The award winning Lou Brutus is here to rock you on hardDrive XL! Tonight, Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold tells Lou how they pick their setlists! Special guest Dorothy will entertain you with the story of her first performance! If you’ve ever wondered what happens on the road in a tour bus, call 877-MUSIC-11 and Ask Lou!


If it rocks, than Lou Brutus is playing it on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Avenged Sevenfold is here to tell Lou about where they come up with their stage ideas! Special guest Three Days Grace will talk about decompressing on the road! If you’ve got a thorn in your side, call the XL ShoutBox at 877-MUSIC-11 and tell Lou about it!

Friday, Mar 09 2018

Thank the rock gods it’s Friday! This has been a particularly brutal week, but now, our patience is rewarded with a pile of new music releases! Myles Kennedy‘s “The Year of the Tiger” is out now, along with the new Judas Priest album “Firepower!” Plus, A Perfect Circle‘s “The Doomed + Disillusioned” limited 10-inch is out today too!

Stone Temple Pilots have debuted a new song called “Never Enough” from their upcoming self-titled album, which is out next Friday, March 16th. In an interview accompanying the song at Yahoo!, new frontman Jeff Gutt discussed his friendship with previous STP singer, the late Chester Bennington, saying, “I knew Chester. I’ve known Chester since 2001. I was in a band called Dry Cell, and we were signed by the same guy that signed Linkin Park, so that’s how I knew him. He would come to some of our writing sessions and rehearsals; I’d see him in the studios that we were at. When we were recording, they’d be recording there. We just had a good friendship.”

Gutt also revealed that Bennington attended Gutt’s first private audition for STP, explaining “(Bennington) called and asked if he could come. He wanted to be there for that first show. So, I put him on my guest list. It was very cool that he could be there for that.”

STP guitarist Dean DeLeo told us that knowing Gutt was a “good dude” was just as important as hiring a talented singer: “That was definitely one of the boxes to be checked off, man. You know, at this stage in our life, we all have kids and our backstage area is very safe and, you know, the families are out and the kids are out and, you know, is this a guy that wanted to even be around me, for that matter? But you know, is this a guy that we wanted around our families? And, you know, he’s a single dad, he’s got a beautiful little boy and yeah, man, that was surely a box to be checked.”

STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with Linkin Park. Bennington committed suicide last July.

STP’s original vocalist, Scott Weiland, reunited with the group in 2010 after an seven-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013. He died in December 2015 of a drug overdose.
The band launched its first tour with Gutt last week and next plays in Las Vegas on Friday night, March 9th.

That new Tool album really is happening: guitarist Adam Jones revealed on Instagram that the band has recruited producer Joe Barresi to helm the recording sessions for the band’s long-awaited new album. Barresi, an acclaimed producer who has worked with Avenged SevenfoldVolbeat and Slipknot, engineered and mixed Tool’s last LP, 2006′s 10,000 Days.

Jones posted a photo from the studio online earlier this week with the caption “Day 1.” The guitarist had previously stated in January that the music for the band’s new effort was finished, later writing that the recording sessions would begin in March. Frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed last month that he had finished writing the “words and melodies” to all but one new song for the new disc.

Still to be determined are a title and release date for the new disc, although drummer Danny Carey said in several interviews that it would be out sometime this year. Carey told us a while back why the band prefers to take its time: “We’re not pressured, I think, and we don’t have a record company hanging over us, saying, ‘You have to do an album every year,’ or something. It’s a lot more important to take our time and have something to say, and if you’re putting out a record every year, how much can you really learn in one year? You know, you’ve got to develop as a person and develop as a player.”

Work on the new record did not get underway in earnest until perhaps the last year or so. Keenan also sings on the new album from A Perfect Circle, which arrives in April.

Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road in North America this summer on its “End of the World” tour, which will bring the headliners out with Prophets Of Rage and Three Days Grace as special guests. While Avenged Sevenfold has had a reputation over the years as leaning more to the right on the political scale, singer M. Shadows said that he feels comfortable sharing a stage with the very left-leaning Prophets: “I think they’re a little further left than I am. I like to stay down the middle on a lot of things, but I definitely lean in their direction. I think when we were younger we didn’t, and a lot of it was just us being antagonistic towards the political bands that were on Warped Tour. I definitely find myself, you know, agreeing with a lot of their stances, but I think sometimes they go a little further than I would go.”

