PLAYLIST – Nov. 9 – Nov. 15, 2009

November 16th, 2009

PLAYLIST November 09, 2009 – November 15, 2009

  • QUIET RIOT   Party All Night
  • KISS   Calling Dr. Love
  • JACKYL   I Stand Alone
  • GUNS N’ ROSES   My Michelle
  • BON JOVI   Let It Rock
  • DIO   Dream Evil
  • BATON ROUGE   Slave To The Rhythm
  • SCORPIONS   Still Loving You (live)
  • EXTREME   Decadence Dance
  • L.A. GUNS   I Wanna Be Your Man
  • AEROSMITH   Sweet Emotion
  • BLACK SABBATH   Iron Man
  • QUEEN   We Will Rock You
  • LITA FORD   Kiss Me Deadly
  • ACE FREHLEY   Into The Night
  • TWISTED SISTER   The Price
  • GREAT WHITE   Once Bitten Twice Shy
  • ANGEL   Tower
  • VAN HALEN   Cabo Wabo
  • CINDERELLA   The Last Mile
  • CINDERELLA   Shelter Me
  • EZO   Flashback Heart Attack
  • DEF LEPPARD   Love Bites
  • METALLICA   Seek and Destroy
  • RATT   Round And Round
  • TRIUMPH   When The Lights Go Down
  • ALDO NOVA   Fantasy
  • TESLA   Rock The Nation
  • Dee!

    One of the first shows I ever saw live was Metallica in a small club in Southern California where I grew up. I’ll never forget standing there as all hell broke loose – I’d never seen a mosh pit, I couldn’t figure out why a whirlpool of flesh was rotating like a tornado in front of the stage…every so often I’d see arms and legs flying around, but most of the time, it was just an angry ball of dudes and hair…I didn’t get too close. Think you could you play some early Metallica for me? Thanks!
    –Jessica in Cleveland listening to WMMS

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What’s New – Week of Nov. 16, 2009

November 16th, 2009

Grrrreetings, old school, heavy metal kids! Are you ready for some real-deal head banging with the House Of Hair? Well, I am!

Do you know what goes best with turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? A heaping plate of steaming metal! Yum! This week, I’ll be serving up Judas Priest, Pantera, Twisted Sister and more, plus I’ll have some cool giveaways to ease the strain on your holiday wallet. You like the Crue? We got it. You like good metal art for your walls? We got it! You like to trick out your car or truck? We got that covered too! You gotta love it! So be sure to tune in for this week’s House Of Hair, ‘bangers! I’ll give you something to gobble gobble about!

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Artistpr Announces Support of Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

November 14th, 2009

Throughout his 25-year career, Jon Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums, packed concert arenas in over 50 countries, participated in countless charity projects, and touched the lives of millions-including John Mahoney, founder and CEO of Hollywood, CA-based music promotion company In fact, John Mahoney was first inspired to get into the music business when he saw Jon Bon Jovi in concert back in 1988 at the age of 15. Now, Mahoney is urging members to follow his lead and donate to Bon Jovi’s groundbreaking charitable foundation, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. In addition, with the release of Bon Jovi’s new documentary When We Were Beautiful as well as the much-anticipated release of Bon Jovi’s new album The Circle, Mahoney is taking the opportunity to share his great enthusiasm and respect for this musician with the thousands of musical artists who use’s promotional services.

342 provides both up-and-coming and established artists in all musical genres with promotional services including media exposure in print, online and via radio, access to record labels, A&R reps and other industry contacts, TV and film licensing opportunities, and invaluable guidance in navigating the cutthroat music business. Founder John Mahoney, who’s worked at major labels Columbia, Epic and Arista and as part owner of 4:20 Records, is encouraging all his clients to view When We Were Beautiful and learn from Bon Jovi’s success as a musician and a businessman. As Mahoney says, “Bon Jovi’s incredible drive, work ethic and ability to market himself is a business model everyone can learn from, whether they’re in the music business or any business.”


