Posted by Eddie Category: TRUNK REPORT

A message to the loyal fans of That Metal Show from Eddie, Jim & Don:

We are sorry to report that VH1 Classic will not continue to make any new episodes of That Metal Show. It has been an incredible run of eight years, roughly 125 episodes and some really cool specials. The global response to TMS has been simply amazing, and we will be eternally grateful for the support from the rock and metal fans that have showed us so much love. We truly would have never made it as long as we did without you! A huge thanks also to the great crews we had over the years both in NYC and Los Angeles, to our producer Jeff Baumgardner, and to all the executives at VH1. And finally, thanks to the hundreds of artists that joined us on our set, had fun with us, shared their stories and many, many laughs. From the biggest names in rock history, to the up-and-comers: we thank you all for being a part of it.

Of course we very much want to keep That Metal Show alive, and with the blessing of VH1 Classic, we’ve got the keys to the show and are currently searching for a new home. We’re not sure where we’ll land, but we hope to be back in our studio and your living rooms as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep an eye out for us on the road and come say, “Hello.”

Thank you for watching all these years, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have news to share.


  1. I was so bummed at the beginning of your message, but relieved at the end. The fact you have the rights to take it elsewhere (and presumably in HD, hahaha) is promising. VH1 simply never gave the show the exposure it deserved. Looking forward to whatever your new home is.

  2. Hey Eddie,
    Sorry to hear this news. Probably “business or financial ”
    Reasons, but did vh1 give a reason for not renewing?
    Good luck on future endeavors,
    We still got your Sirius Xm show,
    ( I heard your hosting kiss/def leppard festival
    Maybe p Stanley will agree to go on trunk nation! )

  3. Since you can’t do it on Vh1 Classic anymore, Palladia would be a great channel to do it on, since that channel is in HD. AXS TV would be great as well, but I don’t currently have that channel.

  4. i kind of had a feeling this day was coming sooner than later…either way it was a great run and we can always watch reruns..i hope you find new home and can carry on

  5. why would vh1 classic let go of that metal show when it is the main reason to watch the channel? once again it seems hard rock and classic rock gets no respect from the people wearing suits

  6. I hope this turns out to be a good thing in the end. Hopefully a network will pick this up and do better than one year in between seasons. What is that network going to air re-runs of now that TMS is gone?

  7. Don’t they make money on the show, Ed? As far as I can tell, TMS is their one and only piece of original programming and a huge draw for the channel. Yes there are production costs but given the audience it brings, I can’t imagine TMS is any less profitable a venture than old reruns of Pop Up Video. I’m no expert on the economics of running a third rate cable channel, but it seems to me they’ve just killed the one thing they’ve got going for them!

    1. It was the only original show produced for the channel. They could not even afford that. The channel was never set up for a place for in house produced content. Everything is acquired or they already own that you see

  8. I don’t understand why hard rock and heavy metal are treated like trash. Never get the respect they deserve. As an example, you hear nothing but AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, etc, during intermissions at football games, yet they keep having Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and other pop artists for halftime shows at the super bowls. Why do they always try to appeal to younger generations when these guys don’t even care about music and would never spend a dime on a vinyl or CD as they download everything?

    Not sure what VH1 will do to replace TMS, but other than this show, metal mania and rock fest, I don’t care about anything else.

    Hopefully TMS live will return to California and I’ll be there. Eddie got lucky last time when he remembered the band Kill for Thrills, but I will stump him sometime!

    1. That is a great point. Hard rock and metal are always played at sporting events, they should have a great band like AC/DC perform at the Super Bowl. But, I guess they have to pander to the masses.

      Can’t wait to see Beyawnce (spelled like that on purpose) and Cold Play at the half time show this year (eye roll). Guess, that is when I will either take a bathroom break or channel surf.

  9. Hey man. Huge fan. I’m sorry to hear that you guys aren’t being funded. People care more the Kardasians n dumb fuckers than shit that actually matters. Its just another attack on the Metal community. I’m sorry man. I really hope someone else sees how kickass you guys are and give ya a chance. Please keep all your metalheads like myself updated. Rock on brother.


  10. Hell Ed, if you are looking for a new home for TMS, come on down to Austin. You can do the show at my place. Might have to rearrange the furniture but you are always welcome.

  11. Bummed to read that VH1 Classic will not continue new episodes of That Metal Show. I enjoy all segments of the show and enjoy you hosts debating the various topics. Sometimes my opinion varies from you guys, but that’s what makes it all fun. That Metal Show was responsible for getting me into new releases/bands that I may never have known about, so I thank you for that. Hope you are able to land the program elsewhere…..

