Had a great time on the phone with Chester Bennington and Davey Havok yesterday. First, for you AFI fans, hit their Facebook today for a live chat with Davey and Jade. I think they want your input on something. So Linkin Park ”leaked” its new single, called “Guilty All The Same,” through the Shazam mobile music search app yesterday (March 6th). The track is taken from the band’s sixth studio album, titled The Hunting Party, which will arrive sometime in June. I am guessing the 24th. The album track features rapper Rakim and also includes something that singer Chester Bennington admitted we didn’t hear much of on the last two Linkin Park records — guitars: “The guitars are back for sure. We challenged ourselves to get that 16, 17-year-old kid that was like so excited about what was going on in rock music — we wanted that kid to be excited again. And that was something that we feel, right now, I mean, with all the great music that’s out right now, there seems to be this vacancy for that kind of music — really aggressive, really energetic music that just kind of doesn’t exist right now.” Be listening for Linkin Park as our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus Mar 24-28. Regarding their Carnivores Tour, Chester said they are going to be using some new “toys”-state of the art technical gear. I can’t wait to see what that possibly could be! Meanwhile, AFI are in Hawaii tonight and head to Mexico and South America from there. Nice. Wish I was too!….Speaking of Mexico, I gotta tell ya. I am friends with Dan Donegan of Disturbed & Fight or Flight on Facebook (and in life, I guess.) He and his family are in Cabo right now and the pictures he is posting, I am drooling. Our running joke is my asking “When are you going to adopt me?” Pretty funny and pretty lucky folks, there, I’d say…Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott spoke with RockNLive.org about the band’s recent dismissal of bassist Bob “Zilla” Kakaha and guitarist Greg Tribbett, the recruitment of new bass player Kyle Sanders and the recording of its fourth album, Blood For Blood. On the lineup change, Abbott said, “We wanted to make sure that we brought somebody in that was a ‘bro,’ somebody that we felt comfortable with. We didn’t wanna go through an audition process and bring a whole bunch of different people in that we had no idea, anything about their character or dynamic or what they were all about. And Kyle . . . was the first guy that came to our mind.” Abbott also revealed the band will bring in a touring guitarist, hinting, “We haven’t announced who that is yet, but I can tell you he’s a hell of a guitar player.” Abbott said that Hellyeah is “gonna be stronger than ever” as a result of the changes, adding, “There’s nothing like having some fresh blood out on the road with you.” Blood For Blood comes out June 10th and was described in a press release as a “welcome return to form” for the eight-year-old act, whose last album was 2011′s Band Of Brothers. Hellyeah will hit the road this spring, starting with several festival slots in April and May….Speaking of Disturbed, bass player John Moyer has launched his own clothing line called Dread, which he will unveil at the “Heart Of Texas” Rockfest stage during the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas on Friday, Mar 14th. Moyer has teamed up with Biohazard Apparel to create the line, which he describes as “metal meets cowboy.” The Dread line will reportedly include T-shirts, hoodies and unique items such as smartphone cases, headware and vests. Moyer said in a statement, ““What better way to celebrate the launch of this new business than here in my hometown of Austin during one of the most important weeks for music!“…..A trailer for a proposed documentary about the history of Madison, WI’s Smart Studios features Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, and Butch Vig, the producer and Garbage member who co-founded the studio in the early Eighties. Each share stories about the studio, where albums like Nirvana‘s Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins‘ Gish and Fall Out Boy‘s Take This To Your Grave were recorded. The Smart Studios Story is seeking funds on Kickstarter and has so far received $25,000 in pledges, but needs to make a $120,000 goal by March 30th. (Rolling Stone)…Rolling Stone also reports Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is providing the voice for a character called the Milk Bandit on this Friday’s (March 7th) episode of the Disney Junior show Sheriff Callie’s Wild West. The show airs at 9:00 a.m. ET and the episode is titled “The Pie Thief.”….And finally today, Slash is among the artists who will be on hand to launch the new Jimi Hendrix U.S. postage stamp with a free concert at Austin’s South By Southwest music festival next Thursday (Mar 13th). Joining Slash will be fellow guitarists Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and the Doors‘ Robbie Krieger, along with Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and others. I’m gonna buy me some of those stamps for sure! …Celebrating birthdays this weekend-Today: Tantric’s Hugo Ferreira is the Big 4-0, on Sunday, Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars will be 44.
