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THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Ace Freely, Mark Farner And Nita Strauss

THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Ace Freely, Mark Farner And Nita Strauss

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Episode 10 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” marks the return of Kiss original guitarist Ace Frehley and the debut of former Grand Funk Railroad singer and guitarist Mark Farner. Ace chats with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine about Kiss’s long overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, being on stage with his former band mates, and his frustrations with the original Kiss lineup not performing together at the ceremony. Mark Farner shares stories of the early Grand Funk Railroad days, even telling about a time they opened for Led Zeppelin and how he was blown away watching them perform. He says it is still one of the best performances he has ever seen to this day.

The episode also features the debut of Nita Strauss from Alice Cooper as the guest musician. Nita is only the second female musician to grace the second stage. Nita tears it up on the guitar and also talks about playing with Alice Cooper, being discovered while performing the national anthem at an LA Kiss football game, and the solo album she is currently working on.

This week’s “Rank” segment finds Frehley creating the definitive list of the Kiss albums he performed on. He jokingly states that he couldn’t rank certain albums higher because his recollection of recording them was a blur. Eddie continues to impress the panel during this week’s “Stump The Trunk” and this week’s “Throwdown” puts the debut Led Zeppelin album against the debut Black Sabbath album. The panel is split but the audience declares a clear-cut winner between the two. The “TMS Top 5” takes a week off but “Take It Or Leave It” returns, as the topic is the recent announcement of the retirement of Twisted Sister.

Fans can watch all previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app as well as the new “That After Show” segment.

Season 14 has showcased some of the biggest names in music. This season featured Rush’s Geddy Lee, Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian of Anthrax, John 5, Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Dave Lombardo formerly of Slayer and now with Philm, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera. With 2 episodes remaining this season, Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat, Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides, and Mark Slaughter will appear on the penultimate episode.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week, Season 14 of “That Metal Show” finishes with TMS alum Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob making his TMS musical debut and Billy Sheehan returning to dazzle the crowd with his unmatched bass playing skills. Previous Season 14 performers included Alex Skolnick of Testament, John 5 of Rob Zombie/John 5 Trio, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Frank Hannon of Tesla, the berserker Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, double-neck shred-master Michael Angelo Batio, Rich Ward of Fozzy, and Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Epic Jam Session With Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker

THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Epic Jam Session With Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker

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Episode 9 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” marks another first for the critically acclaimed talk show. Ever since Kirk Hammett first picked up the electric guitar he dreamed of jamming one day with Michael Schenker. Well TMS makes it happen and the world’s most recognized heavy metal guitarist, Kirk Hammett, jams live on stage with UFO/Scorpions guitar legend, Michael Schenker, during this week’s episode. Hammett flew in for the sole purpose of appearing alongside his guitar idol on the show hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. As Hammett states in two recent tweets this week on his twitter account, “Today I was in fanboy hero worship mode w/ @MW Schenker Thanks @ThatMetalShow!” and later adding, “Still wrapping my head around yesterday. Jamming w/ my guitar idol Michael Schenker, it was a mind bending, a truly inspirational experience!”. During the interview, both Kirk and Michael discuss their current projects, and Hammett updates us on the status of the next Metallica project.  During the “TMS Top 5” where the hosts discussed their Top 5 Michael Schenker UFO-era Songs, Hammett includes his Top 6 picks as well.

The episode features the debut of Damon Johnson from Black Star Riders as the guest musician who discusses the new Black Star Riders record and his time playing with Thin Lizzy. Johnson wows the crowd by showcasing his lap steel guitar playing abilities and lives up to the challenge of playing in front of Hammett and Schenker, leaving them impressed with his abilities. Johnson also tweeted about his experience on the show on how he felt watching the guitar legends play, “Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday afternoon…”

This week’s “Rank” segment finds Hammett ranking his favorite Metallica albums in order. Kirk even declares if bassist Cliff Burton had been alive for the…And Justice For All recording Cliff’s bass lines would have been heard throughout the album, a common complaint about that album. Eddie fights through another “Stump The Trunk” segment this week, but Ms. Box Of Junk Jen makes a few appearances. This week’s “Throwdown” puts UFO’s legendary live album Strangers In The Night against Thin Lizzy’s Live And Dangerous. The hosts, guests, and audience are split evenly down the middle when the dust settles after the two-minute debate.

