Thursday, Sep 21, 2017

My pal Sully Erna of Godsmack is back in the news. According to The Pulse Of Radio, he has admitted in a new interview with FaceCulture the band may lose a few fans with the sound of its next album, due for release in 2018. Erna explained, “(The songs) have a lot more of a commercial aspect to ‘em so far. There’s some stuff in there that definitely will service the core fanbase of Godsmack. But we also felt that it’s time to expand a little bit . . . we may lose some (fans) along the way, but hopefully we lose one, we gain 20, and you can do the math at the end.”

Erna added, “We can continue to write the same record, but we’re gonna have the same results . . . from this point forward, we’re gonna try to reinvent a little bit more of our sound, our look, our stage show, and come out with a brand new Godsmack. Because we’ve realized that since we came out 20 years ago, there’s a whole new generation that’s grown up that are now just starting to discover Godsmack.”

Erna told us a while back that he never wanted the band to be pigeonholed: I don’t really wanna be categorized, I don’t think anybody does, but it’s unfortunate that our first record came out during a time when this nu-metal movement was just passing through and it was pretty hot. So I think we just kind of got dumped in that category, but I think as album cycles go by, people are realizing that we’re truly just a hard rock band.”  When I spoke with Sully about this, at the time, we were talking about the fact that Godsmack’s sound defined the sound of active rock radio. 

Godsmack will enter the studio this winter to begin recording its follow-up to 2014′s 1000 Horsepower album. The group’s seventh studio LP will be co-produced by Erna and Erik Ron and will arrive in 2018 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut. Godsmack’s self-titled 1998 debut sold four million copies in the U.S. and yielded four Top 10 rock radio hits.

It had to be early in that same year I was the only non-label person to be invited to ride up from NYC with Republic Records execs to see the band perform just after they were signed to the label.  They were so new and exciting to see in Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT.  We hit it off immediately and both Lou Brutus and I have done scores of interviews with the band over the years. See the last one I did with Sully on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  Subscribe while you’re there.  We’ve got some great new things just posted and coming including Prophets Of Rage, Palaye Royale and Lionize.

Speaking of Prophets Of Rage….

Less than a week after their debut album arrived in stores, Prophets Of Rage have posted a new video for the song “Hail To The Chief.” Not surprisingly, the clip takes a scathing view of the Trump Administration, incorporating photos of Trump hotels, the White House, images of victims hanging from nooses, shots of Donald Trump and Mike Pence glad-handing with Vladimir Putin and more.

MC Chuck D wrote online about the clip, “Pay Attention is what the Prophets Of Rage latest video is saying. Don’t let a new Fascism appear wanted, normal or sane. While TRUMPOTUS appears to be a parody and whipping of mass distraction. The Donald will either be impeached or bow out from his own trumped up reasons. VP Pence is not a clown. He’s dead serious, the heir apparent who knows US governing and the law. The one to watch with the world in his hands.”

As for the band’s self-titled debut LP, Prophets guitarist and former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello told us that making an album was a natural evolution for the supergroup: You know, it was a great chemistry that we felt onstage during the ‘Make America Rage Again’ tour, and we wrote 10 songs in the first two weeks we were playing together. You know, and then a month in the studio with, at Henson Studios with Brendan O’Brien, and it was so exciting, so fun — it’s the most collaborative and fun band record that I’ve been involved in since the first Rage record.”

Prophets also consists of fellow Rage members Tim Commerford on bass and Brad Wilk on drums, along with Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real on the mic. Prophets plays songs from Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress in addition to original material.

The group made their live debut in May 2016 in Los Angeles. They next play at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct 1st.

Meanwhile, Tom Morello is one of the many rock stars who will participate in the third annual Bowl For Ronnie celebrity bowling tournament launched by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Joining Morello on the lanes will be Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven AdlerDio drummer  Vinny AppiceCinderella’s Fred Coury and many more. The event will take place on Friday, Oct 6th at the Pinz Bowling Center in Los Angeles.

Metallica, Metallica, Metallica!  You are the gift that keeps on giving!  They released a previously unheard live recording of its classic song “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” The track was recorded at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on Aug 3rd, 1986 and is taken from the upcoming reissue of the band’s landmark third album, Master Of Puppets. The concert, which was part of Metallica’s U.S. tour as the support act for Ozzy Osbourne, was unusual in that it featured guitar tech John Marshall on rhythm guitar, as frontman James Hetfield had broken his arm earlier that summer.

The deluxe reissue of Master Of Puppets will arrive on Lou Brutus’ birthday,  Nov 10th, via Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings. And make sure you are a hardDriveRadio Radical because we will be offering up a Win It Before It’s Out contest in early November!  We’ll have a box set and 15 runners-up get the CD.

