Wednesday, Nov 25

Well, for most folks, if you haven’t already started your holiday travel, well, you are screwed.  LOL   Flying?  Good luck!  But hey, Happy Thanksgiving!

So today, Blabbermouth reporting Papa Roach has dropped off the remaining European tour dates with Five Finger Death Punch due to “logistical challenges and uncertainties” in the wake of the Nov 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe.

In a statement, Papa Roach said: “It is again with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of the remainder of our European tour.

“We pride ourselves for rarely canceling shows, but our crew is an essential part of our organization and because they, unfortunately, could not continue the tour due to their logistical challenges and uncertainties, we could not either. We respect them and have had to accept their difficult choice to return home. We shall return next year. We will announce more details on rescheduling as soon as we are able to. “

Five Finger Death Punch said  in a separate statement: “Despite some significant challenges in Europe since the horrible events in Paris recently, we have continued on our tour and remained dedicated to our mission of providing you, the fans, the highest quality show in the safest possible show environment. As a result of new and increased travel/transportation restrictions and challenges, in some cities we are scheduled to play, we are unable to fulfill this promise, so we were forced to postpone those shows. We continue to face additional challenges but remain committed to finishing out the tour as best as we can.

“We are not a band that is used to postponing or canceling shows. In fact, we have always prided ourselves on showing up onstage no matter what, so these extenuating circumstances have been particularly challenging for us, as artists, given the high standard we place on ourselves to deliver for the fans.

We will finish out the remaining European tour dates without Papa Roach and Devil You Know in Düsseldorf, Germany and at Wembley Arena in the U.K. The lineup for Düsseldorf will include Eskimo CallboySkindred and Nothing More. For Wembley it will be with Skindred, As Lions and The One Hundred. The show in Brussels will be postponed, but we will be back soon to play for our Belgian fans.

“We appreciate everyone’s support as we continue to navigate these largely uncharted waters. Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than delivering the best show possible in the safest conditions.”

Five Finger canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (Nov 22) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries.

The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.

Love Corey Taylor.   He really is the King of Karaoke! Here he is performing Radiohead‘s “Creep” at Ozzfest Japan with Japanese rock band SIM (Silence Iz Mine.)  Blabbermouth posted In a 2012 interview, Taylor said about his appreciation for other styles of music: “I had a kid ask me the other night, ‘What kind of music is your guilty pleasure?’ I said I don’t have any. I don’t feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the tenth anniversary ensemble cast of ‘Les Miserables’, the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom.”

The Pulse Of Radio says Jack White‘s Third Man Records is expanding its operations into White’s hometown of Detroit. The Nashville-based label has announced plans to open a vinyl record pressing plant in the Motor City, saying, “Third Man is thrilled to announce that we will be opening a vinyl record pressing plant, and in it we will run brand new record presses. There’s a bottlenecking in the record pressing industry right now — so much glorious demand, so few presses. We want to help ease the flow, and we want to bring more real-life manufacturing jobs back to Detroit.” The plant — which will be the first vinyl record pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing back in 1965 — is slated to open around the middle of next year. The announcement of the plant comes just in time for the grand opening of Third Man’s new retail record store in Detroit this Friday (Nov 27th). The opening day will feature performances from local acts.  In addition to the complete Third Man catalog, the store will offer special repressings of vintage titles from the Tamla label, Motown’s early imprint.  White himself began an indefinite hiatus from live performances earlier this year, although his band The Dead Weather released its third album in September, titled Dodge And Burn.

And also from Pulse,  Guns N’ Roses-themed slot machine is coming on Jan 21st, 2016 from Swedish casino games developer NetEnt. According to Blabbermouth, you can choose several songs to listen to as you lose your money, including ”Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City” and “November Rain,” as well as the title track of the band’s last album, 2008′s Chinese Democracy.  Based on a video teaser released for the machine, it only features images of singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan – the only original members rumored to be taking place in a reunion tour next year. Reports have surfaced recently that original members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler will not be participating. Rumors about a reunion of the classic Guns lineup have been heating up ever since the summer, when Slash revealed that he and Axl had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement.

Slash told us a while back what he’s most proud of when it comes to Guns N’ Roses: “The most proud I am would have to be just the sense of accomplishment from getting from these sort of nomadic gutter rats that we definitely were, to manage to get from that point and make a record and go out and start touring and doing all that stuff and then to actually succeed, to have that record succeed, it was definitely an accomplishment that I’m very proud of.”

Metallica and the San Francisco Giants have announced the fourth annual “Metallica Night,” to be held on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the Giants take the field against the Colorado Rockies. Metallica will once again throw out the first pitch and perform a version of America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The band said, “We’ll stick around all night to cheer on the orange and black with all the loyal fans and keep your eyes peeled to spot us participating in some in between inning action.”  Special-event tickets for this game go on sale as part of Orange and Black Friday (Nov 27th) at 8:00 a.m. PST. The ticket package includes a ticket to the game and a limited-edition Metallica/Giants goodie, the details of which will be revealed at a later date. A portion of the proceeds from every “Metallica Night” special-event ticket will benefit the Surfrider Foundation and Amnesty International. There is a pre-sale for Met Club members on today, Nov 25th at 10:00 a.m. PT.

We just posted a new video on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel with Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown‘s in-studio performance of the title track from their Wayside EP.  Hey, subscribe while you’re there!

On behalf of all of us, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for your support of all things hardDriveRadio!

Tuesday, Nov 24

Just got to my little cabin upstate where I’m spending the rest of the week.  Last night, I was at the Albany stop of the Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and Sevendust tour.  It was so much fun seeing all my friends in both bands, their crews, etc.   Also ran into Maria Brink from In This Moment who was there hanging out with her Mom!  She is on break and home with family in the Albany area!  UPSTATE GIRLS!   Also hung out with our Albany hardDrive affiliate, Steve Richards of Q103 and  our friend Lea from Atlantic Records!  Good times!

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon told me his first son (third child) will be born Dec 17th or around there.  He is so stoked!  So good to see him!  And so good to share a slice of pizza!  LOL  I interviewed Morgan Rose and we talked about upcoming plans, the next single and more.

One thing I asked all the bands about was how they are feeling about upcoming tours in Europe.  Everyone had the same response.  They know there are dangers, but they also know the cities, promoters and their crews will do their best to insure their stops are not vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  They are strong in their conviction that the Paris attacks were something they hope will never happen again.

All the bands knew the Paris attack victim,  Nick Alexander.  Every single band had worked with him as their merch guy when they’ve toured overseas, who said he was called “Handsome Nick” and even one of the tour managers was once a roommate with Nick.  Everyone felt it was such a terrible loss of such a great and caring person.   Sad indeed.

Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin told me his people are working on a tour for the band to perform in Europe for the very first time.  Given Ben does not take planes, he is looking into taking a ship across the Atlantic.   I was the first person to tell him it looks like “Failure” could end up being the most played song in Active Rock radio for 2015.   It really surprised him and needless to say, he was THRILLED at the prospect.

Since Brent Smith was suffering from some laryngitis, I sat down with Shinedown’s Eric Bass.  We had a chuckle over the irony of the fact he plays a bass and his last name is spelled the same way (although his last name is pronounced like the fish.)  He also spoke fondly of Nick Alexander and how the band has no fear about playing in Europe and is looking forward to being on the European Carnival of Madness Tour with headliner Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm.

The tour itself was great with a nearly sold-out Times Union Center in downtown Albany.  Shinedown had huge flames and pyro (why do those explosions always go off when I am nearby???   Glad I had earplugs!)  The set was great with Brent in the crowd at times.  Hopefully you got to see this run. Be listening for these interviews on upcoming hardDrive and hardDrive XL shows with host Lou Brutus!

Onto the rest of today’s news:

Speaking of Ben, he was a little miffed at EA and Sony of the new Star Wars: Battlefront video game.  The company sent him a game (he is a huge video game freak, has his own video game room on tour with two huge consoles playing Halo 4.)  Burnley was approached by Sony and Electronic Arts to give his stamp of approval to the new Star Wars: Battlefront video game for Xbox. A confirmed hardcore gamer, Burnley says that the companies offered to pay him for endorsing the game. A number of musicians in various metal and hard rock bands have been promoting certain video games via their social media accounts lately.  Video game publishers have been paying and/or giving the musicians free copies of the software in exchange for promotion — a fairly common practice, although one that just lately has extended to video games.


