Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017

Friday On My Mind, indeed! Yesterday, news came of the passing of George Young, older brother of Mal and Angus Young of AC/DC.   He played a primary role in the band’s development.  And he was in The Easybeats, writing and playing rhythm guitar. (I loved “Friday On My Mind” when I was a teen!)

George was born in Scotland in 1946 but emigrated to Australia with his family as a child. He broke out in the early 1960s as a member of The Easybeats, for whom he wrote the international hit song “Friday on My Mind.”

Malcolm Young told us a while back that it was inspiring to watch his older brother achieve such success: “We never really listened, ’cause they’d just go off and practice. You know, it wasn’t until I heard a record — he came home with it, and it was really good. It sorta happened without us seeing it growing, you know what I mean? The next thing, it was Number One (laughs) in Australia, you know? We thought, ‘Geez, how did this happen?’”

George started his own production company when the Easybeats split in 1970. He and Vanda became two of Australia’s best-known pop songwriters, before attracting still wider notice for their production work with AC/DC.

Angus Young told us not long ago that it was George who helped define the AC/DC sound: My older brother George, he produced a lot of what we had done in the beginning, and he always said, ‘You’re just a guitar band. The guitars are so dominant in what you do.’ And he always thought it was a big plus factor, ’cause the guitars were just so strong.”

Publishing company Albert Music, which handled both the Easybeats and AC/DC, stated, “A consummate songwriter, trailblazing producer, artist, mentor and extraordinary musician, George was above all else a gentleman who was unfailingly modest, charming, intelligent and loyal — a man with a wonderful sense of humor. George was a pioneer who, with close friends Harry Vanda and (company namesake) Ted Albert, created a new sound for the Australian music industry.”

George Young was 70 and his cause of death was not immediately revealed. (The Pulse Of Radio.)

Halestorm singer and guitarist and Ask Lzzy host Lzzy Hale said an interview with the Speak N’ Destroy podcast the band is “doubling down” on rock music with its fourth album, which they’re currently in the midst of recording. Hale explained, “The thing about rock n’ roll is that it doesn’t go away but it’s not always the most popular thing. So when everybody jumps ship, that means you’ve just gotta hang on and go down with it. It’s so much more than a career choice.

Halestorm has been working on its new LP in Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz, best known for his work with RushKornAlice In Chains and Deftones. Lzzy Hale told Lou Brutus why Raskulinecz has turned out to be a perfect producer for Halestorm:  Basically it starts and ends with the band with him, and his mark is being a fan of rock music and he’s always a fan of the bands that he works with. And so really he kind of, he lets us be ourselves, but he reminds us and pulls out certain things that, like, we didn’t know we were good at. He’s bringing out our best selves right now, and it’s really great to see.”

Raskulinecz also produced Halestorm’s third covers EP, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP, which led to him getting the nod for the new disc. Hale explained, “(Nick) is just an amazing producer. Those tones that he got were a huge selling point for us to do the next record with the guy.”

Halestorm’s 2015 album, Into The Wild Life, was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory. The band just finished a month-long fall tour with Starset and will head back into the studio to finish the new record. (The Pulse Of Radio/Loudwire)

Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz (Photo: Marilyn Manson Instagram)

Marilyn Manson commented on Instagram about the death of his band’s original guitarist and co-founder Scott Putesky, a.k.a. Daisy Berkowitz, who recently lost a four-year battle with colon cancer at the age of 49. Manson said, “Scott Putesky and I made great music together. We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more. Everyone should listen to ‘Man That You Fear’ (from Antichrist Superstar) in his honor. That was our favorite.” (Noisecreep)

Queens Of The Stone Age announced yesterday (Oct 23rd) that they’d hidden three pairs of tickets in three different stations along Manhattan’s Q subway line — at 57th Street/7th Avenue, 14th Street-Union Square, and Canal Street/Broadway — for the band’s (Oct 24th) show  tonight at Madison Square Garden. Apparently they were placed near the poles on the platform, and at press time there was no word yet on whether any had been retrieved. The stations where tickets were placed also got a small redesign and the band’s label also provided an updated subway map. The show is sold out.  Knowing New York subway riders, they either scalped the tickets or returned them to  MTA Lost & Found as any good samaritan would do. Genius idea from their marketing folks at Matador Records!   (Stereogum)

Kid Rock announced his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar, will be released on Nov 3rd.    He also posted a bunch of brand new tour dates, and you can find ‘em in Road Rage.

Finally today, Blabbermouth reporting Chicago-based coffee roasters Dark Matter Coffee have teamed up with KHDK Electronics — METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s boutique guitar pedal company — to release a limited collaboration coffee blend, celebrating Hammett‘s signature pedal. The beans are sourced from El Salvador and feature notes of apricot, praline, bourbon and mulling spice.

The Dark Matter Coffee web site describes the Ghoul Screamer Coffee as follows: “Guarding a serpentine circuit of obsidian, Ghoul Screamer was forged in the bottomless mines of Az’g'orath to protect humanity from the forces of evil by summoning the scream of the Ghoul. (from ‘ghôùll,’ Sumarian for ‘sick tone’). Heed the prophecy; only warriors of the sacred caffeine-to-blood ratio will wield the power of Ghoul Screamer, a fully fermented brew with waves of untamed punch. Those unworthy will be consumed by its force.”

Founded by Hammett and industry vet David KaronKHDK Electronics is a new boutique guitar effects maker. Working with world renowned musicians to develop their products, KHDK stands for an exclusive lifestyle brand which caters to artists who are not afraid to push the envelope. Over the past few years, KHDK has relentlessly refined and polished their vision with pain-staking detail. From conception to prototype each product has been carefully crafted by engineer Antonin Salva. All KHDK products are hand-built by a family-run manufacturer in Paducah, KY. A 12-ounce bag of Ghoul Screamer Coffee can be purchased for $18.

