20: Tempe, Ariz. @ KUPD UFest
21: El Paso, Texas @ Speaking Rock Casino
22: Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater
24: Austin, Texas @ Come and Take It Live
25: Baton Rouge, La. @ Varsity Theater
28: Jacksonville, Fla. @ Welcome to Rockville
29: Sunshine, Fla. @ Fort Rock
01: Destin, Fla. @ Club LA
02: Nashville, Tenn. @ Cannery Ballroom
04: Concord, N.C. @ Carolina Rebellion
05: Virginia Beach, Va. @ Lunatic Luau
06: Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club
08: Portland, Maine @ Aura
09: Clifton Park, N.Y. @ Upstate Concert Hall
11: Royal Oak, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Hall
12: Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ Rock on the River
18: Peoria, Ill. @ WAQX Spring Fling
19: Joliet, Ill. @ The Forge
20: Belvidere, Ill. @ Apollo Theater
22: Denver, Colo. @ Oriental Theater
23: Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Black Sheep
25: Pryor, Okla. @ Rocklahoma
26: Memphis, Tenn. @ New Daisy Theater
27: Knoxville, Tenn. @ The International
29: Lexington, Ky. @ Manchester Music Hall
01: Sioux City, Iowa @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino


28: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
29: Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock
01: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
02: Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
04: Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
05: Virginia Beach, VA @ Lunatic Luau
06: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
08: Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
09: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
11: Little Rock, AR @ The Metroplex
12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
16: Fort Wayne, IN @ The Clyde Theatre
18: Peoria, IL @ Peoria Riverfront
19: Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range


05: Riverside, CA @ RMA
06: Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Music Hall
08: Houston, TX @ Revention
10: Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli
11: Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft Theatre
12: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
13: Columbus, OH @ Express Live
15: Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
16: Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater
18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
19: Philadelphia, PA @ WMMR BBQ
20: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
22: Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
23: Nashville, TN @ Tennessee PAC
25: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
26: Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
27: Memphis, TN @ Cannon Center
29: Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Clyde Theater
31: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
01: St. Paul, MN @ The Palace Theater

Wednesday, Feb 28 2018

Happy hump day Radicals! Here’s what’s going on in the world of rock and roll!

Ghost has revealed the dates and venues for its “Rats! On The Road” North American tour, which kicks off on May 5th in Riverside, California and ends on June 1st in St. Paul, Minnesota. You ca see all the dates on the Road Rage page. The Swedish occult metal act has been working on new material since last year and is expected to release its fourth studio album in late spring or early summer. The tour is named after one of the songs on the LP, “Rats,” although it has yet to seen if that is the album title as well.

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge – who performs as Papa Emeritus – told us a while back that Ghost enjoys coming to America: ”We always love touring America, it’s always fun. Touring Europe and North America is very, very different. It helps that it’s the same language everywhere. You can stop anywhere and just go out on the street and talk to anybody. America’s always treated us very well too. It is truly a, it’s a wild place, and you guys like rock ‘n’ roll.”

Ghost’s new LP will follow up 2015′s Meliora, which featured the Grammy-winning breakthrough hit “Cirice.” Forge told Revolver about the upcoming disc, “It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things.”

Original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin came close to joining the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour on at least one stop, according to one-time Guns manager Alan Niven. Stradlin allegedly showed up for a soundcheck rehearsal in Nashville, but things fell apart at the last minute. Original drummer Steven Adler was there as well and did play — if Stradlin had performed, it would have been the first time the founding Guns lineup played together in 26 years.

Niven explained on the Appetite For Distortion podcast, “Obviously, had it gone well and everybody had been happy, and there had been a little bit of brotherhood — I’m sure he would have stayed with it. But something must have really upset him, because he left after the soundcheck, and never turned up for another one or an appearance. I would think right now, he’s probably a little pissed off.”

Fans on a Guns message board have backed reports that the show was indeed in Nashville. Adler also performed with the band in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires. Stradlin has mostly avoided commenting publicly on his absence from the reunion lineup, only claiming in one since-deleted tweet that the band “didn’t want to split the loot equally.” The “Not in This Lifetime” tour, meanwhile, will continue with another round of dates later this year.

Stone Sour has announced a spring headlining tour with support on select dates from Palaye RoyaleThe Bronx and ’68. The trek will include appearances at several festivals in the U.S. If all goes according to plan, the month-long run will mark the return of guitarist Josh Rand, who last performed with the group in January before he entered treatment for unspecified issues.

It is not clear whether Rand is being treated for a medical issue or problems with substance or alcohol abuse. Stone Sour is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, Hydrograd, which came out at the end of June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit “Song #3.” The latest track issued from the disc is “Rose Red Violent Blue.”

