Don Jamieson - That Metal Show
As of yet, I have not had the opportunity to interview a comedian for this site. That is until Metal Blade Records asked me to speak with Don Jamieson - the famous stand-up comedian from New York - who often opens for Andrew "Dice" Clay, and who as of late has become quite well-known in the mettle milieu with being a regular active spokesperson on the VH-1 Classic program called: "That Metal Show".
Along with famous radio personality Eddie Trunk, and formidable friend and telecrastinator/comedian: Jim Florentine, this Trio of Traditional Metal awareness have successfully made it through six seasons in the abyss of "All Things Hard Rock And Heavy Metal".
Don has recently signed with Metal Blade to release a live comedy album in 2011. I was very excited to speak with him, and to let him and his Metal brethren know that there are many vibrant souls still willing to defend the faith, holding our ground; thereby, showcasing our true love for the music we most cherish.
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, how are you doing? I did not plan to be doing any more interviews this year, as we are so steeped in this un-Holiday tradition.
MettleAngel: Whoah, so you have been to the site?
MettleAngel: So if you have carefully read my interviews, you can see that this is going to be a relaxed and enjoyable conversation.
MettleAngel: As I mentioned, I love the show, and I want you to pass on my enthusiasm to Eddie and Jim. I am originally from California, and I would love to be on the show, or serve as one of your writers.
MettleAngel: That is good to hear. It is interesting that you have a segment on every episode called "Stump The Trunk". I am a bit of a Metal Trivia buff myself. I would jump at the opportunity to engage Eddie. My friends challenge me all the time with Metal Trivia and they call it: "Psyche The Mike".
MettleAngel: Indeed, and I was wondering if you or Eddie have ever heard of the Metal Trivia game which came out in 1999. It is called "Metal Mental Meltdown".
MettleAngel: It is now long out of print, and very entertaining. (Check out this link: Metal Mental Meltdown) I gave away my last back-up copy to a dear friend last Christmas.
MettleAngel: What is interesting is that since it is over ten years old, so many of the bigger Metal bands of today like Lamb Of God, are not even mentioned. Actually, many of the band theme questions focus on music of the '80s from Hair Metal to Thrash, just like your show.
MettleAngel: It would be a great gift to give him, if you can find it. Every time you play "Stump The Trunk", I usually do well getting the questions right. Eddie had a fit over the Nicko McBrain question of him portraying the devil in the "Number Of The Beast" video. If he had read the Maiden Bio, he would already know this.
MettleAngel: Yes, and for him not to know King Diamond's real name, I mean c'mon! I guess he reads too many other B$ Bios like Steven Adler's Take on Guns N' Roses, or the debauchery of Aerosmith. He never recommended either the Ozzy Bio or the Dave Mustaine Memoirs. At least you all recommended the late Sam Kinison's new DVD. Did you hear about King Diamond's triple bi-pass open heart surgery?
MettleAngel: I know, and you also often open for "The Diceman". King Diamond is such a good soul. You should have him on as a guest, once he fully recovers. With the vast array of vintage material you cover on the show, I am surprised you call it "That Metal Show", as you often deal more in Classic Rock.
MettleAngel: I know, and it is cool to see Chuck Billy on with the guys in Tesla, and realize that they are friends, and even connected. I knew Chuck had Troy play with him on Dublin Death Patrol.
MettleAngel: I was amazed how much Bill Ward was into newer acts like Fear Factory, and even Slipknot. I know Rob Halford is a big supporter of 3 Inches Of Blood and Soilwork. I was so saddened to hear that now Judas Priest are going to retire next year, too.
MettleAngel: I was grateful to see him on the Tribute to Dio special, the premiere episode for the sixth season. The tragic death of Dio hit us all hard. Now it looks like Black Sabbath will reunite again with Ozzy, but the reunion of Led Zeppelin is only wishful thinking according to Jason Bonham.
