Tuna on Toast with Stryker

By Ted Stryker

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Hi, it‘s Ted Stryker (formerly of KROQ). Each episode, I‘ll be chatting/interviewing all of our favorite musical artists and entertainers for a deep dive on their career, life, current projects, and just an overall fun hang as if we were sitting having sandwiches in a deli or diner.

Episode Date
Tuna on Toast with Bishop Briggs

In this episode, Stryker welcomes Bishop Briggs to the Tuna on Toast studio.

Bishop Briggs surprises Stryker by letting him and the world know she is engaged to Landon Jacobs from Sir Sly!  

This episode is filled with so much emotion! 

It starts out with Bishop Briggs talking about new music, the album is done, she's been working with Zakk Cervini!

Bishop Briggs talks about how tough the last year has been, the toughest anyone can imagine after losing her amazing sister Kate McLaughlin to cancer. Kate was so much more than just a sister as you will hear.  

Bishop talks about how this heartache does not match any other types of heartache. 

In this Bishop Briggs interview, Stryker asks about Bishop's move to Los Angeles at 17 years old, her time at The Musicians Institute, and her experience opening up for Coldplay before she had an album out! 

Bishop tells a very touching story of playing Red Rocks Amphitheater and having a spiritual experience especially during the song "Someone Else".

Bishop Briggs is beyond talented and strong.  She is also such a great person!

There is so much to take in! Sit back and enjoy, thanks for watching and supporting Tuna on Toast with Stryker.

Nov 30, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Lars Frederiksen

In this episode Ted Stryker welcomes punk rock legend Lars Frederiksen to the show. Stryker and Lars discuss Rancid, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, U.K. Subs, and of course his new solo project "To Victory" and a whole lot more!

Lars talks about his last two non music jobs he had before he joined Rancid full time, and the day when Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman came to his work to ask how much money he needed to leave his current job. Lars discusses his childhood which includes how his Mom would take in punk rockers....she would let disenfranchised youths stay at their place and feed them..including Social Distortion way back in 1982. 

Stryker and Lars discuss his brand new project called "To Victory". Lars goes into detail on why he chose these songs for the EP and why he covered the KISS track called "Coming Home". Lars also reveals there will be 4 more EP's that will include original Lars Frederiksen music!

Lars and Stryker talk about Brett Gurewitz and what he has meant to Rancid and to Lars both professionally and personally. Lars discusses achieving a few bucket list items including playing the Oakland Coliseum, Saturday Night Live, and playing Madison Square Garden.

Lars also lists his top 5 wrestlers of all time, he answers the question.."do you watch Squid Game?" and has a great take on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Overall, this is a music education mixed with a great story of achievement and how sticking to your guns is always the way to go! Lars is smart, thoughtful, and super talented, sit back and enjoy another episode of Tuna on Toast with Stryker

Nov 23, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Palaye Royale

In this episode, Stryker welcomes Palaye Royale to the Tuna on Toast studio.  Emerson, Sebastian and Remington discuss all things past, present and future including revealing for the first time, the name of their upcoming 4th album, Fever Dream .

In this interview with Stryker, Palaye Royale talk about fighting amongst themselves, what lead to it, and how they have resolved the tension. 

The guys talk about playing early shows with Stone Sour and touring non stop city to city for very little money with no team behind them helping.  

Producer Chris Greatti has been extremely important in all ways.

The band also talks about what a tough decision it was to cancel their huge European tour, and instead tour with Yungblud.  Palaye Royale tell a great story about meeting Yungblud for the first time on Warped Tour and how he as a frontman influenced them.  

Remington tells the story of Dave Grohl approaching him after a performance and how much that meant to him. 

Stryker and Palaye Royale chat about how great and important their fans are.  And...how influential bands like Jet, Panic! At the Disco, Hanson, and INXS have been for them.  Palaye Royale also discuss their time under the Disney umbrella and what they learned all those years ago.

Palaye Royale have done an amazing job building their career on blood, sweat and tears, one show at a time and one new fan at a time. Also, huge kudos to their wonderful Mom Stephanie.  

There is so much to take in!  Sit back and enjoy, thanks for listening and supporting Tuna on Toast with Stryker. 

Nov 16, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Dave Gahan

Ted Stryker welcomes to Tuna on Toast, one of the greatest frontman and songwriters of all time, Dave Gahan.

The episodes begins with Stryker telling the story of how this interview almost never happened as a result of Stryker not having his glasses on and misreading an email.

When Dave joins the episode, he reveals to Stryker that he loves Seinfeld and watched and watches quite often when he's not on the road (Depeche Mode or Soulsavers).

Dave reveals why he chose the 12 songs on the Imposter album to cover and the pressure to do the original artists justice.  Dave talks about Mark Lanegan's reaction in particular. 

Dave and Stryker talk about the process of recording these songs in Malibu at Rick Rubin's beautiful Shangri-La Studios, Dave tells Stryker it's the first time that the Soulsavers have ever recorded an album in the same room.

