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

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

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I will keep it simple

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These guys are awesome..and that is all the people need to know.

always informative

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these guys seem like they really enjoy what they do and the show never disappoints

iTunes Ratings

315 Ratings
Average Ratings
294
9
8
1
3

I will keep it simple

By Born in Facebook Jail - Sep 05 2019
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These guys are awesome..and that is all the people need to know.

always informative

By Black and Blue Valentine - Jul 22 2019
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these guys seem like they really enjoy what they do and the show never disappoints
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Decibel Geek Podcast

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

Rank #1: Vinnie Vincent Reflects on Invasion Debut - Albums Unleashed ep318

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

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

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

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

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

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Rank #2: Episode 113 - Roth Era Van Halen Discussion

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If there is one band that truly defines having a "good time" it's Van Halen. Formed in 1974 in suburban Pasadena, California, brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen were joined by bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist David Lee Roth and set forth in creating music history.

Blessed with other-worldly talent, Eddie quickly redefined the art of hard rock guitar playing via two-handed tapping and whammy bar dive bombs. Alex's drumming, rooted in the influences of Ginger Baker and Buddy Rich, was an aggressive undercurrent to the band's sound. Michael Anthony's rock solid bass playing was only overshadowed by his angelic backing vocals. And David Lee Roth's ringmaster routine; featuring high jumps and other assorted acrobatics, rounded out a band that would marry classical influences with Harlem soul to create the combustible mix that was the Roth-Era of Van Halen.

After 1984, it seemed that the spirit of original Van Halen was lost forever with Roth embarking on a long solo career and the brothers starting to work with Sammy Hagar. But, time does tend to heal all wounds and after many years of assorted will-they-won't-they drama, the original Van Halen (sans Michael Anthony) reconvened in 2006 and released new material in 2012.


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This week Aaron and Chris are joined by Nashville rock music legend Todd Austin (aka Toddzilla). Todd has been a fixture of the Nashville rock/funk music scene for many years. Known in local circles as the 'Minister of Funk' through his work with JonesWorld and his new project Funkhammer, Todd wanted to join us for a discussion of Roth-Era Van Halen and how it affected him as a guitar player and as a person. In this discussion we'll discuss favorite tracks from all Roth-Era VH albums as well as indulge in some of Toddzilla's favorite memories of Dave and the boys from back in the day. It's a solid hour of nostalgia for debauchery and crazy concert memories of a legendary band. Don't miss it!

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Rank #3: Iron Maiden Discussion - Ep204

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This week Aaron and Chris return with special guest Billy Hardaway to discuss the career and catalog of British metal legends Iron Maiden. With 40 years of of worldwide domination in the heavy metal genre, your three hosts had a lot to discuss this week; starting with 1980's self-titled debut and going all the way through every era of the band including two changes in singer, a lot of controversy, as well as discussion of the brand new 'Book of Souls' album being released this week. Join us this week as we up the irons and cover the career of Iron Maiden! SHARE with a friend!


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Rank #4: Albums Unleashed Motley Crue with John Corabi - Ep159

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We're back with the second installment of our Albums Unleashed series and it's been a long time coming but we truly believe it's been worth the wait.

John Corabi joins Aaron and Chris this week to discuss what is arguably one of the most underrated albums of all-time; Motley Crue's self-titled album from 1994. In part one of this discussion, John helps us lay the groundwork into the story of the album with stories of his audition process, pre-production for the album, and the maddening-yet-rewarding experience of working with legendary producer Bob Rock.

John also shares revelations into the decision-making process of Motley Crue at that time; choosing to abandon the previously-blazed path of lyrics about rock and roll decadence and focus on delivering an album that's powerful not only musically but thought-provoking in its exploration of dark social commenatary. Tracks discussed in part one of this discussion include 'Hammered,' 'Power to the Music,' 'Uncle Jack,' and 'Hooligan's Holiday.' Also covered in this episode is information on John's current plans to perform the Motley album in-full at select upcoming dates with his band that includes guitarists Jeremy Asbrock, Josh Dutoit, bassist Topher Nolen and John's son Ian Corabi.

Next week we return to the track by track of the remainder of the album and it promises not to disappoint as John is very forthcoming in sharing the impetus for each song, it's process of creation, and his thoughts on them in hindsight.

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Rank #5: Episode 119 - Gary Corbett Part 1

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At the end of 2013, Aaron and Chris got to sit down in-person with a guest that had been on their wish-list since, basically, the inception of the podcast. Today, we're happy to share the first half of the conversation.

Gary Corbett may not be a household name along the lines of Gene SimmonsPaul Stanley, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, or Cyndi Lauper but he's worked closely with all of them. In part 1 of this long-form discussion, Gary shares his experiences in the music business working with Cinderella and KISS.

The discussion opens with Chris telling Gary about seeing, or more appropriately hearing, him perform with KISS in Nashville on the Hot in the Shade tour. Gary goes on to share how he wound up relocating to Nashville from New York years ago and also talks about the Scrap Metal project that he's been part of with also-Nashville-resident Mark SlaughterScrap Metal.

We then discuss the announcement of KISS' upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Gary's thoughts on who still deserves to be in the museum.

Gary shares the story of how he was brought into the KISS fold during pre-production for the 'Crazy Nights' album. He was then brought in to tour for the 'Crazy Nights' tour and he recounts the struggles the band went through on the road due to low ticket sales in the face of dismal returns on the album.

Soundcheck for KISS is a time when the band members can cut loose away from the audience while still being on stage. Unfortunately for Gary, his first tour with the band didn't provide a fun atmosphere in which to soundcheck due to Gene Simmons razzing the keyboard player in a particular way.

We go into a brief discussion of KISS' appearance at the Monsters of Rock festival in Germany in 1988 and how Gary being shown on camera during the performance led to some unpleasant vibes from Gene and Paul.

Chris, then, approaches Gary about the presence during those years of Jess Hilsen, who was Paul Stanley's therapist who wound up handling KISS' financial affairs before leaving the country amid a haze of lawsuits and bad business deals. And speaking of managers, Gary then shares how another KISS manager Larry Mazer was responsible for bringing him into the fold playing for Cinderella beginning with the Heartbreak Station tour.

We come back from the first break with some Vinnie Vincent discussion and Gary shares how he was actually at Mark Slaughter's house when news broke of Vinnie's arrest.

Another KISS connection for Gary goes back all the way to the 1970's as he crossed paths with the Kulick brothers early on. He was also a part of the mid-late 70's New York scene and was a part of the Max's Kansas City crowd.

During his time working with KISS, Gary become very close friends with Eric Carr. In this discussion, we get Gary's take on Eric's personality and some of the struggles he had with dealing with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons' control. He would typically hang out with Gary after the shows and in this discussion he shares what Eric was like socially with fans and friends.

Eric Car went through a difficult circumstance when KISS toured Europe in 1988 as his drum solo was vetoed. This decision hit Eric very hard and Gary shares his take on who was responsible and why.

In this discussion, Gary has some very pointed things to say in regards to Paul Stanley. He also shares his thoughts on Bruce Kulick's long tenure in the band and how that took place under the control of Simmons and Stanley.

We come back from the second break with discussion of Gary's memories of his tenure with KISS and how, during the 'Crazy Nights' tour, the employment arrangements with the band were becoming troublesome due to the on-again/off-again nature. This situation came to a head and led to a standoff of sorts between Gary and the band at Nassau Coliseum.

