Headed on the road through the West coast for the next 10 days starting with Vegas tomorrow hosting Metal Meltdown at The Hard Rock with Twisted Sister (first show with Portnoy), Extreme, Skid Row (first time seeing them with Tony) and Great White. If you are attending see you there tomorrow night. I will have shirts for sale at the band merch as well. Then it’s a few days off in Vegas before heading to Portland 6/4  (Bossa Nova Ballroom), Seattle 6/5  (Studio 7) and San Jose 6/6  (Rock Bar) for live shows with Don & Jim (info on home page for all appearances). This marks the end of a crazy 2 months of travel. Still a ton of stuff coming up, but just consistently on the road as I have been has been a first for me to this level. But it’s been great to meet so many of you and I look forward to this West coast run which starts tomorrow in Vegas.

My FM radio show for the weekend premieres tonight as always on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston 11P-2A. Michael Schenker is the guest. Schenker is also my podcast this week. It’s free now on www.podcastone.com or on Itunes. Live SiriusXM shows return 6/8 with Joe Satriani and Punky Meadows among the guests.

More soon, follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk


Hope everyone had a nice memorial weekend. Made it back from OK last night after another year hosting Rocklahoma. This year was a bit rough due to weather. Severe rain and storm were in the area most of the weekend and resulted in the cancellation of the headlining bands Saturday night (Volbeat and Linkin Park). I rode the storm out with Anthrax, who’s set I had to interrupt to clear the crowd (they did come back and finish) on their bus. Then Halestorm played, then the rest of Saturday had to be cancelled. Sunday happened on schedule but rain hampered the crowd turn out until later at night when it stopped and Tesla played to a fairly full house. This was the 9th year of Rocklahoma and the first time weather played this much of a role. There were storms in the past but nothing that actually prevented all bands from playing. The festival organizers wisely aired on the side of caution and did a smart thing cancelling Saturday night. Serious rain! That being said the fans were amazing and hung in there most of the weekend. And most of the bands I saw had fun with it and played well. Also saw some newer bands and bands I’d never seen live before like We Are Harlot, In This Moment, Breaking Benjamin and more. Best thing about festivals is not only seeing the bands you know and love, but also seeing bands you wouldn’t normally. Was also good to see old friends like Anthrax, Winery Dogs, Jake E Lee (new lineup sounds good), Queensryche, Tesla, Slayer, and more. So cool and grateful that all of these bands out there are watching TMS. Really amazing! Thanks to all that I met and see you next year for Rocklahoma’s 10th anniversary!

Home for a few days then headed to Vegas for Metal Meltdown this Friday, Show is this Saturday at The Hard Rock! Then live shows with Don & Jim in Portland, Seattle and San Jose. Please see the home page for info.


Flying to Oklahoma today to host Rocklahoma this weekend. I’ve had the honor of doing this every year since it started in 2007 and watched it evolve from an all 80’s event, to what it has become. A huge event that celebrates many eras of rock. This year Tesla headlines one night, Linkin Park, Slayer, Godsmack, Volbeat, some of the others. It’s also a cool chance to be exposed to some new young bands I wouldn’t normally see and I look forward to that as well. If you are going I’ll see you there all 3 days. It really is an amazing party and I am thrilled to be a part of it once again. We also run auctions from the stage to benefit local charities and it’s amazing how much generous people donate for the various causes. Also psyched my good buds Anthrax and The Winery Dogs are on this year, so some good ball busting will be ensured! I will not be doing a signing but I do my best to come out in the crowd for a bit when my schedule permits. Also I will have T shirts for sale at the band merch stand all weekend. Hope to see you in Pryor and have a great safe Memorial weekend. And THANK YOU to all the men & woman that served our military and made the ultimate sacrifice on this holiday weekend.

All new podcast up now at www.podcastone.com or via Itunes. Just search “Eddie Trunk Podcast”. Guests are John Bush & Joey Vera of Armored Saint. As usual my podcast is FREE and available worldwide.

My radio show this weekend is all American hard rock and metal. Premieres tomorrow night 11P-2A ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston and all affiliates over the weekend.



Back from LA and a great weekend supporting the Dio Cancer Fund. It was an honor to host all the events and if you check my Twitter timeline or FB you saw some great photos from all the activities. My bowling team consisted of Jeff Scott Soto, Tom Morello, Jack Black, Nuno Bettencourt, Brian Tichy and Josh Todd. We had so many fans and photographers crowding the lane it made it almost impossible to bowl! But it was a blast and for a great cause and I thank the guys for joining my team. The public memorial Saturday was very similar to when RJD first passed five years ago. It featured performances and speeches but at Wendy’s request was a bit more celebratory of his life. Still it was very tough for me to open the event coming out of a photo montage (some of the photos I was in with RJD) while This Is Your Life was playing. Heavy stuff and the sense of loss was tough in that setting. But the event went well and lasted nearly 4 hours. It wrapped up Sunday with a barbecue and motorcycle rally that also had performances and more. So far the fund has raised over a million dollars for cancer research. It has been great to help out and host these events in Ronnie’s name when I can. Thanks Wendy for having me and for the great honor.

