Monday, Aug 25

OK, I am SUPPOSED to be on vacation, but there’s DIRT to write this morning!  So here’s your Monday news:  .5: The Gray Chapter is the title of the upcoming Slipknot album.  Earlier this morning, the radio single for “The Devil In I”  was released.  The album will drop just days before Knotfest on Oct 21.  Pre-order the album and see the cover and  more on the band’s official website….Just months after releasing their first EP, Out Of The Black, British bass-and-drums duo Royal Blood unleash their self-titled full-length debut  tomorrow, Aug 26th. Bassist and singer Mike Kerr told us he and drummer Ben Thatcher didn’t want to stray too far on the album from the sound they introduced on the EP: “It’s been a real journey making it and, like, the most important thing for us was that we were very aware of everything sounding the same. And I think it soon became clear that all our focus actually just went on the songwriting and rather than stressing out about, you know, how are we gonna do a ballad, we just stuck to what we knew.”…Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath leads the lineup of a new collection of protest songs called This Concerns Everyone, which is being released by A-F Records on Nov 18th. The set includes both studio and live recordings from a number of alternative artists, including Tom Morello and members of Saves The DayAnti-FlagHot Water Music and more. McIlrath told us Rise Against has always tried to find the right mix of message and music: “It’s a delicate balance, that’s for sure. When you take on a cause or you want to communicate how you feel about something — especially something controversial — you’re walking a fine line between like bringing about some awareness or shoving something down someone’s throat. I guess we’ve kind of led by example in a lot of ways and presented it as something that, you know, we feel strongly about, and if you also feel strongly about it, then we want to let you know that you’re not alone.”…If you’ve ever wanted to own the actual “angry chair” — the seat from the video for Alice In Chains‘ classic song of the same name — now’s your chance. Someone on Craigslist who claims to have worked on the video  has the chair and is offering it for either $1,500 or the best offer. The person writes, “The chair is perfect for sitting in and just raging out. a few dents, but in otherwise great condition.” The owner says that if you want to buy the chair, you have to “email with your favorite AIC album and why you think you’re angry enough for the chair,” adding, “Money isn’t important to me, just want to give the angry chair a good home.”  (Hmmm, this smells like a stunt from one AIC drummer, because I don’t know many art directors who would say  ’money isn’t important to me’…..)……Get ready,yo!  The man in the red hat is BACK!   Here is a new song/video from Fred Durst and Company known as Limp Bizkit called “Endless  Slaughter.”  Give it a chance. It’s different. Guitarist Wes Borland told Billboard the songs on their forthcoming 4th quarter release, Stampede Of The Disco Elephants, have a “very live and sort of wild” feel. Moreover, fans shouldn’t expect the same old Limp Bizkit on the album; instead, there will be quite a bit of experimentation on the effort. “I think it’s a little bit more, sort of playful, taking chances, a little less pop, structured type of stuff,” Borland said. “I don’t want to say it [sounds] younger, but maybe a little more carefree, musically, to where we don’t over-think what we’re doing.”…Celebrating 65 today, Gene $immon$ of KISS.

Friday, Aug 22

Morning folks!   First off, my favorite band, Korn premiered their fan-assisted official video for “Hater”–the lead single off their world tour edition deluxe reissue album, The Paradigm Shift: WORLD TOUR EDITION –exclusively on VEVO. Directed by Yarvo Productions, the video features fan-submitted video clips where they share personal experiences of being a victim of bullying, abuse or hatred and how that affected them. Watch the video for “Hater”: http://vevo.ly/935o9F. On “Hater,” frontman Jonathan Davis’ lyrics address challenges of victims of bullies and haters. In this video clip, the band has broken the fourth wall by providing an opportunity for real fans to speak out about their experiences of being hated. JD said “Almost everyone has felt bullied, pressured and beat down in their life by their haters. This video helps to give a public voice to some of the challenges real people have faced, and reminds us all that self-harm and suicide.”  It’s heavy  and I had to turn away at one point.  You’ll see what I mean.  Korn also recently posted the concert video version of clip.  You can find that on Vevo as well.  Speaking of Vevo, look for my “list” of favorite videos in the coming weeks.  I’ll let ya know when…..Meanwhile, crazy story out of LA regarding Scott Weiland.  TMZ broke a story saying Scott had been arrested for a felony and had been in jail for 30 days.  Turns out, the story was false. According to Blabbermouth, Scott posted a video message on his Facebook page (see the entire report here) in which he called the TMZ.com report a “lie” and insisted he has been “touring, writing and recording” his new album.  Weiland appeared with two band mates and said: “I just got reading something very interesting. A nice piece of fiction from TMZ saying that I was in jail and have been for a month. I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording my new album, at the studio we’re in right now, a Los Angeles studio. So all I have to say to our fans is whether you find it funny, or interesting, or whether you’re sad, don’t worry, don’t fret. It’s a lie. TMZ, you’ll be hearing from my attorneys. Thank you.”  Scott actually looked in really good shape, albeit I think he could use to eat something….I must’ve been asleep and missed that Foo Fighters posted a new 3:30 trailer for Sonic Highways, the album and the HBO mini-series.  Stop and watch.  I am so waiting for this!   Argh!  Gimme gimme gimme……AC/DC’s Phil Rudd told Australia’s Nine Network that his band is DEFINITELY touring to support their forthcoming album and mark their 40th anniversary as a band.  The band recorded their new album in Vancouver with Brendan O’Brien.  tour hasn’t been announced, but agents are putting a 40-city tour together as we speak.   Oh yes, I will be bringing earplugs. Meanwhile, Phil is releasing Head Job, his solo album, on Aug 30th. (Thanks Blabbermouth)….Sniff sniff.  Do you smell that?  Something is brewing in the Slipknot camp.  Monday we may know more…..Today would’ve been Alice In Chains’ frontman Layne Staley’s  47th birthday and blues legend John Lee Hooker’s 97th. Saturday, Rick Springfield turns, gulp, 64.

