Thursday, Oct 30

Well, my BF  forgot to bring me the Halloween costume he got me. Left it at his house up in White Plains.  So now, I have NO HALLOWEEN COSTUME!  I am not happy. BOO!….On to the news:  Congrats to the “core members”  Corey, Jim, Clown, Chris, Mick and Craig.  Slipknot‘s fifth studio album and first in six years, .5: The Gray Chapter, sold approximately 132,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number One on the Billboard 200 album sales chart yesterday (Oct 29th). This is Slipknot’s second straight chart-topper following its predecessor, 2008′s All Hope Is Gone, which moved just under 240,000 copies in its first week.  Singer Corey Taylor told us why he’s especially proud of .5: The Gray Chapter“I think it hits on so many different levels, not only aggressively and heavy-wise, but melodically, artistically, atmospherically, lyrically, sonically — it’s our best sounding album. I just think that there’s a whole journey here that I’m really proud of.”  The new disc is the first by the band since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and the 2013 dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison. Both men were charter members and key songwriters in the group.  Although the identities of their replacements have not been officially revealed, they are believed to be drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella.   The new lineup made its live debut last weekend at Slipknot’s Knotfest festival in California. The band kicked off a North American tour with special guests Korn last night in El Paso  and will next stop in Dallas on Halloween!  Little known fact:  When Slipknot’s All Hope Is Gone topped the Billboard chart in 2008, it was due to an extraordinary and unprecedented SoundScan recount. The album was initially announced as a Number Two debut, just 13 copies behind The Game‘s LAX at Number One, marking the closest margin in SoundScan history. With such a small margin, Slipknot’s label, Roadrunner Records, requested an historic recount that put the band on top by a margin of 1,134 copies. ….Speaking of Korn, I see they’ve added a solo date, Dec 8th, at the Paramount in Huntington, NY…. Pulse of Radio  reports Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has told Studio Brussel in a new interview that a track on the band’s upcoming Sonic Highways album and HBO series, called “Subterranean,” was inspired by the end of his previous band, Nirvana. Grohl explained the first music he recorded under the Foo Fighters banner after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was done in the same studio where Nirvana had recorded its last complete song.  Grohl recalled, “I didn’t want to make music any more after Nirvana, then time went on and I thought wait a minute, music is the one thing that’s going to help me start over, it’s going to heal me, so that’s what I have to keep doing. So I went back to that same studio, and recorded again, and my life started over again, so that becomes the theme of the episode, and that also becomes the theme of the song.”   That final Nirvana song was called “You Know You’re Right” and Grohl recalled the sessions: “We had some time off before a tour, and Kurt wanted to go in and demo some stuff, so I said, ‘Hey, why don’t we do it at this studio down the street from my house.’ And we went down there, and we had three days booked. Kurt came in the last day and we were like, ‘Okay, what do you wanna do?’ And Kurt said, ‘Well, why don’t we do that song we’ve been doing at soundcheck?’ And so we rehearsed it, I think, once, and then recorded it. Kurt did three or four vocal takes, and that was it.”  The Seattle episode of the HBO documentary series on the making of the album, also called Sonic Highways, will premiere on Friday night, Nov 28th. Have you been watching these episodes! They really are a great music history lesson…Blabbermouth said .Metallica has confirmed they’ve been booked to spend an entire week in November as the musical guests on CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. The band said in a statement, “We’re excited to celebrate Craig Ferguson‘s final season on CBS as he has asked us to join him for an entire week of performances starting Monday, November 17th. We’ll be playing every night that week and on the first night (Monday) we’ll sit down with Craig to chat about all things ‘Talllica.”   Members of Metallica’s official fan club, Met Club, should log in to the band’s web site for information about how they can be guests in the studio audience during the filming of the show in Los Angeles.  The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. EST. Ferguson announced his exit from the program in April, shortly after he was passed over to replace David Letterman, who also revealed that he would retire next year.  