Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hard to believe we are almost to Memorial Day weekend and that means one thing around here:  hardDrive’s Cover It Up Special Edition this weekend!   It’s our semi-annual all cover songs, all the time on hardDrive!   Hope you get a chance to listen on your local station!

Yesterday,  we posted a killer acoustic music video on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel from Hell Or Highwater doing “I Want It All”  filmed in the hardDriveRadio studios! (Video James and Paulie Walnuts did a great job!!)  Check it out and please subscribe to the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!

We also posted our Metallica WorldWired Contest winner, Tressa E. from Madison, WI, a ‘JJO listener, backstage with Lars Ulrich and Lou Brutus at the Philadelphia stop May 12th. Pretty cool stuff! Love that Lars ended up interviewing HER!   Thanks all!

Photo credit: Sharon Osbourne Instagram

Wedding Bells Are Ringin’ AGAIN!  The Pulse Of Radio says Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their wedding vows on May 14th, Mother’s Day, one year after the couple’s 34-year marriage was nearly wrecked by the revelation Ozzy had been caught in an affair with a celebrity hairdresser. The ceremony was held at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, with Sharon posting on Instagram, “The best Mother’s Day ever.”

A source told U.K. tabloid The Sun that the Osbournes “are obviously used to doing everything in the spotlight but made a conscious decision to keep this quiet. It was just an intimate family get-together at the hotel with their children and very nearest and dearest there.”

Sharon broke the news of the impending celebration last December when she announced, “Ozzy has asked me to renew our wedding vows and I’d like to. I’m happy, and, to be honest, that’s all I want for Christmas this year.

Ozzy and Sharon, who were married on July 4th, 1982, separated last May when Sharon discovered evidence of Ozzy’s affair with Michelle Pugh. She turned out to be one of several women that Ozzy had been seeing and claimed that she and Ozzy had fallen in love.

Ozzy later told Sharon that he would “go to any lengths necessary to repair the damage” that he had caused by his alleged affair. The couple went to marriage counseling and Ozzy reportedly checked into rehab for sex addiction.

Ozzy later apologized publicly to the women with whom he had extramarital sexual relationships. Sharon continued to manage Ozzy’s career throughout their marital crisis.
The singer recently completed a year-long farewell tour with Black Sabbath and is preparing to hit the road with his solo band.

In other news, Wednesday (May 24th) marked the 20th anniversary of the first show on the first full Ozzfest tour. After Ozzy had been rejected by the organizers of Lollapalooza, Sharon was inspired to start an all-metal festival. Ozzy recalled a while back how it went down:  “She tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they turned around to Sharon and said, ‘You know what, we don’t think there’s a spot for Ozzy in this music anymore.’ So she came home, pissed off, and she said, ‘We’ll do our own damn show.’ So she booked me a few shows, it sold out overnight, and everything after that Sharon did on her own, you know.”

Following a successful two-date trial run in Arizona and California in October 1996, the first of 22 Ozzfest shows kicked off in Bristow, VA on May 24th, 1997.  I can’t even count the Ozzfests Lou and I have covered over the years!  They were the model of so many festivals we have today!

The initial main stage lineup of that first tour featured a reunited Black SabbathPantera, Type O Negative, Fear Factory, Machine Head and Powerman 5000, with Marilyn Manson on selected dates.  Ozzfest was a major triumph, hitting the road with different lineups for the next decade before falling victim to the U.S. recession. The Osbournes have sporadically staged one-off Ozzfest events since.

 

System of a Down on stage in 2015

Yesterday we posted news about System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan opening his Torpedo Comics store in Las Vegas.  Today Blabbermouth and The Pulse of Radio report John says it’s “very disheartening” that the band hasn’t released a new album in nearly 12 years. Speaking to Las Vegas radio station X107.5, Dolmayan said, “In our band, the difficulty really isn’t, ‘Is one of us gonna fall off the wagon or get into a bad situation?’ It’s really a matter of, ‘Are we gonna come together and make something happen?’ It’s been about twelve years since we’ve put out an album.

He continued, “I don’t know why we aren’t coming out with an album. It’s very disheartening, because it seems like we all get along, we all have a great time touring, we still are putting together really good music. I think that we can put out a fantastic album.”

Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that System Of A Down had written more than a dozen new songs for a possible follow-up to Mezmerize and Hypnotize, which came out in 2005.  The band went on hiatus in the fall of that year, although they have toured most summers since 2011.

Singer Serj Tankian – long speculated to be the holdout on recording — told us not long ago that a new album was not on the radar: As far as a System record, there’s nothing in the plans right now. It’s something that we’ll do down the line when it’s the right time. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now on my own, and trying to get all those releases out and work on them. But we’ve really been enjoying playing together on tour and having a blast, and I think our performance is actually better than it’s ever been in our heyday.

Dolmayan maintained that music for a new System album does exist, and that he feels it can “match or beat anything we’ve done in the past . . . It’s a matter of getting together and putting aside whatever differences, or whatever problems people have — which don’t seen to surface when we’re together, by the way.”    The band will return to Europe in June and July to play summer festivals and select headline dates.  Maybe the discussion will arise then.  Let’s hope so!

A bunch of Hollywood based musicians got together to pay tribute to Chris Cornell at the Whisky A Go Go.  Check out Living Colour, doing “Blow Up The Outside World.”

