EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES THE STATE OF ROCK MUSIC TODAY, SAYS “THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE”

eddie-trunk400 Jimmie Tramel of Tulsa World reports:

Trunk was asked this question: What’s the state of music right now? He said he can only speak in terms of rock music “because that’s what I know and live in, but I think it’s fairly healthy.”

Eddie continues, “I think unfortunately record sales and music sales are not there and I don’t know if they are ever coming back. We’re dealing with a new generation that doesn’t even feel that music is something you should own or have to pay for. It’s really going to be really hard to change that thinking with the younger people.

For me, I’m still all about owning CDs and having physical ownership of music. That’s more and more being thought of as sort of an old-school mentality. But where rock music is really, really, really thriving is live. It was always best served live and if you see what’s going on now, you have more bands on the road than ever before….

Just like anything, the strong will survive. The people who are smart and figure out a way to recreate or reinvent themselves are going to do just fine, but you are going to have some casualties. You are going to have casualties with the cruises. You are going to have casualties when it comes to festivals. It is going to happen because there are just so many of them. I don’t know how much the market can really hold.

“But, for now, I think the music industry is reinventing itself and as far as rock music is concerned, the live stage is where it’s at. I wish radio played more new music. I wish fans purchased music. But they are still certainly coming out to see it. We’ll see where it goes from there.”

Read more at Tulsa World. Also, read part one of Eddie’s interview with Tulsa World, here.

GIRLSCHOOL AND CRUCIFIED BARBARA TEAM UP FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

girlschool640 Legendary all girl British hard rockers Girlschool are gearing up to storm North America for the first time in 20 years, reclaiming their rightful place as the hardest rocking bunch of females to ever destroy a stage.

The band will be previewing tracks from their new album, Guilty As Sin, set for release later this summer via UDR Music and, as a special treat, they will be selling a Special Edition Ep, Propaganda!, featuring two songs from the new album, (Take It Like A Band and Come, The Revolution) as well as revisiting two tracks from their classic Hit And Run album in the form of re-recorded versions of Kick It Down and Watch Your Step. Rounding out the Ep, which is limited to 300 copies, is the girls’ blistering cover of The Bee Gees classic Staying Alive. Both Propaganda! and Guilty As Sin were helmed by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, etc)

The gals are bringing along the leaders of the new wave of female hard rockers, Swedish headbangers Crucified Barbara, who return to North America for the second time in three years. With a new label, Despotz Records, and new album, In The Red, the Swedes are ready to lay waste to the States and Canada once again. Produced by Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters, Millencolin, etc), In The Red features eleven tracks of pure mayhem.

Support on all dates comes from Old James and Velvet Black.

Girlschool and Crucified Barbara North American dates:

5/20 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
5/21 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
5/22 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky
5/24 San Francisco, CA – Slims
5/27 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
5/28 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
5/29 Vancouver, BC – Venue
5/31 Bozeman, MT – The Fault Line
6/3 Kansas City, MO – The Scene
6/4 Fridley, MN – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park
6/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies
6/6 Weston, MI – Token Lounge
6/7 Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck
6/9 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
6/11 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
6/12 Montreal, QC – Katacombs
6/13 Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
6/14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitusc

FORMER SKID ROW FRONTMAN SEBASTIAN BACH SAYS HE IS MOST RECOGNIZABLE MEMBER OF THE BAND

sebastian_bach-400 Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was a guest on Snider Comments podcast with host Dee Snider of Twisted Sister where he discussed his former bandmates.

Bach told Snider, “The biggest lie that those guys always tell is, ‘We wrote all the songs on all the records.’ If you listen to my albums and the Skid Row albums, and then you listen to the Skid Row albums without me, and then listen to my solo albums, that’ll give you all that you need to know about who wrote what. When they say, ‘We wrote the song 18 And Life, you [just] sang it.’ Okay, let’s examine that statement. You can go listen to the original version of that song online, and then you can listen to me doing it, and there’s something called a melody line. Okay? Where it goes, ‘Lived nine to five and he worked his fingers to the bone.’ Every time my voice goes into the register where you turn it up and go, ‘Holy sh-t! Did you f–king hear that?’ Those are the notes that I wrote, okay? Nobody does that in the version before that I didn’t f–king… ‘Can I sing this note in this part?’ ‘Yeah, do that, Sebastian. Yeah, do that.'”

