Friday, Oct 02

Finally Friday!   Yes!  Bring on the weekend!

The Pulse Of Radio announced  Avenged Sevenfold has confirmed not only does the band have a new drummer, but it has been working with that person for over a year already following the departure of Arin Ilejay. A statement from the group read, “It has been brought to our attention that a lot of videos have been posted online from some pretty amazing drummers who want to try out for Avenged Sevenfold. While we appreciate the overwhelming interest and support, we thought it would be the right thing to do to let everyone know that we already have someone. In fact, we have been working with this person for over a year now to make sure that it was a correct fit before making any sudden changes. When we have more to share, we will be sure to do that.”

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Avenged Sevenfold revealed it already has a new drummer in place: A U.S. Army soldier named Chris Hawkins has petitioned the band for a chance to become its new drummer. Hawkins, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry based out of Fort Drum in Jefferson County, New York, even made a video of himself playing a bunch of Avenged Sevenfold tracks to help his cause.

Meanwhile, A7X is taking it’s time working on new material, but I would imagine they will be ready to drop something by next summer.

Royal Blood frontman Mike Kerr recently constructed a makeshift studio in the back of their tour bus to work on new music, but admitted to NME  the conditions for writing have not been ideal. He explained, “It’s very hard to write when everything keeps falling over because the driver’s taken a massive corner. It was our writing den — we’d have Clint Eastwood movies playing with the volume down.”

Kerr told us gathering material for the band’s sophomore album while still on the road has been a challenge: We’ve been nonstop, you know. We haven’t stopped playing live shows and filling our days up with press. And then if we’re not doing that, we’re either on a bus going to the next town to do the same thing, you know. We don’t have time to write. But having said that, amongst that we’ve always been collecting our ideas over the past couple of years, but until we get into a room together and figure out exactly what it is we want to do on our next record, then it’s still to be done.”

If you’ve never seen Royal Blood perform live, here is a front row seat courtesy of their Reading Festival performance in England in August. You’re welcome.

Today all my friends are headed to the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY, including two of our hardDrive Live Tour bands, Tremonti and Trivium.  And congrats to Trivium, as today their killer new Silence In The Snow album is also released.  And not to be overlooked, the new Sevendust Kill The Flaw is out (if you missed Part 1 of their webisodes, click here), as well as new albums from Clutch, Collective Soul, Eagles of Death Metal and New Year’s Day.   I think  most of these bands are also at Louder Than Life tomorrow too!   Enjoy!  I hear the bourbon and gourmet man food offerings will be off the hook awesome!

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan‘s biography will be published in the fall of 2016 via Backbeat Books. The book will be written by Sarah Jensen and is authorized by Keenan, who will collaborate with Jenson on the book. Jensen wrote online, “Lots of work still to be done, but today’s top priority: feeling grateful to everybody who’s been there for us throughout this project. That means you.”  Keenan’s other band, Puscifer, will release its third studio album, Money Shot, on October 30th.  A six-week tour in support of the record will kick off on November 1st at the Monster Mash festival in Phoenix, winding down on December 12th in Las Vegas.   Tool will also appear at the Monster Mash event, but will play the day before on October 31st. Tool guitarist Adam Jones revealed in March that the band had finally settled a complicated lawsuit that had dragged on for eight years, setting back the band’s recording plans. The group is now reportedly working at a faster pace on music for its first new studio set since 2006. Hard to believe it has been THAT long, eh?

Celebrating life this wekeend! Today:  Jim Root of Slipknot is 44.  Saturday, Tommy Lee is 53 (that rhymes, yo)  and Sunday, my man Liev Schrieber of Ray Donovan turns 48!

Thursday, Oct 01

Rent is due, rent is due.  Ugh, again?

The Pulse Of Radio reporting today our friend Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell played a three-hour, 30-song set that spanned his entire career at a hometown show in Seattle on Tuesday night (Sep 29th). According to Consequence Of Sound, Cornell got a standing ovation before even saying a word or singing a note. Sitting down with seven acoustic guitars, Cornell opened with “Before We Disappear” from his new Higher Truth solo album and continued through a personal history of tracks from his previous solo outings, Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog, with covers from Bob DylanPrinceLed Zeppelin and others.  Cornell was joined on the Mad Season song “River Of Deceit” by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who co-founded Mad Season and co-wrote that song. McCready also performed on the Temple Of The Dog hit “Hunger Strike.”  Cornell was also joined on a few songs by Brian Gibson playing cello or mandolin.   Before playing the Soundgarden classic “Fell on Black Days,” Cornell joked that there were three other guys in the building who knew how to play the song, before revealing that Soundgarden members Kim ThayilMatt Cameron and Ben Shepherd were all in attendance.

Cornell told us he booked his first solo acoustic tour a few years ago just to see if he could pull it off: “I’d done a few one-offs and I wasn’t, you know, couple of them were great, couple of them weren’t so great. And I decided that the only way I was gonna learn how to do it was if I booked a 30-date tour, and by the end of it, maybe I’ll have it worked out (laughs). So I did that, and by about the fifth show, I kind of had it worked out.”  Chris continues his solo tour tomorrow (Oct 2nd) in Denver, CO.

Lou Brutus sat down with Zoltan Bathory over the weekend in Madison, WI. Five Finger Death Punch will be our Featured Artist of the Week Oct 12-16 on hardDrive XL.  You can also be listening for their new single, “Wash It All Away.”  In other 5FDP news,  Zoltan explained in a new interview with a satellite radio service the band’s onstage meltdown on May 1st during performance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN “had to happen” in order to avert “a bigger catastrophe.”

According to multiple reports, the group performed half a dozen songs the night before the entire band, except vocalist Ivan Moody, walked off stage, leaving the singer seemingly confused and talking to fans in rambling fashion. Eyewitnesses also reported some sort of verbal altercation between Moody and drummer Jeremy Spencer. Bathory explained, “(Moody) used to have problems with alcohol . . . and Ivan was pretty much down on that slope at the time, and I saw that happening. Add a little alcohol, add a little bit of technical difficulties — which happens all the time, in festival settings especially — and things were going sideways.” The guitarist added, “I could have stepped in to say, ‘Guys, stop the crazy stuff.’ But I kind of just wanted to see the slow-motion car crash myself. I just stood on the side of the stage and [was] like, ‘Okay, let’s see where this is going.’ And I think it had to happen. I think he had to sort of wake up, sort of hit the wall . . . It had to happen in order to avoid a bigger catastrophe later.”

More recently, Bathory said about Moody in a French interview, “He’s Jekyll and Hyde. He’s that guy. One day he’s your best friend, another day he’s Hurricane Ivan, Category Five. He’s a hand grenade with a loose pin. So he creates his own hell, so to speak.” Five Finger Death Punch’s new album, Got Your Six, arrived on Sep 4th and debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart.   The band’s current co-headlining tour with Papa Roach, In This Moment and From Ashes To New stops in Cedar Rapids, IA tomorrow (Oct 2nd).

Korn kicks off its fall North American tour tonight (Oct 1st) in Chicago, with the trek scheduled to last through Oct 30th when it closes in Oakland. The band will perform its self-titled 1994 debut album in its entirety at every stop to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release. Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer says they’ll have a crew along to film the trek as well: “Yeah, we’re gonna be recording each show, and then we might figure out how to edit that together and put out some sort of documentary about the tour.”  Can’t wait to see the show Monday night here in NYC! Meanwhile, check out their full set filmed in England at Brixton Academy earlier this year here.   And look for Korn’s next album, out in 2016.  I just heard the band is no longer on Prospect Park Records and have signed with a new recording “partner.”

This will be interesting. The organizers of Coachella are in the process of signing a deal to bring the big alternative leaning rock festival to NYC’s Flushing Meadows, the site of the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens near LaGuardia Airport, Citifield and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium.  The site was used for the recent Governor’s Ball in early June. The east coast version will be called Panorama.   The festival is tentatively set for June 2016.

End of an era. Moog Music is discontinuing the production of the Minimoog Voyager, which was launched in 2002 as a continuation of the original Minimoog synthesizer. Moog will produce 600 more units before the line comes to an end. The company has enlisted Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor for a video in which he discusses his relationship with the synthesizer, saying that the day he bought his first Moog was “the greatest day of my life.” (Rolling Stone)

And let’s leave you with this clip featuring Shawn Crahan of Slipknot.  It’s a video interview from PureGrainAudio I found over on Blabbermouth.  You’re welcome!


Wednesday, Sep 30

Good morning all!   Wish the rain we are getting on the east coast could magically appear over to our friends on the west coast.  We need the rain, but Mother Nature, you are going a little overboard here, girlfriend! Hope the weather doesn’t jeopardize

News today about one of my other favorite bands!  Pulse Of Radio says  Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told Billboard the band is now at work on the follow-up to its 2013 album, The Paradigm Shift. Shaffer said the prolific group is about a third of the way through the writing process: “We went in, we wrote about 20 songs and about 10 of those we’ve kept and made better. So I think we’re gonna need to go back in and write another batch of songs and then fine-tune those into maybe four, five really great songs. There’s no rush, which feels great.”

A producer has already been selected for Korn’s 12th studio effort, but Shaffer said that the band “is gonna wait a couple more weeks before we announce that.”  Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch said in a recent interview with You Don’t Know Jack the band’s new music is “heavier than anyone’s heard Korn in a long time . . . just the beginning stages are proof of that to me.”   Welch added touring with Slipknot last year inspired Korn to get back to a heavier side, saying, “I think it sparked and reminded everybody in the band what Korn started out to be.”  Korn kicks off a fall North American tour tomorrow (Oct 1st) in Chicago. The band will perform its self-titled 1994 debut in its entirety at every stop, finishing up on Oct 30th in Oakland.  I hope I am well enough to get out to see them Monday night.  Of course, here in NYC, it’s feast or famine because that same night, Bring Me The Horizon are playing in town.  Oh man! Decisions, decisions!  I’ll have to clone myself!

Sweden’s  Ghost is looking for women in the cities that the group is hitting on its current tour to dress as nuns and serve alcoholic beverages. A post from the band read, “Ladies of the World! We are looking for females to serve as nuns at every gig, since we usually rely on local talent everywhere we go. So if this is something for you, send your name, picture, date of birth (which we will need since you will be handing out alcohol, so you have to be 21 years old) to”   Applicants must write the name of their city in the email’s subject line.  The members of Ghost do not reveal their true identities or faces. The singer is known as Papa Emeritus III and the other five members of the band are Nameless Ghouls.

A Nameless Ghoul told us the members of Ghost knew early on that they would be a very theatrical act:  This is not just like a T-shirt band. This sounds like something that would be theatrical and, you know, over the top, so this must be like a theater band — yeah, and then we started like, very quickly it was like, there should be a pope, and it should be like a nameless band that should be in it, big church, and it quickly ramped up to where we had to make a decision where this is not just something that we can just wing at a bar.”   Ghost is touring North America on its Black To The Future Tour, which stops in Montreal tonight (Sep 30th.)
Check out a Deezer studio performance of “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” “Cirice” & “Absolution”  here.

Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor has told the Des Moines Register that he plans to submit a rough outline of his next book to his publisher soon, saying, “As long as I can keep getting away with it, why not? That’s what it’s all about for me. I’ve got quite a few ideas, actually.” Taylor has said in the past that he would eventually like to tackle a novel.  Taylor published his third book, You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left, on July 7th. The book is a commentary on society and pop culture in the style of the late George Carlin.   Taylor’s second book, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven, was published in the summer of 2013 and debuted at Number 23 on the New York Times ”Hardcover Non-Fiction” best sellers list, while his first book, 2011′s Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good, landed at Number 26.   The singer has gone out on speaking and solo acoustic tours to promote each of his books so far.  Slipknot has been on tour behind its first album in six years, .5: The Gray Chapter. The group will launch a new round of dates on Oct 13th in Bismarck, ND.

