Rob Brandt

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Tune in to Rob Brandt afternoons from 3-7! Your ride home won’t be same after you try the Five O’clock Happy Hour! It’s right in the middle of an hour of non-stop classic rock commercial free that kicks off at 4:30PM!

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  • From Rob:

    I am a proud 3rd generation broadcaster, my father & grandfather both owned radio stations, my grandfather, Paul, owned several stations here in Michigan, my father Roger owned radio stations in Colorado & California. I first hit the airwaves when I was 13 years old on my father’s A.M. station in Victorville, CA.

    In February of 2014, I celebrated my 20th anniversary on the air here at WLAV. In those 20 years, I have spent the majority of the time in the 3 to 7 pm shift. I have also hosted LAV’s Sunday morning Jazz Brunch for over 18 of those years. I have had the privilege of being WLAV’s program director for over 8 years. In addition to programming WLAV & hosting a daily show on WLAV, I am also the “voice” for the Huge Show on 107.3 WBBL FM & the Huge Radio Network.

    When I’m not on the air, my escape is cooking, I love finding new recipes & trying them out on my wife & friends, most of the time they’re pretty good! I have fairly large Smoker (it’s on wheels!) Brisket is my favorite, but brisket takes a long time, so I don’t get to it very often. I smoke just about everything you would normally BBQ. My pork ribs are outstanding as well as my beer can chicken! One mention on Facebook or a simple text & there is a crowd of friends at the house in short order! They bring the sides & I do up the main dish. My friend Bubba & I have worked for years at perfecting our “art”. I also cook up some pretty good chili.

    I have been married for over 25 years to my best friend, Shelly. We have 2 children, Mike & Reiney. We became “empty nesters” this past fall with daughter Reiney heading off to Western University to study psychology….it’s kind of weird after all these years but Shelly & I are getting used to it! I also have a beautiful daughter Erica from my first marriage, she lives in Colorado.

    Music is my life; just ask my neighbors who regularly get to hear whatever I am into at the moment. It may be hard to imagine but I have a pretty loud stereo……

    I love WLAV & our wonderful & loyal listeners! Keep Rockin’!!

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Pearl Jam Dropping Special Vinyl For “No Code” 25th Anniversary

This August marks the 25th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s fourth studio album “No Code” and they are celebrating with a very special vinyl release.

 

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers announced they are reissuing the album on limited edition, 150-gram clear vinyl. It features recreations of the album’s original packaging, including the set of nine random replica Polaroids/lyric cards.

The special release was only available through the band’s website, and fans snapped them up quickly and they are already sold out. They are expected to ship August 13th.

“No Code,” released August 27th, 1995, was the band’s third consecutive number one album, and featured the hit “Who Are You.”

Dennis DeYoung Wants to See Styx in Hall of Fame

There are plenty of bands who still aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Dennis DeYoung thinks Styx is one of them.

In a new podcast interview, the Styx co-founder said that being in the Hall of Fame would be something he would like to accomplish in his career.

After mentioning the inclusion of pop and rap stars, DeYoung said, “Am I gonna say I don’t like Whitney Houston? No. I don’t care what they put it. Put us in. We qualify on any possible measure.”

“Now, does this sound desperate from an old guy? I hope it doesn’t,” added DeYoung. “It’s just there are too many of our peers — and I mean peers — many who didn’t do as well as we did. And it’s time to put us in, that’s all. And will they? I have no idea.”

Do you think Styx deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who else should be inducted?

Vince Neil’s Second Concert of Year Canceled

Vince Neil’s upcoming June 18 concert in New York has been canceled.

The Motley Crue singer recently was hit with criticism after having to stop a show due to a shot voice.

Only the second show on his tour, Neil’s slot at the New York venue has been filled by Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner. Previously bought tickets will be honored for the new show or can be refunded.

Meanwhile, Vince has some time to get ready for Motley Crue’s tour with Def Leppard in 2022.

Do you think Vince Neil will be able to get his voice back? Will you be checking out Motley Crue and Def Leppard on tour?

Eric Clapton Launching U.S. Tour In September

Eric Clapton is ready to hit the road again, and will head stateside in the fall for an 8-date U.S. tour.

The tour kicks off Sept. 13th with three shows in Texas – Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, followed by stops in New Orleans, Nashville, Atlanta, Tampa, and Hollywood, Florida.

Fellow blues guitar great Jimmie Vaughan will join Clapton on tour.  Tickets for all dates go on tour this Friday, June 8th.

What summer or fall show are you most excited to see?

Alex Van Halen Drumset Auctions For $230,000

A drum kit played by Alex Van Halen on the band’s 1980 Invasion tour has sold for more than $230,000.

The custom-designed Ludwig drum kit also spent five years on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame before it was auctioned off over the weekend.

The drum kit wasn’t the only bit of Van Halen memorabilia from that Julien’s auction – a set of five guitarist belonging to Eddie Van Halen sold for $210,000.

If you could own any piece of rock history, what would it be?

Alex Lifeson Shares Two Solo Songs

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson just shared two new solo songs – his first new music in nearly a decade.

Lifeson released two instrumental tracks, “Kabul Blues” and “Spy House” to his website on Tuesday.

Lifeson is also promoting a new signature Epiphone guitar and released a video promoting his 50-year relationship with the guitar maker.

Who are some other guitarists who made great solo music apart from their bands?

Kurt Cobain Self-Potrait Sells For $280,000

A ‘self-portrait’ drawing by the legendary Kurt Cobain just sold for more than $280,000 at auction.

The drawing, which is barely more than a stick figure, was scrawled onto a piece of stationery from TNT Music Centre in Singapore.

The final bid of $281,250 was more than 28 times what it was expected to go for.

If you could own any piece of rock memorabilia, what would it be?

You Can Now Drink Whiskey ‘Enhanced’ By Metallica’s Black Album

Do you like to drink whiskey and listen to heavy metal?  Has Metallica got an offer for you.

The latest batch of the band’s Blackened brand whiskey has been ‘sonically enhanced’ by their classic 1991 self-titled album – using a special process that vibrates whiskey barrels in tune with Metallica’s music.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Black album, so Metallica likely has a lot more in store to celebrate.

Have you tried any ‘rock band’ liquors?  Which ones are good and which ones are worth skipping?

KISS ‘End Of The Road’ Tour To Resume In August

The KISS ‘End Of The Road’ farewell tour has turned into quite the long goodbye.

The tour – which began nearly three years ago and has been on hiatus for the last 15 months – will finally resume in August with a 30-date U.S. tour.

The list includes several new shows – with tickets going on sale this Friday, June 18th.  Tickets for the rest of the rescheduled dates are on sale now.

The ‘End Of The Road’ tour was originally scheduled to end in July, but now will extend into 2022 at least.

Will this really be the final KISS tour?

Foo Fighters Announce L.A. Show for Vaccinated Fans

Foo Fighters are full of surprises and have just announced a last-minute show for vaccinated fans only.

The L.A. show will be taking place this coming Tuesday at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, which holds about 610 fans at once.

Tickets went on sale over the weekend and will be available at the show at will-call.

Ticket holders will be able to get into the show with proof of being fully vaccinated.

Do you think it’s fair to only allow vaccinated people into the show? Were you lucky enough to get tickets to see Foo Fighters this summer?