Exciting news coming out of the Linkin Park camp today, and all Mike Shinoda would tell me was for fans to keep an eye on their Twitter and social media sites. I went to the band’s website and saw they announced the name of a single “Guilty All The Same” featuring Rakim over on Shazam. All I really found there was a snippet, but I actually found the song on Metal Hammer‘s site. WHOA ! Check it out! Radio is getting an edited version without Rakim’s rap parts and a shorter version. I asked the significance of “The Hunting Party 6-14″ and Mike just said we have to wait! (Album title and release date perhaps?) In two weeks, more info is coming. He did tell me the band is going to deliver their new music in new and creative ways (hmmmm…) Also chatted briefly with Tomo Miličević of 30 Seconds To Mars. Interesting and lucky guy! His first concert: Nirvana when he was in the 6th grade! Thanks to his big sister, he got to go to the show millions only wish they also could’ve seen! More tomorrow when I talk to Chester Bennington this afternoon…..New music is coming from Powerman 5000! I was one of the first to hear “How To Be A Human,” which will be release in a few weeks. Sounds awesome! Lou Brutus will have Spider One on the hotLine in a couple of weeks…The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen has a message for anyone who wants to judge her by her appearance, her personal life or her current job: it’s none of your business. Momsen, still best known for her role as good-girl-gone-bad Jenny Humphrey on the show Gossip Girl, told Kerrang! magazine, “I don’t live my personal life publicly. What I do personally is, frankly, none of your business. If someone takes a picture of me smoking, they call me a bad role model . . . I’m just an artist. The role model is the music, not me as a person. I’m not here to be your entertainment — the music is.”….The Devil You Know is the new band formed by Howard Jones, former lead singer of Killswitch Engage. Their debut album, The Beauty of Destruction, is out Apil 28th and the first track off it is called “Seven Years Alone.”…Happy 68th today to Pink Floyd vocalist/guitarist David Gilmour.
Linkin Park, 30 Seonds To Mars and AFI out on the Carnivores Tour! Starts Aug 8 in FL, wraps in Concord, CA on Sep 19. Tour is posted in Road Rage. Will be speaking today to Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Tomo Miličević of 30 Seconds. Looking forward to that. Apparently Jared Leto was unavailable. Rats! He was a part of the press conference in LA yesterday. And is it me, or does Jared seem to always be hitting on women who interview him? I saw him in the line at the Golden Globes. He was even hitting on actresses standing talking to other reporters on the red carpet. Yesterday, he hit on the chick from Fuse and the one from Entertainment Tonight in Canada. Dude, dial it back. Makes you look desperate! LOL… Pulse of Radio reports Slash, in collaboration with guitar string and musical accessory manufacturer Ernie Ball, has posted the second episode of a new digital series called ”Real To Reel With Slash.” The series is chronicling the entire in-studio recording process of Slash’s third solo album and second with his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, from the first day of work to the last. (Videos here and here.) The series is following Slash and the band from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to the final recordings in Studio Barbarossa in Florida. A new episode will be posted for fans every week, giving real-time updates on the new album’s progress along with commentary from the band members and more. Slash, who constantly performs with other artists when not making his own music, told us a while back how he stays so artistically driven: “Well, I mean, I’m artistically driven ’cause I was raised that way. My parents, my grandparents are all 100 percent artists. None of us could successfully balance a checkbook. There’s no businessmen in my family. When it comes to art, we’re completely committed and completely dedicated. Everybody’s very sort of artistically driven and that’s been, you know, the way I’ve been ever since I can remember.” Slash is recording the new album on analog tape as opposed to doing it digitally. He explained, “I love the process of recording live in the studio and the sound of a rock n roll band recorded on two-inch tape as opposed to digital. I thought it would be cool to show some footage of us doing exactly that.” When Myles Kennedy stopped by, he told me the band was nearly done with the record. And that it’s turing out really great. Nice!