Thursday, Sep 03

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!  Happy 50th to Charlie Sheen!

Oh my!  Sorry to hear the news there’s been so many rumors about.  The Pulse Of Radio says  Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and his wife, pop singer Avril Lavigne, are separating after two years of marriage, according to E! Online. Lavigne announced the news via Instagram yesterday (Sep 2nd), writing, “It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we’ve created many unforgettable moments. We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support.”  A photo taken on their wedding day accompanied the post.  This was Lavigne’s second marriage. She was previously married to Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley, who tied the knot with model Ariana Cooper over the weekend.
Kroeger proposed to Lavigne in August 2012, just a few months after they started dating while working on music for Lavigne’s album at the time.  They were married in July 2013 in an elaborate ceremony attended by 50 family members and friends, but reports that the couple were unhappy surfaced within a year of the nuptials.

Rumors that they were splitting up appeared in September 2014, with a source telling E! News that the couple had been “fighting a lot” and there was “jealousy on both sides.” Lavigne was spotted that same month celebrating her 30th birthday in Las Vegas without her husband.  Kroeger dismissed the rumors last November, although sources told Us Weekly that he was privately informing people in Los Angeles that they were divorcing.   Lavigne and Kroeger have both been plagued by health issues in the past year as well. Lavigne revealed last April that she was suffering from a severe case of Lyme disease, while Kroeger experienced throat problems that forced Nickelback to cancel all its tour dates for the entire second half of 2015.

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell said recently the band had started working on material for its next album and he was apparently telling the truth: a photo posted at the group’s Facebook account yesterday (Sep 2nd), showed the band members in the studio with guitars in hand, with a caption underneath reading, “Working on new material this week.”  Cornell told us last week Soundgarden is working on its new music at a “relaxed pace.” The band’s last effort, King Animal, came out in Nov 2012.  Cornell also has a solo tour in the works and told Rolling Stone he has “several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now.”  (Hmmmm, Audioslavereunion, perhaop?)He told us he thinks it’s good for the band members to spend time on their own projects: We all bring in our outside-the-band experiences back in, and that doesn’t seem to ever be anything but a good thing. It’s great to sort of go out into a different world and come back with new understandings of how to write songs and how to record albums, and also just that sort of palate-clearing of doing something different.”

Higher Truth, Cornell’s fourth solo studio album, arrives on Sep 18th and features the single, “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart.”  Cornell will begin a solo acoustic tour in support of Higher Truth on Sep 18th in San Diego, winding down on Nov 4th in Phoenix.

 Blabbermouth posted an interview with new Evanescence guitarist Jen Majura that was conducted recently in Germany with EMP Rock Invasion.   Watch it here.  She talked about how she got the gig with the band, saying, “All of a sudden, there was this e-mail popping up: ‘Are you interested in joining…?’ And I was, like, ‘What the f**k?’ . . . Three days later, I found myself suddenly on an airplane, flying over to New York to meet Amy Lee. And we had some very, very cool talks. She’s an awesome person. She’s a very, very great musician. And so I found myself suddenly inside of this empire called Evanescence.”   Congrats, Jen! Looking forward to the new music!

Been listening to the new Five Finger Death Punch album. I think my favorite tune is “My Nemesis.”  We’ll be pulling the contest winner for our flyaway to Vegas soon!  Last chance to enter this weekend!    Get in on it now!  Tour kicks off tomorrow in Lexington, KY!

Whoa!  So what do you really think, Keith?   Blabbermouth posted an item from the NY Daily News.  The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has slammed the current rock scene, telling the New York Daily News that “it sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”  Richards was equally critical of heavy metal, telling the Daily News. “Millions are in love with METALLICA and BLACK SABBATH. I just thought they were great jokes.”   The guitarist’s new solo album, titled Crosseyed Heart, will be released on Sep 18.  It is his first solo work in 23 years.

Have a killer Labor Day!   Back on Tuesday unless there is breaking news to share!    Happy Birthday tomorrow (Sep 4)  to our most awesome partner in crime, Paulie Walnuts!    


Wednesday, Sep 02

THE STRUTS ARE COMING!  Yes!  Today, England’s newest export, The Struts, will be in the hardDriveRadio Studios here in NYC.  Got questions? Get in touch!

Was just perusing Lou Brutus‘ Facebook.   He’s shot many photos while on the road with Slipknot.  There’s a book in there somewhere, I am sure!

So, speaking of…..Slipknot is bringing its “Scream Park” attraction to the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival‘s Pre-Party on Friday, Oct 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at Gibson Ranch in Sacramento, CA. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan have partnered with Sacramento-based Scream Park California to produce an event that will feature three haunted houses and live horror entertainment. Scream Park will also have an on-site presence at the festival itself on Oct 24th and 25th.

A limited number of guests can gain admission to the Monster Energy Aftershock Pre-Party by showing proof of purchase of an Aftershockticket.  This will allow free access to the Aftershock Pre-Party, which will include live music and food trucks, and a discounted price of $15 go through the Scream Park haunted houses.   This year’s Aftershock festival will feature Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones,  ShinedownJane’s AddictionMarilyn MansonStone Temple PilotsBreaking BenjaminSeetherBring Me The Horizon and many more across four stages.  God Bless Danny Wimmer Presents!

