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Artie Lange’s “The Stench of Failure” Stand-Up Special To Premiere On October 18th

Artie Lange’s “The Stench of Failure” Stand-Up Special To Premiere On October 18th


Artie Lange is back in Jersey, and back on Comedy Central in the world premiere of ?Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure? on Saturday, October 18 at Midnight ET/PT. For fans that can?t wait for Lange?s new material, the special will be available on October 13 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.

In front of a packed crowd at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center?s Victoria Theater, Lange doesn?t pull any punches when he talks about his stints in rehab and a psych ward, covering everything from playing Scrabble with mental patients to giving advice to a crack addicted baby seller.

Leading up to the on-air premiere, the Comedy Central Stand-Up Web site and app will feature preview clips from the special. Fans can follow Lange on Twitter at @artiequitter, and tweet using the hashtag #StenchofFailure to join the social chatter around the special.

?Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure? will be available on October 19 in the Comedy Central App to fans that sign in via their cable or satellite provider. The Comedy Central app is available for free for iOS on the App Store, for Android on the Google Play store, and for Xbox One.

The extended and uncensored version of ?Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure? will be available for download on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network and Vudu on October 21. The special will be available for pre-order in SD and HD on Amazon and iTunes on October 16. The album will be available on October 21 on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, Rhapsody, and all other streaming platforms.

One of the most sought after live comedians in the business, Lange began his career in the comedy clubs of New York City, where he helped to create the popular sketch comedy group Live on Tape, which landed him his debut television role as one of the original series regulars on FOX?s ?Mad TV.? His success on Mad TV led to being cast opposite Norm MacDonald in the MGM feature film ?Dirty Work,? his first starring role. This led to a string of feature films, including New Line?s ?The Bachelor,? ?Lost and Found,? ?Mystery Men? and the independent drama ?The Fourth Floor,? as well as supporting roles in ?Old School? and ?Elf.? Lange also starred in, co-wrote, and produced his own feature film, ?Beer League.?

Lange is a regular guest on ?The Late Show with David Letterman,? ?Jimmy Kimmel Live!? and ?The Best Damn Sports Show, Period.? He was a guest roaster on Comedy Central?s Roasts of Hugh Hefner and William Shatner and also shot episodes of the critically acclaimed hit series ?Entourage? for HBO, and the season finale of ?Rescue Me? for F/X. Lange was a beloved regular on ?The Howard Stern Show? for eight years and during that time, his first memoir, ?Too Fat To Fish,? became a New York Times bestseller, paving the way for his second book, ?Crash and Burn,? published in 2013. He continues to sell out venues across the United States.

?Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure? is executive produced by Lange and John Irwin. Christian McLaughlin is the Executive in Charge for Comedy Central.


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Doug Stanhope Unleashes New Album “Before Turning The Gun On Himself”

Doug Stanhope Unleashes New Album “Before Turning The Gun On Himself”

Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope, the ferociously honest and outrageously uninhibited comedian will digitally release Before Turning The Gun On Himself tomorrow, March 6, 2012.  The album is available through iTunes. The live companion DVD will be out at a later date. See the full track listing below and listen to “Dr. Drew is to Medicine what David Blaine Is To Science” now.

Recorded in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex on July 19, 2011, this is the follow up to the widely lauded Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere which upon release May 3, 2011 was #1 on the comedy charts and #2 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart.

Stanhope had a break out year in 2011 and has garnered praise from everyone from Sarah Silverman to Ricky Gervais who says that Doug “might be the most important stand up working today” to Louis C.K.  Stanhope was featured in Louis C.K.’s FX show Louie in season 2, episode 9 entitled “Eddie” where he earned rave reviews for a character Louie wrote specifically for Doug.  Read the New York Magazine review here.

Stanhope has been featured on The Howard Stern Show, Comedy Central Presents, Showtime’s “The Green Room With Paul Provenza,” The Man Show, Fox’s “Stossel” as well as several appearances on various BBC shows.  Stanhope was also featured in controversial film The Aristocrats alongside George Carlin, Don Rickles and Chris Rock to name a few.

Stanhope completed a 25-date residency in at London’s Leicester Square Theatre in August 2011 to rave reviews and sold out shows.  The UK’s Metro lauded Stanhope with five stars saying, “Searing, relevant and brilliantly funny, there’s good reason why Stanhope is often cited as one of the greatest comedians on the planet…If fearless stand-up is your bag, you’d be a fool to miss him.” Stanhope also performed in front of a captive audience at Litla-Hraun maximum security prison in Iceland on September 25, 2011.

Doug Stanhope – Before Turning the Gun on Himself

1.         Hangover
2.         Dr. Drew is to Medicine what David Blaine Is To Science
3.         AA Is A Poorly-Constructed Cult And Doesn’t Work
4.         Just Move
5.         My Piss Stinks
6.         Simple Man
7.         Keynesian Economic Theory As Applied To Private-Sector Independent
8.         Giant Black Cock
9.         It’s A Party, Not Daycare, Asshole
10.        Bisbee Thrill Ride
11.        Art & The Unfortunate State Of The Japanese Undercarriage
12.        Remember When I Used To Give Shit?/Killer Closer

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Doug Stanhope To Release ‘Before Turning The Gun On Himself’ On March 6th!

Doug Stanhope To Release ‘Before Turning The Gun On Himself’ On March 6th!

Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope, the ferociously honest and outrageously uninhibited comedian will digitally release Before Turning The Gun On Himself on March 6, 2012.  The album is available for pre-order through iTunes. The live companion DVD will be out at a later date.  See the full track listing below and the trailer here. Recorded in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex on July 19, 2011, this is the follow up to the widely lauded Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere which upon release May 3, 2011 was #1 on the comedy charts and #2 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart.

Stanhope had a break out year in 2011 and has garnered praise from everyone from Sarah Silverman to Ricky Gervais who says that Doug “might be the most important stand up working today” to Louis C.K.  Stanhope was featured in Louis C.K.’s FX show Louie in season 2, episode 9 entitled “Eddie” where he earned rave reviews for a character Louie wrote specifically for Doug.  Read the New York Magazine review here.

Stanhope has been featured on The Howard Stern Show, Comedy Central Presents, Showtime’s “The Green Room With Paul Provenza,” The Man Show, Fox’s “Stossel” as well as several appearances on various BBC shows.  Stanhope was also featured in controversial film The Aristocrats alongside George Carlin, Don Rickles and Chris Rock to name a few.

