Mike Mazzarone

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Bio: Mike Mazarone graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2011 with a degree in communications, basically relegating him to better then you status (Except for boss Brett Buchanan). Before joining the AlternativeNation staff he was a contributor and producer to Brett Buchanan’s pro wrestling/MMA/comedy radio show – Barbaric Wrestling Radio, from 2006 to 2009. Mazzarone’s job there was to be a contributor and book interviews. After the show ended Buchanan hired Mazzarone right away to be AlternativeNation's head reporter. Contact: MJMazarrone (at) yahoo.com or; mike (at) alternativenation.net

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and actors Eric Dane & Rebecca Gayheart have just settled a dispute lasting two years over trees.

That’s right. Trees.

More specifically four of them and when a huge eucalyptus tree on Corgan’s property fell onto the property of Dane, a feud ensued and the insurance companies settled on property damage issues. The trial was to begin in Los Angeles on Monday in L.A. County Superior Court but was settled when Corgan finally agreed to cut the trees down. You can view photos below via TMZ:

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In related Corgan news, the Smashing Pumpkins released their newest single on Monday entitled “Being Beige (World’s On Fire)”. The single is off of their newest LP Monuments to an Elegy. Corgan spoke to AlternativeNation.net last month about the new LP:

“The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

 

John Hennigan, formerly John Morrison in WWE, is making a comeback in the national wrestling spotlight with Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network on October 29th. Hennigan’s new ring name in the promotion is Johnny Mundo. In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section, Hennigan discusses working with Eric Bischoff, Joey Mercury’s new ‘corporate’ on air role in WWE, Lucha Underground’s potential, his acting career, and more. Check out our recent interviews with Kurt Angle, Kane, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Randy Couture, Eric Bischoff, and Hornswoggle in our Sports section.

Considering how you got into your WWE career with Tough Enough, what do you think of WWE’s new performance center and training faculties? Also what do you think of their developmental system with NXT?

One of the most frustrating things I’ve found with getting into wrestling is when you expend a big pile of effort and feel like you aren’t getting the best training, or you’re wasting your time. The performance center is ridonkulous! I’d love to train there now. The facilities are cutting edge, but more important, when it comes to pro wrestling, or really learning any skill from kung fu to basket weaving to medicine the people you learn from are your most powerful influences.

If you have ambition, dedication, and a knowledgeable trainer who isn’t bitter about their own career and believes in your potential, you can learn anywhere… but not everywhere has air conditioning like the performance center.

For the business side of WWE, NXT is great because it’s a way to monetize their developmental system (NXT guys! thanks for the rasslin’… sorry ‘bout the money) For Talent, it’s a good chance to see what it’s like to wrestle on TV tapings. Politics, pacing of matches, intensity, expectations, selling to cameras, etc…

When you first got on the WWE roster, you were doing a lot of skits with Eric Bischoff as his assistant. How did you like working with Bischoff and did he share any wisdom about some of the wrestling business?

The Bisch!

“… back then it was about booze and blow, now it’s about starting my TV days with a good bowl of oatmeal to keep my energy level up.”

~some RAW taping in 2004 the Bisch to Johnny Nitro & Jonathan Coachman

Eric was great to work with. Gave me some awesome insight into the business of Wrestling. At the time I was thinking in terms of what I wanted to accomplish in the business, Eric talked in business terms, what do people want to see, what will people pay for? Pro Wrestling is a business, what can you do that people will pay to see you do? I really didn’t appreciate the opportunity I had as ‘The Apprentice’ Johnny Nitro. All I wanted to do at the time was wrestle.

Why do you think Dolph Ziggler hasn’t been given a main event push and what do you think it will take for that to happen?

Ziggler should wear a suit to TV tapings, wait outside Vince’s office to shake his hand & talk about deadlifts, tell HHH that he should be the lead Viking on that Viking TV show that the kids are watching, maybe less selling in the ring, more crossfit at home, paint his face, get bigger, forget how to work completely then remember half of what he forgot … I dunno?… he could start with all that or just accept that success in wrestling is usually a combination of luck and skill.

What do you think of you former tag team partner, Joey Mercury’s new on-air role in WWE which is kind of similar to what Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco did in the late 90s?

Love it. Every time I see Joey on TV I get so happy! That dude has lived wrestling his entire life & is a genius in wrestling psychology. Working with him in MNM was like teaming with a non annoying agent- haha. I couldn’t be happier to see him back with WWE in a fun on air role & as an agent behind the scenes as well. Of course if our paths ever crossed on-air, I’d have to let ‘Corporate Joe’ know what a sell out he became and how badly Joey Matthews would’ve kicked the crap out of Corporate Joe

We remember what happened at Armageddon in 2006 when Joey Mercury was struck in the face with a ladder during a spot in the match. What was your first reaction to seeing Joey like that?

I didn’t see the extent of the damage til after the match. When I got backstage Joey’s entire head what already wrapped in gauze. Melina was standing next to him crying, I teared up. When the adrenaline wears off the reality of living with injury sets in.NitroMercury

Do you have any favorite Doors songs and how much did Jim Morrison influence your character?

Huge Doors fan, huge fan of Jim Morrison; dude is an icon. The John Morrison character is obviously an homage to the Lizard King. My original finish as John Morrison: the Moonlight Drive. I got so into the Morrison character I started writing Morrison-esque poems in 2007 and posting them on my MySpace page- this is one of my favorites:

“The Brightest Star”

Acetylene torches hide in the shade
with nuclear explosions drinking lemonade
as flashbulbs retire and angels conspire
to get close to brightest star god ever made.
Howls in the distance,
blind men drunk with the light:
All scream, “We see you, though we are without sight.”
And I am their pilot
And I am their sun.
They remember my work backwards
They count:
three,
two,
one.
And as their sun raises its arms in a V
I know that the world turns only for me
For I am the center
and I am its soul,
and everything distant from me is so cold.

Another poem I wrote was titled “Starship Pain.”

When you split from The Miz, you were featured in a lot of good matches; you won the Intercontinental Championship and started to end up in many different World and WWE Championship matches. Was there ever a plan to make you a World Champion at some point? Did you ever get that impression that in a few years you would be in that position?

My plan was always to become World Champion, I felt at times I was months away, and at times I was years away.

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You pitched a fitness book to WWE in 2009, they decided not to publish your book through the WWE machine, why not?

I wanted to write a book about functional fitness and get into some autobiographical stuff as well, but the literary guys at WWE said they’d published an earlier fitness book that hadn’t done very well. So… I pitched a series of DVDs which they passed on as well but then said I could do a fitness product on my own if I wanted to. So… it took a while, but I did.

In 2010 I met Jeff Carrier at a gym and started talking about ideas for a functional virtual personal training system. We spent 2 years programming, coming up with exercises then we started filming everything. That’s where the difference between having the backing of a billion dollar company and producing your own program out of pocket is the most evident. We had to shoot at night in friends gyms and set up lights and backdrops and hustle to get it done.

