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!

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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

HARDDRIVE’S HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY 2017

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
“Trouble” and “Jekyll & Hyde”
Guest:  SPIDER ONE-POWERMAN 5000
“Sid Vicious In A Dress”
MARILYN MANSON “Kill4Me”
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY “Room of Nightmares”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
Guest:  ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
THREE SONG SWEEP
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Necessary Evil”
A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Into The Fire”
Guest:  HALESTORM “Freak Like Me”

Hour 2

HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
Guest:  STARSET “Satellite”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
Guest:  RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
FALLING IN REVERSE “Superhero”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
Guest:  STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
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

XL
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
FOZZY “Judas”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Rx”

MED
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Trouble”-ADD
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
STARSET “Satellite”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS “Walk On Water”

SM
A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed”
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Into The Fire”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
DOROTHY “Down To The Bottom”-ADD
GRETA VAN FLEET “Safari Song”-ADD
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “California Dreaming”
MARILYN MANSON “KILL4ME”
FALLING IN REVERSE “Superhero”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”-ADD
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”

 

Monday, Oct 30, 2017

ICYMI

The Pulse Of Radio and The PRP reporting on the tribute concert to Chester Bennington held in Los Angeles on Friday evening. The event was hosted by Linkin Park and with guest singers/performers who included Jonathan Davis of Korn, M Shadows & Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold,  Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down, Blink 182 and more! The entire 3 hour plus show is posted above thanks to Linkin Park and YouTube.



The evening also saw the live debut of a song co-vocalist
 Mike Shinoda wrote roughly a week after Bennington‘s passing, called “Looking For An Answer“. Shinoda mentioned during the set he was unsure if the song would surface again in the future. He also stated it is not yet decided if the band will continue on without Bennington.

Several of the band’s biggest hits, including “Numb” and “In The End,” were sung entirely by the audience, while a spotlight focused on a solitary mic stand on the stage. Shinoda thanked the fans at the sold-out venue repeatedly for their love and support over the past few months.

Prior to playing “In The End, Shinoda told the crowd, “Our special guest on this one is our favorite special guest of the whole night. And that’s f**ked up to say because of all these great people that have come out tonight, and if I say that, then that makes them look bad. But I do mean our favorite guests — it’s you guys.”

Chester’s widow Talinda spoke near the end of the show, saying, “Chester and I always loved bringing people together and he was filled with joy when our house was full of family, friends, kids, dogs, cats, birds, turtles — the more the merrier. And he would have loved all of this tonight.”  After thanking her late husband, management, family members, the band and fans across the world for their support, Talinda added, “In the past 14 weeks, you have lifted each other up. You have lifted me up. You have lifted our children up . . . two of the things that brought Chester the most joy in life were spending time with his family and doing whatever he could to help others. He was incredibly proud of the work done through Music For Relief — he knew it saved lives. And saving lives is exactly what we plan to do in Chester’s memory.”

Almost all the night’s performers came onstage for the final song of the evening, “Bleed It Out.”  Proceeds from the concert, which was billed as Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington, will go to Music For Relief‘s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.

Here is the set list with special guests noted:

1 – “Robot Boy“/”The Messenger“/”Iridescent”
2 – “Roads Untraveled”
3 – “Numb” (with crowd on vocals)
4 – “Shadow Of The Day” (feat. Ryan Key of Yellowcard) (feat. U2‘s “Without Or Without You” in the bridge)
5 – “Leave Out All The Rest” (feat. Gavin Rossdale of Bush)
6 – “Somewhere I Belong” (feat. Takahiro “Taka” Moriuchi of One OK Rock)
7 – “Castle Of Glass” (feat. Alanis Morissette and Adrian YoungTom Dumont & Tony Kamal of No Doubt/Dreamcar)
8 – “Rest” (new Alanis Morissette song)
9 – “Nobody Can Save Me” (feat. Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight and Jon Green)
10 – “Battle Symphony” (feat. Jon Green)
11 – “Sharp Edges” (feat. Isley Juber)
12 – “Talking To Myself” (feat. Isley Juber) (with “All Along The Watchtower“)
13 – “Heavy” (feat. Julia Michaels and Kiiara)
14 – “One More Light”
15 – “Looking For An Answer”
16 – “Waiting For The End” (feat. Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight and Sydney Sierota of Echosmith)
17 – “Crawling” (feat. Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Zedd)
18 – “Papercut” (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
19 – “One Step Closer” (feat. Jonathan Davis of KornRyan Shuck and Amir Derakh of Dead By Sunrise)
20 – “A Place For My Head” (feat. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember)
21 – “Rebellion” (feat. Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down and Frank Zummo of Sum 41)
22 – “The Catalyst” (feat. Deryck Whibley and Frank Zummo of Sum 41)
23 – “I Miss You” (Blink-182 song) (by Blink-182)
24 – “What I’ve Done” (feat. Blink-182)
25 – “In The End” (with audience vocals)
26 – “Iridescent”
27 – “New Divide” (with Bennington‘s vocals from 2014 live show)
28 – “A Light That Never Comes” (feat. Steve AokiBebe Rexha and Sum 41‘s Frank Zummo)
29 – “Burn It Down” (feat. M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold)
30 – “Faint” (feat. M. Shadows and Synyster Gates)
31 – “Bleed It Out” (feat. nearly everyone who guested earlier in the night)

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.” Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told Lou Brutus singer Ivan Moody‘s lyrics for the song were inspired by Moody’s own recent struggles to stay sober: Ivan is the hand grenade without the, you know (laughs), without the pin, so he wrote the lyrics obviously and I think it’s about himself, that he is trouble. You know, he’s straightening out. It’s good to see him getting sober, getting straight, and so I guess this song now is in a — now it’s a past tense song.

The other new song included with the set is titled “Gone Away.”  Drummer Jeremy Spencer told our affiliate  Razor 94.7  he was unsure about doing a greatest hits LP at first, saying, ““I was like ‘Do we even have enough hits?’ And then we looked and we have like 13 or 15 radio hits.” He added, “The label thought it was the right time. So we were like ‘Cool, let’s put some new songs on it though.’

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. Five Finger Death Punch’s seventh full-length LP, which was finished nearly a year ago, will follow up 2015′s Got Your Six and will be released in spring 2018.

The band is currently preparing to embark on a European arena tour with In Flames and Of Mice & Men.

Disturbed‘s incredibly successful cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence” is now the soundtrack of a new video released by NASA. According to The PRP, the footage in the clip was filmed from the International Space Station during Expedition 53 and was captured by Commander Randy Bresnik as well as flight engineers Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli. The song underneath expansive shots of the Earth, views of giant urban electrical grids and flashes of sunlight cresting across the curve of the planet.

Disturbed singer David Draiman told me a while back the cover has been a success beyond the band’s wildest expectations: It doesn’t stop being surreal. Every single step of the way, it’s another incredible surprise, it’s incredibly gratifying, and it’s succeeded way above and beyond our expectations.”

Since it’s August 21st, 2015 release Disturbed‘s take on the track has gone double platinum in the U.S. alone for sales and/or streams of more than two million copies. The video for the track, released in December 2015, has been seen more than 292 million times, a record number of views on YouTube for the group.|   Paul Simon reached out to make contact with Draiman and compliment him for the band’s take on his song after seeing them perform it live on Conan.  “The Sound Of Silence” appeared on Disturbed’s sixth album, Immortalized, which ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One.

The group announced plans earlier this year to record and release an acoustic EP before starting its next full-length studio album, but has not provided any updates since. I’ve noticed some social media posts indicating something is brewing, so stay tuned! (The Pulse Of Radio and The PRP.)

Foo Fighters resumed their North American tour on Thursday night (Oct 26th) in Birmingham, AL, after postponing three shows earlier in the week – in Lexington, KY, Nashville and Memphis — due to an unspecified “family emergency.” Frontman Dave Grohl did not mention the problem during the concert in Birmingham and the band has issued no further statements on the matter.

