I've interviewed a lot of people over the years. Actors, athletes, and of course musicians... But few of them have led a life half as exciting as Bear Grylls. An adventurer, survivor, SAS soldier, TV star, and now an author. He's got his Best Selling Book "Mud, Sweat, and Tears" in stores and a bunch of new projects in the works.
As I fellow skydiver, I wanted to talk to him about jumping, travelling, his injuries, sleeping inside a dead camel, and what it's like to travel with a wife that packs too much crap!
I had a chance to talk to Sammy Hagar yesterday! It's hard not to be happy, when you're talking to him, because he's always happy! It's contagious! Maybe it's his band Chickenfoot, or his best selling book, or maybe it's his new rum... Whatever it is, he's a happy guy!
he talked about his past, his Dad, Van Halen and the feud that broke up the band... He accused me of stalking him, promised to bring me some rum, and told me that I was nuts for being a skydiver!
Matt Cameron may be the busiest man in music! He was the drummer in Soundgarden, and the band broke up. So, Matt got a job with another legandary band that you may know... Pearl Jam! Then in 2010, Soundgarden announced that they were getting back together. Rather than leave Pearl Jam, Matt is somehow balancing 2 bands, while being married with kids! 2 bands, 2 tours... and lots to talk about! What about a Pearl Jam, Soundgarden tour with Temple of the Dog? Is Pearl Jam playing Fenway Park in September? What clubs did Matt love to play in Boston? When is the new Soundgarden album coming out?
Click below to listen to the interview and find out the answers to those questions and more!
I'm still trying to recover from 48 hours in a rock stars life! It's hard work! Planes, limos, parties, courtside seats, political rallies and Jessica Rabbit. DAMN!
Here's what I can remember!
Kid Rock invited a few radio people from around the country, that have been there "since the beginning", to attend his private Halloween party. I was honored to be included in that group. We've been friends for a very long time. Since the Warped Tour before Devil Without A Cause came out. It's been a crazy ride... more crazy for him than me... But anyway.
I took off from Logan on Friday afternoon around 2pm.
Landed in Detroit around 4...
After battling Downtown Detroit traffic for almost 2 hours, we checked into the hotel, dropped our bags, and headed to the Pistons Game. Kid Rock was being presented with a banner for selling out the arena 21 times! He was also given permanent court side seats!
We were escorted into the Presidents club (very fancy) for drinks and food before the game. Drinks included Kid's very own beer,Badass American Lagar!
We were also given gift bags from the Pistons with t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts etc. I felt a little dirty thinking about putting on a Pistons shirt... I have to be honest! But, they say... "When In Rome" right?
I don't want to hear that I am a traitor! I am a Celtics fan to the CORE!!! I put it on, with the agreement that Kid Rock would sign it, and take a picture, so that we could auction it off for charity! Which he did!
Hopefully we'll raise some money for charity with this!
After all of the American Badass beer and Jim Beam that we could drink, we were escorted COURTSIDE for the game!
These seats don't suck!!!!
After the game (which they lost by 1 point with 2.5 seconds left in the game) we headed back to the hotel... to close down the bar and take in a little local culture!
Kid Rock headed to DC for the Daily Show's Rally to Restore Sanity!
While he was hanging with Jon Stewart and Cheryl Crow, I went shopping and bought this KILLER hat!
Before I knew it, it was time to hit the party! I went dressed as the 'Corpse Bride' in my old wedding dress!
A big change from my wedding day just a couple of years ago huh?
The party was in this HUGE warehouse where the band practices, and where he keeps all of his gear and cars!
I took some car pics for you!
He's got one of the General Lee's from the Dukes of hazard TV show!
And a Ford GT
And this BADASS Firebird!
After I spent the first 30 minutes drinking and checking out his cars, someone went on stage and introduced the Village People! It was Kid Rock (as the cop) and the Twisted Brown Trucker band in costumes!
They wouldn't let me video the performance... But I got some great photos!
Did i forget to mention the 'dancers'???
The band played the entire new album 'Born Free' which is coming out on November 16.
And it's exactly what you would expect! It's got something in there for everybody! Especially if you are a 40 year old guy! Since he turned 40, he wanted to write a song about that, it's called F*ckin' Forty and it's funny!
After the band finished, it was time to party!!!
And we did a lot of that! I think I was dancing!!! And I NEVER DANCE! EVER!
Before long it was time to get in the photo booth!
Then I got some company! (after he finished hanging out with some HOT redhead dressed like Jessica Rabbit! She wasn't bad, she was just drawn that way!)
The next morning I needed something to eat before my flight home!
48 hours in the life of Kid Rock, and I am still recovering!
He is in Europe for the MTV awards and I am just trying to figure out how he does it!
Best Halloween EVER!
The video isÂ here!!! Check it out!
And check out the new video for Born Free! See the car? Look familiar? :)
IÂ interviewedÂ Chris Cornell when he was a member of Audioslave and as a solo artist, but Soundgarden was long gone by the time I started on the air at WAAF. Out of the grunge bands, I always gravitated to the heavier one's: Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam. We got AIC back, even after losing Layne, and Pearl Jam never left... But Soundgarden held out and made us sweat for long enough! They're back!
I talked to Chris today about a lot of things... How the reunion took place, why the band broke up, when they are touring, Temple of the Dog reuniting with pearl Jam on tour, what's up with the new music, how Nirvana got all of the credit for the grunge movement,Â why people tweet about pooping and so much more!
A couple of years ago MSgt. Smith from the Mass Air National Guard came up to the studio and invited me to fly in an F-15 Eagle. I SAID YES!!!
