8/14: ACE, VANDENBERG, GUNS, GLENN HUGHES PODCAST, BOGOTA, MORE

Attended a parry last night in NYC for the launch of Ace Frehley’s new album Space Invader. It was at the Gibson Showroom and attended by friends, label and media. The days of labels having release parties are rare due to the dwindling album sales these days so this was a fun thing to see happen. Ace was there for a couple hours and the album was played while the guests had some drinks and chatted. Ace seemed really happy and excited for the release of the album and was still buzzing from his appearance on The Tonight Show where he played with The Roots. He’s in NYC all week doing a bunch of press and will be live in studio with me this Monday on my SiriusXM show starting 6P ET on channel 39. Photos from the party on my FB. Also in studio this Monday will be Doro and Slash calls in. So a busy Trunk Nation coming up.

If you missed the SiriusXM show last Monday Tracii Guns and Adrian Vandenberg were the guests. As usual you can hear the interviews On Demand with the SiriusXM app.

Just posted this weeks podcast with Glenn Hughes. Glenn told me this was one of the best interviews he ever did so hope you enjoy it. Andrew Watt from his new band California Breed also joins in. Get it now free and worldwide with Itunes or at www.podcastone.com Thanks for making The Eddie Trunk Podcast such an immediate hit. Been top 10 Itunes music since we launched!

Want to send my best wishes to my good friend Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. The band had to cancel some shows due to Joey having some heart issues. I texted him last night and he did respond telling me he will be fine. Let’s hope that’s the case! All the best Joey and get back to kicking ass with Aerosmith soon!

Headed to Bogota Colombia for the first time ever. I’ll be speaking at a music conference there tomorrow. It’s a quick trip but look forward to visiting. Have a nice weekend all.

8/12: REVIEW OF ACE FREHLEY’S “SPACE INVADER” ALBUM.

Been asked by many for my review of the new Ace Frehley album. I have been living with it for a while now and premiered the title track last night on my radio show. I have been hesitant to post a review because many will feel it will be bias because of my long time friendship with him. However anyone who TRULY follows me and what I do knows I give my honest view regardless of personal relationships on all things. So with that in mind here’s my take; this is a very solid hard rock album. Is it a masterpiece? No. Is it as good as the ’78 record? No, but in some ways pretty damn close. But it is not 1978 and Ace is not 30, and we haven’t had 35 years to live with this to see how it holds up. But it is an album better than many will expect and certainly delivers in many areas. It is pretty simple really. If you are an Ace fan, love his persona, attitude and playing, you will love the album. The album has a space theme running throughout. Maybe a statement of ownership from the original (and in my opinion only) spaceman? Production is solid. It sounds live, guitars loud, and it really jumps out at you (maybe at times a bit too much). Maybe the most amazing thing about the album is Ace’s voice. Obviously he was never Freddie Mercury, but in a Keith Richards sort of way he has an attitude and conviction in his voice that people love and more than makes up for any lack of range. People love when he sings and it clearly worked during the Kiss years with Shock Me, NY Groove and many others. Ace’s voice is strong and out front throughout. Really impressed how well he’s belting it out. And his playing is maybe better than it’s been in a very long time. My only complaint being that some songs fade on solos that I wish would stay up another 30 seconds or so. Always hated when my favorite albums and players have songs that fade while there is tasty guitar stuff happening. But everything has to end at some point I guess. As for the songs the best of them are the title track, the lead single “Gimme A Feelin” (best shot at real airplay as a single to me), “I Wanna Hold You” (another possible single), “Immortal Pleasures” (different vibe, great vocal and Ace singing about the good times.), “What Every Girl Wants” (another possible single), and “Past The Milky Way” (a classic space vibe that reminds me of something from the ’78 album, great solos, fades too soon though. Would love it to just keep going!). The space theme continues with the album closer, an instrumental titled “Starship” that does give a nod to Fractured Mirror and clocks in at around 8 minutes. Again some of Ace’s best soloing and guitar sounds in a very long time. The guy that influenced so many closing out with a sonic blend of guitars on top of guitars! The final thing heard is Ace asking if “anyone has seen George Jetson”, followed by his classic cackle! Again, classic Ace! The Steve Miller cover of  “The Joker” is fine but I would have liked to see him make it more his own. The tracks I didn’t mention are far from throw aways, but material wise I like the above tracks best. It really is a fine album that is best served listened to as a complete experience. And here is what’s really great about it. It truly has the classic Kiss vibe running through it naturally. While that band continues to try and make records that sound like classic Kiss by making two fine musicians in Tommy and Eric play like the people they have to portray, Ace IS classic Kiss. It’s the genuine artifact! The album drips with the spirit of classic Kiss and classic Ace from top to bottom naturally. It is all Ace knows. And if you are a fan that’s a damn good thing! Regardless of the attempts at times from the current Kiss to diminish his contributions, when you listen to Space Invader it becomes incredibly obvious just how much Ace meant to Kiss in his sound, playing and attitude. And this album proves he still has it in spades, or Ace’s… As Gene Simmons said himself during his R&R Hall Of Fame speech, Ace has often been imitated but never duplicated. Now there’s something I can truly say I agree with from Gene! Again, if you are/were a Kiss/Ace fan, nothing not to love here. Clearly Ace’s years of sobriety have reinvigorated him to create an album far better than anyone might have expected at this point in his career. And Space Invader is sonic proof just how vital he truly was (as was Peter) to the sound and concept of Kiss. Welcome back to the one and only Space Ace!

