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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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What are the Top 5 Rock Albums So Far This Year!
The first three months of 2020 are in the rearview mirror and several great rock albums have been released. Chris Corradetti and I break down our favorites of the year so far. Debut releases and rock 'n' roll veterans have all shined with captivating new...
62 min
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Raised On Rock By The Record Store
Every rock 'n' roll fan has the memory of the local record store. It is where we discovered music, it is where we developed friendships, and it's where we would sit for hours digesting the album covers of our favorite bands. The record store helped raise...
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New Music Spotlight- Interview With Paul Martin...
With their third album "Red" released earlier this month, New Zealand's Devilskin continues to release top-notch music. With poignant lyrics and big hooks, the album takes you on a journey from the opening track "Do You See Birds" through the epic "Corro...
41 min
304
What Happened To The Rock Star?
The days of the larger than life rock stars are gone. The swagger and the attitude that once graced the stages of stadiums and concert halls are now replaced with toeing the line and fear of the boycott. No one wants to say the wrong thing and alienate h...
65 min
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The Impact of Mental Health Issues in The Music...
In 2017- 2018 MIRA (The Music Industry Research Association)along with the Princeton University Survey Research Center partnered with Music Cares and surveyed over 1200 musicians regarding the challenges musicians face. The study conducted revealed an ov...
62 min
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Become the Rock Fan You Think You Are: How To F...
New rock music is alive and well but the majority of rock fans are refusing to connect with it. Either by not having any interest or not knowing where to find it. Rob N The Hood and I discuss what you should be doing if you are having difficulty finding ...
62 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Dakota Sean...
At an early age, Dakota Sean was exposed to rock music from seeing his fathers' band play on stage. He knew then he wanted to write music and perform. His band Another Day Dawns began as a cover band while developing original music combining '90s grunge ...
36 min
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The Joey Cassata Interview
Growing up in the '80s rock music became not only an escape but part of the core of who we were becoming as people. The trip to a record store was like going to Disneyland. Up until now, there has not been a book that accurately describes what it was lik...
57 min
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Why Rock Fans Won't Accept Their Favorite Rock ...
We live in the age of everyone being a critic...everyone having an opinion. We see it constantly on social media with fellow rock fans conveying how "this singer can't sing anymore" or "they look so old". Well, guess what? They've aged just as you have. ...
65 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Nikki Smash...
With their new album "Art of Disconnect" due out this May, lead singer and guitarist Nikki Smash from The Rocket Dolls visits The Hook Rocks to discuss what's in store this coming year. Nikki is forthcoming about his influences and what hooked him on roc...
52 min
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New Music Spotlight: Christian Shields Returns ...
We welcome back singer/songwriter Christian Shields to discuss his debut album "This Is Rock n Roll". The album is an epic journey of old school rock influences mixed with a modern sound. It is an album that gets better with every listen. Our conversatio...
42 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Jenny Webb ...
With great songs and high energy performances, Diamonds and Whiskey is a band built on the influences of Rock, Country, & Blues. Lead singer and lyricist Jenny Webb joins me on the latest New Music Spotlight to discuss the history of the band and where t...
42 min
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Tales Of The Douche Part 2 : Tall People
We return with another installment of Tales of The Douche where we explore the difficulties and challenges tall people give concertgoers at general admission shows. We provide an outline of proper concert etiquette for these situations. During this episo...
55 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Tommy White...
Following a trip to the local library when he was a kid, guitar player Tommy White heard Jimi Hendrix for the first time. His journey to rock 'n' roll began and it's lead him to the Brooklyn based band Lovehoney. Combining elements of the blues, funk, R...
55 min
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The Importance of The NWOBHM Movement
Often overlooked The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Movement is one of the most important chapters in hard rock and heavy metal history. It is the bridge that connects the legendary bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, & Rainbow with ...
81 min
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The Brian Tatler Interview
The NWOBHM movement is an often-overlooked period of time in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal history but one of the most important. In terms of sound, it was very primitive however, it was the first-moment the influences of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, & Deep P...
43 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Singer/Song...
Rock music and its connection to the youth of today have been found to be a tall mountain to climb. Overstimulated and lack of physical connection to music the kids today want the experience. One of the upcoming voices of rock 'n' roll and also part of t...
