08:  Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
09:  Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
10:  Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
12:  Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
13:  New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
15:  Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Music Hall
16:  Manchester, NH @ The Jewel
18:  Erie, PA @ Sherlock’s
19:  Youngstown, OH @ Rodeo Music Hall
20:  Joliet, IL @ The Tree
22:  Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

Tuesday, Dec 01

Got to talk to Mikey Carvajal from Islander yesterday as the band is getting ready to head out on their very first headlining run!  So happy for these guys from Greenville, SC.   Actually, Mikey and his wife now live in Indiana where his wife is a special ed teacher.  And while there, who does he run into, but Head from Korn who has family in the area.  So what did they do?  Went to see the movie “Creed“!!!  And he also told me Jonathan Davis of Korn cut some vocals with him for the Islander song, “Watch Me.” They are currently trying to figure out how and when they can release that.  Pretty cool

Islander met Korn on the Mayhem run in 2014 and became fast friends.  One of Islander’s members is guitarist JR Bareis, who is also a member of Head’s other band, Love & Death.   Anyhow, Mikey told me about their new band members, Ezekiel Vasquez on bass from ForeverAtLast and new temporary drummer, so far, Arin Ilejay, most recently from Avenged Sevendfold. They are currently writing new music and plan to record in February after they do Shiprocked.  Meanwhile, Mikey said the addition of Zeke and Arin has added a new energy in the band and I am looking forward to checking them out next week when they come to town. The tour kicks off Wednesday night in Atlanta.  See the Road Rage page for all the dates.

Well, the BIG NEWS yesterday is Rock On The Range!

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed and Rob Zombie will lead the lineup of the 2016 Rock On The Range festival, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 20th, 21st and 22nd. Other acts confirmed for the three-day rock spectacular include HellyeahShinedownFive Finger Death PunchBring Me The HorizonA Day To RememberAt The Drive-InLamb of GodPennywiseBullet For My Valentine,  Ghost,  Wolfmother,  SevendustPop EvilAsking AlexandriaP.O.D.Saint AsoniaSick Puppies, TurbowolfThe StrutsRed Sun Rising, Trivium  and many, many more.

Disturbed said in a statement, “We’ve waited long enough and so have you. Get ready, cause Disturbed is back and we can’t wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rock On The Range.”   Zombie added, “Rock On The Range is easily one of the best festivals I’ve ever played. Looking forward to doing it again.”  Hellyeah’s appearance will mark drummer Vinnie Paul‘s first performance in Columbus since the tragic 2004 killing of his brother Dimebag Darrell in the same city when both were members of Damageplan.  Paul said, “12 years after my last performance in Columbus, Ohio, I have decided it’s time to bring the music of Hellyeah to the great rock and roll fans and attend Rock On The Range!! We are looking forward to kickin’ your ass at this great event.”

In addition to three days of music on three stages, the event will include sets from rock’s favorite comedians in the Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, new art installations, and other unique activities.   Rock On The Range ticketing begins this Friday (Dec 4th)  at 10 AM ET at Ticketmaster and the MAPFRE box office and you can learn more about the full lineup, ticketing packages, camping packages and VIP opportunities by visiting the official festival webpage. Watch the trailer here!  I’ll also be posting in Road Rage.

Breaking Benjamin has announced that it will embark on a headlining North American tour in early 2016, beginning on Feb 18th in Atlanta and ending on Apr 21st in Richmond, VA. Starset will be the special guests on the trek. Tickets for most dates are expected to go on sale this Friday (Dec 4th). The band recently wrapped a fall tour with Shinedown and Sevendust, and frontman Ben Burnley told me on Friday night in Albany, NY at the Times Union Center he couldn’t be more pleased with the response: The fans have just been absolutely incredible, and the venues that we’ve been playing and all the cities that we’ve gone have just been absolutely warming and welcoming to us and we’re just nothing but grateful as usual, you know. We’re nothing without these amazing people we get to play for, so it’s just an honor to be in their cities and their beautiful states and play some music and have a great night.”  Ben also told me his people are working out plans for Breaking Benjamin’s first European tour. But the catch is Ben does not fly.  So they are looking into a ship to cross the Atlantic in.  This will be huge for the Breaking Benjamin fans to finally be able to see the band after all these years!   I am guessing it will be for the summer Euro festival season.  Stay tuned for updates.

The Pulse Of Radio says Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has revealed in a new interview a disagreement over the release of the single “Something Different” from the band’s 1000 Horsepower album may have damaged the act’s relationship with its record label, Universal Republic. While Godsmack wanted “Something Different” issued as the disc’s first single, the label convinced them to go with the title track instead.

