EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES “THAT METAL SHOW,” AND WHAT NEW BANDS HAVE PIQUED HIS INTEREST

zrock_eddietrunk_cast_mini_gallery_ Paige Montgomery of L.A. Music Blog spoke with Eddie about That Metal Show, his favorite TMS guests and what new bands are on his radar. Portions of the interview appear below.

L.A. Music Blog: [That Metal Show] hit record numbers with the Season 12 premiere. What do you attribute to the show getting such high viewership this season?

Eddie: I think that mainly it was because people were missing the show so much. We were off the air for the longest period of time without new episodes before these new shows started a few weeks ago, and I think that played a big part in it. You know the old saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder? I think that’s what it was. Even though the show was still on countless times as repeats, I think people started to get really frustrated because there were no new shows.

If it was up to me, we’d be doing them every night, but it’s not. It’s up to the network, and they control the budgets and they control those decisions. So unfortunately we don’t do these shows nearly as often as I wish that we would. We [also] have a whole new set and a relaunch of the show that I think a lot of people were curious about. And Jason Newsted was a great first guest. He’s a guy that hasn’t been on TV in a long time, and I think he was a great way to reintroduce the show, too.

L.A. Music Blog: After reflecting back on 100 episodes, is there any single interview or show that sticks out as your favorite or most memorable?

Eddie: There’s certainly a few. I think one of the greatest shows we ever had was Brian Johnson of ACDC because, needless to say, he’s the singer in one of the biggest bands in the world, but he also is just a great guy. No B.S. about him — what you see is what you get.
Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony are a couple guys who are always a blast to do interviews with. I love the real people. And what I mean by that is I love artists that don’t come with this certain air about them, that don’t come with their guard up, that say “Don’t talk to me about this” or “Stay away from this.” They want to come, they get the spirit of the show, they want to mix it up and have some fun with you, and they’re not so hypersensitive that you can’t say this or say that.

Rob Halford is always great. The late Ronnie James Dio, of course, who was one of my great friends, was always great as well. Lars Ulrich is always great. The other big stuff that comes to mind immediately is Steve Harris, who had eluded me for a long time, and we finally got on. The icons of the genre that we deal with. I mean, any time you’re sitting next to them and you’re lucky enough to have them on the show, it’s really special.

L.A. Music Blog:” I know that you’re all about the classics. Do you also pay attention to the new, more up-and-coming bands in the genre?

Eddie: I’ll tell you what — I do, actually. And there’s a number of bands that I really like that are new bands. I think that what people sometimes forget is that our show is on VH1 Classic. Sometimes people overlook the second word in that: classic. The entire network is based on classic artists and classic music — that’s exactly what it’s built on. You wouldn’t go to ESPN Classic or a classic rock station to hear new bands, so we can’t feature that much new stuff on the show, but that doesn’t mean that any of us don’t like new music.

If anyone has ever listened to my radio show over the 30 years I’ve done it, new music is an incredibly important part of what I do. That being said, in the show, we have many ways that we feature new bands. As a matter of fact, in this new season we have Ben from the Dillinger Escape Plan on, and we’ve got Johan from Amon Amarth on. We’re doing this new feature called Metal Modem” where we’re incorporating them in, so we find our ways to talk about, when and where we can, new music. But we also have to be conscious that we work for a network called VH1 Classic, and at the end of the day, most people want to see the icons of the world.

There are plenty of new bands that I like, and if you watch the show we find many ways to at least get these bands mentioned, even if it’s just wearing their t-shirt. It’s funny when I hear people say, “Why don’t you have obscure bands on?” And my answer to that is obscure doesn’t exactly equal TV ratings. Obscure is not something a TV executive wants to hear. It has to be a balancing act. But there’s new stuff that I like. There’s this band out of Canada called Monster Truck, and I like this band out of LA that I first mentioned on the show two years ago called Rival Sons.

Read more at L.A. Music Blog.

