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

“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.

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

Linkin Park will release a concert album titled One More Light Live on Dec 15th. Recorded on the band’s “One More Light” world tour, it features 16 songs, including “Crawling,” “Numb,” “What I’ve Done,” “Heavy” and the title track from the group’s latest studio album, One More Light. The live set will arrive five months after the passing of singer Chester Bennington, who died on July 20th at his Los Angeles area home after committing suicide at the age of 41.

The band said in a statement, “We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into One More Light. After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that — since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio — he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night. Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge.”  They added, “The shows we played together during the early summer of 2017 were extraordinary. Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans, and with the music.”

The band concluded, “For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you. For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us.”

Bennington himself told us a while back that he always wanted to give fans a different experience when they came to see the group: “There’s one of two ways that bands get perceived when they’re seen live. I think that one way is ‘Wow, that is something like they do on the record.’ And it can be disappointing. And the other is the music is actually a little better or different than I thought it was. And I like it more. And I think that’s the way people view what we do live.”

Linkin Park paid tribute to Bennington on Oct 27th with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Among the artists who performed with the band were Bush‘s Gavin RossdaleJonathan Davis of KornAlanis Morissette, the instrumental members of No DoubtOli Sykes of Bring Me The HorizonBlink-182​, M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold and many more.

The track list for One More Light Live is“Talking To Myself,” “Burn It Down,” “Battle Symphony,” “New Divide,” “Invisible,” “Nobody Can Save Me,” “One More Light,” “Crawling,” “Leave Out All The Rest,” “Good Goodbye (featuring Stormzy),” “What I’ve Done,” “In The End,” “Sharp Edges,” “Numb,” “Heavy” and “Bleed It Out.”

Linkin Park has yet to announce whether the band intends to continue without Bennington.

Billboard and The Pulse Of Radio reporting A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel  has addressed the controversy over the band’s strict “no photos or videos” policy at its concerts, which resulted in the ejection of some 60 fans at a recent show in Reading, Pennsylvania. Howerdel told Billboard that the policy has been a longstanding one for singer Maynard James Keenan and explained some of the reasons behind it: “The most important nowadays is just to reconnect. To actually be present is really tough for people nowadays. Everything is so immediate, and I think if you look at that as a mentality in general, it starts coming into the show. First and foremost is it’s just rude to the people around you.”

Howerdel added, “I think at the end of the day it’s time to just disconnect for a second. The videos that you take and for your own benefit, you put online — they look like s**t and they sound like s**t. We’d rather you communicate this orally; let people know what you saw and how you felt. It’s much more powerful than giving a bad representation.”

Keenan has practiced the same policy with his other bands, Tool and Puscifer, recently telling a fan online, “No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride.”

Meanwhile, the band released their music video for “The Doomed” this morning. The video, which was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, arrives as the band is in the final two weeks of their North American tour. A Perfect Circle also recently announced their first European tour in fourteen years

Howerdel also told Billboard that APC is making progress on its first new studio LP since 2004, promising it will arrive by spring 2018.  He remarked, “We’re well over the midway point and still working . . . we’re about to have a stretch here in about a week when I think it’s going to be time to get a lot done.”

A Perfect Circle next plays in Pittsburgh tomorrow (Nov 17th) and wraps up its current tour on Monday, Dec 4th.
WHOA!   This is unexpected AND surprising news!  Billboard is reporting the Vans Warped Tour, the last major annual traveling music festival in North America, has announced that 2018 will be its final year, marking the tour’s 24th edition since it first launched in 1995. No lineup has been announced as of yet, but the tour itinerary has been confirmed. The trek will begin on Jun 21st in Pomona, California, coming to a close on Aug 5th in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Tour founder Kevin Lyman told Billboard why he decided to end the tour next year, explaining, “We were doing fine, but we had a pretty big dip last year. It was that younger end of the demo . . . I talked to people after the tour and bands did great on merchandise, they had great crowds — everyone had good crowds in front of the stage. But that casual fan that’s learning how to go to a music festival — they were not there last summer. It was a really great show, sponsors were happy, but our attendance was down.”

Lyman added about the final tour, “I’m looking to bring everyone a great show and have a great summer and connect with a lot of people, you know? For me, the saddest thing is I’ll be seeing sunrises and sunsets for the last time in a lot of those parking lots.”

Lyman did hint at some sort of celebration of the tour’s 25th anniversary in 2019, adding a statement to fans, “I truly look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this final cross country run, and getting to thank you for your support on this wild adventure.”

Lyman launched the Warped Tour after spending four years working on Lollapalooza, wanting to do a show that mixed punk, hardcore, alternative and action sports. Since then more than 1,700 acts have played in front of more than 11 million people around the world on Warped stages.

Among the acts that played the first Warped Tour were No Doubt and Sublime, while other artists who have appeared on the tour over the years include Pennywise, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Rancid, The Offspring, Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Green Day, Paramore, Beartooth and many more.

Lyman hinted that he hopes to have a number of Warped Tour veterans show up for its final summer. (My guess, The Offspring headline?)

SHAR-RRRRRRONNNNNN!!!!!!  Don’t you miss The Osbournes sometimes?  Ozzy Osbourne has been named the brand ambassador for Metal Casino, becoming part owner of the online gaming company as well. According to a press release, Metal Casino launched this past August to offer both casino gaming and partnerships with some of hard rock’s biggest names to bring players exclusive concert tickets, backstage access and loads of band merchandise, along with large cash prizes.

