29:  Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
30:  Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
31:  Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
02:  Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
03:  Erie, PA @ BT Lounge
04:  Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
05:  Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
12:  Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
14:  New York, NY @ American Beauty
17:  Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards
18:  Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
20:  Ocean Springs, MS @ Mississippi Juke Joint
23:  Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
24:  Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom
25:  Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
26:  Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
27:  Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
28:  San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
04:  Madison, WI @ Capital Square
10:  Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
24:  Fort Worth, TX @ Texas Motor Speedway 

Friday, Jul 29

Pay Day!   Thank you!

Monday, Aug 01 at 11:00 AM ET, please make sure to log on to the hardDriveRadio Facebook page for a Facebook Live event! I Prevail will be acoustically performing a song, YOU, the fans, choose!  Go to the hardDriveRadio Facebook page now to vote for your favorite song: “Scars,” “Blank Space” or “My Heart I Surrender.”  There will also be a Question and Answer session after that. So get ready to interact with I Prevail this Monday!

Oh MAN!  Marilyn Manson is at it AGAIN!  After watching his sort of bizarre interview at the Alternative Press Music Awards Jul 18th, now comes reports of his bizarre behavior on stage from The Pulse Of Radio!

In video footage taken at a recent show in Hershey, PA, Manson could be seen incoherently grunting, struggling to stay on his feet and messing around with equipment while singing “The Beautiful People.” During that same show, Manson told a member of his crew, “Don’t give me an uppity look, because you’re not black.”

Meanwhile, at a show Wednesday night (July 27th) in Bristow, VA, Manson appeared to be either extremely intoxicated or high and fell off the stage, also while singing “The Beautiful People.” Manson also canceled a Jul 21st show in Quebec City due to “illness” just minutes before he was supposed to take the stage, and wandered offstage for 10 minutes at what was described as a “disappointing” gig in Montreal on July 20th.

While some fans defended Manson’s performance in Bristow, a fan named Austin4X wrote on YouTube Manson was “obviously inebriated,” adding, “Could barely understand anything he said all night. Show seemed like one long temper tantrum from start to finish with 10 minute breaks between every song.”

Manson told us a while back no one should ever expect a “safe” show from him: “The element of unpredictability and chaos always reigns free with Marilyn Manson because that’s what we’re about. And that’s never gonna change, no matter how much, you know, we bring to a show. It’s always gonna be raw, and that is what rock and roll is about, you know, as far as I’m concerned.”]

Manson and Slipknot next pull into Clarkston, MI tonight (Jul 29th).
Manson has announced he’s releasing a new album called SAY10 next year on Valentine’s Day (which isn’t even a day of the week the industry releases records. Poor Manson, he is once again coming apart at the seams. Hello, management, rehab!)

Pulse is also reporting Metallica: Back To The Front, the long-awaited book on the making of Metallica‘s classic 1986 album Master Of Puppets, will see publication on Sep 13th. A special “Collector’s Edition” of the tome will be available two weeks earlier on Aug 30th through and The band said in a statement, “Two years in the making, we’re beyond excited to finally share it with you . . . We hit the storage lockers, attics and basements to fill the book with hundreds of never-before-seen images pulled from our personal archives and have been involved every step of the way to bring you the complete story.

Written by Matt Taylor, the book’s deluxe edition will come in a special case that includes a limited edition copy of the 276-page book and a portfolio containing a piece of an original roadcase used to ship the band’s equipment to Denmark for the recording of the album and on the tour that followed its release.

Among the people interviewed for the book were all the members of Metallica, producer Flemming Rasmussen, mixer Michael Wagener, members of the band’s road crew and the bands who toured with them in 1986, Anthrax and Armored Saint.

Also sitting for interviews were the band’s booking agent, tour promoters and managers, Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and drummer Mike Bordin, and late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton‘s father Ray.

Metallica is also working on a remastered deluxe reissue of Master Of Puppets, although a release date has yet to be determined. The band stated, “As we keep digging in the vaults, we’re finding more and more music and video so that we can bring you an even bigger, more comprehensive, no stone-unturned version of the album.”
The new Metallica album, its first since 2008, is tentatively due out later this year.

To commemorate the release of the book, Metallica plans to give away a limited edition “Master Of Puppets” guitar.

All 11 shows from the band’s 2006 summer tour of Europe — on which it played Master Of Puppets every night in its entirety — are now available on CD from the band’s online store.  Master Of Puppets was released on Feb 24th, 1986 and was the first album Metallica recorded after signing a major label deal with Elektra Records. The set has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.