The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set.  The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book containing never-before-seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.

The reissue is available for pre-order at Metallica.com, where fans can see the full package details and track listing.  Master Of Puppets was released in February 1986 and reached Number 29 on the Billboard album chart, although it has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Patrick Corgan has released a trailer for Pillbox, a silent film set to music from his forthcoming solo album Ogilala, due out Oct 13th. Corgan explained about the film, “I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself.”

Pillbox was written and directed by Corgan, who will hold four intimate screenings of the film in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Tickets for the screenings will go on sale tomorow, Friday, (Sep 22nd) at 2:00 p.m. ET. Fans who attend the screenings will receive a limited-edition movie poster. Corgan will appear at all but the Los Angeles screening, along with collaborators and cast members from the film.

The Pillbox screenings are: Oct 5 – London, UK – Royal Society of Arts, Oct 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Feliz Theatre, Oct 11 – Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre, Oct 12 – New York, NY – Tribeca Screening Room

Corgan announced his new solo album last month and released the LP’s first track, “Aeronaut.” The album will be available digitally, on CD and on 180-gram gatefold vinyl.

Corgan will also embark on a solo acoustic North American tour that kicks off on Oct 14th in Brooklyn, New York and wraps up on Nov 11th in Los Angeles. Each night’s show will consist of two sets, with Corgan playing songs from Ogilala in the first and material from across his entire career in the second.

Blabbermouth reporting a previously unreleased Stone Temple Pilots song called ”Only Dying,” taken from the upcoming 25th-anniversary expanded reissue of the band’s debut album, Core, can be heard using the SoundCloud widget. The track was demoed early in STP’s career and the band had planned to re-record in 1994 for The Crow soundtrack. The idea was later scrapped after the star of the film, Brandon Lee, was killed during production.

That song was a little bit of a different direction for us,” bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone. “It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions.”

I remember Scott [Weiland, vocals] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that … I don’t know what I was thinking,” guitarist Dean DeLeo says. “Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.”

“We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed,” drummer Eric Kretz says. “It’s cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott’s voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It’s a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions.”

Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene 25 years ago with Core. A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like ”Sex Type Thing” and ”Wicked Garden,” and has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. The band also took home the 1994 Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for their smash single ”Plush.”

To mark the legendary album’s silver anniversary, Rhino will release two versions on Sep 29, which is 25 years to the day of the album’s original debut. The first is the “Core: Super Deluxe Edition” ($79.98), which includes four CDs featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band’s performance on “MTV Unplugged”. Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album along with videos for the album’s four singles. The set, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes packaged in a richly detailed hardcover book (12 x 12) with rare and unseen photographs. The music from the Super Deluxe version will also be available via digital download and streaming services.
Celebrating life today:  Writer Stephen King is 70, Ex-Korn drummer David Silveria is 45.

THEORY OF A DEADMAN

with AYRON JONES
with ROYAL REPUBLIC and AYRON JONES only these dates: Oct 24-Nov 13 

SEP
29:  Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
30:  Clive, IA @ 7 Flags E Ctr
OCT
01: Janesville, WI @ Sonic Boom
03:  Columbus, OH @ Express Live
04:  St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
06:  Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
07:  Detroit, MI @ St Andrews
08:  Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
10:  Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11:  Cleveland, OH @ HOB
13:  Stroudsburg, PA @ The Sherman
14:  Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
15:  Portland, ME @ Aura
17:  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
18:  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Brawlroom
20:  Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
21:  Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
22:  Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
24:  Atlanta, GA @ Heaven @ The Masquerade
25:  New Orleans, LA @ HOB
27:  Tyler, TX @ Click’s Live
28:  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
29:  Houston, TX @ HOB
31:  Dallas, TX @ Canton Co-Op
NOV
01:  Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s
03:  Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
04:  Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
06:  Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
07:  Englewood, CO @ The Gothic
09:  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10:  Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
11: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
13: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
www.theoryofadeadman.com

STONE SOUR

SEP
22:  Greenwood Village, CO @ High Elevation
24:  Omaha, NE @ Sokol Aud
26:  Kansas City, MO @ The Midland
27:  Maplewood, MN @ Myth
28:  Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Aud
30:  Janesville, WI @ SONIC BOOM
OCT
01:  Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
03:  Bethlehem, PA @ Sands E Ctr
04:  Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
07:  Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
08:  Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
11:  Tulsa, OK @ The Brady
13:  San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Ctr
14:  Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street
15:  Houston, TX @ Revention Music Ctr
17:  Albuquerque, NM @ The Sunshine
19:  Las Vegas, NV @ HOB
21:  Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock
28:  Toluca, MEX  @ Knotfest Mexico
NOV
05:  San Bernardino, CA @ Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
www.stonesour.com

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Sorry I missed ya yesterday. Urgent care visit = pneumonia diagnosis.  On too many drugs and so many steroids, I will NEVER be able to play professional sports!