The show did allow Grohl a chance to bring a fan onstage toward the end of the 22-song set to play guitar with the band on “Big Me.” Grohl explained an audience member guested with them the week before and now everyone thought they could perform with Foo Fighters. Grohl made the new guest, named Jeremy, swear he could play the song and had him demonstrate the chords.

Grohl also led the crowd in a singalong of “Happy Birthday” after discovering it was Jeremy’s big day, before jokingly telling him to “get the f**k off my stage!” Last week Foo Fighters brought up an audience member named Pierce to play drums on a cover of “Under Pressure.”

The Foos recently announced a new leg of North American dates which will begin on Apr 18th in Austin, TX and will conclude on Jul 29th with the band’s return to Wrigley Field in Chicago. The three postponed shows have been rescheduled as part of that trek. 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 JamBase and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Alternative Nation reporting the former bandmates and children of late Stone Temple Pilots  frontman Scott Weiland paid tribute to the singer on what would have been his 50th birthday this past Friday (Oct 27th). Bassist Robert DeLeo wrote on Twitter, “A very gifted young man with such a beautiful voice would have turned 50 today. Happy Birthday and much love Scott.” The band’s official Twitter account posted, “Happy Birthday Scott. 50 years ago today the world was given a gift. Thank you for all you gave us. Happy Birthday.”

DeLeo told us he and the other members of STP were struck by Scott’s energy when they first met him: “He was a lion, you know, he really was. In every way in life, he was almost to the point of being hyper about creating and getting things done. We knew that he had that energy. Not only in the voice — I knew he could sing and he was a real singer — but the energy he brought along with that, it was something that he always had from when I met him.”

Meanwhile, Scott’s children, Noah and Lucy, posted their first public comments since their father’s death on Facebook. The siblings posted a list online titled “Songs That Remind Me Of My Dad,” writing, “Happy Birthday Daddy. Here are a few songs that remind us of you on this special day and every day. XOXO-Noah & Lucy.” Among the tracks the children listed — with commentary from one or both on each — were Weezer‘s “Islands In The Sun,” their father’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” the Beatles‘ “Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds,” “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys, “Wake Me Up When September Ends” from Green Day, and several STP songs, including “Dead And Bloated,” “Cinnamon,” “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” and “Kitchenware & Candybars.”

About one song on the list, Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since You’ve Been Gone,” Lucy wrote, “Every dad with a little girl when this song came out was probably familiar with it. He even took us to her concert and danced with me on his shoulders while I rocked out with my little fists in the air.”

Scott Weiland died in December 2015 from an overdose of drugs and alcohol while touring with his solo act the Wildabouts.  Stone Temple Pilots recently reissued their 1992 debut album, Core, in a deluxe 25th anniversary edition and will be releasing a new song very soon and will announce their new singer. Stay tuned!

Ozzy Osbourne says he can’t decide whether he wants to make a new full-length solo studio album or release standalone singles. Speaking to the Orange County Register, Ozzy said full LPs were not “cost-effective” anymore, explaining, “You actually lose money because people aren’t buying records anymore. A couple of songs, maybe I’ll do that and put that out. I’ll go to Sharon (Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager) and say, ‘I want to do an album’ and then I’ll go to her and say, ‘I don’t want to do an album.’ I really can’t make up my mind.” Ozzy’s last solo set, Scream, arrived in 2010. (Blabbermouth)

Happy 52nd today to Gavin Rossdale of Bush!

Friday, Oct 27, 2017

(Warning, there IS swearing in this video, so if you are offended, move on!)

Oh man, OF COURSE it was in NYC!  The Pulse Of Radio reporting Queens Of The Stone Age singer/guitarist Josh Homme called out two audience members engaged in a fight during their Oct 24th concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Who goes to a QOTSA concert anymore to have a FIGHT, unless it was over politics, I guess!)

