Friday, Feb 05

                                          Backstage at Irving Plaza with David Draiman and Ben Burnley.  Photo by Rhiannon Burnley

Wow!  Last night, I had THE best time hanging out with Disturbed’s David Draiman, who just HAPPENED to be at the Breaking Benjamin show at Irving Plaza here in NYC. Can’t tell you EXACTLY why he was there yet, but if you were there, you saw he joined Ben Burnley and the band for an acoustic version of David Bowie‘s “Under Pressure.” Ron DeChant from Starset joined them.  (Thanks Loudwire)  (It was fun in the dressing room as they rehearsed the song. We all got to sing along!)  Ben was singing the Freddie Mercury parts while David handled the Bowie side of the vocals.  It was a treat hanging out with them all.  Nicer folks you will never meet, believe me!  Also got to hang out with Starset’s Dustin Bates and Ron DeChant.  And met their cello player Mica.  Was the first time I got to see them live, although it was not a normal set, since they were acoustic, it was great.  They did their Bowie cover of “Space Oddity,” which you can also find on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!!! Lovely that both bands wanted to do tributes to David Bowie.  Wonder what the plan is at the Grammys this year.    Anyhow, on Monday, we will have a big announcement, so stay tuned!

Blabbermouth reporting today  Slipknot is featured in the latest episode of the British art magazine show “Artsnight,” airing tonight (Friday, February 5) at 11 p.m. on BBC2.

The program, which explores why artists wear masks, includes new interviews with frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan. They discuss the origins of their masks and why they wear them as part of their art. Taylor talked about how seeing Slipknot perform two years before he joined the band made such a lasting impression on him. He said: “I was there for the very first Slipknot show. I was in the audience. This was before I’d joined the band. It was so many different things all at once. It was visual, it was visceral, it was antagonistic, it was dangerous, it was powerful. I’d never seen a band like that before. It was taking everything that had been done creatively, artistically, visually and, to me, taking it to such a different realm. And I loved the fact that every mask was different, because it represented a different person. It wasn’t all linear and just kind of thrown together. It really felt like everyone had put a lot of time and thought into what they were doing. So when I did join, after some trial and error, I came to emboss that theory on to the mask that I was wearing.

He added: “The mask, for me, has always been that physical representation of the person inside me who just never had a voice. It allows me to be me. I mean, that’s what it’s all about. You talk about that representation of the person on the inside. I’m showing you more than I’ve ever revealed.  Everyone who wears a mask, embrace it, because you’re not being somebody else; you’re being yourself. And the closer you can get to that middle, to getting to know that honesty, is better for everybody, because then you can actually be yourself.”

Crahan, who is also the art director for Slipknot and directed their DVDs, explained how his iconic clown mask was the one that started the whole idea. He said: “I had gotten a version of this mask when I was 14. And I was just drawn to it, and it was awesome. And I just never knew why it was in my world, but it was always around me. And then one day, it just so happened, it was that moment of clarity [that helped me] decide what I wanted to project. I’m being taught something, more and more and more, and I haven’t even figured it out yet. This thing has no fucking limits.”

Celebrating life this weekend!   Today:  Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses is 52.  Saturday, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is 54, Sunday Sully Erna of Godsmack is 48, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit is 41 and comedian Chris Rock is 51.

 

Thursday, Feb 04

Love starting my day out talking about this guy! The Pulse Of Radio says Dave Grohl recently was the guest on photographer-director Sam Jones’ interview series Off Camera, where he discussed Nirvana’s quick rise to fame, the pitfalls involved and his transition from drummer to frontman for Foo Fighters. Grohl said, “Unfortunately, Nirvana became too big too quick. Bands are like families that go through uncomfortable growing pains, and if it happens all at once, it’s just too much to handle.”

Grohl also remembered how he felt immediately after Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain died and how that led him to create Foo Fighters. He explained, “When Kurt died, I woke up the next day and thought, ‘I’m lucky to be alive’ . . . It was a profound revelation I had the day after he died and it changed everything. It honestly changed so much of my life that I felt the most important thing was just appreciating being alive, good day or bad day. But after Kurt died, I really felt that way, like, “Okay, I’m gonna try this. What do I have to lose? I’m gonna start this band and then I’m gonna be the singer.

Dave also revealed he didn’t have any formal music training. Watch here. And what happened to rock bands here.   And here’s Dave’s advice to new & up and coming bands.

 Another favorite is this guy.  And Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor has taken aim at the annual Grammy Awards, calling the event a “popularity contest” in an interview with Finland’s Radio Rock. Slipknot has been nominated seven times and won once, with Taylor saying, “I know a lot of people who put a lot of stock in it, but I keep telling them, ‘We’ve been nominated now like, God knows how many times. We won once. Cool. It’s a popularity contest — that’s all it is.’”

Slipknot won Best Metal Performance in 2006 for the song “Before I Forget” and is up again for the same prize this year, this time for its track “Custer.” The band will compete against Lamb Of GodGhostSevendust and August Burns Red for the prize.

Taylor remarked, “If it were just about the music, you would see more metal bands — not including us — nominated in other categories, and you just don’t . . . It’s like everybody lives and breathes by whether or not they’re gonna get this tiny statue. Why? So it can sit on a shelf and collect dust?

Taylor told us a while back that other things are more important milestones in the band’s career: Taking the Number One spot and really earning it, and really proving that we’d earned it, that was big. Every plaque that we’ve ever earned, I mean those are like just dug in footholds in the mountain that you climb. And then every show that we’ve sold out, that we never thought we would, just to be global the way we are — it makes you sit back and go, ‘Wow. Really?’

He added to Radio Rock, “The real reflection of where you’re at is walking on that stage and seeing a massive audience lose their minds — that’s what it’s all about. You can take those statuettes all day long. I don’t care. It’s cool to win, but I’m not gonna f**king die if we don’t win a Grammy.”

Slipknot is nominated in both the “Best Rock Album” and “Best Metal Performance” categories at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 15th in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Slipknot is currently on tour in Europe and Taylor has indicated that his other act Stone Sour will begin work on a new album when Slipknot comes off the road. (Thanks The Pulse of Radio.)

 Tonight, Breaking Benjamin and Starset are at Irving Plaza in NYC, both on this cool acoustic tour.   I will be sitting down with the boys and possibly a special guest. Stay tuned!  

