Friday, Oct 17

Ya know, the one thing that bothers me about social media: everyone has an opinion, and that’s fine, but the NEGATIVE HATER stuff out there is getting me crazy!  Point in play: was reading a couple of posts from friends.  OK, you don’t have to love every song that is released, but to poo-poo on the Foo Fighters single “Something From Nothing,” without any regard for what the song is about or what the intention of the song is, pisses me off!   When I see things like “oh, hope there’s better stuff on the album”  or  calling it “turd stew” are reprehensible! Saying it rips off Nirvana  or any other such crap is downright ludicrous!   Just saying.  Keep your opinions in your head and not on my Facebook!  UNFRIEND! Here, watch and enjoy.. And don’t forget to watch HBO tonight at 11 PM and watch the Foo Fighters LIVE from the Cubby Bear, where Dave saw his first punk show, on HBO’s Facebook page…..Was on the hotLine yesterday with M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold The band has finally released its long-in-development mobile role-playing game, Hail To The King: Deathbat, available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99, with singer M. Shadows saying in a statement, “The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we’ve worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play. We think we’ve achieved that and hope you enjoy the game.” Shadows told us the fan response to the game after just one day has been the most gratifying part for him: “Putting this thing out was very scary in a way because it’s, you know, a lot of people would want to say, ‘Hey, you’re a band, don’t give me a game, I don’t want it.’ And from the reaction today that we’re getting from when it’s out and just seeing Twitter explode and seeing people playing it online and being excited about it and getting to walk around in our world that we created for them, it’s been amazing and just puts a smile on my face. I’m super, super happy with them.”  (Thanks to Pulse of Radio for transcribing the interview!)…Halestorm performed their new tune, “Mayhem,” at the Shindig Festival in Baltimore.  Watch it here….Wha Whoa: Another danger of the internet!  Apparently the AC/DC official band picture that is rolling around that people think might show that Phil Rudd is out of the band and the photo includes Bob Richards who played drums in place of Phil (who was not there due to “family emergency”) in the new AC/DC music video for “Play Ball,” is not that at all!    But I was on the site:  Here is the BAND page on their website. Clearly Phil is there. Here is a picture of Stevie Young. Here is the picture in question.  See??!!!! It’s actually a picture of Stevie, not BOB RICHARDS!…BIRTHDAYS!   Today:  Eminem (Marshall Mathers) is 42.  Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space)  is 52;  Saturday:  Chuck Berry is 88!  Mike Ditka is 75;  Sunday:  Trey Parker (South Park) is 45.  Jon Favreau is 48.  Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, Oct 16

Hey y’all!   Hope you are enjoying the return of summer here like we are on the east coast. Actually, I am NOT liking it, but my feet are still enjoying wearing sandals (how I HATE shoes.)  Anyhow, yesterday goes down in history as a Gold Star Day!   Didn’t start out that way.  Mercury being in retrograde and all, but once I got to the Ed Sullivan Theater and got to hang with the Foo Fighters, it was much better!  Chatted it up with Chris Shifflett (I know his uncle Larry) standing in the hallway of their dressing rooms waiting for Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel to get ready for my interview.  But then there was Dave Grohl!   He was texting someone on his phone.  I said hello and wasn’t sure if he remembered me (altho I did interview him two other times in person and a bunch of times on the phone.)  ”Of course I remember you, Roxy!”  and gave me this BIG HUG!  (I went limp!)  Told him how much I LOVED the first episode of Sonic Highways and hope we get to chat during this album cycle.  He said we will!  So I am HOLDING him to it! (Why didn’t I take a selfie?)  Not to say my interview with Taylor and Nate was slouchy!  It was GREAT! As soon as I can, we’ll post it on the new hardDriveRadio APP so you can hear it for yourself!  Oh and I want to correct my story from yesterday.  Cubby Bear wasn’t the premiere punk club in Chicago, but it happens to be the only one still standing today.  Just watch the HBO special Friday night, you will see all!    Set your DVR for 11 PM!  And this afternoon, the new Foo Fighter’s single “Something From Nothing” will drop.  It’s great. And has some funky clavinet in it, too! We expect the band will perform it tonight on the Late Nite with David Letterman. Last night, Louisianan Tony Joe White and the Foos performed White’s “Polk Salad Annie.” (Check out that rattlesnake guitar strap, yo!) That tune is from 1969!  White is also known for his hit “Rainy Night In Georgia.” … In other news, speaking of Chicago, Rob Zombie‘s Great American Nightmare haunted house attraction has drawn complaints in Chicago for a room portraying real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy, in which an actor dressed as Gacy sits in his famous clown costume, blowing up balloons, while two ghoulish dolls dressed as Boy Scouts sit on the couch. One prosecutor in the Gacy case said the room was “in terrible taste,” while a second prosecutor added, “It’s a little too close to home and might open some old wounds . . . I don’t argue with Rob Zombie’s right to do what he’s doing. But it’s a shame that what he’s doing is causing the victims’ families pain.” Zombie himself surmised earlier this year that there would be “backlash” to the attraction, while its producer, Steve Kopelman, said, “It’s tasteless and offensive, but it’s art.” Known as the Killer Clown, Gacy was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men in Chicago between 1972 and 1978.  Yikes! (Thanks Pulse Of Radio/Blabbermouth)….In other horror story news,  seems the San Bernardino fire officials have put the  kibosh on allowing the Knotfest folks to fill oil cans with camel dung and some sort of oil and burn the concoction during the festival next weekend.  I guess the festival folks weren’t remembering California is in a drought state and the chance of a wild fire could be a horrible thing.  I think concert goers will now be able to breathe a sigh of relief, eh? (And California has enough smog; who needs to smell burning camel dung anyhow?)….. Blabbermouth also reports  Halestorm‘s and Ask Lzzy host Lzzy Hale, her brother Arejay and Josh Smith were interviewed by last month.  Check it out here. …..Happy Birthday today to Flea!  He’s 52! And Happy 43rd to Chad Gray of HellYeah!