Metallica is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015, although we don’t know when they’ll find the time for it….My friend Slash is in the news. He’s the subject of a two-part documentary and live concert event presented by Guitar Center and Direct TV. The life and music of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be examined via a 90-minute live show filmed recently at the Roxy nightclub in Hollywood, followed by a 90-minute documentary that takes viewers into the studio with Slash while combining new and archival footage with interviews from the artists and colleagues who have influenced his career.  The documentary, called Slash: Raised On The Sunset Strip, covers his childhood in both England and Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, his discovery of the guitar and arrival on the Sunset Strip, his meteoric rise with Guns N’ Roses, the evolution of Velvet Revolver, his solo career and his current band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.   Artists interviewed for the documentary include Dave GrohlAlice CooperJoe PerryDuff McKaganSteven AdlerMatt Sorum, Jerry CantrellLemmy, Slash’s wife Perla Hudson and more.  Check out these trailers.  Here and here…..Avenged Sevenfold is taking the rest of 2014 off and will spend some of that time working on a brand new DVD. Singer M. Shadows said the band is dealing with mixes and editing and artwork for the disc, which should come out sometime early next year. He told us the documentary uses the 2009 death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan as a starting point: “The DVD will take place right before we lose Jimmy, and then it’s gonna basically take you all the way through to now. So it’ll be mixed in with some live performances, but there will also be a very strong story arc to what our story is and what’s going on with us.”  The singer added that the DVD will contain performances from the band’s sets at key events like the Download FestivalRock In RioRock On The Range and others.  Avenged Sevenfold will tour Southeast Asia and China in January and will tentatively start writing music for the follow-up to last year’s Hail To The King next summer….Spoke with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach yesterday just before the band’s gig with In Flames in Berlin.  He told me all about the making of the new album. F.E.A.R.,  the single and talked about some of the other tunes, including “Gravity,” which features Maria Brink of In This Moment.  The opportunity to work with her arose when both bands were in Chophouse Studios in Las Vegas working with the Churkos (Kevin and son Kane.)  The song is heavy, about the trials and tribulations of Jacoby’s relationship with his wife Kelly.  He said Maria went into the booth and free-styled the woman’s side of the story.  Can’t wait to hear that.  Meanwhile, seems Coby has embraced not only his sobriety, but his new found spirituality on this one.  Hey, in this world, it ain’t a bad thing!  Also happy that guitarist Jerry Horton has really come into his own as his photography will be the album artwork!  Coby also told me he co-directed the music video for the new single “Face Everything And Rise.”  It was shot in the desert in Southern Cali.   Hot, dry and “painful,” as quoted by Jerry!   And now I have to find a way for Lou Brutus and I to get over to Germany!  The band has invited us to be their guests on the band’s bus when they play Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring!   So listeners of GONG 97.1, you may get to meet the one and only Lou Brutus in June!   Stay tuned. We may have to start a crowd-funding campaign for this trip!…..Nickelback will make a major announcement  (I believe it will be their 2015 tour) and give a special live performance next Wednesday (Nov 5th) at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. All proceeds from the sale of tickets, which go on sale Thursday (October 30th), will be donated to the International House Of Blues Foundation Action For The Arts grants programs. Nickelback’s new album, No Fixed Address, comes out November 17th…..Halestorm will release a vinyl edition of both of their previously released covers EPs, titled ReAniMate: The CoVeRs Collection (2011-2014) on Dec 2nd via the band’s webstore. Halestorm will take a break from the studio for a string of headlining shows starting on Nov 11th in Chattanooga, TN, followed by a run of shows with country rocker Eric Church which begin  Jan 8th in New Orleans…. Monday, big announcement from the Linkin Park camp!  Keep your eyes peeled for news. Also news coming on Nothing MoreHappy 49th today to Gavin Rossdale of Bush! 




