BLACK STONE CHERRY

with SHAMAN’S HARVEST
MAY

01:    Rockford, IL @ The DIstrict
03:  Racine, WI @ Rt 20
05:  South Bend, IN @ Club Cheer’s
07:  Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
08:  Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
09:  Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
15:  Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
16:  Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
17:  Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
19:  Huntington, WV @ V Club
23:  Maryland Heights, MO @ PointFest
24:  Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
28:  Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
29:  Abilene, TX @ Silo
31:  Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
www.shamansharvest.com
www.blackstonecherry.com

Tuesday, Mar 03

Yours truly has done it.  Never knew our knees can have something called a Baker cyst.  Well, I have one that burst and I can’t walk on my left leg.  My right leg is also messed up as I have been going to physical therapy for my right knee. So this makes me an invalid. REALLY sucks!  Anyhow, on to the news from my bedroom!   LOL  Pulse Of Radio reports Stone Sour has revealed the details of its long-talked about covers project, Meanwhile In Burbank…, which will now be released as a Record Store Day exclusive. The five-song EP will feature covers of songs from legendary heavy rock acts Black SabbathMetallicaKissJudas Priest and Alice In Chains. Recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California, the EP will be available on vinyl exclusively at select record stores on April 18th.  Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand said, “The idea was not to shy away from a song because it was popular or pick a band that most people might not have heard, but to pick ones that truly meant something to one of us at some point in our life.”  Stone Sour released a cover of the Metal Church song “The Dark” last month as part of the soundtrack to the movie Fear Clinic, in which Taylor has a role.  Taylor is currently on tour with Slipknot in support of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. Stone Sour’s last full album, House Of Gold And Bones, Part 2, arrived in 2013. The track list for Meanwhile In Burbank… is:  ”We Die Young” (Alice In Chains), “Heading Out To The Highway” (Judas Priest), “Love Gun” (Kiss), “Creeping Death” (Metallica), “Children Of The Grave” (Black Sabbath). Nice!…..30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto was forced to change up his look for his role in the upcoming film, Suicide Squad. The Oscar-winner shaved off his beard and cut his long locks to play The Joker. He shared photos of the process on Instagram and wrote on one, “I miss my beard already.” Suicide Squad will hit theaters next year…Blabbermouth reports  Metallica  will celebrate this year’s “Record Store Day” with the release of an exact duplication of the band’s 1982 demo tape “No Life ‘Til Leather” as a limited-edition cassette on April 18. The artwork was made from Metallica  drummer Lars Ulrich‘s own copy and will feature his handwriting.  The band said in a statement: “In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’, and it led us to our first record deal. Tthe rest, as you some of you may know, is history!   On Record Store Day, April 18th that demo tape will be available as a limited-edition cassette (yes, cassette!!) at your favorite neighborhood record store and Metallica.com.  We’ve been digging through the archives, gone to the original source material and re-mastered it to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes in any way.  “Recorded with the first line-up of the band that appeared live as Metallica, ’No Life ‘Til Leather’ has never been commercially available until now. Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector’s set sometime this summer.  We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for a list of independent retail stores taking part in Record Store Day.”…Halestorm has posted a new video for the new tune “Amen” from the forthcoming Into The Wild Life cd.  Yeah!….Shaman’s Harvest have announced tour dates with Black Stone Cherry. See Road Rage for info.

