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Decibel Geek Podcast

A podcast that features discussion of all things Hard Rock & Heavy Metal from the 1960's through today. Year in Review Shows, Top 5 Discussions, Radio Sucks Radio Shows and interviews with members of KISS, Alice Cooper, Ugly Kid Joe, Armored Saint, WASP, Great White, Vixen, Killer Dwarfs and many, many more!

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New Noize 4 - Ep363

We're back to talk your ear off about all the doings in the world of Rock n Roll with New Noize 4! We begin this week's festivities with an extended discussion on Vinnie Vincent. This not only involves yet another promised event for fans of the ankh warrior but in how it related to the upcoming Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo. In this diatribe that we were sent, it includes an asinine claim by the former KISS guitarist about our expo. We take the time to read this statement and give our response as well as the truth behind the situation since you aren't getting it from him.

New Noize 4

As with all New Noize episodes, we touch on our thoughts on current rock news of the day. This week we're covering the possibility of a new Tool album, new material from Guns n' Roses, Tommy Thayer throwing shade at Ace Frehley, and Courtney Love making news for anything but her music. All that and much more in New Noize 4!

We hope you enjoy this episode and SHARE with a friend!

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2019-06-12
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Rock n Roll Spirit Animals - Ep362

We're putting our spin on a current trend with Rock n Roll Spirit Animals! This week's episode has us spinning tracks from band names from the animal kingdom. Sure, it's silly but we promise you a great time filled with awesome tracks.

Rock n Roll Spirit Animals

You'll get cool tunes from White Lion, Eagles of Death Metal, Spread Eagle, Dogs D'Amour, Scorpions, King Kobra, Faster Pussycat, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang, and The Black Crows!

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2019-06-04
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Memorial Metal - Ep361

Your holiday soundtrack is now set as we pay tribute to some great rockers we've lost with Memorial Metal! In this episode, we are remembering some of our favorite lost musicians and spinning tracks in their honor. This time we're honoring such greats as Eric Carr, Dave Pritchard, Ronnie James Dio, Dave Brockie, Phil Kennemore, Bernie Torme, Vinnie Paul, Motorhead, Steve Marriott, and Dick Wagner!

Memorial Metal

Crank this episode up at your Memorial Day barbeque for a soundtrack that will wake the neighbors!

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2019-05-26
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Top 5 Ozzy Osbourne Songs 1980-1986 Ep360

This week we focus on the Prince of Darkness as we celebrate our Top 5 Ozzy Osbourne Songs 1980-1986! One year after being fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, Ozzy came back with a vengeance with Blizzard of Ozz. The combination of Osbourne's lyrics and the guitar gymnastics of Randy Rhodes took the rock world by storm. Additionally, bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake rounded out an incredible sonic assault that would rattle the early 80's.

Top 5 Ozzy

 

Not only known for great songs, Ozzy's reputation grew by leaps and bounds in the 1980's. The "Satanic Panic" movement was in full swing and Ozzy was at the top of the list. His crazed antics freaked parents out and, in turn, spawned even crazier rumors about the former Sabbath front man. We touch on our memories of Ozzy during this time as well as our first experiences buying his music.

Following Blizzard Ozzy releases three other great albums during this period. Diary of a Madman continued the momentum before tragedy struck with the untimely death of Rhodes in a plane crash. Enlisting former Mickey Ratt guitarist Jake E. Lee, Osbourne soldiered on with stellar material on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin.

What are YOUR Top 5 Ozzy Songs from this era? Let us know in the comments and SHARE with a friend!

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2019-05-16
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New Noize Vol4 - Ep359

This week bring you up to date with New Noize Vol4! There's a lot going on in today's rock world and and we're ready to tackle them head on. Rock news covered this week includes Ozzy Osbourne's continued immortality, Vinnie Vincent's recent interview and his future plans (allegedly). We also discuss the new Wildhearts record, Geoff Tate driving wine drinkers around Europe and Corey Taylor covering Poison? Additionally, you'll get an update on the upcoming ROCKNPOD Expo taking place August 9-10 in Nashville TN. Get your tickets at www.nashvillerocknpodexpo.com/ticketing.

New Noize Vol4

Also, we share our review of the recent Ace Frehley show that took place at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Did Ace deliver? Were the gloves off? You'll have to listen to find out!

That's just the tip of the iceberg. We cover a lot this week!

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2019-05-09
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Radio Sucks Radio Show V35 - Ep358

This week we bring you another sonic sampling of killer rock music with Radio Sucks Radio Show v35! It's been half a year since we kicked back and just spun some tunes we love. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some killer music from the likes of Ace Frehley, Hair of the Dog, Stryper, MSG, Anthrax, Motorhead, Motley Crue, Hollywood Vampires, Love/Hate, and Aerosmith.

Radio Sucks Radio Show V35

If we turned you onto something you liked this week we implore you to purchase the music directly from the artist. Music survives when you support the artists!

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2019-05-01
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Top 5 Live Acts - Ep357

After reading an article written by Claire Gillespie from the website Delite documenting their list of the Top Live Bands of All Time, Aaron and Chris set out to compare notes with Top 5 Live Acts! The Delite article makes some interesting choices (30 of them in total) and we do not agree with all of them. How do our picks contrast with theirs? You'll have to listen to find out!

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Top 5 Live Acts

We hope you enjoy Top 5 Live Acts and SHARE with a friend! Please remember to go to the Decibel Geek Podcast page on Facebook and leave YOUR selections in the comments section of this episode. Thanks!

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2019-04-22
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Camaro's Cutout Bin Vol2 - Ep356

We're back this week with the long-awaiting second volume of Camaro's Cutout Bin! Aaron Camaro is always on the hunt. His journey's to record stores, thrift stores, yardsales, and more have resulted in a CD collection in the thousands. Aaron has rolled the dice on a ton of CD's over the years. An album or artist may not be familiar but if it looks like it might possibly rock, he'll pick it up.

Camaro's Cutout Bin

Camaro's Cutout Bin Vol2 features songs from some of these blind album picks. We defy our listeners to say they've heard of any of these bands. If you have, let us know! This episode features music from artists such as Tsar, Black Lipstick, Deep Jimi and the Zep Creams, Young Heart Attack, The Hellhounds, Diamond Dog, Pig Pen, Detroit, and Peter Blast.

If you're into music discovery, you're gonna love this episode. Thanks for listening and SHARE with a friend!

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2019-04-08
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Toddzilla Returns - Ep355

Back by popular demand, we bring you one of our favorite guests ever as Toddzilla Returns! For the uninitiated, Toddzilla is a Nashville music scene fixture. His amazing image (tall hair, flashy suits, etc) is only outshined by his incredible guitar playing. Furthermore, Todd is a master storyteller and this episode doesn't disappoint. This is a fun conversation and Todd gives his views on a ton of different subjects.

Toddzilla Returns

Toddzilla now fronts an amazing show entitled Toddzilla's Rip-Roarin' Rock 'n' Roll Big Top. This killer show features Toddzilla fronting a great band performing classic rock tunes with tons of flare. Additionally, the show features several dancers performing acrobatic numbers on stage. It's an impressive display. Get more information on upcoming shows at https://www.facebook.com/RnRBigTop/

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2019-03-27
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Top 5 Ramones Songs 1976-1980

This week we celebrate one of America's greatest bands as we pick our Top 5 Ramones Songs 1976-1980! Born in Queens, NY, Ramones were a powder keg of chemistry as Johnny, Dee Dee, Joey, and Tommy (and later, Marky) lit a match that ignited an entire movement. The simple, edgy arrangements of throwback pop put through a buzzsaw turned up to 11 inspired an entire generation to start their own bands and, in turn, kick off the punk rock wave that would take the world by storm.

