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Ugly Kid Joe


Whitfield Crane has had an interesting career in music that goes far beyond his work as the lead singer of the sarcastic ’90s metalheads Ugly Kid Joe. Crane also spent time with Life of Agony and Medication (a collaboration with Logan Mader from Soulfly) and Another Animal.

But these days, he’s back with Ugly Kid Joe and the band has a new EP called Stairway to Hell that rocks every inch of that downward heavy metal staircase.

Whit was our guest this past weekend on the Hangar and you can hear the complete unedited interview now on the Hangar 19 podcast.


Ricky+Warwick+Thin+Lizzy+Concert+cdwRtTon57ylHave you ever had a moment where you’re listening to a band you like and decide to dig a little further into their career only to find a band that you used to love but forgot all about? That’s exactly what happened when I sat down to interview Ricky Warwick. For the last few years he’s been the lead singer of Thin Lizzy, and to be honest that’s all I really knew of the guy. So when I got ready for our conversation about Thin Lizzy and the new off shoot band Black Star Riders I started to dig into his history and found his first major band The Almighty. Now when I was a teen I got hardcore into music specifically metal, punk, and garage/stoner rock. I used to dig through cassettes (later CD’s) at the record store and remember coming across this band. There was a skull on the cover and they were from the U.K. That’s the only convincing I needed. I listened to Soul Destruction over and over again, but lost touch with the band as they never broke in the U.S. Flash forward 25 years and I’m interviewing the lead singer. Weird how that happens.


n0506zetro1There was something in the water in the early 80′s in the San Francisco area. This is where thrash metal was born and at the forefront was the band Exodus. At the time of the most sought after singers was Steve Souza who before joining Exodus in 1986 was in a little known band called The Legacy. If you know your metal history well you know that The Legacy would later change their name to Testament and hire one of Zetro’s best friends Chuck Billy. The rest is history. Zetro has a great metal story to tell and you can listen to all of it now.


Morgan+RoseMorgan Rose and John Connolly started playing in bands together in the early 90′s and by the end of the decade they were rock stars with the band Sevendust. Although Sevendust has been a band for nearly 20 years and at this point are becoming a classic metal band in their own right, Morgan has a lot of great stories about all of our idols like Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue and more. He also explains the “stupid and immature” fight between him and Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber and Devildriver. Enjoy a conversation between two old friends talking about metal and the community that resides within it.


Peter_Rodney_Byford_(aka_Biff_Byford)-14339It started in 1979 with their self-titled debut, a record that helped change the face of metal before it even knew it needed to be changed. Saxon is one of the originals  a New Wave of British Heavy Metal legend. Biff Byford the lead singer and founding member of the band joined us to talk about being in a band this long and what it’s like putting out over 20 albums in their lifetime.