Tuesday, Nov 07, 2017

It’s Election Day  for those of you who are conscious Americans who want something better from the government!  Get out and cast a ballot  and stop whining!

He’s baaacccckkkk with a BANG!  MetalSucks and The Pulse Of Radio report Marilyn Manson returned to the stage on Sunday night (Nov 5th) for the first time since a stage prop fell on him during a Sep 30th show in New York City, breaking his leg in two places. The wheelchair-bound shock rocker‘s Sunday performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA immediately created controversy when Manson pointed a fake assault rifle at the crowd, just hours after a lone 26-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at a church in Sutherland Springs, TX, killing 26 people and wounding at least 20 more.

Manson issued a statement on Monday (Nov 6th) defending his actions, writing, “In an era where mass shootings have become a nearly daily occurrence this was an act of theatre in an attempt to make a statement about how easily accessible semi-automatic weapons are and how seeing them has become normalized.”  He continued, “My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the horrible things that happen in this world. My performance was not meant to be disrespectful or show any insensitivity. The prop microphone I used on stage was handed to me with the approval of a police officer. My empathy goes out to anyone who has been affected by the irresponsible and reprehensible misuse of REAL guns.”

San Bernardino itself was the site of a terrorist attack in 2015, when a radicalized married couple inspired by foreign terrorist organizations went on a killing spree that left 14 dead.

Manson also introduced his new bassist on Sunday night, with former Mars Volta member Juan Alderete taking over the spot recently vacated by Twiggy Ramirez. The latter, whose real name is Jeordie White, was dismissed by Manson last month after a former girlfriend accused White of raping and abusing her when they were dating.  Manson, who’s touring behind his 10th studio album Heaven Upside Down, begins a European tour next week.  Trying to get Mr Manson on the hotLine with Lou Brutus before he crosses the pond.  Stay tuned!

The boys doing good!

Metallica sent an email yesterday letting us know their performance at this Thursday’s (Nov 9th) Band Together Bay Area benefit concert will be streamed live on Metallica.com, the band’s YouTube  channel and the group’s Facebook page. The show will also be available on Twitter in the U.S. via @tippingpoint and a special Band Together account as well.

The group will perform a 75-minute set to close out a night that will also feature appearances from Dave MatthewsG-EazyRancidDead & Company and Raphael Saadiq. 100 percent of the ticket price will go to relief efforts following the devastating wildfires that wreaked havoc in Northern California last month.

Fans who wish to make contributions can do so by clicking the “donate” button on the livestream or texting “TOGETHER” to 20222.  Metallica said in a statement, “We are so proud to be a part of Band Together Bay Area and we hope you can join us this Thursday in assisting our friends and neighbors who have lost so much. All funds from ticket sales will benefit Tipping Point Community, who have set up an Emergency Relief Fund for low-income, vulnerable communities impacted by the crisis, including vineyard workers, immigrants, displaced young people, and students.”

Metallica will also be making a donation to Tipping Point through its All Within My Hands Foundation. Good on ya, fellas!

Meanwhile, Metallica is streaming rare video footage of the band performing “Master Of Puppets” at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark on Jul 6th, 1986. The clip is taken from the remastered deluxe box set of Master Of Puppets, available everywhere on November 10th via Blackened Recordings. If you are a hardDriveRadio Radical, then you can sign up to win a copy of the remastered set and a grand prize of the deluxe package now!  Get on over to the home page to register if not!   And good luck!  (Thanks to Blackened Recordings and Metallica!)

Watch out! Maynard has his eye on you! (Photo: BrooklynVegan)

Oh boy!  More than 60 people were forcibly removed from A Perfect Circle‘s show on Saturday night (Nov 4th) in Reading, PA, according to David Farrar, the General Manager of the Santander Arena & Performing Arts Center where the band performed. The concertgoers were ejected for taking pictures during the band’s set in violation of A Perfect Circle’s super-strict “no photos” policy.

Farrar revealed the number of ejections on Instagram when he commented on one fan claiming that he successfully snapped a few photos. Farrar remarked, “Your [sic] good. We tossed over 60 people last night for taking pics.” He later added, “This was 110 percent the band’s policy and has been for Tool, APC, and Puscifer . . . it’s not a new policy.”

The policy seems to have originated with singer Maynard James Keenan, who fronts all three bands and usually performs either in disguise or in a shadowy area at the rear of the stage.  MetalSucks reported that every show on A Perfect Circle’s current North American arena tour has enforced a strict “no photos and videos” policy, with ejection from the venue threatened as punishment.

A show last week in Brooklyn featured printed warning signs posted around the venue, a security guard outside shouting the policy into a megaphone and a video message from the band displayed on all the venue’s video screens.  The policy, while not new, still comes at a time when a number of artists, including members  of DisturbedSlipknot and Red Hot Chili Peppers, have spoken out against fans recording shows with their smartphones.

