Feature: Why VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” is So Important
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:50:54
VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show is deep into its 14th season, and the show keeps re-establishing its importance as a bastion of hard rock, rock ‘n’ roll, and heavy metal—hosted by Eddie Trunk and co-hosts Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. In many ways, it represents the beating heart of heavy metal alive and well and in a trumped-up or “Trunk-ed up” public forum beyond where rock comes to life most vibrantly at massive festivals like Rock on the Range. To have a show completely dedicated to this style of music on a big channel is validation of its heft and importance to pop culture in and of itself, but the fact that the show is going 14 strong should turn heads on a larger scale.
This past weekend featured arguably the show’s most diverse lineup ever. Punk rock was represented by none other than Marky Ramone of The Ramones, while hip-hop got its due with Darryl McDaniels a.k.a. D.M.C. or Run-D.M.C., and mighty Slayer guitar-slinger and Exodus shredder Gary Holt. We even got some fiery fretwork from Whitesnake’s Joel Hoekstra. The musicians got into some hilarious banter and found a whole lot of common ground amidst the metal.
Other guests this year include Geddy Lee of Rush, The Pretty Reckless, and more, representing the wide scope of the genre and its massive impact. Rock and all of its sub-genres and connections live and breathe within VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show.
Tune in on Saturdays at 9/8c or watch full episodes here!
Do you watch That Metal Show?