Bust out the Foos cake!  Their album only came out on Friday, but according to Billboard and The Pulse Of Radio, the new Foo Fighters album Concrete And Gold is headed for a Number One debut on this weekend’s Billboard 200 album chart when the final figures are released on Sunday night (Sep 24th). According to the trade outlet, the band’s ninth studio LP looks likely to move more than 120,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release after arriving in both physical and digital formats last Friday (Sep 15th).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multiple formats, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums via individual song downloads and streaming equivalent albums.

Foo Fighters previously topped the chart in 2011 with Wasting Light. Seven of the band’s albums have landed in the Top 10, including 2014′s Sonic Highways, which debuted and peaked at Number Two.

Longtime bassist Nate Mendel told us a while back that the Foos have never had to worry that much about commercial success: “Well, one of the things, I think, that’s made the band work so well is how we kind of structured it in the beginning and the opportunity we had, because Dave had been in Nirvana, to do things the way we wanted to do it. We didn’t have the pressure that a lot of bands do of having to write the hit song. I mean, thankfully Dave’s a good songwriter and able to write catchy songs, but we don’t have that pressure where you have somebody breathing over your shoulder, and I think that really is something that destroys a lot of bands.”

Foo Fighters have lined up a fall North American tour that kicks off on Oct 7th in San Bernardino, CA with Cal Jam 17, featuring the Foos, Queens Of The Stone AgeCage The ElephantLiam GallagherRoyal BloodThe Struts and more. The rest of the tour begins on Oct 12th in Washington, D.C.

Two more high-profile rock releases are aiming for high debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Prophets of Rage’s self-titled debut album and Nothing More’s The Stories We Tell Ourselves are both looking at sales of around 20,000 copies each, which could get them into the bottom half of the Top 10.

 

 

Also from The Pulse Of Radio, Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda spoke publicly for the first time about the death of singer Chester Bennington and the band’s future in an interview on Monday (Sep 18th) with Los Angeles radio station KROQ. Discussing the group’s just announced Bennington tribute concert, scheduled for Oct 27th at the Hollywood Bowl, Shinoda said, “I had gone to (producer) Rick Rubin as a source of guidance. He had said, ‘I think you guys need to get on stage. I think that’ll be the thing that’ll feel good. It’ll be super, super hard.’”

Shinoda continued, “We haven’t gone out together in public, we haven’t played — we haven’t gone on stage . . . I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage is more scary than (for) other guys in the band, but I will say that for all of us, it’s definitely the thing that we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester.”

Shinoda said about his late friend and bandmate, “I know that the circumstances of his passing were really dark, and as we said at the time, the darkness that he had was always there and was kind of part of the package, but what was so unique and special about this guy is that he used it as fuel to do so many positive things . . . he was such a happy guy, he was such a fun guy. When he’d walk in the room, there was such a positive, funny, upbeat energy, and that’s what we wanna get out of this show.”

Shinoda admitted that the show will be a “roller coaster of emotion” and added that plans for it are still coming together. Proceeds from the show will go to Music For Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.


Oh yeah! Halestorm has entered Dark Horse Recording Studios just outside Nashville to begin recording its fourth album for an early 2018 release. The band has posted a brief teaser video and some photos from the sessions online. Helming the LP is Nick Raskulinecz, an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RushKorn,   Alice In Chains, Stone Sour and Deftones, in addition to having produced Halestorm’s third and latest covers EP, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP.

 

Lzzy Hale Instagram

Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale and host of hardDriveRadio’s ASK LZZY recently told our Green Bay radio station Razor 94.7, “We started literally from scratch — like (with) no real ideas — and ended up doing a bunch of instrumentals with (Raskulinecz), and then I’d take it home and write over them . . . it’s been a lot of fun.

The band’s last effort, 2015′s Into The Wild Life, was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory. Hale said she wasn’t worried about the new album being “rock” enough, explaining, “We worked with a couple of producers in the past that are obsessed with ‘You have to cross over to Top 40,’ or we’re, like, their guinea pig, first time doing a rock band, so you have that stress in the back of your mind, like, ‘No, we have to make sure this rocks.’ And this time, we have no stress like that at all.”

