Wednesday, Jul 30

Theory Of A Deadman with Roxy

Wow. That water main break in LA  was INSANE!  A flood on Sunset Boulevard?! All that precious water, 10 million gallons,  wasted! Tragedy!….What a day, to coin the song title from Nonpoint! Yesterday saw Theory of a Deadman here in the hardDriveRadio studios for a 3 song acoustic set and interview. Had some laughs and certainly the band is psyched to have their new SaVages album out. The day ended with their performance at the I Heart Radio stage and a soiree afterward. Found it interesting that many of the songs were cowritten by the band and Tyler Connolly‘s ex-wife Christine.  Not too often ex’s work together after a divorce, eh? Anyhow,  I got to meet the head of international for Roadrunner Records, a cool dude.  He played me the new Slipknot radio single, which is slated to be released on the 26th of August (25 Aug in Europe.)   The drums are beating and the smoke is rising out of the Knot camp as we speak.  The track is soooooo good, different.  Can’t wait to have it!  Meanwhile, I also was on the hotLine yesterday with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.  Can’t say enough about their new album, The Black Market, which I am listening to right now and happens to be one of my favorites right now. Being the activist he is, we discussed something that is really crazy. I was surprised to discover there is legislation banning people from reporting violations on the part of large companies with slaughter houses who mistreat animals. What the what??!!!   That’s nuts!  These companies are alleging “Eco-Terrorists” are sabotaging their businesses!  Huh? Tim recommends a new book called “Green Is The New Red” is a good read and eye opening….I have never seen so many reports of stalkers against someone than this!  Pulse Of Radio reports a woman who has allegedly been stalking Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and his wife has been arrested in Tampa Bay, FL, according to TampaBay.comJessica Leigh Robbins was arrested last Friday (July 25th) for allegedly stalking and making threats to Cornell and his family, and is suspected of attempting to enter their home in Miami last fall. Robbins allegedly posted on the Internet that she had driven seven hours to speak with Cornell, but “was unable to enter the elevator in his residence because she did not have the elevator key.” The administrator for Soundgarden’s official website also turned over a series of hostile posts and tweets believed to have been written by Robbins, according to FBI agents involved with the case. The 32-year-old Robbins has been barred from going within 1,000 feet of the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, where Soundgarden is performing next month. She’s also been ordered not to have any contact with the Cornell family or members of Soundgarden. Robbins was released on $50,000 bail, ordered to wear an ankle monitor and to also stay off the Internet. Robbins had previously approached Cornell at a fan event, asking if a manuscript she had sent had been helpful. Later, it was learned that Robbins had posted videos of herself discussing the encounter and alleging that the frontman had plagiarized her writings. She also claimed to be the mother of one of Cornell’s children and had called in a complaint against Cornell’s wife Vicky for child abuse.  Robbins is not the only stalker Cornell has had to deal with either. Last February, a Seattle woman was charged for allegedly tweeting over 100 death threats to the singer, as well as a threat to rape his 13-year-old daughter. The Cornells were also subjected to death threats in 2006 in which a man described how he planned to kill Vicky and the couple’s two children. That’s completely nuts Chris and his family have had to endure this!….The Puscifer instagram revealed Maynard James Keenan and his wife Lei Li are new parents to a baby girl, named after her mom, Lei Li Agostina Maria.  Little Lei Li is seen in her Puscifer onesie (naturally) holding her dad’s finger.  She was born on Friday, Jul 25 at 7:19 PM in Arizona and weighed 7 lbs/19 inches.  Congrats to the Keenans!  Lei Li joins her step brother, 18 year old Devo, Maynard’s son from a previous marriage…..Linkin Park has premiered the new music video for the song “Final Masquerade” via MTV. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, The Hunting Party, which was released last month. Linkin Park will head out next month on a North American tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI. (Alternative Press)…Hit iTunes, not only to download the free hardDriveRadio APP, but to stream the new Godsmack album, 1000hp….Speaking of Slipknot, besides the line-up for Knotfest in October in San Bernardino, CA, the band is planning a ton of attractions that look insane!!! Besides the Slipknot Museum exhibit, there’s a  carnival ride, zip line, masked characters, fire area/Thunderdome, goat petting zoo, tattoo booths and more!   Check it out here….Also yesterday, the new Adelitas Way album, Stuck, dropped.  Don’t forget to check out my friends from las Vegas’ new one!…And only two more weeks left to get to the hardDrive Live Tour!  Check out all the dates and info at the hardDriveLive Tour site!….Happy 80th to Bud Selig, baseball commissioner.