Ramones

As you'll hear in the episode, Aaron and Chris' favorite tracks vary wildly. We hope you enjoy Top 5 Ramones Songs 1976-1980 and SHARE with a friend!

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Chris and Aaron will be hosting the upcoming Headbangers Ball concert at Little Harpeth Brewing in Nashville, TN on March 30! Great hard rock covers from Toxic pistols and Iron Tribe: A Tribute to Iron Maiden will be delighting your ears. An Iron Maiden prize pack with 2 tickets to the upcoming Nashville concert as well as 2 VIP Passes for the upcoming ROCKNPOD Expo will be given away! Be sure to attend and join us for a great night of music and fun! More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/157454911841884/

Also, David Ellefson of Megadeth will be joining us at ROCKNPOD! We're super stoked to have David and his business partner Thom Hazaert on hand this year for signing sessions with fans as well as panels presented by their Playback Independent Music Expo! More details can be found at www.rocknpod.com!

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2019-03-20
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More Great New Rock - Fresh Blood Volume 7

In light of the false declaration of rock's demise, we bring you Fresh Blood Volume 7! Regardless of what you've hears, there's a ton of great rock music being generated today. In this episode, Chris and Aaron bring you 10 killer tracks from bands that will be fresh to your ears! Artists this week include Liliac, The Mysterines, Images of Eden, Denman, Babylon Shakes, Alien Weaponry, Sons of Kong, The Radio Sun, Massive Wagons, and Lipstick.

Fresh Blood Volume 7

One of this week's artists, Images of Eden, are trekking across the US this Spring with Metal Church and Doro Pesch. Be sure to check them out if they hit your town! More info at www.imagesofeden.com.

We also share new information on this year's ROCKNPOD weekend happening August 9-10 in Nashville, TN. Go to www.rocknpod.com for more details!

We hope you enjoy Fresh Blood Volume 7 and SHARE with a friend!

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2019-03-09
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Torpedo Dudes Preview - Ep353

With Aaron moving this week, the guys needed a week off. But, have no fear, you're still getting an episode this week! In this Torpedo Dudes Preview episode, you'll get a taste of what you're missing by not being a DBG VIP on Patreon. Listen this week for free and join us for back catalog and future episodes of the best KISS podcast on Patreon, The Torpedo Dudes!

Torpedo Dudes

Greg Troyan of the band Lipstick and podcast The Lipstick Panel joins us for some hilarious KISS talk! 

This episode goes all over the place but is entertaining as can be. 

Subjects touched on include Italian stereotypes, bathroom habits, cocaine, discovering KISS as a millenial, the greatness of Peter Criss, Greg's awkward interaction with Gene Simmons, The Thong Song, who blew who first, socks, Desmond Child, Diane Warren, KISS being a four wheel drive vehicle, Bill Aucoin, Sean Delaney, showmanship, terrible song requests, Japanese rock, lip syncing, set lists, painters and more!

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2019-02-27
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THIN LIZZY Discussion - Ep352

We give a little Irish to you this week with our Thin Lizzy Discussion! Greg Troyan of the band Lipstick and podcast The Lipstick Panel joins us to cover the Thin Lizzy discography. Join us as we take you through each album, giving detailed stories about the production and songwriting. Additionally, we provide our thoughts on each album, picking our favorite songs.

The Thin Lizzy history starts in 1971. Distributed by Decca Records and featuring the trio of Phil Lynott, Eric Bell, and Brian Downey, the first two albums, Thin Lizzy and Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972), show a band struggling to find it's signature sound. However, there are several solid tracks on the first two albums. The original lineup ends its run on a high note with 1973's Vagabonds of the Western World.

The classic Thin Lizzy lineup gets its start with 1974's Nightlife album. While new guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson display a bit of their future firepower on tracks like Sha La La and It's Only Money, the album is markedly mellow with such laid-back tracks as the title track, She Knows, and Frankie Carroll.

1975's Fighting album would see Thin Lizzy hone their sound into a tight, melodic hard rock. Tracks such as Fighting My Way Back, Suicide, and Freedom Song would show more edge while not losing melody. The ballad Wild One and moody Spirit Slips Away make Fighting a great album from front to back.

Thin Lizzy would burst onto the world stage in 1976 with the release of Jailbreak. The title track and breakthrough single The Boys Are Back in Town propels the band to a much larger audience. Additionally, this strong effort is rounded out with such musical gems as Romeo and the Lonely Girl and Emerald.

Thin Lizzy

1976 would see two releases from the band. Johnny the Fox, while not as successful as the previous album, boasts an impressive track list. Songs like Don't Believe a Word, Massacre, Old Flame, and Borderline would continue to show the diversity of song-craft from this band.

Furthermore, Thin Lizzy would continue to impress in 1977 with the release of Bad Reputation. While marred with personnel issues during production, the album still delivers. Brian Robertson is in and out of the band during the making of this release, leaving Scott Gorham to handle the bulk of the guitar playing. Nevertheless, Bad Reputation is loaded with fantastic songs such as the title-track, Opium Trail, and the heartfelt Southbound.

Thin Lizzy would document their awe-inspiring live sets with 1978's Live and Dangerous. Produced by Tony Visconti, the album would becomes a musical gateway drug for many aspiring rock musicians. Named by many as the greatest live rock album ever created, it is a blistering live document.

Thin Lizzy

Gary Moore, who had subbed previously over time for Brian Robertson, becomes a full member of Thin Lizzy in time for the next album. Black Rose: A Rock Legend is touted by many fans as the band's finest work. Songs such as Do Anything You Want to Do, Waiting for an Alibi, and Sarah do a great job of showing up the band's sense of melody and technical proficiency.

Gary Moore's tenure doesn't last long and guitarist Snowy White is brought in for 1980's Chinatown album. Considered by some as a letdown in comparison to Black Rose, it still boasts some impressive songs such as the anthemic We Will Be Strong, Sweetheart, and Killer On the Loose.

1981's Renegade album is a divisive one among Thin Lizzy fans. The choices of keyboardist Darren Wharton and noted heavy metal producer Chris Tsangarides leaves some fans wondering if Thin Lizzy is abandoning their sound. While different, Renegade still has plenty of strong material including Leave This Town, No One Told Him, and the incredibly dark Angel of Death.

Thin Lizzy releases their final album in 1983. Thunder and Lightning is a strong way to go out. Featuring the playing of John Sykes and, again, produced by Chris Tsangarides, the album is a ferocious final sonic document of a band that should have ruled the world. Songs like the title track, Cold Sweat, and The Holy War close out the Thin Lizzy canon with a bang.

Greg Troyan

 

We want to thank Greg Troyan of Lipstick (band) and The Lipstick Panel (podcast) for joining us this week. We hope you enjoy our Thin Lizzy Discussion and SHARE with a friend.

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2019-02-19
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Six Songs Olympian Jason Morris Thinks You Should Hear! - Ep351

We're honored to be joined by a 4-time Olympian this week as Jason Morris picks Six Songs he thinks you should hear! After meeting Jason in Atlanta a year ago, we've been looking forward to having him on the show to share his story. In this episodes, Jason talks about growing up in New York, getting into Judo at an early age, and persevering as an athlete and, later, a coach.

