MUSICAL GUEST – Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde talked about having his own line of amps, guitars and pedals. BLS is out on the road doing acoustic shows. He played Starland Ballroom (in NJ) during the week. It was the first concert ever for Jim Florentine’s 4½-yr old son.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Tony Harnell as the replacement for Johnny Sollinger in Skid Row
Jim – Take it. Better than getting an unknown if they’re not going to bring Sebastian Bach back.
Don – Take it. I think that it’s a smart move. Tony Harnell is a kick-ass singer, and it can prolong the band’s career.
Eddie – Take it. Likes Harnell as a choice because of his skills, but would have liked to have seen Sebastian Bach back in the band.
TMS TOP 5 – Songs That Zakk Wylde has Played On
- “Miracle Man”
- “No More Tears”
- “In This River”
- “Horse Called War”
- “In This River”
- “No More Tears”
- “Suicide Messiah”
- “Fire It Up”
GUESTS – Kerry King (Slayer), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
The craziest night that he had drinking with Zakk Wylde was on Wylde’s 39th birthday (as far as they can remember). King talked about laying his last guitar tracks in January, and hasn’t played since. The new Slayer record is done (title is not yet released). There are also six more songs written for the next album.
This is the first Slayer record without Jeff Hanneman. He didn’t play anything on this album, but has one song that he wrote on the album. The weirdest thing for King was the lack of presence of Hanneman (they wrote all of the records together). Gary Holt played lead on 7-8 songs on the record. King said that Holt is the best replacement since Brian Johnson joined AC/DC. The other big change with Slayer is Dave Lombardo leaving and Paul Bostaph replacing him. Slayer kicks off tour at the end of June, and will be playing for the better part of two years.
Eddie talked about Slayer being the only band out of the Big Four to never get any radio airplay. King credits the metal community for finding the things that they love, and Slayer has a big connection with the fans. King shared a story about a fan who carved “Slayer” into his back with a broken beer bottle.
Halestorm’s fourth studio album (Into The Wild) is being released next week. Lzzy said that she’s checking appearing on TMS off of her bucket list. The new record was done much differently than the last two records. They wanted to bridge the gap between the live show and the record. Their live show is plug in and play…what you hear is what you get (warts and all). All of the basic tracks were done live in a reformed church in Nashville (which felt like they were back in her parent’s basement). They were a little nervous about doing the record this way, but the process was incredibly freeing.
Unlike Slayer, radio has been a huge part of breaking Halestorm. They also have a very diverse audience (from 80s metal guys to young girls who are fans of Pink and have just started playing guitar because they came to a Halestorm show). Halestorm spends 90% of their time touring, which is one of the reasons that they set out to make a live sounding record.
Lzzy takes pride in connecting with her fans, something that she learned from Ronnie James Dio when Halestorm was opening for Heaven & Hell. She told a story about Dio going out of his way to say goodbye to them before getting on his bus, and also about connecting with the fans. He told Lzzy that she will never remember the names and faces of the people that she meets, but for the fans, it’s a moment in time that they will never forget, so make it good!
RANK – Slayer Albums (by Kerry King)
- Raining Blood
- Seasons In The Abyss
- Hell Awaits
- World Painted Blood
- South Of Heaven
- Show No Mercy
- God Hates Us All
- Christ Illusion
- Divine Intervention
PICK OF THE WEEK – Newer Bands
Eddie – The Answer – Raise A Little Hell
Don – Panzer – Send Them All To Hell
Jim – Sorcerer – In the Shadow Of The Inverted Cross
ZAKK WYLDE – Show Closer
That Metal Show usually ends with The Throwdown, but this week, they ended with Zakk Wylde playing an extended guitar piece, highlighted by his signature shredding.