2/10: WELCOME FT WAYNE IN 98.9 THE BEAR!

Always a huge thrill to welcome a new station to my syndication network. I truly appreciate all the stations I have that give me 3 hours of their weekly schedule to bring my radio show to the audience. We are always looking to add new believers who will give their audience 3 hours of new and classic hard rock and metal. All they have to do is say they want the show. Pleased to welcome a new station on board that will start this Saturday. 98.9 The Bear in Ft Wayne Indiana is our newest affiliate. Thanks to Gasman and his crew for putting me on. This station also streams live so you can tap in from anywhere and hear the show as well. All of the places and ways to hear my FM show every week can be found here:

http://eddietrunk.com/live-and-on-the-air/eddie-trunk-rocks/

Welcome 98.9 The Bear and if you want your local rock station to carry my show let them know about it! Thanks to all the stations and listeners for their support. Everything I have done in my career traces back to this radio show that I started over 32 years ago and it is still very much a major passion of mine to do it every week!

2/9: THE GRAMMY’S, MOTOR SISTER, ALICE COOPER, MORE

Lot’s of reaction about The Grammy’s who I have consistently hammered about their utter consistent cluelessness when it comes to rock and metal. The nominations seem random at best and the winners can be even more head scratching. Because they have destroyed any real level of credibility when an artist that is actually deserving wins it does nothing for their career and has no real impact. It is sad that another mainstream music institution is so lost when it comes to rock and metal and has been for over 20 years. And there are no signs of anything changing with the laughable decision to give Tenacious D a Grammy for best Metal performance last night for a Dio cover. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Dio as you know and love the album this song came from and the cause it was put out for. But is a metal comedy act really the best metal performance over nominees like Motorhead (who once won one for a Metallica cover!), Mastodon, Slipknot (a #1 album!) and Anthrax (again nominated for a cover!). I mean you just couldn’t make it up! I have nothing against Tenacious D but even they have to be thinking “what the fuck?”. Outside of that AC/DC were great and it looks like Chris Slade has the gig on drums. That was about all there was to discuss rock wise from the show. Oh and it was very cool to see Nuno Bettencourt playing with Paul McCartney! Nuno is having some year reuniting Extreme, still working with Rhianna, recently touring with Steven Tyler, etc. Incredible stuff for a great talent and congrats to him.

Live on SiriusXM channel 39 tonight 6-10P ET. Scott Ian, Pearl and Jim Wilson from Mother Superior in studio and Alice Cooper calls in. See you tonight for TRUNKNation!

Next Eddie, Jim, Don live shows 1/20 at Starland NJ, and 1/21 Rex theater Pittsburgh. TONS of new shows for me added, please see the home page and come on out if you can.

TMS back 2/21 9P ET ALL NEW

2/4: GEDDY LEE, JOHN PETRUCCI, & MORE IN THAT METAL SHOW DEBUT 2/21!

Extremely psyched to welcome Geddy Lee of Rush for the hour as our guest on the first new episode of That Metal Show in almost a year! I really wanted someone huge for our debut and once again the Rush camp stepped up. Back in season 1 we had Geddy and Alex on and it was a great solid they did me at the time. You see TMS was in it’s infancy and nobody knew what was going to happen with the show. Ged & Alex flew down from Toronto to come on when we were just a 30 minute show not many had yet seen. Now 5 years and about 125 episodes later Geddy is back with us! I am also pleased to welcome Dream Theater guitar virtuoso John Petrucci as our guest musician. We will of course talk with John a bit during the show. Look forward to having him on for his TMS debut and see what guitar fireworks he has in store! I can also tell you there are some special surprises being planned for this episode that will not be announced in advance. It promises to be an epic return! We shoot it in NYC in less than 2 weeks and you will see it at our new start time of 9PM ET on VH1 Classic with a replay at 11PM and replays all week as usual. The remaining guests for the 12 episode new season will be announced as we go. Since we are shooting weekly everything is subject to change. But we have some great guests for the other 11 shows lined up with a very diverse roster, maybe more so than ever. TMS is back! Thanks for all the support as always. Here is the VH1 press release on episode 1 and more in the news section too: : http://eddietrunk.com/rushs-geddy-lee-confirmed-for-season-14-premiere-of-vh1-classics-flagship-series-that-metal-show-dream-theaters-john-petrucci-will-make-his-debut-as-gues/

