Cara's Basement

de Cara Carriveau

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Eddie Money talks about Real Money

por Cara Carriveau

Eddie Money is diving into the reality TV with his family. It'll be him, his wife, his five kids and eight pets every Sunday night at 8:30pm on AXS-TV. First episode is this Sunday, April 8. Can't wait to see it!

Johnny Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls chats with Cara Carriveau

por Cara Carriveau

Johnny just became a father and totally gushes about his little girl. He also talks music, but clearly he's a very excited new Daddy! Goo Goo Dolls play Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago on Monday, July 24th. He mentions that he and his family will be in town for a few days so keep your eyes peeled from some Johnny sightings!

Barry Manilow talks songwriting, his first break in Chicago, upcoming concerts and more!

por Cara Carriveau

Barry Manilow has sold over 85 million albums worldwide and been nominated for a grammy every decade since the 1970's. He has a new album, "This Is My Town: Songs Of New York" coming out April 21, 2017. And he pperforms at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL May 17, 2017.

Keith Semple

por Cara Carriveau

You may have seen him front 7th Heaven or with his band Semple in Chicago.  Now the world is experiencing Keith Semple's amazing vocals on The Voice.  He is on Team Adam.  Though he can't spill any dirt on how he progresses on the show, he does share a funny story about running into The Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Reznik in the bathroom!  Cara spoke with Keith October 20, 2015 as the knockout rounds air on The Voice.  Keith is actually in Chicago watching these episodes since they are pre-recorded.  He describes getting to see Gwen Stefani's reaction to his performance(s) and more!

Team Semple on Facebook

DEVO founding member Gerald Casale

por Cara Carriveau

Devo performs at The Arcada Theatre in St Charles, IL Saturday June 21, 2014.  This show is a benefit for the family of Robert Casale, Gerald's brother, who passed away suddenly earlier this year.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Devo perform the legendary experimental music the band created between 1974-1977.  This is the first time in 30 years many of the songs have been performed live.

In this conversation in Cara's Basement Gerald Casale talks about losing his brother, about his winery, golf, Devo's experience jamming at Lollapalooza and what to expect at the show this Saturday!

Violent Femmes

por Cara Carriveau

The Violent Femmes play Riot Fest in Chicago this Saturday (9/14/13).  They come on stage right after Blondie.  OMG!!  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Violent Femmes first album...where did the time go?

Listen to this quick conversation in the middle of a band rehearsal and you will find out what to expect during Riot Fest (surprise!) and the future of the band, among other things.  Great songs, great band, and a great interview!

Eddie Money

por Cara Carriveau

Eddie Money plays an unplugged show at City Winery in Chicago Friday, August 9, 2013.  

Everybody Wang Chung Tonight!

por Cara Carriveau

Jack Hues from Wang Chung finally explains what it means to Wang Chung tonight!!!

Wang Chung has a new album out, TAZER UP...get info at

Wang Chung plays with The Fixx at the Arcada Theatre in St Charles, IL Friday July 26 2013

Nazareth's Dan McCafferty

por Cara Carriveau

Nazareth is an amazing band, in from Scotlant to play a live show Friday, June 7 2013 at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL.  Tickets start at only $29.

In this conversation with the lead singer Dan McCafferty you will find out the only country on the planet that Nazareth has never played, his whiskey recommendations and also the backstory on two of the greatest rock songs of all time: Love Hurts and Hair Of The Dog.

Adam Ant

por Cara Carriveau

Wow, for the second time in 6 months....a conversation with pop culture/music icon Adam Ant!  His new album "Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter" has been released (in fact a double-vinyl edition came out just this week).  He is currently on tour.  He played Chicago back in October but in this conversation spills the beans about coming back!

Listen to find out who Adam would like to play him in a movie about his life, how he suprised everyone (including himself) by moving to Tennessee, who he idolizes, if/when his documentaries (yes, there's TWO) will be released, if he'd get plastic surgery, and more.  One very lucky fan, Sandy Maxx, even got to sit in on this interview.

I must apologize for the poor sound of my mic (technical issues arose but I didn't want to cancel this interview!).  Adam sounds fine, though!  :)

Paul Raymond from UFO

por Cara Carriveau

UFO happens to be one of my favorite bands so it was a thrill to have a conversation with Paul Raymond as their recent tour kicked off in Chicago!

Courteney Cox and the cast of Cougar Town

por Cara Carriveau

Cougar Town is back!  The season premiere is Tuesday night, 1/8/13, at 10/9c on a brand new network...TBS Very Funny.

This is a show where you'll want some wine and your girfriends nearby to share the laughs.  Courteney Cox plays Jules, who newly remarried mother who has the craziest and most awesome neighbors ever.  

These interviews took place in Napa Valley, where the cast and writers of Cougar Town hung out and pounded grape with DJ's from all over the country.  It was an amazing weekend...see pictures HERE.

John Taylor from Duran Duran

por Cara Carriveau

John Taylor - founding member of  Duran Duran - just released a brand new autobiography: "In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran".

Wow.  Such a great book.  If you are a Duranie you will get a more indepth peak inside the mind of one of the wisest and most honest rock stars of our generation.

Besides great writing, there are a ton of rare photo's in this book.

Be sure to come to the reading/signing by John Taylor at City Winery Chicago on October 30 at 5:30pm!

Lovehammers Marty Casey Dino Kourelis

por Cara Carriveau

Marty Casey and Dino Kourelis chat with Cara Carriveau about their upcoming gig opening for Slash, their new album, and preview their new song "Drugs". (song starts at 7:34)

See Lovehammers live:
9/28/12.....Riviera Theatre, Chicago (opening for Slash)
12/1/12.....Joes, Chicago (CD Release Party)

More from Lovehammers:

Tracii Guns

por Cara Carriveau

He put the "guns" in Guns N' Roses and L.A. Guns.  His rock and roll resume' is soooooooo long.  Tracii Guns is in Cara's Basement to introduce his new band, League Of Gentlemen.

