DETROIT (WWJ) – When you think of a heavy metal fan, what image comes to mind?

It’s probably not Eddie Trunk — and that’s exactly the point the 30-year radio veteran wants to prove.

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Four years ago, Trunk launched “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic, along with a couple of his buddies from New Jersey — stand up comics Don Jamison and Jim Florentine. Today, TMS is the longest running and most popular show on the cable channel.

The three 40-something metal fans are bringing it all to Detroit’s “I Rock Nightclub,” Saturday, June 16.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Vitale talked with Eddie Trunk about the staying power of a genre of music that for the most part has taken a back seat to the new commercial sounds.

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“We see young fans that are discovering the music through, or these artists through That Metal Show, and that’s pretty awesome,” Trunk  said. “I mean, a lot of them, their families, their mom or their dad is a fan of the music and is into the show and they’ll be sitting there watching it with them.

“So, that’s really kind of cool … that’s what it’s about — being a lifelong supporter of this music … It’s always been about finding ways to share this music with other people and treat it respectfully, and get people into it.

“And having new generations get into it is obviously very important,” Trunk said.

“That Metal Show,” at I Rock on Detroit’s east side Saturday night, with the local Black Sabbath tribute group — Banned from E.A.R.T.H — sharing the stage.

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Get ticket information for “That Metal Tour” at this link.