Thursday, Aug 21

Good morning.  Today we start out with this happy and sad news about everyone’s favorite frontman and sometimes drummer, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.  Pulse Of Radio reports  Dave and his wife Jordyn Blum have welcomed a third daughter into the world, according to Us magazine. Ophelia Saint Grohl (must’ve been listening to some Simon & Garfunkel) born on Aug 1st, but the couple kept the birth quiet except for a single Aug  8th post on the Facebook page of The David Grohl Alley Scholarship Program .  Sadly, on August 6th, just days after Ophelia’s birth, Grohl lost his father, James Grohl, to cancer at the age of 75.  Grohl and Blum have been married for 11 years and are also the parents of eight-year-old Violet Maye and five-year-old Harper Willow. The new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, will be released on Nov 10th.   That’s also the title of the upcoming HBO documentary series that will chronicle the making of the record, which will premiere on the cable network on Oct 17th….WOW!  FINALLY, news on Breaking Benjamin!  Pulse also reporting Breaking Benjamin has posted a new video at the band’s Facebook page in which the group’s all-new lineup is revealed. Songwriter and frontman Ben Burnley is the only original member left in the band, which has been inactive for several years while Burnley battled health issues and was engaged in legal action against two former members. Joining Burnley in Breaking Benjamin 2.0 are drummer Shaun Foist, bassist Aaron Bruch, former Red guitarist/songwriter Jasen Rauch and ex-Adelitas Way guitarist Keith Wallen. Aside from the Facebook video, no further information about a new album, touring plans or record label has been revealed. The last Breaking Benjamin album, Dear Agony, came out in 2009. Jasen has been working with Ben for a long time, at least since Breaking Benjamin’s last album.  Been trying to reach out to Ben, but no word back.  Breaking Benjamin initially went on hiatus in 2010 while Burnley dealt with his illness.  Following the release of a greatest hits album by the band’s label, Burnley accused former bassist Mark Klepaski and guitarist Aaron Fink of approving the set as well as a new remix of “Blow Me Away” without his permission. That touched off a legal fight in which Burnley went to court against Fink and Klepaski over who had the rights to the band’s name. Burnley declared himself the legal victor in April 2013 and announced plans to continue under the Breaking Benjamin name, playing a few acoustic performances later that year. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing new music in the not too distant future…Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray has told Revolver  as well as this producer,  in a new interview his other band, Mudvayne, is not dead yet despite a hiatus of more than four years and the recent dismissal of Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett from the Hellyeah lineup. Asked if this meant Mudvayne was officially over, Gray replied, “I don’t think so. We all still talk. I’m not ready to put a headstone on anything yet.”  Gray did admit that Tribbett’s firing from Hellyeah, shortly before the recording of the band’s new Blood For Blood album, was hard on him. He explained, “He has always been my right-hand man . . . When everything went sideways, it was like losing a great friend. I was filled with fear and I had mixed emotions. At first, I was like, G****mn, I don’t know if I’m ever gonna be able to do this without him.” There was a point where he left the writing and early stages of production in Las Vegas and drove home to Arizona.   After some serious coaxing from the band and Kevin Churko, he made the decision to return to Vegas and get down to making what is the Blood For Blood album.   Mudvayne posted a message on Facebook last March indicating the band was still in existence, writing, “With respect to all the bandmembers, we are all doing something in music that satisfies our appetite right now. When the time is right, Mudvayne WILL be back in action.”…..With headlines swirling about the NFL allegedly instituting a pay-to-play policy for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, British rock band You Me At Six has an offer for the league, which they outline in the following open letter:

Dear NFL:

We’re sorry to hear that you’re in such dire financial straits. While Coldplay and Rihanna mull your offer, we’re here to help with a multi-tiered proposal:

1.      For $2 Million: We get to play the upcoming halftime show.
2.      For $10 Million, one of us gets to quarterback a set of downs for the team of our choosing.
3.      For $40 Million, the Super Bowl will be played with English football rules, where you must use your feet, and an actual ball.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts once you’ve had a chance to review.  We welcome any of the Super Bowl committee to attend one of our upcoming American concerts. Our tour kicks off September 15th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA.

