7/18: BACK FROM SC, PODCAST WEEK 2, BLITZ, TMS, MORE

Just back from a few days with the family in Myrtle Beach SC. Also did a signing at a great store at Broadway At The Beach called Retroactive. Had a huge turn out and the signing went for over 3 hours. So grateful to Amy and Amy from the store and my local radio affiliate Rock 107 for the support. Was really a good one and my thanks to all who came out. Many asked if I went to the Kiss coffee house. They had requested me there many times over the years and would have at least stopped in, however the place is no longer there and out of business. But met so many great rock fans and had a great time. Was cool to check out Myrtle Beach as well for the first time. TONS of families with kids which I contributed to. If you are in that boat it’s great. If you want a vacation without a million kids I would not ever go during the Summer when schools are out. Next event for me is hosting a concert at Thunder Valley in Lincoln CA with Don & Jim that features Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor and Burned Halo one week from tonight. This is NOT a TMS taping however should be a fun show. We will be there Friday and Saturday and I will have both of my books for sale there as well. Hope to see you if coming, more soon.

My new podcast is up now with Blitz from Overkill. Hope you are all enjoying episode 2 of The Eddie Trunk Podcast. It is FREE and available worldwide via Itunes and www.podcastone.com THANK YOU for making my debut a top 10 podcast overall and #1 music on Itunes last week! So many great interviews and other things I will do in the podcast world as we go forward. This is all new to me so appreciate all the feedback and support. FYI music and songs can not be played on podcasts for publishing reasons. It is an all talk format.

ALL NEW “Eddie Trunk Rocks” FM/syndicated show this weekend on usual affiliates on days and times listed. Remember back on AAF/Boston now Friday nights 11P-2A. This weekends show features a visit from Blitz from Overkill and new music from the band as well.

I do not know when TMS will tape next. I only know we will for sure at some point. Probably not for a while unfortunately. These decisions are NOT up to me and I get as frustrated as you guys with the things you’d like to see happen with the show. Once I know from the network when we will shoot next I will post. Enjoy the many replays for now. Thanks.

Benefit show tomorrow in Garwood NJ at Crossroads with Blitz from Overkill, Mark & Dave of TT Quick and more. I’m going to try and swing by also.

Finally happy birthday to my Mom Rose today!

Comments

  1. Terri Bey says:

    Awesome report. Happy birthday to your mom.

  2. It was great to meet you, Eddie! Thanks for talking for a minute with me. I have no doubt we could talk for hours about our mutual love of hard rock and heavy metal.

  3. Hi Eddie! Will Monday night’s XM show be live? I’m deciding whether to return home from my trip in the afternoon or the evening. Be cool!

  4. Hey Eddie !

    Hope you come back to SC sometime soon!!
    Would live to see you in the Charleston area!

    Btw… Why can’t you (Jim and Don) do something on a different network where you have control?
    Is it a “non compete” thing? Seems like you have enough experience and although TMS needs more meat to it. Maybe if you pitched something to a different network, similar but more spotlights on newer bands or different types of hard rock and metal, I really think you could reach a ton of new people! Not that there is anything wrong with TMS, its really great that the show has lasted this long and still has a massive following, I just see that VH1 control issues and refuses to expand.. Maybe I’m wrong but it seems like everything I’ve read that you guys have little to no control over what goes on. To me that’s kind of a slap in the face knowing that you have the contacts and the background to make TMS an even bigger hit than it is.

    • Bryan Russell says:

      Eddie,
      I agree with Martin. It’s time to spread your wings! You should also ditch Don Jamieson and keep Jim as your CoHost. Two is company, three is a crowd. Martin has some good ideas. Have you ever considered going to a different network, or is there contract issues that would prevent such a thing? I am sure VH1 owns the naming rights to TMS. You could always start a new show and name it something else. Although, That Metal Show is a pretty cool name.

