Musicians

A Chat With Kristin Kontrol’s Kristin Welchez…

We recently had a chance to speak with musician Kristin Welchez. Formally known as “Dee Dee” from the group Dum Dum Girls, Kristin is now fronting the group Kristin Kontrol. Their new album X-Communicate is out now. See Kristin Kontrol open for Garbage on July 7 at Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis.

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An Evening With X’s John Doe…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with John Doe. John is best known as the vocalist and bassist for the band X. He’s also a well-known actor, appearing in films like Great Balls of Fire!, The Decline of Western Civilization, Boogie Nights, and Road House. During the show he discussed his longevity in the music business, working on the film Road House, and his new book “Under the Big Black Sun.” He gave us the once over twice!

During the rest of the program we discussed who is the greatest living musician now that Prince is gone, Ton explained his intense hatred for The Pixies, we paid tribute to the late Prince Be of P.M. Dawn, and gave a shout-out to all the fathers out there. Happy Father’s Day!

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An Evening With Biz Markie…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with rapper Biz Markie. Biz is best known for hits like Just a Friend, Vapors, What Comes Around Goes Around, and his collaborations with groups like The Rolling Stones and The Beastie Boys. He’s also appeared in TV shows like In Living Color, Yo Gabba Gabba!, The Andy Milonakis Show, and SpongeBob SquarePants. During the show he discussed his early days in hip hop, the copyright lawsuit he faced in the ’90s, and what he’s up to now. Oh, snap!

During the rest of the show we discarded our indoor voices, reminisced about our favorite flexi discs from our childhoods, Ton announced his new YouTube channel, and we argued over who is the bigger Jonny Lang fan. Turns out, we’re both tied for last place.

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An Evening With The Misfits’ Michale Graves…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Michale Graves. Michale is best known as the former singer for The Misfits. In addition to performing on albums like American Psycho and Famous Monsters, he’s also released numerous solo albums. During the show he discussed his days with The Misfits, his thoughts on being involved in World Championship Wrestling in the late ’90s, and the solo records he’s working on now. It seems like he’s always releasing something!

During the rest of the show we gave the listeners advice on how to make their prom nights magical, discussed who we would like to see put on U.S. currency, let babies scream into the mics, and gave away tickets to the Minneapolis Wizard World Comic Con for May 6-8. We hit that perfect beat, boy!

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An Evening With James Brown & The J.B.’s Maceo Parker…

This episode of The Five Count Featured an exclusive interview with the legendary Maceo Parker. Maceo is best known as the former saxophonist for James Brown. He’s also played with Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, De La Soul, Deee-Lite, and many more. During the show he discussed his early days in the music business, his memories of working with James Brown, his transition to working with George Clinton, and why he thinks Prince might be on a level above both James and George. The funk was funkier than ever!

During the rest of the show we gave our thoughts on the latest Wrestlemania, discussed the band Technotronic in great detail, explained how the brand of Ton is slowly becoming a generic term, and Dustin revealed that the film Maximum Overdrive was based on something that happened in his life. We made you!

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An Evening With Dio’s Vivian Campbell…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with guitar virtuoso Vivian Campbell! Vivian is best known as the former guitarist for the band Dio. He’s also played with Def Leppard, Sweet Savage, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, and his new band Last in Line. During the show he discussed his days playing with Ronnie James Dio, being the guitarist for Def Leppard, and Last in Line’s new album Heavy Crown. Get it now!

During the rest of the show we explained what would happen if Ton were found dead in the KMSU studios, discussed the news that Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are coming to town, considered making our own Muppets, and reminisced about Ton’s mom’s tenure in En Vogue. What a show, what a mighty good show!

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An Evening With Jesus Christ Superstar’s Ted Neeley…

This edition of The Five Count was another award-winning Easter special. It featured an exclusive interview with actor Ted Neeley. Ted is best known for his role as “Jesus Christ” in the film Jesus Christ Superstar. He also appeared in the rock operas Hair, Tommy, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road, and the film Django Unchained. During the show he discussed his early days in the business, how he landed the role of “Jesus” by accident, and the impact Jesus Christ Superstar has had on people’s lives. It was an Easter tale for the ages!

During the rest of the show we reminisced about Easter specials of the past, freaked out over the news that Axl Rose is the new singer for AC/DC, discussed the menu at the Last Supper, and drank enough Shasta to choke a camel! Ton barfed in church the next day!

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An Evening With Lita Ford…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Lita Ford. Starting her career at age 16 as the guitarist for The Runaways, Lita has been touring the globe for more than 40 years. She’s best known for hits like Kiss Me Deadly, Shot of Poison, and Close My Eyes Forever with Ozzy Osbourne. During the show she discussed her days in The Runaways, paving the way for other women in rock, and her new book Living Like a Runaway. It’s available at bookstores now!

During the rest of the show we announced the sale of Ton’s upcoming tell-all book, discussed the possibility of a Five Count sex tape, Dustin told a story about riding dirt bikes with Linda Blair, and Ton coughed a lot. He may have mono.

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A Chat With Tab Hunter…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with ’50s heartthrob Tab Hunter. Tab is best known for appearing in films like Damn Yankees, The Burning Hills, Grease 2, Lust in the Dust, and Polyester. He also had a string of hit records, including the hit “Young Love” which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks.

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The Five Count’s 600th Show – An Evening With Judas Priest’s K.K. Downing…

This installment of The Five Count was our 600th episode! It featured an exclusive interview with K.K. Downing. K.K. is best known as the former lead guitarist for the band Judas Priest. Trading riffs with guitarist Glen Tipton, K.K. played on every Judas Priest album from 1974’s Rocka Rolla to 2009’s A Touch Of Evil: Live. During the show he discussed his days in Judas Priest, why he decided to leave the band, and his influence on today’s metal scene. He’s the reason The Five Count is hell bent for leather!

During the rest of the show we reminisced about the last 599 episodes, offered the listeners advice on how to escape the “friend zone” unscathed, considered lifting the moratorium on Robocop-related mailbag questions, and discussed the ingredients needed for the perfect sausage party! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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