…Noisecreep reports Metallica has dug into its vaults to release a recording of a vintage concert from London as well as behind-the-scenes video clips from the sessions for 2008′s Death Magnetic album. The London concert was recorded on September 21st, 1986 and featured guitar tech John Marshall playing guitar for an injured James Hetfield. It was also one of bassist Cliff Burton‘s final gigs before his death six days later in a tour bus crash….When I read about this yesterday, I didn’t think it was real. NME reports an ad placed by a man purporting to be an ex-roommate of Kurt Cobain, offering a few of the late Nirvana frontman’s possessions for sale, has been revealed as a hoax. The stunt was perpetrated by Sub Pop Records receptionist Derek Erdman, who put it together last Friday morning (Feb 28th) and said he got a lot of replies from “serious collectors.” Erdman pretended to be a former bass player for the Seattle band Gruntruck who claimed to have Cobain’s skis, a video game and a watch for sale…Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is launching a new side project called The Birds Of Satan with bassist Wiley Hodgden and guitarist Mick Murphy. The trio’s self-titled debut album will be out April 15th through Shanabelle Records and will feature guest appearances from Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. The disc was recorded in less than a week and is available for pre-order now. Hawkins’ previous side acts include The Coattail Riders and, with Hodgden, the metal cover band Chevy Metal. Watch the teaser here….Have a great Hump Day!!!!
Yes, it’s official. I am sick of winter. Happy Fat Tuesday! Happy Mardi Gras!…..Let’s start with this news from Linkin Park! The band has released a short, 22-second video clip that was probably filmed on a cell phone at the studio where the band is recording its sixth album. A brief snippet of a new song can be heard, and there’s a quick shot of guitarist Brad Delson with a yellow pad that says “The Hunting Party 6-14.” The new disc will be out sometime later this year and will follow up 2012′s Living Things. It will be self-produced. Their 2014 US tour dates were leaked online but removed. News is coming! Will try to get Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington on the hotLine. Stoked for the band!…Metallica‘s only North Amrican tour date will be in Montreal during the 2014 Heavy Montreal (HVY MTL) festival. Line up includes Slayer, Three Days Grace, The Offspring, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Apocalyptica, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Hatebreed and tons more, Tix on sale Friday, Mar 7th at www.heavymontreal.com….Congrats to Ozzy Osbourne. He will be honored by MusiCares Map Fund on May 12th in LA at Club Nokia. His solo band will perform with Slash on guitar as special guest, with other performers TBA. MAP is a music industry based charity which helps musicians with the addiction recovery process and Ozzy is being honored because of his dedication and support of the fund. God Bless You, Ozzy!… Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl appears in a new charity video with Los Angeles singer/songwriter Taylor Greenwood for her song “Sing You To Sleep.” According to Rolling Stone, Grohl was captivated with Greenwood after seeing her perform in New York last year and offered to help her with her new album. Now he also plays acoustic guitar in this video, which was shot at Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 recording facility. Greenwood told Rolling Stone she and Grohl wrote the song together, saying, “He came up with the beautiful guitar part, obviously, and I sat down at the piano . . . I thought it would be lovely to do a lullaby. To make whoever listened feel a little comforted, loved, maybe even just a little sleepy.” The track is available at Greenwood’s website as a “pay what you want” download. All proceeds will benefit Project Night Night, which Greenwood said “provides comfort, stability and educational materials to homeless children via little hand made gift bags with stuffed animals, security blankets, and books. In many cases these are the only possessions these kids have ever had.” Grohl said about Greenwood in a statement, “Taylor Greenwood is so refreshing because she is the real deal. A truly amazing vocalist. Anyone who knows her voice knows the sound of raw, natural talent.” Grohl and the rest of Foo Fighters are currently working on their eighth studio album, which the band is rumored to be recording at a dozen different iconic recording studios….Happy 51st today to Jason Newsted!
