Episode 73 – GPS: KISS Landmarks

Episode 73 – GPS: KISS Landmarks

2013 marks the 40th year of existence for Hottest Band in the Land. So, it makes perfect sense for us to use episode 73 (as in, 1973) as a chance to time travel to numerous destinations that played a part in the overall history of KISS. Joining on this global KISS trek is author Chris Epting. Chris is the perfect guest for this conversation as he’s written a number of travel-related books on different eras…

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Episode 68 – Jerry Gaskill

Episode 68 – Jerry Gaskill

Jerry Gaskill, longtime drummer for King’s X, was in Nashville this week to resume his work with friend/producer/collaborator D.a. Karkos of Underdog Studios; work that had started in January of 2012 but was delayed for a few reasons. Jerry and D.a. were both kind enough to sit down with Decibel Geek Podcast host Chris Czynszak to discuss it all. On February 26th Gaskill suffered a massive heart attack and briefly died before being saved via…

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Episode 63 – Jeff Duncan

Episode 63 – Jeff Duncan

When we did our Library of Loud episode in September, our special guest that week was Tales from the Stage author Michael Toney. During that conversation, Michael mentioned that he had recently started managing guitarist Jeff Duncan. Immediately, gears started turning in our heads to get the Odin/Armored Saint/DC4 guitarist on the show. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Toney, we’re able to bring you our conversation with Mr. Duncan this week. Jeff Duncan started playing…

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Episode 62 – Vinnie Vincent Special Part 4

Episode 62 – Vinnie Vincent Special Part 4

After the great response we received from Part 3 of our Vinnie Vincent special with special guest Robert Fleischman, we decided to round things off with Part 4 this week. First up is Chris’ conversation with Hirsh Gardner. Hirsh is most well-known as the drummer for late 70’s band New England. New England’s first album was produced by KISS‘ Paul Stanley and the band opened for KISS on their 1979 Dynasty tour. What many people…

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Episode 61 – Toby Wright

Episode 61 – Toby Wright

Sometimes, things are better the second time around. Such was the case in the circumstances that led up to the making of this episode. Multi-platinum, award-winning producer/engineer Toby Wright has worked on so many amazing landmark rock and metal albums that a cursory glance of his discography is staggering. For Chris & Aaron, Toby literally helped build the soundtrack of their lives. So, it was no surprise that upon learning about his move to Nashville…

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Episode 50 – Bruce Kulick

Episode 50 – Bruce Kulick

This week, the Decibel Geek podcast hits a milestone with Episode 50 and we are thrilled to celebrate it by sharing a recent in-person conversation we had with former KISS and current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick. When Chris was a 12 year old kid, he ventured to a record & comic shop in Nashville to purchase his first KISS albums. Leaving the store that day with cassette copies of Ace Frehley (1978), Dynasty…

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Episode 48 – Whitfield Crane

Episode 48 – Whitfield Crane

It’s no secret to fans of the Decibel Geek Podcast that we, especially Aaron Camaro, have a great affinity for Ugly Kid Joe. Born out of suburbia (ie. Isla Vista, CA) in 1990, Ugly Kid Joe showed up in the middle of a power shift in the rock world with a sound that didn’t fit into the glam rock style that was on its way out nor with the dirge-like sound emanating from the grunge…

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Episode 42 – Vinnie Vincent Special Part 3 – Robert Fleischman

Episode 42 – Vinnie Vincent Special Part 3 – Robert Fleischman

KISSMAS in July hits week three with a bullet with the third installment of our Vinnie Vincent Special. If you are new to the Decibel Geek podcast, then you may not know that 2 of our most popular episodes took place in 2011 when Chris Czynszak (pre-Aaron Camaro), released parts 1 and 2 of the Vinnie Vincent special. The episodes received lots of attention across the web due, in no small part, to the then-recent…

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Episode 40 – Peter Criss Discussion w/Lydia Criss

Episode 40 – Peter Criss Discussion w/Lydia Criss

Welcome to KISSMAS in JULY here at Decibel Geek headquarters! We’re always looking for new excuses to do KISS-themed material and doing a full month of KISS stuff in July just seemed like a logical choice. We kick off the month-o-KISS with an in-depth conversation we recently had with Lydia Criss. Formerly the wife of original KISS catman Peter Criss, Lydia entered the KISS Army’s consciousness in 1976 when she accepted the award for ‘Beth’…

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Episode 36 – M&M with Bill Hale

Episode 36 – M&M with Bill Hale

While we don’t typically delve deep into thrash territory on the Decibel Geek podcast, 2 bands that came out of California in the early to mid 1980’s (one formed out of necessity to battle it out with the other), are truly a part of rock royalty and are the subject of our interview/discussion this week. Metallica’s 1981 lineup that included James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was a true force…

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