Tuesday, May 05

Hello. I want to start off today with this report from Blabbermouth. Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has broken his silence over his latest exit from the group, saying he is “very disappointed” over the breakdown of his relationship with his bandmates. Last month, Rudd pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to kill a former employee after his first solo effort, Head Job, flopped. It was a month later he called an associate and asked him to “take out” Rudd’s personal assistant, who he then called himself and said, “I’m going to come over and kill you.” Rudd offered the associate $200,000, a motorbike and the choice of one of his cars or a house as payment for the hit, which the associate turned down. After his initial call to his assistant, Rudd made several more, but the assistant hung up each time. Prosecutors said the assistant “was genuinely fearful of his safety.” When police later raided Rudd’s waterside home in the New Zealand town of Tauranga, while speaking with Phil, at one point he picked up a container from the coffee table and put it on the floor. Later testing of the container found cannabis crumbs.  When police searched his jeans, they found a bag of methamphetamine. There were more drugs in the bedroom and stashed in the hallway cupboard. “I was pretty stressed at the time,” Rudd told Australia’s A Current Affair (see video report here). (Note:  Wait, what?  Stressed out while on meth???!!!) “I got back here and the people who I had working for me for this [ album] launch — it was a total fucking disaster. So I was really pissed off.” In an interview with USA Today last fall, AC/DC guitarist Angus Young stated about Rudd: “Phil created his own situation. It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”  Speaking about his relationship with his bandmates, Rudd told “A Current Affair”: “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus… I’ve had no contact with anybody. I’m very disappointed … But, you know, that’s life.”   “There’ll be another tour and another and I’ll be on it,” he said. “It’ll go until we all die. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops.”  He added: “I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.”  Rudd also pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge. A second charge of threatening to kill was dropped. Rudd could face up to seven years in prison for the threatening to kill charge. He is currently out on bail until his sentencing hearing on June 26.

Last year’s Shindig Festival boasted Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against and Halestorm, among others.  This year, the September 19th “shindig” (love that word) features Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Anthrax, Nothing More, Chevelle, Helmet, Reverend Horton  Heat and Crobot.   Find out more and buy tix here.

Another festival is the Austin City Limits Festival Oct 2-4 and 9-11.  And what do you know, the Foo Fighters are headlining! Does it matter who else is there?  (May have to wrangle a way there!) Hit the site to get your tickets at 10 AM today (May 5.).

Are you a fan of Orphan Black and actress Tatiana Maslany?  Must read here (Thanks Rolling Stone)…..I didn’t speak out about the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight yesterday because I didn’t see it, but I know a ton of friends who did who poo-pooed the overblown-over paid-over-hyped match. I know David Draiman and Dan Donegan were hating on it on Facebook.  And now comes news Axl Rose is demanding a free re-match! Dude, those “rope-a-dope” days are over!  People want to see a FIGHT.  Why do you think UFC matches and the like have become so huge!  People want blood!   They want punches!  They was robbed on Saturday night, yo!….And I don’t know how I missed this, but this dude needs to be kicked in the head by an MMA expert.  Some idiot lead singer from a band called Nuclear Hellfrost  (I’m not even highlighting their name!) defiled the gravesite of Dimebag Darrell.   See the story here on MetalSucks.

Celebrating life today:  Bill Ward is 67, Mont Python’s Michael Palin is 72  and my former Rolling Stone co-worker Kurt Loder  is 70!

weekEnd May 02-03, 2015

                              THE WHOLE  WORLD IS CRAZY!

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  PAPA ROACH
“Gravity” & “Face Everything & Rise”
Plugged In: HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia”
HALESTORM “Apocalyptic”
APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood”
TREMONTI “Another Heart”
Guest: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT
“Take It Back”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
SLASH “Bent To Fly”
HELLYEAH  “Hush”
THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race”
ASK LZZY
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure”

HOUR 2

NIRVANA “Heart Shaped Box”
Guest:  Director BRETT MORGEN -Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation”
Guest:  THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel”
NOTHING MORE “Jenny”
WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”
LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell”
Guest:  THE OFFSPRING “Coming For You”
OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie”
Guest:  ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  ART OF DYING “Rise Up”

On the next hardDrive with Lou Brutus!
BREAKING BENJAMIN
HALESTORM
TREMONTI
IN THIS MOMENT
Plugged In:  KILL IT KID
ASK LZZY with LZZY HALE OF HALESTORM
and much more!
THE WORLD FAMOUS HARDDRIVE!

