The Metal Cowboy himself, Ron Keel, joins the Talk Toomey Podcast. This was a great interview recorded at the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo. Ron and I talk about his Nashville roots and the early days of Steeler. Ron talks about his transition from rock to country and back. We discuss his interviewing Garth Brooks and end with some Yngwie Malmsteen talk.
Producer Toby Wright returns to the podcast to talk all things Follow the Leader. Follow the Leader is the 20 year old landmark album by Korn. Toby discusses the recording process, the web series that was revolutionary at the time and the response to the album. If you are a fan of the record, you must check out this episode. Thanks again to the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo for the interview.
The Nashville Rock N Pod episodes roll on with Craig Gass and Thom Hazaert.
First up I talk to Craig Gass. Craig and I talk about his love of Tesla and hanging out in the men’s room with their drummer. Craig talks about hanging with Rudy Sarzo in the 1987 and beyond. We also talk about our love of Canadians and sports. Then he finishes with a hilarious Tracy Morgan impression and story.
Next up is Thom Hazaert. Thom is a friend of the show and great to see in person. Thom and I discuss the origins of his relationship with David Ellefson of Megadeth. We talk about his promoting of a Primer 55 show and releasing a Primer 55 album on his label. Thom tells us about the future of EMP Label Group and so much more.
In the first of a series of Rock N Pod Expo interviews, I speak with the legendary Eerie Von. Eerie was the original bass player of Danzig and Samhain. Eerie and I discuss the backstory to the debut Danzig album. Eerie talks about the formation of the band, the recording of the album and their punk and metal backgrounds. Truly an honor to speak with Eerie.
Two interviews this week. First up is the vocalist of Nonpoint, Elias Soriano. Elias and I discuss the latest Nonpoint album “X”. We also talk about listening to new music, parents supporting your decisions and making a setlist after all these years and albums.
Next up is Eric Peterson of Testament to talk about his project Dragonlord. Eric and I talk about the latest Slayer tour, playing with Alex Bent and where he would like to take Dragonlord.
I took a trip to Nashville this week to talk to Gene Hoglan. We sat down before the Slayer show at the Municipal Auditorium. Gene and I discuss the art of filling in for a band last minute, Charlie Benante’s dumming style and his history in Dark (not Death Angel) Angel. Gene talked about his time in Fear Factory. We also went over the inspiration and execution of the art available at genehoglanart.com.
On this special episode of Talk Toomey, Bobby Burns and I remember Jason J-Sin Luttrell. Bobby talks about his early day with Jason and starting Primer 55. We share some of our favorite moments on the road with our late singer. Jason was truly one of a kind.
Today is a triple threat of interviews. First up is Chuck Billy of Testament. Chuck is on to talk about his latest vape products under “The Chief” name. Chuck also talks about Practice What You Preach, Slayer tour and the future of marijuana in America
Next up is Hanno Klaenhardt of Mantar. Mantar is a two-piece band from Germany and have a great sophomore album entitled “The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze” due August 24th. Hanno and I talk about his living in America for awhile, European festivals and the foreign exchange student I hung out with in high school.
And finally, Richie Cavalera of Incite calls in to talk about the upcoming “Burn N Shred” tour. Richie also discusses their new album that is due in January, being a Cavalera and recording with Steve Evetts.
Robb Rivera of nonpoint gives us his weekly Pick From The Kit and a nonpoint update.
Mike Williams of The Agony Scene joins the podcast this week. Mike and I discuss what brought them back from their lengthy hiatus. We also talk about the band’s early days in Tulsa, OK. We also bring up the other big band from Tulsa, Hanson. Mike and I talk about being dads in bands and trying to be good parents. But most of all we discuss “Tormentor”, the band’s latest album.
Before I talk to Mike I give a couple of concert reviews. I went to see The Fucking Pantera Cover Band on Friday and then went to see the mighty Powerman 5000 on Tuesday. Lots of good live music.
Robb Rivera of Nonpoint gives his weekly Pick From The Kit and talks about the upcoming Nonpoint album “X” due out August 24th.
Skinny from Mushroomhead calls in this week to talk about their upcoming DVD release “Volume III”. Skinny and I also talk about the Cleveland music scene, water drums and the process of masking up a new member. Skinny also talks about the departure of Jeffrey Nothing. We discuss why Mushroomhead is not on Spotify and other streaming services and many more topics. PREORDER MUSHROOMHEAD VOLUME III HERE
I give a quick review of the recent Smashing Pumpkins show in Louisville.
Robb Rivera of nonpoint gives us his weekly Pick From The Kit and some updated nonpoint news.