Oh man, would’ve given my right arm to be at this! Pulse of Radio and our friends at Loudwire report Foo Fighters played a surprise show on Monday night (Dec 9th) at Rock & Roll Pizza in Moorpark, CA (out in the valley, dude), presumably as a warm-up for the group’s upcoming stadium gigs in Mexico City. The band tore through a 23-song set that opened with “All My Life” and closed with “Everlong” but did not feature any new material from the act’s next studio effort. Other Foos classics aired during the gig included “The Pretender,” “Learn To Fly,” “Walk,” “These Days,” “Monkey Wrench,” “This Is A Call” and “Times Like These,” as well as a cover of the Tom Petty classic, “Breakdown.” The Foos have played other small shows, usually at clubs, and for their last album, performed in people’s garages, just prior to releasing new albums. Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us that some of his favorite shows are the smaller ones: “I really enjoy it. I love playing in clubs and I love doing stuff like that. I really do and I always will. And I don’t know if it’s because it kind of takes me back to my, you know, my youth, kind of, you know, being in my teens and playing in people’s garages and it’s the same exact s*** I did when I was 16, you know.” The band’s Mexico City shows will take place on tonight (Dec 11th) and Friday (Dec 13th) at the 55,000-capacity Foro Sol stadium, marking the band’s live debut in that country. Frontman Dave Grohl recently dropped a few more hints about the band’s upcoming eighth studio album to Rolling Stone, saying, “We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.” And I am still scratching my head. What is this all about????….Their manager played me this on Thanksgiving and now it’s released! Pop Evil has released a remix of the band’s chart-topping song “Trenches” done by rap legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC fame. The track will appear on the new “super deluxe” edition of Pop Evil’s latest album,Onyx, which will be available on Dec 17th and is now available for pre-order via iTunes. Frontman Leigh Kakaty said about the DMC remix, “Collaborating with DMC has brought the song to a whole new level, and we are very excited to get it out there to see what the future brings.” So psyched for these guys are their tune, “Deal with the Devil,” is poised to make it to the number one slot of the most played Active Rock tunes! ”Trenches” made it there earlier this year! Congrats to the band and their team!….Speaking of Foos, their manager, one of my favorite managers, John Silva, is now managing Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor‘s side project, How To Destroy Angels. Very cool. Maybe there will be a chance to get an interview with Trent, finally! Congrats to Mr Silva and his staff!….Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne said in a statement that the band is “ecstatic, surprised and very happy” about its multiple Grammy nominations, which were announced on Sunday night (December 8th) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The reunited act earned three nods this year, for Best Rock Album for 13 plus Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Song for “God Is Dead?,” the record’s first single….Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced he will perform on CBS-TV’s Late Show With David Letterman Monday (Dec 16th). Cornell will play the new song “Misery Chain,” which appears on Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave, the soundtrack to the new pre-Civil War film based on the true story of Solomon Northrup. This will be Cornell’s first live appearance since canceling the last two dates of his recent solo acoustic tour due to a shoulder injury. I’ve been told by friends who have seen the movie, it leaves you depressed for a couple of days. We went to see the Hunger Games instead. That peeved me a bit since I forgot it’s the second story of a triology and the ending is dangling. Hate that. Bought the new James Patterson book, since I love the Alex Cross novels, and he did the same damn thing, LEFT ME DANGLING! I HATE THAT! Oh did I just go off on a rant? Must be the coffee…..Happy 32nd today to Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold! Yeah, another Sag!
Gemini Syndrome stopped by the hardDrive studios yesterday and performed 3 acoustic tunes, “Stardust,” “Mourning Star” and “Basement.” They were GREAT! Had a great chat with Aaron, Rich, Mike, Brian and A.P. Please get out to see them if they are coming to your town, especially you guys in Peoria and Kokomo. The band is donating proceeds from their merch stand to the victims of the tornadoes in those regions and I love them for that. Check out their album, Lux, one of my favs of the year…. Pulse of Radio reports Seether frontman Shaun Morgan has posted a tribute online to late South African leader Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. Seether was formed in South Africa, with both Morgan and bassist Dale Stewart native to the country. While many musicians commented on Mandela’s death, Morgan wrote from the perspective of a young person who was there when Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Morgan wrote, “I can remember the moment I watched Nelson Mandela walk out of prison after his 27 years of incarceration. I was sitting in my uncle’s house, surrounded by family, and I was transfixed by a monumental moment in history that I couldn’t even fathom at the time. I was privileged to be witnessing history and the transformation of the country I had grown up in. I was watching my world change and I had no idea what was in store for me.” He added, “Suddenly, all the ‘Whites Only’ signs on the beaches I’d been to as a kid started disappearing! . . . No longer were the whites of South Africa being handed the prime real estate of the beaches, or indeed, the country in general. Change was in the f***ing wind!” Morgan went on to discuss going to school with black children for the first time, before saying, “Nelson Mandela changed my life, and changed the country I call home. He was an amazing man that achieved more than I could ever hope to. We, as South Africans, can never even begin to explain how much we loved this man . . . He was a symbol of strength and unity, and he was the best f***ing South African to ever live. I hope that I can be a tenth of the man he was. God, I’d settle for a hundredth.” Morgan concluded, “Rest in peace, Madiba. Thank you for the way you changed my life. Thank you for the lessons I learned from you. Thank you. Thank you. There is a void in this world that will never be filled.” Seether is writing their next and fifth studio album, set for early in 2014….I talk about this in Dirt tonight on the XL. Avenged Sevenfold is getting ready to release both an animated series and a mobile game based around the band’s recently issued sixth album, Hail To The King. The series will consist of six episodes and will be available on Machimina’s HappyHour channel on YouTube starting Dec 15th. The series will serve as a prologue and back story for the group’s mobile game, Hail To The King: Deathbat, with singer M. Shadows saying, “We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you all an idea about the type of game we are creating.” The Hail To The King series was directed by Jon Schnepp, producer of the Adult Swim animated show Metalocalypse. Both the series and game tell the story of Avenged Sevenfold’s fictional mascot, the Deathbat. The game will debut sometime in early 2014. Shadows said about it, “We wanted to bring the story of the Deathbat to life and allow you to control its destiny. While the game stands on its own in terms of the story and game play, we still wanted to add in some extras for our fans.” The band recorded seven brand new songs for the game, which will