Wednesday, Oct 29

Going to see Harry Shearer (you know him from his characters on The Simpsons “Mr Smithers” and Spinal Tap.)  He’s doing a show called “Nixon’s The One”  off-Broadway tonight as part of a mini-seris on the Nixon tapes.  He does a damn good  Tricky Dick, if I say so myself!….Pulse Of Radio reports Soundgarden will release its long-awaited collection of rarities and non-album tracks on November 24th, titled Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path. The three-disc set will contain seven never-before-released songs, including the newly recorded track “Storm,” along with original B-sides, instrumentals, covers and demos recorded throughout the band’s career. The collection was curated and hand-selected by guitarist Kim Thayil, who said, “As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades. I personally may have referenced this project a number of times over the years, going back almost 20 of them to the mid-90s!”  Singer Chris Cornell told us recently why the B-sides set was important to Soundgarden: “B-sides were sort of extra tracks for outside the U.S. releases. I always felt like that was sort of a backhanded slap to our fans in the U.S. or Canada, because those were our hardcore fans that had been there from the very beginning, and yet we’re giving away this other stuff to other people. Because of that, we’ve always kind of been chomping at the bit to make this B-sides record.” The set will come in three different packages that are all available for pre-order at The first disc is subtitled “Originals” and will feature Soundgarden-written B-sides plus the previously unreleased “Storm” and “Kristi.”…Pulse also ran this today on another group of friends from Seattle.  Alice In Chains has teamed with BitTorrent Bundle for the premiere of the new music video for “Phantom Limb,” the fourth single from the band’s 2013 CD, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The clip was directed by Robert “Roboshobo” Schober, who also helmed the videos for the disc’s three previous singles, “Hollow,” “Stone” and “Voices.” Schober has also directed clips for Metallica and Green Day.  Alice In Chains songs and videos have always contained dark imagery and guitarist Jerry Cantrell told us he just naturally writes that way: “It’s never been my intention to be dark. I guess I just maybe talk about stuff that’s more real, you know what I mean? There’s plenty of stuff out there to distract you from stuff. I’m not really trying to distract anybody from anything, and I’m trying not to look away from myself or somebody else that’s either scary, disturbing, something that I don’t like about somebody or myself. I’m trying to look at those things without looking away.”  Fans who access the seven-minute-plus video through BitTorrent can download the clip, unlock notes from the director and get exclusive access to merchandise.  The first two singles from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, “Hollow” and “Stone,” both hit Number One on the rock radio airplay charts, while the album itself debuted on the Billboard album chart at Number Two.  The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is Alice In Chains’ second album with singer William DuVall and followed up 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue, the group’s first all-new collection of material in 14 years….Wow.  Haven’t heard this producer’s name mentioned in quite some time! Muse have confirmed they are working with legendary producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange on their seventh studio album, according to Classic Rock. The band revealed the news via their Instagram page, posting a photo taken in 1980 of Lange in the studio with AC/DC and adding the caption, “We are honoured to be making our new album with this legendary producer. #backinblack”  Lange produced AC/DC’s landmark 1980 album Back In Black, as well as their previous effort, 1979′s Highway To Hell.   He also produced Def Leppard‘s massive Pyromania and Hysteria records, as well as the more recent Nickelback offering Dark Horse.   Muse self-produced their last two albums, The 2nd Law and 2009′s The Resistance….Speaking of AC/DC, I am so excited to tell you Angus Young and Cliff Williams will be headed into the hardDriveRadio studios next month!   Now’s your chance to ask questions!  Send them in via the Interact Live link on the hardDrive Radio App or email them via the Interact link on the home page here. And in other news,  AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has recently lent his support to a little-known charity called the Sporting Memories Network, which deals with people suffering from dementia. According to the Northern Echo, Johnson called the organization on his own and offered his encouragement and support for their work. Its director, Tony Jameson-Allen, said, “It’s an absolutely amazing boost for a charity run by two people to receive a phone call from the singer of a group that has sold more than 200 million records worldwide.”  Johnson reached out to Sporting Memories after hearing about their projects with older people, especially men, who have been suffering from mental health issues.  AC/DC guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young left the band earlier this year, with his family confirming that he was afflicted with dementia.  It was reported that the 61-year-old musician suffered a stroke earlier this year.  Unlike other anti-dementia charities, the Sporting Memories Network is focused on treatment, not research, using sports memories to help people suffering from dementia, depression and social isolation.  When speaking with the organization, Johnson recalled his own childhood sports memories, including going to watch U.K. football team Newcastle play in his youth. AC/DC will release its 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust, on Dec 2nd. Malcolm and Angus Young‘s nephew, Stevie Young, has stepped in to play guitar on the record and upcoming world tour……And today, I will have Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix calling in from Europe.  Schedule conflict yesterday, so please, get your questions in asap!….This is pretty cool.  Pulse ran this item today.  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich joined his father, 86-year-old Danish musician, filmmaker and former tennis pro Torben Ulrich, on stage this past Sunday (Oct 26th) at a venue in Copenhagen, Denmark for an improvised set of experimental music as part of this year’s Wundergrund festival.  (See picture here.) An audience of about 150 people watched the performance, which also featured pianist Soren Kjaergaard, drummer Claus Boje and bassist Peter Friis Nielsen.   Torben Ulrich and Soren Kjaergaard have made three albums together, including the newly released Meridiana: Lines Toward A Non-Local Alchemy.   The elder Ulrich is said to be Metallica’s biggest fan and its sternest critic as well.  Lars was initially going to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career as a professional tennis player. Asked in a 2005 interview if he was disappointed that Lars didn’t pursue tennis as a career, Torben said, “No, no. The main thing was that he do what he thought was his choice — not our choice.”  Lars recalled in a 1995 interview that he “grew up in as open an upbringing as you can imagine . . . I was very independent. I had nothing tying me down. At the same time, anything I wanted I had to get it myself.”  Lars added, ”Even though tennis was his main source of income, my dad was also writing about jazz in the papers in Copenhagen. Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman were always playing in the stereo around the house. Later it was the Doors and Jimi Hendrix.”…Happy 45th today to S.A. Martinez of 311.  Happy 57 to The Simpsons’ Dan Castellaneta and today would’ve been Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow’s 59th birthday.  Rest In Peace.


24:  Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Ctr
25:  Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic
27:  Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
28:  Missoula, MT @ Adams Ctr
29:  Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
01:  Grand Prairie, AB @ Revolution Place
02:  Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
03:  Calgary,  AB @ Calgary Stampede Corral
04:  Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Ctre
06:  Regina, SK @ Brandt Ctre
07:  Grand Forks, ND @ Ralph Englestad Arena
12:  Oshawa, ON @ GM Ctre
13:  Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
14:  Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi
15:  Montreal, QC @ CEPSUM Montreal
18:  Saginaw, MI @ Dow E Ctr
19:  Evansville, IN @ Ford Ctr
20:  Chicago, IL @ Aragon Brawlroom
22:  Sioux City, IA @ Tyson IBF E Ctr
27:  Dallas, TX @ Verizon Grand Prairie
28:  Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Ctr
31:  St Louis, MO @ Outdoors @ Pop’s
02:  New York, NY @ Hammstein Ballroom

