14: Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
17: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air
23: Mexico City, MX @ Corona Hell & Heaven Metal Fest AUG
06: Montreal, QC @ HVY MTL
08: Jackson, MI @ Jackson County Fairgds
10: Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip
26-28: English Festivals: READING and LEEDS UK SEP
09: Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford E & Sports Ctre
10: Penticton, BC @ Sp Okanagan E Ctre
11: Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle
13: Lethbridge, AB @ Enmax Ctre
14: Regina, SK @ Brandt Ctre
16: Medicine Hat, BC @ Canalta Ctre
17: Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
18: Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Ctre
20: Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Ctre
23: Oshawa, ON @ GM Ctre
24: London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
27: Moncton, NB @ The Coliseum
28: Halifax, NS @ Scotia Bank Ctre www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
Guns N’ Rosestook more than 40,000 fans to Paradise City last night as the legendary band rocked Ford Field in Detroit, MI during their 2.5 hour show that kicked off their historic Not In This Lifetime Tour. Following a blistering rock performance from the acclaimed Alice In Chains, Guns N’ Roses took the stage to perform two dozen songs spanning their multi-platinum selling career including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Chinese Democracy” and “Civil War.” A full set list is below.
The tour continues on Sunday, Jun 26 in Washington, DC at FedExField and then moves on to another 19 cities throughout North America. Alice In Chains will also perform on the tour on shows scheduled from Jun 26 thru July 3 while Lenny Kravitz will join the line-up from Jul 19 thru Jul 24. Grammy Award®-winner Chris Stapleton will join the tour for the Nashville show on Saturday, Jul 9, acclaimed Canadian rock band, Billy Talent, will perform in Toronto on Saturday, Jul 16, The Cult, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the late 20th century will join the tour on Jul 27 (Atlanta), 29 (Orlando) & 31 (New Orleans) and Tuesday, Aug 3 in Dallas while multiple-Grammy Award winner, Skrillex, is set to join the tour on Aug 5 in Houston. Demand for tickets to the Not In This Lifetime Tour continue at an unprecedented pace as additional shows were recently announced including Chicago (Jul 3), Boston (Jul 20), New York City (Jul 24) and two brand new dates in Los Angeles (Aug 18 & 19). A full list of tour dates is in Road Rage.
It’s So Easy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Live and Let Die (Wings)
You Could Be Mine
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (Johnny Thunders)
Raw Power (Iggy and The Stooges)
This I Love
Band intros into Slash solo – Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from the Godfather/Andy Williams)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Out Ta Get Me
Jam (Wish You Were Here/Pink Floyd)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
The Seeker (The Who)
When will it end?
The Pulse Of Radio reporting members of Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Radiohead, Fun., Nine Inch Nails and more than 150 other artists have signed an open letter to Congress asking the government to take steps to end gun violence. According to Consequence Of Sound, the letter comes following the murder of Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and the slaughter of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Penned and organized by the editors of Billboard magazine, the letter is signed by Paul McCartney, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, all five members of Pearl Jam, Fun. members Nate Reuss and Jack Antonoff, all five members of Linkin Park, Stevie Nicks, Beck, Iggy Pop, Trent Reznor, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Panic! At The Disco‘s Brendan Urie, Elle King, Casey and Sam Harris of X Ambassadors and dozens more.
The letter published in next week’s Billboard magazine reads in part, “As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change. Music always has been celebrated communally, on dance floors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences — going to school or church or work — now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.”
The letter asks Congress to require a background check for every gun sale, as well as block suspected terrorists from buying guns. The letter closes by saying, “Billboard and the undersigned implore you — the people who are elected to represent us — to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.”
Congressional Republicans, the current majority party, have refused to allow votes on a series of four gun control proposals, both last December and in the wake of the two Orlando tragedies. That led House Democrats to stage a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday (Jun 22nd and 23rd).
Look, this is intended NOT TO TAKE AWAY ANYONE’S GUNS! It is intended to set up restrictions. And ban assault rifles. It’s common sense, isn’t it? Come on officials, WAKE UP! It’s not about politics, it’s about PEOPLE! (ok, I will get off my soapbox now.)
