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INTERVIEW: ZAKK WYLDE OF BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

ZakkWyldeZakk Wylde and I get to talk on average once a year. He is one of my favorite people in heavy metal and hard rock which is amazing because he is also one of the most influential guitar players that exist. After spending almost 20 years playing guitar for Ozzy and then putting together the band Black Label Society in the late 90′s he never stops. BLS’s new album Catacombs of the Black Vatican comes out April 8th and it’s exactly what you would expect, killer riffs and amazing guitar solos, but the songwriting has seemingly been picked up a notch and Zakk’s vocals have never sounded better. It’s another conversation with Zakk Wylde on the Hangar 19 Podcast.

INTERVIEW: ART ALEXAKIS OF EVERCLEAR

art1-small-squareArt didn’t step inside the Hangar to talk about his gigantic alternative rock band Everclear. He stepped foot inside the Hangar to man up and talk some old school metal, and does he. Bands discussed Judas Priest, Rush, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, UFO and there’s even mention of Lamb of God. Art knows his stuff plus he’s a great dude. Enjoy what ends up being a conversation between two old school metal heads on the Hangar 19 Podcast.

INTERVIEW: JASON BIELER

JasonBeilerJason is the guitarist of a heavy band that was never given the credit of being a heavy band. Saigon Kick had a gigantic hit with the ballad “Love is on the Way” from their 1992 album The Lizard. After that the success could never be duplicated and the band was no more by the end of the decade. He took his experience and along with his brother Aaron started the record label Bieler Bros. Records. A couple of years ago Saigon Kick reunited and have been playing gigs here and there ever since. Jason brings us on his life journey from Saigon Kick to record label mogul on the latest Hangar 19 Podcast edition.

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL SCHENKER

Cover Schenker (Bridge The Gap) SoloMichael Schenker is one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, and in the hard rock/metal world he’s probably top 10. He started in the early 70′s in The Scorpions, went on to join UFO, then left UFO to join The Scorpions again before finally going solo in 1980. With a new album out Bridge The Gap plus last year’s concert film Temple of Rock with one of the most amazing band lineups of his career consisting of ex-Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards). If you don’t know Herman and Francis played with Michael on The Scorpions Lovedrive album. Here’s a pretty in depth and inspiring conversations with one of the greatest guitarists to plug into an amp. It’s Michael Schenker on the Hangar 19 Podcast.

INTERVIEW: BOB KULICK

Here’s what Bob Kulick’s biography says at Allmusic.com

If there was a “fifth member of Kiss” award to be handed out, guitarist Bob Kulick would probably be the front-running recipient. Not only was he in the running to become the original lead guitarist for Kiss, but he has played (uncredited) on several Kiss releases over the years, and even eventually helped recruit his younger brother, Bruce Kulick, into the Kissfold.

BobKulick(Photo courtesy of Bob Kulick)

Not to mention has become a pretty good record producer, a sought after studio muscian, and even was a member of WASP for a breif period of time playing on their Headless Children album. In time for Christmas he just put out a new Christmas song with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and was the producer on We Wish You a Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year. Then there’s the fact that his latest projects was paying tribute to Michael Jackson by having a bunch of metal musicians cover his songs.

It’s Bob Kulick on the Hangar 19 Podcast