March: comes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Yes, yes it does. But we dodged the Snowmaggedon they were predicting….Watched the Oscars aka Academy Awards last night. I thought they were amazing. One day, I want to be on the red carpet. There are correspondents from network tv who have NO CLUE how to ask questions. It’s ridiculous! But major congrats to Jared Leto on his Oscar for his role as “Rayvon” in Dallas Buyers Club. Honestly, you won’t recognize him…Apparently, the fellows in Of Mice & Men thought I did my job extremely well! They stopped by the hardDriveRadio studios and we had a great ole chat. I enjoyed the hang with them. Then I headed over to the Best Buy Theater a couple of blocks over in Times Square to talk with Bring Me The Horizon singer Oli Sykes and drummer Matt Nicholls. Sorry there wasn’t more time to spend, but it was good and you’ll hear both interviews on hardDrive and the XL with Lou Brutus very soon! The show was freakin’ amazing. Both bands nailed it, the crowd was at capacity (surprising amount of teen girls out for BMTH-guess all that Warped Tour work brought them a big teen following. Kids were packed outside in the freezing cold waiting since dawn to go inside the venue!) BMTH blew me away with their killer light show. Oli seems bigger than life on stage and their music was just spot on! Go see this tour if it comes to your town! You will thank me! Anyhow, the evening was fun filled and got to hang out with both bands’ producer David Bendeth. Good times, my friends. And you must give an ear to both of these albums, I implore you! Great stuff….BTW: David is also currently doing his magic with former Underoath lead singer Keith Chamberlain‘s new band Sleepwave. I am hearing awesome things about the record. They signed to Epitaph….Big announcement coming this week from a band near and dear to my heart. I will have hopefully all 3 bands on the bill on the hotLine this week. #Excited…Pulse of Radio reports Rob Zombie is teaming up with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis to develop a project revolving around the Manson Family and its 1969 murder spree, according to Variety. The project is being developed for Fox, with Zombie on board to direct and Ellis writing what is envisioned as a limited series. The concept revolves around different stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders, all told from different points of view. Zombie said, “I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.” Zombie recently revealed he had scrapped plans to make a hockey film called Broad Street Bullies in favor of another project in the horror genre. This is apparently that project, although it seems to be headed to TV instead of the big screen. I remember that awful Sharon Tate murder that happened in Laurel Canyon in LA. It was so gruesome. A starlet brutally murdered. The wife of director Roman Polanski, who was pregnant with the couple’s child. Inspired the film Helter Skelter. Just crazy how a group of seemingly normal (ok, except Charles Manson) people became under the spell of that madman and were driven to do horrific things. Cult worship, scary stuff….This just shows you the classics continue to sell and sell. Metallica‘s 1991 self-titled fifth album, commonly referred to as “the black album,” will pass the 16 million mark in sales sometime in the next three to four months. According to Billboard.com, the disc will hit that milestone if it keeps up its current pace of selling about 2,000 to 3,000 copies per week. The set was already certified 16 times platinum in December 2012 for shipments to U.S. retailers in excess of 16 million. And I remember when I was at the Diamond Award event for Metallica’s selling a mere 10 million! Congrats!….And congrats also on this news! No Doubt‘s Gwen Stefani and her husband of eleven years, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, have a new addition to their family. On Saturday, March 1st, Rossdale tweeted, “Welcome Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale 2/28/14.” Apollo is the couple’s third child. The couple has two other sons, Zuma, 5, and Kingston, 7. Rossdale also explained via Twitter that Bowie is his mother Barbara‘s maiden name while Flynn is Stefani’s mother Patti‘s maiden name….And finally today, a 3-D documentary on Guns N’ Roses called Appetite For Democracy will receive a theatrical release in early April, according to Blabbermouth. The movie chronicles the band’s November 2012 residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which featured an elaborate Vegas-style production and an emphasis on the group’s classic 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