Wednesday, Oct 15

Woo whee!   Foo Fighters….last night!  OMG!!!  What can I say.  We were invited to a fabulous dinner party thrown by HBO to celebrate the Dave Grohl-directed Sonic Highways.  Ran into some wonderful folks I haven’t seen in a while including the band’s manager and the director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (man, they’ve GOT to get Cheap Trick in next year!)  Only Nate Mendel from the band was in attendance from the band that I could see, and Paul Shaffer from Letterman‘s band.  I tried to collect all 8 orange cocktail napkins. Each one had the HBO logo, with Sonic Highways   and the name of one of the eight cities. I collected them all but Los Angeles!  Rats!  Anyhow, after our meal, we walked up the street to the famous Ed Sullivan Theater and took our seats in the balcony.  God, if that theater could talk!  All the amazing celebrities and musicians (hello, The Beatles performed there) who graced this stage!  So after about a 30 minute wait, the first episode of Sonic Highways rolled.  It was so fricking amazing.  It was the Chicago recording session.  Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Albini (what a character), the Chicago music history from blues to punk, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.  And we got to hear the new single “Something From Nothing,” which was a sentence said by Buddy Guy to Dave which ended up being in the lyrics of the song.  As a kid, Buddy (one of the remaining original Chicago blues guitarists) would make instruments from string and a button.  Attach a wire to a wall and play it.  Musicians then would make music with whatever they could get their hands on.  Broom sticks, pots and pans, spoons!    I said to Foos manager, I am so happy I got to see it in a room with other people, because I would’ve really disturbed my neighbors watching it in my apartment hootin’ & hollerin’! LOL  But I recommend you make a point to view it yourself, or definitely set your DVRs!  So once the last credit rolled, one of the HBO execs came out to introduce Dave and then Dave explained how it all happened. He had this idea, called Rob Burnett, Letterman’s producer and the principal of Worldwide Pants, and Dave told Grohl, do it!  Then the band entered the stage and played many of the big Foos’ hits: “All My Life”, “My Hero,” “Times Like These,”  ”Learn To Fly,”  and then Dave introduced Ann and Nancy Wilson (who are in the segment on Seattle) and did Heart’s “Kick It Out,” (that was from the actual Letterman show,)  “Best Of You” and ended with “Everlong.”  Damn it was great!  So later today, I head back over to the theater to interview Taylor Hawkins and Nate.  I can’t wait.  Hopefully I will bump into Dave to at least pay respects.  He’s been so busy and trying to save his voice for the rest of the week at Letterman and the big LIVE show they’re doing Friday night at the infamous Cubby Bear, where punk got it’s start in Chicago.  Dave actually traveled there as a kid with his family and his cousin was a punkster as a young teen and turned Dave on to some of the bands who played there.  Obviously, he was hooked, lined and sinkered!  LOL. And in other Dave news, Tuesday night, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor HawkinsPerry Farrell and others turned up at Manhattan’s McKittrick Hotel to help celebrate the release of photographer Danny Clinch’s new book, Danny Clinch: Still Moving. Grohl, Hawkins, Farrell and others hit the stage to cover the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” and Bob Dylan’s “From A Buick 6.”   Watch it here….Crobot will team up with Chevelle for a late fall run of tour dates, beginning on Dec 6th in Columbia, SC and winding down on Dec 20th in Milwaukee. Singer Brandon Yeagley said in a statement, “As always, we’re keeping the mothership’s engines firing and are pleased to join hard rock titans Chevelle on the road. What a great way to end a great year in the Crobot Nebula! See you out there soon Beardos!”   Crobot is currently on the road to promote the October 27th release of the band’s debut full-length album, Something Supernatural. Brandon Yeagley told us that the album showcases Crobot’s diverse sound: “We’re very excited about the cornucopia of what we have of songs. They fulfill all the ends of the Crobot spectrum, you know, from the funky and groovy stuff to the sludgy and dirty stuff. It’s all there.”….SHARONNNNNN! Ozzy Osbourne will headline an event called Ozzfiesta at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico from May 27th to May 31st, 2015. In addition to a headlining performance from Ozzy, the five-day festival will include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne, an opening night party featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a q&a session with Ozzy and his band, a Black Label Society full concert, a Comedy Club Night with stand up sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a charity golf tournament benefiting the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (October 17th) at 10:00 a.m. ET at Ticket prices start at $1,899 per adult, $499 for children aged four to 17 and $100 for toddlers aged three or younger. The first 500 rooms sold include a meet & greet with Ozzy……Tom Morello posted a song he wrote called “Marching On Ferguson.”  Check it out here…..Blabbermouth reports Korn‘s debut album was released on October 11, 1994. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the band is releasing a limited-edition 300-page hardcover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members. From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far.  Pre-order it first along with lots more on Pledge Music.  Watch the teaser here.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, Oct 14

