1/30: MARLIYN MANSON NYC REPORT, LIVE AT MEXICALI IN NJ TOMORROW NIGHT!

Saw Marilyn Manson last night in NYC at Terminal 5. I have been a fan of Manson’s since the very first album came out. I played it on my radio show and first saw him at a club in NJ called The Birch Hill with maybe 250 people there. It was one of the most insane and disturbingly brilliant shows I have ever seen. Back then very little was known about the man and the band. But what I did know was that at a time when it was extremely uncool to have an image, put on a show, and embrace being a rock star (this was grunge mania era), Manson didn’t give a crap and came out and just went for it. Most of my audience over the years doesn’t quite get Manson it seems or why I like him so much. The showmanship in a time when everyone sounded and acted like Pearl Jam is one of the reasons (I write more about this in my second book). The other is that I truly think most (not all, but most) of his music is pretty amazing. And the albums are produced brilliantly. Mechanical Animals among my all time favorites, and I love the new one The Pale Emperor as well. Manson shook things up when they desperately needed to be in rock and made it okay to put on a show and be a rock star again. I watched him go from a club act to arenas. To small stage props to insane arena productions. I saw the peaks and valleys, the controversy, the lineup changes, and in recent times the slip ups where his excesses started to impact his songs and performances. The truth is that a few years ago some, especially in the UK, thought Manson was a dead issue and had let himself fall apart. But a couple years ago a very solid album called Born Villain was released. Things got better. Now last week Pale Emperor takes another huge leap back. It will enter #8 next week on the overall sales charts and has sold more than 50K in one week, a huge number by today’s standards. I don’t know Manson that well. We have hung a couple times and text from time to time. We had him on TMS a couple times and he wasn’t all there. But you know what? In this day of super PC answers and everyone acting so safe, I kind of liked it and found it fun. Manson is an artist in the truest sense. Always creating, always taking chances, always reinventing, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He’s also had some great talent around him like Twiggy Ramirez, John 5, and most recently Tyler Bates to name a few. Much like Alice Cooper which started as a band and became a solo thing, Marilyn Manson these days is all about the person the group was named after. The shows have all been sold out or near sold out. Last night there had to be at least 3500 crammed into the venue with no name opening act. In a market like NYC where his music gets no play outside of my weekly Q104.3 radio show this is pretty amazing in and of it self. It was younger and older fans and they were totally into it all night. 5 new songs and many from the catalog were featured. Manson has so many great songs in my view it’s now becoming tough to do a set list. Twiggy is all that remains in the band from the early days but this current lineup is really good. Way less reliance on any canned tracks, two guitars, way more raw live rock. It was so good to see this turn out for a heavy rock artist in NYC and made me feel good to know rock fans are out there and will find this stuff even if local radio doesn’t play it. Check out the new album if you were ever a fan. Rock needed Manson to kick it up it’s ass when he debuted in ’94, and it was great to see he is still kicking it strong in 2015!

Catch my radio show tonight 11PM ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Streaming free on both stations. It will be an encore show tonight due to the snow storm earlier in the week delaying my shows delivery. If in NJ area don’t forget I’ll be live with Don & Jim at Mexicali in Teaneck NJ tomorrow night. Tickets and VIP meet & greet tickets available at the door. Live music and special guests include Whitesnake’s Joel Hoekstra and Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando. Show starts at 8P.

1/28: JAKE E LEE PODCAST, TMS UPDATE, APPEARANCE IN NJ SATURDAY, MORE

Hope everyone is having a nice week. The huge snow storm turned out to be a total bust by me for a change here in NJ. Maybe 3 inches of snow. I’ll take it! NYC closed their crossings so it was good that I recorded my SiriusXM show Monday since it would have been impossible to travel. I will do my best to make up the Udo and Vinnie Moore interviews when my schedule permits. I am back live this Monday 6P ET for TrunkNation, more when we get closer.

My podcast tomorrow is my interview with Jake E Lee and Greg Chaisson. Some of this originally aired on my radio show about a month ago. Some very revealing stuff with Jake and he also talks very honestly about his time with Ozzy, the first Red Dragon Cartel show, his cancelling of gigs, Badlands and much more. It is as usual free and available to stream or download with Itunes or www.podcastone.com

Really ramping up now for the new season of That Metal Show. 2/17 is the night we tape the debut and you will see is 2/21 at 9PM ET repeating at 11 on VH1C. The mega debut guest will be announced soon as well as a first time appearance from a guitar virtuoso as our guest musician that was just confirmed!

