Friday, Dec 19

Lacuna Coil with the hardDrive studio guitar!

Well, it’s that time of year when the wheels in the hardDriveRadio machine start to wind down.  We’ve worked our asses off this year to bring you the best in new rock, the great band interviews and, of course, the most killer contests.  And for our last contest of 2014, congrats go out to Lansing, Michigan’s Joshua B  who listens to hardDrive on Q106.  He won this year’s Nitemare B4 Xmas guitar!   It was autographed by every single rock star who entered the hardDriveRadio studios all year.    From AC/DC to Slash, this thing is PACKED with signatures (we hope you can read ‘em! LOL) !    Congrats to Josh!…Kid Rock announced he will headline the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, the prelude to the 57thannual “Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m. – FOX). Kid Rock will perform several of his hits, including his brand new single “First Kiss,” on pit road of the “World Center of Racing” prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the DAYTONA 500 can enjoy Kid Rock’s DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show up close, along with driver introductions ….Well, these guys certainly have reasons to be cheerful over the holidays! Pulse Of Radio reports the members of Royal Blood have wanted to open for Foo Fighters even before there was a Royal Blood. With the duo confirmed to open for the Foos on the U.S. and U.K. legs of the latter group’s 2015 world tour, drummer Ben Thatcher told, “If you asked us individually before Royal Blood even started with band we’d most like to tour with the Foo Fighters would be the ones. So to get the opportunity on this album run is insane.” Royal Blood is still touring in support of its 2014 self-titled debut but singer/bassist Mike Kerr said he and Thatcher are already looking forward to working on new music, explaining, “We just want it to flourish musically and make sure we’re always getting the best out of ourselves.”  Kerr told us with the band not planning to record anytime soon, he doesn’t feel pressure writing new songs: “It’s just fun to write knowing what I’m writing now is gonna be a bit of a ways away, so there’s a real sense of ‘I’ve got all the time I need,’ basically, at the moment, so it’s fun. I mean, I write music — that’s what I do.” Royal Blood’s latest single, “Figure It Out,” is Number Three on the rock radio chart as the year comes to a close.  The band’s North American supporting jaunt with Foo Fighters will begin on July 6th in Camden, New Jersey and stretch into September….Did you have any furniture reupholstered in Detroit a couple of decades ago?  Well, you may be sitting on undiscovered treasure!  Two copies of a rare early recording by Jack White have been found — inside pieces of reupholstered furniture. Back before he started the White Stripes, White worked as an upholsterer in Detroit alongside a friend named Brian Muldoon. The pair formed a band called the Upholsterers and made two singles called “The Apple of My Eye” and “Your Furniture Was Always Dead . . . I Was Just Afraid To Tell You.” Muldoon and White were later rumored to have hidden 100 vinyl copies of the band’s second single within pieces of reupholstered furniture, but they were never uncovered until now.  According to Spin, Third Man Records has announced that two people have come forward claiming to have found two separate copies of “Your Furniture Was Always Dead … I Was Just Afraid To Tell You.” Third Man posted in part, “Recently Third Man Records has been made aware of the discovery of two different copies found by two separate individuals of the 2nd single by the Upholsterers.”  The label has posted the cover art from the original single at its website.  White and Muldoon hid the singles in 2004 in honor of Muldoon’s 25th year as an upholsterer.  There are still 98 copies of the single hidden in pieces of furniture all over Detroit, so we expect more people to start opening up their couches.  Jack White is currently nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance — all for his latest album Lazaretto or its title track — as well as Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package as art director for the Third Man & Revenant Records-released The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-27)…..This is good news for Incubus fans!   Pulse Of Radio also reports today  Incubus plans to release two new EPs in 2015 after signing a new record deal, according to Guitarist Mike Einziger revealed, “We’re planning on releasing two installments that will total an album — two EPs. We’re hoping to put out the first one in February or March, then the summer.”  The band debuted a new song called “Trust Fall” at a Southern California radio festival last weekend, with Einziger saying about the track, “It’s pretty indicative of where we are now. It’s pretty ambitious.” He added about the sound of the band’s new material, “Most of the music we’ve written is high energy. But we’ve written our slowest song, but also our heaviest song.”  Einziger also revealed two song titles, “Make Out Party” and “Dance Like You’re Dumb,” the latter of which he described as “our version of a loud aggressive rock song. It’s definitely not what someone would expect from us.” (Editor’s note: Oh thank you!!!)    After spending many years with Epic Records and a little while as an independent act, Incubus recently signed a new contract with Island Records.  The California-based act has not released a new album since 2011′s If Not Now, When?……I want this book for Christmas!  (hint hint).  I once worked with this talented fellow when he was producing & directing music videos.  But he started out his career as a graphic artist.  Newly published is Hipgnosis Portraits, by longtime Pink Floyd collaborator and video director Aubrey “Po” Powell. Powell and his late partner Storm Thorgerson, conceived and created legendary and timeless album and singles covers for Pink Floyd, Led ZeppelinPeter GabrielPaul McCartney & WingsYes, the ScorpionsAC/DC, Peter FramptonBlack SabbathStyx10cc, and countless others. Robert Plant supplies the book’s forward.  With Hipgnosis Portraits, Aubrey Powell revisits the team’s archives — including images from 156 negatives that laid untouched in an old file for 43 years — and puts an end to the many myths that surround classic rock albums of the 1960’s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Among the more interesting revelations in the book is Hiopgnosis’ original unused and unfinished 1973 design for the Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup.  Aubrey “Po” Powell explained the company’s work, spearheaded by himself and Storm Thorgerson, played on each other’s strengths: “Well, Hipgnosis worked as an art house. Storm and I were the main designers for that company — but we employed other people to cop me and work with us. And so, when we wanted something done, it had to be done in ourway; exactly right, but we couldn’t do everything. I mean, I’m not an illustrator, I’m not a guy who does graphics; I’m a guy who looks through a camera and knows about composition, and with Storm, knew what a great idea was. So, we had to share the load. So we began to creative our own style.”  Haven’t seen Po in many years, but he is truly an amazingly creative man.  Check out the book in stores near you or online…..Marilyn Manson posted his new video for “Deep Six.”  Check it out here. His new album, The Pale Emperor, will drop on Jan 20th in the states on Loma Vista Records.  Manson collaborated on the new album, his first in over two years, with noted film composer/producer Tyler Bates (“Guardians Of The Galaxy”“300″“The Watchmen”). Bates will also join Manson as a member of his band on the upcoming American “The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour”, which kicks off Jan 21, 2015 in Washington D.C. Manson‘s band on the national headlining tour also includes longtime bassist Twiggy RamirezGil Sharone on drums and Paul Wiley on guitar….When The Smoke Clears is the new title for Hinder‘s next album, due on March 3rd.  The band has a brand new line up.  Joining original members drummer Cody Hanson, guitarist Joe “Blower” Garver, and more recent members  rhythm guitarist Mark King and bassist Mike Rodden, is new lead singer Nolan Neal.  They just released their first single “Hit The Ground.”….Celebrating life this weekend:  Saturday:  Peter Criss of Kiss turns 69!   Sunday, Brett Scallions of Fuel is 43 and our beloved Frank Zappa would have celebrated 74 years on this planet had he not passed away in 1993. RIP.