The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness and helping every human “Soul” realize his or her potential, grew out of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League launched in 2004 by co-owners Jon Bon Jovi and Craig A. Spencer. From the beginning, Bon Jovi and Spencer were determined to create a new kind of sports franchise, one that would work for positive change throughout the greater Philadelphia community.. To that end, Soul representatives volunteered at Philadelphia-area non-profit organizations, community gatherings, schools and hospitals, and the team raised more than $200,000 to help local charities and non-profits. In 2006, the Soul team expanded their efforts by creating the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, which allowed them to work on a national and international level while remaining committed to changing lives “One Soul at a Time.” In 2009, the organization underwent a name change and became the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, while continuing to focus on helping individuals in economic crisis through social services, job training, housing and community enrichment programs. The foundation has worked to construct affordable housing in locations ranging from Brooklyn, Colorado, Detroit and Louisiana all the way to South Africa.. Recently, the Soul Foundation has undertaken several projects in Jon Bon Jovi’s home state of New Jersey, building a new playground and funding a vacant lot stabilization program in Camden, NJ. In addition, Bon Jovi was a keynote speaker at the United Nations’ World Habitat Day on October 5, 2009, where he spoke about the importance of affordable housing and improving urban planning.

As Bon Jovi’s extensive charity work indicates, when this musician sets his mind to something, he goes all the way. Of course, to his many fans, that’s old news: Bon Jovi achieved the incredible success he has today by continually releasing quality albums and touring relentlessly over more than two decades. Over his 25-year career, Bon Jovi’s albums and singles have consistently ranked high on the Billboard charts, many reaching number one. Bon Jovi and his band have also managed to perform over 3000 concerts for over 32 million fans worldwide. And Bon Jovi’s 2007 release, Lost Highway, proved the band remains as popular as ever: both the album and the accompanying U.S. tour hit number one in Billboard magazine. Showtime’s new documentary, When We Were Beautiful, chronicles the Lost Highway tour while searching out the secrets behind Bon Jovi’s incredibly long-running success. Director Phil Griffin intersperses intimate band member interviews with scenes of the band on tour, revealing how the band’s made it through difficult times with the help of Bon Jovi’s strong yet compassionate leadership. The documentary doesn’t sugarcoat the reality of life on tour, making it clear touring’s not a vacation, it’s hard work-work that Bon Jovi and his band continue to perform for the sake of their millions of fans.

When We Were Beautiful premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in April and was broadcast on Showtime TV on October 24th, 2009. You can watch excerpts from the documentary and see a schedule of future broadcasts at And don’t forget to check out the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation at, where you can learn more about this incredible organization and donate online. As Jon Bon Jovi himself says, “you can’t always just take, you gotta give.” That’s a message John Mahoney hopes to share with the many young artists he works with at “Bon Jovi showed me what it takes to succeed in this business,” Mahoney says, “and I know he can inspire a whole new generation of artists.”

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Win a Copy of The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists!

November 9th, 2009


Congrats to the following winners!

Each of the following listeners have scored a copy of The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists. In addition, the first five also won hand screened, signed, limited edition prints of Dee Snider at the PMRC hearings (as seen in the book).


Hanson Dardar – Houma, LA KXOR 106.3
Daniel DeRouchey – Livingston, LA WKBU 95.7 The Bayou
Dennis Goebel – East Grand Rapids, MI online listener
Casey Perkins – Machesney Park, IL WKGL 96.7 The Eagle
Ron Phillips – Taylor, MI WIOT 104.7