Chris’ funeral is tomorrow and there will be a public viewing at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.  Meanwhile, Chris’ wife VIcky wrote a heartbreaking letter to her late husband. I am sharing:

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To My Sweet Christopher,

You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.© (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.

I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Always and forever,

Your Vicky
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Sigh  ;(  I am so sad…..

On that note…..Please have a good day……..

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One more week down here in the Sunshine State before we head back up to the Adirondacks!  Hard to leave the beach, but it is starting to get hot ‘n sticky, so who am I to complain about getting up to cooler climes?  And I will NOT miss the No-See-Ums!

In the news today:

Sharing this The Pulse Of Radio story:   Rock musicians responded quickly in the last 24 hours to the horrific incident in Manchester, England on Monday night (May 22nd), in which an apparent suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the entrance to the Manchester Arena as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. 22 people were killed and at least 59 injured in the bombing, which was allegedly perpetrated by a British citizen named Salman Abedi.

Although authorities at press time believe Abedi acted alone, the terrorist organization ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This attack is the deadliest in the history of Manchester and the worst act of terrorism on British soil since 2005.  The fact that it was at a concert struck the musical world hard, bringing back memories of the 2015 attack in Paris in which terrorists slaughtered 89 concertgoers at an Eagles Of Death Metal show.

Slash wrote, “I can’t believe this horrible tragedy in Manchester. My heart goes out to all the victims, their families & friends.”

Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy posted, “Sending love across the pond to victims and families of the Manchester attack. Beyond heartbreaking.”

Skillet ’s John Cooper wrote: “Prayers for Manchester and all of England. Heartbreaking. We are sending our love and thoughts to u from all of the skillet family-JLC”

Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington wrote in a series of tweets, “My heart goes out to the victims and families of those who lost their lives and were injured last night in Manchester. As of today, my life’s purpose is one of love and understanding. The world needs to change and that change comes from within. Hate, pride, vengeance, and fear are the plague of the earth. Love, kindness, compassion, empathy and service to others are the cure.

Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach: “Wow, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the explosion in Manchester.”

Duff McKagan: “Watching the news this AM. As a father, I can’t imagine the pain. My heart goes out 2 those families in Manchester. Just beyond awful.”

Pulse also reporting Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows said in an interview with Green Bay, WI radio station and hardDriveRadio affiliate Razor 94.7 that the band will embark on a full North American headlining tour in Jan and Feb of 2018. Shadows explained that the trek, which will be announced after the completion of Avenged’s current stadium run as support for Metallica, was originally “supposed to happen this summer until we got that call from Metallica, so we decided to put it on hold.”

Shadows added that postponing their own tour was a difficult decision for Avenged, saying, “We had just paid for the whole stage to get built, and that was a lot of money to build that stage set . . . but then we got the call from Lars [Ulrich, Metallica drummer], and it was, like, ‘We can’t pass that up.’ It’s just too big of a tour, it’ll be too much fun.

The singer told us that the live show is based on the band’s latest CD, The StageWe built the live show around it. So you know, you’ve got the space theme, you’ve got what look like floating cubes and great video content. You feel like you’re in outer space and then it kind of takes you into robot world for a little bit, you know, the artificial intelligence world. It takes you back into space, we’ve got a huge flying spaceman, a skeleton guy that comes out…it’s an experience.”

Avenged Sevenfold worked with the producers of Cirque du Soleil on its new stage production, with Shadows saying that the band may have to tour “two weeks on, two weeks off” to keep the trek on schedule. The group will rejoin the Metallica tour on Jun 7th in Denver after a three-week break.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield said in an interview with Boston radio station WAAF that the death of Chris Cornell by suicide last week was a “sad story,” adding, “It makes you realize that, you know, there is a darkness that anyone and everyone can find and feel that they’re trapped in. And when you’re there — and at least I know the depth of my darkness at times — it is difficult when you’re in that space to even fathom that there’s someone there that can help you or has been through that before. Sometimes you’re at such a loss.

Hetfield continued, “I can’t — obviously can’t explain what he was going through, but we all have our darknesses. And check in with each other — check in with each other. Let each other know how you’re doing.”

Hetfield battled his own demons for years until going into rehab in 2001. He told us a while back about the moment he made the decision to get help: My wife threw me out of the house and I went to rehearsal, and she could not believe that I had done that, and said, ‘You’ve got to check yourself in somewhere,’ and I said, ‘Nah, no way, I’m the singer for Metallica, I can’t get help. I don’t need help.’ A lot of denial. She was very adamant about me seeking the help and I went in, I think, for her and for my family.

Chris Cornell apparently committed suicide on the night of May 17th, shortly after Soundgarden played a show in Detroit.  The 52-year-old singer had been clean since 2002, although he was taking Ativan for anxiety. A lawyer for the Cornell family said that Ativan has been known to cause suicidal thoughts as a side effect. Cornell will be laid to rest this Friday (May 26th) in Los Angeles. The funeral will be private.

A full autopsy and toxicology results are pending, although Cornell’s wife has said he may have taken more Ativan than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if “substances contributed to his demise.”

Meanwhile, Chris Cornell‘s remains were cremated yesterday in Los Angeles in preparation for his funeral and internment in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery there.   A small group of family and friends stood by, but the rock icon’s legion of fans will also get a chance to memorialize him … TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the ceremony … tell us 4 people were at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery — Chris’ brother, Peter, his wife, Vicky … as well as his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King.

