Tuesday, Oct 21

Well, today is the day!   Pulse of Radio reports  Slipknot is fully back, as the Iowa-based band releases .5: The Gray Chapter, its first new album in six years. The disc caps a very turbulent period for the masked rockers in which they dealt with the death of bassist Paul Gray and the firing of drummer Joey Jordison, both longtime members and songwriters. (I love the tune “The One That Kills The Least”…love it!)  Despite it all, singer Corey Taylor told us he’s proud of what the band has accomplished this time out: “The fact that we were able to kind of pull ourselves back up and not only go in and make a really good album, but make an exceptional album, in my opinion, I think it’s a testament to just how talented this band is. It’s a testament to how much passion we have for it. It’s a testament to how much we’re willing to fight to accomplish everything that we want to accomplish. I’m excited for people to hear this, because to me I think it’s one of the best albums we’ve ever made.” Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go last December, just before Slipknot began recording the new album. Although the identities of their replacements have not been officially revealed, they are believed to be drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella.  Meanwhile, Taylor defended himself in a new interview with Britain’s XFM Radio from accusations he orchestrated both Jordison’s dismissal from Slipknot and the firing of the band’s guitarist, Jim Root, from the band Taylor and Root founded together, Stone Sour. Taylor, calling himself “one of the most hated dudes right now,” explained, “That’s the burden of being the frontman. (But) I’m not the boss. Trust me. I’m not the boss in either band. It’s very much a committee. I help make decisions, but I don’t make decisions. But that’s the perception.”   Slipknot will celebrate the arrival of the new disc this weekend with two headlining performances on Saturday (Oct 25th) and Sunday (Oct  26th) at its own Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA, along with Five Finger Death PunchVolbeatHellyeahNothing MoreAtreyuIn This MomentOf Mice & Men and many more.  Lou Brutus will be co-hosting!   Slipknot will head out on a headlining North American tour immediately following Knotfest, with special guests Korn…..BTW:  Lou posted a couple of shots from Q102‘s show in Springfield, MO over the weekend.  Check them out on the new hardDriveRadio app!  Free on iTunes and Google Play!…..Another album out today from  Bush.  The LA-based band releases its sixth studio album,  Man On The Run. The disc is the second by the band since it reformed four years ago, following 2011′s The Sea Of Memories. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told us  the success of that record made him work even harder this time: “It just upped my ante, you know. When I was in the studio, I’m sure I started plenty of songs that I rejected in the studio because I just would come in the next day and be like, ‘You know, that’s just not good enough. Let’s just start that one over.’ And so I was really probably the harshest I’ve ever been with myself on this record, which was a positive thing.”…..I was sorry to hear yesterday  that Shimon Moore has left Sick Puppies to pursue “other endeavors.”  But the band’s bassist Emma Anzai and drummer Mark Goodwin are going to carry on and are looking for a replacement singer/guitarist.  They said in a statement, “We are currently in the studio writing material for our upcoming studio album while auditioning new singers . . . Our passion and determination to create and share our music is stronger than ever. We cannot wait for Sick Puppies’ next chapter to unfold and for you all to be part of it.“   Last few times I had seen Shim, he seemed unhappy.   Dunno why.  But hopefully he will realize his dream and the rest of the band can do the same. We wish them all the best!….OOPS.  Ivan Moody announced he wants to do a solo record. According to Blabbermouth, Moody said on the Jasta Show podcast, “It’s not done yet. I’m taking my time on it. My plate’s full. (Five Finger Death Punch) is my meat and potatoes, and our fan base, and if I take away from that right now, it’d be bad timing. So I’m just taking it stride by stride. And when it comes out, it’ll come out.” Moody added he has recruited former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader   &   Devildriver  drummer John Boecklin to play on the record.    We also thought there was a chance he would jump up on stage with his former band Motograter, who were added on to the Knotfest line up.  But  we hear that’s probably not happening either. Oh well…Man, I am reading a lot of negative comments on the new Foo Fighters song.  I don’t get why.  I think if  you didn’t get where this song is coming from when you watch the documentary Sonic Highways, then yeah, you might think this is not a typical Foo Fighters tune. But you should appreciate it for art’s sake at least!   Watch the lyric video. And find a friend who has HBO….O M G!  The new In This Moment video will knock your eyeballs out of their sockets!  Maria Brink and company stopped at nothing for this one and she’s never looked so freakin’ AWESOME!  Love love LOVE IT!  Watch “Sick Like Me”here.  They also shot a video for “Big Bad Wolf”  I hear is even HOTTER!  Can’t wait to see them when they come through. Heard there might be some sort of album release party in the city!  I hope so!  Love my homegirl from upstate!  Fun fact!  We both have houses on the same lake!…Papa Roach are streaming a new song on their Facebook page called “Warriors.”  I hope to have Mr Shaddix on the hotLine next week! I am hearing the first single is coming later this week, the title track to F.E.A.R…In the hardDriveRadio  studios today in the heart of NYC,  YOUNG GUNS! Tonight they’re doing an acoustic event for Moscot eyewear’s Mobileyes campaign, helping to raise money for the homeless who can not afford glasses…...Happy 43rd to Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age)!  