Tuesday, Jul 29

Gee!  Nearly the end of July!   No fair!  I want summer to last another 3 months!…What a busy couple of days here in the hardDriveRadio world.  Today, Theory Of A Deadman stop by for an interview and in-studio performance!  Later today, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against calls in on the hotLine  and Thursday, I’ll catch up with Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Alan Jones of Fifth Freedom who are on the hardDrive Live Tour.   Then next week, Gus Wood from Young Guns phones in.  Those guys are putting final touches on their next album.  Heard their new one and it’s great.  Lot of action!   Yesterday, Don Kaye from our sister division, Pulse of Radio, spoke with Noodles of The Offspring.  They kick off the Summer Nationals Tour in Pittsburgh today (Jul 29th), along with Bad ReligionPennywise and either Stiff Little Fingers or the Vandals on selected dates. Epitaph Records put on the first Summer Nationals event in Los Angeles 20 years ago, as Offspring guitarist Noodles recalled: “Epitaph kind of put it together at the Palladium, and we headlined one night, Bad Religion headlined one night — it was largely Epitaph bands. The punk thing had just started to break, it was a chance for all us bands to kind of get together and celebrate that, and also pay tribute to the bands that got us wanting to do this in the first place.”  The Offspring will be performing their blockbuster 1994 commercial breakthrough, Smash, in its entirety on the tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. (Watch this video for their Rock Am Ring performance. THAT is one huge crowd!)  A deluxe box set anniversary edition of Smash will arrive in mid-August.  This is the Offspring’s first full North American tour in several years.  See Road Rage for all the dates….Speaking of anniversaries, Pulse reports  Metallica‘s second album, Ride The Lightning, turns 30 years old this week and drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke with Rolling Stone about the record and its place in Metallica’s history. Asked if Metallica was trying to make a different album from its debut, 1983′s Kill ‘Em All, Ulrich replied, “It was the first time that the four of us wrote together and we got a chance to broaden our horizons. I don’t think it was a conscious effort to break away from anything musically . . . we were obviously still into the thrash type of stuff. But we were realizing you had to be careful that it didn’t become too limiting or one-dimensional.” Ulrich explained Ride The Lightning was the first album to feature writing contributions from Hammett and late bassist Cliff Burton, who had arrived in the band after most of the material for Kill ‘Em All had been written. He explained, “Ride The Lightning was the first time that both Cliff and Kirk got a chance to add what they were doing. They just came from a different school, especially Cliff, who came from a much more melodic approach.” The varied sounds of the disc, which included the first Metallica ballad in “Fade To Black,” drew mixed responses from some fans. Ulrich recalled, “It did surprise us a little bit, I guess. People started calling us sellouts and all that type of stuff. Some people were a little bit bewildered by the fact that there was a song that had acoustic guitars.” Noting that at least four songs from the album are still part of Metallica’s live set today, Ulrich said Ride The Lightning ”holds up very well,” adding, “There’s kind of a youthful energy that runs through the record.“…I dunno about you, but I really like Jack White‘s tune “Lazaretto.”  You folks in Detroit can see him throw out the first pitch tonight at the Tigers’ game as they take on the Chicago White Sox. A Detroit native, White will also have the Third Man Record Store van parked at the stadium for three hours before game time. In other news, White made a surprise appearance during Beck‘s show at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday night (Jul 26th). White came onstage to play alongside Beck on “Pay No Mind,” “Loser” and “Where It’s At.” (Rolling Stone/Jam!)…This story I found on Blabbermouth.  (And I gotta say, Corey Taylor aka “The Boogie Knight,” just can’t sit still for a minute!  He can’t.  He smokes cigarettes, drinks coffee and works NON-STOP!  I don’t think the guy sleeps!)   Fan-filmed video footage of Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) performing a solo set on July 25 at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California as part of the “Summer Concert Series 2014″ can be seen here (I picked his cover of “Wicked Game” which you may have heard in the past on a hardDrive Cover It Up special edition.)  In a career now spanning 15 years, Corey Taylor has enjoyed chart-topping success, both with his face masked for Grammy-winning metal powerhouses Slipknot and his soul bared for multiple Grammy nominees Stone Sour.  He has authored a pair of best-selling books (“Seven Deadly Sins” and ”A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven,” and is currently writing his third book and wants to try his hand at a novel as well!) and makes his acting debut later this year alongside horror icon Robert Englund in “Fear Clinic.” Meanwhile, Slipknot  has finished recording its fifth studio album and first since 2008′s All Hope Is Gone. The disc is also the band’s first without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013. Stone Sour  has released one last lyric video from its conceptual double album House Of Gold And Bones. The clip is for the title track, which appeared on the second of the two discs, and goes heavy on artwork from the comic books based on the album, which were issued last year by the Dark Horse Comics publishing company. Stone Sour completed most of the touring cycle for the “Gold And Bones” albums earlier this year, while also announcing the departure of guitarist Jim Root from the band lineup. And there you have it.  Smoke is rising out of the Slipknot camp.  Maggots, be warned…..Congrats to Amy Lee of Evanescance.  She gave birth to her first son, Jack Lion, on Thursday, Jul 24th.  He weighed in at 7 lbs, 13 oz….Happy 61st today to Geddy Lee of Rush  and Happy 72nd to Tony Sirico (aka the “original” Paulie Walnuts of The Sopranos fame)!…In stores today:  THEORY OF A DEADMAN SaVages  and ADELITAS WAY Stuck.

