Tuesday, May 26

Happy Monday, I mean TUESDAY! ….Love starting the day out with a story on Corey Taylor.  The man, the mouth, the legend!   Pulse Of Radio reporting today the Slipknot frontman says despite the 2013 release of a disc titled Save Rock and Roll, the pop-punk band Fall Out Boy is not, in fact, doing any such thing. Taylor is making the rounds promoting his new book, titled You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. The book is a personal rumination on his life, rock and society in general.

In an interview with Kerrang, Taylor says: “I take a lot of ‘popular music’ to task and people who are hailed as geniuses but didn’t really earn it. Some of the things that come out of these people’s mouths are just f**king unbelievable.

Citing Fall Out Boy and the Save Rock and Roll record specifically, he says: “I’ve got a couple of friends who are in this band, but Fall Out Boy saying they’re going to ‘save rock ‘n’ roll’ . . . Are you f**king kidding me? You? With the s**t that I’ve heard for the last two albums, that’s you saving f**king rock and roll? No, I don’t think so.”   He adds, “Whether it’s Fall Out Boy saying they’re saving rock ‘n’ roll or Gene Simmons saying rock is already dead, I’m standing here with sold out shows, a Number One album around the world and I’m going, ‘Really? When did this happen?’”   Taylor concludes, “Rock ebbs and flows. It always has. As shiny and new as these people like to think pop music is, it’s the same six people who write every f**king song for some of these talentless f**kholes and I’m not worried about anything. These people have been trying to kill us for 30 years and it keeps not happening.”     Look for Mr Taylor’s new book  July 07th.  I will start reading it tomorrow as I undergo some hopefully not too nasty knee surgery.

Oh no, SHAARRRRONNNNNNNNSharon Osbourne has decided to take a month off from The Talk after a recent health scare. The 62 year-old wife of Ozzy Osbourne collapsed after returning home to Los Angeles  from a trip  to NYC and Toronto on May 15th. According to People, the talk show co-host is suffering from extreme exhaustion. A rep for Osbourne told E! News, “Her doctors report that she is suffering from ‘extreme exhaustion’ and assessed that she most likely returned to work too soon after being hospitalized recently for pneumonia . . . Sharon has been advised and has agreed to to take a month hiatus to recover fully from these recent events. Sharon would like to thank everyone at The Talk for granting her this time off and to all friends, family and others for their incredible support.”  A couple of months ago, Osbourne contracted pneumonia after a hernia surgery. In 2012, she had a double mastectomy as a prevent measure against developing breast cancer. The Brit also is a colon cancer survivor.   In other Osbourne news, Blabbermouth reports Ozzy and Sharon recently took over Ozzy’s Boneyard channel on satellite radio to play songs from their definitive list of “Ultimate Guitar Gods”. Before playing the Metallica song “Battery”, Sharon said: “I feel like we’re their parents. We’ve known them from when they were so young, and seeing them all grow up, have their own families… And since Robert [Trujillo, former Ozzy Osbourne and current Metallica bassist], who is, like… he is part of the Osbourne family. [Since] Robert Trujillo joined them, we’re even more connected with them. It’s family. You know, they are family. And [we have] so much respect for Metallica. And [I] just personally love each and every one of ‘em.“  She added: “[Metallica drummer] Lars [Ulrich] is a bit of a bigmouth — he needs a good slap sometimes — but we love him.”

Shocking news today from Chicago. Pulse Of Radio reports a 24-year-old man fell to his death during a Chevelle concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Friday, May 22nd, according to reports.

The fan, Kyle Kirchhoff, fell around 10:20 p.m. when he and two of his friends made their way through a door on the second-floor balcony of the Aragon and decided to watch the show from a catwalk. When Kirchoff’s friends noticed we was no longer with them, a report in the Chicago Tribune says they found his body impaled on two metal rods, 6 to 8 feet below the catwalk. A report on WGN states that he was impaled by the pipes of an organ after stepping onto a plastered area that gave way.  Kirchhoff was pronounced dead at a hospital at 10:54 p.m.

Chevelle addressed the tragedy on Facebook, writing: “To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.” The post continues: “We were asked by police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate. We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control. We love our fans in Chicago and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible.” The post concludes: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchhoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers… S.P.D.”  Police are investigating. Chevelle cut their encore short after being told a fan was injured.  How horribly sad!  Our hearts go out.

