EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES HOW HE DECOMPRESSES FROM METAL, GIVES ADVICE TO ASPIRING MUSIC WRITERS AND TALKS ABOUT CHARTIABLE ORGANIZATIONS

eddie-trunk400 With That Metal Show premiering season 14 on Saturday, February 21st, Eddie has been flooded with interview requests. Portions of his latest one, with Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon, appear below.

Icon Vs. Icon: You live, breathe and work in music. You spread the word of hard rock and heavy metal through many mediums and spend plenty of time out and about delivering the message. I imagine it can be overwhelming at times. Do you ever need to distance yourself from it?

Eddie: The good thing is when I come home, my wife is not into this music. [laughs] She is not a hard rock or metal person and is kind of indifferent about it all. She will have some interest and curiosity in what I am doing, where I am going or a record I may have with me but she doesn’t really care about going to shows and isn’t consumed with it in any way. That is a really good thing for me because, like anything, no matter how much you love something you need to have some time away from it and time to focus on other things that are important to you. When I get home from whatever I am doing, it is definitely not about Stump The Trunk. [laughs] It’s definitely not about any of that. It’s about regular family stuff. It is a good disconnect, but it is hard. I say that because the world we are in today, with technology, you are constantly connected. My day usually starts somewhere around 10:30 or 11:00 o’clock in the morning when I turn on my computer and sometimes you don’t get that disconnect from that world until as late as 11 o’clock at night. With all the things I do, I am kind of a one-man operation. I do a lot of things beyond the hosting stuff and I don’t really have a team or a staff, so I am busy in a lot of different angles of it. I like that but it can be all consuming at times.

Icon Vs. Icon: What is the best lesson aspiring rock journalists can take away from the story of Eddie Trunk?

Eddie: I would say, stick to your guns, be persistent and don’t be afraid to have a voice. Don’t be afraid, if you are asked, to give an opinion. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain a little bit. I think we are in this world where everybody is so PC and is afraid to give an opinion that might differ from the next guy’s. Everyone seems so afraid to rock the apple cart. Because of social media, people worry that everyone is going to pile on and attack you. You know what? That may happen! But who cares? That means they are paying attention. If you are willing to roll with that and take the heat, great! I’m not saying to make stuff up or to do stuff to create shock value, I am saying that it is OK if you have a different view or opinion. I think that people with strong opinions who are a little bit outspoken and aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd have a little bit better chance of getting somewhere because there is a lot of over-saturation right now. The media is so over-saturated. Everybody has a podcast. Everybody has an online magazine. Everybody has some sort of outlet. What is real and what isn’t? What has an audience and what doesn’t have an audience? Where are the voices that people actually care about and listen to? There are so many people out there claiming to be media who really aren’t because they are looking for something for free. You have to try and cut through all that clutter. It is very difficult. I don’t begrudge anybody who is out there trying to get their start or are at the early parts of their career because everybody was there at some point, including myself. I just think there is a lot of misdirection out there and people who are claiming to have media outlets that really don’t and are just looking to talk to somebody or get some type of free perks. I think cutting through all that is difficult. Everybody can have an outlet but not everybody can have an audience for it. I think building that audience and staying true to it is the most important thing you can do and to try to create something unique.

Icon Vs. Icon: That leads to my next question. How have the changes in the music industry through the years impacted what you do along the way?