also include 16 pieces of never-before-seen artwork from all the group’s albums that players can unlock. Here’s a snippet….Metallica posted a video of their “Freeze ‘Em All” show in Antarctica they did on Sunday. The show marks a milestone for the band, having performed on all seven continents in 2013. (Can you name all seven?) Check it out here…Tool singer Maynard James Keenan recently took some time out of his schedule to help train high school wrestlers for a tournament. Keenan, a member of Mason County Central High School’s 1982 class, aided 16 wrestlers from the school to prepare for the Optimist Tournament in Scottville, MI, working alongside his one-time teammate and now the team coach, Jim Allen. Keenan said, “Jim and I wrestled together and I knew that he would give the kids the type of work ethic and pride that we grew up with. I knew they would have the drive under Jim’s leadership.” In addition, Keenan actually paid for all 16 team members to attend an Olivet College wrestling camp and was also joined during the training by his father, Mike Keenan, who used to coach the team himself. (Mason County Press/Pulse of Radio)….My friends in Alter Bridge have announced the first segment of their tour for April and May. It kicks off on Apr 14th in Dallas and I’m guessing ends at one of the larger U.S. festivals in May. We’re working on getting the band to come into the hardDrive studios in mid-Feb before they head out to Japan and Australia. Stay tuned….This is cool! Mastodon have picked Nick Raskulinecz to produce their next album they say will pick up where The Hunter left off. Can’t wait to see what they put down!…Gonna go play in the snow! See ya tomorrow!
Ugh! Hate wet winter weather. Snow, oh I can handle that. I am a December baby. Love me a good snow storm! But cold, icy rain?? Glad I don’t have to drive! Sorry for all the awful road conditions, especially for our trucker nation! Stay alert everyone and slow down!….Gemini Syndrome are heading into the hardDrive studios this afternoon. Will be doing an acoustic performance for us and an interview. Stay tuned for this on air soon…. Pulse of Radio reports Metallica successfully performed a 10-song concert in Antarctica yesterday (Dec 8th), with photos from the historic show posted at the band’s official Facebook page. A statement from the band said, “This was the most unique show Metallica has ever done. The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in Antarctica! The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words cannot describe how happy everyone was.” Metallica’s gig was just the second rock concert ever performed on the Earth’s southernmost continent. During the Live Earth series of concerts in 2007, a band called Nunatak – comprised of research scientists stationed on the continent — played a small show. The Metallica concert was sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero and fans from several Latin and South American countries had a chance to enter a contest and win the opportunity to join the band on the expedition. The concert took place under a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base and was heard by the fans through headphones, with no other amplifiers or sound system. The gig was also live-streamed in the participating countries….Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor said in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on Thursday (Dec 5th) that the band will launch another North American tour in 2014, this time with a streamlined line-up. Reznor will be joined on the trek by drummer Ilan Rubin, keyboardist Alessandro Cortini and guitarist Robin Finck. Three musicians who were part of the band for the recently completed Tension 2013 road trip – Josh Eustis, Pino Palladino and Lisa Fischer – will not return. Reznor explained, “What I’m doing this (touring) cycle is making each leg of the tour have its own identity. The festival run we did over the summer was very different from the Tension tour we just finished. We’re currently rehearsing with a new incarnation of the band for what’s ahead.” He added, “This keeps things fresh from a musician’s perspective, but also keeps things interesting for fans in an era where every show ends up on YouTube. The setlist and presentation moving forward will be very different from what we just did. Reznor reactivated Nine Inch Nails in early 2013 after a four-year hiatus, assembling a new version of the group, signing a new deal with Columbia Records, and releasing the first NIN album in five years, Hesitation Marks, in September. A 77-minute concert film shot at the band’s recent show in Los Angeles was posted online on Thursday, and there are tentative plans for a longer, more comprehensive Blu-ray/DVD release in the spring. Meanwhile, Reznor and Dr. Dre‘s Beats Music streaming service will be launching next month….I have to grumble today. I saw the Grammy nominees for Metal and rock today and although I am happy for all the bands, I am scratching my head! Who are these people who are voting? The list is SO STRANGE and doesn’t represent what we would’ve thought would be the best choices. Check it out:
Best Rock Performance
“Always Alright,” Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” David Bowie
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir (Live),” Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun,” Queens of the Stone Age
“I’m Shakin’,” Jack White
Best Rock Album
13, Black Sabbath
The Next Day, David Bowie
Mechanical Bull, Kings Of Leon
Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
. . . Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Best Alternative Music Album
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me, The National
Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism, Tame Impala
Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend
Best Metal Performance
“God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
“The Enemy Inside,” Dream Theater
“In Due Time,” Killswitch Engage
“Room 24,” Volbeat featuring King Diamond
Best Rock Song
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round,” Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack,” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
“Doom And Gloom,” Rolling Stones
“God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
“Panic Station,” Muse
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Annie Up, Pistol Annies
The Blue Room, Madeleine Peyroux
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, Alice In Chains
. . . Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age
The Moorings, Andrew Duhon
Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
OK, so what do you think? Call in the hotLine 877-MUSIC-11and leave a comment or email via the interact link on the home page. I want to know what you would’ve nominated….Pearl Jam completed its fall North American tour on Friday (December 6th) with a massive, 33-song hometown show at Seattle’s Key Arena. The band was joined onstage by Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and members of local legends Mudhoney during an encore cover of the MC5‘s “Kick Out The Jams.” The three-hour and 15-minute show was Pearl Jam’s first hometown gig in more than four years. (Rolling Stone)….Last July, Korn traveled to Germany to perform three free concerts on U.S. military bases to celebrate Independence Day with the U.S. troops. A 14-minute video report on the band’s visit has now been posted online. Korn has spent this fall on tour in support of its 11th studio album, The Paradigm Shift, which featured the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch after an eight-year absence. (Blabbermouth)….Happy Birthday today to Tre Cool of Green Day who turns 41, actor John Malkovich turns 60 and a fellow my Mom grew up with, actor Kirk Douglas is 97!
