weekEnd Dec 03-04, 2016

MY MOST MEMORABLE CLASS

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  DISTURBED
“Open Your Eyes” & “The Sound Of Silence”
Plugged In:  THROUGH FIRE “Breathe”
VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”
GREEN DAY “Still Breathing”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human”
Guest:  IN FLAMES “The Truth”
Listener 3 Song Seg
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH ”I Apologize”
SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love”
DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom”
ASK LZZY
GHOST “Square Hammer”

Hour 2

METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!”
DIRT
RED SUN RISING “Amnesia”
Guest:  THRICE “Black Honey”
POP EVIL “If Only For Now”
STARSET “Monster”
Guest: AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage”
AFI “White Offerings”
ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me The Leader”
Guest:  THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God”
KORN “Take Me”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  BADFLOWER “Animal”

Week of Dec 05-09, 2016

XL
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize”
GHOST  “Square Hammer
HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human”
METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!”
THRICE “Black Honey”
VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”

MED
ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader”
CHEVELLE “Door to Door Cannibals”
DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11”
GREEN DAY “Still Breathing”
RED SUN RISING “Amnesia”
SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love”

SM 
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety”
AFI “White Offerings”
BEARTOOTH   Hated”
DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom”
GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die””
I PREVAIL  “Stuck In Your Head”
IN FLAMES “The Truth”
KORN “Take Me”
LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil”
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE “This Light I Hold” ftg Jacoby Shaddix
POP EVIL “If Only For Now”
STARSET “Monster”
THROUGH FIRE “Breathe”

Monday, Dec 05

RIP Scott Weiland

Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio reporting  Stone Temple Pilots paid tribute to their former singer Scott Weiland on Saturday (Dec 3rd), the first anniversary of his death. The three surviving members of the group wrote in a Facebook post:

“Here we are. A year has passed since you’ve been gone. We often think of you and are reminded of you daily with many memories. Then there is the music the four of us carved out allowing us to listen and feel how brilliant you are. There was a time when we looked up to one another. Each of us wanting one another’s approval.

“The songs we wrote had to have complete impact on us in order for them to shine. When it did… it was unearthly. Perhaps you are in a place now to better describe it. We miss you, Scott.”

Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on the evening of Dec 3rd, 2015, while on the road with his solo act The Wildabouts.  The 48-year-old singer died from an overdose of drugs and alcohol, leaving behind his wife and two children from a previous marriage. STP dismissed Weiland in 2013, five years after the band reunited in 2008. The band later sued the singer, citing his erratic behavior, poor performances and prioritizing of his solo career as reasons for letting him go. Weiland countersued the group, although the dispute between the band and singer was eventually settled.

Guitarist Dean DeLeo said earlier this year in an interview with Celebration Rock, “I spent half my life just full of false hope, with every intention to try to help him, and try to get him together. It led to what we’re talking about right now, the guy died. No matter how you look at it or how you slice it, it’s just so tragic that that is where he went.”

Scott’s widow, Jamie Weiland, said last May on the Joe Howard Show that Weiland had been doing better before his death: “He had finally gotten to a place where he was trying to be, relatively healthy. He just wanted to create, we were very much in love. Of course there were always issues with Scott, that’s not a secret, and I’m not going to pretend that those things didn’t exist, but for the most part he really was making great strides.”

Several days after his death, Weiland’s second wife and the mother of his children, Mary Forsberg Weiland, wrote in an open letter at RollingStone.com, “The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on Dec 3rd was hope.”

Stone Temple Pilots joined forces with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington in 2013 for an EP and several tours, but Bennington exited last year. The band has yet to announce a new vocalist.

Meanwhile, Kings Of Chaos, featuring past and present members of Guns N’ RosesSlipknotStone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park, performed at the House of Blues in Las Vegas over the weekend, with Saturday night’s (Dec 3rd) show serving as a tribute to former STP and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland on the one-year anniversary of his death. Among the songs performed were “Slither,” “Vasoline,” “Sex Type Thing” and “Interstate Love Song.” Two of Weiland’s former bandmates, drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Robert DeLeo, were in the Kings Of Chaos lineup. (Alternative Nation)

Avenged Sevenfold is reportedly attempting to stop its former label Warner Music from selling a two-CD Avenged Sevenfold collection called The Best Of 2005-2013. According to TMZ, the band sent a letter to Warner’s Chief Financial Officer, claiming the company prepared the album without notifying them, letting them select the songs or prepare the artwork — which the band says constitutes a clear violation of their recording agreement.