It’s funny. Three years ago, I was traveling in France, was in Cannes, and walked by the convention hall where this annual event takes place. Ah, if I was only there again THIS year to see DAVE GROHL! LOL The Pulse Of Radio reports the Foo Fighters frontman emerged from hiatus on Wednesday night (Jun 22nd) to play a special invite-only acoustic set at the Cannes Lion International Festival Of Creativity in Cannes. In addition to playing several staple Foo Fighters cuts, Grohl shared a story about getting high at a party a while back and unexpectedly performing a duet with Taylor Swift while Paul McCartney watched from the sidelines.
According to Alternative Nation, Grohl explained McCartney performed a song on piano first and the assembled partygoers began demanding Grohl play as well. He recalled, “I maybe smoked a little pot, so I was already challenged enough. I was like, ‘Oh my god, what do I do right now.’ All of a sudden Taylor Swift stands up and says, ‘I’ll play a song!’ I was like thank god, Taylor Swift is here. So she gets on the piano and I think, ‘Okay, I’ll jam with her.’” He continued, “So I pick up one of Paul’s left handed basses off the wall, I’m super high, she starts playing, and I’m just trying to figure out how to play along to what she’s doing . . . She was playing this really beautiful thing on piano, and I look at my wife like, I know this f**king song, and she was playing our song ‘Best Of You.’ As if I wasn’t high enough, that f**king blew me into outer space man.” Grohl added, “I just lost my mind, so I felt obligated to sit next to her and duet. But her voice, she’s got a good voice, she can sing man.”
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are currently on an indefinite hiatus that began at the end of 2015, after a three-year period of activity which included the release and promotion of the Grohl-directed Sound City documentary, the filming and recording of the Sonic Highways HBO series and album, and the year-long world tour in support of the latter.
According to a press release, Cannes Lions is “an eight-day program of creative inspiration, celebration, education and networking. Over 15,000 delegates from around 100 countries attend the Festival, making it the only truly global meeting-place for branded communications professionals to connect, share and discover.” Sure, it’s on the Cote D’Azur in Provence. Minutes from some of the best wine in the world. It’s like heaven. And the convention center is surrounded by a pier with huge, I’m talking like 5 stories tall, yachts, like the size of dinosaurs. It’s insane the money that is around there. The weird thing about Cannes is, along the water where this convention center and the beach is, are Beverly Hills-style old hotels and restaurants. Then a few blocks into town, it’s like a freakin’ war zone! You are afraid someone is about to mug you any second. Thankfully we found a British-style pub to take refuge on our way to the parking garage. Crazy.
You can barely see his scar! Not bad after 3 weeks!
I totally forgot to tell you how the conversation with Corey Taylor went the other day! He told us he’s feeling great, his doctor told him the replacement disc they implanted in his neck is taking hold, but don’t expect to see him doing any head-banging or jumping off speaker columns around the stage on their tour, which kicks off Tuesday in Nashville. I said leave that stuff to Sid! (You may recall, Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson years ago jumped off his riser and broke not one by BOTH of his heels. Yeah, that sucked for him!)
Corey said they shaved off part of a bone that was starting to grow into his spinal column (geez, that is not good) and is relieved of much of the pain he had been experiencing. He also said he’s doing physical therapy, but needs to take it easy.
Meanwhile, we discussed everything he’s been up to including attending the Money in the Band WWE PPV where fans spotted him in the front row, Stone Sour music (can you believe Come (What)Ever May was released 10 years ago?!, the rest of Slipknot’s schedule, Clown‘s new movie, Officer Downe, which, BTW, Corey has a small role in. And we talked about Joey Jordison. You may have read the Metal Hammer interviews he’s done, the magazine, I think, is out now with Joey on the cover. Jordison recently received the magazine’s esteemed Golden God Award, given to artists in the metal and hard rock community. Corey’s comment basically was, well, you should wait til you hear him tell Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL on Friday night, Jul 8th. (sneaky, ain’t I?) Slipknot will also be THE XLFeatured Artist of the Week Jul 11-15.