The product we came up with Out Of Your Mind Fitness (www.ooymfitness.com) is the most comprehensive functional training program on the market. We focus on exercises that improve the body’s ability to do what it was meant to do; MOVE, run, jump, push, pull, twist. If you want more info on OOYM Fitness check out the YouTube www.OOYMFitness.com @OOYMFitness and Facebook.

You have been doing more independent shows recently; do you think independent wrestling is in a good state right now?

Yes. Do you think independent wrestling is in a good state right now? Do you think I should stay with Lucha Underground? Go Back to WWE? Post more videos about OOYM Fitness? Make more movies and wrestle less? Buy the rights to Suburban Commando and reboot the franchise? Cut my hair? Change my name some more? Tweet me your questions @TheRealMorrison!

You left WWE in December of 2011, why did you decide to start acting?

I was a film major at UC Davis. I’ve been a lifelong fan of 2 things, wrestling and film. In college I was studying all aspects of film; acting and production, and specifically, stunts. Action acting, like the stuff that Jackie Chan does really interested me. I wrestled in high school, and in college, but didn’t consider a career as a pro wrestler until I saw Tough Enough. I’d been preparing for an action acting career, making kung fu movies with my roommates like ‘The Foot of DEATH’ … a flick about a man with a very dangerous foot, ‘Kung Food’, a fast food restaurant where kung fu fights happen frequently… Hahaha… training in martial arts and movement based skill sets like breakdancing and gymnastics… I was doing all that when I saw Tough Enough season 1, I was like dayum! Pro Wrestling is the perfect combination of everything I wanted to do my whole life. I’d dreamed of being in the WWF when I was a kid… but seeing Tough Enough on MTV is what made me think of my dreams as a kid as a tangible career path. Wrestling is entertainment, so are movies, so is theatre, so as far as what influenced me to get into acting?… I like telling stories. I like entertaining. Acting is necessary to share my stories with people. Check out IMDB.

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Have you had talks with TNA or Global Force Wrestling and what are your thoughts on the two companies?

I’m booked to wrestle Jeff Jarrett on December 6th, might talk a little talk about Global Force. TNA & I have had talks, I live in LA, Florida is far. Wrestling is a business, the more promotions the better, more opportunities for wrestlers to work. Both of those companies could be fun to work with. Right now I’m signed with Lucha Underground and I’m happy with where I’m at. Backstage is great, no drama, great shows, great people involved, and in my hometown of Los Angeles.

How do you psychologically prepare for the ring? Do you have to get in the right frame of mind?

Warm up. Stretch. Breathe. FIRE UP! enter.

You signed with Lucha Underground last month, and you are going to be working as Johnny Mundo. That should be airing near the end of the month on October 29th. What sets Lucha Underground apart from other wrestling shows and do you think it could succeed long term?

Johnny Mundo is going to rock the world on October 29!

Lucha Libre itself has a rich tradition and deep roots in Mexican culture, it has a powerful built in following. The stuff we’re doing in Lucha underground is going to put the rest of the wrestling world on blast! Prince Puma (Ricochet) Fenix, Pentagon Jr, King Cuerno, Drago, these guys can do things you won’t see anywhere else. I’ve been pushing myself every week to try moves I’ve never done before. What’s happening at Lucha Underground is exciting to me both as a wrestler and a fan. This is a melting pot of ideas from the best wrestlers, writers, and film production people in the world; we are creating a show that is defining itself and rapidly evolving every week.

I describe lucha sometimes as extreme acrobatics… What sets Lucha Underground apart is the extreme acrobatics of Lucha Libre with the story telling psychology of WWE, the culture of Mexico, and also the style of Robert Rodriguez which I think will be especially evident in the backstage vignettes which look like scenes from gritty action films. Chavo Guerrero, Big Ryck (Ezekiel Jackson), Konnan, the luchadors I mentioned earlier this whole promotion is made up of people who have creative ideas and want to contribute to a show that is going to be more entertaining than any other wrestling show in the world (Mundo). So yes. This show definitely has the potential to succeed long term. Will it? Damn right it will!

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Chico Resch is one of the NHL’s most beloved personalities, both as a goaltender and as a broadcaster where he spent nearly twenty years as the color commentator for the New Jersey Devils. Resch is set to be honored by the Devils on October 24th, 2014 for his contributions to the team. In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section, Resch discusses the upcoming ceremony, Mike “Doc” Emrick, the future of Martin Brodeur, Adam Larsson, if he thinks this year is truly “do or die” for Devils coach Peter DeBoer, what the Devils have to do to make the playoffs this season, and more.

On Friday the New Jersey Devils will be honoring your career as a player and a broadcaster. Your playing career spans fourteen seasons; your broadcasting career nearly twenty years. How did you find out that you were going to be honored by the New Jersey Devils?

Well at the end of last season when I made it known that I was going to retire, Lou Lamorello, Scott O’Neil and Hugh Weber who are the day to day operators there said to me: “Hey Chico, we’re going to have a night for you next season”, and I thought, “A night for me? What could this be about?” I didn’t do anything to stand out in any way or did anything that you expect to get a special night for. I’m certainly not a hall of famer as a broadcaster or player. I tried to do a good job each night, come prepared, have fun with the fans and was enthusiastic but nothing that made me an Emmy award winner! I would leave that to Doc Emrick who was picking up all of those Emmys. It was just really overwhelming and I would like to thank those guys very much.

Management and I talked and I told them that they could even make it a pre-season game if they wanted to. I gotta tell ya though, when you look at all the greats that were celebrated by the Devils on the ice like Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko, Scott Niedermayer or Martin Brodeur as he will be one day, I’m thinking, “What am I doing down here?” Then I got to thinking, “Well I helped put a lot of guys in the hall of fame with all the goals I gave up!”

So maybe that’s my niche here, that’s where it was at and they decided it would be on October 24th.

Your former broadcast partner, Mike “Doc” Emrick, is going to be at the ceremony, do you still talk to “Doc” at all?

Oh yeah. Mike and I became very good friends. We grew up in the minor leagues together, he was broadcasting in the lowest level of the minor leagues where I was playing. Our wives our friends, Doc and I see the game the same and he really taught me how to be a pro. I knew I was working with the best and thought to myself “Don’t blow it because it’s like you are working on a line with Wayne Gretzky. Recognize what your role is and take the lead from Doc” and I think Doc appreciated that. Doc Emrick is a pretty humble guy and even though we know him as the greatest, he also gives the guy he’s working with a lot of respect.

But yeah, we would hang out together on the road, go to church together and did a lot of things that made us best friends and that’s kind of where we’re at now.

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What are your thoughts on your successor in the commentary booth, Ken Danekyo?

Everyone loves the Dano man! Kenny will bring enthusiasm but he really loves the Devils, as do I, but I realize one of the things that I said, and Doc said this also, even though we were Devil announcers first and foremost, he said “we can’t be too much of a homer”. So I have to chuckle when I think of Dano because I’m thinking “Can Dano refrain from being too much of a Devils cheerleader and too much of a homer”? That was just a fun little thing that I was playing off in my mind.

