Wednesday, November 7, 2018

John Cooper

Photo by me

John Cooper is the lead singer and bassist for the popular Christian rock group, Skillet. Skillet is a Grammy-nominated band originally from Tennessee. Skillet's nine studio albums span from their debut in 1996 to Unleashed in 2016. Skillet's hits include  "Hero," "Awake and Alive," and my favorite, "Feel Invincible."
Cooper is also the lead singer of a new metal band called "Fight the Fury." I was fortunate enough to attend the album release party for Fight the Fury last weekend and also witness their first live performance! John was interviewed prior to the performance by 95.1 WIIL radio station. In the interview, John mentioned his favorite book.

What is John Cooper's favorite book?

At the release party, a WIILRock DJ mentioned that she heard that John owned a lifesize Frankenstein. John confirmed that and that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is his favorite book that he had ever read.
See the whole interview and Fight the Fury's performance at the end of this post!

Me with Fight the Fury

Check out the interview, and Fight the Fury killing it!

Check out John Cooper and Fight the Fury on Instagram and Twitter!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tony Palermo

Image from @tonyproach IG

Tony Palermo is the drummer of one of my 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," "Kick in the Teeth, and "Gravity." Their last album produced hits like "Help" and "Born for Greatness." They recently released the singles "Who Do you Trust?" and "Renegade Music." Papa Roach hits the road in February with Shinedown and Asking Alexandria. I've seen them live 16 times, and they always kill it onstage with their energy and awesome songs. See tour dates here.

The members of Papa Roach recently took over Texas Live! arena's Instagram and answered some questions. I, of course, asked what they were reading!
What is Tony Palermo reading?

You can follow Tony on Twitter and Instagram! Here's Tony on the left with his band and me!

Check out their new video, Who Do You Trust?!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nikki Sixx

Photo from @nikkisixxpixx IG

Nikki Sixx is a musician, photographer, author, and former radio show host. He's the bassist and songwriter of two successful bands that I love - Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M.  Motley Crue toured for the final time in 2015.  Sixx is also author of three books - The Dirt, The Heroin Diaries, and This Is Gonna Hurt.  Motley Crue is currently recording songs for their upcoming Netflix series "The Dirt." Loved the book. The series is going to be crazy!

What is Nikki Sixx reading?

Nikki recently posted on Instagram, "Highly recommended book on TM.I am enjoying the audiobook.#InsideJob #PositiveBreedsPositive."

Here's Nikki and me before a Crue concert!

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

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

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."