Wednesday, Sep 28

What a night!  Metallica Day in NYC!  They started out with taking photos with journalists and radio industry elites at the world famous Electric Lady Studios on W 8th Street.   Then we got to list to about half of the album (titles can’t be revealed) but I am telling you, the music is OUTSTANDING.  The best in years if you ask me!  That ole spark is back and I don’t know if they are like a fine wine, getting better with age or the addition of former engineer, now producer Greg Fidelman had something to do with it, but I will confirm with you that they pulled out all the stops!   James even calls out the Ktulu in one song.  Love it!

After that, we were wined and dined and plied with fireball shots before heading over to Webster Hall for the show.  I galloped upstairs to find a great perch in the balcony so I could get video for Facebook, but for the life of me, I do not know why the first 7 minutes had no audio. (Poor reception in the venue perhaps?) But once it kicked it, I know I made many people very happy to be able to watch it on their phones and one friend actually pulled it up on his SmartTV.  Anyhow, they performed “Moth Into Flame” and “Hardwired” from the new album, along with all the great ones we know and love from the band.It was just so amazing to be able to see them in a venue that wasn’t an arena!

Set List from setlist.fm:

  1. Breadfan
    (Budgie cover) (First time played live since 2013)
  2. Holier Than Thou
    (First time played live since 2013)
  3. Battery
  4. Harvester of Sorrow
  5. Fade to Black
  6. Moth Into Flame
    (Live Debut)
  7. Sad But True
  8. Orion
    (First time played live since 2014)
  9. One
  10. Master of Puppets
  11. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  12. Enter Sandman
  13. Encore:
  14. Whiskey in the Jar
    ([traditional] cover)
  15. Hardwired
  16. Seek & Destroy

    (Followed by very brief “The Frayed Bits of Insanity”)

                                   RIP  Cliff Burton

Sadly, yesterday was also the 30th anniversary of the death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed in 1986 at the age of 24 in a bus crash while the band was touring in Sweden. Frontman James Hetfield reflected on the somber date in a new interview posted at the official Metallica website, saying, “I miss Cliff a lot. I think about him quite often. But it also makes me realize that, you know, he’s here in spirit. He’s not here physically, but there are people that are here physically, and let’s have some good times now.”

Hetfield admitted he and his bandmates avoided dealing with their grief for a long time, saying, “We drank a lot. And then when Cliff passed away, it was doubled, you know? Took twice as much to stuff it down. And (I) never, ever really grieved. We just went back out, started touring again, and that was supposedly the remedy to shake it off and to get back on the horse, all the clichés.”

Hetfield acknowledged it was his 2001 stint in rehab that finally allowed him to begin processing his grief over not just Burton, but also Hetfield’s late mother. The singer/guitarist remarked, “I think just by (opening up to the) memories . . . that’s how grieving is happening for me over a longer period of time.

Burton was replaced a month after his death by bassist Jason Newsted, who stayed with the group until 2001. Robert Trujillo took over the bass spot in 2003.  All three bass player, including Burton, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Metallica members in 2009. Burton’s father attended the ceremony on behalf of his son.

At a January 2009 press conference announcing Metallica’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, James Hetfield was asked to speculate on what Burton would have thought of the induction: I hate playing what-ifs. I love being here right now. You know, the spirit of Cliff lives in us, we take him everywhere we can, so I want to think that he would love this, the fact that Metallica is being recognized as something to reckon with.”

Burton was not Metallica’s first bass player: that honor belonged to Ron McGovney. But Burton caught the eye of Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich when they saw him play in a band called Trauma in his hometown of San Francisco.  They asked him to join Metallica and he said he would only do it if the group relocated to the Bay Area, which they did.  Burton, who played on Metallica’s first three studio albums, was renowned for his ferocious live presence and extended bass solos on songs like “Orion” and “Pulling Teeth.”

BTW:  Metallica revealed during a town hall meeting for fans on Monday (Sep 26th) at Sirius/XM in New York City that the song “Murder One” from its forthcoming  Hardwired… To Self-Destruct  LP is a tribute to another fallen comrade, late Motorhead  frontman Lemmy Kilmister, with the track apparently using many Motorhead song titles in its lyrics. James Hetfield said, “Motorhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now. But just Lemmy as an entity, as kind of a father figure, he helped us a lot. He was unafraid. And he was a character. And he was himself. And we all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”  (thanks The Pulse Of Radio!)

And the other big band to have new music and a new tour is Green Day!  They kicked off their promo run up to the release of Revolution Radio on Monday in Columbus, OH after delaying the start of their new tour by a few days so band and crew members could recover from an illness.   According to Diffuser, the band opened its 25-song set with two songs from the new Revolution Radio album, current single “Bang Bang” and the title track.

Only one other cut from the new album made the set list, and that was “Ordinary World,” which appeared in the acoustic second encore just before “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).” The rest of the set drew heavily from 1994′s Dookie and 2004′s American Idiot, with the band playing five and six songs respectively from those two classic records. The trio also reached back to their second album, Kerplunk!, for three numbers while ignoring 2012′s Uno!Dos! and Tre! discs entirely.

Here’s the set list from the opening night of Green Day’s tour:
1. “Bang Bang”
2. “Revolution Radio”
3. “Know Your Enemy”
4. “Holiday”
5. “Letterbomb”
6. “Longview”
7. “2000 Light Years Away”
8. “Welcome To Paradise”
9. “Christie Road”
10. “Burnout”
11. “Scattered”
12. “Hitchin’ A Ride”
13. “Waiting”
14. “Are We The Waiting”
15. “St. Jimmy”
16. “When I Come Around”
17. “She”
18. “Basket Case”
19. “King For A Day”
20. “Shout” / “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” / “Hey Jude”
21. “Minority”
Encore 1:
22. “American Idiot”
23. “Jesus of Suburbia”
Encore 2 (acoustic):
24. “Ordinary World”
25. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt told us how the band approaches its vast catalog these days when putting together its live set:  We try to keep it fun for ourselves, you know. We’ll mix it up if we feel like it’s getting too — you know, we don’t want to ever going through the motions ever, either, so you know, we won’t do it. We’ll stop in the middle of a set and go, ‘You know what? We’re gonna playDookie in its entirety.’ But you know, we just keep it fun. It definitely is a good problem to have, to have such a big discography.”

The concert also featured a medley of the Isley Brothers’ “Shout,” the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

Green Day’s tour continues tonight (Sep 28th) in Sayreville, NJ. The band also announced the shows postponed from last week in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit will now take place at the end of October.  Revolution Radio comes out Oct 7th. The band will be in NYC next week!  (Thanks Pulse Of Radio!)


Today Sully Erna stops by to talk about his new Hometown Life album, due on Friday.  Looking forward to seeing my friend, even though he’s a Patriots’ fan. Ugh. (I always bust his cannolis about them!)   Anyhow, be looking for a video interview with Sully soon.

Soundgarden: Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Ben Sheperd

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting today my good friend Full Metal Jackie (she’s getting married on Saturday!)  interviewed Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil on her radio show on KLOS in Los Angeles about the state of the band’s next studio album, which will follow up 2012′s King Animal. Thayil explained, “Right now there are some other projects that are taking up band members’ time . . . Over the past year we’ve had a number of songwriting and jam sessions, Soundgarden, getting together to simply exchange ideas and document and record them. So we’ve had some rough demos of a dozen or so songs. We’ll continue to do this as everyone’s schedules open up. Hopefully next year we’ll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas.”

Thayil cited drummer Matt Cameron‘s other job as the drummer for Pearl Jam and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell‘s solo tour as two projects that are taking up time, along with the Temple Of The Dog reunion tour that both Cornell and Cameron are part of.

