11/13: NEW PODCAST W/ SNAKE SABO, ACE TONIGHT, NEW STICKERS, HALFORD, BOOKS.

My podcast this week is all new and features an interview with co-founding member of Skid Row Snake Sabo. I go way back with Snake and the Skids since their days as a band on the Jersey club circuit. Good friends for many many years. These days in addition to playing with the band Snake also is an artists manager handling Down, Vintage Trouble and more. Hope you enjoy the conversation about the early days of the Skids and more. As always my podcasts are 100% free and available worldwide. Just search The Eddie Trunk Podcast on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com You can now also stream the latest podcasts by hitting the podcast banner on this sites home page.

Great to have Goody’s Headache Relief shot back as a sponsor. They have made more Eddie Trunk Rocks bumper stickers. I’ll have them at all my appearances as well as samples of their product going forward. I’ll also send them to any US address. Just send me a self addressed stamped envelope and I’ll drop a couple in the mail:

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Ace Frehley kicks off his tour tonight in NJ at the State Theater in New Brunswick. Looking forward to seeing Ace and his new band which features the return of Richie Scarlett, Scot Coogan and new member Chris Wise. All four guys sing lead so it should open up some great song possibilities. Also look forward to hearing some stuff from the new album. I’ll also see Ace again locally at BB Kings in NYC Thanksgiving week. Gave away a ton of tickets for tonight and you can still win for the NYC dates. Just visit “ET’s Box Office” on this site to enter.

Rob Halford checks in from the road on my FM radio show this weekend debuting tomorrow night at 11P on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston.

Order now if you’d like to give signed personalized copies of either of my books for gifts. Please hit the “Book” tab under media for order info and be sure to specify VOL 1 or 2 or both with your order! Non signed copies available anywhere you buy books.

TMS returns 2/21/15

11/11: KISS “LOVE GUN” DELUXE EDITION REVIEW

Just got a copy of the recently released special edition of Kiss Love Gun. So many of the many reissues that I get are pretty pointless. Many times the remastering is not even done well and the artist is not even involved. Not the case with this one. This truly is a great reissue and worth the purchase. Everyone knows by now I am still a huge fan of CDs and they are very much by far still my favorite format. When CDs are produced like this it’s another reason why I love them so much. This deluxe edition of Love Gun has great packaging, photos, liner notes by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, a great booklet and even a magnetic love gun (the original album had a cardboard one which broke after a few snaps!). The remastered original album sounds crisp and punchy without the over compression and volume that plagues some of these remasters these days. The bonus disc has some cool gems including a demo for a Simmons song call “I Know Who You Are” which hardcore fans will recognize as the song it became on his solo album the next year “Living In Sin”. There is also a real interesting recording of a young Paul Stanley explaining how a song goes that he just wrote called “Love Gun” which is a learning demo. I also found the 1977 Montreal radio interview with Simmons interesting when he talks about the band not taking any major turns in their music or being so pompous to make a concept record. Fascinating when you consider the next album had a disco song and The Elder would come shortly after! Love Gun was the bands sixth studio album and for the most part the final ever studio record from the original band (Anton Fig would play on Dynasty and Unmasked despite Peter being pictured). It holds a special place for many because it was when Kiss was on top of the world, firing on all cylinders, featured the vocal debut of Ace Frehley, and featured a tour and stage show unlike anything anyone had seen. It was Kiss at their peak. I saw Kiss for the first time in December of 1977 and it was a game changer for me and so many. This special edition really took me back to ’77 again, being that kid in my bedroom with Kiss posters all over the wall and dropping the needle on the start of “I Stole Your Love”. It encompasses all that was so great about being a kid and being lost in the music and mystique of Kiss while staring at the album jacket. Tommy Thayer worked on this reissue and regardless of how you feel about his current role in Kiss he was a fan first and foremost and he certainly has always done a great job when it comes to capturing the history the right way. I hope the rest of the bands catalog eventually gets this treatment on CD.