I know Dano and Steve Cangialosi and we’ve talked, Kenny and I have talked quite a bit and gone over some things and I think that Kenny is going to work into it really well. I find with Kenny as well as me that it all comes down to training. This isn’t going to sound “earth-shattering” but there is a timing and meshing process that takes time between a play by play and color man. That means knowing not to step on each others toes and to have a sense of that timing. You know, Doc was brilliant and that’s why he is “The Doctor of hockey”, that’s why they call him “Doc”, I was more quirky, so I could say more quirky and off the wall stuff mixed in with a little bit of mumbo-jumbo while Doc brought it all back into perspective or added humor to it. At the end that’s why we were clicking so well because he knew what I might be saying and he could spin it into something clear or humorous.

So, I think with Kenny, he’s such an enthusiastic guy and he’s going to have to find that balance. He needs to make sure he does his homework, talk to people, whether it be Zamboni drivers or anyone that might have a little insight or interesting story that Kenny could bring to the broadcast but it’s not like Dano is a total rookie out there. After all, he did the sideline reporting for a few seasons, which is now being done by Johnny Maclean and also helped out with Hockey Night Live. I think he and Cangi will be really great out there, I really do. They have opposite personalities but they are terrific people, the both of them.

What people don’t realize is that in the booth, you have a lot of tension going on. You can have some really big egos and I don’t know if it’s hockey as much as the other sports but I worked with a couple of guys with big egos and while you can work together is that it’s just not the same warmth that develops because you are constantly in competition. I don’t see that with Cangi and Dano though and I think they will be great.

I’m not sure not too many people actually know where the “Chico” name comes from but it was actually given to you by one of your former Islanders teammates in reference to a sitcom in the 70s called Chico and the Man. What were your thoughts the first time you heard you’d been given the nickname ‘Chico’ and what do you think of it now since it’s become such a huge part of your legacy?

You know, I gotta tell you Mike, I remember the first time the crowd chanted it. I grew up in a small town in Canada and never thought for one second that I would play in the NHL. I never thought that once. Well, it was in my rookie year, I’m in the NHL which is overwhelming enough and my teammate who told a funny story about not only the relationship with Chico and the Man but also about how I was trying to learn Spanish. So when they started chanting that on a Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum I got chills. I just couldn’t believe it and if I could do it all over again and I didn’t have a nickname I would give myself a nickname. People never forget a nickname and people warm up to you because you have a nickname. You go, “Hey I know this guy, his name is Rocky or Bandit or whatever the hockey names are these days.

My nickname just fell in perfectly with what I was trying to accomplish, because, I knew early in my career that I wasn’t going to be a Hall Of Fame goalie so I thought that this is such an incredible blessing and opportunity. I found that because of the nickname fans and writers wouldn’t just rip me when I played poorly, and they couldn’t. The nickname spun-off into a lot of positives in different areas of my life and I think the only one that doesn’t call me Chico anymore is my wife, my five sisters and their families. To them, I’m just “Uncle Glenn” but to everyone else and including friends that I’ve known since way back call me Chico. That’s OK though because I like the name!

One of the segments you were most known for during your years as a member of the broadcast team for the Devils was Chico Eats, where you would greet fans and savior some of the local fare surrounding the arena and inside of it. What was your favorite thing that you ever consumed during those Chico Eats skits?

Oh boy, favorite thing? I eat so much. Well, if I could spin it off into something, it was a lot of pressure. Every night I had to come up with a different idea. One time we were doing pizza and I got to flip the pizza and put it into the oven with that…what’s that thing called with the long handle and the round end?

A Pizza peel?

A pizza peel! Well I used that pizza peel as a goalie stick and did some things but one of the things that sticks out to me, one night we were eating and I have a big sweet tooth, now, what was the food, it’s fried dough and you dip it into sugar…

Zeppoles?

Zeppoles! That’s it! We did the Zeppoles, it was freshly fried dough and at the time LeBron James or one of the basketball players had this commercial where they would put white powder in their hands before he would play and fling it into the air, I did that with the sugar of the Zeppoles and that segment was fun because of the sweet tooth and the connection to LeBron James. Every one of those were really fun. The Mucho Nachos, which was one of the first ones we did was really memorable.

That’s the one where you are holding the nachos up like it’s the Stanley Cup right?

That’s it! That one was good. The problem though, was that I never got to eat the stuff! We would do the segment and I would take a bite of the food but then you would have fans wanting autographs and I would be conflicted on whether I sign for the fans or stuff my face with all of this delicious food. I would just give it away but it was fun because the fans were always lying around and watching. My producer actually came up with the idea. You look at NFL games or MLB games and it’s amazing how many other people picked up on the food thing and we were proud to be one of the first. Unfortunately we just ran out of restaurants.

Speaking of Chico Eats, the Prudential Center has revamped their entire selection of food stands this season. Could we possibly see a special edition of “Chico Eats” during that same game as your ceremony?

(Chico laughs) That’s a good one! I don’t know, You know, Dano has a pretty big appetite and a much bigger body then myself and he could probably do it for years in a row without getting heavy. I don’t know what they will do with that but tell me this, I heard, and I haven’t seen it but I heard the new look of the arena is kind of cool but how about the food? Did you notice a change?

You know they have this boardwalk theme going on when you go up the stairs and it’s pretty cool. If you decide to do Chico Eats again, they have a boardwalk stand and you talk about a sweet tooth, they have fried Oreos and it’s the most decedent thing you could ever have. They also have a bucket filled with fried seafood. Talk about a meal that you could lift like a trophy!

Haha, yeah that sounds good.

Looking back at 1982 and the founding of the Devils, what was the excitement and fanfare like for NJ hockey fans and did you think, after seeing the team go from Kansas City to Colorado and now to NJ, that the move was going to be permanent?

Well, we quickly knew it was going to be permanent because we got to meet Mr. McMullen and see his commitment. John obviously had the finances and was a New Jersey guy but you know Mike, as I try and write my speech, what people don’t really realize is that I was really “fan aware” and tried to be fan friendly because it’s the fun thing to do. Fans are fun. I never looked at them as being an “obstacle” or people that I couldn’t trust, being out to get me or anything like that. I knew it was going to be a challenge though because back then there wasn’t a lot of hardcore Devils fans and I knew we would have to win them over.

The way I look at it, we had some Flyer fans, we had Islander fans and I thought, the Islander fans have to go a long way to Long Island and the Flyer fans have to go all the way to Philly and that should be our target audience because we could win them over. The Ranger fans, and I still see it today, they were never coming over to the Devils no matter what we did, even though they lived in New Jersey. I think that’s why we would average around twelve to thirteen thousand and that was the bulk of the Devils fans, because we couldn’t get the third of hockey fans in New Jersey.

