I always like saying MARCH FORTH on this day! So go ahead, March Forth, people!…..I see Blabbermouth posted a 1:22 video teaser for the new Tremonti album. It spotlights the tune “Cauterize” and in it, other song titles are revealed. The new album will be released in May and marks the first time permanent bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has recorded with the band. If you recall, they did their first tour with Wolfie on bass when Brian Marshall had to leave for personal reasons. I like what I’m hearing so far. For more: marktremonti.com…Love this! Apparently while on tour in Australia during their show in Sydney, a fan in the Foo Fighters audience held up a sign that said ”Drumstick for Blind Guy Plz?” Dave Grohl asked drummer Taylor Hawkins for a drumstick to promptly give to the blind fan. Grohl told the audience what was happening and the moment was captured on video as well. ….Faith No More is streaming the new song “Superhero,” which will serve as the first official single from the band’s upcoming album, Sol Invictus. The group has also revealed the cover art for the set, which will be their first collection of new music in 18 years. The disc is set to arrive on May 19th through the band’s Reclamation Recordings. In a new interview at Marvel.com, bassist Billy Gould explained the origins of the song, saying, “‘Superhero’ actually just started from the sound of the song, where it has these pounding drums and it has like this throbbing kind of pulse, and we just called it the ‘Superhero’ song. Because a lot of the ways we write we visualize things . . . We kind of make movie scenes for movies that don’t exist. ‘Superhero’ was one of those where it was definitely a superhero comic.” “Superhero” will be available on seven-inch vinyl on March 17th, followed by a digital release on the 31st. Faith No More has also confirmed its first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15th in Vancouver….We’ve asked Chad Gray many times whether or not Mudvayne could ever get back together. Previously he’s said yes, but now we’re not so certain. He told Songfacts in a new interview that he doesn’t know if the latter group will ever work together again. Asked if there was a chance for Mudvayne to regroup, Gray said, “I don’t know if the full band will. Who knows — they might be putting something else together. We were talking for a while and that whole Greg thing went down and everything kind of fell apart.” “The Greg thing” was the departure of Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett from Hellyeah in 2013. Gray called his connection with Tribbett “the only truly solid relationship in (Mudvayne), although Matt (McDonough, drums) and I are still great, Ryan (Martinie, bass) and I still briefly talk. I mean, the only way I personally would want to do Mudvayne is if everybody licked their wounds and got over it.” Gray said there were “a lot of things” that tore Mudvayne apart, adding, “Maybe Mudvayne was the martyr for people that stopped supporting music. You sell 159,000 records the first week, and then the next record is like, ‘Whatever, f**k it.’” Gray admitted to Revolver recently Tribbett’s exit from Hellyeah “was like losing a great friend . . . He has always been my right-hand man.” Mudvayne posted a message on Facebook one year ago saying that the band had not broken up and would be “back in action” at some point. It’s been more than five years since Mudvayne released its self-titled fifth album, which was barely promoted and sold weakly upon release. Gray and Hellyeah are touring behind their latest effort, Blood For Blood….Happy 52 to Jason Newsted! (Thanks Pulse Of Radio.)
Yours truly has done it. Never knew our knees can have something called a Baker cyst. Well, I have one that burst and I can’t walk on my left leg. My right leg is also messed up as I have been going to physical therapy for my right knee. So this makes me an invalid. REALLY sucks! Anyhow, on to the news from my bedroom! LOL Pulse Of Radio reports Stone Sour has revealed the details of its long-talked about covers project, Meanwhile In Burbank…, which will now be released as a Record Store Day exclusive. The five-song EP will feature covers of songs from legendary heavy rock acts Black Sabbath, Metallica, Kiss, Judas Priest and Alice In Chains. Recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California, the EP will be available on vinyl exclusively at select record stores on April 18th. Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand said, “The idea was not to shy away from a song because it was popular or pick a band that most people might not have heard, but to pick ones that truly meant something to one of us at some point in our life.” Stone Sour released a cover of the Metal Church song “The Dark” last month as part of the soundtrack to the movie Fear Clinic, in which Taylor has a role. Taylor is currently on tour with Slipknot in support of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. Stone Sour’s last full album, House Of Gold And Bones, Part 2, arrived in 2013. The track list for Meanwhile In Burbank… is: ”We Die Young” (Alice In Chains), “Heading Out To The Highway” (Judas Priest), “Love Gun” (Kiss), “Creeping Death” (Metallica), “Children Of The Grave” (Black Sabbath). Nice!…..30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto was forced to change up his look for his role in the upcoming film, Suicide Squad. The Oscar-winner shaved off his beard and cut his long locks to play The Joker. He shared photos of the process on Instagram and wrote on one, “I miss my beard already.” Suicide Squad will hit theaters next year…Blabbermouth reports Metallica will celebrate this year’s “Record Store Day” with the release of an exact duplication of the band’s 1982 demo tape “No Life ‘Til Leather” as a limited-edition cassette on April 18. The artwork was made from Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich‘s own copy and will feature his handwriting. The band said in a statement: “In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’, and it led us to our first record deal. Tthe rest, as you some of you may know, is history! On Record Store Day, April 18th that demo tape will be available as a limited-edition cassette (yes, cassette!!) at your favorite neighborhood record store and Metallica.com. We’ve been digging through the archives, gone to the original source material and re-mastered it to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes in any way. “Recorded with the first line-up of the band that appeared live as Metallica, ’No Life ‘Til Leather’ has never been commercially available until now. Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector’s set sometime this summer. We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for a list of independent retail stores taking part in Record Store Day.”…Halestorm has posted a new video for the new tune “Amen” from the forthcoming Into The Wild Life cd. Yeah!….Shaman’s Harvest have announced tour dates with Black Stone Cherry. See Road Rage for info.
TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!….Well, it’s official. The global music industry has decreed the new release date for anything: singles, dvds, albums, will be on a Friday beginning in July. No more Mondays in Europe and Tuesdays in the U.S. It’s FRIDAYS! Get used to it, people!…..Pulse Of Radio says Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has posted an update on the band’s new album at its Facebook page, writing, “I’ve been making regular trips to L.A. to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon.‘” Keenan added, “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.” It’s been nine years since Tool released its last album, 2006′s 10,000 Days. The band has toured a number of times since its release but has apparently gotten serious about making a new record in the past year. Guitarist Adam Jones revealed last July lawsuits involving a former friend of the band and an insurance company had been putting a drag on the group both creatively and financially since 2007. The ex-friend claimed he was owed money for artwork he had given the group, while the insurance firm — which was supposed to protect the band against such claims — sued the band for “technicalities” regarding the case. OK, so let’s put all that behind us and get crackin’!….Good ole Kid Rock. You can love him or hate him, but he’s always colorful, even when he’s slammin’ on folks I happen to like. The “American Bad Ass” went hunting, talked guns and took digs at Korn, President Obama and Beyonce in a new interview with Rolling Stone, while praising U.S. troops and Axl Rose. The magazine’s reporter spent a day with Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, at his 500-acre Alabama estate, where Rock shot three wild boar and showed off his gun collection, including a semi-automatic with a silencer. He explained, “Guys with the president carry this. You have to get these pre-1985 with a silencer. I bought it when ‘Obummer’ came into office, because I’m thinking, ‘What if he f**kin’ bans guns?’” Rock revealed in the interview that being a single dad at 22 and needing to make a living is what inspired him to switch early in his career from doing pure hip-hop to rap-rock, saying, “He was pretty much dropped off at my door at six months old: ‘You raise this f**king kid.’ I was like, ‘This has gotta work.’ So what’s popular? Korn. I knew I can do that s**t in my sleep. But let me throw in “Only God Knows Why” and “Cowboy” so I can have a career.” Rock told us he’s instilled the value of hard rock into his now-grown son, who has a daughter of his own: “I tell my son, I’m like, you know, ‘Make no mistake, you know, I’ve made a lot of money and I know your friends all tell you I’m rich — and I am. You’re not. If I cut you a check right now that’d be doing you a disservice. You’ve got to go out and take hold of this world and go through some of the hardships and try and find your way and, you know, pay your own bills, your cellphone, your car, get an apartment and, you know, get yourself started, and I’m your biggest fan.’” Also in the interview, Rock discussed Beyonce, saying, “Beyonce, to me, doesn’t have a f**king ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock And Roll’? People are like, ‘Beyonce’s hot. Got a nice f**king ass.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t*ts.’ Doesn’t really f**king do much for me.” As for Axl Rose, Rock said about the eccentric Guns N’ Roses frontman, “On Axl Rose: I was like, ‘Why’s everyone think this guy’s a d**k? He’s the nicest guy on Earth!’” Rock unveiled his 10th studio album on Tuesday (Feb 24th), titled First Kiss. Rock is bringing back his popular “Best Night Ever” tour for a second year. All tickets on his upcoming U.S. trek from the second row to the lawn will be priced at $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total cost below $30. The jaunt kicks off on June 24th in Hartford, CT and will continue into early Sep. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)…And finally today, original Korn drummer David Silveria is suing his former bandmates, according to TMZ.com. Silveria claims his 2006 exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. Silveria says he still has ownership interest in Korn and is asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they’ve made since he left so that he can get his rightful share. (Editor’s note: I had heard that when David left Korn, he SOLD his drums and used the cases as furniture in his restaurant in Huntington Beach at the time. Does that sound like a guy who was taking “hiatus”?) Silveria is said to be especially upset over the fact Korn welcomed back guitarist Brian “Head” Welch two years ago but wouldn’t do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013. (David, sorry dude, but Ray is such an amazing drummer and all around PERSON, that his addition to the band was a perfect fit. And if you ask the rest of the band, they will all agree with that statement.) Silveria told Rolling Stone magazine in December he felt it was “wrong” for Korn to play its self-titled debut album without him on its current tour, saying that he had “just as much of a creative input as any of (the other) guys while writing and making (the) record.” Korn has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first CD by performing the record in its entirety at select gigs. After his departure from Korn, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant. Korn singer Jonathan Davis told us he believed Silveria had lost his passion for playing music, saying, “The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens.” Silveria told fans in 2013 that Korn was not the same since he left, saying, “Until they have the real ‘funky drummer’ it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove.” I think all this is just a bunch of sour grapes….On Sunday, Ryan Peake of Nickleback turns 42 and Roger Daltrey of The Who is 71! I know what I am up to this weekend: Let the “Orphan Black” binge watching begin! Or maybe “House of Cards”? Anyhow, see ya Monday!
