Mars Attacks Podcast 35 – Don Jamieson

During the latest episode of the Mars Attacks Podcast we are lucky enough to welcome fellow New Jersey native, comedian Don Jamieson.

Be forewarned that this interview contains explicit content.

Don is co-host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, and has just put out a live comedy album called Live and Hilarious. During the interview Don discusses what it was like to win an Emmy Award, being star struck or geeked out as he puts it when interacting with guests on That Metal Show, and the difficulties surrounding writing jokes in a PC era (among other things).

The interview can be streamed or downloaded from here:

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Mars Attacks Podcast 25 – Michael Kiske Part 2

This episode contains the second part of an interview I conducted with former Helloween lead singer Michael Kiske, sorry for the delay. As mentioned during a previous post, he just recently put out an album with Amanda Somerville called Kiske Somerville, and is currently working on an album with the band Unisonic. You’ve read a lot of things our there regarding his thoughts on metal music, well if you’re a fan, you need to listen to both interviews to see what he really things of metal, his fans, his future with Unisonic, and his former band mates, etc.

During the episode you’ll hear tracks off of the album with Amanda Somerville, and a bunch of classic Helloween that features Michael on lead vocals.

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Mars Attacks Podcast Episode 24 – Michael Kiske Part 1

This episode contains the first part of an interview I conducted with former Helloween lead singer Michael Kiske. He just recently put out an album with Amanda Somerville called Kiske Somerville, and I was lucky enough to interview him regarding the album, his past with Helloween, and his current band Unisonic. This is a must listen to interview if you are a fan of Helloween as he discusses how and why he was fired from the band, why he thinks the band was never able to recapture what they did on the original two Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, and why Ingo

We also touch on a plethora of other topics, just take a look at the tags to get a rough idea of what we discussed. Part 2 should be up next week.

During the episode you’ll hear tracks off of the album with Amanda Somerville, some of his solo work (including a track that features Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith and ex Helloween guitarist Kai Hansen), a Helloween track that was retooled for a solo acoustic album, and of course some classic Helloween that features Michael on lead vocals.

Mars Attacks Podcast Episode 23 – Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet

During this episode of Mars Attacks we speak to Dave Wyndorf lead singer of Monster Magnet. We discuss a whole array of things, from their new album Master Mind, to politics, comic books, Dave’s health, the record label he’s started up with guitarist Phil Caivano called Studio 13, and all of the various labels placed on the band over the years.

During the episode you’ll hear the following Monster Magnet tracks:

The Titan Who Cried Like A Baby
Bored With Sorcery
Gods And Punks
All Out Of Nothin
King Of Mars

We touch upon the following items throughout the course of the interview:

Studio 13, Monster Magnet, Phil Cavano, Kiss, Alice Cooper, MC5, Ramones, The Stooges, Hansome Dick Manitoba, The Dictators, David Bowie, Jack Kirby, Kevin Smith, The Smithereens, Misfits, Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Matt Hardy, Spinal Tap, WWF, WWE

Mars Attacks Podcast Episode 22 – Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens & James Luna from Holy Grail

During this episode we have interview with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, and James Luna, lead singer of Holy Grail, and former lead singer of White Wizzard. Holy Grail have just released a great new album called Crisis In Utopia. During Luna’s portion of the interview we discuss the making of said album, his influences, playing Waken, and his time in White Wizzard, where he goes into detail to discuss the issues he and former member of the band (James LaRue, and Tyler Meahl both in Holy Grail) had with Jon Leon. Now before anyone jumps to conclusions I did try and contact Jon to get his side of things so that people can determine for themselves what really happened. One of the things that I love about doing interviews for my podcast is that listeners can directly from an artist. It isn’t like playing telephone where things are sensationalized just to put another notch in someone’s proverbial gun. Had I of been able to interview Jon people would have been able to (again) choose for themselves whether what all of these former members are saying is true, or not. Maybe Jon has a good reason that isn’t coming across? Or maybe things are cut and dry, exactly like all of the former members are saying, and is why the label, and Jon himself has decided to not come on the show.

Ripper’s interview was conducted late last year, it is one of a handful of interviews that were conducted for and has yet to be released as a podcast. During this episode we discuss Hail!, his solo album Play My Game, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, Charred Walls Of The Damned, and the abrupt end to his tenure in Iced Earth. Tim is very forth coming, and honest when talking about John Schaffer, and what was promised to him when joining IE, and how it differs to how Judas Priest and Yngwie Malmsteen approached him.

I recommend both interviews to anyone that has been following the dysfunctional history of Iced Earth or White Wizzard, or are fans of either one of these two great lead singers.

During the episode you’ll hear the following tracks:

Holy Grail – Nocturne in D Minor
White Wizzard Shooting Star
Holy Grail – My Last Attack
Holy Grail – Requiem
Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens – Death Race
Beyond Fear – Save Me
Judas Priest – Blood Suckers

Overall we touch on the following topics:

Hail!, David Ellefson, NAMM, Samson Wireless, Andreas Kisser, Jimmy Degrasso, Mike Portnoy, Paul Bostaph, Ray Mayorga, Soulfly, Stone Sour, Spinal Tap, Sepultura, Alice Cooper, Testament, Simon Wright, Motorhead, Pantera, Judas Priest, Accept, Wendy Dio, Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery, John Comprix, Steve Stevens, Jeff Loomis, Michael Wilton, George Lynch, John 5, Scott Ian, Vinnie Paul, Rudy Sarzo, Billy Sheehan, Bobby Jarzombek, Road Runner Records, Road Runner United, Jeff Waters, Cory Taylor, The Grammys, Beyond Fear, SPV Records, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Schaffer, Matt Barlow, Judas Priest, Ian Hill, K.K. Downing, Rob Halford, Charred Walls Of The Damned, Richard Christy, Play My Game, Heaven & Hell, Hannah Montana, Pink,Amon Amarth, Exodus, Mahevilant Creation, Deep Purple, Klaus Meine, Scorpions, Manowar, Merciful Fate, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Slayer, Witchfinder General, Racer X, Testament, Lamb Of God, Jeff Loomis, Nevermore, Danny Lohner, Nine Inch Nails, Metal Blade Records, Angkor Wat, Waken Festival, Matt Hyde, Steve Evetts, Nuclear Blast, Side One Dummy, Prosthetic Records, Exodus, Kiss, Erik Kluibert, Jon Leon, Sleaze Roxx, Metal Sucks, Metal Sludge