Friday, Oct 28

Avenged Sevenfold meet fans at their big show and reveal last night on top of the Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollyweird, CA. 

The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth reporting as previously rumored, Avenged Sevenfold released its seventh studio album, titled The Stage, today (Oct 28th), becoming the first-ever rock band to issue an unannounced album in both digital and physical form. The quintet revealed their album was out during their live-streamed performance from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA last night (Oct 27th). The band gave a 3D/360-degree live-streamed virtual reality performance, enabling fans around the globe to view the show.

As for The Stage, it is a 71-minute, 11-song concept album centered around the theme of artificial intelligence and inspired by the work of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk. Instead of a science fiction storyline, however, The Stage takes what a press statement called “a futurist’s look at the accelerated rate at which technology’s intelligence is expanding and what that means — good and bad — for the future.”

The album’s epic 15-minute-plus closing track, “Exist.” features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, giving a spoken-word performance he penned specifically for the album.

Avenged Sevenfold has changed its sound from album to album, something guitarist Zacky Vengeance told us a while back has met with resistance from some fans: It’s difficult, you know, to take a step forward when you know you’re gonna be criticized by first and foremost, your own fan base. Any time you do anything different, everybody has an opinion on it. But you have to know exactly what you want to do as an artist.

Asked by Rolling Stone why they released the new album with no advance notice, singer M. Shadows said, “A lot of it has to do with boredom . . . everyone else is dropping the breadcrumbs, having four or five singles before their record comes out. It completely takes away the mystique of the record; by the time it actually comes out, you’ve already done 50 interviews about what the record’s about and is going to sound like.”

Shadows added, “It’s 2016; people’s attention spans are so short at this point, who has time for three months of lead-up? . . . for us, it was about keeping the hype very short and sweet, and then executing on all levels.

The marketing plan and launch of the album, the band’s first for Capitol Records, was months in the making, starting with the projection of the band’s logo, the Deathbat, on buildings in cities around the world. The campaign even included some misdirection, as the group had its friend Chris Jericho ”accidentally” leak a fake album title and release date.   Read the full story at Blabbermouth

SIDE NOTES: This weekend, fans can pick up exclusive band merch at Avenged Sevenfold pop-up shops in New York City and Los Angeles. The New York store located at 68 Greene St. in downtown Manhattan, will be open today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Los Angeles shop, located at 6615 Hollywood Blvd, will be open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Both locations will be carrying limited-edition items created specifically for these events.

Yesterday we told you  The Pretty Reckless had broken a record set by 3 Doors Down and have now seen their first four mainstream singles hit Number One on Billboard‘s rock chart. The band’s new song, “Take Me Down,” topped the chart this week, following in the footsteps of “Heaven Knows,” “Messed Up World” and “Follow Me Down” from 2014′s Going To Hell album. That broke the group’s tie with 3 Doors Down and put them in a position to tie or break the next record, five Number One singles, which is owned for now by Canada’s Three Days Grace.

The Pretty Reckless also now have the most Number One singles by a female-fronted rock act. “Take Me Down” is from the band’s third studio set, Who You Selling For, which arrived last Friday (Oct 21st).

Singer Taylor Momsen told us that the band’s goals for making the new disc were simple: Our goal with this record was to try not to try, to have everything be very relaxed, everything very organic. So everything was done very organically and I think in the studio we very much kept with that ethic. Not that that’s a new ethic for us, but we just went further down that path of ‘try not to try’ and really try to capture the performance and, you know, for lack of a better word, that magic moment.

Momsen said in a recent interview that the new disc was “very eclectic” and “very diverse,” adding, “It takes lots of turns in many different directions.” Alternative Nation labeled it their “most daring, progressive album yet.”  The band is supporting the new record with a North American tour that stops tomorrow (Oct 29th) at the Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans.

Multi-platinum-selling alt-rock band AFI have announced a Jan 20th, 2017 release date for their highly anticipated new album, AFI (The Blood Album). The quartet (vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson) is previewing the album with today’s release of two new tracks – “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings.” Both songs are available as instant downloads by pre-ordering AFI (The Blood Album) on iTunes or Amazon.  Fans can stream the new tracks on AFI’s official site.  

News of the album’s release follows widespread speculation about the band’s plans. Earlier this week, influential alt-rock radio station KROQ posted a news story titled, “AFI Are Up To Something. But What?” Fans around the globe asked the same question, posting messages on social media and comparing conspiracy theories after the band blacked out their Facebook and Twitter account photos, completely wiped their Instagram page and posted a series of suspenseful teaser videos. “AFI has been teasing us nonstop for about four days,” wrote AP. “But that didn’t prevent us from diving way too deep into the AFI rabbit hole and trying to find every connection and possible hint we could.”

Recorded at Megawatt Studios in Los Angeles, AFI (The Blood Album) was produced by Jade Puget and co-produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones) and is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which hit Top 10 on The Billboard 200.  Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.

AFI (The Blood Album)  is the band’s 10th full-length studio album and first for Concord Records.

Pre-order AFI (The Blood Album):

Listen on Spotify:
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Well, yeah, winter is coming…..

Speaking of the Deftones,  they are returning next May to perform in Paris for the first time since the Nov 2015 terrorist attacks in the City of Light. Deftones were scheduled to begin a three-night stand at the Bataclan venue last Nov 14th, but one night prior, on the 13th, armed gunmen stormed the venue during an Eagles Of Death Metal show and killed 89 people as part of a series of attacks on the city.