Oh happy day!  I stayed up to watch the Foo Fighters on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. (Russell Brand, sorry but is that act getting old or is it me?)   I love the Foos.  And I loved that they performed “War Pigs” with Zac Brown.  Dave Letterman did an interview with Dave Grohl  and I was not aware the lyrics written for each song were taken directly from conversations Grohl had with the various iconic musical personalities from each of the 8 cities where they recorded their Sonic Highways album.  I also think it was cool the documentary was made in conjunction with Letterman’s WorldWide Pants production company!  AH, now we see what’s in play here!    But I can tell you to be listening closely to Friday’s hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  Just saying.  Foo Fighters ARE the Featured Artist of the Week after all, aren’t they? And this just in from HBO:  The highly anticipated new HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on Friday, Oct 17 at 11:00pm (EST). Have you set your DVR yet???  In celebration of the premiere, HBO will collaborate with Facebook to present “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Live from The Cubby Bear,” a live stream of the Foo Fighters premiere party concert, which will be made available to fans in the U.S. on the HBO Facebook page:  Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will take the stage at Chicago’s The Cubby Bear at midnight (EST) on Friday, Oct 17 immediately following a screening of the premiere episode. The show will feature the first ever in-concert performance of the new single “Something from Nothing” from the band’s forthcoming album, also titled Sonic Highways (out November 10 on Roswell/RCA).   Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is an unprecedented eight-part documentary series that digs deep into the heart and soul of America’s musical identity. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each one-hour episode is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city’s unique musical identity.   The premiere episode takes place in Chicago and prominently features The Cubby Bear, a small club with huge personal significance to Grohl, who saw his first punk rock show at the venue – an event that set him on his life’s path.    Fans located in Chicago can attend the concert by purchasing tickets online at beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 15 at 10:00am (CST). A two-ticket limit per customer will be strictly enforced and attendees must be 21+. All tickets will be held at will-call and are non-transferable. Ticket holders and their guests must check in at the same time, present government-issued photo ID and immediately enter the venue. Doors open at 8:30pm (CST).   For fans who won’t have the opportunity to attend or catch the live stream of the concert, an archived version of the event will be made available on certain HBO platforms at a later date. (Be still my beating heart!)…..Man, I wish someone invited me to see this seminar. I think I would’ve enjoyed it.  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich took part in a roundtable discussion about music and branding last month at the Billboard studio in New York City. (Watch some of it here and here.) While a few comments from Ulrich have surfaced online already, video footage of the discussion has now been posted online. The talk found Ulrich seated alongside a diverse group of participants, including the head of sports and entertainment marketing for JP Morgan Chase and an exec from the ad agency that helped created the Budweiser Made In America festival, as well as a manager for Fall Out Boy and a rep from Atlantic Records who has put together brand deals for many Atlantic artists with corporate partners. Ulrich was asked about the deal the band made with Coke Zero that involved the brand sponsoring the group’s performance in Antarctica, the first ever by a major musical act. Ulrich said, “You have to look at Coke Zero and you may feel OK about getting in bed with that. So we did this thing for Coke Zero that helped facilitate that particular (event) in Antarctica, but it was primarily a campaign for Latin America. That doesn’t mean that we would get in bed with Coke Zero in the United States.” The drummer also sang the praises of U2‘s recent deal with Apple that enabled the Irish group to put its new album on all 500 million iTunes accounts, saying, “It’s 2014 and anybody who thinks outside the box, or attempts in any way, shape or form, to break the status quo in the world of music, should be applauded.” The region-specific Coke Zero event aside, Metallica has shied away from marketing partnerships with corporate brands in the past. The band is currently at work on its 10th studio album, which will tentatively be released sometime next year….I love Joe Perry from Aerosmith didn’t forget about the video channel V66 in Boston where I once worked from 1985-1986.   He mentioned us in an interview he did about his new book: Rock: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith.  He was actually talking about MTV, but I loved the mention.I can remember ridin’ on a  plane — a shuttle back from New York – and J.J. Jackson was sittin’ next to me; the DJ from Boston at (W)BCN, and he said, ‘We’re starting a station called ‘MTV’ and it’s gonna be nothing but music videos.’ And he said, ‘And with this cable, we can, y’know, get a station and every city will probably have their own station and in the early days, that’s how it was. I mean there was V66 here in Boston and a lot of popular DJ’s ended up being VJ’s. So, he was one of the initial wave of people that established MTV.”   It was a special time and we were honestly BETTER than MTV!  LOL…..OK Slipknot is at it again!  Another new song has been posted!   “Sarcastrophe.”  Listen!!!!…..According to Blabbermouth, Papa Roach‘s guitarist Jerry Horton was interviewed by Bring The Noise where he discussed the making the band’s new Kevin Churko produced album F.E.A.R., due Jan 27th.  ”We went in with the idea of doing a heavy record, but we just can’t keep our focus on one thing, we have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) when it comes to that, so we just went where the music took us, and we’re really happy with how it came out.”  Asked what the most positive things are about being within a scene that just keeps on going and churning out music, Horton said: “It’s crazy, because rock has kind of gone through cycles of popularity, and a couple of years ago, electronic music just made a huge wave and there was a little bit of worry that rock wasn’t going to be as popular as it was, but it’s not going anywhere, y’know? We came up in a scene that was called ‘nu metal’ and a lot of those bands aren’t around anymore. It went on into garage rock and then it was emo, but, basically, I think we’re definitely fortunate to still be around particularly when a lot of bands have come and gone. But, like I said, we thoroughly enjoy it and that has pretty big role in a band’s longevity. We’re definitely humbled once in a while and I think that helps things too. Right now we’re just setting up a new record and we’re just getting out there and working as hard as we can and trying to make as many fans as we can.” Long Live ROCK!   I think I might have to check in with those boys for an interview for the show.  Looking forward to hearing their new stuff!…..Bring Me The Horizon has sent me a new song they recorded called “Drown.”  It won’t be out til Dec 7th, but we will have it for you on hardDrive very soon.   I feel very honored they only sent it to a couple of people and hardDriveRadio was one of the places.  I love those guys and am really bummed I have had to cancel my trip to London in December when they play their biggest show to date at Wembley Arena on my damn birthday no less.  (Medical procedure preventing the trip…to say I am upset about this is an understatement!)…..Madonna’s daughter Lourdes  turns 18 today.

