Monday, Oct 15

Lou Brutus is here to play the loud rock music you love on hardDrive XL! Joining Lou every night this week as featured artist is Bullet For My Valentine! Lou’s special guest tonight is Jonathan Davis! It’s a new SMASH or CRASH showdown with Five Finger Death Punch vs. Chevelle! Call Lou at 877-MUSIC-11!

Friday, Oct 12

Celebrate the arrival of the weekend with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold will give Lou an update on the next studio album! Special guest Ryan Williams of Red Sun Rising will tell Lou about the coolest guitar he ever played! Lzzy Hale returns to answer your questions in Ask Lzzy! Call in your questions at 877-MUSIC-11!

Thursday, Oct 11

Tune in to the award-winning Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold will name the band’s Call of Duty Champion! Special guest Rival Sons will stop in to recall opening for Black Sabbath! If your neighbor won’t stop buzzing your house with his drone, call the XL Shoutbox at 877-MUSIC-11

Wednesday, Oct 10

Bringing the loudness with the best rock music, it’s Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Zacky Vengeance returns to tell Lou about nailing the mix! The Glorious Sons stop by to share some harrowing road stories! If you’ve got questions about the music biz, call 877-MUSIC-11 and Ask Lou!

Tuesday, Oct 09

Your favorite bands are on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! Featured artist Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold will tell Lou about the “Black Reign” EP! Special guest The Fever 333 is here to talk about turning messages into songs! Rage against the idiots in the XL Shoutbox, call 877-MUSIC-11

Friday, Oct 05 2018

Good morning and happy Friday! What better way to kick off the weekend than with new Papa Roach music!?

Papa Roach has released two new songs called “Who Do You Trust?” and “Renegade Music,” the first tunes to see the light of day from the California band’s upcoming 10th studio album. “Who Do You Trust?” is accompanied by a video as well, in which the band is disguised as the members of an ethically questionable news team.

Singer Jacoby Shaddix explained about the track, “This song is a statement of engagement. In this day and age, who do you trust? The message of the song is to think for yourself and to trust in yourself, and the imagery of the song matches that. It’s the sea of information, all of if slightly out of focus — and you’re left floating in trying to decide for yourself. Who do you trust?”

The band has yet to finalize a title or release date for its next effort, but Shaddix said that the follow-up to last year’s Crooked Teeth will continue the band’s musical evolution. He explained, “It’s a little frightening in a sense at times — like, ‘Oh, man. Are people gonna get it?’ But then we still have the core sound of the band on the record as well. There’s a few songs that we’re challenging our fans, like, ‘Hey, are you gonna come down this road with us?’”

Shaddix told us a while back why it was important for his band to evolve beyond its nu metal and rap-rock roots: ”Rap-metal just kinda puts like a time limit on your band, you know? If you just go, ‘OK, we’re a rap-metal band,’ then that’s the time limit for your band, you know? And like even since we started we just, like, kinda wanted to know ourselves as like a rock band, you know? I think that will give us a little more longevity with the band.”

Papa Roach will finish out 2018 with a brief run of October dates that will finish up on the 16th at the Austin City Limits festival in Texas. The group will then hit the road next February and March with Shinedown and Asking Alexandria.

Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext was hospitalized after falling ill on Tuesday night, October 2nd, after a show in Nottingham, England. According to LouderSound, Vext was advised by doctors to skip the band’s next gig, in Birmingham on Thursday night, October 4th, which instead found As Lions frontman Austin Dickinson and Bang Bang Romeo vocalist Stars filling in for Vext.

Vext was diagnosed with a “severe viral bronchial infection” and at press time it was unclear when Vext would get the green light to perform again. Bad Wolves’ next scheduled stop is Bristol on Friday, October 5th.

In a statement, Vext said in part, “This is our first trip to play shows in Europe as a band . . . So imagine my disappointment when a few days ago I began feeling ill to the point I knew something was wrong enough that I had to seek medical treatment — and to accept the doctors’ advice that I not play the show in Birmingham.”

After the European run is over, Bad Wolves will return home to North America for a fall tour with Five Finger Death PunchBreaking Benjamin and more. The band is supporting its debut disc, Disobey, which features the monster hit “Zombie.”

Pearl Jam announced on Thursday, October 4th, that its Home Shows initiative raised $10.8 million to be distributed to nearly 100 organizations working to fight homelessness in Seattle and King County.

The money was raised with the help of more than 170 partners — corporations, philanthropies, restaurants and small businesses — along with thousands of individuals, who were inspired by Pearl Jam’s Home Shows concerts on August 8th and August 10th in Seattle.

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard said, “From the start, we hoped businesses, foundations and individuals would see themselves in this work. The Home Shows initiative is about bringing the issue of homelessness closer to all of us — increasing our understanding of a complex issue, our empathy for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and our resolve for working together. We’re proud of what our city has done. Now we need to stay inspired. There’s a lot more to do.”

Most Home Shows partners have designated the organizations that will receive their financial commitments, which total nearly $7.8 million. More than $1.3 million is being distributed to nonprofits selected by Pearl Jam with guidance from a 19-member advisory group of service providers, issue experts and funders.

Those funds will be targeted to two areas: diversion, a strategy to reduce the length of time families and individuals experience homelessness, and youth homelessness. In addition, $1.7 million remains to be granted by partners, the band and advisory group, based on future needs assessment.


Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong took to Instagram to offer comfort to an old friend after the latter was hit with a cup full of beer at a baseball game. Oakland native John Spencer was out at Yankee Stadium in New York to support his home team, the Athletics, but after the Yankees defeated the As, an overly-enthusiastic idiot disguised as a Yankees fan poured his beer on Spencer’s head.

Spencer told For The Win, “I was being totally respectful, I knew I was in enemy territory, I was also sitting in the bleachers, which probably wasn’t the best idea. I made friends with Yankees friends around me and (talking trash) here and there. And that took it to the next level.”

But it turns out that Spencer, who plays in the New York punk act Stringer, is also a childhood friend of Armstrong, who wrote online, “I’ve known this kid since he was in middle school. His name is John and he was hit with a cup of beer by a moron at the A’s/Yankee game last night . . . He’s also one of the most kick-ass drummers I’ve ever heard and he’s been a great influence to my sons as musicians. Let’s make him feel awesome and show him some love.”

The Oakland Athletics also took to Twitter to track down Spencer and after finding him, hooked up the diehard fan with some new A’s merch.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to a legendary voice, former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson! Have a great weekend everyone!


16: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater w/ Papa Roach
17: Lubbock, TX @ Lone Star Amphitheater w/ Papa Roach
19: Arlington, TX @ Texas Live! w/ Papa Roach
20: El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center w/ Papa Roach
06: Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
07: Colorado Springs, CO @ Broadmoor World Arena
10: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavillion
12: Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
13: Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
14: Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
15: Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial
17: Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breedan Fieldhouse
20: Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
21: Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Center
23: Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Center
24: Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
26: Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
27: Cedar Rapids, IA @ US Cellular Center
28: Lawerence, KS @ Granada Theater
29: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center
01: Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
03: Biloxi, MS @ MS Coast Coliseum
04: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Bham
05: Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena
08: Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10: Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
11: Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena
12: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts


15: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
17: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
18: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
19: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
20: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
23: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
24: Rochester, NY @ Anthology
25: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
26: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
27: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
28: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
30: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

Wednesday, Oct 03 2018

Good morning Radicals! Here’s the mid-week music news roundup:

Rage Against The Machine and Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello kicked off a solo tour in New York City on Monday night, October 1st as he prepares to release his new solo LP, titled The Atlas Underground, on the 12th of this month.

Morello opened the show by talking for about 15 minutes about his background, his days with Rage Against the Machine, and his days studying at Harvard. Then he played a few song fragments, including part of Audioslave‘s “Like A Stone” as a tribute to his fallen Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell. He also did part of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Mr. Crowley,” which he’s done with Ozzy in the past.

Following that, Morello performed his entire new album from start to finish, then played his Bruce Springsteen collaboration “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” invited fans onstage to sing along on “This Land Is Your Land,” and ended with the Rage Against the Machine classic, “Killing In The Name.”

Morello next plays on Thursday, October 4th in Boston. His new LP features guest appearances from Portugal. The ManCage The Elephant singer Matt SchultzX-AmbassadorsRise Against frontman Tim McIlrathMarcus Mumford and many more.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan and his partner Chloe Mendel have welcomed their second child and first daughter, named Philomena Clementine Corgan. Their son Augustus Juppiter Corgan was born in 2015.

Corgan wrote on Instagram, “Please welcome Philomena Clementine Corgan, the latest addition to our family! Pictured here with her brother, Augustus Juppiter, this makes 8, counting Chloe, AngelfaceDiamondbabyChin ChinLing Ling and yours truly.”

He added, “I’m so lucky to have a great partner in @chloemendel, who juggled raising our son, pregnancy with Philomena, whilst building her fashion line (@maisonatia) and navigating my being gone so much with SP in 2018. Oh, and then there’s wrestling!! What a year!”

The Pumpkins recently announced a string of 30th anniversary live shows that kick off on November 28th at the Sylvee in Madison, Wisconsin. The new dates follow up the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour,” the first in nearly two decades to feature original members William CorganJimmy Chamberlin and James Iha.

In addition, the Pumpkins will release their new album, Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., on November 16th. The eight-song LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin recording together. The band has shared two songs from the disc, “Solara” and “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).”

AC/DC‘s 45th anniversary is being commemorated by the Australian government through the release of a new collection of coins. The Royal Australian Mint — the government agency which is the sole supplier of Australia’s circulating coinage — has partnered with Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, to strike its AC/DC coins with a bolt of man-made lightning.

The experiment was conducted in the “Caged Lightning” exhibition at Questacon, which produces lightning using a Tesla coil. Ten AC/DC 50 cent pieces, all featuring the famous high voltage logos and design elements from AC/DC albums, were jolted with 3,500,000 volts of lightning.

Royal Australian Mint chief executive officer Ross MacDiarmid said, “The Mint thought that such an iconic band deserved high voltage coins and an electrifying launch to match. We weren’t sure what effect the lightning would have on the coins, but we discovered that because the coins are such excellent conductors of electricity, the lightning’s mark is only visible under magnification.”

The 10 coins that were “Thunderstruck,” out of the 30,000 that were made, will be randomly sent to 10 customers who order their AC/DC anniversary coin through the Mint’s online store or Contact Center.

The second coin minted for AC/DC’s 45th anniversary is the Mint’s first-ever nickel-plated coin. It’s black and minted on a triangular blank to resemble a guitar pick. The design elements have also been drawn from AC/DC’s album artwork and the amp-inspired packaging includes an actual guitar pick. The new coins are both officially licensed AC/DC merchandise and legal tender in Australia.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Sevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook, and the legendary Tommy Lee of Motley Crue!