Posted by Eddie Category: TRUNK REPORT

Quick update on some stuff as I need to run into NYC for tonight’s live radio show. Join me 6-10P ET on SiriusXM channel 39 TRUNKNation LIVE with Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister in studio and more.


Added a new book signing to the next leg of my tour that kicks off a week from tonight at Trees in Dallas. I will now also be in McKinney Texas 11/19 at The Guitar Sanctuary from 7-9 selling and signing both books and also doing a Q&A in their events center. Please see the home page for all dates as I prepare to hit TX and OK next week! More details there. Hope you all come out!


Thrilled to announce the official return of THAT METAL SHOW for 2014! Season 13 will premiere 1/18 on VH1 Classic. The show is moving its production back to NYC. We are also changing the way we do the shows for the first time. Instead of doing a bunch in a few days and then they roll out over time, we will now be doing a new show in NYC every Tuesday that you will see that Saturday. Also we will do more new episodes in a row per season. Instead of 8, we are now scheduled for 12 in a row once we start up again. So more new ones in a row, and much fresher and quicker to air. The reason we did TMS in LA last few years was because a HUGE amount of the artists were based there. That fact had not changed. But the hope is that with a regular tape schedule and the growth in popularity in the show (THANKS TO YOU!) they will come to NYC to be a part of it. Doing it back home saves us budget and allows for more new episodes. So its yet another phase in this shows amazing story and we will see how it goes. No guest announcements yet, and ticket info will be announced when we get closer here and on my Twitter and FB as always. I’ve now been on VH1 Classic since 2002, and I am honored and thrilled to continue working with them as well as my TMS partners Don & Jim. It’s amazing what this show has become and I am grateful. On to season 13! Much more to be announced soon. (Don’t forget the annual Dingbatz TMS Christmas party is 12/14 in Clifton this year).


Kiss R&R Over came out 37 years ago today. Crazy! That means 37 years ago I got my first Kiss album and my life was changed and set on this course of rock obsession. At 12 I purchased Destroyer today. Since R&R Over was new my friend suggested the album before as the introduction to Kiss. Hugely pivotal moment in my life for sure. And taking all the silly Kiss arguing out of it, thanks to Gene, Paul, Ace & Peter for my first taste of hard rock music and setting me on this path. Now on to the R&R Hall let’s hope FINALLY!

Last but certainly not least, THANK YOU VETERANS!


  1. Great news about TMS…especially increasing the episode count by 50%. That’s a nice committment from Viacom and a tribute to your hard work to make the show a success. Congratulations…can’t wait for the new season which is appointment TV for my wife and I on Saturday night (for the new shows anyway!).

    Now if only we can see you soon in HD…

  2. Wonderful and exciting post Eddie! The new book is absolutely incredible! Everyone needs to check this book out you won’t be sorry you did..would still be that Xmas present for the fellow rockers on your gift list. Have fun Eddie on your signings. So stoked about the new TMS being filmed on a Tuesday and shown Sat. Brilliant idea. Will make it that much cooler. On the Kiss front personally its an exciting time to be a fan of my favorite band. The Ace and Peter interviews you did and especially the performance footage was a goosebumps moment. They sounded great and had fun. And the YouTube and Kissonline videos of the amazing Kiss Kruise 3 concerts and setlists are phenomenal. I admit the Zurich show and many others showed a voice challenged Paul but I swear he was on at these recent cruise shows and they were noticeably more energetic and having fun with the all deep cuts set. Anything for my Baby”,”Almost Humane”, “Let Me Know”, “All the Way”, “ladies in waiting”, “the Oath”,”hide ur heart”..on and on..very good

  3. ARMY VETERAN TOURED WITH KISS I was a Soldier in the U.S. Army for 21 years. I have been in the KISS Army for 38 years. I served in both. I was an Infantryman, answering my country’s call on tours around the world. I was a roadie, helping to put on the greatest rock and roll show on earth on tour around North America. I dreamed about doing both ever since I was a kid. I have since fulfilled those dreams . A year later, I find myself pushing toward fulfilling other dreams and goals. After I decided that it was time to hang up my boots and retire from the military, I had to figure out what path to take next. For the next year and a half, I struggled in the job market. I didn’t have a college education and, after spending all of my adult life in the military, I didn’t really know how to market myself to potential employers. Life had become very frustrating until one day I got a Facebook message from a friend in Virginia that would change my life. Last year, KISS got together with Hiring Our Heroes, part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to hire a veteran as a roadie for the summer North American tour. After submitting my resume, I started to think about how I could get mine noticed over other applicants. So I started a Facebook event to ask all who joined to send an email recommending me for the job. Over a hundred of my friends sent letters of recommendation, including some written by active and retired Army Officers which could have gotten me into Harvard. After being interviewed over the phone, I was flown to New York City to appear on NBC’s Today Show. After joining Gene Simmons and the hosts of the show, Gene revealed that out of over 2000 applicants, I was chosen . Needless to say, my excitement was almost overwhelming. It would become the greatest summer of my life.