Tuesday, Oct 28

Today, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach is calling in from Europe to tell me all about their new single (coming Nov 4) and album, “F.E.A.R.” (“Face Everything and Rise”.)   Got a question you’d like to ask?  Send it in to me via the APP  in Interact Live  or email via the link on the home page!….Volbeat has announced their first dates for 2015 with Anthrax.   While they are now headed back to Denmark, they are going to start work on the writing process for their next album.  The tour kicks off in Denver on April 24 and ends in New York, NY  on June 02.  See Road Rage for the dates…..Pulse of Radio reports this! With Soundgarden and Pearl Jam both on the bill at Neil Young‘s annual all-acoustic Bridge School Benefit  over the  weekend, a reunion of the two bands’s one-off 1991 project Temple Of The Dog seemed almost inevitable. Well, that’s just what happened on Saturday night (October 25th) when Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell strolled onstage during Pearl Jam’s set for a performance of “Hunger Strike” from Temple’s single self-titled album.  The performance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA marked the first time Temple Of The Dog reunited since a show to celebrate the release of the film Pearl Jam Twenty in Sep 2011.  Temple Of The Dog officially consisted of Cornell, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, and Pearl Jam guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, with contributions from Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder.   The project was launched as a tribute to late Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood, who died in 1990. Ament and Gossard were members of Mother Love Bone, while Cornell and Wood were close friends.  Meanwhile, Soundgarden has unexpectedly released a new song called “Storm,” which the band recorded in May with legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino. Although it’s not clear whether the new song is a preview of the next Soundgarden album, Cornell told us recently the band will make a follow-up to 2012′s King Animal: “We’re definitely gonna start writing new songs and I think we’ve all agreed on several occasions that we want to keep doing it. And I think it will be very similar to King Animal in that there’s no clock on it. And I also see us going out into some new Soundgarden frontier musically and see what it is, and hopefully we’ll be here in a year or two talking about what that is.”…..Footage of both complete Slipknot headlining performances at this past weekend’s Knotfest, which featured the live debut of the band’s new lineup, has been posted online. The band played very different set lists on Saturday night (Oct 25th) and Sunday night (Oct 26th), with only four songs showing up in both sets. I posted the set lists yesterday.   Singer Corey Taylor told us the band might keep changing the set list on its North American tour, which starts tomorrow (Oct 29th): “The worst thing you want to do is get lethargic when it comes to the set, because if you’re bored with it, the audience is gonna be bored with it. For us, I think the plan is we’ll be able to have a whole wheelhouse of music that we can go to to make a different set every night, you know, and mix and match and put together a great set so when fans come to see two different shows or three different shows, they’re not gonna get the same set every night.”.  Watch the Saturday performance here, and the Sunday performance here!….OK, so let’s give Aaron Lewis a break.   He got a little tongue-tied on the lyrics to our national anthem during the game on Sunday.  We can’t hate on him for that!   Lewis issued an apology, saying, “All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the nation’s forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.” ….Marilyn Manson has leaked  ”Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” online. The song  will be included on Manson’s new studio album, which he recently completed for release in 2015. I’ve heard a couple of tunes from it so far, this being one.  I think it is some of his best work in a while.  The shock rocker’s most recent full-length CD, Born Villain, came out in May 2012. I heard from his new label the actual radio single isn’t coming til mid-Dec, so this is just to get our juices flowing for his new music.  I like it and you may hear it soon on hardDriveRadio, so be listening! Funny story:  I was set to get an interview with Manson when they performed at Ozzfest in 1997 at Giants Stadium.  Got there for my 3:30 PM before-show interview time, and was told by his tour manager, it would have to wait til AFTER his set, which was a few hours later.  OK.  Hung out, watched some bands, saw his set. (I remember seeing Sharon Osbourne and the kids, Kelly, Jack  who both  had to be younger than 10 at the time. Aimee was the oldest, probably 11 or 12 then.) Anyhow, during Manson’s set he brought out a bottle of red wine, which he drank part of and poured part of on his body.  Then he broke the bottle, and when he did, he cut his hand really badly.  He did the rest of the set with a towel wrapped around his hand.  Set was over, I followed them backstage and waited outside the dressing room.  Twiggy Ramirez walked out of the room saying “Ew, you can see the bone!”  I knew then, no interview was happening for me.  Manson walked out, towel around hand, and into the MTV booth to talk to them and then was wisked away in a waiting car for the hospital to get stitches.  I am STILL waiting for a make-good on that interview!  LOL Hopefully, on this album cycle.  His manager and I still laugh about it!….Van Halen & Tremonti bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has finished laying down bass tracks for 20 songs that are being considered for inclusion on the second album from Tremonti, the band led by Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. A listening party for the album, which will follow up 2012′s All I Was, will be held on Jan 31st, 2015 in Orlando, FL….Happy Birthday today to Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf-58.  Bill Gates-59  and Geno Lenardo (ex Fileter/Chevelle)  is 45.


