BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

with WE CAME AS ROMANS and BAD OMENS

SEP
13: Kansas City, MO @ Harrah’s*
14-16: Chicago, IL @ RiotFest**
15: St. Paul, MN @ The Myth
18: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
20: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroo¬m
21: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
22: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
24: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
25: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
27: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
30: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
OCT
02: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
03: Syracuse, NY @ SI Hall at NYS Fairgrounds
04: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
07: Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
09: Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
10: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
14: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival**
16: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
*NO WE CAME AS ROMANS
**FESTIVAL

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Wednesday, Jun 27 2018

Good morning Radicals! I hope everyone is having a good week. Here’s what’s up in music news today:

Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan has been accused of rape by someone posting anonymously on Twitter. Writing under the handle @IWas17HeWas36, the person alleged that Keenan raped her at a Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle concert in 2000. She wrote in part, “We were in the front row and my boyfriend had his arms around me . . . Maynard saw me and threw a water bottle in my direction. The guy next to me caught it. My boyfriend and I laughed and thought that was cool. Minutes later, a heavy-set, blonde, white woman came out to meet us. She looked at me and asked, ‘Do you want to meet the band?’”

The alleged victim was not allowed to bring her boyfriend back with her, but was led backstage by the woman, who she said she never saw again. When she got there, she recalled, “Maynard was sitting on a picnic table and was staring at me. NIN hadn’t gone on yet so I thought I had plenty of time to get an autograph and get back to the show and my boyfriend . . . But Maynard kept chatting. He asked me how old I was. I said, ‘I’m 17.’ Then he said, ‘I can’t talk to you here, let’s go watch a movie’ and he pulled me away from everyone and onto a tour bus.”

The Twitter user then describes in graphic language how Keenan allegedly raped her on the bus, adding, “There was no consent made. I was not high. I was clean. He did not seduce me, he forced me, quickly taking advantage of my paralyzed state. It took me years to process his actions . . . I’m sure to some this doesn’t sound like rape. I’m telling this story because in the year 2000 the conversation about consent was non-existent, at least not at my high school.”

The person concluded, “It has been 18 years and I’m still working through the trauma of that assault. #MeToo and #TimesUp has been an eye opener. I hope that everyone gets a chance to heal. I hope I can heal . . . I kept it in for years because I knew I wasn’t going to be believed by he legion of dedicated fans.” She added, “Later on, I heard from a male friend that he did this in every city, at every show. He preferred underage girls (or as close to underage as he could get).”

The accusations have been widely discussed on Reddit since they first surfaced over the weekend, with several users saying that they had similar experiences in which women were invited backstage to meet Keenan — but were not allowed to bring boyfriends with them.

Another Reddit user, however, suggested that the accuser’s story was not credible, saying, “It’s not true . . . The security staff checks IDs. If you are not of age, you do not get to go backstage. 17, though ‘legal’ in some states, does not make the cut. Full stop.” This user went into more detail about the backstage situation, claiming that he had two female friends who both slept with Keenan and had no issues.

Neither Keenan nor his representatives have issued any comment on the matter, and it’s important to note that the claims, for the moment, remain anonymous and uncorroborated. Keenan — who’s now married with children — is touring Europe with A Perfect Circle.

Disturbed drummer Mike Wengren has posted a touching tribute online to late Hellyeah and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas last Friday evening (June 22nd) at the age of 54. Wengren wrote on Facebook, “Still can’t seem to find the words. Vinnie Paul was an idol of mine back in the 90s. He was a huge influence on my playing. Then Ozzfest 2000 Pantera is on main stage and Disturbed second stage. It was our first-ever major festival touring experience.”

He continued, “We met Vinnie and Dime . . . They took us under their wing and showed us how to treat your fellow touring mates. It never mattered that they were headliners and we were openers. To them, we were all brothers. We have continued to follow that attitude throughout our careers and treat our opening bands and crew as family.”

Wengren continued, “To have met him was a dream come true. To become his friend was an honor. Vin, I will be forever grateful for your impact on my life. Rest in peace, brother. Say hello to Dime for me. Until we jam again in the afterlife.”

Vinnie’s brother and bandmate in both Pantera and Damageplan, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was killed onstage in Columbus, Ohio by a deranged gunman in December 2004.

Sources close to Vinnie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he suffered a “major heart attack,” but that information has not been corroborated yet by an official source. The police report stated that the drummer’s death “did not appear suspicious.”

A four-part documentary has been released online in which German outlet Mothergrid takes a detailed look behind the scenes of Metallica‘s elaborate live production. The series addresses the steps taken to put on the visuals and sounds at Germany’s Olympiahalle München, where Metallica performed this past April.