This will be Avenged Sevenfold’s second major North American road trip in support of its 2016 album The Stage. The Avenged tour kicks off on July 22nd in Mansfield, Massachusetts and Shadows told Billboard that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if some jams take place involving the members of all three acts. Shadows also said that Avenged has “upgraded” the stage production it used on its European tour, explaining, “We’re just gonna bring everything and try to put together a cohesive rock show.”

A deluxe edition of The Stage arrived in December, featuring seven additional studio songs plus four previously unreleased live tracks recorded during shows at the O2 Arena in London.

Korn will appear on tonight’s episode of Audience Music, scheduled to premiere at 9:00 p.m. PT/ET on the Audience Network, available on DirecTV Channel 239 or U-verse TV Channel 1114, as well as via live streaming on the DirecTV and U-verse apps and DirecTV Now. Since the concerts began airing in 2016, the Audience Network has featured dozens of artists as part of the Friday night Audience Music series. Thanks Blabbermouth!

After listing his home in late January, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner has already sold it for $2.4 million — $250,000 more than the asking price. Shriner purchased the 2,233-square-foot two-story modern treehouse, which he shared with his wife, writer Jillian Lauren, in 2014 for $1.7 million. The three-bed, three-bath Silver Lake home features lush landscaping, views of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, an open floor plan, a patio, a detached garage and more. Weezer will release their latest record, The Black Album, on May 25th. Hat tip to Diffuser.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan‘s Chicago teahouse, Madame ZuZu’s, will close its doors on March 18th after six years in business. While the place, which Corgan envisioned as “a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts,” has been fairly successful, Corgan says the business is being “forced to move for various reasons which involve tenancy but certainly nothing to do with the strength of the business.” Corgan says he hopes to relocate Madame ZuZu’s soon, preferably in the same area. Danke, Consequence Of Sound!

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Shannon Leto, brother of Jared Leto and drummer for Thirty Seconds to Mars, as well as Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative! Have a lovely day!

Thursday, Mar 08 2018

Good morning Radicals! If you’re in the north east, here’s hoping you’ve got power!

Shinedown has set May 4th as the release date for its sixth studio album, titled Attention Attention. The first single from the disc, called “Devil,” is out now along with an accompanying music video. The record is described as the band’s “most raw and personal to date,” and seems to be a loose concept album, as the music “follows an individual from life’s lowest lows to the highest highs as anxieties dissipate and demons disappear.”

Given the deeply personal nature of the record, Shinedown went in-house for production for the time ever, enlisting bassist Eric Bass to produce and mix the album in its entirety.

Other tracks on the 14-song LP include “The Entrance,” “Black Soul,” “Kill Your Conscience,” “Pyro,” “Monsters,” “Darkside,” “Creatures,” “Evolve,” “Get Up,” “Special,” “The Human Radio,” “Brilliant” and the title cut.

Shinedown will hit the road for a world tour in support of the new disc starting on March 23rd in Deadwood, South Dakota. The band will also head out on a co-headlining run with Godsmack in July.

Stone Sour singer Corey TaylorHalestorm, other artists and the producers of Sunrise, Florida’s Fort Rock festival are showing their support for students and advocating for school safety in the wake of the tragic February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida that left 17 people dead.

To support initiatives for school safety and create awareness for efforts to promote changes in gun laws, the producers are offering 50 percent off the price of Fort Rock general admission weekend tickets for those who sign the “Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won’t” petition created by high school student Julia Kemple of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The petition has already been signed by more than 200,000 people across the nation in response to the Florida shootings.

Corey Taylor said, “I’m absolutely behind this movement. Not only the name itself, but the reason and the cause. As a father, my one concern is my children. The fact that no one is doing anything worthwhile to change the horrendous laws and circumstances around these shootings is unacceptable. So if the adults can’t extricate themselves from the politics that are keeping them from ACTUALLY making a difference, I support the generation who will.”

Halestorm said in a statement, “To all the students that have been affected by gun violence, and to students everywhere, YOU are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Our future is what YOU make it and the path is yours to blaze. YOU are the fire! We are proud to stand by you as we push to make this planet a better place.”