In the Chicago area, come see the 2012 League Of Gentlemen on tour:

Sept 14 at Bada Brew...Crest Hill, IL

Sept 15 at Bar 3...Rockford, IL

Sept 16 at Bay Billiards...Fox Lake, IL

Adam Ant

por Cara Carriveau

This interview was a dream come true!  Adam Ant has a new band, new album and new tour!  it's been a long 16 year wait.  He comes to the Cubby Bear in Chicago on October 13, 2012.

Adam Ant & the Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse

Get more tour infomation at

Tom Drummond from Better Than Ezra

por Cara Carriveau

Better Than Ezra plays 101.9 WTMX The MIX's "Jammin' at the Zoo" this Friday at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL.

Click HERE for more info and to purchase tickets!

Adam Sandler

por Cara Carriveau

Adam Sandler was in Chicago for the premiere of "That's My Boy" on Thursday, June 14, 2012.  He stopped on the red carpet to chat with Cara Carriveau from 101.9 WTMX "The MIX" about what it was like to work with Andy Samdberg, who plays Adam's son in the movie.

That's My Boy opens June 15, 2012.  Rated R.

Phillip Phillips

por Cara Carriveau

American Idol just crowned Phillip Phillips the winner, and he couldn't be any more modest about it.  He's got it all...talent, drive, and even humility.  He's very humble in this interview which is refreshing from such a hugely popular artist.  His current song "Home" sold 278,000 digital copies its first week, setting an AI record...that's more downloads than any other coronation song (the official single celebrating the winner's victory) in American Idol history.

Yay for Phillip!

Alanis Morissette

por Cara Carriveau

Alanis Morisette is releasing her first album in four years.  "Havoc And Bright Lights" will be released in August, but you can already download Guardian from iTunes.  In this quick conversation she talks about the meaning of that song and album title, attatchment parenting, and how quickly she is able to write a song.

Dee Snider, Shut Up And Give Me The Mic

por Cara Carriveau

Boy, Dee Snider has done it all.  Lead singer of Twisted Sister.  Sitcoms, reality TV, broadway, father, husband...and now author.  His new book "Shut Up And Give Me The Mic" is a great read.  You'll realize how a positive attitude can get you through anything - sure worked with him!

He has two book signings soon in Chicago

  • May 13: Costco, 2745 N. Clybourn, Chicago 1p-4p
  • May 14: Barnes and Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie 7p

Get more information at


por Cara Carriveau

Happy Holidays!  Here's is my gift to you: a rarely heard conversation with Adele before she hit it big with her album 21.  Since she can't do interviews at the moment while she continues to heal from throat surgery so this is the only audio interview with her you'll get to hear for a while.

This interview was done way back in 2008.  Her first album was doing okay at time and she had recently appeared on Saturday Night Live on what turned out to be their most watched episode (thanks to an appearance from Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election campaign), so folks in the USA were just starting to hear about Adele.

Some key moments of this conversation is very foretelling of the future.  For example, Adele jokes about how she's far too happy at the moment to write her next album because she doesn't write happy songs, so she'll need to experience life for a bit.  Eventually she went through a heartwrenching breakup that spawned her current hit album 21 which is up for several grammys!  And keep in mind that Adele is only 19 years old at the time of this interview.  Clearly she was already a very grounded, intellegent woman with globs of talent.  It's no wonder she became the international success that she is today!

Tom Higgenson of Plain White T's

por Cara Carriveau

Be sure to grab your free download of The House On Shady Lane: or

Plain White T's play The House Of Blues in Chicago Sunday, October 30, 2011.


por Cara Carriveau

Evanescence plays The Congress Theatre in Chicago on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Duran Duran

por Cara Carriveau

Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran chat about many Danny DeVito and Donald Trump like to rock out at their shows...and more!

Duran Duran plays The Chicago Theatre on Friday, October 21, 2011.

Sara Bareilles

por Cara Carriveau

Sara Bareilles plays the Riviera Theatre in Chicago on 10/11/2011.

Chan Kinchla from Blues Traveler

por Cara Carriveau

Blues Traveler plays the Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake, IL on Sunday, August 21, 2011.  Chan Kinchla talks about that show, their 25th anniversary next year, what it's like touring with kids, how cool Bruce Willis is, and more!

R.I.P. Jani Lane

por Cara Carriveau

Jani Lane was found dead in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, California.  He was a great dad, great rocker, and a great friend.  I spoke with a shared mutual friend of ours, Billy McCarthy (he was Billy Dior in The D'Molls), about this sudden sad news...

Marc Roberge from OAR

por Cara Carriveau

OAR will release their seventh album, "King", on 8-2-11.  They play a sold out show in Chicago that same night.  Marc Roberge checks in from his hotel room to describe the heartache and pain that went into recording the new album, what it's like to tour with Dave Matthews, and more...

Patrick Stump

por Cara Carriveau

Fall Out Boy hasn't officially broken up...yet they are taking an extended "break".  Druing this break lead singer Patrick Stump has recorded his first solo album, "Soul Punk".  It's due out in October, 2011.  He also went through quite a transformation...losing a lot of weight, new hair-do, no more hat...he's almost unrecognizable!  He will be playing Lollapalooza this year...hear more about that (and find out if there will be a Fall Out Boy reunion, since Pete Wentz will also be at Lollapalooza) in this conversation!

Adam Levine

por Cara Carriveau

Here's a phone conversation just a few hours before the big finale of "The Voice", where Adam Levine is one of the four coaches.  It's a great show...let's go Team Adam!  Maroon 5 headlines two sold out shows at Ravinia Jun3 30/July 1.  

Uncle Kracker

por Cara Carriveau

Uncle Kracker is at the Hard Rock Cafe' in Chicago this Friday, June 10, 2011.  Tickets are only $10 and support a great cause: The Uncle Kracker Music Education Foundation, his way of helping music education survive in public schools.  His goal is to pick cities every year that need assistance with funding music education.  For 2011 the city will be his hometown of Detroit.  That also happens to be my home town - we chat about that, his relationship with Kid Rock, what it's like to meet his fans, and more...take a listen and definitely join me at 101.9 WTMX this Friday night!  :)

Material Re-Issue

por Cara Carriveau

Material Issue is one of my very favorite bands. It was a very sad day in 1996 when lead singer Jim Ellison took his own life.  Such a tragic event for his family and friends.  It put an instant end to a band with a very bright future.  Now, 20 years later, their infamous "International Pop Overthrow" album is being re-released and there will be a full-on concert this weekend!

