Musicians

A Chat With Bad Bad Hats’ Kerry Alexander & Chris Hoge…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with Kerry Alexander & Chris Hoge of the band Bad Bad Hats. Hailing from Minneapolis, Bad Bad Hats have been making music since 2012. Their new album Lightning Round is out now! See them live Aug. 18 at First Avenue in Minneapolis!

An Evening With The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Tom Bailey. Tom is best known as the frontman for the Thompson Twins. Known for hits like In the Name of Love, Lies, Doctor! Doctor!, and Hold Me Now, the Thompson Twins have sold millions of albums dating back to the late ‘70s. During the show he discussed playing with the Thompson Twins at the height of their success, his decision to start writing new pop music after taking a lengthy hiatus, and his new album Science Fiction. See Tom Bailey live on Sept. 3 at the Minnesota State Fair!

During the rest of the show Ton announced his possible candidacy for city council, we discussed who we would invite to The Five Count Christmas Variety Show, and we celebrated Ton’s birthday! He doesn’t sound a day over 60!

An Evening With Vixen’s Janet Gardner…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Janet Gardner. Janet is best known as the singer and guitarist for the band Vixen. Known for songs like Love Made Me, Cryin’, and Edge of a Broken Heart, Vixen has been making albums since 1988. During the show she discussed the early days of Vixen, her memories of appearing in the film Hardbodies, and Vixen’s new album Live Fire. It’s available now on Rat Pak Records!

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite Danny DeVito acting roles, shared our favorite Mankato club memories, paid tribute to pro wrestler Nikolai Volkoff, and helped a man from Montgomery pick up women by impressing them with his canning skills. His specialty was stewed tomatoes!

A Chat With Varsity’s Stephanie Smith & Pat Stanton…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with Stephanie Smith & Pat Stanton of the band Varsity. Hailing from Chicago, Varsity’s new album Parallel Person is available now! See Varsity at The Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis on June 29!

An Evening With James Brown & The J.B.’s’ “Sweet” Charles Sherrell…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with “Sweet” Charles Sherrell. “Sweet” Charles is best known as the former bandleader and bassist for James Brown & The J.B.’s. Performing on classics like Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud, Mother Popcorn, and Give It Up or Turnit a Loose, he also appeared with James Brown in the film Rocky IV. During the show he discussed his early days playing with Jimi Hendrix, his days playing with James Brown, and his new album Universal Love. Get your copy today!

During the rest of the show we spoke on the phone to a hairdresser’s husband, Ton told the story of how he escaped an escape room, and we explained the benefits of baptizing children at New Ulm’s Bavarian Blast festival. Two birds with one bratwurst!

An Evening With The Young Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Felix Cavaliere. Felix is best known as a member of the band The Young Rascals. Known for hits like Good Lovin’, Groovin’, People Got to Be Free and A Beautiful Morning, The Young Rascals are also members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed starting out as a classic pianist, the impact The Rascals had on the culture in the late ’60s, and his new version of “The Rascals” featuring original member Gene Cornish. It was a beautiful evening!

During the rest of the show we discussed ways to make friends in the men’s room, paid tribute to Pantera’s Vinnie Paul and pro wrestling legend Big Van Vader, and gave away tickets to see Dua Lipa at The Armory in Minneapolis. WDGAF!

A Chat With Hop Along’s Joe Reinhart & Beach Slang’s James Alex…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with two members of bands performing in Minnesota this week! First, we were joined for an exclusive interview by guitarist Joe Reinhart. Joe is best known as a member of the band Hop Along. Hailing from Philadelphia, Hop Along has been making music since 2005. See them live at the Turf Club in St. Paul on June 13!

We were also joined for an exclusive interview with singer/guitarist James Alex. James is best known as the frontman for the band Beach Slang. Also hailing from Philadelphia, Beach Slang has been touring the country since 2013. See them live (now touring as Quiet Slang) at the 7th St. Entry on June 15!

An Evening With Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Mark Farner. Mark is best known as the former singer and guitarist for the band Grand Funk Railroad. Known for hits like Some Kind of Wonderful, We’re An American Band, and I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home), Grand Funk has sold more than 25 million albums dating back to 1969. During the show he discussed selling-out arenas back in the ‘70s, his decision to leave Grand Funk and go solo, and his memories of playing with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. After that, we did the loco-motion!

During the rest of the show we complained about the high markups at Suncoast Video, discussed our favorite Hulk Hogan theme songs, and chatted with a woman who bribed Kerry King with ceramic kitties to get backstage at a Slayer concert. Metal!

An Evening With Great White’s Mark Kendall & The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s Joyce Bulifant…

This installment of The Five Count featured not one, but two exclusive interviews! First we were joined by guitarist Mark Kendall. Mark is best known as the founder of the band Great White. Known for hits like Rock Me, Save Your Love, and Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Great White has sold more than eight million albums dating back to the early ‘80s. During the show he discussed the early days with Great White, his relationship with former Great White singer Jack Russell, and Great White’s new album Full Circle. See Great White at Treasure Island Resort & Casino on July 2 with Vince Neil!

Next we were joined by actress Joyce Bulifant. Joyce is best known for her role as “Marie Slaughter” on the TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She’s also appeared on TV shows like Weird Science, The Bill Cosby Show, Match Game, and Big John, Little John. During the show she discussed working with her son on Weird Science, how the role of “Carol Brady” on The Brady Bunch was originally written for her, and her new book “My Four Hollywood Husbands.” Buy your copy today!

During the rest of the show we decided which pro wrestlers we would cast in a new Avengers-style movie, marveled at that contents of the new $1,000 Guns N’ Roses box set, Ton threw shade at a local weatherman, and we paid tribute to the great John “Jabo” Starks. He was super bad!

An Evening With Manowar’s Ross “The Boss” Friedman…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman. Ross is best known as a former member of Manowar and The Dictators. He’s also played with bands like Death Dealer, Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom, and Shakin’ Street. During the show he discussed how the band Manowar was formed, the future of The Dictators, and his new solo album By Blood Sworn. There was plenty of violence and bloodshed!

During the rest of the show we patted ourselves on the back for venturing out in a blizzard to make it to the show, discussed why no one appreciates Madonna anymore, decided which films would’ve benefited from having The Barbarian Brothers in them, and gave away tickets to see Paisley Park Presents Prince: Live on the Big Screen April 20 at Target Center in Minneapolis. Let’s Work!