2/3: TMS ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW, MUCH MORE

Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday. My schedule has just been insane as we are now exactly 2 weeks from taping the first new episode of That Metal Show in almost a year. The debut episodes guest will be announced tomorrow at noon. The guest musician on our 2/21 debut will also be announced. He is a guitar player who has never been on before that I have had many requests for. I truly think everyone will be pleased with our debut! All the guests will be announced soon but since we are taping weekly we are going week to week. I also just confirmed a singer from a major band as a surprise guest coming soon! This new season of TMS will be our most diverse yet when it comes to rock and metal artists and the eras they come from. Obviously impossible to please everyone but this season has a little something for all and is still playing out. Don’t forget the debut is 2/21 and we have a new start time of 9P ET with a replay at the usual time of 11. More soon on TMS and the debut guests will be announced on this site in news at Noon ET tomorrow!

Weather sucks here in NJ but did make it in for a live SiriusXM show last night. Great guests including John 5, Jesse James Dupree (see Jackyl with me, Don & Jim at Starland 2/20!) and Counting Cars star Danny Koker. Was a fun jammed show!

My podcast this week will be my recent interview with Michael Sweet which recently made some news when he discussed possibly producing Seabastian Bach. Hear what Michael really said (he was asked by the label, he is on the same label as Bach) and also hear us talk VH, Stryper and his new project with George Lynch. It is free to download or stream on Itunes or www.podcastone.com

TONS of stuff going on, next 6 months for me already jammed. So keep up here, see the appearances on the home page and follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk. Live shows next in NJ and Pitt, plus a quick visit to the Hard Rock in Hollywood FL to host Alice Cooper 2/18! Also the Extreme Guitar show is this Sunday at BBs. Congrats to my ticket winners who have now been notified. Remember to visit “ETs Box Office” on this site to win tickets. Also check out my new Pick Of The Week every week under Media tab.

 

1/30: MARLIYN MANSON NYC REPORT, LIVE AT MEXICALI IN NJ TOMORROW NIGHT!

Saw Marilyn Manson last night in NYC at Terminal 5. I have been a fan of Manson’s since the very first album came out. I played it on my radio show and first saw him at a club in NJ called The Birch Hill with maybe 250 people there. It was one of the most insane and disturbingly brilliant shows I have ever seen. Back then very little was known about the man and the band. But what I did know was that at a time when it was extremely uncool to have an image, put on a show, and embrace being a rock star (this was grunge mania era), Manson didn’t give a crap and came out and just went for it. Most of my audience over the years doesn’t quite get Manson it seems or why I like him so much. The showmanship in a time when everyone sounded and acted like Pearl Jam is one of the reasons (I write more about this in my second book). The other is that I truly think most (not all, but most) of his music is pretty amazing. And the albums are produced brilliantly. Mechanical Animals among my all time favorites, and I love the new one The Pale Emperor as well. Manson shook things up when they desperately needed to be in rock and made it okay to put on a show and be a rock star again. I watched him go from a club act to arenas. To small stage props to insane arena productions. I saw the peaks and valleys, the controversy, the lineup changes, and in recent times the slip ups where his excesses started to impact his songs and performances. The truth is that a few years ago some, especially in the UK, thought Manson was a dead issue and had let himself fall apart. But a couple years ago a very solid album called Born Villain was released. Things got better. Now last week Pale Emperor takes another huge leap back. It will enter #8 next week on the overall sales charts and has sold more than 50K in one week, a huge number by today’s standards. I don’t know Manson that well. We have hung a couple times and text from time to time. We had him on TMS a couple times and he wasn’t all there. But you know what? In this day of super PC answers and everyone acting so safe, I kind of liked it and found it fun. Manson is an artist in the truest sense. Always creating, always taking chances, always reinventing, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He’s also had some great talent around him like Twiggy Ramirez, John 5, and most recently Tyler Bates to name a few. Much like Alice Cooper which started as a band and became a solo thing, Marilyn Manson these days is all about the person the group was named after. The shows have all been sold out or near sold out. Last night there had to be at least 3500 crammed into the venue with no name opening act. In a market like NYC where his music gets no play outside of my weekly Q104.3 radio show this is pretty amazing in and of it self. It was younger and older fans and they were totally into it all night. 5 new songs and many from the catalog were featured. Manson has so many great songs in my view it’s now becoming tough to do a set list. Twiggy is all that remains in the band from the early days but this current lineup is really good. Way less reliance on any canned tracks, two guitars, way more raw live rock. It was so good to see this turn out for a heavy rock artist in NYC and made me feel good to know rock fans are out there and will find this stuff even if local radio doesn’t play it. Check out the new album if you were ever a fan. Rock needed Manson to kick it up it’s ass when he debuted in ’94, and it was great to see he is still kicking it strong in 2015!