We finish off Part 1 with a quick discussion of what it must have been like to be a roadie for KISS during the 'Crazy Nights' era. Who could forget that logo?

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Rank #6: Albums Unleashed - Slave to the Grind Ep171

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On June 11, 1991 rock and metal history was made when Skid Row released their followup album. Sophomore jinx? Nothing could be further from the truth.

This week Aaron and Chris return to Wire World Studios to sit down with legendary producers Michael Wagener to discuss the landmark album, Slave to the Grind. The followup to the self-titled Skid Row debut album left its mark as it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. The album holds up today with its mix of sludgy guitars, dark lyrics, and powerful vocals from singer Sebastian Bach. In this discussion, Michael shares his memories of producing this album. You'll hear stories of the atmosphere of the recording process, the band's work ethic, and much, much more.

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Rank #7: Top 5 70s Aerosmith Songs

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This week your hosts return to celebrate the early days of one of America's greatest rock n' roll bands as they pick their Top 5 70's Aerosmith Songs!



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The boys from Boston released an incredible strings of albums during this decade from the self-titled debut to Get Your Wings to Toys in the Attic to Rocks to Draw the Line to Night in the Ruts so the guys had a wide range of awesome material to choose from. We hope you enjoy Top 5 70's Aerosmith Songs and SHARE with a friend!

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by Tallk Toomey on Mar 13, 2016
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One of my favorite podcasts. I listen to them weekly and they make the workday go by so much faster. Chris and Aaron will bring up bands that no one has talked about since 1984 and make you remember why you loved them. A definite listen and love the Vinnie Vincent episoides.

I used to like it......
by Lieshcritter on Mar 11, 2016
RATING: ★★★☆☆

Songs about school? Are you kidding me. The last 5 or six episodes have been really boring, please go back to playing cool songs. I don't know, I used to like it. Seems like you're trying news things, but the old ways are more fun to listen too.

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Rank #8: Albums Unleashed Skid Row Rachel Bolan Michael Wagener

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Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan and producer Michael Wagener join the guys this week for Albums Unleashed Skid Row. Recorded in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Skid Row was released January 24, 1989 on Atlantic Records. Thanks to strong response to singles such as 'Youth Gone Wild,' '18 and Life,' 'Piece of Me,' and the ballad 'I Remember You,' Skid Row would go on to sell over 5 million copies. This self-titled debut featured the talents of bassist Bolan, drummer Rob Affuso, singer Sebastian Bach, and the twin-guitar assault of Scotti Hill and Dave "The Snake" Sabo. In this nearly two hour discussion, Bolan discusses the early days of Skid Row, including a period pre-Bach that featured vocalist Matt Fallon. Fallon would unfortunately go down in infamy as someone that lost out on stardom not once but twice as he was jettisoned from jobs with Anthrax and Skid Row. Bolan also shares the circumstances that led to Bach's hiring at the young age of 19. Michael Wagener shares his memories of how he was brought on board to produce the album by A&R man Jason Flom and Skid Row manager Doc McGhee.

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Skid Row's beginnings were helped in part to Bon Jovi. Guitarist Sabo was childhood friends with Jon Bon Jovi  and the friends had agreed to help each other out if one "made it" before the other. But Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were not going to lend a hand until Skid Row was ready. In this long-form discussion, Bolan shares stories of rounds of songwriting between he and Sabo being critiqued by the two Bon Jovi leaders and scrutinized until they deemed the band ready.

Recording the album in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Skid Row and Wagener got down to business right away. In this discussion, Michael shares his memories of the production of 'Skid Row' and how the band, while certainly having a wild side, were all business when it came to their time in the studio. Rachel also remembers the hobbies that he took up to help pass the time in the Midwest during production.

Bolan and Wagener detail track by track the songwriting and production of each song on the album. It's an in-depth look behind the scenes of one of the biggest hard rock debut albums of all-time. We hope you enjoy Albums Unleashed Skid Row with Rachel Bolan and Michael Wagener and SHARE with a friend!

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Rank #9: Episode 102 - Top 5 Bon Scott Era AC/DC Songs

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It was all the way back in April of 2012 when we put out an episode showcasing Aaron and Chris' Top 5 Brian Johnson-era AC/DC songs. With 30 years worth of material on 10 studio albums from the Johnson-fronted version of the band available, it was difficult to narrow down five picks for each host. They never thought picking songs from a 6 album/6 year period would be equally as difficult. The boys' goal this week was to chronicle Bon Scott's much-too-short history in music and with AC/DC while playing selections from their favorite tracks from the classic lineup of the band from the six album span of High Voltage in 1975 through 1979's Highway to Hell album.

Ronald Belford Scott was born on July 9th 1946 in Forfar, Scotland. In 1956 his family moved to Western Australia. It was there that he joined the Associated Fremantle Scots Pipe Band, learning to play the drums. He attended North Fremantle Primary School and later, John Curtin College of the Arts until he dropped out at the age of 15. 

He spent a short time in Fremantle Prison's assessment centre and nin months at the Riverbank Juvenile Institution relating to charges of giving a false name and address to the police, having escaped legal custody, having unlawful carnal knowledge and stealing twelve gallons of gas. He was, for all intents and purposes, a problem child.

He attempted to join the Australian Army but was rejected for being deemed "socially maladjusted." In a very real way, the entertainment industry was tailor-made for someone of Bon's mindset and personality as it allowed him to be himself.

In 1970, Bon Scott moves to Adelaide and joins progressive rock band Fraternity. They soon change their name to Fang. During this time they play support slots opening for Status Quo and Geordie; a band fronted by a gentleman named Brian Johnson who would go on to replace Bon after his death in 1980.

In 1974 Bon is introduced to the guys in AC/DC by friend and former band mate Vince Lovegrove. Vince later worked in journalism and television (including KISS' 1980 Inner Sanctum Special from Australia).

Bon replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC on October 24,1974, when it became obvious the band and Evans were heading in different directions, with Evans having personal clashes with band members and management.

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High Voltage:

Released 2/17/75 in Australia

3rd Young brother, George, was one of the albums producers and plays bass on a number of tracks.

Most of the songs on this version of High Voltage were not released outside Australia until 1984, when "Baby, Please Don't Go", "You Ain't Got a Hold on Me", "Soul Stripper", and "Show Business" were included on the '74 Jailbreak EP, released in the United StatesCanada, and Japan in October 1984.

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Released 12/1/75 in Australia

School Days" is a cover version of a Chuck Berry song.

Only Australian AC/DC studio album for which there is no international counterpart. However, seven of its nine songs comprise the international version of High Voltage, released in May 1976. 

The other two, "Rocker" and "School Days", saw worldwide release as part of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap's international version (1976/1981) and the Bonfire box set (1997) respectively.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap:

Released 12/17/1976 internationally

Certified 6x platinum in the US, selling at least six million copies, becoming the third-highest selling album by AC/DC in the US after Highway to Hell (7x platinum) and Back in Black (22+).

A song titled "I'm a Rebel" was recorded during this album's sessions in 1976, with music and lyrics written by Angus and Malcolm Young's older brother, Alex Young. This song was never released by AC/DC and remains in Albert Productions' vaults. German band Accept later released it as a single and named their second album after the song.

