Much made of Gene Simmons recent assessment that in his view “rock is dead”. Not the first time we’ve heard this and likely not the last. But is it true? My take on what Gene was trying to say is it’s dead for new music and new artists. Not entirely true, but again, I get where he is coming from. The truth is rock, hard rock, and metal are far from dead, but also far from the mainstream in many cases. There are some real good signs for rock out there as far as a live entity. Festivals are bigger than ever and there are more of them of all sizes than ever (maybe too many). U2, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Bon Jovi AC/DC. etc will always fill arenas and stadiums around the world. The mega bands will always draw. Motley is currently doing great business on their final tour. The road has also become a bit over crowded with too many bands touring too often. Competition is fierce out there at all levels for the concert dollar because money is not being made on album sales like the good ole days. The next tier from the pure out and out headliners are the co-headline shed bands. Think Kiss/Def Leppard. Bands teaming up and splitting set times equally to assure a good crowd. Of course this also means shorter set times and expensive tickets many times. There are very few bands not bringing name support or co-headlining these days. Most need the help selling tickets. And this is a huge problem for breaking new rock. There are so few opportunities now for a new young band to get in front of big audiences because the headliners need a name to help sell. Sure some of these packages have a new young band third billed but lets be honest, nobody is in the building that early to see them and in some cases they are buy ons, paying the headliner to play. This all ties in to the issue of the growth of rock.

Another huge problem is lack of development from what is left of record labels. It’s all about the first week now. And then albums are quickly forgotten. Sometimes not even a live show. Too many people in too many bands. Very little focus. Make a splash week one, off the charts by week four. Artist development and consistently working an album for a few singles is almost done now. Many labels hire outside “indies” to do promotion. They work hard for the weeks they are paid but when the label pulls the retainer fee they are on to the next. Tons of hired guns out there. Good people don’t get me wrong, but the real interest in the project is far from long term. Label cuts are so severe few pick up the ball after the outside help ends. Radio is also an issue. Way too many stations don’t truly support new music, or play it first week when the artist is there and never touch it again. The simple truth is mainstream radio will always do what the MOST people want. And the majority would rather hear Free Bird again than a new artist or song. Sad but true.

Delivery of music is also a problem. Everyone knows I am no fan of downloads. But to me it also kills the business. With labels less and less likely to send physical product along with some packaging and information it makes it easier to ignore. If a CD is on my desk I’m likely to have a listen at some point. If i get one of a million emails with a song attached that needs to be downloaded and transferred in any number of formats and services it is so easy to just click delete and not take the time unless it’s really something you want. I also have very little interest in the streaming services. Granted I get my music for free, but I’ve heard none of it that excites me and I think it grows the singles mentality instead of people truly getting into a band and an album. Call me old fashion but I hate when I go see a band an the entire crowd is only there for one song and is lost the rest of the time. Pure sales are so sparse now it’s hard to think who the next artist will be to score a gold record (500K). Used to be a little airplay and video play and you could make that happen. I think the RIAA is going to have to rethink sales awards.