Erna said on the Jasta Show podcast, “The label made some big promises to us, that (‘Something Different‘) was gonna be the big push, so we went with (the title track) first, to just kind of crack it open, and then they just kind of bailed on us . . . because of that, we don’t think we’re gonna be working with the label anymore. I mean, it was a big mistake on their behalf, we believe, and it’s a song that I still believe in and it reacts live, and you’ll see it every night.”  Erna added, “It was a big learning lesson for us . . . never again will I allow that to happen. From now on, we’re gonna launch (each album) with whatever we feel is the biggest song on the record.”

The singer insisted that “Something Different” should have been “the biggest hit on the record,” adding, “If that song would have hit like we hoped for it to, I really, really think it could have maybe put the band onto another level.”  As for the next Godsmack album, Erna said that the band intends to move away from the signature sound of past hits like “Whatever” and “Straight Out Of Line,” citing Foo Fighters as a “great example” of the kind of rock music he wants to make. He explained, “When they come out there, they’re great, they’re powerful, but there’s kind of like a more positive vibe to it and energy to it.

Erna also said that changes in his own life have affected the kind of music he wants to make, remarking, “I’m not the same young, angry kid I was when I first started writing Godsmack records, and I can’t continue to just pretend that I am. I’m in a better place in my life now.”  Although Godsmack plans to continue recording and touring for now, Erna also said he can see the band ending at some point. He admitted, “No way do I even want to (keep doing this in 30 years). I’m not interested in doing this when I’m 70 years old; I’m just not. I’m not saying I won’t be playing music in some capacity, but I think I’m kind of grooming myself to go more into the solo career thing eventually.”

The PRP reports four shows have been added to Tool‘s January U.S. tour with Primus and 3teeth, bringing the total number of dates to 12. Among the new additions are stops in Houston on Jan 14th, Kansas City on January 20th, St. Louis on the 22nd and New Orleans on the 31st. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (Dec 4th).

Team Rock reporting Bring Me The Horizon will play a charity show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall on Apr 22nd, 2016. They’ll perform at the iconic venue for Teenage Cancer Trust and they’ll be backed by a full orchestra. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity, which provides cancer services for young people across the U.K.

Celebrating life today:   Brad Delson of Linkin Park is 38!  Sarah Silverman is 45.  John Densmore of The Doors is 71 and Woody Allen is 80!




18:  Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
26:  Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee E Ctr
27:  Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
29:  Jonesboro, AR @ ASU Convocation Ctr
01:  Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
02:  Springfield MO @ Shrine Mosque
04:   Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
05:  Amarillo, TX @ Azteca Music Hall
07:  Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
08:  San Diego, CA @ HOB
09:  Anaheim, CA @ HOB
11:   Modesto, CA @ Modesto Center Plaza
12:  Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
13:   Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
15:  Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
17:  Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
18:  Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
19:  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
21:  Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
22:   Minot, ND @ City Auditorium
24:  Davenport, IA @ Adler Theatre
25:  Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
26:  Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Ctr
20:  Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
21:  Richmond, VA @ The National

weekEnd Nov 28-29, 2015

 COVER IT UP Special Edition!

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
 ”Bad Company” & “House of the Rising Sun”
Guest: I PREVAIL “Blank Space”
PEARL JAM “Love Reign O’er Me”
Guest:  WE CAME AS ROMANS “I Knew You Were Trouble”
ROB ZOMBIE “We’re An American Band”
DISTURBED “Land of Confusion”
Guest:  SOUNDGARDEN “Come Together”

Hour 2

KORN “Another Brick in the Wall”
Guest:  STONE SOUR “Gimme Shelter” w/ LZZY HALE
ART OF DYING “Sweet Emotion”
Guest: SEETHER “Seether”
Guest: DEVIL YOU KNOW “The Eye of the Tiger”
PANTERA “Cat Scratch Fever”
Guest:  FOO FIGHTERS “I Feel Free”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player? SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains”

Week of Nov 30-Dec 04, 2015

CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”
HALESTORM  “I Am The Fire”
SEETHER “Save Today”
THREE DAYS GRACE  “Fallen Angel”

GODSMACK “Inside Yourself”
LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy”
POP EVIL “Ways To Get High”
SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head”


ARANDA “We Are The Enemy”
ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are”
FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All”
ISLANDER  “Cold Speak”
NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache”
SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life”
TRIVIUM  “Until The World Goes Cold”
TURBOWOLF “Rabbit’s Foot”
WILSON “Right To Rise”

Monday, Nov 30

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed the annual Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive.  If you missed the cover song show, you can stream it on the hardDriveRadio APP. :)

Congrats to Bring Me The Horizon as their first single  ”Throne”  from  That’s The Spirit is currently the Number One most played rock track on the Mainstream and Active Rock singles charts.  Meanwhile,  Disturbed‘s “The Light” is waiting patiently in the wings to be dubbed Number One this week!