He continued, “So I’m nineteen years old, taking these f–king songs and turning them into Judas Priest songs, as far as… I’m rewriting the melody lines, never thinking anybody was gonna like it, never thinking anybody was gonna buy it. I’m thinking I’m gonna be the next Malice, not the next Bon Jovi. The last thing anybody ever thinks is that somebody is gonna like this s-it. That was, like, the last-case scenario. So I’m not in court, saying, ‘I wrote this note! I f–king…’ I’m not gonna be in litigation when I’m nineteen. You know?! So, [them saying] ‘We wrote all the songs’ is such a f–king pile of shit.”

When asked if he thinks that it’s okay for another singer to come and imitate his vocal style, Bach responded: “No. I think they should change the name of the band and leave… Like, Van Halen, okay, had Sammy [Hagar]… Well, they had Gary [Cherone]…. [Laughs] I forgot about that. But anyways, I would say, save the name of the band… I’m not saying that for me; I’m saying that for all of rock and roll.”

He continued, “If you’ve got the five guys in the original band that are still alive, you should respect that because that is such a rare thing. Like, you guys just lost [drummer] A.J. [Pero], and now that [possibility] doesn’t exist anymore. And I walk around going, I ain’t getting any f–king younger. I go, ‘This is still possible.’ So it’s, like, [to] even have that opportunity and deny it, or just say, ‘F–k it,’ that’s, like, bad for all of rock; that’s not just bad for me.”

He also said that he believes that he is the most recognizable member of the band, stating “The elephant in the room here is, like, when you and me walk down the street, Dee Snider and Sebastian Bach, we are the human beings that other human beings hang out the car window and go, ‘Youth gone wild, motherf–ker!’ ‘We’re not gonna take it!’ There’s no other people… There’s no other guy… Not one guy in Skid Row walks down the street and can’t walk down the f–king street. I can’t walk down the street without people going, ‘F–k! What the f–k!’ There’s no [other] guy in the band that will ever have that; they never will. The public decides. It’s like the show American Idol. ‘We’re gonna pick an American Idol.’ No, you’re not. America is gonnna pick the f–king idol. America is the people that decide who the band is. You know what I’m saying?!”

In related news, Skid Row band members Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo officially announced former TNT singer Tony Harnell as their new vocalists on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show Eddie Trunk Live. The band recently re-recorded 18 & Life with Harnell and it can be heard here. The band also recently announced tour dates with Harnell, click here to see the tour itinerary.

KISS FRONTMAN PAUL STANLEY SAYS MAKING NEW MUSIC ISN’T NECESSARY, STATING “THERE HAS TO BE A PURPOSE TO US DOING AN ALBUM”

paulstanley400 Martin Kelly of Classic Rock Magazine reports:

KISS frontman Paul Stanley says it’s not necessary for the band to record another album.

He believes they had good reasons to make 2009’s Sonic Boom and 2012’s Monster – but that their tally of studio outings might stop at 20.

Stanley tells Classic Rock’s Paul Brannigan, “There has to be a purpose to us doing an album. There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it’s justified. Sonic Boom was an album that very much needed to be done, and Monster just felt like, ‘Well, we did Sonic Boom – let’s see where we go from here.’”

He adds, “Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in KISS that right now it doesn’t feel utterly necessary to make a new album.”

That doesn’t mean Stanley won’t change his mind. “Anything is possible,” says Stanley. “But at the moment I don’t see it on the horizon. I’m not one to ever say ‘never.’”

KISS will close out this year’s Download festival at Donington next month – and the frontman insists they’ll deliver. “If we have the honor, you better believe that we need to bring it, and need to justify being the last band everyone’s going to see. As a band that’s never been known for subtlety, believe me, we’ll be pulling out all the stops.”

