weekEnd May 21-22, 2016

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Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
“My Nemesis” and “Bad Company”
Plugged In:  PIERCE THE VEIL “Circles”
PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart”
ROB ZOMBIE “Get High”
SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”
Guest: AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed”
POP EVIL “Take It All”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am”
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia”
DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles”
ASK LZZY
HALESTORM “Mayhem”

Hour 2

Chris Cornell “Nothing Compares 2 U”
DIRT
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities”
Guest: SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns”
HELLYEAH “Human”
SEVENDUST “Death Dance”
Guest:  RED SUN RISING “Emotionless”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants”
GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
Guest:  DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  SAINT ASONIA “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Week of May 23-27, 2016

XL
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song”
DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis”
GHOST  “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
HALESTORM  “Mayhem”
HELLYEAH “Human”
SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”

MED
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am”
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design”
POP EVIL  “Take It All”
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities”
SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns”
ROB ZOMBIE “Get High”

SM 
AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed”
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes of Eden”
CHEVELLE “JOY RIDE”
CHRIS CORNELL “Nothing Compares 2 U”
DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning in the Sky”
KALEO “No Good”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar”
HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade”-ADD
MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live”-ADD
SEVENDUST “Death Dance”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants”
THRICE “Black Honey”
TREMONTI “Dust”

Monday, May 23

Asking Alexandria Ben Bruce James Cassells  with Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts on the band’s bus (photo credit: Mike Jakubow) 

Well. they came, they saw, they conquered!  Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts did it again! Killed it at Rock On The Range.  Not only did they get every single interview and MORE we had pre-arranged, they also made it through 3 days of rock insanity, rain and seasonally cooler temps.

Lou Brutus shooting Johannes Eckerstrom of Avatar (not really SHOOTING him, but you know)

Lou Brutus also got to take a bazillion pictures.  And Paulie took a bunch, too.  I’ll be posting many here and you can find more on our Facebook page soon as well!

Trivium with Lou Brutus at Rock On The Range in the mainstage bus parking area backstage

I have to say, as a by-stander listening on satellite radio to some of the performances, I gotta say. I F-BOMB  was used, oh I dunno, 5 BILLION times on stage by every single band (ok, not Lacey Sturm) but EVERY SINGLE BAND!  For example, I had to post on Matt Heafy of Trivium’s Facebook page, if there was a drinking game going on for every time you heard someone say the F-word to the audience, I would’ve been soooooooo
F-ing DRUNK!  (and I was in the car at the time!)  It was HILARIOUS!   So when I posted that on his Facebook, it opened up a huge amount of laughter, I gotta tell ya!

 Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers with Lou Brutus at Rock on the Ranges

Red Hot Chili Peppers
 frontman Anthony Kiedis said in a new interview with ET Canada that he “feels good” a week after he was hospitalized with intestinal flu, forcing the group to cancel two California concerts. The 53-year-old singer said, “It was a painful and sad thing to have to cancel shows; we don’t really do that. I’d rather play deathly ill than not at all, but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground. I got some help and now I’ve got to figure things out.”

Anthony revealed that a combination of inflammation in his “guts” and existing scar tissue from hernia operations led to his condition, which was exacerbated by a recent bout with a virus. He explained, “That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out.”    As for how he feels now, Kiedis said, “I feel good, not great, but good. I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health.”   He added that the incident has forced him to re-examine the way he takes care of himself, saying, “I push pretty hard sometimes and I do take my health for granted on a certain level because I feel strong and capable . . . I think that my body let me know that I had to change my ways a little bit.”

The Chili Peppers performed at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH on last night (Sunday, May 22nd), marking Kiedis’ first live appearance since his illness. The band will release its 11th studio album, The Getaway, on Jun 17th. The first single, “Dark Necessities,” arrived earlier this month.

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio also reporting this morning  AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said in a new interview on the Sirius/XM program In The Driver’s Seat the hearing problems which have stopped him from touring with the group began eight years ago while he was racing.  Johnson, an avid professional race car driver, explained, “I was at Watkins Glen (a race track located in Watkins Glen, New York), and I was getting ready to race . . . And I stuck this helmet on, and for the first time ever, I forgot to put my earplugs in. And what happened was, off I went, and after about thirty-five minutes, my left ear just (let out) a little pop. And I went, ‘What the heck was that?’

