Friday, Sep 19

Happy Days are here again!  The cable guy and the tv repair both making stops by my place this morning!   Turbo speed….what a joke! And who knew your tv has a “motherboard.”  I don’t even know what the IS, but I guess I need a new one….Last night, I was treated by a close friend to join her to see her husband play bass in King Crimson. Now most of you probably have little idea who that is, but they are one of the grandaddys of “progressive or prog rock.” (I had their album In The Court of the Crimson King and played it to DEATH in college!  But as I was in the audience (weird for me to not be on the side of the stage or in balcony) in a seat on the floor of the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, some of the riffs coming from Robert Fripp were the most METAL ones ever.  Two guitarists, leader & legendary wizard  Fripp, THREE DRUMMERS:  Gavin Harrison-Porcupine Tree, Bill Rieflin-Ministry, KMFDM, REM and Pat Mastelotto-Mr. Mister, flute/sax player & original King Crimson member Mel Collins,  &  the amazing bassist Tony Levin, who also plays in 3 of his own side projects, as well as Peter Gabriel. Needless to say, I was thinking about all my drummer friends, Ray Luzier, Jeremy Spencer, Morgan Rose, Danny Carey, Mike Wengren, Brann Dailor, Vinnie Paul, Shannon Larkin and Sully Erna,  who would’ve gone out of their minds if they had seen this show! It was something else!   Truly spiritually lifting. And I LOVED LOVED LOVED that Fripp rolled interstitial audio, including a 3:00 piece at the top of the show asking the audience to PLEASE do NOT use your cell phones or cameras or recording devices.  Of course, there were people who dissed him, this is New York for cryin’ out loud, but for the most part, people respected their wishes.   And in between songs,  audio of the usual interviewer Q&A Mr. Fripp probably gets all the time, with emphasis on the interviewers “um”‘s, stutters, and awkward questions.  It was hilarious.  Bright chap, that Fripp…..OK news:  Pulse of Radio reports Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale took time out from the recording of the band’s third album to discuss the project with Gearphoria, admitting there was more pressure this time to follow up the success of 2012′s The Strange Case Of . . . . Hale explained, “We’ve definitely evolved. The one thing that has remained the same is that we’re all perpetually 14 years old inside, so we’re all very immature. That hasn’t changed much. But the animal or monster of Halestorm has gotten bigger, and obviously there’s more responsibility and also a little more on the line. But for the most part we’ve continued to do what we’ve always done, which is chase after whatever gets us excited.” She added, “It blows my mind that not only are we making our third record for Atlantic Records, which is a feat in itself because we know so many bands that never make it to this one . . . but also it has been 18 years since my brother and I started Halestorm, so there are moments of ‘Can you believe we’re still doing this?’ It’s mind-boggling.”   The Strange Case Of . . . yielded two chart-topping rock singles in “Freak Like Me” and the Grammy-winning “Love Bites (So Do I)”. Halestorm debuted two new songs — “Heartbreaker” and “Mayhem” — at shows in Tennessee and England this past spring. The new album will be the first one Halestorm has written mostly in the studio. Ms. Hale told Lou Brutus while she enjoys writing songs on tour, they’re often different from what the band does in the studio: “Definitely. When everything is kind of more consistently tour-focused and not, you know, writing-focused, I definitely write differently. I explore different subjects without being picky about anything. So as things develop in my life, in either my personal life or professional, it’s nice to explore all those different subjects, you know, without the pressure of being in the studio.” The band has also been taking time out from the studio to play shows here and there, which Hale has enjoyed, saying, “It’s extremely inspiring to step out of the studio and then step in front of an audience and remind yourself why you’re making these songs. It gives you perspective about what you’re working on in the studio.” Halestorm will play shows in Baltimore & NYC at the end of this month before embarking on a longer U.S. tour that begins on Nov 11th in Chattanooga, TN…..Seether frontman Shaun Morgan told Alternative Nation he would jump at the chance to jam with the surviving members of Nirvana if he could. Morgan explained, “It would be something that I would love to do, but it’s not something that anyone has ever asked me to do. Obviously, just from being a kid, even just to play a show with those guys would be great. But it’s not something that I’ve ever been approached about doing, but obviously as a childhood dream, it would be great to be on stage with those guys.” Morgan added, “All the songs on ’Nevermind’ would be my favorites because they’re the ones that made me pick up a guitar.”  Meanwhile, the new Seether single is called “Same Damn Life.”….Celebrating birthdays:   Fri:  Jimmy Fallon is Fabulous at 40!  Sat:  Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd is 46;  Sun:  Stephen King is 67 and Phil “Philthy Animal”  Taylor of Motorhead is 60.

