Tuesday, Sep 30

Had a great day yesterday at the office with both Otherwise and Islander dropping by for interviews.  Otherwise is stoked their new Peace At All Costs  album debuted #50 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  Islander also did one of the first acoustic performances they’ve ever done for “Coconut Dracula”  and “The Sadness of Graves”  off their Violence & Destruction debut album.  Be watching out for the video of those performances on the new hardDriveRadio app!   Also coming soon, Black Veil Brides video interview!  In the meantime, today, Chad Taylor of Live will be on the hotLine. He’s gonna tell us all about their new album, The Return, which drops Nov 3rd.  Gotta say, the new single “The Way Around Is Through,” harkens to their earlier days and new singer Chris Shinn (who’s replaced Ed Kowalczyk) adds new life to the band whose Throwing Copper was listed as Rolling Stone’s Top 25 Greatest Rock Albums of All Time!  Looking forward to their tour later this month. Hit them up at Freaks4Live.com….Pulse Of Radio reports Three Days Grace has released a new song called “I Am Machine,” accompanied by a lyric video. The track is the second new track issued this year by the Canadian act, following the chart-topping “Painkiller” earlier this year. Both songs are expected to appear on the group’s upcoming fifth album,  set for a March 31st, 2015 release date.  Drummer Neil Sanderson told Lou Brutus what to expect from the new disc musically: This record, we really wanted to go back to the raw, really aggressive, you know, sometimes rough around the edges and just bruteness. And that’s kind of what’s coming out and maybe it’s a reflection of just where our heads have been at and the experiences that we’ve had.”  Check out the lyric video here….Halestorm’s new album was originally going to be out in October, but it has been moved to early 2015 so the band can have the luxury of more time and more of a stretch of off time.  Arejay is getting married in late October,  and Josh was married in August, so things work out for a reason, eh? But in the meantime, the band has posted the first in what is expected to be a series of video clips from the studio where the band is recording its third album. Shot on the quartet’s fifth day in the studio, the 13-minute clip features each of the group’s members discussing their work and hinting at what fans can expect from the follow-up to 2012′s Grammy-winning sophomore effort, The Strange Case Of . . . .  Noting that the band members are recording their tracks together instead of individually, frontperson Lzzy Hale said, “It’s very performance-based. It’s very much based on whether or not we can all hit it at the same time or whether or not I can hit a note without having to be auto-tuned or something like that. It’s definitely a challenge.” Drummer Arejay Hale added, “It’s a way more organic way to record, which is a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that it really captures what we are as a band. It’s not manufactured or super edited or super perfect.”   Lzzy told Gearphoria earlier this month Halestorm has “definitely evolved.”  Lzzy and Joe are now living in Nashville and have been spotted sitting in on acoustic sets all around town.  And the new album is being produced by Jay Joyce, who’s known for work with Cage The Elephant and Eric Church, but was also a guitar player for The Wallflowers, Iggy Pop and John Hiatt.  They are recording in an old church Joyce purchased in Nashville.  Halestorm will embark on a U.S. tour later this fall, beginning on Nov 11th in Chattanooga, TN… Pulse also says Ozzy Osbourne has revealed Black Sabbath will record a new studio album in 2015 and head out on one final tour. Ozzy told Metal Hammer magazine, “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t f*** around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.” Although the band has yet to write any new material, Ozzy added, “It’ll be sooner rather than later. Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony (Iommi)’s health, he’s obviously got his cancer treatment, but we’ll get onto it next year. I don’t know if we’ll be writing in England or L.A., but I’ll fly to the f***ing moon for it if I have to!” Ozzy said Rick Rubin, who produced last year’s 13 album, will likely be back for the next project…Former Audioslave bandmates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello reunited onstage at a benefit concert in Seattle on Friday night (Sep 26th.) The Rage Against The Machine guitarist and Soundgarden frontman collaborated on several Audioslave and solo Morello tunes, as well as a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” The concert raised funds for Morello’s 15Now organization, which aims to raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour. During the show Cornell said, “Thanks to the sweating Tom Morello for generously sharing the stage with me. It’s cool to stand next to you and play music again.” Watch it here. (Loudwire)…Blabbermouth says Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix has co-directed the video for the title track from the band’s upcoming album F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise). Shaddix, who came up with the concept for the clip and has never directed a video before, said, “It’s pretty cool, man, ’cause the band is trusting me to co-direct this music video, which is the first time we’ve done something like this . . . I wanna visually let you see what’s in my heart when I’m creating this music.” …Weezer has posted the music video for their single “Back To The Shack,”  from their Everything Will Be Alright In The End album, due Oct 07.  The album is streaming now at iTunes.  And the band just announced new dates….And finally today, very happy to report my friend Jonny Hetherington and the rest of Art of Dying have signed a new deal with Eleven Seven Records.  He dropped me an email yesterday to share the news! The band is putting the finishing touches on their new album with producer and my bud David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Sleepwave, Of Mice & Men, Paramore.)  Very excited for all involved and can’t wait to hear the new stuff!  Look for a release in early 2015.

