6/15: TWISTED SISTER, RUSH, LIVE SIRIUSXM TONIGHT

Packed house this past Saturday night at Starland Ballroom in NJ as Twisted Sister performed a farewell show of sorts to the tri-state area where they have had roots for 40 years and also a benefit for deceased drummer AJ Pero’s family. Mike Portnoy has been filling in on drums and has done and amazing job in his first two dates (Vegas and NJ) with the band. The best way to see TS is in a packed large club like Starland. I’ve seen these guys so many times ever since they reunited in 2001 for my NY Steel event, but have to say this was one of the best performances yet. It was filled with emotion, passion, energy, great songs, and a crowd that sang every word. AJ made an appearance for the drum solo via the video screens, with Portnoy starting and AJ taking over. Really cool classy moment. But as has always been the case with TS the star is Dee Snider and it is incredible what this guy still does as a performer and singer at now 60! He is in remarkable shape, moves as much as ever, and vocally is still a powerhouse. So why is TS ending next year? Because Dee knows he can’t keep this up at this level and wants to get out before cracks do begin to show. I credit the band for this because I am one that would much rather have a group end than destroy their legacy by replacing key members an/or having original members at half their ability. Twisted has maybe a dozen shows next year and that will be it. But I can tell you they are going out as strong as they have ever been. One other thing; being they are a NY band the assumption would be they would do their final show in the NY area? But Jay Jay told me that’s very doubtful given that TS is a WAY bigger band in Europe these days and they may end there, which is also an area they were first embraced as well. If you get the chance see these guys one last time, they truly are going out at the top of their game as far as performances go.

Nice to see after 40 years Rolling Stone woke up and realized there is this band called Rush that are kind of good and they might want to put on the cover…. Better late than never I guess.

Live SiriusXM show tonight 6-10P ET on channel 39 with Trixter in studio and plenty of time for your open phone calls as well.

6/12: WEEKEND UPDATE, RADIO, PODCAST, APPEARANCES, TMS REPLAYS

First weekend home in NJ in many weeks after doing so much work on the road. Lot of catching up to do and plan on hitting the Twisted Sister show tomorrow night in Starland to help out and help raise funds for the family of AJ Pero. Hope to see you there if in the area. Openers include comic Billy Mira and the band Four By Fate which features former Frehley’s Comet members and old friends John Regan and Tod Howarth and original Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso. Should be a great night for a great cause.

No news on the next season of That Metal Show yet but some replays to catch this weekend on VH1C. Saturday 1P ET it’s Mick Mars, 2P Dee Snider & Glenn Hughes, 3A ET Sunday Peter Criss. News on when there will be new shows when I hear.

My radio show is all new this weekend and premieres tonight 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Both stations stream free, so you can hear the show free anywhere from either of them. For Q104.3 use the free iHeartradio app and just dial up that station. All affiliates listed on this site under Live & On The Air, Eddie Trunk Rocks FM.

My new podcast for the week posted yesterday and features an interview with Jay Buchanan from emerging rockers Rival Sons. Lots of great response already so thanks. All of my podcasts are free worldwide at www.podcastone.com or on Itunes. Coming soon Billy Sheehan and Joe Satriani.

Live this Monday on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation 6-10P ET. Guests will be members of Trixter in studio celebrating their new album release.

All upcoming appearances on the home page. Next up Lynch Mob at Mexicali in Teaneck NJ this Wednesday (last call to enter to win in ET’s Box Office), 6/20 I’ll be doing my speaking show at Blackthorne in Elmhurst NY, 6/25 I’ll be at Vamp’d in Vegas for the Frank Dimino album release party, 6/27 back in San Jose CA at Rock Bar to judge the guitar contest that night.

Have a great weekend, more here soon and on Twitter @EddieTrunk

6/10: LATEST UPDATE ON ALL KINDS OF STUFF!

Getting some requests for signed copies of my books for Father’s Day gifts. I do have stock and all books ship Priority mail the next day. So if you get payment to me by next Tuesday can’t promise but will do my best to get them out in time. Just hit “Books” under media tab for order info and be sure to specify VOL 1 or 2 with your order. Thanks. Also be sure to check out the shirts and other items in my online merch store as possible gifts as well. Thanks again!