Hello all! Sad news of the passing of the great leader, fighter of apartheid, South African leader Nelson Mandela. He was an inspirational hero for liberty and freedom. Spent 27 years in prison for the good of his country and left a legacy we can never forget….Forgot to mention the other day I spoke with Brent Smith from Shinedown on the hotLine. We talked about the year the band has had, the highlights, the accomplishments, and more. Brent also wanted to let fans know to check out Shinedown.com to check out their merch that is having deep discounts right now. Listen for Brent as Shinedown will be the Featured Artist of the Week on the XL the week of Jan 06-10…..Pulse of Radio reports Stone Temple Pilots have released a live video of the band performing the new song “Black Heart” off the group’s recently released EP, High Rise. The clip was filmed at the Hard Rock Live festival in Biloxi, MS (home of hardDrive station 97.9 ‘CPR) on Nov 1st and gives many fans the chance to see the band performing with new singer Chester Bennington, in case they did not get to see the group on Bennington’s debut tour with STP this fall. Bennington told us that STP fans have been won over by the new lineup after seeing them live: “People come in, they all have their judgment goggles on to a certain degree, and then they watch the show and they’re all chanting ‘STP’ and losing their minds and going out and being vocal about what they saw. They’re seeing that this is real and that this is legitimate, and what we’re doing, we’re doing with a lot of joy and we’re doing with a lot of emotion and passion, and we’re having fun, and we’re connecting with them in a way that I think they haven’t had a chance to do with STP in a very, very long time.”…It was my birthday yesterday, and my fellow Sagittarian friend Corey Taylor turns the big 4-0 on Sunday, Dec 08th! In addition to being a singer in two different bands, Taylor has also written two non-fiction books, has written comic book adaptations of Stone Sour‘s House Of Gold And Bones albums, has done solo musical and spoken-word performances, has launched a film production company and will make his acting debut in 2014. We asked Taylor how, at his advanced age — just joking — he manages to keep so many different projects going: “You know, the weird thing is, is that I get a lot done on the road. You know, I finished my book on the road. I was able to do the comic book adaptations on the road. I get a lot done in the weirdest times. Usually I only strike when the iron’s hot, so I’ll let the inspiration come to me when it needs to. So I don’t push anything, and I think that’s one of the keys for juggling several different projects. So for me, when I get the inspiration, that’s when I strike.” …Five Finger Death Punch was joined onstage last night (Dec 5th) at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England by Judas Priest singer Rob Halford for a rendition of “Lift Me Up.” Halford also appears on the studio version of the track, which was the initial single from the first volume of Five Finger’s recent two-album set, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. (Blabbermouth)…Nine Inch Nails has issued a compilation of 77 minutes of footage shot last month at the band’s Los Angeles show during its recently completed Tension 2013 tour. The full two-hour set featured a total of 28 songs. A Blu-ray, DVD and digital release filmed on the tour is tentatively set for release next April. Watch this. (Loudwire)…In This Moment has released the official music video for “Whore,” the third single from the band’s breakthrough 2012 album Blood. Singer Maria Brink said about the disturbing yet erotic clip, “I knew how amazing placing the visual arts to ‘Whore’ would be when we wrote it, and I have been waiting to release this video since we recorded the song . . . ‘Whore’ is a song that pushes boundaries, and I needed the video to do the same.” The track recently entered the Top 20 on the Active Rock radio chart. (Blabbermouth)….Other Sags celebrating birthdays this weekend: Today: Director/writer/producer Judd Apatow is 46, Don King is 80. Saturday, Tom Waits turns 64 and my former idol Larry Byrd will be 57, and Sunday, in 1980, John Lennon was killed in front of his apartment building, The Dakota on W. 72nd Street, by Mark David Chapman when the former Beatle returned home from recording his album and in 2004, another beloved musician, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, of Pantera and Damageplan, was shot point blank during a show in Columbus, OH at Al Rosa Villa nightclub by Nathan Gale, who was killed by a police officer. Gale also killed three other people including a Damageplan crew member. Rest in peace.