 

 

Thursday, Sep 18

Ya know, last time I interviewed Chad Kroeger,  it was backstage at Madison Square Garden when he said he proposed to Avril Lavigne.  And like the good mom I can be, I said, “Really?  How long have you known each other?”  And when they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a wedding in a villa in the south of France, I said to myself, “I hope this lasts!”  But viola!  Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and pop singer Avril Lavigne are reportedly headed for divorce after a year of marriage, according to Us Weekly. Inside sources revealed, “It’s over. He has been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing.” The 39-year-old Kroeger proposed to the 29-year-old Lavigne in August 2012 after dating for just a few months. The couple were married in July 2013. There has been no public hint of trouble in the marriage, with Lavigne just this past July showing off a 17-carat emerald-cut ring that Kroeger gave her for their first anniversary. But a source told E! News that the couple is having “a lot of issues,” explaining, “When they met, they were in work mode. They were doing a collaboration and that’s where the attraction stemmed from. She was in the studio and he was producing her. She was also coming off some bad relationships where she didn’t really feel appreciated as an artist. She felt she and Chad connected on that level.”  So how did Avril’s album do, mmmm, not so well.  The same source told E! that Lavigne “was hoping, after this album, to take time off and start a family.” That could conflict with Kroeger’s own career plans. Nickelback is set to release its eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, on November 4th, and plans to hit the road in early 2015 for a lengthy world tour in support of the new record. Lavigne was married once before, to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. That marriage ended in 2009 after three years.   Mom’s advice, stay single for a while….People are so gullible, (yes, I am one) but this story is downright stoopid!  Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix gave a surprising if not outright disturbing answer when asked by Hit The Floor magazine if he could remember his first kiss. Shaddix replied, “My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don’t lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this.” Shaddix did not elaborate on the incident or whether he was even joking or not (Oh, come ON!) Asked what message he has for fans, Shaddix stated, “If I’ve got a message to my fans, it’s go be yourself. You know what I’m saying? No matter what’s going on out there in the world, believe in yourself and go be yourself, because that’s what the world wants from you — is you to be you, and not you to be a copy of somebody else. You know what I’m saying? That’s what P-Roach is about. We’re just us.” Waiting to find out what the deal is with their new single and album.  I know Kevin Churko produced it out in Vegas, and a single is coming in the near future.  More on that as I get it…Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently tried his hand at acting in the new horror film Fear Clinic, and now fans who will be in Los Angeles next month will get a chance to see if he’s got the talent to make in that business. The film will have its worldwide premiere on Oct 22nd at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles.  The film stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street movies, as a doctor who uses unorthodox methods to treat patients at his clinic who suffer from fear-based phobias. Taylor appears as a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. He told me the part was only going to a small role, but once they started to film, the director wanted more from him and gave his character a larger role.  Taylor told us his first time acting in a film was a great experience: “I really kind of lucked out because the scenes that I had with Robert, we’d be talking eye lines and ‘you should react like this’ and ‘you should, you know, kind of do this and that.’ And Rob Hall, the director, I mean he was very, very specific about what he wanted to see and what he wanted to capture, but at the same time very loose. He was like, ‘Make it feel normal.’ And the cast was great, so it was very cool.”…Metallica has announced via the band’s official website that it will release all 27 shows it played in 2014 on CD before the year is out. The band’s statement said, “Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.” The shows will be released in order, starting with a Mar 16th gig in Bogota, Colombia and ending with a concert at the “Heavy Montreal” festival in Montreal on Aug 9th….Avenged Sevenfold has released a video for the song “Chapter Four,” featuring black and white live footage of the band shot over a decade ago and highlighting the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan on drums. The song is included on the recently released deluxe reissue of the group’s second effort, Waking The Fallen, which contains the entire 2003 album, 11 never-before-heard songs and a 30-minute documentary….And finally today, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will join Alice CooperJoan JettDarlene Love and others on Oct  23rd for the sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York. Jett will be honored as “Rocker of the Year” at the event, with proceeds going toward Little Kids Rock, which inspires children in disadvantaged public schools by overhauling their music programs. (Special thanks to Pulse of Radio for the help in my reporting today.)