The Pulse Of Radio reports another annual edition of the MTV Video Music Awards has come and gone, and once again the alleged awards ceremony is being criticized for a distinct lack of rock acts in the lineup alongside the usual pop freakshow. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took to Twitter to berate the network over this, writing, “Just watched VMAs. seriously @MTV not a single young rock n roll band?”  Armstrong added in a second tweet, “there r great up and coming rock bands headlining festivals AND on social media. what thee hell?”   The only representation for rock at the show was Fall Out Boy winning the Best Rock Video award for “Uma Thurman and Twenty One Pilots – a Modern Rock act with heavy pop elements — performing live.  Ratings for last Sunday’s (Aug 30th) event were down by half a million viewers, continuing a slide that started in 2015 and has led to rumors that the 2015 show could be the last.  Meanwhile, Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year and is reportedly at work on its first new studio album since 2012.  Did you know?  In the 1990s, bands like NirvanaFaith No More and Pearl Jam regularly delivered electrifying performances at the VMAs, but those days are long gone.

Five Finger Death Punch spoke with a German media outlet, EMP Rock Invasion.  Check out Ivan Moody and Zoltan Bathory here.   Thanks Blabbermouth.

Here is the link for the acoustic performance video we shot with Ghost back on Aug 24th.  I think it came out pretty freakin’ awesome, don’t you?   Also thanks to Blabbermouth for posting.  Much appreciated!

Stole this off the website:

Can I have your full attention please – yes, YOU – checking to see if this is new album news? It’s not, but I am certainly excited to announce that MORE TOOL MULTI-PURPOSE BLANKETS have been produced – 3 DIFFERENT ONES in fact – all in VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES!SPECS: Blanket made from recycled Tool shirts. Hand-sewn to soft, comfortable fleece. Comfortable enough for home use, durable enough for festivals.
Very limited quantity and availability.

- Individually cut-n-sewn in the USA
- Dimensions 75″ X 75″
- Topside 100% cotton shirts and contrast fabric
- Bottomside Fleece
- Polyester thread & polynylon corner folds
- Reinforced double stitching





Remember, if you want one, don’t procrastinate! Don’t go to the nearest courtesy phone, or wait for a healing thighbone… Don’t look for unreal blue butterfly eyes on a lark, or attempt to grasp the physics of an anti-quark. Don’t go out to get a Thai noodle salad massage, or look for a doghouse with a two-car garage… TIME IS A WASTING… Why are you still reading this? I’m willing to bet you an undertaker’s wart that these new TOOL collectible blankets… go fast!

I love Lzzy Hale like a sister!  She is the MOST amazing person you will ever meet!   And like me, she and fellow Halestormer Joe Hottinger LOVE cover songs!  When they are back in Nashville, they get together with other musician friends to jam at some clubs down there.  Here she and with a group of friends doing a cover of Jefferson Starship‘s “Jane” &  AC/DC’s “Shoot To Thrill”.  I guess there is NO rest for the wicked when they are off the road!  Halestorm heads back out on tour on the 11th.  (Thanks Blabbermouth!)

Oh and Lou Brutus mentioned he saw Lemmy from Motorhead at Ironworks BBQ in Austin, TX yesterday. (It IS the best BBQ in Austin in my mind anyhow.)  Sadly, Lemmy, who suffers from a blood disease, haematoma, had to pull out of his gig last night  at Emo’s after only three songs.  The band has been forced to cancel many gigs the past year or so.  Lemmy’s a hard-living dude.  He needs to chill, me thinks!

That’s all the Dirt that’s fit to print this morning! See ya tomorrow!


Tuesday, Sep 01

We’re so happy for Disturbed!  Not only did they score the Number One album on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, they scored their 5th CONSECUTIVE Number One debut, a feat achieved only previously by Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band! I had to get guitarist Dan Donegan on the phone to get a comment:  I’m still overwhelmed and shocked. I mean, to not only reach that milestone one time in your career, to do it five in a row and to be on the shortlist of Metallica and Dave Matthews and to be included in that category, it just blows my mind. You know, it’s just reassuring to see that the Disturbed fans stayed loyal and stayed with us even during this break. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Disturbed singer David Draiman said in a statement, “With your help, in the face of staggering odds, and mighty competition, we have once again made history . . . This is your victory! Your triumph! Together, we have once again shown the world that rock music is alive and well, and will never die! Let this moment be celebrated not only by us, but by every rock music fan on the face of this planet!”

Bring Me The Horizon is coming to NYC to do press for their new album That’s The Spirt on two weeks!   Looking forward to seeing Oli Sykes and the mates!  Meanwhile, the album doesn’t drop til Sep 11th, but here’s the link for it on Spotify.   You’re welcome!

Epic Records had some sort of Epic Fest last week in LA on the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Hollywood.  Several of the labels groups performed including a short set from Ozzy Osbourne.   Epic president Sylvia Rhone (she once ran Elektra and Motown) told Billboard Ozzy was planning his next solo album, which would be something he’s always wanted to do.  Hmmm.  Well, he’s done covers so I guess the only thing left would be an acoustic album.  (I think country or R&B are out of the question, don’t you?)