weekEnd Oct 25-26, 2014


Hour 1

JOHN ZACHERLE “Halloween Hootenanny”
SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I”
Guest:  SLASH “World On Fire”
TRIVIUM “Villainy Thrives”
OTHERWISE “Darker Side Of The Moon”
Guest:  HALESTORM  ”Mz Hyde”
“Wrong Side Of Heaven”
VOLBEAT “Doc Holliday”
Guest:  TOOL  ”H”

Hour 2

Guest:  KORN “Hater”
Guest:  GODSMACK “Something Different”
AVATAR “Bloody Angel”
Guest:  METALLICA “Am I Evil”
AC/DC  ”Play Ball”

On the Next HardDrive with LOU BRUTUS!
Plugged In with NEW MEDICINE

Week of OCT 27-31, 2014

AC/DC                                           PLAY BALL
KORN                                          HATER
NICKELBACK                             EDGE OF A REVOLUTION
ROYAL BLOOD                          FIGURE IT OUT
SLIPKNOT                                  THE DEVIL IN I

BUSH                                           THE ONLY WAY OUT
GODSMACK                                SOMETHING DIFFERENT
HELLYEAH                                    MOTH

IN THIS MOMENT                      SICK LIKE ME
ISLANDER                                  COCONUT DRACULA

VOLBEAT                                   DOC HOLLIDAY

LIVE                                            THE WAY AROUND IS THROUGH
MASTODON                               THE MOTHERLOAD-ADD
NONPOINT                                  BREAKING SKIN
NOTHING MORE                         MR. MTV

OTHERWISE                               DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON
POP EVIL                                    BEAUTIFUL
SEETHER                                    SAME DAMN LIFE

STARSET                                    CARNIVORE-ADD
YOUNG GUNS                           I WANT OUT 




Monday, Oct 27

Halloween Week on the XL!   And we’ll have great Halloween tales of present and past from the likes of some very cool rock stars:  Slash, Jared Leto from 30 Seconds To Mars, Rob Zombie, Nothing More, Tool, Alice Cooper, Korn, Halestorm, Godsmack and Metallica!! Do not miss a moment starting tonight!  Speaking of Slash, did you see him on ‘The Talking Dead‘ last night?…..Well, Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts did the impossible!  They KILLED it at Knotfest and interviewed a ton of bands for a Backstage @ Knotfest special edition of hardDrive and a week’s worth of hardDrive XL interviews. Can’t wait to share them!  Have you been keeping an eye on the hardDriveRadio APP‘s Interact Live section?  TONS of posts from Lou and Paul!  Can’t wait to hear all the gory stories from the festival site! My UK gal pal Michelle got pix of the Slipknot set lists:  Sunday:

And this on Clown’s drums:

We’ll have more shots tomorrow when Paulie returns and Lou uploads his pix! Many thanks to all the bands and their crews/management and the good folks at SGE for taking good care of my guys out in San Bernardino!…..Pulse of Radio posted: Foo Fighters unveiled a second new track from the band’s upcoming album, Sonic Highways, in conjunction with the premiere of the second episode of the HBO documentary of the same name on Friday (Oct 24th). Called “The Feast And The Famine,” the song was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA and inspired by the D.C. hardcore punk scene in which Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl started his career with bands like Dain Bramage and Scream.  Grohl said about the D.C. scene in the episode, “The experiences I’ve had in this city, from the age of 14 years old, set this foundation for the rest of my life as a musician. The community, the support, the love that was here in the D.C. music scene has carried over into what I do now. The way that Foo Fighters work now, we’re like a family, and we try to treat everyone that way.”  D.C. artists that appeared on Grohl’s hometown episode included Minor Threat/Fugazi frontman and Dischord Records co-founder Ian MacKaye, punk legends Bad BrainsTrouble Funk‘s Big Tony Fisher and hardcore punk producer Don Zientara.   The Foos recorded the drums for the album with the rest of the band playing along live and re-recording their parts later. Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us about recording “The Feast And The Famine” that way:  When we did the song in D.C., Ian MacKaye was in the room with us when we got the drum track. And I went to his house the next day, and he’s like, ‘Oh, well, what are you guys doing now?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, those guys are doing their guitars and bass and stuff.’ And he goes, ‘I thought you guys did it yesterday.’ He goes, ‘Sounded good to me. I wouldn’t have changed anything.’  Damn, thought I had recorded 60 Minutes with Dave and Anderson Cooper on CBS, but the football game went long and DVR didn’t have the “brains” to adjust accordingly, so I got the first half hour on ebola.  Thanks CBS.  Now forced to watch with extra commercial interrruption online…. Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows stars in a tutorial video for fans who want to learn how to play the band’s new mobile game, Hail To The King: Deathbat. The game came out two weeks ago after two years in development. Shadows told us what he liked most about the game: My favorite part of the game would just be the overall concept that you get to walk inside our world. You know, I was looking at our album covers and I thought, ‘What would it be like for a fan to be able to walk into those album covers and to go explore in there?’ As a kid growing up, I would have loved to have something like this for Guns N’ Roses or Maiden or Metallica.” The game is available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99, Hail to the King: Deathbat features classic Avenged Sevenfold tracks along with a new and original score composed by the band. Avenged Sevenfold also has a DVD in the works and will tour Southeast Asia in early 2015…..Pulse of Radio also reports  Tool guitarist Adam Jones has posted a photo on his Instagram account, showing the band members together in a recording studio. What is striking and will be extremely interesting to fans is that the photo shows singer Maynard James Keenan alongside Jones and drummer Danny Carey. Keenan does not usually join the recording process until a substantial amount of work has already been done. Keenan said in an interview earlier this year, “I don’t write the music. They write the music. I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It’s a long process.”   Does this mean the music is done and the rest of the band is ready for Keenan to contribute? It’s unknown at this point, but Jones posted a caption with the photo that read,“#SmokeOnTheHorizon.”   It’s been more than eight years since Tool released its last album, 2006′s 10,000 Days.  Jones revealed last July  lawsuits involving a former friend of the band and an insurance company had been putting a drag on the group both creatively and financially since 2007. The ex-friend claimed that he was owed money for artwork he had given the group, while the insurance firm — which was supposed to protect the band against such claims — sued the band for “technicalities” regarding the case. (Sorry, I am technically challenged and haven’t mastered copying pic from Instagram so you will have to look at Adam’s yourself!)….Shim Moore, former frontman of Sick Puppies, has surfaced and posted this message to his fans.  Seems he was the last to know about his departure from the group! “On October 20th Sick Puppies announced that I was leaving the band. This was the first I had heard of it. The truth is that there was tension in the band after the many years of touring. I had hoped that some time apart would resolve these issues and lead us to the next phase of our career. It unfortunately seems that Emma and Mark have decided to move on with a new singer instead. It has taken a couple of days for me to respond because I have needed a bit of time to get over the news.
Emma, Mark and I have done the impossible together. We turned a bunch of songs and a dream into a reality, then traveled the world to show it to everyone. For that I will always be grateful to them. I am deeply saddened to have lost my band after all these years.
I am so touched by the messages from you all asking me if I will be continuing in music and the answer is obviously “Yes.”
Since the announcement I have been locked out of all the Sick Puppies socials and mailing lists so you won’t be able to hear about it through those sites. If you want to hear my new music, please follow and share my socials with your friends from the links below.
For those of you I may lose during this time, I will miss you.
For those of you who will stand by me, I will not let you down.
Please remember one of my favorite lyrics. 
“Every new beginning, comes from some other beginnings end.’… I’ll be right here”…..Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder announced via the band’s Instagram account he will play a small, secret show at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in Seattle on Thursday (Oct 30th). The show will raise money to benefit research to cure Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic skin disorder that can cause a person’s skin “to tear apart, blister, and shear off their body” from a slight touch. Fans must donate $10 for a chance to win a pair of tickets, and fans selected to attend who aren’t in Seattle will get $1,000 in travel money. (Diffuser)….Black Veil Brides have released teaser clips for two new songs — “Last Rites” and “Stolen Omen” — taken from the band’s new album, IV, which arrives on Monday (Oct 27th). The first official single from the follow-up to last year’s Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones is called “Heart Of Fire.” (Alternative Press)…Green Day frontman Billie Joe ArmstrongAlice CooperBlondie‘s Debbie Harry, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and others performed last Thursday night (Oct  23rd) at a benefit for Little Kids Rock at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The event helped the organization raise money to bring instruments and music lessons to underprivileged schools.  Armstrong and Cooper showed up later to play a set of covers at a surprise gig at East Village bar 2A to celebrate rock photographer Bob Gruen’s 69th birthday. Billie Joe performing “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”  here…Birthdays being celebrated today:  Scott Weiland turns 47.  K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest) is 67, Kelly Osbourne is 30 and the great John Cleese of Monty Python fame is 75!