Happy 81st today to The Rolling Stones’ original bassist Bill Wyman!

weekEnd Oct 21-22, 2017

SPOTLIGHT ON STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ 25th Anniversary of CORE

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  GRETA VAN FLEET
“Safari Song”  & “Highway Tune”
Plugged In:  POWERMAN 5000
“Sid Vicious In A Dress”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS “Walk On Water”
PALAYE ROYALE “Get Higher”
Guest:  A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed”
THREE SONG SWEEP
FALLING IN REVERSE “Superhero”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red, Violent Blue”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “Living On The 110″
ASK LZZY
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Rx”

Hour 2

MARILYN MANSON “Kill4Me”
DIRT
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Wish You Were Here”
Guest:  STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “Wicked Garden”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY “I’ll Find A Way”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Guest:  STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “Crackerman”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Into The Fire”
Guest:  STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “Only Dying”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  A DAY TO REMEMBER “We Got This”

Week of Oct 23-27, 2017

XL
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
FOZZY “Judas”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
IN THIS MOMENT “Oh Lord”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Rx”

MED
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
NINE INCH NAILS “Less Than”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
STARSET “Satellite”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS “Walk On Water”

SM
A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed”-ADD
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Into The Fire”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “California Dreaming”
MARILYN MANSON “KILL4ME”
FALLING IN REVERSE “Superhero”
PALAYE ROYALE “Get Higher”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”-ADD
SKILLET “The Resistance”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”
WAYLAND “Through The Fire”

Monday, Oct 23, 2017

Updated at 3:33 PM:  Good Day folks! Getting started a little late….Did you stay up for Talking Dead after Walking Dead last night?  I did!   Lots of news today to feast on……

Blabbermouth reporting Breaking Benjamin has set Ember as the title of its sixth studio album. Frontman Ben Burnley revealed the name of the disc during an interview with our hardDrive affiliate KFMA at Saturday’s (Oct 21st) KFMA Fall Ball in Tucson, AZ. Burnley joked, “We were gonna call it Ascend but spell it Ass-End, but the label was, like, ‘Hmm…’” A release date for Ember has not yet been announced. The LP will follow up 2015′s Dark Before Dawn, which ended a six-year gap between albums for the group and marked the recording debut of the band’s current lineup.  The initial sessions were recorded in NYC last December.  The band just returned from a European run and is doing some shows around the U.S..  The band will also be spending the early part of 2018 on tour with Avenged Sevenfold!  See the Road Rage page for more!

Alternative Press reporting Linkin Park‘s tribute concert to the band’s late frontman Chester Bennington will be live streamed for free via YouTube. The stream will kick off at youtube.com/linkinpark at 10:45 p.m. ET and 7:45 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct  27th. The performance itself will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and see Linkin Park return to the stage for the first time since Bennington took his own life this past July.

Among the artists scheduled to appear at the show are Jonathan Davis of  KornOliver Sykes from Bring Me The HorizonM. Shadows and Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold, all the members of System Of A Down except Serj Tankian, members of Blink-182Machine Gun Kelly, ex-Yellowcard singer Ryan Key, pop singer and Linkin Park collaborator Kiiara and more. Members of No Doubt and other surprise guests are also reportedly going to attend.

Proceeds from the concert, which is being 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.

Meanwhile, TMZ reported Chester left behind a will in which he specifically requested that all six of his children — which he had with three different women – be encouraged to spend time together and with their extended family. Bennington stated in the document, “I request that my children’s mothers or guardians encourage and allow my children to visit with one another and with my extended family and the extended family of my spouse on a regular and ongoing basis, so that my children know that they have a large and loving family.” He also left money for them so that they could travel to see each other and the world. The size of the estate that Bennington left behind was not disclosed. His current wife, Talinda, was named executor of his will.

Foo Fighters sent out a couple of emails over the weekend stating due to a family emergency, , Foo Fighters concert scheduled for this Monday, Oct 23rd in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena has been postponed. Information on the new date will be announced shortly. Foo Fighters concert scheduled for tomorrow Oct 24th in Memphis at Fed Ex Forum has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 3rd 2018. All tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new dates.

Their Saturday night show tonight’s show in Lexington KY at the Rupp Arena also had to be rescheduled to May 1 due to a family emergency.  All tickets for that show will be honored at the May 1 rescheduled date. The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to returning to rock Lexington in May. If you are unable to attend the new date, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Further questions regarding ticketing can be addressed at the Rupp Arena box office 859-233-3535 or Ticketmaster 800-745-3000.

If you are unable to attend, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Foo Fighters apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing fans at the new dates. For more information on the MEMPHIS date call the FEDEX Forum Box Office at 901-205-2640 or the Ticketmaster number, 800-745-3000.

Meanwhile, the first 2018 North American dates of the Concrete and Gold world tour have been confirmed: The new shows will kick off Apr 18 in Austin, Texas and will run through the band’s Jul 29 return to Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Included on the newly announced itinerary are a Jul 16-17 two-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a Jul  21-22 encore doubleheader at Boston’s Fenway Park, and so much more. Tickets for these shows will be on sale to the general public Friday, Nov 3 at 10am local time (*with the exception of the public on sale for Chicago, which will begin Nov 10).

Capital One cardholders will have access to an exclusive cardholder pre-sale for Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold Tour. The Capital One cardholder pre-sale starts Thursday, Oct  26 at 10 a.m.local venue time and ends Saturday, Oct 28 at 10 a.m. local venue time, or until pre-sale tickets run out. Capital One cardholder pre-sale for the Chicago date will begin Monday, Nov 6 at 10 a.m.  Oh and this new date!

Visit www.foofighters.com/capitalone for more details and information. And see Road Rage for all the new dates for 2018.