Warner Music announced an Avenged greatest-hits package just days before the surprise unveiling of the band’s new album, The Stage. The label released the collection on Friday (Dec 2nd), scheduling it for that date after initial rumors hinted at a Dec 9th arrival for the group’s Capitol Records debut. Now Avenged is asking Warner Music to pull the set from shelves and online outlets.

M. Shadows told radio station WJRR last month about the hits package, “From what we understand, they are trying to undercut our new record, so they were trying to put it out the week before . . . this is childish on a whole new level.

Warner Music sued Avenged Sevenfold earlier this year for breach of contract after the band left the label. The Stage debuted at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart last month. The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an Avenged Sevenfold album in 11 years.

The group made the album available at midnight on Oct 27th with almost no promotion beforehand, save for the arrival of a new song one week earlier. The quintet unveiled the album with a live-streamed performance from the rooftop of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA.

Read the full story at TMZ

M. Shadows revealed on the That’s Not Metal podcast that the band has recorded six cover songs and some more original material during the sessions for The Stage that will be released gradually over time. Guitarist Zacky Vengeance said about the cover songs, “They’re definitely not obvious bands, we wanted to do out take on songs that you wouldn’t expect to hear from us.” (The PRP)

Bring Me The Horizon released Live At Royal Albert Hall, the CD/DVD of its concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, on Friday (Dec 2nd). The event was held on Apr 22nd and was part of a series of shows to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust. Bring Me The Horizon performed with a full orchestra and choir behind them, and has posted a clip of “Happy Song” from the DVD online. (Alternative Press)

Marilyn Manson has landed his biggest screen role to date in a new movie called Let Me Make You A Martyr. Manson stars as a hardened, contemplative hit man hired by a father to kill his son, only for Manson’s character to team up with the son to take down the father. The film will be released across all digital and home media platforms in early 2017. (Billboard)

Celebrating life today, Little Richard is 84, comedian Margaret Cho is 48, Goo Goo Dolls Johnny Rzeznik is 51 and yours truly signed up for Medicare.  Oh and Walt Disney would’ve been 115 today.

Friday, Dec 02

Whoa!  This was the shocker yesterday evening!  With only 8 shows to go on their current US co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch announced they have decided to honor their commitment to the fans and finish out the current tour with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody who has fallen ill.

Phil Labonte  on stage with Five Finger Death Punch in Philadelphia last night     Photo credit: Shane Munce

Says Zoltan Bathory, guitarist and founder of Five Finger Death Punch: “Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect.

 

Phil Labonte, the vocalist of All That Remains, a former Marine and close friend of Moody once before saved the day for Killswitch Engage in 2010 when their singer at the time, Howard Jones, left the band mid-tour. Says Phil Labonte: “I got their six and stepped up right away. I’m honored to be able to help Five Finger Death Punch to finish their tour and give Ivan a chance to take care of himself.  I did the same for Killswitch Engage years ago. I was humbled to get the call and get a chance to play in front of such a great audience.”  

In an unprecedented move of solidarity, artists from the four-band bill of the tour have vowed to finish the dates on a high note and stand behind Ivan in his endeavor to get well. Last night’s Five Finger Death Punch show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia featured guest performances by Phil Labonte of All That Remains, James Michael, vocalist of Sixx:A.M. and As Lions, the U.K. newcomers fronted by Austin Dickinson.

The remaining dates of the tour are as follows

Fri    12/2     Hershey, PA                     Giant Center
Sat   12/3     Huntington, WV                  Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Mon  12/5     Greenville, SC                  Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Tue   12/6     Charleston, SC                  N. Charleston Civic Center
Thu   12/8     Orlando, FL                     Amway Arena
Fri     12/9     Tampa, FL                       Amalie Arena
Sat    12/10   Duluth, GA                      Infinite Energy Center

We also would like to wish Ivan Moody a speedy recovery.  I hope he can get things on track.  Seems like he just can’t shake these demons.  I hope he’s getting the care that is needed.