Jason Morris

Not only is Jason a great athlete, but his taste in music is fantastic as well! In this Six Songs special, he's turning you onto some great rock music. Notably, you're getting great tracks from Hardline, Edguy, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Dio, and Dan Wos Project. It was great having Jason on the show. Be sure to check out his website at https://www.realjudo.net/

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2019-02-12
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New Noize KISS Edition - Ep350

With so much happening in the KISS world, we thought we'd return with a KISS Edition of New Noize! In this hour-plus talk, we get down to our thoughts on the nuts and bolts of the KISS world in 2019; and boy is it active!

KISS kicked off the beginning of their End of the Road tour in Vancouver this week. Specifically, the stage is massive and is getting lots of attention. Additionally, the specter of backing tracks being piped through the sound system is being discussed. Is the new KISS show live or is it Memorex? We'll dissect and give our thoughts.

Also of note, on the eve of the new KISS tour, Ace Frehley took aim at his former band mates; blasting Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with some serious allegations. Have Paul and Gene cost Ace millions of dollars due to badmouthing him? Did Gene really make a pass at Ace's girlfriend? Consequently, did Ace even actually write the salvo that was launched via his social media? We'll examine and give you our take.

New Noize

 

Finally, the Vinnie Vincent saga takes yet another major twist. After lots of silence from Vinnie, the promoter, as well as Rocketown, the two shows scheduled in Nashville for February 8th and 9th have been cancelled by the promoter. According to him, Vinnie backed out of the shows. Subsequently, Vinnie (and his attorney) released statements essentially saying he backed out of the shows due to non-payment. Either way, the remaining fans of Mr. Vincent are, once again, left disappointed. Does this pay out in court? Will the ticket buyers get their refunds? Will there be another concert scheduled and who would trust that the show will happen? We give our take on this circus.

As a result of all of this, there's no shortage of drama within the KISS Kamp. There's been speculation that the band would eventually launch a reality show. This begs the question, are we living through it right now?

We hope you enjoy New Noize KISS Edition and SHARE with a friend!

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2019-02-06
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Albums Unleashed - TESLA Mechanical Resonance with Troy Luccketta Ep349

This week Tesla's Troy Luccketta joins us to discuss the making of Mechanical Resonance. Released in December of 1986, Mechanical Resonance introduced this Sacramento-based 5 piece to the world. Produced by the duo of Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, the album peaked at 32 on the Billboard charts. Additionally, it provided Tesla with some bonafide material that still gets played live today including Modern Day Cowboy, Cumin' Atcha Live, and Little Suzi.

Mechanical Resonance

In this long-form discussion, Troy shares the origin story of Tesla. Details covered include the name change from City Kidd, marathon writing sessions, who's responsible for the name Tesla, and much more! As always, we also go track by track with Troy to get recollections of the making of each song.

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Tesla. While Troy provides lots of great stories of the making of Mechanical Resonance, he also fills us in on the current state of the band. The new album, Shock, is slated for release in March of 2019. Consequently, the band is set to hit the road extensively. One of those dates is February 19th, in Nashville at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. To see such a great band in a venue with acoustics such as this is something you won't forget. So, if you are anywhere Nashville on February 19th, join Chris and Aaron for a killer night of live music with Tesla!

We hope you enjoy Albums Unleashed - TESLA Mechanical Resonance with Troy Luccketta!

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2019-01-29
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Album Anticipation - Ep348

We look to the year in music ahead this week with Album Anticipation! This week we're discussing albums that are in production for a 2019 release. You're getting great new tracks from Shark Island, Axl Rose, Yellowcake and Tora Tora. Additionally, we're discussing bands that are rumored to be making a return to the studio this year. As a result, you're getting some classic tracks from Dokken, Poison, Tesla, the Wildhearts and more!

Album Anticipation

What are some albums that YOU are looking forward to in 2019? Be sure to leave a comment on this post in Decibel Geek Podcast facebook page!

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2019-01-20
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Best of 2018 - Ep347

We hit the ground running in 2019 but looking back at our favorite songs and albums of last year with Best of 2018! If you have friends that say there's no good music being produced these days just punch them in the nuts and direct them to this episode. In this mega-long episode, we're turning you onto some incredible rock and metal that came out last year.

Best of 2018

 

Best of 2018 has you getting killer tracks from artists such as Stryper, Massive Wagons, Primal Fear, Skull Fist, Judas Priest, Turbonegro, Ace Frehley, Enuff Z'nuff, Clutch, and tons more! Additionally, we read off the albums that came close to making our lists. It's a celebration of 12 months of killer rock and metal music! We hope you enjoy Best of 2018 and SHARE with a friend!

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2019-01-15
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DIO-CEMBER VOL2 - Ep346

We close out the year in excellent fashion with DIO-CEMBER VOL2! We left off last week with Ronnie James Dio fronting Black Sabbath. Inasmuch as the chemistry was palatable, Ronnie needs and change and things pick up in 1983. The Holy Diver album is an absolute powerhouse because of its lineup. Guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain, and drummer Vinny Appice were the perfect arsenal to back Ronnie up. Accordingly, the results are made clear in the material they released. To follow up Holy Diver with such strong albums as Last in Line and Sacred Heart speaks to the power of this lineup.

DIO-CEMBER VOL2

DIO-CEMBER VOL2 explores the many changes that took place in Ronnie's career. While the original lineup gets plenty of love in this episode, we also aim to show you that fantastic material was released well after they ceased to be a unit. Consequently, you'll get tracks from DIO albums including Dream Evil, Lock Up the Wolves, Strange Highways, Magica, Killing the Dragon, and Master of the Moon. Additionally, Aaron spins a great track from the Heaven and Hell lineup.

Ronnie James Dio may no longer be with us but he leaves a musical legacy that endures. Indeed, his incomparable voice raised the bar for such legends as Richie Blackmore and Tony Iommi. Additionally, the impressive material that he put out through the DIO is an undeniable template to the greatness of Heavy Metal. We hope you've enjoyed DIO-CEMBER.

DIO-CEMBER VOL2 is the end of our two-part tribute to the great Ronnie James Dio. However, there's always next year!

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2018-12-31
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DIO-CEMBER Vol1 - Ep345

We celebrate the holidays this week by releasing volume 1 of a 2 part special on a legend; DIO-CEMBER Vol1 is here! In this special, we pay tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio. This week's entry has us focusing on Ronnie's first decade in the rock world 1972-1981.

Ronald Padavona was born in New Hampshire in 1942. His family would soon move to New York where he would be raised around music. Beginning at the age of 5, Ronnie was a born-performer. Stints playing trumpet and bass would lead the way to Ronnie fronting bands. After changing his name to Dio around 1960, his first real step in the world of rock would be taken in 1972. ELF's self-titled debut album features Ronnie and childhood friends performing while Deep Purple legends Roger Glover and Ian Paice produced. This would lead to extended touring opening for Purple and, eventually, the formation of Richie Blackmore's Rainbow.

DIO-CEMBER Vol1

Rainbow's history is well-covered but, in short, the Dio-led version of the band is legendary in its output. Richie Blackmore's Rainbow, Rising, and Long Live Rock & Roll are testaments to the powerful partnership between the singer and guitarist.

Unfortunately, the clash of egos would lead to Ronnie leaving Rainbow. On the other hand, rock history was waiting to be changed as Dio would then team up with Black Sabbath who had recently parted ways with Ozzy Osbourne. The newfound chemistry between Dio and guitarist Tony Iommi was undeniable. As a result, Black Sabbath would release two landmark albums with Ronnie; Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. Despite the incredible material, it would be a short-lived union. But, that's for us to discuss on volume 2.