Monday, Oct 13

Hello Monday and Happy  Columbus  Day to all my Italino amici! Yesterday we saw The Judge with Robert Duvall &  Robert Downey, Jr.  It was so great and powerful (two kleenex.)   But one thing that bugged me:  look for the scene where Robert is having a conversation with his daughter in the car.  Where’s the head rest?….This week Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are sitting in with the band on the Late Show with David Letterman.  Set your DVRs!  I have been burning sage, lighting candles and praying to the gods that I get to talk to them while they are in town. And I am glad Spin knows what the new single is before us radio people. ​  They say the band will release a new song called “Something From Nothing” on Thursday (Oct 16th), with the song available to radio stations and online. The track is the first official single from the band’s upcoming album, Sonic Highways, which is out Nov 10th. The HBO series about the making of the record premieres on Friday (Oct 17th), while the band begins its week-long residency on Late Show With David Letterman on Monday night (Oct 13th)….Pulse Of Radio reports former Korn drummer David Silveria has posted a message on Facebook in which he thanks the band’s fans on the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album, while also apologizing he won’t be able to celebrate by performing on the group’s upcoming tour. Silveria wrote, “To all the Korn fans around the world, I want to thank you with all of my heart for all of the success. Without the fans, Korn would just be a hobby.”  He continued, “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I can’t believe it’s been 20 long years. I’m sorry to all of the fans that I couldn’t be there on tour to celebrate the anniversary, but that’s just the way it goes.”  Silveria was the second member of Korn’s original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch exited the group in 2005 and continued working as a solo artist until rejoining Korn last year, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, CA and opened a restaurant. He actually used his old drum cases and gear as furniture for one of his restaurants and sold most of it off!  Singer Jonathan Davis told us a while back he believed Silveria had lost his passion for music: “David was there to write beats but he wasn’t really there. He really didn’t like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Okay, good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else.” Personally, it would be cool to ask David to come out to play on a song perhaps,  but to be recalled to be the drummer on their upcoming tour? Mmmm,  I don’t think so. Ray Luzier is a formidable and talented drummer whose skills are second to none.  He is Korn’s drummer now and for the foreseeable future….Pulse also reports with just over a week to go before the October 21st release of its new album, Slipknot has unveiled another new track from the set called “Custer.” The song follows the sneak preview track “The Negative One” and the official first single, “The Devil In I.” The album, called .5: The Gray Chapter, is the band’s first since 2008 and the first without drummerJoey Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray. “Custer” starts out with a discussion in the studio between band members, followed by radio announcer-like proclamations from singer Corey Taylor, ringing alarms and an aggressive beat from drummer Jay Weinberg. Taylor told Metal Hammer that the new album is laid out like a story ”from the moment Paul died to the moment we stepped out of the studio. So there are certain songs that deal with, not Joey in particular, but about the tension and trying to deal with the ugliness that we all have in us.” In addition to Weinberg on drums, Slipknot has reportedly recruited Alessandro “Vman” Venturella on bass, although the band has yet to confirm the new players’ identities. Slipknot will follow the release of the album with the three-day Knotfest in California at the end of this month and a North American tour….Also from our friends at Pulse, this report on Royal Blood.  The band has released a new music video for the song “Ten Tonne Skeleton,” taken from the band’s self-titled debut album. The dark clip finds the duo playing the song alongside a gorge while a woman flees a crime scene marked by shotgun shells and an abandoned police car. The single version of “Ten Tonne Skeleton” in the U.K. will be backed with “You Want Me.” Royal Blood’s upcoming tour of the U.K. sold out in just two minutes and the duo are also up for the prestigious Mercury Prize, one of England’s highest music honors. Royal Blood has taken their native U.K. by storm and singer/bassist Mike Kerr told us they’ve been helped by the support of other British acts like Arctic Monkeys“Arctic Monkeys became aware of our music and sort of were very supportive from the beginning, really. The drummer, Matt Helders, wore our band’s T-shirt at Glastonbury on the main stage when the Arctic Monkeys played. They’ve really been very supportive.” Royal Blood will make their return to late night American television on Wednesday (Oct 15th), as they perform their current single, “Figure It Out,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.  We are waiting for confirmation the band will drop by the hardDriveRadio studios in midtown Manhattan on Thursday…I loved catching up last week with Maria Brink from In This Moment!  We are both upstate New York girls: she’s from Albany and I’m from about an hour away but we both have homes on the Great Sacandaga Lake! How cool, right?  And I just learned William Shatner does too!  Right near my home!  I think it’s nuts I have never bumped into him since that town’s population is 2000.  Yeah, I’m a hick. Anyhow, Maria gave us a little insight into what the new In This Moment song, “Sick Like Me,” is about: “That’s kind of about embracing more of these things in me that I used to kind of keep ‘em inside and they’re a little bit twisted and they’re a little bit wrong, I guess. And also, when you find another person who really, I guess, knows who you are and they find all of these things that maybe I would consider flaws in myself — they find that beautiful and like, I guess, things that make me who I am.”   Lou Brutus will get with her and the band at Knotfest.  She can’t wait to kick off the band’s Black Widow Tour!  I hear they are planning a release day party here in NYC!  I hope that happens! Meanwhile, here’s the cool and creepy “audio visualization”  of  ”Sick Like Me.”  The real video is coming out soon. The band filmed that and “Big Bad Wolf” at the same time…Finally, some news from the Tool camp!   Those diligent reporters at Consequence of Sound  discovered the webmaster at Tools site has posted that the band’s long-awaited, long-delayed new album is “progressing rather nicely,” adding that King Crimson percussionist Pat Mastelotto stopped by the band’s rehearsal space to “listen to the guys working on new material.” Meanwhile, guitarist Adam Jones posted a photo on Instagram showing what seems to be a breakdown of a new song arrangement….Congrats to Jane’s Addiction who were awarded the Icon Award at the CBGB’s Festival on Saturday.  The band performed a special show in Times Square here in NYC with a bunch of cool bands including DEVO!….Happy 67th to Sammy Hagar & Happy 43rd to Sacha Baron Cohen.  Go out and have some nice Italian food today!