The Pulse of Radio  & Blabbermouth report the Mighty Metallica played a special intimate club show on Tuesday night (Nov 29th) at the Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All proceeds from the show at the 950-person venue went to the Daily Bread Food Bank. The quartet also asked its fans to bring non-perishable food items, which were dropped off at the door. Tickets, which were $25 for members of the band’s fan club and $100 for the general public, sold out in minutes last week.

A spokesperson for Daily Bread told CBC News that the charity had no advance notice of Metallica’s plans, calling it “a delightful surprise.”  Metallica has done a number of promotional events around the release of its new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, including a small show in London that was livestreamed, a session for the BBC and a stint on The Tonight Show. The album was released on November 18th and debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.

In other news, Metallica hung out earlier this week while in Toronto with the members of Sandman, a Canadian tribute band that received a cease-and-desist letter from Metallica’s attorney over the use of their name and logo to publicize Sandman’s shows. Metallica issued an apology to Sandman last January, blaming the incident on “a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge.”

Metallica added in its statement at the time Sandman should “file the letter in the trash,” with Sandman member Joe Di Taranto confirming that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich had called him to apologize personally.  A photo of the two bands meeting has been posted online.

Metallica has clashed with other parties over infringement issues before, usually retailers using the “Metallica” brand name, but has never gone after a tribute band.



Man, this cracks me up!   I just tossed a bunch of cassettes (after a while, that old tape gets dry and brittle if you don’t use them regularly) and now comes Green Day with their own Boombox box set with all their albums and a specially designed boombox.  This set is available next Friday.   Hit www.greenday.com for more.


Dave Grohl cracks me up!  He has once again appeared on an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History.  This time he’s with actor and Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda. The segment, which is of course about the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, features Grohl as a “gossiping founding father” alongside other actors and comedians. A clip of Grohl’s performance can be found online. (Stereogum)

In related news, The PRP reporting a 20th anniversary vinyl edition of Nirvana‘s 1992 compilation album Incesticide will receive a proper retail release on Friday, Jan 13th, 2017. The vinyl edition was previously released as a 2012 Record Store Day exclusive and has since commanded high prices on the secondary market. The 180-gram vinyl double LP set features remastered audio and will arrive ahead of Incesticide’s upcoming 25th anniversary, which will take place in Dec 2017. Pre-orders are available now via Amazon.com.

 Volbeat  shared a “bootleg” live version of “Seal the Deal,” their current single from Seal The Deal and Let’s Boogie.   Those Dutch know how to rock!

And last, but not least, our gal pal Lzzy Hale and Halestorm have revealed their  ReAniMate 3.0 The CoVeRs eP will be released Jan 6th.  We’ve posted the live version of the band’s performance here.  The track listing is as follows:

01. Still Of The Night (WHITESNAKE cover)
02. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (SOPHIE B. HAWKINS cover)
03. I Hate Myself For Loving You (JOAN JETT cover)
04. Heathens (TWENTY ONE PILOTS cover)
05. Fell On Black Days (SOUNDGARDEN cover)
06. Ride The Lightning (METALLICA cover)

And here’s the studio version.  Because we can never get enough of this band!

(Thanks Blabbermouth)

Celebrating life this weekend:  Today, Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel is 48!   Saturday, Ozzy Osbourne is 68.     Have a great weekend!

Thursday, Dec 01

Of Mice & Men in happier times in the hardDriveRadio studios

Today I am seeing a report from Alternative Press on Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men.  It reads:

Earlier this week, it was announced Of Mice & Men would not be able to go out on their upcoming tour with A Day To Remember due to frontman Austin Carlile’s ongoing recovery. This news came after Carlile’s month-long hospital stay, which began when the band were forced to cancel a European tour, so the singer could focus on his health.

Carlile suffers from a disorder called Marfan Syndrome, a diagnosis he shared an honest—but heartbreaking—message about via Twitter on Nov 28th.

In response to fans telling him to “hurry up and get better,” Carlile says, “I’ll never be better.”  