As we all got ready join with family and friends to give thanks for all of the things we are thankful for, Eddie Vedder paid tribute to the victims in Paris last Sunday night (Nov 22nd.) The Pearl Jam singer dedicated a cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” during a show in Rio de Janeiro to a fan named Pierre-Antoine Henry, who was tragically killed at the Eagles Of Death Metal show in Paris over two weeks ago by ISIS terrorists. Vedder also made a moving speech before the song.

(Piere-Antoine Henry in center with Matt Cameron and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.)

A friend of Henry reached out to Alternative Nation to get audio of the speech for Henry’s funeral, and the site in turn alerted the Pearl Jam camp — which pulled the professionally recorded audio of Vedder’s speech and had it sent in time for Henry’s funeral.  Vedder said in his tribute, “Playing these shows it feels like family. A really, really big family. And of course we are always concerned about safety. For yours, for ours, for the crew, for everybody. You know music can bring joy. It also can help you deal with anger. It can also help you with sadness. And when you get a gathering of people at a show all these things become more powerful because you are sharing them with all these other people at the same time.”

He continued, “And it makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son — and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe — and we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living.”

Henry was one of the 89 people killed by ISIS attackers at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert. A total of 132 were killed and hundreds more injured in seven coordinated attacks around Paris. Pearl Jam wrapped up its South American tour on Saturday (Nov 28th) in Mexico City.  (Thanks to The Pulse Of Radio.)

The PRP reports former Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay didn’t stay unemployed for very long. He’s been tapped by the band Islander to sit behind the kit on the band’s short December tour, which begins on Wednesday (Dec 2nd) in Atlanta and wraps up on the 13th in Pittsburgh. It is not yet clear if his position is a permanent one. Ilejay’s dismissal from Avenged Sevenfold was made public earlier this year.

Wow, Kiss will play an all acoustic show in Sioux Falls, SD on Feb 11th. Now that’s pretty interesting.  Sans make-up!  Reminds me when I lived in LA and repped video directors.  My director Mark Rezyka directed the band in 1993 for the the ballad, “Forever.” (Bruce Kulick era.)  Actually the first video we did for the band was “Rise To It,” the clip where they put their make-up BACK ON  in 1989 after 6 years without it. And after the  filming was over, I was standing behind Gene Simmons, as he was holding his then baby son Nick, and, accidentally, he stepped on my sneakered  foot with his big gigantic dragon boots.  I thought it was broken.   It hurt so bad!   LOL    Ah, the good ole days in LA!

Oh boy!   Blabbermouth reports Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is releasing “Lullaby Versions of Ghost B.C.”  LOL  You can listen to audio samples at this location.

Slayer fans will rejoice in the news they will kick off a tour in the new year with Testament and Carcass.  The run so far as one date that has been revealed, Mar 3 in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for more.

Celebrating life today:  John Moyer of Disturbed is 42.  Billy Idol is 60 and Roger Glover of  Deep Purple and Rainbow is 70.


Wednesday, Nov 25

Well, for most folks, if you haven’t already started your holiday travel, well, you are screwed.  LOL   Flying?  Good luck!  But hey, Happy Thanksgiving!

So today, Blabbermouth reporting Papa Roach has dropped off the remaining European tour dates with Five Finger Death Punch due to “logistical challenges and uncertainties” in the wake of the Nov 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe.

In a statement, Papa Roach said: “It is again with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of the remainder of our European tour.

“We pride ourselves for rarely canceling shows, but our crew is an essential part of our organization and because they, unfortunately, could not continue the tour due to their logistical challenges and uncertainties, we could not either. We respect them and have had to accept their difficult choice to return home. We shall return next year. We will announce more details on rescheduling as soon as we are able to. “

Five Finger Death Punch said  in a separate statement: “Despite some significant challenges in Europe since the horrible events in Paris recently, we have continued on our tour and remained dedicated to our mission of providing you, the fans, the highest quality show in the safest possible show environment. As a result of new and increased travel/transportation restrictions and challenges, in some cities we are scheduled to play, we are unable to fulfill this promise, so we were forced to postpone those shows. We continue to face additional challenges but remain committed to finishing out the tour as best as we can.

“We are not a band that is used to postponing or canceling shows. In fact, we have always prided ourselves on showing up onstage no matter what, so these extenuating circumstances have been particularly challenging for us, as artists, given the high standard we place on ourselves to deliver for the fans.

We will finish out the remaining European tour dates without Papa Roach and Devil You Know in Düsseldorf, Germany and at Wembley Arena in the U.K. The lineup for Düsseldorf will include Eskimo CallboySkindred and Nothing More. For Wembley it will be with Skindred, As Lions and The One Hundred. The show in Brussels will be postponed, but we will be back soon to play for our Belgian fans.

