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Real conversations with rock stars and music industry professionals.
26 Episodes
Where were you when you first heard Enter Sandman? In this episode, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s landmark, multi platinum album,  “Metallica” (aka The Black Album) Mel shares a few personal stories of meeting the band and behind scenes. Plus, a few listener stories. Strap in and turn it up!  News links:Which of the 53 new covers of songs from Metallica’s self-titled Black Album are the best? Metallica’s Black Album Transcended Metal. A New Covers Album Extends Its Reach Store Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: Mel Rox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email: Intro music by Twisterium.
She’s baaaaack.  This time to celebrate the 1yr anniversary of the pod, lay down some music news and a new tune! That and more on this episode of The Rock Junkie Podcast.Music News:STRYPER GUITARIST OZ FOX TO SIT OUT UPCOMING 2021 SHOWS, ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY REPLACEMENTSource: Link to Oz Merch - Listen to Mel interview Oz in 2018 - / Warrant - I Saw Red (Acoustic) – Jani Lane RIP watch video here:  TESLA's FRANK HANNON Confirms COVID-19 Diagnosis: 'I Have Not Been Able To Move All Week In Pain'Source:  SEBASTIAN BACH TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19Source:  Rudy Sarzo announces his return to Quiet Riot: “It's time for me to come home”Source:  Dirty Honey Social Media:·         Instagram: @dirtyhoneyband·         Website: Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: Mel Rox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email: Intro music by Twisterium.
Longtime friend, first time guest of the pod, Stacey David Blades joins Mel on this episode of The Rock Junkie Podcast.  You may know Stacey from his 10yr stint in LA Guns or Electric Radio Kings.  His new band, Crashing Wayward, is about to take off!  And you get in on the ride from the ground floor. 😉 Let's go! Social Media:·         Instagram: @ staceydavidblades ; @crashingwayward ·         Twitter: @CrashingWayward·         Facebook: @stacey.blades ; @crashing.wayward·         YouTube: ·         Websites:   Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: Mel Rox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email:  
Video didn't kill the radio star, covid did. Ok, maybe just stunned her a bit. After 30 years in radio, and with a bit of downtime, Mel decides it's finally time to rock the pod. 
In this short episode, Mel remembers and honors a few good souls we lost in May. Plus, thoughts on the sitch with David Ellefson & Megadeth. Intro music by Twisterium.Whitesnake “Is this Love” video: RJP episodes featuring David:Episode 3: 22: Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: @mel.roxvegas; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email:
David Ellefson of Megadeth and his coconspirator, Drew Fortier, join Mel this week to talk about their latest literary collaboration, Rock Star Hitman. Plus, what other podcast will you hear a reference to the 80’s horror movie, Chud? AND...the power of yes!The Sledge Chronicles: Rock Star Hitman can be ordered here: Ellefson Coffee Co: Media:·         Instagram: @davidellefsonbass ; @megadeth ; @drew.fortier·         Twitter: @ellefsondavid ; @megadeth ; @DrewFortier·         Facebook: ; ;·         YouTube:  ;  ·         Websites: ; ;  Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: @MelRox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email:  
Donnie Vie, best known as the singer & songwriter for the band Enuff Z'Nuff, joins Mel this week to talk new music, vinyl and the upcoming EnZ box set (links below). He also shares the difficulties of being bipolar and living with anxiety. Plus, music news!Social Media:·         Instagram: @kingofpowerpop·         Facebook: @DonnieVieOfficial·         Twitter: @kingofpowerpop·         TikTok: @kingofpowerpop·         Website: ENUFF Z’NUFF – PEACH FUZZ (LIMITED EDITION PEACH VINYL) ENUFF Z’NUFF – DISSONANCE (LIMITED EDITION COLORED VINYL)  Music News Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 nominees announcedSource: DR. PHILGOOD … Nikki Sixx appears on Dr. Phil along with Bret Michaels to help clear the air with fan Tina who has been Catfished by impersonatorsSource:  Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: Mel Rox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email: 
Though best known for his work as an original member of seminal 80’s rock band Dokken, Jeff has played bass and sung with various groups including Dio and MSG,  Jeff is currently the bassist for Foreigner, which he joined in 2004, which keeps him mighty busy. One of his most recent projects with George Lynch from Dokken is The End Machine.  We’ll talk about that, as well as another fun project they’ve recently worked on called Heavy Hitters, an entire album of covers. He’ll explain how that came about. He was also in the movie Rock Star, 2001, as fictional heavy metal bassist Jörgen and voiced Johnny Cage in the 2011 video game Mortal Kombat. But wait. There’s more…he teaches yoga as well! So get ready to inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit…and rock your chakra!Heavy HittersOrder the album: Stream the single: Let Jeff be your Yogi - Social Media:•             Instagram: @therealjeffpilson; @dokken_official; @theendmachine•             Twitter: @JeffPilson; @Dokken; @EndMachine•             Facebook: @OfficialJeffPilson; @DokkenOfficial; @TheEndMachine•             Website: •             YouTube: The Rock Junkie PodcastFacebook: @rockjunkiepodcast ; @mel.roxvegas Instagram: @melroxlvEmail: 