Happy Thursday! Marilyn Manson has added a new leg to his touring endeavors for 2015. See Road Rage….I am hearing some new festivals will be announcing soon, including Rockfest in Cadott, WI. I also just saw the line up for this year’s Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN. Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Slash, Breaking Benjamin, Of Mice And Men, Cage The Elephant, In This Moment, Scott Weiland and more. Ed Sheeran, Ryan Adams, Paramore, Lenny Kravitz, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Parliament Funkadelic, John Fogerty and others are also confirmed. The festival is scheduled for May 1st through the 3rd at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis….Earlier this week, we spoke about Rob Zombie’s new film, and today he’s made a casting announcment for his upcoming horror film 31. Zombie has cast Torsten Voges as a character known as the Death-Head. Voges is best known as the nihilist Franz from The Big Lebowski and for his role as Count Gorgann in Zombie’s last film, The Lords of Salem. 31 is currently in pre-production for possible release later this year….Metallica has confirmed it will perform at the 30th anniversary edition of the original Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The event is set to take place from Sep 18th to the 27th this year at the City of Rock in Rio. Metallica, which is already headlining the first-ever U.S. version of Rock In Rio in May, stated, “One Rock In Rio in a year is just not enough!” The band added, “This will mark our eighth (!) Rock In Rio appearance, including the upcoming May show in Las Vegas. It promises to be quite the party, as we join a stellar festival line up including Faith No More, System Of A Down, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slipknotand many others. Tickets will go on sale in April, so keep watching for more info.” As previously reported, Metallica, Linkin Park and Deftones are among the confirmed bands for the inaugural United States edition of the Rock In Rio festival, set to take place on May 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th in Las Vegas. The event will feature six stages and unique lineups for each of the four days. Other acts confirmed for the Vegas event include The Pretty Reckless, Rise Against, Foster The People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice & Men, Sam Smith, No Doubt, Taylor Swift and John Legend. Metallica is reportedly at work on its 10th studio album. Don’t expect to see it this year, at least that is what I had heard last time I asked…..I dunno, although I’ve been DVR-ing The Walking Dead, I haven’t had a chance to watch any episodes yet. Blabbermouth reports this Sunday, March 1 at 10/9c tune into AMC TV‘s live ”The Walking Dead” after-show ”Talking Dead” to watch Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian join host Chris Hardwick to discuss new episode ”Remember” (Season 5, Episode 12), which features Ian in a guest role as a walker. Fans can submit questions during the live broadcast at this location. Questions will be broadcast and discussed by Chris and Ian on the show. See more here …Blabbermouth also reporting Da Capo Press has set a July 14 release date for Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe‘s memoir, “Dark Days: My Tribulation And Trials”,. Random House purchased the foreign rights to the book and will act as publisher in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of Randy‘s life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe‘s already well-recognized writing style. It chronicles his horrific experiences of dealing with being on trial in a foreign country on charges of murder. The book’s synopsis reads: ”In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb Of God concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away. Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he ‘could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide.’” He had to mortgage his home, the home of his manager and find other ways to pay for his legal fees. It was a nightmare for the dude and his close confidants and manager. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is turned into a film…..This is crazy! Blabbermouth also reports according to the Denton County Crime Stoppers web site, an arrest warrant has been issued for Dave Abbruzzese, who played drums for PEARL JAM from 1991 until 1994. The musician is wanted in Texas on charges involving controlled substances. The charges — which date back to September 26, 2014 — include possession of a controlled substance for an amount under 28 grams, a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine. The second charge, for “manufacture or delivery of substance” is a first degree felony which carries a sentence of between five and 99 years in prison. Those with information leading to the arrest of Dave Abbruzzese could earn up to $1,000 cash reward by contacting the Denton County Crime Stoppers web site, which is operated by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office….Shinedown, who are hard at work on their new album, are also having their agents work up a tour for them later this summer. The album will probably be ready to drop around the same time me thinks. …Finally today, look for a free download of the music recorded for Catch The Throne: The Mixtape Volume 2. This is the second installment of music inspired by HBO’s popular series Game Of Thrones, which returns Apr 12th. Killswitch Engage has posted a snippet of their contribution called “Loyalty: House Martell” over on Soundcloud. Anthrax, Snoop Dogg, Method Man and others also recorded music. Apparently, the Game Of Thrones folks supplied the artists with key words or phrases from the story line or characters and the task was left up to the bands to come up with appropriate music relating to the show. The download should be available next month. #catchthethrone….Happy 46th today to Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine and Future User.
What a great day yesterday turned out to be! We had Theory Of A Deadman drop in for interviews (audio and video) and acoustic performance of “Angel.” Love those guys, their spirit and their comedic talents too! LOL They crack me up! You MUST go to their Facebook to see some of their hilarious posts! Too funny!….Then Paulie Walnuts, Danica and Shane accompanied me to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to do an video interview with Gavin Rossdale of Bush. Such a lovely, kind and dare I say, handsome fellow he! (Blush) But towards the end of the interview, a fire alarm came on (apparently a water pipe in the area broke and the power was shut down inside the club) so we were forced to end out interview early. Boo! But it was a fine time and we got to meet Chewy, his Pomeranian. Very cute. I got to hang out on the side of the stage for their show, too. Great production, great set. And I love they cover Talking Heads‘ “Once In A Lifetime.” And during “Little Things,” Gavin goes into the audience all the way up to the cheap seats and interacts with fans. It’s pretty cool to watch. And he was jumping around the stage, clearly having a grand ole time. Even Chris Traynor’s guitar tech commented, “Gavin is really happy tonight. It shows.” Loved it! Hung out for a few after the show in Stars In Stereo’s dressing room with tennis star John McEnroe. Ya never know who you’ll see at a rock concert in NYC. Hit Yahoo Screen and watch Monday night’s show from Boston’s House of Blues….News of today: Pulse of Radio reports Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz told a New York radio station that singer Chester Bennington is on the road to recovery from