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2018-12-25
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1981 Year in Review Part 2 - Ep344

We're back this week to tackle the who, what, when, where and why of the second half of our 1981 Year in Review Part 2!

July of 1981 is a strong month for the rock genre. Strong efforts include releases by Foreigner, Def Leppard, and the Ramones. Additionally, some great under the radar albums by Demon and New England help bolster and already solid month.

The month of August is a busy one in news and pop culture. The launch of MTV on August 1st is a landmark moment that's about to turn the music world on its head. Also taking place in August of 1981, John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman is sentenced. Furthermore, a fantastic musical release by Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes is getting attention.

1981 Year in Review Part 2

September of 1981 is filled with great rock music as well as a shocking personnel change. The month is marked with solid outings by Triumph, Grand Funk Railroad, Michael Schenker Group, KIX, and Alice Cooper. Additionally, Iron Maiden do the unthinkable and switch lead singers right as the band is beginning its ascent.

The music news for October of 1981 includes a young Prince being boo'd off the stage while opening for the Rolling Stones. Also, music piracy is on the radar as the "Home Taping is Killing Music" campaign is launched. Music releases for October include new solo material from Ozzy Osbourne as well as a big release from his previous band, Black Sabbath. Notably, KISS venture into uncharted waters with a new look and a strange concept album.

Hollywood death gripped the United States in November of 1981. Famed actress Natalie Wood tragically drowns while on a boat ride with two other notable thespians. Mystery continues to surround the case. Also of note, porn star John Holmes is arrested, and later acquitted, in the Laurel Canyon "Wonderland" murders. Additionally, November of 1981 is highlighted by big releases from Motley Crue and AC/DC.

All of this is covered this week as well as classic commercials in our 1981 Year in Review Part 2! We hope you enjoy and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-12-18
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1981 Year in Review Part 1 - Ep343

We're hopping in the De Lorean and heading back in time this week for our 1981 Year in Review Part 1! So many things happened from January - June 1981 that you're getting an earful this week! Wendy O. Williams arrested, Steven Tyler cheats death, and the Urban Cowboy fashion movement takes hold. Other stories include Ozzy eating a bird (uncooked), President Reagan in the crosshairs, riots in the UK, and much more.

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1981 in sports sees championships won by the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Dodgers. In the wrestling world, Hulk Hogan is having an identity crisis. We touch on these stories and more this week. Additionally, American television audiences are caught up in shows such as Three's Company, M.A.S.H., Dukes of Hazzard and Love Boat. This week we'll tell you the top 5 shows on 1981 and touch on our thoughts of them.

Our 1981 Year in Review Part 1 wouldn't be complete without music. Notably,  you'll get tracks from UFO, GenX, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Cirith Ungol, Hanoi Rocks, Accept, Van Halen, Y&T, and tons more!

Additionally, you're getting another dose of nostalgia in the form of classic commercials and facts and numbers of 1981!

In summary, it's a trip through time that'll take you back. We hope you enjoy 1981 Year in Review Part 1 and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-12-08
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Top 5 KISS Songs 1974-1977 Ep342

Filmmaker Andrew Sgambati is with us this week to talk about The Greatest Show on Earth as well as to pick our Top 5 KISS Songs 1974-1977! While there's a ton of controversy surrounding the Hottest Band in the Land in 2018 we're happy to have Andrew on to discuss a time when all was right in the world. The mid-1970's were a magical time for KISS. The strength of their six studio albums and two live albums propelled the band into the heights of pop culture consciousness in 1977. Inspired by such a special era for the band, Andrew channeled that inspiration into making The Greatest Show on Earth; a concert film/documentary sourced from video from live 1977 concerts and audio from Alive II.

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Additionally, Andrew sticks around to join us in picking our Top 5 KISS Songs 1974-1977. We know you'll agree with a number of choices while probably scratching your head at others. Don't you just love list shows?

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2018-11-30
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Vinnie Vincent Special vol6 - Ep341

Promoter Joe D'Angelo joins us for Vinnie Vincent Special vol6; our thoughts on Miami, Memphis, and more. We said we'd never do another one of these but with recent events taking place, we had to chime in. In this latest volume, Joe tells us about his experience booking and working with Vinnie Vincent. Vinnie appeared in Miami for The Gathering KISS Kruise Preparty. He appeared for two meet and greet days as well as a performance with Four by Fate onstage for a few songs. Joe gives us the details on what it's like working with Vinnie, how he was to the fans, as well as his thoughts on the onstage performance. We also give our thoughts on Vinnie's performance of Lick It Up, I Love It Loud, and Cold Gin.

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Moving on from Miami, Joe stays with us to discuss our thoughts (at that time) about the upcoming 2 night stand at Graceland in Memphis. We delve into what are expectations would be for the fans that are traveling to Tennessee, how ticket sales seemed to be going and speculation on what would go down.

A few days after recording with Joe, a Vinnie Vincent bombshell was dropped. The Memphis shows have been postponed (just weeks away from their confirmed dates) and the show is being moved to Nashville in February. While refunds and exchanges seem to be available to ticket buyers, it became apparent quickly that a number of Vinnie Vincent fans were going to be mightily inconvenienced due to this short notice schedule/city change. We give our unfiltered thoughts on this whole mess and state what we think is going to happen (or not happen) in Nashville in February of 2019.

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2018-11-19
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Anthrax State of Euphoria Albums Unleashed - Ep340

Shawn Franklin joins the guys this week to discuss his continuing involvement with Anthrax; this time for the 1988 classic State of Euphoria! This thrashterpiece was released on September 19, 1988 and helped cement Anthrax's place in The Big 4. With killer tracks like Be All End All, Who Cares Wins, Misery Loves Company, and the single Antisocial, State of Euphoria reached No.30 on the Billboard charts and would be certified Gold a year later.

State of Euphoria

Shawn Franklin, as you'll also hear in our past Albums Unleashed for Spreading the Disease, has been given the enviable task of sifting through drummer Charlie Benante's Anthrax audio archive. In this 30th Anniversary deluxe edition of State of Euphoria you're getting some incredible material. Disc 1 features a remastered version of the studio album as well as bonus material recorded during the sessions. Disc 2 features Charlie's Archive; tapes from the man himself that Shawn worked on. He painstakingly assembled the best parts of the tapes to give you, the listener, an audio evolution of the songs on the album. From idea tapes to rehearsals to recording to final mix, you'll get a backstage pass to Anthrax in the late 80's as they put State of Euphoria together. 

We appreciate Shawn Franklin joining us this week and encourage you to purchase the new 30th Anniversary Deluxe edition of Anthrax State of Euphoria!

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2018-11-12
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Type O Negative Discussion - Ep339

We're wishing you a Happy Halloween this week with our Type O Negative Discussion! Patreon DBG VIP and donor to the ROCKNPOD Expo Andy Connors joins us to break down the history of this legendary Brooklyn band.

The roots of Type O Negative stretch back to the 1980's when Peter (Ratajczyk) Steele and Josh Silver perform in local metal band Fallout. This would lead to Roadrunner act Carnivore and then morph into Type O Negative with Steele, Silver, drummer Sal Abruscato, and Kenny Hickey.

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In this long form discussion, Andy shares with us the history of Type O Negative. From the debut album Slow, Deep, and Hard through 2007's Dead Again, they blazed a trail of dark, sludgy metal that had a sound all its own. Additionally, you'll hear personal song picks from our guest relating to each album in the discography.