Keenan told us in the past that he’s not fond of musicians being treated like celebrities: There’s this kind of idol situation that’s been set up. I think it’s out of proportion with what’s real. It’s hyped up by damaged musicians who need some kind of acknowledgement and need to fill that empty hole for attention, for recognition. I would like to see it get to the point where it’s just people enjoying music for music’s sake.

A Perfect Circle continues its fall tour tonight (Nov 7th) in Camden, NJ. The band has been playing several new tracks on the road and recently issued a single called “The Doomed.” A new studio album is expected out in early 2018.  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and MetalSucks.)

NICKELBACK Announces Las Vegas Residency

After a nearly seven-year absence from Las Vegas, multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band Nickelback is returning 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 March 2 and 3, 2018. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Nov 10 at 10 a.m. PT. (Thanks Blabbermouth.)

And finally today, our pal Corey Taylor will guest on the new album from Tonight AliveThe Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman will appear on “My Underworld,” the final song of the Australian rockers’ fourth album, Underworld, which will be released on January 12 via Hopeless Records. Also guesting on the disc is PVRIS frontwoman Lyn Gunn, who contributes her vocals to the track “I Disappear”. (Blabbermouth)

Dunno about you, but I, for one, am excited about Justice League coming out next Friday!

Happy 49th today to former Mudvayne and HellYeah guitarist Greg Tribbett.  Happy 46th to Robin Finck, NIN and G’NR.

weekEnd Nov 04-05, 2017


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  AVENGED SEVENFOLD
“Wish You Were Here” & “Bat Country”
Plugged In:  DOROTHY “Down To The Bottom”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
ROYAL BLOOD  “I Only Lie When I Love You”
Guest: 10 YEARS “Novacaine”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
SKILLET “The Resistance”

Hour 2

STONE SOUR “Rose Red, Violent Blue”
Guest:  NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
Guest:  KORN “Black Is The Soul”
RED “Still Alive”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  AVATAR “A Statue Of The King”

Week Nov 06-10, 2017

FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
FOZZY “Judas”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
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”
DOROTHY “Down To The Bottom”
I PREVAIL “Lifelines-ADD
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”

Monday, Nov 06, 2017

Did you see that Beaver Moon over the weekend? (That’s what the Nov 4th full moon is called, I didn’t name it.)  It was so awesome, right?  And this shot has a particular significance for all the victims of the Sutherland Springs, TX  shooting yesterday.  These awful events are just starting to make us feel numb.

Speaking of feeling numb,  Linkin Park co-vocalist Mike Shinoda has shared more memories of late lead singer Chester Bennington in an interview with Kerrang!, going as far as to compare Bennington to legendary frontmen like Queen‘s Freddie MercuryMetallica‘s James Hetfield and Depeche Mode‘s Dave Gahan.

Shinoda explained, “He was inspired by a wide range of singers at different points in his life, people like Dave Gahan, James Hetfield and Freddie Mercury. I would occasionally remind him that he was in that category, but he never agreed with me. He never acknowledged that he was, but in the past few months, dozens of artists have reached out publicly and privately to let us know what an inspiration Chester and the band have been. We’re just so very grateful.

Shinoda added Bennington was humble about his own talent, saying, “It was funny, because he was the kind of guy that when you would compliment his voice, especially early on, he would look away. He would deny it, or he would make a self-deprecating comment.

Shinoda also recalled a moment when the band was recording its debut album, 2000′s Hybrid Theory, and a record label exec suggested privately to Bennington he take over the band and fire Shinoda. Bennington informed the rest of the group after the meeting that he told the exec to “go f**k himself.”  Shinoda continued, “A lot of people would have been tempted! We had nothing. We had a record deal that hinged entirely on whether or not our A&R liked the album we were making, and he just told the guy to go f**k himself.”

Linkin Park has not officially announced whether the band will carry on without Bennington, who took his own life on Jul 20th.  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and NME.)

In another related story, Linkin Park has released an interview the band filmed roughly two months before Chester Bennington took his own life, in which they discuss their non-profit work with charities. The band issued a statement accompanying the video about the new One More Light Fund, saying, “The One More Light Fund supports Chester‘s favorite Music for Relief program by bringing solar suitcases — solar electricity kits — to hospitals and health clinics without electricity. The fund will also shine a light on mental health; supporting individuals and families coping with mental and emotional struggles.”

In a related story, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has also paid tribute to Chester Bennington, saying in a new interview with Kerrang! he “loved” the late Linkin Park singer. Davis explained, “I understand depression and everything (Bennington) was going through. It’s always the seemingly happy, sweetest ones that are hurting the most. It’s a terrible disease that can make things feel unbearable. When I found out what had happened, I didn’t even have the words.”

Davis added, “I loved his smile. I always looked forward to seeing him. If we were playing at a festival together, he’d make a point to come and find me, which I always appreciated. Chester’s was an amazing journey to watch. I loved that kid.”