I wasn’t worried; I was only frustrated that for the first couple of years we just weren’t better than we were. Of course, the big thing was when we had the chance to get Mario Lemieux. I remember that year, we were awful and remember thinking, “if we get Mario Lemieux, those fans, including those Rangers fans aren’t going to be able to say no to the New Jersey Devils because Mario was just that dynamic. Marshall Johnson was the head scout at the time and said “Chico, you gotta see this guy!” That was a bit of a heartbreaker and not that it’s anything against the man we did draft that year, Kirk Muller, he was great. However, you go through the legacy and it’s Gretzky then Orr then Lemieux. Every 15 years or so that “phenom player” comes along, we saw it with Sidney Crosby, but the Devils had the chance to get Mario but it just didn’t work out.

Which lines (offense and defense) in your history with the Devils were your favorites to watch out on the ice, be it the chemistry, grit, poise…etc?

Oh my goodness, it’s a no brainer for me, the “A Line”! (Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora) That line when it was cookin’, I couldn’t wait to see each shift because those guys would dominate. Those three had a love and respect for each other. You gotta remember that there was a lot of clutchin’, grabin’, hookin’ and you had the trap going on as well. There were a lot of defensive obstacles to get through and these guys would just crisscross, change positions and on the power play you would have Jason who had that big shot. You know, Slava Fetisov was there, great Russian coach and he was running the powerplay and the guys were saying “Geeze, we got three or four different breakouts on the powerplay” and to me it was just a magical time for the Devils.

Of course, on the back end you had Scott Stevens who we all loved and respected, you’ll never see another Scott Stevens and of all the defensemen that I played with or against and I’ve been around the NHL for forty years now I can say that Scott Stevens was the toughest defenseman with that amount of skill. I’ve seen other tough defensemen, like Denis Potvin who had more skill then Scotty but if you evaluating tough defensemen and go down that list you would have Ray Bourque, Larry Robinson, etc, Scott Stevens with his level of toughness and his intimidating factor, and he did it cleanly was in another class.

Who I really marveled at was Scott Niedermayer because you saw him skate and knew he could pass and while you wish he took more risks offensively I would watch him, and of course I was doing the games, the broadcasts, I’m sure it must of happened at one point in time Mike but I cannot remember one time defensively where I would say “Oh Nieder, why did you rush out of position?” or “Nieder, why did you make that decision?” or “Nieder, how could you let that puck go through your feet or through your stick?” The guy was amazing, how he never let two on ones or passes out of the corner. To me, this guy was the most brilliant defensive defenseman, although he wasn’t really considered that. I’m sure, being a goalie, Marty Brodeur would tell you, Niedermayer was a locked gate on the back door where no one was getting there.

Speaking of Martin Brodeur, Marty has been a question mark this year. It’s obvious that he wants to still play and not ready to hang up his skates. What do you think is the fate of Martin Brodeur? Do you think a team, is going to take a chance on him, if so, who? Especially with other quality veteran goaltenders looking for work such as Tomas Vokoun and Tim Thomas?

Yeah, Marty is going to be a tough one. I hope someone gives him a look but I’m not too optimistic and I’ll tell you why. How old is Marty? 40? 41?

I believe he’s 42 years old.

At 42 years of age, inactivity really comes into play when you’re older. Look at Jagr, he did so well last year because he was in a rhythm, he got twenty minutes a game and so for Marty to try and stay sharp it’s going to be hard. You had people saying last year that he was going to be moved at the trade deadline and I’m thinking “are you kidding me?” You think at 41-42 Marty is going to jump in and play the whole season? Even Marty will tell you that he’s had to get some games under his belt, flow into the season and that’s gonna take him about a month. The other thing that Marty has going against him but is why he is one of the greatest of all time is that he’s not a butterfly goalie and he’s not going to go out, stand there, drop and get hit with pucks. Marty is a reactionary goalie, he sees the puck, makes a move for it and makes the save. It’s a very exact thing. I think the window for Marty; I would say is a month into the season. I think if no one signs him by then it’s going to be tough, unless he agrees to go to Europe and play, to get in shape and to just play somewhere! To just sit around and have no game or activity, I don’t think it looks promising.

I’ll say this about Marty. Both he and his agent said that he wants to get to 700. I’m sure most people are thinking “he’s at 688, what’s the difference?” Well, I can tell you that as a goalie, the 700 club is pretty amazing. I don’t begrudge Marty for wanting to do it, who cares! I personally thought that the team that should have been in on Marty was Buffalo. It would be a story, it would create interest, they’re a team that’s not going to make the playoffs so why not have Marty? Let him play! It just makes sense. You have a story; a legend playing that would help sell tickets. If I am a general manager though and I’m thinking about “team”, I’m going to wonder if I want a distraction where Marty Brodeur’s march to 700 is going to be documented and that march to 700 will be a story. Every time he plays he’s going to be a bigger story then the team and I think that’s what general managers were afraid of, the cost of bringing on an icon with a personal goal as much as the team goal, which is really the truth. I just don’t know who is going to take that risk.

As a goaltender yourself, what are your thoughts on the butterfly revolution, the large pads and the ability of a tall goaltender to cover the entire ice?

Good for the goalies, bad for the shooters. I mean, it’s not as pleasing to look at and again I’m thinking about entertainment. I’ll tell you what it is about butterfly goalies; they all think they’re the same! In some cases they are but the ones that are going to separate themselves are if they can play the butterfly, challenge, pivot and move laterally because they’re going to be the best. What happens is, goalies that are butterflies, the ones that remain average are the ones that think that they can just play in the crease, drop down for every shot and get hit. That is not going to get you there and that’s why I’m always amazed at the big goalies that are mobile and can pivot, turn, get back to the post, challenge, etc. There isn’t a lot of shooting area on those guys and it is what it is. Goaltending now is about size and I want to see how goal scoring around the league goes this year. Personally, I think they should do something with the nets, make the nets a little bit bigger but not too much.

What was one of the funniest pranks ever pulled on you by a teammate?

Well, when playing with the Devils I collected a lot of memorabilia, I have a lot of great sweaters (jerseys) and I even have a Glenn Hall from when he won the Stanley Cup in 1961. I have a lot of NHL equipment from goalies so I was really fortunate that stuff was coming out of the woodwork in the 70s and early 80s. One night, I go into the Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens, I’m going into the dressing room and Tim Higgins who was a funny guy said “Hey Chico! A guy was just in here, one of the ushers and he’s got an old net and some old sticks and stuff from the 1930s and he’s lookin’ for ya!” So I went “Where? Where is he?!” Then Higgins said “I don’t know I think he’s at the other end of the rink now, he said that’s where he’s going to set up.”

So I go rushing out there and I’m asking “Hey do you know who the usher is?” and I exhausted all of the places this usher might be. Well, I go back into the dressing room and the boys are just howlin’! There was no usher that had anything, they just thought they’d play a trick on Chico!

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The New Jersey Devils have missed the playoffs now for the last two out of three years, which is historically very uncharacteristic of them. The last time, before this drought took place that the Devils missed the playoffs were in 1996. At what point, if you are Lou do you look at the results produced by Coach Deboer and go “Pete, we have to go in another direction.” Do you think this year is “do or die” for Peter Deboer?