Monday, Sep 29

Is it me, or is it every time I try to take an update to the new OSi from Apple, it says I don’t have enough room, forcing me into buying more storage?!!   I see other people with their phones with like 1,900  apps  and I have less than a dozen and have run out of room? ARGH!  I don’t get it….Grrr…Onto the news.  Now if this took place in Times Square, literally near my office, I  had NO CLUE!  Where was the press release?  I never saw one! Metallica and Linkin Park are among the major headliners who will perform at the first-ever U.S. edition of Rock In Rio, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on the weekends of May 8th and 9th and May 15th and 16th, 2015. Also confirmed for the event are DeftonesNo DoubtTaylor Swift and John Legend, with more acts to be announced in the months ahead.  The festival was announced in New York City’s Times Square on Friday (Sep 26th), with John Mayer and Brazilian metal act Sepultura on hand to perform and the members of No Doubt were in attendance.  No Doubt stated that they were “extremely happy to be taking the stage of Rock In Rio’s first U.S. festival and to be part of such an amazing musical history as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary.”  Rock In Rio‘s organizers have joined forces with MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and entrepreneur Ron Burkle to stage the U.S. edition in a custom-built venue called “City Of Rock.” The open-air venue will be located on The Strip and will spread out over 37 acres, with the capacity for 85,000 people per day.  It includes six stages, three themed Rock Streets encompassing the culture and music of the U.S., U.K. and Brazil, a zip line, a VIP area and more.  A limited ticket pre-sale is going on now at the official festival website, RockInRio.com. General admission weekend passes are available for $298 and VIP daily passes available for $498. Whoa.   www.rockinrio.com for more…..Heard about this, but didn’t want to believe it!  It males me sad!  Pulse of Radio shared a report by the Sydney Morning Herald has stated AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has dementia and is being treated in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia. The facility is believed to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. A Young family connection told the newspaper, “If you were in the room with (Malcolm) and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn’t remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care.” The 61-year-old guitarist is believed to have suffered a stroke sometime last year and was moved back to Australia from Europe, where he had been living. Former AC/DC manager Michael Browning said, “I think (Malcolm’s illness) came on very suddenly . . . It’s shocking. It’s terrible. Sadly for AC/DC, they’re losing their creator, their mentor. He’s the genius behind the band.” Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC’s new studio album, Rock Or Bust, which is set to arrive on Dec 2nd.  His replacement on the album and the band’s upcoming world tour will be Steve Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.  The band officially announced last week that Malcolm would not be returning to the lineup. Watch a report from the Australia media on Malcolm Young here ….A documentary film on dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979, who recently released their first album in a decade, will arrive on Oct 7th via Vimeo On Demand. Titled Life After Death From Above 1979, the film focuses on the band’s eight-year hiatus and includes interviews with drummer/singer Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler, along with members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the StrokesMetric, Justice and other acts. In the film’s trailer, the duo explain, ”We broke up because we stopped being friends essentially. We were on tour forever, and hated doing it and hated each other. We were constantly always killing ourselves.” Death From Above 1979 broke up in 2006, but reformed in 2011 and began playing live again.  Drummer and singer Sebastien Grainger told us those shows inspired the pair to make new music again: ”For me, I really didn’t start thinking about doing anything new until we were playing our own shows. Like, you know, we did a few festival gigs and the response was great, but we really got a sense of who our audience was when we headlined. That was really when we got the reality check that this band is still exciting to people. That was what started motivating me to want to make it a living band.”…call him Profesor!  Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has posted photos online from his first day on the job as a teacher at Coventry University in the U.K. Iommi began his stint as a professor of music last Wednesday (Sep 24th) and posted pictures of a class session as well as an autograph line where he signed things for students. Iommi was appointed Visiting Professor Of Music last June at the university, which awarded him with an Honorary Doctorate Of Arts in November of last year for his outstanding contribution to global music. He toured the facilities in May and spent some time during that visit talking with students and staff about his 50 years as a musician.  Department of Performing Arts head Dr. Sara Reed said, “It is a tremendous honor to have Tony here with us as a Visiting Professor. His huge wealth of experience and musical knowledge is beyond value to our students.”  Iommi will work this fall directly with students on their songwriting and composition skills. Sabbath’s successful world tour in support of its 2013 reunion album, 13, came to a close on July 4th with a massive gig at London’s Hyde Park….Celebrating life today:  Lou‘s favorite actor, Ian McShane of Deadwood is 72, Andrew Dice Clay is 57, Jerry Lee Lewis is 79.  Have a great Monday!   Otherwise and Islander stop by the hardDriveRadio studios today!