Was on the hotLine yesterday with Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine! He’s so stoked to be on his British Invasion Tour with Asking Alexandria and While She Sleeps. The whole crew and line up are British and Matt’s very proud of the fact that this is one of only tours like this to ever hit the states!  I’d be proud, too.  There are so many killer bands out there from the U.K.  that are just starting to get recognized over here, including Mallory Knox, who were on the Van’s Warped Tour last year. News fact: Britain declared a formal end to hostilities with its former colonies, the United States Of America, on this date in 1783.

 

Deftones posted a teaser for their new album, Gore.  The single, “Prayers/Triangles” will be serviced to radio today!  Listen for it this weekend on the world famous hardDrive with Lou Brutus!

 Blabbermouth reporting  New York rock act Rev Theory has inked a worldwide deal with Another Century. In addition, the band has exclusively partnered with WWE and WWE Network to have a brand new track, “We Own The Night,” as the official theme song to NXT‘s hit series “Breaking Ground”. Rev Theory is also hard at work on its much-anticipated new full-length album, to be released later this year.

On behalf of the entire band, it’s awesome to know that our careers have come full circle,” says vocalist Rich Luzzi. “We actually released our first album with Robert Kampf and the Century Media team. We are excited and we feel at home again with our family at Another Century, a family that truly understands and is passionate about rock music and Rev Theory. Bring on 2016!”

And lastly, but not leastly, Blabbermouth also reporting Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently did voiceover work for the hit animated series “American Dad.” The show, which originated on Fox but now airs on TBS, featured Hetfield an as a water polo coach also named “James Hetfield.” The running gag is that the coach claims he is not James Hetfield from Metallica, even though he looks and sounds exactly like him, and makes constant references to the band. Some of Metallica‘s music — including the songs “Master Of Puppets” and “All Nightmare Long” — is used in the episode which aired, unbeknownst to us, on Sunday!

Hetfield told Collider in a 2013 interview he loved “American Dad.” He said: “I don’t watch a lot of TV. Our kids just discovered that there is such a thing as TV. They thought they were watching it the whole time, but we were putting DVDs in. [Laughs] I like the cartoon shows. I love ‘Family Guy’, I love ‘American Dad’, I love stuff like that. It’s another level. It’s hilarious. It makes me laugh.”

Meanwhile, Metallica has been working on a new album, but there is no word if any new music will be aired at the performance on Saturday at their show in San Francisco at AT&T Park for the NFL’s “The Night Before.”  Don’t forget you can stream it live at webcast.livemetallica.com at 8:30 PM PT/11:30 PM ET.

 

Wednesday, Feb 03

Whoops.  Groundhog didn’t see his shadow.  THAT’S why it’s gonna be 58 today in NYC!

Ghost have made a comment about their first Grammy nomination.  Watch the reaction here from a Nameless Ghoul.  Don’t forget the show airs on CBS 2/15 at 8 PM ET.  Another of the Nameless Ghouls told hardDriveRadio how the group felt about the achievement:  It’s an honor — well, especially considering that normally, I guess the Grammys is — especially for such a sort of limited genre that hard rock and heavy metal is, where you get basically there’s just one category — it’s usually British or American bands on there. So it’s quite unusual with a Swedish band in the running, which feels extra exciting.”  The band plans to attend, even though they are aware the metal category is never announced live on the show. (Must be because we are dirty, filthy animals, yes?)

The Pulse Of Radio says Disturbed will kick off its first North American tour in more than four years next Wednesday (February 10th) in Fargo, ND, and singer David Draiman told a radio station in the area what fans can expect to see at the first gig. He explained, “They are going to be able to bear witness to the very first unleashing of the leviathan in every real sense of the word. We have production elements that not only have never been seen before at a Disturbed performance, but several that have never been attempted before in a live scenario by anyone.”

Draiman added, “They get to be the very, very first test crowd of our entire full-production run. So they should prepare themselves for quite the spectacle, because it is going to be unlike any Disturbed show that anyone has ever seen.”

The vocalist also promised a “long set” during which the band will delve “deep into our catalog.”  Disturbed is touring behind its sixth studio album, Immortalized, which was released in August.  The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, making it Disturbed’s fifth effort in a row to enter the chart at Number One, a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

Following its first headlining run, Disturbed will also share a stretch of shows with Rob Zombie and will hit several major U.S. rock festivals as well. Keep an eye here for some news about Disturbed’s future tour plans, too!


Oh man, I have a sinking feeling no good is coming in the wake of all of this.  Or should we say, is this guy is off his meds? The Pulse Of Radio reporting Puddle Of Mudd‘s Jan 30th concert at the Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, OH came to an abrupt end after frontman Wes Scantlin berated an audience member for “stealing” Scantlin’s house and then stormed off the stage. According to radio station & hardDriveRadio affiliate WQLZ, Scantlin stopped the show in the middle of a song and began screaming, “This motherf**ker right here stole my motherf**king house and now he’s standing right f**king in front of me laughing at me. And he f**king figures I’m a f**king joke. This motherf**ker right here . . . This guy stole my f**king house.”

Scantlin then walked off stage, ending the show. A message posted online later by the venue read, “Thank you everyone who attended tonight’s show! We apologize for the actions of the lead singer. Unfortunately, it was beyond our control! Please send us a PM and we will issue you a ticket to the next show of your choice!”

Scantlin was arrested in January for the second time in less than a month, this time for trespassing in and vandalizing a house that used to belong to him.  According to TMZ, Scantlin returned to the house — which he lost to foreclosure last year — and was using a hatchet to destroy parts of it before police arrived. TMZ captured footage of Scantlin being led out of the home in handcuffs, telling police, “Come on, this is my house, man.”   Scantlin was also arrested in late December on charges of possession of a controlled substance after being pulled over by police in Beverly Hills, California for having an expired registration on his vehicle. He was booked on misdemeanor drug charges for that incident and was released on $51,000 bail.  Sadly, I fear for this guy. His family and friends and band have all tried to get him help, but he refuses. Seems he is just spiraling out of control now.  Sad sad sad.