Members of Deftones and their crew had actually been at the venue earlier that night to see part of the show, but left before the arrival of the terrorists. The shaken band postponed their European tour and headed home, but will return to Europe next spring and play the Olympia in Paris on May 2nd.

We asked singer Chino Moreno earlier this year if that experience had effected the way the band approaches touring now: I hope not. I mean, honestly, I think the world’s changed, you know. When something like that happens, the world changes, and I’m sure that’ll be heavy on our minds for some time, you know. Music has always been a great escape from reality, you know, so as long as we can sort of get back to that in some way, you know, I think that’s what we hope for.”

Deftones begin their European run on Apr 18th in Vienna, Austria, wrapping up on May 7th in Glasgow, Scotland. “Phantom Bride” is the latest single taken from the current Deftones album, Gore, which debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart last April.

From We Are Harlot’s FB page. 

We Are Harlot, the band featuring Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop on lead vocals, have issued a statement on recent events which found Worsnop returning to Asking Alexandria a year and a half after leaving the group. The members of We Are Harlot said they were “blindsided” by Worsnop’s decision, adding that they “found out in about the same way you all did.”

The group admitted that it was not sure of what the immediate future held or what Worsnop’s intentions for both bands were, saying, in a statement on their Facebook page:

“Hi everyone..

Ok, where to start?
So just like everybody else, We were pretty much blindsided by all this in the same way. We saw and heard bits of things but found out in about the same way you all did.
Things change fast in the music business and many times a decision is made very quickly that changes everybody’s schedules and futures.

Everybody in the Music Industry – bands, labels, managers, agents, lawyers, you name it – are doing what they can to survive. Package tours, VIP experience, album sales linked to ticket sales, get an original line-up back together (hmmm…) the list goes on and on! Everything that is happening now is fully understandable from behind the curtains. We’ve all seen this story before.

Here’s the biggest problem.. All this comes at the expense of one person, wait millions of people, You the innocent loyal fan. And to us.. that sucks! Cause we in Harlot started this band cause we were, and still are the fans! We are no different then you.
And, this is the state of the music business at this juncture.. It is daily becoming increasingly more and more difficult for artists and labels to make enough money to live, let alone tour and make albums.

We in Harlot will in no way act as though we are the victims. There is zero me is us and there is zero me in We. We Are Harlot is exactly what it has always been.. All of us in a resounding “We”. And We proved that with a debut album that was critically praised worldwide, won multiple awards and spent 11 months of straight touring through 28 countries worldwide and much much more. Not a bad start.

Harlot was always built on friendship, integrity and the fun of writing and performing the music that we truly love. Anyone who ever saw us play saw 4 guys having an absolute amazing time together on and off the stage. Actually playing the music! As if that should even have to be said.

So, that brings up the resounding question of what next…

At this point we will wait to see what happens and we will keep our fingers crossed along with all of you. But rest assured, Harlot will not be sidelined in ANY way and know full well that you will have a new Harlot album in your hands by Feb. One way or another.

We love you all and thanks for dealing with all this along with us. See you out on the road very soon.”

In his own statement on rejoining Asking Alexandria, Worsnop specifically mentioned that he wanted to finish the new We Are Harlot album.

The reunion with Asking Alexandria was confirmed this past weekend, following weeks of rumors and speculation regarding the status of Worsnop’s replacement, Denis Stoff, who joined the band in 2015. According to guitarist Ben Bruce, Stoff “stopped talking” to the group while Stoff himself stated, “I can’t be in a touring band at this point in my life.”  Worsnop rejoined in time for Asking Alexandria’s new “10 Years in the Black” tour, which stops tonight (Oct 28th) in Boise, ID.

We Are Harlot released its self-titled debut in 2015 and earned rock radio airplay with “Someday” and “Dancing On Nails.”

Celebrating life this weekend:   Today:  Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet is 60, Geno Lenardo (ex Filter and ex Chevelle) is 47 and Bill Gates of Microsoft is 61.  Saturday: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Stranger Things) is 45, and Sunday, Gavin Riossdale of Bush is 51 and Chris Slade (drummer AC/DC) is 70.

Have a great weekend!  Be sure to check out hardDrive’s HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY on your local station!

Thursday, Oct 27

They’re baaacccckkkk!

Well, today’s the big day when Avenged Sevenfold will perform in Hollywood, CA.  But according to a report from Blabbermouth, they’re doing more than that!  They will be releasing their new album tonight at midnight.  The news has already spread from Europe and Canada, where either in-store displays or online sales links have been seen.

According to this photo from German music chain, MusikUniverse, the album is called The Stage and it contains 11 tracks, including an epic 15:39 track “Exist”  and the current single, “The Stage.”

We don’t know much more about this, but I am sure more will be revealed later today. Stay tuned and hit to find out how you can watch tonight’s performance!

My boys Kornhave released a new music video for the next single, “Take Me.”  Pulse Of Radio says “Take Me” was the fourth track to be highlighted off the new record before its arrival on Friday, Oct 21st, following “Insane,” “Rotting In Vain” and “A Different World,” the latter of which features a guest appearance by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor.