Eddie: Aside from the over-saturation I just mentioned, on the business side, there are so many bands now. Again, because of technology, everybody has the ability to make music in their house. The sheer volume of music coming through is hard to keep up with. Honestly, a lot of it isn’t all that good. The downside of it is that there is some of it that is really good but it is getting lost in the shuffle. It used to be that having a CD or a record deal meant something. It meant that you had arrived at a certain point and it already had edited out some of the lesser artists who hadn’t accomplished anything yet. That is all gone now. It doesn’t matter if you have a record deal or not. Anyone can produce music as a download, a CD or whatever they want to distribute it as. It is really hard to navigate through all that stuff. Then you have guys in major bands who have four or five other bands on the side. How do you even keep up with it all? How much of it is real? How much of it is going to last past a month? You just really have to be on your game to see through all of the bullshit and say, “OK. This is something worthwhile. There is a reason to engage with it.” Or “This is going to be gone in a week and forgotten about.” Unfortunately, 90% of it seems like it is gone after a week and forgotten about. The independent promotion person’s retainer is up, the publicity person’s retainer is up, the band doesn’t want to put anymore money into the album they just made and in a few weeks, it is gone and forgotten about. It is really hard as a fan to navigate through all of that and if you are in any level of the media because these guys are all looking for a chance to sell their stuff. It is coming at you in waves and it is very difficult to navigate what is real and what is not. So, I think there are a lot of pros and cons to what has happened with technology, the way music is delivered and the media. It is just a question of cutting through a lot of the static and trying to focus on stuff that is worthwhile and meaningful.

Icon Vs. Icon: I know you lend your voice to charity from time to time. What do you have going on in that realm at the moment?

Eddie: What I have coming up in May is the fifth anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. His wife and the foundation in his name, The Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, is putting together a weekend of events out in Los Angeles to benefit his fund. The fund goes toward helping those with cancer. It is a great cause and, ever since it was formed five years ago, I have been honored to be a part of and always help out whenever I am called upon. Five years ago, I was lucky enough to be asked by Wendy [Dio] to host a lot of events, including Ronnie’s public memorial. It was a huge honor to do that. She has asked me to come out in May and help out and engage in the activities for the fifth anniversary. That is going to be a great weekend for a great guy and a great cause. I know she has a bowling event planned, a motorcycle ride and a public memorial at the place where he is buried. All of this stuff is done to help the charity and I am really honored to be a part of it. That is what is coming up in May for me, as far as charitable stuff. There are also many things that come on to my radar all the time and if I can help, find the time and do something, I certainly do. I just met the other day with a friend who asked me to sign a bunch of books and stuff to help out Sloan Kettering Pediatrics. I am very fortunate that I have been able to make a career doing what I love and I’m very fortunate to have such a supporting audience. If there is a way I can give back at times and help out, I am more than happy to do so.

Read Eddie’s entire interview with Icon Vs. Icon, here.

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EDDIE AND ALEX VAN HALEN SIGN PUBLISHING DEAL WITH THE ATLAS MUSIC GROUP

eddievh400 The Atlas Music Group has signed Eddie and Alex Van Halen to a worldwide publishing administration deal. The publishing deal is for Van Halen‘s entire music catalog, excluding the band’s last album, entitled A Different Kind of Truth.

Atlas Music Group CEO, Rich Stumpf, spoke to Billboard about its new deal with Van Halen. “This deal has been a long time coming. I have been after Irvin Azoff (manager for the Van Halen brothers) and Peter Paterno (the brothers’ lawyer) for five years, to find out if there would ever be an opportunity to work with the Van Halen catalog,” Stumpf told Billboard. He continued, “They are my favorite all-time band so this is kind of a surreal moment where my professional and personal lives are coming together.”

Stumpf also said Van Halen is the most important band the company has ever signed, since it was launched in 2013. “It speaks volumes that after being with one company for thirty years that they have chosen to move to an independent music publisher. This [deal] is an important moment not just for us but for the independent music publishing community,” Stumpf stated to Billboard.

The CEO said he is really looking forward to getting Van Halen’s music in films, television, and commercials. “This is a premium catalog, so we will look for the right films and brand advertisers to place their music with,” Stumpf told Billboard. Atlas Music Group is hoping to reach younger consumers with Van Halen’s music. “That is how you maintain the value of the (legendary artists) catalog by reaching the younger generations that come along,” the CEO stated. He added, “A lot of the decision makers themselves are young so we will have to educate them on the importance of Van Halen, and not just their many hits.”

