Was sad to hear of the passing of record producer Andy Johns. I first heard the news late last night via a text from former LA Guns guitarist Stacy Blades. Andy had produced the last few LA Guns albums and was working with Stacy on his next band at the time of his death. I did not know Andy personally but was a huge fan of his work. His early days of engineering were on all time classic albums by Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, and The Rolling Stones. Perhaps some of his best known 80’s work was with Cinderella (That’s him in the “Somebody Save Me” video behind the board). Andy also produced Van Halen’s F U C K album and more recently the debut from Chickenfoot. He was known for great drum sounds and really rich punchy sounding albums and I loved his work. I did not know Andy personally. Years ago in the 80’s he was working on something with House Of Lords and I somehow ended up at the studio and did a gang vocal on the album. Outside of a that very brief meeting I never knew him, but his track record speaks for itself. By many accounts Andy worked with rock stars and also partied like one! A true legend of the business gone at just 62. RIP Andy and thanks for the great sounding rock. More on this tonight on SiriusXM Eddie Trunk LIVE show starting 6P ET on channel 39.
Hope you all can join me LIVE tonight on Q104.3 NYC starting at 11P ET. Chris Jericho will be sitting in tonight. Always a blast when Chris hangs with me in studio and God knows what we will get talking about and playing! Also Jason Beiler of Saigon Kick will call in live for a bit. Excited this band is back and will be hosting a show with them in NYC this Thursday at Webster Hall. Free tickets for that and more tonight. You can hear this show streaming live at www.q1043.com or use the free iheartradio app.
Don’t forget all affiliate stations air my show with Robin Zander and David Coverdale this weekend. Here is a list of the stations and days and times the show runs:
This Monday LIVE on SiriusXM channel 39 Trunk Nation (Hair Nation). Former Accept singer Udo will be in studio and Jason from Saigon Kick will call in.
TMS guests and audience ticket info TBA very soon. Have a good weekend
Just a quick update to let you guys know signed personalized copies of my debut book are still available directly from me. Just click on the banner on the home page for all the order details. I’ll write whatever you want and send it out ASAP. If you don’t want signed copies you can buy Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal anywhere books are sold as a physical book or as a digital version via itunes, etc. I am just about done with Volume 2 of the book which will come out in Sept and have the same format (playlists, photos, stories, etc) and feature all bands not in volume 1. Once we get closer to that release I’ll be hitting the road for signings and special events around that. My first book has done really well and I can’t thank you all enough for the support that has made this coming sequel possible. Psyched for it to come out and I’ll let you know more details and reveal the wide variety of bands included very soon.
Had a great SiriusXM show last night with live interviews with Jesse from Jackyl and Steve from Kix. Both artists will be at M3 this year. See you there, should be a blast as always. More free tickets to M3 on my FM shows.
Thanks to David Coverdale for the surprise call in this past Friday on the FM show. DC talked about the upcoming live Whitesnake touring and DVDs/CDs. He revealed that after this run the extensive touring for his band will start to slow a bit. He also noted he reconnected with Richie Blackmore for the first time in ages and had a great talk with him. David seems to be in a great place right now and in great spirits. Always good to have him on. Also check out Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich’s band Burning Rain who are about to release new music and just issued a new video. Also spoke with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick in this past Friday’s show. Budokan is 35 years old and special stuff will be announced soon. Robin is doing some solo shows including this Thursday at BBs in NYC. Honor to have these two legendary singers on the show. You can hear this show again this weekend on all affiliate stations and online outlets as usual and On Demand for site members.
Coming this Friday to the Q104 FM show Chris Jericho sits in before the big Wrestlemania! Always mayhem when Jericho hangs. Tune in starting 11P ET Q104.3 or streaming with iheartradio app and at www.q1043.com
This Monday original Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider joins me in studio for the SiriusXM show.
New season of TMS almost fully booked. I’ll be announcing the guests very soon as well as info on how to get tickets and be in the audience. Shows start to air early June.
Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. Happy Easter to those that celebrate. Look forward to some Easter family time this weekend. And to my Jewish friends Happy Passover.
Live radio show tonight on Q104.3 NYC. Robin Zander calls in live and you can win tickets to his solo show at BB Kings. Plus more tickets to M3 and a ton of new and classic music. Join me in the NYC area on 104.3 FM starting at 11P ET. Outside NYC area listen to the free stream at www.q1043.com or use the free iheartradio app. Just hit Q104.3 under Classic Rock, NY.
Also live this Monday on SiriusXM channel 39 starting 6P ET. Steve Whiteman of Kix and Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl will check in live. Lot’s of your calls as well. 6-10P ET/3-7 Pacific. Trunk Nation (Hair Nation).
Lot’s of great new music out there or coming soon. Listening to new Queensryche, Black Star Riders, Winery Dogs, Skid Row and more.
Tickets to tapings of new TMS end of April in LA will be released next week. Keep an eye here and on my Twitter for the application. Hope to see you in the audience. New shows start to air early June. I’ll be announcing allm guests soon also.
Thanks to all for checking out the Geddy & Alex interview and all the kind words. Great band and great people! I have some bonus content that was not in the radio or video version of the interview coming soon. Hope to bring you more and more exclusive content to this site when I can. Also congrats to the winner of the signed Rex Brown bass. Thanks to Rex for letting us do it and check out his great new book.
Busy time playing catch up from being away the last week. Was great to be live on the last two radio shows. Rex Brown called in to the Q104 show last Friday to discuss his new book. Also Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders also called in to debut new music. Remember this show airs on all affiliate stations this weekend and for AA Members of the site On Demand. I’ll be live again this Friday on Q104, details to come soon. Coming April 5th Chris Jericho returns live to the studio before the big Wrestlemania for a Metal Summit show!
Thanks to Snake Sabo for sitting in for the entire SiriusXM show this past Monday. Always a blast with my old pal and we premiered three new Skid Row songs for the first time. Also thanks to Michael Sweet for coming by toward the end of the show. New Stryper album out now called Second Coming. Live again this Monday with Jesse James DuPree and more TBA. Please note, I have NO CONTROL over my show being On Demand or replaying on SiriusXM. I would contact them for info, I have asked. Thanks.
About a month away from filming the new TMS episodes in LA. The ticket info should be released any day. I will post here and on my Twitter. The episodes are about 50% booked. Once all slots filled I will announce the new seasons guests. Guests are booked based on if they are available when we shoot (many on tour) and if they want to do the show. We ask! If there is a major act you want on TELL THEM, all we can do is ask. Let them hear from YOU the fans! We have new features coming and the guests will be a mix of new and classic artists and first time and returning guests. The shows will start to air early June on VH1 Classic. A special hello and thanks to TMS viewers outside the USA. I know season 9 just started in S America and other markets. I am hoping to find a way to come and visit some of these other countries that have rabid TMS fans soon.
For those asking I will once again be special guest host at M3 this year. I’ll be heading to Maryland direct from LA right after we tape the new TMS shows. Hope to see you all out there again. Free tix being given away on my radio shows.
Also will once again be hosting this years Rocklahoma. Huge lineup and this should be one of the biggest years yet. Honored to have hosted this great event every year and look forward to seeing you in Pryor OK Memorial Weekend.
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