Friday, Mar 27

Tomorow, Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin will stop by the studios for an exclusive interview!  I am so psyched to catch up with him. I think our last interview was in Feb of 2010 when they were on tour with Three Days Grace.  Will update on Monday. Let me know if you have any questions you’d like me to ask him.  Email via the interact link on the home page or text it in through the Interact Live portal of the new hardDriveRadio APP!  And speaking of the app, our own Lou Brutus will inaugurate our first ever Live App Chat! Get your questions ready for Lou in the Interact Live section.  The event will take place on Tuesday night, April 7th at 11 PM ET/10 PM CT/8 PM PT.  Don’t sleep! (Ha, that’s a throwback hip hop tern. I was listening to interviews I did back in 1995 with Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG.  I used to produce a hip hop show back in tha day! Miss those fellas. Forgot how sweet Biggie was. He really was like a big teddy bear.  Neither of these guys deserved to die. Hope someday their killers will be found and prosecuted to the fullest.)….Meanwhile, we knew something would come out of the old Mudvayne camp eventually.  Pulse Of Radio reporting Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett and drummer Matt McDonough have reunited in a new band called Audiotopsy, which also includes singer Billy Keeton   from  Skrape  and bassist Perry Stern. The group recently completed recording its debut album and is mixing the disc now, with a summer release planned. (Hmmm, wonder why they didn’t invite former Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie?) Tribbett, who was also a member of Hellyeah until early 2014, said in a statement, “I’m extremely excited about Audiotopsy. The music has everything you want in a record . . . heavy, melodic, atmospheric, big, hooky riffs/singalongs as well. The guys in the band are great and we all feel as if this was meant to happen.”  Tribbett and  bassist Bob “Zilla” Kahaha were dismissed from Hellyeah last year. Guitarist Tom Maxwell  explained, “They just pretty much had a lot of other stuff going on in their life that just took the focus of the band away, and for us to continue, we had to part ways with them.”   Meanwhile, it’s been almost six years since Mudvayne released its self-titled fifth album, which was barely promoted and sold weakly upon release.  The band has been silent since then, although a message was posted at its Facebook page last year saying that the group had not broken up. Will be interesting to see what this sounds like.  (Whoops!   I just Googled Audiotopsy,,,it’s a hip hop artist from Portland, OR  whose  got music up on Soundcloud. Guess Greg and the boys didn’t research the name too well,  or maybe they bought the name  outright, at which point, the dude on Soundcloud needs to change his thing up.) …Oh no!  Ozzy Osbourne apparently has to cancel Ozzfiesta, the planned concert and party hosted by Ozzy scheduled to happen at the Hard Rock in Mexico in May.  The organizers said in a statement, “Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel.”  The organizers added they will be offering refunds, but that fans who might still like to keep their reservation and convert it into an “all-inclusive vacation” at the Hard Rock should get in touch to make the arrangements.There has been no statement issued yet from the Osbourne camp nor any hint of what kind of surgery the singer is undergoing. Ozzy still has three dates in Brazil and one in Mexico posted on his website for late April and early May. In addition to a headlining performance from Ozzy, the five-day Ozzfiesta was supposed to include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne, an opening night party featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a question-and-answer session with Ozzy and his band, a Black Label Society concert, a comedy night, a charity golf tournament and more. Ozzy’s only other confirmed live plans at the moment are a October solo residency in Las Vegas and a late November show in Japan with Black Sabbath.  Sabbath is reportedly working on material for what will be its final studio album, but that has yet to be made official (Hmmm, possible the thing wasn’t selling perhaps?)….Pulse Of Radio says Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor is reportedly playing a major role in redesigning the digital music app on Apple’s iPhones to include a new streaming service, according to the New York Times. Reznor is the chief creative officer at Beats Music, the streaming service that Apple acquired for $3 billion last year. The Beats staff is working with Apple to create a brand new streaming app that will allow Apple to compete with companies like Spotify and Rhapsody. The new service will be the biggest change in Apple’s music strategy in years. Until now the company has relied on selling music downloads via its iTunes store. Reznor is said to be the “point man” for overhauling Apple’s digital music services, according to two Apple employees who spoke with the Times anonymously. Music listeners are turning away from downloads, which earned 8.5 percent less in 2014 than the year before, and are embracing streaming. The new music app Reznor and others are working on may feature many of the same elements as the Beats Music streaming service, including curated playlists and vivid visuals. The name Beats Music will most likely be dropped. Reznor hinted at what he was working on in an interview with Billboard last November, saying that Apple “expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them. I can’t go into details, but I feel like I’m in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them.”  Reznor said at the time the project was in the “world” of music delivery, adding, “It’s exciting to me, and I think it could have a big enough impact that it’s worth the effort.” Wonder what roles, if any, Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who were also partners in Beats with Reznor, will have or if they just got a billion each and said ‘buh bye’….And I wonder what former Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist  Mike Mushok are up to?  I also hear Godsmack has a new single coming out called “Worthless.”  It was a tune that never made it onto the 1000hp  album…..Celebrating life this weekend:  Today:  Scott Anderson of Finger Eleven (I hear they are coming back this year) is 41.  Staind bassist Johnny April is the Big 5-0 and Quentin Tarantino is 54.   Saturday, say Happy 29th to Lady Gaga  and Sunday, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell is 56  and Eric Idle of Monty Python fame will be 72.