Thayil mentioned that, following the recent reissue of several Soundgarden albums on vinyl, other projects are coming up as well. On the schedule are a 25th anniversary edition of 1991′s Badmotorfinger and a remixed version of the group’s first full-length disc, 1988′s Ultramega OK.

The guitarist told us that he and producer Jack Endino have been working for a couple of years on the latter project: “Jack and I have spent a lot of time remixing Ultramega OK, which, if you’ve ever read interviews with the band, nobody in the band was ever really happy with the mix. We always wanted Jack to remix it, and now it sounds bigger and warmer, it’s great.”

Soundgarden reunited in 2010 after a 13-year layoff, touring and then eventually writing new material that became the basis for 2012′s King Animal, its first new studio album in 16 years.

Temple Of The Dog, the legendary Seattle supergroup featuring members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, begins a five-city trek on Nov 4th in Philadelphia. The outfit is hitting the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its self-titled 1991 album. A deluxe reissue of the disc arrived on  Friday, Sep 30th.

Gotta dash.  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, Sep 27

What the hell IS THAT?

Well, I woke up this morning to discover I am no longer a Sagittarius.  I am now an Ophiuchus.  WTF? Yep.   Here’s the backstory according to CSN:

For the first time in over 3,000 years, a new Zodiac chart is introduced. The world was used to having only 12 astrological signs, as established by the early Babylonians. Basically, astrological signs are determined based on the constellation that creates the imaginary line from the Earth to the Sun on an individual’s birth date.

Each of the 12 signs belong to one of the four elements – Air, Water, Fire, and Earth – all of which provide a description to the personality types related to their sign.

As of today, there are now 13 astrological signs, with the newest one being Ophiuchus. Reportedly, there have always been 13 constellations in the zodiac. However, the 13 constellations didn’t “fit neatly,” “so the Babylonians picked one, Ophiuchus, to leave out,” notes NASA.

Ophiuchus’s elimination was done mainly so that the signs would be even to each month. Furthermore, “the Sun is also aligned with Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year,” adds NASA.

Apparently, 86 percent of the world’s population was born with a different astrological sign. NASA reveals that the movement of the sky has affected all the star signs. Given, a new Zodiac chart has been introduced.

Actually I had heard of this before, but I thought it was just folklore.  What are the traits of Ophiuchii, you ask?:

  • A righteous defiance of Authority, Ophiuchii do not stand for blind obedience to authority (check)
  • A willingness to sacrifice, Ophiuchus’ will fight to the end for a just cause (check)
  • Rebellious (check)
  • Secretive (mmmm, not so much, but maybe)
  • Seekers of Knowledge (check)
  • Holders of Hidden wisdom (meh)
  • Trustworthy, capable of keeping confidences (check)
  • A Great Passion For Justice (check)
  • Natural Healers (check)
  • Empathetic (check)
  • Prone to Longevity  (in my job, yes)
  • Strong in Constitution (check)
  • Prone to receive special treatment (aw, gee)
  • Naturally Likable (check)
  • Wise, intelligent (check)
  • Passionate Lover (ask my BF)
  • Sexual magnetism (oh la la)
  • Vivid Dreamer, Interpreter of Dreams (check)

Now take a look at what your new sign could be!

2016 Zodiac chart

  • Capricorn: Jan. 20 to Feb. 16
  • Aquarius: Feb. 16 to March 11
  • Pisces: March 11 to April 18
  • Aries: April 18 to May 13
  • Taurus: May 13 to June 21
  • Gemini: June 21 to July 20
  • Cancer: July 20 to Aug. 10
  • Leo: Aug. 10 to Sept. 16
  • Virgo: Sept. 16 to Oct. 30
  • Libra: Oct. 30 to Nov. 23
  • Scorpio: Nov. 23 to Nov. 29
  • Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 to Dec. 17
  • Sagittarius: Dec. 17 to Jan. 20

Now if I could only PRONOUNCE the damn thing!


Meanwhile, today is gonna be nutty!   Hanging with one of my favorite bands, Metallica. Yep, from this afternoon til late in the evening, all Metallica, all the time.  I can report in tomorrow, but in the meantime, the band posted a new song yesterday, “Moth Into Flame,” along with a killer video. I mean, if these first two songs are any indication of what the new Metallica Hardwired…To Self Destruct will sound like, I think we have a winner here, people!  Very exciting!

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is due out Nov 18th and contains a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music spread out over two discs. Drummer Lars Ulrich told us what the band and producer Greg Fidelman wanted to capture this time out: One of the battle cries was to try to again capture something we always strive for — a little looser and a little less precision-based and kind of more about capturing a vibe and a feeling rather than perfection and precision and all that stuff. So I think Greg was sort of really looking out for that for most of the process and trying to make sure that it still had kind of a nice, loose feel around the edges, you know.”

Metallica performs tonight at Webster Hall in NYC. A club show!  Needless to say, the show is sold out and only a lucky handful of industry folk including yours truly and one Lou Brutus will be in attendance. Check!

We got the silver, we got the gold!                                                                                        Photo credit:  Dan Donegan Facebook

Congratulations to our friends Disturbed!  Their Immortalized album has surpassed 500,000 copies sold, meaning it has received the RIAA gold sales status and their single for “The Sound Of Silence” has sold over 1 million copies giving it platinum status!!  Plaques for each were issued to the band over the weekend (as evidenced on their Facebook pages) and it’s something bands do not take lightly!  This album deserves every accolade and award it could possibly get.  Very happy for David Draiman, Dan Donegan, Mike Wengren and John Moyer for this great achievement!  And to producer Kevin Churko who helped them achieve what they never thought possible.

The Pulse Of Radio says the disc was released in Aug 2015 and became Disturbed’s fifth straight album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One — a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan told us at the time how he felt about joining that very small club: I’m still overwhelmed and shocked. I mean, to not only reach that milestone one time in your career, to do it five in a row and to be on the shortlist of Metallica and Dave Matthews and to be included in that category, it just blows my mind. You know, it’s just reassuring to see that the Disturbed fans stayed loyal and stayed with us even during this break. It’s an amazing feeling.

Immortalized features Disturbed’s version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence,” which turned into a crossover chart-topping hit for the group.  Disturbed’s record label, Warner Bros., credited the song’s popularity to the video for “Silence,” which has been seen more than 108 million times — a record number of views on YouTube for the group.

Disturbed’s latest single, “Open Your Eyes,” has already climbed to Number Seven. The band has just begun a new round of North American tour dates that will bring them to Salt Lake City tonight (Sep 27th).  Right on, boys!  Can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend in Janesville! 

Charlie Chaplin looks a lot like Billie Joe Armstrong! 

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will make an appearance on the Comedy Central program Drunk History. According to Alternative Press, Armstrong play the role of iconic silent film star and director Charlie Chaplin in an episode titled “Legends” that will air on October 4th at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The show will be fans’ second chance this month to see Armstrong flex his acting muscles. Armstrong also stars in a new comedy called Ordinary World that arrives on DVD and VOD on Oct 14th. Armstrong plays the lead role of Perry, an aging former punk rocker turned family man who wants to revisit his punk roots on his 40th birthday. Armstrong supplied music for the project as well.

  • The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, with Armstrong playing a post-screening concert at which he performed the song “Ordinary World.”
  • The tune is also the closing number on the new Green Day album, Revolution Radio, which arrives on Oct 7th.
  • At press time, Green Day was scheduled to kick off the first North American leg of its world tour last night (Sep 26th) in Columbus, OH. The tour was initially supposed to start last week but the band had to scrap the first four dates due to illness.