Week of May 04-08, 2015

XL
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure”
HELLYEAH  “Hush”
ROYAL BLOOD  “Little Monster”
SLASH “Bent To Fly”
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel”
THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race”

MED
10 YEARS “Miscellanea”
FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above”
LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell”
OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne”
SEETHER  “Nobody Praying For Me”-ADD
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Untraveled Road”
WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”

SM
AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical”
APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood”-ADD
ARANDA  ”Don’t Wake Me”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony”
DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie”
KILL IT KID “Blood Stop & Run”
NOTHING MORE  “Jenny”
OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up”
PAPA ROACH  “Gravity”
SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande”
TREMONTI “Another Heart”

Monday, May 04

May The 4th Be With You!  (Thanks Paulie Walnuts!)….OK, so I had a great time while I was down south in Atlanta and Tuscaloosa, AL.  Even though this very LSU Bengal Tigers fan was in serious enemy territory, I left ‘Loosa sayin’ Roll Tide.  Good times, good people, cool town.

Well, THIS happened down south. Five Finger Death Punch has denied rumors the band is breaking up following an onstage meltdown at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday night (May 1st). According to multiple reports, the group performed half a dozen songs before the entire band, except vocalist Ivan Moody, walked off stage, leaving the singer seemingly confused and talking to fans in rambling fashion.  After numerous fans posted on Twitter that it seemed as the band had imploded onstage, Moody later took to Facebook to issue a statement saying, “There were a lot of technical problems last night that were seemingly unsolvable. We had to make a decision whether to hit the stage crippled, without being able to hear ourselves; or, delay the start of the show — possibly for hours. We decided to proceed, but not being able to hear if I was in key and just guessing where we were in the song frustrated me to the point that I lost my cool.“  Moody continued, “I’m not saying I handled it appropriately. Matter of fact, I’ve never been so embarrassed before. I apologize for taking out my anger on stage.” Moody wished some members of the band’s crew “good luck in your future endeavors,” adding, “To our fans in Memphis — we’ll make it up to you, I promise . . . And to the haters . . . wipe that smirk off your face . . . We are not going anywhere.” Drummer Jeremy Spencer issued a statement of his own some time later, saying, “We did NOT break up! Things went sideways with technical issues. Ivan got pissed and took it out onstage. It was a bad night, to say the least. He has since apologized. But we are 100% still a band and look forward to seeing you all on tour!“  Apparently taking more steps to quell any rumors about the band’s status, Five Finger Death Punch revealed the name of its sixth studio album, as Got Your Six, due later in the year. An audio sample of the song “Ain’t My Last Dance”, taken from the record, has been posted online.  One person who witnessed Friday night’s meltdown told The New Fury, ”Ivan held up Jeremy’s book and asked the fans if they had this FFDP book, adding, ‘That I had nothing to do with,’ directed at Jeremy. Jeremy then threw his sticks and walked off stage, and the band shortly followed.” The fan then said Moody returned, rambled to the fans and tried to start a song on the drums until the rest of the group also came back. He continued, “Jeremy and the rest of the band came back and played a song while sounding completely out of step with each other . . . Everyone left again, Ivan threw the mic again. This routine repeated a couple more times until they just ran out of stage time and walked off stage, not to return.“  I spoke with a band spokesperson, and all is good.  Just goes to show you, when things don’t work technically, it can blow your cool, that is for sure. Happens to me ALL the time with this damn old computer! LOL! Maybe I need a crowd-fund to raise money for a new one! Can you say Vista?

Filmmaker Brett Morgen, director of the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, has revealed an album collecting previously unheard music from late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s personal tapes will be released this summer. Morgen told Bedford + Bowery, “We’re going to be putting out an amazing album this summer,” adding that the record “will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, WA as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people.” (Note:  Must be a companion to a DVD release of this documentary is my guess.  Also note: This is NOT a Nirvana record.) Morgen told us about the material he found while researching Cobain’s archives for the film: “I knew that there was gonna be all this art, but what I didn’t know was there was gonna be all this audio. I opened up a box and there were 108 tapes with over 200 hours of never-before-heard audio. And this ran the gamut from music — dozens of hours of unreleased music — to sound collage, and then there was this amazing spoken word material that I discovered.”