Ozzy and his solo band played at Saturday’s event, with his set featuring “Suicide Solution,” “I Don’t Know,” “Bark At The Moon” and Black Sabbath classics “War Pigs,” “Fairies Wear Boots” and “Paranoid.” (Watch here.)   Ozzy has not released an all-new solo album since 2010′s Scream, having spent the last few years touring with Black Sabbath and recording that band’s 13 album.  Scream was mostly recorded in a studio at Ozzy’s home, with little band input, and the singer told us at the time he’d like to get back to a traditional format for his next solo outing: “At the end of the day, the end result was pretty cool, but I don’t know whether I want to continue to do it that way. I like to — like the earlier albums, I’d go rehearse and jam out with the band, get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing, next album.”

Buckcherry’s Josh Todd and Keith Nelson visited yesterday.  We chatted for a while and filmed a video segment with Josh on his tattoos.  Did you know Josh and Keith met at a tattoo parlor in LA?  Look for the video soon on the hardDriveRadio YouTube channel.  We will also be posting a killer video Shane and Danica did for Ghost acoustically performing “If You Have Ghosts” in the hardDrive studios.  It’s genius!

Tomorrow, The Struts are coming in!  We will be doing a LiveStream with them in the afternoon from around 2-3 PM.  If you have questions you would like to ask, please send them to me now!   Via the email link on the home page or the hardDriveRadio APP Interact Live section.    Do it!  :)

weekEnd Aug 29-30, 2015


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  GODSMACK
“What’s Next?” & “1000hp”
Plugged In: ISLANDER “Cold Speak”
RED SUN RISING “The Otherside”
SLIPKNOT “Killpop”
Guest: POP EVIL “Footsteps”
DISTURBED “The Vengeful One”
TREMONTI “Another Heart”

Hour 2

PAPA ROACH “Gravity”
Guest:  BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall”
THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me”
Guest: SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  AUDIOTOPSY “The Calling”

Week of Aug 31-Sep 04, 2015

DISTURBED “The Vengeful One”
PAPA ROACH “Gravity”
POP EVIL “Footsteps”
SAINT ASONIA “Better Place”


ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me”
I PREVAIL “Blank Space”
RED SUN RISING “The Otherside”
SLIPKNOT  “Killpop”

BEARTOOTH “In Between”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “You Want A Battle (Here’s A War)”
CROBOT  “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer”
GHOST “Cirice”
LAMB OF GOD “Overlord”
OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up”
P.O.D.  “This Goes Out To You”
THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me”
TREMONTI “Radical Change”
WE CAME AS ROMANS “The World We Used To Know”

Monday, Aug 31

Argh!   September 1st is tomorrow!  NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Happy to congratulate my friends in Disturbed!  Their new Immortalized cd debuted at Numbero Uno on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart!    129,000 total copies!  So stoked for them!  I am seeing their Facebook posts and they are just over the moon!    And Ghost debuts on the chart at Number 8 with  Meliora!   They just performed the past week in Paris, Reading and Leeds.    Well, I guess we can close the book on that   “Rock Is Dead” BS!

Well, this will be the next Number One debut, you can be sure of it!  The Pulse of Radio reports Five Finger Death Punch (this week’s hardDrive XL Featured Artist!) is streaming its new album, Got Your Six, in its entirety at The disc is streaming from now until Thursday (Sep 3rd) at 7:00 p.m. ET. The album arrives on Friday (Sep 4th) and follows up the 2013 double disc release The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell.

Even after making a double album and touring for a year, Five Finger Death Punch has come back relatively quickly with Got Your Six. Guitarist Jason Hook told us he’s always ready to start making new music: ”I have a whole studio here at my house. I’m always writing and recording music anyway, so at any given time, I’m kind of ready to go. You can never have enough soon enough, and so I just learned early on, always be preparing. So when it comes time to pull the trigger, I mean, we could go in and track eight songs pretty much right out of the gate. And then, you know, start writing a few more and boom, record’s being finished.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory said about the partnership with Pandora, “I’m an avid Pandora user, so I was very exciting when Pandora approached us and we learned that five million fans to date have created Five Finger Death Punch stations on their platform — so working with them on debuting Got Your Six seemed like a natural fit.

Got Your Six is available at the band’s website for pre-order in standard and deluxe versions, including several different merchandise packages.  Five Finger Death Punch begins a fall co-headlining tour with Papa Roach on Sep 4th in Lexington, KY, winding down on Oct 09 in Glens Falls, NY. Also on the trek will be In This Moment and From Ashes To New.

And your daily Foo Fighters item.   Frontman Dave Grohl is featured in a long-in-the-works documentary called All Things Must Pass, which chronicles the history of the legendary music store chain Tower Records. The film is finally getting released on October 15th after being screened earlier this year at the South By Southwest  Festival and a trailer is now online. The movie has been directed by Colin Hanks, son of actor Tom Hanks.

Grohl himself told me in my first interview with him in 1999  he once worked at a legendary and now-defunct record store: I worked at Tower Records when I was 18, 19, something like that, in Washington D.C. It was pretty fun. I always looked at Tower as the place you could get a job if you had a really funky haircut. Maybe you could get a job at the construction warehouse, but you’d kind of rather be surrounded by music.”

