Back from another great trip to Tulsa where I hosted Dokken at IDL Ballroom. Had Mick and Don on my Volume show from the Hard Rock on Friday. Really fun chat. Hear it now On Demand on the SiriusXM app. I’ll post it as my podcast soon also. Podcast this week will be my recent newsmaking interview with Stephen Pearcy discussing the latest with Ratt. That goes up Thursday free on Itunes or www.podcastone.com . Back in Tulsa at IDL 7/28 for a FREE show with Beasto Blanco.

Had The Struts in studio for the Volume show yesterday. Appreciate those guys coming by before playing MSG with the Foo Fighters. As I see it we have 3 bands that could break huge and bring rock truly back; The Struts, Greta Van Fleet and Ghost. I’m rooting for them all, but so far The Struts are my favorite. This interview is also now On demand on the SiriusXM app and will be a podcast down the line.

I’ll be answering emails on my SiriusXM Volume show this Friday on air. Ask me anything by email eddie@eddietrunk.com . Name and where you are from and “TrunkNation Mailbag” in the subject. Listen Friday 2-4P & 9-11P to see if your email makes it.

Big news about a monthly LA event very soon..

TrunkFest episode 4 is this Sunday 9:30P ET / 6:30 Pacific on AXS TV. The most metal episode of the season this week from Louder Than Life with Rob Zombie and John 5. Please watch and DVR! If you missed last Sunday’s show from Castaway with Zac Brown Band and Blackberry Smoke that replays on AXS TV this Thursday 8:30P ET.

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Our very own Eddie Trunk recently spoke with Don Dokken on Sirius/XM radio.

Eddie asked Dokken about [former guitarist] George [Lynch’s] recent claim that there was “talk” about the classic lineup of the band playing “at least one big show” next year.

Don replied (as per blabbermouth.net), “We have an offer on the table coming up in September. Mick and I talked about it yesterday; we haven’t made up our mind yet, ’cause we have to think about it…

“…I have to protect the franchise — of the [current band, featuring] Mick Brown, Don Dokken, Jon Levin, [our guitarist of] over 20 years, [and] Chris McCarvill [who has] been in the band a long time. I have to protect the franchise, and [George’s] got Lynch Mob. But, you know when these, we call ’em, ‘honeypot’ shows come up, and they say, ‘Would you mind if George played, and we’ll give you a crazy amount of money?’…

…We did the Japanese tour, but we now have maybe a gig coming up on September 7th in Minneapolis at a big casino festival — a huge festival — and I haven’t talked to Jon about it yet…But I have to keep my respect for Jon Levin; I don’t wanna step on Jon Levin’s toes, ’cause he’s my brother, and he’s one of my best friends…

…So they made an offer, And I said, ‘I’ll play with George. We don’t mind playing with George. But it’s gonna have to be George and Jon [playing together at the same time].’ … We’re Dokken…He can come on our stage. It’ll be an Internet, Facebook, YouTube sensation, video-wise, ’cause he’s gonna do six to eight songs. And if you’re listening, George, I’m not bagging on you, but he’d have to remember them.”

The reunited classic line-up of Dokken released Return To The East Live 2016 on April 20th. In addition to their band’s Japanese shows, this set also features footage from the band’s only U.S. show in September 2016 at Badlands in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Also, on this special release, Dokken recorded a a new song written specifically for this tour/release, entitled It’s Just Another Day, watch the video here.

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A year ago, Adrenaline Mob bassist David Zablidowsky was killed following a three-car accident in Florida.

To honor the anniversary of his passing, singer Jeff Scott Soto has released the following statement:

“Today marks the 1 year anniversary for probably the most horrible day of my life when SOTO bassist and one of my absolute brothers’ life was taken from us so abruptly…David Z’s passing not only shocked all of us close to him, but the rest of the world mourned with us as reality set in that we would never see this incredible human being again!

The biggest compliment and tribute I and the band can pay to him is dropping a new SOTO track which David co-wrote with our own Edu Cominato in the back lounge of our tour bus while we traipsed around Europe on tour last Spring. His tracks on the demo were recorded so well we decided to lift his parts, finish the entire song around him and let you hear the final mark of his work that will also appear on the upcoming SOTO album we are currently writing.

The song is Detonate, which I wrote the lyrics about my own brother who was in a coma at that time…the words reflect someone in a lifeless shell/body still functioning enough to know they want to detonate, explode out of that body and come back to life.

With cooperation from the Z family, proceeds from the song once it is released for sale will all go to the David Z Foundation. Here are the details for those who would like to make their own contributions to this incredible person and cause. [Please visit] gofundme.com/david-z-fund.

We chose this day to honor our brother because we knew HE would get all the recognition for it that he deserves, today we praise you brother Dave, you are IMMENSELY missed, thought of EVERY DAY and now immortalized in song with us!”

Listen to Detonate, below.

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Marko Syrjala Finland’s Imperiumi spoke with KISS frontman, and bassist, Gene Simmons. Highlights of the interview appear below.

Imperiumi: How did you pick up the guys [in your solo] the band?

Gene Simmons: Well, they played on the KISS Kruise. And they do a tribute; they have a big rock show or something. You know, it just happens. I didn’t pick them; we had a different drummer. We had two different drummers before, and they just said, “Hey, you’ve got a show coming up. Our drummer can’t make it; he’s got to go.” So, I said, “Well, get another drummer. Don’t think about it.” If you plan something too much, sometimes it doesn’t work. This band just came together without any planning. We get along great. Nobody uses drugs, no drinking.

Imperiumi: Do you ever have days when you’re doing absolutely nothing?