Davis told us the writing of “Take Me” was directly inspired by country artist Brad Paisley‘s song “Alcohol”: “Brad Paisley, country artist, who I think is a shredder on guitar, he’s an amazing player, I mean he’s — I really like Brad Paisley a lot. I heard his song ‘Alcohol’ years ago, and it just inspired me, like, ‘I want to do my own version of that.’ ‘Cause his is really funny — he talks about making white people dance and (laughs) like all kinds of funny stuff. But mine is more way darker.”

The Serenity Of Suffering is the 12th studio album from the veteran California act and first since 2013′s The Paradigm Shift.  The disc marks a shift back toward the heavier sound of the band’s early records, with Rolling Stone calling it “possibly their heaviest album ever” but adding that it’s hampered by songwriting that is “Korn-by-numbers.”

Korn has just one North American show on its schedule for the rest of 2016, in Phoenix on Dec 3rd.

He’s baaacccck!  (I love using that!)  The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Asking Alexandria played its first show since reuniting with original singer Danny Worsnop on Tuesday night (Oct 25th) in Seattle. The reunion was confirmed this past weekend, following weeks of rumors and speculation regarding the status of Worsnop’s replacement, Denis Stoff, who joined the band in 2015. Tuesday night’s gig kicked off the 10 Years in The Black tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the band’s label Sumerian Records.

Asking Alexandria’s 13-song set did not feature any tunes off the band’s sole album with Stoff, The Black, but did reach back into the group’s catalog with Worsnop to play songs that had not been performed live in four or five years.  It was also revealed this week that Asking Alexandria has gone into the studio with Worsnop to record a new song. Producer Matt Good, who has been mixing the track, said online, “Mixing an amazing new Asking Alexandria song at the moment featuring the return of Danny, who absolutely crushed the vocals. Damn damn.

Guitarist Ben Bruce said in a video message earlier this week that Stoff had “just stopped talking to us.” But the singer later tweeted, “I left AA because I can’t be in a touring band at this point in my life. There’s no drama and I don’t want to be a part of it.” For his part, Worsnop said about the reunion, “I’m now in a place mentally where this is something I can embrace again, with the men I started this crazy journey with.” Asking Alexandria next plays in Spokane, WA tonight (Oct 27th).

Breaking the glass ceiling! 

Congrats to The Pretty Reckless! I was just sent this info regarding their new record.  The Pretty Reckless becomes the first act to send its first four entries to No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart (which began in 1981), as “Take Me Down” rises 2-1 on the chart dated Nov. 5. Previously, the Taylor Momsen-led quartet had matched 3 Doors Down, which sent its first three titles to the top in 2000-01 (beginning with the nine-week No. 1 “Kryptonite” in 2000). The Pretty Reckless first crowned the chart with “Heaven Knows” for five weeks in 2014. The group’s other two leaders before its latest: “Messed Up World” (four weeks, 2014) and “Follow Me Down” (one, 2015).

The Pretty Reckless also extends its record for the most No. 1s by a female fronted group on the chart, with four. With four straight No. 1s, The Pretty Reckless becomes one of only seven acts to send at least four straight titles to the top of Mainstream Rock Songs. Only one band has been able to notch five in a row, Three Days GraceMost Consecutive Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s 5, Three Days Grace, 2012-15 (“Chalk Outline” through “I Am Machine”) 4, The Pretty Reckless, 4, 2014-16 (“Heaven Knows” through “Take Me Down”) 4, Volbeat, 2012-13 (“Still Counting” through “Lola Montez”) 4, Shinedown, 2010-12 (“The Crow & the Butterfly” through “Unity”) 4, Puddle of Mudd, 2002-03 (“Blurry” through “Away from Me”) 4, Collective Soul, 1996-97 (“The World I Know” through “Listen”) 4, The Black Crowes, 1992 (“Remedy”  through “Hotel Illness”.)  

“Take Me Down” is the first single from The Pretty Reckless’ third studio album, Who You Selling For, released Oct. 21. The group’s previous LP, 2014’s Going to Hell, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200selling 35,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. It has sold 225,000 to date. The act’s 2011 debut, Light Me Up, reached No. 65 and has sold 132,000.

Art Of Anarchy stopped by yesterday!

Paulie Walnuts interviewed Art Of Anarchy yesterday.  The band also did an acoustic session for us, so you can be looking for that very soon.  The Pulse Of Radio says guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal said in a new interview with Team Rock that Scott Stapp is thriving as the group’s new lead singer, adding the band is providing a healthy environment for Stapp as he continues his fight to stay sober. Thal explained, “The band, Art Of Anarchy, is drug free. Me and the Votta brothers (guitarist Jon and drummer Vince) have never even smoked a cigarette, none of us drink, have never done drugs, never smoked pot or anything like that.

Thal continued, “So that’s good, because the last thing you need on the road if you’re trying to stay clean is a bunch of people doing that around you. Scott is doing well . . . It’s great that he has a strong family and a lot of people that care and support and that were there to help him get out of that situation. Now he’s better than ever.”

Stapp joined the band earlier this year, following a highly publicized, drug-enhanced meltdown in late 2014, after which he entered rehab program and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Their current single is “The Madness” and you can see the video above.

Stapp told us he was touring as a solo artist again when he was approached about joining:  “I really wasn’t looking for a band, but I was definitely curious. I wanted to see what it was all about. I love writing with talented people and I think that’s really what made the decision for me, was to sit in a room with Ron, Jon and Vince and throw out ideas, trade ideas and realize, ‘Hey, there’s something that could come of this.’”