Friday, Feb 27

TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!….Well, it’s official.  The global music industry has decreed the new release date for anything: singles, dvds, albums, will be on a Friday beginning in July.  No more Mondays in Europe and Tuesdays in the U.S.  It’s FRIDAYS!   Get used to it, people!…..Pulse Of Radio says Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has posted an update on the band’s new album at its Facebook page, writing, “I’ve been making regular trips to L.A. to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon.‘”  Keenan added, “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”  It’s been nine years since Tool released its last album, 2006′s 10,000 Days. The band has toured a number of times since its release but has apparently gotten serious about making a new record in the past year.  Guitarist Adam Jones revealed last July lawsuits involving a former friend of the band and an insurance company had been putting a drag on the group both creatively and financially since 2007.  The ex-friend claimed he was owed money for artwork he had given the group, while the insurance firm — which was supposed to protect the band against such claims — sued the band for “technicalities” regarding the case. OK, so let’s put all that behind us and get crackin’!….Good ole Kid Rock. You can love him or hate him, but he’s always colorful, even when he’s slammin’ on folks I happen to like.   The “American Bad Ass” went hunting, talked guns and took digs at Korn, President Obama and Beyonce in a new interview with Rolling Stone, while praising U.S. troops and Axl Rose. The magazine’s reporter spent a day with Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, at his 500-acre Alabama estate, where Rock shot three wild boar and showed off his gun collection, including a semi-automatic with a silencer. He explained, “Guys with the president carry this. You have to get these pre-1985 with a silencer. I bought it when ‘Obummer’ came into office, because I’m thinking, ‘What if he f**kin’ bans guns?’”  Rock revealed in the interview that being a single dad at 22 and needing to make a living is what inspired him to switch early in his career from doing pure hip-hop to rap-rock, saying, “He was pretty much dropped off at my door at six months old: ‘You raise this f**king kid.’ I was like, ‘This has gotta work.’ So what’s popular? Korn. I knew I can do that s**t in my sleep. But let me throw in “Only God Knows Why” and “Cowboy” so I can have a career.”  Rock told us he’s instilled the value of hard rock into his now-grown son, who has a daughter of his own: I tell my son, I’m like, you know, ‘Make no mistake, you know, I’ve made a lot of money and I know your friends all tell you I’m rich — and I am. You’re not. If I cut you a check right now that’d be doing you a disservice. You’ve got to go out and take hold of this world and go through some of the hardships and try and find your way and, you know, pay your own bills, your cellphone, your car, get an apartment and, you know, get yourself started, and I’m your biggest fan.’”   Also in the interview, Rock discussed Beyonce, saying, “Beyonce, to me, doesn’t have a f**king ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock And Roll’? People are like, ‘Beyonce’s hot. Got a nice f**king ass.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t*ts.’ Doesn’t really f**king do much for me.”   As for Axl Rose, Rock said about the eccentric Guns N’ Roses frontman, “On Axl Rose: I was like, ‘Why’s everyone think this guy’s a d**k? He’s the nicest guy on Earth!’”  Rock unveiled his 10th studio album on Tuesday (Feb 24th), titled First Kiss.   Rock is bringing back his popular “Best Night Ever” tour for a second year. All tickets on his upcoming U.S. trek from the second row to the lawn will be priced at $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total cost below $30. The jaunt kicks off on June 24th in Hartford, CT  and will continue into early Sep. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)…And finally today, original  Korn  drummer David Silveria is suing his former bandmates, according to TMZ.com. Silveria claims his 2006 exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. Silveria says he still has ownership interest in Korn and is asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they’ve made since he left so that he can get his rightful share.  (Editor’s note:  I had heard that when David left Korn, he SOLD his drums and used the cases as furniture in his restaurant in Huntington Beach at the time.  Does that sound like a guy who was taking “hiatus”?)  Silveria is said to be especially upset over the fact Korn welcomed back guitarist Brian “Head” Welch two years ago but wouldn’t do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013.  (David, sorry dude, but Ray is such an amazing drummer and all around PERSON, that his addition to the band was a perfect fit.  And if you ask the rest of the band, they will all agree with that statement.)  Silveria told Rolling Stone magazine in December he felt it was “wrong” for Korn to play its self-titled debut album without him on its current tour, saying that he had “just as much of a creative input as any of (the other) guys while writing and making (the) record.”  Korn has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first CD by performing the record in its entirety at select gigs.  After his departure from Korn, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.  Korn singer Jonathan Davis told us he believed Silveria had lost his passion for playing music, saying, “The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens.” Silveria told fans in 2013 that Korn was not the same since he left, saying, “Until they have the real ‘funky drummer’ it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove.”  I think all this is just a bunch of sour grapes….On Sunday, Ryan Peake of Nickleback turns 42 and Roger Daltrey of The Who is 71!  I know what I am up to this weekend:  Let the “Orphan Black” binge watching begin!  Or maybe “House of Cards”?  Anyhow, see ya Monday!

