Thursday, Aug 25

Trivium with the one and only Lou Brutus

Morning friends.  Matt Heafy from Trivium is in today.  Looking forward to speaking with him.  Good man, that Matt!  He’s making an appearance tonight at Sam Ash Music in NYC  for Epiphone.

The Amity Affliction

Paulie Walnutswas on the hotLine yesterday  with Ahren Stringer, bassist/vocals, for The Amity  Affliction.  Their new album, This Could Be Heartbreak, dropped on Aug 12 and the new single is “All Messed Up.”  You’ll hear the new song on hardDrive and hear Ahren in Plugged In the weekend of Sep 10th, so be sure to check it out. And don’t forget, if you don’t get hardDrive in your town, you can always give a listen on the our hardDriveRadio APP.  We stream both the weekend edition of hardDrive, as well as the nightly hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus on the app.  So download away!

Kirk Hammett usually doesn’t make this face

The Pulse Of Radio says Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett told Minneapolis radio station 93X he is staying away from reading comments online about the band’s new single, “Hardwired.” Hammett explained, “As soon as I go on to my computer and turn it on, and think to myself, ‘Should I read what other people are saying?’ or ‘Should I read some comments (on whatever web site)?’ I instantly say to myself, ‘Don’t go there,’ because I’ll just get, first, angry, then frustrated, then confused, and then wanna just write it all off as just f**king useless bulls**t, and why did I even waste my time.

Hammett added the reaction he has gotten has been largely positive so far, saying, “I kind of feel the excitement. I can kind of feel the energy in the air. I mean, we all kind of are picking up on it. I’m getting a tremendous amount of texts from friends, saying, ‘Great song. Wonderful song.’ . . . I know there’s a great buzz out there, and I’m totally, totally thankful that the song is so well received.

Frontman James Hetfield gave his interpretation of what “Hardwired” is about: “Sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I try to be different or to do something right or a better way or something, it just seems like the default is hardwired to just screw it up sometimes (laughs). So man in general sometimes I think, I just feel we’re hardwired to self-destruct.”

“Hardwired” is taken from Metallica’s 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which is due out Nov 18th on double CD, vinyl and digital download.

Asked about touring behind the new disc, Hammett said, “For us, going out and playing shows, it’s really, really fun for us, really, really great, but over time, the mileage we have on ourselves, on our personal odometers, they’re way up there. So, having said that, we have to take care of ourselves, and we have to make sure that going into this next little phase that we do it correctly and we do it in a healthy way that ensures much more longevity.”  Metallica will begin touring in support of the record in Jan 2017.

Ya know, I’m glad rock stars aren’t just focused on their shows.  They truly care about what is going on in the audience. And when they see something, they SAY something, which can usually get a person in the wrong ejected.  Case in point: Pearl Jam fans were treated to a wild night on Monday (Aug 22nd) during the band’s show at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In addition to a massive 36-song set, the crowd was treated to the sight of Chicago Bulls legend Dennis Rodman walking onstage during “Black, Red, Yellow” and lifting singer Eddie Vedder into the air.

Later in the set, Vedder ordered his bandmates to stop the song “Lukin” as he shouted into the audience, “Hey, mister, get your finger out of that woman’s face, motherf**ker. Hey, mister, all the fingers are pointing at you. Clear out, mister.” Vedder had the man ejected and made sure the woman was okay before continuing the song. Finally, Vedder paid tribute to late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley before performing “Man Of The Hour,” saying, “It’s the birthday of a guy called Layne Staley tonight, and we’re thinking of him tonight too. 49 years old.”  (From Loudwire/Alt Press/The Pulse Of Radio)

Well!   Looks like Dave Grohl must’ve taken his jet to Toronto to catch Prophets of Rage‘s show.  He jumps on stage with the band for the MC5‘s “Kick Out The Jams.” Why couldn’t I have been there?  This link has the entire show and Dave arrives around 2 hours into the set.

That’s a lot of tickets…..

Guns N’ Roses’ North American “Not In This Lifetime” summer stadium tour sold over one million tickets, a staggering amount for a rock band in 2016, with the band awarded a special plaque for the occasion after concluding the trek earlier this week in Los Angeles. The band celebrated the end of the tour by partying with some 200 guests at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, where it was reported that “Axl Rose and Slash were accompanied by scantily clad models to the rooftop for pizza.”

They’re holding the cards close to their chests

Blabbermouth reporting Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows said in a recent interview with Grand Rapids, MI radio station WGRD the band is not yet finished working on its new album, saying, ”We’re writing, we’ve been throwing stuff around. You know, we’ve been working, and that’s all I can really say about it. I think there’s a lot of speculation online, and we’re just kind of leaving it that way. But when there’s something to be heard, we’ll let the world know. But right now, we’re just still working on stuff.

Hmmmm.   I seem to think he’s playing poker with us.  I bet there is music just ready to show it’s little head in the coming weeks.  I mean, their tour kicks off Sep 12.  Wouldn’t it make sense for a single to be on the radio at that time too? I’d put money on it if I was in Vegas.  Let’s wait ‘n see!

Rolling Stone reporter Jon Wiederhorn did a stellar interview with Austin Carlile and Of Mice & Men.  Please check it out here.  Meanwhile, the band released the music video for their new single, “Real,” this week and it’s great.  The band is getting ready to release their Cold World album, Sep 09th and Austin told me this album was a very daunting task to take on (see the Rolling Stone article just to get an idea of all the things Austin has had to deal with in the past decade.)  I am looking forward to having the band in the studios on Sep 16th.

Gotta dash.   Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, Aug 24

Amatrice, Italy- Powerful earthquake destroys town  (Photo: Reuters) 

So sad to wake up to the news of the devastating earthquake in Italy. Mother Nature has not been kind to us humans lately.  I think she is pissed off!  And who can blame her?

Also woke up to a bunch of audio files sent to me by the fine folks who work with Metallica. Soundbites from James talking about the new music. Although it’s not exclusive, we will share them soon.  Stay tuned!  And speaking of ‘Tallica…..

The Pulse Of Radio reporting it‘s been an astounding seven years since Metallica last did a full, proper North American arena tour, but drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that’s about to change. Ulrich explained, “It’s time to come back, and do some proper penetration of America . . . We’re going to start pretty much full-on touring in January and are looking to figure out what we’re doing in North America, but there will definitely be some pretty extensive touring in America.”

Ulrich told us a while back that rehearsing for a tour is different these days: At our age, it’s not really rehearse as in like, how does ‘Enter Sandman’ go? It’s more just kind of, you know, loosening up and kind of getting the battered bodies somewhat up to speed. It’s a little bit like sort of, you know, kickstarting like a car that’s been sitting out in the snow for a while. You know, you need to let it run and idle for a few minutes before you drive it.
Metallica will be touring in support of its long-awaited new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which will be released on Nov 18th. Ulrich said he’s looking forward to playing a lot of the new album live, remarking, “Some of the stuff on ‘Death Magnetic’ was pretty cerebral. You had to really think about what the next crazy part is that was coming up. Some of the songs from the new record are a little more physical. It’s gonna be a lot of fun to play this.”

The first single from Hardwired…Set To Destruct, simply titled “Hardwired,” is out now. The album will be issued on double CD, vinyl and digital download. A deluxe version will feature a bonus disc containing the riffs that formed the origins of the album along with “The Lords Of Summer,” which the band debuted on tour a couple of years ago. Metallica is releasing Hardwired… through its own label, Blackened Recordings.

Frontman James Hetfield told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press the group is enjoying being its own boss. He explained, “We’ve been working on this record, realistically, for eight years. But it’s been two years starting to put songs together and, literally, the last two months is when it all started to come together. There’s no rules anymore as far as you’ve got to do what the record company says or what the manager says. It’s got to be cool and fun for us, that’s the number one priority.”

Metallica already has a couple upcoming shows on its calendar: the band perform at The Global Citizen event in NYC’s Central Park on Sep 24th (info here) and at Neil Young‘s 30th anniversary Bridge School Benefit concert, set to take place on Oct 22nd and 23rd at at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.  Expect some new dates to be announced soon!

BTW, Blabbermouth reports according to, ”Hardwired” has entered the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart at position No. 2. The cut also landed at No. 18 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart after less than three days of airplay in the track week ending Aug 21. It’s the 32nd-charting song for the band on Mainstream Rock Songs, stretching back to the debut of ”One” on the Mar 11, 1989-dated list. \m/–\m/   Metallica rules!


Jacoby Shaddix, Tony Palmero, Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance of Papa Roach at AP Awards last month. interviewed by our affiliate THE BLITZ! 

Pulse also says  Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix told Los Angeles radio station KLOS (Full Metal Jackie’s Whiplash) the band has gotten a whole different feel on its upcoming album from recording in a North Hollywood studio. He explained, “L.A. brought a whole different kind of gnarly, rugged street vibe out of our band. I think that’s kind of the thing that we lost over the course of our records . . . it’s like, ’Go back and rediscover your struggle, homie. Rediscover what people are going through out on the street.’”  Shaddix also said the new disc, the band’s ninth studio effort, features “a little more of that old-school stuff,’ such as Shaddix rapping, which he hasn’t done on a Papa Roach record in a long time. 

Shaddix added, “I do a lot of work out in the community back home, helping people in need and stuff like that, and I see that the struggle is real. We’re in North Hollywood, so it’s, like, gunshots are going off, and we’re, like, hanging outside the studio. Helicopters are flying over. And I’m, like, ‘This is where I need to be making a record.’”

