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An Open Letter to Viacom – The Cancellation of That Metal Show

That Metal Show Cancelled

Dear Viacom,

Once upon a time, long before the technological revolution, members of Generation X (like me) were as mesmerized by MTV as today’s generation is by smartphones.  It was the summer of 1981, just before the start of the school year.  The weather was perfect; the kind of day where I would normally be out of the house until dark.  But there I sat, in the family room, watching MTV for hours on end.  I can still hear my mother’s voice telling me that she was going to cancel cable if I didn’t go outside and play.  Thankfully, she never made good on that threat.

I was a proud member of the “MTV Generation.”  You gave us shows like Headbanger’s Ball and made the hair band movement something to behold.  And then, seemingly overnight, you changed the meaning of the “M” in MTV from “music” to “miscellaneous.”  I thought that it was the end of our relationship, but then you pulled me (and other members of my generation) back in with VH-1 Classic, most notably, with the greatest show that your company ever produced – That Metal Show.

From 2008-2015, our relationship enjoyed a rekindled spark that burned as brightly as it did in the early ‘80s (our “honeymoon period” if you will).  When the cancellation of That Metal Show (beloved by so many hard rock and metal fans around the world) was announced on January 19th – amidst an unprecedented wave of rock star deaths – you effectively ended our relationship.

It’s cliché to say “it’s not you, it’s me” when a relationship ends.  So as to not be cliché, I say that “it’s not me, it’s YOU!”  We had some good times, and made some memories that will last a lifetime (none more than my visit to That Metal Show), and for that, I thank you.

You may be the popular rich girl that most would want to take to the metaphorical prom, but my heart and loyalty lies with the cool chick whose beauty is only apparent to a select group of intuitive people filled with a passion that eludes you.

You had a hidden gem, but you made her prove her worth over and over again, never wanting to make a long-term commitment.  If there is any justice, your loss will be your competitor’s gain, and That Metal Show will find a home where there is a true appreciation for what Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine bring to the table.  After all, they are much more than just hosts of a niche cable TV show.  They are the hub that connects a loyal, tight-knit community of likeminded people from all over the world.

In the immortal words of Cinderella, you “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).”

Thanks for the memories, Viacom.  The time has come to say goodbye forever!

 

Sincerely,

Adam Waldman

Publisher/Editor of Hard Rock Daddy

Loyal follower of That Metal Show

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 12 (Season Finale): Bobby Blitzer, Frankie Banalli, Billy Sheehan, Joe Elliott

That Metal Show Season 14 Finale

MUSICAL GUEST: Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs)

Sheehan talked about going into the studio to record The Winery Dogs second album. The band will be touring starting in October.  After over 100 live shows, the band’s chemistry has really come together, and the writing process is going very well.  He’s still doing Mr. Big, but they don’t play many live shows because most of the guys are family men and don’t want to tour extensively.  Billy has been approached on more than one occasion to join Van Halen, but because he is such a big fan of Michael Anthony, he decided not to do it.  Eddie Van Halen knew about him from when Talas opened for Van Halen in 1980.

 

TMS TOP 5 – Beards In Rock (sponsored by Just For Men)

  1. Billy Gibbons
  2. Zakk Wylde
  3. Scott Ian
  4. Chris Kael
  5. Dimebag Darrell

 

TMS Fans

  1. Zakk Wylde
  2. Scott Ian
  3. Kerry King
  4. Billy Gibbons
  5. Dimebag Darrell

 

BEHIND THE SCENES – Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

The band will be doing a big tour this summer.  Eddie asked about the meteoric rise of Def Leppard during the Pyromania tour.  The videos getting played on MTV were a huge factor in the rise of the band.  The Pyromania tour started at the Marquee in London in front of 600 people, and concluded at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego in front of 55,000 people (headlining).  Don asked about Elliott’s famous Union Jack t-shirts.  They still have replicas, but the original was given away to a charity for an auction.  He talked about how bands don’t get paid instantly, so that is why he only had one of those shirts.  Def Leppard had sold six million records, but each member was still living on 40 quid per week.  The only reason that he bought the shirt is because the band was told that they were shooting a video the following day, and he had nothing to wear.  He bought the shirt in a punk rock store for 6.99.  The intention for this upcoming album was to record an EP, but they ended up with 15 songs.  The band’s 50-city tour begins in June with Styx and Tesla supporting.  A Def Leppard cruise will be going out in January of 2016.

 

GUESTS: Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Frankie Banalli (Quiet Riot)

FRANKIE BANALLI

Quiet Riot documentary – Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back will be coming to DVD this summer. For more information, go to www.QuietRiotMovie.com.  The reaction has been great from those who have seen it in theaters, and it is continuing to build.  Going through the archives provided mixed emotions because of Kevin DuBrow’s passing.

 

BOBBY BLITZ

When asked if he would ever consider an Overkill documentary, he said that he doesn’t think so.  There is something about their thing that was about catching a wave and getting some momentum.  They’ve been keeping the momentum.  They never rose to a very high level, so there isn’t a lot to talk about.  Overkill has been going strong for over 30 years.  They don’t pay attention to what everyone else is doing, they just do what works for them.  Blitz talked about doing anything to try and keep his health (vitamins, eating right, etc.), but then it all gets washed away with booze at the end of the night.  He told a story about going through the airport after just having taken a number of Airborne tablets because he didn’t know what they were at the time.  By the time that he got to security, his mouth was foaming like a wild dog, and his eyes were tearing up.