Hanks began working on the film in 2008, but struggled to find money for it until a 2011 Kickstarter campaign raised $98,000.  The film focuses on Tower founder Russ Solomon, who launched the first Tower store in Sacramento, California in 1960. The outlet later expanded to San Francisco, Los Angeles and locations all over the world, before eventually going bankrupt in 2006.  Others featured in the documentary include Bruce SpringsteenElton John and record industry executives David Geffen and Jim Urie, as well as Solomon and members of the Tower staff.

And here is the Chicago Tribune’s review of Foos’ show on Saturday night in Chicago at Wrigley Field.  Dave got a little choked up!   Awwwww!!!!  And here’s the band jamming with John Popper of Blues Traveler during their show in Indy on Thursday night!

We knew this news a while back, but it is official.  Of Mice And Men has canceled its upcoming performance at the Louder Than Life Festival on Oct 3rd in Louisville, KY due to frontman Austin Carlile‘s ongoing recovery from recent surgery. Previously postponed gigs in Mexico City and San Diego are now permanently canceled as well. The band said in a statement, “It is important that we allow (Carlile) time to recover so that we may come back in 2016 stronger than ever. Refunds for the Mexico City and San Diego shows can be sought at their point of purchase.”

Of Mice And Men’s next scheduled concert is not until Nov 21st at Ozzfest Japan. Carlile went under the knife in June after canceling several shows to correct problems he was experiencing as a result of having Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue in the body and can lead to defects in the heart and even death if not properly managed. Austin has been in recovery and physical therapy throughout the summer, tweeting in mid-July that he was going to therapy three times a week.  He was hospitalized abruptly on June 6th, forcing the band to cancel several shows.  Of Mice And Men’s current single, “Never Giving Up,” is Number 21 on the rock radio airplay chart this week.   I’ve noticed on his Twitter he has been out and about on his skateboard.  We hope his recovery goes smoothly.

This week in the hardDriveRadio studios here in steamy midtown Manhattan, today:  Buckcherry’s Keith Nelson and Josh Todd.    Wednesday, The Struts.    Stay tuned for more INTERACTIVE news, too!

Has this thing Jumped The Shark????  AMC has ordered a new 30-minute Walking Dead special showing the zombie outbreak on an airplane. The events will be documented online in chapters and air during The Walking Dead at a later date. The survivor of the special will also join the cast of the second season of Fear the Walking Dead which was recently renewed for an additional 15 episodes.

Finally sad news:  horror film pioneer Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street)  has passed away at age 76.  He had brain cancer.


Friday, Aug 28

Oh man, it’s almost September!   Summer, where did you go???

Well, the hardDrive Live Fallout tour was announced with All That Remains teaming up with We Came As Romans to co-headline.  The tour begins Oct 14th in Grand Rapids, MI and runs through Nov 07th when it ends in Worcester, MA.

All That Remains frontman Phil LaBonte told us what it takes for all the bands on a tour to become friends: To be flat-out honest with you, it depends on how long the drives are. Because the longer the drives, the earlier you have to leave to get to the next show. If you’ve got short drives, you don’t have to leave very early, so there’s way more opportunity to hang out and meet people and party and stuff like that.”     

Emmure will be direct support for the entire tour, with Red Sun Rising opening from Oct 14th – 28th and  Failure Anthem  from Nov 02 -07 and on Oct 17, Failure Anthem also replaces Red Sun Rising in Nashville.  Check them out:

Tickets and VIP packages are available this morning (Aug 28th) at 10:00 a.m. local time at  Phil Labonte said about the trek, “All That Remains is excited to announce we’ll hitting the road with We Came As Romans and working with hardDrive again this fall.”   We will rock you with this one!

On the hardDrive Live Tour  front, both Tremonti‘s  Mark Tremonti and  Trivium‘s Matt Heafy will do the hardDriveRadio APP  ”AMA” on Sunday, Sep 20th in Patchogue, NY.    Time is 6 PM.   So put it in your calendars and get ready!

The Pulse Of Radio reports Shinedown has released a brand new song called “State Of My Head” from the band’s upcoming album, Threat To Survival. The track follows the first single, “Cut The Cord,” and another new track called “Black Cadillac” as the third tune from the record to be previewed online. Threat To Survival is due out September 18th and is Shinedown’s first all-new studio set since 2012′s Amaryllis.

Drummer Barry Kerch told us the band had a great time for once recording the new CD: This was the most fun I’ve had — and I think I can speak for the rest of the guys — making a Shinedown record. Usually it’s a pressure cooker and the studio environment’s not a lot of fun with this band. This time we all kind of took a seat back and actually had a blast making this record, and it was done in little spurts so it was a lot of fun.”  Shinedown will kick off a major U.S. tour beginning with ‘CPR‘s show on Oct 02nd in Mobile, AL. They’ll be joined by Breaking Benjamin  as of Oct 16 and Sevendust joins both bands from Nov 02-24.  (More on them later in the blog!)

