9/23: FARM ROCK CONCERT SERIES AND THE SHITTY SIDE OF THE MUSIC BIZ

Some of you may be familiar with an 80’s concert festival series the last few years known as “Farm Rock”. The last few years these events have taken place in Chicago, and more recently there have been Farm Rock’s in Nashville, Atlanta and several other locations. Farm Rock was run and owned by a promoter named Freddy Stahmer and his company Frederick Entertainment. I’ve hosted a few of his events over the last few years. None were very well attended that I was at, but they all went off okay in the end, and although shaky at times, people were paid. Par for the course with the smaller festivals it featured many of the usual suspects of 80’s acts. Freddy was on the surface a good guy. I got to know him a bit and he reached out recently asking me to host 4 Farm Rocks for him. The first of which was two weeks ago in Tulsa, subtitled “Streets Gone Wild”. The next was supposed to be this weekend in IL. Then Atlanta and Iowa. I trusted Freddy because we worked together in the past and he never screwed me over. I even backed him when asked by others that he was a good guy as far as my experience had gone. I hosted the press event for him for Streets Gone Wild as well.

I knew trouble was in store when Freddy called a few months before the event looking for people to invest money with him in Farm Rock. It’s never a good sign when a promoter has bands and shows booked but is still looking for money to cover his costs. But again, he never screwed me so it was what it was. 4 times leading up to Tulsa he told me he would pay me a deposit for my appearance fee. The deposits never came. Now usually I would use an agent or manager on this stuff, and not do anything until money comes in (like bands do). But when I have positive history with people I have a tendency to trust people and take them at their word. My word is better than any contract, and I like to think that goes both ways. Silly me thinking like that after 30 + years in music! The day before I left for Tulsa I reminded him no deposits came and he assured me I would be paid in full on arrival Thursday. But it was one delay after another when I got there. I hosted his pre party, did press in the market day of, and did my hosting duties all weekend in Tulsa, all the time being assured I would be paid. When Saturday rolled around Freddy had disappeared. Yes that’s right, gone on the biggest day of the festival! Most bands will not take the stage before being paid in full for most events. So Saturday of Streets Gone Wild almost didn’t happen. But the show was bailed out by some of his partners who he enlisted to work for him. They gathered enough money up to make sure the bands played and people had a show. Freddy claimed he was in the hospital with a heart issue. To this day I have no idea if that’s true.

Saturday in Tulsa was tension filled. Who did or didn’t get paid, who was or wasn’t going to play. Freddy MIA, leaving people working for him to sweat and scramble. After all was said and done I was paid by check, a check I knew would be like hitting the lottery if it cleared. Freddy was in touch with me 3 times over the last 2 weeks with different ways he would get me paid. He told me the check would be good this past Wednesday. The check is not good. Many vendors and people that worked this event were also ripped off and not paid. Sponsors, vendors, artists. For me and many others these events are a major part of how we make a living. Sadly the business has always been filled with people like Freddy. Very little experience and reality on how shows work, what bands are worth, and how to properly book, market and promote events. While not inherently bad people, they are more just fans who are blinded by the attention they get around artists they were a fan of. And that’s never a good recipe for success. Freddy fucked over a whole bunch of people, me included, and now is on the run, hiding from everyone looking for him. He has gone off the grid..

It’s very important to note that Streets Gone Wild may very well continue. If it does it will be with good people that helped save the day the best they could 2 weeks ago. Tom Green, Doug Burgess and others were awesome and bailed many out, me included, and I thank them. My hope is they take this over and keep it going. But BEWARE of anything branded Farm Rock or Frederick Entertainment or Freddy Stahmer. His damage continues because the show that was supposed to be this weekend in Schaumberg IL is not happening. He posted it would happen and move to December. He assured me that was the case a few days ago when I asked him what to do about my plane ticket to IL I was already losing $200 on to change. Well it’s not happening in December or any other time, and if you purchased tickets for this show he told you hold them for the new date. Well guess what? You were just screwed too, because he’s split with that money I am told. Real sad, really shitty, but many were burned here one way or the other. I wanted to put this out there to all because since my name was on these shows as a host you have a right to know what’s going on. There is nothing more I can tell you at this time. If the guy ever surfaces there will be many looking for him, but he has literally dropped out and is running from everyone. I hear there are issues way bigger than this he is running from as well but don’t know for sure. So stay away from anything associated with this guy and his events, although I doubt he will be heard from again. And if you were burned like many, sorry. And if Streets continues with the right people involved I’ll let you know.