I can only go by Larry Robinson, who is now the assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks. Larry talked about Todd McLellan and Pete DeBoer and gave them both rave reviews. Adam Oates said the same thing. I’ve talked to players privately as well. I know the fans can get on the coach but the players aren’t as of yet pointing any fingers at Pete. I think when the players are disgruntled, and I don’t think that’s the case yet but this is a pivotal season for the Devils and in terms of where this team is heading within the next few years.

I just don’t know, before I could answer that question I would need someone to answer how good are the Devils? Break down all down all of the teams in the NHL, where are the Devils at? You see, we follow our own team, it doesn’t matter who it is, and you tend to see the good points but quite honestly? I think what Lou Lamorello will have to evaluate is if the talent is good enough? I mean, last year should we have made the playoffs? Look at last season with the shootout which was horrendous for this club, is that a coaching thing? I mean really? It could be if the coach is aggravating the player in other ways but that’s not the case and I think Pete has done a very good job with Jagomir Jagr who is kind of a temperamental player but Jagr doesn’t have a problem voicing his opinion or showing his frustration but he’s really liked what Pete has done.

So, I just don’t know. I know, as fans we always like that quick solution, it’s the coach, it’s the player or this or that but I think this is a question that we should re-visit say around February or March. I don’t know how good this team is and I don’t think that they know, they made a lot of changes. Some really good! You have to score three goals a game in the National Hockey League to win. I’ve said this for years, you score three consistently, you win, you score two consistently, and you are on the wrong end of the playoffs.

Having said all of that, being around the game for around forty years, having played it, there are some times where you have to move a coach. Whether that means that you just need a new voice or whatever the case may be. I would say, in fairness to Pete, he has three other coaches and they’re rackin’ their brain, they’re watching and trying things and I sum it up based on the last year’s shootout record, if two thirds of those games were winners then we’re in the playoffs. Even if it was 50% it would have done wonders for the team both in the standings and psychologically. Can you really pin that on the coach? I hear fans go “Why didn’t he pick that guy? Or why didn’t he pick that guy?” and you have to realize that Pete picked just about every guy that he could. If anyone had gotten hot then Pete would of had him in there. I can’t really say though. I think what really hurt the Devils more then anything was Kovy leaving and a few of our recent draft picks haven’t turned into the impact players that Lou, the scouting staff and coaches thought they would and that leaves a big hole.

Regarding the impact of those recent draft picks, what are your thoughts on defenseman Adam Larsson?

I don’t know why [the coaching staff] are so down on Larsson. I don’t know and I’m not second guessing because I’m sure they have reason but I just don’t know. He’s such a nice kid, he wants to try and do so well, I just don’t understand what they don’t see in Adam.

Lastly, what are your expectations for this New Jersey Devils hockey club as we move forward into the 2014-2015 NHL season?

I think this team has some assets. I think the goaltending is rock solid and I think the youth on defense has potential to be a really strong core with a balance of offense and defense. The question mark is the age and to me the question mark is that a lot of players who have had success with other teams, and even here in New Jersey, how many of them can restore the offensive scoring ability that they had in the past? You have Cammalleri who has scored well, but how many are you realistically going to get out of Havlat? How many are you going to get out of Jagr this year? Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias? You are going to need some goals from the third line, Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe are going to have the produce. To me, it’s completely unpredictable but if they can score three goals a game, if their powerplay can be powerful enough that they can score some timely goals and if they can win some shootouts then they have a shot on getting back into the playoffs. Let’s hope they are because if they’re not? Then I just don’t know what to say.

Maynard James Kennan, frontman of bands such as Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, has sold his home in the Hollywood Hills.

For a cool $2.37 Million.

The property which was built in 2001, features extravagant wooden ceilings, a den, bar and wine tasting room. Along with over five bathrooms, four bedrooms and two fireplaces in 3,750 square feet.

Tool are currently in the process of creating their newest studio album, band member Adam Jones told Metal Hammer the following back in the July:

“We’re always on an experimental path. We never think about what worked on the last record or what’s good on the radio right now. It’s a selfish process, we just go in there with some riffs. We experiment and the riffs start to take a different path and over time, this riff from last week might go really well with this riff from two years ago. We piece stuff together, almost like a film soundtrack, you know? But I’ll tell you this – there’s a lot of stuff in 7/4. Breaking up 7 can sound like an even number to the listener even though it’s an odd number, that’s really exciting. Rosetta Stoned had some elements of that where we had a middle break and the end rhythm of 7 against 5. It kinda opens up a whole can of worms! There’s some really light stuff going on but there’s also a lot of heavy stuff in there too.”

Tool’s last album was 2006’s 10,000 Days, with fans still anxiously awaiting their next release.

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The Foo Fighters have announced that they will be playing a surprise show later this week in Washington D.C. The band announced on Tuesday that they will perform this Friday at The Black Cat in D.C. and that the show will also include a screening of Sonic Highways. Tickets are 20 dollars with an additional 3 dollar service charge and it appears that the group may be doing shows in the city of that particular week’s edition of Sonic Highways. Remaining shows include Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Austin and Nashville.

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Here is the official post from Foo Fighters’ Facebook:

Foo Fighters Black Cat DC
Friday, Oct. 24th
Tix on sale TONIGHT October 21 at 6:00pm at the Black Cat – 1811 14th Street, NW – Washington, DC.

$20 per ticket – $3 service charge – Cash only. Maximum of 2 tickets per person. You must bring your ID. If you are buying a 2nd ticket you must provide the person’s name as it is stated on their ID. Tickets are 100% non-transferable and non-refundable.

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Dave Grohl discussed the series recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways Tracklisting:
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

 

Interview conducted by Brett Buchanan and Mike Mazzarone

Kane is most known for being one of WWE’s longest tenured superstars, working for the company for nearly 20 years, and being one of the last active WWE wrestlers from the Attitude Era.  His legendary career has been a diverse one, doing everything from wrestling The Undertaker at WrestleMania, to tombstoning Pete Rose and being one half of ‘Team Hell No’ with Daniel Bryan.  Kane starred in his first film, See No Evil, in 2006, and now 8 years later he is back to reprise his role as Jacob Goodnight in See No Evil 2, set for release on VOD tomorrow, and Blu ray/DVD on Tuesday.

In this interview, Kane discusses his favorite horror characters, the possibility of a Kane origins film, his thoughts on Triple H’s leadership abilities, Daniel Bryan’s injury, a potential match with Sting, and his long list of travel partners over the years.

Who are some of your favorite horror characters and horror films in general, and how have they influenced how you portray Jacob Goodnight?

My favorite movie of all time is Silence of the Lambs. Of course Hannibal Lector I think is the greatest movie monster ever, whereas the other serial killers are just running around killing people, Hannibal is smarter than the rest of us, and that’s what makes him particularly terrifying. Also the first Halloween I thought was really well done, John Carpenter is a brilliant director. I really enjoyed the Nightmare on Elm Street series, because Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger was different, because you have the wisecracking monster.