Islander releases its sophomore album, Power Under Control, next Friday (Aug 5th) and kicked off a lengthy headlining tour to promote it yesterday (Jul 28th) in St. Louis, MO. The new record features an entirely new lineup built around singer and sole original member Mikey Carvajal. Among the new members is drummer Arin Ilejay, who was dismissed last year from Avenged Sevenfold after a four-year stint with that group.

The new disc is due out on Aug 5th and follows up 2014′s debut, Violence & Destruction, which featured the rock radio tracks “New Wave” and “Cold Speak.” The first official single from the new CD is “Bad Guy.”  See Road Rage for their tour dates!

Finally today, Jack & Ozzy Osbourne are out and about promoting their new tv series, “OZZY & JACK’S WORLD DETOUR” on the History Channel. Here they are with Jimmy Kimmel.  Check it out!

Celebrating life this weekend:
Today: Rush bassist Geddy Lee is 63  and the ORIGINAL “Paulie Walnuts,”  Tony Sirico, is 74!
Sunday: M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold is 36
John 5 (aka John Lowery) of Rob Zombie’s band  is 46

Thursday, Jul 28

Thursday and the day is good!  Albeit “hot and heavy” as the morning tv weatherman called it.  Hmmmm……

Could it be their biggest hit? That’s what some are speculating about the new single from Hellyeah. Their cover of Phil Collins‘ 1982 hit “I Don’t Care Anymore” is doing great on the show and on radio stations across the country.  Oddly enough, Saint Asonia released their version, a more spot-on cover, that didn’t resonate. Oh well.

The Pulse Of Radio says the song is taken from Hellyeah’s new album, Unden!able, and features a guitar track from late Pantera guitarist and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, which the siblings first recorded 12 years ago.

Vin told us why it was so emotional for him to have his late brother’s guitar solo on the song: You know, we’ve always said all along, we felt like Dime was our sixth member, you know. From day one I always felt like he was patting me on the back and just telling me this is the right thing for me to be doing, this is what I need to be doing. And so for him to be a part of a Hellyeah track is really special for us.

The band has finished recording the basic tracks for Unden!able when they started discussing ideas for a cover song.  When guitarist Christian Brady suggested “I Don’t Care Anymore,” Vinnie remembered he and Dimebag had recorded the track nearly more than a decade ago for their post-Pantera band Damageplan, although it was never used. Dimebag was shot to death in a Columbus, OH nightclub Dec 08, 2004.

Vinnie located the track in his archives and Hellyeah put together a new version of the song. They spent three weeks lifting Dimebag’s guitar parts from the out-of-date computer software on which they had been stored.


HardDrive wishes a Happy Birthday to Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, who celebrates his 40th birthday today (Jul 28th). Shaddix was born in Vacaville, CA in 1976 and formed Papa Roach in 1993 after he and drummer Dave Buckner met in high school. They were joined by bassist Will James and guitarist Ben Luther, although eventually all three instrumental members of the band were replaced, leaving Jacoby the only original member in the group.

Papa Roach self-released its debut album, Old Friends From Young Years, in 1997, then hit it big in 2000 with Infest, their major label debut on the now defunct Dreamworks label.  I remember receiving their first single, “Last Resort,” in a package with a giant water bug size rubber cockroach!   YEUW!  Papa Roach has issued a total of eight studio albums, yielding  27 singles with hits  like “Dead Cell,” “Scars,” “Lifeline” and “Face Everything And Rise.”

Other albums include 2004′s Getting Away With Murder, 2006′s The Paramour Sessions and last year’s F.E.A.R..

Shaddix currently resides in the Sacramento area with his wife Kelly, to whom he has been married since 1997. They have three sons: 14-year-old Makaile, 11-year-old Jagger and nearly three-year-old Brixton.

Shaddix admitted a while back that he and his wife separated for a time in 2012, although they eventually reconciled: “We’re working it out again, you know. We started going to therapy and counseling and doing that whole deal and really, like — we both had to just lay everything out on the line and just be completely honest with each other, and in the whole process realizing, you know, we really, we are meant for each other, you know. It’s just like, we’ve got to learn how to work together again as a team, you know. It sounds kind of cliche or whatever, but it’s like, the left hand got to know what the right hand is doing, and the right hand’s got to appreciate what the left hand is doing.”