The band will also support Ozzy Osbourne on the initial North American leg of his “No More Tours 2″ tour, which kicks off August 30th in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Muse has revealed that the band is in the process of assembling a vinyl box set titled Origin Of Muse that will collect early material including unreleased songs and demos, as well as photos and videos. The package will cover the era from the trio’s formation through its first two albums, 1999′s Showbiz and 2001′s Origin Of Symmetry.

Speaking on Beats One, the band members admitted that the set was “still in progress,” with drummer Dominic Howard saying, “There’s some really early versions of some of the Showbiz tracks and a really early version of ‘Plug In Baby’ which is actually quite an old song and it didn’t make the first album.”

Howard added, “There was some really old live recordings that we found as well from the early days. We’re still just debating whether they’re actually listenable or not! I think it will happen eventually . . . it’s a big old wormhole of old footage and music and cuttings and ridiculous pictures of us at school and stuff.”

Frontman Matt Bellamy explained that there were unreleased songs from later albums in the vault as well, saying, “There’s a track called ‘Soaked’ we did that was going to be on the (2004) Absolution album but it felt like an Elton John tune . . . Everyone sort of agreed that even though it was a good song it wasn’t really right for Muse. We recorded it. That’s buried somewhere.”

Muse released a new single and video on February 15th called “Thought Contagion.” The track follows “Dig Down,” which was released last year. The band intends to issue two more singles in the coming months, with the full album arriving either in the fall or early 2019.

Cable channel Showtime is developing a documentary about Stone Temple PilotsKent Sevener, Showtime executive VP of content acquisition & business & legal affairs, revealed the existence of the project in an interview with Broadcasting & Cable, promising “a compelling story” and explaining that “not a lot has been done about the band.” Sevener did not indicate when the documentary would air or if footage has already been compiled for it.

STP bassist Robert DeLeo told us a while back that he’s never taken the band’s success for granted: “I really enjoy what I do. I think it’s an honor, and I don’t take it lightly. I feel blessed to be out here, making music and playing for people. It’s a dream that I had when I was little, and to be able to follow through with that dream and continue to do that, is a complete honor.”

STP will releases its self-titled seventh album on March 16th. The set marks the recording debut of singer and one-time The X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt as the third vocalist in the group’s history. Gutt made his live debut with the band last November at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. Before that, STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when the late Chester Bennington – who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park.

Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.
STP will begin its first tour with Gutt on the mic this Friday (March 2nd) in Santa Clarita, California.

That’s Dirt! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, Feb 27 2018

Good morning Radicals! Here’s looking forward to another great day of rock and roll!

Metallica has 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. After teasing many of the cities included on the trek over the weekend, the band has now confirmed that the 34-date jaunt will kick off on September 2nd in Madison, Wisconsin and run through March 13th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tickets go on sale to the public starting March 2nd at Live Nation, with a fan club pre-sale beginning on February 27th.You can see all those dates on the Road Rage page.

The band said in a statement, “Following last summer’s sold-out 25-date stadium run, this year we’re bringing the in-the-round production currently being seen in European arenas to the U.S. and Canada,” adding, “Along the way we’ll be visiting 34 cities we did not go to last year, including a few we haven’t been to in decades, including Grand Forks, ND (nearly 30 years), Sioux Falls, SD, El Paso, TX, Birmingham, AL (nearly 26 years) and State College, PA (20 years). About time, wouldn’t you say?!”

Bassist Robert Trujillo told us a while back that Metallica always brings out a large-scale show for its fans: “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.”

A limited number of 250 “Black Tickets” costing $598 each will allow buyers onto the floor of any show on the tour. Fans holding one of these tickets must alert the band’s organization 48 hours or more before the dates they want to attend. Other ticket packages will include early access to the venue, a tour of the Metallica memorabilia exhibit and a meet-and-greet with members of the band. Each ticket purchase will be accompanied by a physical or digital copy of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Chris Cornell‘s cover version of Johnny Cash‘s “You Never Knew My Mind” is now streaming online, along with a video of the late Soundgarden singer discussing the track. “You Never Knew My Mind” will appear on Johnny Cash: Forever Words, a collaborative album consisting of songs created from Cash’s poetry, lyrics, and letters, previously collected in a book of the same name.

Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, who curated and co-produced the project, told Beats One, “(My father) wrote ‘You Never Knew My Mind’ in 1967. I assume and I’m fairly certain it was written for his first wife, Vivian. That was the year that their divorce was legal. It was also the year where his love for my mother flourished. So ‘You Never Knew My Mind’ was not something that he would have released at that time because my mother was standing beside him.”

