Monday, Jul 28

The crowd was huge!  (Almost as big as Comic-Com!) It was like a huge rock festival, for baseball fans!  Even though most of the folks in the crowd were Atlanta Braves‘, fans from every team in MLB proudly wore their teams’ colors at the 75th Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, NY!   Was happy to be there for Joe Torre!  It was hot as hell, but good times!  Largest crowd they’ve ever had for the induction ceremony, which had to be held at Clark Field and not in front of the Hall of Fame steps. Guess I was part of history!….OH NO!   We need your help finding these guitars! I just discovered Black Stone Cherry guitarist Ben Wells (currently on the hardDrive Live Tour)  is missing several of his prized possessions. According to a Facebook post via the Glasgow Police Department, eight of Wells’ guitars were stolen in his hometown of Edmonton, Kentucky. The police department, as well as Black Stone Cherry have made posts asking for help in recovering the guitars. In the band’s post, they revealed that the instruments were stolen from their storage shed. The police department’s post said, “Please share this information…Thank you! These guitars were recently stolen in Glasgow. They are highly sentimental to their owner. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Glasgow Police Department at 270-651-5151.” You can also reach out to us here and we can contact the police & band as well! The band  has been touring on on the 2014 hardDrive Live Tour  since Jul 11th and has other North American dates into mid-September.   After the North American leg of their tour, Black Stone Cherry will take some time off before touring in Europe in October and November.  See post here and Share!Pulse of Radio also reports Tool guitarist Adam Jones has opened up about the band’s recent lawsuit and the affect that it has had on them releasing their new album. Jones spoke of the suit and told Metal Hammer, “Basically a long time ago, the band paid my best friend to do some artwork for shirts, albums and advertising — we’ve hired many, many artists over the years. And then he decided to sue us for one fifth of the money we’ve ever made. It was just ridiculous!”  Jones went on to reveal the problems Tool faced with their insurance company, who tried to back out of covering the band, “I honestly think it’s like if you buy auto insurance and you’re in an accident, then you go to the insurance company and they say, ‘Well, you drive an SUV and we don’t really consider that an auto, so we’re not covering you.’ Then you try to argue with them and then they go, ‘Well, we’re suing you.‘”   On how the lawsuit has prolonged the release of their album, Jones explained, “This lawsuit has really gotten in the way. All we want to do is get it behind us so we can focus on what we do best. I don’t want to just get it out and worry about the next record and then look back and go, ‘Why did I do that? It’s a piece of crap.’ I want to sleep well at night. It’s my legacy, you know? Some day I’m gonna croak and I wanna look back on what I did and go, ‘I worked really hard, took the time and had integrity.” He added, “I know our fans are frustrated and obviously want to hear new music. You gotta look at that in a good way and think, ‘Wow, they really like us and they want more!’ To be honest, you can’t beat that feeling at all.” …The 25th anniversary of Beastie Boys album, Paul’s Boutique, is being celebrated in the exact spot where the rap trio shot the cover art for the record.  According to Brokelyn, artist Danielle Mastrion began painting a mural celebrating the milestone on a wall outside of the sandwich shop which now stands on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets in New York City. The project kicked off on Saturday morning (Jul 26th) thanks to the effort of LeRoy McCarthy — the man who unsuccessfully attempt to get the intersection renamed to be Beastie Boys Square. Mastrion is set to continue working on the mural until her design is complete… Five Finger Death Punch has unveiled a lyric video  for their record “Watch You Bleed.” The track is featured on the band’s album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1. Five Finger Death Punch is set to perform at Germany’s Wacken Festival and Spain’s Resurrection Festival next month before returning to the states. They will then play the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento on September 14th before kicking off their Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More on Sept. 16 in Salt Lake City.  Meanwhile, we hear a video for “The Wrong Side of Heaven,” which will blow you away, is coming soon….Meanwhile, belated congrats to Avenged Sevenfold!  Blabbermouth has reported the latest A7X album Hail To The King has been certified gold in the U.S. The RIAA certified the record gold on July 16th after selling 500,000 units. This is the band’s second album to debut at number one on the Billboard chart. The record was released last year….Seether performed acoustically at Sirius XM, doing renditions of their beautful new song “Crash”  and  a cover of the Deftones’ “Change (in the House of Flies.)” I think the dude who engineered was the original engineer for hardDrive.  Small world!….When I was in Nashville  a couple of weekends ago, my friends Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger  from Halestorm had lunch.  At the time, they told me (not to mention) they’d be playing an acoustic set on Jul 26th at The Basement at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville.   Blabbermouth posted the story with fan-filmed videos.  Watch ‘em here. They’ll be starting their new album soon in Nashville.  Meanwhile, bassist Josh Smith is getting married next month and Arejay Hale ties the knot in LA in late October, when the album is going to drop….Forgot to mention when I was at Mayhem that Head from Korn is working his dreds off working away on his new book, which is going to be based on these new chapters of his life.    He & Fieldy did a recent interview at the St Louis stop of the Mayhem tour, watch it here…..Happy 38th today to Papa Roach fromtman  Jacoby Shaddix!  And Happy 34th to  Anberlin’s singer Stephen Christian.