weekEnd Jul 26-27, 2014

    THINGS YOU’LL NEVER HEAR AT A CONCERT

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose: KORN “Hater” &
“Never Never”
Plugged In:  NEW MEDICINE “One Too Many”
STARSET “My Demons”
YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe”
RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here
Anymore”
Guest: THEORY OF A DEADMAN ”Drown”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
HELLYEAH
“Sangre Por Sangre”
ADELITAS WAY “Dog On A Leash”
CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter”
ASK LZZY
LINKIN PARK
“Until It’s Gone”

HOUR 2

OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still Be There”
DIRT
ESCAPE THE FATE
“Picture Perfect”
Guest: MASTODON “High Road”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World”
SLASH “World On Fire”
CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
Guest:  SEETHER “Words As Weapons”
BLACK STONE CHERRY “Remember Me”
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart”
Guest: GODSMACK “1000hp”
WHAT’S IN LOU’S MP3 PLAYER?  EVE TO ADAM “Locked & Loaded”

On the next hardDrive with LOU BRUTUS!
LINKIN PARK
KORN
YOU ME AT SIX
HELLYEAH
Plugged In with ISLANDER
ASK LZZY
DIRT
win a trip to see YOU ME AT SIX in LA!
The World Famous HARDDRIVE!

 

Week of Jul 28-Aug 01, 2014

XL
ADELITAS WAY “Dog On A Leash”
GODSMACK “1000hp”
LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone”
NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)”
ROYAL BLOOD “Out Of The Black”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Drown”
WE AS HUMAN “Take The Bullets Away” 

MED
HELLYEAH “Sangre  Por Sangre”
KORN “Hater”
OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still Be There”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World”
RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”
STARSET “My Demons”
YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 

SM
A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me”
THE AMITY AFFLICTION “Pittsburgh”
AVATAR “Bloody Angel”
BLACK STONE CHERRY  ”Remember Me”-ADD
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart”
CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter”
CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
FRAMING HANLEY  ”Criminal”
ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula”
KYNG  ”Electric Halo”
LIKE A STORM “Love The Way You Hate Me”
MASTODON “High Road”
SKILLET “Rise”
SLASH “World On Fire”

