The Aquarian Interviews New Author, Eddie Trunk!

Tim Louie

The Aquarian

 

He’s managed bands, he’s been a record exec, a radio personality, a TV personality and now he can add author to his ever-growing resume. Eddie Trunk, the host of Eddie Trunk Rocks, Eddie Trunk Live, and VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, has released his very first book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. This ultimate coffee table hard rock and heavy metal bible includes a plethora of photos by photographer and longtime friend Ron Akiyama facts on 35-plus essential hard rock bands, along with anecdotes about them, Eddie’s personal playlist for each band and he’s even added a piece of his show to the book by adding some trivia from his “Stump the Trunk” segment.

 

Eddie gave me a call recently to discuss his latest venture.

 

Tell me about Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

 

Well, doing a book has always been something that I kind of wanted to do. I had always envisioned doing an autobiography, which I still hope to do at some point, but this opportunity came to me with a publisher who doesn’t do autobiographies. They’re known for doing more photo-driven stuff, high-quality printing, coffee table books and things like that, so when they talked to me initially about doing this, it was going to be much more photo-driven, not that it isn’t already. The book is about 50 percent photos as is, but it was going to be more 80 percent photos and 20 percent thoughts and texts from me underneath these pictures. But what happened was, I hooked the publisher up with an old friend of mine, Ron Akiyama, who did about 99 percent of the photos in the book, and the absolutely hit it off.

 

Ron and I had been friends for over 30 years, and we attended many of these shows together and he was always photographing them, it made for a perfect marriage for him to basically do the pictures in the book and they just connected so perfectly into the stories because in many cases some of the stories that I’m talking about, he has the exact show or shot right there next to it. So it worked out really well.

 

A lot of Ron’s work has never been published before, so the pictures are unique in that people have never seen them before. The one real thing that changed in the evolution of the book, though, is that once the publisher [Abrams Books] started to see some of my thoughts and stories underneath these pictures about these bands, they immediately started wanting more stories. Then all of a sudden, I found myself kind of writing a book that was very different than what I envisioned. But I went with it, because at the end of the day, I thought that it was going to make for a much better product. It was tough to narrow down the bands that I was going to put in it, but I think that I hit what was important to me and think what was important to the scene at the time. Every band has at least one personal story from me and an interaction, an overview and playlists, so people have really liked the balance. It’s something certainly to read, but also something to really look at.

 

Well, that’s what I found special about this book; your own personal stories and pictures with these really big bands. I especially loved the old pictures of a young Eddie Trunk!

 

Oh, yeah! It’s always so depressing for me to look at old pictures. It bums me out! Even family pictures, it bums me out because you just realize how much time has passed, and you’re like ‘What the hell just happened?’ There you are like 20 to 25 years ago, and then you’re like ‘Wait a minute, that felt like yesterday!’ So, I actually get bummed out looking at old pictures. It’s funny, when people hear that this is my book, and they hear about a lot of photos, the initial thought is that there will be a lot of pictures with me with rock stars, and that’s clearly not the case. These are unbelievable live shots, and yeah, there’s a bunch of candids spread out throughout the book. There are also a lot of buttons and ticket stubs. That’s all personal stuff from my collection, but I wanted the photos to be really incredible shots of the artists.

 

There are some really cool candids in there, though. There’s a shot of me signing Ace Frehley when I was at Megaforce Records in my 20s. It’s things like that that people generally have never seen before. Those are fun, but they’re a small part of the book also. The other thing was the cover. I didn’t want it to be one artist and I didn’t want it to be me on the cover. I kind of wanted it to be something that summed up that era, and Ron had a great shot of the crowd at an Anthrax show at L’Amours in Brooklyn, NY, in 1987. A show where I actually introduced the band and as I walked off the stage, Ron ran on and took a shot of the audience reaction as Anthrax was ready to come on. So, I think that picture really sums up what the world was like back then. You just look at those faces in the crowd and it could be anyone from 1987, and what’s ironic is that I heard from a few people who have seen the cover of the book and saw their picture in there. Talk about looking back.

