Thursday, June 28, 2018

Corey Taylor

Image from @coreytaylor Instagram account
 

Corey Taylor is an amazing talent. Taylor is the lead singer and lyricist of Slipknot and Stone Sour - two multi-platinum rock bands. Both Stone Sour and Slipknot have been nominated for several Grammy awards. Slipknot won a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 2006 for "Before I Forget."   Corey also lends his killer vocals to other bands. He guested on Dave Grohl's Sound City album and documentary (love the song "From Can to Can't"), on Korn's single,"A Different World, " and most recently with Code Orange. The new Stone Sour two-disk 'HYDROGRAD Deluxe Edition' will be available August 31. It features unreleased covers, b-sides, live recordings and alternate versions of songs from the album.

Corey is the author of three best selling books: Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven, and You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. Taylor also occasionally acts. You may have caught him in a Doctor Who episode and a Sharknado movie! He is currently on tour with Stone Sour and is working on a new Slipknot album.

What are Corey Taylor's favorite books?

A fan recently asked Corey that on last week's Kerrang! Magazine live Q&A with Corey.  Corey's favorite fiction book of all time  is The Stand (unabridged version) by Stephen King. His favorite non-fiction book is Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain which is an oral history of punk rock. Corey also won Kerrang!'s LEGEND award last week.

You can like Corey on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Instagram!

Take a listen to Song #3. It's so good.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jenna Fischer

Photo from @msjennafischer's Instagram account
 

Jenna Fischer is, of course, everyone's favorite receptionist from The Office.  I enjoyed seeing her again on my TV on Splitting Up Together with Oliver Hudson. Cute show that I am really glad was renewed for another season! Did you know that she is also an author?  The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide was released in November!  Her book  "spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences." (blurb from amazon.com)

And of course Jenna is a philanthropist, too. Sales from Jenna's "The Finer Things Club" benefit  Miry's List and Donate Life. Check out the fun merch here!

What is Jenna Fischer reading?
 
Jenna captioned "Summertime reading" on one of her latest Instagram posts.  Someone asked what she was reading. Her answer, "I finished This is How It Always Is! SO GOOD! Now onto In Order to Live...amazing so far."



You can like Jenna on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mark Tremonti

 

Mark Tremonti is one of the greatest guitarists ever. Mark was lead guitar in the popular rock band,  Creed and currently lead guitar in hard rock band, Alter Bridge. He is also lead vocals and guitar in his heavier solo band, Tremonti.  Tremonti's next album, A Dying Machine, drops tomorrow! Mark is also writing a sci-fi novel of the same name to go along with his concept album. Multitalented man. Check out Tremonti tour dates here.

Tremonti is an avid reader so I recently asked him on Twitter what his current read was.

What is Mark Tremonti reading?
 
Tremonti responded, "Getting back to finishing 'The Dark Tower.'"
 
The Dark Tower, is of course the novel by Stephen King.
 
You can follow Mark on Twitter, like him on Facebook and Instagram!
 
 
Listen to Tremonti's latest video, "Take You With Me"  below, or click here to watch him cover Metallica on a Hello Kitty guitar! ;)
 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Jacoby Shaddix

Photo from @lvrsrlntcs
 

Jacoby Shaddix is the lead singer of one of my very favorite rock bands, Papa Roach. Papa Roach's 2000 album Infest became multiplatinum with its popular hit "Last Resort." The band was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 for Best New Artist. Other Papa Roach hits through the years include "Getting Away With Murder," "Forever," "To Be Loved," "Lifeline," and "Kick in the Teeth." Papa Roach's last album, F.E.A.R., included the hits "Face Everything and Rise" and "Gravity." Their next album comes out on May 19th. I can't wait! Check out their newest singles from this album- "Crooked Teeth" and "Help."

Jacoby also has a cool clothing line with Jeff Henry called Lovers Are Lunatics. Check out the site, and get some rockin' threads. (Yes, I own a few t-shirts myself.)

You definitely need to purchase Papa Roach tickets on their next tour. They are currently touring in Canada, and I'm hoping for a USA tour next! I've seen them live 13 times, and they always kill it onstage with their energy and awesome songs.


What is Jacoby Shaddix reading?

