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Eddie Trunk Interview( One From The Archives Series)
I have been spending some time in my archives and I came across this gem. Eddie Trunk is one of metal stalwart torch bearers. His That Metal Show is a staple around the globe for metal fans.I had a chance to interview Eddie early in my pursuit of this passion. This was originally published on The Ripple Effect. Enjoy...
Eddie Trunkessential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal volume 2
Abrams image publishing 9/24/2013
Eddie Trunk is a
stalwart proponent of the metal genre. He is well respected within the metal
community as a man of knowledge and passion for this musical style. His loyalty
and dedication to the music, artists, and fans was born out of a simple love of
the music. For 30 Years he has been leading the metal battle cry for all who do
not believe. His latest book is a testament to that passion and drive. A
forward by none other than Slash himself kicks off this literary tour de force
of bands, that helped shape and define the heavy metal genre. Included within
each band chapter are clever insights, stories from the Eddie's vast memory
reservoir. Every band has a story and Eddie Trunk is your ringleader into their
magic circus lifestyle.I had the opportunity to talk with Eddie over
the phone about his new book, radio, That Metal Show, and of course, metal in
Congrats on your
second book, Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal volume 2. Also
your radio show and That Metal Show. 30 years in the business. What is
something that still amazes you about the metal genre and its fans?
Thanks. The fans are the ones that keep it all going for the
artists and myself, and the genre in general.I'm really lucky for that. It's incredible how much support I have from
people from my TV. show and my radio show, and now my books. I'm really
grateful. At the end of the day, I just considered myself a fan. I got into
this music 30 years ago because I wanted to find ways to share and spread the
music I love with other people in a respectful way. And it's just been amazing
to see it continue. You know metal has its ups and downs just like anything
does, but the core of it and the passion from the fans is really there. I think
that is really one of the true hallmarks of this genre of music.
almost every band that received a mention at the end of your first book within
your latest book. How long did it take you to narrow down the list of bands?
It was a little difficult because as you mentioned the bands
at the end of the first book were meant to be included in the book, but then I
realized that there wasn't room. It was tough to cut those bands out but I had
to do so because of space. Then when I was approached to do the second book, I
said well that is the starting point. That is where we should begin. So that
was the jumping off point. There are still a few that I did not end up using
and then there were a few that were not listed at all that I did. So it was a
little bit of a process trying to determine which bands to use. I ran into
space limits for this book too. as much as you want to keep writing and
writing, you can't just do that. So I had to go through the existing list and
say yeah I think I have enough about that band to do a full section. It was a balance.
80% of the bands that were mentioned at the end of the first book now have full
sections in this one. The last thing that was important was the variety. It's
the same thing for the books, radio and television. This book has Manson in it and
Warrant. I have always done that, I have never discriminated within the
different genres. Never been afraid to say I like hard rock and I like heavy
metal. I think we found a decent amount of variety within the book.
Right, I'm so glad you included "Veteran of The
Psychic Wars" in your Blue Oyster Cult playlist. I used to have that album
on 8-track believe it or not.
Oyster Cult in general just being included in the book was really important to
me. They were one of the tougher cuts from the first book. I think that Blue
Oyster Cult is a band that is really overlooked by a lot of people. Buck Dharma
doesn't really think of them as a "metal" band but they are certainly
a hard rock band and they have such a huge influence on so many bands. So it
was important to get them in. I spent a good amount of time listening to them
as a kid as well, so I was glad that I was able to get those guys in the book.
touched upon Blue Murder. You mentioned you have the demo tapes for the Sykes,Portnoy
project. Any chance of hearing that demo?
I don't think anyone would be comfortable with me playing them for people because they are
really raw demos. Very, very basic. Really just them set up and playing.
Nothing that they could shop to any labels. The skeletons of the songs are
there. If they wanted me to and were comfortable with it then o.k. I would, but
it would be more a curiosity thing because it wasn't a polishedproduct. The four or five songs I have are
just skeletons. I am pretty sure that on John Sykes new solo record those songs
are going to be on it.
How long will the
book tour go on for
This will be pretty extensive. The initial run starts on September
24 goes for about eleven days and ends in Vegas. From there it's back to Jersey
and New York. from there I go to Brazil to host a festival. I have new episodes
of That Metal show taping in October. Might have to wait until November or
December. There really isn't an end date. The first signing is the 24th of
September at the Hard Rock in Times Square. The 25th in Morris Plains, New
Jersey at the Barnes And Noble, and 26th is Staten Island at a BarnesAnd Noble. From there I actually start to
travel. I hope to do more on the East Coast. I want to do Philadelphia, Ct.
