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XSROCK Interviews

  • Interview With  Steve “Lips” Kudlow From Anvil

    Interview With Steve “Lips” Kudlow From Anvil

    XS ROCK: Hey Lips! Great to talk with you! I was just watching the documentary Anvil: The Story Of Anvil again. I have a lot of respect for you guys and what you’ve gone through for your music. Lips: No problem, man. We should be okay.   XS ROCK: I was also just listening to the new album “Pounding The Pavement” and it’s awesome. I agree with a lot of the reviews that I’ve read. It’s...Read More »
  • XS ROCK Interview With Geoff Tate

    XS ROCK Interview With Geoff Tate

    Geoff Tate seems to be sort of an enigmatic person for a lot of people. Always a bit mysterious and probably often misunderstood. Prior to meeting Geoff for the first time, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I have been a longtime fan of his work, first in Queensryche and now on his own. Geoff has just finished his latest album under the Operation: Mindcrime moniker, The New Reality, which is set for release...Read More »
  • Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

    Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

    Michael Sweet (Stryper) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)  have reunited once again to create Unified, the second album by Sweet & Lynch. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Michael Sweet about the new album, working with George Lynch, life in rock n’ roll and of course….Stryper. I found Michael to be very humble and appreciative for the long career in rock music that he has had to date. Although he...Read More »
  • Interview With Legendary Drummer Carmine Appice

    Interview With Legendary Drummer Carmine Appice

    Carmine Appice is a legend in the world of rock drummers. Over the years he has played with a virtual who’s who list of artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Pink Floyd, Michael Schenker, Jeff Beck and the list goes on. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Carmine about his new project, simply called “Appice” that features not only Carmine, but his brother Vinny as well. ...Read More »
  • Interview With Chris Jericho WWE Superstar & Vocalist For Fozzy

    Interview With Chris Jericho WWE Superstar & Vocalist For Fozzy

    Today I sat down with Chris Jericho. Pro wrestler, rock singer, writer, podcaster and the list goes on and on. Chris is a multi-talented guy and was great to interview. We talked about his latest album, Judas by his band “Fozzy”, which is spectacular, by the way. We also talked about a few heavy subjects like terrorism, politics, religion and world chaos. Check out the interview below as Chris updates XS ROCK on his latest...Read More »
  • XS ROCK Interview With Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali

    XS ROCK Interview With Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali

    XS ROCK: So, Quiet Riot now has James Durbin as lead vocalist. I’ve had a chance to listen to Road Rage and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people. I was surprised that he was able to remind me of Kevin DuBrow‘s sound and style while still sounding like himself. Frankie: Yeah. One of the reasons that I wanted to bring James into the band was that I had to be conscious of...Read More »
  • XS ROCK Interview With Buckcherry Vocalist Josh Todd

    XS ROCK Interview With Buckcherry Vocalist Josh Todd

    Recently, I received an advanced release for Josh Todd & The Conflict’s debut album, “Year Of The Tiger”. Most of you probably know Josh and guitarist Stevie D from the band Buckcherry. Buckcherry is still alive and well, but I’ve got to tell you, Josh Todd & The Conflict are the real deal. This band stretches the boundaries of rock and have created a sound that’s aggressive, energetic, and fresh sounding. I spoke with Josh...Read More »
  • Interview With Warrant’s Robert Mason

    Interview With Warrant’s Robert Mason

    XS ROCK: Hey Robert! It’s a pleasure to talk with you. I’ve been a fan for many years. I want to talk about the new Warrant album in a moment, but first, let’s go back to the beginning for a minute. Tell me about your first major label appearance. Robert: I was signed to a record deal in the late 80’s early 90’s to Epic/Sony. That ended up being one of those things that fell...Read More »
  • Interview With Kobra Paige Of Kobra And The Lotus

    Interview With Kobra Paige Of Kobra And The Lotus

         Without a doubt, one of the best metal bands to hit the scene in the last ten years has to be Kobra and the Lotus. If you’ve never heard them, stop reading this now and go to iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify or the KATL Official site and check them out. I’m positive after hearing them, you’ll want to come back and read this interview, so we’ll wait for you here while you...Read More »
  • Interview With Former Sister Sin Vocalist Liv Jagrell

