Friday, Jan 23

TGIF people!  Well, I don’t think this is coming as any surprise since the rumors have been swirling since last spring!  Blabbermouth & Pulse Of Radio both report today Asking Alexandria vocalist Danny Worsnop has parted ways with the band. Worsnop issued a statement in which he said, “Over the last eight years together, we’ve done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what’s best for the band and at this point in time, that isn’t me. Asking Alexandria will continue to tour throughout the year and will be working on a new album.”  Worsnop added, “I will always support and love Asking Alexandria and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.”  Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce wrote at the band’s Facebook page, “Asking Alexandria will not be slowing down. We are going to tour harder than ever and we are going to write the greatest record of our career . . . This isn’t the end, this is the start of a whole new chapter. This is where we come together and make history.”  Worsnop’s departure comes just days after it was announced that his other band, We Are Harlot, will release its self-titled debut album on March 31st.  Worsnop admitted last year to Kerrang! magazine that his involvement with We Are Harlot had caused some friction with the members of Asking Alexandria, saying, “Back when it started, there were maybe concerns and stress and bitterness from the guys. But over time they’ve realized that it’s not detrimental to Asking in any way.” “Moving On,” the latest single from Asking Alexandria’s 2013 album From Death To Destiny, is Number Eight on the rock radio chart. Meanwhile, We Are Harlot will release their official debut single, “Dancing On Nails,” soon and the music video has already in out.  Listen for Danny Worsnop on hardDrive with Lou Brutus the weekend of Feb 07-08….Blabbermouth reports Michigan-based act Pop Evil will enter Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with veteran producer Adam Kasper to begin work on an all-new LP, due out this summer.  Kasper, who has helmed mega-hit records for bands like Pearl JamSoundgarden and Foo Fighters, was the obvious choice to produce Pop Evil‘s new CD.  ”It was very important to us to choose a producer that has the credentials,” says Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty. “We also had a distinct vision on where the band could move forward and take our sound into the future. With the success of our last record we wanted to challenge ourselves and explore new and creative ways of musical expression.”   Adds Kasper: “Individually, these guys are all great players and writers. Collectively, they are a force to be reckoned with.  ”Musically, this record is intricate, heavy and melodic.  With their charismatic lead singer and a drummer that sounds like John Bohnam and Dave Grohl‘s love child, I’m more than excited about this one.”…Dunno if you are a Muse fan, but the band has started 2015 with a new video teaser from the studio where the British trio are recording their seventh album. The clip shows singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy sitting in a shadowy room by himself, playing a bluesy passage on a guitar with no one else around him and no other sounds. This clip is different from the one the band posted in December, which showed them working with an orchestra. The band has hinted at a “back to basics” approach to the music for its seventh studio album, with Bellamy saying late last year that the new record was “gonna get heavy.” We asked drummer Dominic Howard if the band members were their own toughest critics when it came to making music: Generally, yeah, I suppose we are, you know. ‘Cause we know who we are, where we are as a band and as musicians and performers and, you know, and really how that feels. So we’re very aware of what that is and always trying to make that better somehow or improve it somehow.”  Muse has been working on the new effort for three-and-a-half months and is reportedly recording with legendary producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who was behind the board for landmark records like AC/DC‘s Back In Black and Def Leppard‘s Pyromania.  The new CD is expected out by mid-2015 and will follow up 2012′s The 2nd Law, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album and debuted at Number Two on the Billboard album chart….Uh oh!  Will Lou Brutus start collecting these next?  Pulse Of Radio reports Jack WhitePearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder and Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello are among the musicians, actors and celebrities getting their very own baseball cards as part of a new set of cards coming from Topps next month. The cards are part of Topps’ 2015 Series 1 and also includes other famous faces such as Jeff Bridges (???)  and rappers 50 Cent  and  Macklemore.  The series, called “First Pitch,” features shots of the participants throwing out first pitches at various Major League games. Jack White threw out the first ball at Detroit’s Comerica Park last July, while Vedder did the honors in the same month for his beloved Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Will Metallica be far behind?  Some of the non-entertainment folks included are 105-year-old baseball fan Agnes McKee and a man named Tom Willis, who threw the first pitch despite being born without arms. The new series is due out on Feb 06. Collect ‘em all! Speaking of ‘tallica, the boys were on hand at a recent San Jose Sharks’ NHL hockey game vis the LA Kings the other night at the Shark Tank (SAP Center.)  Pretty cool when your local teams take your music as their theme song, and in this case, the Sharks use “Seek & Destroy.” (Thanks Blabbermouth)…Scott Weiland knows how to spoil a party doesn’t he?  Just one day after the unveiling of “supergroup” Art Of Anarchy, one member is distancing himself from the project.   The former Stone Temple Pilot/Velvet Revolver singer said in a new Facebook post he won’t be touring with the group, writing, “I just saw some press about a side project called art of anarchy that I worked on last year — I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out.“….Hinder has replaced its lead singer for the second time in less than two years. After recruiting Nolan Neal to replace original frontman Austin Winkler following the latter’s departure in late 2013, the band has announced that Neal himself has been shown the door. In a new post on Facebook, the group has revealed that their new vocalist will be Marshal Dutton, who also happens to be the co-producer on several of their records.  The band’s statement said, “As our loyal and beloved fans know, we have been searching to find the perfect fit for two years now and recently came to realize that it was right under our nose the entire time. Marshal has been a part of the Hinder family since 2009, when he began co-writing/producing on the All American Nightmare album. He has been a co-producer on every Hinder release since, and truly loves this band as we do. We have been the best of friends for many years and we couldn’t be more excited for the future!”  Dutton previously sang for Hinder on some tour dates during Winkler’s hiatus from the band in 2012.  After Winkler left for good in November 2013, the band recruited Neal to take his place. A single, “Hit The Ground,” was released last fall with Neal on vocals. Hinder will release its new full-length album, When The Smoke Clears, on March 03.  Drummer Cody Hanson said, “This is the album Hinder fans have been waiting for and they won’t be disappointed. We spent a year writing this and we couldn’t be more excited for the world to hear it.”…. I noticed on Blabbermouth Faith No More will be lining up gigs this summer in support of their first album in many moons. One gig will be at this year will be at HVY MTL in Montreal which is happening Aug 07-09….Today:  Happy 62nd to Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander!  In the hardDriveRadio studios on Monday, Tyler Bates, producer and new guitarist for Marilyn Manson! Got questions?   Holler at me!