Last day of the month is also pay day, the coldest day of the year in NYC and a busy day with two interviews: Bring Me The Horizon and Of Mice & Men. Finally got to listen to both albums in their entireties and they are both really great. Lots of depth and fresh approach to the harder edged rock we love so. Also going to see them both tonight and I heard BMTH has some pretty amazing production with them!….Blabbermouth reports Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has told U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine the band will begin “major, major work” on its fifth album in March. Seventeen demos are ready for the band’s first CD since 2008′s All Hope Is Gone and the first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and December 2013 departure of drummer Joey Jordison, one of the band’s founding members and key songwriters. Regarding the direction of Slipknot‘s new material, Taylor said: “I can say that, to me — and this is only my opinion — it’s a cross between [2001's] Iowa and [2004's] Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.” He added: “I’ve written lyrics for everything that we have right now and it’s feeling pretty good. It feels like the story of the band so far, which is a totally different take on what I’ve been used to writing with Slipknot, but I think, because of everything we’ve been through, it’s time to tell that story. Not just from our point of view, but from everything around us. So, yeah… it’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be everything you want in a Slipknot album, and everything you wouldn’t expect.” Taylor did not comment on anything “controversial” during his interview with Kerrang! and wouldn’t discuss Jordison’s exit from the band, but he did hint at deeper family problems that needed to be resolved, as he reflected how his life was during the band’s break in activity IMHO, last time I saw Joey, I thought he was in the best shape I had ever seen him, even with a few extra pounds. He was bright and lucid and very amiable. Sad how the chips fall. Meanwhile, Metal Hammer reported the band have taken down their official website and earlier today instagrammed a plain black square that one can only assume means that they are to go into studio hiding until it’s time to reveal some concrete news about album number five. I may or may not know who is producing and who their new drummer is. And if they confirm the drummer I heard about, you will probably be as completely as surprised as I was!….Ernie Ball has partnered with World’s Loudest Month for Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands at the Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville and Rock On the Range festivals. Each competition’s winning band will receive a trip to the respective festival for their onstage performance, over $15,000 in prize gear and an Ernie Ball endorsement. Bands can register for free at BattleofTheBands.com. All they have to do is upload their music, share their profile and compete to win. World’s Loudest Month festival will kick off with Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville on April 26th and 27th in Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park. The lineup includes Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and more. Rock On the Range will be held a few weeks later, May 16-18th, in Columbus, OH @ the Columbus Crew Stadium. The lineup features Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and more. Be listening this weekend to hardDrive for your chance to enter to win a trip for two to Rock On The Range. Make SURE you are a registered hardDriveRadio Radical. You AREN’T? Shame on you! Register NOW on the home page! You will get to meet our very own Lou Brutus and even some of the bands on the bill. So watch your email for details!….Speaking of Rob Zombie, for the first time ever, will be releasing a live concert on DVD and Blu-ray, titled ”The Zombie Horror Picture Show“. The tracklisting has been revealed and includes sixteen tracks with footage from 2013′s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. It is set to be released in May of 2014. The footage was shot during stops in Houston and Dallas on August 3rd and 4th of 2013, at Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Zombie is currently working on a new horror film. He says the film will be along the likes of one of his earlier works, The Devil’s Rejects…Nonpoint is entering Groovemaster Studios in Chicago with producer Johnny K! Expect their new album later this year…..The 2014 Beale Street Music Festival lineup has been announced and set for May 2nd-4th in Memphis, TN.The three-day festival will include Foster the People, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Wolfmother, Fitz and the Tantrums and more! For tickets and complete lineup, head to MemphisInMay.org…Celebrating birthdays this weekend: Saturday, Ryan Peake-Nickelback is 41 and The Who’s Roger Daltry is 70!!! Sunday, Jon Bon Jovi is 52 and Robert Iler, AJ from The Sopranos, turns 29. See ya Monday!
