weekEnd Aug 04-05



“Love Lounge”
“I Alone”
GHOST “Rats”
DOROTHY “Flawless”


SLASH “Driving Rain”
GUEST: SEETHER “Against The Wall”
POP EVIL “A Crime To Remember”
10 YEARS “Burnout”
LIKE A STORM “The Devil Inside”
GUEST: LEDGER “Not Dead Yet”
ALICE IN CHAINS “The One You Know”
NONPOINT “Chaos & Earthquakes”
GUEST: HALESTORM “Uncomfortable”
What’s In Lou’s Mp3 Player?

Week of Jul 30-Aug 03


ALICE IN CHAINS “The One You Know”
DOROTHY “Flawless”
HALESTORM “Uncomfortable”
POP EVIL “A Crime To Remember”

ESCAPE THE FATE “Broken Heart”
NOTHING MORE “Just Say When”

10 YEARS “Burnout”
IN THIS MOMENT “Black Wedding”
LEDGER “Not Dead Yet” - ADD
LIKE A STORM “The Devil Inside”
NONPOINT “Chaos and Earthquakes” - ADD
SEETHER “Against the Wall”
SHIM “Hallelujah” - ADD
SKINDRED “That’s My Jam”
THRICE “The Grey”

Monday, Aug 13

A new week of Rock and Roll starts now on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! Lou’s featured artist this week is Asking Alexandria! Tonight’s special guest is Motionless In White! We’ve got a brand new SMASH or CRASH, with new music from The Glorious Sons vs. Kulick! Be a part of the show and call Lou at 877-MUSIC-11!

Friday, Aug 10

It’s finally Friday with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Tonight, featured artist Godsmack will return for one more question from Lou! Lou will ask special guest Shallow Side about playing big stages! Lzzy Hale returns to answer your queries in Ask Lzzy! Call in your questions at 877-MUSIC-11!

Tuesday, Aug 07

Your night time soundtrack rocks with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Tonight, Lou will talk to featured artist Godsmack about writing songs! Special guest Incubus will tell Lou about building setlists! Just how many guitar picks does Lou have? Call 877-MUSIC-11 and Ask Lou!

Thursday, Aug 02, 2018

It’s time for some fresh Music ews in Dirt!

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has announced Play, a two-part documentary that ends with him performing a new solo 23-minute song on seven different instruments. Grohl created the project, which arrives on August 10th, to showcase “the rewards and challenges of dedicating ones life to playing and mastering a musical instrument.”

Grohl said, “Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening . . . and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out.”

He added, “Even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out . . . it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned.”

Grohl performed the entire 23-minute instrumental on one instrument at a time and then merged the videos of each take to create a seven-piece one-man band. The first part of Play focuses on the behind-the-scenes preparation for the performance, which is unveiled in the second part.

The film is intercut with young musicians from the Join The Band music school in the San Fernando Valley practicing their craft. The film hits streaming services on the 10th, with a limited edition vinyl version to follow on September 28th. Both are available to preorder now.

Green Day drummer Tre Cool and his wife Sara have shared that they’re expecting their first child together. The couple, who wed in 2014, posted the announcement on Instagram via a series of black and white videos in which they hold up signs that say, “We have some exciting news to share with you. We are having a baby.” As the last sign falls, Sara turns sideways to reveal her baby bump profile.

Cool, whose real name is Frank Edwin Wright III, has a daughter named Ramona and a son named Frankito from a previous relationship.

Green Day have been inactive for most of the year, with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong devoting some time to his other band, The Longshot. But late last month, Cool posted a photo of himself in the studio with his bandmates and an accompanying picture of a set list with the entirety of the Dookie album on it, leading to speculation that the band might head out on a tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band’s 1994 commercial breakthrough.

The band currently has nothing on its live schedule after completing the touring cycle for its 12th studio effort, 2016′s Revolution Radio.

In This Moment guitarist Chris Howorth has told Guitar Interactive magazine that the band will tentatively enter the studio in February 2019 to begin recording its next album. Speaking about the band’s songwriting process, Howorth said, “The last two records we’ve done, we kind of went in with nothing — maybe a couple of ideas, or three or four little ideas, but really not much . . . With this next album we’re getting ready to do, we’re actually working on stuff now so that we have more when we go in — just so that there’s a little less pressure.”

Singer Maria Brink told us a while back that she doesn’t like to put any labels on In This Moment’s music: ”I think that it’s important when you’re doing music, I’ve come to learn, to just let go of, ‘What kind of genre of music is this?’ and ‘What is this?’ and ‘Is this acceptable?’ and ‘Is this okay to incorporate these two things?’ Where to me, it’s just music and I just look at it as, ‘Does this feel good? Does this sound good?’ and that’s it. And not have to put all these, I guess, labels on it.”