Well Pulse Of Radio has also revealed news about this! Work may finally be progressing a little more consistently on the new Tool album, but meanwhile singer Maynard James Keenan has apparently found the time to complete a new disc from his music-and-cabaret act Puscifer. Keenan told Punchdrink.com a new Puscifer set is nearing completion for a tentative fall release, although he did not elaborate with any further details.  Puscifer has existed in some form since 1995 but only began making records in 2007. Keenan told us a while back that the project was not just another band: This is much more of just a collaborative, creative outlet on all levels with various people, free from label contracts and just kind of express to express, and not really worry about taking over the world with it.Meanwhile, Tool guitarist Adam Jones has posted images from a recording studio that feature producer Joe Barresi, who has worked with Tool in the past. Jones revealed in March Tool had finally settled a multi-level lawsuit that had dragged on for eight years and set back its recording and touring plans.  Jones also revealed that an undisclosed member of the band faced a “really scary do-or-die, serious illness” not long ago. The band is now reportedly working at a faster pace on music for its first new studio set since 2006′s 10,000 Days. The world is waiting!

This is interesting. Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, bassist Duff McKagan and others are among the musicians and celebrities that have joined a campaign this month to make sure bears can still poop in the forest. The campaign, which is actually called “Let a Bear S**t in the Woods,” is aimed at ending the painful and invasive technique of extracting bile from bears on the numerous bear bile farms in China and Vietnam. Kiedis, the Osbournes have all filmed clips to help spread the word about the bile extraction practices. Jimmy Page, Ricky Gervais and Olivia Newton-John are also among those supporting the campaign, which will post videos and photos from everyone involved on May 13th. Go here to see all the videos and here to see more about the campaign. Watch Anthony Kiedis’ tongue-in-cheek video here.

Speaking of Duff McKagan, I just finished reading his new book, “How To Be A Man (and other illusions)” which comes out next week.  It is a great read.  I really like Duff;  met him briefly during the Velvet Revolver days and then during Loaded and The Walking Papers.  He’s a very smart and down to earth fellow with a lot of common sense knowledge to share.  I love his story-telling and observations and practices on life.  He’ll be in the hardDrive Studios on May 11th.  I’ve posted some book signing appearances for Mr McKagan in Road Rage. If you’ve got some questions you’d like top ask Duff, post them on the Interact Live section of the new hardDriveRadio APP or send me an email via the homepage with subject ASK DUFF.

Van Halen will play the 2015 Billboard Music Awards later this month, marking the first time that the current lineup of the band — which includes original singer David Lee Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang on bass — has performed at an awards show. The event will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas via ABC on Sunday, May 17th at 8:00 p.m. ET. (Billboard).

Diffuser reports Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns will release his first new recording in eight years and debut solo album, Talk, on May 22nd. But fans of Silverchair’s guitar-heavy modern rock sound might be surprised to hear what a press release describes as the “urban beats and aching falsetto croons” of a “stylish take on modern soul.” Check out a sample of it here….Birthdays galore!  Mick Mars of Motley Crue is 64 Dick Dale (you hear his music each week in Dirt on hardDrive & hardDrive XL) is 78  and Mike Dirnt of Green Day is 43.

Tuesday, Apr 28

Good Fellas 25th reunion.  Watched an interview this morning on tv with Robert DeNiro, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco and Ray Liotta.  I love that director Martin Scorcese casted all Italians in this film about an Irish gangster turned drug addict.  But I also loved that movie despite all the violence. And how can you NOT love a film that breaks the record for the number of F bombs in the dialogue! LOL What?!  You’ve never seen it?  Netflix, baby.