    Interview With Former Sister Sin Vocalist Liv Jagrell

        In my opinion, one of the best metal bands to come out after the year 2000 had to be Sister Sin. Each album seem to be better than the one before it as the band continued to release quality album after album. But, alas, some things are not meant to last forever and Sister Sin split up after the final album. “Black Lotus” was released. I was really devastated by this news, because...Read More »
  • Interview With Ex-Guns N’ Roses and Art Of Anarchy Guitarist Bumblefoot

    Interview With Ex-Guns N’ Roses and Art Of Anarchy Guitarist Bumblefoot

    Recently, I reviewed the latest album by Art of Anarchy called “The Madness”. Which you can read here.  Needless to say I was blown away by it. When I got the chance to interview guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, I was thrilled. After talking with him, it was easy to see that’s he’s one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He carefully answered every question that I asked, with not only great attention to detail,...Read More »
  • Interview With Alex Grossi From Beautiful Creatures and Quiet Riot

    Interview With Alex Grossi From Beautiful Creatures and Quiet Riot

    Today I had the privilege to sit down and talk with Alex Grossi. Most of you probably know Alex as the guitarist in Quiet Riot. But Alex is quite the journeyman of rock n’ roll and always seems to have a musical project going. Beautiful Creatures also features Alex on guitar along with Joe Leste (Bang Tango) on vocals, Kenny Kweens (Former L.A. Guns), Anthony Focx on guitar, and Timmy Russell on drums. The band have...Read More »
  • Interview With Night Ranger’s Jack Blades

    Interview With Night Ranger’s Jack Blades

    Jack Blades Talks To XS ROCK About New Night Ranger Album, His Career and More… Rewind back to the year 1982. I was in middle school and I had gotten a part time job so that I could buy my first stereo. I picked up the stereo and bought two albums at the same time. One of them was Cheap Trick‘s One On One and the other was Night Ranger‘s debut album, Dawn Patrol. The...Read More »
  • Interview With David Reece

    Interview With David Reece

    XS Rock readers know that I’ve recently been raving about the debut album by Sainted Sinners featuring David Reece (Accept, Bonfire, Bangalore Choir). Well, today I had the chance to talk with him about his new band, his past work and his influences as well as what the future might hold. He’s a really great guy who appreciates his fans and is truly grateful for the opportunities that he has been given to him to...Read More »
  • Interview With Jack Russell

    Interview With Jack Russell

    XS ROCK: So tell me about your great new album “He Saw It Comin”. I just did a review on it recently and in my opinion, it’s some of the best material that you’ve ever done. Does the title reference your exit from Great White several years ago? Jack: No. Actually, when I was six years old, I knew that I wanted to be a rock singer. When I was five, I was really interested in...Read More »
  • Interview With Stephen Pearcy From Ratt

    Interview With Stephen Pearcy From Ratt

    When I was in high school, I had the walls of my room covered with posters and magazine pages from my favorite bands. No one got more space on those walls than my favorite band, Ratt. When “Out Of The Cellar” came out I was simply blown away. Lead singer, Stephen Pearcy was charismatic. The essence of coolness. All of the girls wanted Pearcy and all of the guys wanted to trade places with him...Read More »
  • Udo Dirkschneider Says He Will Never Reunite With Accept

    Udo Dirkschneider Says He Will Never Reunite With Accept

    When it comes to metal’s greatest anthems, Accept’s Balls To The Wall is always listed as one of the top songs. And, with good reason. From the opening chords, you immediately recognize it, your head begins to start rocking in the headbanging motion and your hand can’t help but form in the metal horns position.  The architect of this song and many other great Accept songs in none other than Udo Dirkschneider. I had the...Read More »
  • Interview With Legendary Drummer Deen Castronovo