Fans can watch all previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app as well as the new “That After Show” segment, which discusses the intricacies of Michael’s style of playing guitar, and Kirk Hammett tells the story of purchasing the legendary Peter Green Les Paul guitar, which was once owned by Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy fame, and now we know that Kirk keeps this prize by the entrance of his house so it is always close when he gets home.

Season 14 marks the return of some notable faces in hard rock/heavy metal and contains a large group of first timers as well. Some Season 14 guests will include “That Metal Show” alumni Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, along with first-time appearances for Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week Season 14 of “That Metal Show” will continue the trend with TMS album Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob making his TMS musical debut. Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper/The Iron Maidens will be joining the show for the first time as well as this week’s Damon Johnson from Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders. Season 14 of “That Metal Show” consists of 12 all-new episodes and is shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting athttp://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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THAT METAL SHOW: Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint To Appear On This Week’s Episode

THAT METAL SHOW: Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint To Appear On This Week’s Episode

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With Season 14 of “That Metal Show” already making history  (the Season 14 premiere was the second most watched Season Premiere in the history of the series) VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns this week with an all new episode that welcomes Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed alongside John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint. Jamey Jasta talks about the upcoming Hatebreed tour, the podcast he hosts, recounts how a recent tour they did with Black Label Society was one of the best he has ever done, and even gives a compilation CD to each member of the audience. John Bush and Joey Vera talk about their forthcoming seventh album Win Hands Down, their upcoming tour with Saxon and recall memories from their time in Anthrax.

The episode also features shred guitar maestro Michael Angelo Batio making his debut on “That Metal Show” as the guest musician. Michael amazes the crowd with his double neck, v-shaped guitar and demonstrates why he is one of the fastest guitar players on the planet. He also fills the hosts in on his upcoming career retrospective Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio, which is slated for release next month. Jason Becker also checks in to the show via the “Metal Modem.” Through his interpreter he discusses working with David Lee Roth and how he developed a way to speak using his only his eyes through a computer. He also talks about his career and his ongoing love for guitar and music.

Jamey, John, and Joey candidly reveal their love of coffee and beer in the “Put It On The Table” segment. Eddie has a difficult time with “Stump The Trunk” this week with one lucky fan taking home a signature Michael Angelo Batio guitar from Dean guitars. “Take It Or Leave It” has the hosts discussing the recent surge of VIP experiences from artists at concerts, and the “TMS Top 5” tackles the Top 5 Replacement Members in Bands who weren’t singers. Notable musicians such as Kirk Hammett, Neil Peart, Adrian Smith, Jason Newsted, Zakk Wylde, and Gary Moore all become part of the discussion until the final 5 make it to the top of the board. The “Throwdown” pits the first two Dio era Black Sabbath albums against each other when Heaven And Hell goes up against Mob Rules. 

Fans can watch all previous episodes, exclusive bonus clips and the new “That After Show” segment at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

Season 14 will continue to mark the return of some notable faces in hard rock/heavy metal, and contain a large group of first timers as well. Some Season 14 guests will include “That Metal Show” alumni Mark Tremonti of Tremonti/Alter Bridge, Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Zakk Wylde, Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot. This season also marks first-time appearances for Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera of Soulfly, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, who joined us last year on the ‘Metal Modem’ is going to make her first appearance as a guest on the show. More guest confirmations will be announced at a later date.

“That Metal Show” is known for having the best musicians perform each week, and Season 14 continues the trend with TMS guest musician alumnus Frank Hannon of Tesla stopping by. Former guest alums who will be making their musical debuts will be Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, and TMS favorite, the berserker, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. TMS first timers will be Rich Ward of Fozzy, Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders, and Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper/The Iron Maidens. Season 14 of “That Metal Show” consists of 12 all-new episodes and is shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast the following Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008, and has since become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts, music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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THAT METAL SHOW: Dave Lombardo, Motörhead and John 5 To Appear On This Week’s Episode

THAT METAL SHOW: Dave Lombardo, Motörhead and John 5 To Appear On This Week’s Episode

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With Season 14 of “That Metal Show” already making history  (the Season 14 premiere was the second most watched Season Premiere in the history of the series) VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns with an all-new episode this Saturday at 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT. This week Philm drummer and “the godfather of double bass drumming” Dave Lombardo stops by the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. The ex-Slayer drum maestro discusses his musical influences, how he never warms up before he performs, and that he feels better than ever now that he’s 50. The hosts ask Dave about his much publicized departure from Slayer and if he’d ever consider a possible reunion, to which Dave replies, “Let’s just say if you see me on stage with Slayer again, then all of the issues have been resolved.”