It’s been just over a year since Hellyeah released its most recent studio album, Blood For Blood, but the band is back in the studio to begin work on its fifth effort. Guitarist Tom Maxwell posted some in-studio footage online, with the record likely to arrive next spring or summer. (Noisecreep)

Former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way stopped by the studio for a guest appearance on the debut solo album from Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack. Other guests have included Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump and The Used  guitarist Quinn Allman. Biersack has not revealed a release date for the project, which he will release as Andy Black.



Tuesday, Sep 29

Aw,  NY Yankee Yogi Berra‘s funeral mass is being televised on the YES Channel here in NYC.  What an incredible legend he was.   Long Live Number 8.

Saw this on his Facebook yesterday!  So stoked for him! Pulse Of Radio reporting Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has been recruited by the producers of the long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who to lend his “deep and terrifying roar to the alien warlord known as Fisher King” in the October 3rd episode of the BBC show. According to the Mirror,Taylor is a huge Doctor Who fan, so when the BBC heard that Slipknot was playing earlier this year in Cardiff, where the show is produced, they reached out to see if Taylor would be interested in lending his voice to the character.

The entire band was given a VIP tour of the Doctor Who set and Taylor recorded his vocals for Fisher King, which is a massive green alien that has tons of horns protruding from his body. The character is played physically by seven-foot, eight-inch tall Neil Fingleton – the tallest man in the European Union — while his normal speaking voice is provided by Peter Serafinowicz.

In other news, Taylor was interviewed last week on a local TV station in the band’s hometown of Des Moines, IA, where he revealed Slipknot is planning some kind of big event in the city to mark the end of the band’s current touring cycle.  He explained, “By that time, it will like over a year and a half that we’ve been on the road. We’re looking to something here right around that time — just make something big (and) have fun with it.”  Slipknot has been on tour behind its first album in six years, .5: The Gray Chapter. The group will launch a new round of dates on Oct 13th in Bismarck, ND.

A release date of Nov 13th has been set for Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, a compilation of previously unheard recordings by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The recordings were compiled by filmmaker Brett Morgen, who discovered them while going through Cobain’s personal archives for his Emmy-nominated documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck. The film, which premiered on HBO last May and also had a limited theatrical run, will also come out on the 13th on Blu-ray and DVD.  The album will  be available on CD, cassette and digital, with a two-LP vinyl package arriving on Dec 7th. There will be both a 13-track standard edition and a 31-track deluxe version. A “Super Deluxe” edition will include the film and 48 minutes of bonus interviews on Blu-ray and DVD, the 31-track soundtrack on CD and cassette, a 160-page hardbound book with extended interviews and images from the Cobain archive, a puzzle with a collectable storage container, movie poster, postcards and bookmark.  The Home Recordings will include never-heard snippets, demos, “musical experiments” that would make it on to later Nirvana albums, a cover of the Beatles‘ “And I Love Her” and a comedy skit.

Wow.  There’s no words to describe how amazing this is! Foo Fighters raised a whopping $10 million for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at a charity concert in San Francisco last Thursday (Sep 17th) in conjunction with the city’s Dreamforce conference. Hospital spokesperson Marc Benioff said, “I don’t think there’s ever been a night where $10 million has been raised for a children’s hospital ever before.

Pulse also reporting  Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus was seriously injured in a recent motorcycle accident, leading him to miss an Australian tour with his other band The Dead Daisies. According to Blabbermouth, Fortus issued a statement saying, ”On September 17, 2015, I was involved in a motorcycle accident. As a result, I broke my shoulder blade, collar bone, six ribs, a toe, I have a bruised lung, lacerated liver and a concussion. Amazingly, my doctors have assured me that I will make a full recovery.”

He added, “I have never missed a show in my entire career, and, unfortunately, I will have to miss the entire Australian and New Zealand leg of this tour . . . I’d like to thank everyone for their well-wishes and can’t wait to be back in Australia very soon.”

Wait,  didn’t a similar serious accident on a motorcycle happen a few years back in LA with former GNR guitarist Gilby Clarke?   His was a hit and run back in 2010.

Oh no! Kimye‘s baby boy is due Dec 25th!  Bets on whether Jesus will be in his name?

 Happy 73rd to Ian McShane (Ray Donovan, Deadwood) and Happy 52 to Les Claypool of Primus.



Monday, Sep 28

Gee, my dad would’ve been 102 today if he was still with us.  But I don’t think he’d want to be 102.  Just sayin’….

Well, I have been away from Dirt for a few days. Had some surgery and am recovering. Sort of what I was going through last December, but not AS bad but just really really really sore.  Weird when you realize how your core controls just about everything from laughing, to coughing, sneezing and the like. Not to mention, getting up from a chair or bed.  UGH.  I need a new body.

Let’s start the blog news out with this.  My buddy Dave Grohl. Yeah, he’s awesome. He dedicated a song to a little girl who also had a broken leg during a show last week, I think it was in Canada.  He also signed her cast!

Meanwhile, Pulse Of Radio reporting a petition has been launched to get the Foo Fighters frontman to host Saturday Night Live. According to, the online reads, “This (is) a petition to generate awareness to Lorne Michaels and the executives at NBC and Saturday Night Live so they know that the fans (Grohlies) want Dave Grohl to host SNL with musical guest (Foo Fighters).”

Grohl told us one of his dreams is to host Saturday Night Live“I’ve been on that show more than any other musician, and so the last four times that I’ve been to the show, all of the cast members look at me and go, ‘Why aren’t you hosting this show?’ I’m like, ‘It’s up to Lorne. It’s Lorne’s call.’ But it’s, I mean honestly, that is the last thing on my bucket list.”  Yet  Grohl himself seems to have endorsed the petition, appearing in a photo that accompanies it and holding up a sign that reads, “Lorne, I wanna host Saturday Night Live!”