I have a TON of appearances coming over the next few months including Rocklahoma, M3, MOR Cruise and many solo shows and shows with Don & Jim. It is so cool to come out and meet you guys and have some fun on stage. The support has been awesome! Everything on the home page as it’s confirmed and remember to visit ET’s Box Office tab on this site to enter to win tickets. Next show is this Saturday with Don & Jim at Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ. Fun place and this is our second time there. Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra will be a special guest and more surprises being lined up. Tickets and VIP meet & greet tickets on sale now! www.mexicalilive.com for tickets and more info!

Checking out Marilyn Manson tomorrow night in NYC. Looking forward to it. Have been a fan since day one and it’s always a great live show!

1/26: TONIGHTS SIRIUSXM SHOW, MORE

Due to the blizzard weather conditions here in the NY/NJ area my SiriusXM show tonight is pre recorded. I actually went in last night and recorded it knowing we were going to get hit with bad weather. Tons of music (most of which I picked) and the show is all new, just not live as I am stuck home in NJ riding the snow out.

This Thursday’s podcast interview is with Jake E Lee and Gregg Chaison. It is free via www.podcastone.com and Itunes starting this Thursday.

Next live appearance is with Don & Jim this Saturday night in Teaneck NJ at Mexicali Live. We did this club last year and had a blast. Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra has just been confirmed as a special guest! Tickets and VIP meet & greet tickets on sale now and at the door. Hope to see you! All confirmed appearances on the home page.

New stuff I’m loving; Marilyn Manson, Black Star Rider, Farmikos and Motor Sister to name a few.

Stock is now in for both of my books. If you’d like to order signed personalized copies of either they will ship quickly. Order details on the Books tab.

1/23: UDO, VINNIE MOORE, PICK OF WEEK, TMS, VIV CAMPBELL, MORE

Hope everyone checks out my all new podcast exclusive interview with Vivian Campbell up now. Viv talks Dio, The Last In Line, his cancer, Def Leppard and more. Free now www.podcastone.com or via Itunes.

Just recently added a new feature to this site. My weekly Pick Of the Week. This is something we do on TMS and now I’ll do one every week or so here on this site. So many people ask me about new things to check out so hopefully this will be helpful and provide some suggestions from what I like. You can find them by clicking on Pick Of The Week under the Media tab on this site. Just another way to help promote new releases and music in general that I hope you find useful.

The guests for the new season of TMS are coming together nicely. Looking like a big array of new guests and many genres or rock and metal will be represented. Can’t wait to announce our season premiere guest. A LEGEND! I will reveal him soon! 1st new episode coming 2/21 9P ET on VH1C. More soon..

All new radio show this weekend loaded with new and classic hard rock and metal. Premieres tonight on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston 11P ET and streaming on both stations. On all affiliates over the weekend. All new live SiriusXM show this Monday 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation. Udo will be in studio, Vinnie Moore will call in.

Have a nice weekend all. What to do without football….

1/21: EXTREME, VIVIAN CAMPBELL PODCAST TOMORROW, MORE

Hosted Extreme last night in NJ at Bergen PAC. The band recently started a tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their breakout album Pornograffiti and are playing it in order along with a set of other tunes as well. If you get a chance see this band! Nuno is truly one of the most amazing players out there. After a stint with Rhianna he is back and on fire playing blazing hard rock! Obviously a huge share of the attention goes to Nuno but the role Gary, Pat and Kevin play makes this a truly complete amazing band. And the harmony vocals are incredible and all real! In this day and age where so many bands are running stuff on tracks (if you know it or not) what Extreme does all real is incredible. They do have some of the horns from the album as samples because they can’t carry extra musicians with them at their level, but everything else was real and spot on! Phenomenal band, catch them if they can. I’ll be seeing them next on the MOR Cruise.