Asked whether he’d consider following other bands down the route of creating their own festival, Stanley says: “I really have no desire to do anything of that magnitude. I’d be dealing with too many idiots.”

source: classicrock.teamrock.com

JOE SATRIANI STREAMING “ON PEREGRINE WINGS” FROM HIS FORTHCOMING ALBUM “SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA,” LISTEN HERE

Joe Satriani Joe Satriani is streaming On Peregrine Wings, taken from forthcoming album Shockwave Supernova, set to be released on July 24th. Listen to it below.

“While working on a project for an animated TV show called Crystal Planet, I thought this music would be perfect for a flying character and what would it feel like to jump off a cliff and start flying,” says Joe. “There would be fear and exhilaration to be thousands of feet in the air. The movie in my head informed me on how the song developed using unusual scales and the intense velocity of the drumbeat and the crazy solo.”

To read more about Shockwave Supernova, please click here.

FAITH NO MORE DRUMMER MIKE BORDIN DISCUSSES OZZY RE-TRACKING AND SAYS “THAT WAS A REALLY KIND OF F–KED-UP THING”

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Mike Bordin of Faith No More visits at SiriusXM Studios on May 14, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 14: Mike Bordin of Faith No More visits at SiriusXM Studios on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin has spoken about his role in removing the original drum and bass tracks from Ozzy Osbourne’s first two albums.

The 2002 re-releases of Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman featured Bordin and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo – both then members of Ozzy’s solo band – in place of co-founding band members Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley.

The controversial move was a result of legal action between the departed duo and Ozzy’s management.

Bordin recently told Radio.com, “That was a really kind of f–ked-up thing. It’s funny that no one’s actually mentioned that.

That wasn’t what I was going in expecting to do. It wasn’t the way it was presented to me at all. I never knew that – but that doesn’t lessen the fact that it happened.”

He refuses to “throw anyone under a bus” by suggesting who might be to blame, but adds, “I will say this – to hear the original guitar, bass and drum tracks in my headphones while I was recording was one of the most insane things I’ll ever experience.

I think I heard some guitar solos that I’d never heard before. There’s a reason why those albums are so good – they’re magical. Far be it from me to ever want to f–k with that.”

Kerslake and Daisley’s tracks were eventually replaced, and Bordin approves. “They had to,” he says. “It was just weird.”

Faith No More – who reunited in 2009 without original guitarist Jim Martin – just released comeback album Sol Invictus and play the Download festival at Donington next month.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

VAN HALEN FRONTMAN DAVID LEE ROTH SAYS OF FORMER SINGER SAMMY HAGAR “THERE’S A CREDIBILITY ISSUE THERE,” VIDEO OF THEIR BILLBOARD AWARDS PERFORMANCE POSTED ONLIINE

davidleeroth David Lee Roth says he’ll never perform Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen songs, and says the reasons are obvious.

First, Roth was never sure about Hagar’s commitment to the work. Second, he says, the public has made it clear which edition they favor.

“Well, there’s a credibility issue there,” Roth said, back stage at the Billboard Music Awards. “Good, bad or in the middle, you know Roth means it; the other guy doesn’t. And that’s why it sold half as well — literally, Midas Bible half. Never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings? This hamburger don’t need no helper. Ain’t no rehearsing pants in my closet.”

Of course, Hagar has previously expressed his own opinion on this subject. “The difference between Dave and I in that band, besides all the other million things, is that he can’t sing any of the ‘Van Hagar’-era songs,” he explained in a 2012 interview with the Boston Phoenix (courtesy of Blabbermouth). “Maybe he could do Finish What You Started, possibly.”

Last night marked Van Halen’s first appearance at the Billboard Music Awards, which aired on ABC from Las Vegas (see the performance below). Roth just released his second project since returning to Van Halen, a live set titled Tokyo Dome in Concert. There, as with the band’s on-going concerts since his return, the setlists have focused on albums from Roth’s initial 1974–85 tenure, interspersed with songs from their 2012 comeback album A Diffferent Kind of Truth.

Hagar’s principal work with Van Halen stretched from 1985–96. Both singers had subsequent reunions with the group: Roth returned in 1996, and Hagar was back for 2003–05. Roth has fronted Van Halen ever since.