The band’s next LP will follow up 2017′s Ritual, which included a collaboration with Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford and an eerie cover of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.” Brink told El Paso radio station KLAQ that there is a good chance the follow-up effort will see the band tackling yet another classic song.

In This Moment just launched a second leg of its all-female-fronted tour with Halestorm and other acts, with the trek next stopping in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Monday (August 6th). A third leg begins on November 16th in Norfolk, Virginia and run through December 16th, when they close out in St. Petersburg, Florida.

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian confirmed in an interview with Forbes that the band has been stalled in its attempts to record a follow-up to its 2005 Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums. Tankian said, “It is what it is. The new music thing, there’s a lot of press going back and forth and I recently made a statement online, on Facebook, explaining the whole hiatus and took responsibility for it.”

System guitarist Daron Malakian accused Tankian in an interview last month of not wanting to record, with Tankian responding that creative and financial issues with Malakian led to the stalemate. In a message on Facebook, Tankian wrote that Malakian wanted to control System’s creative process, take more of the publishing money and be the only band member to speak to the press. Tankian remarked, “As we couldn’t see eye to eye on all these points, we decided to put aside the idea of a record altogether for the time being.”

Tankian told Forbes that the creative process has to “be organic” and “feel right in every way,” adding, “There’s no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records. Actually, if you look over the years as a musicologist or a fan of music would, in any way, it’s probably regressive thinking.”

As for continuing to perform live with the band, which has some shows coming up this fall, Tankian explained, “We really enjoy it. That’s the thing, over all these years, maybe we’re better friends because we haven’t made a record in 12 years . . . Over the years, touring here and there, a month here, two months, we’ve become better friends and closer with each other because of it.”

Tankian has toured with System Of A Down over the past few years but has concentrated on solo work, soundtracks and other musical projects. Malakian, meanwhile, issued a new album last month called Dictator from his recently revived side project, Scars On Broadway.

Despite his efforts to portray himself as a down-home, country boy man of the people, Kid Rock did not exactly grow up in a trailer park as he hinted in his 1998 song “Cowboy.” Rock’s childhood home, a five-bedroom 5,660-square-foot mansion on a five-and-a-half acre estate, is up for sale now.

The house was built in 1972 when Rock was one year old. Among its many amenities, it boasts a five-car garage, partly finished walkout basement, guest house, three-stall horse barn, tennis court and a pool, all renovated and sitting on a panoramic parcel of land.

The house has been put up for $600,000 and is being offered in “as is” condition. It’s located in the Macomb County area of Michigan, a more rural enclave adjacent to the Detroit metropolitan area and a more conservative part of the state.

Although his own father was the wealthy owner of multiple car dealerships, Rock once told us that he wanted to instill the value of money in his own now-grown son: ”I tell my son, I’m like, you know, ‘Make no mistake, you know, I’ve made a lot of money and I know your friends all tell you I’m rich — and I am. You’re not. If I cut you a check right now that’d be doing you a disservice. You’ve got to go out and take hold of this world and go through some of the hardships and try and find your way and, you know, pay your own bills, your cellphone, your car, get an apartment and, you know, get yourself started, and I’m your biggest fan.’”

Kid Rock’s latest studio album, Sweet Southern Sugar, was released last year. He begins a new two-month tour this Friday (August 3rd) in Bangor, Maine.

Hellyeah posted a photo on social media Wednesday (August 1st) that seems to suggest the band is moving ahead with its new studio album. The band had been recording the LP before drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott died this past June, with reports suggesting that Abbott completed his drum tracks before his death. Now the band posted a untitled picture of producer Kevin Churko behind the board in the studio.

Alice In Chains‘ hometown major league baseball team, the Seattle Mariners, will hold an official “Alice In Chains Night” on Monday, August 20th. That night will find the Mariners facing off against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field in Seattle. The event is likely to be similar to the San Francisco Giants’ annual “Metallica Night,” with members of the band in attendance to perform the national anthem, throw out the opening pitch and more. The new Alice In Chains album, Rainier Fog, will arrive later that week on August 24th.

That’s Dirt, go have a great day! BAM!

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018

Good morning! It’s the first day of August!

Already in the midst of a co-headlining summer North American tour, Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin have announced that they will continue their road trip together on a fall U.S. trek. The jaunt kicks off November 6th in Wichita, Kansas, and runs through a December 11th show in Portland, Maine. The fall leg will feature support from either Bad Wolves or In Flameson selected dates, with From Ashes To New opening up for the entire run.

Five Finger frontman Ivan Moody told us that the band has gotten better than ever as a live act: ”We’re really trying to evolve — not even trying, we are evolving and we’re morphing into the band that we always wanted to be. People aren’t going to come or be interested whatsoever in a project that just gets up there and plays the same set over and over again and relies on the crowd to be the focus of the energy instead of bringing something to the table themselves. So that’s been where we stand and it’s been amazing.”