“We appreciate everyone’s support as we continue to navigate these largely uncharted waters. Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than delivering the best show possible in the safest conditions.”

Five Finger canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (Nov 22) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries.

The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.

Love Corey Taylor.   He really is the King of Karaoke! Here he is performing Radiohead‘s “Creep” at Ozzfest Japan with Japanese rock band SIM (Silence Iz Mine.)  Blabbermouth posted In a 2012 interview, Taylor said about his appreciation for other styles of music: “I had a kid ask me the other night, ‘What kind of music is your guilty pleasure?’ I said I don’t have any. I don’t feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the tenth anniversary ensemble cast of ‘Les Miserables’, the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom.”

The Pulse Of Radio says Jack White‘s Third Man Records is expanding its operations into White’s hometown of Detroit. The Nashville-based label has announced plans to open a vinyl record pressing plant in the Motor City, saying, “Third Man is thrilled to announce that we will be opening a vinyl record pressing plant, and in it we will run brand new record presses. There’s a bottlenecking in the record pressing industry right now — so much glorious demand, so few presses. We want to help ease the flow, and we want to bring more real-life manufacturing jobs back to Detroit.” The plant — which will be the first vinyl record pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing back in 1965 — is slated to open around the middle of next year. The announcement of the plant comes just in time for the grand opening of Third Man’s new retail record store in Detroit this Friday (Nov 27th). The opening day will feature performances from local acts.  In addition to the complete Third Man catalog, the store will offer special repressings of vintage titles from the Tamla label, Motown’s early imprint.  White himself began an indefinite hiatus from live performances earlier this year, although his band The Dead Weather released its third album in September, titled Dodge And Burn.

And also from Pulse,  Guns N’ Roses-themed slot machine is coming on Jan 21st, 2016 from Swedish casino games developer NetEnt. According to Blabbermouth, you can choose several songs to listen to as you lose your money, including ”Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City” and “November Rain,” as well as the title track of the band’s last album, 2008′s Chinese Democracy.  Based on a video teaser released for the machine, it only features images of singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan – the only original members rumored to be taking place in a reunion tour next year. Reports have surfaced recently that original members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler will not be participating. Rumors about a reunion of the classic Guns lineup have been heating up ever since the summer, when Slash revealed that he and Axl had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement.

Slash told us a while back what he’s most proud of when it comes to Guns N’ Roses: “The most proud I am would have to be just the sense of accomplishment from getting from these sort of nomadic gutter rats that we definitely were, to manage to get from that point and make a record and go out and start touring and doing all that stuff and then to actually succeed, to have that record succeed, it was definitely an accomplishment that I’m very proud of.”

Metallica and the San Francisco Giants have announced the fourth annual “Metallica Night,” to be held on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the Giants take the field against the Colorado Rockies. Metallica will once again throw out the first pitch and perform a version of America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The band said, “We’ll stick around all night to cheer on the orange and black with all the loyal fans and keep your eyes peeled to spot us participating in some in between inning action.”  Special-event tickets for this game go on sale as part of Orange and Black Friday (Nov 27th) at 8:00 a.m. PST. The ticket package includes a ticket to the game and a limited-edition Metallica/Giants goodie, the details of which will be revealed at a later date. A portion of the proceeds from every “Metallica Night” special-event ticket will benefit the Surfrider Foundation and Amnesty International. There is a pre-sale for Met Club members on today, Nov 25th at 10:00 a.m. PT.

We just posted a new video on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel with Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown‘s in-studio performance of the title track from their Wayside EP.  Hey, subscribe while you’re there!

On behalf of all of us, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for your support of all things hardDriveRadio!

Tuesday, Nov 24

Just got to my little cabin upstate where I’m spending the rest of the week.  Last night, I was at the Albany stop of the Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and Sevendust tour.  It was so much fun seeing all my friends in both bands, their crews, etc.   Also ran into Maria Brink from In This Moment who was there hanging out with her Mom!  She is on break and home with family in the Albany area!  UPSTATE GIRLS!   Also hung out with our Albany hardDrive affiliate, Steve Richards of Q103 and  our friend Lea from Atlantic Records!  Good times!

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon told me his first son (third child) will be born Dec 17th or around there.  He is so stoked!  So good to see him!  And so good to share a slice of pizza!  LOL  I interviewed Morgan Rose and we talked about upcoming plans, the next single and more.

One thing I asked all the bands about was how they are feeling about upcoming tours in Europe.  Everyone had the same response.  They know there are dangers, but they also know the cities, promoters and their crews will do their best to insure their stops are not vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  They are strong in their conviction that the Paris attacks were something they hope will never happen again.

All the bands knew the Paris attack victim,  Nick Alexander.  Every single band had worked with him as their merch guy when they’ve toured overseas, who said he was called “Handsome Nick” and even one of the tour managers was once a roommate with Nick.  Everyone felt it was such a terrible loss of such a great and caring person.   Sad indeed.

Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin told me his people are working on a tour for the band to perform in Europe for the very first time.  Given Ben does not take planes, he is looking into taking a ship across the Atlantic.   I was the first person to tell him it looks like “Failure” could end up being the most played song in Active Rock radio for 2015.   It really surprised him and needless to say, he was THRILLED at the prospect.

Since Brent Smith was suffering from some laryngitis, I sat down with Shinedown’s Eric Bass.  We had a chuckle over the irony of the fact he plays a bass and his last name is spelled the same way (although his last name is pronounced like the fish.)  He also spoke fondly of Nick Alexander and how the band has no fear about playing in Europe and is looking forward to being on the European Carnival of Madness Tour with headliner Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm.

The tour itself was great with a nearly sold-out Times Union Center in downtown Albany.  Shinedown had huge flames and pyro (why do those explosions always go off when I am nearby???   Glad I had earplugs!)  The set was great with Brent in the crowd at times.  Hopefully you got to see this run. Be listening for these interviews on upcoming hardDrive and hardDrive XL shows with host Lou Brutus!

Onto the rest of today’s news:

Speaking of Ben, he was a little miffed at EA and Sony of the new Star Wars: Battlefront video game.  The company sent him a game (he is a huge video game freak, has his own video game room on tour with two huge consoles playing Halo 4.)  Burnley was approached by Sony and Electronic Arts to give his stamp of approval to the new Star Wars: Battlefront video game for Xbox. A confirmed hardcore gamer, Burnley says that the companies offered to pay him for endorsing the game. A number of musicians in various metal and hard rock bands have been promoting certain video games via their social media accounts lately.  Video game publishers have been paying and/or giving the musicians free copies of the software in exchange for promotion — a fairly common practice, although one that just lately has extended to video games.


But the plan backfired after Burnley actually played the game and was apparently displeased, posting a photo of the broken disc on his Instagram account and writing, “They wanted to pay me to post that I like this piece of s**t game . . . They can shove it up their a** this game sucks I’d rather watch the god awful prequels then play this piece of s**t one more second (thanks) for ruining Star Wars EA.”  Doh!!

Scott Stapp did a Funny Or Die film review of the movie “Creed.”  Watch it here.  And HBO is teasing us!   As we know, the Game Of Thrones series is returning in April, and the cable channel is revealing a trump card according to Wired’s Twitter….He IS ALIVE!

Happy 51st to Godsmack’s Tony Rombola!  


27:  Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
28:  Montreal, QC @ Fairmont Theatre
29:  Wilkes-Barre, PA @ FM Kirby Ctr
01:  Norfolk, VA @ Norva
02:  Richmond, VA @ The National
03:  Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
05:  Chicago, IL @ Aragon Brawlroom
06:  Maplewood, MN @ Myth
07:  St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
09:  Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater
15:  Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
16:  New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
17:  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
20-21:  LA, CA @ Air & Style Festival 

Monday, Nov 23

So happy to start a “I Don’t Like Mondays” with this from my friend Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.  The band’s announcement for Nov 22 is they are offering fans a FREE download of the 5 songs they recorded in Austin, TX at the Saint Cecilia Hotel:

19 November 2015

Tonight, let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…

The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.

Dave Grohl

8 November 2015



For real.

It was in Austin, Texas March 14th, 2013, at the last show of the “Sound City Players” when I was given a small, but very relevant and perhaps prophetic gift from my Sound City movie producers Jim Rota and John Ramsay. An empty journal, with a note that said something along the lines of, “Congratulations on everything Sound City… get to work on the next project!” It was the most beautiful way to end something that I wanted so badly to last forever: with a new beginning.

The basic concept of the Sonic Highways album and series was born right then and there, in a small backstage room surrounded by mountains of Lone Star beer and Stubbs BBQ. 8 songs, 8 cities, 8 studios, and a musical road trip of a lifetime. Removing the Foo Fighters from our comfort zone and challenging the process from top to bottom, it breathed new life into the band, and set us on a journey that unquestionably exceeded any of our simple expectations. And now it has led us here. To another beautiful ending.

So, where do I begin?

We owe it all to Mexico City.

Unbeknownst to them, the people who attended those two concerts back in December, 2013 at Foro Sol stadium helped fund the filming and recording of the bulk of the Sonic Highways project. They were the fuse that lit this little firecracker, baby. Without those gigs, many may have never heard the incredible and truly inspiring life stories of Buddy Guy, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, Tony Joe White, Zac Brown, Dolly Parton, Roky Erickson, Gary Clark Jr, Bruce Pavitt, Fred Drake, Terry Lickona, Joan Jett, Steve Rosenthal, Nora Guthrie……a list too long to share here. But, beyond giving our band the equivalent of a rock and roll university year abroad, they gave the entire world the most priceless gift: Inspiration. So….Gracias a todos, Mexico….we couldn’t have done it without you.