Friday, Oct 24

Holy moly!  New York has it’s first EBOLA patient and he rode the same subway as I do! He lives just north of me too!   I am NOT fearful of contracting the disease.  People need to get a grip.  And we are NEW YORKERS!  We ain’t afraid of anything! …..It starts TODAY!  The three-day festival known as KNOTFEST!  The best heavy metal and hard rock festival with the biggest band in the land, SLIPKNOT, making their first appearance in years!  It will be exciting to say the least!  Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts head out tonight after the show and will be there for all the amazing bands!  I am bummed I have to stay behind this time (my knee is really giving me problems…hello PT!)  and I know my boys will kill it!  Lou will be presenting several of the bands and getting the ONLY interviews that Corey Taylor, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch will be doing on site. So we are very honored!  If you are going, PLEASE PLEASE download the hardDriveRadio APP so you can post pictures and keep an eye on the INTERACT LIVE spot because you never know what you will see there! Speaking of Corey, he posted a four-minute video in conjunction with the You Rock Foundation in which he discusses his struggles with depression, homelessness and suicidal feelings, and how he overcame them with the help of music. Taylor says in the clip, ”When I hit 17, I kind of started wrecking myself, and started lashing out at a lot of people. . . I was homeless, off and on, for about two years. And I didn’t know what I was gonna do, I didn’t know how I was gonna do anything with my life.”  He continues, “It was a really, really dark time for me. I definitely got to the point where I was ready to end it all. I had the razor in my hand and I started cutting myself. But it was a pressure valve kind of situation, where it wasn’t like I was going to end it, I just needed to feel something real to snap me out of it.” Taylor admits  he swallowed a “bunch of pills” and ended up in the hospital, adding, “That was probably the lowest moment of my life, because I’d done it to myself. The only thing that really helped was writing. It felt like when I was writing I could work it out and really be able to get my head around it.” Taylor also tried to commit suicide in 2003 by attempting to jump off a hotel balcony while struggling with alcoholism. He told us a while back about how he finally got sober: “It was really bad, man. I mean, there was a solid block of about two years that I was basically drinking every night, and I didn’t even realize how bad it was until my wife kind of grabbed me and said, ‘Look, you’ve got to figure it out. If you don’t figure it out, we’re not gonna be together.’ And I quit, that day. And I haven’t looked back.”  Watch the clip here…….Live stopped by the hardDriveRadio studios yesterday!  Met their new singer Chris Shinn for the first time. Chris, along with guitarist Chad Taylor and drummer Chad Gracey were in for interview and Chad T  and Chris performed a couple of songs in the hardDrive acoustic studio “I Alone” (love that) and the new one “The Way Around Is Through.”  We’ll be posting the new audio interview and acoustic performances  soon! Love talking to those guys.  Did you know Live was discovered by the dearly departed Hilly Crystal at CBGB‘s?  That’s how they also met their producer Jerry (Talking Heads) Harrison.  Chad told me when they were teens and performed at CB’s, he was so nervous when he saw JOEY RAMONE in the audience!  Wait til  you hear some of the stories on hardDrive and the XL in the coming weeks!….Oh this is cool. Foo Fighters have announced additional details about the concert the band is playing at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Aug 29th, 2015. The day-long event will celebrate the musical history of the Windy City and feature performances by local legends Cheap TrickUrge Overkill and Naked Raygun. Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen appears on the song “Something From Nothing,” the first single from the upcoming Foos album Sonic Highways. Meanwhile, the Foos perform tonight in DC at the Black Cat at 11:59 PM. ET.  Watch Sonic Highways tonight on HBO at 11 PM/10 Central….Pulse Of Radio  reports Volbeat has been talking in interviews lately about getting to work on its next studio album, but don’t expect a new disc to surface that quickly, Speaking with, drummer Jon Larsen said the group will take an extended break before hitting the “record” button. Larsen said  after the band wraps its current U.S. tour, “We’re gonna go to the U.K. for ten days. And after that we have six months off for the first time in two years. So we’re gonna start focusing on writing new stuff.”   He  added while no full new songs were written, “Michael (Poulsen, guitar/vocals) is already starting and planning, and having small bits and pieces. And once he’s put some flesh on those bones, he and I will go to the rehearsal room and try and get [the songs] into shape and then the two other guys will come in.”   Volbeat’s latest effort, 2013′s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, has sold 252,000 copies in the U.S. The set features the Number One singles “The Hangman’s Body Count” and “Lola Montez,” as well as the Top Five track “Dead But Rising” and new single “Doc Holliday.” Volbeat performs this Sunday (Octr 26th) at Knotfest in San Bernardino….This is encouraging, Black Sabbath fans!  There may be hope  to see the band reunite with original drummer Bill Ward when they head out on their final tour in 2015. In a new interview with Esquire, singer Ozzy Osbourne said, “What I’m really happy about is, if this is Black Sabbath’s last hurrah, then we’ll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was f***ed up on one thing or another . . . The only thing sad about it is I hope [drummer] Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this.”   Ward was announced as part of the band’s reunion in late 2011, but dropped out early the following year due to what was assumed to be a dispute over his contract.   Since that time, however, the other three original Sabbath members — Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – have hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of recording a new album and embarking on a lengthy world tour.  Ozzy said as much when we asked about Ward’s absence a while back: “Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, ’cause he’s the timekeeper. I don’t think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well.”  (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)…..Celebrating life: Today:  former Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman is 78!  F. Murray Abraham of Homeland is 75.  Saturday:  Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers-53.  Austin WInkler (ex-Hinder) is 33 and Judas Priet’s Glenn Tiptpn is 67!  Sunday:  Hillary Clinton and Pat Sajak are 68  and Seth McFarlane is 41.  Have a great weekend!  See ya Monday!


