jonbonjoviprofile400Sayreville, N.J., native Jon Bon Jovi returned to his home state to donate $1 million to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, the charity led by first lady Mary Pat Christie.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was on hand to receive the rocker’s donation — a gift from his wife, Dorothea, and the band.

“Returning home is humbling,” said Bon Jovi, who flashed his trademark smile as he told a cute story about playing shows at the hall and thinking it was “the big time.”

“My being here is not political, it’s emotional,” Bon Jovi said, then presented the check in front of the town’s borough hall. “I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here.”

Days after the storm devastated areas of Sayreville, the singer visited his hometown and spent time comforting area residents.

“One thought came to me,” he said. “What can I do? One of the residents responded, saying, ‘Use your voice.’ ”

His Because We Can tour will resume in North America on July 12th in Chicago. The band is set to play two hometown shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on July 25th and 27th.


additional source: Billboard

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anselmosolo One week from today, Philip Anselmo’s first-ever solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, will be released. Check out the album’s first promo video, for Bedridden below.

Walk Through Exits Only was produced by Philip Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at his New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band The Illegals – Marzi Montazeri/guitar, and drummer Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzales. The album is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo. The album’s eight songs are as unstrained as it gets, from Battalion of Zero to Usurper’s Bastard Rant, to the album’s title track that goes against the grain and right through the exits. Brash, brutal guitars cut through punishing percussion as Anselmo screams with uncompromising ferocity and uncontainable fire.

“It wasn’t about doing a paint-by-numbers thrash or heavy metal record,” Anselmo explained about the project. “It’s an angry album that only I could do. I don’t see anybody else out there screaming about the same shit I’m screaming about. On this album, there isn’t any wordplay, there isn’t any hidden message, it’s all right there in front of you.”

Anselmo and the Illegals will support the new album with a major North American tour, Technicians of Distortion. Dates are as follows:


31 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK


2 Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
3 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
4 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
6 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
7 The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
9 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
10 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONT Canada
11 Heavy MTL Festival, Montreal, QC Canada
13 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
14 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
16 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY
17 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
18 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
20 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta, GA

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Had a great chat with Slash on my Q104 show this past Friday night. He checked in from the road and we caught up with him on his first movie he produced (Nothing To Fear), his current US tour, plans for his next album, and the status of VR, plus much more. You can hear this interview on all affiliate stations (listed on the site) this weekend and On Demand if you are a site member. I’m hoping to make it out to catch a show next week in PA.


Another new TMS premiered this past Saturday. Since these shows were shot a couple months ago I tend to forget whats in them half the time until they air! So it was cool to have Steve Vai and Dee Snider make appearances along with main guests Tom Keifer, Rob Zombie & John 5. Tom was a first time guest and was great to finally have him on. He just sent me a nice text and said he really enjoyed it, which was cool. Also heard from Eric Brittingham who we had some fun with in that video clip and got a kick out of it. Too funny! 2 more new TMS to come in the current season. This Saturday ALL NEW with Scott Gorham & Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders (Thin Lizzy), Neil Fallon of Clutch, and Ben Weinman from Dillinger Escape Plan on the Metal Modem. Plus my rant in this weeks episode on the term “hair band/metal”. Premieres this Saturday 11/10C on VH1 CLASSIC. I don’t know the schedule for when we will tape more new shows next, likely Oct/Nov time frame. Please keep watching and spreading the word, thanks!


Honored to once again be hosting next years Monsters Of Rock Cruise. I’ve done this every year and it is a blast to hang with all the fans and bands. Hope to see you all on board again! I will also be hosting 3 shows with Motley Crue in Oklahoma. 9/12 in Durant, 9/13 in OKC (w/STP), 9/14 in Miami OK. Details on the home page Presents listings. Hope to see you out at these shows!


Appreciate everyone who has pre ordered Vol 2 of my book out 9/24. Should have details on the first signings very soon. Two already set for NJ and Staten Island Barnes & Noble stores.


Had Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro on my SiriusXM show last night. Was good to meet him and talk about his career. Afterwards we all went out for drinks for my buddy Frank Bello’s birthday in NYC. Good hang. Mike Tramp in studio this Monday on the SiriusXM show.

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Joe Satriani As Joe Satriani finishes up his hugely successful two-month European tour, the critical praise is overwhelming. Hitting seventeen countries in all, the tour has played to sold-out venues throughout the continent and the Euro-press response has been spectacular:

“He left the singing to his guitars. And what voices they produced – at times pumping out primeval, guttural tirades; at others, reaching for the angels.” – Birmingham Mail

“Robert Plant started his rock music life at the Wolverhampton Civic and then took the spirit of Band of Joy and Led Zeppelin all over the globe, spreading the vibe, incredibly, Joe Satriani captured that very same spirit and bought it home, big time.” – Rockshot

Satriani has been an unstoppable force on the music scene for over 27 years. Now, the San Francisco guitarist sets his sights on North America for an extensive U.S. tour, and first ever cross-Canada tour, supporting his latest album Unstoppable Momentum. The tour is set to launch on August 29th in San Diego, CA before crisscrossing its way across the US, in addition to a trans-Canadian tour where Satriani will be hitting many Canadian cities for the very first time. The North American tour will end with a show on October 26th in Oakland, CA. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran band mate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson).

It was also recently announced that Satriani will be honored to perform the National Anthem at this year’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The multi-platinum guitarist is set to serenade the grid this year as he performs the Star-Spangled Banner at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday, July 21st. Satriani will perform from the track just prior to the three-day event’s premier contest, the MotoGP™ World Championship race.