The episode also features guitar hero, John 5, making his return to the “That Metal Show” doing double duty both as an interviewed guest and as the guest musician. John 5 updates the hosts on the latest developments with his trio, John 5 & The Creatures recording with Rob Zombie and later hitting the road him, and about his long friendship with David Lee Roth and the album they recorded together that’s yet to be released.  Or,  “that’s only been heard by two people.  Dave and John.”

Dave Lombardo and John 5 both get candid when they “Put It On The Table” this week and they both even have the same answer for one of the questions. Eddie regains his dominance with “Stump The Trunk” and “Take It Or Leave It” has the guys discussing the latest trend of musicians having multiple side projects. The “TMS Top 5” discusses the hosts’ Top 5 Best Side Projects, and it’s Marilyn Manson vs. Rob Zombie for the battle of the better showman in the “Throwdown.”

Motörhead checks-in from the recording studio via the “Metal Modem”. Lemmy, Phil Campbell, and MIkkey Dee update us on the new album the band is currently recording. They also tease an upcoming US tour in August that will end with the second voyage of Motörhead’s Motörboat at the end of September.  Fans can watch all previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app as well as the new “That After Show” segment.

Season 14 will mark the return of some notable faces in hard rock/heavy metal and contain a large group of first timers as well. Some Season 14 guests will include “That Metal Show” alumni Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali. This season marks first-time appearances for punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera formerly of Sepultura and currently with Soulfly, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides. Both David Coverdale from Whitesnake and Jason Becker will appear on the “Metal Modem” in different upcoming episodes. More guest confirmations will be announced at a later date.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” Season 14 will continue the trend with TMS alumni Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake and Frank Hannon of Tesla. TMS alums who will be making their TMS musical debuts will be Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, and TMS favorite, the berserker, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. TMS first timers will be double-neck shred-master Michael Angelo Batio, Rich Ward of Fozzy, Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders, and Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper/The Iron Maidens. Season 14 of “That Metal Show” will consist of 12 all-new episodes and will be shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

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THAT METAL SHOW: Anthrax’s Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian To Appear On This Week’s Episode

THAT METAL SHOW: Anthrax’s Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian To Appear On This Week’s Episode

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Following last week’s highly successful return of “That Metal Show” featuring Rush’s Geddy Lee and Dream Theater’s John Petrucci (the Season 14 premiere was the second most watched Season Premiere in the history of the series) VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns with an all-new episode this Saturday at 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT. This week Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian of Anthrax stop by the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. The guys from Anthrax give us an update on their new album, their side projects, and share stories about their longtime relationship with Eddie. The hosts get the Anthrax guys to “Rank” their own albums, to “Put It On The Table” with answers to some serious questions, and engage in a passionate debate in the “Throwdown” when it’s Kiss Unmasked vs Kiss Dynasty. Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna checks-in from the recording studio in Los Angeles via the “Metal Modem.” Joey updates everyone on how the recording is going for Anthrax’s new album while taking a break from tracking his vocals.

The episode also features Testament’s ace shredder, Alex Skolnick, making his return to the “That Metal Show.” The guitar wizard discusses his latest acoustic solo album Planetary Coalition. He also fills the hosts in on the upcoming Testament/Exodus tour, and how much he’s looking forward to those shows. Alex even donates one of his ESP LTD signature guitars to the Box Of Junk for one very lucky and excited winner.

“Stump The Trunk” gets dramatic this week when Eddie melts down after he mishears a question. “TMS Top 5” discusses the Top 5 Cover Songs, and this week’s “Take It Or Leave It” has the guys discuss the increase of bands recording and releasing cover albums these days, which leads to another tirade from Eddie about the Grammys.

This week’s “That After Show” consists of everyone discussing what music was important to them growing up. It makes for an interesting discussion and offers unique insights into the music that inspired the guys in Anthrax to make music. Fans can watch “That After Show” as well as previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

Season 14 will mark the return of some notable faces in hard rock/heavy metal and contain a large group of first timers as well. Some Season 14 guests will include “That Metal Show” alumni Dave Lombardo formerly of Slayer and now with Philm, John 5, Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali. This season marks first-time appearances for punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera formerly of Sepultura and currently with Soulfly, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides. Both Motörhead and David Coverdale from Whitesnake will appear on the “Metal Modem” in different upcoming epsides. More guest confirmations will be announced at a later date.