 Foo Fighters play Wrigley Field tomorrow in Chicago.  Oh man! Line up:  Foos, Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun, Urge Overkill.   That is AWESOME!  Hit the Foos merch site to pay them!  They’re  so AWESOME!

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio also says two well-established Guns N’ Roses fan news sites have cautioned the recent news about singer Axl Rose and former guitarist Slashreconciling after 19 years doesn’t necessarily mean the classic lineup of the band will reunite. But one of the sites also added the band is “mulling its options,” although who is doing the actual mulling remains unclear.

Guns N’ Roses News wrote, “Only GNR can speak for GNR, but all that’s happened here is that Axl and Slash are on better personal terms. So far there has been no indication of an immediate plan to do business together. Why would GNR make an official announcement about Axl and Slash communicating if a business model involving the two is yet to be agreed? It doesn’t make any sense. GNR is mulling its options. There’s no need to fan the flames of any particular possibility at this point.”  Current Guns guitarist Richard Fortus told a St. Louis radio station last week — possibly before Slash revealed his news — “there’s a lot going on” with the band at the moment, adding, “Next year is going to be the big year for Guns N’ Roses.” Hmmmmm. Guess we’ll have to  wait n’ see…..

Sevendust has posted a new song via a lyric video for “Not Today” from their forthcoming album, Kill The Flaw, out Oct 02.  Love this band so much!  They’re like brothers to our show.  Catch them starting next month with Godsmack.  Looking forward to seeing them at the Food Truck & Rock Carnival in Clark, NJ Sep 19-20.  According to a post on Blabbermouth,  frontman Lajon Witherspoon said ”We took some time off from the heavy side of  Sevendust, and when it came time to record some new music, ClintJohnVinnieMorgan and I put everything we had in to what became Kill The Flaw.  We love this new music and we can’t wait to share it with our amazing  SEVENDUST family!”

And finally today, our friends in Like A Storm have posted a lyric video for “Become The Enemy.”  Watch it here.

Have a killer weekend!   See ya Monday!

Thursday, Aug 27

Up at 5:16.   Yawn.   Big day. Yep.

First, I am proud to announce All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Emmure, Red Sun Rising and Failure Anthem will be heading out on the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour!   It kicks off on Oct 14th in Grand Rapids, MI, wraps up on Nov 07th in Worcester, MA (my old stomping grounds back in the 80′s.)  So damned psyched and we’re tying in with local stations along the way to invite listeners to win cool VIP experiences.  At noon, you can head over to for all the info.  Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10 AM local time.

Meanwhile, THIS happened in Burbank, CA yesterday.  Disturbed‘s album artwork plastered to a giant Warner Bros building.   Nice!  I was on the phone yesterday briefly with David Draiman.  He and his family are on a nice vacation right now.  He told me what it was like returning to the stage on Friday night at the House of Blues in the band’s original hometown of Chicago. Ah, the show was amazing. It was great to be back in front of the disturbed ones, and playing for two hours was just bliss (laughs). Everybody was firing on all cylinders. It was magic that night. That was a beautiful, beautiful moment.”   Meanwhile, Disturbed is on course to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart tomorrow.   Mazel Tov!

The Pulse Of Radio reporting today Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows are among the celebrities who are seen ‘auditioning’ in a new promotional clip to play zombies in the upcoming video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3. The clip is part of a contest for players and fans to win a chance to become a zombie in the game, which will be released on Nov 06th. (Watch the audition here.)

The contest also has a charitable component, with proceeds helping veterans find work.  Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold are no strangers to showing up in video games and Shadows told us a while back about the experience of being digitally captured for an appearance in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2:   We had two full days of motion capture, so the band went in there, put on silly outfits and we danced around and pretended like we were playing in front of an audience. Hopefully none of those pictures will leak. But we did that, and then we went in there and for vocals I had to sit there and put my head in this vise, and they did motion capture of me singing the words a bunch of times. Between acting and pretending that you’re playing onstage when there’s nobody there, it was a pretty fun experience.”

We heard from Lemmy about his participation in this film, now comes this news.  The members of Volbeat are the latest musicians to join the cast of Gutterdammerung, the self-proclaimed “loudest silent movie on Earth.” According to Loudwire, the silent film also boasts appearances from Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, ex-Queens Of The Stone Age singer Mark LaneganHenry RollinsSlayer‘s Tom ArayaIggy Pop, Grace Jones among others.  (Trailer here)

The film, created by Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose, is set in a world where God has abolished sin by taking from mankind the Devil’s “Grail of Sin”– the Evil Guitar. Earth has now turned into a puritan world where there is no room for sex, drugs or rock ‘n’ roll. But a “punk-angel” named Vicious, played by Iggy Pop, secretly sends the Evil Guitar back to Earth and unleashes sin again in all its forms.  The rest of the film follows a naive young girl who is manipulated by an evil priest played by Rollins to obtain and destroy the guitar, while a “rock chick” aims to stop her from her quest. An apocalyptic battle follows.  The film is almost completely silent, but a score will be provided by a live rock band that will tour with the movie. The tour, which will also feature a narrator, will commence in early 2016.  Volbeat is currently writing the music for its sixth album, with plans to enter the studio in Nov.