11/11: THANK YOU VETERANS, WALL STREET ROCKS CHARITY EVENT LAST NIGHT

Happy Veterans day and sincere thanks to all our veterans and all branches of our military for your service. True heroes! I hosted a fund raiser last night in NYC put together by an organization called Wall Street Rocks. My second year doing it and it was very well done and successful. They have raised over $350,000 so far for our nations heroes, and that doesn’t count last night. The event was at The Highline Ballroom in NYC (one of my favorite NYC venues) and featured many musical guests who turned in great performances. This was not a metal event but was a rock event and it was sold out with fans loving the music and the positive cause. I’ll post some photos on Facebook today. Great seeing Warren Haynes who played brilliantly. Something you may not know, I know Warren because he actually released a solo album in the early 90’s on Megaforce! Happy for all his success. Great guy and player. Also spent some time with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Obviously a legend and the first time I spent some real time with him. He said ZZ were considered very heavy when they first started and would love to come on TMS. Hopefully we can make that happen. Cool meeting John Popper, Will Lee and catching up with my old friend Anton Fig who was the drummer for the night. Honored to have been a part of this and thanks to Wall Street Rocks for having me. Most of all thank you to our veterans on this day! For more info on Wall Street Rocks visit www.wallstreetrocks.org

11/10: WHITESNAKE, JAKE E. LEE, Y&T NYE, SNAKE PODCAST, ACE, MORE

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Not so great for me as a Giants fan but I knew in Seattle was a tall order.

Tonight’s SiriusXM show is pre recorded as I am hosting a benefit show tonight in NYC at Highline Ballroom for the military.

Great new Whitesnake DVD has been released of the band live in 1984. This show has been widely bootlegged but cool to have it in it’s best quality. What makes this so cool is it features a great lineup of the band with Neil Murray, the late Cozy Powell and John Sykes. Live footage with Sykes is so rare from Whitesnake since John was gone after the ’87 album was recorded. Still cool to see “Crying In the Rain” on here since it was originally on an earlier Whitesnake album. The audio mix isn’t always great with the guitar a bit low in the mix in the beginning but it is still cool to see this incredible lineup rocking 30 years ago. It’s available now as a two disc set. So many ask me what John is doing now. He completed a new album but I am not sure what his plans to release it are yet. Will keep you posted when I do. He is one of my favorite players and would be great to have new music from him. But check out this gem from the past in the meantime.

I’ll be at the Ace Frehley show this Thursday in NJ as he kicks off his Space Invader tour at The State Theater. Congrats to the many ticket winners that won by entering on this site through “ET’s Box Office” tab.

I’ll be hosting Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel 12/5 at Mexicali in Teaneck NJ. Be sure to enter to win for that one on the site also.

Just announced I’ll be spending NYE this year in San Jose at Rock Bar hosting Y&T. Should be a blast!

All new Eddie Trunk Podcast this Thursday with Snake Sabo of Skid Row. Thanks to all for the kind words on the Adrian Vandenberg podcast. All are avaialble free and worldwide at Itunes and www.podcastone.com You can also hear them on this site. Just hit the banner on the home page!

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11/7: WEEKEND REPORT, AC/DC, PODCAST, Y&T NYE, COCHRAN BENEFIT, RADIO, MORE

So it appears charges have now been dropped against Phil Rudd as stories broke last night. As I stated in my last post that’s why I always let things play out some and find out what the full story is. However it doesn’t appear to be the end of things as there are allegations of drugs and still some legal stuff pending. I have no idea if AC/DC will stick by him through the rest of this. They may wait until they see how it plays out or decide he is too much of a potential liability with all of these allegations swirling around him and the prospects of a massive world tour early next year. I’m sure no doubt more layers to this story to come. Even the mainstream press has picked up on it. I saw CNN this morning discussing it. It’s always interesting to me when the non rock world gets a hold of a rock story. One commentator actually argued that AC/DC is a “hair band”. Utterly clueless! If they saw the guys they would realize Angus is actually closer to hair-less! Ha!

Thanks to all the great response to this weeks podcast with Adrian Vandenberg. This interview first aired on my radio show a month or so ago. Most weeks are all new exclusive interviews for the podcast, but not every week. I do two radio shows a week and sometimes you just can’t interview people 3 times for the same thing. The radio show is also not as available and not everyone that hears the podcasts listens to that. So there is always going to be some re purposing of material but it is rare. Next Thursday is Snake Sabo and that is new and exclusive to the podcast. I do my best juggling it all.

All new radio show debuts tonight 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston 11P-2A ET loaded with new and classic hard rock and metal. Q104 streams with iHeartradio app or www.q1043.com , AAF at www.waaf.com Full list of all stations under Live & On The Air.

Pat Travers has been added to the lineup for the Thanksgiving Eve benefit for Karl Cochran at Dingbatz in Clifton NJ. Going to be a fun night. Come out and support Karl!