Stapp replaced the late Scott Weiland, who appeared on the supergroup’s self-titled 2015 debut album. Weiland distanced himself from the band at the time of the record’s release, saying he was simply a hired hand. Thal now says that Weiland’s vocals were added to the debut after all the tracks had been written and recorded, whereas Stapp is a full member and is involved in every aspect of the band’s sophomore effort. That disc is around two-thirds complete, with a release planned for early 2017.

Art of Anarchy will play its first-ever live show at New York’s Gramercy Theatre tonight (Oct 27th.)

Here are some Rock Briefs  from  The Pulse Of Radio:

  • Metallica filmed another new music video on Wednesday (Oct 26th) in Puerto Rico, shortly before the band was scheduled to perform there that evening. The group did not reveal which song the clip is for, but it presumably another track from Metallica’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which arrives on November 18th. A new song called “Atlas, Rise!” will be unveiled on Monday (Oct 31st). (Blabbermouth)
  • Green Day and Twenty One Pilots have been added to the list of performers for the 2016 American Music Awards. While Green Day performed at the 2009 AMAs, this will be Twenty One Pilot’s first appearance on the show. Twenty One Pilots are also nominated for three awards during the night, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Group and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist. The AMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov 20th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. (Billboard)
  • Muse has shared a cryptic teaser on Twitter for what the band is calling its “Halloween Special.” The clip gives next to nothing away, leading fans to speculate that the trio could be livecasting a one-off Halloween-themed gig or possibly unveiling some new music. Muse recently completed the touring cycle for its 2015 album Drones. (NME)
  • An attorney for Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan argued in a Tennessee courtroom on Wednesday (Oct 26th) that Nashville-based TNA Wrestling is unable to pay its bills and negotiating with its investors to stave off failure. Corgan is suing TNA, just months after being named its president, and seeking an injunction that would give him control of the company. TNA has argued that it has offers to sell which prove it is not insolvent, while insolvency would trigger a contractual clause that would put Corgan in charge. (The Tennessean)

I’ll be on the hotLine later today with Brent Smith of Shinedown!  The band is currently on tour with Five Finger Death Punch.   Yesterday I spent about 45 mins talking to Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction.  I love talking to him.  We shared a lot of experiences as kids and how we formed our love of music.  It is certainly going to be something if they are inducted this year in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I hope they get in this time. It is the second time they’ve been nominated.  

 Happy 65th today to former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing and Happy 32nd to Kelly Osbourne!  

Wednesday, Oct 26

The new 2016 AVENGED SEVENFOLD is here!  Syn Gates, Zack Vengeance, M Shadows, Johnny Christ, Brooks Wackermann

Big news yesterday from the Avenged Sevenfold camp!  They unveiled more details about the event taking place tomorrow, Thursday (Oct 27th) online, in which the band will give a global, 3D, 360-degree, live-streamed virtual reality performance in partnership with Universal Music Group, Capitol Records and VRLIVE. Fans around the world will be able to view the live stream on Universal’s newly released VRTGO virtual reality platform, powered by VRLIVE’s advanced technology. According to a press statement, fans will be able experience the show “as if they were there.”

VRTGO is freely available on iOS and Android. VRLIVE will also be streaming the event to 50 Samsung Gear VR headsets on the ground level at the event. Fans using the headsets will be able to experience the show from the viewpoint of the stage.

Avenged Sevenfold debuted a new song and video online two weeks ago called “The Stage.” The track is expected to be included on the California band’s seventh studio album, rumored to be called Voltaic Oceans. The disc has no official release date, although it’s likely that more info will arrive on Thursday.

The band launched its campaign for the new album — it first for Capitol Records — with projections or pictures of the band’s mascot, the Deathbat, in cities around the world.

(When searching for picture on Bing of David and his son, this was in the stash captioned David Draiman and wife! LOL) 

Our friend Disturbed frontman David Draiman has some advice for his three-year-old son about getting into the music industry: don’t. In an interview with Fresno radio station 105.1 this past weekend, Draiman was asked whether he would ever allow his son to follow his old man into the music business. Draiman replied, “I would allow him to do whatever he wants. I always feel it’s not a parent’s role to either allow or to deny, but merely to guide. So whatever makes him happy. I would strongly suggest he not go that route, just because it’s a very difficult road to travel. But whatever brings him meaning in life.

Draiman told us a while back how he hoped to raise his son: “Oh, I’m going to raise him on Black Sabbath and Metallica and football and MMA and all things that should matter for a young boy, and discipline and strength and honor and courage and everything that I would hope to instill within my son. I’m very much looking forward to utilizing the wealth of experiences that I’ve gone through in my life to help guide him through the darkness.”

Draiman also said about his son, who was born in Sep 2013, “He’s tenacious, like both me and his mother; stubborn, like both me and his mother. He’s super affectionate and sweet. He’s the happiest little boy. He’s always smiling, he’s always lighting up the room. Thank God. We’re really blessed.

Disturbed returned to the stage in 2015 after a four-year hiatus with the release of Immortalized, and has kept up a full tour schedule throughout 2016.  The band will release a concert album titled Live At Red Rocks on Nov 18th. The 16-song set was recorded at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 15th, and will feature Disturbed classics like “Stupify,” “Down With The Sickness” and “Ten Thousand Fists” alongside Immortalized tracks such as “The Vengeful One,” “The Light” and the band’s cover of “The Sound Of Silence.”