Asked about a potential studio follow up to A Different Kind of Truth, Roth struck a hopeful if non-committal stance. “I’m always writing and have written with a number of other people,” he said. “And I would always look forward to doing it again with Van Halen.”

source: ultimateclassicrock.com

EDDIE TRUNK SAYS GROWING UP MUSIC WAS THE ONLY THING HE CARED ABOUT

eddie400 Jimmie Tramel of Tulsa World reports:

Hey, all you Rocklahoma-bound people. Got something for you here:

Let’s suppose Ace Frehley had gotten a KISS-off and you helped revive his career.

Let’s suppose the band members in Twisted Sister gave each other the stink-eye for 14 years, but you talked them into reuniting for a post-9/11 benefit. It was a nifty bit of matchmaking considering that Dee Snider and the boys are still together.

Let’s suppose Axl Rose strolled into your radio studio to chill and chat for a couple of hours. The surprise visit from the Guns N’ Roses frontman came during a time when it might have been easier to land an interview with Howard Hughes.

If you had done one of those things — just one — then, dude, you did something. Can we get a cigarette-lighter salute?

But if you were responsible for all of the above (and we’ve only scratched the surface), you would, like Robert Downey Jr., be among the cooler guys in metal.

And that’s interesting because the person who did all those things was admittedly uncool.

The subject came up during a phone interview with Eddie Trunk, who hosts That Metal Show on VH1 Classic and who will again host Rocklahoma during the Memorial Day weekend music fest in Pryor.

When Trunk was growing up in New Jersey and he was of the age to be influenced, hard rock and metal pushed his buttons like nothing else. Why? He doesn’t quite know the answer, but …

“When I was a kid, I was a little bit of a guy that lived on the fringes, if you will,” he said.

“That’s kind of a common trait when it comes to this genre of music. I wasn’t in the ‘in’ crowd. I wasn’t with the cool kids. I wasn’t the guy who was always invited to the parties. I was just a little bit of an outcast at times. I just found something in this genre of music that made me feel included and got me excited and interested in it and it made me want to fight for it.”

In that way, Trunk is the Uncle Sam for “his” type of music. Uncle Eddie wants you to join him in the same way that he once joined the KISS army.

Pre-enlistment, Trunk said he was very much into pop music as a kid. Then, thanks to the AM radio in his parents’ car, he was introduced to the Raspberries.

“They had these really crushing sort of power chords over this great melody,” Trunk said. “I remember it like it was yesterday. My hair stood up. I was like ‘Wow, what is that?’ I went out and bought the first kind of ‘real’ rock record that wasn’t the Partridge Family or something and it was the Raspberries.”

Who knew Raspberries could be a gateway drug? About a year later, when Trunk was in junior high, he discovered KISS.

“And then that sent me really over the edge and that became my world for a long time,” he said. “I just got immersed in it. I loved the energy in it. I loved the rebellious attitude in it. I loved that I felt like it was kind of mine. It was my little world. It was my thing.”

Trunk became the kid in the Twisted Sister video. What do you want to do with your life? I Wanna Rock.

Music, he said, was the only thing he cared about. He said he was “horrible” in school and his grades reflected that.

“It wasn’t that I wasn’t smart,” he said. “It was just that, unless it was something that I had an interest in, I just didn’t apply myself.”

If all a kid wants to do is listen to music, there’s a good chance someone is going to tell that kid he’s never going to amount to anything. Trunk said his parents were fairly supportive, but they were also concerned. They should have been. Following a siren’s call doesn’t always end well.

Lil’ Eddie was urged to get a backup plan. Did he got one?

“Not really,” he said, laughing. “I didn’t know what I would have ended up doing if this didn’t work out. I felt pretty confident though that I would work in some area of the music business, even if it was just something like managing a record store or something, as long as it was around music. I knew that, OK, it might not work out that I would ever get on the radio or get on TV, but at least I could do something around music.”

Trunk’s odyssey nutshelled: Album reviewer for school paper. Radio station volunteer. Record store employee. Disc jockey adviser. DJ.