You happy? I live EACH DAY as it comes,” he continues. “Each day is a battle. Marfan Syndrome is a fibrostic connective tissue disorder, that means it affects your ENTIRE BODY, and IT. IS. PAINFUL.  I don’t cry on Twitter on all the bad days. I suck it up & keep pushing on. The rare good days?!… I CHERISH those more than you could ever
understand. & I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. This is why I have such a heart for those hurting, mentally OR physically, because I. AM. TOO.

Back in October, Austin posted this message on his Twitter page.

It breaks my heart, too.  I think the world of Austin and his band, and I know all his fans wish he could get better, but the sad reality is, he will never get better.  We just need to pray for him and hope today is a good day.

Read more from Alternative PressOf Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile has lung collapse mid-set, still finishes show.


The Pulse Of Radio
reporting  Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale has posted a video of herself performing the song “Dear Daughter” in bed. The clip is part of an awareness campaign called Bedstock, in which artists perform songs from between the sheets to raise awareness of serious children’s and teen illnesses for the MyMusicRX organization. Hale is one of many rock and pop artists who participated, with the list also including Norah JonesPanic! At the DiscoJack JohnsonRed Fang and more.

“Dear Daughter” is taken from Halestorm’s 2015 album, Into The Wild Life.  Hale admitted a while back that a song like “Dear Daughter” can be confusing to the band’s longtime fans:  We’ve tried to do ballads before, just on radio, and because of the position that we’re in, which is kind of like — you know, obviously, we’ve cut our teeth in Active Rock, but on the other end, people that are interested in maybe the lighter stuff that we do are stlll like, ‘Well, aren’t you that band that like won the Grammy for Best Heavy Metal Performance?’ you know (laughs). So we’re kind of teetering on a weird line.”

Halestorm is starting to work on material for its fourth studio album, which will follow up Into The Wild Life.

Not an actual boombox.This was the cake their label presented them with.  Cool, right?  

Green Day is releasing a unique box set that includes all of the band’s studio albums and greatest hits releases including their new album,  Revolution Radio … on cassette. The release also comes with a working Green Day designed Boombox radio/tape deck. Find it on Dec 09th at www.greenday.com.

 

Awwww,  I love this!  The Pulse Of Radio & Alternative Press also reporting  Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce is offering a look into the life of a new rock ‘n’ roll dad on a new web series called The Daddy Diaries. The series  premieres today (Dec 1st), on Bruce’s YouTube channel and will feature his girlfriend Ciara and their daughter Fae Holley Bruce, who was born on Sep 10th. The first five episodes will be available right off the bat, with more to come chronicling the baby’s first few months and how Bruce deals with them. Find the series at BenBruceMedia.  

Celebrating life today:  Brad Delson of Linkin Park is 39! Sarah Silverman is 46 and Woody Allen is 81.

 

Wednesday, Nov 30

Hey Foo Fighters! 

Love starting out the day talking about this band! The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth say Foo Fighters has booked a series of live shows for 2017, but that doesn’t mean there will be a new album to accompany them. In an interview with NME, drummer Taylor Hawkins said the Dave Grohl-led band is a “hunker down period” at the moment, explaining, “We know we have those shows next year, and we did a charity event for Dave’s kid’s school a couple of weeks ago that got a little bit of press. We’re fine, we love each other we’re all good. We’re just figuring out when the world’s ready for more Foo Fighters.”

The drummer added, “We will make a new record at some point. We won’t really be ready until Dave’s ready to go. It’s on the books, so we’ll definitely be playing. We never really know, we just wait for a text from Dave saying, ‘Hey, let’s go down to the studio.’”

Hawkins told me a while back that the Foos are always ready for whatever idea Grohl throws at them next:  The reaction when Dave comes to us with any idea is like, ‘Okay.’ You know, I know Dave and he has a lot of ideas. He’s always thinking and he’s always coming up with ideas, whether it’s a funny T-shirt or an HBO series. He’s creative and he likes to do stuff. He likes projects. He likes to work. And so whenever he says something that he wants to do, I say ‘Hell, yeah.’”

Hawkins himself has just released a new EP titled KOTA and issued a video for the first single, “Range Rover Bitch.”  The six-song EP is Hawkins’ first-ever project under his own name, although in the past he has led bands like the Coattail Riders and the Birds Of Satan.