Stanhope completed a 25-date residency in at London’s Leicester Square Theatre in August 2011 to rave reviews and sold out shows.  The UK’s Metro lauded Stanhope with five stars saying, “Searing, relevant and brilliantly funny, there’s good reason why Stanhope is often cited as one of the greatest comedians on the planet…If fearless stand-up is your bag, you’d be a fool to miss him.” Stanhope also performed in front of a captive audience at Litla-Hraun maximum security prison in Iceland on September 25, 2011.

Twitter: Follow @DougStanhope



Pre-Order through iTunes here


Doug Stanhope – Before Turning the Gun on Himself

1.         Hangover

2.         Dr. Drew is to Medicine what David Blaine Is To Science

3.         AA Is A Poorly-Constructed Cult And Doesn’t Work

4.         Just Move

5.         My Piss Stinks

6.         Simple Man

7.         Keynesian Economic Theory As Applied To Private-Sector Independent Contracting

8.         Giant Black Cock

9.         It’s A Party, Not Daycare, Asshole

10.        Bisbee Thrill Ride

11.        Art & The Unfortunate State Of The Japanese Undercarriage

12.        Remember When I Used To Give Shit?/Killer Closer

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Jim Florentine: Cringe ‘n’ Purge With One of Comedy’s Brightest Stars!

Jim Florentine: Cringe ‘n’ Purge With One of Comedy’s Brightest Stars!

If you are a fan of heavy metal or listened to ‘The Howard Stern Show’ over the past few years, chances are you’re familiar with the razor sharp wit of comedian Jim Florentine. Partnered with radio icon Eddie Trunk and long time writing partner Don Jamieson, this trio of metal aficionados from New Jersey are headed into yet another rockin’ season of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show.” With the growing success of “That Metal Show” and a slew of stand-up gigs around the nation, Jim Florentine established himself as a comedian to watch in the years to come. He recently signed a record deal with the legendary Metal Blade Records to release his brand new comedy album “Cringe ‘n’ Purge.” With a successful television series under his belt, an album on the way and his popularity on the comedy scene growing by the minute, Jim assures us this is the tip of the iceberg! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with the comedian to discuss his metal roots, what drove him to pursue comedy as a career, his podcast, his upcoming one man show and what the future holds for one of comedy’s brightest stars!

Jim Florentine

Let’s give everyone a little background on you. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in New Jersey and have pretty much lived there my whole life except for when I had moved to Florida for a few years, so I am pretty much a Jersey boy.

What drew you to comedy initially and made you take a shot at it professionally?

Ya know, I was always a big hard rock and metal guy. I wanted to be in a band. I grew up around music and all of my friends were in bands. I just couldn’t play any instruments! I didn’t have that talent. I just saw all of the girls that they were pulling and thought, “That’s the job I want!” I couldn’t play guitar and nobody could teach me because I am a lefty. They were like, “I don’t know what to tell you, I can’t just turn the guitar around. Go find Tony Iommi! He’s the only other lefty!” Then I started DJing on the radio, so I was doing that in college. That kinda morphed into stand-up, getting up on stage and doing it professionally.

Who were some of your early influences comedy-wise?

I was never really sure that I wanted to be a stand-up comic until Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Kinison came around. They brought a rock ‘n’ roll style to stand-up comedy that was never there before by playing arenas, Sam would pick up a guitar and Dice had the leather jacket on. They made it really cool and that is when I started thinking about doing stand-up. I realized, by seeing them, that you could be almost like a rock star instead of some corny white guy in khakis and a bad sports jacket!

What can you tell us about the way you write comedy for your stand-up act?

In the beginning, you just write jokes, just trying to think of funny scenarios and stuff like that. As you get more comfortable on stage, you find your voice. Now, I pretty much just talk about my life, what I know and what I experience ,and hopefully people can relate to it. That is the easiest way to do it, ya know! It takes a while to figure that out! It took me a little while to figure it out but once I did, my stand-up has definitely improved!

You have been in the comedy game for years now. What is the biggest challenge for you as a stand-up at this point in your career?

Not offending people. Not that I try not to but the world we live in now is really so politically correct and everyone gets in trouble for everything that they say. It is almost at the point where a comedian on stage is getting in trouble, which never happened before. Now that people are videotaping someones act at a club and putting it up on the Internet and saying, “Hey, he is offensive!” Then the comedian has to apologize, which is ridiculous. Lenny Bruce went to jail for this! He did it so that people could curse and say what they want.

That is a really good point. It is hard to believe that we are almost taking a few steps back at this point in history.

Jim Floretine On Stage

Yeah, the stand-up stage is the last public stage where you can hear inappropriate stuff. That is why people go to the comedy club! Actually, I take that back. The Strip Club, you can still say inappropriate things and not get in trouble! There is no Human Resources Department at a strip club. If there was, I would get pulled up to the office all of the time. It would be, “Did you tell a dancer in the back room while you were getting a lap dance that you want to eat her like a ham sandwich?” And I say, “Yeah, I did.” Then it’s, “Well she got really offended by that.” But getting back to my original point, it is really weird that that is happening now. When you go to a movie, you don’t go, “Well, I’m offended by this movie because this person got shot or killed … ” or “They made fun of Mexicans or Blacks or gays.” Things like that. Now, all of a sudden, comics like Tracy Morgan or Kramer [Michael Richards] or Gilbert Gottfried for making jokes on Twitter or Katt Williams, who got in trouble telling jokes about Mexicans, it’s really unbelievable. It is weird that the PC Police just pick and choose what they find offensive. That is what I don’t understand. “This was OK!,” if I am sexist and treat women like objects on stage, that’s OK! They don’t have a problem with that but if I make fun of gays, you’re coming after me!

It is definitely a pick and chose society these days isn’t it?

Yeah, it is amazing what is going on. That is the biggest challenge these days but I don’t care! I just do my thing. If you are offended, go fuck yourself.

You have a new album coming out called “Cringe ‘n’ Purge” and I assume that title was inspired from the current climate that we just discussed?

Yeah, because that is what it is now. All of a sudden, any comic that is a little edgy on stage or a little raunchy is considered a cringe comic. You do a joke and they cringe like, “Oh, Oww!” So they made up this term and I got lumped in with these other comics. I was like, “Fine! I go with it. So here, cringe and then go fuckin’ throw up after you hear a joke! Then get ready for the next one!” Maybe I am fuckin’ old school or something but anyone can be offended by anything. That is the thing in comedy when you are up there telling jokes. I can make a joke saying that my Honda Accord is a piece of shit, right? Someone in the audience could have been molested in the back of a Honda Accord when they were younger. That could have dredged up some really bad memories for them and all of a sudden they are offended that I brought that up and I ruined their whole night! You don’t know! How the fuck am I supposed to know? I could say that my dad was an alcoholic and there could be 10 people in the audience whose fathers were alcoholics who died of alcoholism or beat them when he was drinking. That can set people off but how the fuck do you know?! Ya know what I mean? Do I have to say, “Look, I am gonna do a joke about my alcoholic father. Is anyone going to be offended? Should we raise our hands?”