Shaddix told us not long ago Papa Roach is always itching to prove itself all over again: We’ve always had that hungry, you know, fighter spirit, that hustler spirit, you know, and that’s just something that’s been ingrained in our band since the beginning. We’re still excited about this rock and roll band that we’re in, and we’re still…it doesn’t feel like a job to us. When we get in that room and the four of us start jamming, it’s like there’s something magical that happens there and, you know, we just can’t deny that.”

The new Papa Roach album will be out sometime in early 2017. In the meantime, the band will head out on a Canadian tour with Five Finger Death Punch next month, beginning on Sep 9th in British Columbia, Canada.

Hot off their Sterling Spoon Tour (an anniversary tour that took them straight into the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza), Jane’s Addiction has announced the release of a massive box set, due Oct 21st.

The 6-cd/vinyl set collection includes the 1989 Nothing’s Shocking and 1991 Ritual de lo Habitual albums, along with the vinyl debuts of their 1990 Live From the Palladium concert recording, a selection of rarities and demos and live takes from the 1997 Kettle Whistle compilation.  The set is a snapshot of highlights from the band’s lengthy career, which began in 1985 under the guidance of singer Perry Farrell.

Guitarist Dave Navarro told us a while back how much Jane’s contributed to his own personal development since the band’s formation: “Rarely do I acknowledge how much I’ve grown as a person. It’s like, when I was 17, all I cared about was playing loud rock guitar solos. That was pretty much it. And then, you know, Perry had a lot of experience in music, and he’s an incredible artist. And so he taught me a hell of a lot about music and what it can do and what true creativity’s about.”

The box set is limited to a run of 5,000 copies.and will have a list price of $99.98. The group did have a hand in the creation of the set and selected the artist who did the cover painting.

As mentioned, Jane’s Addiction has been on the road this year on its Sterling Spoon tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first Lollapalooza. A handful of shows remain on their tour schedule.  See them on our Road Rage page
LA Bomb squad at Wes Scantlin’s West Hollywood home. 

Wes Scantlin from Puddle Of Mudd is in the news again!  Pulse reporting the singer has gotten in trouble again for his erratic and possibly dangerous behavior, although for once he was not arrested. According to TMZ, Scantlin’s car at his West Hollywood home has been broken into several times, so as a way to scare off potential future thieves, he set up two vehicles to look like they were wired to explode. One car had wires leading to the motor, while the second one had wires going from a door to a gas tank.

However, some of his  neighbors got one look at this, and were so freaked out that they called the cops. The bomb squad came out and evacuated four surrounding buildings while they ascertained the cars only looked like makeshift bombs and weren’t real ones.

Amazingly, Scantlin wasn’t arrested for once, but the police “laid into” him for the harebrained scheme. Scantlin was arrested this past spring for skipping a court date related to his trespassing and vandalism charges from earlier in the year. In early January, Scantlin was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his former home and vandalizing some of the property. Scantlin lost the house to foreclosure in 2015. He had several previous busts in 2015 for possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

They’re back.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Nickelback released a cover of  ”Dirty Laundry.”  The Canadian rockers are currently in the studio recording their ninth studio album, tentatively due in early 2017 possibly on their own label or through Republic (that info is TBC.)

While Nickelback was in the studio laying down tracks for the follow-up to 2014′s No Fixed Address, they decided to have some fun and play one of their favorite songs, Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry.” Instead of letting the impromptu recording go to waste, they wanted to share it with their fans. Take a listen to their rendition on Spotify.  Released in 1982, the original version of “Dirty Laundry” was written and produced by Henley and Danny Kortchmar.

Frontman Chad Kroeger told us a while back that making each new record different is what keeps things interesting for Nickelback. “When we get in the studio to take on the daunting task of making a Nickelback record, all the band members have such diverse tastes in music that it’s a lot about keeping us happy,” he said. “We don’t want to get onstage and play the same kind of music for two hours. We like to make sure that everybody in the band is happy and that seems to be keeping the fans happy.”

In June 2015, they canceled the majority of their tour dates in support of the band’s eighth album, No Fixed Address,  so that Kroeger could recover from surgery to remove a cyst on his vocal cords.  Sadly, I didn’t get a copy of the song in time for next weekend’s Labor Day Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive, but you can certainly expect it on our Thanksgiving weekend special!  BTW: our Labor Day special will have a bunch of never before heard cover tunes, including some recorded ones in the hardDriveRadio studios and from artists themselves.  So be sure to tell your friends and be listening to your local hardDrive affiliate. You will also be able to stream the show on the hardDriveRadio APP starting the week of Sep 05.


Matt Heafy of Trivium joins us tomorrow in the hardDriveRadio studios for an acoustic performance and podcast interview.  Got questions?  Send ‘em in.  He’ll also appear tomorrow evening at Sam Ash Music in NYC for Epiphone guitars!

 Happy 48th today to Spider One from Powerman 5000! 


Tuesday, Aug 23

Hello friends!  Yesterday, I had a great chat with Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace on the hotline.  On the other end, he was on his boat on a lake just north of Toronto fishing. Man, I wish I was there!!!!  Anyhow, we discussed a ton of stuff including his new side project, King City, which he and his friend Lukas Rossi have recorded 4 songs he plans to release himself.  You can buy the tune, “Neurotic,” now on iTunes.

I told him I discovered another artist with the same name, a rapper. So don’t be surprised if a name change is in the works at some point.  But I love the new tune, “Neurotic,” and you can listen to it on hardDrive this coming weekend for the very first time on terrestrial radio!  Neil said he will send me more tunes when they are completed.

The duo recorded the songs in a home studio in Nashville where Lukas was working a few months back.  It was very cool of Neil to think of me and send me the tune since he knew he’d get honest feedback.

Meanwhile, Three Days Grace are in the process of also coming up with riffs and the beginnings of new music they expect to have out in the new year.  Expect to see a much amped up version of the band, now that Matt Walst has secured his spot as frontman and has taken the reigns with ease.  Look for Three Days Grace to do some shows starting Saturday and run thru  Sep 09 in Charlotte, NC,  for the “Rock For Heroes” Benefit Concert.  Find the dates in Road Rage.

More on the new Korn  tune and video that was released yesterday for “Insane.”  (Geez, that is kinda unsettling, that video…..yikes)  The Pulse Of Radio says the video for the new song “Insane” was released just one day after premiering the full track online. The tune appears on the band’s upcoming 12th album, The Serenity Of Suffering, which will be released on Oct 21st. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch promises fans can expect to hear some heavy new material on the CD: It sounds like today, it sounds modern, but it also has a feel of the energy of the past. And it’s more guitar-heavy than the last record, and it’s really more guitar-heavy than anything Korn’s done in a long time, which me and Munky (guitarist James Shafferplanned on it — just doing a high-energy, really guitar rocking album.”

The follow-up to 2013′s The Paradigm Shift features a guest appearance by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor on the song “A Different World.” Other songs on The Serenity Of Suffering include the first single and video, “Rotting In Vain,” along with “Black Is The Soul,” “The Hating,” “Take Me,” “Everything Falls Apart,” “Die Yet Another Night,” “When You’re Not There,” “Next In Line” and “Please Come For Me.”

Korn’s current co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie stops on tonight (Aug 23rd) in Toronto. The trek winds down on Sep 03rd in Bristow, VA. Korn will then hit the road with Breaking Benjamin this fall, starting Sep 24th in Fargo, ND.

Evanescence: Jen Majura, Tim McCord, Amy Lee, Troy McLawhorn, Will Hunt        Where’s your eyeliner, Tim? 

Yesterday, Evanescence announced a 16-city tour for this fall.  We posted the dates in Road Rage.  Tickets for the trek go on sale this Friday, Aug 26, with a fan club pre-sale scheduled today at 10 a.m. local time.

Just when you thought I was off the hard stuff!” Evanescence singer Amy Lee told Rolling Stone. “It’s going to feel amazing to step back onstage with the band this fall. We had such a tight gel solidifying onstage the last few shows, and were enjoying it so much, we were all lamenting that it was so short and have been on the lookout for more opportunities to play live.”

According to Blabbermouth, the band re-emerged last Nov after a three-year hiatus with select, intimate shows in Nashville, Dallas and Los Angeles. More dates followed earlier this year. The influential, Grammy-winning band last performed live in Nov of 2012.

Lee told Rolling Stone last year there were no plans for Evanescence to record new material.  In 2015, the band parted ways with guitarist Terry Balsamo and replaced him with Germany’s Jen MajuraThe last Evanescence album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011.

This album was released Aug 28, 2001    Hmmmmmmmmmm

Team Rock says Slipknot singer Corey Taylor has hinted the band might perform a one-off show to celebrate an album anniversary – but he won’t say what one. Taylor said, “Me and (percussionist) Clown are conspiring to do something insane for one of our albums. I can’t even say if it’s (2001 album) Iowa or not. We’re threatening to do one and really taking it to the nth degree, because we have seen a lot of bands do the celebratory lap and obviously we want to do it with one of the albums — but it’s got to make sense for us.”    So, like  Iowa was released Aug 28, 2001.  That would mark a 15th anniversary.  Iowa.  The band is from Des Moines.    Iowa.   Makes sense to me.   Might have to fish around about this. In case you were wondering, here are the release dates of each Slipknot album:

Slipknot  Jun 29, 1999
Iowa  Aug 28, 2001
Vol. 3-Subliminal Verses  May 25, 2004
All Hope Is Gone  Aug 20, 2008
.5-The Gray Chapter   Oct 17, 2014

Another interesting note:  the band’s last date on their current run is Saturday night (Aug 27) in Austin, TX.   Hmmmm.

