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Today we have Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers / Steely Dan on the show. This man has written some of the greatest songs to every hit the FM Dial including Minute by Minute, What a Fool Believes, Takin It To The Streets and I Keep Forgettin. Michael sits down with me today for an In-Depth conversation on his Career in Music. This episode is brought to you by Skillshare Use the link for a free month of Skillshare 
Episode 666 is here and what better guest to have than the legend himself King Diamond of Mercyful Fate. King and I sat down today for a long In-Depth conversation on all things King Diamond including, Influences, Songwriting, Lyrics, Mercyful Fate and even some Car Talk. Mercyful Fate and King Diamond have been a massive influence to the metal world and it was an Honor to sit down with the King. I hope you all enjoy this episode. Brought to you by Better Help. If you want online therapy Better Help is the spot. Hit the link for a Delraiser deal.  
Today my good friend comedian Jim Florentine returns to the show to talk about his new comedy record Terrorizing Telemarketers 7 which is currently #1 on iTunes. Jim and I also dive into what its like opening for bands as a comedian, Baseball in San Francisco and of course Metal Music. Thanks for tuning in. If you want to support the podcast join my Patreon at Have a great week and don't forget to subscribe on iTunes and Youtube. DDR 
Today I dive into The start of the Marcus King Rock and Comedy Youngblood Tour. Big bands side bands Incredible films I forgot about and the iPhone 14 that no one cares about. brought to you by Skillshare Skillshare - Use the link to get a fantastic offer. Start learning now.  
Today my friend Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs returns to the show to talk all about their new masterpiece record "How Do You Burn" which comes out this Friday. This record is absolutely next level and I have not stopped spinning it all week. It was so good to catch up with Greg on all things Whigs. We dive into all kinds of topics including his early days in LA working at Tower Records, Peter Falk aka Columbo teaching him about Jazz, recording in the desert and Touring in Europe during a heat wave. I love this episode. Have a great week and looking forward to seeing you guys out on the road. DDR  
Kaya Stewart has been writing and recording songs since she was 13 years old. Sure Dave Stewart of Eurythmics is her Dad but that doesn't guarantee talent or success and she knows that. After a song she wrote and recorded blew up on Soundcloud, records labels started knocking on her door.  Soon she found herself on Warner Brothers Records and out on the Vans Warped Tour but it wasn't all dreamy. Kaya decided to start over and do things her way. During the Pandemic she was diagnosed with OCD which was the catalyst to write the collection of songs that make up her new album IF THINGS GO SOUTH which was co-written and co-produced by Dave Stewart. The record comes out Sept 30th and will be available on all streaming platforms. Kaya has an incredible voice and is a great songwriter and I really dig some of the songs on her new album. I think you guys are really gonna dig this episode. Brought to you by Betterhelp use the code to get 10 percent off online therapy.¬_found=1&gor=start 
Today on Let There Be Talk I go solo and dive into all kinds of  stuff like  -  The unveiling of the beautiful Brody Stevens Mural Metallica's Garage Days Re-Revisited turning 35 years old Touring in the 70's with no WiFi and staying motivated in Life. Thanks for tuning in and make sure you have a fantastic week out there. DDR  
#660 : Gene Simmons of KISS

