20:  Grand Rapids, MI @ Deltaplex Arena
22:  Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
23:  St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
24:  Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
27:  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltaire
28:  Las Vegas, NV  @ The Joint
02:  San Francisco, CA @ San Francisco Armory
04:  Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
06:  San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater
07:  Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
12:  New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
13:  Baltimore, MD  @ UMB Fieldhouse
15:   Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center
16:  Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
17:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Ctr
19:  Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
20:  St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphi


With Blessthefall, Cane Hill, Fire From the Gods

01:  Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst*
02:  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*
03:  Seattle, WA @ El Corazon*
04:  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory*
05:  Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex*
06:  Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall*
08:  Minneapolis, MN @ Music Hall MPLS*
09:   St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
11:   Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
12:  Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
13:  Toronto, ON @ Opera House
14:   Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
16:  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
17:  New York City, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
18:  Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
19:  Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
20:   Charlotte, NC @ Underground
21:  Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven
23:  Orlando, FL @ Beacham
24:  Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
25: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
27:  Houston, TX @ White Oak
28:  Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
01:  Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine
04:  Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl @ Hard Rock Live
05:  Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum
06:  Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
07:  San Diego, CA @ SOMA
*No Cane Hill


Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

The nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards presentation were announced this morning and in the Rock and Metal categories, here you go:

Best Rock Performance:
-Leonard Cohen-”You Want It Darker”
-Chris Cornell-”The Promise”
-Foo Fighters-”Run”
-Kaleo-”No Good”
-Nothing More-”Go To War”

Best Rock Song:
-Metallica-”Atlas, Rise!”
-K Flay-”Blood In The Cut”
-Nothing More-”Go To War”
-Foo Fighters-”Run”
-Avenged Sevenfold-”The Stage”

Best Rock Album:
-Mastodon-”Emperor Of Sand”
-Metallica-”Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”
-Nothing More-”The Stories We Tell Ourselves”
-Queens Of The Stone Age-”Villains”
-The War On Drugs-”A Deeper Understanding”

Best Metal Performance:
-August Burns Red-”Invisible Enemy”
-Body Count-”Black Hoodie”
-Code Orange-”Forever”
-Mastodon-”Sultan’s Curse”

The winners will be announced on Sunday, Jan 28th at a ceremony in NYC at Madison Square Garden.  It will be televised on CBS.

Now here are my comments:   K Flay…what part of that song is ROCK?   Who was on the committee who brought that one to the table and everyone agreed?   So many other contenders for this, it’s ridiculous!   ARGH.     And kudos to Nothing More and their label and manager/producer!   They delivered the goods on their new album!  So excited for them to be in three categories. And Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Metallica, Mastodon (that album is great)  and   Avenged Sevenfold, all deserved!    I mean, look. To some, especially the artists, receiving a Grammy is a big deal.  To fans, not so much.   And even to the Grammys, they disrespect the rock community by not even broadcasting the acceptance speeches from the winners.  But all in all, congrats on your nominations!

Speaking of the Foos, they’ll once again be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, with the Dave Grohl-led band scheduled to perform on the show on Dec 16th alongside host Kevin Hart. Grohl has appeared as a musical guest on the series more than a dozen times, as a member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, as well as with Them Crooked Vultures, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Paul McCartney‘s backing band. He’s also appeared in a number of skits.

Grohl told us not long ago that one of his dreams is to actually host Saturday Night Live. A petition was even launched two years ago asking SNL producer Lorne Michaels to have Grohl host the program. ​Although other musicians have hosted the long-running late-night show, none of them have performed and participated in sketches as much as Grohl.

SNL has also announced that U2 will be the musical guests on this Saturday’s (Dec 2nd) edition of the program.

Of Mice & Men: Alan Ashby, Aaron Pauley, Valentino Arteaga, Phil Manansala

Of Mice & Men announced a new tour with Blessthefall, Cane Hill and Fire From the Gods.  See Road Rage for all the info!

AC/DC guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young was remembered as “quiet, humble and understated” at his funeral in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday (Nov 28th), according to ABC News. Hundreds of people gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the service, including AC/DC guitarist and Malcolm’s brother Angus Young, former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd and ex-AC/DC bassist Mark Evans. Eulogies were read by Bradley Horsburgh and David Albert, who described Young as a “quiet, humble and understated man.”

One of Malcolm Young’s guitars was carried into the church for the service, while guitar picks inscribed with his date of birth and death were handed out with the official funeral programs. After the service, a pipe band played a medley of songs as the funeral procession left St. Mary’s, including the guitar solo from AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top,” as well as “Waltzing Matilda” and “Road To Gundagai.”

Malcolm, who co-founded AC/DC with Angus in 1973, died on November 18th at the age of 64 after suffering from dementia and failing health for several years.

In other news, a new campaign has been launched to make AC/DC’s 1981 hit “For Those About To Rock” the Number One song on the U.K. chart during Christmas week in honor of Malcolm Young. Topping the holiday chart is often the focus of fan-based campaigns, including one to place Rage Against The Machine‘s “Killing In The Name” at Number One in 2009 above an X Factor contestant’s new song. A post and video announcing the campaign said in part, “Who would be up for having another crack at putting an Acca Dacca classic above an X Factor nobody in tribute to Malcolm, George, and Bon?”  The charting period runs from Friday, Dec 15th to Thursday, Dec 21st this year, and fans can make their impact by purchasing the song via online download services in the U.K. or streaming it 150 times during the charting period.

Malcolm and Angus’ older brother George passed away earlier this month, while original AC/DC singer Bon Scott died in 1980.  The Albert family had managed AC/DC for more than four decades.

Blabbermouth reporting Metallica has partnered with Starbucks and Spotify as part of the “Give Good” charity campaign this holiday season. Starting today (Tuesday, Nov 28th aka “Giving Tuesday”), special limited edition Metallica-branded gift cards will be available at 8,000 Starbucks locations nationwide, with proceeds from the effort being donated to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation is “dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services,” acccording to the foundation’s website.  The foundation was launched last February with the goal of “making the world a better place through local community support.”

Metallica played a benefit show earlier this month in San Francisco to raise money for victims of the recent Northern California wildfires. The band will resume its Hardwired…To Self-Destruct world tour in February after the holidays.

Chance the Rapper’s Social Works and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation will also be recipients of donations from Starbucks and Spotify, which will total $1 million.

Hey, we’re famous!  Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello told hardDrive Radio in a new video interview that he can be friends with musicians like Kid Rock and Ted Nugent – and enjoy their music as well — even if he is at the opposite end of the spectrum from them politically. Morello explained, “I’m a fan of Ted Nugent’s music and Kid Rock’s music and I like both of them as people; I consider them both friends. They’re people I may not agree with, if we had a checklist of stuff, but they’re both good, decent people and I’m proud to be friends with both of them.”

Morello is an outspoken leftist and activist, while Nugent and Rock are both right-wingers who support Donald Trump in the White House. Morello continued, “There’s certainly no litmus test — and neither was there with (former band) Rage Against The Machine and certainly there isn’t with Prophets Of Rage — you don’t have to be down with the message . . . there’s a place for you in the pit.”  The guitarist added, “I was a huge fan of bands like Motley Crue and AC/DC, and the lyrical content was super misogynist on the one hand and sort of quasi-devil-worshipping on the other, and I was neither down with women-hating or the devil, and yet I loved those bands.”

Morello explained a while back how he was initially inspired to get involved in political activism: I grew up in a very conservative town in Illinois, and the politics of my household were in stark contrast to the politics of the community around me. That, and also being one of the only black kids in an all-white community is very politicizing. You know, ever since then my twin passions have been playing guitar and political activism. So I try to find, you know, ways to affect the world around me in a way that at the end of the day I can look at myself in the mirror.”

Prophets Of Rage’s self-titled debut LP was released in September. The band, which features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, will finish the year with a pair of December radio festivals in San Diego and Los Angeles.

For all you out there who still find this of interest ….Blabbermouth reporting musician and director Rob Zombie has narrated “Charles Manson: His Final Words,” a new documentary which will air this Sunday, Dec 3 on the Reelz channel. The documentary focuses on the Manson family murders told from Manson‘s perspective using never-before-seen case files, pictures and exclusive interviews with Manson himself from inside California State Prison.

“Charles Manson: The Final Words” includes Manson’s eerie and disturbing conversations about modern society, justice, his decades behind bars, the Bernard Crowe shooting and the murders along with digitally restored audio recordings from the original investigations to reconstruct a path of events that led to the brutal slayings of movie star Sharon Tate and four of her friends on August 8, 1969 in addition to the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea.

The documentary also includes compelling new interviews with members of the Manson Family which reveal never-before-heard details that help uncover the real story and motives behind the grisly murder spree. Viewers will hear from accused Manson Family members Bobby BeausoleilBarbara Hoyt and Catherine “Cappi” Gillies along with prosecutor Stephen Kay, defense attorney Gary Fleischman, music producer Phil Kaufman as well as other investigators and authors.

Manson, who died earlier in the month at the age of 83, was jailed for life in 1971 for a series of nine vicious murders committed in Los Angeles at four locations in July and August 1969. The murders were carried out on his orders by members of a cult that sprang up around him known as the Manson Family.


Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, Tech N9ne, Underoath, BABYMETAL, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Greta Van Fleet, Yelawolf, Trivium, Body Count, Quicksand, Red Sun Rising, Baroness, Andrew W.K., Atreyu, Anti-Flag, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, 10 Years, Senses Fail, New Years Day, Emmure, Hawthorne Heights, Turnstile, Miss May I, Code Orange, Power Trip, Dance Gavin Dance, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Stick To Your Guns, Wilson, From Ashes To New, Black Foxxes, Like A Storm, Shaman’s Harvest, While She Sleeps, The Fever 333, I See Stars, Mutoid Man, My Ticket Home, Cane Hill, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, Them Evils, Spirit Animal, Like Moths To Flames and Shim.

18-19 & 20:  Columbus, OH @ MAPFRE Stadium


weekEnd Nov 25-26, 2017

hardDrive’s Under Cover Special Edition!


hardDrive Double Dose:  DAVID BOWIE covers
TOM KEIFER & LZZY HALE “Nobody’s Fool”
NONPOINT “In The Air Tonight”
10 YEARS “Heart-Shaped Box”
ALIEN ANT FARM “Smooth Criminal”
Guest:  THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Wicked Game”
BLACK STONE CHERRY “Born Under A Bad Sign”
DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence”
LACUNA COIL “Losing My Religion”
Guest:  ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”


ART OF DYING “Sweet Emotion”
Guest:  SEETHER “Careless Whisper”
NEW YEAR’S DAY “Gangsta”
GARY CLARK, JR  “Come Together”
SYLAR “Points of Authority”
PERIPHERY “The Shadow Of The Day”
Guest:  AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Wish You Were Here”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “Meadow”

Week of Nov 27-DEC 01, 2017

FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
FOZZY “Judas”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
STARSET “Satellite”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”

ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
RED “Still Alive”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”

Monday, Nov 27, 2017

Such exciting news to share today! Here’s the press release!  The 12th annual Rock On The Range returns to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OHFriday,May 18, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 with its most power-packed lineup to date. America’s largest and most acclaimed rock festival features nearly 60 bands on three stages, led by Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice In Chains, also featuring Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, The Used, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides, and many more. Many of the biggest names in rock will be joined by some of rock’s most exciting up-and-coming talent such as Greta Van Fleet, Code Orange, Power Trip, and New Years Day.

Rock On The Range also showcases rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, and the festival includes various onsite experiences during the three-day weekend. The comedy lineup will be announced in early 2018. Rock On The Range continues to grow year after year and draws attendees from around the world. 2017 was the festival’s biggest year to date with a crowd of 135,000 in attendance; tickets sold out just a month after going sale, marking the festival’s fifth consecutive advance sell-out.

Rock On The Range General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Hotel and Camping Packages, are on sale now at www.RockOnTheRange.com. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once an allotment sells out. The ROTR layaway option also allows purchasers to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.

M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold said, Rock On The Range is the undisputed champion of American rock festivals. The team over there has done an incredible job of curating a potent mix of all the types of rock ’n roll that any fan could ask for. It’s an honor to play at the top of the bill, and we cannot wait to see everyone in May.

We are looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range as a headliner this year and rocking out with all of you. Bring It!” said Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.

Following last year’s amazing festival we knew we had to deliver. We have one of the only shows from Tool in 2018, a band the Rangers have been wanting for years — and also having A Perfect Circle on the same festival is something special. Adding Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, and the special returns of Stone Sour and Stone Temple Pilots only builds on that excitement. We can’t wait for May,” said Gary Spivack, Executive Producer for Rock On The Range.

The current music lineup for Rock On The Range 2018 is as follows: Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, Tech N9ne, Underoath, BABYMETAL, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Greta Van Fleet, Yelawolf, Trivium, Body Count, Quicksand, Red Sun Rising, Baroness, Andrew W.K., Atreyu, Anti-Flag, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, 10 Years, Senses Fail, New Years Day, Emmure, Hawthorne Heights, Turnstile, Miss May I, Code Orange, Power Trip, Dance Gavin Dance, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Stick To Your Guns, Wilson, From Ashes To New, Black Foxxes, Like A Storm, Shaman’s Harvest, While She Sleeps, The Fever 333, I See Stars, Mutoid Man, My Ticket Home, Cane Hill, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, Them Evils, Spirit Animal, Like Moths To Flames and Shim.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

Weekend Field VIP – $349.50 plus fees
Weekend Field GA – $299.50 plus fees
Weekend Stadium GA – $149.50 plus fees

The following Premier Hotel and Camping Packages are also available for purchase while supplies last: Premier Hotel Packages: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond Packages; Camping: Uber Ranger Glamping Package; The Diehard Ranger, Ultimate Ranger, and Xtreme Ranger premier packages, as well as the basic GA Camping packages, are currently SOLD OUT.  Specially priced tickets for Rock On The Range will be available for active military through ROTR partner GovX (www.govx.com) while supplies last.    Rock On The Range is produced by AEG Presents and Danny Wimmer Presents.  Rock On The Range is brought to you in part by Monster Energy.

Website: www.RockOnTheRange.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockontherange
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rockontherange
Instagram: www.instagram.com/rockontherange
Hashtag: #RockOnTheRange

Speaking of Stone SourBlabbermouth & The Pulse Of Radio reporting lead singer  Corey Taylor has confirmed in an interview with Rock Tube that the band is already working on material for its next LP and that it’s headed in a different direction than this year’s Hydrograd. Taylor explained, “We’ve already been writing some stuff, and it’s actually kind of . . . It looks like it’s darker — (there are) some really cool, darker ideas.”

But Taylor cautioned that it’s still too early to tell which direction Stone Sour’s next disc will take, adding, “It’s one thing to say ‘dark,’ but then you never know. You could say, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s gonna be dark as s**t,’ and then you get in the studio and it’s not dark at all. You’re just, like, ‘Well, what the hell was I talking about?’ You just kind of have to go with the music. You never know.

Taylor told us last summer that he wanted Hydrograd to be a “good, kick-ass hard rock album,” saying, “We just wanted to make a feel-good album . . . one of those kind of throwback albums that you just put on and there doesn’t have to be an overall message.”

The singer told Rock Tube he was pleased with how Hydrograd turned out, remarking, “Not only do I think it’s the best work that we’ve ever done, but I also feel like we could put this album up against anybody, and not only would we stand our own, we would beat a lot of the s**t that’s out there.“   Hydrograd was released at the end of June and featured the chart-topping rock radio hit “Song #3.” The latest track issued from the disc is “Rose Red Violent Blue.”

Stone Sour recently announced a new North American tour for early 2018. The new dates include a co-headline tour with Halestorm that’s set to commence on January 27th in Abbotsford, British Columbia, followed by a string of headline shows with support from Red Sun Rising, which get underway on Feb 16th in Grand Rapids, MI. (See Road Rage.)

Book Ends = driving things

Metallica frontman James Hetfield admitted in a new interview with Clash Music he wasn’t “100 percent” into the era of the band that produced the Load  and Reload  albums, calling it a “compromise” he didn’t necessarily agree with. Hetfield explained, “There always has to be some kind of compromise — especially when you’ve got four guys in a band. You’ve got two guys that are really driving the thing – Lars (Ulrich, drums) and myself — and when we don’t agree, there has to be a compromise.”

Hetfield continued, “As far as doing something that doesn’t feel right, I’m sure there’s been a few times that it’s happened — the Load and Reload era, for me, was one of those; the way that was looking, I wasn’t 100 percent on with it, but I would say that that was a compromise. I said, ‘I’m going with Lars’s and Kirk‘s (Hammett, guitar) vision on this. You guys are extremely passionate about this, so I’ll jump on board, because if the four of us are into it, it’s going to be better.’ So I did my best with it, and it didn’t pan out as good as I was hoping, but, again, there’s no regrets.

In a 2016 interview with Team Rock, Hetfield called the Load/Reload period the “U2 version of Metallica.”  The 1996 and 1997 releases found the band experimenting wildly with both their music and image, injecting both country and alternative sounds into their songs and doing things like cutting their hair and wearing make-up.

Hetfield told us a while back he thinks the band has endured because they make music for themselves first and foremost:  We’re not gonna not tour or write because people don’t like it. We would continue to do our best, and that’s all we can ask of ourselves and, you know, the creative juices flow, you can’t stop them. I can sit here and say, ‘We wrote this for ourselves and we always have written for ourselves,’ but when other people give you kudos, they enjoy it, they say it relates to them, it makes their life better, of course it’s gonna make you feel even more satisfied.

Following the Load/Reload albums and tour, Metallica went into a tailspin that resulted in the exit of bassist Jason Newsted, Hetfield spending the better part of a year in rehab and the band nearly splitting up.  Following 2003′s even more controversial St. Anger album, the band returned to a heavier style more reminiscent of its early albums on 2008′s Death Magnetic and 2016′s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio)

Now this is cool.  A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel recalled in an interview with Detroit radio station WRIF how he spent two and a half years working on the Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy. Howerdel explained, “You’d call me ‘Pro Tools engineer,’ basically. I came in, to start, making sounds for Robin Finck, who I knew from Nine Inch Nails. He called me and said, ‘I just got this offer to come down and play some guitar or get some sounds with Guns N’ Roses. They want interesting sounds. Can you help me program?’ And that kind of turned into this two-and-a-half-year gig with the band.”

Howerdel said he eventually became singer Axl Rose‘s “computer guy,” saying, “I kind of was there all night with Axl as he would work. The band came in during the day with a producer and would work most of the day, and then I would come in 10 o’clock at night, say goodbye to those guys, Axl would show up later on, and then we’d do our thing all night and then do it the next day.”

Although Axl has always had a reputation for being difficult, Howerdel told us a while back that he never saw it that way: “You know, I had a really good time working in that camp. You know, Axl was a really hard worker, had a big vision for something he cared passionately about and, you know, it was definitely an interesting two-and-a-half some-odd years of my life.”

Howerdel eventually resigned from the Guns project in September 1999 so he could devote his time to launching A Perfect Circle. A Perfect Circle recently shared the official music video for “The Doomed,” the first new music to be heard from the band’s long-awaited new album, due out in early 2018.

Linkin Park has posted a five-minute official video recap of the band’s tribute concert to its late frontman Chester Bennington. Video of the entire show has also been posted online. The performance took place on October 27th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and saw Linkin Park return to the stage for the first time — joined by a number of guests — since Bennington took his own life this past July. The band has also asked fans to honor Bennington by donating to the One More Light Foundation. (Blabbermouth/Loudwire)

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has made his debut as a film composer on a new film called In The Fade. The movie, about a woman who seeks revenge on a neo-Nazi group after they murder her husband and son, will arrive on December 27th. Homme’s score is available on major streaming platforms, with a physical release due in December. Homme was joined by fellow Queens members Michael Shuman and Troy Van Leeuwen for the recording of the soundtrack. (NME)

I Prevail has shared a new music video for the song “Already Dead.” The Samuel Halleen-directed clip stars Kyle Gass of Tenacious D fame. Guitarist Steve Menoian commented, “We wanted to make a video for ‘Already Dead‘ because it gets a great reaction live and is so much fun to play. When Kyle Gass agreed to collaborate with us, it became a bucket list dream come true.” The track is taken from I Prevail’s latest album, Lifelines. (The PRP)

Celebrating life today:  both Mike Bordin (Faith No More, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and Charlie Benante (Anthrax) are 55 today!

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017

Although Linkin Park has not revealed whether the band intends to carry on without late lead singer Chester Bennington, one close friend thinks they should. Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows says Linkin Park has “every right to move forward” following Bennington’s passing. He told podcaster Eddie Trunk while he didn’t know Bennington well, he was good friends with co-vocalist Mike Shinoda and bassist Dave Farrell, explaining, “They’re human beings and they have a long life to live. And I think if they love music this much, they have every right to move forward. Knowing Mike as well as I do, he’s always been, in my opinion, the leader of that band — the guy who gets things going, the guy who gets demos going, the guy who obsesses over every detail of that band.”

Shadows added, “It’s gonna be hard to lose Chester; he easily was one of the best vocalists of our time. From when I was growing up, just watching them live, he just was flawless for what he did. And it’s gonna be tough, but at the same time, Mike is such a hard worker and he’s so dedicated to that band and put so much time in that I can’t just see him just being done with it.”

Avenged Sevenfold weathered its own tragedy eight years ago when drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan died from substance abuse in December 2009. Guitarist Synyster Gates told us at the time the band came very close to splitting up but that it was their fans and Sullivan’s family that pulled them together: “For the first two weeks after he passed, we were done as a band. We were just done. And because of the fans and Jimmy’s parents and relatives and stuff like that, they just demanded that we continue on and spread the legacy that is, you know, the crazy James ‘The Rev’ Sullivan. And we feel so good doing that and they completely expedited that process. They really got our ass in gear to get out and finish the record and bring it to life, you know.”

Chester Bennington died on Jul 20th at his Los Angeles area home after committing suicide at the age of 41. Linkin Park paid tribute to Bennington on Oct 27th with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage in Los Angeles. Shadows was one of the guests at the event.

Linkin Park will release a concert album titled One More Light Live on Dec 15th. The band’s future plans remain unclear at this time. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth.)

Blabbermouth  & The Pulse Of Radio reporting System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian has two new film scores under his belt. The first, for a film called Intent To Destroy, was released digitally via iTunes and Apple on Nov 17th, while the second, for a movie titled Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat, will arrive digitally on Dec 8th.

Intent To Destroy, from Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost: West Memphis Three; Some Kind Of Monster;  Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2), is a documentary that examines genocide denialism. The film outlines the century-old denial campaign of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government and brings it into the current age of disinformation and scare tactics. The film was released in theatres on Nov 10th.  Tankian called Intent To Destroy ”one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen let alone been a part of.”

Meanwhile, Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat is a Russian historical fantasy film about a 13th century knight named Evpaty Kolovrat, who led a 17-man squad against thousands of Mongol warrior hordes.  Tankian said about this project, “I’m a huge fan of historical action films, so I welcomed the opportunity to create my first epic score for Furious.’” (Note: the video above for the track “A Fine Moment To Die” from Furious, features vocal performances by Tankian and female singer Katya Ivanchikova has already become a viral hit with more than 500,000 views.)

Tankian’s other film work includes scores or musical pieces for 1915The InhabitantThe Promise and others. He also has composed for TV and video games.

Tankian told us a while back that some fans might not enjoy his other kinds of music: “You know, it’s all about opinions. It’s music, it’s based on taste and, you know, everyone likes a certain thing and there are certain people that will gravitate toward a certain type of music and others that will gravitate to another. And there’s no telling what people may or may not like, to be honest. You make the record that you believe in, the expression that you want to say, and whoever feels that way will gravitate toward it. It’s really that simple.”

His other solo work includes three rock albums, a live set, a classical symphony and a jazz recording. Tankian has toured with System Of A Down over the past few years but the band has not released new music since 2006.

In a related item, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale told me about the new A&E series he’s composed and recorded the score and title theme for entitled Undercover High. It’s a docu-series about seven young adults going undercover to investigate the inner workings of life in public high school in Topeka, KS. Undercover High premiered its 12-episode run at 10 PM ET/PT on Tuesday, Oct 10.  For the score, he collaborated with classical composer Shawn Pierce.  (Set your DVR to check out the future airings on A&E.)

Gavin also mentioned he is launching a clothing line and working on new Bush material. The band released a deluxe/extended version of Black & White Rainbows which contains two new songs, “This Is War”  and “Alien Language.”

In the meantime, new concert dates are in the works to send Bush to South America in the new year and the European festivals next spring.   I did a 30 minute chat with Gavin that will perhaps be a hardDrive DL podcast in the coming weeks.

Blabbermouth also reporting this morning Avenged Sevenfold drummer Brooks Wackerman will be a guest musician with the band on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.  The show is known for inviting famous drummers to sit in with Meyers’ band.  Others in the past have included Ray Luzier of Korn, Danny Carey of Tool and Abe Cunningham of Deftones.  Pretty awesome.  I actually met the man in charge of enlisting the talent for this slot at Korn’s concert in New Jersey.    (Forgot the dude’s name, but he’s a cool guy.)

Being Thanksgiving and all, I thought I’d share this 15 Greatest Moments on Game Of Thrones.   (Warning: explicit language, violence and nudity.)

Celebrating life over the next few days:  Wed, 11/22:  Shawn Fanning, creator Napster-37, Ville Valo-HIM-41, Mark Ruffalo-The Hulk-50, Terry Gilliam-Monty Python-77.  Thu 11/22:  My brother David is 58.   Fri, 11/24:  Chad Taylor of Live is 47 and Godsmack’s Tony Rombola is 53.  Sat, 11/25: Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees/ex-Queens Of The Stone Age -53, Tim Armstrong-Rancid is 52.

Have a great long holiday!    Enjoy family and friends!

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

Let there be rock, indeed! Foo Fighters honored Malcolm Young of AC/DC on Saturday night in Corona, Mexico.  (Love the beer toss on the right side of the audience.)

Guns N’ Roses also paid tribute to the co-founder and rhythm guitarist of AC/DC at their show in Sacramento, CA Saturday night as well.

And there’s one of Malcolm’s last performances of “Let There Be Rock” in December 2009 on the Black Ice Tour at the River Plate in Bueno Aires, Argentina (full show).  God bless ya, Mal !!   You were a great man, player and person. It was an honor to know and work with you over the years. (No wonder AC/DC are one of the highest grossing touring bands in the world.  Those two shows in Buenos Aires raked in 9.2 million dollars alone with audiences upwards of 185,000.  Oh yeah, Let There Be Rock!)

My pal Myles KennedyAlter Bridge frontman, finally will release a 12-song solo album titled Year Of The Tiger in 2018. Kennedy said in a recent interview with Metal Wani  the LP was “probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I’ve ever written . . . It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I — it tells that story.”

We asked Kennedy a while back if writing such personal subject matter was a form of therapy: “Oh absolutely. In fact, it saves you so much money in therapy costs, you know (laughter). It’s like, you can go to a counselor or you can just write a song and purge all your problems.”

Year Of The Tiger is actually the second solo album Kennedy recorded, with the singer starting a previous effort in 2009 and completing it over a period of several years.

Although that disc was mixed in early 2016, Kennedy decided to “not to move forward” with the project because as he told Metal Wani, “I had to step back and look at it with a fresh perspective and say, ‘You know what? You’ve gotta be honest with yourself as a writer. Is this where you are now? No. And is this what you want to represent where you are now? No.’”

Kennedy wrote an entire album’s worth of new material for Year Of The Tiger, with the exception of one song that he carried over from the previous LP.

Alter Bridge continues to tour in support of its fifth album, The Last Hero, which came out in 2016. The band plays on Friday night (Nov 24th) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The group is expected to take most of 2018 off from the road while the members focus on other projects.

Meanwhile, Myles also sings lead vocals for Slash‘s solo band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, although that group has not worked since 2015 in the wake of Slash reuniting with Axl Rose and Duff McKagan in Guns N’ Roses. It is not known if Slash intends to reactivate the group when the Guns tour — which began in April 2016 and shows no signs of slowing down at the moment — eventually comes to a close. (Editor’s note:  I feel quite confident they will. Slash has never been that guy to rest on his laurels! Plus he loves that band. Although getting him back into clubs after playing stadiums could be a feat!)  (Thanks Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Oh this is CLASSIC…on  so many levels!  The Pulse Of Radio via Metal Sucks and Alternative Nation say the death of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson has seemingly brought out the stupid in a bunch of folks online, starting with Daron Malakian. The System Of A Down guitarist took to social media on Monday (Nov 20th) to mourn Manson’s passing and give an impassioned defense of why he was a fan of Manson’s music, social commentary and views on the world.

Malakian wrote, “Very sad to hear the news about Charles Manson’s death. During the time I was writing the Toxicity album, Manson’s interviews and music were a big influence on me as an artist. I titled the song ‘ATWA’ after Manson’s environmental organization. My interest was in the way he articulated his thoughts and his views on society, not in the murders.”

Malakian posted a photo of himself next to a painting used for the cover of a single by his solo band, Scars On Broadway, which he said was influenced by Manson and prominently featured a swastika like the one Manson carved on his own forehead.

Not surprisingly, Malakian got a lot of pushback from his followers on social media, leading him to defend his admiration for Manson by saying, “If all you know about Manson is what you’ve be sold by the media, I don’t blame you for you negative comments. But the other side of Manson was that he was a songwriter whose song ‘Look At Your Game’ was covered by Guns N’ Roses.”  The track, “Look At Your Game, Girl,” was included as a hidden song on the 1993 Guns album The Spaghetti Incident?  at the insistence of singer Axl Rose, drawing protests from his bandmates and the families of Manson’s victims.

Malakian added, “Manson also had very valid view points on the society and the environment that even some of you people who are calling me disgusting couldn’t argue with if you took the time to look into his interviews . . . If Manson was just some idiot who killed people he wouldn’t inspire me in any way.

Manson, who died over the weekend at the age of 83, was jailed for life in 1971 for a series of nine vicious murders committed in Los Angeles at four locations in July and August 1969, including the killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate. The murders were carried out on his orders by members of a cult that sprang up around him known as the Manson Family.  In 1971 he was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, all of which were carried out at his instruction by members of the group. Manson was also convicted of first-degree murder for two other deaths.

Meanwhile, a number of other people on Twitter seemed to confuse Charles Manson with Marilyn Manson, posting photos of the shock rocker and paying tribute to him and his music while referring to him as the imprisoned murderer. One user wrote, “RIP Charles Manson. You changed music in the 1990s forever.”  SMH.

Marilyn Manson himself, who did take his last name from the notorious cult leader, posted a cover of Charles Manson’s song “Sick City” after news of the killer’s passing broke.

Nice going, Wolfie!  Seems like there are a bunch of knuckleheads on social media. (No, I’m not talking about Five Finger Death Punch fans!)  Van Halen bassist  Wolfgang Van Halen has alerted fans to an Instagram user pretending to be his dad, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. In a series of his own Instagram posts, Wolfgang revealed someone had set up an account with a name similar to Eddie’s real one, accusing the person of being a Boston-based woman named Vanessa who was apparently trying to steal $40,000.

Wolfgang wrote, “This account has being going around and messaging people pretending to be @eddievanhalen (no underscore). If you’re following @_eddievanhalen (with an underscore) you’re following the wrong account. Notice how it doesn’t have a verification check? Go report this account, everyone!”

Wolfgang also posted messages he sent directly to the user, in which he first wrote, “Oh hey, Dad! How’s it going?! It’s me. Your son. You obviously know that because you’re totally my dad.” He then attacked, saying, “Stop messaging people pretending to be someone you’re not. You’ve been reported and your account is going to be shut down.” The person denied Wolfgang’s accusations.

The younger Van Halen later posted a photo of him and his dad, writing, “I stopped by to see Pop anyway. Just to make sure he wasn’t a woman from Boston named Vanessa trying to steal $40,000. I’m still not 100% sure.”  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio via Ultimate Classic Rock.)

Five Finger Death Punch was joined onstage by an elderly lady during the band’s concert in Oslo, Norway on Saturday night (Nov 18th). The group was performing the song “Jekyll And Hyde” when singer Ivan Moody motioned for a special guest on the side of the stage to step out and join him and his bandmates. The woman ended up spending three minutes on stage with the band, dancing and playing air guitar to the track. The band later tweeted a video of the moment, writing, “Special Guest ‘Heavy Metal Grandma’ – we found this 70 years old lady rocking out in the first row … She is more metal than you.” (Blabbermouth)

Stone Temple Pilots performed with new singer Jeff Gutt at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Nov 14th and now pro-shot videos have emerged of two of the songs. In the first clip, the Pilots rip through “Still Remains” from 1994′s Purple album, while the second one features the first live performance of the band’s new single, “Meadow.” STP recently finished recording their seventh full-length album, which is due out in spring 2018. (Rolling Stone)

Linkin Park won “Favorite Alternative Artist” at the American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov 19th), with members Mike ShinodaBrad Delson and Rob Bourdon on hand to pick up the prize, which they dedicated to late singer Chester Bennington. But the band members apparently did not have the proper backstage passes and were actually asked to leave the show by security – after winning their award. Doh!  (Rock Feed)


weekEnd Nov 18-19, 2017


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  SEETHER
“Betray And Degrade” & “Let You Down”
“Necessary Evil” ftg Jonathan Davis of Korn
STARSET “Satellite”
RED “Still Alive”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
Guest:  ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Into The Fire”
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red, Violent Blue”

Hour 2

Guest:  FOZZY  “Judas”
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
Guest:  SKILLET “The Resistance”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Guest:  A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  GARY CLARK, JR “Come Together”