I love this! With bruising songs like “Whore” and “Sex Metal Barbie,” plus singer Maria Brink‘s image as a rock sex goddess, you might think that turning the music of In This Moment into lullabies might be a challenge. But that hasn’t stopped the makers of the Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star series, whose new album, titled Lullaby Versions Of In This Moment, features gentle instrumental versions of tunes like “Beautiful Tragedy,” “Blood,” “Big Bad Wolf” and “Sick Like Me.”    Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has released more than 200 lullaby albums from many different genres. Some of the rock and metal artist albums include Avenged SevenfoldDisturbedFive Finger Death PunchJudas PriestMetallicaMotorheadPantera and Slipknot.  In This Moment will hit the road early next month as special guests of Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach, with the trek kicking off on Sep 4th in Lexington, KY.

And now your daily Dave Grohl item: It wouldn’t be a Foo Fighters show without something unexpected happening, so on Monday night (Aug 24th) at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, MI, frontman Dave Grohl invited a fan named Griffin onstage after he saw Griffin holding up a sign that said, “It’s My 50th Let’s Have A Beer.” Grohl said, “I know it’s your 50th birthday. We’ve got a lot of songs we’ve got to play tonight. I’m going to share this beer with you, and then I’ve got to do my job.” Grohl then told Griffin, “Come on Griffin let’s do this. We got to do this fast!” before the two of them chugged their brews. (Alternative Nation)

OK Marvel comics geeks!  Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman is now apparently a pop culture commentator as well. Taylor is a huge comic book fan and sat down to deliver his thoughts on the upcoming movie version of the Marvel Comics book Deadpool, which comes out in early 2016 and starts Ryan Reynolds as a raunchy superhero. (Brave Words)

And lastly, Ex-White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult is presenting her first solo art and photography exhibition in New York City. The show, called “Retrospective,” is described as a “love letter” to New Orleans and features work from 2004, 2012, 2013 and the present. Yseult, who co-founded White Zombie while living in New York from 1982 to 1991, moved to New Orleans in 1996. (Blabbermouth)

Gotta dash!  Hit the hardDrive Live Fallout  tour site at Noon ET.  Set your clocks!

Wednesday, Aug 26

Well, tomorrow a BIG announcement coming right here.  So do NOT miss it!

Today, Lou Brutus is on the hotLine with Greg Tribbett of Audiotopsy. They have a new album, Natural Causes, set for Oct 02,  and a new track, “The Calling,” out.  Sounds completely different from what you’d expect.  Looking forward to hearing lots from Mr Tribbett on this new effort with Mudvayne drummer Matt McDonough,  frontman Billy Keeton, formerly of Florida-based Skrape and bassist Perry Stern.

Speaking of Lou Brutus, his latest video interview with Corey Taylor is now posted on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.   A must watch here!

The Pulse Of Radio brings us this new Foo Fighters item.  And you know I have to share with it comes to this band, right?   Frontman Dave Grohl has been making a little news at each stop on the band’s current North American tour, and today’s item comes from the band’s recent show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This time, Grohl called out bands who play two hours or less onstage, telling the audience, “You don’t want one of those little hour and a half long shows do you? You don’t want that s**t. All of those new bands that play those little two-hour concerts, you don’t want that s**t. Two hours and 15, I don’t think is enough. Two and a half hours, does that sound okay? That’s not enough is it?

Grohl added, “Here’s our f**king problem. We’ve been a band for 20 f**king years, we have a lot of f**king songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we’re going to be here all night.”    Foo Fighters are known for regularly playing three-hour concerts, but drummer Taylor Hawkins admitted a while back they can be a challenge:  It’s a lot. I don’t know how long we can keep that up. We’ll see. I don’t know how long Dave’s gonna be able to sing for three hours every night when we get onstage. It’s awesome and it’s fun and it’s the macho trip a little bit, and people get their money’s worth, that’s for damn sure.

Grohl is currently playing shows on his massive light-up throne while his broken leg heals, but recently told Billboard he’s reluctant to give up the throne once he’s fully recovered.  He explained, “It’s become the star of the show. Do I stop using it when I can just stand there? Or do I stop using it when I can jump and run around like I used to or do I keep it for f**king ever? It has a drink holder.”     The throne and supporting act Foo Fighters next play in Noblesville, IN tomorrow night (Aug 27th).

OK, summer is nearly over, but there is still time for another good book.  How about this one?  A new book on the making of Metallica‘s 1991 self-titled fifth album, also known as “the Black Album,” will be published by Bloomsbury Publishers on Sep 24th as part of its much-celebrated and acclaimed 33 1/3 series. Author David Masciotra said, ”The book is a must-read for Metallica, metal, and hard rock fans, as I will give up close and personal details, received personally from the band, into the making of ‘the Black Album,’ and I will examine the importance of Metallica’s music, along with the philosophical depth it possesses.”  Masciotra added that he has “already interviewed the principal players in the making of the album, including current members of Metallica –James HetfieldLars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, former bassist Jason Newsted, and Metallica’s former producer, Bob Rock.”  An excerpt from the book can be found at