It's a moody hour-plus of music and talk for you this week. Turn out the lights, kick back with some candy, and enjoy Type O Negative Discussion and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-10-31
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We Prove Rock is NOT Dead with Fresh Blood V6

We?re back to further prove that Rock is NOT dead with Fresh Blood V6. Particularly, we've got 10 great up and coming bands this week and we?re confident you?re gonna find something you dig. At the present time, classic artists such as AC/DC, KISS, and Judas Priest continue to roll on. In due time, they will be gone. Accordingly, we're shifting focus this week to younger, hungry bands that are giving their all in a challenging musical climate.

Fresh Blood V6

In this hour-plus chunk of great music you'll hear from City of Thieves, The Watchers, Kaleo, Salem's Lott, Taco Mouth, The Rocket Dolls, Under the Radar, SkeetZo N' Krysis, Black Paisley, and Starcrawler.

Also, you'll notice that two of our song picks were selected by DBG VIPs from Patreon! If you want to become a DBG VIP, simply go to www.patreon.com/decibelgeek and be a $3.00 + patron. Perks include song suggestions, bonus content including the Chris & Aaron Show and much more!

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2018-10-24
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We Share Our Top 5 Worst KISS Songs! - Ep337

We return this week to bring you our choices for the Top 5 Worst KISS Songs! It's no secret that we love the Hottest Band in the Land. It's also no secret that, for the great number of awesome songs in the KISS Kanon (spelled with a "K" of course), there are some serious Klunkers.

Top 5 Worst KISS Songs

This week Chris and Aaron are counting down their personal 5 least favorite songs from KISStory. You may think you're only going to be hearing from a specific era in the band's history. Well, think again! Between the guys' lists, you're hearing songs from Dressed to Kill, Destroyer, Music from the Elder, Animalize, Hot in the Shade, Carnival of Souls, Psycho Circus, and Sonic Boom! It's an hour-plus of fun talk of some dire tunes. You Wanted the Best? Too Bad! This week you're getting the worst!

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2018-10-18
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Goodbye KISS, Ace Frehley Spaceman Review, RATT, GNR, and More - New Noize v3 Ep336

We're bringing the news this week with New Noize v3! There are some big happenings going on in the rock and podcasting world. Notably, the Ear Peeler Podcast Kings Tournament. What started out with a 64 podcast field has come down to only four and Decibel Geek is one of them! The semifinals see us going up against the juggernaut of Rock & Metal Combat Podcast. While these guys are our friends, we want to win this thing and that's where YOU come in! Simply go to https://www.facebook.com/earpeeler/ and click on the Decibel Geek logo to submit your vote! Nothing to fill out, no spam. It's as simple as that and you'll be helping us go to the finals!

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In recent rock news, KISS appeared on America's Got Talent and announced their upcoming End of the Road tour. Is this really farewell? Will past members of the band be invited? What do we think? You'll get our take in the episode.

In other KISS-related news, Ace Frehley is set to launch his upcoming Spaceman album. Since we got an advance stream of the album, we're giving you a track-by-track review today. Does this album hold up to past work by Ace? We're letting you know!

Other rock news discussed this week includes an inebriated Stephen Pearcy on stage as well as peace in the Guns n Roses camp! Also, what are the chances of an Axl/DC album?

All of that and a bunch more for your listening pleasure with New Noize v3! We hope you enjoy and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-10-09
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Rock n Roll Diaries with Aaron Baker - Ep335

ROCKNPOD donor and friend of the show Aaron Baker joins us this week for Rock n Roll Diaries. This new theme features Aaron showcasing artists and songs that are markers in his journey through life. Additionally, these songs have a therapeutic element in their ability to help him through difficult times.

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Aaron is bringing an incredible list of songs to share this week. You're getting killer tracks from Van Halen, Eclipse, KISS, Dokken, Ozzy, Tom Petty, Fozzy, Aerosmith, Queensryche, and much more! Also, his stories of a music fan from a younger generation will give you hope that rock is, indeed, very much alive for future generations.

Be sure to check out Aaron Baker at his podcast The Bakery. It can be found at https://thebakery.podbean.com/

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2018-10-03
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Jeff Scott Soto Discussion - Ep334

Growin? Up Rock & Podcast Rock City host Sonny Pooni joins us this week for a Jeff Scott Soto discussion. Known for his previous work with Yngwie Malmsteen and current work with W.E.T. and Sons of Apollo, Soto has built an incredible career.

Jeff Scott Soto rose to prominence in the early 1980's as the singer for Yngwie Malmsteen. Consequently, Soto has become a rock n roll renaissance man, performing on numerous tribute albums as well as provided backing vocals on tons of hit albums.  Additionally, Jeff Scott Soto has been a contributing part of various bands and solo projects throughout the years. Also, he gained notoriety for his soundtrack performance for Rock Star  as well as a touring stint fronting Journey.

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Ultimately, Sonny is giving us an education this week as we focus on the middle years of Jeff Scott Soto?s career. In this long-form discussion you?ll get cool tracks from Soto?s many projects including Eyes, Talisman, Hollywood Underground, Soul SirkUS, JSS, and Jeff?s solo work.

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2018-09-25
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Top 5 Pantera Songs

In honor of episode 333 we?re spinning our Top 5 Pantera Songs! It?s been 18 years since the last Pantera studio release and both Vinnie and Dime are no longer with us. But even so, the music they left behind still reverberates today.

With the exception of the lesser-known ?Glamtera? years, Pantera burst onto a turbulent music world. Indeed, the early 90's were a time of great transition. Notably, grunge was driving out ?hair? metal; causing divisions among the music-buying public. Brothers Vinnie and Darrell Abbott, Rex Brown, and Philip Anselmo lit a fire that burned bright and inspired thousands. Considering the environment, for a metal band from Texas to capture the public?s attention and unite different cliques is remarkable. Additionally, the wild, untamed stories of excess while on tour only helped to build the Pantera legend.

Top 5 Pantera Songs

 

Choosing our Top 5 Pantera Songs was no easy task. Since both of us are huge fans, we could have easily picked five contenders off each album! This week we give your our favorites. They come from such classic sonic platters as Cowboys from Hell, Vulgar Display of Power, Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill, Official Live: 101 Proof, and Reinventing the Steel.

Pantera is no stranger to Decibel Geek Podcast. We?ve featured their music several times and even devoted a couple of previous episodes to the Cowboys from Hell. Click the links below for those episodes after you listen to this one!

Episode 154 - Pantera Discussion with Chad Lee (Photographer)

https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/decibel-geek-podcast-103122/episodes/pantera-discussion-with-chad-l-10449283

Episode 166 - Ride for Dime Nashville Coverage

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2018-09-18
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Radio Sucks Radio Show v34 - Ep332

Digital Killed the Radio Star host David Hudson is here to spin killer tunes with Radio Sucks 34! David was one of the many awesome VIP donors to ROCKNPOD and this week we're returning the favor. In this hour-plus chat David digs into some great rock tunes that radio just won't touch.

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This episode is full to the brim with killer tracks from some of your favorite artists. You'll get ear candy from Tesla, Poison, Def Leppard, Warrant, Jerry Cantrell, Izzy Stradlin, Enuff Z'nuff and The Cult!

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2018-09-10
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ROCKNPOD Recap - Ep331

We?re back and ready to give you the sordid details with our ROCKNPOD Recap! The stories you?re about to hear are all true. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty-as-hell.

ROCKNPOD weekend was a beehive of activity. Things kicked off with Friday?s Preparty concert featuring Frank Dimino & Punky Meadows of Angel, Tora Tora, Greg Mangus All-Stars and Ron Keel. How did the show go? Were there any celebrity sightings? Did anyone throw up? We?re giving you all the details.

