Officially reaching the halfway point of filming all new episodes of the latest season of “That Metal Show,” VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns this week with Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge/Tremonti returning to the show and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless making her TMS debut. In lieu of a “TMS Top 5” and the “Take It Or Leave It” segment, the hosts open the episode by bringing out Twisted Sister members Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, and Mark Mendoza to pay tribute to their drummer, AJ Pero. Each member recounts a story about AJ and talks about the future of Twisted Sister in light of his recent passing.
The episode also features the return of Frank Hannon from Tesla as the guest musician who continues to showcase the talents that have made him a favorite on “That Metal Show.” Hannon plays a memorable version of “Amazing Grace” in tribute to the recently deceased AJ Pero.
The “Put It On The Table” segment offers insight into Mark and Taylor, Eddie regains his dominance during “Stump The Trunk”, and the “Throwdown” creates a Seattle civil war pitting Soundgarden against Pearl Jam. The hosts offer up their newest favorite reissues in the “Pick Of The Week” and Jim walks off with Eddie’s pick. This week’s “That After Show” talks about injuries while performing and the wear and tear of constantly performing live.
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, Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot. This season marks first-time appearances for Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Max Cavalera formerly of Sepultura and currently with Soulfly, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides.
Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” Season 14 continues the trend. 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 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 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.
“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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