Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019

Good morning Radicals! Lots going on in the world of rock and roll, so let’s get to it:


Slipknot has officially parted ways with percussionist Chris Fehn, just days after it was reported that Fehn had filed a lawsuit against his bandmates in which he claimed that he hasn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring and recording with the group.

The band said in a statement, “Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.”

Fehn claimed in his lawsuit that he had been told that all the band’s income was being funneled through one company that split the profits between the group members. But he alleged that he recently discovered the existence of several other Slipknot-related business entities through which other members were collecting more money.

Fehn specifically accused band leaders Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor of shady business dealings and demanded a full forensic accounting done on Slipknot’s companies and assets, so that he could collect the damages and profits he believes he is owed.

Taylor addressed the accusations via Twitter on Monday (March 18th), saying, “Try being wrongfully accused of stealing money from someone you cared about, and having a lot of your fans believe it.”

Fehn, known for wearing a Pinocchio-style mask, has been performing with Slipknot since 1998 and participated in all the band’s albums.

Metallica will team up with the San Francisco Symphony on September 6th to open the new Chase Center in San Francisco. The classical orchestra and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be the first acts to perform at the new 18,064-seat arena that will serve as home to the NBA team Golden State Warriors in the fall.

The pairing was announced on Monday (March 18th) at a press conference hosted just outside of the venue attended by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob, Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts and San Francisco mayor London Breed.

Metallica last played with the San Francisco Symphony in 1999, with the performance released as the Grammy-winning live album S&M. Ulrich recalled being more focused than usual for that show: ”When you play as many shows as we do, sometimes you have a tendency to sit and look at the lighting rig, and the shows in San Francisco were probably the most focused and the most — you know, it was really sort of like being part of a team. When you’re four guys, it’s one thing, but when you’re, like, 90 guys or whatever, it’s sort of like a different thing. So everybody really stepped up to the plate.”

Speaking about what it is like to perform with an orchestra, Hetfield said at the press conference, “There’s more people on stage. And there’s actually real musicians on stage. And we’re a lot more nervous. But it adds to the power. It adds to the opportunities for dynamics, for creating moods with the music, bringing people in, walls of sound — all kinds of great opportunities added by having a symphony along with you, along for the ride.”

Tickets for the concert go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Friday (March 22nd) at ChaseCenter.com. Metallica fan club members will be allowed to access them via an exclusive pre-sale at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday (March 19th).

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Bernie Tormé passed away on Sunday (March 17th) at the age of 66, according to his family. Tormé was hospitalized last month with double pneumonia. It was reported at the time that that the Irish musician was “extremely ill” and that he had been placed on a ventilator.

His family issued a statement saying, “Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications. Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed.”

Ozzy wrote on Facebook, “What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Bernie.‬”

Ozzy told us a while back that playing guitar for him was a high pressure job: ”Whoever stands in the shoes of another guitar player that’s played with me has got a lot to achieve, you know. And no matter what I say to them, you know — Zakk (Wylde) was the new guy once, and Randy (Rhoads) was the new guy once, and Jake E. Lee was the new guy — it’s got to be the hardest gig in the world after all them guys I’ve had, from Tony Iommi onwards, you know. I mean, the guitar players I’ve worked with in my career have been unbelievable, you know.”

Tormé stepped in when Ozzy’s guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash in March 1982, joining Ozzy’s touring band for a series of shows. Tormé was also lead guitarist in Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan‘s solo band Gillan, and formed Desperado with Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider and ex-Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr. He also led his own bands Electric Gypsies and Torme, appearing on over 24 albums throughout the course of his career.

Blink-182 bassist and singer Mark Hoppus was asked in an interview with Pedestrian about the band’s current relationship with former guitarist Tom DeLonge, who left the fold in 2015 to pursue his research into UFOs and the paranormal.

Hoppus replied, “I think that Tom’s very happy doing his thing, and we are very happy doing our thing, and there’s no hard feelings and there’s no animosity or bad blood there. It’s just like I said; he’s doing his stuff, we’re doing ours.”

Hoppus confirmed that he has not spoken with DeLonge in at least three years, adding, “He’s dedicated so much of his life to [UFOs] and so much time and energy researching things and listening to people speak, and talking about it himself, that it would seem like a total bummer if he didn’t get a chance to fly into outer space and see for himself.”