Ozzy said, “The guys at Metal Casino told me that their brand was all about being true, relevant and dedicated to the customer and that really resonated with me. To me, that translated as keeping it real, keeping it original, and doing it all for your fans, and that’s all I’ve been trying to do my whole life.”

Metal Casino chief marketing officer Clas Dahlén added, “When we started Metal Casino, we knew it had to be more than just a casino, but a platform for a global community of metal heads and casino lovers to share their passion. With Ozzy’s help, we’re going to make this happen.

In other news, Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has defended a decision to file a lawsuit on behalf of Ozzfest against the organizers of the interactive outdoor festival OZY Fest.

Addressing the issue on her show The Talk, Sharon said, “It’s ridiculous when somebody’s worked so long to make themselves accomplished, to work on their career, and then somebody comes in — and to use word ‘Fest’ as well as ‘OZY’ . . . where do people come up with the nerve?”

It was reported last month that Ozzy’s long-running metal event had sued the OZY Fest team, claiming that the New York City event and its logo were confusing music fans. OZY Fest, billed last year as OZY Fusion Fest, took place in Central Park this past July, featuring performances by Jason DeruloIssa RaeRuPaul and Talib Kweli, as well as panels featuring Malcolm GladwellKatie Couric and others not associated with the metal genre.

But Ozzfest‘s attorneys noted in a cease-and-desist letter that the OZY Fest marks were “nearly identical in sight, sound, connotation and commercial impression to MLC’s well-known Ozzfest mark.”

Meanwhile, enjoy this!


Oh this IS Classic! Recognize anyone in this clip? Rumors have it the living statue guy is Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails!  After several views, I believe it is. He appeared on a recent episode of HBO’s  Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Hilarious!

And we leave you with this today from Avatar:

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

Dean Deleo, Jeff Gutt, Eric Kretz, Robert Deleo-Stone Temple Pilots 2017

Well, the moment has arrived!  Stone Temple Pilots have officially chosen one-time The X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt as the band’s new vocalist. Gutt was 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 serviced to radio and will make its online debut later this week.

Gutt, who was a runner-up in the reality TV music competition show’s third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material with band members Dean DeLeoRobert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.

Robert DeLeo said he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the Hollywood Vampires. Robert explained, “We were playing . . . up in Detroit, which is where (Jeff is) from. And after the show, there was a musician who said, ‘Hey, man, you should check this guy out.’ And that’s where I kind of heard of him first.

Gutt recalled how he got to audition for the band, saying, “I can’t remember what song it was, but a Stone Temple Pilots song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ‘em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”

Gutt added that he felt like he had the job before even trying out, explaining, “You have to be confident . . . I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft. I’ve studied (original STP singer) Scott (Weiland) and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put in a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys.”

Gutt appeared on The X Factor in 2013, where he impressed the judges with his covers of songs like “Creep,” “Dream On” and “Hallelujah.” 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.  (Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio)

Blabbermouth also reporting Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody admitted in a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine he “learned a lot” about himself while spending time in a rehab facility to address his substance abuse issues. Moody sat out a number of shows of the band’s European tour this past summer due to his struggles, along with several North American dates in late 2016. He was temporarily replaced on the former by Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext and on the latter by All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte.

Asked about his time in rehab, Moody answered, “I learned a lot about myself. Things that I had forgotten. I learned what it was like to not battle myself anymore, which is really difficult to admit, because at the end of the day — and I’m sure anyone can agree with this — you’re your own worst enemy.”

He continued, “I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of . . . I don’t want to use the words ‘self sacrifice,’ but that’s what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.”

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory, meanwhile, revealed the band wasn’t able to use pyrotechnics during its live performances when Moody was drinking in case there was an accident. He explained, “Now we go out and the machine is absolutely precise, to the minute. He’s actually where he’s supposed to be, meaning that if we wanted to use pyro, now we can. Before, you couldn’t tell him, ‘Don’t stand there,’ because he will.”

Moody’s turmoil over the past couple of years should make for interesting lyrics on the band’s next album. He told us a while back that a lot of his personal strife works its way into his songs: “On some scales it’s really cool, because I get to wear my life and my emotions and every feeling and thought that I have out on my sleeve. But in the same time, it’s a little overbearing sometimes because you do give so much of yourself to people that don’t know you and you have awkward situations arrive, you know, where somebody walks up to you and they’re like, ‘Oh, dude, I totally get it, you know, you’re the man,’ and you just look at ‘em like, ‘You really don’t know me beyond what you’ve heard on the CD.’”

Five Finger Death Punch has confirmed a Dec 1st release date for its greatest hits collection, A Decade Of Destruction, and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called “Trouble.” We understand another is a cover tune. The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with its label, Prospect Park. The new studio LP will be released in spring 2018.

OMG!  This is a match made in Rock Heaven! (also a really old picture of Halestorm!)   Stone Sour has announced new North American tour dates for early 2018 that include a co-headlining run with Halestorm plus additional headlining dates featuring support from Red Sun RisingThe Dead Deads will also open most of the shows. The trek, which hits mostly cities in Canada, commences on Jan 27th in Abbotsford, BC, closing out on Feb 18th in Indianapolis. See the dates on the Road Rage page on the home page.  

Halestorm will appear on the bill from Jan 27th through Feb 11th, while Red Sun Rising will take over for the last few dates. Before the road trip start, Stone Sour is confirmed to appear on the ShipRocked cruise that hits the water out of Port Canaveral, Florida from Jan 21st through the 25th.

Tickets for all dates go on sale November 17th. Stone Sour is heading out now on a European tour with support from The Pretty Reckless.  Stone Sour continues to tour in support of its latest album, Hydrograd, which was released last June.

Halestorm has been in the studio in Nashville  with super producer Nick Raskulinecz recording its fourth studio LP, with a spring 2018 arrival planned.  Guessing April.

Oh this is magnificent!

Watch DAVE GROHL Join GUNS N' ROSES On Stage In Tulsa

Blabbermouth reporting Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl joined the unstoppable Guns N’ Roses on stage in Tulsa, OK at the BOK Arena just last night! Grohl performed the song “Paradise City” with the Guns band Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

After one of the first shows on Guns N’ Roses‘ “Not In This Lifetime” tour in April 2016, singer Axl Rose tweeted his gratitude, crammed full of emoji and exclamation points, at Grohl, who lent the then-injured GN’R singer the throne he had used on a Foo Fighters tour one year earlier.

“Not In This Lifetime” is the most popular and highest-grossing global tour of 2017, according to Pollstar.  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.


The Prophets Of Rage have released a black-and-white video for the song “Hands Up,” which appears on the band’s self-titled debut LP. The clip centers on the band’s live show and its activities offstage, switching away for a minute from the usual political themes and images of the group’s videos. The clip also showcases the band’s fans as well and their responses to Prophets Of Rage’s music.

Previous videos and singles issued from the Prophets album include “Unf**k The World,” “Living On The 110″ and “Strength In Numbers.”  The band, which features members of Rage Against The MachinePublic Enemy and Cypress Hill, will finish the year with a pair of December radio festivals in San Diego and Los Angeles.

(WARNING:  The following video contains explicit material. Your retinas could explode!)

Marilyn Manson’s crazy bizarre music video for “Kill4Me” from his new album, Heaven Upside Down, was sent around via email yesterday by Manson and his label, Loma Vista. In the clip, Manson has teamed for a second straight video shoot with his best friend Johnny Depp. The absolutely not-safe-for-work clip features Depp tangled up in some kind of mystery with a variety of different women, eventually joining Depp in an orgy while a cross shines with red light above.
Depp also showed up last month in Manson’s equally shocking “SAY10″ video. Both songs are taken from the singer’s recently released 10th studio album, Heaven Upside Down.

Manson returned to the road earlier this month after a falling stage prop broke his leg in two places in late September, forcing him off the road for several weeks.

Happy 43rd today to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger!


21 – 25: Port Canaveral, FL @ ShipRocked (cruise: Stone Sour and Halestorm)
27: Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Ctre
29: Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Events Ctre
01: Lethbridge, AB @ Enmax Ctre
02: Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Casino
04: Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Ctr
05: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
07: Bemidji, MN @ Sanford Ctr
08: Brookings, SD @ Swiftel Ctr
10: Ypsilanti, MI @ Convocation Ctr
11: Rochester, NY @ Armory
28: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville (see Welcome To Rockville page for complete line up)

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

I love this story this morning about LeBron James taking the subway in NYC. We all know the subway in NYC is the fastest route with your buds!    Classic!

Also classic news on these guys!   It was just over a month ago that Foo Fighters  hosted their inaugural CalJam festival in San Bernardino, CA, a tribute to the California Jam events of the 1970s. The lineup included Queens Of The Stone AgeCage The ElephantLiam GallagherRoyal BloodThe StrutsThe Kills and a dozen more acts. Now the Foos have announced that CalJam will return next year, expanding to two days and taking place on Oct 5th and 6th at the same location, Glen  “Hell” Helen Regional Park & Festival Grounds.

The Foos’ headlining set at last month’s event included guest appearances from  Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Gallagher, Rick Astley, sax legend Dave Koz and the Kills’ Alison Mosshart.  Grohl also made an appearance during Liam Gallagher’s set earlier in the day.

Cal Jam 2017 also featured camping, a water park, carnival rides, a recording studio, a giant skate ramp and a Foo Fighters museum. Parked outside was the white limo from the “White Limo” music video and Grohl’s stage throne from 2015, when he toured with a broken leg.  The festival kicked of the Foos’ world tour in support of its ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold.  There is no word yet on which acts will be appearing at CalJam 18.

Bummer news out of the Word Alive camp!   This news coming from Alternative Press:

At last night’s show in Los Angeles, the Word Alive’s vocalist Telle Smith suffered a compound fracture during the band’s last song. He has six weeks recovery ahead of him, and in an effort not to miss any shows, he’s planning to perform while sitting down for the remainder of the band’s tour with I Prevail, We Came As Romans and Escape The Fate. (Major props for that, right?)

However, he will be facing some major hospital costs, as he’s not covered by health insurance, and there are a few ways you can help. Smith shared a few photos from his hospital visit, along with the caption:

Last night in Los Angeles I suffered a compound fracture during our last song. Casted up for 6 weeks with physical therapy on the horizon, but I don’t plan on missing any shows. I’m going to try to perform while sitting down, so if you’re coming out to the remaining dates please go twice as hard for me. Unfortunately I don’t have health insurance as well, so if you want to help just grab something from my clothing line ( my jewelry line ( or click the link in my bio! Thank you to all my family and friends who have reached out or who were there for me last night. I’m thankful it wasn’t worse! I’ll be back and stronger than ever in 2018.

And when we reached out to Smith, he shared a message of thanks to all the fans who have sent well wishes and shown their support. “I know the last couple of years the music community has come together so much to help me and my family, and I appreciate anyone who has sent well wishes and reached out,” Smith told AltPress.

At this point, I do not have a total cost of my hospital bill, so if you like something from one of the links below and want to help, all of the proceeds from my clothing line, Never Take It Off jewelry line, and book cameo requests will go towards my hospital bills and physical therapy. Thank you all, see you back and better than ever in 2018!

If you want to help Telle on his road to recovery, check out his clothing line, Resist & Rebel, here. Or, pick up a piece from his jewelry line, Never Take It Off, here.

hardDriveRadio wishes Telle the best of luck in his recovery! Check out the band’s remaining tour dates below.

NOV 13 - Regency – San Francisco, CA
NOV 15 - Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
NOV 16 - SOMA – San Diego, CA
NOV 17 - Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
NOV 19 - The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
NOV 21 - The Truman – Kansas City, MO
NOV 24 - The Masonic Cathedral – Detroit, MI
NOV 26 - The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
NOV 28 - Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
NOV 29 - Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
DEC 1 - Cotillion – Wichita, KS
DEC 2 – 7 Flags – Des Moines, IA

Although Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan recently said there were as many as 30 new pieces of music written for the band’s next album, singer Corey Taylor — currently out touring with his other group Stone Sour — says he’s heard about as many of them as you have. Taylor explained to Loudwire, “I haven’t even heard any of this stuff. In true Slipknot fashion, I’m being told through the press that this is all going on. So it is what it is. I can guarantee you that it’s very creative, I can guarantee you that it’s dark. I can guarantee you that it’s going to be unlike anything I’ve ever heard before.”

Now before you raise an eyebrow, this is not uncommon.   When Clown says 30 pieces of music, that’s what he means.  Full songs may not be done yet, and normally, that is when the singer writing the lyrics usually is in the loop.  So this is no biggie, so don’t read anything into it! (Editor’s note)

Taylor has said Stone Sour will be touring for another 18 months behind its sixth album, Hydrograd, which came out last June and features the chart-topping single “Song #3.”
Crahan said a while back there’s always been room for outside projects within the world of Slipknot: “I feel the ‘Knot has always preached personal freedom. You know, ‘Don’t ever judge me.’ That’s what we do, man. We do what we want, we do as much as we want. We’ll go shed light to what we are individually out onto the world and then we’ll come together like we always do.”

Asked about switching from one act to the other, Taylor replied, “It’s not as difficult as you’d think. By the time that I’m done with one I’m kind of starting to get into the mindset of the other . . . I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m so glad that Stone Sour started to go in that hard rock direction, so it really becomes even easier to differentiate between the two.“  Stone Sour performed two weekends ago at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, which took place in San Bernardino, CA and also featured sets from Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and others. Stone Sour starts a European tour this Wednesday (Nov 15th) in Copenhagen, Dk. (Thanks Loudwire & The Pulse Of Radio)

Pop Evil has unveiled the details of its 2018 Music Over Words Tour, which will support the band’s self-titled fifth studio LP. The trek will kick off on Feb 14th in Sault Saint Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino, wrapping things up at the Fillmore in Detroit on Apr 6th. More dates will be announced in a few weeks. Palaye Royale and Black Map will serve as support on all dates. See Road Rage for all the details!

Singer Leigh Kakaty said, “It’s with great excitement to announce our US headline tour. We can’t wait to play our new material and see all our amazing fans across the states. It’s all about the music, it’s Music Over Words.”

Kakaty told us not long ago that he’s on a mission with every tour to win over more fans: We’re just excited to just keep pushing and focus on that live show and hopefully expose our music to a whole set of new ears out there that maybe haven’t seen us live. So, you know, we’re really excited about focusing on building the fan base.

Pop Evil will release its self-titled fifth album on Feb 16th. The first single is called “Waking Lions.” The set was produced by Kato Khandwala (The Pretty Reckless) in Nashville and Los Angeles, while the initial writing sessions were done in a rented lake house in Union, MI.

The band has been working on the new disc since April, with bassist Matt DiRito telling Detroit’s WRIF that the sessions were the band’s “longest time in the studio ever.” I’ve heard a few tunes, and they are by far some of the best work Pop Evil has done.  The entire band is extremely excited about the new music!

Blabbermouth is reporting Nickelback‘s music video for the song “The Betrayal (Act III)” can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s ninth album, Feed The Machine, which was released in June via BMG.

Nickelback  leader Chad Kroeger told Music Choice about Feed The Machine: “This album is definitely heavier, as a whole, than a lot of our previous records. We’ve gone back to some pretty crunchy roots, and we’re happy about that. I mean, we’re always stretching off in different directions and trying different things, but we definitely went with more of an aggressive sound on this record.”

Kroeger called ”The Betrayal (Act III)” ”probably one of the hardest and heaviest songs we’ve ever put out… It is quite heavy; there’s a lot of screaming that goes on in that chorus,” he said. “I think we’ve all tasted a little betrayal in our days and it is not a flavor that I think any of us liked to swallow.

As previously reported, Nickelback will return to Sin City in February 2018 for an impressive five-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Monster Truck will open all five shows. The limited run is made even more special with the announcement that these shows will be Nickelback‘s only North American dates scheduled in 2018.

The Las Vegas shows are scheduled for Feb 23, 24, 27 and Mar 2 and 3, 2018. Following its Vegas run, the band will embark on the international leg of the “Feed The Machine” tour throughout the remainder of 2018.  

Finally today, news was revealed original Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley passed away last week as a result of a heroin overdose.  Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has paid tribute to Chuck Mosley, saying that the ex-Faith No More singer and his former bandmates “were a huge part” of Korn‘s “everyday lives” in the early 1990s.

Mosley died last week at the age of 57. He sang on FAITH NO MORE‘s first two albums, 1985′s We Care A Lot and 1987′s Introduce Yourself. He was fired from the band and replaced by Mike Patton, who remains the group’s singer to this day.

In an Instagram post  (Monday, Nov 13), Welch wrote: “I remember living in a tiny apartment in Burbank, California, living with most of the guys who would later form Korn. They were in their funk rock band called L.A.P.D. I was just hanging out drinking beer trying to figure out life. They were so into the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More, and I wanted nothing to do with those bands. Little did I know that Faith No More would grow on me so much that it changed my whole outlook of what metal could sound like. I remember Fieldy waking the whole house up every single day singing the background vocals for the song ’We Care A Lot’ by Faith No More. Every morning he would scream, ‘whoa whoa uh oh!’ Drove us all crazy, but looking back now, it’s a funny memory. Faith No More with Chuck Mosley were a huge part of our everyday lives back then. Guys, we need to learn from all this. We are losing too many people to the disease of addiction. It’s a plague that’s sending the angel of death to wipe so many of our people out and it’s got to stop!  Please, get help with whatever you’re struggling with. Initiate conversations with the Lord every day. Religious people make prayer out to be some holier than thou thing, but all it is, is talking to God like a friend. Face to face. Heart to heart. RIP Chuck Mosley, I’m so grateful that you and your family came to see us a couple months ago at our show.”

Celebrating life today:  Papa Roach’s Tobin Esperance is 38.  Blink 182′s Travis Barker is 42, Type O Negative’s Josh Silver is 55  and Prince Charles is 69!

weekEnd Nov 11-12, 2017


 Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose: KORN
“Black Is The Soul” & “Blind”
Plugged In:  POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
STARSET “Satellite”
Guest:  TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
FOZZY “Judas”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red, Violent Blue”

Hour 2

FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
Guest:  I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
Guest:  AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Wish You Were Here”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”


Week of Nov 13-17, 2017

FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
FOZZY “Judas”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
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”-ADD
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”-ADD
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”

Monday, Nov 13, 2017

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IMHO:  Radio stations who start playing all holiday music after Halloween should be spanked!  Just sayin’!

It’s rare when is talking about a hard rock band, right, but that’s exactly what happened the other day!  The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth are reporting  lyrics from the Five Finger Death Punch song “Wash It All Away” have been used to criticize the United States in an op-ed essay written by a top aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin. In the piece, penned by Putin adviser Vladislav Surkov for the state-run news channel RT, Surkov writes, “The line ‘Done with all your hypocrisy’ sounds like a prophecy, a verdict, and as the motto of a new era.”

According to The Moscow Times, Surkov linked the 2016 presidential election that led to U.S. president Donald Trump‘s victory and an ongoing sexual harassment scandal in the U.S. with a widespread desire among Americans to “wash it all away.” He quoted the song a second time, writing that a “strong hand” will lead the confused crowds from “all of the chaos and all of the lies.”

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory responded to news reports of his group’s lyrics being used in Surkov’s editorial by first noting that the band happens to be touring Russia at the moment, then speaking fondly of the group’s Russian fans. He added, “I can tell you, between the people there is NO hate, there is NO cold war here. So let’s NOT make one.”  He continued, “I grew up on this side of the Iron Curtain in communism . . . so I have ACTUAL memories of the cold war. Even back then, though we were told by the communist media that America was the ‘enemy,’ nobody, and I mean nobody sane, actually believed that.

Bathory, who came to the U.S. from Hungary, told us not long ago that he’s a strong proponent of the capitalist system: “I came to this country without speaking English and I didn’t have anything, and here I’m sitting with you, doing this interview today. So I have the right to say, like, hey, you know, doesn’t matter what circumstance you were born in, you have a shot in this system. The capitalist system will give you a fair shot.”

Five Finger Death Punch has confirmed a Dec 1st release date for its greatest hits collection, A Decade Of Destruction, and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called “Trouble.”  The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with its label, Prospect Park. The new studio LP will be released in spring 2018.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has said in a new interview that he is not opposed to one day touring the world as a hologram. Speaking at the 92Y cultural center in Manhattan on Nov 5th, Ulrich defended the idea of using technology to put any artist who ever lived back onstage years or decades from now. Ulrich explained, “If the primary objective of a concert is to bring people together and share an experience, why do you need Lars Ulrich or James Hetfield there? Or Kirk Hammett or Robert Trujillo? If you’ve got the music, you’ve got the equipment, you’ve got the lights, you’ve got the video, there’s gotta be some version . . . where artificial intelligence plays into all this.“  Asked point blank if he would like a hologram of himself to still be touring a century from now, Ulrich replied, “If it can be done in some way where it’s cool and it’s not just some f**king weird cash-in or whatever, but if it there was a way to do it in a meaningful way . . . I believe the basic human need is to connect to other human beings — that’s what we all strive for in any way possible. So if there’s a way that that could be, 100 years from now, 50 years from now, and I’m a hologram, fine with me. It’s fine with me.

Ulrich has told us before that,  Metallica’s main objective is doing the best it can to entertain its fans: “The main thing really is just the fans. How do you communicate with your fans, how do you get the music to the fans, how do you offer your fans the best Metallica experience that you can?”
Ulrich lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, the technology heart of the United States, where he said the conversation is “primarily about, when people look into the future, it’s about artificial intelligence, and it’s about how you adapt AI into everything that we know on a daily basis.”

Tupac Shakur hologram performed with Snoop Dogg at Coachella in 2012, while Cirque Du Soleil brought a holographic version of Michael Jackson to the stage. More recently, it was announced that a hologram of late heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio would embark on a world tour in December, backed by members of his old band.

Metallica just completed a run of European dates last week and will pick up again after a break next Feb 1st in Lisbon, Portugal. And check out the video above of Metallica last week as part of the Band Together For The Bay Area!    (Thanks Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Aw bummer.  Original Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley has died at the age of 57, according to multiple media reports. A statement issued by his family said, “After a long period of sobriety, Charles Henry Mosley III lost his life, on November 9th, 2017, due to the disease of addiction. We’re sharing the manner in which he passed, in the hopes that it might serve as a warning or wake up call or beacon to anyone else struggling to fight for sobriety. He is survived by long-term partner Pip Logan, two daughters, Erica and Sophie and his grandson Wolfgang Logan Mosley. The family will be accepting donations for funeral expenses. Details to follow when arranged.

Mosley sang on Faith No More’s first two albums, 1985’s We Care a Lot and 1987’s Introduce Yourself. He was fired from the band and replaced by Mike Patton, who remains the group’s singer to this day.

Mosley subsequently sued his former bandmates over ownership rights and they eventually settled out of court. Years later, he reconciled with Faith No More, reuniting with them onstage in 2010 and making further live appearances with the group in 2015 and 2016.  Following his initial departure from Faith No More, Mosley briefly fronted  Bad Brains and launched a series of solo projects, including the funk metal band Cement.

Faith No More issued a statement on Mosley in which the band members said the following:

“It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley. He was a reckless and caterwauling force of energy who delivered with conviction and helped set us on a track of uniqueness and originality that would not have developed the way it had had he not been a part.

“How fortunate we are to have been able to perform with him last year in a reunion style when we re-released our very first record. His enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his style and his bravado will be missed by so many. We were a family, an odd and dysfunctional family, and we’ll be forever grateful for the time we shared with Chuck.”  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and Consequence Of Sound.)

Pearl Jam is contributing a new song called “Obey The Law Of The Heart” to the soundtrack of an upcoming film called Basmati Blues. Written by guitarist Stone Gossard, and performed by Pearl Jam with Sain Zahoor and Priya Darshini, it’s the band’s first new song since the release of its 2013 LP Lightning BoltBasmati Bluesis an independent musical romantic comedy film starring Academy Award winner Brie LarsonScott Bakula and Donald Sutherland.

The band has posted a preview of the track online. The film just opened in Sweden but currently does not have a North American release date.  Although there have been rumors that the band is working on a new album, Pearl Jam has not indicated when or if it will return to the studio.

Guitarist Stone Gossard told us a while back that the band never sets out with a predetermined goal for a new LP: “It’s very difficult to set out to do something and achieve it, as opposed to just each song, try to make it as good as you can. We set out more like, we’re gonna make a record and we know we’re gonna — everyone’s gonna write some songs, and we’re gonna try to do the best for each of those songs and then we’re gonna see what we’ve got at the end and figure out how to put ‘em together, you know. It’s much less planned than you would imagine.”

The group took most of 2017 off, getting together only to perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April. A documentary chronicling the group’s two-night August 2016 stand at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, titled Let’s Play Two, came out in late September.  (Alternative Nation and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has paid tribute to legendary string arranger Paul Buckmaster, who died on Nov 7th at age 71. Buckmaster, who worked on orchestral arrangements for G N’R's 2008 studio album Chinese Democracy, was renowned for working with Elton John, the Rolling StoneDavid Bowie and many others. Rose wrote on Twitter, “Very sorry to hear of Mr. Paul Buckmaster’s passing. I feel very fortunate to have met him n’ have his involvement in GNR. My deepest condolences to his friends, fans n’ loved ones.” In other news, Guns N’ Roses welcomed ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons to the stage on Friday (Nov 10th) in Houston for a run through “Patience.” (Blabbermouth)

Friday, Nov 10th, 2017


NOW THEY TELL US!   After we’ve spotlighted the band all week on the air talking about the album release, Avenged Sevenfold has pushed back the release of the deluxe edition of The Stage from Dec 15th to Dec 22nd, with no explanation given for the delay. Vinyl versions of the set will arrive on Jan 12th.The band issued a statement in which it said, “Hey A7X Family. The deluxe edition of The Stage has been pushed back a week due to unforeseen circumstances. However, the good news is that the enhancements make it worth the wait. Put it on your A7Xmas list and stay tuned as 2018 keeps shaping up to be f**king awesome.”

Frontman M. Shadows told us Avenged Sevenfold never wants to release anything to its fans that it doesn’t deem top-notch in quality: “I really want to do better in terms of quality output. I don’t want to have any little areas where you’re just like, ‘Eh.’ When people don’t like a record, I want to come back with the next one and just smash ‘em with something amazing. Everyone’s not gonna love everything but I think for us, I really want to keep the high quality output.”

The new edition of The Stage will feature seven additional studio songs plus four previously unreleased live tracks recorded during recent shows at the O2 Arena in London. In addition to the LP’s 11 original cuts, the deluxe edition contains all the band’s recent covers, including the Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” Mr. Bungle‘s “Retrovertigo,” Del Shannon‘s 1961 hit “Runaway,” the Beach Boys‘ 1966 hit “God Only Knows” and Avenged’s take on the Rolling Stones‘ “As Tears Go By.” Also included are the original track “Dose” and live recordings of “The Stage” “Paradigm,” “Sunny Disposition” and “God Damn.”

The deluxe edition is the latest chapter in an album cycle that began last year when Avenged Sevenfold became the first rock band to ever release an album with no advance promotion, surprising their fan base.  The group announced the LP’s arrival with a live-streamed performance on the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California. The band promised an “evolving” body of work with new songs added over the next year.

Avenged Sevenfold recently confirmed the details of an early 2018 North American headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The trek will begin on Jan 12th in Nashville with shows booked so far through Feb 11th in Fargo, ND.

Speaking of Breaking Benjamin,  new music MAY be coming in about 3-4 weeks!  The new album will be out in the first couple of months in 2018.   Looking forward to hearing!

 Alternative Nation and The Pulse of Radio are reporting Alice In Chains has announced its first concert since October 2016, confirming that the band will appear at the Tons Of Rock festival in Norway in June 2018. Tickets are on sale now. Also set to perform are Ozzy Osbourne and numerous other bands from the underground side of the metal scene. Alice In Chains last performed on Oct 8th, 2016 in Reno, Nevada, and has not performed live in 2017.

Drummer Sean Kinney told us a while back that life on the road is different for Alice In Chains these days: We’re in different places and a lot’s happened, you know, so in the past, the show was part of the day but the day was full of all sorts of potential chaos. Being one of the people that would create a lot of that chaos, once in a while you miss it a little (laughter). I’m not gonna lie!

Alice In Chains reportedly entered Studio X in Seattle back in June to begin recording the follow-up to its 2013 album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which debuted on the Billboard Album Chart at # 2.  The new disc is tentatively due out in early 2018.​  The new disc will be Alice In Chains’ sixth full-length studio album and will be its third with singer/guitarist William DuVall, who joined the band in 2006 following the death of Layne Staley four years earlier.

Meanwhile,  Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Fantasy Live in September the band was “taking our time” to make the new LP. Asked about returning the road, Cantrell said, “That’s probably part of the whole package. But, again, one step at a time. We can’t go out and do that until we make a great record, in our opinion, and then hopefully a few other people like it too.


Metallica-Circa 1986-Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield (photo: Chris Anthony)

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett looked back on the band’s final show with bassist Cliff Burton in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The gig, which took place on Sep 26th, 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden, is included on the upcoming deluxe box set reissue of Metallica’s landmark 1986 LP Master Of Puppets, due out today (Nov 10th).

Asked if listening back to the show was an emotional experience, Ulrich replied, “Obviously, we’re 31 years past this. So you pause, you reflect, you think, you appreciate, you’re humbled. I move so fast through a lot of the stuff that I never slow down long enough to reflect. And occasionally, when you sit with some of the stuff at 2 o’clock in the morning, you go, ‘Wow.’ When you sit there and listen to the last two songs or look at the pictures from the last show with him, it stops you in your tracks as you deal with it.

Pressed about what he recalled from that last show, Ulrich said, “We played the show in Stockholm, and it went incredibly well. I think it may have been a rare case where we actually played an additional song that wasn’t on the set list, because the show was so good. That’s not something we did a lot then or now. So there was a good vibe.” Hammett added, “I distinctly remember that show being good, and the feeling when we got offstage was really great and positive and forward-looking . . . then the accident happened and it literally felt like we were going from a hopeful sort of circumstance to one where we found ourselves in into a deep, black pit.”

Burton was killed on Sep 27th, 1986 when the band’s bus flipped over after the driver lost control of the wheel. He was 24 years old.

The Master Of Puppets reissue has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and is available as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, along with digital versions as well. Bonus content in the set ranges from previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks to a 108-page hardcover book, DVDs, handwritten lyrics and more.

Meanwhile, Metallica performed last night (Nov 9th) at the Band Together Bay Area benefit concert in San Francisco, along with Dave Matthews and others. All of the show’s proceeds are going to relief efforts following the devastating wildfires that recently ravaged Northern California. The concert was streamed live on, the band’s YouTube channel and the group’s Facebook page. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio)

GUNS N' ROSES Dodger Stadium 2016

Finally today, Guns N’ Roses have announced their 2018 European tour.  See Road Rage for all the info!

Celebrating life:  Friday:  DJ Ashba, ex-Guns N’ Roses and SIXX A.M. is 45. Tracy Morgan is 49.  Sunday:  Neil Young is 72.  Al Michaels is 73 and Dave Ellefson of Megadeth is 53.  



Thursday, Nov 09, 2017

How do ya like that!   As I was typing in today’s date, I was reminded, one year ago, Maynard James Keenan‘s biography was released and I was getting ready to be the moderator of a few of his book tour stops (one in NYC and two in DC.)  It was exciting!

Just a year later, all this is happening. The PRP and The Pulse Of Radio are reporting  Tool  guitarist Adam Jones has revealed on his Instagram account that the band has recorded a revised version of the title track to its 1992 EP Opiate, while completing a new video for the song as well. Although the group has also performed the new version of the tune live, it is not clear when or if the studio version will surface.

Tool guitarist Adam Jones has revealed on his Instagram account the band has recorded a revised version of the title track to its 1992 EP Opiate, while completing a new video for the song as well. Although the group has also performed the new version of the tune live, it is not clear when or if the studio version will surface.

Jones wrote online, “We recorded a new version of ‘Opiate’ not too long ago. We wrote a different break down that’s about five minutes longer in the middle of the song. I believe there are recent live versions of it online. @dominic_hailstone_ did an (unreleased) Ultimate Video for it. Anyway here’s a clip of me messing with sounds for the distant Synth Melody. *Enjoy #Tool #opiate ~

Jones’ post was accompanied by a brief video of him working on the song. There is speculation that the group has recorded it for a long-rumored vinyl reissue of its back catalog, although there has been no confirmation of that.

A while back, Jones told Yahoo Tool’s creative process is relatively simple: “We write this song, and then we write the next song — we don’t really, like, you know, go, ‘Okay, well, now we’re gonna write the radio song,’ or ‘Now, we’re gonna write this song.’ You know, we just write and then put ‘em in an order that we like after we’ve recorded them and then get a feeling from all the songs in the group and then try to attack the propaganda of selling the record.

Tool continues to work on its first studio album in over 11 years, although there is no official word yet on when it will be released or if the band has even started recording yet.

The instrumental members of the group have reportedly been working steadily on music, with singer Maynard James Keenan also preparing some of his parts.
Keenan, however, is now on the road with A Perfect Circle, which is set to issue its own new studio LP — its first in 14 years — in 2018.

Thirty Seconds To Mars posted their music video for “Walk On Water” yesterday. According to a press release sent on the band’s behalf, the clip, which is also the band’s current single, is also a preview of the group’s forthcoming documentary film, A Day In The Life Of America, for which the band recruited fans in all 50 states, along with Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, to film and submit homemade videos this past summer from their July 4th celebrations with the aim of creating a “filmed portrait of the country.”

Frontman Jared Leto told us that Thirty Seconds To Mars has always aimed to include their followers in the band’s creative process: “Some of these experiments, these ideas, are just, you know, organic extensions from the idea of 30 Seconds To Mars that’s always been there. And that’s that it’s not about the band, it’s about all of us. It’s about all the people that are part of this community. So for us to turn the microphone or turn the lens on our audience, on the community, is like a really natural thing to do.”

The sweeping clip documents many facets of America, including the country’s physical beauty, its cultural diversity and its social injustice.  Scenes in the clip range from a baseball game in California to a truck crashing in Pennsylvania to Donald Trump  speaking at the White House, while celebrities like LeBron JamesKylie Jenner  and Danny Trejo make guest appearances alongside statistics about the United States and its citizens.  The complete documentary, which has yet to get a release date, ended up utilizing 92 professional film crews, 10,000 fan submissions plus news and social media content.

“Walk on Water” is currently Number Three on the Alternative radio airplay chart. The new Thirty Seconds to Mars LP will follow 2013′s Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, but the band has yet to announce a title or release date.

Tomorrow night, Friday, Nov 10th, PBS  will air Foo Fighters filmed live at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. In addition to the concert,  Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl and Landmarks Live In Concert host — and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer – Chad Smith discuss the music their families listened to when they were growing up and how it impacted them in a video preview of this Friday’s broadcast of the new PBS series.

Grohl begins, “When I was a kid, 70′s AM radio…” with Smith interjecting, “RULED!” Grohl continues, “I swear to God, that’s got such a big place in my heart. 10CCAndrew Gold and Gerry Rafferty.

Grohl explains that while he listened to hardcore punk growing up, his father was devoted to classical music, his mother loved show tunes, and his older sister liked new wave and classic rock at the time, but Grohl adds, “I would dip into everybody’s albums and listen to them.” Smith says, “I did the same thing,” and recalls going through his own older sister’s collection of soft rock records.

An ongoing documentary series, Landmarks Live In Concert captures performances by global superstar artists at monumental locations and landmarks around the world. Smith interviews the featured artist in each episode and told us that he thinks the fact that he’s a musician as well puts them at ease: What’s cool is I think that they feel, when they’re talking to a so-called journalist, maybe their guard’s up a little bit or they’re not maybe as comfortable as when they can talk to somebody who’s a fellow artist who’s there, who’s doing what they do.

Previous episodes of the show have featured Alicia KeysBrad Paisley and Andrea BocelliThe Foos taped their performance at the historic Acropolis back in July.

Black Sabbath is streaming live footage of its classic 1970 song “N.I.B.” from the band’s upcoming farewell release, The End. Some of you entered our contest and won yourself one of these sets, so congrats!  The DVD was filmed during the band’s final concert in its hometown of Birmingham, England this past February. Bassist Geezer Butler told us what the scene was like backstage that night: “Well, it was chaotic backstage, that’s for sure. I think every friend that we’ve ever met in our lives was there. All our families were there. We didn’t really see each other before we went on, and it really was nerve-wracking, the last ever show, ’cause I was just hoping beyond hope that I wouldn’t break a string, or lights wouldn’t fail, or Ozzy wouldn’t fall over or something or whatever. I was just petrified that something would go wrong, but everything went great on the night.

The End will hit stores on Nov 17th on Blu-ray, DVD and CD. A limited edition deluxe collector’s edition will include a 32-page book, a metal winged demon pin, a replica of the “The End” tour laminate and three guitar picks housed in a mirror board box.
Also featured on the CD will be The Angelic Sessions, an intimate live performance at Angelic Studios recorded in the days after the Birmingham shows. The session features the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not played on tour, including “The Wizard,” “Wicked World,” “Tomorrow’s Dream,” “Sweet Leaf” and “Changes.”
The concert performance features the entire final live show from February 4th, 2017, with the 16-song set including classics such as “War Pigs,” “Fairies Wear Boots,” “Into The Void,” “Iron Man,” “Snowblind” and “Paranoid.”

The band decided to make this tour its last because guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time.