Thursday, Jan 22

Cheaters?  Should the Patriots be banned from the Super Bowl if they are found guilty of the “deflated”  footballs?  Hmmm.  I wonder. It isn’t fair that they go un-penalized if they did.  And if so,  who would play against Seattle IF the NFL comes down hard on New England.  This is interesting. Stay tuned…Pulse Of Radio reports  Halestorm  frontperson Lzzy Hale said in a new interview there are some songs on the band’s upcoming album, Into The Wild Life, that might cause some uncomfortable moments with her mother. Hale told radio station 98 Rock, “People kept guessing, ‘Okay, you’ll stray from who you are, because it’s your record.’ And I’m like, ‘No, no, no.’It’s the complete opposite. It’s just further down the rabbit hole of everything that is Halestorm. So, I apologize ahead of time, because there’s a lot of truth to this record. I apologize to my mom.”  I wonder if she’s talking about a heavy (themed) ballad called “Dear Daughter.”  But the sexually charged lyrics of the new single “Apocalyptic” caused a scene while the band was recording it. Lzzy told me ”The guys never read my lyrics, so we’re sitting in this circle recording and I’m blasting in their ears and I say the one line — ‘Give me a red handprint right across my ass’ — and my brother (drummer Arejay Haleliterally stops playing. He’s like, ‘Wait, wait, that’s what that is?’ (laughs) So maybe I end up writing these lyrics just so that I can trip my guys up (laughs).”  Listen for the interview with Lzzy as Halestorm is the  Featured Artist of the Week soon on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!….This is a good thing.  Pulse also reports Hellyeah  recently announced its “Blood For Blood” National Blood Drive in conjunction with the band’s upcoming headlining U.S. tour. Fans who pledge to give or make a financial donation will receive a signed poster from Hellyeah and will also be entered to win tickets, meet-and-greet package, signed merch and more.  Fans are instructed to head over to sleevesup.redcrossblood.org and pledge to either give blood or make a donation. They should take and post a photo of themselves giving blood on Instagram and use the hashtag #BLOODFORBLOOD. More info can be found at the site. The trek kicks off on Friday, Feb 6th in Las Vegas and visits 23 markets through early March. Support on the tour will come from Devour The Day and Like A Storm…..Also from Pulse: Ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott WeilandGuns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer have joined forces in a new band called Art Of Anarchy. The rest of the lineup is filled out by Jon Votta on guitar and Vince Votta on drums. The group’s debut disc will arrive this spring. The band is the brainchild of Thal and the Votta brothers, who have been friends for 18 years dating back to their days on the New York music scene.  Thal also serves as producer and engineer on the album.   Weiland is no stranger to supergroups, having formed Velvet Revolver with several former members of Guns N’ Roses more than a decade ago.  He was dismissed from that band in 2008, rejoining STP until they also fired him in early 2013. He and his solo band the Wildabouts will put out a new album in March. Thal has been with Guns N’ Roses since 2006, playing on the 2008 album Chinese Democracy. He has also released a number of solo CDs.  Moyer has been Disturbed’s bassist since 2004. The band has been on an extended hiatus since late 2011….Rolling Stone posted a story and Soundcloud file of a killer cover of Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” recorded by Serj Tankian and Tom Morello!  Check it out! It will appear on the upcoming  Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute album.  The tune features  Rudy Sarzo on bass (Quiet Riot)  and legendary drummer  Vinny Appice.  This is from the article:  The tribute was especially important to Morello, who plays a dizzying Rage Against The Machine-like solo on the track. “Randy Rhoads is my favorite guitar player of all time,” he tells the magazine. “It was his poster on my wall when I was practicing eight hours a day, and I named my firstborn son, Rhoads, after him. Serj, Rudy, Vinny and I rocked ‘Crazy Train’ as a sonic tribute to one of rock’s greatest fallen heroes. Crank it.” Rhoads grew up in Los Angeles and co-founded Quiet Riot in 1975, while still in his teens. Although he recorded two Japan-only albums with the group, he quit to join Osbourne’s first solo band in 1979. On the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, he helped expand both the vocabulary of metal and guitar playing by emphasizing classical discipline, harmony and song-craft, contributing to tracks like “Crazy Train,” “Over the Mountain” and “Mr. Crowley.” He died tragically on March 19th, 1982, when a small plane piloted by bus driver Andrew Aycock (who posthumously tested positively for cocaine use) crashed into a mansion. The accident also killed the group’s makeup artist, Rachel Youngblood. The rest of the tribute compilation includes renditions of Ozzy Osbourne and Rhoads-era Quiet Riot songs performed by unique mini-supergroups. Participating musicians include current Ozzy guitarist Gus G., Rhoads’ brother Kelle, Dweezil Zappa, Testament’s Chuck Billy, former Dokken guitarist George Lynch, Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho, Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and others.  Kulick’s brother Bob produced the compilation. The digipack edition of the release will feature a DVD containing interviews with Bob and some of the artists involved, as well as a feature on the North Hollywood music school that Rhoads’ mother and Kelle set up iin the fallen guitarist’s name.  Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute will come out on March 3rd, via UDR Music….Happy Birthday today to former Guns N’ Roses drummer Stephen Adler who turns the Big 5-0.  Former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody is 34, The Exorcist star Linda Blair is 56 and original Journey singer Steve Perry, avid SFO Giants fan, is 66.