Stryker asks Dave about potentially performing these 12 songs live, "yes" is what Dave says, live shows are coming our way! 

Dave talks about his enthusiasm for recording and singing these songs as well as is overall excitement mixed with a couple nerves to release them all to the public.   He tell Stryker that this process to record Imposter started before the pandemic.

Stryker asks Dave if he watches the Netflix hit show Squid Game :)

This quick but fun chat ends with Stryker congratulating Dave on Depeche Modes induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Dave Gahan is better than ever, he's smart, charming and overall just an electric dude! 

Good vibes all around! 


Nov 12, 2021
Tuna on Toast with M. Shadows

M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold joins Ted Stryker for another episode of Tuna on Toast.  It starts with M. calling Stryker on his way to the house to let him know that he's 5 minutes away.  In this interview, M. Shadows discusses the early days of Avenged Sevenfold, including playing the Warped Tour and creating the very famous Deathbat logo.  M. talks about how much an influence Southern California was on their music.

M. Shadows also shares the great story of meeting their manager many many years ago at The Rainbow in Hollywood and how early on, Avenged didn't want a manager. 

The guys do a deep dive on the brand new just announced Death Bats Club and what that means for the band and fans around the globe.   

Stryker asks M. Shadows about new Avenged Sevenfold music and when we could possibly hear it, AND, when will there be Avenged Sevenfold shows!?

Stryker asks about the City of Evil album and how the band went next level.  M. shares a story of how Good Charlotte helped the band..it's a wild story! 

Stryker and M. Shadows also have a really nice moment talking about the late great Jimmy Sullivan aka The Rev. 

This pod flies by, M. Shadows is a kind, selfless and cool dude who is also a super duper rock star! Thanks for listening! 



Nov 09, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Brett Gurewitz

This episode is an amazing education on the history of Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, the punk rock scene and the man himself Brett Gurewitz. 

Before Brett joins the show, it starts off with Stryker explaining why he thinks he's going off the deep end (mostly because of his old dog and old pillows)

When Brett Gurewitz joins Stryker, they talk about the forming of Bad Religion in high school and how Brett, Jay Bentley and Greg Graffin met.  Brett discusses everything from how they got their first radio spin on KROQ with Rodney on the Roq, to their first tours, to creating the record label Epitaph Records. Brett also tell Stryker about when Fletcher from Pennywise told to him to sign a then new band called Blink 182.

Brett discusses with Stryker the thought process of testing the major label waters, and why for a time Bad Religion did sign to a major.  Brett also shares the strategy and benefits to giving the music away for free to people like Kelly Slater and Tony Hawk (surf videos and video games).

Brett shares the story of how as the owner of Epitaph, he "effed up" with The Vandals, he talks about the lesson he learned and how he made it right with the band.  Brett talks honestly about his sobriety and the events in his life that lead him to living a sober life.

In this interview, Stryker and Brett also discuss the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame (not in yet) and being on the cover of Rolling Stone (it almost happened).

This episode is full of great stories, music education, and lots of inspiration.  Hope you enjoy!  

Nov 02, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Upsahl

Before Upsahl arrives, Stryker answers the most popular Instagram questions he's received lately...Do the artists arrive alone or have a big group with them, and, do all the guests arrive on time?  Stryker gets very excited about the snack selection he has for his guests just before Upsahl walks in.

The interview starts with Upsahl talking about growing up in Phoenix and being the daughter of a punk rocker! Upsahl talks about all the different bands that would stay at her house and crash on the floor when she was very young. This leads to her knowing that she wanted to be a musical artist.

Upsahl tells Stryker about writing songs and releasing them in high school and the story of how her manager found her! It was all because of a Mx Frost cover song she did.

Upsahl details her journey to Los Angeles and the tough road it was in the beginning.  They also discuss her new album titled Lady Jesus and the inspiration behind the collection of songs.  Upsahl and Stryker discuss her dream collaboration and the bands she loved to listen to growing up.

It's a very fun hang and a great chance for you to get to know the very talented Upsahl. 

Oct 29, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Mike Shinoda

In this episode of Tuna on Toast, Stryker kicks it off telling a story of what Mike Shinoda concocted in Stryker's kitchen after the interview.  Mike calls out Stryker right away in the beginning of the chat for being nervous!

Mike tells great stories about the early Linkin Park tours traveling in a van while opening up for other bands and not being able to soundcheck.  Mike and Stryker also talk about Linkin Park going from somewhat obscurity to the biggest band in the world!  Mike and Stryker discuss the making of album number two, Meteora, and why all eyes were on the band when making it.  Mike also details LP's meeting with Rick Rubin and what their conversations were like before they recorded Minutes to Midnight. 