My podcast for the week goes up tomorrow and includes an interview with Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons. I have been a fan of these guys for a few years now and it was cool to hear Jay’s story. Truly one of the newer emerging rock bands making noise these days. Check it out free worldwide available starting tomorrow on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com Just search The Eddie Trunk Podcast. Also had a bunch of feedback about having Punky Meadows and Felix Robinson of Angel on my SiriusXM show this past Monday. In case you missed it I did post an in depth interview with Punky a few months ago as a podcast. Check the archives and grab it free. Good to see him making music again.

Speaking of Angel, I will be in Vegas 6/25 for the listening party for the new album from Angel singer Frank Dimino at Vamp’d. The album sounds great and was produced by my old friend Paul Crook of Anthrax/Meat Loaf fame. Hope to see you out at this if in that area. I’ll also be back at Rock Bar in San Jose 6/27 to judge a guitar shred battle.

Congrats to Armored Saint on their top 75 chart debut for their new album. Also check out the new Tremonti album. Killer and the drummer Garret Whitlock is a monster too!

Halestorm is playing the Central Park! Huge milestone for them. Good people and great to see for rock. Date is 10/3 and you can enter to win tix in ET’s Box Office on my site.

I don’t have any new TMS news yet, when I do I’ll post. In the meantime hope all my local friends come see me 6/20 at Blackthorne in Elmhurst NY. Will be a fun night!

Trixter in studio this Monday for my live SiriusXM show. More soon.

6/8: BACK LIVE ON SIRIUSXM TONIGHT W/JOE SATRIANI, PUNKY MEADOWS, FELIX ROBINSON

Well it’s been a while since I have posted here. My apologies but I just got home from a long stretch of 11 days on the W Coast which included hosting the Metal Meltdown concert in Vegas and live shows with Don & Jim in Portland, Seattle and San Jose. Everything went great and thanks to all who came out and all who I met. I will be back live on the air tonight on SiriusXM after a few weeks of recorded shows due to my travel. Live 6-10P ET for TRUNK Nation with guests Joe Satriani and from Angel Punky Meadows & Felix Robinson in studio! Don’t miss it tonight 6-10P ET on channel 39. Much to play and say. Much more to come now that I am back somewhat stable for a bit. All upcoming appearances on the home page. Lot of catching up to do so hope to catch you on the radio tonight and more updates here soon.

5/29: METAL MELTDOWN IN VEGAS TOMORROW, WEST COAST DATES, SCHENKER, MORE

Headed on the road through the West coast for the next 10 days starting with Vegas tomorrow hosting Metal Meltdown at The Hard Rock with Twisted Sister (first show with Portnoy), Extreme, Skid Row (first time seeing them with Tony) and Great White. If you are attending see you there tomorrow night. I will have shirts for sale at the band merch as well. Then it’s a few days off in Vegas before heading to Portland 6/4  (Bossa Nova Ballroom), Seattle 6/5  (Studio 7) and San Jose 6/6  (Rock Bar) for live shows with Don & Jim (info on home page for all appearances). This marks the end of a crazy 2 months of travel. Still a ton of stuff coming up, but just consistently on the road as I have been has been a first for me to this level. But it’s been great to meet so many of you and I look forward to this West coast run which starts tomorrow in Vegas.

My FM radio show for the weekend premieres tonight as always on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston 11P-2A. Michael Schenker is the guest. Schenker is also my podcast this week. It’s free now on www.podcastone.com or on Itunes. Live SiriusXM shows return 6/8 with Joe Satriani and Punky Meadows among the guests.

More soon, follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk

5/26: ROCKLAHOMA RECAP, VEGAS THIS SATURDAY FOR METAL MELTDOWN.