Friday, Oct 10

The 2015 Rock & Roll Hal of Fame nominees have been announced.  What irks me is Cheap Trick and Deep Purple still aren’t among them!   WTF!  Green DayNine Inch Nails, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The SmithsSting (solo artist)Lou Reed (solo artist), the Paul Butterfield Blues BandChicKraftwerk, the Marvelettes, N.W.A., The SpinnersStevie Ray VaughanWar and Bill Withers. The final list of inductees will be announced in the coming weeks with the induction ceremony set for April 18th, 2015 in Cleveland, OH.  Rolling Stone posted: “For the third consecutive year, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 9th, fans can vote on for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a ‘fan’s ballot’ that will count as one of the ballots that determine the Class of 2015.” At press time, Green Day have accumulated the most fan votes, followed closely by Nine Inch Nails. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan is currently in third place, followed by Lou Reed and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at Numbers Four and Five respectively.  Can we write in?… According to Pulse Of Radio, Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen has told ArtistDirect in a new interview he has already started writing music for the band’s sixth studio album. Poulsen explained, “I’m actually working on new songs right now. We try out new things in the soundchecks during tour. We can already play a few new songs. I just need to put work into them. I have snippets for at least three other songs. When I get home, I’ll start to put all of the pieces together.”    He told us not too long ago, if he has an idea for a concept that will tie the new album’s songs together: ”Not really. You know, I have some few ideas, but you know, that can change from hour to hour. It might not even be a concept or anything. It can be just individual lyrics or stories. So the doors are wide open right now and I’m inspired by a lot of different subjects, so we’ve got to wait and see when we get a little bit further into the writing process.”….Papa Roach has declared Jan 27th, 2015 as the release date for the band’s eighth studio album, F.E.A.R. Songs on the album include first single “Face Everything And Rise,” “Skeletons,” “Broken As Me,” “Falling Apart,” “Gravity” and “War Over Me.” The new disc will follow up 2012′s The Connection. (Blabbermouth)…In This Moment has posted the cover art online for its fifth studio effort, Black Widow, which will come out on Nov18th. The first single, “Sick Like Me,” has already been sent to rock radio stations, with a companion video currently in production and due to be premiered soon. (Blabbermouth)  I love it! And will be speaking with Ms Brink later today! (This cover is awesome!) Got questions?  Send them in right away!  The interview is today at 2:30 PM ET!   So you have time to get some to me! APP  interact Live  or email via the interact link on the home page OR Twitter or Facebook-hardDriveRadio!  inthismomentblackwidowcdcover
I’m confused.  I’ve seen two distinctively different release dates for Foo FightersSonic Highways album, Nov 10 and 11.  So look in stores on the 10th just for the hell of it, ok? Europe, your date is the 10th. Here in the USA, records are normally released on Tuesdays.  Who knows!   Whatever!  LOL…Happy Birthday! Today:  David Lee Roth is the Big 6-0! Dale, Jr hits 40  and Brett Favre is 45.  Sunday, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens will be 59!

Thursday, October 9th

Good morning Radicals! We got a new FOO FIGHTERS trailer for the HBO special SONIC HIGHWAYS. In it, frontman DAVE GROHL talks about his attraction to outsiders, while clips play of the many familiar and famous faces co-starring in the show. We also get to hear a bit of a new Foo’s song, apparently called “Feast & Famine.” The show premiers next Friday, the 17th, at 11pm. Set your DVR’s!

PAPA ROACH are preparing to release their next album, “F.E.A.R” on January 27th! F.E.A.R. stands for “Face Everything And Rise, BTW. (BTW stands for by the way, FYI.) Anywho, the album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas. Must have been difficult to record in Sin City for frontman Jacoby Shaddix, who’s committed to sobriety for a few years now.

former hardDriveLive Tour headliners BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE are working on a new album as well, looking for an early 2015 release. Frontman Matt Tuck says of the recording schedule, they ”should be ready to start in the next month or so.” He also said “It’s an absolute monster so far.”  (Thanks Blabbermouth!) Speaking with Pulse of Radio earlier, he explained the more melodic direction of the last two albums: “The big thing that we’ve learned is, like, you’re not gonna please everyone all the time,” he said. “As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven’t given away your integrity, you know, I don’t really care if people go, ‘Oh, it’s not metal enough, it’s not heavy enough.’ It’s like, that’s not what we are.” For anyone who think they may have lost their metal chops, check out “Raising Hell,” released last November.