Wednesday, Sep 17

Slash!  What can I say, the guy is so awesome!  He’s one of the most down to earth, unaffected rock stars you will ever meet.  His management emailed me after they left to say such nice things! “Over the years, you’ve developed a great thing with Slash and you know he goes out of his way to support those who support him.”  Aw, gee. (I did wear my Chuck Taylor’s in his honor.) So be listening tonight on the XL  for a previous interview and hang on for the new video interview and our new interview on the air with Lou Brutus! Slash is a sweetheart and he is vey dedicated to the plight of the elephants who are being killed by rich game hunters and poachers who kill them for their ivory. (Don’t quote me, but I think the tune “Beneath The Savage Sun” is about that.) Anywho,  check out the album, World On Fire, which I believe is still streaming at USA Today. (See yesterday’s blog for more on that.)  His next stop is Friday at Universal Studios in LA  for the launch of Halloween Horror Nights.  He composed the music for the 3-D maze with terrifying clowns!  ARGH!…..Pulse of Radio reports Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor said in a new interview with Metal Hammer firing founding drummer Joey Jordison in 2013 after 18 years was “one of the hardest decisions” the group ever made, adding that Jordison is “in a place in his life” which is “not where we are.” Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, “It’s when a relationship hits that T-section and one person’s going one way and you’re going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you’ve got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made.” Taylor said the band is “happy right now and we hope that he is . . . he’s just in a place in his life, right now, that’s not where we are.” The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison’s dismissal, and confessed he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, “I haven’t talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That’s how different we are. It’s not because I don’t love him and I don’t miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That’s what it really comes down to.”  Slipknot releases its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, on Oct 21st. It’s the band’s first without Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray.  The identities of the band’s new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask – in the video for “The Devil In I”, the first single from the new album.  Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro “Vman” Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video….So if you are wondering where the new Foo Fighters song is on the radio, we are wondering the same thing!  I find it strange no one involved with the project  is even saying WHAT the single will be or WHEN it will come out! My friends in radio seem to think it will drop next month when the first HBO special airs, around Oct 17. Remains to be seen….The next Three Days Grace single is coming Sep 29th called “I Am Machine.”  I do know that!.. I also know Bush will reissue four of its previous albums on Oct 14th in remastered editions, including 1994′s Sixteen Stone, 1996′s Razorblade Suitcase, 1999′s The Science of Things and the 1997 remix LP, Deconstructed. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told us putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience: “We’ve done some remastering of the stuff and we’ve got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things. It’s been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It’s fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once.”….Meanwhile, just a reminder the new hardDriveRadio APP is where you can finally LISTEN to the weekend edition of hardDrive!   We post the weekend show on Mondays after it’s aired on our partner stations, and you can get it FOR FREE to listen to at your leisure!  So grab your iPhone or Android and download NOW at the app store or Google Play!….Happy 63rd to the Queen of Halloween,  Elvira aka Cassandra Peterson  and Happy 69th to The Zen Master,  basketball coach Phil Jackson.  Years ago, in the 80′s when I lived in LA, I did a Halloween radio special with Cassandra and the guy who play “Jambi” on PeeWee’s Playhouse tv show John Paragon  and SNL star, the late, great Phil Hartman.  We had an absolute laugh RIOT making it.  Hmmm, I wonder if I saved a copy.  It was back in the day when we still pressed our shows on VINYL!   Yes, I am that old!  LOL  Quick side note, that was back in the day when Rob Zombie was working in at the art department on PeeWee’s Playhouse!  Have a great day! 

Tuesday, Sep 16

Today’s the day our friend Slash drops by the hardDriveRadio studios here in NYC.  He is the hardest working man in show biz, lemme tell ya!  Last night, the band performed at a tiny club downtown called Santo’s House Party (co-owned by Andrew WK) to an invitation only crowd.  And Saturday night,  if you have DirecTV, you can watch a documentary on the making of Slash’s World On Fire cd, which drops today, as the fine folks over at Ernie Ball, who created the webisodes REAL TO REEL with SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS (hmmm, did they steal that title fro Dave Grohl?) made it into an hour long film.  It air Saturday, on AXS TV 9 PM ET/5 PM PT.  As mentioned, World On Fire is out today on Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline. Listen to the new album streaming in full on USA TODAY.com this week (HERE).  The title track “World On Fire” marks Slash’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.   On Friday, Sep 19, Slash will be on hand at Universal Studios Hollywood to unveil the new maze “Clowns 3D Music By SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights.” This collaboration with the prolific guitarist marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event.  Later that night, he’ll receive an “Eyegore Award” which honors influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries. Slash will join a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons at the show including Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Grindhouse) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, The Blues Brothers) and many more. Following the annual “Eyegore Awards,” Slash and Myles will perform “Nothing Left To Fear,” the title song for his first-ever motion picture (2013) he co-produced through his film/TV production company Slasher Films. Beginning Tuesday, Sep 23, Slash will celebrate the release of WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three very special sold-out club shows: Sep 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, Sep 25 (The Roxy) and Sep 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).  These shows are presented by and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. For more information, go to: www.SlashOnline.com. Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) Nov 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win. See, Slash, he kicks ASS!….Dave Grohl and his merry music makers Foo Fighters closed out the Invictus Games, and Prince Harry‘s 30th birthday spectacular, over in Merry Ole England (wasit last night or the night before?)  Man, that had to be AWE-some too!  And there’s good and sad news.  Sad news regarding the passing of Sound City owner Tom Skeeter.  Sound City, the legendary studio in which numerous classic rock albums were recorded that was the subject of Dave Grohl‘s 2013 documentary, Sound City: Real To Reel. It was posted on the studio’s Facebook page on Saturday (Sep 13th) that  Tom Skeeter passed away at the age of 82. Skeeter was prominently featured in Grohl’s film, recalling stories from the studio’s history and handing off the studio’s famous Neve console to Grohl, who bought it as the facility was closing down. The board was built in 1972 and was used for more than 40 years to record albums by Neil YoungFleetwood MacCheap Trick, Guns N’ RosesNirvanaRage Against The MachineSlipknotNine Inch NailsMetallica and countless others, many of whom Grohl interviewed for the documentary. The Facebook post read, “We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank you to all of the people who have stopped by the office to meet Tom in the past few years — he enjoyed the visits, and loved hearing how far people had come.”  A message posted at the Sound City Movie Twitter page and all the Foo Fighters‘ social media accounts stated, “Thank you, Tom. For all the music….Tom Skeeter RIP.” Although the studio closed its doors in 2011, Grohl told us his fond memories of just hanging out there: “You know, Sound City was a place that I would go visit when I had nothing better to do. They had barbecues every Friday so, you know, you’d get there — go on a Friday to meet your buddy Nick who’s the engineer and T-Bone would be smoking a joint in the parking lot and someone would be cooking up some burgers, and it was Sound City, you know. It was a hang.”….Meanwhile, the unbelievable charitable folks they are, Linkin Park has launched a campaign to aid the West African Ebola outbreak.   Mike Shinoda said:

Hey guys, hopefully you’ve been following our journey on the road during Carnivores Tour thanks to Chideo. For those of you who don’t know much about it, Chideo is the first online interactive charity broadcast network where fans can get access to exclusive video content and experiences with their favorite celebrities while doing some social good.

Giving back is incredibly important to me and to Linkin Park. In 2005, we started a nonprofit organization, Music for Relief, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated many of the places we had just played on tour. Through Music for Relief, we are committed to utilizing our connections with other bands, people in the music industry and, most importantly, our fans to raise awareness for those in need around the world.  Since its inception, Music for Relief has raised over $6 million to aid survivors of natural disasters and planted over 1 million trees to reduce climate change.

Right now, Music for Relief is responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  One of the most crucial aspects of fighting this deadly virus is having the protective gear to help those who are sick. Music for Relief is raising money for goggles, masks, gloves, full body suits and more for the brave aid workers responding to the crisis. The more gear they have, the better the chances there are of getting the virus under control and preventing it from spreading.

I want to encourage you all to get in on the conversation, and Chideo is a perfect place to get started.  You can register on Chideo.com or download the Chideo app and you’ll gain access to behind-the-scenes video content (like our backstage dance party during Rob’s drum solo or Dave’s weirdest backstage tour ever), not to mention you’ll be the first to hear about future sweepstakes opportunities to get up close and personal with the band. On top of all that, your generous donation will support our charity Music for Relief. A full protective suit costs about $350, but with all of you contributing, the impact can be great.

It’s been a lot of fun reading your questions and creating our video responses – we hope you’ve enjoyed them, too. Please know that you are making a difference by donating to Music for Relief on Chideo and helping people in the greatest need around the world. Thank you.

Also today,  Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat kick off a fall North American co-headlining tour in Salt Lake City. Five Finger drummer Jeremy Spencer told us why he thinks the Denmark-based Volbeat has taken off in America: “It’s a fresh sound, I think. They poke out as being something that’s new and exciting and different and people are relating to them. People are really excited about them, they were always emailing us, ‘When are you guys gonna tour with Volbeat? Volbeat! Volbeat!’ And we were like, we started to take notice of that and we tried to make it happen before and we just couldn’t until now. But we’re really excited about it.”  Check out  the new interview video with Jeremy talking about his book, his favorite football teams and more!    Watch!  And enter to win an autographed copy of Jeremy’s “Death Punch’d:  Surviving the Five Finger Death Punch Metal Mayhem.”  Make sure you are a registered hardDriveRadio Radical, yo!….Avenged Sevenfold has set Oct 16th as the release date for the band’s mobile game, Hail To the King: Deathbat. It will be available via the App Store and on Google Play. A new trailer has been released as well. The game includes nine new pieces of music created by the band, but frontman M. Shadows said, “It’s purely throwback video game music. A lot of 8-bit sounds but a lot of instrumentals. We made songs that reminded us of our youth playing Castlevania or Mario Brothers.” ….Happy 89th to guitar legend B.B. King!

weekEnd Sep 13-14, 2014

  A FAN’S LAMENT

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  CHEVELLE
“Hunter Eats Hunter” & Take Out The Gunman”
Plugged In:  FOZZY “Lights Out”
STARSET “My Demons”
SEETHER “Same Damn Life”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Drown”
Guest:  REDLIGHT KING “Devil’s Dance”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
WE AS HUMAN “Take THe Bullets Away”
GODSMACK “1000hp”
KORN “Hater”
ASK LZZY
CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”

