Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

Good morning!  Had a weird dream about Sharon Osbourne.  I was holding some of her jewelry for her and I lost it.  Then I woke up.  So I will never know how Sharon reacted to the news.  Sigh.

Well, let’s start out with some news from Blabbermouth.  It says according to TMZ, a preliminary investigation into Chester Bennington‘s suicide last week has turned up no apparent signs of drug use at the time of his death.

Law enforcement say investigators found no illegal drugs or prescription drugs while searching the Linkin Park frontman’s home following his Jul 20 passing. It was previously reported there was a partially consumed bottle of alcohol in the bedroom where the 41-year-old singer was found hanging. It is not presently clear if Bennington had any drugs in his system at the time of his death. Toxicology results are pending. Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes by one of his employees shortly before 9:00 a.m. last Thursday. A Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that the cause of death was “suicide by hanging.”

In a 2013 interview with hardDriveRadio, I asked Chester about bullying and what advice he’d give to someone who felt hopeless. He advised kids who are having a tough time with life to avoid taking such a drastic step. “The thing about life is like, you can’t predict the future but the future’s there,” he said. “You just have to wait out. Life gets better, so don’t make those in-the-moment rash choices like suicide. Talk to your parents, you know, talk to the counselor at school. They’re there for you. They’re the people that are gonna care about you and they are gonna care about your feelings.”

Chester bought the home just two months before he committed suicide there. The singer paid $2.4 million for the five-bedroom, four-bathroom resident in June and moved into the two-story, 3,956-square-foot house about seven weeks ago.

Please, if you are suffering from depression or thinking about suicide, please contact or call 800-273-8255 (TALK).  It can be the first step to getting help. Be listening to hardDrive the weekend of Aug 5-6 for a special edition tribute to Chester. Chester will be the focus of all five interview segments, as well as the Featured Artist of the Week Aug 14-18 on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus.

Meanwhile, over on, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance reflected on how his friendship with Chester changed his life.

Gerard Way reflected on the late Chester Bennington in a recent interview, saying that Linkin Park ”changed [his] life” by bringing his former band, My Chemical Romance, on the touring Projekt Revolution festival. “I met my wife [Mindless Self Indulgence bassist Lyn-Z on the tour],” Way told Nerdist. “We have an amazing life now and a daughter. My memories of that period and meeting Linds again are tied into Chester and his band.






Linkin Park created Projekt Revolution in 2002, recruiting major acts from alternative metal, hip-hop and alternative rock for the traveling fest. My Chemical Romance joined for the 2007 trek, and Way married Lyn-Z backstage during the final show.

Bennington beamed with pride about his accidental matchmaking role during a 2008 Rolling Stone interview alongside friend Chris Cornell, saying, “I felt really proud that … Gerard and [Lyn-Z] reignited their friendship and then ended up getting married backstage on the last show. I was like, ‘This is freaking awesome.’

Way, who has ventured into comic book writing in recent years, told Nerdist he was “devastated to hear” about Bennington’s suicide last week, adding that he aims to tackle the subject of mental health in DC Comics’ Doom Patrol series.

It’s so sad,” he said. “I think a lot about mental health, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to address in ‘Doom Patrol,’ so I definitely think we’ll see a lot more of that now. I’ve been through depression, dark times, and therapy. I can really apply that stuff to these characters.


Paulie Walnuts can't help but throw up the horns for Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet going all acoustic in the hardDriveRadio video studio in NYC

Greta Van Fleet, our new friends from Frankenmuth, MI,  have announced a batch of new shows that have been added to their fall headline run.  New dates are set in Grand Rapids,  Clarksville, TN, Huntsville, AL, New Orleans, LA, Tucson, AZ, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle.  Find them in Road Rage.  Also, the band stopped by the hardDriveRadio studios with Paulie Walnuts, so check out a new hardDrive DL podcast  and a hardDriveRadio YouTube video soon!

Another dearly departed member of the metal music community, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, will still be remembered with the release of a covers album featuring one of the last songs ever recorded by the iconic frontman: His take on David Bowie‘s “Heroes.”

The upcoming Under Cover, due Sep 1st, from Motorhead has 11 studio recordings, also including songs by The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest and DioAlso on the album: Their version of Metallica‘s “Whiplash,” which won them a Grammy for best metal performance in 2005.  

“Heroes” was recorded during the band’s Bad Magic sessions in 2015, the same year Kilmister died of cancer.

Under Cover Track List:

1. “Breaking the Law” (Judas Priest) 2008
2. “God Save the Queen” (Sex Pistols) 2000
3. “Heroes” (David Bowie) 2015
4. “Starstruck” (Dio) 2014
5. “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent) 1992
6. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (The Rolling Stones) 2001
7. “Sympathy for the Devil” (The Rolling Stones) 2015
8. “Hellraiser” (Ozzy Osbourne) 1992
9. “Rockaway Beach” (Ramones) 2002
10. “Shoot ‘Em Down” (Twisted Sister) 2001
11. “Whiplash” (Metallica) 2005

And finally today, Theory Of A Deadman are premiering their new tune, “RX” from their forthcoming album, Wake Up Call, today on  The album is due Oct 27th and the single will show a new sound for the band.   It was recorded in London with producer Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, Train, Mary J. Blige) and takes a decidedly more mainstream pop-flavored turn than the heavier sound on its predecessors. That was the result of Tyler Connolly acquiring, and learning to play, the piano.  Read more over here.

 Happy 44th today to Abe Cunningham of The Deftones!

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

Man, Justin Bieber has found God and cancelled his tour?  Is this a sign of the apocalypse?

Well, I’ve been a little melancholy working on my editing of interviews with Chester Bennington.  I can not believe some of the things Chester is saying so many years ago and how relevant they were to what has happened.  I shared some of it with our sister Pulse Of Radio, too.  I mean, there are things that never really dawned on me til now.  I just wish we could rewind time and make all these recent events go away.

Pulse is reporting today that Linkin Park filmed a Carpool Karaoke episode for the new online series six days before lead singer Chester  committed suicide by hanging himself in his Los Angeles-area home last Thursday (Jul 20th). The segment is still expected to air sometime this fall, although an exact premiere date has yet to be determined.

Actor Ken Jeong, who participated in the episode with the members of Linkin Park, paid tribute to the singer on Twitter after his death, writing, “I am in shock and heartbroken. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Chester and his family and friends at this time.” The band had shared a photo online of them posing with Jeong on July 14th.  Carpool Karaoke: The Series – a 16-episode standalone spinoff of the popular segment that originated on James Corden‘s Late Late Show – is set to premiere on August 8th on Apple Music.

In a 2013 interview with hardDriveRadio, Bennington, who was doing tour promo with Stone Temple Pilots at a stop in Huntington, NY at the time, I asked Chester if he’d ever been bullied and what he’d tell someone who was being bullied.  He advised kids who are having a tough time with life to avoid taking such a drastic step: The thing about life is like, you can’t predict the future but the future’s there. You just have to wait out. Life gets better, so don’t make those in-the-moment rash choices like suicide. Talk to your parents, you know, talk to the counselor at school. They’re there for you. They’re the people that are gonna care about you and they are gonna care about your feelings.”

Sadly, Chester decided he had had enough and had no where to turn.  He drank a half a bottle of alcohol and hung himself in his home. According to TMZ, Bennington bought the home just two months before he committed suicide there. The singer paid $2.4 million for the five-bedroom, four-bathroom resident in June and moved into the two-story, 3,956-square-foot house about seven weeks ago.

Linkin Park has canceled plans for a North American tour, with the future of the group unclear at this point.  Meanwhile, hardDrive will pay tribute to Chester the weekend of Aug 5th & 6th and hardDrive XL‘s Featured Artist of the Week will be Chester the week of Aug 14-18.  Please join us.

I love Lzzy Hale!  She recently was at the APMA’s in Cleveland.  Check out the brief interview above with AMBY (A Music Blog, Yea?).   Excited to hear Halestorm is getting closer to getting down with the final steps to recording the next album.  They are recording in Nashville with Nick Raskulineczand it should be AWESOME!     Can’t wait to get a peek at the new tunage!  The band recently announced a North American headlining tour dubbed “Halestorm’s Halloween Scream.” The trek kicks off on Sep 22nd in Denver at the High Elevation Rock festival and wraps up in late October at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA.

 Motionless In White have announced a tour with The Amity Affliction and Miss May I starting in Sep.  See the Road Rage page for complete details!  (Love this shot of Chris!)  The band also performed “One Step Closer” in honor of Chester Bennington. Check it out.

Trent Reznor-photo credit: Ramona Rosales (Village Voice)

Whoa.  Trent is mad. And who can blame him? Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor has blasted Donald Trump as a “complete f**king moron” who lies and doesn’t believe in science. Reznor made his remarks during an interview with the Village Voice in which he described the current political climate as “disheartening.” Reznor also shared his view that Trump’s victory in the last election represented the revenge of the white working class over coastal elites, explaining, “When you’re not in an urban environment, you often feel left out of the conversation, and I get that. I grew up in that.”

In the same interview, Reznor said he spoke honestly to his son about the former reality TV star when the six-year-old recently asked him, “Donald Trump is a bad guy, isn’t he?” Reznor told his son, “Look, I don’t think he’s a good guy. Some people do. I don’t think he believes in science and I don’t think he believes people should be treated decently and I don’t think he tells the truth. That’s why I don’t like him.”

Reznor admitted he’s found it difficult to be optimistic about the country’s future, saying, “It’s tough, because the president of the United States is a complete f**king moron. That’s what gets me the most — that he’s this vulgar, grotesque dope, everything I hate in people.”

Reznor told the Daily Beast last year that he understood the desire of some Americans to upset the status quo. Citing his own youth in rural Pennsylvania, he said, “When I’ve gone back there to visit — I still have family back there — I have seen what the housing crisis has done to the small town I grew up in . . . living in California or on the coasts, it’s easy to lose touch with what a lot of the country is.

Nine Inch Nails released an EP titled Add Violence last Friday (Jul 21st). The five-track project was the second installment in the band’s three-part EP series. The first, Not The Actual Events, arrived last Dec. The third is yet to be titled but is expected to arrive by the end of the year.

Alternative Nation is reporting Stone Temple Pilots may be planning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album, 1992′s Core. The group has posted two videos online that list handwritten band name ideas from the early days, including Mighty Joe Young, which was their name from 1989 until 1992. STP have not confirmed a deluxe 25th anniversary reissue of Core yet, but rarities from the band’s early days exist and could be included on such a set.    Meanwhile, the band — whose two singers to date, Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington, are now both deceased — has yet to announce a new vocalist.  Above check out one of the rarities possible on the new set.

Meanwhile, I just got this press release on the new release!  Check it out in full!
Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene 25 years ago with their raucous debut Core. A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like “Sex Type Thing” and “Wicked Garden,” and has been certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA. The band also took home the 1994 Grammy® Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for their smash single “Plush.”

To mark the legendary album’s silver anniversary, Rhino will release two versions on Sep 29, which is 25 years to the day of the album’s original debut. The first is the CORE: SUPER DELUXE EDITION ($79.98), which includes four CDs featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band’s performance on MTV Unplugged. Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album along with videos for the album’s four singles. The set, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes packaged in a richly detailed hardcover book (12 x 12) with rare and unseen photographs. The music from the Super Deluxe version will also be available via digital download and streaming services.

Fans can pre-order a limited edition bundle of the CORE: SUPER DELUXE EDITON at which includes a bonus replica 7-inch vinyl single of “Plush” that was originally released in the UK in 1993. This exclusive bundle is limited to 1,000 copies.

Also available on the same day is a 2-CD CORE: DELUXE VERSION ($19.98) containing a newly remastered version of the original album expanded with rare b-sides and previously unreleased demos. A single disc remaster of the original album will be available as well.

Stone Temple Pilots (guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz, and vocalist Scott Weiland) debuted with Core in the fall of 1992 and by the following summer were one of the biggest rock bands on the scene, powered by exhilarating live shows and a string of now-classic songs from the album, remastered here for the very first time.

Nearly all of the music on the second disc of both versions is making its commercial debut. Of the nine demos included, four were recorded between 1987 and 1990 when the band was known as Mighty Joe Young. One of those, “Only Dying,” is an unheard song the band had planned to re-record in 1994 for The Crow Soundtrack. The idea was later scrapped after the star of the film, Brandon Lee, was killed during production. The disc continues with five unreleased demos from their original Atlantic sessions and concludes with four b-sides, including the jazzy Swing Type Version of “Sex Type Thing,” as well as two acoustic versions of “Plush”-the “Acoustic Type Version” recorded with the full band and the rarely heard “first take” that was recorded by Weiland and Dean DeLeo for MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball in 1993.

The third disc contains two fiery live recordings from the summer of 1993, the first an unreleased performance at Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater near Los Angeles and the second from the Reading Festival, making its U.S. debut here. These high-energy shows feature performances of all but two songs from Core as well as an early live version of “Lounge Fly,” a song the band has just written a month earlier that would appear the following year on the band’s second album Purple.

The band’s iconic appearance on MTV Unplugged, recorded in Nov 1993, gets its first official release on the final CD in the set. This would be their last performance in support of Core and includes reworked, acoustic versions of “Wicked Garden” and “Sex Type Thing,” the debut performance of “Big Empty,” which would later appear on Purple, and a cover of David Bowie’s “Andy Warhol.”

CORE: SUPER DELUXE EDITION also features the original album pressed on vinyl, and a DVD that presents a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of Core together will all four of the videos made for the album: “Sex Type Thing,” “Plush,” “Wicked Garden,” and “Creep.”

Celebrating life today:  Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless is 24.  Mick Jagger is 74, Roger Taylor of Queen is 68, and my idol Helen Mirren is 72!

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017


Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park revealed this Instagram early yesterday. It just reminds me of the day I interviewed the band at their first NYC show in NYC. Actually, I spoke with Chester. It was backstage at Roseland Ballroom on West 52nd Street (now closed, it’s a condo building.) He was a little nervous and I set him at ease. It had to have been sometime in the fall of 2000 (Hybrid Theory was released in Oct 2000 and they were opening act  on a 3 band bill with Fuel and Puya, I think.)  I gotta find that, I remember it was recorded on a dat player and those have gone the way of the 8-track.  Anyhow, it was a special time.  I am working on getting all of the interviews we’ve done over the years with Chester and plan to air as much as we can, so please be patient and stay tuned.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has slammed reality TV stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner for selling “vintage” T-shirts with the pair’s faces superimposed over some of rock’s biggest icons, including his band. The T-shirts were unveiled at the sisters’ online shop late last month, and featured images of Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Notorious B.I.G. overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings.

Asked by ET Canada about the shirts, Hetfield said, “I guess what they were thinking is, ‘We can do whatever we want.’ To me, it’s disrespectful. We’ve spent 36 years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something that we feel… Not that it’s sacred or anything, but show some respect.

Hetfield told us a while back that Metallica prides itself on the connection between the band and its fans: You know, when I see three generations out in the crowd, and they’re all three singing, like, ‘Master Of Puppets,’ it’s like, ‘Really? You guys really like this? Okay.’ I’ve got to believe them at some point (laughs). But it still blows my mind to go out there and, no matter what country you’re in, they are trying hard to sing along with it, and they just want to be a part of, man.

The shirts. which were being sold for $125 each and featured the logo “Repurposed in the USA,” did not go over well with others either. Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G. She slammed the girls on Instagram, calling the shirts “disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!”

The Jenners quickly withdrew the shirts from sale, explaining in a statement, “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists.”

Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager, also made it clear that she and her husband were not pleased with the shirts, saying on Twitter, “Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss.”  Sharon later said on her program The Talk that the Jenners created the line of shirts “for press, like they do everything . . . they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re not kids. They were brought up in this industry.

Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor met with a terminally ill fan of the band named Paula this past weekend at the FYF Fest in Los Angeles on Sunday (Jul 23rd). A GoFundMe campaign was launched last month to raise funds so that Paula could attend the concert. The campaign’s mission statement read in part, “Paula (most commonly known as Peedro Paula in the NINiverse) has been given a prognosis of 6-12 months to live. We would love for her to be able to see her favorite band, Nine Inch Nails, one last time!”

Donations from the campaign, which met its goal, covered the cost of the ticket, airfare, hotel, transportation, food and spending money while Paula was in Los Angeles, and while at the show she also had the opportunity to meet with Reznor.

Nine Inch Nails released an EP titled Add Violence last Friday (Jul 21st). The five-track project was the second installment in the band’s three-part EP series. The first, Not The Actual Events, arrived last December. The third is yet to be titled but is expected to arrive by the end of the year. Reznor has said that all three EPs will connect to tell one story.

The last full-length NIN album, Hesitation Marks, came out in 2013. Nine Inch Nails began a string of live shows last week with a warm-up gig in Bakersfield, California on July 21st, followed two days later by the FYF Fest. Other concerts are scheduled throughout the summer and fall.

Whoa!   I guess it WILL be in our lifetime after all!   Since Guns N’ Roses have been getting on so well and these tour stops have been off the hook, sounds like new music just MIGHT be in their future!  The Pulse Of Radio says guitarist Richard Fortus told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he is looking forward to recording a new studio album with the current lineup of the band, which now features three of the original five members. Fortus explained, “Everyone is excited about it. There’s a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined, and it’s the most fun for me. There’s so much excitement around it.”

The last Guns N’ Roses album, Chinese Democracy, featured just founding singer Axl Rose and a shifting cast of musicians. It came out in 2008 after taking 13 years to produce, and was considered a sales disappointment. There has been speculation over whether this version of Guns N’ Roses will record new material at some point.

Original guitarist Slash, who is now back in the band, told us a while back  he left in 1996 partially because Axl was taking so long to get a new album going: Something with Axl was very insecure and it just kept the band from sort of functioning properly. Although he was wanting to do things, I never to this day really understand exactly what he was getting at, and because it took so long to ever get anything done, I always attribute it to some sort of fear factor.”

The current reunion tour, which also features founding bassist Duff McKagan, has grossed $230 million and counting since launching in Apr 2016. Fortus, who joined the band in 2001, said, “It’s bigger than anything I’ve ever experienced. Doing multiple nights at a stadium is a mindf**k. It’s hard to get your head around that level of craziness. Fans are just so rabid for it.

Meanwhile, there was a big  aftershow party on Thursday (or shall I say Friday in the wee hours of the morning.)  Here is Axl Rose leaving for the evening.

Rock news in brief…..(from The Pulse Of Radio)

    • Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined Roger Waters on stage in Chicago on Sunday night (July 23rd) to guest on a performance of the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb.” The cameo came at the end of Waters’ second of three concerts there on his Us + Them North American tour. It’s not the first time the pair have shared a stage or played that song together, with the last time at a benefit concert in New York in 2012. (Diffuser)

    • Slipknot has shared a new behind-the-scenes clip of the band rehearsing without its masks from its upcoming concert film, Day Of The Gusano. The film captures the group’s 2015 Knotfest Mexico performance and also focuses on the fans that attended the event. Percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan directed the film, which will have one-night-only theatrical screenings around the country on September 6th. (The PRP)

  • The official trailer for Black Sabbath‘s upcoming film, The End Of The End, is now online. The film chronicles the legendary heavy rock band’s final tour, climaxing on February 4th, 2017 at their very last show in their hometown of Birmingham, England. For one night only on September 28th, over 1,500 theaters worldwide will show a specially edited version of The End Of The End before the film is released in various formats later this year. (Blabbermouth)

weekEnd Jul 22-23, 2017



hardDrive Double Dose: LINKIN PARK
“Somewhere I Belong” & “In The End”
Plugged In:  PROJECTED “Reload”
Guest:  I PREVAIL “Alone”
Three Song Sweep
DED “Anti-Everything”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
THRICE “Hurricane”


Guest:  GRETA VAN FLEET “Highway Tune”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
IN FLAMES “Here Until Forever”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
“Back To The River”
METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  WAYLAND “Through The Fire”

Week of Jul 24-28, 2017

GRETA VAN FLEET “Highway Tune”
GREEN DAY “Revolution Radio”
METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”

DED “Anti-Everything”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
The PRETTY RECKLESS “Back To The River”
BASEMENT “Promise Everything”
IN FLAMES “Here Until Forever”-ADD
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “Living On The 110”
STARSET “Satellite”-ADD
THRICE “Hurricane”


Monday, Jul 24, 2017

Still having a hard time wrapping my head around the death of Chester Bennington. It pains and hurts my heart so much that he was in so much distress, something we never imagined from such a beautiful and compassionate person.  The eye-opener was this interview I watched that Chester did with Los Angeles pop radio station KIIS-FM.

See, this is the tragedy.  That we never realized he was calling it out right here for millions of people to hear.  Now to mention this story my friend Jon Wiederhorn wrote for Yahoo on Chester.  It is very heavy as Jon examines Chester’s lyrics.

And moments ago, I received this message from the guys in Linkin Park to Chester:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,



Meanwhile, there have been many internet trolls who have been posting outrageous things about Chester’s death online over the weekend.   Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan has slammed people who are making negative comments about Chester Bennington’s  suicide.

Some have used the opportunity to criticize the Linkin Park vocalist and his music. And Donegan says he finds some of the online comments disgusting.

The guitarist wrote on Facebook: “I’m trying to figure out if the f—ing Internet trolls either haven’t been hugged enough as a kid or not smacked in the mouth by their parents and taught RESPECT!!!!!! How sad is it that we live in a society of so many hate-filled people! Every day we wake up and turn on the TV or go on social media to hear or read comments on politics or people’s battles against their personal demons and everyone is so quick to pass judgement.”

He went on to take up for Bennington’s wife and children who have also been the target hatred and said, “A man died and left behind a lot of people who loved him.” After his rant, he ended his post by saying…”I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget to hug the ones you love a little bit tighter and maybe smile at a stranger today. It just may make their day!

“I can’t believe how f—-ing disgusting the insane comments or rumors regarding Chester or his wife and people’s hateful remarks towards the band. Where is your f—-ing compassion? A man died and left behind a lot of people who loved him. Forget about if you were a fan of their music or not. Six children lost their father, a wife lost her husband, his parents lost a son, his band lost a brother, his colleagues lost a friend, his fans lost someone that inspired them and they looked up to.

I am sick to my stomach reading the negative comments dissing him and the band. Where is your f—ing heart?  I admit that when I was younger, I would think – how can someone be so selfish and take their own life, especially someone who appeared to have it all. Success, money, fans, love, from all around the world.  I’m sure a lot of people think, ‘How bad is your life? At least you’re not shoveling horseshit for a living.’ Now I’ve grown to realize that depression does not discriminate against anyone — rich or poor, it does not matter. Money doesn’t erase whatever demons someone is battling.

Most of us may never really understand why someone makes that choice to end it all, and I’m glad and hope that those thoughts never enter your mind.  Most musicians, comedians, actors that I know have come from a very dark past and turn to their craft as a way of dealing with those demons and healing through their work. Unfortunately, not everyone can beat that struggle. I’m sure that probably everyone I know has had some pain in their life and we all look for the inspiration to give us reason to keep pushing forward and hope that tomorrow brings a better day!  Life is full of challenges and money will not solve all your problems. Please, people, show some humanity and respect for one another. I’m tired of seeing so much hate on a daily basis in this world. I’m also guilty of fueling the fire with political debates and opinions, but there is so much division that we ALL seem to have lost a bit of our hearts these days.

“I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget to hug the ones you love a little bit tighter and maybe smile at a stranger today. It just may make their day!

Saw Guns N’ Roses on Thursday night in Harlem, NY at the world famous Apollo Theater. Man, what an event!!!   Sirius XM gave us free drinks, a poster and two (TWO) t-shirts to boot!  The band was off the hook, performing for nearly 3 hours performing every single hit and more.  I have to say, the entire group was on their A game.  It was truly a spectacular event and I was glad I got to be there to witness it.  Check out the fan filmed video above and you will see what everyone there is still talking about!

Axl had three or was it four wardrobe changes.  (It was really hot, the hottest day on record in NYC for that day actually.)  But the rest of the band played on.  We never sat down the entire time (although I took a couple of breaks.)  Was surprised I didn’t see more celebs in the audience.  I did see former tennis star John McEnroe  (hung out with him one time in Bring Me The Horizon‘s dressing room) and Mets’ star pitcher Noah Syndergaard (what a fine male specimen), and I guess there were a bunch of models there, but the familiar faces were few and far between.  But who cares!  We were there to see the masters of the 80′s LA metal scene.  Was bummed I didn’t get to say hey to my pals Slash and Duff, but whatever.  A great time was had!  And what was kinda cool, I saw a former Metallica bodyguard who is now working with the band. Wish I had known earlier!  I definitely would’ve been allowed to say hey!

Didn’t get back to my hotel til nearly 3 AM.  Which wiped me out for the rest of Friday!   I was in the office to interview Shaun Morgan of  Seether.  He was in doing press of his 5th annual Rise Above Fest that took place over the weekend in Bangor, ME.  We talked about suicide awareness and certainly Chester Bennington.  We filmed the interview and you can check it out here and on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  You’ll also get to listen to a podcast of a different interview with Shaun I did after the video.  Be looking over on the hardDrive DL podcast plaforms over on iTunes, Stitcher and Blog Talk Radio.

Hollywood Undead are back and have announced they will release V (Five.)  It will drop Oct 27th.  The number five holds a deep significance. We have five senses. Five points adorn a star. Five represents man in theology. For the five members of Hollywood Undead—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man  and Danny—the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering—FIVE [Dove & Grenade Media/BMG].  Fans can pre-order the new album from here:

“We’re five brothers, and this is our fifth record,” affirms Johnny 3 Tears.  “Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said Five, it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are. It also nods back to ‘No. 5’ from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us.

The band have just released the first single/video from their forthcoming album called “California Dreaming.”  You can check out the world premiere of the video on Vevo here:

Friday, Jul 21, 2017

From all of us at hardDriveRadio,  our friend Chester Bennington was one of the most outgoing, charitable and creative artists of his generation. While we’ll never understand why,  it’s more important now that we take a moment to check in on those who struggle with drugs or alcohol, even if they’ve chosen a different path. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Talinda, his children, his associates and to his 5 brothers in Linkin Park: Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, David Farrell, Rob Bourdon and Joseph Hahn.

Mike Shinoda tweeted: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

TV show host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted earlier today that Bennington was one of the kindest people he’s had on his show.

Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia wrote that she was at a “loss for words,” adding, “why, why, why.”

Skillet‘s John Cooper tweeted: “Absolutely no words. Speechless and so sad. I am such a fan.”

Halestorm drummer Arejay Hale wrote: “OMFG I just heard the horrible news about Chester Bennington, how awful! My heart goes to the LP families, I was shocked to hear this today!” writes

Linkin Park
 singer Chester Bennington was found dead on Thursday morning, police confirmed to Variety. He was 41.

At about 9 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to a call of a dead body in a Palos Verdes Estates (a suburb south of Los Angeles) home, the location of Bennington’s private residence, law enforcement said in a statement. He appeared to have died by suicide from hanging, TMZ reports.

The case is under investigation by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office. Variety has reached out to his reps for more details. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda tweeted on Thursday afternoon, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

The band most recently released album “One More Light” earlier this year, as well as a music video for “Talking to Myself” earlier Thursday morning. Bennington has struggled with alcohol and drug problems throughout his life.

Thursday was also the birthday of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden singer and a good friend of Bennington’s who died by suicide in May. Bennington wrote a tribute to Cornell, and sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral in May.

Bennington is survived by his wife and six children.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Bennington had a troubled childhood marred by sexual abuse from an older male friend and drug abuse; his parents divorced when he was 11.

He began performing in his teens and in the late 1990s was introduced to several members of the band that would become Linkin Park by Zombie Music Publishing executive Jeff Blue. The union was successful although the group struggled to find a record deal. Blue signed them after he joined Warner Bros. Records as an A&R executive, and they released their debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” in 2000, and the group went on to become one of the most successful rock bands of the decade.

“Hybrid Theory” was certified diamond (10 million copies) by the RIAA, and the ensuing albums “Meteora” (2003) and “Minutes to Midnight” (2007) reached multiplatinum sales as well. In 2004 the group recorded a “mashup EP” called “Collision Course” with rapper Jay Z.

The group’s combination of heavy riffs, Bennington’s alternately melodic and gutteral vocals, and Mike Shinoda’s rapping led them to be lumped in with the “nu-metal” of bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach, but the group railed against the term and branched out musically via solo efforts, remix albums and more experimental work on albums like the Rick Rubin-produced “A Thousand Suns.” The group continued to defy expectations in the coming years, getting arguably heavier than ever with “The Hunting Party” in 2014 and following it with a pop-oriented album, “One More Light,” earlier this year. Fan and media reaction to the group’s most recent change of direction was often hostile.

Over the years Bennington also served as lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots after original vocalist Scott Weiland left for the final time in 2013, and worked with a side project called Dead by Sunrise, which released one album, “Out of Ashes,” in 2009.

During a Linkin Park acoustic performance at Spotify’s New York offices in May, just days before Cornell’s death, Bennington was animated and very funny, at one point responding to a question about how the group’s music has changed over the years by saying, “When people ask me ‘How come you don’t write about teen angst anymore?,’ I say ‘I’m 41 years old!’”

In his tribute letter to Chris Cornell, Bennington wrote in part: “You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivalled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that.”

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Love this interview with Corey Taylor and Cutter from Razor 94.7 that was conducted at RockUSA in Oshkosh.  Our own Lou Brutus gets some props in it, too!  Gotta love Corey!  He is the best! Fun interview, Cutter!!!!

Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile left the band last year battling Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Yesterday, he revealed he’s now entering an intensive physical therapy program in hopes to restore the strength and mobility to his legs and back. He posted on Instagram, “We discovered two cysts growing on my spine, but they are NOT cancerous.” Carlile noted that no operation is needed, but said he’s “Not out of the woods yet, and extremely happy the results are not what was originally feared.”

He ended his post with a quote from Martin Luther King…“If you cannot fly, run. If you cannot run, walk. And if you cannot walk, crawl. But by all means, KEEP MOVING.”

As fans who have followed Carlile since his exit have known, the singer’s physical struggles continue, but he is fighting the good fight. In the post, Carlile revealed seizures have been causing extreme pain and as of 12 days ago, due to anti-seizure meds, he has been seizure free, which he calls, “Yet another blessing.”

Carlile: “Next step, baby steps, but I feel blessed to be able to move ahead, as slow as that may be.”

Since being diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, Carlile has spoken openly about his condition. He also recently addressed a group of physicians about the importance of having a cooperative care team and what it means to the patients. Even while dealing with his physical issues, the singer recently revealed he’s been working on new music. We have you in our thoughts, Austin.  Wishing you all the best always!

And here’s yet another DJ bud with James Hetfield of Metallica!  Meltdown of the Mighty WRIF 101 sat down with Papa Het at Comerica Park.  James said some interesting things about how the band records, as well as the loss of 250 musical ideas when Kirk Hammett lost his phone during the writing process.

Regarding the phone full-of-riffs, Hetfield laughed when he said, “That’s what he claims. I’m sure he did, but it doesn’t make sense that he wouldn’t have them on his computer, either.” Hetfield also commented to WRIF radio on how they decide the best riffs to use on an album…“We all submit our tapes and we sit there and we listen to them and we pick the best stuff. There was not much stuff from Kirk. Whether his phone was lost, or whatever.”  Hammett is not credited on any of the Hardwired…To Self-Destruct tracks.

Hetfield: “We’ve got 40 riffs — maybe this time I think I stopped it at around 24 and said, ‘Come on, there’s some good stuff here.’ So, usually we start developing them and then other ones that you can kind of tell aren’t going to go anywhere — they’re like parts, cars. So you start picking riffs off them. Hey there’s a great set of headlights, we’ll use it for that song or the intro or whatever it may be. So they kind of all get picked and it’s like you get the Frankenstein of songs, you get all the best parts.”

Metallica is currently on tour and will play at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles tonight. (Thursday, Jul 20.)

Blabbermouth is reporting the new rock documentary “Hired Gun: Out Of The Shadows, Into The Spotlight” received a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations through Fathom Events. The film chronicles the story of world-renowned musicians who are not household names, but are instead the session and backup musicians who have performed at concerts and on countless recordings with huge stars yet remain largely unknown to the public. It will be released On Demand and DVD Aug 1st.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook, who came up as a session musician himself through stints with Mandy MooreHilary DuffVince Neil and Alice Cooper, teamed with filmmaker Fran Strine to make the film happen.

During a recent appearance on “The Morning Blend” on Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, Hook stated about “Hired Gun” : “Basically, the movie focuses on musicians that are hired to play for celebrity artists. I used to do hired-gun work before I got into Five Finger Death Punch, so I had my own story to tell. But I also know so many musicians myself that I could call up for their story. So right away I knew I could get my hands on some good content.”

Hook said that he wanted the film to be an accurate depiction of both the glamorous side of being a sideman and the lifestyle’s considerable downsides — such as the pay, which can often be minuscule, and the fact that you can be as disposable as toilet paper.

“My experience was that, growing up, I was, like, ‘I wanna be a rock star. I wanna be famous. I wanna be on the big stage under the lights,’” he said. “So I found myself in that situation playing… I was with Hilary Duff, Alice Cooper — these big gigs — but then I started thinking, ‘This really has nothing to do with me, and I’m replaceable.’ So I’m, like, ‘I get the feeling, but it’s shallow. It’s not the deep feeling. There’s no satisfaction.‘”

Hook also talked about the “sheer-terror” moment when he realized it could all be taken away from him in an instant.  What happens is you can make some good money being a hired gun. So you start to see this income. I’m, like, ‘Well, I have never had money. So now I wanna have nice things. I wanna have a car and a house, and I’m gonna grow up now.’ But the thing is, at any given moment, they can just shut the gig off. And I learned that the hard way. I had these major bills, and all of sudden I read the e-mail that says, ‘Nothing personal, but we’re taking the artist’s career in a different direction, and thank you. Best of luck.’ And I’m, like, ‘No no no no no. This can’t happen. I just bought this place. I have this massive mortgage payment.’

The documentary goes behind the scenes and explores the personalities and creativity of the best session players and backup musicians in the world. Among the artists interviewed are John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo, ex-Metallica bassist Jason NewstedKISS drummer Eric Singer, guitarist John 5 from Rob Zombie‘s band, Toto axeman Steve LukatherAlice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and many more.

Hook told hardDriveRadio about the common theme that runs through the movie. “Everybody we talked to had like one ‘holy cow’ story — some good and some horrific — about their experience playing their instrument for some artist,” he said. “And so what we found was that if we strung all these ‘holy cow’ moments together, we ended up with a ‘holy cow’ movie.”

Celebrating life today: Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard is 51, Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother is 41.  

Gotta dash!  Heading down to the city, where it will be a mere 100 degrees heat indexes.  ARGH!   Seeing Guns N’ Roses tonight, interviewing Seether’s Shaun Morgan and Adrian from Otherwise on Friday!

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

Photo credit: G N' R Irish Mike Twitter-Times Square NYC

Photo Credit: Erol Bal Twitter near Apollo Theater

Guns N’ Roses fever strikes NYC!  The band seems to be dropping hints they plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its landmark 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction – but what shape that commemoration will take remains hidden for now. Ads have begun to pop up around New York City featuring the record’s artwork with the hashtag #APPETITE30TH.

The record turns 30 this Friday (Jul 21st) and Guns N’ Roses is scheduled to play an intimate show on Thursday night (Jul 20th) at New York’s famed Apollo Theater, so it would not be unreasonable to guess that the group might play the album from front to back for the first time in its history at that gig.
Among the Appetite anniversary ads popping up around town is a particularly notable one in Times Square at the corner of Broadway and W 43rd St, along with one right outside the Apollo on W 125th St in Harlem.

It is not clear what else the band may have in store for the record’s anniversary. A show featuring all five of the original members seems like only a remote possibility at this point.

Guitarist Slash told us a while back what he’s most proud of when it comes to Guns N’ Roses: “The most proud I am would have to be just the sense of accomplishment from getting from these sort of nomadic gutter rats that we definitely were, to manage to get from that point and make a record and go out and start touring and doing all that stuff and then to actually succeed, to have that record succeed, it was definitely an accomplishment that I’m very proud of.”

Guns N’ Roses’ current “Not In This Lifetime” tour features three members of the classic Guns lineup — Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and singer Axl Rose – backed by three musicians from later lineups and one new member. The trek, which kicked off in Apr 2016 and is still going, is the most popular and highest-grossing global tour of 2017 so far, according to the mid-year report from live entertainment trade Pollstar.  The tour has grossed $151.5 million worldwide and Guns was the only group to sell more than one million tickets so far this year. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio)

According to a press release, Nine Inch Nails have unveiled a new song called “This Isn’t The Place” from their upcoming EP Add Violence, just days ahead of the record’s release on Friday (Jul 21st). The song begins with an eerie arrangement of synths, drums and a bit of piano, with the music building and receding under Trent Reznor‘s vocals.

“This Isn’t the Place” follows the previously released Add Violence song, “Less Than.” The five-track project marks the second installment in Nine Inch Nail’s three-part EP series. The first, Not The Actual Events, arrived last Dec. The third is yet to be titled but is expected to arrive by the end of the year.  Reznor has said that all three EPs will connect to tell one story, explaining on Beats One Radio last week, “We thought it might be interesting to split the record up into three parts that come out and have their own moment of attention — each of which are stylistically a bit different.”

The last full-length NIN album, Hesitation Marks, came out in 2013. Nine Inch Nails will begin a string of live shows tonight (July 19th) with a warm-up gig in Bakersfield, CA at Rabobank Arena, to be followed on Jul 23rd by the FYF Fest in Los Angeles. Other concerts are scheduled throughout the summer and fall.

Earlier this week, Reznor revealed the back cover of the Add Violence EP, saying online that it was possibly “important.” The photo of various readouts and knobs on some kind of machine includes a dial marked ”Presence,” which some fans have taken as a reference to “The Presence,” an otherworldly manifestation haunting a dystopian future America on Nine Inch Nails’ 2007 concept album Year Zero. In other words, could Add Violence be connected to Year Zero?

My good pal Full Metal Jackie interviewed another good pal, Sully Erna of Godsmack on her radio show Whiplash out in LA. Blabbermouth reporting she spoke with Erna on Sunday night on her show on 95.5 KLOS

Speaking about how his songwriting process has evolved over the years, Erna said: “Interestingly enough, if anyone knows anything about Godsmack, we’ve always been kind of a tough-edged band — really good music for extreme sports and being in the gym and anything like that: football, motorcross, whatever. We even have a lot of Army and Navy and marines that come to our shows and just tell us stories about how it got them through really tough times when they had to fly over Iraq and Afghanistan and whatever, and do their job… jobs that they didn’t really wanna do. They turned up the music and just did what they had to do, and it helped them get through something that would have been naturally pretty difficult to do. But now we’re getting to a place where the band has been around for twenty years. We’re very blessed and lucky to still have a career and have fans out there that care about us. And we wanna be smart as well. And, by the way, I’m not that young, angry kid that I used to be once. I’m a lot older now, I have a daughter of my own, I’m in a good place in my life. I don’t have a whole lot to really be stressed out about or mad. And so the music has to evolve with that. Everything that I’ve ever done in music was always based on something that affected me on an emotional level — it was never made-up stories; it was always based on my life to some degree. And so now where things are a little bit brighter and a little bit better, we’re not gonna write about flowers and ice cream, but I certainly think that it’s gonna have a little bit more positive of a message and I definitely think it’s even gonna have a little bit more of a commercial edge to it. Because we’re older now, and we wanna kind of continue to write and play music that we also enjoy and not always have to be in ‘screamo’ mode and chugging away.”

He continued: “Me and my drummer recently just said… We made an agreement, we were, like, ‘I think we’ve come up with every combination of chugging that we can.’ We call it the Morse-code effect. I’m, like, ‘Dude, I honestly can’t think of any more combinations. I’m done with chugging. I think now we’re just gonna focus on writing really well-written songs.’ And that’s what I’ve been kind of focused on for the last so many years. And due to that, I listen to a lot of great songwriters — Elton JohnMichael Jackson… whoever it is that has been legendary and iconic. And I try once again to absorb and learn from them so we can put out the best record we can due to the year and the day and age that we’re in.”

Asked what the hardest part of writing music is for him, Erna said: “I think it’s the challenge. It’s just the challenge of getting up every day and putting in your time. That’s complicated. When the ideas come and everything’s flowing, it’s almost effortless. And if anybody’s out there who’s creative, who’s an artist, I would highly recommend that you YouTube Elizabeth Gilbert‘s TED talk on ‘Your Elusive Creative Genius’. She’s the lady who wrote the book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. She does a TED talk, and she does this amazing speech on how to take the pressure off yourself, because, as artists, it’s no wonder that we become manic-depressive, alcohol addicts. We’re always trying to beat our last thing, we’re always wondering if our best days are behind us and if we’ve already done our best work and how do we top our last record or how do I put on a better performance as an actor or as a book writer. So we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. And I really think people who are interested in this kind of thing should really watch this talk. It’s very, very inspiring; it changed the way I work. But for me, that’s what it is — that’s the hardest part: just going there and doing your job and hoping that your genius shows up and that brilliant things happen.

Sully also confirmed that Godsmack is hoping to release a new single in the first few weeks of 2018 before following it up with a full-length album by early spring. He also recently walked back his previous comments that Godsmack intends to commemorate the band’s twentieth anniversary in 2018 with a massive world tour that could feature the group playing its self-titled 1998 debut disc live from start to finish.

On Friday,  we heard devastating news about  Adrenaline Mob‘s horrific vehicle accident in Florida that injured several and killed bassist David “Z” Zablidowsky. Blabbermouth reporting  according to Times Leader, Adrenaline Mob‘s tour manager, Jane Train, remains in critical condition in a Gainesville  hospital, four days after a crash that killed the band’s bassist and injured several others.

A close associate of Train, whose real name is Janet Rains, told the Times Leader: “She is not in a coma; however, she is not fully conscious. She had surgery (Monday) morning and did very well. She is in very good hands. Please pray for her and the entire Adrenaline Mob family.”  The 48-year-old Train is best known as lead singer of ’80s cover band M80.

The accident occurred near Micanopy early Friday afternoon when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 and struck the group’s RV, which had pulled off the highway with a flat tire. The band was traveling in the RV and a van that was pulling a covered trailer.

According to, a total of nine people were in the vehicles. One died, six were taken to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. The majority of those injured were listed in serious condition and one was in critical condition. Those injured were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center.

Robert Dressler, 45, of Plains, who was the band’s soundman on the tour; and Jason McCole, 41, of Wilkes-Barre, who was driving the RV, were also injured.

Adrenaline Mob singer Russell Allen posted a message over the weekend in which he revealed that he helped pull Train and McCole from the wreckage before the RV became engulfed in flames. Allen sent special thanks to passer-by and Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon for his “bravery in assisting me.”

Adrenaline Mob was scheduled to play Friday night in St. Petersburg. The band was touring in support of its third studio album, We The People, which was released on June 2 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014′s Men Of Honor was the first  release to feature Zablidowsky and drummer Jordan Cannata.

Our thoughts and prayers go out the families, friends and fans.

Celebrating life today, Brian May of Queen is 70!

Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017

Welcome to the Jungle! I got me a ticket to see Guns N’ Roses at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC!  In my old neighborhood!  Can’t wait!

Stone Sour have announced their fall tour with Beartooth, Steel Panther, Cherry Bombs and Man WIth A Mission on select dates.  See them all in Road Rage! Singer Corey Taylor told us the band has a lot on its touring plate for the rest of the year:  Basically just tour, tour, tour, man. Get it out there, you know. I know we’ve got some cool stuff coming down the pike that will happen later, and nothing that I can confirm yet because it’s not been set in stone. But it’s gonna be pretty rad, man, we’re pretty stoked.

In This Moment have also announced a HUGE fall tour with Of Mice & Men and Avatar.  Find those in Road Rage.   They’ve posted these new songs from their Ritual album, which drops on Friday!   I love the cover, “In The Air Tonight”!  Check ‘em out!

And what’s with THIS picture of Avatar on the red carpet at the Alternative Press Music Awards last night in Cleveland?

Meanwhile, Corey Taylor presented the APMA Vanguard Award to Korn at the awards ceremony last night. A complete list is here.

Highlights among the other winners are:

Best Album of the Year:  Misadventures  Pierce The Veil
Icon Award: Laura Jane Grace-Against Me!
Artist of the Year: Panic! At The Disco
Best Bassist: Fieldy of Korn
Best Live Band:  Falling In Reverse

On Sunday, famed horror director George A. Romero passed away.  Guns N’ Roses  guitarist SlashMetallica axeman Kirk Hammett and Rob Zombie all reacted online to the death of the filmmaker, who changed the horror genre in 1968 with his classic Night Of The Living Dead and invented the modern concept of the zombie. Romero, who died on Sunday (July 16th) at age 77 after a brief battle with lung cancer, also directed the zombie masterpieces Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead, while collaborating with Stephen King on 1982′s Creepshow.

Romero told us years ago he tried to break away from the horror genre but that was where he had his greatest success: The times that I’ve gone out away from the genre, the things that I did didn’t make a lot of money. You know, I don’t mind it. I was reflecting back to right after Night Of The Living Dead: I was reluctant, and the second film we did didn’t even get distribution. Actually, the next three films weren’t horror films. I tried for a number of years to resist it and none of those things went out and made any money ’cause everybody wanted me to do Night Of The Living Dead again. So we did Dawn Of The Dead, and I guess that really sealed my fate ’cause it was the most successful of the three.

All three musicians are massive horror fans, with Slash also a producer of one thriller and Rob Zombie a writer, producer and director of seven genre films. Slash wrote online about Romero, “Trailblazer is an understatement. We will miss you.” Slash told Rolling Stone a while back, “Night Of The Living Dead was a very ominous, haunting and brutal movie, and I remember specific scenes that have stayed with me all these years.”

Hammett, who has a vast horror collection and has also published a book and staged a genre convention, called Romero the “founding father of the modern zombie movie” in his own Twitter post, adding, “long live Romero!”

Rob Zombie chimed in, “I can’t believe George Romero has died. All the zombies owe him everything! He was the master.”

Romero’s other movies included MartinThe CraziesThe Dark Half and three more installments of his Dead franchise. He was set to produce a seventh at the time of his death.

Speaking of films,  The Pulse Of Radio reporting more of  Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto’s replicants are on view and new plot details have been revealed in the new trailer for Blade Runner 2049. In it, replicants have the ability to send what remains of society into a downward spiral. “Every leap of civilization was built off the backs of slaves,” says Leto. “Replicants are the future, but I can only make so many. I have the lock, and he has the key.” Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard also pops up to explain his experience to Ryan Gosling’s LAPD Officer K. Denis Villeneuve helms the sequel to the 1982 classic. Robin Wright and Ana de Armas also star. Blade Runner 2049 will go wide on Oct 6th.

Celebrating life today:  System Of A Down’s Daron Malakian is 42. Aaron Gillespie of Underoath is 34 and Jack Irons, former drummer Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers is 55.