Shaddix has been very public about his problems with alcohol and drug abuse, but has been sober since 2012. He said at the time that his struggle to get clean made it into that year’s album, The Connection:  “I was a mess. I’m a mess. You know, I was in the process of getting sober again and I just, you know, I’m a wreck. I’m a rock ‘n’ roll freight train. I’m a VH1 story. It came through on the record, you know, so there’s desperation, there’s hope, exhilaration, there’s empowerment…it’s a myriad of emotions. You know, there’s songs on this record that I listen to and I’m just — they hit so deep to me, I’m like, ‘God, I don’t even want to listen to that song right now.’”

Papa Roach has been working on a new studio album and as the band approaches its 24th year of existence, Shaddix told us that he refuses to let anything keep him down: ["I'm a fighter. That's just me, you know. I just don't give up. You know, that's just not my style. I show that through my music, with my's a crazy life we live, you know, and it will continue to be."

I LOVE this story! Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash recently surprised the cast of the Broadway musical School Of Rock by jumping onstage during a rehearsal and jamming on some Guns songs with them, according to Loudwire. With Guns N’ Roses in the New York area for a couple of shows, Slash stopped by the rehearsal and stepped onstage with guitar in hand as the kids in the cast played “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

Rolling Stone caught the entire jam session on camera, including singer Bobbi MacKenzie‘s reaction to seeing Slash onstage after they had finished playing the song. The legendary guitarist stayed to play “Paradise City” with the kids as well, later saying, “It was really cool to meet such an enthusiastic and talented bunch of young rock ‘n’ rollers. They were great kids as well as players.”

Slash, who has two sons himself, told us a while back how becoming a father affected his life:  ”That was one of the defining moments in my life where I actually turned around and looked at everything from a perspective of sensibility. So it was right at a time where I’d finally come to terms with myself and sort of had figured out where my goals were. And so I got these great two little kids and I just wanna sort of bring ‘em up in sort of the rock and roll fashion, which is how I was born, you know, and raised, and they’re great.”

Slash has performed with young musicians before, notably playing with a group of students at the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy in Sioux Falls, SD back in 2013.
He and the rest of the Guns N’ Roses crew continue the “Not In This Lifetime” tour this Friday (Jul 29th) in Orlando, FL.

Gotta dash!  Got Tony Rombola and Shannon Larkin‘s new band, Apocalypse Blues Revue coming in.  They’ll be doing an interview and acoustic performance.  Gotta go get ready!   Later taters!  Stay cool America!

Wednesday, Jul 27

William DuVall of Alice In Chains and Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (photo credit: You Know Who!)

Good morning. Today, William DuVall is flying solo as he enters the hardDriveRadio studios.  Looking forward to speaking with him about his new band, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra and his touring now with Alice In Chains.  More tomorrow!

Holy moly!  This is H U G E !  Metallica and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder are among the artists who will perform at this year’s Global Citizen festival at Central Park in right here in New York City on Sep 24th. Free tickets to the event can be earned by “completing actions to help promote and ensure that equitable and quality education is available to all, particularly refugee children and access for girls and women,” according to a press release. The festival has teamed again this year with Gucci’s Chime For Change campaign.

Other acts appearing at the event include Kendrick LamarRihannaSelena GomezMajor LazerUsherColdplay’s Chris Martin and Ellie Goulding. Among the event’s hosts are Chelsea HandlerHugh JackmanSeth MeyersNeil Patrick Harris and Salma Hayek.

Festival CEO Hugh Evans said, “Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken more than 6 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty,” adding that this year’s festival “is an annual touch point to hold our world leaders to account on their commitments to solve the world’s biggest problems.”

Can’t get to NYC? The 2016 Global Citizen festival will broadcast live on MSNBC and stream on as well as YouTube.

Metallica has one other current live date on its schedule, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Aug 20th with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.  The band’s 10th studio album is due out this fall.

The Global Citizen Festival is unique in that most of the tickets are given away for free. Fans are instead asked to participate in progressive activism to earn points and qualify for a ticket draw, which will happen every two weeks. After each draw, a new group of challenges will appear for potential concertgoers. Currently, fans can earn points by tweeting at worldwide government leaders demanding change in policy, signing petitions, referring friends to Global Citizen and more.

Corey Taylor and Lou Brutus at RockFest Cadott

Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has told Stone Sour has written and demoed 18 songs for its sixth studio album, with the band intending to begin recording in January and release the disc by mid-2017. Taylor said about the new material: It is the best stuff that we’ve ever written, and I’m chomping at the bit to record it and get it ready to go. It’s got a lot of different directions, but at its core it’s very hard rock, almost in a modern/classic sense. There are some hints of punk in there. There’s some cool hard rock/heavy metal. There’s just all of these really cool elements that we’ve never maybe allowed ourselves to kind of go to.