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Saturday was a start-to-finish marathon with the ROCKNPOD Expo taking place through the afternoon. Tons of podcasters, tons of guests, great panel discussions, great vendors, and much more. Did everyone have a table? Did anyone guest get drunk? Did any podcaster NOT get drunk? Did anyone throw up? We?re giving you all the details.

Once the ROCKNPOD Expo ended the Afterparty commenced downtown at The Basement. Black Heiron, Neverwake, Jacob Cade, and Denman performed. Was there controversy at this show? Did Dr. Fukk from Thrash or Die perform? Was there Sammy Hagar destruction? Did anyone throw up?All those questions and more will be answered.

ROCKNPOD weekend wrapped up at Zanies Comedy Club with performances by Craig Gass, Earl Skakel, and Courtney Cronin-Dold. Was there a podfather in the house? Did the front row include two icons of 80?s rock? Did anyone throw up? We?ll answer those questions as well.

Our ROCKNPOD recap will conclude with some behind the scenes discussion including the guests that got away, the ones we couldn?t believe we got, and the one that we were thrilled to walk away from. We?ll also talk about plans for next year!

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2018-09-03
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Albums Unleashed - Devil Without a Cause with Kenny Olson Ep330

Original member of Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band Kenny Olson brings some amazing stories this week! Devil Without a Cause was unleashed on the world 20 years ago and it's place in music history is solidified.

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In this long-form talk, Kenny Olson gives the backstory of how a diverse group of Detroit musos found each other, blended together a sound like no other, and went out and dominated the world.  The late 90's were a difficult time for guitar driven rock music. The grunge era had come to an end and the mainstream world was preoccupied with pop tarts and boy bands rising up the charts. To have a foul-mouthed white rapper spitting bars over a rhythm section that would make Motown proud and a guitar duo that could simultaneously belt out the blues while ripping your face off sharing space on TRL is one of the most unique success stories we've ever heard.

Kenny Olson goes incredibly in depth in this long for talk; sharing stories on the making of the album as well as experiences that came out of its success. You'll also get an update on the amazing things he's been up to since including his new band 7 Day Binge.

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2018-08-24
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Your First KISS - Ep329

We're back this week to wrap up KISSMAS in July by calling YOU to ask about Your First KISS! We hit up Skype this week to talk to friends, fellow podcasters, musicians, etc to get the stories of their first exposure to KISS. It's a fun trip through the rolodex talking about the Hottest Band in the Land!

Additionally, you'll get a cool one-on-one chat that Aaron Camaro had with his father-in-law Jimmy. As a teen, Jimmy was one of the few lucky people in Nashville to see their first live performance in Music City. The venue was Muther's Music Emporium and Jimmy's recollections of that gig in 1974 are really cool to hear!

We hope you've enjoyed the 2018 series of KISSmas in July episodes. Hearing about Your First KISS was a nice way to cap off a fun month every year. We hope you enjoy Your First KISS and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-08-06
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Peter Criss in the 80s - Ep328

Nashville-based guitarist Mike Hutchens is with us this week to talk about his gig with Peter Criss in the 80s. Given that there is so little known about Peter's activities during the mid-1980's, this talk is an eye opener. How did Peter and Stan Penridge decide to base out of Nashville in 1984? How did they choose the band members? Why was the band named Alliance? Those questions, and many more, are answered by Mike in this discussion.

Peter Criss in the 80s

 

The 1984-1985 era of Peter Criss' life is a bit of a mystery. Reuniting with songwriting partner Stan "Doc" Penridge, they formed a band dubbed The Desperate Men in Nashville that had a much different sound than what KISS fans were accustomed to. Additionally, the band name changed to Alliance in the process. They would make their live debut at a radio festival in Nashville titled One for the Sun. Also on the bill, RATT and Alcatrazz; but this band sounded much different. After the Music City debut, Alliance would go on to perform just a handful of dates after recording some demos. What caused the band to end so quickly? Mike sheds light on the subject.

We want to thank Mike Hutchens for this in-depth discussion of Peter Criss in the 80s. Check out Mike's material in the links below. We hope you enjoyed Peter Criss in the 80s and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-07-26
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Our Favorite Bob Kulick KISS Moments

We're kicking off KISSmas in July with our favorite Bob Kulick KISS moments. Bob Kulick has a very interesting place in KISStory. His relationship goes back before the band was even complete. Auditioning ahead of the eventually-chosen Ace Frehley, Bob left an indelible impression on Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley that would pay dividends down the road.

Bob Kulick's performances on KISS records are undeniable. His leads on the studio side of ALIVE II, especially on Larger than Life and All American Man, shine through as well as some great playing on Paul Stanley's 1978 KISS solo album.

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Additionally, Bob's writing talent features on the Unmasked album with his contribution to Naked City; a complex track that digs into Beatles influences and pop sensibilities.

By 1982 KISS were in a confused state and Bob is brought back to help steer the ship in a rockier direction on Killers. His leads on the compilation album would help the band regain a foothold in credibility as they emerged from a very experimental phase.

In addition to us sharing our favorite Bob Kulick KISS moments, we have some cool excerpts of a fun conversation we recently had with the man himself. Between the great songs and great stories, we think you'll agree that KISSmas in July is off to a great start.

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2018-07-13
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Conversation with Damon Johnson - Ep326

Damon Johnson joins us this week for a discussion of his incredible career. At the present time, Damon has his hands full with Black Star Riders and his upcoming solo album Memoirs of an Uprising.

Damon Johnson really brings it in this long-form talk with some great stories from his career and life. From Brother Cane's early days opening for such legends as Van Halen, Aerosmith and Robert Plant among others. Additionally, Damon shares his memories of Brother Cane navigating a shifty musical tide in the 1990's.

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Damon's post-Brother Cane career has taken many twists and turns. Collaborations with Sammy Hagar, Faith Hill, Damn Yankees, Carlos Santana, and Slave to the System (featuring members of Queensryche) show the range of talent in his arsenal.

In 2004, Damon Johnson was brought into the Alice Cooper band. In this conversation, he shares his memories of getting the gig, his relationship with Alice, and what he's learned from his time in the band.

2011 saw Damon get to live out another childhood dream as he joined Thin Lizzy. Touring under that banner, he formed a strong chemistry with guitarist Scott Gorham and singer Ricky Warwick. The seeds for Black Star Riders were planted.

Ultimately, Black Star Riders would take the Thin Lizzy spirit and breathe life into a well-oiled machine; releasing three solid albums of material. As of 2018, the catalog, including All Hell Breaks Loose, The Killer Instinct, and Heavy Fire, has built a devoted global fan base.

Aside from band work with living legends, Damon has a great catalog of solo material. His first album, Dust, was released in 2000. Release would come along in 2010 and Echo in 2016. A live album, Birmingham Tonight, represents 2017 for Damon Johnson.

For 2018, Damon has set his sights on another solo album. Memoirs of an Uprising is being funded through Pledge Music. As of this episode release, the project is 87% funded with a deadline two weeks away. Decibel Geek really wants to help push this project over the finish line and we'd like YOUR help. Click the link below to make a pledge. As you'll see, there's a lot of cool options including CDs, Vinyl, and signed items, and tons more. Check it out at https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/damonjohnson

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2018-07-02
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Working Class Heroes - Ep325

With Chris out of town, Aaron's flying solo this week with a salute to all the hard working men and women out there with Working Class Heroes - Ep325. This episode is jam packed with great songs that'll make your day on the job more tolerable. You're getting great tracks from Sea Hags, KISS, Tuff, King's X, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Motorhead and the Supersuckers. Additionally, Aaron gives you information on the top 10 most popular jobs in the US and how those relate to possible podcast listening habits.

