surprising).  The rest of the albums were ranked as follows:

  1. Led Zeppelin II
  2. Led Zeppelin I
  3. Led Zeppelin IV
  4. Led Zeppelin III
  5. Physical Graffiti
  6. Houses Of The Holy
  7. Presence

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE: Dee Snider

If you could be in any other bandAC/DC

One song you wish you wrote“For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” – by AC/DC

Best concert you ever attended – Mott The Hoople with Queen on Queen’s first tour at the Uris Theater.

Weirdest rumor you’ve heard about yourself – That I’m gay, but that’s kind of expected, and also that I’m a breeder of Shitzu dogs.

Favorite new band – A New Jersey band called The Parlor Mob.

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – ON THE SHELF:

Eddie – KXM – new project by Dug Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch and Ray Luzier (Korn).

Don – Mount Salem (Endless)

Jim – Throwdown and Generation Kill (We’re All Gonna Die)

 

METAL MODEM:  Glenn Hughes

Hughes is working with Jason Bonham on a new project called California Breed, formed after Black Country Communion disbanded.  The other member of the band is Andrew Watt.  Watt is a guitarist and vocalist who was introduced to Hughes by Julian Lennon.  The first videos of the band debut next week.  In the band’s recording sessions, Hughes sang the songs live with the intention of overdubbing the vocals later. However, the producer liked the live vocals so much that they ended up being the ones used on the album.  Hughes revealed that he writes music on a daily basis.

 

THROWDOWN:  Under The Blade vs. You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll

ChrisUnder The Blade

DeeYou Can’t Stop Rock And Roll

EddieUnder The Blade

JimUnder The Blade

DonYou Can’t Stop Rock And Roll

 

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