Five Finger Death Punch‘s The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 2 was officially certified gold on Oct 21st by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of more than 500,000 copies. The first volume of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, released separately, was certified gold in March 2015. All six of the band’s studio albums have now been certified either gold or platinum. (Blabbermouth)

In other news:

The full list of limited edition releases that will be available on this year’s “Black Friday” version of Record Store Day — a smaller edition of the April event held on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the official start of the Christmas shopping season — has been unveiled. It includes collectible studio or live recordings on vinyl from Alice In ChainsSoundgardenJack WhiteVolbeatIn This MomentProphets Of RagePuscifer and more. “Black Friday” falls this year on Nov 25th.  See entire list here. (The PRP)

The Make America Rock Again Tour will be back in 2017. The inaugural edition took place this year and featured Saliva, Trapt, Alien Ant Farm, Crazytown, Tantric, 12 Stones, Drowning Pool, Puddle Of Mudd, V.A.S.T and P.O.D. on select dates. Nearly 60,000 fans attended in 44 cities, with Trapt frontman Chris Brown commenting, “Make America Rock Again was easily one of the most fun tours we’ve done in years . . . The tens of thousands of fans who came out made this tour what is was — awesome. We are looking forward to doing it again in 2017 and making it an even bigger event!” (The PRP)

Reunited and it feels so good!  

Wow!  This one surprised the crap out of me!  I guess that “kiss & make up” meeting last month restarted the ole engines for Ben Bruce & Danny Worsnop! Former Asking Alexandria frontman Denis Stoff issued a terse explanation of why he quit the band just one day after the group announcing that it was reuniting with original singer Danny Worsnop following Stoff’s sudden exit. After the CEO of Asking Alexandria’s record label tweeted that “If Denis denies the truth, emails and texts prove everything,” Stoff countered, “I left because I can’t be in a touring band at this point in my life. There’s no drama & I don’t want to be a part of it.”

KUPD in Phoenix hosted The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips, who did a killer in-studio acoustic version of “Take Me Down.”  Their tour kicked off Oct 20th and will run throughout the fall. We’ve got all the dates in Road Rage.

“Take Me Down” recently landed No. 1 on the Rock Radio chart, marking the band’s fourth consecutive No. 1 single. Frontwoman Taylor Momsen told Kerrang! magazine about the song: “It’s a classic rock ‘n’ roll tune, which was inspired by the Robert Johnson story of going to the crossroads and selling his soul for rock ‘n’ roll — which I kind of did in one way. [Laughs] I gave my life to the music; I gave everything else up for it. And it’s a simple story about giving your life to something you love so much and you need it so bad that you’re willing to sell your soul for it.”  (Blabbermouth)

Ah football season in full swing, and I happen to know this to be true. Duff McKagan bleeds chartreuse green! He is a die-hard Seattle Seahawks‘ fan. Here he is raising the 12th man flag at the Seattle-Atlanta game on Sunday. And I know Jerry Cantrell was jealous as all hell! LOL! Hopefully he gets to do it at the next home game if he hasn’t already!

And finally today,  Blabbermouth also reporting Bring Me The Horizon‘s  Oli Sykes has said in a new interview he hopes to “push it a bit weirder” on the band’s next album.

Even though he belives his band took a different direction on its latest release, That’s The Spirit, the frontman admits the group didn’t venture too far outside its comfort zone while making the record. He told NME: “People thought ‘That’s The Spirit’ was a very polished pop rock album. It’s not. I think it’s inventive and unique, but it’s still safe in a way. We knew the songs were going to connect well with people. Next time I think we want to push it a bit weirder. Who knows?”

Sykes said BMTH might experiment with “a darker, dance-y kind of sound” on its next album, namechecking Linkin Park and Massive Attack as influences. He added: “That’s my favorite part — it’s something we do that comes across really well live you know when the song to us has a breakdown or like a heavy dance kind of vibe to it. You know, there’s not many acts like that. If there was some bridge between what we’re doing, somewhere between artists like Prodigy or Massive Attack and stuff like that.”

He continued: “I don’t know especially if we’re thinking like festivals and stuff, then I like that idea like a darker dance-y kind of sound, but I’m literally just… I’m thinking out loud here, ’cause we could go completely opposite to that, you know.”

Oli said BMTH will probably take “at least a good month” off before they begin writing again. He explained: “It’s been an intense year for us, and not just in professional terms but, like, personal too. Some of the band have had a lot on their plates and stuff. We do enjoy writing organically and letting something happen, but we’ve been working pretty relentlessly for the last album.

“We need to maybe take a break. [Keyboardist] Jordan‘s [Fish] got a kid now, people have got families and stuff. We need to take a bit of time to chill out and then really get hungry to write again.

“It’s going to be a tough one, because we never want to write the same album again. I don’t even know what it’s going to sound like, but it’s going to sound different.”
Happy 69th to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Happy 43th to Seth MacFarlane. 

Thursday, Oct 20

So did you watch the debate? Apparently this guy did…..

I don’t think he likes him……

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has made no secret of his dislike for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but explained in a new interview with magazine he had no intention of writing a song about the former reality TV star for the band’s new album, Revolution Radio. He explained, “I made sure of that, because he inspires me to do nothing. Trump has dragged politics into the gutter, like a WWE wrestling match.

