Musicians

An Evening With Slade’s Noddy Holder & Joan Jett And The Blackhearts’ Ricky Byrd…

This episode of The Five Count featured two exclusive interviews with music legends. First we were joined by singer and guitarist Noddy Holder. Noddy is best known as the frontman for the band Slade. Considered by many as the most successful British group of the 1970s, Slade has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. During the show he discussed the influence Slade had on musicians over the years, his career outside of Slade, and Slade’s new album Cum On Feel the Hitz. Get your copy today!

Next we were joined by guitarist Ricky Byrd. Ricky is best known as the former guitarist for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Playing on hits like I Love Rock ‘n Roll and I Hate Myself for Loving You, Ricky is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he reminisced about his years in the music business, explained his “Recovery Troubadour” nickname, and discussed his new album Sobering Times. It’s available now!

During the rest of the show we discussed who we would cast in a Billy Jack reboot, Dustin explained why he hates squirrels, and Ton educated the listeners about the difference between the little horses on his vast collection of polo shirts. We ended the night by eating a giant bag of tater tots!

An Evening With The “Weird Al” Yankovic Band’s Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz. Bermuda is best known as the longtime drummer for the “Weird Al” Yankovic band. He has played on every “Weird Al” Yankovic album dating back to 1983. During the show he discussed the last 40 years playing with Al, what the dynamic is in the recording studio, and his new book “Black & White & Weird All Over: The Lost Photographs of “Weird Al” Yankovic ’83 – ’86.” Get your copies now!

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite autumn drinks, reminisced about the days of driving in circles all night looking for trouble, and paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen. Ton admitted he prefers the “Sammy Hagar Era” Van Halen!

An Evening With Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with musician Dave Mustaine. Dave is best known as the singer, guitarist and founder of the band Megadeth. Known as one of the “big four” of American trash metal bands, Megadeth has sold nearly 40 million albums worldwide. During the show he discussed recording the upcoming Megadeth album, how former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman almost wound up playing with Madonna, and his new book “Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece.” Get your copy now!

During the rest of the show we discussed which U.S. President would best be portrayed by actor G.W. Bailey, Dustin accused Ton of standing him up at the Dairy Queen, and we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Megadeth’s Rust in Peace album. We took no prisoners!

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!