MUSICAL GUEST: Yngwie Malmsteen
Eddie revealed that Yngwie was the one who inspired the idea for musical guests. Yngwie says that he never practices. He only picks up the guitar if he can blow himself away. However, he did practice for TMS because it was an important appearance for him. New live video and live album coming out from the last tour soon. Yngwie also has a full line of Fender equipment coming out soon.
The guys discussed the untimely passing of GWAR’s Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus).
TMS TOP 5: Top 5 Greatest Trios
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- ZZ Top
GUEST: The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan)
Eddie’s favorite current trio. He had a hand in their formation. Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan were working on a project with John Sykes that ultimately didn’t pan out. Eddie recommended Richie Kotzen to the guys, and The Winery Dogs were formed.
The Winery Dogs are all huge TMS fans, so much so that Portnoy was disappointed that they had to leave for their gig in NYC that night. They are the only band that has had every member appear on TMS as a musical guest. They wanted to be the first band to ever play on the show, but were unable to because of publishing restrictions.
The band is about to embark on the second leg of the tour, and will be out on the road this year through the summer.
Kotzen has played in bands before (Mr. Big, Poison), but has been a solo artist for a number of years. Eddie discussed a conversation that the two had backstage at a show in New Jersey. Kotzen asked if there were people out there, and Eddie told him that it was sold out. A surprised Kotzen shook his and said…“I’m not used to success.”
Jim asked if there would be a second Winery Dogs record, and the guys said that they have already started writing.
The band discussed the origin of the name Winery Dogs. They are dogs that are used to protect wineries from intruders. The writing of the music came easily to them, but naming the band was very difficult. Before settling on The Winery Dogs, the band briefly was going under a name that Kotzen came up with…Zen Vida.
In one of the funniest segments in recent memory, the band discussed their special edition deluxe box set called Dog Treats. The set comes with a lot of cool stuff. The funny part came as Portnoy was showing everything and Kotzen seemed to be seeing it for the first time as he was surprised by what was in the package. When Kotzen started asking questions about the set, Portnoy told him that he’d have to buy it if he wanted to find out what was in it.
GUEST: Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah, Pantera)
This is the 20th anniversary of the release of Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven (the first true heavy metal record to reach #1 on the Billboard charts). What makes the success of the record so incredible is that the band got no love from MTV, radio or the media. Their only publicity came from heavy metal magazines and the fans. Perhaps even more incredible is the fact that the album came out during the peak of grunge when metal was considered a four-letter word. The classic album is being reissued in honor of the anniversary.
Paul talked about their first time playing Donnington, England and what a memorable day it was. However, their European success did not come easily. The first time that they toured Europe, opening for Judas Priest, the fans hated them. They swore that they would never go back there, but were convinced by their manager when they were offered an opening slot with Megadeth after a buzz about the band started happening in Europe.
His current band, Hellyeah, has a new record coming out called Blood For Blood. The band will be touring after the album comes out with Avenged Sevenfold.
Paul discussed the fact that his presence in the band did not mean instant success. This is the band’s fourth album, and he feels that they are finally on the brink of something big.
When Eddie asked Paul to address the rumors about a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar, he summarily dismissed it, saying that there is no Pantera without Dime.
PUT IT ON THE TABLE: Vinnie Paul
As Don started to ask the lightning round questions, Eddie interrupted to let the audience know that this segment has finally gotten a sponsor – Just For Men. This is an important step in ensuring that the show remains on the air. Paul said (while stroking his facial hair…“Nothing is more metal than Just For Men. I use a lot of it.”)
If you could be in any other band – Van Halen (as the singer)
One song you wish you wrote – “Blind In Texas” – by W.A.S.P.
One vice –No matter what I’m doing, I’m all about having a good time (playing drums, drinking, gambling, etc.)
Best concert you ever attended – Two years ago, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas – Rammstein.
Favorite new band – Chino Marino’s new band, Crosses.
Tying into the Just For Men theme, Eddie asked Paul about his worst haircut ever. Paul said that his worst was when he shaved off his signature facial hair, and ended up looking like Blackie Lawless.
The best part of the segment was seeing Eddie, Don and Jim with their long hair back in the day. Classic!
STUMP THE TRUNK:
Eddie was on point, getting every question but one correct. The only question that he missed was by a fan from Ireland. He watches the show on YouTube, as the show is not available in Europe. After he stumped Eddie, Jennifer did not come out with the box. Instead, she came out with Billy Sheehan’s bass guitar signed by the members of The Winery Dogs.
PICK OF THE WEEK – ON THE FRINGES:
Eddie – Farmikos (featuring former Ozzy and David Lee Roth guitarist, Joe Holmes).
Jim – Scar The Martyr (featuring Joey Jordison of Slipknot).
Don – IKILLYA (Vae Victis) – Lamb of God type music.
METAL MODEM: Michael Poulsen (Volbeat)
Poulsen appeared via Skype from Denmark. He is home right now getting ready for a new U.S. tour. Don asked him the following question…
“On a scale from 1-10, how important was it for you to go out on tour with Metallica?”
“That’s a very stupid question.” It sounds harsh out of context, but it was actually very funny.
Poulsen talked about the bands that are going out with them on the road. This time around they’re taking Trivium, and they have taken out Hellyeah in the past. He said that they would do more shows with Hellyeah in the future.
The show closed with an extended, inspired solo performance by Yngwie. This episode stood out because all of the guests were such big TMS fans.