Guns N’ Roses has announced its first international show since original members Axl RoseSlash and Duff McKagan reunited. It will take place on April 19th at Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City, right between the band’s two headlining gigs at the two Coachella Festival weekends in Indio, CA. The band will also play at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena on April 8th and 9th. Plans for a full North American tour are still rumored to be in the works.

 Metallica announced they will webcast their pre-Super Bowl concert in San Francisco for free live from AT&T Park on Saturday (Feb 6th). The live stream will be available on mobile and desktop devices at webcast.livemetallica.com.  Cage The Elephant will open the performance, with Metallica set to take the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. PT.

Asking Alexandria has released a music video for “The Black,” the title track from the band’s forthcoming studio album. The clip is the band’s first with new frontman Denis Stoff and is primarily a performance showcase that features Stoff sharing lead vocals with guitarist Ben BruceThe Black arrives in stores on March 25th.

Speaking of Asking Alexandria, Bullet For My Valentine‘s  Matt Tuck joins us on the hardDriveRadio hotline today.  Will check in on the  ”British Invasion” tour with Asking Alexandria and all things Bullet For My Valentine.  Be listening for that on hardDriveRadio soon!

And speaking of listening, we’ve got new podcasts in the ole hardDrive DL podcast stash for you to check out including Anthrax and Filter!  Find them on iTunes and Soundcloud!

And let’s leave you with this! A sneak peak at the Skittles Super Bowl spot airing during this weekend’s game starring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.  Dream on, indeed!

Tuesday, Feb 02

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.   Who ever came up with this myth is like, ok, I’m going to say it, ridiculous!  I mean, if groundhogs are so smart they can predict the future, then why do so many end up as roadkill?

 Gonna start today off with news about my pal Lzzy Hale!   Halestorm has just announced a new tour with Lita Ford and Dorothy in tow.   (See it in the Road Rage section.)  It kicks off on April 1st in Reading, PA and extends through late May, with the last confirmed date so far on May 21st in Schaghticoke, NY. Halestorm’s itinerary will also include stops at a number of festivals and summer radio concerts as well as two dates with Rob Zombie on May 18th and 19th.

Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale said, “This is a tour I’ve wanted to put together for a long time. Not just a package with every band featuring a girl — that’s been done a million times. This tour is a different breed, showcasing loud, powerful female voices. Every frontwoman here holds her own both on and off the stage, and has fought more than her share of the good fight. This isn’t your sister’s woman music fest!”  Hale added that she was “honored to have the legendary Lita Ford on this run.”

Hale spoke with us a while back about the challenges of being a female musician in a genre that until recently was largely dominated by men: My view of it really is to make sure that you’re good at what you do, and so that when people actually want to look beyond the centerfold (laughs), that you’re actually good and you have something to back it up. I think that most of us are really trying to push the envelope and, you know, make sure that we’re musicians first and that the sex is just kind of the icing on the cake.”

Meanwhile, Halestorm just posted this music video for their new single, “Mayhem,” coming later this month!

Bullet For My Valentine posted a statement regarding a temporary drummer for their current run with Asking Alexandria.   Seems Michael “Moose” Thomas is going to be a first time daddy and he has decided to take a few months off.   Filling in for him on Bullet’s current tour, which kicks off tonight in San Diego, will be Jason Bowold from Pitchshifter & Axewound.

The Smashing Pumpkins will reteam again with founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin for a 2016 edition of the band’s “In Plainsong” tour, which made a brief debut in spring 2015 and featured the band playing a set of Pumpkins classic in a half-acoustic, half-electric interpretation. Joining Chamberlin and frontman William Corgan on the tour will be longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

Chamberlin rejoined the lineup last summer for a co-headlining run with Marilyn Manson, although he said at the time that he no further plans to stay with the group beyond that. The only original member of the group invited back for its 2007 reunion after breaking up seven years earlier, he quit again in 2009 before coming back last year.

The 2016 “In Plainsong” jaunt will kick off on March 22nd in Portland, OR, ending a little under a month later on April 20th in Houston. Tickets go on sale this Friday (Feb 5th).  Following the end of the tour, the Smashing Pumpkins will head back to the studio to record the follow-up to 2014’s Monuments To An Elegy, with Chamberlin possibly participating in that as well.   We’ll have the tour dates posted in Road Rage.

Blabbermouth has reported Avatar performed a new song, “For The Swarm,” during their show in Dallas on Saturday night.  It is the first thing they’ve revealed from their new Sylvia Massy produced album that will be out later this year.  The album was recorded in three studios throughout Europe with all of the music being made in the aptly named Castle Studios in Röhrsdorf, Germany. Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland and Spinroad Studios in Lindome, Sweden.  I personally am very happy for the band since I had a bit of a hand in putting them together with Ms Massy.  Can’t wait to hear the first single, which we should be hearing very soon!

                                     RADIO  GONG   97.1

Speaking of Europe, our Nuremberg, Germany hardDrive station, Gong 97.1 is embarking on an awesome promotion.  Their quest is the make the “Longest Rock Song Of All Time“!  Bands!  Check this link out for more info.  (Scroll down for English.)

Happy 5-0 today to Robert Deleo of Stone Temple Pilots!

Monday, Feb 01

Hey!  Forty Eight degrees and no snow on Feb 1st?  And there’s no such thing as climate change, right?

This is an interesting story that hardDrive has had a hand in reporting on.  The Pulse Of Radio says Disturbed frontman David Draiman told a Philadelphia radio station the band has been “blown away” by the response to the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence.” Draiman explained, “We’re pretty blown away — and surprised, to be honest — by the amount of positivity that has surrounded the cover. Because it was definitely a left turn, and it was something that, to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t have intended to go to, stylistically, on my own.”     Draiman said it took him three hours to record the vocal for the song — the longest vocal session of his career — and recalled hearing it three days later. He explained, “(I) was kind of tearing up listening to it, because it had been so long since I have allowed myself to go to that place vocally, and hearing it, and hearing it come out as well as I thought it did was not just gratifying, but like having a weight lifted off me.” 

Draiman told us performing the song live should be an interesting experience: “From a vocal standpoint, it’s not as challenging as you might imagine, but from a production standpoint, that will be challenging. We’ve talked about bringing out either a string quartet or maybe trying to get local orchestras to maybe be a part of it or whatever the case may be. We’ve talked all kinds of things and it’s a very significant production nightmare, but I think it’s definitely one we’re heading down the road for.”

