3/12: BACK FROM VEGAS, QUICK UPDATE. HAGAR, PURPLE

Sorry for the lack of updates here. If you’ve been following on Twitter you know I was in Vegas the last week for my first ever appearance at a R&R Fantasy Camp. More details on this soon but it was great to meet the campers and hang with so many friends and musicians working with them. Had a blast as always with the great Sammy Hagar at his Cabo Wabo there. He could not have been cooler with the campers at the camp and he sang a song with all of them. It was stunning watching a guy now 65 sing EVERY song, Montrose, VH, etc, NOTE PERFECT! There is simply nobody at his age that can sing like that STILL and has lost nothing. Everybody was just in disbelief that hasn’t seen him in a while. Total freak in a good way!

Much more to report from Vegas. I’ll post more tomorrow before leaving for Florida Thursday to host the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. Hope to see you on board if you are going. Have to run now. Judging round 3 of Hard Rock Rising battle of the bands and about to shoot a segment for an upcoming Deep Purple Behind the Music.

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3/5: HEADED TO VEGAS, TMS, RUSH, MORE

About to kick off a busy couple of weeks. Headed to Vegas tomorrow to appear as a guest at my first ever R&R Fantasy Camp with Sammy Hagar, Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Lita Ford, Ron Keel and many more. Always love Vegas and this should be a fun event. It’s at MGM and might be sold out, but be sure to check if in the area. Then home next week for a couple days before heading off to host the second annual sold out Monster Of Rock Cruise from Florida. Both radio shows are recorded next 2 weeks as a result of this travel. Remember all new interview with Geddy & Alex of Rush will premiere on Q104 broadcast 3/15 starting at 11P ET. Listen outside NYC with free iheartradio app or at www.q1043.com Airs on all affiliates the next weekend as usual. All recorded shows all new, just recorded.

Had a great meeting with VH1 execs yesterday. New TMS is a full go right now with work starting on guests and who is available and also some cool new makeovers to the show, set and new features. We tape last week of April in L.A. and the shows will start airing in early June. More news when I have it and can share and I will also post when audience tix are made available.

Had an interesting chat on air last night on SiriusXM show about paid meet & greets and fans thoughts on them. Good discussion as to the pros and cons and what is too much. Love doing that stuff on radio and thanks for all the calls.

Be sure to check out the new video interview on the home page with Michael Anthony, one of the truly nice guys in rock! Nicko McBrain interview coming soon..

The Guns n Roses special scheduled for this weekend which featured the full O2 show from last year has been cancelled due to a contract issue with clearing it. Legal stuff I have nothing to do with. The video block I hosted may still air at some point but the concert will not. Sorry but a network issue/decisions, not me.

I’ll update here as often as I can. Next couple weeks going to be hectic so keep an eye on the Twitter for up to the second news and info @EddieTrunk

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3/1: RADIO, TMS UPDATE, RUSH, MORE

Happy to announce we FINALLY have a schedule for the next run of long overdue new episodes of That Metal Show. Things moving full steam ahead now. The booking process has begun and again, all artists are approached that are approved BY VH1, and depending on scheduling we get the best of what’s available. Tapings will happen last week of April in Los Angeles. As always I will post the link on how to get tickets when it is released by VH1 and the agency that handles that. I do not control or distribute the audience tickets, but I will post the application here ASAP. The shows will air in May. When I have more details to share I will, but things are coming together quickly for some all new TMS coming soon! Thanks all for your support and patience. If it was up to me I’d do new shows every day, but as I have said many times VH1 owns the show and calls the shots. I’m just thrilled to be doing it and continuing with new ones soon!

Last live Q104 show tonight for a couple weeks as I have some travel coming up. Tonight Ron Sobol who just released a film on Randy Rhoads Quiet Riot years will join me. Plenty of music and requests too. LIVE at 11P ET on Q104.3 FM NYC or online using the free iheartradio app or stream via www.q1043.com

The brand new interview I just recorded with Geddy & Alex of Rush will air on Q104 show 3/15 for the first time and all affiliates the following weekend at usual day and time. I also have video of this to be posted here after radio airs.

This Monday final LIVE Trunk Nation on SiriusXM for a couple weeks. Biff Byford of Saxon calls in live. 6-10PM ET SiriusXM channel 39 Hair Nation.

I am headed to Vegas on Wed for R&R Fantasy Camp where I will appear as a special guest with Sammy Hagar, Steve Vai and Lita Ford to name a few at MGM. Hope to meet you if attending. Then it’s the Monsters Of Rock Cruise I’m so thrilled to be hosting once again. See you all on board if cruising with us this year. Ship is sold out, should be a blast! I can also confirm I will once again be a special guest host at this years M3 in Maryland and I am giving tickets away already on the FM radio show.