All new exclusive podcast interview with Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell goes live tomorrow. This interview was recorded just this past Monday on his final day of recording with his side band The Last In Line, which is the original Dio band. Viv talks about his health, the next Leppard album, Dio and more. Get it free on Itunes or www.podcastone.com just after Midnight tonight Pacific time. Also if you subscribe to my podcast on Itunes you will get every episode free every Thursday instantly. It is 100% free of charge to download or stream each week! PS: The Jake E Lee interview will now post next week FYI.

New TMS coming 2/21!

Be sure to grab your Rocklahoma tickets on the pre sale before prices go up and reserved seats sell out. See you in Pryor! Also enter on this site to win M3 tickets and tickets to see me, Don, Jim and Jackyl at Starland in NJ 2/20.

The new Black Star Riders coming soon is killer!

1/20: EXTREME TONIGHT, VIVIAN CAMPBELL, ROCKLAHOMA, MORE

Had a great talk with Michael Sweet last night on my SiriusXM show. The new album he did with George Lynch is out one week from today. So many of these bands don’t last or even see a live show. Will this one be different? I hope for Michael’s sake it is. Real good guy and talent.

Rocklahoma 2015 is announced. See Music News on this site for the details. I have hosted every year since it started in ’07 and I’m back again. I’ll also have tickets for giveaway on this site soon. Grab them now on the pre sale for best location and pricing. www.rocklahoma.com Tons of great bands and friends on the bill this year! Slayer, Tesla, Winery Dogs, Anthrax, Red Dragon Cartel and many others including some new ones I love as well. It should be a great one Memorial weekend! See you there I hope!

All new podcast exclusive interview with Vivian Campbell posts this Thursday. I pushed Jake E Lee one week because this is super new and fresh with Viv talking Dio, Def Lep, his health and more. You don’t want to miss this ALL NEW exclusive to my podcast interview! As always free to stream or download worldwide starting Thursday on Itunes or www.podcastone.com . Vivian just completed a new album with his side band The Last In Line made up of the original Dio band. So now this becomes more of an original metal band as oppose to a Dio tribute. Should be interesting and hear what he has to say Thursday.

Thanks to all who picked up one of my new T Shirts in the merch store. Check out the new designs!

Off to host Extreme in NJ. Congrats to all my ticket winners. Can’t wait to see Nuno rip! One of my favorites!

1/19: WEEKEND RECAP, LIVE SIRIUSXM TONIGHT, MORE.

Had a great weekend of live shows in Cincinnati and Oshkosh WI over the weekend. Thanks to all who came out to MVPs and The Dockside Tavern. It’s a blast to come out and hang with everyone, tell some stories, do some live trivia and also see some of the bands the promoters put on the bill. In Oshkosh there was a band made up of very young kids (the drummer was 12, guitarist/singer 16!) called Bad Habitz that played 80’s hard rock covers and nailed it! Pretty amazing to see. All the fans and venues were so cool and were packed. Thanks so much to all! By the way, if you are a venue interested in booking me for my live shows contact artistsworldwide@aol.com . Next up shows with Don & Jim 1/31 in NJ back at Mexicali in Teaneck. Tickets and VIP tickets are on sale now. We will also be at Starland Ballroom in NJ 2/20 with Jackyl! All dates including shows in NYC, Pittsburgh, DE, VA and more on the home page now.

I’m back at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FL 2/18 to host Alice Cooper! Get your tix and come on out!

I will be live 6-10P ET / 3-7P Pacific tonight on SiriusXM channel 39 TRUNKNation with music and talk that rocks. Michael Sweet will call in live.

All new Eddie Trunk Podcast this Thursday with Jake E Lee and Greg Chaisson. Upcoming podcasts include Joe Holmes, Frank Hannon, Vivian Campbell and more. FREE on Itunes and www.podcastone.com

TMS back 2/21 9PM on VH1 Classic!

1/15: CINCY, OSHKOSH, TMS, PEARCY PODCAST, SWEET, MORE

The official news release on the new season of TMS went out today. The only real news other than what I have told you guys that follow here is the time change of 9P debut with a repeat at usual time of 11P. The guests will be announced as we get closer. Audience ticket link in last post.