The group was there for about an hour, and they’ll gather again Friday with other family members at the cemetery. The service will be private, and Chris’ ashes will be buried — and afterward, we’re told fans will be allowed entry to visit the burial site.

Cemetery officials tell us they’re ready for a huge crowd. Cornell joins legends like Mickey RooneyJayne Mansfield and Linda’s late husband, Johnny Ramone … already laid to rest at Hollywood Forever.

System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has just held a grand re-opening of his comic book store Torpedo Comics in a new Las Vegas location that is double the size of its previous space. Dolmayan, who has been selling comics for more than 20 years, told local outlet Vegas 7, “I don’t want 18 locations, I want the best location. The first time I walked into a store, everything came to life. It was like this fantasy world that I walked into. I want to replicate that.”  (http://www.torpedocomics.com)

Dolmayan told us a while back that he first became interested in comics at the age of 12: Yeah, you know, like most kids I bought toys, Star Wars, Matchbox, you name it, whatever pretty much came out during that time. Eventually I progressed onto comics, and once I discovered comics, I discovered a real passion for it. I remember walking into a comic book store for the first time and being amazed by the colors, the books themselves, the interesting characters, and I just gravitated towards that fantasy aspect of it.

Dolmayan explained his history of selling rare comics to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, saying, “Initially, I started off by losing a lot of money trying to sell books at conventions and stuff like that until I figured out how to do it. By the time System got signed, I was making $55,000-$60,000 a year. I took a huge pay cut to join System.”

Dolmayan first launched Torpedo online in 2003, while the physical shop currently stocks 60,000 modern and vintage issues.

Meanwhile, Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that System Of A Down had written more than a dozen new songs for what could be its first new studio album in more than a decade. Since then there has been no further info on a new System album, although the band will return to Europe in Jun and Jul to play summer festivals and select headline dates. (Thanks Blabbermouth & The Pulse Of Radio)

Guns N’ Roses has been streaming a series of short videos this week previewing an announcement related to the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. At press time the news was scheduled to be unveiled on Wednesday (May 24th). Titled “The Beginning,” “It Doesn’t End Here” and “We’re Just Getting Started,” the clips trace the band’s history from its origins to the present tour.

  • The trek launched with a series of warm-up dates last year, starting with a rare club show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Apr 1, 2016.
  • The band played half a dozen shows in Las Vegas, Mexico City and at Indio, California’s Coachella Festival before officially launching the tour on June 23rd in Detroit.
  • Since then, Guns — featuring original members Axl RoseSlash and Duff McKagan – has traveled to South America, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, with a European leg beginning in Ireland on May 27th.
  • The band has beefed up security for the show in Ireland this weekend following Monday night’s (May 22nd) terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester that left 22 dead.
  • According to The Irish Sun, Saturday’s concert at Slane Castle will see more than 400 police and 1,200 security team members patrolling the area for the first Guns show in the area in 25 years. A number of items, including backpacks, waistpacks and air horns, are now prohibited from the concert.

 

Have a great day.  Enjoy life.  Hug a friend.  Smile.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the horrific terrorist bombing in Manchester, England last night.  We need to be vigilant.  If you see something, say something.  We can’t let this fear ruin our lives, making us fearful when we go to concerts or events. Damn you people who’ve lost your sense of right and wrong.

Blabbermouth reporting Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe posted a message on his Instagram that I wanted to share today.  He wrote about his horror at the news that at least 22 people were killed and more than 50 others injured after a reported explosion took place at the  Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England last night.  Authorities are still investigating the incident, but it is believed that the attack was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb.

Blythe took to his Instagram account to repost the news headline:  ”Explosion, Panic And Death At Ariana Grande Concert In England”, and wrote in an accompanying message:

“I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this.

“A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life.

“At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- —in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever.

“For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store and mentioned the news. This person joked, ‘Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show.’ I was too shocked to even say anything — I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people (note: now 22)  are dead and many more injured, whatever you may think of someone’s music.

“I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions and beliefs were at that show for the same reason — to have a good time. Some of them won’t go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It’s dehumanizing, just like the freakish and twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn’t know.

“Everything you do and say has consequences, even if you don’t believe that.

“Make sure you do your best to think and speak with a moral heart — maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path. You never know who you may affect positively.  My thoughts and prayers are with y’all in the U.K. tonight.”  Amen, Randy, amen.  :( 

The Pretty Reckless was touring with Soundgarden and Taylor Momsen and the band did a a cover version of Audioslave’s ”Like a Stone” on May 20 at a show in Camden NJ. TPR opened for Soundgarden in Detroit Wednesday night, only a few hours before Chris Cornell was pronounced dead.

The Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen wrote in an Instagram post: “Still in a state of shock. I have no words right now except my heart pours out to his beautiful family and friends.”  The Pretty Reckless also posted a tribute to Cornell on the band’s Twitter, writing: “Our deepest sympathies to family and new friends we just had the privilege to join for an all-too-brief moment. Our hearts are with you.

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio says the Detroit Police Department has revealed some of the details of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s final moments. A police report obtained by The Detroit News reveals Chris went to his hotel about 15 minutes after the bands concert on Wednesday night. His bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, had worked on Cornell’s computer for a bit and gave him two doses of the prescription anti-anxiety medicine, Ativan.

At 11:35 he was on the phone with his wife. Then at 12:15am, concerned because he was slurring his words and sounded groggy, she called and asked Kirsten to go check on her husband.