Fort Rock producer Danny Hayes said, “As a Broward County, Florida native, the Stoneman Douglas tragedy really hit home for me. We are so deeply touched and moved by the courage and fortitude of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School. They have turned trauma into strength. As a society we must act quickly to give them the protection they deserve.”

Those who would like to get the discount simply need to send a screenshot of their signed petition or forward their confirmation e-mail to The promotion is available through April 1st, 2018, while supplies last. Visit for further details on the event.

Fort Rock is scheduled to take place on April 28th and 29th and will include sets from Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and Stone Temple Pilots.

Slash‘s solo band, known as Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, is rumored to be putting the finishing touches on a new studio album for a fall 2018 release. The Guns N’ Roses guitarist has not officially confirmed that he is back in the studio working on the follow-up to 2014′s World On Fire, but it is believed that he and his bandmates have been laying down tracks since at least January.

Rumors that Slash might be working on his fourth solo effort started last December when his girlfriend Meegan Hodges told a fan on Instagram that the guitarist was in the studio with Kennedy recording the next Conspirators album. But Kennedy claimed in a radio interview a short time later that there were no concrete plans for him to reunite with Slash and work on new music.

After a fan asked Hodges to clarify her remarks following Kennedy’s denial, Hodges responded, “Maybe you should ask the band guys.”

Kennedy, who also fronts Alter Bridge, has said that he would spend most of 2018 touring behind his solo album, Year Of The Tiger, which arrives on Friday (March 9th). He has acknowledged, however, working with Slash on new material toward the end of the World On Fire tour cycle.

It was after that tour was completed that rumors of Slash rejoining Guns N’ Roses for a reunion tour began to circulate, with the reunion confirmed in early 2016. The current Guns trek — which also features fellow original members Axl Rose and Duff McKagan – launched in April 2016 and has since grossed more than $400 million, with more European dates coming this summer.

Despite the success of the tour, there has been no indication that Guns intends to record a new album anytime soon. The last Guns album on which Rose, McKagan and Slash appeared together was 1993′s covers set “The Spaghetti Incident?”, although Rose recorded 2008′s Chinese Democracy with an entirely different lineup.

That’s Dirt! Stay warm out there!



27: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
29: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre***
01: Wilmington, DE @ The Queen
02: Richmond, VA @ The National
04: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater**
05: Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
08: Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
09: Kitchener, ON @ Elements
11: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
12: Fort Wayne, IN @ The Clyde Theatre
13: Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
16: Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Casino Sioux City**
17: Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Event Center*
19: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
20: Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
22: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
24: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
25: Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma


21: Pomona, CA
22: San Diego, CA
23: Mountain View, CA
24: Ventura, CA
28: Phoenix, AZ
29: Las Vegas, NV
30: Salt Lake City, UT
01: Denver, CO
03: St. Louis, MO
05: Bonner Springs, KS
06: Dallas, TX
07: San Antonio, TX
08: Houston, TX
10: Nashville, TN

* – Only Red Sun Rising
** – Only The Fever 333
*** – Special Guest

Tuesday, Mar 06 2018

Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s up in music news today:

It’s happening! According to a new Instagram post from TOOL guitarist Adam Jones, the band has finally entered the studio to begin recording its next LP.

Last month, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed that he had finished writing the “words and melodies” to all but one new song for the new disc. Jones later wrote on Instagram that recording would begin in March.

Keenan has said very little about the new TOOL album in recent years, with his last message being perhaps his most specific in a long time. He also sings on the new album from A PERFECT CIRCLE, which arrives in April.

TOOL hasn’t released any new music since the “10,000 Days” LP, which came out in May 2006.

As one of the major summer treks unveiled this week, Avenged Sevenfold has announced the “End Of The World Tour,” a North American headlining run that kicks off on July 22nd at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts and also features Prophets Of Rage and Three Days Grace. We have all the stops listed for you  on the Road Rage page.

Avenged Sevenfold is touring behind its seventh studio LP, The Stage, while Prophets Of Rage is supporting its self-titled debut album. Three Days Grace will be promoting its sixth studio set, Outsider, which arrives this Friday!

Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows said in a statement, “We’re proud to tour with Prophets Of Rage and Three Days Grace this summer across America. We see this tour as an opportunity to create an event with special bands and different generations of rock fans. From the moment you arrive at the venue until the last note is played, we’re hoping to give you the time of your life.”