Happy 55th today to Dean Deleo of Stone Temple Pilots!  


Monday, Aug 22

Congrats to all the Team USA Olympians!  121 medals?  That’s amazing!
Now back to regular programming……

Sad news to start us out today.  The Pulse Of Radio informs us former 3 Doors Down guitarist and co-founder Matt Roberts has died at the age of 38, according to multiple online reports. Roberts was found dead early Saturday morning (Aug 20th) in the hallway of a hotel in Milwaukee. He had been rehearsing earlier that night for a fundraising concert for veterans and had returned to the hotel with his father, Darrell Roberts, who had been traveling with him.

Darrell Roberts told CNN, “I was wakened at 8:50 this morning by some detectives beating on my door. It’s always scary as a parent, they were in suits and that’s when they told me. They asked me if Matt Roberts was your son, I said yes, and they said, ‘We have bad news to tell you, Matt deceased last night.‘”

An autopsy will be conducted to determine Roberts’ cause of death, but a drug overdose was suspected. Darrell Roberts said, “I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety. I thought he had beaten it all.”

Roberts formed 3 Doors Down in 1996 with singer Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell in Escatawpa, MI. He was a member of the group until 2012 when he left for unspecified health reasons, playing on the band’s first five studio albums. He was replaced by Chet Roberts (no relation).

The group scored mainstream success in 2000 with its debut album, The Better Life. The disc featured the monster Top Three single “Kryptonite,” which Roberts co-wrote. He aso co-wrote other hits for the group including “Loser,” “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.”  Roberts’ exit in 2012 and Harrell’s dismissal from the group in 2013 after being charged with vehicular manslaughter left Arnold as 3 Doors Down’s sole original member.

3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold posted this on the 3 Doors Down Facebook page:

“Words cannot express our sadness as we hear of the loss of our brother, Matt. He was a truly talented artist and great friend. His memory will live on through the songs we all created. He will be greatly missed.”

New tour dates to announce!  Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown have expanded their fall co-headlining North American tour, adding dates in Oct and Nov and booking a whole new set of shows that now stretch into mid-Dec. The two bands, along with guests Sixx: A.M. and As Lions, will now play a total of 36 shows, kicking off on Oct 18th in Little Rock, AR and winding down on Dec 10th in Duluth, GA.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory promised to us that fans won’t be disappointed: You’re gonna get the show that you expect and some. This particular tour (is) going to be massive, you know, and every band’s gonna bring it. You know, they’re gonna bring their production, they’re gonna bring fire and lights and whatever the hell they want to bring. You know, they want to bring a tank, bring a tank. We don’t care, you know. It’s really about, you know, the fans are getting a proper rock show. That’s basically the goal and that’s exactly what’s gonna happen.

VIP tickets are available for purchase today (August 22nd) at 10:00 a.m. ET. Fan club pre-sales begin tomorrow (Aug 23rd) at 10:00 a.m. local time, while general sales will start on Friday (Aug 26th) also at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Each of the four bands on the bill will donate one dollar from each ticket sold to four hand-picked charitable organizations.  Five Finger Death Punch chose the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation, Shinedown selected MusiCares, Sixx:A.M. will support the anti-human trafficking organization Don’t Sell Bodies, and As Lions will donate to Make A Wish America.  Fans who donate an additional five dollars at the time they buy their ticket will have the chance to win VIP tickets and a meet-and-greet with the artists.


Whoa!  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has spoken with Rolling Stone about the band’s 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which as announced last week is due out on Nov 18th. Ulrich said the set isn’t quite finished yet, explaining, “We have all but one of the songs mixed and done. In the last two or three days, Greg (Fidelman, producer) was going to mix the one called ‘Spit Out the Bone’ . . . and all of a sudden Rob (Trujillo, bass) showed up in the control room yesterday to work on it. So what the f**k do I know? It’s pretty much done. We should have that last song mixed this weekend.

The album’s opening number, “Hardwired,” premiered last week, with the short, fast tune possibly setting the tone for the rest of the record. Ulrich said, “Most of the songs are simpler. We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we’ve done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes. The songs are more linear.

Watch the trailer for the new Metallica album due Nov 18th!  

Ulrich said the band was possibly inspired by revisiting its earliest albums, Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning, while preparing reissues of them. He remarked, “It wasn’t until 2013 when we played it (in its entirety at the Orion festival in Detroit) that I realized Kill ‘Em All had a cohesiveness . . . the songs are longer but not quite as progressive. It’s a world all its own. And I think there are some elements of that that rubbed off into this. I’d say there’s a trace of residue from rediscovering Kill ‘Em All that crept into the songwriting.”

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct follows up 2008′s Death Magnetic and will contain 12 new songs and 80 minutes of music over two discs. The set will also be available on vinyl, as a download and also in a deluxe edition.  Metallica headlined Minneapolis’ new U.S. Bank Stadium this past Saturday (Aug 20th), with guests Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold.

Speaking of Avenged Sevenfold, this is for our Dirt reader Louie Feraro!

Avenged performed a free show Thursday night in Minneapolis at First Avenue for 1,500 lucky fans who stood in line prior to 7 PM.   It marked the first show with their new drummer Brooks Wackerman. Wackerman, formerly of Bad Religion, Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals and Infectious Grooves,  joined Avenged last year following the departure of Arin Ilejay, who is now in Islander.

Blabbermouth  reports  Korn posted a new song called “Insane” online over the weekend. The full track premiered on BBC Radio One’s Rock Show last night (Aug 21st). The track is taken from Korn’s new album, The Serenity Of Suffering, which will be released on Oct 21st.  The band is joining me in the hardDriveRadio studios on Monday (Aug 29.)  Got questions? Send ‘em in!

Meanwhile. over on Loudwire, they premiered the music video for “Insane.”

Today I am on the hotLine with Neil Sanderson, you know him as Three Days Grace drummer, who has now formed a new side project called King City.   The band just posted their debut tune, “Neurotic” on iTunes and YouTube.  You can also submit questions to me via the interact link on the home page!  Do it!

Happy 58th today to Vernon Reid of Living Colour!

Friday, Aug 19

Surprise Surprise!  Look what we got yesterday late afternoon!

“Hardwired” is here!  (Couldn’t they have named it “HardDrive?”) It surprised the hell out of us yesterday, actually.  I had thought there was a chance we’d see something new in time for this weekend’s show in Minneapolis.  So finally, something new from the band after several years.  Do ya like it?   Let me know your thoughts over on our Facebook page or hardDriveRadio App‘s Interact Live section.

The 2 CD / 2 Vinyl set is the Grammy® Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s first studio album since 2008′s multi-platinum Death MagneticHardwired…To Self-Destruct is available for pre-order at in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Deluxe, and Deluxe Deluxe Versions. The album is produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic.

Has it really been eight years?  Doesn’t feel like it!  Nudge, nudge, wink, wink,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.  “We’re obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there.  We’ve been rockin’ along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in … INCOMING!

Lars explained to me recently why new music from Metallica can take longer than other bands:  One thing I can tell you when you make a record at home, which I’ve realized in the last month or so, is that when you go away to a studio and make a record, you have to leave Sunday night at 10 p.m. ’cause the Arctic Monkeys are setting up, you know, at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Makes you finish what you’re doing. We don’t have the luxury of that. We have open-ended recording time at our own studio.”

“Hardwired,” the first track to be released from the forthcoming album was played for the first time earlier today during a live remote broadcast from Metallica’s HQ in the Bay Area. During an interview with Minneapolis rock station 93X discussing the band’s performance at U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug 20th, Lars Ulrich stunned 93X’s Pablo by unleashing the incendiary song for the first time, much to the surprise (and delight) of the station, as well as fans around the world. “Hardwired” will be delivered as an instant download to fans who preorder the album.  The music video was also released yesterday. 

 Metallica will perform Saturday (Aug 20th) at U.S. Bank Stadium – the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. The band’s performance will be the first rock concert at the venue and tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes. Fans can tune in from home via a Pandora live stream beginning at 10 pm EST at Individual songs from the concert will also spin on Pandora. To listen, log in to your Pandora account or create a new one for free if you live in U.S., Australia or New Zealand. Fans outside of those countries can access the live stream at

Additionally, in celebration of Saturday’s performance, the band will be launching the official Metallica Pop-Up Store in Minneapolis this weekend. The store will have exclusive show merchandise and items not available anywhere else (including inside the stadium) as well as a wide selection of classic Metallica merch. The Metallica Pop-Up Store will be located at 401 2nd Ave North and open today, Aug 19th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Saturday, Aug 20th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Here is the track listing:

Disc One

01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Now That We’re Dead
04. Moth Into Flame
05. Am I Savage? 
06. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

01. Confusion
02. Dream No More
03. ManUNkind
04. Here Comes Revenge
05. Murder One
06. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three (Deluxe Edition Only)

01. Lords Of Summer
02. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
03. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
04. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
05. Plow (Riff Origins)
06. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
07. RIP (Riff Origins)
08. Lima (Riff Origins)
09. 91 (Riff Origins)
10. MTO (Riff Origins)
11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
13. CHI (Riff Origins)
14. X Dust (Riff Origins)

 Stay tuned for more details on Hardwired…To Self-Destruct in the coming weeks. 