Read the full story at Alternative Press

Drunk History is based on the Funny Or Die web series  and premiered on Comedy Central in 2013. In each episode, host Derek Waters and an inebriated narrator played by a comedian struggle to recount an event from American history, while actors enact the narrator’s anecdote and lip sync the dialogue.   (The Pulse Of Radio)

 Oh and this is happening in Las Vegas in early December.  Get your tickets now because if you smooze, you lose.


Sully Erna will join me tomorrow in the hardDriveRadio video studio.  Looking forward to speaking with him about this new solo project, Hometown Life, which is out on Friday. Check out his webisodes here, here, here and here with his dad!   If you have any questions, you can submit them to me via the interact link on the home page or the interact link on the hardDriveRadio APP!

Happy 38th to Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down!

weekEnd Sep 24-25, 2016

IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT, LET IT BURN

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  HIGHLY SUSPECT
 ”My Name Is Human” and “Lydia”
Plugged In:  GHOST “Square Hammer”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize”
DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom”
SKILLET “Feel Invincible”
Guest:  OF MICE & MEN “Real”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down”
METALLICA “Hardwired”
STITCHED UP HEART “Monster”
ASK LZZY
HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Hour 2

GREEN DAY “Bang Bang”
DIRT
ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader”
Guest: PROPHETS OF RAGE “The Prophets of Rage”
POP EVIL “Take It All”
KILLSWITH ENGAGE “Cut Me Loose”
GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die”
Guest:  BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again”
3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive”
THE RECORD COMPANY “Off The Ground”
CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)”
Guest:  KORN “Rotting In Vain”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  SILVER SNAKES “Electrify”

Week of Sep 26-30, 2016

XL
DEFTONES “Phantom Bride”
GREEN DAY “Bang Bang”
DISTURBED  “Open Your Eyes”
KORN “Rotting In Vain”
METALLICA  “Hardwired”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “The Prophets of Rage”

MED
CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize”
HELLYEAH  “I Don’t Care Anymore”
RED SUN RISING “Amnesia”
SKILLET  “Feel Invincible”
THRICE “Black Honey”
VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”


SM 

ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader”
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Avalanche”
DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11”
FROM ASHES TO NEW “Lost And Alone”
GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die”
GHOST  “Square Hammer”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human”-ADD
ISLANDER “Bad Guy”
OF MICE & MEN “Real”
PARKWAY DRIVE “Devil’s Calling”
THE RECORD COMPANY “Off The Ground”
THOUSAND FOOT  KRUTCH “Push”
ZAKK WYLDE ftg COREY TAYLOR “Sleeping Dogs”

Monday, Sep 26

Well, this happened over the weekend!  As part of the Global Citizen Festival, Metallica performed a brief set and this morning, will appear on a certain satellite radio host’s show.  (Cool hardDrive connection:  The guy who will engineer today’s  Howard Stern performance is a former hardDrive associate producer!)

In addition to Metallica’s set, The Pulse Of Radio reported Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Coldplay’s Chris Martin teamed up for a three-song set on Saturday (Sept 24th) at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park. The two singers played Pearl Jam’s “Nothingman,” Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and Patti Smith’s “People Have The Power.” Other performers at the fifth edition of the annual event, which promotes efforts to end global poverty, included Metallica, Kendrick LamarUsherDemi Lovato and others.

In related ‘tallica news, the band revealed on Saturday they will perform tomorrow night at Webster Hall here in the city.  Proceeds will benefit City Harvest Food‘s program. Tix are $25 for Metallica fan club members only.  More on that Wednesday!

In international Metalllica news, they will be opening the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen on Feb 03 and 05, 2017.

Well, wish I could get the photo to post, but  Pulse also reporting the rumor about Sean Yseult being the new touring bassist for Ghost is incorrect.  The real one is Megan Thomas from the NY based, all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, Lez Zeppelin. It was given away  by a photo posted online by a fan from a recent Ghost signing reveals that the new bassist has a distinctive “X” tattoo on her right middle finger — which matches a tattoo that Thomas has on the exact same finger. 

As with all the members of the band, the new member’s identity has not been divulged and she is just one of the five Nameless Ghouls behind singer Papa Emeritus III.

Since none of the musicians in the band are ever identified, personnel changes in the group have gone unannounced. It is believed, however, that the lineup has changed a few times over the years.

The five-song Popestar EP features covers of songs from bands like Echo & The Bunnymen and Eurythmics along with a new original tune called “Square Hammer.”

                                                                                                   Corey Taylor and Lou Brutus

Corey “Jalapeno Throat” Taylor told Matt Pinfield Stone Sour has written and demoed 18 new songs for its sixth studio album, with plans to hit the studio in Jan and release the album by mid-2017. Taylor said about the new music, “It is some of the best material we’ve ever written. It is so good, and it is such a great amalgam of all of these different styles that we just absolutely love. It’s got a little bit of the heavy, like we like to do, but it’s also way more hard rock — way more rock ‘n’ roll and hard rock than heavy. I mean, there’s even a little bit of punk in there.”

Taylor also confirmed that the yet-to-be-titled effort will be the band’s first with bassist Johnny Chow and guitarist Christian Martucci, who initially joined Stone Sour on its last touring cycle.  The recording sessions for the album will take place at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, with Taylor explaining, “We’re gonna record it the old-fashioned way. We’re gonna get us all in the room. We’re gonna record it together; we’re gonna have that energy bouncing off of each other. It’s gonna be a modern throwback, let’s put it that way, and it’s gonna destroy people.

Taylor told us a while back that Stone Sour never takes it for granted that its audience will still be there when the band starts working again: You get one shot, and if you botch it, you’re f***ed. We’re the kind of band that we don’t take anything for granted. We’re willing to work for it, and we’re willing to work hard for it, and people just better get the hell out of our way.

Stone Sour’s last full set of new material was the House Of Gold And Bones double album, which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013. The band also released two EPs of cover songs in the last couple of years, Meanwhile In Burbank… and Straight Out Of Burbank.

From Pulse Of RadioSaturday (Sep 24th) marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Nirvana‘s Nevermind. The band’s second full-length album was its first for a major label, Geffen Records, and within months of its release it became perhaps the most important rock album of its era. It propelled alternative music into the mainstream, created a cultural anthem in the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” ushered in a new wave of rock bands and helped to anoint the band’s reluctant frontman, Kurt Cobain, as the spokesperson for an entire generation until his suicide in 1994.

Nirvana and Nevermind were crucial in bringing mainstream attention to both the Seattle music scene and alternative music in general. Nevermind producer Butch Vig recalled going to a Nirvana gig just before the album came out and knowing that something was happening:  They played a show in Chicago at the Metro and we got to the gig and there was a massive line around the block and there was this insane buzz in the air. And they walked onstage and the crowd was screaming — it was like Beatlemania, I was kind of freaking out. There were people like crying and just freaking out in the audience, and that was the first time I realized that the record was gonna take on a life of its own.”

In an interview with the Associated Press on the album’s 20th anniversary, Vig, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl – who now leads Foo Fighters – looked back at the making of the album that changed their lives.  Novoselic was asked about the effect the album’s success had on the trio. He replied, “It was shocking to be famous. I bought a house to deal with it. Then, of course, there was Kurt, who was thrust into being the spokesman of a generation. That was hard for him.”

Grohl discussed the importance of Nevermind in his life, saying, “It was a specific, exciting time in my life. Personally, my life is split by the release of that album. My entire life is pre-Nevermind and post-Nevermind. When it came out, my whole world was changed forever.”

Vig discussed how the music scene has changed in the two decades since Nevermind came out, saying, “With information moving so fast, the whole world has A.D.D. You only grab onto something for a second before you discard it. When Nevermind happened, it was still a slower time. That record really took off from a grass roots level.”