The new Stone Sour disc will follow up the band’s last effort, a two-part concept album called House Of Gold And Bones that was released in 2012 and 2013.  In the interim, Stone Sour issued two EPs of cover songs called Meanwhile In Burbank….  and Straight Out Of Burbank, but a third titled No Sleep ‘Till Burbank was scrapped, for now anyhow.

Corey Taylor has been on tour with Slipknot since late 2014 in support of its most recent album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The singer has been wearing a neck brace onstage since having emergency neck/spinal surgery last month.

 Well shut my mouth!  I was surprised to see an email from The Offspring on the ole iPhone this morning!  ”Sharknado!”  Their message said “We love Sharknado. We love The Dickies. So we thought it would be fun to record our own version of The Dickies’ Gigantor for the new movie, Sharknado The 4th Awakens.”

The Pulse Of Radio reports production manager for the current Guns N’ Roses reunion tour shed some light on the trek’s future and inner workings in a new interview with local Atlanta TV station WXIA. Speaking one day before the group’s Wednesday night (July 27th) concert there, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth said the “Not In This Lifetime” tour has “no end date,” and that shows are already booked ”far into next year.”

Skjerseth said that all members of the band are “getting along just fine” and shot down speculation that they have separate dressing rooms due to tension within the ranks, Skjerseth said, “Just because everybody’s older, they carry their families with them. They all have to have their space.Everybody meets before we go on stage. It’s a meeting point and that’s where the chemistry happens.”

The tour features original members Axl RoseSlash and Duff McKagan on stage together for the first time in more than 20 years.

Asked if it was money or music that brought the core members back together, Skjerseth said: “I believe it starts with the love of the band . . . And then of course we all want money.”

Regarding the future of the tour, Skjerseth said, “I’ve been told there’s no end date, and I’ve seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year. Everybody’s working together to keep a common goal and common direction: keep the machine going.”

Skjerseth also discussed how Axl Rose is managing to get onstage on time, as opposed to previous tours when he was notorious for starting shows sometimes hours behind schedule. Skjerseth said, “We’re all older and want to get to bed now . . . It’s his maturity and business and how it should be. Everybody feels good about it.”

This is a cool story from The Pulse Of Radio. Jack White  (White Stripes) wants to celebrate both the seventh anniversary of his record label, Third Man Records, and the three millionth album pressed by the company by sending up the first phonograph record to be played in space. According to Gigwise, Third Man has teamed up with scientists to create the Icarus Craft, a custom-built “space proof” turntable theoretically able to spin vinyl from a spaceship. The device will be tested on a high altitude balloon on July 30th.

The record that will be spinning is a gold-plated 12-inch master of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos speech “A Glorious Dawn,” which the label originally reissued in 2009.

Third Man will host “launch parties” at its Nashville and Detroit locations to celebrate the mission, with live bands, DJs, and commemorative merchandise, including limited edition gold vinyl copies of “A Glorious Dream.”

Disturbed with an old lady

The members of Disturbed met up with representatives from the Mansfield, Massachusetts Police Department before a recent show there and were given hats, patches and gifts from the department for the band’s support of police officers both in the past and during the last weeks following the sniper attack in Dallas that left five officers there dead.

In a video posted online, the two Mansfield officers share how the band’s cover of “The Sound of Silence” has made an impact on them and the members of the department, while singer David Draiman responds, “It’s a crying shame what has happened in this country. You guys give everything for us, so it’s the least we could do.

At the show in Mansfield later that night, Draiman told the audience, “Earlier today we were honored with some gifts from the Mansfield Police Department here. Our boys in blue put their lives on the line for us every single day. We shouldn’t forget that.”

Draiman added, “There’s too many people in this world who are pitting us against each other and I’m sick and f**king tired of seeing it . . . if we only spread a little bit more love, care and understanding for each other, maybe we wouldn’t be in this f**king mess in the first place.

Disturbed is currently on the road with Breaking Benjamin through mid-August, with the tour pulling into Cincinnati on tonight (Jul 27th).

 Happy 43rd to Abe Cunningham of The Deftones and Happy 47th to Triple H!