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EDDIE TRUNK ON THE CURRENT ROCK SCENE: “IN GENERAL [IT’S] FAIRLY HEALTHY, BUT NOT AS HEALTHY AS PEOPLE MAY THINK”

eddietrunk Wendy Jasper-Martinez of KNAC.com spoke with Eddie about his career, his new book and the rock scene. Portions of the article appear below.

[As] a seasoned metal journalism veteran, Trunk began his career in radio, spent time working for Megaforce records in the late 80’s and has recently celebrated 30 years with Q104 in New York City. He is also an established metal historian and author and has completed his new book, a sequel to his first bestseller, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

“It’s a continuation of the first book and it has all new bands and histories, discographies and photos and it’s simply titled Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Volume II. I started as a writer and even while going into radio and television, I have continued to write. I actually just got to see it before going to press and I know we will have a book tour planned as well.”

All of Trunk’s passion for metal is what lead him to That Metal Show. The show has been integral in helping keep metal in the United States alive. Trunk thinks that it is important to be as diverse as possible in the field which is why he has stayed with radio in addition to the show and has worked so hard to make TMS a success.

“Right now, the scene and rock in general is fairly healthy, but it is not as healthy as people may think and there is so much more to be done to get the word out. There are still a ton of bands that really struggle and just because you had a hit record in the 80’s doesn’t mean you are set for life like so many people would think. The touring market is very competitive and we are in an age where people are not paying for music so while there are some encouraging signs, we still have a long way to go,” he said.

With that said, it stands that TMS has been a big factor in helping fans keep up with artists that may not be as visible as they once were. For example, the last season featured guitarist John Sykes, a revered player that not many people have been able to keep up with. This new season will also feature some familiar faces that fans have been wondering about like Tom Keifer, Jake E. Lee, and members of KIX, who recently released a live album through Frontier’s Records.

“I hope that I can help create awareness of these artists and put them and their careers in a respectful light. Good journalism is about asking good questions, going in depth, and treating the artist with class and respect. I am lucky that people care about what music I play and what guests we have on the show and I think we should try to shine light where we can,” Trunk said.

Read more at KNAC.com.

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“THAT METAL SHOW” AIRS 100TH EPISODE THIS WEEKEND FEATURING SEBASTIAN BACH AND REX BROWN

Thatmetalshowlogo VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming That Metal Show returns this week with the show’s milestone 100th episode.

The show is hosted by radio/TV personality Eddie Trunk and comedian/TV personalities Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. The guests for this week’s episode are Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown and legendary front man Sebastian Bach. A sneak peek of the 100th episode is available online and can be viewed here.



The episode features Brown discussing his Pantera years while promoting his recently released book Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera. Sebastian Bach joins in on the conversation while promoting his latest DVD/CD Abachalypse Now. The episode also features a Metal Modem session with Danko Jones, the always-popular Stump the Trunk and another TMS Top 5 as the guys argue over the Top 5 Comeback Albums.

The remaining episodes for Season 12 guests and airdates are:

6/22 – Jake E. Lee and Rick Allen
6/29 – Queensrÿche (Scott Rockenfield & Todd La Torre) and Dave Mustaine
7/6 – Rob Zombie & John 5 and Tom Keifer
7/13 – Scott Gorham & Ricky Warwick and Neil Fallon

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SAXON ANOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH SPECIAL GUEST FOZZY

saxon2011 Saxon have announced a North American tour which will run from September 12th until October 10th and will feature support from Fozzy.

The group is touring in support of its critically acclaimed new album, Sacrifice, but promises to play all of the fan favorites from its 30-plus-year catalog, including tracks like Denim & Leather”, Wheels Of Steel, Ride Like The Wind, Motorcycle Man and Heavy Metal Thunder, all of which have cemented the band’s legendary status. All videos have over 8 million collective clicks on YouTube and the band has sold over 12 million albums.

North American Saxon fans will also have the option for a rare opportunity to meet-and-greet with the band, a limited number of VIP packages are available at Saxon747.com.

