Thursday, Jun 21 2018

Good morning Radicals! We’re one day away from the weekend, so let’s get cracking on some music news this morning:

Bad Wolves have presented a check for $250,000 to the family of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan. The band scored a massive hit with its cover of the Cranberries hit “Zombie,” for which O’Riordan was slated to record vocals on the day that she died in a London hotel this past January. The band decided to release the song in her honor with all proceeds going to her children.

Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext told us that donating the money to O’Riordan’s family was an easy decision: ”If we didn’t do that, we were shelving the song and it would never have seen the light of day. It’s not like some cash grab. We’re not here to capitalize on something. It was a tragic thing. What better way to pay tribute to her, you know, and then try to give back.”

The band made good on its promise by inviting O’Riordan’s family onstage Tuesday night (June 19th) at New York’s Gramercy Theatre and presenting them with the quarter-million-dollar check. O’Riordan’s two sons, Donny Jr. and Taylor Burton, alongside their father Don Burton, were on hand to receive the gift, which O’Riordan’s accepted on behalf of their younger sisters, Molly and Dakota Burton.

Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext said, “The ultimate goal is to present them with a $1,000,000 check — and the fact we’re a quarter of the way there is beyond incredible.” He added, “It’s a true testament to the timelessness of their mother’s songwriting that will live on forever, and we are so grateful to be able to do this for them.”

“Zombie” can be found on Bad Wolves’ debut album, Disobey, which arrived earlier this spring.

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge told Oklahoma radio station and hardDrive affiliate Rock 100.5 The KATT that he already has an idea in mind for the band’s next studio album, saying, “I know what we’re gonna next time, yes. It will be a work in progress up until the day that I master the album. But I know where the story sort of goes. And with simple mathematics of how a tour cycle usually pans out . . . I think we have a five-year plan.”

Forge added, “Then I have another project at the end of that tunnel that might or might not materialize. It’s a little bit of a side thing that takes a ton of collaboration and many stars aligning. And that’s been in the works for years. So we will see if that happens.”

The singer, who performs as Cardinal Copia, told us that when he started Ghost in 2006 he never imagined getting this far: ”Originally there was just one album. I started writing the first album in 2006, and then I was done in early 2010 with it. And at that point, I knew the image and I knew what the show was gonna be like. But I didn’t know that we would achieve some sort of success. I never in my wildest dreams thought we were gonna come this far.”

Ghost’s fourth studio LP, Prequelle, arrived earlier this month and debuted at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart. The disc features the Top Five rock radio track “Rats.”


Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was readmitted to a Los Angeles area hospital on Tuesday morning (June 19th), after being released on Monday night (June 18th). According to TMZ, Barker is now battling a staph infection and cellulitis — an infection of the skin — in addition to blood clots in his arms that were the original reason for his first trip to the hospital.

Doctors are said to be monitoring Barker to see how he responds to blood thinners, and to make sure the clots don’t travel to his heart or lungs. Sources say the drummer is keeping a positive attitude.

It was revealed last week that Barker had been diagnosed with clots in each of his arms. Blink-182 subsequently postponed last weekend’s Las Vegas residency shows and have now shelved several upcoming dates there as well.

The band issued a statement on Tuesday in which it said, “(Barker) has been ordered by the doctors to refrain from any activity that may cause further damage or cause the clots to travel. As it stands now, he will be prevented from playing until the beginning of July when everything will be re-evaluated.”

Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor told the New York Times in a new interview that he feels an obligation to speak out about politics, saying, “I was doing press with somebody in the mid-90s, and they made an argument that stayed with me: that I have influence, and that it’s my job to call out whatever needs to be called out, because there are people who feel the same way but need someone to articulate it.”

He continued, “It seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then (in the mid-’90s). You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot.”

Reznor, who has made no secret of his distaste for Donald Trump, added, “What Donald Trump is doing is concerning and infuriating — and it’s not the conservative agenda, it’s not a question of religious preference, it’s not a question of should government be big or small. I don’t have any problem with those topics. But the disregard for decency and truth and civility is what’s really disheartening.”