Before long, our rag tag crew of ne’er-do-wells was stumbling from city to city, coast to coast, taking in every drop (!) of 100 proof American culture we could squeeze. Dancing in a New Orleans second line parade, laying under the desert stars in Joshua Tree, walking the streets of Chicago in -30 degree weather…it was an American dream come true. Our only responsibility was to share it with you, and the brave people of HBO trusted us with that much. (very freely, I might add.) Blind faith? Perhaps. But, without Nina Rosenstein, we would not be the people who we are today. Looking back, she gave us something immeasurably generous: some of the greatest memories of our lives. These people and places that we experienced have filled our hearts…and ultimately our songs. So, thank you, Nina. We are yours. But, focused on the moment, we never in our wildest dreams could have imagined the whirlwind 23 months that lay ahead of us. We just put one foot in front of the other, and kept moving….

I must admit, I never looked at our schedule. I was too scared. I knew that this was it. This was the big one. There was talk of stadiums, and anniversaries, and TV shows. South Africa, Korea, Colombia. Letterman and Glastonbury. It all seemed too good to be true! But, as always, we kept our heads down and tried to appreciate every single moment as it fled. Because, you realize, none of this was ever supposed to happen. Ever. As we approached our twentieth anniversary, it was hard not to look back on all of those years and smile while shaking our heads in wonder and disbelief. From the Mike Watt van tour of 1995, to RFK stadium in Washington DC (my hometown gig) July 4th, 2015…those dots don’t necessarily connect in real life, you know? It still boggles the mind. But, the spoils of these blessings are not lost upon us. We count every last one.

Even the disasters.

A lucky break? Yeah, you could call it that. Gothenburg was a swift reminder that life is short, and that we’re all here to live it together, no matter what adversity you’re faced with. (Music! The perfect remedy!) Sure, weeks and weeks of shuffling around hotel rooms on my butt with a cast on my leg, trying to pack my suitcase alone before lobby call got pretty fucking stale pretty fucking quick. But, as always, I just put one foot in front of……well, the same one for a while there…

And then everything changed. The energy. The atmosphere. THE THRONE. I was no longer afraid to look at the schedule, I was glued to it. The challenge that we faced from there on out became more of a mission, or a dare, if you will. And it showed. Pat’s smile got even wider (an infallible barometer of all things), Chris’s solos got even faster (thank God someone knows what they’re doing up there), Nate’s stage moves more daring (I once noticed him just to the left of me) and Taylor’s drum set….well….it got pinker. But not without the help of scores of hardworking bad asses that some might call the Foo Fighters road crew (we like refer to them as family, in a very Manson Family kind of way…) They ultimately deserve the lion’s share of credit for keeping this old circus tent erect for the past 6 months. So, let’s all have a nice, warm diet Coke for them tonight. They’re the hardest working motherfuckers in the business. Cheers.

And so we trudged on. Any fatigue was met with an explosion of energy once the curtain went up. Any pain was met with the adrenaline of thousands of voices singing along. Every one of you kept us alive for a while there. One night, at a point where I felt like I was at the end of my rope, it came to me that these few hours we have together every night were something like a heavy blanket to retreat under. I could always rely on our time together to get me to the next stop. Again, and again. From Chicago to Cesena.

That being said….we’ve always been pretty good at knowing when to call it a day. You just….know. You get that feeling that, if you’re not careful, you’ll run out of bread crumbs to find your way home and be lost in the woods forever. It hit me a few months back, crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder as if to say “Hey…don’t spend it all in one place, asshole.” A sobering reminder that all good things must come to an end. Of course…we could keep going. After all, we’d made it this far, right? What’s another 20 years?

Around that time we arrived in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits festival. A massive gig, two weekends and hundreds of acts, it was to be some of our final American performances for this album. There’s a certain bittersweet relief to that. On one hand, you’re carrying these monumental experiences under your wing as you anticipate life outside of a tour bus. On the other hand, you fear that the thrill and joy of sharing music with people all over the world will leave you like an empty shell when it’s gone. It becomes your everything. And that’s terrifying.