Now that Atlas Music Group has added Van Halen to their roster, the company’s catalog has increased to 4,000 songs. Last year, Atlas and Nashville publisher, Combustion Music, created a joint-venture. That joint-venture increased Atlas Music Group’s team to 25-30 active songwriters, and the publishing company currently has fifteen staff members in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

Eddie Van Halen recently spoke at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History about innovation as part of the national What It Means To Be American program in a sold-out event.

When asked by Rolling Stone about the current plans for the band, Van Halen replied, “I’d love to make a studio record. Depends on everybody’s timing. I don’t know what Dave Lee Roth is up to now. I don’t know if he’s living in New York or Japan or wherever he is.”

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JUDAS PRIEST BANDMEMBERS DISCUSS THE FORTHCOMING “DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH” 30TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE

judaspriestdeendersera600 As previously reported, Judas Priest will be releasing a remastered expanded version of 1984’s Defenders of the Faith on March 10th.

Watch a clip of singer Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill and guitarist Glenn Tipton discussing the album and the song Love Bites below.

To read all about this upcoming release, please click here.

In related news, The Metal God revealed in a recent interview that his favorite Judas Priest album is 1976’s Sad Wings of Destiny.

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IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BRUCE DICKINSON RECEIVES CANCER TREATMENT

brucedickinson400 Iron Maiden have released the following statement via their official website:

“Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.”

RAVEN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN APRIL, REMEMBERING BON SCOTT TODAY

RAVEN 640 Raven will release its new album, ExtermiNation, in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in the rest of Europe on April 27th and in North America on April 28th through SPV/Steamhammer. It will be made available as a digipak version (including one bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and as a digital download.

ExtermiNation combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades. Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (Walk Through Fire) – the band have taken their game to the next level..this may well be their 41st anniversary but these guys are only just getting started.

In commemoration of Bon Scott`s death 35 years ago today, Raven release a snippet of their new song Thunder Down Under. You can listen to the snippet here.

ExtermiNation tracklisting Digi:

1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

ExtermiNation tracklisting 2LP:

LP 1:
Side 1:

1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight

Side 2:

1. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
2. Feeding The Monster
3. Fire Burns Within
4. Scream

LP 2:
Side 1:

1. One More Day
2. Thunder Down Under
3. No Surrender
4. Golden Dawn

Side 2:

1. Silver Bullet
2. River Of No Return
3. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Raven live 2015:

3.6 MX-Mexico City – El Circo Volador
3.7 CO-Bogota – Thrash La Union Festival
3.8 CO-Pereira – Thrash La Union Festival
3.11 PE-Lima – Wairuru Club
3.13 BR-Sorocaba – Priliampus Bar
3.15 BR-Sao Paulo – Manifesto Bar
3.27 FI-Helsinki – Club Pkrl
3.28 B-Genk – Iron Steel Fest
3.31 D-Hamburg – Hafenklang

4.1 D-Bremen – Meisenfrei
4.2 D-Oberhausen – Helvete
4.3 NL-Helmond – Cacaofabriek
4.4 NL-Staadskanal – Very Eavy Fest

For more on Raven, please visit ravenlunatics.com.

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THE METAL GOD, ROB HALFORD, SAYS THAT “SAD WINGS OF DESTINY” IS HIS FAVORITE JUDAS PRIEST RECORD

robhalford400 Alex Distefano of the OC Weekly spoke with the Metal God, Rob Halford of Judas Priest. The brief interview appears in its entirety below.

OC Weekly: Of the 17 full albums you’ve done with Judas Priest, what is your favorite and why?

Rob Halford: I get asked that quite a bit and I have to say Sad Wings of Destiny is my personal favorite, I really love that album. It has a lot of good things going for it, and it’s an important album for us as a band and for heavy metal music in general it’s just a very solid and representation of a lot of the best of Priest, the riffs, the tempo the songwriting and vocals. It’s still stands the test of time and is one of my personal favorites to this day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love our other works.