weekEnd OCT 18-19, 2014

     LES MIZ MADE ME MISERABLE!

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  BUSH
“The Only Way Out” & “Machine Head”
Plugged In:  FLYEAF “Set Me On Fire”
KORN  “Hater”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me”
LINKIN PARK “Rebellion”
Guest:  CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
WEEZER  ”Back To The Shack”
NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side of Heaven”
ASK LZZY
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 “Trainwreck 1979″

HOUR 2

SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I”
DIRT
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Heart Of Fire”
Guest:  ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula”
YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out”
ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out”
GODSMACK “Something Different”
Guest: SLASH “World On Fire”
SEETHER “Same Damn Life”
OTHERWISE “Darker Side of the Moon”
Guest: NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  LIVE “The Way Around Is Through”

On the next hardDrive with Lou Brutus:
HARDDRIVE’S HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY! 
Spooky Tales of Halloween Pasts  from
METALLICA
GODSMACK
TOOL
HALESTORM
KORN
SLASH
and special guest ALICE COOPER!
Don’t miss it!

Week of OCT 20-24, 2014

XL
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH   WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN
KORN                                          HATER
NICKELBACK                             EDGE OF A REVOLUTION
ROYAL BLOOD                          FIGURE IT OUT
SLASH                                        WORLD ON FIRE
SLIPKNOT                                  THE DEVIL IN I
YOU ME AT SIX                         ROOM TO  BREATHE

MED
AC/DC                                          PLAY BALL-ADD
GODSMACK                                SOMETHING DIFFERENT
HELLYEAH                                    MOTH

IN THIS MOMENT                      SICK LIKE ME
ISLANDER                                  COCONUT DRACULA

THREE DAYS GRACE               I AM MACHINE
VOLBEAT                                   DOC HOLLIDAY

SM
ASKING ALEXANDRIA               MOVING ON
BLACK VEIL BRIDES                 HEART OF FIRE
BUSH                                          THE ONLY WAY OUT
LIVE                                            THE WAY AROUND IS THROUGH
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE           REINCARNATE
NONPOINT                                  BREAKING SKIN
NOTHING MORE                         MR. MTV

OTHERWISE                               DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON
POP EVIL                                    BEAUTIFUL
SEETHER                                    SAME DAMN LIFE

SHAMAN’S HARVEST               DANGEROUS-ADD
THEORY OF A DEADMAN        SAVAGES
YOUNG GUNS                           I WANT OUT-ADD 

 

 

 