Jim Florentine: Cringe 'n' Purge

This is your first outing with Metal Blade records. What has that experience been like for you?

It is really nice to work with professionals who know what the fuck they are doing! It is amazing to be at a record company where the people actually care about their jobs, they come through, really know what the hell they are doing, are very efficient and really care about the product. You don’t see that too much anymore. These days, you get signed to a label and the project just gets buried or they promise you everything in the world in terms of promotion and then you get nothing. But at Metal Blade, they are right on the ball and it has been a great experience.

How do you prepare for doing an entire album of material?

“Cringe ‘N’ Purge” is my third disc. The last one that I put out was probably about three years ago. I always write a new one about every two to three years, always working toward doing another album. It is just a matter of accumulating the material and honing it in at the clubs every night and just working on it. A lot of times you add stuff or take things out. You change a couple of jokes that you have been doing for a while because they aren’t working. It is a whole process. Then you just basically say “OK, I am doing an album.” That is when you better get your shit together because you are going to record it.

Looking back on your earlier work, how do you feel you evolved as a comic since starting out?

I have definitely evolved with the writing because it is more personal. I was always afraid to take chances on stage in fear of alienating people. I didn’t know how to win them back if I lost them. I was always petrified of that. I thought, “Oh, shit! If I lose them what am I going to do for the next 40 minutes?!” But as you get more comfortable on stage, the less you care. You think, “Well, if I lose them, they will be right back with me on the next joke.” They aren’t going to, “What the fuck!” and walk out or anything! That is why I started writing more personal stuff because I wasn’t afraid to alienate the audience on a bit. That is how I have definitely evolved.

The Men of 'That Metal Show'

A lot of people are going to know you from your work on “That Metal Show.” How did you first get into metal?

It was my old brothers that got me into it. They were four and five years older than me. When I was a kid, they were pounding Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and AC/DC into my head growing up. I just fell in love with it. I had no choice! I would drive around with them and they were older, they would let me drink beer in the back of the car when I was 13 or 14 as they cranked some Sabbath! That’s the thing, once you get into metal, like I tell these little kids that come to the “That Metal Show” tapings or that I run into at shows, once it gets in you, you will be a metal head for life. You can’t get rid of this! You may stray away for a few years in your late teens or early 20s because you want to get laid! You usually can’t get laid when you listen to Slayer and it is all that you want to talk about with chicks. They don’t care! So, you may want to stray away for a little while and get into hip hop or whatever the music is at the time. One day you will come back! And when you are 50 or 60, you will be telling everyone that you went to all of these concerts back in the day. You are always going to love it!

Are you surprised at how far the show has come since you first went on the air?

Absolutely! We never thought it would become much of anything. Eddie Trunk had the idea. He has been doing radio in New York for 30 years. He would have guests come up to the studio and they would just sit around and talk about metal for an hour. He was playing an hours worth of music and only talking for a few minutes on air. So he said that we should pitch a show to the network like that where we would sit there, have some guests come on and shoot the shit about metal! He had an in at VH1 Classic because he was already working there and he pitched the pilot. Once they saw it, they were like, “Yeah! Let’s make the show!” That was eight seasons ago! We are working on Season 9 starting in October 2011.

You guys have had a lot of amazing musical talent on the show. Who has been your favorite rock icon to interview?

That Metal Show: Home of Rock Royalty

Every season it is somebody different. The first time, we had Lemmy on and that was it. Then we had Rob Halford and then the late, great Ronnie James Dio. Then it was Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. Then we had Kirk Hammett and this year it was Sammy Hagar and Lars Ulrich! It has just been one after another with bands and guys that I have idolized coming up. We have had Slayer a couple of times, the guys from Anthrax. Every season amazes me because there is always somebody new and always someone I am a big fan of. No one has been a dick or had an attitude. They are all just happy to be there! Eddie has had relationships with a lot of these guys for a long time, so that helps to break the ice but everybody has been really nice!

Is there anyone that you are really looking forward to bringing in to be on the show?

We would love to get Ozzy on the show. We would definitely love to have the guys from KISS on, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The Van Halen guys would be great too, Eddie Van Halen or David Lee Roth. Steven Tyler would be great and James Hetfield would be unbelievable.

Who is the biggest diva on the the set of “That Metal Show?”

Ya know what, I would tell ya but I really don’t think any of us are. I think all we really want is a couple bottles of water. If we are taping a show, we just want a few bottles of water. Just make sure there are fuckin’ waters there and that is it! Other than that we are ready to rock, let’s do it!

Jim and Ozzy: A Metal Journey

I figured that it might be Don [Jamieson], due to the sideburns. Those guys with the highly manicured facial hair tend to be a handful.

Yeah, I don’t see that side of it, when you go in for makeup in the dressing room. I don’t really see that part. I hate putting makeup on, I fuckin’ hate that! I am a guy and we are talking about Judas Priest, so I shouldn’t need to put foundation on! I guess it is TV but every year I am like, “Please! Use the least amount! I don’t want to do anything.” They say, “Oh, but you’re shiny!” Well, I don’t give a fuck! Some guy in Texas watching “That Metal Show” isn’t going to say, “It was good but Florentine is all shiny! I can’t watch that show anymore.” Nobody gives a shit! This isn’t “America’s Next Top Model,” we are three slobs from New Jersey, we are supposed to look sloppy! I’m wearing a $15 Iron Maiden T-shirt, so who gives a fuck about makeup?! I don’t know who is but I am definitely no diva! Just give me the bottles of water and I am fine!

With the popularity of “That Metal Show” growing, do you often find yourself encountering people who attempt to wow you with their music knowledge in hopes of you whisking them away to a co-hosting gig on the show?

