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Recap: “That Metal Show” Season 2 Episode 2 [3-14-09] Frank Bello

Posted in That Metal Show, Uncategorized with tags on March 15, 2009 by gearsofrock

metalshow_logo1This week’s episode of That Metal Show, starring hard rock DJ Eddie Trunk and comedians Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, featured the foul mouthed hilarity of Anthrax’s Frank Bello.

The hosts began the show by examining the reasons why European metal festivals are better than US festivals such as Ozzfest. Florentine noted that diversity of the bands on the lineups in Europe is a major factor because the bands on the second stage of Ozzfest sound identical.

Anthrax bassist Frank Bello came out blazing with doodie humor and cuss words galore! He talked about Dan Nelson, the fourth singer of Anthrax, his tour with Helmet, and a backstage photo with Florentine from the late 80’s.

In a pre-recorded interview with Anthrax, guitarist Scott Ian dominated the microphone and told an amusing story of Nelson dropping a deuce when Bruce Dickinson wanted to congratulate him on an excellent gig. Nelson also sported a New York Rangers hockey jersey when performing at a gig in February which immediately won me over.

amazon-rock-band-2Eddie Trunk went 2 for 3 on “Stump The Trunk.” Box of Junk girl, Kerri Lee escorted the box to the winning contestant who picked out Rock Band 2, and Frank Bello picked out a Kissology DVD. Trunk’s season 2 average thus far is .667 (4/6) with a lifetime average of .516 (16/31).

The “Pick of the Week” is the movie I Love You Man and the segment featured an interview with stars Paul Rudd and Jason Segal who talked about the role of Rush in the film and meeting the band for the first time.

“The Throwdown” matched up Van Halen I with Appetite for Destruction for the best debut album. Bello, Trunk, and Florentine argued Van Halen while Jamieson and the audience sided with Appetite.

Frank Bello was an excellent guest this week because everyone can appreciate doodie humor. Florentine and Jamieson are very comfortable in their roles compared to last season and they throw out much better one-liners. However, this episode lacked the energy of the Vinnie Paul and Mike Piazza shows. Perhaps it was Trunk’s lame buttoned down tan shirt. Next week’s guests are Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme.

Watch full episodes of That Metal Show on vh1classic.com.

Recap: “That Metal Show” Episode 7 [12-27-08]

Posted in That Metal Show with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2008 by gearsofrock

metalshow_logo3That Metal Show starring hard rock DJ Eddie Trunk, comedian Jim Florentine, and Inside The NFL’s Don Jamieson aired its seventh and final all-new season 1 episode on VH1 Classic last night at 11 p.m.

The hosts opened the show with a discussion of recent trends in music distribution by bands like Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC, referring to their decisions to exclusively sell their latest albums in Best Buy and Walmart, respectively.

“I can [also] do Christmas shopping for my girlfriend,” joked Florentine about purchasing Black Ice from Walmart. Jamiseon pointed out that this trend is not good for “ma and pa” stores.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush were this week’s special guests. “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are you kidding me?” said Trunk right off the bat, referring to the Hall’s inappropriate decision to not induct Rush. Lee did not seem to mind but felt sorry for the fans that care.

amazon-rushOn the bright side, Rush was incorporated into the hit video game Rock Band 2. Lee thinks that the game is “terrific” because it turns on kids to rock and roll. Lifeson agreed  that the game is “wonderful” because more kids will become excited and learn to play a real instrument.

Recently Rush released Snakes & Arrows live DVD. Jamieson noted the band’s sense of humor on the DVD because the band performs with a running dryer and a chicken rotisserie cooking on stage.

Rush does not have an opening act these days and takes an intermission between sets. “We’re getting old,” said Lee.

Lee and Lifeson noted that the reason Rush has lasted for over 30 years is that they get along really well, they are friends, and they laugh together. “I’m still into drugs,” joked Lifeson, meaning prescription medication.

Trunk went 2 for 3 on this week’s “Stump The Trunk” segment. He answered questions concerning Kiss and Brides of Destruction correctly but could not remember Megadeth’s mascot, Vic Rattlehead. Trunk’s final average for the first season is .480 (12/25).

amazon-classic-rockThe “Pick of the Week” was Classic Rock magazine from Great Britain which happened to have Rush on the cover. Florentine described the magazine to be “like old school Kerrang!”

This week’s “What ever happened to?” email concerned the whereabouts of White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta. According to Trunk, he “chooses to stay home.”

“The Throwdown” debate was a battle between the ’80s video vixens, Tawny Kitaen and Bobbie Brown. Lifeson, Lee, Florentine, Jamieson, and the studio audience chose Kitaen. Jamieson mentioned that Kitaen married David Coverdale who is “cooler than Jani Lane.” Florentine joked that she “dated OJ and is still alive.” Trunk chose Brown, however, citing that Kitaen is a “whack job.”