Monday, Oct 20

Just days away from Knotfest!  Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts are packing their gear and getting ready to head to the high desert to rock their freakin’ faces off!  Lou will be recording interviews for a Backstage @ Knotfest special editon of hardDrive and I know you will enjoy every second! And check out Slipknot’s video for “The Devil In I” here in case you’ve been living under a rock…..Meanwhile, did you watch Sonic Highways on HBO over the weekend? I did, like several times.  I just can’t get enough of it.  Can’t wait to see them all!  Next Friday night it’s the one based on Washington, DC.  Last week, the hoopla ensued as Foo Fighters spent the week here in the Big Apple with a residency at Late Night with David Letterman performing songs with many of the iconic artists who will appear in the Sonic Highways documentary 8-part mini-series from each city. Ann and Nancy Wilson, Tony Joe White, Rick Nielsen were just a few of the faces.  Watch the live performance of their new single “Something From Nothing” here featuring Cheap Trick‘s Nielsen. Look for the new Foos album Nov 10th….Theory Of A Deadman  have posted their new music video for “Savages” which features Alice Cooper!  Watch it now…..Papa Roach’s upcoming eighth studio album, F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise), was a bit of a departure from the band’s usual creative method. They recently discussed their process with Blabbermouth and revealed a bit of what fans can expect from the news tracks.   Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix said, “Usually when we begin working, we’ll have a bunch of demos, and I’ll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn’t have those things this time. When we were touring ‘The Connection’, I was really focused on keeping my life together. Every time I would go on the road, I’d start clean and come home a mess. I let the road tear me apart. This time, I focused on keeping my relationships strong, my sober self healthy, and my spiritual life healthy. I didn’t have time to write, to be honest.” Bassist Tobin Esperance added, “We wanted to do things a little bit differently. During the last record, the four of us had reconnected and gotten closer. We were in such a good place, so we all helped each other out on this one. There was no pressure. There were no expectations. We chose to work with somebody we’d never worked with before, go to a place we’d never lived previously, not worry, write songs from scratch, and have fun. We didn’t overthink it. It was simple, and it f***ing worked.”   The band worked with father and son producers Kevin and Kane Churko on the album which features guest appearances by Maria Brink of In This Moment and rapper Royce da 5’9″. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)….Moline, IL was treated to a very special show the other night!  Pearl Jam gave fans at their Moline, concert on Friday (Oct 17th) a big treat when they played their 1996 album, No Code, from top to bottom in its entirety. After the show, the band tweeted, “No Code. Front to back. #PJMoline #PJFall2014,” along with the set list, which included the name of a brand new song called “Moline.” Pearl Jam debuted that song, which Eddie Vedder dedicated to the city.  According to reports, Vedder told the audience that he wrote “Moline” just minutes before the show and that it’s related to Vitalogy‘s “Better Man.” The band’s No Code performance on Friday is only the second time they have ever performed a studio album in its entirety. The first time was back in 2006 when Pearl Jam played their self-titled album out of sequence during a concert in Torino, Italy….And in case you missed any of Foo Fighters’ antics at the Letterman show, here they are reading the Top 10….Happy Birthday today to  Snoop Dogg (my bud who calls me “O.G. Roxy”!)  He’s 43.  And Tom Petty is 64.

Friday, Oct 17

Ya know, the one thing that bothers me about social media: everyone has an opinion, and that’s fine, but the NEGATIVE HATER stuff out there is getting me crazy!  Point in play: was reading a couple of posts from friends.  OK, you don’t have to love every song that is released, but to poo-poo on the Foo Fighters single “Something From Nothing,” without any regard for what the song is about or what the intention of the song is, pisses me off!   When I see things like “oh, hope there’s better stuff on the album”  or  calling it “turd stew” are reprehensible! Saying it rips off Nirvana  or any other such crap is downright ludicrous!   Just saying.  Keep your opinions in your head and not on my Facebook!  UNFRIEND! Here, watch and enjoy.. And don’t forget to watch HBO tonight at 11 PM and watch the Foo Fighters LIVE from the Cubby Bear, where Dave saw his first punk show, on HBO’s Facebook page…..Was on the hotLine yesterday with M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold The band has finally released its long-in-development mobile role-playing game, Hail To The King: Deathbat, available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99, with singer M. Shadows saying in a statement, “The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we’ve worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play. We think we’ve achieved that and hope you enjoy the game.” Shadows told us the fan response to the game after just one day has been the most gratifying part for him: “Putting this thing out was very scary in a way because it’s, you know, a lot of people would want to say, ‘Hey, you’re a band, don’t give me a game, I don’t want it.’ And from the reaction today that we’re getting from when it’s out and just seeing Twitter explode and seeing people playing it online and being excited about it and getting to walk around in our world that we created for them, it’s been amazing and just puts a smile on my face. I’m super, super happy with them.”  (Thanks to Pulse of Radio for transcribing the interview!)…Halestorm performed their new tune, “Mayhem,” at the Shindig Festival in Baltimore.  Watch it here….Wha Whoa: Another danger of the internet!  Apparently the AC/DC official band picture that is rolling around that people think might show that Phil Rudd is out of the band and the photo includes Bob Richards who played drums in place of Phil (who was not there due to “family emergency”) in the new AC/DC music video for “Play Ball,” is not that at all!    But I was on the site:  Here is the BAND page on their website. Clearly Phil is there. Here is a picture of Stevie Young. Here is the picture in question.  See??!!!! It’s actually a picture of Stevie, not BOB RICHARDS!…BIRTHDAYS!   Today:  Eminem (Marshall Mathers) is 42.  Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space)  is 52;  Saturday:  Chuck Berry is 88!  Mike Ditka is 75;  Sunday:  Trey Parker (South Park) is 45.  Jon Favreau is 48.  Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, Oct 16