Check out “The Sound Of Silence” here.  Meanwhile, the band is starting rehearsals and gets back out on the road next week, Feb 10th to be exact, in Fargo with Saint Asonia.  They will officially start their U.S. tour on Mar 12 in Seattle.  Can’t wait to see the guys in all their glory LIVE again!

BTW:  ”The Sound Of Silence” is in Smash or Crash vs the new single from Killswitch Engage “Hate By Design” this week!  See the home page to vote!

                                                                   photo credit: Jamie Weiland

Man, it’s even worse now that we know THIS! Billboard.com  (see it here) has posted a story about Scott Weiland‘s many problems, which probably lead to his passing. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman was dealing with hepatitis C, mental illness and the knowledge that both his parents had cancer in the final months of his life, according to the story. The article features new interviews with Scott’s widow Jamie, his mother Sharon, his Wildabouts bandmates Tommy Black and Nick Maybury, tour manager Aaron Mohler and others.

Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on Dec 3rd at the age of 48 from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. The vocalist was also dealing with self-medication, estrangement from his children, financial difficulties and a steadily increasing drinking problem. Mohler said, “If I had known he was going to die, I would have taken every bottle away from him and thrown it. Just broke it right there.”

Jamie said Scott had been experiencing episodes of paranoia and mania caused by bipolar disorder.  She explained, “At one point, it was so bad I had to move out because he was unstable.” Eventually they found a medication that leveled him out, with Jamie adding “For the last couple of years, he was doing pretty great.

Scott’s last text to Jamie was on the morning of Dec 3rd, when he wrote, “I’m so in love with my beautiful wife.”  Jamie also opens up in the article about the legal battle with Weiland’s ex-wife Mary over his estate, saying, “I don’t know under what mattress she thinks she’s going to find $2 million, because it sure as s**t isn’t here . . . He was broke.”

While the Billboard article states that Scott’s children did not attend his funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Alternative Nation reports that his children and their mother Mary had their own private memorial for Scott, which included tributes from his oldest friends.   Also, according to Billboard, public records showed more than $147,000 in state tax liens on Weiland’s property in Los Angeles.   So sad!

News briefs:

  • Black Sabbath canceled two of its Canadian concerts on Saturday night (Jan 30th) in Edmonton, AB and Monday night (Feb 1st) in Calgary, AB. A message posted online by the band read, “Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne, the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed. Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available.” Sabbath’s farewell trek kicked off on Jan 20th and is slated to resume on Feb 3rd in Vancouver, BC. (Blabbermouth)
  • The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, and now they’re gotten their own memorabilia showcase.The collection includes hand-written “Brass Monkey” lyrics, Mike D‘s Volkswagen medallion, Beastie Boy action figures and the outfits from their “Intergalactic” music video. The Beastie Boys’ 2012 induction came just weeks before band member Adam “MCA” Yauch died of cancer. (Billboard)
  • Asking Alexandria has premiered the title track from its upcoming album, The Black, on England’s Radio One Rock Show. A music video is slated for release on today (Feb 1st). The Black is the first Asking Alexandria album to feature frontman Denis Shaforostov, previously of Ukrainian metalcore outfit Make Me Famous. He takes the place of Danny Worsnop, who left the group last year. (AltPress.com)
  • Jack White was at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last Thursday night (January 28th) to preview American Epic, an ambitious six-hour documentary series about the early history of American music that he’s executive produced for PBS with Sundance founder Robert Redford  and  producer/musician T Bone Burnett. The series chronicles how early recording devices captured regional sounds for the first time and helped lay the groundwork for modern popular music. (The Pulse Of Radio)

Friday, Jan 29

Yet another rock legend is gone. Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship has soared upward from this mortal coil.  He was the guitarist for the pioneering pyschedelic rock band out of San Francisco.    Their music meant a lot to me in my early years and the Airplane’s After Bathing At Baxter’s remains one of my favorites.  Rest in peace, Paul.   At least he can be hanging out with some pretty awesome people, including his longtime manager who left before him.

The Pulse of Radio reporting today Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and the Black Keys have been added as guests at the 2016 induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will take place in New York City on Apr 8th. There is no word yet on what either Ulrich or the Keys will be doing at the event, but Ulrich is expected to induct Deep Purple into the Hall during the ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  It is not clear whether the Black Keys will be presenting, performing or both, but at the very least it seems likely that the duo will perform in some capacity.

In addition to Deep Purple, other long-overdue rock artists headed into the Hall this time around include Cheap TrickChicago and Steve Miller, along with rap pioneers N.W.A.   Like previous years,  HBO will film the ceremony and play it back in an abbreviated form in May.

 I love this guy!  Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor said in a new interview it would be “super greedy” of him to launch a solo career — at least for now. Speaking with Rock Sveridge, Taylor explained, “I’ve been getting questions about solo stuff forever. But it’s a good problem to have. But, at the same time, I’m in two fantastic bands. Why would I ever?”    He added, “Unless I wanted to get super greedy, why would I try to split off and do something else. I’m very fulfilled by the music that I get to make with both bands. Is there a solo album in me? Yes. But it’s not gonna be for a few more years.

Taylor told us a while back what he thought a solo album from him might sound like: For me, the stuff that I write is, it would be like a cross between the Foos, Social D. and the Replacements, you know. I mean, real Midwestern rock. Real, just open chords, good time rock, you know. And damn the critics, basically. That’s the stuff I write and that’s the stuff I’ve always tried to write.” Corey also said how N.W.A was one of his favorites as well.  Somehow, I can see him up there in the cap and baggies.

I think it’s find of funny all the people who want to say they helped to put Guns N’ Roses (Axl, Slash and Duff, at least)  back together.  But I say the person most responsible was Duff McKagan.  He remained a good friend to everyone in the band, and Axl invited him to join his newer version in South America a few years back.  THAT is where I believe all of this started.  Just the pure emotion and joy of those two being back on stage together performing the music they made together.  And with Slash never HATING on anyone, but perturbed about the situation, it was like, “take a feather-this could happen.”   And it did.  And we should ALL take credit for the reunion because not one single of those guys has been able to avoid the constant questions from friends, fans and radio folks, “When are Axl and Slash going to bury the hatchet?”  So let’s ALL take the credit and enjoy it, even if we can’t afford to buy a ticket!

