6/23: ROCKESHA DEBACLE AND GREAT GIG IN ELGIN IL

Just back from an interesting weekend in Waukesha WI and Elgin IL hosting two events that could not have been more different. The event Saturday called Rockesha was a debacle which has now been well documented. I have been doing this more than 30 years and what happened there was a first for me. It is not totally unheard of however so perhaps I have just been lucky. I must once again be 100% clear that I have absolutely nothing to do with any of the events I host. Like a band I am hired by promoters often through agents as a host to be there, make announcements, do meet & greets, etc. Contrary to what some assume I have nothing to do with who plays or how they are run. I had never worked with this promoter in the past and like the bands was hired through an agent to appear there. The bill consisted of Eric Martin, Firehouse, Lita Ford, Quiet Riot and Warrant and started around 4P. The weather was not great but not horrible. Light rain and drizzle mainly. First sign of trouble was when I arrived and just before I was to intro Eric some crew guys asked if I had been paid. Like the bands my deposit was paid. I usually don’t stress about when I get paid my balance as I have never had an issue in the past. Most bands however do not take the stage until their balance is paid and that is standard. Still despite the warnings I went on stage and introed Eric and said hello and Eric played his set. I briefly met the promoter when I first got there named Rob Lyons. He was stressing to say the least about the very light turn out and need for a walk up. Still I never thought what would happen would go down. Any promoter knows they assume complete risk when booking a show. The artists are paid the same guarantee regardless of how many show up. It’s simple math; cost of the show vs what is made in ticket sales. A promoter has a number he needs to sell to break even with the objective to sell more than that and make money. But in the event a show tanks all promoters know they must have the funds to cover the loss. A promoter often doesn’t know how his year will be until he sees how many winners and losers (and break evens) he had. I’ve never had a promoter not have the money on hand and need loans and walk up sales to try and pay balances to artists. And that is exactly what happened Saturday. After Eric finished Firehouse was next up, and they were not going on until their balance was payed. Again, this is standard in the business because never forget, it is called the music BUSINESS. When Rob had no funds and couldn’t come up with them the band left. Then Lita was up. She drove to the venue but same deal. No pay no play, and left. At this point maybe 2 hours went by with nothing happening on the stage and the promoter visibly upset and conflicted on what to do. He could not pay anyone, there was no real walk up ticket sales, and he had no ability to come up with anyone’s money. He sent a rep up on stage and told the crowd the show was cancelled. Quiet Riot and Warrant (outside of Robert Mason who sang with Eric one song) never made it to the gig at all from the hotel since word was out it wasn’t going to happen. For the most part the fans that were there, while upset, didn’t act out too much. A credit to them indeed since they had no idea (and still don’t) if they will get refunded and some traveled great distances. Everyone got screwed here and lost. I took on expense of a plane ticket, rental car and left a family vacation in NJ at the beach to be there.  Everyone took on expense and lost money. Just read a FB post from Rob who gave his story and took all the responsibility, as he stated himself, it begins and ends with the promoter here. I have emailed him and have not yet had a response and truly hope he does the right thing for all impacted. If you follow on Twitter you know I posted what went down as it happened. No need for BS reasons as to why this didn’t happen.  I will keep you all posted if/when I learn more.

Last night could not have been more different. The bill was Bret Michaels, Dee Snider and Tom Keifer. Nice setting in Elgin IL, pro set up backstage and on stage, great promoter and staff. Don’t mean to give so much less ink to this but it went the way a concert should go so no drama to report. Thanks to Ron Onesti and his staff for having me. Was good to see Dee and his solo band for the first time who even did some Widowmaker and covers as well. Tom sounded great and Bret closed with a fun set and had Dee and Tom join him for R&R All Night as a closer. Bret is the hardest working guy out there now and does some great things behind the scenes. He and his band were headed to Nebraska to help with tornado relief. Thanks to all the fans I met at both events this weekend. Sorry Rockesha was a disaster. Let’s hope he makes things right for everyone in the near future.