Hey y’all!   Hope you are enjoying the return of summer here like we are on the east coast. Actually, I am NOT liking it, but my feet are still enjoying wearing sandals (how I HATE shoes.)  Anyhow, yesterday goes down in history as a Gold Star Day!   Didn’t start out that way.  Mercury being in retrograde and all, but once I got to the Ed Sullivan Theater and got to hang with the Foo Fighters, it was much better!  Chatted it up with Chris Shifflett (I know his uncle Larry) standing in the hallway of their dressing rooms waiting for Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel to get ready for my interview.  But then there was Dave Grohl!   He was texting someone on his phone.  I said hello and wasn’t sure if he remembered me (altho I did interview him two other times in person and a bunch of times on the phone.)  ”Of course I remember you, Roxy!”  and gave me this BIG HUG!  (I went limp!)  Told him how much I LOVED the first episode of Sonic Highways and hope we get to chat during this album cycle.  He said we will!  So I am HOLDING him to it! (Why didn’t I take a selfie?)  Not to say my interview with Taylor and Nate was slouchy!  It was GREAT! As soon as I can, we’ll post it on the new hardDriveRadio APP so you can hear it for yourself!  Oh and I want to correct my story from yesterday.  Cubby Bear wasn’t the premiere punk club in Chicago, but it happens to be the only one still standing today.  Just watch the HBO special Friday night, you will see all!    Set your DVR for 11 PM!  And this afternoon, the new Foo Fighter’s single “Something From Nothing” will drop.  It’s great. And has some funky clavinet in it, too! We expect the band will perform it tonight on the Late Nite with David Letterman. Last night, Louisianan Tony Joe White and the Foos performed White’s “Polk Salad Annie.” (Check out that rattlesnake guitar strap, yo!) That tune is from 1969!  White is also known for his hit “Rainy Night In Georgia.” … In other news, speaking of Chicago, Rob Zombie‘s Great American Nightmare haunted house attraction has drawn complaints in Chicago for a room portraying real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy, in which an actor dressed as Gacy sits in his famous clown costume, blowing up balloons, while two ghoulish dolls dressed as Boy Scouts sit on the couch. One prosecutor in the Gacy case said the room was “in terrible taste,” while a second prosecutor added, “It’s a little too close to home and might open some old wounds . . . I don’t argue with Rob Zombie’s right to do what he’s doing. But it’s a shame that what he’s doing is causing the victims’ families pain.” Zombie himself surmised earlier this year that there would be “backlash” to the attraction, while its producer, Steve Kopelman, said, “It’s tasteless and offensive, but it’s art.” Known as the Killer Clown, Gacy was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men in Chicago between 1972 and 1978.  Yikes! (Thanks Pulse Of Radio/Blabbermouth)….In other horror story news,  seems the San Bernardino fire officials have put the  kibosh on allowing the Knotfest folks to fill oil cans with camel dung and some sort of oil and burn the concoction during the festival next weekend.  I guess the festival folks weren’t remembering California is in a drought state and the chance of a wild fire could be a horrible thing.  I think concert goers will now be able to breathe a sigh of relief, eh? (And California has enough smog; who needs to smell burning camel dung anyhow?)….. Blabbermouth also reports  Halestorm‘s and Ask Lzzy host Lzzy Hale, her brother Arejay and Josh Smith were interviewed by PopCultureMadness.com last month.  Check it out here. …..Happy Birthday today to Flea!  He’s 52! And Happy 43rd to Chad Gray of HellYeah!