Nine Inch Nails will release a new EP called Bad Witch on Friday, June 22nd. Like its two recent predecessors, 2016′s Not The Actual Events and 2017′s Add Violence, the disc is politically charged. Nine Inch Nails will embark this fall on a North American tour in support of the disc that will launch on September 13th in Phoenix.

Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda made his solo TV debut on Tuesday night’s (June 19th) edition of The Tonight Show, performing his new single “Crossing A Line” alongside house band the Roots. The song appears on Shinoda’s new solo album, Post Traumatic, which arrived last Friday (June 15th). Shinoda is touring throughout the summer.

Foo Fighters are scheduled to perform on CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday night (June 21st). The episode — which will also feature a new edition of Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney – comes during a week of programs that see Corden hosting the show at Central Hall Westminster in London.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger, Flyleaf drummer James Culpepper and Like A Storm guitarist & singer Matt Brooks!


13: North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
15: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
17: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
18: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
20: Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
21: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
22: Clayton, NY @ Cerow Recreation Park
24: Cleveland, Oh @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
25: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
02: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen Music Hall
05: Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018

Happy hump day Radicals! Here’s some tasty music news to start your morning:


Pearl Jam was forced to postpone Tuesday night’s show at the O2 Arena in London after frontman Eddie Vedder lost his voice. The band broke the news on social media, writing, “Eddie Vedder has completely lost his voice. He is on vocal rest for the next few days in an effort to heal and perform the remainder of the tour dates.”

The band’s statement added, “It’s the first time ever having to postpone a show for this reason. Ed and the band are gutted thinking of all the folks who have traveled and made plans.”

Pearl Jam’s last gig before the hiatus was Monday night, June 18th, also at the O2. The band is currently hoping to reschedule the second London show for mid-July, with tickets for the canceled date remaining valid for the makeup performance.

For now, Pearl Jam is set to resume its European tour this Friday, June 22nd in Milan, Italy — assuming Vedder is ready to continue.

Seether and Tremonti will head out together on a brief run of tour dates starting in mid-September and winding down in early October. The trek kicks off on September 13th in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You can check the full run on the Road Rage page. VIP tickets are on sale now, while ticketing for the general public starts this Friday, June 22nd at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Seether continues to promote its 2017 LP Poison The Parish, which has already yielded the Top Five rock radio hits “Let You Down” and “Betray and Degrade.” A new single, “Against The Wall,” was recently released and accompanied by a video of the band performing the song acoustically in the studio.

Tremonti recently released its fourth studio effort, A Dying Machine, which is the band’s first conceptual album. The single “Take You With Me” has been climbing up the rock radio chart. Mark recently stopped by the hardDrive studios and played this lovely acoustic version for us:

Thousands of Foo Fighters fans were left furious after ticketing issues prevented them from entering the Manchester, England venue where the band was playing on Tuesday night, June 19th. Fans on Twitter reported they were not allowed into Etihad Stadium because the tickets they purchased from Ticketmaster were unable to be scanned.

One fan tweeted: “Just stood for 45 mins waiting to get into the foo fighters Manchester after our tickets purchased on the ticketmaster App was rejected! I was not alone there were loads of us! wonder why we pay so much for tickets when ticketmaster can’t get the basics right!”

A spokesperson for the show’s promoter told The Mirror, “There was an initial problem with 2000 barcodes not scanning. Unfortunately due to human error, a percentage of barcodes provided by Ticketmaster for tonight’s Foo Fighters concert at Etihad did not work.” The promoter said the problem was eventually resolved and emphasized that it was not due to any error on the part of Foo Fighters.

Finally, we want to wish a Happy Birthday to Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and former Marilyn Manson guitarist Twiggy Ramirez!


