12/18: EDDIE’S TOP 10 OF 2014 AND MORE!

That time of year again where I share with you guys some of my favorite albums of 2014. These lists are always tough because you no doubt forget something and to make the order is so tough. But any list is done to inspire discussion and debate so have at it! Also I will discuss these albums in detail and more top releases of 2014 in my Year in Review podcast posting 1/1. Also music from all of these albums and many many more will be featured in my annual Year in Review radio special debuting the weekend of 1/2 on all syndicated FM outlets. So important that new music is supported if we want artists to keep making it. Especially in this day and age where it is so hard for it to be exposed and played and get any real attention and sales. Feel free to post your own lists as comments to this post. Happy Holidays to all!

1: California Breed
Sucks that Jason Bonham only lasted 2 live shows with this band (one I hosted in NYC), but Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt continue on. Just a monster of an in your face heavy rock album, great songs, grooves and the amazing vocals of Glenn who is ageless and sings circles around those half his age. Just a beast of an album that should have gotten so much more support and love. I hope the band lasts. All Falls Down, Sweet Tea, The Way, Spit You Out among my favorites.

2: Ace Frehley – Space Invader
Way better album than anyone could have ever expected from the original spaceman. It even ranked #7 in Classic Rocks top 50 in the UK. If you love Ace’s sound and character this album is just killer. Great hooks and Ace is singing (by Ace standards) better than he has in a long time. A great return from Ace that captures the classic Kiss sound and has a loose concept that takes you into his very spacey world! A few songs on this album that should be all over the radio, but we know how that works these days sadly. Can say that about so many albums! So many songs that stick in your head for days on this album.

3: Judas Priest- Redeemer Of Souls
This album really came alive for me after seeing the band live. Sword Of Damocles, Halls Of Valhalla, Dragonaut, Crossfire, all classic Priest! Good to have one of the genres most important bands making new music and playing live still!

4: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators- World On Fire
Slash and the boys on a roll with the second full length album to feature his current band. As good as straight up hard rock gets. Well played, produced and it is still anyone’s guess how Myles can effortlessly juggle two major bands this well. And props to Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns, two unsung heroes of this band but great assets. It’s a very long album so takes some time to absorb but worth the time.

5: Accept- Blind Rage
Album number 3 of the Tornillo era Accept rebirth. Wolf Hoffman has to be one of metals most underrated players. Killer riffs, tone, production and massive songs. More classic modern Accept! Hope for more US dates in 2015.

6: Overkill- White Devil Armory
30 years into their recorded history and this band is doing some of their best work live and on album. Relentless new classic thrash from one of the genres most underrated bands. They make albums and are as good live as any of the thrash bands out there. PIG is my favorite on this one.

7: Red Dragon Cartel
This came out at the start of 2014 and I almost forgot about it. The long awaited return of Jake E Lee. Eclectic guest singers like Robin Zander, Paul DiAnno, Maria Brink and more, plus lead singer Darren Smith who had a rough first live show but has settled in nicely and has the pipes to cover all of Jake’s career. There is something on here for everyone who loves Jake and hard rock music. Was good to hear him playing again. Props to former band member Ron Mancuso who had a big role in this band coming together and the making of this album. Great first step back for Jake that hopefully he continues to run with.

8: KXM
One of the MANY “supergroup” bands but this one was really good! Dug Pnnick, George Lynch, Ray Luzier. Massive grooves and great playing and vocals. Sadly the story of so many of these bands seems to be the case here; no real promotion behind this and no live shows to date because of the artists schedules, which sucks because this music begs to be heard live. Let’s hope they find some time to focus on this in 2015 because it deserves it. Faith Is A Room my favorite track.

9: Kyng- Burn The Serum
Great young trio from LA with their second album. Everything I love about hard rock. Great riffs and vocals. Saw them live at Rocklahoma and they just killed it. A favorite new band to watch for sure. Electric Halo favorite track.

10: Tesla- Simplicity
One of my favorite bands from the 80’s, still making great hard rock music. Would have loved a few more heavy songs on this but Tesla always had many sides and all are on display here. More great no nonsense hard rock from one of the best to make it from the 80’s.

Other cool stuff: Exodus- Blood In Blood Out (Zetro back!), Rival Sons- Great Western Valkyrie (love these guys but the distortion on the sound and vox a little much which kept it out of my top 10), Kix- Rock Your Face Off (first new album in 20 years plus), Skid Row- Rise Of The Damnation Army (best new Skids tunes in a while, but just an EP), Dio- This is Your Life (GREAT tribute album for a great cause, only not in my Top 10 because I don’t usually include tributes), Farmikos- LOVE this new music from Joe Holmes and can’t wait for the proper release. Only reason not in my top 10 is because it doesn’t really come out until 2015.