MettleAngel: I think Slash implied that as well. That Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge was a bit of a stretch for the show, but I guess he now sings for Slash.
MettleAngel: I am so envious with the calibre of guests you have on the show. Man, I would love to be able to meet half of these icons, no less to actually be on a talk show with them!
MettleAngel: I noticed with the outtakes episode from the last season, that backstage there were multiple guests. I assume you shoot and film more than one episode at a time; especially, given the repeat appearance of each guest guitarist.
MettleAngel: I bet! I see you won an Emmy for your work with "Inside The NFL". I am not a sports fan, so I was wondering what it was like touring with Richard Christy and Tim "Ripper" Owens when they played a few shows this summer for Charred Walls Of The Damned.
MettleAngel: (Laughing) Well, now I see why you are a famous comedian. I was not familiar with your work before seeing you on "That Metal Show". I now have Jim Florentine's 'Terrorizing Telemarketers Vol. 1', which reminds me a lot of The Jerkey Boys. I assume you have a crass sense of humour too when it comes to your type of stand-up. I often laugh when you rib each other on the show.
MettleAngel: You mean that you are always giving each other shit. This brings up a point I want to make about the new season. I do not like your new "Top Five" category segment, at all. I have not agreed with those even once, save maybe the best thrash albums; but even then you omitted 'Bonded By Blood'. I was amazed that Tracii Guns had to call out Iron Maiden when it came to best band logos.
MettleAngel: She did not even know how to spell Iron Maiden! Look up my wife's profile at Metal Covenant under MettleMaiden, you will see the definition of a true Metalhead. Trust me, she is the real deal.
MettleAngel: I bet you do, you lucky bastard! Eddie is the only one who is married of the three of you guys, and his wife, I assume tolerates Metal.
MettleAngel: On a sadder note, I noticed that Jennifer replaced "Mrs. Box Of Junk" Keri Leigh Tucker after the third season. I just thought that her contract was up, then I read about how she had suddenly died.
MettleAngel: You never mentioned it on the show, though.
MettleAngel: I will have to watch that episode again to see that. I did like her, but I do not like Jennifer. I was also amazed to see that the prizes this season are lame compared to the past few seasons. You went from giving away Rockband, to the new CD by Murderdolls.
MettleAngel: I assume that you also lost vital sponsorship. The first season you had support from the Beer industry, now it is Twiiter. I am amazed that Eddie has such a fit when he misses a question now, as most of the prizes are not as cool.
MettleAngel: Obviously! Jim just completed "The Amercan Carnage" Tour as the opening act, and you had your pungent stench stint with Charred Walls, let us now discuss your new deal with Metal Blade.
MettleAngel: This is unprecedented, as the closest they have come to comedy is Gwar, Haunted Garage, and a few others. However, all those are actual bands, whereas, you are just a comedian.
MettleAngel: Oh, I agree, and I am sure it will be successful. Do you plan to do what Brian Posehn did and create you own Metal anthem? His song "More Metal Than You" is awesome. It is a great video, and has many guest musicians contributing.
MettleAngel: I look forward to hearing it. The only comedy I have heard from you is what I have seen on the show, well except for the entertaining conversation we are currently having.
MettleAngel: I know you are a strong supporter of their bands. Personally, I prefer the Metal Blade bands of the '80s, but they do sign few good bands every now and then like: Negligence, Hail Of Bullets, God Dethroned, and Amon Amarth.
MettleAngel: I noticed that you tend to champion the newer acts on the show. You wear shirts by Kingdom Of Sorrow, Hatebreed, Slipknot, BLS, etc. Meanwhile, Jim shows up in his ultraviolet Rainbow 'Rising' shirt, or we will watch him donning a vintage Saxon, Raven, or Accept shirt. As for Eddie he has no sense of mettle attire, but that is cool. How does Jim track down these rare Tees?