You can catch Material Re-Issue this Saturday, April 23rd at the Abbey Pub in Chicago.

Original bassist/vocalist Ted Ansani talks about how the band got together, what it was like to lose Jim, future prospects, and even the joys of album cover art...

Michael Franti and Spearhead head to Mexico

por Cara Carriveau

Michael Franti is one of the coolest dudes ever.  Here's a conversation I had on 2/1/11, just as the biggest blizzard of the century hit Chicago.  Michael Franti and Spearhead will be joining Eric and Kathy from 101.9 WTMX on their "Chips, Dip and a Mexico Trip...dos" live broadcast in March. We talk about that along with what it's like to record with Mike Posner and swim with elephants.

Avril Lavigne

por Cara Carriveau

Avril Lavigne has a new album coming out March 8, "Goodbye Lullaby".  The debut of her 3D video for the first single "What The Hell" airs this Sunday night (January 23) on ABC Family.


We chat about her new album, the cool 3D video, her Abbey Dawn clothing line, and tour plans!

Timothy Ferriss "The 4-Hour Body"

por Cara Carriveau

Timothy Ferris authored one of my favorite books, "The 4-Hour Hour Workweek" a few years ago...and now he just released "The 4 Hour Body".  He used himself as a guinea pig over the last few years and has published the results.  He covers everything from sex to diet to sleep to working out, and more.  At the end of this conversation he also divulges his unique way of using music when writing.

Jordan Knight from New Kids On The Block

por Cara Carriveau

Holy cow...


New Kids On The Block is touring with Backstreet Boys!  They play the United Center in Chicago on June 17.  Jordan Knight describes what to expect - a total collaboration between the two bands and an amazing stage set-up.  He also chats about NKOTB's influence on the "boy band" craze and much more...

The Ready Set

por Cara Carriveau

The song Love Like Woe has well over 6 million downloads on youtube (so far).  The Ready Set is actually a one-man band.  Jordan Witzigreuter writes the songs, plays the instruments, sings, etc (though he does have a band he tours with).  Besides having the worlds greatest hair Jordan also has the worlds greatest work ethic.  In this conversation he describes how he became so most certainly wasn't by luck.

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

por Cara Carriveau

Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine talks to WTMX about his experience with bullying and his current anti-bullying efforts, his admiration of One Republic, and the possiblity of performing naked onstage!

Maroon 5 plays the UIC Pavillion in Chicago Wednesday, 10/27/10.

Marc Roberge of O.A.R.

por Cara Carriveau

I tried to get Marc Roberge from O.A.R. to spill details on WTMX about The Axe Music "One Night Only" Concert that O.A.R. headlines this Tuesday, October 19, 2010.  There are going to be a lot of surprises!

If you'd like to win tickets check out The Official 101.9fm THE MIX Facebook page.

Linda Blair, The Exorcist

por Cara Carriveau

The Exorcist (scariest movie of all time!) is now re-released on blue-ray with all kinds of extra's that Linda describes.  She also talks about her first love, Rick Springfield, and her other love: animals.

In this episode you will hear music from Tommy Bolin, who formerly dated Linda Blair.  Click HERE to hear clips from the new CD "Mr. Bolin's Late Night Revival", a collection of songs Tommy Bolin never lived to complete in the studio.  Several classic rock artists have gathered to provide complete renditions of those tunes.  Members from Tesla, Waysted, Survivor, Dokken, the Ted Nugent Band, the R. Kelly Band, Bo Bice, Boston, Zebra, Mr. Big, Waysted, Quiet Riot and others have provide a diverse collection of sounds mirroring Tommy's multi-genre oriented original efforts.

THE EXORCIST EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT is a 2-Disc Blu-ray™ that included newly a remastered director’s cut; theatrical cut and three new documentaries including never-before-seen set footage, make-up tests, special effects reveals, new interviews and more.

Geoff Tate of Queensryche

por Cara Carriveau


Ladies and Gentleman and "kids" of only adult ages, welcome to what promises to be the spectacle of all spectacles better known as the Queensryche Cabaret.  The Queensryche Cabaret comes to the House Of Blues in Chicago, IL on October 29, 2010.
Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate talks about how the band will be performing while Go-Go dancers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, a juggler, ballet dancer, trapeze artist, a contortionist and others share the stage.
According to Geoff, "after you've done so many records and so many tours, it's nice to experiment with things and kind of challenge your audience and yourself".
He also talks about his wine business, comparing the process of making wine writing songs.  "Wine is kinda like making music.  You have notes that your put together that you weave into a song and you hope it's pleasing to the ear.  And with wine, you have a bunch of different grapes that you blend together to form a taste that's pleasing to the tastebuds."


Lee DeWyze

por Cara Carriveau

Last season's American Idol winner and local hero Lee DeWyze returns to Arlington Race Track to perform this Friday, September 24, 2010. Get more details and purchase tickets at

He talks with WTMX about how it felt to perfom in front of over 40,000 fans last spring when he played at Arlington hard he's been working on his new album...and more!


por Cara Carriveau

September is the latest release off of Daughtry's "Leave This Town" album.  Chris Daughtry and guitarist Josh Steely talk to WTMX about the making of that song, what it's like to be a parent and rock star, why they don't rush out albums and more...

BATMAN! Adam West

por Cara Carriveau

Holy &*(%! Batman...Adam on the bat-phone!