Wednesday, Jan 21

Oh man, I was so shocked to read the news of the cancellation of the rest of the Linkin Park tour while I was at the Papa Roach, Seether, Kyng, Islander show last night!   Here’s the email I got from their publicist:   Linkin Park regret to inform their fans they must cancel the remaining dates of The Hunting Party tour, due to a leg injury of lead vocalist Chester Bennington.  The injury requires immediate medical attention making it physically impossible for Bennington to perform. Chester says,  “I’m really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour. The first couple shows were just magical. We will truly miss not being with our fans for the next few weeks. Hope to see you again soon.”   Fans can seek refunds at point of purchase.  WAH!  You can see clearly he’s hurt  here.  I was so excited to see Linkin Park, Rise Against and Of Mice & Men on Sunday.  Was supposed to interview everyone.  Now I guess I should be happy I can have Sunday off.  But geez…..Speaking of the Papa Roach/Seether show, it was off the chain!  Terminal 5 in NYC was ON FIRE for all the bands, it was so cool!  Walked in and Islander was on and Paulie Walnuts told me I missed Islander’s Mikey Carvajal telling the crowd “New Wave” was a song the band was dedicating “to the lovely Roxy from hardDrive!”!!!!!!!!  WHAT?!!!!!!  That was sooooooo cool of them!  Anyhow, I was happy to see all the bands.  Special thanks to Karen D  from Seether’s label for hooking me up with my backstage interview with Seether.  Got to hang a bit with their touring guitarist Bryan Wickmann. He’s a really nice guy.  And Dale Stewart!  He could’ve DIED from his head injury suffered in Oklahoma City last winter when he slipped and fell on wet tile with icy boots when he went outside their hotel to smoke a cigarette. (Note:  Smoking CAN kill you.)  Listen for Dale, John Humphrey, Shaun Morgan and Bryan on the shows soon…..Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix, Tony Palermo and Tobin Esperance entered the hardDrive studios  yesterday and it was a blast.  Love those guys  and we did audio and video interviews.  In the video interview, I had the band talk about this history as 2015 marks their 15th anniversary. Been with these guys the whole 10 yards too!  Jacoby has invited us to join them at Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring in June.  Hmmm.  Sounds tempting….After we reported the scheduling of the first date yesterday (Jan 20th), Slipknot has now confirmed a spring headlining tour of the U.S. with support from Hatebreed.  (See Road Rage.) The relatively short trek will include several festival stops and begin on April 25th at the Fort Rock festival in Fort Myers, Florida, ending on May 16th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is Slipknot’s second U.S. run in support of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, which came out in October…..Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel has set March 10th as the release date for If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week, the debut disc from his side project Lieutenant. According to Spin, Mendel sings lead vocals and plays guitar for the project, which features guest appearances from Foo Fighters guitarist Chris ShiflettHelmet‘s Page HamiltonModest Mouse‘s Joe Plummer and Jeremy Enigk from Sunny Day Real Estate, among others.  The first track from the album is called “Believe The Squalor.”  The album was recorded mainly by Mendel and Plummer at the Foo Fighters’ private Studio 606 facility in Los Angeles.  Mendel was also a member of Sunny Day Real Estate before joining the Foos.  Lieutenant recently played a string of warm-up dates in Southern California and plans to go out on a spring tour before Mendel regroups with the Foo Fighters for the massive summer trek.  Meanwhile, Foo Fighters, who are touring in South America currently, invited original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen to join them on stage for a cover of the Rolling Stones “Miss You.”  Jonny Kaplan  is on vocals. (Krusen, Kaplan   & Foos’ keyboardist Rami Jaffee also play in a Rolling Stones cover band called Bitch.) Interested in seeing an okay fan-filmed video, watch it here…. Yikes. The Beastie Boys are likely to head back to the courtroom later this year with energy drink maker Monster. Also according to Spin, the band has filed another lawsuit against the company, which it sued successfully last year over unauthorized use of its music. This time the band is demanding that Monster pay back the $2.4 million that the Beastie Boys spent in legal fees on the first case.  A court ruled in favor of the rap-rock trio in June 2014, awarding them $1.7 million after it was proven that Monster used the band’s music without its permission in a promotional video….Daniel Johns is in the news. Remember him from Silverchair?  I remember meeting Silverchair & Daniel when he was just 16 years old! (He’s 35 now.)  Their debut album, Frogstomp, had the exciting track “Tomorrow” on it. Loved that tune. Anyhow, I am reading on Blabbermouth he’s planning to release a solo record, Aeriel Love, on Jan 29 (I guess that’s in Australia?  Not sure).  For more, hit Daniel’s Facebook page…. I see Blabbermouth also has noted, .We Are Harlot  have released the music video in the UK for their new single, “Dancing On Nails.”  The band will be in NYC  on Feb 4 to do press.  Their debut album was produced by Kato Khandwala, who most recently did The Pretty RecklessGoing To Hell cd.  Anyhow, check out the video here.  The single will be out here in the states on Feb 3.  Looking forward to seeing my pal Danny Worsnop (yes, the same as the singer of Asking Alexandria.)

Tuesday, Jan 20

Big day today for yours truly.  We have Papa Roach, Islander and Seether interviews happening (two in the studio, one at the venue) and lots going on.  We are also going to be talking to all the bands on the Linkin Park tour on Sunday, so reminder, if you have questions, send them in!……Meanwhile, my friends in Korn are still out with Slipknot in Europe.  I was sent a photo of Jonathan Davis in a kilt when they played Glasgow, Scotland!  Aye, love a Scotsman in his kilt!…..Speaking of Slipknot, I’d like to share this Pulse of Radio report that the band is touring Europe and Australia for the next month or two, but the masked metal act might also be planning a second North American leg of its Prepare For Hell Tour. The band is already booked to play several festivals this spring, including Florida’sWelcome To Rockville on April 26th and North Carolina’s Carolina Rebellion on May 3rd, but Lambgoat has detected an April 30th date in New Orleans on a Ticketmaster site as well. Could the band be booking its own headlining shows in between the late April/early May festival run?  After finally releasing its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, last fall, singer Corey Taylor told us Slipknot intends to stay on the road for a long time: “I mean, there is no limit to where we could go, you know. I mean, we get so many requests from fans in Alaska, for us to play up there, and I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about the fans up there, so I want to really try and make the effort to get up to Alaska and play there, maybe couple that with like a Canadian tour. So we’ve got plans on the burner to try and get to as many of our fans as possible in the next probably year and a half.” I may have to do some investigating, but it seems to me the band will certainly be doing more touring in the US and are certainly headliners, no? Here’s the band performing “The Devil In I” on Friday night in Sheffield, England…. Pulse also reports Rob Zombie will release a new live album, Spookshow International Live, on February 24th. The CD will feature 19 tracks, including fan favorites “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl,” plus live renditions of tracks from Zombie’s latest studio effort, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, and a cover of the Ramones‘ “Blitzkrieg Bop.”  Zombie said about the new live disc, “It’s been eight years since our last live album, so we figured it was time for another. Actually, we weren’t planning on it, but we recorded a few shows and they sounded really great, so we thought, ‘F**k it! Let’s get it out there.‘”  Zombie recently told the San Jose Mercury News that his next solo album is “the best record yet, truthfully.”  Zombie is scheduled to begin production on his next film as a director, 31, in February. He raised money for the film’s budget through a Kickstarter campaign….Marilyn Manson releases his ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor, on today (Jan 20th). The disc follows up 2012′s Born Villain and was recorded primarily by Manson and composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Tyler Bates. While Manson’s last few albums have not been big sellers, he told us a while back he defines success a different way: It’s how you feel when you go to bed at night. Money is motivating to everybody. It’s not the answer. And, you know, impact is very important to me artistically, but success-wise, the fact that I’m able to be creative as my life, and I can go to bed knowing that, that’s successful to me.” There are some really great tunes on this one, so check it out. It’s been streaming a few places. Manson kicks off his tour tomorrow in Washington, DC. As a quick side note:  Not only are Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp best friends, but Manson is godfather to Depp’s daughter. Manson revealed, “I gave her her first set of high heels. Unfortunately she was in diapers when I gave them to her. It was awkward when I saw her 14 years later and Johnny’s like, ‘Hey this is Uncle Manson. He gave you your first pair of high heels and changed your diaper.’ That sounds really bad. But it was amazing.”…Loudwire reports after incorporating lines and phrases from interviews into songs on the fly during the recording sessions for the Sonic Highways album, Foo Fighters did it again at a recent show in Santiago, Chile. This time, overwhelmed by the response of fans, frontman Dave Grohl took the audience chant of “Ole ole ole! Chile! Chile!” and turned it into a full-fledged rock number. When it was finished, he told the crowd, “We’ve got a new Foo Fighters song. I like it.” Still trying to figure out if Dave will drum at the Grammys with AC/DC.  That would be so freakin’ cool!…Previously unseen footage of late guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown performing with their short-lived post-Pantera project Gasoline has been released. The 47-minute video was filmed on New Year’s Eve 2001 in Dallas, Texas and features the group playing cover versions of Led Zeppelin and Metallica songs, as well as six original tracks. The lineup also included singer Thurber T. Mingus and bassist Sean Time. A fan named Chris Stiles who filmed the show posted the video online, saying, “I don’t think it’s right to just hold on to it without letting others see what it’s like to be around (Dimebag).” Dimebag and Vinnie later formed Damageplan, which was touring when Dimebag was shot and killed onstage in December 2004. (Team Rock)….And finally today, a memorial concert in honor of late Static-X frontman Wayne Static will be held tonight (Jan 20th) at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. A  number of Static’s friends will perform at the event, including members of System Of A DownCoal ChamberSnot and Dope. The remaining members of Static’s solo band will also perform Static-X’s 1999 debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip, in its entirety with guest vocalists.  The show is being billed as “a night of incredible music with dear friends and family paying tribute to the true king of evil disco and a kick ass party not to be missed.”    BigTimeBroadcasting.com is hosting a free live webcast from the event beginning at 10:00 p.m. PT. Static, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, died in his sleep at the age of 48 last Nov 1st. There is still no official confirmation of the cause of death, but the medical examiner at the time ruled out foul play. Statement from his wife Tera Wray ​and a publicist indicated that Static’s death was not drug-related….LOTS O’ Birthdays today:  Linkin Park’s Rob Bourdon is 36, Sid Wilson of Slipknot is 38, Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine is 35, Paul Stanley of Kiss is 63, Greg Kriesel of The Offspring is the Big 5-0, Bill Maher of 59 and David Lynch is 69 and feelin’ fine.

