eddietrunk Adam Lawton of Media Mikes spoke to Eddie about That Metal Show. Portions of the interview appear below.

AL: Can you tell us about the idea of bringing in guitarists, bassists and drummers to perform during the show?

ET: The ultimate goal is to have a band play one day but we can’t do that because we just don’t have the budget. We simply cannot afford to bring on an entire band or pay the publishing which is very expensive and a lot of people don’t realize that. We try and work around that buy just bringing in single musicians to do some shredding and stuff. We have had drummers, bassists and predominately guitarist as they lend themselves to the gig a little more. This season we split things down the middle with four shows being with a guitarist and four shows being with a drummer. We have a lot of fun bringing those guys in and it’s a great opportunity to showcase sometimes the little lesser known guys. For example Richie Kotzen has always been a favorite of mine and in America he is barely known. To have him featured on our show has been great as lots of people have been emailing me for more info on him.

AL: In the shows 12 seasons has there ever been a guest that you thought would never end up on the show but actually did end up being on?

ET: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden was tough. He doesn’t live in American and the Iron Maiden camp is extremely protective of their brand and how they do things. I have always had a great relationship with them but in order to get everyone on board the stars have to align themselves. The season that Steve was on ended up being a last minute score for us because Steve had just announced he was going to be doing a solo album and the band happened to be in Los Angeles. I went to their manager and just asked to have him on. Steve ended up coming down and having a blast. We hope to have him back one day. They guys who don’t live in America are a challenge logistically. Tony Iommi was another one that I was really excited to have one.

AL: Besides the remaining shows for this season what else do you have in the works?

ET: I just completed my second book which is the follow up to Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Vol. 1. I just found out that Vol. 2 will be coming out on September 24th. The book is an exact sequel to my first book. The format and everything is the same except that there are 35 completely different bands in this one. I am really excited for that to be happening. I will also be continuing my two radio shows as this year I am celebrating my 30th year in radio. I am always out there looking for ways to make my projects bigger and take things to the next level.

Read the entire interview at Media Mikes.

16 Responses

  1. Hey Eddie,

    I realize you don’t have the budget for a band that we are all familiar with, BUT, what about a young hungry band who wants the exposure and you don’t have to pay them???
    Makes sense to me. Now we all don’t have to be stuck in the past myself included and get to hear some new stuff out there.

    1. VH1 wants NAME ACTS at all times. The cost is not only publishing but production at the studio. Trust me, if we had the $$ we would do so much more. VH1 makes the calls.

    2. Eddie,

      Did you ever think of asking Eddie Van Halen to be on TMS? Just kidding – LOL!

      Serious question about the publishing rights issue: Unlike their pop and country music counterparts, many rock band members write or co-write their material. I think that means that those band members own the publishing rights to many, but certainly not all, of their songs. Am I wrong about that? If I am, that’s fine, and you answer will educate me.

      However, if I’m correct about my aforementioned assumption, and assuming that the production costs of performing on TMS could be overcome, do you think that some bands might wave their pay rights/fees to perform certain songs live to take advantage of the free publicity of appearing on TMS and of performing that song(s)?

      Thanks for TrunkNation and TMS!


    3. I think Mr. James is right. There are alot of up and coming bands out there who would love to be on your show. My band Eyes of Octavia is one of them. Over here in Maryland its hard to get exposure. Fly us out there Eddie!!!! We will play for free!!!!!!

    4. Simply not how it works in TV land. TV wants NAME STAR TALENT whenever possible. Obscure or not nationally knows does NOT register for TV execs!

  2. Couldn’t you do a webshow/ home show Like Daryl Hall does(live from Daryls house)? http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/
    Or here is a idea VH1 does a Music show ala Midnight Special or Don Kirshers Rock Concert. Do it Live on the Weekend from a Club or theater call it Eddie Trunk Rockin America Live!
    All types of Rock and alternative bands.

  3. I would have never heard of Richie and The Winery Dogs if every other word out of your mouth wasnt Richie Kotzen. Why wouldnt their record company want you playing their music on TMS which would turn more people on to the band and help sell more albums? Arent you doing the band a favor by playing their new music? Thanks for The Winery Dogs, great new music

  4. Eddie,

    How much do publishing rights cost to have a band on? Do other shows like Colbert, Letterman, etc… have to pay publishing when they have bands on?

    Have you extended an invitation to Neil Peart to play?

    Thanks for a great show!

    1. The other shows do have to pay, the difference is they have budgets to afford it, we do not.
      OF COURSE we have asked Neil on.

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