Armstrong hasn’t completely shied away from blasting Trump through his music, however, changing the lyrics to both “American Idiot” and “Know Your Enemy” to slam him and Republican governor Chris Christie at a recent show in New Jersey.

Nevertheless, Armstrong told us he’s cautious about the way he approaches politics in his music: I’m not trying to tell people how to live their lives. I just reflect on what I see through all the chaos of social media and cable television and cable news and the chaos that goes on with anything from mass shootings to pseudo-fascist dictators. I just put it out there. It’s not really an opinion, it’s just more about how you feel lost in all of that.”

Green Day landed the third Number One album of its career earlier this week as Revolution Radio debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 95,000 units.  The band’s previous Number One albums were 2009′s 21st Century Breakdown and 2004′s American Idiot.

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Metallica have launched a series of behind-the-scenes videos filmed during their recent promotional activities in New York City. The premiere episode of the series, which is called Metallica: A Different View, follows bassist Robert Trujillo around the city while the band was in town last month for the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, an intimate fan club at Webster Hall and press interviews.  Videos starring drummer Lars Ulrich, frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will soon follow.

In his video Trujillo discusses the importance for an artist of making an impact in New York City, saying, “As a musician you have to roll through this town and you have to kick ass . . . You always want to make a statement when you roll through New York. That’s where the party is.

The videos provide a glimpse into Metallica’s day-to-day existence, something Lars Ulrich told us a while back that the band has always tried to do: I try and make Metallica as fan friendly and as fan connected as possible and still within the understanding that musically what we do is about us. So it’s like, if you’re into the music we’re doing and respect that we do the music for us, then if you want to be part of that ride then here’s what we can try and offer you to be part of the Metallica family.

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Metallica’s 10th studio album, will arrive on November 18th.  Metallica plans to tour extensively behind the new disc in 2017. The only two shows on its current schedule are  this weekend’s two acoustic shows at Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, CA.

Evanescence singer Amy Lee was asked in a new interview with AltWire why she decided to properly release the demo album the band recorded in 2000, called Origin, as part of the upcoming vinyl box set The Ultimate Collection. Lee explained, “I think part of it is just having enough time and space in-between ‘me now’ and ‘me then.’ I’m not worried at this point that somebody is going to be confused, and that’s going to define me, if that makes sense.”

Lee added, “My gut initial thought was, ‘No! No way! I’m never going to release that!’ But then I thought, ‘You know what? As a fan, I get why that’s cool.’ I went back and I listened to it, and I was still cringing but I can see the beauty in it, y’know, as the very beginnings of what eventually became Evanescence, and me and who I am today.”

The Ultimate Collection vinyl box set will contain all three of the band’s official studio albums, including 2003′s Fallen, 2006′s The Open Door and 2011′s Evanescence, as well as Origin and a collection called The Lost Whispers, which officially compiles the band’s rare bonus tracks.

The Lost Whispers will also feature the first new Evanescence studio recording in years, “Even In Death (2016),” a new version of a song that initially appeared on Origin.

Evanescence went on hiatus after touring for the release of its 2011 self-titled record. During that time, singer Amy Lee gave birth to her son, Jack, and worked on both solo and soundtrack music.  Evanescence will head out this fall on a month-long run of shows beginning Oct 28th in Dallas.

Who ya rootin’ for in the Series.  I know who Eddie Vedder and Tom Morello are cheering for!

Happy 45th today to my pal who calls me “O.G. Roxy,” Snoop Dogg aka Calvin Broadus. Yeah, I’m gangsta like dat! ;>

Wednesday, Oct 19


It’s time for the people to vote!  Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction are among the first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining a total of 19 potential inductees that include some longtime candidates as well as several fresh names. Also among the nominees are seminal hardcore band Bad Brains, quintessential garage rockers The MC5, alternative legends Depeche Mode and classic rock staples like JourneyYesElectric Light OrchestraThe Cars and The Zombies.

Rounding out the list are Janet Jackson, rap icon Tupac Shakur,
Chaka Khan, ChicJ. Geils BandJoan BaezJoe TexKraftwerk and early hard rockers Steppenwolf.

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro called in from his car to tell us how he felt about the nomination: It’s very much an honor and I’m very excited about it and couldn’t be more thrilled about it. However, you know, it’s the nomination so the jury is still out. But the year that we are nominated and the company we’re in is pretty spectacular. I mean, to be in the same category as these bands is — it’s a pretty big deal for me.”

You can have a say in who the 5 inductees out of this group will be.   Vote here!  The top five vote-getters for the class of 2017 will be announced in Dec (voting ends Dec 05th)  and inducted next April at a ceremony at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the spring.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.

For the fifth straight year, the public will get a chance to vote alongside the over 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders who comprise the Hall’s voting body. The top five acts compiled from the fan votes will comprise a “fan ballot” that will be entered alongside the rest to determine the 2017 inductees.