After talking to Cornell’s wife, Kirsten walked two doors down and found the room door locked. Hotel security stated they could not let him into the room because he was not registered to that room. At this time Kirsten kicked in the door and went to the bedroom door and had to kick that door open as well.

He found Cornell on the bathroom floor with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around his neck.” Hotel medic, Dawn Jones, was on the scene by 12:56 a.m., she untied the band from around Cornell’s neck and began CPR on the singer, who was not breathing.

A short time later, an EMS Unit arrived on the scene and an emergency medical technician also tried to perform CPR. By 1:30 a.m., Cornell was pronounced dead by a doctor on the scene. Homicide detectives also arrived to investigate while an officer called Vicky Cornell to report on her husband’s death.

Later that day, the medical examiner pronounced his death a suicide. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.

Meanwhile, Chris Cornell, 52, will be laid to rest on Friday, May 26 in Los Angeles. Confirmation came from his attorney Kirk Pasich. Cornell’s body was flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the singer will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The funeral will be private.

A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell’s wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if “substances contributed to his demise.”

Soundgarden had been working on material for their seventh studio album and had plans to record it later this year. No word on what will happen with that material  or what state it was in before the band left on this recent tour.  All in all, it is so sad.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, Vicky and three children, a daughter named Toni, a son named Christopher and a daughter named Lillian from his previous marriage to former Soundgarden manager Susan Silver.

In brief:  Soundgarden reunited in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus, first touring and then writing and recording King Animal, their first new studio album in 16 years. In addition to Soundgarden, Chris Cornell sang with Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog, while also recording four solo studio albums and one live set on his own.

He formed Soundgarden in 1984 with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, originally playing drums in addition to singing until drummer Matt Cameron joined the lineup.  Soundgarden became one of the first and most successful bands to emerge from the Seattle scene.  The band first broke through to rock radio with its 1991 third album, Badmotorfinger, which featured the singles “Outshined”, “Rusty Cage” and “Jesus Christ Pose.” That paved the way for 1994′s five-million-selling Superunknown, which included “Black Hole Sun”, “My Wave”, “Spoonman” and “Fell On Black Days”.

Cornell also contributed solo songs to a number of films, including Great ExpectationsMachine Gun Preacher12 Years A Slave and the recent The Promise. He also sang the theme song, “You Know My Name”, to the 2008 James Bond movie, Casino Royale.  Cornell and his wife also started the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Chris when he was promoting the 20th anniversary of Superunknown back in 2014. I remember thinking how tall and handsome he was.   My hour long interview was made into three parts. I’ve posted them below in case you missed them.  (They are also on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.)

Makes me sad when I watch them…..

I also found this video above:  Dave Grohl  remembers Chris Cornell.

 

 

 

If you’ve never seen Muse before, you’re in luck!  Watch that video for starters. They just kicked off a tour on Saturday in West Palm Beach, FL with 30 Seconds To Mars (hello Jared Leto!)   Muse opened their show with a brand-new song called “Dig Down.” Among other global ills, according to Billboard the lyrics indirectly reference President Trump.

30 Seconds To Mars in Tampa, FL

The band’s summer concerts will include songs from their discography, as well as some five tracks from their new album. Muse is set to play 25 more summer dates with their next stop in Nashville on June 3. See Road Rage for more!

I understand there is a new 30 Seconds To Mars record waiting to be released.  I am searching for info.  Stay tuned.

Stone Sour has released the music video for their current radio single, “Song # 3,” from the forthcoming Hydrograd album, due Jun 30th.  It was directed by Ryan Valdez.

Blabbermouth reporting today the band has announced a 21-date European winter tour. The trek will kick off in Copenhagen, DK on Nov 15 and wrap up in Milan, IT on Dec 15. Support on the tour will come from The Pretty Reckless with the exception of the Paris show on Nov 24.

Singer Corey Taylor previously stated about Hydrograd: “We have six singles on this album. I’m really excited. This album is great because it’s got elements of everything. It’s got the heavy energy of the ’80s, there’s punk moments, there’s hard rock moments — all the great amalgam of music. There’s even jazz and hip-hop moments; it’s really, really cool. It’s probably the coolest album I’ve made since the first Slipknot album. I feel very confident making that statement because it’s so good.”  

Hydrograd was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with Anthrax and Steel Panther.  The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 will make the CD.

Bassist Johnny Chow described the disc as “a straight rock and roll album” in an interview with Detroit radio station and hardDrive affiliate, WRIF, adding, “It’s just very groove-oriented, very melodic (with) big choruses. We’ve got some mellower songs on there too, which are equally just as amazing and have a lot of groove to them.” Chow called the record a “bit of a departure” from previous Stone Sour albums.

 

Finally today, my friends Five Finger Death Punch were joined by Phil Labonte of All That Remains (as seen above.)  The show was last Wednesday night in Corpus Christi, TX at the Concrete Street Amphi.  (Hey Monte Montana!)

Blabbermouth reports prior to the ”Wash It All” performance in Corpus Christi, Ivan Moody addressed the crowd, telling them: “This is the first show I play with Death Punch in six months in America. And about six months ago, I had a complete meltdown, and I’m willing to admit it. And luckily for me, my band understood and they told me to take some time to myself. Now here’s the best part. They asked me, if there was one person that they would pick to front this band if I was dead, I picked one of my oldest, greatest friends and one of the greatest fucking singers in heavy metal today, Phil from All That Remains. Now while I was taking my vacation, I realized something. Death Punch isn’t just about us — it’s about you motherfuckers. So I’m gonna give credit where credit is due. Make some noise for my best friend and one of the greatest of all time. Phil, come on out here.”