Ever wonder what was in Batmans utility belt?  Did his tights cause chaffing?  Those questions and more are answered during this conversation with the almighty "Mayor Adam West" of Family Guy, aka "Batman/Bruce Wayne".  This was truly a dream-come-true experience, to chat with such a living legend. You can tell how nervous I was by how quickly I was talking and all the giggles.  Sorry.  You'd probably do the same thing!  :-)

COMIC CON is this weekend in Chicago, IL (OK actually near Chicago in Rosemont, IL). WOW it's going to be amazing this year: 


  • William “Captain Kirk” Shatner and Patrick “Captain Picard” Stewart appear together for rare joint appearance – exclusive joint photo op of Star Trek Captains
  • Adam “Batman” West, Burt “Robin” Ward and Julie “Catwoman” Newmar among headliners
  • First gathering of all “Final Five Cylons” of “ Battlestar Galactica”
  • Pop Culture characters ranging from the  Monkees’ Micky Dolenz to Lou “The Incredible Hulk” Ferrigno and James “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Marsters
  • Comic Book and Toy creators, writers and illustrators  including Allan Dye and Dave Castelnuovo, co-creators of the smash I-Tunes/I-pad download, “Pocket God”
  • Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard World Entertainment
  • For complete list of the 500 + pop culture icons and characters slated to appear, go here and then scroll down below the special announcements to see the names:


Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers

por Cara Carriveau

The Jonas Brothers begin their North American tour Saturday, August 7, 2010 in Tinley Park, IL.  Kevin checked in from rehearsal in Peoria, IL to talk about the tour...and also how they stay healthy while on the road, how much they love softball, Camp Rock 2, and how LOUD their fans are!

Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton

por Cara Carriveau

Tom Hamilton, bass player of Aerosmith, explains the continuing passion for music the band shares...and how being in the same band forever is even harder than being in the same marriage forever!!

Gin Blossoms

por Cara Carriveau

This weekend (July 10-11, 2010) is "BURGER FEST" in Roscoe Village (on Belmont at Damon in Chicago, IL).  Let's see...Burgers + Beer + AWESOME MUSIC.......I am so there!!!

The band headlining on Sunday is GIN BLOSSOMS.  I spoke with founding member Jesse Valenzuela - such a great guy and such a great band.  Click HERE to see the complete music line-up.  


Twilight saga: ECLIPSE actors BooBoo Stewart/Tinsel Korey

por Cara Carriveau

Twilight Fans rejoice!  Eclipse comes out this week...and I had the chance to chat with Boo Boo Stewart who plays "Seth", and Tinsel Korey who plays "Emily".  


They checked in from the road as they were pretty busy doing the press circuit this week.  They shared some great insight about what to expect in Eclipse and even shared a funny story about a fan encounter w/Boo Boo yesterday.  Keep in mind he is only 16 years old...gee, there's a lot of cougars out there who love Twilight!  ;-)

Michael Franti

por Cara Carriveau

Michael Franti talks about how he wrote his hit song Say Hey (I Love You) in Woody Harrelsons bathroom...why he hasn't worn shoes in ten years...and more!

Michael Franti plays two MIX concert events in Chicago on Friday, June 25-

  • Free lunchtime concert outside at noon on the plaza at the John Hancock Center
  • Jammin' At The Zoo with Lifehouse at the Lincoln Park Zoo


Tre Cool from Green Day

por Cara Carriveau

Green Day's new ROCK BAND game comes out June 8, 2010.  Holy cow it's gonna be AWESOME!  Drummer Tre Cool describes the incredible graphics and what went into making the game.  He also talks about the irony of long ago being the very first band in the lineup at Lollapalooza, and this year being the headliner.  My, how things have changed!

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band

por Cara Carriveau

Gary Sinise brings his Lt. Dan Band to the Hard Rock Cafe' in Chicago Friday, May 7, 2010. 

Get all the details on the concert here:


Edwin McCain

por Cara Carriveau

Edwin McCain play's a MIX CONCERT EVENT at The Cubby Bear in Chicago Friday, April 9, 2010.


We chat about his wedding-singer tendencies, his close relationships with REO Speedwagon and Styx, plus his touring for the troups...and of course his sweet accent!

The Fold

por Cara Carriveau

Dan Castady is the lead singer of The Fold and a dead-ringer for actor Justin Long.  It was a pleasure talking with Dan about the amazing recent Miley Cyrus homage (sounds better than parody) The Fold released.  The song is so great and the video is even better. Watch it on youtube.  And better yet...head to their website to see many other great video's from The Fold like "I'm With Coco" (for us Conan fans!) to a halarious follow-up to "Every Band In The USA" involving a lawsuit...

The Fold will play at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago Friday, February 12, 2010.  And they will be at the Apple Store in Michigan Avenue, Chicago on March 21, 2010 (we talk about that during this conversation).

Find The Fold here:


por Cara Carriveau

Everclear will play at The House Of Blues in Chicago January 27, 2010.

Rick Springfield

por Cara Carriveau

Rick Springfield is on tour and will play a show in Elgin, IL on Dec 4, 2009. He's also busy with his remarkable TV stint on Showtime's "Californiation" playing himself. This conversation covers everything from being naked on TV to drinking the blood of young virgins to Rick wearing a kilt. Seriously!


por Cara Carriveau

Keith Nelson from Buckcherry took a few moments the chat with Cara from backstage as they tour the country with KISS to talk about...touring the country with KISS!

Michael Buble'

por Cara Carriveau

Michael Buble' has sold 22,000,000 albums (so far) worldwide.  His songs capture romance, heartache, love and every other emotion that goes along with any relationship you've ever been in.  His song "Everything" is a very popular first-dance song at weddings.  And his live performances are unreal.

It was an honor to be the very first radio personality in the USA to speak on the phone with Michael Buble' (for 101.9 WTMX "The Mix" in Chicago,IL) as his third album "Crazy Love" is just about to be released.  The album was initially supposed to be released on October 13, but due to fan demand the album will now be released 4 days prior (October 9).  You can pre-order it now. An even bigger honor was having him serenade me...I still have the goosebumps!

Lovehammers Are Back!

por Cara Carriveau

It's no secret that I am a HUGE fan of the Lovehammers.  They've been featured on my podcast Cara's Basement a few times already. Their first new album in three years, Heavy Crown, is coming out next month...of course I absolutely HAD to talk to them again!

You will hear some new songs from Heavy Crown (which isn't even out until July 21) and the backstory on the writing & recording process

This interview was recorded in their dressing room at Chicago's House Of Blues on June 19, 2009, just hours before they hit the stage. 