Yesterday, what a freaking day for this producer! Not only did I start off with physical therapy on my poor aged knees, but then I had to jump through hoops to get a freaking doctor referral for a podiatrist to remove a severely impacted ingrown toenail!  This for a gal who is diligent about getting pedicures!  NIGHTMARE!  Then I had to rush to the office, get my work done there, write up an interview for Stone Temple Pilots (spoke with Chester Bennington and Robert Deleo.)  Was great seeing them.  Poor Chester is still recovering from his nasty ankle break.  He was has shocking pink hair (He never usually has hair, and colors it on the whims of this 3 small children!)  now and told me since his injury, he can no longer run around on stage, jump off the drum riser or play sports.   He walks with a limp (like me!)  The band is still working away on their new album, which probably won’t be out til much later this year, if not early 2016.  But they are in a good place and are excited about the new music. Chester says it’s freeing to be able to write lyrics about whatever topic moves him.   Robert and his brother Dean and drummer Eric Kretz are on the road for a bit and then Chester takes off again to do a brief run with his other band, Linkin Park.  Dean  was asked in a new interview with Yahoo! to compare current vocalist Chester Bennington with former frontman Scott Weiland. DeLeo replied, “There’s no comparison. It’s like talking about the strength of a two-year-old baby compared to a professional body builder. I’ll tell you this man, Robert , Eric and I are really fortunate. We’re having the time of our lives right now. We really feel like this has been a rebirth.” It is very cool that on this run, STP is donating $1 from each ticket sold to Music For Relief, directed at Hurricane Sandy victims.  The Deleos are from the ocean side community of Point Pleasant, which got seriously damaged during the storm a few years ago and is still struggling to get back on it’s feet. Good fellas, those guys! BTW: They signed our guitar that we’ll be giving away over Christmas. Find new STP tour dates for the fall in Road Rage. Then it was off to a marvelous sushi dinner with the fine folks at 10th Street/Better Noise  and we went over to see Apocalyptica who are touring with Sixx A.M.  It was great catching up with all and I hope you will see the band when they come to your town!.

Pulse Of Radio reports Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor told Seattle radio station KISW he once turned down an opportunity to appear on Rock Of Love, the VH1 reality dating series in which 25 women would have competed to become his girlfriend. The offer was made to Taylor after Poison singer Bret Michaels starred for three seasons between 2007 and 2009 before declining to return for a fourth year.  Taylor explained, “I’ve gotten offered a lot of (non-music-related projects) over the years. I actually got called — I wanna say about seven years ago, I got called about being on Rock Of Love. I think Bret had passed on it, on one of the seasons. And I was, like, ‘Don’t ever call me again.’”  Taylor added, “I was, like, (trying to figure out) who in their right mind thought I was the perfect dude for Rock Of Love 12 or whatever the hell it was . . . At first I was pissed, and then I just started laughing — I was just, like, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding! Really?!’”  Taylor admitted he later had second thoughts about turning the show down, saying, “In retrospect, I was, like, ‘Man, I should have just done one week and just ruined it.’ (I should have done) the complete opposite of what could have been and just destroyed these people’s dreams.“  The singer, who recently made his acting debut in a movie called Fear Clinic, said that he gets a lot of calls about other films and projects, but said, “I’m not gonna be that guy that kind of cashes in my name for a quick paycheck.”  Taylor told us not long ago when he does get involved in a new project, he fully commits: I’ve always had the mentality that if you enter things with no expectations, you will give your best, you will give your all. You’re not worried about, you know, how it’s going to be received or if it’s gonna do well or if you’re gonna make any money at it. You’re just concentrated on making sure that it’s the best thing that you can possibly put out there. And it hasn’t failed me yet, hopefully.”  Slipknot’s Summer’s Last Stand tour kicks off on July 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5th in Dallas. Joining Slipknot on the road trip will be Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White. The band has just launched a brief spring run that pulls into Pensacola, FL tonight  (Apr 29th) and ends on May 16th in Grand Rapids, MI. Slipknot is supporting its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, which came out in October. The latest single released from the set is called “Killpop,” which drops May 12th.

Deftones new album is set for Sep 25th. Matt Hyde, best known for his work with Slayer and Monster Magnet, produced.  Chino Moreno said the band worked differently this time around, with everyone working together in the same room.  Seems to be all the rage this year.  Meanwhile, Deftones have some shows coming up where they plan to perform Around The Fur in it’s entirety!

