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The Hooks Rocks Podcast is the place to be for talking rock music. In depth discussions on the state of rock music, new music spotlights featuring new up and coming artists, and much more. Get hooked on The Hooks Rocks…The Ultimate Rock Community podcast! Now Part of Pantheon Podcasts!

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Remembering Eddie Van Halen With Author Greg Re...
A year has passed since legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen lost his battle with cancer and grieving fans continue to celebrate his music, innovation, and influence. A younger generation has discovered his genius causing a resurgence in the band Van Halen's popularity. Greg Renoff, author of "Van Halen Rising" visits The Hook Rocks to reflect on his legacy and how his son Wolfgang continues to honor him by carving his own path in music. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Our Top Ten Albums From July to September 2021
We are back with our quarterly segment on the top albums from July through September 2021! Chris Corradetti and I break down all the great music that has been released in the third quarter of 2021 and choose are favorites! Once again, with so much great music being released some difficult choices had to be made. We also included several of our Twitter followers and their selections. It was fun but also painful. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Derek Day F...
The rock 'n' roll journey for the L.A. band Classless Act has been a long and winding road but the wait for their music is finally over. Lead singer Derek Day joins The Hook Rocks to share the bands story and what lead them to this moment. We discuss his influences, his approach to songwriting, and how his perspective influences his lyrics. With their debut single "Give It To Me" Classless Act is ready to give you what you need in rock 'n' roll! Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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Concert/Album Review: The Dead Deads "Tell Your...
Jay Scott from The Hook Rocks shares his thoughts on The Dead Deads new album "Tell Your Girls It's Alright" & their live concert at The House of Blues in Chicago on Sept. 19th. Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With The Warning
With the new EP "Mayday" out October 8th The Warning are ready to unleash their brand of rock to the music community once again.. Recorded during the pandemic Daniela, Paulina, & Alejandra visit with The Hook Rocks to discuss the creative process for the album. They pushed themselves like never before and the result is perfection. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Concert Review: Myles Kennedy At Route 20 in St...
The Hook Rocks reviews Myles Kennedy at Route 20 in Sturtevant, WI. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Andrew Davi...
After seeing their show in Chicago a few weeks ago I knew I had to have the band Them Dirty Roses on The Hook Rocks Podcast. A band with a heavy southern influence mixed with the party attitude of Van Halen they can groove and rock with the best of them. Lead guitarist Andrew Davis discusses the bands history, his influences, the Nashville "Rock" scene, and much more. Please enjoy the conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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The Don Jamieson Interview
Former host of 'That Metal Show' Don Jamieson visits with The Hook Rocks to discuss his latest album "Denim & Laughter" & being on tour with The Dead Daisies. We dive into his connection to music as well as comedy in a wide ranging discussion touching all bases from his experience of opening for rock and metal artists, the new generation of rock, and much more. Please enjoy this conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Concert Review: Nick Perri & The Underground Th...
The Hook Rocks reviews Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Tremonti "Marching In Time" Album Review!
The Hook Rocks talks the new Tremonti album "Marching In Time". Jay Scott shares his connection and view of the album. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: The Return of Chris Lane F...
With the new album "Perspective" out October 8th Station's lead guitarist Chris Lane returns to The Hook Rocks to discuss the bands new music while offering insight into the writing & recording process. Chris details the importance of staying connected with the new material as they navigated through their creative journey while the world issues around them were happening. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Which Streaming Service Offers The Best Sound Q...
Streaming music has been considered the norm for several years leaving music fans with increasingly limited options when buying music in a physical form . Fans who still purchase the physical copy either by vinyl or CD, use these streaming services to sample music before purchasing. However, how many of these fans know which of these platforms offers the best quality sound? Rob from @skylabtapes returns to The Hook Rocks to break down why quality matters and what options you have. Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Concert Reviews! Them Dirty Roes Sept 10th @ Jo...
Check out The Hook Rocks concert reviews of emerging band Them Dirty Roses in Chicago and The Black Moods, Don Jamieson, & The Dead Daisies! Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
38 min
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The Return of Frank Hannon
Lead guitarist Frank Hannon from the band Tesla returns to The Hook Rocks to talk their new single "Cold Blue Steel" and the current tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Frank discusses the collaborative effort between him and lead singer Jeff Keith for the new single as well as the meaning behind the song. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Legacy of Ronnie James Dio
Years after his passing Ronnie James Dio's music still connects with his passionate fans. His powerful lyrics have evolved with the times making his songs relevant in modern day. Friend of The Hook Rocks, Nino from Chicago is one of those passionate fans, and was hand picked by Jay Scott to share his journey with Ronnie James Dio's legacy. Nino shares his stories throughout his life that have kept him connected to the man and his music. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Blackberry Smoke Live Concert Review: September...