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9/20: BACK FROM LA AND HAIR NATION FESTIVAL, MORE

Back from LA and the first ever Hair Nation Festival that I was honored to host. This one was a slam dunk! Great weather, and a great turnout of fans young and old. Like most festivals that I am working I don’t get to watch everyone, but truly of the many bands I did see all really did a great job. The music was literally non stop with a revolving stage. And there was even a side stage that unfortunately overlapped with some of the bands on the main stage. But it was a great celebration of 80’s hard rock for sure and everyone seemed to have a blast. It was also the last rock show at Irvine Meadows which is closing soon. Live Nation who produced the show tells me they will do another next year at a new S CA location TBA. Huge thanks to all the fans and bands and to Live Nation LA for having me. Also special thanks to those who purchased my VIP and played some backstage Stump The Trunk!

Had some great interviews last night with Jeff Pilson and Jesse James DuPree. Coming soon to my podcast. This Thursday my guest is Jim Breuer in a podcast exclusive!

The Farm Rock show this weekend in IL is postponed.

Doing something cool with Don & Jim 11/18-20 in Woodstock NY at Hunter Mountain. A 3 night rock hang at a lodge! To join us and learn more go to www.musicfarms.com

No news on TMS. When I know you’ll know, thanks.

Ace Frehley this Friday in NYC at Playstation. See you there!

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9/13: TULSA, DALLAS, LEONARD HAZE, ALTER BRIDGE, HAIRNATION FEST, MORE

Back from a long weekend in Tulsa and Dallas. The Tulsa end of the trip was expected, and I hosted an event downtown called Streets Gone Wild that was lots of fun. The fans of OK have been so cool to me for so long and this weekend was no exception. Thanks to all the fans and bands I met and hung with. FYI the Chicago Farm Rock show is being moved to December, info soon.

I unexpectedly went to the Giants Cowboys game on Sunday. Thanks to Doug Burgess for the hook up and amazing seats. My first time at Jerry World. As much as I tolerate Dallas fans in my stadium it was fun to return the favor, and most importantly fly home with a WIN! Had a blast and it was worth all the last minute rerouting, because the Giants won! If they lost I would have been miserable! After the Giants win I celebrated at The Rail Club in Ft Worth by going to see my buds Don Jamieson and Faster Pussycat. Fun time in Dallas!

Last night I had all 4 members of Alter Bridge on my radio show. Great to see the guys. Their great new album The Last Hero is out 10/7. Audio coming soon to my podcast. Myles did confirm that around 8 songs were in the works for a new Slash album before the GnR relaunch and he does feel there is still a future for that band in a year or so.

Sad news on the passing of Y&T drummer Leonard Haze at just 61 on Monday. I played a set of Y&T last night and had Dave Meniketti on from Germany to discuss. Leonard was battling some health ailments but played right up to his last days. Although not a marquee name, Haze was a huge influence on many and known for his massive kick drum prowess. He played on all the classic Y&T stuff and will be missed. RIP Leonard.

Podcast this Thursday is with Dio hologram creator Jeff Pezzuti and Wendy Dio. It’s a fascinating talk about the future of deceased rock stars touring as holograms. Posts this Thursday free as always.

I head to LA on Thursday. I’ll be hosting the first ever Hair Nation Fest this Saturday at Irvine Meadows. This should be a blast and $5 GA tickets were just made available. Hope you can come join us!