He continued, “All that happened was I suffered tinnitus for about six or seven months, but it cleared up and then I was fine again, because we did another tour after that and I was fine. But, unfortunately, on stage, you don’t have any defense. So when we started the tour, I was just fine; we were just rolling along and rolling along. And I think just age and that industrial noise every night on stage . . . I mean, you’re in a rock and roll band. What the hell do you expect?”

According to Johnson, his hearing issues started interfering with his ability to perform once AC/DC returned to the road in support of the band’s latest album, Rock Or Bust. He said, “I was getting worried because my right ear, my good ear is just about totally deaf . . . it was enough to make things very difficult.”   Johnson said his doctor worked to clear up the problem in his ear in time for an Australian tour and the North American leg which was eventually halted, He explained, “We did all the gigs in Australia — that was great — and then we came back and I did ten shows in America, but I’m afraid after that, when I went for my second check, that’s when they said, ‘You’re killing your ears.‘”

Johnson’s doctors told him that he could not perform on stage at large venues where the sound levels were beyond his current tolerance without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness.

He recalled the band’s reaction to the news, saying, “Angus (Young) and Cliff (Williams), they just said, ‘Jonno, you’ve gotta think of your health.’ And everybody else said, ‘Brian, your health comes first. You’ve done a whole year on the road, you’ve done everything. We wanna finish.’ And that’s what they did.”

Although Johnson doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to perform live again, he said he considers himself lucky to have had the career he’s had. He remarked, “I’m lucky. I’m 68 — I’m 69 later this year — and I’ve had a pretty good run. I’ve been in one of the best bands in the world. (The doctor) didn’t tell me I had cancer or something terminal. And I had so many good times with the boys and I’ve had such a lucky and great life, and I’m just thankful, really, that I came out of it in one piece.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose took over the mic in AC/DC after Johnson was forced off the road. Rose is slated for now to play AC/DC’s current run of European shows as well as ten postponed North American gigs.

This band was a Rock On The Range a couple of years ago, and on Friday, Atlantic Records sent out their new single, “Feel Invincible.”  The Pulse Of Radio  says Skillet  has definitely returned  from a three-year hiatus between studio albums on Aug 5th with Unleashed, their ninth studio effort and first since 2013′s Rise. The first single from the 12-song set is “Feel Invincible,” for which a lyric video has been issued.

Skillet bassist and singer John Cooper said about the new disc, “I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music. I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.

Skillet Unleashed CD cover 

Other tracks on the album include “Back From The Dead,” “Stars,” “Undefeated,” “Out Of Hell,” “Watching For Comets,” “Saviors Of The World” and five more.

Skillet has been recording and touring for 20 years now and Cooper told us he enjoys seeing Skillet fans bringing their kids to the band’s shows: It’s very cool to go to a concert and just see a dad with his 12-year-old son, and they’re both rocking out to Skillet because their dad bought our first record when he was in high school or whatever. You go to a Bon Jovi show or a Nickelback show, Aerosmith, that’s what you see — you see generations of fans. And Skillet is still, you know, quite young, but we have those generations. I think that that’s really awesome.

Skillet consists of Cooper, his wife Korey on keyboards, Seth Morrison on lead guitar and Jen Ledger on drums.  Skillet has been nominated for two Grammys and have one platinum and one gold record award to their credit. The band’s Top 10 rock hits include “Monster,” “Awake And Alive” and “Sick Of It.”   Interesting note:  Korey co-wrote Lacey Sturm’s “Impossible” which is out now on Lacey’s new album, Life Screams.


Volbeat
 has posted a lyric video for “Seal The Deal,” a new track from their forthcoming Seal The Deal and Let’s Boogie.  Check it out!

STP still looking!  Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo spoke with Rolling Stone on Friday (May 20th) about the progress of their search for a new lead singer, which began with open auditions in February and has continued recently with a smaller series of private tryouts. Robert said, “We’re trying some singers out to continue Stone Temple Pilots, and we’ll see where that goes, see where that takes us.” Dean added, “We’re looking for somebody that fills a lot of criteria. Man, woman. There’s a couple of people we really dig and we have some more coming in.”

STP is looking for a new vocalist following last year’s death of founding frontman Scott Weiland and the end of a short-lived collaboration with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, which produced a five-song EP in 2013.

Weiland and the rest of STP were not on good terms when he died from a drug overdose at the age of 48 during a solo tour last December.  Robert admitted, “It’s impossible to replace Scott. It really is. We created something that only the four of us could create. It’s about moving forward, but it’s also about someone honoring that and being able to get their creativity around that.

Although the members of STP have not revealed the names of anyone who has auditioned for the band, at least two singers have hinted that they were in the running. One was Toryn Green, who sang for the band Fuel from 2007 through 2010, singing on an album calledAngels & Devils.    The DeLeo brothers recently appeared live at a charity event, performing STP songs with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and singer Jordan Wright, son of veteran rock artist Gary Wright.

Here we go again!  A warrant was issued on Friday (May 20th) for the arrest of Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin after he failed to show up for a hearing before a judge in a Los Angeles courtroom. In fact, neither Scantlin nor his attorney made it to court for the scheduled proceedings. According to TMZ, the appearance was related to Scantlin’s arrest in December of 2015 for driving with an expired registration as well as possession of a controlled substance.

Scantling was actually arrested after he walked offstage at the end of a show in Hermosa Beach, CA on April 30th, reportedly skipping a court date related to his trespassing and vandalism charges from earlier in the year. In early January, Scantlin was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his former home and vandalizing some of the property. He skipped two court dates related to the charges, which led to last month’s arrest.

Scantlin lost the house to foreclosure in 2015 and was arrested while attempting to trash parts of the property with a hatchet.  Prior to that, Scantlin was arrested in December 2015 for possession of a controlled substance and had several previous busts that same year for driving under the influence. The December 2015 arrest is the one for which he missed a hearing on Friday.

More recently, Scantlin has been ending Puddle Of Mudd shows early with various meltdowns, including one in which he accused a fan of stealing his house. At one show in England not long ago, the entire band left him alone onstage during one of his rants.

Scantlin was also involved in a standoff with 30 police officers several weeks ago outside his current residence, although it turned out that he and two friends were trying to jumpstart a car and not break in as a neighbor reported.

Nick Menza-RIP   (photo credit: Loudwire)

So sorry to hear the news over the weekend about the passing of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza. He was only 51.  Nick passed away on Saturday night (May 21st) while performing with the band OHM: at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA. The 51-year-old Menza reportedly collapsed just three songs into the band’s set, with early indications suggesting that he suffered a massive heart attack. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Menza joined Megadeth in 1989 and played with the band for nine years, generally considered the group’s most successful era. He appeared on the 1990 album Rust In Peace, 1992′s Countdown To Extinction, 1994′s Youthanasia and 1997′s Cryptic Writings.

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 20

Sniff.  I am so lonely!   Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts are at Rock On The Range. I stayed home.   I will be there in spirit and can’t wait for you to hear all the awesome interviews we will have Backstage from Rock On The Range on upcoming hardDrive and hardDrive XL’s!

The Pulse Of Radio says Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch said in a new interview with Alternative Press the material for the band’s new album is “awesome,” adding, “We really wanted to go into what Korn does guitar-wise. James (“Munky” Shaffer, guitar), Ray (Luzier, drums) and I started riffing back in June of last year. Then we’d go on tour, come back and spend a week or two just jamming out. We started getting ideas pretty quickly once we started going into bigger studios and everything. It just went in that direction of the heavier sound. It’s the most intense Korn music in a long time vocally.”

Welch told us that the new disc will take a musical step away from the band’s last effort, 2013′s The Paradigm Shift“It was good, I loved the record, like Paradigm Shift we did and all that, but I think we all wanted this low end just to rumble like it used to. And so me and Munky, after touring together for three years, we really wanted to focus on a guitar-heavy record as well.”

Welch also told Alternative Press that the band was “thinking about the live show when we were writing the songs . . . This album has more of that quiet/loud dynamic but also sounds current. The whole band is pretty happy with it. We’ll be announcing the album title, song titles, release date and some new partnerships soon.”

The guitarist added that he thinks a lot of the new album will translate well to the stage, saying, “I can think of at least five of the songs that would be slammin’ in a set.”

Korn will begin a six-week North American tour with Rob Zombie on July 19th in Englewood, Colorado, and it’s rumored that Korn will follow that up this fall with another trek alongside Breaking Benjamin.

Been hearing about this for a whie now. Pulse says Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin‘s side project, The Apocalypse Blues Revue, has signed a record deal with the Provogue label. The outfit, formerly known as the Blue Cross Band, will release its debut album later in the year. Larkin said about the group, “As far as blues goes, Apocalypse Blues Revue is a little heavier, a little darker, and has some punk rock attitude in the lyrics. We wanted to make something deep that will provoke thought. It had to be evil, though. We’re not trying to make it happy. It’s called blues for a reason! It was also an opportunity to show the world what a phenomenal guitar player Tony is.”

The band’s lineup is rounded out by frontman Ray Cerbone and bassist Brian Carpenter.  Larkin, Rombola and Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill previously worked together in a more traditional hard rock side project, Another Animal, which released one album back in 2007.  Godsmack singer Sully Erna has pursued his own solo side career, issuing the album Avalon in 2010. I’m hearing he will probably do a solo record in the meantime, around doing other acting gigs.

Man, I got to see Pearl Jam recently, and I know fans appreciate it when bands perform albums in their entirety.  Pulse says Pearl Jam guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard showed up on their hometown radio station, Seattle’s KISW, on Wednesday morning (May 18th) to discuss the band’s recently completed North American tour, which featured on several dates surprise performances of full albums such as TenVs. and Binaural. Gossard said, “There’s always two or three songs that we don’t play very often, so you kind of have to figure it out. In terms of the sequencing, sometimes album sequences don’t work quite the same when you’re listening to it as it does live, so you kind of have to wrap your head around playing maybe two or three slow songs in a row.”

He added, “Luckily we’re playing a 30 some odd song set, so even if you play a full record, it’s still only one-third of your whole evening. It’s a fun challenge for the band, it keeps us on our toes . . . I think that’s ended up being a pretty exciting thing for our fans, knowing that they’re going to hear a song that the people the night before didn’t hear, and that we might not even know how to play.”

McCready added, “And as those album nights are happening, you can watch the fans kind of go, ‘Oh, this one goes after this one. Oh, they’re doing the record!’ You can see the excitement happening.”

Pearl Jam’s tour ended on May 11th in Toronto. The band will next play at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival on June 11th. They’ve also lined up two-night stands in August at Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

In other news from other sources:

  • The full lineup for the two-city Riot Fest has been announced, and among the acts confirmed for the Denver edition on Sep 2nd, 3rd and 4th are Deftones, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, NOFX, Against Me!, Bad Religion, Meat Puppets, Fitz And The Tantrums and more. Riot Fest Chicago will be September 16th through the 18th and will feature the Misfits, Morrissey, Social Distortion, Brand New, Rob Zombie and others. Several surprise acts are yet to be revealed. (Diffuser)
  • Of Mice & Men recently allowed a fan named Cassy to be the first person to hear their new album. Cassy was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014, and in January, at the age of 14, was told she possibly had only six months left to live. In addition to hearing the album, the band recorded the sound of her clapping along to one of the new songs and intend to add it to the track so that she will be a permanent part of the disc. (Alternative Press)
  • Guitarist John Berry, a founding member of the Beastie Boys, passed away Thursday morning (May 19th) at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, after suffering from frontal lobe dementia. He was 52. Berry was a member of Beastie Boys from July 1981 to when he left the group shortly after recording their debut seven-inch EP, Polly Wog Stew, in November 1982. The band has publicly credited Berry as the originator of their name and used his Manhattan loft for their first shows. Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who died in 2012, specifically mentioned Berry’s contributions in a speech he wrote for the group’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier that year. (Consequence Of Sound)

Have a great weekend!  More on Monday!

Thursday, May 19

Brian “Head” Welch from KoRn  and Love & Death stopped by yesterday to talk about his new book, With My Eyes Wide Open.  It’s a great read about his life and his return to KoRn.  Just like any single parent, it includes many trials and tribulations of raising a teen and the ups and downs of finding his way through life after a successful career as a Rock Star!

In addition, if you buy the book at www.brianwelch.net, you can get a free download of a new Love & Death tune, “Lo Lamento.”  It’s RAWKS!   Be listening for that on hardDrive with Lou Brutus weekend Jun 11/12 in What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player!

Plus it was very sweet of him to sign a copy of the book to me.  I’ve know Korn since 1994 when they released their first album and hardDrive wasn’t hardDrive yet. It was called Pure Concrete.  Anyhow, we played some Korn back in the day and I remember seeing their early shows.  And over the years, I have sort of become part of the “family.”
So when Head signed this over to me (he wouldn’t let me watch him signing it) I was touched when I read this!

Brian also told me some news about Korn, but dang, I can not reveal yet. But it will be out there soon, so please be patient.  And he’s absolutely right about the new Korn music….it definitely is Korn back to their roots.  Are you ready?

Prophets Of Rage posters seen around Los Angeles, CA

While Head and I  were talking, he noticed some news about this!  Originally we thought it was a Rage Against The Machine reunion.  But despite rumors spreading across the Internet on Wednesday (May 18th) that Rage was planning to reunite, sources have told Billboard.com the instrumental members of the band — guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk – have instead formed a new supergroup called Prophets Of Rage with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill MC B-Real. The new outfit, which takes its name from a 1988 Public Enemy song, will make its live debut on Jun 3rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and will perform songs from all three acts.

A show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood is also planned, along with a possible summer tour. Rage frontman Zack de le Rocha is not involved. (What is his story, we wonder?  I mean, in an election year like this, I would think he would be inspired to write and record and tour! But I guess not!)

Fans began speculating that Rage would be reuniting when the group’s social media channels directed fans to a new website, ProphetsOfRage.com, that featured a countdown clock programmed to run out on Jun 1st. At the same time, posters began appearing around Los Angeles that read, “Clear the way for the Prophets of Rage. The Party’s Over. Summer 2016.

Rage Against The Machine has not played live since headlining its own L.A. Rising festival show in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011.  Brad Wilk told us a while back that he had made peace with the possibility that Rage may never play together again:  Well, as far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out. I sort of had to put it in my head that that band is over in order for me to just move on with my life, to be honest with you, so that’s kind of where that lies. The Coliseum — awesome way to go out.”

Rage recorded three original studio albums and one set of covers before breaking up in 2000. The group reformed in 2007 but only played sporadic gigs and never a full tour. All four members of the band have pursued individual projects in the meantime.

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis went home from the hospital on Tuesday (May 17th). Kiedis was rushed to the hospital last Saturday night (May 14th) with a severe case of intestinal flu, forcing the band to cancel two shows. He is said to be “feeling a little better each day” and the band is still scheduled to perform this weekend at Rock On The Range in Ohio. Drummer Chad Smith said in a radio interview, “He’s a very strong man and he’ll be back better than ever.” (AnthonyKiedis.net)

As I was preparing notes for our Rock On The Range interviews this weekend, I got this info to ask Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil during our interview “Who’s the new drummer?” So at first I thought it was a joke.  But then yesterday I saw that Josh “Chachi” Marunde made it official that he is leaving the group after their May 24th gig in Grand Rapids. WHAT?!  

Chachi told The MARR Army Rock Show he intends to leave the band before the end of the month. Marunde is said to be taking a new opportunity that will allow him to spend more time with family. He explained, “I definitely am gonna continue to play, write . . . There may be a time where, down the road especially, once I’m settled and everything is relaxed and the dust has settled, where I make myself available to be a hired gun on very short terms — whether it be for an album or whether that be for three to five days on a tour.

He added, “That’s something I’ve already talked to Pop Evil about. A year from now, who’s to say I won’t wanna come out and play three songs on a show, or play a show with the guys — you know, who knows? — whether they are in Michigan or I’m on the road. I’m never gonna stop playing drums.”

Marunde will reportedly make his final appearance with Pop Evil on May 24th in Grand Rapids on a bill which will also include Disturbed and Rob Zombie.  Marunde has played with Pop Evil since 2011 and appeared on 2013′s Onyx and last year’s Up albums.

Up, Pop Evil’s fourth album, was released last August. The latest single is “Take It All.” The band will team up with 3 Doors Down and Red Sun Rising for a late summer/early fall tour that will kick off on Aug 26th in Charleston, WV. Pop Evil will also continue on with 3 Doors to head out with them in Europe.  We wish Chachi the best!

Maynard James Keenan as Puscifer frontman and wine afficianando

Maynard. Ya gotta love him.  The Pulse of Radio reporting the Tool/ A Perfect Circle/Puscifer  frontman aired his thoughts about the 2016 presidential race in a new interview with The Skinny and did not have flattering words for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Asked about the possibility of a Trump presidency, Keenan remarked, “I’m very divided, because all the f**kin’ awesome jokes that are gonna come out if Trump leads the U.S. — the humor, the tragedy and the awful stuff that’s gonna happen — is gonna be fodder for comedians for decades. And the end of the United States. Of course, the practical side of me thinks, ‘I’ve seen this before; I think it’s called Germany, 1938.’ Idiocracy is no longer a comedy, it’s a documentary. Idiocracy is where we are.”

Keenan told us a while back that he still believes in the American right to vote: The voting process works. We’ve been tricked into thinking that it doesn’t help and it doesn’t work. It does work. People need to get out there and figure out what candidate best represents their interests, and what they have in mind for the world, and how they would like the world. So I think people should get out and vote. They need to just register and get involved in the process.”

Keenan has been touring since last year with his multi-media cabaret rock act Puscifer, with a new European run slated to begin at the end of this month.  The instrumental members of Tool have been working on music for their long-awaited new album, although Keenan has not, by all accounts, begun working with the group on melodies and lyrics.

Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz have been tapped to open for Guns N’ Roses on the latter band’s upcoming summer stadium tour. Alice In Chains will appear on the “Not In This Lifetime” bill from its opening night on Jun 23rd in Detroit through its second date in Chicago on Jul 3rd, while Kravitz will join the trek from Jul 19th in Boston through July 24th in East Rutherford, NJ. Opening acts for the shows from Jul 27th through Aug  22nd have yet to be confirmed.

Demand for tickets to the tour has led to the booking of second shows in Chicago, Boston and New Jersey, along with two brand new dates in Los Angeles on Aug 18th and 19th.

The Guns N’ Roses reunion kicked off with a surprise show at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles on Apr 1st, followed by two gigs in Las Vegas, two appearances at California’s Coachella Festival and two Mexico City concerts.  The reunion features original members Axl Rose on vocals, Slash on lead guitar and bassist Duff McKagan on bass, backed by members of the more recent Guns lineup.

Alice In Chains will kick off its own headlining tour on July 6th in Portland, OR and has reportedly been at work on a new studio album. See Road Rage for all the dates for that run!

Our friends Sick Puppies have released their music video for “Stick To Your Guns,” the first single off their Fury cd, which drops tomorrow!  Check it out and see the Puppies this weekend at Rock On The Range!  And special thanks to them for headlining the hardDrive Live Tour. We love you guys!

Celebrating life today, The Who’s Pete Townshend is 71.  Dusty Hill of ZZ Top is 67 and Phil Rudd, embattled original AC/DC drummer, is 62.

Wednesday, May 18

OK, this is NOT what I ever thought I’d be reading this morning!  What The….?????
The Pulse Of Radio reporting Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager Sharon has ordered her husband to check into a rehab facility for sex addiction, according to the U.K. tabloid newspaper Sunday Express. The paper claims Ozzy is being treated at the Pine Grove center in Hattiesburg, MS, the same facility where pro golfer Tiger Woods was treated for similar issues a few years back.

The state of the Osbournes’ 33-year marriage has been in question for weeks since it was revealed Sharon caught the Black Sabbath singer in an affair with celebrity hair stylist Michelle Pugh, who has since lost her job over the scandal.

Pine Grove’s Gratitude program offers treatment for people seeking “help and hope from sex addiction, sexual anorexia, love and relationship addiction and sexual trauma.” The center would neither confirm nor deny the identity of any persons currently being treated there.

Sex addiction is a new one for Ozzy, who admitted a while back he didn’t know how he’s alive after abusing drugs and alcohol for years: I’m not a f***ing doctor. I keep saying that. You know, I’m just a very lucky guy that I ain’t six foot under shoving daisies up, you know. I’m like the laboratory rat that survives, you know.”

Ozzy and Sharon were seen in public together last week at a press conference announcing Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a two-day combined metal and heavy rock festival that will be headlined by Sabbath and Slipknot in September.  The two shared the stage and Ozzy even put his arms around his wife, although the gesture was not returned.

Sharon, who has said she will continue to manage Ozzy’s career, addressed the trouble in her marriage during a May 10th appearance onThe Talk, saying, “I don’t know where I am going, who I’m going with and I just need time to think and really think about myself and what I really want for the rest of my life.”

She admitted that she kicked Ozzy out of their Beverly Hills home, although he has since returned and she has left.  Ozzy is also touring this year with Black Sabbath on their “The End” farewell run.

Blabbermouth reports Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch spoke to Bakersfield.com about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s 12th studio album, due out later this year. He said: “We are finishing some songs for the new Korn record. We have an announcement coming out pretty soon with the producer that we’re working with, and new record label and management things.” Welch also indicated that the new disc will be a “guitar-heavy” Korn album,” adding, “It sounds . . . I believe what the true fans have been waiting for for a long time.”

Head’s second book, With My Eyes Wide Open, is out now.  He is heading into the office this morning to do a satellite tour and interview with yours truly.   Looking forward!

Gotta dash!  Will check back later…..In the meantime, wish Page Hamilton of Helmet a Happy 56th today!

Tuesday, May 17

Let’s start out with a positive sign out of the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ camp. According to The Pulse Of Radiofrontman Anthony Kiedis has reportedly email friends and family members from the hospital to let them know he is doing better, according to fan site AnthonyKiedis.net. The singer was rushed to a hospital on Saturday night (May 14th) with severe stomach pains, forcing the band to cancel that night’s performance at a radio festival in Irvine, California as well as a show on Tuesday evening (May 17th) in Burbank.

The band later announced that Kiedis was stricken with intestinal flu.  A post at the Kiedis fan site stated, “A close friend to Anthony Kiedis has messaged me just to say they’ve received an email from him saying he’s feeling a lot better . . . Anthony’s mum, Peggy, said last night that he was feeling a bit better so hopefully things are moving in the right direction.”

The Chili Peppers are still expected to perform this Sunday (May 22nd) at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. There is no word yet on when Kiedis will exit the hospital.  The quartet’s new album, The Getaway, arrives on Jun 17th. The band issued the first single, “Dark Necessities,” earlier this month.

3 DOORS DOWN, POP EVIL and RED SUN RISING to tour this fall!  

Yesterday I was on the hotLine with 3 Doors Down’s Brad Arnold and Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty to talk about their upcoming fall tour of the US and Europe.  The US tour will also include openers Red Sun Rising (currently on the hardDrive Live Tour through tomorrow in Nashville!)   All of the tour dates are in Road Rage.

The tour will kick off on Aug 26th in Charleston, WV. Pre-sale and VIP tickets are on sale now, with general public tickets available this Friday (May 20th) at 10:00 a.m. local time. 3 Doors Down is headlining as the band continues to promote its recently released sixth album, Us And The Night.

Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty told us teaming up with bands for a tour gives him a new appreciation for their music: The cool thing about it is when you tour with bands, you like fall in love with that band all over again, you know. So it’ll be like, we’re touring with 3 Doors Down, you’re listening to that ’cause you’re listening to it every night. It’s always interesting to see what they put on their set, you know, and you like, you find a new bit of excitement with the band when you tour (with) ‘em.”

Pop Evil is on the road behind its latest album, Up, which arrived last August. The latest single is “Take It All.”  Red Sun Rising recently notched the second Number One single of its career with “Emotionless” from the Ohio-based act’s third CD, Polyester Zeal.

You should also know 3 Doors Down have also announced their 2016 Better Life Foundation fund raiser set for Nov 11th at a new location in Cherokee, NC at Harrah’s Casino event center. Hit www.3doorsdown.com for more info on that.

Pulse also announced Ghost has added a handful of new shows to its North American tour schedule, with the dates booked before and after the Swedish band’s appearance in late July at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival. The shows will take place in Des Moines,  Minneapolis, and Green Bay,  with Macabre along as the opening act. Tickets will be available beginning this Friday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Ghost’s current North American run wraps up this weekend with shows at Ohio’s Rock On The Range and upstate New York’s Rock ‘N Derby on May 21st and 22nd respectively.

With a highly theatrical show like the one Ghost has, A Nameless Ghoul told us that things are bound to go wrong from time to time: “Our fog machine is named Bruce after the shark in Jaws, because as Bruce the shark, our Bruce the fog machine has a tendency not to work (laughs), which is very annoying. Fog on every show, I hope that is a promise.”

Ghost will next play on Tuesday night (May 17th) in Oklahoma City.  A Nameless Ghoul from the group recently told Metal Suck that Ghost will release a new EP later this year.

Here are the newly confirmed Ghost tour dates!  hardDrive listeners take note!
Jul 27:  Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags
July 28: Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
July 29: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
July 31:  Green Bay, WI @ The Sandlot

Ozzy and Jack Osbourne (photo credit: Larry Busacca) 

Pulse also reporting  Ozzy Osbourne‘s new television show about history, which he is co-hosting with his son Jack, now has a premiere date. The series, titled Ozzy And Jack’s World Detour, is set to kick off on July 27th at 10:00 p.m. on the History channel, according to Billboard. It will feature father and son traveling the world together and exploring the history behind some of the planet’s most famous sites, while looking into some lesser known locations along the way.

The series will consist of 10 hour-long, non-scripted episodes. Among the places they’ll visit are Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, the Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios.

Ozzy explained what the program is going to be: It’s just like a father-and-son spoof on history. You know, we went to Stonehenge, we met a guy who thinks he’s the reincarnation of King Arthur. We went to Bletchley Park to see the machine that the guy (Alan Turing) used to break the (German) code. It’s kind of interesting with an Osbourne twang to it, you know.”

Ozzy has not starred in a regularly scheduled TV series since the MTV reality show The Osbournes ended a four-season run in 2005. A variety show called Osbournes Reloaded ended after one episode on Fox in 2009.

Ozzy and Black Sabbath recently completed the first North American leg of the band’s farewell “The End” tour, and last week the singer unveiled plans to join forces with Slipknot on a massive combined festival called Ozzfest Meets Knotfest that will take place Sep 24th and 25th  in San Bernardino, CA. Sabbath’s final show is Sep 24th.

He and wife/manager Sharon Osbourne made headlines two weeks ago when reports surfaced that they had separated over Ozzy’s alleged affair with a celebrity hair stylist, but both were present at the Ozzfest press event.

Finally today, yet ANOTHER destination concert has surfaced!  Sep 24-25th, Houston Open Air Festival!   Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer, Deftones, Chevelle and a TON more!  Houston, TX at NRG Park!    www.houstonopenair.com!

 Happy 51st to Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Happy 43rd to Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Iggy Pop’s solo band!

3 DOORS DOWN-POP EVIL-RED SUN RISING

^ with POP EVIL/RED SUN RISING
* with RED SUN RISING 

AUG
26:  Charleston, WV @ Municipal Auditorium ^
27:  Blue Ash, OH @ Taste Of Blue Ash
28:  Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater ^
30:  Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Auditorium (no Pop Evil)
31:  Louisville, KY @ The Palace (no Pop Evil)
SEP
09:  Timonium, MD @ TBA
10: Atlantic City, NJ @ Circus Maximus @ Caesar’s Palace^
11:  Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theater^
13:  Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater ^
14:  Boston, MA @ The Orpheum ^
16:  Albany, NY @ The Palace ^
17:  Ocean City, MD @ Ocean City Bike Fest ^
21:  Memphis, TN @ The Orpheum ^
23:  Shreveport, LA @ Municipal Auditorium ^
24:  Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall ^
26:  Nashville, TN @ The Ryman ^
28:  Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater @ Old National Ctr ^
30:  Harris, MI @ Island Resort & Casino -Island Showroom
OCT
01:  Harris, MI @ Island Resort & Casino -Island Showroom
02: Madison, WI @ Sonic Boom/Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport
05: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit ^
07:  Raleigh, NC @ DPAC ^
08:  Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Motor Speedway
NOV
11:  Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (Better Life Foundation show)
www.3doorsdown.com
www.popevil.com

HOUSTON OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

SEP
24-25:  Houston, TX  @ NRG PARK

AVENGED SEVENFOLD
ALICE IN CHAINS
DEFTONES
SLAYER
CHEVELLE
THE CULT
MINISTRY
ALTER BRIDGE
GHOST
ANTHRAX
PIERCE THE VEIL
OF MICE & MEN
SEVENDUST
BARONESS
HELLYEAH
CHEVY METAL
BUCKCHERRY
NOTHING MORE
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA RETURN TO ROOTS
AVATAR
LETLIVE.
JIM BREUER & THE LOUD and ROWDY
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
YOUNG GUNS
STARSET
SICK PUPPIES
SKINDRED
SONS OF TEXAS
KYNG
TWELVE FOOT NINJA
NECK DEEP
GEMINI SYNDROME
THE WORD ALIVE
DINOSAUR PILE UP
SEPTEMBER MOURNING
and more TBA

www.HoustonOpenAir.com

Tickets on sale Tue May 17  and general public Fri May 20.  

HIGH ELEVATION ROCK FESTIVAL

AEG Live’s High Elevation Rock Festival–fueled by Monster Energy–will debut Saturday, September 10 at the world famous Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in the Denver, CO area.

High Elevation Rock Festival will feature 11 hours of non-stop music on two stages amidst rolling grassy slopes and spectacular Rocky Mountain views, with performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Ministry, Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Sevendust, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Amity Affliction, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Lola Black.
Tickets on sale Wednesday, May 18.  www.HighElevationFestival.com