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan has landed a position as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development at TNA Wrestling, where he’ll be responsible for, among other things, developing characters and creating storylines for TNA’s Impact Wrestling, which airs Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET on Destination America. Corgan said in a statement, “Saying I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true. What’s great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins.” TNA president Dixie Carter said, “I’ve known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling. He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business.” Corgan resigned last year as creative director for Resistance Pro Wrestling, saying in a statement at the time that the organization “was no longer the company I thought I’d helped build from the ground up.” Corgan and the Pumpkins will embark on an eight-city acoustic tour starting on June 15th in Buffalo, NY, to be followed by a full co-headlining trek with Marilyn Manson that starts on July 7th in Concord, CA. Watch Billy in a video interview about his new TNA job.

New album out today, Jekyll & Hyde from The Zac Brown Band.   Have a great day! Oh and don’t forget to listen to the hardDrive XL stream at the top of the page.  Hit the LISTEN NOW button!   And download the new hardDriveRadio app in the app store and Google Play!  You won’t regret it and it’s virus-free!

weekEnd Apr 25-26, 2015

ROCK IS ALIVE AND WELL!

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  THE OFFSPRING
“Coming For You” & “Come Out & Play”
Plugged In: MARMOZETS “Why Do You Hate Me”
THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race”
HELLYEAH “Hush”
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure”
Guest:  SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
10 YEARS “Misellanea”
MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony”
ASK LZZY
HALESTORM  “Apocalyptic”

Hour 2

BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown”
DIRT
ZAC BROWN BAND “Heavy Is The Head”
Guest:  YOUNG GUNS “Rising Up”
FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above”
WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”
ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster”
Guest:  OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up”
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel”
Guest:  NOTHING MORE “Jenny”
LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  KILL IT KID “Blood Stop and Run”

On the next hardDrive with LOU BRUTUS!
ROYAL BLOOD
THE OFFSPRING
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT
PLUGGED IN: HIGHLY SUSPECT
ASK LZZY with LZZY HALE OF HALESTORM
and more!
The World Famous hardDrive!

Week of Apr 27-May 01, 2015

XL
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure”
THE ZAC BROWN BAND “Heavy Is The Head”
OFFSPRING “Coming For You”
ROYAL BLOOD  “Little Monster”
SLASH “Bent To Fly”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel”
THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race”

MED
10 YEARS “Miscellanea”
HELLYEAH  “Hush”
LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell”
OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne”
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Untraveled Road”
WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”

SM
AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical”
ARANDA  ”Don’t Wake Me”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony”
DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith”
FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie”
KILL IT KID “Blood Stop & Run”-ADD
NOTHING MORE  “Jenny”
OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up”
PAPA ROACH  “Gravity”
SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande”
TREMONTI “Another Heart”

Monday, Apr 27

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Finally that wily coyote in NYC was caught!  He just wanted to hang out at some trendy sidewalk cafes on the west side….Speaking of trendy, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day already has five new songs in the works, according to Diffuser. Producer Rob Cavallo, who has worked with the band on its last nine albums, told England’s Kerrang! magazine, “I recently heard five new songs that Billie (Joe Armstrong, frontman) has written and demoed. Let me tell you, they were just fantastic. He is absolutely at the top of his game. Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing.” Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told us a while back that it was important that Green Day move forward artistically with each new album: We always want to try to keep reinventing ourselves and come out with something new without changing our clothes. You know, not that we’re trying to, like, have a new image or anything like that. I think we’re just acting our age, trying to make something that’s just the best record that we possibly can.”  Armstrong indicated recently the band was going to get back to work after a year-long break. The trio’s last release, a triple set of albums titled Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, arrived in late 2012. The new Green Day album, which will be the band’s 12th studio effort, will be out later this year. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)

Also from Pulse,  Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach is launching a new side project called the Arcs, telling Rolling Stone, “I’m really excited about it.” The Arcs will first release a seven-inch vinyl single featuring two “boxing-related” songs, “Stay In My Corner” and “Tomato Can,” on May 2nd, the day of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. A full album will follow this summer.Auerbach recorded the new album in rehearsal studios and at a Brooklyn studio, saying, “It was cut really quick in a week and a half, two weeks of recording.” He added that he recorded with “a whole bunch of different people — my favorites,” though he has yet to reveal any names. As for the sound of the disc, Auerbach said, “I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird. I wanted everything to flow (and) be cohesive . . . So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record — that’s all!”  Auerbach said he’s working on the album’s first video with a “kid” from California who has never made a video before, adding, “I’m just having fun (and) basically making music with no responsibility.” Auerbach will head out on the road with the Black Keys again as well, starting at the end of May in Spain. The band’s touring plans have been sidetracked for several months while drummer Patrick Carneyrecovers from a serious shoulder injury.

