Attended the wake for Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero last night in Staten Island NY. Mike Portnoy and I went together to pay our respects to a great guy and drummer that is going to be majorly missed. We went to the evening session and it was jam packed with close friends, family, industry and just about every rock and metal musician in the NYC area. It took an hour to get to the area where AJ was because everyone knew each other and stopped to share memories of AJ and catch up. It sucks that events like this are the catalyst to bring so many old friends together, but it was good to see so many out and catch up some and celebrate AJ. His family was still very much in shock but also blown away by the outpouring of love and support. They said many times AJ would have never believed it being such a humble guy. My podcast for the week just posted today is a celebration of AJ and features new interviews about his life and his recent passing with Mike Orlando and Russell Allen of Adrenaline Mob (who he was touring with when he died) and Jay Jay French. You can listen now free and worldwide via Itunes or www.podcastone.com . Just search for The Eddie Trunk Podcast. All indications are TS will continue at least for the dates they have now and a tribute show to AJ to help raise funds for his family is also possible. As far as his replacement it is too soon to say but that is discussed some in the podcast if you have a listen. RIP AJ Pero.
Shot another great new episode of That Metal Show last night in NYC. More great variety more new and returning guests! On guitar we had Frank Hannon of Tesla who did a kick ass job and pulled out all kinds of cool tricks and effects. Tesla was always one of my favorite all time 80’s hard rock acts and still are. This was his 3rd time playing for us and he killed it as usual. We also found a few minutes to have Jay Jay French, Mark Mendoza and Eddie Ojeda from Twisted Sister on to discuss the death of their drummer AJ Pero. The TS camp and I are friends and have a ton of history and this is a great loss and I was glad we could get the guys on for a few minutes for AJ. Mark Tremonti is also on the show and has a great heavy new album coming with Tremonti his side project. And for the first time we had Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless. I very cool emerging new band on the scene building a great following around the world. Hope you guys enjoy this brand new episode. It premieres this Saturday 9P ET on VH1 Classic with a replay at 11P. And remember you can see all the episodes online and many extras at www.thatmetalshow.vh1.com We have 6 more new ones to tape. Audience tickets may or may not still be available but check at www.gothamcasting.com
We’ve reached the half way point of season 14 of the new season of That Metal show. We tape episode 6 today (Tuesday) in NYC with a first time guest, continued major variety, and some returning guests. Returning on guitar will be Frank Hannon of Tesla. Sit down guests will be Mark Tremonti and for the first time Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless. Also as a late addition Mark, Jay Jay and Eddie from Twisted Sister will join us for a couple minutes to remember Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero who passed away this past Friday. Another jam packed show that premieres this Saturday at 9P ET on VH1C. Info and photos from the set via Twitter @EddieTrunk
I had brand new interviews with Mike Orlando and Russell Allen of Adrenaline Mob and Jay Jay French tonight discussing the passing of AJ. Hear these complete interviews in a special Eddie Trunk Podcast posting this Thursday. As usual it is free and available to download or stream at www.podcastone.com or on Itunes.
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I will be live as usual 6-10P ET on SiriusXM channel 39 TRUNKNation with live interviews with Jay Jay French, Mike Orlando and more remembering late Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero. Members of TS will also make an appearance in this weeks That Metal Show which we tape tomorrow for a few minutes to remember AJ. That will premiere Saturday.