All is right in the world when there is a Blackberry Smoke Live Show. The Hook Rocks reviews the Blackberry Smoke concert on September 5th, 2021 at The Piazza in Aurora, IL. One of the best live acts in rock today, enjoy my perspective of the show and the band. Please enjoy this episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Iron Maiden "Senjutsu" Album Review
The Hook Rocks reviews Iron Maiden's 17th studio album! Check out Jay Scott's thoughts on the songs from the new album! Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Meta Dead F...
The buzz created for the new album "Tell Your Girls It's Alright" by The Dead Deads has been building since their first single "Deal With Me" released this past spring. Lead singer/guitarist Meta Dead joins The Hook Rocks to talk the new album, the message of the music, and their upcoming tour with Candlebox. Please enjoy this episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Chris Tapp ...
The new album by "Heavy Shoes" is another step forward for the band The Cold Stares. Armed with a heavy groove the record has already hit over a million streams. Singer/Guitar player Chris Tapp returns to the The Hook Rocks and shares his thoughts, on the first leg of their tour, building their fanbase in Europe, and what opportunities lie ahead. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Singer/Song...
The new song "Call of The Wild" is another step in Jack J Hutchinson's journey in rock 'n' roll. It features an addictive grove that pulls you in and doesn't let go. Jack sits down with The Hook Rocks to talk his influences, creative process, and his new album coming in 2022. He also shares his thoughts on the changes in touring due to Brexit and how it will impact his future. Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The John Corabi Interview
Former Dead Daisies & Motley Crue frontman John Corabi is ready to re-introduce himself to rock music fans with a new single "Cosi Bella" out this coming Monday. John sits down with Jay from The Hook Rocks in a raw & honest conversation about his musical journey, his creative process, and where he's at in life. Learn more about his collaboration with Mick Mars, his exit from The Dead Daisies, & his excitement for the new music he has created. Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Singer/Song...
With influences ranging from Classic Rock to R & B & Soul with a taste of '70s Glam Rock singer/songwriter Amy Darling is hitting her stride with songs that tell a story. Amy sits down with the Hook Rocks and speaks about finding her home in Nashville, the impact this had on her music, and where her career is headed. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Danko Jones Interview
The new album "Power Trio" comes out next Friday August 27th and Danko Jones joins The Hook Rocks to discuss the bands new music. Recorded during the pandemic, Danko discusses the challenges recording music remotely and dealing with world events. As always, the band stuck to their guns and stayed true to their music and what got them to where they are today. Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Who Are The Big Four In Hard Rock & Heavy Metal?
The Hook Rocks welcomes back Sydney Taylor from Metal From The Inside & Bravewords to discuss the ongoing debate rock & metal fans have at BBQ's, Bars, & wherever else....who are the big four in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal! From Led Zeppelin to Kiss...Black Sabbath to Deep Purple...Van Halen to Rainbow....ACDC to Aerosmith we break it down and give our opinion on who takes the title! Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Matt James ...
With their new self titled album being released tomorrow, lead singer of Blacktop Mojo Matt James reflects on the creative and collaborative journey the band took to find the music for the record. We discuss the new music and the influences that helped guide the way. Learn more about their process on the new Hook Rocks podcast. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight Interview: Interview With K...
From the City of Brotherly Love comes a band with a purpose! That purpose is for you to raise your fist in the air and feel the tentacles of hard rock and heavy running through you. The band is The Age of Truth and the guest on The Hook Rocks is lead singer Kevin McNamara. We discuss the bands history, evolution, and their new album "Resolute". Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Dee Snider Interview
The new album "Leave A Scar" by Dee Snider hits you on the chin, punches you in the gut, and knocks you on your ass. Armed with inspiration of today's current events he had to come out of retirement and give his take on what was happening. Utilizing his creative outlet the result his a hard rock/metal masterpiece with a thoughtful point of view of the state of the world. Please enjoy the interview with Dee Snider on The Hook Rocks! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Brad Gillis Interview
Armed with new music the band Night Ranger is ready to rock out in front of live audiences once again. Guitar player Brad Gillis checks in with The Hook Rocks to discuss their new album ATBPO (And The Band Played On). We discuss the unique recording process and making an album remotely plus much more. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The MammothWVH Secret Show Review & Thoughts On...
I had the pleasure of seeing the second ever performance of MammothWVH at a secret show just outside the Chicago area in an intimate setting. Check out my thoughts on the show, where the new wave of rock is headed, being present both physically & mentally at a show, and the importance of being vaccinated! Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Taylor McCl...
