Hope everyone had a great weekend. Live tonight 6-10P ET on  SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation with music and talk that rocks. Snake Sabo from Skid Row sits in and Brian from Helix calls in.

I am aware that Paul Stanley’s official Twitter tweeted @thatmetalshow last night. My phone blew up about it. I have no idea why he did that. Maybe he meant to tweet “Wayne’s World” and made a mistake? Haha! He then said he put his phone down at a party and somebody did it? However it happened nice to know that he or whoever he was with had us on their mind. Our door as always remains open should he ever want to do TMS.

Speaking of TMS just hung up with VH1 and looks like we will be shooting once again weekly in NYC with shows premiering mid Feb 2015. No more info and nothing booked yet but that’s the plan. Thanks all for your patience and support, new shows coming I assure you, just a bit more of a wait.


Very happy for my old friend Steve Brown guitarist for NJ band Trixter. Steve has landed the gig filling in for Vivian Campbell in Def Leppard while Viv continues his treatments for cancer. Steve is a talented guy that had success in the early 90’s with Trixter and has been playing in a variety of bands ever since, including a reformed Trixter as of a few years ago. Steve is just one of MANY great players from that era that unfortunately were limited in the opportunities they get regardless of their talent because they are part of that “80’s scene”. If you recall even Jake E Lee said on That Metal Show he was passed over for many gigs because people associated him with “hair metal” (another reason I hate that term). It still carries a stigma for many and is so unfair because so much talent was around at that time. Steve is one of those examples of a talented guy from that time period that now thankfully is getting a great shot on a huge stage as a member of a huge band even if just temporary. Hopefully it will bode well for other artists with talent from that era to be given  a fair shot at bigger and better things. I love stories like this. Guys who stuck it out, played bars, never stopped believing when the industry looked past them, and then to get a huge shot. Similar story for Mark Tornillo who has now made 3 great albums as the lead singer in Accept. Went from playing clubs in NJ and working as an electrician, to overnight opening for AC/DC in a stadium as lead singer of Accept. So good luck to Steve and kudos to Leppard for giving him a shot (not to mention having an American in the band!). Most importantly get well soon to Vivian. Yes I am happy for Steve to have this temporary gig, but let’s all pull for Viv to get healthy and return to his gig as soon as he is up for it.

Great response to my all new interview with Slash on this weeks podcast. Grab it free and worldwide via Itunes or www.podcastone.com

All new radio show tonight on Q104.3 & WAAF 11P ET. Remember both stations also stream. Q104.3 via iHeartradio app and WAAF at www.waaf.com As usual the show airs on all affiliates over the weekend listed on this site.

All new live SiriusXM show Monday 6-10P ET on channel 39. Skid Row guitarist and co-founder Snake Sabo will be sitting in.

New TMS scheduled to start taping in Jan. Shows to air in Feb. Details when I have them from VH1C.

See you at Overkill at Starland this Saturday if in the area.

Have a good weekend. My Giants 2-2 and 1-0 in the division, I’ll take it!


AC/DC have officially announced their new album Rock Or Bust out 12/2 with a single titled “Play Ball” hitting as soon as this weekend. The song will debut in clips during the MLB playoffs. It is also now confirmed that Stevie Young has replaced Malcolm in the band. Nothing about a tour has been announced but my sources tell me that will be next year. Sucks that Malcolm is that ill and not a part of it, but good to know there is new music and at least one more run left in this iconic band.

Ace Frehley has announced the first run of dates for his Space Invader tour. Hearing from many upset about how few dates there are and how limited the initial run is. I’m sure if things go well Ace will add dates. However what many don’t realize is that very few bands at Ace’s age and current draw level actually tour in the traditional sense. This is due mainly to the cost of touring. I’m not talking about AC/DC or Aerosmith who can afford to fly private and have every amenity. Talking about the acts at a different draw level. The days of getting a bus and big crew to do clubs or theaters and knock out 200 shows are pretty much over. Especially for artists in their 50’s and 60’s. Most do weekend fly dates. Leave on a Thursday, do a couple weekend shows, home on a Sunday. Rented gear, low overhead. TONS of bands “tour” like this now. And like any live shows they are mainly based on two things; money and how much the artist wants to do. A promoter in the area must be willing to make an offer that the artist feels makes sense for them to come there. It’s as simple as that really. It isn’t some bias against a certain part of the country or world. It is simply a case of money talks and are there promoters willing to meet the price any artist is asking to play. It has to make financial sense for artist and promoter to happen. Lastly when artists get older they also aren’t as ambitious in how extensive they want to commit to touring. Some have spent 40 years on the road and unless they feel up for a large amount of dates or are assured a certain level of comforts they stay home. So many times I hear from people on my radio shows “why doesn’t ____ tour?”. It all has to make sense for all parties and that word Music BUSINESS looms large as always.