Friday, Sep 26

Days are just flying by and tomorrow I am heading to West Dover, VT  for the Independent Television/Film Festival where “Life On The V: The Story of V66” will screen at Noon.   Just after,  I will be one of the speakers, along with my former associates at the remarkable music video channel that served the Boston area from 1985-1987 called V66.  We were a live and local channel on UHF (yeah, you kids are wondering, “UHF? What’s that?”) Back in the days before cable, we watched tv on VHF (the network stations from 1-13), and the UHF channels that were higher numbers.  TV’s had two dials then.  Anyhow,  Boston was one of the last big markets to have 100% cable capabilities (those Beacon Hill types didn’t want those nasty wires on their turn-of-the-19th century buildings!)  Anyhow, we were like a radio station with pictures. And unlike MTV,  we were FREE and LIVE!   We helped to break a ton of bands, both national and local.  It was one of the most exciting places to work!   I was the music director and hosted a music news feature, produced a series “Guest VJ” where celebs and musicians would host for an hour and a Sunday night show called “The New Music Show” where I picked 10 new videos that came in that week and talked about the artist, info about the videos and occasional guests who stop by.  It became one of the most popular shows on the station!  And when we were sold to the Home Shopping Channel and disappeared, the music community felt like they lost a friend.  Enter two young and passionate filmmakers who loved the channel and decided to do a documentary.  They found many of the members of our staff and traveled all over the place to interview us.   They talked to the bands, too.  And now it is making the rounds of some film festivals.  I am so honored to be a part and can’t wait to see some of the folks I worked with this weekend.  Check out the trailer here…..On to the news: Pulse Of Radio reports just one day after it was announced a new AC/DC song called “Play Ball” will be part of Turner Sports’ marketing campaign for the Major League Baseball post-season, a preview of the track can be heard on promos already appearing online. The full song is expected to be heard starting Sep 27th. ”Play Ball” is taken from AC/DC’s upcoming studio album, Rock Or Bust, a new 11-song collection set to arrive on Dec 2nd.  Meanwhile, the band will film a music video for a yet-to-be-disclosed song from Rock Or Bust on October 4th in London, England. Fans can enter for a chance to appear in the clip by filling out the form at sweeps.acdc.com. Winners will be contacted by October 2nd.  Rock Or Bust is the first all-new AC/DC album since 2008′s Black Ice.  The disc is the first in the band’s history without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who stepped down earlier this year and will not be returning to the group due to ill health. His replacement is nephew Stevie Young. AC/DC will embark on a world tour to both promote Rock Or Bust and celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, although details are yet to be confirmed….Universal Studios Hollywood launched its annual Halloween Horror Nights last weekend and this year Slash has composed the original music for the park’s new 3D maze, Clowns 3D. The guitarist and horror fan told us how he got involved in the terror-filled yearly event: “Last year I went to Universal and checked out the Haunted Halloween Nights and it was amazing. And I went like four times and I hooked up with John Murti, who’s the guy who’s sort of like the main designer of the whole thing and the organizer. Months and months later, he called me up and asked if I’d be interested in writing the music for their first original-themed 3D maze. I think I have a sort of cameo appearance as a Slash clown in it.”  Check out the trailer here.… One of my Boston friends, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, is hitting the road next month for a string of book signings all over the country. The tour for Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith kicks off on the autobiography’s release date on Oct 7th in New York City, and stretches for two straight weeks. Perry will be hitting Ridgewood, New Jersey; Brookline and Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago and Arlington Heights, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; along with Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.  Here are the book store dates:
October 7 – New York, NY – Barnes & Noble at Union Square
October 8 – Ridgewood, NJ – Bookends
October 9 – Brookline, MA – Brookline Boomsmith at The Coolidge Corner Theatre
October 10 – Boston, MA – Guitar Center – Boylston Street
October 11 – Boston, MA – The Paper Store at Framingham
October 13 – Chicago, IL – The Standard Club Of Chicago
October 13 – Arlington Heights, IL – Guitar Center – Arlington Heights
October 14 – Cleveland, OH – Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
October 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Barnes & Noble at The Grove
October 16 – San Francisco, CA – Guitar Center – San Francisco Proper
October 17 – San Francisco, CA – Book Passage at San Francisco Ferry Building
October 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Changing Hands Bookstore
October 19 – Scottsdale, AZ – Guitar Center – Scottsdale
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Book Soup
Celebrating life this weekend:   Today:  Sherrie Moon Zombie is 44, Olivia Newton-John  is 66;  Saturday:  Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down is 36, Avril Lavigne is 30, Lil Wayne turns 32;  Sunday:  My Dad would’ve been 101!  Ginger Fish of Rob Zombie’s band is 48, George Lynch of Dokken and KXM is 60, Dita Von Teese is 42 and Moon Unit Zappa is 47….And a final word on Derek Jeter.  100% class. Thanks for the memories. It’s the end of the era of the Big 5.  They’re all gone.  But the memories remain! Thank you, Number 2, Derek Jeter!