 

Thursday, Feb 26

Happy Thursday!  Marilyn Manson has added a new leg to his touring endeavors for 2015. See Road Rage….I am hearing some new festivals will be announcing soon, including Rockfest in Cadott, WI.    I also just saw the line up for this year’s Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN.  Five Finger Death PunchRise  Against,  Slash, Breaking BenjaminOf Mice And MenCage The ElephantIn This MomentScott Weiland and more. Ed SheeranRyan AdamsParamoreLenny KravitzPixiesThe Flaming LipsParliament FunkadelicJohn Fogerty  and others are also confirmed. The festival is scheduled for May 1st through the 3rd at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis….Earlier this week, we spoke about Rob Zombie’s new film, and today he’s made a casting announcment for his upcoming horror film 31. Zombie has cast Torsten Voges as a character known as the Death-Head. Voges is best known as the nihilist Franz from The Big Lebowski and for his role as Count Gorgann in Zombie’s last film, The Lords of Salem31 is currently in pre-production for possible release later this year….Metallica has confirmed it will perform at the 30th anniversary edition of the original Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The event is set to take place from Sep 18th to the 27th this year at the City of Rock in Rio. Metallica, which is already headlining the first-ever U.S. version of Rock In Rio in May, stated, “One Rock In Rio in a year is just not enough!”  The band added, “This will mark our eighth (!) Rock In Rio appearance, including the upcoming May show in Las Vegas. It promises to be quite the party, as we join a stellar festival line up including Faith No MoreSystem Of A DownQueens Of The Stone AgeSlipknotand many others. Tickets will go on sale in April, so keep watching for more info.”  As previously reported, Metallica, Linkin Park and Deftones are among the confirmed bands for the inaugural United States edition of the Rock In Rio festival, set to take place on May 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th in Las Vegas. The event will feature six stages and unique lineups for each of the four days.  Other acts confirmed for the Vegas event include The Pretty RecklessRise AgainstFoster The PeopleGary Clark, Jr.BleachersHollywood UndeadOf Mice & MenSam SmithNo DoubtTaylor Swift and John Legend.  Metallica is reportedly at work on its 10th studio album.  Don’t expect to see it this year, at least that is what I had heard last time I asked…..I dunno, although I’ve been DVR-ing  The Walking Dead, I haven’t had a chance to watch any episodes yet.  Blabbermouth reports this Sunday, March 1  at 10/9c  tune into AMC TV‘s live ”The Walking Dead” after-show ”Talking Dead” to watch Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian join host Chris Hardwick to discuss  new episode ”Remember” (Season 5, Episode 12), which features Ian in a guest role as a walker.  Fans can submit questions during the live broadcast at this location. Questions will be broadcast and discussed by Chris and Ian on the show.  See more here …Blabbermouth also reporting Da Capo Press has set a July 14 release date for Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe‘s memoir, “Dark Days: My Tribulation And Trials”,. Random House purchased the foreign rights to the book and will act as publisher in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of Randy‘s life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe‘s already well-recognized writing style.  It chronicles his horrific experiences of dealing with being on trial in a foreign country on charges of murder.  The book’s synopsis reads:  ”In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb Of God  concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away. Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he ‘could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide.’”  He had to mortgage his home, the home of his manager and find other ways to pay for his legal fees.  It was a nightmare for the dude and his close confidants and manager.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is turned into a film…..This is crazy!  Blabbermouth also reports according to the Denton County Crime Stoppers web site, an arrest warrant has been issued for Dave Abbruzzese, who played drums for PEARL JAM from 1991 until 1994. The musician is wanted in Texas on charges involving controlled substances. The charges — which date back to September 26, 2014 — include possession of a controlled substance for an amount under 28 grams, a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine. The second charge, for “manufacture or delivery of substance” is a first degree felony which carries a sentence of between five and 99 years in prison.    Those with information leading to the arrest of Dave Abbruzzese could earn up to $1,000 cash reward by contacting the Denton County Crime Stoppers web site, which is operated by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office….Shinedown, who are hard at work on their new album,  are also having their agents work up a tour for them later this summer.  The album will probably be ready to drop around the same time me thinks. …Finally today, look for a free download of the music recorded for  Catch The Throne: The Mixtape Volume 2. This is the second installment of music inspired by HBO’s popular series Game Of Thrones, which returns Apr 12th.  Killswitch Engage has posted a snippet of their contribution called “Loyalty: House Martell” over on Soundcloud.  Anthrax, Snoop Dogg, Method Man and others also recorded music.  Apparently, the Game Of Thrones folks supplied the artists with key words or phrases from the story line or characters and the task was left up to the bands to come up with appropriate music relating to the show.  The download should be available next month. #catchthethrone….Happy 46th today to Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine and Future User.

 

MARILYN MANSON

MAR
28:  Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
29:  Vancouver, BC @  Queen Elizabeth Theater
31:  Prince George, BC @  CN Centre
APR
01:   Dawson Creek, BC @  Encana Events Centre
02:  Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
04:  Lethbridge, AB @ ENMAX Centre
06:  Saskatoon, SK @ Sask Tel Centre
07:  Regina, SK @ Ag Rec Building
09:  Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
24:  Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
26:  Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
28:  Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Events Center
29:  Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
30:  Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
MAY
03:  North Myrtle Beach, SC @ HOB
05:  Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
06:  Richmond, VA @ The National
09:  Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
11:  Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
12:   Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
13:  Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
www.marilynmanson.com 

APOCALYPTICA

APR
08:  San Francisco, CA  @  The Regency Ballroom
10:  Las Vegas, NV  @ The Joint
11:   Los Angeles, CA  @ Club Nokia
13:  Denver, CO  @ Ogden Theatre
14:   Kansas City, MO  @ Midland Theatre
16:  Houston, TX  @  Warehouse Live
17:   Dallas, TX  @ Bomb Factory
19:  Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
20:  Chicago, IL  @ The Vic
21:  Detroit, MI  @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
23:  Toronto, ON @  Phoenix Concert Hall
24:  Sayreville, NJ  @ Starland Ballroom
25:  Worcester, MA  @ Worcester Palladium
27:   New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
28:  Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
29:  Silver Springs, MD @  The Fillmore
www.apocalyptica.com