 

 

Friday, Jul 25

ALL THAT REMAINS has started work on a new album! They’ve hopped back in to the studios to record a follow up to the amazing A WAR YOU CANNOT WIN. Lead singer PHIL LABONTE is very active on twitter and instagram, so if you want to stay up date with the process, be sure t o follow him. LaBonte spoke to Pulse of Radio earlier this year about the process of recording music with the band: “LaBonte told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how the band approaches a new record. “There’s a lot of bands out there that are like, ‘Oh, we went and we took a bunch of time and we were thinking about this and we were thinking about that,’ and blah blah blah. All That Remains has never been that band. We’ve always been the band that’s like, ‘You know what? We’ve got to write a record, why don’t we all just get together and come up with some ideas, and the stuff we like, we’ll use, and the stuff we don’t like, we’ll throw away.’ There’s so many bands out there that are like, ‘Oh, we want to change the world and we want to…’ And it’s like, ‘Okay.’” Interesting code name for the track, BTW…
ROB ZOMBIE is taking his GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE Halloween show to Scottsdale, Arizona this year, but he has now revealed that he’ll also bring the horror show to the Chicago area this year as well! Says Zombie: “I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year. My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year.” Tickets go on sale July 30th at greatamericannightmare.com.
Well, it’s not new SYSTEM OF A DOWN, but Pulse of Radio reports that SERJ TANKIAN is working with DJ Aimicii as part of a rock collaboration album. Also in the project are GREEN DAY‘s Billie Joe Armstrong and INCUBUS’ Mike Einziger.
There’s a new animated video from ALTER BRIDGE for “Cry of Achillies.”  You can watch it here.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, Jul 24

Trivium at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

What?  I can’t hear.   I was at Rockstar Energy Mayhem last night and I think I was bombarded by sound.  In a good way!  Had a blast at the Mayhem stop in Saratoga Springs.  It was hot, sticky and rockin’!  Got there just in time to see Islander bring it to the Victory Records’ stage (that also had some killer performances from Ill Nino and Emmure.)  Interviewed Mikey Carvajal from Islander.  Sweet dude.  Then I hustled over to Trivium‘s bus to hang with Matt Heafy.  Nicer man you’d ever want to meet. Told me he and the band are already working out riffs for the next record.  But the coolest thing is he holds yoga sessions that some members of the bands on the tour attend in the afternoon. I was thinking:  years ago, these tours, Ozzfest for example in the 90′s,  was when everyone would get smashed before and after their shows!  It was total mayhem!   BBQ’s going 24-7, beer bongs,  you name it.  Now, people are making smoothies,  working out,  eating vegetarian and no booze in the dressing rooms, and some of the bands, like Korn, have brought their kids with them and are doing sight seeing trips during the day.  It’s funny how times have changed!  Speaking of Korn, their set was great!   They have this new production with lighting that is killer.  I videoed some, and maybe I can upload it later. And I hear Jonathan Davis and his camp are working on a clothing line called Team JD.  Will have more on that in the coming weeks!   I spent some time on Asking Alexandria‘s bus with Danny Worsnop.  He cracks me up.   Now he definitely makes up for all the other bands who are NOT partying!   That guy likes to get his drink on!  And I think he still thinks it’s the ’80′s!  LOL Funny fellow.  We had a bunch of good laughs.  He’s brought out his gal and his beautiful golden retriever puppy called Cowboy. Even Cowboy was getting into the act eating wild mushrooms!  LOL   Danny has perfected the microwave steak. (Ew.) He told me about his band’s performance at the AP Awards on Monday in Cleveland.  Wish I had DirecTv to watch it on AXS.  They did the Duran Duran tune “Hungry Like The Wolf” with special guest Jonathan Davis.  Danny was bummed his band did not win the awards they were up for.  Looks like Bring Me The Horizon won for Album of the Year for Sempiternal and International Band of the Year! (Watch this and I  think I counted 50 f-bombs! LOL) And let me interject with this info if you didn’t catch it.  The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards were held on Monday night on the pier next to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH. During the event, which was hosted by Blink 182‘s Mark Hoppus,  the event also featured performances by A Day To RememberAll Time LowFall Out BoyFalling In ReverseJoan Jett & the BlackheartsMachine Gun Kelly,  Misfits,Sleeping With Sirens,  Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco and others. Several awards were giving out with Joan Jett receiving the Icon Award,  Billy Corgan was honored with the Vanguard Award and Slash accepted the Guitar Legend Award from Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry. Slash said via Twitter, “Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top.” Getting back to the Mayhem tour, another highlight for me was meeting and talking to Arin Illejay of Avenged Sevenfold.  He wins the most popular guy on the tour.  So welcoming.  Was great getting to know him. I also briefly hung with M Shadows (I call him Matt.)  Asked him what was up with the mobile game.  He said in about two weeks they hope to make an announcement with a firm date for it, so stay tuned! Their stage show was unreal.  I gotta say, if you are in the vicinity where this tour is going, you MUST get out to see itI  Unfortunately, I missed seeing Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coaltion, Miss May I and Body Count, all of whom I did want to see but was over backstage or on someone’s bus at the time.  Next time for sure!  But I did get to see Ice-T and Coco with their two STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS bulldogs, Spartacus & Maximus (see them on Twitter)  in catering.  OMG, those dogs were AWESOME!  They even had their own doggy sized laminates!  LOL….Happy 51st today to manager Paul Geary (former drummer for Extreme.)

Tuesday, Jul 22

Good morning!  Coffee’s brewin’!  News is flowin’! Lou Brutus posted a very thorough description of what happened in Cadott during Rob Zombie‘s set.  He posted this on his Facebook: I know that it sucks that Rob Zombie was unable to finish his set at Rock Fest this weekend. It sucked for the fans. It sucked for the nice people who put on the show. And it also sucked for Rob Zombie. I was there in the photo pit, just a few feet from Rob during the performance, and from very soon into the set it was apparent that something was wrong. At first, I thought he had monitor problems or some tech thing like that. However, it quickly became clear he was in distress. After the second number, contrary to what some people are saying, Rob explained he couldn’t finish the set because he didn’t want to put on a “shit show.” His voice sounded to me then, albeit in the pit where the hearing is actually the worst, like he had gargled with razor blades. Rob Zombie does not need me, or probably even want me, to defend him. I’m not pals with Rob, though I always find him pleasant and interesting to interact with. However, I believe it’s my duty to to help set the record straight. The man is a consummate professional, a dedicated and hard-working entertainer, a top-notch showman. He doesn’t party. He’s not a diva. He doesn’t fly off the handle. Rob’s as level-headed as anyone I’ve ever met in the business. It simply is not in his nature to stop a show unless something is very, very wrong. Rob Zombie did not trek to Central Wisconsin, at great expense of time and money, to get out in front of tens of thousands of people to piss them off. It would be ridiculous to suggest otherwise. So if you were there in Cadott WI like I was, it’s alright to be disappointed that Rob couldn’t finish his set, but don’t be angry with him about it. As bad as you feel about this, I’ll bet that Rob feels a thousand times worse about letting you down. Well put, ole bean, well put.   Zombie had performed just two songs when he stopped the gig, telling the audience, “I’ve never done this before. I can’t even talk, man. There’s no way I can do this show, I’m sorry. It’s f***ing bulls***, I know. We don’t want to give you a s*** show, I’m sorry. What can we do?” Zombie was the closing night headliner of the four-day festival, which also featured Sammy HagarFive Finger Death Punch and Aerosmith on the three previous evenings. Zombie, who doesn’t tour again until this fall, later issued a statement saying, “Sorry, everybody. I wish my voice wasn’t so f***ed. I knew from the first second we started that it was impossible to get through the show.” As I mentioned yesterday, Rob would NEVER cancel a show unless it was dire.  And this was…Meanwhile, among his many interviews over the weekend,  Lou interviewed Corey Taylor at Rock Fest (Stone Sour did one of their last shows of this record cycle) and here’s what I can share.  Slipknot is totally stoked about finally having new music after 6 years.  They are planning an amazing event at Knotfest in California Oct 24-26.  Corey was saying he wants to try to take the festival to other destinations next spring as well.  Possibly the south, midwest and east coast.  He wants it to be a destination event like Rock On The Range or Download.  Have 60 bands in three days.  (Oh please, not 60 bands…..that’s 60 interviews!)   Corey also won’t yet reveal any album title or even confirm who the new drummer is.  At least not yet.  But he did say Jim Root, Clown and the new drummer have really stepped things up and taken this thing to a whole new level.  Obviously, this is the first album without Paul Gray and Joey Jordison.  The band had to move studios at least 3 times while recording in the Los Angeles area: stops in West Lake, one in Malibu and another in LA.   They just didn’t want anyone to hear it outside of the camp.  And Corey took a moment to thank all of their fans, who have hung with them and waited this out.  Be listening on Tuesday Aug 5th for a special edition of hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus,  and you will hear Corey Taylor as our only guest for the entire night….Have you downloaded the hardDriveRadio APP?  What are you waiting for an invitation?  iPhone and Android: iTunes and Google Play….And finally, here is the blooper reel of ESPN/Sports Center-Metallica spot.  Fun….This sucks! Avenged Sevenfold is back in control of its Twitter account after it was hacked and taken over by a group of racists. According to Team Rock, the band’s followers were subjected to vile slogans, images and video clips by an organization calling itself Clan Vv3 Ape Squad. The organization took responsibility for the hacks on its website, writing, “Another couple Twitters got popped by your fellow neighbourhood apes. Mastodon, 131,000 followers — A7X, 1,230,000 followers.”  Mastodon also confirmed that its account was hacked.  Some followers were apparently unaware that the hackers had changed the Avenged account’s username and avatar, somehow believing instead that a major mainstream rock band would begin posting racist remarks and images.  Both bands managed to get control of their accounts back within 24 hours, deleted the inappropriate posts and released brief statements on the situation. I’m heading to the Rockstar Mayhem stop in Saratoga Springs, NY tomorrow to interview a bunch of the bands there.  Looking forward to seeing them there!…Pulse Of Radio also reporting this morning Godsmack has released a second new song from the band’s upcoming album, 1000hp, called “Generation Day. Sully Erna told me the tune is one of his favorites from the new disc,  and was quoted at Grammy.com saying, “‘Generation Day’ is really unique for me because not only is it this six-and-a-half minute epic, but it has these really cool textures and colors in it. The middle section has this cool, Zeppelin-y kind of breakdown, drifty and trippy. The song has this really fat, cool opening riff, and it’s something I almost think we want to open the live show with.”  Erna added the song was inspired by the idea that his generation will be possibly the last to experience “analog” music and not just digital recordings and copies. He explained, “‘Generation Day’ is about realizing that this new era is taking over . . . when I think about that whole world, I feel sad and wish my daughter and the people (who) are younger could have had that experience of putting on an album and pulling out the lyrics and looking at the artwork. It was such an experience back then.”  1000hp is due out on Aug 05th and follows up 2010′s The Oracle.  Sully said in our video interview, which you can find on the new hardDriveRadio APP,  how he thinks the sound of 1000hp compares to earlier Godsmack records: “This one just became a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer, the production was really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I’m really, really excited about these songs.”….Two major characters celebrating a birthday today:  Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton is 74!  Hung out with him in the 70′s in Boston.  He was a card!  And actor Willem Dafoe is 59….Back at ya on Thursday….Go download the app, dammit!

 

Monday, Jul 21

Slipknot‘s new posting is creeping me out this morning!! The GOAT HEADS ARE BACK!  Watch it here.  Lou Brutus interviewed Corey Taylor this weekend at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI and got some exclusive info I hope we can share soon!  I also heard everything will be new!  New masks, new outfits, even NEW LOGO!    So excited and can’t wait for Knotfest and new KNOT music!….OK, so let’s get back to Rock Fest in Cadott!  Lou is texting me from the plane and said the weekend was outstanding.  He interviewed most of the bands on the bill (at least the ones we play here on the shows) and introduced a few of the bands.  Lou also had his own MEET & GREET  that he said went amazing  and even got recognized ordering breakfast this morning the drive thru at McDonald’s on Eau Claire this morning!  Awesome!  He said sets by Cheap Trick and Aerosmith were outstanding. And the only bummer was he was supposed to introduce Rob Zombie and just before the show, he was told it was a no-go.  Rob tried to do a couple of songs, but his lost his voice and had to stop the show.  I don’t think he’s ever had that happen before. Blabbermouth reported Rob saying,  ”Sorry, everybody. I wish my voice wasn’t so f*@ked. I knew from the first second we started that it was impossible to get through the show.” The festival organizers posted: “Sorry Rock Festers. We didn’t mean for Rock Fest to end this way. What we were told is Rob Zombie’s voice went. We tried to get him back on stage, but to no avail. That’s what took so long.” The local newspaper, Leader Telegram posted this story. Meanwhile, if you hit the NEW hardDriveRadio APP, you can find Lou’s posts with pictures. ….Speaking of Corey Taylor, Pulse Of Radio says with San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International right around the corner, Stone Sour has released one last lyric video from its conceptual double album House Of Gold And Bones. The clip is for the title track, which appeared on the second of the two discs, and goes heavy on artwork from the comic books based on the album, which were issued last year by the Dark Horse Comics publishing company.  Singer Corey Taylor, who came up with the album’s concept and wrote the comics, told us a while back what the basic storyline was: “It’s essentially a sci-fi/fantasy story that I created, but at its heart, it’s essentially about a man, standing at the crossroads of his life, trying to figure out what comes next. He’s got 20, 30 years in front of him — who’s he going to be for that 20 or 30 years? Is he going to allow himself to evolve and become a better man, become a different man? And, you know, it’s kind of wrapped in this insane world that I created.”….Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst told Billboard  the band’s fifth studio album is well on its way to completion, saying, “We’ve been writing non-stop and recording a lot. We have a good 10 songs, probably, recorded. We’re almost done with this record. We have another couple months to do in this studio and we’re done with this thing. It’ll hopefully be out by early next year.” As for what the record sounds like, Walst told us it goes back to the Canadian act’s roots: It’s a pretty aggressive record. You know, the last record, Transit Of Venus, we kind of brought the synth world in a little bit and, you know, experimented a little bit with songwriting and our whole process. But you know, I’ve got to tell you, this record is really quite heavy and, you know, sonically and lyrically. It’s just got a heavy sound and there’s some really great songs on it. Man, I’m excited for people to hear it because I think they’re gonna really like it.”….Artist Direct reports Godsmack apparently has a huge fan in Hugh Jackman, best known as Wolverine in the X-Men movies. Jackman, who has to do extensive training whenever he plays the clawed mutant, said, “When I train, I listen to really hard stuff. While I’m working out, I listen to a lot of Godsmack as loudly as I can. That’s the closest to Wolverine that I can get (Laughs)!”…..Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is a decent director.  Example:  ”The Education of Charlie Banks.”  If you haven’t seen it and want to watch something on Netflix,  it’s worth it.   Anyhow, he’s directing ads for eHarmony  right now.  Check it out…..Sorry to hear longtime Primus drummer Tim Alexander, who has also played with A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, suffered a heart attack late last week and will undergo open heart surgery this week to clear a blockage from his arteries. Alexander has played on and off with Primus from 1988 to the present, while doing some early live shows with A Perfect Circle and recording the drum tracks for the song “The Hollow” from the band’s debut disc, Mer De Noms. He has also played on both of Puscifer’s studio albums and one EP (Thanks Loudwire.)

Friday, Jul 18

This is a HUGE day for us here at hardDrive!  Not only are we celebrating our 18th year on the air, we are now the first radio show to have our own APP!  The new hardDriveRadio APP!  GO DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!!! iTunes/GooglePlay

It’s Free!!!!

It’s neat!!!!