In the first part, lighting designer Rob KoenigGene McAuliffe and Michael “Kilty” Petite talk in-depth about the visual systems of the show. The second part features system tech Tom Lyon discussing the sound system while the third has Koenig going head by head through the lighting rig setup. The final part has “Big Mick” Hughes and Markus Wilmsmann discussing the audio and microphone setup.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told us a while back that Metallica always wants to give fans the best experience they can: ”I mean, we’re trying hard to, you know, just not fall into or kind of stay in, you know, just one particular way, and we have a bunch of people around us that are helping. The main thing really is just the fans. You know, it’s like, how do you communicate with the fans, how do you get the music to the fans, how do you offer your fans the best Metallica experience that you can?”

The 2018-2019 North American leg of Metallica’s “WorldWired” tour in support of the band’s 2016 album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, will launch September 2nd in Madison, Wisconsin and run through March 13th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor went after rappers Kanye West and The Weeknd during an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music, claiming the pair of hip-hop superstars “ripped off” Nine Inch Nails’ live show.

Reznor explained, “I remember us watching a string of bands on Coachella from the comfort of our couch. And every band has a video playing behind them. And every band is synced up with a convenient, polite lighting package, you know? And I saw Kanye West blatantly rip off — and the Weeknd rip off — our tours production-wise, which I’ll say without any hesitation. And they know.”

Both Nine Inch Nails and West have worked with production designer Martin Phillips in the past, according to Pitchfork. And in a 2017 interview with Billboard, The Weeknd’s lighting and production designers, Sooner Routhier and Robert Long, credited Reznor for inspiring their design work, saying, “We’ve always called (the Weeknd’s) aesthetic the Nine Inch Nails of R&B.”

Nine Inch Nails released its new EP, Bad Witch, last Friday (June 22nd). It concludes a trilogy of EPs that started in 2016 with Not The Actual Events and continued in 2017 with Add Violence.

 

Is Ozzy Osbourne looking to stage Ozzfest sometime later this year on the East Coast? The festival’s Twitter account posted a message this week asking, “Who would like to see @TheOzzfest happen in the New York area this year?” and directing fans to send responses to Ozzy’s Facebook page.

Ozzfest was launched more than 20 years ago, first with a few dates on the West Coast, before expanding into a full international touring festival for nearly a decade. It gradually evolved into a destination event in recent years, with the last couple of Ozzfests combining with the annual Knotfest out in San Bernardino, California for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.

Ozzy told us he’s always been proud of using Ozzfest as a showcase for up-and-coming acts: ”With the Ozzfest I’m so grateful and happy that I’ve given kids, young kids, that want to do something different a platform to do it, you know. I mean the whole industry has changed to a whole ‘nother level now. It’s like not rock ‘n’ roll anymore, it’s all pre-fabricated music, you know.”

Ozzy’s current “No More Tours 2″ run — which is being billed as his last major world tour — does have several dates booked in the New York area in early September, including Long Island’s Jones Beach Amphitheater on September 8th and Holmdel, New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center on September 10th. It’s conceivable that one of those could be converted into an Ozzfest as both venues have hosted that event before.

Footage has surfaced online of Ghost‘s first official live performance, which took place in 2010 at the Hammer Of Doom festival in Würzburg, Germany. The band made its live debut less than a week after the release of its first album, Opus Eponymous. The date of Ghost’s first concert was confirmed via documents that came to light in the ongoing lawsuit between frontman Tobias Forge and former members of the band.

Guns N’ Roses have released an unboxing video for the massive “Locked N’ Loaded” edition of their classic 1987 album Appetite For Destruction. The deluxe box set will arrive on Friday (June 29th) and now fans can see everything included in the limited edition package, which costs $1000.

That’s a wrap, have a great day!

Light the Torch

JUL with GWAR
09: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
11: Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
13: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
14: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
15: Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre
16: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
17: Springfield, MO @ The Complex
20: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
21: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall
23: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
24: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
25: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre
26: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
28: Lebanon, OR @ Guitars Under The Stars Festival
29: Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs w/ FIT FOR A KING

OCT with TRIVIUM and AVATAR
03: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
04: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
05: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
06: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
08: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
09: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
11: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
12: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
13: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
16: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
17: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
19: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
20: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
21: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
22: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
23: Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary
25: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
26: Calgary, AB @ The Palace Theater
28: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
29: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
30: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
31: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
NOV
02: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
03: Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre

Monday, Jun 25 2018

Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul, died on Friday night, June 22nd at the age of 54. He apparently died in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. No cause of death was given at press time, but sources close to the drummer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he suffered a “major heart attack.” A message at the Pantera Facebook page read, “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

Born on March 11th, 1964 in Abilene, Texas to country singer and songwriter Jerry Abbott and his wife Carolyn, Vinnie and his brother, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, founded Pantera in 1981 along with bassist Rex Brown. After three moderately hard-rocking independent albums, the band recruited singer Philip Anselmo and evolved into a much heavier-sounding act. Their 1990 major label debut, Cowboys From Hell, made them pioneers of a new kind of sound that combined thrash metal riffing with grinding groove-laden rhythms and an almost industrial precision.

