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”

Week of Nov 20-24, 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”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
RED “Still Alive”-ADD
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”

Monday, Nov 20, 2017

More rock stars showed their love for AC/DC co-founder/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young, who passed away on Saturday on social media.

Brian Johnson, former lead singer for AC/DC who replaced original singer Bon Scott after his accidental death in 1980, paid tribute to his bandmate Malcolm Young, calling him a “genius” whose “riffs have become legend, as has he.”  

In a post on his official web site under the title “For 32 Years We Stood Side By Side On Stage,” Brian wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young. I can’t believe he’s gone. We had such great times on the road.

“I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar; his riffs have become legend, as has he.  I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated, as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.  

“He never liked the celebrity side of fame; he was too humble for that. He was the man who created AC/DC because he said there was no rock and roll out there.

“I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much. I salute you, Malcolm Young.”  (Blabbermouth)

Slash tweeted “This is a monumentally sad day in Rock N Roll. Take a moment of silence in his memory…”

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters posted this on the band’s Facebook page:

 Zach Myers of Shinedown wrote this: Young is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, a sister and his brother Angus. Their older brother, George Young died on Oct 23 at the age of 70. George had served as an early producer to AC/DC and guitarist for the band Easybeats.

Via The Pulse Of Radio and a press release we received, the late Soundgarden   frontman Chris Cornell could be nominated for and possibly win a posthumous Academy Award for his song “The Promise,” the title track to the film of the same name which came out last spring. The song was the last recording released by Cornell before his death last May and was penned by the singer at the request of his friend Eric Esrailian, who served as one of the film’s producers.

In an interview conducted last April, Cornell told us he had free reign to write “The Promise” in whatever way he chose: “There are people who are really good at sort of made-to-order songwriting, and I’m not sure I’m one of those people. I don’t think I am. I’ve done it a few times, you know, a handful of times I’ve written for other people or sort of written stylistically where somebody said, ‘This is what I would like to hear,’ but it’s not my strong suit, I don’t think.”

If nominated, Cornell’s song could compete with other likely contenders from films like CocoBeauty And The Beast and The Greatest Showman.  Cornell had previously composed songs for movies such as Casino RoyaleThe Avengers12 Years A Slave and Machine Gun Preacher.

The Promise, which starred Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, was set during the time of the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900s, during which more than 1.5 million Armenians were displaced and slaughtered by Turkey’s Ottoman Empire — an atrocity never officially acknowledged by the Turkish government to this day.

Cornell donated any proceeds from downloads of “The Promise” to support present-day refugees and children through the International Rescue Committee. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch gave its inaugural Promise Award to Cornell for advancing the values of equity and justice through his song. The award was accepted by Cornell’s widow, Vicky, who was accompanied by Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron.

Also via a press release, Green Day has released a video for “Back In The USA,” one of two new songs included on the band’s just released greatest hits collection, God’s Favorite Band. The video opens with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong living in a black-and-white ’50s sitcom, until a saleswoman arrives at the door to sell him a pair of glasses. The shades allows him to see colors, and eventually, subliminal messages — in a homage to director John Carpenter‘s 1988 film They Live.

As the clip continues, Armstrong sees his TV set in color, and goes to show his fellow black-and-white pals, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. They all begin seeing messages in their surroundings as well, with magazines and wall art suddenly saying “Consume” and “Procreate Now,” while the TV says “President to Lie to Nation Tomorrow Night.”

The trio concocts a plan to place the glasses in front of the camera lens for the presidential address. The president, who vaguely resembles Donald Trump, is revealed to be alien as the public, including Armstrong’s family, watch at home in horror. The band members take the stage instead and play the rest of the song as color starts spreading throughout society — also in homage to a film, this time the movie Pleasantville.

God’s Favorite Band came out Friday and contains 20 of Green Day’s biggest hits in addition to the two new songs. The other new track is a different version of “Ordinary World” featuring Miranda Lambert.

This is the band’s second greatest hits compilation, following 2001′s International Superhits! It’s also their fifth compilation album altogether, after 2002′s Shenanigans   and the 2014 demo collection, Demolicious.   Green Day completed a South American tour on Sunday night (Nov 19th) in support its latest album, last year’s Revolution Radio.

Saturday, Nov 18, 2017

Sad news this morning.   Malcolm Young, 64, youngest of the three Young Brothers (George and Angus) passed away this morning from compilations of his early on-set dementia. He was faced with two other massive health scares after the conclusion of the group’s marathon 20-month tour in support of 2008′s “Black Ice” album. First, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was detected early, enabling surgeons to operate on the guitarist successfully. Then he discovered he had a heart condition.

Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,AC/DC wrote in a statement.  ”Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

Malcolm Young in March 2003

Angus Young added, “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.

The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October at the age of 70.

In an additional statement from Malcolm Young’s family, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

Malcolm struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.  Malcolm was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of  guitarist Angus Young, son of George.


Mal, as he was referred to, wrote much of the band’s the material that enabled AC/DC to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands, including “Back In Black”, “Highway to Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.”  Malcolm is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US.

Fans and friends of Young have been posting their tributes to the popular musician on social media.

Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage and Rage Against the Machine, tweeted his thanks to the “#1 greatest rhythm guitarist”.

English rock star David Coverdale, a member of the band Whitesnake and former lead singer of Deep Purple, also offered his “thoughts and prayers”.

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth wrote, “I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…”

Ray Luzier of Korn said “R.I.P. Malcolm.. Thank you for all the decades of amazing music & for rocking so hard for us all… ”

Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour commented “No No no no no no no Damnit!”

Rob Caggiano of Volbeat said “R.I.P. Malcolm Young 1953-2017 "</p

Thanks to Rolling Stone, Blabbermouth, BBC News 

Friday, Nov 17, 2017

New Stone Temple Pilots singer Jeff Gutt told the Oakland Press he is “blessed and very honored” to have been chosen to front the band, which he called “the Led Zeppelin of my generation.” The one-time The X Factor contestant was officially announced as the third frontman in the group’s history on Tuesday evening (Nov 14th) prior to the band giving a special performance at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. A new STP single, titled “Meadow,” has already been released, with a full-length album to follow in the spring.

Gutt, who said joining the band was “surreal,” explained, “I’ve had some time to get used to the idea. I was just sitting on the sidelines watching it all unfurl and knowing what was going to happen before anyone else did. I knew I had a secret I was about to reveal, which was cool . . . I feel like I’m living in a movie.”

Gutt, a runner-up on The X Factor‘s third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He beat out 15,000 other potential vocalists who made submissions to the band and 29 others who actually auditioned.

He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material with band members Dean DeLeoRobert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. Dean said in a statement, “We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy.”

STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington – who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park. Bennington committed suicide last July.  Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.

Gutt said he wants to honor his predecessors’ legacy and bring something new to the band, remarking, “I was studying Scott when I was coming into singing myself, and I learned so much from (listening to) him. It was fun to incorporate all those things in my own way and still sing true to Scott’s stuff and really keep that as true as I could.”

STP recently completed recording their seventh full-length studio album and first since 2010. The as-yet-untitled effort will arrive sometime in early 2018. I don’t know about you, but I think they picked a good one here.  Be listening for “Meadow” on both hardDrive and hardDrive XL soon!

In This Moment will headline the Witching Hour Tour early next year with P.O.D.New Years Day and Ded appearing on select dates. The trek kicks off on January 16th in Charleston, South Carolina, weaving its way around North America before coming to a close on February 18th in St. Paul, Minnesota. In This Moment will also play two Canadian shows with Stone Sour along the way.

In This Moment recently released a music video for the song “Roots,” the latest track taken from the band’s recently issued sixth studio album Ritual. “Roots” follows “Oh Lord” as a new single from Ritual, which also includes a cover of Phil Collins‘ “In The Air Tonight” and a duet with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford called “Black Wedding.”

Blabbermouth reporting Gothenburg, Sweden-based metal heavyweights In Flames have surprised fans by releasing a four-track covers EP, Down, Wicked & No Good. (Bummer, I just completed our hardDrive Under Cover  special edition!  Why didn’t they tell me this was coming?  Grrrr!!!!!!)

To debut their cover of 
Depeche Mode‘s 1997 hit single “It’s No Good”, the members of In Flames are taking over Depeche Mode‘s Facebook page today, releasing exclusive content and a new video for the song.

The panoptic covers collection also includes cover versions of Alice In Chains‘ “Down In A Hole”Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game”, and a live bonus version of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Hurt”. It sees the Swedish quintet expanding beyond metal to incorporate the group’s varied musical taste and expansive sonic range.

We’ve been fans of Depeche Mode since we were as young as 10,” says In Flames. “Getting to do our rendition of ’It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song — it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to pop, synths or rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.

Earlier this week, In Flames kicked off a 25-date co-headline arena tour with American heavyweights Five Finger Death Punch and special guests Of Mice & Men in Helsinki.

In Flames‘ twelfth studio album, Battles, was released in November 2016 via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S.

In Flames recruited Bryce Paul — a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit Ives — to play bass for the band on most of the “Battles” tour.

 Longtime In Flames’ bassist Peter Iwers quit the band in November 2016, saying he was leaving ”to pursue other endeavors.” His replacement for some of the European shows was Håkan Skoger, who had previously played with Passenger and Gardenian.


Guns N’ Roses was among the winners at Billboard‘s annual Touring Awards and conference in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Nov 15.)

The band’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour was the winner in the “Top Tour/Top Draw” category, beating U2 and COLDPLAY. The group was also up for the “Top Boxscore” award, which went to U2For a complete list of winners, visit Billboard.com.

“Not In This Lifetime” has reportedly grossed more than $400 million since its launch a year and a half ago.

About seventy people travel with the show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the tour’s production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth.

Guns kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival.

The “Not In This Lifetime” tour features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Fank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

In a related item, sort of, Slash & The Conspirators’ and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy has decided to put the solo music he has recorded on ice.  Myles recently told Lunchbox and Promo Brady of Tulsa radio station 97.5 KMOD‘s DOMKcast  podcast, “Late last year, I started chasing down what would be the second solo record — or, I guess, technically the first solo record, [since] the one I recorded years ago probably won’t be released…. There’s something to be said about songs and records having a shelf life to artists, and for me, I kind of felt like that might have expired here.”

Myles heads out on tour with Alter Bridge Nov 24th in Orlando.  See Road Rage for the complete list of dates.  (Thanks to Blabbermouth for the item.)

Celebrating life this weekend!  Today, Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses is 51, SNL’ Lorne Michaels is 73 and Martin Scorsese is 75.  Saturday, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is 55, Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ is 33.  Sunday:  Tool’s Justin Chancellor is 46, Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, Camp Freddy)  is 57  and Larry King is 84.