Book Winners
Jeff Anderson – Hartford, WI WHQG 102.9 The Hog
Mark Badger – Queen Creek, AZ KDKB 93.3
JB Boyette – Panama City, FL WRBA 95.9 The Arrow
Tom Cowan – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada CIRK 97.3 K-97
Scott Crouch – Indianapolis, IN WFBQ Q-95
Carla Cui – Toronto, Ontario, Canada CJTN 107.1 Rock 107
Tony Delreal – Oxford, MI WRIF 101.1
Ronnie Edwards – Rochester, NY WBZA 98.9 The Buzz
Arthur Heath – Fisk, MO KJEZ Z-95 The Bone
Shane Hiniuk – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada CIRK 97.3 K-97
Brendon Holck – Wheaton, MD WIYY 97.9 98-Rock
Kye Jones – Nashville, TN WRQQ 97.1
Lisa Kaltenborn – Springfild, MO KXUS 97.3 US-97
Brianna Kelley – Monroeville, AL WTKX 101.5 TK-101
Terri Michaud – Maryville, TN WQUT 101.5
Paul Moreno – Gallup, NM KFMQ Rock 106.1
Ken Mullet – Alma, MI WKQZ 93.3 Z-93 Rock
Ron Ross – Gladwin, MI WKQZ 93.3 Z-93 Rock
Rick Rupinski – Clinton Twp., MI WRIF 101.1
Dennis Simpson – Fayetteville, TN WTAK 106.1
Charles Spinola – Beacon, NY WPDH 101.5
Gregg Takacs – Norwalk, CT WRKI 95.1 I-95
Lisa Tomecek-Bias – San Marcos, TX KBRQ 102.5 The Bear
Mitchel Weinmann – Atchison, KS KQRC 98.9 The Rock
Paul Zarchin – Tempe, AZ KDKB 93.3

Prizes should arrive within 3 weeks of posted winner names.

HOH Skully Thanks to ALL the HOH and Metal Fans who entered the contest!
- Dee and the House of Hair Team!


Here’s one to add to your rock n’ roll library: The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists! Compiled of 130 metal lists, the book is a not only a great informative read, but includes drawings from famed illustrator Cliff Mott. This is part rock encyclopedia, part barroom trivia contest and all cool contributors, including Motorhead, Guns N’ Roses, and tons more.

ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form

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What do you win?

30 Winners each get:

(1) copy of “The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists” book.

Five Grand Prize Winners gets:

A hand screened, limited edition print of Dee Snider at the PMRC hearings signed by Dee and the artist Cliff Mott.

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Fill in the Entry Form. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY, please. Incomplete entries will be tossed out – all address fields, station (or how you heard about the contest) field, and name fields must be 100% complete!

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Contest Start Date: Monday, November 9, 2009

Contest End Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at midnight

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PLAYLIST – Nov. 2 – Nov. 8, 2009

November 9th, 2009

PLAYLISTNovember 02, 2009 – November 08, 2009

  • JUDAS PRIEST   Riding On The Wind
  • OZZY OSBOURNE   Mama, I’m Coming Home
  • FASTWAY   Say What You Will
  • BULLETBOYS   Smooth Up In Ya
  • DEEP PURPLE   Knocking On Your Back Door
  • BANG TANGO   Someone Like You
  • ARMORED SAINT   Reign of Fire
  • DAMN YANKEES   Coming of Age
  • DOKKEN   Just Got Lucky
  • IRON MAIDEN   Can I Play With Madness
  • GUNS N’ ROSES   Welcome To The Jungle
  • AC/DC    Back In Black
  • LED ZEPPELIN   Whole Lotta Love
  • POISON   I Want Action
  • BRUCE DICKINSON   Tattooed Millionaire
  • MSG   Save Yourself
  • GARY MOORE   Out In The Fields
  • MOTLEY CRUE   Looks That Kill
  • QUEENSRYCHE   Anybody Listening
  • TED NUGENT   Paralyzed
  • TED NUGENT   Journey To The Center of the Mind
  • DANGER DANGER   Naughty Naughty
  • KIX   Cold Blood
  • ALICE COOPER   Under My Wheels
  • BLACK N’ BLUE   Miss Mystery
  • DANZIG   Dirty Black Summer
  • DAVID LEE ROTH   Just Like Paradise
  • LYNCH MOB   Dream Until Tomorrow
  • MEGADETH   Hangar 18
  • Hey, Dee…
    I’m a long distance truck driver and I was working all through Halloween. The crappy part of that is I didn’t get to deck out my porch in scary decorations – I usually dress up as Captain Howdy from Strangeland and scare the living hell outta the neighborhood kids (they love it…I think). Anyway, I heard a lot of Alice Cooper on the radio over Halloween weekend and it made me remember how much I freakin’ dig that band. Any chance you could put on something OTHER than stuff like “Welcome To My Nightmare” that I haven’t heard like I did 20 times last Saturday? That’d be cool. Oh, yeah – what’s up with Strangeland II? Is it coming out next year? Thanks, Dee.