AC/DC's record label at the time, Albert Productions, was not happy with the album's vocals and production. According to bassist Mark Evans, the band's manager Michael Browning told him he assumed Bon Scott would be fired as a result.

On the Live At Donington DVD, Angus and Malcolm explain that the concept of this album was to make it a Humphrey Bogart-esque mystery scenario.

Furthermore, the term "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is an homage to the cartoon Beany and Cecil, which Angus watched when he was a child. One of the cartoon's characters was named Dishonest John, and carried a business card that read, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Holidays, Sundays and Special Rates.”

Let There Be Rock:

Released 6/23/77 internationally

Last AC/DC recording to feature bassist Mark Evans, who previously played on T.N.T. (1975) and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Music video for title track featured Scott as a priest and the rest of the band as altar boys.

For the original vinyl release, in all markets other than the USA and Japan, "Crabsody in Blue" was featured instead of "Problem Child".

 International version's cover also marked the debut of the band's logo, designed by Gerard Huerta. 

Double platinum in the U.S.

Powerage:

Released 5/25/1978

Originally released on Atlantic Records, and reached No. 133 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart in the US, eventually going platinum.

First AC/DC album to be released nearly simultaneously in both Australian and international markets, and the first to use just one cover image for both. 

Last Bon Scott-era studio release to feature production work by Harry Vanda and George Young.

Studio debut of bassist Cliff Williams. Former bassist Mark Evans says that the album also has bass by him, as the Powerage songs started being done during the recording of his last album Let There Be Rock, and producer George Young, while Williams was having trouble on getting his work visa.

Keith Richards has also stated that Powerage is his favorite AC/DC record.

"Riff Raff" is frequently played on Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash's iheartradio channel, "Slash FM", citing it as one of his favorite AC/DC songs. "Riff Raff" is covered by Guns N' Roses on their current Chinese Democracy World Tour. This song was also covered by the Canadian heavy metal band Annihilator on their 1996 album Refresh the Demon. The main riff for "Riff Raff" is often used as a soundcheck for Melvins guitar player Buzz Osbourne before live Melvins performances, as heard on the DVD Salad of a Thousand Delights.

"Sin City" was covered by the '80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister, on their album Twisted Forever. The song has also been covered by the punk rock band The OffspringGreat WhiteUgly Kid Joe and Bruce Dickinson. "Sin City" is Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's favorite AC/DC song.

"Kicked in the Teeth" was covered by Nashville Pussy on their album Eat More Pussy and also available on the bonus CD of Let Them Eat Pussy.

Highway to Hell:

Released 8/3/1979

Certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA. In 2003, the album was ranked number 200 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

First to break the US Top 100, eventually reaching #17

The final words spoken by Scott on the album are "Shazbot, na-nu na-nu", phrases used on the then-popular American sitcomMork and Mindy, by lead character Mork (a visiting extraterrestrial played by Robin Williams). The phrase ended the song "Night Prowler" and closed the album.

Pre-production of the album began in January 1979 with demos cut at Albert Studios in Sydney, Australia, where they met the intended producer, Eddie Kramer. Kramer was fired before a single track had been completed, and Robert John "Mutt" Lange was brought in to replace him. 

Recorded during sessions in February 1979 at Criteria Studios inMiamiFlorida, and March–April at Roundhouse Studios in London, England.

Bon Scott died February 19, 1980.  After passing out in a car after a night of drinking in a London club, he was found dead the next afternoon in the car by a friend. Initially his death was as pulmonary aspiration from choking on his own vomit but later confirmed as due to acute alcohol poisoning, classified as “Death by misadventure.”

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Rank #10: Episode 107 - Michael Wagener

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Whether you know the name Michael Wagener or not chances are, if you're a fan of this show, he's had a major impact on your life. A cursory glance at the discography of this German-born music production legend will leave you stunned due to the number of pivotal hard rock and heavy metal moments he helped create and shape. 

This week Aaron and Chris head to Wireworld Studios for a long-form discussion of some of the many highlights of Michael's career. In this discussion, you'll hear about his early roots in Germany as he helped form Accept and then made the jump across the pond to begin his storied career on a ready-to-explode Sunset Strip. One project led to another and within just a few years Michael had worked with acts such as Dokken, Motley Crue, Metallica, Poison, Stryper, White Lion, and Skid Row just to name a few. 

In this talk, Michael also shares his take on the evolution of the recording industry and the changes that have taken place due to the digital divide. It's a solid hour of insight on many of your favorite albums and artists and it's right here for you this week on the Decibel Geek Podcast. 

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Oct 21 2013

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Rank #11: Episode 120 - Gary Corbett Part 2

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To say that last week's part 1 of our conversation with keyboardist Gary Corbett was popular would be an understatement. In just 7 days, part 1 exceeded download totals for any episode in show history. The audience feedback was overwhelming with many, especially KISS fans, expressing gratitude for a peak behind the curtain of a working band that has had its share of controversy. This week's second half is no exception.

Gary shares his happy recollections of his time spent on the road with Paul Stanley during his 1989 solo tour. The solo band, comprised of Stanley, Corbett, guitarist Bob Kulickbassist Dennis St. James, and drummer Eric Singer formed a tight bond and showed a side of Stanley that was much easier to work with according to our interview subject. While this tour seemed a happy time for Paul Stanley, Gary explains that there was definite pushback from the rest of the KISS camp and not just Eric Carr. He also shares an eerily prophetic moment from Carr after he took in a Stanley solo performance.

We then segue into discussion of Eric Carr's decline in health. Gary describes the physical symptoms that cropped up during the end of the Hot in the Shade tour and the subsequent surgeries and chemotherapy.

Many rumors have swirled around for years about Eric Carr's status in the band after his cancer diagnosis. Gary shares his memories of what took place between Carr and his KISS bandmates and what led to Carr's family cutting off all contact to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during the end of Eric's life.

Gary also shares his objections to certain things portrayed in The Eric Carr Story by Greg Prato; a book in which Corbett is quoted alongside Bruce Kulick, Carrie Stevens, and others that were close to the late drummer. He also states how his side of things are backed up by, what many would consider, a surprising source.

Hot in the Shade was released as, basically, a collection of demos that were polished up for cost-cutting measures. Gary explains how one of the biggest tracks on Hot in the Shade featured a future lineup of KISS.

Gary then takes us a bit by surprise by stating that Eric Carr was, indeed, fired by KISS and explains the different ways in which they were pushing to attain his exit from the band during a very difficult time as well as their motivation.

During this part of the conversation, Gary recounts more of Eric's displeasure with his drum solo being taken away during the beginning of the Hot in the Shade tour. He also claims that Paul Stanley, in particular, had a certain way of, in his words, "torturing" Carr.

Gary then shares details of the funeral and the tension that hung in the air as Eric's KISS bandmates showed up for the services. He also talks about the infamous feud between Gene Simmons and Howard Stern due to Stern's comments on the air about Eric's death. Gary reveals his role in this drama that wound up being played out on Stern's television show later. He also shares details of the icy reception for Simmons and Stanley at the post-funeral dinner.

One positive note from the funeral is shared by Gary as he describes the miles-long turnout of thousands of fans along the road for the procession. Despite the fan support though, Carr's parents were uncomfortable with the attention.