    1. Yes, Charles, the server was overloaded with traffic.

      So, it wasn’t just your iPhone, I couldn’t get on with my laptop either, although I have an Apple as well, hmmm? Well, hopefully the problem has been fixed now.

      D 🙂

  12. Hi Eddie, doesn’t sound good for the future of VH1 and music in general, as well as you guys having to find a new home. It’s clearly a sign of the times music, distribution and availability, is just not what it used to be anymore. Very, very sad.
    Wherever you find your next home, can i make just one suggestion, that if your vids are available online, to make these accessible to everyone across the planet. If you’re overseas, i.e. outside the US, it’s not possible to view any episodes online. At least, this was the case with VH1, and it would be AWESOME to allow everyone permissions to check em out regardless of where they live. Thanks in advance for considering!!!!! Rock on!!!!!!

  13. Man, I have to say I am very upset from hearing about TMS being cancelled. It was my favorite show! It was the greatest show ever devoted to hard rock and heavy metal. I watched every episode since the first one with Lita. I never missed an episode. I saw each one the night it first aired. But, as it’s been pointed out, the show has grown too big for VH1 Classic. I hope it lands somewhere cool that can give it the support and larger exposure the show, Eddie, Jim and Don deserve. Eddie, Jim and Don have great, loyal fans, me included, and those fans will always be there for them if and when the show comes back some day. And Eddie’s podcast is awesome and it’s posted every week. Classic hard rock and heavy metal fans are fans for life and we will always stand up for this music and TMS has become important part of that world and always will be.

  14. Okay Eddie, if you do indeed get picked up by another network (and I hope that you do), one thing you would need to do first and foremost to get these ‘dream’ guests finally on is to change the name of the show. By that I mean ditch the word ‘metal’. The classic artists detest that word to be associated with them or their music. Jimmy Page is a big example. This is all of course, in my opinion and also imo why these artists have refused to do your show.

  15. I think VH1 not even going HD after EVERY SINGLE OTHER CHANNEL on the planet did ten years ago should have been warning enough. Oddly, Palladia is (although that channel disappeared from Cablevision last year…grrrr…). VH1 is part of eMpTyV/Viacom, so it’s not like the company doesn’t have money. But, to me, it just looks like Viacom is set to have VH1 just wither away and die – hence no original programming. Hell, eMpTyV isn’t even a music channel anymore, so why would they care about VH1 at this point?

    Someone suggested Netflix as an option. At first, I was like “NFW!” But, the more I think about it, the more it could work. I also know that YouTube has its OWN studios you can use in New York (it could be Brooklyn, not 100% sure) to create your own content. But, that may be too amateur-level. There are plenty of channels that are dying for content. SpikeTV, AXS, etc are just a few of the dozens of possible outlets TMS can move to. I just hope an exec out there sees the value the show has and takes it up a few notches.

    Plus, how else are we going to get our Jennifer fix??????

  16. I’ll add to the chorus of fans who will miss the show. Watching TMS inspired me to go out and catch the guys when they came to Portland, twice. Many highlights, but I remember Nugent’s visit, Angus and Brian showing once again what great guys they are, Bill Ward, Manson all screwed up on absinthe, that guy who tatooed TMS on his arm. Too many to mention.

    What will happen to the set, especially that big raven?

  17. My buddy Jim and myself were lucky enough to be at the taping of last season’s finale, let’s hope it was not the series finale! We had a blast and it was great to see the show live. We are all hoping that another station is willing to pick up the show, there are no other shows out there dedicating to the genre of music we have all been brought up with, hard rock and heavy metal! We also saw the three of them when they came to Syracuse for their speaking tour, and had a lot of fun, although there were some terrible questions asked!

  18. Well Eddie I have faith in ya you Don Jamieson And Jim Flourentine from Jersey and no body can keep any body from Jersey down long we are like bad pennies we keep turnin up

  19. Eddie,
    your a very respected rock/metal journalist and you seem like such a stand up guy, I hope they treated you honestly and fairly when they pulled the plug, as for your show I really enjoy your interviews and your passion for all things rock – to me that was the best thing about the show, stream it live from your living room you can do this stuff very easily these days i’ll bet metal fans would love it ! good luck forever eddie-

  20. Eddie, thank you guys (Don and Jim too) for keeping the joy of Rock and Heavy Metal Music in my life! I was googling those iconic artists we have lost in the last few weeks and was curious if TMS was doing some tributes for upcoming episodes, and found your message this morning. I’m surely bummed, but I’ll pull for you guys to find the best home possible for your show. I’ll get in my car this morning, put in that CD, and play it loud! All the best!

  21. Eddie,

    Sad news for metal in general.

    I hope to see the show return is some shape or form.