MettleAngel: I am always wearing concert shirts. You would be amazed at what you can find at Hot Topic, Spencers, Wal-Mart, and even JC Penny.
MettleAngel: Yeah, I just picked up some cool Aerosmith and Metallica shirts recently at JC Penny, but I still hate the place, as they always profile me when I shop there. When "Iron Man II" came out earlier this summer Wal-Mart had some awesome AC/DC shirts at amazing prices. When school started this fall, they had killer Classic Rock notebooks, folders, and school supplies; especially, for Kiss, AC/DC, and The Beatles.
MettleAngel: As have I, but in the '80s, cassettes were more accommodating. I still struggle with the digital age, and how it affects my enjoyment of Metal today.
MettleAngel: I am amazed then that you still only focus on the more popular acts past and present. It seems like a great deal of the European acts like Pretty Maids, Helloween, Gamma Ray, etc. and many mainstay bands seldom get mentioned on the show.
MettleAngel: I mean you never discuss Blue Öyster Cult, Triumph, April Wine, or The Sweet. When it comes to thrash, Forbidden, Death Angel, Heathen, etc. are omitted. Even when Eddie missed the 'When The Storm Comes Down' question, he admitted to not being a fan of Flotsam And Jetsam.
MettleAngel: Flotsam had an excellent comeback album this year, as did Forbidden and Heathen. I used to sit through hours of B$ on MTV just to catch one cool Kreator or Powermad video. It seems like the show is more focused on arena rock. I respect Eddie's love for UFO, Thin Lizzy, and Van Halen, but enough already!
MettleAngel: I am actually amazed at how silly and asinine some of the "What Ever Happened To..." questions are. If you are a true fan of Manowar, how would you not know what Ross The Boss is up to, seriously! His new album is killer. The re-recording of 'Battle Hymns' is not bad either. Although, Nanowar Of Steel trounce them all! How could a so-called Metalhead not know about the new Krokus? They were even featured on the new "Saw 3-D" soundtrack!
MettleAngel: Does this mean that fans really do write the "Stump The Trunk" questions? I was wondering if there was a team of writers who wrote those, and then it was just selected audience members who read them aloud.
MettleAngel: I assume you mean with the poor grammar, and intense expletives. By definition most true Metalheads are very intelligent, but we always get a bad rep. I would love to write for the show. I would love to be a guest member. Hell, I would love to just give Eddie shit for not liking Lizzy Borden!
MettleAngel: Metal is my life and I live it 24/7. This is why I do what I do. Even 25 years later, my one friend considers me a poseur because I love Bon Jovi and Poison.
MettleAngel: It sucks that they were turned down for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Thankfully, Alice Cooper finally was admitted. I agree with Eddie's rants on this. It is bad enough that Maiden, Priest, Deep Purple, etc. are ignored, but what about Rush!
MettleAngel: I know, but I do agree with Eddie's frustrations here! I am grateful for a show like this which allows the Metal elite to truly voice their opinions outside the Music business.
MettleAngel: In the past that would have been a detriment to your carer like what happened with Jim Carey or Jim Breuer when they acknowlegded their love for this genre. Now that you openly embrace and stand strong and true for the Metal milieu, this has served as a boon for your career. Did you know that it was Jim Carey's decision to have Cannibal Corpse be in his first "Ace Ventura" movie.
MettleAngel: I imagine the perks are excellent too. You get to see so many shows, and meet so many heroes. I honor and respect that. I am grateful to hear that you are also somewhat stuck in the past, but grounded in the present. This is the case with me, as well.
MettleAngel: I agree, and my tolerance for the newer more inchoate bands is building, but I will always champion the glorious bands of the bands, and all those influenced by them, from Sabbath on...
(surprisingly, after he mentions this our connection become very muffled, and it becomes very difficult to hear one another. I am not sure whether it was my phone or his, or even due to the harsh weather conditions. Unfortunately, it made the rest of the conversation impossible to continue.)