45 min
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The Doug Aldrich Interview
Legendary rock guitarist Doug Aldrich visits with The Hook Rocks to discuss his current project Revolution Saints and their new album "Rise". Doug has a lot to say about the current state of music, his influences, as well as The Dead Daisies new album. G...
49 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Chris Turpi...
The imperfections of the blues allow the emotions of the artist to go on a journey, unlike any other music genre. Chris Turpin from Ida Mae and I discuss how that emotion and imperfections play a huge role in how they create music. From there, we dive in...
46 min
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The Rudy Sarzo Interview
The Beatles debut on The Ed Sullivan Show had an enormous impact on musicians throughout the history of rock 'n' roll. Legendary bass player Rudy Sarzo was one of those musicians. On our latest episode, Rudy and I discuss his influences and how he found...
39 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Matt James ...
From a small town in east Texas, Blacktop Mojo continues to win over fans with great songs and great live shows. Founding member Matt James shares his views on the bands' evolution, their history, and how they've developed a loyal fan base. Check out the...
40 min
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The Richie Kotzen 50 For 50 Interview
The album "50 For 50" is a musical journey unlike no other. Released on his 50th birthday Richie Kotzen gives his fans a gift of 50 original songs. He and I discuss what inspired him to embark on this project and how revisiting incomplete songs also insp...
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The Richie Kotzen 50 For 50 Album Review - (Par...
On the last installment of our Richie Kotzen, "50 For 50" album review Crash Crafton and I give our final thoughts on this epic masterpiece. The 3rd disc opens with the 1-2 punch of "Play The Field" & "Wide Open" setting the tone for the albums final cha...
55 min
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The Richie Kotzen 50 For 50 Album Review - (Par...
Happy 50th Birthday to Richie Kotzen! "50 For 50" is officially out and we continue our review with Disc 2 of this epic triple album. Crash Crafton and I give our take on each song and how Kotzen explores his influences generating music only he can creat...
61 min
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The Richie Kotzen 50 For 50 Album Review - (Par...
With the release of Richie Kotzen's epic triple album "50 For 50" happening tomorrow, February 3, Crash Crafton and I discuss the 1st disc track by track. The album begins its journey with "Stick The Knife" featuring an incredible guitar intro letting yo...
67 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Eric Jayk f...
Putting the party back in rock 'n' roll is the mission for the New York City band Wildstreet. Big hooks and melodies combined with the glam look they are a throwback to the music from a generation before. Eric Jayk and I discuss the exciting future and h...
41 min
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The Brian "Damage" Forsythe Interview
The rock'n' roll journey for Brian Forsythe has had many peaks and valleys, however, the music has always remained a constant driving force. From the early days of forming Kix in Maryland to the glam rock scene of the '80s in Los Angeles Brian has finall...
55 min
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When Corruption In The Music Industry Suppresse...
The Grammy's and The Rock'n' Roll Hall of Fame is an extension of The Music Industry. For decades this industry continues to suppress the greatest genre in music, rock 'n' roll and all of its subgenres. If you follow the money, the desire to remain relev...
63 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Jake Davies...
Inspired by Alice In Chains and others from the '90s hard rock/grunge movement the band Of Limbo gives you a different perspective from those influences. Vocalist and rhythm guitar player Jake Davies offers a candid outlook on their creative process as w...
53 min
330
Why Are Rock Fans Conservative?
One would think the fans of a music genre that prides itself on being rebellious would be more open to change. However, as we see time and time again the rock fans want their favorite bands or artists to stay the same. We constantly hear how bands earlie...
63 min
331
All Things Rock Music With Mojo Moomey
Where are the rocks stars? Why are rocks fans not receptive to new rock music? What is happening to the rock 'n' roll genre? These and other topics regarding our favorite music is discussed in this lengthy conversation. A rock'n'roll lifer, Mojo Moomey f...
57 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Tuk Smith
Big things are on the horizon for Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts. Their first single and title track to the forthcoming album "What Kind of Love" was just released and they are the opening slot on the bigger summer Stadium Tour with Motley Crue & Def Le...
48 min
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The George Lynch Interview
A large portion of rock music fans want what they know and find it difficult to adjust to their favorite bands or musicians evolving as artists. One of those artists who constantly looks for ways to chase that evolution and feed his musical journey is th...