It gives lapdances for 10 bucks!!!!

and most importantly…We’re Here!!!!!! (Thanks Andre!)  Search: harddrive or harddrive radio.  See exclusive Lou Brutus pictures!  See all the killer interview videos, exclusive live acoustic performances you can only hear on the  app, including some from hardDrive Live headliners Black Stone Cherry, Gemini Syndrome, Beware of Darkness and more!  Miss the weekend edition of hardDrive?  It’s on the app!   Interact with other users, automatically connect to your other socials,  it’s got cool features you are gonna love!  You can read Dirt there every day, too!  Get it NOW and tell your friends! ….Speaking Lou Brutus, he is on his way to Cadott  for this weekend’s Rockfest and it’s gonna be a great weekend weather wise AND interview wise!   Looking forward to presenting you with those in a couple of weeks here on hardDrive and the XL!….Meanwhile, bummed my phoner yesterday with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against had to be rescheduled ’til Monday. He was in a really bad cell phone area (yes, we have those!) and we couldn’t connect.   But you should check out his EPK  on the Alternative Press website!….Tomorrow night in Las Vegas, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails kick off their co-headlining tour.  Wish I was gonna be there!  Dang!….Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear showed up on Wednesday night’s (July 16th) edition of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to play drums and guitar respectively for singer Kristeen Young, who performed her new track “Pearl Of A Girl.” The pair didn’t just walk in off the street and decide to help out — Grohl also played drums and guitar on Young’s most recent album, The Knife Shift…..The Black KeysJack White and Linkin Park are among the handful of rock acts getting any sort of recognition this year from the MTV Video Music Awards. The nominations for the show were announced and typically leaned in the direction of pop, dance and urban music, with the exception of a handful of categories. Linkin Park’s “Until It’s Gone” and the Black Keys’ “Fever” are both competing in the Best Rock Video category, alongside Imagine Dragons‘ “Demons,” Arctic Monkeys‘ “Do I Wanna Know?” and Lorde‘s “Royals.” Elsewhere, 30 Seconds To Mars is nominated for Best Cinematography for its “City Of Angels” clip, while Jack White’s “Lazaretto” video earned a nod for Best Visual Effects….Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims’ families of the horrible crash in Ukraine of the Malaysian Air plane filled with nearly 300 people.  With all the madness going on in the world, I wanted to share Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam‘s comments on the band’s website.   He was responding to the attacks directed against him over anti-war comments he made at a show in England last Friday (July 11th). Some claimed Vedder’s remarks accused Israel of warmongering over the current conflict with Palestine, while others supported the singer’s comments. Vedder wrote:“Most of us have heard John Lennon sing, ‘You may say I’m a dreamer… but I’m not the only one.’ And some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. And what becomes of our planet when that sadness becomes apathy? Because we feel helpless. And we turn our heads and turn the page. Currently, I’m full of hope. That hope springs from the multitudes of people that our band has been fortunate enough to play for night after night here in Europe. To see flags of so many different nations, and to have these huge crowds gathered peacefully and joyfully is the exact inspiration behind the words I felt the need to emphatically relay. When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other. That’s not something I’m going to stop anytime soon. Call me naïve. I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution. The majority of humans on this planet are more consumed by the pursuit of love, health, family, food and shelter than any kind of war. War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on. With all the global achievements in modern technology, enhanced communication and information devices, cracking the human genome, land rovers on Mars etc., do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism? We are such a remarkable species. Capable of creating beauty. Capable of awe-inspiring advancements. We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed. I don’t know how to reconcile the peaceful rainbow of flags we see each night at our concerts with the daily news of a dozen global conflicts and their horrific consequences. I don’t know how to process the feeling of guilt and complicity when I hear about the deaths of a civilian family from a U.S. drone strike. But I know that we can’t let the sadness turn into apathy. And I do know we are better off when we reach out to each other.  ‘I hope someday you’ll join us…’ ‘Won’t you listen to what the man said.’ “…..Celebrating birthdays this weekend:  Daron Malakian of System of a Down is 39, Aaron Gillespie (ex-Underoath) is 31 and Nelson Mandela was born on this day in 1918.  On Saturday, Queen guitarist Brian May is 67 and Machine Head’s singer/guitarist Rob Flynn is 46.  Sunday, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden turns 50! Pearl Jam’s guitarist Stone Gossard is 48 and Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale will be 38.