6/19: GUITAR GODS, WAUKESHA, ELGIN IL, ET PODCAST, MORE.

Caught Yngwie Malmsteen this past Tuesday in NJ as the Guitar Gods tour rolled into Bergen PAC. Yngwie still brings it big time both as a player and performer. Band was great as well. Did an hour and forty minute set with all the “hits” as well as some cool jams. He also did a couple bluesy tunes which I really really liked. Yngwie is one of the all time shred kings no doubt, but I really love when he slows down a bit and gets a little more melodic. Just stunning after 30 years to still see this guy do what he does so well. I unfortunately missed Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot but did see them join the end jam on Deep Purple “Burn”. If you are into guitar playing amazing players no doubt! I posted photos on my twitter and Instagram.

Headed to WI and IL this weekend. Hosting Rockesha in Waukesha WI this Saturday and also a show in Elgin IL this Sunday. Details and links on my site. I am not sure what my availability will be yet for meet and greets at each event so please follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk if going and I will send updates as I get them in the day. I will be traveling with both of my books as well if you’d like to purchase one. See you this weekend if attending these shows.

My first ever podcast launches next month! “The Eddie Trunk Podcast” will be available via Podcast One and free on all the usual platforms worldwide. First one to post 7/10 and details on each weeks TBA. Excited to add this component to my outlets and look forward to doing some different stuff from time to time with the podcast as well. More details soon.

Both of my books still available directly from me and signed and personalized. Just hit the Books tab or banner on this site for order info.

Have a nice weekend all. I’m going back to unpacking boxes from my move. Ever tell you how much moving sucks….?

6/16: TESLA LIVE IN STUDIO TODAY ON TRUNKNATION

Hope all the fellow Dads out there had a nice Father’s Day weekend. Off to NYC for a live radio show tonight 6-10P ET on SiriusXM channel 39 TRUNKNation (Hair Nation). Jeff, Frank and Brian from Tesla will join me live in studio. They should be in during the first hour. Plus your calls, requests and many giveaways. Join me for live music and talk that rocks!

6/14: QUICK UPDATE, TESLA, GUITAR GODS, HAPPY FATHERS DAY.

If anyone has ever moved you know how insane it can be. Well that was the last week of my life! Now that I have relocated (still in NJ) the unpacking begins which will likely take years at the rate I’m going. Anyway been slammed with that and other stuff but just a quick check in and update before I get back to opening boxes. Thanks to all who listened to the Q104.3 show last night. Was a good diversion from my moving week and got in lots of great new music from Rival Sons, Tesla, Ace Frehley, Slash, Crobot, and tons more. I’ll update my playlists when I get a chance.I will be live on SiriusXM 39 this Monday 6-10P ET. Tesla will be live in the studio with me. Call in and talk with the guys live. They should be by in the first hour.

If in the NY/NJ area many cool shows next few days. Tesla at Irving Wed, Guitar Gods at Starland tonight and Bergen PAC Tues, Black Star Riders at BBs Tuesday. By the way, Uli is off Guitar Gods and was not replaced. So now a 3 band bill. Not sure what I can make based on what I am dealing with at home. I will be in Waukesha WI and Elgin IL next weekend. All details on my appearances on the home page.

Happy Fathers Day to all the fellow Dads out there. Much more soon.

6/9: LIVE RADIO SHOW TONIGHT, PODCAST COMING, MORE.

Thanks to all who came out to our live shows this past weekend in Providence RI and Chicopee MA. Had a blast at both gigs and appreciate all the support. Next up for me is hosting a show June 21 in Waukesha WI and June 22 in Elgin IL. Please note Vince Neil is off the Elgin show replaced by Bret Michaels. Links and more news on the home page. Books and merch available at both events.