48 min
334
A Tribute To Neil Peart
The global music community was shocked by the announcement of Neil Peart's passing due to brain cancer on January 7th. One of the legends of rock music and a pillar of influence in the rock genre Neil Peart was regarded by many as the Greatest Drummer of...
32 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Tyler Baker...
Everyone has their own journey in life filled challenges, tragedy, and success. Mourning the loss of his brother, Tyler Baker and his cousins found themselves questioning life and what was to come. While healing, they found themselves lost in music and d...
60 min
336
Tales of The Douche : Loud Talkers
It gets worse every year. Whether it's the legion of cell phone users watching a concert through the lens of a camera, or the entitled fan distracting you with loud conversations while a band is performing the experience of a rock 'n' roll show is filled...
47 min
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Holiday Series Episode Xll: The Iron Maiden Legacy
Having secured themselves as one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, Iron Maiden continues to create great music four decades after their debut release.
58 min
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Holiday Series Episode Xl: The Motley Crue Stad...
With the success of the movie and song "The Dirt" last spring, Motley Crue found themselves back in the spotlight. A younger audience has taken notice and the band has been thrust back into relevancy. Sharise Brown and I discuss all the angles on why thi...
60 min
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Holiday Series Episode X: Why You Need to Know ...
One of my favorite artists is one not many people know...or I should say not many people realize they do know him. Responsible for producing several big-name acts from Keith Urban to Pink or Green Day to Train, Butch Walker and his solo work remain under...
47 min
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Holiday Series Episode lX: Looking Forward To 2020
As we close the book on 2019 we open another in 2020. I discuss the upcoming tours, new music, and what the future looks like for The Hook Rocks. So much new great music is coming and music fans need to be there for it. Enjoy the episode and Happy New Ye...
47 min
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Holiday Series Episode Vlll: The Top 10 Albums ...
Lots of great rock albums released this past year. From new bands to new releases by our favorites. Listen to Chris Corradetti and I review of the Top 10 Albums of 2019. Enjoy the Episode!
78 min
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Holiday Series Episode Vll: A Queen Fans Perspe...
One of the greatest bands in the history of rock 'n' roll Queen left us with music that stands the test of time. Testing the boundaries of innovation they set themselves apart from their contemporaries. Sean Culver offers an interesting perspective on th...
60 min
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Holiday Series Episode Vl: Tales From The Sunse...
The scene was legendary and had a huge impact on the music of the '80s and early 90's. Bands earned their chops from playing club to club. It all began with Van Halen and carried on with Motley Crue, Ratt, Quiet Riot, and many more. Returning guest Geral...
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Holiday Series Episode V: Combining The Setlist...
Both are considered monster live albums and many consider Alive l as the quintessential Kiss album. Both are filled with incredible moments which gives the listener the feel of what it was like to see Kiss live. They are a guide to the classic hits of a ...
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Holiday Series Episode lV: The Y & T Legacy
Holiday Series Episode lV: The Y & T Legacy by The Hook Rocks!
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Holiday Series Episode ll: The Led Zeppelin Dee...
I welcome back the boys from SIO Loudcast to discuss the deep cuts of the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time, Led Zeppelin. We each take a turn with our top ten with a few of the same songs appearing on our lists. It's always a lively discussion whe...
92 min
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Holiday Series Episode 1 : Blackberrry Smoke Ho...
Happy Holidays Everyone! Our first episode in our holiday series features Crash Crafton and I discussing the new live album from Blackberry Smoke "Homecoming: Live In Atlanta". Our favorite moments, our personal connection with their music, and much more...
59 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Ryan Antony...
The future is bright for Ryders Creed as they adapt to a recent lineup change and prepare for their upcoming release "Lost Souls" in 2020. I sit down with lead singer Ryan Antony to discuss his personal music evolution and influences as well as the creat...
60 min
349
Talking New Music With Matt Wake
Matt Wake has been one of my resources for new music over the past couple of years. Consistently having his ear on what bands are worth checking out, you can do no wrong by following him and listening to his recommendations. Matt and I discuss new bands ...
58 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With John Strick...
Raw and authentic is how I would describe the band Lullwater. From Athens, Georgia the band combines the influences of grunge, southern rock, and metal to create a uniquely modern sound. Vocalist/Rhythm Guitar player John Strickland and I discuss these i...