Posted today my podcast for the week with former Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy. It is available now free and worldwide on Itunes or www.podcastone.com

I’m headed to Cincinnati tomorrow. I’ll be at MVPs Friday night. Also listen to the Kidd Chris show tomorrow morning to hear an interview I did with the guys. I hit the stage around 9P at MVPs with some stories, Q&A and live Stump The Trunk. Then live music. Tickets available while they last. Also VIP Meet & Greet tickets available that include a signed 8×10, photo and more. Hope to see you in Cincy!

And this Saturday I’m in Oshkosh WI at The Dockside Tavern. Same deal there (no VIP tix however) and live music as well. Be a great warm up for Championship Sunday and hope to see listeners from my local Appleton affiliate TCX in the house.

My FM syndicated radio show this weekend features a very interesting interview with Jake E Lee and tons of new and classic hard rock and metal. Kicks off Friday 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston and all affiliates over the weekend. Also had a bunch of new AA Members to this site recently so thanks!

Monday is a holiday but I will still be live on SiriusXM 39 TrunkNation 6-10P ET. Michael Sweet checks in to talk Sweet & Lynch and more.

Have a nice weekend everyone and if in Cincy or Oshkosh hope to see you! Books and T-shirts available at both appearances as well.

1/14: THAT METAL SHOW NEWS UPDATE & AUDIENCE TICKETS!

As we get closer to the new season of That Metal Show starting to get more news I can share with everyone. The season debut will be 2/21. The guest will be announced soon. The major change I just learned is that we will now premiere at 9PM ET instead of the usual 11PM on Saturday nights. The show will now debut at 9 and then also replay at 11 each Saturday. Needless to say many replays throughout the week also. And the link for audience tickets has now been made available. Please remember the show now tapes in NYC every Tuesday starting 2/17. You need to be in the NYC area to get tickets. Everyone is not assured a spot in the audience even if you get tickets so they do not encourage people to fly in just for a taping. If you live in the area or will be in the area anyway then they will likely consider you for a spot. Please note I have NOTHING to do with audience tickets. So please follow the application. I also have no idea why they ask for a photo. Again this is not my area to work on. Good luck scoring tickets and hope to see you at one of the tapings. More info soon. Here’s the link: http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/

 

1/13: TINNITUS (NOT A BAND!), MUCH MORE.

Thanks to my guests Stephen Pearcy, Frank Hannon and Joe Holmes who called into my radio show last night. All have killer new music out you should check out. The Farmikos album I have been playing (Joe Holmes) is finally out this Thursday via Amazon and CDbaby.com.

Spoke last night about the effects of Tinnitus. A condition that creates a constant ringing in your ears that is non treatable. I had a hearing test yesterday because ever since I went to see Ace Frehley at BB Kings over 6 weeks ago I have had a slight ringing noticeable when I try and sleep and it’s quiet. My doctor said my hearing is within normal range still (how I do not know but I’ll take it!), but there were some very early signs of this being an issue. Now what I have is right now very mild, but this at more severe levels as you could imagine could drive you insane. So many times as a kid I’d come home from a loud show, ears ring for a day, then back to normal. When I was real young I worked at a car wash by the blower. Same deal. After 32 years in radio with headphones, countless concerts, in ears for TV, etc, and turning 50, well lets just say the recovery isn’t what it once was. Thankfully my situation right now is very manageable and still in normal limits, but I can’t imagine it really bad as it is for some especially musicians and concert goers. I write this as a heads up because it was pretty revealing to learn about this from an ear doctor yesterday. There is literally nothing they can do for it. So as us metal heads get older don’t be afraid to use plugs or some protection at shows. I’m as guilty as anyone of wanting to hear my favorite band cranked and everyone uses ear buds and headphones now. But I only pass along this friendly word of caution because this really is a huge problem for many exposed often to loud volume and it can be a total bitch of you don’t pay attention to it. Ever since I brought it up on my radio show last night I have heard from many about it so thought I’d pass along the new to all here for what it’s worth.

All new podcast this Thursday. New exclusive interview with Stephen Pearcy of Ratt. Free and worldwide on Itunes or www.podcastone.com

Hope to see you in Cincinnati at MVPs this Friday and in Oshkosh WI at The Dockside Tavern this Saturday.

TMS returns 2/21! Audience and guest info coming very soon!