Homme took to the mic to address them from the stage, saying, “What’s going on? Is this something like a fight? We’re not here to fight. If you want to fight, stick your head up your ass and fight for air — and get the f**k out.”

He continued, “We’re here to dance, everybody’s going to get laid, and we don’t want security to be all over the place . . . So don’t be a d**k. We’re not the soundtrack to you fighting, we’re the soundtrack to you f**king. If you don’t like that, get the f**k out.

Homme stepped away from the mic at one point and verbally engaged with the rowdy audience members. Homme’s speech was met with a hearty round of applause before the band kicked into “Domesticated Animals” from its new album Villains.

The New York show closed out the band’s recent North American tour, which was nearly all sold out. After a stint in Europe, the Queens will start a new North American run on January 22nd in Victoria, BC.  Villains debuted at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart last month, moving 69,000 copies in pure album sales in its first week of release.

Five Finger Death Punch has shared a preview of its new single “Trouble” in a freshly posted teaser video. The song is expected to be one of the two new tracks set for inclusion on the band’s forthcoming greatest hits set, Decade Of Destruction, now due out in December. Further details on that set, as well as the band’s seventh studio album due out early next year, remain pending.   You can listen to “Trouble” this weekend on the hardDrive’s Halloween Hootenanny with Lou Brutus!

Metallica receive award backstage at O2 Arena (IQ Magazine photo)

Metallica played to 22,211 people at the O2 Arena in London, England on Tuesday night (Oct 24th), breaking the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016. According to IQ, Metallica’s current “in the round” stage set-up, with the metal legends performing in the middle of the arena — expanded the seating capacity at the venue, which allowed the group to set the new record.

Frontman James Hetfield told hardDriveRadio a while back that Metallica prefers to perform as close to its fans as possible: “Whatever gets us as close to the audience as possible is preferred for us. Whether it’s in the round or lower or in whatever configuration it takes. We want to get as close as possible and we’ve succeeded in getting closer and closer.”

The O2′s head of programming, Christian D’Acuna, presented the members of Metallica with an illustration specially commissioned to mark their achievement. Metallica’s two shows at the O2 were part of the U.K. leg of the “WorldWired” tour, which next stops in Manchester on Saturday night (Oct 28th). Metallica’s European jaunt kicked off in early September and will run through November. After a holiday break, the trek will resume on Feb 1st, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

Hellyeah (Photo: David Jackson)

Hellyeah will enter The Hideout recording studio in Las Vegas in early November to begin recording its sixth album. The follow-up to 2016′s Unden!able will once again be produced by Kevin Churko, who helmed the band’s last effort and its predecessor, 2014′s Blood For Blood. Drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott told VintageRock.Com, “We just finished 192 tour dates with Hellyeah. Our current single, ‘Love Falls,’ is Number Five in the United States Of America right now and still climbing . . . So things are going good, we’re staying busy, and we’re looking forward to a busy, busy, busy year next year.”

Lou Brutus asked Hellyeah singer Chad Gray why he thought Unden!able was the band’s most successful album in some time: I have no idea (laughs). I mean, I think that we started getting back to our roots. When we started it, it was an experiment, and it was so cool ’cause it was almost unspoken and we got back to our roots, you know.”

Hellyeah was formed a decade ago by guitarist Tom Maxwell of Nothingface, Abbott, who had played with Pantera and Damageplan, and Gray, who had recorded five albums with Mudvayne. The trio remain the core members of the band.

Unden!able was released on Jun 3rd, 2016 and marked the first time Hellyeah’s current lineup — which also includes guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders – recorded together as a unit.

A “deluxe” edition of Unden!able will be made available on Oct 27th as a CD/DVD and live audio digital deluxe. The physical package contains the fan-shot live concert DVD, We’re All In This Together. The digital package contains the live audio from the DVD.

Unden!able features three Top 10 U.S. Active Rock singles: “Human, a cover of Phil Collins‘ “I Don’t Care Anymore” and “Love Falls.”