Stone Sour‘s new Meanwhile In Burbank…, a five-song EP featuring these  covers: Black Sabbath “Children Of The Grave,”  Metallica “Creeping Death,” Kiss “Love Gun,” Judas Priest “Heading Out To The Highway” and Alice In Chains “We Die Young,”  will be released digitally via iTunes tomorrow (4/28.) Recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California, Meanwhile In Burbank…  was initially made available on vinyl exclusively at select record stores on April 18 for Record Store Day. It was also revealed during Jamey Jasta’s podcast STONE SOUR will release two more EPs of cover songs: Straight Out Of Burbank and No Sleep ‘Till Burbank and will feature five songs each, including new versions of tracks from Rage Against The Machine, Motley Crue, Bad Brains and the Violent Femmes. Taylor told us why he enjoys covering other artists’ songs. “The thing I love about playing covers is that a) it’s a chance to walk in the footsteps of your heroes,” he said. “It’s a chance to have fun. There’s a certain amount of relaxation that comes when you don’t have to worry about your song. This is someone else’s song, you know. This is where you can relax and just remember why you’re a music fan in the first place.”

Blabbermouth reports  Atreyu have set Long Live  as the title of their comeback album, due in September through the Search And Destroy imprint as part of the newly announced joint venture between Raw Power Management and Spinefarm. Drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller recently told Australia’s Music Feeds about the band’s upcoming CD: “We’re stoked. It came out great. We’re very much just shooting from the hip with this record, and whatever came out first is what we did. [Vocalist] Alex [Varkatzas] is fucking as brutal as ever. And it’s fun. It’s a very fun, cool record.” Regaridng frontman Alex Varkatzas’s decision to do away with clean singing on Atreyu’s forthcoming effort, Saller said: “Here’s the thing. When we started the band, we were a hardcore band, and we wanted to progress and do… We always wanted to do bigger, better, bigger, better, bigger, better… every album we released at the time. And when we did [2007's] ‘Lead Sails Paper Anchor,’ it was, like, ‘What’s our next step?’ We’ve gotten as big as a hardcore band can get, I think. What’s the next step? So we were, like, ‘Cool. Let’s fucking do whatever the fuck we want. So we wrote a bunch of rock songs. A lot of heavy songs, a lot of rock songs… It was just an expansion of Alex wanting to do something different, and us wanting to do something different.”

Today, yours truly will head down to Irving Plaza to interview Stone Temple Pilots.  Looking forward to that. If you have any questions you’d like to hear answers to, send them along to me via the email link on the home page. But do it soon! And you can also send to me via the Interact Live page on the new hardDriveRadio APP!….Gotta dash.  Later, taters.

 