  4. Eddie. I’m right there with you. I vividly recall living in The Bronx, walking down the block and some kid had a Cream magazine with Kiss in it, around 1974, or 1975 right around when Alive was breaking. They weren’t that big yet, but they were getting there, and I had no idea who they were…yet. Then, we moved to Westchester, and I also vividly recall going to Korvettes (aging myself a bit?), and buying The Originals (1st 3 albums, still have it), and Rock and Roll Over, while my older sisters played Alive I to death, and later got sick of Kiss (how dare they?), I never did. I also had Destroyer, 1 copy of which melted in the sun (bad idea to leave an album in the car when you go to the beach), and another a friend sat on. Needless to say, I purchased it again at least twice. Overall, my favorite Kiss album of all is Rock and Roll Over as it’s album cuts are as good as the hits. Mr. Speed is no drop off from Dr. Love in my book. In either case, my obsession started at around the same time, and I hope they get in the Hall as well! They’re overdue, not that I had to tell you that!!! – Dave from Westchester, NY

  5. Great to hear about the new season of TMS, one of the best shows on television that actually supports hard rock and metal. I also like the fact that it is going to be taped around the time of the air dates so that there is not a time lapse on what the artists are doing and talking about on the show. Thanks Eddie

  6. Eddie – Excellent interview with J.J. French of Twisted Sister. Love hearing interviews with legends of the rock world and hearing just how normal most of these guys are. Saw the Sister years ago in Philadelphia on the Come Out and Play tour, and it still is one of the best shows I ever saw. Cant believe that they never played the Garden in NYC. What can you do to get them there for a show. Make it a TMS event.

    Also loved your reminiscing about you walking to the record store 37 years ago to buy your 1st Kiss Album. I remember back in that days when I would count the days to the release of albums and make my way Alwik in the Livingston Mall to pick up albums like Dio’s “Last in Line” or Maiden’s “Somewhere in Time” the day they came out. Now all albums are just a click away, but there is still something to be said about getting you hands on the physical media (I will actually be heading to the store to pick up the new Boston album in December instead of downloading it)

    Also, any chance you can play some new Transatlantic on your next Sirius Show in a few weeks (Mike Portnoy’s supergroup with Pete Trewavas of Marillion). I know its not the perfect fit for your show, but maybe just to throw in something a little (Alway catch the show on my drive home)

    Remember you on WDHA and have friends who remember you from Parsippany working at the 7/11
    Keep up the great work and looking forward to listening to you for another 30 years

    Andy from Califon, NJ

  7. I’m thankful I still have the great memories of a Kiss being the first music I remember as a 4 to 6 year old in the late 70’s and everything that band meant to me. I remember begging my mom to buy my older brother the first Kiss album on LP for his birthday. Staring at the covers to the albums, trying to draw the covers. Just pure joy for a band and its music. It is all I can hold onto since Gene and Paul have killed everything else I loved about it.

  8. Kiss is a way of life. Once you get the Kiss blood in you , you have the Kiss fever for life. Its a shame all the original members cant put there differences aside. This is the year Kiss finally gets into the rock n roll hall of shame. Lets hope Deep Purple gets in too. They definitely deserve it also.

  9. I don’t think any other band has impacted their fans, or the people who hated them, as much as KISS did in the 1970’s. Elivs, Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin…yes they made a deep impact and are all amazing in their own right, however, in a time of no Internet, no cell phone and limited TV access KISS had the most amazing mystique… backed up by these incredibly simple yet cool songs. They provided the canvas for our minds to paint the picture (it wasn’t manufactured for us). They Kept the Songs Simple enough to have a great time in a time when everyone else was trying to be sensitive and deep (sissies, no offense). Thank god KISS kept it real ’cause, as a guy, sometimes you just wanna have drink, a laugh and hook up with a hottie! Keep your sensitivity and Politics to yourself….

  10. For the hardcore KISS fans out there, what would you say to a remix of Rock and Roll Over? I always liked a majority of the songs, but thought the sound is weak, flat. Especially compared to Destroyer which is beefier, and even Love Gun.

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