Gene Simmons: Well, even when I have a day off, you have all these businesses, emails all the time, and lawyers, and everything. I’m even starting a company for vegetables. In about a month in grocery stores and it’ll come around the world. But it’s a new kind of vegetables. You take grapes and tomatoes, and you mix them up. And that’s big. It’s a big, big thing. I own this logo; I designed it.

Imperiumi: One thing what the KISS fans have been waiting for a long time is the next episode of Kissology. Is that ever going to be released or is something you’ve decided not to do anymore?

Gene Simmons: Well, number four is finished, but the lawyers are taking their time, I don’t know why. It takes a long time.

Imperiumi: I remember that I read your interview from the year 1985 where you said that there’s nothing more embarrassing than some guys on stage at their 50’s. I think that you pointed to Rolling Stones at the time, but things have changed.

Gene Simmons: When I was a kid, we used to say, “Don’t trust anybody over 30.” When Paul McCartney wrote a song, he said, “Will you still love me when I’m 64?” Well, he’s 74. This rock and roll thing doesn’t have rules because it never existed before. It’s a new thing. Rap is a new thing. Classical music has been here forever. Even blues has been around for a long time. Before the ’50s, there was no such thing as rock and roll, and what are the rules? The people who are writing the songs and playing them could not even read or write music. I can. I can write songs and play a few instruments and do that, but if you showed me a classical music sheet, I can’t read it but those guys that read the classic, they can’t write Dr. Love.

Imperiumi: How long you think you can carry on doing this?

Gene Simmons: Well, in KISS, we can’t continue longer than the early 70s. It’s because the band is the hardest-working band in show business. You see Iggy on stage. He doesn’t have to carry any weight, except it’s a hard show, but wear sneakers and jeans. Me? [laughter] It takes a long time, and the outfit weighs a lot, and the heels are taller even then your girlfriend’s. It’s a lot of hard work, and when we come off the stage, for me, you’re really tired. So, in its present form, KISS can’t do it 75, 74. I wouldn’t want to do it one day longer than it was real.

Imperiumi: The next KISS tour is going to start in February, is it really going to be the final tour?

Gene Simmons: I don’t know.

Imperiumi: Do you have any plans to invite some special guests from the past maybe?

Gene Simmons: We talked about it. But we haven’t decided anything. The problem is if you bring out a special guest, they come on without makeup. They do. We haven’t really gotten that far.

Imperiumi: I’m asking this only because some former members of the band have said in public that they would love to be a part of this tour, in a way or another.

Gene Simmons: Who is? [laughter] I do know, but it’s not going to… yeah. You can’t put on the makeup. You’ve been out of the band 20 years. It’s not going to happen. And it’s a difficult question because if we did bring out anybody that was in the band, they can’t put on the makeup.

Imperiumi: But you have been talking about it?

Gene Simmons: Not a lot. No.

Imperiumi: The very last question; when the time of the very last KISS show comes, would you like to have all living members of KISS joining the event?

Gene Simmons: It sounds like it should be, but I don’t know yet. We’ll see.

Read the entire interview, at Imperiumi.

source: impe.fi

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New podcast now up with guest Dizzy Reed of GnR. Free now www.PodcastOne.com or Itunes.

A replay of my latest episode of TrunkFest airs tonight on AXS TV 8:30P ET from Voodoo Fest with Taylor Hawkins and Prophets Of Rage. All new episode this Sunday 9:30P ET from Zac Brown Band’s Castaway in Mexico with Blackberry Smoke and more. Please DVR and watch, it would mean the world to me. This episode looks amazing at a resort in Riviera Maya. Join me on my latest TrunkFest adventure this Sunday night 9:30 ET/ 6:30 PT on AXS TV. Find out how to watch at www.AXS.tv

Headed to Tulsa. Hosting Dokken tomorrow night at IDL Ballroom. I’ll be doing my SiriusXM Volume show from the Hard Rock in Tulsa (not a public event) tomorrow with Don Dokken and Mick Brown.

Have a good weekend. Follow on Twitter for more @EddieTrunk . Thanks for listening and watching!

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Hookers & Blow, a project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi is celebrating it’s 15-year anniversary and is excited to welcome longtime friend Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) on bass for their upcoming North American tour supporting The Dead Daisies. The twenty-five city tour will begin on August 15th in Cleveland, OH.

“We are really excited to have Robbie joining us this summer, says guitarist Grossi. “He is not only a great player, but probably one of the funniest guys we have ever met”

Most recently, Dizzy Reed has released his very first solo record Rock & Roll Ain’t Easy, featuring members of Guns N’ Roses, No Doubt, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., The Psychedelic Furs, Thin Lizzy and many more.

The Dead Daisies are currently on the final leg of their European Burn It Down tour where they just shot a music video for the band’s next single Dead And Gone at Black Box Music.

The Dead Daisies are:

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – Guitar
John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream) – Vocals
Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) – Bass
David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – Guitar
Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) – Drums

The Dead Daisies/Hookers & Blow – 2018 North American tour dates:

Aug. 15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Aug. 17 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Aug. 18 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Aug. 19 – Louisville, KY – Diamonds
Aug. 22 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Aug. 23 – London, ON – Harris Park
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
Aug. 25 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
Aug. 26 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
Aug. 28 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Aug. 29 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
Aug. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Aug. 31 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

Sep. 1 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Sep. 4 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Sep. 6 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sep. 7 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep. 8 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Sep. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
Sep. 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Sep. 14 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Sep. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theater

For more information, please visit facebook.com/HNBMerch.

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