 

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” Season 14 will continue the trend with TMS alumni John 5 of Rob Zombie/John 5 Trio, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, and Frank Hannon of Tesla. TMS alums whod whill be making their TMS musical debuts will be Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, and TMS favorite, the berserker, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. TMS first timers will be double-neck shred-master Michael Angelo Batio, Rich Ward of Fozzy, Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders, and Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper/The Iron Maidens. Season 14 of “That Metal Show” will consist of 12 all-new episodes and will be shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

 

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THE SPIRIT OF ROCK: Eddie Trunk On His Career, ‘That Metal Show’ And More!

THE SPIRIT OF ROCK: Eddie Trunk On His Career, ‘That Metal Show’ And More!

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For over 30 years, Eddie Trunk poured his, blood sweat and tears into fashioning a unique career from his passion for music. His hard work and dedication have established him as one of the most respected personalities in the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Trunk began his broadcasting career in 1983, after convincing the execs at his favorite local radio station, WDHA in NJ, to allow him to produce a hard rock/heavy metal specialty show – one of the first of it’s kind. That show continues to this day under the banner of Eddie Trunk Rocks (also labeled Friday Night Rocks in NYC). Eddie Trunk Rocks originates out of New York City, the number one radio market, on Q104.3 and is syndicated nationally and heard on more than 15 stations including other top 10 markets. Eddie also hosts Eddie Trunk Live, a weekly live music, talk & interview show every Monday night (6 – 10p) on SiriusXM satellite radio channel 39, which is branded “Trunk Nation” during his program.

In 2002 Eddie took the leap into television after being hired as a host on VH1’s sister station, VH1 Classic, where he was regularly seen hosting the interview series “Hanging With” as well as appearing on many of the station’s other segments and specials. That collaboration would ultimately lead to the creation of “That Metal Show.” The series first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become, not only the longest running program in the station’s history, but the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television. The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genre! 

“That Metal Show” is returning for its long awaited 14th season on February, 21st, 2015. The acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine, will kick-off the new season on Saturday, February 21st at a new broadcast time of 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT the same evening. If previous seasons are any indication, season 14 will be the biggest season of “That Metal Show” to date. With the recent announcement of Geddy Lee and John Petrucci on the season premiere, more guests have been confirmed for what promises to be the most diverse season in the show’s history. Recently confirmed guests for this season are “That Metal Show” alumni Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian of Anthrax, John 5, Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Dave Lombardo formerly of Slayer and now with Philm, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali. This season marks first-time appearances for punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera of Soulfly, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides. Motörhead and David Coverdale from Whitesnake are confirmed to appear on the show via the “Metal Modem.”

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Eddie Trunk to get a look inside the world of one of rock’s most dedicated journalists. In the interview the pair discuss what drove Eddie Trunk to pursue his unique career path, the the creation and evolution of “That Metal Show,” how the changes in the music industry have impacted him as a rock journalist and what fans can expect from him in the near future!

We have all grown to know you over the years from your work in the music industry. From the business side to the radio show to “That Metal Show” to your podcast, you show no signs of slowing down. What hooked you on music early in your life and sent you down this path?

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Eddie Trunk in studio.

The first time I ever heard rock music that really impacted me was when I was about 10 years old. Up until that point, I had only really known or cared about pop music, TV soundtracks and things like that. It was “The Partridge Family” and the stuff any little kid in the ‘70s would have been into. I was in the backseat of my parents car when this band came on called The Raspberries. They had a song called “Go All The Way.” The song opens with these really distorted power chords and crunchy guitars. I remember vividly hearing it for the first time. My hair stood up and I said, “Wow! What is this?! This is really cool!” I immediately became consumed with everything to do with The Raspberries. They quickly became my favorite band. That stayed that way for a couple of years until one day, walking home from junior high school, a friend of mine said, “Have you heard of this band called KISS?” He handed me a copy of “Destroyer” and that was the game changer! That set me on my path to become completely consumed with rock music. The Raspberries, more or less, opened the door and got me interested in loud guitars and then KISS was the total package that put me over the top.

What got you to the point where you would pursue your career in music, as opposed to just being an enthusiast?