Hey! It’s my birthday! WOO HOO!…As previously reported, Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root has chosen to sit out the band’s early 2014 North American tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next Slipknot album. Lou Brutus spoke with Root and asked him to explain his decision in a little more depth: “You know, unfortunately I’m only one person. I can’t really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into Slipknot makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with Stone Sour. It’s crushing and it’s heartbreaking and I really don’t like the idea of not being out there, but I don’t really see any other way to really do it without — I mean, this is like the best way that we could come up with for a compromise.” I just know this next Slipknot record is gonna be off the hook!…Metallica added more European dates. Europe 14 USA 0. See Metallica’s site for complete list….Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was forced to cancel his solo acoustic concerts in Miami, Florida on Thursday (December 5th, my birthday) and St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday (December 6th) after a shoulder injury he sustained last week got worse. Cornell scrapped a show in Delaware on November 27th after injuring himself, but returned to the tour in Atlanta on Tuesday (December 3rd). However, the injury worsened and on Wednesday (December 4th) doctors advised complete rest for the singer. There is no word on how exactly Cornell sustained his injury…Pearl Jam will offer a selection of rare items for sale this Saturday (December 7th) at a one-day pop-up store that will be set up at Seattle’s Showbox Market, right after the band wraps up its current tour on Friday (December 6th) with a hometown show at Seattle’s Key Arena. Proceeds will benefit The Vitalogy Foundation and a number of local charities. The shop will include rare, limited-edition Pearl Jam and Ten Club collectable items, as well as an on-site raffle for a Gibson bass signed by all members of the band. Other items up for sale include: the original out-of-print deluxe editions of the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty on Blu-ray and DVD; a boxed set of vinyl recordings of Pearl Jam’s historic 2003 concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall; a limited edition 2011 Pearl Jam backpack from Patagonia; and various Pearl Jam or band-related albums on colored and limited edition vinyl. Four pieces of original artwork are also being auctioned off online, with the winners to be announced at the pop-up shop…Consequence of Sound reports the streaming music service, Beats Music, announced in December 2012 as a partnership between Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor, rap mogul Dr. Dre and others, will finally launch in January 2014. Originally called Daisy, the service has been renamed. According to CEO Ian Rodgers, a select group of artists and other guests are currently testing the service in beta mode and providing feedback, although visitors to the site can now pre-register and claim their username. Reznor, whose title at the company is Creative Chief, is in charge of curating the music. Check it out at https://beatsmusic.com/ I’m interested in checking it out as a former WRIF jock, Suzy Cole, works there and she gave me a rad Beats Pill at SXSW last year and I love it!..Rob Zombie joins Kiss, Alice Cooper, members of Twisted Sister, Cinderella, Ratt and many others on tonight (December 5th, my birthday) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for a concert that will benefit the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy. The school’s mission is to offer “children of the Boys and Girls Club a unique opportunity to not only learn about musical instruments, but to also grow and gain confidence by performing and working in groups.” Nice!….Besides my birthday today, Little Richard is 81! Johnny Rezeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and Margaret Cho are 48. And Walt Disney, well, he’s dead. See ya tomorrow!
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree will be lit tonight and the city is all abuzz! Hey, that’s a good Word With Friends word!….Lou Brutus was on the hotLine last night with Stone Sour/Slipknot guitarist Jim Root on his decision to stay home to write Slipknot music rather than tour with the next round of Stone Sour dates. He said Slipknot was finally going to get down to business: “It’s looking like we’re probably gonna be doing some random touring throughout the next year, but we’re also gonna really try to get an album going, you know. I mean, I know I want to. I know it’s past time. I know we need to for ourselves, we need to for the fans and most importantly, for the legacy of Paul Gray. I mean, he would be looking at us right now going, ‘What are you idiots doing? Get in the studio. Start writing.’“ A post at Stone Sour’s Facebook page yesterday (Dec 3rd) stated, “With an impending Slipknot album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with Stone Sour this winter . . . It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another Stone Sour tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with Slipknot, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins.” Slipknot’s long-awaited fifth album will be its first since 2008′s All Hope Is Gone and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray. Christian Martucci, an LA based guitarist and friend of the band, will fill in for Jim on the January-February run. (Thanks to our UK reader Ed for sending in the tip!) Meanwhile, Blabbermouth reports Corey Taylor has joined the cast of the feature film “Fear Clinic” from Dry County Entertainment, founded by director Robert Green Hall (MTV‘s “Teen Wolf”, “Laid To Rest”, “Lightning Bug”), and Fear Chamber LLC. “Fear Clinic” began as a 2009 horror series for FearNet that consisted of five episodes starring up-and-coming talent like Lucas Till (“X-Men: First Class”) and Kate Nauta (“Transporter 2″) as well as horror icons Danielle Harris (“Halloween 4″), Lisa Wilcox (“A Nightmare On Elm Street 4″) and Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees). The series and upcoming film stars Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in the “Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise) as Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside his exposure therapy invention; The Fear Chamber. The series, which focused on a different phobia every episode, received critical acclaim including two 2010 Streamy Awards (“Best Sound Design” and “Best Visual FX” for Hall’s company Almost Human) and reached over five million hits on FearNet.com. It has since been added to On Demand and mainstream channels YouTube and Hulu, making it the most-watched horror web series in history. The project has been in active development for a feature film, written by Hall and Aaron Drane. The story has seen a shift from the series, however; instead of the episodic nature of the original show, the film will focus on a variety of phobias that all stem from one traumatic event. “Fear Clinic” will see Taylor in the role of Bauer, one of the employees of the clinic who struggles to keep things under control when all Hell breaks