Don is best known as the co-host of VH1 Classic’s hit heavy metal talk show series, That Metal Show, where legends of rock hang out to discuss their past and current projects in front of a live studio audience. He also co-hosted Beer Money, a fast-paced, non-traditional sports quiz show airing on SNY (SportsNet NY) and is currently hosting his own rock/comedy hybrid That Jamieson Show on CompoundMedia.com.
Amongst his many accomplishments, Jamieson’s 3 stand-up CD's 'Live & Hilarious’, ‘Hell Bent For Laughter’ and ‘Communication Breakdown’ on Metal Blade Records all hit the Top 20 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Billboard comedy charts.
Don has a new album coming out on February 21st and we talked at length about the album and some of Don's most metal moments.
Comedian/actor/ writer Brian Posehn, who has appeared in several films including Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects," starred in Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program," had a recurring role on the Emmy-winning TV series "The Big Bang Theory," has written 45-issues of Marvel Comics' "Deadpool" series, was an Executive Producer for the Netflix comedy sketch series "W/ Bob & David," and was most recently seen on "The Mandalorian" on Disney Plus, will see the release of his new comedy/metal album, Grandpa Metal, on February 14, 2020 (Megaforce Records). We sat down and talked with Brian about the new album and his lifetime interest in Metal music.
Doro discusses her new U.S. tour dates as well as a surprise song collaboration that she's currently doing with another well-known metal singer. Doro is called the Metal Queen and she rightfully deserves the title and the crown. She is one of the most humble and down to earth performers in metal music that you're likely to meet and she absolutely lives for metal music and it's fans.
Reb Beach is a true journeyman of rock n' roll music. You may know him as the guitarist from Winger, Whitesnake or from stints with Alice Cooper, Night Ranger, and Dokken. His skills and professionalism are highly sought after in the field of rock music. Reb along with Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have an exciting new project called "Black Swan". Their debut album "Shake The World" will be released on February 14th, 2020. I had the chance to catch up with Reb and discuss the new project, as well as the latest with Whitesnake and Winger in my latest interview.
Recently Nitzer Ebb toured the U.S. as a two-piece with Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy. Normally, the band tours as a four-piece unit but because of their inability to obtain visas, this tour was with the two core members. I caught their show in Tampa Florida and it was an electrifying set. I spoke with Bon Harris right before the show and he was happy to fill me in on the possibility of new Nitzer Ebb material, their tour and much, much more.
David Ellefson, the legendary bassist for Megadeth, did some special tour dates with his all-star group Metal Allegiance. Metal Allegiance’s core members are David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Ex-Dream Theater) and Mark Menghi. Guest vocalists have included Phil Anselmo, Randy Blythe, Troy Sanders, Chuck Billy, Mark Osegueda, Cristina Scabbia, Doug Pinnick, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Steve “Zetro” Souza, Max Cavalera and Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth”. Their latest album, Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty was released by Nuclear Blast Records and has received rave reviews. David was excited to tell us all about the album and the friendship that he has with the other guys in Metal Allegiance, as well as recent Megadeth recording news and how KISS inspired him to be a rock musician.
I sat down and spoke with Buckcherry's Josh Todd about the new album "Warpaint", what it's like to tour relentlessly and the stories behind his tattoos.
"You know what’s wrong with rock music? it’s not reckless and it’s not dangerous anymore."
Josh Todd - Buckcherry
Just a few hours before their show, I sat down with Frankie Nardiello, A.K.A. Groovie Mann, vocalist for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. It was almost 30 years since I had last seen the band perform. I caught them early on in their career and have been a fan ever since. Groovie is one of the nicest rock stars you're likely to ever meet. He always stays after the shows and visits with fans and signs items. Thrill Kill Kult are veterans of the industrial, electro-rock scene and have been incredibly influential on many other bands. The band was one of the lucky few to be a part of the now-legendary Wax Trax Records! The band released a new album this year entitled "In The House Of Strange Affairs". Groovie gave me the scoop on recording this album as well as his take on the music business, touring and so much more.
Often, I'm asked what it's like backstage when I get to interview the artists. Many times the artists arrive at the venue with a very limited amount of time to get the equipment set up, do soundchecks and take the stage before they have to load everything up and start the process all over again. This interview is a prime example of what it often sounds like backstage. At various parts of the interview, you can hear the roadies doing a soundcheck at believe me it's quite loud. But sometimes, that's the only place and time that the artists can squeeze in an interview. I've been a big fan of Tony's work in bands like Static-X, Ministry and more. You'll probably never meet a more genuine, down to earth entertainer than Tony Campos. Sorry for the background noise in this one but I hope you enjoy our interview with Tony!
I joined Wednesday 13 on his tour bus in Ybor City, Tampa Florida for a discussion that including the new album Necrophaze, his take on the music business, touring with Static-X, his musical influences and what the future holds for the band. During our talk, you can hear us discussing chickens, which were all around the area, which is really strange as it's a heavily populated and trendy area for nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. Wednesday 13 is a really interesting and charismatic guy to interview. I hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.
I recently caught up with Virus from the band Dope on their current tour with Static-X. I've been a longtime fan of the band and Virus' guitar work is some incredible stuff. If you've never seen the band live, definitely go check them out. Dope has been kick ass and taking names for 20 years and they sound better than ever these days. During our interview we discussed their tour, if their working on a new album yet and the current state of the rock music business. Virus was a great interview and offers some great insight into what it's like to be a touring rock band in this day and age.
The XS ROCK Best Metal Album Of The Year for 2019 is "Humanicide" by Death Angel. I had the opportunity to sit down with guitarist Rob Cavestany and discuss everything from the new album to his personal taste in music and so much more. Rob is an incredible guitarist and musician as well as a really fun interview.
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