Week of May 25-29, 2015

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

MED
10 YEARS “Miscellanea”
FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above”
HALESTORM  “Amen”
OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne”
SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Untraveled Road”
WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails”

SM
ALL THAT REMAINS  “For You”
AMARANTHE  “Drop Dead Cynical”
APOCALYPTICA   “Cold Blood”
ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me”
DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith”
GODSMACK “What’s Next”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie”
KILL IT KID  “Blood Stop & Run”
NOTHING MORE  “Jenny”
OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up”
PAPA ROACH “Gravity”

weekEnd May 23-24, 2015

COVER IT UP Special Edition!

Hour 1

SMITH & MYERS “Wanted: Dead Or Alive”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Rebel Yell”
Guest:  I PREVAIL “Blank Space”
HALESTORM “Bad Romance”
MARILYN MANSON with JOHNNY DEPP
“You’re So Vain”
YOU ME AT SIX “Foo Fighters Medley”
Guest: STARSET “Space Oddity” (live)
ART OF DYING “Sweet Emotion”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Youth Gone Wild”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “Whole Lotta Rosie”

Hour 2

LIMP BIZKIT “Faith”
Guest:  AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Walk”
PEARL JAM “Reign O’er Me”
SEPTEMBER MOURNING “Stand By Me”
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Prison Sex” (live)
Guest:  FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “House of the Rising Sun”
DISTURBED “Living After Midnight”
LIT “I Wanna Rock”
Guest: STONE SOUR “Love Gun”
FOO FIGHTERS “I Feel Free”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock”

On the next hardDrive with Lou Brutus!
BACKSTAGE AT ROCK ON THE RANGE PART 1
SLIPKNOT
BREAKING BENJAMIN
MARILYN MANSON
RISE AGAINST
SLASH
PAPA ROACH
LIKE A STORM

Friday, May 22

WOO HOO!!  Long weekend so we can recharge the batteries!  I am stoked!…My friends P.O.D. have announced a new album and tour (See Road Rage!)!!!! The Awakening drops in August and the tour starts next month.  The new album was produced by long-time knob twirler Howard Benson.  Looking forward to catching up with Sonny Sandoval on the hotLine soon!

Slayer!  They are coming back with a new album,, Repentless.  Guitarist Kerry King said the title track is in honor of their late  member Jeff Hannenman. It was produced by Terry Date and will drop on 9/11. Hannenman, who co-founded Slayer with King, passed away May 02, 2013.  Very sad day, indeed.

Slipknot’s Mick Thompson and Jim Root were interviewed for Premier Guitar talking about their gear.  Love the new looks on both!  LOL   Watch it here.  Love Mick’s voice!  Never really heard him talk much before!   Mostly know Clown, Sid, Corey and Jim.  Excited for Clown’s first movie.  Fingers crossed for him he will have a hit on his hands with Officer Downe. (Thanks Blabbermouth!)

Pop Evil‘s new album is coming in August.  The first single is coming Jun 1.  It was produced by Adam Kasper and it’s KILLER!  Will be talking to Lee Kakaty next week.  Also new Finger Eleven music coming.  The band will be in the hardDriveRadio studios on Jun 2.  Lou will be on the hotLine next week with Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach and Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch.  Lots of stuff happening!   (As usual!)

Gotta dash and get a start on the weekend!  Have a great one and I’ll be back Tuesday!   Catch this weekend’s hardDrive with Lou Brutus  special edition Cover It Up!   Be safe.  Here’s to all the military men and women who served and continue to serve this great country.

P.O.D.