Yeah, a lot of guys. You get bombarded at shows. For example, I am going to see Dio’s Disciples tonight, which I am really excited about. It’s Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), so I am really excited about that. People will come up to me after a show, we were at The Big Four show at Yankee Stadium last week, and it is insane. It is 50,000 people that all watch “That Metal Show,” so you get bombarded. People will come up to you and say, “I’ve got beef with you!” and I stop them right there, dead in their tracks. I’m like, “No, you don’t.” They say “Well, you picked … ” and I say, “So what!? So what if I like AC/DC’s “Powerage” better than “Highway To Hell? You like “Highway To Hell,” who gives a shit!?” [laughs] Does it really matter? They say, “Well, how could you … ” and I say, “I like that album, I’m sorry. I don’t know what to tell you!” People take it so personally because they are so passionate about it, which is cool, but there is no reason to get upset. Like if someone goes on TV and says, “I like Metallica’s Black Album the best out of all of them … ” I wouldn’t go, “What the fuck?! If I ever see him on the street, I am going to scream at him!” But I guess to each his own! Eddie gets it the worst because he is the trivia master. They always try to give me a question and I say, “I am not ‘Stump The Trunk,’ ask Eddie! I don’t fuckin’ know!” [laughs]

Jim Florentine: On The Road

I imagine touring as a comic has a lot of similarities to touring as a band. Have you ever given any thought to sharing your crazy stories from the road as part of an autobiography?

Yeah, actually I have a book about 80% complete. I have been working on it for the past couple of years. No one is interested in it right now but eventually they will be so I have a lot of it written. It is a lot of road stories and stories about coming up as a comic. The experience is very similar to being in a rock band. I have some pretty interesting stories and eventually the book will come out. I will put it out myself if I have to.

Looking back on your career, what do you consider your most defining moment?

I would say that getting on “The Howard Stern Show” was my big break. Before that I was just a stand-up comic doing shitty gigs in bars and I had a prank calls CD where I was messing with telemarketers and I mailed it into the show. Don Jamieson knew the producer of the show, Gary Dell’abate, from back in the day. He was like, “Hey, my buddy has a CD of crank calls that is really funny.” Gary said, “Oh, well give it to us then and we will play it.” The next day they started playing some of it on the air! The next thing I knew I was a guest on the show and things really started happening from there. I got the “Crank Yankers” gig from that and I got to do movies and Comedy Central stuff, so that was definitely the big break for me.

When I spoke with Don Jamieson, probably about six months ago at this point, he mentioned that you guys were kicking around the idea of doing some sort of tour for “That Metal Show.” Is that still in the cards?

Yeah, that is definitely something that we still want to do. It is just a matter of our schedules being so crazy with Don and I doing comedy and Eddie has his book out and has been flying around all over doing book signings. We just haven’t had time to put it together. There is definitely interest on our part and it is something that we would love to do. We would love to go to a city like Seattle and do “That Metal Show” live in a rock club. We could do an hour and a half version of the show and whoever lives in that town, like Geoff Tate from Queensryche, could be our guest. Then maybe we could have the band play afterwards or something like that, ya know? But yeah, it is definitely something that we are going to eventually do.

Jim Florentine: At Home On The Stage

You also did a film called “A Little Help” where you appeared on the screen alongside The Office’s Jenna Fischer. I interviewed the director of that project a while back. Is working in the film industry something you are looking to do as well?

I would love to do more film work! It is tough because I go on TV wearing an Amon Amarth T-shirt, so it isn’t like people are thinking, “Oh! We have to get that guy for our movie!” But the director, Michael J. Weithorn, who you interviewed, actually saw me on “That Metal Show” and thought that I would be good for the role. He knew of my comedy before but then he saw me on the show and thought, “That guy would play a perfect dick towards women!” He knew of all the prank calls and my comedy, so when he saw me on the show, it put a bug in his ear. He was writing the film at the time, so it was really cool of him to do that.

Obviously, you have worked side by side with Don Jamieson for years. Are there any other comedians you would love to collaborate with?

I toured with Artie Lange for a while. He is back out, getting his stuff together and touring, it seems. I would love to do some stuff with him again. Nick DiPaolo, Jim Norton and Colin Quinn are good friends of mine, even Doug Stanhope. And ya know, Brian Posehn and Craig Gass are big metal comics and I would love to do a tour with those guys. I am open to doing anything with other comics.

What other projects are on the horizon for you that fans should keep an eye out for?

Like we said earlier, “Cringe ‘N’ Purge” is coming out. The new season of “That Metal Show,” we are in Season 8 right now and Season 9 is going to start on November 11. I think that the seasons are going to run concurrently. I am working on a one man show. It is my life story. I have done it a couple of times in New York. I am putting it back up and it is going to run in New York and Los Angeles around November. It is more story telling and it is not all stand-up, so there is some serious stuff in there and it’s a really good story. I have done it a couple of times in New York and received good reviews. HBO and Comedy Central are interested in it. It’s called “I’m Your Savior.” I have been working hard on that so hopefully in November or December, I will have it back up. I will be out and about after we finish taping “That Metal Show.”

Jim Florentine: Official The Head Shot

What advice do you have for anyone who is looking to pursue a career in stand-up?

When it comes to stand-up or music, it is the same thing. Don’t do it for the money! If you are doing it for the money, then just don’t even get involved because there is going to be no money for a very long time. But if you love it, it isn’t going to matter. Whether you are in a band or a stand-up comic, it doesn’t matter, just get up on stage and hone your skills, cut your teeth and do whatever gigs you can. That is the only way you are going to get better. Everybody starves. Metallica lived in cars and slept on peoples floors. Every band and every comic struggles. Jim Carrey moved form Canada to California and lived in his car for a year so that he could make it. Everybody has to struggle, so don’t figure that you can say, “Fuck that! I’m not doing that!” If you don’t want to tough it out like that, then don’t get into it. It is rough but it is definitely rewarding when you get to a point. Just doing what you love, even if you aren’t making a lot of money, who cares!? I always made enough money to cover my bills, so to me it was like I had already made it a couple years into my career just because I was doing what I loved. I was barely paying my bills but I was paying them. To me it was great!

What are the best places for everyone to catch up with you online?

My website is www.jimflorentine.com. I also do a podcast that you can get there or on iTunes! You can go to www.jimflorentine.com to get signed up for it. It is free and I put it out every week. There is some comedy on it and I interview some metal guys. Every week it is different. I am also on Twitter as @mrjimflorentine.

Speaking of that, how is the world of podcasting treating you?