As we know, Bennington died on Jul 20th after committing suicide at the age of 41. He had been open with the press and public about his struggles with depression, drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab twice around 2006.

Davis has been equally open about his own battles with depression and even said that the title of Korn’s last album, The Serenity Of Suffering, he told hardDriveRadioI feel like sometimes I’m in that place so much, I feel serenity when I’m there. That’s where I feel comfortable, when I’m down. And I think people who have ever battled depression and stuff like that, it’s not enjoyable, but that kind of feeling you can relate to.

Davis was one of a number of artists who joined Linkin Park onstage to pay tribute to Bennington with an emotional three-hour show on Oct 27th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Rock Feed reporting via The Pulse Of RadioFive Finger Death Punch guitarist   Zoltan Bathory is getting into the management business: he’s started handling the career of a new group called Bad Wolves who have just signed to Eleven Seven Music, home of acts like Papa Roach and Hellyeah. Bathory said about the band, “I knew these guys for many years from their previous bands so I knew they were all exceptional musicians, but when they formed Bad Wolves and played me the first few songs I thought . . . there is fire here, this one has the magical combination. Hard work and persistence always outstrip talent, and these guys have both.

Bad Wolves’ lead vocalist is Tommy Vext, who filled in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody at several shows in the past year while Moody was dealing with alcohol and substance abuse issues.

Five Finger Death Punch has confirmed a Dec1st 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. The band is currently on a European arena tour with In Flames and Of Mice & Men.

The Pulse Of Radio says Deftones bassist Sergio Vega has gotten involved in the efforts to bring more aid to Puerto Rico following the devastation left behind there by Hurricane Maria. Six weeks after the storm hit on Sep 20th, there is still no adequate drinking water or electricity on the island, and thousands have fled, perhaps never to return.

In a video shared by Revolver, Vega says, “I’m personally impacted by this because I have family there, I have a place there, I have friends there, and even if I wasn’t, it’s a humanitarian crisis that needs to be addressed.” He continues, “There’s been minimal coverage of the actual extent of the devastation there, there’s been minimal aid from the federal government and that’s something that needs to change as soon as possible.”

Vega adds, “There’s a real lack of fresh water — people don’t have anything to drink. People don’t have electricity. There are elderly people in buildings that are trapped in their apartments because the elevators don’t work. There are hospitals operating in the dark. And people like us can do something.”

Only 30 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents have had their power restored, and rebuilding efforts are still woefully far behind.  Deftones are starting to plan the writing sessions for their ninth studio album, which will follow up 2016′s Gore.

Ozzy Osbourne has announced his final world tour via  a press release sent out this morning after five decades.  18,262 days.   More than 2,500 shows. That’s a lot of shows!  

On his upcoming farewell world tour, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® winning singer and songwriter–will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968).  This tour, expected to take Ozzy around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.

People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Ozzy says.  ”This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

The tour will kick off in 2018 with a show in Mexico, before heading to South America for solo shows in three countries.  Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to launch Friday, Jun 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia  The beloved rock icon will subsequently headline a North American concert tour produced by Live Nation, details of which will be revealed in 2018.

For these dates, Ozzy will be joined by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards).  See Road Rage for all the dates announced so far.

Finally today, speaking of Ozzy, WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE  in Jacksonville, FL has been announced for April 27-29.  The line up is sick!

Friday, April 27: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, The Used, Parkway Drive, Underoath, Trivium, Atreyu, Power Trip, Texas Hippie Coalition, ‘68, Palisades, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Them Evils

Saturday, April 28: Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, ??? (to be announced), Hollywood Undead, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Andrew W.K., Avatar, Butcher Babies, Red Sun Rising, Joyous Wolf, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Stick To Your Guns, Palaye Royale, The Wild!

Sunday, April 29: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Clutch, Bullet For My Valentine, Thrice, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, Quicksand, Red Fang, The Sword, The Bronx, Turnstile, The Fever, Black Foxxes, Fireball Ministry, Spirit Animal

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options are on sale now at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com.

Happy 53 to Corey Glover of Living Colour!  Check out their latest album, Shade, out now!


Friday, Nov 03, 2017

Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio reporting after famously losing an iPhone full of riffs in 2014, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett says he has accumulated more than 500 ideas for the band’s next album. Hammett explained to the U.K. edition of GQ magazine, “I went through this whole thing a couple of years ago of losing my iPhone with 500 ideas, and I still haven’t fully recovered from that. And my way of recovering from that is overcompensating . . . I have about 500 ideas now at this point, plus.”

Hammett added, “I’m sitting on a lot of really, what I feel is really, really great music that is just waiting to be developed. Every day, I’m just picking up my guitar and then thinking about those lost ideas and then thinking, ‘I’ve gotta generate more ideas,’ in the hopes that maybe one or two of those old 500 ideas that I lost might trickle through.”

