Had a great night in NYC last night. Started off at The Hard Rock for a private party for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads benefit. Clapton wasn’t there but I did meet Dan Akroyd and also caught up with all the guys from Styx who were the main band playing (tweeted a photo). Always good to see the Styx guys and they were telling me they had a bunch of positive response to their TMS appearance, even from metal artists like Kerry King who is a fan. Really cool to hear as I love presenting hard rock AND metal bands and love seeing the common respect and who the big fans are. If you recall Vinnie Paul was also in the Styx TMS and is a fan also. Love that wide range of rock and bringing the worlds together. Couldn’t stay for Styx because I had to split to host Saigon Kick in their first NYC show in 20 years. The studio at Webster Hall was packed, hot and sweaty to see these guys in action. Much like Extreme, Saigon Kick’s big hit is a ballad, which really is not at all what the band is truly about. I always felt their music was a step ahead of the curve. A mesh of the 80’s and what was to come in the 90’s. Great harmonies, songs and playing. The band only performed music from the first two albums and the crowd sang every word. Was really great to see and hear again. What they do next is anyones guess. This was the last of 5 reunion shows and it seems they will continue in some way, however they are not planning to make the same mistake I see often of over playing. The gigs when they happen will be special and somewhat rare. At least that is their plan for now. Hope they continue and hope some new music comes out. Nothing was played from the second two (and really good!) albums since singer Matt Kramer was not in the band then. But who knows where this goes down the line.
Live radio show tonight on Q104.3 FM. Listen live 11P-2A ET on 104.3 FM in NYC area, or free live stream at www.q1043.com or with free iheartradio app. Free M3 tickets and a ton of new and classic rock.
Live show this Monday on SiriusXM 39 from 6-10P ET. Black Star Riders (formerly Thin Lizzy) will be live in studio.
I should be able to announce the full new TMS guest roster by early next week at the latest. Shows start airing early June on VH1 Classic.
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Ah tax time! Knee deep in getting my taxes done and paying out the dollars. Never usually wait this long but my schedule has been nuts and time got away from me. Hope you guys are done with yours.
Really close to announcing all the TMS guests. Have one last slot I am waiting on confirmation on and we are set. Trust me when I say booking the show is NOT as easy as just saying “I want this band”. SO much more involved; schedules, timing, bands touring, new vs repeat guests, who wants to do the show, who doesn’t, what does the network want. Lot’s of work but always comes out great. Very important you guys realize though that not every band wants to do the show and not every band is around when we need them. We shoot 8 shows in 4 days and bands more active on tour than ever. We do have a TON of new features and this next run of shows will very much be a new coat of paint on all things TMS. We are still learning new things every day as far as what VH1 Classic is looking to do. Should be able to reveal all guests by the weekend and the ticket info is in the news section and on my twitter. I leave for LA 4/23, we tape starting 4/27, shows premiere early June. Also to our international viewers I have NOTHING to do with if and when the show can be accessed in your area. Sorry. More soon. We actually shot a quick segment for TMS in NYC yesterday with guest spots from Dee Snider, Bobby Blitz and Bumblefoot. You will see that in the new season.
Excited to see Saigon Kick in NYC tomorrow night. Always thought they were way ahead of their time. Much more a bridge from the 80’s hard rock to the 90’s sound. An important mix of both with huge guitars and harmonies. Loved the debut when it came out in 1990 and this is one of their first gigs in about 20 years. See you at Webster Hall in NYC if going. They start 9:30.
Huge thanks to Udo, Jason from Saigon Kick, Stacey Blades and Michael Anthony for 4 truly great hours of live radio last night on SiriusXM. Stacey and Michael gave some great insights on the late Andy Johns. Never met Udo before, cool guy, his tour starts on LI tonight, I’ll see him in LA. Michael is just one of the best guys you could ever meet. Such a cool down to earth dude. For the record he said he heard about Roth’s recent comments and said he never heard him talk like that about him when he was in Van Halen (with a laugh). Said his phone hasn’t rung at all and seemed to get a kick out of it all.
Gotta run, more soon. Off to NYC to shoot a segment for new TMS with Don, Jim, Bobby Blitz, Dee Snider and Bumblefoot.You will see this when new shows start in June. Days away from announcing the full artist lineup for the episodes being taped in LA in a couple weeks. Audience ticket info in the new section.
Was sad to hear of the passing of record producer Andy Johns. I first heard the news late last night via a text from former LA Guns guitarist Stacy Blades. Andy had produced the last few LA Guns albums and was working with Stacy on his next band at the time of his death. I did not know Andy personally but was a huge fan of his work. His early days of engineering were on all time classic albums by Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, and The Rolling Stones. Perhaps some of his best known 80’s work was with Cinderella (That’s him in the “Somebody Save Me” video behind the board). Andy also produced Van Halen’s F U C K album and more recently the debut from Chickenfoot. He was known for great drum sounds and really rich punchy sounding albums and I loved his work. I did not know Andy personally. Years ago in the 80’s he was working on something with House Of Lords and I somehow ended up at the studio and did a gang vocal on the album. Outside of a that very brief meeting I never knew him, but his track record speaks for itself. By many accounts Andy worked with rock stars and also partied like one! A true legend of the business gone at just 62. RIP Andy and thanks for the great sounding rock. More on this tonight on SiriusXM Eddie Trunk LIVE show starting 6P ET on channel 39.
Hope you all can join me LIVE tonight on Q104.3 NYC starting at 11P ET. Chris Jericho will be sitting in tonight. Always a blast when Chris hangs with me in studio and God knows what we will get talking about and playing! Also Jason Beiler of Saigon Kick will call in live for a bit. Excited this band is back and will be hosting a show with them in NYC this Thursday at Webster Hall. Free tickets for that and more tonight. You can hear this show streaming live at www.q1043.com or use the free iheartradio app.
Don’t forget all affiliate stations air my show with Robin Zander and David Coverdale this weekend. Here is a list of the stations and days and times the show runs:
This Monday LIVE on SiriusXM channel 39 Trunk Nation (Hair Nation). Former Accept singer Udo will be in studio and Jason from Saigon Kick will call in.
TMS guests and audience ticket info TBA very soon. Have a good weekend
Just a quick update to let you guys know signed personalized copies of my debut book are still available directly from me. Just click on the banner on the home page for all the order details. I’ll write whatever you want and send it out ASAP. If you don’t want signed copies you can buy Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal anywhere books are sold as a physical book or as a digital version via itunes, etc. I am just about done with Volume 2 of the book which will come out in Sept and have the same format (playlists, photos, stories, etc) and feature all bands not in volume 1. Once we get closer to that release I’ll be hitting the road for signings and special events around that. My first book has done really well and I can’t thank you all enough for the support that has made this coming sequel possible. Psyched for it to come out and I’ll let you know more details and reveal the wide variety of bands included very soon.