Solo Acoustic Tour/Tix on sale 10/24

03:  Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino
04:   North Tonawanda, NY @ Riviera Theatre
06:   Chester, NY @ Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Ctr
10:   Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
11:  Westbury, NY @ The Space at Westbury
12:  Bangor, ME @ Gracie Theatre
14:  Boston, MA @  Wilbur Theatre

Thursday, Oct 23

24 hours!  Just 24 hours til the start of one amazing three day festival in San Bernardino, CA!  I’m talkin’ about KNOTFEST people!  It is going to be AH-mazing!  Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts will be amid some incredible bands and in an atmosphere (sans camel dung burning smell) of sheer HARD ROCK and HEAVY METAL!    And once again, to all those freakin’ idiots who say “ROCK IS DEAD,”  I say, “Oh Really?!!”  Hopefully the internet connection will be good and we’ll see a ton of pix  and things happeneing on the new hardDriveRadio APP!  Be listening in a couple of weeks for the Backstage @ Knotfest special editon of hardDrive!…..Congrat to my Canadian friends!  Nickelback‘s “Edge Of A Revolution” has notched its second straight week at Number One on the rock radio chart, giving the band its eighth chart-topper and its first from the new album, No Fixed Address. Frontman Chad Kroeger told us why the tune is a little more politically charged than usual for Nickelback:  “It really was about the state of the world and what was going on, you know, with global news. And it’s a little bit depressing, but I’ll tell you what, it makes for great lyrics when it comes to a pissed-off rock song. But it was fun to take on that challenge, ’cause we’ve never really stepped into that arena when it came to songwriting before.” Look for their No Fixed Address cd Nov 18th. A 2015 tour is in the works and should be announced very very soon! Meanwhile, Chad was in Las Vegas and was partying with Sammy Hagar.  Check out THIS jam session with Jason Bonham on drums, Joe Satriani on guitar, Michael Anthony on bass and Sammy! WOW! Chad, didn’t know ya had that one down!….Speaking of 2015 concert tours, Foo Fighters should be announcing those very soon, and congrats to You Me At Six.  Josh Francheshi told me yesterday the band is going to be doing HUGE arena shows, including London’s O2 Arena, in February!  Look for them to return to the U.S. in December for radio shows in KC, St Louis and more! Be looking for my video interview with Josh soon!…..Today, Live’s Chad Taylor and Chris Shinn drop by for interview and acoustic performance.  Looks like I’ve had one of the busiest weeks of my career!  LOL! Who’s complaining???!!!!…..And what can I say about Slipknot!   The album is great.  And it is projected to sell between 100,000-110,000 copies in it’s first week!  And in this day and age, those are pretty good numbers.  We love you Slipknot!   Even if you like the smell of burning camel dung.  Pulse of Radio reports  guitarist Jim Root has defended the band in an interview against accusations they did not do everything they could to stop bassist Paul Gray from dying as a result of a drug overdose. Gray’s widow, Brenna Gray, testified in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor who treated Paul shortly before his May 2010 death she tried reaching out to some of Paul’s bandmates just days prior to the bassist’s demise but none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, “One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn’t come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved.”   Asked about Brenna’s remarks, Root told Sweden Rock​, “I think she’s probably gonna say whatever it is she thinks she needs to say for the lawyers to hear. You know, I mean, Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting Paul into treatment numerous times, we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him . . . At the end of the day, Paul was sick and Paul had a problem and we were there for Paul. Paul wasn’t always available.” Root added, “Brenna’s always got brothers that she can count on, and (Paul and Brenna’s daughter) October will always have eight uncles that give a s***.” October was born three months after her father’s death, and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor told us a while back  she was being well taken care of by the inner Slipknot circle:  “She’s surrounded by love right now, you know. I mean, she’s got me, she’s got my wife, she’s got her mother, who we’ve basically taken and made our own, basically, you know. And you know, she’s got all of our friends who dote on her. It’s gonna be hard when she gets older, but at the same time there’ll never be a lack of love around that little girl as long as I’m living.”   I know this weekend will also be a fitting tribute to Paul, as he is surely smiling on the Knotfest festivities and I am sure he will be there in spirit….Congrats to Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch!  His autobiography, Death Punch’d:  Surving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metall Mayhem, made the Top 10 on the NY Times Celebrities Best Seller List!   That’s FREAKIN’ H U G E!  Congrats Jeremy! If you haven’t, check out the video interview with Jeremy on the hardDriveRadio app and the hardDriveRadio YouTube channel!….Blabbermouth reports Sully Erna of Godsmack is doing a series of solo acoustic performances in December.     Public on-sales for all the dates start this Friday (October 24th). Fans will have the opportunity to buy an additional limited-edition VIP package upgrade through Erna’s official web site. The package will include early entry, access to a meet-and-greet with Erna, an exclusive lithograph signed by Erna and a VIP laminate, all for $99 in addition to the actual concert ticket.  Erna said in a recent interview that he intends to continue with his solo career when not recording or touring with Godsmack.   The singer released his debut solo album, Avalon, in 2010. The disc featured a very different style than what Erna does with Godsmack, incorporating world music, female vocals, keyboards, cello, hand percussion and other diverse sounds. He toured behind the album with a large ensemble that incorporated many of the instruments heard on the record. See Road Rage for all the info!…..Happy BIG 5-0 to Metallica’s bassist Robert Trujillo!  And Happy 55th to Weird Al Yankovic!