We are once again accepting new AA Members to this site. Please see that tab on the home page and get a bunch of exclusive content and access.

Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal VOL 2 is coming in September! Almost done but still working on it. 35 all new bands and photos!

Finished up Dee Snider’s book. Real good read even if not a TS fan.

Follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for up to the second news.

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2/26: BECOME AN ALL ACCESS MEMBER OF EDDIETRUNK.COM

Greatly appreciate all our members of this site hanging with us through the transition to the new design, server, etc. The relaunch has been a bit rocky at times and we are still working out some kinks, but happy to say we are adding new content, updating radio shows and interviews, and shooting and posting audio and video exclusive to this site! If you are already a member have a look around at what is being added daily, with much more to come. Now for the first time we are accepting new members to the site. We had frozen membership acceptance until we had some stuff worked out, but now if you would like to become a member just hit the All Access tab and sign up. For a small yearly fee we will do our best to provide you with as much content as we can, and you will also get the signed photo we have always provided. Hosting and running a site with the content we have comes with it’s fair share of expense, so the yearly fee for members helps us offset that and I appreciate the support. Of course a great deal of free content will always be a huge part of this site, but for those interested in exclusive content, podcasts, On Demand radio and more as we go further, have a look and join us in All Access Membership. And as always thank you for your support and patience as we continue to develop the all new eddietrunk.com

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2/26: TOM KEIFER, BOBBY BLOTZER / RATT, RUSH

Had a great chat last night with Tom Keifer of Cinderella on the SiriusXM show. Tom is having a blast promoting and working in his new band for his solo tour. Outside of the Monsters Of Rock cruise Cinderella will be taking a break from touring while Tom works the solo album coming out in April, but he did not rule out a possible new Cinderella album at some point. Hard to believe almost 20 years since Still Climbing.

 

Also got a call from Bobby Blotzer who was listening to the show live and checked in. Blotz said Ratt is back full on and has more gigs besides Rocklahoma to announce soon. He also confirmed Juan is back in full time and they are working on new music. He joked that I need to proof read Pearcy’s new book so that things don’t blow up once it comes out! Great to hear from Blotz and even better to know this band is getting busy again. Bobby also added that he left Queensryche because Ratt was going to be busy and he also felt his style of playing might not have been the best fit for that band once he started to listen.

 

Headed into NYC now to record an interview with Geddy & Alex from Rush! Heard from the guys that they were in town and always appreciate them making time to get together. I’ll have audio of our conversation in an FM show coming soon as well as some exclusive video of the conversation here on the site soon. More details and photos after I do the interview later today.

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2/24: ROCKENFIELD/RYCHE, MUSIC BIZ, KEIFER, MORE

Had a great conversation for almost an hour with Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche on my Q104 show this past Friday. You can hear it on all affiliate stations usual place and time this coming weekend as well as online outlets. Was the first time I really spoke at length with that side of the Queensryche divide. Scott answered everything thrown at him and was extremely happy with how things were progressing with his version of the band. I even joked with him about Chris DeGarmo being the key to swaying fans to one version or the other, but Scott said the only way Chris would be a part of Queensryche these days is if he was piloting the plane. I also world premiered a clip of a new song called “Redemption” that truly sounded great. Very much like old Queensryche and it was stunning how much new singer Todd LaTorre nailed Tate like vocals. Scott made it clear his version of the band is all about embracing the more metal side of Queensryche’s history and it certainly sounded that way. I’ll see them live for the first time on the Monsters Cruise next month. When ever stuff like this goes down with bands I’ve known for decades, as is the case with Queensryche, all I can do is give a platform to all parties and ultimately the fans make the decisions what to support. So when Geoff is ready my door is also open to him as well. It sucks when stuff like this happens for us as fans, but who knows, maybe somehow we get two solid bands from this? We will find out soon enough.

 

Just watched a 3 hour doc on The Eagles. Obviously not hard rock but a great band just the same and if you are a fan of rock docs as I am check it out. On Showtime.

 

The latest band contract situation is now Dave Lombardo and Slayer. Had me thinking, have we ever seen a time when the business side of music has become so transparent? Used to be much of this was hidden from fans, but between Lombardo, Ward and many others it’s being finally put to fans as it is, business. We all like to think the bands we follow are all for one, one for all, but rarely is that ever the case. In most instances one or two members own and control, the others employees. More common than you think, but only heard about recently with social media and some of these guys going public. I for one like the transparency VS the bullshit. It is after all the music BUSINESS, and that second word yields so much power.

 

Much to discuss so join me LIVE tomorrow from 6-10PM ET for Eddie Trunk LIVE on SiriusXM channel 39 Trunk Nation (Hair Nation). Tom Keifer joins me live at 6:15 ET.

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