Overkill will be going out in September with Symphony X on a co-headline theater tour.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Billy, Frankie, Bobby

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

BILLY – AC/DC with Bon Scott, bass

FRANKIE – Drummer for Led Zeppelin

BOBBY – 2nd guitar player in Motorhead

 

What is the one song that you wish you wrote?

BILLY – “Screaming For Vengeance” by Judas Priest

FRANKIE – “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin

BOBBY – Any song off of Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades album

 

What is your one vice?

BILLY – Red Wine

FRANKIE – Vintage drums (currently 37 complete sets and 238 snare drums)

BOBBY – Nicotine, booze occasionally

 

What is the first rock or metal song that you ever learned how to play?

BILLY – “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix

FRANKIE – “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley & The Comets

BOBBY – “Sweet Jane” by Lou Reed

 

What is the weirdest rumor or news story that you’ve heard about yourself?

BILLY – That he killed a guy in Indonesia.

FRANKIE – That he was dead.

BOBBY – That he had run the NY Marathon for the cause of testicle cancer, dressed as a squirrel, and that he fell into a drink stand because he was intoxicated.  Every time that he had this story removed from Wikipedia, it re-appeared two weeks later.

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – Reissues of Classics

EDDIE – Bon Jovi – New Jersey

DON – Meet The Creeps DVD Collection (f. Don and Jim)

JIM – To Hale And Back, coffee table book about Halestorm by Rob Fenn (www.RobFenn.com).  Not a reissue.  Will be coming out on June 5th.  Eddie gets annoyed with Jim because he forgot the rules.

 

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That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 11: Taime Down, Mark Slaughter, Andy Biersack, Mike Orlando

That Metal Show - Season 14, Episode 11: Taime Down, Mark Slaughter, Andy Biersack, Mike Orlando

 

MUSICAL GUEST – Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob)

Mike talked about the recent tour that Adrenaline Mob just finished with Drowning Pool and the band’s latest album, Dearly Departed.  The band will soon be heading over to Brazil for a few weeks.  He talked about moving on after A.J. Pero’s death, and said that A.J. told them that he wanted them to go on (he was about to leave the tour because he wasn’t feeling well).  The tour that they’re currently doing is a tribute to A.J. Pero.  He is also working on a new project called Beautiful Disaster with Chad Szeliga (Breaking Benjamin and BLS) and a great new singer named Nick Coyle.

 

 

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Bands Airing Their Grievances Publicly On Social Media (Black Sabbath – Ozzy and Bill Ward)

JIM – Take it.  Sabbath has been fighting since 1979 when Bill Ward told Ozzy he was out of the band.  They always end up making up.  Predicts that Ward will end up on the new album and play some shows.

 

DON – Take it.  Ward knows that if he takes a shot at Ozzy that Ozzy will fire back.  He did find it a bit suspicious that the timing is close to the release of Ward’s new album.

 

EDDIE – Take it.  He thinks that it’s awesome.  Hated the press releases that they used to get from publicists.  It’s always about money, control, ego and politics.  Gives Ward the credit for laying things out there truthfully.

 

 

GUESTS – Taime Down, Mark Slaughter, Andy Biersack

TAIME DOWN (Faster Pussycat)

Brought out a bottle of Jack Daniels for Eddie, who drank a lot of Jack on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise.  Faster Pussycat is working on new material now.  He said that the most popular songs that the band plays live are “Babylon” and “Bathroom Wall.”

 

MARK SLAUGHTER

Just released his first solo record ever, entitled Reflections In The Rearview Mirror via iDitty Digital Download Card, CD and iTunes.  Still doing Slaughter and touring, but wanted to “make art.”  Mark said that good songs are good songs, and it’s your musical environment that makes you who you are.  He has done some voices for cartoons and jingles for Disney.  Mark proved that he can still hit the high notes.

 

ANDY BIERSACK (Black Veil Brides)

Just did Monsters Of Rock in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He said that he’s been watching TMS for years, and was honored to be on this show.  Eddie said that BVB is the future, and they have the responsibility to carrying the torch.  Andy said that he feels that young bands need to put on a show to inspire people to want to come and see them.  He said that people complain that a lot of young bands don’t represent the things that they enjoy, and blamed it on bands being lazy.  He said that he loves rock and roll and doesn’t want to see it die.

They discussed the passionate fanbase that BVB has, and also the polar opposite of those who hate them.  He said that they are not everyone’s cup of tea, and that he doesn’t focus on the haters.

Andy talked about being a fan of 80s music, and how important that generation is to the younger hard rock musicians today.  They are the first generation after the depressing era (90s).

Black Veil Brides live DVD coming out on July 10th called “Alive And Burning” (shot in L.A.).  He said that the bands the he grew up loving were cool, and that’s why BVB incorporates that into their music.

He was 17-yrs old when he drove across the country from Cincinnati to L.A. with no money and lived in his car.  He slept in rehearsal space parking lots because there was always someone there.  He would go to 7-11 to get the food that they were going to throw out at the end of the night for free.  He lived alone in his car, but the whole band was in cars in the parking lot together.  The first guy that he ever met was Chris Holmes from W.A.S.P. (who was also living in his car).

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Andy, Mark, Taime

What is your one vice?

ANDY – Smokes cigarettes

MARK – Red Bull

TAIME – Booze, Pu$$y and Cigarettes

 

What is the best concert that you ever attended?

ANDY – Aerosmith this year in NJ w/ all members of BVB

MARK – Summer Strut in 1982, Bruce Dickinson play with Maiden for the first time in the U.S.

TAIME – L7 in Chicago in ‘94

 

What is the first album that you bought with your own money?

ANDY – KISS – Revenge (on cassette)

MARK – Sweet

TAIME – Banana Splits

 

What is the first rock or metal song that you ever learned?

