That Metal Show (Season 12 Finale)
The following is a recap of this week’s show…
MUSICAL GUEST: Jake E. Lee
IN-STUDIO GUESTS –
Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult)
Blue Oyster Cult still does 70-80 shows each year. The band has a new box set called “The Complete Columbia Albums Collection”, which features 16 CDs and a DVD. It includes a CD of rarities, a live album and codes to download a number of concerts. The band, originally called Soft White Underbelly, was influenced by the psychedelic scene in California. When they became Blue Oyster Cult, they adopted a heavier sound. Dharma discussed the famous 1981 Black & Blue Tour (a co-headlining tour with Blue Oyster Cult and Black Sabbath featuring Ronnie James Dio). Dharma revealed that the decision of which band would headline on any given night was determined by the band that had the bigger following in the city in which the concert took place. Blue Oyster Cult is going to be doing an acoustic album of their songs, and possibly touring to support it.
Steve Whiteman, Brian Forsythe (KIX)
The Kix reunion started as a handful of regional shows, but eventually became something big. The band never thought that they broke big enough to warrant a reunion, but the audience loved them at Rocklahoma. Whiteman discussed the band’s early videos and said that they were “God-awful” and “sucked.” He also said that the label sucked also for encouraging them to do it. The band members are all involved in various projects, so there is no set timetable for recording a new album, but it is something that is being discussed. The band’s latest album/DVD is called Live in Baltimore, which Whiteman said was shot by his mom. They are enjoying playing more nowadays than they did back in the 80’s because the pressure is gone.
PUT IT ON THE TABLE:
If you could play in any other band…
BD – Grateful Dead
SW – The Archies
BF – Rolling Stones
Song you wish you wrote…
BD – “Boys Of Summer” – Don Henley
SW – “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
BF – “Tumblin’ Dice” – Rolling Stones
Your one vice…
BD – Single Malt Scotch
SW – Farting
BF – Cookies
Best concert ever attended…
BD – Jimi Hendrix & The Experience at Stony Brook University in 1968.
SW – A band called “fun” with his kids at the 930 club in DC.
BF – Steve Miller Band in 1974.
First album ever purchased with your own money…
BD – “Walk, Don’t Run” – The Ventures
SW – “Meet The Beatles” – The Beatles
BF – “Eat A Peach” – The Allman Brothers
First rock or metal song you learned to play…
BD – “Pipeline” – The Chantays
SW – “Rock and Roll All Night” – KISS
BF – “Smoke On The Water” – Deep Purple
Weirdest rumor about you…
KIX – That we’re gay lovers
BD – That we’re satanists
Favorite new band…
BD – Foster The People
SW – Halestorm (Lzzy Hale was a student of his)
BF – The Black Keys
METAL MODEM: Joe Satriani
His new album “Unstoppable Momentum” has a lot of energy and crazy arrangements. He’s using a new band this time around. Neil Schon playing with Chickenfoot while Satriani is unavailable. Schon was the original member of Planet Us, which eventually became Chickenfoot (who will be recording and do a full tour next year).
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: The viability of CD’s in current times.
Eddie Trunk – Take it. “I love it. It’s still my favorite format of music.”
Jim Florentine – Take it. He thinks they’ll be around for a while, but admits that they are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Don Jamieson – Take it. “There’s enough old bastards like us that like the physical product.”
THE RANT: Eddie Trunk on 80’s Hard Rock being called “Hair Bands”
Hardly any band from the MTV era wants to be called a hair band because of its derogatory implication, though the people who are using it today mean it as a compliment. Hair band is a term that thrash bands, grunge bands and journalists came up with to disparage this type of music as style over substance when Nirvana burst onto the scene. It is the only genre ever described for its fashion rather than its sound.
“Let’s not use the term that was coined by detractors to diminish what these talented bands had to offer. How about celebrating these bands by simply calling them – 80’s hard rock?”
ORIGINS: Eddie Trunk
Born in Summit, NJ in 1964. First song he loved on the radio was “Go All The Way” by The Raspberries. He was about 12 years old when he got KISS “Destroyer.” From that point on, his whole life was about KISS. His entire room was covered in KISS posters. Trunk eventually started getting into other bands. Three favorite bands of all-time are: KISS, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath. He got a job working for Megaforce Records as a result of being the only one on radio giving support to Metallica and Anthrax when they first came on the scene.
ON THE SHELF:
Eddie – Black Star Riders “All Hell Breaks Loose” (Former members of Thin Lizzy with a new singer)
Jim – Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats “Mind Control” (From England…if early 70’s Black Sabbath was a garage band)
Don – A Pale Horse Named Death “Lay My Soul To Waste” (a cross between Type-O Negative and Alice In Chains).