Musicians

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!

A Chat With Eddie Money…

The Five Count recently had a chance again to speak with the one and only Eddie Money. With a career dating back to the 1970s, Eddie is best known for hits like Baby Hold On, Two Tickets to Paradise, Shakin’, and Take Me Home Tonight. He’s also appeared in many TV shows including The Drew Carey Show and The King of Queens. Check out his new show, Real Money, on AXS TV!

An Evening With Ween’s Dean Ween…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with the one and only Dean Ween. Deaner is best known as one-half of the greatest band of all-time, Ween. He’s also a member of The Moistboyz and The Dean Ween Group. During the show he discussed the ins and outs of his new recording studio, why he loves Minnesota so much, and his new album rock2. Afterward, we practiced our Wesley Willis impressions. Rock over Minnesota! Rock on Wisconsin!

During the rest of the show we discussed illegal street-racing with Mike the Aussie, our favorite Ween memories, and regretted our decision to try the new Chipotle Queso. It was like cheese Malt-O-Meal!

An Evening With Wu-Tang Clan’s U-God…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with rapper Lamont “U-God” Hawkins. U-God is best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. He’s also released numerous solo albums, including Golden Arms Redemption and his latest release, Venom. During the show he discussed his new album, his thoughts on “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli buying Wu-Tang Clan’s album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and his new book “RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang.” Wu-Tang forever!

During the rest of the show we discussed why people who aren’t Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, created our new Wu-Tang names, mourned the loss of recently bankrupted Toys “R” Us, and gave away tickets to see Lorde & Run the Jewels at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Mar. 23. The Five Count forever!

An Evening With Accept’s Udo Dirkschneider…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Udo Dirkschneider. Udo is best known as the former singer for the band Accept. The voice behind songs like Fast as a Shark, Restless and Wild, and Balls to the Wall, he’s also the frontman for the band U.D.O. and his new band, Dirkschneider. During the show he discussed finding success in the U.S. with Accept, his decision to stop performing Accept songs on tour, and his recent recording of Frank Sinatra’s My Way. See Udo Dirkschneider live on Mar. 12 at The Cabooze in Minneapolis!

During the rest of the show we tested out our new bed music, argued over our new website design, and spoke with a woman in a bomb shelter in New England who was hiding from a nor’easter. Luckily, she still had The Five Count and a five-month supply of beans!

An Evening With Ted Nugent’s Derek St. Holmes…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Derek St. Holmes. Derek is best known as the former singer and guitarist for Ted Nugent. The voice behind songs like Hey Baby, Stranglehold, and Just What the Doctor Ordered, Derek has been making music since the mid-1970s. During the show he discussed his on-again off-again relationship with Ted Nugent, his band with Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, and the story behind his custom Gibson guitar. It was just what the doctor ordered!

During the rest of the show we discussed the grief some people give you for being a Ted Nugent fan, what kind of doctor Ton would be if he traveled back in time 400 years, and gave pointers to the KMSU news anchors. They could learn a lot from professionals like us.

An Evening With Dr. Demento…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with legendary radio personality Dr. Demento. A member of the Comedy Music Hall of Fame and National Radio Hall of Fame, Dr. Demento has been the host of The Dr. Demento Show since 1970. He was also instrumental in helping start the career of “Weird Al” Yankovic. We were also joined by John Cafiero, the producer of Dr. Demento’s new album Dr. Demento Covered In Punk. During the show they discussed the new album, the state of “novelty music” today, and hosting The Dr. Demento Show for nearly 50 years. Get the new album now!

During the rest of the show we argued over the proper way to eat corn dogs, Ton explained his acute fear of singer Lorde, and we discussed the possibility of a Prince hologram performing at the Super Bowl. It was 10 percent toilet humor and 90 percent novelty music!

The Five Count’s Ninth Annual Princemas Celebration – An Evening With fDELUXE-The Family’s St. Paul Peterson…

This edition of The Five Count was our ninth-annual Princemas celebration! The show featured an exclusive interview with St. Paul Peterson. Paul is best known as a former member the Prince-assembled bands The Time and The Family. In addition to playing with the likes of The Steve Miller Band, Kenny Loggins, and Peter Frampton, he currently plays with his new band fDELUXE. During the show he discussed being involved in the early days of the Minneapolis Sound, his decision to part ways with Prince, and his upcoming fDELUXE shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. See them live on Jan. 31!

During the rest of the show we discussed the origins of Princemas, spoke with Mike the Aussie about his love of INXS, and devised a plan to fill Ton’s casket with Coca-Cola and Mentos. Merry Princemas!


An Evening With Anthrax’s Scott Ian…

The first installment of The Five Count for 2018 featured an exclusive interview with guitarist Scott Ian. Scott is best known as a founder and guitarist for the band Anthrax. He’s also played with the likes of Stormtroopers of Death, Public Enemy, and The Damned Things. During the show Scott discussed the longevity of Anthrax, appearing on the TV show Married… With Children, his love for AC/DC’s Phil Rudd, and his new book “Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life.” We were caught in a mosh!

During the rest of the show we discussed which bands we would invite over for dinner, the dangers of letting cats eat your face, Ton considered moving to Waseca, and we tried to figure why we stopped listening to Led Zeppelin. It’s gonna be a great year!

A Chat With 98 Degrees…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak for a few minutes with Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. Yes, all four members of the group 98 Degrees. Known for hits like I Do (Cherish You), Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche), Because of You, and The Hardest Thing, 98 Degrees have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide since 1997. Their new Christmas album Let It Snow is available now!