Thursday, Jul 17

Waiting for iTunes to post our app.  I think I have bitten off all my nails waiting for a week now!   Come on, guys!  Let it ROLL, will ya??!!!!!….I love Dave Grohl.  He has no filter, kinda like me!  This is from Pulse Of Radio: The Foo Fighters frontman blasted singing competition shows like American Idol and The Voice when he appeared at a press event for TV critics last week to promote his upcoming documentary series on HBO. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Grohl told journalists at the event, “I don’t want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you you’re not a good singer. Don’t get me started. To me, that’s not what music’s about.” Grohl is not adverse to TV itself, having guest-hosted Chelsea Lately and done numerous musical performances over the years on late-night shows. Dave produced and directed the new series, Sonic Highways, which follows the Foo Fighters as they journey to eight states and eight studios during the sessions for their next album. The process of visiting historic studios had an impact on the music the Foos made for the record, with Grohl telling the Hollywood Reporter, “I couldn’t just write a three-and-a-half-minute long KROQ jingle and film it for the finale of an episode about the history of music in New Orleans, ya know? We really had to step up what we do.” Sonic Highways and the still-untitled Foo Fighters album will both arrive this fall….Linkin Park turntablist  & video director Joseph Hahn‘s debut as a feature film director, a movie called Mall, will have its premiere screening at San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International next week. The film will be shown on Thursday, July 24th, as part of the fifth annual Nerd HQ festivities thrown during the con by Chuck star Zachary Levi‘s Nerd Machine company. The screening will take place at PetCo Park in downtown San Diego immediately after Linkin Park performs there at mtvU’s Fandom Awards.  The film will be followed-up by a Q&A session featuring Hahn, the movie’s producers and cast members. Mall features Vincent D’Onofrio, who also wrote and produced the movie, Gina GershonPeter Stormare and others. The film focuses on a group of suburbanites whose lives are changed by a random shooting at the local mall.  There’s no word yet on a theatrical release date for the film, although it is expected to come out this fall.  Linkin Park will hit sheds and amphitheaters on the Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI, beginning on August 8th in West Palm Beach, FL.  Meanwhile, Chester Bennington is not just hanging around the house before the band heads off on tour. He’s been over at the DeLeo Brothers‘ home studios to work on new Stone Temple Pilots stuff.  The band will perform in October at the Louder Than Lifefestival in Louisville, KY.  I’ll be there! Will you????….This is funny.  The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen recently revealed that ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons got very friendly with her when the two of them appeared together onstage at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in May. Momsen and Gibbons showed up to perform with Joan Jett and Momsen recalled how the day went: “A little bit of a hectic chaos, but a good time nonetheless. Joan Jett’s the coolest chick ever so it was a blast playing with her, and we got a surprise guest with Billy Gibbons and he touched my butt. He was just lookin’ for some tush.”…. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will release his first solo album, titled Head Job, on August 29th. Rudd told an Australian radio station about the disc, “I hope everyone thinks this is a great album from start to finish because that’s the idea. There’s plenty of Phil on there, but no filler.” Asked about AC/DC’s own recently completed new album, Rudd replied, ““I’m very happy to have it all done. It’s all very good, by the way. There’s no comparisons between the two but they’re both very good.” (Ultimate Classic Rock)…Rob Zombie has posted a new piece of production art online from 31, the original horror movie he’s getting ready to direct this fall. Zombie said about the image of three skeletal figures standing next to a van, “Lots of news on my next film 31 will be coming your way very soon. But until then I thought I share with your one many awesome production drawings from the film courtesy of Alex Horley.“ In other news, Zombie and Walking Dead comic artist Tony Moore have created an animated short inspired by the upcoming video game Assassin’s Creed Unity. The clip will be unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 25th. Lou Brutus will sit down with Mr Zombie and we’ll get more poop on this at Rockfest in Cadott, WI this weekend!…..On the hardDrive hotLine today,  Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.  Can’t say enough how much I am loving their new album The Black Market.  Check it out for yourselves!  You’ll thank me!…..Over the weekend we lost Tommy Ramone.  Now comes this! I just read on Blabbermouth blues guitar legend Johnny Winter has passed on.  He was only 70.  Read more about his life here…..Happy 65th to Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler!

 

Wednesday, Jul 16

#Re2pect!   Derek Jeter.  Final All-Star Game  and his final season as a  NY Yankee and an MLB player.  He’s been amazing.  How many ball players do you know who’ve played for one team and one team only in their careers! (Ok Chipper Jones.)  But New Yorkers and baseball fans everywhere are gonna miss the man and the way he played.  That’s CLASS!….Man, I had a blast yesterday with You Me At Six!   What nice guys and what a fun interview we had.  Was cool getting to know them.   (And I think I may have sparked an idea about putting their 2011 song “Bite My Tongue,” featuring Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, out here in America when they release a deluxe edition of Cavalier Youth.  You’ve got to see it on YouTube!)  Anyhow,  after work, I met up with them at the Vevo offices right over in Times Square!  What a fun bunch of folks who work over there!  hardDrive may have found a fun play pal!  Those guys have a party room complete with a pool table and bar on the 25th floor overlooking Times Square!   Anyhow, was great times.  I also got to take a peek at the upcoming video for Five Finger Death Punch.  All I’m gonna say is WAIT TIL YOU SEE IT. It will blow you away!….Meanwhile, getting Lou Brutus all set up with interviews at Rockfest in Cadott, WI  this weekend.  He’s gonna have a blast there!   Wish I was joining him, but I got to travel last weekend, so I am stayin’ put.  Many thanks to Jill and the folks at Rockfest for being so accommodating!  They rock!….Meanwhile, tomorrow, I will be on the hotLine with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.  I hear they shot a video down in Nigeria that makes a statement about #SaveOurGirls.  That’s huge of them. Will find out more about it when I speak with Tim.  The Black Market was released yesterday and I love it.  Check it out over on iTunes or wherever you buy your music…..Well, now we know why there’s no Tool music! Guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey have revealed the real reasons why the band has not made an album since 2006 in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The biggest hold-up has been a “multi-level lawsuit” that started in 2007 when a friend of the band claimed he had created artwork for the group and wanted credit for it. Then an insurance company Tool had hired for the sole purpose of defending the band against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band countersued the insurer, with the case finally going to trial next January after seven years.  Carey said, “The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out.”  Jones added the lawsuit has cost the band “millions and millions and millions of dollars,” saying, “We’re fighting the good fight. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy.” Even through all the financial and legal turmoil, Jones, Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor have come up with enough raw material for an album and have one song that’s “pretty much done,” with the rest needing further refinement before they’re sent to vocalist Maynard James Keenan.  Both band members describing the overall feel of the band’s new music as “heavy,” with Jones saying, “Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste. There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that. It’s not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy.”   The guitarist said that while Tool has always had complete creative freedom, the band’s legal issues have put a damper on that. He revealed, “I find it so hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you, just stuck between the hemispheres of your brain and affecting your sleep and your relationship with other band members . . . It’s just a shame.” Neither Jones nor Carey offered a possible timeline for when a new album might arrive, but Carey said, “I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year,” Jones added, “We’re just not going to settle for doing anything but our best work, and the fans appreciate that.” (Thanks to Pulse of Radio for their report)….Adelitas Way have a new music video for an album track called “Drive.”  It’s off their forthcoming album Stuck, which drops Jul 29th.  The record was produced by Nick Raskulinecz in Nashville. And if you missed the “Dog On A Leash” video, click here… In This Moment has thrown its support behind an anti-suicide campaign called Never Alone, Never Unloved. Learn more about the campaign at this location. The band is currently at work on its fifth studio album, which will follow up 2012′s Blood. (Brave Words)…And last, but not least, the boys in Slipknot have posted a very creepy snippet.  (I bet Clown had something to do with this!)  Watch it here. Slipknot‘s official website and Facebook page have been updated with creepy images and sounds in preparation for the release of the band’s long-awaited new album, tentatively due late fall. In addition, there are all-new graphics, including a new version of the nonagram. A title and release date have yet to be unveiled for the disc, which follows up 2008′s All Hope Is Gone. (Blabbermouth)….And sorry, but yesterday we missed remembering  Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng’s birthday.  He would’ve been 44. 

Tuesday, Jul 15

Good Tuesday, folks!  Flood watch in NYC.  Which is scary.  We have rats.  I think they know how to swim…..While Lou Brutus is packing his bags for Rockfest Cadott this weekend, one of the bands on the Friday bill, Alter Bridge, just announced a round of new dates.  See Road Rage.  Looks like these will be the band’s final dates behind their Fortress album, which means Myles Kennedy will start to get to work with Slash and Mark Tremonti will start work on the next Tremonti album.  So win win all around, eh?…. Lindsey Stirling with Lzzy Hale  on Good Morning America.  Should be on YouTube later today if you missed it live!  If you look closely, you can see Joe Hottinger in on the set, too!…..AH!  My favorite song on the new Hellyeah album is called “Moth.”  The band has finally posted a video for it.  Watch it here!….Brian Johnson of AC/DC!  Ya gotta love him!   He was given the honorarium title of Doctor of Music from Northumbria University in Newcastle, England on Wednesday Jul 09.   Check it out here….In This Moment will be announcing a new tour very soon with Starset and Twelve Foot Ninja!  Great bill!   More on that in the coming weeks.  I hear the new ITM album takes the band to yet new levels.   Can’t wait!….Theory Of A Deadman are filming a new video for “Savages,” the title track of their album, and are hoping to have guest vocalist Alice Cooper join them.  Coop is currently on a massive tour.  More on that soon…..You Me At Six are coming to visit me this morning at the hardDrive studios.  Looking forward to meeting them!  And I just got turned onto a track they did a couple of years ago called “Bite My Tongue”  with Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon.  I love it!  Watch the video here!  You Me At Six will kick off their US tour on Sep 15th with Young Guns in Los Angeles at the world famous Troubadour!  Exciting news on this coming soon!  Be sure you are a registered hardDriveRadio Radical or else!..Billy Corgan  will take time out from recording the next two Smashing Pumpkins albums, both due in 2015, to perform a very special, exclusive hometown acoustic-based solo concert Saturday, August 30 at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the oldest outdoor music festival in America and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.  The singer/songwriter/guitarist and multiple Grammy Award winner’s set will encompass material from the Pumpkins’ acclaimed, multi-platinum catalog, including a “Mellon Collie Suite” of songs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of writing the album. Concertgoers will also be treated to his songs with Zwan from their one-and-only 2003 album and his 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace plus songs from his unreleased ChicagoKid album (recorded before TheFutureEmbrace), a song cycle about his hometown. More information and tickets are available here.  “I feel many of my songs are under-represented by the construct of playing in the Pumpkins, which is almost always loud,” says Corgan, whose only other acoustic-based show took place at Chicago’s Metro in 2004. “And I look forward to the intimacy of that kind of performance no matter how big the stage is.”  On the set list will be some material from the Smashing Pumpkins album Adore, due out this fall (release date October TBA) in a multiple CD/DVD configuration via Virgin/Ume. Since he’s been busy preparing this reissue. In other news, Corgan will be honored with the Alternative Press Vanguard Award at the Inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, to be held at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH on Monday, Jul 21. I’ve heard some of the new material and it harkens back to the rockin’ early days of the Pumpkins.  Could Melissa Auf der Maur be returning to the Pumpkins’ fold?…New in stores today:  Rise Against The Black Market….Happy 41st today to John Dolmayan of System Of A Down, Happy 58th to Marky Ramone and Happy 48th to Jason Bonham!

Monday, Jul 14

Good Monday people!  Although I am so over TWC!   For the second time in so many weeks,   no service!    No internet.   Nothing!  Email’s been off for weeks.  I am soooooooo  FREAKIN’ over TIME WARNER CABLE!  And now with the news of them merging with another company that has bad service and no FIOS availability in my hood,  I am so F*@%ed!   ARGH! …….Well,  the Nashville stop of the hardDrive Live Tour was extra fun!   Not only did all the bands (Black Stone Cherry, Kyng and Fifth Freedom.  We As Human  were not at that show and are on the next show!) have great sets, but special guest Shaun Morgan of Seether decided to drop by for the evening.  He even join Pepe Clarke to assist him on the drums.  I think Paulie is gonna post the shot here for ya.  I also posted it on the hardDriveRadio Facebook page.  Anyhow, our contest winner,  Heather and her friend Jolynn,  what a pleasure and  a RIOT  to hang with!   They really made the night complete with their joking and just being themselves (two mom’s who needed a weekend escape!)  Good times!  Please check out the tour when it comes to your town!….The fine folks at Pulse of Radio are reporting on the interview I did with Sully Erna of Godsmack!  Check it out here and here……This is HILARIOUS! Blabbermouth reports  Metallica  is featured in the latest in ESPN‘s long-running line of “This Is SportsCenter” ads, which take a whimsical and bizarre angle on the legendary show’s behind-the-scenes productions. According to RollingStone.com, the new commercial, which will air during tonight’s Home Run Derby, clip plays off the idea that since Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera retired at the end of last season (taking his “Enter Sandman” entrance music with him) they don’t know what to do with themselves, so they have started coming up with their own ideas.  ”Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others,”  drummer Lars Ulrich told RollingStone.com about making the ad. “ESPN‘s commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, ‘That sounds like a good time.’ The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it.”  And Pulse of Radio reports  Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett will promote a ghoulish new collectible figure of himself, looking a little green, at this year’s Comic-Con International, which will take place later this month in San Diego. According to Loudwire, the limited edition figure is part of Hammett’s Famous Zombies Jr. line of his Kirk Von Hammett Toys. 300 copies of the figure will be available exclusively at Comic Con, with Kirk on hand to sign them at booth #503 on the convention floor on Friday (July 25th) from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. PT and Saturday (July 26th) from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT.   Hammett said in a statement, “I’m stoked to be bringing more exclusive wares to the San Diego Comic Con . . . Being a fan of comics and movies since I was a kid, it’s just a huge honor to be a Comic Con on both sides, selling and buying! ….Oh forgot to mention, had lunch with Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger from Halestorm.    Great hanging with them.  They are getting ready to get into the studio with a new producer who converted an old church into a recording studio. Looking for to that later this year.  And look for own “Ask Lzzy”  Lzzy tomorrow on Good Morning America on ABC-TV  in the 8:30 AM hour, as she performs with Lindsey Stirling(that cool violin player)  on the song “Shatter Me.” …Pulse of Radio also says Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl appeared on Thursday (July 10th) at an HBO press event held for TV critics to discuss his new documentary series, Sonic Highways, which will premiere this fall. According to the Associated Press, Grohl was not exactly polished as he appeared before the press, with his cell phone ringing in the middle of the presentation, his clip-on mic falling off his jacket and the singer salting his answers with his usual colorful array of F-bombs. Grohl even admitted to going to a dive bar near his house the night before and sitting in with Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins‘ cover band, The Birds Of Satan, “just because I didn’t want to go to bed at 10 o’clock.” He did get around to discussing the series, which follows the Foos as they travel across the country to record songs for their new album at different iconic studios. Grohl explained, “These recording studios are hallowed ground; they’re churches and monuments to me. History has been made in s***holes all over the country.”   Asked why the band went to the trouble of recording their eighth studio album in such a fashion, Grohl said, “We could just go make another record in the studio, hit the road and sell a bunch of T-shirts. It’s all about reinventing the process.” The show takes the band to studios in eight cities — Austin, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. — and features local legends sitting in for each session. Grohl also interviews artists like Buddy GuyDolly PartonChuck DGibby Haynes and Allen ToussaintSonic Highways will premiere in October, with the band’s as-yet-untitled album due out in November…..Black Veil Brides have revealed the name of the band’s fourth studio album will be, shockingly, IV and that disc will arrive on Oct 28th. It’s currently available for pre-order through a PledgeMusic campaign launched by the group. The site will offer bonus content such as behind-the-scenes photos and videos, plus incentives depending on what you are willing to pay for the album. The offerings range from a digital download for $10 to tickets for any headlining Black Veil Brides show and access to the VIP meet-and-greet for the rest of your life for $500….And finally today:  Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda and Slash are two of the musicians who appear in a new documentary short film called The Distortion Of Sound. According to Loudwire, the film explores how changes in music delivery systems have led to a transformation of the audio experience itself, with digital services like YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and others compressing the sounds so much that it affects one’s enjoyment of the music.  Slash says in the film, “(When) you’re in the studio and you have all the tracks and everything is right there in front of you and you can hear your every instrument and you know exactly what it’s supposed to sound like and then for it to come out compressed, it’s like why did you put all the work into it in the first place? Because you don’t hear it that way.”   Shinoda said, “There is a great irony that as technology advances and music becomes even more accessible, those songs aren’t being played back in their full richness and color. We now have access to all the music we could ever want, but this access has come at the expense of quality.”   Director Jacob Rosenberg said that his intent with the film was “exploring the chasm between artist intent and the audience consumption.”   Other artists appearing in the documentary include Quincy Jones, Snoop DoggKate NashSteve Aoki and film composers Hans Zimmer and A.R. Rahman.   A screening of the film was held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last Thursday night (July 10th), with Shinoda and Rosenberg participating in a post-screening Q&A. Attendees included Tom MorelloCourtney Love, Juliette LewisAdrian GrenierMichelle Trachtenberg and more.