Grohl said about the impact that Nevermind had on culture, “I think that album came out at a time when a lot of kids didn’t have anything to believe in and Nirvana was entirely real.”

Almost four months after its release, Nevermind hit Number One on the Billboard album chart, turning the “grunge” genre into a phenomenon.  Just 46,000 copies of Nevermind  were shipped to record stores when it came out. The record debuted on the Billboard album chart at Number 144 and hit Number One on Jan 11th, 1992.

Nevermind was eventually certified Diamond in the U.S. for sales of more than 10 million copies. It has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

 EIGHT MYTHS ABOUT NEVERMIND (from Spin magazine)

Spin magazine published a list of eight myths about Nevermind in 2011, and then let Nirvana historian Charles R. Cross reveal the real story. They are:

1. Nevermind was Kurt Cobain’s first choice for the album’s title: Not true. His first idea for the title was Sheep. The band finally decided on Nevermind in late 1990.

2. Nevermind was recorded in 1991: Most of the album was made in 1991, beginning in April. But the band’s first album sessions took place in April 1990 at Vig’s studio in Madison, WI. Five of the eight songs recorded there ended up on Nevermind, although they were re-recorded when Dave Grohl joined the band.

3. Dave Grohl is the only drummer on NevermindWhen the band recorded in Madison in 1990, Chad Channing was still the drummer. His performance on the song “Polly” made it to the final album, although he isn’t credited.

4. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was written about a deodorant: Cobain’s friend, Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, did indeed write “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” on Cobain’s bedroom wall, which is where the song title came from. But Cobain didn’t know there was an actual Teen Spirit deodorant until after the album came out.

5. Nirvana made a cassette demo of “Teen Spirit” to prove they had a hit: There is a rehearsal tape of “Teen Spirit” that was recorded on a boombox, but the band had no idea it had a potential smash on its hands. The band recorded that and many other songs on the boombox so that they wouldn’t forget how to play them.

6. Nevermind was written about drugs: There are references to drugs throughout the album, but that’s not what the entire disc was about. Plus Cobain’s full-scale drug addiction didn’t start until after the album was recorded. Most of the record was written about his friends, neighbors, or girlfriends.

7. The cover shot of the naked baby chasing the dollar bill in the pool was Cobain’s idea: Cobain wanted something more graphic for the cover — a shot of a baby’s head emerging from its mother’s vagina in a pool. Not surprisingly, that idea ended up not being used.

8. Cobain became instantly rich thanks to NevermindMost of the album’s sales came in 1992, and with record companies notoriously slow in paying royalties, Cobain made just under $30,000 in 1991, most of it from touring. In fact, after he returned home from recording the album, he found himself evicted from his apartment.

Incredibly, September 24th, 1991 also saw the release of Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the band’s commercial breakthrough and one of the seminal alternative rock records of the early 1990s. The band’s fifth studio effort, it was their first for Warner Bros. Records after the semi-successful Mother’s Milk came out in 1989. But Blood Sugar Sex Magik took the Peppers to an entirely new level of success which they’ve enjoyed ever since.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik reached Number Three on the Billboard album chart, going on to sell seven million copies in the U.S. and 13 million worldwide.

The disc yielded four major hit singles, including “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge,” “Breaking the Girl” and “Suck My Kiss.”  The record was the first of six Chili Peppers albums produced by Rick Rubin, who the band was hesitant to work with at first because of his association with “negative” bands like Slayer and Danzig.

Kiedis told us many years back what the band enjoyed about working with Rubin: “The best way to describe Rick as a producer would be if Baron Von Munchausen were to ejaculate the Red Hot Chili Peppers onto a chess board. As the players of that board, Rick Rubin would be the perfect chess player. He’s very intelligent, very emotionally in tune with hardcore soulful music. He knows how to extrapolate the best and most relaxed natural performance of a band without changing them.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik was recorded at Rubin’s 10-bedroom mansion in the Hollywood Hills, marking the first time Rubin produced a record there after having a studio installed. Drummer Chad Smith, unlike the other three band members, refused to live at the house because it was reputedly haunted.

Busy week.  Preparing for Sonic Boom, so 25 interviews need to be written!   If you have any questions for the bands, especially Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle….send me to me!  And Sully Erna of Godsmack is dropping by on Wednesday to talk about his new album Hometown Life.  Very different look at our friend and his musical direction he’s taken on this record.

Let’s leave you with this!  New music from Alter Bridge from their forthcoming The Last Hero album. My favorite tune, “Poison in Your Veins.”  Find the CD out Oct 07th!

Happy 42 today to Sheri Moon Zombie!

 

Friday, Sep 23

In case you didn’t hear, new albums out today from Crobot  Welcome To Fat City and Giraffe Tongue Orchestra  Broken Lines.  Two bands you should know if you don’t!

Well, this weekend is the big OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST festival out in San Bernardino, CA.  Check out the press release that was issued yesterday:

As Ozzfest celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, a variety of artists who have performed at the event both in the U.S. and around the world have shared some personal stories and thoughts about its history.  Created in 1996 by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Ozzfest was the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music and breaking new artists.  In the years that followed, it became one of the most successful touring packages in music history. This weekend, Ozzfest (Saturday, Sep 24)will team up with Knotfest (Sunday, Sep 25) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA for OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST, the biggest metal festival in North America EVER.

First up, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, who headlines Sunday’s Knotfest tells his Ozzfest story below and in a video here.

 OZZFEST EYEWITNESS STORIES

 From Corey Taylor (Slipknot):

“You have to go back to 1999, our first major tour. Ozzfest gave us an incredible opportunity and we were able to really jumpstart our career from there…The great thing about being a part of that Ozzfest was that you were immediately a part of a family.  And then when we did it subsequently in 2001, 2004, even the one-off in 2005, it was like coming home.  The Osbournes themselves really believed in this band and always have.  So when we kind of started spitballing the idea to do Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, in a way it was for us to kind of put together something amazing for the fans, but also to pay respect, as an homage pay a little bit back to a festival that really helped make this band what it is and to give a little nod to a brand that, to this day, when you say to a metal fan, ‘Ozzfest,’ they know what that means.  It means excitement, it means something for our genre, it means something strong, it means bringing together a family-and that’s kind of what Knotfest is trying to do, but we wouldn’t be able to do that if we hadn’t first come from Ozzfest.”

 From Judas Priest:

“A full on relentless total assault of the senses! The rest is a blur of hails and good times with our fellow screamers shredders and pounders both onstage and off!”

 From Dave Mustaine (Megadeth):

“I got to go on one of Tony Iommi’s morning walks that were part of his exercise routine, and we talked as if we had known each other for years. I gave Ozzy a Frank Sinatra golf club I’d gotten from Frank’s tournament in Palm Springs and he hugged me, which was supposed to be a very sacred thing with the Prince of Darkness. Most memorable was a talk I had with Sharon about the aggregate of all metal musicians and how we are all ‘salt of the earth’ as she called us. We laughed that there was only one who had been born with a silver spoon in its mouth, and I felt truly blessed to be her friend. I’m really looking forward to this show and the remaining shows with Black Sabbath.”

From Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society):

“The Ozzfest is the hard rock fraternity gathering granddaddy of them all!!!”

From Nikki Sixx (Motley Crüe):

“Ozzy gave Motley Crüe it’s big break taking us under his wing for our first big arena tour and then later we were asked to rejoin our friend on Ozzfest. We are so proud to be part of the history and legacy of Ozzy and Ozzfest. Ozzfest has been one of the biggest and proudest moments for all rock music.”