15:   Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
18:  Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
19:  Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
22:  Indianapolis, IN @ Indianapolis 500
04:  Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest 
08:  Lansing, MI @ Common Ground Music Festival 
11:  Kitchener, ON @ McLennan Park (Brooklyn Vegan)

Thursday, Mar 26

What chilling news the co-pilot of the GermanWings airplane that went down in the French Alps was intentional.  It’s so hard to believe what is going on in this world.  Let’s pause the remember the victims and hope this is the last of these horrific occurrences….. Had a great day yesterday with Mark Tremonti dropping by for an audio and video interview and Lee Runestead and Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail (drummer and heavy vocals.)  Can’t wait for you to hear the story of I Prevail.  These guys haven’t even been together a year.   Met through friends and rehearsed in a storage room and recorded demos in one of their parents’ basements.   They’ve got nearly 7.5 million views on YouTube on their Taylor Swift “Blank Spaces” cover.   They’ve only done 6 live shows so far, and from the looks of their set, they look like seasoned professionals.  Can’t wait to see how they grow! Meanwhile, Tremonti told me the upcoming Cauterize album is going to be a two-cd release, which part 2, Dust, coming out sometime later this year.  I learned the Cauterize album was originally going to be titled Providence (a beautiful song on the album), but they decided to change it up.  The artwork sounds pretty cool, too.  Mark told me he is very proud of these 20 songs, and that he believes it is some of his best work.  (I agree!)  There are even some 3 part harmonies on this thing! I asked what the status is of Creed, and it appears there will never be another Creed album or tour.  You’ll see in the video interview, Mark says he and Scott Stapp had a falling down half-way through the last Creed tour and he has no intention of renewing that relationship.  Although he wishes Scott no harm, it seems he will never work with him again.  Anyhow, be listening for Mark on hardDrive over Easter weekend and upcoming hardDrive XL shows as well! You can pre-order Cauterize, which drops Jun 09…..Pulse Of Radio reports Metallica will headline this year’s edition of  Lollapalooza  along with Paul McCartney. The festival is once again scheduled to take place at Grant Park in Chicago, on July 31st, August 1st and 2nd. Joining the headliners will be more than 100 other acts, including Sam SmithFlorence And The MachineAlt-JDeath From Above 1979Of Monsters And Men and many more. Metallica said in a statement, “It’s been nearly 20 years since we’ve been lucky enough to take the stage at Lollapalooza, so we are over the top that we’ve been asked to play this year at the now annual extravaganza held at Grant Park in Chicago. We’ll be hitting the stage on Saturday, August 1st.”  McCartney will headline on Friday (July 31st), while Florence And The Machine will do the honors on Sunday (August 2nd).   Metallica last appeared on the Lollapalooza bill back in 1996, when it was still a traveling festival. That year’s lineup also featured Soundgarden and the Ramones. Speaking of Metallica, guitarist Kirk Hammett has added another new event to his second annual Fear FestEvil horror-themed weekend. The new addition is a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos, which will include a freakshow, carnival games, a hearse car show, Hammett’s ’36 Ford, a crypt and various vendors. The carnival will be set up outside the RockBar Theatre in San Jose, California on April 11th and 12th, where the Fear FestEvil is taking place. The weekend will also include musical performances, celebrity appearances and a VIP party featuring a murder mystery dinner…. Another reason why Dave Grohl is just about the coolest dude around. Pulse Of Radio also reporting the Foo Fighters frontman has done his part to help fulfill the last wish of a terminally ill fan of the band, according to GigwiseKen Powell has been battling cancer for 14 years but with surgery and treatment both having failed to contain it, the 56-year-old hardcore Foos fan has set out to meet the band while he still has time.  Powell, who lives in Australia, was set to meet the Foos when they toured there recently. But a bout with food poisoning forced Grohl to cancel all fan meet-and-greets. However, a friend of Powell’s who happened to be a flight attendant made contact with Grohl and told him Powell’s story. Grohl’s response was to send Powell a photo of himself holding a sign saying “Hi Ken,” with two VIP tickets for the band’s upcoming show in Los Angeles on Sep 21st.  Powell is now raising $20,000 for his trip to Los Angeles, with all contributions above that amount going to cancer research. Powell said, “Any money surplus to the fundraiser’s objective will be donated to Melanoma Institute of Australia who have been a big support to me.” Foo Fighters will tour Europe in May and June before kicking off a massive North American tour on July 4th in Washington D.C., the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Foo Fighters album….System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian said in a new interview with Madcap Music Review the band has already worked on its first new music in a decade, with plans to enter the studio in the coming months to record a full-length album. Asked about the chances of the group recording for the first time since 2005, Odadjian said, “Yeah, there’s a very good chance. I don’t have a date. We’ve already gone. We’ve written some songs. We’re keeping it to ourselves. We’re getting back to the bulls**t of being together.” Odadjian told us a while back he could never envision System Of A Down going away permanently: “We’re brothers, man, we’ll take bullets for each other. So it’s like, you kind of miss each other after a while and you, one guy makes the first move, then another starts making phone calls….this is a juggernaut, man. System Of A Down is my lifeline. It’ll never go away. We could not make a record for 10 years — that’s not gonna happen, but I’m just saying we could — and we’ll come back strong.” System singer Serj Tankian – widely believed to be the member least interested in recording again until now — said in a recent interview with that “there has been talk” of the band recording a new album, saying, “The openness is there to work together, but we haven’t made any particular plans that we can announce.”  System last released new music in 2005 with the Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums, but started to tour again in 2011.  The band members have reiterated throughout the hiatus they have remained friends, although drummer John Dolmayan hinted last year at some personal issues in the group, saying, “We probably would have been in the studio making an album already, but for personal reasons, one of our members cant be in the studio right now. It’s a positive thing, but that’s all I can say on that right now.”  System Of A Down recently added two more North American dates to its upcoming world tour. In addition to shows in Los Angeles on April 6th and Quebec on June 18th, the band will now stop in Detroit on June 17th and Toronto on the 19th. The tour commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and will feature System Of A Down’s first-ever performance in their homeland of Armenia, on April 23rd…Jane’s Addiction has announced  they are continuing their tour from last year, performing its classic 1988 album Nothing’s Shocking from front to back at selected shows . The band also recently got together to begin working on new material. Confirmed Jane’s Addiction tour dates are posted in Road Rage….Happy 47th today to former Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha.  And very Happy 67th to the one and only Steven Tyler of Aerosmith!

Wednesday, Mar 25

Mark Tremonti is stopping by our studios this morning, but yesterday on a visit to Loudwire, he told them Creed singer Scott Stapp, who made headlines last November by claiming he was broke and living in his car after all his money had been taken by either his wife or some sort of shadowy conspiracy, recently completed a 90-day stint in rehab. Tremonti revealed, “Thank God he got through it all and his family got him into treatment. I think he went through a 90-day program. I know he went to get help and now he’s out of the treatment, so hopefully he stays sober.”  Mark added, “Family is the most important thing. You’ve just got to stay sober and clean and provide for your family and be there for your kids. For me, that’s what would always keep me out of trouble.”  The whole drama began last November when Stapp posted several videos online in which he claimed to be broke, nearly homeless and under “attack” from unnamed enemies who had wiped out his bank accounts and possibly set the IRS on him.  It later turned out Scott’s wife, Jaclyn, had filed for divorce, claiming her husband had left their home in early October and had been on a drug bender since then.  Stapp was placed in a three-day psychiatric hold at one point, with Jaclyn trying to get him into a 60-day one. She claimed his drug use has made him paranoid, delusional and dangerous to himself and his family. Stapp lost custody of his three children during this period, while also missing a court hearing and allegedly threatening to kill President Obama. News about Stapp trailed off in mid-December, but Tremonti’s remarks indicated the singer was at the very least attempting to get his life back on track. Wonder if Creed plans to make music?  I will have to ask Mark that today! Mark  has just released the first single, “Another Heart,” from his second solo album, Cauterize. The album is due Jun 09 and it’s freakin’ amazing!  I’ve been listening to an advance of it and it has blown me away how they’ve stepped up the game, if that was even possible!  It’s nice and crunchy and with the addition of Wolfgang Van Halen, has taken the sound to a whole new level. Mark’s vocals are strong and confident. Garrett Whitlock’s drumming is outstanding and Eric Friedman guitars are blazing! I can’t say enough about this record!  The band will be touring soon and have dates beginning with a ton of radio festivals April 25th.  Starting May 03, they are doing shows with Seether…..I saw this new band out of Michigan last night called I Prevail.  Heard of them? They caught the attention of a prominent Detroit-based manager who got a prompt on his cell phone to check out a band who covered Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Spaces.” (Which has now hit something like 7.5 MILLION views on YouTube.) Well, they played a small club show last night with a full on mosh pit here in NYC and blew me away!  Are they the next big thing?  Guess we’ll have to wait ‘n see!  They’re stopping by the studios today. They’ve already presented Ms Swift with a check for $100,000 for the use of the song on the sale of the single! Crazy! Check out their ep Heart Vs Mind.…Oh,  I see Scott Weiland has apologized to fans. Hmm, is it a little too late, I wonder? He’s owning up to his rude behavior at a recent meet-and-greet in Boston. According to Alternative Nation, Weiland posted a statement on Facebook in which he wrote, “I would like to make a sincere apology to the fans that were at the meet and greet in Boston. I’m embarrassed by my behavior and some of the things that I said. Fans don’t deserve that. Without our fans and supporters, we would not be able to do what we’re doing. I put my all into the show that night and honestly was just beyond exhausted . . . either way, I acted like a total a****le and for that I’m truly sorry.”  ​Fans of Weiland wrote online that they were left “disgusted” and “disappointed” after the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer held a VIP meet-and-greet session at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Three different fans posted their descriptions of the event at a Stone Temple Pilots fan forum, including one fan who claimed that Weiland said to him, “Let’s suck a d**k!”  One fan wrote  when it was his turn to meet Weiland and take a picture with him, “Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said ‘Lets get this s**t done with.’” Another fan, to whom Weiland allegedly uttered ‘Let’s suck a d**k,’ said the singer was “definitely drunk and ready to get outta there.”  Scott, when will you learn?…..This is exciting!  Fox TV is getting ready to open up a new 6-episode season of The X-Files!  This reunites David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson  as Mulder and Scully with series creator Chris Carter!  The series debuted back in 1993 and ran for 13 seasons!…..Happy 33rd today to racer Danica Patrick.  Happy 68th to Elton John and Happy 73rd to The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!

