Eddie Trunk: Heavy Metal Expert Branches Out

For decades, Eddie Trunk has been a spokesperson for heavy metal music—possibly best known as one of the three co-hosts (along with Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine) of the television program, That Metal Show. But now, Eddie has a new daily talk show on SiriusXM, Trunk Nation (live weekdays from 2-4pm on channel 106), and still hosts another Sirius show, Hair Nation (Mondays from 5-8pm live on channel 39), and every Friday night, Long Islanders can hear his other show, Eddie Trunk Rocks!, from 11pm-2am on Q104.3.

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What do you attribute your ongoing popularity with your radio shows and as a spokesperson for heavy metal music?
I think it’s consistency. I’ve been doing this for so long now on so many different levels, that after a while, people just kind of get in a comfort zone with you. They know that you’re coming from a place of passion. They know that even if they don’t necessarily agree with your positions on things, that you’re going to have a dialogue about it. I love giving other people a chance to engage in the discussion. I started doing this over 33 years ago. I’ve never wavered. I just believe what’s in my heart and I call it like I see it. That being said, that doesn’t mean I don’t respect other people’s opinions or other music that people like. Over time, the artists and the fans realize that at my core, I’m still first and foremost a fan. But I’m a fan with a voice to not only give the artists a voice, but to also be a voice of the fans.

You just started a daily talk show about music for SiriusXM, Trunk Nation. What’s that been like so far?
One of the really cool things about what I’m doing now with this new show is that it is not exclusively heavy metal. I love that genre, but I’ve always loved and respected other genres of rock music. In my first week-and-a-half, I had members of Yes in the studio, Peter Frampton, Perry Farrell. Great conversations. Even though some of these guys I may not know every song or crank up every one of their albums—like I would with UFO or Kiss—I certainly respect and know what they do. It’s really exciting for me to be able to serve my natural audience, but now, also bridge out a little bit further.

As far as That Metal Show, why did it end, and are there any plans to get the show back on the air?
People may or may not know—VH1 Classic no longer exists. It has been replaced by a channel called MTV Classic. We knew that was going to happen a year ago. But the plan was we were supposed to be a part of the changes. They were going to move us to one of their other channels. And then as each passing day went by, it became, “We’re not going to do that anymore. We’re just going to release you.” And the problem is that as popular as the show was, VH1 Classic was never ever designed to support and to produce an original show. The channel was only ever made to re-run old stuff that was sitting in the vault that they didn’t have to pay a penny for. And that was the challenge the entire time we did that show. The show became the reason why people watched the channel, but the channel was never properly set up to promote and budget and market and produce an original show. That’s why over the years we did less episodes than other years, and that’s why we were never in HD. That’s why we couldn’t have bands play—because they wouldn’t pay publishing.

Who owns the rights to That Metal Show?
We do not own the show. Even though I developed the show, I had to sign the rights of it over to VH1. Now the rights belong to our old producer, and he is actively out there shopping it and trying to find a new home for it. And if he does, all of us would do it again tomorrow.

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Greg Prato has lived almost his entire life on Long Island. He has written for Rolling Stone, and has penned many a book on either rock n’ roll or sports. See what he’s up to on Twitter @gregpratowriter.