Catch my radio show tonight 11PM ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Streaming free on both stations. It will be an encore show tonight due to the snow storm earlier in the week delaying my shows delivery. If in NJ area don’t forget I’ll be live with Don & Jim at Mexicali in Teaneck NJ tomorrow night. Tickets and VIP meet & greet tickets available at the door. Live music and special guests include Whitesnake’s Joel Hoekstra and Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando. Show starts at 8P.

1/28: JAKE E LEE PODCAST, TMS UPDATE, APPEARANCE IN NJ SATURDAY, MORE

Hope everyone is having a nice week. The huge snow storm turned out to be a total bust by me for a change here in NJ. Maybe 3 inches of snow. I’ll take it! NYC closed their crossings so it was good that I recorded my SiriusXM show Monday since it would have been impossible to travel. I will do my best to make up the Udo and Vinnie Moore interviews when my schedule permits. I am back live this Monday 6P ET for TrunkNation, more when we get closer.

My podcast tomorrow is my interview with Jake E Lee and Greg Chaisson. Some of this originally aired on my radio show about a month ago. Some very revealing stuff with Jake and he also talks very honestly about his time with Ozzy, the first Red Dragon Cartel show, his cancelling of gigs, Badlands and much more. It is as usual free and available to stream or download with Itunes or www.podcastone.com

Really ramping up now for the new season of That Metal Show. 2/17 is the night we tape the debut and you will see is 2/21 at 9PM ET repeating at 11 on VH1C. The mega debut guest will be announced soon as well as a first time appearance from a guitar virtuoso as our guest musician that was just confirmed!

I have a TON of appearances coming over the next few months including Rocklahoma, M3, MOR Cruise and many solo shows and shows with Don & Jim. It is so cool to come out and meet you guys and have some fun on stage. The support has been awesome! Everything on the home page as it’s confirmed and remember to visit ET’s Box Office tab on this site to enter to win tickets. Next show is this Saturday with Don & Jim at Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ. Fun place and this is our second time there. Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra will be a special guest and more surprises being lined up. Tickets and VIP meet & greet tickets on sale now! www.mexicalilive.com for tickets and more info!

Checking out Marilyn Manson tomorrow night in NYC. Looking forward to it. Have been a fan since day one and it’s always a great live show!

1/26: TONIGHTS SIRIUSXM SHOW, MORE

Due to the blizzard weather conditions here in the NY/NJ area my SiriusXM show tonight is pre recorded. I actually went in last night and recorded it knowing we were going to get hit with bad weather. Tons of music (most of which I picked) and the show is all new, just not live as I am stuck home in NJ riding the snow out.

This Thursday’s podcast interview is with Jake E Lee and Gregg Chaison. It is free via www.podcastone.com and Itunes starting this Thursday.

Next live appearance is with Don & Jim this Saturday night in Teaneck NJ at Mexicali Live. We did this club last year and had a blast. Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra has just been confirmed as a special guest! Tickets and VIP meet & greet tickets on sale now and at the door. Hope to see you! All confirmed appearances on the home page.

New stuff I’m loving; Marilyn Manson, Black Star Rider, Farmikos and Motor Sister to name a few.

Stock is now in for both of my books. If you’d like to order signed personalized copies of either they will ship quickly. Order details on the Books tab.

1/23: UDO, VINNIE MOORE, PICK OF WEEK, TMS, VIV CAMPBELL, MORE

Hope everyone checks out my all new podcast exclusive interview with Vivian Campbell up now. Viv talks Dio, The Last In Line, his cancer, Def Leppard and more. Free now www.podcastone.com or via Itunes.