One sad note from the weekend was the stunning news that Dean Schachtel passed away. Dean worked for Wendy and was very close to Ronnie. He also did social media for a number of bands and had a long history in the music business. I spent the entire weekend with him at the events. Dean died suddenly Monday morning at 49. Just horrible news to hear when I landed in NJ. Condolences to his family and friends. I will miss working with him and seeing him at Dio events.

Many have called my attention to a tweet Q&A where Nikki Sixx mentioned he won’t come on That Metal Show because he feels the “environment is goofy” and he invited me to come to him. Nikki is a friend and totally entitled to his opinion. TMS does have a level of goofing around. The network wants it that way and in all honesty it’s one of the things that makes the show successful, especially to non hard core music fans which is important. It’s loose and we have fun. We have had countless iconic artists on the show in our history that have had no issue with the vibe of the format, including two members of Motley (Tommy was also on but from a UK special). Nikki did invite me to come to LA and do a special for TMS. I would be there in an instant if it was up to me. But it is not. As I have said many times I do NOT control where, when and if the show shoots. If VH1 wants to do it (and I hope they do!), I’ll be there in a second. But one of the things that makes TMS for so many are the features and live studio audience that comes with our regular shows on set. We’ll see what the future holds going forward.

My new podcast for the week posts tomorrow with guests John Bush and Joey Vera. Upcoming guests include Michael Schenker, Mark Slaughter, Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons and Billy Sheehan. New every Thursday and free via www.podcastone.com or Itunes.


I’m off to Oklahoma tomorrow. Rocklahoma is here! I’ve hosted this event since it started in 2007 and psyched to do it again. If you are going I will have T-shirts for sale at the band merch booths all weekend. Follow on Twitter for photos and news from the event @EddieTrunk . Then it’s off to Vegas for Metal Meltdown 5/30 at the Hard Rock, then live gigs with Don & Jim in Seattle, Portland and San Jose. Please see the home page for all appearances and new ones as they come in. Have a great Memorial weekend. My FM radio show this weekend will be an all American hard rock/metal special. Premieres Friday 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Both stations stream free.


Greetings from LA. Amazing weekend hosting all three Dio charity events for the 5th anniversary of his death. Huge thanks to Wendy Dio for the honor and to all the great fans I met and performers who rocked the events. It is truly remarkable to see all the love still for RJD and the Dio Cancer Fund has now raised over a million dollars! Much to report, see my Twitter feed @EddieTrunk for photos and more. Fly home to NJ for a couple days tomorrow then on to OK to host Rocklahoma! More soon.


Flying to Los Angeles today to for a weekend celebrating the life of Ronnie James Dio and various events to raise money for the cancer charity set up in his name. As many of you know Ronnie was one of my close friends and favorite people. We did countless interviews over the years on radio and TV and he was simply the best! It is hard to believe this Saturday will already be 5 years since we lost him to stomach cancer. Shortly after his passing Wendy called me to tell me how strongly Ronnie felt about me and that she would like me to host his public memorial in LA at Forest Lawn. An honor beyond words! If you have my first book I write about that weekends events in detail. Ever since Wendy and her team have had me attached to several events done to raise money in Ronnie’s name. Her and her organization have done some remarkable things the last 5 years and I am always grateful to donate my time to help when I can. They even gave me an award which I am proudly looking at as I write this. This year Wendy called on me to come out and host this weekends activities and again I am supremely honored. We have celebrity bowling this Friday, a public memorial Saturday, a BBQ and bike rally Sunday. All open to the public. All also have music and performances as well. Unlike 5 years ago when everyone was coming to terms with losing Ronnie, Wendy has told me this time around the tone should be celebratory, so that’s what we will do! I hope to see many of you in Southern California this weekend if you can make it. It is cliche at times to say when someone passes away they will never be forgotten. But in the case of Ronnie it is so true. The man left us with so many strong memories and great music he very much still feels alive if you are a rock/metal fan. Between his work with Dio, Rainbow and Sabbath alone his voice is constantly a part of my radio shows and personal listening. RIP RJD, we will celebrate you this weekend in LA! www.Diocancerfund.org

Not sure how much I will be able update here before I return next Tuesday but will try. Be sure to follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for updates and photos from all events.


Huge thanks to the many guests I had on my live SiriusXM show. Jay Jay French, Snake Sabo and Gary Cherone all called in to talk about various things including the Metal Meltdown show all their bands are playing along with Great White in Vegas at Hard Rock 5/30. I’ll see you there for that, tix on sale now. Also Slash, Myles Kennedy and Brent Fitz came into the studio and did the final 90 minutes of the show with me. Slash and his band have become great friends over the years and it’s always great hanging with them. We even had a chance to grab some late dinner after the interview and it was good catching up. Really happy for what he has built with this great band who is also doing great business on the road. Due to travel my SiriusXM show will not be live again until June 8th.

Speaking of travel flying to L.A. tomorrow. Been a little bit since I’ve been to So Cal where we shot so many episodes of TMS and I’m looking forward to it. Many friends and events set up, primarily the Dio Cancer Fund events I am hosting this Friday-Sunday, all open to the public. Please visit www.diocancerfund.org and get involved if you can and I’ll see you out there. After LA it’s Rocklahoma followed by Vegas, Portland, Seattle and San Jose. Please see the home page for all appearances and new ones as they come in.

I do have more stock now in on both of my books. You can order personalized signed copies right from me. Just hit the Books tab on this site for info. Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery but in most cases won’t take that long. Many have asked about my next book. There will be one and I’ll think about it soon if it will be a VOL 3 of Essentials or an autobiography about my decades in the biz.

Marc Storace of Krokus is my guest on my next podcast posting this Thursday. As always free on Itunes or www.podcastone.com


Thanks to all who came out to Bada Brew in Crest Hill IL this past Saturday and to Michael Angelo Batio and all the bands that played. Had a blast. Thanks to Elton for having me. Next up I’m headed to L.A. Wednesday and will be there through the weekend to host the Dio Cancer Fund events as we remember RJD 5 years after his passing. Honored to do this once again and look forward to some time back in Los Angeles.

As a result of a crazy travel schedule over the next month (see appearances on the home page), tonight is my final live Trunk Nation show on SiriusXM until June 8th (show will air, just recorded). It will be jam packed with guests including call ins from Jay Jay French, Snake Sabo and Gary Cherone. All will be performing at Metal Meltdown in Vegas at The Hard Rock 5/30 that I will be a guest at. Also Slash will drop by the studio and sit in with me! Don’t miss it tonight 6-10P ET on SiriusXM channel 39 (Hair Nation) TRUNKNation!

Tremonti at Highline in NYC tonight. Don’t miss this KILLER band if you are in the area. I am going to try and make it if I have time when I get off the air.

Great response to our season finale of TMS. The Stump stuff maybe have been one of the funniest things ever! So much fun doing the show and so bummed we are now wrapped for season 14. Everyone is asking me when we will do more and the answer is always they same, 100% up to VH1. They are telling me in the Fall but I will let you know when they let me know. Thanks for watching, many replays from all seasons over the Summer.

The new Rush tour set is awesome! Jacobs Ladder? Nice! Can’t wait to see them. Interviews with Geddy and Joe Elliott plus your questions answered in my latest podcast up now and free at www.podcastone.com or Itunes.


Sorry for the late update. Insane schedule I’m on for the next 4 weeks (check the appearances on home page for some of it) so trying to get tons done before hitting the road!

All new That Metal Show tomorrow. It’s our season finale with Frankie Banali, Bobby Blitz, Joe Elliott and Billy Sheehan. Season 14 was a total blast! Thank you all for watching and thanks to all our guests. Now we wait for the network to tell us what’s next which is always the case. I’m hearing the Fall but we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted as usual here. 9P ET tomorrow VH1 Classic with a replay at 11.

All new radio show this weekend for my FM program. Guests are Ricky and Damon from BSR. Show debuts tonight 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston and all affiliates over the weekend.

Final live show on SiriusXM due to my travel this Monday for 3 weeks. Tons of guests lined up, will announce Monday afternoon on Twitter and here if I can.

I’ve been added as a special guest to Metal Meltdown in Las Vegas 5/30 at the Hard Rock. This event is being filmed for TV and DVD and will feature performances by Great White, Skid Row, Extreme and headliner Twisted Sister. Should be a blast! Tickets on sale now. Hope you can make it to my favorite city for this special event. See you there. More soon.

I will be in Crest Hill IL tomorrow at Bada Brew with Michael Angelo Batio and many more. Live Q&A, Stump The Trunk and more! Tickets and VIP Meet & Greet tix at the door. VIP meet & greet is at 7:30, I start on stage around 9. Hope to see you!

TONS going on, keep an eye on Twitter for more @EddieTrunk


Jam packed SiriusXM show last night with Billy Sheehan and Jeff Scott Soto in studio, and live call ins from Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons and a surprise call in from Tom Keifer (Tom is in NYC ar BBs tonight). The 4 hours blew by and I thank all the guests and listeners.

Headed to NYC now for the final episode of season 14 of That Metal Show. Always a bittersweet day. It’s so much fun doing the shows, working with the crew, having all the great guests, and then it ends. Clean out your dressing room and break down the set and go into hiatus. This has happened 14 times and it sucks every time since I love doing the show so much. But budget dictates we can only do the show so many times a year and it is what it is. Of course if it was my call we would go every week! It’s been a phenomenal season 14 with more variety and first time guests than we have ever had as TMS continues to grow and evolve. One more new one to shoot today with Blitz from Overkill, Frankie Banali from Quiet Riot, Billy Sheehan and a pre recorded interview with Joe Elliott from Def Leppard that did not air previous. The word I am hearing as of now is more TMS in the Fall, but as usual all those decisions are with VH1. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for watching and enjoy our season finale this Saturday 9P ET on VH1C and the many repeats coming over the Summer.