Whew! Aren’t you glad THAT is over! The Pulse Of Radio says Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have prevailed in Los Angeles federal court in the copyright infringement lawsuit regarding their authorship of “Stairway To Heaven.” The pair was sued by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, on behalf of the late Spirit guitarist who wrote “Taurus” and performed under the name Randy California. The trust was hoping to not only win a monetary judgment, but also secure a writing credit for California on “Stairway To Heaven.”
Yesterday (Jun 24th), the seventh and final day of the trial — which saw Plant, Page, and John Paul Jones all take the witness stand — the jury asked for recordings of both song to be played — with “Stairway” being aired twice. These were not the records of each song, but new recordings based solely on the respective song’s sheet music. 20 minutes later, the jury had its verdict.
Rolling Stone reported: “The In the decisions of the questions considered by the jury, the verdict initially seemed to be leaning towards the plaintiffs. The first — whether or not the trust of late ‘Taurus’ songwriter Randy Wolfe, represented by trustee Michael Skidmore, actually owned the ‘Taurus’ copyright — ruled ‘yes’ for the plaintiffs. (Questions over who actually owned the ‘Taurus’ copyright had been a key part of Zeppelin counsel Peter Anderson‘s defense throughout the trial.) And as to whether there was a ‘preponderance of evidence’ that Page and Plant had ‘access’ to ‘Taurus’ in advance of writing ‘Stairway,’ the answer was definitively ‘yes.’”
Celebrating life this weekend: Jeff Beck is 72! (geez!), Mick Fleetwood is 69. Saturday: Mike Kroeger of Nickelback is 44, Ricky Gervais is 55 and Anthony Bourdain is 60. Sunday, Mick Jones of The Clash turns 61 and former NY Yankee Derek Jeter is 42. Enjoy your first weekend of SUMMER!
Very sad to hear about the passing of an ole friend, Bill Ham. Bill was the original manager and producer for ZZ Top. He was a one of a kind. Rest in peace, Bill. Heaven just got a little heavier.
Well, tonight the Guns N’ Roses tour kicks off! I gotta tell ya, these pictures are making me rethink my stance on stadium dates. The tour kicks off tonight in Detroit Rock City at Ford Field, and The Pulse Of Radio reports the band has released photos of the band’s stage set-up and a brief clip of the group rehearsing ahead of the launch of the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. Drummer Frank Ferrer has also uploaded a photo that features a partial glimpse of the set list, which will feature 26 or 27 songs. In addition to Guns staples, the band will rotate lesser known tracks like “Nice Boys,” “Think About You,” “Perfect Crime” and the Velvet Revolver track “Slither” in and out of the show.
A short clip shared by Fender shows bassist Duff McKagan and other members of the band in their rehearsal space while the original recording of “Paradise City” plays on the soundtrack.
Meanwhile, footage was released on June 18th of former Guns drummer Steven Adler practicing “Paradise City,” leading to speculation that he will at least make a guest appearance on the band’s upcoming reunion tour. According to some reports, Adler was actually going to perform at the Troubadour with Guns N’ Roses on April 1st, but was unable to play due to a back injury.
The current tour features original members McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose backed by Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
Rose just finished a stint as lead vocalist for AC/DC on that band’s European festival run, and is slated to play at least 10 North American shows with that group right after Guns complete their stadium run.
Five Finger Death Punch
The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in a new interview the band is doing its best to help frontman Ivan Moody battle “his demons” on tour. The vocalist has been struggling with substance abuse and Bathory confirmed the whole group has made behavioral changes to help Moody’s recovery. Bathory explained, “You have to change the habits on the road — what happens, what’s on the rider. You have to take off all the alcohol — even mouthwash. It’s about trying to eliminate all of the triggers.”
Bathory continued, “He’s been battling his demons, and when you’re in a rock band, it can be really difficult to be on the road. If you have any kind of addiction or addictive personality, everybody wants to hang out and party. People are going to come up to you and say, ‘Hey man, let me buy you a drink,’ or ‘Let’s hang out.’ For them, that’s a big thing. They don’t realize that to us, it was the same thing yesterday, and the day before that, and the past 300 days before that.”