a leg injury that forced his other band, Linkin Park, to cancel most of a U.S. tour. Kretz said, “His voice is in great shape, man. He still has to sit down when he’s singing. We’re in the studio right now putting vocals on four new songs this week. So he’s sitting down doing it. But he’s such a health nut that his recovery time is gonna be half of what any mortal human would allow himself to.” Kretz also spoke about the recording sessions for STP’s new album, saying, “We’re very close (to finishing up four new songs), yeah. We’re getting into the guitar solo territory next week. We’re just finishing up the vocals on some of the stuff, and, man, it’s real exciting, ’cause this stuff is sounding huge.” Stone Temple Pilots’ first studio project with Bennington on vocals was an EP called High Rise that was released in October 2013. The new album is due out later this year. Bennington replaced original singer Scott Weiland in the lineup in May of that year. STP will head out on the road this spring as well for its first new tour dates since late 2013. The trek kicks off on April 8th in Seattle, winding down on April 30th in Philadelphia. One dollar per ticket on the new tour will be donated to Music For Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disaster relief and environmental protection that was launched in 2004 by Linkin Park….Three Days Grace has revealed its upcoming album Human will arrive in both standard and deluxe editions. The limited run, two-CD deluxe version will contain a second disc including live renditions of “Painkiller,” “Let Me Down, “Every Other Weekend” and an alternate recording of the song “Human Race.” The package will also include a custom woven beanie, a square-foot sticker featuring the album art, and a five-card set of photos and notes from each band member. Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson told us how the band goes about choosing a title for each new album: “Once the songs are together, we really kind of take one step back, and you can start to see the common thread that kind of moves all through the songs, and then that common thread is essentially where our heads have been at during the process of writing. You know, we start to think about where we were at and what’s the major thing that we were really channeling.“ Anyone who pre-orders Human on iTunes or Amazon will instantly receive digital copies of the band’s two latest Number One singles, “I Am Machine,” and “Painkiller.” Human will arrive in stores on March 31st and is the band’s first record with singer Matt Walst, who joined the band in 2013 following the departure of original frontman Adam Gontier. Three Days Grace will kick off a spring North American tour on April 9th in Riverside, California, winding down on April 23rd in Dallas. The trek will follow gigs at the Brazilian and Argentinean editions of Lollapalooza in late March….Alice In Chains has launched a new online auction benefiting Music for Relief in its efforts toward Ebola prevention and MusiCares for its aid of musicians in need of assistance. Among the items on the auction block are a Jerry Cantrell autographed signature Superhawk Guitar, a Fender Squier Bass Guitar signed by Mike Inez, plus signed instruments from Slash, Tom Morello, Linkin Park, Deftones‘Stephen Carpenter and other items from acts like Pearl Jam, System Of A Down and more. The auction runs through March 10th. (Thanks, Noisecreep)….Metallica frontman James Hetfield has opened up in a recent video about his past, saying fans would not like him if they knew all of his dark secrets. Hetfield said, “You wouldn’t really like me if you knew my story, if you knew what horrible things I’ve done. I’m coming to grips with that, ’cause I have groups of people that I’m able to share all my horrible stuff with — shameful, extremely shameful, dark stuff. Some of it is things I’ve taken from my parents and carried it a little further. Other ones, I’ve been able to drop some of that. Other ones I’ve picked up on my own and then created — shame’s a big thing for me.” Hetfield added, “Playing music has saved my life. Every day saves my life. When I’m able to write . . . write a riff, write some lyrics, stuff like that . . . it’s the way I connect with the world. And so I think kids that do have the gift of art, writing painting, drawing, designing, metalwork, woodwork . . . any craft-type stuff . . . caring for that . . . caring for that.” Empowering children has been a part of Hetfield’s message for years. In other footage, he talks about overcoming his fear of responsibility, his recovery from drug addiction and what it means to be a role model. The videos were produced by Road Recovery, an organization founded to help young people battle adversity and addiction. Hetfield got clean in 2002 and returned to Metallica to record the St. Anger album and make the documentary Some Kind of Monster, which depicted his struggles and the band’s near-breakup. Watch James here, here and here….Happy 33rd to The Used’s Bert McCracklen.
Big day at hardDrive here in NYC! Theory Of A Deadman (you have to hit their Facebook to watch some pretty funny videos) and Bush will be talking to us today. Looking forward to both! If you want to submit questions, please do so now!…..In the news today, Blabbermouth reported Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil told the Sydney Morning Herald the band plans to make a new album in the next few months for a 2016 release.Thayil said, ”No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet. When we finish these shows in Australia (as part of the Soundwave festival), we’ll spend a month or more working on it. It’s definitely going to happen.” He also hinted Adam Kasper, who did Soundgarden’s Down Through the Upside and King Animal albums, might just be the guy they pick to produce. Thayil told us 2015 would find Soundgarden spending less time on the road and more time in the studio: “We’re going to focus on the creative aspect of being a band and start doing some more writing and recording and come up with another album. But I think we’re probably gonna draw back the touring for that purpose.” The new disc will be Soundgarden’s seventh studio effort and will follow up 2012′s King Animal. King Animal was the band’s first album in 16 years and followed a lengthy hiatus that lasted from 1997 to 2010. Meanwhile, lead singer Chris Cornell also recently revealed that he is working on his first solo album since 2009′s Scream….A bunch of albums drop today, including the new First Kiss from Kid Rock! In its review of First Kiss, Billboard said the record is “hardly (Rock’s) most adventurous project, but it is perhaps his most easygoing, tuneful one. The production is crisp and clean, the guitars are sparkling, the vibe is rollicking but relaxed. And surprisingly, kicking back suits Rock: He sounds better here than he has in a long time.” He’s our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! First Kiss is Kid Rock’s 10th studio album. The new disc follows up 2012′sRebel Soul and is the second in a row Rock has produced himself at his own home studio in Michigan. Rock explores his rock and country side on the new disc and told us he has no regrets about leaving his rap roots behind: “There was some hip-hop stuff that I recorded, and to be honest my chops just aren’t up in that world still. It’s not something that excites me anymore. So just doing good blues-based music, something that I think people are gonna get off to at a show or just have a good time with, or if I could say something in a song to move somebody, you know, that’s kind of where we’re at.” The title track from First Kiss is the album’s first single and currently sits