Hope everyone had a great weekend. Thankfully my Giants won and saved their season yesterday! Had a great time in FL on Friday at The Seminole Hard Rock hosting Experience Hendrix. Never saw the Experience tour before and it is really very cool and well done with an amazing array of revolving guitar players all playing Hendrix tunes. Hung with Zakk Wylde for a couple days and had some laughs as always. Hanging with Zakk now is so different than during his drinking days but equally fun. He just came out and went OFF on several Hendrix classics blowing away the crowd. Was also cool to see Eric Gales, another great player who I actually used to work with in his early days on the management side. Hadn’t seen Eric since he was around 16 when he was first signed. He and Zakk jamming together was awesome! Was also cool to see the legend Buddy Guy. I last interviewed him during my first tour of duty at VH1C in 2006. Buddy is 78 and still rocking on the road, amazing! Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd also sounded amazing from the artists I caught. Hung some with Tony Franklin who was also part of the tour and plays in the KWS band. Mike Piazza went to the show with me (Mike lives in S FL) and of course we talked Blue Murder with Tony! He did tell me he does play on several tracks on John Sykes’ long awaited new album, but it is not a BM album. Thanks to all the great fans I met and all the killer musicians as well. I’ll be back at Seminole Hard Rock to host Judas Priest & Steel Panther 10/30 with a signing/meet & greet after the show in the cafe. Photos and more from this past weekend on my FB and Twitter pages.

Live on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation 6-10P ET tonight for music and talk that rocks!


Off to Hollywood FL tomorrow for another quick trip to the Seminole Hard Rock. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to host several rock shows and this great venue and it’s always a blast. I’ll be hosting Experience Hendrix this Friday night at 8PM at the venue. Never saw this tour before but really looking forward to hearing great players like Eric Gales, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Johnny Lang, Zakk Wylde and many more play Hendrix classics. Tickets available right up until showtime. If in the area hope to see you there. After the show this Friday I’ll be at the Hard Rock merch store inside the casino selling and signing both of my books and more. So come by after the show ends and say hello and grab a book if you’d like. Please note the location for the post show has moved and it is NOT at the Hard Rock Cafe but now the main merch store just down the walkway from the cafe.

Broke the new last night about Ace Frehley’s touring band. Dates will be announced next week. Great to see Scot Coogan and Richie Scarlet back in the band. Scot is not only a great drummer but sings extremely well and can sing lead. Really happy to see Richie back. He was an original member of Ace’s band and always liked his voice, playing and attitude. I don’t know Chris but his resume is solid and he also sings. So it’s a band with four lead singers which should allow them to play almost anything. More news on dates when I get it. Hope to see you out at a bunch of them if my schedule permits.

All new Eddie Trunk Podcast up Thursday. This week two guests in the show at the same time! Mark Tornillo of Accept and TT Quick and Doro sit in on the podcast together. Mark’s story is amazing and he now has sung on three Accept albums to date. And Doro has been a long time pioneer of female metal. I think you guys will really like hearing from both of them and what they have to say. As usual all of my podcasts are available free and worldwide via Itunes or www.podcastone.com

Have a nice weekend, more soon and on Twitter and FB.


New interview I did with radio trade paper All Access about my FM radio show and radio in general:




Hope everyone had a great weekend. Despite my Giants dropping to 0-2 it was okay on my end. Did a signing at a tattoo expo in NJ Friday and Saturday attended my buddy Jim Florentine’s comedy special taping also in NJ. Jim did a great job and look forward to seeing the final product when done. As is my ritual on Sunday when my schedule permits watched NFL from 1P-1A. Brutal Giants loss. Have to get this fixed NOW! I think they can, but the season goes by so fast.

I’ll be a guest on my old friend Brian Koppelman’s podcast. Recording that with him today. Brian used to work in the music business and left it for a successful career in film as a writer and director. He wrote Rounders which is one of my favorites. I’ll then be live on SiriusXM 6-10P ET with music and talk that rocks. New music to play, plenty of calls to take, and Cinderella drummer Fred Coury sits in with me during the last hour. Sadly can’t make the NYC Accept show tonight since I’ll be on air during it.