He took a job with a record label (Megaforce) and was VP by age 25. Then came more radio (his track record suggests he will ditch a playlist to suit his tastes) and a partnership with VH1 Classic.

Now Trunk is synonymous with the music that he loves, and he is so appreciated that rock royalty attended when Judas Priest played a private concert in his honor in 2008. “That Metal Show” launched the same year. Watch the show and you can tell (A) Trunk and his co-hosts could run-rule you in metal trivia and (B) the respect between hosts and guests is mutual.

“I have been doing this so long (that) I have a certain level of trust and connection with these artists,” Trunk said, adding that artists often do interviews where the person asking questions isn’t knowledgeable about their body of work.

“And I think that, with me, they know that’s not going to be the case. I think, on the flip side of that, though, that can hurt me at times because they also know I’m going to ask some questions or go in some areas they may not want to deal with. But, to me, that’s important and that needs to be done from time to time. It’s a little bit of a two-edged sword.”

What if this “hairy” tale had a different ending?

Would Trunk be content with, for instance, managing a record store? His response: Sure.

“However it played out, there was no master plan,” he said. “It’s funny because there are a lot of people that get into music or they get into radio because they want to try to be famous or they want their voice to be heard or they think they are going to make a lot of money or whatever the case may be. That was never the driver for me. The driver for me was just, OK, it’s another outlet for me to be able to share the music I love with other people. That’s all it was ever about. The fact that I was able to parlay it into more and stay in it for so long has certainly been great, and I am thankful for that,”

Hey, Eddie. Hopefully this doesn’t tarnish your rep, but many people consider you one of the cool kids now.

source: tulsaworld.com

MUSICIANS HONOR THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY PASSING OF RONNIE JAMES DIO, VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE PERFORMANCES POSTED ONLINE

ronniejamesdiomemorialposter2015-640 At the May 16th’s free public memorial service for legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the singer’s passing, several of Dio’s former bandmates and friends spoke and performed his music. The event was also emceed by our very own Eddie Trunk.

According to blabbermouth.net, the following songs were performed at the event:

* Lisa (acoustic) – Lita Ford, Patrick Kennison (The Union Undergroung), Marty O’Brien
* Heaven & Hell (acoustic) – Great Whit
* Last In Line (acoustic) – Great White featuring Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale)
* Take Her – Rough Cutt (Paul Shortino, Amir Derakh, Chris Hager, Matt Thorne, Dave Alford)
* Mistreated – John Payne (Asia), Rock Feinstein (Elf, The Rods), Christian Martucci (Stone Sour), Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) and Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
* Rainbow In The Dark – Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson (Dio), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell) and Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
* Sign Of The Southern Cross – Ann Boleyn, Craig Goldy (Dio), Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC) and Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
* Stargazer – Dio Disciples: Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), Joe Retta (Sweet, Heaven & Earth), Craig Goldy (Dio), Bjorn Englen (Yngwiw Malmsteen, Hellion), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC) and Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
* Stand Up And Shout – Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders), Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell)

Fan-filmed video footage of the performances can be seen below.






Ronnie James Dio, real name Ronald James Padavona, was born in New Hampshire on July 10th, 1942 and passed away of stomach cancer on May 16th, 2010) at the age of 67.

IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BRUCE DICKINSON GIVEN A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

brucedickinson400 Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has been given the all-clear following his cancer treatment.

He underwent seven weeks of medical attention a small cancerous tumor was discovered at back of Dickison’s tongue, which forced the band to put plans for their 16th album on hold.

But following a recent MRI scan, specialists have now given the singer a clean bill of health.

Dickinson says in a statement, “I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me.

I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me.”

He continues, “Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says the band won’t tour or play any shows until next year to allow Dickinson to get back to full fitness, although he confirms the album plans will now kick back into gear.

He reports, “For now, the focus will be on putting the finishing touches to the new Iron Maiden studio album and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks. The release however will definitely be this year.

Meanwhile, I’d like to echo Bruce’s words and thank all Maiden fans. You have been incredibly patient, putting Bruce’s health and well-being first during this difficult time and the band and I appreciate all your positive support.”

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com