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.