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2018-06-25
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Radio Sucks Radio Show v33 - Ep324

We're back this week to spin some awesome tunes with Radio Sucks Radio Show v33! This episode is packed with great music from artists like Angel, Kik Tracee, Loudness, Jizzy Pearl, Enuff Z'nuff, Saxon, Grand Funk, Stryper, Murderer's Row, and Dream Child!

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We also respond to the Larry, Moe, and Curly of KISS podcasting and clear up a few things. Plus, a ROCKNPOD Expo update and big concert announcement! We hope you enjoy Radio Sucks Radio Show v33 and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-06-17
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Six Songs Ralph Viera Thinks You Should Hear

We're back this week with a humdinger of an episode that features Ralph Viera (aka Dr. Fukk) picking six songs he thinks you should hear! Ralph is a true renaissance man of rock metal. He hosts multiple live shows on That Metal Station and fronts multiple bands including Thrash or Die. Additionally, Ralph is well known in podcasting circles as the host of the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast. Each week Ralph and co-host Ian Wadley bring great knowledge and humor with an edge. We highly recommend it.

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Equally interesting this week is our discussion at the top of the show of Vinnie Vincent. As we announced a couple months ago, Vinnie was confirmed and announced as a guest for the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo. A lot of work went into promoting his appearance and things were about to go into overdrive. However, things started changing over the past week and ultimately, Vinnie's appearance was cancelled. We share with you the story of what went down and our take on it. The Nashville invasion is now an aborted mission. Such a shame.

The Nashville Rock n Pod Expo is moving forward and is expected to be a big success. Current/former members of KISS, Korn, Winger, ACCEPT, Joan Jett, Loudness, Bang Tango, Kik Tracee and more will be there. Additionally, producing legends Michael Wagener and Toby Wright are returning. More great guest and event announcements are coming soon. Get all of the info HERE and buy tickets HERE or donate to helping fund the expo HERE.

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2018-06-03
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Japanese Metal - Ep322

Nashville Rock n Pod Expo donor Kevin Williams joins us this week for a talk about Japanese Metal! In this extended episode, Kevin has the knowledge and the tunes you need. Visual Kei, extreme image coupled with music, is a dominant force in Japan. Kevin gives you the backstory of what leads up to the Visual Kei movement in Japan and spins a number of great metal tunes.

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Japanese metal and its history is incredibly interesting. Uniquely, western bands like Black Sabbath and KISS had a definite impact on the culture. With this in mind, Kevin is connecting the dots on how that early influence lead to Visual Kei. As a result, you're getting some fantstic music from artists such as X-Japan, Exist-Trace, Vamps, MUCC, Big Bites, Quaff, Dir En Grey, Aldious, and Maximum the Hormone.

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2018-05-28
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We Pick Our Top 5 WASP Songs - Ep321

We're back this week to share our favorite songs by Sunset Strip legends WASP! In 1982 Blackie Lawless builds WASP was built to shock. Their over-the-top image garnered a ton of attention in an already-growing LA music scene. From Lawless' buzzsaw codpiece to models being tied to a torture rack to throwing raw meat into the audience, WASP takes the blueprint set by Alice Cooper and KISS and elevates it to raunchy new heights. Amid all of the theatricality, though, lay some of the best hard rock music of the decade and beyond.

WASP

 

While Blackie Lawless remains the constant in WASP's career, the band has featured a number of fantastic musicians and incarnations over the years. The early days of the band included bassists Rik Fox and Don Costa and, later, Johnny Rod. Notably, some amazing guitarists have graced albums by WASP including Chris "Mean Man" Holmes, Randy Piper, Darrell Roberts, and Bob Kulick. Additionally, a who's who of rock drumming history have passed through the WASP ranks including Tony Richards, Frankie Banali, Stet Howland, Steve Riley, Mike Dupke, and Randy Black. The band currently surrounding Lawless features Doug Blair, Mike Duda, and Aquiles Priester.

As mentioned in the show, we're showcasing our personal Top 5 WASP Songs. You're getting great tracks from virtually all eras of their more than thirty year career. In conclusion, it's a deep dive into one of the landmark metal bands of the 1980s and beyond.

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2018-05-19
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Rock News, Opinion, and a HUGE Announcement - New Noize V2 ep320

We are back this week to give you our take on current rock news with New Noize V2. There are some interesting stories coming from the world of rock and we're going to cover some of our favorites.

Gibson Broke?

Gibson Guitar filed for bankruptcy recently. There are a lot of armchair critics. We're no exception. Listen this week to hear our thoughts on the decision making process of a legendary luthier.

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Perry, Tyler, and...Spongebob??

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are nominated for a Tony Award. That's not the weird part. It's in connection to a Spongebob Squarepants musical. Hear our take on this story as well as a discussion on how Spongebob may be the most metal cartoon ever.

Starchild Going Solo Again?

Paul Stanley recently spoke out about the possibility of another solo album as well as his thoughts on doing new music for KISS. Our thoughts on this may surprise you.

Consistent Overkill?

The mean, green killing machine from New Jersey, Overkill, are back at work on another album. In this episode we discuss the amazingly consistent track record of this band; always delivering top flight metal. The followup to The Grinding Wheel is sure to please fans.

All Spectacle and No Substance?

KISS manager Doc McGhee recently ruffled some feathers in the KISS Army with his take that, basically, the band could continue forever due to the fact that they are closer to superheroes than credible bands. His quote seemed to downplay the importance of KISS' musical legacy. Needless to say, we have a few things to say about this.

Head to the Movies?

Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch is headed to the big screen. His new documentary, 'Loud Krazy Love,' will be screened in Dallas and Nashville in May before a wide release in the fall. Part of the promotion for the movie will include Brian making an appearance at the upcoming Nashville Rock n Pod Expo on Saturday August 25, 2018 at the Nashville Palace. He will appear on stage for a panel about the movie and his career as well as an autograph and photo session for fans and recording with various podcasters that will be on-site at the event. More info on the movie can be found HERE and info on the expo and how to gain admission available HERE.

Heavy Metal Mickey Mouse?

In one of the stranger stories from the rock world this week, A new instrumental album of hard-rock covers of classic Disney songs, Disney Super Guitar, has been announced, and it features a jaw-dropping team of world-class guitarists. Zakk Wylde, Paul Gilbert, Orianthi, Phil X, Richie Kotzen, Tak Matsumoto, George Lynch, Mike Orlando, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Jeff Watson all contribute to the album. Each track on Disney Super Guitar features a backing band comprised of guitarist John Bruno, drummer B.J. Zampa, bassist Chris Vescera and keyboardist Michael Vescera, who co-produced the record with the album?s mastermind, producer Death-Rider. Michael Vescera will also be appearing at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo. More info HERE.

The BIG Announcement!

As we've hyped for the past couple weeks, we have a BIG announcement to make this week. We certainly don't want to spoil the surprise so PLEASE listen first. But, after you listen click HERE for more details on this BIG announcement!

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2018-05-05
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Conversation with Brent Fitz - Ep319

Veteran drummer Brent Fitz joins us this week for an entertaining talk about his life and career. Born in Winnipeg, Brent  took to music early. After learning drums to a steady soundtrack of bands like RUSH, Fitz was playing the club circuit at age 15. Ultimately, a gig with Canadian band Streetheart gives Brent the confidence to make the leap to Los Angeles in 1996.