Foo Fighter Dave Grohl will appear at the 2016 MusiCares fund raiser on Feb 13th in LA. This year, the event honors Lionel Ritchie.  Dave will be among a huge list of celebs and musicians including  Florence WelchEllie Goulding, Rhianna, Steve Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, The Roots and Pharrell Williams.  MusiCares raises money for industry folk who need assistance in times of financial, medical or personal crisises.   This is their 26th annual event.

 

Hellyeah has launched a Pledgemusic.com campaign for their new album, which is yet to be titled. You can pre-order the album now along with a number of perks also being offered. Guitarist Tom Maxwell said about the follow-up to 2014′s Blood For Blood, “It’s taken a lot of different turns. We’re doing some new things and we’re thinking outside the box.” The album will be out later this year, although it will be preceded by a new live DVD. (The PRP)

 Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck revealed that the band is working on material for a free five-track EP to be released this year. Tuck told Kerrang!, “We would just really like to have something to keep everybody going between albums. The way music has changed and the way people listen to it is king, and you have to adapt and have something to keep people going.” The EP would follow up the band’s 2015 album Venom. (Metal Hammer)    I will be getting Mr Tuck on the hotLine next week to check in on this and their upcoming tour with Asking Alexandria.

Well, it’s getting close!  We will soon be able to announce the 2016 hardDrive Live Tour!  Hard to believe this is our 9th year of doing these tours.  Very proud of our team!  Can’t wait to fill you all in!

Also, we’ve just posted a new hardDrive DL podcast!  This time, it’s my conversation with Richard Patrick of Filter!  Check it out on iTunes.

Celebrating life this weekend:    today Handsome Dick Manitoba from the Dictators is 62! Good Gawd, I met him when he was 21!   And on Sunday, Happy 60th to Johnny Lydon of the Sex Pistols.

Thursday, Jan 28

What a great day we had yesterday with not only Richard Patrick from Filter stopping by the hardDriveRadio studios, but also attending  his label’s listening party for the new Crazy Eyes album.  Hosted by Matt Pinfield, I actually got a wonderful shout out from Richard from the stage!  We’ve been buds since 1995! Hard to believe, but it is true! I’ve been there for the ups and the downs and right now, it’s a HUGE UP!  He’s been through some rough times with the passing of his dad (on Dec 8th of all days!)  and major back surgery, and as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  And man, has it ever. The forthcoming Crazy Eyes album, Richard’s 7th studio album, is one of his best works since Short Bus.  If you loved the early Filter stuff, this will blow you away!  Be looking for the video interview with Richard in a few weeks on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!

BTW: at the Filter party, I was talking to the A&R rep for Wind Up Records and he told me both Young Guns and Crobot will be making their new albums here in the NYC area!  Very exciting!  Machine will once again do Crobot, while David Bendeth will twirl the knobs again for Young Guns!  I have a feeling I will be seeing these fellows out and about in the Big Apple!

Look for Filter tour dates on the “Make America Hate Again” Tour with Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High  in Road Rage.

Then it was off to the Muse concert at Barclays Ctr in Brooklyn.  Now let me start by saying I’ve been to a TON of concerts in my long life, but NEVER have I seen such an amazing, unique, creative display in production as I had last night (ok, maybe Pink Floyd.)  I mean, 3-D projected graphics, lights blazing, a turntable stage (ok, we’ve seen that before) and NO PYRO! (Thank you. I am losing my hearing already, don’t need anymore of that! LOL) And my ears are NOT buzzing today from the show being TOO loud!  (You know that feeling with the bass is so booming, it’s like you are being hit by a soft mallet in the chest? I hate that!)   Anyhow, the above shot from my iPhone 5 does not do the show the justice it deserves, but suffice to say, it was outstanding and no one sat down for the entire show!  I must say, I haven’t been a huge Muse fan in the past and only saw them one other time in a club, but it sure has opened my eyes to how strong they are live and how much they freakin’ ROCK!   When they leave the U.S., they have a 6 night arena stand in Paris!  Amazing!

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio reporting Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has apparently taken his interest in drones to a new level: according to NME, Bellamy has invested in a new drone racing league. Its CEO, Nick Horbaczewski said that his company plans to turn drone racing into the latest sports entertainment phenomenon. The league hopes to ape the success of franchises like Formula One and NASCAR, using drones, and has recruited Bellamy among their first investors.   Muse named its 2015 album Drones and is currently on a world tour in which drones are part of the stage production.

Drones is Muse’s first concept album and drummer Dominic Howard told us the idea came up early on: “The ‘drones’ concept came in very early. Matt brought it into the rehearsal room when we first started kind of getting the tracks together and, you know, it’s something he had been reading about. You know, we discussed a lot about what we were trying to achieve, I suppose, with this album. I think we just had a bit more of a clearer idea of what we wanted to do. I mean, it wasn’t just, ‘Yeah, let’s get some songs together and just go and see what happens.’ I mean, we wanted it to sound a certain way.”

According to Horbaczewski, Bellamy is among a string of investors who have pumped a collective $8 million into the Drone Racing League (DRL) so far.  The current North American leg of Muse’s world tour in support of Drones stops in Newark, NJ on Friday (Jan 29th) and closes out on Monday (Feb 1st) in Washington D.C. The band will be touring Europe from the end of February through early June.

 It’s official: the name of Deftones‘ eighth studio release is Gore and the disc will be out on Apr 8th. The band confirmed the much-rumored name of the record yesterday (Jan 27th) with a 30-second teaser clip — which has since been blocked — that featured a snippet of new music before the title of the CD appeared onscreen.

Gore had been rumored as a title for some time and frontman Chino Moreno recently had some fun with the rumors by posting photos of Depeche Mode‘s Martin L. Gore and A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger character online with the title “Prayers/Triangles,” presumably the first single.

Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter once told us if it were up to him, the band wouldn’t even bother with album titles:  “I’ll be the guy that’s constantly saying, ‘What do we need a f***ing title for?’ I just don’t, I’m over, you know, naming records and all this and that. You know what I’ve wanted to do with our records? I think it would be cool. I want to put a CD out, it would look and appear to you as a blank CD. Take all the imagery away from the front so you’re purely selling the music.”