Excited to announce I will be launching a Podcast soon. Many people have asked me about doing this over the years. Pleased to announce  I have signed up with Podcast One, the leading company in the field, to launch mine. I plan on doing a mix of commentary, interviews, and also answering your email questions and more. Of course I still plan on doing my syndicated and satellite radio shows as usual, but it’s cool to add this new emerging platform as well. It will be free and also available worldwide. Many more details and a launch date TBA soon, likely July. Now just need to decide what to call it? Trunk-cast?? Send your suggestions to me through the site via email.

Live show tonight 6-10P ET on SiriusXM channel 39 TRUNKNation. Join me for live music and talk that rocks! Have the new Tesla to play and win on CD.

6/5: PROVIDENCE RI AND CHICOPEE MA APPEARANCES THIS WEEKEND.

Headed to Providence RI and Chicopee MA this weekend for live club shows with Don & Jim. These have been a lot of fun to do when our schedule permits and we appreciate everyone coming out for a night of rock comedy, stories, Q&A and sometimes special guests and music (depends on venue). Tomorrow night we are at Lupos in Providence, doors at 8, show around 9. If you purchased the VIP that meet & greet is at 7P. Likely the same deal for Saturday at Comedy Connection in Chicopee but if hitting that one check with the venue Saturday. I will also tweet times when I have them for Saturday. Merch and both of my books also available at both events. Details on these shows on the home page. Hope to see you if in the area.

All new Q104,3 show tomorrow night 11P-2A ET. Catch the free stream at www.q1043.com or use the free iHeartradio app.

Have a good weekend all!

6/4: PROVIDENCE AND CHICOPEE THIS WEEKEND, TMS, MORE

About to embark on an even crazier than normal point in my schedule as I am preparing to move in a week or so. Only going a few miles for a better neighborhood for my kids, but any move still SUCKS as you know if you’ve done it! I love my CDs and it’s still by far my favorite format, but having to move them right now has dropped the love affair down just a peg for the time being. I’ll do my best to provide updates here as I can but the month of June is going to be nuts to say the least. Please keep an eye on my appearance calendar on home page of this site and my Twitter and FB for more info as well.

If in Providence RI or Chicopee MA area I will be there this weekend with Don & Jim for live dates. Details on the home page. Again, none of the shows listed or appearances I do are TMS tapings. Books and merch available at all. Hope to see you all soon as the road schedule is always being added to as well.

An FYI about the concerts listed on this site for my NYC/NJ radio audience. They are all mostly NY/NJ area events because they are shows I am connected with locally through my radio show on my flagship station Q104.3. They are shows that advertise with me locally and I give tickets away for on the air locally as you know if you listen on Q. Soon those giveaways will be shifting to registering online through this site to win instead of calling the show. More details soon on this.

Lot of reaction to the Kiss HOF induction now that everyone has seen the broadcast. If you watched the video I shot from it that night you can see some of the Kiss speeches were edited, but not majorly. The sad part beyond the fact that they didn’t play is that the HOF will probably be the final time we ever see the original four on a stage together..

I’m told TMS will start taping again in the Fall. I’ll have more info on dates, location, number of shows, guests, etc, when we get closer and VH1C tells me. They make all the calls so all up to them. But we will not do new shows likely before October. I wish we did it EVERY week, but not up to me. More soon.

Thanks to all who have purchased my shirts and merch on this site and continue to buy my books as well. I truly appreciate your support!

5/31: GLENN HUGHES & CAL BREED, R&R HOF, MORE

Thanks to Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt of California Breed for hanging out in studio with me last night for my Q104.3 NYC radio show. Hear this show on all affiliate stations listed on this site next weekend usual time and day. Glenn is truly remarkable. The guy partied harder than anyone in the 70′s and 80′s and came through it looking and sounding better in 2014 than people half his age. Interesting revelations in last nights interview including his recent open heart surgery, the fact that he recorded and was close to announcing a band with the DiLeo brothers of STP, and how he started California Breed and found his new young guitarist. Was also cool to hear that things are fine now with Joe Bonamossa after the demise of BCC. Love the Cal Breed album and look forward to hosting their second ever show tonight in NYC at The Gramercy. The history of Glenn Hughes is truly amazing and this new band is already one of my favorite chapters yet.

