What a total blast hosting the Golden Gods was last night here in LA! You will see it on VH1C starting May 24th at 8P ET. SO many people i saw and met would be impossible to cover here. Next up I fly to MD today and host M3 there this Friday and Saturday. Can’t wait to see everyone this weekend. Remember my book signings will be 3 and 6P Saturday at the Chuck Levins Washington Music Center booth. Both books signed and for sale at Chuck Levins booth only. I’ll be tweeting a bunch more photos from Golden Gods @eddietrunk but here are a few highlights / stories from last night:


*Marilyn Manson kicking off the show with a surprise performance by Slayer, who also played a new song.

*Seeing Manson choke (jokingly) a clearly out of his mind Andy Dick, then seeing Andy being thrown out minutes later.

*Spending a long time talking with Richie Sambora about Bon Jovi, NJ and more. Don’t know him personally but we had a great chat about Jersey club bands back in the day and what he is doing now with Orianthi who I also met. I think Bon Jovi without him is crazy but he seemed happy with the reduced schedule and touring that comes with a mega band like that.

^Hanging with Nic Cage who’s son is a TMS/metal fan. I know Nic’s brother Marc Coppola who I work with at Q104.

*Meeting actor Joe Manganiello from True Blood who told me he was a fan of mine! So cool to meet people like actors and discover they are metal fans and aware of what I do. Same with Pauly Perrette from NCIS who was a big fan as well.

*Speaking with Tony Iommi who looked great and said he feels great. Tony accepted the award for Sabbath and it was great to see him and catch up for a bit.

*Said hi briefly to Axl Rose. Axl accepted his award from Nic Cage and then did an 8 song set with Gnr. Duff McKagan played the whole show and it was AWESOME to see him rocking those songs side by side with Axl again! Tommy Stinson will be returning soon but I’m glad I got to see Duff with them. Sounded great as did Axl’s voice which was very strong. Axl thanked all the GnR lineups in his brief speech.

*Hanging with Zakk Wylde and Ace Frehley who presented an award together. Two HYSTERICAL people. They should start a comedy show together.

*Cool to see so much love for Joan Jett at a metal awards and deserving. Joan is having a big run lately coming off of Nirvana, etc.


Tons more I am forgetting. I’ll discuss on radio Monday when back live. Gotta fly to MD soon, more when I can and see you all at M3 if going! Was an honor to host the Golden Gods for the first time with Don & Jim and thanks to Revolver for having us.

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  • Dave Esselburn on

    The stream was just lousy at parts. Sometimes it didn’t sound like the mic was picking up his voice as it would fade in and out. But so hard to tell from that low quality stream. I’d give Axl the benefit of the doubt. The only thing that honestly didn’t sound good was DJ Ashba’s solo at the start of Sweet Child. Very off key. The feed also got cut off (hacked?) during November Rain and came back during Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. But overall I thought it was a good performance and seeing Duff up there was incredible!. I know it’s only temporary, but I’d love to see him or the others “guest” at more shows.

    I know it’s going to be edited, but do you think they can edit/fix Billy Sheehan’s blunder for the bassist award? I know it’s not really Billy’s fault he screwed up, and he apologized on FB, but can it be fixed in post?

    • Dave Esselburn on

      Here’s a link to Guns playing Paradise City at the end of the show that was taken from the live stream. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP4NrE3mq5Q
      People can compare/contrast all they want. But the sounds was iffy all night on that feed.

  • Jim from Houston on

    Any Chance of Joan Jett interview or reunion with Lita and Cherry?
    Not sure Joan would answer all the juicy questions but I have to imagine she has quite a few stories hanging with Ramones, Motley Cue and all the English Punk bands.

  • luke on

    Sounds like a fun time. I always like learning about new bands from Revolver.

    I hope you guys met some of the younger/newer bands at the awards. Some very great, practically unknow acts there.

  • Taylor on

    Is M3 being televised this year? Thanks for keeping the metal torch burning!

    • Ryan B. on

      I would guess no, Taylor. It wasn’t last year, either, and the year before it was on AXS/HDNET TV and I don’t see it listed anywhere this weekend on the tv schedule. Just some crappy country festival…….a shame.

  • Brad on

    Orianthi is a real talent. She has played the last few years for Alice Cooper and now she is doing a project with Richie. I know you sometimes throw newer artists into the mix, so she would be a cool guest or even a guest guitarist because she can flat out play.

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