But the plan backfired after Burnley actually played the game and was apparently displeased, posting a photo of the broken disc on his Instagram account and writing, “They wanted to pay me to post that I like this piece of s**t game . . . They can shove it up their a** this game sucks I’d rather watch the god awful prequels then play this piece of s**t one more second (thanks) for ruining Star Wars EA.”  Doh!!

Scott Stapp did a Funny Or Die film review of the movie “Creed.”  Watch it here.  And HBO is teasing us!   As we know, the Game Of Thrones series is returning in April, and the cable channel is revealing a trump card according to Wired’s Twitter….He IS ALIVE!

Happy 51st to Godsmack’s Tony Rombola!  

Monday, Nov 23

So happy to start a “I Don’t Like Mondays” with this from my friend Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.  The band’s announcement for Nov 22 is they are offering fans a FREE download of the 5 songs they recorded in Austin, TX at the Saint Cecilia Hotel:

19 November 2015

Tonight, let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…

The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.

Dave Grohl

8 November 2015



For real.

It was in Austin, Texas March 14th, 2013, at the last show of the “Sound City Players” when I was given a small, but very relevant and perhaps prophetic gift from my Sound City movie producers Jim Rota and John Ramsay. An empty journal, with a note that said something along the lines of, “Congratulations on everything Sound City… get to work on the next project!” It was the most beautiful way to end something that I wanted so badly to last forever: with a new beginning.

The basic concept of the Sonic Highways album and series was born right then and there, in a small backstage room surrounded by mountains of Lone Star beer and Stubbs BBQ. 8 songs, 8 cities, 8 studios, and a musical road trip of a lifetime. Removing the Foo Fighters from our comfort zone and challenging the process from top to bottom, it breathed new life into the band, and set us on a journey that unquestionably exceeded any of our simple expectations. And now it has led us here. To another beautiful ending.

So, where do I begin?

We owe it all to Mexico City.

Unbeknownst to them, the people who attended those two concerts back in December, 2013 at Foro Sol stadium helped fund the filming and recording of the bulk of the Sonic Highways project. They were the fuse that lit this little firecracker, baby. Without those gigs, many may have never heard the incredible and truly inspiring life stories of Buddy Guy, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, Tony Joe White, Zac Brown, Dolly Parton, Roky Erickson, Gary Clark Jr, Bruce Pavitt, Fred Drake, Terry Lickona, Joan Jett, Steve Rosenthal, Nora Guthrie……a list too long to share here. But, beyond giving our band the equivalent of a rock and roll university year abroad, they gave the entire world the most priceless gift: Inspiration. So….Gracias a todos, Mexico….we couldn’t have done it without you.

Before long, our rag tag crew of ne’er-do-wells was stumbling from city to city, coast to coast, taking in every drop (!) of 100 proof American culture we could squeeze. Dancing in a New Orleans second line parade, laying under the desert stars in Joshua Tree, walking the streets of Chicago in -30 degree weather…it was an American dream come true. Our only responsibility was to share it with you, and the brave people of HBO trusted us with that much. (very freely, I might add.) Blind faith? Perhaps. But, without Nina Rosenstein, we would not be the people who we are today. Looking back, she gave us something immeasurably generous: some of the greatest memories of our lives. These people and places that we experienced have filled our hearts…and ultimately our songs. So, thank you, Nina. We are yours. But, focused on the moment, we never in our wildest dreams could have imagined the whirlwind 23 months that lay ahead of us. We just put one foot in front of the other, and kept moving….

I must admit, I never looked at our schedule. I was too scared. I knew that this was it. This was the big one. There was talk of stadiums, and anniversaries, and TV shows. South Africa, Korea, Colombia. Letterman and Glastonbury. It all seemed too good to be true! But, as always, we kept our heads down and tried to appreciate every single moment as it fled. Because, you realize, none of this was ever supposed to happen. Ever. As we approached our twentieth anniversary, it was hard not to look back on all of those years and smile while shaking our heads in wonder and disbelief. From the Mike Watt van tour of 1995, to RFK stadium in Washington DC (my hometown gig) July 4th, 2015…those dots don’t necessarily connect in real life, you know? It still boggles the mind. But, the spoils of these blessings are not lost upon us. We count every last one.

Even the disasters.

A lucky break? Yeah, you could call it that. Gothenburg was a swift reminder that life is short, and that we’re all here to live it together, no matter what adversity you’re faced with. (Music! The perfect remedy!) Sure, weeks and weeks of shuffling around hotel rooms on my butt with a cast on my leg, trying to pack my suitcase alone before lobby call got pretty fucking stale pretty fucking quick. But, as always, I just put one foot in front of……well, the same one for a while there…

And then everything changed. The energy. The atmosphere. THE THRONE. I was no longer afraid to look at the schedule, I was glued to it. The challenge that we faced from there on out became more of a mission, or a dare, if you will. And it showed. Pat’s smile got even wider (an infallible barometer of all things), Chris’s solos got even faster (thank God someone knows what they’re doing up there), Nate’s stage moves more daring (I once noticed him just to the left of me) and Taylor’s drum set….well….it got pinker. But not without the help of scores of hardworking bad asses that some might call the Foo Fighters road crew (we like refer to them as family, in a very Manson Family kind of way…) They ultimately deserve the lion’s share of credit for keeping this old circus tent erect for the past 6 months. So, let’s all have a nice, warm diet Coke for them tonight. They’re the hardest working motherfuckers in the business. Cheers.

And so we trudged on. Any fatigue was met with an explosion of energy once the curtain went up. Any pain was met with the adrenaline of thousands of voices singing along. Every one of you kept us alive for a while there. One night, at a point where I felt like I was at the end of my rope, it came to me that these few hours we have together every night were something like a heavy blanket to retreat under. I could always rely on our time together to get me to the next stop. Again, and again. From Chicago to Cesena.

That being said….we’ve always been pretty good at knowing when to call it a day. You just….know. You get that feeling that, if you’re not careful, you’ll run out of bread crumbs to find your way home and be lost in the woods forever. It hit me a few months back, crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder as if to say “Hey…don’t spend it all in one place, asshole.” A sobering reminder that all good things must come to an end. Of course…we could keep going. After all, we’d made it this far, right? What’s another 20 years?

Around that time we arrived in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits festival. A massive gig, two weekends and hundreds of acts, it was to be some of our final American performances for this album. There’s a certain bittersweet relief to that. On one hand, you’re carrying these monumental experiences under your wing as you anticipate life outside of a tour bus. On the other hand, you fear that the thrill and joy of sharing music with people all over the world will leave you like an empty shell when it’s gone. It becomes your everything. And that’s terrifying.

The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as “A lush retreat from the world”. And, believe me, that it is! 14 rooms and a small bar, it’s tucked away in the trees within a bustling, Austin neighborhood. As our van pulled up in the wee hours of September 30th, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off to give to the world as a “thank you” for the last 2 years. Though there’s a world class recording studio just on the other side of the fence (Arlyn Studios, look it up.), the hotel manager, Jenny offered that we record in the hotel. A most generous, but unrealistic offer. Though, after rolling it around in my head a few times, it made perfect sense! Returning to the city where the entire Sonic Highways concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la Sonic Highways, and making some music! Fate? Destiny? I was too tired to figure that kind of shit out, so I hit the sack, woke up the next morning and started making some calls…

By 6 pm the next day, the office was transformed into a control room and the bar was littered with microphones and cables. Amps were in the kitchen. Drums in front of the fireplace. Instant studio, courtesy of the legendary Kevin Szymanski! (Those fancy computer things are pretty convenient! More on that another time….) Margaritas were made, friends came to visit, the sun went down, and before long we started making enough noise to drive the neighbors to start drinking along with us. Riffs and ideas were thrown around, songs that were lost in the shuffle over the years, songs that were left unfinished. Like a musical retrospective, we were going through decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album. Our own sonic scrapbook. (The Neverending Sigh is 20 years old! Was once called 7 corners for all you die hards out there…) Without the usual pressure or expectation of making an “album”, we sat happy and relaxed as we played. A virtual “This Is Your Life” of the Foo Fighters. It was so good, but again, bittersweet knowing that it was all soon coming to an end.