You can check out a WAY COOL picture show from the Lovehammers House Of Blues/Chicago show 6-19-09 courtesy of photographer Christie LaMountain...CLICK HERE.

Dave Matthews

por Cara Carriveau

Despite throwing his back out the night before and having a bad cold, Dave Matthews made sure to keep our appointment to chat about his incredible new album "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King". He's amazingly candid about everything he discusses...from the tragic death of a LaRoi Moore to the horrific situation years ago in Chicago when one of his bus drivers dumped 800 pounds of human waste on the heads of those on a boat in the Chicago River. For the record, I felt bad about bringing up the "poop" incident since it's old news and I am well aware how bad he feels about it. But he was more than willing to discuss it, take responsibility, and apologize yet again.

Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues

por Cara Carriveau

Mike Pinder was the original founding member of one of the most influential rock bands, The Moody Blues

We talk about everything from music to UFO's to his unique way of helping up & coming musicians on his website,


por Cara Carriveau

Simply put...she is the coolest chick ever. This episode is short & sweet - well under 5 minutes.

Creed is back!

por Cara Carriveau

Wow...Creed is back!  They split up about 6 years ago at the height of their fame.  Scott Stapp & Mark Tremonti chat about their new album, tour and how having kids brought them back together as a band.

One very funny part is when Scott Stapp describes their concert history in Chicago, referring to the infamous night where he was allegedly (I wasn't there so I can't say for sure) so incoherent he couldn't remember the lyrics to any songs as a "not-so-great-night".

I only had about 6 minutes with them and didn't get a chance to ask Mark Tremonti about the future of Alter Bridge...but I'm under the impression that Alter Bridge is NOT breaking up, though there's a strong rumour that their singer Myles Kennedy may be fronting the Led Zeppelin reunion tour. 

Mister Zero from The Kings

por Cara Carriveau

This Beat Goes On/Switch In' To Glide has been a favorite song (okay, it's two songs) of mine for decades.  It was such a thrill to speak with Mister Zero from The Kings and get the whole backstory on how that song came to be.

You can get the rest of the story on their DVD "Anatomy Of A One-Hit Wonder: The Kings' 'This Beat Goes On/Switch In' To Glide"...check it out on their website:

BONO! Well, almost...

por Cara Carriveau

It's been a life long dream to have one-on-one conversation with Bono from U2.  This is pretty darn close!!

Daniel Burrow is Bono in the greatest U2 tribute band, Elevation.

We recorded this interview on a day when the real U2 was in Chicago for an intimate, private appearance.  I walked around the city with Danno and witnessed people doing double takes since he looks & walks so much like fact, a few people asked for his autograph.  NBC5 in Chicago even filmed us.  Fun day!

This is a VIDEO episode.  If you are having trouble seeing the video please click HERE to see it on youtube.

Zebra's Randy Jackson

por Cara Carriveau

Randy Jackson is one of the most amazing performers. Not the judge from American Idol...this is the Randy Jackson from Zebra who also performs amazing concerts with an Orchestra interpreting Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Pink Floyd & The DoorsOMG...amazing! FYI - he'll be in Milwaukee performing songs from Led Zeppelin with a full orchestra this Thursday, February 26, 2009.  Check out his full itinerary HERE. Here's his websites:

Kelly Clarkson

por Cara Carriveau

Kelly Clarkson is the very first winner of American Idol and her massive success continues to grow with her current number one single, "My Life Would Suck Without You".

She chats about what it was like to hear Steve Carrell scream "Kelly Clarkson!" when he got his chest waxed in 40 Year Old Virgin, she talks about not catering to the gossip blogs, and much more...

Twilight movie star Peter Facinelli

por Cara Carriveau

I recently finished the 4-book Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.  Totally loved it!  It was a pleasure to speak to Peter Facinelli, the actor who plays Dr. Cullen (one of the vampires) in the blockbuster hit movie Twilight.  At the time of this interview I was part-way through book one and already hooked with the storyline.  Our conversation took place days before the movie opened and he was modestly underestimating the eventual box office success.

Fall Out Boy

por Cara Carriveau

I had the pleasure of moderating the press conference for Fall Out Boy prior to the Nike+ Human Race at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.  They talked quite a bit about their new album FOLIE A DEUX.  At the time of this press conference the album was set to be released on election day - they've since pushed back the release until 12-16-08.

This is my first VIDEO podcast (vidcast?)...

The Steepwater Band's Joe Winters

por Cara Carriveau

The Steepwater Band is based in Chicago and they're releasing their new album "Grace and Melody" on December 2.  The new record is produced by former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford and I love it!  I had the pleasure of chatting with drummer Joe Winters in this episode of Cara's Basement.

To celebrate the release of their new album, The Steepwater Band is putting on a FREE show at the Double Door in Chicago on Wednesday, November 26th (the night before Thanksgiving).

Duran Duran's Andy Taylor

por Cara Carriveau

Andy Taylor wrote a new tell-all book called "Wild Boy" and shares plenty of juicy stories from his crazy history of Duran Duran.  It really was a wild time.  His book is fun to read and it was a pleasure talking to him.

Josh Kelley

por Cara Carriveau

This interview took place in the summer of 2008, just after Josh Kelley played a packed gig at the Taste of Chicago.  He opens up about songwriting and his musical influences.  He's a very down-to-earth guy and a fabulous singer/guitar player/songwriter!

Plain White T's

por Cara Carriveau

I had the pleasure of introducing The Plain White T's for WTMX when they performed an acoustic set at Best Buy (in Downers Grove, IL) on 9-26-08.  They were fantastic and attracted a huge crowed!  Before they played I spoke with band members Dave Tirio & Tom Higgenson just before they played.  This is that conversation...

(By the way, the "D" word I refer to is "Delilah" as in their hit song "Hey There Delilah")

Disturbed Lead Singer David Draiman

por Cara Carriveau

Disturbed was part of the amazing lineup of Mayhem Fest during the summer of 2008.  I sat down with lead singer David Draiman in his dressing room a few hours before they hit the stage.  His intelligence and demeanor impressed me quite a bit.  This guy is one the smartest people I've ever met and despite his great success has absolutely no ego issues.  He rocks!

