Originally published in Out On The Town Entertainment Guide
In a world where pop and hip hop dominate the charts and the M in MTV apparently no longer stands for music, VH1 Classic, and in particular, That Metal Show, airing Saturday nights at 9pm and hosted by metal connoisseur and insider Eddie Trunkand his metalhead/comedian buddies Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, remains your home for all things hard rock and heavy metal. This passed Tuesday, we had the opportunity to crash the party at the most recent taping of TMS!
The day started with a relaxing mid-day drive from Jersey into Manhattan. We hit the Playwright Celtic Pub in the theatre district for a quick brew before hopping a cab uptown to the theatre where TMS tapes. The scheduled guests were Mark Tremonti of Alterbridge/Tremonti and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless. Frank Hannon, lead guitarist of Tesla and TMS alum, was the special guest guitarist. The show was chock full of surprises as Mark Mendoza, Eddie Ojeda and J.J. French of Twisted Sister were surprise guests to kick off the show in light of the recent tragic passing of Twisted Sister drummer and founding member, A.J. Pero. Aaron got some airtime as he was a contestant on the "Stump the Trunk" segment of the show. This was a highlight of the show as things got funny and a bit awkward between Aaron and Jim Florentine, who invited us to the taping. It was all in fun though and you will have to tune into TMS to see what exactly went down!
After the show wrapped, we hung out with Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, Frank Hannon and Mark Tremonti. All the guys were great and Jason gave them all Philly Rock Radio t-shirts. We were especially impressed by how down to earth and personable Mark Tremonti was. He was open to all kinds of conversation and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the interaction with the fans.
All in all, our time at the TMS taping was a tremendous experience and for any fans of hard rock and heavy metal, TMS is a must watch show. It's also great to know that all of the guys on the show are metal fans just like us and this is their passion. Watching Eddie, Jim and Don on stage interviewing guys they idolize or grew up idolizing is something we can all relate to and makes the show so genuine and organic; and no one knows the genre like Eddie Trunk! I recommend any fan of hard rock and heavy metal to tune into TMS on Saturday nights at 9pm and/or try to attend a taping if possible.
After the taping we hopped a cab back downtown to Hell's Kitchen where we knocked a few back and had a wonderful BBQ dinner at Southern Hospitality at 646 9th Ave in Manhattan. Not only was the food phenomenal but the service was out of this world! Our bartender made us feel like we were regulars. Overall, just a great night and this is another place I recommend for those making the trek into Manhattan! Don't forget to tune into VH1 Classic and check out That Metal Show Saturday nights at 9pm!