I recently ran into Eddie Trunk at a festival and we talked about the great Ronnie James Dio. When asked for a story, Eddie told me about his time with Ronnie at a castle in Birmingham, England. Click player above to hear the entire chat.
“When he first reunited with Sabbath for Heaven and Hell which was ’06. I went to England to shoot a TV special with him for VH1 classic. We arrived at the hotel at the same time.
Anybody that knows traveling to England, because of the time difference, the best thing you thing you can do is not go to sleep when you get there. Even if it is in the middle of the day. Even though you are dead tired. You need to try to adjust to the time difference.
I arrived at hotel at the same time as Ronnie and I was dead, dead tired. I was walking in, checking in right at the same time as him and it was like noon. I didn’t even see him coming up behind me and he yelled down the hall. He used to always call me “kid”. “Where you going kid, where you going?”. I go ‘Ronnie I gotta sleep for a couple hours’. He was like ‘no way, no way… you meet me at the pub and we are going to have some drinks, you gotta stay up’. Who’s going to say no to Ronnie? I said ‘o.k. I’ll see you for one’. We must have stayed down there for eight hours and drank and ate and shared stories. Had the time of our lives. It was in an old castle in Birmingham, where we were staying. It’s one of my fondest memories.
I’m a big fan of the band U.F.O. and they were playing there that night. He was busting my balls about not making it to go see them because I couldn’t get there. What people may not know about Ronnie was he was an incredible ball buster.”
News from friend of the show, Sin Quirin and Ministry. Click player below for the interview with Sin.
Groundbreaking industrial-metal pioneers, MINISTRY, have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently wrapped up recording their new album AmeriKKKant , which is tentatively scheduled for release the first quarter of 2018. More details to be announced shortly.
“This album, AmeriKKKant,” stated mastermind Al Jourgensen. “Will provide FEMA type relief for the devastation ‘Hurricane Cheeto’ has brought upon us.”
For decades, the powerhouse of psychotic sound that is MINISTRY has overcome millions with releases such as Filth Pig, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste, Psalm 69, From Beer To Eternity, and a flood of others. Since the 80s, founder Al Jourgensen, has been combining elements of synth pop, punk, metal and even dub in a way that is instantly recognizable and has influenced many other bands.
With timeless classics such as “Just One Fix,” “Thieves,” and “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” MINISTRY are one of a kind musical pioneers.
With six Grammy nominations to date, over 3 million records sold, more than 2,000 live performances, and movie soundtrack work on Hurt Locker, Artificial Intelligence, Matrix, Robo Cop and SAW, MINISTRY has been contributing to the music industry for over three decades.
10/13/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium
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10/19/17 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
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10/26/17 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
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10/29/17 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
10/30/17 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
11/1/17 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
11/2/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
11/4/17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
11/5/17 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
11/7/17 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
11/8/17 Albuquerque, NM The Historic El Rey Theater
11/10/17 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
11/11/17 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
In September of 1997, Kid Rock and The Twisted Brown Trucker Band entered the studio to begin work on the landmark album, Devil Without A Cause. 20 years later, guitarist Kenny Olson sat down with the Talk Toomey Podcast to discuss the making of said album. Click player above to listen to the entire interview.
On Meeting Kid Rock:
“I met him when he first came out, when he was 18. When he got his first record deal. We have mutual friends. He was going back and forth to the east coast and I was going between Detroit, the east coast and the west coast. When the big earthquake hit Northridge in L.A. in 94, it pretty much annihilated my apartment. I couldn’t live there anymore because the ceiling collapsed. So I ended up back in Michigan. That’s when Kid Rock and I joined forces. It was weird going back to Detroit and getting our big deal with Atlantic Records.”
On Devil Without A Cause turning 20:
“We did Devil Without A Cause, which is going on a 20 year anniversary. That’s blowing my mind. We are tied with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in sales. All these great albums of all time and it be considered one of them, is an honor.”
On making Devil Without A Cause:
“When we made Devil Without A Cause, we made it very organically. We took all the beautiful mistakes and we didn’t create any polished turds. We didn’t record a record, we made a record. We wrote a lot of stuff on the spot and we just let all the beautiful elements come out of it. Even if we had a room full of expensive equipment, I would still pick a shitty amp to run a guitar through.”
On Devil Without A Cause being a collaborative effort:
“We were always together. We made it all happen together. The music industry is kinda crazy how it divides things, but we went through the trenches together
On what everyone brought to the album:
“It was just taking each one of us and our element, what we added to that sound. We all had a mutual understanding of what kind of music we wanted to make, we all shared a liking with, and it was straight across the board. Detroit Rock City to Motown to Rock to hip hop, funk, punk and everything in between
Looking Back on Devil Without A Cause:
“It still blows my mind. It was a prime era of my life. It’s indescribable. I don’t think people would believe half the stories that really happened. It’s pretty mind blowing and I feel blessed for a lot of it, ya know.”