Woke up this morning to the incredibly sad news that UFO guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Paul Raymond passed away. I don’t need to tell you what a fan of this band I am. Their music is timeless and has been a part of my listening since I was a kid. There are a handful of bands for me that’s music truly endures and always sounds great, and UFO is that for sure to me and many others. Paul was a member of what is widely considered the classic era of the band (Mogg, Way, Schenker, Raymond, Parker) and joined for the Lights Out album is ’77. He was also a part of what I think is the greatest live album (and maybe album) of all time Strangers In The Night. Paul and UFO used keys better than any hard rock band I know. Always great accents to the songs and great moments, without ever compromising the heavy guitar edge. Paul was the ultimate utility guy, doing a bit of everything on stage and so hugely important to the bands sound. I would love when he and Phil would sing together (check out “Fighting Man”). In addition to various (including the current) lineups of UFO, Paul was also a member of UFO spin off bands MSG and Waysted. His writing, singing and playing was crucial to all of them. “Love to Love” is maybe my favorite song ever, and Paul’s keys are so beautiful on it. Want something more recent? Check out a song called “Kingston Town” on the 2006 UFO album The Monkey Puzzle. Paul wrote that one, incredible melody.
I could go on and on about what Paul and UFO mean to me. Every time I would see UFO he always had a big smile on his face and would always engage me (as do the other guys) in my UFO Obsession and share great stories with me. I was truly holding out hope that on the bands final tour there would be hope to see a song or show with the Strangers lineup one last time. I even considered going to England for the bands recent farewell dates there, but with US shows I decided to wait. Had no idea I wouldn’t get to see Paul again. Now with Paul the first to pass from that classic version the reunion can never happen with all 5. But I will always cherish what Paul and UFO gave me and continues to give me. I spent much of today listening to his music and it’s as great as ever no matter how often I hear it. Whatever is left in the history of UFO, needless to say it will never be the same without Paul Raymond. Condolences to Paul’s family, friends, fans and the entire UFO camp. RIP Paul, and thanks for all the amazing music you were a part of in my life.
What a week! Got back from LA on Tuesday after a great LA broadcast from the Rainbow with David Coverdale, Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie on Monday. That show no On Demand on the SiriusXM app and replays this Sat & Sun 8-10P ET on channel 106. Also this week was jammed with calls on Led Zeppelin, the latest artist featured as my Trunk Top 20. And interviews with Jim Breuer and Michael Schenker as well! It’s all now On Demand on the SiriusXM app.
New podcast is now up with Scott Holiday of Rival Sons. Next Thursday will be Duff McKagan.
4/25 is my next appearance hosting Whitesnake at the Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood FL.
I have speaking Q&A shows just announced for MA, WI and NJ. Please note these are speaking shows with your questions and live Stump The Trunk. They are NOT in any way tapings of That Metal Show. Hope to see you for them if coming to your area. More details soon.
I am now on vacation until 4/22. Back live that day 2-4P ET on Volume 106, then 5-8P ET on channel 39. Best ofs all next week daily on 106 2-4 & 9-11P ET.
Headed to LA for a bit once again. Tomorrow my SiriusXM show is live from LA with members of The End Machine, then I host their show tomorrow night at The Whiskey. Friday is Free For All. Then Monday is the next LA Invasion live from the Rainbow 6-8P Pacific. Guests (subject to change) scheduled include Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and David Coverdale! Should be a great one! If in LA come down, free and no ticket needed! Everyone else listen live on 106 9-11P ET/6-8P Pacific. Tuesday is the next Trunk Top 20 with the 20 greatest Zep songs! The rest of the week I’ll take your lists on the top 20 Zep songs. Super busy few days coming up. Follow on Twitter for updates @EddieTrunk
Pretty much every day I hear from someone that says to me “I hear you on YouTube”. The truth is I have never personally posted anything on YouTube in my life. There is a YouTube channel that my webmaster has access to but we haven’t really developed that out in any real way yet. What people are often referring to is my daily SiriusXM talk show on Volume called TrunkNation on channel 106. This show airs live daily 2-4P ET, replays every night 9-11P ET and is available on demand on the SiriusXM app. There are many ways to hear it through SiriusXM and On Demand, so my assumption is the people that opt to listen to clips or segments others post on YouTube are doing it because they don’t have SiriusXM and refuse to pay the fee to access it over the air and / or online (subs starts at like the price of 2 Starbucks for a month and you can get a free trial for a month).