The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as “A lush retreat from the world”. And, believe me, that it is! 14 rooms and a small bar, it’s tucked away in the trees within a bustling, Austin neighborhood. As our van pulled up in the wee hours of September 30th, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off to give to the world as a “thank you” for the last 2 years. Though there’s a world class recording studio just on the other side of the fence (Arlyn Studios, look it up.), the hotel manager, Jenny offered that we record in the hotel. A most generous, but unrealistic offer. Though, after rolling it around in my head a few times, it made perfect sense! Returning to the city where the entire Sonic Highways concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la Sonic Highways, and making some music! Fate? Destiny? I was too tired to figure that kind of shit out, so I hit the sack, woke up the next morning and started making some calls…

By 6 pm the next day, the office was transformed into a control room and the bar was littered with microphones and cables. Amps were in the kitchen. Drums in front of the fireplace. Instant studio, courtesy of the legendary Kevin Szymanski! (Those fancy computer things are pretty convenient! More on that another time….) Margaritas were made, friends came to visit, the sun went down, and before long we started making enough noise to drive the neighbors to start drinking along with us. Riffs and ideas were thrown around, songs that were lost in the shuffle over the years, songs that were left unfinished. Like a musical retrospective, we were going through decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album. Our own sonic scrapbook. (The Neverending Sigh is 20 years old! Was once called 7 corners for all you die hards out there…) Without the usual pressure or expectation of making an “album”, we sat happy and relaxed as we played. A virtual “This Is Your Life” of the Foo Fighters. It was so good, but again, bittersweet knowing that it was all soon coming to an end.

By midnight, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had arrived, and the “session” turned into a full on party. Guitars were abandoned for horns and the room started swinging (spinning?). People danced between the cables and microphones, dancing behind the bar, strumming acoustic guitars on the patio. Danny Clinch did what Danny Clinch does, capturing the moments in his beautiful pictures between cocktails. Gary Clark Jr. sat on the patio in the candlelight, jamming along with friends from a couch. As the hours passed, the atmosphere had reached exactly what every recording experience should be: A celebration. “Always record! Always record!” said Jack Black in that infamous Tenacious D episode from years ago. Truer words have never been spoken. Because you just might miss something that you’ll never get back again. Moments that happen once in a lifetime. By the time that weekend was over, we had recorded 5 songs in that tiny room.

Weekend two was spent recording vocals and guitars in my bedroom, room 4. More friends, more margaritas, a fire in the fire pit. The most fabulous Cambria Harkey floated in, slinging her camera to insure that this wasn’t all just a dream. The porch was buzzing with activity as I did vocals in my bathroom, stepping in and out to listen to the previous takes. The coffee table became a pile of guitar pedals and scribbled lyrics, beer bottles and ashtrays. At one point, a familiar face walked in and said, “Dave…’s Ben Kweller…..” It had been years! Such a talented young man. We hugged, hit play to listen to the last vocal take, and he instinctively started singing the perfect harmony to my line. Without hesitation, I immediately said, “Get your ass in there and sing it right now.” So he picked up the coffee stained piece of hotel stationary with my lyrics penciled on it and banged out his part in two glorious takes. Always record, ladies and gentlemen. Always record. The night faded, friends and family scattered, and I fell asleep with my still glowing amp at the foot of my bed.

It was heartbreaking to leave that place, to say the least. I honestly feel like we left a piece of our band there as we were being torn away from it. The perfect unity of life, and love, and music is something that only comes around so often and in certain circumstances. When you feel it coming on, you have to take hold of it. That place and those people made it possible for our band to take one, big final breath before the curtain closes. Thankfully, we have evidence of this in these songs that we’re giving to you today. Thank you, Saint Cecilia. You made us feel right at home.

And, the music? Maybe these songs are the breadcrumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time. We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder…those things are never far behind. It’s what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now….

So tonight, as I sit in my Berlin hotel room on our final tour for this album, counting down the days until we return home, I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter related, it will only be when it feels right. And that’s a feeling that’s easy to feel.

To each and every one of you that made the past few years the best our band has ever had, thank you. You have all given us so much, and we are eternally grateful.

For real.

One foot in front of the other….


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In other news today from The Pulse of Radio:

Five Finger Death Punch canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (Nov 22nd) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries. The band issued a statement saying, ”As some of you may be aware, there were many rumors today that the Milan show on Sunday, Nov 22nd will be targeted in a next wave of terror attacks like we saw in Paris last week. We did our best in a very short amount of time to work with the local promoter and authorities to ensure that security would be adequate. Unfortunately, we did not receive confirmation in time to satisfy our requirements and to ensure that our fans would be safe at the event. Therefore, we were forced to postpone the show to a later date. Please stay tuned for more info.

The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.  The rumors of the attacks came a week after a deadly terrorist attack at seven locations in Paris, including an Eagles Of Death Metal concert where 89 people were killed.  The hacktivists said the information about the fresh attacks was received from “several pro-(ISIS) accounts.”

