7/25: GREETINGS FROM SACRAMENTO TMS CONCERT, PODCAST, RADIO, MORE

Greetings from Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln CA just outside Sacramento. Got here last night, really nice place. TMS sponsored concert tonight and will be hanging all weekend with some meet & greets and book signings too. I’ll be doing a free meet & greet today 3-5P prior to the concert at the “Main Stage” right on the casino floor. Both of my books will also be available for purchase and happy to sign anything you already have. Concert later tonight and then various activities around the casino Saturday. Follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for up to second updates as always. Should be a fun weekend and never been to this area before. Also FYI if interested I will have Eddie Trunk/Trunk Nation shirts and more available at the concert tonight at the band merch booths.

All new FM radio show tonight 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston, as well as all the great affiliates over the weekend. Listen to it streaming off Q104 via iHeartradio app or off AAF at www.waaf.com Full listing of all stations under Live & On The Air/Eddie Trunk Rocks.

Great response to latest podcast with Night Ranger. The guys told some great stories about the film Boogie Nights, the song Sister Christian, Ted Nugent and Damn Yankees, their early years and Brad joining Ozzy. Don’t miss the Eddie Trunk Podcast free and worldwide! Subscribe and listen via iTunes or www.podcastone.com New every Thursday! Currently posted are Judas Priest, Bobby Blitz and Night Ranger. Next Thursday King Diamond debuts!

Have a great weekend all!

7/24: TED NUGENT, QUEEN, NIGHT RANGER PODCAST, SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND, MORE

Getting ready to fly to Sacramento for the first time ever in a few hours with Don & Jim. Thunder Valley Casino is putting on a concert tomorrow night we are hosting with Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor and Burn Halo. I’ll also be selling and signing both books on site and will have merch available at the band merch booths. We will also be there hanging Saturday. If you are in the area and coming out or would like to meet and grab a book just follow on Twitter and I’ll post specific places and times I’ll be available. I would assume during most of the concert there may be time as well while the bands are playing. Should be a fun weekend.

Saw Ted Nugent in NJ on Tuesday night. I realize Ted is a polarizing figure to many. When we had him on TMS had a massive amount of equal love and hate for him being on. My position on Ted is that I love his music and his guitar playing. That’s all it’s about for me. On some of his other stuff I have mixed feelings, but the guy is still a machine on stage and his band kicked ass. Derek St Holmes still sings amazing and Mick Brown and Greg Smith were locked in strong. Really fun show. I appreciate Ted’s very vocal support of TMS as well which he expressed from the stage. That support from the fans and the artists is so cool and important to what we do. Me, Don & Jim hung with him some pre show (pics on my Twitter and Instagram) and he was as entertaining as always. There were a few protesters in front of the gig. One interviewed Don. He told them he was also protesting….that Rob Grange wasn’t in the band. Seeing this guy try to figure out what Don was talking about was hysterical. Like I said, for us it’s about MUSIC above all and Ted rocked!

Caught Queen with Adam Lambert last night in NJ. Pretty remarkable that for the most part Queen are filling arenas (sold out MSG and The Forum in LA) with no opening act against all the competition out there this Summer. Speaks to the power and timelessness of their music. I have seen the band with Freddie, Paul Rodgers and now Adam Lambert. Stating the obvious, nobody is Freddie. But I liked Paul very much in the gig and Lambert was totally different, but also very strong. Lambert is way more flamboyant and really gets into the Freddie pageantry of the frontman role. His voice is pretty remarkable and he was clearly moved to be able to sing Freddie’s songs (as he stated) and play in a band that was important to him and so many around the globe. Queen are MASSIVE outside of the US. Here they are an arena act, everywhere else stadiums. As a matter of fact they recently did a gig in front of 500,000! Queen in 2014 is more a celebration of the music and a tribute to Freddie. Lambert is very much his own guy in the role, careful not to impersonate (no half mic stand or similar clothes, etc), but also very much about doing the material as close to Mercury as possible. Different from Rodgers who put more of a bluesy spin on it. I interviewed Brian May before the show and he told me they wanted to get back to being a little heavier and more classic Queen. The show had a little bit of a too long middle of ballads and solos, but with the two key guys being in their mid 60′s, and playing over two hours, it gave others a break. Highlights for me were “Now I’m Here”, “Stone Cold Crazy”, “Fat Bottom Girls”, and many others. Just amazing songs! Brian is one of a kind in his playing and sound and Roger sings and plays very well, especially for his age. He had an assist from his son at a few points in the show as well. Brian told me he is unsure how long he and Roger can keep doing it and where it goes from here, but loves Adam and said he thinks Freddie would have also. The demand is there for more shows and maybe even an album but seems nothing is set yet. Had a great hang after with Roger and Brian and they are just class gentlemen as well as rock icons. You will hear the complete Brian May interview in my podcast very soon as well as clips of it in both radio shows. In the short time I had with him we got into some great stuff.

