Monday, Oct 30, 2017


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:
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.)


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.

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!


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


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  GRETA VAN FLEET
“Safari Song”  & “Highway Tune”
Plugged In:  POWERMAN 5000
“Sid Vicious In A Dress”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
Guest:  A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red, Violent Blue”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “Living On The 110″

Hour 2

Guest:  STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “Wicked Garden”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Guest:  STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “Crackerman”
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

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

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
STARSET “Satellite”

ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “California Dreaming”
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 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 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 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

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!