OC Weekly: What was it about the shows in Long Beach [California], 30 years ago, that were so special?

Rob Halford: There are certain shows that a band performs in their career, that somehow keep and transcend the elements to produce magic on stage. That was certainly the case for us in Long Beach, 30 years ago. Everybody came to play their role for those shows, and those nights came out smoothly. Something about the scene in that moment in Sothern California, and there was just this fervor for anything heavy metal. With Priest, we were touring on a record that was a follow up to Screaming for Vengeance. Like any band, you just have to find the right audience, but for us it seemed to all just coalesce perfectly for those performances in Long Beach.

OC Weekly: Tell us how it came about that Judas Priest was featured on an episode of the Simpsons last year. Are you a fan of the show?

Rob Halford: I am a fan of the Simpsons, I’ve watched them for years. And, I was just at some Grammy parties, with some of the long time producers of the Simpsons, and one, who is a metal head, and we were talking about how important and far reaching heavy metal music is. Judas Priest as a band, loved to be a part of it. I watched the episode the other night and I love it. But the Simpsons has had all sorts of rock bands and musicians on the show, from all genres of music.

OC Weekly: As a singer, how do you keep in shape to be able to tour and perform night after night?

Rob Halford: Well if you’re a singer it’s even more physically demanding, and intense, so it’s so important to maintain your health. Back in my drinking and drugging days I did a lot of abuse to my body, but today as a metal head in this time of my life, I am more focused on being healthy by exercising, sleeping enough, and eating right. I know what I have to do, and what I need to perform every show we play.

OC Weekly: When you started the band many years ago, did you ever in your wildest dreams imagine it would turn out to be this massive, important and influential?

Rob Halford: No not at all. And that is the best way to approach this. It’s great to have dreams and be ambitious, but it’s not a guarantee to have a long career in rock n roll. There is a risky part to what we do. But, it should always come from having passion in whatever type of music. When we began Priest, we never had any idea it would turn into the beast it became. You have to work hard, practice a ton and never give up. Good music always lasts. But, I’ll tell you this much, we could not have done it without our fan base. They are all around the world now and they push us to keep going. We love them all.

Judas Priest’s latest album, Redeemer Of Souls, was released on July 8th and landed at the number six position on The Billboard 200 chart.

source: ocweekly.com

SLAYER TO UNLEASH BRAND NEW SONG FOR RECORD STORE DAY

slayer2013lineup_lo When The Stillness Comes, the first new track from Slayer in nearly a year, will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 18th, it is announced today by Slayer and Nuclear Blast.

The song, accompanied by a live recording of Black Magic, from the band’s 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stories worldwide.

Log onto recordstoreday.com/Venues for a list of participating stores.

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MR. BIG’S ERIC MARTIN DISCUSSES THEIR LATEST ALBUM “THE STORIES WE COULD TELL…” AND THE INSPIRATION BEHIND SOME OF THEIR OTHER HIT SONGS

ericmartin400 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Songfacts: If you want to start off by talking about the new album, The Stories We Could Tell…, how does it compare to previous Mr. Big albums musically?

Eric Martin: I don’t really think it compares. I’ve said this recently in a Japanese magazine – you won’t read it – that most of the albums we’ve done, we always took our second album, Lean Into It, as a blueprint. There was a great collection of songs and it was a smorgasbord of music and lyrics. And the sound quality and all that. I think some of our records had tried to be that Lean Into It album, but I kind of look at this one particularly, it’s unique and it stands out.

This is the record that I’ve always wanted to make. At the beginning we had inklings of it where we talked about our influence. We’re all influenced by blues-based rocker bands like Free, even like Grand Funk. That kind of style, or Bad Company. I remember Billy always talking about a band called Spooky Tooth. And Pat with Cactus. Beatles, as well. But a lot of blues rocker bands; we all agreed that we love the band Free, which is the same kind of band that we are: bass, drums, guitar, and vocal. And even though we have some songs that are… I’m not saying formulaic, but some songs are structured. And our first album was more spontaneous, just kind of jamming. Like a rock and soul band would do. Like Free.