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3 Doors Down has announced plans to stage the “Back Porch Jam” Tour, an acoustic interpretation of the band’s hits, fan favorites and deep album cuts. All ticket purchasers will receive a limited-edition digital EP featuring acoustic performances of “Kryptonite,” “It’s Not My Time,” and “I Don’t Want To Know.”  The VIP pre-sale will begin on Tuesday, Oct 24 via www.3DoorsDown.com with a general on-sale to follow on Friday, Oct 27. The first leg will begin in Airway Heights, WA on January 16 and continue through Feb 11 in Detroit, MI. More dates will be announced soon.

Lead singer Brad Arnold says “over the years we’ve always enjoyed stripping down our songs and playing them acoustic. For us as a live band it breathes new life into these songs, allows us to switch-up our set and dig really deep into our catalog. We’re looking forward to playing in some intimate venues, which we don’t often do, and being up close and personal with our fans.”

For select performances, two exclusive and limited VIP experiences will be offered. The “Sit On The Back Porch with 3DD” package will feature the ability to sit on-stage during 3 Doors Down’s entire set while listening to the bands in-ear mix through custom headphones, Meet & Greet, Photo opportunity, exclusive merch and much more. For further details and package descriptions visit www.3DoorsDown.com

The 14th Annual “The Better Life Foundation” concert took place on Saturday, Oct 21st in Cherokee, NC at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort for the second year in a row. This years TBLF event saw the band perform two complete sets featuring their hits and the “Away From The Sun” album start to finish. To date, The Better Life Foundation has donated over $3 Million dollars to veteran, children, women’s and humanitarian relief efforts domestically and around the globe.

Photos courtesy Oliver Sykes Instagram

Bring Me The Horizon singer Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish completed their quest late last week to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and raise money for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital in the U.K. Sykes posted photos online from the journey, which has raised the British equivalent of $91,000 so far.

The campaign began after Fish and his wife had to bring their four-day-old son Eliot to the hospital’s pediatric care unit when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. Fish attributed much of Eliot’s survival and recovery to the unit and decided to do something to give back to it, with Sykes offering to help as well.

The pair traveled to Tanzania on October 12th to begin their eight-day hike up Kilimanjaro. The mountain is the highest summit in Africa and the duo ascended more than 16,000 feet to reach the peak.

Last December, the British act released its Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD, documenting an April 2016 concert at the legendary London venue with a full orchestra and choir. All proceeds went to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Brave Words posted that Hellyeah are streaming a live version of the song “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)”, featured on the Unden!able Deluxe Edition, out Oct 27th on Eleven Seven Music as a CD/DVD Best Buy Exclusive and CD & 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 ten US Active Rock singles, including “Human”, “I Don’t Care Anymore”, and “Love Falls.”

Malcolm and George Young

NoiseCreep is reporting the rock and metal world has been shaken by a series of deaths over the weekend, with the most recent being AC/DC producer George Young. The eldest Young sibling, brother to Malcolm and Angus, has passed away at the age of 70.

Young’s music career started in 1964 with popular Aussie rock band The Easybeats, who scored an international hit with “Friday on My Mind.” Young served a five-year stint as the band’s guitarist and returned in 1986 when they briefly reunited for an Australian tour. He also received writing credits on the John Paul Young song “Love Is in the Air.”

Helping out his brothers, he served as a co-producer on AC/DC’s early albums, including TNT, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Let There Be Rock. After a bit of a break, he also had a hand in 1988’s Blow Up Your Video and 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip. For his work in music as a performer, writer and producer Young was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and again as a member of the Easybeats in 2005.

In a statement released by the band on their social media, they offered:

It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.
As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man.
As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.

Our condolences go out to the Young family, the extended AC/DC and Easybeats family and fans of George Young.

Happy 53rd today to Robert Trujillo of Metallica!  Weird Al Yankovic is 58!

Friday, Oct 20, 2017

TGIF!    Today,  I hope to get to Siesta Key beach, named the # 1 Best Beach in the USA.  Don’t hate!

Foo Fighters have released a new track titled “Soldier” as part of a series of digital tracks issued to benefit Planned Parenthood. An eventual vinyl version of the series, dubbed 7-Inches For Planned Parenthood, is in the works as well. The song itself is an outtake from the sessions for the band’s new LP, Concrete And Gold.

Concrete And Gold debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last month, selling 127,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release. The band’s fall North American tour kicked off earlier this month in San Bernardino, CA with Cal Jam 17, a daylong festival featuring the Foos headlining a bill that included Queens Of The Stone AgeRoyal BloodCage The Elephant and more. The Foos next play tonight (Oct 20th) in Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Foo Fighters invited University of South Carolina student Pierce Edge to play drums with the band. Edge held a sign during the concert that read: “Drums on ‘Under Pressure’?” Dave Grohl brought Edge onstage, joking, “Don’t s**t the bed in front of your hometown, brother.” The band then let him loose on the drums, and Edge launched into a tight rendition of Queen’s 1981 classic. (Thanks,  Alternative Nation.)

 

Linkin Park fans have assembled a new video in support of the group one week before the band will perform for the first time without late lead singer Chester Bennington. The clip was compiled by Linkin Park superfan Jane Kalinina, who utilized images of fellow fans from around the world holding signs of support. Kalinina wrote at YouTube, “50+ soldiers coming together to send Linkin Park a supportive and loving message before their show on October 27th. Please share this video so hopefully the guys can see it and help them feel better.”  Bennington’s widow Talinda retweeted the clip, writing, “This video is amazing! They will do great!” Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda also retweeted the video, posting, “I am so grateful for the LP fan base. Love you guys.”

Members of KornSystem Of A DownBlink-182Bring Me The HorizonAvenged Sevenfold and more have been confirmed to appear at the upcoming Chester Bennington tribute concert, set to take place at the Hollywood Bowl next Friday, October 27th. The show will mark the first live performance by Linkin Park since Bennington’s death, with the group’s future plans yet to be revealed.

Proceeds from the concert, which is being 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. It’s still hard to believe Chester took his own life.  SMH. ;(

10 Years (who I will be seeing next weekend in Cape Coral, FL with Pop Evil!)  has released a brand new song called “Ghosts,” the title track from the band’s upcoming album (How To Live) As Ghosts. The song follows on the heels of 10 Years’ current radio hit, “Novacaine,” which has steadily climbed the chart and has now reached Number 19 on the Active Rock survey. The full album arrives on Oct 27th.

Singer Jesse Hasek explained the album title was inspired by some challenges the band encountered as well as the return of two key members: “It’s just part of the process. Every one of us are gonna end up passing through this existence and onto the next existence, and it’s like it’s okay to pass to the next one. It’s almost like a rebirth and a beginning and a new start. It was kind of embracing this new birth through kind of death of other things.”

The LP, the band’s eighth, marks the return of guitarist Matt Wantland, who came back in 2016 after a seven-year hiatus, and guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh, who has handled both in the studio all along but did not tour with the group since 2013. Vodinh will now handle guitars live again, while guitarist Chad Huff switches to bass.

10 Years was formed in 1999 and made its major label recording debut in 2005 with The Autumn Effect, which featured the Number One rock radio hit “Wasteland.” The group is currently on a lengthy fall tour which pulls into Lynchburg, VA tonight (Oct 20th).

Meanwhile, former guitarist  RyanTater” Johnson is working away on solo music and you can check him out over on his Facebook page.

Evanescence has released the official music video for the song “Imperfection.” The track is one of two new songs on the band’s next album, Synthesis, which is due out on Nov 10th. In addition to the new songs, the LP features fan favorites re-recorded with a live orchestra and electronica, with help from arranger and composer and Beck‘s dad, David Campbell.

Singer Amy Lee said about “Imperfection” in a statement, “It’s for all the people we’ve lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression. I’m singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It’s a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don’t give in to the fear — I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect.”

She added, “We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.

The “Synthesis Live” tour launched last weekend on the West Coast. Like the album, the tour features a full orchestra and electronics. The trek stops tonight (Oct 20th) in Houston. (The Pulse Of Radio.)

And finally today,  in the market to buy a ranch in Montana?  Well, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has one to sell ya for a mere 5 MILLION $$$$$! Feast your eyes on that and dream…..The property is in Sula, MT and according to Blabbermouth via a piece from the LA Times newspaper, The property, named “Rockin JN Ranch,” has belonged to Newsted for more than a decade. The 545-acre gem is situated amidst an ocean of public lands and large holdings. A custom timber frame home with over 5,800 square feet was completed in 2006 and is perched atop a ridge. Huge panes of glass absorb the 360-degree views. A towering stone Rumsford-style fireplace is the centerpiece of the living room and is only one of several. Exquisite woodwork is found throughout and one entire wall on the lower level is from the Gibson guitar factory. The terrain itself is comprised of gentle topography perfect for hiking or horseback. Other improvements include manager’s home and shop.

The 54-year-old Newsted in February 2014 canceled an appearance at Australia’s Soundwave festival with his band Newsted, citing “private and personal circumstances.” The cancellation followed more than a year of intense touring and promotional activity surrounding the release of Newsted’s Metal EP and follow-up album, Heavy Metal Music, both of which were positively received by the critics and fans alike.

After staying mostly out of the public eye for a couple of years, Newsted rejoined Canadian metal innovators Voivod on stage during June 2016 concert at Slim’s in San Francisco. He has since formed a couple of new acoustic projects, one of which completed a short West Coast tour last September. Jason began his career as a member of Flotsam & Jetsam in 1980.

Jason left Metallica back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the man who replaced him, bassist Robert Trujillo, in 2009.

Celebrating life this weekend:  Today:  My pal Snoop Dogg is 46 (aka Calvin Broadus) and former NY Met/tv broadcaster Keith Hernandez is 64.  Saturday:  Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Ford is 89 and Sunday, actor Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) is 55.  

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

Queens Of The Stone Age announced a string of new dates yesterday for 2018.  Apparently their bro-fest with Royal Blood continues, as they will be direct support, with Ty Segall on a date in San Francisco.  See Road Rage for the deets.

Queens frontman Josh Homme has gotten banged up a lot on tour over the years, but told us a while back that he’d still rather be playing music than doing anything else: “I just love to play and I’ve had the worst jobs ever, man. I get to do this, I’m gonna try to make it as good as I can at every moment, because this is some lucky s*** here.”

Their new album, 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. The first official single from the LP, “The Way You Used To Do,” is currently Number 13 on the rock radio chart. (The Pulse Of Radio.)

Our favorite Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbournetold the Los Angeles radio show “Whiplash” (hosted by our pal Full Metal Jackie) in a recent interview he’s working on material for his first solo recording since 2010′s Scream. He revealed, “I’ve got a bunch of songs written. But you know, you don’t sell records anymore. It’s not cost effective to make a record.” Pressed for more details about the disc, Ozzy said, “I’ve got about seven songs. One’s called ‘Mr. Armageddon,’ one’s called ‘Crack Cocaine.’” He did not reveal any further info, such as a release date.

Although Ozzy has had plenty of success on the radio throughout his career, he told us a while back that he doesn’t write songs with singles in mind: “I don’t write singles, per se. I don’t write Top 10 singles. I work on albums rather than singles. I mean, do people still buy singles? I don’t think people buy any f***ing records anymore, do they?”

Earlier this year Ozzy reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde, who played on studio albums such as No Rest For The WickedNo More Tears and Ozzmosis and whom has toured on and off with Ozzy for nearly 30 years.  Ozzy has played a handful of solo shows since doing his final concerts with Black Sabbath last February on “The End (of The End) Tour.” The legendary band wrapped up its 49-year career with a year-long farewell tour, ending with two shows in its hometown of Birmingham, UK. (We’ll be giving away a bunch of “The End” DVD’s Halloween week-Oct 28-Nov 03-in a Win It Before It’s Out Contest, so stay tuned!) A CD/DVD package called The End, capturing the final Sabbath concert on film and as a live album, will be released on Nov 17th. Ozzy will next headline the first day of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, on Nov 4th in San Bernardino, CA. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

Personal items donated by Foo Fighters‘ Dave GrohlSoundgarden‘s Chris CornellNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and others have been used to create a unique line of timepieces called the Rock LTD Collection. Cornell, who pledged his support before his death last May, contributed a guitar strap that was turned into a watchband. Sales from the entire line benefit the Recording Academy’s MusiCares MAP Fund, dedicated to addiction recovery treatment for artists.

Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, said in a statement, “Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day. MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction.

Cornell, who committed suicide at the age of 52 following a Soundgarden concert in Detroit on May 18th, was a longtime MusiCares contributor who was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2007 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert.

The Rock LTD Collection is set to launch before the holidays and will include between 25 and 30 pieces priced from $1,200 to $1,800. The one exception is the Cornell piece, which will be auctioned at a May 2018 MusiCares benefit.

Other timepieces included in the line are a watch created from a plaid flannel shirt donated by Grohl, a piece constructed from a denim jacket provided by Novoselic, and watches created from items donated by Iggy Pop and Elton John. Each of the hand-numbered watches will include a certificate of authenticity and be housed in a custom, etched case featuring the artist’s name. The pieces will be available at several global retailers as well as stores owned by manufacturer Nixon.

Lzzy Hale in performance (Photo: Blabbermouth)

Halestorm recently entered the Dark Horse Recording studios just outside Nashville to begin recording its fourth album for an early 2018 release. Helming the sessions is Nick Raskulinecz, an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RushKornAlice In Chains and Deftones, in addition to having produced  Halestorm‘s third covers EP, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP, which came out in January.

Speaking to Dallas radio’s Cindy Scull at the 2017 Freakers’ Ball, which was held on Sunday, Oct 15 at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX, Halestorm drummer  Arejay Hale said about the follow-up to 2015′s Into The Wild Life: “It’s more organic, a little more raw, a little less processed, which a lot of modern rock is. So I think it’s kind of throwing it back to the roots of it.

According to frontwoman Lzzy Hale, Raskulinecz ”inspired” the band “a lot, because when we got off the road, we didn’t really know what we wanted to do with the record, so we kind of came in with absolutely nothing, the four of us in a room. And he just kind of turned to us, and he was, like, ‘When was the last time the four of you were just kind of in a room writing together and not afraid to be yourselves?’” she said. “And I’m, like, ‘Man, that’s been a long time, I think.’ So he really gave us this renewed trust in ourselves and what we enjoy in the music that we like and not being afraid to wear our influences on our sleeves, that kind of thing. And he’s also… he’s just so energetic. Arejay will tell you; he’s bouncing around with a drum stick. He’s, like, ‘Coach Nick’ right now.”

Added Arejay: “He’s, I think, more of kind of a fifth member… He almost kind of has an authoritative voice over the record. ‘Cause I think that if it was left to just the four of us, we would overthink the hell out of it, but having him kind of direct it and guide us along has been a great way, I think, to bring the best out of us.” (Thanks Blabbermouth.)

Many thanks to Blabbermouth for posting these killer videos of Guns N’ Rosesfrom the NYC Madison Square Garden shows. (I heard the Friday night show was off the hook amazing!)  Fan-filmed video footage  was from the Oct 16th  performance — the band’s third show in a three-night stand at the venue — can be seen above.

The 2017 North American leg of  Guns‘ “Not In This Lifetime” tour kicked off Jul 27 in St. Louis, MO. The trek features classic GN’R members Slash on guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and Axl Rose on vocals, backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

About seventy people travel with the show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the tour’s production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth.  “Not In This Lifetime” continues tonight (Oct 19) at Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017

I love Metallica!  They are the band that keeps on giving!  The Pulse Of Radio reporting the Bay Area band has shared a previously unreleased demo version of its classic song “Master Of Puppets.” The track was recorded in the garage at The Carlson House in El Cerrito, California in late June 1985 and is taken from the upcoming reissue of the band’s seminal third album, also titled Master Of Puppets and originally issued in 1986. The Master Of Puppets reissue will arrive on Nov 10th. The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in various physical configurations, including Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set. It will also be available digitally as a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition and a Digital Deluxe Box Set.  Bonus content in the set will range from previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks to a 108-page hardcover book, DVDs, handwritten lyrics and more. The reissue is available for pre-order at Metallica.com and fans who pre-order the standard album will receive an instant download of “Disposable Heroes (Remastered).” Those who pre-order the expanded or deluxe editions will receive an instant download of “Disposable Heroes (Remastered)” and “The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986).” Metallica is hitting the road in Europe this month and plays London this Sunday (Oct 22nd).