Speaking of podcasts thanks for all the huge response to my latest with Ace Frehley. Many still buzzing about the Michael Anthony episode as well. All new Eddie Trunk Podcast this Thursday that will feature Mark Tornillo of Accept/TTQuick and Doro together! I think you guys will like this one. Kind of a cool pairing talking music and the ups and downs. As usual free and worldwide on Itunes or www.podcastone.com

I’ll be in S Florida again this Friday night to host Experience Hendrix at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood with Zakk Wylde and more. Meet me after the show inside the casino at the Hard Rock Cafe. I’ll have both of my books available for purchase as well.


Really honored and excited that Joe Perry has asked me to host and interview him for his book launch in NYC! And now we have decided to also make it the recording of my first ever live podcast with an audience! We will start at 7P at the Barnes & Noble Union Sq NYC with my interview with Joe and then some questions from the audience. The entire interview will then be posted as my podcast for the following week. After we talk for about an hour Joe will sit and sign copies of his book Rocks which is released that day (Joe is only signing his books, no photos allowed for time). This should be a great event and really pumped to make it a live podcast recording as well. It is free to attend but admission is first come first served. Both of my books will also be in stock at the store for purchase. Hope to see you to kick off Joe’s book release and to be a part of the podcast that night!

I’ll be at Inked Out tattoo expo tonight 7-9P with Don and Ms Box Of Junk Jen. It is at the Meadowlands Expo Center Seacaucus NJ. Admission free for fire fighters, cops, EMS workers. Both of my books will be available for sale. And no, I’m not getting inked! haha

All new radio show tonight 11P ET on Q104.3 and WAAF and all usual affiliates over the weekend listed on the site.

Don’t forget I’ll be at The Seminole Hard Rock again next Friday for Experience Hendrix. Signing after the show at the Hard Rock Cafe in the venue. Both books available.

New TMS in Jan 2015.


Still great response rolling in from my podcast with Michael Anthony last week. Amazing early VH stories and his take on the Cherone years real interesting. Can’t not love how real Michael is. Great guy and great conversation. A must for any VH fan!

ALL NEW podcast with Ace Frehley went up today. This has not been heard anywhere else and is only on the podcast. Ace talks Space Invade, R&R Hall induction and of course Kiss. As usual all podcasts are 100% free and available worldwide via www.podcastone.com or subscribe and download on Itunes. Just search The Eddie Trunk Podcast.

Just hung up the phone with Joe Perry. Insanely honored that Joe has asked me to host a Q&A for his book launch signing event 10/7 at Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC. It will start at 7PM with more details to come. So surreal for me when the guys I grew up with having posters of on my wall ask me to be a part of major events in their career. Have some other cool stuff in the works around this event. More when I can post!

Thoughts to all those who lost loved ones on this tragic day in our history 13 years ago and thanks to all who have worked and continue to work to keep us safe. I was in Las Vegas scheduled to fly home on 9/11 and was stuck there eight extra days before I could get back. Thankful I didn’t lose anyone on that day but so many were not so lucky. Never forget 9/11 and thank you to all who work to make sure it doesn’t happen again in this crazy world we live in.


Much made of Gene Simmons recent assessment that in his view “rock is dead”. Not the first time we’ve heard this and likely not the last. But is it true? My take on what Gene was trying to say is it’s dead for new music and new artists. Not entirely true, but again, I get where he is coming from. The truth is rock, hard rock, and metal are far from dead, but also far from the mainstream in many cases. There are some real good signs for rock out there as far as a live entity. Festivals are bigger than ever and there are more of them of all sizes than ever (maybe too many). U2, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Bon Jovi AC/DC. etc will always fill arenas and stadiums around the world. The mega bands will always draw. Motley is currently doing great business on their final tour. The road has also become a bit over crowded with too many bands touring too often. Competition is fierce out there at all levels for the concert dollar because money is not being made on album sales like the good ole days. The next tier from the pure out and out headliners are the co-headline shed bands. Think Kiss/Def Leppard. Bands teaming up and splitting set times equally to assure a good crowd. Of course this also means shorter set times and expensive tickets many times. There are very few bands not bringing name support or co-headlining these days. Most need the help selling tickets. And this is a huge problem for breaking new rock. There are so few opportunities now for a new young band to get in front of big audiences because the headliners need a name to help sell. Sure some of these packages have a new young band third billed but lets be honest, nobody is in the building that early to see them and in some cases they are buy ons, paying the headliner to play. This all ties in to the issue of the growth of rock.