At 9 G's I 'took a little nap' earning the callsign NARKO, short for narcoleptic (they added the K to make it more Rock N Roll).Â But, at least I didn't throw up!!! Evidence included! My empty vomit bag!
Today MSgt Smith called to invite me to fly with Lt. Col. John Klatt in an aerobatic airplane! Lt. Col. Klatt is a pilot for the Air National Guard, but he also flies in airshows in this aerobatic aircraft.Â
According to his official website www.johnklattairshows.com theÂ aircraft I will be flying in is called the 300 Extra. The Extra is powered by a 300 horsepower variant of the Lycoming 540 six cylinder engine. It weighs 1470 pounds empty and is certified to a load factor of +/- 10 Gs. NICE!!!!!!
For details and directions to the Westfield International Airshow, which is FREE and open to the public click here!
For more information on the Air National Guard call 1-800-TO-GO-ANG or log onto www.goang.com
If you or someone you know are an experienced medical professional, and would like more information on what role you can play in the Massachusetts Air National Guard please contactÂ MSgt Kevin Eccleston Kevin.email@example.com
You know how much I love the men and women in uniform who protect this great country, and I am so thankful for this chance to fly!!!
A full report on my flight coming Thursday afternoon, and YES we will get it all on video for you!
I talked to Brent Smith from Shinedow today! He was very excited about putting the Carnival of Madness tour together and taking all of his friends out on the road! He also talked about Twitter, pooping, supporting the troops, why Sevendust kicks so much ass and so much more!
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Paul from Puddle of Mudd called in to talk about the Civil War, why his girlfirend doesn't laugh at his jokes, the rumors surrounding Puddle of Mudd, Supporting the Troops and the Carnival of Madness tour!
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There are very few bands that are as polarizing, as Limp Bizkit. Some people love them, some people hate them... One thing is for sure, they have sold a TON of records and made more than their fare share of headlines while doing it. You cannot deny their success, and that if a LB song comes on the radio at a party, your head is going to bob with the beat!
My old friend Zoltan, the founding member of Five Finger Death Punch called in to the show today. We talked about everything from his Hungarian roots, becoming a U.S. citizen, being lost in Las Vegas, how the band got together, the new album WAR Is The Answer and our love and support of the troops!
YUP! You heard it right! I made a new friend last night at the Alice In Chains show at the Paradise! I thought he looked familiar... Channel 7's Sports Director... Joe Amorosino! I had no idea that he was an AIC fan! Turns out, he listensÂ every afternoon! And since I watch his sportscasts, we're a new force to be reckoned with! What do you think? Could we switch jobs for a week? He brought it up! Can you imagine ME trying to do a sportscast? Can you imagine HIM hosting the Happy Ending? Either way, Joe called in to talk Alice In Chains, the Grunge era and and the Richard Seymour trade!
Well, I gotta thank Rick Demrest! He knows how to throw one hell of a party! OK, OK... We threw the party, but RICK was the man of the hour and everybody knew it...
Even Alice In Chains.
If you didn't know Rick, you weren't getting in! After some drinks, and some great food... It was time for some tunes. Just listening to the soundcheck of Alice In Chains, we knew we were in for a great show! Rick sat front and center! The band was great. You can tell that Jerry, Mike and Sean have welcomed new lead singer William Duvall with open arms... and man can this guy sing! It's not even that HE has the best voice, it's that his voice is a perfect match to Jerry Cantrells. Some people question whether or not they should have kept the name after lead singer Layne Stayley died. After yesterday, there can be no suck debate! Jerry was the founding member, co-singer and co-writer over the bands very successful career... A better question could have been, could Layne have carried the band without Jerry? The answer... NO WAY! There four guys were meant to be in a band together... And there is the added bonus of William playing guitar, it adds just a little something extra to the sound. I say this with all of the respect in the world to Layne. I've been a fan for years... AC/DC carried on after Bon Scott died... Van Halen did it... so why not AIC?
The 4 song acoustic set was as close to perfect as you could get, and only Rick and his friends got to see it... (thanks for letting me in Rick!)
Rick and his kids, with Alice In Chains!
I had a chance to sit down and talk with the entire band before they took off to the Paradise Rick Club to blow the roof off, Â later on that night! WHAT A SHOW! I go back and forth... better acoustic or plugged in?
During the performance, Hill-Man and I were able to get the 'gossip' from the band... How the reunion happened, how they feel now that they are back together, what Spinal Tap moments they have endured over the years... and much more.
Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchmen, and now Street Sweeper Social Club, called in to talk about his tour with NIN and Janes Addiction, Baseball, Politics and Fez's!
What better way to come back from a holiday weekend, than to hang out with some Rock 'N' Roll LEGENDS! Chickenfoot will take over the WAAF airwaves today, LIVE from their sold out show at The Middle East. Make sure you're listening today, starting at 3pm for all of the craziness that is CHICKENFOOT!
Judging by this video, I'm going to have my hands full this afternoon!Â
The guys were really nice, down to earth, and funny as hell!
Matt, Brad and Lincoln came into the studio, Jared and Daniel got to sleep late! The first thing they noticed was Hillman's cheat sheet for the mantown questions. It's very funny to hear a guy from Bowling Green, Kentucky talk about 'wagner power painter'!
During the second song, the one that will be exclusive on www.waaf.com since it did not air... Matt channeled Kurt Cobain, it was kind of freaky!
Keep your eyes on the website, new Cage the Elephant stuff coming soon!