ANDY“Shout It Out Loud” by KISS at grade school talent show

MARK“Calling Dr. Love” by KISS

TAIME“You Really Got Me” by Van Halen

 

What is the weirdest rumor that you have ever heard about yourself?

ANDY – That he died in a jet ski accident (4 times last year)

MARK – Never heard any about him

TAIME – That he was dead (many times)

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK

EDDIE – Rob Halford – The Essential Rob Halford

DON – The Atomic Bitchwax – Gravitron

JIM – Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses

 

 

METAL MODEM – K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest)

Has done a couple of solo albums in recent years, and working with some local bands.  Been spending more time with family.  He said that he’s glad that Priest is still going.  Talked about his own brand of cologne called Metal For Men (which is now available in the U.S. on Amazon.com).

 

 

THROWDOWN – Judas Priest (British Steel vs. Screaming For Vengeance)

ANDY – Screaming For Vengeance

MARK – Screaming For Vengeance

TAIME – British Steel

EDDIE – Screaming For Vengeance

JIM – British Steel

DON – British Steel

K.K. – British Steel

 

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That Metal Show - Season 14, Episode 10, Ace Frehley, Mark Farner, Nita Strauss

MUSICAL GUEST – Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)

Nita talked about playing with Alice Cooper being a dream-come-true.  She was in band called The Iron Maidens.  Alice Cooper’s manager saw her playing the National Anthem at an L.A. KISS arena football game, and recruited her for the band.  She’s working on a solo record now, but it won’t come out until the touring with Motley Crue ends.

 

 

TAKE OR LEAVE IT – Twisted Sister to stop touring after dates in 2016

JIM – Take it, but hates to see them go.

DON – Take it, but doesn’t think that they’re done.  Feels like they will do reunion shows like all of the others that have announced their retirement.

EDDIE – Take it.  He’s a firm believer in bands not staying too long at the party.  He’d rather see them go out on top.

 

 

GUESTS – Ace Frehley (KISS) and Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)

ACE FREHLEY

Ace discussed being sober for 8 years.  He said that it was tough for the first year or two, but he’s over it now.  He is already working on another record.  It’s going to be a chronological album of cover songs that influenced him.  There will be some KISS songs included (the ones that he wrote).

Eddie discussed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Ace.  He had a great time, and refused to let any negativity ruin the moment.  The only downside for him was not being able to perform with KISS, or with Bruce Springsteen because they ran out of time.  They were supposed to play AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” together.

Ace said that he had no hard feelings towards Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  He said that he will never say never, and that he always leaves the door open for a reunion when Eddie asked him if he thinks that would be the last time that the four original members of KISS stood shoulder to shoulder.  Ace said that Gene tried talking to him on stage, but that he couldn’t hear him because of all of the damage that has been done to his hearing through the years standing in front of Marshall amps.  It also didn’t help that he took some diuretics to try and slim down for the event.  He was dizzy and thought that he was going to pass out.

Ace talked about being a roadie for Hendrix in the early 70s (he set up Mitch Mitchell’s drums).

He is working on a new book (still untitled).  The stories will be as good (if not better) than his first book because more things are coming back to him.

 

MARK FARNER

Grand Funk Railroad never played with KISS, but Ace was a roadie for a festival where Grand Funk and Hendrix played.  He said that he doesn’t remember Ace as a roadie, but remembers falling off of the top of an equipment truck when he was mesmerized by Hendrix’s playing.

He wrote 90% of the songs for Grand Funk.  He said that he’s always writing.  “I’m Your Captain” started out as poetry, and ended up becoming a hit song when he put guitar to it.

He is currently finishing an EP called Take You Out at Steve Vai’s studio in L.A.  He is going to be doing a concert for Viet Nam vets at Fort Irwin in California.  “I’m Your Captain” was voted as the favorite song of Viet Nam vets.

Eddie asked him about his departure from Grand Funk.  Don Brewer (the drummer of the band) said that they had to sign their ownership of the trademark into the corporation.  Mark was a high school dropout, and Don had gone to law school.  He mistakenly trusted Don, who ousted him from the corporation and left him out on his own.

Surprisingly, he is forgiving about the situation, and holds no grudges.  His biggest regret is that the fans sake, the band goes on using the name without the guy who wrote 90% of the music.  Ace called him the most talented member of the band by far.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Ace Frehley / Mark Farner

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

ACE – Led Zeppelin, guitar

MARK – Frank Zappa’s Mother’s Of Invention, Kazoo

 

What is the one song that you wish that you wrote?

ACE“Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones

MARK – A song by Toby Keith (liked the lyrics, couldn’t remember the name of the song) “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m good once as I ever was.”

 

What is your one vice?

ACE – Cheescake with strawberries

MARK – Women (all shapes, sizes and creeds)

 

What is the best concert that you have ever attended?

ACE – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels with The Who and Cream opening.

MARK – Led Zeppelin (w/ Grand Funk Railroad opening) at Olympia in Detroit in 1970.  It was their first and last date on the show.  The plug got pulled on them because they were too good.

 

What is the weirdest rumor that you have ever heard about yourself?

ACE – That he was dead.  Bill Aucoin called him to ask if he was ok.  When he asked why, Aucoin told him that there was a rumor that he died.

MARK – That he said that he did a lead on stage, and said that if anyone could do it any better to come on stage and perform.  It was rumored that Eric Clapton was in the audience and came up on stage.  It never happened.