Grohl has appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live more than a dozen times, as a member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, as well as with Them Crooked Vultures, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Paul McCartney‘s backing band. He’s also appeared in a number of skits.  Although other musicians have hosted the long-running late-night show, none of them have performed and participated in sketches as much as Grohl.  Foo Fighters perform tomorrow night (Sep 29th) in Oklahoma City.

Lou Brutus attended this weekend’s Sonic Boom in Madison, WI hosted by 94.1 JJO!  He got to interview a bunch of bands including Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and more!  Be listening for the 5FDP interview as our Featured Artist of the Week Oct 12-16!  Congrats to the JJO staff for yet another killer concert event!  And it didn’t RAIN for a change!  LOL

Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale joined Hollywood Vampires onstage on Thursday night (September 24th) at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro to perform the Led Zeppelin classic “Whole Lotta Love.” Pro-shot footage of her appearance can be seen online. Hale is the latest guest to join the all-star Vampires live, with the band’s debut performances in Los Angeles two weeks ago featuring drop-ins from Black Sabbath bassist Geezer ButlerRage Against The Machine guitarist Tom MorelloJane’s Addiction frontman Perry FarrellMarilyn Manson and pop singer Kesha.  Also in the video see the band perform the T-Rex tune, ”Jeepster.”

This version of The Vampires’ touring lineup features Alice Cooper on vocals, Guns N’ Roses veterans Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum on bass and drums, plus Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp on lead and rhythm guitar.

The Hollywood Vampires’ debut album was released on Sep 11th. The self-titled set features appearances by Paul McCartney,Brian JohnsonJoe WalshZak Starkey, Perry Farrell, Dave GrohlSlashRobbie KriegerKip Winger and others. All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.  The project is a salute to Alice Cooper’s hard-partying circle of friends circa 1973/1974, which included Keith MoonJohn LennonRingo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Mickey Dolenz, among others.

Speaking of Rock In Rio, System Of A Down performed and here’s their entire setChino Moreno of the Deftones made a special appearance on “Toxicity.”

Here is some news on the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour:

First off,  All That Remains’ bass player Jeanne Sagan has decided to leave the band to pursue personal interests. The departure is amicable and the band will continue to tour in support of their latest release The Order of Things.

All That Remains lead vocalist Phil Labonte explains, “So after nearly 10 years Jeanne Sagan has decided to close the All That Remains chapter of her life. Everyone in ATR wishes nothing but happiness and success in any and all of her future endeavors. We are excited to announce All That Remains’ new bass player is a fine young man by the name of Aaron Patrick. He’s been a friend for years, formerly of Bury Your Dead and has played for Lamb Of God and Devildriver, among others. We’re sure he’s going to be the perfect fit and considering his musical history I think he’s going to add a new and cool dimension to ATRs sound moving forward. Come check us out and see Aaron rock on the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour!

Jeanne Sagan comments, “It is with heavy heart that I depart from All That Remains.  I’ve decided to follow my heart and pursue other opportunities in life.  I truly appreciate the amazing experiences and the great fans over the last decade.  I wish ATR all the best going forward.”

New bassist for All That Remains Aaron Patrick adds, “I am beyond excited to step in and play bass for All That Remains! We’ve toured together over the years and have become close friends, so the family element is already there. I’m looking forward to kicking off this next tour in Japan at Loud Park and then onward to the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour. Lets fuggin’ Party!

All That Remains will co-headline the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour this Fall with We Came As Romans.   The tour kicks off on Oct 14th in Grand Rapids, MI and will run through Nov 7th.  Tickets are available here:

In other tour news, Emmure has dropped off the tour and are replaced by Like Moths To Flames: Through 10/30.  Devour The Day: 10/31-End

Pulse also reporting We Are Harlot and former Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop is now adding “actor” to his resume. Worsnop recently landed a role in the horror musical Allelujah! The Devil’s Carnival, the second film in the Devil’s Carnival series. Worsnop told Alternative Press that his involvement began when he was invited to the first film’s Los Angeles premiere by director Darren Lynn Bousman and screenwriter TerranceZdunich.

Worsnop explained, “After the movie, we were talking, and they were like, ‘We’d really like you to do the second one.’ I was instantly very excited (but) by the time it got to figuring out when shooting times were, I was on tour. So we had to cancel it. And then, when I had a tour canceled last minute, I hit them up. So Terrance scrambled and wrote me into the script real quick.”  Worsnop plays a character in the film known as “the Smith,” saying, “He believes himself to be a lot smarter than the other minions of Hell, and he’s very unimpressed by what they think are genius and foolproof plans and ideas. He sees through it all.”

Worsnop has one previous film credit to his name, in a movie called What Now. Worsnop told us about the experience: It’s a comedy, I wasn’t in it for very long, but I can divulge that I was having a sex act performed on me in the part I was in, which I have deemed very appropriate. And I’m not quite sure the solidarity of my performance, as I was highly intoxicated when I showed up.”  The singer says he “fell in love” with acting and secured a manager and agent after making Allelujah! so he could pursue more work in the field. He said, “The Rock is remaking Baywatch, I’d love to get a part in that.”  Worsnop is currently working on his first solo album, which he says will lean in a country music direction, what???

Pulse also says Frances Bean Cobain recently married her longtime boyfriend Isaiah Silva, but forgot to invite one person to the wedding: her mother, Courtney Love. According to the Daily Mirror, the wedding was secret and very intimate, and Love was only told about it after the fact on the phone by her daughter.

A source reported, “Courtney and Frances have had a strained relationship over the years, but after tons of fallouts they actually get on quite well now. Courtney is sad she wasn’t there but she totally understands that Frances is her own person and she’s happy to let her do her own thing. Plus, Isaiah is a really nice guy.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, Sep 23

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”  ”It’s déjà vu all over again.”  ”When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  ”You can’t hit and think at the same time.”  ”Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.”  We’ll never forget  you, Yogi Berra. And how ironic you pass away (9/22/15) on the same day you joined the Yankees on 9/22/46. Long live and God bless Number 8.