Monday, Jan 19

Dear Wes Scantlin of Puddle Of Mudd,  Please pull yourself together.  Signed, hardDriveRadio.   I mean, check this out.  The  Puddle Of Mudd frontman  was arrested (again) on Friday (January 16th) at Denver International Airport after he took what Loudwire described as a “joyride” on an airport baggage carousel. Scantlin ended up in the airport’s restricted area before being taken into custody by local police.  The news was reported by the promoter in Denver who had booked Puddle Of Mudd for a show there and worked to get Scantlin released in time for the gig. A local fan eventually helped bail Scantlin out  (good luck getting paid back) , although the show ran late and many fans left as a result. The promoters posted a message saying, “I apologize to all of those who left early . . . Those of you that stayed, I hope you love Puddle of Mudd cause we will NEVER book them again.”  2014 was a relatively quiet year for Scantlin after several years in which the singer and guitarist seemed to be on an unstoppable downward spiral.  He did make news in April 2014 when he melted down onstage, threw a beer and microphone into the audience, and threatened several attendees with violence. Scantlin was last arrested on July 24th, 2013 for allegedly vandalizing a neighbor’s property with a buzz saw and a sledgehammer. Scantlin’s house was foreclosed on by the bank last month after he fell behind in payments.  In May of that year, he was arrested twice within the space of a week — first on warrants stemming from his 2012 cocaine possession case, then on charges of domestic violence when he became physically abusive with his ex-wife Jessica outside a West Hollywood business.  Scantlin also had problems with back tax payments and an altercation on an airplane in addition to 2012′s ugly divorce battle with Jessica. Puddle Of Mudd did continue to tour in 2014 with Scantlin leading an all-new lineup. A single was released last September called “Piece Of The Action.” (Geez, really?  I don’t remember getting that.)  All I can say is many friends and family members have tried to get through to the guy he needs help.  But he’s refused any and all interventions. What are ya gonna do?  I will hate to see  his name in the obits one day, that’s all I’m sayin’….For those of you who watched the football games yesterday, I gotta say, I’ve never seen two dramatically different games.  The first one was UNREAL in Seattle.  Sorry to all the Green Bay Packers fans.  Seattle pulled off the impossible.  Even a few thousand 12th Man fans walked out during the last 5 mins of the game thinking all hope was lost. Congrats to Russell Wilson and the team.  Meanwhile, for those of us who were irritated that Fox Sports didn’t even MENTION hometown heroes Alice In Chains were performing at halftime, but here is footage from a fan of the band performing “Man In The Box” & “Would?”.   Shame on you Fox Sports!  (And that other game in Foxboro, come on.  At what point do you turn it off?  I think I went back to writing another hardDrive script around the 3rd quarter.  Ya just feel bad when the team can’t get anything going. So rematch, New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks.  Dan Donegan of Disturbed will be there. He’s already got his tickets and travel booked.  Lucky!….I really like Dead Sara.  I thought their debut album was pretty killer and play it alot.  They just dropped a new video for the song  ”Mona Lisa.”  Check it out…..Pulse of Radio reports  SlashDuff McKaganMatt Sorum and others performed at a musical benefit and live auction last Monday (Jan 12th) for Adopt The Arts, a Los Angeles-based charity that preserves and creates arts programs in U.S. public schools. According to Blabbermouth, the event at legendary Hollywood club The Roxy raised more than $106,000 to fund music programs in L.A. elementary schools.   The benefit, which also served to honor ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers Band member Butch Trucks, also featured appearances from ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie SamboraToto guitarist Steve LukatherEdgar WinterCult axeman Billy Duffy and more.  Adopt The Arts was founded by Matt Sorum, former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer. The musicians played two sets, one of ZZ Top classics and the other of Allman Brothers Band favorites.  Attendees also enjoyed a live and silent auction featuring generous donations and vacation packages from Adopt The Arts supporters…..LIke to end today with this!  My friends in Aerosmtih are releasing a documentary film!  Aerosmith fans will get the chance next month to see Boston’s original bad boys live in concert on the big screen in theaters all over the U.S. Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014,will be shown for one night only on Feb 26th, via Fathom Events Classic Music Series. The 90-minute set was filmed on June 15th, 2014 in Donington Park, England at Download Festival, with the 19-song concert set for release on DVD on March 3rd. For a complete list of theaters showing the film, log on to: http://bit.ly/Donington2014.  We asked Steven Tyler how a band like Aerosmith — which has lasted 40 years in the spotlight — can hope to revitalize itself every time out: “Maybe in the new songs. In writing new songs, you always come up with a new you. I think you should. You can always do another ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady,’ another ‘Dream On’ — we always tap into something new.” Joe Perry admitted to us that no matter what goes down with Aerosmith, there’s a bond between him and Steven Tyler that is almost unbreakable: “We’ve been together for so long that in my heart, it’s never more than six inches away from Steven’s, ever. Even though we may not talk for a short amount of time or a long amount of time, we’ve been partners, friends for so long, I always have a feeling deep inside that we’re always gonna be together. And that’s what makes Aerosmith as strong as it is.”  Check out this footage from 1990 at the Monsters of Rock show at Donnington with Jimmy Page! Love it!…OK, tomorrow, we’re doing interviews with Papa Roach, Seether and Islander!  Anyone got questions?  Send ‘em in via the Interact link on the home page or on the new hardDriveRadio APP Interact Live section!  (Don’t have the app? It’s free on Google Play or the App store!) And soon, we will be streaming not only the weekend edition of hardDrive, but hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus as well!  So what are you waiting for, download it!