From Montreal Taylor McCluskey finds himself constantly reaching new heights as he evolves as an artist. He stops by The Hook Rocks to discuss his new song "Gladiator" which is about the inner spirituality needed to perform and create in the always competitive music industry. He shares his personal journey in music and performing to the present day as well as what's next. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With John Logan ...
Through the darkness there is light and as an artist John Logan Parsons III is not afraid to dive into the deepest parts of the mind. Check out the Hook Rocks Podcast interview with John about his latest project Immerser. We discuss the inspiration for the music and working with producer Kane Churko. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With John Drake ...
With their recent album Mojo Skyline connecting with rock fans all over the globe The Dust Coda are ready to play live in front of audiences. The unknown of when that will happen remains but one this is for certain, their album is near perfection. Lead singer/guitar player John Drake chats with The Hook Rocks on the recording process and the bands journey before they signed their first record deal. Please enjoy this conversation Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Addiction & Mental Health Issues In The Music C...
Mental health & addiction issues have plagued the artistic community for generations. The vulnerability that comes with putting yourself "out there" is a difficult process. It is even more problematic when an individual lacks the awareness to know and the ability to seek help because of traumatic life experiences. Singer/Songwriter , humanitarian, and activist Lauren Monroe joins The Hook Rocks to discuss her and her husband Rick Allen's work with those struggling with these issues as well as PTSD. Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network! https://laurenmonroe.com https://spoti.fi/2UvEvxx https://project-resiliency.org
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The Guitar Heroes of The New Generation Vol. 1
This generations rock music is just as good as past generations! They have the influences of the great legacy bands but have their own modern sound. Now the guitar heroes of this new wave of rock are starting to emerge. The Hook Rocks welcomes back my son @TheYouthRocks! to discuss some of his favorite guitar players Blake Allard from Joyous Wolf, John Notto from Dirty Honey, and Tyler Bryant from Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and how they are influencing him. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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Live Album Review: Live & Dangerous by Thin Lizzy
Like many bands in the 70's Thin Lizzy wanted to capture the energy of the live experience their studio albums failed to do. The result is the masterpiece Live & Dangerous. The album includes performances from the 76 & 77 tours from Philadelphia, Toronto, & London. Frequent Hook Rocks contributor Rob in the Hood (@TheRecidivists) checks in to discuss the band, the album, & the influence Phil Lynott & the guitar duo of Scott Gorham & Brian Roberton had on rock music. For those curious about Thin Lizzy's music, this is great place to start. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Beau Lastav...
True Villains brings the rock 'n' roll with huge anthem choruses, raw riffs, and a groove that keeps you wanting more. Based in Nashville the bands members migrated to Music City from all over the country. They feature a modern sound with familiar influences from decades past. Lead singer Beau Lastavich talks the bands history, their music, and what's next on The Hook Rocks Podcast! Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
45 min
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The State of Rock II With Marci Wiser From KLOS
With the pandemic almost behind us we look towards the future with positivity. We are able to be social again attending rock concerts, going for dinner, and enjoying a ballgame. In 2021, rock music is having a resurgence with some of its best music being released in decades. New bands and legacy artists are hitting home runs and fans are loving it. It still has a ways to go but the future has never been brighter. Marci Wiser is back to talk with The Hook Rocks to talk about where rock is today and what we should be excited about. Please enjoy the episode! Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Isaiah Radk...
The pandemic is over and the band Radkey is ready to rock 'n' roll. With new music in hand they are supporting the Foo Fighter in support of their 2020 album Green Room. Bassist Isaiah Radke checks in with The Hook Rocks to discuss their upcoming tour and latest album. He discusses what it was like to self produce the new record and how the upcoming tour came to be, plus much more!. Please enjoy this episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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Our Top 10 Albums From April to June 2021
We are back with our quarterly segment on the top albums from April through June, 2021! Chris Corradetti and I break down all the great music that has been released in the second quarter of 2021 and choose are favorites! Once again, with so much great music being released some difficult choices had to be made. We also included several of our Twitter followers and their selections. It was fun but also painful. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Crown Lands
With an understanding of where they came from and a purpose to their music singer/drummer Cody Bowles & guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Kevin Comeau have solidified themselves as a thinking persons rock band. They chat with Jay from The Hook Rocks about empathy to those that need a voice and the want to share their view of spirituality, historical truths, and connection to nature. Influenced by the legendary Canadian band Rush, their music is a journey filled with ambitious arrangements, rhythmic beats, and a power to take you to another place. They are one of the leaders in the New Wave of Rock Music. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network Conversation includes sensitive discussions about abuse that may be difficult to hear & observe.