Tuesday, Mar 24

New Music Monday was amazing, right?  New tunes from:  Breaking Benjamin, their first new music since 2009 with the song “Failure.”  It is the first single from their forthcoming album, Dark Before Dawn, due Jun 23.  The band also posted all their tour dates this spring and summer and we’ve got them in Road Rage.  On Saturday, I will be sitting down with  Ben Burnley to discuss life on hiatus, the break-up of the old band, the new band, and more!  Then Three Days Grace released the 3rd single, “Human Race,” from their new album, Human, which drops on Tuesday, Mar 31.  The band will be in town next week for a show on release day and they’ll be in the hardDriveRadio Studios on April Fool’s Day!    Then new stuff from Muse called “Dead Inside.”  Their new album, Drones, is set for a Jun 09 release.  And of course, in this week’s Smash or Crash (see the home page) , you can vote for your favorite between Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, so get on board!  Also: news of the very first hardDriveRadio APP CHAT! Yep, our very own Lou Brutus will be on the app LIVE for you to talk to on Tuesday night, Apr 07 at 11 PM ET/10 PM CT/8 PM PT. You can chat on the Interact Live page.  So start thinking up some great questions to pose to Mr Brutus!  Maybe you can win a prize that we’ve had in the prize closet!  Ya never know!  More live APP CHATS  coming later this month with some artists you are gonna love.  So here’s one more reason to download that free hardDriveRadio APP!  And don’t forget, you can stream last night’s hardDrive XL and last weekend’s hardDrive on the app.  Lots of listening there for ya in case ya missed the shows or just want to listen again!…..In the hardDriveRadio studios tomorrow, Mark Tremonti!  I’ve been listening to his new album, Cauterize,  Mark’s second solo record, and I gotta tell ya, it is SMOKIN’ HOT!   The band is so tight, now that Wolfgang Van Halen is their bassist, along with Eric Friedman on guitar and Garrett Whitlock on drums.  This record is off the charts awesome.  It’s like they’re on steroids or something! It’s heavy, heavy, HEAVY!  Love it!  Also dropping by tomorrow, a brand new band out of Michigan called I Prevail.  So be listening for all of the these killer interviews on hardDrive and hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus  in the coming weeks!  And the week of Apr 06-10 don’t forget, Adam Jones of Tool is our Featured Artist of the Week!   We scored the interview with him that he did for Yahoo Music and are psyched to present it on hardDriveRadio!   I think you are gonna be stoked to hear it….Personally, I don’t think it could happen, but hey, ya never know, right? Dave Grohl has been hinting at a possible second installment of Foo Fighters:Sonic Highways.  He recently commented there are so many places in the world where he could trace music origins out of studios in England, Germany and even other U.S. cities like Detroit, Memphis and San Francisco.  But the first endeavor was really time consuming and cost beaucoup bucks.  But hey, he’s Dave Grohl, so anything is possible.  Personally, I see him just doing documentaries on these cities and maybe not recording an entire Foo Fighters album during the making of.  Only Dave knows that Dave will do! I missed the band’s  live show last Tuesday night.   I bet it’s online somewhere.  I think that’s where he commented on some of this…..Pulse Of Radio says Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum was asked in a recent interview with Noisey if original guitarist Jim Martin, who left the band in 1993, was asked to participate in the current reunion which started in 2009. Bottum answered, “Oh, we totally reached out to him. I was of the mind that, of course we would not do this without Jim. There’s no way. I think we all felt pretty strongly about that initially — well, some of us maybe more strongly than others. Jim was a real contentious person in the band, but I loved him . . . I wanted him to do it, and I actually talked to him about it. I thought it was going that way, but it just didn’t work out.”   Bottum was also asked if Martin had interest in returning. He replied, “I think he had interest. But I think he also had really pent-up resentments about the way we broke up. I think it was difficult for him to come back into the fold, and he set it up in such a way that . . . I think, unconsciously, he was gonna cut off his nose to spite his face. Like he was so damaged from resentment that he dug a hole and didn’t come out of it. Which is a shame. That’s my take.”  Martin departed after completing the touring cycle for the band’s fourth album, Angel Dust. He was followed by a short succession of guitarists including Trey SpruanceDean Menta and Jon Hudson, who was the band’s last axeman when it broke up in 1998. Hudson was also in the lineup for the current reunion and plays on the band’s upcoming album, Sol Invictus.  The disc, the group’s first collection of new music in 18 years, is set to arrive on May 19th through the band’s Reclamation Recordings.  Faith No More has also confirmed its first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off Apr 15th in Vancouver….The PRP says Volbeat has released an “interactive 360-degree live video” for the song “Dead But Rising.” How does one watch such a clip? The band suggests you “watch this video with the Google Chrome Web browser to fully experience the 360-degree technology. You can freely move by dragging it with your mouse or if you are using an Android phone with (the) latest software you can control the view by moving the device.” Volbeat will return to North America this spring for one more five-week run in support of last year’s Outlaw Ladies And Shady Ladies album, beginning on April 24th in Denver…..Wow!  Halo 5: Guardians trailer  is coming this weekend?   Is that true?   I was looking at some stills of it.  It looks so REAL!  WOW!