OK, so this is why NEVER SAY NEVER!  Pulse commented today since Slash has revealed he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose are friends again after nearly 20 years of estrangement, you can expect a steady stream of rumors about where and when the seemingly inevitable Guns N’ Roses reunion tour will take place. The first has now popped up via Alternative Nation, which reports that a club owner in Australia has received some intel.   The owner, James Young, told Triple M Radio, “I heard the most amazing rumor this week, from a very well informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry, giving me the name of the headline act for Soundwave  (festival) next year . . . So what mega band could it be? Well I have heard ‘fantasized’ on Wednesday night that it will be: Steven AdlerIzzy StradlinDuff McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose, the reformation of the original 1987 “Appetite For Destruction” Guns N’ Roses lineup.”    O M G!!!!!    Well, if THAT happens, I may have to cash in my frequent flyer miles and get my butt there!  Soundwave is an annual touring rock and pop festival that travels around Australia and New Zealand during those countries’ summer months in January and February.

Slash confirmed last Friday (Aug 21st) in a Swedish TV interview that he and Axl were on friendly terms again, saying, “It was probably way overdue, you know. But it’s . . . you know, it’s very cool at this point . . . some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”  Asked if the thawing of his friendship with Axl could lead to a reunion of the band’s classic lineup, Slash said: “Oh, I couldn’t answer that one,” before quickly changing the subject.  I mean, this would be so contrary to everything he has done to establish himself as his own recording artist, and he’s done an excellent job of it.  The past few Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators albums have been stellar efforts and created a huge fan base around the world. Yet Slash told us a while back why he would be open to a reunion when the whole Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame brewhaha came about: “It would be worth doing for the fans. The fans would be the greatest thing about it because I think they really deserve it — I think they got the short end of the stick on the whole thing. But the hurdles that one would have to jump in order to make that happen are insurmountable, as far as I can say right at this moment. But I can’t speak, you know, for the future to the point of going, ‘It’ll never happen,’ ’cause I think I would sound sort of ignorant.”  Three original members of the band, including Slash, McKagan and Adler, showed up, but Axl and guitarist Izzy Stradlin were no-shows.  At the time Slash said in several interviews that the Hall of Fame ceremony gave him a sense of “closure.”  Guns N’ Roses recently parted ways with guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.   Hmmmm.  Would they do it for the fans?  I wonder.  I’m pretty sure I know the answer.

 Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer, Chris Kael and Jason Hook did a little  preview of Got Your Six.   Check it out here.  (Thanks Louder Noise)

 And finally today, here’s a post from Blabbermouth:   “True friends stab you in the front,” proclaims Bring Me The Horizon’Oli Sykes on the band’s just-released new track, ”True Friends”. Featured on the band’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, That’s The Spirit, ”True Friends” is available everywhere, including iTunes. Watch the track’s lyric video below. That’s The Spirit, the band’s  5th studio album and Columbia Records debut, will be released Friday, Sep 11.

That’s The Spirit is an 11-track, exhilarating ride bursting with huge riffs, soaring vocals and stadium filling monster tracks. The album, which lead singer Oli Sykes recently told NME is “a celebration of depression,” was recorded this spring in Santorini, Greece at Black Rock Studios, which the band discovered by Googling “world’s most amazing studios.” That’s The Spirit  was mixed in London, mastered in New York and produced by Sykes and the band’s Jordan Fish.

 This coming weekend, BMTH hits both Reading and Leeds festivals in the England, playing the Main Stage as direct support for headliner Metallica The band returns to North America in October for their headline fall tour, which includes festival stops at Louder Than LifeRock AllegianceAftershock and Knotfest. Joining them on the road will be American metalcore band Issues.    BMTH  is Oli Sykes (vocals), Matthew Nicholls (drums), Matt Kean (bass), Lee Malia (guitars), Jordan Fish (programming and keys).

BTW:  hardDriveRadio Radical members!  Get ready to be DELUGED!  We’ve got so many AWESOME contests, not only right now with your chance to win a trip for two to see Five Finger Death Punch in Las Vegas, but another Disturbed contest coming on Monday and muchos mas!   So GET READY!


Tuesday, Aug 25

Had a great day yesterday with Ghost.  Papa Emeritis III and two Nameless Ghouls were in the studio for a killer two song acoustic set, “If You Have Ghost” and “Jigolo Har Megiddo.”  I interviewed the two Nameless Ghouls, as you all know, Papa does NOT do interviews.   But we did find out the Roky Erickson song “If You Have Ghost”  (produced back in 2013 by Dave Grohl) was a song the Nameless Ghouls did in their sets before they became Ghost, so there’s some back story.  We are thinking of making the interview into a podcast, so stay tuned.   And be looking for the beautifully filmed performance in the hardDriveRadio studios by the end of the week on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  (and of course in the WATCH section of the new hardDriveRadio APP!!)

Got crazy news of a new fall tour!  As you may have seen me post previously, it will be called the hardDrive Live FALLOUT.  And we are so excited to announce it on Thursday.  Tickets will go on sale Friday.  WATCH THIS SPACE!