    Interview With Legendary Drummer Deen Castronovo

    Recently, I had the chance to talk with Deen Castronovo. A man with a music resume’ as long as my arm. You know his work from bands and playing with artists like Bad English, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman,Tony MacAlpine, Wild Dogs, Hardline, G/Z/R, Fear Factory and of course the legendary rock band “Journey”,  with which he performed for 17 years.  Many of you also know that Deen was arrested...Read More »
  • Interview With Keith Douglas From Tora Tora

    Interview With Keith Douglas From Tora Tora

    Today, we’ve got a great interview with Tora Tora‘s guitarist, Keith Douglas. After signing with A&M Records, Tora Tora recorded their debut album Surprise Attack in 1989. Surprise Attack hit Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 47 and featured the great singles “Walkin’ Shoes” and “Guilty.” The band released “Wild America” in 1992 and in recent years have released several great albums with FNA Records. Tora Tora is now playing select festivals and concerts. Keith is an...Read More »
  • Interview With Chris VanDahl, Vocalist For Angels In Vein

    Interview With Chris VanDahl, Vocalist For Angels In Vein

    XSROCK recently posted the announcement of the new band, Angels In Vein, featuring former members of L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and White Lion.  We were immediately bombarded with questions from our readers demanding to know more about this new group. Angels In Vein have generated more buzz in the hard rock and metal scene, than anyone else that we can think of in recent memory. And though they reject the title of “Supergroup”, they are definitely...Read More »
  • Interview With Edge Of Paradise Vocalist, Margarita Monet

    Interview With Edge Of Paradise Vocalist, Margarita Monet

    XSROCK: So what’s the latest with Edge Of Paradise? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Margarita: Thank you for having me! We’ve been busy working on new music and videos, i’m very excited about the new stuff, it’s an evolution in our sound and we can’t wait to share! We’ve recently released a trailer to one of the songs “Shade Of Crazy” to give a sample of what’s to come. We also have...Read More »
  • Interview With Bret Kaiser From Madam X

    Interview With Bret Kaiser From Madam X

    Recently I had the chance to talk with Bret Kaiser, lead vocalist for the legendary band “Madam X”. Their debut album, “We Reserve The Right” was incredible and the stuff that legends are made of. After disbanding, drummer Roxy Petrrucci went on to form the band “Vixen” and the other members carried on with various projects. In 2014, the original lineup of Madam X reformed and now they’re back with a new album in the works and...Read More »
  • Interview with Leather Leone of Chastain

    Interview with Leather Leone of Chastain

    Chastain is the XSROCK Metal Artist Of The Month for November If you haven’t heard their latest album. It’s a must have for all metal fans! Leather Leone, metal vocalist extraordinaire, talked to us about all things Leather and Chastain. XSROCK: Let’s start with the new album, “We Bleed Metal“. We recently reviewed it and our review stated that this is one of if not the best Chastain album so far. Tell me your thoughts...Read More »
  • XSROCK Interview with Tim King of SOiL

    XSROCK Interview with Tim King of SOiL

    XSROCK: What’s going on with SOiL at the moment? Tim King: We are doing a few select shows and then seeing what comes along next year. Looking at some tours and making new music. Adam and I also have a project called INTO THE FIRE we are going to release at some point. It’s me and him along with Bryan Scott (the union underground) and Will Hunt (evanescence). XSROCK: SOiL has been around for a...Read More »
  • Interview with Straight Line Stitch’s Alexis Brown

    Interview with Straight Line Stitch’s Alexis Brown

    XSRock: Tell me about the latest Straight Line Stitch news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Alexis: Currently we are about to wrap up a short run that has ran through the Midwest. We did a festival in Texas & now we are about to embark on a few shows opening up for Soil & then it’s home for the holidays. XSRock: How long has the band been together? Alexis: Straight Line Stitch...Read More »

     Interviews on XSROCK are posted on a regular basis. We believe in getting to know the artists and bands that make the music that you enjoy. We try to keep the interview questions interesting and relevant as well as give the artist the freedom to speak their mind on any subject. We hope you will be able to learn more about these bands and we appreciate it greatly if you share them with others on social media such as Facebook and Twitter . Keep your eyes on this page for new interviews with artists from a variety of rock genres.