Hope everyone had a nice memorial weekend. Made it back from OK last night after another year hosting Rocklahoma. This year was a bit rough due to weather. Severe rain and storm were in the area most of the weekend and resulted in the cancellation of the headlining bands Saturday night (Volbeat and Linkin Park). I rode the storm out with Anthrax, who’s set I had to interrupt to clear the crowd (they did come back and finish) on their bus. Then Halestorm played, then the rest of Saturday had to be cancelled. Sunday happened on schedule but rain hampered the crowd turn out until later at night when it stopped and Tesla played to a fairly full house. This was the 9th year of Rocklahoma and the first time weather played this much of a role. There were storms in the past but nothing that actually prevented all bands from playing. The festival organizers wisely aired on the side of caution and did a smart thing cancelling Saturday night. Serious rain! That being said the fans were amazing and hung in there most of the weekend. And most of the bands I saw had fun with it and played well. Also saw some newer bands and bands I’d never seen live before like We Are Harlot, In This Moment, Breaking Benjamin and more. Best thing about festivals is not only seeing the bands you know and love, but also seeing bands you wouldn’t normally. Was also good to see old friends like Anthrax, Winery Dogs, Jake E Lee (new lineup sounds good), Queensryche, Tesla, Slayer, and more. So cool and grateful that all of these bands out there are watching TMS. Really amazing! Thanks to all that I met and see you next year for Rocklahoma’s 10th anniversary!

Home for a few days then headed to Vegas for Metal Meltdown this Friday, Show is this Saturday at The Hard Rock! Then live shows with Don & Jim in Portland, Seattle and San Jose. Please see the home page for info.

5/21: ROCKLAHOMA IS HERE, ARMORED SAINT PODCAST, MERCH SALE.

Flying to Oklahoma today to host Rocklahoma this weekend. I’ve had the honor of doing this every year since it started in 2007 and watched it evolve from an all 80’s event, to what it has become. A huge event that celebrates many eras of rock. This year Tesla headlines one night, Linkin Park, Slayer, Godsmack, Volbeat, some of the others. It’s also a cool chance to be exposed to some new young bands I wouldn’t normally see and I look forward to that as well. If you are going I’ll see you there all 3 days. It really is an amazing party and I am thrilled to be a part of it once again. We also run auctions from the stage to benefit local charities and it’s amazing how much generous people donate for the various causes. Also psyched my good buds Anthrax and The Winery Dogs are on this year, so some good ball busting will be ensured! I will not be doing a signing but I do my best to come out in the crowd for a bit when my schedule permits. Also I will have T shirts for sale at the band merch stand all weekend. Hope to see you in Pryor and have a great safe Memorial weekend. And THANK YOU to all the men & woman that served our military and made the ultimate sacrifice on this holiday weekend.

All new podcast up now at www.podcastone.com or via Itunes. Just search “Eddie Trunk Podcast”. Guests are John Bush & Joey Vera of Armored Saint. As usual my podcast is FREE and available worldwide.

My radio show this weekend is all American hard rock and metal. Premieres tomorrow night 11P-2A ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston and all affiliates over the weekend.

BE SURE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL PRICING ON ALL MERCH IN MY MERCH STORE. 15% OFF EVERYTHING WITH NO CODE NEEDED NOW THROUGH MONDAY! VISIT THE STORE AND BUY NOW FOR THE SUMMER AND THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT.

5/20: DIO WEEKEND, ROCKLAHOMA, MERCH SALE, NIKKI SIXX, PODCAST, MORE

Back from LA and a great weekend supporting the Dio Cancer Fund. It was an honor to host all the events and if you check my Twitter timeline or FB you saw some great photos from all the activities. My bowling team consisted of Jeff Scott Soto, Tom Morello, Jack Black, Nuno Bettencourt, Brian Tichy and Josh Todd. We had so many fans and photographers crowding the lane it made it almost impossible to bowl! But it was a blast and for a great cause and I thank the guys for joining my team. The public memorial Saturday was very similar to when RJD first passed five years ago. It featured performances and speeches but at Wendy’s request was a bit more celebratory of his life. Still it was very tough for me to open the event coming out of a photo montage (some of the photos I was in with RJD) while This Is Your Life was playing. Heavy stuff and the sense of loss was tough in that setting. But the event went well and lasted nearly 4 hours. It wrapped up Sunday with a barbecue and motorcycle rally that also had performances and more. So far the fund has raised over a million dollars for cancer research. It has been great to help out and host these events in Ronnie’s name when I can. Thanks Wendy for having me and for the great honor.

One sad note from the weekend was the stunning news that Dean Schachtel passed away. Dean worked for Wendy and was very close to Ronnie. He also did social media for a number of bands and had a long history in the music business. I spent the entire weekend with him at the events. Dean died suddenly Monday morning at 49. Just horrible news to hear when I landed in NJ. Condolences to his family and friends. I will miss working with him and seeing him at Dio events.