Wednesday, Feb 25

What a great day yesterday turned out to be!   We had Theory Of A Deadman drop in for interviews (audio and video) and acoustic performance of “Angel.”  Love those guys, their spirit and their comedic talents too!  LOL  They crack me up!  You MUST go to their Facebook to see some of their hilarious posts!  Too funny!….Then Paulie Walnuts, Danica and Shane accompanied me to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to do an video interview with Gavin Rossdale of Bush.  Such a lovely, kind and dare I say, handsome fellow he!  (Blush)  But towards the end of the interview, a fire alarm came on (apparently a water pipe in the area broke and the power was shut down inside the club) so we were forced to end out interview early.  Boo!   But it was a fine time and we got to meet Chewy, his Pomeranian.  Very cute.  I got to hang out on the side of the stage for their show, too. Great production, great set.  And I love they cover Talking Heads‘ “Once In A Lifetime.” And during “Little Things,”  Gavin goes into the audience all the way up to the cheap seats and interacts with fans.  It’s pretty cool to watch.  And he was jumping around the stage, clearly having a grand ole time.  Even Chris Traynor’s guitar tech commented, “Gavin is really happy tonight. It shows.”   Loved it!   Hung out for a few after the show in Stars In Stereo’s dressing room with tennis star  John McEnroe.  Ya never know who you’ll see at a rock concert in NYC.  Hit Yahoo Screen and watch Monday night’s show from Boston’s House of Blues….News of today:  Pulse of Radio reports Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz told a New York radio station that singer Chester Bennington is on the road to recovery from a leg injury that forced his other band, Linkin Park, to cancel most of a U.S. tour. Kretz said, “His voice is in great shape, man. He still has to sit down when he’s singing. We’re in the studio right now putting vocals on four new songs this week. So he’s sitting down doing it. But he’s such a health nut that his recovery time is gonna be half of what any mortal human would allow himself to.”  Kretz also spoke about the recording sessions for STP’s new album, saying, “We’re very close (to finishing up four new songs), yeah. We’re getting into the guitar solo territory next week. We’re just finishing up the vocals on some of the stuff, and, man, it’s real exciting, ’cause this stuff is sounding huge.” Stone Temple Pilots’ first studio project with Bennington on vocals was an EP called High Rise that was released in October 2013. The new album is due out later this year. Bennington replaced original singer Scott Weiland in the lineup in May of that year. STP will head out on the road this spring as well for its first new tour dates since late 2013. The trek kicks off on April 8th in Seattle, winding down on April 30th in Philadelphia.  One dollar per ticket on the new tour will be donated to Music For Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disaster relief and environmental protection that was launched in 2004 by Linkin Park….Three Days Grace has revealed its upcoming album Human will arrive in both standard and deluxe editions. The limited run, two-CD deluxe version will contain a second disc including live renditions of “Painkiller,” “Let Me Down, “Every Other Weekend” and an alternate recording of the song “Human Race.” The package will also include a custom woven beanie, a square-foot sticker featuring the album art, and a five-card set of photos and notes from each band member.  Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson told us how the band goes about choosing a title for each new album: Once the songs are together, we really kind of take one step back, and you can start to see the common thread that kind of moves all through the songs, and then that common thread is essentially where our heads have been at during the process of writing. You know, we start to think about where we were at and what’s the major thing that we were really channeling.“  Anyone who pre-orders Human on iTunes or Amazon will instantly receive digital copies of the band’s two latest Number One singles, “I Am Machine,” and “Painkiller.”  Human will arrive in stores on March 31st and is the band’s first record with singer Matt Walst, who joined the band in 2013 following the departure of original frontman Adam Gontier.  Three Days Grace will kick off a spring North American tour on April 9th in Riverside, California, winding down on April 23rd in Dallas. The trek will follow gigs at the Brazilian and Argentinean editions of Lollapalooza in late March….Alice In Chains has launched a new online auction benefiting Music for Relief in its efforts toward Ebola prevention and MusiCares for its aid of musicians in need of assistance. Among the items on the auction block are a Jerry Cantrell autographed signature Superhawk Guitar, a Fender Squier Bass Guitar signed by Mike Inez, plus signed instruments from SlashTom MorelloLinkin ParkDeftonesStephen Carpenter and other items from acts like Pearl JamSystem Of A Down and more. The auction runs through March 10th. (Thanks, Noisecreep)….Metallica frontman James Hetfield has opened up in a recent video about his past, saying fans would not like him if they knew all of his dark secrets. Hetfield said, “You wouldn’t really like me if you knew my story, if you knew what horrible things I’ve done. I’m coming to grips with that, ’cause I have groups of people that I’m able to share all my horrible stuff with — shameful, extremely shameful, dark stuff. Some of it is things I’ve taken from my parents and carried it a little further. Other ones, I’ve been able to drop some of that. Other ones I’ve picked up on my own and then created — shame’s a big thing for me.”   Hetfield added, “Playing music has saved my life. Every day saves my life. When I’m able to write . . . write a riff, write some lyrics, stuff like that . . . it’s the way I connect with the world. And so I think kids that do have the gift of art, writing painting, drawing, designing, metalwork, woodwork . . . any craft-type stuff . . . caring for that . . . caring for that.”   Empowering children has been a part of Hetfield’s message for years. In other footage, he talks about overcoming his fear of responsibility, his recovery from drug addiction and what it means to be a role model.   The videos were produced by Road Recovery, an organization founded to help young people battle adversity and addiction.   Hetfield got clean in 2002 and returned to Metallica to record the St. Anger album and make the documentary Some Kind of Monster, which depicted his struggles and the band’s near-breakup.  Watch James here, here and here….Happy 33rd to The Used’s Bert McCracklen.