Thursday, Sep 25

Happy New Year to my Jewish friends. Good health and happiness!….The news seems to be swirling around regarding the latest issue of Revolver regarding Slipknot.  I think it’s funny since (1) this is old news  and (2) everyone is ok with the outcome.  So why all of a sudden are they making a mountain out of a molehill here? Guitarist Jim Root and singer Corey Taylor have both opened up in a new interview with Revolver about Root’s dismissal from Stone Sour earlier this year — even as he and Taylor were working together on a new Slipknot album. Root said, “It became apparent to me near the end of the album cycle for (Stone Sour’s) House Of Gold & Bones that it had basically run its course. But the band kept pushing for more dates, and I was just, like, ‘It’s time to stop!’” He continued, “Slipknot made it possible for Stone Sour to have everything that it has and there were people in Slipknot that have been sitting idly waiting to do a new album. And I had fans asking me every day, ‘When are you doing Slipknot?’” Root told Lou Brutus when he first revealed he was sitting out the last Stone Sour tour — before he was “let go”– that he was already dealing with a lot of stress juggling the two bands: “You know, unfortunately I’m only one person. I can’t really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into Slipknot makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with Stone Sour. It’s crushing and it’s heartbreaking and I really don’t like the idea of not being out there, but I don’t really see any other way to really do it.”  But its the “let go” part that bothers me.  I guess I am too close to the camp, but all this happened for good reason.  And I think it will become apparently once the new album drops on Oct 21st. According to a conversation I had with Corey back in May in Columbus before his roast, he told me Jim really was the key in the studio to this new record and that he was doing an amazing job. Ya know, take it from one who knows, doing more than one job is taxing. Being a key member in two bands is hard if you AREN’T a workaholic by nature. Corey, on the other hand, can’t sit still!  LOL  Remember, everything happens for a good reason, even if you don’t see it at first…..Congrats to Slash! His third solo album, World On Fire, sold around 29,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The CD arrived in stores on Tuesday, Sep 16th, and debuted in the Top 10 in a number of other countries, including Number One in Switzerland, Number Seven in the U.K., Number Two in Australia, Number Two in Germany and Number Three in Japan. Some fans have commented online the 17-track album is too long, but Slash told us why he’s okay with making a long record: “I don’t understand what the big deal is necessarily. For ages now, I’ve wanted to do a record that was just like an old AC/DC record with just eight or nine songs, or an old Stones record. And I just always come up with too much material, and the last two records that I did, we had so much material that we put out the deluxe records with the extra songs on them. So this time I just said, just put it all in there.”…And speaking of Billboard, congrats to Starset! Not since the rock singles chart debuted in 1981, has a new band stayed on the charts for a record 41 weeks!  Starset’s “My Demons” did just that!   It’s still hovering in the top 10 and that’s not bad for a new band!  Their album, Transmission, debuted in the Top 200 Album charts at # 50, the highest for a new band this year.  So to Dustin Batesand his band from Columbus, OH, right on!….Following the example of a successful crowdfunded Foo Fighters concert in Virginia, more than 600 people have already contributed to a similar campaign onKickstarter to bring the band to Birmingham, England in early 2015. Organizers hope to raise $245,000 by November 17th, one week after the November 10th arrival of the Foos’ new album, Sonic Highways. (Spin)…Nickelback has pushed back the release of its new album, No Fixed Address, two weeks from November 4th to November 18th. The band’s eighth full-length album features thesingles “Edge Of A Revolution” and “What Are You Waiting For?” with the former already a Top Five hit at rock radio….Excited about the new Papa Roach record!   Blabbermouth posted this today and I wanted to share it!  Bassist Tobin Esperance was interviewed at last month’s Leeds festival in England.  Speaking about  the band’s eighth studio album F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise), which will come out in early 2015, Tobin said: “It’s a heavy record, but there’s something very spiritual about it too. It’s definitely that ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ kind of thing. It’s positive. It has some moments where it’s really heavy, but it’s a positive record. For the first time ever, we just walked into the studio with no songs written and we literally just started from scratch and wrote a song and then recorded it, and said, ‘That one’s done,’ and moved on to the next one. Which we’ve never really recorded a record like that before. But it really captured the energy, the spontaneity of all of our ideas, just right there on the spot. We weren’t forced to overthink anything; we just laid it down and moved on to the next one.”  He continued: “We know what works for us. We’re the type of band that we recognize our strengths and our weaknesses and we still allow ourselves room to try new things. And I think one thing that’s definitely noticeable about this new record is, sonically, it just sounds fucking huge — it’s just monstrous. It’s the biggest-, heaviest-sounding record we’ve ever done.” The follow-up to 2012′s The ConnectionF.E.A.R. was recorded in Las Vegas, with Esperance saying: “To be honest, we stayed away from the [Las Vegas] Strip. I’ve done it all, and I’ve seen it all, and I’ve taken full advantage of all the things that Las Vegas has to offer, but we were very much focused when we were writing this record. I think that’s why it came out so well and it worked. We all lived in a house together that was outside Las Vegas, and it was more about us just experiencing a different side to Las Vegas that most people don’t know about. Like going out in the desert and tripping out, and climbing around on rocks and shit. Just doing weird stuff like that. That’s more of a tip that we were on this time.” Frontman Jacoby Shaddix will co-direct the video for the band’s new single, the  ”F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)” title track. Speaking to DutchScene, Jacoby said: “Me and my partner from Luminous Pictures [Ezio Lucido, which] is another endeavor I’m involved in — it’s a filmmaking company, but also we do music videos — this will be the first music video that I co-direct. And so, from the creative side, I came up with the concept for the video and the artwork. It’s pretty cool, man, ’cause the band is trusting me to co-direct this music video, which is the first time we’ve done something like this. And I’ve been trying to encourage [Papa Roach guitarist] Jerry [Horton]… Jerry is going to shoot the photography for the album cover. And so, it’s, like, we just kind of wanna take everything back into our hands instead of going, ‘OK, cool. I wanna hear your interpretation.’ Well, no. I wanna visually let you see what’s in my heart when I’m creating this music.”  Horton said in an interview conducted last month at England’s Reading festival that the band worked with two producers, Kevin Churko and Kevin‘s son Kane, saying, “We did the first five songs with Kevin, the dad, and then the last seven with the son, because [Kevin] had a prior engagement with In This Moment… It was a different sort of workflow, but we got into it and it was cool. And I think we came out with some really good stuff.”  Shaddix told Kerrang! magazine that F.E.A.R. is “probably the most positive record we’ve written,” adding, “There’s obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that’s always key, and that’s very important to what we do, is to always have that element of hope, and that’s laced throughout the record.”  It’s no secret, Shaddix, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, said he was nervous about camping out in Las Vegas during the recording sessions for the new album. He explained, “I‘ve been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, ‘All right, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?’ And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative.”   Can’t wait for the new stuff!…Have a great day!

 

Wednesday, Sep 24

Wow!  Thought I’d never be typing these words so emphatically, but The Black Keys BLEW ME AWAY last night!  Took the BF and a friend of his who is a huge fan, and I couldn’t believe how far this band has come.  From production to live sound, amazing!   And they played some songs (with added musicians on stage: bassist, guitarist/keyboardist, and at times another guitarist) that were more up my alley: harder, faster and LOUDER!  One of the tunes,  frontman Dan Auerbach told the crowd,  they hadn’t played in 10 years (I need to get their set list so I know the titles.)  But gee, I may have jumped on the band wagon!   But ya know, comparing audiences to the typical hard rock show I go to,  the Black Keys crowd looked they just came from work.  The hard rock crowd look, well, a little HARDER!  LOL…..The UN is in session here in NYC (this means GRIDLOCK)  and over the weekend, there was a march for climate change.   And now comes news Linkin Park singers Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda attended the Climate 2014 Summit on Monday and Tuesday (Sep 22nd and 23rd) to renew their continued support for sustainable energy. The two vocalists spoke with a number of world leaders at the meeting, which took place at the United Nations headquarters here in New York City. Although some still debate whether global warming and climate change are caused by human activity, Bennington told us a while back why he still supports things like renewable energy: “Let’s say the worst case scenario is that there’s no connection, and it’s just the way that the world is moving and we’re not contributing to it. Great. But at the same time, you know, what’s the worst thing that could happen? You know, we have cleaner air, we have less greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere, people are using less energy…there’s really not a downside. But, you know, if there is a connection and we keep going down the path that we’re going, that’s not an option that I’m willing to gamble on.” Linkin Park have been avid supporters of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, launching their association with the “Power The World” campaign back in 2011. The band has supported the cause through their Music For Relief charitable organization. Both Bennington and Shinoda spoke about climate change at this week’s event during a global webcast called the “Social Good Summit,” while also posing for photos with former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Kandeh Yumkella.  I need them to come to speak with my upstate neighbors who cut down a huge tree and think it is perfectly fine to burn the entire thing, bit by bit, every weekend, all weekend long.   It’s a huge amount of smoke and ash and it’s just not good for the air, needless to say, for me in my house.  Ya know when you have all your windows open on a nice breezy day and all of a sudden, you think your house is on fire?  Ugh! Hey, it’s one thing to have a campfire, it’s another to burn like you are a caveman!….Eddie Vedder and Jack White are among the artists who will salute Bob Dylan on Feb 06 in Los Angeles, at a benefit dinner honoring Dylan as 2015′s MusiCares Person of the Year. Also scheduled to perform are the Black KeysBeckCrosby, Stills & NashNeil YoungJohn MellencampTom JonesWillie NelsonBonnie Raitt,Norah JonesLos Lobos and more still to be announced. Proceeds from the 25th annual gala dinner and concert will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need…More good-doings here:  Pearl Jam and the Black Keys are among the musical acts who have participated in a new campaign to inspire millennials, first-time voters and young people of color to get registered and vote in this year’s midterm elections. As part of National Voter Registration Day, which took place yesterday (Sep 23rd), dozens of music artists were recruited by the Rock the Vote and HeadCount organizations to encourage new voters to sign up. Also involved in the campaign were PhishOK Go, Jeff TweedyDave Matthews“Weird Al” YankovicGregg AllmanSnoop DoggSkrillex and others. Each artist appears in a photo holding a sign that reads “Register to Vote Here.” Each photo is accompanied by a link to a voter registration form. Rock The Vote also promoted live events at college campuses around the country as part of its registration drive. The campaign was strong enough to make #CelebrateNVRD a trending topic on Twitter….Metallica today announced they would release a ten-year anniversary 2-disc Blu-Ray of their long out of print, groundbreaking movie, METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster on Nov 24. Originally released on July 9, 2004, METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster follows the band through three of the most turbulent years in their over three-decade long career, and gives viewers an incredibly raw and intimate look into the lives and psyches of the members of one of the most successful rock bands in music history as they battle their way through addiction, domestic life, backlash from their fans, and near-total disintegration during the making of their St. Anger album. The documentary, directed by the award-winning team of Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost 1-3), won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature. Nice!…Blabbermouth reports the legendary AC/DC will release their first new album in six years, an 11-track collection named Rock Or Bust, in Australia on Nov 28 and in North America on Dec  02. Starting Sep 27, Turner Sports will provide fans a sneak peek of the new song ”Play Ball” as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign. The content will run for several weeks across TBS, the exclusive home to this year’s American League Postseason coverage, as well as leading media brands within the Turner portfolio. AC/DC has also revealed that founding guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group due to ill health. “Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm’s illness, he will not be rejoining the band,” reads a statement issued by the AC/DC‘s  label Alberts Music via Sony in Australia.   AC/DC has confirmed it will embark on a world tour in to promote Rock Or Bust  and celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, with Angus and Malcolm Young‘s nephew Stevie stepping in for Malcolm on rhythm guitar. Stevie played on the new CD, which was recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.  While promoting his debut solo album last month, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd dismissed reports AC/DC had considered calling it quits after Malcolm’s illness was made public.   “Angus Young will never retire. We were never going to retire. It’ll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires, I won’t fucking retire either.“…Deftones & Crosses frontman Chino Moreno‘s side project Team Sleep will be recording the follow-up to its 2005 self-titled debut this fall and wants the band’s fans to be part of the process. The group has invited fans to Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY on Oct 17th and 18th for a listening party of the new material, a Q&A session and meal with the band, a live performance and much more. Tickets are now available for purchase here. How cool is that?…See Road Rage for new dates for Alter Bridge and for Weezer….Finally today, I dunno if you are a True Detective fan, but how are you feeling about the announcement Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell  as the two new detectives this year?  And that the series first two episodes will be directed by the dude that did The Fast & Furious?  Jury’s out for me….Happy 45 to Shawn M. Crahan of Slipknot.  Or HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you CLOWN!   LOL

Tuesday, Sep 23

October 11, 1994.  First Korn album, Korn, is released.  hardDrive wasn’t around just yet, and evolved from a show I was producing at the time called Pure Concrete.  Some of you out there may remember that.  Anyhow, we played Korn’s “Blind.”  20 years ago. Crazy I have known those guys all these years.  Actually I didn’t get to know Jonathan ’til maybe 4 years later before a party the band was throwing for Orgy (at the time, Korn had a label called Elementree and they signed Orgy and Deadsy.)  Before the show and party at Don Hill’s around the corner was a little Tribeca pub called Ear Inn (now gone.)  JD was sitting at the bar with his bodyguard at the time, Loc, having a ginger ale.  He was a mess. Shaking like a leaf, detoxing from meds and alcohol.  I felt sorry for him. Man, how times have changed.  He’s doing so great now. He’s the best ever.  And I can’t wait for the next Korn record they are in the early stages of the writing process for.  So meantime, let’s go back to ’94. Actually, January ’95, here’s Korn’s first music video for “Blind.”  Look how young and tattoo-free most of them were!  LOL…Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and Robert TrujilloSlashJane’s Addiction frontman Perry FarrellRed Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz were among the dozens of celebrities who attended pro skater Tony Hawk‘s 11th annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit on Sunday (Sep 21st) at Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills, CA. Other attendees included Erik EstradaEveDavid HasselhoffJoaquin PhoenixVerne Troyer and many more, along witih pro-skaters and BMX riders. The event concluded with Hawk and other top skate and BMX pros performing an all-star demo on Hawk’s personal ramp. Stand Up For Skateparks is described as “a family-friendly action-sports carnival with games, food, and live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind items and experiences.” Auction items included celebrity experiences with Robert Trujillo and director Jon Favreau, a guitar signed by Slash, and trips to Napa, Dubai, and other spots. The event raised more than $850,000, with proceeds going to the Tony Hawk Foundation. The Foundaton’s mission is the creation of free, quality, public skateparks in low-income communities throughout the U.S., and internationally, with programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.  More than 400 parks in 50 states receive funding from the Tony Hawk Foundation! Cool stuff! (Pulse of Radio)…Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor has posted an online preview of music from the score to Gone Girl, which he composed with longtime collaborator Atticus Ross. This is the third time the pair have scored a movie for director David Fincher, following The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and their Oscar-winning work on The Social Network. The movie stars Ben Affleck and opens on October 3rd. (Antiquiet)…Celebrity lookalikes Chad Smith and Will Ferrell teamed up for another musical event last Friday night (Sep 19th), although this time the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and the Anchorman star were not competing in a “drum-off.” The pair took part in a jam of the Rolling Stones‘ “Honky Tonk Women” along with Duff McKagan and Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready at the Cancer For College charity event in Seattle, Washington. Ferrell, who hosted the event, picked Cancer For College as his charity of choice at his and Smith’s battle on The Tonight Show earlier this year. (Blabbermouth)….Bruce Springsteen is 65 today.