Nils Lofgren: A True Rock Legend!

por Cara Carriveau

Nils Lofgren has jammed with Crazy Horse, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.  Besides his stellar guitar work backing others, he has also released many solo albums.  His latest is a tribute to his longtime friend and musical collaborator Neil Young"The Loner: Nils Sings Neil"

Nils covers the early days of meeting Neil to the behind the scenes making of his new album.  His laid-back, honest and passionate  conversation makes this a do-not-miss episode for anyone who loves rock & roll history.  You'll even hear a clip of two of his Neil Young covers...very impressive!

Lollapalooza 2008: Duffy & Tally Hall

por Cara Carriveau

The first 11 minutes is Duffy. We chatted on the couch in the SPIN Magazine Press Lounge backstage at Lollapalooza.  The publisher of SPIN joins us - quite fun!

Next, it's Tally Hall.  I met them while in line for a porta-john.  We discovered we are both from the same home town (West Bloomfield, MI) and when I heard the name of their band it brought a smile to my face - you'll hear why in our conversation.

I also interviewed another Lollapalooza artist - Dierks Bentley - a few days prior to Lollapalooza. That interview is not part of this podcast episode but you can hear it HERE.

See all of my Lollapalooza pictures HERE.

Marc Roberge of O.A.R.

por Cara Carriveau

O.A.R. is such a great band to see jam live. It was my pleasure to chat with lead singer Marc Roberge and get his take on what it's like to make music and why he thinks it's way cool to record his live shows.

NOTE: Normally, all of my podcasts are "clean", but in this rare instance Marc let's a few "s_ _ t" words slip out - I was not able to edit them out because of temporary technical difficulties in my home studio.  This interview is virtually unedited.

Fiction Plane

por Cara Carriveau

I'm a huge fan of The Police, so chatting with Joe Sumner - Sting's son - was a bit freaky for me.  He's the lead singer of Fiction Plane, a fabulous band.  They opened up for the recent big Police reunion stadium tour.  I chatted with him in April while they were on the road with The Bravery.

You'll hear a song by Fiction Plane, "Two Sisters", at the end of this episode.

Tonight The Prom

por Cara Carriveau

Take a good look at these guys.  They could very well be HUGE in a few years and you'll be able to say, "I remember hearing about them back in '08".  Tonight The Prom opened up for The Lovehammers a few months ago at The House Of Blues in Chicago.  I interviewed Tonight The Prom backstage after their electrifying opening set.  This is that conversation, unedited.  Enjoy!

At he end of this episode you will be treated to one of their songs, "There Is No Cure For Vanity"

Paris Delane, "Live Life" Benefit

por Cara Carriveau

The Chicago Music Guide is working to help the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer raise money through a music benefit. I’ll be the emcee of this fun night of music. Live Life is at Joe’s Bar in Chicago on Sunday, April 27. Come experience live music from Paris Delane’s Tye Dye Skye, Jennifer Peterson Band, Ellen Rosner, Tracylynn & 55 South, Gina Gonzalez, White Buffalo Is Born and Twin Ray (Desiree Irwin). Doors open at 5:30, the live music begins at 6:30pm.

Tickets are only $20 plus there is an awesome silent auction. All net proceeds will benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Funding is a critical component to identifying a cure and eliminating the suffering of those who are affected by the disease.

This episode of Cara's Basement is with Paris Delane - a former member of Sonia Dada with a fascinating life story.  His love & appreciation for his mother expressed in this interview is especially touching as we approach Mothers Day!

Comedian Lee Camp

por Cara Carriveau

In February, 2008 comedian Lee Camp was asked to appear on Fox News as a "lefty" comedian vs. a "righty" during a live segment.  He agreed to do it figuring he'd have to somehow speak his mind - and he sure did!  The video of his appearance was viewed on youtube a half a million times within a day of his appearance.  You'll hear the clip in the beginning and again at the end of this episode.

Watch Lee Camp On YouTube

Shooting Star's Van McLain and Ronnie Platt

por Cara Carriveau

Original Shooting Star member Van McLain and new lead singer Ronnie Platt are in Cara's Basement.  Van shares a lot of fun stories from the band's long history.  "Last Chance" is one of Cara's favorite songs and he explains the meaning behind it.  There's also a bit of similarity between Shooting Star and Spinal'll hear why in this episode.

The best is saved for last...please don't leave early because at the very end of the podcast you will hear the exclusive world premier of "George's Song" with Ronnie Platt on vocals!

Rik Emmett of Triumph

por Cara Carriveau

Rik Emmett is one the most talented singers and guitar players I have ever experienced.  Knowing that there is Triumph reunion planned and getting the chance to chat with Rik about it was truly a dream come true!  You will find out if it's going to be just a "one time" thing or if a world tour might happen during this episode.  He opens up about why he's finally getting along with his former bandmates after all these years.  He also talks about many other things, including why he has such great hair and why it's so important in rock & roll!

He has many solo dates planned for 2008, but only two of those dates are in the states - and both those dates happen to be in Illinois.  He's playing February 16 in Crystal Lake, IL and November 8 in Elgin, IL.  Go to to find out more about his tour schedule and the much anticipated Triumph reunion.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington & Mike Shinoda

por Cara Carriveau

It's impossible to pigeonhole this band's musical genre.  And you certainly cannot underestimate their wide range of songwriting abilities.  Each of their albums are so completely different from one another.  Linkin Park is simply a remarkable groups of talented individuals.  One of the best bands to experience live, too.

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a press conference call (representing the Chicago Music Guide) with two of those members - Chester & Mike.  Both guys were very forthright with their answers. 

Linkin Park has been touring the world promoting their current album "Minutes To Midnight" .  Their North American leg of the tour begins Febuary 12, 2008.  You'll hear a lot of juicy details about this tour, also their view on collaborating, songwriting, what it was like to work with legendary producer Rick Ruben, and much much more!