weekEnd March 21-22, 2015


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  MARILYN MANSON
“The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” & “Deep Six”
Plugged In:  PERIPHERY “Alpha”
FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation”
THE OFFSPRING “Coming For You”
SLASH “Bent To Fly”
Guest:  WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie”
HALESTORM “Apocalyptic”

Hour 2

Guest:  ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well”
INCUBUS “Absolution Calling”
Guest:  PAPA ROACH “Gravity”
SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande”
Guest:  THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster”

On the next hardDrive with Lou Brutus!
The Yahoo Music interview with ADAM JONES of TOOL!
PLUGGED IN with new music from  HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD
ASK LZZY with LZZY HALE of HALESTORM answering YOUR questions!
Music news in DIRT
Your chance to win a trip for two to  the 2015 ROCK ON THE RANGE!
And more of the best NEW ROCK in all the land!

Week March 23-27, 2015

AC/DC  ”Rock Or Bust”
ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well”
FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation”
HALESTORM “Apocalyptic”
THE OFFSPRING  ”Coming For You”

INCUBUS “Absolution Calling”
KID ROCK  ”First Kiss”
SLASH “Bent To Fly”
STARSET “Carnivore”


10 YEARS “Miscellanea”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie”
LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell”
OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne”
ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster”
SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande”
WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”

Monday, Mar 23

It’s official.  The Thomson Brothers had to have been reinacting a scene from The Walking Dead! Pulse Of Radio says Slipknot guitarist Mickael “Mick” Thomson has been charged with disorderly conduct after an incident earlier this month in which he and his brother were involved in a knife fight with each other and arrested. According to the Des Moines Register, a police investigation concluded both the 41-year-old Thomson and his 35-year-old brother Andrew were responsible for the March 11th confrontation. The two brothers were both charged with disorderly conduct by fighting or violent behavior in a public place.  Disorderly conduct is a simple misdemeanor under Iowa law, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of $65 to $625, or both.  Police said that the altercation between the brothers started around 4:25 a.m. inside Mickael’s house in Clive, IA and spilled onto the front lawn.  When officers arrived, the two men appeared to be intoxicated and had sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Mickael suffered a stab wound to the back of his head. Both men were transported to local hospitals in separate ambulances. Neighbors reported nothing unusual happening at the house earlier in the day.  The brothers’ next court appearance is scheduled for March 30th. The two siblings have declined to press charges against each other.  Slipknot will launch a spring U.S. trek on April 25th in Fort Myers, FL, ending on May 16th in Grand Rapids, MI…..Pulse also says Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell revealed in a post at his Facebook page he has completed the recording of his fourth solo studio album with producer Brendan O’Brien. The yet-to-be-titled disc is expected to come out later this year. Cornell’s previous solo outings  include 1999′s Euphoria Morning, 2007′s Carry On and 2009′s Scream, an ill-advised attempt at urban pop produced by Timbaland. After Euphoria Morning failed to achieve the same kind of success Cornell had reached with Soundgarden — who disbanded in 1997 but reunited in 2010 — he joined the instrumental members of Rage Against The Machine in Audioslave, which made three albums between 2002 and 2006.  Cornell has done solo performances throughout his whole career and told us a while back why he enjoys them: “You get, in a sense, addicted to that feeling of not so much the intimidation beforehand, but like the feeling of it afterwards when it actually worked and people liked it. And there’s also this, a thought that’s always followed me, which was, how much of a musician are you, really, if you can’t walk into a room, pick up an instrument and entertain people by yourself playing some songs?” Cornell also recorded “Heavy Is The Head” with The Zac Brown Band, performing it live on SNL a couple of Saturdays ago The single is doing quite well at rock radio, too…..Say it ain’t so!   Just read on Blabbermouth Sharon Osbourne announcing Black Sabbath‘s farewell show will take place Nov 21-22 at Ozzfest Japan in Tokyo.  Here’s the evidence. Korn will also be on the bill. Hmmmm.  Does this mean a final tour is in the works?..The main acts for this year’s Heavy Montreal bill Aug 7-9 is Slipknot, Faith No More, Korn, Lamb of God, Iggy Pop, NoFX, Bullet For My Valentine, Arch Enemy, Meshuggah and more!….This is kind of kookie.  Van Halen will promote the release of its new concert album, Live: Tokyo Dome In Concert, with an appearance on the April 2nd edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A post at the show’s website stated, “They are ‘what dreams are made of’ . . . a legendary, ‘unchained’ world-renowned rock band that continues to tear up the stage four decades since their beginning. Van Halen is here! In a daytime exclusive, the California rockers will take over Ellen’s stage to perform one of their favorite songs as they embark on their greatest hits tour!“….Sad news on Friday when we heard about the passing of  Anthony Jude “A.J.” Pero, best known as the drummer in Twisted Sister, who died at the age of 55. Pero was on tour with the band Adrenaline Mob at the time. After members of that group failed to rouse him on their tour bus Friday morning (March 20th), he was taken to a Poughkeepsie, NY hospital and pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack.  Pero joined Twisted Sister in 1982, leaving the band in 1986 but returning in 1997. He remained a member of the group, which has toured on and off over the past 15 years, to this day. He played drums on six of the group’s seven studio albums, except for 1987′s Love Is For Suckers.  Twisted Sister rose to prominence from the New York club scene in the early 1980s. Their biggest album, 1984′s Stay Hungry, contained the hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”  The surviving members of the band — who toured last year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Stay Hungry – issued a statement saying, “The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, A.J. Pero. The band, crew and most importantly the family of A.J. Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”  Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider said in a separate statement, “A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage . . . My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.”  In addition to touring with Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob, Pero also recently played with former members of Iron Maiden and Disturbed in a band called The Foundry. He also hosted drum clinics and seminars. Very sad….Celebrating life today is Ric Ocasek of The Cars, who turns 66.