Halestorm will hit the road over the next few weeks for a combination of headlining shows and festivals, starting on Friday (Sep 22nd) at the High Elevation fest in Englewood, CO outside Denver.

 

Late SoundgardenAudioslave and Temple Of The Dog frontman Chris Cornell will be honored posthumously for his original song “The Promise,” which Cornell wrote and recorded for the film of the same name about the Armenian Genocide. He’ll also be honored for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts on behalf of vulnerable children around the world, with his widow Vicky Cornell accepting the award on behalf of her late husband.

The award will be given to Cornell by Cassia co-owners Kim Luu-Ng and chef Bryant Ng at the second LA Chefs for Human Rights (LACHR) fundraising dinner, benefiting Program for Torture Victims (PTV). The event will take place at Luu-Ng and Ng’s acclaimed Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica on Sep 25th.

The slaughter of the Armenians by the Turks claimed more than 1.5 million lives over a century ago. Cornell told us not long before his untimely death that the events of the movie were still relevant now: “That was one of the things that was important to me, was not just telling a century-old story, but telling that story because it’s happening today. We need to be aware that these things happen now. We need to kind of be slapped in the face with the fact that, as horrendous as this was a century ago, in many parts of the world we haven’t gotten anywhere.”

Kim Luu-Ng said, “We’re deeply honored to celebrate the life-changing work Vicky and Chris have accomplished, and which she continues to carry on. Their support of and dedication to Syrian refugee children languishing in refugee camps raises awareness for this ongoing, six-year crisis and provides hope to so many who have lost it.”

The film The Promise, which starred Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, came out last April. Sadly, Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room a month later, on May 18th, following a show with Soundgarden. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio)

Speaking of Soundgarden, Happy 49th to bassist Ben Shepherd!

weekEnd Sep 16-17, 2017

Back To School

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose: HIGHLY SUSPECT
“Little One” and “Lydia”
Plugged In:  SONS OF TEXAS
“Beneath The Riverbed”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Rx”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
Guest: DED “Remember The Enemy”
THREE SONG SWEEP
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
FOZZY “Judas”
ASK LZZY
I PREVAIL “Alone”

Hour 2

METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
DIRT
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE “The Way You Used To Do”
Guest: PROPHETS OF RAGE “Living On The 110″
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “California Dreaming”
STARSET “Satellite”
Guest:  RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS “Walk On Water”
IN THIS MOMENT “Oh Lord”
Guest:  PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  LIVING COLOUR “Come On”

Week Of Sep 18-22, 2017

XL
GRETA VAN FLEET “Highway Tune”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
I PREVAIL “Alone”
IN THIS MOMENT “Oh Lord”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Rx”

MED
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
KID ROCK “Greatest Show On Earth”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
NINE INCH NAILS “Less Than”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “Living On The 110”
ROYAL REPUBLIC “Baby”
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE “The Way You Used To Do”

SM
10 YEARS “Novacaine”-ADD
BLACKTOP MOJO “Where The Wind Blows”-ADD
DED “Remember The Enemy”
FOZZY “Judas”
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “California Dreaming”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
SKILLET “The Resistance”-ADD
SHAMAN’S HARVEST “The Come Up”
STARSET “Satellite”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS “Walk On Water”
TRIVIUM “Heart From Your Hate”
WAYLAND “Through The Fire”-ADD

Monday, Sep 18, 2017

I’m bad in the steamy climes of Florida, thankful we had no damage!  And thankful for my awesome neighbors who removed my hurricane shutters for us before we pulled into the driveway!

Mike Shinoda Instagram

 This just in via a press release. Linkin Park have announced a special show in honor of their bandmate and friend, Chester Bennington.  The one-night-only celebration will take place in Los Angeles, at the legendary Hollywood Bowl on Friday, Oct 27, 2017.

The singular event marks the first time the five members will be performing on stage together since Chester passed on Jul 20th. The band will be joined by a number of other artists, for an unforgettable night of music to honor the man who touched the lives of so many around the world.

The individual band members intend to contribute their fees from the event to Music For Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester.

Pre-sale for tickets begins Tuesday, Sep 19, and general on-sale Friday, Sep 22. For more information, visit https://linkinpark.com.

The official video for the album title track, “One More Light” premiered this morning on the band’s social pages.  Initially, the song had not been scheduled as a single, but the strong connection with fans in the weeks following Bennington’s passing brought the track to the forefront.

Directed by Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, and longtime band videographer, Mark Fiore, the video not only reflects on the memory of Chester, but also the comradery of the band, the people they work with, and the community that has given them strength.