Monday, Jul 28

The crowd was huge!  (Almost as big as Comic-Com!) It was like a huge rock festival, for baseball fans!  Even though most of the folks in the crowd were Atlanta Braves‘, fans from every team in MLB proudly wore their teams’ colors at the 75th Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, NY!   Was happy to be there for Joe Torre!  It was hot as hell, but good times!  Largest crowd they’ve ever had for the induction ceremony, which had to be held at Clark Field and not in front of the Hall of Fame steps. Guess I was part of history!….OH NO!   We need your help finding these guitars! I just discovered Black Stone Cherry guitarist Ben Wells (currently on the hardDrive Live Tour)  is missing several of his prized possessions. According to a Facebook post via the Glasgow Police Department, eight of Wells’ guitars were stolen in his hometown of Edmonton, Kentucky. The police department, as well as Black Stone Cherry have made posts asking for help in recovering the guitars. In the band’s post, they revealed that the instruments were stolen from their storage shed. The police department’s post said, “Please share this information…Thank you! These guitars were recently stolen in Glasgow. They are highly sentimental to their owner. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Glasgow Police Department at 270-651-5151.” You can also reach out to us here and we can contact the police & band as well! The band  has been touring on on the 2014 hardDrive Live Tour  since Jul 11th and has other North American dates into mid-September.   After the North American leg of their tour, Black Stone Cherry will take some time off before touring in Europe in October and November.  See post here and Share!Pulse of Radio also reports Tool guitarist Adam Jones has opened up about the band’s recent lawsuit and the affect that it has had on them releasing their new album. Jones spoke of the suit and told Metal Hammer, “Basically a long time ago, the band paid my best friend to do some artwork for shirts, albums and advertising — we’ve hired many, many artists over the years. And then he decided to sue us for one fifth of the money we’ve ever made. It was just ridiculous!”  Jones went on to reveal the problems Tool faced with their insurance company, who tried to back out of covering the band, “I honestly think it’s like if you buy auto insurance and you’re in an accident, then you go to the insurance company and they say, ‘Well, you drive an SUV and we don’t really consider that an auto, so we’re not covering you.’ Then you try to argue with them and then they go, ‘Well, we’re suing you.‘”   On how the lawsuit has prolonged the release of their album, Jones explained, “This lawsuit has really gotten in the way. All we want to do is get it behind us so we can focus on what we do best. I don’t want to just get it out and worry about the next record and then look back and go, ‘Why did I do that? It’s a piece of crap.’ I want to sleep well at night. It’s my legacy, you know? Some day I’m gonna croak and I wanna look back on what I did and go, ‘I worked really hard, took the time and had integrity.” He added, “I know our fans are frustrated and obviously want to hear new music. You gotta look at that in a good way and think, ‘Wow, they really like us and they want more!’ To be honest, you can’t beat that feeling at all.” …The 25th anniversary of Beastie Boys album, Paul’s Boutique, is being celebrated in the exact spot where the rap trio shot the cover art for the record.  According to Brokelyn, artist Danielle Mastrion began painting a mural celebrating the milestone on a wall outside of the sandwich shop which now stands on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets in New York City. The project kicked off on Saturday morning (Jul 26th) thanks to the effort of LeRoy McCarthy — the man who unsuccessfully attempt to get the intersection renamed to be Beastie Boys Square. Mastrion is set to continue working on the mural until her design is complete… Five Finger Death Punch has unveiled a lyric video  for their record “Watch You Bleed.” The track is featured on the band’s album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1. Five Finger Death Punch is set to perform at Germany’s Wacken Festival and Spain’s Resurrection Festival next month before returning to the states. They will then play the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento on September 14th before kicking off their Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More on Sept. 16 in Salt Lake City.  Meanwhile, we hear a video for “The Wrong Side of Heaven,” which will blow you away, is coming soon….Meanwhile, belated congrats to Avenged Sevenfold!  Blabbermouth has reported the latest A7X album Hail To The King has been certified gold in the U.S. The RIAA certified the record gold on July 16th after selling 500,000 units. This is the band’s second album to debut at number one on the Billboard chart. The record was released last year….Seether performed acoustically at Sirius XM, doing renditions of their beautful new song “Crash”  and  a cover of the Deftones’ “Change (in the House of Flies.)” I think the dude who engineered was the original engineer for hardDrive.  Small world!….When I was in Nashville  a couple of weekends ago, my friends Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger  from Halestorm had lunch.  At the time, they told me (not to mention) they’d be playing an acoustic set on Jul 26th at The Basement at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville.   Blabbermouth posted the story with fan-filmed videos.  Watch ‘em here. They’ll be starting their new album soon in Nashville.  Meanwhile, bassist Josh Smith is getting married next month and Arejay Hale ties the knot in LA in late October, when the album is going to drop….Forgot to mention when I was at Mayhem that Head from Korn is working his dreds off working away on his new book, which is going to be based on these new chapters of his life.    He & Fieldy did a recent interview at the St Louis stop of the Mayhem tour, watch it here…..Happy 38th today to Papa Roach fromtman  Jacoby Shaddix!  And Happy 34th to  Anberlin’s singer Stephen Christian.

