If you are a living, breathing person under the age of forty you likely grew up listening to Sublime like I did. To this day Sublime is one of the most popular bands in the world, almost twenty years after the passing of their original singer Bradley Nowell in 1996. Rome Ramirez also grew up a California kid listening to Sublime, becoming obsessed as a teenager and molding his style, wardrobe and musical direction to mimic the band he fell in love with. This came in handy in 2009 when Bud and Eric, the remaining members of Sublime decided to make Rome their new front-man, forming Sublime with Rome. Their 2011 album, Your’s Truly, was both an ode to Bradley and a coming out party for Rome, blending the classic Long Beach punk/reggae sensibilities of the original Sublime with the brilliant pop-style singer/songwriter stylings of their new frontman. That album came in at #3 on my Top Ten Albums of 2011 list and you can read that review HERE. When that album dropped it was clear that although Rome was touring the country playing some of the most beloved songs of all time by Sublime, along with their new Sublime With Rome material, that he also had talent as a mainstream singer/songwriter that rivaled some of the biggest pop superstars in the world, like Bruno Mars. It is no surprise to hear that in the last year alone Rome has written and produced tracks for the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Selena Gomez and Jason Derulo. In a podcast I am thrilled to share with you, Rome joins me this week for a very fun chat about what it was like joining the band that shaped his youth, all of his current projects on stage and behind the scenes, what having his name IN the band name has done for his profile, where his career goes from here and much much more! Follow Rome on twitter @RomeMusica and follow Sublime With Rome @SublimeWithRome. Remember to check them our on tour now, all dates and info available at www.SublimeWithRome.com
If you’re a fan of comedy, or just a person, you know Marlon Wayans from movies like Senseless, The Sixth Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks, GI Joe, Requiem For a Dream and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. You likely grew up with Marlon on your TV set every week on shows like In Living Color and The Wayans Bros. The one thing Marlon wasn’t known for until recently was standup comedy but now he is hitting the road with his three brothers, Keenan Ivory, Shawn and Damon for a Wayans Brothers Standup Comedy Tour that rolls through Newark, NJ. on August 1st! Marlon joins me for a really fun chat about what it was like getting into standup after already having success as a film and TV personality, what their tour is like, what it was like making Requiem for a Dream and how it felt to see his co-star Jared Leto take home the Oscar this year. Follow Marlon on twitter @MarlonWayans and for more info on the Wayans Brothers Comedy Tour and to buy tickets CLICK HERE!
Nick DiPaolo hits the stage at Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT. for a night of standup comedy on August 2nd and you can get tickets for that show HERE! One of the most funniest guys around, DiPaolo is known for his appearances on Howard Stern, The Nick and Artie Show and his brand new Nick DiPaolo Podcast on the Riotcast network. Nick’s been a star on the Comedy Central Roasts for years and has always been a comic who garners tremendous respect from comedy fans and fellow comedians alike. Was a pleasure to be joined by Nick for a fun chat about Connecticut, the state of standup comedy in America, podcasting and much more! Follow Nick on twitter @NickDiPaolo!
311 are one of those bands that just don’t stop touring. If you missed them last time, just give it a few months and they’ll be back. But DON’T do that. Check them out on Tuesday July 15th in Wallingford CT. and Saturday July 19th in NYC at Pier 97! Head to www.311.com and www.Ticketmaster.com to buy tickets to both shows! The guys from 311 are no strangers as we’ve interviewed P-Nut in the past as well as vocalists Nick Hexum and SA Martinez. You can hear all those chats here too by clicking those links! Mr. Aaron Willis, who is known by all as P-Nut put the bass down for a sec to join us for another fun chat this summer about Stereolithic, the current tour, the 311 Cruise and much more! Follow the band on twitter @311 and P-Nut who is of course, @Pnut!