JUN
14:  South Bend, IN  @ The Bear’s Big Growl 4
16:  Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
19:  Winchester, VA @ The Blue Fox
20:   Syracuse, NY @  Oswego E Ctr – WAQX Festival
21:  Huntington, NY @ Paramount
22:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
24:  Ft Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
26:  Alix, AB @ Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival
27:  Detroit, MI @ Stars and Stripes
28:  Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
30:  Madison, WI @  Barrymore Theatre
JUL
01:  Cedar Rapids, IA  @ Reverb
02:  Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
03:  Sault Saint Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino
04:  Waconia, MN @ Carver County Fairgrounds – Taste of Minnesota
07:  Minot, ND @ Original Bar and Nightclub
09:   Rockford, IL @ District
10:  Lansing, MI @ Common Ground Festival
11:  Green Bay, WI @ Watering Hole
12:  Des Moines, IA @ Val Air
14:  Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Work
15:  Hammond, IN @ Wolf Lake Park Pavilion
16:  St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
17:  Cleveland, OH @ Odeon
18:  Lancaster, OH @ Mickey’s Outdoors
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Thursday, May 21

Foo Fighters dressed in tuxedos for the final Late Show with David Letterman!  They performed “Everlong”  (Dave Letterman’s favorite Foos song) as the soundtrack to a montage of images from over the 33 years of the Letterman shows.  Only thing I thought was missing was Jay Thomas‘ annual football toss at the meatballs on the Christmas tree.

Meanwhile, a local boy, Sawyer Fredericks,  a local farm boy, won The Voice. I only mention this because it’s a couple of towns over in Montgomery County, NY near where I am from !   I love it!

Pulse of Radio reports In This Moment singer Maria Brink joined Papa Roach on stage Tuesday night (May 19th) in Moline, IL to perform the Papa Roach song “Gravity.” Brink also dueted with Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix on the studio version of the tune and told us she enjoyed the experience: “I mean, we love the song. I think it’s such a great track, I really do. I think it’s strong and it’s really cool and the meaning was cool, you know, his whole take he has on the song. And I kind of did this rebuttal type thing and it was wonderful. I loved doing it. We had fun and we’ve made some really good friends and we’ve toured with them a lot too, and are great friends.”  “Gravity” is taken from Papa Roach’s latest album, F.E.A.R., which came out at the end of January.  Shaddix recently said about the track, “I really put it all out there: my failures as a husband, as a lover, and as the head of my household . . . it’s a bit of a testimony for me and my wife, like, ‘Hey man, if you’re another couple that’s going through this struggle, you can make it through if you really want to, if you really love each other.‘” Bassist Tobin Esperance said having Brink appear on the track took it to “a whole other level.”  Papa Roach and In This Moment shared the same studio and producer, Kevin Churko, on their respective new albums. Both bands next play the Rocklahoma festival on Friday (May 22nd) in Pryor, OK.  Let’s pray for NO rain there this weekend!

I love this story!  A new study undertaken by a firm called SeatSmart has determined that the lyrics of Canadian act Nickelback are “more intelligent” than those of other popular rock acts such as Foo Fighters and Linkin Park. SeatSmart’s Andrew Powell-Morse analyzed the lyrics of 225 songs that had spent at least three weeks at Number One on Billboard‘s pop, rock, country and hip-hop charts.  Powell-Morse used writing-analysis tools such as the Flesch-Kincaid index, a readability test to measure reading difficulty, to determine the average reading level of a section of text. He added, “I plugged in song lyrics — punctuation added by me, since most songs lack it altogether — and out of the machine popped out average grade level, word count and other very interesting metrics.” It turned out that country music had the “smartest” lyrics, with a reading level slightly above third grade, while pop, rock and hip-hop all hovered around the third grade level or just slightly below.

Among the seven top rock acts, Nickelback beat out Linkin Park, Seether, Foo Fighters and last-place entry Avenged Sevenfold. Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger has been notorious for his raunchy lyrics in the past, but told us a while back he was never worried about what anyone thought of them: “A lot of people ask me, like, ‘What does your mom think when you write songs like that?’ And I think it went out the window when I started writing songs that started off with ‘I like your pants around your feet.’ You know, when that one hit the radio waves, a lot of people were going, ‘Whoa, what does your mom think of that?’ I’m like, ‘She’s cool with it.‘” Meanwhile, Three Days Grace earned the dubious honor of penning the dumbest song of the decade with 2010′s “The Good Life”, which has a reading grade level of 0.8. Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Let Me Hear You Scream” was second-to-last with a grade level of 1.2. But Three Days Grace also had the second highest scoring song with “Animal I Have Become,” which reached a fifth grade reading level. Only the Red Hot Chili Peppers ranked higher with “Dani California.”  Pretty funny, right?