Chris tells Gary about seeing footage of he and Carr goofing off on camera during the Hot in the Shade rehearsals in bootleg footage that circulates among fans as Exposed II. Gary goes on to discuss some footage that he took himself of the band during the band's Smashes Thrashes and Hits tour and, in particular, a certain story of Carr experiencing hash in Amsterdam for the first time.

Gary describes some of the conversations that took place among the band during the Hot in the Shade era including the Paul and Gene's stories of Ace and Peter, talks of a possible reunion, and the tension that resulted from a makeup-era flashback scene that was filmed for the 'Rise to It' video.

Gary also shares how Eric Carr's naivety and innocence worked against him in the confines of the music industry. He talks about Gene and Paul's business savvy and what he thinks it will lead to in the future.

We then ask Gary about the Revenge era and he describes his memories of the club shows that led up to the tour to break in new drummer Eric Singer. He explains how the emotional toll of Eric's death kept him from being able to continue to work with the band and how he made his exit from the band. He also talks about how the tension, with Paul Stanley, in particular still exists after the two saw each other backstage in Nashville during the 2012 co-headlining tour with Motley Crue.

Gary Corbett remains friends with current KISS drummer Eric Singer. We get Gary's take on Eric's role in the band portraying the Catman character and how he feels about Singer's extended employment with KISS.

Finishing up the conversation Gary explains how Eric Carr's memory and friendship are absolutely the highlight of his time working for the band as well as his current projects, plans for the future, and success that he's had with other artists such as the Marley Brothers and Cyndi Lauper.

The Decibel Geek podcast would like to thank Gary Corbett for a such an open, frank conversation.

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Jan 20 2014

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Rank #12: Vinnie Vincent Special pt 5 - Andre Labelle (Ep 135)

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Sometimes going back on your word can be a good thing......

This week we present you with the 5th installment of our Vinnie Vincent Special. Joining us for this discussion is drummer Andre Labelle of The Sky. Andre was tapped by Vinnie to drum on the still-not-officially released album Guitars from Hell that was recorded over a period of 1989 through 1992. In this discussion you'll hear the whole story of how the project was started, the interesting ways that Vinnie would decide on equipment,recording techniques, and the circumstances that led to the album being shelved.

During this discussion Andre also shares some interesting insight into Vinnie's brief reconciliation with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and his work with them on the then-in-production 'Revenge' album as well as Vinnie's influence going beyond the songwriting for the album.

Guitars from Hell has leaked in-part online over the past few years in the form of rough demos; many of which feature Vincent re-recording all the tracks using a drum machine in Labelle's place. In this discussion, Andre shares his feelings about this and confirms that more than the 8 leaked songs do exist.

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Along with Andre, the Guitars from Hell album featured the return of original Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist  and current Sky front man Robert Fleischman. During this talk, Andre shares the working dynamic between the vocalist and guitarist and how things didn't always go very smoothly yet still yielded an incredible technical performance out of all parties.

The Sky recently released their second full-length album, 'Majestic.' The band is rounded out by bassist Steve Barber and guitarist Ryan Lake.

As we did in part 3 of the Vinnie Vincent Special with Robert Fleischman, all music clips in the epiosde come from the 'Majestic' album. We encourage you to support this band by purchasing the album HERE.

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Rank #13: Albums Unleashed - DaDa with Dick Wagner Ep134

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This week Aaron and Chris launch the first installment of a brand new series for the Decibel Geek podcast with Albums Unleashed. The stories behind the songs, circumstances, and creative process from a major player in an album's creation. And to start things off, we're covering Alice Cooper's DaDa album with special guest Dick Wagner.

Released in 1983, DaDa was, for all intents and purposes, dead on arrival due to being the final album in Cooper's contract with Warner Brothers as well as the out-of-the-box style of songs. Part art-rock, part esoteric/theatrical concept, DaDa's synthesizer-infused production combined with a healthy amount of humor crossed with dark subject matter left 1983 audiences confused; and they weren't the only ones.

The early 80's were a self-professed "blackout" period for Alice Cooper with the rocker going as far as saying that he barely even remembers the songwriting process or production of this album. Cooper's lack of recollection has led many die-hard Cooper fans to create their own theories as to the concept behind DaDa. Guitarist/composer Dick Wagner, a longtime collaborator of Alice's, was the principal songwriter on this album and was kind enough, while in Nashville in May of 2014, to sit down with Aaron and Chris to discuss the entire album track by track and memory by memory.

In this discussion, Wagner shares his memories of the difficult 

that led to getting Alice to come to ESP Studios in Buttonville Ontario from his Pheonix home to join he and producer Bob Ezrin in the making of DaDa. Alice's alcohol abuse hit record highs during this period and Dick shares his recollections of their songwriting and recording process that led to the songs on the album.

From the creepy title track's intro that features producer Ezrin aping a psychiatrist talking to Cooper as DaDa's featured character over a bed of strange reverberating sounds and the voice of a child calling out for its father to the dark tale of self-destructive realization that is album closer 'Pass the Gun Around,' Wagner tells the story of the album's basic concept.


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During this in-depth discussion of 1983's DaDa, Dick Wagner reveals the inspiration for the man-in-the-attic track 'Former Lee Warmer' and how, while it has horror opera feel, it's true roots lie in a bad business realtionship with Alice's record label.

A fantastic fan-created theory of the albums concept and storyline was written online in 2008 for Ultimate-Guitar.com by a user named madpaperboy89. Aaron and Chris were so intrigued by the review that they read parts of it to Dick to get his take on it. As you'll hear in the discussion, the writer was spot-on in parts.


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As you'll hear in this installment of Albums Unleashed, DaDa still holds a very special place in Dick Wagner's heart and it's finally earning some much-deserved attention after all these years.

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Apr 28 2014

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Rank #14: 1977 Year in Review Part 1 - Ep208

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This week Aaron and Chris travel back to a true year for the ages, 1977! The amount of great music, movies, and pop culture from this year is absolutely staggering and your humble hosts are ready to bring you the first half of the year this week!



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In this hour-plus voyage back in time, Aaron and Chris discuss the movies, sports, news stories, and pop culture that was January - June of 1977. Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg as they dig into great tracks from 1977 artists such as KISS, Sweet, Heart, Pat Travers, Judas Priest, Ted Nugent, Ramones, T.Rex, The Runaways, Alice Cooper, and a ton more! On top of all that, you'll get classic commercials!

It's a trip back in time to a simpler time that certainly rocked! We hope you enjoy 1977 Year in Review Part 1  and SHARE with a friend!

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Rank #15: Conversation with Mark Slaughter - Ep184

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This week we fulfill an interview wish that goes back to the beginning of the show; fitting for our 4 year anniversary.

This week Aaron and Chris celebrate the 4 year anniversary of Decibel Geek with an in-depth conversation with Mark Slaughter. Currently promoting his new solo album produced by Michael Wagener, 'Reflections in a Rearview Mirror' Mark was kind enough to sit down in-person with Aaron, Chris, and Decibel Geek writer Billy Hardaway for a long-form talk on the new album, the history of Slaughter, and A LOT of discussion about his days working with Vinnie Vincent in the Invasion.