So...this week was a bit of a hot mess for the US.  Mel breaks it down and adds a little old timey radio flair. Plus, music news! Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Sought by Police for Storming the U.S. CapitolSource: Tom Morello and Twitter respond to those people only just realising Rage Against The Machine are politicalSource : The Rock Junkie PodcastFacebook: ; Instagram: @melroxlv Email:
2020...only accurately captured in an emoji. 😬  There were some good stories, though.  Really! A Pandemic of Good News: The Top 50 Positive Stories of 2020Source: Dolly Parton saved her 9-year-old costar from an oncoming carSource: KISS's NYE Pay-Per-View Breaks Guinness Records For Highest Flame Projection + Most Flame Projections In Music ConcertSource: Auld Lang Syne (Rock Version)Source: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” —William Shakespeare“No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.” — Jack KornfieldSometimes when things don’t go as planned, we just need to make a new plan. 😉 May the new year bring you peace, joy, and happiness.The Rock Junkie PodcastFacebook: ; Instagram: @melroxlvEmail: 
So many questions…and so little time! That’s what a quickie means. What were you thinking? Questions like…were the Scorpions CIA agents with mullets? How is Dave Grohl so freaking cool?  What are you getting Mel for Christmas? (hint: sharing the podcast is THE perfect gift for her) Plus, Christmas songs from Mitch Perry Group & Red Voodoo  on this episode of The Rock Junkie Podcast. Music News for 12-18-20Podcast About Whether CIA Wrote SCORPIONS' 'Wind Of Change' Is Being Adapted For TelevisionSource: Foo Fighters Explain Decision to Release ‘Medicine at Midnight’ During PandemicSource: Pre-order new album at or here: Therapists Predict How The Holidays Will Affect Our Mental HealthSource: you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.The Rock Junkie PodcastFacebook: ; Instagram: @melroxlvEmail: 
Brian Wheat is best known as the bass guitar player for the multi-platinum rock band, Tesla. While you may not be familiar with him by name, Brian has enjoyed the spoils of success and lived the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. But it came at a cost, one that took years to repair. In his deeply honest and utterly revealing memoir, he sheds light on the many challenges he faces, including bulimia, weight issues, and the crippling anxiety and depression caused by his conditions.  In this episode we’ll talk about his new autobiography, Son of a Milkman My Crazy Life with Tesla, out on Tuesday, which includes stories of life on the road, collaborations and encounters with his friends in Def Leppard, David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Paul McCartney and more. Plus, a Wayne/Garth/Steven Tyler/Joe Perry reunion AND…Dave Grohl loves tacos! That and more on this episode of The Rock Junkie Podcast.Son of a Milkman: My Crazy Life with TeslaOrder the book here: Social Media:Instagram: @teslaband ; @brianwheatTwitter: @brianwheat ; @TeslaBandFacebook: @BrianWheatTesla ; @TeslaBandWebsite: YouTube: Music News for 12-11-20Watch AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER And JOE PERRY Take Part In 'Wayne's World' Virtual ReunionSource:  Watch the video here: Dave Grohl Wants to Feed You Tacos and Booze for CharitySource: The Rock Junkie PodcastFacebook: ; Instagram: @melroxlvEmail: 
Andrew Freeman is an American rock vocalist and guitarist who has played in a number of bands including The Offspring, Lynch Mob and is currently the frontman for Last in Line, which features the reunited original members of Dio. Pipes, as they say in the biz, he’s got ‘em.  Plus he’s got a new gig in Vegas with all his rock star friends! 😎 That and more on this episode of The Rock Junkie Podcast. Long Live Rock The ShowSat/Sun December 12th & 13th at Notoriety Live in Las Vegas.Head over to to purchase your tickets!Social Media:·         Instagram: @ andrewfreemanofficial ; @LastInLineOfficial·         Twitter: @AndruFreeman; @lastinline·         Facebook: @andrewfreemanmusic ; @LastInLine·         Website: ;; ·         YouTube: ; Music News for 12-4-20METALLICA Monopoly Returns With 'World Tour' EditionSource: WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Dons Santa Claus Outfit For Holiday Video MessageSource: Whitesnake - A Holiday Message From David Coverdale 2020 The Rock Junkie PodcastFacebook: ; Instagram: @melroxlvEmail:   
Duuuuude! It’s Thanksgiving. Gather round, or socially distance, and let the turkeys fly! (or not) Hope you got your fat pants on!The Thanksgiving episode of WKRP in Cincinnati was based on a real turkey giveaway that went horribly wrong. Oh, the humanity, indeed!,It%20was%20a%20Thanksgiving%20promotion.%22 Thanksgiving Day Quotes:“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” - Eckhart Tolle“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” - Randy Pausch“What if today, we were just grateful for everything?” - Charlie BrownShow Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: Mel Rox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email: 