Get your game on!   Bring Me The Horizon and Royal Blood are among the artists who had songs added to the lineup of the Guitar Hero Live video game, which arrives this fall after a five-year break. 10 new songs have been revealed in addition to the 24 already announced, with Deftones, Of Mice And Men, Mastodon, Marilyn Manson and Killswitch Engage also among the latest entries.  The initial batch of two dozen tracks revealed last week included songs from The Pretty Reckless,The Black Keys, System Of A Down, Pantera, Green Day, Alter Bridge, Black Veil Brides, Rage Against The Machine and many more.

  • Additional artists that are represented include the Rolling Stones, the Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Chemical Romance and others.
  • More new songs will be unveiled each week leading up to the game’s release. Guitar Hero Live has plenty of new features as well, including a more realistic controller and a first-person perspective.
  • Guitar Hero Live will be available from Activision for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and, for the first time, mobile devices.

The 10 newest additions to Guitar Hero Live are:
Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
Marilyn Manson – “Disposable Teens”
Killswitch Engage – “In Due Time”
Marmozets – “Move Shake Hide”
Of Mice And Men – “Bones Exposed”
Deftones – “Diamond Eyes”
Vista Chino – “Sweet Remain”
Bring Me the Horizon – “Shadow Moses”
Mastodon – “High Road”
Trivium – “Strife”

And finally today, check this out.  Coldplay’s Chris Martin is the musical director for a Game Of Thrones musical “extravaganza” that be part of Red Nose Day on today (May 21st). Stars from the HBO series participating in the musical include Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Mark Addy and more. Scores of other musicians, actors and celebrities will appear on the three-hour “Red Nose Day” special airing live on NBC from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET. The benefit event will help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty, in the U.S. and throughout the world.   This is fantastic!  Watch!

Celebrating a birthday today:  Mr T is 63  and my beloved Dwight is one year older,  too!

Wednesday, May 20

Closing in on the Memorial Day weekend!  Did the month of May whiz by or is it me?  Geez! And don’t forget, Memorial Day weekend means a new Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive!  All cover songs, and many are brand new or EXCLUSIVE like Breaking Benjamin covering Tool and Starset covering David Bowie! Don’t miss a minute!  And if you do, you can always download the new FREE hardDriveRadio APP and stream the show there on Monday!

Five Finger Death Punch has announced its sixth studio album, Got Your Six, will arrive on August 28th. The first single, “Jekyll And Hyde,” will surface at radio in the next few weeks. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory gave us a few hints of what the new disc sounds like: “It’s kind of like a little bit more uptempo. You know, when we started to do this, we all came into it excited, like everybody’s writing, everybody has something to say, so we came into it with that energy. So that shows, you know, it’s kind of a more high-energy record. Everybody wanted a little bit of an uptempo record, so it’s more of our energetic, uptempo side.”  Yesterday, the band also annnounced their tour with Papa Roach, In This Moment and From Ashes To New.  See Road Rage for all the details. Tickets on sale Friday.

Pulse Of Radio says with David Letterman‘s epic 22-year run as the host of CBS-TV’s Late Show coming to a close tonight (May 20th), one of the final musical guests to appear on the program was Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder. The singer delivered a powerful version of the band’s “Better Man” on Monday night (May 18th) in tribute to the legendary late night host, who is retiring and letting Stephen Colbert take over the program.  A photo later surfaced on Twitter of Vedder backstage at the show with actor Tom Hanks, Hank’s wife Rita Wilson and director Cameron Crowe, who gave Vedder and other members of Pearl Jam small roles as a fictional band in 1992′s Singles and who directed the Pearl Jam Twenty documentary. Vedder recently showed up in Chicago to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field for a Cubs game. He was also in Chicago to perform at a benefit show paying tribute to The Who, with the aim of raising money for Teen Cancer America, a charity that was started by The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Pearl Jam doesn’t have any activities on its calendar until November, when it heads to South America.  As host of both NBC’s Late Night and CBS’ Late Showfor more than 30 years, Letterman surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest running late-night talk show host in 2013.