13: Whisky A Go Go @ Los Angeles, CA
15: The Van Buren @ Phoenix, AZ
16: Kaaboo Del Mar @ Del Mar, CA
18: The Depot @ Salt Lake City, CA
19: Fillmore @ Denver, CO
21: Paradise Cove Margaritaville @ Tulsa, OK
22: Winstar @ Thackerville, OK
24: Stubbs @ Austin, TX
26: House of Blues @ Houston, TX
28: Louder Than Life @ Louisville, KY
29: Four Winds Casino Resort @ New Buffalo, MI
01: Wellmont Theatre @ Montclair, NJ
02: Fillmore @ Silver Spring, MD
04: Casino Rama @ Rama, Canada
05: Pier 17 at South Street Seaport @ New York, NY
06: Mohegan Sun @ Uncasville, CT
09: Paramount @ Huntington, NY
10: Electric Factory @ Philadelphia, PA
11: House Of Blues @ Boston, MA
14: Aftershock @ Sacramento, CA

Monday, Jun 18, 2018

Good morning Radicals! Hope all the Dads out there had a lovely Fathers Day! Here’s some music news to get you going:

Toni Cornell, the daughter of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, has shared a recording of her and her father covering Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” to mark Father’s Day, June 17th. Toni posted the song at her father’s YouTube page, writing, “Daddy, I love you and miss you so much. You were the best father anyone could ask for. Our relationship was so special, and you were always there for me. You gave me courage when I didn’t have any.”

The 13-year-old continued, “You believed in me when I didn’t. I miss your love everyday. Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too. Happy Father’s Day daddy, nothing compares to you.”

Chris began playing the song in his solo acoustic shows back in September 2015 and shared a studio version of it following Prince’s death in April 2016. Chris ultimately performed the song live nearly 100 times before his own death in May 2017.

Toni’s mother, Vicky Cornell, retweeted her daughter’s tribute and wrote in an accompanying message: “I’m so proud of my baby girl for having the courage to share this. July 19, last year she found it in her daddy’s studio files — they recorded it a few months before he died. You never know what life brings and how we live each day is what’s most important #FathersDay #chriscornell.”


Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been diagnosed with blood clots in both arms, according to a statement issued by the band. As a result, the trio’s shows scheduled for this weekend in Las Vegas as part of their residency have been postponed.

The band’s statement said that Barker’s situation was being “closely monitored,” while Barker himself added, “Drumming is my life and It kills me that I can’t perform for you guys this weekend. I hope to be back as soon as I can.”

Barker has endured tough times before, including a 2008 plane crash in which four people died and he was just one of two survivors. Barker received serious burns over a large portion of his body in the crash and underwent multiple skin graft surgeries.

He told us a while back that he’s worked hard to overcome the after-effects of his tragic experience: ”Sure, I have obstacles and stuff that slow me down, but nothing can slow me down the way I think or whatever, because I am here and I am healthy and I’m — you know, I have my life and I have music, so any obstacles I do have, I ignore and I conquer. I don’t let them get to me.”

Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda revealed in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he had late bandmate Chester Bennington‘s voice in his in-ear monitors during some of the songs the surviving members of the group performed at its Bennington tribute concert last October.

Shinoda explained, “I’m used to hearing the songs in a certain way, so we’ve started making practice tracks. So if anybody’s missing, we can turn on the album version of their track and practice as if they were there. When you think about some of my parts, we would go back and forth, so I would want to hear that other voice.”

Shinoda also said that while performing at the show with guest vocalists like Bush‘s Gavin RossdaleKorn‘s Jonathan DavisAvenged Sevenfold‘s M. Shadows and others, the band came to a realization. He admitted, “The week after the show, I was listening back and going, ‘God, these people were all really great singers and none of them were Chester’ . . . It became obvious that you can’t just hire some schmuck to get up there and sing with us, ’cause they won’t be able to hit half the stuff.”

Shinoda said on a recent podcast that he didn’t know whether Linkin Park would continue, adding, “That’s the million dollar question…there aren’t any answers to that at this point.” Shinoda released a new solo album, Post Traumatic, this past Friday, June 15th.

A contingent of Foo Fighters fans are growing concerned for Dave Grohl‘s voice, fearing that he may have done permanent damage to his vocal cords. After the band played last Monday night, June 11th in Antwerp, Belgium, one fan wrote at the Foos’ Reddit page following the show that he was worried about Grohl’s voice.

The fan wrote, “I was at the Antwerp gig last night, and I thought the state of Dave’s voice was kind of worrying — towards the final third it began cutting out entirely (noticeably on ‘Breakout’).” He added, “I know it’s been an issue since the start of the tour, but it’s clear that it’s not a ‘cold’ any more. And it can’t be any good long-term.”

Another fan replied, writing, “I don’t think it’s shot just yet, but he does seem to have “off” days more often . . . It’s a miracle it’s held up this long tbh, given that he’s a smoker who doesn’t seem to take particular care of his voice and screams all night long on a regular basis.”

Grohl, who started as a drummer, told us a while back that he was nervous about becoming a frontman with Foo Fighters: ”When the Foo Fighters started playing, it was scary, because singing upfront with a guitar in your hand and having everyone stare at you as the lead vocalist is a lot different than just chiming in backup vocals when you’re behind the drums. So I was nervous, and actually when recording the first Foo Fighters record, I had never belted it out in the studio before, so I didn’t know what my voice sounded like.”

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says that he agrees with Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne that the band should play the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England — the city where the group formed in 1968. Iommi told the Birmingham Mail, “I think that it would be a great thing to do to help represent Birmingham. I’m up for it. Let’s see what happens.”

Ozzy recently told ITV News that he would definitely consider playing the opening ceremony of the Games after his farewell world tour ends. He said: “Yeah, that would be fantastic. With Black Sabbath or on my own.”

Sabbath completed its last major tour in February 2017 with two shows in Birmingham, closing out the quartet’s groundbreaking 49-year career.

The trek was the band’s last because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time. But he has said he would not rule out special events or one-off shows.

Nine Inch Nails played a trio of shows at The Joint In Las Vegas, where the band was joined by Gary Numan onstage and debuted a new song called “Ahead Of Ourselves.” The track will be included on the new NIN disc Bad Witch, which is out this Friday, June 22nd. The band also gave what may be its first live performance of Joy Division‘s “Digital.” Nine Inch Nails will tour North America this fall.

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has a featured role in a new short film called Dad Band, written by and starring W. Earl Brown of Deadwood and Preacher fame. Cantrell plays a plumber who was once in a band that was signed and later dropped. His previous acting roles include bit parts in Singles and Jerry Maguire.

Marilyn Manson has released a cover version of Gerard McMahon‘s “Cry Little Sister,” which is best known as the theme to the 1987 cult classic horror movie The Lost Boys. The shock rocker recorded the song for the soundtrack of the forthcoming X-Men movie New Mutants, which is now due in August 2019 after originally being scheduled to open this past spring. Manson has reportedly already filmed a video for his version of “Cry Little Sister.”

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to the legendary Paul McCartney and Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed!

weekEnd Jun 16-17 2018



GHOST “Rats”
ALICE IN CHAINS “The One You Know”
THE FEVER 333 “Walking In My Shoes”


GUNS N’ ROSES “Shadow Of Your Love”
GUEST: TREMONTI “Take You With Me”
FOZZY “Painless”
GUEST: 10 YEARS “Burnout”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Broken Heart”
GODSMACK “Bulletproof”
GUEST: LIKE A STORM “The Devil Inside”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?
ADELITAS WAY “Still Hungry”

Week of Jun 11-15, 2018


FOZZY “Painless”
GHOST “Rats”
GUNS N’ ROSES “Shadow of Your Love”
MUSE “Thought Contagion”
RED SUN RISING “Deathwish”
THE FEVER 333 “Walking In My Shoes”

ALICE IN CHAINS “The One You Know”

DOROTHY “Flawless”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Broken Heart”
HALESTORM “Uncomfortable” - ADD
IN THIS MOMENT “Black Wedding”
MESSER “Make This Life”
SHAMANS HARVEST “The Devil In Our Wake”
STONE SOUR “Saint Marie”
TREMONTI “Take You With Me”

Monday, Jun 25

Start a new week of the best rock with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Lou is joined on the air every night by featured artist Five Finger Death Punch! Tonight’s special guest is Alice In Chains! Take a listen to the absurd, the hilarious, and the downright strange with Poetry CornerRant of the Day and Weird World News