Friday, Mar 20

Happy First Day of Spring!  Although here in NYC, we are expecting freezing rain and snow.  Thanks, Mother Nature!……In the news, Pulse Of Radio reports  Slipknot  percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan said in a new documentary special aired on BBC Radio One he could envision a time when Slipknot’s lineup consists of all new members. Crahan explained, “I’m always trying to figure out how to let it be forever . . . Don’t be surprised one day, you know, nobody in the band will be in the band. It’ll all just be new people. I’ll be eighty and there’ll be a whole Slipknot thing moving. I mean, we’ve got two new guys now, man. You never know — my son might take over. You never know.”  Crahan told us a while back when he eventually retires from performing with Slipknot, his son would be the perfect replacement: “My oldest boy, when I do skip, he’s gonna take over my slot. He was sitting on the stair in diapers wearing my mask with sticks while we were downstairs trying to learn how to be a band. So when I leave, it won’t be like I died and my son came in and tried to fill my place. I’m gonna bail, but I’m gonna hand over the throne and say, ‘Hey, I can’t do it anymore. You do it. You’re my blood.’”  Slipknot’s two newest members are bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg. They replaced the late Paul Gray and the fired Joey Jordison respectively.  Slipknot has been touring in support of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, which came out last October.The band will launch a spring U.S. trek on April 25th in Fort Myers, FL, ending on May 16th in Grand Rapids, MI, with more summer dates to follow in July and August…..Can this be true? A new book out in the U.K. claims Metallica has made a series of “disastrous” financial decisions over the past five years that has left the band in the red. According to GigwiseInto The Black  authors Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood claim that since 2010, “It’s likely that Metallica have lost more money than they’ve made.”  The pair explained in an interview with The Weeklings, “By their own admission, the two stagings of the Orion festival were disastrous financially, and the shambles that was the Through The Never movie cost $32 million and will only recoup a fraction of that amount.”  The authors added, “Factor in HQ staff salaries, crew retainers and assorted running costs associated with maintaining an entertainment corporation and you can easily understand why the band — of necessity now rather than by choice — are driven to tour Europe every summer.”  Winwood and Brannigan said that Through The Never – a concert movie mixed with a fictional narrative — took an especially large bite out of the band’s finances. The movie made less than $4 million at the box office. (Let’s see, THEY LOST $28 MILLION on it!) Guitarist Kirk Hammett admitted a while back he was disappointed that it didn’t do better: ”You know, I really, really felt that we had put our all into this movie. I mean, we spent a lot of time making it, we spent a lot of time editing it in post-production and making sure that it was exactly what we wanted it to be. We spent a lot of time making sure it sounded up to par with, you know, all our other stuff. And, you know, it’s just amazing because other than our fans, no one else was interested in the movie (laughs).”  Metallica is currently working on its 10th studio album, but has a dozen dates scheduled between early May and mid-September, including the inaugural Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas on May 9th and they have also been doing the occasional corporate gig which can rake in upwards of one million a pop! The band recently announced it plans to reissue all its early albums, starting with a limited edition cassette replica of their legendary 1982 demo, No Life ‘Til Leather, on Record Store Day (April 18th).  Don’t worry, they won’t be getting food stamps any time in the near future….Pulse of Radio also reporting fans of Scott Weiland were left “disgusted” and “disappointed” after the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer held a VIP meet-and-greet session at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Three different fans posted their descriptions of the event at a Stone Temple Pilots fan forum, including one fan who claimed that Weiland said to him, “Let’s suck a d**k!”  The first fan, under the name “PigsInZen,” wrote that Weiland and his band “sounded kickass,” but that when he went backstage for his photo with Weiland, things did not go as well.  He wrote, “Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said ‘Lets get this s**t done with.’ As I fakely smiled for my photo, I couldn’t believe what just came out of my hero’s mouth . . . Scott should not be saying that when people paid 150$ for a brief picture with him after the show.”  Meanwhile, “Matthew” wrote, “I did the meet and greet as well and he said ‘Let’s suck a d**k!’ to me and that was it. Over and done in 10 seconds. He was definitely drunk and ready to get outta there.”  Finally, “Toahiaph” wrote, “Add me to the list of fans who Scott was not so nice too. The other members of the band all cool and with it . . . Scott seemed hammered.”   When “Toahiaph” went up for his picture, “(Scott) says something like, ‘OK hurry up I don’t want to hear it.’ I stand next to him and smile for my picture… meanwhile he was complaining the whole five seconds that it was taking too long. I will NEVER pay to shake his hand again.”  Scott Weiland and his band the Walkabouts next play in Austin on Saturday (March 21st). Their new album Blaster arrives on March 31st.  And I think THIS story explains EVERYTHING, don’t you?  I also had friends who went to the show who got similar treatment backstage.  He didn’t even LOOK at them when they said hello.  What’s the deal, Scott.  Are you THIS miserable? I feel sorry for your band. Pretty soon they’ll walk away, too…. Celebrating birthdays this weekend:  Today (3/20):   Chester Bennington is 39.  Bruins’ star Bobby Orr is 67 (I once beat him at Pong)  and Pat Riley is 70.  Sunday, Limp Bizkit’s JOhn Otto is 28.  Bill Shatner, “Beam Me Up, Scotty!”  is 84