Satriani is celebrating Unstoppable Momentum, his 14th studio album, which was released on May 7th, 2013. The album debuted at # 42 giving Satriani his highest chart position in over 20 years and first single, A Door Into Summer, landed in the Top Ten on the Classic Rock radio chart. The World Tour launched on May 18 in Istanbul, Turkey and continues on through July 13th in Krasnodar, Russia. Critics are raving about the guitar great’s new album with Total Guitar saying “. . . (Satriani’s) momentum truly seems unstoppable. The best we can do is to hang on tight,” while Classic Rock declares, “Satch nails it on 14th solo sweep!”

Joe Satriani’s Unstoppable Momentum Tour Itinerary (* featuring Steve Morse Band as support thru Portland, ME):


29    Balboa Theatre    San Diego, CA *
30    Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort   Las Vegas, NV *
31     Orpheum Theatre   Los Angeles, CA *


1    Talking Stick Resort Ballroom    Scottsdale, AZ *
2    Kiva Auditorium    Albuquerque, NM *
4    Historic Paramount Theatre   Denver, CO *
5    Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center   Midland, TX *
6    Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie   Grand Prairie, TX *
7    House of Blues   Houston, TX *
8    Austin City Limits – Moody Theatre    Austin, TX *
10   House of Blues   New Orleans, LA *
11   Ruth Eckerd Hall   Clearwater, FL *
12   Parker Playhouse    Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
13   Hard Rock Live   Orlando, FL *
14   Saenger Theatre   Pensacola, FL *
15   Symphony Hall    Atlanta, GA *
17   War Memorial Auditorium   Nashville, TN *
18   Chicago Theatre   Chicago, IL *
19   Lakewood Civic Auditorium   Lakewood, OH *
20   Taft Theatre   Cincinnati, OH *
21   Wings Stadium   Kalamazoo, MI *
22   Macomb Music Theatre   Mt. Clemens, MI
24   Carolina Theatre   Durham, NC *
25   Warner Theatre   Washington, DC *
26   Beacon Theatre    New York, NY *
27   Orpheum Theatre   Boston, MA*
28   Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA *
29   Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead   Munhall, PA *


1   Center for the Arts   Buffalo, NY *
2   Palace Theatre   Albany, NY *
3   State Theatre   Portland, ME *
4   Casino New Brunswick   New Brunswick, NB
5   Rebecca Cohn Auditorium   Halifax, NS
7   Le Capitole De Quebec   Quebec City, QC
8   National Arts Centre Southam Hall   Ottawa, ON
9   St. Denis Theatre   Montreal, QC
10   Centre in the Square   Kitchener, ON
11   Massey Hall    Toronto, ON
14   Burton Cummings Theatre   Winnipeg, MB
15   TCU Place   Saskatoon, SK
16   Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium   Edmonton, AB
17   Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium   Calgary, AB
19   Vogue Theatre    Vancouver, BC
21   The Fox Theater   Spokane, WA
22   Paramount Theatre    Seattle, WA
23   Historic Elsinore Theatre   Salem, OR
25   Vina Robles Amphitheatre    Paso Robles, CA
26   Fox Theater    Oakland, CA

For more information, please visit

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winger This August will mark the 25th anniversary of Winger’s self titled debut album and to commemorate this milestone the band will perform and record the first Winger album live in its entirety.

This full reunion concert will take place on August 30th at The San Felipe Casino in Algodones, NM with Special Guests Warrant & Head East.

In addition to the current line up of Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein & John Roth, the band will also be joined by original keyboardist Paul Taylor for this show.

A limited amount of VIP Meet & Greet passes and full line of all new commemorative merchandise are available at

Winger is currently hard at work in the studio recording a new album. Please visit the Official Winger facebook page for updates.

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Hope everyone had a great 4th. I spent it with family, BBQ, Fireworks, all the good stuff. Was super hot in NJ but that’s usually the case with the 4th. I will be LIVE tonight at 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC. Outside NYC area listen via or with the free Iheartradio app. Also be live Monday for SiriusXM show 6-10P ET on Channel 39 Trunk Nation. Guitarist Kiko Loureiro will be stopping in and we may also have a call in from Tracii Guns. Be sure to follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for last second updates.


ALL NEW That Metal Show with Tom Keifer, Rob Zombie, John 5 and Richie Kotzen tomorrow at 11/10C on VH1 Classic. Great response to this new season and I appreciate that. Also, many comments pro and con about our new set, which is funny to me because it’s truly the last thing I think about or worry about with the show. I appreciate the passion, but the network can put us on milk crates on the street and I’d be okay with it, AS LONG AS WE ARE DOING THEM! I mean look at the 3 of us, you really think we worry about the cosmetic? haha!


Congrats to Queensryche on the strong first week sales on their new album. TMS has presented both sides of the Ryche fallout between last season and this season, now it’s all up to the fans to decide what they like more, or perhaps you like both? In either case all good as all opinions are valid. I love the comments on this site on all our news and postings. All are welcome however blatant hate will not be accepted on the site. Also for those asking for more time for Scott & Todd in that episode the truth is we have covered the Ryche world extensively by TV standards. They were the lead guests in the episode and split equal time with Mustaine. I also did extensive interviews with them on my radio shows where I have much more time. VH1 makes all the calls on editing and what’s what, but we do the best we can with the time we have in TV world. Trust me, if it was up to me I’d do an hour straight interview each week with every guest and nothing more, but it is not. That’s why my radio shows can be so much more in depth because I 100% control that.


I should have all the dates for my coming book tour in Sept. VOL 2 is out 9/24, pre orders now at Amazon. And yes signed copies of book 1 are still available direct from me, just hit the Books tab under Media on the site. Unsigned copies anywhere books are sold. I’ll announce all bands in Book 2 here very soon.


Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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