Marty Casey & Lovehammers

por Cara Carriveau

I had the incredible experience of talking with Lovehammers' singer Marty Casey, bassist Dino Kourelis and drummer Bobby Kourelis in their practice studio in Chicago recently.  Unfortunately, guitarist Billy Sawilchik wasn't there because he had the flu.  I brought some beer and we just kind of hung out and chatted.  They shared some funny stories about the early days of the band including some pretty wild parties.  You can tell how down to earth these guys are and it's also obvious they work really hard at their craft and have no egos. 

After bringing them onstage on several occasions it finally dawned on me to ask them if I said their band name correctly - turns out I never did.  Oops!  That was my very first question, too. 

Thanks to John Gaskill from Pawnstar Productions for helping record this episode.

Aimee Mann & Lovehammers Holiday Episode

por Cara Carriveau

Happy Holidays!

Aimee Mann has an album of Christmas songs called "One More Drifter In The Snow" (you'll hear a snippet or two) and is back for her annual holiday tour.  We chat about that, the record industry, even the fact that she sometimes cooks a goose for Christmas.  This phone interview was originally done for The Chicago Music Guide - this is the extended version.

Marty Casey & Lovehammers have a great rockin' holiday song, "Merry Christmas (All Year Long)" - you'll hear a snippet, then a fun conversation with Marty, Dino & Bobby from LovehammersMarty Casey is doing a short solo acoustic tour right now - you'll hear why in our conversation.  This is just a "tease" for the full-on Lovehammers episode of Cara's Basement that is coming in the near future!

"Acoustic Chicago" artist Andreas Kapsalis & Stonecutter Records President Chris Steinmetz

por Cara Carriveau

Jay-ZPaul SimonDavid Lee RothSmashing PumpkinsJohn Denver.  What do all of those artists have in common?  Chris Steinmetz was behind the controls when they were in the studio.  Pretty much any artist you've heard of has recorded with Chris.  He just launched his own label,  Stonecutter Records, and their first release is "Acoustic Chicago".  He is in Cara's Basement along with Andreas Kapsalis, one of the artists on "Acoustic Chicago" - Andreas performs LIVE about halfway through the episode, so don't bail early!

Go to to find out more about "Acoustic Chicago" - featuring Marty Casey & The Lovehammers and a dozen other great artists from the windy city.

Amy Lee from Evanescence

por Cara Carriveau

I was fortunate to be part of a press conference with Amy Lee prior to the Family Values tour (which Evanescence headlined with Korn) representing The Chicago Music Guide.  It took me this long to post it only because I was so backlogged with other interviews.  She is an amazing talent.  Such a spectacular songwriter and singer - certainly one of a kind! 

MelodicRockFest: Kelly Keagy, Jimi Jamison, Jim Peterik

por Cara Carriveau

MelodicRockFest is the celebration of 10 years of one of the most awesome websites (I check it out often),

Three of the many artists that will be part of that concert are in CARA'S BASEMENTJim Peterik (ex-Survivor), Jimi Jameison  (ex-Survivor) & Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger).  Andrew McNeice, the founder of and organizer of MelodicRockFest, also checks in.

What an incredible line up at The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, October 6...
SCRAP METAL - featuring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (Nelson Brothers), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) with special guests Jim Peterik (ex-Survivor), Jimi Jamison (ex-Survivor), Jack Blades (Night Ranger), and probably more guests.  Kevin Chalfant will perform plus many other artists - check out the full details at

Kevin Chalfant, Singer & Songwriter Extraordinaire

por Cara Carriveau

Singer/Songwriter Kevin Chalfant is a wonderful talent and a great friend.  He has been in many bands (The Storm, 707, Shooting Star, The View, Two Fires, etc.) written songs for others (Cher, etc) and recorded several solo albums.  His latest effort is his tribute to his favorite band, Journey.  You'll get to hear a bit of it in the beginning and also the very end of the interview - you won't believe how good he nails it.  Years ago he sang in my backyard (you'll hear us talk about that party in our interview) and my neighbors were convinced that Journey was playing!

Kevin Chalfant is part of the amazing line-up of MelodicRockFest at The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN on October 6. 

MelodicRockFest details at
Get Kevin's new CD at

Dino Kourelis from Lovehammers and Peter Himmelman

por Cara Carriveau

It's a TWOFER...please try to listen to BOTH fascinating interviews.
(total runtime is 28:54)

First, you'll hear a fun phone call with Dino Kourelis - bass player with Marty Casey & The Lovehammers (one of my very favorite bands!).  We spoke while his infant son slept on his lap.  If you know what a crazy rocker his is, that mental image is very unique!  He discusses new ventures for The Lovehammers and their strong bond with their fans, among other things. 

Next, I had a very intense conversation with Peter Himmelman.  We spoke not long after he played the "kids-a-palooza" stage at Lollapalooza in Chicago.  Peter Himmelman is an Emmy-nominated TV composer, an acclaimed creator of children's music and a shares his vast knowledge and offers great advice about the music business.  He gets very deep with every topic we discuss.

Lollapalooza & Ozzfest Extravanganza

por Cara Carriveau

First, you'll hear a short conversation with Ikaro, lead singer of Ankla, an excellent metal band on the Ozzfest tour.  We spoke a few minutes before they hit the stage in Chicago.  He shares some funny backstage Ozzfest stories (the lead singer of Lamb of God likes to BBQ for all the bands on the tour) and breaks the news of their involvement in next years' Sirius Sattelite Radio tour. 

Next, you'll hear Against Me! lead singer Tom Gabel.  We spoke two days before they played Lollapalooza as he sat in his tour bus.  He has a very interesting story about his disgust with CBGB's and talks in detail about his creative process.  He's truly a songwriting genius and has a great sense of humor. 

Finally, you'll hear from the real School Of Rock president and founder, Paul GreenThe School Of Rock Allstars played the "kids-a-palooza" stage at Lollapalooza and we chatted as he was on the way to the catering tent before they performed.  He looks, sounds, and even acts just like the character Jack Black played in the movie - yet the movie supposedly was not based on him.  Yeah, right.

Stephen Pearcy from RATT

por Cara Carriveau

I can now honestly say I have a RATT in my cellar, since original RATT lead singer Stephen Pearcy is in Cara's Basement!