Aaron and Chris put out a call a few weeks ago for listener questions for Mark and the listeners did not disappoint. Many of the questions made it into the interview including one that Mark deemed his favorite. The solicitor of that question wins an autographed print of Mark from the photoshoot for his new album. The photo was taken by friend of the show and past guest Chad Lee of Chad Lee Photography. Be sure to listen to the end because Mark gives you another opportunity to win a signed photo if you can be the first to submit an answer to feedback@decibelgeek.com. The Decibel Geek podcast wishes to thank Mark Slaughter for his time and his openness to everything that was asked.

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Apr 13 2015

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Rank #16: Albums Unleashed Motley Crue with John Corabi Part 2

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After a huge response to last week's part 1, we're back to pick up our talk with John Corabi about the 1994 self-titled Motley Crue album.

We pick up Albums Unleashed - Motley Crue with John Corabi part 2 with a discussion of Hooligan's Holiday. From there John guides us through the creative process for each song on the album; highlighting the motives for the lyrics as well as some surprising revelations about the origin of some of the music on the album and a great story about Glenn Hughes' involvement in the recording for Misunderstood. 

Other topics touched on in this long-form discussion include

the much-talked-about MTV interview that strained the network's relationship with the band, the possibility of the band changing their name during the making of the album, one song that was re-written for the album five times and another that was almost torpedoed by record company politics; leading to a fight from the band for its inclusion. All of that and A LOT more!

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Oct 27 2014

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Rank #17: Albums Unleashed Warrant Dog Eat Dog - Ep224

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In August of 1992, Warrant were flying high on the success of the mega-huge Cherry Pie album. While the success was nice, the band wanted to go in a tougher direction with their next album. Enlisting super producer Michael Wagener, the band headed into the studio in 1991 to lay down tracks for what would become Dog Eat Dog. Filled with big, crunchy riffs on songs such as Machine Gun, Hole in My Wall, and Inside Out, experiments in darker subject matter on tunes like Bitter Pill and Andy Warhol was Right as well as melodic tunes that could bring the house down such as Let it Rain and Sad Theresa, Dog Eat Dog was poised to be one of the all-time classic rock albums. The only problem was, a scraggly trio from Seattle named Nirvana was taking the world by storm literally days before the release of Dog Eat Dog. The tide shifted overnight and this amazing album never got it's just due....until today.



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Producer Michael Wagener sits down with Chris and Aaron this week for Albums Unleashed Warrant Dog Eat Dog - Ep224. In this hour-plus discussion you'll sit along with the guys as they talk about the origins of the album, how Michael was selected as producer, pre-production stories and a full-on track by track that puts you in the room as Michael listens to the album for the first time in many years. It's one of the most in-depth Albums Unleashed episodes Decibel Geek has ever released. So, sit back, enjoy Albums Unleashed Warrant Dog Eat Dog - Ep224 and SHARE with a friend.

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Jan 14 2016

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Rank #18: Vinnie Vincent Reaction - Ep309

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We're back this week to share our reaction to last weekend's return of Vinnie Vincent! The Atlanta KISS Expo brought back the elusive Ankh Warrior, Vinnie Vincent to the delight of KISS fans everywhere. We had an eventful weekend and you'll hear about it all this week. Additionally, you'll hear our take on the return of Vinnie as well as our hopes for the future.

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We went into the weekend with a lot of questions. How would he act towards us? Does he know of the show? Would he agree to be interviewed? Answers to those questions and more are included as well as our thoughts in general on the reception to this KISStoric occassion! We hope you enjoy Vinnie Vincent Reaction - Ep309 and SHARE with a friend!

Special shout out to promoter Derek Christopher for doing the impossible in bringing Vinnie back to the fans. Additional shout out to Christina Greene and the fine folks at the Vinnie Vincent...Full Shredd!!! Facebook page for their longtime devotion.

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The Kings of Hard Rock & Metal Podcasts by Ashcrafty on Jan 15, 2018 Rating: ★★★★★

I've been listening to podcasts since 2005 & tried to find rock podcasts. There were a handful out there but they weren't quite what I was looking for. Finally I found Decibel Geek & they checked all the boxes on my list! Chris & Aaron have great chemistry & passion for music. The show has everything you want the music you love, the hidden gems you missed back in the day, & the amazing new music that's needs to be played for the world. They do great interviews with players big & small in the industry. Even if it's just the two bantering, it's always entertaining.If creating a great podcast isn't enough. They've started a movement of fellow podcasts & an exhaustively rewarding website full of all the content you need. Decibel Geek is the hub for all the music content you need. Thanks to Decibel Geek I'm listening to more music than ever. Thanks for all the hard work, guys.

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Chris and Aaron put on one of the best rock & roll podcasts this side of the TCP/IP stack. I defy you to find a better couple of lads. Their interviews are the stuff of legend and you can always count on them to bring a little levity to your day. In short, the Decibel Geek Podcast makes my pants tight, even if they failed to mention my Liquid Ass purchase via the Amazon link.

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Jan 27 2018

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Rank #19: Episode 124 - Heavier Side of the Beatles

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With the majority of the world celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landmark first performance on the Ed Sullivan show, Aaron and Chris decided to dip their toe(s) into this renewed Beatlemania.

The guys discuss and spin some of their favorite 'heavy' Beatles tracks from albums such as The White Album, Yellow Submarine, Sergent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and more.

We also hear from Podkisst host Ken Mills with his picks for favorite heavy Beatles tunes. If you didn't already know, Ken hosted a fantastic look back at the Sullivan show appearance in a special entitled Beatles Invade America. We highly recommend it!

We hope you enjoy this look/listen to The Heavier Side of the Beatles.

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Rank #20: Hair I Go Again - Ep235

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The guys are joined this week by filmmaker/guitarist Steve McClure to discuss the great new rock documentary Hair I Go Again; a film that follows the long journey of two middle aged guys attempting to put their 80's rock band back together, the twists and turns, highs and lows, and challenges they face. Along the way, the guys get an education in the form of advice from numerous 80's rock luminaries including The Killer Dwarfs, Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale), Warrant, Jason McMaster, Tesla, Jack Russell, Steve Blaze (Lillian Axe), and Ron Keel. They also get advice from media personalities such as Eddie Trunk and Luc Carl.



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Hair I Go Again was a long time coming as the film was crowd funded a few years ago while the guys were on their journey to reunite the band. As you'll see in the film, getting 5 guys back together again is not an easy task. In this talk, Steve McClure shares his take on the making of the movie including quitting his day job to fully invest in this project, the tension between he and his partner on this journey Kyle Kruger, and what it was like to throw all caution to the wind in an effort to find out what might have been.