Just announced I will be hosting Y&T on New Years Eve at Rock Bar in San Jose CA! This should be a blast, see you soon N CA!

Saw Starz last night in NJ. Great songs, great 70’s band that should have made it. They only do a few live shows but it’s always fun seeing them. Johnny Dee from Doro and Bruno from Danger Danger among those hanging out. Nikki Sixx told me he was a big Starz fan too. They go in that group with bands like Angel, The Godz, Piper and many others from the 70’s that just missed on the mainstream success.

Have a good weekend, more soon. New TMS Feb 2015…

11/6: THE PHIL RUDD SITUATION

Very disturbing news about the Phil Rudd situation. I’ve been reading the various media reports and it obviously sounds very serious and sad if true. As usual before making any judgements I’d prefer to wait to see how it all plays out and what the legal system determines. A few things are obvious however. It is hard to believe the band and their reps didn’t know something was coming down with Rudd and explains why he was not in the official press photo and apparently the video for the “Play Ball” clip. You would have to think that they easily would have photo shopped him in to the press shot if it was just a conflict which kept him from making the session. Tons of bands do that and a band as major as AC/DC would not have released an official press photo without a key member if they didn’t sense there could be possible issues. Just makes no sense. The band has released a statement saying they didn’t know about anything until the news just broke but thinking it’s just coincidence that Rudd was not being in the photo is far reaching. They have stated everything is moving forward as planned. With a massive tour planned for next year unless he is exonerated from these accusations you would have to think AC/DC needs a new drummer ASAP. Not only for the tour but with the album coming promo appearances too. Do they go back to Chris Slade or Simon Wright? Or get totally new blood. Sad to see one of the great iconic bands now down two key members but the simple truth is neither loss will cost them one less ticket sold. Every band has the key members that if they lost would hurt the draw. In AC/DC’s case it’s Brian and of course Angus. That’s what the mainstream knows and sees. We are hardcore fans. We know and care if Bill Ward, Michael Anthony, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, etc aren’t there, and many of us still go as well. But to the masses as long as AC/DC plays the hits, Angus is the schoolboy, and Brian is singing, it won’t cost them a ticket. Right or wrong it’s just the truth. AC/DC has always been kind of stealth in the way they do things. Not releasing much info and very little social media presence. The Young brothers call all the shows and with Malcolm down that means Angus. Let’s see what the next moves are. No doubt more to come but as much as it sucks to lose the rock solid Rudd, this will no doubt not impact any plans that were already in place. Who do you think should play drums assuming it’s not Phil?

11/4: KOTZEN, HALFORD, VANDENBERG, BOOKS, NEW APPEARANCES.

Thanks to Richie Kotzen and Rob Halford for being guests last night on my SiriusXM show. Richie is now on a solo tour of the US after returning from Europe. I’ll be hosting his show at BBs in NYC tomorrow night. If you only know Richie from The Winery Dogs he has a HUGE catalog of solo music that includes his early Shrapnel shred stuff, many solo albums that have many styles of music, and even some one off band stuff. His set now is played with a trio and is mostly his last few albums which are among my favorites. The guy is a pretty mind blowing all around talent and you should check him out solo if you have the chance.

Halford was very pumped about the current Priest tour and it was good to speak with him about a bunch of stuff. It sounds like Priest is far from done and he said they have already written a few things on the road for another possible album. This interview will also be included in my FM/syndicated show in less than 2 weeks and available for AA members of this site. Great to speak with Rob after finally seeing the Priest show and see and hear him sounding and feeling so well. He did go through a tough time with some surgeries. This is one of the all time greats on stage and as a total class person off. Honored to have him as a friend and supporter (he wrote the forward for my first book and it was Rob’s idea for Priest to play a free private show in honor of the 25th anniversary of my radio show. Still one of the great highlights of my life!).

This weeks new Eddie Trunk Podcast is with Adrian Vandenberg. So many ask whatever happened to him, find out this Thursday when my newest episode posts. All new episodes every Thursday free worldwide on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com

You can order with of my books signed and personalized direct from me. Perfect for a holiday gift. Hit “Books” under Media tab on this site. Unsigned copies available anywhere books are sold. The merch store on the site has shirts and more for your holiday shopping as well.

Just added an appearance in Austin TX at The DIrty Dog. Also I’ll be hosting a benefit for Karl Cochran with Joe Lynn Turner and many more Thanksgiving Eve at Dingbatz in Clifton NJ. Come and support and hang out with us to help Karl recovering from a stroke. Thanks to Fred at Dingbatz for donating his great club for this event.