    –Cameron in Detroit listening to WRIF

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What’s New – Week of Nov. 9, 2009

November 9th, 2009

Look, here’s the deal: old school, heavy metal is simply the best damn form of music ever to tear outta your speakers and sock you in the eye—and you know it!

The House Of Hair is shredding your way this week with Metallica, Dio, Quiet Riot and a bunch more. In my “free” pile, I’ve got a cool new heavy metal book release, plus some HOH gear for your car or truck…and a whole wad of your requests. What more could a ‘banger ask for? Some cash, perhaps? Well, that ain’t happenin’! So take a deep breath because the House Of Hair is comin’ tuh gitcha!

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Watch the new Halford video “Get Into The Spirit”

November 4th, 2009

Watch the new Halford video “Get Into The Spirit” from “Halford III – Winter Songs” exclusively at

Order “Halford III – Winter Songs” from and receive a free “radio promo” cd while supplies last.


Halford III – Winter Songs
10 New Songs
Custom DigiPak
24 Page Booklet

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SHIPROCKED! A Rockin’ Last Minute Deal!

November 4th, 2009

A Rockin’ Last Minute Deal!

As we approach the departure date for ShipRocked, we’re down to literally a handful of cabins. And we do mean handful… as in, you can count them on one hand… and by the time you get this, one hand throwin up horns.

But our little good time rock and roll cruise only takes up half the ship. MSC Cruises has been working hard to fill their half of the ship as well, and they have just come to us with an amazing last minute deal! MSC is offering us one dozen of their cabins at ridiculously low rates, so that we can pass along the savings to you!

So, if you have any friends or family that were hoping to go on the cruise but couldn’t afford it before, or if you want to buy that special someone an early Christmas present, or if you’ve got 4 people crammed into your cabin and just want to get another one for the extra leg room, now is the time!

Through November 13th, all CURRENTLY BOOKED ShipRocked passengers who call 877-855-5502 to make a new reservation on behalf of their friends/family, or to purchase an additional cabin, can take advantage of these amazing rates!
Interior: $549
Ocean View: $649
Std. Balcony: $849
Lg. Balcony: $999

IMPORTANT: Cabins must be paid in full within 24 hours of the reservation. This offer is not available to new customers… only to our loyal passengers who CURRENTLY have a cabin booked!

If you’re making a reservation for friends/family, you are not required to make their payment for them. Simply give the agent their contact information so that we can coordinate and finalize the booking.

If you’re converting a four-passenger booking into a two-cabin booking, only the difference in cruise fares will apply.

Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Add $196 per passenger for additional taxes and fees.

Offer subject to change or end without notice.

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Interview: Lita Ford and Jim Gillette for House of Hair Online

November 4th, 2009

Lita Ford and Jim Gillette for House of Hair Online

By Ray Van Horn, Jr.

HOH: This is great stuff having the two of you together on Wicked Wonderland. Naturally everyone knows you two have been married for quite some time, but it’s a bit special to see you working synonymously on this record.

JG: We did all of this and we had no idea what’s going on in America. We’ve been on a damn island for so long! (laughs) We just wrote from the heart, man. We couldn’t tell you what’s popular, what’s the flavor of the month, what’s doing good now. We have no freaking idea! It’s pretty cool because we sort of explored it when we started writing. When you’re creative people and you don’t do something that you love for 15 years, boom, something just comes out like a hurricane, I guess. Man, we wrote a lot of songs; we wrote about 25 songs!