Thursday, Mar 19

Let’s start the day off with my favorite rock star:  Pulse Of Radio reports Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is interviewed in a new documentary called All Things Must Pass, which chronicles the history of the legendary music store chain Tower Records. Director Colin Hanks (actor/son of Tom) told why Grohl’s appearance was a good fit for the movie, explaining, “Dave Grohl knocked off two things: he works in the store before he is famous and he also gave us a great bit about his haircut, so that works with our bit on the dress codes at the time.”    Grohl worked in the Washington D.C.-area Tower store when he was around 19, telling us in the past that he wanted to work there partially because you could get hired even if “you had a really funky haircut.”  Another famous rock musician who worked for Tower — in their video department — was SlashI worked at Tower Video, but that was before Guns N’ Roses started. I’d gotten busted stealing records at Tower Records and it’s so funny because I became a manager at Tower Video. They just never remembered that I was that guy with the armful of cassettes and records that they caught me stealing.”  Hanks began working on the film in 2008, but struggled to find money for it until a 2011 Kickstarter campaign raised $98,000. The film focuses on Tower founder Russ Solomon, who launched the first Tower store in Sacramento, California in 1960. The outlet later expanded to San Francisco, Los Angeles and locations all over the world, before eventually going bankrupt in 2006. Others featured in the documentary include Elton John and record industry executives David Geffen and Jim Urie, as well as Solomon and members of the Tower staff.  All Things Must Pass premiered this week at the South By Southwest music, film and tech conference in Austin, and is seeking distribution.  Russ Solomon got his start in the music retail business in 1939, when he sold used 78rpm records in his father’s Sacramento drug store.  Tower Records was named after the Tower Theater, which was next door to that drug store. Solomon expanded Tower to San Francisco in 1967, then over the years opened more stores around the U.S., as well as in the U.K., Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Israel, Mexico, Colombia and many more.  Arguably the most famous Tower Records outlet was the one located on the north side of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA.  In addition to CDs and cassettes, stores also sold DVDs, video games, accessories, toys, electronics and books.  Debt from its expansion, competition from big box stores and internet piracy eventually led to Tower filing for bankruptcy in 2004 and again in 2006, with the chain closing for good that year.    Meanwhile, you can find Foo Fighters:Sonic Highways  out on BluRay and DVD  soon, but sadly, not in Tower Records store, but you can find it online. Speaking of Dave Grohl, he will be one of the performers this year at the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, OH on April 18th.  He is slated to appear, along with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Stevie Ray Vaughn‘s brother Jimmie*, Beck, The Eagles’ and James Gang’s Joe Walsh* and John Legend. (* = were featured in Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.)  As far as the presenters to the inductees, Fall Out Boy will induct Green Day,  Paul McCartney will induct Ringo StarrPatti Smith will do the honors for Lou ReedStevie Wonder will induct Bill WithersPeter Wolf will induct the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and John Mayer will pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not yet confirmed is who will induct Joan Jett* & The Blackhearts. (Hmmm, can we guess?  Dave Grohl?) …Congrats to Korn drummer Ray Luzier on the birth of his second child.  As a result, he did not perform  with the band Tuesday night (March 17th) in Tempe, AZ.  He’s on a leave of absence with family.   Filling in behind the kit was Luzier’s former drum tech, Abel Vallejo. Fan-filmed footage of the band performing with Vallejo has been posted online (Thanks PRP)….Congrats also in order for The Beastie Boys, but not on a birth.  Their classic 1986 debut album, Licensed To Ill, has been certified “diamond” by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 10 million copies, nearly 29 years after it was first released. The disc hit the magic number on March 4th and is one of just five hip-hop albums to do so — and the only one from the 1980s. Licensed To Ill was released on November 15th, 1986 and featured some of the trio’s biggest and most memorable hits, including “Fight For Your Right (To Party),” “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and “Paul Revere.” It was certified platinum in February 1987.  