Comments Saxon’s Biff Byford: “We’re really glad to anounce a new tour of North America and Canada with the Sacrifice world tour! The album has done fantastic around the world! We can’t wait hit your shores with the Saxon invasion with very special guest Fozzy. It should be a fantastic tour for all metalheads. We have been friends with Chris Jericho for years, so there has never been a better time to hook up with Fozzy for a tour that will take us from the East Coast to the West Coast and finally winding up in the Great White North.”

Adds Fozzy’s Chris Jericho: “After our highly successful U.S. tour last summer on Uproar, we’ve been chomping at the bit for the right opportunity to return to North America… and now it has arrived! To tour with the legendary Saxon is a metal dream come true and the perfect way to satisfy all of our AMAZING fans in the U.S. and Canada and to make tons of new ones in the process. Get ready for Sacrifice And Sin…we’re gonna tear your heads off and leave you screaming Fozzy, Fozzy, Fozzy!!”

Opening support on the tour will be Halcyon Way.

Saxon/Fozzy tour dates:

Sep. 12 – Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium
Sep. 13 – New York, NY @ BB King Blues Club & Grill
Sep. 14 – Montreal, QUE @ Corona Theater
Sep. 15 – Toronto, ONT @ The Phoenix
Sep. 17 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
Sep. 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Sep. 19 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s
Sep. 20 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Sep. 21 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
Sep. 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Sep. 26 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Sep. 27 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Sep. 28 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Oct. 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
Oct. 2 – Long Beach, CA @ Gaslamp
Oct. 3 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Oct. 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
Oct. 5 – Corona, CA @ M15
Oct. 6 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Oct. 8 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct. 9 – Portland, OR @ Mt Tabor
Oct. 10 – Vancouver, BC @ The Venue

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BLACK SABBATH’S “13” SET TO REACH NUMBER ONE ON THE BILLBOARD 200

blacksabb2013 Black Sabbath is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, reports Keith Caulfield of Billboard.

Industry sources suggest the group’s new 13,released on Tuesday (June 11th), may sell over 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 16th.

Black Sabbath’s 13 is the band’s first studio album with singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!. The band has just one top 10 album thus far, 1971’s Master of Reality, which reached number eight.

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source: billboard.com

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FORMER IRON MAIDEN SINGER PAUL DI’ANNO SAYS THE BAND IS “F’ING BORING” AND COMPARES STEVE HARRIS TO HITLER

pauldianno According to blabbermouth.net, in a recent interview, former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno compared bassist Steve Harris to Adolf Hitler, said he wrote “20-times better songs” than Harris’ and claimed Maiden is all about “money, money, money, money – nobody else counts.”

Di’Anno’s comments came during a press conference in Argentina last month. The singer was in the middle of a solo tour of the South American country.

A member of the audience questioned Di’Anno about his rumored drug use and asked whether it contributed to his departure from Maiden.

Di’Anno raged, “Where the fuck do you people get this from? I left Iron Maiden because they were going too heavy metal, and Iron Maiden is a money-making machine, and I don’t give a fuck about it. It was not about drugs; it was nothing like that.

Me and Steve [Harris]… I [wrote] the song Killers, Steve had [what he thought] were better songs. I thought his songs were shit. Nothing to do with drugs; nothing whatsoever. Check your facts or otherwise this interview is over… I hate that! I fucking hate that!

Because people… You say something but you don’t know. Well, I’m telling you. Iron Maiden is Steve Harris’ band. It doesn’t matter about anybody else – whether it’s Dave Murray, Clive [Burr], me… it’s Steve Harris’ band and all it is is money, money, money, money – nobody else counts.

And I wrote fuckin’ 20-times better songs than his, but I only got one song on the Killers album because it’s Steve’s – he must have this. Fuckin’ Adolf Hitler. I’m not interested. So there you go.

But you need to take drugs when you’re with Iron Maiden because they’re so fucking boring. And the only drugs were aspirin, because Steve [making hand gesture as if someone is speaking into his ear]… Fuckin’ headache.”

Watch video from the press conference below.

[Ed’s note: The above opinions do not reflect nor represent those of Eddie Trunk or EddieTrunk.com]

source: blabbermouth.net

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