Today marks the 50th birthday of one of the foremost experts and advocates of heavy metal music and the host of VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, the one and only Eddie Trunk. Whether he’s interviewing the biggest names in rock or sparring with co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson over his favorite UFO album, there’s no doubt Eddie lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps hard rock and heavy metal. He’s such an expert that fans line up to try and best him with arcane metal trivia in the ‘Stump The Trunk’ segment each TMS episode. In celebration of Eddie turning the big 5-0, we’re happy to share with you some of the greatest ‘Stump The Trunk’ moments in That Metal Show history. Read more…
We’ve watched Eddie Trunk show his true passion for music throughout That Metal Show’s twelve seasons. Each season, we’ve learned more about Eddie’s favorite performers, albums and metal moments, not to mention his clear disdain for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Additionally, the audience tries to Stump the Trunk each week which proves very difficult as Eddie is virtually a vault of information for all things metal and hard rock. We cannot get enough of Eddie and his wealth of knowledge so we tasked ourselves with learning all things Trunk, giving him The Scoop treatment. From his high school nickname to which TMS guest was most exciting for him, find out the nine things you never knew about Eddie Trunk! Read more…
The notoriously press-shy Axl Rose made tsunami-sized waves today when it was revealed that he plans to swing by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 24 for his first live television interview in more than 20 years. Well, the “live” part might be true, but let’s not forget that VH1 Classic‘s own Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson scored Axl’s first televised interview in 20+ years last November when W. Axl himself appeared on That Metal Show. (Watch above!)
Of course, a lot has happened to Axl since he appeared on TMS last fall; there was the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame debacle, a legendary concert at the Ritz, and even a rumored dalliance with Lana del Rey. So, it’s not as if Jimmy will be struggling to come up with questions for the frontman of Guns N’ Roses. We just wanted to remind hard rock and heavy metal fans that VH1 Classic was the first TV network to score an interview with the media-phobic frontman since his band’s mid-90s meltdown, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t already set our DVRs to tape JKL! on October 24.
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by the one and only Sammy Hagar (Chickenfoot) who stepped in as our first ever guest host. He brought us rum and helped us debate the TMS Top 5 this week. Also, joining Hagar as guest was his Chickenfoot bandmate, Michael Anthony, and guest musician John 5, who blew us all away every time we went into a commercial break. (Yes, we are working on getting him full-time.)
Let’s Talk Top 5. We know it could be a bit controversial when mixing David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar in the same sentence with Van Halen, and it’s time we all move on from that. The Red Rocker/former front man for the iconic group helped us determine the Top 5 David Lee Roth Era Van Halen Songs. He’s perfect for the job, especially when you consider that he did sang all of those songs in front of thousands of people before, so he knows exactly which songs get the fans going. (Unlike Jim Florentine, who just sings them in the shower.) Here is what the guys and Sammy came up with:
THE TMS TOP 5 DAVID LEE ROTH ERA VAN HALEN SONGS
2. “And The Cradle Will Rock…”
3. “On Fire”
4. “Mean Street”
In the Season 11 premiere episode, we debated the Top 5 Bass Riffs (not players) with signature lines in songs. You know, when you heard the first few seconds of a song and immediately start banging your head because you know exactly how to play it on air guitar bass and you immediately get excited cause it’s your favorite song or cause it just rocks that hard? Yeah, that.
We’re excited to announce that the eleventh season of That Metal Show will be starting up August 11 on VH1 Classic. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are all returning to host and, of course, talk all things hard rock and heavy metal. (You shouldn’t miss a minute of it!) We are so excited about returning to your TV that we wanted to share our new promo with you guys. Mark your calendars: August 11 at 11 pm ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Don’t be late.
This weekend we wrapped the 10th Season of That Metal Show with HellYeah (and former Pantera) drummer Vinnie Paul, Tommy Shaw, and James “JY” Young of Styx. We rocked out to legendary guitarist Steve Stevens, who stood in as our guest musician.
In past episodes of That Metal Show, the boys have argued, fought and made the tough calls on the TMS TOP 5 Front men, Guitarists, Bassists, and Drummers. But this week, our hosts paid respect to yet another league of hard rock and heavy metal musicians: the TMS TOP 5 Keyboardists. How do you choose from all of the talented musicians who man the keys? You have the triple-threat Geddy Lee (Rush), who plays bass, sings, and is the keyboardist for Rush. There’s UFO’s Paul Raymond, Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, Michael Kenney of Iron Maiden, and Darren Wharton of Thin Lizzy, to name a few.
But when Jennifer flipped the board, Jon Lord and Don Airey of Deep Purple showed up in ALL THREE of the hosts’ lists, so it quickly became clear who would earn the top 2 spots. After much debate, the guys were able to narrow their picks down to the TMS Top 5 Keyboardists. Here’s who they came up with: Read more…
This week on That Metal Show, TMS alum Frank Hannon (Tesla) returned to shred as our guest musician. Joining the boys on set were Michael Schenker, of UFO and MSG fame (and, in case you didn’t know, Eddie Trunk’s idol), and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam). Since Schenker has been playing music for the last 40 years, we thought we would dedicate this week’s TMS TOP 5 to him, and come up with a list of The Top 5 Albums that Michael Schenker has played on. Here it is, this week’s THAT METAL DEBATE.
Eddie, Don, and Jim each listed UFO’s Strangers In The Night on their Top 5 lists, so it was unanimous when deciding it was worthy of a Top 5 position. Though deciding how far up on the list is a different discussion as Eddie argued that the Scorpions Lonesome Crow wasn’t Schenker’s best album due to him only being 17 years old when it was recorded. As much we all love that album by the Scorpions, can you say that it is Schenker’s best work? What about UFO’s Obsession or Force it? With Schenker making music for over 40 years it’s a tough list to put together. After much debate and Eddie physically taking Lonesome Crow off the list (and throwing it into the crowd), the guys finally decided on their Top 5 Michael Schenker albums.
This week on That Metal Show, we were joined by Lemmy (Motörhead), Jerry Dixon and Robert Mason (Warrant), and Michael Schenker, who rocked out as our guest musician for the second week in a row. For our TMS Top 5 segment we decided to have the hosts come up with the Top 5 Albums of this century. There aren’t THAT many bands out there, so it shouldn’t be so hard, right? Let’s get started.
How do you choose from Tesla’s album; Into the Now (with the original band, mind you), Buckcherry’s comeback record; 15, Accept’s; Blood of The Nations, which ended up on both Eddie and Don’s list, it’s a tough choice. You also have the underrated band like Hatebreed, who released Perseverance back in 2002 and The Blackening by Machine Head who is Jim’s “modern day Master of Puppets” (Metallica). Which, of course, is debatable. So, what ended up on the list? We’ve got it for you below.