That’s how I look at this record. Musically, it’s a little more structured, but it has that feel of our first album. It’s a little bit more on the blues side. Still chock full of rock, but it definitely has a blue tint to it.

Songfacts:…you mentioned the song To Be With You. What was the lyric inspiration behind that particular track?

Eric: To Be With You. I had this girlfriend. Well, I wanted her to be my girlfriend. We were really, really good friends. Her name was Patricia, actually. Patricia Reynolds. She’s remarried. We were really, really good friends.

She taught me how to basically write songs, write poetry. She used to write poetry and read it to me and we’d sit in her father’s broken-down Mercedes Benz in the backyard of her house with trees and weeds growing in it. She used to put crystals up.

I was totally enamored with this woman. She was beautiful. Smart. I mean, brains, beauty, break down the walls, made me crawl on my belly like a reptile.

I just loved this woman, but she just wanted to be my friend. She’d have tons of boyfriends, and maybe she misconstrued promiscuity for love. But I wanted to be the knight in shining armor. That’s what I was, a knight in shining armor. But basically, I didn’t get my feet wet.

I wrote the song when I was about 16, 17 years old. Mainly to impress my sister’s girlfriends, because Patricia wasn’t having me anyway. But I wrote it about her and I wrote it about how I would have done anything to just be more than a friend and a confidante. But as you go up, you kind of go, “Maybe that’s what it was. That was my place.”

And the year before I joined Mr. Big, my publisher at the time set me up with another writer named David Grahame. David was Paul McCartney in the play Beatlemania, and he kind of looked like Paul McCartney. And it was good. It was really short and sweet. I think we might have spent two days together, we wrote two songs.

The first song we wrote was a song called Captured By Cathy’s Kiss, which never saw the light of day. And he goes, “Hey, do you have any other songs?” And I didn’t. I didn’t have anything. I mean, I’d written a couple of other things that were on a couple of solo albums that I did prior – this was 1988, I think. And I reached into my bag of cassettes and I pulled out To Be With You. And my little demo of To Be With You, I had the majority of the lyrics, there was a couple that didn’t make it, that weren’t good, but musically it was more Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It was a little on the folk side for the music. The melody was the same, but the music was kind of folk.

So when I got together with David, we did this demo and we played piano and acoustic guitar. He goes, “Let’s do something like Give Peace a Chance by The Beatles [Ed’s note: Actually this was a John Lennon solo song]. How about just a bass drum and a hand clap?” Which totally breathes new life into it. And then he came up with the second verse part: “Your game of love was all rained out.” I don’t know if he was a baseball fan or something like that, but I thought that was funny and cute. He wrote a couple more things too, but he breathed new life into this song. Gave a little humor, and my music was a little on the stale side. So with the help of the bass drum and the handclap, he gave it a step, gave it a little spark.

Songfacts: What about the song Just Take My Heart.

Eric: Just Take My Heart is about me and my first wife. Stacey was her name. Just laying there in bed the night before both of us are going to go our separate ways. You could hear a pin drop, that’s how quiet it was. She was leaving me for another man.

That was a tough year for me. I just talked to a guy the other day who was going through the same thing, and I said, “So, do you still live in the house?” He goes, “Yeah, man, we sleep in the same bed.” I go, “Me, too. I did the same thing.” It was really, really a tough situation for me.

Lyrically, that’s what it’s about. Musically, it felt a little formulaic, but it was truly heartfelt. Every lyric was exactly what I was thinking when I was laying there right before.

Read Eric Martin’s entire interview with Songfacts here.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “FINEST HOUR”

blackstarriders640 The official music video for Finest Hour”– a track from The Killer Instinct, the second studio album by melodic rockers Black Star Riders – is now available for viewing. Watch it below.

