I’m off on a cruise for what will be a very rare and all to brief vacation for a few days. What I love most about a cruise (and I have taken many over the decades) is the total disconnect you get. If you are like me email, phone, texts dominate your life and 95% is work related. So the greatest thing about a cruise for me is turning your phone off and forgetting all of that for a few days. It is truly the one rare time you can get away from all of that. Of course when you dock and get your signal back and turn the phone on you pay the price big time! But it is still well worth the break. So with that in mind I will be checking off the grid for a few days from updates here, tweets, FB postings, etc. Dana will still continue to update music news. The SiriusXM show this Monday will not be live. I’ll be back Thursday October 24th. Until then I will be enjoying the disconnect. Have a great weekend/week all. More soon.
Congrats to Joe Perry for making the NY Times Best Seller list for his book Rocks. If you are a fan of Aerosmith it is truly a great read. If you’d like to hear my interview with Joe from his book launch in NYC a couple weeks ago grab my podcast free on Itunes or www.podcastone.com Latest episode is with Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer. New episodes post every Thursday and upcoming guests include John 5, Adrian Vandenberg, Snake Sabo, Chris Jericho & Rich Ward and many more. Thanks for all the support for the podcast. The response has been great and I’ve enjoyed giving talking with the great variety of names featured so far. Response from around the world has been great so thank you
This weekends FM radio show features an interview with Mark Tremonti and a ton of new and classic metal. Premieres tonight 11P on WAAF/Boston and Q104.3 NYC. If going to Priest in NJ tonight crank it on the way home. I won’t make the show tonight but hosting Priest in FL 10/30 at The Hard Rock so will catch them then. Full list of all stations airing my FM show in Live and On The Air on the site.
On vacation next week so this Monday’s SiriusXM show is pre recorded.
Many questions about AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd not being in the bands new video or in the press shot. Apparently Phil had a family emergency to tend to. Let’s hope all is okay and he is still in the band. It’s just weird they wouldn’t have at least photo shopped him into the new press photo. Those asking about AC/DC live dates they will happen next year. I like the new song, it sounds like……AC/DC!
I know I typed this a few weeks ago but still getting asked almost daily (thanks for caring!) about new episodes of That Metal Show. VH1 Classic repeats the heck out of them but there have been no new shows since April. The network decided to put the show on hiatus until 2015 but there is now a firm plan for the shows return. We will once again be shooting from NYC and like last season be doing shows on a weekly basis. Meaning when a show premieres it will only be a few days old. No gang shooting like we did for a long time. The premiere date for the season debut is 2/14/15. Still way too early to talk about guests or audience tickets but as always I will post here when I have that info. All the things you guys ask for are the same things I want; HD, live performance, DVD, Itunes, etc, but I have no control over any of it. All 100% up to VH1 who makes all the calls. I wish we did the show on a more regular basis but again that is not my call. Everything comes down to the network and what they want to invest in with the channel. The good news is we will be back! Thanks for all the patience and support and more when I know.
All new podcast tomorrow! The Aerosmith theme continues! Last week was Joe Perry, this week drummer Joey Kramer. The interview was recorded backstage at the bands recent NJ show. Joey talks about his recent heart scare, his line of coffee, and of course the band. Subscribe and download free on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com
Back from a great weekend in Louisiana hosting the Rockathon at Paragon Casino in Marksville. Hung with so many great bands and fans and it was a blast. Thanks to Paragon Casino for the tremendous hospitality as well. They really took care of everyone first class all the way. Hope to be back soon.
Live SiriusXM show tonight 6-10P ET on channel 39. Should be a fun one with Scott Ian and Chris Jericho both in studio. Hope you can join us for TRUNKNation.