HOUR 2

SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I”
DIRT
RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”
Guest:  NOTHING MORE “Mr MTV”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side of Heaven”
YOU ME AT SIX “Room TO Breathe”
Guest:  SLASH  ”World On Fire”
ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out”
HELLYEAH “Moth”
Guest:  NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  MASTODON “The Motherload”

On the next hardDrive with LOU BRUTUS:

SLIPKNOT
BUSH
THE PRETTY RECKLESS
CHEVELLE
Plugged In:  MASTODON
ASK LZZY  with LZZY HALE OF HALESTORM 
Enter our WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN  contest!
and more of the Best New Music in all the land!
The WORLD FAMOUS HARDDRIVE!

Week Sep 15-19, 2014

XL
CHEVELLE                                 HUNTER EATS HUNTER
KORN                                          HATER
RISE AGAINST                            I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE
SLASH                                          WORLD ON FIRE
SLIPKNOT                                    THE DEVIL IN I
STARSET                                     MY DEMONS
YOU ME AT SIX                           ROOM TO  BREATHE

MED
CROBOT                                      NOWHERE TO HIDE
DEVOUR THE DAY                      RESPECT
NICKELBACK                             EDGE OF A REVOLUTION
OF MICE & MEN                         WOULD YOU STILL BE THERE
THE  PRETTY RECKLESS         MESSED UP WORLD
ROYAL BLOOD                           FIGURE IT OUT
WEEZER                                      BACK TO THE SHACK

SM
A DAY TO REMEMBER              END OF ME
BLACK STONE CHERRY           REMEMBER ME
BRING ME THE HORIZON         CAN YOU FEEL MY HEART
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH    WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN
FRAMING HANLEY                    CRIMINAL
HELLYEAH                                 MOTH
ISLANDER                                  COCONUT DRACULA
LIKE A STORM                           LOVE THE WAY YOU HATE ME
NONPOINT                                  BREAKING SKIN
OTHERWISE                               DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON
REDLIGHT KING                         DEVIL’S DANCE
SKILLET                                      RISE
SLEEPWAVE                              THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

 

 