Drummer Jeremy Spencer, who’s been sober for several years, admitted that staying clean on the road is tough: “When you get sober, at first you just think, ‘Well, I’m sober now, I’m not drinking anymore, I’m fixed, right?’ But there’s a lot of stuff that you have to learn how to deal with. It’s about living life sober and especially being in a successful band, like I woke up, you know, one day I’m sober, now I have to learn how to deal with all this stuff, which is, it’s a great problem to have living this lifestyle, but I had to learn how to do it because I honestly didn’t know how.“
Zoltan also spoke about a possible direction for Five Finger Death Punch’s seventh studio album, on which work just got underway this month. He said, “I think now is the time when technically we could do any kind of album. This is the moment where we can sort of experiment.” The guitarist added, “We have a couple of ideas floating around. One of them is to make a little bit of a retro record, just to have fun and do a thrash metal vibe, and then there are new ideas that are completely different, involving elements that we’ve never had before. Both directions are exciting, so we’ll have to make a decision.”
Moody’s addiction problems have received more attention recently after the band was forced earlier this year to cancel an Australian tour due to his hospitalization. We’ve got our 5 fingers crossed all will be good when the tour starts for Ivan. He’s a good dude and a friend of the show’s since he was in Motograter. We wish him nothing but the best!
Maynard’s autobiography is coming out!A trailer has been posted online for the authorized biography of Tool, A Perfect Circle andPuscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan, which will be published on Nov 8th through Backbeat Books. Titled A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, the 284-page tome was written by Keenan’s longtime friend, Sarah Jensen, and Keenan himself was heavily involved in its creation.Keenan told us Jensen was actually around for many of the formative events of his life: “She met me when I was doing music, which was in high school of course. High school plays, choir, all those performances. She saw me, you know, when I was going into the military, she saw me in all the sports activities that I was involved in, a lot of the poetry that I used to write back in high school, some of the publications that I was involved in back then…so she’s seen all of that progression.”According to a press release, the book chronicles Keenan’s “journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on the disparate fields of contemporary music and regional winemaking.” The press release added the book “presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included throughout are passages in Keenan’s own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative. There is also commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues.”Also included are eight pages of never before seen photographs. The book’s cover art is now online. Maynard will conduct a very cool book tour. More information will be made available on that very soon!
Meanwhile, Tool will be playing a number of festivals and headlining dates this fall, although there is still no word on when the band intends to release its long-awaited fifth album.
Blabbermouth reporting Halestorm is starting to write its next album, according to a new interview with the band by Face Culture. Even though the group is still touring behind last year’s Into The Wild Life effort, drummer Arejay Hale revealed, “This time we’re trying to be a little bit more prepared so when we go in we have a little bit more songs to choose from. We’re all individually writing and we’re writing together and we’re just getting an idea of where we want to go, what direction.”
Singer Lzzy Hale added, “We’re literally writing every day. We’re starting to get a clearer idea. A couple of months ago I had no idea what I wanted to do next, and so it was just writing to write.”
Meanwhile, the band is also planning to continue its tradition of recording a covers EP between full albums, with Arejay saying, “We’re about to go into the studio and record another cover EP and every time we do that we get inspired heavily by the songs that we’ve learned. It’s kind of a great way to get an idea of different ways of songwriting.”
Lzzy Hale agreed that recording other artists’ songs helps her own writing: “There’s just nothing like singing and playing and picking apart an already proven amazing song. I think it helps you as a songwriter. I’ll write a song and be like, ‘Well, is that as good as Heart’s ‘All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You,’ and I’ll have to be like, ‘No, back to the drawing board.’” Find Halestorm next month on the Carnival of Madness tour. Meanwhile, Lzzy will be able to unpack some things in her new home in Nashville! Congrats to the new home owner!
According to Alternative Nation, seven previously unreleased Nirvana recordings from 1993 have leaked on a private Nirvana forum, including two never before heard songs. The songs leaked after a fan bought the original tape reel on eBay. The recordings, known as the “Pachyderm Sessions,’ are dated Feb 15th, 1993, and contain two instrumentals that have never been heard publicly before.
One of them, called “Lullaby,” is mainly focused on drums, bass and keyboards, with some fans speculating that Kurt Cobain might be playing drums. The other previously unreleased song features Dave Grohl playing all instruments, with a woman at the beginning saying: “The one I didn’t play him.” The fast, punk-sounding track has what Alternative Nation describes as “shades of Foo Fighters” in it.