      I for one am going to miss you on Friday nights, at lease Live on Friday Nights. I still don’t understand why you did that even though you tweeted me explaining it to me. It makes no sense to me what you said. I really don’t think that you are telling the truth and perhaps actually telling the truth might do more harm then good? I don’t know. It’s you show, its your decision, but you always bragged about how what you do Is a rare, that almost all Dj’s are computer based now and that you are one of few that are still doing a live show. Now you are doing the opposite of what you always preached and joined the computer DJ era saying it’s unfair for 24 of 25 stations that were getting the show a week later, and now you are syndicated you had no choice? So what if it was unfair to them, they aren’t in NEW YORK, Q104.3 is in New York, so the show should always remain LIVE in that listening area. I’m just heart broken over the whole situation. Friday night rocks was what I looked forward to all week after Trunk Nation on Monday nights. Should we be expecting that show to go to a pre recorded show as well?

      All I am saying to you is this, the interaction you have between you and your audience is what makes what you do SPECIAL, Its the reason we listeners tune in. If we want to listen to a generic radio show that plays music and has a so called DJ talking then we can listen to Nikki Sixx for crying out loud. That’s not what I want, so I tune into your program, but now it seems it is no different then what Nikki Sixx is doing, no difference at all Eddie.

      Bryan

      • Bryan, you assume you know many things here and are consumed with something I don’t quite understand. Please listen or don’t listen to what you want and please don’t tell me what it takes to SURVIVE in media. I have done it for 31 years! Like anything CHANGE happens from time to time. You can’t seem to grasp that my FM show was only live on ONE out of 3o stations! I have ALWAYS said that on air! Radio syndication is partially about how many stations you are on, but more importantly where they are. I am on in Boston, Milwaukee, etc. I’d like to be on in Dallas where you are. Being on there helps me WAY more than having you listen on the app which is what you do. The show needs to be available the same week to ALL stations that run it. Get it? No station wants a show 8 days later after it aired in NYC that people like you already heard on a stream. Not sure why you can’t handle this truthful explanation of a change that has impacted one out of 30 outlets. Ever wonder why weekly syndicated shows are ALL pre produced? From time to time I might do it live, but if the show is going to grow and survive this very minor change had to take place. You are the only person dwelling on it it seems. Media is changing every day. I fight to still do a live show on satellite which hardly anyone does for music! So please either listen or don’t, but unless you are an owner of a radio or TV outlet stop assuming you know how things work. It’s not a perfect world, sorry I can’t deliver exactly what you want how you want it.
        As for TV if you find a network that wants to do a rock talk show please send them my way!

        • Bryan Russell says:

          Thanks Eddie for the explanation, and I am sorry that I got all worked up over it. I apologize to you for overreacting. I do appreciate your shows and all that you do to entertain us. I guess I just didn’t understand how it works on your end. So, please accept my sincere apology and I promise, this will be the last you here me Rant about it.

          Last nights show was pretty dam good by the way. I also heard you explain to everyone about how you too wish you could live your dream. Let’s hope someday one of the big networks gives you a call and that dream does come true.

          Bryan

          • Bryan Russell says:

            Eddie,

            My twitter buddy, you know him as well, @pizzaman77 Jon P, and I are going to start a campaign here in Dallas to get you on the airwave here. We are launching it as I type. He has already tweeted them and they said they will consider it, but as you know me by now, that is not good enough for me or Jon. We will start hammering them until they finally give in and add you to 97.1 KEGL the Eagle.

          • You get me on the Eagle I will come to Dallas and beers on me! Thanks!!

  5. SparkyDR99 says:

    Howdy Ed. Is the Blitz podcast a replay of the Sirius interview? If so, will Night Ranger be as well?

    • The Blitz podcast was an interview that some of was used on various shows. Hard to interview someone 3 times for the same thing. Most of the podcast interviews, including Night Ranger, are unique to the podcast or will at least debut there. It is different week in and week out based on artists schedule.

  6. Mike Jones says:

    Hi Eddie,
    Just wondering if you are planning to see Queen + Adam Lambert in concert on their current tour? I saw them play last night at Madison Sq Garden last night and I thought the show was amazing. We all know Freddie was the best and is truly missed, but he would have been proud of his mates, along with Adam Lambert who respectfully helps carry on the grand Queen legacy.
    Thanks.