HOH: Then I’d say you probably have a nice chunk of material for another album!

JG: You know what? We won’t use it! (laughs) We’ll start all over again. If it wasn’t good enough for this album, then we won’t use it for another one. Or we might revisit it and re-tweak it, you know? Out of ten songs we’ll probably have seven or eight half-songs.

HOH: Well, that’s interesting because both Lita’s past work and what you did with Nitro and Tuff, none of it creeps into Wicked Wonderland. This album really is a fresh, clean slate!

JG: It is and it isn’t. Obviously it came from us, so there has to be some of that in there, but you’re right, it is like a clean slate. We mainly sat there and wrote from the heart; that’s all I can say. The lyrics for both of us are very personal. It’s kind of weird; we actually had to talk about it and whether we really wanted to let people know what our love life was all about. A lot of this album is about us! It’s about our love, our sex, our chemistry. Sex is a huge part of our marriage. I think if it was to more married couples, there’d be a lot less divorces! (laughs) What do you think?

HOH: (laughs) I can’t argue with that, brother! Apply that theory to politicians and we’d have fewer wars!

JG: I’ve got buddies who cheat on their wives and they end up getting divorced and they’ll tell me, ‘Yeah, she didn’t want to do this or that,’ you know, the wacky sex stuff. Here these guys are embarrassed to ask their wives to do freaky stuff! What are you, nuts? You marry the girl, you have kids with her, you sleep next to her every day and you’re afraid to tell her you like to be spanked or anything weird? They’ll hook up with someone they don’t know for a one-night-stand and ask the girl to bark like a dog, but they won’t ask their wives to do that? That’s insane to me! Why’s it okay to find that with someone else but not your wife? I just don’t get it, man.

HOH: Well,to my ears Wicked Wonderland is essentially your Eyes Wide Shut moment on album where you make your sexual encounters with one another widely public. You guys just put it all out there…

JG: But this is real life! (laughs) This ain’t a trip, you know? The big decision was ‘Hey, do we put this out there?’ Hell yeah! This is us, this is who we are and maybe somebody’ll get a little freaky with their husband or wife because of this and maybe it’ll save a damn marriage!

HOH: I understand this album is catching on with the bondage underground…

JG: Well, if it does, we’re happy, because we’re a part of it, you know? I mean, we don’t frequent the clubs or gatherings in that kind of subculture, but I think we’re the first rock ‘n roll couple to ever be endorsed by a bondage company! (laughs) How cool is that, man? We’re endorsed by and they have the coolest adult toys and clothes. Man, it’s awesome! Our bedroom looks like a freaking factory! (laughs) We wear some of that stuff onstage. Did you see the video for “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” from A Twisted Christmas?

HOH: You bet.

JG: You know that suit Lita’s wearing that looks like freaking spray paint? That’s from Stockroom, and then we’ve got something called The Slave Harness with the black straps. It’s pretty wicked, all that stuff.

HOH: So you guys literally have a playground!

JG: (laughs) Yes, literally, we do!

LF: Stockroom has beautiful stuff! It’s nice stuff to use with your girlfriend or wife or your lover; it’s wonderful stuff. Even my 12-year-old wears the bracelets! They’re big, hunky leather bracelets, so there’s something for everybody in there. Beautiful clothes, silky and sexy; really nice stuff.

HOH: When you two were going through the process of writing Wicked Wonderland, was there anything that got pushed too far in your minds?

JG: No, no, not really. In the beginning we were wondering if that was so, but we had a talk and once we decided we were cool with putting it all out, there was no turning back. What else is there? We’ve got two rules: no animals and no other people! (laughs) If it doesn’t involve anybody but us and if it doesn’t hurt anybody, we’re good.

LF: You know when you start talking about barnyard animals, it’s time to turn it over to Lita! (laughs)

HOH: (laughs) Jim with the quick bailout! How’ve you been, lady? Great to have you back on the scene!