Pulse also printed a story that Duff McKagan told Fox 5 New York he thinks the recently released Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, a documentary about the late Nirvana frontman told through his art, music and home movies, is “brilliantly done,” adding, “It’s extremely sad at the end, but it depicts what it was like — not just with them, but with the whole — like, everybody I knew. And that’s what it was like (in Seattle around that time). And seeing that scene — those scenes at the end — kind of upset my stomach.” McKagan, who grew up in Seattle and knew many of the musicians there, added, “I watched it with my 17-year-old daughter. And to think Frances (Bean Cobain, Kurt’s daughter) produced (the film), and that was the footage she chose to be shown was really heavy.”  Some of the final scenes in the film depict a clearly high Cobain trying to interact with his daughter, including a scene where he is nodding off as she sits on his lap. McKagan gave up drinking and drugs in 1994 after an attack of acute alcohol-induced pancreatitis.  He mentioned discussing drugs with his own daughters, 17-year-old Grace and 14-year-old Mae, saying, “I’m honest. ‘You might try some drugs. And you might actually like something. Here’s the deal, though: I was your age, and that’s when I was doing that. And I chased that first good high for thirteen years until my pancreas blew up. So you might have that same thing, and it’s not cool. So just watch it.’”  Another musician, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, said in a recent radio interview that he thought Montage Of Heck was “a great piece of filmmaking,” but added, “It was almost too much, it was almost too close.” Watch the interview here.

Foo Fighters have posted a pro-shot mini-documentary online about the band’s Record Store Day (April 18th) performance in front of 100 people at the tiny Record Connection in Niles, OH. In the video, store owner Jeff Burke recalls how he got the money to originally open the store and then discusses with customers how important the Foos performance was, saying, “What a statement that really makes, by the Foo Fighters coming here and wanting to play for you guys. It’s mind-blowing.” (Diffuser).

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson returns in a new second season episode as host of the series Cars That Rock. In a clip posted online, Johnson visits the iconic MG factory in Longbridge, England to gain an insight into the beloved British make. A six-part series, Cars That Rock features Johnson meeting designers, engineers and car fans from around the world and visiting car plants and race tracks. It airs on the Quest channel in the U.K. (Blabbermouth).

Did not know there was a press conference in Chicago on Monday with Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson discussing their upcoming  End Times tour.   They were asked about a band they were once rumored to be forming in 1997 called Fruity. Manson said the name came about “because we thought that the pills made us feel fruity, that was it. I don’t really know what that meant, at the time.” Corgan added, “Everyone we would meet would be in the band. Like (Public Enemy‘s) Flavor Flav was in the band, (porn star) Jenna Jameson was in the band, but then it never happened.” (Alternative Nation).

Among many having a birthday today:  Cher is 69 and Calico Cooper is 34.

PAPA ROACH with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

with IN THIS MOMENT and FROM ASHES TO NEW
SEP
04:  LEXINGTON, KY @ RUPP ARENA
05:  CINCINNATI, OH @ US BANK ARENA
08:  MANAKTO, MN @ VERIZON WIRELESS CENTER
11:  MISSOULA, MT @  ADAMS EVENT CENTER
12:  EVERETT, WA @ XFINITY ARENA
13:  SPOKANE, WA @ SPOKANE ARENA
15:  EUGENE, OR @ MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
16:  RENO, NV @ LAWLOR EVENT CENTER
18:  ONTARIO, CA @ CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA
19:  LAS VEGAS, NV @ THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
20:  SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ MAVERIK CENTER
22:  COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ BROADMOOR WORLD ARENA
25:   LA CROSSE, WI @ LA CROSSE CENTER
09:  ST. CHARLES, MO @ FAMILY ARENA
30:  INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ INDIANA FARMERS COLISEUM
OCT 
02:  CEDAR RAPIDS, IA @ US CELLULAR CENTER
03:  TOLEDO, OH @ HUNTINGTON CENTER
04:  CLEVELAND, OH @ JACOBS PAVILION
06:   LOWELL, MA @ TSONGAS CENTER
08:  UNCASVILLE, CT @ MOHEGAN SUN ARENA
09:  GLEN FALLS, NY @ GLEN FALLS CIVIC CENTER