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The Carmine Appice Interview
Legendary drummer Carmine Appice joins Jay Scott on the latest episode of The Hook Rocks to discuss his new podcast 'Hangin & Bangin' with his brother Vinny & music promoter Ron Anesti. We also get Carmine's thoughts on the current state of rock music as well as a look back on bands King Kobra & Blue Murder...plus his history with Vinnie Vincent! Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Josie O'Too...
With their new single "Dance Around" debuting across all social media platforms and a tour with The Dust Coda just announced, the band The Hot Damn is ready to take on the world. Built from the demise of a few bands their history is still being built and drummer Josie O'Toole joins the Hook Rocks to talk their future, their creative process, and how the band developed during the pandemic. We also discuss the impact Brexit is having on the music industry and what it means for them as well as other young emerging bands in the U.K. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Lee-la Baum...
Influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and a plethora of other artists The Damn Truth continues to evolve as a band. The next step was working with acclaimed producer Bob Rock who along with Tom took the band to the next level with songs like "Everything Fades, Tomorrow, & This Is Who We Are Now". The new album 'Now or Nowhere' shows that growth. Lead singer Lee-la Baum & Guitarist Tom Shemer join The Hook Rocks to talk about their new album plus much more. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Legacy & Evolution of Def Leppard
One of the biggest and greatest rock bands of all time is Def Leppard. They are band that evolved from their early beginnings as part of the NWOBHM to an international stadium act and recent rock 'n' roll hall of fame inductee. Chris Preston from My Rock 'n' Roll Heaven joins The Hook Rocks to talk about the bands journey and growth into a prominent influence for bands of a new generation. Please enjoy this episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Charlie Starr Interview
The new Blackberry Smoke album 'You Hear Georgia' is out everywhere and the band is ready to tour once again. Lead singer/guitarist Charlie Starr joins The Hook Rocks to discuss the new album, the recording process, and the comfort level the band had working with producer Dave Cobb. The band was rejevunated with a live recording process with the guitars front and center giving the fans a taste of what one of todays greatest live act sounds like. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcasts!
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Where To Start When Building An Audio System!.....
If you've ever wondered how and where to begin building a modern day audio/stereo system we've got the guy! The Hook Rocks Podcast welcomes long time follower, friend of the show, and resident audio expert Rob (@SkylabTapes) to the podcast. We discuss the important components to focus on when building a system, where to find used equipment, why the needle matters, and so much more. We even dive into the audio dynamic difference between vinyl and CD. This was fun and hope you enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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2 Year Anniversary Show: George Lynch The Legen...
We made it! For two years The Hook Rocks has been your music podcast escape with music commentary, introductions to new bands, & interviews with legacy artists. One of my favorite guests is the legendary guitarist George Lynch. Many know his signature tone and his music history but there is more to the artist and person. Finding his passion in raising awareness within the Native American community George released a moving documentary about the horrible treatment towards this great society of people and how their struggles continue to current day. The film Is called 'Shadow Nation'. His passion has led him down a path of self reflection, awareness, and asking the questions every citizen should be asking. Listen to this wide ranging and interesting conversation about his political activism...plus he provides an update on his current projects, new band name, a potential Dokken album, and thoughts on the passing of Eddie Van Halen. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Dead Romantic
Based in Manchester, England the band The Dead Romantic are ready to offer their debut album later this summer. Having already released the tracks "Yesterday" & "Kiss With A Lie" their music combines anthem rock with melodic hooks rock fans will crave. The Hook Rocks chats with Dan, Michael, & Chris about their history, music, and their thoughts on the state of rock 'n' roll. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Impact The Bay Area Had On Rock Music
From Haight Ashbury to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Journey to Metallica, the Bay Area of California has had a profound impact on hard rock and metal. Sonny Pooni from The Growin Up Rock Podcast & Podcast Rock City sits in with The Hook Rocks to talk the lasting influence this area had on rock as we know it. Enjoy The Episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Rick Allen Interview
The legendary drummer from Def Leppard Rick Allen checks in with The Hook Rocks about his passion for art and being able to express himself with paint instead of music. Rick talks about his Raven Drum Foundation which he founded with his wife Lauren, that focuses on holistic healing. We also discussed PTSD awareness and the impact depression has on people while sharing his own struggles due to previous trauma. I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Mack Mullin...
From the state of Georgia the band The CEO is ready to rise and make a name for themselves in the rock world. Led by singer Mack Mullins and featuring Vince Hornsby from Sevendust their sound gathers influence from the previous legends in rock history and formulates a very unique modern sound. Mack chats with Jay from The Hook Rocks about their debut album "Redemption" out June 25th. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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An Indie Band Struggles To Fight Fraudulent Cop...
