'That Metal Show' Canceled by VH1 Classic
The show is currently looking for a new home, according to host Eddie Trunk.
Bad news for metal fans: VH1 Classic will no longer produce episodes of That Metal Show, the hard rock/heavy metal talk show hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine.
“After eight years, VH1 Classic will not be moving forward with a new season of That Metal Show,” VH1 confirmed in a statement to Billboard. “We thank the show’s hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, and the entire production team for all of their hard work and their passion to connect with metal fans around the world.”
Trunk announced the bad news Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 19) on his website, EddieTrunk.com.
“It has been an incredible run of eight years, roughly 125 episodes and some really cool specials,” Trunk wrote of the cancellation of the show, which premiered on VH1 Classic in 2008.
Since its inception, That Metal Show welcomed the biggest names in rock to its New York studio, including Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Zakk Wylde and Heart.
"The global response to That Metal Show has been simply amazing, and we will be eternally grateful for the support from the rock and metal fans that have showed us so much love. We truly would have never made it as long as we did without you!,” he continued.
“A huge thanks also to the great crews we had over the years both in New York City and Los Angeles, to our producer Jeff Baumgardner, and to all the executives at VH1. And finally, thanks to the hundreds of artists that joined us on our set, had fun with us, shared their stories and many, many laughs. From the biggest names in rock history, to the up-and-comers: we thank you all for being a part of it.”
However, Trunk said, there is hope to keep the program “alive.”
"With the blessing of VH1 Classic, we've got the keys to the show and are currently searching for a new home,” he said. “We're not sure where we'll land, but we hope to be back in our studio and your living rooms as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep an eye out for us on the road and come say, 'Hello.’ Thank you for watching all these years, and we'll keep you posted as soon as we have news to share."