Tuesday, February 23, 2016

5 Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Podcasts You Need to Listen To

I think it’s safe to admit it. I’m addicted to podcasts. It’s all I listen to in my car. It has completely replaced radio. I’ve written about the 20 Marketing Podcasts You Need to Listen to … and 9 MORE Marketing Podcasts.

Well, I’ve found a few music podcasts that have made their way into my regular rotation. These podcasts offer artists another way to promote their latest projects. This is especially useful for the bands that can’t get their songs played on regular radio. Plus, the podcast audience is specifically there to hear about rock music.

Ok, that’s enough marketing talk. Back to the rock! While there a quite a few podcasts to choose from, the following are must listens to fans of rock music. If you like the latest in music news, a little nostalgia and a touch of comedy mixed in, you’ll want to add these to your playlist.

If you’re a fan of Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) and That Metal Show, this podcast is a no brainer. Each week, Trunk offers an interview with the biggest names in rock music, as well as his take on the latest rock news.

Many of his interviews are exclusive to the podcast. Recent guests have included Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick). He also has interviewed record producers who have worked on some of the biggest records in rock.

WWE Superstar and Fozzy lead singer, Chris Jericho (@IamJericho) offers a weekly take on all things entertainment. Pulling heavily from his wrestling and rock star friends, Jericho’s podcast is a fun glimpse into both worlds in a style that is uniquely Jericho.

Past music guests have included Paul Stanley (KISS), David Coverdale (Whitesnake),  Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Duff McKagen (Guns ‘n Roses). You might even hear a Fozzy song or two.

No Guitar is Safe is the official podcast of Guitar Player Magazine. It’s hosted by Guitar Player editor and guitarist Jude Gold (@Jude_Gold). Gold interviews some of the best rock guitarists out there. They discuss stories around the songs and performances of the artists, as well as get into some technical talk about their equipment and guitar preferences. But, the best part of this podcast is that the guitarists actually play live.

Guests have included John 5 (Rob Zombie), Vic Johnson (Sammy Hagar) and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper).

Former rock journalist Chris Czynszak (@ChrisDBGeek) and rock radio veteran Aaron Camaro offer a weekly rock and metal discussion show. Along with sharing memories of artists and periods of rock history, they offer years in review, deep dives into some of the best albums of the ‘70s , ‘80s and ‘90s and other themes for an entertaining look back at some of the best moments in hard rock.

The name of this podcast pretty much tells you exactly what it is. Regular hosts are writers and producers, Mark Strigl (@Strigl) and John Ostronomy. They talk about the latest news and releases in rock music, as well as interview artists and producers. They also get help from a couple of Mitches: Mitch Joel (@MitchJoel) (Host of Groove– The No Treble Podcast) and Mitch Lafon (Host of the One on One with Mitch Lafon podcast).

Coincidentally, on a content marketing note, Mitch Joel is a brilliant marketer/author/speaker.  I’ve seen him speak on marketing, read his books and listen to his marketing podcast, Six Degrees of Separation. It was a very pleasant surprise to stumble upon him on this podcast too.

Never one to hold back from giving his opinion, Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider (@DeeSnider) offers a weekly podcast. Beyond giving his thoughts on rock music, Snider also talks politics and life in general.

Although he recently completed his final episode, all 39 episodes are available to download. He may bring it back, but he said on his final show that it wasn’t going the way he wanted it to. If you’re a fan of Dee Snider’s work or just want a straight look at rock and roll, these episodes are worth checking out.

Do you have a favorite podcast that we should check out? Tell us in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and if you like this post, please share it with a friend.


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