Jacoby did a quick Q&A last night because he's awesome like that and told me what he is reading.

His tweet, "Just started THE SHACK."

THE SHACK by Wm Paul Young is the best selling novel that "wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?"  (short summary from Amazon.com)

You can follow Jacoby on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and click on their website.

Here's me and PRoach!


Listen up, turn it up, and rock it out. "Gravity."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Joel McHale






Joel McHale is one of my all-time favorite funny people. He first had me laughing on the TV clip show, The Soup, on E! until they abruptly canceled it last year and broke my heart. The Soup ran from  July 1, 2004 until December 18, 2015, and I saw almost every episode. Joel also starred as Jeff Winger on NBC/Yahoo's Community for six seasons. You may also have seen him on TV in the X-Files reboot and Sons of Anarchy. McHale has also been featured in many movies including Ted, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and Deliver Us From Evil. Joel is currently starring as Jack Gordon in CBS's new sitcom, The Great Indoors.

Joel McHale can now add author to his resume as his memoir/how-to book, Thanks for the Money, recently dropped! (Yes, I have a signed copy.) Say hey to him on his book tour!

What are some of Joel's favorite books?
 
 
Joel was featured in the November 14, 2016 issue of Us Weekly in the "What I'm Reading" section.
Joel listed five books including Andre Agassi's Open and The Blade Itself  by Joe Abercrombie. Check out his other picks at usweekly.com!
 
What are Joel's children reading?
 
Joel was asked this at the Naperville Anderson's Bookshop presentation last weekend. Joel answered that his boys enjoy the Percy Jackson series, the Captain Underpants books, and watching Clarence and The Adventures of Gumball when their dad doesn't want to read. ;)
 
Oh, just me and Joel.
 
You can follow Joel on Twitter and check out his website http://joelmchale.com/

And watch his silly book trailer here!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Corey Taylor

Photo from @CoreyTaylorRock
 

Corey Taylor is an amazing talent. Taylor is the lead singer and lyricist of Slipknot and Stone Sour - two multi-platinum rock bands. Both Stone Sour and Slipknot have been nominated for several Grammy awards. Slipknot won a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 2006 for "Before I Forget." Other hit tunes by Slipknot include "Psychosocial" and "Snuff." Some of Stone Sour's popular songs are "Bother," "Say You'll Haunt Me," "Absolute Zero and "Tired."  Corey also lends his killer vocals to other bands. He guested on Dave Grohl's Sound City album and documentary (love the song "From Can to Can't"). And most recently is featured on Korn's newest single,"A Different World."

Corey is the author of three best selling books: Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven, and You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. Taylor also occasionally acts. You may have caught him in a Doctor Who episode and the last Sharknado!


What is Corey Taylor reading?

I asked Corey just that on Twitter. His response, "I'm re-reading 'The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes'!"

Gotta love that he's a rocker, writer, and a reader!

You can find out more about Corey at http://www.thecoreytaylor.com/ and follow him on Twitter where he frequently interacts with his fans.

Check out "Tired" from Stone Sour.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jake Weary

Photo from @jakeweary Twitter



My go-to summer show was Animal Kingdom on TNT. It's a crazy cool show starring an amazing cast that includes Jake Weary as Cody brother, Deran. I first saw Jake as Kevin on Nickelodeon's silly Fred: The Movie (plus the two Fred sequels) and the Fred TV series. Weary also played Luke on As the World Turns and Vince on NBC's Chicago Fire among other television roles. You can still check out this crazy surfing crime family on Animal Kingdom on demand. Don't miss it as it will be back next year!

What is Jake Weary reading?

Jake recently tweeted, "Love this book. An addicting story with a cast of remarkably interesting characters. ."



The Heavenly Table: A Novel is written by  Donald Ray Pollock.
William J. Cobb of Dallas Morning News describes it as: "Like a hybrid masterwork of Quentin Tarantino and Flannery O'Connor, Donald Ray Pollock's second novel, The Heavenly Table, is a comic Southern Gothic romp, hell-bent on making the reader squirm and laugh, often at the same time...The literary feast the novel offers becomes its own heavenly table..."



You can follow Jake on Twitter and on Instagram!

Check out his new single, "Heartless," on ITunes and Spotify!