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.
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.
What a day yesterday! It started with the recording of my first ever podcast in NYC at Epic Records with Glenn, Richie and Rob of Judas Priest (new album out now!). Now I never did a podcast before and was thrilled to have Priest for it. The label and PR had some folks come in to record the audio for me since I don’t have gear to record 4 people remotely at the moment. Well that didn’t work to well as the audio came out less than great. The interview however went well and content is king so Katy Irizarry (who is producing my podcast) worked hard to salvage it and it is good enough to post. I assure you the future podasts will have much better audio but this is Priest and you can clearly hear what is going on so we are going with it. Hope you like it and apologize in advance for the audio. Hey, I’m new to this! Haha. The Eddie Trunk Podcast posts every Thursday free worldwide via Itunes and www.podcastone.com It all starts this Thursday AM with Priest. Future guests include Bobby Blitz, Night Ranger, Glenn Hughes, King Diamond and many more. It will be a wide range of guests and some weeks just talk and commentary and emails. Try doing some different stuff too at times maybe a little outside of music. Hope you join me on this journey into my latest platform. Itunes sign ups now. Hit the banner on the home page.
I then went to SiriusXM for my live show and had a surprise call from Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. He was listening and called in. The band just returned from headlining festivals in Europe and kick off the US dates with Slash this Thursday at Jones Beach. Audio is On Demand on the SiriusXM app if you missed it. Thanks for calling in Joey and see you at Jones Beach if going Thursday! Then Brian Slagel came in and hung out. Then I did a late night recording of an interview with King Diamond! We get into all kinds of stuff with KD who’s tour is almost sold out in advance (NYC sold out but win tickets here on this site in ET Box Office!). This will debut as a podcast in a few weeks.
Thrilled to announce my FM/syndicated show is returning to the airwaves of WAAF/Boston this Friday! My new slot is Friday’s 11P-2A ET. In radio syndication it is key to have major market stations and having AAF back is huge for me. Grateful to all the stations in my network and hope to add more soon. If in Boston spread the word and listen Friday nights!
See you next Wed 7/16 in Myrtle Beach SC for a signing 5-7P at Retroactive. It is free and both books for sale at the store while there. Live radio broadcast as well with my affiliate there!
Off to NYC for a live show on SiriusXM 6-10P ET on channel 39 TrunkNation!
My debut podcast launches this Thursday! The Eddie Trunk Podcast is free and available worldwide through Itunes and www.podcastone.com Because this is the debut you will not find it until the first one goes live this Thursday. Then from that point on you can register to get it sent every week. Excited to add this platform and honored to announce my first guests will be Judas Priest! I am taping it today and will ask some questions that came in from you guys via this site. Much going on, gotta run. Follow on Twitter for more. Hope you all had a good weekend.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July holiday weekend. My FM radio show this weekend celebrates the 4th with an all new all American hard rock and metal special. Might not seem like a big deal as far as a radio special but think about how many bands I play on a regular basis that excludes. So it opens some time for other artists maybe not played as often too. It is on Q104.3 11P ET as usual and all stations that run my show each and every week usual day and time. Full list under Live & On The Air.
Excited to welcome back WAAF/Boston which starts airing the show a week from Friday from 11P-2A. I’ll be in Boston with Don & Jim at The Wilbur 8/2.
Judas Priest are doing a signing this Tuesday to celebrate the release of their new album at The Hard Rock in Times Sq. Starts at 6:30 and you must purchase the new album from FYE at The Hard Rock to get it signed. It will be Rob, Richie and Glenn and only copies of new album will be signed.
SO much great new music out there. Buy it, support it, listen for it on my shows. Stuff I am listening to now includes Slash, Overkill, Mastodon, Fozzy, Priest, Accept, Tesla, Night Ranger and much more. Great time for new music so check it out.
My debut podcast launches 7/10 via Podcast One. Should have a link to subscribe very soon. www.podcastone.com will also post and you can listen there. More details on guests soon. I will also be answering email from you guys on the podcast. Send them to me via Contact Us on this site and put “Podcast Question” in the subject.
Appreciate everyone asking about new episodes of TMS however when we do them is 100% up to VH1. Right now the latest is not until early next year unfortunately. I have no control over this at all and also wish we did more per year. For now enjoy the replays and set your DVR to catch them all. They run constantly from all seasons. Thanks.