Also included on the leak are alternate versions of “Marigold” and “Dumb.”
There has been fan speculation that Dave Grohl (WHAT?!) has leaked some of these tracks himself.
Nirvana material has trickled out online ever since the release of last year’s documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, which featured music and art from his personal archives that had never been publicly shared before. A companion album to the film, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, containing previously unheard demos and other recordings by Cobain, came out last Nov.
It’s Wednesday! We’re psyched because Corey Taylor is calling in today! Woot woot! As you can see from his latest Twitter post, he loved celebrating International Selfie Day! Meanwhile, if you see him, do not give him a cigarette! He’s nearly two months Marlboro Light Free! Congrats!
Hey now! This is an awesome bill!!!!
Big news out of the Avenged Sevenfold camp! They’ll hit the road for a short run of dates this fall, beginning on Sep 12th in Bonner Springs, KS and winding down on Sep 21st in Nashville. Volbeat, Killswitch Engage and Avatar will all appear on the bill for most or all of the shows. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today (Jun 22nd) at 10:00 a.m. local time, while the public sale begins on Friday (Jun 24th) also at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Avenged Sevenfold has been working on its seventh studio album for a while, but singer M. Shadows told us the band prefers to take its time: “In the very beginning, bands put out records almost every year and Led Zeppelin did it and this and that. But then some of my favorite bands would take three, four years to put out a record and when they did, it was a big event for me. And now, because of album sales, because people want to be on the road — that’s where they’re making their money — people want to get things out there and try to stay in the limelight at all times. It doesn’t interest us to do that. We want to just put out the best product possible and when we have something that we’re excited about, then we’ll share it with everybody.”
It is still not clear what label the band will be releasing their new music on. Last year, they started a suit against Warner Bros. Which is actually sad because that label has done nothing but tirelessly work on the band’s behalf. I hope the issue gets resolved soon. Looking forward to some new A7X to rock your faces off with!
Whoa, THAT guy in FBI jacket is JASON HOOK! (photo credit: Jason Hook Facebook)
Well how do you like THIS!? Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook has been cast in a small role in Z, a new thriller about a couple that gets into a confrontation with a serial killer. Hook will play the part of an FBI agent in the Sony Pictures project, which is written and directed by Jonathan Wright and stars Shane West.
Hook posted on his socials, “Took a bit of a departure today, acting in my 1st film for Sony Pictures called “Z” about the Zodiac killer (40 years after the original murders) Played the part of an FBI agent. Shot on location in Ottawa Ontario. I managed to get thru my scene without screwing it up! Lol! Back to Vegas in the morning to continue recording with the guys.”
According to Deadline, the story follows a down-on-their-luck couple young who discover a serial killer’s film reels. They decide to take the law into their own hands and risk everything for the chance at a $100,000 reward, but soon find themselves in the killer’s cross-hairs.
This will be the first acting role for the Canadian-born Hook, who joined Five Finger Death Punch in 2009 following the departure of Darrell Roberts.
Five Finger Death Punch is currently recording its seventh studio album and last under its current contract with Prospect Park. The band recently signed a North American deal with Rise Records, which will officially begin with the album following the one currently being recorded.
It was revealed in April that Prospect Park filed a lawsuit against the band, accusing it of allegedly trying to violate its recording contract by rushing to make a new album despite the addiction problems of singer Ivan Moody. The group fired back, calling the suit “the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics . . . to extract money from and wield power against the band.” (Thanks to The Pulse Of Radio) Skillet are back! The band is wrapping up their European festival run and will be heading back on the road in the states. I love the band’s new look and especially John Cooper‘s beard! He is ROCKIN’ that mofo!
The band will release Unleashed Aug 05th and the current single is “Feel Invincible.” This time the album was produced in 3 cities with 3 different producers: Brian Howes in LA, Kevin Churko in Las Vegas and Seth Mosley in Nashville. John is super stoked for y’all to hear it. Skillet is our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus the week of Jul 04.
Duff McKagan looking Duffalicious!