It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it,” says Joe Hahn. “I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people who need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people who connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people who want that connection.”

“’One More Light’ was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end,” says Mike Shinoda. “In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again.

 

Foo Fighters have released an animated mini-documentary on the making of their new album Concrete And Gold, which arrived on Friday (Sep 15th). In the short film, frontman Dave Grohl talks about how the band selected the producer it wanted to work with, Greg Kurstin, and how it landed a guest appearance from Justin Timberlake among others.

Grohl recalls meeting Kurstin at a restaurant after hearing a song by his band The Bird And The Bee on the radio in his car. As the two become friends, Grohl decides he wants Kurstin to record the next Foo Fighters album. Kurstin has previously produced artists like Adele and Pink.  Grohl also recounts how he floated the idea of working with Kurstin to the rest of the band, who were puzzled because Kurstin had never worked on a heavy rock record.

In addition to Timberlake, the disc features guest appearances from Paul McCartney, The Bird And The Bee’s Inara George, the Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman.

Foo Fighters have lined up a fall North American tour that kicks off on Oct 7th in San Bernardino, CA with Cal Jam 17, featuring the Foos, Queens Of The Stone AgeCage The ElephantLiam GallagherRoyal BloodThe Struts and more. The rest of the tour begins on Oct12th in Washington D.C.

And then there is THIS!!!!.

Lars Ulrich and Dave Grohl on Beats1 Radio. Lars has a show called It’s Electric!  It’s a cool interview.  Wish I was there!

Ghost founder Tobias Forge – who sings lead vocals as Papa Emeritus – says he has been working on the group’s fourth studio album for an early 2018 release. Appearing at Germany’s Metal Hammer Awards disguised as one of the band’s Nameless Ghouls, Forge said, “We’ve been in the studio for about a month now. And by the end of the year, if everything goes according to plan . . . we’re gonna have a new album, not out, but we’re gonna have a new recorded and mixed and delivered. And hopefully that means that we’re gonna have a new album out by April — possibly, hopefully.”

Forge recently hinted at the lyrical themes of the next LP, saying, “Having in mind that the previous record was about the absence of God or the absence of deities, this new one is going to be about the return of God,” adding it will be “darker, a little bit more apocalyptic, I think.

After several years of not revealing his or the rest of the band’s identities, Forge recently confirmed his own while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of Ghost, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the group’s profits. Forge hired an all-new lineup of the group for touring purposes in the first half of 2017, with the musicians again all anonymously performing as Nameless Ghouls.

The new disc will follow up 2015′s Meliora, which featured the Grammy-winning hit “Cirice,” and last year’s Popestar EP, which included the chart-topping “Square Hammer.”

The Pulse Of Radio  reporting Ozzy Osbourne said in a new interview with Rolling Stone he has no intention of quitting rock ‘n’ roll anytime soon. The 68-year-old Black Sabbath singer said, “People around my age go, ‘I’m 65 now. I’m retired.’ Then they f**king die. My father got a bit of cash from the job he had, did the garden and died. And I’m going, ‘That’s a bit of an anticlimax after working so many years in a factory.’ I ain’t retiring. People still want to see me, so what’s there to retire from?

Ozzy told us a while back he’ll know when it’s time to quit: I’ve always said that if the audience diminishes down to one cow and three drunks in a field, I think that I’d be pretty dumb to not go, ‘You know what, maybe I should just call it quits, you know.’”

Ozzy is continuing his solo career even though Black Sabbath said farewell earlier this year. He remarked, “People forget, I was with Sabbath from ’68 to ’79, but I’ve been on my own from ’79 ’til now. I’ve been on my own thing for a lot longer than when I was with Sabbath. I love what Sabbath did for me and I love what I did for Sabbath, but it’s not the be-all, end-all of my own whole career.

The singer believes that rock itself isn’t dead but the music industry is failing, saying, “There are only about two f**king record companies left. And when I went to the Grammys a couple of years ago, there’d be artists who’d go from a f**king laptop straight to the charts and release a record. It’s really a sad thing for me. It’s just changed so much.

Ozzy has not yet made it official whether he intends to record another solo album. His last one, Scream, came out in 2010.  Ozzy has three live solo dates coming up: the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY on Sep 30th, the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA on October 22nd, and the second Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA on Nov 4th.