I don’t know if any of them influenced my character Jacob Goodnight, because Jacob’s a little bit different, he’s like a hybrid. On the one hand he’s the large imposing Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, type of guy, but on the other hand he’s driven by different motivations than they are. He’s more of a real human being that has emotions, and has internal conflicts, and that sort of stuff. He is a little bit of the Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees physically, but when it comes to the other stuff, I just had to rely on my own.

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How much influence has Vince McMahon had on the See No Evil films, and have you ever discussed movies with Vince, and his vision for WWE films?

Talking about the original See No Evil, because of course that was WWE Studios’ first movie, we talked about that one more than we did this one. Vince has hired Michael Luici, Michael is a veteran in the film industry, and Michael I think has a really great vision for WWE Studios. Basically we do 15 day shoots, and concentrate on the genres that we know we’re going to be successful in, Vince of course is part of that as well. I would say that’s sort of the overall vision of WWE Studios moving forward. We’ve had some really great hits with The Call, the first See No Evil of course was commercially successful, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re going to do in the future as well.

What would you envision happening in a Kane origins movie? What backstories that we’ve seen discussed on TV over the years do you think would be shown in a film like that?

That actually would be quite interesting, wouldn’t it? Because the thing that made Kane so unique, and such a great character in WWE, is that he does have a backstory that’s unique to him. He’s a character within sort of the WWE Universe, and he’s a clearly defined character. So yeah, that would be really cool, because you could get into the whole history of what happened with Kane and The Undertaker as kids, so that would be interesting.

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You’ve talked quite a bit about your Libertarian views, endorsing Ron Paul in the last two elections. It was reported a few months ago that you were pursued to run in the Republican Senate primary in Tennessee, do you think you will ever run for office like fellow wrestling personalities Linda McMahon and Jesse Ventura have before you?

I don’t know (laughs). Politics is a very dirty, and rough business, and I don’t know if I’m cut out for it, so I really don’t know. That whole deal was more other people trying to talk me into it, than me wanting to pursue it on my own. But nevertheless, I don’t know in the future what’s going to happen.

Who have you enjoyed working with the most backstage when it comes to developing your character over the years, especially when it’s come to major character changes like the introduction of Kane, to going half masked, going unmasked, Corporate Kane, and so on.

There’s been a lot of people, and that’s one of the great things about WWE, everything’s a collaboration, and everyone has really good ideas, I don’t know if I can pinpoint one person. I think one of the big breaks of course from where I’d been before, was doing the Team Hell No stuff with Daniel Bryan. I really enjoyed that, and really liked working with him for that reason. Then of course The Undertaker has been extremely influential on my career, and helped me out a lot. He’s given me a lot of advice, a lot of the things you see on screen are actually his influences. But really it all boiled down to Vince, Vince is the guy that has the ideas, and puts them into motion, and we’re tasked with carrying it out. But overall I’d have to say that it really is a team effort, everything is.

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As Triple H has taken more of a leadership role in WWE, what have you thought of some of his initiatives like NXT, and did you ever think when you met him nearly 20 years ago that he would someday lead WWE?

He’s done a tremendous job with the Performance Center in Orlando, and with NXT. They have a great product, the guys that are coming out of there are really great. I was just thinking about that the other day, you could always tell there was something special about him. Certainly he knows the wrestling business like no one else, he’s got a fabulous mind. When you’re talking about people I’ve worked with who have influenced me as far as character development, he’s one of them. I don’t know which is more surprising, the fact that he’s in the role that he’s in, or that I’m still here in WWE 20 years later.

What was your and Undertaker’s process when it came to putting your matches together? Kurt Angle recently told us that when he worked with some of his key rivals half of the match would be structured, with the other half being improvised. What are your memories of working with Undertaker?

A lot of it is improvised, because you’ve got two guys who go out there and do it like that. I think that’s the best match actually, because you can gauge the audience, understand what they want, and go forward from there. A lot of it depends on what the venue is, because if it’s TV product, it’s a little different. I’d say that the chemistry between Undertaker and I, we gelled really well, I’d say that’s the most important thing, the fact that we were on the same wavelength regardless of how we were doing a match together.

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Many fans have speculated about a possible Sting/Undertaker match, but how would you feel about having a match and feud with Sting?

(Laughs) That would be a dream come true, because Sting is one of the guy who I looked up to when I was a youngster. The dude was the face of WCW, and before that the NWA, one of the most popular wrestlers in history. That would be pretty awesome, and I think that a Sting vs. Undertaker story would be awesome as well, because you would see the faces of two different companies from the same generation collide.

You’ve been in the WWE for 19 years, can you recall who you have traveled with over the years, and who some of your favorites were?

(Laughs) Yeah I’ve traveled with a lot of different guys. When I first started, I traveled with Barry Horowitz, many folks may not know who Barry is, but at the time they were doing a storyline where Barry finally won a match after not winning one in years. Then I traveled with Zeb Colter for a long time, I owe a lot of my career to him. He got me a break in Puerto Rico when he was booking, and when he came to WWE as Uncle Zeb, we traveled together. Traveled with Al Snow for awhile, from our days in Smoky Mountain Wrestling together as tag team partners. Then for awhile we had this crew, it was myself, D’lo Brown, Mark Henry, and The Rock, in a minivan, or some variation of those 4 guys. I traveled with Mick Foley for awhile, and I’ve also traveled a lot with Goldust.

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You’ve had some unforgettable character moments in WWE history like setting JR on fire, tombstoning Pete Rose, the wedding with Lita and the miscarriage with Snitsky, the Dr. Shelby segment, and many more. Out of your more comedic moments, which ones have been your favorites, and been the most fun?

The anger management stuff with Daniel Bryan, and also the wedding with Lita, although it wasn’t necessarily comedic, it sort of was, I think it was one of those immortal moments.

What were some of your favorite memories from working with Daniel Bryan, and did you know he was having injury issues when you wrestled him at Extreme Rules?

As a tag team, what was great about Daniel was the fact that we had such a contrast, we could do the Yes and No stuff, we could always do different stuff, and it worked. It was just so unique because you had two guys that were polar opposites and we would win matches by actually stepping on each other and doing that sort of stuff. It was really awesome, just some of the non-televised events, we would just go out there and have fun, and it was great.

I didn’t know the extent of his injury going into Extreme Rules, because he had sort of being dealing with that for awhile. He had some less invasive procedures to try to deal with it. It was just unfortunate, because that was the worst possible time that it could have happened for him, and I can’t wait for him to get back and be at full strength again.

Check out our recent interviews with Kurt Angle, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Randy Couture, Eric Bischoff, and Hornswoggle in our Sports section.

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Derek Roy, one of the newest additions to the Nashville Predators roster this season, brings years of experience to the overall younger Nashville roster. Roy is also a very talented musician, and in this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net, Roy discusses playing in a band former teammate Ryan Miller, what the Predators have to do to make the playoffs, the rising cost of hockey equipment, and more.  Also check out our recent interviews with Zach Parise, Ryan Miller, Brandon Dubinsky and Drew Stafford.