Speaking of my podcast episode 3 is up now on Itunes and at www.podcastone.com with Brad, Kelly and Jack from Night Ranger. This is all new and has not aired elsewhere. We discuss lots of stuff including Brad’s time in Ozzy. It is free worldwide so download it now and be sure to subscribe to hear it each week. Thanks.

7/21: SIRIUSXM TONIGHT, THAT METAL SHOW, NEW PODCAST

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Live show tonight 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation. It will be a busy one featuring live interviews with Chris Jericho, Gilby Clarke and Jeff LaBar who has debut solo music to play. Plenty of your calls and new and classic music as well.

Thanks to all for the great response to this weeks podcast with Blitz. New Overkill out tomorrow. New podcast with guest TBA posted this Thursday, be sure to sign up!

Getting a tremendous amount of email from people asking me about new episodes of That Metal Show. I can tell you VH1C has picked up the option to do more shows. That’s the good news. The bad is that they are likely not going to be shooting them for a while. Possibly not before early next year. You must understand this is as frustrating for me as it is for you. Almost EVERY request I get from fans about TMS is the same thing I want. But I do not own the channel and make those decisions. It is hard for many to comprehend but all I can tell you is VH1 CLASSIC is not VH1 or MTV. They have tiny operating budgets by comparison. It is why in 2014 it is still not an HD channel. It is why our episodes are so sparse as far as new shows. I have been a proud part of this channel’s history as a host since 2002. It has grown but in baby steps for sure. I would LOVE to be doing new shows weekly, daily even. And would love to make happen all the things you guys ask for and bring out all the opportunity I am presented with. But I do not own the show or the network. I’m being as honest as I can about all of this. The great news is the show is continuing. The bad news is not quite at the pace many would like. I am so appreciative of the support around the world for this show that was very much my baby, but we all have a boss and I can’t force them to spend more money and do more episodes until they are ready. So when VH1C decides it’s time to do more shows of course I will do them and let you guys know where and when. Like I said, it IS happening and the show WILL continue. Just going to be seeing repeats for a while longer until the network has the funds and ability to do the new ones. In the meantime I will continue to do my best to connect with all of you weekly through my two radio shows, my podcast, and some other new projects I will soon pursue to keep the music and artists we love alive best I can. Thanks for your support and when I have word when and where we tape TMS next I’ll let you all know.

PS: Me, Don & Jim are hosting a show this Friday in Lincoln CA at Thunder Valley with Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor and Burned Halo. This is NOT a TMS taping. NO upcoming events and appearances are TMS tapings that we do on the road. Thanks.

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!

7/12: HEADED TO MYRTLE BEACH FOR SIGNING THIS WEDNESDAY, MORE.

Headed to Myrtle Beach SC for the first time for a few days this week. Hope you guys come see me 5-7P at Retroactive at Broadway At The Beach this Wednesday 7/16. It is a free event and both of my books and my T Shirts will be available for purchase. My local radio affiliate Rock 107 will also be broadcasting live at the store 3-7P. Should be fun, don’t miss it if in the area.  Since I’ll be away a few days this week the Monday SiriusXM show is pre recorded.