From Robert Trujillo (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica):

“What a huge honor to have been a part of Ozzfest. I was there from the very beginning back in 1996, and witnessed the birth of a Rock ‘n’ Roll movement launching so many great bands as Ozzy has always done.  I remember System Of A Down when they were rolling in a beat-up RV being held together by duct tape, always ready to conquer and kick ass!  But my biggest honor was improvising a spontaneous move called the ‘Crab Walk’ with my hero Mr. Ozzy Osbourne in Phoenix, Arizona in ’96. From Black Sabbath to Slayer to Slipknot to Tool to Pantera to Meshuggah etc. (Oh yeah, Metallica, Dallas 2008), always a historic moment and what a fucking party! Thank you Sharon and Ozzy. Happy 20 years Ozzfest.”

From Jonathan Davis (Korn):

“I’ve always had the best memories of Ozzfest. We were one of the first bands on it…I think we played 2003 or 2004. Sharon had us come out and we played and it was awesome. It was such an awesome festival, like a big, dark, crazy traveling carnival circus thing going on with a bunch of rock bands. We really did it up right. I think it was an amazing experience. It’s always fun to see Ozzy every night. And he always had all the best bands. That was the year Ozzfest was Korn and Manson and that always is interesting. Me and that guy, crazy stuff happens when we get together.”

From Stephen Carpenter (Deftones):

“My memory of Ozzfest: getting to tour with all original members of Black Sabbath. Never thought I’d see them play live, let alone get to do two tours with them. The first being just earlier that same year.  What a privilege!  Also, having to come on right after Slayer, damn!! Being a fan of them and knowing how their fans react to newer bands, it was a bit daunting at first. Had to buckle down and give that thought no mind and just rock!  Made a lot friends on that tour, thank you Ozzfest!”

From Scott Ian (Anthrax):

“Playing Ozzfest UK on the main stage right before Black Sabbath was not just a highlight of my career in Anthrax, but one of the coolest moments of my life. Thanks Sharon and Ozzy!”

From Charlie Benante (Anthrax):

“Well…We were on tour with Ozzy and we had a night off in Buffalo. I was going down to the restaurant and as I’m walking in, Ozzy was walking out with his assistant. He sees me and puts his hands on my shoulders and shakes me and says, ‘Have you tried the wings? They’re fabulous!’”

From Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

“In 2004, my band played Ozzfest for the first time, and my liver will never be the same. We were one of the three headliners on the second stage, and while the main stage acts that year were pretty spectacular (I mean, where else were you going to see the original Black Sabbath lineup, Judas Priest and Slayer all on the same stage? It will never happen again!), the second stage that year had such a savagely familial vibe–we were all out for blood, and we were all in it together. Epic cook-outs nightly, stolen golf-cart wrecks, the infamous Shirts-off Crew that would bum-rush security and just take over whatever area we felt like (several of us bear S.O.C. tattoos from that tour), wild after-parties–it was completely and utterly off-the-freaking-meat-rack INSANE. I got ‘called into the principal’s office’ a few times (translation: I did something crazy/offensive/freakishly stupid on festival grounds and got yelled at by Sharon Osbourne), I got chased by police for taking Hatebreed’s four wheeler rooting onto some residential street and escaped into backstage just in the nick of time, I woke up every morning felling like hammered shit in 100 degree weather then immediately went on stage to play some of the most fun shows of my life; it was a fine time to be a younger man. I think Ozzfest ’04 may have taken a few years off my life, and that’s OK–it was the time of my life. I wouldn’t wanna do it again–hell, I couldn’t do it again (it would kill me)–but I don’t regret a second of it. Thanks Ozzy & Sharon for the memories. It was truly an honor and a blast. OZZZZZZZZFEEEEESSSSSSSSTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!”

From Mike D (Killswitch Engage):

“In 2003, there was change in the air, Nu Metal was dying, and Ozzfest was the catalyst. Before the start of tour, we were told, ‘If you are not on the main stage, do not expect to sell a lot of shirts.’ Much to everyone’s surprise, we sold out our entire six-week shirt order in the first three days. That was when we knew that the tide turned and a new breed of metal had arrived. Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Sworn Enemy and Cradle of Filth had taken over the second stage, and made it their own.”

From Max Cavalera (Soulfly):

“I have lots of kickass memories from Ozzfest! Lynn Strait running buck naked through the dressing rooms and surprising Sharon…my son, Richie, singing Bleed…the making of the Primitive video…our kids stealing golf carts with the Osbourne kids and running wild…Sharon and Ozzy made history with Ozzfest!! It was the ultimate traveling Metal circus!!! We all became family! Fuck Lollapalooza!!”

From Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore):

“We have been associated with Ozzfest in the past and are grateful to be playing it this year, but being part of Black Sabbath’s final West Coast show is another legendary experience to be affiliated with and be able to witness first hand, taking in every element of a band that has been a great influence on all levels in the metal world. Also, all the opportunities Ozzfest has given to countless freshly-emerging metal acts to forge new paths and give people new levels of extreme music to connect with and hear… that doesn’t exclude this year. Tons of acts that have been pretty damn strong in the underground metal community will be making their first appearances at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, as well as repeat acts that have been a part of it in the past. So, when you come to see Black Sabbath out West for their last time, come early and be a part of the future of metal, as well as it’s legendary past.”

From Zack Simmons (Goatwhore):

“We are very honored to be a part of Black Sabbath’s last ever California performance and Ozzfest’s 20th Anniversary. It’ll be a ripping day of heavy metal and a bittersweet farewell to the godfathers of the genre.”

From Mike Luce (Drowning Pool):

“2001, Drowning Pool’s first Ozzfest, there are so many great memories. We could probably write a small book of short stories…The late, great Dave ‘Stage’ Williams always said, ‘it’s like heavy metal summer camp!’ Reason being? Once we played, we’d spend the rest of each day watching, listening and soaking in every aspect of every band. It was a crash course in touring and we lived, breathed and ate-up every minute of it!  We learned so much so fast. It truly was a dream come true scenario for any up-and-coming band…One particular off the wall story though, if I may, involved Colorado. Colorado (a big fan of DP, not the state) was in attendance with his girl. Unfortunately, though, Colorado had passed the week prior…So how was he there, you ask? His better half brought him along in a quart-sized zip lock bag to catch his favorite bands at Ozzfest before she’d spread his ashes…Now, mind you, I had no prior knowledge of this and she asked if I might do her a favor. ‘Of course…’ Near the buses, as I put my hand through the chain link fence, she grabs it and doesn’t let go. I’m thinking I’m reaching through to perhaps sign an Ozzfest tour poster or something. She grabs my wrist, preventing me from pulling it back, and it’s then that I notice the security guards and plenty of concert goers, all watching curiously as she then pulls Colorado from her shoulder bag!! Yep. There he was. Colorado. A big bag of an off-white substance nearly filling a quart-sized baggie. You can only imagine my confused surprise. Of course I wanted to be respectful, but at the same time I was pretty nervous that security would soon be walking up asking what the hell kind of deal we had going down! Colorado rode with us on the bus for two days! His lady had reached into the zip lock, pulled out a small handful of Colorado’s ashes, put him in a cigarette wrapper, and asked if I’d mind spreading his ashes out over the crowd at Ozzfest?! Wow, I was speechless. Well, with her looking me in the eye, I couldn’t – nor wouldn’t – refuse (despite my thinking to myself, ‘wonder how the crowd’s gonna feel about my spreading Colorado overhead’). As fate would have it, it was a windy day the next Ozzfest set we played.  As our set was coming to a close, we began the intro to ‘Bodies.’ I reached over for Colorado, waited for a nice gust of wind, said a quick lil something in his honor, and let Colorado fly…’Peace on your journey.’”