 

 

Thursday, Jul 24

Trivium at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

What?  I can’t hear.   I was at Rockstar Energy Mayhem last night and I think I was bombarded by sound.  In a good way!  Had a blast at the Mayhem stop in Saratoga Springs.  It was hot, sticky and rockin’!  Got there just in time to see Islander bring it to the Victory Records’ stage (that also had some killer performances from Ill Nino and Emmure.)  Interviewed Mikey Carvajal from Islander.  Sweet dude.  Then I hustled over to Trivium‘s bus to hang with Matt Heafy.  Nicer man you’d ever want to meet. Told me he and the band are already working out riffs for the next record.  But the coolest thing is he holds yoga sessions that some members of the bands on the tour attend in the afternoon. I was thinking:  years ago, these tours, Ozzfest for example in the 90′s,  was when everyone would get smashed before and after their shows!  It was total mayhem!   BBQ’s going 24-7, beer bongs,  you name it.  Now, people are making smoothies,  working out,  eating vegetarian and no booze in the dressing rooms, and some of the bands, like Korn, have brought their kids with them and are doing sight seeing trips during the day.  It’s funny how times have changed!  Speaking of Korn, their set was great!   They have this new production with lighting that is killer.  I videoed some, and maybe I can upload it later. And I hear Jonathan Davis and his camp are working on a clothing line called Team JD.  Will have more on that in the coming weeks!   I spent some time on Asking Alexandria‘s bus with Danny Worsnop.  He cracks me up.   Now he definitely makes up for all the other bands who are NOT partying!   That guy likes to get his drink on!  And I think he still thinks it’s the ’80′s!  LOL Funny fellow.  We had a bunch of good laughs.  He’s brought out his gal and his beautiful golden retriever puppy called Cowboy. Even Cowboy was getting into the act eating wild mushrooms!  LOL   Danny has perfected the microwave steak. (Ew.) He told me about his band’s performance at the AP Awards on Monday in Cleveland.  Wish I had DirecTv to watch it on AXS.  They did the Duran Duran tune “Hungry Like The Wolf” with special guest Jonathan Davis.  Danny was bummed his band did not win the awards they were up for.  Looks like Bring Me The Horizon won for Album of the Year for Sempiternal and International Band of the Year! (Watch this and I  think I counted 50 f-bombs! LOL) And let me interject with this info if you didn’t catch it.  The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards were held on Monday night on the pier next to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH. During the event, which was hosted by Blink 182‘s Mark Hoppus,  the event also featured performances by A Day To RememberAll Time LowFall Out BoyFalling In ReverseJoan Jett & the BlackheartsMachine Gun Kelly,  Misfits,Sleeping With Sirens,  Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco and others. Several awards were giving out with Joan Jett receiving the Icon Award,  Billy Corgan was honored with the Vanguard Award and Slash accepted the Guitar Legend Award from Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry. Slash said via Twitter, “Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top.” Getting back to the Mayhem tour, another highlight for me was meeting and talking to Arin Illejay of Avenged Sevenfold.  He wins the most popular guy on the tour.  So welcoming.  Was great getting to know him. I also briefly hung with M Shadows (I call him Matt.)  Asked him what was up with the mobile game.  He said in about two weeks they hope to make an announcement with a firm date for it, so stay tuned! Their stage show was unreal.  I gotta say, if you are in the vicinity where this tour is going, you MUST get out to see itI  Unfortunately, I missed seeing Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coaltion, Miss May I and Body Count, all of whom I did want to see but was over backstage or on someone’s bus at the time.  Next time for sure!  But I did get to see Ice-T and Coco with their two STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS bulldogs, Spartacus & Maximus (see them on Twitter)  in catering.  OMG, those dogs were AWESOME!  They even had their own doggy sized laminates!  LOL….Happy 51st today to manager Paul Geary (former drummer for Extreme.)