Love this: Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan was asked on Jonesy’s Jukebox (midday show on KLOS in Los Angeles hosted by Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols) what he thought about Guns singer Axl Rose‘s current stint fronting AC/DC. McKagan replied, ”Me and Slash and our ladies went over to London just to surprise Axl, and to see the AC/DC thing at the new Olympic stadium. And it was amazing. We got to see him do that thing with AC/DC, and it was magical . . . I think it energized the band — they were pretty energized — and the crowd was into it. It was cool. I’m super stoked for him.” (from Brave Words)
Let’s all vibe on rain for our California, Arizona and Nevada peeps. Those wildfires are out of freakin’ control!! When I lived in Cali, when the temps got that hot, we always said it was “earthquake weather.” Let’s hope THAT doesn’t happen, eh?
Prophets Of Rage have canceled six shows on their upcoming summer/fall “Make America Rage Again” tour, while adding others and also confirming AWOLNation as the opening act on the run. The canceled dates are Hartford, CT on Aug 23rd, Wantagh, NY on Aug 28th, Virginia Beach on Aug 29th, Noblesville, IN on the 30th, Burgettstown, PA on the 31st and Tulsa, OK on Oct 7th. No reason has been given for the cancellations. Before the tour launches on Aug 19th in Fairfax, VA, Prophets will play a one-off show in Cleveland on Jul 19th around the Republican National Convention.
Prophets Of Rage announced its formation earlier this month and consists of Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. The band will be performing music from all three acts. See Road Rage for all the dates.
The Pulse Of Radio says Bush has teamed with People.com and the UN Refugee Agency for the premiere of “People At War,” a video that honors World Refugee Day and a new petition circulating online with the hashtag #WithRefugees. Frontman Gavin Rossdale said, “We made this video to raise awareness about the terrible plight of refugees across the world. These are people who are forced to flee their homes for fear of violence, persecution and death.”
Rossdale asks fans to visit www.unhcr.org/bush and sign the #WithRefugees petition that asks governments to work together to help.
Bush’s latest album, Man On The Run, was released in Oct 2014. It followed up Bush’s 2011 comeback effort, The Sea Of Memories, which was the first all-new Bush album in a decade. Rossdale has been in the news for much of the past year due to his split with wife Gwen Stefani, who left her husband of 13 years after she allegedly discovered he was having an affair with their three sons’ nanny.
Ok, so everyone is scratching their heads about the news Robert Plant has declined the offer to invite Led Zeppelin to perform at this October’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA. It’s been reported the band was offered $14 million to play the two reunion performances. Ya know, I can understand why. Robert’s voice isn’t what it used to be. He simply can’t hit those high notes any more, and I guess he doesn’t want to look bad on stage. I mean, he could have the tunes re-arranged so he could sing in a lower register, but if he wants the “song to remain the same,” I guess he just wants fans to remember “laughter.” (Play on lyrics here, folks! lol) But I wonder, the rest of the band could still do these shows with another singer if they really wanted. Hmmmm. But would they? I mean, did anyone see Jason Bonham‘s Led Zeppelin Experience set at Rock on the Range a few years ago? For this original Zeppelin fan, it was amazing! I am sure there are thousands of fans who would be happy to see 3/4′s of the original band. Just sayin’! Wonder what Jimmy Page is thinking?
Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington and members of Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne‘s band, Queens Of The Stone Age and more all performed last Tuesday night (Jun 14th) in Los Angeles with the Hellcat Saints, a covers act created by Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner. Among the songs performed were Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Down,” Alice In Chains‘ “Them Bones,” Guns N’ Roses‘ “Paradise City” and Black Sabbath‘s “Hole In The Sky.” Fan-filmed video footage of the event has been posted online. (Thanks Blabbermouth!)
Rolling Stone reports Marilyn Manson is featured in a trailer for the new film Let Me Make You A Martyr, which will premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal next month. The crime movie about an abusive father features Manson playing a Native American hit man named Pope. Manson said about the film, “It was the biggest role that I’ve played. On the script, I’d say I was on half of the pages. I don’t know how the movie will end up though.”