Also yesterday came news from my friend from Boston. Godsmack singer Sully Erna has released a lyric video for the song “Different Kind Of Tears” from his upcoming sophomore solo outing,Hometown Life. The power ballad is the second track to be unveiled from the record, following the title tune. Erna said about the song, ““Honestly, this is one of my favorite songs on the album . . . It’s one of those things, when we’re in pain, we don’t think anyone can understand how bad we hurt, how deep it goes.” 

Erna co-wrote the song with former Nixons frontman Zac Maloy, now a Nashville songsmith who has worked with artists like Halestorm, Otep, 3 Doors Down, Skillet, Scott Stapp, Black Stone CherryTim McGraw and Carrie Underwood. Erna said about the song’s lyrics, “I try to write generalized enough for people to be able to translate these lyrics and thoughts to their own lives.“He told us a while back why he prefers to leave the subject matter of his songs ambiguous:  “I’ve learned from the past, sometimes being open to the public and giving them a little bit too much information has come back to bite me in the ass. And then rumors start and gossip starts and then — there’s just some things that I’m not so sure that I can share with the public anymore, you know.”

Hometown Life will arrive on Sep 30th and follows up Erna’s 2010 solo debut, Avalon. Erna used largely the same group of musicians with whom he recorded Avalon on  Hometown Life.    His father Salvatore Erna also appears on the album, playing trumpet on a song called “Turn It Up.”

Erna plans to tour behind Hometown Life. Godsmack, meanwhile, will return to the studio in early 2017.

RIP James Woolley (via Facebook)  

Very sorry to hear this news from The Pulse Of Radio.  Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor has paid tribute to former NIN keyboardist James Woolley, who died earlier this week at the age of 49. Woolley was a member of the band’s touring lineup from 1991 to 1994, performing with the group at its legendary 1994 Woodstock set and appearing in the videos for “Wish” and “March Of The Pigs.”Reznor told Rolling Stone, “Terrible news regarding James. I hadn’t crossed paths with him for some time, but always thought of him fondly. He was a fun character to be around, a solid musician and a genuinely good guy. Those of us from that era of the band have been sharing ‘James’ stories . . . lots of laughs and love and sadness. Wishing his family the very best.”

Woolley died on Monday (Aug 15th) from neck-related injuries after falling off a ladder while retrieving music equipment in his studio. His death was announced online by his ex-wife, Kate Van Buren, with whom he had three children.  Van Buren wrote, “James worked hard and played hard with NIN. He brought coolness to playing keyboards, which isn’t as easy to do as playing guitar or drums.”

Woolley was a member of the live NIN unit during the recording of 1992′s Broken EP and 1994′s The Downward Spiral album, although he isn’t credited on either album.  He also appeared in Nine Inch Nails’ 1997 concert film Closure, which documented the 1994/95 Downward Spiral tour.   He was replaced in Dec 1994 by Charlie Clouser, although he did share a Best Metal Performance Grammy for Nine Inch Nails’ “Happiness In Slavery” off the Woodstock ’94 compilation.  After leaving NIN, he worked with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford on his Two project as well as a solo endeavor called Void.  He was also a member of Chicago industrial band Die Warzau.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Hey lady, put your cellphone down! 

OK, I get it and you should too!   Pulse says Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis has joined Disturbed‘s David Draiman and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor in expressing his distaste over seeing fans on their camera phones during his band’s concerts.

Speaking with Journal de Montreal, Kiedis said, “The problem today, is the cameras during concerts. This keeps you from living in the moment. It is not important to have these pictures in megabytes. It is better to have them in your heart and your memory. We try to create an environment which is going to encourage them to keep their (camera phones) in their pockets and to look at us directly.

Disturbed’s Draiman berated a woman at a show in Dallas last spring for texting through the band’s show, while Corey Taylor slapped a phone out of the hands of a fan in the front row during a recent Slipknot performance.

The Chili Peppers recently released their 11th studio album, The Getaway, which features the chart-topping single “Dark Necessities.”  The band will tour North America in support of the disc in early 2017.


Celebrating life this weekend:
Today:  Former President Bill Clinton is 70.  Saturday:  Robert Plant is 68;  Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is 46. Sunday: Serj Tankian is 49.

Thursday, Aug 18

A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon and some ole lady on the floor at Barclay Center-Brooklyn, NY 

Had a great time last night talking to Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember.  We chatted for a bit at the Barclay Ctr in Brooklyn in one of the Nets’ practice floors and there was an audience of people above us on the second floor peering down.  Good thing I didn’t realize it ’til the end!  LOL

Their new album, Bad Vibrations, will drop on Sep 02 and it is every bit of hardcore/pop punk awesomeness you have grown to love about these guys. You may not be aware, but A Day To Remember was the first band to mix hardcore and more melodic punk elements into their music. These pioneers opened the door for so many bands, it’s ridiculous!

Bad Vibrations was  produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore  (the same team responsible for one of my favorite album, Rise Against‘s The Black Market) outside of Colorado Springs, CO, this was the first time the band has recorded in a live setting, and the first time they’ve ever collaborated together in one room to write.  The outcome is stellar with so many killer tunes.   The new single is called “Bullfight” and the video for it just debuted.  It recreates the violence the world has suffered over the decades and it is powerful.  The band has also done a clip for their future single, “Naivety,” which will be their third single and reports from their reps say it is their best video of their career! (And they’ve got some pretty cool videos if you’ve ever taken time to watch.)  Wish these guys all the best and they’ll be touring the rest of the world this year and early 2017 with stops including Europe, Knotfest in Japan, and an Australian run with Of Mice & Men.

Also asked him what was up with the next Self Help Festival, which is in the works and they are just looking for a headliner as we speak for the show out in San Bernardino. More on that as we get it. Be listening for Jeremy as our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus in the coming weeks!

They really don’t like Trump

The Pulse Of Radio reporting Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has offered up his thoughts on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a new interview with Kerrang! magazine, comparing the reality show host and real estate mogul to a would-be Hitler. But Armstrong expressed concern for Trump’s supporters first, saying, “The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are. I actually feel bad for them, because they’re poor, working-class people who can’t get a leg up. They’re pissed off and he’s preyed on their anger.”

Armstrong has always been politically outspoken and blasted then-President George W. Bush on the 2004 album, American Idiot. Speaking about Trump, he said, “He just said, ‘You have no options, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s f**king Hitler, man! I don’t even know how else to explain it. I wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes maybe I do over-exaggerate with Bush. But with Trump, I just can’t wait ’til he’s gone.”   (Hmmm, do you think he may be a Democrat?)

Green Day has never shied away from political material on their albums but bassist Mike Dirnt acknowledged a while back that not every musician wants to comment on the issues of the day:  You know, there’s a comfortable zone. Maybe the people aren’t comfortable in their political views. They don’t want it to become a debate every time they have an interview, or turn it into career suicide. But I’ve always been taught that there’s no such thing as a stupid question, just a stupid answer.

Armstrong recently told Rolling Stone Green Day’s new album, Revolution Radio, reflected the outrage and divisions that have been part of the 2016 election. He explained, “These songs were written before this presidential election . . . It was almost, kind of like, predicting the future, in a way.

Revolution Radio is Green Day’s 12th studio album and arrives on Oct 7th. The first single, “Bang Bang,” is out now.  The new collection is Green Day’s first set of all-new material since late 2012.

A not to recent picture of Avenged Sevenfold:  Zacky Vengeance, Synynster Gates, M Shadows, Johnny Christ 

Pulse also revealed Avenged Sevenfold will play a free show in Minneapolis tonight (Aug 18th) as a warm-up for its gig with Metallica at the city’s brand new U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday (Aug 20th). The band decided to play for 1,500 lucky fans on a first-come-first-served basis at the city’s First Avenue venue to “get the blood flowing” ahead of Saturday’s sold-out concert, which also features Volbeat on the bill.

There will be no tickets for Thursday’s show and fans can start lining up whenever they want. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the first 1,500 people that are lined up will be allowed inside the club.

Saturday night’s show at U.S. Bank Stadium will be the first rock event at the new venue and Metallica’s only concert in the United States so far in 2016.  Avenged Sevenfold has been recording its seventh studio album, but it’s not clear when the disc will be released since the band announced earlier this year that it was attempting to sever its contract with Warner Bros. Records.  I’ve heard a rumor they have signed with another Hollywood, CA based label.

The label sued the group in Jan ’16 for breach of contract, claiming the band owed it another studio effort and a live set on its existing deal.  Avenged Sevenfold said at the time that “none of the senior management or A&R executives who were at the company and responsible for signing us are still there.” (Which is not true, actually.  The main people responsible for their radio promotion are all there, and actually are pretty devastated by their leaving.)

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Temple Of The Dog, the Seattle supergroup made up of members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, has released a demo version of a previously unreleased song that didn’t make it onto the band’s self-titled 1991 debut album. The track, called “Black Cat,” will appear on the deluxe 25th anniversary edition of the disc, which arrives on Sep 30th.

The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe set, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD.

The group, which also includes Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron, who plays in both acts, is hitting the road in support of the 25th anniversary reissue of its self-titled debut album.