Rest In Peace: Actor Roger Moore, 89, who portrayed James Bond from 1973-1985.  

weekEnd May 20-21, 2017

REALLY BAD DATE

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  GREEN DAY
“Revolution Radio” & “Still Breathing”
Plugged In:  FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
“Lullaby”
ALL THAT REMAINS “Madness”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
AS LIONS “Aftermath”
Guest:  I PREVAIL  ”Alone”
THRICE “Hurricane”
OF MICE & MEN “Unbreakable”
VOLBEAT “Black Rose”
ASK LZZY
STARSET “Monster”

Hour 2

METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
DIRT
SOUNDGARDEN “Burden In My Hand”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”
SKILLET “Back From The Dead”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “Little One”
IN THIS MOMENT “Oh Lord”
Guest: MASTODON “Show Yourself”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Back To The River”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “God Damn”
Guest:  STONE SOUR “Song # 3″
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  CHEVELLE  ”Rivers”

Week of May 22-26, 2017

XL
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “God Damn”
INCUBUS  “Nimble Bastard”
MASTODON “Show Yourself”
METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
SKILLET  “Back From The Dead”
STARSET “Monster”
VOLBEAT “Black Rose” ftg DANKO JONES

MED
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Bullfight”
ALL THAT REMAINS  “Madness”
AS LIONS “Aftermath”
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Loud”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”
STONE SOUR “Song # 3”

SM 
AVATAR “New Land”
BEARTOOTH “Sick Of Me”
BLACK STONE CHERRY “Cheaper To Drink Alone”
DED “Anti-Everything”
FALLING IN REVERSE “Coming Home”
HELL OR HIGHWATER “I Want It All”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “Little One”-ADD
I PREVAIL “Alone”-ADD
IN THIS MOMENT “Oh Lord”
OF MICE & MEN “Unbreakable”
RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup”
STITCHED UP HEART “Catch Me When I Fall”
THRICE “Hurricane”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Photo credit:  Lou Brutus

Rock On The Range!  What can I say?  Another successful, yet rainy, magnificent festival from the great crew at Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live.  Probably my last ride there, too,  and I had a blast!  I only did three interviews and the rest my amazing team of Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts killed it out there!!!  It was challenging to say the least, what with the weather, the Code Yellows and Code Reds, which forced the promoters to stop the show on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday. (I left yesterday since it was the BF’s birthday and I came home a day early.)  Code Red meant dangerous storms were in the area, ones that produce lightning and winds with the rain.  When that happens, the show must evacuate.   And in an amazing manner, they got 35,000 people to leave, get to their cars and wait out (for several hours)  til the weather passed through.  The “Rangers,” as they are called, were great and complied.

It caused a great crowd backstage to huddle under the stadium and hang out and chat and catch up with one another. Many of the bands were also told to leave their buses. Friday night, we left, since they had stopped the show at 3:30, before Of Mice & Men’s set on the main stage.  Earlier in the day, we did get to watch Beartooth and Thrice, who both put on excellent sets  for the early afternoon audience. I also watched Bleeker that day, who also had a killer show over on the Bud Light Stage.  But then when it got to be 6 PM and no word on when the show would resume (and none of us had had lunch) so we left.  Sadly.

As a result, we missed Live, Chevelle, and the surprise Chris Cornell acoustic tribute from Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Christian Martucci who did Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here” and Temple Of A Dog‘s “Hunger Strike.” along with acoustic music from Chris Cornell and Soundgarden, with video images on the jumbo screens along the main stage.

Corey got a little emotional (everyone was over the weekend when we spoke of the tragic untimely death of Chris Cornell) during some of his interviews he was doing that day, including the one above with Sirius XM.

We had a feeling after seeing Stone Sour perform “Outshined” as a tribute on Thursday night at their show at Express Live in Columbus, the night before the kick off of Rock On The Range, that at least Corey would be doing something in place of Soundgarden’s slot on Friday night.  The band was set to leave Friday to head to St Louis for Pointfest, but that was cancelled since Soundgarden was headlining. But that was good news for Rock On The Range, who quickly worked to put together the fantastic tribute.

But I must say, the passing of Chris Cornell loomed large over every single person at Rock On The Range. It was actually cathartic that we all were together over the weekend to try to make sense of what happened and to support one another. I was in the Zippo Sessions tent when Kyng did their acoustic version of “Hunger Strike.”  Overall the experiences we shared with so many great bands we play on hardDriveRadio were wonderful.  I got to see the best sets from Papa Roach, The Offspring, Korn, Skillet, Alter Bridge, Kyng, saw friends from Of Mice & Men, I Prevail, Cover Your Tracks, In Flames, got to hang with my boys Korn and their crew most of the day on Saturday, while Lou and Paulie worked the buses, dressing rooms, VIP Lounge and trailers talking to nearly everyone.  For me, this was the first time at Rock On The Range where I got to hang out and watch some shows.  (It was always me and Lou running around for 10 hours talking to everyone and hardly having a moment to see anyone perform. So for my last appearance as hardDrive‘s producer, I got to play “Queen” and do what I wanted to do and let me tell you, it was a BLAST!)

