5/8: NJ BENEFIT, PRIEST, RATT, WINERY DOGS, MORE

Great to be back live on SiriusXM Monday. Had a great in depth chat with Stephen Pearcy of Ratt who’s new book looks really good. I just skimmed it and saw some great stories. Love doing live radio where I can really do in depth interviews like that. Hardest part of TMS is only having 6-7 minutes with these guys and not getting it all in. Ratt are active again with tour dates that also include this years Rocklahoma where I will see them and Juan is back in. Also working on new music. I truly feel this band is a little undervalued and many forget just how big they were in the 80’s on radio, MTV, etc. Hope they have another good run in them.

 

Huge response to The Winery Dogs stuff which is great to see. I am only involved with these guys in the sense that it was my idea to put them together and they are all friends, but purely as a fan it’s my album of the year so far. The album is out in Japan in a week or so, here in the US is a slightly different version in July. Tour dates TBA. So cool to see people finally discovering here in the US the amazing voice and playing of Kotzen too! I have the whole CD and can tell you it’s all amazing! Killer ballads too.

 

Excited to host the big NJ / Sandy benefit this Saturday with Twisted Sister, Anvil, Raven, TT Quick, The Rods and more. Going to be an epic old school night for a great cause! Don & Jim will be joining me also, so full on TMS hang as well. See you at Encore in Freehold this Saturday to benefit my home state and those still hurting from Sandy.

 

The new Priest Epitaph DVD is coming out. Halford will call in this Friday to discuss and also be in studio with Richie Faulkner Monday for the SiriusXM show. I’ll also be hosting the NYC theater premiere this Tuesday with Rob & Richie in attendance at Clearview in Chelsea NYC.

I leave for Tulsa 2 weeks from today. Rocklahoma is near…

Lot’s going on and still playing catch up from being away. Follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk

 

New TMS starts airing June 1!!

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5/6: BACK LIVE ON SIRIUSXM TONIGHT, GENE SIMMONS, MORE

Good to be back home. Made it back from M3 last night. If you follow on Twitter or check my Twitter feed you will see many photos I just posted with more to come. It was a pretty crazy 2 weeks with Golden Gods, M3, and of course the new TMS tapings which are now done and start airing June 1. We will discuss it all and much more live tonight from 6-10P ET / 3-7 Pacific on SiriusXM channel 39 Trunk Nation (Hair Nation). Also Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy will drop by around 6:30P ET and we will take calls for him. Tons to catch up on over the next week, we will get into some of it tonight for sure! Way too many stories to type, and I suck at typing!

 

Less than 3 weeks away from this years Rocklahoma which I am thrilled to once again be hosting. See you all in Pryor very soon!

 

If you follow on Twitter you know that last Thursday I did indeed sit and talk with Gene Simmons to clear the air with him face to face about exactly what I have said about Kiss as a fan and what my feelings are, cutting out the insane and inaccurate accounts usually posted on the internet. Gene was cool enough to invite me in his booth to sit and chat for about 10 minutes and clear the air to some degree. I did not back down from my own personal thoughts about what the band is doing, just relayed them ACCURATELY to Gene since the 99% of positives from the last 30 years as a Kiss fan that I have said and done are of course NEVER acknowledged anywhere. As I have also stated MANY times I have NO issue with Tommy or Eric in the band. My issue is and always has been with the fact that they are not their own personalities and for me I choose not to see it. But the whole thing has become so silly and blown out of proportion by a hyper sensitive few that it felt good to sit with Gene man to man and explain this clearly (something I asked Paul to do the last time I ever spoke with him and never happened). Gene claimed he has no issue at all with me and is very happy doing what he is doing, and then in typical Gene fashion started quoting how good business is LOL. I explained to Gene if he has no issue he should come back on my shows where his fans want to see and hear him and have a respectful discussion. He said he would not rule it out and as has always been the case my door is open to all past and present members of the band. I honestly don’t know anyone who loves every single thing any band they ever loved has done, and I pride myself on giving my honest opinion when asked.I have no idea if anything will change but I’m glad I was able to sit with Gene, who I have known a long time and who also loves to speak his mind, and have a discussion. I may not be a fan of what the band currently does but respect their right to do it and Gene’s willingness to sit and chat like two adults.

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5/4: GREETINGS FROM MARYLAND AND M3

Greetings from Maryland and the start of day 2 of the M3 Festival. Caught Kix and WASP last night here and both bands sounded strong. Full house and the weather is great. Music is about to start for the day and night here shortly so look forward to a long rockin day with many bands and friends. The TMS and radio support here is just amazing so thank you all!

 

Driving home to NJ tomorrow. Look forward to it after a couple weeks on the road. Live on SiriusXM channel 39 for Trunk Nation 6-10P ET Monday. MUCH to cover and catch up on from TMS, Golden Gods, M3 and more. Just an FYI M3 this year is not on TV, as many have asked about. Also on the radio show Monday Stephen Pearcy will be in studio with me aprox 6:30P ET.