The new disc features a guest appearance from Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. (The track is killer!)   Chino Moreno recently told Kerrang! about the new set, “The heavier stuff is a little faster, and the more quaint stuff is a little more lush. It’s extreme in both directions. It’s not happy-sounding. We’ve been enjoying our lives and it’s not coming from a place of anger, or depression, or anything like that. But there’s darker content on it.”   Deftones will tour Texas in March and has some festival dates on tap for May.  I look forward to seeing Chino at our RadioContraband Convention in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks!

Well, it appears the picture of who will be playing in the lineup for the Guns N’ Roses reunion may have just gotten a little clearer. Blabbermouth reports guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboard player Dizzy Reed, both members of more recent iterations of the group, have quit their side project The Dead Daisies. A statement issued by the Daisies said that both musicians left the band in order to participate in “a momentous project in 2016.”

Reed is the longest-serving member of the Guns lineup after singer Axl Rose. He joined the band as a touring member in 1990, during theUse Your Illusion era, and has played with most of the original members.

We asked Reed how he’s managed to stay in the band for so long:  “I get asked that a lot and it’s really just, I just never really thought about doing anything else, you know, on sort of a permanent basis. You know, I kind of feel like I’m in Guns N’ Roses and that’s where I was meant to be.”

Fortus has been a member of the Guns N’ Roses lineup since 2001 and appeared on some portions of the band’s 2008 album Chinese Democracy.

Guns N’ Roses has announced four headlining performances in April, two in Las Vegas and two at California’s Coachella Festival, with original members Axl Rose,  Slash  and Duff McKagan the only members confirmed so far.  The rest of the lineup for the shows — and a potential tour later in the year — remains unclear, although Reed, Fortus, keyboardist Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer are all believed to be involved.  The status of original members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler remains unknown, although it appears that Use Your Illusion-era drummer Matt Sorum is not involved.

In Dirt “Briefs”:

Hellyeah has shared a snippet from their forthcoming DVD filmed in Australia.  Watch it here.  The band is also working on their new album and have joined forces with PledgeMusic.  Check that out here!  HELL YEAH!

Candlebox are back with a new album and line up. Disappearing In Airports drops Apr 22. For Disappearing in Airports, the band worked with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Everclear, Rivers of Nihl) with frontman Kevin Martin, Dave Krusen on drums, Adam Kury on bass and the addition of guitarists Mike Leslie and Brian Quinn, the recommitment to creating music that is ‘pissed and urgent’ as well as bringing a new energy to the live show is at this records’ core.

Candlebox will be embarking on a string of acoustic dates in through Feb with a world tour kicking off in April, including performances at festivals including Lollapalooza Chile, Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion. Tour dates in Road Rage.

And finally today, check out THIS line up!  SEVENDUST, TRIVIUM and LIKE A STORM!   Woof!   I will be stomping my feet, waving my arms and shouting out loud at that one!  See Road Rage!

Wednesday, Jan 27

                                                                                                                                                                                                photo credit: David Rubene

Wooo!  Busy day today! Richard Patrick of Filter is coming in.  His new Crazy Eyes album is off the hook AMAZING (especially if you were a fan of early Filter) and I can’t wait to talk to him about it!  You may recall, Richard started his career playing guitar for Nine Inch Nails way back in the early 90′s!  Then there’s a label party for Richard where Matt Pinfield will conduct a Q&A and after that, we head over to see Muse at the Barclays Ctr! Should be awesome! God, I love my job!

Lou Brutus, who also loves HIS job, spoke with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach before he went on the air yesterday.  You can listen to it when Papa Roach is our Featured Artist of the Week Feb 22-26 on hardDrive XL!

Papa Roach is gearing up to begin the creative process for its ninth studio album, with frontman Jacoby indicating on Twitter the band was going to begin writing new music next Monday (Feb 1st) at its headquarters in Sacramento, CA. Shaddix wrote, “Can’t wait to get into our studio and start creating again.”

Papa Roach wrote and recorded its last album, F.E.A.R., in Las Vegas, taking the band out of its Sacramento stronghold for the first time since 2006. Shaddix told us at the time that he wasn’t happy at first with that arrangement: “I ended up in this city where I’ve had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know. And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that’s what pulled me through.”

Jacoby told us he and the band are going to be writing anything and everything that comes to mind since they would eventually like to write songs for other bands to record. Songs that might not necessarily work for Papa Roach, but would be right for someone else.  I’d love to see that happen for them. They are a great and talented band with nothing but blues skies ahead.

Check out Papa Roach’s video for their latest single, “Falling Apart.”

 Speaking of NIN, The Pulse of Radio reporting main man Trent Reznor has written a heartfelt essay about the late David Bowie in the new issue of Rolling Stone, which is dedicated to the legendary musician and actor who died earlier this month at the age of 69. Reznor, who toured with Bowie in 1995, wrote, “There were a number of times where the two of us were alone, and he said some things that weren’t scolding, but pieces of wisdom that stuck with me: ‘You know, there is a better way here, and it doesn’t have to end in despair or in death, in the bottom.’”

A few years later, Bowie came through L.A. I’d been sober for a fair amount of time. I wanted to thank him in the way that he helped me. And I reluctantly went backstage, feeling weird and ashamed, like, ‘Hey, I’m the guy that puked on the rug.’ And again, I was met with warmth, and grace, and love. And I started to say, ‘Hey listen, I’ve been clean for . . . ’ I don’t even think I finished the sentence; I got a big hug. And he said, ‘I knew. I knew you’d do that. I knew you’d come out of that.’ I have goosebumps right now just thinking about it. It was another very important moment in my life.

Reznor began his essay by discussing his early memories of Bowie and the influence he had on his own career, saying, “For me, every Bowie album has its own set of memories . . . His music really helped me relate to myself and figure out who I was. He was a tremendous inspiration in terms of what was possible, what the role of an entertainer could be, that there are no rules.