I was traveling all weekend doing live shows with Don & Jim in VA and DE so this is the first time I have been able to get on a computer. While driving to VA Friday the tragic news came in that AJ Pero had passed away. Needless to say it was a huge shock to all. Twisted Sister and I have a huge history. They first reunited after over a decade apart to play my 9/11 charity show NY Steel back in 2001 and have been going ever since. The times I have seen and interviewed the band are way to countless to mention. They are all good friends and we play a role in each others history. So to say I was shocked and saddened to hear AJ passed would be an understatement. He truly was a great guy and a massively underrated drummer in many ways. On the NY scene AJ was a legend for his playing before he even joined TS. He was a classic New Yorker, fun to hang with, and always had a smile on his face. AJ was also a big Mets fan (as am I) and when Mike Piazza and I became good friends back in the late 90’s, AJ would always get excited when I would bring Mike around to Twisted shows. Mike even co-hosted NY Steel with me and there is a great group photo of all of us in my first book. I never knew the caliber drummer AJ was because I knew him mostly for his work in Twisted Sister. Now don’t get me wrong, he is rock solid in that band, but for ages I heard how he had ability way beyond that which didn’t fit for that style of rock. A couple years ago when Mike Portnoy left Adrenaline Mob and I heard AJ would replace him I at first questioned it. How can he cover Portnoy stuff and new stuff? AJ and the AMob guys were in my radio studio not long ago and we had that exact discussion and laughed about it. Even Portnoy himself told me AJ was a great player and could easily handle the gig. It just takes one listen to the studio album Men Of Honor he did with Amob to see how true this really is. So it was great to now have AJ doing his thing with TS for the handful of dates they play a year, and working more with Adrenaline Mob with a style that showcased all his talents. When I talked to him about it he seemed really happy to be doing all of this in his mid 50’s. AJ died of an apparent heart attack Friday morning while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. The outpouring of love for the guy since has been amazing and very well deserved. My radio show in NYC Friday night was already recorded and I was in Virginia, so I had no time to do anything in that show but will next weekend. My live SiriusXM show tomorrow will feature a live interview with Jay Jay French and maybe some other TS members to discuss AJ. As of now details on his services have not been announced. I am also working to see if we can clear a little time for some of the TS guys to come on That Metal Show this week and remember AJ. That show is already booked but I’m hoping we can find a couple minutes. It also depends on when AJ’s services will be. I was unable to make it to the AMob show in NJ last night because of travel but it was very cool that Mike Portnoy returned to the band so they could play in honor of AJ and Jay Jay and others were able to celebrate him on the live stage. Twisted Sister prided itself on being one of the few bands with all original members. Now one is gone. What they do next will be announced when the time is right. But for now condolences to AJ’s family, friends and fans. I will miss seeing him not only at TS shows, but out and about NY and NJ at various events. A truly great guy gone way too soon. RIP AJ.
To everyone coming out to our live show this weekend in Falls Church Virginia good news, Jim Florentine WILL now be joining us for that show! Jim had some issues with his schedule but is now back on board with us. Sorry for all the confusion. So you will get all 3 stooges (me, Don & Jim) this weekend on stage at The State Theater in VA tomorrow and this Saturday in Willmington DE at The World Cafe at The Queen! We also have some surprise guests lined up to join us at both dates. Both shows start at 8P sharp. Tickets and VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available at each venue right up till showtime. Please note in VA the VIP meet & greet will be after the show, in DE before the show. The venues can give you details but the actual shows start at 8. Hope to see you if you are in these areas. Thanks.
My podcast for the week just went up today and is available free and worldwide now via Itunes or www.podcastone.com My guest is the legend Alice Cooper! Check it out!
Due to a schedule conflict Jim Florentine will not be appearing with us for our live show tomorrow night in Falls Church VA at The State Theater. That show will just be Don and I. But we will still do live Stump and give you some cool extras in that show with the extra time. Apologies for this but it has nothing to do with us and we still plan to come and do the gig and hope you all still join us. However if you’d like a refund on your ticket because Jim is not on this date they will be offered at place of purchase. Otherwise all tickets and VIP tickets will be honored and the show goes on with me and Don! PLEASE NOTE Jim remains on the date with us in Delaware this Saturday. There is no change to that date.
Steven Adler is the guest on my syndicated FM show Eddie Trunk Rocks this weekend premiering 11P ET tomorrow on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston.
ALL NEW TMS this Saturday 9P ET on VH1C with John Bush, Joey Vera, Jamey Jasta, Michael Angelo Batio and Jason Becker.
Episode 5 of the new season of That Metal Show was shot last night. As I said many times this season is no doubt our most diverse and has many first time guests. That theme continues this Saturday with John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint joining us for the first time (both were also in Anthrax) and Jamey Jasta returning to the show. Also via the Metal Modem Jason Becker joins us. As you may know Jason has ALS and had a film made about his life called “Not Dead Yet” that was amazing. Jason now speaks with his eyes and we connect with him through an interpreter. Incredible talent and story and he is still making music against all odds. See the film if you can. Also playing in the show is Michael Angelo Batio, another first time guest and insane shredder on two necks at the same time! Be sure to catch it 9P ET this Saturday on VH1C with a replay at 11P.