Happy Birthday to Sharon Osbourne, Terry Balsamo of Evanescence, Pacific Rim & Hellboy 1 & 2 director Guillermo Del Toro and the late, great John Lennon!


Wednesday, Oct 08

Well hello again!  Isn’t is so nice to have new AC/DC music?  I love it!  The band has unveiled the first full track from its upcoming album Rock Or Bust. Titled “Play Ball,” snippets of the song have been previously heard as part of Turner Sports ads for its Major League Baseball post-season coverage. The full song surfaced online yesterday (Oct 7th), along with the complete track list and cover art for Rock Or Bust, which is set to arrive on Dec  2nd.  Meanwhile, drummer Phil Rudd sat out this past weekend’s (October 3rd and 4th) filming of two new videos from the album, for “Play Ball” and the title track. Singer Brian Johnson reportedly told fans that Rudd was unable to attend the London shoot due to a “family emergency,” with drummer Bob Richards filling in. Rock Or Bust is the first all-new AC/DC album since 2008′s Black Ice and the first in the band’s 40-year history without founding guitarist Malcolm Young. It was announced last month that Malcolm is suffering from dementia and would not be returning to the band. His replacement on the album and upcoming world tour is nephew Steve Young, who stood in for his uncle on a 1989 tour while Malcolm struggled with alcoholism. (Thanks Pulse of Radio)….Stuff is happening on the hardDriveRadio hotLine this week with interviews today with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and tomorrow with Maria Brink of In This Moment  and CJ Pierce of Drowning Pool.  Drowning Pool is reissuing  their Sinners album in deluxe edition form, which is celebrating it’s “Unlucky 13th” anniversary.   The 2-disc set features 13 previously unreleased demos, 5 are unreleased Sinnerdemos and 7 are non-album demos officially available for the first time….What Whoa!  Slipknot  singer Corey Taylor said on a Las Vegas radio program KOMP the band’s new bassist and drummer — whose identities are still officially a secret — have yet to be made full-time members of the nine-piece outfit. Taylor explained, “They’re not official band members yet, but they are people who play with the band. Time will tell whether or not they’re, like, full members.” Although the band has not revealed the names of the replacements for late bassist Paul Gray and fired drummer Joey Jordison, they are believed to be Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and Jay Weinberg respectively. Both are wearing the same generic mask onstage. Taylor continued, ”With this band, you earn everything. You’re not just given that shot; you have to earn it. And so far, they’re doing really well. And we’re really enjoying jamming with them.”   Taylor admitted he was unhappy when distinctive tattoos on Venturella’s hand identified him as Slipknot’s new bassist. The singer said, “I was, like, ‘Why didn’t we make him wear gloves?’ I was so upset. I was, like, we thought of all this stuff. We put the hood on him and then the mask . . . And then there is his tattoos for everybody (to see). I was, like, ‘Well, we missed the mark on that one.’” DOH!….Pulse also reports this.  Rob Zombie said in an interview with an Arizona radio station that the reason he’s had so many different members in his band is because ”you really have to find people that have the maturity level to realize that it’s not always better somewhere else. Like, say, (guitarist) John 5 . . . He’s been in the band now for 10 years. He goes, ‘I know it’s not better anywhere else. I’m staying in this band.’ And the same with the other guys.”  Adding  many musicians have left his band only to call later and ask for their old job back, Zombie explained, “Musicians are weird. Musicians have this real talent for doing the absolute dumbest things to their career that they could possibly do. You give them two choices, and they’re always gonna pick the wrong one — always.” Zombie told us that welcoming a new band member is always a challenge:  “You know, at first it’s always tricky because whenever you bring in somebody new, they have just a different vibe and you’re used to the vibe you had. I think sometimes you can get complacent and it’s actually nice bringing in new people ’cause they just mix it up and you have to work harder to make it work. But then when it does work, it’s better.”  Zombie also said in his interview he is “easy to work with,” explaining, “I know people that are in bands and they are treated like s*** and they’ll stay in that band for 16 years like a beat housewife . . . I’m not trying to be funny about that. It’s, like, the abuse they take they become almost accustomed to.”…..Halestorm have posted their third webisode on the making of their new album, which is set for an early 2015 release……A new cover of Guns N’ Roses‘ “Civil War” by Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath has been posted online. The track is taken from a new compilation of protest songs, This Concerns Everyone, that’s due out on November 18th. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Right To Heal Campaign, a joint effort between the Iraq Veterans Against The War, Organization Of Women’s Freedom In Iraq and the Federation Of Workers Councils And Unions In Iraq. (….Bush has posted new audio from their forthcoming Man On The Run cd called “Lonliness is a Killer.”  Gavin Rossdale  was on The Voice last night with his wife Gwen Stefani.  Handsome couple, they are!….Apocalyptica are coming back to the states in the spring.  Interested in seeing what they come up with on their next album!