Best reissues: Zeppelin titles and anything on Rock Candy, check them out at www.rockcandyrecords.com . Also the Kiss Love Gun special edition was cool. as was Bon Jovi New Jersey special edition.
Best book: Joe Perry- Rocks, My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith.

I’m sure there are TONS of things I am forgetting but hope you like my list. Much more on my radio show and podcast! Happy Holidays to all.

12/17: PUNKY MEADOWS PODCAST, KISSMAS SPECIAL, TMS CHRISTMAS PARTY, Y&T NYE

Excited to announce I have a brand new podcast exclusive interview with Angel guitarist Punky Meadows posting tomorrow on The Eddie Trunk Podcast! Outside of a few interviews Punky has been quite a reclusive figure for decades now. If you were into Angel, who released 6 albums on Casablanca in the 70’s, this is an interview you will love! He talks about all sorts of stuff including his offer to join Kiss, what he has been up to since the band broke up, and what he is about to do next. I often say Angel is a band people either worshiped or never really heard of since they never had a big hit single. But even if you aren’t in the know about this bands music and groundbreaking stage shows you should have a listen and discover what they were about. If Angel had lasted another couple years (they ended around 1980 with an appearance in the film Foxes) until the birth of MTV their story may have been very different. It will be available as all my podcast are free and worldwide starting tomorrow (just after Midnight Pacific tonight) via Itunes or at www.podcastone.com to stream or download. Thanks for making my podcast such a success in it’s early stages. It is the perfect forum to do an in depth interview with an artist like Punky for the world to hear! Check out all the past episodes as well, all 100% free!

Year 24 of The Original Merry KISSmas Special happens this weekend. All Kiss for all 3 hours of my FM/syndicated radio show. First airings are this Friday 11PM ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF  Boston. Both stations stream free as well if outside the area. This years show is music from all eras and lineups as usual and features a long set of Kiss ballads to end it. Full list of all stations in my network airing it this weekend under Live & On The Air tab on the site under Eddie Trunk Rocks-FM.

The annual TMS Christmas party is this Friday at Dingbatz in Clifton NJ. Me, Don & Jim host. A ton of live music. This has become a great annual event and we hope to see you there. Music starts at 7, we will be there from around 9-Midnight. Come an celebrate the holidays with us. New TMS coming 2/21.

I will be hosting Y&T in San Jose CA at Rock Bar this New Years Eve, can’t wait!

12/16: THE R&R HOF AND THE GRAMMY’S AND HARD ROCK & METAL

Well today was that day that happens every year when the R&R HOF gets announced and the blatant insane disrespect for so many rock and metal bands is once again on full display. It is infuriating for so many of us. I know I said I will chill with this because it has become so absurd it actually shouldn’t even be given attention. But many have said it is important for me and others to continue to call this out and shed light on what a joke it is. You see so many have NO IDEA how many bands have been snubbed for decades. They just assume bands like Deep Purple and so many more are already in! Alice Cooper told me when he finally went in after being snubbed like 15 years his friends had just assumed he was in already! Nothing against Green Day but for them to go in 1st ballot 1st time while Deep Purple sits for 20+ years is so insane you can’t even begin to figure it out. Deep Purple actually showed up a couple times on the ballot and this year weren’t even on it at all! I guess Joan Jett finally scored enough points with the Hall to get in but it seems like it took her singing a Nirvana song last year for them to realize it. She is a pioneer for female rock, why it took that is anyone’s guess but trust me, that’s what made them wake up. Nothing against Dave Grohl but they are counting the minutes before they can put him in again with Foos. There are just those acts like Green Day, etc, you can just feel are deemed cool enough (meaning Rolling Stone and critics love them) to get right in. Guns goes 1st time 1st ballot off of let’s be honest one iconic record, Kiss waits 15 years. They are actually putting Lou Reed in a second time now as a solo artist. Perhaps they can get him in a third time for his work with Metallica? I don’t mean to shit on any artists here. Many are deserving even if I’m not a fan. But as I often say when they finally get it right and get someone in it is still so wrong. The fact that Stevie Ray Vaughn is now just getting in is mind blowing! So the private club of the clueless roles in while Purple, Priest, Maiden, Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, Dio, Journey, Motorhead, Foreigner, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Motley and so many others get snubbed. The entire thing has become amazingly irrelevant and has zero positive impact on an artists career after they do go in. No bump in ticket or album sales. So you have to just kind of shake your head at the whole thing and think how cool it could be if it was done right. It is important to call out and I’ll keep doing it until it gets fixed or someone lends me a few mil to do one the right way!