 

 

RANK – KISS albums (by Ace Frehley)

  1. KISS (self-titled)
  2. Destroyer
  3. Love Gun
  4. Dynasty
  5. Unmasked
  6. Dressed To Kill
  7. Rock And Roll Over
  8. Hotter Than Hell
  9. Music From The Elder

 

PICK OF THE WEEK (Non-music)

EDDIE – Earasers (hi-fi ear plugs)

DON – First two seasons of Holliston on DVD (starring GWAR’s Oderus Urungus and also Dee Snider as a cross-dresser)

JIM – A clothing company from San Diego called Dirtbag Clothing.

 

 

THROWDOWN – Debut Albums (Led Zeppelin vs. Black Sabbath)

NITA – Black Sabbath

ACE – Led Zeppelin

MARK – Led Zeppelin

EDDIE – Led Zeppelin

DON – Black Sabbath

JIM – Black Sabbath

 

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That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 9: Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker, Damon Johnson

That Metal Show - Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker

MUSICAL GUEST – Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy)

Eddie raved about the new Black Star Riders album, The Killer Instinct.  He told Damon that it is an early candidate for album of the year.  Black Star Riders has done shows recently in Europe, and in America, they have played with the band Europe.  He has also done some solo gigs recently.

 

 

TMS TOP 5 – Schenker Era UFO Songs

  1. “Rock Bottom”
  2. “Lights Out”
  3. “Love To Love”
  4. “Too Hot To Handle”
  5. “Mother Mary”

TMS Fans

  1. “Rock Bottom”
  2. “Lights Out”
  3. “Doctor Doctor”
  4. “Love To Love”
  5. “Only You Can Rock Me”

 

GUESTS – Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Michael Schenker (Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock, Scorpions, UFO, MSG)

MICHAEL SCHENKER

The interview segment of TMS is always interesting, this week especially.  With the success that Metallica has enjoyed throughout their career, the expectation when tuning in was that Kirk Hammett would be the higher profile guest being interviewed.  It turned out that he was on TMS more because of his fandom of Michael Schenker than to talk about what Metallica has been up to recently.

The interview began with Hammett asking Schenker about the inspiration behind the writing of all of his great riffs.

Schenker:  “It started with a fascination about what can be done with a single string” (starting when he was 9-yrs old).

Schenker went on to say that there have been three phases to his career…

PHASE 1 – Unconsciously Discovering:  During this phase, which went all the way to the Scorpions Love Drive album, he said that he didn’t really know what he was doing.

PHASE 2 – Developing on a Personal Level

PHASE 3 – Consciously Enjoying his Development

Hammett was in awe of Schenker being self-taught.  He taught himself Rudolf’s guitar when his older brother went to work.  Rudolf ended up asking Michael to give him guitar lessons, and eventually, he went on to take over for Michael in the Scorpions.

Schenker called his approach “play and discover” and said that the last note that he plays inspires him to play the next note.  Schenker surprisingly revealed that he hasn’t really listened to anyone else’s music in the last 43 years (since he was 16), although he said that he does like “Unforgiven” by Metallica.  His reasoning is that consuming other music takes energy, and he wants to use his energy to create his own music (pure self-expression).

Schenker talked about his early influences – Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton (up to a certain point), Leslie West, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter…(all the late 60s music).

With his current band (Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock), he is doing a whole retrospective of his career, and enjoying every minute of it.  The band’s latest album Spirit On A Mission features Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass) – the original rhythm section of the Scorpions.  The last Scorpions album that they all played on together was Lovedrive.

 

 

Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker Performance

These two guitar legends took to the main stage area together.  As successful as Hammett’s career has been, you can tell that he was thrilled to be playing with a guitarist that he idolizes (something that Eddie pointed out when they returned to their seats).

Hammett exclaimed…“I just had the greatest guitar lesson!  I’ve been waiting to do this since I was 15-yrs old.  It’s like being on an episode of Fantasy Island!”

When asked by Don if any of his solos were inspired by Michael Schenker, Kirk responded…“every one!”  He went on to state…“this is how deep the inspiration goes…when I’m doing something, I think ‘what would Michael do?”

A very humble Schenker said that he never expected to become famous, much less be so influential to other guitarists.  He didn’t know that he had an impact on bands like GNR and Metallica until the early 90s.

 

KIRK HAMMETT

Hammett talked about the next Metallica album.  He said that it’s still in the embryonic stages, but that it should be out sometime in 2016.  He also said that it is similar to their last album, Death Magnetic.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Kirk and Michael

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be?

Kirk – UFO, rhythm guitar for Michael

Michael – Led Zeppelin

 

What is the one song that you wish that you wrote?

Kirk“Diary Of A Madman” by Ozzy Osbourne.  He talked about all of the jazz influences that Randy Rhodes incorporated into the song, and said that it was a testament to the brilliance of his songwriting.

Michael“Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin

 

What is the best concert that you’ve ever attended?

Kirk – Day On The Green in 1978.  He said the concert, which featured legendary bands in the following order – AC/DC, Van Halen, Pat Travers, Foreigner, Aerosmith – changed his life.

Michael – From ages 14-16, he just went to see as many festivals as possible as he sought out great guitarists.

 

What is the first rock or metal song that you learned?

Kirk“Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix

Michael“Hippy, Hippy Shake” by Swinging Blue Jeans

 

What is the weirdest rumor that you’ve ever heard about yourself?

Kirk“That I’m not me.  Some guy came up to me and said that I looked just like Kirk Hammett.  When I said that I was him, the guy said that I wasn’t because Kirk Hammett is way taller.”

Michael“That I joined the Moonies.”

