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10 Awesome ‘That Metal Show’ Moments

That Metal Show
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Every metal fan should be familiar with the VH1 Classic show ‘That Metal Show,’ which features host Eddie Trunk and his two partners-in-crime, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. If you aren’t familiar with the show, then you better catch up with the 12 seasons that have already aired in a hurry because the show is returning for a 13th season on Jan. 18. This season, the show moves back to New York, where it will film fresh episodes each week.

That Metal Show‘ has everything metal fans love in every episode. The show features the ‘That Metal Show Top Five,’ which sees each host come up with their own list for a certain topic and then join forces to create the best combined list. There’s also the trivia game ‘Stump the Trunk’ — where Eddie Trunk’s trivia knowledge is put to the test as audience members ask rock and metal relatedquestions in an all-out bid to stump Eddie. The show also features a debate called ‘The Throw Down’ where everyone picks a side in an argument, like “Who is the best Rainbow singer – Ronnie James Dio or Joe Lynn Turner?” and duel it out.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, there’s big-time guest metal musicians on every episode! Did we forget to mention that already? Season 13 already has some incredible guests lined up! Among the acts visiting the season opening show airing on Saturday, Jan. 18. at 11PM ET are Avenged Sevenfold’s M. ShadowsBlack Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde and Five Finger Death Punch‘s Jason Hook.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to love ‘That Metal Show,’ so check out the videos below to look at 10 Awesome ‘That Metal Show’ Moments. And, for the latest info on ‘That Metal Show,’ visit the program’s official website and Facebook page.

Alice Cooper

Alice Recalls Holding a Gun Up to Elvis Presley


Starts at 20:40

Shock rock master Alice Cooper

tells the story of how he met Elvis Presley, which eventually results in Cooper holding a loaded gun up to Presley. He then jokes about what history would have been like if he had shot Elvis.


Mike Portnoy

Former Dream Theater Drummer Names His Top Five Hard Rock Drummers


Starts at 11:40

Every episode of ‘That Metal Show’ features the guys debating a Top Five list. In this episode, they argue about who the best hard rock drummers are. Here, legendary Dream Theater stickman Mike Portnoy serves up a list of his own at the 11:40 mark!


Jake E. Lee

Stump the Trunk Winner Gets Guitar From the Famed Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist


Starts at 36:55

Each show, audience members get a chance to participate in a game called ‘Stump the Trunk’ in an effort to win a prize. Eddie Trunk is renowned for his vast rock and metal knowledge, but this time, an audience member asks where Phil Lynott played his final show with Thin Lizzy. The Trunk is stumped and guest shredder Jake E. Lee awards the winner with a special prize!


Lemmy Kilmister

Host Eddie Trunk Recalls the Motorhead Frontman Mocking Him for Drinking Vitamin Water


Starts at 8:30

Eddie Trunk recalls a long day and night of drinking where he wisely chose to help dull his inevitable hangover by drinking Vitamin Water. This did not sit well with legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who mocks Eddie’s beverage choice.


King Diamond

The Legendary Frontman Recounts Triple Bypass Surgery and Subsequent Return to the Stage


Starts at 10:30

Musicians are just like the rest of us and have their medical woes that send them through turmoil. Here, King Diamond discusses going through triple bypass surgery and the lengthy recovery time. Heart surgery can take its toll on anyone, especially one who has to run around on a stage singing for a living.


Steve Harris

Iron Maiden Founder Talks About Label Pressure and Refusing to Conform



Iron Maiden are known for their refusal to conform to the industry standard and have always paved their own way. Bassist Steve Harris discusses releasing ‘Flight of Icarus’ as a single and how the label was disappointed it wasn’t another ‘Run to the Hills.’


Corey Taylor

Slipknot and Stone Sour Frontman Discusses His New York Times Best Seller, ‘Seven Deadly Sins’


Starts at 16:10

Corey Taylor is more than just the singer in Slipknot and Stone Sour. He made the New York Times Best Seller list with his book ‘Seven Deadly Sins.’ Here, he talks about what it felt like to land on the prestigious list and what his book is about.


Vinnie Paul

Pantera Drummer Recalls Creation of ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ Album Cover



The album art for ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ is a striking one in the literal and figurative senses of the word. It backs up the attitude present on the pivotal Pantera album and Vinnie Paul gives viewers the scoop behind its creation. There is no trickery here, as Vinnie explains a man was actually punched in the face several times.


Dave Mustaine

After Undergoing Surgery, Megadeth Frontman Was in a Neck Brace Moments Before Big 4 Show


Starts at 11:25

All the band members involved in the Big 4 shows felt immense pressure as the metal world’s collective spotlight was on them for every performance. Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine talks about being in a neck brace literally minutes before taking the stage at the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium in New York!


Lars Ulrich

Metallica Drummer Recalls Very Early Days of the Band



Jim Florentine talks about driving Metallica around back in 1983 when the band crashed on the floor at Megaforce Records owner Jon Zazula’s house. Lars Ulrich then reflects on the early days of the band and what the metal scene was like.


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