Big news coming soon on the radio front…..

 

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9/7: NEWSTED PODCAST, TULSA THIS WEEKEND, MORE.

Headed to Tulsa for the weekend to host Streets Gone Wild/Farm Rock downtown Friday and Saturday. Looking forward to this first time event. I’ll also be live on KMOD radio at Noon on Friday to promote the weekend. If you are attending I will have merch and both of my books available for purchase. I’ll tweet details when I’m there and also try and get out and sign some. Hope to see you this weekend if in Tulsa.

Just found out that the Farm Rock in Chicago has been postponed until December. Don’t know much at this point but will keep you posted.

Pleased to announce I’ll be back in board to host M3 next year after a year away. Looking forward to resuming those duties. Lineup TBA.

Podcast tomorrow features a new interview with Jason Newsted. Many have asked what happened to him after he got back into metal. Well find out why he bailed and what he’s doing now in this in depth and interesting talk. Free worldwide tomorrow for the Eddie Trunk Podcast on www.PodcastOne.com or Itunes.

Hair Nation Fest tickets going fast for 9/17. Get em now and see you soon So Cal!

Live Trunk Nation this Monday 9/12 with Alter Bridge in studio. 6-10P ET SiriusXM 39.

Big news on the radio front coming soon…..

Have a good weekend, GO GIANTS!

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9/6: BACK FROM LABOR DAY WEEKEND BREAK, UPDATE

Hope everyone had a great labor day weekend. I spent mine trying to organize literally thousands of CDs. Music CDs and my interview archives which are on everything from open reel, to DAT, to Mini Disc, to CD! Over 30 years of radio with no organization! Total nightmare! I pretty much gave up that it’s just not going to happen in this lifetime unfortunately. Just no time to deal with it and much more than a long weekend is needed! Hope you all had a great one.

The next month or so will be extremely busy for me with travel. First up is this weekend inĀ  Tulsa for Streets Gone Wild/Farm Rock. I’ve been going to OK to host rock shows now for 10 years, with Rocklahoma being my anchor since 2007. Excited to be headed back this weekend for this first time event to a city that has been so supportive of what I do. If attending I’ll have books and merch for sale and will do my best to get out and sign and see everyone. Should be a fun weekend in downtown Tulsa.

And Hair Nation Fest is 9/17! Psyched to be hosting this event in S CA at Irvine Meadows. All appearances on the home page as they are confirmed.

I have a MAJOR new radio project TBA very soon.. More new projects in the works as well. Info when I can share. Should be an exciting 4th quarter of 2016!

Back live on SiriusXM this Monday 9/12. Alter Bridge will be in studio.

GO GIANTS!

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8/29: WEEKEND RECAP, JASON NEWSTED & MICHAEL SWEET ON TRUNK NATION TONIGHT

Just back from a long weekend with appearances in Syracuse and the Cleveland area. In Syracuse I did a promo appearance for my affiliate there 105.9 The Rebel that included a stop at a club called Sharkey’s where Joey Belladonna played with his cover band Chief Big Way. Lot of fun and good to see Joey belting out the classic rock so well, while he also played drums! Thanks to Bob Staffa and Dave Frisina for having me and all the fans I met in that area.

This past Saturday I was a guest host at a party in Doylestown OH called the Ferraintti Fest, named after two brothers who passed away and were big metal fans. Their friend Jim throws a MASSIVE party on his property each year in their honor. It was amazing and a very cool thing for Jim to do for his late friends. The live music included some great tribute and cover bands as well as a set by Tim Ripper Owens who was in great voice as usual. Fun day and it was an honor to be a part of it. Met many cool rock fans!

Off to NYC. Live show on SiriusXM today 6-10P ET on channel 39. Guests include Michael Sweet and Jason Newsted. Many have asked what happened to Jason. Tune in and find out. Michael at 6:30, Jason on 8P ET live.

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