PS: There is a deluxe version of the album with two bonus tracks. But those tracks are only radio edits of two songs on the album. So unless you are super hardcore or want the digipak and poster the regular version has essentially the same material.

8/12: WHAT’S UP WITH THAT METAL SHOW?

Seems several times each day I get a tweet, email or question asking about new episodes of That Metal Show. I am grateful to all of you for asking and caring about the future of the show. The simple truth is that the network (VH1 Classic) who owns the show and makes all the decisions has decided at this time not to do more episodes until this January, to air starting in Feb 2015. You all must understand this is as frustrating for me as it is for you! TMS is on VH1 CLASSIC, not VH1, in the US. They produce the show and their operating budgets and investment in that channel are very limited (as you all know it is still not available in HD in 2014!). The good news is the show is continuing and they repeat the show constantly, which creates new viewers daily just discovering it. The bad news is there are TONS of releases, events and interview opportunities we are missing without the show being produced. I am always looking for new and additional ways to deliver this content, which is one of the reasons I recently launched a podcast. This, in addition to my two weekly radio shows and this site are the best outlets I have to focus on until we start up again. I would LOVE to be doing a TV show daily or weekly, but it just is not within the ability of the network to produce that at the moment. We may do a special between now and the end of the year but that decision is also VH1’s. They decide when, where, and if we do the show and have final approval on guests as well. It has always been that way. Even though TMS was very much my baby, they own and control it. When I know more I will of course let you know. We will be back, but they have decided to take a hiatus before starting again. I am always looking for and exploring new additional opportunities to do what I do and will keep you posted as things develop. In the meantime please check out the radio shows and podcast. Hopefully I will have some new outlets to announce soon as well. Thanks for all the amazing support for TMS. It will be back! And I’m told maybe with some new things you have all been asking for, but it will be a while longer before we relaunch. I always like to be as open and honest about what’s going on so that’s the deal. Obviously not my vision for momentum for the show but January will be here before you know it. Thanks to all of you and if you have DVR set it to record all episodes. In about 4 weeks I now have 75 on mine! Great chance to see shows you may have missed the first airing. Thanks for caring and supporting this show that means so much to so many around the world. Can’t wait to get it going again in January! Of course things can change and if we do a special or anything sooner I will of course let you all know. But that is the plan now.

8/11: BACK FROM MONTANA, VANDENBERG, D2, GUNS AND MORE TONIGHT

Back from my first ever trip to Montana. Thanks to all the amazing bands and fans that were so cool to me and made my 50th birthday memorable. When you have Lita Ford sing you happy birthday and give you a cake it’s a pretty cool way to hit the big 5-0 (there are pictures and video)! Montana is a pretty amazing place and the folks at Rockin The Rivers were very cool to work with. I appreciate them having me and hope to be back soon. I’ll talk more about this on the radio tonight.

Speaking of tonight jam packed live show 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation. Adrian Vandenberg calls in live 6:15, Tracii Guns at 8 and Steve and Bruno from Danger Danger in studio 9:15P ET. Join  me for music and talk that rocks!

All new podcast this Thursday with Glenn Hughes as the guest.

Yes to my friends on Colombia I will be in Bogota for an appearance this Friday. It is a very short trip for just one day but hope to see you. Details on the home page.

I will be selling and signing both books before Slash 8/29 and Deep Purple 8/31 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FL. Details soon.

All confirmed appearances on the home page.

8/8: THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!

Greetings from 3 Forks Montana everyone. Just a quick note to say thank you all for the 50th birthday wishes. It has been overwhelming. Sucks being away from home and the family at the moment but I am lucky to be doing what I love. Hosting a rock festival here tonight anf tomorrow so among friends for sure! Kind of hard to believe I am 50 today. I sure don’t feel it so maybe rock does keep you young! The amount of emails, tweets, posts today has been overwhleming and I truly appreciate every single one. Having been a fan of it and working in it since my teens rock music has literally been my life, and to have all the amazing support from all of you is something I am etrenally grateful for. So thank you ALL for reaching out and supporting what I do. It really does mean a lot to me and I am grateful.

Dr. BRIAN MAY PODCAST UP NOW FREE & WORLDWIDE!

Honored to have Brian May of Queen as my guest on this weeks podcast. This all new exclusive interview was recorded a couple weeks ago prior to the bands NJ gig. Thanks to Brian for the time and to his assistant Sharon as well as Paul Crook in getting this great score for the podcast! Listen now free worldwide via Itunes or www.podcastone.com Also this week I answer fan email and much more. Subscribe so you never miss an episode and enjoy Dr May! My only regret is we didn’t have more time. But he had this show to do in front of 15,000 so I get it, haha!

8/6: THANK YOU, MONTANA, BRIAN MAY, MORE

An early thank you to all those who have sent me happy birthday tweets, emails and posts. I turn 50 on Friday 8/8 which is totally MINDBLOWING to me! Where the hell did the time go? But I truly believe rock keeps you young because I sure as hell don’t feel that old. I am fortunate to have made a life and career out of my love of this music and I am incredibly grateful to all of you for the amazing support you have given me to make it all happen. When I started right out of high school working at a record store and being a gopher at my local NJ radio station (WDHA) with the dream of being on air playing the music I love I could have never imagined to be where I am at 50. Two national radio shows, two books, a TV show, and now a top podcast? Crazy! So THANK YOU for not only the birthday wishes but for supporting me on all this stuff. SO much more I still want to do! Love to do more on radio and actively looking for new opportunities on the TV side, especially during the long down time between TMS seasons (we won’t do new shows until January as per VH1). I’ve worked for it, but I’ve also been blessed to have a following of people that have supported me along the way. No farewell tours for me! Hoping even bigger and better things are ahead. So thank you again for the support and the birthday wishes. Could not have done it without you!

I leave for Montana tomorrow. I am on the road non stop this Summer. Never been to Montana so look forward to it. I’ll be at Rockin The Rivers this Fri (where I will celebrate the big 5-0) and Saturday. Then my first trip to Bogota the following weekend.

All new podcast goes up tonight just after midnight. Honored to have Brian May from Queen this week in an all new exclusive interview! Plus I answer your emails. Subscribe with Itunes and listen on www.podcastone.com The Eddie Trunk Podcast is FREE and available WORLDWIDE!

Eddie Trunk Rocks FM syndicated show is all new this weekend and features some of my King Diamond interview. That full interview up now in the podcast.

8/4: BACK FROM BOSTON, AN UPDATE.

Just back from a great weekend in Boston. Started out Friday hosting the Winery Dogs show at The Wilbur. Was great to see the guys one last time since now their tour is complete. The plan is for them to start writing album number 2 toward the end of the year and begin again in 2015. They already did one new song live called “Oblivion”. Between then Kotzen will release and tour for a solo anthology and album, Portnoy will do some Flying Colors dates, and Billy will do an album and brief tour with Mr Big.  Also spent some time Friday at my Boston affiliate WAAF where my show is heard Friday nights at 11P. Great to be back on that station!

Saturday I performed at The Wilbur with Don and Jim and had a blast. Thanks to all who came out and special thanks to Gary Cherone of Extreme who joined us on stage for a few. Great time!

Next up for me; Montana! I’ll be headed there for the first time this Thursday to host a festival called Rockin The Rivers (and celebrate my 50th birthday on Friday!).

ALL NEW podcast with Brian May goes up this Thursday! Ran some teaser audio in my FM show this past weekend. Thanks to all for the kind words about the podcast! Subscribe now for free on Itunes or listen on www.podcastone.com

Live tonight 6-10P ET on SiriusXM channel 39 TRUNKNation.

7/31: BOSTON THIS WEEKEND AT THE WILBUR!

Here’s my schedule for Boston this weekend:
FRIDAY: I’ll be live on WAAF at around 6P on the air with Mistress Carrie. Then to the Wilbur Theater to host The Winery Dogs who go on at 8P. Hope to maybe be able to sell my book post show at this gig.

SATURDAY: Me, Don & Jim live on stage at The Wilbur for our live stand up show. Books for sale here also. Meet & Greet if you purchased the VIP package from the venue.

Also this weekend on my FM show hear exclusive interview segments from my new interview with Brian May! Full interview in my podcast next week! King Diamond latest to be posted and up now.

Live on SiriusXM this Monday 6-10PM ET. Follow on Twitter for updates and changes as they happen @EddieTrunk

Have a good one!

7/30: HELLO BOGOTA, KING DIAMOND PODCAST UP, BRIAN MAY, IN BOSTON THIS WEEKEND

Excited to announce I will have just added to my schedule a trip to Bogota Colombia to be a special guest 8/15 at Rock al Parque. Really appreciate all the support from Colombian rock fans over the years and I look forward to my first visit. I will only be there 8/15 and can not stay for the music festival that weekend due to another commitment, but look forward to seeing you all!

My ALL NEW EXCLUSIVE podcast with King Diamond has just posted a day early. Check it out free and worldwide via Itunes or www.podcastone.com . Even if you are not a huge KD fan I think you will find the conversation interesting for sure. Be sure to subscribe to The Eddie Trunk Podcast on Itunes so you don’t miss an episode. It is always FREE! Thanks for making this latest venture such a huge success already!

This weeks FM radio show features excerpts of an all new interview with Brian May of Queen. Then hear the c0mplete interview via my podcast next week. List of affiliate stations under Live & On The Air.

Headed to Boston on Friday. Listen for me live on my Boston affiliate WAAF with Mistress Carrie at 6P. Then I will host The Winery Dogs show at The Wilbur Theater. Then me, Don & Jim perform our live stand up show Saturday at The Wilbur. Hope to see you this weekend Boston, come on out!