    If not, thank you for eight great years. I always looked forward to TMS. It was such a fun show and will be missed.

    So many great moments, but some that stick out are:

    – Ronnie James Dio and Geezer Butler picking Carmine instead of Vinny Appice in the Throwdown.

    – The amazing Dio tribute show in 2010.

    – Lynch, Pilson, and Brown pointing at the “Tooth and Ale” sign in the studio, saying that should be their band name.

    – Beat downs on Chris Jerhico when he failed to Stump the Trunk.

    – Steven Adler incorrectly saying that CC Deville was in Stryper in Stump the Trunk.

    – Slayer highjacking the Throwdown and making it a debate on the first two Maiden albums.

    Thanks for a fun and informative show. Thanks also to Jim, Don, all the staff, Bumblefoot for providing the theme song, Miss Box of Junk Jennifer, and of course, the original Miss Box of Junk Kerry Leigh (RIP).

  22. its a shame when all of the reality shows ,go on and on,garbage fake set up shows at that,are on forever and tons of money is dumped into them,but here you had a great little show,with a host that actually knows the content and lives it everyday,is a smart nice guy,not putting anyone down,and the show was really a feel good informative show,and the network dumps it,i guess eddie should have had guests that screamed at each other,and made up things to grab headlines and the such,then vh1 would have kept it on,maybe some of the big rockstars that eddie has promoted on his many shows,should get together and back a TMS of there own,put some real muscle behind the production,and have performances as well,then maybe it will ge the attention it deserves

  23. VH1 will regret this. TMS is the only show I watch on that channel, and I cannot be alone in this. Wherever you end up, guys, PLEASE take Jen with you…!! A show without that little minx is a sausage fest. Balance is key. : )

  24. Really, WTF cancelling ‘That Metal Show’? Are you outta your mind? That’s the only show you had going for your station, since you play reruns of rock videos constantly…boring!! By the way, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi are NOT metal bands… You guys really just screwed up..Whose brilliant idea was this? What a dumbass!!!
    I hope to see Eddie and guys at Rocklahoma this year, surely you didnt screw that up too!!! AARGH!!

    Sincerely Disappointed,
    Karen Becker
    Pryor, OK

  25. Hi Eddie my name is Brian Reddington and I live in West Orange New Jersey and I like you support Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music and I had this in my gut that That Metal Show would end when I saw the other two networks would switch too that BET s–t and I hate that RAP and HipHop and POP have taken over everything and I will always support the music that we love METAL and I listen too Q104.3 and Sirius XM keep the Metal flag flying
    and Dana when will the new eddietrunk.com relaunch eddie keeps saying that a new website is in the works

  26. Wow, that’s really disappointing. Hearing that the channel as a whole is in trouble just makes me feel like this is the next step in the continuing degradation of the value of music in our society today – not just for rock and metal but as a whole. The whole “why should I pay for it, I deserve it for free” mentality, where no funding goes to anything but the mega pop and rap “stars” that the big networks and corporate sponsors try to push on everyone. If you’re a rock band and weren’t already a big deal by about 2000, or don’t have a member who’s already famous, you’re screwed.

  27. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE find a new home. I absolutely loved TMS. AXS TV as suggested a few times above, would seem like the best fit. We need our hard rock and heavy metal!!

    1. AXS like VH1C does not want to spend the money at the moment to do the show as it was done. Can it be altered some? Maybe? We’ll see. We are doing ALL we can but it is way harder for fans to understand what really goes on with these networks and what they do and don’t want and how much they will put into production. Thanks

  28. Eddie, Please DO NOT let VH1 be the killer of this KILLER show. We will support you I promise! Find a home and let’s start a new segment about creative ways to kick VH1 in their nutsacks. KEEP IT GOING PLEASE! The world needs a metal show, that is obvious! Aloha from Hawaii

  29. That Metal Show was the last cool thing VH-1 will probably do for me. You guys are great ambassadors of Metal. You are a guaranteed youtube attraction, consider that.