Today is the 27th, and there are this many new albums out:
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD V
THEORY OF A DEADMAN Wake Up Call 
10 YEARS (How To Live) As Ghosts 
MASTODON Cold Dark Place 10″ vinyl
RED Gone 
POWERMAN 5000 New Wave 
HELLYEAH Unden!able Deluxe Edition

So what are you waiting for?  Get shoppin’!  And then later,  Stranger Things, Season 2!   Ahead of Stranger Things’ Season 2 premiere, Netflix announced an aftershow, Beyond Stranger Things, which will examine all things spooky and odd in Hawkins, Indiana. The aftershow will be hosted by comedian Jim Rash, and will tackle “inspiration for the series, behind-the-scenes stories, and analyzes every aspect of the second season – answering all the burning questions.” Feature creators Matt and Ross Duffer and cast members, including Millie Bobby BrownPaul Reiser and Sean Astin, will also appear. I can’t wait!

Celebrating life this weekend:  Today:  Kelly Osbourne is 33 and former guitarist for Judas Priest, KK Downing is 66.  Monty Python’s John Cleese is 78!  Saturday:  Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf is 61 and Bill Gates is 62.  Sunday, Stranger Things’ Winona Ryder is 46.  

 

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

The Pulse Of Radio  says Greta Van Fleet will release an eight-song double EP called From The Fires on Lou Brutus‘ birthday, Nov 10th!!!  The disc will contain all four tunes from the band’s breakout Black Smoke Rising EPwhich features the chart-topping single “Highway Tune,” along with four brand new recordings from the band. Lead vocalist Josh Kiszka said about the collection, “All eight of these songs share a theme of basic humanity,”

The quartet of new tracks were recorded last month in Detroit by the Frankenmuth, Michigan-based band. Fans who purchased Black Smoke Rising digitally and want to buy this the same way will get a special price break.

Kiszka also came up with the EP’s cover art, saying, “When we were all kids, our extended families and friends spent part of every summer together at a place called Yankee Springs. We were out in the middle of the woods, and every night, we’d sit around a campfire, play music and tell stories . . . That concept is where the cover art and title come from.”

Greta Van Fleet is in the midst of a U.S. tour that stops in Los Angeles this weekend for a two-night stand on Sunday (Oct 29th) and Monday (Oct 30th).  Greta Van Fleet consists of brothers Josh, Jake and Sam Kiszka on vocals, guitar and bass/keyboards respectively, and their friend Danny Wagner on the drums. The band is named after a woman from their hometown in Michigan named Gretna Van Fleet and the name is used with her blessing.

From The Fires is the second of three EPs initially slated to form the band’s debut album, although it’s unclear whether that is still the plan. We heard from a source the band is also taking the month of November to record their first “official”  full album.  Stay tuned!

Conspiracy theories. On this???!!!!   The Pulse Of Radio says late singer Chris Cornell‘s former Audioslave  bandmate, guitarist Tom Morello, dismissed the conspiracy theories that have surfaced in the wake of Cornell’s suicide last May. Cornell hanged himself from a hotel room door in Detroit following a show with Soundgarden, but a small number of fans online have embraced theories suggesting that he was murdered. Morello said, “The only sinister hand (at work in his passing) was his lifelong addiction that finally caught up with him.”

Morello told us it’s no surprise people are still not over the shock and grief of Cornell’s passing: “I mean, it’s a horrible loss for those who loved him and for the world of music. He was a lovely person and one of the most talented people in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The world was very surprised and saddened.”

Morello told Blairing Out With Eric Blair that he’s had a “horrible” time dealing with Cornell’s passing. He said he saw no signs of depression in the singer when they held a brief Audioslave reunion last January, adding, “He loved his life, he loved his family, he loved music, and it’s a tragedy.

Morello and Cornell recorded three studio albums as members of Audioslave and Morello has hinted recently at the existence of unreleased material from the sessions for all three records that could surface one day.

Meanwhile, Cornell’s still active social media accounts are promoting the sale of the “Chris Cornell Guitar Strap,” with proceeds going to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. The $225 strap is embroidered with a copy of Chris’s signature stitched into the leather and was custom made for the Soundgarden frontman before his death. Kind of creepy if you ask me. Would you buy the guitar strap of a dead man? And isn’t it just a little strange to use the social media platforms of someone who has passed to put out fund-raising notices.  Just seems inappropriate.   But maybe that’s just me.

Five Finger Death Punch‘s Jason Hook stands by his recent statement that his band‘s upcoming album will contain some of the band’s strongest material to date. Their follow-up to 2015′s Got Your Six was delivered to the band’s longtime record label  Prospect Park last December, but a legal battle with the company delayed the LP’s arrival.

Earlier this month, it was announced Five Finger Death Punch had resolved its dispute with Prospect Park, with a greatest-hits album set to arrive in December, and the new full-length album to follow next year.

Asked why he feels  Five Finger Death Punch‘s next disc will be the group’s finest release to date, Hook told our affiliate, Springfield, IL’s 97.7 QLZ,  at this month’s JJO’s Sonic Boom festival in Janesville, WI: “Well, there is a certain part of finishing something brand new that is going to make you feel like it’s the best. Because it’s new, it has a freshness to it, so it has an unfair advantage over the other ones. But I think that what’s really important is how the public feels about it. ‘Cause what I like and what works for me doesn’t necessarily… I can’t count on that to work for everybody. But I think it’s a great record. Everything that we do, we put a hundred and ten percent into it. I mean, we’re very particular about these records because we’re living in an age where people are so quick to consume that they’ll blow through a record and then throw it over their shoulder: ‘What’s next?’ So I kind of think that these things are forever. They have to be great. They can’t just be good; they have to be awesome, so that, well, for one, people will buy it. ‘Cause if it’s not awesome, people will just listen to it for free. I like the record. What can I tell ya? I hope you all get to hear it next year.”

The guitarist was also asked if it’s important for ‘Death Punch to continue to make full-length albums as opposed to putting out singles and EPs, like other artists have done. He said: “Well, I don’t know if anyone’s really figured it out. I never really liked the EP thing. To me, it was always, like, ‘Why an EP? Are you gonna come back and finish the rest of it later? Or you didn’t have money to finish it? I mean, why an EP?’ I like just making proper full records. I think that we’re just gonna take our chances and continue to release full records.” (Thanks Blabbermouth.)

METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT To Guest On New MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Album

Blabbermouth also reporting Metallica‘s guitarist Kirk Hammett has recorded a guest appearance on the upcoming album from Michael Schenker Fest, the project led by legendary German axeman Michael Schenker.

Schenker told Metal Discovery that Hammett laid down his part at a studio in Hawaii with producer Michael VossKirk, you know, he’s a Michael Schenker fan all the way, and he has become a friend, and he plays in the biggest band on this planet,“ Schenker said. “So I asked him if he wanted to do this, and he was more than happy. And so Michael Voss flew over there and recorded him.”

Hammett and Schenker first traded licks during the taping of VH1 Classic‘s “That Metal Show” in April 2015 at Metropolis Studios in New York City. Less than a month later, Kirk joined Michael on stage at the RockBar in San Jose, CA to perform a couple of songs: UFO‘s “Natural Thing” and Scorpions‘ “Blackout”.

In an interview with Guitar World magazine, Hammett spoke about how his life was changed when he first heard UFO’s 1975 album  Force It, which featured Schenker on guitar.

“I was 15 years old and a friend of mine brought it over to my house insisting I had to hear it,“ Hammett recalled. “I was still living at my parents’ house at the time, and they had a very loud stereo system. My friends would come over and we would blast it up to what we thought was concert level. Boy, was I naïve!  The first track my friend played was ‘Mother Mary’, and I thought, wow, these guys are just as heavy as Thin LizzyAerosmithMontrose and all the other hard rock stuff that I was listening to before I got into heavy metal. When it got to the guitar solo, I was just blown away by Michael Schenker‘s tone, phrasing and technique. By the time the second solo came on with the fastest descending lick I’d ever heard, I was totally hooked! I immediately grabbed the album cover and saw the picture of Schenker playing a Flying V. From that point on, I knew there was an entire rock vocabulary out there that was not just based on pentatonic scales, and I set out to learn as many Schenker solos as possible while trying to write heavy riffs just like UFO. I also wanted a Flying V so bad! That record taught me a lot about solo structure, phasing and melody, as well as playing for the song. I was amazed how UFO could be so heavy and so melodic in the course of one song. I think the band I was in at the time added two UFO songs to its set that week.”

“For me, the standout tracks on ’Force It’ are ’Mother Mary’, ’Shoot Shoot’, ’This Kid’s', ’Out On The Street’ and ’Let It Roll’. Every time I pick up the guitar and start improvising, I think a lick or two from that album squeaks out subconsciously. I probably spew the most Schenker licks on [Metallica's 1983 debut album] Kill ‘Em All because everything was still kind of new to me at that time.”

The Michael Schenker Fest album will be released in early 2018 via Nuclear Blast.

AVATAR

2018
JAN
06:  Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
07:  Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
09:  Montreal, QC @ Astral
11:  New York, NY @ The Gramercy
12:  Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
13:  Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore SoundStage
14:  Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
16:  Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
17:  Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
18:  New Orleans, LA @ HOB
19:  Houston, TX @  HOB
20:  Dallas, TX @  HOB
21:  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
23:  Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
24:  Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
25:  Sacramento, CA @ The Ace of Spades
28:  Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
30:  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
31:  Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
FEB
01:  Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
02:  Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
03:  Green Bay, WI @ Sand Lot
05:  Lawrence, KS -@ The Granada
07:  Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
08:  Cleveland, OH @ HOB
09:  Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
10:  Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
11:  Grand Rapids, MI @  Intersection
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Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017

Good day!   Blabbermouth is reporting Metallica will perform at Band Together Bay Area, a benefit concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Thursday, Nov 9th supporting recovery efforts for the recent firestorm that swept through Northern California. Also scheduled to appear are G-Eazy and Dave Matthews Band.

Tickets, which range from $49.50 to $199.50, will go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster, which has pledged to donate all processing fees to the relief effort. Prime seats in the stadium will be reserved for first responders, volunteers and families who were caught in the firestorm.

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who nearly lost his house in Sonoma’s Mission Highlands, told the San Francisco Chronicle: “On the Cal Fire map, the fire ends right on top of my house. The reality is that it ended at my front gate. It’s brutal. The mental and psychological toll is what I always think about.”

The Metallica members said in a statement they were “proud” to take part in the event “to assist the families impacted by the fires and show our immense appreciation to the thousands of first responders who have been working tirelessly since the fires began.

They explained: “Earlier this month Northern California, the community that we have called home for over thirty-four years, endured devastating wildfires. We’re extremely saddened by the suffering that so many are feeling in the Bay Area, but are also inspired by the enormous outpouring of love and support from all around the country.”

One hundred percent of the ticket price will be donated to Tipping Point Community benefitting low-income, vulnerable communities impacted by the crisis, including vineyard workers, immigrants, displaced young people, and students.

 Wow! This is big news!  Blabbermouth also reporting Marilyn Manson has fired his longtime bassist Jeordie White, who performs under the name Twiggy RamirezThe news comes less than a week after White was publicly accused of rape by his former girlfriend, Jessicka Addams of the riot grrrl band Jack Off Jill.

Jeordie has yet to respond to Addams’s Oct 20 Facebook post in which she detailed the physical and psychological abuse in addition to rape while they were in a relationship in the 1990s — a relationship Addams described as being exceptionally turbulent.

Yesterday, Manson released a short statement via his social media accounts, saying simply: “I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well.” On Instagram, Manson added: “This is a sad day.”

White released a statement of his own, writing: “I wish to spend this time with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. I will be taking a leave of absence from Marilyn Manson and regrettably will not be performing on the upcoming tour.”