LF: I miss you guys! I miss everybody! I’m so excited to get out there and rock.

HOH: So fill in the gaps behind Jim; what’s been happening all these years? We know the basics: you two moved to the Caribbean, you’re raising your family and obviously you’re having a lot of sex!

LF: Yeah! We just wrote this wonderful album, we’re going out and doing some shows with Queensryche, who is an awesome band! We’re featured on an X-Box game coming out and I’m the voice of the queen…how awesome! We have Jack Black in it, Rob Halford, Lemmy, Ozzy, a whole bunch of rock ‘n roll tunes, about 100 tunes, something insane like that. It’s really going to be their largest-selling game of the year, so check it out! If you go on Brutal, we have one of our songs from Wicked Wonderland, “Betrayal” there. So it’s like Lita year, man! Everything is happening! We’ve got a comic book coming out with our kids beating up zombies, but that’s nothing new since they do that every day! We’ve got all kinds of goodies coming this year.

HOH: Let’s go back to the early eighties for just a moment before you released Out for Blood. What was circulating through your mind in preparation of your solo career?

LF: Well, I did the Runaways of course from 1975 to 1980, and then my first solo project. I went out as myself with a bass player and drummer. I really wanted to get the point across that I was a guitar player and yes, I am female, yes, I’m into hard rock. You know, people looked at us onstage and the band’s jamming, then the solo comes up…all the cameras go on the guy! It’s like, wait a minute! He’s not playing the solo, you moron! I am! So I really wanted to come up with a way to get the point across I’m a guitar player and the only way to do that was to just go solo. It’s like Hendrix; Jimi Hendrix is my idol.

HOH: You had a short gap of time between Dancin’ On the Edge before you broke out with the Lita album. I’m sure you went through a bit of a mental challenge between records. What do you remember being your biggest motivating factor back then, considering Lita went on to enjoy huge success?

LF: Finding the right management, the right record producer, the right songs, you know, being in the right place at the right time. At that point in time in the music industry, you really had to be. It wasn’t like I had my own record company! It was pretty much unheard of back then. You had to get everything approved through the label and back then it was like, ‘Can we use this record producer?’ ‘What do you think about Lita’s makeup?’ ‘What do you think about Lita’s nail polish?’ right down to stupid stuff like that. That’s where I was at with them. To be able to get the label on your side meant you weren’t going to get shelved, that your album was going to get some credibility, that somebody was going to help push you. Otherwise you get shelved if they don’t like you or if they don’t know what to do with you…and that happens all the time, them not knowing what to do with you. Why? Because you’re a chick and you’re singing heavy metal and you’re playing guitar… ‘What do we do with you?’ Then there was the thing with censoring the music; don’t say this, don’t talk about that. I was like, ‘Goddamn, what the hell do you want from me?’ That was a battle! Then I got lucky because I got Sharon Osbourne and I got Mike Chapman, one of the greatest record producers and songwriters ever. Sharon Osbourne just kicked butt! I really nailed it with them helping me out, and the record label was so excited, so I had everybody on my team.

HOH: You know, Lita was a good-time record for a good-time year in 1988. For you, I’m sure it was a little Dickensian with a lot of great times and perhaps some not-so-great times during that period. What was it like?

LF: Yeah, I did go through a lot during that time. Things were right and things weren’t quite right. I had a lot going on in my life, but I think musically I had a lot of great success with that album. I think today, other than Wicked Wonderland, it really remains my favorite album. I’m very happy with Wicked Wonderland; it really kicks butt! Lita also kicks butt for that time. You know, my father died during that time, but at the same time I had a gold and platinum-selling album. I had something really great going on and something really messed up going on, but now for some reason, thank God I’ve got all of my eggs in a row here. Nobody’s sick, everybody’s healthy, everybody’s happy and everything’s going good for me. I’m really excited to get out there and tour!