When the two joined forces for The Outside Tour in 1995, Reznor did not want Bowie to open for Nine Inch Nails even though the latter was selling more tickets. He recalled, “We found out a way to do the show that made sense, where it all felt like one experience . . . One of the greatest moments of my life was standing onstage next to David Bowie while he sang ‘Hurt’ with me. I was outside of myself, thinking, ‘I’m standing onstage next to the most important influence I’ve ever had, and he’s singing a song I wrote in my bedroom.’ It was just an awesome moment.”

Bowie died of cancer on January 10th, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar. His death sent shockwaves around the world and throughout the global music community. Meanwhile, Reznor recently hinted new Nine Inch Nails music will be coming in 2016.

Well, they’re finally doing it!  Breaking Benjamin will make its way to Europe for the first time ever this spring. The band announced its debut trek on that continent will kick off on May 29th in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, wrapping up on Jun 20th in Stockholm, Sweden. The group is touring in support of its first album in six years, Dark Before Dawn, which debuted at Number One on Billboard’s Top 200 and features the chart-topping rock radio hits “Failure” and “Angels Fall.”

Breaking Benjamin has never toured overseas before because of frontman Ben Burnley‘s fear of flying. Burnley’s phobias also include fear of high speeds and even riding in a car, and he told us a while back how he dealt with that while traveling in a tour bus: “I have a driver that I trust really a lot, and I basically just shut all the windows and turn the TV on and pretend I’m sitting in my living room, ’cause I have no choice, you know.”

Breaking Benjamin is currently on an acoustic tour of North America that stops tonight (Jan 27th) in Raleigh, NC and continues through Feb 10th. The unplugged trek will be followed by a fully electric headlining jaunt beginning on Feb 18th in Atlanta.  Meanwhile, the NJ ocean town where Ben lives was hit pretty badly with Snowstorm Jonas over the weekend. We hope his place isn’t flooded!

The Pulse of Radio says Red Hot Chili Peppers are throwing their support behind Bernie Sanders in his quest for the White House. The band will headline an all-ages show at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb 5th, with the proceeds from ticket sales going toward Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Ticket prices will range from $30 to $2,700 and there is a pre-sale going on now.

The Chili Peppers have been politically and socially active for years, performing at benefits for climate change awareness, Hurricane Katrina victims, President Obama‘s 2012 re-election campaign, Haitian relief efforts and more.

The band is currently working on its 11th studio album, which will follow up 2011′s I’m With You.  Drummer Chad Smith revealed a few days ago that the Chili Peppers had recorded a new song in just four hours.  I believe it will be released this summer with a massive tour behind it!

 

Happy 48th today to Mike Patton of Faith No More and a very Happy 72nd to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason!

 

Tuesday, Jan 26

Well, it’s good to see folks that can help, do help. The Pulse Of Radio reporting today Jack White‘s Third Man Records has begun collecting clean water for the residents of Flint, MI at its new retail location in Detroit’s Cass Corridor and has now announced that anyone who makes a financial donation will be eligible for a massive prize. Once all donations have been collected, one person will be randomly selected to become a Platinum Vault Subscriber for the next five years and receive 20 free Vault packages.

Platinum Vault subscribers receive four packages annually containing exclusive vinyl and merchandise, access to exclusive content and the Third Man novelties shop, live chats with Jack White, live-streaming of special events, and the opportunity to take advantage of ticket pre-sales. The total five-year value is estimated to be $1200.

Every $13 donated is equal to one entry to win, while $33 gets you three entries and $113 gets you 10.  100 percent of donated funds will benefit The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund, which is dedicating to serving the immediate and long-term needs of the community.  Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.

Jack white is a Michigan native and was born in Detroit, although he moved to Nashville many years ago and opened the first Third Man store there.   You can donate at Third Man’s dedicated Crowdrise page and be automatically entered to win here.

 Chino Moreno of the Deftones  is at it again.  Yesterday we saw he tweeted a picture of Martin Gore of Depeche Mode with the date 4/08/16.   Now he’s got a picture from Nightmare On Elm Street with the words, obviously a song title?. “Prayers/Triangles.” Subtle hints? I think so! I’ve posted new tour dates, some which Stephen Carpenter alluded to in his interview with ESP Guitars in Anaheim at the NAMM show last week.
Steph also did an interview over at the Orange NAMM booth. According to Blabbermouth, when asked about his role during the songwriting process for  forthcoming studio album, he said: “I spent a lot of my time on gear. As a participant in the songwriting, I was present and I did my stuff, but it’s not mostly my influence as far as what we’ve got going on the new stuff. I mean, I’ve definitely got my touch on it, but it’s not all about me. We’re a band, and right now, on this record, Sergio [Vega, bass] and Chino [Moreno, vocals] have done a lot of the work on this record. I just had to be some glue and hold ‘em together.

 

During a November 2015 interiew with BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show”, Chino talked about the “vibe” of Deftones‘ next CD: “I can’t really compare it to our last couple of records. I mean, those two records were done in a very similar manner where we locked ourselves in a room for a short period of time and wrote and recorded it. And therefore, I feel like we sort of really captured this moment in time, and the records sort of sound cohesive because of that. This record was done sort of over a year, spread out over these little, tiny writing sections. So it sounds a bit more fragmented, but in a good way. I mean, I feel like you put on one song and it’s completely different from the song after it, or previous to it. So it’s not like we had this one main idea and we went in and we sort of went with that vibe. I mean, the vibe’s sort of all over the place. So, like any Deftones record, I mean, it’s got dynamics and there’s loud aggressiveness and there’s mellowness to it, but it’s all sort of got an ebb and flow to it. I don’t know… It’d be hard for me to just put it in words exactly what it sounds like. It’s definitely a  Deftones record. The way I look at it is it’s a gradual step from where we last were.”

They’re baaaack!  Tweets from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake informing fans the band are getting ready to hit the studio have surfaced.  Chad said “Good news: we’re working on new music. Bad news for us: @kanyewest ‘Swish’ will be the best album of all time. ”   While Ryan told fans the band hopes to see them on the road later this year.

  And finally today, Wolfmother are back with a new single and album, “Victorious.” The album will drop Feb 19th and tour kicks off Feb 24.  Check out the new trippy video here.

 Eddie Van Halen is 61 today!

Monday, Jan 25

Holy Moly!   Did WE get clobbered with snow!  Nearly 27″!  Second highest snowfall on record for NYC.   My block still isn’t plowed completely.  Had to scale the snowbank to get to my door.  Good ole NYC.  Takin’ care of BIZ.

 FLINT!  We hear you!  Pearl Jam hears you!  Help is on the way!  Pearl Jam has raised $300,000 to help the people of Flint, MI as the city reels from a water crisis that has gone on for two years. According to Billboard, the band has donated $125,000 of its money, while pulling another $175,000 out of recording, publishing and touring partners Republic Records, the Universal Music Publishing Group and Ticketmaster for a grand total of $300,000.

The money is going to the United Way of Genesee County, which will channel the money to the Flint Water Fund and benefit the city’s ongoing drinking water contamination crisis.

Pearl Jam has also launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise more money for Flint. At press time, that fund had raised nearly $10,000.   A dangerous amount of lead has been contaminating Flint’s water supply for nearly two years, following a switchover in which the city manager stopped getting water from Detroit and started pumping it in from the Flint River to cut costs.  The governor and the officials there should be ashamed!

                                                                                                               photo credit: Blabbermouth

My friend Kim was at this event in LA.  I saw pics of her with Dave backstage. Everyone had an outstanding time that, I believe, also included some Crown Royal!  Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl led members of MetallicaStone SourPanteraSlayer and others in performances at the Monster Energy Ride For Dime Dimebash 2016, a benefit honoring late Pantera and Damageplan   guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, which was held Friday night (Jan 22nd) at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA.

Grohl was a last-minute fill-in for Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who reportedly went to the emergency room on Friday night for an undisclosed ailment. Cantrell’s publicist informed Alternative Nation the guitarist was “totally fine” after his visit and underwent a “minor outpatient procedure.”

Among the songs performed were Motorhead‘s “Ace Of Spades,” featuring Grohl on guitar, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo on bass, ex-Slayer member Dave Lombardo on drums and former Pantera singer Philip Anselmo on vocals.

Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.  Dimebag was shot to death along with three others during a Damageplan performance at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, OH on Dec 08, 2004. Hit this page on Blabbermouth for more!

Oh man!  Really?  The Pulse of Radio reporting Guns N’ Roses are offering a “Signature VIP Experience” at their upcoming Las Vegas shows for $2,500. According to Alternative Nation, the package does not include a meet and greet opportunity with Axl RoseSlash and Duff McKagan. It does include one ticket in the first 10 rows, a signed, numbered, limited edition tour poster, a photo on the stage before the show, a backstage tour, pre-show cocktails, access to a VIP hospitality lounge, a dinner buffet and drinks, prizes, private merchandise shopping and other “perks.”

Customers will also get the “Essential Guns N’ Roses VIP Gift Bag,” including special merchandise and a commemorative VIP laminate and matching lanyard.  Guns N’ Roses will play on April 8th and 9th at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas before headlining California’s Coachella Festival on April 16th and 23rd. A summer tour is also rumored for the reunited group.

Meanwhile, longtime Gun bassist Tommy Stinson, who was in the band from 1998 until 2014, says that a partial reunion of the group’s classic lineup “will be a healing thing” for the musicians involved. And Blabbermouth reported former Guns N’ Roses  (Chinese Democracy version) guitarist DJ Ashba says he “couldn’t be happier” for the band’s fans that a partial reunion of GN’R‘s classic lineup is finally coming together.

Ashba, who became a member in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck and stayed in the band until last July, was asked by Jaxon of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station in a new interview if he had heard about singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan reuniting for an appearance at California’s Coachella Music And Arts Festival. He said: “I did. And as far as that [goes], man, as a fan myself, I couldn’t be more stoked for the fanbase. They’ve waited a long time for this to happen, and, God, it’s so good that it’s happening. I couldn’t be happier for the fans, you know.

 I had heard this from another band who said they would never do the Soundwave  again unless the promoter paid them IN ADVANCE. So apparently this news has now come to light.  SoundgardenSlipknot and Smashing Pumpkins are among the bands owned vast sums of money by the promoter of Australia’s Soundwave Festival, who has not paid more than 50 acts who participated in its 2015 edition last February. Soundgarden is owed nearly $1.5 million, while Slipknot is out almost $1.2 million and the Pumpkins are waiting on a check for $887,000. Other artists owed six-figure sums are SlashIncubusGodsmackFaith No MoreMarilyn Manson and many more. Both the 2016 and 2017 editions of Soundwavehave been canceled. (Music Feeds)

Loudwire says Deftones seem to have definitively set Apr 8th as the release date for the band’s seventh studio album. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter said in an interview with ESP Guitars, “I’m sitting around waiting for the release of our new record. It comes out April 8 and we have some dates in Texas in March and there’s nothing I can remember or recall for April, but May/June off to Europe for some festivals out there.”  (NOTE:  the band is playing the Carolina Rebellion in early May.)  The album title, artwork and track listing have yet to be revealed.   (I know the title and song titles, but I am bound and sworn to secrecy, but I can tell you the music is great. I can not WAIT to have a copy of the album and there’s a killer track on there with Jerry Cantrell on guitar!)

HalestormPearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and others are among the artists who have contributed to a second wave of covers of the Eagles Of Death Metal song “I Love You All The Time.” All royalties from sales of the covers are being donated to the families of the victims of those killed during the band’s Nov 13th gig in Paris, France, which was part of a series of attacks by armed terrorists. The first wave of covers featured contributions from Florence + The MachineKings Of Leon and more. (Diffuser)
 

He’s Baaaaaccccckkk!  Marilyn Manson will make a guest appearance on the upcoming third season of the WGN America series Salem. According to Loudwire, Manson will play Thomas Dinley, a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem for all things requiring a blade — whether it be a shave, a haircut, being sliced open or sewn up.

Manson already has a connection with Salem, having granted the show permission to use his song “Cupid Carries A Gun” as the theme of the TV series. Manson and Salem composer Tyler Bates worked on the song together before Manson gave it to the program.

Salem is a supernatural series that takes place during the Salem witch trials of the 17th century.  Manson has been steadily working in television in the past few years, making appearances on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, Showtime’s Californication, the Sundance Channel’s Wrong Cops and HBO’s Eastbound & Down, along with voicing a demonic character on ABC’sOnce Upon A Time.  Manson toured last year behind his most recent album, The Pale Emperor.