Warmly,

You Me At Six

(Josh, Dan, Max Chris, Matt)

Celebrating birthdays today:  Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple/Black Sabbath fame  is 62.  Serj Tankian is 47, Kristen Wiig is 41 and a rich dude named Sergey Brin is also 41 (co-founder of Google.)… And let’s leave you with this, ever wonder who the richest bass players in Rock are? This list is published by The Richest (dunno where/how they compile this info or why Geddy Lee of Rush isn’t on this list, but here ya go).

  1. The BeatlesPaul McCartney – $1.2 billion
  2. The Police‘s Sting – $300 million
  3. Kiss‘ Gene Simmons – $300 million
  4. Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters – $270 million
  5. U2‘s Adam Clayton – $150 million
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea – $115 million
  7. Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones – $80 million
  8. Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler – $65 million
  9. No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal – $45 million
  10. Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic – $40 million

Wednesday, Aug 20

I’ve had a fly in my apartment now for several days. All my attempts to squash this little irritating winged beast have failed. I’ve even been leaving my apartment door open in hopes he would fly away, but no!   He greets me when I wake up, when I’m in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and right now he’s buzzing me while I am typing.  I CAN’T TAKE IT!   Feeling like a character in a Kafka book…Black Stone Cherry posted a “thank you” video on their Facebook  telling fans this hardDrive Live Tour was their best tour ever!   That makes this lady very proud!  Many thanks again to Black Stone, We As Human, Kyng and Fifth Freedom for a great time!  Share your hardDrive Live Tour pics and memories on the hardDriveRadio APP and our Facebook and Twitter too!….Nickelback has released the lyric video for “Edge Of A Revolution,” the first single from the Canadian act’s upcoming eighth studio album. The yet-to-be-titled disc is due out on November 4th through the band’s new deal with Republic Records. Frontman Chad Kroeger said, “We are very excited to be releasing new music for our fans and feel it’s some of our strongest material to date. During the recording process as we looked toward the next chapter, it became clear that . . . the entire Republic/Universal team had a shared vision and passion for this project. Their track record of artist development speaks volumes to their success and we are honored to be partners with them.”  Check out the lyric video here….Multi-platinum band Bush have announced an Oct 21st release date for their highly anticipated new album, Man On The Run (Zuma Rock Records/RAL). The band’s 6th studio album  will contain thee lead single “The Only Way Out,” which hits radio, iTunes, Amazon and all major retailers on Sep 9th. Bush (vocalist/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge) recorded Man On The Run with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Mastodon, Deftones, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains) at Studio 606, the Northridge, CA-based studio owned by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.  Bush has also teamed with PledgeMusic for a special campaign offering fans a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the new album, along with a number of Pledge exclusives including limited-edition vinyl, hand-written lyrics, pre-order opportunities and more. To view the campaign, please visit this site…..Speaking of Dave,   he is so clever.  He took his Ice Bucket Challenge to the next level with this (which includes Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel & Pat Smear, but no Shifty Shiflett?)  Can’t wait for new Foo Fighters music.  Dunno why they are being so tight-lipped about the single and when it’s coming  but there ya go.  Eddie Vedder, Duff McKagan and Corey Taylor have also done their own ice water bathing.  Wonder where this will all end?….Congrats to Like A Storm and Rev Theory who just signed to the Another Century label, which was founded by the former head of Century Music.  Hearing good things about the new Rev Theory, another former hardDrive Live Tour band, too! ….Happy 66th today to Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame. Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is 44.