at Number 21 on the rock radio chart. Rock is bringing back his popular “Best Night Ever” tour for a second year. All tickets on his upcoming U.S. trek from the second row to the lawn will be priced at $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total cost below $30. Rock is holding the first row open for random fan upgrades and is making 1,000 tickets from each show available through a special program to ward off scalpers.Support on the tour will come from classic rockers Foreigner. The jaunt kicks off on June 24th in Hartford, CT and will continue into early September…M. Shawn Crahan, aka Clown of Slipknot, will be directing his first feature film entitled “Officer Downe.” It is based on a graphic novel about a police officer who is killed in the line of duty, but is resurrected and returns to the streets to find his killers. Kim Coates, aka Tig Trager of Sons of Anarchy, is casted in the lead role. Clown told us he’s been working his way toward directing a feature for a long time: “I’ve been preparing myself with art my whole life, and preparing myself for directing and scriptwriting, and this is what I’ve been doing for 10 years, is learning and studying and taking it in. You know, I honestly believe that, you know, we are gonna create the next Clockwork Orange and I’m gonna die trying because that’s my life.” Production begins next month…..Pulse of Radio also reports Shinedown frontman Brent Smith revealed at the band’s Twitter account over the weekend the group is “four weeks into recording” its new studio album for a tentative “late July (or) early August” release. The first single may arrive as soon as late April. Smith added that “survival” is a theme for the new disc and stated, “It’s a devastating album — beautifully brutal.” I am hearing a July theater tour is in the works as well. Dates are already confirmed are festivals, though, at the Moondance Jam in Walker, MN on Jul 18th and the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, MI on Aug 9th. Smith revealed last year that Darren Doane, director of the band’s music videos for “Devour,” “Sound Of Madness,” “Bully” and several others, would be shooting a feature-length documentary to accompany the new album’s release. Looking forward to hearing what they are up to…..Also out today, All That Remains releases its seventh studio album, The Order Of Things. It follows up 2012′s A War You Cannot Win and continues the New England metal act’s musical evolution. Frontman Phil Labonte told us his band isn’t afraid to change up its sound: “There are some bands that want to carry the standard for metal and, you know, they worry about, is it metal enough? But for us, like, we’ve never been those kind of people and honestly I feel like the attitude in the band really kind of reflects the attitude of, like, New England, you know. We’re a little bit coarse and we do what the hell we want, and if you don’t like it, screw ya (laughs).”….Also out today, Rob Zombie‘s Spookshow International Live. Rob has made a video clip available (don’t watch at work unless you have headphones) for the song “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga.” The live version of the track is taken from Zombie’s new concert album, which features 19 songs from all eras of Zombie’s career….Happiest of birthdays today to: Slipknot Chris Fehn-33, “Uncle Junior” of The Sopranos, Dominic Chianese is 84 and Abe Vigoda of “Barney Miller” & “The Godfather” is 94! (He lives on the Upper West side and I run into him on the street from time to time!) Stay warm, America! Brrrrr.
Wind chills below zero again today. OK, get the long johns out. I am wearing double layers AGAIN today! Tomorrow, big interview day in the hardDriveRadio Studios here in NYC. Theory Of A Deadman are dropping in to do an interview and acoustic performance! Then we pack up the gear and head over to see Gavin Rossdale of Bush over at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Should be interesting as this is our first “on location” video interview shoot! If you have questions for either band, bring em on! Email via the Interact link on the home page OR use the new hardDrive Radio App‘s Interact Live section to submit…..Sad news to share from the Metallica camp from Pulse Of Radio. The band has issued a statement following the death of documentary filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, who with Joe Berlinger, co-directed the groundbreaking, controversial film Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sinofsky passed away at the age of 58 from complications due to a long battle with diabetes. Metallica’s statement said in part, ”We lost a valued member of our family today . . . Smart, funny and dedicated, Bruce was with us almost every day in the early 2000s and was an integral part of helping us to navigate the rough waters during those times. Although not very welcomed at times, he was there through some of the darkest times of Metallica. He became a dedicated comfort and visual lifeboat, while objectively observing the unraveling and rebuilding of our inner and outer selves.” The band added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce’s family and friends. We will miss Bruce. A courageous man with deep empathy and wisdom who wasn’t afraid to dig deep to tell the story.” Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster was released in 2004 and followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their St. Anger album. A 10th anniversary Blu-ray of Some Kind Of Monster was released last November. Sinofsky and Berlinger first came to prominence with their trilogy of Paradise Lost films, which covered the trial of three teens known as the West Memphis Three who were wrongfully accused of the murder of three little boys. The films helped to lead to their eventual release from prison after over 18 years behind bars. Sinofsky also worked in the last decade on the Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts and History’s 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, along with numerous other film and television projects….Stone Temple Pilots frontman Chester Bennington is in the studio recording with the band, despite the severity of the injury to his leg that put an end to his touring with his other band Linkin Park. STP guitarist Dean DeLeo issued an update on Bennington’s condition in a conversation with Mistress Carrie on WAAF-FM. DeLeo states: “He’s healing pretty quickly. He’s just of that mindset and physicality where he wills his body to do that. He hurt himself badly. It was not only a break — the guy tore darn near every ligament in his ankle. They had to go in on each side. He has about a five-inch incision on each side. They had to go in and assemble a big bowl of spaghetti.” Ugh. Been trying to get with Chester on the hotLine, but due to insurance issues with their tour being cancelled, he can not talk to the media. Hopefully, soon! We wish him a speedy recovery!….This I wanna see for myself! LOL There’s nothing wrong with boasting as long as it’s for a good cause. Slipknot’s frontman Corey Taylor has revealed a less-known but totally laudable side of his personality: speedy diaper changing! Taylor tells X3M: “I can change a diaper in 15 seconds – and I mean clean, gone, in, done, boom, pants back on. I’m a good dad, hopefully.” Taylor, who has three children (one is a 6-moths old,) told us a while back becoming a father changed his life significantly: “It definitely makes you re-evaluate how you live your life. It definitely makes you realize that, you know, when you have family, it makes you want to try as hard as you can to spend the rest of your life with them, you know?” Love that!…..He’s always been a muscular man, now he has the car to prove it! LOL Pulse Of Radio also reporting this morning AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was the first in line to snap up an extremely limited edition Mustang GT. The car, created by Ford Motor Company and Petty’s Garage, will be a 627-horsepower limited edition fastback inspired by Petty’s Garage’s Mustang GT that was displayed to great acclaim at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Just 43 cars will be created, with just 42 left. Says Johnson about his new purchase: “This Mustang has just taken my breath away. It really is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. I didn’t have an American car, but I do now!” We asked Johnson not long ago how his fascination with cars began: “I don’t know. It’s probably because we were born with no money and it was always something you dreamt of. You saw one driving past, you know, you’d go, ‘Gosh, darn it, I wonder what it’s like to have one of them.’ But I mean, it was — it went beyond that, you know, I just loved these motorcars, these things that you could get in and do anything. You could go anywhere, you know. And people were actually then mobile, you know, they could do things that they’d never dreamt of before.” ….Finally today, video footage from the pre-production of Rob Zombie’s new movie, 31, has been released. Zombie recently revealed that he had launched a campaign to crowdfund 31. Zombie tells Revolver magazine: “[A] movie that you could get made years ago, you cannot get made anymore, because the business changes, things change. And I’ve noticed that, there’s also a lot of aspects of the crowdfunding that were sort of taking place already, where people always wanna buy props or own a piece of the movie or somehow be involved after the fact, whereas after the fact, there’s nothing much to be involved with. So what I liked about crowdfunding — ’cause it wasn’t something I… I, like most people, it’s new to them — is I thought, this is a way to get a movie made that you know the fans want that studios are a little ‘iffy’ on, and they can be involved too in a way that they would like to be involved, through things that have gone on in the past that I’ve noticed. So it seems sort of like a logical progression for a film like this.” To motivate potential funders, Zombie offered autographed posters, a winner’s name in the credits, props from his previous movies including masks from Halloween and giant crosses from House of 1000 Corpses, a lifetime laminate to see any Zombie show anywhere and a chance to appear as an extra in 31. The movie follows five people who are kidnapped in the five days leading up to Halloween and depicts their fight for survival. In order to stay alive, the hostages play an opponent-killing game called “31.” Discussing his inspiration for the movie, Zombie said: “I was reading this statistic: Halloween is the Number One day of the year when people go missing for some reason. I thought, ‘What an interesting premise for a film.’ This is five people that go missing on each day leading up to Halloween and what happens to them on the 31st.” Watch Rob do some location scouting for the film. His Spookshow International Live cd is out tomorrow!….Happy 63rd today to Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Happy 32nd to actor/comedian Aziz Ansari and Happy BELATED 33 to Halestorm’s Joe Hottinger!
Dear Mother Nature, you SUCK! Today, I am pulling out the balacalva face mask. I do not mess around when it’s 2 degrees…..Really bummed to read the news that the equipment truck carrying all of the Foo Fighters essential gear headed toward a charity show in New Zealand was involved in a serious accident. The equipment was basically destroyed and a crew member has also been injured. The show also had to be cancelled. New gear is being flown in from Los Angeles so the rest of the tour can go on. Australia and New Zealand are bracing for bad hurricane-type storms, as well. Ugh. See complete story here Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are releasing the Blu-Ray and DVD versions of the HBO series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways on April 07th. I will be pre-ordering mine today! The versions will include bonus material like extended interviews with President Barack Obama, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers, Joan Jett, Ian Mackaye of Fugazi and Minor Threat, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Joe Walsh. Pre-order yours at buy.foofighters.com. And on Wednesday, the band was named Best International Band by NME, England’s premiere music magazine. The band accepted their award via video and hinted they would see fans in Glastonbury this year. Nice!…Pulse Of Radio reports on Feb 09th, Metallica played a show hosted by Salesforce.com at Pier 48 in San Francisco. The band previously played at the cloud computing company’s annual convention in 2011 (guitarist Kirk Hammett is friends with Salesforce.com’s CEO, Marc Benioff). The clip includes footage of the band warming up and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” from the show. In other news, Metallica recently teamed up with ski manufacturer Armada to create the band’s own branded line of skis. The group said in a statement, “It’s no secret that three quarters of the band enjoy our snow sports ([guitarist] Kirk [Hammett] is sticking to the water for now!) so we’re excited to announce that we have hooked up with Armada to create a line of Metallica skis for you to cruise around the mountains on.” The second annual edition of Kirk Hammett’s horror-themed Fear FestEvil, a music and memorabilia event will take place on April 10th, 11th and 12th in San Jose, CA. Metallica is also reportedly working on its 10th album in between all its other projects, which is slated to come out late 2015 / early 2016. It will follow up 2008’s Death Magnetic….Boston radio station WAAF spoke with STP guitarist Dean Deleo and drummer Eric Kretz about their upcoming new music and tour. Speaking about the new Stone Temple Pilots material the band has been recording over the course of the past few weeks, Dean said: “Although we’ve been trying for many, many years to get away from ourselves, we always keep coming back to our same spot — that person in front of the mirror. It kind of sounds like us. It’s not anything we’ve… I’d like to think it’s not anything we’ve done before; we definitely don’t wanna repeat ourselves. It’s just about kind of stumbling and writing some new musical terrain we haven’t really explored before. But it’s definitely R-A-W-K-I-N. Rawkin’.” Added Eric: “When we were writing these songs, it was just, like, ‘Man, what gets us off on stage live?’ We wanna make sure that it has those elements where we’re excited not just to present a good song, but something that has great performances on all our parts and something that the audience can just really enjoy.” The band’s tour, which kicks off in April, will be donating money for Music For Relief, with money ear-marked for Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey, where the Deleo’s grew up. (Thanks Blabbermouth)…We’ve posted a new video interview with Dustin Bates of Starset and the band performing a killer cover of David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity.” Find in on the hardDrive Radio YouTube Channel and, of course, the APP! Have a killer weekend! Gotta dash! Wait, what? You haven’t downloaded the new hardDrive Radio APP? What are you waiting for? We are streaming the weekend edition of hardDrive, as well as the weeknight hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! Listen to what you’ve been missing! Find the links on the home page!
BRRRR….That’s all I can say! Brrr….Here’s the latest: From Pulse Of Radio: Godsmack singer Sully Erna and Marilyn Manson have both landed roles in a new movie called Street Level, with Erna also contributing music to the soundtrack. The film is expected out on Christmas Day and the writer, producer and director is David Labrava, best known for playing Happy on Sons Of Anarchy. This appears to be the same project Erna mentioned in an interview last year, when he said he was shooting a pilot for a new TV series along with Labrava and other Sons Of Anarchy cast members. It now seems that the project has been turned into a film, with a trailer also surfacing online. Erna’s other roles include a small part in the Martin Scorsese-produced Bleed For This and a lead role in the recent low-budget horror movie Army Of The Damned. Manson had a recurring role on Sons Of Anarchy and also appeared in the TV shows Californication and Eastbound And Down. His movie credits include the movies Lost Highway, Jawbreaker, Party Monster and Wrong Cops. Manson’s latest album, The Pale Emperor, came out last month. He starts a new round of North American tour dates on March 25th in Portland, OR. Godsmack is also hitting the road this spring for a mix of headlining and festival shows. After playing the Pot Of Gold festival in Tempe, AZ on March 17th, the band heads out again on April 17th for a run that will include stops at events like Fort Rock and Rock On The Range as well as solo headlining shows….Halestorm has released streaming audio of a new song called “Mayhem,” which appears on the band’s upcoming third album Into The Wild Life. Fans may recall the group tested this song a few times on the road last year, both in the U.S. and in England. Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale told us the new album was meant to bring the live Halestorm experience into the studio: “We kind of threw everything out the window on this record. We went with a new producer, we did it in a different city, we changed, you know, our whole process of recording. Basically we wanted to set a standard for this record, really, really trying to bridge the gap this time between what people see live and then what they hear in our recordings.” Into The Wild Life will be released in North America on April 7th and follows up Halestorm’s Grammy-winning 2012 sophomore effort, The Strange Case Of . . . . Halestorm is currently on the road in Europe and will begin a North American tour with The Pretty Reckless on April 22nd in Nashville….Poor Nickelback! They are always being picked on. But at least this pick is for a great cause! A man has pledged to take “the ultimate test of endurance” by listening to nothing but Canadian rock act Nickelback for a week. According to Consequence Of Sound, Jesse Carey launched his campaign to raise money for Charity: Water, an organization which builds water wells in developing countries. Carey’s initial goal was $10,000, but as of publication, he’s already surpassed $18,000. Carey discussed his initiative in a recent podcast that is available online. There have been a number of weird Nickelback-related news items in recent months, including two men getting arrested for saying the group’s name and a man starting a petition to have the quartet banned in England. Nickelback’s eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, arrived in stores last November and follows up the Canadian act’s 2011 effort Here And Now. The first single from the album, “Edge Of A Revolution,” recently topped the rock radio airplay chart. The latest single from the set is “Million Miles An Hour.” Frontman Chad Kroeger told us “Million Miles An Hour” came together very late in the game during the recording sessions for the new disc: “It was the 11th hour of the album, and that one came out of left field, and we all just fell madly in love with the song immediately and we were like, ‘Okay, this thing is thumping. Let’s have this open the album.’” The band recently started a six-month North American tour that stops in London, ON, Canada on Saturday (Feb 21st)….Toolband.com, the official Tool website, posted this on Monday about the recent reports of the band recording in the same LA studio where Motorhead is working.
Wouldn’t you know it. Here I am hoping to observe President’s Day by taking care of something at home that I have been putting off for way too long, when I am bombarded with email from Tool fans wanting to know what’s going on concerning a recent Facebook post (now making the rounds on all of the on-line music sites) about the members of the band tracking in the same recording facility where the band “Motorhead” are working on something. Well, realizing that millions of you need to get back to shoveling the snow off of your houses instead of anxiously waiting for further information to appear on a computer screen, here are four possibilities that I can think of, with one of them probably being the most likely answer to the chance meeting between the two bands in the same recording studio:
A) The members of Tool that the guys in Motorhead saw and interacted with in the studio were actually the DECOY members of the band , who have started tracking tunes for the new DECOY Tool album.
B) Rather than tracking tunes for the next Tool record, the (real) members of the band have begun tracking (real) tunes for the Tool album that is to be released AFTER the next Tool album is released.
c) Rather than tracking anything, the members of the band were in the studio mixing music that was recorded sometime ago, which might not have anything to do with the next Tool album (which is still in the writing/arranging process), but might be used for another Tool project that has been in the works for a while, of which I am currently not at liberty to add any further details.
D) All of the above.
Okay, like I mentioned earlier, one of these is most likely correct. Now, you have lots of snow to shovel, and I have more socks to fold…I love the dude who does the Toolband site. I want to meet him one day…..And finally today, Motionless In White posted a new video for the tune “Break The Cycle.” Watch it here….Happy 67th today to the immortal Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 48 and on this fateful day in 1980, the iconic AC/DC frontman, Bon Scott, died. He was only 33. RIP Bon! I just recall him drinking so heartily! I think he drank an entire bottle of Jack Daniels during the band’s set one time. Probably happened a lot and probably what really did him in. Sad.
It’s HUMP DAY! And Ash Wednesday. If aliens came down and saw us walking around with black smudges on our faces, what would they think is going on? And bitter cold, not only here, but Floridians, you are getting slammed too! 42 in Miami? That’s cray cray! Global warming?….Our Detroit correspondent drove over to Kid Rock‘s house yesterday. (Bet he’s happy to be back in the Michigan winter!) ”Bob” is bringing back his popular “Best Night Ever” tour for a second year. All tickets on his upcoming U.S. trek from the second row to the lawn will be priced at $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total cost below $30. Participating Wal-Mart outlets will also offer “all-in” tickets that include parking in the $20 total. In addition, Rock is holding the first row open for random fan upgrades and is making 1,000 tickets from each show available through a special program to ward off scalpers. Special tour T-shirts will also go for $20 and selected draught beers will cost just four dollars. Support on the tour will come from classic rockers Foreigner. The jaunt kicks off on June 24th in Hartford, CT and will end Sep 05th in Auburn, WA. Rock is touring behind his upcoming studio album, First Kiss, due Feb 24th, and said he feels confident about playing a lot of new material in his show: “I just hope that I know when I’m turning into that guy when it’s like, you know, ‘Here’s something off the new record,’ and people are like, ‘Let’s go get some beer.’ (laughs) I don’t want to be that dude, but I do feel like a lot of these songs, you know, four or five of them, can fit into the show with still holding people’s interest and hopefully them being something they want to hear.” Kid Rock is our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus starting Monday!…Drowning Pool has released a video for the song “Soul,” a previously unreleased track from the sessions for the band’s 2001 debut, Sinner. The clip, comprised of archival live footage featuring late singer Dave Williams, is being released via a new Indiegogo campaign launched by the group to raise money for the American Heart Association in his name. The band’s goal is set at $13,000, all of which will go to the AHA. Anyone who donates $30 or more will receive a special “In Memoriam” T-shirt adorned with Williams’ image. ”Soul” can be found on the recently released 13th anniversary deluxe reissue of Sinner. The Sinner album arrived in June 2001 and featured the monster single “Bodies,” plus follow-up rock radio hits “Sinner” and “Tear Away.” Dave Williams passed away from heart disease on the band’s tour bus in August 2002, while the group was out promoting the record during an Ozzfest stop in Virginia. Drowning Pool recently announced the second leg of its Sinner Unlucky 13th Anniversary tour, on which the band is playing the record from start to finish. The new dates kick off on March 12th in Daytona Beach, FL…I got this from Blabbermouth. According to Forbes.com, the average price for AC/DC concert tickets for the band’s upcoming North American tour on TiqIQ is $255.82. The most expensive show of the 13-date run is Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sep 20, with an average secondary price of $573.37 — 124.1% more than the tour average. The Vancouver show on Sep 22 is averaging $561.23. Meanwhile, Gillette Stadium in Foxoborough, MA on Aug 22 is the cheapest show on the tour, with an average price of $205.87, 19.5% below the tour average. The Sep 25 concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco has an average price of $218.71 on the secondary market. Those prices are INSANE! .. Speaking of AC/DC, AXS TV (via DirecTV) has a killer line up of music shows for you on Sunday, Feb 22. At 7 PM ET/4 PM PT: Clutch in concert. AC/DC at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Guns ‘N Roses 9:15 PM ET/6:15 PM PT…..You know Lou Brutus is very keen on UFO’s. He’s a believer. And so is this guy! Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge is well known for his interest in the paranormal, but in a new interview with Papermag he claims that he’s been contacted by alien beings twice, adding that his life could be in danger because he knows too much about their existence. DeLonge revealed that his first experience came at a campsite near the famous Area 51 Air Force base, where it was once rumored that the government kept alien technology from crashed UFOs. DeLonge explained he woke up at the site around three in the morning, saying, “My whole body felt like it had static electricity . . . and there’s a conversation going on outside the tent. It sounded like there were about 20 people there, talking. And instantly my mind goes, OK, they’re at our campsite, they’re not here to hurt us, they’re talking about s**t, but I can’t make out what they’re saying. But they’re working on something. Then I close my eyes and wake up, and the fire is out and I have about three hours of lost time.” DeLonge claims to have heard secret recorded testimony about technology that the U.S. government created from alien designs — and was warned to watch what he said. He recalled, “One time I remember bringing up a very specific craft that I believe we’re building . . . this engineer looks at me, this guy is 70 years old, and he goes, ‘You better be real f**king careful about what you’re talking about.’ . . . And he calls me up the next day and he goes, ‘I’ve had calls about you. If someone comes and asks you to get in their car, don’t f**king get in the car.’” DeLonge told us a while back much of our computer technology, as well as the Internet, sprang from extraterrestrial origins: “A UFO crashed in ’47 and that’s how we got integrated circuit chips and fiber optics and stuff. That’s where it’s all from. And they were scared that they didn’t know what the integrated circuit chip was. They always thought that maybe later on in the future it could lead to the demise of the world with aliens coming to this Earth. Well, what is the Internet? It’s a global-wide neurological system of computers where every single thing that we do and know and read and everything is on computers, and sent out all over the world.” Be careful, be VERY careful….Celebrating their lives today: Yoko Ono Lennon is 82! Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida is 45. Molly Ringwald is 47 and Dr Driz-ay hits the Big 5-0!