Season 12 of That Metal Show has brought about some interesting changes (see TMS Season 12 Premier), that may not have been embraced by all based on Jim Florentine’s introduction of Episode 2…
“That Metal Show was shot on a new set because metalheads love change. Remember when Metallica cut their hair?”
What hasn’t changed is the entertainment value and informative nature of the show for true fans of hard rock and metal.
The following is a recap of this week’s show…
MUSICAL GUEST – Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs)
IN STUDIO GUESTS – Corey Taylor & Josh Rand of Stone Sour
Taylor shared a story about playing cover songs in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve with Scott Ian, Jerry Cantrell, Richie Kotzen and Meat Loaf (Ian’s father-in-law). A drunken Meat Loaf wanted the band to play “Bat Out Of Hell” (which no one knew). They settled on “Johnny B. Goode,” leaving Taylor with a memory that he’ll never forget.
Taylor and Rand discussed the packaging of “House Of Gold And Bones – Part 1 and 2,” and the decision to release each album separately. Those who purchase both CDs can piece the packaging together to make a very cool house/cd holder.
Taylor discussed his new book – “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven” – a collection of stories about his numerous encounters with ghosts and the paranormal.
METAL MODEM – Interview with Dave Lombardo (from Tel Aviv)
Lombardo was in Tel Aviv doing shows with his new band, PHILM. He discussed the future of Slayer given his uncertain status, and the uncertain status of Jeff Hanneman (who passed away after the interview was recorded). Lombardo expressed his desire to remain with Slayer, but his attempts to reach out to the band have fallen on deaf ears.
TMS TOP 5 – Underrated Guitarists
This is one of two TMS Top 5 lists for Season 12. For the first time in recent memory, each list was entirely unique, which made agreeing on the Top 5 more challenging than usual. After some debate, the agreed upon list was:
- Richie Kotzen – The Winery Dogs
- Brad Whitford – Aerosmith
- Dave Meniketti – Y&T
- Chris Broderick – Megadeth
- Wolf Hoffmann – Accept
PUT IT ON THE TABLE
- If he could play in any other band – Bass for Yngwie Malmsteen
- Song he wishes he wrote – “Holy Diver”
- Best concert ever – Steel Panther
- First album purchased – “Somewhere In Time” (Iron Maiden)
- First metal song learned – “Livin’ After Midnight” (Judas Priest)
- Weirdest rumor about you – Reported to be dead 8 times
- Favorite new band – Rival Sons
- If he could play in any other band – Bass for Metallica
- Song he wishes he wrote – “Happy Birthday (To You)”
- Best concert ever – Slayer
- First album purchased – “Stay Hungry” (Twisted Sister)
- First metal song learned – “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Metallica)
ORIGINS – Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses)
He is the guitar player on the TMS theme music. Bumblefoot is actually an animal disease (Thal’s wife is a veterinarian). In high school, he carved all of the lyrics to Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” into his desk. He learned Van Halen’s “Eruption” forwards and then learned it backwards.
Q’s FROM THE AUDIENCE – Corey Taylor
Who is your favorite frontman?
Henry Rollins, David Lee Roth, Bruce Dickinson and Weird Al make up my personal Mount Rushmore.
THE RANT – Jim Florentine
Many metalheads look down upon the movie and musical “Rock Of Ages,” but Florentine takes it to a whole new level. Standing at a podium, Florentine launched into a diatribe about it being the worst movie ever made and that it was basically just a mockery of 80’s hard rock…
“Was there a hot chick in every video for no apparent reason? Yes, but you have to remember that it was the 80’s, there was no Internet porn, and that’s all we had.”
THAT METAL SHOW BOOK CLUB
Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine sit in sophisticated leather chairs as Jamieson read a passage from Stephen Pearcy’s book “Sex, Drugs, Ratt and My Life in Rock.” Jamieson read it as if he were reading “Twas The Night Before Christmas” to children. The hysterical passage was about Pearcy’s response to a perpetually clogged toilet on the tour bus.
TMS paid tribute to the passionate, dedicated fans of hard rock and metal in Mexico. Taylor shared a story about playing to a packed house in Guadalajara, and feeling the stadium shaking beneath his feet.