Tuesday, Aug 19

One of the legendary radio & television voices of all time, Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, whose career spanned 6 decades, has passed on.  Can’t fathom who can fill those shoes.  Don was 96…. Pulse Of Radio says Slipknot issued and quickly fulfilled a casting call over the weekend for fans — also known as “maggots” — to appear in the new video for “The Devil In I,” the first official single from the group’s upcoming album. The call for extras to appear as “human maggots,” requiring that applicants be between 20 and 35 years old and “comfortable to be shooting in barefoot,” was issued over the weekend and was no longer accepting submissions yesterday (Aug 18th).  The shoot will take place on either Friday (August 22nd) or Saturday (August 23rd) in the Los Angeles area.  Percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told us not long ago Slipknot and its “maggots” have a special bond: “I’ve always believed that, you know, we are not a band, we are a culture, and the reason why we are a culture is because, you know, there’s a lot of things in this world people don’t trust, but people trust us. Our fans, our ‘maggots,’ they trust us.”  Singer Corey Taylor told the BBC “The Devil In I” is “completely different” from “The Negative One,” the first song released online from the album. He added, “It’s more melodic, but it’s dark, (and) it’s powerful, man.”  Meanwhile, more news out of the camp is just days away.  Keep alert!….Korn has issued a live video for the song “Hater,” the first clip from the The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition. “Hater” is the lead bonus cut from the the special edition, which adds three studio tracks and six live cuts to last year’s Number Eight-debuting LP. Singer Jonathan Davis told us “Hater” was put together via long distance: “I did it here at home in Bakersfield, at our studio that we have, with (producer) Don Gilmore. He came in and me and him just got in there and when it was done, I sent it to Munky and Head and they did their guitar stuff on it, and Fieldy put his bass tracks and Ray played drums and it was done. And it’s really good.”  Here is the fantastic new live video filmed all over the world for “Hater.”  Enjoy!….Well it’s confirmed.  Aerosmith‘s drummer seat normally occupied by Joey Kramer is being filed by his son, Jesse. Sky.  Last week, Joey had an episode which required minor surgery.  Thankfully Jesse is qualified and was there in a flash.  One show that I am aware of is being rescheduled…..Alien Ant Farm are releasing a new song called “Homage” on Sep 2nd. The song is some of the first new music from this band out of Riverside, CA since 2006.  Dryden Mitchell and Terry Corso will drop by today.  They have a tour in progress with Kaleido.  Hit www.alienantfarm.com for more….. Happy 68th today to President Bill Clinton and Happy 76th! to Ginger Baker of Cream and Blind Faith.

Monday, Aug 18

Man, the week before you leave for vacation is a drag. Especially if you are in my shoes. Ya gotta do all your work for the week you are gone, too!   So hmm, one extra week of work before I take off a week.   But hey, next week this time when I can sleep in, I ain’t complaining!  LOL ….I posted on my personal facebook page that I wanted to be the first person to say the new Nickelback song is a “mofo.”  And I stand on those words!  Their new song, which hits radio this morning at 8 AM PT/11 AM ET, is called “Edge Of A Revolution.”  And I am telling you to forget the old band.  This is Nickelback, the 2015 model, and you “haters” out there just might change your tune.  It will be available at retail tomorrow. Chad Kroeger told us not long ago that keeping Nickelback’s fans happy is always the priority: “We set the bar pretty high, you know, for ourselves and our fans because they’re always in the forefront of our mind when we’re creating new stuff, and we love giving our fans what they want. It’s tough because picking out a Nickelback fan’s tricky, you know, ’cause they’re all over the map and they all like something different. So trying to keep all of them happy, it’s a challenge.”  Looking forward to getting Mr Kroeger on the hotLine soon…NME reports Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer told Noise 11 the band has been writing songs and recording demos for its new album “every day,” adding, “We are already up to 28 or 30 songs.” Klinghoffer also said it is “up in the air still” whether the band will work again with producer Rick Rubin, who has produced every Chili Peppers album from 1991′s Blood Sugar Sex Magik through 2011′s I’m With You.  Hmmmm…..Congrats to the promoters of the Riot Fest in Chicago.  The punk-rock based festival started back in 2005 as a few day festival held at various small clubs around the Windy City.  Ten years later, Riot Mike‘s hard work and dedication has brought it to Humboldt Park for a three-day event, Sep 12-14.  Here’s the line-up (thanks Wikipedia):

Friday: Jane’s AddictionRise AgainstSlayerThe OffspringPussy RiotNOFXGogol BordelloOf Mice & MenMastodonThe Murder City DevilsFailureCirca SurviveClutchGWARStiff Little FingersBlack Joe Lewis & the HoneybearsWe Came as RomansSenses FailAllTitle FightEmarosaPity SexFrom Indian Lakes, The Hotelier, RadkeyPianos Become the TeethRed City Radio, Baby Baby, Wounds, Plague Vendor, Somos

Saturday: The NationalThe Flaming LipsWu-Tang ClanSamhainDescendentsMetricTaking Back SundayDie AntwoordCity and ColourPaul WellerThe UsedThe Afghan WhigsTelevisionCock SparrerDashboard ConfessionalSaosinSay AnythingThe Mighty Mighty BosstonesTokyo Police ClubThe Dandy WarholsThe Get Up KidsMe First and the Gimme GimmesStreetlight ManifestoBuzzcocksFace to FaceWavvesThe OrwellsRx BanditsSamiam7 SecondsAnti-FlagFrnkIero And The Cellabration, Citizen, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to DieLemuria, The Pizza Underground, Nostalghia, SkatersThe Unlikely Candidates, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, The Bots, Broncho, The American Scene, Restorations, The Picturebooks, Rose’s Pawn Shop, The Crombies, Ex Friends

Sunday: The CureWeezerSocial DistortionPrimusTegan and SaraCheap TrickPatti SmithBring Me the HorizonDropkick MurphysNaked Raygun,SuperchunkBilly BraggThe Hold SteadyBlue MeaniesLuceroNew Found GloryMudhoneyHot SnakesThurston MooreMotion City SoundtrackAndrew W.K.The Bouncing SoulsKurt Vile & the ViolatorsMineralLa DisputeOnly CrimeThe MenzingersThe Front BottomsSilversteinThe Whigs, In the Valley Below, Modern BaseballI Am the AvalancheLaura StevensonCerebral BallzyPup, Dads, ShowYouSuck, Lucki Eck$, My Gold Mask, Tiny Moving Parts, Team Spirit, Survay Says!, Chumped, Archie Powell & the Exports

But the coolest thing is, 10 of these bands are playing 10 classic albums in their entirety. Those participating are:
Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking
Slayer Reign In Blood
The Offspring  Smash
Weezer  The Blue Album
Samhain  Initium
Descendants  Milo Goes To College
NOFX  Punk In Drublic
Naked Raygun  Throb Throb
The Get Up Kids  Something To Write Home About
and one more band TBA.  Oh wouldn’t it be KILLER if Wu Tang Clan did 36 Chambers? Ah ummmmmm……  Birthdays today:  Frances Bean Cobain is 22.  Everlast is 45.  Robert Redford is 78….And on a more serious note, I was sorry to hear the news over the weekend of the passing of producer Rick Parashar.  Rick and his brother Raj opened  London Bridge Studios in Seattle in 1985 and went on to produce Temple Of The Dog‘s self titled debut, Pearl Jam‘s Ten, Alice In Chains’ Sap, Nickelback‘s Silver Side Up, 3 Doors Down‘s Away From The Sun and 10 Years’ Epidemic, among countless others.  He succumbed to pulmonary disease on Thursday, Aug 14.  He was 50.  Pearl Jam posted his photo on Instagram.  Sad day…..

Friday, Aug 15

Big ups to these guys!  Pulse Of Radio confirm  Five Finger Death Punch launched a crowdfunding campaign by selling a jersey with the slogan “5FDP4VETS No One Gets Left Behind” on Indiegogo. The goal of raising $50,000 was more than doubled in less than two days, with the campaign raising over $100,000 for organizations supporting veterans suffering from PTSD.  Fans who pledged money will receive a limited-edition jersey created and designed by guitarist Zoltan Bathory.  The initial run of shirts ran out, and the band expanded it by 1,000 in order to keep up with the overwhelming demand.  Five Finger Death Punch also hosted a special screening of the “Wrong Side Of Heaven” video this past Monday (August 11th) at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for military personnel. The video has gathered over 500,000 views since its premiere online earlier this week.Meanwhile, if you’ve been living under a rock, then you missed the band debuted a new video earlier this week for the song “Wrong Side Of Heaven,” with the clip shining a spotlight on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and the plight of homeless U.S. military veterans. The band also begins its fall tour with Volbeat on Sep 16th in Salt Lake City…The Offspring have taken two tracks from their 2012 album Days Go By and merged them into one animated video the band has just released online. The animated action clip is set to the tunes “Dividing By Zero” and “Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb to Hell.” The video follows a rebel warrior as he battles an evil angel of death in a post-apocalyptic world. The Offspring are currently headlining the Summer Nationals Tour and will resume work on new music later this year. (AntiMusic)…Tool drummer Danny Carey will perform with Primus on the band’s scheduled September tour dates, while original drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander continues his recovery from recent open-heart surgery. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Primus bassist/singer Les Claypool called Carey the perfect fill-in for Alexander, saying, “Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet. Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion, towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble spruce.”….OK, let’s clear up some things:  1. Chris Adler of Lamb of God did NOT play drums on the new Slipknot album.  2.  The report yesterday about Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer undergoing heart surgery could be true.  But the tour with Slash will continue.  Rumor is Joey’s son is filling in for him.  3.  The new Nickelback single “Edge Of A Revolution” will turn some haters around.   Meanwhile, speaking of Slash, who is hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, he’s joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, Sep 19, 2014. While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of “Halloween Horror Nights,”  (Rob Zombie was a part of this for years ’til he started his own Great American Nightmare) this collaboration with  Slash marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event.  This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for Slash, whose new album World on Fire debuts on Sep 16, on the heels of his “Let Rock Rule” World Tour performing with Aerosmith.  Needless to say, this attraction is not for those who suffer from “Coulrophobia,”  a disturbing condition affecting those with an extreme and irrational fear of clowns!!! The psychedelic 3D maze will horrify guests, taunting and tempting them with terror and treats!  “I’m a HUGE fan of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror,” Slash said.  “I’ve been composing music for as long as I can remember and jumped at the chance to be an integral part of this year’s event and create the original score for this creepy clown maze.  I can’t wait to see the fans’ reactions and will be first in line to experience the maze myself.”….The Shindig Music Festival, is returning Saturday, Sept. 27 to  Baltimore, MD’s Carroll Park with alt-rock legends Jane’s Addiction and punk rockers  Rise Against anchoring a daylong, two-stage lineup in the city’s Pigtown district.  Adding to the eclectic festivities on this year’s two main stages will be Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone, Halestorm, Lucero, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devils, Bad Seed Rising. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $60 until Aug. 16 (early bird); $70 thereafter. VIP tickets also available. To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.….Celebrating birthdays this weekend:  Today, the “new” Batman, Ben Affleck is 42.  Saturday, Madonna becomes 56.  Steve Carell is 52  and director James Cameron is 60.  Sunday, “Are You Talking to Me?” Robert DeNiro is 71.

 

Thursday, Aug 14

8 days til my vacation. Oh yeah Oh yeah Oh yeah!  Sorry…..Pulse Of Radio reports Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has reached out to the daughter of Robin Williams following the actor and comedian’s tragic death by suicide on Monday (Aug 11th.) Frances, whose father took his own life in 1994, wrote to her friend Zelda Williams on Twitter, “You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you, but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever you need me, I’ll be there.” Frances was responding to a quote Zelda had posted from author Antoine De-Saint-Exupery as a message to her father. The quote read: “You — you alone will have the stars as no one else has them . . . In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night . . . You — only you — will have stars that can laugh.” Zelda, who is 25, is an actress and lives in San Francisco. Frances, who turns 22 next week, was just 20 months old when her father took his life at their home in Seattle in April 1994….Well, Black Veil Brides have announced a huge tour with Falling In Reverse, Set It Off and Drama Club. (Lots of black hair and eyeliner on this one!  Looking forward!) See Road Rage….Classic Rock reports Metallica frontman James Hetfield told the U.K.’s Hitradio that he relies on fans to give him a morale boost if he’s not in the right frame of mind during a show. Hetfield explained, “We’re all human, and sometimes we feel very communicative and sometimes we don’t. But most of the time, if I’m not feeling good and then we get up on stage, I just look at somebody in the eye and just say, ‘Hey, I need your help tonight.’ I mean, I’m not asking them directly, but through the eyes I’m asking them, ‘I need your help.’ And they give it to me, somehow.” Classic Rock, a magazine and website based in England, held a party last night in LA to launch their upcoming  awards. According to USA Today, the Classic Rock Roll of Honour, celebrating its 10th year, is headed to America for the first time. Traditionally staged in London, the U.K. music awards show presented by Classic Rock magazine has enlisted Sammy Hagar as host for this year’s ceremonies on Nov. 4 at The Avalon in Hollywood.  Past Roll of Honour hosts have included Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons and Duff McKaganClassic Rock magazine announced this year’s nominees:

Best New Band:
BlackWolf
Blues Pills
Deaf Havana
Massive
No Sinner
Purson
Royal Blood
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
The Strypes

Band of the Year
Black Sabbath
The Black Keys
Guns N’ Roses
Iron Maiden
Metallica
Queen + Adam Lambert

Film of the Year
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution

Album of the Year
Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain (woohoo! hardDrive Live Tour band!)
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

Reissue of the Year
The Beatles – The U.S. Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th anniversary Kissteria vinyl box set
Led Zeppelin – I, II & III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System box set
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe box bet
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987

Fans are invited to vote at ClassicRockMagazine.com. U.S. radio listeners will be able to vote on their classic rock stations’ websites. The awards gala, attended by 400 artists, VIPs and industry figureheads, is capped off by a live performance and the night’s biggest honor, the Classic Rock Living Legend Award, bestowed in recent years on Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top and Iggy Pop. This year’s recipient will be announced soon.
In the U.S., the show will be broadcast on radio through KMG Networks and a TV partner will be announced soon. In the U.K., the show airs on Sky Arts TV and TeamRock Radio. See past highlights here…And speaking of classic rock, Aerosmith was forced to cancel its Wednesday night show (August 13th) at Concord, California’s Concord Pavilion due to illness, according to a post on the band’s Facebook page. TMZ.com spoke to an unnamed band insider, who claims the band’s remaining dates will be scrapped due to health issues with drummer Joey Kramer. The site reported, “A member of the crew told us the 64-year-old will undergo heart surgery, but we could not confirm that. The group has now canceled the Concord, CA concert scheduled for Wednesday night. We’re also told members of the crew have been told the Washington show — scheduled for Saturday — will also be canceled.”   Meanwhile, Slash is doing shows in these towns  on his own.  The San Francisco show was announced at 3 PM and went on at 9 at a local club.  His camp just told me they are waiting to find out what is happening for the rest of the tour, so stay tuned!  One of my roommates while I was in college in Boston dated Joey.  We’d go see the band when they were just becoming a household name in Boston.  I think they just got signed to Columbia.  Ah, the good ole days!   Wish Joey speedy recovery if indeed he is undergoing surgery!  Back in 2012 CelebrityNetWorth.com ranked Joey Kramer the ninth richest drummer in rock, with a portfolio of $100 million. Other iconic drummers featured on the list include Ringo Starr with $300 Million, Phil Collins with $250 million, Dave Grohl – $225 Million, Don Henley – $200 Million, Chad Smith with a cool $90 million in the bank, and Black Sabbath’s estranged skinsman Bill Ward with $65 million (Thanks Pulse of Radio.)

