+1I was also very impressed by John 5's playing as the show's guest guitarist. On the other hand I found both Richie Kotzen and Jake E Lee's performances on the recent shows absolutely dreadful...
My opinion is not without research. I've watched the show many times and have listened to Ed's radio show and even followed him on Twitter. I find that he tends to throw mini "tantrums" when a top five list doesn't go his way or when someone has a different view point. Once on the "stump the trunk" segment he got a question wrong and whined for about five minutes about how it wasn't a fair question and that the audience member misspoke.This, so much. I think fraternizing with so many rock stars has made him think he is one.
Combine that with really(really, really) dated comedians and you have a pretty weak starting point.
I think the hardest I've laughed was when watching the recent episode with Jake E Lee. To avoid having to pay out royalties he was playing Bark At the Moon, without playing Bark At the Moon and I got a good chuckle.
I agree the whole guest musician thing is not a good format. A few guitarists have managed to wow me, but those times are few and far between. The drummers are even more painful to watch....Brian Tishy, anyone?
I can't complain too much, though. I do keep it on my dvr queue. There are just not many tv shows that talk about decent music, and they have had some pretty cool guests.
That's because the guy's not a one trick pony. He can play anything, and has a genuine love for music, and the instrument. He toured with KD Lang before Manson.John 5 ripped some faces off during his appearance. I think to date, that's the gold standard of the show's 30-second shreddery.