Kaz Ay from The Heavy Rock Show on East London Radio joins The Hook Rocks Podcast to tell the ongoing struggle Indie Band 'Twelve Years Today' and others have had fighting fraudulent copyright claims. Not only were these bands blindsided by this situation but the lack of support and communication from Spotify and their distributor CD Baby has them wondering if it will ever be resolved. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Dan Murphy ...
Formed in 2013 All Good Things are known for creating music that celebrates the underdog, Pairing post-apocalyptic rock with powerful lyrics, the band creates songs focused on anthemic heavy rock. The Hook Rocks welcomes lead singer Dan Murphy to the podcast and discusses their music, their future, and what it's like to hear the bands songs in video games and sporting events like the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: The Return of Eric Jayk Fr...
The new Wildstreet album 'Wildstreet III' comes out July 25th and lead singer Eric Jayk visits The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss their new music. The album showcases their diverse influences with great songs such as "Mother" & "Three Way Ride" creating the vibe of a back alley party. Eric talks about the recording process, the impact of the pandemic on the band, the current Kings of The World Tour, and more. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Mammoth WVH Album Review
With the release coming this Friday, the debut album from Mammoth WVH is finally here. Jay Scott shares his thoughts on this highly anticipated record. Please enjoy this episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Volatility of NFT/Blockchain Technology & W...
Recent news shows cryptocurrency in a volatile state as governments consider regulation, concerns about the impact on the environment, and unsavory characters using it for the benefit of criminal activity. Kristi Enigl joins The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss the direction NFT is headed and what the future may hold for the music industry. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Mike Levine From Triumph
Released in 1981 Allied Forces is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Triumph's career. Filled with memorable songs such as "Fight The Good Fight" & "Magic Power" the album helped the band become a headline act. The Hook Rocks chats with bassist Mike Levine on the albums history, the relaxed recording process, and how the legendary song "Magic Power" almost didn't make the cut. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Justin Tess...
Released in late winter of 2021 the album 'Hidden Gems' is the follow up album to 2015's 'Black Holes' by the band The Blue Stones. Written prior to the pandemic, drummer Justin Terrier visits The Hook Rocks to discuss their reasons for delaying its release as well as finding his motivation to be creative once again. We also dive into the evolution of music consumption in a wide ranging conversation. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Ultimate Festival!
With Memorial Day Weekend being the official start of summer and live concerts finally coming back after a year of pause due to the pandemic, Rob in the 'Hood (@TheRecidivists on Twitter) and The Hook Rocks select the Ultimate Summer Festival. We each choose 7 active bands per day for a three day festival. Enjoy our selections and if you decide select your personal ultimate rock concert! Follow us on twitter and Facebook so you can interact! Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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A Tribute To The US Festival 83
Watching the US Festival on May 29th, 1983 affirmed my journey as a rock fan at the age of 8 years old. Up until this event the only images I had of my favorite rock stars was through magazines like Circus, Hit Parader, and others. This day changed everything. The crowd was massive with almost 700 thousand screaming heavy metal maniacs watching Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions, & The Mighty Van Halen. The Hook Rocks pays tribute to the Heavy Metal Day, the experience of watching from home, and how this single day did more for heavy metal and hard rock than anything else before and since then. Enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Josh Todd Interview
With the new Buckcherry album Hellbound out on June 25th Josh Todd visits The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss how the album came together under the cloud of the pandemic. He speaks candidly about the struggles created by not touring with shutdowns all over the country and how the band became more focused on making music. We also chat about what hooked Josh on rock music and his songwriting process. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Singer/Song...
Riot V lead vocalist Todd Michael Hall has released his debut solo album 'Sonic Healing'. Produced by founding member of Metal Church Kurt Vanderhoof the music showcases Todd's vocal range plus their love for iconic classic rock bands such as Boston, Rush, and Styx. Todd talks with Jay from The Hook Rocks about his journey into music, where he finds his inspiration to write lyrics, and how the album came together. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Legacy of The Beatles & More With Mistress ...
Boston rock radio icon and fellow podcaster Mistress Carrie stops by The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss her love of music! We dive into the legacy of The Beatles and their endless impact on all genres of music. Their simplicity, arrangements, and sonic experimentation are still evident in the music we hear today. From their we talk Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, and so much more. This was fun! Please enjoy the conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Carl Dixon From Coney Hatch
The iconic Canadian rock band Coney Hatch has released a limited edition vinyl collectors authorized bootleg "Live From The EL Mocambo". The livestream event was recorded this past fall at the iconic club and features a setlist showcasing the bands incredible history. Singer/guitarist Carl Dixon chats with The Hook Rocks about the decision to capture the show for their first every live recording during the pandemic, as well as his thoughts on the future of livestreaming. Please enjoy this conversation featuring all this and more! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Henrik Stee...