11/3: MONDAY UPDATE, HALFORD, KOTZEN, VANDENBERG, STICKERS, MORE

Hope everyone had a great weekend. For those asking about the playlists for my FM show being updated they finally are now. Check under Live & On The Air tab on the site.

Holidays are near. Both of my books available direct from me signed with any personalization you’d like direct from me. Just hit the books tab on the site. Makes a great gift so order early! Full selection of Eddie Trunk shirts/hats and more also available in the merch store on the site.

Live show tonight 6-10P ET SiriusXM 39. Richie Kotzen and Rob Halford will be guests. I’ll be hosting Kotzen at BBs in NYC this Wed. If you never saw him solo don’t miss it!

This Thursday’s podcast will feature an interview with a guy I get a ton of “Whatever Happened To’s” about; Adrian Vandenberg. Be sure to stream and download all of my podcasts free and worldwide with Itunes or www.podcastone.com Coming podcasts with Joe Satriani, Snake Sabo, Scott Ian, Dave Lombardo and more.

New TMS coming Feb 2015. No guest or audience ticket info available yet. Will post when it is.

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11/1: REPORT FROM JUDAS PRIEST IN FLORIDA

Just back from hosting Judas Priest in Florida at the Hard Rock and seeing them live for the first time on this tour. After the Epitaph tour many thought we would never see Priest again as they kind of announced a retirement, but thankfully all that changed with the arrival of the bands new album and current tour. Whenever a band has the years on them like Priest does most fans worry, and with good reason, cracks might start to show in their ability to perform. We have seen many stay too long at the party and just not be what they once were. I can honestly say Priest do not fall into that category. Priest, and in particular Rob Halford, truly were in top form. Much has been made recently among some fans about Rob’s voice and questioning if he can still go grab the high notes and screams. Much of the concern came from his recent back and hernia operations and his vocal being in a slightly lower register on some recent recordings. Well I am proud to report that live Rob is still very much the metal God and nailed everything Thursday night, maybe better than he has in years. He is singing and moving well on stage, likely due to being healthy and out of pain from past ailments. Beyond The Realms Of Death, Victim Of Changes, Devils Child, just nailed it all! The entire band sounded great and rocked a set featuring four new songs and a bunch of hits and deep tracks. I also must say the new material really came alive on stage. I do like the new album but at times the production can make it feel a little reserved in it’s attack. Live the songs really jumped out and took on new life. Really enjoyed hearing the new material with this energy and punch on stage. Had a chance to see most of the guys before the show and all were in great spirits and seem to be enjoying the tour. They continue in the US for a bit longer before going to Europe. I had Glenn on my radio show Monday and he was unsure how much longer Priest would continue. He also said it was unlikely they would do some sort of proper farewell tour or show, preferring to just drift away. So be sure to see this iconic band while you still can since nobody knows how much longer they will be doing it. To me after Sabbath, Priest is the most important band in metal history, and it was great to see and hear them sounding so good still. Long live the Metal Gods! Halford will call into my show Monday on SiriusXM.

10/28: PRIEST IN FL THIS WEEK, JOE PERRY THIS WEEKEND, JERICHO PODCAST, MORE

Off the Florida for a couple days to host Judas Priest at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FL Thursday night. I’ve had some great times recently hosting many shows at this venue, always a blast in S Florida! Tickets are available right up till showtime so if in that area of the country hope to see you. After the show I’ll be at the Hard Rock Cafe inside the casino selling and signing both of my books. Come by and say hello right after Priest wraps up. Follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for up to the second photos and updates. Excited to finally see the Metal Gods on this tour!

Speaking of Priest had a great chat with Glenn Tipton on my SiriusXM show last night. Glenn was very happy about how things are going but also was unsure how much longer Priest would continue before they retire. He did say it was unlikely they would do a farewell tour or even show at this point. More likely just quietly wind down. But still plenty of shows still to come so don’t miss these legends. The greats are getting up there and nobody knows how many years they have to go.

My FM radio show this weekend features an entire middle hour with music from Aerosmith and excerpts from my recent interview with Joe Perry from his book launch.

All new podcast posts this Thursday on Itunes and at www.podcastone.com with Chris Jericho and Rich Ward as the guests.

Happy Halloween all. I’ll be back Friday night to take my kids trick or treating. Be safe and follow on Twitter and FB for more updates before then.