By midnight, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had arrived, and the “session” turned into a full on party. Guitars were abandoned for horns and the room started swinging (spinning?). People danced between the cables and microphones, dancing behind the bar, strumming acoustic guitars on the patio. Danny Clinch did what Danny Clinch does, capturing the moments in his beautiful pictures between cocktails. Gary Clark Jr. sat on the patio in the candlelight, jamming along with friends from a couch. As the hours passed, the atmosphere had reached exactly what every recording experience should be: A celebration. “Always record! Always record!” said Jack Black in that infamous Tenacious D episode from years ago. Truer words have never been spoken. Because you just might miss something that you’ll never get back again. Moments that happen once in a lifetime. By the time that weekend was over, we had recorded 5 songs in that tiny room.

Weekend two was spent recording vocals and guitars in my bedroom, room 4. More friends, more margaritas, a fire in the fire pit. The most fabulous Cambria Harkey floated in, slinging her camera to insure that this wasn’t all just a dream. The porch was buzzing with activity as I did vocals in my bathroom, stepping in and out to listen to the previous takes. The coffee table became a pile of guitar pedals and scribbled lyrics, beer bottles and ashtrays. At one point, a familiar face walked in and said, “Dave…’s Ben Kweller…..” It had been years! Such a talented young man. We hugged, hit play to listen to the last vocal take, and he instinctively started singing the perfect harmony to my line. Without hesitation, I immediately said, “Get your ass in there and sing it right now.” So he picked up the coffee stained piece of hotel stationary with my lyrics penciled on it and banged out his part in two glorious takes. Always record, ladies and gentlemen. Always record. The night faded, friends and family scattered, and I fell asleep with my still glowing amp at the foot of my bed.

It was heartbreaking to leave that place, to say the least. I honestly feel like we left a piece of our band there as we were being torn away from it. The perfect unity of life, and love, and music is something that only comes around so often and in certain circumstances. When you feel it coming on, you have to take hold of it. That place and those people made it possible for our band to take one, big final breath before the curtain closes. Thankfully, we have evidence of this in these songs that we’re giving to you today. Thank you, Saint Cecilia. You made us feel right at home.

And, the music? Maybe these songs are the breadcrumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time. We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder…those things are never far behind. It’s what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now….

So tonight, as I sit in my Berlin hotel room on our final tour for this album, counting down the days until we return home, I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter related, it will only be when it feels right. And that’s a feeling that’s easy to feel.

To each and every one of you that made the past few years the best our band has ever had, thank you. You have all given us so much, and we are eternally grateful.

For real.

One foot in front of the other….


Sigh.  I love him.  Go to for the free download or stream.

In other news today from The Pulse of Radio:

Five Finger Death Punch canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (Nov 22nd) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries. The band issued a statement saying, ”As some of you may be aware, there were many rumors today that the Milan show on Sunday, Nov 22nd will be targeted in a next wave of terror attacks like we saw in Paris last week. We did our best in a very short amount of time to work with the local promoter and authorities to ensure that security would be adequate. Unfortunately, we did not receive confirmation in time to satisfy our requirements and to ensure that our fans would be safe at the event. Therefore, we were forced to postpone the show to a later date. Please stay tuned for more info.

The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.  The rumors of the attacks came a week after a deadly terrorist attack at seven locations in Paris, including an Eagles Of Death Metal concert where 89 people were killed.  The hacktivists said the information about the fresh attacks was received from “several pro-(ISIS) accounts.”

With regards to the threatened attack in Atlanta, the FBI said it had “specific or credible information” about one “at this time,” although they were taking the information seriously.  Five Finger Death Punch’s European tour, also featuring Papa Roach, is scheduled to stop in Paris tomorrow, Tuesday (Nov 24th).  A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including Foo Fighters, Deftones, Lamb of God and others.  I am sad to think, just like after 9/11, when we were frightened about getting onto the subway or a bus or a plane, this will be something we will have to deal with for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Blabbermouth reporting  Eagles of Death Metal — who were thrust into the headlines on Nov 13 when a mass shooting at the band’s Paris concert left nearly 100 people dead — sat down for an on-camera interview with VICE to speak about the tragedy.

In the clip previewing the chat with VICE founder Shane Smith, lead singer Jesse Hughes describes the events that took place at the concert venue Bataclan.

Several people hid in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them — except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket,” he says. “People were playing dead, and they were so scared.”

A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends,” he continues. “So many people put themselves in front of people.”

The full video of the VICE interview with Eagles Of Death Metal will premiere next week on

On a positive note, in the aftermath of the news of the awful bus accident the Los Angeles band The Ghost Inside experienced last week, where their tour bus was hit in a head-on collision with a semi in Texas, killing both vehicle drivers, and causing serious injuries to the band, with some having to be medivacked to medical centers in the area,  Bring Me The Horizon has donated $10,000 in merchandise sales from its current tour towards the medical expenses of former tour mates The Ghost Inside.  

Bring Me The Horizon announced the donation at their Facebook page, saying, “Our thoughts are currently with the band, crew and families of all involved in this horrible accident. We first toured with The Ghost Inside in 2008 and have remained good friends with them since. Proceeds from our merchandise on this tour have been donated to a GoFundMe account set up to help with medical bills.”  Bring Me The Horizon recently completed a North American headlining tour and is now doing the same in Europe.

Bring Me The Horizon also posted a link to a GoFundMe campaign started for The Ghost Inside, which increased its fundraising target to $90,000 on Friday evening (Nov 20th). At press time, over $125,000 had been raised.  Several members of The Ghost Inside and their crew remain hospitalized, although at this writing,  all are said to be in stable condition.

Members of SoundgardenAlice In Chains and Nirvana paid musical tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page last Thursday night (Nov 19th), during a benefit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. Backed by a house band that included ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin, the lineup on hand included Alice In Chains guitarists/singers Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Nirvana bassist Krist NovoselicBlack Crowes guitarist Rich RobinsonCheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen,  Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers and Moke‘s John Hogg.

Robinson and Hogg joined Page for bluesy renditions of “Ten Years Gone,” “Custard Pie,” “Sick Again” and “Dazed and Confused,” before giving way to the Alice in Chains team for “When the Levee Breaks,” “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman),” “No Quarter” and “How Many More Times.”  After that, Cantrell gave way to Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil for runs through “Immigrant Song,” “Communication Breakdown” and “Four Sticks.”  DuVall then exited and Novoselic jumped onstage for “Out On The Tiles,” Nielsen and Hogg sat in on the Yardbirds‘ “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” then Rodgers — who played with Page in The Firm – came out to play their biggest single, “Radioactive.”  The finale featured most of the musicians returning to the stage for a bash at Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll.”  Watch some fan filmed stuff here.   (Moke was a band I fell in love with back when they dropped their first US (self-titled) release back in 1999.  Check them out for yourself.  You might fall in love, too!

Alternative Nation reporting If the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup is going to even partially reunite, then Indio, California’s Coachella Festival wants a piece of that action. The annual music event has been mentioned as a possible headlining gig for a reunited Guns, and a source told GNRTruth, “Spoke to a friend at (Coachella promoter) Goldenvoice who didn’t want to say too much, but said ‘clock is ticking’ and that the Coachella lineup is scheduled to be released January 5th . . . Coachella’s offer is/was for Axl/Slash/Duff and . . . if GNR can deliver those three, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the lineup is.” The 2016 Coachella festival will take place from April 15th to 17th and April 22nd to 24th. There is also strong indications a GN’R appearance could be a part of the rock festivals in late April and May, including Rock On The Range. Hmmm.  We will have to wait N’ see.

Wolfmother has announced that its fourth studio effort, titled Victorious, will arrive on February 19th. The disc features sole original member Andrew Stockdale on all instruments except drums and was produced by Brendan O’Brien. The band has posted the title track and the first single, called “City Lights,” online. A North American tour kicks off on February 24th in Minneapolis. See Road Rage for dates.