From Matthew Kiichi Heafy (Trivium):

“Trivium was fortunate to be on what is hailed as one of the best Ozzfest line ups in history. One that featured Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, In Flames, Soilwork, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Bury Your Dead and Black Dahlia Murder just to name a few. If Ozzfest is known for one thing, it’s for bringing together some of the greatest heavy bands on the planet in one spot: on stage.”

 I remember when Lou Brutus and I first saw Slipknot at Ozzfest in Hartford, CT in 1999.   They were like the first band on the 3rd stage and it was hotter than hell that day.  The ground was dry and the fans that were there were really setting off a huge cloud of dust as they moshed in the pit.  Seeing their performance and the crowd’s reaction from afar was something to behold.  It was INSANE!  We had never seen a band like this before. Dressed in their red jumpsuits, really home-made masks. Clown’s drums on a scissor-lift twirling around.  Sid running around.   We waited by their bus while they cooled off after their set and then Lou and I walked on.  Corey was on vocal rest, so he couldn’t speak.  As I recall, Paul Gray and Joey Jordison did all the talking. But the one thing I will always remember is the SMELL.  The smell of sweat-ladened masks and stage clothes that probably hadn’t seen a washing machine in days.  It was AWFUL!  I think I recall leaving the bus and waiting outside for Lou to finish his interview. P-U!  LOL   Needless to say, things have changed since then. Very proud of these guys and all they’ve accomplished.

Speaking of Slipknot, Pulse Of Radio reporting Shawn “Clown” Crahan‘s debut as a feature film director, Officer Downe, has been picked up for distribution in the U.S. by Magnet Releasing, according to Variety. Based on a graphic novel, the violent sci-fi film follows a police officer who is repeatedly killed, resurrected, and sent back into the field due to a mysterious technology that essentially makes him immortal. Kim Coates  from  Sons Of Anarchy stars in the title role.

Crahan told us not long ago that the experience of making his first feature film was grueling but satisfying: “I did six weeks, three weeks of pre-pro and 21 days of straight filming, and it was the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life. But it was everything and anything I could have ever dreamt of. Some things were a struggle, but it was a trip.”

Officer Downe will debut in theaters and on-demand platforms on Nov 18th. The film is produced by Crank co-director Mark Neveldine and Slipknot manager Cory Brennan, among others.

The movie premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last summer, where We Got This Covered said it was “sadistically stylized and punishingly powerful.”  Crahan, who would like to direct more films in the future, has previously directed a number of music videos, concert DVDs and behind-the-scenes featurettes for Slipknot.  He and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor founded a production company called Living Breathing Films in 2012, although it has yet to release anything.

Read the full story at Varietyhttp://bit.ly/2d3Ls0V

Korn reportedly filmed a new video on Wednesday (Sep 21st), possibly for the song “A Different World.” That track is from the band’s upcoming album The Serenity Of Suffering, following the current Top Five track “Rotting In Vain.” “A Different World” also features a guest appearance from Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, although it’s unclear whether he will show up in the video.

Korn singer Jonathan Davis spoke about getting Taylor to appear on the track: We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I’m like, ‘You know, that’s the one, that’s the guy.’ And I texted him, I’m like, ‘Do you want to be on a new Korn track?’ He’s all, ‘Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?’ So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I’m like, ‘Do what you do, man.’ And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it’s just full-on at the end, so the song came out great.”

The Serenity Of Suffering is Korn’s 12th studio album and will arrive on Oct 21st. Also on that day, the band will give a special performance for fans only at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the record’s arrival.  Korn will hit the road this fall with Breaking Benjamin, starting tomorrow (Sep 24th) in Fargo, ND. The band will also be at Sonic Boom in Janesville, WI next weekend for everyone tuned to 94.1 JJO, and so will Lou Brutus!

BTW:  RAZOR 94.7 Listeners!  Lou Brutus will also be at Edgefest next Friday, Sep 30!  Be sure to get your tickets and say hello to Lou!

Green Day have posted another track off their soon to be released Revolution Radio album called “Still Breathing.”  The trio has previously issued the first official single, “Bang Bang,” as well as the title cut. The band is still on track to begin its world tour in support of the new disc on Monday (Sept 26th) in Columbus, Ohio, after the first four dates were either postponed or scrapped due to illness in the group and crew. (Alternative Press)

Meanwhile, I am sitting on two huge bits of info I am sworn to secrecy, but all will be revealed the weekend of Oct 8th and 9th on hardDrive!  You  must tune in!

In honor of the release of their new album, a hardDrive DL podcast with William DuVall of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra  is available now on iTunes, Soundcloud & Stitcher. Check it out.  Good stuff there.

OK, plumber has arrived to fix my toilet.  Really sucks to have to use the one in the basement the past 24 hours.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, Sep 23

Got this footage of President Obama‘s police escort out of town yesterday.  He was staying at the hotel a block away from our office.  I got a bird’s eye view!  Can you believe the amount of vehicles? And two, count em, two versions of the Cadillac limo.  Dunno which one he was in.   So there ya go.  Hail To The Chief!

We posted our Korn interview with Jonathan “JD” Davis and Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu on the ole hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  You MUST watch!  And my friend Katherine Turman interviewed Munky and Head for Live Nation and you can read about that here.  The band kick off their tour with Breaking Benjamin and Silver Snakes on Saturday.  Looking forward to their set at Sonic Boom next weekend!

Still can’t believe Cliff Williams of AC/DC has retired.  I mean, AC/DC now has one original member left with Angus Young.   At this point no one knows what the future holds, only Angus knows.  Could Brian Johnson return?  That would be a start.

Meanwhile, Pulse Of Radio reporting  Angus paid tribute to bassist Cliff on Tuesday night (Sep 20th) in Philadelphia, during the final gig of the band’s North American tour. The show was very likely to be the last ever with the band for Williams, who announced that he is retiring after a 40-year run with the group. During the final encore of “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You),” Young ran to the back of the stage and pulled Williams from his customary spot to the front for everyone to see him. Williams retreated quickly to the back again as the audience roared its appreciation.

Williams confirmed earlier this week in a video posted online that he is retiring from recording and touring with the group at the end of the current touring cycle for the Rock Or Bust album, saying, “I’m just ready to get off the road, really, and do what I do.”

Williams’ decision follows a string of personnel changes for the group that started with co-founding guitarist Malcolm Young‘s departure in 2014 after he was diagnosed with dementia. Last year, drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to house arrest after he was found guilty on a drug charge, while earlier this year singer Brian Johnson was forced to step down or face the loss of his hearing.

Malcolm was replaced by his and Angus’ nephew Stevie, while Chris Slade took over for Rudd and Axl Rose was recruited on lead vocals.

The 66-year-old Williams is the longest-serving member of the group after Angus. He joined the band in mid-1977 and made his debut on its fifth album, 1978′s Powerage, (the first AC/DC album I ever worked with when Bon Scott was in the band!) appearing on every record and tour since. Only Angus now remains from the lineups that made albums like 1979′s Highway To Hell, 1980′s Back In Black and even 2008′s Black Ice.

The band does not have any more shows on its itinerary at the moment and Angus has not indicated for certain whether the band will continue on.  Sigh.  End of an era, I’d say.

Kansan Danny Carey….yes, he is a Jayhawks’ fan.

Whoa.  He’ll be right down the street!  Tool drummer Danny Carey will be the guest drummer on NBC-TV’s Late Night With Seth Meyer all next week, beginning on Monday, Sep 26th. Carey will anchor Meyer’s 8G Band, a position that has been held in the past by guest drummers like Mastodon’s Brann DailorPrimus’ Tim Alexander, Against Me!’s Atom Willard and more recently, Ray Luzier of Korn. Carey’s week-long residency was announced via Facebook.