Due out in North America on February 24th, The Killer Instinct was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alic In Chains, Mastodon) and is a talking book collection of perfectly crafted short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time. One listen to Through The Motions, Finest Hour, Soldierstown, Blindsided, and Sex, Guns & Gasoline proves melodic hard rock is not only alive & well, but thriving.

Featuring guitarist Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, 21 Guns), vocalist Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, The Almighty), guitarist Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper/Brother Cane), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Megadeth), and bassist Robbie Crane (Ratt, Lynch Mob), The Killer Instinct is a lustrous contribution to the chronicles of rock’s still-evolving history.

Listen to the back-stories on all of The Killer Instinct‘s album tracks as shared by veteran rock vocalist & lyricist Ricky Warwick

Following their appearance on this year’s Monsters Of Rock cruise, Black Star Riders will play three U.S. shows this April as special guests to Europe. Upcoming dates are:

4/24/15 Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI
4/28/15 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/30/15 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

Additional U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.

Pre-sale ticket links are available at official Black Star Riders Facebook page.

The Killer Instinct can be pre-ordered in multiple formats (domestic, import, and exclusive vinyl) from the the album’s landing page.

The track listing for the 2-CD digi-pak version of The Killer Instinct is:

1. The Killer Instinct (purchase the single on iTunes)
2. Bullet Blues
3. Finest Hour
4. Soldierstown
5. Charlie I Gotta Go
6. Blindsided
7. Through The Motions
8. Sex, Guns & Gasoline
9. Turn In Your Arms
10. You Little Liar

Bonus CD:

1. Gabrielle
2. The Reckoning Day
3. The Killer Instinct (acoustic)
4. Blindsided (acoustic)
5. Charlie I Gotta Go (acoustic)
6. Finest Hour (acoustic)

Visit Black Star Riders online at www.BLACKSTARRIDERS.com.

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Watch: www.YouTube.com/BlackStarRiders

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EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES SPORTS, MUSIC, BOOKS AND GROWING UP IF HE WAS CONSIDERED A “ROCK KID” OR “A NERD”

eddie400 Leslie Michele Derrough of Glide Magazine spoke with Eddie. Portions of the interview appear below.

Glide Magazine: We know how much you love your New York Giants. What happened to them this season?

Eddie: Yeah, that is my favorite team and my favorite sport. I think we’re going to have a great year next year. I’m very optimistic, actually. I think that the big problem with this year was all the injuries that they had. So I think that Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz together on the field at the same time is going to be a lot for people to handle and if all those guys that were injured, if we get them back healthy and maybe a couple little additions, I think the Giants are going to surprise a lot of people and have a really, really good year. Again, if they don’t have a ton of injuries, which they had twenty-five guys on IR this year, and I know they say injuries are no excuse but obviously it plays a role. So we’ll see. I wish it was September already. I can’t wait.

Glide Magazine: AC/DC opened the Grammys the other night. How did you feel about that and their performance?

Eddie: I thought, and have thought my whole life, that the Grammys, when it comes to rock and metal music, is a complete farce and I’ve railed about it for a long time. I think it’s absurd, actually. They have no clue what they’re doing, and never did, and it’s embarrassing and unfortunately because they’re so lost in their nomination process of who they give Grammys to in those categories, it’s actually become utterly meaningless. Even if the artist every once in a while that deservedly win one, it’s meaningless, it does nothing. There’s no spike in their sales, it’s forgotten the next day, it’s kind of a joke.

But as far as AC/DC performing at it, I thought it was a really cool way to kick off the show and I thought that the band sounded good. I mean, there were a lot of people wondering who the drummer was going to be and obviously that was revealed that they brought Chris Slade back. I thought that Stevie Young replacing Malcolm, he looks like him and I’d guarantee 90% of the people watching had no idea Malcolm wasn’t even there. I don’t think in the mainstream world they follow it all that closely. Now I think if they see Angus in the schoolboy outfit, they see Brian Johnson singing, there’s AC/DC. They don’t get into it in the level that we might. But I thought it was a cool way to open the show and give everybody a dose of some hard rock music and then largely after that, unfortunately for the rock fan, there really wasn’t all that much to see.