Tuesday, Oct 07

Hello!  Nice to wake up to new music from AC/DC!  Out of the blue yesterday, I got a call from the Columbia Records rep, a fine gentleman, who told me AC/DC’s new single “Play Ball” was dropping at midnight!  Needless to say, we are all stoked!   Their album, Rock or Bust, is out on Dec 2nd.  Be listening to tonight’s hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus for it! And fingers crossed, Angus Young and Brian Johnson will be in town next month to do a little chattin’ about it!  I can NOT WAIT!  Worked with AC/DC in the early days when they had just released their Powerage album.  Bon Scott was still with them.  They had a stop at the Calderone Theater in Long Island.  The band was in the middle of their set.  All guns blazing!   I forgot what song it was, but I was standing in the back of the theater when Angus had stepped to the edge of the stage and was head-banging like he does even today.  When all of  sudden, unprovoked, a large man in the front row hoists what appears to be some sort of orange beverage into Angus’ face while he’s playing.  WHAT?!!!!   It was back in the day when there were no security guards flanking the front of the stage.  I grabbed a nearby usher and we ran up.  Fortunately, other audience members also grabbed the guy and he was thrown out.  But did the band even stop playing for a second? Did Bon Scott stop singing as all this went down. Absolutely NOT!   It was something else, lemme tell ya!  That’s what I love about that band.  No egos.  No rock star divas.  Just down to earth, salt of the earth boys who love what they do and do it well.  And, as the old adage goes, the show must go on!…..And the Late Show with David Letterman will probably get some much needed ratings boost when our friends Foo Fighters set up residency there all next week.  They plan to perform songs from their forthcoming Sonic Highways album right there on the Ed Sullivan stage. The HBO series of the same name debuts Friday, Oct 17th at 11 PM.  The film chronicles the making of the album, which the band recorded at historic studios in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, New Orleans, Nashville and Austin. Each episode will document the recording of one song, as well as the musical history of the studio and the city in which it’s located. The series will feature interviews with artists like Dolly PartonSlashCheap Trick‘s Rick NielsenLL Cool JMacklemore and others, as well as non-musicians like President Barack Obama and record exec Clive Davis. The Sonic Highways album comes out Nov 11th (whoops, NOT Lou Brutus’ birthday as originally reported), with Grohl saying, “This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it.” Oh I wonder where the secret show will be???!!!! Here’s a clip from their last appearance on the Letterman show (I was in the audience for that one!)…Now we have the new hardDriveRadio App (available in iTunes and GOOGLE PLAY), and there are more cool things coming!  First,  Rock Science™, The Rock Game of the Century is coming to the United States in the search for hardcore rock fans everywhere. The company has announced the official American launch of the popular mobile game which engages music fans from around the globe in a “first of its kind” pure rock trivia game. To kick off the American launch, the Grammy Award winning multi-platinum hard rock innovators Korn  have signed an exclusive agreement to release the Rock Science KORN Booster Pack tomorrow, Oct  8th, worldwide with unique promotions. The release of the KORN game will mark Rock Science’s inaugural entry into the U.S. market.  Korn has sold over 35 million records, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts twice, have had a dozen of the band’s songs peak in the Top 10 on Billboard and are a certifiable Multi-Platinum rock group with legions of fans around the globe. The band has released over 40 singles and also won two MTV Video Music Awards. The kick-off of their U.S. “Prepare for Hell” arena tour on Wed, Oct 29,  will coincide with a massive promotion for Rock Science: KORN Booster pack and give fans the opportunity to compete for exclusive KORN prizes. Promotional video for the game is here: The iTunes app download link is here:….And Avenged Sevenfold are finally launching their HAIL TO THE KING: DEATHBAT mobile game on Oct 16th.  M Shadows will be on the hotLine to fill us in next week……..Black Veil Brides have released a music video for their new song, “Heart Of Fire.” The track is taken from the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, IV, which arrives on Oct 28th. Black Veil Brides will kick off a North American tour on October 21st in Niagara Falls (slowly I turned), NY….Not wanting to have fans forget about him, former Live frontman, Ed Kowalcyzk, has announced he plans to do a string of solo acoustic dates, his Throwing Copper Unplugged tour.   This year marks the 20th anniversary of Live’s multi-platinum selling album. Ed announced to Live he was leaving back in 2009, he has released solo records and toured.   Just kind of odd the rest of Live just announced their new album and impending tour dates are coming soon.  See Road Rage for a list of Ed’s acoustic shows (venues TBA.)….And finally today, new music out today!  Weezer releases its ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on Tuesday (Oct 7th). The band began streaming ther record at iTunes last week and has also previously issued four songs from the disc, including “Lonely,” “Cleopatra,” “The British Are Coming” and the official first single, “Back To The Shack,” which is a Top 10 hit at both Active and Modern Rock radio.  Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo told us he finds the band’s body of work after two decades to be both satisfying and intimidating: ["As we get older, we have this growing canon of material that, it's a part of our lives and it's part of our shows and there's no getting away from it, and it becomes more impressive as time goes on, and it's harder and harder to add to it." Everything Will Be Alright In The End was produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars, who worked with the band on their 1994 self-titled debut — the “blue album” — and their 2001 self-titled third effort, known as the “green album.”  Weezer is also reissuing its 2010 collection of previously unreleased tunes, Death To False Metal, on limited edition 180-gram vinyl on November 11th.  Weezer is currently on the road for a series of shows, some of which will feature performances of the new LP in its entirety. The band next plays on Saturday (October 11th) in Mexico City. And also out today, Memoirs Of A Madman, a new solo career retrospective from Ozzy Osbourne. (Watch the teaser here.)  The CD collects 17 of Ozzy’s biggest solo hits and fan favorites, and is available as a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set.  The Memoirs two-disc DVD set includes classic music videos, unreleased and out-of-print live performances, and interviews from his solo career.  Ozzy revealed last week Black Sabbath will record a new studio album in 2015 and head out on one final tour. Three of the band’s original members reunited in 2011 and released a new studio album, 13, last year.