The Struts have announced a new and final string of US dates for 2015.  Find them in Road Rage and check out The Struts studio performance in the hardDriveRadio studios on our YouTube Channel!   We’ll also be posting the Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown video soon.  And don’t forget we are now have our new podcast series, hardDrive DL!   Listen to full interviews with  artists like Parkway Drive, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) talking about his solo record and his career, a spotlight on the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour and more on the way, including my interview with Puscifer!   Download them in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts from.

And finally today, Happy Birthday to my bro David!  

Friday, Nov 20

Happy Friday!    Thank you, Microsoft.  Took nearly AN HOUR to have my computer take a new Windows 10 update. AN HOUR!   WTF!

In the news today from our sister company, The Pulse Of Radio…..

Foo Fighters have released a brief studio clip of a new song from the band’s upcoming EP, which will feature five new tracks recorded recently in Austin, TX. A Reddit page dedicated to the band also hinted that the title of the EP may be 2nd Century A.D.. The EP will be released through independent record stores on Record Store Day Black Friday next week (Nov 27th.)

The Foos posted a countdown clock on its site earlier this month counting down to midnight on November 22nd, along with a series of cryptic photos, some of which were apparently taken at the Hotel St. Cecilia in Austin.  According to reports, Dave Grohl told the audience during the band’s set at the Austin City Limits festival in October, “You know what I did last night . . . We recorded five f**king new songs in your beautiful city.”   Grohl has long acknowledged Austin as one of his favorite places, and the city was featured in the first season of the Foos’ HBO series Sonic Highways.  An unofficial track list for the EP includes the song titles ”Iron Rooster,” “Neverending Sigh,” “Saint Cecilia,” “Savior Breath” and “Sean.”  But this is  a teaser for “Nothing’s Set In Stone.”

Disturbed have posted their new video for “The Light.”  The clip was directed by Culley Bunker and Craig Bernard, who also are responsible for the artwork on their Immortalized album cover.  I understand a second video has also been filmed for another song off the album while the band was in LA filming “The Light.”

Pricey VIP incentives are a common thing at concerts these days, and Tool isn’t shying away from the concept on its just-announced 2016 North American run. The band is offering VIP packages for fan club members on the trek that include one ticket to the concert, admission for one into a VIP event in the venue, a VIP merchandise pack, early access to tour merchandise for purchase, refreshments, a photo opportunity and a live Q&A session with guitarist Adam Jones.  The total cost for one package? $500. Fans are allowed to purchase up to two packages only, and the subject of the Q&A session is subject to change at each stop on the tour.

Jones told us recently that the loyalty of Tool’s fans allows the band to record and tour on its own terms: Other bands who are successful come to our shows or see, like, our thing and go, ‘I don’t get it, dude. I don’t get how you do this. You’re not really on radio, you’re not, you know, you don’t play the game.’ And it’s because our fans are very passionate and we take kind of a back door to it.

Tool will embark on its U.S. tour in January, with the first confirmed date on January 9th in San Diego and the last so far on January 26th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just eight shows have been unveiled so far, although at least another eight are expected to be announced as well.  Direct support on the trek will come from Primus, with Los Angeles act 3Teeth also on the bill.  Tool hasn’t performed more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007.  Although the group has been working on new material, it’s next to impossible the band will have any new music out in time for the tour.

Yikes!  A tour bus carrying Oklahoma City band Hinder was involved in a crash on Wednesday (Nov 18th), while en route to the group’s next show. According to Blabbermouth, bassist Mike Rodden and the band’s lighting tech, identified as Clint, both suffered broken ribs in the incident, which happened outside Cookeville, TN. In addition, Hinder’s bus driver, Dave, was transferred to a hospital in Nashville where he underwent surgery.  Dave’s service dog, a 45-pound Australian Shepherd named Cuzco, briefly went missing after the accident but was eventually found.  The group, which was making its way to Charlotte, NC for the launch of a new U.S. tour, was forced to cancel its performances  there on Thursday night (Nov 19th) and in Baltimore tonight (Nov 20th). All tickets for both gigs were to be refunded at the point of purchase.

Evanescence did their first live show in 3 years in Nashville on Nov 13th and was followed by two other shows in Dallas and Los Angeles. The band also plays this weekend at Ozzfest Japan on Saturday (Nov 21st). Singer Amy Lee recently said there are no plans for the band to record new material, but that Evanescence may play more shows next year.  Check out their performance of “Going Under” here.

Hinder’s new full-length album, When The Smoke Clears, was released in May. The CD features the band’s new lead singer Marshal Dutton.  Dutton previously sang for Hinder on some tour dates during original frontman Austin Winkler‘s hiatus from the band in 2012.  After Winkler left for good in November 2013, the band initially recruited Nolan Neal to take his place.  Glad everyone will be ok!   Sorry about your tour bus, dudes!  That SUCKS! See more on Hinder’s Facebook page.

WOLFMOTHER have announced a Feb 19th release date for their highly anticipated new album, Victorious (Universal Music Enterprises). Fans around the world got a sneak preview of the album yesterday when Wolfmother premiered two tracks –  “Victorious” and “City Lights” –  which can be heard via Spotify HERE.  Fans can get “Victorious” and “City Lights” as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order VICTORIOUS on iTunes. The CD is also available for pre-order through Amazon HERE and pre-orders and exclusive merch bundles are also available at

Wolfmother will launch a headline tour of North America set to kick off Febr 24th at First Avenue in Minneapolis (see full itinerary in Road Rage). On Nov 30th at 10am, fans that have  signed up for Wolfmother email updates (at will receive a special code to purchase tickets before they are available to the general public. On Dec 4th, tickets go on sale to the general public. For more information, please visit

Blabbermouth reporting Drowning Pool have posted a preview of the single “By The Blood” online The track is taken from the band’s new album, Hellelujuah, which will arrive on Feb 05, 2016. The group has described the follow-up to 2013′s Resilience as its “most metal record to date.”

Have a great weekend.  Please, let’s all take care and extend kindness.

Thursday, Nov 19

Good day.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

Well, yesterday, Eagles of Death Metal issued the following statement following the events of last Friday night (Nov 13th) in Paris, France, when more than 129 people were killed in seven coordinated terrorist attacks. The greatest number of deaths took place at the Bataclan, the French music venue where Eagles Of Death Metal were performing when terrorists began a siege that ended with 89 people in the club either shot to death or killed in explosions and many more severely injured and in hospitals. 

The band’s statement reads in full:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas AyadMarie Mosser and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

“Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

“We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French state departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil. All Eagles Of Death Metal shows are on hold until further notice. Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive Eagles Of Death Metal.”

If you’ve never heard Eagles Of Death Metal, check our this video for “Complexity.” The band was founded in 1998 by Queens Of The Stone Age  mainman Josh Homme and his longtime friend Jesse Hughes. Homme appears on all the band’s albums, but only plays live with them occasionally. He was not in Paris at the time of the attacks.  Homme told us a while back that working with the Eagles was just like getting together with old friends: I’ve known Jesse since I was in high school, since I was 15 years old. We’ve actually been playing longer than the Queens have been playing. It’s just one of those things where you just take it at, like, a very casual pace, its own pace, you know. It’s just kind of always been there, you know, and it’s nice to play with your friends.


In a related story, Metallica has posted a tribute on Facebook to Thomas Ayad, an international project manager for Mercury Records for Eagles of Death Metal at  Universal Music France who was killed on Nov 13th  at the Bataclan.  The post read, “We had great fortune to work with Thomas Ayad at Universal Music France for the past eight years and while Thomas had the official title of being our ‘project manager,’ we knew him as a member of our Metallica family, a fan, a friend . . . and a warm, helpful, supportive familiar face each time we visited France. Friday we lost Thomas, at the Bataclan theatre, in a way that none of us can begin to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Thomas’ friends, family, co-workers and all Parisians during these very difficult time.

Other artists ranging from Keith Richards to Justin Bieber to the Eagles Of Death Metal themselves have also paid tribute to Ayad.  The Eagles Of Death Metal, Deftones and Foo Fighters canceled the remainder of their European tours in the wake of the attacks, while acts including Five Finger Death PunchPapa Roach and Marilyn Manson canceled shows in Paris or France immediately following the tragic events, in which at least 129 people lost their lives in seven coordinated attacks.   If you would like to help the victims of the Parisian attacks, you can go to the hardDriveRadio APP and donate to the French Red Cross (Croix-Rouge Francaise) or Nick Alexander’s GoFundMe page.

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting today,  Nothing More has released a music video for the band’s latest single, “Here’s To The Heartache.” The track is the fourth taken from the group’s self-titled debut album, and singer Jonny Hawkins told us they never expected to get this far: ”This was a tough choice because we didn’t even know we were gonna have a fourth single on this record. But we ended up going that way and our label also felt really strongly about that song. They felt so passionate about it, the fact that we’re even doing a fourth one was really them believing in the record and wanting to do it. So we kind of defaulted to their passion in regards to going that direction with this song.”  

The Used has announced a 15th anniversary tour that kicks off on April 5th and 6th in Seattle and closes on May 27th and 28th in Los Angeles. The band will play two nights in each city, with the first evening featuring a performance of the group’s 2002 self-titled debut in its entirety and the second focusing on the band’s 2004 sophomore effort, In Love And Death, which will also be played end to end.  See Road Rage for all the dates.

Alternative Nation reports Chris Cornell was recently interviewed by Live Nation TV, and the interview showcased previously unreleased Temple Of The Dog footage. Recalling the creation of the classic Temple song “Hunger Strike,” Cornell said, “My memory of us singing it together is I just went in and sang my part, (Eddie Vedder) went in and sang his part, and it took probably 40 minutes, and that was it. That was back in the day where you had no record budget, and that album in particular was recorded and mixed in a total of 14 days, not in a row.” Watch Chris here.

Bring Me The Horizon have posted  a live performance video for “True Friends.” It was actually filmed at a show I was at in NYC at the tiny & intimate Studio at Webster Hall. Watch!

Celebrating life today:  Tool bassist Justin Chancellor is 44  and Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns N’ Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver, among others,  is 55.

Wednesday, Nov 18

What day is it?  What day IS IT?   Well, you know…..

Puscifer last night at NYC’s Terminal 5 wasn’t JUST a concert!  It was an EVENT! Lucha Libre wrestlers (3 men/2 women) entered the ring that also served as the performance platform for Maynard Keenan (nattily dressed in a suit with a leather wrestling mask and his signature merkin wig) and Carina Round (With dark eyes made up like a raccoon.) (See The Remedy video and you will get the drift. They used the same mike stands and similar clothing last night.)   The rest of the band, guitarist Mat Mitchell, drummer Jeff Friedl (with his kit placed in front of the ring at center stage and dressed in a black body suit and wrestler mask,) bassist Paul Barker (Ministry) and multi-instrumentalist Mahsa  Zargaran, stood on either side of the ring, with the wrestlers walking around the stage at times, or sitting on benches with other band members who would take turns sitting briefly. There was even a mock rooster fighter (Relax PETA, it was with mechanical roosters.)

The video visuals were outstanding, with screens set up behind and at the front on either side of the stage which showed videos of characters like Major Douche  and Billy D that have been a part of the Puscifer entourage of characters.  One announcer warned the audience that Carina’s cobra escaped from it’s cage and to pick it up by the back of its head if found. (Sure)  Actually Carina’s movements were very cobra-like, come to think of it.  Anyhow, the show was mesmerizing and the place was packed.  If this tour is coming anywhere near where you live, I encourage you to see it.

Meanwhile, the other show in town last night was Adele at Radio City Music Hall.  I had to laugh this morning as I have the Today show on,  and there, standing in the crowd, was my co-worker Katherine who produces Nights with Alice Cooper.  Very funny to see someone you know on tv like that.  Wish I could’ve recorded for her!   Where’s my VHS when I need it!  LOL

In the news today, The Pulse Of Radio posted Tool announced their tour yesterday and will embark on a U.S. tour in January, with the first confirmed date on Jan 9th in San Diego and the last so far on January 26th in Charlotte, NC. Just eight shows have been unveiled so far, although at least another eight are expected to be announced as well. Direct support on the trek will come from Primus, with Los Angeles act 3Teeth also on the bill.

Tool always brings an elaborate stage show on the road and drummer Danny Carey told us a while back that they’re always out to make it more impressive: “We have a whole team of people that we are constantly working with, trying to come up with better and bigger things and, you know, just ways to reinforce the songs, you know, ways to reinforce the music and all the art that we come up with.”

Tool hasn’t performed more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007.  The band recently performed their lone concert of 2015 in Arizona on Halloween.  Although the group has been working on new material, it’s next to impossible the band will have a new record out in time for the tour.

Oh man, Pulse also reporting on this. Of Mice And Men singer Austin Carlile has revealed he will undergo hip and back surgery soon, according to Loudwire. Carlile mentioned the upcoming operations on Twitter, but did not elaborate further. They are most likely related to his struggle with Marfan Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that has already led to several surgeries for Carlile and the removal of a rib in the past year alone. He was hospitalized abruptly last June 6th, forcing the band to cancel several shows, and ended up in surgery.   He spent the summer in recovery and physical therapy, tweeting at one point in mid-July that he was going to therapy three times a week.

The band canceled several fall appearances while Carlile continued his recovery. They are still listed as performing at Ozzfest Japan on Nov 21st. Of Mice And Men has also used the downtime to work on material for its next album.  I’ll have to check in on the band to see what is up.  Say a prayer for our friend Austin. He’s a good man.

I mean, this is old news, but I guess since everyone’s been writing about it, I will share.  Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett confirmed in an interview with an Albany, NY radio station at one point, the band considered firing founding drummer Lars Ulrich back in 1986. The long-running rumor first gained traction in 2009 when ex-Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine revealed it to Rolling Stone, and surfaced again when Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian discussed it while doing press for his 2014 memoir, I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax.

Asked about the rumor by Albany station, Hammett revealed, “That was just an old thing, you know. I think at one point or another, we were pissed off at Lars, around maybe 1985 or something. We were unhappy and we might have grumbled something to someone. And then that person might have picked up on it and made it something a lot bigger than it actually was… To be completely honest, (Lars) has a lot of drive, and that’s a part of the reason why I love the man. His drive and his motivation is just so intense, you know.”  OK so now you know.   Really sort of a non-story if you ask me!

Pulse also reporting Linkin Park performed an intimate 90-minute show on Saturday night (Nov 14th) in Los Angeles as part of a Music For Relief benefit. The highlight of the band’s performance came when they were joined by Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus and No Doubt drummer Adrian Young to perform their 2003 smash “Numb.” Hoppus was also the emcee of the six-hour event, which also featured a silent auction and DJ set from Steve Aoki.   Meanwhile, Linkin Park is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the release of their debut album, Hybrid Theory.  Chester Bennington will be our Featured Artist of the Week, representin’ LP the week of Nov 30th on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus.

Blabbermouth reports today Evanescence singer Amy Lee has posted a video online for her new cover version of U2‘s “With Or Without You” at her new YouTube channel. Lee said about the track, ”Sometimes I dream in music. This dark version of U2′s immortal song was playing in my head as I woke up one morning. I was lingering in that half-awake, half-asleep place, with no images — just darkness, this song and huge emotions. As I was becoming conscious, I just kept thinking, ‘Don’t let it go, don’t forget!’ And I went straight upstairs and laid down the synth and basic vocal.” She added, ”Love is rarely simple; more often, it’s tearing your guts out. And I think that’s why this song creeps into my dreams and haunts me.”

And finally today, our friends Pop Evil just posted their new video for “Ways to Get High.”  The very cool clip was directed by their long-time video director, Johan Carlen. Frontman Leigh Kakaty said, “This song is a chance to free your mind and express yourself in whatever mood you may be in. Find your shine!

Tuesday, Nov 17

Had a wonderful chat with Puscifer’s  Maynard Keenan and the very jovial Mat Mitchell yesterday in the studios.  We mixed talk of making music with making wine, and after it ended, even their manager gave me a thumbs up on the interview.  So we’ll share the entire thing with you in an upcoming hardDriveRadio podCast.  Will let you know when it’s posted!

As the world reels from the terror attacks that took place in Paris, France on Friday night (Nov 13th),  The Pulse Of Radio reporting members of the rock community are also reacting, often by canceling shows. At least six coordinated terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 129 people, including 89 concertgoers attending a show by American rockers Eagles Of Death Metal at a club called the Bataclan.