HOH: If you don’t mind my saying, Wicked Wonderland is one of the most sexed-up albums I’ve heard all year and we’re still waiting for the new Genitorturers album to drop! Life is good in the Caribbean, eh?

LF: Oh, yeah! Life is great in the Caribbean. It’s not for everybody, but we enjoy our privacy. We like to run around with no clothes on…

JG: That’s what I’m talking about!

LF: (laughs) As a matter of fact, my first son Rocco didn’t wear his first socks until he was two! He screamed whole bloody murder when I had to put a sock on him. We came back to the United States and it was winter, so I had to get him some socks and shoes. In the Caribbean, it’s hot all year round so you hardly need to get dressed, but I put a sock on him and he was freaking out screaming, ‘Get it off, Mom! Get it ooooooooffff!” I was like, ‘Rocco, it’s a sock, for God’s sake! You’re gonna survive it!’ God bless him, I love him! Kids are great; kids rule! They rock the world. I have a wacky family; we need to do a reality show!

HOH: What do the boys think finally getting to see their parents in action onstage?

LF: Oh, they’re really excited! They love it. How cool is it for my kids to be traveling cross-country or looking out of the plane and seeing the tips of the Swiss Alps? Flying overseas…it’s something money just can’t buy. I remember when I was in school I was really bad at history and geography; I hated it! I sucked at it; I got D’s and I was begging my teacher not to give me an F, for God’s sake! I kind of wormed my way through those, but I really showed my colors and I graduated from school and was able to go out and tour. To see these countries in person and meet the people, see their cultures, learn about their money, the way they drive, the things they eat, the things they wear, it’s all very interesting! For my kids, it’s saved me a lot of home school! They actually get to go there and see these things themselves and I think it’s a wonderful life experience.

HOH: There’s a very unique balance in having you and Jim work together on Wicked Wonderland. You get to really amp up and turn your guitars loose without anyone really pressing a thumb down on you, while Jim doesn’t have to necessarily hit the highest octaves as he was well-known for in the eighties. A lot of the songs are playful and sexual like “Bed,” “Crave,” “Inside” and “Scream for Me.” On the other end of the spectrum, you have that serious love letter between you and Jim with “Sacred.” When going through the playbacks of these songs together, tell us what that experience was like…

LF: We had a good time making the record. I can’t wait to make the next one. We would mess around with each other; you can hear us moaning and groaning on a few songs if you listen carefully! We’ll be talking to each other and then you’ll hear some music. We were able to record when we felt like recording, not because we had studio time booked or anything like that. We just did it when we felt the mood was right or when we got an idea. It would be like, ‘Oh, I know how that should go! Let’s go the studio right now!’ and we’d run out to the studio and record it. So that was really nice. Then we had Greg Hampton from California, who was one of our producers,on drums, so it was just the three of us. He would lay down the drum tracks and zap it over to us through email. Having Pro Tools is nice to be able to do that so quickly. It really got finished quickly; it was easy and it was a lot of fun. It was very sensual at the same time, as well as us just having a good ol’ time. Jim had a good bit to do with the album’s recording…

JG: For us, this was honestly the only way Wicked Wonderland would’ve happened. Technology where it was at 20 years ago, we would’ve had to have gone into a big studio and we just never would’ve done it. We’ve kind of been able to ease back into this because we were such a family unit. We don’t go anywhere without the kids and they’re a part of everything. They’re with us all the time. I mean, how do you keep a couple of maniacs like our kids locked up in a studio for 12 hours a day? We’ve got an octagon in our house! They’d work out, they’d be training and watching movies, get on their computers and finishtheir homework, all right next to us in and out of the room where we’d record. They’re right next to us, you know? They’d be playing and going nuts on their video games, pinball machines, monkey bars and rock walls. It’s a good environment, you know? They couldn’t have been locked in a studio. Doing it at home kind of kept it to what we’re used to. No pressure, no stress. When you go into those big studios, they’re two grand a day, or at least back in the day they were; it’s probably not that way today since so many people have home studios. Back in the day they cost two thousand bucks a day and you’d lock the kids out! What would happen was, if you were sick, too bad, buddy! If you’re not in there to record, you’re losing two grand! So a lot of your performances weren’t as good as they would’ve been.

At the house we’d record when we felt good and if we didn’t feel good or if we didn’t feel the mood was right, we wouldn’t. Sometimes you’re just not feeling it, so we’d be like ‘Screw it, we’ll work on it tomorrow!’ and it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re going to lose $2000.00!’ It was cool. I was the engineer over here, so it’s just me and Lita. Especially when your songs are like these, it makes things more convenient! (laughs) She’d wonder why it was so hot in there! (laughs)

HOH: No urban myths with you guys similar to the reported Axl Rose show on “Rocket Queen,” if you get me…

JG: (laughs) No, this is the real thing, buddy! In the song “Indulge,” you’ll have to listen really carefully (laughs) and you’ll hear some actual stuff going on there! In the breakdown section of the song, we didn’t exactly turn it down! Plus, we’ve got the “real sex” version, as we call it! In a little while, we’ll probably stream it on the website for a couple of days and then yank it, but it’s just filthy! (laughs)

HOH: It sounds like you both had so much fun doing Wicked Wonderland, but can you pick one standout song overtop the others?

JG: Each song has its own life, you know? “Sacred” is very special to us. I actually wrote that for Lita and she got to sing it to me, so that’s pretty cool. That’s a very special song to us, but it’s also a very different animal than say, “Crave” or “Patriotic” or “Scream.” It’s way to the left while most of them are way to the right because we weren’t worried about time and because we didn’t have a producer reigning over us.

LF: The whole album ties in together. It’s not like one song or one part of the movie; it’s the whole thing together. It’s our own wicked wonderland.


PLAYLIST – Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, 2009

November 2nd, 2009

PLAYLIST October 26, 2009 – November 01, 2009

  • WINGER   Madalaine
  • SAXON   Denim And Leather
  • AXE   Rock N’ Roll Party (In The Streets)
  • WARRANT   I Saw Red
  • RATT   Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job
  • SAGA   On The Loose
  • BLACK SABBATH   Heaven And Hell
  • VIXEN   Edge of a Broken Heart
  • SHARK ISLAND   Paris Calling
  • CINDERELLA   Somebody Save Me
  • 3rd DEE-GREE
  • KISS   Uh! All Night
  • AEROSMITH   Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
  • BON JOVI   Bad Medicine
  • SCORPIONS   Lovedrive
  • TRIUMPH   A World of Fantasy
  • SKID ROW   18 And Life
  • Y & T   Contagious
  • TWISTED SISTER   Under The Blade
  • DANGEROUS TOYS   Gimme No Lip
  • ENUFF Z’NUFF   New Thing
  • TESLA   Modern Day Cowboy
  • TESLA   Signs
  • WHITESNAKE   Now You’re Gone
  • SLAUGHTER   Reach For The Sky
  • SALTY DOG   Come Along
  • BONHAM   Wait For You
  • LITA FORD   Gotta Let Go
  • DEF LEPPARD   Foolin
  • AC/DC    For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
  • I’ve been a metal fan for several years now. I grew up listening to Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Black Sabbath and, of course, Twisted Sister. So please play Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” and by the way you are great, Dee Snider!

    –Princeton in Pierceland listening to Edmonton K Rock 97.3

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What’s New – Week of Nov. 2, 2009

November 2nd, 2009

Headbangers! your old school heavy metal dreams are comin’ true!

I know you’ve been working like a dog, paying the bills, and maybe metal’s the only thing that’s getting you through the day! Well, fear not, cuz I’ve got metal riffs so hot you’ll forget about all of your financial troubles. I’ve also got tons of your requests and a giveaway to trick out your car HOH-style. Judas Priest, Lynch Mob, Megadeth and more are ready to go so you don’t wanna miss it! See you in my house – the House of Hair!!

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