 

The Short-But-Sweet-Interview: Eddie Trunk

Greg Prato

Ugo.com

 

He’s been an avid fan and supporter of heavy metal for decades, and is consistently on the radio (the nationally syndicated radio show Eddie Trunk Rocks and Eddie Trunk Live on Sirius) and TV (That Metal Show). He is Eddie Trunk, who can now add “author” to his resume, as his first-ever book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, will be released on April 1st, via Abrams Image.

 

UGO: What will fans learn from reading Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal?

 

EDDIE TRUNK: There are some stories I never talked about with me and the artists in the book. Bon Jovi offering me a job, the night Axl Rose came to my radio studio, tons of personal stuff plus my thoughts on the bands and why I love them. It’s really a hybrid of many things, opinions, why I love the bands, a personal experience with almost all of them, my playlists of favorite songs and much more. Its 50% stories and text, 50% incredible photos – most of which were never published. The photos tie in with the stories because the photographer (Ron Akiyama) is an old friend who was actually at the shows with me I’m talking about. People are loving that aspect early on. Some funny candid shots to, like me signing Ace Frehley when I worked at Megaforce in 1986.

 

UGO: I heard that there is a moving chapter about Ronnie James Dio in the book.

 

EDDIE TRUNK: Many have pointed that one out. That chapter had to be rewritten because Ronnie passed away after the original one was done, so it was very fresh when I had to redo it. It talks about my experience hosting his memorial and I dedicated the book to him and Eric Carr, a dear friend who I still miss even though he has been gone 20 years. Two great rockers that were great people.

 

UGO: What can fans expect from the upcoming season of That Metal Show?

 

EDDIE TRUNK: For the first time ever some repeat guests from early on. This is Season 7, there are now almost 80 shows, and it was time to welcome back some of the early believers who took a shot on the show. So a balance of first timers and return guests who much has changed for. Any talk show has return guests so it was time, plus Kirk Hammett from Metallica, David Coverdale, Sebastian Bach, all among the first timers. And most important we retain the same 1-hour format introduced last season with 2 guests and all the features everyone wants in.

 

UGO: Why do you think Ozzy nor Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley have not appeared on That Metal Show?

 

EDDIE TRUNK: You would need to ask them. We honestly do not know and when there is no communication back you can only speculate. They have all been asked. In the case of Ozzy it’s really Sharon, I’m sure he doesn’t even know! In the case of Gene and or Paul, again, ask them. We are huge fans of the band, I have supported them on many fronts for decades like nobody else. And yes, I have made it known I am not a fan of what they do now, but why not sit down and defend it? Why wipe away 99% support for decades because of one thing?! I’m a fan, being critical of what you like and don’t like with your favorite bands is part of that. Tons of bands I have had my shots at over the years, but they all sit down and talk about it and many cases agree in retrospect! I can’t worry about what people think I said or if you’re hypersensitive. We cannot compromise what we do. It’s what makes the show work. Being truthful as fans and being able to express an opinion is what we do and many of our guests do. We love all these guys even if we don’t like something they did at one point, up to them to come around. The door is always open to them, come mix it up, have some fun, hell, fire back at me! God knows I have a thick skin after all these years. It’s their fans to who are being cheated. They want to see these guys on a show where the hosts actually know the music and didn’t just read a one sheet before they walked out. It’s the show their real audience is watching at the end of the day. Hope they step up and do it but we have plenty that want to if they don’t. I grew up a huge fan of Howard Stern, he KILLS people, and guess what? They still come and talk to him.

 

UGO: Out of all the interviews you’ve conducted over the years, which was the best…and which was the weirdest?

 

EDDIE TRUNK: Anytime you get guys that have fun and are well spoken and mix it up, it’s great. Doing this almost 30 years I now know many of these guys, so there is a comfort level. The people who are always great are Rob Halford (he did my book’s foreword), the late Dio, Sammy Hagar, Bobby Blitz, Slash, even guys like Chris Jericho, he is a close friend but we have a blast on the air. Dee Snider also speaks his mind. As far as weird, I guess the only one I can think of is the late Peter Steele. Obviously, he had issues in his life sadly. He came on my radio show and didn’t want to talk about Type O, kept apologizing, and then kind of broke down on the air, back around 2002.