Wednesday, Oct 15

Woo whee!   Foo Fighters….last night!  OMG!!!  What can I say.  We were invited to a fabulous dinner party thrown by HBO to celebrate the Dave Grohl-directed Sonic Highways.  Ran into some wonderful folks I haven’t seen in a while including the band’s manager and the director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (man, they’ve GOT to get Cheap Trick in next year!)  Only Nate Mendel from the band was in attendance from the band that I could see, and Paul Shaffer from Letterman‘s band.  I tried to collect all 8 orange cocktail napkins. Each one had the HBO logo, with Sonic Highways   and the name of one of the eight cities. I collected them all but Los Angeles!  Rats!  Anyhow, after our meal, we walked up the street to the famous Ed Sullivan Theater and took our seats in the balcony.  God, if that theater could talk!  All the amazing celebrities and musicians (hello, The Beatles performed there) who graced this stage!  So after about a 30 minute wait, the first episode of Sonic Highways rolled.  It was so fricking amazing.  It was the Chicago recording session.  Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Albini (what a character), the Chicago music history from blues to punk, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.  And we got to hear the new single “Something From Nothing,” which was a sentence said by Buddy Guy to Dave which ended up being in the lyrics of the song.  As a kid, Buddy (one of the remaining original Chicago blues guitarists) would make instruments from string and a button.  Attach a wire to a wall and play it.  Musicians then would make music with whatever they could get their hands on.  Broom sticks, pots and pans, spoons!    I said to Foos manager, I am so happy I got to see it in a room with other people, because I would’ve really disturbed my neighbors watching it in my apartment hootin’ & hollerin’! LOL  But I recommend you make a point to view it yourself, or definitely set your DVRs!  So once the last credit rolled, one of the HBO execs came out to introduce Dave and then Dave explained how it all happened. He had this idea, called Rob Burnett, Letterman’s producer and the principal of Worldwide Pants, and Dave told Grohl, do it!  Then the band entered the stage and played many of the big Foos’ hits: “All My Life”, “My Hero,” “Times Like These,”  ”Learn To Fly,”  and then Dave introduced Ann and Nancy Wilson (who are in the segment on Seattle) and did Heart’s “Kick It Out,” (that was from the actual Letterman show,)  “Best Of You” and ended with “Everlong.”  Damn it was great!  So later today, I head back over to the theater to interview Taylor Hawkins and Nate.  I can’t wait.  Hopefully I will bump into Dave to at least pay respects.  He’s been so busy and trying to save his voice for the rest of the week at Letterman and the big LIVE show they’re doing Friday night at the infamous Cubby Bear, where punk got it’s start in Chicago.  Dave actually traveled there as a kid with his family and his cousin was a punkster as a young teen and turned Dave on to some of the bands who played there.  Obviously, he was hooked, lined and sinkered!  LOL. And in other Dave news, Tuesday night, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor HawkinsPerry Farrell and others turned up at Manhattan’s McKittrick Hotel to help celebrate the release of photographer Danny Clinch’s new book, Danny Clinch: Still Moving. Grohl, Hawkins, Farrell and others hit the stage to cover the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” and Bob Dylan’s “From A Buick 6.”   Watch it here….Crobot will team up with Chevelle for a late fall run of tour dates, beginning on Dec 6th in Columbia, SC and winding down on Dec 20th in Milwaukee. Singer Brandon Yeagley said in a statement, “As always, we’re keeping the mothership’s engines firing and are pleased to join hard rock titans Chevelle on the road. What a great way to end a great year in the Crobot Nebula! See you out there soon Beardos!”   Crobot is currently on the road to promote the October 27th release of the band’s debut full-length album, Something Supernatural. Brandon Yeagley told us that the album showcases Crobot’s diverse sound: “We’re very excited about the cornucopia of what we have of songs. They fulfill all the ends of the Crobot spectrum, you know, from the funky and groovy stuff to the sludgy and dirty stuff. It’s all there.”….SHARONNNNNN! Ozzy Osbourne will headline an event called Ozzfiesta at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico from May 27th to May 31st, 2015. In addition to a headlining performance from Ozzy, the five-day festival will include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne, an opening night party featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a q&a session with Ozzy and his band, a Black Label Society full concert, a Comedy Club Night with stand up sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a charity golf tournament benefiting the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (October 17th) at 10:00 a.m. ET at www.ozzfiesta.com. Ticket prices start at $1,899 per adult, $499 for children aged four to 17 and $100 for toddlers aged three or younger. The first 500 rooms sold include a meet & greet with Ozzy……Tom Morello posted a song he wrote called “Marching On Ferguson.”  Check it out here…..Blabbermouth reports Korn‘s debut album was released on October 11, 1994. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the band is releasing a limited-edition 300-page hardcover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members. From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far.  Pre-order it first along with lots more on Pledge Music.  Watch the teaser here.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, Oct 14