After releasing their debut album 'Self Aware' in 2019 Empyre decided to head into the studio and record acoustic versions of their songs. Offering a different perspective, the result is the 2021 album 'The Other Side'. Singer Henrik Steenholdt discusses the decision to re-record the stripped down versions as well as the current state of rock music. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Carrie Stevens & Her Personal Connection To Van...
Author, entrepreneur, model, and ultimate rocker Carrie Stevens returns to The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss how she connected with Van Halen, why they were one of the biggest bands ever, and her casual friendship with David Lee Roth. She always shares intimate moments with Eric Carr never talked about before. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Travis Miguel From Atreyu
The new album 'Baptize' from the metal core band Atreyu will be out June 4th and Travis Miguel joins The Hook Rocks Podcast to talk about the process of recording the record with the circumstances surrounding the pandemic. Travis offers insight into how the band focused on the music and tuned out the outside world in order to create the new album. Please enjoy the episode! Part Of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The NWOBHM Legacy With Martin Popoff
We revisit a favorite topic of The Hook Rocks Podcast with acclaimed author and Heavy Metal Historian Martin Popoff. Our discussion about the NWOBHM begins with its origins and what artists had a direct influence on these bands which included Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon, and others. We cover the defining album art, production quality, and the impact it had on American music. Please enjoy the conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: The Return of Neil Hunter ...
When we last spoke in late fall of 2019 Neil Hunter and his bandmates in Takeaway Thieves were excited about their EP and recording a new album in 2020. A lot changed in the world but the band took the time to prepare themselves for success when normalcy returned. The rise of cryptocurrency along with dismal payouts from streaming services has caused artists like Takeaway Thieves to change their thinking when it comes to revenue. NFT gives theses bands more power over their music and the ability to bring in money. A missing element for new and emerging bands. Neil and I discuss all this plus new music in 2021 from Takeaway Thieves. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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The Myles Kennedy Interview
After releasing the very personal self reflective record 'Year of The Tiger' in 2018 Myles Kennedy's latest album 'The Ides of March' continues with his own personal perspective of the world events impacting our reality. The music draws from many different genre's such as rock, soul, blues, and country creating a perfect vibe to the lyrical content defining his observations. Myles concludes the interview with an update on Alter Bridge and Slash & The Conspirators. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Diamante Interview
The album American Dream is a personal celebration for Diamante. It's a reflection on overcoming relationships and self doubt, while becoming more aware of who she is. This musical journey will act as a time stamp of who she was at this moment in time. Diamante visits with The Hook Rocks to discuss the albums raw emotion through the creative process and the decision to part ways with her record label and become an independent artist. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Eddie Van Halen: The Guitar Player, The Innovator
Searching for the sound he heard in his mind Eddie Van Halen embarked on a journey that shattered the limitations of guitar playing. Not only did his guitar playing expand the imagination and wonder of young guitar players but, his dedication to improving how the instrument is made was game changing. Friend of the show Mike Longacre, a luthier from Hermosa Beach, Ca visits The Hook Rocks to discuss all of this and more. Enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Scott Taylo...
The long awaited debut album "Against The Wall" from Mason Hill is finally here...and it's more than worth the wait. Filled with hard edge riffs and addictive melodies the album is one of the best in 2021. Lead vocalist Scott Taylor checks in with The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss the long process of recording this record, the anticipation of finally playing live, and the resurgence in rock music. Please enjoy the episode! Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network
53 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Andrew Hopp...
With strong hooks and big melodies the Bowling Green, Kentucky based band Kiss Kiss Bang is ready to get back on the stages of clubs & concert halls in 2021. Guitarist/Vocalist Andrew Hopper stops by The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss their new EP Hungry, High, & Seeing Things. Learn more about this emerging band, their influences, & music in this great interview. Please enjoy the conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
51 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Jordan Grif...
Hooked on rock and heavy metal after his first listen of Metallica Master of Puppets Jordan Griffin's journey into music was set. With so many influences who inspired him to pick up a guitar and sing his dream of being in a band and performing on the same stages as his heroes has become a reality. Jordan visits The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss his band Them Evils and their music, plus what they will be doing in the future. Please enjoy the episode! Part of Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Rock Music is Back! Will The Rock Concert Retur...
It's been over a year since state by state restrictions were put in place due to COVID19. Concerts, sporting events, and most large gatherings were either paused, postponed, or cancelled as a result. As we moved forward and numbers decline restrictions are being lifted. Capacity limits have become the norm in most states with some having none at all. Live music is starting to come back but what will the experience of seeing a band in concert be like? I chat with Southern California promoter and Mr. '80s Julian Douglas to discuss the unknowns of the post pandemic concert experience. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Tommi Holap...