 

UGO: Please rank in order of “funniness” – Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, and Carrot Top.

 

EDDIE TRUNK: Not touching that one, but Top can kick their asses that’s for sure. See the shape that guys in? Crazy.

Eddie Trunk, Ultimate Metalhead, Writes Metalhead’s Bible

 

Bob Ruggiero

Blog.HoustonPress.com

 

If hard rock and heavy-metal journalism have their own Eddie Murrow, it’s Eddie Trunk. Via his web site, as a co-host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, and his programs on both terrestrial and satellite radio, Trunk brings a professional’s objectivity and a fan’s passion together in one persona.

 

In this book, Trunk picks 35 “essential” bands of the genre, from AC/DC, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, and Megadeth to Poison, Rush, Slayer, and Van Halen. Each group gets a chapter that runs down their history, discography, obscure trivia, and Trunk’s own suggested “playlist.”

 

But what makes the book a joy to read are Trunk’s own anecdotes and stories of his interactions with musicians over the years – including some of whom became personal friends, like Ronnie James Dio and Rob Halford – as well as his brutally-honest opinions about some of their career moves and music.

 

Trunk may be the biggest KISS fan on the planet, but he still takes Gene and Paul to task for putting Ace and Peter’s makeup on two different players. He also spotlights overlooked music from many groups. Overall, it’s enough to satisfy both the neophyte and the hardcore of any act.

 

The book also looks great with high-quality, slick paper, mostly unseen concert shots spanning years, and band memorabilia.

 

If there is a quibble, it’s that the chapters aren’t long enough, and Trunk does repeat a few of the same stories. (Yes, we know he’s friends with baseball’s Mike Piazza…) Minor issues to be sure. Hard rock and heavy metal music have no better champion and critic than Eddie Trunk, and this book reflects that in abundance.

11/23 BACH IN STUDIO TONIGHT, LA, BOSTON, MORE

11/23/12: Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. Back live on the radio tonight at 11PM ET on Q104.3 NYC. Joining me in studio will be Sebastian Bach. I’ve known Bas for 25 years and we always have a blast when he’s in studio. Lot’s to talk about and lot’s of music to get to as well. Outside the NYC area you can hear the show free streaming at www.q1043.com or with the FREE iheartradio app. Just hit Q104.3 under Classic Rock in NYC. Show is live 11P-2A and my TMS partner Jim Florentine will also be hanging out. Don’t miss this one.

For all the stations besides Q104 that air my show you will get a brand new exclusive interview with Jason Newsted in this weeks show! Don’t forget I’m on in Boston now Sunday nights at 7P on WAAF! No Pats game Sunday so be sure to tune in and spread the word. I will be in Boston for an event mid Jan, more info very soon.

 

Looking forward to seeing a headline set by Cheap Trick tomorrow night at The Sands in Bethlehem PA. They even let me call in some requests! Should be fun.

 

No new TMS tapings until 2013, more news when I have it.

 

Headed to L.A. for a few days Wednesday. Don & I will be co-hosting the Metal Blade 30th Anniversary Party at HOB in L.A. next Friday night with a set from Armored Saint. Congrats to Brian, Mike and all the Metal Blade crew on the decades of metal greatness. I’ll also be taking part in a Motorhead Behind The Music shoot and seeing UFO at the Key Club this Thursday. See you soon L.A.