As I gaze down the list of possible inductees, I find myself reliving moments in my life during encounters with many of these artists.  I saw the MC5 in the very early 70′s when they played a community college in my hometown in upstate NY.  We had a party at a friend’s house and invited them to join us.  Frontman Wayne Kramer got into a fight with the host.   The host beat him up.  Ah, the crazy 70′s. I saw Chaka Chan perform in Cambridge, MA when I was hanging out with George Clinton of the Parliament-Funkadelic in the mid-70′s.  She was pregnant at the time, yet didn’t stop her from doing cocaine after her set.  CRAZY! I often wondered what became of her daughter.   Chic was a group who’s debut single I added at a NYC Top 40 radio station in the later 70′s that helped to launch their career on pop radio.  I dated the bass player from the J. Geils Band, mostly because he had great weed in the early 70′s. LOL    I interviewed Depeche Mode’s keyboardist in the bathroom of the Orpheum Theater in Boston.  (They wouldn’t do  it in the dressing room. It was funny because the ushers kept using the toilets and flushing.  Wish I had the tape of that today!)   I also interviewed Tupac in the early 90′s when he was released from jail. I flew to Las Vegas and met up with him at Shug Knight‘s nightclub.  I was afraid of Shug.  But enjoyed the chat with Pac.  He was a sweet guy. Shug threw a big party for him that night and famous boxers were there among the gang members.  I hung out with Elliot Easton of the Cars.  He lived near me in the Boston suburbs.   I worked a Yes album when I was at Atlantic.  Dave Navarro made me cry one time during an interview.  Long story.  He ended up sending me flowers.   I mean, strange.  I guess I am happy to have been around all these years to finally see these artists get lauded in this way!

The Pulse Of Radio reports Godsmack frontman Sully Erna sat for an interview recently with our sister program, HardDriveRadio (hey, that’s us!)  and revealed meeting “childhood heroes” like Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe PerryOzzy Osbourne and others was the highlight of his 20 years as a touring and recording artist. Erna cited one artist in particular: “Being able to meet (Rush drummer) Neil Peart a couple of times, I didn’t need to meet anyone else after that. As much as I love the Steven Tylers and the Joe Perrys and the James Hetfields, you know, I quit school because of Rush. Really, that’s all I did is I studied Rush, you know. I sat home and strapped on headphones and played Moving Pictures and Exit…Stage Left and Signals and all these great albums.”

Erna added meeting “childhood heroes” like Peart, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe PerryOzzy Osbourne and others was the highlight of his 20 years as a touring and recording artist.

Erna is out promoting his second solo album, Hometown Life, which arrived on Sep 30th.  He also told HardDriveRadio Godsmack will probably enter the studio next fall to record an album in time for the band’s 20th anniversary in 2018. He explained, “We could have pushed it and did something to drop in 2017, but we were, like . . . if we do that and we drop in 2018, we can make a really big, great world tour with the whole theme of the first album concepts involved in it and all that.

Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola recently released the debut album from their side project, the Apocalypse Blues Review.  Sully Erna will begin a tour in support of Hometown Life on Oct 26th in Atlanta.

Speaking of Rush….

Blabbermouth reporting today the documentary  Rush: Time Stand Still  is coming to theatres in U.S. and Canada on Nov 3. The DVD/Blu-ray will be released Nov 18.

This special theatre event of  Rush: Time Stand Still, narrated by Paul Rudd, is a night for our passionate and loyal fans to watch together and provides an intimate look into the band’s sold-out “R40″ tour and the unique relationship we have with you all.

In addition to the documentary, fans will also get first viewing exclusive extras including “Rush: A Salute to Kings” — a 20-minute in-depth discussion with Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann and Nancy Wilson of HeartScott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band’s producer Nick Raskulinecz as they share their unique stories about Rush over the last 40 years.

U.S. theatre event tickets: In partnership with Concord Music Group and oleFathom Events are set to bring an epic one-night premiere event  Rush: Time Stand Still to over 430 theaters nationwide on Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 430 select movie theaters through Fathom‘s Digital Broadcast Network.

Time to get back to making the donuts, boys! 

Excited that Shavo Odadjian from System of a Down is once again on Instagram posting snippets of the band’s recent rehearsal sessions.    Me thinks there is definitely something a brewin’ here.  Hopefully official news will surface.  I think it’s time for new SOAD music, don’t you?

And finally today, feel free to skip this, but Henry Rollins has something to say about the election.  Watch or don’t.  (Thanks Blabbermouth.)



10:  Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
11:  Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
13:  Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
14:  St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
15:  Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
21:  Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre
22:  Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
24:  New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
25:  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
27:  Houston, TX @ House of Blues
28:  San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
29:  El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
31:  Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
01: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
03:  Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
04:  Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
06:  Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
09:  Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
10:  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11:  Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
12:  Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
14:  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
16:  Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
18:  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
19:  Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
22:  Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
23:  Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
24:   Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore 


22:  Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
23:  Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar
25:  Lawrence, MA @ Claddagh Music Hall
27:  Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
01:  Indianapolis, IN @ 8 Seconds Saloon
02:  Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theater
03:  Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
06:  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
08:  Stafford, TX @ The Pub Fountains
09:  San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
10:  Tyler, TX @ Clicks Live


13:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
14:  Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
15:  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
17:  Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
18:  Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
20:  Riverside, CA @ RMA
21:  San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
22:  Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
24:  Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
26:  Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater 

Tuesday, Oct 18

Wow.  Gonna be 83 in NYC today!   This is insane!  The pumpkins are gonna turn to mush!

Oh look!  There’s Dave Grohl, Lisa Loeb and Sammy Hagar!

The Pulse Of Radio revealed Foo Fighters headlined and hosted a private concert on Saturday night (Oct 15th) in Los Angeles that featured guest appearances from Sammy HagarPaul Stanley of KissJane’s Addiction singer Perry FarrellSteve Jones of the Sex PistolsPolice drummer Stewart Copeland and others. The concert took place in front of just a couple of hundred donors who gave money to the Foos’ annual fundraising drive for improvements at local schools.