Here’s the upside. There are a TON of artists new and classic making great new music! The bad? So little of it has a chance to break through for the reasons above and many more. But I have never been more excited than I am now for new/newer bands. Alter Bridge is growing and doing great and an arena act in Europe. Kyng, Mastodon, Scorpion Child,  Rival Sons, Monster Truck, Farmikos and many more are among my favorite new things and I play them on a regular basis. So I think from that end things are healthy. But what is truly concerning is how few people I find truly care about this stuff now. And how few have no idea Iron Maiden are still around! (dead serious, listen to calls in my satellite show). Everyone is too distracted now. We are over saturated and over stimulated with too many other things. That huge release day moment doesn’t seem to exist for rock anymore. And that sucks. I don’t mean YOU. If you are reading my site and connected to my outlets you are clearly a fan who wants to be in the loop and still very much tied in. But so many who used to be have lost that passion. As a lifer for me that’s hard to understand. I know peoples lives change, but if you love rock how can you not always? Is it dead in this respect for good? No, I don’t think so. Again the mega bands will always do well. Watch what happens when a new Foo Fighters track comes out. But they have become the token mainstream rock act for every show that needs one. We need some new blood for sure getting a shot. The mega 70’s guys only have so much left and some already have stayed too long at the party. We need that one great band with great SONGS above all to come and charge the whole scene. Let’s hope they are out there in a garage somewhere right now. We’ve had those moments where everything was given a kick in the ass; the birth of thrash, the Nu Metal movement (like it or not), the release of Appetite and the impact GnR had, the grunge movement and all the good and not so good from that. We need that band and moment again and it will come. Rock is far from dead. I don’t believe it will ever die. It’s a bit underground and in some cases over saturated but is going nowhere. I have lived it my entire life. I am out there all over the world experiencing the passion so many still have for it. And after 31 years I will continue to fight to get more platforms to help grow it and expose it. It is not easy. People would be stunned to know how hard it is for me to keep all the things I have going even after more than three decades and the success I have been able to carve out with a loyal following. But it has always been for me from day one about keeping it alive. Every day I meet someone that says to me the same thing; “Eddie thanks for keeping this alive”. John 5 just said it to me yesterday on the radio. I appreciate that like you can’t believe because it has always been the primary reason I do what I do. I know rock is not dead because I see and feel the support from all of YOU in all that I do. So thanks for that! We just need a few more to join the party and that one great new band to make it cool again in the mainstream. It will happen, just a matter of time. Keep rocking my friends and keep the faith!



Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the football. I’ll be live tonight 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation for music and talk that rocks. John 5 will call in live. I’m recording the Giants game so please NO scores since I won’t be watching until I get home! Lots to play and say and your calls so join me tonight if you can.

Amazing response to the Michael Anthony podcast. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet! Coming this Thursday to the podcast all new exclusive interview with Ace Frehley!


Hope everyone checks out this weeks new podcast. It is an exclusive interview with one of the truly good guys in the business Michael Anthony. We get into VH and so much more. It is free via Itunes or at www.podcastone.com Thanks for all the great early response!

Saw Aerosmith and Slash in NJ this past Wednesday. I’ve said it a million times and will say it again, Aerosmith is truly amazing! After more than 40 years still the original guys and more importantly as good as ever. Steven Tyler remains the greatest American frontman and rock singer we have even at this age. It is inspirational to see a guy who is in his mid 60’s still move and sing like this. It is amazing how many hits the band does NOT play and still they play many! But they also work in some deep tracks for the hard core like “Kings & Queens” that had me in full freak out mode! Two hour set and it was amazing. I savor every show I can still see from a band so important to me as a kid and still so important and so great in 2014. Amazing!

Also saw Slash’s band twice in the last few days and these guys are carrying that Aerosmith torch for no frills all real rock greatness for sure. The entire band just on fire! New album out very soon. Slash jammed Mama Kin with his heroes Aerosmith in NJ!

All new show tonight on all syndicated stations including WAAF Boston and Q104.3 NYC tonight 11P ET. Michael Anthony interview in the show and new and classic hard rock and metal!

Back live Monday 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation.

Hearing from reliable sources AC/DC tour next year and a new album that is just about done. Malcolm will not be involved sadly.

This is my first weekend home in 9 weeks! Perfect timing for football to be back! Enjoy all.


This is a letter going out to my email data base today. In case you aren’t on the mailing list posting here as well:

Hope everyone had a great Summer! For me it was by far the busiest I have ever had with nine straight weekends on the road and all over the world. Did a combination of appearances, book signings, hosting gigs, and live shows with Don & Jim. Even went to Bogota to visit the amazing South American fans and speak at a conference. So many great moments that are impossible to recap here. If you follow on Twitter or read the Trunk Report blog on the site or check my FB page I’m sure you saw the photos and stories as it unfolded. Just a blast and not done yet! I have upcoming appearances in NJ, Houston, Louisiana and more TBA. Everything confirmed is on the home page of the site as usual.