 

AEROSMITH – MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION

 4-5

I hear much about the amount of ballads on this album, but nobody says it also has 15 songs on the standard edition, 20 on the deluxe. So even if you take out 4 ballads it’s still 11 rocking tunes. It is not a perfect album, but it is damn good. The production is warm and not over compressed. You hear everything. All the band members (still original) write and contribute. Many different sides and stuff that hints at classic Aerosmith. “Street Jesus”, “Luv XXX”, “Beautiful”, “Out Go The Lights”, “Oh Yeah”, all just vintage sounding Aerosmith. Joe Perry on vocals for two tracks “Freedom Fighter” and “Something” which also features Tyler on drums. The Zeppelin-ish Legendary Child features Tyler in top form, spitting out the story of the band in a way only he can. Monster riffing and the ageless Joey Kramer laying down the signature pocket like only he can. Having seen three live shows so far on the tour, the band STILL gets it done on stage too. Great accomplishment for a band at this stage in their career and after waiting so long for it they delivered. For me the best Aerosmith album since Pump. Also check out the band drawing in the CDs booklet, it was done by Slash when he was a kid. Pretty cool!amazon

CONTRARY TO REPORTS, AEROSMITH’S JOE PERRY INSISTS THAT THE BAND IS GETTING ALONG “BETTER THAN EVER”

 

When asked about the recent reports in the New York Post’s Page Six column stating that the band was not getting along, among other negative claims, Perry joked, “It must have been a slow news week.”

 

The guitarist continued, “We were wondering, ‘Who’s saying this?’ and ‘Why are they saying this?’ It’s totally wrong and irrelevant. The least they could have done was get [the facts] right…[The people they quoted] haven’t have anything to do with the band in 10 or 12 years. The band is getting along better than ever. We were thinking about [releasing a statement], but then why even validate it by even answering?”

 

Perry added, “No matter what goes on [behind the scenes]. We do everything and put aside everything for the fans. We give everything up for the audience.”

 

Perry stated that after Aerosmith wrap up their current tour dates with Cheap Trick in December, the guitarist plans on continuing to work on his book and doing some “solo stuff.” He added that Aerosmith hopes to hit road again this summer.

 

Remaining dates on Aerosmith’s Global Warming tour are as follows:

 

November:

 

20, Madison Square Garden New York, NY

23 Revel Ovation Hall Atlantic City, NJ

25 Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH

27 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON, Canada

 

December:

 

1 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV

3 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA

6 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA

9 BT&T Center Fort Lauderdale, FL

11 Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, FL

13 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN

 

Aerosmith’s new album Music From Another Dimension! was released on November 6th through Columbia Records. The album debuted at Number 5 on the Billboard 200.

 

BON JOVI ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES

As Bon Jovi gears up for a monumental year, the all-American rock icons have announced the first set of U.S. dates, taking them from coast to coast on their Bon Jovi Because We Can–The Tour.

 

The tour will begin in Uncasville, CT on February 9th, treating fans to one night-only performances in U.S. arenas nationwide, plus multiple stadium shows including a two night stand at MetLife Stadium in the band’s home state of New Jersey.

 

Ensuring that there is truly something for every fan, Bon Jovi is offering a wide range of ticket options, starting at $19.50 (plus service charges). Tickets will go on sale in select markets beginning Friday, November 30th.

 

Overwhelming demand for the band’s previously announced Canadian dates has already led to second shows in Montreal and Toronto, and Bon Jovi has plenty more in store. The band will expand their current tour schedule with additional North American dates including Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA; Ford Field in Detroit, MI, and many more. The current tour itinerary is listed below, with further details to come. View U.S. tour announcement video below.

 

The tour, promoted by AEG Live in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., will debut brand new songs from Bon Jovi’s upcoming album What About Now, to be released in Spring 2013, loading even more ammunition into the band’s huge arsenal of hits. The group’s return to the road in 2013 will launch the latest chapter in an ongoing blockbuster run which has already secured Bon Jovi’s status as the essential live rock band – having performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans.Bon JoviI Because We Can–The Tour will make its way across the globe with dates in Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.

 

For for up-to-date information, please visit www.BonJovi.com. #BecauseWeCan.