News in brief:

Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder joined a pair of street musicians for an impromptu jam outside Chicago’s Wrigley Field following the Cubs’ Friday night (Sep 15th) game. Vedder came upon the buskers while exiting the game and borrowed the guitarist’s axe to perform instrumental versions of Pearl Jam’s “Corduroy” and the Who‘s “The Seeker.” Vedder returned to sit behind the drumkit for the duo as well. The Pearl Jam concert film shot at the famous ball field, Let’s Play Two, comes out later this month. (Rolling Stone)

Marilyn Manson has released the definitely Not Safe For Work (NSFW) video for his new song, “We Know Where You F**king Live.” The gruesome, disturbing clip features Manson accompanied by gun-wielding nuns as they rampage through suburbia, torch a van and break into the home of an unsuspecting family to torment them. The song is taken from Manson’s new album, Heaven Upside Down, which will be released on October 6th. (Exclaim!)

Evanescence has released a new single called “Imperfection,” one of two new tracks featured on the band’s upcoming album Synthesis, due out November 10th. The tune features full orchestration by arranger and composer David Campbell, who also helped the band create electronic/orchestral versions of many of its most popular songs for the album. Evanescence will head out on tour with a full orchestra behind them to support the LP, starting on October 14th in Las Vegas. (Blabbermouth)

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Sad.  Actor Frank Vincent, “Now Go Home And Get Your Shinebox”, who starred in Goodfellas, The Sopranos, Casino and many other films & tv shows, died yesterday at age 80. You will always be loved and remembered.


Our friend, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory, pictured above feeding elephant in Africa. is working with Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife (Vetpaw), a U.S.-based non-profit organization funded by private donations, to help efforts to stop poachers from killing endangered rhinos and elephants in South Africa.

Bathory, who went to Africa to visit with the veterans, wrote on Facebook, “Met many many brave men out here protecting African wildlife . . . both US & South-African military vets and local rangers are doing everything in their power to stop the annihilation of some of these species. Poaching is a serious problem that could lead to armed conflicts, but if there’s no one to stop it — elephants and rhinos will disappear from this planet.”

Every year, thousands of rhinos and elephants are killed by poachers in South Africa. With the number of rhinos and elephants left on the earth dwindling, Vetpaw is working hard to help conservation efforts in Africa. Vetpaw employs well-trained U.S. veterans who use techniques learned while in the line of duty to protect elephants and rhinos against poachers in South Africa.

Vetpaw founder Ryan Tate, a veteran himself, started the organization to both address the poaching problem and help returning soldiers transition into new jobs. Bathory is helping the cause by promoting Vetpaw and their new non-profit jewelry, as well as journeying to Vetpaw’s base in South Africa.

Five Finger Death Punch is hitting several festivals in late September and October, starting with the High Elevation Festival in Englewood, Colorado on Sep 22nd and there’s also a stop at Sonic Boom in Janesville, WI later this month, too!  Lou Brutus will be on hand there!   Get your tickets NOW!  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth)

Man, do people have no shame?  The children of late Stone Temple Pilots  singer Scott Weiland have taken legal action against several companies for allegedly selling products branded with the vocalist’s name without getting their permission. Mary Weiland, Scott’s second wife, filed two lawsuits on Tuesday (Sep 12th) in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of her 16-year-old son Noah and 15-year-old daughter Lucy.

The suits seek unspecified damages and a court order barring the companies Merchbar Inc., RageOn! Inc., OldGlory.com, Red Fox Ink and Officially Licensed Gear from further use of Weiland’s name without the plaintiffs’ consent.

According to the suit, Scott’s teenage children own all rights of publicity associated with their late father. The suit alleges that the named companies have used Weiland’s name, photo and likeness more than 100 times to sell clothing, household items, cell phone cases and even a children’s set of stackable wooden blocks without consent. Representatives for the defendants had not yet been reached for comment.

Scott Weiland was found dead of a drug and alcohol overdose on his tour bus in December 2015, while on the road with his solo band The Wildabouts. He was 48.

In addition to Stone Temple Pilots, Scott fronted Velvet Revolver from 2004 through 2008. He rejoined STP in 2008 after a six-year hiatus, but was dismissed from the group in 2013 due to his erratic behavior.

Meanwhile, Rhino Records will reissue the 25th anniversary edition of the band’s Core cd Sep 29th.

Speaking of copyright and trademark issues and such, Consequence Of Sound reporting Marilyn Manson slammed Justin Bieber in an interview with the online music news/entertainment site, trashing the pop singer who recently started selling repurposed old Manson T-shirts with Bieber’s name on them. Bieber claimed he had Manson’s permission to rework and sell the shirts, which have gone for as much as $195. Manson said that when he first met Bieber, “He said to me, ‘I made you relevant again.’ Bad mistake to say to me.”