The Pulse Of Radio is commenting further on the Foo Fighters’ rally against the Westboro Baptist Church weirdos. (Where does all that hate come from, I ask you?)   As you may have heard, those weirdos were hanging out in front of the venue where the band was playing in KC on Friday night.  During  the band’s show, frontman Dave Grohl told to the audience why the band “rickrolled” members of the hate-themed Westboro Baptist Church who were protesting the band’s concert earlier in the day. The Foos rolled up outside the venue on the back of a truck blasting Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” with drummer Taylor Hawkins sporting a sign saying, “You Got Rick Roll’d, Again.”

Before playing “My Hero,” Grohl told the audience, “You can’t just sit there and do nothing, you got to go out there, and say what you wanna say, so we did . . . we figured, you know what, why don’t we just f**king RickRoll their ass? Cause nothing says love like a little Rick Astley in your life, you know what I’m saying?”  Grohl added, “So I’m going to dedicate this song to all the people who go out and speak their mind, to stand up for what they think is right, because every time we got to stand up in this city in front of them, we do it because we feel like we’re standing up for what we think is right.

This is the second time that the Foos have thrown a protest back in the Westboro group’s faces. In 2011, they pulled up to the protesters on the back of a flatbed truck, wearing trucker outfits and wigs identical to those they donned in their homoerotic “Hot Buns” video. The band played the country parody song from the video, called “Keep It Clean.”  Foo Fighters next play in Burgettstown, PA tonight (Aug 25th).

Pulse also reports this morning: Although he has a new solo album called Higher Truth coming out, Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone plans are in motion for the Seattle band’s seventh full-length studio effort. He explained, “We’re already working on new material for an album. And then I’ve got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now. There’s a lot of things coming in addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album.”

Cornell told us he and the rest of Soundgarden are working on new music at a leisurely pace: “I started working on a couple of songs already and we’re working on new material. We don’t put a clock on anything, ever, because I feel like, you know, that was one of the major things that kind of contributed to us splitting up. We never did well with that, so we don’t do that now. Now we have no clock and everything seems to feel really relaxed and good all the time.”

It’s spreading!   Pulse also reporting Slipknot‘s Knotfest music festival is going on the road for the second time since its inception three years ago. The band is taking the event to the Foro Pegaso in Toluca, Mexico on Dec 5th (my birthday!) The headliners will be joined by Lamb Of GodHIMA Day To RememberAsking AlexandriaTriviumAtreyu and others. Knotfest was last staged outside of North America in November 2014, when Slipknot was joined by KornPapa Roach and other acts for a Japanese edition of the show.

Taylor recently spoke with Musik Universe about the possibility of Knotfest becoming a full-fledged traveling festival, saying, “There’s been talk about it. My problem is that it’s a little more than I wanna grow Knotfest right now. I wanted it to kind of grow in increments and slowly expand. I think if we turned Knotfest into a big tour, then we would lose a lot of the elements that make it so cool.”  Taylor added that instead of a full tour, he would prefer to do “maybe ten weekends in different places — maybe five in the U.S., a couple up in Canada, and maybe one down in Mexico City. Just try to expand it like that, so people get the actual experience of it, and you’re not running yourself into the ground trying to chase something that it isn’t.”  The next U.S. edition of Knotfest takes place on Oct 23rd, 24th and 25th in San Bernardino, CA.

 Diffuser reports Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor has been heavily involved in the design and curation of the Apple Music streaming service, and now he’s acting as a spokesperson for it well, narrating a new commercial for the service. In the black and white clip, Reznor sells Apple Music as a meeting place for artists and fans, saying, “To have access to nearly all the music in the world at our fingertips is remarkable. And yet, there needs to be a place where artists and fans can discover one another.”

Bring Me The Horizon posted a gift for fans on Twitter and other social media sites of a new tune from their forthcoming That’s The Spirit album (due Sep 11th)  called “True Friends.”  Check it out here.   Can’t wait to see them when they hit the states again in Oct!

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare–the ultimate Halloween horror event–at Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL has announced Detroit-based horrorcore/hip hop band Insane Clown Posse,  San Diego’s P.O.D., along with artists Stitches, Young Wicked, and Dope D.O.D., will perform on Saturday, Oct 3.   Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates:   Sep: 25, 26; Oct: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and Nov: 1

Tickets for the Oct 3 show at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare go on sale Friday, Aug 28 at 10:00 AM CT and start at only $35. Tickets include the concert and haunted attractions. Tickets purchased at the door (if available) will start at $45. On Oct 3, doors open at 5:00 PM and the concert starts at 7:00 PM.  A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase at All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission.

As previously announced, October 2 & 4 at Great American Nightmare will also feature two special concerts with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare 2015 will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D, The Devil’s Rejects, and 31. Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D and The Devil’s Rejects debuted at Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona last year. 31 is a brand new, never-before-seen haunt based on Rob’s forthcoming film of the same name.

The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include the ALL NEW Bloody Boulevard with major carnival rides, freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. Note: Carnival rides will not be open on concert nights.

OK, Tom, I know you must be getting bored, but come on!  You had to go and do THIS! LOL!  Watch Tom Morello and Mark Hoppus (Blink 182)  on stage with Mumford & Sons at the Troubadour in LA.

And in birthdays today, Gene $immon$ of KISS is 66 today.  In honor of that, here he is back when I first saw them in 1974.  Enjoy!