Asked about Cornell’s involvement with the project, John said, “I reached out to Chris Cornell, and I said, ‘Would you like to be a part of this?’ He was very excited. Chris told me that he loved my dad. He also had felt everything that was in those words. He had been there. He had gone through the loss of relationships.”

Other artists on the album include Roseanne CashKris KristoffersonWillie NelsonBrad PaisleyJohn MellencampJewelElvis Costello and more. Johnny Cash: Forever Words will be released on April 6th on CD, 2LP vinyl and digital formats.

Greta Van Fleet has been invited to perform with Elton John at the legendary star’s annual charity Oscars viewing party this Sunday (March 4th). Elton personally phoned the Michigan-based band last month to invite them to play at the event, which he has hosted to raise money for his AIDS foundation since 1993. It’s now been confirmed that the up-and-coming rock quartet will jam with Elton as well.

Guitarist Jake Kiszka told Loudwire about getting the invitation, “It was about 10:00 a.m. and management calls and says, ‘Hey boys, you have a call coming from England in a little while.’ So we pick up the phone (and he says), ‘Hey boys, it’s Elton.’ It was actually Elton John on the phone!” Kiszka added, “I remember seeing The Lion King when I was really young and being affected by ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight.’ I remember listening to Elton John in the car.”

The band members are bringing their mothers to the event. Greta Van Fleet will reportedly play for about an hour, with John joining them for the last few songs. Kiszka said they’re “talking about” playing “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” as well as some songs from Elton’s breakthrough 1970 self-titled album. Elton reportedly told the band that they were “the best rock ‘n’ roll I’ve heard in 20 f**king years!’”

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party has been held every year in Los Angeles since 1993. The party is hosted by Elton and the AIDS Foundation, and is one of the most high-profile parties in the Hollywood film industry. It raises money for the foundation fund via ticket sales and a celebrity auction.

According to a report at Consequence Of Sound, tickets for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins tour featuring three-quarters of the original lineup are not selling as well as expected. While tickets have moved briskly in top markets like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, along with cities such as Duluth, Uncasville, Kansas City, and Austin, they’re much slower in other cities like Miami, Glendale, Louisville, Salt Lake City, and Portland.

A vast majority of seats are still available in all those markets, along with places like Pittsburgh, Detroit and Omaha. One Twitter user pointed out that New York’s Madison Square Garden “still has a decent amount of tickets available,” adding that sales for the tour opener in Arizona were “weak.” Another user pointed out that “very little tickets” have been sold in Sacramento, Seattle, Indianapolis and Columbus.

There is speculation that sales were dragged down by the public feuding between frontman William Corgan and founding bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who won’t be on the tour. Wretzky claims that she was given an offer to rejoin the band which was later rescinded. In addition, some tickets are going for as much as $550.

The tour will mark the first concerts since 2000 to feature Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who are also recording new music. The lackluster sales might also explain why Corgan is reaching out to fans online asking them to help him build the tour’s setlist.

Flea with Lou Brutus at the 2016 Rock on the Range

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has penned an op-ed piece for Time magazine in which he examined the opioid crisis in America along with his own struggles with addiction. In the piece, titled “The Temptation Of Drugs Is A Bitch,” Flea wrote, “I’ve been around substance abuse since the day I was born. I saw three of my dearest friends die from drugs before they turned 26, and had some close calls myself. It was a powerful yearning to be a good father that eventually inspired a sense of self-preservation, and in 1993 at the age of 30 I finally got that drugs were destructive and robbing my life force. I cut them out forever. Temptation is a bitch though.”

Flea continued, “I can meditate, exercise, pray, go to a shrink, work patiently and humbly through my most difficult relationship problems, or I could just meet a dealer, cop a bag of dope for $50 and fix it all in a minute. What I’ve learned is to always be grateful for my pain. That mindset has helped me stay away from the temptation of drugs.”

Flea also opened up about a recent experience with Oxycontin, comparing healthcare providers to criminals. He wrote, “A few years ago I broke my arm snowboarding and had to have major surgery. My doctor put me back together perfectly . . . but he also gave me two-month supply of Oxycontin.” He continued, “The bottle said to take four each day . . . It not only quelled my physical pain, but all my emotions as well. I only took one a day, but I was not present for my kids, my creative spirit went into decline and I became depressed. I stopped taking them after a month, but I could have easily gotten another refill.”

The bassist said that medical professionals “should be more discerning” when prescribing painkillers, adding, “Addiction is a cruel disease, and the medical community, together with the government, should offer help to all of those who need.” Red Hot Chili Peppers spent much of 2017 touring in support of their 11th studio album, 2016’s The Getaway, and are currently taking some time off.

Finally we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and Sponge‘s Mike Cross!