Another huge problem is lack of development from what is left of record labels. It’s all about the first week now. And then albums are quickly forgotten. Sometimes not even a live show. Too many people in too many bands. Very little focus. Make a splash week one, off the charts by week four. Artist development and consistently working an album for a few singles is almost done now. Many labels hire outside “indies” to do promotion. They work hard for the weeks they are paid but when the label pulls the retainer fee they are on to the next. Tons of hired guns out there. Good people don’t get me wrong, but the real interest in the project is far from long term. Label cuts are so severe few pick up the ball after the outside help ends. Radio is also an issue. Way too many stations don’t truly support new music, or play it first week when the artist is there and never touch it again. The simple truth is mainstream radio will always do what the MOST people want. And the majority would rather hear Free Bird again than a new artist or song. Sad but true.

Delivery of music is also a problem. Everyone knows I am no fan of downloads. But to me it also kills the business. With labels less and less likely to send physical product along with some packaging and information it makes it easier to ignore. If a CD is on my desk I’m likely to have a listen at some point. If i get one of a million emails with a song attached that needs to be downloaded and transferred in any number of formats and services it is so easy to just click delete and not take the time unless it’s really something you want. I also have very little interest in the streaming services. Granted I get my music for free, but I’ve heard none of it that excites me and I think it grows the singles mentality instead of people truly getting into a band and an album. Call me old fashion but I hate when I go see a band an the entire crowd is only there for one song and is lost the rest of the time. Pure sales are so sparse now it’s hard to think who the next artist will be to score a gold record (500K). Used to be a little airplay and video play and you could make that happen. I think the RIAA is going to have to rethink sales awards.

Here’s the upside. There are a TON of artists new and classic making great new music! The bad? So little of it has a chance to break through for the reasons above and many more. But I have never been more excited than I am now for new/newer bands. Alter Bridge is growing and doing great and an arena act in Europe. Kyng, Mastodon, Scorpion Child,  Rival Sons, Monster Truck, Farmikos and many more are among my favorite new things and I play them on a regular basis. So I think from that end things are healthy. But what is truly concerning is how few people I find truly care about this stuff now. And how few have no idea Iron Maiden are still around! (dead serious, listen to calls in my satellite show). Everyone is too distracted now. We are over saturated and over stimulated with too many other things. That huge release day moment doesn’t seem to exist for rock anymore. And that sucks. I don’t mean YOU. If you are reading my site and connected to my outlets you are clearly a fan who wants to be in the loop and still very much tied in. But so many who used to be have lost that passion. As a lifer for me that’s hard to understand. I know peoples lives change, but if you love rock how can you not always? Is it dead in this respect for good? No, I don’t think so. Again the mega bands will always do well. Watch what happens when a new Foo Fighters track comes out. But they have become the token mainstream rock act for every show that needs one. We need some new blood for sure getting a shot. The mega 70’s guys only have so much left and some already have stayed too long at the party. We need that one great band with great SONGS above all to come and charge the whole scene. Let’s hope they are out there in a garage somewhere right now. We’ve had those moments where everything was given a kick in the ass; the birth of thrash, the Nu Metal movement (like it or not), the release of Appetite and the impact GnR had, the grunge movement and all the good and not so good from that. We need that band and moment again and it will come. Rock is far from dead. I don’t believe it will ever die. It’s a bit underground and in some cases over saturated but is going nowhere. I have lived it my entire life. I am out there all over the world experiencing the passion so many still have for it. And after 31 years I will continue to fight to get more platforms to help grow it and expose it. It is not easy. People would be stunned to know how hard it is for me to keep all the things I have going even after more than three decades and the success I have been able to carve out with a loyal following. But it has always been for me from day one about keeping it alive. Every day I meet someone that says to me the same thing; “Eddie thanks for keeping this alive”. John 5 just said it to me yesterday on the radio. I appreciate that like you can’t believe because it has always been the primary reason I do what I do. I know rock is not dead because I see and feel the support from all of YOU in all that I do. So thanks for that! We just need a few more to join the party and that one great new band to make it cool again in the mainstream. It will happen, just a matter of time. Keep rocking my friends and keep the faith!