49 min
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The Constant Evolution of Music Consumption
Technology allows us access to thousands of songs at the click of a button. The physical connection is non-existent and the consumption of music is more different the ever. What is liked today will change by the end of the week. I sit down with SiriusXM ...
54 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Neil Hunter...
Joining on the New Music Spotlight is Neil Hunter from Takeaway Thieves. Our first guest from the U.K., Takeaway Thieves, filled with veterans of the English rock scene offer high energy rock 'n' roll. Influenced by AC/DC, Kiss, and Prince. Neil and Jay ...
58 min
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The 10 Things Hurting New Rock Music
Over the past few months, we've had ongoing discussions related to the lack of support for new rock music. There is not just one problem nor is there one solution. Before our eyes, rock music has become irrelevant. I break down each issue and what is the...
63 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Singer/Song...
With his new album coming out in 2020 singer/songwriter Christian Shields talks with The Hook Rocks in a wide-ranging discussion about his influences, personal music history, and the recording process for his debut record. I enjoyed his honesty and cando...
53 min
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The Annual Grammy Award Slap In The Face To Roc...
The Annual Grammy Award Slap In The Face To Rock Music by The Hook Rocks!
62 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Marc Labell...
2019 has been good to Dirty Honey. Formed in Los Angeles in 2017 their star continues to rise as they were the first unsigned rock band to top Billboards Mainstream Rock Songs Chart. Marc Labelle and I chat about the history and future of Dirty Honey alo...
41 min
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How & Why Cover Bands Effect A Local Original R...
How & Why Cover Bands Effect A Local Original Rock Scene by The Hook Rocks!
61 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Chris Lane ...
On our latest episode of The Hook Rocks guitar player Chris Lane from the band Station joins us to discuss their new album, the creative process, and what the future looks like for this great new act from New York. Chris is candid on his assessment of t...
46 min
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Raising a Rock n Roll Kid
What connects young people to the greatest genre of music? How does a social media presence benefit musicians and their young fans? How important are Spotify and other streaming services in exposing new bands and artists? I sit down with my son Chris and...
75 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Pete Biggia...
We welcome Pete Biggiani from the New Jersey band Kodiak on our latest edition of The New Music Spotlight. Their big hooks and melodies bring us back to the days of fun rock music, but with their own fresh sound. With the new wave of rock music coming to...
50 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Ben Smith F...
From the stages of the unknown, a band that merges guitar-based blues-rock with the influences of punk The Brought Low brings it all together. From NYC they've cut their teeth in clubs up and down the east coast and parts of the midwest with a familiar b...
62 min
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Chris Tapp ...
Faced with the ultimate uncertainty of his own life, Chris Tapp of The Cold Stares never gave up. A rock 'n' roll journey that is like no other, filled with enough countless challenges and setbacks for several lifetimes, their story of perseverance is ab...
58 min
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The State of Rock n Roll With Tom & Zeus
What is happening to the greatest music genre of all time? Unfortunately, there isn't one right answer nor is there only one problem. We've entered a perfect storm but brighter days may be ahead...if we the fans start listening. The conversation about th...
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Nick Reese ...
The new wave of rock music is here and Joyous Wolf is one of the bands leading the charge. Able to combine the styles of blues & soul with 60's,70's, 80's, & 90's rock Joyous Wolf does it masterly, adding their own fresh style. Ari Karnezis and I discuss...
52 min
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The Demise Of Rock Radio & It's Impact On New R...
We continue our series of discussions about the relevancy of Rock n Roll with Kristi Enigl, former radio personality and current talent and music manager. We discuss how the influence of rock radio is no longer viable and how it's impacted the current st...
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Ace from Ae...
Hard & in your face metal is how I would describe the Chicago band Aeraco. The band has the goods with influences ranging from Armored Saint to Dokken....from Helloween to Judas Priest. The lead vocalist/ co-lead guitar player Ace stops by and speaks c...
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New Music Spotlight: Interview With Singer/Song...
On our latest New Music Spotlight 17 year old singer/songwriter Griffin Tucker joins me to talk music influences and his upcoming music. We dive into his appreciation and knowledge of rock legends like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and how they continue ...