Tuesday, Jul 22

Good morning!  Coffee’s brewin’!  News is flowin’! Lou Brutus posted a very thorough description of what happened in Cadott during Rob Zombie‘s set.  He posted this on his Facebook: I know that it sucks that Rob Zombie was unable to finish his set at Rock Fest this weekend. It sucked for the fans. It sucked for the nice people who put on the show. And it also sucked for Rob Zombie. I was there in the photo pit, just a few feet from Rob during the performance, and from very soon into the set it was apparent that something was wrong. At first, I thought he had monitor problems or some tech thing like that. However, it quickly became clear he was in distress. After the second number, contrary to what some people are saying, Rob explained he couldn’t finish the set because he didn’t want to put on a “shit show.” His voice sounded to me then, albeit in the pit where the hearing is actually the worst, like he had gargled with razor blades. Rob Zombie does not need me, or probably even want me, to defend him. I’m not pals with Rob, though I always find him pleasant and interesting to interact with. However, I believe it’s my duty to to help set the record straight. The man is a consummate professional, a dedicated and hard-working entertainer, a top-notch showman. He doesn’t party. He’s not a diva. He doesn’t fly off the handle. Rob’s as level-headed as anyone I’ve ever met in the business. It simply is not in his nature to stop a show unless something is very, very wrong. Rob Zombie did not trek to Central Wisconsin, at great expense of time and money, to get out in front of tens of thousands of people to piss them off. It would be ridiculous to suggest otherwise. So if you were there in Cadott WI like I was, it’s alright to be disappointed that Rob couldn’t finish his set, but don’t be angry with him about it. As bad as you feel about this, I’ll bet that Rob feels a thousand times worse about letting you down. Well put, ole bean, well put.   Zombie had performed just two songs when he stopped the gig, telling the audience, “I’ve never done this before. I can’t even talk, man. There’s no way I can do this show, I’m sorry. It’s f***ing bulls***, I know. We don’t want to give you a s*** show, I’m sorry. What can we do?” Zombie was the closing night headliner of the four-day festival, which also featured Sammy HagarFive Finger Death Punch and Aerosmith on the three previous evenings. Zombie, who doesn’t tour again until this fall, later issued a statement saying, “Sorry, everybody. I wish my voice wasn’t so f***ed. I knew from the first second we started that it was impossible to get through the show.” As I mentioned yesterday, Rob would NEVER cancel a show unless it was dire.  And this was…Meanwhile, among his many interviews over the weekend,  Lou interviewed Corey Taylor at Rock Fest (Stone Sour did one of their last shows of this record cycle) and here’s what I can share.  Slipknot is totally stoked about finally having new music after 6 years.  They are planning an amazing event at Knotfest in California Oct 24-26.  Corey was saying he wants to try to take the festival to other destinations next spring as well.  Possibly the south, midwest and east coast.  He wants it to be a destination event like Rock On The Range or Download.  Have 60 bands in three days.  (Oh please, not 60 bands…..that’s 60 interviews!)   Corey also won’t yet reveal any album title or even confirm who the new drummer is.  At least not yet.  But he did say Jim Root, Clown and the new drummer have really stepped things up and taken this thing to a whole new level.  Obviously, this is the first album without Paul Gray and Joey Jordison.  The band had to move studios at least 3 times while recording in the Los Angeles area: stops in West Lake, one in Malibu and another in LA.   They just didn’t want anyone to hear it outside of the camp.  And Corey took a moment to thank all of their fans, who have hung with them and waited this out.  Be listening on Tuesday Aug 5th for a special edition of hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus,  and you will hear Corey Taylor as our only guest for the entire night….Have you downloaded the hardDriveRadio APP?  What are you waiting for an invitation?  iPhone and Android: iTunes and Google Play….And finally, here is the blooper reel of ESPN/Sports Center-Metallica spot.  Fun….This sucks! Avenged Sevenfold is back in control of its Twitter account after it was hacked and taken over by a group of racists. According to Team Rock, the band’s followers were subjected to vile slogans, images and video clips by an organization calling itself Clan Vv3 Ape Squad. The organization took responsibility for the hacks on its website, writing, “Another couple Twitters got popped by your fellow neighbourhood apes. Mastodon, 131,000 followers — A7X, 1,230,000 followers.”  Mastodon also confirmed that its account was hacked.  Some followers were apparently unaware that the hackers had changed the Avenged account’s username and avatar, somehow believing instead that a major mainstream rock band would begin posting racist remarks and images.  Both bands managed to get control of their accounts back within 24 hours, deleted the inappropriate posts and released brief statements on the situation. I’m heading to the Rockstar Mayhem stop in Saratoga Springs, NY tomorrow to interview a bunch of the bands there.  Looking forward to seeing them there!…Pulse Of Radio also reporting this morning Godsmack has released a second new song from the band’s upcoming album, 1000hp, called “Generation Day. Sully Erna told me the tune is one of his favorites from the new disc,  and was quoted at Grammy.com saying, “‘Generation Day’ is really unique for me because not only is it this six-and-a-half minute epic, but it has these really cool textures and colors in it. The middle section has this cool, Zeppelin-y kind of breakdown, drifty and trippy. The song has this really fat, cool opening riff, and it’s something I almost think we want to open the live show with.”  Erna added the song was inspired by the idea that his generation will be possibly the last to experience “analog” music and not just digital recordings and copies. He explained, “‘Generation Day’ is about realizing that this new era is taking over . . . when I think about that whole world, I feel sad and wish my daughter and the people (who) are younger could have had that experience of putting on an album and pulling out the lyrics and looking at the artwork. It was such an experience back then.”  1000hp is due out on Aug 05th and follows up 2010′s The Oracle.  Sully said in our video interview, which you can find on the new hardDriveRadio APP,  how he thinks the sound of 1000hp compares to earlier Godsmack records: “This one just became a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer, the production was really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I’m really, really excited about these songs.”….Two major characters celebrating a birthday today:  Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton is 74!  Hung out with him in the 70′s in Boston.  He was a card!  And actor Willem Dafoe is 59….Back at ya on Thursday….Go download the app, dammit!