Many have called my attention to a tweet Q&A where Nikki Sixx mentioned he won’t come on That Metal Show because he feels the “environment is goofy” and he invited me to come to him. Nikki is a friend and totally entitled to his opinion. TMS does have a level of goofing around. The network wants it that way and in all honesty it’s one of the things that makes the show successful, especially to non hard core music fans which is important. It’s loose and we have fun. We have had countless iconic artists on the show in our history that have had no issue with the vibe of the format, including two members of Motley (Tommy was also on but from a UK special). Nikki did invite me to come to LA and do a special for TMS. I would be there in an instant if it was up to me. But it is not. As I have said many times I do NOT control where, when and if the show shoots. If VH1 wants to do it (and I hope they do!), I’ll be there in a second. But one of the things that makes TMS for so many are the features and live studio audience that comes with our regular shows on set. We’ll see what the future holds going forward.

My new podcast for the week posts tomorrow with guests John Bush and Joey Vera. Upcoming guests include Michael Schenker, Mark Slaughter, Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons and Billy Sheehan. New every Thursday and free via www.podcastone.com or Itunes.

SPECIAL SALE NOW HAPPENING IN THE MERCH STORE ON THIS SITE. NOW THROUGH MONDAY ALL MERCH IS 15% OFF! NO CODE NEEDED. GRAB SOMETHING FOR YOU OR AS A GIFT AND THANKS FOR SUPPORTING AND REPRESENTING!

I’m off to Oklahoma tomorrow. Rocklahoma is here! I’ve hosted this event since it started in 2007 and psyched to do it again. If you are going I will have T-shirts for sale at the band merch booths all weekend. Follow on Twitter for photos and news from the event @EddieTrunk . Then it’s off to Vegas for Metal Meltdown 5/30 at the Hard Rock, then live gigs with Don & Jim in Seattle, Portland and San Jose. Please see the home page for all appearances and new ones as they come in. Have a great Memorial weekend. My FM radio show this weekend will be an all American hard rock/metal special. Premieres Friday 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Both stations stream free.

5/17: HELLO FROM LA

Greetings from LA. Amazing weekend hosting all three Dio charity events for the 5th anniversary of his death. Huge thanks to Wendy Dio for the honor and to all the great fans I met and performers who rocked the events. It is truly remarkable to see all the love still for RJD and the Dio Cancer Fund has now raised over a million dollars! Much to report, see my Twitter feed @EddieTrunk for photos and more. Fly home to NJ for a couple days tomorrow then on to OK to host Rocklahoma! More soon.

5/13: RONNIE JAMES DIO EVENTS THIS WEEKEND IN LA

Flying to Los Angeles today to for a weekend celebrating the life of Ronnie James Dio and various events to raise money for the cancer charity set up in his name. As many of you know Ronnie was one of my close friends and favorite people. We did countless interviews over the years on radio and TV and he was simply the best! It is hard to believe this Saturday will already be 5 years since we lost him to stomach cancer. Shortly after his passing Wendy called me to tell me how strongly Ronnie felt about me and that she would like me to host his public memorial in LA at Forest Lawn. An honor beyond words! If you have my first book I write about that weekends events in detail. Ever since Wendy and her team have had me attached to several events done to raise money in Ronnie’s name. Her and her organization have done some remarkable things the last 5 years and I am always grateful to donate my time to help when I can. They even gave me an award which I am proudly looking at as I write this. This year Wendy called on me to come out and host this weekends activities and again I am supremely honored. We have celebrity bowling this Friday, a public memorial Saturday, a BBQ and bike rally Sunday. All open to the public. All also have music and performances as well. Unlike 5 years ago when everyone was coming to terms with losing Ronnie, Wendy has told me this time around the tone should be celebratory, so that’s what we will do! I hope to see many of you in Southern California this weekend if you can make it. It is cliche at times to say when someone passes away they will never be forgotten. But in the case of Ronnie it is so true. The man left us with so many strong memories and great music he very much still feels alive if you are a rock/metal fan. Between his work with Dio, Rainbow and Sabbath alone his voice is constantly a part of my radio shows and personal listening. RIP RJD, we will celebrate you this weekend in LA! www.Diocancerfund.org

Not sure how much I will be able update here before I return next Tuesday but will try. Be sure to follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for updates and photos from all events.