Friday, Apr 24

Happy Friday!   I’m sitting here with a terrible ingrown toenail. WTH.  I have regular pedicures!  Oh the agony!…..OK, here’s the news.  Last night I watched Halestorm‘s show from the Tabernacle in Atlanta on a live stream from Yahoo Music.  Good job all!  It was a great show, and Lzzy, you just keep getting better and better!  The woman has a set of lungs on her that just don’t quit.  I love her to death! Band was tight, as usual.  Crowd was over the top awesome.  Make sure to catch them on this run with The Pretty Reckless and Starset right now…..Meanwhile, System Of A Down also streamed a live show, their very special event in Yerevan, Armenia.It was the band’s  first-ever concert in their ancestral country, which took place yesterday (April 23rd), can be seen online in its entirety. The concert marked the culmination of the group’s “Wake Up The Souls” tour, a global trek to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The arena tour kicked off on April 6th in Los Angeles and took System to Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Russia. The group, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, have lost family members and history to the Genocide and have worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness. Today (April 24th) marks the actual anniversary of the Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by Turkey’ Ottoman Empire. From 1915 through 1923, 1.5 million men, women and children were starved, shot, beaten and banished to die in the desert during one of history’s greatest crimes. Though considered by many to be the first genocide of the 20th century, the Turkish government denies it ever happened. While other nations have recognized and commemorated the Genocide, attempts over the past several decades to get the U.S. government to do the same have fallen short, mainly due to Turkey’s value to the U.S. as a strategic ally. Although a resolution recognizing the genocide has been up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives over the years, it has never passed. Tankian told us a while back the situation needs to be rectified once and for all: “Every year for the past number of years this Armenian genocide resolution is introduced, and Turkey will always have a reason to deny it. They’re hanging onto their own lies, they’re spending millions of dollars in propaganda to try to change their history. You know, we should always be truthful. We’re a democracy, for God’s sakes. We can’t lie about a genocide because they’re still happening.” The anniversary of the Genocide will be observed around the world on Friday, including marches in Los Angeles and other major cities. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)….Also from Pulse, Faith No More‘s two best-selling albums, 1989′s The Real Thing and 1992′s Angel Dust, are being reissued in new editions featuring plenty of bonus rarities. According to Rolling Stone, the reissues will be available as either double-CD or heavyweight double-vinyl sets with the CDs available on June 9th, one month after the band releases its first set of new music in 18 years, Sol Invictus, on May 19th. Neither disc will contain any previously unreleased tracks, but both will collect hard-to-find rarities in the form of live cuts, remixes and other B-sides and bonus tracks. The bonus disc for The Real Thing contains remixes of three of Faith No More’s biggest hits — “Epic,” “Falling To Pieces” and “From Out Of Nowhere” — non-album cuts like “The Grade,” “Cowboy Song” and “Sweet Emotion,” plus live cuts like a cover of Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs.” Angel Dust also features live tracks, remixes and covers of the Commodores‘ “Easy” and the Dead Kennedys‘ “Let’s Lynch the Landlord.” A vinyl release for both albums is planned for August, though an exact release date has yet to be announced. Faith No More is currently on its first full North American tour since 2010 and plays the third of three Los Angeles shows on Friday night (April 24th)….Got a press release yesterday saying  Scott Weiland has announced a replacement for Jeremy Brown, the guitarist in his band The Walkabouts who died suddenly on March 30th. The new guitarist is Nick Maybury, who has played with Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Debbie Harry, Alice Cooper and others. Weiland said, “Jeremy had big shoes and no one can fill them . . . he was my best friend and my collaborator. But we have to soldier on. Nick is an incredible player and is a great fit for the Wildabouts.” …..Pop Evil issued the first of the in studio websides chronicling the making of their new album with Adam Kaspar in Seattle.  Here’s the first one…..And this is hilarious.  “Secret Metal Mysteries” unravels the story behind how Korn got their name.   Fact or fiction?  You decide!  Watch and learn!  (Thanks Loudwire)….Birthdays are happening today for Brian Marshall, Creed/Alter Bridge bassist is 42.  Billy Gould, Faith No More bassist/producer is 52.  Saturday, Al Pacino is 75.  Sunday, drummer  Joey Jordison turns the Big 4-0  and Incubus drummerJose Pasillas II  is 39.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, Apr 23

