Why I Stopped Watching That Metal Show

When That Metal Show first started, I, like every other metalhead was raving about it and hooked immediately. Here were three regular guys (you already know who they are), who were gonna talk about all things hard rock and heavy metal, and have fun with it. What’s not to love? Saturday night was beer, shots, and TMS in my house!

Somewhere down the road, things changed. Look, I’m not sure whether it was going to an hour-long show, and having to fill the time, and/or the move to L.A., but the quality of the show suffered. The quality of the guests suffered. And the quality of the interviews REALLY suffered. Also, some guests were on way too many times, and for waaaay too long (ahem…Dave Mustaine, anyone?), while others got barely five minutes in their LONE appearance (DORO, and most recently Queensrÿche).

But throughout all of this, I kept watching, hoping that the show would get good again. And then, on the episode that aired July 6, a surprisingly good episode till that point, Don Jamieson decided to go on a rant. And in that rant he made disgusting remarks about Lzzy Hale and DORO. I’m not going to repeat what he said, but I felt it was disgusting and wrong on every level. DORO is the Queen of Metal who has always conducted herself with dignity and class. Lzzy Hale is one of the most talented and hardworking singer/songwriters in rock today, and just earned a well-deserved Grammy.

To hear these two TITANS of rock and metal talked about in such a way by a guy who, quite frankly isn’t funny, and reaches for the low-hanging fruit, made me sick and outraged at the same time. That was the final straw. I deleted the episode, as well as my Series Recording, and that was that. This is the one and only time I will speak on this, as my blood boils every time I think about it. Women in hard rock and heavy metal are to be celebrated and lifted up, especially when they go out there and kill it better than a lot of the guys do. Shame on you, Sideburns.

And THAT is why I stopped watching That Metal Show, and THAT is why I will never watch it again.

One comment to “Why I Stopped Watching That Metal Show”
One comment to “Why I Stopped Watching That Metal Show”
  1. Couldn’t agree with you more. My final episode was the Rick Allen/Vinny Appice moment. I know Rick Allen uses a special drum kit, but having him sit to the side and play along with Vinny Appice was….can you say….Awkward!!!!! I mean, would you really want to see another guitarist pick some strings while Eddie Van Halen or Yngwie Malmsteen did the rest??? I think not. My comparison is not to make Rick out to be any less of a drummer or to make Vinny out to be a drum god. I am just pointing out the awkward position Rick was put in. If you’re not going to let him play on his own, then don’t ask him to play. Either way, it was just uncomfortable to watch and somewhat degrading.

    Also, one of the things I enjoyed about TMS was the un-produced feel it had. Now, it’s pretty obvious someone has tried to “up” the production value, which comes off completely awkward, especially when the other 2 speak.

    Other issues…Where are the tour dates….Metal Festival dates/locations…upcoming album releases??? Why do guests have to be on-set?? Ever hear of SKYPE/Facetime…etc??? I am sure it is hard to get guests to fit their shooting schedule, so find a different way to do an interview. Show a video or do something else to fill up the time and make it fresh. The show has tried to evolve, just not for the better.

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