All of us metalheads are familiar with the rock ‘n’ roll talk show, That Metal Show that used to air on VH1 Classic, now known as MTV Classic.
The show starred longtime music historian and radio personality, Eddie Trunk, along with comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine.
The show premiered on VH1 in 2008, and ran for fourteen seasons before VH1 discontinued it prior to their channel transition. The show hosted some of rock’s biggest acts such as: Slash, Dave Mustaine, Ace Frehley, David Coverdale, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, and too many more rock legends to name. The show also had a musical guest every week, showcasing a musician and their talent. It was the only rock ‘n’ roll talk show since those of earlier times, like Headbanger’s Ball.
The show included fun and interesting segments such as Pick of the Week, Stump The Trunk, Take It or Leave It, Put It on The Table, and many more. The show not only held exclusive interviews with some of our favorite rock stars, but it opened us rock fans up to new information, and was an outlet in which the rock community united.
After the show was cancelled in 2016, VH1 allowed the hosts of the show to shop around for a new network, but they’ve yet to find one. This was the statement posted back when the show was originally cancelled:
“A message to the loyal fans of That Metal Show from Eddie, Jim & Don:
We are sorry to report that VH1 Classic will not continue to make any new episodes of That Metal Show. It has been an incredible run of eight years, roughly 125 episodes and some really cool specials. The global response to TMS has been simply amazing, and we will be eternally grateful for the support from the rock and metal fans that have showed us so much love. We truly would have never made it as long as we did without you! A huge thanks also to the great crews we had over the years both in NYC and Los Angeles, to our producer Jeff Baumgardner, and to all the executives at VH1. And finally, thanks to the hundreds of artists that joined us on our set, had fun with us, shared their stories and many, many laughs. From the biggest names in rock history, to the up-and-comers: we thank you all for being a part of it.
Of course we very much want to keep That Metal Show alive, and with the blessing of VH1 Classic, we’ve got the keys to the show and are currently searching for a new home. We’re not sure where we’ll land, but we hope to be back in our studio and your living rooms as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep an eye out for us on the road and come say, “Hello.”
Thank you for watching all these years, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have news to share.”
Many fans are hoping for the return of That Metal Show someday, but for now you can check Eddie Trunk out on his podcast as well as his many radio shows. You can see Don Jamieson put on his comedy shows, and hear Jim Florentine and his rock picks on his segment, Metal Midgets, on Ozzy’s Boneyard, Channel 38 on Sirius XM!
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