I love the podcast! I am not good when it comes to working with others, never have been! For me as a comic, I am my own boss! I can do and wear whatever I want. I can basically go to work drunk while wearing an AC/DC T-shirt. I always wanted a job like that and in stand-up you have that. With the podcast, I basically turn on the microphone and talk. Then I upload it and throw it out there for people to listen to whenever they want to. It has been doing really well and it was in the Top 50 of comedy podcasts on iTunes for the first few weeks. I love it because it is whatever I feel like talking about. I don’t have to worry about commercials or what I say. I don’t have to worry about anything. I find interesting things to talk about like this girl who was at my comedy show a few weeks ago. Somehow, when I was on stage, I got on the topic of guys that have smelly balls. She yelled out that she loves smelly balls. I started talking to her after the show and told her I needed to talk about that on the podcast. I ended up dedicating the whole podcast on how she likes smelly balls and what they taste like. She has very particular thoughts on what they taste like — a little balsamic vinagrette mixed in with a pinch of asshole with some provolone cheese. It was very specific. You never know what you are gonna get. The next week I interviewed Corey Taylor from Slipknot.

That is diverse to say the very least.

Yeah! It was the sickest thing that I have ever heard but it was hilarious and informative. She was very passionate about her man having smelly balls.

Well, on that note, I will let you go! [laughs] I really appreciate your time and we will be spreading the word on all of your projects!

Thanks, man! I really appreciate it!

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Doug Stanhope To Release ‘Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere’ In May

Doug Stanhope To Release ‘Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere’ In May

Roadrunner Comedy is excited to announce that premiere comedian Doug Stanhope will be releasing new live CD/DVD package Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere on May 3rd, 2011.  This is Roadrunner Comedy’s first release.

Recorded in an abandoned factory in the Grünerløkka suburb of Oslo, Norway, the performance is as spontaneous and unhinged as anything Stanhope has ever done.  Originally a sewing machine factory converted to a German WWII bunker, the setting for Oslo is anything but conventional.  Whereas most comedy specials are filmed on an elaborate stage, Stanhope and Nikon Norway filled a dilapidated industrial space with lights and folding chairs, ultimately allowing the material be the focus of this release.

Oslo’s madcap backdrop mimics the process that led to the recording: Bjorn Opsahl, one of Norway’s most notorious photographers, planned only to do a portrait session with Stanhope in Long Beach.  The shoot went so well that when Stanhope came to Norway on tour, Opsahl suggested he organize a show without actually deciding on a date, time or location.   The aim was to capture the reality and feel of a live Stanhope show, in turn bypassing the choreography that pervades most “live” stand-up production.

“I’ve always felt that my previous recordings all sounded overly-rehearsed. That may be why my manager Brian Hennigan sprung this taping on me 36 hours before we were to scheduled to film,” says Stanhope.  “Or maybe the fact is that he is actually more insane than I am. Either way, he’s suffered through enough late-night phone calls from me expounding my drunk-genius ideas of faking my own death or installing ourselves as puppet governments in unstable third-world countries that I allowed him this insanity and agreed to tape Oslo.”

“I never expected that it would go this far,” Stanhope continues, “I didn’t know we be filming in e man  abandoned warehouse, formerly a swanky hang-out for high-ranking Nazis. I never considered it would be in front of an English-as-a-second-language audience. Mostly, I never considered that I had nothing rehearsed.  In short, it was like any other gig that actually happens out on the road, something you rarely see in a comedy release.  So, fuck it. Here it is.”

Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere, available in stores and online on May 3rd, will include a CD and bonus DVD recording of the infamous live show.  Stanhope’s brutally honest style is shockingly uninhibited, ranging from biting social commentary to the crass and obscene.  His cutting stand-up has landed him appearances on The Howard Stern ShowComedy Central PresentsPremium BlendThe Man ShowFox News with Greta Van Sustern, BBC’s Newswipe and The Jerry Springer Show.  Stanhope has taped TV specials for Showtime and UK’s Channel 4.  He was also featured in controversial film The Aristocrats alongside legends like George Carlin, Don Rickles and Chris Rock.

Doug Stanhope on tour:

3/19 @ Sunset Station – Las Vegas, NV

5/5 @ Caroline’s – New York, NY

5/6 @ Caroline’s – New York, NY (early + late show)

5/7 @ Caroline’s – New York, NY (early + late show)

5/8 @ Caroline’s – New York, NY

5/12 @ State Theatre – Falls Church, VA

5/13 @ The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

5/19 @ Trees – Dallas, TX

5/20 @ Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX

5/21 @ J’s Bistro – San Marcos, TX

5/26 @ The Comedy Store – Los Angeles, CA

5/27 @ The Comedy Store – Los Angeles, CA


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‘Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest’ Premieres On Reelzchannel On December 11th!

‘Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest’ Premieres On Reelzchannel On December 11th!

It’s the holidays—time for family, gift giving and stories of Zombie Santa. Wait, what? REELZCHANNEL—TV About Movies® today announced “Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest” special, hosted by actor, comedian and heavy metal drummer Richard Christy. New and classic scary movies, a Zombie Santa in action and a visit to a real-life ghost town where horror-movie legend John Carpenter filmed Vampires are all part of this terrifyingly terrific holiday special. The episode premiere s Saturday, December 11 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT only on REELZCHANNEL.

“As a lifelong horror fanatic, hosting a show like this is a dream come true for me. REELZCHANNEL is a big supporter of the genre with late-night airings of Masters of Horror and I’m so excited to be working with them,” said Christy. “This show was created by horror fans for horror fans and I’m extremely proud to be hosting ‘Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest,’ your television destination for all things horror and sci-fi!”

Richard Christy is an actor, comedian, musician and well-known horror movie expert. He contributes a monthly article to Decibel Magazine titled, “Richard Christy’s Horrorscope,” where he writes about both horror movies and metal music. As a drummer in various heavy metal bands, Christy has toured around the United States and Europe.

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Comedian Doug Stanhope Inks Deal With Roadrunner Comedy

Comedian Doug Stanhope Inks Deal With Roadrunner Comedy

Roadrunner Records has announced a new imprint, Roadrunner Comedy.  Stand-up comedian and author Doug Stanhope is Roadrunner Comedy’s inaugural artist.

Here is a message from Stanhope about his new partnership with Roadrunner Comedy:

Roadrunner Comedy represents the spirit in which Roadrunner Records was originally founded: highlighting brilliant artists that are inherently irreverent and provocative.  The ideals that have made Roadrunner a recognizable brand worldwide are the guidelines by which Roadrunner Comedy will develop.  30 years of representing the best of rock, metal and alternative music have shown that Roadrunner is adept at reaching fans on a widespread and meaningful level, a function Roadrunner seeks to replicate with the launch of Roadrunner Comedy.

Cees Wessels, CEO of Roadrunner Records, said, “We are very excited to launch Roadrunner Comedy, yet another innovative iteration of the Roadrunner brand.  We look forward to welcoming a variety of like-minded comedians to the Roadrunner family—new artists with dynamic talents—that will be making us laugh for years to come.”