Manson continued, “He was a real piece of s**t in the way he had the arrogance to say that. He was a real touchy-feely guy, too, like, ‘yo yo bro!’ and touches you when he’s talking. I’m like, ‘You need to stand down, you’re d**k height on me, OK? All right? So stand down son.’”

Manson said that he joked to Bieber that he’d show up at the singer’s soundcheck the next day to perform “The Beautiful People,” adding that Bieber “believed that I’d show up, because he was that stupid.” Manson claimed that he eventually “took all the proceeds from those shirts from him. They didn’t even fight, they were just like, ‘Yeah, we already know, we did wrong, so here’s the money.’

Manson recently revealed that his 10th studio album, Heaven Upside Down, will be released on October 6th after Manson originally wanted it out last February. The first track revealed is called “We Know Where You F**king Live.” The singer will kick off a North American tour on Sep 27th in Silver Spring, MD.

News briefs:

Kid Rock spoke with Meltdown from our Detroit and his home station WRIF in the advent of his 6 nights at the new Little Caesar’s Arena.  Check it out. 

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The Pulse Of Radio  says Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will appear together on September 20th at the Children Matter Benefit Concert at St. Paul, MN’s CHO Field with all proceeds going to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The benefit’s official website, Matter.ngo posted that in addition to Frehley, the headlining Gene Simmons Band will also feature such “special guests” as Cheap Trick and former Eagle Don Felder.

During a recent radio interview, Simmons revealed he’s recently teamed up with Frehley for the Kiss co-founder’s upcoming album. Simmons and Frehley, who have had a prickly relationship over the decades, actually co-wrote not one, but two tracks for Ace’s still untitled set. Blabbermouth quoted Simmons as saying, “Literally two days ago I was with Ace, who’s not in the band — he used to be in the band three different times — and we wrote two songs. He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things.”

Blabbermouth reporting Gemini Syndrome has announced the addition of guitarist Meegs Rascón (Coal Chamber) to the group’s ranks. The band’s drummer Brian Medina commented: “We couldn’t be more pleased to bring Meegs into the Gemini Syndrome family. He is such a creative and innovative musician, and one of my most trusted and closest friends on this Earth. He’s been here since the inception of Gemini Syndrome, and it’s great to bring someone who is already family into the fold.”

In other news, the band has announced its final tour before the group shifts focus towards the writing and recording of its third studio album. The disc, which will be produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Seether), will conclude the trilogy started with Lux and continued on Memento Mori.

The upcoming “Brought To Light” tour will feature support from Deadset Society and Spoken. Prior to that, Gemini Syndrome will play direct support to Fozzy on the latter group’s “Judas Rising” tour, which kicks off on Sept 26 in Clarksville, TN.

Enjoy your day!  I will be traveling back down to Florida, so I will be back with ya on Monday!   Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

Got a “Double Dose” of Foos for ya this morning!  First off, The Pulse Of Radio says Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl has credited Paul McCartney with coming to his rescue after Grohl badly broke his leg during a show in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015. Grohl told Australia’s Herald Sun it was the former Beatle who helped Grohl find medical care quickly enough that he was able to get the leg set and continue the tour after canceling just a few shows.

Grohl recalled, “He and his family basically set up my entire surgery in London after I broke my leg. It still blows my mind.” Grohl was able to perform on the rest of the tour while seated atop an elaborate throne surrounded by guitars.

Grohl recalled for us how the incident went down: “Unfortunately in the heat of the moment, I wasn’t really thinking about anything but rockin’ Sweden’s ass off, and I think we were doing that for the first seven-and-a-half minutes. And then the show came to an abrupt halt as I went over the edge. I’m surprised that this hasn’t happened before, to be honest.”

The former Nirvana drummer also acknowledged McCartney’s musical influence, saying, “I wouldn’t be playing music if it wasn’t for Paul McCartney, because I learned how to play guitar with Beatles songbooks and playing along to Beatles records. But I also would not be walking right now if it was not for Paul McCartney. He knows some good f**king doctors.

McCartney also plays drums on a song on the new Foos album, Concrete And Gold, which arrives on Friday (September 15th). The follow-up to 2014′s Sonic Highways also features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake and more.

Then there’s THIS!

While the Foos were in England, they filmed a session for the BBC Radio‘s “Live Lounge,” and in their set, they covered AC/DC!  Let there be rock, indeed!

Despite the fact there will be no Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil this year, there will be an exhibition of his horror movie collection in, of all places, the bewitching capital of the world, Salem, MA!   The Pulse Of Radio says some 135 works of horror movie art owned by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett are on display as part of the exhibit It’s Alive: Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection, which is currently at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem through Nov 26th. Among the items on display are rare original posters for horror classics like 1931′s Dracula and 1932′s The Mummy, along the lone surviving three-sheet poster for the 1931 film Frankenstein of the only surviving standing cardboard cutouts for 1933′s King Kong. The exhibit also features some collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures in addition to the poster art.