Huge thanks to all who made my debut podcast a Top 10 Itunes success! New episodes post every Thursday. This week the always hysterical Bobby Blitz of Overkill. Subscribe and download The Eddie Trunk Podcast at www.podcastone.com or Itunes. It is FREE.

Ace sent me his new album last week. Been listening and liking what I am hearing. His best playing and for sure singing in a very long time. Loving the title track Space Invader which I hope is the next single. I’ll play more from it when I get the green light.

7/11: BACK ON AAF/BOSTON TONIGHT, AEROSMITH, SLASH, MORE

My FM/syndicated show returns to WAAF/Boston tonight! Very cool and very important to have a major station and city back on board with my show and I am appreciative of all the Boston rock fans for the support. The show airs on AAF every Friday 11P-2A ET and can also be streamed at www.waaf.com . The show now airs there the same time as the airing on Q104.3 NYC. It is the same show. All stations that air my program now air the same show every weekend. No more delays. Thanks to AAF and all the stations that believe in bringing my mix of hard rock and metal for three hours a week! I’ll be in Boston 8/1 hosting Winery Dogs and then doing my own gig with Don & Jim 8/2. Both events are at The Wilbur Theater. See you there soon.

Headed to Myrtle Beach soon. See you THIS Wednesday 5-7P at Retroactive. Both books signed and sold and event is free.

Great time last night at Jones Beach NY for the start of the Aerosmith/Slash tour. Great bill! Slash and the guys opened with an hour set of solo, GnR and a VR tunes. Unfortunately the doors opened just after 7 and the band went on at 7:30 so not many in the building for the start, but it filled in a bit later. Love what Slash has been doing with this band. Set also included one new song. They are out all Summer and also will do headline shows on nights off with Aerosmith. New album out in Sept.

What can I say about Aerosmith I haven’t already? They are one of my all time favorite bands. Grew up with the Live Bootleg poster on my wall! To see a band 40 plus years on, still the same 5 guys, and most importantly STILL great playing and singing, is truly a rarity! And it’s all real. No tracks or trickery. Tyler remains one of the all time great singers and performers. Amazing what this guy can do in his mid 60′s. He hits every note in many ways better than he used to because he is sober. Aerosmith has so many mega hits from so many decades they could easily do an all hits set. But even though many are in the set they always through some deep cuts in for the hardcore. Those cuts last night that had me losing it were “Kings & Queens” and “Chip Away The Stone”. Tyler hit every note in Kings! The high parts and all, amazing! Never thought I would see that live even though Joey Kramer promised it on my show Monday. And Aerosmith did a 2 hour plus set. Crazy. A great night of hard rock music. You have to savor what’s left from the icons of rock. Nobody getting any younger. But what Aerosmith does in this day and age of sampling, short sets and diluted lineups is truly remarkable and rare for a band in its fifth decade!

Again huge thanks to all that made my debut podcast such a huge hit! Top 10 was beyond my wildest expectations. The cool thing about podcasts is they are always there to grab even as new ones post. New one for me will post every Thursday. Grab the Priest debut now on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com Next Thursday guest is Bobby Blitz of Overkill.

Have a good weekend. I’ll be in S Carolina Monday so SiriusXM show is pre recorded this week coming up.

7/10: THANK YOU! PODCAST DEBUT TOP 10 W/ JUDAS PRIEST!

Just heard from Podcast One that my debut podcast is Top 10 debut on Itunes! Thank you all for your amazing support and kind words about it. Thanks to Priest for doing it. What a way to start in the podcast world! Listen and subscribe now FREE via Itunes or visit www.podcastone.com We talk Halford’s voice, new album, tour, Steel Panther and more!  Thank you all!

7/10: DEBUT PODCAST NOW LIVE. MORE

My debut podcast is now live and available free worldwide via Itunes and www.podcastone.com . Thanks for all the great early response and thanks to Judas Priest for being my first ever guests. Hard to ask for more than the metal Gods! Since it has now launched you can subscribe to get them sent every week to your device. This is all new to me and I’m learning as I go but so far it’s a fun new addition. Also we had some issues with the audio of the interview with Priest. Did the best we could to salvage. Future interviews will not sound like that. But content is king and thought it best to run anyway. New episodes will post every Thursday. Please note this is a talk only format. No music is allowed due to publishing laws. Thanks for all the support and hope you guys like what’s coming.