Monday, Oct 06

Happy Monday!  I say that because finally, I can buy Better Oats, those instant flax/oatmeal steel cut cereal packs in New York State!   For years, I would be in Florida or Georgia and leave space in my suitcase to bring boxes and boxes home!  NOT ANYMORE! LOL…..Listening to Joe Perry on Howard Stern (yes, I admit it!)  He’s talking about his new book, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith.  And I reminds me of the  good ole early days with Aerosmith, the stories Joe is telling.  Talking about stealing food in the grocery store in order to eat. As a fan of the band, and then a friend, since my college roommate dated the drummer, we used to sneak into their shows at first. I remember climbing through the ladies room window at Brandeis College.  LOL  What are some of the crazy things you’ve done to see a band?  Use the interact link on the hardDriveRadio app!  Love to hear your comments. (You can download the app for your smartphone via iTunes and Google Play.)….Pulse of Radio says Foo Fighters helped kick off the 40th anniversary celebration of acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits by performing on this past Friday’s (Oct 3rd) two-hour all-star edition. The band performed “Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)” by local Austin legend Roky Erickson, with Dave Grohl saying, “It’s a huge honor to be back on this stage performing a song by one of Austin’s greatest heroes.” The special features guest hosts Jeff BridgesSheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey plus numerous other performers.  Watch here.  I hear a promo that Dave is hosting a Town Hall session with comedian Chelsea Handler on Thursday.  Hey, maybe he’s getting closer to talking to us radio folks about his new record…..Pearl Jam kicked off a fall U.S. tour in Cincinnati, OH last Wednesday (Oct 1st), and fan-filmed video from opening night is available.  Here’s “Alive.” The band’s 34-song, three-hour-plus set opened with “Pendulum” from their current album, Lightning Bolt, before exploring tracks from their lengthy catalog as well as songs from the Rolling StonesThe Who and Neil Young. (Hennemusic)….I am sure Chad is having a chuckle or two over this one.  Pulse of Radio reported this morning a British man has launched a Kickstarter campaign to have Nickelback banned from playing in London. According to NME,Craig Mandell is hoping to raise $1,000 for his effort to keep the Canadian rock act out of the English capital for the foreseeable future. Mandell explained, “With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here — nor even phone here.”  He added, “Just imagine, thousands — perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers — all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London. It will be glorious.”  Those who participate in Mandell’s scheme — which has raised just $6 at press time – will have an email sent on their behalf to Nickelback’s management. The harshness of the message depends on how much money is contributed. For the top price of $50, Mandell will send Nickelback a copy of their own music, saying, “This way, the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately.” Mandell has given himself until Nov 3rd to raise the funds necessary. Mandell is friends with Andrew Goldin, who recently launched a successful crowdfunded campaign to bring Foo Fighters to Richmond, Virginia for a concert. A similar effort has been underway to convince the Foos to play a show in the Cornwall region of the U.K. Nickelback’s new album, No Fixed Address, arrives on Nov 18th…Royal Blood will make their return to late night American television on Wednesday, Oct 15th, as the British duo perform their current single, “Figure It Out,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Royal Blood is currently on tour in North America, supporting Pixies after a run of headlining dates. Singer and bassist Mike Kerr told us that America feels like a good place for Royal Blood right now: “The States is somewhere we love to play and we love to be, and we obviously have a bit more attention than we anticipated over there. So I guess it feels like we’ve fans to meet and we’ve got some stuff to follow up. I feel like America’s gonna be a good home for our band.”…Blabbermouth reports Stone Sour has entered a Burbank, CA studio to begin recording a covers album for a tentative early 2015 release. No further details are currently available. On the band’s recent North American tour, the band treated fans to a different cover song every night. Among the tracks they performed during the trek were Metallica‘s ”Creeping Death,” KISS‘ ”Love Gun,”  Judas Priest‘s ”Heading Out To The Highway” and Peter Gabriels ”In Your Eyes”. I know for YEARS  Corey Taylor (the human jukebox) has wanted to do a covers record.  Let’s not forget their cover of Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game.”  Wish I could have these in time for the hardDrive COVER IT UP special edition for Thanksgiving weekend! Damn! Might be time to make some phone calls! Here’s some video performances in the time being (“Creeping Death”)(“Heading Out To The Highway“)(“Love Gun“) (“In Your Eyes”/”"Bother“)…Slash.  The hardest working man I know.  Honestly.  I thought Corey Taylor and Rob Zombie were the kings, but hands down, it’s Slash.  He just released his album World On Fire on Sep 16, opened the new Haunted Halloween attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood on the 19th,  played 3 Hollywood club dates Sep 23-25.  Then spent a couple of days at home before hopping on yet ANOTHER airplane to Australia to do this! He appeared with Train at the Grand Final of Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL)  on Sunday, Oct 5  in front of more than 80,000 fans at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium. Video footage of Slash‘s performance can be seen
here. (Thanks Blabbermouth.) ….And finally today, speaking of covers, for your listening and viewing enjoyment, check this talented banjoist out who dares to cover Slayer!