Foo Fighters have been on hiatus since November 2015, but they did perform at a private charity concert in Los Angeles last month and have confirmed a number of European festival appearances for next summer.

In a related story, Blabbermouth revealed  Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is one of 25 new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame, which inducts both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Also added this year to the Hall’s more than 1,000 recordings are Deep Purple‘s “Smoke On The Water,” David Bowie‘s “Changes,” the Jackson 5‘s “ABC,” N.W.A.‘s “Straight Outta Compton,” Elvis Presley‘s “Jailhouse Rock” and several more.


Linkin Park
 members Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda teamed with fashion designer and artist Blaine Halvorson of MadeWorn on a special project to benefit Music For Relief, the non-profit charity organization Linkin Park founded in 2005 to aid survivors of natural disasters and environmental conservation around the world. The trio came up with an original design based on the artwork from the band’s 2000 debut album, Hybrid Theory, which is now available on an exclusive line of white and special edition black T-shirts and hoodies.

Shinoda said in a statement, “‘The Hybrid Theory’ street soldier was a team effort between me, Joe and Frank Maddocks . . . It’s an image that’s synonymous with the band’s name at this point, and one that has become a cornerstone of our group’s visual language over the years.”

Linkin Park has been working on its seventh studio album for much of the past year. The follow-up to 2014′s The Hunting Party is expected out sometime in 2017.

Meanwhile,   Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz has teamed with Los Angeles-based vegan shoe company Keep to design a new pair of sneakers, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The “Keep x Ad-Rock midtop,” as it’s called, features “a water-resistant, nylon cordura body and is lined with synthetic shearling.” It also includes “an embroidery of Adam’s name, split between left and the right shoes.”

Planned Parenthood has been under attack from the right for several years, and with both Donald Trump and Mike Pence holding strong anti-choice views, the organization has seen a spike in donations over fears that the new GOP-held Congress will defund it.  Horovitz said in a statement, “Net proceeds of this shoe will be donated to Planned Parenthood because I support a woman’s right to choose and feel that women should not be punished for making decisions about their own lives and bodies. If you have similar beliefs, you might wanna grab a pair. Or, if you simply support fresh styles, then you too can be part of what peeps in Keeps are doing.”

Horovitz recently spoke at an anti-hate rally held at a part in Brooklyn named after late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch. The park was defaced earlier this month with pro-Nazi and pro-Trump graffiti.

A hero of the music industry passed away over the Thanksgiving break.   His name was Tony Martell.  You may be familiar with the T.J. Martell Foundation, a music industry backed charity that has been raising money for cancer, AIDS and leukemia research for decades.  Tony,  a veteran music industry executive and philanthropist who died Sunday at the age of 90, passed away leaving a wake of mourners from industry folks to  people with those diseases whose lives he impacted to rock stars he had a hand in forming their careers.

Blabbermouth reported Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are just some who have paid tribute to Tony Martell.  Martell spent four decades as a high-ranking executive at CBS and its subsidiaries, where he worked closely with many major acts, including Osbourne, the Beach BoysBilly Joel and Stevie Ray Vaughan, before retiring in the 1990s.

Martell created the T.J. Martell Foundation in 1975 after his son, T.J., died of leukemia at the age of 19. It would go on to become the music industry’s biggest foundation for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research, and has raised more than $270 million for its cause, according to the organization’s web site.

Ozzy released a statement to Billboard.com, saying: “It saddened me to hear of my friend Tony Martell’s passing. Tony was the only record executive to believe in me when he signed me to Epic Records as a solo artist in 1980. He will be missed.”

Sharon Osbourne added: “Tony was always a mensch of a guy, one of the few good ones where you kind of thought, ‘Are you really in the music industry?’ [Laughs]

I met him in 1975 because he’d signed ELO and Jet Records [to Epic] when I was working for my father [manager/Jet founder Don Arden]. When Ozzy started [his solo career in 1980] people turned him down because there hadn’t been a lead singer that had left a band and become successful at that time, but Tony believed in him and signed him — and how many years later are we, and we’re still signed to Epic and it’s all down to Tony. I must add that Ozzy is truly, truly saddened by this.

