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Recap: “That Metal Show” Episode 8 [1-10-08] Best Of Season 1

Posted in That Metal Show with tags , , on January 11, 2009 by gearsofrock

metalshow_logoThat Metal Show starring hard rock DJ Eddie Trunk, comedian Jim Florentine, and Inside The NFL’s Don Jamieson aired a “Best of Season 1” show for its eighth episode  on VH1 Classic last night at 11 p.m.

The hosts showed and discussed some of their favorite moments while sitting in their usual chairs in the show’s studio sans audience. The first segment showed was the first segment they taped which was Florentine and Jamieson messing with the Van Halen fans outside of Madison Square Garden [Episode 1]. Florentine wore a cool Metallica “Fuel Pit” long sleeve shirt while he and Jamieson screwed around with some blond metal dude with a Brooklyn accent  over Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass. This bit was much funnier the second time around.

Next, they showed their favorite guest moments such as: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush joking about how their drug habits changed [Episode 7]; Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater talking about the one year [1992] his band had a female fan base [Episode 4]; Dee Snider and Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister reminiscing about Snider’s congressional hearings [Episode 3]; Lita Ford crying while thinking about being away from her fans for a long time; Yngwie Malmsteen shredding on his Strat [Episode 2]; Mike Piazza’s first Kiss concert [Episode 5]; Ace Frehley of Kiss considering his greatest moment, Trunk’s wedding or playing MSG [Episode 6]?

fuel“The Best of” show recognized all of the times that Gene Simmons came up as a topic for discussion throughout season one. Piazza did his best Gene impression [Episode 5], French tore into Gene’s greediness [Episode 3], and Frehley made fun of Gene’s “Family Jewels” show on A&E [Episode 6].

“Stump The Trunk’s” memorable moments were shown next and it became clear that Florentine’s cracks at Trunk during “Stump The Trunk” make this segment worth keeping. I was surprised that the large chesty blond woman was not included in this “Best of” piece as she seemed to carry a certain presence as a studio audience member throughout the season.

Trunk, Florentine, and Jamieson revisited the tattoo parlor prank played on Trunk [Episode 4]. This time around it seemed less scripted as they showed new footage of Trunk calling his sick wife whom he left to drive NYC for the prank.

My favorite guest moment of the season was the final piece shown on this “Best of” episode—the drunken Mike Piazza Guns N’ Roses story [Episode 5]. We learned that they filmed this story after the official taping. I actually wondered why their wasn’t more interaction with the audience during this hysterical concert memoir.

In conclusion, the first season of That Metal Show was more of a success than a failure. While many critics bashed the pilot episode, I only saw the potential for growth and this show has clearly grown throughout its inaugural season. I am proud of VH1 for finally producing a decent Hard Rock show—it has been far too long and I am looking forward to what season two will have in store.

Here is my episode ranking of That Metal Show excluding the “Best of” show:

  1. “Mike Piazza & AC/DC” [Episode 5] 12-13-08
  2. “Twisted Sister” [Episode 3] 11-29-08
  3. “Mike Portnoy” [Episode 4] 12-06-08
  4. “Rush” [Episode 7] 12-27-08
  5. “Ace Frehley” [Episode 6] 12-20-08
  6. “Yngwie Malmsteen” [Episode 2] 11-22-08
  7. “Lita Ford” [Episode 1] 11-15-08

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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,, 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.

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Recap: “That Metal Show” Episode 6 [12-20-08] Ace Frehley

Posted in That Metal Show with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by gearsofrock

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

The first topic of discussion concerned classic metal bands that reunite for tours without original members. Florentine noted that Guns N’ Roses works because Axl Rose is one of the best frontmen of all-time. Jamieson pointed out that Lemmy could tour without the rest of Motorhead but not vice versa. The same holds true for Dave Mustaine and Megadeth. I would have liked to hear their views on Skid Row touring without Sebastian Bach.

amazon-ace-frehleyAce Frehley, the legendary lead guitarist of Kiss, was this week’s special raspy-voiced guest. He talked about his new band, return to the stage, playing Madison Square Garden [I believe this was in reference to the Pearl Jam concert where he performed “Black Diamond” during their encore on June 25, 2008], developing guitar effects, and Trunk’s wedding.

However, the interview was boring until Trunk asked Frehley how he felt about Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley dressing up guitarists in Frehley’s makeup and costume on tour. Frehely took several seconds to think before answering, “Am I happy about it? No.”

Frehley also finds Simmons realty show to be hysterical.

amazon-rock-band-2Florentine and Jamieson hit the Bowery Ballroom to interview tribute bands for David Bowie, The Bee Gees, Motley Crue, and David Lee Roth. While this segment was far from electrifying, the Asian female version of “Tommy Lee” was amusing.

