I’ve been watching That Metal Show on VH1 for the past couple of years on a sporadic basis but lately I’ve been spending time on the VH1 website catching up to past episodes that I missed. For anyone into hard rock – especially of the heavy metal variety – this is a must-see show.
The show is hosted by Eddie Trunk. His co-hosts are Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. Jim and Don are stand-up comedian types who add some hilarity to the show and are very knowledgable about rock music (just not to the extent that Eddie is). I’d trade places with them in a heartbeat.
(l-r: Jim, Eddie, Don)
The show, found on VH1, has some great guests that you won’t find on your average talk show (although I did recently spot a clip of Slash playing on “Ellen”). Rockstars like Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony, Slash, Duff McKagan, Ronnie James Dio, Jake E. Lee, Dave Mustaine, and Ace Frehley have been guests in the past.
There are a bunch of things I love about this show:
- It’s not what you expect when you think “metal”. It’s real insight from true fans who don’t need to look like Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson.
- The artists are also not what you may think metal is about. Despite the wild stage antics and even wilder lives, these guys are very typically well-spoken, calm, knowledgable guys who don’t show up with gigantic egos (or at least they leave them in the dressing room). They know their craft and truly appreciate their fans.
- Eddie, Don, and Jim aren’t afraid to broach sensitive topics like drug use, bands that self-destructed, or releases that honestly just sucked. It’s VH1 so there’s also plenty of “bleeping” [expletive deleted] moments too.
- Eddie regularly – and quite correctly – rants about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or as he calls it “The Hall of Shame”. He regularly points out (as I have done here) the injustice of bands that continue to be overlooked. Bands that have not only sold millions of records, have engaged millions of fans, and have influenced countless musicians. Kiss? Alice Cooper? Iron Maiden? All ignored. I shrug this off more than Eddie as I think the Rock HoF is just a business organized to sell records and concert tickets. It’s just marketing disguised as an honorific.
Eddie is from Madison, NJ and has hosted a number of terrific radio shows that pay homage to hard rock and metal bands from the earliest pioneers to the guys out headbangin’ on the road today. He is also the author of “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” a compendium of stories from the bands that rock harder than anyone else.
Episodes of the shows can be found here: