Wednesday, Nov 26

Wow!  Four day weekend is upon us!  It’s raining like crazy here. Snowing everywhere else in the northeast. Ugh! I feel bad for anyone travelling today to be with family and friends for Thanksgiving!   Me? I’m staying put with friends!  Lou?  He’ll be on his couch eating Cheetos! Speaking of Lou, he recorded a most excellent interview with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins last night. I will be listening and editing that to air on hardDrive and hardDrive XL the first week of January!……Well, while AC/DC is streaming their new Rock or Bust CD over on iTunesRadio, drummer (or is he) Phil Rudd continues to act erratically!  Check this out from Pulse Of Radio!  A New Zealand High Court judge briefly issued an arrest warrant for Phil Rudd on this morning (Nov 26th) when the AC/DC drummer failed to show up on time for his court appearance to address the charges against him. Rudd was scheduled to appear in court at 9:00 a.m., but arrived several minutes late. Rudd did not enter a plea and had his bodyguard give him a piggyback ride to his car after the hearing was over. Rudd then backed up the vehicle into the path of an oncoming truck, almost causing an accident. Rudd is set to return to court on Dec 2nd, ironically, the day of the album’s release!  Couldn’t come up with a wackier story if I tried!!!! I think Phil is the one with dementia!….Have you been watching the Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways?  It’s been great! Last week, the spotlight was on New Orleans and just made me want to hop on a plane and be there!  Frontman Dave Grohl admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone  he knew nothing about the history and culture of New Orleans before he and the band traveled there for the sixth episode of their HBO series Sonic Highways. Grohl explained, “Before I turned on the camera with Ben Jaffe from Preservation Hall (Jazz Band), I said, ‘I don’t know s*** about jazz and I don’t know s*** about New Orleans’ . . . A lot of the interviews were like that. I’m a music nerd, but I’m not a musicologist. I love talking about music and hearing these stories, but I also love not knowing everything.”   The New Orleans episode featured interviews with Jaffe, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Trombone Shorty, Steve Earle,  and Bonnie Raitt, while also focusing on the careers of Big Easy legends like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers and The Meters.  Asked why he included New Orleans in the series, Grohl said, “The celebration of life in that city is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been . . . there’s a soundtrack to that city everywhere, 24 hours a day. You’re just immersed in music. It makes people smile and dance and drink and celebrate life.”  Grohl added, “After that week, you had to tear me out of this place; I f***in’ went through withdrawal after I left. I was making f***in’ beignets and listening to jazz for a month (laughs).”   Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us the Foos felt more welcomed by the musical community in New Orleans than any other city: The thing about New Orleans is all those musicians — it’s like they all wrapped their arms around us as soon as we got there. They were all like, ‘We’re gonna be part of this too.’ Because they wanna play. They’re there to play. They were involved from second one, and that’s the spirit of that place. We’re here to play, everybody’s gonna play. It’s all about that shared sort of experience.” ….Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said in a new interview with Music Radar the band is aiming for ”quality and not quantity” when it begins recording its new album this winter. Smith explained, “We probably have close to 30 songs. I think last time we overdid it a little; traditionally we’ve always recorded 25 or 40 songs. It won’t be 50, like last time. We always say, ‘We’re going to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,’ then it turns into an epic f***ing thing. This time we’ll focus on the quality and not the quantity.” Been a while since we’ve had music from those guys.  Must be nice to have so much $$$$  you don’t need to worry, eh?…..Pulse Of Radio also reports Metallica has revealed the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants have invited the band back for the third annual Metallica Night at the Giants’ hometown ballfield, AT&T Park. The band posted, ”We’ll all be on hand Saturday, May 2, 2015 as the Giants take the field against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and as always, the night will kick off with the National Anthem and first pitch.”  The band will be on hand all evening during the game and will participate in several events throughout the night, which will also feature special giveaways and souvenirs. Special event tickets for the game go on sale Friday (Nov 28th) at 8:00 a.m. PT.  A portion of the proceeds from every Metallica Night special event ticket will benefit a local charity.  In other news, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise the last batch of funds needed to complete production on his documentary about legendary progressive rock bassist Jaco Pastorius. Trujillo has funded much of the project himself and told us why it’s important for him to get it finished: “When you take on a project like this, you know, it’s from the heart, so it is for the right reasons. This is not the next Transformers. It’s not like ‘the blockbuster.’ It’s a story that I wanted to share with as many people as possible, musicians or non-musicians. I know this story’s powerful, it needs to be told.”….Also from Pulse: The first fully authorized documentary about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, titled Montage Of Heck, will premiere on HBO in 2015, according to The film is written, directed and produced by Brett Morgen and is the first to be made with the cooperation of Cobain’s family. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, has signed on as an executive producer for the project.  Morgen and his team were given access to Cobain’s entire personal and family archives, and the film will include footage from numerous Nirvana performances, along with previously unheard songs, never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks.  Morgen, who has been working on the project for some eight years, said in a statement, “Once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.”  Morgen told NME back in 2013 that the movie would feature a mix of animation and live-action footage, although it’s not clear whether that is still the case.  The movie has the same title as a musical and sound collage that Cobain created around 1988, which recently surfaced online. The collage exists in both eight and 36-minute versions and combines original sounds and effects with Nirvana demos, songs recorded from the radio and tracks sampled from Cobain’s record collection.  A biopic about Cobain, produced in conjunction with his widow Courtney Love, has been on and off in development for years, although there are no signs that it is going to emerge any time soon….Joe Perry of Aerosmith told me last week in a phone conversation we had he’s recording a handful of Christmas tunes, something he’s wanted to do for ages with Aerosmith, but it never came together as a band, so he decided to take it on himself.  Poor Joe, he had a really bad cold, too!   Hope you’re feeling better, Joe!  Can’t wait to hear what you’ve done!….Marilyn Manson has announced The Definitive Box is available for pre-order now.  It’s a limited edition set of the forthcoming album, The Pale Emperor,  (due Jan 20) and will come in a grey cloth bound collectors’ box with a debossed logotype and high-gloss cover photo flip-in.  The back cover will feature black foil-stamped Marilyn Manson monogram logo, two discs pressed by RTI on HQ-180, audiophile grade white vinyl, with 3 bonus tracks.   Fold out photo printed on newsprint, 5 lithograph photos by Nicholas Cope wrapped in tissue with a wax seal, and a collectible MP3 download card with bonus tracks. Want it now?  Hit this.…..Celebrating life over the next four days:  Thanksgiving Day:  Mike “Puffy”  Bordin of Faith No More/ex-Ozzy is 52.  Charlie Benante of Anthrax is 52.  Friday, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron is 52.  Jon Stewart of The Daily Show is 52.  Jade Puget of AFI is 41. Paul Shaffer of the Letterman show is 65.  Sunday, Billy Idol is 59, Roger Glover of Rainbow and Deep Purple is 69, Ridley Scott is 77  and our friend John Moyer of Disturbed is 41. (Hey, I think I’ll play 52 in the numbers today!)    Have a great Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! Drive safe!  Please don’t text and drive, especially if you’ve had a few!  It’s not worth your life or someone else’s!

Tuesday, Nov 25

Man, usually I am traveling the day before Thanksgiving, but this year, I am staying in the city!  I mean, who wants to miss the chance to see Kiss  in the Macy;s Thanksgiving Day Parade be wheeled down Sixth Avenue on a freezing cold morning in those spandex outfits?  Wonder if Paul Stanley will wear a coat? It’s supposed to be super windy, so let’s hope Gene Simmons’ balloon head doesn’t blow away! (I keed, I keed!)…iTunesRadio is streaming AC/DC‘s Rock or Bust album now!  It drops officially on Monday…..System Of A Down have announced a tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary  (April 24th) of the Armenian Genocide that happened during the Ottoman Empire rule in Turkey. They have been staunch supporters of trying to raise awareness and justice for the 1.5 million Armenians (many relatives)  who were killed during that awful time and make Turkey accountable.  They will do a string of 7 shows, starting in England and running through Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and end with a free show in Armenia, with the band performing there for the very first time.  I am sure that will be a very emotional show for the guys. The band issued a statement that reads in part:

We will not allow the crime of despots coupled with the greed of world powers and their interests in resource acquisition to pen our history.

Despite the UN Genocide Convention and numerous ad-hoc international bodies, including the U.S. Atrocities Prevention Board, this worst of man-made diseases continues to spread because the world’s response to genocide is viewed as a political choice, not a moral necessity.

By demanding a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide we are saying Never Again to all genocides.  Never again will we stand by while people are murdered for belonging to a select race, ethnic, or religious group as they were in Turkey, Nazi Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, or Darfur.

There are already brave souls within Turkey, who – at risk of prosecution, persecution, and even violence – are openly calling for recognition and reparations for the Armenian Genocide.  Many other Turkish citizens share these humanitarian values, but have not yet spoken out – intimidated by a government that has, for too long, obstructed the peace that only truth and justice can bring. It’s time to break this silence.

As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their President and Parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.

With your help, such a historic step taken by the people of Turkey in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.”

….Wow! Check this out!  Touring bands run into all kinds of danger and drama on the road, but it doesn’t usually manifest itself in the form of small appliances.  When Powerman 5000’s frontman Spider One turned on the air conditioning unit in the Radisson Hotel in Marietta, Ga., Friday, November 21, an electrical fire started, according to Loudwire. Guitarist Nick Quijano says the band escaped unharmed and then went the extra mile, helping others escape. Quijano issued a statement about the experience on  “I just wanted to let you know that we were all involved in a 10th-floor fire at the Radisson [hotel] in [Marietta], Georgia this evening around 6 p.m.  We checked into our rooms to relax before our show at 120 Tavern and Spider One went to turn off his air conditioner unit in his room when an electrical fire broke out within the unit, shooting large flames across the room and filling the entire 10th floor with smoke. To make matters worse, the alarm and sprinkler system in the hotel was defective and didn’t go off to warn anyone in the hotel of the fire. We had to run down the hall and yell to all the other inhabitants to get them to clear the floor and get to safety.  Other than some smoke inhalation, we are all okay and will still be playing the show tonight at 120 Tavern and continuing our tour through the USA with American Head Charge.  We are left wondering what will happen next on this run, but we want to let everyone know that the tour is STILL RUNNING as planned and expect to see everyone out at the remaining shows through North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.”  Powerman 5000 is touring in support of Builders of the Future, the band’s first release of all-new material in five years. Static-X was supposed to be on these dates, but were forced to cancel after the tragic death of Wayne Static from an undisclosed episode…..Glad to read this on Pulse Of Radio!  Deftones spent most of 2014 touring and waiting for the muse to send them back to the studio. According to, fans will soon be able to get their hands on some new material.  They are officially back in the studio writing again, and they may even be getting a hand from Black Sabbath’s drummer, Bill Ward. The band posted a photo with Ward, but it’s unclear if he was just stopping by, or if a more formal collaboration is in the works. The new disc, as yet unnamed, is poised to hit the market in 2015. It is a follow-up to 2012’s Koi No Yokan album.  In April, Deftones posted a previously unreleased song called “Smile” online to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of the band’s original bassist, Chi Cheng. The track is taken from Eros, the album that the group was recording when Cheng was gravely injured in a November 2008 auto accident. Cheng was left in a semi-comatose state — from which he never fully woke up — and the recordings were shelved. He passed on April 13, 2013…..And finally,  thank you Rolling Stone’s David Fricke for posting this article on Dave Grohl.Ten Things We Learned Hanging with Dave Grohl” over at  Dave is the cover boy of their current issue.  Sigh.

weekEnd Nov 22-23, 2014



hardDrive Double Dose: NICKELBACK
“Million Miles An Hour” & “Edge Of A Revolution”
Guest:  NONPOINT “Breaking Skin”
ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out”
Guest:  LIVE “The Way Around Is Through”
GODSMACK “Something Different”
FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing”
SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I”


OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever”
Guest:  PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise”
BUSH “The Only Way Out”
LINKIN PARK “Rebellion”
POP EVIL “Beautiful”
Guest:  SEETHER “Same Damn Life”
MASTODON “The Motherload”
Guest: AC/DC  ”Play Ball”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down”

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Week of Nov 24-28, 2014

AC/DC                                           PLAY BALL
ROYAL BLOOD                          FIGURE IT OUT
SEETHER                                    SAME DAMN LIFE
SLIPKNOT                                  THE DEVIL IN I
VOLBEAT                                   DOC HOLLIDAY 

BUSH                                           THE ONLY WAY OUT
GODSMACK                                SOMETHING DIFFERENT
HELLYEAH                                    MOTH

IN THIS MOMENT                      SICK LIKE ME
LINKIN PARK                            REBELLION
POP EVIL                                    BEAUTIFUL

CHEVELLE                                  AN ISLAND
FLYLEAF                                      SET ME ON FIRE
LIVE                                              THE WAY AROUND IS THROUGH
MASTODON                               THE MOTHERLOAD
NONPOINT                                  BREAKING SKIN
NOTHING MORE                        MR. MTV

OTHERWISE                               DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON
PAPA ROACH                              FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE

STARSET                                    CARNIVORE
YOUNG GUNS                           I WANT OUT 




Monday, Nov 24

Let’s start out with Pulse Of Radio‘s exclusive interview with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden The Seattle band releases its long-awaited collection of rarities and non-album tracks on today, titled Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path. The 50-track, three-disc set contains seven never-before-released songs, including the newly recorded track “Storm,” along with original B-sides, instrumentals, covers and demos recorded throughout the band’s career.  The collection was curated by guitarist Kim Thayil, who told us the size of the project grew over the years: “As we moved along in our recording career, we produced more and more of such material, until by the time (1994 album) Superunknown came out, we realized we just had a lot. We had a lot of instrumentals and covers we had recorded, movie soundtracks, B-sides for various EPs and singles. We knew that we had at least an album’s worth of material. When everything was gathered together and counted, it turned out we had three albums’ worth of material.” The first disc is subtitled “Originals” and features Soundgarden-written B-sides plus the previously unreleased “Storm” and “Kristi.”  ”Covers” is the theme of disc two, featuring Soundgarden takes on songs like the Beatles‘ “Come Together,” Black Sabbath‘s “Into The Void,” the Rolling Stones‘ “Stray Cat Blues,” Devo‘s “Girl U Want,” the Doors‘ “Touch Me” and the Stooges‘ “Search And Destroy.”  Disc three is called “Oddities” and includes an assortment of instrumentals, remixes and demos.  Soundgarden plans to work on a new studio album sometime in 2015. A remixed version of the band’s first full-length outing,  1988′s  Ultramega OK, is also in the pipeline to arrive next year…..This is rather interesting: Blink-182 singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge‘s side project Angels And Airwaves took home the Best Animated Film award from the Toronto International Short Film Festival last week for Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker. The film was made to accompany Angels And Airwaves’ forthcoming album, also called The Dream Walker. Both will come out December 9th, with the short providing visuals and more of an in-depth look at the story outlined in the album.  DeLonge told Rock Sound the story is “about two brothers who are orphans, one of which goes into a coma. The main character — Poet — believes he can reach his brother in the dream world.”….Ya know, I think I have to agree with this. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has declared the public have “had it” with super-sexy videos. Corgan told the London Evening Standard, “I have a strange sense that people have had it with pop. I can’t compete with somebody who’s doing porn. The person who does porn for their video is going to sell more records than me. So how did we compete back in the day and how do we compete now? It’s the same. You have to be truer than false, realer than fake, and you have to bring something that only you can bring.”  Corgan’s comments echoed those of Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, who recently said about “exhibitionist” pop stars using sex to sell records, “Maybe they should just be making porn films. Maybe they’re in the wrong game.”  Corgan announced on Nov 19th  he’s recruited Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Killers bassist Mark Stoermer for upcoming shows in support of the new Pumpkins album, Monuments For An Elegy.  Four songs from the Dec 9th release – “Tiberius,” “Being Beige,” “One And All” and most recently, “Drum And Fife” — have surfaced.  Lou Brutus will be on the hotLine with Mr Corgan tomorrow.  The band is currently in rehearsals….The David Mallet-directed video for the title track of AC/DC‘s Rock Or Bust  can be seen here.  Hard to believe David has directed the band’s videos for 24 years!  That’s loyalty!  That’s the thing I love about AC/DC.  They ARE LOYAL! Loyal to family, friends and even bandmates who are acting like middle-aged crisis guys (but are in their 60′s!)   Hopefully, things will get sorted out, good or bad, with Phil Rudd so this black spot on the band can be erased and they can avoid all the unending questions about the drummer. I mean, if you had a job, and you didn’t go to work for 10 days, wouldn’t you be fired right now?  That’s NOT including that you were suspected of trying to have someone offed and you had a drug charge placed against you.  FIRED!   So, yes, Angus and the boys are loyal to the core.  Come on, Phil, get your SH^T together!……Celebrating the BIG 5-0 today down in Florida is Tony Rombola of Godsmack!  And Happy 44th to Chad Taylor of Live! 

Friday, Nov 21


Hello Dave, nice to see you again……It’s nearly December!   Geez.  Christmas shopping for me must commence this weekend or else!…..Last night I got to be at a great industry charity event where we ate and drank fine wine with lots of good friends!  For decades now, I guess nearly 40 or so, the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research, has been raising millions and millions of dollars to try to find cures for those diseases.  It also has been a life saver for many people in the music industry who’ve been stricken with those sometimes life ending diseases. One of the honorees  last night was Rush, and Alex Lifeson was there to  accept the award.   I’m proud to have been associated with Martell in the 80′s & 90′s when it was my role to help organize a celebrity hockey game (we had the HANSON BROTHERS from “Slap Shot” fly in from Albany, NY)  and several celebrity softball games out in Los Angeles. I remember when Alice In Chains were in LA recording their Dirt album.  Layne, Jerry, Mike and Sean came out and who knew Layne was an amazing hitter! (Layne showed up with a green beard. I think it was the first time I ever saw someone put color in their beard!)   He was the ringer for sure!  Another year we had Alice Cooper‘s “Rockers” team vs  Kip Winger‘s “Rollers” and Alice showed up with a bat that had a battle ax  attached (not real, just for show) and the crowd went nuts! Another year (could’ve been this same year) Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold came out and Roseanne sang the national anthem (horribly, I’d like to add!)   We also had these great annual bowling parties (I was and still remain the “Gutter Ball Queen!”)  So last night was, again, another momentous occasion and a wonderful way to raise money for the research group. Thanks to Q-Prime’s  Warren Christensenfor the AMAZING wine……Let’s start with this item from Blabbermouth today.  Interesting note:  interview with Triple M was done in the hardDriveRadio studios! :)  AC/DC guitarist Angus Young addressed the legal problems of drummer Phil Rudd in a new interview with Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M, saying that the drummer is “in a strange place and a strange situation.” Rudd was arrested on Nov 6 and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years behind bars for the others.  Young told Triple M’s Lee Simon:  ”Phil is in a strange place and a strange situation. I know he’s living in New Zealand, but it’s something we’ve gotta get resolved. If we’re going forward, we’ve gotta get something resolved.”He continued: “We had a few problems [with Phil] ourselves before he got into this situation, because there was a lot of strange behavior going on, which I guess you could put it down to him not showing up for a lot of what we were doing.   “When you have to get to a stage when you’ve gotta convince someone to be there, it wears thin after a while. But it’s something we got to resolve. It is a bit of a question mark.”   Young recently told Rolling Stone magazine about Rudd’s current legal troubles: “Phil created his own situation. It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”  The guitarist did not want to delve into whether drugs were involved in Rudd’s seeming decline, adding, “I don’t know the exact situation… I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out.”  AC/DC issued a statement on Rudd’s arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the Dec 2nd release of the band’s new album, Rock Or Bust, and the group’s upcoming tour.  Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for  the filming of the videos for singles ”Play Ball” and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot…..Metallica‘s been performing all this week on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”  Check out “Enter Sandman.”….Tonight’s episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is the one filmed in New Orleans.  Taylor and Nate said it was their favorite city of them all.  The band will perform tonight right after the show airs.  Wish I was going to be there!  Meanwhile, RollingStone posted this cool item on Dave Grohl.  Love it! Meanwhile, I got a  little chuckle when I saw the upcoming Rolling Stone cover with Dave.  The title to the story on him is “The Passion of Dave Grohl.”  Wanna know what the last thing I said to Dave when I saw him at the Lettermanshow backstage in his dressing room was?  ”Keep the Passion!”  Hmmmmm…..Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson says the band’s upcoming fifth album is “turning out to be such a personal reflection” for the members of the group. He writes, “One of my favorite things about making this kind of record is when as a team, we decide to just lay it all on the line emotionally, and write about all the demons, the feelings; good and bad, all the pain and the rushes, and all the highs and lows . . . in all of our lives.”   Sanderson says  the band is targeting March 31st  for the release of the yet-to-be-titled set, adding, “We still have a lot of work to do . . . Some songs we write, and rewrite, then record, and re-record and so on.” Check out this fan-filmed concert in Moscow!….Have a great weekend!  And Buffalo, hang in there!    I’d be shoveling my roof this weekend if I lived there, lemme tell ya.


Thursday, Nov 20

Had a great time yesterday with Starset and In This Moment dropping in on us at the hardDriveRadio Ranch!  First off, I told Maria Brink and Chris Howorth how moved I was listening to Black Widow. I mean, there are songs on there that cut right to the bone, and Maria couldn’t have opened up her heart any deeper!  I was actually moved to tears when I listened to the spoken word piece, “Into the Darkness,” that was recorded unbeknownst to Maria.  She said Kevin Churko, their producer, likes to push her buttons, but this is uber intense.  Meanwhile, I may have given Maria an idea for her next cover song: a Missing Persons track. “Nobody Walks In LA.”  Let’s see if that takes shape!  And  Startset’s Dustin Bates and his band performed three songs in the studio, including “My Demons,” “Halo” and the David Bowie tune “Space Oddity.”  It was very sweet to hear Dustin thank us for our support (when we play songs on the air, we help to promote the bands and their songs get airplay impressions which means they advance on the charts. But we are good AND bad.  When we DON’T play a song one week, they lose traction, so it’s a weird dichotomy …a yin and yang, if you will.)  Anyhow, Dustin said when he’s home in Columbus, or on the road, he listens to hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  I love hearing that! I reminded him to download the hardDriveRadio APP so he can listen to the weekend show too! …..OK, so Foo Fighters sold 190,000 copies in the first week of their new Sonic Highways album.  It’s about 45,000 less than their last album, but that’s the nature of the beast these days.  Taylor Swift is still selling buckets of records.  Oh well, Foos are still Number One to me!….Soundgarden has already released a deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of its 1994 album Superunknown this year and has a three-CD collection of B-sides and rarities called Echo Of Miles on tap for next week. But the band isn’t done restoring its old catalog yet. Guitarist Kim Thayil told us exclusively  he and famed Seattle producer Jack Endino recently turned their attention to the band’s first album, 1988′s Ultramega OKLast year, Jack Endino and I spent a number of weeks remixing Ultramega OK and we’re gonna search for a label — it’s no longer on SST — and put it out with a beautiful, heavier, warmer mix from Jack Endino, which is something we always felt we had to correct about that release.”   Ultramega OK was released in 1988 on the SST label and was Soundgarden’s first full-length release after recording two EPs for the Seattle-based Sub Pop Records. Thayil told us the band hopes to release the new version of the disc sometime next year.  Soundgarden’s long-awaited collection of B-sides, rarities and non-album tracks, titled Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, comes out next Monday (Nov 24th). The three-disc set will contain seven never-before-released songs, including the newly recorded track “Storm,” along with original B-sides, instrumentals, covers and demos recorded throughout the band’s career. The first disc is subtitled “Originals” and will feature Soundgarden-written B-sides plus the previously unreleased “Storm” and “Kristi.”  ”Covers” is the theme of disc two, featuring Soundgarden takes on songs by the BeatlesBlack Sabbath, the Rolling StonesDevo and others. while disc three is called ”Oddities” and includes an assortment of instrumentals, remixes and demos.  Soundgarden plans to work on a new studio album sometime in 2015.  Be listening for Kim on our annual Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive with Lou Brutus for your Thanksgiving weekend!…Congrats to Kid Rock, who has performed at many military bases over the years and makes it a point to meet with members of the armed forces at all of his shows, who received Operation Troop Aid’s 2014 Patriot Award for his empathic approach to troop support.  OTA founder and executive director Mark Woods said, “Kid Rock is one of the most giving entertainers I have ever met. He really gets it…  Last year, Kid Rock challenged his fans to help raise money to send care packages to the troops. In one short month, we were able to ship over 500 care packages just in time for the holidays. His art, legacy of family and spirit of patriotism is exactly why this award exists.”  Rock told us a while back Americans need to remember the sacrifice that the members of the military make: “I just think that people in general, especially maybe my generation, has really forgotten, or maybe just needs to be reminded somehow or really open a history book and realize how many people fought to keep this country free and well and safe and sound.”….Celebrating life today:  Joe Walsh of The Eagles (featured on the new Foo Fighters Sonic Highways) is 67.  Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill are both 49  and Davey Havok of AFI is 39.  

Wednesday, Nov 19

Another HUGE day in the hardDriveRadio studios here in NYC!  Yesterday with AC/DC, today with Starset and In This Moment!  Starset will be performing in the studios as well, so that will be a treat!  I haven’t seen them live yet and hopefully I will get a chance to do so tonight when they perform with In This Moment and Twelve Foot Ninja!  And the new In This Moment album is out, so it will be cool to see what that band pulls off live from the new tunes.  (I love love love the song “Sex Metal Barbie” and was pleasantly surprised about the slower tune featuring Brent Smith of Shinedown! ) Good times!  And tomorrow night, I’m attending a big charity event for the TJ Martell Foundation, which raises money for cancer, AIDS and leukemia research.  It’s their big Wine Dinner, this year honoring Rush!  (Last year was Robin Quivers.) Should be a great night with delicious (and expensive) wine.  Remember: drink water between glasses of the fruit of the grape!  Less headache!  LOL….So let’s get back to AC/DC for a moment. The “surprise” guest was uber-producer Brendan O’Brien, who is the most down to earth guy you’d ever want to meet!  We chatted it up for some time in the green room while the band was being interviewed by other outlets (they stationed themselves at our studios, and we even had a satellite truck there for interviews the band did in Australia for TV and radio there.)  I wasn’t aware the studio that Brendan always worked out of when he was based in Atlanta had been sold, so Brendan moved to LA and AC/DC loves the studio there in Vancouver so Brendan is now Mr Mobile.   I asked Brendan if he was going to be doing Tom Morello‘s next solo record which is supposed to be “heavy.”  He said no, since Tom is probably producing himself. He built a studio in the house he moved his mom into next door to his up in the Hollywood Hills. Tom is such an awesome guy!  Anyhow, hope to be staying in touch with Brendan.  Good peep! Also got to be friends with Angus’ wife Ella. What a sweetheart!  We are very similar and it’s so awesome she and Angus have been married for 34 years! Love it!…..As promised, Foo Fighters dates are posted in Road Rage.  This upcoming tour is the biggest in their history.  At one point, it was speculated they’d do a tour of the same clubs they did as a band 20 years ago, but in reality, they’re playing the biggest venues they’ve ever played in the U.S.  starting with RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on Jul 4. Royal Blood will be the support act on the July and August dates, except for Aug 27th in Indianapolis and the first Fenway show on July 18th, which will feature Boston legends Mission Of Burma.  Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us America has never necessarily been the Foos’ biggest market: “As a band, we’ve always actually been a little bit bigger outside of America. England, we do really well and Australia we do really well and a lot of parts of Europe we do well. And we do well in America, but mainly in the big cities, you know. We’re not huge necessarily in the Midwest and places like that because, frankly, America’s big.” But you can’t believe everything Taylor says, now can ya?  LOL…..Getting back to AC/DC for a second, plan on them hitting the U.S. stadium circuit probably late Spring.  The staging will be second to none, I am sure!….Halestorm recently wrapped the recording sessions for its third studio album and is previewing some material on its current fall tour. The band has been playing the track “I Like It Heavy,” which a fan filmed during the band’s November 14th gig in St. Petersburg, Florida. The new Halestorm disc is due out in early 2015. (Brave Words)….Smashing Pumpkins have recruited Rage Against The  Machine  drummer Brad Wilk and Killers bassist Mark Stoermer for a string of upcoming dates in support of their new album,Monuments To An Elegy, due out Dec 9th. Frontman Billy Corgan said, “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows. And if our rehearsals are any indication, they should be one-of-a-kind.” The short run of gigs will stop in Berlin, Paris and London before hitting New York on Dec 8th, the Jimmy Kimmel Live outdoor stage in Los Angeles on the 10th and Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert on Dec 14th. (Blabbermouth)….Happy 43rd today to bassist Justin Chancellor of Tool and Happy 54th to drummer Matt Sorum, ex-Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult.  (Thanks to Pulse Of Radio for their help today!) 