Friday, Jan 16

Hello and HAPPY FRIDAY!   This day couldn’t come faster, although next week is a grueling one for yours truly!  Three interviews on Tuesday, and three on Sunday.  Seether, Papa Roach, Islander, Linkin Park, Rise Against and Of Mice & Men.  Yeah, busy!   So, if you see a band on this list and have a question for any of them, HOLLAH!   Interact link on the home page OR the Interact Live section of the new HARDDRIVE RADIO APP!   Do it!  Ya got nothing to lose!……Hoping to sew up some things on a possible hardDrive Live Tour arrangement!  We’ve got some lofty plans for this one and if the planets align properly, it could happen!   Fingers crossed out there PLEASE!……Weird that the kid who was planning some terrorist attack in Washington, DC is named Chris(topher) Cornell.  The REAL  Chris Cornell  is in the news today too. Pulse of Radio reports the Soundgarden singer has revealed via Twitter he has just begun recording a new solo album, according to Blabbermouth. No further details are currently available. Cornell’s last solo studio effort, 2009′s Scream, was an ill-advised attempt at urban pop produced by Timbaland. The album was received negatively by critics and fans, with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor calling Cornell’s attempted makeover as a pop singer “embarrassing.”  Cornell’s last all-new full length album of any kind was Soundgarden’s sixth studio outing, King Animal, which came out in 2012 and ended a 16-year gap between releases for the band, who broke up in 1997 and reunited in 2010. Cornell told us a while back that working with the band nowadays was a nice balance to his solo career: One thing about a solo artist is you can just be in a room way too long with yourself and your own thoughts and your own songs, and it feels really good to be working with Ben (Shepherd, bassist) and Matt (Cameron, drummer) and Kim (Thayil, guitarist) again, and it’s actually a really nice reprieve also from just being alone, doing what I do. It’s helping with the balance, I think, too.” Cornell’s other solo records include 1999′s Euphoria Morning, 2007′s Carry On and 2011′s acoustic live set Songbook.  Soundgarden released a three-disc collection of B-sides and rarities called Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path late last year. The group plans to work on a new studio album sometime later in 2015…I was just texting with  Adelitas Way singer Rick DeJesus the other day. We are planning to hang in Las Vegas at the RadioContraband Convention at the Mandalay Bay Jan 28-31.  Looking forward to getting out of the cold!  Anyhow, Pulse reports  Adelitas Way only just released its last album, Stuck, in July 2014, but the band is gearing up to bring more new music to the masses. In a post at their official Twitter page on Wednesday (Jan 14th), the band revealed they will issue a new single in Feb, followed by a five-song EP in March and a new full-length album this summer. But the band won’t be locked in a studio during that time either. They perform Friday (Jan 16th) in Las Vegas, then will take a couple of weeks off before starting the SnoCore Tour on February 3rd in Charlotte, NC alongside Framing Hanley and headliners Flyleaf. Frontman Rick DeJesus told me a while back getting to be friends with your tourmates doesn’t happen overnight: “You really don’t become friends with a lot of bands ’til the first, like, two or three weeks in. The first week is always kind of everyone feeling each other out, the crews feeling each other out…it’s about feeling out the right situations first, and then I think after everybody gets everyone’s patterns down, you start interacting with each other, bumping into each other, and then by the end of tour no one wants to leave.…Seems unlikely Phil Rudd will be available to leave New Zealand to perform with his AC/DC bandmates on Feb 8th at the Grammys in LA.   SO, wonderers are wondering:  Who will they get to play the drums?  I will bet the odds are good Simon Wright or Chris Slade could do it.  And looking at the Foo Fighters’ schedule, it VERY possible (if the band flies home after their shows in South America, which end Jan 31) Dave Grohl could finally check off another thing off his bucket list.  (The Foos have  to be in New Zealand on Feb 18.)  So now the chips are on the table.  Who do you think it might be? (I told Angus Young in November that Dave wanted to play with them! He said he thinks Dave is a great drummer, too!) Guess we’ll have to wait ‘n see….And finally today, sorry to hear legendary L.A. rock, pop, and punk songwriter, producer, impresario and Runaways manager Kim Fowley died on Jan 15th of bladder cancer at age 75, according to Pollstar. Fowley played a pivotal role in nearly all aspects of L.A. rock, with his work spanning decades and genres, including projects by such legends as Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, the Hollywood Argyles, the Byrds, the Seeds, Cat Stevens, the Runaways, the Modern Lovers, Warren Zevon, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper — as well as co-writing such classic Kiss tracks as “King Of The Night Time World” and “Do You Love Me” on 1976’s Destroyer.  He served as the announcer to John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band‘s debut performance on September 13th, 1969, and can be heard opening the Live Peace In Toronto album. Most recently, Fowley made an appearance in Beyonce’s 2014 Haunted” video.  Steven Van Zandt said in a statement: “Kim Fowley is a big loss to me. A good friend. One of a kind. He’d been everywhere, done everything, knew everybody. He was working in the Underground Garage until last week. We should all have as full a life. I wanted DJs that could tell stories first person. He was the ultimate realization of that concept. Rock Gypsy DNA. Reinventing himself whenever he felt restless. Which was always. One of the great characters of all time. Irreplaceable.”   Blondie drummer Clem Burke also paid tribute saying: “Kim was a great and often misunderstood individual. When Blondie first came to Hollywood Kim was one of the legends we wanted to meet. We did meet him at the Tropicana motel and became friends. I had the privilege of sitting next to Kim at a screening at SXSW of The Runaways film. When it ended, I turned to Kim and told him he was the hero of the film. He seemed happy to hear that.”..Celebrating birthdays:  Saturday:  First Lady Michelle Obama is 51Kid Rock turns 44.  Muhammed Ali is 73 and God Bless Her:  Betty White is 93.  Sunday:  Jonathan Davis of Korn is 44. Have a great weekend!  See ya Monday! 


Thursday, Jan 15

Congrats to Marilyn Manson!   Rolling Stone gave The Pale Emperor 3.5 stars (out of 4)  and said “All Hail The Goth Lord’s Return!”  That’s pretty huge, kids!   I listened again to the album and I have to agree.  My two favorite tracks are “Killing Strangers” and “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles.”  Tyler Bates, who is mostly a tv, film and game music composer and producer (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Watchemen”, “300,” “Sons of Anarchy” and more), was enlisted to produce this album and he also plays guitar.  Songs like  ”Odds of Even” really show the depth of Bates’ influence.  The music is so cinematic. Seems like bassist/long time member Twiggy Ramirez does not play on the album, but gets an “extra special thanks” in the credits.   The touring band is Bates, Ramirez, Paul Wiley on guitar and Gil Sharone on drums.  And someone in our audience is gonna win a trip for two to Las Vegas to see the final show on the “Hell Not Halleluah Tour”!  Be sure to register as a hardDriveRadio Radical in order to enter!  Lou Brutus is on the hotLine with Manson today that will be taped for an upcoming feature on both hardDrive and hardDrive XL! If you have a question, get it in now!…..This is huge.  The Pretty RecklessRise Against and others are among the artists added to the lineup of the first Rock In Rio USA Festival, scheduled to take place on the weekends of May 8th and 9th and May 15th and 16th in Las Vegas. Also joining the lineup are Foster The PeopleGary Clark, Jr.BleachersHollywood UndeadOf Mice & MenSam Smith and others.  Metallica and Linkin Park were unveiled as headliners when the event was announced last September, along with DeftonesNo DoubtTaylor Swift and John Legend.  The first weekend’s emphasis will be on rock, while the second weekend will have a more pop flavor.  The festival was announced in New York City’s Times Square last September 26th, with John Mayer and Brazilian metal act Sepultura on hand to perform and the members of No Doubt in attendance.  General admission weekend passes are available for $298 and VIP daily passes are available for $498 at the festival website, along with more ticketing and show info….Happy 50th today to Adam Jones of Tool!  Hope to hear some new TOOL music this year!