The members of the band, along with members of Deftones who were in attendance, were all reported safe in the aftermath of the attacks, which led to a state of emergency in France.

Maynard actually told me various members of Deftones reportedly left the venue just minutes before the attack. They were scheduled to perform three sold-out nights at Le Bataclan following the Eagles of Death Metal’s headlining gig. All three shows were canceled, as was the rest of the European tour. Two performances were scheduled in Germany, one in London. The band is headed home to be with loved ones.

The Arcs, featuring Black Keys member Dan Auerbach, were performing in Paris not far from the Bataclan on Friday night, and the Arcs frontman said, “We were playing a club almost the same as the Eagles of Death Metal: a 1,500-seat, 150-year-old theater [three] miles away from them, an American band. It’s crazy. They locked down the building. We were there for about an hour. We heard there were still gunmen on the loose. We knew there were two separate hostage situations. We were on a balcony. We had a good vantage point. We were hunkered down listening for gunshots. We had people guarding all the doors, which were all locked up. We saw the helicopters flying above us; police cars just screaming by.”

The Arcs’ tour manager moved to get everyone out of the area, so they reportedly made a break for the tour bus, heading toward Milan.  One of the victims of the terrorist attack was Nick Alexander, who had previously worked with the Black Keys as their merch guy. Auerbach said: “We’d been working with him for years. He was part of our family basically — one of those guys we’d see every time we come over here for these big European experiences we’d been having for 10-plus years. He was always there; a really nice guy, always with his mod haircut and his big smile.”

Auerbach says the Black Keys last played the Bataclan, the site of one of the terrorist attacks (where the Eagles of Death Metal were performing) five years ago:  “It’s a place I’ve been to a lot; a place I’ve been with the guys I was with last night. It just really hit home. I know people that were there last night. I know people who are like, ‘What am I gonna do – see the Arcs or the Eagles of Death Metal?’ And I’ve woken up feeling very out of sorts. What do you call it, survivors’ remorse? Why the hell did it happen there and not where we were playing? I’m just so brokenhearted about all those people. And I think about our sound guy and lighting guy who would have been right there. It’s so scary.”

Meanwhile, Five Finger Death Punch were scheduled to play La Laiterie – Grande Salle in Strasbourg Sunday, but issued a statement saying: “We followed the tragic events in Paris Friday night with great sadness. We are devastated at the loss of life and have friends and fans who were at the concert. Out of respect for the victims and to observe France’s 3 national days of mourning, we will be postponing our show in Strasbourg Sunday night, Nov 15th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and those affected by the terror attacks in France. Please stay tuned to for more info as we have it.

Papa Roach were scheduled to play L’Aeronef in Lilles, France, which they canceled. I a statement they said: “We heard about the tragedy in Paris last night after our show in Frankfurt with great sadness. We are devastated at the loss of life and had friends and fans who were at the Eagles of Death Metal concert. Out of respect for the victims and the French three days of national mourning, we will be canceling our show in Lille Sunday night, Nov 15th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris. Info on refunds will be posted in the next few days. We hope to know about our Paris show tomorrow. #Jesuis #Paris #PrayForParis.”

Motorhead was scheduled to play at the Zenith in Paris on Nov 15, which they postponed, saying: “Due to the serious situation that our brothers and sisters are facing in Paris we have to postpone our gig until January. We are working on locking a date and will give details as soon as we can.”

Consequence Of Sound said Prince also cancelled a 16-stop European run of his Piano and Microphone solo tour.  And Pearl Jam’s tour throughout South America has yielded many powerful on-stage moments this month. In Brazil, the band covered Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” amid a torrential downpour. Meanwhile, in Chile, Eddie Vedder led a surreal rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

Over the weekend, during another gig in Brazil, Pearl Jam delivered an especially touching performance of “Love Boat Captain”, which they dedicated to those victims of the Paris terrorist attacks last Friday. “Our love goes out to all in Paris,” Vedder told the crowd while introducing the song, according to SPIN. Later, the frontman changed a couple of the lyrics as a tribute to those lives lost: The original line “Lost 9 friends we’ll never know/ Two years ago today” was modified to “Lost 90 friends we’ll never know/ Oh, again today.”

Andre, who handles our hardDriveRadio APP, is posting for us two ways to help victims of these terrible events in Paris.  One is the GoFundMe for merchanise manager, Nick Alexander, and the other is for the French Red Cross (Croix-Rouge Francaise.)   We do hope if you can help, you will.   We Are All One.

On a lighter note, Blabbermouth says according to EW.comFoo Fighters frontman  Dave Grohl will guest star on ABC‘s “The Muppets”Grohl will appear as himself on the Dec 1 episode titled “Going, Going, Gonzo” in which he challenges Animal to a drum-off.   Grohl previously appeared in the 2011 feature film “The Muppets” as Animal‘s replacement in the cover band The Moopets.  “The Muppets” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.  Check local listings. 

Monday, Nov 16

When the news came down on CNN Radio in my car on Friday as I was leaving to drive upstate for the weekend, I was so freaked out knowing  some of the people and band Eagles Of Death Metal, who had experienced such terror all while they were simply doing their job in a place they felt comfortable.  How could such horror happen?  What is wrong with this world that people want to incur such violence and death, in the name of God, not only upon innocent people, but upon themselves. Needless to say, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Paris and across the globe.  Vive La France!  

My friends at Ramp posted this this morning:

As the world continues to try and process the magnitude of the horror that occurred in Paris last Friday, it did not go unnoticed that the majority of the 120+ deaths happened inside the Bataclan Theater, where UMG artists Eagles Of Death Metal were about six songs into their set when the carnage erupted. While the band managed to escape unharmed (co-founder Josh Homme was not touring with the band during this European leg), we were saddened to learn that a UMG employee and a member of the band’s crew were killed during the attack. UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge confirmed the death of Thomas Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records. In a staff memo, Grainge said, “This is an unspeakably appalling tragedy. I cannot even begin to express the depth of my sorrow. On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family.”

Rolling Stone also reported the death of Nick Alexander, 36, a British citizen and a member of the Eagles of Death Metal merchandising crew. In a statement, Alexander’s family said, “Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light.” Alexander’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page in his memory. 

Shortly after the attack, HBO cancelled Saturday’s scheduled live broadcast of U2‘s Innocence + Experience concert at the Bercy Arena in Paris.  (The band also went to the site of the Bataclan in honor of the victims.)  As related by Variety, U2 frontman Bono spoke with Irish radio personality Dave Fanning on Saturday, commenting, “If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called ‘War on Terror,’ or whatever it’s called. It’s very upsetting.” He added, ‘These are our people. This could be me at a show, you at a show, in that venue. It’s a very recognizable situation for you and for me, and the coldblooded aspect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that’s what I can’t get out of my head.”

Also, late Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, as the horrific events were still unfolding in Paris, Coldplay cancelled that evening’s scheduled live streaming show for Tidal & KROQ/Los Angeles, “out of respect for the terrible events in Paris.” The downtown Los Angeles event was intended to promote the band’s forthcoming album, A Head Full Of Dreams. The Facebook post continued, “For those of you already down at the venue and those on your way, we’ll play a short set of old material so that your journey isn’t wasted. We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.” That show will be rescheduled.

On Saturday, Foo Fighters announced the cancellation of the rest of their European tour. “In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now,” their Facebook post read. “There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

And The Deftones, who were supposed to perform two sold-out nights at the Bataclan Saturday and Sunday nights, cancelled their shows without moving to another venue. (I just discovered the band was in attendance on Friday at the Bataclan, but also got out safely.)

Also on Saturday, Godsmack performed in Las Vegas.  Blabbermouth reporting during their set, the band’s frontman, Sully Erna, dedicated the song “Serenity” to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France.  (Note: There is some swearing here) While introducting the track, he said: “It doesn’t matter if they’re in another country, we’re all human beings, and these motherfuckers in ISIS, I’ve gotta tell you… I hope at some point they can wipe out that shit and make it a fucking parking lot. I’m tired of this shit.

He continued: “So we’re not gonna stop the show and ask you guys to kind of be quiet for a minute. We’re just gonna do a song that I think kind of represents a moment like this. This is gonna be our version of a prayer. So, for whatever it’s worth, you don’t have to do a whole lot on here; maybe you can sing along with us. But whatever you do, just send out some really positive energy, because I am certain that a lot of people lost their children that night, a lot of people lost their parents that night. And so, it’s our job as human beings to just kind of send out some good energy their way, you know what I mean?! That’s what we do. We’re all good people. So, Tony [Rombola, guitar], let’s play a song and let’s call this our prayer for the evening, okay?”

The Pulse Of Radio  posted comments from other musicians from around the world:

Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale wrote on Twitter, “”I play these venues,I know these people, the fans, the crew, the photographers, the journalists. It’s an attack on my world.”

Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy offered, “My heart aches for the victims of tonight’s attack and the good people of Paris. Sending love to all.”

AC/DC: “We mourn this tragic loss of life and stand with the world to salute your joie de vivre. Paix.”

Corey Taylor: “Sending all my love & thoughts to the French people. I hope justice is done for those who died & those who were hurt. ”

Slash: “Mortified by the horrific events in Paris. Our thoughts & prayers go out to all the innocent victims.”

Shinedown‘s Eric Bass: “Those were just fans at a rock show. Faces we see every night out here. I’m just heartbroken.”

Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo: “Our hearts are with Paris tonight.”

Chris Cornell: “I can’t imagine a reason to end so many innocent lives or believing that there is a God who would condone it .”

Flea: “Sending all my love to all the people in Paris being attacked, killed, and hurt and taken hostage right now.”

Rise Against: Rise Against played in Paris one year ago today. Our hearts go out to our brothers in and , venue staff and fans.

Godsmack: Our thoughts go out to everyone in Paris right now. Horrible & very sad.

Papa Roach: Crazy stuff happening in Paris right now. Everyone there is in our thoughts.

On to other news:

One show that did go on in NYC on Saturday night was Parkway Drive!  The band did, what I understand, an AMAZING set at Irving Plaza, and before the show, frontman Winston McCall did a live AMA on the hardDriveRadio APP.  Many thanks to the band and congrats to our Parkway Drive guitar winner, Paul Koivisto, who is a KILO listener in Colorado Springs, CO.

Today, Maynard Keenan and Mat Mitchell of Puscifer are coming to the hardDriveRadio studios in NYC.  And to show you how close this music community is, the bass player on Puscifer’s new Money Shot album, Matt McJunkins, also happens to be touring now with Eagles of Death Metal.  It should be an interesting conversation today with Maynard and Mat.

Speaking of Maynard, who doesn’t like to be asked about Tool, I guess he will be packing his bags to do some shows with them in 2016. Toolband posted a cryptic message last week: ”Something wicked this . . . your way comes! For those of you who only like news about Tool, here’s something that should be of great interest. The impenetrable veil of my dark scrying mirror finally cleared today — enough so, in fact — that I could perceive a large heptagram on a complexly lit stage where four performers were dwarfed by dramatic video projections. Evidently the sonic and visual extravaganza that I was receiving is a rare glimpse of future Tool U.S.A. tour dates in the month of January, 2016.”  Hmmm.  Stay tuned for tour dates in Road Rage soon!

Volbeat has parted ways with founding bass player Anders Kjolholm, with a statement from the band saying that all matters related to the split “have been mutually and respectfully agreed upon.” Frontman Michael Poulsen and drummer Jon Larsen, the band’s two remaining original members, said, “Anders has been a loyal friend and bandmate since 2001. We’ve toured most parts of the world and shared experiences that only few bands get to do. We’re very thankful for this and wish Anders all the best in the future.

Kjolholm himself added, “It has been a great experience to be part of the Volbeat family for so long and I wish Michael, Jon and Rob (Caggiano, guitar), everyone involved with the band and of course all the fans all the best on the continued journey.”  Kjolholm is an original member of the group, starting with them in 2001 and playing on all five studio albums to date.

The Danish-American act has reportedly been working on its next studio set, with a 2016 release date expected. Poulsen told us earlier this year how it was shaping up:  We have an album title, you know, we’re working on a front cover, and there’s gonna be stuff that goes way back to the first Volbeat record, but also there’s gonna be stuff that continues from the latest album that we released. So it’s gonna be a mixture of very old Volbeat, but also where we left.


Pulse also reporting speculation reached a fever pitch last week that Guns N’ Roses was close to announcing a reunion tour, but now a report has emerged indicating that the band lineup for the trek may not be exactly what fans had in mind. According to Melodic Rock, the tour will feature founding members Axl Rose on vocals, Slash on lead guitar and Duff McKagan on bass — but that’s all for the original roster.

Instead of also seeing original guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler – or even Use Your Illusion-era drummer Matt Sorum – fans will instead get current guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer joining the big three, as well as longtime keyboard player Dizzy Reed.   A report from Dish Nation claimed last week that a reunion tour was “close to being revealed,” with the band allegedly headlining several major festivals in Europe and the U.S. before embarking on a worldwide tour to mark its 30th anniversary.

Rumors about a reunion have been heating up ever since the summer, when Slash revealed that he and Rose had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement.  Several members have recently left the current lineup of Guns N’ Roses, which features Rose as the sole original member. The band has not performed live since last year, but its Twitter account has posted several cryptic messages lately, furthering talk of a reunion.   Other celebrities and musicians with direct or indirect ties to the Guns camp have also hinted that an announcement is imminent.


Friday The 13th of Nov!

Oooohhhhh!   Don’t walk under a ladder, step on a crack or let a black cat cross your path!  It’s FRIDAY THE 13th, yo!

I love this story from The Pulse Of Radio!  While awarding the Medal Of Honor at the White House yesterday (Thu, Nov 12th) to a former Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and was badly injured in the Aug 2012 attack, President Obama recounted a moment during Florent Groberg‘s recovery when he thought he was hallucinating because Korn singer Jonathan Davis appeared at his bedside.

The President then said, “Flo thought, ‘What’s going on? Am I hallucinating?’ Today, Flo, I want to assure you you are not hallucinating. You are actually in the White House. Those cameras are on, (and) I am not the lead singer from Korn.”  Groberg, who needed 33 surgeries to save his leg after tackling the bomber, is the 10th living service member awarded the nation’s highest honor for battlefield bravery in Iraq or Afghanistan.  JD, who happened to be visiting military bases abroad when he met Groberg, posted a video snippet of Obama’s speech on his Instagram account along with a one-word comment: “Wow.” Love it!

Well, I suppose the BIG news is concerning more chatter about a touring reunion of the original Guns N’ Roses band!   Pulse says a report from Dish Nation claims a reunion tour of the classic Guns N’ Roses is “close to being revealed,” with the band allegedly headlining several major festivals in Europe and the U.S. before embarking on a worldwide tour to mark its 30th anniversary. A source explained, ”Slash and Axl have verbally agreed to get things together again and reform the original band. The live shows is where they can show the world what they had and also make the greatest earnings.”

The source added, “Promoters are quietly working away to land opportunities. Details of the reunion are expected to leak out in the next few days. Everyone is expecting huge demand for tickets, but the boys are very humble and are not sure what to expect.

According to other reports, the band has already been approached about playing shows in Australia, Portugal and Sweden. Rumors about a reunion have been heating up ever since the summer, when original guitarist Slash revealed that he and singer Axl Rosehad repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement.  The longtime feud between Slash and Rose has been seen for some time as the main stumbling block to a reunion of the original lineup, which has not performed together in 24 years.   Several members have recently left the current lineup of Guns N’ Roses, which features Rose as the sole original member. The band has not performed live since last year.  The band’s Twitter account has posted several cryptic messages lately, furthering talk of a reunion.

I want to check this film out! Pulse also reporting Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has unveiled the official trailer for Jaco, the documentary about pioneering bass player Jaco Pastorius that Trujillo executive produced. Trujillo spent five years and a lot of his own money on the film, and told us why it was important for him to make it: “It’s a story that I wanted to share with as many people as possible — musicians or non-musicians, you know, bass players or non-bass players. And this is not about Robert Trujillo the bass player or, you know, the guy from Metallica or anything, this is really about me just trying to share the story of my favorite bass player. You know, I know the story’s powerful, it needs to be told.”

Trujillo cites Pastorius as one of his main influences on bass and saw him perform four times before Pastorius’ untimely death. Jaco will be out on Nov 27th via VOD and streaming services and will also be available as a Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. The official soundtrack to the film will also be released on the same day. The film features exclusive material from the Pastorius family archive, as well as interviews with Jaco fans such as Joni MitchellStingFlea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy CollinsCarlos Santana and many others. Check out the trailer here.

Jaco Pastorius was best known for his groundbreaking bass work with the jazz/rock fusion band Weather Report between 1976 and 1981. Pastorius descended into drug and alcohol abuse in the 1980s and lived on the street for weeks at a time in 1986 and 1987. He died on Sep 21st, 1987 at the age of 35 after suffering brain injuries in a fight with a club bouncer.

We just posted a new Ghost performance video for “Jigolo Har Megiddo” on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  And  the first clip we did for “If You Have Ghosts” has already hit 100,000 hits!  Thanks!  Meanwhile, Ghost performed on 11/11 in Gothenburg, Sweden and you can see some footage here and here.

Don’t forget to set your reminder for the Live AMA  in the INTERACT LIVE section of our APP with Winston McCall of Parkway Drive happening tomorrow (Sat, Nov 14) at 6 PM EASTERN!    This will be a great opportunity to speak with the frontman of this awesome band from Australia!   Download the hardDriveRadio APP for free in the app store or Google Play and get in on the action!  More artist chats in the works!

And don’t forget MAYNARD KEENAN and MAT MITCHELL of PUSCIFER in the hardDriveRadio studios on Monday!  Think up some questions you can send along to me via the INTERACT LIVE section of the app or via the interact link on the home page (email.)  Do it!  Let me know you city/state, too!

Celebrating life this weekend:  Saturday, Tobin Esperance of Papa Roach is 36  and Josh Silver of Type O Negative is 53.  Sunday, my pal Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is 41.  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, Nov 12

Good morning! Did you see yesterday’s message about sending me questions for Maynard Keenan and Mat Mitchell of Puscifer? They’ll be in our studios on Monday, and I encourage you to hit Pandora to listen to the full album.  You will be blown away how awesome it is.  And weird (hello, “Simultaneous”?)  I love it.  Definitely listen even though you may not send a question.  And PLEASE, no “When’s the Tool record coming?”   He has said over and over, when he gets the music from the band, he does his part.  When he doesn’t have music to write to, he can’t. So let’s let that lie for now, ok?  I totally appreciate he is even coming to see us (normally, in the past, I have had to go to his dressing room, so this is pretty exciting for us!)

Our friends Lzzy Hale and Halestorm have posted their new music video for “I Am The Fire.”  They filmed in the desert and Lzzy told us the track has gotten a strong response when the band plays it live: “Just this past tour, been so many girls coming up and telling me stories, you know, about how that song has kind of changed their course of where they’re going in life and kind of given them that confidence to make a difficult decision, and it’s been really cool.”

Guitarist Joe Hottinger told TeamRock, “I think the lyric that sums up the whole song best is, ‘I am the one that I’ve been waiting for.’ It’s the idea that nobody is holding you back except yourself. So be the fire.”  Halestorm is currently touring Canada with Three Days Grace and will hit Hawaii, Japan, and do their very first shows in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore before the year concludes.

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Korn recently wrapped up a North American tour on Oct 30th on which the band performed its 1994 self-titled debut album from start to finish, and singer Jonathan Davis is probably glad the trek is over. Speaking with Breal.TV, Davis said, “I’m so motherf**king happy I don’t gotta play this f**king album again after this tour. I’m gonna be straight up honest. I don’t like f**king playing that f**king record.

Davis said he doesn’t enjoy singing those songs anymore because he’s not in the same place as a person that he was back then, explaining, “It’s dark, it f**ks with my head. I’ve gotten into the worst depression on this tour. It’s just some s**t that needs to go to bed.”   (I know there were personal reasons why he wouldn’t include “Daddy” in set lists over the years.  That one really does a number on him. So having to do that one song every night must have been so hard just for starters!)

Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer echoed his singer’s comments, telling us that the band has changed a lot emotionally since recording the first album: “We’re so different now. I think most of us are (more) mature than we were back then. It’s kind of fun to just see how we react to some of the old songs when we play ‘em, and it does bring back memories. But there’s some memories also that aren’t so good.”

JD added that he doesn’t regret the tour, saying, “I’m glad I did it. The only reason I did it was for the fans so they could come out and feel that and see that. Don’t ask again, I’m not gonna do it again.”  The band’s debut album has sold more than four million copies since its release and features Korn classics like “Blind,” “Need To” and “Shoots And Ladders.”  Korn has just two more dates on its current schedule, in Taiwan on Nov 19th and at Ozzfest Japan on Nov 21st.

Oh man!  I think it’s ON!  Pulse posted this story this morning, so of course, I will have to get to the bottom of it, but if the wives are talking, it’s got to be real. Seems a former cast member on Bravo’s The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills inadvertently spill the beans about a Guns N’ Roses reunion. According to LoudwireBrandi Glanville – not exactly known for her discretion while on The Real Housewives – exclaimed “Guns N’ Roses is coming back, motherf**kers!” while being interviewed during a night out with her longtime friend Susan Holmes-McKagan, wife of former Guns bassist Duff McKagan.  (You can tell by the look on Susan’s face that “uh oh” look, and shouting  “Woo!” at her friend’s remark  that it wasn’t supposed to be revealed. However, Holmes-McKagan did post a vintage photo of the classic Guns lineup on her Instagram account last week.)

Rumors about a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup have been heating up ever since the summer, when original guitarist Slash revealed that he and singer Axl Rose had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement. The longtime feud between Slash and Rose has been seen for some time as the main stumbling block to a reunion of the original lineup, which has not performed together in 24 years.  Several members have recently left the current lineup of Guns N’ Roses, which features Rose as the sole original member. The band has not performed live since last year.  The Guns N’ Roses Twitter account has posted several cryptic messages lately, including “Whatever happened to no news is good news,” and “Surely they’ll read between the lines.”

Pulse also says a White Zombie vinyl box set is coming in 2016, according to former bassist Sean Yseult. Speaking with Artisan News, Yseult said, “J.(Yuenger, ex-White Zombie guitarist) and I — and, actually, Rob (Zombie, ex-White Zombie frontman) got in on it too — we’ve been working on a box set . . . It’s coming out, I believe, this spring or summer. We’ve been working on it for over a year.”  Asked what will be inside the set, Yseult explained, “There’s, I think, fifty pages of liner notes. They’ve been interviewing us all for months and months. J. and I sent them all of our White Zombie ephemera — from t-shirts to old punk-rock flyers to everything — and they did a beautiful job on the booklet. It’s gonna be a box set — all vinyl, all the early records that we started in 1985.”

Yseult hinted that there may be some previously unreleased music included with the set as well.  A White Zombie CD box set came out in 2008, containing the band’s complete catalog of music and videos. White Zombie was formed in 1985 in New York City and broke up in 1997, with Rob going on to launch a successful solo career in 1998.

Rob Zombie told us a while back he’s made his peace with his previous band’s output after not being happy with it for years: A lot of the White Zombie stuff, I hadn’t listened to any of these songs since we did ‘em and in fact if someone had played me the songs and didn’t tell me what they were, I probably wouldn’t even remember that they were us. But at the time, I remember doing them, going, ‘Eh, that sounds like crap, I hate this record,’ and never listening to it again. But now hearing it, and hearing how it’s so lo-fi and it’s so weird, kind of enjoying it. But at the time it always felt like it fell short of what I was actually trying to accomplish.

Blabbermouth says Delores Rhoads, the mother of legendary Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, has reportedly died at the age of 95. Delores was born in San Bernardino on March 30th, 1920, and started both learning and teaching music from a very young age. In 1948, she founded the Musonia music school, where all three of her children would also become students. Delores played some 15 instruments, including trumpet, piano, violin, flute and more, and was her son Randy’s lifelong music instructor. The late guitarist, who died in a 1982 plane crash, paid tribute to his mother with the instrumental “Dee” on Ozzy’s 1980 solo debut, Blizzard Of Ozz. Check out this video interview featuring Delores talking about her son.

Happy 70th today to Neil Young!