Just recently added a new feature to this site. My weekly Pick Of the Week. This is something we do on TMS and now I’ll do one every week or so here on this site. So many people ask me about new things to check out so hopefully this will be helpful and provide some suggestions from what I like. You can find them by clicking on Pick Of The Week under the Media tab on this site. Just another way to help promote new releases and music in general that I hope you find useful.

The guests for the new season of TMS are coming together nicely. Looking like a big array of new guests and many genres or rock and metal will be represented. Can’t wait to announce our season premiere guest. A LEGEND! I will reveal him soon! 1st new episode coming 2/21 9P ET on VH1C. More soon..

All new radio show this weekend loaded with new and classic hard rock and metal. Premieres tonight on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston 11P ET and streaming on both stations. On all affiliates over the weekend. All new live SiriusXM show this Monday 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation. Udo will be in studio, Vinnie Moore will call in.

Have a nice weekend all. What to do without football….

1/21: EXTREME, VIVIAN CAMPBELL PODCAST TOMORROW, MORE

Hosted Extreme last night in NJ at Bergen PAC. The band recently started a tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their breakout album Pornograffiti and are playing it in order along with a set of other tunes as well. If you get a chance see this band! Nuno is truly one of the most amazing players out there. After a stint with Rhianna he is back and on fire playing blazing hard rock! Obviously a huge share of the attention goes to Nuno but the role Gary, Pat and Kevin play makes this a truly complete amazing band. And the harmony vocals are incredible and all real! In this day and age where so many bands are running stuff on tracks (if you know it or not) what Extreme does all real is incredible. They do have some of the horns from the album as samples because they can’t carry extra musicians with them at their level, but everything else was real and spot on! Phenomenal band, catch them if they can. I’ll be seeing them next on the MOR Cruise.

All new exclusive podcast interview with Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell goes live tomorrow. This interview was recorded just this past Monday on his final day of recording with his side band The Last In Line, which is the original Dio band. Viv talks about his health, the next Leppard album, Dio and more. Get it free on Itunes or www.podcastone.com just after Midnight tonight Pacific time. Also if you subscribe to my podcast on Itunes you will get every episode free every Thursday instantly. It is 100% free of charge to download or stream each week! PS: The Jake E Lee interview will now post next week FYI.

New TMS coming 2/21!

Be sure to grab your Rocklahoma tickets on the pre sale before prices go up and reserved seats sell out. See you in Pryor! Also enter on this site to win M3 tickets and tickets to see me, Don, Jim and Jackyl at Starland in NJ 2/20.

The new Black Star Riders coming soon is killer!

1/20: EXTREME TONIGHT, VIVIAN CAMPBELL, ROCKLAHOMA, MORE

Had a great talk with Michael Sweet last night on my SiriusXM show. The new album he did with George Lynch is out one week from today. So many of these bands don’t last or even see a live show. Will this one be different? I hope for Michael’s sake it is. Real good guy and talent.

Rocklahoma 2015 is announced. See Music News on this site for the details. I have hosted every year since it started in ’07 and I’m back again. I’ll also have tickets for giveaway on this site soon. Grab them now on the pre sale for best location and pricing. www.rocklahoma.com Tons of great bands and friends on the bill this year! Slayer, Tesla, Winery Dogs, Anthrax, Red Dragon Cartel and many others including some new ones I love as well. It should be a great one Memorial weekend! See you there I hope!

All new podcast exclusive interview with Vivian Campbell posts this Thursday. I pushed Jake E Lee one week because this is super new and fresh with Viv talking Dio, Def Lep, his health and more. You don’t want to miss this ALL NEW exclusive to my podcast interview! As always free to stream or download worldwide starting Thursday on Itunes or www.podcastone.com . Vivian just completed a new album with his side band The Last In Line made up of the original Dio band. So now this becomes more of an original metal band as oppose to a Dio tribute. Should be interesting and hear what he has to say Thursday.

Thanks to all who picked up one of my new T Shirts in the merch store. Check out the new designs!

Off to host Extreme in NJ. Congrats to all my ticket winners. Can’t wait to see Nuno rip! One of my favorites!