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH

with IN THIS MOMENT and FROM ASHES TO NEW
SEP
04:  LEXINGTON, KY @ RUPP ARENA
05:  CINCINNATI, OH @ US BANK ARENA
08:  MANAKTO, MN @ VERIZON WIRELESS CENTER
11:  MISSOULA, MT @  ADAMS EVENT CENTER
12:  EVERETT, WA @ XFINITY ARENA
13:  SPOKANE, WA @ SPOKANE ARENA
15:  EUGENE, OR @ MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
16:  RENO, NV @ LAWLOR EVENT CENTER
18:  ONTARIO, CA @ CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA
19:  LAS VEGAS, NV @ THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
20:  SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ MAVERIK CENTER
22:  COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ BROADMOOR WORLD ARENA
25:   LA CROSSE, WI @ LA CROSSE CENTER
09:  ST. CHARLES, MO @ FAMILY ARENA
30:  INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ INDIANA FARMERS COLISEUM
OCT 
02:  CEDAR RAPIDS, IA @ US CELLULAR CENTER
03:  TOLEDO, OH @ HUNTINGTON CENTER
04:  CLEVELAND, OH @ JACOBS PAVILION
06:   LOWELL, MA @ TSONGAS CENTER
08:  UNCASVILLE, CT @ MOHEGAN SUN ARENA
09:  GLEN FALLS, NY @ GLEN FALLS CIVIC CENTER

Tuesday, May 19

Went to a cool party last night for Clutch, as they performed a handful of songs from their forthcoming new album, due in September.  It was at the performance and showroom of D’Angelico guitars here in NYC.  First off, Clutch was great.  Second off, the D’Angelico line of guitars are beautiful. I wasn’t really familiar with them before.  Apparently they’ve been made in South Korea after leaving the U.S. many years ago, but now they will be produced here again in the states.  I’ll post some shots as soon as I can.   Anyhow, during the show, Brent Hinds of Mastodon arrived to check out Clutch (and looked at some fretless guitars), who  are touring with Mastodon, including a stop tonight in Central Park at Summerstage.  I introduced myself to him and we instantly hit it off.  I mean, he’s not the scary aloof person I thought he was. He’s kind, gentlemanly and funny!  And he doesn’t do interviews, but agreed to talk to me!  So, hmmm, I need to contact his publicist, STAT!   There is something so cool about Mastodon.   They are amazing live.  A must-see if you’ve never caught them before!…..I also met the editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, Alexander Milas.  Hopefully we can find some way to work together!  I love me some Metal Hammer!…..Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach announced their late summer tour yesterday.   Saint Asonia‘s performance from Rock on the Range is posted.  Check it out here……Speaking of Metal Hammer, check out their video interview at Rock on the Range with In This Moment.  Love Chris and Maria.   Screw the haters!…….Got this from Pulse Of Radio.  Busy day for Bullet for My Valentine: The band announces  their new bassist, released a lyric video for their new song “No Way Out” and revealed that their new album, titled Venom, will drop August 14.  Jamie Malthias joins Bullet for My Valentine as bassist, replacing Jay James who left in February after spending 12 years with the group. To find out more about Malthias, scope out his new Twitter account, @BFMVJamie. Bullet For My Valentine posted a teaser online for its fifth studio album earlier this month.  Frontman Matt Tuck told Metal Hammer about the band’s approach this time, “What we really wanted to capture was the feeling of that excitement, that angst and that anger, that you finally get in that moment to let the world know who you are and what you want to say. Then, as the albums go on, and you get a bit older, that goes away. So we’re like, ‘Let’s recapture that angst of that younger, feisty Bullet that we used to be.’”  The band also wrote online that 2015 is “shaping up to be a massive year for us, with lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes which we’ll be announcing as soon as we can.” The band will be part of the lineup for Slipknot‘s “Summer’s Last Stand” tour, which kicks off on July 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida and also features Lamb Of God and Motionless In White.  Watch this. Lyric video for “No Way Out”  I also heard 3 other tracks, including the title tune, “Venon” and another called “Battle,”  both of which will be big tunes from the forthcoming album!….The dates for the Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach run should be announced ANY MINUTE!  Can’t wait.  Two powerhouses together!   Rock is NOT DEAD!…….Celebrating life today, some classic folks!  Pete Townshend of the Who is 70Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist is 66, and former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is 61.