You know, there wasn’t any one person out there that I modeled myself after. I wasn’t really driven by that. I, for half a second, thought I might actually want to be a musician. I took some drum lessons very early on and I wanted to try and emulate the records I was listening to as a kid, I just didn’t stay with it and didn’t feel like it was for me. I didn’t have the discipline for it and didn’t stick with it as much as I should have. Then, what I really wanted to do was take the music that I loved and was listening to and share it with other people. I wanted to explore how I could help grow this and make it bigger and more popular in a respectful way. I wanted to give it the credit it deserved and the attention I felt it deserved. To that end, that was the whole reason I started doing what I have done. The first thing I started doing was writing in my high school newspaper by doing music reviews and then I started working in a record store. That led to me working at a college radio station when I was still in high school. Then I started working at my local radio station in New Jersey and that led me to do my first ever metal radio show which led me to getting a job at a record company.

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Eddie Trunk

So, it was all a big domino effect and I just tried to stay as diverse as possible and do as many different things as possible to grow and support the music and have it viewed in a respectful light. That has always been important to me. I have always felt that some of the stereotypes that come with this music are a little crazy and I always wanted it to be kind of looked at a little more seriously than it is sometimes. I was able to do all of that and one thing feed into another. In 2002, it led me into television and that is what I am still doing to this day. It was a cumulative effect of a lot of different jobs, all based in music and all for one reason, to help share and spread the music. To this day, that is what drives me and what it is still about! Clearly, I am older, I have a family and bills to pay and this is how I make my living, so there is a financial aspect to it. I do need to get paid and turn it into a business but all of the things I do are still about sharing, talking about and exposing people to the music that I love.

You live, breathe and work in music. You spread the word of hard rock and heavy metal through many mediums and spend plenty of time out and about delivering the message. I imagine it can be overwhelming at times. Do you ever need to distance yourself from it?

The good thing is when I come home, my wife is not into this music! [laughs] She is not a hard rock or metal person and is kind of indifferent about it all. She will have some interest and curiosity in what I am doing, where I am going or a record I may have with me but she doesn’t really care about going to shows and isn’t consumed with it in any way. That is a really good thing for me because, like anything, no matter how much you love something you need to have some time away from it and time to focus on other things that are important to you. When I get home from whatever I am doing, it is definitely not about “Stump The Trunk!” [laughs] It’s definitely not about any of that. It’s about regular family stuff. It is a good disconnect but it is hard. I say that because the world we are in today, with technology, you are constantly connected. My day usually starts somewhere around 10:30 or 11:00 o’clock in the morning when I turn on my computer and sometimes you don’t get that disconnect from that world until as late as 11 o’clock at night. With all the things I do, I am kind of a one-man operation. I do a lot of things beyond the hosting stuff and I don’t really have a team or a staff, so I am busy in a lot of different angles of it. I like that but it can be all consuming at times!

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Jim Florentine, Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson

 

One of the biggest things you have going on at the moment is the 14th season of “That Metal Show.” Through the years we have all grown to love the chemistry you have with Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. What are your recollections of first meeting those guys?

Don and Jim, as you know, are standup comics for a living. Where I was just telling you how my entire life has been based around music and the music business, their entire lives have been based around pursuing a career in standup comedy. Like me, they are also huge fans of the music. We first met back around 2002. My recollection of when we first met was backstage at an Ozzfest. They came up to me and introduced themselves and said they were big fans of my radio show. My radio show is still heard in New York to this day on Friday nights. They said because they were standup comics they would often get out of their comedy gigs on Friday nights and looked forward to listening to my show on their ride home because it was the only time they ever got to hear metal on the radio. We had a nice exchange and talked for a bit. I thanked them and mentioned to them that if they were ever in New York and I was on the air to hit me up if they wanted to come by and sit in with me. I sensed immediately that we were very much cut from the same cloth. We were all into the music, around the same age and from New Jersey. I said, “Hit me up” and they did! For years, they came in and sat in on my radio show and hung out with me. We just became friends from doing the show together. I had always been working at VH1 Classic. I was there long before “That Metal Show” came on the air. When the idea for “That Metal Show” came up, it wasn’t out of the blue. It was an idea I had been pitching and pushing for years. When I got the green light to try and make it happen, the network asked me if I had any ideas for potential co-hosts. Don and Jim were the logical choice for me because we already had this chemistry on the radio, had been friends and I knew it could work. It was also really important to VH1 that I kind of be the anchor but the other people with me be ball-busters who would help stir the pot. They wanted the kind of people who wouldn’t be afraid and you never know what they are going to say. That was very much Don and Jim’s role. Especially in the beginning, it was really important to the network to have that element in the show. They certainly brought that element and still do to some degree. [laughs] That is how it all came together.