From the Sunset Strip to Twitch, Britt Pennella has been there done that.  And he keeps on doin! Join the convo as Britt and Mel talk about the best heavy metal party on the internet. Plus, let’s talk turkey! That and more on this episode of The Rock Junkie Podcast.Social Media:·         Instagram: @brittpennella·         Facebook: @blackboardjungleofficial·         Twitch: ·         YouTube: News 11-20-20Peanuts fans will get Thanksgiving and Christmas specials on TV after allSource: Thanksgiving Safety TipsSource: People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your PetsSource: The Secret to Living is Giving!Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 50 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 17 million children.If you need help or you’d like to help:  Three Square Food Bank –   Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: Mel Rox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email: 
After spending decades standing alongside such heavy hitters as Michael Schenker, Cher, Edgar Winter, Lita Ford, Aerosmith and more, legendary guitarist Mitch Perry has formed the Mitch Perry Group. If southern rock and the blues had a baby, this would be it. So strap in and get ready to Believe. Plus, why we don’t ch ch ch, ah ah ah on Friday the 13th and Ticketmaster cares about your health.  That and more in this episode of The Rock Junkie Podcast! Social Media:·         Instagram:·         Facebook: @MitchPerryGroup·         YouTube: mitchperrygroup·         Website: Mitch Perry Group – “Believe” video: Music News 11-13-20Ticketmaster will not mandate event-goers be vaccinated for COVID-19, but is working on tech to ensure safetySource: Show Contact:·         Instagram: @melroxlv·         Facebook: Mel Rox; @rockjunkiepodcast·         Email: 
2020 – The dumpster fire that keeps on giving.  At the time of recording this episode, we’re 7 months deep in a pandemic, 40 million are people out of work, oh and smack dab in the middle of a highly contentious Presidential election. And it’ can’t be easy, oh no, we’re on day 3 of an election bender right now. No matter which side you’re on, you’re pissed off and can’t understand why it’s so close. And there lies our biggest problem. 🤨This week I’ve got a little help from my friends. One of my emotional support Canadians, Todd Kerns, shows us a Little Grace, while Roxy Gunn & Crimson Riot inspire us to “riot” for good!“And, in the endThe love you takeis equal to the love you make.”― Paul McCartney Social Media: Todd Kerns·         Instagram: @toddkerns·         Twitter: @todddammitkerns·         Facebook: @ToddDammitKerns  ·         YouTube: ·         Website: Roxy Gunn/Crimson Riot·         Instagram: @roxygunn; @theroxygunnproject; @crimsonriotband·         Twitter: @roxygunnproject·         Facebook: @roxygunnproject; @crimsonriotband·         Website: 
Warlock, Lemmy, KISS and so much more! For almost 40 years, Queen of Metal, Doro Pesch, has seen it all.  In this episode, Doro discusses drive in concerts, the new CD set and a touching story on why she is so darn sweet.  Get ready to raise your fist!Doro Pesch "Magic Diamonds - Best Of Rock, Ballads & Rare Treasures" available on November 13th. Social Media:·         Instagram: @dorometalqueen·         Twitter: @DoroOfficial·         Facebook: @DoroPeschOfficial  ·         YouTube: ·         Website: Muertos  - 
Quiet Riot and Hookers & Blow guitarist Alex Grossi talks guitar heroes, losing great friend and bandmate Frankie Banali and Tiger King music. Yes, you read that correctly. PLUS, upcoming show!Social Media:·         Instagram: @alexgrossi1976; @ quietriotband; @hnb_official·         Twitter: @AlexGrossi ; @Hookers_N_Blow·         Facebook: ·         Website: ; And don't forget to catch Hookers & Blow THIS Saturday night!  You can watch the show streaming live OR in person!  For more info and tix: News for 10-16-20Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Kicks Off ‘Front Row Live’ Series With Alice Cooper on Halloween Source: AC/DC ON THEIR NEW ALBUM POWER UP: THIS ONE’S FOR MALCOLM YOUNGSource: ALTER BRIDGE's MARK TREMONTI To Record New Solo Album In NovemberSource: 
Episode description:Legendary Great White guitarist discusses the ups and downs of the music industry, sobriety, faith and the pandemic blues.  Social Media:·         Instagram: @mr._greatwhite·         Twitter: @MarkKendall_GW ·         Facebook: ;   ·         Website:  ·         YouTube: Music News for 10-9-20Eddie Van Halen Thought His Tongue Cancer Was Caused From Putting Guitar Picks in His MouthSource: David Lee Roth on Eddie Van Halen’s Passing: “What a Long Great Trip It’s Been”Source: SAMMY HAGAR Had Secretly Been In Contact With EDDIE VAN HALEN For Last Few Months: 'It's Been A Love Fest'Source: For more information on tongue and throat cancers: The Rock Junkie PodcastFacebook: ; Instagram: @melroxlvEmail: 
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