First, I wanted to get into some music discussion. Back when you were a member of the Buffalo Sabres, you would take part in Ryan Miller’s musically oriented “Catwalk for Charity”. I believe there is a cover of you and Miller performing Pearl Jam’s “Better Man”. Are there any memories from those events that really stand out?

The event was always great, particularly so for Ryan and the organization he had for his cousin (The Steadman Foundation), who had cancer. We all rallied around that as a team and worked as hard as we could to raise money for it. We actually did a little fashion show with music playing during it. Guys were playing instruments, singing, and it was a great moment for those who attended and for us to bond as a team.

We actually used to partake in a band and it would be myself, Ryan, Steve Lindgren, and Tom Askey. We would practice every week, do some gigs around the city, and play quite a bit of Pearl Jam and a wide variety of other musicians. It was always fun to get together as a band, and the rest of the team would come out to watch us play. It was great to do little things like that to bond as a team.

So you would jam with Miller outside of those charity events?

Well, besides the Rochester days, Ryan and I would play together, but not so much when we got to the NHL. I think it’s a lot easier when you’re in the AHL because you play mostly on weekends and we would pick a day a week to play, mostly on Tuesdays. We would put a setlist together and practice in the basement. It was fun for what it was.

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Derek Roy and former teammate Ryan Miller as members of the Buffalo Sabres

A lot of people either are indifferent towards or complain about the current state of rock music. In fact, KISS frontman, Gene Simmons, even recently went so far as to declare rock music “dead”. Are there any new rock acts that you like right now?

I’m a big a fan of Kings of Leon. I also enjoy a lot of classic rock, just a lot of Fleetwood Mac and things like that. I actually try to listen to everything when it comes to music. I’m not into one particular band or genre.

What kind of music do the Predators listen to the locker room and do any share your taste in music?

A lot of guys on the team listen to the music I like. However, at the same time, a lot of them also listen to house music as well. Eric Nystrom, for example, gets on his DJ app and puts together a nice mix for us every game, and it’s always fun with the different genres of music that the guys like. I’m personally not against anything musically and if I hear something, I’ll listen to it.

You have been on four NHL teams in your career, and have played alongside great locker room guys and leaders. Has there been a particular teammate or teammates that have helped shape you as a player and helped take you under their wing?

I learned a lot from Chris Taylor and Chris Drury. I played in the minors with Chris Taylor for the first twenty-something games during my first year, and then the whole lockout season. Chris would help me learn a lot: the powerplay, penalty kill, and all the things you need to learn to be successful. Chris Drury did a lot as well and was a great leader and mentor who taught me a lot, and helped me with faceoffs. Those were two guys that I really looked up to.

Following up on that, the Nashville Predators are a team that is filled with not only youth but with a nice veteran presence that could mentor the likes of a Seth Jones or Fliip Forsberg. Have any of the younger players come to you for any advice or tips?

Yeah, little tips, or if I see something that needs a little bit of tweaking or improvement in their game I’ll go up to them and let them know that if they do such and such a little differently, then their lives will be a whole lot easier, and our team better. We are trying to get better every day, so if I can give my advice to the young guys and help them out, then all the better.Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators

What has the transition been like for you, and how does Peter Laviolette’s style of coaching differ from your precious coaches?

A lot of movement in the offensive zone; a lot of plays where the defense are moving in and we are still trying to get the hang of it. We’re working hard in practice and we like to utilize everybody, the whole space of the ice, and keep it wide and enter with speed. Every day we are learning and trying to get better at little things.

You used to sponsor a minor league hockey team in Clarence Creek, Ontario known as the “Clarence Castors” and would supply the players with sticks.

Yeah, I’m from this little town outside of Ottawa, and we moved there when I was seven years old. I played on the novice team and played pee-wee there. It’s just a small little town with one red light, one flashing red light… it’s not even fully working! It’s fun to give back and go back to your hometown.

Well, I talked to Zach Parise the other day. We were talking about how expensive it’s getting to play hockey and he mentioned that you can’t play hockey, no matter what age, without seemingly spending over a grand on gear. Do you think the rising cost of hockey equipment is a problem?

Well, I know that my parents didn’t make a lot of money, and it was even tough for them to buy equipment when it was wooden sticks… now it’s two hundred dollar ones! So, yeah, it’s a little different now and things are definitely getting more expensive. Skates are around a grand alone, and these hockey parents have to sacrifice all they have to have their kid play hockey, to have them enjoy it and have fun. To me, that’s why hockey parents are the best parents in the world. I appreciate everything that those parents do. When you can make the NHL, then you can give back to communities like that, and it’s a great feeling.

What do you personally see for the Predators this season? While the season has just started, what do you think the Predators have to do to make it back into the playoffs this year?

We need more consistency. I don’t know what exactly happened here in the past, but moving forward, we need to be more consistent, and that means game in and game out and have that chance to win. We need to go into each game knowing that we are going to win, have that confidence and always bring our ‘A’ game. If we do that, then good things will happen.

The Minnesota Wild begin their 2015 season tonight and at the helm of it all is alternative captain, Zach Parise. In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net, Parise discusses the possibly of former teammate Martin Brodeur joining the Wild, Minnesota potentially getting an outdoor game, and what can be done to grow the game of hockey, among other topics. Also check out our recent interviews with Ryan Miller, Brandon Dubinsky and Drew Stafford.

What do you normally listen to while getting ready for a game?

It varies depending on how I’m playing or what kind of mood I’m in. Usually I’ll have a few country songs and a few hard rock songs; nothing too crazy. Sometimes I’ll listen to rap, but it all depends on how the season is going, really.

Who on the Wild has the most questionable taste in music?

Marco Scandella listens to some weird stuff, I’m not even sure what you can even call it, but it’s just weird. You also have Kyle Brodziak, who is completely stuck in the 80’s and listens to a lot of 80’s rock. It’s pretty painful.

Do you have any favorite concert memories?

Oh, a couple. George Strait is one. I saw Kayne West and Jay-Z a couple years ago when I was in New Jersey. It was during the “Watch the Throne” tour and that was unbelievable. I bounce around when it comes to music. I would also love to go and see Garth Brooks.

In my opinion, you can make a comparison with hockey games and rock shows. The intensity, the high energy, the interaction with the crowd. With all of that said, what “barns” (arenas) in the NHL would you say puts on the best presentation and the best tunes?

I always feel like Montreal is up to date on everything they put on and are always good. I was impressed by Colorado last year and think they did a great job during the playoffs with their pre and in-game presentation.

The Minnesota Wild went through a number of changes throughout the offseason, including the big free agent signing of Thomas Vanek. Which of the new additions are you more excited to play with this season?

Vanek is going to be an important part of the Wild powerplay and our top two lines. Thomas is a proven goal scorer, a good playmaker, and I think he will help us out a lot. I actually think Ryan Carter is going to be a huge pick up for us. Very underrated guy. I played with him for a couple of years in New Jersey and he’s the type of guy that you need on your roster. A penalty killer, a hard worker and competitive. I think he’s going to fit in really well on our team.