While the Temple Of The Dog reissue comes out on Sep 30th, while the five-city tour is scheduled to begin on Nov 4th in Philadelphia.

                                                                                                         Uh oh!  I Was Duped!  

The Pulse Of Radio says Jared Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars, performed at a mini-festival in California over the weekend where he allegedly told the crowd he felt “duped” into doing the Suicide Squad movie. According to a Tumblr fansite, “He was very honest about the film this weekend; his disappointment in what he’s learned of the theatrical cut — he’s still not seen the film — feeling sort of tricked into being a part of something that had been pitched to him very differently; thinking it would’ve been more artistic than what it became; feeling overwhelmed by the hate regarding the look and choices…” Jared has not addressed the situation on social media but he has made it clear in other interviews that he filmed a lot more scenes as The Joker than what actually made it into the film.

Meanwhile, the band is working on new music, which I think will be released on Interscope in the coming months.  Stay tuned for more info on that!



This man captured the magic: Sterling Winfield

Blabbermouth also reporting in a brand new interview with, longtime Pantera producer Sterling Winfield was asked for his opinion on why other metal bands still cite the Texas-based act as an influence. He responded: “Here’s the number one rule: Write good songs. It can’t get much simpler. Write from your heart. Influences are great, but you’ve eventually got to be yourself.

“Before Cowboys From Hell [1990],  Pantera was a cover band. They did exactly what everybody else was doing. At some point, something snapped. Their last independent album, Power Metal [1988], was their first with Phil [Anselmo], and man, even that was starting to turn the corner. They had a lot more brutality and heaviness in them than they gave themselves credit for.

They grew up and away from the tutelage of Dime [Darrell Abbott, guitar] and Vinnie‘s [Paul Abbott, drums] dad, got real honest with themselves, and wrote from the heart. They started writing songs with groovy, heavy, badass riffs.

They found their niche after ten or fifteen years of doing covers in bars. They toured the country in a van. That will make your attitude and your music heavy. They were turned down by every major label, including the one that eventually signed them [Atco].

“Their work ethic was off the charts. I gained a lot of my work ethic from watching them stay the course. One of their mottos was ‘Whatever it takes.’ We’d get into situations that seemed impossible, but we all pulled together and made it happen.

Long Live Pantera!  

Read more here.

Kristen May, in her Facebook video,  informing fans of her decision to leave Flyleaf

 reporting Singer Kristen May has announced her departure from Flyleaf after a four-year tenure with the band.  May replaced original vocalist Lacey Sturm when the latter abruptly departed Flyleaf in Oct 2012. She recorded one album with the group, 2014′s Between The Stars, and toured  in support of the effort, including headlining 2015′s Revolver trek.

May confirmed her exit via a video message on her Facebook page, explaining: “The reasons behind my leaving… One of them right now, obviously, is that I wanna be the best mom I can be, and I wanna be here for my son for everything.

“I’ve toured in bands and been on the road and away from home for twelve years. And so, for me, to be able to plant some roots for a little bit with my son and with my husband and our dogs here at my home is really, really important to me. I feel like it’s something that God has called me to do. I feel like it’s a very high calling for me, and a very clear calling for me.

“As far as will I make music later? Absolutely. I know that I will make music again. I already am picking up the guitar again and getting time when I can to make music. But I don’t think it will be with Flyleaf.”

Kristen added ”Anyway, just to be honest, completely honest with you, I need to grow and move elsewhere. And whether that is with music, I know it will be in some capacity. Or whether it’s… I’ve been really into yoga and essential oils and health and wellness, and that’s something I wanna explore as well. I also wanna explore art and try to get better at painting. There’s just so many things I want to do right now, and committing myself to one band just isn’t what is right for me.”

She also said she never felt like she fit in.  I mean, how hard must it have been to replace such a powerful frontperson as Lacey? I didn’t envy her.  Hope she finds something else because she is very talented in her own right.

Happy 47 to Everlast!   Happy 24th today to Frances Bean Cobain.  I will forever remember when she was just around a year old and her mother’s band,  Hole, was playing the Academy of Music in NYC.  I was in the balcony sitting next to the NY Times music reviewer Jon Parales.  Iggy Pop was sitting a few seats away.  While the band was playing, I saw actress Drew Barrymore, then dating Hole’s guitarist Eric Erlandson, standing at the side of the stage holding baby Frances Bean. (Yes, they had  Frances in headphones for protection.) I stopped watching the show and kept watching the baby.  I remember recalling how sad I felt for her, never knowing her father and his greatness.  I hope she finds some happiness when she thinks of him.


Wednesday, Aug 17

Good morning America and beyond!  I think I am going to miss watching the “Final Five”, the USA women’s gymnastic team. I mean, come on, who can jump that high, spin in the air several times and land on your feet besides a cat?  Good on ya, ladies!

Anthony Kiedis and unidentified gal pal as seen in Malibu, CA this month

Poor dude!  I can relate to the knee problems! The Pulse Of Radio reporting Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis admitted in a new interview with Journal De Montreal he has been having problems with his knee and will have doctors address the issue this month. Kiedis brought the subject up when asked about the stomach ailment that sidelined him earlier this year and forced the Peppers to cancel two shows. The singer said, “Everything is fine. My stomach stopped working for a while . . . I also broke my kneecap in two places, I jumped on stage and fell on my knee. I haven’t been able to kneel down since. It have a three-week break in August and the doctors will take the opportunity to fix this.”

Asked if the knee injury has affected his live performances, Kiedis replied, “A little, but not too serious. It does not bother me to play injured. This is necessary if you want to win championships. It’s part of the job.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has published several photos of Kiedis in Malibu, with the same mystery brunette he was spotted with in New York last month.  The most recent “serious” romance in Kiedis’ life was with 22-year-old supermodel Helena Vestergaard. Kiedis began seeing Vestergaard in early 2013, when she was 19 years old, and the relationship ended in late 2014.  The 53-year-old Kiedis recently revealed that he prefers to date women in the 19 – 23 age range. (Hmmmm, a little mid-life crisis, perhaps?)   

Oh look, it’s Disturbed again!   That’s Dan Donegan, second from left. 

 The Pulse Of Radio  says Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan was asked in a recent interview with Lithium magazine whether the band has a secret formula for keeping their music fresh and interesting. Donegan replied, ”Just trust in our gut. Don’t second-guess what we do. There’s a reason why there’s a chemistry in this band that works. Because when we get in a room together, we write. We don’t think about the record label, the management, the fans, radio . . . None of that matters.”

Donegan added, “The key to our success is we just don’t second-guess it. We write from the gut. We write about things that mean something to us. This isn’t just words taking up space and creating a melody. This is stuff that comes from the heart or life experiences and things that we’re passionate about, and I think that resonates with the fans, because they find their own connection with it.”

Donegan told us a while back he thinks Disturbed’s success has had a positive impact for other heavy rock bands: Not to pat ourselves on the back but, you know, whether you love us or hate us, I think we’ve kind of helped kick down the door a bit for other rock bands to have that opportunity. I’m not trying to give ourselves all the credit for it, but we’ve helped kick down those doors to allow, you know, a little bit more of these hard rock or even more metal bands to be acknowledged a little bit more.

Disturbed is currently on a co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin that comes to a close this week, with two dates left in Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday (Aug 17th) and Concord, CA on Friday (Aug 19th).


This is pretty cool. Pulse also reporting Metallica is the subject of a four-part series on Spotify called Landmark — Metallica: The Early Years. The documentary is the first of its kind for the streaming service and will debut tomorrow, Thursday (Aug 18th), with all four parts premiering at the same time. Each will feature exclusive interviews with frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich, plus rare archival footage, interviews with musical peers, animation and a companion playlist.

Hetfield told us a while back Ulrich is the band’s chief historian:  He cannot forget things, where I’m pretty much the opposite, I remember hardly anything about what’s going on (laughs). But Lars is a great historian on Metallica and we joke about him being the biggest Metallica fan on the planet, and that he is. You know, he’ll be the guy that has the museum or all of that Metalli-memorabilia. He’s Encyclopedia Metallica.”

The four segments are titled ”Metal Militia,” “Metal Up Your Ass,” “Sophistication And Brutality” and “Armageddon’s Here.”  Part one is devoted to Hetfield and Ulrich’s first encounter. Part two brings Hammett into the band and covers the making of their debut album. Part three is devoted to late bassist Cliff Burton, while chapter four follows the group’s early rise to success.  The new Metallica album, its first since 2008, is tentatively due out later this year.

I got an email last night from my friend Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace. I wondered what he’d been up to, actually.  He surprised the hell out of me with this news!  He has a new side project, King City, with Lukas Rossi (The Halo Method, Rockstar: Supernova.)   Check out their video for “Neurotic” and order it on iTunes!  I’ll be on the hotLine with Neil next week.

This could be interesting! 

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and founder Billy Corgan has confirmed in a new video posted on Facebook he has repaired his friendship with original bassist D’arcy Wretzky, after not speaking for nearly two decades. With drummer Jimmy Chamberlin back in the band since last year and guitarist James Iha joining them onstage at two gigs last spring, this latest development is only fueling speculation that a reunion of the group’s original lineup is in the works.

Corgan said in his post, “First off, we’re back in contact again, the band. I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years, it’s awesome to have my friend back. So we’re all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again.”