More tour news, Shinedown and Godsmack have announced a co-headlining tour that will kick off on July 22nd in Detroit and finish up on September 2nd in Wantagh, New York. The “Ticket To Rock” program lets attendees purchase tickets for multiple shows by different bands in one city for one price. Bundles begin at $59 for three concerts and $69 for four concerts for lawn or reserved upper pavilion seating. Those prices jump $20 for reserved ticket bundles.

Other acts participating in “Ticket To Rock” include Rob ZombieMarilyn MansonFive Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, all of whom are teaming up for tours this summer as well.

Shinedown has completed recording its new LP for a tentative late spring/early summer release. It follows up 2015′s Threat To Survival, which contained the Number One rock hits “Cut The Cord” and “State Of My Head.”

Godsmack has set When Legends Rise as the title of its seventh studio effort and first album in four years, due out April 27th. The band has also shared the first single from the LP, called “Bulletproof.”

Metallica is getting into the whiskey business. On the latest episode of The WhiskyCast, veteran distiller Dave Pickerell revealed that he’s teaming up with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to create their own whiskey. Pickerell, formerly a master distiller for the Maker’s Mark brand, plans on building a new distillery for the group to create their juice from scratch as well.

He explained, “I can just say that we’re going to make a killer whiskey product, and probably build a little distillery someplace as well . . . putting all the logistics together and crashing just as hard as we can.”

Pickerell added that the distillery would likely be located in either Louisville, Nashville or the band’s native Bay Area. Metallica has previously put its brand on a limited-edition beer manufactured by Budweiser for the Canadian market. Frontman James Hetfield has been sober for 15 years, after checking into an extended rehab program in 2002. 

Metallica recently announced the details of the 2018-2019 North American leg of its “WorldWired” tour in support of the band’s latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.
The 34-date jaunt will kick off on September 2nd in Madison, Wisconsin and run through March 13th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Lots of great concerts now listed for this summer! Go buy some tickets!



06: Bridgestone Arena @ Nashville, TN
08: Rupp Arena @ Lexington, KY
10: BOK Center @ Tulsa, OK
11: Westfair Amphitheatre @ Council Bluffs, IA
12: Eagles Ballroom @ Milwaukee, WI (Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves only)
14: Salem Civic Center @ Salem, VA
16: Legacy Arena @ Birmingham, AL
17: Ford Center @ Evansville, IN
18: Mark of the Quad @ Moline, IL
20: Alerus Center @ Grand Forks, ND
30: Casper Events Center @ Casper, WY (Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves only)


16 – Seattle, Wash. @ White River Amphitheatre (no Nothing More)
18 – Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena (no Nothing More)
20 – Boise, Idaho @ Taco Bell Arena
21: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
24 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
25: San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
27: Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
29: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater (no Nothing More)
01: Austin, Texas @ Austin360 Amphitheater
03: Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Nothing More)
04: Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
14: Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
15: Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
17: Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
18: Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
20: Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
22: Syracuse, N.Y. @ Lakeview Amphitheater (no Nothing More)
24: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
25: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
28: Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
29: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
31: Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
01: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
03: Darien Center, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
06: Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
07: Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
09: Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center



co-headline tour

22: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
27: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
28: Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
02: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
04: Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
06: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
11: Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
12: Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavillion
19: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
24: Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
25: Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
26: Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
28: Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
31: Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
01: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
02: Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater



11: Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Center
14: St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
15: Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
17: Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
18: Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Center
20: Virginia Beach, VA – Veteran’s United
21: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
24: Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Pavilion
25: Pittsburgh, PA – Keybank Pavilion
26: Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
29: Bangor, ME – Waterfront Darling’s Pavilion (‘Impact Music Festival‘)
07: Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
08: Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
09: Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
11: Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre
12: Darien lake, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
14: Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amp at Lakewood
16: Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
17: Austin, TX – Austin 360
18: Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
20: Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
22: Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
24: Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheater
25: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
26: Phoenix, AZ – AK Chin Pavilion
28: Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
29: Irvine, CA – Fivepoint Amphitheater



22: Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
25: Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
26: Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
31: Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
01: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
03: Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
04: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
06: Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
07: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
11: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
12: Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
16: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
17: Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
19: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
21: San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
24: Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
28: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
30: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
01: Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
02: Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman