Friday, Nov 21

 

Hello Dave, nice to see you again……It’s nearly December!   Geez.  Christmas shopping for me must commence this weekend or else!…..Last night I got to be at a great industry charity event where we ate and drank fine wine with lots of good friends!  For decades now, I guess nearly 40 or so, the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research, has been raising millions and millions of dollars to try to find cures for those diseases.  It also has been a life saver for many people in the music industry who’ve been stricken with those sometimes life ending diseases. One of the honorees  last night was Rush, and Alex Lifeson was there to  accept the award.   I’m proud to have been associated with Martell in the 80′s & 90′s when it was my role to help organize a celebrity hockey game (we had the HANSON BROTHERS from “Slap Shot” fly in from Albany, NY)  and several celebrity softball games out in Los Angeles. I remember when Alice In Chains were in LA recording their Dirt album.  Layne, Jerry, Mike and Sean came out and who knew Layne was an amazing hitter! (Layne showed up with a green beard. I think it was the first time I ever saw someone put color in their beard!)   He was the ringer for sure!  Another year we had Alice Cooper‘s “Rockers” team vs  Kip Winger‘s “Rollers” and Alice showed up with a bat that had a battle ax  attached (not real, just for show) and the crowd went nuts! Another year (could’ve been this same year) Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold came out and Roseanne sang the national anthem (horribly, I’d like to add!)   We also had these great annual bowling parties (I was and still remain the “Gutter Ball Queen!”)  So last night was, again, another momentous occasion and a wonderful way to raise money for the research group. Thanks to Q-Prime’s  Warren Christensenfor the AMAZING wine……Let’s start with this item from Blabbermouth today.  Interesting note:  interview with Triple M was done in the hardDriveRadio studios! :)  AC/DC guitarist Angus Young addressed the legal problems of drummer Phil Rudd in a new interview with Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M, saying that the drummer is “in a strange place and a strange situation.” Rudd was arrested on Nov 6 and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years behind bars for the others.  Young told Triple M’s Lee Simon:  ”Phil is in a strange place and a strange situation. I know he’s living in New Zealand, but it’s something we’ve gotta get resolved. If we’re going forward, we’ve gotta get something resolved.”He continued: “We had a few problems [with Phil] ourselves before he got into this situation, because there was a lot of strange behavior going on, which I guess you could put it down to him not showing up for a lot of what we were doing.   “When you have to get to a stage when you’ve gotta convince someone to be there, it wears thin after a while. But it’s something we got to resolve. It is a bit of a question mark.”   Young recently told Rolling Stone magazine about Rudd’s current legal troubles: “Phil created his own situation. It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”  The guitarist did not want to delve into whether drugs were involved in Rudd’s seeming decline, adding, “I don’t know the exact situation… I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out.”  AC/DC issued a statement on Rudd’s arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the Dec 2nd release of the band’s new album, Rock Or Bust, and the group’s upcoming tour.  Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for  the filming of the videos for singles ”Play Ball” and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot…..Metallica‘s been performing all this week on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”  Check out “Enter Sandman.”….Tonight’s episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is the one filmed in New Orleans.  Taylor and Nate said it was their favorite city of them all.  The band will perform tonight right after the show airs.  Wish I was going to be there!  Meanwhile, RollingStone posted this cool item on Dave Grohl.  Love it! Meanwhile, I got a  little chuckle when I saw the upcoming Rolling Stone cover with Dave.  The title to the story on him is “The Passion of Dave Grohl.”  Wanna know what the last thing I said to Dave when I saw him at the Lettermanshow backstage in his dressing room was?  ”Keep the Passion!”  Hmmmmm…..Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson says the band’s upcoming fifth album is “turning out to be such a personal reflection” for the members of the group. He writes, “One of my favorite things about making this kind of record is when as a team, we decide to just lay it all on the line emotionally, and write about all the demons, the feelings; good and bad, all the pain and the rushes, and all the highs and lows . . . in all of our lives.”   Sanderson says  the band is targeting March 31st  for the release of the yet-to-be-titled set, adding, “We still have a lot of work to do . . . Some songs we write, and rewrite, then record, and re-record and so on.” Check out this fan-filmed concert in Moscow!….Have a great weekend!  And Buffalo, hang in there!    I’d be shoveling my roof this weekend if I lived there, lemme tell ya.

 

Thursday, Nov 20

Had a great time yesterday with Starset and In This Moment dropping in on us at the hardDriveRadio Ranch!  First off, I told Maria Brink and Chris Howorth how moved I was listening to Black Widow. I mean, there are songs on there that cut right to the bone, and Maria couldn’t have opened up her heart any deeper!  I was actually moved to tears when I listened to the spoken word piece, “Into the Darkness,” that was recorded unbeknownst to Maria.  She said Kevin Churko, their producer, likes to push her buttons, but this is uber intense.  Meanwhile, I may have given Maria an idea for her next cover song: a Missing Persons track. “Nobody Walks In LA.”  Let’s see if that takes shape!  And  Startset’s Dustin Bates and his band performed three songs in the studio, including “My Demons,” “Halo” and the David Bowie tune “Space Oddity.”  It was very sweet to hear Dustin thank us for our support (when we play songs on the air, we help to promote the bands and their songs get airplay impressions which means they advance on the charts. But we are good AND bad.  When we DON’T play a song one week, they lose traction, so it’s a weird dichotomy …a yin and yang, if you will.)  Anyhow, Dustin said when he’s home in Columbus, or on the road, he listens to hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  I love hearing that! I reminded him to download the hardDriveRadio APP so he can listen to the weekend show too! …..OK, so Foo Fighters sold 190,000 copies in the first week of their new Sonic Highways album.  It’s about 45,000 less than their last album, but that’s the nature of the beast these days.  Taylor Swift is still selling buckets of records.  Oh well, Foos are still Number One to me!….Soundgarden has already released a deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of its 1994 album Superunknown this year and has a three-CD collection of B-sides and rarities called Echo Of Miles on tap for next week. But the band isn’t done restoring its old catalog yet. Guitarist Kim Thayil told us exclusively  he and famed Seattle producer Jack Endino recently turned their attention to the band’s first album, 1988′s Ultramega OKLast year, Jack Endino and I spent a number of weeks remixing Ultramega OK and we’re gonna search for a label — it’s no longer on SST — and put it out with a beautiful, heavier, warmer mix from Jack Endino, which is something we always felt we had to correct about that release.”   Ultramega OK was released in 1988 on the SST label and was Soundgarden’s first full-length release after recording two EPs for the Seattle-based Sub Pop Records. Thayil told us the band hopes to release the new version of the disc sometime next year.  Soundgarden’s long-awaited collection of B-sides, rarities and non-album tracks, titled Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, comes out next Monday (Nov 24th). The three-disc set will contain seven never-before-released songs, including the newly recorded track “Storm,” along with original B-sides, instrumentals, covers and demos recorded throughout the band’s career. The first disc is subtitled “Originals” and will feature Soundgarden-written B-sides plus the previously unreleased “Storm” and “Kristi.”  ”Covers” is the theme of disc two, featuring Soundgarden takes on songs by the BeatlesBlack Sabbath, the Rolling StonesDevo and others. while disc three is called ”Oddities” and includes an assortment of instrumentals, remixes and demos.  Soundgarden plans to work on a new studio album sometime in 2015.  Be listening for Kim on our annual Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive with Lou Brutus for your Thanksgiving weekend!…Congrats to Kid Rock, who has performed at many military bases over the years and makes it a point to meet with members of the armed forces at all of his shows, who received Operation Troop Aid’s 2014 Patriot Award for his empathic approach to troop support.  OTA founder and executive director Mark Woods said, “Kid Rock is one of the most giving entertainers I have ever met. He really gets it…  Last year, Kid Rock challenged his fans to help raise money to send care packages to the troops. In one short month, we were able to ship over 500 care packages just in time for the holidays. His art, legacy of family and spirit of patriotism is exactly why this award exists.”  Rock told us a while back Americans need to remember the sacrifice that the members of the military make: “I just think that people in general, especially maybe my generation, has really forgotten, or maybe just needs to be reminded somehow or really open a history book and realize how many people fought to keep this country free and well and safe and sound.”….Celebrating life today:  Joe Walsh of The Eagles (featured on the new Foo Fighters Sonic Highways) is 67.  Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill are both 49  and Davey Havok of AFI is 39.  

Wednesday, Nov 19

Another HUGE day in the hardDriveRadio studios here in NYC!  Yesterday with AC/DC, today with Starset and In This Moment!  Starset will be performing in the studios as well, so that will be a treat!  I haven’t seen them live yet and hopefully I will get a chance to do so tonight when they perform with In This Moment and Twelve Foot Ninja!  And the new In This Moment album is out, so it will be cool to see what that band pulls off live from the new tunes.  (I love love love the song “Sex Metal Barbie” and was pleasantly surprised about the slower tune featuring Brent Smith of Shinedown! ) Good times!  And tomorrow night, I’m attending a big charity event for the TJ Martell Foundation, which raises money for cancer, AIDS and leukemia research.  It’s their big Wine Dinner, this year honoring Rush!  (Last year was Robin Quivers.) Should be a great night with delicious (and expensive) wine.  Remember: drink water between glasses of the fruit of the grape!  Less headache!  LOL….So let’s get back to AC/DC for a moment. The “surprise” guest was uber-producer Brendan O’Brien, who is the most down to earth guy you’d ever want to meet!  We chatted it up for some time in the green room while the band was being interviewed by other outlets (they stationed themselves at our studios, and we even had a satellite truck there for interviews the band did in Australia for TV and radio there.)  I wasn’t aware the studio that Brendan always worked out of when he was based in Atlanta had been sold, so Brendan moved to LA and AC/DC loves the studio there in Vancouver so Brendan is now Mr Mobile.   I asked Brendan if he was going to be doing Tom Morello‘s next solo record which is supposed to be “heavy.”  He said no, since Tom is probably producing himself. He built a studio in the house he moved his mom into next door to his up in the Hollywood Hills. Tom is such an awesome guy!  Anyhow, hope to be staying in touch with Brendan.  Good peep! Also got to be friends with Angus’ wife Ella. What a sweetheart!  We are very similar and it’s so awesome she and Angus have been married for 34 years! Love it!…..As promised, Foo Fighters dates are posted in Road Rage.  This upcoming tour is the biggest in their history.  At one point, it was speculated they’d do a tour of the same clubs they did as a band 20 years ago, but in reality, they’re playing the biggest venues they’ve ever played in the U.S.  starting with RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on Jul 4. Royal Blood will be the support act on the July and August dates, except for Aug 27th in Indianapolis and the first Fenway show on July 18th, which will feature Boston legends Mission Of Burma.  Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us America has never necessarily been the Foos’ biggest market: “As a band, we’ve always actually been a little bit bigger outside of America. England, we do really well and Australia we do really well and a lot of parts of Europe we do well. And we do well in America, but mainly in the big cities, you know. We’re not huge necessarily in the Midwest and places like that because, frankly, America’s big.” But you can’t believe everything Taylor says, now can ya?  LOL…..Getting back to AC/DC for a second, plan on them hitting the U.S. stadium circuit probably late Spring.  The staging will be second to none, I am sure!….Halestorm recently wrapped the recording sessions for its third studio album and is previewing some material on its current fall tour. The band has been playing the track “I Like It Heavy,” which a fan filmed during the band’s November 14th gig in St. Petersburg, Florida. The new Halestorm disc is due out in early 2015. (Brave Words)….Smashing Pumpkins have recruited Rage Against The  Machine  drummer Brad Wilk and Killers bassist Mark Stoermer for a string of upcoming dates in support of their new album,Monuments To An Elegy, due out Dec 9th. Frontman Billy Corgan said, “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows. And if our rehearsals are any indication, they should be one-of-a-kind.” The short run of gigs will stop in Berlin, Paris and London before hitting New York on Dec 8th, the Jimmy Kimmel Live outdoor stage in Los Angeles on the 10th and Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert on Dec 14th. (Blabbermouth)….Happy 43rd today to bassist Justin Chancellor of Tool and Happy 54th to drummer Matt Sorum, ex-Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult.  (Thanks to Pulse Of Radio for their help today!) 

Tuesday, Nov 18

AC/DC  Day 2  in the hardDriveRadio studios.   Because we care about and love AC/DC, we are even allowing some of our “competition” to drop by to get interviews.  Yeah, that’s the kind of people we are.  After all, it’s ALL about the ROCK!   When Angus and Cliff were in on Friday, we talked a bit about Malcolm, who was forced to retire earlier this year due to being stricken with dementia. His brother told us the whole situation has been heartbreaking: “It is. I’m his brother, but also the rest — his immediate family, his wife and kids and everyone, you know. But he kept going as long as he could, he said, you know. I mean, he was still writing until he couldn’t do that anymore. You were hoping, you know, that he would get better. The physical side of him, he got great treatment for that, so he’s good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated, you know. So he himself said, you know, I won’t be able to do it anymore.” So today, Brian Johnson and Angus will be in and later today, they’ll also be interviewed by 4 Australian TV stations in the hardDrive video studio!  I hope to get some extra time today with Brian and Angus, well, just BECAUSE!  LOL   Hopefully, they’ll allow me 15 minutes more minutes. Meanwhile, the band really doesn’t know if Phil Rudd will be able to join them on their tour in 2015.  They’ve basically said if he sorts himself out, he’ll be able to do it.  If not, then they will have to decide who, either Chris Slade or Simon Wright will be his replacement.  Meanwhile, enjoy the new single and title track, “Rock or Bust”…..Pulse of Radio reports Nickelback‘s eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, arrived in stores yesterday (Nov 17th) and follows up the Canadian act’s 2011 effort Here And Now. With the music industry changing and people finding new ways to deliver and obtain music, we asked frontman Chad Kroeger if he thought releasing a full album of new material was quickly becoming old-fashioned: “Well, we tossed around the idea of just doing an EP, but the manager was dead set against it, and the label wasn’t really too enthused about that idea either. We don’t really subscribe to the theory of ‘Okay, three singles, maybe four, let’s put all our focus and attention into those and then, you know, we’ll just put a bunch of filler on the album and away we go.’ I mean, we’ve never really done that and I think that has really contributed to our success.” And as usual, the critics are panning it, calling it “watered-down grunge” and “calculated to appeal to a wide variety of fans.”  But I love what these fans said,  Jeff wrote: “Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate, but Nickelback’s just gonna make great music, play incredible live shows, appeal to a wide variety of music tastes and be pretty funny carefree dudes.”  J. Cronkhite wrote: “I have never understood all the hatred for Nickleback. Just like ANY other band, they have songs I like, and songs I don’t like. To say they have ‘no talent’, however, is a fallacy. I don’t care how screwed up the Music Industry is, you CAN’T sell 50 million albums worldwide if you have ‘no talent.‘” Touche!….Both Marilyn Manson  and Bush have announced new tour dates, and you can find them both in Road Rage.  Oddly enough, they were both former Interscope Records recording artists.  Manson’s first  official single is called “Deep Six” and it is dropping Dec 15th .  His tour is called THE HELL NOT HALLELUJAH TOURFoo Fighters will be announcing their dates today for 2015, so keep an eye on Road Rage later today for that info! On Friday night in LA, the band performed at the Roxy with Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Joe Walsh of The Eagles!  Good stuff!…Finally today,  Pulse Of Radio confirms Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor will have his third book, titled You’re Making Me Hate You: An Uncommon Guide To Common Sense, published on June 30th, 2015 by Da Capo Press. The book’s description reads: “In the tradition of the late great George CarlinNew York Times bestselling author and lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour Corey Taylor sounds off in hilarious fashion about the many vagaries of modern life that piss him off.”  The synopsis adds, “Whether it’s people’s rude behavior in restaurants and malls, the many indignities of air travel, eye-searingly terrible fashion choices, dangerously clueless drivers, and — most of all — the sorry state of much modern music, Taylor’s humor and insight cover civil society’s seeming decline — sparing no one along the way, least of all himself.”  Speaking recently on the  Nerdist podcast, Taylor said about the book, “It’s f***ing brutal. It’s just me basically trashing everyone.”  Taylor said that his original title — which the publisher refused to allow him to use — was You’re Making Me Hate You (Or How Justin Bieber Sucked A Million D***s To Make His Money).  Taylor’s last book, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven, was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at Number 23 on the New York Times “Hardcover Non-fiction” best sellers list.  His first book, 2011′s Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good, also made the list at Number 26. The singer told me last May  his third book would be a collection of columns he’d written over the past decade for U.K. magazine Rock Sound. It is not clear whether this is that book. Taylor also said he plans to write a novel.  Taylor is currently on the road with Slipknot, who are touring in support of the band’s latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The band plays in Baltimore tomorrow (Nov 19th), just getting back to the states from their Knotfest in Japan with Korn!…..Oh and Metallica did this on the Craig Ferguson show last night.  They’re there all week!…Speaking of...Happy 52nd today to Kirk Hammett  and Happy 30th to Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold!

BUSH

DEC
01:  Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
02:  St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
03:  Chicago, IL @ Cubby Bear
04:  Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
05:  Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
09:   Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
10:  Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
12:   Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
13:   Los Angeles, CA @ L.A. Forum
JAN
30:  San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
31:  Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
FEB
02:  Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
03:  Tempe, AZ. @ Marquee Theatre
05:  Denver, CO. @ Ogden Theatre
07:  Kansas City, MO @ Harvest Bank Theatre / Midland
08:  Cedar Rapids, IA @ The Paramount Theatre
10:  St. Paul, MN @ The Myth
11:   Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
14:   Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
15:   Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
17:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
18:   Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
20:  Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale
21:   Lewiston, ME @ Androscoggin Bank Colisee
23:  Boston, MA @ House of Blues
24:  New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
27:  Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
28:  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
MAR
01:  Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
03:  Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
04:  Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
06:   Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
10:   Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11:   Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
13:  Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
14:  San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
www.bushofficial.com

MARILYN MANSON

JAN
21:  Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
23:  Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
24:  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
26: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
27:  Huntington, NY @ Paramount
28:  Boston, MA @ House of Blues
30:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
31:  Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem
FEB
02:  Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
03:  Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
05:  Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
07:  Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
09:  St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11:  Denver, CO @ Fillmore
13:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
14:  Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
www.marilynmanson.com 

weekEnd Nov 15-16, 2014

       LOU BRUTUS FOR PRESIDENT
SPOTLIGHT ON THE FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  VOLBEAT
“A Warrior’s Call” & “Doc Holliday”
Plugged In:  DROWNING POOL
“Bodies” (remastered)
SEETHER “Same Damn Life”
PAPA ROACH “Face Everything and Rise”
BUSH “The Only Way Out”
Guest:  THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Heart Of Fire”
SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven”
ASK LZZY
LIVE “The Way Around Is Through”

HOUR 2

SPOTLIGHT ON THE FOO FIGHTERS 
SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I”
DIRT
LINKIN PARK  ”Rebellion”
Guest:  FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing”
BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown”
AC/DC  “Play Ball”
Guest:  FOO FIGHTERS “The Feast & The Famine”
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979  ”Trainwreck 1979″
IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me”
Guest:  FOO FIGHTERS  “Congregation”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?:  RISE AGAINST “Tragedy & Time”

Join us for the next hardDrive with LOU BRUTUS!
GUESTS:
AC/DC
SEETHER

LIVE
PAPA ROACH
NONPOINT
ASK LZZY
and music news, What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player and more of the
BEST NEW ROCK in all the land!

Week Nov 17-21, 2014

XL
AC/DC                                           PLAY BALL
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH   WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN
FOO FIGHTERS                        SOMETHING FROM NOTHING
ROYAL BLOOD                          FIGURE IT OUT
SLIPKNOT                                  THE DEVIL IN I
THREE DAYS GRACE               I AM MACHINE
VOLBEAT                                   DOC HOLLIDAY 

MED
ASKING ALEXANDRIA               MOVING ON
BUSH                                           THE ONLY WAY OUT
GODSMACK                                SOMETHING DIFFERENT
HELLYEAH                                    MOTH

IN THIS MOMENT                      SICK LIKE ME
POP EVIL                                    BEAUTIFUL
SEETHER                                  SAME DAMN LIFE

SM
BLACK VEIL BRIDES                 HEART OF FIRE
BRING ME THE HORIZON        DROWN
CHEVELLE                                  AN ISLAND
FLYLEAF                                      SET ME ON FIRE-ADD
LIVE                                              THE WAY AROUND IS THROUGH
MASTODON                               THE MOTHERLOAD
NONPOINT                                  BREAKING SKIN
NOTHING MORE                        MR. MTV

OTHERWISE                               DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON
PAPA ROACH                              FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE

STARSET                                    CARNIVORE
SHAMAN’S HARVEST               DANGEROUS
THEORY OF A DEADMAN        SAVAGES
YOUNG GUNS                           I WANT OUT 

 

 

 

Monday, Nov 17

Wow.  What a weekend!  College and pro football games galore. I don’t think I can even watch Monday Night Football.   I need a break!  LOL.  But I can see why people used to (and probably still) hate the NY Yankees  when they’d win the World Series over and over. It’s like watching the Crimson Tide.  Don’t get me wrong, they are a great team coached by a manically great coach, but I really dislike them.  Call me a disgruntled LSU fan. LOL…..OK, so what’s news today?  Well, had a great time on Friday with Angus Young and Cliff Williams from AC/DC  who spent the afternoon at our studios. I was surprised to learn Angus’ brother Malcolm, while having early stage dementia back around 6-7 years ago, was also diagnosed with lung cancer.  He successfully had surgery for that, but his mental capacity diminished.  Very sad.  But Mal kept great archives of all the riffs the brothers ever came up with over the decades they’ve been playing.  These archived riffs are what are used every time the band begins the songwriting process. BTW:  Did  you know Angus is from a very large family?  There are a total of 7 brothers!  I said  there’ll be no loss of musicians to help the band out! He laughed on that one!  He feels very fortunate they have Stevie Young, the son of his oldest brother.  Stevie worked very hard to make sure he was playing  in the style of Malcolm, using Mal’s guitars and rig.  And on the Phil Rudd situation, well, seems for quite some time, he hasn’t been himself. Can you imagine: You are the drummer for AC/DC and your band finally starts to get into the studio to record. Typically, drums and bass are recorded first. The damn guy showed up 10 DAYS LATE!  And he didn’t get fired then and there!  I told the guys I know a drummer who would drop everything to play with them.  His name is Dave Grohl!  (And Taylor Hawkins as back-up drummer!) LOL  Anyhow, tomorrow, Angus and Brian Johnson will be by the studios again.  They’re setting up shop there to do most of their interviews while they’re in NYC.  Nice when you have a long-standing relationship with the band (since the Powerage album, I do!)  And I love Angus’ wife, Ella!   What a sweetheart she is!  Brian was unable to make it Friday due to an auto racing commitment he had made. As Angus said, “I won’t get a word in once he comes around!” LOL. Be listening for the AC/DC interviews on hardDrive XL  with Lou Brutus, week of Dec 01-05, as they’ll be our Featured Artist of The Week. Oh BTW:  today, if you pre-order AC/DC’s  Rock or Bust, you get automatic downloads of “Play Ball” and “Rock or Bust,” which is the new single….. Download Festival is starting to announce next year’s line-up: Slipknot, Judas Priest (who are touring Europe together  next year,) Five Finger Death Punch and Black Stone Cherry!   More details coming….BTW:  Don’t expect AC/DC on any festivals. I was told they only do their own headlining dates.   Hmmmm.  I was hoping they’d do Rock on the Range this year…..New albums out today:  In This Moment releases its fifth studio album, titled Black WidowBlack Widow is the first In This Moment album released through Atlantic Records, with whom the group signed a new record deal last year. Singer Maria Brink told us about the concept behind the disc: “Black Widow is really about kind of the darker sides of me and more of these kind of twisted parts. I kind of used to be ashamed of some of these things in me and the sicker sides of me and some of the mental things that I’ve had to deal with and I was always kind of hiding it. So this album’s kind of embracing those parts of me and really just kind of embracing all of it.”  Meanwhile, there’s a new “behind the scenes” video from the “Sick Like Me” video shoot.  Watch!  And Wednesday night, they are doing a special event here in NYC.  I look forward to seeing them! They’ll be stopping by on Thursday as well, along with Starset, so if you have questions for the bands, drop them in an email to me  via the interact link on the home page or post them on the Interact Live section of the new hardDriveRadio APP!  Come on, DO IT!…..Pulse of Radio reports on these items:   The upcoming revival of The Osbournes will reportedly air on VH1. Sharon Osbourne revealed recently that she, Ozzy and their kids will film six to eight new episodes of the groundbreaking reality show, which first aired on MTV a decade ago. Sharon claimed that Ozzy was interested in returning to the show now that he’s sober, which he wasn’t during the original run. (The Hollywood Reporter)…All That Remains has posted a brand new song called “You Found Me” online at YouTube. The track is expected to appear on the band’s next CD, which is set for a tentative January 2015 release. The new disc, produced by Josh Wilbur,  will follow up 2012′s A War You Cannot Win, which singer Phil LaBonte said in a recent interview was one of the band’s worst albums. (Blabbermouth) Listen to the tune here.  The first single is coming out in late December I’ve heard a couple of tracks:  it is HEAVY!…And finally today, Johnny Depp has been a loyal friend of Dr Hunter S Thompson.  I think if you watch his presentation of on the Hollywood Film Awards you will agree he has now taken over Hunter’s personae….Celebrating life today:  Director/producer Marty Scorcese is 72.  SNL creator Lorne Michaels is 70  and Richard Fortus of (the new) Guns ‘N Roses is 48.

Friday, Nov 14

It’s AC/DC Day in the hardDriveRadio studios!   Excitement abounds as Cliff WIlliams and Angus Young drop by today and next week, Brian Johnson and Angus will also return to do even more chatting!  Looking forward to this!  I am trying to remember last time I was able to talk to Angus.  It was back when they were still on Elektra Records, and that was some time ago. Although I did see them on the opening night of the Black Ice tour, they did not see people backstage after the show (and we even went all the way down to Scranton, PA for that show as I recall!)  Anyhow, make up time today! Meanwhile, Pulse of Radio reported this morning on a story on the band that ran in yesterday’s USA Today. Angus Young and Cliff Williams addressed the legal problems of drummer Phil Rudd in a new interview with USA Today, saying that the drummer is ”not the Phil we’ve known from the past.” Rudd was arrested on Nov 6th and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years behind bars for the others. Williams said  getting Rudd to the studio for the recording sessions of the new AC/DC album, Rock Or Bust, was “tough,” with Young adding, “It put us in a difficult situation. It put us in a spot where we couldn’t move forward. Does the guy show up? Is he reliable to do his job in good shape? We’ve always been a solid, reliable unit.” Young continued, “Phil created his own situation. It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”  The guitarist did not want to delve into whether drugs were involved in Rudd’s seeming decline, adding, “I don’t know the exact situation . . . I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out.” AC/DC issued a statement last week on Rudd’s arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the Dec 2nd release of Rock Or Bust and the band’s upcoming tour. Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for the filming of the videos for singles “Play Ball” and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot.  Hey, I know someone who’d gladly take up the slot.  His name is Dave Grohl!!!!…..Speaking of, Foo Fighters  FINALLY are announcing their U.S. tour on Tuesday. They’ve already announced dates for Australia and New Zealand, and late spring dates in England, Scotland, as well as Rock Im Park & Rock Am Ring in Germany in June.  We hear Dave wants to recreate his band Foo Fighters’ first ever tour to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year!  The band first performed publicly  in February 1995, before heading out on a tour of tiny U.S. venues supporting rocker Mike Watt. Now frontman Grohl tells Q magazine his next planned project for the band is to recreate their first trip out on the road by performing at the same venues in 2015. He adds, “We still like each other. Still, to this day, if the band needs to be somewhere and three vans show up to drive us, we all get in the one van.”….Pulse also posted this. Nickelback‘s new album, No Fixed Address, apparently contains some surprising new sounds from the Canadian rock radio kings. According to a review from Canada’s QMI Agency, the group’s eighth studio offering features a heavy dose of electronics, some dance rhythms, a more extensive use of keyboards than before and a guest appearance from rapper Flo Rida on the song “Got Me Running Around,” which also features a horn section and a Latin flavor. The review also hints that frontman Chad Kroeger‘s wife, pop singer Avril Lavigne, makes an appearance on “She Keeps Me Up,” writing, “If that isn’t the missus on backup vocals, it’s close enough for rock ’n’ roll.” Kroeger told us making each new record different is what keeps things interesting for the band: “When we get in the studio to take on the daunting task of making a Nickelback record, all the band members have such diverse tastes in music that it’s a lot about keeping us happy. We don’t want to get onstage and play the same kind of music for two hours. We like to make sure that everybody in the band is happy and that seems to be keeping the fans happy.”….News on my friend from Florida, Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti.   In a new interview with Classic Rock, he said  bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips – who all play in both bands — have not spoken with Creed singer Scott Stapp since the end of the band’s 2012 tour. Tremonti explained, “We haven’t spoken with Scott since the last tour years ago. Me, Flip and Brian haven’t talked about doing it, we’re just content with doing Alter Bridge and we’re busy as hell doing the Tremonti stuff.” Tremonti continued, “I’ve got a full plate at the moment and I’m perfectly happy with where I’m at. There’s no plans (for Creed) right now.” The guitarist is currently at work on the second album from his solo band Tremonti, which will follow up 2012′s All I Was….Kid Rock has announced that he will release a new album titled First Kiss on February 24th, 2015, with an extensive summer tour to follow. The new disc follows up 2012′s Rebel Soul and is the second in a row that Rock has produced himself, with the recording done at his own home studio in Michigan.  Rock told us a while back his secret to writing great songs: he told us that the best way to do that was to keep things simple: Listen to Steve Miller, ‘Keep On Rockin’ Me Baby.’ It’s the simplest song on Earth. Go try and write one. It’s the most difficult thing to do. You know, it’s easy to, you know, make a crazy, have a two-piece band with a guitar player and a drummer and make something wacky that sounds crazy and it’s a new sound, this, that and the other — go write a song that’s gonna resonate forever and ever. It’s the most difficult thing to do.”   Fans can look for a new single hitting the airwaves at the beginning of 2015. Rock’s 10th studio disc is his first for Warner Bros. Records after his last six records appeared on the Atlantic label. Both are part of Warner Music Group.  According to a press release, Rock went into the studio immediately after completing a round of spring festivals to harness some of the energy from playing those shows as well as his 2013 $20 Best Night Ever Tour, on which all seats were just $20….And finally today, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor weighed in on the recent “rock is dead” statements made by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons during a recent interview with a Texas radio station. Taylor said, “I love the fact that we had the highest sales in a first week for a metal band (with new album .5: The Gray Chapter) the whole year. To be honest, I’m proud of that . . . You don’t always need a platinum album to relate that to success so, with all due respect to Mr. Simmons, he needs to get out more.”…Celebrating birthdays! Today: Tobin Esperance of Papa Roach is 35, Blink 182′s Travis Barker is 39, Josh Silver of Type O Negative is 52. Saturday: Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is the Big 4-0!