Monday, Sep 15

Let’s start the week off with news about our friends Slipknot from Pulse of Radio. We know the band has revealed its new masks and its new members — at least what they look like — in the video for “The Devil In I,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album .5: The Gray Chapter. The clip, directed by percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, shows off the new headgear worn by the seven original members, while giving us brief glimpses of the band’s new drummer and bassist, who are both wearing the same mask.   Singer Corey Taylor told  hardDriveRadio in our phoner last week Slipknot wants to honor its past while also moving forward: “It’s respect, but at the same time it’s about healing the wounds, you know, and starting to take those steps forward, and it’s about time for that.”  The band has not revealed the identity of either new member, but now new evidence has surfaced online the man  playing bass is Alessandro “Vman” Venturella. Venturella has served as a guitar tech for MastodonCoheed And Cambria and others, while also playing in the band Krokodil.  A side-by-side comparison of Venturella’s distinctive hand tattoo and that from the person playing bass in the “The Devil In I” video reveals that they appear to be the same.  Slipknot’s new drummer is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.  .5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot’s fifth studio album, arrives on October 21st and is the band’s first without Gray, who passed away in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed last year. The band will stage a  three-day Knotfest event in San Bernardino, CA Oct 24-26  before kicking off its “Prepare For Hell” tour on October 29th in El Paso, TX.  Take a look here.  Interesting….Foo Fighters have been playing a string of club shows in England over the past few days but frontman Dave Grohl has hinted that something much bigger could be afoot for the band. According to NME, Grohl told the crowd at a club in Brighton last Wednesday (September 10th), “I thought we’d try to play gigs like this pretty much every night until we have to go home. It gives us a chance to see your faces before we play that week at Wembley Stadium.” A week-long residency at Wembley Stadium would be historic for any band, let alone an American one. The last rock group to do even two nights at the massive venue was Britain’s own Muse. There are no further details or even confirmation of the shows, but Foo Fighters fans from all over the world might come to the U.K. for those. The band played two more tiny club gigs in the U.K. before a headlining spot at the Invictus Games on yesterday  (Sep 14th). Now if we could only get some info on what the new radio single would be and when it’s coming, THAT would be cool.. Godsmack have posted a couple of new webisodes  with their Uproar Tour antics!  Watch ‘em here and here…..Pearl Jam and Soundgarden are confirmed to perform at the 28th annual Bridge School Benefit, which will take place on Oct 25th & 26th at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. This will be Soundgarden’s debut appearance at the event, while Pearl Jam will be returning for the first time since 2006. The two Seattle bands join a lineup that includes the music festival’s founders, Neil and Pegi Young, as well as Florence And The MachineBand Of Horses and Tom Jones. All money raised from the event goes to the Bridge School, which focuses on the education of children with severe speech and physical impairments.  This year’s benefit will be the first concert both Neil and Pegi Young play since news broke last month Neil had filed for divorce after 37 years of marriage. Neil is reportedly seeing actress Darryl Hannah.  Pegi will perform with her band The Survivors. Tickets go on sale Friday….Incubus is finally getting to work on the band’s first album since 2011′s If Not Now When?   Singer Brandon Boyd posted some photos of his bandmates in the studio on Instagram, along with the caption, “Incubus is carving away at a new record!” Guitarist Mike Einziger told the LA Music Blog, “I would imagine we’ll have something come out in February before the first tour starts early next year. Right now, we have about six songs in various stages of completion . . . Brandon’s been out of town, so we’ve been sending him music and he’s been writing lyrics while traveling.”….A new Black Veil Brides tune called “Faithless” has been posted.  The band’s new self-titled 4th album arrives Oct 28th.  Find the band on tour beginning Oct 21 in Niagara Falls (slowly I turned), NY on Oct 21…. Blabbermouth reports  Rob Zombie says his nearly completed new studio album is the strongest effort of his career so far, but has yet to announce a release date for the follow-up to last year’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Zombie, who started putting together his sixth solo CD with his band in January, told the San Jose Mercury News, “I really think this is the best record yet, truthfully. I don’t know if everybody says that — maybe they do. But I really feel that way. I’m not sure when we’ll put it out — probably beginning of next year, maybe — but it’s pretty much done.”  He also revealed his live appearances in September and October will mark his “last tour for a while, actually. Because when this tour is done, I’m starting on a movie.” Adding, “It will be an awesome tour. The tours we have done in the last few years have been our best tours ever.” Last month, Rob launched a campaign to crowdfund his new movie, titled “31″. The film follows five people who are kidnapped in the five days leading up to Halloween and how they must fight to survive in a place called Murder World. In order to stay alive, the hostages must play a game called “31″, in which the goal is kill as many opponents as possible — people in clown masks called “The Heads” — in 12 hours. “Right now I’m in the process of wrapping up the [funding] campaign that we started for the film,” Zombie told the San Jose Mercury News. “Hopefully, we’ll start shooting in February. That’s the goal.”….Lou Brutus was at the sold-out Sonic Boom sponsored by 94.1 JJO in Janesville, WI over the weekend, where he interviewed All That Remains.  We hear the band is putting the finishing touches on their new album, this time with producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Gojira.) …And finally today,  Black Stone Cherry took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Watch it here.  I thought they said ROXY!  LOL

DROWNING POOL

OCT
22:  Jefferson, LA @ Southport Hall
23:  Destin, FL @ Club LA
24:  Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
25:  Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
26:  Cape Coral, FL @ Dixie Roadhouse
28:  Fredericksburg, VA @ Hard Times
29:  Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
30:  Lynchburg, WV @ Phase 2
31:  Fosteria, OH @ New Nest
NOV
01:  Macomb, IL @ Outskirts
02:  Sioux Falls, SD @ District
04:  Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
05:  Denver, CO @ The Marquis
06:  Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
07:  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Murray
08:  Las Vegas, NV @ LV CS
13:  Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
14:  Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
15:  Missoula, MT @ Stage 112
16:  Billings, MT @ The Babcock
18:  Minot, ND @ Original Bar & Nightclub
19:  Spring Lake, MN @ POV’s
21:  Racine, WI @ Rt 20
22:  Ringle, WI @ Q & Z Expo Ctr
23:  Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
26:  Joplin, MO @ Rock 3405
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Friday, Sep 12