  30. Great news,finally this trash is off the air.That Metal Show and its hosts were as Metal as Alesana ( which Eddie probably secretly listens to ),I mean,what’s the point of making a Heavy Metal-themed TV show and advertising it as “the home for all things Heavy Metal” when 99% of the time all the guests and “music” that’s discussed in the show are just a bunch of forgotten 80s Glam Rock bands that no one gives a crap about and never did,and have nothing to do with Metal,I saw the show a few times to see if it’ll ever change,but that’s all they did,yes the had a few guests of real Metal bands,but not enough to call the show a Heavy Metak show.Seioursly,there’s so much music to discuss in the Metal genre,so many underground bands,both old and new,and yes,even in Extreme Metal as well,they said they can’t Death Metal bands on the show because they aren’t classics and VHI classic only plays “the classics”,but they play a lot of late 80s and 90s stuff,which is when a lot of of great Metal bands in Extreme Metal genres like Death Metal,Thrash Metal,Black Metal and in other genres of Metal like Doom Metal,Stoner Metal,Speed Metal,,etc were at their prime,but I never heard any of those bands discussed on the Show,aside from the popular Thrash and Heavy Metal bands,they gave a lame ass excuse about why they can’t discuss Death Metal on the show,because it ain’t classic,and a lot of great bands in that genre like Incantation,Autopsy,Atheist,Possessed (Seven Churches came out in ’86,so they’ve been tearing it up since the mid 80s),Master,Immolation,Massacre,Bolt Thrower,Cancer,Deicide,Sarcofago,Morbid Angel,Unleashed,Asphyx,Obituary,Carnage (Sweden),Beyond/Internent,Sorcery (Sweden),Grotesque (Sweden),Entrails (Sweden),Centinex,Gorement,etc were tearing it up in the late 80s and early 90s,so I say theyre as classic as classic gets,but they said they can’t have them or even acknowledge them on the show because they aren’t classic and they use use profanity and satanic imagery,yet they have bands like Slayer and Lamb of God on the show,and since when bands like Slipknot,Hatebreed,Lamb of God,The Dillinger Escape Plan,etc are anything near classic,and Slipknot (besides the fact that they don’t have anything to do with Metal) uses a lot of profanity,how are the allowed on the show then,plus they’ve also had Avenged Sevenfold,Halestorm,The Pretty Wreckless,The Smashing Pumkins,Godsmack,Marilyn Manson,Buckcherry,and even freakin Black Veil Brides (are you freakin serious?!),How are any of those bands classic and even remotely anything related to Metal???…anyway,enough ranting,you’re more than welcome to delete my this if you want,Eddie,but the truth remains,and that truth is that you don’t know squat about Metal music and its community and you are and always will be a huge poser,and I pity all those clueless sheeps who follow you.

    1. Actually, Eddie is not the only that one can delete posts, I can, as well.

      Obviously, I let this through, but I have to say it is quite brave of you to post on a story that is almost four months old, and not heavily trafficked anymore, to conveniently avoid possible backlash.

      Also, posting this diatribe once was enough, obviously, I deleted the duplicated post for obvious reasons.

      1. I would’ve replied sooner,but I actually have a job and life,unlike most of the deadbeats on here.Nust what actually was your purpose of your reply,you didn’t say anything,only that you can also delete messages,im shaking in my freakin boots lol,and how posting this on here in my free time that only takes a few seconds to write and post is in any way brave,you’re a typical blind sheep fan who gets pissed when her idol gets mocked girls.The fact still remains that That Metal Show,it’s hosts and Eddie are as Metal as Atreyu and Alesana (which Eddie and the other two tools are probably listening to right now) ,and by the way,I didn’t post it twice my last comment twice on purpose the “post comment link” got stuck and posted it twice. PS: Next time you feel like calling people on their diatribe,you better actually have some arguments to back yourself up,instead of ranting about nonsense like an angst you preteen girl….also,I had a bit of a brain fart in my last comment,now the I re-read it,Possessed’s Seven Churches came out in ‘85,10/16/85…have a good’un tough metal gurlll lol,you’re more than welcome also to delete my comments if that helps ya sleep at night,and reply or don’t,won’t make a difference since I won’t be coming by this site anymore.peace.

        1. First of all, written text does not always carry the proper tone, therefore, I will put your attitude about deleting comments, aside. It was merely an explanation and nothing more. Eddie has gotten accused of deleting comments in the past, and many times, it was me. My statement merely a clarification, but you seemed to have interpreted as snarky.

          Secondly, I do not feel it is appropriate to continue a discourse with an individual who refers to me as an “angsty pre-teen girl.” LOL! That comment is so absurd on so many levels, perhaps you have a second career in stand up.

          Thirdly, from what I understand, VH1 Classic (hence the name Classic) was only interested in featuring metal and hard rock groups that fit the archetype. The network was NOT interested in featuring any of the bands you mentioned, so therefore, I believe, the hosts hands were tied.

          Lastly, on a personal note, I will readily admit to being stuck in an 80’s rut myself (Judas Priest being my favorite band and John Sykes being my favorite all around musician). I have zero interest in new metal bands unless they have a retro sound, like Airborne or Buckcherry, so to each their own. But my point being, for as many metal fans, such as yourself, that wanted the series to showcase new talent, there was a large segment of audience that was not interested in new bands. You can’t please everyone.


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