Carey has done a lot of work outside of Tool and told us a while back that he always thought doing extra-curricular projects had its benefits: “We just kind of look at it as going off on sabbatical, I think, pretty much, and then when we come back from doing our projects like this, it gives us more to offer into the Tool pot. It all feeds off of each other.”

Carey’s other projects include bands like Legends Of The SeagullmenPigmy Love Circus and Volto!, while he’s also guested on records by Skinny PuppyAdrian Belew and Carole King.

As for his day job, the instrumental members of Tool reportedly continue to work on material for their long-awaited new album, with bassist Justin Chancellor recently promising that it will be “awesome.”  In the meantime, Tool will play a handful of shows in October, including Sacramento, California on Oct 22nd, Salt Lake City on Oct 24th, Denver on the 26th and Little Rock, AR on the 28th.

Meanwhile, Maynard Keenan is doing his book tour promoting “A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things”  starting Nov 9th in Nashville. There will be a kind of big announcement about it here soon.  Stay tuned!

Poor Oli.  He’s very sick. 

Apparently the Tweet & Instagram from Bring Me The Horizon revealed the band was forced to cancel their remaining headline dates of their Australian and New Zealand tour. (If I could figure out how to repost those on this website, I would. I am technically challenged. Sorry)

Oli Sykes Instagram said: Adelaide, all I can say is I’m sorry. We won’t be able to perform the show tonight. The concert for me in Sydney 2 nights ago was a real struggle for me to sing, we got through it & I was really hoping a day off yesterday and 24 hours of vocal rest would be sufficient… Unfortunately I’ve woken up today & my symptoms have worsened, my throat & face has swollen up, along with ulcers, rashes & other not so great problems. So it appears I have some kind of viral infection. I’m so sorry to let you all down, but believe me when I say no one is more gutted than me. Right now the shows are one of the main things helping me get through a personally difficult period of my life, & being told that I’m not in any condition to perform, & having to go back and sit alone in a hotel room until this infection subsides, well, is the last thing I wanna be doing. I guess I just wanted to let you all know that these decisions are never taken lightly, the complete opposite tbh, we live for the shows, they are usually the only highlight of our days, & for anyone that was supposed to see us tonight, I’m feeling your pain just as much as you are feeling mine. Hopefully we can make it back up to you in the not too distant future. Oli x

I would imagine anyone with tickets can get a refund at point of purchase.  Bummer!

Oh and speaking of BMTH, Lou Brutus, Paulie Walnuts and I all received Gold plaques for helping to support the band’s Sempiternal cd.   I’ll post a picture tomorrow.  I left it in the office!  Have a great day and if you see Joan Jett, please wish her a VERY HAPPY 58th Birthday today!   

 

Wednesday, Sep 21

My EYES!

After leaving the eye doctor’s yesterday,  I now know how vampires feel when they see the sunlight.  Geez…it was insane!  Had to come home and close my orbs for the rest of the day.  Note to self:  make eye doctor appointment LATE in the day!

The Pulse Of Radio says Cliff Williams of AC/DC has confirmed he will retire from recording and touring with the group once it ends the current touring cycle for the Rock Or Bust album. In a new video message posted online, Williams explained, “It’s time for me to step out, and that’s all. Not because we’ve lost MalPhil or Brian. I mean, everything changes when something happens like that. When Bon died, it changed then. You know, everything changes, so it’s not that. It’s just… I’m just ready to get off the road, really, and do what I do.

Williams added, “In between tours, we take a few years off, so I know how to do that, I know what I’m gonna do. Again, it’s just my time. I’m happy. I just need to . . . Family time now . . . just chill out and not do this. I mean, I couldn’t have asked for anything more, being with the people I’m with and have been, and being in this situation with this band, playing this music.

Williams’ decision follows a string of personnel changes for the group that started with co-founding guitarist Malcolm Young‘s departure in 2014 after he was diagnosed with dementia. Last year, drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to house arrest after he was found guilty on a drug charge, while earlier this year singer Brian Johnson was forced to step down or face the loss of his hearing.

The 66-year-old Williams is the longest-serving member of the group after co-founder and sole original member Angus Young. He joined the band in mid-1977 and made his debut on its fifth album, 1978′s Powerage, appearing on every record and tour since.

Assuming neither Rudd nor Johnson return, Williams’ exit means that only Angus remains from the lineups that recorded classic albums like 1979′s Highway To Hell – the last album recorded with late lead singer Bon Scott – 1980′s Back In Black and 1981′s For Those About To Rock…We Salute You.

AC/DC played in Philadelphia last night (Tuesday, Sep 20th), completing 10 North American dates that were rescheduled after Brian Johnson had to leave the tour. As with the band’s European shows earlier in the summer, the vocals were handled by Axl Rose.

The band does not have any more shows on its itinerary at the moment and Angus Young has not indicated for certain whether the band will continue on.  A sad way for a legendary band to wind things down.   Sort of like “and then there was one”……

White Zombie: Jay Yuenger, Sean Yseult, John Tempesta, Rob Zombie 

Pulse Of Radio also reporting Rob Zombie says he has no intentions of reuniting with his original band, White Zombie, and has “many legit reasons” not to. The subject of a reunion once again came up this past weekend after Rob and his current band performed White Zombie’s 1994 album Astro-Creep: 2000: Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head live in its entirety at Chicago’s Riot Fest, fueling fan speculation about White Zombie returning.

After video footage of the performance surfaced online, one White Zombie fan pleaded on Instagram, “Please, for the love of God, reunite White Zombie. The reasons you’ve given in the past for not wanting to do it . . . honestly make no sense.” The fan added, “I love you, Rob, but I gotta be honest . . . I think the truth is that you just think you’re too good to pick up the phone, call up Sean (Yseult, former White Zombie bassist and Rob’s ex-girlfriend) and the guys… and get that ball rolling again.”  The fan wondered if any lingering tension or jealousy between Yseult and Rob’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie was a factor in the break-up of White Zombie back in 1997.

Rob responded to the fan’s remarks, writing, “(I am) always amazed at how people can speak with such authority on subjects they know zero about. I have many legit reasons (for not wanting to reform White Zombie). Just because you don’t know them does not mean they don’t exist. Everything is not everybody’s business.”

Rob told us a while back that nowadays a lot of his audience isn’t even familiar with the old White Zombie songs: The crowds are really, really young and I’ve been noticing that with the set list too, because, you know, as the time has gone on, we’ve really worked the White Zombie material more out of the set, because we’ve been finding that it’s not working like it used to. It seems like that those songs just seem now old to people and it’s very strange.

Since White Zombie broke up, Rob has released six solo albums and directed seven feature films. Sean Yseult has played in a variety of bands and is rumored to currently be playing bass in Ghost disguised as a Nameless Ghoul.  White Zombie guitarist Jay Yuenger has worked as a record producer since the band broke up, while drummer John Tempesta played in Rob’s solo band for a while and currently drums for The Cult.    I saw White Zombie back in the 90′s.   It was always quite the spectacle. Nothing like today’s Rob Zombie shows, but they were fun, that’s for sure!

News briefs:

Metallica will perform on the Thursday, Sep 29th edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The program will air at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. The band is appearing on the show to promote the upcoming release of its 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which is scheduled for a Nov 18th release. This video above was from their appearance on a 2014 Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  (Blabbermouth)

Bring Me The Horizon was forced to cancel a sold-out show scheduled for last night (Sep 20th) in Adelaide, Australia. Frontman Oli Sykes’ throat was apparently infected and inflamed to the point where “he is hardly able to speak, let alone sing.” The band said in a statement, “We wanted nothing more than to perform tonight but when it’s physically impossible to sing then our hands are tied.” The group had to scrap shows earlier this summer when Sykes’ voice went down.  (Alternative Press)  As of now, there are no future U.S. shows on their docket.