 

Bon JoviI Because We Can–The Tour dates:

 

February:

 

9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
10 Washington DC Verizon Center
21 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

 

March:

 

1 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
2 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
5 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
13 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
16 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

 

April:

 

7 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
10 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
17 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
19 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
20 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
23 Glendale, AZ obing.com Arena
25 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose

 

July:

 

12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
24 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
25 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium

 

The tour will also hit the following cities, with additional details to come:

 

Memphis, TN
Milwaukee, WI
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
San Antonio, TX
Seattle, WA
State College, PA
Vancouver, BC

 

 

 

 

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11/17 VARIOUS STUFF

11/17/12: Thanks to Jason Newsted for joining me on the air last night. Jason is coming back with new metal music and just launched his website. Was great to have him on and he sounds like he is ready to rock hard again!

I’m live on SiriusXM this Monday 6P ET on channel 39.

 

I’m suspending new memberships and renewals for the time being. This site will be moving to a new management service for the new year so until things are settled going to freeze that end of things for now. Thanks to all members past, present and future. More soon.

 

Portnoy/Sheehan/Sherinian/McAlpine live at BBs tomorrow night. Don’t miss this shredfest. Starts at 8P.

 

Kix & Trixter at Bergen PAC 11/23 in Englewood NJ. Congrats to all ticket winners.

 

Don’t forget to come hang with me, Don & Jim at Dingbatz for our annual TMS Christmas hang 12/8 in Clifton NJ.

 

I’ll be in L.A. for UFO at Key Club 11/29 and then co-hosting the Metal Blade 30th with Don at HOB in L.A. 11/30. Armored Saint is playing! See you soon on the W Coast.

 

Cheap Trick at Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA 11/24. They are letting me make requests! See you if in that area. Great band!

 

TMS does not resume until 2013, enjoy the replays and the new special now airing with Vince Neil.

 

Annual year end radio special TBA soon.

11/17 SIGNED ET BOOK FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS

11/17/12: As we get closer to the holidays just wanted to remind you guys that personalized signed copies of my book are still available and make a great gift for the rock fan on your list. You can order direct from me and I’ll sign with any personal message you like and ship Priority Mail so you have plenty of time to get them. Just go to the home page of my site and the order tab is right under Headlines. Order early, new stock just arrived and it will assure you arrival for gift giving. Sorry but I can only ship to US addresses. Unsigned copies of my book are available anywhere books are sold also. Thanks. Volume II coming end of 2013! Appreciate the support and thanks to all who have purchased or will. Here’s a link:  http://eddietrunk.com//index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/431474/pid/401816

LED ZEPPELIN GUITARIST SAYS REUNION TOUR NEVER HAPPENED BECAUSE ROBERT PLANT “WAS BUSY”

Andy Greene of Rolling Stone reports:

 

It turns out that Led Zeppelin fans weren’t alone in thinking the group’s 2007 triumphant reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena would lead to a tour. “Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future,” Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke in the new issue, on stands November 23rd. “Because there was a lot of work being put into the show.”

 

Ultimately, Robert Plant had no interest in carrying on. “He was busy,” says Page. “He was doing his Alison Krauss project. I wasn’t fully aware it was going to be launched at the same time. So what do you do in a situation like that? I’d been working with the other two guys for the percentage of the rehearsals at the O2. We were connecting well. The weakness was that none of us sang.”

 

With Plant out of the picture, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham continued rehearsing together in early 2008. “We didn’t do any professional recording,” says Page. “We just had a little digital recorder. I thought it was good. I wasn’t going to away from it. But the weakness came up again. It was, ‘We gotta have a singer.’”

 

The idea of a tour was considered, but Plant refuses to divulge the full list of singers who jammed with the group. Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy has publicly acknowledged rehearsing with the group, and Page doesn’t deny that. “It sounded premature,” he says. “I could see what way it was going. Various people thought we should go on tour. I thought we needed a good, credible album, not do something that sounded like we were trying to milk the O2.”

 

Steven Tyler has also said he flew to England to jam with the band. “The timing wasn’t the best,” says Page. “We had put so much toward the O2. And the three of us were catching up with stuff. It was very good, seriously promising. But there was this other thing going on. [Pauses] And that’s it.”

 

In related news, Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, which captured that show on film, is available for purchase at ledzeppelin.com. Watch a clip of the band performing Black Dog below.