Pantera became one of the most influential metal bands of the ’90s, churning out classic albums like Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven, the latter of which hit Number One on the Billboard 200 chart. When the band broke up in the early 2000s due to tensions between the Abbotts and Anselmo, the brothers started a new band called Damageplan.

But that came to an end on December 8th, 2004, when Darrell Abbott was shot dead onstage at the age of 38 by a deranged gunman as the band performed at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Vinnie never spoke with Phil Anselmo again after his brother’s death, feeling that some less than kind things Anselmo said about Darrell in the press may have set the killer off.

Two years after his brother’s death, Vinnie returned to music with the group Hellyeah, which also featured members of Mudvayne and Nothingface. The band has released five albums together over the past decade, most recently 2016′s Unden!able, and were most recently working on their sixth studio effort. Vinnie was said to have finished his drum tracks for the new LP.

While Vinnie Paul managed to carve out a second phase to his career even after the horrific tragedy of what happened to his brother, it’s his staccato drumming and thunderous sound of Pantera for which he’ll be most remembered — as the backbeat for one of the most influential metal acts of all time.

At press time Vinnie’s body had been turned over to the medical examiner to determine an official cause of death, after which his body will be flown to Texas to be buried between his mother and brother.

Reactions poured in over the weekend from rock and metal musicians around the world to the passing of Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died in his sleep on Friday night (June 22nd) at his home in Las Vegas.

  Vinnie’s longtime girlfriend Chelsey Yeager wrote in an Instagram post that was later removed, ”I want to thank each & every one of you guys for sending your love! Please please give me & all of our family/friends time. I can’t begin to describe the pain in my heart from this nightmare… I have absolutely no other words.”

Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown, whose relationship with Vinnie since the band’s break-up had been a strained one, wrote, “The last few days have been very difficult and painful. At this time, I need more time to process my feelings.” He later added, “Everybody is going through their own strife with this. Pray for Jerry Abbott [father of Vinnie Paul and 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott]. No man should have to bury two incredible sons in one lifetime.”

Ex-Pantera singer Philip Anselmo posted a picture of a lit candle in the dark, but has not issued any public comment. Up until his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo. Vinnie partially blamed comments Anselmo made in the press for inciting a disturbed gunman to shoot and kill Vinnie’s brother, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, onstage in a Columbus, Ohio club in December 2004.

 

Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell wrote, “Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place. Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close. Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.”

Vinnie Paul was a great friend to us here at hardDrive. From Pantera, to Damageplan, to Hellyeah, Vinnie was always up for a great conversation about music. He will be missed terribly.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl says that a cold he got from his daughter is to blame for his voice sounding rough at some of the band’s recent shows. Fans have expressed concern over Grohl’s voice in recent days, with some worrying that Grohl — a smoker as well as a drinker who screams through most of the Foos’ two-and-a-half hour sets — had done permanent damage to his vocal cords.

Grohl told the Daily Star, “The week before the tour, my four-year-old got f**king sick, I’m at home with her all week, and I’m, like, ‘Oh, God. No, no, no! Please, don’t do it,’ but she wants a kiss goodnight every night. I try to give her the cheek, but she wants the lips, and then on the flight over to Germany, I start to feel it. I’m, like, ‘F**k! I’m getting a fever. I’m feeling sore. Then the next show, my throat closes up on me. I’ve got a f**king cold. There’s nothing I can do!”

One fan wrote on the Foos’ Reddit page after a show in Belgium last Monday night (June 11th), “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, “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.”

Foo Fighters will begin a North American trek on July 6th in Columbia, Missouri, winding down on October 18th in St. Paul, Minnesota. The band is touring in support of its 2017 LP, Concrete And Gold.

Halestorm has released a new single called “Black Vultures” from the band’s upcoming fourth album, Vicious. The track follows up the lead single from the set, “Uncomfortable,” which arrived at the end of May. While “Uncomfortable” was a fast, rip-roaring thrasher of a cut, “Black Vultures” has a moodier feel and darker melodic themes.