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Rating: ★★★★★

Killing some time while transitioning from one city to another I stumbled across this show by accident. I'm glad I did. I searched hard rock in iTunes and a breakdown of Warrant's Dog Eat Dog with producer Michael Wagener popped up. Being a huge fan of that perfect record I downloaded it to give it a shot. Wagener offered great insight and nuggets I had never known. The two hosts asked GREAT questions and they played most of an album I haven't heard in years. I went back and started picking off things that interested me. What I found was nothing less than brilliant. I had about 2800 CDs at the time. Having been re/introduced to things I'd never heard before or in years I went straight to the web and started buying music as if I had all the money in the world. I don't have all the money in the world. But I don't care as I have about a hundred more CDs as a direct result of this show. Who needs food? Music feeds my soul. These guys conduct great interviews and have been a great resource for hearing old forgotten classics. Just as important is they've introduced me to a lot of great new music. It's a great blend of memory lane and discovery street. Keep it up guys. You have a new subscriber and I will click through before purchasing anything on Amazon from now on. John

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Apr 08 2016

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Album Anticipation 2020 - Ep389

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With 2019 now in the rear view mirror, we're back this week to share our Album Anticipation for 2020. Several great artists are planning new releases in the coming year.   This week we're spinning some of our favorite tracks by these artists while speculating on what these releases may hold. Some of the releases are still in the rumor stage but you'll still get a health dose of great tunes!   Artists featured include AC/DC, Black Swan, Weezer, Ace Frehley, Ozzy Osbourne, Anthrax, Armored Saint and more!     Album Anticipation 2020   We hope you enjoy Album Anticipation 2020 and SHARE with a friend! Be sure to leave YOUR feedback including what albums you are looking forward to in 2020!   Check out last year's Album Anticipation and see if we chose wisely!   Contact Us!   Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel!   Support Us!   Donate to the show!   Stream Us!   Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn   Become a VIP Subscriber!   Click HERE for more info!   Comment Below   Direct Download

Jan 13 2020

1hr 28mins

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Best of 2019 - Ep388

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Decibel Geek breaks into the New Year with a look at the past one as we count down our Best of 2019! As we march into a new decade, we're reminded again that rock is far from dead. In this episode, Chris and Aaron count down their top 10 songs of the year from rock and metal.

In this music filled episode you'll get tracks from The Darkness, Tora Tora, Pretty Maids, Ron Keel Band, Roxy Blue, Michael Sweet, Starbreaker, Tygers of Pan Tang, Flotsam and Jetsam, D-A-D, and tons more! What topped their lists? What albums, surprisingly, didn't make their lists? You'll have to listen to find out!

Best of 2019

We hope you enjoy Best of 2019 and SHARE with a friend! Be sure to leave YOUR Top 10 for 2019 in the comments section! Happy New Year from Chris, Aaron, and the entire Decibel Geek staff! Let's make 2020 Rock!

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Jan 06 2020

2hr 39mins

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Did Vinnie Shredd the Halls? - Ep387

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We're giving you a KISSmas miracle with yet another Vinnie Vincent-themed episode. This time we're covering the recent Merry Metal Christmas show.   Chris and Aaron had lunch with several attendees before the event and got a few of them on mic to share their KISStories and their expectations of what was to come.   You'll hear from Kruisefest promoter Neil Davis, podcaster Mike Brunn and Vincent Larussa, Rosie Luck and her son Aleister and frequent KISSFAQ board poster Rip Rokken.       After the lunch interviews Chris chats with another attendee about his experience at the Merry Metal Christmas event from start to finish.   Today's guest Rick (aka Shecky, Poserboy71 online) has been a VV fan since the 80's, witnessed the Invasion play live in 1988, and is very well versed on Vinnie's playing and gear over the past 30+ years. He's also a trusted friend of Chris and Aaron. With so much speculation on Vinnie's playing ability due to a shroud of secrecy surrounding these events, we'll get Rick's take on what went down at S.I.R.   So, Did Vinnie Shredd the Halls? You'll have to listen to find out!   Please SHARE this episode with your friends on social media. Merry KISSmas from Chris and Aaron and everyone at Decibel Geek!   More Vinnie Vincent-Related Episodes HERE   Geeks of the Week:   Mike Grabowski, Dan Nation, Simon Catt, David Cathey, John Philips, Jeffrey Mendenhall, Aaron Martel, Eric Lussier, James West, Darren Parkin, Dee Stroyer Sr, Jay Szczeblewski, InObscuria Podcast, Rob Harris, David Glynn, The Bakery Podcast, Aaron Baker, Wayne Cross, Kristen Schembeck, Mike Parnell, Bill Elam, Andrew Jacobs, Christopher Stokes, Marc Alden Taylor, Free Form Rock Podcast, Andy Lafon, Todd Cunningham, Nate Atchison, Sean Cullen, Mikael Burell, Warren Edward LaRue Baker, Shane Hebert, Scott Crouch, Jeff Taylor, Daniel Lee, Eladio, Rob in the Hood, The Mooger Fooger   Contact Us!   Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel!   Support Us!   Donate to the show! Stream Us! Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn   Become a VIP Subscriber!   Click HERE for more info!   Comment Below   Direct Download

Dec 27 2019

1hr 18mins

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Gift Giving Ideas - Ep386

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We're cutting out all your Christmas confusion this week with some rock solid Gift Giving Ideas! The holidays can be a very stressful time. Interactions with family can leave something to be desired. Additionally, figuring out what to give your loved ones can become a stressful burden each year. Not to worry! Let Chris and Aaron take all the guess work out of things this year! In this episode, your hosts look to rock and metal legends for inspiration. We think you'll be most pleased with the results.

Gift Giving Ideas

Tracks from Judas Priest, Riot, Testament, Ace Frehley, Supersuckers, Saxon, and more!

On behalf of the entire Decibel Geek staff, we hope that all of our listeners and readers have a wonderful holiday season. Your support means so much to us and we love hearing from you. Thanks for listening!

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Jeff Reid, Eric Lussier, Sit and Spin with Joe, Matt Ashcraft, InObscuria Podcast, Kevin Williams, Jeremy Bednarski, Daniel Spencer, Brent Tibbetts, Bakko, Cobras and Fire podcast, Growin’ Up Rock Podcast, Shane Hebert, John Phillips, Christopher Stokes, Jeffrey Mendenhall, Andrew Jacobs, Wayne Cross, Joseph Capone, Trevor McDougall, James West, Andy Lafon, Brian Knapp, Mike Parnell, Adam Cox, Thorbjorn Olsson, Kristen Schembeck, The Mooger Fooger

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Dec 13 2019

1hr 4mins

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Top 5 80's Aerosmith Songs - Ep385

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This week we dive into a time of great change as we pick our Top 5 80's Aerosmith Songs! To describe the decade of the 80's when it comes to the bad boys from Boston is tough. Perhaps, it's best to lean on the reverse of an old analogy of 'in like a lamb, out like a lion.' Although hugely successful in the early to mid 70's, Aerosmith entered the 80's with a thud. The decade-closing 'Night in the Ruts' did little to gain chart position and resulted in Joe Perry's exit from the group. By 1982, even Brad Whitford had had enough and exited the band early in the sessions for 'Rock in a Hard Place' leaving replacement guitarist Jimmy Crespo to shoulder the load.

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After finally reuniting in 1985, the band issued 'Done with Mirrors' to another tepid response. However, the fuse was lit for the explosion that would take place in 1986 when genres crossed. Upstart rappers Run DMC collaborated with the band for a cover of Walk this Way that took the world by storm.

1987's 'Permanent Vacation' and 1989's 'Pump' would solidify arguably the biggest comeback story in music history. 

This week Aaron and Chris each pick their favorite 5 songs from the 80's Aerosmith catalog. Be sure to tell us YOUR Top 5 in the comments section!

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Top 5 70's Aerosmith Songs

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Dec 07 2019

1hr 31mins

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Fresh Blood - Ep384

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We're bringing you an infusion of up and coming rock this week with Fresh Blood 8! It's an hour-plus of pure evidence proving the continued existence of rock music! Aaron brings some great selections to the table including Midnite City, The Laidbacks, Tokyo Taboo, Revival Black, and Black Smoke Trigger. Additionally, Chris shares some great rock from Edge of Paradise, Silverthorne, Dirty Honey, Bombus, and Like Machines!

We hope you enjoy Fresh Blood 8 and SHARE with a friend!

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Aaron Martel, Bakko, Cobras and Fire Podcast, Joe Lascon, Matt Ashcraft, Todd Cunningham, Bay Ragni, Marc Alden Taylor, Free Form Rock Podcast, Dan E, Simon Catt, Sean Cullen, Shea Hargett, The Bakery Podcast, Aaron Baker, Scott Crouch, James West, Nate Atchison, Allen Tate, Andrew Jacobs, Shane Hebert, CGCM Podcast, Trevor McDougall, Christopher Stokes, Jeff Gauss, Todd Rogers, Jay Szceblewski, Andy Lafon, Jeff Taylor, Jeff Mendenhall, Daniel Lee, Vette Halen, JJ Mac, Eladio, Ernesto Aguilar, The Mooger Fooger

The Fresh Blood series of shows from Decibel Geek Podcast seeks to prove that rock is far from dead. Featuring up and coming talent that carries on the spirit and sound of the greats we grew up on, it's a vital series.Please listen to the previous editions of Fresh Blood in the links below.

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Fresh Blood 4

Fresh Blood 5

Fresh Blood 6

Fresh Blood 7

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Nov 26 2019

1hr 3mins

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New Noize 7 - Ep383

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We've got a lot to cover and brought along special guests this week to do it for New Noize 7! Broacaster Bay Ragni and record industry veteran Dave Tedder join us this week to go over a ton of recent rock and metal news!   Stories covered this week include Eddie Van Halen cancer rumors, KISS' trio performance for sealife, Bob Kulick exploding on the entire KISS family, and Motley Crue reunion rumors (this was recorded days before the big annoucement so see who got it right and who was dead wrong).   Other topics covered include a new song and tour from Ozzy, a Black Crowes cash grab, Bang Tango reuniting, a Sabbath re-release and more!   We hope you enjoy New Noize 7 and SHARE with a friend!   Contact Us!   Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel! Support Us! Donate to the show! Stream Us! Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn   Become a VIP Subscriber! Click HERE for more info! Comment Below   Direct Download

Nov 21 2019

1hr 24mins

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16 in America - Ep382

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It stands to reason that many of us come into our "most rocking" phase of life around the age of 16. That would include our favorite rock stars. So, with that in mind, we take a spin through the Billboard charts to see what was possibly influencing some of our favorite rockers; or repelling them.   We touch on members of KISS, Metallica, and many other American rock bands as well as Alice Cooper, Paul Gilbert, Blackie Lawless, and a ton more!   We wrap things up with a look at what was on the charts when Chris & Aaron turned 16.   Be sure to leave what was on the charts when YOU were 16 on the Decibel Geek facebook page in the comments section for this post!   We hope you enjoy 16 in America and SHARE with a friend!   Contact Us!   Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel!   Support Us! Donate to the show! Stream Us! Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn   Become a VIP Subscriber! Click HERE for more info! Comment Below   Direct Download

Nov 15 2019

1hr 8mins

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Conversation with Anthony Esposito - Ep381

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Bassist Anthony Esposito joins us this week for an enlightening conversation on his work with three guitar gods. Anthony's musical history makes for a great conversation and, while talking to us, he didn't hold back.   In this episode, Anthony discusses the formation and beginnings of Lynch Mob. Founded by original Dokken guitarist George Lynch, the band wowed music fans with 1990's Wicked Sensation album. The partnership of Anthony, Lynch, drummer Mick Brown and singer Oni Logan resulted in a gem of an album from a very transitional time in music. Anthony talks about his audition for the band, his current thoughts on George, and the odds of a Wicked Sensation lineup reunion in 2020.   Another guitar great that Anthony worked with is Ace Frehley. When Ace was putting together his comeback album 'Anomaly,' he enlisted Anthony to help with song ideas and production. His role grew from there. You won't believe what happened during the recording of this album as well as the reasons for losing his position in the band. It's a 'what could have been' story to the nth degree. Most recently, Anthony was brought on as bassist for Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel. His solid pocket during the tour for the first album helped hold things together and was a welcome addition on last year's 'Patina' album. In this episode Anthony touches on road stories from the RDC tour, recording conditions for the latest album, working with Jake and Max Norman, as well as the odds of Red Dragon Cartel continuing.   We want to thank Anthony Esposito for a fun, candid discussion this week. We hope he'll join us again. We hope you enjoy Conversation with Anthony Esposito and SHARE with a friend!   Contact Us!   Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel! Support Us! Donate to the show! Stream Us! Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn   Become a VIP Subscriber!   Click HERE for more info!   Comment Below   Direct Download

Nov 07 2019

1hr 10mins

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The Greatest Show on Earth - Ep380

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Andrew Sgambati joins us this week to discuss his creation of The Greatest Show on Earth and we watch it!   In last 50 years, there hasn’t been a more visually exciting band than KISS. Blasting on to the scene in the early 1970’s KISS’ mix of rock, pop and cartoon theatrics made them a household name. By 1977, the people has spoken. KISS was the most popular band in America according to a then recent Gallup Poll.   Led Zeppelin had one. The Who had theirs in 1979. Alice Cooper, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones all had In Concert films that graced the silver screen...but not KISS.   The Greatest Show on Earth takes you back to 1977 and answers the question, what would a 1970’s KISS film look like?   In this episode we watch The Greatest Show on Earth and provide our live commentary. You can check out the movie yourself and watch along with us on Vimeo!   Once we finish the watch-along, Andrew joins us to talk about the basis for creating the movie, the revisions/additions that were made for the Encore edition as well as his plans for another KISS-based movie.   Stream The Greatest Show on Earth on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/359413106   Watch-Along starts at 07:09:00   Director Interview with Andrew Sgambati starts at 01:17:44   Contact Us!   Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel! Support Us! Donate to the show! Stream Us! Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn Become a VIP Subscriber! Click HERE for more info! Comment Below Direct Download

Oct 31 2019

1hr 56mins

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This Is Your Life - Ep379

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ROCKNPOD donor and Decibel Geek superfan Mark Starski joins us to spin killer tracks and take us down memory lane with This Is Your Life!   In this episode, Mark picks songs based on previous Decibel Geek episodes spanning the eight year history of the show!   You'll get great tracks from RATT, War Babies, Saints & Sinners, Gary Schutt, Babylon A.D., Shy Tiger, Tales from the Porn, Reckless Love, Winger, and Wildside!   It's an episode unlike any we've done before and we had a great time talking to Mark!   We hope you enjoy This is Your Life - Ep379 and SHARE with a friend!   Contact Us!   Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel! Support Us! Donate to the show! Stream Us! Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn Become a VIP Subscriber! Click HERE for more info! Comment Below Direct Download