You can see the evolution of the show when you catch an older episode and then a new one. What can we look forward to in Season 14 and where do you hope to see the show go in the future?

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This season, I think for me, diversity is the key word. I think we have a very diverse roster of artists. The show is called “That Metal Show,” so the core will always be hard rock and metal artists but we are getting pretty diverse. We have a lot of new artists, a lot of first-time guests and a very eclectic mix of rock, hard rock and metal. We are going to do another classic leaning rock show. In the past we have had Leslie West, Foreigner and Styx for a classic show. So, we are going to do another one of those. We are going to have guys like Max Cavalera from Sepultura on, so that is more of the extreme metal side. We are going to have Marky Ramone on to get a touch of punk on there. It is going to be a very, very wide net. It kinda has to happen. We need to evolve and we are constantly evolving. As you said, there is a huge difference between the earlier years of the show and what we are now doing. That will continue to happen! We try new things and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. We do work in new stuff and do our best to mix it up and keep it as interesting as we can. There will be more of that this season for sure. I am sure much of it will work and maybe some of it won’t work for some people but we have to try and see where it takes us.

Going forward from here, I honestly have no idea. The network makes all the decisions on when we work, how often we work and how many shows we do. Unfortunately, we only did 12 episodes in the entire season. I was not happy about that at all, so these new shows are like our first new shows in almost a year. I am thrilled that we are doing it again but it is going to take a little while for people to get up to speed, know that we are back and know these are new episodes because it has been so long since we have had new ones. It is really important for us to get the word out about that and hopefully we will do at least one more run this year. Again, that is not my decision, I just wait to see what the network wants to do and take it from there. I hope we keep doing what we have been doing and keep growing it. Hopefully, we will continue to have the ability to expand it and do more with it. Not to sound like a broken record but it is the network’s decision to make. For some reason, people think I make all of these decisions and control everything. That couldn’t be further from the truth! The network owns the show and they make the ultimate decisions. I just hope we can be a little more active than we have been and more consistent in doing new episodes.

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Jim, Don and Eddie making it look easy on the set of “That Metal Show.”

 

You and the guys aren’t confined to the studio and have a slew of live dates coming up. What can fans expect to see when they come out to see your live dates and the dates you have with Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson?

What we do on the road is not connected in any way to VH1. We go and do those shows on our own. There are two different versions of it. There is one that is me alone where it is more of a storytelling show. I also do some “Stump The Trunk” and some Q&A. Like I said, it is more of a storytelling kind of thing. Then, the other version is myself, Don and Jim all together. When we do those, it is more of a standup comedy format. Don and Jim do standup and I host and tell some stories. Then we do a Q&A together and do a live version of “Stump The Trunk” together. With my own solo shows, both shows have different tones but both are a lot of fun to do. We do have a lot of them coming up, as you mentioned. All of the live dates are listed on the homepage of my site, www.eddietrunk.com. The one thing they are not, and it is really important that people know this, is that the shows are not tapings of “That Metal Show.” They have nothing to do with the TV show other than it is me or all three of us together on the group shows. They are all certainly fun and there is the theme of rock music through all of them but it is not a taping of “That Metal Show.”

You have two amazing books out already. Is there another book in the works for a future release?

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Yeah, ya know, I have been asked that a lot lately. It is really good to see people asking about it. I appreciate that people want to know and care about my books. The first two were successful and I definitely enjoyed doing them. I am definitely, definitely going to do a third book. The only issue is that I have not decided yet what the tone of the book is going to be. I don’t know if it will be a third in the series of books I have done already, which is more or less stories about the bands, photos, playlists and things I love about them. People loved that and it was very light reading with a mix of a lot of different things. It has worked really well but I don’t want to get into a situation where I do a third book just for the sake of doing it. I want to make sure that the artists I am writing about are ones I am still passionate about and still have enough good stories about. I haven’t decided what direction that next book is going to go. It will either be a third version of what I have done already or, where I am leaning more likely towards, more of an autobiography format. It would be more of the format of my 30-plus years in the business, how “That Metal Show” got on the air, how I have done the things I have done in radio, the behind the scenes stories of working for a record company and all my interactions with the bands, be it good, bad or ugly. That is kind of where I am leaning, an autobiography type of vibe. I haven’t had anytime to think, focus or concentrate on that and I probably won’t until maybe this summer when things might slow down for me a little bit in terms of my schedule. The third book is definitely going to come one day, I’m just not sure of the timetable.