Well, feeling slightly more human today. Might actually head to the office! Yeah, and watch everyone cringe and cover their mouths and noses in fear of catching it from me. Great Maybe I’ll bring those medical masks with me and pass ‘em around….Earlier this week Soundgarden announced they will be releasing two special deluxe editions of their 1994 groundbreaking album, Superunknown, now the group is taking it a step further by announcing plans to perform the entire album at next month’s SXSW festival. On Thursday, March 13th at South By Southwest’s iTunes Festival, the group will hit the stage at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX. The event will be streamed live through the iTunes store and will be available on all personal computers and mobile devices. If fans have iOS devices or Apple TV, they can use the iTunes Festival app to stream the performance in HD. Superunknown – Deluxe Edition, which will feature the remastered album as well as b-sides, demos and rehearsals, will hit stores on June 3rd. Superunknown – Super Deluxe Edition will also hit stores on June 3rd but will be a full five CD set with a hardcover book and photos. (Thanks Pulse of Radio)….Pulse also reports Papa Roach is currently in Las Vegas working on their new album which is tentatively slated for a summer release and earlier this week they did an online question and answer session. Group singer Jacoby Shaddix explained, ”We’ve got a track called ‘Just As Broken As Me’, which is a banger. That was the first track that we came in and recorded. It’s just an exciting, rip-roaring rock, hard rock, heavy metal progressive, nutty assault of musical creativity.” He added, “There’s another track called ‘Gravity’ that Jerry Horton was working on, and we all heard it, and we were just, like, ‘This just sounds cool. It just sounds like the sound of us driving down this desert road.’ And it just sounded like the environment that we were in.” Shaddix further explained what the song, “Gravity,” was about. He said, “‘Gravity’ is about what are the things in the world that keep pulling you back to reality or back down to the ground or back down to earth or back down to who you really are. And so that’s a great track. And for me, that was just something really different. I was, like, Jerry wrote the song, and I started lyricizing on it, and I was, like, ‘This song seems like it would be cool if I rapped on it.’ Everybody was, kind of, ‘Huh?! Really?’ And then I did it. And I remember I was just getting really painfully honest about some of the dark moments in my life that I never spoke about. I think that that’s when I really expose myself in the most vulnerable ways and step out of my comfort zone and really put myself out there, like, ‘You guys are gonna know this about me now?’ That’s when I think the best art is created . . . when you’re pulled the furthest out of your comfort zone. And that’s why Papa Roach records are so diverse.” Hmmm, might have to find Mr Shaddix and get him on the hotLine soon!….This is cool, and is a nice way for people who are into the electric bass can learn about it from one of the best. A documentary about late electric bassist Jaco Pastorius titled, Jaco, has been named the official film for Record Store Day 2014. Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo, who produced the documentary, said in a recent interview, “Record Store Day is a celebration of our youth, and beyond . . . it’s the power of memories fueled by this magic usually black vinyl disc.”He added, “There’s a reason why Record Store Day is making people headbang, rock out, relax, and simply smile. It’s all about the joy and power of words, music and sound, not to mention the dynamic range of visual art that goes hand in hand with a record cover, jacket, or sleeve; and you might even get a poster.” Jaco played with the eclectic jazz rock fusion group Weather Report, and also with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell, and was cited recently in my interview with Chuck Doom of Crosses, who also idolized Jaco. Gosh, he was only 4 days older than me and sadly passed away in 1987 from injuries sustained when he got into a fight with a nightclub bouncer. For more on Jaco & the documentary, read this….Nine Inch Nails are currently on tour and during the band’s recent tour stop in Japan, they gave their fans a special treat. Trent Reznor invited his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, to perform two covers of How to Destroy Angels songs. Reznor teased the crowd by saying he wanted to bring up someone from his other band who was “really close to him.” After stepping away from the mic and dropping the stage lights, Maandig made her way to the mic for a performance of “Ice Age”and “BBB.”…Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett, Korn, A Day To Remember, Zakk Wylde and The Pretty Reckless have been named as the performers for the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23rd, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Axl Rose will receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award while Jett will make history when she becomes the first female in history to receive the Golden God Award. Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday, February 28th, at AXS.com. 2011 Golden God Award-winner Alice Cooper said in a released statement, “No one deserves this award MORE than Joan Jett. She’s never compromised who she is . . . she’s a rocker through and through. I wish some of the younger bands had the balls that Joan Jett does!“ Cooper will present Jett with the award at the ceremony. Dave Navarro, Orianthi, Ace Frehley, Scott Ian, Jamey Jasta and Chino Moreno are also scheduled to attend the event.
