After journeying through four hours of Heavy: The Story of Metal, VH1 Classic debuted the second season of That Metal Show, starring hard rock DJ Eddie Trunk, comedians Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, and special guest Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Damage Plan, and Hell Yeah.
Before bringing out Vinnie, the hosts briefly discussed the reception of Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy since its release in November. Trunk, Florentine, and Jamieson were split on the success of the record due to exclusive retailing contracts and fan indifference.
Legendary drummer Vinnie Paul walked on the set from the front of the audience instead of side stage sporting a bad ass black cowboy hat and black button down shirt fully exposing his signature thick Texan chest hair. Paul mentioned his adult entertainment facility, The Clubhouse in Dallas because he was partying there the night before the taping. The discussion turned to the recently released book about his deceased brother, titled Dimebag Darrell: He Came To Rock and said a few emotional words about Dime’s character. Vinnie concluded the interview on a high note announcing a new release on Big Vin Records called Seventh Void featuring Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly of Type-o-Negative [editor's note: please send us a promo copy as soon as possible!].
The comedic bit concerned the search for the “Miss Box of Junk” who would have the job of escorting the Box of Junk during “Stump The Trunk.” Jamieson, Florentine, and a random guy sat on an American Idol styled panel as strippers, a burlesque dancer, a molecular biology major, and nitwits presented their box skills. One auditioner made this hilarious comment: “I don’t have much experience with black box. Jim, you do right?” (haha…Robin Quivers joke).
Trunk answered a Cinderella and Rush question correctly on the first “Stump The Trunk” of the season. However, in order for the viewers to meet Miss Box of Junk, he had to miss the third question concerning Dream Theater’s debut album When Dream and Day Unite. Kerri Lee from Tenessee brought out the Box of Junk for the stumper, who picked out a copy of Wolfmother’s Dimension, which is a very lame prize since the CD is a couple of years old now and it’s a cheap prize. Last season, someone received Rock Band 2. Trunk is 2 for 3 thus far opening his stats at .667 and raising his career average to .500.
Thin Lizzy’s Still Dangerous: Live at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977 from the “Renegade Tour” was the “Pick of the Week.” Dave King of Fastway was the topic of “Whatever Happened To.” Trunk noted that King is the lead singer for the Irish American Celtic punk band Flogging Molly.
Old Metallica (Kill – Justice) vs. New Metallica (Black – Magnetic) was the subject of “The Throwdown.” Paul chose old but admitted that Death Magnetic made Metallica a better live band. Trunk also sided with the old stuff. Florentine and Jamieson both picked new Metallica which proved to be very unpopular with the studio audience. Florentine comitted metal heresy when he said that he liked St. Anger on national television. Jamieson commented that he thought Death Magnetic is their best album ever. Needless to say, the audience overwhelmingly went with old Metallica.
The first episode of season two contained an awesome guest in Vinnie Paul. Jamieson and Florentine tossed more funny one-liners at each other rather than at Trunk. Florentine wore a gray That Metal Show t-shirt instead of a cool band shirt like last season and the fixed “Stump the Trunk” segment was disappointing. They should work on making the bit more natural in the future. Next week’s guest is Frank Bello of Anthrax.
Watch full episodes of That Metal Show on vh1classic.com.