Musical Guest – Steve Brown
Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy & Mark Tremonti
Alter Bridge is about to tour Japan, and Myles is in the process of recording a new Slash album as well. All of the guys say that Fortress is Alter Bridge’s best and heaviest album to date. Myles talked about how, even though he is the frontman of two bands, his first love is guitar. He feels completely lost without a guitar. Tremonti talked about the fact that Myles is an accomplished guitar player, and the two discussed their writing process.
Eddie brought up the fact that Alter Bridge is a monster band in Europe touring arenas. They became big as a new band because Creed never really played in Europe. They used to play small clubs in Europe.
Myles talked about joining a band that was made up of three quarters of Creed.
Eddie and the guys were in awe of the fact that Myles played some Led Zeppelin songs with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for a potential project.
Tremonti talked about Myles’ reaction to being asked to play with the guys from Led Zeppelin, how he was almost in tears from the experience. Tremonti also talked about his solo project that allows him to tap into his speed metal roots. They also discussed the fact that Wolfgang Van Halen is the bass player in the band.
Alter Bridge discussed doing festivals in the U.S., and then also doing big things in Europe.
Matt Nathanson (Singer, songwriter, devout metalhead)
The guys got turned on to Matt because he wore a TMS t-shirt for his performance on The Tonight Show.
Nathanson said that TMS is his favorite thing about television. He feels like he learns about new artists and expands his horizons because of the recommendations made on the show. He doesn’t play metal because he’s not a very good guitar player, and his vocal range is fairly limited. Also, he had to be a solo artist because he doesn’t have the patience for band politics. By his own admission, he is not a team player.
His metal “gateway drug” was KISS. He talked about how his cat pissed on all of his 70’s KISS records and destroyed them. He was also a huge fan of the first four Def Leppard albums, and worshipped at the alter of Van Halen, admitting that he is one of the few who loved the Gary Cherone era of Van Halen.
He talked about wanting to dress up as KISS without makeup for Halloween, but his band wouldn’t go for it.
PUT IT ON THE TABLE
If you could be in any other band – Showing my jazz geekiness, I’d play guitar in Steely Dan.
Song you wish you wrote – “Happy Birthday”
One vice – Angry Birds
Best concert you ever saw – Jeff Buckley in 1995 (500 people)
Favorite new group – Rival Sons
If you could be in any other band – I’d be the third guitarist in Metallica (Iron Maiden style).
Song you wish you wrote – “The Way It Is” – Bruce Hornsby
Best concert you ever saw – Rage Against The Machine at Nova Rock (as an opener).
One vice – Occasional alcohol binge.
Favorite new group – Witchcraft
If you could be in any other band – Go back in time, put a vice grip on my nuts, and take Michael Anthony’s place in Van Halen.
Song you wish you wrote – “Photograph” by Def Leppard
One vice – Don’t really have one, but I love porn.
Best concert you ever saw – Rage Against The Machine, their 3rd show ever was played in the mailroom of my college (200 people).
Favorite new group – The Sword
PICK OF THE WEEK (Shit that they read)
Eddie – For Facts Sake – by Bob Daisley
Don – The Strange Case Of The Flying Meatballs – by Alex Mitchell
Jim – Revolver, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock (magazines)
METAL MODEM – Klaus Meine & Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions)
Live from their studio in Germany. Although it is not entirely clear, the release of MTV Unplugged – Live In Athens seems to have put an end to the retirement talk from the band. Even though That Metal Show is on VH-1 (part of the MTV family), Eddie Trunk brought up the fact the people may be surprised to hear that the Scorpions had anything to do with MTV Unplugged because of what the station has become in the states. Apparently, in Greece, MTV is still the MTV that once existed in the U.S. Klaus said that the 80’s were his favorite era of Scorpions, not only for the band, but just for the state of hard rock in general. There is hope that they will tour again in the United States. The band seems to be re-energized by all of the young fans that are coming out to see them.
Rudy also discussed a Schenker Brothers record in the future.
The Throwdown (Van Halen I vs. Van Halen II)
Myles – I
Matt – II
Eddie – I
Jim – II
Don – II