Thursday, Dec 18

New KID ROCK arrives on February 24th! The new album is called “First Kiss” and pre-orders open today at Pre-ordering the album will get you the debut single “First Kiss” on January 6th, as well as access to the tour presale tickets.

The tracklisting for First Kiss is as follows:

1. First Kiss
2. Good Times, Cheap Wine
3. Johnny Cash
4. Ain’t Enough Whiskey
5. Drinking Beer With Dad
6. Good Time Lookin’ for Me
7. Best of Me
8. One More Song
9. Jesus and Bocephus

Explicit Bonus Track: 10. FOAD
Clean Bonus Track: 10. Say Goodbye

Christmas is here early for LINKIN PARK fans! The band has made their latest album “The Hunting Party” FREE to download on the Google Play store until December 23rd. Linkin Park’s other albums are also available at a deeply discounted $1.99. Guitarist Brad Delson told Pulse of Radio that Linkin Park has always followed its own creative impulses no matter what: “We have to do artistically and creatively what we’re driven to do, irrespective of, like, the advice everyone’s giving us or the commercial ramifications of it, and ultimately I think if you chase what you love and you chase great art, then everything else follows. I think where people get into trouble is when they’re chasing what they think people want to hear and it becomes flat and derivative and disingenuous, and that’s the last thing we wanted to do.” The Google play store is

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH performed at ALICE COPPER‘s annual Christmas Pudding benefit show to help teens with free music and dance lessons. Alice Cooper and P.O.D. also performed, among other acts.

Happy birthday to LIMP BIZKIT’s DJ Lethal, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and director Steven Spielberg!

Wednesday, Dec 17

We’re a week away from Christmas Eve!  Hard to believe this year has FLOWN by, eh?…In the news today,  Congrats to Green Day, who will soon be inducted into the Class of 2015 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this year’s ceremony will be back in Cleveland. It was actually cool to have it here in NYC (actually in Brooklyn.)  My boss and I attended after buying tix at Stub Hub at the last minute!  I had to see Nirvana get inducted.  Anyhow, Pulse Of Radio reports  Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone he had to “go for a walk” when he got the news, saying, ”I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, ‘Oh my God. No way.’ It just took some time to sink in. We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. It’s just incredible.”  Looking back at the band’s 25-year recording history, Armstrong said, “The fact that we kept on hanging on to this thing we believe in for so many years is incredible. It’s unique that we started so young. It’s almost freakish. We were weird little kids. We got to be weird together and create this thing called Green Day for so many years.”  Armstrong told us a while back he finds it difficult to reflect on the group’s past: “It’s hard to look back when you’re thinking about the future so much. We’ve done a lot of things. Like, when we started playing punk rock music, it was already a proven fact that you couldn’t be famous or get big or be a millionaire off of being in a punk rock band, and we’ve definitely broken those rules. But we’ve tried to take it in and just move on, you know. It’s just crazy. It’s been a pretty strange journey indeed.”   Armstrong and Green Day have been at the Hall of Fame ceremony before, most notably their first time in 2002, when they performed in place of the Ramones. Armstrong also inducted the Stooges in 2010.  Also being inducted alongside Green Day are Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Armstrong said, “It’s great. I’m so happy for her . . . The way that she is just this badass woman and probably the s**t she had to deal with in a male-dominated rock scene, it’s just an honor to be side-by-side with her.”  (Man, he’s being humble!  That’s sooonot punk of him!)  Armstrong said that Green Day will perform at the induction ceremony and joked that their turn onstage will be drama-free, saying, “I look at Mike and Tre (Cool, drummer) and what we’ve done and I look at our fans and how everything is just still intact and our relationship is still there. Me and Mike live a couple of blocks from each other. We’ve lived a couple blocks from each other our whole lives . . . We’re all in a surreal state right now.”  Armstrong acknowledged that the band has “a lot of heavy stuff going on right now,” referring to Mike Dirnt’s wife’s battle with breast cancer and guitarist Jason White‘s recently diagnosed tonsil cancer. But he added, “I think of next year as us kind of regrouping and getting together more. I want to make sure that everyone’s head is in the right place and wants to start doing it again.”  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland on April 18th….Papa Roach has unveiled a brand new song called “Broken As Me” ahead of the January 27th release of the band’s eighth full-length studio album, F.E.A.R. The new disc was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. Papa Roach worked with the father-and-son producing team of Kevin and Kane Churko on the new CD. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix told us he wasn’t very happy at first about going to Sin City to record: “I ended up in this city where I’ve had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know. And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that’s what pulled me through.” Guitarist Jerry Horton added, “We walked into the studio with nothing. It was frightening since it was so different, but it was also liberating. Once the ball started rolling, it was a snowball effect.” Papa Roach and Seether will team up for a co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on Jan  9th in Orlando, Florida and winds down on Feb 7th in Las Vegas…..Sounds like Santa Claus came early over at Sully Erna‘s house!  The Godsmack vocalist revealed in a new interview with The Rock Revival he recently finished shooting a role in a pilot for a proposed TV series along with Drea De Matteo of Sons Of Anarchy and The Sopranos fame. Along with some potential film appearances, Erna said he hopes to continue building his acting resume. He explained, “I’m just trying to continue to get some momentum in TV and film, because I really enjoy it as well.” Erna added, “It’s a really fun thing. I’m just working my way up that ladder at this point and nurturing Godsmack when that needs some attention and doing some solo stuff. The rest of my time I give to my daughter.”….California band Of Mice And Men will release a double-CD, deluxe reissue of the group’s 2014 third album Restoring Force on Feb 24th, 2015. The new version, called Restoring Force: Full Circle, will come in a foil-stamped digipack that includes three brand new songs and an acoustic version of the band’s hit single, “Feels Like Forever.” The new songs are titled ”Broken Generation,” “Something To Hide” and “Never Giving Up.”  All three, along with the acoustic version of “Feels Like Forever,” were recorded this past fall in California.  Restoring Force came out at the end of last January and debuted at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 51,000 copies. Both the chart and sales figures were career highs for the act.   Of Mice And Men will hit arenas in early 2015 as special guests of Linkin Park, with the tour kicking off on Jan 15th in Orlando, FL….Let’s remember what the holidays are all about.  .Pearl Jam recently promoted a GoFundMe crowdsourcing campaign aimed at helping Toni Wood, the mother of late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who was living in unsafe conditions in a trailer on Bainbridge Island in Washington while simultaneously paying for her other son’s cancer treatments. The campaign raised more than $35,000 of its $50,000 goal to help Toni move into a new home, with Pearl Jam’s Eddie VedderStone Gossard and Jeff Ament contributing an additional $40,000 of personal money to the cause. Andy Wood’s death in 1990 from a heroin overdose led to the breakup of Mother Love Bone, of which emerged both theTemple Of The Dog tribute album and a new band that eventually became Pearl Jam. (Diffuser)….Happy 36th today to Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace.  Happy 68th to Eugene Levy of SCTV  and Happy 65th to Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers.  

Tuesday, Dec 16

Holy Nelly!   What is up with this Stapp Family Feud?  I don’t know what to believe!  As Pulse Of Radio reports,  every day brings a new twist in the ongoing drama of Creed singer Scott Stapp. Shortly after Stapp’s estranged wife Jaclyn and her sister called 911 to report of a shirtless Stapp was riding a bike outside, claiming he was a CIA operative on a mission to assassinate President Obama, Stapp issued a lengthy denial on Facebook — a denial that was later deleted.  Stapp’s post read in part he was addressing the “vicious lies” being spread about him, saying, “In no way, shape or form are any of these accusations true. I am 100% sober and 100% mentally sane and stable.” He indicates that documents proving his stability will be given to the judge hearing his wife’s case to have him placed in a psychiatric hold, adding that he will also present documents from the Hazleton-Betty Ford Center certifying his sobriety. Stapp wrote, “After two weeks of meetings with appropriate departments, voluntarily submitting to a clinical diagnostic evaluation, and blood and urine tests, Hazelton-Betty Ford Center is preparing official documents validating what I have been saying all along. I am not, nor have been on drugs or drinking and am not suffering from any mental health issues.”  Stapp maintained the “lies” were leveled against him after he ”discovered multiple counts of financial fraud and embezzlement . . . official reports will be provided next week hopefully ending the circus so the real issues at hand can be addressed.”  As for the charges of threatening to kill the President, Stapp wrote, “I have nothing but sincere respect, love and admiration for President Obama. The recent report claiming I am delusional, and claiming I’m a CIA agent with evil intent towards our beloved President is a joke. I’m shocked the press even covered such a ridiculous story. My history supporting our troops and this great country of ours should speak for itself.”  According to People magazine, the Secret Service was alerted to the alleged threats and taking “appropriate action.”  It was reported over the weekend Stapp had lost custody of his children and barred from his home by a judge as a result of the bizarre events of the past month.  His wife and family members claim he has been on drug binge during that time, with his wife filing for divorce, while Stapp has insisted that he’s been the victim of an attack that has left him nearly broke and homeless. Meanwhile, TMZ has posted recordings of phone calls made by Scott to 911, along with a conversation between Stapp and the dean of his son’s school.  In the first call, Stapp tells a 911 operator that people were are out to kill him, while in the second, Stapp tells the same dispatcher that he’s been on the run for 36 straight hours attempting to avoid 15 vehicles following him.  In the third call, Stapp asks the dean of his 16-year-old son Jagger’s school to get him on the phone immediately. He insists members of his own family are part of the ISIS terrorist group and Florida has been targeted for an attack. In the fourth call, Stapp is back on the line with 911, accusing his estranged wife of stealing his car.   Wow.  This is cray cray…..This is also from Pulseand this is very cool!  I would like to make a trip out there for this event! Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will join Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCreadyGuns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Barrett Martin and the Seattle Symphony next month for a special concert titled “Sonic Evolution.” Cornell and the band will perform three Mad Season songs as well as the debut of an original symphonic work by McCready titled “Waking The Horizon.”  Original Mad Season members McCready and Martin will be joined by Cornell and McKagan for three songs — “River Of Deceit,” “I Don’t Know Anything” and “Long Gone Day.” The original Mad Season lineup featured late musicians Layne Staley on vocals and John Baker Saunders on bass. Mad Season’s sole album, 1995′s Above, was reissued last year and McCready told us not long ago that revisiting it was bittersweet: “That was a record I couldn’t listen to for a really long time, just because of Layne and Baker both dying, and the darkness that had kind of followed that record. I’m very proud of it, and a lot of fans have come up to me and said that it’s their favorite record and it’s made a difference in their lives, so that made me kind of happy to know that it did that.”  This will be the Seattle Symphony’s fourth annual “Sonic Evolution” concert. It will take place on January 30th at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tckets start at $50 and may be purchased at the Seattle Symphony website, or by calling or visiting the box office.  The event will also feature the premieres of orchestral works inspired by Nirvana and Pearl Jam…..Also from Pulse:  Just two days after playing their first and only show of 2014 on Saturday night (December 13th) at a radio festival in Los Angeles (watch full show hereSystem Of A Down has confirmed a second U.S. date, also in Los Angeles, on April 6th. The show will take place before a string of European dates that begins on April 10th in London. The tour commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and will conclude on April 23rd with System Of A Down’s first-ever performance in their homeland of Armenia, in the city of Yerevan. Drummer John Dolmayan said in a statement. “It’s truly an honor for System Of A Down to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by performing our first-ever concert on Armenian soil. But it’s equally important to show our appreciation to the people and the state of California who have succored the Armenian people in their time of greatest need and who have led the way in genocide recognition and legislation. Los Angeles, please honor us with your presence on April 6.”  More than 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Turkey’s Ottoman Empire during the 1915 genocide, which Turkey continues to deny to this day. The country has even pressured the U.S. government to ignore Congressional resolutions acknowledging the genocide.  System singer Serj Tankian told us a while back why the cause has been so important to the band. “The issue is denial. The issue is the first forgotten genocide of the 20th century, where one-and-a-half million Armenians perished. It’s an issue that’s not just political for us, but System Of A Down, being all of us of Armenian descent, it’s personal, you know. Our family trees can’t be completed. So it’s something that we want to bring awareness to the situation.” Tickets for the new Los Angeles show go on sale Dec 19th. The gig this past Saturday night was System’s first since a show in Italy in Aug 2013….Here’s an update on Phil Rudd’s case down in New Zealand: An unidentified man has claimed  he was approached by AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to work as Rudd’s bodyguard and not to kill two people, as originally reported when Rudd was arrested last month. According to the New Zealand Herald, Rudd offered the man nearly $200,000 and one of the drummer’s luxury cars as compensation. The man said he considered Rudd a “good fella” and that the entire incident was blown out of proportion.  The murder-for-hire charged was dropped within hours of Rudd’s arrest at his New Zealand home on Nov 6th. Rudd does still face a charge of “threatening to kill” as a result of a phone call he placed to a contractor, in which he allegedly threatened the lives of the contractor and his daughter. Rudd, who also faces charges of possession of meth and marijuana, is due back in court on February 10th for a hearing on the “threatening to kill” charges. Rudd’s legal situation makes his position with AC/DC unclear at the moment. Although he did play on the band’s newly released album, Rock Or Bust, the group has not said whether he will be part of the lineup on next year’s world tour.  Last I heard, unless Phil can’t work this legal situation out to be ready to go out in May with the band, they may be forced to replace him on the road until Phil sorts himself out.  We’ll see what happens…..And our friends at Loudwire report Metallica is extending its sports partnerships beyond baseball and into hockey. The band will join the San Jose Sharks on January 21st, 2015 against current Stanley Cup holders the Los Angeles Kings for a night of “Metalli-hockey mayhem.” Metallica said in a statement, “We’ll be on hand for the first strains of ‘Seek & Destroy,’ kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love.” “Metallica Night” tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 17th and include a “Metalli-Sharks” shirt with a portion of the sales benefiting the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. The band will also return to AT&T Park for the third annual “Metallica Night” with the San Francisco Giants in May..Find all the deets on Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville  in Road Rage!…Happy 65th to my childhood pal Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top!

Monday, Dec 15

Football.  Week 15.  Where’d the season go?  Has this been a weird one, or what?  (Yeah, Pats fans, not so much, right?)  Anyhow, here’s the latest: Halestorm  singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale and guitarist Joe Hottinger were asked in a new interview with The Rock Revival about how they were dealing with the pressure of following up their hit 2012 sophomore album, The Strange Case Of . . . . Hottinger said, “To me, I hope it does well. With the last record, we chased what excited us. And we’re doing the same thing. So if the song and the sound excites us, we go for it and hope that things follow.” Lzzy chimed in, “We try not to think too much about what it could be, ’cause, in reality, nobody knows: labels don’t know, we don’t know, nobody does. Radio doesn’t know . . . it’s either gonna hit or not. Our bottom line — and maybe this is selfish of us — is that we have to be stoked, as the four of us, we have to be stoked about this record and want to play all these songs out live.”  Halestorm recently completed the recording of its third album in a Nashville studio, a first for the group. The set is due for release sometime in early 2015. Halestorm achieved success after spending nearly a decade together and Lzzy Hale told us the band is proud of the journey it’s taken: “We’re a very stop-and-smell-the-roses type band, where we find ourselves reminiscing a lot and talking about stuff that we did and the RVs that, you know, we had that were breaking down and before that touring in a seven-seater conversion van. So it’s like, you know, regardless of the commercial success and, you know, having some Number One songs and the Grammy and everything, besides that, it means a lot that we’re still a band.” The band will head out on a second leg of shows opening for country-rock artist Eric Church soon after the holiday break, beginning on Jan 8th in New Orleans….Things are going from bad to worse.  If you are in the Tallahassee area, be on the outlook for a shirtless Scott Stapp riding around on a bicycle with two backpacks. He apparently thinks he is in the CIA and  his mission is to kill President Obama!  This news was taken from a phone call TMZ posted of Stapp’s wife, Jaclyn and her sister called the police to try to have him arrested.  Meanwhile, Scott’s wife now has sole custody of the couple’s children and Scott is no longer allowed to live in their home.  Jaclyn Stapp has been attempting to get her husband into a 60-day psychiatric hold, claiming that his drug use has made him paranoid, delusional and possibly dangerous to himself and his family. Stapp missed a court hearing last week that was being held to determine the state of his mental health. In the midst of all this, Stapp set up a crowdfunding site to raise $480,000, ostensibly to fund a new solo album and a writing project. The site has since been taken down.  Man, talk about a crash and burn!   Sorry to hear about all of this…..My buddy Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters is branching out. According to Pulse Of Radio,  he has announced  he’ll release a brand new solo project in spring of 2015. According to Diffuser, he’s releasing it under the name Lieutenant and will issue the album via Dine Alone Records. Mendel told us a while back that he enjoys having creative freedom while still being a member of Foo Fighters: “You know, the Foo Fighters was kind of imprinted with Dave’s personality right from the start, and it’s also developed into its own thing outside of him. It’s got its own sort of culture around it, and that’s fantastic. We all meet and we create that, but, you know, it’s nice to be able to do creative things outside the stricture of that.”   Mendel was a member of the cult early ’90s alternative band Sunny Day Real Estate before joining Foo Fighters, and has also played with The Fire Theft.  He made his debut as a film composer in 2005 on an independent movie called Our Burden Is Light, in which he also had a small acting role….Jonathan Davis told Rolling Stone  in a new article on the 20th anniversary of Korn‘s first album that he gave up a good job and took drugs and alcohol while recording the group’s iconic self-titled 1994 debut. The singer explained, “I had to quit my job where I was making real money as a mortician, and had my own house, to having nothing — working at a pizza place and living under some stairs.” In one of my interviews with the band, Davis said he’d still be in that business if he wasn’t a musician: “I’d probably be a coroner investigator. I went to mortuary college, you know, and worked in funeral homes and worked at the coroner’s office doing autopsies, but I really wanted to be an investigator. That’s really what I wanted to do, other than be in a band.”  Davis added he spent most of the recording sessions either drunk or high on meth, saying, “I was 23, I think. That’s when you’re Superman, when that s**t doesn’t affect you. I got sober when I was 28, around when I started getting the bad hangovers and couldn’t do that s**t anymore or I was going to die.”  Although Korn’s first album is one of the most influential heavy rock/metal records of the past two decades, Davis admitted he never felt like a metal musician, saying, “I never felt like I was a metal dude to begin with. My favorite band was Duran Duran – I was a child of the ’80s and I loved more of the gothic and romantic s**t”…..This I would like to see!  Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said while answering questions from Twitter via Rolling Stone he and his celebrity lookalike Will Ferrell might take their “drum-off” routine on the road. Smith and Ferrell have both acknowledged how similar they look and had fun with it earlier this year by staging a drum battle on The Tonight Show to prove that they were two separate people.  Now Smith revealed, “We have been talking about doing something next year that will combine music and comedy — a show. It will benefit the charities that we’re into. Plus, I think I need to redeem myself from how I was robbed of the Golden Cowbell. I don’t want to burst any bubbles, but he wasn’t even playing the drums, people! Shenanigans! Call the cops, I’ve been robbed! Yeah, so, it’s not over.”  Asked about extending the invite to Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich – who looks nothing like either man — Smith replied, “We got such a kick out of saying we’d battle Lars, who obviously looks nothing like us — this small Danish man. We’re like, ‘Yeah, that guy really looks like us.’ . . . He took it and was really fun about it.”   Ferrell also joined Smith, Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready and others for a benefit concert in Seattle a few months after the “drum-off.” Smith said about the whole experience so far with Ferrell, “It’s been a fun thing that has just kept going. It’s got this life of its own.”  The Chili Peppers are currently working on their 11th studio album with an unnamed producer for release sometime in 2015. Smith said, “We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”   He did, however, dismiss the idea of a 25th anniversary tour for the band’s mainstream breakthrough record, 1991′s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, explaining, “I wouldn’t say ‘never’ to anything, but we’re always moving forward and we don’t look back too much.”  ….Marilyn Manson‘s new single “Deep Six” dropped today.  It will be in Smash or Crash this week up against  In This Moment‘s “Sex Metal Barbie’ !   Meanwhile, Manson’s album, The Pale Emperor, drops in the U.S. on Jan 20th, the 19th in Europe. You can stream “Deep Six”  here.

Friday, Dec 12

Hello all!  Here’s the latest:  Pulse Of Radio reports Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo told Rock Cellar magazine in a new interview the band is “blueprinting” the songs for its new album at the moment, saying, “There are a lot of ideas, a lot of song bodies; you gotta go through the process. For me personally, I’m really excited about what we’ve been able to jam out.” Trujillo added, “I don’t like to make predictions, but I’d like to think — at least for me — that I’m really happy with what’s happening instrumentally.”  Trujillo told us the band is enjoying the writing process this time around: “We’re having a really amazing time. It’s fun, it’s a lot of hard work, it’s like you’re looking at that mountain of ideas and you’re like, ‘Okay, it’s time to climb this beast and do what we’ve got to do.’ I’d say we’ve pretty much exhausted our touring cycles, so we’re really, really excited about nurturing the songs and bringing them to life and that’s where we’re at right now.” New album in 2015?  We hope so! …Man!  You’ve seen the video for Slipknot‘s “The Devil In I,” right?  But have you seen this?? (Warning, if you just ate breakfast, wait a while…)….Congrats to Trent Reznor and his writing partner Atticus Ross.  They’ve received their third Golden Globe nomination for Best Score, this time for “Gone Girl.” They already own hardware for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and “The Social Network.”….Former Korn drummer David Silveria told Rolling Stone he thinks he should’ve been asked to tour with Korn on their 20th anniversary tour.  The way he left things with the band, it is doubtful this could happen.  With Korn, it is an all or nothing democracy.  All in or all out.  And so far, all ain’t in on this sentiment when it comes to David.  And he should know that by now.  Granted, many things have changed with each member of the band who have found new paths and changed old habits.  But this one is a hard pill to swallow, that’s for sure.  Let’s see how it plays out in the end.  I can tell you they will never part ways with Ray Luzier…..AC/DC has announced first leg of their 2015 European tour.  See Road Rage!…Today, Happy Birthday to Korn’s documentarian Sebastien Paquet!  Saturday, Happy 33rd to Amy Lee of Evanessence, Happy 39th to Blink 182′s and Angels & Airwaves Tom Delonge.  Sunday, Happy 65th to Cliff Williams of AC/DC and Happy 39th to Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld.


Wednesday, Dec 10

Good morning Radicals!

We’ll start with a friendly reminder that pre-sale tickets for the NORTHERN INVASION festival start today, with ticket sales opening to all on Friday, along with FORT ROCK and WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE, all part of the THE WORLDS LOUDEST MONTH!

KORN has released a new song called “So Unfair,” written about singer JONATHAN DAVIS‘s youngest son, who has type 1 diabetes. By donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund HERE, you can download the song as a reward. Plus, you’re helping to find research on combating juvenile diabetes, so it’s a great cause! Anyone who donates will also be entered to win a grand prize of a rip out to California to record a song with Korn! Awesome!

SEETHER has announced the details of the third Rise Above Fest, which will take place on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. Joining Seether at the event will be Godsmack, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Papa Roach, All That Remains, Butcher Babies and more to be announced. Proceeds from the show will go to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), one of the leading national not-for profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention.

Seether frontman Shaun Morgan told Pulse of Radio why he thinks this Rise Above Fest will be bigger than the first two: “I really think there’s gonna be a lot more turnout, just judging basically by the bands that are gonna be on the bill. I think the bands that are on this year are certainly of a very high caliber and a very high standard — not that last year or the year before were not — but I think we’ve just got bigger names involved now.“ Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, December 12th at 10:00 AM at

Tuesday, Dec 09

Good morning Radicals! It’s a cold and rainy day over here at the New York studios, but we’ve got the tubes in our amps to keep us warm!

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told ABC Australia that he wasn’t sure if the band would continue without founding guitarist Malcolm Young. Johnson explained that he knew the decision would be made by guitarist Angus Young alone, saying, “To me it was always up to Angus. He’s one of these two men who made riffs that nobody else made, since they were in school. I really thought it might not happen. If Angus turned round and said, ‘I can’t do it without Malcolm,’ I would have understood.” The band is also down one drummer, as Phil Rudd continues to battle his legal issues. A tumultuous time in the AC/DC camp, hopefully all can be resolved soon, and with a happy ending.

Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer was asked in a new interview with what direction he thinks the band’s sound will take on their next studio effort. Spencer replied, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly.” Spencer added that the band has already begun writing songs for the follow-up to last year’s double album, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, saying, “I’m digging it, man. It’s actually more brutal, with more extreme dynamics. There are some really mellow parts and then some really brutal parts. So we’re running the whole gamut of sounds.” Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told Pulse of Radio that Five Finger Death Punch is not afraid to take risks with its music sometimes: “We are here to step forward and take as much development in anything we do as it is possible, and that’s the mentality and that’s gonna be in every aspect. We’re gonna kind of push the envelope, maybe go overboard here and there, but, you know, that’s the idea.

Green Day has revealed that guitarist Jason White is battling tonsil cancer, according to Consequence Of Sound. The band announced the news in a post at its website, but added that the disease was detected fairly early and is treatable, so doctors expect White to make a full and relatively fast recovery. The band wrote, “We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer. Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery.” I wonder if he gets to eat lots of ice cream?

Meanwhile, the ninth Smashing Pumpkins studio effort, Monuments To An Elegy, comes out today and follows up 2012′s Oceania. The disc features founding and sole original member Billy Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder – the only other current “permanent” member of the Pumpkins — and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who played on all nine of the set’s songs.

Happy Birthday to Tre Cool of Green Day, he’s 42, Weezer’s Brian Bell turns 46, Wallflowers lead man Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, is 45 today, and John Malkovich, Judi Dench, and Michael Dorn are 61, 80 and 62! Stay warm out there!

Thursday, Dec 04

Ya know, when NYC does the tree lighting in Rockefeller Plaza, it is such a painin the arse for us New Yorkers. Sure, it’s nice and all.  But what it does to our city: Total gridlock,  shutting down of streets around the area,  shutting down of subways, it is ridiculous!  And our company holiday party was last night and when it let out just after the tree was lighted, all chaos was ensuing!  Nuts!  Makes a girl grumpy!….Sounds to me like this lad needs some SERIOUS help!  Pulse Of Radio reports  AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was taken to a police station in Tauranga, New Zealand in handcuffs after an incident on this morning (Dec 4th). According to SunLive, witnesses at a local coffee shop saw Rudd get into a dispute with “a huge guy” who was apparently the drummer’s former security guard. The man reportedly told Rudd, “I don’t work for you anymore,” and pushed the drummer in the chest, forcing him to fall backwards. Witnesses stated that Rudd then “went nuts.”  Another eyewitness told the New Zealand Herald, “He was out and bloody dancing around and carrying on and . . . led back to the cop car and was driven away.”  Rudd was taken into court, where his lawyer acknowledged that Rudd breached his bail agreement by having contact with a potential witness in his upcoming trial.  The judge set a new bail, adding a new condition in which Rudd is not allowed to consume illegal drugs.  Rudd’s lawyer said of the Thursday morning incident, “It was a meeting with somebody he wasn’t meant to associate with in a shop. It was a chance meeting and then there was contact from that.”  Rudd was arrested in early November and was recently in court on charges of allegedly “threatening to kill” another man and for alleged possession of meth and cannabis.  He is due back in court on Feb 10th to face those charges and will likely face a “judge-only” trial early next year. Rudd had also been charged with hiring a hitman to commit a murder, but that charge was quickly dropped.  Still nothing official from the AC/DC camp as to whether or not Phil will be invited to tour with the rest of the band later next year. Such a shame, this.  Hoping someone in Phil’s family can get him to rehab.  There is something not right with this guy and has been going on for far too long. And the guy is a talented drummer. What a waste!….This is also from Pulse:  If you’re eager to hear that covers album Stone Sour has been working on, don’t get too excited just yet. Singer Corey Taylor said in a new interview with Team Rock that the disc, titled Meanwhile In Burbank, wont be out until “late, late next year,” adding, “We’re just kind of putting stuff together on our downtime and just kind of doing it piece by piece and trying to have fun with it. But yeah . . . it’s kind of way on the backburner. But it’s cool, because that means that we can kind of take our time and have fun with it.”   Taylor also spoke about Stone Sour’s decision to part ways with guitarist Jim Root at the end of last year and how it affected Taylor and Root’s working relationship in Slipknot, explaining, ”It was awkward at first. But the more we’ve talked and we’ve hung out and the more we’ve seen the success of the (Slipknot) album kind of burgeon, that takes a lot of the pressure off.” Taylor continued, “I think it’s kind of helped him see that it was the right decision. He just seems happier in Slipknot. And that was one of the reasons why we kind of had to go our separate ways, because at the end of the day, with all due respect to Jim, I just want him to be happy, and for the longest time it just seemed like he wasn’t happy.”….This also from Pulse:  Fans may be surprised to see one name missing off the credits of the authorized Kurt Cobain documentary that’s coming next year: the late Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it was Love who initially approached filmmaker Brett Morgen in 2007 about making the project, which is called Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, and offered him access to Cobain’s private archives.  Morgen said that Love ”gave me the keys to this kingdom and final cut of the film,” but that he soon began collaborating directly with Cobain and Love’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who also inherited a vast amount of the musician’s material. Morgen explained, “At a certain point, I started working more closely with (Frances). We (all) agreed that because Courtney was a subject in the film, it would be best if she wasn’t given editorial control.”  Frances is now credited as an executive producer on the film and recently tweeted, “I’m really excited for you guys to see Montage of Heck. @brettmorgen created an intense yet wonderful examination of Kurt’s life & art.” Morgen also worked with Kurt’s mother, Wendy Cobain, and his record label, Geffen Records, to secure rights to his music and personal materials for the film. As for Love, Morgen said, “She hasn’t seen the movie. I’m not sure she’s intending to.” But he added, “Courtney brought me into the world, and the film would not exist if she hadn’t reached out to me.” Montage Of Heck will debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by a premiere on HBO and possibly even a theatrical release….30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has signed on to play the Joker in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. The film, based on the DC Comics title, is about a collection of villains who are forced to become heroes. Also starring in the movie are Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as team leader Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Cara Delevinge as Enchantress.  This will be Leto’s first film since he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor earlier this year for his role in Dallas Buyers Club….These two items are from Blabbermouth:  Soundgarden is the subject of a new documentary from the same team that has produced recent films on RushAlice Cooper and the history of heavy metal. The film will cover the band’s entire career, from their early days on the Seattle club scene through their breakup in the late ’90s and their reunion in 2010. The filmmakers are also asking fans to contribute personal photographs, bootleg video and audio, concert posters and other slices of Soundgarden history. If you want a chance for your memento to become part of the film, send a description of it to with the subject “Soundgarden Fan Submission.”….Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is not dead. An article designed to look like an MSNBC report surfaced on the Internet on Wednesday (December 3rd) with a headline reading, “Sources: Guns N’ Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52.” The false report suggested the singer was found dead in his West Hollywood home, even using a fabricated quote from a non-existent police spokesperson. The same web site pulled a similar trick in November with a death hoax about actor Macaulay Culkin…..The Deftones are anxious to get their new music out!   According to a spokesperson from the label, the band has finished yet another killer record and is hoping to have the first single released next month!   I hope so too!  No info on the record just yet, so stay tuned…..Blabbermouth also reports 10 Years have announced the name of their next album to be From Birth to Burial.  It’s planned for release in the spring and the band is heading out on a tour sponsored by Revolver in February with Otherwise, The Glorious Sons and Luminoth.  See Road Rage….Happy 45th to Jay Z.  Happy 48th to Fred Armisen.

Tuesday, Dec 02

I knew there would be some sort of redeeming factor to my obsession with Angry Birds!  I discovered the music for the new level, “On Finn Ice,” has my friends Apocalyptica playing the THEME SONG!  LOL!  I knew those boys were up to something!  Now we know!….Yesterday, I was honored by my fourth consecutive nomination for Non-Traditional Rock Radio Programmer of the Year for my work on both hardDrive and hardDrive XL by the wonderful folks at RadioContraband.  I am humbled to say the least.  I’ve won the past three years and last year was also bestowed the Impact Award for my endeavors in the field of rock. If I win again in January, I guess I will have to take out  the trademark on “4-Peat.” Woo Hoo!…..In the news:  Yesterday in Road Rage, I posted the 2015 Rock on the Range line up!  The May 15, 16 & 17 shows will once again take place at the Columbus Crew Stadium in beautful Columbus, Ohio!  (The city where just last weekend, a curious band known as the Dead Schembechlers with a man who strangely looks a lot like Lou Brutus performed.)  Anyhow, with Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, the return of Ben Burnley’s new version of Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat,  Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Of Mice & Men (who were HUGE there last year), Halestorm, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Columbus’ own Starset, Crobot, the Marmozets (love them!), Dorothy (check out their YouTube song “After Midnight”) and about 40 + others,  it promises to be one of the best line-ups (as usual!)  Pre-sale tix on sale now that end Fri Dec 05 at 9:59 AM Eastern  with general admission tix on sale Friday at 10 AM Eastern. Hit for VIP packages, camping info and more!….Gary Clark, Jr has been added to the Foo Fighters 2015 tour!  Love that.  He will be out with them for their September and October shows….Speaking of those fabulous Foos, over on Blabbermouth, my friend has posted a story from our sister division, Pulse Of RadioDave Grohl recently revealed that late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was very excited to hear an early Foo Fighters’  demo while Nirvana was touring in 1992. In the latest episode of the “Sonic Highways” HBO documentary series,  Grohl  recalled Cobain’s reaction upon hearing an early rendition of ”Alone + Easy Target“, saying, “Kurt heard that and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath. He was so excited. He was, like, ‘I heard you recorded some stuff… Let me hear it.’ I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it.”  The final version of the track was featured on the Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut album, released on July 4, 1995 — 14 months after Cobain’s death. Grohl told  us a while back that he was nervous about becoming a frontman with his band. “When the  Foo Fighters started playing, it was scary, because singing upfront with a guitar in your hand and having everyone stare at you as the lead vocalist is a lot different than just chiming in backup vocals when you’re behind the drums,” he said. “So I was nervous, and actually when recording the first Foo Fighters record, I had never belted it out in the studio before, so I didn’t know what my voice sounded like.”  Another early track from Grohl has recently surfaced. ”Hooker On The Street”, a solo track before his days with Foo Fighters was also first featured during an episode of “Sonic Highways.” (Thanks Consequence of Sound). It was actually funny watching Dave cringe listening back to some of his very early solo recordings with his then roommate Barrett JonesFlyleaf have been tapped to be the headliners of this winter’s Sno.Core Tour which kicks off Feb 03 in Charlotte, NC at Amos’ Southend.  Adelitas Way, Framing Hanley and Fit For Rivals will join them on the trek.  Dates will be announced soon.  Hit ….And why didn’t I know about this ’til this morning!  But U2 (sans Bono and with Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin of Coldplay) performed just blocks from my office in Times Square as part of World Aids Day.  The show, which also featured Kanye West and Carrie Underwood, was shown live on YouTube.  Watch it here if you have the time. (In case you hadn’t heard, the U2 frontman was seriously injured a few weeks back, as a result of a crash off his bicycle in Central Park. Hopefully, he’s healing nicely.)…Halestorm has finished their new album, title TBA, which is tentatively set for first quarter of 2015.  They’re currently on some headlining dates and are opening for Eric Church on others. They recorded their album in Nashville, where our beloved  Lzzy  Hale and Joe Hottinger are both living these days, with producer Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant)….Have you seen Royal Blood? Here’s a fan filmed video from their show from May of this year at the Studio at Webster Hall.  The band will be opening for the Foo Fighters from July 06-Aug 25…..And it’s so fitting to end today’s column with wishing Foo Fighter bassist Nate Mendel a very Happy 46th Birthday!