Tuesday, Jul 26

So freaking hot in NYC.  I am staying put in my little dark airconditioned abode.  I am like an ice cube.  Put me in the sun, and I melt down.  I can’t take the heat.  Gimme one hour of winter, sub-zero temps, blizzard.  Thank you!

You should know by now, Corey Taylor ain’t takin’ no BS and he’s got his eye on you! The Pulse Of Radio reporting the Slipknot frontman was at it again last Tuesday night (Jul 19th) when he had a concertgoer ejected from the band’s concert in Toronto. Fan-filmed video footage showed Taylor pointing at someone in the crowd and saying into the mic, “You don’t show me s**t, you little p**sy.” Within 15 seconds, security escorted the person out, with Taylor waving and saying, “Bye bye, bitch.”  He later called the person a “c**t” on Twitter and explained that he has been “doing this too long to deal with that disrespect.”

According to Loudwire, one user on Slipknot’s Reddit page claimed the fan was hurling insults at Corey and flipping him off, while another wrote that the man was attacking people in the crowd for no reason.

Taylor made headlines earlier this month when he smacked the phone out of the hand of a texting fan during a recent Slipknot concert.  The singer later explained his action by tweeting, “If you’re gonna text, stay home.”

Taylor recently discussed his dislike for people using their phones at concerts in an interview with Detroit radio station WRIF, saying, “So many people have their faces glued to their phones . . . get off your phones and pay attention to what the hell you’re doing.”  Slipknot’s summer North American tour with Marilyn Manson continues tonight (July 26th) in Bristow, VA.

Alter Bridge has released a new song called “Show Me A Leader,” the first single from the band’s upcoming fifth album, The Last Hero. The song was released digitally on Tuesday (Jul 26th), while the new disc will be available on Oct 7th. Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy said about the track, “‘Show Me A Leader’ is a reflection of how polarized and fractured things are in our society. This song doesn’t push an agenda; it simply expresses a very common sense of disillusionment people seem to be feeling at this point in time.”

The Last Hero, Alter Bridge’s 4th studio album, was once again produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette in Orlando, FL.  Expect to be on the hotLine with Mark Tremonti or Myles or both soon!

We asked Kennedy a while back if writing such dark lyrical material was a form of therapy: “Oh absolutely. In fact, it saves you so much money in therapy costs, you know (laughter). It’s like, you can go to a counselor or you can just write a song and purge all your problems.”

Alter Bridge is currently on the road through late August as special guests of DisturbedBreaking Benjamin and Saint Asonia. The tour stops on Tuesday night in Clarkston, MI.

 Godsmack: Robbie Merrill, Tony Rombola, Sully Erna, Shannon Larkin 

On Thursday, 1/2 of Godsmack will drop by the hardDriveRadio Studios, but not to promote Godsmack.   Tony Rombola and Shannon Larkin, guitarist and drummer for Godsmack, have a new blue band, The Apocalypse Blues Revue, coming out next month and they will be by to promote the new disc.

Meanwhile, Godsmack will enter the studio in early 2017 to begin work on the follow-up to 2014′s 1000 Horsepower album, according to an interview guitarist Tony Rombola did with Fargo, ND radio station Q105.1 this past weekend. Asked if the band had any new music on the horizon, Rombola said, “Not this year. We’re gonna start at the beginning of next year.”

Singer Sully Erna told us not long ago that the band’s next studio effort will be an evolution for Godsmack: Even as we start to write the new music, I really think the new record is gonna be a reflection of where we’re at in our lives now. I think it’s gonna be a lot more uplifting, a lot more neutral rock music. Not metal, you know, not — it’s not gonna be too classic rock, but it’s certainly not gonna be metal. And I think, you know, I think bands like the Foo Fighters do it great.”

Godsmack finished touring for 1000 Horsepower last year and played its only show of 2016 over the weekend at the Moondance Jam in Walker, MN. The band released a song called “Inside Yourself” last year, its only new musical output since the last album.

Erna is prepping for the release of Hometown Life, his second solo album, which will arrive sometime later this year and follow up his 2010 solo debut, Avalon.

They’re back, in love again!  

So happy  for these two!  Ozzy Osbourne said in a new interview with ABC’s Good Morning America that his marriage to wife and manager Sharon Osbourne is “back on track,” just a few months after she allegedly discovered his affair with a celebrity hairstylist. Ozzy said about his 34-year marriage to Sharon, “Oh, it’s back on track again. You just, you make mistakes, and you learn by your mistakes, I think.”