 

Wednesday, Aug 13

Yet another icon has left this mortal coil.  Lauren Bacall.  She was one of a kind.  If you’ve never seen one of her movies, may I recommend “Key Largo,” “Dark Passage” or “To Have & Have Not.”….Sharing these two items from Pulse of Radio:   As the world continues to mourn actor and comedian Robin Williams following his death on Monday, (Aug 11th) artists from every field of entertainment are sharing their thoughts about the late comic giant. We caught up with Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale on yesterday (August 12th) in LA and asked him to share what he’ll remember most about Williams: “For me personally, along with his film work, it was his stand-up work that was just completely mesmerizing. He was just from literally another dimension, the way that he could bounce around, and his delivery, his timing, the subject matter — and just his humanity and his warmth and compassion, and as we’ve seen so often, behind all that warmth and compassion there’s such a sadness as well. It’s just so devastating for his family, and just a very, very sad time.” Bush is working on their 6th studio album.  A title, single and release date are yet to be released…Linkin Park is bringing along a start-up tech company called Staramba USA Corp. on the current Carnivores Tour.  It allows fans to make mini-statues of the band, themselves and even band members and fans together via 3D body scanning and printing hardware. Stationed at each of the trek’s 25 stops will be two mobile “Scannerdomes” comprised of hundreds of individual computer lenses where fans can have themselves scanned for 3D “selfies.” The finished figurines will be delivered to the fan’s home by courier shortly after the concert.  The scanners are based at each concert location in trucks decorated with the Linkin Park and Staramba logo.  In keeping with their futuristic souvenirs, Linkin Park is bringing a high-tech live show on the road this time, as frontman Mike Shinoda explained: “One of the challenges that I posed on the production team was, based on what we decide to do with the show every night, if we decide to play something differently, if we decide to extend a part or whatever we want to do, I want the artwork to change with the performance. So it needs to be malleable and that’s where the real production challenges start to arise.…. Meanwhile, here is the trailer for Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn‘s first feature film, Mall. It’s heavy….Slipknot have posted the single cover artwork for their first official single, “The Devil In I.”  Check it out here. (Thanks Blabbermouth.) The single will be serviced to radio and hardDrive XL the last week of this month and Lou’s interview with Corey Taylor will be Featured Artist of The Week Aug 25-29…Crobot will release their debut album, Something Supernatural, on Oct 28th….Lou Brutus was on the hotLine with Nathan Hunt of Shaman’s Harvest.  The band will be featured in an upcoming Plugged In segment on hardDrive in a couple of weeks.  They just released their new single “Dangerous”  off their forthcoming album Smokin’ Hearts and Broken Guns, due Sep 16th….Tip of the Day:  If you see high water on a highway, road or street you are driving on in heavy rain,  don’t drive in it, people!  Come on!

Tuesday, Aug 12

Our friends at Pulse of Radio posted this this morning. The world lost a comic giant and acting titan yesterday (Mon, Aug 11th) when Robin Williams died at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide. Williams started his career as a stand-up comic, first achieved fame as the star of the TV sitcom Mork And Mindy in 1978, then delivered a string of iconic performances in movies like Good Morning VietnamMoscow On The HudsonAwakeningsDead Poets SocietyThe Fisher KingGood Will Hunting – for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor – Mrs. DoubtfireInsomnia and many more. He desperately struggled with depression and alcoholism.  As the world mourned his loss, rock musicians chimed in with their emotional reactions via Twitter. Here are some of their remarks:

Rise Against: “RIP Robin Williams. You will be missed.”

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm: “A staple of my childhood. You will be missed.”

Tom Morello: “RIP fellow Illinois Entertainer-In-Arms Robin Williams. Thank you for bringing joy to so many with ur peerless wit.”

Godsmack: “Very sad …. So much talent.”

Philip Labonte of All That Remains: “Rest In Peace Mr. Williams.”

Corey Taylor of Slipknot: “No one ever made me laugh like Robin Williams. Now I can’t stop crying. We’ll miss you, Mr. Williams.”

Gerard Way: “RIP Robin Williams, you always made me laugh, you always seemed so kind and genuine.”

Ozzy Osbourne: “Such a tragic loss. I will always have amazing memories of Robin Williams. Respect and love goes out to his family.”

Sharon Osbourne: “The entire Osbourne Family is grieving the loss of a kind, funny, generous and talented man, Robin Williams.”

Morgan Rose of Sevendust: “So sad to hear of the loss of Robin Williams. We met him years ago. What an amazing talent and sweet man. So sad.”

Wolfgang Van Halen: “I’m speechless… Robin Williams was such an amazing and important man. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace.”

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park: “RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for a lifetime of laughter. You will truly be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family & friends.”

Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “R.I.P. robn williams. grew up with that man, what beautiful gifts he gave to us.”

I saw Robin do his stand-up back in the ’70′s here in NYC at the now shuttered Copacabana on East 60th Street.  I sat at a table in the front.  I remember his set included his crazy movements and being sprinkled with his sweat.  He gave his performance 10,000 fold. Also had a friend who worked with him on Mork & Mindy.  It’s so sad to know someone has so many demons on the inside, yet you would never know it from the outside.  If you know someone who is depressed, please reach out before it’s too late…..Pulse also reports  Foo Fighters have announced the title and release date of the band’s 8th studio album. Not that it’s a surprise, but the set is called Sonic Highways and it will arrive on Nov 10th. The title also happens to be the name of the upcoming HBO documentary series that will chronicle the making of the record, which will premiere on the cable network on October 17th. The track listing for the album is “Something From Nothing,” “The Feast And The Famine,” “Congregation,” “What Did I Do?/God As My Witness,” “Outside,” “In The Clear,” “Subterranean” and “I Am A River.” The recording of the 44-minute disc took place in iconic studios in eight different cities around the United States, with the Foos also collaborating with and interviewing local artists in each region. The eight-episode HBO series will follow the band to a different location each week. Frontman Dave Grohl held off on writing lyrics for each song until the last day of each session so that he could be inspired by the experiences, interviews and meetings with local personalities that became part of the recording process. Sonic Highways is the exact opposite of the last Foos album, 2011′s Wasting Light, which was recorded in the garage of Grohl’s Los Angeles home. He told us a while back that he likes to change things up all the time: “If you start feeling stagnant, like you’re doing the same thing over and over again, it just loses that excitement or that charm, you know. You don’t want to feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over and over again.”  Sonic Highways, the album, is being released on CD and 180-gram vinyl. The vinyl edition will come with nine different covers, including the main one and eight variants each themed for one of the cities in which the album was recorded: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.  The Foos have yet to announce tour plans behind the new disc….First off, this is the new Five Finger Death Punch video for “The Wrong Side of Heaven.”  Grab a kleenex  and watch it here. It is heavy and brings to light the serious plight of war vets who suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome.)  In a statement about the video, the band said  “We wanted to do something impactful to help our veterans in need. With this video and the accompanying campaign we hope to shed more light on the seriousness of their issues. The statistics are shocking, and if any change is to take place it will start with general public awareness. We have been playing numerous military shows but wanted to do more; educate, reach out and donate to the organizations that are making a difference to better the lives of our veterans.” As you can see at the end of the clip, there’s a huge list of organizations that you can contact to help.  hardDriveRadio commends Five Finger Death Punchon this brave and charitable move.  Right on, brothers!….KNOTFEST has added more bands, and now has 4 stages and over 20 attractions!!!! See Road Rage for all the info!…..I’d like to share this interview Blabbermouth printed today with Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney.  He was speaking with  Bismarck, North Dakota radio station 96.5 The Fox,  who asked him if he thinks any new bands can become as successful as ALICE IN CHAINS, despite the fact all the streaming-music services and illegal music downloading have dramatically affected record sales. “I’d hope so, but I think it’s gonna be really hard, because everybody wants it now and they don’t have to do anything to get music,” he said (hear audio below). “So it’s kind of devalued music. You don’t go and get it, then wait for it to bring it home. And you don’t listen to albums. As many people don’t listen to albums in their entirety; they cherry-pick stuff.” You know, when you don’t put anything into getting something, then it doesn’t have much of a value… On a bigger scale, it is what it is, but it’s just sad, because music is so important to so many people and such a huge part of the world and how we connect and what brings together. And when you put a value of zero on that, I’m more afraid of what the future will be of that. Now you’ve devalued such an important art form and part of everybody’s life.”  ”So I would hope that people would stick with bands, but when you put nothing into going to support a band, they can’t financially continue to be supported, because they’re not being supported financially; it costs money to go places and make music.”  He continued: “So, yeah, it’ll be interesting. My fear is, like, when big rock bands that can still go to an arena and play that show — Metallica and stuff like that — decide to not do it anymore, who will take their place? Is there anybody that can? Right now I’m not feeling super positive that anybody can. And that could go missing for generations of people. That whole experience can be lost. It’s like the experience of listening to an entire album. It’s an experience. And now how you experience music is being reshaped and hopefully something will shake up.”  Read more  here…… And finally today, check this scene out from Good Will Hunting.  It’s poignant.