loose. Felisha Terrell (“Days of Our Lives”), who wowed viewers with her recurring role as Kali on MTV’s “Teen Wolf”, will reunite with director Robert Hall as she joins “Fear Clinic” to take on the role of Osborn, a therapist at the clinic and second-in-command to Dr. Andover (Robert Englund). The film may be a more mature realization of the concept from the series, but at the heart of the story it focuses on the cerebral nature of fear itself and the manifestations it can take for different people. “Fear Clinic” is currently filming for a Halloween 2014 release. …. Now here’s a birthday party I think I can crash! Singer Maynard James Keenan is throwing himself a 50th birthday party on May 14th, 2014, and he’ll celebrate by performing with two of his three bands: A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Also on the bill will be reunited early ’90s alternative act Failure. The birthday party will take place at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and so far Keenan’s other act, Tool, does not seem to be on the guest list. Keenan said, “Making it to the half century mark can be equal parts daunting and relieving. I figured I would remove the sting of officially being referred to as ‘Gramps’ by throwing a party and outlasting all of my rude friends.” I have heard Failure (Ken Andrews’ band) was reuniting. So that will be a cool show. Never have seen Puscifer before either!….My friends in Bullet For My Valentine have posted the music video for their new tune, “Raising Hell.” It is designed to give fans a taste of the new heavier and thrashier direction the band is taking for their 5th album they plan to record next year. Me likie…..Randy Blythe of Lamb of God has announced the release of his Da Capo Press recount of his nearly year long manslaughter trial held in Czech Republic last year.. The book is aptly titled “Dark Days: My Tribulations and Trials.” It is centered around the accidental death of a Lamb of God fan at a show back in 2010 when an overzealous fan jumped onto the stage and Randy pushed him back into the audience, where he accidently hit his head and suffered a fatal injury. With the differences in language and the bias against and misunderstanding of heavy metal, the trial lasted nearly a year and Randy was very close to losing everything and spending his life behind bars in that country. He and his manager had to mortgage their homes and borrow money to help fund this legal nightmare. Thankfully, Randy and his attorneys convinced the judge and jury Randy was not at fault, that the fault was with the promoter and the lack of security, along with the misunderstanding of a gesture to evoke more audience response vs inviting fans leap on to the stage. I’m looking forward to reading this one…..Happy 44th to Jay Z.
What happened to my New Orleans Saints last night? Ugh. Although not as bad as how Alabama is feeling I guess…..The guys from Blacklite District stopped by yesterday. As they were waiting for the interview to begin, with the lights out in our green room, the poor fellas fell asleep! Never had that happen before! But I guess you catch a cat nap when you can in rock and roll! Or that’s what happens after a night on the town in NYC. Good guys who are loyal hardDrive and hardDrive XL listeners to X Rock 101-1 & 103-5 in South Dakota! Love that! Check them out on the shows early next month…Stone Sour and Pop Evil announced a tour that kicks off Jan 14th in Orlando and ends on Feb 15th in San Antonio. See Road Rage for complete deets!….Metallica‘s reps sent around a press release yesterday saying the band has added a couple more dates to their European summer festival schedule, including Sonicsphere in Knebworth, England over the 4th of July weekend. They also have a week or so of dates in early June doing the usual big festivals in Europe. So, in the Metallica Bowl: Europe 7, USA 0. Now this morning on Blabbermouth comes this news: According to The Detroit News, Metallica will not reprise its two-day Orion Music + More festival in Detroit, MI next year. A spokeswoman for promoter C3 Presents confirmed the festival will take a year off, due to the band’s commitments to the previously mentioned festivals during the time period Orion was held the last two years. The event may return in 2015, C3′s spokeswoman said, although it is unclear whether it will return to Detroit. Frontman James Hetfield told us it difficult to predict if Orion could be an ongoing annual event. “You never know with adventures like this,” he said. “But we also know, and history tells us, that you’re not gonna break even for a few years. So that’s the goal. Our goal is to make a cool event, get some cutting edge bands in front of a lot of people and break even with it. That would be great.” So now let’s consider this: after spending beaucoup bucks on their 3-D movie, and doing these shows, perhaps they are going to stay home the rest of the time to work on their next album??? Oh, let’s hope so!….I was sorry to read this last night. Pulse of Radio reports Andrew Youssef, the Nine Inch Nails “superfan” who Trent Reznor called from the stage at a show in Las Vegas because he was too ill to attend the concert, has died at the age of 38 from colon cancer. According to Rolling Stone, Youssef died on Saturday (Nov 30th). In a post at the Facebook fundraising page NIN Fans for Andrew Youssef, his brother Pat wrote, “He was surrounded by his family and loved ones and went peacefully . . . I can honestly tell you, that your efforts and love have made a big difference for the family and Andrew.” Youssef, a pharmacist who worked freelance as a concert photographer for California newspaper OC Weekly, made headlines after Reznor did a Facetime call with him onstage during NIN’s Las Vegas concert on Nov 16th and dedicated the song “In This Twilight” to him. Youssef had stage four colon cancer and had written about his battle with the disease in Last Shot, his OC Weekly column. Reznor began following Youssef on Twitter in August. The two soon became friends and had lunch together when Nine Inch Nails was rehearsing for its current tour in Los Angeles. Youssef penned his last column on October 10th after attending those rehearsals, writing, “One of my many favorite moments was being able to eat with Trent and talk about everything from Breaking Bad to my journey fighting colon cancer and how I refuse to give up without putting up a fight. Those moments are something I will always cherish.” At press time, Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails had not issued any official statement about Youssef’s death….In another sign of fan love, a fan with extremely long dreadlocks got his head shaved onstage by Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam‘s concert in Spokane, Washington this past Saturday (Nov 30th). Vedder noticed the fan holding a sign that said he would cut off his hair if Pearl Jam performed “Brain Of J.” The group obliged and the man was brought onstage, where Eddie went to work with a handy clipper. The show itself was Pearl Jam’s first in Spokane in over 20 years. (Jambase)….My boys in Korn have posted a recap of their recent induction in to the Guitar Walk of Fame, which happened out in LA back on Oct 8th in conjunction with the release of their 11th album, The Paradigm Shift. They were inducted by Rob Zombie and John 5. Zombie said, “About 20 years ago I remember flipping on MTV and seeing this band called Korn. 20 years later they’re still constantly reinventing themselves, reinventing the wheel . . . There’s not a lot of spectacular bands who have survived the past twenty years. Korn is definitely one of them.” Check out a brief video recap here….. Set your DVR for Friday, Dec 16th at 11:35 PM ET/PT/10:35 PM CT for ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live for Megadeth who will be the guest performer of the evening!….Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has announced details of his two-song solo release titled for jamia . . . , which includes covers of Johnny Cash and the Ronettes and is set for a December 10th release digitally and on limited edition vinyl. Vinyl pre-orders will begin on Friday (Dec 6th). Iero wrote at his blog about the EP, saying, “I recently recorded 2 songs for my wife’s birthday. i have decided to release these songs and dedicate my first ep to her.” (Alt Press)….Blabbermouth also reported my friends Alter Bridge will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Jan 6 with the release of “Alter Bridge X”, a massive, 27-disc box set that will be limited to just 3,000 copies worldwide. The set will include the band’s four studio albums, along with DVD, Blu-ray, and vinyl audio copies of “Live From Amsterdam” and “Live At Wembley”, including a 3D version of the latter. Also in the box will be every webisode to date, hours of unreleased interviews and documentary footage, a coffee table book, a signed poster, and much more. The complete set will contain 16 DVDs/Blu-rays, seven CDs and four vinyl discs. The hardcover coffee table book will contain more than 100 pages of exclusive photos spanning the group’s decade-long career. The 3,000 copies will be split between 1,500 for Europe, 1,000 for the U.S. and 500 for the rest of the world. Any copies that remain unsold after a pre-order period will be offered for general sale. The second teaser for “Alter Bridge X” — an intimate behind-the-scenes piece from the upcoming tour documentary that will be included in the box set — can be seen here….Happy 65th today to “The Prince of Darkness” Ozzy Osbourne! God bless you, Ozzy!
Whew! That went too quickly, right? Hope you had a great long Thanksgiving weekend filled with family and friends and good food! I know mine was! And I got to see Korn, Halestorm, Redlight King and Stars In Stereo! Everyone was so pumped and happy and it seems like the holidays have raised everyone’s spirits! And to all the Crimson Tide fans, sorry! Auburn War Eagles/Tigers rolled over them. And did ya notice at the end of the game when the fans were rushing onto the field the song that was playing in the stadium? None other than Redlight King’s “Born To Rise”! I had to email Kaz to tell him! How cool for the band!…..Let’s start with congratulations! The second volume of Five Finger Death Punch‘s two-record set, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, sold 77,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release to debut at Number Two on the Billboard album chart Wednesday (Nov 27th). The first volume, which came out in July, also debuted in the same position, although it sold 113,000 copies. And now looks like this dynamic duo of drummer Jeremy Spencer and his tech Bobby Watson has turned into a comedy troupe! Check this out! Silly boys…..Meanwhile, speaking of Halestorm, frontwoman Lzzy Hale has announced the launch of her own clothing, jewelry and accessory line, called Scissor Happy, which will feature products designed by Hale herself. The singer and guitarist said, “After years of gluing, sewing, bending and breaking things in the back of the bus…I am so excited to finally have something to share with all of the crazy people who inspire me.“ Hale added, “All of these pieces are hand made on the road and created by me. This four-piece launch line is just a taste of what’s to come, and all of my pieces are unisex, so no matter what side of the pendulum you swing at, there’s a little something for everybody! Thank you so much to everyone for enabling me to share my passions with the world! ‘Tis only the beginning! Rock On!“ An official website has gone live with photos of Hale’s first products. The initial four items are a denim vest, a “Running With Scissors” T-shirt, a belt buckle and a scissor skull necklace. They range in price from $30 to $70. Hale has posted two videos online in which she talks about the T-shirt and the necklace. (I’m getting me that necklace!)….Oh no! Chris Cornell was unable to perform his scheduled solo acoustic show last Wednesday (Nov 27th) in Wilmington, Delaware due to a severe shoulder strain sustained earlier that day. Doctors had advised he rest the shoulder. Cornell plans to reschedule the date as soon as possible and honor all tickets. Cornell’s current “Songbook” shows highlight tunes from throughout his career, including his solo albums plus his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave. (Blabbermouth)….The remaining members of Lostprophets: guitarists Lee Gaze & Mike Lewis, keyboardist Jamie Oliver, bassist Stuart Richardson and drummer Luke Johnson, posted a lengthy message to fans about the news of former frontman Ian Watkins pleading guilty to countless crimes against children and infants. “Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Lostprophets singer] Ian [Watkins] were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court. Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake. Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behaviour is now impossible to deny. Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character. Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge. But despite his battles with drugs, his egotistic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted. We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Being in a band has always been a labour of love and a platform to inspire people, not to take advantage of them. It’s still hard to believe this is happening and that someone we were once so close to has destroyed so many lives, lying every step of the way. Our hearts go out to Ian’s family, the fans and friends he betrayed, and most importantly, the victims of his crimes and others like them. We hope for justice, but also that Ian will truly take responsibility for what he’s done. We would urge any other victims to contact the authorities.” Ya know, the last time I had seen Ianwas several years ago, just around the time Columbia released their last album here in the states. There was a listening party over at the now defunct Sony Music Studios over on W 54th St here in NYC. He seemed different to me. His usual warm and greeting demeanor had changed to dark and aloof. I just thought maybe he was jet-lagged or something. The album bombed and that was the last I had seen or heard about the band. Then news of his child abuse over in Wales. It’s so shocking and sick! I hope they put him away for a long time. He’s been in jail since Feb of this year and his sentencing is Dec 18th…..Happy 45th today to Foo Fighters’ bassist Nate Mendel.