It's quite a shock that RATT has recently reunited and is touring.  Some very bad words were said to the press years ago by members of RATT about each other.  Stephen obviously wasn't happy when there was a RATT reunion without him a few years ago.  But they've patched things up and are currently touring with Poison (it should be called The RATT POISON Tour!).  It's almost the entire original lineup. 

Stephen discusses this reunion, the past, the future...hope you enjoy this episode of Cara's Basement!

James "JY" Young from Styx

por Cara Carriveau

Styx is one of the greatest albums EVER.  It spent several years on my turntable.  I knew every word to every song.  And I remember being very distraught when my parents wouldn't allow me to go to a Styx concert when I was a sophomore in high school because it was on a school night.  Ironically, years later I not only saw Styx perform many times but also met them in person on several occasions.  I had talked with original Styx member JY briefly a few times over the years and it was always a pleasure - but having this one-on-one conversation with him was extraordinary.

James "JY" Young is an original member of Styx (they've been together since around 1970) and as you listen to this podcast you'll realize how intelligent JY is and how passionate he is about his music.

Styx is a phenomenal band to see perform live.  They are not stuck in the past, either - their new music ROCKS!

Here's what Wikipedia says about James "JY" Young:
"He may be one of the more underrated guitarists of the 70s and 80s, rarely mentioned as a guitar "hero" or influence
 despite displaying excellent technique and speed on many of his solos."

Foreigner's Mick Jones

por Cara Carriveau

Foreigner's "Double Vision" album was so prominent during much of my pubescent years...I used to crank it up all the time on my bedroom stereo while staring at the picture of the guys in the band on the album cover - so I can't believe I actually had the chance to spend 20 minutes chatting with the one and only Mick JonesForeigner songs were HUGE in my "coming of age" years and he is a rock & roll legend.  This conversation is amazing because he touches on so many interesting things.  Did you know he produced Van Halen's "5150"?  He spills fun stories about that experience.  And he also addresses the possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion.  Keep in mind that he was once a session musician for Zep and Jason Bonham is currently Foreigner's, he's tight with the suits at Atlantic the way he reacts to my questions about the possibility of a Zep reunion is very interesting...

Stick around for the whole episode, because at the end you get an added bonus...a blast-from-the-past interview with Sammy Hagar!

"$everance" author Rick Kaempfer

por Cara Carriveau

Rick Kaempfer just released an amazingly entertaining satirical novel: $everance.  It is the first book I've managed to finish in two years (due to my preoccupation with my crazy toddler) and I laughed out loud many times while reading it - yeah, it's that funny!  If you work in the radio business you'll love the inside view of the industry and if you're not in the media you will certainly learn a lot of eye-opening trade secrets.  He also co-wrote an earlier book (with John Swanson), The Radio Producers Handbook.  Both books cover a subject matter he knows all too well: broadcasting.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Rick was a nationally recognized radio producer in Chicago for Steve Dahl & Garry Meier (1987-1991) and John Records Landecker (1993-2003).  I first met him at WLUP when he produced The Morning Loop Guys (2005).  He has also hosted his own radio show, wrote and hosted national radio specials, and currently co-owns an advertising agency in Chicago.  Rick has some amazing blogs (links are below) that I read regularly and highly recommend, plus he is also a contributing editor at Shore Magazine and a humor writer for The Beachwood Reporter.  Rick literally writes something new for public consumption every day.  I don't know how he does it all while raising three boys!


Jim Peterik, Songwriting Genius

por Cara Carriveau

Jim Peterik visits Cara's BasementSurvivor was one of my favorite bands in high school so sitting down with him one-on-one was very a very surreal experience.  Jim Peterik has written (or co-written) many well known songs - go to his website to see a detailed biography on him. 
ALERT:  Do not bail early - he plays TWO amazing live acoustic songs at the end of the podcast!

Here's the songs you'll hear performed LIVE:
"Is This Love" (Survivor)
"Vehicle" (The Ides Of March)

Tafoya Is Too Wild To Tame

por Cara Carriveau

Michael Tafoya visits Cara's BasementThe Boyzz From Illinoizz were a legendary Chicago rock band in the late 70's.  They toured nationally, including a televised jam with Meatloaf (we talk about that night in the podcast).   After The Boyzz, Michael Tafoya formed The B'zz (the ONLY unsigned band to ever perform on American Bandstand) and now Tafoya's Lost Boyzz.  You'll hear a great conversation and some of his music!

Here's the songs you'll hear:
"Get Up Get Angry" - The B'zz
"Life" - Tafoya's Lost Boyzz
"Too Wild To Tame" - The Boyzz From Illinoizz

Dobie Maxwell Is Damn Funny

por Cara Carriveau

Dobie Maxwell is a talented stand-up comedian and experienced radio personality.  You'll hear one of his funny "soapboxes", then a very enlightening peak into the mind of a very interesting & intelligent man. 

Cara's Basement Is Finally Here!

por Cara Carriveau

Welcome to Cara's Basement!

It's taken me quite some time to figure out the world of podcasting.  I have decades of experience as a Chicago Radio Personality so the actual broadcast part isn't so confusing, but figuring out the technical aspects of simply getting it all online has been quite a challenge.

I'm a HUGE fan of rock & roll.  When I first planned on starting up this podcast I intended it to focus on interviewing artists and I'm sure that will be where the main focus will lie, but I actually have many other interests I'd like to explore.  I am fascinated with the after-life.  I also love home improvement projects and cooking.  I happen to be married to one the worlds' premier health experts (okay, so I may be a bit biased!) and I'll definitely expose you to some of his knowledge.  I have a strong passion for the radio broadcasting industry and I hope to have other radio professionals as guests. 

So as you can see, Cara's Basement will be a mish-mash of stuff.  I think you'll dig this podcast.  Even if you don't, thanks for stopping by!

Here's some links you might want to bookmark if you're into what I'm doing:
Cara's Basement MySpace Page
Cara Carriveau's MySpace Page
Cara Communications
Chicago Radio Spotlight blog interview with Cara
Podcast Alley