Which rookies that you have played with, or have seen play during training camp and the preseason have impressed you the most?

To me, it’s no question that it would be [Christian] Folin and [Matt] Dumba. I think everyone is excited to see those guys. We got to see a little bit of Dumba last year, but I think a year of development and seeing what it’s like to be in the league has done wonders for him. You can tell he has more confidence, especially with the way he played in the pre-season. I think everyone is excited to see both of those guys develop.

The Wild are in one of the toughest divisions within the NHL. This is a team that many pundits, fans and others feel can make a legitimate run towards the Stanley Cup this season. How are you going to approach this season, and when you assess this Wild team as a whole, do you think the potential is there to make a lengthy run and bring Minnesota its first Stanley Cup?

I mean, internally we do and I would hope that every team feels that at this time at year that they do. That being said, it’s easy to make predictions here on paper and we know that it won’t be easy. It’s tough. You can’t take a game off in our division with how tough the Western Conference is and you can lose to anybody. We are going to have to be sharp this year.

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Speaking of Stanley Cups, you have prior experience, captaining the New Jersey Devils to their fifth Stanley Cup Final in 2012. Do you feel that experience has changed you as a player and in what way?

I believe that whole playoff run, not necessarily the finals but to go through all of those rounds that year was pretty incredible. We played against our bitter rival in the conference final and beat them in overtime to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, but to be a part of one of the last two teams remaining was surreal. Once it’s over, you pray and hope that you get back to that stage again and get another chance. It goes by quick and you never know if you’ll ever get there again.

There are a lot of rumors churning about Marty Brodeur being a fit in Minnesota. What would it be like to play in front of your former teammate again, and could you see him potentially fitting on the Wild?

It would certainly be cool for everyone around here to see the best goaltender that ever played join your team and have what I would imagine be his final season. However, it’s going to be hard to shake the image of Brodeur being a New Jersey Devil, and it will be hard to see him on any other team. That being said, I hope our goaltenders stay healthy and we don’t have to cross that bridge.

Minnesota is one of the few hot-bed hockey markets to not get an NHL outdoor game. Do you think the Wild will be playing in a Stadium Series or Winter Classic game in the near future? If so, who would you like to play?

Honestly, to me, outside of Canada, what better spot could there be to have an outdoor game then in Minnesota? I’m shocked that we haven’t had one as of now. As far as the opponent, even though I’m sure it wouldn’t pull the best ratings, I would like to see us against Winnipeg. I think Chicago and Dallas make a lot of sense as well. I just hope we get the chance to have one.

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In a recent interview you criticized the “dump and chase” style of hockey. However, when you were in New Jersey, that was the main style of hockey that Coach Peter DeBoer taught, and still does. Were you, at any time, uncomfortable playing that style of hockey given your recent comments on it?

You’re never uncomfortable, it isn’t ideal and I will always stand by that it is so hard to get the puck. However, there is a time and place for everything. When you have a good gap out there, then you have to dump and chase. You do what you can to get the puck in behind the other team’s defense and ideally you are carrying it in. Sometimes though, you have to dump and chase and you don’t have a choice. The alternative is turning the puck over, and you never want to get into a turnover contest. You get more opportunities carrying the puck in and off of clean entries.

Your contributions to USA hockey are unmatched. What can you recommend to grow the sport further?

Hockey equipment should be cheaper. I think that’s the biggest thing. It’s too expensive to buy gear and play. The biggest fear, in my opinion, is people not being able to play or continuing playing. I get it, you have kids that see the pros play with certain types of sticks and other equipment, and that’s what they want. I was the same way when I was growing up, but the difference is that when I was growing up, those sticks were around $30 and now they’re around $250. You can’t play hockey without seemingly spending over a grand on gear, and it’s terrible.

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Zach Parise as a member of the United States Olympic team.

Seattle is a Mecca for many music fans – however Seattle’s name has been mentioned time and time again regarding the NHL potentially bringing a team there. The same goes with other cities, such as Quebec City and Las Vegas. What are your thoughts on potential expansion in the NHL?

I don’t like the idea of expansion and I think it waters down the league. I don’t like the idea at all. If it were to happen, I think most players wouldn’t mind those spots.

It’s been proposed, and recently rejected by the NHL, that jerseys should contain corporate logos. League officials estimated that this action would have brought in about 120 million dollars in league revenue. What are your thoughts on corporate logos on jerseys?

To me, as long as it isn’t overly “busy” and it doesn’t take attention from the logo on the front, then I’m all for it. Throw a small one on your shoulders and it would be totally fine. However, as a player, this doesn’t really affect me one way or the other!

According to Billboard, British progressive-rock band Muse are back in the studio and have already shared a clip and some photos of the early sessions for their seventh studio album, which you can view below:

While there is no timetable for the release of the album, frontman Matthew Bellamy hopes for it to be due out “Hopefully next Summer”

Tom Morello tweeted about the following about performing with his former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell the other night in Seattle:

Barring an All Star Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance last year, Cornell and Morello had not performed together since Audioslave’s final show in 2006.

The Doctor has had many companions throughout his twelve regenerations. This is my GIF review of each modern companion from series 1 onward of New Who.

NINTH DOCTOR:

Rose Tyler:

Mickey Smith:

Captain Jack Harkness:

Adam Mitchell:

TENTH DOCTOR:

Donna Noble:

Martha Jones:

ELEVENTH DOCTOR:

Amelia Pond and Rory Williams:

River Song/Melony Pond:

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Krist Novoselic and Nirvana’s first drummer, Aaron Burckhard met up in Aberdeen, Washington over the weekend for the unveiling of a new mural in the city, paying tribute to Nirvana. Burckhard was the very first drummer for Nirvana before he got booted for attitude problems and a “sub-par work ethic”, according to SPIN. You can view the photo of the two Nirvana members below:

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Billboard is reporting that Red Frog Events, the founders of the Firefly Music Festival along Goldenvoice, the founders of Coachella are teaming up for a joint partnership. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Paul Tollett, the CEO of Goldenvoice along with Red Frog Events founder Joe Reynolds and Greg Bostrom, director of Firefly, spoke of the venture:

“Red Frog will still operate Firefly, because that’s what they’re best at,” Tollett said, “We will assist in any way we can, such as helping access talent, sponsorships, and any tricks that we’ve learned along the way to help a festival get to the next level.”

While details of this new deal are limited, everyone involved believes this partnership will be nothing but positive for all involved parties. Goldenvoice will most likely be investing in Firefly and the festival’s core infrastructure. The Firefly Festival’s lease with Dover International Speedway lasts through 2032 and Paul Tollett made comment on Firefly’s relationship with the speedway grounds saying the following:

“It makes a festival better when you can put some things in that you don’t have to tear up each year. When you’re on a year-to-year basis, you can’t really do anything too excellent on the site, because you never know if you’re coming back.”