Well, our friends in Islander have posted a video for their new single, “Bad Guy.” Arin Illejay has been confirmed as their new drummer. Arin was most recently with Avenged Sevenfold. Look for Islander’s new album Power Under Control our Aug 05th.
“‘Bad Guy’ is a song about speaking the truth, telling someone something that they need to hear even though it may not be what that person wants to hear. This song is the response to [previously released] ‘Darkness’,” explains vocalist Mikey Carvajal.
Carvajal goes on to note that “The songs on Power Under Control are meant to be listened to together in the same way that a book is to be read. If someone were to skip the chapters in a book, the story may be exciting, but a lot of the meanings would be lost.”
The founding Islander member and vocalist was joined by Love And Death wunderkind guitarist J.R. Bareis in 2015, leading the band on a powerful new path. The seeds of this relationship were planted during 2014′s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, when word of Islander‘s performances quickly spread to the tour’s headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Korn — who flocked to watch the band almost daily. Bareis, who was then guitar tech for Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, soon found himself in the role as Islander‘s new guitar player. Shortly thereafter, Islander recruited bassist Zeke Vasquez (ex-Foreveratlast), and after a couple revolving seats behind the drum throne, newly exited A7X skinsman Arin Ilejay became a permanent fixture snapping sticks and cymbals behind the kit.
Islander will immediately hit the road in support of the album, kicking things off at the Chicago Open Air pre-party on Jul 14. Additional dates will soon be announced.
And finally today, the History Channel has posted a new trailer for the new Jack & Ozzy Osbourne series, “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.” The series starts Wednesday night, Jul 27th. It looks like the male version of The Osbournes! LOL Meanwhile, even though it’s been said Ozzy is living back in his home in LA, I heard Sharon did not speak to Ozzy while Black Sabbath was at Download in England a few weeks ago. The cold shoulder must be killing Ozzy!
19: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora (no AWOLNation) AUG
19: Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
20: Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
21: Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
23: Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
24: Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphi
26: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
27: Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
28: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun SEP
01: Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
03: Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphi
04: St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphi
05: Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphi
07: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphi
10: Auburn, WA @ White River Amphi
11: Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphi
13: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphi
15: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fabulous Forum
17: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
25: Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
27: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena OCT
01: Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphi
02: W. Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphi
04: Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphi
05: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
08: Houston, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
09: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11: El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
12: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphi
14: Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center
16: Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphi
* = with STITCHED UP HEART JUN
21: Moorhead, MN @ The Garage Bar *
22: Bismarck, ND @ Rock Point *
24: Winnipeg, MB @Red River Exhibition Grds
25-26: Minot, ND @ Original Bar & Nightclub * JUL
08: Windsor, ON @ River Front Festival Plaza
13: Bulkley-Nechako, BC @ Brook Arena
14: Lloydminster, AB @ Colonial Days
16: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air
17: Mansfield, OH @ Ohio State Reformatory
28: Lethbridge, AB @ Average Joe’s
31: Tumbler Ridge, BC @ Grizfest AUG
21: Auburn, WA @ White River Amphi 26 through Nov 06: See 3 Doors Down tour
hardDrive Double Dose: VOLBEAT
“Seal The Deal” & “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” Plugged In: SAINT ASONIA “I Don’t Care Anymore”
SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”
CHEVELLE “Joyride (Omen)” Guest: ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar” Listener 3 Song Seg THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants”
GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” ASK LZZY
HELLYEAH “Human” DIRT
POP EVIL “Take It All” Guest: TRIVIUM “Dead and Gone”
HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade”
SKILLET “Feel Invincible”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” Guest: BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song”
THRICE “Black Honey”
SEVENDUST “Death Dance” Guest: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player? VIMIC “My Fate”
XL CHEVELLE “Joy Ride (Omen)”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis”
GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities”
SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”
MED A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am”
BLINK 182 “Bored To Death”
KALEO “No Good”
POP EVIL “Take It All”
SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns”
ROB ZOMBIE “Get High”
AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed”
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes of Eden”
DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning in the Sky”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar”
HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade”
MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live”
SEVENDUST “Death Dance”
SKILLET “FEEL “Invincible”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants”
THRICE “Black Honey” TREMONTI “Dust”
TRIVIUM “Dead And Gone”