The Pulse Of Radio reports  Rob Zombie will executive produce and direct a new half-hour horror comedy series called Trapped  in development  for the Starz cable network. According to Deadline, Zombie is working in collaboration with actress Mila Kunis and her production company, Orchard Farm Productions, with Kunis also on board as executive producer. Created and written by Joey SlamonTrapped takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult.

It makes sense for Zombie to follow other filmmakers into television. He told us not long ago getting any movie project off the ground is much tougher than a lot of fans realize: “For every movie I’ve gotten made, there’s been five movies in between that I put a lot of work into that never happened. But people only see the ones that happen, so they don’t know, so they think, ‘Oh, every time you want to make a movie, it just happens, because you want it to.’ But it just doesn’t work that way, you know, it’s really hard getting things made and sometimes you spend a lot of time and a lot of money working on these things and they just don’t happen.”

Zombie has been busy putting the finishing touches on his latest feature film, a horror tale called 31. The movie was financed largely through crowdfunding and will be released sometime early in 2016.  The rocker-director’s next feature film is slated to be an adaptation of a book about the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who spent those years as his personal secretary and archivist.

Speaking of movies,  Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, in association with Passion Pictures, has announced the official multi-platform release of the documentaryJaco, on which Trujillo has been laboring as executive producer for several years. Directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, the film chronicles the brief but extraordinary life of the great American musician, composer and electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius. The film will be available via DVD/Blu-ray, VOD, streaming services, and digital download on Friday, November 27th.

Trujillo told us what made Jaco’s playing and musical style so special and influential: Jaco, you know, you could say he had a very customized, unique sound that had beauty and growl and edge to it, not to mention he was extremely funky. So his groove was almost uncanny. It was like, ‘Is this guy an alien?’ ‘Cause he’s such a pocket groove player but he’s got so much to say and is pretty unique in his style and what he did with that.

I don’t know what  you think about politics, but if you know David Draiman of Disturbed, you know he’s vocal on more than just the lyrics of his band’s music!  Pulse also reporting on a Loudwire item on David. where he gave his thoughts on the 2016 U.S. presidential race.  ”I think it’s all entertainment. I don’t know how you can take any of these guys seriously. You know, they’re all full of s**t — every last one of ‘em.”

Draiman continued, “Every politician, in order to be a politician, has to be adept at the art of one and one thing only, and that is lying. Okay? They’re all in bed with all the same power brokers. It doesn’t change from presidency to presidency . . . They all get married to all the same corporations. They’re all in the pocket of all the same people who wield the power to begin with. So if anybody has any delusions of grandeur that anything is really going to change from one president to the next, you’re fooling yourself.”   Draiman added, “Change has to come from a much larger portion of society, whether it’s Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or that idiot with the fake hairpiece. It really doesn’t make much of a difference to me.”  He concluded, “I hate all politicians equally. I think they’re all full of s**t. So I think that it is what it is. I just stand back and watch with my popcorn and enjoy the entertainment, ’cause I can’t take it seriously.

While he’s always been outspoken about his political views, Draiman told us a while back he prefers to keep his opinions out of Disturbed’s live show: “I’m no one to preach, and that’s not why I go up there. You know, to encourage a little bit of patriotism, to remember the troops, to do things like that, that’s synonymous with who we are and what we do. To get into things a little bit more than just opinion-based, that are maybe a little bit more political, it’s not really the place, I feel, of a frontman to do during the show.”   Draiman recently decided to quit Twitter and other social media outlets after several years of dealing with contentious trolls who have harassed him about some of his political stances.

Blabbermouth reports Stone Sour is looking at an Oct or Nov release for its next covers EP, Straight Outta Burbank. The set will include cover versions of songs from Bad Brains, the Rolling StonesSlayerMotley Crue and Iron Maiden. The disc follows up last April’s initial covers collection, Meanwhile In Burbank. . . .

Also on Blabbermouth, they saw a post on the Killswitch Engage Facebook page with a major status update on the band’s next album, due in 2016.

“It’s been a while but have no fear we are making some real progress on the new album!  If all goes well, we should have this wrapped up early winter late fall! So far every song has its own life and style; it’s shaping up to be our most diverse record yet!  Thank you all for your patience. We just want to make sure this record is everything we know it can be! We’ve put our blood, sweat and more blood into this one. We are stoked for you to hear it!

Happy 66th today to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.

Tuesday, Sep 22

Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil at Rock Fest, WI.

Last night, I capped off an amazingly busy day with an equally amazing  hang and dinner with Pop Evil, who are celebrating their 4th consecutive number ONE rock radio single with “Footsteps.”  And I was talking to Leigh Kakaty about something he had said to Lou Brutus about Eddie Vedder listening to his music the band recorded up in Seattle, but I wanted to know more about how that happened! Did he go to the band’s recording studio while they were there in Seattle or what?

Well, not only did the band get an invite to Eddie’s home, but they got a once in a lifetime experience for an avid Pearl Jam fan to see all things Eddie Vedder.  I can’t go into too many details, but it involved playing pool, basketball and seeing all of Eddie’s memorablia, from plaques, pictures and his vast sports memorablia collection.   Lou will get the whole story from Leigh this weekend at Sonic Boom!

Yesterday, Paulie Walnuts and I were non-stop in the studios with visits from Shinedown’s Zach Myers and Brent Smith, Like A Storm‘s the Brooks Brothers Matt, Kent, Chris and Zack Wood, and Corey Beaulieu, Paolo Gregoletto and  Matt Kiichi Heafy of Trivium.  Look for video interviews from Shinedown and Trivium as well as an acoustic performance from Like A Storm!   Good stuff in store for you both on air and on line here from hardDriveRadio!

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio reports Foo Fighters were supposed to perform on Sunday night’s (Sep 20th) Emmy Awards broadcast, but Dave Grohl says they were “kicked off” the show by the Fox network, which telecast the ceremony. Spotted on Sunday night out in Los Angeles by TMZ, Grohl said, “We were supposed to play on the Emmys, and we were going to play on the Emmys, and then we got kicked off.