  7. Eddie,please give your mom a big hug for her birthday!! My mom passed away 3 yrs ago at 62 yrs old from a sudden heart attack.She was my best friend and i miss her terribly.I would give anything to hug her 1 more time!

  8. Jay Gordon says:

    Hey Eddie,
    I noticed that the Podcast with Blitz was a replay of the Sirius/XM interview. Is that going to happen often or was it a one time thing.
    Thanks

  9. James K. says:

    Eddie,

    No new TMS is toture! But I know it’s out of your control. Oh well, I enjoy the radio show and the podcasts. I’ve read and re-read your books and was wondering if you have any future plans for any more and if so, will it be “Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Vol 3″ or something entirely different?

  10. Jim From Houston says:

    My suggestion is to speak with other production companies and shop yourself around if VH1 doesn’t want to move on this. Your not getting any younger and sell why ratings are good. Make your move!

  11. Many podcasts do play music, but I suppose they get away with it because most are small enough to not garner the attention of copyright holders, hehe. Ironically, you are too famous, Eddie! I still love listening to your show, it’s cool to get to listen to you all the way here in Finland now!

  12. TMS fans! We are all frustrated by no new TMS shows anytime soon. Please try hitting up VH1 and VH1C on twitter and fb. If a majority of us TMS fans bug the network constantly, MAYBE they’ll listen and figure something out.

    • vh1 doesn’t care about us, they’re owned by the same creeps who control mtv and just about every other tv channel around these days…that’s why there’s never anything good to watch anymore.

      • HUGE difference between VH1, MTV and VH1 CLASSIC. Classic is a smaller channel with much less invested

        • doug r. says:

          Maybe if they had more new episodes of TMS on each year, they would be a bigger channel. Less SNL, especially the newer episodes with those rappers on them. Variety is a good thing, as long as it’s all Rock ‘N’ Roll related! The rap shit has to go, it’s not related to Rock ‘N’ Roll, never has been or will be. Besides, 99% of VH1 classic viewers are not going to watch programming that involves rap! More TMS, Behind The Music, Rock Fest & Rock Concerts, and less silly movies & rap shit, and VH1C’s ratings will skyrocket! :)

          • None of that stuff is produced by VH1C. Which means it costs them nothing to put on. TMS is produced by them. That impacts their budget. It is the only original in house show on the channel

          • doug r. says:

            I did not know that, but again, of course it takes money to make money, I just find it hard to believe that they don’t have the money it takes to make it. If it wasn’t for TMS, VH1C might already be off the air, so one way or another, they have to find a way to produce more new episodes of TMS than we are currently getting, which is none. It is their top rated show, it would be a shame if they can’t afford to keep it.

          • doug r. says:

            BTW Ed, I’m sure you’re just as frustrated about this whole TMS situation as we are, so I guess the only thing we can do is be patient, and hope for some good news soon. Thanks for taking some time to respond to my post. :)

          • The show is very much alive, repeats all the time, and is the franchise for the network. We will do more. But not as quickly as me and others would like..

  13. RedRooker says:

    The TMS thing is pretty annoying, and a lot of it is because Eddie wants to be so vague. He says “All I know is there will be more but I don’t know when”. Which is kind of a BS answer because it tells everyone that you know more than what you are willing to give out. And that’s fine, it’s your choice but is still a BS answer for your fans out here who actually give a shit.
    So what this tells me Eddie is that you have a signed contract for a particular # of episodes, and you haven’t reached it yet. So let me ask you these simple questions which should be easy to answer:

    1) How many more episodes have you been contracted to complete
    2) What is the end time frame that the episodes have to be produced by per the contract

    The only other explanation I can come up with for you giving out these little snippets of info is that you are negotiating for a new contract with Viacom, and if so that’s fine too. But none of us out here are dummies, we know you know more than you are saying so at least give us some credit for that.