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What is the best lesson aspiring rock journalists can take away from the story of Eddie Trunk?

I would say, stick to your guns, be persistent and don’t be afraid to have a voice. Don’t be afraid, if you are asked, to give an opinion. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain a little bit. I think we are in this world where everybody is so PC and is afraid to give an opinion that might differ from the next guy’s. Everyone seems so afraid to rock the apple cart. Because of social media, people worry that everyone is going to pile on and attack you. You know what? That may happen! But who cares? That means they are paying attention. If you are willing to roll with that and take the heat, great! I’m not saying to make stuff up or to do stuff to create shock value, I am saying that it is OK if you have a different view or opinion. I think that people with strong opinions who are a little bit outspoken and aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd have a little bit better chance of getting somewhere because there is a lot of over-saturation right now. The media is so over-saturated. Everybody has a podcast. Everybody has an online magazine. Everybody has some sort of outlet. What is real and what isn’t? What has an audience and what doesn’t have an audience? Where are the voices that people actually care about and listen to? There are so many people out there claiming to be media who really aren’t because they are looking for something for free. You have to try and cut through all that clutter. It is very difficult. I don’t begrudge anybody who is out there trying to get their start or are at the early parts of their career because everybody was there at some point, including myself. I just think there is a lot of misdirection out there and people who are claiming to have media outlets that really don’t and are just looking to talk to somebody or get some type of free perks. I think cutting through all that is difficult. Everybody can have an outlet but not everybody can have an audience for it. I think building that audience and staying true to it is the most important thing you can do and to try to create something unique.

That leads to my next question. How have the changes in the music industry through the years impacted what you do along the way?

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Aside from the over-saturation I just mentioned, on the business side, there are so many bands now. Again, because of technology, everybody has the ability to make music in their house. The sheer volume of music coming through is hard to keep up with. Honestly, a lot of it isn’t all that good. The downside of it is that there is some of it that is really good but it is getting lost in the shuffle. It used to be that having a CD or a record deal meant something. It meant that you had arrived at a certain point and it already had edited out some of the lesser artists who hadn’t accomplished anything yet. That is all gone now! It doesn’t matter if you have a record deal or not. Anyone can produce music as a download, a CD or whatever they want to distribute it as. It is really hard to navigate through all that stuff. Then you have guys in major bands who have four or five other bands on the side! How do you even keep up with it all? How much of it is real? How much of it is going to last past a month? You just really have to be on your game to see through all of the bullshit and say, “OK. This is something worthwhile. There is a reason to engage with it.” Or “This is going to be gone in a week and forgotten about.” Unfortunately, 90% of it seems like it is gone after a week and forgotten about. The independent promotion person’s retainer is up, the publicity person’s retainer is up, the band doesn’t want to put anymore money into the album they just made and in a few weeks, it is gone and forgotten about. It is really hard as a fan to navigate through all of that and if you are in any level of the media because these guys are all looking for a chance to sell their stuff. It is coming at you in waves and it is very difficult to navigate what is real and what is not. So, I think there are a lot of pros and cons to what has happened with technology, the way music is delivered and the media. It is just a question of cutting through a lot of the static and trying to focus on stuff that is worthwhile and meaningful.

I know you lend your voice to charity from time to time. What do you have going on in that realm at the moment?

What I have coming up in May is the fifth anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. His wife and the foundation in his name, The Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, is putting together a weekend of events out in Los Angeles to benefit his fund. The fund goes toward helping those with cancer. It is a great cause and, ever since it was formed five years ago, I have been honored to be a part of and always help out whenever I am called upon. Five years ago, I was lucky enough to be asked by Wendy [Dio] to host a lot of events, including Ronnie’s public memorial. It was a huge honor to do that. She has asked me to come out in May and help out and engage in the activities for the fifth anniversary. That is going to be a great weekend for a great guy and a great cause. I know she has a bowling event planned, a motorcycle ride and a public memorial at the place where he is buried. All of this stuff is done to help the charity and I am really honored to be a part of it. That is what is coming up in May for me, as far as charitable stuff. There are also many things that come on to my radar all the time and if I can help, find the time and do something, I certainly do. I just met the other day with a friend who asked me to sign a bunch of books and stuff to help out Sloan Kettering Pediatrics. I am very fortunate that I have been able to make a career doing what I love and I’m very fortunate to have such a supporting audience. If there is a way I can give back at times and help out, I am more than happy to do so!

