"It's your home for all things hard rock and heavy metal. It's That Metal Show, and it starts right now."
That Metal Show is an hour-long Talk Show on Vh1 Classic, hosted by radio host/metal guru Eddie Trunk and stand-up comedians Don Jameson and Jim Florentine. The three shoot the breeze over the latest news in hard rock and metal music, and interview musical guest stars. The show debuted in 2008 and started its twelfth season in 2013.In addition to Eddie, Don, and Jim's discussion and interviews with musicians, the show features a number of set segments:
TMS Top 5: Eddie, Don and Jim (and starting with the tenth season, an occasional guest) pick their personal top 5 of a particular theme, and a comprehensive Top 5 is made from their choices. The Box of Junk Girl works the chalkboard that this segment uses.
Stump the Trunk: Eddie tries to answer music trivia questions from the audience. If he misses one, the audience member draws a prize from "Eddie Trunk's Box of Junk", carried by the Box of Junk Girl. This was done in the middle of the show up 'til the twelfth season, where it was moved to the end of the show taking the place of The Throwdown.
What's Going On With...?: Don reads a question from a viewer about a musician or band that's fallen out of the public eye, and the three discuss said musician/band's current goings-on. Formerly named Whatever Happened To...?
Pick of the Week: A CD, DVD/Blu-ray, or book by a musician are discussed and lauded.
The Vault: Guests are shown old video clips of themselves, usually to try to make the guests cringe.
The Throwdown: The hosts and guests debate which of two (and sometimes more) competing options is their favorite; the final decision is made by the audience. This is always the last segment of the show and has a two-minute timer.
Per Twitter comments from Eddie and Don, this segment has been retired as of the twelfth season.
The twelfth season introduced a number of new segments, which were rotated with some of the older segments as the episodes progressed. It remains to be seen which (if any) of these will carry over into future seasons:
Metal Modem: The guys speak with a musician via Skype.
Take It or Leave It: The guys discuss a current music topic, giving it a favorable ("take it") or unfavorable ("leave it") opinion.
Put It on The Table: The guys ask one of their guests a series of "What if?"/"What's your favorite __"/etc. questions.
Origins: A musician talks about his start in music and some other personal information about himself.
Q's From the Audience: A few people in the audience ask questions of one of the guests.
Underrated/On The Fringes: Each of the hosts talks about an album that they think is deserving of more press.
Behind The Music Video: A video from one of the guests gets a minute or so of airplay and is discussed.
Landmarks/TMS Worldwide: A musically important location is discussed.
Rank: An artist ranks five of his band's albums from least to most favorite.
The Rant: Jim or Don steps up to a podium and goes off on something that's pissing him off. This is an old, infrequently-used segment that has been resurrected for this season.
The show also features a famous guest musician (usually a guitarist, but bassists and drummers have occasionally appeared) who plays as a segue to the commercial breaks.
Mention the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Eddie, sit back, and watch the fireworks.
Requesting [insert band name here] to be on the show (addressed on the show sometimes, but more often on Eddie's Twitter). Usually the band is so well known that of course they want them on the show and have tried, but there are factors for why they can't do it (scheduling usually). As the show has gone so many seasons, people began asking for bands that have already been on, which just drives Eddie further crazy.
Stump the Trunk questions that require Eddie to do laundry lists (often sequentially to boot) of albums, band members, song tracks, etc. He feels often these questions aren't very fair or in the spirit of the segment (more amazingly, he still gets about half of them right).
Flipping the Bird: Eddie did this to the R&RHoF in one episode featuring Alice Cooper, lambasting them for not nominating Cooper. The next year, Cooper was inducted.
Jumping Out of a Cake: In the season 12 episode featuring Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony (which was also Eddie's birthday), a big fake cake was wheeled onto the set during Stump the Trunk and former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler popped out of it.
Old Shame: Artists often see the clips used in The Vault as this, sometimes humorously, sometimes not. Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan was shown a clip of himself giving a tour of his house during his early G n' R days, during which he was obviously wasted. McKagan, whose substance abuse nearly killed him, was visibly disturbed by the clip, and when asked about it afterwards, the only response he could offer was, "Cocaine."
Rant Inducing Slight: The yearly Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub of several artists that should be in their Standards. Eddie will always go off on it (KISS and Deep Purple being two of the biggest left, now with Rush and Alice Cooper in).
Don's proclamation of the Fate Worse Than Death that will befall other lists in comparison to the TMS Top 5.
Jim sneaking a gag question into Stump The Trunk to poke fun at Eddie. These are almost always prefaced with "Eddie, I don't know how this got in here..."
Don or Jim pointing out someone in the audience who looks like a musician just before one of the ad breaks. This was played with in the episode featuring Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, when editing was used to go back and forth between Anthony on stage and in the audience pretending to be a look-alike.
Making fun of Eddie for not knowing many bands that came after 1989 (well, this show is on Vh1 *Classic*). Jim and Don are much more hip to the current metal scene. In the same vein, pointing out that they're on Vh1 *Classic* when people ask why more modern bands aren't guests.
Lamenting that they are shot in HD but broadcast in SD, as Vh1 Classic has not converted to HD.
Trying to get Eddie to get a tattoo. He's chickened out every time. They even had a member of the band Crowbar get the tattoo (the UFO logo) that Eddie was too scared to get, just to shame him.
As of the twelfth season, the participants in Q's from the Audience being made to talk into a really tall microphone in imitation of Motörhead's Lemmy.