Musicians

A Chat With Walk Off The Earth’s Joel Cassady & Amo Amo’s Omar Velasco…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with members of two bands who are making their way through Minnesota this week. First we spoke with singer/guitarist Omar Velasco. Omar is currently a member of the band Amo Amo. Amo Amo is a psychedelic dream pop band from Los Angeles, California. See Amo Amo live on May 14 at First Avenue with Jim James of My Morning Jacket!

We also had a chance to speak with drummer Joel Cassady. Joel is a member of the band Walk off the Earth. Walk off the Earth is a Canadian indie pop band from Burlington, Ontario. See Walk off the Earth on May 18 at The Myth!

An Evening With Survivor’s Dave Bickler & UFO’s Michael Schenker…

This installment of The Five Count featured exclusive interviews with two rock mainstays. First we were joined by singer Dave Bickler. Dave is best known as the former singer for the band Survivor. He provided the vocals for hits like Eye of the Tiger, American Heartbeat, and Poor Man’s Son. During the show he discussed how Survivor was approached by Sylvester Stallone to work on the Rocky III Soundtrack, being the voice of the “Real Men of Genius” ads for Bud Light, and the release of his new solo album Darklight. Get your copy today!

Next we were joined by guitarist Michael Schenker. Michael is best known as the former guitarist for the band UFO. He’s also a former member of The Scorpions, Ratt, and The Michael Schenker Group. During the show he discussed the recording of the new Michael Schenker Fest album, what it’s like working with four different singers on stage, and why he shows no signs of slowing down. Catch Michael Schenker performing in a town near you!

During the rest of the show we talked about our favorite Happy Hardcore Miami Booty Bass songs, bragged about our Patreon-exclusive WrestleMania 35 roundtable, and discussed the 25th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. Somehow, it turned into a story about Ton’s mastery of air hockey!

An Evening With The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with musician Tom Johnston. Tom is best known as the guitarist and lead singer for The Doobie Brothers. He’s performed on such hits as China Grove, Jesus Is Just Alright, Long Train Runnin’, and Listen to the Music. During the show he discussed the longevity of The Doobie Brothers, touring with Carlos Santana, and announced The Doobie Brothers’ new album. See The Doobie Brothers and Santana on Aug. 3 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul!

During the rest of the show we were treated to songs and stories from a three-year-old, decided which dead people we would like to co-host the show with, and spent a lot of time discussing astronomy. Ton was especially interested in Uranus!

An Evening With Tesla’s Brian Wheat…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with musician Brian Wheat. Brian is best known as the bassist for the band Tesla. Known for hits like Modern Day Cowboy, Love Song, Signs, and What You Give, Tesla has been touring the globe since the early ‘80s. During the show he discussed the longevity of the band, why they enjoy playing in Minnesota, and Tesla’s new album Shock. See Tesla live at The Myth in Maplewood, Minn. on May 31!

During the rest of the show we explained which Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion album was best, discussed our favorite John Candy moments, heard the tale of Fred Flintstone’s birthday party, and griped about the lack of people wanting to give us money on Patreon. It’s a sound investment, folks!

An Evening With Dionne Warwick…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with singer Dionne Warwick. Dionne is best known for hits like That’s What Friends Are For, Walk on By, I Say a Little Prayer, and (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls. She’s also won numerous Grammy awards and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. During the show she discussed her memories of recording We Are the World, working with Donald Trump on the TV show The Celebrity Apprentice, and her new album She’s Back. Get your copy today!

During the rest of the show we discussed misconceptions about Saint Patrick’s Day, the proper ways to poison a hotdish, and ranked our favorite chewing gum commercial jingles. We want our black ninja and we want him now!

A Chat With The Youngbloods’ Jesse Colin Young…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with musician Jesse Colin Young. Jesse is best known as the founder and lead singer of the band The Youngbloods. Known for songs like Get Together, Running Bear, and Darkness, Darkness, Jesse has also had a successful solo career. His new album Dreamers is available now!

An Evening With Megadeth’s David Ellefson & Anthrax’s Frank Bello…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with musicians David Ellefson & Frank Bello. David is best known as the bassist of Megadeth. Frank is best known as the bassist for Anthrax. Together they form the band Altitudes & Attitude. During the show they discussed how Altitudes & Attitude came to be, their new album Get It Out, and what’s next for their respective bands. Get the album Get It Out on Megaforce Records!

During the rest of the show we scoured the internet for Inspector Gadget toys, discussed which concerts we would go back to if we had a time machine, and reminisced about the days when everyone had a waterbed. If you have one you’re looking to get rid of, please contact Ton immediately!

The Five Count’s 10th Annual Princemas Celebration – An Evening With Vanity 6’s Brenda Bennett…

This installment of The Five Count was our 10th annual Princemas celebration! It featured an exclusive interview with musician Brenda Bennett. Brenda is best known as a member of the groups Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6. She also appeared in the film Purple Rain. During the show she discussed her early years in music, her years working with Prince, and what prompted her decision to start making music again. Merry Princemas!

During the rest of the show we discussed other radio holidays we could celebrate in addition to Princemas, Ton explained the damage that Chappelle’s Show has done to the careers of Prince and Rick James, and we tried to figure out why some men wear kilts year-round. It seems you need to posses chicken legs to pull it off!

An Evening With The Beach Boys’ Mike Love…

This was our installment of “A Five Count Christmas” for 2018. It featured an exclusive interview with singer Mike Love. Mike is best known as the founder and singer for The Beach Boys. Being from one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and influential bands of all time, Mike is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed The Beach Boys’ history of making Christmas music, the possibility of appearing in an upcoming episode of Fuller House, and his new album Reason for the Season. Find it in a Christmas stocking near you!

During the rest of the show we discussed which celebrity guests we’d like to get on the show in 2019, exchanged Christmas gifts, and did our best to spread holiday cheer to the gentle listeners. Ton wore some mistletoe on his belt… the ultimate gag gift!

An Evening With Lakeside’s Mark Wood, Jr….

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with singer Mark Wood, Jr. Mark is best known as the lead singer for the band Lakeside. Known for hits like Fantastic Voyage, Raid, and It’s All the Way Live, Lakeside traces its roots back to 1969. During the show he discussed why so many funk bands came out of Ohio, his thoughts on Coolio’s Fantastic Voyage remake, and the current incarnation of Lakeside. Ride on the funk, y’all!

During the rest of the show we discussed our strategies for the Nickelodeon Super Toy Run, ranked our favorite stand-up comedians, and gave away tickets to WWE presents NXT Live! On Dec. 8 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. We braved a blizzard to bring you great radio!