The band is Greenleaf and the new album is Echoes From A Mass. The veteran groups latest is full of energy and melody with a darker lyrical tone. Guitarist Tommi Holappa explains how the outside reality affected their music yet how they were able to keep the bands signature sounds. Like many bands, the creative process acted as a bubble from the outside world keeping bands connected to their craft. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Singer/Song...
Connecting with feelings of past experiences you need in order to find the right words for a song, can leave one in a vulnerable state. Sydney Sherwood embraces this wave of emotion and often shares her personal moments with the lyrics that connect with people. Jay Scott talks with Sydney about her music, songwriting, and trying to stay creative during the past year. Please enjoy the episode! Part of Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Singer/Song...
Soul and Blues come to mind whenever I listen to the music of Justin Ross. From Texas, he is able to fuse these genres seamlessly with a edge very few artists can do. On the latest Hook Rocks Podcast I chat with Justin about his music, his feelings on rock music, and what happens next in this wide ranging conversation. Please enjoy the episode! Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Chicks Who Love Music Visit The Hook Rocks!
Fellow podcasters Chicks Who Love Music visit Jay Scott & The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss all things rock music. From the music of our youth to today's rock, to live music experiences to how and why image is so important to the genre! Our roundtable discussion with Gillian, Kia, & Leslie concludes with Jay's favorite concert memory as a pre-teen. Check out this great conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Guernica Ma...
Having one of the best rock albums "Heatwave" in 2020 the band Thundermother is looking to recapture the momentum they had prior to the pandemic. With a special edition package of the album ready for release Guernica Mancini sits down with Jay Scott to discuss the bands interesting history, her writing process, and what fans can expect this year and into 2022. We also discuss the interesting topic "The State of Rock Music". Please enjoy the episode!
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The Todd La Torre Interview
The album is Rejoice in The Suffering and the artist is our latest guest on The Hook Rocks Podcast, Queensryche's vocalist Todd La Torre. We discuss his new album and the recording process during the pandemic. As the conversation moved forward we engaged in the topic of cancel culture and how polarizing our country has become. Todd has an interesting point of view and expresses his thoughts in an articulate way. Whether you agree or disagree I'm sure you will find our chat interesting, as I did. We even get an update on Queensryche. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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Seattle Punk Band The Living & It's Influence o...
Prior to the grunge scene in Seattle the cities punk scene was vibrant and teen angst ran wild. Harassed by cops and authority, it gave teens the sense of unity and the music was the extension of their anger. The band The Living was a huge part of that scene that later saw members Duff McKagan move to Southern California and form Guns'n'Roses and also where Mother Love Bone drummer Greg Gilmore honed his craft. I chat with vocalist John Conte about this moment in Seattle music history and how the re-release came to be. Please enjoy the episode! Part of Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With John Notto ...
2021 continues to be an incredible year for rock 'n' roll fans alike with great new albums being released at a record pace. Very few albums are as anticipated as much as the first full length album from the Southern California rock band Dirty Honey. The self titled album delivers on all fronts with tasty hooks and endless grooves. Guitarist John Notto and bassist Justin Smolian stop by The Hook Rocks Podcast to talk about the new album, the recording process, and their thoughts on the new wave of rock music. Please enjoy the episode! Part of Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: The Return of Abby K & She...
With a sense of independence bassist Abby K is ready to take the next step in her young career. Armed with new songs and new bandmates Crispy Borell & Diego Vargas, the trio ventured to music city Nashville, TN to embark on a journey as band. Recording with Troy Luccketta from Tesla they are excited at what lies ahead. The three join The Hook Rocks while in their car waiting to go into the studio and tell Jay their plans. Enjoy the conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Stephen Pearcy Interview
The legendary lead vocalist from Ratt joins Jay on The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss his livestream show at The Whiskey Go-Go this Friday night April 2nd. We talk how the show came about, Ratt's impact on the Sunset Strip scene in the '80s, what the future holds in regards to the band and his solo career, plus his thoughts on Eddie Van Halen. Please enjoy the conversation! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The 200th Episode!!! Our Top 10 Albums From Jan...
We are back with our quarterly segment on the top albums from January through March, 2021! Chris Corradetti and I break down all the great music that has been released since the first of the year and choose are favorites! With so much great music being released some difficult choices had to be made. We also included several of our Twitter followers and their selections. It was fun but also painful. I would also like to thank all of you for listening as we've made it to 200 episodes! I hope you've enjoyed our conversations and look forward to more in the future. Please enjoy the episode. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Bryan Kuzni...