Boston. Just time and schedules.
Let's say you had
a chance to put together an Eddie Trunk music festival based on the books.
which five bands would have to be on the bill?
Oh wow. well if it was just a fantasy thing where it could
be any band then....
Well any band
Yeah, Kiss and Aerosmith. Original members. Those two started it all for me as a kid. Van Halen,
Black Sabbath. Sabbath with Ronnie but sadly we couldn't have that. So Sabbath,
and Metallica. That would be a pretty good line up.
I just saw Sabbath
a couple of weeks ago, They were awesome.
Yeah, I thought Sabbath with Ozzy was great, but Sabbath
with Dio is where I discovered them. Ronnie and I were close, so Sabbath with
him has always been kind of special to me. As great as the current Sabbath is,
I couldn't help but think while watching them ,that we would never hear
Ronnie's vocals on some of those songs again. Never going to hear
"Children Of The Sea" live again, sung by Ronnie.
Speaking of that.
There have been a lot of deaths in the metal community lately and then of
course lemmy's(Motorhead) health issues.
How concerned are you about the mortality and the future of Heavy Metal?
It's true. Nobody is immune to it. Us included. A lot of
people ask, well who carries the torch? The biggest bands are still the bands
that have been around 30 or 40 years. Doing the biggest business. So you do
have to say that some bands do scale back or retire or even sadly, pass on . It
definitely is a concern, butyou have to
point to the guys from the 80's. You hope they become big again. You hope they
still have some juice left in them, than say the guys from the 70's. Iron
Maiden is bigger now than they have ever been. so they are still ten years
younger than the 70's groups. New bands like Avenged Seven fold, Five finger
Death Punch are bands that certainly have great fan bases. It remains to be
seen if they can continue the legacy. Hopefully the combo of the 80's and the
new bands can keep it all going together.
artist I have interviewed from Doro to John5 has tremendous praise for you and
what you do to promote the genre. Does that pressure ever get to you?
Honestly man I don't think about it. I don't let it ..I
don't think about it. I am so grateful for people that support. Slash did my
forward and Halford did the last one, so to have the friendship and respect of
these great artists is amazing to me. But I don't think about it. I'm too
consumed with what I am doing and pushing forward that I really don't think
about it. Maybe one day when I am retired I will look back. Every day is still
a fight for this music. People think you are set. But that is not the case at
all. There is a perception about that. Every day is a struggle like anyone else
to keep the bills paid and to make sure that you keep doing what you love. The
struggle is with the industry to make them believe that metal is important. I
would love to do more episodes or have a longer radio show but it's a struggle
to get the powers to be to continue to support. It's not as easy as people
So you will keep
this going as long as you can...
I think about it. I'm 49, doing this 30 years right out of
High School. The audience and the fans have been along on this ride with me. My
30 year anniversary radio party in Times Square is really just a celebration of
the fans. From where I go from there is anyone's guess. It's really up to the
powers that be if it continues on. I am aware of the possibility that the
television show and the radio show hinges on support from the companies that
own the stations. It's out of my control. I will still be a fan. It's all I
have known since High School. I would love to keep going for another ten or
Let's play a
little word association
If I say Metallica,
That concluded our
interview, but I could have talked to him about metal for hours. He is a true lifelong
fan of all that heavy metal has to offer. You can check out His TV show on VH1
Classic called THAT METAL SHOW, His radio show, Eddie Trunk Rocks a syndicated
show on q104.3(New York City), And Eddie Trunk Live on SiriusXM radio. Visit
him at Eddie Trunk.com Both Eddie Trunk Essential books are available on Amazon
or Barnes and Noble as well as other outlets.
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Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
As a young proto-metalhead living in the hard streets of Riverside, Rhode Island we would all gather at whoever had the latest vinyl release and rock out for hours. Discussing techniques, listening to lyrics, guitar solos. The best albums offered up energy at its purest form. It transmitted from the vinyl grooves right into our little teenage brains. You could literally feel what the band or artist was trying to convey.
Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
Another great sign of a good, solid album is that you can list…