A rep for Grohl told TMZ the band was set to become the first rock band to ever play the Emmys, but then explained, “Fox then refused to allow the band to play a full song from the Emmy-winning Sonic Highways.”  Fox reportedly wanted the band to play half of a song from Sonic Highways and then play part of their hit song “Learn to Fly,” but Grohl and the band refused. (This is hilarious, a fan, Jimijams,  posted this online: “Whenever I listen to music, I listen to half the song and that’s about that.”)

Reps for both the Emmys and Fox did not issue any comments on the matter at press time.  The HBO documentary series Sonic Highways picked up Emmys for Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Sound Mixing in the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Sep 12th, but lost in the categories of Outstanding Informational Series or and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.

And, the band was caught on camera in Anaheim, CA on Friday night (Sep 18th) performing the Rush classic “Tom Sawyer” with  new Yes vocalist Jon Davison.   And last night at the Fabulous Forum in LA,  Dave’s good friend Stevie Nicks and according to, “her  fellow sisters of the moon”  Haim came out and they did “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” and then “Gold Dust Woman.”  Oh God, I love this band!

Tonight, Ghost kick off their North American Black To The Future Tour in Silver Spring, MD.  A must-see tour!  See Road Rage!

Finally today, Pulse reporting  Asking Alexandria will open for Bullet For My Valentine on a North American tour slated to begin on Feb 2nd in San Diego. The “British Invasion” trek will come to a close on Mar 7th in Montreal. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday (Sep 25th). Bullet For My Valentine will be out in support of its fifth studio album, Venom, while Asking Alexandria is working on a new record that will likely be out in time for the tour.

Bullet For My Valentine were last seen on these shores this past summer, when the Welsh act opened for Slipknot.  Asking Alexandria’s new album will be its first with new singer Denis Shaforostov aka Stoff, formerly of Ukranian metal act Make Me Famous. Shaforostov replaced original singer Danny Worsnop, who left Asking Alexandria last January to concentrate on his other group, We Are Harlot.  Asking’s new song “I Won’t Give In”  and Bullet’s “You Want A Battle, Here’s A War” can both be heard on the rock charts and hardDriveRadio!  See the entire tour in Road Rage.



Monday, Sep 21

hardDrive Live Tour was OFF THE HOOK last night in Patchogue, NY at The Emporium!   The evening started off with a great live chat on the hardDriveRadio APP with Matt Kiichi Heafy and Mark Tremonti.  We were so stoked to be able to sit them down together in the back of Mark’s tour bus to spend some quality time with their fans. Thanks to all who participated!

Then the performances kicked off with the boys from Detroit Rock City, Wilson.  A short yet spirited set from the guys included tracks from their new Right To Rise album, including the title track.  Chad Nicefield, frontman and part time bass drum player a la high school marching band, didn’t disappoint the crowd with his antics, including joining the audience on the floor.  Next up was our friends in Tremonti.  Love Mark and his band and their set included songs from both of Tremonti’s albums.  Happy he opened the show with one of my favs, “Cauterize,” title track of the latest.  (BTW:  Tremonti fans should know the Dust album will be out in the spring.)  Then co-headliners Trivium came with the full force of metal only they can bring. They had a cool set design with the mask (one on each side of the stage) that is seen on the cover of their forthcoming Silence In The Snow album.   It is so awesome to see the different flavors of hard rock/heavy metal on this stage and each band bringing their styles effortlessly.  And many thanks to all the bands for the hardDrive LOVE from the stage!  Great night of rock and I hope you can get to see it at a venue near you!  See  now for all the details!

Meanwhile, Paulie Walnuts was at the Food Truck and Rock Carnival over the weekend and got to hang with Barry Stock of Three Days Grace and Morgan Rose of Sevendust to talk about the new album, Kill The Flaw.  I had a tooth pulled on Friday and spent Saturday in a vicodin hangover/headache.  So I wasn’t able to leave my couch, sadly! Slash performed Saturday night and I was sorry to miss it.  Godsmack headlined last night, along with sets from Like A Storm and Clutch, among others.  The good news is Lou Brutus will be hanging with Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Pop Evil and more this weekend at Sonic Boom in Madison, WI!  (Paulie will be posting some shots on our Facebook page, so check that out and LIKE us!)

And here’s a big I TOLD YOU SO to the naysayers who said ROCK IS DEAD! Blabbermouth reporting this morning Bring Me The Horizon’s That’s The Spirit debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 62,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sep 17.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

In terms of pure album sales, That’s The Spirit landed at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart with first-week sales of 55,000 copies. This marks Bring Me The Horizon’s best sales week ever.

Then there’s Slayer’s Relentless album! It debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sep 17.

In terms of pure album sales, Repentless opened with 49,000 copies, marking Slayer‘s highest-charting album yet.  Slayer‘s previous album, World Painted Blood,  registered a first-week tally of 41,000 to land at No. 12.

And in the top 10, Five Finger’s album is #5 and Iron Maiden at 10.  Oh, yes, Rock is SO DEAD!  LOL

The Pulse Of Radio reporting this morning they’ve done it separately in Three Days Grace and Staind, but now singer Adam Gontier and guitarist Mike Mushok have penned a Top 10 rock radio hit together in “Better Place,” the first single off the self-titled debut album from their new band Saint Asonia. Between them, Gontier and Mushok have composed or co-written 27 previous Top 10 singles, with 17 of them hitting Number One. This marks the first time the two musicians have done it as part of the same group.

Saint Asonia was announced earlier this year, with Mushok and Gontier joined in the band by ex-Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe and Dark New Day bassist Corey Lowery.

Although Gontier left Three Days Grace in late 2012 under less than amicable circumstances, he told us that he’s since reconnected with his former bandmates: Over the last few months, the guys in Three Days and myself have reconnected and started talking again, so I mean myself and Barry (Stock, guitarist) and Brad (Walst, bassist) are pretty tight now, so it’s a good thing. You know, I’m proud of what they’re doing and I think they’re just as proud of what I’m doing.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell stopped by The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,” the first single from his newly released solo album, Higher Truth. The album arrived in stores on Friday (Sep 18th), the same day that Cornell kicked off an acoustic tour that stops in San Pedro, CA on Monday night (Sep 21st).