Monday, Sep 22

What a weekend!   Started with Friday night’s drive upstate to the mountains.  Just driving along, beautiful late afternoon fall day,  and we see a deer running across the road ahead of us, happily prancing along in the brush, when BLAM, a stag came out of nowhere on our left, striking the front end of our car, whiplashing it’s head and landing on the side of the road.  We didn’t even have a chance to react, it happened so fast! I was in shock!  Luckily, we were fine; sadly, the deer, not so much.  (We were really lucky he didn’t roll onto the hood and bust the windshield or explode the airbags!) But the good news is my new insurance company was AMAZING!  I mean, hassle-free trip to body shop and car rental place. So far, so good.  Hopefully car will be back as good as new soon!…So happy to hear my pal (who loves hunting deer) Aaron Lewis (Staind) is also ok after his close call.  He was in an airplane mishap on Saturday.  Luckily, they weren’t in the air, rather he was in a private plane headed to a gig after filming his hunting show, now called On The Road, on the Sportsman Channel.  He was leaving Warton, TX after some teal duck shooting on his way to perform his solo country material in nearby Tulsa, OK.   Somehow, the plane’s wheels got stuck in the mud along the runway. He has been touring with country star Brandon Gilbert.   Obviously, he missed the Tulsa show.  Guess Brandon played an extra long set!   Glad to hear Aaron was A.O.K…..Meanwhile, Metal Hammer reports Korn will be playing their debut self-titled album it it’s entirety when they kick off theit tour with Slipknot next month. (Not sure if this holds true for the show next weekend in Louisville.)  Interesting, because this is the album that contains the tune “Daddy,” which JD has said he would never perform live, but if I don’t know if that’s true.  I swear I was at a show where he performed it, and I want to say during his solo run….Anyhow, I understand the writing continues in that camp: JD, Head and Munky are always writing and Munky said he and Head were aiming to “expand on the heavy riffs and get a bit dirtier” on the next, Korn’s 12th album.   Yippee!  Anyhow, I for one, can’t wait for new OR old Korn material!…Linkin Park will play a rare small venue show on Oct 24th when the band takes over the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles as part of the celebration of Guitar Center’s 50th anniversary. Fans who can’t get in will be able to watch the show on an episode of Guitar Center Sessions that will air exclusively on DirecTV’s Audience Network on Dec 07 at 9:00 p.m….Now, this is a labor of love! Pulse of Radio reports a long-in-the-works documentary on the late jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius that has been produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will finally have its world premiere on Oct 06 at the Mill Valley Film Festival, where all four members of Metallica will be honored as artists in residence. Trujillo told USA Today he was not sure how to complete the documentary until he ran into famed singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, who worked with Pastorius on 1980′s Shadows And Light. Trujillo recalled, “We got to talking about music, and eventually she agreed to appear in the film. That changed everything.” Trujillo funded the film himself. His only other previous producing credit was on last year’s Metallica concert movie, Metallica Through The Never, on which all four members were credited as producers. Following the screening on the 6th will be a benefit concert for the California Film Institute, which will feature performances from Trujillo, Metallica guitarist Kirk HammettJane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Jaco’s daughter Mary and nephew David. Trujillo hopes to take Jaco to other festivals early next year, including South By Southwest and the Berlin Film Festival, and is currently in talks with a few distributors for a spring 2015 theatrical release.  Jaco is best know for his works in the late 60′s and early 70′s in the jazz rock fusion band Weather Report.   He has been the influence of countless bassists, and most recently, I was talking to Crosses Chuck Doom about the impact Pastorius had on him as well.  I’ll be looking for that documentary! …Speaking of documentaries, “Life In The V:  The Story of V66” is one made by director Eric Green and producer Matthew Nerney, who were fans of this music video channel V-66 (WVJV-TV)  I worked for in the Boston area from 1985-1987. Short lived, but we were certainly important to the Boston music scene in those days and once we went off the air, the community felt a gapping hole.  So enter Eric and Matt and they rounded up the staff (including yours truly)  and some local Boston musicians who spoke so endearingly about what the station meant to them.  So I was invited to the Independent Television and Film festival in  Dover, VT  this Saturday, so if you are in the area, be sure to come by.  The screening is Saturday at Noon at the Dover Theater, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Rt 100, West Dover, VT….If you are planning to hit the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville next weekend (Oct 04-05), I’ve posted the line-up and set times on the Road Rage page.  Search Louder Than Life….Finally today, Blabbermouth reports The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen has confirmed the band is working on an acoustic album, to be released in the coming months. “We just recorded an acoustic version of a medley,” Momsen told LA Rock of the Jacksonville, North Carolina radio station Rock 105.5 . “It’s how we originally wrote the songs, so it’s kind of an inside take, or look, into how [the sophomore album] Going To Hell‘ actually started. ‘Cause everything started acoustically.” She added: “If you can’t play it all the way through, front to back, on an acoustic guitar, then it’s not a good enough song to bring in the band.“ Momsen was also asked if the rumors are true she is writing a book. “I’m always writing,” she replied. “I’m writing a book, I’m writing a screenplay, I’m writing… I’ve already written half the next record. Writing inspires writing, art inspires art, so it’s kind of a never-ending process, and you’re just kind of trying to always be in the creative mindset.”…Happy 56th today to Joan Jett! And Happy Belated to Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way! He turned 31 on Saturday!

Friday, Sep 19

Happy Days are here again!  The cable guy and the tv repair both making stops by my place this morning!   Turbo speed….what a joke! And who knew your tv has a “motherboard.”  I don’t even know what the IS, but I guess I need a new one….Last night, I was treated by a close friend to join her to see her husband play bass in King Crimson. Now most of you probably have little idea who that is, but they are one of the grandaddys of “progressive or prog rock.” (I had their album In The Court of the Crimson King and played it to DEATH in college!  But as I was in the audience (weird for me to not be on the side of the stage or in balcony) in a seat on the floor of the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, some of the riffs coming from Robert Fripp were the most METAL ones ever.  Two guitarists, leader & legendary wizard  Fripp, THREE DRUMMERS:  Gavin Harrison-Porcupine Tree, Bill Rieflin-Ministry, KMFDM, REM and Pat Mastelotto-Mr. Mister, flute/sax player & original King Crimson member Mel Collins,  &  the amazing bassist Tony Levin, who also plays in 3 of his own side projects, as well as Peter Gabriel. Needless to say, I was thinking about all my drummer friends, Ray Luzier, Jeremy Spencer, Morgan Rose, Danny Carey, Mike Wengren, Brann Dailor, Vinnie Paul, Shannon Larkin and Sully Erna,  who would’ve gone out of their minds if they had seen this show! It was something else!   Truly spiritually lifting. And I LOVED LOVED LOVED that Fripp rolled interstitial audio, including a 3:00 piece at the top of the show asking the audience to PLEASE do NOT use your cell phones or cameras or recording devices.  Of course, there were people who dissed him, this is New York for cryin’ out loud, but for the most part, people respected their wishes.   And in between songs,  audio of the usual interviewer Q&A Mr. Fripp probably gets all the time, with emphasis on the interviewers “um”‘s, stutters, and awkward questions.  It was hilarious.  Bright chap, that Fripp…..OK news:  Pulse of Radio reports Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale took time out from the recording of the band’s third album to discuss the project with Gearphoria, admitting there was more pressure this time to follow up the success of 2012′s The Strange Case Of . . . . Hale explained, “We’ve definitely evolved. The one thing that has remained the same is that we’re all perpetually 14 years old inside, so we’re all very immature. That hasn’t changed much. But the animal or monster of Halestorm has gotten bigger, and obviously there’s more responsibility and also a little more on the line. But for the most part we’ve continued to do what we’ve always done, which is chase after whatever gets us excited.” She added, “It blows my mind that not only are we making our third record for Atlantic Records, which is a feat in itself because we know so many bands that never make it to this one . . . but also it has been 18 years since my brother and I started Halestorm, so there are moments of ‘Can you believe we’re still doing this?’ It’s mind-boggling.”   The Strange Case Of . . . yielded two chart-topping rock singles in “Freak Like Me” and the Grammy-winning “Love Bites (So Do I)”. Halestorm debuted two new songs — “Heartbreaker” and “Mayhem” — at shows in Tennessee and England this past spring. The new album will be the first one Halestorm has written mostly in the studio. Ms. Hale told Lou Brutus while she enjoys writing songs on tour, they’re often different from what the band does in the studio: “Definitely. When everything is kind of more consistently tour-focused and not, you know, writing-focused, I definitely write differently. I explore different subjects without being picky about anything. So as things develop in my life, in either my personal life or professional, it’s nice to explore all those different subjects, you know, without the pressure of being in the studio.” The band has also been taking time out from the studio to play shows here and there, which Hale has enjoyed, saying, “It’s extremely inspiring to step out of the studio and then step in front of an audience and remind yourself why you’re making these songs. It gives you perspective about what you’re working on in the studio.” Halestorm will play shows in Baltimore & NYC at the end of this month before embarking on a longer U.S. tour that begins on Nov 11th in Chattanooga, TN…..Seether frontman Shaun Morgan told Alternative Nation he would jump at the chance to jam with the surviving members of Nirvana if he could. Morgan explained, “It would be something that I would love to do, but it’s not something that anyone has ever asked me to do. Obviously, just from being a kid, even just to play a show with those guys would be great. But it’s not something that I’ve ever been approached about doing, but obviously as a childhood dream, it would be great to be on stage with those guys.” Morgan added, “All the songs on ’Nevermind’ would be my favorites because they’re the ones that made me pick up a guitar.”  Meanwhile, the new Seether single is called “Same Damn Life.”….Celebrating birthdays:   Fri:  Jimmy Fallon is Fabulous at 40!  Sat:  Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd is 46;  Sun:  Stephen King is 67 and Phil “Philthy Animal”  Taylor of Motorhead is 60.

 

 