Among the highlights of the show were Hagar teaming with Foos leader Dave Grohl for a duet on Van Halen‘s “Finish What You Started” before they were joined by Jason Bonham for a take on Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Paul Stanley and Foo Fighters givin’ the crowd some tasty licks! 

Stanley tackled Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and the Rolling Stones‘ “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” in addition to several Kiss favorites.

Dave Grohl told us a while back how he got to know Paul Stanley outside of the music business: “I see Paul Stanley every morning at drop-off ’cause our kids go to school with each other. Paul is not only a great dude, but a great dad. He’s there at 7:30 every morning with his kid and it’s the greatest — I mean, it’s inspiring. Like, of course, I love Kiss and I’m inspired by him as a musician, but when I see him being, like, a dude — being a dad – it’s like, that’s the coolest thing in the world to me.”

The Foos played a selection of their own hits, including “Learn To Fly,” “My Hero,” “Times Like These,” “All My Life,” “Everlong” and “Best Of You.”

Foo Fighters have been on hiatus since the end of their European trek last Nov, but various anecdotal reports suggest that Grohl has been working on new music, potentially for the group’s ninth studio effort.  Although Grohl has hinted that HBO was interested in a second season of the documentary series Sonic Highways, which followed the Foos around the country as they recorded the 2014 album of the same name, there has been no official announcement that the series is returning.

Puscifer posted this video yesterday for their tune “The Arsonist” from their Money Shot cd, released in Oct 2015. The animated clip finds Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan about to step into the MMA arena for a battle with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, with gender reassignment surgery in his future if he loses. But the event is disrupted as “Trumpzilla” rips the roof off the venue, forcing Keenan, Puscifer, Rousey and other female UFC fighters to team up in an effort to defeat the beast.

Keenan told us humor is the best way for him to deal with the current state of U.S. politics: Comedy is at my core. What just really drives me is, I can’t leave a joke on the table. If I see it, it’s got to be told. When it comes to this election, it’s not even politics, it’s reality TV and it’s a comedy — a sad, sick (laughs), depressing comedy.”

Keenan said about the clip, “Sometimes you grab the Puscifer. Sometimes the Puscifer grabs you.”

Meanwhile, Keenan is about to head out on a book tour tour to promote his new memoir, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. The tour begins on Nov 9th in Nashville and will stop in cities like New York, Washington, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and others. (NY and DC shows hosted by yours truly.)

At each stop, Keenan will participate in a moderated discussion, with one of his friends acting as the moderator. Among those participating are Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel, Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd and little ole me.

Sister Imperator has spanked the Nameless Ghouls in Ghost!  Uncalled for, I say!  The band’s Popestar Tour and latest tune, “Square Hammer,” are both doing great!

Despite the band’s success in spreading the word of Satan to the masses, the dreaded Sister Imperator admonishes the band’s Nameless Ghouls in the video for their failure to focus even harder on their mission.

The Sister rages at the Ghouls for giving “insipid” interviews and answering “insipid” questions, all while hiding their true identities, before telling the mysterious musicians that they are supposed to lead their fans “into the murky light of the shadow.” She finally berates them for being afraid of “real change” and for relying too much on singer Papa Emeritus III to spread their unholy message.

The latest vessel for Ghost’s message is the current single from Popestar, called “Square Hammer,” which a Nameless Ghoul told us was written at the tail end of the sessions for the band’s Meliora album: It was conceived around the end of the conception of Meliora, but I guess by then Meliora had — the conceptual aspects of it was already in place and ‘Square Hammer’ felt like a different song. So we basically saved it until a rainy day, and that rainy day came a few months later and we recorded it.”

New tours announced today!   Chevelle have a short January run with Dinosaur Pile-Up and Black Map starting Jan 13-26.  Art of Anarchy featuring John Moyer of Disturbed and Scott Stapp kick theirs off Nov 10-Dec 22.  See Road Rage for both.

I Prevail wake up to THIS! 

And finally today, poor I Prevail!   Their tour bus, incidently previously used by Damage Plan, burst into flames on Saturday during their run from Phoenix to Fresno. The rear of the bus caught fire (unknown source) and thankfully, the boys escaped without injury. Although they did lost personal belongings.  (Thank God for merch!)
But I Prevail are troopers and they did finish the final two shows with Pierce The Veil with Saturday’s Fresno show and Sunday’s LA date.  They are currently headed back to Michigan and plan to take a break before heading back out on their Rebels Without A Cause holiday trek with Bad Seed Rising and Hotel Books. Got them in Road Rage.

Very Happy 90th to the originator, the ground zero for rock, Chuck Berry!

weekEnd Oct 15-16, 2016

What I Like About People by Lou Brutus

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  RED SUN RISING
“Amnesia” & “Emotionless”
Plugged In: Twelve Foot Ninja “Invincible”
HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore”
VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”
Guest:  ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Hero”
Listener 3 Song Seg
OF MICE & MEN “Real”
SKILLET “Feel Invincible”

Hour 2

METALLICA “Moth Into Flame”
I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head”
Guest: A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety”
GREEN DAY “Bang Bang”
GHOST “Square Hammer”
PARKWAY DRIVE “Devil’s Calling”
Guest:  KORN “Rotting In Vain”
What’s in Lou’s MP3 Player?  DREAM THEATER ftg LZZY HALE “Our New World”