My podcast for the week posts tomorrow and features an interview with Alice Cooper. Free worldwide on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com Be sure to vote for me at the Podcast Awards via www.podcastawards.com . Thanks!
My recent interview with Dee Snider made some news when the portion of him talking about Kiss was posted on some websites including Ultimate Classic Rock. I recorded an in depth interview with Dee about his recent comments about Doug Aldrich and rock in general, and we also discussed Kiss, Foreigner and much more. Next Thursday I will post the Doug Aldrich interview and the following week the complete Dee interview for my podcast. So you can hear it completely. As you will hear in the full interview I don’t agree with him on some stuff and do on others. Dee reflects the same opinion I do about Kiss dressing Tommy & Eric as Ace and Peter. Here’s the truth, MANY people feel this way, including some members of bands Kiss has actually toured with in recent years. I hear about it constantly off the record. But hardly any will say it in a public setting or to the media. It’s just another byproduct of the super PC world we live in where so few will give an honest opinion on anything because to some you aren’t allowed to have an opinion and it will be distorted and attacked on social media. I have always respected people who speak honestly how they feel if I agree or not. As I have said so many times I love Bill Maher and Bill O’Reilly and watch both of their shows. I do NOT agree with every position they both have, but respect the hell out of their willingness to speak their mind. It’s no coincidence they are both massively successful. So props to Dee for being open about his feelings about Kiss and others. I have weighed in countless times on my position on Kiss so no need to revisit all that again. But it is so refreshing to find others in the public forum who speak openly. Trust me, there are many that feel one way but will never say it openly for fear of public backlash and that just sucks on all levels and makes things really boring I think. I’ll discuss this more in my podcast when I post Dee’s interview, which was a response to his comments on Doug Aldrich and we just started talking about other stuff along the way.
I’ll be in Falls Church VA and Willmington DE this weekend for shows with Don & Jim. Info on the home page!
Great time last night on my radio show with John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint in the studio. Today the guys join us for the taping of episode 5 of the new season of That Metal Show along with Jamey Jasta, Michael Angelo Batio on guitar and via skype Jason Becker. See it air this Saturday 9P ET on VH1C and follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for updates from the set today.
Don’t forget I’m in Falls Church VA at The State Theater this Friday and in Willmington DE this Saturday at World Cafe at The Queen for stage shows with Don & Jim. Both shows start 8P sharp and tickets and meet & greet tickets are available. More on the home page.
This week’s podcast going up Thursday features my interview with Alice Cooper!
Hope everyone had a great weekend and thanks for all the awesome response to last nights new TMS. As usual the Top 5 gets a ton of reaction, which of course is a good reason to do it! So many people scream “WHAT ABOUT……”. That of course is the whole reason to do it! The whole point is you can ONLY list 5, and of course we will always forget some and leave some great ones off. The fact I left off “Love To Love” by UFO, which is pretty much my favorite song ever is nuts for me! But I always think of the live version vs the studio version that ends Lights Out. It’s all good fun and debate for sure. This weeks show was a bit of an experiment having three first time guests, all rock fans, and all from different styles of music. And none of them knew each other. So we decided let’s bring them all out together and just have fun. And it worked great! As usual some stuff was cut out due to time (which kills me but that’s TV!) but we had a great hang for sure and most people really loved it. Thanks to Marky Ramone, DMC and Gary Holt. Hope to have them all back again soon. Also always nice to check in with David Coverdale and have Joel Hoekstra play as well. It was a jam packed show for sure! It repeats all weekend and online at www.thatmetalshow.vh1.com with extras.
Next show we shoot is this Tuesday that you will see this Saturday. Guests include John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint (debut appearance), Jamey Jasta and on guitar Michael Angelo Batio. Plus via Skype guitar great Jason Becker. Jason’s story is remarkable and I am excited to have him on for a few minutes.
Thanks to all who came out to my live show Friday night in Battle Creek MI at The Music Factory. Thanks to Jeff Harris, his wife Buffy and his staff for being so cool to work with. Hope to be back soon. Next live shows this weekend with Don & Jim. We will be in Falls Church VA this Friday and Willmington DE this Saturday. Tickets and VIP meet & greet tickets available for both shows. Details on this sites home page. Come hang with us! I will have books and merch available as well at both shows.
I will be live on SiriusXM channel 39 TRUNKNation tomorrow 6-10P ET with music & talk that rocks. Guests TBA