56 min
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A Conversation With Anne Estella
"The New Wave of Classic Rock" is building momentum In England and Anne Estella is at the forefront. She discusses her journey into rock journalism and how she is helping create an audience for new bands and artists. New rock music needs the attention an...
62 min
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Lars Ulrich & The Napster Saga: Present Day
19 Years ago Lars Ulrich & Metallica became the face of the music industry and their war against Napster & file sharing. Chris Bisha joins me to discuss how this innovative software changed the game with not just how we listen, obtain, and absorb music, ...
84 min
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A Non Political Discussion About Politics In Music
We live in the age of opinions…everyone has one. Many artists and musicians voice their opinions through their social media outlets and receive push back to "stay in their lane." It's okay to disagree with those opinions, but to engage in personal boycot...
82 min
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The Blackberry Smoke Discussion
The Blackberry Smoke Discussion by The Hook Rocks!
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New Music Spotlight: Interview with Carl Spackl...
Welcome to our first New Music Spotlight! The resurgence of rock music is coming…gaining momentum by the day. La Chinga is and certainly will be part of that resurgence. From Vancouver, Canada their music is filled with big hooks and a good time vibe. Mu...
68 min
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It's Okay! You Can Like Both Versions of Van Ha...
My old friend Justin joins me again to discuss Van Halen and how their music connected with our generation. We both grew up during the height of Van Halen's popularity…from the US Festival in 1983…through the gigantic album 1984…to the transition from Da...
70 min
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The Greta Van Fleet Zeppelin Thing
New rock is on the rise and one of the bands leading the way is Greta Van Fleet. However, their rise in popularity is not without dissension as many detractors feel the band is a blatant rip off of the legendary Led Zeppelin. Ari Karnezis returns to the ...
60 min
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The Music & Legacy of Richie Kotzen
After being under-appreciated for decades Richie Kotzen has seen a resurgence in popularity since the Winery Dogs debut album. My guest Crash Crafton from Legendary Rock Interviews and I dive into his solo albums and the different projects throughout his...
58 min
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Digital vs Physical Format
Digital vs Physical Format by The Hook Rocks!
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Led Zeppelin Bracket Challenge Selection Show
The Led Zeppelin Bracket Challenge is here! Which song from one of the greatest rock bands of all time will take the title of "Best Led Zeppelin Song Ever!" You decide! Bracket will be posted for you to follow along.
21 min
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An AC/DC Discussion
With an all but confirmed world tour yet to be announced, Dean Clark joins us to discuss his passion for AC/DC. From his extensive book collection to his stockpile of vintage tour t-shirts we learn what it's like to be an avid fan of one of the greatest ...
82 min
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Motley Crue "The Dirt" Discussion
Sharise Brown and I have a wide ranging discussion on "The Dirt" , The long awaited Motley Crue biopic. We discuss how we remember the events portrayed in the movie, growing up during the height of The Crue's popularity, and our wish for it to be longer…...
69 min
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A Kiss Conversation
Kiss is one of the greatest and most influential American bands in rock 'n ' roll history. Decades filled with huge albums, great songs, and consistent turmoil. My guest Justin Baron and I discuss all of that and more on today's episode. Enjoy the show. ...
54 min
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The 2019 Midyear Top 20 (Part 1) 11-20
We are at the half way point of 2019 and it has been a great year for new music. We share our Top 20 (so far)albums we've been listening to and what we've been enjoying from new artists, new bands, and those from yesteryear.
10 min
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The Legacy of Chris Cornell
Ari Karnezis joins us on today's podcast and discusses the memory and legacy of Chris Cornell. Our conversation
56 min
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Classic Album Spotlight - Journey "Escape"
Classic Album Spotlight - Journey "Escape" by The Hook Rocks!
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The Randy Rhoads Live Experience
Local Chicago musician and guitarist Gerald Guzman shares what it was like to see Randy Rhoads live during both the Blizzard of Oz and Diary of Madman tours. Gerald talks about the impact Randy had on his guitar playing and development as a musician, as ...
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The Hook Rocks - Introduction
Every great song has a hook…the moment it pulls you in! Every rock fan has their own moment…when a song…an album...a band…a performance hooked you on rock 'n' roll. What hooked you? Daily discussions covering all things rock 'n' roll. Classic Albums, New...
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