Hammett said in a statement, “My collection takes me to a place where I need to be — among the monsters, where I’m most comfortable and creative. That’s where the magic has happened for me all these years and it’s something I’ve come to trust. From the moment I first encountered these characters, I could see that these guys had just as much difficulty in coping as I did.

Hammett, who has an extensive collection of horror movie memorabilia, told us that he takes his love for the genre very seriously: I like to think of myself as someone who, like, has a real passion for this stuff and is knowledgeable. You know, I like to think of myself as a horror movie historian and, you know, I like to think of myself as someone who actually means it. I really love this stuff.”

Show curator Daniel Finamore said, “These are rare works of art, but they’re under-recognized as such. These posters are part of our cultural history, and they play to many of the same fears and anxieties we still have today as a society.

On the Metallica news front:

The band is in the midst of a European tour behind its 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.  They performed “ManUNkind” in Paris on Sunday night for the first time!

Shaun Morgan and some old lady

Seether will return to the U.S. later this year for a month-long run of headlining dates beginning on Nov 25th in Charlotte, NC and wrapping up on Dec 20th in Cincinnati. Support on all the shows will come from Shaman’s Harvest. The group continues to hit the road behind its seventh studio album, Poison The Parish, which emerged last May.

Frontman Shaun Morgan told me a while back it can be tough to maintain a “normal” life when on a break from touring: Normally you go home and it’s, you know, that first day you sleep, you probably sleep pretty much two days. And then once that’s over, then you kind of get back into a normal routine of just kind of existing and that sort of domestic environment. And once you’re in it, you kind of enjoy it for a little while, but you start getting antsy pretty quickly. So it’s that double-edged sword of, like, you tour real hard and you want to go home for just a week, and a week is just long enough to kind of recharge and come back out, you know.”

The latest single and video from Poison The Parish is “Betray And Degrade,” which has collected over one million views in just one month. Seether is currently on a European tour that brings the band to St. Petersburg, Russia tonight (Sep 13th).

In other touring news, Alter Bridge have announced some new dates for the fall with All That Remains. Find them in Road Rage!

Blabbermouth reporting Stone Sour have released the music video for what will be the follow up single to “Song # 3.”  I give you….

“Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I),” featured on the band’s new album, Hydrograd. The clip, which was directed by Ryan Valdez, includes a guest appearance by members of Steel Panther.

White Zombie‘s two-million-copy-selling 1992 album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One will receive a limited edition 25th anniversary vinyl pressing on Sep 29th. Two thousand copies of the album will be made available on 180-gram purple vinyl. The LP was the horror-rock act’s third full-length studio album and their major label debut, with the band having signed to Geffen Records the year before. It was also the group’s commercial breakthrough, spawning the hits “Thunder Kiss ’65″ and “Black Sunshine.”

Singer Rob Zombie and bassist Sean Yseult formed White Zombie in the mid-’80s on New York’s Lower East Side. The band went through several lineup changes and issued several EPs and albums independently before becoming stars with La Sexorcisto. The band got their name from a Bela Lugosi movie.

The band split in 1996, with Rob Zombie starting a solo career. He told us not long ago that his younger fans don’t always know that he was in White Zombie: I wouldn’t normally think that but, like, if some kid’s, like, 15, you know, White Zombie had broken up as a band when the kid was, like, eight or something so he doesn’t remember it. So there’s always confusion, like, ‘Hey, was he in that band?’ and ‘What songs should I listen to?‘”

Since launching his solo career in 1998, Rob Zombie has released six solo albums and directed seven feature films.  He recently disclosed that he has started working on the follow-up to last year’s studio album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. (The Pulse Of Radio)

And tonight on Comedy Central (10 PM/9 C) turns out South Park in it’s 21st Season, is as old as hardDrive with Lou Brutus.  So to honor both, Lou sent us this!

Lou Brutus and Darla The Wonder Dog honor South Park

Happy 50th to Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction!

ALTER BRIDGE

with ALL THAT REMAINS unless noted
NOV
24:  Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
25:  St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
28:   Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
29:   Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
DEC
01:  Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (no All That Remains)
03:  San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
05:  Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
06:  Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
09:   Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre (no All That Remains)
11:  Rosemont, IL @ Joe’s Live
12:  North Kansas City, MO @ Voodoo Lounge (no All That Remains)
14:  Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre (no All That Remains)
16:  Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
www.alterbridge.com