 

Rocklahoma just around the corner and next up for me on the festival circuit. See you soon in OK!

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5/2: RIP JEFF HANNEMAN

Just heard the awful news a couple hours ago about the passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Jeff had been battling an infection from a spider bite but it was announced liver failure took his life today. I interviewed and hung with Jeff several times and it was always a blast. I last saw him in Indio CA during the Big 4 show there when he jumped up with Slayer for a few songs. I then ran into him at a hotel bar we were both staying at and said a quick hello. That was the last time I saw him. We just interviewed Dave Lombardo in TMS the other day and talked about how important it is for both he and Jeff to get back in Slayer. Sad that will now never happen and needless to say we will do our best to edit that interview in some way to show it was shot a couple days before this tragic news. Condolences to the Slayer fans, band and family of Jeff. RIP.

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5/2: TMS S12 DONE, M3 IS HERE, JUDAS PRIEST, MORE

Happy to announce the new season of That Metal Show is done! Had a great couple shows yesterday to wrap it all up with Corey Taylor and Josh Rand of Stone Sour, Dave Lombardo, Steve Vai, Rob Zombie, John 5 and Tom Keifer. These shows are all new with many new features and an all new set. It truly is TMS 2.0 and I think you guys will like it. The audiences and artists were all great and you will see it all when new shows kick off 6/1 11P ET on VH1 Classic. Much more to report when back live on SiriusXM this Monday at 6P ET on channel 39 and if you follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk tons of news and photos there too.

 

Saw Jason Newsted’s new band last night here at The Roxy. Really thick heavy stuff. Very promising and the most metal thing from Jason in a long time. Great to have him back. Even did “Whiplash”.

 

Last night here in LA tonight. The Golden Gods Awards happen tonight and I’ll be attending for a bit to check it out. The show is live in AXS TV. I’m not doing anything in the shiow itself, just hanging this year. Then tomorrow super early flight from LA directly to Baltimore where ths years M3 Festival goes down this weekend! Once again I’ll be there Friday night and Saturday as a guest host. Then finally home to NJ at some point Sunday after 2 weeks of non stop rock craziness!

Judas Priest is screening their new concert film Epitaph at the Clearview Theater Chelsea in NYC May 14th. Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner will be in attendance and I will host. This is open to the public so get your tickets now and also win them on my Q104 show along with the DVD May 10th. Also Rob & Richie will be in studio for my SiriusXM show live 5/10. More details soon.

Been a great run here in LA, can’t wait for you guys to see these all new TMS episodes starting 6/1!

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4/29: A REPORT FROM L.A. & NEW TMS TAPINGS

Greetings from Los Angeles. Been a BUSY stretch here which explains my lack of posts in this space. Hope you follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk as I have posted a ton of news and photos from the set. 4 episodes of the new season of TMS are now done. As you will soon see we have many new features in the coming run of shows including TMS International, Put It On The Table, Metal Modem, The Rant and more. There will be 2 Top 5s in the next 8 shows and Stump The Trunk is alive and well in all. We also have a brand new set and graphics. Sadly and amazingly VH1C is not an HD channel in the US, which really bums me out since these shows would look amazing. But that is 100% out of my control. So far we had Neil Fallon from Clutch, Ricky Warwick & Scott Gorham of Black Star Riders, Buck Dharma of BOC, Brian & Steve from Kix, Rick Allen,Jake E Lee, Rex Brown, Sebastian Bach and cameos from Joe Satriani, Danko Jones and Ben from Dillinger Escape Plan. The evolution of TMS continues and hope you like the new stuff and wide music variety to come. Also had Vinnie Appice and Jake E Lee play in 2 shows each. Everyone was really excited to see and hear Jake again, and I am so thrilled we could help him get back into the spotlight and on his way to rock again. I’ve been helping the Jake camp behind the scenes for a while and his new band Red Dragon Cartel should be killer. He seems to really be on the verge of a comeback and it’s great to see and be a part of. I’ll give you a little teaser from the interview; when asked if he would ever work with Ozzy again he said only if he gets credit (not money) for his writing on Bark At The Moon. Much more when the new episodes start to air June 1 on VH1 Classic.

 

Tape more new shows tomorrow and Wednesday here in LA. Then hit the Golden Gods awards Thursday night. Then way too early Friday I fly direct to Baltimore to host M3 Friday night and Saturday. Hope to see you and hang at M3 if going and congrats to my ticket winners. Also going to catch a few more shows here in LA before going back East, including Cheap Trick at the El Ray tomorrow, a private Queensryche (Tate-less version) release party show Wed, and Jason Newsted at The Roxy Wed. So MUCH going on. Be sure to keep an eye on Twitter and more info here when I have time. Thanks!

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