Thanks so much for your time today, Eddie. Most importantly, thank you for all the great content you bring to us each week. You are the best at what you do and we are happy to be a part of spreading the word!

I really appreciate that! Thanks very much, Jason. Good luck to you and I appreciate you taking the time! See ya soon, man!

For all the latest news and updates from Eddie Trunk, visit his official site at www.eddietrunk.com

Season 14 of ‘That Metal Show’  kick-offs on Saturday, February 21st at a new broadcast time of 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT the same evening! Fans can watch previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

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THAT METAL SHOW: Rush’s Geddy Lee To Appear On Season 14 Premiere!

THAT METAL SHOW: Rush’s Geddy Lee To Appear On Season 14 Premiere!

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Kicking off what’s guaranteed to be the best season of “That Metal Show” yet, Rush’s Geddy Lee has been confirmed for the debut episode of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming. He will be making his second appearance on the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. Geddy Lee returns to the show to promote the highly anticipated Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour that will kick off this summer. The tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America and tickets are currently on-sale for select markets. The episode will premiere on Saturday, February 21st at a new broadcast time of 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT the same evening.

“Back when ‘TMS’was first born Geddy & Alex were nice enough to fly to New York and be a guest in our very first season. I’ve always had a great relationship with the Rush guys and it meant so much to me they were willing to support something I was doing that at that point hardly anyone had seen or heard of,” states host/co-producer Eddie Trunk.  “Amazingly almost seven years have passed and we’re now about to debut our 14th season of ‘That Metal Show’ and I couldn’t be more honored to welcome back Geddy to the set to celebrate 40 plus years of Rush and the return of TMS!”

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” the Season 14 premiere will continue the trend with John Petrucci of Dream Theater making his first-ever appearance on the debut episode. The 7-string guitar virtuoso has been someone the show has hoped to have on for some time now. Dream Theater is currently working on their new album, which they hope will be out later this year.

Season 14 of “That Metal Show” will consist of 12 all-new episodes and will be shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/. Upcoming guests will be announced in the near future.

Season 14 will also mark the return of some notable segments including “Metal Modem,” “TMS Top 5” “Rank”, and “Take It Or Leave It.” The popular “Stump The Trunk” segment will also be returning as audience members go out of their way to test Eddie Trunk’s vast knowledge for a chance to win a prize and see everyone’s favorite Ms. Box Of Junk, Jennifer, who is also returning for the new season. Fans can watch previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots,Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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THAT METAL SHOW: Season 14 To Kick Off On February 14th On VH1 Classic

THAT METAL SHOW: Season 14 To Kick Off On February 14th On VH1 Classic

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VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” returns for its 14th season this February. The acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine, will kick-off the new season on Saturday, February 21st at a new broadcast time of 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT the same evening.  The new season of “That Metal Show” will consist of 12 all-new episodes and will be shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/. Upcoming guests will be announced in the near future.

“It’s been a bit of a lay-off but I’m so thrilled to be coming back with season 14 of ‘“That Metal Show’” on February 21st at our new time of 9PM ET!”, exclaims host Eddie Trunk. “We’re already lining up a great roster of new and returning guests from the world of rock and metal that I’m sure everyone will love. I want to thank all the TMS faithful for their support, it’s great to finally be back!”

If previous seasons are any indication, season 14 will be the biggest season of “That Metal Show” to date. Last season marked some monumental changes for the show as it returned to New York City.  Previously the show was taped over several days in a course of a week, at Sony Studios in Los Angeles.  But Season 13 was shot at Metropolis Studios on Tuesday nights, for broadcast the following Saturday, which will be the same for this new season. Fans can watch previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

Last season brought some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal including members of Kiss, Motley Crüe, Alter Bridge, Lamb of God, Living Colour, The Winery Dogs, Sevendust, Anthrax, and Megadeth. Season 13 also featured icons Ted Nugent and Dee Snider, and some of the best musical performances in the show’s history, featuring Lita Ford, and guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Joel Hoekstra, as well as drummers Charlie Benante and Richard Christie.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns ‘n Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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