Partnering with the talented Doug Stanhope to launch Roadrunner Comedy was an obvious move.  Stanhope’s brutally honest style is shockingly uninhibited, ranging from biting social commentary to the crass and obscene.  His cutting stand-up has landed him appearances on The Howard Stern ShowComedy Central PresentsPremium BlendThe Man ShowFox News with Greta Van Sustern, BBC’s Newswipe and The Jerry Springer Show.  Stanhope has taped TV specials for Showtime and UK’s Channel 4.  He was also featured in controversial film The Aristocrats alongside legends like George Carlin, Don Rickles and Chris Rock.  Keep an eye out for new material by Stanhope, slated for a 2011 Roadrunner Comedy debut.

Brian Hennigan, Doug Stanhope’s manager, said, “We needed to find a supportive partner who would let Doug Stanhope be Doug Stanhope. There are millions of people all over the world that Doug hasn’t offended and with Roadrunner’s help we should be able to reach them all.”

Want to see Stanhope live?  Catch him on tour:

12/3 @ Martini Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ

12/4 @ Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

12/8 @ Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

2/17 @ Doug’s Warehouse – Chattanooga, TN

2/18 @ Exit/In – Nashville, TN

2/19 @ Zydeco – Birmingham, AL

2/24 @ New Earth Music Hall – Athens, GA

2/26 @ The Pour House – Raleigh, NC

Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels.  Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists.  The label has recently experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, near-platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth.  Roadrunner’s current roster also includes such diverse acts such as The Parlor Mob, plus up and comers like Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne.  Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established heritage rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ratt, Meat Loaf (North America) and KISS (Europe and select territories).  Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.

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Review: Steven Adler’s “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses”

Review: Steven Adler’s “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses”

"My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses"

Every misunderstood celebrity should write a tell-all book. I’m not being sarcastic. It’s a great way to give their fans and enemies a chance to see their side of the story with no interruptions. It’s also an inside look at the life of the celebrity/rockstar, with horny groupies, screaming, obsessed fans and non-stop attention.

In Steven Adler’s “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses,” he attempts to set the record straight, from his rough childhood to getting kicked out of his house as a youth and later as a part of one of  the most successful hard rock bands ever, GNR, and his notorious battle with drug abuse.

Before starting his story, Adler addresses why he decided to write a tell-all: to come clean and tell his side of a story that has been twisted across media channels over the past 20 years. He also makes it clear that the book isn’t a stab at his former bandmates, who he still loves, or else, including family and friends.

Adler’s story starts at his beginning when he was born in Cleveland in 1965. Soon the wild ride begins, featuring an abusive father, a quick move to California, being adopted by his mother’s boyfriend/future husband and later getting kicked out, and Adler’s days as an extreme wild child.

Adler’s motivations can be described in three words: sex, drugs and music. “And nothing focuses me or gets me going like chasing tail. Money, fame, status, power … nothing comes close to the pursuit of pussy.”

Although women are a big part, drugs, starting when he was first introduced to the drug culture in 1977 at age 12, take center stage, slowly sucking his life force dry.

Highlights of the book include his meeting Saul “Slash” Hudson in junior high and, of course, the forming of GNR. “That night, we all just happened to walk into one another’s lives, with no idea what lay ahead. I wish I could say that it was like lightning struck, but the truth is that it was just a random get-together to see what could be germinating.”

Germinate indeed.

“We never did anything the sane, sensible way. We never went by the rules and never conformed to an accepted path to success. The way we came up with our songs, insisted on total artistic freedom, the way we practiced and played — no one did it like we did.”

Steven Adler

When he talked about forming GNR, I flashed back to my youth, sitting in a room with the shades drawn, MTV blaring “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and my sister screaming at the top of her lungs, “I love you Axl!” I loved Adler’s behind-the-scenes view, blurring the glamour and media-fed image and sharpening it with his view from behind the drums. GNR “carved their own path to glory” and performed songs that described their lives, what was going on in the late ‘80s L.A. culture.

As the story continues, chock-full with non-stop sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, Adler is the first to admit that all his mistakes, from overdosing 28 times, to being a zombie/junkie, to going to jail … everything was his own doing. “I’m the undisputed all-time booze-chugging, pill-cobbling, drug-shooting, Katrina-caliber fuckup. Throughout my wretched life there isn’t a friend, family member or fantastic opportunity that I haven’t shoved into a blender and mutilated.”

Throughout his drug haze, doing everything from shooting up heroin to smoking crack and pot, Adler recalls it all. Everything that the media has been obsessed with, from substance abuse to drama with the infamously difficult Axl Rose, is covered. Adler also discussed his meetings with other rock gods, including Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, and Tommy Lee.

Adler’s story ends with his public stints on “Celebrity Rehab” and “Sober House” with Dr. Drew and his never-ending battle to stay clean. Maybe he’s trying to make a quick buck. Maybe he’s trying to stay relevant in ADD Hollywood or feed his ego. I don’t know. What I do know is that this book is a page-turning, raw look into ’70-‘90s rock-and-roll culture and an inside look at one of the most iconic rock bands in the world.

Maybe it’s all lies. Adler sure has a good memory after all the drugs he’s done; nonetheless, his story is compelling, tragic and funny. This book is a good read for all the lovers and the haters out there and also for the younger population, to see the real side of the often glamorized culture of celebrity/rockstar. There’s nothing like reading a play-by-play of Adler OD’ing on heroin to make you feel better about your life. People are quick to tell you about their highs, but what about their lows? — Kate Vendetta

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My Appetite For Destruction: Steven Adler Discusses His Past, Present and Future!

My Appetite For Destruction: Steven Adler Discusses His Past, Present and Future!

Call it luck, call it fate, call it whatever you wish but in the early eighties, a perfect storm of musical forces began to align in Hollywood, CA that would  give birth to the world’s most notorious rock ‘n’ roll band. Boasting an amazing mix of larger than life personalities, an undeniably powerful sound and a heaping helping of attitude, Guns N’ Roses wasted no time carving their own niche into Los Angeles’ highly competitive music scene. When Guns N’ Roses released their legendary album, Appetite for Destruction, it would change the music scene for ever. It is one of the rare, iconic albums that would come along to a generation and serve as a benchmark for all albums to follow. Not only would the music effect people around the world, it would also take many who were at ground zero of the phenomenon on a roller coaster ride to superstardom. The members of this extraordinary band are living proof that some people merely listen to rock n’ roll and some have it coursing through their veins. Such is the case with drummer Steven Adler. As part of Guns N’ Roses, he provided the crushing backbeat to one of music’s landmark albums, rose to the heights that most people can only dream of and became the poster boy for rock ‘n’ roll excess. Today, after twenty-eight overdoses, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, and a debilitating stroke, Steven Adler is sober, standing tall and ready to share his story with the world. Steve Johnson of Icon Vs. Icon sat down with the infamous drummer with the infectious smile to discuss his shocking new autobiography ‘My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses’, the future of Adler’s Appetite, his love for W. Axl Rose and much more!