Tuesday, Feb 24

Big day at hardDrive here in NYC!   Theory Of A Deadman (you have to hit their Facebook to watch some pretty funny videos) and Bush will be talking to us today.  Looking forward to both!  If you want to submit questions, please do so now!…..In the news today, Blabbermouth reported  Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil told the Sydney Morning Herald the band plans to make a new album in the next few months for a 2016 release.Thayil said, ”No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet. When we finish these shows in Australia (as part of the Soundwave festival), we’ll spend a month or more working on it. It’s definitely going to happen.”  He also hinted Adam Kasper, who did Soundgarden’s Down Through the Upside and King Animal albums, might just be the guy they pick to produce.  Thayil told us 2015 would find Soundgarden spending less time on the road and more time in the studio: “We’re going to focus on the creative aspect of being a band and start doing some more writing and recording and come up with another album. But I think we’re probably gonna draw back the touring for that purpose.” The new disc will be Soundgarden’s seventh studio effort and will follow up 2012′s King Animal.  King Animal was the band’s first album in 16 years and followed a lengthy hiatus that lasted from 1997 to 2010. Meanwhile,  lead singer Chris Cornell also recently revealed that he is working on his first solo album since 2009′s Scream….A bunch of albums drop today, including the new First Kiss from Kid Rock!  In its review of First KissBillboard said  the record is “hardly (Rock’s) most ­adventurous project, but it is perhaps his most easygoing, tuneful one. The production is crisp and clean, the guitars are sparkling, the vibe is rollicking but relaxed. And surprisingly, kicking back suits Rock: He sounds better here than he has in a long time.”  He’s our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  First Kiss is Kid Rock’s 10th studio albumThe new disc follows up 2012′sRebel Soul and is the second in a row Rock has produced himself at his own home studio in Michigan. Rock explores his rock and country side on the new disc and told us he has no regrets about leaving his rap roots behind: “There was some hip-hop stuff that I recorded, and to be honest my chops just aren’t up in that world still. It’s not something that excites me anymore. So just doing good blues-based music, something that I think people are gonna get off to at a show or just have a good time with, or if I could say something in a song to move somebody, you know, that’s kind of where we’re at.”  The title track from First Kiss is the album’s first single and currently sits at Number 21 on the rock radio chart.  Rock is bringing back his popular “Best Night Ever” tour for a second year. All tickets on his upcoming U.S. trek from the second row to the lawn will be priced at $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total cost below $30.  Rock is holding the first row open for random fan upgrades and is making 1,000 tickets from each show available through a special program to ward off scalpers.Support on the tour will come from classic rockers Foreigner. The jaunt kicks off on June 24th in Hartford, CT and will continue into early September…M. Shawn Crahan, aka Clown of Slipknot, will be directing his first feature film entitled “Officer Downe.”  It is based on a graphic novel about a police officer who is killed in the line of duty, but is resurrected and returns to the streets to find his killers. Kim Coates, aka Tig Trager of Sons of Anarchy, is casted in the lead role.  Clown told us he’s been working his way toward directing a feature for a long time: “I’ve been preparing myself with art my whole life, and preparing myself for directing and scriptwriting, and this is what I’ve been doing for 10 years, is learning and studying and taking it in. You know, I honestly believe that, you know, we are gonna create the next Clockwork Orange and I’m gonna die trying because that’s my life.”  Production begins next month…..Pulse of Radio also reports Shinedown frontman Brent Smith revealed at the band’s Twitter account over the weekend the group is “four weeks into recording” its new studio album for a tentative “late July (or) early August” release. The first single may arrive as soon as late April. Smith added that “survival” is a theme for the new disc and stated, “It’s a devastating album — beautifully brutal.” I am hearing a July theater tour is in the works as well.  Dates are already confirmed  are festivals, though, at the Moondance Jam in Walker, MN on Jul 18th and the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, MI on Aug 9th.  Smith revealed last year that Darren Doane, director of the band’s music videos for “Devour,” “Sound Of Madness,” “Bully” and several others, would be shooting a feature-length documentary to accompany the new album’s release.  Looking forward to hearing what they are up to…..Also out today, All That Remains releases its seventh studio album,  The Order Of Things. It follows up 2012′s A War You Cannot Win and continues the New England metal act’s musical evolution. Frontman Phil Labonte told us his band isn’t afraid to change up its sound: “There are some bands that want to carry the standard for metal and, you know, they worry about, is it metal enough? But for us, like, we’ve never been those kind of people and honestly I feel like the attitude in the band really kind of reflects the attitude of, like, New England, you know. We’re a little bit coarse and we do what the hell we want, and if you don’t like it, screw ya (laughs).”….Also out today, Rob Zombie‘s Spookshow International Live.   Rob has made a video clip available (don’t watch at work unless you have headphones) for the song “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga.” The live version of the track is taken from Zombie’s new concert album, which  features 19 songs from all eras of Zombie’s career….Happiest of birthdays today to:  Slipknot Chris Fehn-33, “Uncle Junior” of The Sopranos, Dominic Chianese is 84 and Abe Vigoda of “Barney Miller” & “The Godfather”  is 94!  (He lives on the Upper West side and I run into him on the street from time to time!) Stay warm, America!  Brrrrr.

