Musicians

An Evening With Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Greg Graffin. Greg is best known as the founder and singer for the band Bad Religion. He has also written several books including “Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant? A Professor and Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity” and “The Population Wars.” During the show he discussed the longevity of Bad Religion, the band’s latest album Age of Unreason, and his latest book “Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion.” Get your copy today!

During the rest of the show we researched popular names for babies, discussed which matches we would show people to introduce them to professional wrestling, and bragged about our recent mention on Mankato’s KEYC News 12. We are Mankato’s favorite sons!

An Evening With Jefferson Starship’s David Freiberg & Genesis’ Steve Hackett…

This installment of The Five Count featured exclusive interviews with two music legends. First we were joined by guitarist Steve Hackett. Steve is best known as a former member of the band Genesis. He has released numerous albums dating back to the early 1970s and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed his days in Genesis, the influence his two-handed tapping and sweep picking techniques have had on other guitarists, and his new book “A Genesis in My Bed.” Get your copy now!

Next we were joined by musician David Freiberg. David is best known as a member of the band Jefferson Starship. He’s also a former member of Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service. During the show he discussed the longevity of Jefferson Starship, his memories of appearing the Star Wars Holiday Special, and Jefferson Starship’s new single It’s About Time from the new album Mother of the Sun. Get your copy today!

During the rest of the show we discussed why Boba Fett from Star Wars isn’t really that cool, argued about where the term “blow the doors off” originated from, and Ton shared a story about a recent sleepover he hosted for children. He also ate an entire bag of Muddy Buddies and threw up!

An Evening With *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Joey Fatone. Joey is best known as a member of the group *NSYNC. He’s also appeared in films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and TV shows like Family Feud, Impractical Jokers and The Masked Singer. During the show he discussed his move from music to show hosting, whether a reunion with *NSYNC could happen, and being the host of the TV show Common Knowledge. See Common Knowledge on the Game Show Network!

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite pizza toppings, argued about Pink Floyd, and planned a trip to Culver’s with Rick James. Happy Labor Day

A Chat With Saturday Night Live’s G.E. Smith…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with guitarist G.E. Smith. G.E. is best known as the leader of the Saturday Night Live Band from 1985 to 1995. He has also played with artists like Hall & Oates, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and David Bowie. His new album with singer LeRoy Bell, Stony Hill, is available now! 

An Evening With Triumph’s Rik Emmett & Onslaught’s Nige Rockett…

This edition of The Five Count featured exclusive interviews with two guitar shredders. First we were joined by guitarist Nige Rockett. Nige is best known as the founder and guitarist for the band Onslaught. Considered pioneers of the British thrash metal scene, Onslaught has been playing music since 1982. During the show he discussed how the new members of Onslaught have been fitting in with the band, how difficult it is for new bands to make a living playing heavy music, and Onslaught’s new album Generation Antichrist. Get your copy now!

Next we were joined by guitarist and singer Rik Emmett. Rik is best known as the singer, guitarist and founder for the band Triumph. Known for hits like Magic Power, Fight the Good Fight and Lay It on the Line, Triumph is a member of the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed why leaving Triumph allowed him to experiment with different sounds and styles, the possibility of a Triumph documentary, and the re-release of many of his solo albums on Round Hill Records. Download them today!

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite music documentaries and Ton told the story of his dominance at the North Mankato Fun Days Arm Wrestling Tournament. He drives truck, breaks arms and arm wrestles!

An Evening With Traffic’s Dave Mason…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with musician Dave Mason. Dave is best known as a former member of the band Traffic. He’s also played with Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed how he wound up working on so many classic albums, his memories of working on the film Skatetown U.S.A., and his new band Dave Mason & The Quarantines. Their new version of Dave’s song Feelin’ Alright is available now!

During the rest of the show we discussed our thoughts on bands starting to play shows again without social-distancing, Ton told a story about battling almond-stealing mice at an Airbnb, and then he opened a belated birthday gift. It was a copy of Predator 2 on LaserDisc!

An Evening With Spinal Tap’s Harry Shearer…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with the one and only Harry Shearer. Harry is best known for providing numerous voices for characters like “Mr. Burns” and “Ned Flanders” on the TV show The Simpsons. He’s also appeared in films like A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman, Wayne’s World 2, and is the longtime bassist for the band Spinal Tap. During the show he discussed his thoughts on today’s political climate being good for comedy, the latest group of musicians he’s playing with, and his latest single Son in Law. Find it on his upcoming album The Many Moods of Donald Trump!

During the rest of the show we argued about whether or not Ton should head to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year, discussed haunted houses in West Mankato, and celebrated Ton’s birthday! He’s growing up right before our ears!

An Evening With Kansas’ Ronnie Platt…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Ronnie Platt. Ronnie is best known as the singer for the band Kansas. Known for hits like Dust in the Wind, Point of Know Return and Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas has been making music since the early ‘70s. During the show he discussed how he joined Kansas, how the fans accepted him as the new singer, and the new Kansas album The Absence of Presence. Get your copy now!

During the rest of the show we discussed Dustin’s new mid-life crisis sandals, explained why men of a certain weight are required by law to wear Hawaiian shirts, and argued about board games. Mouse Trap isn’t as fun as you remember!

A Chat With The Facts Of Life’s Kim Fields…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with actress Kim Fields. Kim is best known for her roles as “Dorothy ‘Tootie’ Ramsey” on the TV show The Facts of Life an “Regine Hunter” on the TV show Living Single. She’s also appeared on shows like Diff’rent Strokes, Kenan & Kel, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Her new film Baby Blue premiers July 25 on BET Her!

An Evening With The Facts Of Life’s Lisa Whelchel…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with actress Lisa Whelchel. Lisa is best known for her role as “Blair Warner” on the TV show The Facts of Life. She also appeared on shows like The New Mickey Mouse Club and Survivor: Philippines. During the show she discussed hosting the TV show Collector’s Call, how she got involved with the show, and her life outside of acting. See the new season of Collector’s Call on MeTV!

During the rest of the show we argued about Little House on the Prairie, explained why our favorite Kiss songs are the ones sung by Peter Criss, and we broke the news that Ton is officially an ordained minister. You can refer to him as Reverend Ton from now on!