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said, “We have an extremely loyal travel-to-the-end-of-the-world diehard fan base, so our shows are always packed and a blast. With that said, this current run turned out to be the most-attended, most successful tour we have done to date. Those cities we couldn’t fit into this summer run — worry not — we heard you all! We’re extending this tour all the way through the fall, so we will see you soon.”

Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley added, “The reactions to this tour from both of our fanbases have been huge, so it only made sense to keep the fun going this fall.”

Tickets for the fall leg go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 3rd, with pre-sales taking place as early as Wednesday, August 1st. The current tour leg pulls into Austin on Wednesday night and comes to a close on September 9th in Cleveland. Check out the Road Rage page for all the stops.

The estranged wife of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash is attempting to find the person that has allegedly been posting disparaging comments about her online and accusing her of being a horrible mother.

In documents she filed in divorce court, Perla Ferrar included hundreds of Instagram posts that referenced private family information, as well as photos and details related to the activities and whereabouts of Slash’s and Perla’s two sons, 15-year-old London and 14-year-old Cash. Perla claimed the posts also accused her of being an “unfit mother and child abuser.”

Ferrar apparently believes that the culprit is most likely someone connected to Slash and has insinuated that it could be his current girlfriend. Ferrar has asked her estranged husband for any information he might have about the “altperlafhudson” Instagram account, which appears to have since been deleted.

Ferrar has asked the court to force Slash’s Internet service provider to disclose all IP addresses that have been used to control the Instagram account in question. She claimed that Slash initially agreed to help her but has since withdrawn his offer of assistance.

Slash, whose real name is Saul Hudson, got married to Ferrar in 2001. He filed for divorce for a second and final time in 2014.

The Smashing Pumpkins will be joined by a number of special guests for their upcoming 30th anniversary performance on Thursday, August 2nd at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. AFI frontman Davey HavokKillers members Dave Keuning and Mark StoermerCourtney LoveMark McGrathDeftones frontman Chino Moreno and Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook will join the band throughout the momentous show.

The special celebratory performance will feature the career-spanning setlist, cover tunes, elaborate new production and other surprises that have been the hallmark of the Pumpkins’ “Shiny And Oh So Bright” North American arena tour since it kicked off earlier this month.

The tour is the Pumpkins’ first in nearly 20 years to feature founding members William Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, joined by longtime Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole.

The Pumpkins recently shared a new song called “Solara,” the first recording in over 18 years to feature Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin. The song is likely to appear on a new full-length Pumpkins album that is set to arrive before the end of 2018.

The Reelz cable network has set an August 12th premiere date for Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Chris Cornell. The program is a documentary-style TV series that investigates the tragic, controversial and sudden deaths of celebrities. The series debuted in 2014 on Channel 5 in the U.K. and was later broadcast in the U.S. by Reelz.

Earlier in the year, the show’s producers were at Shepherd’s Bush Hall in England, where the program recreated Soundgarden‘s and singer Chris Cornell’s last show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. It was also revealed that British actor and singer Paul Ayres portrayed the late vocalist, who took his own life just a few hours after that concert.

The cast also includes Andrew Shire as bassist Ben ShepherdPatrick Holly as drummer Matt Cameron and Ben Sura as guitarist Kim Thayil.

The series has done episodes on James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Andy Warhol, Andy Kaufman, Farrah Fawcett, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, George Michael, Mary Tyler Moore, James Gandolfini and others.

Cornell was found hanged in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in May 2017. His body was found soon after he had spoken with his wife, Vicky, by phone. The death was ruled a suicide. Cornell’s family has questioned the ruling, suggesting that a higher than recommended dosage of prescription drug Ativan may have caused him to experience suicidal thoughts.

Late Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott left the bulk of his estate to to his best friend and longtime girlfriend, according to TMZ. The site obtained a copy of Abbott’s will, which outlined how his estate should be divided. The drummer died suddenly on June 22nd at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54, passing away in his sleep from what was said to be a heart attack.

According to the document, Abbott’s friend Charles Jones will get 38 percent. while the drummer’s girlfriend, Chelsey Yeager, will walk away with 37 percent. The rest goes to Vinnie’s tour manager, who gets 10 percent, while his drum tech, producer and another friend are all getting five percent each. In addition, Abbott has given his interest in his late brother and Pantera co-founder “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s estate to Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney.

Vinnie was buried on June 30th next to his brother and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie’s family’s request. Vinnie was also buried in some of his trademark clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel.

A public memorial for Vinnie Paul was held on July 1st at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

Vinnie had reportedly finished laying down drum tracks for the next Hellyeah album, although there is no word yet on when that LP will see the light of day.