Oh happy day!  I stayed up to watch the Foo Fighters on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. (Russell Brand, sorry but is that act getting old or is it me?)   I love the Foos.  And I loved that they performed “War Pigs” with Zac Brown.  Dave Letterman did an interview with Dave Grohl  and I was not aware the lyrics written for each song were taken directly from conversations Grohl had with the various iconic musical personalities from each of the 8 cities where they recorded their Sonic Highways album.  I also think it was cool the documentary was made in conjunction with Letterman’s WorldWide Pants production company!  AH, now we see what’s in play here!    But I can tell you to be listening closely to Friday’s hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  Just saying.  Foo Fighters ARE the Featured Artist of the Week after all, aren’t they? And this just in from HBO:  The highly anticipated new HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on Friday, Oct 17 at 11:00pm (EST). Have you set your DVR yet???  In celebration of the premiere, HBO will collaborate with Facebook to present “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Live from The Cubby Bear,” a live stream of the Foo Fighters premiere party concert, which will be made available to fans in the U.S. on the HBO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hbo.  Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will take the stage at Chicago’s The Cubby Bear at midnight (EST) on Friday, Oct 17 immediately following a screening of the premiere episode. The show will feature the first ever in-concert performance of the new single “Something from Nothing” from the band’s forthcoming album, also titled Sonic Highways (out November 10 on Roswell/RCA).   Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is an unprecedented eight-part documentary series that digs deep into the heart and soul of America’s musical identity. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each one-hour episode is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city’s unique musical identity.   The premiere episode takes place in Chicago and prominently features The Cubby Bear, a small club with huge personal significance to Grohl, who saw his first punk rock show at the venue – an event that set him on his life’s path.    Fans located in Chicago can attend the concert by purchasing tickets online at http://itsh.bo/FFChicago beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 15 at 10:00am (CST). A two-ticket limit per customer will be strictly enforced and attendees must be 21+. All tickets will be held at will-call and are non-transferable. Ticket holders and their guests must check in at the same time, present government-issued photo ID and immediately enter the venue. Doors open at 8:30pm (CST).   For fans who won’t have the opportunity to attend or catch the live stream of the concert, an archived version of the event will be made available on certain HBO platforms at a later date. (Be still my beating heart!)…..Man, I wish someone invited me to see this seminar. I think I would’ve enjoyed it.  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich took part in a roundtable discussion about music and branding last month at the Billboard studio in New York City. (Watch some of it here and here.) While a few comments from Ulrich have surfaced online already, video footage of the discussion has now been posted online. The talk found Ulrich seated alongside a diverse group of participants, including the head of sports and entertainment marketing for JP Morgan Chase and an exec from the ad agency that helped created the Budweiser Made In America festival, as well as a manager for Fall Out Boy and a rep from Atlantic Records who has put together brand deals for many Atlantic artists with corporate partners. Ulrich was asked about the deal the band made with Coke Zero that involved the brand sponsoring the group’s performance in Antarctica, the first ever by a major musical act. Ulrich said, “You have to look at Coke Zero and you may feel OK about getting in bed with that. So we did this thing for Coke Zero that helped facilitate that particular (event) in Antarctica, but it was primarily a campaign for Latin America. That doesn’t mean that we would get in bed with Coke Zero in the United States.” The drummer also sang the praises of U2‘s recent deal with Apple that enabled the Irish group to put its new album on all 500 million iTunes accounts, saying, “It’s 2014 and anybody who thinks outside the box, or attempts in any way, shape or form, to break the status quo in the world of music, should be applauded.” The region-specific Coke Zero event aside, Metallica has shied away from marketing partnerships with corporate brands in the past. The band is currently at work on its 10th studio album, which will tentatively be released sometime next year….I love Joe Perry from Aerosmith didn’t forget about the video channel V66 in Boston where I once worked from 1985-1986.   He mentioned us in an interview he did about his new book: Rock: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith.  He was actually talking about MTV, but I loved the mention.I can remember ridin’ on a  plane — a shuttle back from New York – and J.J. Jackson was sittin’ next to me; the DJ from Boston at (W)BCN, and he said, ‘We’re starting a station called ‘MTV’ and it’s gonna be nothing but music videos.’ And he said, ‘And with this cable, we can, y’know, get a station and every city will probably have their own station and in the early days, that’s how it was. I mean there was V66 here in Boston and a lot of popular DJ’s ended up being VJ’s. So, he was one of the initial wave of people that established MTV.”   It was a special time and we were honestly BETTER than MTV!  LOL…..OK Slipknot is at it again!  Another new song has been posted!   “Sarcastrophe.”  Listen!!!!…..According to Blabbermouth, Papa Roach‘s guitarist Jerry Horton was interviewed by Bring The Noise where he discussed the making the band’s new Kevin Churko produced album F.E.A.R., due Jan 27th.  ”We went in with the idea of doing a heavy record, but we just can’t keep our focus on one thing, we have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) when it comes to that, so we just went where the music took us, and we’re really happy with how it came out.”  Asked what the most positive things are about being within a scene that just keeps on going and churning out music, Horton said: “It’s crazy, because rock has kind of gone through cycles of popularity, and a couple of years ago, electronic music just made a huge wave and there was a little bit of worry that rock wasn’t going to be as popular as it was, but it’s not going anywhere, y’know? We came up in a scene that was called ‘nu metal’ and a lot of those bands aren’t around anymore. It went on into garage rock and then it was emo, but, basically, I think we’re definitely fortunate to still be around particularly when a lot of bands have come and gone. But, like I said, we thoroughly enjoy it and that has pretty big role in a band’s longevity. We’re definitely humbled once in a while and I think that helps things too. Right now we’re just setting up a new record and we’re just getting out there and working as hard as we can and trying to make as many fans as we can.” Long Live ROCK!   I think I might have to check in with those boys for an interview for the show.  Looking forward to hearing their new stuff!…..Bring Me The Horizon has sent me a new song they recorded called “Drown.”  It won’t be out til Dec 7th, but we will have it for you on hardDrive very soon.   I feel very honored they only sent it to a couple of people and hardDriveRadio was one of the places.  I love those guys and am really bummed I have had to cancel my trip to London in December when they play their biggest show to date at Wembley Arena on my damn birthday no less.  (Medical procedure preventing the trip…to say I am upset about this is an understatement!)…..Madonna’s daughter Lourdes  turns 18 today.