Be listening for Lou on the air talking about all the great things he got to do and bands he sat down with in the coming days on hardDrive and hardDrive XL. Here are some other initial photos he’s sent to us so far today:

Lou with The Offspring’s Dexter Holland (call him Dr) and Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman

Lou Brutus with Mixi and Decker from Stitched Up Heart

There were other tributes to Chris Cornell both on and off the Rock On The Range stage:

(Bush in Toronto May 18th)

(Red Hot Chili Peppers in Indianapolis)

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio reporting:

    • Papa Roach released its ninth studio album, Crooked Teeth, on Friday (May 19th) in both standard and deluxe editions. The latter features three bonus studio tracks and a second disc containing a complete 15-song live show recorded in Detroit. The new set was written and recorded in North Hollywood and features the single “Help,” which recently hit Number One on the rock radio chart. Also issued on Friday was Linkin Park‘s seventh studio effort, One More Light, and a deluxe reissue of Blink-182‘s 2016 album California.
    • Tool‘s official website, toolband.com, has been fully redesigned for the first time since roughly 2002. The redesign lands just as the band is gearing up to head out on their spring North American tour, which begins on Wednesday (May 24th) in Fairfax, VA. It also comes as the band continues to work on its long-awaited new album, which is not expected out until 2018. It looks pretty cool. Although I preferred the old one, frankly!  LOL (The PRP)
    • Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie will lead the lineup of the third annual Rock Allegiance festival, set to take place Saturday, Oct 7th at the festival’s new location at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ. Among the rest of the more than 20 bands playing on three stages are Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, Mastodon, In This Moment, Beartooth, Starset, Bleeker and others. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, (May 24th) at noon ET at RockAllegiance.com and LiveNation.com. (Blabbermouth)

  • Beartooth has released a free download of a live performance of the band’s current single, “Sick Of Me.” The track comes from the the bonus “Beartooth: Live In Columbus” DVD included with the deluxe edition of the band’s latest album, Aggressive, due out Friday (May 26th). You can find the free download over at Beartoothband.com.Have a great day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017


No words.  Just no words can express how shattered I feel right now waking up to the news of the death of 52-year old Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave.  He was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Detroit just hours after the band’s sold out show at the Fox Theater in the Motor City.

His press agent offered this statement, as quoted in the NY Times:  Mr. Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, said his representative, Brian Bumbery, in a statement that called the death “sudden and unexpected” and that said the singer’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.”

Reports out of Detroit said an unnamed source commented it may have been a suicide, something I find very hard to believe.  Chris was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor by a friend who was sent to his hotel room by his wife, Vicky, who became alarmed when the singer was not in touch that evening after the show.  The band was scheduled to headline Rock On The Range Saturday night.

He was active on Twitter earlier on Wednesday, posting this:

I am devastated.   Nothing more to add right now.   Off to Columbus, where the entire rock community will be mourning this loss.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One more day til the Rock On The Range festivities begin!  Exciting! Can’t wait to see all the bands, especially my Korn boys!  Been too long!  ARE YOU READY?!!!!!

FINALLY!   The Pulse Of Radio has some news on my beloved Foo Fighters!   Frontman  Dave Grohl debuted a new song on Monday night (May 15th) at the Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit show in San Francisco. Grohl, backed by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and longtime collaborator Rami Jaffee, sang a tune called “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” introducing it by saying, “I figured on the way up here, I thought we would play a new song. We’ve never played this before to anybody.”  It’s unclear if the song will appear as an official release on an upcoming Grohl or Foo Fighters project.

Grohl was filling in for Metallica’s James Hetfield at the Acoustic 4 A Cure show, which has been put on for four years by Hetfield and Sammy Hagar. Hetfield is on tour and was unable to appear this year.  The event raises money to fund pediatric cancer research at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Other performers this year included Pat Benatar, Mick Fleetwood, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai and Bob Weir.

Foo Fighters released their last album, Sonic Highways, in Nov 2014, accompanied by an eight-part HBO series that documented the band’s travels around the U.S. to record the disc in several historic studios.

Grohl told us a while back it’s important to him that the band keep changing things on each new record: The best thing about being in a band and making music is doing as many things as possible and exploring as many different musical regions as you can get your hands into. And it’s important for every artist to explore that or just take a stab at it. Records should be things that are important to the artists as well as the people.”

Foo Fighters will play on May 28th at the Bottlerock festival in Napa Valley, California before heading overseas for a string of shows.

Speaking of Papa Het earlier,  Don’t get him started about the Oakland Raiders moving down to Las Vegas.  Just don’t get him started, TMZ Sports. Funny, I knew exactly where he was walking….down 7th Avenue in NYC towards his manager’s offices.  Hi Justin!

James is an avowed Raiders fan, told 
TMZ  he’s “still a little pissed” about the team’s plans to relocate to Las Vegas. But the singer/guitarist insists that he “will support” the squad as they head to their new home in Nevada. Hetfield, who publicly supported a plan to finance and construct a new stadium for the Raiders in the Bay Area, told a TMZ cameraman, “I’m excited (for the new football season). I’m just still a little pissed about the whole money thing and the move.”

Asked if he still supports the Raiders, Hetfield said, “I mean, I supported them going to L.A. and back, so . . . You know, I grew up with the Raiders, so that’ll be how it is. I will support ‘em, I’m sure.”

NFL owners in late March approved the team’s move to Las Vegas. According to casino industry estimates, a NFL team in Las Vegas will bring 800,000 additional people to the city annually and generate $620 million in annual economic activity.

Metallica just launched its first North American tour in seven years last week, and plays tonight (May 17th) in Uniondale, NY.   Meanwhile, enjoy!

 

STEVIE D, KEITH NELSON, JOSH TODD, KELLY LEMIEUX, XAVIER MURIEL    No more BUCKCHERRY  

Oh, I am sorry to read this today.  The Pulse Of  Radio says veteran California rockers Buckcherry have parted ways with guitarist Keith Nelson and drummer Xavier Muriel, according to Blabbermouth. Replacing them on the band’s summer tour dates will be Kevin Roentgen and Sean Winchester respectively. Nelson co-founded the band in 1995 with singer Josh Todd, with Nelson’s exit leaving Todd as the only original member still in the group.

Buckcherry went on hiatus in 2002 but Nelson and Todd reactivated the band three years later. Nelson told us at the time how much he appreciated their partnership: “Finding someone that I’m compatible with musically and personally has been really the hardest thing to find. So I think the time away for me made me appreciate Josh a lot more, and it also made me appreciate that there really aren’t any real big deals, you know. And it’s really about enjoying what we’re doing, having fun, and keeping the lights on at the house while we’re doing it.”

Muriel was not an original member of the group but had been a part of the lineup since its 2005 reformation. Todd and Buckcherry guitarist Stevie D. recently launched a new group called Josh Todd & The Conflict. Their debut album is scheduled to arrive in September.  Stevie wrote in a statement, “As most of you may already also know, Buckcherry has recently gone through some big changes . . . we wish the very best for Keith and Xavier in all of their future endeavors.     Buckcherry’s latest album, Rock ‘N’ Roll, came out in 2015. A digital deluxe edition was issued in January of last year.

Gotta dash!   Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Checking out Zac Brown Band on the Today show.  They’re  dang good.

Well,  The Pulse Of Radio says Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates told Loudwire that he had to head right back on the road after he and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world over the weekend. Gates went home last Friday (May 12th) after his wife went into early labor, forcing Avenged Sevenfold to miss that night’s opening slot on the Metallica tour in Philadelphia. He rejoined the band on Sunday (May 14th) for a show that night in New Jersey, also with Metallica.

Asked about his first two days as a father, Gates said, “The first day was tough, the second day was incredible. I can’t wait to get home. I’m glad we’ve got like 20 days off.” He added, “It’s f**ked when you have to leave. I didn’t cry when the kid came out, but I cried when I had to f**king leave, it’s horrible.”

Fellow guitarist Zacky Vengeance told us the Avenged Sevenfold family is happy to welcome it’s newest little “Metalhead”!

Singer M. Shadows told us Avenged is often a family-friendly operation on tour: We’re very, you know, lucky, because we can afford to bring a family bus if you need your family out for this or that. And not all bands can do that, so it’s really, you know, we’re very fortunate in that regard that, hey, when Dad hits the road, we’re going with him. But eventually they’re gonna have to go to school and Dad’s gonna be gone. That’s my job, that’s what I do. And then you bring ‘em out when you can.

Avenged Sevenfold is scheduled to jump off the Metallica tour for the next three and a half weeks, rejoining the bill on Jun 7th in Denver.  The band will perform a headlining show in Philadelphia on Jun 21st to make up for missing the Metallica gig last Friday. Avenged Sevenfold is touring in support of its seventh album, The Stage.

Meanwhile, in a bizarre coincidence, Metallica’s other opening act, Volbeat, had to postpone a headlining theater show in New Jersey on Tuesday night (May 16th) due to the early arrival of frontman Michael Poulsen‘s first child. The show has been rescheduled to Jul 17th and Volbeat will be back onstage with Metallica in Uniondale, NY on Wednesday (May 17th).

Last night, Metallica was on Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It was the first time  the band performed on the late night CBS-TV show.  It was very RED.
Also: check out this killer Baltimore video the band made.  Love it!

Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has revealed the story behind the mysterious title of the band’s sixth album, Hydrograd. Taylor told Detroit radio station WRIF that he was running through an “antiquated” airport in Eastern Europe a few years ago where the gate info was “on those old-school ’80s block-letter, number, digital horrible Timex watch kind of readers” and scrolling between different languages. As he ran past, Taylor thought he saw the word “Hydrograd.”  (Think old school Penn Station NY train info billboard.)

Taylor said, “So my brain is trying to do geometry while also at a sprint because I don’t wanna miss my plane. I pass one and I look up and I could have swore it said ‘Hydrograd.’ And I kept running for a second and I was, like, ‘Hydrograd? Where the hell is Hydrograd? What?‘”

Taylor eventually realized that the word wasn’t “Hydrograd,” recalling, “It didn’t even start with an ‘H.’ It wasn’t even close.” But he still remembered the word, saying, “It’s a cool name. It was what I saw but didn’t really see.”   Hydrograd is due out on Jun 30th and features the single “Song #3,” which is already Number Nine on the rock radio chart.  The band has also made “Fabuless” available early to fans.

Stone Sour will play the Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party this Thursday (May 18th) at Express Live! in Columbus, OH. The event will start the Rock On The Range weekend, with MetallicaSoundgarden and Korn headlining this year’s festival. Stone Sour will also be special guests of Korn on the latter act’s “Serenity Of Summer” trek, which starts on Jun 16th in Salt Lake City and wraps on Aug 2nd in Cleveland.

Metal Sucks was trying to put out there that Seether‘s “Let You Down” was a rip-off of Tool‘s “Stinkfist.”   Seriously?  Do you people have anything better to do but try to find guitar riffs that sound like something else?   Then you better get started.  You have A WHOLE LOT of work on your hands!

Trying to get Sully Erna of Godsmack on the hotLine for our Memorial Day Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive!  Meanwhile, the frontman is walking back his previous comments that the band intends to commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a massive world tour that could feature the group playing its self-titled 1998 debut disc live from start to finish. Erna told Wisconsin radio station 93X, “We don’t know that yet. That’s been circulating, ’cause I opened my mouth a little bit soon, but as we get deeper into writing this new record, that may change. So we’re not making any promises on that yet.”

Back in March, Erna told Houston radio station 94.5 FM about the tour, “We’re gonna do a massive production. We’re gonna kind of base it around the theme of the first record. We’re even talking about coming out and doing the first record front to back to open the show.”  Erna also said in the Houston interview that Godsmack originally planned to put out a new album in 2017, but explained why that changed, saying, “We wanted to do something this year, but we were just, like, ‘You know, let’s just wait another second,’ because if we release this at the top of 2018, it will be our 20th-year anniversary of the first record, and we wanna do something special.”

When we asked him a while back if Godsmack’s career has been more good times or bad, Erna replied: I gotta say more good times. You know, it can get rough out there though, so there is a lot of crap that goes along with it, man. You know, and it’s not so much bad times, it’s really just a lot of hard work, and it really grinds you out there, you know. Touring takes a lot of years off your life.”

The band’s seventh studio album will follow up 2014′s 1000 Horsepower. Erna said, “I have to write a really great record for us, and that’s the tough part.”  Godsmack has a few festival shows on tap over the next few weeks and will appear in Camden, NJ  this Saturday (May 20th) with BushLive and others.

Blabbermouth reporting Los Angeles rockers Black Veil Brides have completed work on their fifth album for a tentative mid-September release. The follow-up to their 2014 self-titled effort was produced by John Feldmann at his Southern California studio.

Speaking to Front Row Live at last night’s (Sunday, May 14) inaugural “Strange 80s” benefit concert at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles,  Brides guitarist Jake Pitts stated about the band’s upcoming disc: “We’re pretty used to being in the studio. [Fellow BVB guitarist] Jinxx [a.k.a. Jeremy Miles Ferguson] and I have our own studio. That’s what we live for. If we’re not touring, we’re always in the studio. We’d done a record with John Feldmann previously, so this time, going in with him, we have a relationship with him, we know how everything works. It was really, really painless and we just gelled really well together and made the album.

Jinxx added they entered the studio in Nov 2015, about a month after performing at the Aftershock festival at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA. “We just got off tour and we just went straight in the studio with Feldy. And every day we had a new track or two; we were just writing up a storm. And we’re pretty stoked with the turnout.”

Asked how the members of Black Veil Brides continue to challenge themselves every time they go into the studio, Jake said: “For me, I think it’s just, as far as songwriting, trying to outdo ourselves and not putting out the exact same thing. So many bands just play the same kind of riffs and breakdowns and everything, and everything sounds the same, so it’s just trying to create something that sounds different, even from what we’ve done, but still not get too far off track and make fans be, like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ and ‘I don’t like this anymore.’ But try to get a bigger fanbase but make everybody happy at the same time. So we try to mix it up with heavy stuff, the ballads, the radio rock kind of stuff, and just kind of give the albums a little bit of everything for somebody.

Added Jinxx: “And I feel like we’ve matured a lot as writers as well as a band, and we just went back and sought out our influences growing up — our favorite bands growing up, our favorite albums. And that’s what we did. And me and him [Jake] sat down and we just wrote riffs based on that. Basically, what we enjoyed, what influenced us growing up, what made us wanna pick up a guitar and play, and that’s what we put into this album. And we’re super stoked to share that with the world.”

Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann previously helmed the Brides‘ 2013 effort Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones.

A new BVB song called ”The Outsider” was released last December and can be streamed here.  They released its first-ever concert DVD and Blu-ray, “Alive And Burning,” in Jul 2015. The cover artwork for the set was designed by the band’s longtime friend and previous album cover illustrator Richard Villa.

Happy 52nd today to Krist Novoselic from Nirvana and Happy 43rd to Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D.

weekEnd May 13-14, 2017

‘TALLICA & THE FEELS

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  HIGHLY SUSPECT
“Little One” and “My Name Is Human”
Plugged In:  COVER YOUR TRACKS
“Striking Matches”
SKILLET “Back From The Dead”
AVATAR “New Land”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “God Damn”
Guest:  THROUGH FIRE “Breathe”
IN THIS MOMENT “Oh Lord”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”
ASK LZZY
METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”

Hour 2

VOLBEAT “Black Rose” ftg DANKO JONES
DIRT
STONE SOUR “Song # 3″
Guest:  STARSET “Monster”
AS LIONS “Aftermath”
RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup”
DED “Anti-Everything”
Guest: PAPA ROACH “Help”
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Loud”
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Bullfight”
Guest: SEETHER “Let You Down”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player? SHALLOW SIDE “Can You Hear Me”