    • With all respect you have no idea how TV and TV deals work and no idea the serious limitations of VH1 CLASSIC and their budgets. I have been honest to a fault about EVERYTHING I know! I AM under contract and the network has told me they will do more shows. What I want to know and what fans want to know is WHEN? I don’t have that answer yet. How long they can wait is being discussed but it is stretched by them for one reason, BUDGETS. VH1C is a small digital cable channel NOT funded like VH1 and MTV! I either do the show when and how they want or it doesn’t exist. You may find this hard to believe but FOX or ABC aren’t exactly after anyone for a metal talk show.. Not sure how much more clear and honest I can be.

      • RedRooker says:

        So the contract is open ended? No parameters on episode count by certain date? With all due respect, I actually DO have knowledge of entertainment contracts, and if your deal with Viacom is open ended then it might be the first I’ve ever heard of.

        There is no way you don’t know what the episode count is that you are contracted for, and where you are at in that count. As always, there is a buyout clause as well so in all reality if Viacom decides to buy you out then there may not be any more episodes.

        At least you could tell us how many more you are contracted to do.

        • There are options sir. They have picked up the option. Discussing when they need to do them by at the moment. I appreciate your interest here but unless you have a TV network interested in my services I’d rather not get into further deal points.

      • doug r. says:

        VH1C’s loss will be somebody else’s gain eventually. TMS is a highly rated show, sooner or later other networks with bigger budgets & funding are going to take notice and become very interested. Who knew that a show could actually become TOO BIG for a network, I think that’s exactly what has happened here. If VH1C can’t afford to produce more new episodes of TMS, then move TMS to another network that can afford it! ;)

  14. Eddie is correct vh1 classic is a small funding tv station it has a cult following of course but how would of TMS got on the air if not for VH1 classic it wouldn’t. If Eddie have 50 million dollars like he just won the lottery than of course he could buy his own studio and everything needed for TMS to run and then he would have full control over the show but he doesn’t have 50 million to do that plus I’m sure it’s very hard to do that on your own with no help from a cable network. While I do think it stinks we have to wait I understand 100% the show is at the mercy of VH1 classic as with any network they can drop you or cancel you in a heart beat. Eddies gotta follow what they say to a extent. Course eddie has some say so In the matter but it’s vh1 telling him when he can shoot new episodes when he can’t what he can do on the show. I’m just greatful we still have TMS to watch on vhi classic.

    Sorry eddie it just upsets me to see people rant and rave about waiting for new TMS shows when they have no idea what you go through with vh1 classic and I’m sure you go through a lot. Keep up the good work.

  15. Reading through the comments, I would agree we all want more TMS, but here is the thing. Television has changed a lot. If you look at most of the cable and satellite channels that are airing first run shows, they all have limited episodes. Even shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Duck Dynasty” which draw huge ratings have limited episodes every year due to budget limitations for the network. If Eddie and company tried to move the show, it likely wouldn’t last because the other networks probably aren’t going to draw a big enough metal audience. As far as newer hard rock and metal bands, I disagree. While the music business is in bad shape for everyone, at least the newer bands can get some press. The veteran older bands that are still out there get NO press, so that is what the focus of TMS should be because it is VH1 Classic and a band like say LA Guns needs all the help they can get.

  16. Chris Florio says:

    Hey Eddie,

    Friday’s Q104 stream was a replay of a show from a couple of months ago. Will the Blitz show be replayed on some of the other outlets this week?

  17. Great to meet a fellow Jeresy boy and chat about RUSH and KISS!!! Looking forward to the next season of That Metal Show.

  18. Ed… is there any chance Vh1Classic could go back to playing obscure 80’s music videos like they did back in 2002-2003? That would at least give us something to watch during the long waits for new TMS seasons. The channel was way cooler back then, it used to be like 80’s MTV but now it feels more like those radiostations that play the same songs over and over. They could at least give us an hour a day with that show “The Vault” they had for a couple years…that was better than nothing.

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