Hammett said on a podcast about six months after losing his iPhone that he was “crushed” when it happened. The guitarist is not credited on any of the songs on Metallica’s latest LP, 2016′s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. He told hardDriveRadio at the time it was a strange feeling to not contribute any material: In terms of my coming to the table with something to contribute, it’s been my first time in decades that I have not had anything to contribute. Thank God I still had my lead guitar playing to contribute, or else I would have felt like just a bystander or something.”

Frontman James Hetfield expressed his doubts about Hammett’s iPhone story in an interview with Detroit’s WRIF last December, saying, “That’s what he claims. I’m sure he did (lose the phone), but it doesn’t make sense that he wouldn’t have (the music) on his computer, either. But, whatever . . . there was not much stuff from Kirk.

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last fall, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. The band completes its current European tour tonight (Nov 3rd) in Belgium, picking up again after a break next Feb 1st in Lisbon, Portugal.

Barrett Martin, , Mike McCready, Duff McKagan. Missing:  Ayron Jones  Photo: Rolling Stone

The Levee Walkers, a Seattle-based act featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCreadyGuns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees has released a new single called “All Things Fade Away,” recruiting local Seattle singer-songwriter Ayron Jones to handle lead vocals. Martin introduced Jones to McKagan and McCready after producing his recent new album, Audio Paint Job, and they were so impressed that McKagan even invited him to open for Guns N’ Roses this past September.  The tune is available on Soundcloud.

McKagan told Rolling Stone, “Ayron is such a special and badass new Seattle artist. I went to a show of his last year in Seattle, and it was one of those that just simply made me realize how glad I am that I chose music as a path. Mike and Barrett are, of course, the best at what they do as well. I’m a proud Walker of Levees!”

McCready added, “The three of us (formed the Levee Walkers) to make music with guest vocalists. It’s been a cool, enlightening experience for me as Duff and Barrett push me to be a better musician.”

The Levee Walkers previously issued two releases in 2016 with Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke and Latin artist Raquel Sophia on vocals.  “All Things Fade Away,” backed with another new song “Madness,” is the band’s third single. The two new tracks will be available for purchase today (November 3rd), both digitally and on a seven-inch. Read more and listen to song here.

OMG!  This is priceless!  If you’ve ever seem any of the DimeVision video clips before, the crazy antics of dearly departed Pantera and DamagePlan guitarist Dimebag Darrell (Abbott), you know how hilarious he was. Now comes some trailers for the new release, “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over” — which is described as “another true celebration” of Dimebag  and how he lived his life — (courtesy of Guitar World).

With 2006′s “Dimevision Vol. 1: That’s The Fun I Have”, fans of Dimebag were afforded the chance to see into the world of the legendary guitarist. Compiled from the many, many hours of video footage captured between the mid-’80s and his later years, it was a funny, touching and poignant memorial.

Metal Blade Records will release “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over” on Nov 24. Pre-orders are available at this location. The DVD/CD set — which will include more raw footage, true gems and classic Dimebag moments — will also include five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since longtime girlfriend Rita Haney gave him his first four-track in 1984.

Fans of Dimebag, Pantera and DamagePlan who have had the opportunity to watch “Dimevision Vol 1: That’s The Fun I Have” know it is a funny, touching memorial. “Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over” continues this tradition, and today, Metal Blade, Rita Haney and Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger are pleased to share some of the funniest clips from the set. Watch Dime take part in an “interesting” CPAP machine fitting in the first clip above. About the clip, Rita said: “I had just rolled outta bed and the doctor fitting Dime was about an hour early for his appointment.  Dime and ST were still up partying, so, of course, things never go as planned in Dime’s world!”  (I use a cpap, and I will tell you, they are a drag!  LOL and one of my masks is the exact one Dime used!)  Read more at here. Thanks Blabbermouth!

One thing I regret about no longer residing in NYC is missing concerts and artists coming through town.  Last night, A Perfect Circle — whose current lineup has longtime members Maynard James Keenan (Tool), James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Matt McJunkins (Eagles Of Death Metal), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer) and Billy Howerdel —performed in Brooklyn. They are gearing up to release their first album since their 2004 covers album Emotive and they’re eyeing a late first quarter 2018 release. Having released lead single “The Doomed,” the band brought their tour to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night (11/2). They played the new single, plus two other new songs (“Hourglass” and “Feathers”), and older faves like “The Outsider,” “Weak and Powerless,” “3 Libras,” “The Noose,” and more. Excellent pictures are in the Brooklyn Vegan gallery. (Thanks to them for this report and see entire set list at Brooklyn Vegan.)

Black Veil Brides have released a brand new song called “When They Call My Name”. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming fifth album, “Vale”, which will be released on Jan 12 via Lava/Universal Republic. The follow-up to BVB‘s 2014 self-titled effort, which was originally expected to arrive in September, was produced by John Feldmann at his Southern California studio.

Frontman Andy Biersack said: “We cannot wait for the BVB army to hear ’Vale’ in its entirety! In my opinion, this record is the most complete and exciting album we have done to date. The opportunity to work with John Feldmann once again over the course of the past two years creating ’Vale’ was an incredible experience and I am thrilled with the collection of songs we have put together as a band. The Latin translation of ‘Vale’ is ‘be well, be strong!’ and central to the message of this record.  We hope to continue to inspire our fans and friends to embrace their own individuality and inner strength. The central narrative once again finds ‘The Wild Ones’ characters facing the challenge of moving on from the pain and anguish of their past and looking to a new chapter in their lives. This concept is one that is near to my heart and I believe will resonate with those that find themselves cast on the fringe of society.  From our inception, Black Veil Brides have stood up for the outcasts and disenfranchised. With this album, [we] hope to give you hope, fun and most importantly a kickass rock and roll record.”

Read more here.  Thanks Blabbermouth!


Dee Snider & Jamey Jasta (Photo: Jamey Jasta Instagram)

And finally today, here’s a couple whose union is definitely unholy!  Blabbermouth reporting today Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is currently in the studio working on a new solo album, which is being produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta. The as-yet-untitled disc is due out in the spring.


Earlier this week, Jasta posted a clip on Instagram of Snider tracking vocals at an East Coast recording studio. He also recently revealed on Twitter that former Killswitch Engage and current Light The Torch frontman Howard Jones will contribute to the album.


In an interview with Poughkeepsie radio station 101.5 WPDH on Halloween,  Snider discussed how his pairing with Jasta came to be. “I decided to do a very aggressive metal record — a true metal record. I start recording the album today for release next spring,” he said. “Jamey is a fan of mine, and I was on his podcast, and he literally challenged me on the air. He said, ‘Dude, you’re iconic. I think you need to do a true metal record. Think Rob Halford‘s ’Resurrection’, think in that direction. I go, ‘Well, what do you got in mind?’ He goes, ‘Dude, I will produce it, and I’ve got songs, and I’ve got people stumbling over each other to write a song for Dee Snider.’ Then he just started sending me music. The new stuff is powerful; it’s great; and I’m excited about the next tour, which will start next spring.”  Read more here.

Have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to Fall Back one hour by Sunday  2 A.M..

Celebrating life today:  Mick Thomson of Slipknot is 44, Rise Against’s Tim McIrath is 38.


Thursday, Nov 02, 2017

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Ohhhhh, today I have to go to the dentist.  Since I was a kid, I have always feared the dentist.   And I have to have some major work done.  AAAAARRRGGGHHHHHHHHHH!

Well, last night a friend emailed me to ask me what I knew about this Stone Temple Pilots event happening for the satellite company, Sirius XM.   Being a subscriber, I was kind of shocked I didn’t receive an email myself, but ok.  Apparently,  SOMETHING is about to happen.

It appears Stone Temple Pilots will make their return to the stage on Tuesday, Nov 14th at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. The show is an invitation-only event for satellite radio subscribers and tickets will be given out in a random drawing. It is speculated the concert will mark the first STP performance with the band’s new lead singer, whose identity has not yet been revealed.

Stone Temple Pilots went through some 15,000 submissions before finding the band’s new frontman, nearly two years after the passing of original vocalist Scott Weiland and more than three months following the death of Weiland’s replacement, Chester Bennington.

Bassist Robert DeLeo told us choosing a new frontman was not something the band took lightly: This is not an overnight decision. This is a series of getting together with someone and really figuring out what they are all about. And I think that’s what we need to come to the realization of deciding with one individual, you know.

The band revealed last month that they found “somebody that fits the bill” as the band’s new lead singer. STP has been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park

And earlier this week, I was informed of an impending single coming, but then I got all kinds of push-back on it.  “Oh, the band isn’t done with it yet,”  “The band will release it when they are ready to.” Blah blah blah.  So NOW I can see that something is definitely brewing.   I WANT TO KNOW WHO IS THE NEW LEAD SINGER!!!!!!    ARGH!  Guess we will have to stay tuned!

Yesterday, I told you about Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters guest hosting the Halloween edition of Jimmy Kimmel‘s show, but I forgot his other guest was Kristen Bell, and THAT happened! (You’re welcome.)

Yeah, we all know that many artists do NOT love the idea of you filming at their concerts.   Corey Taylor and David Draiman are just a couple who’ve come out to say, “Put your phones down!”  Now comes this from Jerry Horton of Papa Roach!

Jerry  slammed fans who film concerts with phone cameras, saying he finds the practice “annoying.” Asked by Finland’s Kaaos TV if Papa Roach sees fans at its shows who film the performances on their phones, Horton said, “We do see a lot of it, and it’s kind of annoying to me, only because I feel like you’re paying money for the experience, then you should have the experience and not… I feel like if you’re gonna watch it on a screen, you can always just go on YouTube and watch it on YouTube.

Horton added, “But I guess people want to have that memory forever, maybe, so I can’t be too critical. But, for me, I just couldn’t do it.”