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In the 20+ years since arriving in America, Brent Fitz has carved out quite a career. Initially cranking out great tunes with the criminally underrated Union, Brent would join up with LA stalwarts Bulletboys and Vince Neil for road work. Furthermore, this  experience would help prepare Brent for his next challenge, filling the drum chair of Eric Singer in Alice Cooper's band. This long-form interview has lots of great stories from these gigs. Brent's openness and honesty paints a clear picture of what a working musician goes through during a very turbulent time for rock music.

As can be seen within KISS fan circles, Brent is at ground zero for two very cool offshoot projects from members of the band. In 2017, he and fellow Slash band mate joined Bruce and Bob Kulick for a performance on The KISS Kruise. The deep cut-laden set was the talk of the Kruise. His position in the Gene Simmons Band has also been a childhood dream come true. Additionally, it was recently announced that Ace Frehley would be using Gene's band as his backing band on an upcoming tour of Australia. As a result of his childhood KISS fandom, it's entertaining to hear Brent's stories about all of these projects.

This episode features tons of great stories as well as updates on Gene Simmons, the Kulick Brothers, and Slash. It also underscores the importance in rock history of Streetheart (trust us, it's pretty interesting).

The Decibel Geek podcast wants to thank Brent Fitz for such an engaging, entertaining conversation. We hope you enjoy Conversation with Brent Fitz and SHARE with a friend!

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2018-04-30
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Vinnie Vincent Reflects on Invasion Debut - Albums Unleashed ep318

In an interview seven years in the making, Vinnie Vincent joins us this week.  Undoubtedly one of the most intense rock records ever made, Vinnie Vincent Invasion was a natural topic choice. Our Albums Unleashed criteria is simple; discuss the making of an album we love with a key player in its creation. The debut album by Vinnie Vincent Invasion is an over-the-top, face-melting masterpiece.

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Vinnie is incredibly candid in this long-form discussion. After thirty-plus years of others sharing their story on this album, it's namesake goes on on the record to share his memories. Moreover, Vinnie discusses the back story of how Invasion went from being an album title into becoming a band. Additionally, you'll hear him share revelations never heard about the studio environment for this album. Notably, the intense, meticulous nature of how this album was pieced together is an interesting story unto itself.

As can be seen, 2018 is shaping up to be the comeback year of Vinnie Vincent. Since his return at the Atlanta KISS Expo in January, Vinnie has been ever-present online and in public. He's made appearances at Orlando's Spooky Empire convention as well as Gene Simmons' recent Vault Experience stop in Nashville. He's got upcoming appearances at the Chiller Theatre expo as well as Days of the Dead and a special appearance at The Gathering 3 ahead of the KISS Kruise.

Vinnie recently launched his official website. You can keep track of his personal appearances and buy autographed merchandise at the online store. He's also very interactive with fans on his official Facebook fan page.

The Decibel Geek Podcast truly thanks Vinnie Vincent for appearing on the show. Additional thanks to Randy Dietrich for his help setting up this interview.

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Vinnie Vincent Reaction (Atlanta KISS Expo Recap) - Ep309

Top 5 Vinnie Vincent Solos - Ep308

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2018-04-20
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Albums Unleashed - Bulletboys with Mick Sweda & Toby Wright Ep317

Guitarist Mick Sweda and engineer Toby Wright join the guys this week to reflect on 1988's Bulletboys album. Produced by the Ted Templeman for Warner Bros Records, the album reached #34 on the Billboard 200 chart. Correspondingly, the band received heavy rotation from MTV. The videos for 'Smooth Up in Ya' and 'For the Love of Money' were ever-present at the time.

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Mick shares the story of how he, bassist Lonnie Vencent and vocalist Marq Torien exited King Kobra. With the addition of drummer Jimmy D'Anda, the band started turning heads quickly in Hollywood, including that of Templeman. Between the chops of the members and an essential image, Bulletboys were armed with plenty of ammunition.

Working as an engineer in 1988, Toby shares his memories from the production side of things including an instance of him showing Mick and the guys reels from the recently-completed 'And Justice for All' album by Metallica.

The production of Bulletboys took place at One on One Studios in Hollywood, CA. In this episode, Mick and Toby discuss some differences of opinion on certain aspects of recording and the lessons learned from that process. Additionally, the guys give their thoughts on working with producer Ted Templeman.

Next, we move on to get Mick's memories on the songwriting process with a track-by-track discussion. Bulletboys features ten very strong tracks. In contrast to other bands of the era, there isn't a single ballad on the album. Nonetheless, the album thrives in spite of the expected with songs full of attitude and swagger.

Bulletboys 1988

 

Although lead singer Marq Torien has made certain claims about the songwriting on this album, Mick takes time to share his side of the story. In light of Mick's stories today, it makes for an interesting picture of the making of this album.

Ultimately, the past came back around to the present. Mick reformed with Jimmy D'Anda and Lonnie Vencent to form Lies Deceit & Treachery; a new band with a classic sound. Check out more on them HERE.

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2018-04-11
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Queens of Noize - Ep316

DBG VIP and Nashville Rock n Pod Expo donor Scott Smith joins us to celebrate Women's History Month with Queens of Noize 3! While the rock genre is considered a man's world by many, our guest is here to help dispel that myth. With this in mind, you are getting a unique audio experience this week. As proven by previous legends such as the Runaways, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, and others, the now and future of women in rock is promising.

Queens of Noize 3

In contrast to the past, currently there are a ton of female-led bands in the rock and metal genres. In this hour-plus episode, Scott is sharing just a fraction of the great rock that he's discovered from female-fronted bands. You're getting great rock from The Amorettes, Damone, Thundermother, Fireflight, Tequila Mockingbyrd, The Agony, Skarlett Riot, The Nearly Deads, Fit for Rivals, and Diemonds. It's a solid slab of great rock as well as discussion.

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2018-04-01
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New Noize - Current Rock News & Discussion Ep315

All the rock news that's fit to spit this week is covered with New Noize! 2018 is off to a roaring start with tons of stories coming from the rock world as well as some incredible releases. We're happy to dish it up and serve you our opinions.

Judas Priest is possibly the top story in the rock/metal community right now. Sadly, Glenn Tipton recently announced a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease; forcing him to sit out the Firepower tour. In light of this news, producer Andy Sneap is filling his shoes. What are our thoughts on the Firepower album? Chris is giving you his review. Additionally, we discuss the incredible set list for the opening night of the tour.

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Kid Rock soon enters the WWE Hall of Fame. What does Kid Rock have to do with wrestling? We'll let you know. Donnie Vie recently announced a Pledge Music campaign to fund his new album. We share our thoughts on this endeavor. At the same time, Denman announced their first full-length recording with producer Michael Wagener is complete. We share our hopes for this great young band in this New Noize episode.

Slash has a stalker, Iron Maiden has a lawsuit, and Lynch Mob has a new singer. Moreover, Motley Crue has a movie (sorta). In this New Noize episode, we are giving your our thoughts on it all.

Also joining us this week is Nick Tieder; the General Manager of North American operations for Frontiers Records. In this New Noize segment, Nick gives us a little back story on himself and Frontiers Records. Coupled with his fandom and experience in different aspects of the label, Nick is the right guy for the job as you'll hear. We go over some recent and upcoming Frontiers releases such as Stryper, Jizzy Pearl, LA Guns, and more. Additionally, we talk about some of the new breed of rock coming out of Frontiers such as Shiraz Lane, Animal Drive, Perfect Plan, and Doomsday Outlaw. Equally interesting are some wish-list bands that Frontiers hopes to secure deals with including Vinnie Vincent.

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2018-03-20
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