Jared Leto has signed on to star in a new biopic about Andy WarholTerrence Winter will pen the script based on the 1989 book, Warhol: The Biography. Jared will also serve as a producer.  Meanwhile, I do hear that new music should be surfacing before the end of the year from 30 Seconds To Mars.
Celebrating life today:  Stephen King, writer and AC/DC fan, is 69.  Bill Murray is 66 and David Silveria former Korn drummer is 44.

Tuesday, Sep 20

All hands on deck.  POTUS is in town! 

Hey there, Hi there, Ho there!  Happy Tuesday to ya!  Well, we New Yorkers are resting a little easier now that the crazy guy setting off pressure cooker bombs is tucked away and can’t do that anymore.  Let’s hope those crazy guys leave us alone. Now that everyone is afraid to go near a public trash receptacle, the streets ought to be especially messy around town, not to mention, with POTUS in town and all the UN representatives, there are a bazillion police officers all over the place.  So I guess we’re safe, for now!

It was RHCP vs the LA Rams! 

Red Hot Chili Peppers performed over the weekend at the home opener of YOUR new Los Angeles Rams!  The band also announced a boatload of tour dates for 2017 in the U.S.  See Road Rage!

We’ll see you in 2017! 

The Pulse Of Radio says it’s been an astounding seven years since Metallica last did a full tour of the United States and Canada, but all that is about to change. Following the release this fall of the band’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, drummer Lars Ulrich told me that 2017 will find the band criss-crossing this continent for the first time since 2009: We are definitely, obviously gearing back up. We’re gonna hit some dates down in Central and Latin America next month, and just concentrate on basically getting this record out this year. And then next year we’re gonna get into full touring mode, and there’ll be plenty of American dates next year, trust me.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett echoed Ulrich’s comments in an interview with our Detroit hardDrive affiliate WRIF, saying, “We have a large handful of dates that are deserved for the States, which is something that we’re looking forward to, because we have not done a proper tour of the United States for a long time now . . . we really have not done very many shows in the States over the last six or seven years, so we’re really looking forward to getting out there and playing for our American fans, ’cause that’s us. That’s our base, you know.

Metallica does have one North American date on tap before the end of 2016, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City this Saturday (Sep 24th). They are doing like a couple of songs on a bill that includes Rhianna.

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is due out on Nov18th.  I said to Lars, couldn’t you have called it “hardDrive”?  He laughed, said maybe they can make a t-shirt for it!  LOL  OK!

The long-awaited follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music, including the first single “Hardwired.”

Kirk Hammett told WRIF about the disc, “It’s a lot along the lines of ‘Death Magnetic,’ but the grooves are a little bit easier to kind of log in on. There’s a more simplistic sort of approach. It’s less progressive than ‘Death Magnetic’ and just more groove-oriented. That’s my take on it.”

 

Ah, the good ole days in 2013.  Danny Worsnop (center) with Ben Bruce on his right.

See, we can all get along!    Happy to see this news from The Pulse Of RadioAsking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce and former singer Danny Worsnop have apparently ended their beef that began when Worsnop abruptly quit the band in early 2015. Worsnop tweeted on Sunday (Sep 18th) he and Bruce “partied old school style” while drinking “almost a handle of Jameson.” Bruce later posted on Twitter, “Me and Danny were best friends for a decade, we have rekindled our relationship.”

Bruce also squashed rumors that he had unfollowed current Asking Alexandia frontman Denis Stoff, writing, “I haven’t unfollowed anyone in my band. I don’t run Denis’ social media so I don’t know what his posts are about! I’m not in an argument with anyone. All these random stories going around are so strange!”

Worsnop officially quit the group in Jan 2015, and Bruce admitted in an interview a few months later that he was stung by Worsnop’s exit, saying, ”I was f**king pissed off, man. The guy was my best friend, and he just kind of turned his back on me and f**king bailed.”  Worsnop later slammed the group, telling Alternative Press in May, “I ended up leaving (Asking Alexandria) because it lost the art to me. It lost its artistic integrity in my eyes. It was just selling out and that’s not what I do.”

Bruce responded a short time later, telling Loudwire, “We’ve done what we’ve always loved to do since Day One. We didn’t change. He did. So, for the fact that he can sit there and say that, I think it’s bulls**t. It’s not true.”

Asking Alexandria’s first album with Stoff, The Black, was released in late March of this year and features the single “Here I Am.”  Worsnop has focused on his other band, We Are Harlot, and is promoting his new country-leaning solo album, The Prozac Sessions.

Temple Of The Dog has released a demo version of a song called “Angel Of Fire” that did not make the final track list of the band’s self-titled 1991 album. “Angel Of Fire” does appear on the deluxe version of the disc, which is being reissued for its 25th anniversary on Sep 30th. The collection, newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien, will be available in four configurations, including a four-disc Super Deluxe edition, a double LP, a two-CD Deluxe set, and a single CD.

Another previously unreleased demo, called “Black Cat,” was issued last month and will also show up on the 25th anniversary edition.   The group, which consists of Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitarists Mike McCready and Stone GossardSoundgarden singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron, who plays in both acts, is hitting the road for a five-city tour beginning on Nov 4th in Philadelphia. Although Temple has played live in the past, this is the first time the supergroup has ever toured.

One lingering question about the tour is whether Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, who also contributed to the 1991 album, will show up at any of the tour dates. Mike McCready told Team Rock, “I haven’t heard whether he’s going to be a part of this or not. I would love it if Eddie would do it. It’s kind of up to him and Chris, but there hasn’t been any discussion about it so far.”

The seeds of the upcoming Temple tour were planted in Jan 2015, when Cornell, Ament and Gossard all made appearances at a Mad Season reunion concert that McCready organized in Seattle. McCready explained, “When we did some Temple songs, and Jeff and Stone came out and we did ‘Reach Down’ and ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ . .. the crowd response was immense. We were surprised with how fast the tickets sold, but it has turned into something that’s bigger than all of us.”

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl joined Prophets Of Rage onstage for a second time at the Forum in Los Angeles last Thursday (Sep 15th), once again jamming with the group on “Kick Out The Jams.” Grohl, who was also spotted at AC/DC‘s recent L.A. show, also reportedly told a fan on the street in Van Nuys, CA he was working on a new album, but didn’t say whether it was a Foo Fighters record. (Alternative Nation) Meanwhile, I have NO CLUE who the tall dude with the sunglasses is!  Anyone?

Blabbermouth reporting Hellyeah has announced a new tour with In Flames, From Ashes To New and Source.  See the Road Rage page for all the info!

Later, taters!

weekEnd Sep 17-18, 2016

AMERICA, YOU HAVE A GLUTEN PROBLEM!

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose: KORN
“Rotting In Vain” & “Freak On A Leash”
Plugged In:  HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human”
CHEVELLE “Joyride”
RED SUN RISING “Amnesia”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “The Prophets of Rage”
Guest:  YOUNG GUNS “Bulletproof”
HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up”
DEFTONES “Phantom Bride”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize”
ASK LZZY
3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive”

Hour 2

METALLICA “Hardwired”
DIRT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Cut Me Loose”
Guest:  SKILLET “Feel Invincible”
HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore”
GREEN DAY “Bang Bang”
ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader”
Guest: DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes”
ISLANDER “Bad Guy”
VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”
Guest:  PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  SILENT THEORY “Fragile Minds”