Woo hoo! Going to see Korn tonight in Slayerville, NJ! Oddly enough, Slayer is playing in the city at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden tonight as well! I know where my heart lies!…Pulse of Radio rerports Metallica will play a series of European dates next summer in which the set list will be almost entirely made up of fan requests, according to an announcement made by the band yesterday (Nov 26th). In addition, the last slot in the set list will be filled by a brand new song, presumably from the group’s upcoming 10th studio album. As for the status of that long-awaited new record, frontman James Hetfield gave us an update: “Well, we have tons of material to sift through after the last couple of tours a little. So coming back here, sifting through all that material, that takes a lot of time, ’cause there’s a lot of great stuff. There’s 800 riffs we’re going through, you know, it’s kind of insane. You know, we have sifted through a lot of the stuff and pulled the cream of the crop, and it’s just sitting there waiting for us to take it to the next level.” Drummer Lars Ulrich said about the upcoming European shows, “We are once again psyched to break free of the four walls in the studio to get energized by our devoted European friends for a couple of weeks next May and June. On top of that, the fact that all our nutty fans will pick the songs we play should be some next level fun and take a big load off my shoulders as the guy who usually writes the set list!” Meanwhile, next weekend, Metallica will perform in Antarctica. Last I heard, weather was super bad there. Hope they are able to pull things off safely! And, once again U.S.A., Metallica takes it to Europe and not here. I guess I understand. Those huge huge Euro festivals that draw 100,000 people at a shot, they pay beaucoup dinero, so it makes sense if the offers are there, ya take ‘em. But sure would be nice to see them do something like Rock On The Range or Rockfest, eh?…..Ah, love this guy. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl dropped a few more hints about the band’s upcoming eighth studio album when Rolling Stone spoke with him on Sunday night (Nov 24th) at the American Music Awards. Grohl said, “It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s f***ing rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.” OK, so spill the damn beans, dude! What are you talking about and WHEN will you do the reveal here? Come ON! Suspense is killing me! When I interviewed him earlier this year, Grohl told me it’s important to him that the band keep changing things on each new record: “The best thing about being in a band and making music is doing as many things as possible and exploring as many different musical regions as you can get your hands into. And it’s important for every artist to explore that or just take a stab at it. Records should be things that are important to the artists as well as the people.” They are for me, at least! Foos have two shows coming up in about 2 weeks in Mexico City. Maybe it’s not too late to get a reservation….Whoa! Just saw the trailer for Sully Erna‘s first stab at acting in a motion picture called “Army of the Damned.” Check it out here…..Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently participated in a fundraising drive for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill humane animal organization providing dog and cat adoptions, clinics, advocacy operations, and more to the Chicago area. Corgan, who owns two cats rescued by PAWS, teamed with chef Curtis Duffy to auction off a private concert and dinner for 12 that ended up going for $60,000. (Consequence Of Sound)…Ya know, the on-goings of former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is available online. I am so disgusted by the things he did, I won’t even give it space here. But I will say I hope he gets everything they say happens in jail when they put him behind bars for the rest of his life. So disturbing. I knew those guys from the time they first came over to the states. Was on Ozzfest, I wanna say back in 1999. I feel very badly for the rest of the guys in the band and hope this closure allows them to move on and start something new…..I rather like this new record from Chino Moreno called Crosses. Check out a new video for a track called “Bitches Brew” (like the little nod to Miles Davis, I must say.)….Well, the windy and chilly weather forecast for Thanksgiving will not prevent the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons from flying! Although not as high as they normally go. So millions of kids are happy Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and start of Hannukah with family and friends. I’ll be back on Monday! Have a great one and don’t forget this weekend on hardDrive is our annual COVER IT UP special edition! We’ve got some great new tunes in there you have never heard before from Shinedown and A Perfect Circle, so don’t miss it!….Let’s leave ya with who’s celebrating birthdays this long holiday weekend! 11/27: Mike Bordin of Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Tomahawk is 51 and Charlie Benante of Anthrax is also 51. Caroline Kennedy is 56. Manolo Blahnik, the man responsible for millions of hurting feet, 71. On Thanksgiving, Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and Jon Stewart both become 51, Jade Paget of AFI will be 40. On Saturday, Billy Idol turns 58 and Ridley Scott will be 76. On Sunday, Brad Delson of Linkin Park turns 36. Sarah Silverman will be 43, The Doors John Densmore turns 69 and Woody Allen will be 78.