With regards to the threatened attack in Atlanta, the FBI said it had “specific or credible information” about one “at this time,” although they were taking the information seriously.  Five Finger Death Punch’s European tour, also featuring Papa Roach, is scheduled to stop in Paris tomorrow, Tuesday (Nov 24th).  A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including Foo Fighters, Deftones, Lamb of God and others.  I am sad to think, just like after 9/11, when we were frightened about getting onto the subway or a bus or a plane, this will be something we will have to deal with for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Blabbermouth reporting  Eagles of Death Metal — who were thrust into the headlines on Nov 13 when a mass shooting at the band’s Paris concert left nearly 100 people dead — sat down for an on-camera interview with VICE to speak about the tragedy.

In the clip previewing the chat with VICE founder Shane Smith, lead singer Jesse Hughes describes the events that took place at the concert venue Bataclan.

Several people hid in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them — except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket,” he says. “People were playing dead, and they were so scared.”

A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends,” he continues. “So many people put themselves in front of people.”

The full video of the VICE interview with Eagles Of Death Metal will premiere next week on

On a positive note, in the aftermath of the news of the awful bus accident the Los Angeles band The Ghost Inside experienced last week, where their tour bus was hit in a head-on collision with a semi in Texas, killing both vehicle drivers, and causing serious injuries to the band, with some having to be medivacked to medical centers in the area,  Bring Me The Horizon has donated $10,000 in merchandise sales from its current tour towards the medical expenses of former tour mates The Ghost Inside.  

Bring Me The Horizon announced the donation at their Facebook page, saying, “Our thoughts are currently with the band, crew and families of all involved in this horrible accident. We first toured with The Ghost Inside in 2008 and have remained good friends with them since. Proceeds from our merchandise on this tour have been donated to a GoFundMe account set up to help with medical bills.”  Bring Me The Horizon recently completed a North American headlining tour and is now doing the same in Europe.

Bring Me The Horizon also posted a link to a GoFundMe campaign started for The Ghost Inside, which increased its fundraising target to $90,000 on Friday evening (Nov 20th). At press time, over $125,000 had been raised.  Several members of The Ghost Inside and their crew remain hospitalized, although at this writing,  all are said to be in stable condition.

Members of SoundgardenAlice In Chains and Nirvana paid musical tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page last Thursday night (Nov 19th), during a benefit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. Backed by a house band that included ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin, the lineup on hand included Alice In Chains guitarists/singers Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Nirvana bassist Krist NovoselicBlack Crowes guitarist Rich RobinsonCheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen,  Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers and Moke‘s John Hogg.

Robinson and Hogg joined Page for bluesy renditions of “Ten Years Gone,” “Custard Pie,” “Sick Again” and “Dazed and Confused,” before giving way to the Alice in Chains team for “When the Levee Breaks,” “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman),” “No Quarter” and “How Many More Times.”  After that, Cantrell gave way to Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil for runs through “Immigrant Song,” “Communication Breakdown” and “Four Sticks.”  DuVall then exited and Novoselic jumped onstage for “Out On The Tiles,” Nielsen and Hogg sat in on the Yardbirds‘ “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” then Rodgers — who played with Page in The Firm – came out to play their biggest single, “Radioactive.”  The finale featured most of the musicians returning to the stage for a bash at Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll.”  Watch some fan filmed stuff here.   (Moke was a band I fell in love with back when they dropped their first US (self-titled) release back in 1999.  Check them out for yourself.  You might fall in love, too!

Alternative Nation reporting If the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup is going to even partially reunite, then Indio, California’s Coachella Festival wants a piece of that action. The annual music event has been mentioned as a possible headlining gig for a reunited Guns, and a source told GNRTruth, “Spoke to a friend at (Coachella promoter) Goldenvoice who didn’t want to say too much, but said ‘clock is ticking’ and that the Coachella lineup is scheduled to be released January 5th . . . Coachella’s offer is/was for Axl/Slash/Duff and . . . if GNR can deliver those three, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the lineup is.” The 2016 Coachella festival will take place from April 15th to 17th and April 22nd to 24th. There is also strong indications a GN’R appearance could be a part of the rock festivals in late April and May, including Rock On The Range. Hmmm.  We will have to wait N’ see.

Wolfmother has announced that its fourth studio effort, titled Victorious, will arrive on February 19th. The disc features sole original member Andrew Stockdale on all instruments except drums and was produced by Brendan O’Brien. The band has posted the title track and the first single, called “City Lights,” online. A North American tour kicks off on February 24th in Minneapolis. See Road Rage for dates.

The Struts have announced a new and final string of US dates for 2015.  Find them in Road Rage and check out The Struts studio performance in the hardDriveRadio studios on our YouTube Channel!   We’ll also be posting the Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown video soon.  And don’t forget we are now have our new podcast series, hardDrive DL!   Listen to full interviews with  artists like Parkway Drive, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) talking about his solo record and his career, a spotlight on the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour and more on the way, including my interview with Puscifer!   Download them in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts from.

And finally today, Happy Birthday to my bro David!