“I don’t think even Tony at the time realized what he was starting — that [the T.J. Martell Foundation] would become so hugely successful. So many people who were ill reached out to Tony for advice and help — people in the industry that he didn’t even work with would call him and he’d give advice about doctors, about treatment. He’d made a promise to his son and he wanted to see that promise through, and he went on to help probably hundreds of people. People like him are so rare.

I did volunteer work in the 80′s and 90′s in LA for the TJ Martell Foundation.  We used to hold the annual Rockers vs Rollers Celebrity Softball Games at USC’s field where my job was to round up rock stars to play against local radio stations and other celebrity teams.  We had teams like Alice Cooper‘s Rockers vs Kip Winger‘s Rollers where I recall enlisting members of a new band, Alice In Chains, to be on the teams.  I remember Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell hitting the balls out of the park!   We even had Roseanne Barr sing the National Anthem (OY!)   We also conducted a Rockin’ The Puck Celebrity Hockey events at the LA Forum,  where we got professional and celebrity hockey players to play with folks like 90210‘s  Luke Perry and The Hanson Brothers from the movie Slapshot.  It was a grand time.   I miss those days.

Celebrating life today:  Disturbed’s John Moyer is 43!  Billy Idol turns 61 and Deep Purple & Rainbow’s Roger Glover is 71.

Tuesday, Nov 29

Ya know, Lars Ulrich wasn’t kidding when he told me he’s the guy in the band who whittles down the hundreds of riffs James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett bring to the table when the time comes to make new music. According to a post from The Pulse Of Radio,  Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett told the band’s So What! fan club newsletter in a new interview that he got some “coaching” writing his solos for the band’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, from drummer Lars Ulrich. Hammett recalled, “I would play about 25 or 30 solos, all different, in two or three hours, and then Lars would come in and say, ‘How are things going?’ . . . that’s when Lars would come up with suggestions, coaching me on, maybe going into this direction or to that direction, or talking about when he and James were getting the song together how they might’ve heard the solo sounding.”

Hammett added, “When Lars would come in, typically the solos would change direction, which was a good thing because the first 25 to 30 solos would be in one direction and then the next 20 or 30 solos would be in a different direction because Lars would be in there suggesting something . . . it’s also because Lars is so into lead guitar playing. His favorite musician isn’t John Bonham or Ringo Starr. You know who his favorite musician is? F**king Ritchie Blackmore!

Hammett famously lost an iPhone during the making of the new album that contained scores of new riffs he planned to offer to the band. He told us it was a strange feeling to not contribute any material for the record: “In terms of my coming to the table with something to contribute, it’s been my first time in decades that I have not had anything to contribute. Thank God I still had my lead guitar playing to contribute, or else I would have felt like just a bystander or something.”

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Metallica’s 10th studio album, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart on Sunday night (Nov 27th), selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.  The album has already gone to Number One in 57 countries, with the album going Top Three in 75 nations and Top Five in 105 countries.



The Pulse Of Radio
also says Stone Sour will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its second album, Come What(ever) May, by releasing a deluxe edition on Dec 16th. The set will be available via digital download, streaming services, and double-LP black and gold mixed vinyl — marking the first time the album has ever been released on vinyl. The set will contain an array of rare tracks and B-sides, including never-before-heard versions of “Through Glass,” “Zzyzx Rd” and “Cardiff,” as well as an acoustic cover of the Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses.”   It featured several rock radio hits, including “Sillyworld.” “Made Of Scars” and the chart-topping “Through Glass.”

Come What(ever) May followed Stone Sour’s self-titled 2002 debut and entered the Billboard 200 album chart in the Top Five.

Frontman Corey Taylor told us a while back the success of Come What(ever) May reflected his personal philosophy about making music: “I’ve always had the mentality that if you enter things with no expectations, you will give your best, you will give your all. You’re not worried about, you know, how it’s going to be received or if it’s gonna do well or if you’re gonna make any money at it. You’re just concentrated on making sure that it’s the best thing that you can possibly put out there. And it hasn’t failed me yet, hopefully.”

Stone Sour has written and demoed 18 songs for its sixth studio album, with plans to hit the studio in January for a likely mid-2017 release.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn will each headline one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017–fueled by Monster Energy–will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Rock On The Range 2017 presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at www.RockOnTheRange.com. 