AC/DC‘s sold-out concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago last Tuesday night (Sep 15th) got between 15 and 20 complaints about noise from area residents. HA!  (It’s AC/DC, people!  You should be HAPPY!)  The calls Tuesday were mainly from residents north and northwest of the ballpark. It was reported earlier in the week that the show would include the use of pyrotechnics, with helicopters capturing aerial shots of the band’s performance for future DVD release.  (Chicago Tribune)

And finally, today in the hardDriveRadio Studios, Shinedown, Like A Storm and Trivium! More tomorrow!


Friday, Sep 18

Oh man, I would’ve given anything to be at this gig!  The Pulse Of Radio reporting this morning Black Sabbath bassist Geezer ButlerRage Against The Machine guitarist Tom MorelloJane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and pop singer Kesha were among the guest musicians who performed with Hollywood Vampires during the band’s live debut on Wednesday night (Sep 16th) at the 500-capacity Roxy nightclub in West Hollywood, CA.  The Vampires’ touring lineup features Alice Cooper on vocals, Guns N’ Roses veterans Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum on bass and drums, plus Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp on lead and rhythm guitar. (Meanwhile, just saw Johnny Depp being interviewed for his new movie, Black Mass.  WTF?  What happened to his teeth? He’s like missing a couple!!!)

Butler and Morello jammed on Jimi Hendrix‘s “Manic Depression,” while Farrell took lead vocals for Harry Nilsson‘s “Jump Into The Fire.” Kesha stepped up for a version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love” and returned later, along with Morello and Farrell, for a medley of Cooper’s “School’s Out” and Pink Floyd‘s “Another Brick In The Wall”. Watch that here.

The Hollywood Vampires’ debut album was released on Sep 11th. The self-titled set features appearances by Paul McCartney,Brian JohnsonJoe WalshZak Starkey, Perry Farrell, Dave GrohlSlashRobbie KriegerKip Winger and others. All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.   The project is a salute to Alice Cooper’s hard-partying circle of friends circa 1973/1974, which included Keith MoonJohn LennonRingo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Mickey Dolenz, among others. A plank of wood featuring the legendary musicians’ signatures is immortalized at Hollywood’s Rainbow Bar And Grill, where I am SURE the party ended up at the gig was over! LOL

Speaking of Jimi Hendrix, it was 45 years ago today (Sep 18th, 1970), that Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, about two months shy of his 28th birthday. Over four decades later, the events surrounding his death remain sketchy at best, with the only clear fact being that the coroner report stated that Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, which mainly consisted of red wine. Monika Dannemann, his girlfriend at the time, has long contended that he was alive when placed in the ambulance.

I remember that day well!  I had dropped out of college and was at work as a clerk in a hospital in Boston.  Was listening to WBCN at my desk (transistor radios baby!) and I couldn’t believe the news!  It was overwhelming actually.  Sad he left us so young, and I often wondered what he’d be playing if he were alive today.  He was a genius!

Newly released on CD and DVD is the latest Hendrix vault release, Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival, which took place on July 4th, 1970 — just 10 weeks before his death. In addition to that, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a new documentary focusing on the guitarist’s Atlanta Pop appearance premiered on Showtime earlier this month.

The doc features interviews with Hendrix’s bandmates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell, as well as Paul McCartneySteve Winwood, the Black Crows‘ Rich RobinsonMetallica‘s Kirk HammettDerek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Atlanta Pop organizer Alex Cooley, and many others. Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is releasing the DVD and Blu-ray version on Oct  30th, which will feature bonus content not included in the Showtime version.

And let’s leave you today with an interview our friend Andy Hall at Lazer 103.3  in Des Moines, IA did with our other friend Corey Taylor of Slipknot.  (Thanks to Blabbermouth for the transcription.)

Speaking about the political stalemate over the controversial issue of human-induced climate change, Taylor said: “Everybody’s B.S.ed themselves into thinking that, ‘Oh, the worst of it’s in the future.’ No, we’re living it. You know, like… Oh, God, it sucks… The fact that Donald Trump is a real candidate for the presidency of the United States of fucking America… Are you kidding me? Okay. At this point, let’s just nominate [American entertainer and comedian] Emo Philips too. Philips [and fellow comedian] Pauly Shore…. 2020.

After Hall pointed out that this is the direction the U.S. is moving in, Taylor countered: “It ain’t the direction I’m moving. I’m emigrating.” Asked where he will go, the singer said: “I don’t know… I’ll figure it out. England’s too expensive. That was my first thought. ‘Cause I’ve actually priced out real estate there. England’s way too expensive. So I might end up in Guam or something. I’ll just build a hut. Belize. There are tons of islands in Belize that you can buy. I actually looked this up, because, for, like, five seconds, I was, like, ‘I’m gonna buy an island. Screw these people.’ And there are Caribbean islands for sale [via a dedicated web site]. I don’t even know if this still exists anymore, but I could have bought a half-natural for, like, five hundred thousand U.S. dollars, by the way. Unfortunately, I would have had to build a hut there, because there was nothing there.”

You can watch the entire interview here. And Corey, I’m with you. If Donald Trump is what America wants, I, too, will follow you to that island in the Caribbean!  But we will have to figure out how to get things like food, water, electricity, medical care and some other minor creature comforts.  Other than that, we’ll be fine.

Don’t forget, Sunday, 6 PM ET:   Tremonti‘s Mark Tremonti  & Matt Heafy of Trivium will be doing a live chat on the hardDriveRadio APP!  Download the free app now at: App Store | Google Play!

New albums out today:   Shinedown  Threat To Survival, Chris Cornell Higher Truth, Atreyu Long Live.

Celebrating life: Saturday, Adam West (Batman) is 87 and Jimmy Fallon is 41.  On Sunday, Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd is 47 and Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt will be 49.

Thursday, Sep 17

Over halfway through Sep!  Ugh! At least it’s gonna be 88 today in NYC.  Summer, don’t leave us!