I also launched my first podcast a couple months ago and it has been a great success thanks to you guys! Appreciate all the artists that made time for interviews such as King Diamond, Judas Priest, Brian May, Night Ranger, Blitz from Overkill and many more. The Eddie Trunk Podcast is new every Thursday, totally free, and available worldwide via Itunes or at www.podcastone.com New this week will be Michael Anthony! Coming soon Ace Frehley, Slash, Steve Morse, Doro, Mark Tornillo and more. Be sure to subscribe on Itunes and get every new episode automatically.

My radio shows continue on. Year 31 for the FM syndicated show (Eddie Trunk Rocks) which is now back on in Boston on WAAF. This show now airs the same weekend on all stations, so no more delays. It debuts on Q104.3 NYC and AAF same time every week. A note to my NYC area listeners; all ticket giveaways are now done on my site in “ET’s Box Office”. Please be sure to register to win by following that tab. You will be notified a few days before each show if you are a winner and on the list. Eddie Trunk Live on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation has had some major guests lately and that will continue into the Fall as I bring you live music and talk that rocks 6-10P ET.

Was great seeing all the Eddie Trunk / Trunk Nation shirts out there this Summer. Thanks to all who have checked out the merch in my store on the site. Also both of my books are available signed directly from me. Just hit the Books tab on the site.

Finally, I am getting tons of email asking about new episodes of That Metal Show. This was addressed in the Trunk Report but if you missed it the show will be back. We will shoot in January and new episodes will air in Feb 2015. Where we shoot, when exactly and who the guests will be all still TBD and I’ll let you know when I know. As always please follow on Twitter, FB and Instagram (eddietrunkofficial) for more up to the second news and info. Football is here! Psyched!

Eddie Trunk
Q104.3 NYC/Syndicated “Eddie Trunk Rocks”
Sirius/XM “Eddie Trunk Live” Ch 39 TrunkNation
Host/Co-Producer “That Metal Show” VH1 Classic TV
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Back from a great weekend in S Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood which is quickly becoming my home away from home. Thanks to everyone who came to my post show meet and greets as well and picked up a book or a shirt. Met so many great rock fans and it was a blast! I hosted two shows over the weekend. Friday was a headline set from Slash and his killer band The Conspirators. As you know he is opening for Aerosmith (catching them in NJ tomorrow) but is doing headline sets on nights off. This was a killer 2 hour show loaded with GnR, recent solo tracks, 3 new songs from the upcoming new album, and a VR tunes as well (sadly no Snakepit this time). It was so great to just watch a killer band come out and do two straight hours of kick ass hard rock with amazing vocals (all real!) and playing. No frills, just a wall of amps and great hard rock! I really love the music from Slash’s last few albums and to me hearing Halo, Starlight, You’re A Lie, World On Fire, Ghost, By The Sword, etc are the real highlights. It’s rare an artists new music is so strong I feel that way but that’s the case with the quality of new music on display with this band. The new album is out in 2 weeks.

Sunday night was Deep Purple. I hadn’t seen Purple live since 2008 so wasn’t sure how well they are holding up. Didn’t know what to expect. I was blown away! They were always world class players and this lineup is no exception. At this stage of the game Ian Gillan isn’t going to get every note and scream, but he was a hell of a lot better than I thought he would be. After 18 years Steve Morse has really made his mark on the band and is a huge part of the show and out front with his brilliant playing. Ian Paice remains one of rocks all time greats, locked in with the legendary Roger Glover. And Don Airey does a great job for the late Jon Lord. His solo even had a touch of Mr Crowley! The set was nearly two hours. A couple new tunes (killer riff in Vincent Price) and tons of classics including Lazy, Highway Star, Space Truckin, Hush, and of course Smoke On The Water. Prior to the show I did an hour long podcast with Morse. I’ll let you know when that posts in a few weeks. Hung with all the guys after the show except Gillan who split early. Roger even wanted to Stump The Trunk, too funny! OF COURSE I want to get them on TMS, but Purple tours all over the world and is not based in the US, so we will see what we can do. Total legends and great guys as well. Nicko McBrain was at both shows and I surprised the crowd by bringing him on stage with me to intro Purple. Nicko told the crowd the Maiden mascot was named after me. He is a trip! Such a fun weekend and thanks to all! Many photos on my Twitter and FB pages from both events. Two great bands playing at the top of their game for sure! I’ll be back at the Seminole HR 9/19 to host Experience Hendrix with Zakk Wylde and more! Hope to see you then.


Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

I’ll be at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FL until Monday. Hosting Slash there Friday (headline show) and Deep Purple there Sunday. Always a fun time at this venue. I’ll be in the casino just outside the Hard Rock Cafe after both shows selling and signing my books and hanging out. Come by if you are in the area. No charge of any kind for the after show. Slash on at 8, Purple at 7, no opener either show.

My FM syndicated radio show this weekend is a double shot special with two songs at least in a row from all your favorite artists. Kicks off this Friday 11P on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF/Boston and on all affiliates usual day and time (listed on this site under Live & On The Air). Remember you can catch all the streams as well.

No TrunkNation Lobor Day Monday. SiriusXM is running a Motley Crue radio special. Back live a week from Monday 6P ET.

ALL NEW Eddie Trunk Podcast available now! It’s a TMS special with Don & Jim sitting in with me. We give you our top albums of 2014 so far. Listen at www.podcastone.com or  be sure to download and subscribe with Itunes. As always it is free and available worldwide!

Follow on Twitter forn up to the second news and updates @EddieTrunk

Have a good one!


Huge congrats to Ace Frehley on his Top 10 debut on the national Top 20o on Billboard! Like all records though in this day and age the proof will be where it is 4 weeks from now. Does it have staying power and continued support? Or did all the fans just buy it week one and then it’s quickly forgotten (sadly the case with most rock and metal albums). If he does videos and tours that will certainly help but that is all TBD. Either way I am happy for my old friend who is about to celebrate 8 years of being sober and just delivered the highest charting Kiss or Kiss related solo album ever.

Headed to S Florida tomorrow. See you at The Hard Rock in Hollywood Friday for Slash and Sunday for Deep Purple. Remember my books signings will be just outside the Hard Rock Cafe inside the casino AFTER the concerts. Around 10:15 for Slash and 9:15 for Purple. Hope to see you. Books and merch for sale too.

All new podcast posts tomorrow with my TMS partners Don & Jim sitting in with me. We give you our top 5 albums of 2014 so far. Since no new TMS until early next year thought this would be a fun hold over to hear from all 3 of us with a Top 5 list. Download and listen via Itunes or www.podcastone.com

Here is a link to the speaking engagement I did in Bogota two weeks ago. I do speak English during it and it is translated. This is the video stream that happened that night. I am talking a bit slower at times because I was asked to by the translator. Hope you like it, had a blast and the response was amazing. Thanks! http://www.rockaxis.tv/senal-en-vivo/especial-rock-al-parque-encuentro-de-dos-figuras/


I’ve often spoken about the over touring so many bands are doing these days. Playing so much their draw starts to decrease because people get tired of seeing them. It’s a by product of the fact that bands are not making money from selling music sadly. But we now have the over saturation of artists being in way too many bands. Again, same problem behind it. Artists are just casting their line out as many places as possible to see where they get a bite. All looking for something that has some traction and can be a viable source of financial and creative success. But I see it as really becoming a bit of an issue because it is flooding the market with product that has almost no chance to break through. I have been sent music featuring an artist from one label and had another label send me another release the same week featuring the same artist. How much can you do? How many interviews can you have with one person in one week? How can fans invest anything into some of these projects when you know it might already be over before it’s released or they may never do a live show? Very confusing. You have labels that will release almost anything from some bands but not ever really work it past a week. Hired gun promoters are everywhere pushing things one week to the next until the retainer they are paid runs out and  then have moved on. Again I understand why it’s all happening but I also believe a less is more plan could work just as well. I miss the days an artist had one band and it was special to see them live or release and album every year or two. I know all things change and evolve but some of the multi tasking going on in today’s music world is hard to figure. It’s already hard when everyone is so over stimulated and with such short attention spans to sell music and get real traction, but when artists are hitting you with 3-4 projects or more a year you can’t blame the fan for being confused and not knowing where that person hangs their hat. Not blaming the musicians. The business has become the wild west and I don’t blame anyone for doing what they must to survive. But I have to think that it might be a better way if a band tried to just make a full commitment to one group and see what happens. Actually work and grow it and make all the focus on it. Tour, keep the priority in one spot. I have to laugh how a couple years ago my good friend Mike Portnoy was roasted for having several bands. Well guess what? Now almost everyone is doing it and it doesn’t seem so crazy.


Just back from a phenomenal run of W coast stand up shows with Don & Jim. Thanks to all who came out to Vamp’d in Vegas, The Whiskey in LA and Ramona Main Stage in the San Diego area. Couldn’t begin to tell all the stories here from a great weekend but I truly appreciate all the support. Doing these live gigs has been a blast and we will be announcing more soon. I also have several solo appearances coming up including this weekend at the Hard Rock on Hollywood FL with Slash this Friday and Deep Purple Sunday. Please note my meet & greets and books signing/sellings for these events will be AFTER the show inside the casino in the Hard Rock Cafe. Should be around 15-30 minutes after the shows wrap. There is no opening act on either and Slash is on at 8, Purple at 7P. Hope to see you in S Florida, always a fun time!

Continued great response to my podcast. Thanks for that. New this Thursday will be a TMS special with Don & Jim hanging with me and we will do our top 5 albums of the year so far. Then a week from Thursday an exclusive with Michael Anthony! The Eddie Trunk Podcast is FREE and worldwide on Itunes or www.podcastone.com

Watched a great documentary on Ginger Baker on the plane called “Beware of Mr Baker”. If you like rock docs check it out.

Live SiriusXM show tonight 6-10P ET on channel 39 TRUNKNation. Don & Jim will hang for a bit and Steve Morse of Deep Purple checks in live. More soon.


What a jam packed fun SiriusXM show last night! Ace Frehley was in studio during the first hour. Ace just did a non stop week of press in support of his new CD Space Invader which came out today. He was in great spirits and as usual we had some laughs and shared some stories and had a blast. Despite everything Ace is incredibly positive about everything and is soon going to celebrate 8 years of being sober. Having known him almost 30 I am most proud of him for this. Looks like a big first week on the charts for Ace is coming which will be good to see. Live shows are up in the air at the moment but he did say he hopes to do a few before end of the year.

Slash called in from the road and talked Aerosmith, raising kids, his next album and more. Always good talking with him also. His album is out next month and I’ll be hosting a show with him at The Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FL 8/29. Also will be hosting Deep Purple there 8/31. Please note I will be selling and signing books at both shows but AFTER the concerts inside the casino at the Hard Rock Cafe. Neither show has an opening act. Slash on at 8 sharp, Purple at 7. So come have a beer and grab a book if you want after the shows inside the casino at the cafe at around 10:15P after Slash and 9P after Purple. Vol 1 & 2 will be available for purchase.

Finally had Mark from Accept and Doro in studio, and Wolf from Accept on the phone in the final hour. New Accept out today also and sounds great! A few US shows this year, more next year for them. All of these interviews available On Demand with the SiriusXM app. You must be a subscriber to listen.

My podcast continues to be Top 5 music on Itunes. Thank you! New this Thursday with Tom Keifer. Another podcast exclusive. Free and worldwide, subscribe with Itunes or visit www.podcastone.com to listen. Coming soon, Michael Anthony, Doro & Mark Tornillo, Ace Frehley and a special TMS podcast with Don & Jim.

All new Eddie Trunk Rocks syndicated show this weekend with excerpt of the Tom Keifer interview and more.

Headed to the W coast tomorrow. I’ll be doing live shows with Don & Jim at Vamp’d in Vegas Thursday (love Vegas and this club!), the legendary Whiskey in LA this Friday, and the Ramona Main Stage in the San Diego area Saturday. Hope to see many of our W coast friends this weekend at the gigs. I will have signed copies of both of my books for sale at all shows.

TMS returns to taping new shows Jan 2015.