 

 

RANK – Metallica Albums (by Kirk)

  1. Master Of Puppets
  2. Black
  3. Ride The Lightning
  4. And Justice For All
  5. Death Magnetic
  6. Kill ‘Em All
  7. Reload
  8. Anger
  9. Load

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – UNDERRATED BANDS

Eddie – Raven – Extermination

Don – Raging Slab

Jim – Tank – Power Of The Hunter

 

THROWDOWN – UFO’s “Strangers In The Night” vs. Thin Lizzy “Live And Dangerous”

Damon – Thin Lizzy

Kirk – UFO

Michael – UFO

Eddie – UFO

Jim – Thin Lizzy

Don – Thin Lizzy

 

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MUSICAL GUEST – Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde talked about having his own line of amps, guitars and pedals.  BLS is out on the road doing acoustic shows.  He played Starland Ballroom (in NJ) during the week.  It was the first concert ever for Jim Florentine’s 4½-yr old son.

 

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Tony Harnell as the replacement for Johnny Sollinger in Skid Row

Jim – Take it.  Better than getting an unknown if they’re not going to bring Sebastian Bach back.

Don – Take it.  I think that it’s a smart move.  Tony Harnell is a kick-ass singer, and it can prolong the band’s career.

Eddie – Take it.  Likes Harnell as a choice because of his skills, but would have liked to have seen Sebastian Bach back in the band.

 

TMS TOP 5 – Songs That Zakk Wylde has Played On

  1. “Miracle Man”
  2. “No More Tears”
  3. “In This River”
  4. “Horse Called War”
  5. “Stillborn”

TMS FANS

  1. “Stillborn”
  2. “In This River”
  3. “No More Tears”
  4. “Suicide Messiah”
  5. “Fire It Up”

 

GUESTS – Kerry King (Slayer), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)

Kerry King

The craziest night that he had drinking with Zakk Wylde was on Wylde’s 39th birthday (as far as they can remember).  King talked about laying his last guitar tracks in January, and hasn’t played since.  The new Slayer record is done (title is not yet released).  There are also six more songs written for the next album.

This is the first Slayer record without Jeff Hanneman.  He didn’t play anything on this album, but has one song that he wrote on the album.  The weirdest thing for King was the lack of presence of Hanneman (they wrote all of the records together).  Gary Holt played lead on 7-8 songs on the record.  King said that Holt is the best replacement since Brian Johnson joined AC/DC.  The other big change with Slayer is Dave Lombardo leaving and Paul Bostaph replacing him.  Slayer kicks off tour at the end of June, and will be playing for the better part of two years.

Eddie talked about Slayer being the only band out of the Big Four to never get any radio airplay.  King credits the metal community for finding the things that they love, and Slayer has a big connection with the fans.  King shared a story about a fan who carved “Slayer” into his back with a broken beer bottle.

 

Lzzy Hale

Halestorm’s fourth studio album (Into The Wild) is being released next week.  Lzzy said that she’s checking appearing on TMS off of her bucket list.  The new record was done much differently than the last two records.  They wanted to bridge the gap between the live show and the record.  Their live show is plug in and play…what you hear is what you get (warts and all).  All of the basic tracks were done live in a reformed church in Nashville (which felt like they were back in her parent’s basement).  They were a little nervous about doing the record this way, but the process was incredibly freeing.

Unlike Slayer, radio has been a huge part of breaking Halestorm.  They also have a very diverse audience (from 80s metal guys to young girls who are fans of Pink and have just started playing guitar because they came to a Halestorm show).  Halestorm spends 90% of their time touring, which is one of the reasons that they set out to make a live sounding record.

Lzzy takes pride in connecting with her fans, something that she learned from Ronnie James Dio when Halestorm was opening for Heaven & Hell.  She told a story about Dio going out of his way to say goodbye to them before getting on his bus, and also about connecting with the fans.  He told Lzzy that she will never remember the names and faces of the people that she meets, but for the fans, it’s a moment in time that they will never forget, so make it good!

 

RANK – Slayer Albums (by Kerry King)

  1. Raining Blood
  2. Seasons In The Abyss
  3. Hell Awaits
  4. World Painted Blood
  5. South Of Heaven
  6. Show No Mercy
  7. God Hates Us All
  8. Christ Illusion
  9. Divine Intervention

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – Newer Bands

Eddie – The Answer – Raise A Little Hell

Don – Panzer – Send Them All To Hell

Jim – Sorcerer – In the Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

 

ZAKK WYLDE – Show Closer

That Metal Show usually ends with The Throwdown, but this week, they ended with Zakk Wylde playing an extended guitar piece, highlighted by his signature shredding.

 

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MUSICAL GUEST – Rich Ward (Fozzy)

Just did a reunion show with Stuck Mojo.  Things went really well, and they will be recording an album this summer.

 

 

TMS TOP 5 – “Better Live” Songs

  1. Cheap Trick – “I Want You To Want Me”
  2. KISS – “Rock And Roll All Night”
  3. Thin Lizzy – “Still In Love With You”
  4. UFO – “Love To Love”
  5. Judas Priest – “Victim Of Changes”

TMS FANS

  1. Cheap Trick – “I Want You To Want Me”
  2. KISS – “Rock And Roll All Night”
  3. Iron Maiden – “Fear Of The Dark”
  4. Judas Priest – “Victim Of Changes”
  5. UFO – “Rock Bottom”

 

 

 

GUESTS: Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Killer Be Killed), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)

 

BILLY CORGAN – Smashing Pumpkins going out on tour with Marilyn Manson.  He and Manson had a break in their friendship over Rose McGowan.  Tommy Lee played on the Pumpkins latest record, but won’t be touring with the band because of the Motley Crue tour.  Even though Smashing Pumpkins are an alternative band, a lot of the influences came from hard rock and metal (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick).  The first time that he met Robert Smith from The Cure, Smith was drunk and tried to kiss him.  The kiss never happened.  Smith ended up throwing up on Billy’s shoes.