And a quick note on the Grammy’s, they are just as bad and as lost. The difference is they don’t intentionally snub hard rock and metal like the HOF does. They just don’t know better. As a result it’s a spin the wheel process to see who they give a Grammy to with no real sense behind it. As rock or metal act winning a Grammy means nothing in any real way. When they give one to Motorhead for a cover of a Metallica song or nominate Anthrax for an AC/DC cover how serious can you take it? And of course they don’t dare televise the metal category! I get an artist thinks it’s cool to have the award on a shelf, but because of they are so clueless in their process and nominations again there is zero impact on sales or tickets for those artists. A true shame that two of the biggest mainstream institutions are beyond lost when it comes to our kind of music.

12/15: SIRIUSXM TONIGHT, TX, PUNKY MEADOWS, MORE

Just back from appearances this weekend in Austin and Houston TX. First time I had been to Austin in ages. Great party city for sure. The venue I did my gig at was moved again the day of the event which led to come confusion but that was out of my control and had to do with the other venues inability to get a liquor license. So I did the Dirty Dog with Broken Teeth and many more bands. Thanks to all who came out. Saturday I was back in Houston at Concert Pub. Had some people come to both gigs! In Houston two great tributes played; Lights Out (UFO) and Think Lizzy (Thin Lizzy). Really good! Huge thanks to JD, John, Zebra and all at Concert Pub for the great hospitality as always. Next up is the annual TMS Christmas hang this Friday at Dingbatz in Clifton NJ. Me, Don & Jim will be hanging 9P-Midnight. Live music and more. This is always a blast so come on out! All appearances on the home page.

Great response to the all Maiden special this past weekend. The all Kiss KISSmas show I have been doing since 1990 airs this weekend on all affiliates.

Also thanks for checking out the Bob Rock podcast. All new podcast exclusive with Punky Meadows from Angel this Thursday! Free & worldwide on Itunes or www.podcastone.com

Just in time for the holiday my merch store has just released a few brand new designs for Eddie Trunk / Trunk Nation T Shirts! Check them out in the merch store on this site. Great gift for you or anyone on your list. Order now for Christmas!

Last live SiriusXM Trunk Nation for 2014 tonight. Join me 6-10P ET on channel 39 TrunkNation!

TMS is back 2/21/15 with new shows.

12/10: AUSTIN & HOUSTON THIS WEEKEND, BOB ROCK, MAIDEN SPECIAL, PUNKY MEADOWS

Headed to Texas this weekend. I’ll be at Original Emo’s this Friday with Broken Teeth and more in Austin, and back at Concert Pub North this Saturday in Houston. Both shows feature live music and my speaking show telling some stories, doing Q&A, and giving away prizes. Hope to see you guys if in these areas this weekend.

All new Eddie Trunk Podcast exclusive with legendary producer Bob Rock! It posts tomorrow free and worldwide as usual. Get it with Itunes or at www.podcastone.com . Bob talks Metallica, Blue Murder, Motley, Bon Jovi and more. You guys will love this one. Coming one week from tomorrow? Another podcast exclusive with the legendary Angel guitarist Punky Meadows! Hear from the man himself where he’s been and what he’s doing next! I know many around the world will be psyched for this one. Just recorded it!

The first of the year end special editions of my FM syndicated radio show Eddie Trunk Rocks is this weekend. It’s the Merry Maiden special! 3 hours of all Maiden music the entire show! Listen on all affiliates and online streams under Live & On The Air. Debuts this Friday 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF/Boston. Stream on Q via iHeartradio app, stream on AAF at www.waaf.com free!

Have a great weekend. More updates over the weekend on my FB and Twitter @EddieTrunk

12/10: BOOK ORDERS, IMPORTANT INFO

Just want to say thanks to all who placed orders for signed copies of either of my books through the Books tab under Media on my site. Many order for holiday gifts and I am signing and sending them as quickly as possible. Please note however that my publisher has informed me that my first book is now out of stock and reprints won’t be in until 12/24. So if you are ordering book 1 as a holiday gift that won’t ship until just after Christmas. I will send them ASAP once they get to me. There is stock on Volume 2 so if you are ordering that volume of Essential Hard Rock & Metal and send your order in the next week or so you should have that on time. Feel free to order either volume however just note 1 won’t ship now until just after Christmas. Sorry for any inconvenience and thanks so much for the support and making both books such a success. Also FYI if you want Volume 1 and don’t want it signed you can likely get that before the holidays anywhere books are sold or at Amazon. It’s just the the warehouse is temporarily out of sending more at the moment.