weekEnd OCT 11-12, 2014

                 COLUMBUS DAY
Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  VOLBEAT
“Doc Holliday” & “Dead But Rising”
Plugged In:  THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
“Born This Way”
YOU ME AT SIX “Room TO Breathe”
SEETHER “Same Damn Life”
MASTODON “The Motherload”
Guest:  THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Savages”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side of Heaven”
NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution”
LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone”
ASK LZZY
THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine”

Hour 2

SLASH “World On Fire”
DIRT
THE BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away”
GUEST:  OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever”
ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Heart of Fire”
CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
Guest:  BUSH “The Only Way Out”
HELLYEAH “Moth”
ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula”
A DAY TO REMEMBER “End Of Me”
Guest:  KORN “Hater”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  FLYLEAF “Set Me On Fire”

Join us for the next hardDrive with LOU BRUTUS:
NICKELBACK
SLASH
CROBOT
ISLANDER
Plugged In:  FLYLEAF
ASK LAZZY with LZZY HALE of HALESTORM
Music News in Dirt
Find out What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player
and the best New Rock in all the land!

Week of OCT 13-17, 2014

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH   WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN
KORN                                          HATER
NICKELBACK                             EDGE OF A REVOLUTION
ROYAL BLOOD                          FIGURE IT OUT
SLASH                                        WORLD ON FIRE
SLIPKNOT                                  THE DEVIL IN I
YOU ME AT SIX                         ROOM TO  BREATHE

MED
DEVOUR THE DAY                      RESPECT
GODSMACK                                SOMETHING DIFFERENT
HELLYEAH                                    MOTH

IN THIS MOMENT                      SICK LIKE ME
ISLANDER                                  COCONUT DRACULA

THREE DAYS GRACE               I AM MACHINE
VOLBEAT                                   DOC HOLLIDAY

SM
ASKING ALEXANDRIA               MOVING ON
BLACK VEIL BRIDES                 HEART OF FIRE
BUSH                                          THE ONLY WAY OUT
FRAMING HANLEY                    CRIMINAL
LIVE                                            THE WAY AROUND IS THROUGH-ADD
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE           REINCARNATE
NONPOINT                                  BREAKING SKIN
NOTHING MORE                         MR. MTV-ADD

OTHERWISE                               DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON
POP EVIL                                    BEAUTIFUL
SEETHER                                    SAME DAMN LIFE

SLEEPWAVE                              THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
THEORY OF A DEADMAN         SAVAGES