The annual nominees for the R&R Hall Of Fame have been released today. And with that usually it’s a day I go crazy and rant and rave about who is and isn’t on the ballot as I have since the thing opened. But I have thought about it and decided I’m done doing that. Why? Not because it has been fixed at all, quite the opposite actually. It is SO damaged and SO clueless and SO disrespectful of real rock bands that it has actually become irrelevant and not worth my time or aggravation. After years of screaming about Rush, Kiss and Alice Cooper, all who finally did go in, I noticed something else, it was forgotten about 24 hours later. I mean it had zero impact on any artists careers. It did nothing to spike sales of albums or tickets. Many don’t even see it because it is expensive to go to and the TV broadcast is now on a premium pay channel. Having attended the induction last year as a guest of Ace & Peter’s it was a really nice moment of course, and of course there are tons of worthy bands in the Hall. But looking at the nominees this year as far as who is on it and who is not even in the conversation after being snubbed for over a decade I realized something. Why get upset? This is NEVER going to change! It is a private club of the music industry snobs and never was the voice of the fans. They have run this thing into total irrelevance in my opinion because they are so hung up on what they think is cool vs what millions of music fans buy and care about. It just doesn’t matter at all in the big picture because the history of who has and hasn’t gone in (and how long some waited to finally get in) just taints it. If you are a real rock music fan and take a step back you just have to laugh at all the obvious bias going on. I get the sense the same people that made fun of me for liking Kiss in high school have all moved to the Hall nomination group. It’s that type of elitist music snob vibe. It always has been but I thought when Rush, Kiss, Alice, etc finally got in the tide would turn and progress would be made. But nothing has changed. Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Dio, Motorhead, Motley, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Journey, Styx, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and COUNTLESS other huge selling and influential acts are still snubbed in the rush to get Green Day, or Sting solo in. I have decided by ranting about it I am giving this thing way too much credit and validity. I kind of thought that all along but actually thought some progress was finally being made. But it is as disrespectful as ever for real rock music and to the millions of fans these bands have. So it doesn’t move the needle, half the artists don’t want to go, most fans can’t go or even see the broadcast, and fans have very little to do with it and THEY make the bands careers! It’s irrelevant to me now and a total time waster. Yes I get it still means something to some artists to go in, and I would never belittle that moment for anyone. But it really has become irrelevant in so many ways to REAL fans of REAL rock bands that sold MILLIONS of albums and INFLUENCED generations that it isn’t worth my time and effort. And I know many will say “somebody needs to start their own Hall”. Heard that a million times, tried and still try to find an interested partner with the resources. Maybe one day. But until then I, or any other real rock fan, shouldn’t acknowledge this joke of a private club. I did for so long because I thought it would help change the tide, but I see that is just not going to ever happen and it’s time to move on. Especially when you consider in the big picture the way it’s done it means very little in the end.
Had a total blast last night hosting Joe Perry’s book launch in NYC at Barnes & Noble. It was an honor beyond belief to have an icon and member of one of my all time favorite bands to call on me for such an important event for him. Joe has been and continues to hit the promo circuit hard to promote Rocks which is out now and a truly great read (he also came by my SiriusXM show Monday). The place was packed and we started our chat at 7P for about half an hour, then Joe answered some audience questions. Gigs like these are actually the hardest for me to do because I have SO much I want to ask and get into and such limited time. You want to get deep into Aerosmith stories but you also have to keep in mind Joe is out selling a book too. But there was a good balance and of course Aerosmith is a huge part of the book. Our conversation last night was recorded for my podcast which will be posted for all to hear and download free tomorrow via the usual outlets (Itunes, www.podcastone.com). Hope you check it out and check out Joe’s book. His signing tour goes for a couple weeks and hits my home stage of NJ tonight at Bookends, a store I signed at for my first book and a great indie retailer. Over the years I have hosted several events for Aerosmith including their Guitar Hero launch, their national radio special for the tour with Motley Crue, Joe Kramer’s book event and many TV and radio interviews. When your heroes that you grew up with posters of on your wall call on you for stuff like this it is so special to me. Great to spend a couple days with Joe and check out the podcast tomorrow and some of the photos from last night just posted to my Facebook page.