How did music first come into your life?

I’ve been a fan of music since the age of 4 when I heard my first album, which was Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The song was “Working My Way Back to You.”  There was something that clicked in my heart and in my soul.  The sound of the guitar, and the groove of the drums, and Frankie’s voice.  My grandma used to tell me that when we were driving around I would turn the radio up pretty loud and I’d just be dancing and singing in the back seat.  How’s that for how times have changed!  I wore no seat belt!  I was 4 or 5 years old jumping around in the back seat of a car that was driving around!  How’s that?  Times have definitely changed! [laughs]

Your work has inspired so many. Who do you cite as some of your influences?

Musically … Roger Meddows-Taylor from Queen.  Everyone from KISS.  Boston.  John Bonham.  Keith Moon.  A lot of English drummers.  I was really attracted to the style of the English drummers.  They were jazz schooled players, but went into rock.  The drums weren’t just basic AC/DC.  One, two, three, four … IIt had a shuffle.  It had a groove.  I like that!

How do you think you have evolved as an artist (drummer) since you first started out?

When I first started out … I hadn’t taken a lesson up until five months ago.  Throughout my whole career in music I had never taken a drum lesson.  So five months ago I started taking lessons.  I started cleaning myself up and getting my life together, and I wanted to be a better player.  So I started taking lessons.  It’s the best thing I have ever done.  It’s helped my show.  It’s amazing how it has helped me.  It’s made playing so much easier and so much more fun.  Having a clue of what I am actually doing, instead of just doing it because it feels right.  Now it feels right and I know what I am doing.  It’s even a bigger high performing live and recording.

What has kept you inspired through the years?

I wasn’t inspired for the last 20 years.  After two years of working with Dr. Drew I got satisfaction to be a part of my life again.  I really wasn’t inspired by anything.  I didn’t want to do anything.  It took me 20 years to admit and realize that I blamed Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Axl for my downfall with the band and all the drug abuse I went through after that.  I blamed them.  When I started working with Dr. Drew … I realized that I thought they let me down, but it wasn’t them who let me down, it was me who let them down.  Being able to face that … if you read my book “My Appetite for Destruction,” in the beginning of it I talk about the sexual abuse that I went through when I was a young teenager.  That happened with an older teenager and an older man.  At the time that it happened, how do you tell your grandparents or your friends?  You can’t tell somebody that happened to you.  When I was 12 years old … so with working with Dr. Drew I realized that if I don’t get this out of my system and keep stuffing it down, I am going to keep relapsing and I’m not going to be able to move forward in my life.  I finally was able to have a discussion with people who understood and people I could relate to.  I thought if I said those words out loud for other peoples’ ears to hear I would feel even worse and that they would batter me.  It was the complete opposite.  When I said it, it was like this big weight off my body and my chest.  It was just like, WHEW!  Doing this book has been mentally, spiritually, and emotionally healing for me.  Dr. Drew has been a huge help and a mentor to me.  I watched the show after I was on the show.  The season before and the season after.  Everybody has the same opportunity that I had to get the most out of it.  I needed to get these feelings that I just described to you out.  Before I started “Celebrity Rehab,” I told them I don’t think I could do it to the best of my ability and get the most out of it if I don’t get to talk to Slash.  Like I said, I blamed them.  I thought they let me down.  So we had a meeting.  No cameras.  Nothing … I got to apologize to Slash and he apologized to me.  I said, it was really me who let him down.  Just being able to apologize … the next morning when I woke up my whole body was so sore.  Like when you work out too much.  I was so sore from the weight, pressure, and pain I let off my body by apologizing to him.

Speaking of your autobiography, “My Appetite For Destruction,” did you have any reservations about putting that together?

After the months I did in rehab and the two years I’ve been working with Dr. Drew, I felt that it was time for me to do it.  For me, the purpose of the book was to write my answers to all of the people that I have wronged and to myself.  When I get home off tour I am going to build myself a big bonfire and I’m going to throw that book right into the fire.  I want to leave the past behind.  I want to move forward.  I don’t hate anybody.  I don’t bash anybody in my book.  I don’t put anybody down.  I don’t talk bad about anybody.  That’s not what it is about.  I love all the people that were in my life and people that are a part of my life.  No one is getting put down.  I’m laying my heart on my sleeve with this book.  It’s for all of my friends, colleagues, fans, and people that can benefit from my rough history.  I’m here to show the underdogs that you can survive and you can succeed.  My life has been a rollercoaster, I have accepted all of the consequences, and I can move on.  I’m going to live my life one second at a time, one breath at a time.  I’m finally starting to show myself and I’m finally getting recognition for the work that I have done on “Appetite,” “Lies,” and my work with GNR.  I want those guys more than anybody to read my book.  If they read my book, I know they’ll realize that what we have is so special and so rare for that to happen. They’ll realize that we’re all brothers.  The five of us are brothers and what do goofy brothers do?  They fight with each other!  That’s what brothers do!  It’s been 20 years of fighting.  Enough is enough.  Let’s move on.  I know if I could get the five of us in a room together, not even with instruments, just a room … no chairs or even a table.  All we would do is say hi to each other, shed a little tear, and we would start talking about moving on into the future and doing something new.

You are currently on tour with your band, Adler’s Appetite. How did the current lineup shape up?

I’ve been doing Adler’s Appetite for like the last eight years.  There have been different people involved.  Just like Guns ‘n’ Roses, we’ve played with other people throughout the years.  This was a fun lineup that just clicked together.  We have a new single out called “Alive.”  “It’s Good To Be Alive” and it is good to be alive.  If you buy the book, you can download the single for free.  We debuted the single on The Howard Stern Show when we did the show.  We play it live.  Basically the live show … we open up with “Reckless Life” and we end with “Welcome to the Jungle.”  So we do that and everything that’s in between.

As you mentioned, the band’s new single “Alive” is out now. Are there any plans for a full length release from Adler’s Appetite in the future?