Morning!  First off, want to thank all the Falling In Reverse fans for making our first artist App Chat  on the hardDrive Radio APP a rousing success!  Ronnie Radke was so super to give up his time for this and he even surprised his fans by entering the chat HOURS before the scheduled time. We had fans from around the globe!  Our downloads increased over 800%!  That is HUGE!  We will have more of these chats in the coming weeks, so please keep your eyes GLUED to the app to find out who and when! (I promise, it will be huge!)…..Getting ready to head into the office to interview Brett Morgen, the director of HBO original series documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck.”  I enjoyed the film and I think Nirvana fans will be delighted to see the archival material and the home video footage, writings, drawings and family revelations about the troubled frontman.  It is a heavy watch, let me tell you.  It is also 2 hours and 14 minutes long.  I hope you will watch it on HBO May 04th. Speaking of Kurt, the LA apartment he once shared with Courtney Love is on AirBNB. Check it out…Congrats to Lzzy and the boys! Halestorm‘s third album, Into The Wild Life, debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release. That was a much bigger haul than the band’s previous effort, 2012′s Grammy-winning The Strange Case Of . . . , which moved 24,000 copies in its debut week. The new album has been described as Halestorm’s most diverse and adventurous to date, which is exactly what drummer Arejay Hale told us they set out to do:Going into this record, we weren’t thinking about the last record. We weren’t thinking about recreating the old or even trying to top it. We were just chasing what gets us excited. A lot of people ask us, they’re like, ‘Hey, you guys won a Grammy, so was there a lot more pressure on you guys?’ And we’re like, ‘No,’ ’cause, you know, that’s kind of just how we are. I think that the best way to evolve and move forward is just to not look back.” Singer Lzzy Hale recently said  Into The Wild Life was structured “like one big song with different elements to it . . . each one lends itself to the other.” Halestorm is the first female-fronted rock band to lodge three consecutive Number One tracks at the top of the rock radio chart.The band kicked off a North American tour with The Pretty Reckless last night (April 22nd) in Nashville. The trek pulls into Atlanta on today (April 23rd). Listen for Halestorm as our Featured Artist of the Week this week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!…..Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach will head out on a co-headlining tour this fall, with In This Moment and From Ashes To New along as special guests. But instead of announcing a confirmed set of dates, the bands are giving fans a chance to help bring the tour to their city. Each week, the top voted cities will move on to the next round until the final routing is revealed on May 19th.  Meanwhile, Papa Roach has also released a music video for “Gravity,” the latest single from the band’s current album F.E.A.R. The track and video both feature In This Moment singer Maria Brink, which Papa Roach bassist Tobin Esperance said brought a whole new dimension to the song: Getting that female voice and that perspective, you know, in the storyline, it just fit beautifully. It’s a heavy song in all ways. The way Maria sings on it, it’s different, and the vibe that we bring out in the song — I don’t know, it’s got a nice little twist to it.….Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has issued a letter of gratitude to fans following the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Saturday night (April 18th) in Cleveland. Writing at his Instagram account, Armstrong said, “I can’t express enough how much love is in my heart for all of you in our Green Day community . . . sometimes I don’t always like to use the word ‘fan.’ I think I can speak on behalf of me, Mike (Dirnt, bassist) and Tre (Cool, drums) when I call you family or community. Because you all truly grew up together with us and shared this journey together.”  Armstrong continued, “This is more than an award. It’s the privilege to play music, write songs and follow this psychotic passion called rock n roll. And we share this honor together. Because honestly YOU ARE our Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.”  He signed off with, “Idiot nation forever, rage and love, Billie Joe.”Green Day was inducted into the Hall by Fall Out Boy and played a three-song set featuring “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around” and “Basket Case.” The group later backed fellow inductee Ringo Starr on the song “Boys.” This year’s other inductees were Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the “5″ Royales and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Watch for the edited version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on HBO May 30th….Metallica‘s limited edition cassette version of its 1982 demo tape, No Life ‘Till Leather, was the second-best selling item released as an exclusive on Record Store Day (April 18th). It was beaten only by a vinyl edition of the White Stripes album Get Behind Me Satan. The cassette, a replica of the original copy owned by drummer Lars Ulrich, sold just under 3,000 copies. Other popular Record Store Day items included releases from the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Replacements and more.And I suspect not enough copies of Foo Fighters Songs From The Laundry Room were made since it was only #18 on the sales chart!  (Blabbermouth).. Speaking of the Foo Fighters,  frontman Dave Grohl and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson both make guest appearances on the new studio album from Alice Cooper, a collection of mostly cover songs that also features contributions from Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, Paul McCartney and others. Cooper said that he’s “really happy” with the album, adding that his guest artists show up on it “in places where you wouldn’t expect them to be, that’s the cool thing.“…Smashing Pumpkins have announced a handful of acoustic shows, where they’ll also perform songs from Zwan and solo Corgan works.  See Road Rage….Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has listed his Beverly Hills home on the market for $4.5 million.  Wow.  Look at it here….Thanks to Pulse Of Radio for the stories today.  Gotta dash.  Later taters.