 

 

MAX CAVALERA – Talked about playing with his brother in Cavalera Conspiracy.  They had a falling out at one point, but eventually got back together after not speaking for ten years.  He said that he hopes to do some more shows with Killer Be Killed.  He’s doing a Cavalera tour with Corrosion Of Conformity, and then a Soulfly record is coming out in August.  He said that he’d like to do dates with Killer Be Killed in November.  His sons (who are now 18 and 19) are playing in their own metal band now.  Max told a story about hanging out with Ministry and Eddie Vedder, and ended up throwing up on Vedder from being too drunk.

 

 

CHRIS JERICHO – Came out dressed with a scarf like David Lee Roth (on the Jimmy Kimmel appearance).  Fozzy is going to be touring with Slash f. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.  Talked about playing Soundwave in Australia (where the heat is deadly).  He talked about the odd pairing of the three guests, but said that their mutual love of metal bonds them.  The first time that he met Ronnie James Dio (who he revered), he asked to take a picture with them.  He ended up spilling the glass of red wine that he was holding on Dio’s stage costume.  He apologized and asked Dio not to put a curse on him.

 

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE

What is your one vice?

Billy – Work too much

Max – Coca Cola

Chris – Grey Goose on ice

 

 

What is the first album that you bought with your own money?

Billy – Meet The Beatles

Max – Queen – Live Killers (cassette)

Chris – Beach Boys – Summer Fun (in 1979 on 8-track).  First metal album was Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz.

 

 

What is the best concert that you’ve ever attended?

Billy – Either Bad Brains or Jane’s Addiction

Max – Ozzy at Budokhan in 1998 (sang “Paranoid” with him)

Chris – Iron Maiden – Powerslave tour (2nd concert that he ever saw).

 

 

What is the weirdest rumor or news story that you ever heard about yourself?

Billy – That I was the kid on The Wonder Years.  People would come up to him on the street in the 90s and say that he was “that guy.”  The rumor eventually transferred to Marilyn Manson.

Max – That I puked on Eddie Vedder, and that we sacrifice goats and chicken back in Brazil.  He did admit to robbing skulls from a cemetery when he was a teenager.

Chris – That I’ve been wearing a wig for the last 20 years.  Eddie pulled on it to prove that it’s real.

 

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK

Eddie – Europe – War Of Kings

Don – Machine Head – Bloodstone And Diamonds

Jim – Robots and Monsters – Down To Ash

 

 

 

THROWDOWN – Scorpions “Blackout” vs. “Love At First Sting”

Eddie –Blackout

Don – Blackout

Jim – Love At First Sting

Max – Blackout

Chris – Love At First Sting

Billy – Blackout

 

 

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MUSICAL GUEST – Frank Hannon (Tesla)

Frank Hannon discussed his power trio (The Frank Hannon Band).  They are currently touring the east coast, and to support his album, World Peace.  Hannon has a big summer tour coming up with Tesla and Def Leppard (the bands toured together in 1987 doing the first tour in the round).  Tesla will also be appearing on the Monsters of Rock Cruise this summer.

 

OPENING – Tribute to A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob)

The time that is usually allotted to the TMS Top 5 was used to pay tribute to drummer, A.J. Pero, who passed away suddenly on 3/20/15.  The set was visited by Pero’s Twisted Sister bandmates Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza and Eddie Ojeda.  Each shared stories about Pero…

 

Jay Jay French – Told a story about AJ being from Staten Island and his mangling of the English language, and shared a joke that AJ used to tell in his Staten Island accent.

 

Mark “The Animal” Mendoza – Talked about how funny and crazy AJ was, and that he was the funniest personality in a band full of characters.

 

Eddie Ojeda – Told story about Cooch (a friend from Long Island who is part of the Fingers Metal Shop crew) and AJ wrestling on the bus.  AJ told Cooch to throw him on top of Eddie.  They rolled on top of him and then Dee joined in.  This is the kind of stuff went on all of the time.

 

Eddie Trunk – Talked about how he and AJ were huge fans of the New York Mets, and how he’d get so excited when he showed up with Mike Piazza.  He also talked about Dee Snider saying that “the nice guy in Twisted Sister is no longer with us.”

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GUESTS – Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) and Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless)

 

MARK TREMONTI  

Talked about his new Tremonti album coming out, which features Wolfgang Van Halen on bass.  The band just released the first single (“Another Heart”) off of their album, which drops on June 9th.  Tremonti talked about Wolfgang being disappointed that he won’t be able to tour with the band because of the upcoming Van Halen tour.  He came to join the band after being turned on to Alter Bridge by Morgan Rose (Sevendust).  Wolfgang invited Tremonti to come to a Van Halen practice at Eddie Van Halen’s studio.  He admitted to being a little nervous playing in front of Eddie Van Halen for the first time.

With Tremonti, Mark sings and plays guitar at the same time.  He said that the toughest thing for him is having is having to work the crowd, and not just entertain the people on his side of the stage.

Talked about sharing Myles Kennedy with Slash, and the incredible following that each band has on their own.  He said that Myles is living the dream.  He has no kids, so he brings his wife out on the road with him.

Dispelled rumor that’s been floating around about a band featuring him, Jamey Jasta and Joey Jordison.

 

TAYLOR MOMSEN

Taylor talked about inviting herself onto TMS.  She has been touring constantly since last year with The Pretty Reckless.  She discussed coming into the music industry at a difficult time, but that this has always been her passion.  Other people made decisions for her since she started in the entertainment business at the age of two.  When she was finally able to choose for herself, she quit acting to pursue music full time.