Hey folks!  News today is better late than never, eh?  Metal Hammer got the one up on us all on the new Slipknot info!  The masks are revealed in this new clip for “The Devil In I,” directed by Clown.  I like the concept.  Getting rid of the “old” with the new.  Masks AND new members are represented.  It’s pretty gruesome, so I hope you aren’t having lunch or dinner while see it!  LOL  Meanwhile, info on the new album was in the article on Metal Hammer‘s site,  including this: The song “The Devil In I”  comes from long-awaited album .5: The Gray Chapter, which tells the story of the band’s turmoil since the death of Paul Gray in 2010 and the firing of Joey Jordison three years later. They’re revealing their secrets bit by bit – Corey Taylor this week confirmed their new bassist and drummer would wear twin masks, and explained why his own headgear had “changed dramatically.” The frontman said: “For me, the mask is a representation of what’s going on spiritually, emotionally, artistically. It’s about what’s coming next. People are going to get a lot when they see this video – it’s going to blow their minds.”  Here’s the track listing for the album: “XIX,” “Sarcastrophe,” “Aov,” “The Devil In I,” “Killpop,” “Skeptic,” “Lech,” “Goodbye,”  ”Nomadic,” “The One That Kills The Least,”  ”Custer,”  ”Be Prepared For Hell,” “The Negative One,” “If Rain Is What You Want,”  and two bonus tracks, “Override” and “The Burden.”  Hope to listen to it myself next week…..So meanwhile, I have been listening to World On Fire, the new Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  It’s really great.  Slash said “This is basically a happy record with some dark subject matter. It ends up in a positive place, but it also leave you with the idea not to get too comfortable.”   About his band & the recording experience on this one,  the guitar legend says “We’ve been playing together for a while and i think it’s gotten to the point where everybody’s comfortable in our own skins.  It turned out to be a very easy process.  We definitely had a chemistry from the very first time we entered a room together.  It was instantaneously magic.”  More on this next week.  Slash is in on Tuesday.  Got a question you’d like to ask the man, the myth, the legend?   Email me via the interact page NOW and who knows, Slash may SAY YOUR NAME on the show!  OK, so Pulse Of Radio reports part of the guest list for the new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, has been revealed at Consequence Of Sound. Among the musicians contributing to the set areBen Gibbard of Death Cab For CutieThe Eagles’ Joe WalshCheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, and New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Expect more guests to be unveiled since the album was recorded in eight different U.S. cities, using studios and local musicians in each.  Bassist Nate Mendel told NME most of the songs were already written when the band hit the road to record them, explaining, “We wrote the bulk of the songs back in Los Angeles, so it was more of a matter of experiencing each place, learning about the studio and then bringing in guest musicians.” …Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will make a guest appearance during a performance by his former Audioslave bandmate, guitarist Tom Morello, on Sep 26th at the El Corazon in Seattle. According to Blabbermouth, Morello’s acoustic set will be part of a benefit concert for 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.   Cornell and Morello have not performed live together since Cornell left Audioslave and the band broke up in 2007 after three studio albums. Morello told us not long after Audioslave’s demise that he had no hard feelings against Cornell for quitting:  “You know, Chris I consider a good friend and I love that guy, you know, and we went through a lot together, both musically and personally. And it was, you know, my belief that the band’s friendship and roots were deep.” …Texas-based band Drowning Pool will celebrate the 13th anniversary of its debut album, Sinner, by playing the record live in its entirety on the band’s upcoming fall tour, according to Blabbermouth. The 20-date “unLUCKy 13th Anniversary ‘Sinner’ Tour” is set to kick off on October 22nd in Jefferson, Louisiana, winding down on November 26th in Joplin, Missouri.  Sinner was released in 2001 and sold more than a million copies within six weeks of its arrival, with the single “Bodies” becoming a massive hit on both radio and MTV.  ”Bodies” was also one of the high-profile songs pulled from radio airplay in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Sinner was the only Drowning Pool album to feature original lead singer Dave Williams, who died on the band’s tour bus in August 2002 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.  Drowning Pool has since had Jason “Gong” JonesRyan McCombs and current frontman Jasen Moreno on the mic, with Moreno making his debut on the 2013 album Resilience.   See Road Rage for this tour.  Lemme tell ya, we LOVED Dave Williams!  The second we met him, we knew he was something special.  It’s a stone cold shame he left us so young.  Let’s watch Dave in the “Bodies” music video! ….Celebrating birthdays today:  Joe Loeffler (formerly of Chevelle)  is 34, Neil Peart of Rush is 62, Gus G of Ozzy’s band is 34, and Joey “Pants” Pantoliano (Ralphie from The Sopranos) is 63.