Huge thanks to Kelly Keagy, Jack Blades and Brad Gillis for coming by my radio show last night. Night Ranger have always been a killer dual guitar rock band. Been seeing them live almost since day one. Real good people as well if you ever have the chance to meet them. In addition to the interview that aired live last night on SiriusXM with the guys I also recorded an in depth interview with them for my upcoming new podcast. In the hour conversation the band talks about their early days and Brad goes in depth about his time with Ozzy and how he got the gig. The Eddie Trunk Podcast debuts 7/10 with new episodes posting every Thursday via Podcast One. The debut podcast will be an all new conversation with Judas Priest. I’ll be recording it next Monday in NYC. If you have a question you’d like me to ask them email me through this site and I’ll try to include it when I tape. The link to register for the podcast and further details coming soon. It will be free and available worldwide and also on Itunes. The Night Ranger interview will likely be week two. Much more to come.
Also thanks to Blitz from Overkill for dropping in last night. He is always hysterical and I have a ton of history and stories with Overkill who I pretty much grew up with in NJ. No doubt will do a podcast with them soon as well. New Overkill out 7/22, new Night Ranger out now. Was cool to represent both sides of the music world I love in one show last night. If you missed the interviews they are On Demand on the SiriusXM app. Just search my name or Trunk Nation. NR plays BB Kings tomorrow night. Congrats to my winners who entered in the new ET Box Office on this site and won tickets. Hope to see you there if I can get into NYC and break away.
Next appearance/signing: Retroactive, Broadway at The Beach, Myrtle Beach SC 5-7P. Both books for sale at the signing.
As expected when I wrote an article yesterday in this space about certain people that can’t wait to POUNCE, twist, and distort things I found some people that did exactly that. It is a sad world we live in when “media” can constitute anyone with a blog, twitter feed or Facebook. When people filter out 95% positive things and only POUNCE and distort your opinion on one thing you don’t like to further their agendas. I see it every day on so many fronts and all you can do is laugh. The days of intelligent respectful debate are gone online. Even if you try to do that a certain percentage will just find a way to distort and POUNCE and take out of context anything to make them look better or smarter. Stunning some could reach the conclusions I took “shots” at Steel Panther for my preference to have seen a traditional metal band open for Priest, ignoring of course all the positives about the band in the post. In this day and age to some that is “taking shots”. That is sad and pathetic. Imagine if someone REALLY took a shot at someone? They’d need to go on a month apology tour! But there will always be that element out there that lives to cause shit. I’ve been in this far to long to cave to that bullshit. But thanks to the internet there are so many screaming for attention that just live to knock people down a peg. More proof? Just over the weekend I went to dinner with Chris Jericho (oh, wait, I should have just said “a friend” because then I am a name dropper, another idiotic thing if I ever heard it!). The chef asked for a photo with me and Chris. I drove to the dinner in my convertible on a nice night. My hair was a mess. When the photo was posted to twitter it was nothing but comments about my hair? I mean you couldn’t make it up! After 30 years in the business I have heard it all and grown an awfully thick skin. But it is sad that this is the world we are in now. It isn’t everyone by any means. Don’t get me wrong, the great majority are people that are cool and respectful. But the bottom feeders who essentially make shit up are out there everywhere and just waiting to POUNCE as I knew they would…
Live SiriusXM show tonight 6-10P ET on channel 39. Bobby Blitz from Overkill in around 7, Night Ranger in to close the show around 9:15 ET. Join me for music and talk that rocks and maybe some open phones if we have time.
Pleased to announce my show is back on WAAF/Boston. It starts up 7/11 and will be on every Friday night starting 11P. Great to have them back with us on the syndicated show! This weekends Eddie Trunk Rocks will feature all American hard rock and metal for the 4th.
The Eddie Trunk Podcast launches 7/10 via Podcast One. Available free worldwide. More soon.
See you 7/16 at Retroactive in Myrtle Beach SC 5-7P. Both books for sale and a live radio broadcast with my Myrtle Beach affiliate. Should be a blast!
Two big stories this week swirling around the metal scene and they both revolve around Judas Priest. First the item on Bruce Dickinson and his comments on Halford and Metallica (see the story in the news section on this site). I don’t agree with Bruce and his criticism of Halford for using a prompter if indeed he does. Honestly who cares? If it doesn’t impact the show what’s the difference? Most artists that use prompters (and many do), rarely use them. They are there as a safety in case they lose their place in the song. Axl, Steven Tyler and many others use them. But I have stood on stage while both of these guys perform and they run all over the place and rarely look at it unless they forget where they are for a second. Not a huge deal. As for Bruce’s feeling that Maiden is better than Metallica that is simply opinion, and what would you expect him to say about his own band? Of course he will think that! But this all speaks to a bigger issue that is a huge problem I think in today’s world. You see Bruce has always been an outspoken guy. In this super PC hyper sensitive world we are in where everyone is looking to pounce over an opinion or wrong choice of words I like people that speak their mind even if I don’t agree with it. I am a fan of Bill O’Reily and Bill Maher. Don’t agree with all that they both say but damn it is nice these days to have at least some people that aren’t afraid to say what they feel and not give answers from some pre prepped PR rep one sheet! It always amazes me when people hammer me non stop for my opinion on an album or band on Twitter and then when I give it honestly they start the hate campaign because it’s not the answer they wanted. Almost impossible to win these days. But honest opinions when asked are refreshing to me, even if I don’t agree with them. Doesn’t mean you hate the person or band or subject. It is just your opinion and if given in a respectful way everyone should be entitled to that. So as a result when anyone says anything remotely opinionated it gets blown up and becomes news, and I think that sucks. It will continue to discourage open dialogue and debate and make the media world we are in even more boring and predictable.
