Thursday, Apr 24

Orphan Black is back on BBC America, and I am one happy fan!  And am very pleased with the new episodes of  Nurse JackieGame of Thrones and Madmen. When is Ray Donovan coming back?  Yes, I am that girl. I watch way too much TV…..OK, so last night the Revolver Golden Gods Awards happened in LA.  Slayer opened the show with a 3 song set and debuted a brand new song called “Implode.”  They also announced they are now signed to Nuclear Blast records, and will release a new album later this year.  Terry Date is producing with Greg Fidelman on co-pro duties.  (I think Greg is currently occupied with another formerly produced by Rick Rubin band.) The song is available as a free download as a thank you to fans!  Hit   Back at Club Nokia, there were also performances from A Day To Remember, Joan Jett, The Pretty Reckless, Suicide Silence and Guns ‘N Roses.  And I find it hard to believe that the host of the show, Revolver, hasn’t even posted the winners on their website?  Is that lame?   Thanks to Pulse of Radio,  here are the winners:
Best Vocalist: Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age
Best Live Band: Rob Zombie
Most Devoted Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
Best New Talent: Twelve Foot Ninja
Comeback of the Year: Deep Purple
Paul Gray Best Bassist Award: Chris Kael, Five Finger Death Punch
Best Film & DVD: Pierce the Veil
Best Drummer: Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold
Song of the Year: Five Finger Death Punch, ‘Lift Me Up’
Most Metal Athlete: Josh Barnett, Mixed Martial Arts
Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist: Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
Album of the Year: Black Sabbath, ’13′
Golden God Award: Joan Jett
Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Axl Rose
In other news, DirecTV’s Audience Network (channel 239)  has announced Guitar Center Sessions returns to the airwaves on Sunday, May 4th with Soundgarden, filmed live in concert from their appearance last month at the SXSW Convention in Austin, TX.  The series, hosted by former KCRW radio DJ Nic Harcourt,  offers intimate performances with candid conversation.  Alice In Chains appears on the show on Aug 3rd…..Speaking of Soundgarden,  Chris Cornell  stops by the studios of hardDrive and hardDrive XL tomorrow.  We’re gonna talk all about he 20th anniversary of Superunknown. Stoked!..Speaking of Austin, TX,  the lineup of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival has been unveiled.   The long time PBS tv series has been doing this festival for many years and this year Pearl JamOutkastSkrillexBeckEminemLana Del ReyFoster The PeopleChvrchesThe Replacements,   Belle & SebastianInterpolBroken BellsSt. Vincent and others will be there, with Pearl Jam performing both weekends. The show is scheduled for October 3rd through the 5th and the 10th through the 12th and will take place on eight stages spread out across the Texas capital’s Zilker Park. Tickets are on sale now at….Seether are releasing “Words As Weapons”  on May 1st.  Their 6th studio album, Isolate & Medicate, will drop Jul 1st.  The album was produced by Brendan O’Brien……Pulse of Radio reports  our friends & 2013 hardDrive Live Five tour’s Young Guns signed a new major label deal with Virgin EMI Music in February and have since started work on their third album, which will follow up 2012′s Bones. That record came out in the band’s native U.K. seven months earlier than in the U.S., and singer Gustav Wood told us that should change this time: “That’s something we’re actually really looking forward to, because we’ve been blessed with how well things have gone so far in the States, but there’s definitely kind of a split in terms of where we are over here and where we are at home. And I think it’s important to try and synch those things up, because otherwise you’re spending twice the amount of time on a record cycle. So next record should be a worldwide release, and that’s something we’re really excited about ’cause we’ve never done that before.”  Wood told Alternative Press last fall that the music the band was working on was “quite an evolution,” explaining, “This record is really about challenging (ourselves) to be more creative and hopefully a little more unique.”  I’ll check in with them to find out more….Rolling Stone reports The Black Keys will be the musical guests on the May 10th edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, just three days before the May 13th release of their eighth studio album, Turn Blue. The episode, hosted by Charlize Theron, will be the duo’s third on the show and first since 2011…..And finally, congrats to Sevendust!  Their  new acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, sold around 15,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at Number 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In support of the April 15th release, the band recently launched its first headlining acoustic tour since 2004. They play tonight (April 24th) in Kansas City, MO….Celebrating birthdays:  Brian Marshall of Alter Bridge (who I am seeing tonight!) turns 41.  Billy Gould of Faith No More is 51 and Patty Schemel of Hole is 47.

Wednesday, Apr 23

Wow.  I was at the 1964 World’s Fair that took place in Flushing Meadows (Queens), NY right near LaGuardia airport.    I was a pre-teen, and I remember the auto exhibit.  It had the “cars of the future.” Oddly enough, they look EXACTLY like the cars today!….Rob Zombie told Pulse of Radio he is working on his next project:  a horror film.  Sadly, his Broad Street Bullies film went in the dumpster after too much red tape.  I was actually interested in that. Zombie also  revealed he was working on a new TV miniseries about the Manson Family murders with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. But Zombie said his new horror movie will come out first: “The other thing is an original thing of my own which is definitely a horror thing. It’s definitely in the vein, I think, of what fans of what I’ve done in the past would enjoy. So that one’s moving along about a million times faster than the other thing, so that’ll be the next project.”….Was on the hotLine with Michael Poulsen of Volbeat.  He said once he gets home next month for about 3 weeks, he plans to start work on some new songs he hopes the band will start to work into their sets over the summer in Europe. A new record could be in the works for release early next year.  They performed last night at the legendary (and very old) Agora Theater in Cleveland.  As their tour manager said, “I thought they bulldozed that place!”  No, they’re doing that with our beloved Roseland here in NYC. UGH!  Looking forward to seeing Volbeat next month when they come to the area…..Friday, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden hits the hardDriveRadio studios.  Looking forward to speaking with him about the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, the band’s breakout album. Have questions?  Send them along to me via the interact link on the home page!….Today, Lou Brutus will be on the hotLine with Tyler Connolly of Theory Of A Deadman.  Their new album, SaVages, is out Jul 8th.  The guys are in Tampa, FL  rehearsing as we speak….Pulse of Radio also reports on this!   Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker are working with rap duo Run The Jewels on their new album, according to NME. Run The Jewels members Killer Mike and El-P have both posted photos online showing Barker and de la Rocha hanging out in the studio, where the duo are recording the follow-up to their self-titled 2013 debut.  The latest image shows the duo posing alongside de la Rocha and Barker with El-P’s longtime friend Yak Ballz.  El-P posted a separate picture of de la Rocha with the caption, “Yes it really is happening.”  We asked Travis Barker, who has played on a number of hip-hop projects, where his love for the genre came from:  “It came from fifth grade, listening to like Raising Hell, Run-DMC, like listening to Houdini, listening to Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys. You know, growing up, hip-hop, you know, was genuinely lead by a drum machine — that’s what took the place of a drummer. So to even be allowed or given the opportunity or blessed to work with all these people or do all this production or as much as I have in hip-hop, I feel very lucky.”   El-P and de la Rocha were at one point going to collaborate on a project in the early 2000s, but it never came together.  Barker, meanwhile, has been drumming with a number of rap artists, including LL Cool JChuck D, the Cool Kids and Yelawolf.  De la Rocha has kept a fairly low profile since Rage Against The Machine’s last live show, which took place in 2011, while Barker recently did some work in the studio with a new group featuring members of Limp Bizkit and Nine Inch Nails. A new Blink 182 album is also reportedly coming out this year….This is cool. Blabbermouth reports Lzzy Hale will be featured on American violinist Lindsey Stirling‘s new album on a track called “Shatter Me.”    Regarding how her collaboration with Lzzy came about, Lindsey said: “This song is very, very — obviously — different for a Lindsey Stirling track, because I’ve never written lyrics before, I’ve never gotten to blatantly say what I feel. I mean, all my songs have meaning behind them and I try to express that very strongly through the emotion that I want the song to feel for everyone. This time I got to literally say, ‘This is what I want to share.’ It was so important for me to find the right singer for it, becase I had in my mind the idea of who I wanted. I love vocalists like Hayley Williams from Paramore and Amy Lee from Evanescence, so I really wanted a powerhouse, rock-star female vocalist. I came across Lzzy Hale’s videos and Halestorm‘s stuff, and I was just blown away by the energy that Lzzy has on stage, on camera, in her tracks. I immediately got really excited and was just keeping my fingers crossed that she would have a window to come and do this with me. So I reached out to her management, and really quickly, they responded right back that Lzzy was really excited about the track.”  She added: “I had actually never heard of Lzzy before, I’m ashamed to admit it. And it’s even funnier because she had never heard of me, and we both kind of became immediate fans of each other’s work.”  Look for the cd April 29th.


Tuesday, Apr 22

Can’t believe it’s like 4 weeks away from Rock on the Range.   Funny thing about covering that festival.  I love it and I hate it at the same time.  So many bands to chase around.  I must get over 250 texts in one day.  It’s nuts.   Lou does all the heavy lifting, but man,  my feet are hurting just thinking about it!  LOL  But hey, I am not complaining!  Gonna get to see many of my friends there.  OK, I am now getting excited!…..Linkin Park posted another video teaser for The Hunting Party, due Jun 17th.  It also revealed a couple of more titles than the 5 I originally knew about.  Added to the list are “A Line In The Sand” and one I think is called “Mark The Graves,” & one I can’t see the first word of, because someone’s hand is in the way, but it’s “(Something) ral  Masquerade.” (“Viral” maybe?)  I knew the single of course, “Guilty All The Same,” “Keys To The Kingdom,”  ”Rebellion” (featuring Daron Malakian of System Of A Down) and “All For Nothing” (featuring Paige Hamilton of Helmet.)  Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.  Meanwhile, Mike Shinoda told me that the state of current music made him think it was time to make a harder-edged record again: “That’s something that has actually been on my mind for a long time, I got really fired up about it and was passionate about our band making that kind of a record — a heavier, louder, more energetic record, and you know, that’s kind of where we’re at right now. The new album will be out this summer and that’s really where we’re coming from.”  Meanwhile, Chester Bennington revealed that drummer Rob Bourdon really had his hands full getting his drums tracks just right for “Guilty All The Same.”  Guess he’s not used to bashing his kit like some other hard rock drummers we know!  If you listen closely, you’ll hear what I mean.  He nails it, but it isn’t the type of drumming he’s used to…..And, another band in the same management stable is getting close to releasing the first single off their next album.   Godsmack’s Sully Erna posted yesterday that their sixth studio album is finished!  They did it with producer Dave Fortman (who did all 4 Mudvayne albums, and I believe he was the Best Man in Chad Gray‘s wedding….but alas, I hear he’s divorcing.)   Dave also did Slipknot  All Hope Is Gone and their greatest hits album,  and worked with Another Animal (with Tony Rombolo, Shannon Larkin & Rob Merrill) Evanescence and Snot.  (And here’s one I had forgotten about, he was a guitarist in Ugly Kid Joe.)The first single from Godsmack is expected next month.  Will a tour be far off?…. Alice In Chains have added some new dates.  See Road Rage…..Alter Bridge is in town this week.  Looking forward to checking their set out at Best Buy Theater….Papa Roach are workng away on their new album, I am assuming, in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko.  Oh man, is it a good idea for Jacoby to have so many temptations!  LOL  Probably.  What doesn’t kill you…..Joey Jordison posted an online message he’s holding open auditions for the new singer for his band Scar The Martyr.  If you think you’ve got what it takes, send your audio/video and photo to him at .  Apparently his former singer Henry Derek Bonner left to work on a side project with drummer Jeff Friedl of Puscifer and A Perfect Circle…Today, I’ll be on the hotLine with Michael Poulsen of Volbeat and tomorrow Lou Brutus will be chatting with Tyler Connolly of Theory Of A Deadman, who are in rehearsals n Tampa, Florida.  Poor them!  LOL….Happy 4-0 today to Shavo Odadjian of System of A Down.  And Happy 36 to former Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink  and Happy 35th to former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns.

hardDrive playList: weekEnd Apr 19-20, 2014



hardDrive Double Dose:  ALTER BRIDGE
“Cry of Achilles” & “Addicted To Pain”
Plugged In:  ROYAL BLOOD “Out of the Black”
CHEVELLE “Take Out The Gunman”
Guest: ADELITAS WAY “Dog On A Leash”
POP EVIL “Torn To Pieces”
“End Of Me”
VOLBEAT  “Dead But Rising”
KORN “Spike In My Veins”


FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “House of the Rising Sun”
STARSET “My Demons”
Guest:  SKILLET “Not Gonna Die”
LINKIN PARK “Guilty All The Same”
HEAVEN’S BASEMENT “Nothing Left To Lose”
Guest:  SEETHER “Weak”
OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still  Be There”
Guest:  THREE DAYS GRACE “Painkiller”

hardDrive XL playList: Week of Apr 21-15, 2014

CHEVELLE                                        TAKE OUT THE GUNMAN
KORN                                                 SPIKE IN MY VEINS
LINKIN PARK                                    GUILTY ALL THE SAME
PEARL JAM                                      LIGHTNING BOLT
POP EVIL                                          TORN TO PIECES
VOLBEAT                                          DEAD BUT RISING

NOTHING MORE                             THIS IS THE TIME (BALLAST)
REDLIGHT KING                           TIMES ARE HARD
ROYAL BLOOD                               OUT OF THE BLACK

ADELITAS  WAY                               DOG ON A LEASH
FUEL                                                   SOUL TO PREACH TO
GEMINI SYNDROME                        STARDUST
LACUNA COIL                                     DIE & RISE-ADD
OF MICE & MEN                               WOULD YOU STILL BE THERE
POWERMAN 5000                            HOW TO BE A HUMAN
SEVENDUST                                    BLACK (ACOUSTIC)
STARSET                                          MY DEMONS
YOU ME AT SIX                               ROOM TO BREATHE 

Monday, Apr 21

Good Monday. Easter Candy Hangover anyone???  Good & Plenties got to me…..Wanted to share this story from Pulse of Radio.  And I hope Dave Grohl is reading this because he could be the hero of the day here!  Or if all of the bands mentioned here donated a few grand each!  The mixing console used to record albums like Pearl Jam’s ’Ten’ and Soundgarden’s ’Louder Than Love’ has been reported as being in desperate need of repairs.  So the owners at Seattle’s London Bridge Studio launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money to completely refurbish it and keep it accessible to local musicians, however, they wanted to reach that goal by this past Saturday and were unsuccessful.  The console was first installed in 1985, the console – a 1973 Neve 8048 Mixing Board – has served as the conduit between band and tape machine for records by Alice in Chains,Temple of the DogMother Love Bone3 Doors DownDeath Cab for Cutie, Cat Power and more.  Fixing the console comes with a big price.  The studio wanted to raise $75,000.  ”We came to the consensus that the Neve was simply too important to the Seattle music community to replace it,” London Bridge co-owner Eric Lilavois said in a statement. “Rather than raise our studio rates and make the studio inaccessible to the local and global music community, we’re inviting those interested in preserving this rich history to take part in the restoration and help ensure this board’s accessibility for another 40 years.”  Another London Bridge co-owner, Jonathan Plum, said that there are only a few Neve consoles like this one left in the United States. “We’re asking our community for support,” Ott added. “The importance of the Neve and its historical significance can provide opportunities for generations of artists to come.”  Donations came with rewards, including “Team Neve” T-shirts, autographed Fleet Foxes LPs, a signed 3 Doors Down drumhead, studio time in various configurations and, for $15,000, a session with a “surprise guest producer.” A press release reveals that said producer is Rick Parashar, who worked on Temple of the Dog‘s Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam‘s Ten, Alice in ChainsSap, Blind Melon‘s Blind Melon, Nickelback‘s Silver Side Up and Bon Jovi‘s Have a Nice Day, among other records.  They only raised $22,645, and the campaign is now closed.  It has not been revealed as to what will now happen to the console.  More details about the campaign can be found HERE….Pulse also reports  this past weekend’s second round of shows at  Coachella is where The Replacements invited Green Day’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong to give a hand to their set.  Friday night, Armstrong played guitar for most of The Replacements’ set.  He was filling in for Paul Westerberg who performed most of the set from a couch, due to an ailing back.  The setlist included performances of “I’m In Trouble”, “Kiss Me on the Bus”, “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out”, “I Don’t Know”, “IOU”, and several others.  Billie Joe Armstrong has expressed on many occasions his love for The Replacements.  In 2010, Armstrong interviewed Paul Westerberg for SPIN.  In honor of Record Store Day this past Saturday, Green Day released Demolicious, a collection of demos that were recorded during sessions for the Green Day ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!,¡TRÉ!trilogy, plus a previously unreleased track….My friends Godsmack have completed work on their new & 6th studio album.  Frontman Sully Erna posted on his Facebook page, saying, “We are officially DONE recording! And this record is BAD ASS! Haven’t been this excited in awhile! Hope you all love it! First single out soon!Dave Fortman produced, as he did The Oracle, and Fortman is best known for work with Mudvayne, Hellyeah, Evanescence and Slipknot. As far as I am aware, most of the album was recorded in Florida.   Last week, Sully announced that the band had laid down 15 songs and were in the process of choosing the best 10 for the album.  Drummer Shannon Larkin recently said about the band’s forthcoming album: “So many cool new tunes that I can tell ya it’s gonna be hard to narrow these down to the best ones! I know it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from us, but we will make it worth your wait!”  Be looking for Godsmack dates to start popping up in the near future…..Celebrating birthdays today: Iggy Pop is 67 and there is not an ounce of fat on the man.   Robert Smith of The Cure is 56.   Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo is 34 and Queen Elizabeth of England is 88.  God Save The Queen!

Friday, Apr 18

Every large city has it’s own film festival, and every April, New York has the Tribeca Film Festival.  One of the films entered in tis year’s competition for attention is a unique documentary on the life and career of one of rock’s most legendary artists and the film is aptly entitled Super Duper Alice Cooper.   It was directed by Canadians  Reginald HarkemaScot McFadyenSam Dunn, the latter who also did docs on the Iron Maiden and Rush, to name a few. The film will open nationwide on April 30 at select theaters (mostly art houses I’m guessing, like Bow-Tie Theaters).  Great job and one worth finding, even if you wait and find it online…OK so it’s been a few days since I’ve mentioned Dave Grohl.  Pulse of Radio reports with all the recent attention focused on Nirvana‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dave’s current band Foo Fighters has slipped off the radar a little bit. But the group is still hard at work on its eighth studio album, with producer Butch Vig telling U.K. magazine Kerrang!, “We’ve been recording at some different locations, but we’re almost halfway done with the recording and it’s going well. It sounds different — we’ve thrown a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel. It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been exciting.”  Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us recently Foo Fighters have never been in better shape as a band: “We as a band, moreso than ever, can walk into a studio and record a song any way we want, as quick as we want, to the best of our abilities. As a band we’re playing better than we’ve ever played. I just know it. I can feel it, I can hear it, and that’s the most important thing, and it’s awesome.”  It’s been heavily rumored Foo Fighters are recording each of the albums’s dozen or so songs in a different famous recording studio.  At least five studios in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Nashville and Seattle were tagged as stops on the Foos’ itinerary.  Vig said the group is experimenting with a variety of recording techniques. The Nevermind producer also worked on the band’s 2011 effort, Wasting Light, which was recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage. Can’t wait for the new music!….Meanwhile, Pulse also reported on Nirvana and a story that ran in Rolling Stone.  Dave and Krist Novoselic  talked about the band’s performances during and after their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last Thursday (Apr 10th), which featured a series of female singers standing in for late frontman Kurt Cobain. Grohl revealed, “We didn’t even start talking about playing until about eight weeks ago. It just seemed practically impossible. It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs. It takes a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation.” Although they reached out to a number of singers, Joan Jett was the first to sign on. Grohl said, “She took it on like it was her calling . . . She learned every song on Nevermind. She’s everything that Nirvana stood for. She’s a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature. We couldn’t think of anyone better to join us.”  Once Jett was involved, the other members realized that the singers at the induction had to be “all women,” with Grohl explaining, “It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn’t turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future.”  In addition to Jett, the band was joined by Sonic Youth‘s Kim GordonSt. Vincent and Lorde, with Grohl saying that each woman represented a different era of rock.  The biggest surprise of the night, however, was Grohl’s onstage embrace with Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, with whom he has had a longstanding feud.  Grohl said about the moment, “We’re family, no matter what. And we all love each other, no matter what. It’s a lot bigger than a paragraph or a picture. It’s real. So it was a reunion, and we were there for Kurt. It was a beautiful night. It was good.”  The induction was followed by a 19-song show at a tiny bar in Brooklyn, featuring Jett, St. Vincent, Gordon, Deer Tick‘s John McCauley and Dinosaur Jr.‘s J. Mascis.  That show was filmed and Grohl has that footage, but it’s not clear whether it will be made public any time soon.  As for any future Nirvana reunions, Novoselic said, “You never say never now. We did it. I sure won’t say no. Maybe we can even do some new music one day.” Grohl responded, ”We haven’t even talked about it. We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again. That’s what made it so powerful and beautiful and meaningful.”….Blabbermouth shared a post from Korn & KXM  drummer Ray Luzier on the loss of his friend and former Korn touring guitarist Shane Gibson.  Gibson passed away from a blood clotting disorder on Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 35. Luzier wrote on his Instagram: “Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I’m still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson [three] days ago. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I’ve ever known. I’m honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you’ve touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP ENAHS.”….Celebrating birthdays!  Today:  Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Creed & Tremonti turns the Big 4-0  and Conan O’Brien is 51.  Saturday, James Franco is 36  and Metallica producer Bob Rock is turns 60 (the new 40), and Sunday, Mike Portnoy is 47 and George “Oh My” Takei is 77.  Have a great Easter weekend.  Don’t eat too much candy! lol

Thursday, Apr 17

Good day.  Starting off with Pulse of Radio‘s report that the members of Korn have issued comments regarding the death of Shane Gibson, a former touring guitarist with the group who passed away from a blood clotting disorder on Tuesday (April 15th) at the age of 35. The band released a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson’s friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend. Shane Gibson was Korn’s touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of (singer) Jonathan Davis‘ solo band, The SFA’S. He will be greatly missed.”  Gibson, who was most recently a member of a band called Stork, was one of several guitarists who toured with Korn during the eight-year absence of Brian “Head” Welch.  Welch, who rejoined the group last year, said online, “I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I’m honored he was able to fill my spot after I left Korn. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP, brother.” Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer added, “Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person. Your kindness and talent will be missed. I’m very fortunate to have known you.”  I remember him now from JD’s solo tour.  He also filled in for Munky when he stepped away from the band for a while.  Here’s a video of Shane in action during JD’s solo tour on a track off the soundtrack to Queen Of The Damned  called “Not Meant For Me.”   (I loved the music from that!) 35, just too damn young.  Condolences to his family and friends….Rob Zombie was on the hotLine yesterday and he told about not only his upcoming tour, first ever live concert dvd (which he also directed) The Zombie Horror Picture Show, but he also revealed he has a new album cooking!  WHAT?!   “I don’t want years and years to go by between records, even though somehow it always seems to happen. And you know, we’re really excited because we really felt that for ourselves as a band, the last record really kind of got back to something that I was looking for, and we were just excited to take it to the next level. When you’re feeling inspired, you kind of want to go for it, because sometimes you don’t feel inspired.”  He said work will resume in May on it and he hopes to have it out in January.  Meanwhile, he said he was sorry the hockey movie he was planning on directing got mired in red tape with the NHL, former hockey stars from the Philly Flyers and just your usual BS that goes along when movies are in the incubation stages.  Not to mention, finding actors who can also skate like  professional hockey players.  Oh well. Next, next, next! as they say.  The DVD will be released May 20th and a photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the home video release.   hardDriveRadio will have copies of the DVD and BluRay for ya, so stay tuned and keep your beady eyeballs glued here…..Spin magazine reports  Foo Fighters fans from Dave Grohl‘s hometown of Richmond, Virginia have launched a campaign to get the band to play a show there for the first time in over 15 years. The campaign, on crowdfunding website Crowdhoster, is selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a ticket, despite the fact that the Foo Fighters have yet to announce they will play a date in the city. Campaign co-founder Andrew Goldin said, “We have reason to believe they know about it at this point. We haven’t been shut down, so that’s a good sign, right?“….Oh I couldn’t believe this, but Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme has a role in an upcoming episode of IFC’s Portlandia playing the “disappointing” gay brother of Fred Armisen‘s wife on the show. Here’s a clip, and I must say,  he’s pretty funny and a good actor!   Meanwhile, Josh’s wife, Brody Dalle,  has some shows coming up in support of her solo record, Diploid Love, opening for Queens of the Stone Age, starting Jul 12-20….. Yesterday, I had a nice long chat with Troy Sanders of Mastodon.  And this is what a small world it really is.  Was asking him where in Atlanta he’s from, saying that I spend Christmases with my boyfriend’s kids (and ex-wife, yes, we are friends!)  down in Lilburn, GA!  And mentioned some towns around there.  Low and behold,  HE’S FROM LILBURN, literally just a couple of miles from where I stay!    Crazy!    Anyhow, he makes Decatur home now, and if I had to live down there, that’s where I would want to be too!   Sweet little town.  Anyhow,  looking forward to seeing the band at Rock on the Range next month!  The new single, “High Road,” is out Apr 28th, but it has been posted online. (It’s nice & crunchingly heavy!) Be listening for it on the 28th in Smash Or Crash on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  The album, Once More ‘Round The Sun, is set for Jun 24th…. Devour The Day drop by the hardDriveRadio studios today….And huge birthday wishes go out to Maynard James Keenan who probably just received his AARP card in the mail because today he is 50!  It’s when you get that card in the mail, you really start to feel OLD!  LOL Happy Birthday MJK!

Wednesday, Apr 16


.Good day!  Well, the past 24 hours we turned back the clock to winter!  Of course, wind, rain, sleet, snow.  And it is all because I planted the flowers on the stoop fo my apartment building and washed my windows over the weekend.  OF COURSE!    Yes, I am that person who gets their car washed and it rains……Well, it’s getting to be busy around here, what else is new!  Today I have Troy Sanders from Mastodon on the hotLine and prepping for two interviews tomorrow.  Finishing scripts for Lou Brutus.  My Pulse of Radio cohort and co-conspirator Don is speaking with Rob Zombie, who’s new The Zombie Horror Picture Show  DVD is set for release May 20th.  It’s his first live concert film and if you’ve never seen a live Rob Zombie show, this will be something you definitely should get your hands on!   Robots, LED light show, special effects, lots of boob flashing from the ladies in the audience and the skillz of  showman Rob, John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish in full blown action!  A photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the Blu-ray and DVD.  The Zombie Horror Picture Show will feature footage filmed during stops on last year’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour in Houston on August 3rd, 2013 and Dallas on August 4th.   Meanwhile, I am coming up with new contests for you to enter including that DVD, a Powerman 5000 guitar grab, and a trip for two to Las Vegas to see the opening night of the Soundgarden-Nine Inch Nails tour.  Oh yeah,  we’re busy!   I’m also working up a contest to send you off to hang out with Lou Brutus at the Cadott, WI Rockfest in mid July!  More great contests coming too, so if you are NOT a hardDriveRadio Radical, what the hell are you thinking?  Get over to the home page and register NOW!  (Must be a US citizen)…..Meanwhile, there is no truth to the online rumor started by supposed sources close to the band that AC/DC  was about to announce their retirement due to a serious health issue with Malcolm Young.  Metal Hammer reports today on an article that ran in England’s Telegraph.  AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson gave the paper an exclusive interview. And my diligent  friend at Blabbermouth found a report from Italy where Brian also said the band was heading into the studio in Vancouver next month,  So please check these two links out…..Was perusing Rise Against‘s site to see what they are up to and viola!   A video teaser announced the band is working on a new record that will be released this year! THe band has been on hiatus for a couple of years now.   Hmmm, as I wonder out loud,  I don’t think they are still on Interscope, so I wonder what label or how they will release it!? But very happy to hear the news!!!!…And so sorry to hear about the passing of Shane Gibson. He was a back-up touring guitarist for Korn a few years ago. He was praised for his technical prowess. 35 is waaaaay too young to leave this planet. Condolences to his friends and family…..Later, taters!

Tuesday, Apr 15

UPDATE on AC/DC from…….read it here.

Today’s tip:  if you are filing today and sending it in via snail mail, make sure to put more than you think in stamps on it.  Wouldn’t it just suck to get it back for insufficient postage?  Hey, I gotta rant today.  It was brought to my attention that a website that will remain nameless  has been using my info without crediting me.  That blows.  And you know who you are.  So man up and do the right thing, yo?  Otherwise, I will be sending my boys out, and you definitely do not want that.  Seriously.  I mean, we all get stories from other places, but we should all be giving credit where credit is due, eh?  And printing SPECULATION rather than FACT is also a huge no no.  I’ll step off my soapbox now, thank you…..Sometimes it’s feast or famine when it comes to interviews we get for the shows.   Take this week, I only thought we’d be doing Mastodon  tomorrow (looks like I will be speaking with bassist/singer Troy Sanders instead of my friend Brann, who, unfortunately,  is dealing with some family issues. Thoughts and prayers go out to him)  and Devour the Day stop in on Thursday.  Now Rob Zombie and Chris Cornell have been added.   Hey, I am NOT complaining! Very excited actually. Listening to Superunknown right now too!  20th anniversary.  Geez.  It gets strange when you get to a certain age and 20 years seems like 20 weeks ago sometimes.  Time does fly when you are having fun. Hard to believe hardDrive has been around for 18 years this year.  That’s a feather in the cap of our Lou Brutus, who listeners are compelled to listen to every week since 1996!   So congrats to hardDrive!  18 and ready for college!  LOL…..OK  on to the real news.  This has me very worried, since I first met these guys when I worked for Atlantic Records in the late 70′s.  When I write my book some day, I have some great stories going back to the days with Bon Scott.  Anyhow, Pulse of Radio, our sister company, reports there are conflicting reports about the future of AC/DC. According to The Australian, a “music industry source” has stated the band has booked six weeks of studio time at a recording facility in Vancouver, beginning on May 1st, to lay down the follow-up to 2008′s Black Ice. That lines up with an interview singer Brian Johnson did in February with a Florida radio station, in which he also named May as the month the band would begin recording.  However, Peter Ford, an entertainment reporter for Melbourne radio station 3AW, said yesterday (April 14th) the band was preparing to announce its retirement as soon as this week, adding, “We may not hear them perform or record ever again.” He added founding guitarist Malcolm Young – who has been rumored to be ill for some time — had returned to Australia to “live with his family and for his own personal reasons he may not want to continue with the band.”  In the same Florida interview, Johnson did say “one of our boys was pretty ill” — a development that goes back to 2012, when Johnson said at the time the unnamed band member was “getting better” and expected to fully recover.  In addition to the plans for recording the band’s 16th studio album, Johnson also said the band was mulling the idea of playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world to celebrate its 40th anniversary.  (Now all I can add to this news is the fact that, all of their lives, Mal and Angus have smoked cigarettes, and almost to excess.  I remember when I was a smoker,  I would grub a cigarette off them and we’d be chatting and I’d watch as they would light one off the previous one they had just finished.  Chain smoked like fiends!   They did not do drugs.  They drank.   And they smoked hard core cigarettes.  No “lights” for them.  No bleached tobacco.   European hash hard-ass cigarettes.  One after another.  Carried cases of them on the road.)   But now,  over on Blabbermouth, a new updated report has just surfaced that really distresses me. Mark Evans, who says he is the son of original AC/DC singer Dave Evanstweeted a few hours ago reports of AC/DC‘s imminent retirement announcement are not merely rumors. He added: “Malcolm Young is very sick…. [Malcolm's son] Ross Young spoke to my father this morning because the cat got out…. But yes, the band will be finished…. No new shows or music.”  **Update #2** — April 15 at 5:20 a.m. EST: Australian journalist Darryl Mason writes on The Orstrahyun  “when AC/DC recently reunited in a rehearsal studio, Malcolm Young discovered he had forgotten how to play, due to a brain clot on his brain.” He adds: “AC/DC won’t continue playing and recording without Malcolm. It can’t be done.”   Here is a new report I am just seeing at 1:08 PM Eastern from   Oh man.  I am so sad to hear this.  Say a prayer for Malcolm today, please….That’s all I got.  Later.