Earlier this year, Wretzky said she’d “consider” playing bass for the alt rock outfit again after being out of the limelight since her exit in 1999.  As for the possibility of a reunion, Corgan addressed this head-on in his video, saying, “We’re not at that point, and I think that’s a good thing. We’re not rushing to something, we have to repair some things between us, and see what’s out there for us, if those opportunities are even there.”

Corgan added, “We’re not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in just going out to play because there’s a big stack of money there.”  The frontman admitted there is “excitement” about the idea of the original Pumpkins performing together again, but warned, “Until you hear it coming from my mouth that the band is getting back together and we will play dates, my primary concern is the family relationships of the band that are ultimately so much more important.

From what I understand, there were a few promoters trying to see if the original band would be interested in headlining a few US and european festivals next year.  It was also pointed out that D’Arcy hasn’t picked up a bass in 19 years.  So this could be very interesting. Practice, practice, practice!

Whoa!  Check this out!  The earliest live footage of Tool performing live, filmed only a year after the band formed, has surfaced online. The clips are taken from a gig at Hollywood venue Club With No Name on Oct 7th, 1991. The footage shows them playing “Hush” off their 1992 major label debut EP, Opiate, as well as “Sober,” which would later appear on their 1993 album, Undertow. (Consequence Of Sound)

Faith No More will celebrate the reissue of its landmark debut, We Care A Lot, by reuniting with its former singer, Chuck Mosley, for two special performances this week. The first will take place at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday (August 18th), while the second will happen at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday (August 19th). We Care A Lot, which was initially released in 1985 and has been out of print for 20 years, will be reissued on Friday as well.

Buckcherry:  Stevie D, Keith Nelson, Josh Todd, Kelly LeMieux, Xavier Muriel

Veteran Los Angeles rock band Buckcherry are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their platinum selling record 15, and have announced a headlining North American tour where they’ll be performing the record in its entirety, with support from Candelbox and Sons of Texas on select dates.

The band will be releasing 15 on vinyl for the first time ever. The vinyl will be released in October, but fans can pre-order them now on the band’s PledgeMusic campaign pageThe leading direct-to-fan platform, PledgeMusic allows the band to get more personal with their fans, and offer them behind-the-scenes updates and items not available anywhere else, including 2 new songs the band recorded acoustically – “Brooklyn” and “On Set”- which will be released during the PledgeMusic campaign.

The band commented, ”This year marks the ten-year anniversary of our platinum selling album 15! This record was a very special moment in time for our band and there were so many obstacles that got in the way of making this record – we didn’t have a record deal, we didn’t have money, we only had each other and the songs. And that’s exactly what we captured.”

Buckcherry’s groundbreaking record, 15 – the band’s third record -  was released in Apr 2006 and included breakout radio anthems “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry”. The album was a turning point for the band following a breakup after the second release, Time Bomb, (Mar 2001) and featured a reinvigorated lineup with 3 new members. Titled 15 because the record was recorded in 15 days, the first single “Crazy Bitch” exploded onto charts becoming the rock anthem of the summer. It was also nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Following “Crazy Bitch”, their second single, “Sorry,” peaked at #2 on Hit AC radio charts and #8 on the Top 40 radio charts. To date, 15 has sold over 1 million copies, becoming the band’s first platinum record.

Fans who pre-order the record will get the AccessPass which will give them exclusive updates and content from the band. Pledgers will also be able to own some very special merchandise being offered on the campaign page such as: The 15 bundle, which includes a T-shirt with an exclusive design only available to pledgers, the new record on CD and vinyl, the new record on CD and vinyl, signed by the band, handwritten lyrics from 15 or a song of your choice, a 2016 15  Tour T-shirt, a 3-minute Skype guitar lesson with Stevie D., a drum lesson with Xavier before a Buckcherry show (does not include tickets to the show), an in person guitar lesson with Stevie D. and Keith before a Buckcherry show (does not include tickets to the show), a signed camera with photos taken by Stevie D. while on the road, a deluxe VIP package that includes VIP and tickets to an upcoming show, signed merchandise and more. Fans can also have dinner with the band before the show – which comes with 2 tickets to a Buckcherry show. (And maybe Josh will show you his Chaos tattoo. ;) )

To pre-order the record please visit: To see upcoming 2016 tour dates please visit: 

Robert DeNiro is 73 today.  You talkin’ to me?


Tuesday, Aug 16

Skillet, 2016-style: Jen Ledger, John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Seth Morrison 

Congrats to our friends in Skillet!  The Pulse Of Radio  reporting the Wisconsin-native/Nashville-based band’s new album, Unleashed, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at # 3, selling 62,000 copies in its first week of release. 58,000 of those were in the shape of CDs, while the rest were either digital downloads or streams. This is Skillet’s third visit to the survey’s Top 10, following the Number Two debut of Awake in 2009 and the Number Four landing of Rise in 2013. Unleashed also entered Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart at Number One, giving Skillet its third chart-topper on that list, also following Rise and Awake.

The band also marks its 20th anniversary this year and frontman John Cooper reflected on that milestone: Hardly anybody’s lucky enough to do this for 20 years unless you’re so successful, like Metallica or something, you know. So for Skillet, it’s, I feel humbled and I feel really thankful to my fans that whether we had huge radio hits or no radio hits, that our fans stayed with us, kept buying the records, kept coming to the shows…yeah, it’s very strange.”

Unleashed is Skillet’s ninth studio effort and features the Top 15 rock radio track “Feel Invincible.”  Skillet recently sketched out the details of a fall headlining U.S. tour that will kick off on September 22nd in Clive, Iowa. The bill will feature Thousand Foot Krutch on the first half, while Sick Puppies will finish the second half of the tour. Devour The Day will be playing the entire trek.

In other chart news, the Number One album on the Billboard 200 this week was the soundtrack to the new movie Suicide Squad, which debuted in the top spot with 128,000 copies sold. The disc, which features new music from Twenty One PilotsPanic! At The Disco and others, is the first movie soundtrack to enter at Number One in more than a year.

If I only knew how to crop the shot!  The tour is nearly over….not coming soon!

Also from The Pulse Of Radio, Disturbed has been making the most of the high-powered lineup on their most recent North American tour, which has also featured co-headliners Breaking Benjamin as well as support acts Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia. First, Disturbed vocalist David Draiman joined Breaking Benjamin onstage for a cover of Pantera‘s “Walk” during the band’s Aug 12th performance in Dallas. Then Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy sat in with Disturbed during “The Sound Of Silence” at the following night’s (Aug 13th) gig in Houston.

Draiman told us a while back the respect Disturbed gets from their musical peers and contemporaries is very important to him: It almost feels a little bit sweeter than the success from a commercial standpoint. It’s one thing to be successful and sell a couple of million records and to have that commercial success, but it’s quite another thing to go into pretty much any musical environment and have everyone give you a good level of respect.”

The Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin tour comes to a close this week, with just two dates left in Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday (Aug17th) and Concord, CA on Friday (Aug 19th).

OK, so you pretty much should know by now NOT to do anything fishy at a Slipknot concert, because if Corey Taylor sees you, you are getting thrown out, dude!  LOL.   As you can see from this video from their stop over the weekend in Concord, CA, the guy with the glasses (unseen in video) did something that irked Corey enough to have his ass tossed from the show. Disrespectful to a female crowd surfer?  Being overly aggressive in the pit?   Not sure.  But anyhow, glad Corey is on crowd watch while performing. So be forewarned! (Thanks Blabbermouth)

Prophets Of Rage:  Brad Wilk, Chuck D, DJ Lord, Tim Commerford, B-Real, Tom Morello 

Also from BlabbermouthProphets Of Rage, the supergroup featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real, will release its debut EP The Party’s Over  on Aug 26. The five-song effort will include the previously released, eponymous single “Prophets Of Rage” — re-imagination of the  Public Enemy track of the same name — as well as live versions of  Rage Against The Machine‘s “Killing In The Name” and  Public Enemy‘s “Shut ‘Em Down,” a Republican National Convention-inspired interpretation of Beastie Boys‘ “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn” called “No Sleep Til Cleveland,” and the new original “The Party’s Over.”

“No Sleep Til Cleveland” and ”The Party’s Over” will debut on Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Aug 18 and Aug 25, respectively.

The Party’s Over  track listing:

01. Prophets Of Rage
02. The Party’s Over
03. Killing In The Name (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE cover) (live)
04. Shut ‘Em Down (PUBLIC ENEMY cover) (live)
05. No Sleep ‘Till Cleveland (interpretation of BEASTIE BOYS’ “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn”) (live)

Even though Prophets Of Rage  does not feature RATM frontman Zack de la Rocha, the group plays classics like “Bulls On Parade” along with tunes by Public Enemy & Cypress Hill.  The band will embark on a North American tour later this month.

“I think the music of Rage Against The Machine is more relevant today than it was when it was written,” Morello told “And we give a lot of credit and honor to Zack at every show because his lyrics are brilliant.”

Last month, the group released the ”Prophets Of Rage” single through digital download and streaming services. Featuring new music and a new original verse from B-Real, the single was recorded with legendary producer Brendan O’Brien who has done notable work with RATM and Audioslave.

Islander invade hardDriveRadio studios!  Zeke Vasquez, Mikey Carvajal, Paulie Walnuts, some ole lady,  JR Bareis, Arin Ilejay

Had a great time yesterday with our friends Islander, who dropped by the studios for an interview and a acoustic performance of their new single “Bad Guy” and a track from their new Power Under Control album, “All I Need.”  Catch them on tour and grab the album!