Overall, the final all-new season 1 episode was another delight for hard rock and heavy metal fans. Lee and Lifeson of Rush proved to be entertaining guests that brought a heightened sense of humor to the episode. Florentine was also funnier, particularly during “Stump The Trunk” when Eddie was trying to get half-credit for the Megadeth question.

Since Trunk finished the season under .500, I wonder if they will bring “Stump The Trunk” back for season 2.  Whatever their decision may be, I am sure season 2 will only get better as the hosts have made improvements in each episode as they have all settled into their roles on the show.

According to Eddie Trunk’s official website, http://www.eddietrunk.com, season 2 begins filming in February. If you are interested in getting tickets to a taping then make sure you are registered with his website.

In the meantime, you can watch the full episodes of That Metal Show on vh1classic.com.

Recap: That Metal Show Episode 2 [11-22-08]

Posted in That Metal Show with tags , , , on November 23, 2008 by gearsofrock

metalshow_logo2That Metal Show starring hard rock guru Eddie Trunk, comedian Jim Florentine, and Inside The NFL’s Don Jamieson aired its second episode on VH1 Classic last night at 11 p.m.

The first topic of discussion concerned the release of Metallica’s Death Magnetic. Florentine had nothing but praise for the record while Trunk and Jamieson acknowledged its production issues. Trunk went as far to cite the fact that there is no mastering credit on the album because Ted Jensen did not want his name or reputation to suffer. In my opinion, the distorted quality in certain parts provides a refreshing rawness that is no longer heard on hard rock records. Remember, The Ramones and Black Sabbath would record their early albums in just days which gave their work that genuine rock attitude and classic personality.

The special guest this week was legendary heavy metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. He cracked that his “plane almost crashed” on his way from his Florida home. Trunk cracked back that his death would have been great press for That Metal Show. Malmsteen talked about the making of his latest record, Perpetual Flame, and the replacement of vocalist Doogie White with Tim “Ripper” Owens [Judas Priest/Iced Earth]. He also said that Sept. 18, 1970, the day that Hendrix died really inspired him to play guitar as he watched news segments of Hendrix’s famous showmanship. Malmsteen picked up his signature yellow Fender Stratocaster and played some nasty licks to take the show into the first commercial break.

This week’s comedic skit sent Florentine and Jamieson to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square where they posed as tour guides. They joked that Lou Reed plays guitar for Velvet Revolver and Wesley Snipes played the saxophone for Bruce Springsteen while pointing to their respective photos. Next, they took the hapless tourists on a “backstage tour” aka the maintenance room where they made up ludicrous facts about Metallica and Slash using a busted old phone and a broken pipe. The segment ended with a Bret Michaels autographed guitar (presumably fake) being dropped by Jamieson and resulting with the removal of the tour from the restaurant. Trunk noticed that Jamieson didn’t make out with any chicks this episode, referring to episode one’s Van Halen concert segment. Florentine commented that Jamieson did get a dude’s number.

On “Stump The Trunk,” Trunk kept his batting average at .500 getting the first two questions wrong from the audience about Marty Friedman’s first solo record and a Creatures of the Night bumble. Trunk salvaged his reputation by correctly answering a Judas Priest production question and an easy Twisted Sister question.

The episode’s “Pick of the Week” was Get Thrashed [2006], a documentary of the history of thrash metal. The DVD consists of stories about legendary acts such as Metallica, Anthrax, Exodus, Megadeth, and Slayer. May I recommend the DVD Riphouse 151: Could’ve Beens and Wanna Be’s by Peter O’Brien when it comes available for future consideration.

This week’s question from a viewer was “What ever happened to those guys in Stryer?” Florentine answered that they broke up and have reunited, but ditched the bumble bee suits. Jamieson cracked that they “look like they were stung by bees” [ha ha ha…fat joke].

“The Throwdown” consisted of the classic question “Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin?” However, the debate focussed on the band’s influence to hard rock music. Malmsteen chose Deep Purple, which was bigger than both Sabbath and Zeppelin in his native Sweden. Trunk went with Zeppelin because the question asked in terms of hard rock influence, but Sabbath would trump Zeppelin if it was influence on Heavy Metal. Trunk also argued that Zeppelin would sell out stadiums all over the world, but Florentine was quick to point out that Zeppelin hasn’t played in 25 years. Malmsteen randomly chimed in with “Sabbath with Dio.” The audience seemed overwhelmingly pro-Sabbath. As the credits rolled, Malmsteen played some more of his signature nasty classical metal guitar licks.

Overall, this episode was an improvement from last week’s pilot. It is safe to say that this show will only get better each week as the hosts work out any little kinks (like everyone getting a Kiss boxed set for Stumping the Trunk) with experience. Malmsteen served as a better guest than Lita Ford and surprisingly wasn’t an arrogant d*ck like he is often portrayed. Prior to episode one, I was skeptical about comedians Florentine and Jamieson serving as co-hosts to the godly Trunk. After this episode, they have proved that they are in fact worthy, bringing up notable mainstream points shared by metalheads, and certainly possess a fine chemistry with the show and Trunk.

Next week’s guests are Dee Snider and Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister!

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