Following the segment, Frehley noted that he saw a great Kiss tribute band in Canada.

This week two out of three fans stumped Trunk on “Stump The Trunk.” One audience member received a full Rock Band 2 video game set for Xbox 360 after Trunk could not answer a Rainbow question correctly. Trunk was in disbelief and wanted to check the accuracy of the questions. For the record, Trunk’s average fell further below .500 to .455 for the first season (10/22).

amazon-anvilThe “Pick of the Week” was Anvil: The Story of Anvil, a documentary about a Canadian heavy metal band that few have ever heard of but managed to release 14 albums over the years. Legends such as Slash and Lars Ulrich pay tribute to the band in the beginning of the movie. The hosts agreed that the documentary was sad and funny. “I actually cried,” said Florentine.

The email of the week concerned the whereabouts of Gregg Giuffria following Angel, Giuffria, and House of Lords. It turns out that he owns a casino and rights to a special slot machine that plays music. If you are ever in Biloxi Mississippi, then stop by his Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

“The Throwdown” was a “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” Ozzy vs. Dio debate. Space Ace Frehley chose Ozzy because Kiss opened for Black Sabbath in the early days. Trunk sided with Dio because Heaven and Hell was his first Black Sabbath record. Florentine chose Ozzy. Jamieson went with Ozzy while joking that Dio was “the best Rainbow singer.” This was the first show in which “The Throwdown” was not divided in half among the hosts and special guest.

amazon-krokusEpisode 6 of Season 1 was not a great show in comparison to the Twisted Sister, Mike Portnoy, and Mike Piazza episodes. The Florentine and Jamieson street segment turned out lame and Frehley is not a dazzling guest or interviewee. I must say, however, that Florentine sported a cool vintage red Krokus t-shirt throughout the episode.

Next week’s show is the final new episode of Season 1 that features Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush.

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Read my post of the June 25, 2008 Pearl Jam show that featured Ace Frehley on his signature Les Paul guitar

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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Recap: That Metal Show Episode 1 [11-15-08]

Posted in Shows, That Metal Show with tags , , on November 16, 2008 by gearsofrock

metalshow_logo1That Metal Show starring hard rock guru Eddie Trunk, comedian Jim Florentine, and Inside The NFL’s Don Jamieson finally made its debut on VH1 Classic last night at 11 p.m.

Iron Maiden’s current world tour was the first topic of discussion. Trunk and Florentine made the point that fans have been psyched with the setlist of the “Somewhere Back In Time” tour making it the most talked about tour of the year. However, this episode was recorded on June 11 making this and several other topics somewhat dated. If this show was taped within the last couple months, surely the AC/DC and Metallica tours would be the special tour feature.

The legendary Lita Ford was the special guest and talked about her family life and return to the stage, which would ultimately take place one month after the recording of the show at Rocklahoma. Ford became a little emotional when discussing her love for rock and roll and her children.

Before the first commercial break, there was a reading from the holy “Book of Warrant” which consisted of the lyrics from “Cherry Pie”—”swinging to the left, swinging to the right…etc.”

Florentine and Jamieson starred in a segment where they messed around with Van Halen fans outside of Madison Square Garden. While wearing fake earpieces, they talked to people and pretended to consult the band before the VH concert. Wolfgang Van Halen made for a great target and Jamieson made out with a random fan.

The next segment was called “Stump The Trunk” where studio audience members asked rock trivia questions to Trunk. Surprisingly, he was stumped two out of three times on a Van Halen question and an Iommi question. Florentine acted unusally belligerent toward Trunk throughout the segment—perhaps he was going through a rocky time with, then girlfriend, Robin Quivers.

The “Pick of the Week” was The Scorpions Live At Wacken Open Air 2006…the June taping may have affected this choice as well.

The next question raised by the hosts was “Will Chinese Democracy ever come out?” Guns ‘N Roses’ guitarist Bumblefoot was actually in the studio audience to answer the question with an “I don’t know.” Hopefully, they can tape closer to the air date if there is another season.

That Metal Show’s final segment is known as “The Throwdown” where the hosts have two minutes to answer a debatable rock question. Episode 1 posed the classic metal pregunta of “Sammy or Roth?” Lita went with Sammy through the scientific “eeny, meeny, miny moe” method and Trunk acknowledged that Roth made the better records with Van Halen [Editor’s note: the DVR ran out causing me to miss the final words of the show…oops].

Overall, this is a great show for us hard rock and metal maniacs. It is about time that we got our own version of The View or The Best Damn Sports Show. I wish the hosts all the best and hope to watch this show every week in the future. I can say that I am very much looking forward to the upcoming episodes and guests such as Mike Piazza, Dee Snider, and Mike Portnoy.

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