Finally, we’d like to say Happy Birthday to Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan, Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage MC Chuck D, and Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot!

Tuesday, Jul 31 2018

Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s happening today in the world of Rock and Roll!

Disturbed has revealed that the band has completed work on its seventh studio album. The quartet has also launched an online poll to collect public opinion regarding the type of track that should be unveiled as the first taste of the group’s new music. The two choices provided in the poll are: “Heavy” and “Ballad.”

The band wrote online, “The new record is done! The new album includes many styles of music. Since our last album and the recent footage from the studio, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about the evolution of our new music. Disturbed Ones, we have decided to embrace the debate. For our next single — what kind of sound do you want it to be?” You can take the poll here.

Singer David Draiman told us a while back that Disturbed has always wanted to put melody in its music: ”There’s a huge contingency of kids that want stuff that they can just bash their head open to, you know, and that’s great. We provide that as well. But to us, when we make our music, it has to be fused with melody. The aggression and the power needs to be harnessed with hooks that stay with you.”

The new disc will follow up 2015′s Immortalized, which ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One. Immortalized featured the band’s massive hit cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence.”

Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez said in an interview with France’s United Rock Nations that the band’s upcoming album, Rainier Fog, is one of his favorites, explaining, “Records are like signposts in your career, and this is where we’re at in 2018. We don’t think about it too much — we don’t go, ‘Oh, we’ve gotta do a record like this,’ or, ‘We’ve gotta do a record like that.’ There’s a filtering process — everybody throws their riffs and stuff in the meat grinder, or coffee machine, and 10 songs drip out of that over the course of a year.”

Inez added, “We approach it the same — we just plug our guitars in the f**king amplifiers, and everything kind of turns out all right for us, so we’ve learned to trust that, and it’s cool. I love this record; it’s one of my favorites, actually.”

Rainier Fog will be released on August 24th. It’s the band’s first album in five years and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years. The album title itself is a tribute to the city.

The band recently shared a second single from the record, called “So Far Under.” This follows “The One You Know,” which arrived earlier this spring. Listen below:

Rob Zombie told Loudwire in a recent interview that his upcoming movie, Three From Hell, is not going to be what people expect. The plot of the film is a secret for now, although it is the third installment in Zombie’s “Firefly Family” trilogy after 2003′s House Of 1,000 Corpses and 2005′s The Devil’s Rejects.

Asked to characterize the movie, Zombie said, “It’s nothing (like) what people seem to think, which is always fun to read, because everybody’s like, ‘Oh, I know what this is. It’s exactly this.’ And they’re always wrong, which is great. I’ll just say it’s not a prequel. I’m making this movie 15 years after the last movie, so my cast is aging the wrong direction and I certainly didn’t replace them with other actors.”

Zombie added, “The one thing I will say is that when we got together — because my biggest fear of making this movie was the actors won’t have the vibe they had — it was almost spooky how much (they vibed). It didn’t seem like it was 15 years later, it seemed like it was six months later.”

Zombie told us a while back where the inspiration for the Firefly clan came from: ”My mom’s side of the family were pretty interesting because she grew up in the traveling carnival business, so they were like carnies and bikers and they would always fight with each other — like brutally, physically with each other. But as soon as someone else stepped in, they were united. ‘We can hate each other but you can’t get in the middle of it,’ and that’s what I wanted with these characters. They’re always fighting and they seem to hate each other but they like each other when someone else steps in. It was that weird conflict that you would see with those sort of families.”

Three From Hell stars Sid HaigSheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley as the murderous Firefly trio, who were last seen going down in a hail of bullets at the end of The Devil’s Rejects.


Sixx: A..M. and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba was arrested on Friday (July 27th) on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to TMZ. The 45-year-old musician was pulled over in Fairbury, Illinois for blowing a stop sign. Officers on the scene gave him field sobriety tests after he showed signs of impairment, and he was arrested and taken to jail after reportedly failing the tests.

Ashba, who lives in Las Vegas, was raised in Fairbury, where he returned over the weekend to attend the 29th running of the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. He also reportedly performed the U.S. national anthem at the event on the 28th, meaning he did not spend a lot of time behind bars.

Ashba took to his Facebook page on Sunday (July 29th) to write, “It was so nice to chill back home for a few and reset. Thank you to everyone in my hometown of Fairbury for having me out to perform the National Anthem for ya’ll. It was an honor!”

Ashba joined Guns N’ Roses in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck. He exited the group six years later, saying in a statement that he was leaving “to dedicate myself to my band Sixx: A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me.”

Earlier this year, after Sixx: A.M. founder Nikki Sixx hinted in several interviews that the band was over, Ashba and Sixx: A.M. bandmate James Michael launched a brand new project called Pyromantic.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows! Hes’ in good company, as today is also Rob Zombie guitarist John 5‘s birthday!