I’m not hear to tell you how to spend your money, but what you do need to know is if you listen in this way you are NOT hearing the full show and often not hearing things in total context. I honestly don’t care that the audio gets around this way. The more ears on what I do the more ways the better. And for those outside the US and Canada it’s a chance to hear stuff from my show (my podcast every week also runs a SiriusXM interview free to all!) where SiriusXM is not available. But the problem comes when people who listen in this way assume things off of it. Meaning depending on what the person decided to post and or edit things can sound and come off very different than the reality. I also deal with this all the time. We all know positive stuff rarely makes for click bait. Comes with the territory and last thing I am going to try and do is control the internet. Again, I am fine with my show going all the places it can, and I appreciate fans passionate enough to record and post stuff. But if you listen in this way you have to know you are NOT always getting the full picture.. Want an example? I just did a bit on the Stones charging 35K for a meet & greet widely posted and discussed. I also minutes after talking about it learned all the money was for charity and praised them for doing it for a great reason. But only the segment talking about what they charged was posted, not the great things said when I learned minutes later it was for charity. This happens constantly.
So listen how you will, I appreciate it. And like I said, I don’t think any fans who post audio online of my show do it with some malicious intent. But context is SO important and if you listen in this way please consider you can be hearing something edited, incomplete, and not even close to what was truly meant. Thanks!
Psyched to announce my next TrunkNation LA Invasion broadcast is set for April 8th as usual from The Rainbow in LA. I have 3 major guests for this one and they will be announced tomorrow on my daily show on 106 Volume at 2P ET. As usual LA remotes are free and open to all and are live that day 6-8P Pacific and air live on Volume 106.
Also tomorrow Brian Koppleman, former music biz exec and co creator of Billions is my guest in studio. Tuesday Jim Breuer joins me. Thursday Jeff Pilson and Robert Mason of the new band The End Machine are in studio with me from LA.
If you missed my Motley Crue LA Invasion with Nikki and Tommy on The Dirt it is now up and free to all as my podcast!
Lot of new appearances TBA soon. Keep an eye on the home page and my twitter for up to the second info.
Thanks to the artists and crew of Experience Hendrix. Caught a great show in NJ this past Friday. The Satriani, Aaronoff, Pinnick closer is worth the price of admission alone!
Congrats to Def Leppard on their long overdue induction into the R&R HOF.
The week is off to a great start for TrunkNation on Volume. Monday Jamey Jasta sat in, today Bret Michaels called in, tomorrow Klaus Meine of Scorpions calls in to talk about Love At First Sting 35 years later. It all happens live 2-4P ET on SiriusXM 106, replay 9-11P ET, and On Demand on the SiriusXM app. Thursday my TMS partner Jim Florentine sits in, Friday all your calls about rock.
New podcast this Thursday will be my entire Motley Crue special from LA on The Dirt with Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and cast members. If you don’t have SiriusXM or are outside the US & Canada this is your chance to hear almost 2 hours with Motley on the film. Free as always www.PodcastOne.com and Itunes.
I’ll be back in LA April 4th for some more West coast broadcasts that will include an appearence by The End Machine (Robert Mason, Mick Brown, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson). I’ll also host their show that night at The Whiskey. Keep an eye on my social media for more LA stuff around that time including the next LA Invasion coming soon from the Rainbow!