The Beastie Boys have sold more than 40 million copies of their albums. Their final release was 2011′s Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.  The band came to an end with the death of founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch from cancer in May 2012.  Surviving members Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond have no plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Licensed To Ill next year. The pair are working on a memoir for publication by 2017. Enjoy this little blast from your past! (thanks Pulse)…And it’s official, Christian Martucci will be the permanent replacement for Jim Root in Stone Sour….Danzig fans will be happy to know there is a new album in the works for later this year… Blabbermouth reports  MOTÖRHEAD‘s Motörboat will embark on its second voyage September 28 through October 2, 2015 on Norwegian Sky, departing Port Miami, with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas. The Loudest Boat In The World will feature performances from some of the greatest heavy rock bands in the world, including Slayer, MötorheadAnthraxSuicidal Tendences, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, Kyng, Fireball, Ministry, Huntress,  among others.  For more:….And lastly, my shamelss promotion of the documentary I am featured in.  Cruising In The Van Productions announced today that their award-winning documentary feature Life on the V: The Story of V66 will be sold on DVD exclusively at the popular New England retailer Newbury Comics starting on March 24, 2015, two weeks before MVD Entertainment Group’s domestic distribution on DVD. The DVD will be released everywhere else on Tuesday April 7, 2015. Digital distribution platforms will follow shortly thereafter.  “Newbury Comics ran advertisements on V66 in 1985 and one of the featured interviews in the documentary is with Mike Dreese” says Life on the V director Eric Green. “So it’s really exciting to see the DVD will be available at one of the best music and DVD retailers in New England prior to the April 7 release!”  Life on the V: The Story of V66 tells the story of V66, the hugely popular music video channel that was broadcast throughout the Boston area during the height of the music video craze in 1985-86, only to disappear from the airwaves after 18 months. 30 years later, the fans remain and memories of this channel have formed an important place in 80′s nostalgia. The documentary focuses on this music outlet that came out at a time when cable penetration was minimal in New England and when MTV was scarcely available. Told from the perspective of radio legends and channel co-founders, John Garabedian and Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsberg, as well as a who’s who in the Boston 80s music scene, the film provides a comprehensive behind-the-scenes view of what it was like to be a part of the magic happening at this station that still brings back a flood of enthusiastic emotion for those fans who were glued to their TVs years ago.   The documentary team tracked down and interviewed over 30 former V66 employees (executives, VJs, technical crew, interns, marketers, stylists, and editors), over 30 musicians who were either on V66 or influenced by V66 (including members of The Cars, The J. Geils Band, New Edition, ‘Til Tuesday, Extreme, The Del Fuegos, Puddle of Mudd, The Lemonheads, Dropkick Murphys and Morphine), and over 15 fans (including Newbury Comics CEO Mike Dreese). Interviews were filmed in people’s homes, workplaces, rehearsal spaces and music venues.  In addition to Newbury Comics, you can also pre-order the DVD from AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Heartland Music, as well as directly from MVD:   And hardDriveRadio listeners in Hagerstown, MD to 101.5 BOB Rocks, listen up!  There’s a screening Saturday, March 28 at 11am:  Life on the V is an Official Selection of Maryland International Film Festival Hagerstown! The festival (running from March 26-28) is now in its 4th year of bringing the good people of Hagerstown, MD the finest films from around the world! Life on the V will be making its MD Premiere on Sat. March 28 at 11am at Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, MD. Following the screening will be a Q&A with director Eric Green and former V66 VJ Maribeth Cox-Livingston (AKA Tracy Cox)! I have to be in NYC  that day to interview Breaking Benjamin, so I can’t make it down! BUMMER!   If you go, say hello to Tracy for me!