Glide Magazine: Do you think Black Sabbath has another album in them?

Eddie: I don’t know. Possibly. I think Tony Iommi is the undisputed all-time master of riffs and when you have that catalog of riffs, I think that he could make twenty good records still if he wanted to. I’ve spoken to Tony about this, that “You should sell your riffs,” cause he said he’s just got archives of these riffs. I said, “You should sell them as ringtones cause you could never possibly make music with all of them. There’s just not enough time.” And he laughed and he said, “It’s kind of true.” So I honestly don’t know what their future is but I think that they could make as many records, great records, as they wanted to. The question just becomes, do they have the focus to do it, do they have the energy to do it, the desire to do it. Again, you’re talking about guys that are in their mid-to-late sixties and who have been through this for forty or fifty years and are now having some health issues with Tony. So it just comes down to if they WANT to. But I think if they want to, they certainly can, mainly because Tony has an archive, I know for a fact, of just riffs forever.

Glide Magazine: What were you like growing up? Were you the rock kid or a nerd?

Eddie: I was actually somewhere in the middle of the two because when I was growing up, if you were into the music I was, which was hard rock, you were considered a nerd. I graduated high school back in 1982, a long time ago, but the years I was in high school I was considered a total outcast. I was not in with the in crowd at all. I was not invited to the parties. I was considered this music geek and a guy that was not into the cool music of the time. A lot of the stuff I was into was not considered to be hip, cool music. And I didn’t care. I was defiant about what I liked: this is what I like and if you don’t like it, that’s fine. But I was judged a lot by what I liked at the time and what I didn’t like and I found that there were a lot of people that pretended to like music to just be in with this certain crowd and to get into parties and stuff; but they truly didn’t really like it. And I hated that. I always hated people that were fake and phonies about what they liked and didn’t like. So I always fought that and as a result, I kind of got lost in my own little world of music. I started pursuing a career in music as early on as my earliest days of high school. And that’s all that really consumed me at the time. I wasn’t a good student. I didn’t do well at all as far as grades or anything like that. I certainly wasn’t dumb, I just didn’t apply myself because I really didn’t have much of an interest in the stuff that was being taught. I was just totally in my world of caring about music.

Glide Magazine: Do you plan to do another book?

Eddie: Yes, I definitely plan to do a third book. I just don’t know when and I just don’t know what the format’s going to be…But I think that with the next book what I’d like to do, what I’m leaning towards, is kind of more an autobiography. I want to tell all the stories. I want to tell the stories about how I went from being this outcast kid in my high school in New Jersey to doing what I’ve done in the business on all levels, not just the things most people know me as, from the TV show or perhaps radio or whatever. But all the stories that led up to them, how those things happened, what it took to get them to happen. The good, the bad and the ugly. So I’d like to do that. I’m often asked by people all the time, “Hey man, how did you get to do this?” or “How did this happen?” I’ve got stories for days so I’d like to put those in some pages and get that story out there at some point.

Glide Magazine: What bands do you think are at the top of their game right now?

Eddie: It’s hard to say but I could tell you what I’m listening to and liking right now. That would kind of lead to thinking that those are kind of at the top of the game because they are bands that I like and are my favorite records at the moment. There is a new band called Farmikos that I like right now which features Joe Holmes, who used to play with Ozzy and David Lee Roth, and their debut album just came out and I really like that. There’s another kind of a new band that Scott Ian is a member of called Motor Sister and I like that record a lot. I love the new Marilyn Manson record. I was always a big fan of his since the beginning. I think he’s made a great comeback the last couple of years. I like the new Black Star Riders record, which Thin Lizzy kind of morphed into, and I think that’s really good as well. Those are a few of the new things that have come out that I really have been listening to and really enjoying.

Read Eddie’s entire interview Glide Magazine here.