In a recent interview with Radio Forrest, THE BLACK CROWES drummer Steve Gorman was asked to name the "biggest a-hole" he has ever met in the rock and roll world. He responded (hear audio below): "Max Weinberg, drummer for [Bruce Springsteen's] E STREET BAND. I've met the man three times and he was schockingly rude and abrasive and actually comically non-personable by design. He's a grumpy old dude, and I have no regard for him… He went out of his way to be rude to me. And I'm so uninterested in him that I don't even care why. I actually thought it was funny all three times, because it was such a performance. He's got a bug up his ass about me or THE BLACK CROWES or about people that are tall. Who knows what it is? But I have had three opportunities to literally laugh at him for how comically rude he was."
Asked if he has met Max's son Jay Weinberg, who plays drums for SLIPKNOT, Steve said: "No. I have not. I don't know anything about his son, other than I'm told he's a fantastic drummer."
Last month, Cumulus Media's Westwood One, America's largest audio network, announced that it will launch a new live weeknight show for classic rock radio, "Steve Gorman Rocks!" The five-hour program is hosted by Gorman. "Steve Gorman Rocks!" will launch on more than 20 stations on September 9, and will air live Monday through Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, in all time zones across America.
Gorman is the drummer and founding member of the iconic American rock band THE BLACK CROWES. For three decades he has toured the world relentlessly, performing with artists who are mainstays of classic rock playlists today, from AC/DC to ZZ TOP, including THE ROLLING STONES, AEROSMITH, HEART, METALLICA and Jimmy Page. With "Steve Gorman Rocks!", Steve is serving up a fresh take on classic rock radio. The show will feature timeless classic rock music while weaving in Steve's extraordinary storytelling and perspective from the road and the main stage. The show will also have special guest artists and friends, up-to-the-minute information on concert tours and festivals, music news, and other topical lifestyle subjects. "Steve Gorman Rocks!" will feature interactive live listener engagement on-air and via social media.
The program will include audio and video content from April Rose, a well-known social media personality with more than two million followers. Rose's past work includes on-camera host and content creator for Maxim.com and Playboy.com. She's hosted "MTV Spring Break" in Cancun, been a season regular on MTV and MTV2's break-out shows "Guy Code" and "Girl Code", plus VH1's "I Love The 2000s" and "Top 100 Hottest Rock Stars of All Time".
"I've toured the world for over 25 years, leaving a small piece of my sanity at every stop," said Steve. "'Steve Gorman Rocks!' is a natural extension of the life I've lived. I've got a unique perspective on the rock music we all love and plenty of stories to share. We're gonna have a blast!"
"Steve brings current, relatable experiences from the rock world to the radio. The guy's really compelling!" said Kirk Stirland, president of programming, Westwood One. "With a foundation firmly planted in the rock music scene and real time use of social media and live interaction, 'Steve Gorman Rocks!' will be a talked-about show on classic rock stations."
"Steve Gorman is a great addition to the lineup of star power here at Westwood One," added Suzanne Grimes, EVP marketing, Cumulus Media and president, Westwood One. "He will both anchor and amplify weeknights on classic rock radio."
Gorman began his radio career in 2011 with "Steve Gorman Sports!", which aired in Nashville. The show was later syndicated nationally on Fox Sports Radio. Over the last year, Gorman penned his memoir, "Hard to Handle: The Life And Death Of The Black Crowes", which is being published by Hachette later this month. His current band, TRIGGER HIPPY, is planning an October album release titled "Full Circle And Then Some".
Executive producers for "Steve Gorman Rocks!" will be Troy Hanson, well-known rock radio programmer, who'll lead the production team, and classic rock radio expert Scott Jameson, from hugely successful KQRS-FM/Minneapolis, who will program the music.
Photo courtesy of Westwood One