 

weekEnd Jul 19-20, 2014

THINGS YOU’LL NEVER HEAR AT A CONCERT

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:   THE PRETTY RECKLESS
“Messed Up World” & “Heaven Knows”
Plugged In: SLEEPWAVE “Through The Looking
Glass”
NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time”
OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still Be There”
SKILLET “Rise”
Guest:  KYNG “Electric Halo”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”
HELLYEAH “Sangre Por Sangre”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Drown”
ASK LZZY
YOU ME AT SIX “Room TO Breathe”

HOUR 2

KORN “Hater”
DIRT
GODSMACK “1000hp”
Guest:  WE AS HUMAN “Take The Bullets Away”
CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
STARSET “My Demons”
CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter”
Guest:  BLACK STONE CHERRY  ”Remember Me”
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Picture Perfect”
Guest:  SLASH “World On Fire”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  ISLANDER  ”Coconut Dracula”

On the next hardDrive with Lou Brutus:
GODSMACK
SEETHER
MASTODON
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
Plugged In with ISLANDER
ASK LZZY  with LZZY HALE OF HALESTORM

Week of Jul 21-25, 2014

XL
ADELITAS WAY “Dog On A Leash”
GODSMACK “1000hp”
LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone”
NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)”
ROYAL BLOOD “Out Of The Black”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Drown”
WE AS HUMAN “Take The Bullets Away” 

MED
HELLYEAH “Sangre  Por Sangre”
KORN “Hater”
OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still Be There”
RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”
SLASH “World On Fire”
STARSET “My Demons”
YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 

SM
A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me”
ALTER BRIDGE “Cry Of Achilles”
THE AMITY AFFLICTION “Pittsburgh”
AVATAR “Bloody Angel”
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart”
CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter”
CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
FRAMING HANLEY  ”Criminal”-ADD
ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula”-ADD
KYNG  ”Electric Halo”
LIKE A STORM “Love The Way You Hate Me”
MASTODON “High Road”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World”
SKILLET “Rise”

 

Monday, Jul 21

Slipknot‘s new posting is creeping me out this morning!! The GOAT HEADS ARE BACK!  Watch it here.  Lou Brutus interviewed Corey Taylor this weekend at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI and got some exclusive info I hope we can share soon!  I also heard everything will be new!  New masks, new outfits, even NEW LOGO!    So excited and can’t wait for Knotfest and new KNOT music!….OK, so let’s get back to Rock Fest in Cadott!  Lou is texting me from the plane and said the weekend was outstanding.  He interviewed most of the bands on the bill (at least the ones we play here on the shows) and introduced a few of the bands.  Lou also had his own MEET & GREET  that he said went amazing  and even got recognized ordering breakfast this morning the drive thru at McDonald’s on Eau Claire this morning!  Awesome!  He said sets by Cheap Trick and Aerosmith were outstanding. And the only bummer was he was supposed to introduce Rob Zombie and just before the show, he was told it was a no-go.  Rob tried to do a couple of songs, but his lost his voice and had to stop the show.  I don’t think he’s ever had that happen before. Blabbermouth reported Rob saying,  ”Sorry, everybody. I wish my voice wasn’t so f*@ked. I knew from the first second we started that it was impossible to get through the show.” The festival organizers posted: “Sorry Rock Festers. We didn’t mean for Rock Fest to end this way. What we were told is Rob Zombie’s voice went. We tried to get him back on stage, but to no avail. That’s what took so long.” The local newspaper, Leader Telegram posted this story. Meanwhile, if you hit the NEW hardDriveRadio APP, you can find Lou’s posts with pictures. ….Speaking of Corey Taylor, Pulse Of Radio says with San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International right around the corner, Stone Sour has released one last lyric video from its conceptual double album House Of Gold And Bones. The clip is for the title track, which appeared on the second of the two discs, and goes heavy on artwork from the comic books based on the album, which were issued last year by the Dark Horse Comics publishing company.  Singer Corey Taylor, who came up with the album’s concept and wrote the comics, told us a while back what the basic storyline was: “It’s essentially a sci-fi/fantasy story that I created, but at its heart, it’s essentially about a man, standing at the crossroads of his life, trying to figure out what comes next. He’s got 20, 30 years in front of him — who’s he going to be for that 20 or 30 years? Is he going to allow himself to evolve and become a better man, become a different man? And, you know, it’s kind of wrapped in this insane world that I created.”….Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst told Billboard  the band’s fifth studio album is well on its way to completion, saying, “We’ve been writing non-stop and recording a lot. We have a good 10 songs, probably, recorded. We’re almost done with this record. We have another couple months to do in this studio and we’re done with this thing. It’ll hopefully be out by early next year.” As for what the record sounds like, Walst told us it goes back to the Canadian act’s roots: It’s a pretty aggressive record. You know, the last record, Transit Of Venus, we kind of brought the synth world in a little bit and, you know, experimented a little bit with songwriting and our whole process. But you know, I’ve got to tell you, this record is really quite heavy and, you know, sonically and lyrically. It’s just got a heavy sound and there’s some really great songs on it. Man, I’m excited for people to hear it because I think they’re gonna really like it.”….Artist Direct reports Godsmack apparently has a huge fan in Hugh Jackman, best known as Wolverine in the X-Men movies. Jackman, who has to do extensive training whenever he plays the clawed mutant, said, “When I train, I listen to really hard stuff. While I’m working out, I listen to a lot of Godsmack as loudly as I can. That’s the closest to Wolverine that I can get (Laughs)!”…..Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is a decent director.  Example:  ”The Education of Charlie Banks.”  If you haven’t seen it and want to watch something on Netflix,  it’s worth it.   Anyhow, he’s directing ads for eHarmony  right now.  Check it out…..Sorry to hear longtime Primus drummer Tim Alexander, who has also played with A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, suffered a heart attack late last week and will undergo open heart surgery this week to clear a blockage from his arteries. Alexander has played on and off with Primus from 1988 to the present, while doing some early live shows with A Perfect Circle and recording the drum tracks for the song “The Hollow” from the band’s debut disc, Mer De Noms. He has also played on both of Puscifer’s studio albums and one EP (Thanks Loudwire.)