The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Amon Amarth, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Dillinger Escape Plan, In Flames, Gojira, Biffy Clyro, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Deafheaven, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, The Amity Affliction, Attila, Norma Jean, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, I Prevail, Turnstile, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Red Fang, Dorothy, Kyng, Radkey, As Lions, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, Badflower, Wage War, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, DED, Bleeker, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Aeges and One Less Reason.

The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. The full comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jonathan Davis of Korn comments, “Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!”

Dexter Holland of The Offspring says, “Great lineup at Rock On The Range this year. The Offspring can’t wait to finally be part of it all.”

After our record breaking Ten Year Anniversary it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have Metallica and Soundgarden at Rock On The Range! But why stop there? To have bands such as Korn, Volbeat, Primus, Papa Roach, The Offspring and so many more truly makes this year’s ROTR our best one yet. May 19-21 can’t come soon enough,” says Gary Spivack, ROTR co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents.

In 2016, tickets for Rock On The Range sold out over two months in advance, marking the fourth consecutive advance sell-out for Rock On The Range — so fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited amount of tickets available, so fans can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once an allotment sells out, beginning at the presale.

Weekend Field, new Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Stadium, and a limited number of Weekend Stadium 4-Packs are available for purchase now. The ROTR layaway option also allows purchasers to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments. A ROTR presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:

Weekend Field VIP: starting at $349.50* + fees
Weekend Field GA: starting at $199.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA: starting at $99.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA Ticket 4-Pack: $380.00 + fees

* Phase One prices listed

*** Ticket prices automatically move to the next price level once the allotment sells out ***Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase Premier Hotel Packages (which include festival tickets and t-shirts) or Camping Packages.

For an even more exclusive Rock On The Range opportunity, fans can purchase the new Uber Ranger Glamping Package for four people, which includes amenities such as a Luxury RV on a double campsite at the Ohio Expo North Campground (May 18, 19, 20, 21), a dedicated concierge with golf cart shuttle, 4 Weekend VIP Field Admission Tickets, a backstage tour, access to the stadium club (with catered lunch and dinner), access to the Side Stage Viewing Platform, access to the VIP Lounge, and more. Full details can be found here: http://rockontherange.com/tickets_camping.html.

 The general onsale is this Friday, Dec 2 at 10:00 AM EST. Beginning at that time, tickets will be available at www.RockOnTheRange.com, at Ticketmaster locations and the MAPFRE Stadium Box Office.

Make sure you are a hardDriveRadio Radical so you won’t be left out when we giveaway a pr of the VIP Field passes in the coming weeks!  Register now over on the home page!  And keep an eye on your email from us to find out when the contest will start!

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BREAKING BENJAMIN

JAN
10:  Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11:  Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
13:  Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim E Ctr
14:  No. Myrtle Beach, SC @ HOB
15:  Lake Buena Vista, FL @ HOB
16-20:  SHIPROCKED
21:  Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
23:  Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
24:  Asheville, SC @ The Orange Peel
25:  Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
27:  Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
28:  Cleveland, OH @ HOB
www.breakingbenjamin.com  

weekEnd Nov 26-27, 2016

HARDDRIVE’S COVER IT UP SPECIAL EDITION!
*= hardDrive exclusive acoustic performances

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose of Foo Fighters’ Covers:
YOU ME AT SIX “Foo Fighters’ Medley” &
EVERGREEN TERRACE “Everlong”
Guest: BREAKING BENJAMIN “Prison Sex” *
ART OF DYING “Sweet Emotion”
MATT HEAFY (TRIVIUM) “Down In A Hole” *
Guest: DANNY WORSNOP “Man In The Mirror”
LACEY  & JOSHUA STURM “Roxanne” *
KORN “We Care A Lot”
VOLBEAT “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
Guest:  GHOST “Missionary Man”

Hour 2

PUSCIFER “Bohemian Rhapsody”
SHANDI’S  ADDICTION “Calling Dr Love” (featuring RATM members with Maynard Keenan)
Guest: STONE SOUR “Love Gun”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Duality”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Walk”
Guest:  HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore”
Guest:  THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
Guest: DISTURBED “The Sound of Silence”
Guest:  THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Hallelujah”

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