Along these same lines much debate about the announcement that Steel Panther will be opening act for Priest. Contrary to what many think I have no hate for Panther. I know the guys, nice people, talented, good at what they do. But what they do is parody. That can not be argued. Want proof? The bands albums chart on the comedy charts! It is an act that is a spoof on 80′s hard rock. It is stunning to me how many people don’t see that! They have had amazing success, especially in the UK and Europe. Good for them. They have worked hard to build this from their roots as a cover band playing weekly gigs in LA. But I will admit for me I would have much rather seen Priest take a “traditional” metal band. A new or old band with the same real core commitment and values to metal they have had. Think of how many bands are out there that could use the help? Last tour Priest had BLS and Thin Lizzy. When so many bands are out there looking to package up it feels like a bit of a lost opportunity to give an hour slot to a band that for the most part goofs on a scene that Priest was not really a part of, but had a huge amount of success during. I’m going to see Priest regardless of who is opening, and I wish both bands well on the tour, but I do feel that there were so many bands that would have been a better fit and compliment to the metal Gods. It just feels like a disconnect for me to see icons like Priest taking what is basically the modern day Spinal Tap on tour. I mean who knows how many tours they have left in them at this stage of the game? The up side? Maybe Halford comes out and jams a Fight song with Russ AKA Satchel during the Panther set!? “Nailed To The Gun” anyone?
More on this plus Blitz from Overkill and members of Night Ranger in studio tomorrow live on SiriusXM 39 6-10P ET. TrunkNation!
Thanks to the guys in Accept for letting me premiere their video for “Stampede” from the new album Blind Rage on this site. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s right on the home page now. I’ve been listening to the album for a while and it is truly amazing how this band has been reborn with Mark Tornillo and the quality of the 3 albums that have made with him. Production, playing, vocals, songs, just classic Accept! Wolf Hoffman has to be one of metals most underrated guitarists. Hope you guys enjoy it and look forward to your comments. The band will be on my radio shows when schedules match up closer to the album release and the live date in NYC. There are more live dates TBA on the Fall also.
Hear new Accept as well as new Overkill and an interview with Tesla in my radio show this weekend. All outlets listed under live and on the air.
Ticket giveaways to local NYC area shows (and some times outside NYC) are now done on this site. Go to Live & On The Air tab and click ET Box Office for shows available and to register to enter. You will get an email a few days or so before each show if you are picked at random as a winner. Only enter for shows you truly want to attend. You can only win once every 30 days.
Live SiriusXM show this Monday 6-10P ET on Trunk Nation channel 39. Will represent both sides of my music world with Blitz of Overkill and Night Ranger in studio!
The Eddie Trunk Podcast launches 7/10… More soon.
All new radio show this weekend for the syndicated Eddie Trunk Rocks program. This show now airs the same weekend on all radio stations so just check the listing on the Live & On the Air tab to find a station or stream near you. I’m also thrilled to announce the show is returning to Boston on WAAF in a couple weeks. More details soon but you will hear it there now on Friday nights 11P-2A. Great to have Boston back! This weekends show includes new music from Overkill, Accept and an interview with Tesla and much more. As usual on Q104.3 NYC 11P this Friday as well.
There will not be new episodes of TMS before October. All due to network budgets. When I have news will let you know. The gig at Thunder Valley Casino in Sacramento is a concert, NOT a TMS shoot. Thanks.
Live show Monday on SiriusXM 6-10P ET. Blitz from Overkill in studio. More soon.
The Eddie Trunk Podcast is coming 7/10! First guest and more TBA. It will be free and available via Itunes, Podcast One and other platforms as well. Please note the podcast will be all talk and no music. Podcasts are talk formats due to publishing clearance costs. Look forward to doing a wide variety of things with this platform and will answer your email on it as well from time to time.
Signed personalized copies of either of my books available here on this site. Just hit the Books tab and be sure to specify which book you are ordering. Thanks