Some old lady with Brian "Head" Welch

Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was asked in a new interview on Good Company if the band have any plans to perform its 1998 break-through album Follow The Leader in full next year, since the LP — widely considered Korn’s finest — turns 20 years old on Aug 18th, 2018. Welch responded, “It’s gonna be the 20th anniversary of this record next year, ’98 to 2018, yeah, so we’re talking about celebrating this record somehow. But I don’t know.” Welch also spoke about the band’s plans for its 13th studio album, which will follow last year’s The Serenity Of Suffering. He remarked, “The next record we’re talking about doing. You know, I think it’s gonna be a combination of maybe both (The Serenity Of Suffering) and (2013′s The Paradigm Shift). We’ll try some new stuff though, but we’re definitely going to focus on guitars again.” Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told Lou Brutus the band has changed a lot since recording its first album: We’re so different now. I think most of us are (more) mature than we were back then. It’s kind of fun to just see how we react to some of the old songs when we play ‘em, and it does bring back memories. But there’s some memories also that aren’t so good. Welch noted one thing that will be notably different on the next disc, explaining, “Jonathan (Davis, singer), he said he’s gonna spend more time writing with us this record. ‘Cause he just came in — the last two records that I’ve been back — he came at the last . .. like when we were done.”  Welch added, “(Davis) is gonna come in and be involved with the music. So yeah, I think we’ll have a good record, an even better record this time around because everybody (is) involved.” Korn will appear at Knotfest Mexico in Toluca, Mexico on Oct 28th, along with Stone SourA Perfect Circle and others. The night before, on Oct 27th, Jonathan Davis will take part in Linkin Park‘s tribute concert to Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl. (The PRP) Although it seemed that Marilyn Manson had squashed his recent beef with Justin Bieber, the shock-rocker apparently didn’t get the memo. During a recent appearance on The Scully Show – one of his first since a falling stage prop broke his leg in two places and postponed his tour — Manson said about Bieber, “He’s in some sort of sexual religious cult with an Asian version of (Jane’s Addiction guitarist) Dave Navarro, apparently . . . I don’t like to fight with girls, so I don’t want to fight with Justin Bieber.” The feud with Bieber started last month, when Manson trashed the pop singer in an interview with Consequence Of Sound for selling repurposed old Manson T-shirts with Bieber’s name on them. Bieber claimed he had Manson’s permission to rework and sell the shirts. Manson said that when he first met Bieber, “He said to me, ‘I made you relevant again.’ Bad mistake to say to me.” Manson claimed Bieber eventually “took all the proceeds from those shirts from him. They didn’t even fight, they were just like, ‘Yeah, we already know, we did wrong, so here’s the money.‘”  Asked on The Scully Show if he had any idea why Bieber thought he could get away with it, Manson said, “I don’t know how to use the mind of a squirrel. So I don’t know what he’s thinking.” Manson postponed and rescheduled a number of shows on his just-launched Heaven Upside Down tour following an incident on September 30th, when he was injured after a stage prop fell on him while he was playing in New York City. The accident broke his fibula in two places. The tour is scheduled to resume on Nov 5th at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and the following week, Manson heads out on his European run. (Loudwire)

News briefs:

Ben Bruce Twitter 10-16-17

Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce and his wife Ciara welcomed their newborn son, Fynn, into the world on Monday night (Oct 16th), with Ben writing on social media, “Welcome to the world my son. I have so much to show you. I love you Fynn.” The new arrival joins the Bruces’ daughter Fae Holley Bruce, who was born last year. Asking Alexandria’s new single, “Into The Fire,” is climbing the rock radio chart, with a new full-length LP due in December. (Alternative Press) Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 has released his cover version of the Metallica classic “Enter Sandman.” The song is now available for streaming on Spotify and on YouTube. The latest studio album from John and his solo band The Creatures, titled Season Of The Witch, was released last March. (Blabbermouth) Evanescence performed at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last Sunday (Oct 15th) in support of its fourth album, Synthesis. Like the disc itself, the concert featured a reimagining of some of Evanescence’s best-loved songs with the band performing alongside a full orchestra and utilizing electronics. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire show is posted above. (Blabbermouth)

Gone Is Gone

And finally today, Gone Is Gone, the project featuring Mastodon’Troy SandersAt The Drive In‘s Tony HajjarQueens Of The Stone‘s Troy Van Leeuwen and guitarist-keyboardist Mike Zarin, is celebrating Record Store Day’s Black Friday with two previously unavailable tracks — an acoustic version of ”Starlight” and ”Phantom Limb” — released on seven-inch red vinyl through Rise/Black Dune. Fans can pick up the vinyl on Nov 24 at indie record stores. You can find a store nearest you at RecordStoreDay.com. “Phantom Limb” is a brand-new track and this version of ”Starlight” was recorded earlier this year during a special acoustic session at Paste Studio in New York City, then remastered for this release. “One can feel a bit naked when shedding the comfort of loud amplification,” says Sanders. “However, when asked to attempt a stripped-down version of a few songs, we boldly accepted the challenge. We were happy with the sound of the Paste session and ’Starlight’ seemed like a solid choice for this seven-inch.” Discussing the meaning behind ”Phantom Limb,” he adds, “The song explores a cause of sensation and is inspired by one’s ability to overcome what was once there.” Hailed by Clash as “a crisp, compact document, one laced with energy and sweeping songwriting,” Echolocation was produced by the band and mixed by Ken Andrews of Failure (BeckA Perfect Circle). Gone Is Gone was formed by multi-instrumentalist Mike Zarin and Hajjar, who previously collaborated on various film trailer projects for Sencit, Zarin’s music production, licensing and supervision company. Together they’ve put together a wildly diverse sound production resume that includes trailers for the Internet-breaking television series “Stranger Things”Christopher Nolan‘s 2010 sci-fi thriller “Inception”, multi-Emmy-winning television series “Game Of Thrones” and the Marvel Comics blockbuster film “X-Men Apocalypse,”  to name but a few. They brought in Troy Van Leeuwen, known for his work with  Queens Of The Stone Age, Failure, A Perfect Circle, Eagles Of Death Metal and Sweethead, who, in turn, brought in Troy Sanders from multi-Grammy nominees Mastodon. Speaking of Record Store Day, via a press release, here are other releases that you can look forward to. As we head into the holiday season, Record Store Day once again brings record stores into the spotlight, and shoppers back into thriving local businesses. Record stores are the perfect place to discover new musical loves, to re-discover old musical favorites, and to introduce new enthusiasts to the pure joy of music and of record collecting. We receive photos all the time of serious record collectors posing with their young children and their favorite LPs.  What they are really doing is creating the next generation of music lovers and continuing a tradition of sharing the gift of music with family and friends. That wonderful season is nearly upon us, when you are extra nice to everyone (just because), you try to remember not to pout (it’s hard), and you need some “eggnog” after each hard days’ night (of shopping).  Beginning Nov 24th, more than 1200 local record stores in the US are excited to offer these great Black Friday titles of sheer fun and celebration… and to offer a wonderful shopping alternative to EVERYONE! ‘Tis the season, and there are quite a few festive titles on the Official List, including two from Paul McCartney, always very supportive of Record Store Day and indie record stores, spreading some cheer with two 7″ releases, one on red vinyl and one on green vinyl, both featuring a new version of his classic “Wonderful Christmastime” on which he’s joined by The Roots. The green vinyl B-side is The Decemberists’ rendition of “Jesus Christ” and the red vinyl is backed by a live Norah Jones performance of “Peace”. Speaking of legendary musicians, Muddy Waters has influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to the White Stripes. Record Store Day is proud to have an exact reproduction of Muddy’s original 1958 album, The Best of Muddy Waters, from the original Chess Records mono reels on the Black Friday Exclusives list. We’re also proud to have new music from Darryl McDaniels, the DMC in RUN-DMC, who broke down musical and cultural barriers with their fresh mixture of rock and rap, back and fresher than ever with a brand new 4-track 12″ vinyl release Back From The Dead. (Bonus fun fact: this comes out on Brookvale Records, one of several record store-owned labels who have releases in record stores.) The “virtual” band Gorillaz, actually English musician Damon Albarn and lots and lots of friends, is back after a seven-year hiatus with Humanz, featuring collaborations with artists such as Popcaan, De La Soul, Grace Jones and many others. RSD Black Friday sees Humanz come to record stores in double picture disc format. Other animated musical bounty comes in the form of Vitamin String Quartet and their tribute to the music of the films of Studio Ghibli, Vitamin String Quartet: The World of Studio Ghibli highlights the emotional beauty in films like Kiki’s Delivery Service, When Mamie Was There and more. Ever since Snoop Dogg busted out of Long Beach, CA on Dr. Dre’s masterpiece The Chronic, he has been a force to be reckoned with musically, lyrically, socially…heck, he even coaches Pee-Wee football. Snoop has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, and he’s back with Neva Left, available on vinyl for the first time for RSD Black Friday. Rappers who probably grew up listening to the D-O-G-G are on the Black Friday tip too, including Murs and Tyga. Late legends J Dilla and Prodigy are also remembered, with two releases each: J Dilla’s Delights Vol. 1 and 2 and reissues of both Prodigy’s first solo single and solo record. After The Grateful Dead left Warner Brothers in 1973 and before they signed with Arista in 1977, they released three excellent studio albums and one double album on their own Grateful Dead Label.  These LPs, Wake of the Flood, Blues For Allah, From the Mars Hotel and the double live Steal Your Face, have been long sought after by collectors and are brought together for Black Friday in a 5xLP box: The Grateful Dead Records Collection. Jerry Garcia’s fans can also look forward to Side Trips, Vol One, the album recorded live by Jerry and keyboard collaborator Howard Wales. This collection of four jazz/fusion performances comes to vinyl for the first time on Black Friday. Waylon and Willie and the boys are well represented on Black Friday, as both Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson have two releases: loving reissues of both Spirit and Yesterday’s Wine for Willie Nelson, while New Stuff brings to light recordings that Waylon Jennings was preparing before his death, and Here’s To The Champion brings together multiple versions of Waylon’s tribute to Muhammad Ali, done by several country musicians. Eric Church’s Mistress Named Music sees that modern country makes an appearance on the list as well. Jazz fans will find lots to give and get this year. Vibrations is the second album released by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler‘s quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray recorded in Copenhagen in 1964, and has been out of press for decades. In Paris: The Definitive O.R.T.F. Recording captures jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery on his only tour of Europe on Mar 27th, 1965 at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, France. RSD Black Friday also presents a newly remastered reissue of Sonny Clark Trio‘s LP The 1960 Time Sessions With George Duvivier and Max Roach. In August, Record Store Day brought nearly two hundred record store owners and staff together in New Orleans, for a party that included a set at Preservation Hall by the homeboys Preservation Hall Jazz Band. That set was recorded and is coming full circle to record stores as Run Stop & Drop!! Of course, rock ‘n’ roll never fades away at record stores, and there will be plenty of it this Black Friday. The first North American vinyl release of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, a deluxe 2xLP 40th anniversary edition of Richard Hell & the VoidoidsBlank Generation, Clutch’s Pitchfork & Lost Needles picture disc, Gone is Gone’s “Phantom Limb” 7”, Chris Cornell’s take on the songs of Cliff Poncier, and a live recording of the night Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers), Clem Burke (Blondie), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Wayne Kramer (The MC5) took on Johnny Thunders and the HeartbreakersL.A.M.F. album are just the tip of the messy, beautiful pile of rock releases hitting the racks at record stores starting November 24. Record stores are the place to be on Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season, because you want to give your family and friends great gifts, and record stores sell nothing but. For general information, including a Black Friday FAQ and participating stores, please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com A full list of titles and their accompanying artwork can be found here: www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

KILLTHRAX II TOUR

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ANTHRAX with HAVOK
JAN 2018
25:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
26:  London, ON @  Music Hall
27:  Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre
28:  Richmond, VA @The National
30:  Tampa, FL @ Janus Landing
31:  Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
FEB
02:  Milwaukee, WI @  Club Stage @ Eagles Ballroom,
03:  Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
05:  Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works,
06:  Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Music Hall
08:  Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Music Hall
09:  Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pav
10:  Oklahoma City, OK @ Criterion
11:  Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
13:  San Diego, CA @ HOB
14:  Anaheim, CA @ HOB
16:  Boise, ID @ Revolution
17:  Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
19:  Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch
20:  Grande Prairie, AB @ Revolution Place Casino
21:  Calgary, AB @ Mac Hall
23:  Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
24:  Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatrer
25:  Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,
27:  Joliet, IL @ The Forge
MAR
01:  Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
02:  Rochester, NY @ The Dome
03:  Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
04:  Portland, ME @ State Theater

www.anthrax.com
www.killswitchengage.com

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

A Perfect Circle has released the new song, “The Doomed” (https://youtu.be/P6kd0FQhd5k). The track is the first music to be heard from the multi-platinum outfit’s highly anticipated 2018 full-length.  It was announced today by the band’s publicist.

Fourteen years have passed since we released ‘eMOTIVe,’ ” said Maynard James Keenan. “A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

Maynard’s lyrics for “The Doomed”

Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” added Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

A Perfect Circle recently announced they had signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are in the studio working with producer Dave Sardy (mixer/producer Nine Inch Nails, Incubus, Oasion the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.  Purchase or listen to “The Doomed” at this link:   http://smarturl.it/TheDoomed.

The band’s current line-up is (left to right) James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer).

“The Doomed” arrives as A Perfect Circle kick off the second leg of their first North American tour in six years, launching this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 21st  at the Aftershock festival.  See Road Rage for all the dates!

Yeah!  Finally!  Five Finger Death Punch has reportedly resolved its legal battle with its longtime record company, Prospect Park. As a result, the band and the label have announced the release of a greatest hits album with two new songs in December, with a brand new full-length album to follow next year. Five Finger Death Punch already completed its seventh studio effort almost a year ago, but contractual issues with the record company has delayed its arrival.

 

Guitarist Jason Hook told SpazioRock, ”Everybody that’s heard the record so far thinks it’s our best record. I’m super excited about it. I thought we f**king knocked it out of the park. There’s some really cool, different things on there that are slightly different for us. There’s certainly a chunk of what you would expect from Five Finger Death Punch, but there’s some solid songs that are slightly outside of our regular box. But everyone thinks it’s a smash.

Prospect Park initially sued Five Finger Death Punch in 2016 for breach of contract, alleging that the group wanted to rush the recording of a new album. The company claimed that the band’s contract prohibited it from beginning to record a new effort until at least nine months had passed since the release of the previous one. Five Finger Death Punch’s last studio effort, Got Your Six, came out in September 2015.

The group signed a new North American recording deal with Rise Records last year. They also filed a lawsuit against Prospect Park in April, asking a judge to release them from their contract and order the company to pay over a million dollars in damages.

Five Finger Death Punch has also dealt with singer Ivan Moody‘s struggles with substance abuse, which forced him to miss a number of shows last year and this past spring. At press time, Ivan is said to be doing great!   Whew!

I suspect there will be a new tune making it’s way to radio in the coming weeks, so STAY TUNED!  (Thanks Blabbermouth and The Pulse of Radio.)

Rolling Stone reports Prophets Of Rage, the supergroup featuring members of Rage Against The MachinePublic Enemy and Cypress Hill, salute peaceful protest and slam gun culture in a new video for the song “Strength in Numbers.” The clip touches on the ongoing debate over Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players taking a knee before games during the national anthem to protest police brutality, alternating that with clips of actors in black face and people at gun shows. The video concludes with a shot of Mike Pence standing during the national anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game earlier this month — a game he then left in a staged photo op when players knelt during the song.

In a statement about the clip, Prophets Of Rage MC Chuck D wrote, “ALMOST anything can be built or toppled with a collective force. A movement is never about an individual. On the opposition of Colin Kaepernick in today’s sports world, we ask ‘is it the KNEE or is it The NEGRO’”?

We asked guitarist Tom Morello if Prophets experienced a lot of backlash to their political message: “Of course there is political backlash to what we’re saying, and backlash to the music that we’re playing. But if you have ideas that no one complains about and you’re making music that no one complains about, then you probably have pretty s**tty ideas and s**tty music.”

“Strength in Numbers” appears on Prophets Of Rage’s self-titled debut LP, which they issued last month.  The group, which plays songs from Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress in addition to original material, made its live debut in May 2016 in Los Angeles. They next play at the Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans at the end of this month.

ANTHRAX And KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Mount Epic Sequel With 'KillThrax II'

Killswitch Engage and Anthrax are doin’ it again!  Today they announced their next KILLTHRAX II Tour blazing across North America starting Jan 25th and running through Mar 04th.   Find all the dates in Road Rage under Killthrax.

Said
Anthrax bassist Frank Bello: “After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends Killswitch Engage, I’m psyched for round two of ‘KillThrax’, and we’re adding Havok to the heaviness!!” Drummer Charlie Benante added: “The shows were great, the audiences were great, and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?

“‘Evil Dead II’. ’Dawn of the Dead’. ’The Godfather: Part 2′. ’The Empire Strikes Back’. All sequels that are better than the original. Add ’KillThrax II’ to that list. Back by popular demand, ’KillThrax’ is coming at ya again my friends,” said Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.

We are looking forward to the next leg of the ’KillThrax’ tour,” said Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach. “We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends Anthrax! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no-brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It’s an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! ’KillThrax’ is gearing up for round two, so let’s keep the party rolling!”

As with the inaugural ”KillThrax” tour, Killswitch and Anthrax will rotate the show’s closing slot on “KillThrax II.” Fans can also expect a night of high energy, musical ferocity and sheer intensity, and what one reviewer called “an incredible night of live music with heavy hitters that provided hours of escape into metal bliss.”

 Happy 45th to Eminem aka Marshall Mathers.  

 

weekEnd Oct 14-15, 2017

Your Patriotic Duty

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  STONE SOUR
“Rose Red, Violent Blue”  & “Song # 3″
Plugged In:  ASKING ALEXANDRIA
“Into The Fire”
HIGHLY SUSPECT “Little One”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Rx”
Guest:  DED “Remember The Enemy”
THREE SONG SWEEP
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
STARSET “Satellite”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
ASK LZZY
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”

Hour 2

PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
DIRT
MARILYN MANSON “Kill4Me”
Guest:  GRETA VAN FLEET “Highway Tune”
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “Living On The 110″
Guest:  RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
FOZZY “Judas”
Guest:  FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It All Away”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  RED “Still Alive”