Why is Mother Nature so mad at us? Is it because we are ruining the planet with pollution, thus global warming? Is this why every holiday is made to be the most treacherous travel day ever??!!!! And it might get so windy on Thursday here in NYC, that it could jeopardize the balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! (Which we can see outside of our office windows!) OH NO!!!!!….This is either a good sign or a sign of the apocalypse. Pulse of Radio reports Muse intends to get back to basics on its seventh studio album, according to a new interview with Radio.com. After experimenting with electronic music on last year’s The 2nd Law, frontman Matt Bellamy said the band will be going for a more raw approach on its next effort. The singer-guitarist explained, “The last two albums, we sort of veered away from our instruments a little bit. We sort of focused on things like synthesizers, drum machines and various electronics and stuff. I kind of feel like on this next album, we’re going to veer back towards musicianship again and focusing on our own instruments: guitar, bass and drums. It’s probably going to be a bit of a rawer album, and definitely a bit more rock, I’d say.” Are you into Muse? What do you think the next album should sound like?…..Soundgarden reissues its first two EPs, 1987′s Screaming Life and 1988′s FOPP, today (Nov 26th) in a remastered edition that also includes a bonus track. The set, which is coming out as a single CD, double vinyl LP and download, brings these early releases back into print after several years of being unavailable. Guitarist Kim Thayil told us that a long-awaited collection of B-sides and non-album tracks only previously available on singles, soundtracks and other such releases is also on the band’s agenda: “I see that as another album, you know, as a stand-on-its-own album. I don’t see it as a compilation, like a greatest hits or anything, because it’s an album where a lot of these songs that are previously uncompiled will be available. That always used to be a problem for me, like, hearing a song that was a B-side for a single and it wasn’t on the album and it’s like, ‘Oh man, where can I get this, you know.’” Thayil told Rolling Stone the set of B-sides and non-album tracks will consist of “original material that has never been compiled on a Soundgarden album. Things from compilation records, like Sub Pop Rock City, for instance, might have been on the B-sides album.”…Also today, 2,500 A Perfect Circle fans are very happy now the band’s massive concert boxed set, called A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo, is released. Only 2,500 copies of the limited edition collection were pressed and have been long sold out, although the group is making the music available digitally. I asked guitarist Billy Howerdel if it’s possible the band might manufacture more physical copies as well: “There’s no plans to right now. We are releasing it digitally. You know, maybe there’s some kind of special thing in the future, but right now there’s, that was it. For that particular package, it was just gonna be 2,500 signed copies and that’s it.”…Last week, Hinder announced the departure of their original lead singer. Now comes a press release from Austin Winkler regarding his official exit from the band after he left the group’s lineup during a tour earlier this year and entered rehab. Winkler said, “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce after 12 years of being the lead singer of Hinder, the band and I have decided to part ways. I wish the guys nothing but the best in the future. I want to thank each and every one of you all for your love and support over the years, and especially over the last four months on my road to recovery. All the messages you sent me on Twitter and Instagram really helped me get through this difficult time in my life. I’m happy to say I’ve been sober for 150 days.” Winkler added, “I’m really passionate about the new project I’m working on. I have been in the studio nonstop and can’t wait to share this new music with you . . . Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being with me on this journey. We’re just getting started!”….I wondered what was going on here. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello is a huge presence on High Hopes, the new album from Bruce Springsteen due on Jan 14th, 2014. According to Billboard, Morello is featured on eight of the set’s 12 tracks, including the title song, the controversial “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “The Ghost Of Tom Joad,” which Springsteen and Morello have performed live together many times. The disc itself is a collection of covers, new songs and previously performed material, all freshly recorded or re-recorded in the past year. Springsteen credits Morello with the idea of adding the song “High Hopes” to his live set last year, writing in the CD liner notes, “Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom.“….Blabbermouth reports Kurai, the new project featuring guitarist/vocalist Scott “SVH” Von Heldt (formerly of Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch‘s pre-Love & Death solo band), Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Abel Vallejo (former Korn drum tech), will release its debut EP, “Breaking The Broken”, on Dec 17 on their own Sonic Velocity label. For more, hit www.kuraiband.com…..Blabbermouth also reports “Army Of The Damned”, the movie which marks the feature film acting debut of Godsmack singer Sully Erna, will be released on DVD on Jan 14, 2014. The movie, which will have an early video-on-demand release on December 3, follows the crew of a hit reality TV series who follow a team of local cops in a small town. When the cops are summoned to a house on a “domestic disturbance” call, they suddenly are faced with a situation in which they either must survive or join the “army of the damned,” a horde of warriors from hell. The film began production in April and was directed by Tom DeNucci. “This is my first lead in a movie and it’s cool,” Erna told Dread Central. “It’s an action/horror and there’s some good sarcastic New England humor in it. They put me together with three other cops that play beside me. Everyone has such a different personality and it’s really, really cool how we play off each other. Bridge, who I play, is a lot more serious and intense and takes things a lot more seriously. He’s watching over the town his father used to be sheriff in. And then we’ve got two other knuckleheads that just come in and never take anything seriously because nothing ever happens in their town. The dynamics are really great.” Meanwhile, Sully, Tony, Shannon and Robbie are working on new music for the next Godsmack album which will be released next year.