He said the recent split with Sharon was a “bump in the road,” adding, “Some days it’s good, some days it’s terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while. But you get back on the horse, you know.” Sharon confirmed on yesterday on The Talk (Jul 25th) that she had reconciled with Ozzy, saying he was “ashamed” about his misconduct.

Sharon reportedly kicked Ozzy out of their home after discovering evidence of the affair — and possibly others – back in May. Although she initially said she was “seeing what it’s like living on my own,” she continued to oversee her husband’s career and the two were seen together relatively soon after news of the estrangement broke.

Ozzy’s son Jack appeared on ABC with his father, saying, “As a married person myself, you know, marriage is not, like, ‘Hey, we’re married. All is good.’ I mean, it’s just life.

Father and son were on the morning show to promote their new travelogue reality series, Ozzy And Jack’s World Detour, which premiered Sunday night (Jul 24th) on the History Channel at 10 PM.

Ozzy is also in the midst of a year-long farewell tour with Black Sabbath. A new North American leg begins on Aug 17th in Wantagh, NY at Jones Beach Amphitheatre.


Sick Puppies:  Brian Scott, Mark Goodwin, Emma Anzai in the hardDriveRadio Studios

Yesterday, had a great time, as always, with Sick Puppies.  Be looking for their new single “Where Do I Begin.”  They performed that and “Stick To Your Guns” in the studio and we did a video interview.

Tomorrow, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the new punk/prog rock band from Alice In Chains’ singer William DuVall, Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds.  They’ll perform their new single, “Blood Moon,” from their debut album, Broken Lines,  due  Sep 23.

Thursday, The Apocalypse Blues Revue, for a video interview.

Nest week:

Monday:  I Prevail!  Go to our Facebook page or the band’s to vote now for the song you’d like to watch them perform LIVE in the hardDriveRadio studios in a Facebook Live event on Aug 01 starting at 11:30 AM.

Tuesday:  Gemini Syndrome is in for a performance and interview.  Their new album is OFF THE HOOK AMAZAING!

Also on Tuesday, Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men is on the hotLine.

Thursday, Citizen Zero drops by.

Questions for one or all are welcome!  Send to us via the Interact Live section of the hardDriveRadio APP or via the interact link to email on the home page of this site.
Born today:

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless is 23
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is 73
Roger Taylor of Queen is 67
Kevin Spacey is 57
Helen Mirren (my idol) is 71  


weekEnd Jul 23-24, 2016


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  DISTURBED
“Open Your Eyes” & “The Sound of Silence”
“Lost And Alone”
POP EVIL “Take It All”
Guest:  HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade”
3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive”
AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed”
SKILLET “Feel Invincible”

Hour 2

VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”
Guest:   A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia”
CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)”
Guest:  SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”
FAILURE ANTHEM “First World Problems”
GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
Guest: THE PRETTY RECKLESS (hardDrive interview exclusive!)
“Take Me Down”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  YOUNG GUNS “Bulletproof”

Week of Jul 25-29, 2016

BLINK 182 “Bored To Death”
CHEVELLE “Joyride (Omen)”
GHOST  “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
POP EVIL “Take It All”
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities”
SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”

3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive”
KALEO  “No Good”
SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns”
SKILLET  “Feel Invincible”


AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed”
BEARTOOTH  “Aggressive”
DEFTONES “Phantom Bride”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar”
FROM ASHES TO NEW “Lost And Alone”
HELLYEAH  “I Don’t Care Anymore”
THRICE “Black Honey”
TRIVIUM  “Dead And Gone”
VOLBEAT  “Seal The Deal”

Monday, Jul 25

Good morning.   Whew.  I wonder how hot it will be in the subway today?
I may have to bring a thermometer, just so I’ll know.  Granted, it will be like
H E L L!

Korn’s  ”Rotting In Vain” video is awesome! 

The Pulse of Radio reporting this morning our friends Korn have released the music video for their new single, “Rotting In Vain.”  The tune is the first track we’re hearing from their forthcoming 12th album, The Serenity of Suffering.  It was produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who has most recently worked with The Deftones, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush and Foo Fighters.   I am so psyched!  They are much heavier again and Jonathan’s angst is back in full effect!  Slipknot’s Corey Taylor is featured on a track called “A Different World.”