One of the most pronounced changes at concerts in recent years has been people who record performances on their phones. Many fans, as well as artists, have taken issue with this, denouncing the habit as disrespectful. Recently when I attended Pete Townshend‘s Quadraphenia performance with an orchestra at Tanglewood, they made an announcement to put away all electronic devices, but many did not and filmed away.  Of course, I made a stink with some folks around me,   It got ugly.   But point made!

Photo credit: Anna Shinoda

The Pulse Of Radio & Alternative Nation reporting Linkin Park co-vocalist Mike Shinoda opened up about his relationship with late singer Chester Bennington in a new interview with Kerrang! magazine. Shinoda revealed, “I spent more time with Chester than anyone else in my adult life, except for my wife. We were always around each other. People would say we were like brothers, but we were different because brothers are bound by blood. Technically we were dudes in a band who could break up and walk away from each other if we wanted to. I think it’s more exceptional that we never did that.

Shinoda said that Bennington was devoted to his family, remarking, “He deeply loved his wife and all his kids. His family is really complicated in terms of blood relation, adoption, and whatever . . . I’m not a perfect parent, nobody is, but Chester had the very best intentions. He had such a huge heart and he loved his family more than anything.

Shinoda also spoke about Bennington’s efforts to work on his life and sobriety, saying, “I know he worked really hard to do what he did. He woke up in the morning and spent time with his family. He worked out for two hours. He went to AA meetings, or therapy, or whatever worked that part of his brain. He warmed up his voice. He did all of those things just to exist in everyday life . . . I know he worked so hard to be the guy that everybody saw. It didn’t come easily for him at all.

Linkin Park paid tribute to Bennington last Friday night (Oct 27th) with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Remember The Veer Union?  Lovely lads from Vancouver.   They’ve released a lyric video for its cover version of the Faith No More classic “Epic.” The track will appear on their first-ever box set, Decade: History Of Our Evolution, which will be made available through Rockshop Entertainment. The set will include six albums: “Decade”“Decade Acoustic”“Decade 2″“Decade 2 Acoustic”“Decade Demos” and “Decade Rarities”.

Says singer Crispin Earl: “Growing up, Faith No More was one of our favorite bands. Not only did they have great songs, but they had an uncompromising passion for what they did musically. We wanted to harness some of that inspiration with this cover and hopefully do some justice to one of the most underrated and influential bands of our time.”

Read more on Blabbermouth here

Happy 48th today to Fieldy aka Reggie Arvizu.   Hope it’s rockin’, dude!

Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017

All our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the terrorist attack yesterday in my beloved New York City.   #NYCStrong

On a much better note…….

ICYMI: Here are some highlights of Dave Grohl as host of Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I’m Dave Grohl dressed as Dave Letterman sitting in for Jimmy Kimmel, it’s confusing, I get it, especially if you’re home watching right now stoned to the bone,” the guest host said, donning a long white beard and a letterman jacket. Grohl wore the costume for the entirety of the episode.

And besides Kristen Bell, Dave’s other guest was our friend Alice Cooper!

Grohl and his Foo Fighters then joined a straitjacketed Cooper on stage to perform the singer’s 70′s hits “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” and “Killer” that ended with a morbid magic trick: In the medley’s final minutes, Cooper loaded himself into a guillotine that “beheaded” the singer in front of the audience. However, when the head was revealed to the audience, it was a copy of Grohl’s head and not Cooper’s. Grohl smooched his severed head in the waning seconds of his guest-hosting gig.

Foo Fighters have announced they’ll perform New Year’s Eve at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Opening acts are The Zac Brown Band and Duran Duran!  Tickets on sale Friday!  (Thanks to Rolling Stone for the Jimmy Kimmel info)


The Pulse Of Radio reporting the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s widow and daughter, Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain, are continuing their efforts to stop a conspiracy theorist from getting the city of Seattle to release graphic photos taken at the scene of Kurt’s suicide in April 1994. Richard Lee sued the city of Seattle in 2014 in an attempt to have the photos released. Lee lost his case in 2015, but filed an appeal last year, with Love and Frances issuing a new response to fight the appeal.

Love and Frances state in their response that they would suffer “substantial and irreparable damage” if the photos ever were released, adding that making them public ”would not only exacerbate the post-traumatic stress Frances Bean Cobain has suffered since childhood but physically endanger her and her her mother by encouraging more disturbed stalkers and fanatical threats.”

Seattle police did release some photos of Cobain’s shotgun back in 2016, and additional photos have turned up in the years prior. Lee is one of a small number of people who are still pushing the long-discredited theory that Kurt was murdered, possibly on the orders of Love.

We asked Kurt biographer Charles R. Cross why he thinks the conspiracy theories linger on: “I think the main reason people embrace the conspiracy theory is simply that it’s very painful to imagine that Kurt, someone they loved or maybe identified with, that he betrayed them in some degree by taking his own life. You know, the bottom line is there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that Kurt’s death was anything other than suicide, and it’s almost absurd that the topic continues to come up.”


SLIPKNOT Has 'Seven Or Eight' Full Songs Written For Next Album

Blabbermouth reports Slipknot has “seven or eight” full songs written for its next studio album, Shawn “The Clown” Crahan has revealed. Slipknot‘s touring cycle in support of 2014′s .5: The Gray Chapter, ended last November, with singer Corey Taylor returning to his other band Stone Sour this year.  .5: The Gray Chapter was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed.

Asked in a brand new interview with Metal Hammer about the progress of the songwriting sessions for Slipknot‘s next disc, Crahan said: “‘The Gray Chapter’ was pretty much the final learning velocity of our career. We had to replace a bass player, we had to replace a drummer — one of them was walking the earth, the other was buried in the earth. It was a very hard time. People were telling us, ‘How is the band gonna write? Joey and Paul are gone.’ Fuck you. We made a fucking awesome album that we love. And we’re gonna continue to do that. I actually have a date that some of us are gonna get together in a studio and get things going for the next one.

According to the percussionist, he, guitarist Jim Root and drummer Jay Weinberg went to Los Angeles earlier in the year to “organize everything we had written out on the road. We wrote fifty f-ing ideas,” he said. “We spent two weeks organizing all that, and also adding some stuff that was written a year ago.

Shawn added: “We have over twenty-seven ideas ready to go — seven or eight of them are full songs. These songs can change, they can be written over, nothing is in stone. But it’s great that we have concrete ideas to begin with. So the future has never been sweeter for Slipknot music.

“I don’t know what Corey’s got in mind, because he will bring his own songs, too, but we’re just writing music and getting ideas and moods and soundscapes — getting it all fucking together,” he said.

In a recent interview with Metal Wani, Taylor spoke about a possible musical direction for Slipknot‘s next album, saying that nothing has yet been decided. “I know I wanna write something violent, to be honest,” he said. “I wanna do something that feels uncomfortable. I wanna go somewhere where we haven’t been in a long, long time. I don’t know what that means, but I think when I hear it, I’ll know what it is.”


Finally today, Blabbermouth says In This Moment‘s video for the song “Roots” can be seen below. The clip was directed by Maria Brink and Robert Kley.

“Roots” is taken from the band‘s latest album, Ritual, which was released this past July by Atlantic Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records. The disc features a guest appearance from Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford on the song ”Black Wedding”.

Ritual was produced by In This Moment‘s longtime collaborator — and multiple Grammy Award nominee — Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Hellyeah).

Asked how the material from Ritual has been going over live, guitarist Chris Howorth told Fuel The Scene magazine: “The reception has been overwhelmingly good all across the board. It’s kind of weird now… Because album sales are so different, with streams and everything, you don’t really notice it, except for on the live front, you see the people showing up and singing the songs, and you know that they’re getting it and hearing it. Otherwise, it’s hard to kind of tell.”

Added guitarist Randy Weitzel: “When we play a song for the first time, people are just sort of staring at you. But as tours go by, they start to get to know the lyrics and it livens up a little bit. So I think it’s going pretty good.”

Happy 55th today to Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers!

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, Witches and Warlocks!   

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight (Oct 31st). He will be filling in for Kimmel, who is taking time off while he prepares for his son’s second heart surgery. Grohl’s episode will feature Kristen Bell and Alice Cooper as guests, with Cooper also slated to perform on the show. Jennifer LawrenceChanning Tatum and Shaquille O’Neal will also step in for Kimmel this week.

Back in 2013, Grohl filled in for Chelsea Handler and guest-hosted Chelsea Lately for an entire week. But he told me a while back that the job didn’t hold any interest for him: “It’s funny because a lot of people ask, like, ‘Wow, you’re kind of a natural at that, you should do that.’ I’m like, ‘Why? I can fill a stadium in Australia — that’s fun!’

A rep for Kimmel said, “As a precautionary measure, the scheduled second heart surgery for Jimmy Kimmel’s son Billy had to be postponed this week due to the common cold. Jimmy is very grateful to Shaquille O’Neal, Dave Grohl, Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence for filling his very small shoes as guest host this week while he, his wife and children sneeze on each other.”

The Foos resumed their North American tour last Thursday night (Oct 26th) in Birmingham, Alabama, after postponing three shows earlier in the week — in Lexington, Kentucky, Nashville and Memphis — due to an unspecified “family emergency.” They next play Madison, WI on Nov 7th. Foo Fighters are touring in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last month. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and The PRP for the report.)

On Saturday I went down to Cape Coral, FL  to hang out with Pop Evil and interview Leigh Kakaty and Hayley Cramer.  The band is psyched their new single, “Waking Lions” off their self-titled album 5th studio album, which is due Feb 16th.

Singer Kakaty said about the new LP, “This is a dawn of a new day for Pop Evil. The new lineup feels like a whole new chapter for us. We could not be more proud to lead off this new album cycle with ‘Waking Lions,’ sending a positive message to our fans.”

Kakaty told us that Pop Evil wants to stretch out every time it makes a new studio album: “It goes back to taking risks and not standing still, you know. We don’t want to just regurgitate past success and sell out to ourselves in a way, you know. We want to keep making different music that still is unique to our identity. But I think that just gives people something they’re not expecting with us.”
He told me the band wanted to explore more of the “evil” part of their name on the new record.  Pop Evil was produced by Kato Khandwalla (The Pretty Reckless.)

The band has been working on the new disc since April, starting with writing up in Union, MI in a rented house on a lake, with bassist Matt DiRito telling Detroit’s WRIF (and hardDrive weekend affiliate) the sessions were the band’s “longest time in the studio ever.”   The new disc marks the recording debut with the band of British drummer Hayley Cramer, who joined Pop Evil in 2016 following the departure of Josh “Chachi” Marunde.    Be listening for Pop Evil as our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus week Nov 13-17.

Hmmm,  I found this on Blabbermouth. Some would say this is a dis, but he might have a point.  Dunno if Metallica would agree, though!  M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold  says the majority of the people who came to see  Metallica during the two bands’ joint summer 2017 stadium tour are “casual fans” who only have a copy of the San Francisco heavy metal legends’ multi-platinum 1991 album.

Metallica‘s first North American trek in eight years, which was seen by hundreds of thousands people, was also the band’s first stadium run in almost two decades. It kicked off in May in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.

During an Oct 19 event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Shadows and his bandmates spoke about the experience of supporting Metallica on this year’s tour. The singer said: “What you learn is that all the complaining and all the [negativity] online, or in this world, when you actually go to a stadium show, to sell out stadiums, it’s required that you have The Black Album. You can play deep cuts all you want — you can play ’Master Of Puppets’, this and that, but when they’re playing The Black Album songs, every single person there is going crazy. And it’s like sixty percent of their audience are casual fans that only have The Black Album, and that’s one thing that’s never gets reflected by their hardcore fans.

He continued: “To go do stadiums, you have to have a record that’s worked at radio, or crossed over at some point into the consciousness of the human collective, and they had that with The Black Album. As much as we heard this and that, people complaining that they want deeper cuts from them — which I get — but when they play The Black Album, they play ’Sad But True’, ’Enter Sandman’, ’Unforgiven’, it’s just a different vibe, and you can tell that a lot of their audience are casual fans, which is something they’ve done and nurtured really well throughout their career.

“A lot of the metal bands that were around when Metallica put out ‘The Black Album,’ now they’re playing clubs, and Metallica is playing stadiums,” he added.

Metallica‘s self-titled LP in 2014 became the first album to sell sixteen million copies since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

Meanwhile, Avenged Sevenfold will release a “deluxe edition” of The Stage on Dec 15.  It will contain 7 cover tunes and live recordings.  The album was originally released in October 2016 with almost no promotion beforehand.

Avenged Sevenfold s 2018 North American arena headlining tour will kick off January 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The trek will be North America’s introduction to the electrifying “Stage” spectacle which drew rave reviews in Europe.The stage production was done with experts from Cirque Du Soleil.

I love this feature Amoeba Music in Los Angeles films with rock stars who continue to shop in the store for cds and vinyl.  Blabbermouth reporting Slipknot and Stone Sour  frontman Corey Taylor is featured in Amoeba Music‘s “What’s In My Bag?” segment in which he talks about some of the records, books and movies he is into.

In the clip, Taylor can be seen shopping at Amoeba in Hollywood, where he talks about various records from Electric Light OrchestraFrank ZappaThe Clash and Wu Tang Clan, among others.

Corey is continuing to tour with Stone Sour in support of the band’s latest album, Hydrograd, which came out at the end of June. He is also promoting his new book, “America 51″, which was released on Aug 8 via Da Capo Press. Subtitled “A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country In The World’”, it was described by its publisher as a reflection of how touring with bands has taught Corey ”what it means to be an American in an increasingly unstable world.”  Taylor is also Lou Brutus‘ guest tonight on hardDrive XL!

Celebrating their birthdays on Halloween, King Ad-Rock, aka Adam Horowitz of The Beastie Boys is 51 and Vanilla Ice is 50.


weekEnd Oct 28-29, 2017


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
“Trouble” and “Jekyll & Hyde”
“Sid Vicious In A Dress”
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY “Room of Nightmares”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
Guest:  ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
Guest:  HALESTORM “Freak Like Me”

Hour 2

HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
Guest:  STARSET “Satellite”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
Guest:  RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
Guest:  STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
Guest:  AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Nightmare”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  SIN SHAKE SIN “Can’t Go To Hell”


Week of Oct 30-Nov 03, 2017

FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
FOZZY “Judas”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
STARSET “Satellite”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”

ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
DOROTHY “Down To The Bottom”-ADD
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “California Dreaming”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”-ADD
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”