Tuesday, Nov 18

AC/DC  Day 2  in the hardDriveRadio studios.   Because we care about and love AC/DC, we are even allowing some of our “competition” to drop by to get interviews.  Yeah, that’s the kind of people we are.  After all, it’s ALL about the ROCK!   When Angus and Cliff were in on Friday, we talked a bit about Malcolm, who was forced to retire earlier this year due to being stricken with dementia. His brother told us the whole situation has been heartbreaking: “It is. I’m his brother, but also the rest — his immediate family, his wife and kids and everyone, you know. But he kept going as long as he could, he said, you know. I mean, he was still writing until he couldn’t do that anymore. You were hoping, you know, that he would get better. The physical side of him, he got great treatment for that, so he’s good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated, you know. So he himself said, you know, I won’t be able to do it anymore.” So today, Brian Johnson and Angus will be in and later today, they’ll also be interviewed by 4 Australian TV stations in the hardDrive video studio!  I hope to get some extra time today with Brian and Angus, well, just BECAUSE!  LOL   Hopefully, they’ll allow me 15 minutes more minutes. Meanwhile, the band really doesn’t know if Phil Rudd will be able to join them on their tour in 2015.  They’ve basically said if he sorts himself out, he’ll be able to do it.  If not, then they will have to decide who, either Chris Slade or Simon Wright will be his replacement.  Meanwhile, enjoy the new single and title track, “Rock or Bust”…..Pulse of Radio reports Nickelback‘s eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, arrived in stores yesterday (Nov 17th) and follows up the Canadian act’s 2011 effort Here And Now. With the music industry changing and people finding new ways to deliver and obtain music, we asked frontman Chad Kroeger if he thought releasing a full album of new material was quickly becoming old-fashioned: “Well, we tossed around the idea of just doing an EP, but the manager was dead set against it, and the label wasn’t really too enthused about that idea either. We don’t really subscribe to the theory of ‘Okay, three singles, maybe four, let’s put all our focus and attention into those and then, you know, we’ll just put a bunch of filler on the album and away we go.’ I mean, we’ve never really done that and I think that has really contributed to our success.” And as usual, the critics are panning it, calling it “watered-down grunge” and “calculated to appeal to a wide variety of fans.”  But I love what these fans said,  Jeff wrote: “Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate, but Nickelback’s just gonna make great music, play incredible live shows, appeal to a wide variety of music tastes and be pretty funny carefree dudes.”  J. Cronkhite wrote: “I have never understood all the hatred for Nickleback. Just like ANY other band, they have songs I like, and songs I don’t like. To say they have ‘no talent’, however, is a fallacy. I don’t care how screwed up the Music Industry is, you CAN’T sell 50 million albums worldwide if you have ‘no talent.‘” Touche!….Both Marilyn Manson  and Bush have announced new tour dates, and you can find them both in Road Rage.  Oddly enough, they were both former Interscope Records recording artists.  Manson’s first  official single is called “Deep Six” and it is dropping Dec 15th .  His tour is called THE HELL NOT HALLELUJAH TOURFoo Fighters will be announcing their dates today for 2015, so keep an eye on Road Rage later today for that info! On Friday night in LA, the band performed at the Roxy with Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Joe Walsh of The Eagles!  Good stuff!…Finally today,  Pulse Of Radio confirms Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor will have his third book, titled You’re Making Me Hate You: An Uncommon Guide To Common Sense, published on June 30th, 2015 by Da Capo Press. The book’s description reads: “In the tradition of the late great George CarlinNew York Times bestselling author and lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour Corey Taylor sounds off in hilarious fashion about the many vagaries of modern life that piss him off.”  The synopsis adds, “Whether it’s people’s rude behavior in restaurants and malls, the many indignities of air travel, eye-searingly terrible fashion choices, dangerously clueless drivers, and — most of all — the sorry state of much modern music, Taylor’s humor and insight cover civil society’s seeming decline — sparing no one along the way, least of all himself.”  Speaking recently on the  Nerdist podcast, Taylor said about the book, “It’s f***ing brutal. It’s just me basically trashing everyone.”  Taylor said that his original title — which the publisher refused to allow him to use — was You’re Making Me Hate You (Or How Justin Bieber Sucked A Million D***s To Make His Money).  Taylor’s last book, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven, was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at Number 23 on the New York Times “Hardcover Non-fiction” best sellers list.  His first book, 2011′s Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good, also made the list at Number 26. The singer told me last May  his third book would be a collection of columns he’d written over the past decade for U.K. magazine Rock Sound. It is not clear whether this is that book. Taylor also said he plans to write a novel.  Taylor is currently on the road with Slipknot, who are touring in support of the band’s latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The band plays in Baltimore tomorrow (Nov 19th), just getting back to the states from their Knotfest in Japan with Korn!…..Oh and Metallica did this on the Craig Ferguson show last night.  They’re there all week!…Speaking of...Happy 52nd today to Kirk Hammett  and Happy 30th to Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold!


01:  Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
02:  St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
03:  Chicago, IL @ Cubby Bear
04:  Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
05:  Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
09:   Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
10:  Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
12:   Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
13:   Los Angeles, CA @ L.A. Forum
30:  San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
31:  Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
02:  Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
03:  Tempe, AZ. @ Marquee Theatre
05:  Denver, CO. @ Ogden Theatre
07:  Kansas City, MO @ Harvest Bank Theatre / Midland
08:  Cedar Rapids, IA @ The Paramount Theatre
10:  St. Paul, MN @ The Myth
11:   Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
14:   Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
15:   Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
17:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
18:   Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
20:  Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale
21:   Lewiston, ME @ Androscoggin Bank Colisee
23:  Boston, MA @ House of Blues
24:  New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
27:  Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
28:  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
01:  Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
03:  Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
04:  Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
06:   Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
10:   Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11:   Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
13:  Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
14:  San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre