Friday, Jan 30

Last night here in chilly and today, rainy, Las Vegas, hung out with so many of our hardDriveRadio stations and industry friends!  Lou Brutus and hardDriveRadio praised highly at one of the panels for being such an awesome dj and beloved by programmers and listeners! What a great feeling!  Got to see some of Las Vegas’ hometown boys perform at the Hard Rock including Otherwise and Adelitas Way.  The openers were brothers Matt and Chris Brooks of Like A Storm, who did an acoustic set and I got to watch the didgeridoo played up close and personal. Adelitas Way belted out their greatest hits and some brand new ones including the forthcoming single “I Get Around.” (The new album was produced by the band and Johnny K in Chicago!)   Before Otherwise hit the stage, I got to meet Adrian and Ryan‘s mom, Isabel (same name as my Mom!) And we ran into Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch. The band is on break til April! (Lucky!) The dude is the nicest ever!  He was so kind to take pix with fans who approached him. Good people, that boy!  Meanwhile, I found out Bullet For My Valentine are getting ready to start to record their next record and are planning a headlining tour over here in the states in January.  More today as we hear the new single from The Offspring called “Coming For You” and Lou interviews Dexter and Noodles!   Good times.  I might have a chance to meet producer Kevin Churko today, too! Hope so!….We’ve posted the new video interview with Papa Roach.  Same day they stopped by to see me, they went to the YouTube space and recorded an acoustic performance. Their new album F.E.A.R. dropped on Tuesday.  Check out  the acoustic here and find the Papa Roach interview discussing their 15th anniversary on the hardDrive YouTube Channel or the new hardDriveRadio APP!…..Speaking of the APP, stating Sunday,  we’ll be streaming hardDrive XL!  So exciting! Each night at midnight, you can hear hardDrive XL from the previous evening’s 7-midnight broadcast!  WOO HOO!  So now you can take Lou Brutus and hardDriveRadio (both hardDrive and the XL) with you on your smartphone!  Don’t have it yet?  What, are ya nuts?  It’s free in the app store or Google Play…. Pulse of Radio reports Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has gone onto social media sites to thank fans for their support after he was arrested in a bar brawl on Tuesday night (Jan 27th) in Death Valley, California. Butler wrote, “Thx for your messages & support following the unfortunate altercation that occurred.” The 65-year-old rocker was allegedly involved in a “verbal and physical altercation” and arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. He spent the night in jail before being released on Wednesday (Jan 28th)….Incubus will premiere “Absolution Calling,” the first single from the band’s upcoming new EP, on Los Angeles radio station KROQ next Thursday morning (Feb 5th). The veteran California group plans to release two EPs in 2015, with the first coming in February or March. (Radio.com)….Stone Temple Pilots have posted some demos on their  Soundcloud. Guitarist Dean DeLeo is giving fans a look into the band’s songwriting process by posting a selection of studio demos on Soundcloud as part of the group’s “memo:demo” series. According to the guitarist, the series will include “anything from alternative solos, songs from the point in time of their conception and some new ditties.” The latest post shares alternate guitar solo outtakes from 2013′s High Rise EP, as well as a solo acoustic guitar piece called “The Hotel On The Hill.” STP is currently working on its next album. Check it out here…..And on the eve of the launch of this year’s ShipRocked cruise, there’s one unhappy seafarer:  Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit.  Check out his Instagram post! Yikes!

Thursday, Jan 29

Sitting out here in cloudy Las Vegas.  Yesterday, as I was walking to baggage claim, I ran into my ole pal Kip Winger and guitarist Reb Beach!  The band was performing at some corporate gig here in town.  Haven’t seen Kip since we produced his music vdeos for “17″ & “Headed For A Heartbreak.”   Anyhow, since I’ve arrived in Las Vegas, I’ve hung out with some friends who live here, including Otherwise, Ronnie Radke of Falling In Revese and Rick DeJesus from Adelitas Way, who played me 3 new songs from the band’s forthcoming new album!  Holy crap!  It sounded amazing! The band has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the band’s next album and its plans to promote it. The group has apparently parted ways with its label, EMI Music, since a post at the campaign site states, “We are in the jam room preparing to write, record and release our fourth studio album! This album will be not marketed by dinosaur corporate suits, but by a team that we are putting together that will finally see us taking our music global!” The post adds, “In our eight years at a major label, we NEVER had our music released worldwide! We want to change this and want YOU to be a MASSIVE part of helping us spring our music across the world!”  Frontman Rick DeJesus told us his band can survive because it’s built such a strong grassroots following: “You know, we worked so hard at establishing ourselves that it’s tough to get rid of us, even though people probably want to sometimes. You know, when corporations are ready to get rid of rock music, they can’t. You can try to crush us, but we do it such a real way, we do it so, you know, grassroots, so real, building a fan base, I mean, we have to go out and play five shows a week. You know, we have to go and bleed onstage every single day to build our fan base. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way because our fans are the best.” Meanwhile, the guys from Like A Storm were also in the house last night and we’re all planning to hook up with Lou Brutus for some sit down interviews!…In other news, Foo Fighters have added a second show at NY’s Citifield where the Mets play.  Due to overwhelming demand, Jul 16th has been added to the already sold-out Jul 15th show!  And while we’re on the subject, Foo Fighters brought out some of the band’s favorite rock cover tunes at a recent shot in Rio de Janeiro. The band played Kiss‘ “Detroit Rock City,” Rush‘s “Tom Sawyer,” the Faces‘ “Stay With Me” — featuring vocals from drummer Taylor Hawkins – and the Queen/David Bowie hit “Under Pressure,” this time with Hawkins and frontman Dave Grohl sharing vocals. Footage from the show has been posted online….Halestorm posted their new video for “Apocalyptic” yesterday. Here it is….Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine has music in the form of a new project called Future User. Check out the video for “Mountain Lion,” which features Lance Armstrong and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as well as scenes of the frontman shooting up steroids. Future User’s debut disc, #SteroidsOrHeroin, arrives on Feb 24th.  Previously Tim released a viral video for the tune “Clockwork” which features John McEnroe being water-boarded.  Thanks Tim!…And finally today, feast your eyes & ears  on In This Moment performing at the NAMM Convention in  Anaheim, CA over the weekend.  They’re doing an instrumental version of Pantera‘s “Cowboys From Hell.”  As Dime would say, “getcha pull!”…In the hardDriveRadio studios today, Apocalyptica performing acoustically with new singer Franky Perez.  Their new album, Shadowmaker, drops Apr 07.

Wednesday, Jan 28

Before I split for Las Vegas and the great RadioContraband Convention, where our own Lou Brutus will be hosting the awards show (both he and I are up for awards again this year) and will be interviewing before an audience Noodles and Dexter from The Offpsring, who are dropping a new single on Friday, here is the news:  Pulse of Radio says multiple sources have told Alternative Press  the new singer for Asking Alexandria could be Denis Shaforostov, formerly of a Ukrainian metalcore act called Make Me Famous. Shaforostov would replace longtime singer Danny Worsnop, who officially announced his departure from the group late last week.  Alternative Press has offered several reasons why Shaforostov could be the band’s new frontman. First, Asking Alexandria and Make Me Famous have a similar sound. Second, Shaforostov’s new act, Down & Dirty, is signed to the same label as Asking Alexandria, Sumerian Records. And lastly, Shaforostov posted a message on his Instagram account just before Worsnop left the band, saying in part, “There’s such thing as karma and magic in this world . . . You never know when and how but trust me, your door will open and the future will be yours for the taking — just wait and see.”  Worsnop announced his departure on Jan 22nd, saying in a statement, ”Over the last eight years together, we’ve done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what’s best for the band and at this point in time, that isn’t me.” ​Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce wrote on Facebook, “This isn’t the end, this is the start of a whole new chapter. This is where we come together and make history.”  Worsnop’s departure came just days after it was announced that his other band, We Are Harlot, will release its self-titled debut album on March 31st. Check out the new lead singer here…Take a look at Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington‘s Twitter page for some up close and personal shots of his ankle surgery. He really did a great job breaking his ankle in several spots.  I am sure when he goes through airport xray machines, the pins will set off alarms. Last day for the  Win A Call with Linkin Parkcontest is tomorrow!…..Well! Pulse also reporting even though he’s still on the road behind last fall’s World On Fire album, Slash has not given up his second career as a horror film producer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist told Billboard his company Slasher Films‘ next project should be out by the end of 2015. He explained, “I’m into bringing back the psychological, the super scary. Especially the things you can’t see going on — character-driven, plot-driven kinda things.”  Slash’s next movie will follow up 2013′s Nothing Left To Fear, which marked his debut as a producer. He told us at the time how it compared to making records: Producing a film is definitely more complex. It’s a slow process, raising money is very difficult, but I mean, I really enjoyed it, a) because I have such a passion for what it is that I want to do in film, and I love being involved in the process of development, and finding the right people, getting all the right components together to hopefully make a great movie, you know.”  Slash also helped oversee a new horror-themed maze at Universal Studios and will appear at Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s second annual Fear FestEvil horror gathering in April.  Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Slash and his reported new girlfriend Meegan Hodges just moved into a new five-bedroom house in the San Fernando area in Los Angeles.  The couple, who previously dated some 25 years ago, also appear to have gotten a matching set of tattoos of GPS coordinates. The numbers correspond to addresses in Woodland Hills, California and Chicago, Illinois, although the locations’ significance is unclear…..Singer Scott Weiland is confused.  A professionally shot picture of Scott with the band members of Art of Anarchy appeared recently, making one believe he was a part of the band, right?  Well according to Pulse,  he’s clarified his relationship with the new “supergroup”  to Billboard.com, saying, “I was never in the band. It was something I did when I wasn’t doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on this project, but it’s not a band I’m in. (The Wildabouts) is my band.”. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman did record lead vocals for the debut Art Of Anarchy album, which is due out this spring. The group  features Disturbed bassist John Moyer and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, in addition to brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums. Weiland said in a Facebook post that he “had a lot of fun” working with the outfit, adding, “When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out.”  Thal confirmed that Art Of Anarchy will likely employ a new vocalist when and if the band hits the road later in the year.  Weiland and the Wildabouts will put out a new album called Blaster on March 31st….The Walking Dead exec producer Frank Darabont is 56.  ….I will check in from Vegas when possible.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, Jan 27

Wow!  We got away with less than a foot of snow!  So HURRAH!  I think I can still get a flight out tomorrow and might even be able to stay home today as a “snow day”!  Schwing!  Now, here’s the news: Slipknot announced a massive tour yesterday called Summer’s Last Stand,  and are taking Lamb of God,  Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless in White!  Kicks off Jul 24 in West Palm Beach, FL and ends  Sep 05 in Dallas!  Pre-sales will be available today (Jan 27th) at Slipknot’s official website, with general sales beginning Friday, (Jan 30th). Road Rage….I was emailing with my friend Neil Sanderson,  Three Days Grace  drummer/songwriter, yesterday.  He’s vacationing in Puerto Rico (he managed to get the last flight out of Toronto, too!)  and now comes news the band has revealed their fifth studio album will be called Human and will arrive on March 31st. The announcement comes just as the first single, “I Am Machine,” tops the rock radio chart and gives the Canadian act its 13th Number One track on the survey. That breaks Three Days Grace’s own record of 12 chart-toppers, the most at the format, which includes “Painkiller,” “Misery Loves My Company,” “Chalk Outline,” “World So Cold,” “Animal I Have Become” and “Home.” Neil said about the latest single, “Sonically, we wanted to create a ‘machine-like’ sound in parts of the song. We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton‘s Edward Scissorhands . . . relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate. Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape . . . you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion.”  Human will follow up 2012′s Transit Of Venus. The new album will be the first to feature frontman Matt Walst, brother of bassist Brad Walst​. Matt replaced original singer Adam Gontier in early 2013 and was officially made a member of the band last March.  Sanderson told us Matt fit naturally into the way that Three Days Grace writes songs: You know, we’ve always been a big collaborative band and in fact, you know, Matt had some co-writing on our first Three Days Grace album in 2003 as well as Transit Of Venus and obviously on this new body of work that we’ve got. So in that way it was kind of natural to kind of just keep the guitars rolling and keep writing and do what we’ve always done, and here we are today.“ Sanderson said about the new album, “We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other . . . we feel like we’re back in those days where we’re high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands.”  Three Days Grace’s next U.S. date is at the Northern Invasion festival in Somerset, WI on May 9th…Faith No More has revealed the details of its first North American live shows since 2010 and first full U.S. and Canadian tour since reuniting in 2009. The trek kicks off on April 15th in Vancouver, Canada, wrapping up on May 15th in Philadelphia. The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on its follow-up to 1997′s Album Of The Year. The as-yet-untitled CD is due out this May. Bassist Bill Gould said, “Here we go. First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”  Tickets for all shows are on sale this Friday (Jan 30th), at 10:00 a.m. local time. A fan club pre-sale will be available on Wednesday (Jan 28th). More details can be found on FNM.com and the band’s social media pages. The band is releasing a second single from the new album ahead of the tour. “Superhero” will be available as a limited-edition seven-inch single on March 17th, followed by a digital release on March 31st.  See all the dates on the Road Rage page…Pulse Of Radio reports Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, the first documentary about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain made with the authorization and cooperation of his family, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT on Saturday (Jan 24th). The film was praised in several reviews, with The Wrap calling it a “bold, generous portrait of a man who was clearly a tortured teenager before he was a tortured artist and a reluctant icon,” adding that parts of the two-hour-plus film were “shockingly personal.” Badass Digest was more detailed in its review, noting that the film was “as much a tour of Kurt’s mind as it is a retelling of his life,” and revealing that it includes photos and recordings of Cobain and Courtney Love having sex among its more intimate materials. The film relies less on straight documentary reporting and is constructed more like a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain’s music.  Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is an executive producer on the film, which was directed by Brett Morgen. She, Courtney Love, Kurt’s parents and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic all appear in the movie.  Morgen was asked at the premiere why Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl did not appear in his film. Morgen explained that Grohl was interviewed but that there was not enough time to edit his segment into the movie before the Sundance screening.  Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck will premiere on HBO on May 4th…The Mad Season tribute performance scheduled for Jan 30th at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall has added three “mystery guests” to the show’s lineup, which already boasts surviving Mad Season members Mike McCready from Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin from Screaming Trees, along with Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam drummerMatt Cameron and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.  The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Mad Season’s sole album, Above, with a unique performance incorporating the Seattle Symphony. Titled “Mad Season Sonic Evolution,” the show will also “pay tribute to Seattle bands Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mad Season and more.”  In addition to McCready on guitar and Martin on drums, Mad Season featured the late musicians Layne Staley on vocals and John Baker Saunders on bass. McCready told us a while back he often wonders what his two bandmates would have done if they had lived: It’s an interesting, sad feeling at times, because I wonder what those guys would be like now. You know, I wonder if Layne would be a dad or Baker would be a dad or, you know, those kind of things that are important to me now, as opposed to when I was in my 20s, are so different and I wish they could experience that.”  The tribute show is long sold out, but Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation recently ran a contest where winners will receive a pair of tickets to the show plus $1,000 in travel expenses and a meet-and-greet with McCready and others. The contest closed on Sunday (Jan 25th).  All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Vitalogy Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations doing work in the fields of community health, the environment, social change and arts and entertainment. (Thanks Pulse.)….Celebrating their birth day:  Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 71! Janick Gens of Iron Maiden is 58 and Mike Patton of Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Tomahawk and other side projects is 47.

FAITH NO MORE

APR
15:  Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
16:  Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
17:  Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
19-20:  San Francisco, CA – Warfield
23-24:  Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
25:  Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
MAY
07:  Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
08:   Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
09:  Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
11:  Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
13-14:   New York, NY – Webster Hall
15:   Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
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weekEnd Jan 24-25, 2015

 ”Bull^^^^  to Volume Ratio”

HOUR 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  HELLYEAH
“Moth” & “Sangre Por Sangre”
Plugged In:  ISLANDER “New WAve”
IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me”
MARILYN MANSON “Deep Sixx”
NOTHING MORE “Mr MTV”
Guest: YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out”
LISTENER 3 SONG SEG
AASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On”
LINKIN PARK “Rebellion”
OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever”
Guest:  HALESTORM “Apocalyptic”

HOUR 2

AC/DC “Rock or Bust”
DIRT
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down”
Guest:  PAPA ROACH “Face Everything and Rise”
THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine”
NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour”
RISE AGAINST “Tragedy + Time”
Guest:  SLASH “Ben To Fly”
SEETHER “Same Damn Life”
SLIPKNOT “Custer”
Guest: ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony”

On the next hardDrive with Lou Brutus:
SEETHER
IN THIS MOMENT
HELLYEAH
CHEVELLE
Plugged In:  BLACK VEIL BRIDES
ASK LZZY with LZZY HALE of HALESTORM
Music news in DIRT
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?
more New ROCK!
The World Famous HARDDRIVE!!!!!

 

Week of Jan 26-30, 2015

XL
AC/DC “Rock or Bust”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA
 ”Moving On”
GODSMACK   “Something Different”
HELLYEAH     “Moth”
IN THIS MOMENT  “Sick Like Me”
SEETHER   “Same Damn Life”
THREE DAYS GRACE  “I Am Machine”

MED

ALL THAT REMAINS  
“This Probably Won’t End Well”
LINKIN PARK   “Rebellion”
MARILYN MANSON  ”Deep Six”
NICKELBACK  ”Million Miles An Hour”
PAPA ROACH   “Face Everything And Rise”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS   “Follow Me Down”
YOUNG GUNS  ”I Want Out”

SM
BEARTOOTH     “Beaten In Lips”
BRING ME THE HORIZON    
“Drown”
CHEVELLE       
“An Island”
HALESTORM  “Apocalyptic”-ADD
ISLANDER
 ”New Wave”-ADD
LIKE A STORM    
“Wish You Hell”
NOTHING MORE   “Mr MTV”
OF MICE & MEN    
“Feels Like Forever”
RISE AGAINST  
“Tragedy + Time”
SLASH   
“Bent To Fly”
SMASHING PUMPKINS  
“One And All”
STARSET     
“Carnivore”
WE AS HUMAN “Bring To Libe”-ADD

Monday, Jan 26

SNOWMAGEDDON 2015 IS HERE!  MONSTER STORM is coming!   NYC is expecting a little over 2 FEET of SNOW!  Of course, because we have to leave for a convention in Las Vegas! I hope I can get out of JFK by Wednesday or I will be really BUMMED OUT! ARGH!…..Pretty stoked because I have two, maybe 3 interviews to do today.  At Noon, Tyler Bates who produced and performs on Marilyn Manson‘s new album,  The Pale Emperor, will drop by at and at 3:30, Rise Against come in.  They want to try to catch a plane out to head back home to Chicago.  They hung out on the east coast after their tour was cancelled to do press.  Looking forward to meeting Tim McIlrath and Joe Principe! And still waiting to see if I will get with Mr Manson.  Me thinks the chances are getting dimmer….Got his from Pulse Of Radio this morning:  Papa Roach is streaming its new album, F.E.A.R., in its entirety online just ahead of its release date on Tuesday (January 27th). The band has already unveiled several songs from the record, including the title track and first single, but now fans can listen to the band’s eighth studio effort from front to finish.  Songs on the CD include “Skeletons,” “Broken As Me,” “Love Me Till It Hurts,” “Never Have To Say Goodbye” and “Gravity,” which features In This Moment‘s Maria Brink.   Frontman Jacoby Shaddix told me “Gravity” is about his relationship with his wife and their ups and downs.  I asked him how his wife Kelly reacted to it when she first heard it: You know, we’ve been together for 21 years now and we’ve had some really high highs and just some crazy, insane lows and I got to the other side of the track and finished it up and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to play this song for my wife (laughs), she’s gonna hate me!’ You know? But that was like, I think that those moments are what makes this record special.”  F.E.A.R. follows up Papa Roach’s 2012 effort, The Connection. The title track from the new disc is a Top 10 hit at rock radio.  Papa Roach and Seether are currently on a co-headlining North American tour that brings the bands to Kansas City on Tuesday….Sounds like Kirk Hammett‘s little evil horror festival is gearing up to be a major hit this year! Loudwire reports Slipknot‘s Corey TaylorSlash and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 have been added to the lineup of guests appearing at the Metallica guitarist’s second annual Fear FestEvil horror and music gathering. All three will take part in a panel at the event, which is scheduled for April 11th and 12th in San Jose, California. It is not known whether any of the three will also participate in the weekend’s musical activities, but if I know anything about those 3, it will be a jam fest!!! Meanwhile,  members of Slipknot, Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Clown and  Chris Fehn,  joined Korn onstage Friday night (Jan 23rd) at the SSE Arena in London, England during the two bands’ joint U.K. tour to perform at cover of the Beastie Boys song “Sabotage.” Fan-filmed video footage of the collaboration has been posted online. Prior to the gig, a post on Korn’s Instagram account hinted  the two bands were “maybe doing a cover tonight in London” with a photo of the musicians performing together in soundcheck. Korn later announced on Twitter that a video of the entire “Sabotage” performance will be made available at some point in the future. Love love LOVE it!…Here are two celebrity birthday KINGS!  Eddie Van Halen is 60!  And the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky is 54.  I gotta go find my snow boots!

BREAKING BENJAMIN

FEB
11:  Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
12:  Portland, ME @ The State
13:  Wallingford, CT @ The Dome @ Oakdale
14:  Rochester, NY @ The Main Street Armory
APR
24:  Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
25:  Ft Myers, FL @ Ft Rock
26:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
MAY
03:  Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
Breaking Benjamin Facebook 

Friday, Jan 23

TGIF people!  Well, I don’t think this is coming as any surprise since the rumors have been swirling since last spring!  Blabbermouth & Pulse Of Radio both report today Asking Alexandria vocalist Danny Worsnop has parted ways with the band. Worsnop issued a statement in which he said, “Over the last eight years together, we’ve done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what’s best for the band and at this point in time, that isn’t me. Asking Alexandria will continue to tour throughout the year and will be working on a new album.”  Worsnop added, “I will always support and love Asking Alexandria and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.”  Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce wrote at the band’s Facebook page, “Asking Alexandria will not be slowing down. We are going to tour harder than ever and we are going to write the greatest record of our career . . . This isn’t the end, this is the start of a whole new chapter. This is where we come together and make history.”  Worsnop’s departure comes just days after it was announced that his other band, We Are Harlot, will release its self-titled debut album on March 31st.  Worsnop admitted last year to Kerrang! magazine that his involvement with We Are Harlot had caused some friction with the members of Asking Alexandria, saying, “Back when it started, there were maybe concerns and stress and bitterness from the guys. But over time they’ve realized that it’s not detrimental to Asking in any way.” “Moving On,” the latest single from Asking Alexandria’s 2013 album From Death To Destiny, is Number Eight on the rock radio chart. Meanwhile, We Are Harlot will release their official debut single, “Dancing On Nails,” soon and the music video has already in out.  Listen for Danny Worsnop on hardDrive with Lou Brutus the weekend of Feb 07-08….Blabbermouth reports Michigan-based act Pop Evil will enter Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with veteran producer Adam Kasper to begin work on an all-new LP, due out this summer.  Kasper, who has helmed mega-hit records for bands like Pearl JamSoundgarden and Foo Fighters, was the obvious choice to produce Pop Evil‘s new CD.  ”It was very important to us to choose a producer that has the credentials,” says Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty. “We also had a distinct vision on where the band could move forward and take our sound into the future. With the success of our last record we wanted to challenge ourselves and explore new and creative ways of musical expression.”   Adds Kasper: “Individually, these guys are all great players and writers. Collectively, they are a force to be reckoned with.  ”Musically, this record is intricate, heavy and melodic.  With their charismatic lead singer and a drummer that sounds like John Bohnam and Dave Grohl‘s love child, I’m more than excited about this one.”…Dunno if you are a Muse fan, but the band has started 2015 with a new video teaser from the studio where the British trio are recording their seventh album. The clip shows singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy sitting in a shadowy room by himself, playing a bluesy passage on a guitar with no one else around him and no other sounds. This clip is different from the one the band posted in December, which showed them working with an orchestra. The band has hinted at a “back to basics” approach to the music for its seventh studio album, with Bellamy saying late last year that the new record was “gonna get heavy.” We asked drummer Dominic Howard if the band members were their own toughest critics when it came to making music: Generally, yeah, I suppose we are, you know. ‘Cause we know who we are, where we are as a band and as musicians and performers and, you know, and really how that feels. So we’re very aware of what that is and always trying to make that better somehow or improve it somehow.”  Muse has been working on the new effort for three-and-a-half months and is reportedly recording with legendary producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who was behind the board for landmark records like AC/DC‘s Back In Black and Def Leppard‘s Pyromania.  The new CD is expected out by mid-2015 and will follow up 2012′s The 2nd Law, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album and debuted at Number Two on the Billboard album chart….Uh oh!  Will Lou Brutus start collecting these next?  Pulse Of Radio reports Jack WhitePearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder and Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello are among the musicians, actors and celebrities getting their very own baseball cards as part of a new set of cards coming from Topps next month. The cards are part of Topps’ 2015 Series 1 and also includes other famous faces such as Jeff Bridges (???)  and rappers 50 Cent  and  Macklemore.  The series, called “First Pitch,” features shots of the participants throwing out first pitches at various Major League games. Jack White threw out the first ball at Detroit’s Comerica Park last July, while Vedder did the honors in the same month for his beloved Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Will Metallica be far behind?  Some of the non-entertainment folks included are 105-year-old baseball fan Agnes McKee and a man named Tom Willis, who threw the first pitch despite being born without arms. The new series is due out on Feb 06. Collect ‘em all! Speaking of ‘tallica, the boys were on hand at a recent San Jose Sharks’ NHL hockey game vis the LA Kings the other night at the Shark Tank (SAP Center.)  Pretty cool when your local teams take your music as their theme song, and in this case, the Sharks use “Seek & Destroy.” (Thanks Blabbermouth)…Scott Weiland knows how to spoil a party doesn’t he?  Just one day after the unveiling of “supergroup” Art Of Anarchy, one member is distancing himself from the project.   The former Stone Temple Pilot/Velvet Revolver singer said in a new Facebook post he won’t be touring with the group, writing, “I just saw some press about a side project called art of anarchy that I worked on last year — I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out.“….Hinder has replaced its lead singer for the second time in less than two years. After recruiting Nolan Neal to replace original frontman Austin Winkler following the latter’s departure in late 2013, the band has announced that Neal himself has been shown the door. In a new post on Facebook, the group has revealed that their new vocalist will be Marshal Dutton, who also happens to be the co-producer on several of their records.  The band’s statement said, “As our loyal and beloved fans know, we have been searching to find the perfect fit for two years now and recently came to realize that it was right under our nose the entire time. Marshal has been a part of the Hinder family since 2009, when he began co-writing/producing on the All American Nightmare album. He has been a co-producer on every Hinder release since, and truly loves this band as we do. We have been the best of friends for many years and we couldn’t be more excited for the future!”  Dutton previously sang for Hinder on some tour dates during Winkler’s hiatus from the band in 2012.  After Winkler left for good in November 2013, the band recruited Neal to take his place. A single, “Hit The Ground,” was released last fall with Neal on vocals. Hinder will release its new full-length album, When The Smoke Clears, on March 03.  Drummer Cody Hanson said, “This is the album Hinder fans have been waiting for and they won’t be disappointed. We spent a year writing this and we couldn’t be more excited for the world to hear it.”…. I noticed on Blabbermouth Faith No More will be lining up gigs this summer in support of their first album in many moons. One gig will be at this year will be at HVY MTL in Montreal which is happening Aug 07-09….Today:  Happy 62nd to Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander!  In the hardDriveRadio studios on Monday, Tyler Bates, producer and new guitarist for Marilyn Manson! Got questions?   Holler at me!