Head told me one of the reasons they went with Nick (a name I’ve mentioned to them in the past when looking at producers!) was because he gets the way Fieldy’s bass should sound. And Nick, being a fan boy himself, helped to relate to them what made them great to begin with.  I think it’s going to be killer album!  Look for it Oct 21st. Here’s the track listing:

The Serenity Of Suffering track listing:

1. “Insane”
2. “Rotting In Vain”
3. “Black Is The Soul”
4. “The Hating”
5. “A Different World” (feat. Corey Taylor)
6. “Take Me”
7. “Everything Falls Apart”
8. “Die Yet Another Night”
9. “When You’re Not There”
10. ”Next In Line”
11. ”Please Come For Me”

He’s baaaccckkk! 

Last week we reported on Jason Newsted, who has resurfaced after taking a break away from everything.  The Pulse Of Radio says the former Metallica bassist has no problem playing the age card when discussing in his decision to launch a mostly acoustic project, Would and Steal.

In a live Facebook chat with Mighty Fine Guitars on Friday, Newsted spoke about the surprising turn his musical journey has taken, three decades after replacing Cliff Burton in Metallica. (Yeah, we’re all getting to learn how to hold the iPad/phone for these Facebook Live chats….takes a minute! LOL)

He said: “After thirty years of playing heavy music and travelling around the world — I’ve been around the globe about five and a half times, fifty-five countries — I’ve already climbed that mountain; there is no more of that mountain to be climbed. So within the accolades that I shared of the group’s success — I was one member of that group, something bigger than all of us; and we got Grammy Awards and [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame and all those different things — that’s as far as you can go in that kind of music, and it’s someone else’s turn to have fun in that music now.

Newsted says he isn’t even going to try to compete with some of the newer guys: “I can’t play like Slipknot now; those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. So this is how I can play, and this is what I’ll do for the rest of time.

But even though this section of his journey is a bit more mellow, he says he still plays metal “all the time.”  Newsted and undisclosed friends will play two acoustic benefit concerts for Little Kids Rock on Aug 5th and 6th at Might Fine Guitars in Lafayette, CA.

Linkin Park: Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdin, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Chester Bennington

 Pulse also clarifies a recent comment made by Chester Bennington of Linkin ParkA quote from the  singer  emerged Jul 21st, in which he claimed his band helped keep metal alive, it was disseminated widely by media outlets. But Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda claims the quote is being completely taken out of context, and used as “clickbait” to generate page views.

The quote came from a conversation Bennington had with a reporter for Metal Hammer.  Bennington was responding to a question about how the band is often dismissed as a boy band with guitars. He commented: “In my opinion, we actually kept metal alive,” and went on to discuss how many newer bands credit Linkin Park with getting them into the metal scene.

When Shinoda saw the blowback his comments were getting on social media from fans, he weighed in, taking to Twitter. In one tweet he said: “Bunch of rock outlets taking Chester’s ‘kept metal alive’ quote out of context today. So dumb. Its click bait, don’t fall for it.” And  ”He basically said that pop music was ruling the world, and we made a case for (commercially) viable heavy music. NBD

Linkin Park is currently working on a follow-up album to The Hunting Party for a 2017 release. Rumor has it we could see a single for radio this fall!

And you may not have been born yet, or even into music yet, but I recall when this album was released!  Pulse reminded me it was 36 years ago today (Jul 25th, 1980), AC/DC released their biggest selling album ever, Back In Black. It was their first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking.

The group quickly decided to press on and hired Brian Johnson from the band Geordie to take over on vocals, and they headed to the Bahamas for about six weeks to do the album. AC/DC had made some serious headway in America before Scott’s death, but no one knew how Back In Black would be received. The album took off, and eventually sold over 21 million copies in the U.S.

Johnson admitted he didn’t have a clue how successful Back In Black would turn out to be: I’d just melted me brain in there, and I didn’t know if it was good or bad. That was the first time I’d been in the Bahamas, anyway, or near America, y’know, and you (have to) remember, I was just fascinated by the whole culture and all, and I had no idea what the hell I was doing! And (laughs) lucky, really — I was a bit lucky, I think.

The album included the singles “You Shook Me All Night Long,” which peaked at Number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Back In Black,” which topped out at Number 37.  Despite its massive success, Back In Black never got higher than Number Four on the album charts. The band’s next album, For Those About To Rock, reached Number One.

As of December 2015, Back In Black, which has sold 22 million copies to date, is at Number Six on the list of the biggest selling albums in the U.S.

Sick Puppies, bless their hearts, are working on a day off today. They’re stopping by the hardDriveRadio studios to do a video interview and an acoustic performance. More tomorrow!

And finally today, two Netflix related items actually:

1.  Check out Stranger Things.  It is crazy good.  Winona Ryder is great in it!

2.  Netflix will be the home to the upcoming revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The show will star Jonah Ray, Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day. Original cast members Mary Jo Pehl, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will make appearances on the show and write for it.



15:  San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
16:  Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
17:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
18:  Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
20:  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
22:  Omaha, NE @ Showdown
23:  Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
24:  Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
25:  Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
27:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
28:  Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
29:  Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
30:  St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
01:  Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
02:  Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
04:  Albuquerque, NM @ The Sunshine
05:  Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
06:  Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
07:  Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
08:  LA, CA @ The Novo by Microsoft 

Friday, Jul 22

Greetings.  Had to escape the steamy Apple for the mountains and mosquitos.   Hope you’re having a good Friday!

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Joe Perry, “Alice Cooper Alice Cooper” and Johnny Depp  

Good news!   Joe Perry, who suffered from exhaustion and extreme dehydration, forcing him to leave the stage a few weeks back while on tour with the Hollywood Vampires, is back with the band on the road!   Yeah! Glad to see he’s A O K!  These are the remaining Vamps tour dates:
July 22 – Rohnert Park, CA – Weill Hall at Sonoma State University
July 23 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
July 24 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
July 25 – Paso Robles, CA – California Mid-State Fair Grandstand

Korn:  Fieldy, JD, Head, Ray, Munky

Korn has posted their new Dean Karr directed music video for their new single, “Rotting In Vain,” which was released this morning.  The song is the first single off their forthcoming album, The Serenity of Suffering, due Oct 21.

Recognize anything familiar here?   Korn album cover for The Serenity of Suffering 

Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon), the album features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot. It marks the band’s welcomed return to Roadrunner Records who previously released 2010′s KORN III – Remember Who You Are and 2011′s The Path of Totality.  The clip features Sons of Anarchy” actor Tommy Flanagan and Korn in conceptual and performance scenes.

‘Rotting in Vain’ was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life–be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot,” shares Jonathan Davis.  “It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where ‘Rotting in Vain’ came from. I’m just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song.”

 The band just kicked off their co-headline run with Rob Zombie, In This Moment and Sunflower Dead.  See the dates on their Road Rage page.  

Blabbermouth is reporting Five Finger Death Punch has unveiled the video for its next single, “I Apologize”. Culled from the band’s sixth studio album, Got Your Six, the chilling clip follows Ivan Moody through a cemetery housing our era’s most notable deceased rock icons, ranging from Elvis Presley to Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse to Jimi Hendrix. The clip was shot at Los Angeles’s famed Angelus Rosedale Cemetery with Nathan Cox directing the band-conceived storyline.

Said the band in a statement: “The video is a dark somber metaphor that speaks for itself. [We] don’t think we need a parallel narrative to explain it or emphasize its impact as almost everyone knows someone struggling with some form of addiction. It’s real for everybody.”

We have even been losing exceptionally bright, talented people who you’d assume know better. No matter how much support you provide, ultimately it’s everyone’s own decision to face their demons or perish.”

Five Finger Death Punch will resume their touring this fall with Shinedown.  See all the dates in our Road Rage section! 

Deftones: Sergio Vega, Abe Cunningham, Chino Moreno, Frank DelGado, Stephen Carpenter

In November it will be a year since those terrible attacks in Paris at the Bataclan theatre and The Pulse Of Radio reports Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says the band is still reeling from that night.  The band was on an off-day in Paris and a couple of members went to the Eagles of Death Metal show that evening, but had left before the attacks began.

Deftones recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their trademark debut Adrenaline and Moreno sat down with FACT magazine to talk about the band’s legacy, current status and future.

Moreno tells the magazine: “We’ve been definitely been impacted by what happened in Paris. Us as a band, we sort of just took a step back and we just sort of… I think we all wanted to kind of just be home at that moment. Music, to us, is one of the most innocent things, and for something like that to happen in that sort of place was just unexpected, I think, in a lot of ways, and it really caught a lot of people off guard.”

He also talked about how his perception of what he owes his fans has changed radically over the years: “I think — at least for myself — I feel like I appreciate this a lot more now, and I feel like I owe it to my band members and myself, and especially the people that are paying… after all these years, that continually come see us and support us, we need to be good, and we need to be great.

Deftones resume their tour Jul 31 in Buffalo and The Refused join them as of Aug 02.

Celebrating life on Saturday are our friends Slash who turns 51 and Chad Gracey of Live, 45!

Stay cool, America!   See ya Monday!