#660 : Gene Simmons of KISS


Today we go to another level on the show with my ultimate dream guest Mr Gene Simmons of KISS. 11 years ago when I started this show I made a list of Dream Guest and Gene was at the top. This man completely changed my life in 1977 and is 100 percent the reason I pursued a life in the Arts. Over 660 episodes of Let There Be Talk and 80 percent of them all said Kiss is the reason they started playing music. To quote my good friend Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta KISS is The Gateway into Rock n Roll and he could not be more correct. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it. Keep the candles lit my friends DDR
Today my friend Marcus King stops by the show to talk all about his new album Young Blood coming out Aug 26th on American Recordings. I have loved this mans music from the first day I heard him and can not stop telling people about him. Marcus and I dive into whats been going on with him over the last couple of years including working with Dan Auerbach again in the studio, co-writing with Desmond Child and our Rock and Comedy tour that is about to start in Sept.   King has been an outlier from the very beginning. A fourth generation musician from Greenville, SC, who learned guitar at age 3 from his blues rock musician father Marvin King. He navigated troublesome school years to quickly become known as one of the most promising young artists of our time. He followed breakout success with The Marcus King Band, with his Auerbach produced 2020 solo album debut, El Dorado. It garnered a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Americana Album” and critical praise from The New York Times to NPR’s Weekend Edition. With unparalleled performance prowess and a dynamic live show, King has sold out historic venues from The Beacon to The Filmore. He has opened for Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet and Nathaniel Rateliff and graced the bills of Stagecoach, Fuji Rock, Rock Werchter and more. He also recently launched his own custom Gibson guitar and signature Orange guitar amplifier, the MK Ultra, which sold out before it even hit the stores.   King recently announced a massive headline US tour, with dates through September and October 2022 supporting the release of his forthcoming solo album, Young Blood. He will be taking his stadium sized sound to esteemed venues across the U.S, including two nights at venues such as New York’s Beacon Theatre and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Neal Francis and Ashland Craft support select dates, and the tour features comedy by Dean Del Ray. Tickets on sale now.
Today my friend Robby Staebler of All Them Witches returns to the show to fill me in on what ATW is up to. The band has been dropping a new song a month for their new project called The Bakers Dozen and they are also about to start a European tour next month. All Them Witches has been one of my favorite new bands over the last 5 years and I can't recommend them enough. Do yourself a favor and dive into their incredible records and definitely see this band live. Let There Be Talk is brought to you Better Help. Click the link for a special offer.¬_found=1&gor=start 
Today I sit down with my friend Dave Elitch and talk about his life behind the Drum Kit playing with legends. Dave has played Drums for The Mars Volta, Antemasque, Weezer, Killer Be Killed and so many more. When Dave isn't in the recording studio or out on tour with a band he's teaching drums to some of the biggest in the biz. This is a fantastic episode on Drums, Watches, Cars and Life. Brought to you by my sponsor Better Help. Get professional therapy online¬_found=1&gor=start
Today is new music day with Kenny Becker of the Los Angeles band Goon. Kenny stops by and talks all about Goon's new record Hour Of Green that came out last Friday, July 15th 2022. Goon is a fantastic indie band that is drawing love from everyone all over town including Reggie Watts. Make sure you also check out their other record Heaven is Humming. Kenny not only writes the songs but he also does all the artwork for the band. Help spread the word of new music. DDR
Today on Let There Be Talk we have the legend himself drummer Thommy Price. Thommy is best know as the groove behind Joan Jett and The Blackhearts but early on he played with Scandal recording the hit song The Warrior. From Scandal Thommy joined Billy Idol and recorded the Hit record Rebel Yell which exploded all over radio and MTV. Thommy spent a few years with Billy Idol touring all over the world before settling into The Blackhearts for 28 years. This mans stories are amazing. Hope to see you guys in Fort Collins Colorado this week at The Comedy Fort July 15 and 16. Keep Rocking  Join my Patreon for bonus episodes and Zooms   
Today I go solo for a special 4th of July episode. I dive into some old 4th of July stories, The Soundgarden catolog  Wimbledon Tennis Champions  and Lowrider cars Have a great 4th my friends. See you in Austin Tx this Saturday July 9th Tickets at 
Today we have another drummer/songwriter on the show Mr Hunt Sales. You may have heard Hunt laying down the groove on your favorite Iggy Pop records or early Todd Rundgren records and of course who could forget the great Tin Machine with David Bowie. Hear how Hunt and his brother Tony got started back in the day, What it was like having Soupy Sales as his father and what he's working on these days. Thanks for tuning in and please leave a review and subscribe to my Youtube and ITunes channels. Thanks DDR  
Today we have a Rock n Roll lifer on the show Mr Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. I have been listening to this mans music since the 90's and I have to say he is a huge influence on me with his outlook on art and work ethic. With over 19 records out and more to come this man is the real deal. Anton has never been afraid to speak his mind and also explore all kinds of sounds and feelings in his music. The Brian Jonestown are currently out on tour and also have 2 new records coming out including Fire Doesn't Grow on Trees which will be out June 24th. Anton and I sit down and dive deep into all things Jonestown so sit back and enjoy this conversation.
My guest today is the punk rock legend John Doe of the Los Angeles band X. John has been making incredible music most of his life including his new solo record Fables in a Foreign land which is out right now. John and I dive into the early days of X and working with Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Playing the David Letterman show in the 80's, writing and recording during Covid and living in different parts of the country. Catch John out on tour with his solo band and also with X all this summer. This episode is brought to you by Copy My Crypto. Use the link and start learning asap.      
Today I sit down with Ahmet Zappa and talk all things Comedy and Rock. Ahmet and I dive deep into all things Zappa including the Zappa Doc, The Zappa Band touring right now and Life growing up as a Zappa. Make sure you check out his Sirius XM show Rocktails and follow him on Instagram @ahmetzappa Have a great weekend keep the candles Lit. All my tour dates are at  My Patreon is 
Today I am dropping a special Solo episode so I can ramble about a bunch of stuff on my mind. Wilco has a fantastic new record. Def Leppard at the Whisky a Go Go The George Carlin Documentary  and Haunted Houses. Next week I will return with a very special guest.
Today I am dropping a rare Friday episode in honor of my good friend Fahim Anwar releasing his new Stand Up Comedy special Hat Trick today. Hat Trick was filmed in all 3 rooms at the world famous Comedy Store and you can find it on Youtube absolutely free. Click on the link and please share the special with all you friends. Fahim and I sit down and talk all about how he shot and directed this special and we also dig into our love of the Comedy Store and Stand Up. Have a great weekend and don't forget to click the link. 
Comments (28)

Joshua David Osterman!

Dec 21st


haha I was just bashing The Elder the other day but I never really gave it a chance. Maybe I need to revisit as an adult like Dean says

Mar 18th


I feel like Stoner Witch is the customary Melvins starting point, was for me. I'm sure most would say that or Houdini.

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Joshua David Osterman

I love Dean's energy and interviews! Not to mention his life has been epic because he's always followed his dreams! Dean, you truly Rock!

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Jan 6th

Need ID Indeed

great one!

Dec 17th

Cara Mia

Awesome Interview. I loved how you geeked out together over watches, Dumble App's and other artists. I always thought John Mayer wasn't given enough credit for his guitar playing and intelligence. This whole interview proved that he is a genius, an investigator with wicked talent. Thanks for this inspiring conversation. I just need to check out all the albums mentioned and listen with new ears. My mind has been blown!

Nov 6th

Andrew Green

you are awesome dood!! love the podcasts

Mar 21st
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Andrew Green

this is bar none. the best interview with MY absolute rock god DAVE MENNIKETTI

Mar 13th
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Baron Von Snorkelberg

top notch interview

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Trevie McTrev


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James Welsh


Oct 6th

Raw Snapshot

Gotta love Dean! Great podcast brother! 🙌🙌🙌

Sep 29th

Michael Parker

that shooter Jennings recommendation was pure gold. you should do a song recommendation for each podcast

Jul 23rd

Eric Enriquez

Great insight on RATM that is rarely heard of... it's usually Tom or Zachs side we hear of... Now to get Timmy C on!

May 22nd

Eric Enriquez

Loved this podcast! Gave me goose bumps hearing Brad describe everything.

May 2nd
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