Although the events Addams described happened over twenty years ago, she said she did not go public out of shame and fear that it could damage her band’s career. She later alluded to White‘s behavior in a 2015 interview, but she said she finally opened up now in solidarity with other women who are coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and abuse in the wake of the many allegations made against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

White first left Manson’s band in 2003, but rejoined five years later, in time to record the band’s seventh album, The High End Of Low. He has also played with A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails.

After the initial allegations against White came out, Manson issued a statement saying: “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend. I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.”

Manson is next scheduled to perform on Nov 5 at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in Devore, CA. No news on who White’s replacement will be at press time.

Another post from Blabbermouth says Asking Alexandria have posted a new song, “Where Did It Go?,” from their self-titled album, due Dec 15th. This new song, along with the album, was produced by From First To Last’s Matt Good.  It is now available on all digital platforms.

I spoke with Danny Worsnop, who stated he and the band are very proud of this new record and it speaks to their maturity as a band.  Danny also stated he was having “so much fun writing an album I never thought I’d make with people I never thought I’d make on with again. It’s out of the box, out of my comfort zone, out of the ordinary, and out of this world! This is something totally new and unique that I cannot wait for the world to hear. This album has me proud, humbled, reassured, and affirmed. Welcome to a new era, and a new sound which I’m sure in two years will be ripped off by far too many artists (there’s a song about that on here too).

You will not hear songs about partying, or girls, or how rock and roll I am. Instead you will hear some of the most carefully crafted songs I’ve ever made that hopefully will live longer than I do. Thank you to [guitarist Ben Bruce] for writing some phenomenal music for me to create stories with, [bassist Sam Bettley], [drummer James Cassells] and [guitarist Cameron Liddell] for their great talent in making this sound so good, and [producer Matt Good] for heading the operation and fooling the world into thinking I know what I’m doing.”

Interesting to note, Danny said to me although he’s recording and touring with the band, he has not signed a contract to be a full-time member.   He said this allows him to do what he wants, when he wants.   Hmmmm.    I, for one, hope he stays put.   I also asked what the status is of We Are Harlot.  He seemed to think there would be an opportunity somewhere down the line to do something with the band, but made no firm commitment. Danny also was proud of the music he created for his solo country-oriented album, The Long Road Home, and there is a plan to record more music in that vein.

Founder and guitarist Ben Bruce said, “This album has captured the magic and energy that we had when we first got together and recorded our debut album, ’Stand Up And Scream’.  Cheers to us. Cheers to you. Here’s to the future. Thank you for your ongoing love and support, it means the world to us. We hope this record speaks to you on so many levels. You keep us going and you help us grow. This next step is an exciting one for all of us. Thank you guys.”

Meanwhile, Ben recently became a dad again recently.  Congrats to him and his wife, and to the band on their new arrivals!  :)

I received an advance copy of the new Avatar album yesterday and it is deliciously wonderful!  Heavy yet hooky and it even has some country underpinnings to it!  According to a post in Blabbermouth, the Swedish metallers  will release their seventh full-length album, Avatar Country, on Jan 12 via Entertainment One in North America and Century Media Records Ltd. in the rest of the world. The disc was produced by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther) this past summer at Spinroad Recording Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The official Johan Carlén-directed video for Avatar‘s new song, ”A Statue Of The King”, can be seen above. The track is available as an iTunes instant-gratification track.

Avatar Country track listing:

01. Glory To Our King
02. Legend Of The King
03. The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country
04. King’s Harvest
05. The King Wants You (my fav)
06. The King Speaks
07. A Statue Of The King
08. King After King
09. Silent Songs Of The King Pt. 1 – Winter Comes When The King Dreams Of Snow
10. Silent Songs Of The King Pt. 2 – The King’s Palace

Avatar will embark  on a European tour in early March. They are currently out with In This Moment through Nov 8th.  See their entire tour here and in Road Rage.

Happy 56th today to Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Happy 36th to former Hinder frontman Austin Winkler!