Thursday, Sep 18

Ya know, last time I interviewed Chad Kroeger,  it was backstage at Madison Square Garden when he said he proposed to Avril Lavigne.  And like the good mom I can be, I said, “Really?  How long have you known each other?”  And when they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a wedding in a villa in the south of France, I said to myself, “I hope this lasts!”  But viola!  Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and pop singer Avril Lavigne are reportedly headed for divorce after a year of marriage, according to Us Weekly. Inside sources revealed, “It’s over. He has been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing.” The 39-year-old Kroeger proposed to the 29-year-old Lavigne in August 2012 after dating for just a few months. The couple were married in July 2013. There has been no public hint of trouble in the marriage, with Lavigne just this past July showing off a 17-carat emerald-cut ring that Kroeger gave her for their first anniversary. But a source told E! News that the couple is having “a lot of issues,” explaining, “When they met, they were in work mode. They were doing a collaboration and that’s where the attraction stemmed from. She was in the studio and he was producing her. She was also coming off some bad relationships where she didn’t really feel appreciated as an artist. She felt she and Chad connected on that level.”  So how did Avril’s album do, mmmm, not so well.  The same source told E! that Lavigne “was hoping, after this album, to take time off and start a family.” That could conflict with Kroeger’s own career plans. Nickelback is set to release its eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, on November 4th, and plans to hit the road in early 2015 for a lengthy world tour in support of the new record. Lavigne was married once before, to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. That marriage ended in 2009 after three years.   Mom’s advice, stay single for a while….People are so gullible, (yes, I am one) but this story is downright stoopid!  Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix gave a surprising if not outright disturbing answer when asked by Hit The Floor magazine if he could remember his first kiss. Shaddix replied, “My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don’t lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this.” Shaddix did not elaborate on the incident or whether he was even joking or not (Oh, come ON!) Asked what message he has for fans, Shaddix stated, “If I’ve got a message to my fans, it’s go be yourself. You know what I’m saying? No matter what’s going on out there in the world, believe in yourself and go be yourself, because that’s what the world wants from you — is you to be you, and not you to be a copy of somebody else. You know what I’m saying? That’s what P-Roach is about. We’re just us.” Waiting to find out what the deal is with their new single and album.  I know Kevin Churko produced it out in Vegas, and a single is coming in the near future.  More on that as I get it…Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently tried his hand at acting in the new horror film Fear Clinic, and now fans who will be in Los Angeles next month will get a chance to see if he’s got the talent to make in that business. The film will have its worldwide premiere on Oct 22nd at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles.  The film stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street movies, as a doctor who uses unorthodox methods to treat patients at his clinic who suffer from fear-based phobias. Taylor appears as a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. He told me the part was only going to a small role, but once they started to film, the director wanted more from him and gave his character a larger role.  Taylor told us his first time acting in a film was a great experience: “I really kind of lucked out because the scenes that I had with Robert, we’d be talking eye lines and ‘you should react like this’ and ‘you should, you know, kind of do this and that.’ And Rob Hall, the director, I mean he was very, very specific about what he wanted to see and what he wanted to capture, but at the same time very loose. He was like, ‘Make it feel normal.’ And the cast was great, so it was very cool.”…Metallica has announced via the band’s official website that it will release all 27 shows it played in 2014 on CD before the year is out. The band’s statement said, “Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.” The shows will be released in order, starting with a Mar 16th gig in Bogota, Colombia and ending with a concert at the “Heavy Montreal” festival in Montreal on Aug 9th….Avenged Sevenfold has released a video for the song “Chapter Four,” featuring black and white live footage of the band shot over a decade ago and highlighting the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan on drums. The song is included on the recently released deluxe reissue of the group’s second effort, Waking The Fallen, which contains the entire 2003 album, 11 never-before-heard songs and a 30-minute documentary….And finally today, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will join Alice CooperJoan JettDarlene Love and others on Oct  23rd for the sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York. Jett will be honored as “Rocker of the Year” at the event, with proceeds going toward Little Kids Rock, which inspires children in disadvantaged public schools by overhauling their music programs. (Special thanks to Pulse of Radio for the help in my reporting today.)

Wednesday, Sep 17

Slash!  What can I say, the guy is so awesome!  He’s one of the most down to earth, unaffected rock stars you will ever meet.  His management emailed me after they left to say such nice things! “Over the years, you’ve developed a great thing with Slash and you know he goes out of his way to support those who support him.”  Aw, gee. (I did wear my Chuck Taylor’s in his honor.) So be listening tonight on the XL  for a previous interview and hang on for the new video interview and our new interview on the air with Lou Brutus! Slash is a sweetheart and he is vey dedicated to the plight of the elephants who are being killed by rich game hunters and poachers who kill them for their ivory. (Don’t quote me, but I think the tune “Beneath The Savage Sun” is about that.) Anywho,  check out the album, World On Fire, which I believe is still streaming at USA Today. (See yesterday’s blog for more on that.)  His next stop is Friday at Universal Studios in LA  for the launch of Halloween Horror Nights.  He composed the music for the 3-D maze with terrifying clowns!  ARGH!…..Pulse of Radio reports Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor said in a new interview with Metal Hammer firing founding drummer Joey Jordison in 2013 after 18 years was “one of the hardest decisions” the group ever made, adding that Jordison is “in a place in his life” which is “not where we are.” Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, “It’s when a relationship hits that T-section and one person’s going one way and you’re going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you’ve got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made.” Taylor said the band is “happy right now and we hope that he is . . . he’s just in a place in his life, right now, that’s not where we are.” The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison’s dismissal, and confessed he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, “I haven’t talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That’s how different we are. It’s not because I don’t love him and I don’t miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That’s what it really comes down to.”  Slipknot releases its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, on Oct 21st. It’s the band’s first without Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray.  The identities of the band’s new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask – in the video for “The Devil In I”, the first single from the new album.  Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro “Vman” Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video….So if you are wondering where the new Foo Fighters song is on the radio, we are wondering the same thing!  I find it strange no one involved with the project  is even saying WHAT the single will be or WHEN it will come out! My friends in radio seem to think it will drop next month when the first HBO special airs, around Oct 17. Remains to be seen….The next Three Days Grace single is coming Sep 29th called “I Am Machine.”  I do know that!.. I also know Bush will reissue four of its previous albums on Oct 14th in remastered editions, including 1994′s Sixteen Stone, 1996′s Razorblade Suitcase, 1999′s The Science of Things and the 1997 remix LP, Deconstructed. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told us putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience: “We’ve done some remastering of the stuff and we’ve got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things. It’s been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It’s fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once.”….Meanwhile, just a reminder the new hardDriveRadio APP is where you can finally LISTEN to the weekend edition of hardDrive!   We post the weekend show on Mondays after it’s aired on our partner stations, and you can get it FOR FREE to listen to at your leisure!  So grab your iPhone or Android and download NOW at the app store or Google Play!….Happy 63rd to the Queen of Halloween,  Elvira aka Cassandra Peterson  and Happy 69th to The Zen Master,  basketball coach Phil Jackson.  Years ago, in the 80′s when I lived in LA, I did a Halloween radio special with Cassandra and the guy who play “Jambi” on PeeWee’s Playhouse tv show John Paragon  and SNL star, the late, great Phil Hartman.  We had an absolute laugh RIOT making it.  Hmmm, I wonder if I saved a copy.  It was back in the day when we still pressed our shows on VINYL!   Yes, I am that old!  LOL  Quick side note, that was back in the day when Rob Zombie was working in at the art department on PeeWee’s Playhouse!  Have a great day!