Just took my kids to see Katy Perry at MSG. Although not my music I must say it was a massive production in the sold out arena and I give her credit for putting on a great show and really singing and writing her songs. Hoping my kids get more into rock as they get older but won’t force them. I also know when I was their age I was into pop too. So we will see.

Lots of debate on this site on all sides about the eventual no original Kiss members discussion. Mostly all of it has been intelligent and interesting. For those that accuse me of posting dated news to “stir the pot” (I already admitted I didn’t know it was from ’08 at the time) you may want to realize that Paul also said this would happen THIS YEAR. Several times including on Ron & Fez and in RS. Amazing to some I can be the enemy for discussing a topic THEY said they would eventually do! If people got this crazy at the discussion can’t wait to see what happens when they actually do it. And somehow some will find a way to blame me for that too. Scary!

Tonight I took the kids to see Katy Perry, tomorrow night is my night to go see JOE PERRY and Aerosmith! This Perry a bit more my scene haha. And look forward to seeing Slash and the guys as well. Slash wrote the forward for my second book and always good to see him and hang with the guys. Reports from that show tomorrow via Twitter @EddieTrunk

Don’t forget I am back on AAF/Boston THIS Friday 11P ET and every Friday!

Book signing and selling THIS Wednesday at Retroactive Myrtle Beach SC 5-7P.

I’ll be hosting the Winery Dogs in Boston at The Wilbur Theater 8/1 and then me, Don and Jim perform there 8/2.

7/9: NEW QUIET RIOT DOC

Watched an early screener of an upcoming new documentary on Quiet Riot called “Now Your Here There’s No Way Back”. Found it to be really good. It was sad, funny, and very honest in what they showed and how it was dealt with. Cameras followed them around and captured some amazing and at times pretty raw moments. There is some footage from the early Randy years and tells the story of the bands many lineups, how they evolved, and how they seemingly overnight became massive. I think the importance of Metal Health is often overlooked. It was a HUGE album and in many ways a gateway to the 80′s metal explosion. Both Dee Snider and Glenn Hughes (very close friend of Kevin DuBrow’s) offer some great commentary. But the story also revolves greatly around Frankie Banali, his friendship with Kevin, his life now, and his attempts to keep the band going for better or worse. Loved the honesty and how transparent and tough things can be for a band from the 80′s now, especially lacking a key member. How Frankie deals with Kevin’s death is also dealt with. Really recommend the film and I’ll keep you posted as to when and where you can see it once it is released.

7/9: THE KISS NO ORIGINAL MEMBERS STORY.

Last night we posted a story in the news section that was sent to me via Twitter about Kiss replacing Gene and Paul and continuing on with a band of no original members. We later found out the original story was from 2008. While the haters will just attack and say it was calculated to further some insane anti – Kiss agenda (love how I am so anti Kiss and STILL PLAY ALL THEIR MUSIC, too funny!), I left it up for two reasons. One the amount of differing opinions on this generated in comments was interesting and ALL views were posted, and two this is still the plan and closer than ever to happening! If this is what they were planning 6 years ago it is really just around the corner now! Clearly the way they do it might be altered but this is still happening and the band has discussed it in the press even recently. So nothing has changed except for it is more imminent! I am hearing maybe two years away from launching at this point with the current (Gene and Paul) band having maybe one more run left after the current tour. What was stunning about this is how many saw it as major news they never heard? This has been talked about and discussed for a long time by Gene and Paul. So no mater where you fall on it I decided to leave it up because I found ALL sides of the reaction interesting and posted ALL response to it. Unlike some I respect and appreciate all opinions and they are represented here as well as my radio and TV shows. But to see this as some crazy dated story that is no longer the plan is not the case. Some may want to live in some fantasy land but all our heroes are getting older (so are we!) and how they handle the end of their careers will be interesting. Who really retires, who stuck around too long, who does bands with no original members. All good debate and all welcome here.