I’ll also be swinging by Brian Tichy’s Bonzo Bash at Bergen PAC early tonight before hitting Cal Breed. Brian is also doing a Randy Rhoads tribute Tuesday at The Stone Pony and Wed at Bergen PAC in NJ. Congrats to all the ticket winners on my radio shows.

R&R HOF ceremony finally premieres tonight on HBO more than 6 weeks after it happened. As many of you know I was lucky enough to be there at the table with Ace and as a guest of him and Peter that night. I sent out many photos, posted video, and we discussed it at great length before, during and since it happened. Tonight you will see what HBO has decided to air from the night. But as I said all along, the Kiss part of the evening was very very minimal compared to all the others inducted. They were the only band to have no musical performance of any kind (although Ace was going to jam at the end but it was cut because it went so late, I think Springsteen band is STILL talking..). Will also be interesting to see what they include of Paul’s speech. My video uncut from the night shows what was said completely. Paul took some well deserved shots at the HOF. Be interesting to see what they leave in. It’s nice Kiss is finally in after 15 years. In many circles the fighting between them, the HOF, etc still goes on. But at least they are in and you will see some version of the induction tonight. You will also see that Tom Morello did a great job inducting them, at least in my opinion.

Mostly positive comments here on the new Ace song. I played it last night and will again on the SiriusXM show Monday. I think it sounds like classic Ace and is exactly what you’d expect from Ace’s style and vibe. I really like his voice. Of course he was never Paul Rodgers or Robert Plant, Dio, etc, but he has that same youthful sound in his voice from the ’78 record again which is cool. The album is out July 8th.

Have a good weekend all!

5/29: GOLDEN GODS AWARDS REPLAY SCHEDULE ON VH1C & IN HD ON PALLADIA

Missed the Golden Gods Awards and want to check it out? Was just sent the replay schedule by VH1 Classic. Please note the show is also airing on Palladia in HD if you have that channel. Was fun to co-host this show with Don & Jim but please understand it was not my event, I did not produce it, and had nothing to do with the decisions made in it, thanks! All times EST:

PALLADIA (in HD!):
05/31/2014 09:00:00 P Saturday
05/31/2014 12:00:00 A Saturday
06/03/2014 10:00:00 P Tuesday
06/05/2014 04:30:00 P Thursday
06/08/2014 04:30:00 A Sunday
06/20/2014 12:00:00 A Friday

VH1 CLASSIC:
05/30/2014 06:30:00 P Friday
06/01/2014 01:30:00 A Sunday
06/04/2014 08:00:00 P Wednesday
06/04/2014 01:30:00 A Wednesday
06/09/2014 03:00:00 P Monday
06/09/2014 01:30:00 A Monday
06/13/2014 09:00:00 P Friday
06/21/2014 09:30:00 P Saturday

5/28: BACK FROM ROCKLAHOMA, GLENN HUGHES IN STUDIO, MORE.

Hope everyone is having a good week. Busy playing catch up from being away. I can tell you Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt from California Breed will be live in studio with me this Friday on Q104.3 show. Listen live starting 11P ET via www.q1043.com or use the free iHeartradio app. Really loving this bands new album and also look forward to seeing them at The Gramercy in NYC this Saturday night.

Before Cal Breed show I also will be hitting the Bonzo Bash for a bit at Bergen PAC in NJ. Tickets for both of these shows will be given away on Q104 show Friday night for my NYC based audience.

Rocklahoma was a blast. Had a chance to see Kyng live for the first time. Really really good! Exciting to see some great new music from new bands out there and these guys are among the ones leading the charge for me. Thanks to all the great fans and many cool bands I saw and hung with over the weekend.

Next live gigs with Don and Jim are June 6th on Providence and June 7th in Chicopee MA. Info on the home page of the site on all confirmed appearances. More soon.