21: Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
22: San Diego, CA @ SDCCU Stadium Lot
23: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
24: Ventura, CA @ Ventura County Fairgrounds
28: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavillion
29: Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
30: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
01: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
03: St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
05: Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
06: Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
07: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
08: Houston, TX @ NRG Park – Main Street Lot
10: Nashville, TN @ Tennessee State Fairgrounds
12: Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
13: Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
14: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
15: Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
16: Pittsburgh, PA @ Keybank Pavilion
17: Toronto, ON @ The Flats at Budweiser Stage
18: Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
19: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
20: Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
21: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
22: Minneapolis, MN @ Canterbury Park
23: Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater
24: Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
25: Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
26: Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
27: Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
28: Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre
29: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
30: Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
31: Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
02: Jacksonville, FL @ The Old Cypress Lot near Met Park
03: Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
04: Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater
05: West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Week of Feb 26-Mar 02 2018

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
NOTHING MORE “Do You Really Want It?”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”

BUSH “This Is War” – holding
I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
RISE AGAINST “House On Fire”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”

A DAY TO REMEMBER “Same About You”
AVATAR “The King Wants You”
DED “Hate Me” - ADD
FOZZY “Painless”
MYLES KENNEDY “Year of the Tiger”
OF MICE & MEN “Money” - ADD
RED “Still Alive”
RED SUN RISING “Deathwish”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Straight Jacket”
THROUGH FIRE “Where You Lie”

weekEnd FEB 24-25


“Cherub Rock”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
RED SUN RISING “Deathwish”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”


METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
GUEST: DED “Hate Me”
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
GUEST: MASTODON “Steambreather”
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
RISE AGAINST “House On Fire”
GUEST: BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?

Metallica U.S. World-Wired Tour 2018-2019

02: Madison, WI @ Kohl Center
04: Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
06: Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
08: Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
11: Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
13: Winnipeg, MB @ Bell Mts Place
15: Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre
16: Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment And Sports Center
18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Ppg Paints Arena
20: State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
22: Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
27: Buffalo, NY @ Keybank Center
29: Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
26: Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
28: Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
30: Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
02: Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
05: Portland, OR @ Moda Center
07: Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
09: Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
JAN 2019
18: Tulsa, OK @ Bok Center
20: Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
22: Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena At The Bjcc
24: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
28: Raleigh, NC @ Pnc Arena
30: Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
01: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
28: El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
02: Lubbock, TX @ United Supermarkets Arena
04: Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
06: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
09: Louisville, KY @ Kfc Yum! Center
11: Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
13: Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Good morning Radicals! A new week of beautiful rock and roll lies ahead! Let’s see what’s in store:

Smashing Pumpkins will kick off their Bright and Oh So Shiny reunion tour in July and the band’s Billy Corgan has now shared a “proposed” list of songs including a handful of covers. Songs included are Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

They previously announced that they would only play songs from five of their nine studio albums, ranging from their debut, Gish, through 2000′s Machina/The Machines of God.

Smashing Pumpkins’ have made recent mentions of the 25th anniversary of their 2nd album, Siamese Dream. Fans are hopeful that the album will be included on the tour as well. The first show is July 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

Metallica has announced details of a late summer and early fall North American arena tour. For the last few days, they’ve been teasing a special announcement via the band’s official web site and social media channels.

Although they didn’t give details, some arenas have been more than obvious by positing videos of the song, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Some cities included are Lincoln, Nebraska, New York City, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Dates should be announced later today. We’ll add them to the Road Rage page as soon as they’re available.

In anticipation of their next album, Breaking Benjamin released a new song called “Blood.” Ben Burnley commented about the new music and said: “People have always really liked the heavier side of the band. I think that’s what they sort of gravitate towards. But we also make sure to explore our melodic and softer side too.” He went on to say, “We just tried to make it more extreme. The softer side on this album is really soft, and the heavy side is really heavy. We decided to give everybody what they want to the furthest degree.”

The band’s 6th studio album, Ember, will be out on April 13.

Just last month, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis announced his solo tour and he’s now ready for his album to be released. In a recent radio interview he talked about separating his music from the band Korn. He said, “It’s completely different. It’s a different thing. It’s something I’ve been working on for 10 years. It’s just a crazy, different world music hybrid of all kinds of things, and there are all kinds of different players who play on the record. And I’m really proud of it.”

Davis, who occasionally does solo projects, said he actually created most of the album back in 2007 and 2008, but was on a different label and had different management then. He explained: I was signed to another record label and unfortunately, the people that signed me left. Some other people came in, they wanted to do it, and they ended up not doing it, so I got the record back.”

Davis kicks off his solo tour in April and the new album is tentatively due around the same time.

Finally, we’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Prophets of Rage (and Rage Against the Machine) bassist Tim Commerford!