EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES SEASON 13 OF “THAT METAL SHOW”

eddietrunk Joe Daly of The Weeklings spoke with our very own Eddie Trunk. Portions of the interview appear below.

The Weeklings: This season is number lucky thirteen for That Metal Show– what have you got in store?

Eddie We’ve had three episodes already and this weekend we’ve got Ted Nugent on for the full hour. The biggest difference is that for the first time ever, we’re doing the episodes on a weekly basis. We used to fly out to L.A. and do two shows a day, which VH1 would then roll them out over the course of a couple of months. Now we’re taping every Tuesday night and people are seeing them that Saturday, so they’re very fresh to air. The other big difference is that we’re doing it in New York City, where we started.

The Weeklings: The last time that we spoke, you had begun pushing the show’s boundaries past pure metal, into other areas like rock and alternative. What’s the plan for this season?

Eddie: The big thing is that we’re now really all over the map. At its core, the show is still a classic rock, hard rock and metal show but there’s a lot of variation going on now. We have this segment that we call Metal Modem where we have the artists in via Skype and we talk to them for a few minutes. In those segments we’ve had Amon Amarth, Halestorm and Ben from Dillinger Escape Plan–artists who we wouldn’t necessarily have sitting on the set with us the whole time because they might be a little bit newer or outside of the world that the channel focuses on, but we’re able to give these artists a platform and that’s been a good thing.

The Weeklings: What sort of non-metal guests might we expect this season?

Eddie: We’ve got this one thing that just came together where we do a full-on classic rock episode where we’re going to have Leslie West (Mountain) and we’re going to have Mick Jones from Foreigner. In this week’s show, we have Alter Bridge, and we also have a guy by the name of Matt Nathanson, who is not a metal artist at all—he’s a singer/songwriter whose connection is that he’s a huge metal fan and we found out about him because he performed on Jay Leno wearing a That Metal Show t-shirt. So he got on our radar and VH1 Classic approached us and asked if we’d have this guy on because even though he doesn’t play metal, he’s such a fan of it and of the show that it would be fun to do, so we’re spreading out for sure and taking some chances. We’re even having some non-musicians on, like Morgan Spurlock and some comedians who are fans of the music.

The Weeklings: I know that this is always a popular question for you, but with each season you seem to scratch a few names off, so who’s left on your hit list of guests you’d love to have on That Metal Show but who haven’t appeared yet? Who’s your top five?

Eddie: Wow. So many. Well, Eddie Van Halen would be one. I only interviewed him once, around the time of Van Halen III, and it was on the radio, and I’d love to really get into an in-depth discussion with him. Of course, we ask every season and they pass every season because he doesn’t want to do press. Another guy that’s heavily-requested is James Hetfield. He’s come up to me personally and said that he loves the show and he watches it and he feels that it’s important, but he’s not personally that comfortable about doing a TV interview. We’ve had Lars (Ulrich) on twice and we’ve had Kirk Hammett on, and he kind of leaves it to those guys to do that sort of stuff for the band. We’d love to have Ozzy, but Sharon (Osbourne, his wife and manager), won’t let him do it. We’d love to have Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from KISS, but they won’t do it because they don’t like me or us or things that we say, so instead of coming on and debating and discussing it with us, they just choose not to come on. Those are the top guys.

The Weeklings: Of all the up-and-coming acts, what’s the best album you’ve heard in recent memory?

Eddie: Well, the band that comes right off the top of my head is a band from Texas called Scorpion Child. I recommended them a couple weeks ago on the show. Very big riff-based hard rock and great vocals, and those are the things I really like.

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GUNS N’ ROSES ANNOUNCE SECOND LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY, TICKETS GO ON SALE FEBRUARY 21ST

gunsnroses2013 Guns N’ Roses will return for a second Las Vegas residency, No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from May 21st through June 7th.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 21st at 10 a.m. at axs.com.

Guns N’ Roses’ first Vegas residency, Appetite For Democracy, took place in the fall of 2012.

Watch a video teaser below.

source: blabbermouth.net

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“ROCK AGAINST MS ALL STAR BENEFIT CONCERT” FEATURING: LITA FORD, CHERIE CURRY, GILBY CLARKE, JAMES LOMENZO, JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE AND MORE, AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO ON MARCH 26TH

rockagainstms400 The 2nd annual Rock Againts MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing All-Star line up. The 2nd show has stars returning in support of long time friend and publicist, Nancy B. Sayle. This rock-fueled concert is to help raise awareness and funding for Sayle and her new foundation benefiting those living with MS.