Thursday, Sep 11

This is a very solemn day here in NYC, as you can imagine.  9|11 impacts just about every one.  I will never forget that day. Such a beautiful morning it started out to be.  The sky was crystal clear.  I was just coming in from my walk in Riverside Park.  Was listening on my compact cd player to the new Sevendust album as the band was going to be in the studio later that afternoon.   One of those planes probably passed over my head as I walked under the trees that lined the west side of the park near the Hudson River. But as I left the park to walk up Broadway near my apartment, I noticed a contractor’s van pulled over to the sidewalk at an odd angle, and a few people, including a woman with a briefcase, were leaning into the cab with the passenger side door open and the driver in his seat, apparently listening to the radio.  I noticed there was hardly ANY  moving traffic on the streets.  I thought, “Hmmm, must be a problem in the subways or a fire or something.”  So I headed up the hill to my apartment building, walked into the lobby where our hall person sitting at the front desk had the tv on and was crying!  I pulled off my headphones and asked what was the matter!   She told me a plane had struck one of the towers at the World Trade Center.  HUH?  ”Must’ve been a commuter plane,” as I looked at the screen, and then suddenly, BANG,  the second plane, visibly a large passenger jet, struck the other tower!  I ran upstairs, turned on the tv, saw the city was on lock down and emailed my people and the band to say I wouldn’t be heading to the office, what a horrible thing had happened! In a few hours after that, both buildings were completely GONE!   The smell of smoke permeated the entire city.  It was foul. It was horrific  and we felt so vulnerable.  At the time, the engineer for hardDrive, Chris, his mom worked on the 85th floor of the south tower.   She was probably one of the first to perish. An executive I knew from Warner Bros Records, his wife was on the plane from Boston to LA.  It was all so surreal and hit home hard.  Each year, as they read the names of the victims, I get so sad.  The museum will be open today.  This weekend, I plan to see it. God bless us all….Last night, I saw Avatar do a warm-up gig at Webster Hall.  They were great!   The place was packed and so into seeing them.  Producer David Bendeth was there (God, I love that guy!).  Hope he gets to do their next record!  Met David first time at a Breaking Benjamin show in NJ, they were on a bill with Three Days Grace.  Dave produced Breaking Benjamin at the time.   Discovered he and I will both be attending Bring Me The Horizon‘s show at Wembley with Young Guns and Sleepwave (Dave produced both BMTH, Sleepwave as well as the latest Of Mice & Men albums) in London on Dec 5th!  Can’t wait!  Funnily enough, also at last night’s show, was mastering engineer/producer/remixer/engineer Paul Logus.  He’s worked with everyone from Pantera to Britney Spears.  Limp Bizkit to Puff Daddy.   Stone Sour to Michael Bolton.  Anyhow, Avatar was very sweet to acknowledge me from the stage!   (Funny, that’s the second time I got a shout out from a band who played that stage.  First one was from Beware of Darkness!)  Anyhow, please see the band when they come to your town.  They always meet and hang with fans after the show.  Sweet guys, all.  Check out their Hail The Apocalypse cd  out now….Speaking of Three Days Grace, was emailing with Neil Sanderson yesterday.  The band just got back from Alaska last week and are headed to Europe and Russia on Sunday night.  As Neil said,  he never unpacks his suitcase these days!  But the band is also putting finishing touches on the new album. He said a new single called “I Am Machine” will drop on Sep 29th.  So be listening for that for sure! And take a look at their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  It’s probably the MOST bone chillin’ one you have EVER seen!  ….Meanwhile, I learned yesterday the two new members of the Slipknot touring band will wear the same mask.   Corey Taylor told Loudwire “We wanted to make something that still looked unified but still stayed with the spirit of what the band is all about . . . On one hand, they get a mask, but at the same time, it’s not the individual mask that we in the band use.”   Taylor added, “We knew that any attempt to do anything like that might be taken as disrespectful, but at the same time it’s part of the way of . . . getting past the hardest steps, which is just moving on. So, we decided that we would come up with a mask that works for both the bassist and the drummer and that’s what they’ll wear on stage.” The identities of the band’s new rhythm section have not been revealed, although the drummer is heavily rumored to be Jay Weinberg, son of E Street Band drummer Mac Weinberg.  The new members replace late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and ex-drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013. Taylor said on the phone with us on Monday he’s pleased with the response to a teaser for the band’s upcoming tour, which features a glimpse of his own all-new mask:  “People have been losing their minds because there’s little subliminal pieces of a bunch of different masks in that thing, so it was pretty cool to see that come together. I thought it was a great way to really get people even more excited, you know, getting a little glimmer of what the new look is going to be, and I’m glad the kids are responding to it.” I hear Corey’s mask is probably the creepiest it has ever been!  Can’t wait to see it in “the flesh.”  LOL. Meanwhile there will be some wonderful news coming out of the Taylor camp in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned!….Pulse of Radio reports on Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn.   He has released a new clip from Mall, the upcoming movie marks his debut as a feature film director. Hahn has directly around 30 music videos for Linkin Park since the band first arrived on the scene in 2000, and told us his experience with those helped prepare him to make a movie: “When the band thing finally took off, I was always involved with the music videos, so I think with each video I started gaining the skill set and more confidence towards directing something longform, which eventually led to this film.”…Pulse also posted Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith says he’s ready for a second drum-off with his lookalike, actor Will Ferrell, after the latter won their first round in a controversial decision on The Tonight Show earlier this year. Smith wrote online, “Will Ferrell claims he’s coming to Seattle on September 19th. I’ll bet he pops off about his alleged ‘Drum Off’ victory. I just might have to be there to call him out on it and settle the score once and for all. The only way you will know for sure is if you are actually there to see it with your own two eyes.”Ferrell is scheduled to head to Seattle on the 19th for a charity event titled “Approximately 90 Minutes With Will Ferrell and Some Other People…” The event will raise funds for Cancer for College, the same organization Ferrell championed during the first “drum-off.”   You remember THIS, right?