The Pulse Of Radio reports this morning Five Finger Death Punch owes a lot of its current success to the band’s ability to write songs that appeal especially to soldiers, according to Stereogum. With the group’s sixth studio effort, Got Your Six, selling 114,000 copies last week to debut at Number Two on the Billboard  chart, Stereogum  suggests the band has built a relationship with listeners in the military in a way other bands haven’t. Even the title of the new album is a military expression.

From the start, the band has shown its support for U.S. troops, visiting Iraq in 2010 and 2012 to play for soldiers stationed there. Singer Ivan Moody told Lou Brutus at the time about performing for members of the nation’s military: “The troops were just so receptive and so appreciative that we were there. You only get glimpses, you know, on the news over here, 30 seconds, maybe a minute long — don’t really get to see what these guys are going through, and it’s just such a life-changing experience for us. More bands need to go there, man.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in an interview with Loudwire in 2013, promoting the military-themed video for the song “Wrong Side Of Heaven,” that the band employs a lot of veterans, adding, “Every time you can help with something it’s great, so we had many drivers, those were veterans, guitar techs — so it’s an ongoing thing and every time we can employ veterans we do.”  The song and video itself were intended to draw attention to the plight of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The group set up, which sells merch to raise money and provides links to organizations that offer help.  Bathory said in the same interview that soldiers have donated their dog tags to the band for display as part of their stage backdrop on tour.  Look for Lou to sit down with Zoltan next weekend at Sonic Boom in Madison and listen for the interview on hardDrive and hardDrive XL!

LOL I totally L O V E Dave Grohl.  And you non-believers, all you have to do is read this story from Pulse of Radio!

It might not come as much of a surprise considering his old-school tastes, but Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl prefers seeing cigarette lighters raised in the air instead of cell phones at his band’s concerts. According to Spin, Grohl told an audience in Portland, OR on Monday night (Sep 14th), “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like for you to light this rock show with any sort of illuminating device you are holding in your hands. Cigarette lighters are preferred, because that’s the f**king old school s**t.”  Grohl added he preferred the show “look like a Scorpions video than a Deadmau5 video,” referring to the Canadian DJ who is one of the leading names in house and electronic music.

Also during the Portland show, Grohl shared a conspiracy (love Dave’s raps) that has been making its way around the Internet, asserting that Grohl didn’t actually break his leg last June in a fall from a stage. He told the crowd, “I’m really into the idea of a conspiracy theory, I think it’s f**kin’ rad. What if I didn’t break my f**kin’ leg? What if I jumped off stage and I fell on the ground, and I made it all look like it was a f**kin’ emergency? . . . And then I get somebody else’s X-ray of a broken leg, and I make it into a T-shirt, and we make millions of f**king dollars. And I design this f**king awesome throne, so I don’t have to f**king stand up any more! Imagine that.

Foo Fighters’ current North American tour ends in mid-October. The band plays on Thursday night (Sep 17th) at a benefit in San Francisco for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

A grand jury in Albemarle County, Virginia has indicted Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. in the killing of Morgan Harrington, the 20-year-old Metallica fan who vanished after leaving one of the band’s concerts, only for her remains to be found several months later. Matthew also has been charged with abduction with intent to defile. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Morgan’s mother, Gil Harrington, told WDBJ: “That the person responsible will be brought to justice, there’s a lot of satisfaction in that. Something as heinous as taking someone’s life should have consequences. Today, finally, the domino cascade of consequences for Jesse Matthew for killing Morgan Harrington has started.

Matthew was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday (Sep 16) in Albemarle County Circuit Court. He will also go on trial in July 2016 for last year’s murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.  Morgan Harrington vanished while hitchhiking home from the band’s show on the Virginia Tech campus on Oct 17th, 2009. Her remains were found on a farm about 10 miles from the venue in January 2010.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo told us at the time how he felt when he first heard about the tragic incident: I mean, I was crushed. Stuff like this just really, really bums me out, especially when you are a parent and you have children. I mean, it’s the worst thing that you could ever imagine.

Metallica actively assisted in attempts to find first Harrington and then her killer for more than three years, starting almost immediately after her disappearance when frontman James Hetfield called Dan Harrington and asked what the band could do. Hetfield did public service announcements for the FBI and the band added $50,000 to the $100,000 reward already offered by the Harringtons for information on their daughter’s murder. The band also invested another $50,000 in a scholarship named in her memory.

Police investigators got a break in the case in Sep 2014 when they found evidence linking Matthew to Harrington’s murder while searching his house.  Matthew was a suspect at the time in the abduction of Graham, an 18-year-old who vanished on Sep 13th of that year. Witnesses and video cameras placed Graham with a man believed to be Matthews. Her remains were found last Oct in the same area.

Well. it wasn’t a Pepsi commercial, but TMZ reports Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell suffered severe burns on the set of the music video for his new single, “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart.” Cornell was doing a stunt where he was taking part in a mock hanging and had a liquid chemical singeing a noose tied around his neck. The stunt didn’t go to plan and had to be shot multiple times. The chemicals eventually rubbed off on Cornell’s shoulder and back, leaving him with second degree burns. Cornell’s face was not burned in the accident.  (Thank GOD!)

According to a report from Alternative Press, Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford seems to have gotten bored with his Future User project already and debuted his new band, Wakrat, earlier this week at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Rage guitarist Tom Morello was in attendance, calling the band an “ultra-heavy power trio.”

Been listening to the new Sevendust album, Kill The Flaw, which will be out Oct 02. I gotta tell ya, Sevendust fans, you will be B L O W N away by how AWESOME it is!  And the band is coming in today and I can not WAIT to talk to them!   More on that tomorrow.  Have a great day!

And don’t forget, your chance to talk to the two frontmen of the hardDrive Live Tour, Matt Heafy  of Trivium and Tremonti’s Mark Tremonti, happens this Sunday at 6 PM ET on the hardDriveRadio APP!    SO get it NOW for free in the app store or Google Play!