Wednesday, Jan 14

Earlier in my career, I used to work at a 24-hour music video tv station in Boston called V-66. It was an awesome job.  I was the music director and did a daily music news feature, “The Roxy Report,” (hmmm, wonder if that is where Stephen Colbert got the idea? LOL)  and a couple of weekend shows, “The New Music Show”  and “Guest VJ” where artists or celebs would come in and host an hour of our videos.  My assistant was this awesome kid I hired who worked at WBCN,  Jamie Willis (Wha chu talkin’ about, Willis?)  He’s gone on to bigger and better things, working for several record companies in Boston and now in Seattle. We’re reuniting today after, hmmm, lemme think, 27 years.  THAT’S INSANE!….Yesterday I was on the hotLine with one of my favorite people, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.  I love her to pieces!   The band had a stop yesterday in Springfield, MO, home of our affiliate Q102!  (Nice shot with the band, Shadow!)  Lzzy is busting at the seams about the new music on their third album, Into The Wild Life, which drops April 7th.  We were talking about how cool it will be when the Carnival of Madness tour starts with The Pretty Reckless.   We were laughing.  Taylor Momsen makes her stage clothes, and Lzzy has also made many garments she wears and has a merch line, Scissor Happy.  She was saying, “I can see us backstage getting ‘crafty” together.”  I told her I want Taylor to make me one of those tops she wears with the cross.  I HAVE TO HAVE ONE!  Anyhow, the new Halestorm single “Apocalyptic” is out now.  Hit www.halestormrocks.com  for more!…. Pulse Of Radio says Five Finger Death Punch is back in the studio working on the follow-up to 2013′s double record set, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. A mid-to-late 2015 release is expected for the disc. Despite the band being fairly prolific by today’s standards — putting out new music every two years — singer Ivan Moody told us the studio is the last place he enjoys being: “No, I don’t spend a lot of time in the studio, man. I truly don’t. I’ll be in there when I have to. I hate the containment, I can’t stand the schedule crap. The monotony drives me frickin’ crazy, you know, ‘Do it again, do it again, let’s try that again,’ and it’s just, it’s so frustrating to me. Sitting in the booth and feeling like, basically it’s just a cold, dead coffin, and a lot of the time people want to know why my lyrics are so angry — that has a lot to do with it.”  The band has announced a short string of dates in the spring.  See Road Rage….. Papa Roach has released a new track called “Never Have To Say Goodbye” as the band counts down to the arrival of its eighth studio album, F.E.A.R. The track is the fourth released by the band ahead of the record’s Jan 27th release date. The set was written and recorded in Las Vegas, the first time Papa Roach has made an album outside its home base of Sacramento, CA in several years.  Papa Roach entered the studio without a single song  or demo, a process that frontman Jacoby Shaddix told me on the hotLine was beneficial for the band: “It just came about very differently from anything else we’ve ever done and I think that it forced us to be a little bit more spontaneous, it helped us from overthinking the process — which was, in my opinion, great — and just committing to things right on the spot. ‘Cause we knew that we could always change it down the road, but it’s like, lay it down and live with it for a minute, and it felt right.”  The F.E.A.R. album follows up Papa Roach’s 2012 effort, The Connection. The title track from the new disc is a Top 10 hit at rock radio.  In other news, Jacoby  has also announced that he’s launching a clothing line called “Lovers Are Lunatics” in collaboration with designer Jeff Henry.  Shaddix told a North Carolina radio station he wants to “do other things outside of Papa Roach that keep my creative (juices) flowing.”  The singer is hiding T-shirts from the line at shows on Papa Roach’s current tour and creating “scavenger hunts” for fans to find them.  Jacoby is stopping by the hardDrive studios in NYC on Tuesday, so P-Roach fans, get your questions in to me NOW!….Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager Sharon has made more details available about her husband’s upcoming Las Vegas concert production, called Hell Gate. Speaking on Monday night’s (Jan 12th) “after dark edition” of her CBS show The Talk, Sharon revealed, “It’s something that’s gonna start Halloween. It was meant to start last year, but (we) couldn’t get it together in time. And Ozzy’s gonna be in Vegas for the whole month. And what it is is a Halloween experience. So it’s a very state-of-the-art, interactive show that Ozzy will put on, with everything that goes with Halloween.” That sounds like FUN!  More details coming….Pulse also reports  as we settle into 2015, there appears to be some progress on the making of the long-awaited new Tool album. According to Loudwire, the band revealed via a post at its Facebook page guitarist Adam Jones came up with an ending for one of the band’s new songs that all four members were happy with. We can hear those champagne corks popping now, can’t you? The full message read, “Starting the New Year off on a positive note, Adam arrives at the loft with an ending for a new Tool arrangement and gets the nod of approval by the others. As long as they don’t start with the ending, that’s good news!” That doesn’t mean, however, that the band is ready to record yet — just that an ending for an arrangement was finished. We don’t know how many other arrangements or songs are completed. It’s been nine years since Tool released its last album, 2006′s 10,000 Days, although apparently the quartet have spent a good chunk of the past year finally getting down to business. Jones revealed last July that lawsuits involving a former friend of the band and an insurance company had been putting a drag on the group both creatively and financially since 2007.  The ex-friend claimed that he was owed money for artwork he had given the group, while the insurance firm — which was supposed to protect the band against such claims — sued the band for “technicalities” regarding the case. Must be nice not to have to worry about money that you can take all this time off between records….The 2015 Bonnaroo Festival  for June 11-14 line-up has been announced.  Some notables are headliner Billy Joel! SLAYER!  Royal Blood and Tears For Fears, because Everybody Wants To Rule The World!  See www.bonnaroo.comfor more….This is insane!  Pulse reports Metallica‘s controversial St. Anger album has been re-recorded in its entirety by two fans who have called the project #STANGER2015. The fans, Chris D. and Dave C., issued a statement saying, “Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.”  The pair added, “Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record. The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.”  The statement concluded, “Absolutely no money has been made from this project, and it has been created out of love for one of our favorite bands of all time. There will be no download links or alternative streaming options aside from this singular youtube video.”  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich admitted to us a while back the band was surprised by the hostile reaction to St. Anger by many fans: “It threw us a little bit sure, ’cause the whole thing was to just keep it as raw as possible. And I’d like to think that we accomplished that (laughs), to the point of obviously a little too raw for some people, and that’s okay. I mean, it is what it is. I have not regret one about it. I’m proud of it, proud that we had the balls to see it through.” St. Anger was released in June 2003 at the end of a turbulent two-year period in which bassist Jason Newsted left the group, frontman James Hetfield went for a lengthy stay in rehab, and the entire band threatened to break apart.  The album’s raw, lo-fi production, lack of guitar solos and unorthodox sound were not well-received by many of the group’s fans, who still often cite it as Metallica’s worst record.  St. Anger has nevertheless sold more than six million copies worldwide, although fans have generally not warmed up to it in the 12 years since its release….And finally today,  ”THE GAME OF THRONES” mixtape Part 2 is coming. Killswitch Engage & Anthrax are two of the bands to appear on this new mixtape, sponsored by HBO & Launch Point Records.  The first one came out in March last year.  BTW: New season of The Game of Thrones is April 6, not 7th, as I had reported the other day.  (My bad!) HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!  Dave Grohl is 46, so is actor Jason Bateman! LL Cool J is 47, Zakk Wylde is 48.  Rock on wit yo bad sefs!

Tuesday, Jan 13

Gonna be hotLining today with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.  Love my girl.  Can’t wait to hear the rest of their new album, Into The Wild Life. The album drops April 7th  and you can pre-order at www.halesmtormrocks.com.  The band announced they’re headlining this year’s Carnival of Madness tour with The Pretty Reckless and another band TBA. Fan club tickets are on sale today at 10 AM local time and Friday, general sale tickets go up at 10 AM local time.  If you have questions, send ‘em along right away via the interact link on the home page….Pulse of Radio reports on my friends All That Remains. The band unveiled “This Probably Won’t End Well,” the first single from their new album. The Order Of Things and arrives on February 24th. Singer Phil Labonte told me how the song was chosen as the first representation of the new CD: “The song’s like, you know, it’s kind of more of a rock song. That wasn’t what we initially thought was gonna be the first single, you know, when we were writing. I mean, the song came together and we were like, ‘You know, this one’s really cool,’ and then the label came in and were like, ‘We want to put this one out first,’ and we were like, ‘Really?’ And they were like, ‘Yeah,’ and we were like, ‘Okay, it’s cool with us, you know, it’s not a — we’re proud of the whole record.”   The Order Of Things follows up 2012′s A War You Cannot Win, which featured the massive rock singles ”What If I Was Nothing” and the chart-topping “Stand Up.” Labonte, however, has dismissed that record, saying recently in Revolver, “I think I could have done better. I could have had stuff that was a little more compelling — especially in some of the heavier songs.”  Labonte has said The Order Of Things will “make a significant statement about what we can do as a band. I think it’s going to do really good things for us.”  All That Remains will begin a North American tour with In Flames  and Wovenwar on February 20th in Agoura Hills, CA.  See Road Rage…Pulse also reports Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo revealed in a new post at Twitter the band spent time last week writing new music with singer Chester Bennington, with the group headed into the recording studio on Monday (Jan 12th). STP’s first effort with Bennington on vocals, an EP called High Rise, came out in October 2013. It’s not clear whether the group will now be making a full album. STP have kept a relatively low profile since completing their first full tour with Bennington at the end of 2013.   The vocalist spent much of 2014 recording and touring with his primary act, Linkin Park.  Robert DeLeo acknowledged a while back that STP would work around Bennington’s schedule with Linkin Park: “His main concern definitely is Linkin Park and, you know, when he’s busy with them, it offers Dean (DeLeo, guitar) and Eric (Kretz, drums) and myself some time to really get some new music together. And when he’s available, that’s when we work, man, and we make the best of that time.” Bennington joined STP in the spring of 2013 after the band fired original singer Scott Weiland over what they claimed was his erratic behavior and putting his solo career ahead of the band’s. STP and Weiland launched lawsuits against each other at the time, although the results of both legal actions have not been revealed….Consequence of Sound reports Foo Fighters have been announced as the headliners of the 2015 Hangout Music Festival, scheduled for May 15th through the 17th in Gulf Shores, AL. Also on the bill are Beck, the Zac Brown BandSkrillexMy Morning JacketFoster The PeoplePhantogramParamore, the Dirty Heads and many more…Marilyn Manson‘s new album, The Pale Emperor, is now streaming online in its entirety via Soundcloud. The shock-rocker’s ninth studio set arrives on Jan 20th. The first single is called “Deep Six.” Manson will kick off his Hell Not Hallelujah tour on Jan 21st in Washington D.C., ending three weeks later in Las Vegas…Gigwise reports former Lostprophets frontman and convicted pedophile Ian Watkins may be set to receive a cash sum of over $220,000 from the sale of the band’s management company. Currently serving a 35-year sentence for child abuse and pornography charges, Watkins may come into the money as a result of the liquidation of the company, which held more than one million dollars in cash and assets. A source told the Mirror, “(Watkins) is entitled to the money because it is cash earned by the band before this scandal broke. Many people will feel revulsion that he will have a nice little nest egg waiting for him when he’s freed but it is his cash and it will go to him.”….Oh my gosh!  Showtime is “rebooting” Twin Peaks! HBO’s The Game of Thrones is back April 7th. Orange Is The New Black in June!

Monday, Jan 12

I love the Golden Globes.  The looks, the stars, the comic barbs. George Clooney‘s comment to his wife?  Love it…..OK, so Saturday night, my pal Dave Grohl and his music makers Foo Fighters performed at the Fabulous Forum in LA.  Not just your normal Foo Fighters show, either. It was Dave’s 46th birthday night (well, it’s actually on the 15th)! Pulse of Radio reported on it!  The band performed a three-and-a-half hour show,  joined by guests such as SlashVan Halen‘s David Lee RothPaul Stanley of Kiss and Alice Cooper. According to Billboard, the sold-out show was also staged as a benefit, with proceeds from ticket sales going to MusiCares and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Playing on a rotating stage, the Foos launched the show just after 8:30 p.m. with the Kiss classics “Detroit, Rock City” and “Do You Love Me” as they were immediately joined by Stanley. The band then ran through a fistful of Foo Fighters hits like “All My Life” and “My Hero” before inviting Slash and Tenacious D to the stage for a humorous take on “Immigrant Song” and a crowd singalong of “Happy Birthday.”  Other guests included:

  • Alice Cooper for a double dose of “School’s Out” and “18″;
  • Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell for “Mountain Song,” with additional accompaniment by ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde;
  • A version of the Rolling Stones‘ “Miss You,” with Farrell turning the mic over to Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins after admitting he didn’t know the words;
  • Performances of Black Sabbath‘s “N.I.B.” and “Fairies Wear Boots.”

In between guest spots, the Foos returned to their catalog for chestnuts like ”Best Of You,” “This Is A Call,” “Monkey Wrench” and “Times Like These,” along with lesser-known cuts. Then at about the 150-minute mark, Grohl brought out a guest that he admitted he didn’t really know before now: David Lee Roth.  A bare-chested Roth strutted onto the stage for a run through Van Halen’s “Panama” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” before yielding the mic to a musician who was a major influence on Grohl: Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister. Grohl and the legendary Lemmy led the Foos, along with a returning Slash and Zakk Wylde, through a rendition of Chuck Berry‘s “Let It Rock.”   After more than three hours, Grohl promised that the band would play even longer the next time it came back to Los Angeles.  The Foos will launch their biggest North American tour ever later this year, hitting arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in the summer and fall. Checktheir performance with Paul Stanley here.  With Alice Cooper  here.  With Perry Farrell  here. With Tenacious D & Slash here.  With David Lee here.  With Slash, Lemmy and Zakk here.  Oh yeah!…..Hmmm.  Now THIS is debatable.  Marilyn Manson has claimed in a new interview with Noisey he coined the term “grunge” in a review he wrote of Nirvana‘s 1989 debut album, Bleach, while he was working as a music journalist. Manson explained, “I hated rock ‘n’ roll when I started . . . Nirvana was different. That was one of the bands I covered first as a journalist and I’m just going to go ahead and say I coined the term ‘grunge’ in a review of Bleach. You’re welcome.”  Manson, under his real name Brian Warner, did write for a South Florida music magazine in the 1980s called 25th Parallel. In actuality, the word “grunge” was used as far back as 1978 to describe rock music, but Mudhoney and Green River frontman Mark Arm is credited with using the term in a 1981 letter to a Seattle fanzine called Desperate Times.  Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt later used the term in 1987 and 1988 to describe Green River’s music.  Manson’s new album, The Pale Emperor, is due for release on January 20th. His tour kicks off on the 21st  and Lou Brutus will be on the hotLine with him on Thursday after the show. Meanwile, there is a new Manson track to check out from the album called “Cupid Carries A Gun”-listen…This guy still has delusions of grandeur, and yes, only time will tell. Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland said in an interview with a Bay Area radio station he “wouldn’t be opposed” to a reunion tour with the latter group, who dismissed him in early 2008. Weiland stated, “I wouldn’t be opposed to, at some point, doing a reunion tour. That’s just coming from my perspective, though. I know there’s been a little banter before. And (Slash) was doing his own solo project, so he defused that. But . . . that’s the thing about rock and roll: you never can say never.”  However, Slash told us a different story in 2013 when Weiland was fired from Stone Temple Pilots and floated the idea of a Velvet Revolver reunion then: “No, there’s absolutely no truth to whatever he’s been talking about, and I’ve just written him off as being nuts, and so I’ve just left it at that (laughs).”  Asked in his radio interview which band he would go back to if he had to pick just one, Weiland replied, “That’s a difficult one, because there was all the stuff that went on with me leaving STP, it made things really confusing. And all I can say is, time heals wounds. And it would depend on what the situation was, really. It’s a hard one to say.”  Weiland was fired from Stone Temple Pilots in early 2013, five years after reuniting with the band that put him on the map. The member of STP claimed that Weiland’s solo activities and erratic behavior were detrimental to the band, which hired Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington as a replacement.  Velvet Revolver technically still exists, but has still not found a new singer to take Weiland’s place. Weiland and his solo act, The Wildabouts, will release a new album called Blaster on March 31st, with a tour kicking off next month…..The first authorized documentary about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, titled Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, will air on May 4th on HBO, following its premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film is written, directed and produced by Brett Morgen and is the first to be made with the cooperation of Cobain’s family. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is an executive producer for the project, although his widow Courtney Love was not involved with the production. HBO stated that in addition to “dozens of Nirvana songs and performances,” the film will contain “previously unheard Cobain originals.” Morgen and his team were given access to Cobain’s entire personal and family archives, and the film will include footage from numerous Nirvana performances, along with never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks. Morgen  said he discovered “over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio” along with art, home movies and writings once he had access to the Cobain archive….Finally, also from our friends at Pulse of Radio,  one of our close personal friends is celebrating a big birthday today!  Singer, screenwriter and director Rob Zombie turns 50 on today (Jan 12th). In addition to making several albums with White Zombie, five solo studio records and a handful of compilation, remix and live sets, plus scripting and directing six feature films, Zombie has also directed almost all his own videos, run his own record label at one point and written his own line of comic books.When asked not long ago if there was anything that he hadn’t done yet that he still wanted to do, Zombie said he wasn’t sure: I mean, I never really look at it that way. I don’t know. I mean, you know, there’s always something, something always comes up that you’re like, ‘Wow, never thought of that, that’s cool.’ Even if it’s just with music and movies, I mean, every movie is the new challenge and there’s always a new, exciting thing that goes with it. Every record is a new challenge and that’s what’s great about it. I’m happy with that. It’s not like I’m always looking for a completely new thing I have to do. Both those things are still pretty exciting.“ Zombie’s most recent musical release was his fifth studio album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which came out in April 2013.  He will release a new live album, Spookshow International Live, later this year through T-Boy Records. Zombie has recently been working on his seventh feature film, titled 31. He raised the money to finance the movie through a Kickstarter campaign. His other pictures include 2003′s House of 1000 Corpses, 2005′s The Devil’s Rejects, 2007′s Halloween and 2013′s The Lords Of Salem.  Zombie, whose real name is Robert Cummings, was born in Massachusetts. His childhood obsessions with horror films, comic books and punk rock all directly inspired his later work as a musician and filmmaker. Zombie named his biggest musical influences when he was young: There was three things in the ’70s when I was a little kid that were incredibly influential to me. You know, Alice Cooper, Elton John and Kiss. As a kid I was just crazy about all three of those.” He attended the Parsons School for Design in New York City, where he and bassist Sean Yseult met and formed White Zombie.  White Zombie was an underground cult act for several years before signing with Geffen Records and releasing its commercial breakthrough album, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music. Volume One, in 1992.  After the band split in 1996, Zombie launched his solo career in 1998 with the record Hellbilly Deluxe. Zombie’s albums with White Zombie and on his own have sold more than 25 million copies. He has earned five platinum albums and two gold ones. His wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, has been a dancer in his live show and has played roles in all of his films.  Zombie shares his birthday with Rage Against The Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha, who turns 45 years old on Monday.  Zombie said a while back what he’s been most grateful for in his 27-year career: My main goal with everything was ‘I don’t ever want to have to have a real job. As long as I can make enough money to eat and live, I’m happy,’ you know. And that goal was accomplished a long time ago. So that’s what I’m thankful for. ‘Cause I had a lot of crappy jobs and I was like, ‘I don’t wanna do this.‘”  Let’s flash back to Rob’s first music video for “Thunder Kiss ’65,”  shall we?  Others celebrating birthdays today: Zack De La Rocha is 45. Howard Stern is 61.  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is 51,  And Smokin’ Joe Frazier is 71.