YES they talk about NFT's as well as Mike's favorite late night hosts, and the possibility of a Linkin Park tour.  Will there be a Strynoda record in our future?  Sit back, relax and enjoy... It's the one and only super multi talented Mike Shinoda. 



Oct 26, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Finneas

In this episode, Stryker talks about his last 7 days being more active than the previous 1.5 years combined, 3 big concerts in 5 days.  From Dave Grohl to System of a Down and KORN to The Rolling Stones.

Stryker welcomes 8x Grammy winner Finneas to the Tuna on Toast studio for a very fun audio ride.  They discuss his new album called Optimist including the song called "What They'll Say About Us" which was inspired by the story of Amanda Kloots and her husband Nick Cordero.  Nick was an actor and performer who sadly passed away from Covid.  

The guys also talk about everything from the feeling of being on top, to what the future holds at 50 years old, and, could there be a day when Billie records an album without Finneas.  

Finneas discusses what he looks for in an artist and what it was like working with Hanz Zimmer and Johnny Marr creating music for the 007 soundtrack.  

This episode is filled with many more stories that will inspire and enthuse, sit back and enjoy the very talented Finneas on Tuna on Toast. 



Oct 19, 2021
Tuna on Toast with The Record Company

Before The Record Company joins in, Stryker is enthused over his giant boxers and xxxl T Shirt from Target while bursting with joy as he is about to head to Vegas to see System of a Down.  In this episode, Ted Stryker starts out with an apology to the band. Chris and Marc join the show, discuss their upbringings, early musical endeavors and their journey to Los Angeles. Once in LA, they talk about how the three of them came together (Chris put an ad out on Craigslist), touring with Brian Setzer and the wild ride that ensued recording the first album which lead to a Grammy nomination. These guys are humble and hungry in every way. Stryker and The Record Company discuss what it was like bringing a new member to the team (after two successful albums) in the form of a producer, the one and only Dave Sardy. The guys talk about the creation of the album Play Loud, which leads to a fun discussion about the Beastie Boys, attending Bonnaroo as fans followed by actually playing the main stage and covering Sabotage. In this interview with The Record Company, Chris and Marc also talk about their love of Seinfeld, Chris gushes over Timmy the double dipper hater and Marc reveals he attempted to create a Seinfeld Trivial Pursuit game. All in all, it's a good vibe. Please support these dudes as they are full of talent and very cool people.

Oct 15, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Tom Delonge

This episode starts with Stryker telling the story of the night he picked up Woody Harrrelson hitchhiking!  Tom Delonge joins Stryker as they discuss Angels & Airwaves and how the new album LIFEFORMS came together...Tom opens about about operating on the fringe for such a long time and the public questioning all is professional moves, from his departure from Blink 182 to "chasing aliens" to working with the US Government.   In this interview Tom also discusses with Stryker his contract with the government in regards to a craft of unknown origin.  Tom also talks about how Blink 182 got their record deal, the non-stop work cycle Blink 182 was on and how that affected his personal and professional life.  Tom opens up about his current relationship with Mark Hoppus, and how Mark's incredibly sad cancer diagnosis helped their friendship (episode was recorded just before Mark announced he was cancer free).  Tom also tells a hilarious story of the time he approached an employee at Christopher Nolan's company Syncopy Films followed by his crazy encounter with Chris Nolan himself. The episode closes with a story about what happened when Blink 182's record company came to listen to the album Dude Ranch for the first time, and, how Tom deals with critics today.  

Oct 12, 2021
Tuna on Toast with Tom Morello

This episode starts with Stryker detailing his departure from KROQ and the circumstances that lead to his calling it quits after 22 years.  Tom Morello joins Stryker to discuss his new album, The Atlas Underground Fire. In this Tom Morello interview, they also discuss his time at Harvard, his job as a juggler in The Renaissance Fair, his first rock star sighting in Los Angeles, and, the time when Tom was in his band Lock Up, he dressed up as Dave Navarro from Janes Addiction and actually played as Janes to fool the crowd, In addition, Tom talks about the ONE game show he WOULD host! He also describes his van ride with Rick Rubin to see Chris Cornell and how many shows Rage Against the Machine played before they got their record deal. Tom also reveals how the DJ Protohype ended up on his radar, and how three generations of Morello's appear on his album along with Bring Me the Horizon and grandson.  Hope you enjoy!

Oct 05, 2021
We‘re TWO Weeks Away from the Debut Episode

I appreciate you more than a lizard sunbathing on a heat square. 

It's happening! 


Sep 21, 2021
Random Couple Offers Me TWO MILLION DOLLARS

A random married couple I met in person told me they were going to send two million dollars my way!  What do I have to do for THEM? How did this all go down?  Do I have the two million? 

Sep 14, 2021
What is Tuna on Toast with Stryker?

It's happening!  This is the preview of who and what's to come on my brand new podcast which debuts Tuesday October 5th.

Thanks for the support and hit that follow/subscribe button! 

Sep 07, 2021