Her dad, who was a roadie for Aerosmith, got her into hard rock and metal.  She grew up on his vinyl collection.

The Pretty Reckless is wrapping up their tour and heading back into the studio.  They will be going out with Halestorm before going off of the road.

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Mark Tremonti and Taylor Momsen

If you could be in any other band, what band would you choose, and what would you play?

Mark – Metallica (guitar)

Taylor – Led Zeppelin (she’d be Jimmy Page)

 

What is your one vice?

Mark – Pinball (has 12 machines in his house)

Taylor – Smoking

 

What is the first album that you bought with your own money?

Mark – J. Geils Band – Love Stinks

Taylor – Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger

 

What is your favorite new band?

Mark – Conquering Dystopia

Taylor – Said that she’s so busy that she doesn’t follow much new music, but loves the new Soundgarden album.

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – Reissues

Eddie – Super deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti

Don – Judas Priest’s 30th anniversary edition of Defenders Of The Faith

Jim – Didn’t pick, just held up Physical Graffiti album that he took from Eddie

 

 

THROWDOWN – Soundgarden vs. Pearl Jam

Don was the only one to choose Pearl Jam.  Frank Hannon, Mark Tremonti, Taylor Momsen, Eddie and Jim all chose Soundgarden.

 

 

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Michael Angelo Batio – Musical Guest

While every TMS musical guest is impressive, Michael Angelo Batio showed off insane shredding skills on both a single guitar, and his unique double neck guitar which he plays right and left handed at the same time.  He got the idea for the guitar when he saw a boy playing two saxophones at the same time.  Watching a single guitarist play harmonies with both hands simultaneously is mind-boggling.  Batio has been touring all over Europe recently, and will have a new album coming out on 4/14/15.  The album, entitled Shred Force 1, is being released by George Lynch’s Rat Pack Records.  The album features over 20 guest musicians including: Lynch, Mark Tremonti and Rudy Sarzo.

 

 

Take It Or Leave It – Tiered Pricing VIP Packages

Jim – Take It.  Album sales are down, bands have to do what they can to bring in money.

Don – Take It.  When we were kids going to concerts, there were no opportunities like this.  If you have the money, you can do it now.  He doesn’t think that the extreme amounts of money are worth it though.

Eddie – Take it (to a degree).  It used to be that the most passionate, hardcore fans were the people that got up early to get front row seats.  Now, it just goes to the people with the most money who aren’t usually as into it.  The most passionate fans are now in the back.

 

 

TMS Top 5 – Replacement Members (not including singers, and came after the debut album)

  1. Neil Peart
  2. Adrian Smith
  3. Eric Carr
  4. Jason Newsted
  5. Marty Friedman

TMS Fans

  1. Neil Peart
  2. Jason Newstead
  3. Eric Carr
  4. Zakk Wylde
  5. Kirk Hammett

 

 

GUESTS:  Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), John Bush & Joey Vera (Armored Saint)

Jamey Jasta

The guys discussed how hard-working Jasta is, working simultaneously on Hatebreed and a podcast that he launched.  He has also hosted Headbanger’s Ball in the past.  Although Jasta is definitely metal, his podcast features a variety of artists, including those who are considered very commercial.  He believes that any promotion that hard rock and metal get in the mainstream helps everyone, so he doesn’t hate any bands.

Hatebreed will be opening for Motorhead on the Motorboat cruise in September and October, and will also be opening for Slipknot on arena tour dates in April and May.  The band will also be playing Rock On The Range.  For VIP packages, check out www.HatebreedVIP.com.

 

 

John Bush & Joey Vera

Both guys were first-time TMS guests.  Armored Saint has a new album coming out on 6/2/15 entitled Win Hands Down.  A video is being shot for the title track soon.  The band will be going out with Saxon to support the album beginning in May.  The tour will include a date at the Los Angeles House Of Blues, which will be closing shortly afterwards.  The guys are best friends who have also played together in Anthrax.  An interesting fact about John Bush was revealed.  In between his work with Anthrax and Armored Saint, he did over 300 voiceovers, and he was the voice of Burger King for a while.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Jamey, John, Joey

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

Jamey – Slayer, bass and sing

John – Judas Priest, singer

Joey – Judas Priest, drummer on the Hell Bent For Leather Tour

 

What was the best concert that you’ve ever attended?

Jamey – Metallica at Bowery Ballroom and at The Apollo.

John – U2, San Diego Sports Arena, All That You Can’t Leave Behind Tour (he and his wife consummated their relationship after the show at the Holiday Inn Express across the street from the arena)

Joey – Roger Waters, The Wall tour

 

What was the first song that you learned to play?

Jamey“Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple

John“Feels Like The First Time” by Foreigner

Joey“Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – (Non music)

Eddie – Lyve App for photos (www.MyLyve.com)

DonThe Zombie Horror Picture Show book (all photographs)

Jim – Andrew Dice Clay’s autobiography – The Filthy Truth

 

 

METAL MODEM – Jason Becker

Jason Becker is an accomplished guitarist who has played with Marty Friedman, Richie Kotzen, David Lee Rother and others.  He was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) around 1990, and was given only 3-5 years to live.  After losing his ability to speak, his father developed a system for him to communicate with his eyes.  It started out with a simple letter grid, and has now advanced to a product called EyeSpeak, which exceeded its goal on Kickstarter.  With his mother interpreting his eye movements, the guys discussed the documentary about his life entitled Not Dead Yet, his time with David Lee Roth and his work with Marty Friedman.  He talked about how he still writes music, and how it is healing for him, and also that a number of his guitar player friends show up every year on his birthday and play for him.  His is currently working on a new album with Chris Broderick on classical guitar, and a number of other guests.