12/8: REMEMBERING DIME 10 YEARS LATER

Today is the 10th anniversary of one of rocks greatest tragedies, the murder of the late Dimebag Darrell. I’m not going to lie and say I was super close with Dime. I didn’t spend much hang time with him as so many others in metal circles had. Outside of seeing Pantera live a bunch of times (including in a tiny club in Asbury Park NJ way before they broke) I only had limited experiences spending time with him. However one time I did was in 2003 when the Damageplan album had just been completed. I was on the air in NYC doing my metal show and the guys had just mastered their debut with that band a few blocks down the street. They came by and wanted to debut a track since they were dying to hear how it sounded on the radio. So the entire band walked up to my studio with their label rep with the understanding we would premiere one song and then they would split. Well that turned into the band spending the entire show in my studio and playing about 5 tracks from the album! This was well in advance of the release and the label was not thrilled. But we all had a blast drinking , sharing stories, and cranking the music. Dime was a guy that made you feel like you knew him forever if you spoke the same language. And since he had a tattoo of Ace Frehley on his chest we spoke the same language! Dime polished off a bottle of Jack that Zakk Wylde had left for me the week before. He wrote on the bottle “thanks for the Jack Eddie & Zakk”. I kept it and still have it. So glad I did because nobody could have ever dreamed in their worst nightmare what would happen to him a short time later. Something I truly loved about Dime and still love about Vinnie is that they are through and through rock fans. They would get up and jam with Poison just as easily as Slayer. They never cared about perceptions. They liked all kids of rock. When Vinnie was on TMS he was thrilled to sit with Styx. Many metal guys likely would shy away even if they like the band.

One thing sadly that hasn’t changed at all since Dime was murdered is security at shows, especially in a club setting similar to where he was killed. There was this big outcry when Dime was assassinated that this would signal the start to better security in clubs and venues in general. I have not seen that to be the case at all. Now granted it’s impossible to stop everything and we live in a world with many sick people, but today, 10 years later, I work in clubs all the time that have virtually no security or checkpoints. That still must change I think.

It’s cliche to say an artist will never be forgotten, but in the case of a few that truly is the case because of the impression they left on people and of course the stellar music they created. Dime is still everywhere. Guitar magazines, the annual events in his name, and of course his music, which has been embraced in more mainstream settings years later. It truly is remarkable and deserved how his name and legend has grown. RIP Dime, gone way too soon but far from forgotten.

12/7: JAKE E LEE, HOUSTON & AUSTIN THIS WEEKEND, MORE.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. My Giants actually won a game! Good because I want Coughlin to stay, not so good for our draft next year. Hosted Jake E Lee and Red Dragon Cartel in NJ Friday night. As someone who hosted this bands first ever show in LA (which was a well documented disaster) it’s great to see how far they have come. I am sad to see Ron Mancuso out of the band but Greg Chaison does a great job and obviously has some history with Jake going back to the Badlands days. Mancuso played a huge role in bringing Jake back and getting an album out (and connecting me with him for radio and TMS) so his role in the existence of this band can not be overlooked. But shit happens in every band and Jake seems very engaged with Greg back as a band member. If you didn’t hear my recent interview with Jake we get into a TON of stuff. Podcast is coming soon too. A lot of things are explained about RDC as well as Badlands, Ozzy and more. The thing I really want to point out of singer Darren Smith. This guy was CRUCIFIED on social media after his debut with the band with everyone screaming for him to be canned. Granted it was not a good moment by any stretch as he will be the first to tell you. But I was vocal about not letting him go. The guy could always sing, but was never a front man (he’s a drummer in his past band). So the performance stuff could be fixed and the nerves were understandable. And it has been fixed big time. Darren has really grown into his role fronting this band and does a great job covering so many singers live. I’m glad for him. Nice to see someone hang in there and turn it around. Funny how quiet it is when someone is doing a great job huh? That’s social media for you and the world we are in today. We’ll see where this all goes but there were some cool song additions to the set (Dreams In the Dark, Now You See Me No You Don’t) and Jake is playing way better with the rust knocked off. Positive signs for this band going forward, we’ll see what the next moves are after these final few live dates for 2014.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Dingbatz Saturday night in NJ for the Karl Cochran benefit. Was great to see Karl who is making progress after a very serious stroke. Joe Lynn Turner, Pat Travers, Carmine Appice, Steve Brown and many more rocked for over 3 hours and it was a blast for a great cause. JLT can still sing and Carmine even at this age is one of the most powerful drummers you will ever see. Steve and Travers ripped as well. Ears still very much ringing!