Finally today, the hardDrive family is sad to hear of the passing of longtime hardDrive weekend affiliate, Rock 103 WRCQ/Fayetteville, NC’s air talent, Ann Thomas.  Ann passed on Saturday.   Here is the message posted on her Facebook page.   Rest In Peace, you rocker! (Thanks to longtime listener Scott Bakal for letting us know.)


Monday, Aug 15

Islander’s Arin Ilejay, Zeke Vasquez, Mikey Carvajal and JR Bareis  (photo credit: Dustin Smith) 

Islanderin the hardDriveRadio studios this morning.  You have GOT to check out their new album, Power Under Control.  Alternative Press has a stream.  Looking forward to speaking with them today and their in studio performance!

Disturbed’s John Moyer, Dan Donegan, David Draiman and Mike Wengren in NYC with some ole lady

David Draiman is one smart cookie! The Pulse Of Radio reporting while the payment practices of certain streaming services like YouTube have come under fire recently, Disturbed singer  said in an interview with Musik Universe that outlets like Spotify and Apple Music have helped the music industry. Draiman explained, “Absolutely (they help). What hurts the industry is piracy, which has always been the problem, from day one. Platforms like Spotify were created to combat piracy, to give the fans the opportunity to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want, at a higher level of fidelity than you’ll get off a BitTorrent site and at a very reasonable price, so that there’s still a revenue stream going back to the artist. It was never meant to replace physical sales.”  Draiman added, “Physical sales are going the way of the VHS tape too, unfortunately, whether we like it or not.”

He continued, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning approached the music industry with a little baby they had called Napster, and the music industry refused to entertain any kind of deal with them on any level. Instead they open-sourced it to the world, and that changed the face of music. And so the industry’s reluctance to go with technology back in the day is something that we’re all, unfortunately, suffering from to this very day.

Draiman said the industry is finally “embracing digital and technology on an unprecedented level.”

Disturbed is currently on the road with Breaking Benjamin through the end of this week, with the tour pulling into Morrison, Colorado tonight (Aug 15th). The band is touring behind its sixth studio album, Immortalized, which features the Number One single “The Sound Of Silence,” and the current single “Open Your Eyes.”

The Pulse Of Radio says Green Day ends a four-year break between albums this fall with the release of its 12th studio effort, Revolution Radio.  But frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the trio had no set plan to start making a follow-up to its 2012 albums Uno!Dos! and Tre!. He explained, “There was no real effort to start anything too soon. There was no like, ‘OK, we’re starting a record!’ The day after the tour for Uno!, Dos! and Tre!we just took a break. There was, like, just stuff going on in everybody’s lives and then suddenly I had a couple of songs out of nowhere so that’s just kind of the way it starts.

Revolution Radio is due out Oct 7th and the first single, out now, is called “Bang Bang.” Armstrong says the song is about the culture of mass shootings and mass media. He told us a while back that it’s important for rock artists to stay connected to what’s happening in the world around them: I think that rock stars, or whatever they like to call themselves nowadays, when they tend to get pretty big, a lot of people go way deep inside themselves and sort of shut out the world and kinda become disconnected with what is going on. I think it’s really important, especially in music, that you have to have some sort of connection and you have to be some sort of member of society to comment on it. Or else people are just sorta like, ‘Well, you’re just this whiny rock star, you know. What are you talking about?‘”

Revolution Radio also marks the first time in more than 20 years that Green Day has not worked with a producer, choosing to produce the new disc themselves. Armstrong said, “This time I just wanted to feel the freedom of just depending on ourselves and getting in a room. There’s no in-between person and we’re forced to sort of be in there with each other. So it was really interesting to kind of see how everybody interfaced with each other.

“Ordinary World” is another one of the tunes on the album, which also appeared  in the movie for Geezer, which starred Billie Joe. Here is a clip of him performing the tune at the movie’s premiere.

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will announce touring plans in the weeks ahead.

Ben Bruce and James Cassell with Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts  on Asking Alexandria’s bus at Rock On The Range

Aw, he’s gonna be a baby daddy!  Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce has announced he will take a leave of absence from the band’s upcoming European shows this month to be with his pregnant partner at his New Jersey home. Bruce wrote, “The reason I can’t be on this run is due to the fact that I am expecting the arrival of my baby girl any time now and as you all know, myself, the lads and this band has always lived by ‘family first.’”

Bruce added, “This is the first time I’ve not joined the guys and it’s really saddening and a very strange feeling but I know they are going to be just fine and they are going to kill it for you guys.” He concluded by saying, “I’ll be at these few shows in spirit, give the guys all the love in the world and sing my parts at the top of your lungs. I’ll see you all next year.”

Asking Alexandria is set to headline a lengthy North American tour this fall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the band’s label, Sumerian Records. Bruce did not say whether he expected to miss that trek as well.   The Sumerian anniversary jaunt kicks off on Oct 25th in Seattle and will include Born Of Osiris, I See Stars, After The Burial, Upon A Burning Body and Bad Omens. It will be Asking Alexandria’s first headlining North American run in two years.   Asking Alexandria is touring in support of its latest album, The Black, which was released last March and features the single “Here I Am.” The disc is the first with new singer Denis Stoff, who replaced original frontman Danny Worsnop last year.

Billy Corgan with Impact Wrestlers

Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan has been named president of Impact Ventures, the parent company of TNA Wrestling. Corgan joined the company as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling in Apr 2015. He said in a statement about his promotion, ”I believe in this company, its passionate fans, the talented roster and the dedicated staff and crew. I am committed to this great opportunity and will use all of my resources and connections to drive the success of this company.

Corgan will now be responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of Impact. Current president Dixie Carter is moving up to the role of chairman, focusing on long-term planning and global growth of Impact Wrestling.

In her own statement, Carter called Corgan “a visionary, an iconic artist and savvy businessman with an incredibly gifted creative mind,” adding that the singer/guitarist “has a deep passion and understanding for professional wrestling.

Corgan, a longtime wrestling fan, was previously creative director for Resistance Pro Wrestling, but resigned from that organization in 2014. Impact Wrestling airs Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET on the Pop channel.

It is not clear how Corgan’s duties with Impact will affect his upcoming musical plans. He recently revealed that he has completed work on a solo record and is putting together a new, yet-to-be-named band, while there are rumors that he is also shopping a reunion of the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup to promoters.
Finally today, the legendary Pantera‘s eighth studio album, The Great Southern Trendkill, will be reissued in a deluxe 20th anniversary edition on Oct 21st. The two-disc set includes the original album remastered, plus a dozen previously unreleased mixes, instrumentals, and live recordings. Also arriving on the same date is a single LP titled The Great Southern Outtakes featuring 10 of the unreleased tracks.

The companion disc accompanying the original album will feature an unreleased version of every song on the CD, including two versions of “Suicide Note Part 1.” The second disc also features a newly remixed version of the title track, rough mixes for “Drag The Waters” and “The Underground In America,” plus instrumental versions of several other songs and three live tracks recorded in Holland.

The Great Southern Trendkill was released on May 7th, 1996 and reached Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart. It featured the singles “Drag The Waters” and “Floods.”  Due to tension and conflicts within the band, singer Phil Anselmo recorded the vocals for The Great Southern Trendkill alone at Trent Reznor‘s Nothing Studios in New Orleans while Dimebag Darrell, bassist Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul recorded the music at Chasin Jason Studios in Dallas.

Late great guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott said in an interview with Guitar World at the time of the album’s release, “It’s almost like a ‘best of,’ man. Some of the riffs on it date back to our Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display Of Power periods. Hell, a couple of ideas even go back to before we got signed.”

Pantera’s three previous albums, 1990′s Cowboys From Hell, 1992′s Vulgar Display Of Power and 1994′s Far Beyond Driven, have all been reissued to mark their 20th anniversaries as well.  Pantera recorded one more album, 2000′s Reinventing The Steel, before the band broke up in 2002.

Darrell and his brother, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, formed Damageplan the following year and released a debut album in early 2004, but the band came to an end in Dec of that year when Dimebag was shot to death while performing at a club in Columbus, Ohio.  Vinnie has played in Hellyeah since 2007.

Kenny Baker as R2D2   So long ole friend

Sad News Dept:  Kenny Baker, the actor who played R2-D2 in the original Star Wars trilogy and its prequels, has died at the age of 81. He was battling a lung condition in recent years. Kenny’s nephew and caregiver revealed that he passed away in his sleep on Saturday (Aug 13th.) Kenny also appeared in The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.  Also on that day, coincidently and sadly enough, my favorite Uncle Bill also passed in his sleep.  Something in the galaxy that day, I guess.  I hope they meet up up there.  They’d get on really well.


Friday, Aug 12

My Girls!  Simone and Aly   GOLD! 

Did you watch any of the Olympics coverage yesterday?  Michael Phelps, dude! And congrats to Simone Biles and Aly Raisman of the Team USA women gymnastics “Final Five” and Simone Manuel and Katy Ledesky in women’s swimming, Kayla Harrison in judo. I’m sure I’m missing a few.  I mean, is it me, or is it emotional when they win?  So awesome!  USA USA USA!

Well, Happy 25th Anniversary to Metallica on the release of their Metallica album, aka the black album. Can you believe that record came out 25 years ago today (Friday, Aug 12th)???   The  Pulse Of Radio says the record made Metallica into superstars after being cult metal heroes for the first eight years of their career, even as it found the band slowing down and abandoning its thrash metal beginnings for a more mainstream, yet still heavy, style.  Be listening tonight for Lars Ulrich on hardDrive XL  with Lou Brutus as we celebrate the release on the air!  

Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone a while back about the record’s musical shift, “We felt inadequate as musicians and as songwriters (early in our career). That made us go too far, around ‘Master Of Puppets’ and on ‘…And Justice For All,’ in the direction of trying to prove ourselves. We’ll do all this weird-ass s*** sideways to prove that we are capable musicians and songwriters.

Former bassist Jason Newsted told us at the time, Metallica was prepared to make a big leap forward with its music: Everybody was ready. We pulled in somebody that could control us for a second and harness us for a second. That transpired. Everybody put their nose to the stone and worked hard, like Metallica always did, and then we got the fruits from it. 25 years later, it’s still, well, maybe is the biggest selling album in America for, I don’t know, for a long time.

Actually, ‘the black album’ debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart and eventually sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide. It is currently the biggest selling album of the SoundScan era of sales tracking.

The album was the first of four collaborations with producer Bob Rock, with whom the band clashed throughout the recording of the disc. Rock recalled to Music Radar, “The first three months were difficult. They were all very suspicious of me. It wasn’t a fun, easy record to make. I told the guys when we were done that I’d never work with them again. They felt the same way about me.

Ulrich said about Rock in NME, “We’d never really had anybody push us before . . . We’ve always thought of ourselves as ‘Big Bad Metallica,’ but Bob taught us a new word none of us had ever heard before: soulful.”

Ulrich added about the eight months it took to make the album, “(Recording) should have gone quicker, in theory, than trying to get everything note-perfect like we have before. But as usual with Metallica, all those theories and normalities go straight out the window. It took us twice as long to make a record that is twice as loose.”

Frontman James Hetfield said, “It was (once) a challenge for us to jam every riff in the universe into one song and make it work. Now we’re pretty much doing the opposite. Which is even more of a challenge.

This album also caused some personal strife for the band.  ’The black album’ cost $1 million to record and had to be remixed three times before release. Three members of the group — drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Jason Newsted – went through divorces during, and possibly as a result of, its making. But the disc yielded six hit singles, including “Enter Sandman,” “Sad But True,” “The Unforgiven,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Nothing Else Matters” and “Wherever I May Roam.”

The first single, “Enter Sandman,” became a massive hit and has gone to become a staple of the band’s concerts as well as rock and classic rock radio. But Newsted told us he wasn’t sure about the song at first: To me, it didn’t register until we played it in front of people, really. I mean, I knew the radio liked it and all that kind of thing, but until you’re right there and the crowd is louder than the PA, doing that thing, that’s how you find out, is by everybody clapping along to it and singing along to it. That’s how you get to know you’ve succeeded.

Yep, they’re back! 

As we revealed yesterday and The Pulse Of Radio says today,  Green Day has officially unveiled Revolution Radio as the title of its 12th studio album, with its release date set for Oct 7th. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said about the disc, “The songs were written before the Presidential election. It was interesting to see how songs like ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Say Goodbye’ went from metaphor to literal, and that’s the part that was tripping me out. It was almost predicting the future, in a way.

Armstrong told us a while back it was important that Green Day move forward artistically with each new album: Whatever we do in the past is just, you know — leave that and go to the next chapter or the next era or whatever, you know. We always want to try to keep reinventing ourselves and come out with something new without changing our clothes. You know, not that we’re trying to, like, have a new image or anything like that. I think we’re just acting our age, trying to make something that’s, you know, this is where we’re at, at this particular time and, exercising our vulnerabilities to make the best record that we possibly can.”

The first single, “Bang Bang,” is written from the point of view of a mass gunman and was penned before the recent wave of mass shootings in the U.S. Armstrong explained, “It’s about the culture of mass shootings that happen in America, mixed with narcissistic social media. There’s this rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed, and we all have ourselves under surveillance. To me, that’s so twisted.”  Armstrong added, “To get into the brain of someone like that was freaky . . . all I wanted to do was get that out of my brain, because it just freaked me out.

Although Armstrong said he didn’t write specifically about the battles with cancer fought by touring guitarist Jason White and bassist Mike Dirnt‘s wife Brittney, he did say one song, “Still Breathing,” is about his own 2012 trip to rehab. He admitted, “I hope it makes people happy and makes a difference in some way, by people recognizing themselves in the song.

Revolution Radio is the trio’s first new set of music since issuing three discs in late 2012 titled Uno!Dos! and Tre!  The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will announce touring plans in the weeks ahead.

Please stop asking those questions, says Hellyeah 

I think the same way when Slash was getting tired of people incessantly asking when there could be a GN’R reunion, (and even though there has been one) it gets tiring to hear the same question over the years during every single interview you do. Actually his handlers would caution us to please NOT ask!   Same thing here.  Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray has used a new interview with Revolver to definitively dismiss calls from fans for him to reunite with his former group Mudvayne and for drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott to stage his own reunion of Pantera.

On the subject of Mudvayne, who have not released an album since 2009, Gray said, “I’m tired of stringing people along. I still talk to the guys; we’re cool. But for many reasons, Mudvayne doesn’t exist anymore. Someone posted that ‘Mudvayne 2017?’ thing online and they shouldn’t have done that because it’s f**king with Mudvayne fans emotionally, which isn’t fair. I don’t want to wind people up, but who am I to say that can never happen again? But I’m certainly not gonna say that it can.”

Regarding Pantera, whose guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered in 2004, Gray said, “Tragically, even if Vinnie wanted to, Pantera can never do a reunion. You can’t do a reunion without a member of a band. I think that people forget the emotional aspect of this: Vinnie watched his brother get tragically murdered in front of him, and what’s on their mind? They wanna see a Pantera reunion. I’m not trying to call people out as assholes, but people are kind of assholes. They forget that he had to live this.”

Gray added that the title of the new Hellyeah album, Unden!able, is a pushback against fans clamoring for one or both reunions.  He explained, “As an artist — or whatever you do — you wanna be respected for your work. But even after all the records we’ve done, there’s still the stigma of Pantera and Mudvayne and everyone wanting the reunions and all this s**t, so it was like, ‘Is what we’re doing not good enough?’ I think it was this unspoken headspace that we had going into this new record . . . the name ‘Unden!able’ kind of validates what Hellyeah does.”

Unden!able, Hellyeah’s fifth album, debuted at Number 18 on the Billboard 200 album chart last month with sales of 21,000 copies.  The band will kick off a North American tour on Sep 17th at the Rock Allegiance festival.

Blabbermouth  reports Wymer Publishing has announced “AC/DC In Full Flight”, a collection of AC/DC concert photos, most never seen before, taken during the last days with Bon Scott and the early years with Brian Johnson.

All the photos were taken in England between 1978 and 1982.  The Bon Scott-era photos were taken at the Coventry Theatre in 1978 and at Wembley Stadium the following year, where the lads supported THE WHO.  The Brian Johnson-era shots are from the second Monsters Of Rock festival at Donington in 1981 — the last gig of the “Back In Black” tour and from the following year at Wembley Arena during the “For Those About To Rock” tour.

All the images have been carefully processed and digitally restored to optimise reproduction quality.  The book also includes personal recollections from the photographer, set lists, press reviews of the shows and additional memorabilia.

“AC/DC In Full Flight” showcases AC/DC in its natural environment where the band can be witnessed in full flight as Angus Young and the lads pulverise the audiences with their high-energy rock ‘n’ roll.

This full-color, hardback book sits neatly incased in foam in its own flight case. It also includes five individual prints suitable for framing — one each of Bon ScottBrian JohnsonAngus YoungMalcolm Young and one full stage group shot from the Bon Scott era. These are also all individually numbered to match the book number.

With Malcolm Young having retired from the band in 2014, Brian Johnson forced to step down and Cliff Williams also quitting, “AC/DC In Flight” offers a unique opportunity for AC/DC fans to own an exclusive item that fully reflects the band during a classic era and is bound to increase in value due to its limited nature.

“AC/DC In Flight” is only available directly from the publisher — and all for the price of an AC/DC gig ticket.  Orders will start being dispatched in Nov 2016, so pre-order now and be certain of getting this future collector’s item.   For more information and ordering details, visit

I really like this Giraffe Tongue Orchestra record.   Frontman William DuVall dropped by recently to talk about their debut album, Broken Lines.  It will be made into a podcast soon.  Blabbermouth reporting the band has posted the video of the track, “Crucifixion,”  actually my favorite tune from the album.  Check them out when you have a chance. The album is out Aug 26.

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra’s Brent Hinds, William DuVall and Ben Weilnman

The band’s line up includes Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape PlanBrent Hinds of MastodonDethklok bassist Pete Griffin and former The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Prigden.  They will make its live debut at this year’s Reading (Aug 27) and Leeds (Aug 28) festivals in the United Kingdom. The hope to announce a fall tour and possibly more dates in 2017.

Young Guns have announced a fall tour.  See dates in Road Rage!

Monday, Islander join us in the hardDriveRadio Studios!  I am so happy for them!  Their new album is outstanding.  As always, if you have questions, send ‘em on in to me!

Have a great weekend!