 

 

THROWDOWN – Black Sabbath’s Dio Classics – “Heaven & Hell” vs “Mob Rules”

Jamey – Heaven & Hell

Joey – Heaven & Hell

John – Mob Rules

Eddie – Heaven & Hell

Jim – Heaven & Hell

Don – Mob Rules

 

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OPENING

Eddie discussed the t-shirt that he was wearing, which featured artwork from the Dio tribute album – This Is Your Life.  All of the proceeds from the sale of the shirt go to the Dio Cancer Fund.  To purchase, go to www.DioCancerFund.org.

 

MUSICAL GUEST: Joel Hoekstra

Hoekstra discussed how he left Night Ranger to join Whitesnake.  He was first told about the opening by his friend, Doug Aldrich (who was leaving Whitesnake).  Some people in the industry (including Eddie Trunk) brought Hoekstra up to David Coverdale (who actually heard him play for the first time while playing on TMS).

 

 

GUESTS: Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Darryl McDaniels (RUN DMC), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer)

All three guests were TMS first-timers.

Darryl McDaniels talked about not caring about soul power, afros and high heels when he listened to AM radio in NY.  His passion was folk and classic rock (Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan).

Marky Ramone talked about listening the beginning of FM radio in NY growing up, and his influences (Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad).  Talked about Motorhead writing a song called “Ramones,” which The Ramones eventually covered.  The first song that he recorded with The Ramones was “I Wanna Be Sedated.”  The band opened for Black Sabbath and Van Halen in 1978 (didn’t go over well because metal fans didn’t like punk).

A clip was shown of Marky appearing in a mock commercial featured on CollegeHumor’s CH2 advertising the “smartphone swatter,” a device that allows concert goers to swat smartphones out of the hands of people who watch concerts through their screens.  It is made by gluing a 7” vinyl record onto a drumstick.

All of the guys and guests talked about how much they dislike the use of smartphones in concert. Gary said that it doesn’t really happen at a Slayer shows because of how intense the audience is in the pit.

Gary Holt started on classic hard rock.  He jokingly said that he’s still just a classic hard rock guitar player on methamphetamines and steroids.  He plays a faster, more intense version of what he grew up on (Montrose, Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Motorhead).  He’s pulling double-duty with Slayer and Exodus, and has even been playing with both bands on the same night.

 

GUEST PROJECTS

Gary – Exodus – Blood In Blood Out new record, start tour with Testament on April 1st

Darryl – Working on a thrash record.  Got to meet Rob Dukes (singing w/ Exodus) at Rock On The Range.  Gave him his new album, with his band Generation Kill, and he fell in love with it.  Told him that he wanted him to produce a track on his new album.  The first single is called “Lot Lizard.”  Says it’s the best record he ever made.

Marky – Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone autobiography.

 

 

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: Music Streaming Services

JIM – Leave it.  Spotify only pays one penny per 500 spins.

DON – Take it.  I like the services because I can make playlists and share it with other people.

EDDIE – Take it.  From the standpoint of music discovery, it’s really cool.  Hopefully, it encourages you to go out and buy the record.

 

 

TMS TOP 5:  Album Closers

  1. Iron Maiden – “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
  2. Deep Purple – “Space Truckin”
  3. Black Sabbath – “The Writ”
  4. Aerosmith – “Home Tonight”
  5. Ozzy Osbourne – “Diary Of A Madman”

TMS Fans Picks

  1. Iron Maiden – “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
  2. Slayer – “Raining Blood”
  3. Guns N’ Roses – “Rocket Queen”
  4. Metallica – “Damage Inc.”
  5. Led Zeppelin – “When The Levee Breaks”

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Marky Ramone, Darryl McDaniels, Gary Holt

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

MR – Jimi Hendrix Experience, drums

DM – The Beatles

GH – AC/DC, rhythm guitar

 

What is the one song that you wish you wrote?

MR“Hocus Pocus” – Focus

DM“Into The Blue Light” – Pentagram

GH“Stargazer” – Rainbow

 

What is your one vice?

MR – Collecting cars

DM – Sweets

GH – None, quit smoking

 

 

UNDERRATED BANDS

Eddie – Krokus

Don – Death Angel

Jim – Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats

 

 

METAL MODEM – David Coverdale (Whitesnake)

Coverdale talked about finding Joel Hoekstra.  He also talked about the inspiration behind doing the Whitesnake album revisiting his work with Deep Purple.  When Jon Lord was diagnosed with cancer, he said that he wanted to do a reunion of sorts with Coverdale.  They never got the chance to do it, but Lord’s passing made him realize that life is just too precious to hold any bitterness or animosity.  When he reconnected with Blackmore, and they made up, he asked if Coverdale would be interested in doing a reunion.  When they didn’t share the same vision, he expressed disappointment to his wife that he couldn’t make it happen.  She is the one that suggested that he do it as a Whitesnake album.  Coverdale thought about doing a Coverdale/Blackmore project similar to what he did with Coverdale/Page where they would do songs from Rainbow, Whitesnake and Deep Purple.  The new album comes out in May.

 

 

THROWDOWN – “Walk This Way” (w/ RUN DMC) vs. “Bring The Noise” (w/ Public Enemy)

Gary“Walk This Way”

Darryl“Bring The Noise”

Marky“Walk This Way”

Eddie“Walk This Way”

Jim“Bring The Noise”

Don“Walk This Way”

 

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