Fame On Fire blends genre's with a captivating sound. Merging rock, hip hop, and heavy metal the band takes a raw and honest approach when it comes to their music and lyrics. Vocalist Bryan Kuznitz visits The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss how they approached the new album Levels, how they've built their fan base, and how writing lyrics helps him be more self aware when looking back on his experiences. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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The Jeff Pilson Interview
The follow up to The End Machine self titled debut album in 2019 will be out on April 9th! Phase2 brings together Robert Mason, Steve Brown (Mick's brother), George Lynch, and my guest Jeff Pilson on another album filled with heavy grooves and big hooks that will melt our faces! I chat with Jeff about the album, the recording process, and his relationship with George plus so much more in this great conversation. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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Riki Rachtman Talks "The Ball"
With technology pulling everyone in all different directions the need to create a platform for bands and their videos to be seen, heard, and viewed is long overdue. Just like what Headbangers Ball did for rock fans in the '80s "The Ball" hopes to generate the same buzz for metal fans of all ages. Former MTV VJ and host of "The Ball" Riki Rachtman stops by The Hook Rocks to chat about why he wanted to create this outlet and how Gimme Metal TV was the perfect partnership for the show. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Sammy Boller
Sammy Boller's love for music and the guitar started at an early age. The video was for the song "Panama" by Van Halen and it set him off on the path of rock 'n' roll. Years later he is building his audience with an identifiable guitar tone filled with strong melodies, layered texture, and colors. We discuss his 2020 album Kingdom of The Sun and the recording process as well as how he's remained creative during the pandemic, plus much more. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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The Return of Richie Kotzen
The long anticipated album by Richie Kotzen and Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith is set for release this Friday. Recorded on the Turks and Caicos Islands early last year the album combines elements of blues and soul producing a sound reminiscent of '70 bands such as Bad Company and Deep Purple. Kotzen joins Jay Scott on The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss the writing and recording process while also talking about the benefits of having the forced downtime during COVID19. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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How Blockchain Technology & Artist Friendly Pla...
As the music business continues its descent into a technology based industry where algorithms determine relevancy, blockchain technology and platforms such as Soundcloud could potentially change the game. Kristi Enigl joins me once again to discuss the changes in the industry infrastructure and how it will impact the money made by bands and artists who will no longer be beholden to streaming services. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Dallas Dwig...
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Tao Grey & Dhani Mansworth From The Treatment
With a new album "Waiting For Good Luck" penetrating the ears of rock fans all over the globe The Treatment is ready to put the past year behind them. I chat with drummer Dhani Mansworth & Tao Grey about the recording process for this album and how they overcame the challenges of the pandemic. Their excitement is infectious as they are ready and waiting to take this music on the road. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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The Ricky Warwick Interview
With his new album "When Life Was Hard & Fast" released last month Ricky Warwick visits The Hook Rocks Podcast to discuss how the record came together. Produced by Keith Nelson formerly of Buckcherry, the album is journey through familiar territory with great melodies and hooks while revealing a modern sound. Written and recorded prior to the pandemic Ricky explains the decision to pause it's release and how he has managed to stay creative during these times. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Daisy Dead ...
After pausing the release of their new album for almost a year the band The Dead Deads is ready for their fans to join them on a new journey beginning in 2021. Armed with elements of punk rock, metal, and the grunge era of the '90s their songs grab you instantly. I had the pleasure of talking with bassist Daisy Dead about their new music, how they've been dealing with the unknowns of the pandemic, plus much more. Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network!
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It's Time To Prepare And Be Ready To Celebrate ...
All over the globe the rock 'n' roll/hard rock genre is seeing a resurgence unlike no other time in it's history. There has never been this much new rock music made by new bands and artists from so many different geographic locations. Kaz from The Heavy Rock Show joins The Hook Rocks to discuss the hard work these artists put themselves through during these changing times. It's time to stop denying the truth...rock music is back! It's time to prepare and get ready to celebrate! Please enjoy the episode! Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network
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The Craig Mabbitt From Escape The Fate Interview
With the new album "Chemical Warfare" recorded and on the way this spring Escape The Fate is ready to reconnect with its fans all over the globe. Lead singer Craig Mabbitt and I discuss the new music and how newfound sobriety has enhanced his journey in rock and metal. We discuss his lyrical inspiration as well as how remains connected with his fans during the pandemic through his twitch account https://www.twitch.tv/craigmabbitt. Please enjoy the episode. Part of Pantheon Podcasts!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Ray West Fr...
Combing the influences of classic rock, thrash, and funk Weapons of Anew pushes the boundaries of rock music. I dove into their music and found personal lyrics enriched in a good time vibe but also a sense authenticity unmatched by their contemporaries. I spoke with lead singer Ray West about the bands history and collaborative style while also speaking about his musical journey. Please enjoy the episode! Part of Pantheon Podcast Network!
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