Blink-182 is currently recording its eighth studio album, which will follow up 2016′s California. That chart-topping LP featured the debut of DeLonge’s replacement, Alkaline Trio singer/guitarist Matt Skiba.

Skillet performed two new songs, reportedly titled “Rise Up” and “Dead Man Walking,” during its March 15th concert in Saginaw, Michigan as the support act for Breaking Benjamin. Skillet frontman John Cooper told Consequence Of Sound last fall that the band’s next album would arrive this summer and would be “a bit heavier.”

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday today to Mastodon drummer & singer Brann Dailor, as well as Ded vocalist Joe Cotela! Have a great day, all!

Monday, Mar 18, 2019

Good morning Radicals! took a small break on news, but now we’re back in the DIRT! Let’s see what’s up this morning:

Metallica performed the final North American show of the “WorldWired” touring cycle on Wednesday night (March 13th) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band’s 18-song set closed out a run of arena shows that set several attendance records this year, including recent dates at venues in Wichita, Kansas, Raleigh, North Carolina, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Indianapolis.

The trek was the band’s second on these shores in support of the band’s 2016 Hardwired…to Self-Destruct album, following a summer stadium jaunt in 2017. The tour was Metallica’s first full-length tour of North America in eight years.

Bassist Robert Trujillo told us a while back that Metallica has striven to give fans the best show possible: ”Bringing the show to life on the big stage is always great with Metallica. You know, there’s a lot of creative energy and focus that goes into that. Visual production, bringing it to life, while trying to create, you know, as much as possible something that’s intimate…just get out there and, you know, make it happen visually and sonically.”

Metallica will head to Europe and Australia later this year before likely the tour cycle for Hardwired. Trujillo hinted in a recent interview that he doesn’t the band will take up to eight years to complete its next collection of new material, as it did with Hardwired.

Red Hot Chili Peppers played a groundbreaking show on Friday (March 15th) at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The entire concert was live streamed for free, marking the first time that any event has been live streamed from the last standing wonder of the ancient world.

No matter how exotic the locale, bassist Flea told us not long ago that the band approaches each show the same way: ”You know, with gigs, it’s always the same for me — some are fun, some aren’t fun, but that doesn’t really matter. Actually serving the mighty tradition of performing for people is just something that I and we as a band care about deeply. So no matter what the scene is, we’re just in to go out there and tap in the source and reach into the most hardcore depths of who we are, to get what we can.”

The live stream was produced by Nugs.net, the leading distribution platform for concert recordings and live streams. CEO Brad Serling remarked, “We’ve produced live streams from some exotic places like the North Pole, but never from as magical a setting as the foot of The Great Pyramid. We’ve been releasing live recordings from the Chili Peppers for several years, so we jumped at the opportunity to broadcast the band’s historic appearance in Giza.”

The audio of the show will be released at LiveChiliPeppers.com in multiple download formats ranging from MP3 to hi-resolution audio. The Chili Peppers started releasing live recordings of every show they play in 2011 with Nugs.net, and have since added a handful of archival shows dating back to 2000 to LiveChiliPeppers.com.

System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian wrote that he was “heartbroken and depressed” after at least 49 people were killed and more than 40 people injured after at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday (March 15th).

Tankian, who calls New Zealand home and lives on a rural property about an hour north of Auckland, took to social media earlier today to condemn the terror attack and expressed his desire to protect New Zealand’s image as one of the safest countries in the world.

Tankian wrote, “I feel heartbroken and depressed seeing this type of hatred and violence brought to NZ’s beautiful shores. I consider this an affront to the tolerance and respect this country has always stood for. NZ may not be perfect but it is one of the most perfect places on this planet and we’re not gonna let that change.”

New Zealand police have charged a 28-year-old man with murder and have taken two others into custody. A fourth person turned out to have been arrested on an unrelated charge.

Surviving Beastie Boys Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond gave a keynote interview on Friday, March 15th at the South By Southwest music conference, where they revealed that they will give three events next month in New York and Philadelphia, all of which will be filmed by director Spike Jonze.

It’s unclear exactly what the shows will entail, but they will be multi-media speaking appearances and will take place on April 5th at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia and on April 8th and 9th at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

The shows will be similar to last year’s “Live & Direct” mini-tour in connection with the release of the Beastie Boys Book, which topped the New York Times bestsellers list in November. The massive, nearly 600-page tome covered the entirety of the group’s career and included rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook, a graphic novel, mixtape playlists and other surprises.

The Beastie Boys ceased recording and touring in 2012 following the death of founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch from cancer.

Motley Crue has posted its cover version of Madonna‘s 1984 hit “Like A Virgin” online. The track is one of four new recordings by the band that appear on the soundtrack of The Dirt, the Motley Crue biopic that will premiere on Netflix this Friday (March 22nd).

Crue bassist Nikki Sixx told Billboard that the idea to record “Like A Virgin” came to him while he was taking a stroll with his dogs, saying, “(It) popped in my head, and I sort of like looked up, as if to laugh at God, and went, ‘You’re pretty funny.’” Sixx initially felt it was “actually a really horrible idea” to cover the song.

Asked if Madonna knows about the cover, Sixx said, “I don’t know. She will soon, I imagine. Maybe we can get her in the video.”

The soundtrack to The Dirt, which also arrives on Friday, features 14 Crue classics such as “Dr. Feelgood” and “Girls, Girls, Girls” that all appear at significant moments in the film. In addition to the Madonna cover, the set also contains three brand new songs, including “The Dirt (Est. 1981),” “Crash And Burn” and “Ride With The Devil.”

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell! Have a great day everyone!

Friday, Mar 22

Celebrate the arrival of Friday on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! Featured artist Greta Van Fleet is back once more, to tease what’s coming up for the next album! I Prevail is Lou’s special guest tonight, with a story about writing new songs for upcoming album “Trauma!” Call Lou at 877-MUSIC-11 and be a part of the show!

Thursday, Mar 21

Lou Brutus plays the loudest rock on your radio on hardDrive XL! Greta Van Fleet returns as Lou’s featured artist, with a story about recording “Anthem of the Peaceful Army!” Tonight, Brent Smith of Shinedown stops in as Lou’s special guest, with a wrap-up from their tour with Papa Roach! Call Lou at 877-MUSIC-11 and tell him about your favorite concert!

Wednesday, Mar 20

Let Lou Brutus put you in a good mood with hardDrive XL! Tonight, featured artist Greta Van Fleet will tell Lou about writing songs! Lou celebrates the birthday of Chester Bennington by looking back at one of his favorite moments with the singer! Bottling up your anger is unhealthy. Instead, vent it in the XL ShoutBox at 877-MUSIC-11!

Tuesday, Mar 19

Draw strength from rock and roll with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Greta Van Fleet is here to share what’s coming up next for the band! Howard Jones is Lou’s special guest tonight, with some background on Light the Torch! If you’ve got a musical question, call 877-MUSIC-11 and Ask Lou!



03: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
05: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle (no Hyde)
07: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
09: Cedar Rapids, IA @ US Celluar Center (feat. Halestorm) (no Sevendust, etc.)
11: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave (no Light The Torche, Hyde)
13: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
15: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
17: Columbus, OH @ Mapfre Stadium (‘Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival‘)
19: Bridgeview, IL @ Chicago Open Air
21: Mankato, MN @ Verizon Grand Hall
22: Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
24: Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre



05: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
07: Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena At The Bcc
08: Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
10: Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
11: Concord, NC @ Epicenter
13: St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
14: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
16: Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
17: Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
19: Bridgeview, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival

weekEnd Mar 09-10, 2019



“When The Seasons Change”
“Never Enough”
ALL THAT REMAINS “Everything’s Wrong”
THREE DAYS GRACE “Right Left Wrong”
GRETA VAN FLEET “You’re The One”
PAPA ROACH “Elevate”
GUEST: LIKE A STORM “Complicated”


HALESTORM “Do Not Disturb”
GUEST: POP EVIL “Be Legendary”
BAD WOLVES “Remember When”
DIAMANTE “Haunted”
GUEST: DISTURBED “A Reason To Fight”
What’s In Lou’s Playlist?
SHIM “Crucified”