Oct 25 2019

1hr 56mins

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Harvest Moon - Ep378

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With fall in full swing, we look to the sky for great tracks to celebrate the Harvest Moon!   In this hour-plus episode you'll get fantastic selections from AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, King's X, LA Guns, Racer X, Leatherwolf, Dream Theater, Godsmack, Bobaflex, and Dio! It's an episode filled with great rock and metal tracks that will leave you howling!   We hope you enjoy Harvest Moon - Ep378 and SHARE with a friend!   Contact Us! Rate, Review, and Subscribe in iTunes Join the Facebook Fan Page Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram E-mail Us Subscribe to our Youtube channel! Support Us! Donate to the show! Stream Us! Stitcher Radio Spreaker TuneIn Become a VIP Subscriber! Click HERE for more info! Comment Below Direct Download

Oct 16 2019

1hr 7mins

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Radio Sucks V37 - Ep377

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Special guest Patrick Hill joins us for Radio Sucks V37! There are a ton of great tunes for you this week! In this episode you'll get killer tunes from Richie Kotzen, Widowmaker, W.E.T., Wayland, George Lynch, Kan Roberts, Lynch/Pilson, Supershine, and Blue Murder!   Additionally, we touch on some recent drama we've had with Sebastian Bach. Lots of great tunes and talk for your ears to chew on this week! We hope you enjoy Radio Sucks V37 and SHARE with a friend!

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Oct 12 2019

1hr 43mins

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New Noize V6 - Ep376

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We're back this week covering all the current happenings in the rock world with New Noize V6! There's a lot going on lately and we're giving our take on it all. Topics covered in this episode include David Lee Roth's upcoming Las Vegas residency, Gene Simmons' recent health scare, a great new track from the upcoming Michael Sweet solo album, and Dee Snider admonishing the NFL.

New Noize V6

Additionally, we're tackling news about James Hetfield's fall from sobriety and Ace Frehley declining Tommy Thayer's paycheck. Furthermore, we react to a bold statement by Chris Jericho of Fozzy, and discuss some weird happenings in the Quiet Riot camp.

We hope you enjoy New Noize V6 and SHARE with a friend!

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Oct 02 2019

1hr 9mins

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Ask Us Anything - Ep375

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We're turning the tables this week as we have the listeners Ask Us Anything! After doing the podcast for over 8 years, we figured some of you would have some questions and you proved us right! In this episode we'll tackle all sorts of topics that you, the listener, brought to our attention.

Some of the things we cover include how we got into podcasting, recommendations for building an audience, favorite interviews, and more. Additionally, we share some of our pre-Decibel Geek history including jobs we've had in the past as well as thoughts on certain bands and their members.

Ask Us Anything

It's a free-wheeling good time and we truly appreciate all the great questions we received. We hope you enjoy Ask Us Anything and SHARE with a friend!

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Sep 28 2019

1hr 24mins

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Radio Sucks V36 - Ep374

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We recently attended a SciFi convention and we're taking you with us for Radio Sucks V36! The good people at ICCC (Imperial Commissary Collectors Convention) invited us to be part of the festivities this year. Featuring tons of actors from scifi movies including Star Wars, Cosplayers, toy/collectable vendors and more, we thought we'd see if there were some rock fans in the crowd. You'll hear our results today as well as some of their favorite songs.

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Additionally, we spin some great tracks from Checkpoint Charley, Toddzilla, Lipstick Generation, Eclipse, Alice Cooper, and many more!

It's a Radio Sucks episode like no other! We hope you enjoy Radio Sucks V36 and SHARE with a friend!

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Star Wars Theme by Galactic Empire

Viva la Victoria by Eclipse

New Gods by Thy Art is Murder (clip)

Nice Boys by Guns N’ Roses

Hand of Doom by Black Sabbath

Waiting for the Cloud - Legendary Pink Dots (clip)

Archangel Thunderbird by Amon Düül II (clip)

Howling at Nothing by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (clip)

Bedlam in Beligium by AC/DC

Matilda Mother by Howling Giant

Invader by Checkpoint Charlie

Eyes of Love by Lipstick Generation

Breathe by Toddzilla

East Side Story by Alice Cooper

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Sep 19 2019

1hr 21mins

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Conversation with a KISS Meme - Ep373

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We return this week with one of the most "inside" KISS-related shows we've ever done as we have a Conversation with a KISS Meme. To explain, in 2010 teenager Rich Cser was basking in the discovery of rock and metal music. For fun, he filmed himself singing and doing air guitar to some of his favorite songs and uploaded the videos to Youtube. Of these videos, his choice of KISS' Ready My Body from 1989's 'Hot in the Shade' album was a strange one. Furthermore, his animated air guitar performance, complete with tongue wagging and throwing "the horns" got the attention of the KISS Army. Soon, the video would be the topic of much discussion on many KISS groups and message boards. Not all of the response was positive. Ultimately, it was a conversation starter regardless of good or bad reaction.

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After 2010, the video of Cser asking if the letters are big enough kind of fell by the wayside; until this year. Popular Youtube host Ralph Viera (aka Dr. Fukk) resurrected the video on his channel for a bit of playful satire, explaining that his girlfriend had left him for Cser before throwing to the original video.

Not one to stand idly by, Decibel Geek host Aaron Camaro got to work and actually found Rich Cser on social media. Once explaining to him that his video had gotten quite a reaction, he surprisingly agreed to appear on Decibel Geek. Today we give you Conversation with a KISS Meme. Thanks to Rich Cser for the cool talk and to Ralph Viera for reminding us of the badassery that is the Ready My Body video.

WARNING, please have your girlfriends or wives leave the room before playing this episode. Unless you want them to leave you.

Original Video of Rich Cser performing Ready My Body

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Sep 10 2019

51mins

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Bonus Tracks Vol2 - Ep372

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We return this week with special guest Brian Davis for Bonus Tracks Vol2! For whatever reason, certain great songs are left off of albums. Fortunately, through the process of remasters, deluxe editions, and box sets, these hidden gems are released to the fans. In this episode, we highlight a ton of great tunes from many of our favorite artists.

Bonus Tracks Vol2

In this nearly 2 hour episode you'll get tracks from Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, Alice in Chains, The Donnas, Aerosmith, AC/DC, and tons more!

Be sure to check out Brian's Damn Good Movie Memories podcast as well!

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Sep 05 2019

1hr 54mins

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The Heavier Side of the Black Crowes - Ep371

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We return this week for a peach of a discussion about The Heavier Side of the Black Crowes! We've never really delved deeply into this Georgia-born group led by the brothers Robinson. For this episode we turn to an expert as David Hudson from the State of Amorica podcast joins in to school us on Crowes history. Additionally, your hosts and guest spin some of their favorite 'heavier' songs by the band.

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Aug 29 2019

1hr 39mins

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ROCKNPOD 2019 Recap - Ep370

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The guys are back to break down all the details of an incredible weekend with the ROCKNPOD 2019 Recap! There's a lot to go over from the third annual celebration of rock music and podcasting and the guys take you through the entire weekend. In this episode, Chris and Aaron share details of what went on including the Friday and Saturday concerts as well as behind the scenes information.

ROCKNPOD 2019 Recap

So many bands, so many guests and so many podcasts; it's a lot to keep up with! You'll get it all in this ROCKNPOD 2019 Recap!

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Aug 23 2019

1hr 12mins

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These guys are awesome..and that is all the people need to know.

always informative

By Black and Blue Valentine - Jul 22 2019
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these guys seem like they really enjoy what they do and the show never disappoints