Gilbert Gottfried is a legendary presence and voice in the world of comedy and entertainment. From his roles in films like Problem Child and Beverly Hills Cop II to the iconic voice over work he did in Aladdin and in various other projects, Gottfried’s voice is one you never forget. Hear his hilarious narration of the popular book 50 Shades of Grey HERE. His brash sense of humor has also become widely through his work on numerous roasts over the years and the way he tells the famous joke The Aristocrats is considered to be among the most memorable of all time. Gilbert dropped by A Shot of Yager for a fun chat about his storied career, past, present and future. Information on all his upcoming performances can be found at www.GilbertGottfried.com Check him out at Mohegan Sun on June 14th and follow Gilbert on twitter @RealGilbert
Chris Daughtry came in 4th on his season of American Idol, however he has sold the third most records out of all the contestants ever on the show, behind only season winners Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, both of whom are household names. Now a household name himself, Chris continues to sell millions of records, touring the country with his aptly named group, Daughtry. Daughtry takes the stage at Oakdale Theater in Wallingford on June 12th with the Goo Goo Dolls, fresh off their recent record Baptized and their new hit single Battleships. Chris dropped by A Shot of Yager to talk about rock music, American Idol and some of his personal idols as well. For more info on Daughtry and their tour head over to www.DaughtryOfficial.com and follow Chris on twitter @CHRIS_Daughtry
The very funny Greg Fitzsimmons is one of the most respected stand-ups out there and not only can you find him on the stage touring across the country but if you want to hear his thoughts and ramblings each and every week you can also check him out on Sirius radio on The Greg Fitzsimmons Show and on his long-running podcast Fitzdog Radio. Greg dropped by the podcast for a fun chat about the growing medium of podcasting, how he got involved and where it’s going from here. Follow Greg on twitter @GregFitzShow and check him out at Foxwoods June 12th-14th!
James “Murr” Murray is one quarter of The Tenderloins who bring their live comedy show to Foxwoods for SOLD OUT SHOWS on May 9th and 10th! You might recognize The Tenderloins as the four stars of the hit TV show Impractical Jokers where the guys prank strangers and each other through a series of brilliant tests and challenges. Murr dropped by the podcast for a behind the scenes look at one of the most hilarious shows on TV! Murr tells me what kind of pranks the network wouldn’t let them shoot and which shoots went completely wrong! A must listen for any fan of the show but also a fun chat in general between a Syracuse guy and a Georgetown guy where we really break down the ins and outs of a hidden camera show. Follow Murr on twitter @JamesSMurray and as always you can follow me @SHOTOFYAGER
It is always a thrill to talk to the great BILL MAHER who takes the stage at Foxwoods once again on Sunday, May 4th for a fun night of politically infused stand-up. You can catch Bill every Friday night on HBO where he hosts Real Time, combining comedy and satire with serious debates and conversations about politics, current events and social issues joined by his always-interesting panel of guests. Bill joins me for a fun chat about the movie Noah, Stephen Colbert taking over Letterman, where he thinks the missing plane is, what it’s like to own part of the New York Mets and MUCH MUCH MORE! Follow Bill on twitter @BillMaher and get your tickets for next weekend’s show HERE before they’re all gone!
Myles Kennedy has one of the most powerful voices in rock music today. So much so that when it came time for Slash to put together a band to go out on the road with his solo material, Myles was his first call. So much so that when Axl Rose decided to no-show Guns N Roses induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Myles was the first call the band made to fill in for the legendary vocalist on some of the most beloved songs in rock history on the biggest rock stage of them all. And, guess what, Myles did more justice to those songs than Axl could ever do at this current stage of his career. Myles Kennedy is first and foremost the front-man for the hard rock group ALTER BRIDGE, who initially were known by most as “Creed with a different singer” but over the years have made a name for themselves with heart-pounding guitar riffs and the diverse and melodic range in Kennedy’s brilliant voice. Songs like Metalingus (which you might recognize as the entrance theme for popular WWE Superstar Edge) and Find the Real got them off to a hot start as a band years ago but recently their newest album Fortress has reminded everyone that Alter Bridge is not a band to take lightly with songs like Cry of Achilles, the opening track, kicking the ass of anyone who frequents the record. Myles joins me for a chat about their latest record, what it's like filling the shoes of some of the most polarizing figures in rock, splitting time between Alter Bridge and Slash and MUCH MUCH MORE! Follow Myles on twitter @MylesKennedy and Alter Bridge @AlterBridge and be sure to check them out on April 24th live at the Best Buy Theater in NYC!