Had a great time with Joe Perry last night in my radio studio. Was also cool to meet Yoshiki from X Japan who was a last minute surprise guest. And thanks to Mark Tremonti for calling in. Off to NYC now to host Joe’s book launch and record my first ever podcast with a live audience! You will hear it when it posts Thursday. If in NYC we start at 7P at Barnes & Noble Union Sq. Attendance first come first served. More via Twitter @EddieTrunk
Super psyched to spend the next couple days with one of my all time rock heroes from one of my all time favorite bands Joe Perry. Joe will be live in studio with me tonight 6P ET on TRUNKNation (SiriusXM channel 39 Hair Nation) talking about his great new book and maybe even taking some calls from you guys. Then tomorrow I host Joe’s book launch and Barnes & Noble Union Sq NYC at 7P! My interview and Q&A with Joe at this event will be recorded for my podcast that will then be posted this Thursday! Admission is free first come first served. So if in NYC be a part of this great event and also the first ever Eddie Trunk Podcast done live with an audience and Joe Perry! Remember everyone can hear what went down free and worldwide when we post the podcast on the usual outlets this Thursday.
Also tonight on the SiriusXM show Mark Tremonti calls in live from the road with Alter Bridge.
Hosted Stryper at BB Kings this past Saturday night. Regardless of what you think of this band or their beliefs you can not not be amazing at how great they are live. The dual guitar playing and four part harmony vocals are just stunning and Michael Sweet is just incredible playing and singing locked in with Oz Fox. I have rarely heard a band sound this good at BBs. In this day and age with so many bands putting vocals (and more!) on pre recorded tracks it is even more incredible to witness how Stryper sounds live! Good seeing the guys and also my bud Richard Christy from the Howard Stern show who was hanging and watching his favorite band. Was a fun night!
Looking forward to this weekend at the Paragon Casino in Marksville LA hosting the rock fest Friday and Saturday. Both of my books will be for sale at the show as well as T-shirts and other merch. I’ll do my best to get out and sign all as well. Follow on Twitter or will announce from the stage when and where I will be during the event.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. As usual my radio show for the week debuts tonight on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston at 11PM ET until 2AM with new and classic hard rock and metal. You can hear it outside these areas via the stations streams. Q104 using Iheartradio app or www.q1043.com or off AAF at www.waaf.com All other stations air dates and times listed under Live & On Air on this site.
I will be live this Monday 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation. Huge show! Aerosmith legend Joe Perry will be in studio directly from the Jimmy Fallon show. Later Mark Tremonti calls in live. Tuesday I host Joe’s book launch in NYC at Barnes & Noble Union Sq at 7P. The evening starts with me interviewing Joe and taking audience questions. All of this will be recorded for my first ever live podcast recording. The podcast will post this Thursday. Admission on Tuesday is free but first come first served on capacity. After the interview Joe will sign his great new book. (if interested the store will also have stock on both of my books as well). Should be a great couple days with Joe! Honored he asked me to do this.
Don’t forget the benefit for my friend guitarist Karl Cochran who is recovering from a stroke. It is at Iridium 10/12. More info at www.rocknrecovery.net I am not sure if I can make it with my travel schedule as I will be headed back from Louisiana but will try. Auction items, live music and more. Get well Karl!
Speaking of Louisiana my next appearance is at The Paragon casino in Marksville next weekend hosting the 2 day rockfest Friday & Saturday. I will have T-shirts and both of my books for sale both days. Waiting on info on meet & greets but will do my best to hang with you guys and sign books when I have time. More soon and follow on Twitter for up to the second info @Eddie Trunk
New That Metal Show episodes premiere 2/14/15 on VH1 Classic.
This weeks all new Eddie Trunk Podcast is now up with an hour interview with Steve Morse of Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Kansas and more. Steve talks about all of his bands, his love of aviation and much more. I recorded this one a few weeks ago when I hosted Deep Purple in S Florida in Steve’s hotel room. Really appreciate him taking the time to sit and talk. One of the coolest things about the podcast so far is how many I hear from that listen to some of these artists and never heard much of their music but are inspired to check some out after hearing them. So if you are a Morse fan, or not, I think you will really enjoy the conversation. By the way, also cool that some of the older podcasts are really spiking. The Michael Anthony episode has taken off and is now the most listened to of the dozen or so available so far, followed by Brian May. Cool to see what people respond to and how word of mouth impacts the growth of the various episodes. Remember if you subscribe via Itunes you get the new ones sent to your Itunes every Thursday when posted. They are always free worldwide and on Itunes or via www.podcastone.com So far almost every week it has been top 10 on the music charts on Itunes. The only thing that high rock/metal in a sea of EDM podcasts, so thank YOU for the support and helping represent rock with my podcast on the Itunes charts!