Austin & Houston TX I am coming to you this Friday and Saturday! Friday I’m at The Original Emo’s (new location) in Austin. Broken Teeth with Jason McMaster and more are playing. Saturday I’m at Concert Pub North in Houston. A UFO and Thin Lizzy tribute will play. Had a blast with these guys about a year ago! Come out for some drinks, music, Q&A, rock stories and more.

First of the year end special edition shows this coming weekend. The all Iron Maiden special!

Many more appearances about to be announced. Keep an eye on the home page for the dates and info as always.

12/5: JAKE E LEE TONIGHT, COCHRAN BENEFIT, COVERDALE, SATRIANI, TMS, MORE

Happy Friday everyone! Excited to announce the first guest of the upcoming new 12 episodes of That Metal Show is booked. One of the two guys has never been on before and is from a major metal band! Hate to be a tease but until the network is ready to release the info I can’t give details yet. We have tons more to do but it’s great to finally be working on a new season of TMS which will debut 2/21! Audience tickets and more info when I have it.

Hosting Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel tonight in NJ at Mexicali Live in Teaneck. Then hosting the benefit for guitarist Karl Cochran at Dingbatz in Clifton NJ tomorrow night. Both shows start around 9P. The benefit will include guests Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice, Pat Travers, Steve Brown and more. Hope to see you there if in the NJ area.

Latest podcast up now with David Coverdale talking John Sykes, Cozy Powell, Blackmore, Page and more. Don’t want to miss this one! As always it’s free and worldwide to stream or download with Itunes or www.podcastone.com or hit the banner on this site.

All new Eddie Trunk Rocks FM show this weekend. Debuts tonight 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Final regular format show before the year end specials kick in. Joe Satriani is the guest talking about the future of Chickenfoot. On all affiliate stations this weekend!

12/2: YEAR END SPECIALS REVEALED, JAKE E LEE, BOOKS, COVERDALE PODCAST, MORE

Thanks to the over 10,000 who voted in the poll for my year end radio specials. I thought this year I would do something different and spotlight music of the 3 most requested bands by you guys during 3 shows in December. I’ll do the annual Year In Review show with all music released in 2014 as usual as well. This show is so important in this day and age when so much good new rock and metal is out and so little gets sold and supported. So you will hopefully discover stuff you missed. Obviously I can’t play it all but I get in what I can and what I dealt with in the year in 3 hours. Remember my FM radio show debuts every Friday night 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Both stations stream free as well. Q104.3 via the iHeartradio app or at www.q1043.com and WAAF at www.waaf.com . Full list of stations to hear the show on this site over the weekend as well as online outlets. The top 3 vote getting bands were Kiss, Rush and Iron Maiden, so those will be the special editions. Van Halen was close but just missed. Kiss was trailing but made a late surge to get the #1 amount of votes so the Kissmas Special I have been doing since 1990 lives on! The schedule for the shows will be 12/12 weekend all Maiden, 12/19 all Kiss, 12/26 all Rush, 1/2 Year In Review.

Had a truly interesting and in depth interview with Jake E Lee yesterday. Jake is back on the road with Red Dragon Cartel and has his former Badlands bassist Greg Chaison now in the band. Was sorry to see Ron Mancuso go. He is a friend and was my link to connecting with Jake. he also played a huge role in bringing Jake back and making the album. But Jake seems very happy with the band now and also seems to be a bit more engaged and committed to it. I asked him some real tough questions and he was totally honest. It is really rare to be able to get as in depth with an artist as I did yesterday and get such honest answers. I’ve known him for a while now and it was interesting to learn some new stuff in our over two hour chat about his time in Ozzy, what really happened to Badlands and Ray Gillen, and of course where he is at now. I’ll share the interview with those that didn’t hear it via my podcast in a few weeks. I’ll be hosting RDC in NJ this Friday at Mexicali in Teaneck. Thanks to Jake and Greg for coming in.

Thanks to all who placed orders for signed copies of my books. I will ship them ASAP so you have them for the holidays. Be sure to order now if you’d like to have one or give one as a gift. Just hit the Books tab on this site under Media for order info. Both VOL 1 & 2 also in stores if you don’t want them signed. And please check out my merch store for shirts and more gift ideas. Appreciate all the support!

Podcast this Thursday is my conversation with David Coverdale who is always entertaining talking about the new Whitesnake ’84 DVD and CD.  The podcasts are free worldwide on Itunes and www.podcastone.com

TMS is back 2/21/15