Guitar Player Magazine is in the house to present Lita Ford their top award – Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase Certified Guitar Player—and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night—this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. “Lita Ford slugged it out with the boys club in an era where female musicians who liked to rock hard had very few heroes,” says Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda. “But Lita was there, and man, did she cut a heroic figure. She was tough. She was smart. She could write a good song. And she could shred. Stinging bends. Fierce vibrato. A great sense of melody and phrasing. Since the Runaways in the late 1970s, and throughout her solo career, Lita has been a beacon of cool, and an inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through the guitar. She is the definition of a Certified Legend.”

In its finishing stages, the Rock Against MS Foundation will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call The Rock House is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th 2014

WHERE: Concert/VIP Meet and Greet
The Whisky A Go-Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
VIP Meet & Greet: 6:00 PM
Doors: 7:00PM
Show Starts at 8PM

Tickets:

· General Admission- $35
· Floor w/ pre-show meet and greet at 6PM- $100
· Balcony-VIP meet & greet- $150
· VIP- Reserved booth for four people with meet and greet- $500
· VIP- Reserved booth for eight people with meet and greet- $1,000

To purchase tickets, please click here.

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LITTLE CAESAR FRONTMAN RON YOUNG SAYS HE GLAD THE BAND NEVER BECAME A HOUSEHOLD NAME

Little Caesar singer Ron Young recently revealed that he is grateful the band, best known for their cover of Chain Of Fools, never became a household name.

“It nearly killed me because, unfortunately, at the end of that I fell into a drug addiction and my life crashed and burned,” Young told Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson in episode #141 of The Music Biz Weekly Podcast. “I couldn’t separate the performer from the individual. I put so much of who I was and the value of my life into becoming a successful musician and had to get my ass kicked in the dirt to find out what is really important in life, what’s really important about music, and what’s really important about the creation of music. In retrospect, if I’d been one of those guys strapping on my leather pants with my hair dye in a band singing my two hit songs, taking all this so seriously without a real life, still trying to sneak out a living and milking the twenty minutes of fame I might have gotten if I wanted platinum or something — I’d be miserable.”

“My life wouldn’t have the fullness, the richness, or the balance — probably not even the appreciation of what the true blessing of music is now,” continued the singer. “And I only have that because I am completely self contained. I’m with a group of guys that I’ve been with since day one because none of the BS of the business ever ruined what we did as a musical unit or as friends or family. So I get to look back on this and have a completely different perspective than many other people who are still toiling and sweating over how they go viral, how they sell a million records, or how they stay relevant, have to do. I can do it purely because it’s now my passion and it’s not my source of revenue, so it puts a completely different spin on it. It gives me an appreciation because I really can look at it purely as a journey and not a destination.”

Little Caesar’s latest album, 2001’s American Dream was the group’s fourth full-length studio album, and the band will be touring the UK this March.

Listen to Ron Young’s entire interview below.

source: sleazeroxx.com

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GUNS N’ ROSES’ “SWEET CHILD O’ MINE” GETS A RAGTIME MAKEOVER

gunsnroses2013 Blues singer Miche Braden joined Postmodern Jukebox, a New York City-based band that takes modern pop songs and turns them into ragtime, old time jazz, and swing songs, for a New Orleans-style remake of Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine. Watch the performance below.

Guns N’ Roses is scheduled to play at the Heaven And Hell festival in Mexico City in March and Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio in May.

additional source: blabbermouth.net

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AC/DC FRONTMAN BRIAN JOHNSON SAYS THAT THE BAND WILL BE ENTERING A CANADIAN STUDIO IN MAY

BrianJohnson AC/DC will reportedly be entering a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in May, reports blabbermouth.net.

The news was revealed on Friday, February 14th by the band’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, during a surprise phone call he gave to Andy Preston of the 98.7 The Gater radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Asked if AC/DC is planning to do anything this year, Johnson told Preston: “Well, you’ll be the first one to know, really, because we’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure. One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn’t like to say anything, and we’re very private about things like this, so we didn’t wanna say anything. And he’s a very proud man. But I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready. It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence, so I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth. [laughs]”

He added: “You know what?! It’s been four years [since we last went out on the road], and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Listen to audio Brian Johnson’s interview below.

AC/DC’s lastest release was 2008’s Black Ice.

source: blabbermouth.net

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