Halestorm debuted “Black Vultures” in concert at the opening show of its Canadian co-headlining tour with Stone Sour, back in late January in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Vicious will arrive on July 27th and follows up 2015′s Into The Wild Life. Among the other tracks on the album are “Skulls,” “Buzz,” “Do Not Disturb,” “Conflicted,” “Killing Ourselves To Live,” “Heart of Novocaine,” “Painkiller,” “White Dress,” “The Silence” and the title track.

Halestorm will embark on the second leg of its U.S. tour showcasing all female-fronted hard rock bands on July 27th in Kansas City, Missouri. Other acts on the bill include In This Moment and New Years Day.

Stone Sour will release a deluxe edition of its sixth studio album, 2017′s Hydrograd, on August 31st. The two-disc set will contain the original LP along with a total of 13 additional tracks, including unreleased covers, B-sides, live recordings and alternate versions of songs from the album.

Among the highlights are a previously unreleased track and video called “Burn One Turn One,” an acoustic version of the hit “Song #3,” plus covers of Soundgarden‘s “Outshined,” Van Halen‘s “Unchained” and Rage Against The Machine‘s “Bombtrack.”

Hydrograd was Stone Sour’s first album since 2013 and singer Corey Taylor explained a while back the goals he had for the set: ”We just wanted to make a feel-good album, man, you know. We just wanted to make one of those kind of throwback albums that you just put on and there doesn’t have to be an overall message. There doesn’t have to be an overall statement. We just wanted to make a good, kick-ass hard rock album that just takes you anywhere you want to go. That’s what we did with this album and it just feels awesome.”

Stone Sour will support Ozzy Osbourne on the initial North American leg of the legendary vocalist’s “No More Tours 2″ trek, which kicks off on August 30th in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian has revealed in an official newsletter sent to fans that he has roughly five songs he originally wrote for the band which he now plans to rework and release either on a solo EP or as part of a film soundtrack.

Tankian wrote, “I have five rock songs that I wanted I do with SOAD but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna work out, so I am finishing those up to release them as a solo EP or possibly as a soundtrack for my film cause they are interrelated.”

Although the members of System Of A Down have reportedly written some 15 new songs over the past few years, the band seems unable — for reasons that are not clear — to get into a studio and record a new album for the first time since 2005.

Guitarist Daron Malakian is issuing a new album called Dictator from his recently revived side project, Scars On Broadway, on July 20th. Malakian recorded the LP in 2012 but held the album back, also in hopes of recording a new LP with System Of A Down.

Malakian told us a while back how System Of A Down’s sound originated: ”There was this kind of music that was in my head that I was looking for in a band that I just couldn’t find. So that was the kind of music that we wanted to create, because we all that same type of frustration where it was like, ‘Yeah, we like heavy music, but we like this and we like that and we like this — where can we find a music that blends all those emotions into one song?’”

Despite its continued studio hiatus, System Of A Down will play five U.S. shows this October, in San Bernardino, Sacramento, Phoenix San Diego and Las Vegas.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger, and ex-Marilyn Manson guitaist Zim Zum.

Monday, Jul 02

Kick off a new week Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! This week, Lou is joined every night by featured artist Alice In Chains! Special guest Halestorm will talk about the new song “Uncomfortable!” We’ve got a brand new SMASH or CRASH, with new music from Badflower vs. Middle Class Rut! Be a part of the show and call Lou at 877-MUSIC-11!

Friday, Jun 29

Celebrate Friday night in style with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch will talk covering the Offspring! Special guest Bullet For My Valentine celebrates the release of their new album “Gravity!” Call in your requests at 877-MUSIC-11

Thursday, Jun 28

hardDrive XL is  the only place to hear Lou Brutus playing the rock you love! Featured artist Five Finger Death Punch talks writing with Lou! Special guest 10 Years is here to talk “Burnout!” Want to share your new musical obsession with the rest of the world? Make a request at 877-MUSIC-11

Wednesday, Jun 27

Lou Brutus brings the rock and roll mayhem every night on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch tells Lou about the artistic process! Special guest Shaman’s Harvest stops in to chat with Lou! Call 877-MUSIC-11 and Ask Lou any music trivia you want! 

Tuesday, Jun 26

Lou Brutus is playing the best rock on your radio on hardDrive XL! Tonight, Lou asks Ivan Moody of featured artist of the week Five Finger Death Punch about releasing the new album! Special guests Alice In Chains will tell Lou about producing the next record! If someone’s getting on your nerves, call the XL ShoutBox at 877-MUSIC-11

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!