 

 

weekEnd Feb 21-22, 2015

LOUDNESS vs B.S. RATIO

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  THE OFFSPRING
“Coming For You” & “Gone Away”
Plugged In:  LIKE A STORM ”Wish You Hell”
MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six”
YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out”
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate”
Guest:  ALL THAT REMAINS 
“This Probably Won’t End Well”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
SLIPKNOT “Custer”
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown”
HALESTORM “Apocalyptic”
ASK LZZY
INCUBUS “Absolution Calling”

HOUR 2

PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise”
DIRT
FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation”
STARSET “Carnivore”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie”
WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”
Guest: NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour”
AC/DC “Rock Or Bust”
ISLANDER  ”New Wave”
Guest:  KID ROCK “FIrst Kiss”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  10 YEARS “Miscellanea”

Week of Feb 23-27, 2015

XL
AC/DC “Rock or Bust”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA
 ”Moving On”
HALESTORM ”Apocalyptic”
MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six”
THE OFFSPRING    ”Coming For You”
PAPA ROACH  “Face Everything & Rise”
SEETHER   “Same Damn Life”

MED

ALL THAT REMAINS  “This Probably Won’t End Well”
FOO FIGHTERS   “Congregation”
NICKELBACK  ”Million Miles An Hour”
NOTHING MORE ”Mr MTV”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS   “Follow Me Down”
STARSET    ”Carnivore”
YOUNG GUNS  ”I Want Out”

SM
AMARANTHE  ”Drop Dead Cynical”
BEARTOOTH     
“Beaten In Lips”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES  “Goodbye Agony”
BRING ME THE HORIZON    
“Drown”
INCUBUS
 ”Absolution Calling”-ADD
ISLANDER  ”New Wave”
KID ROCK    “First Kiss”
LIKE A STORM    
“Wish You Hell”
SLASH   “Bent To Fly”
SLIPKNOT ”Custer”
SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande”-ADD
THEORY OF A DEADMAN  
“Angel”-ADD
WE ARE HARLOT
“Dancing On Nails”-ADD