Yes!  We have some shows at The Whisky.  We are going to do a video for this song first.  We’re going to film it at The Whisky and at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which is all right there.  In the middle of September we are going to go back over to Anthony Focx’s studio, where we did the first single.  We’ll have two weeks in L.A., so we’ll probably run through another five songs.  We’ll put it out single by single.  That’s the way the market is now.  You put out a single, people will download a single.  So we have this single that’s out.  In about three or four weeks we’ll have a new single and we’ll go from there.  We’re just belting them out and having a great time doing it.  I love all of the fans I have been meeting at the book signings and at the shows.  I love when they bring their GNR memorabilia.  I love meeting everybody and signing stuff.  Everybody has been so great.  I appreciate all of their prayers and all of their wonderful thoughts.  It’s a really wonderful trip.

You started your career in one of the biggest bands of all time and have a very well documented career. The public eye has been fixed on you from the time you were very young and continues to this day. What do you think is the biggest misconception about Steven Adler?

I’m going to tell you there is no misconception.  If you read my book, nearly everything is right there.  That’s all I have to tell you!  There is no misconception!  My heart and soul are on my sleeve! [laughs]

Steven Adler

It seems, especially in the “rock media,” they tend to focus mainly on soundbites from you that paint Axl Rose in a negative light. Does this ever put you in a bad spot or become a bit of a burden?

No.  Axl is one of the most wonderful people I have had in my life.  He is an amazing singer.  He’s up there as one of the top singers/entertainers.  You have Freddie Mercury.  You have Robert Plant. You have Steven Tyler.  You have Axl Rose. It’s been a blessing being able to work with that guy.  I want him to be a part of my life.  He’s my brother.  Like I said earlier, brothers fight.  Enough with the fighting.  Let’s move on … I want to finish what I started with him and the guys.  I’m pretty sure they feel the same way.  Axl has been nothing but a wonderful influence and a wonderful person to me.  I love him and I want him to be a part of my life more.  I’m thankful I have a history with him.  No bad animosity.  All love and respect.

What do you consider the defining moment of your career so far?

I have to say playing with The Rolling Stones at the L.A. Colosseum.  That was the biggest!  Oh yeah, and Donnington!  I’ve had a few.  We played with Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne.  I have to say the main one was the Colosseum with The Rolling Stones.  That was like a dream come true for all of us.

That’s one band I haven’t seen, I would love to go see.

Oh man!  It’s amazing! And they’re still doing it!  I love it!  This is like the 10th time that they’ve said this is the last tour they are doing!

It sounds like KISS!

You’ve got to hand it to them!  You’ve got to give it up!

Being in the music industry as long as you have, are there still surprises?

The surprise is that there is no record industry.  I was lucky enough to catch the ending of what was the entertainment world, where you worked hard, you did shows, you played anywhere, and you sent your tapes in.  You did everything you could and you were a rare breed.  The rare few got signed and got to make a record.  Nowadays everyone is making a record.  They’re doing it in their bedrooms.  Then again, if you look at these bands that are coming out … I don’t know … it used to be you could see someone walking down Sunset Boulevard and tell the difference between a blue collar guy and an entertainer.  People cared about how they looked.  I watch these videos of bands out nowadays and I swear they’re the same guys who I just got a burger from at Burger King.  You know what I mean!  They don’t care about how they look!  Shave your face!  Look good!  Comb your hair!  Do something!  It’s entertainment!  That’s just how I feel.  I was lucky to catch it toward the ending of when it was real.  It wasn’t a costume, it was a performance.  Nowadays there are bands out there playing with tape!  What the hell is that? [laughs]

As far as I am concerned progress peaked at “Appetite For Destruction!”  That album is phenomenal!

It was live!  That was live and that’s the truth!  At the end of the song there was none of this, “Let’s take this part of the song … that sounded better than this part of the song … let’s put it there … ”  We went one, two, three, four.  We played the friggin’ song and how it came out, that’s how it came to be.  After we played every song, we’d go back in the listening booth and we’d listen back to the song we just played.  We just looked at each other and said, “We just made the greatest record ever!”  We achieved what our goal was.  I just want to finish what I started with them.

Lightening up a bit …you have played tons of shows. Ever have a “Spinal Tap Moment” where something totally unexpected happened?

Well, we were playing with The Cult and it was our last show with them.  They came out and started taking my drums away piece by piece.  There have been a couple of those, “Hello Cleveland! Where’s the fucking stage? Oh!  It’s right over here!  Hello Cleveland!”  There have been a few of those!  That and the Motley Crue guys poured flour all over us like it was cocaine falling from the sky.  Trust me, flour and sweat don’t mix well with hair.  I was pulling dough out of my hair for weeks. [laughs]

What is the best piece of advice you could give to those who are just starting out and considering making a career in the music industry?

Practice as many hours a day as you can.  Play with every other performer/musician.  Everyone you can play with … get yourself out there.  Play the bars.  Play the clubs.  Get yourself known.  That’s what we did.  We hung out on the strip.  We played everywhere.  We made sure people knew who we were.  We practiced!  You want to go out there and you want to be great.  We would go into rehearsal two hours before the other guys would get in just so the bass and drums, which is the rhythm section, was good as we could be.

After this tour, what’s next for you?

We are going to do some recording and some videos.  We’re going to Europe. Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Australia … we’ve got a world tour ahead of us until this time next year.

Anything that you would like to add or say to the dedicated GNR fans around the world?

Thank you for all of the wonderful prayers and thoughts.  The e-mails, texts, and tweets.  I love meeting all of you.  More than anything I love  giving hugs to everybody.  Be prepared, if you meet me, you’re going to get hugged!  I even hugged a big, stinky, hairy guy in Canada! [laughs]  He had no business wearing a tank top! [laughs]  None!  The store who sold him the tank top had no business selling this guy a tank top!  That’s how hairy this guy was!

Jesus! [laughs]

Exactly! [laughs] Be sure to check out our website at www.adlersappetiteonline.com.  You can check out if we’re coming to your city in the next couple of weeks.  We still have a month of touring in the states.  You check out pictures, videos from the shows, and the book.  Log on and say hi!

Thanks for your time Steven and best of luck!

Thank you for your time!

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Listen To Alexa Ray Joel’s New Single “Notice Me”

Listen To Alexa Ray Joel’s New Single “Notice Me”

Singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel stopped by The Howard Stern Show on Thursday to discuss her new single “Notice Me”.

If the name sounds familiar that is because this lovely and talented artist is the daughter of music icon Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley!

Check out the single below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

You can get all the latest news on this rising star via her official website located at www.alexarayjoel.com.

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