This year’s Album of the Year nominees include: Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King, Black Sabbath - 13, Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and 2, Korn - The Paradigm Shift, Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork and Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.
- The nominees for Best Vocalist are: Jeremy McKinnon (A Day to Remember), M. Shadows(Avenged Sevenfold), Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch), Papa Emeritus II (Ghost B.C.),Jonathan Davis (Korn) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)
- The nominees for the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarists award are: Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains),Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch) and Munky &Head (Korn).
- The nominees for the Paul Gray Best Bassist award are: Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold),Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill),Fieldy (Korn) and Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies).
- The nominees for Best Drummer are: Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold), Brad Wilk (for his work with Black Sabbath), Vinnie Appice (Kill Devil Hill), Matt Halpern (Periphery), Chris Adler (for his work with Protest the Hero) and Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs).
- The nominees for Comeback of the Year are: Black Sabbath, Carcass, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Suicidal Tendencies.
- The nominees for Song of the Year are Alice in Chains - “Hollow,” Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail to the King,” Bring Me the Horizon - “Shadow Moses,” Five Finger Death Punch – “Lift Me Up,” Of Mice & Men - “You’re Not Alone” and The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell.”
- Voting is now open and will wrap on April 4th. Hit this site for more….
Man, this flu thing really really sucks! And I wouldn’t care but I had a flu shot! ARGH…..Top story today sadly is that Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying pleaded guilty to trying to have his wife murdered. The boy could get as much as 13 years behind bars. Stupid. Really stupid. And he’s in a Christian Rock band besides. I mean, what kind of person does that???….
Pulse of Radio reports Slash has teamed up with Ernie Ball to launch a new digital series, ‘Real to Reel with Slash’, documenting the entire recording process of the forthcoming third solo album. Myles Kennedy, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz will once again be part of the process to create, write and record with Slash. The first episode from the series debuted yesterday. Fans will continue to enjoy weekly episodes at SlashOnline.com. Elvis Baskette is producing Slash’s new album, which is set to be released in the fall of 2014. Ernie Ball is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of guitar strings and instrument accessories and is the sponsor of the Battle of the Bands on the Mayhem and Uproar tours. Check out the video here…..Beware of Darkness has announced a new string of dates. Find them in Road Rage….Green Day have announced they’re releasing a bunch of demos from their Uno, Dos & Tres sessions called Demolicious. Find them on CD, cassette! and either red or clear vinyl on Record Store Day April 19th….Happy 45th today to Tim Commerford, aka Timmy C, aka Simmering T , of Rage Against The Machine. And Happy 61st to Michael Bolton of those incessant holiday Honda ads!
Well, doctor diagnosed the flu and 24 hours bed rest! But as I told her, the show must go on! Many thanks to my associate producer Bill for being my stand in yesterday interviewing Sick Puppies and Lacuna Coil. Sorry I missed their gig last night……Congrats to my ole pal Tommy Lee, who is going to walk down the aisle one more time, this time with singer/dancer Sofia (Sofi) Toufa. This will be his 4th wife. Oh TLee, hope this one is THE one….Meanwhile, Chevelle is getting fans worked up for the release of their new album, La Gargola, by releasing the set’s artwork and track listing. The cover features a dark figure wearing a buttoned up coat and a beak-like mask worn by plague doctors back in the days. The album, which features ten songs, is due out on April 1st. The track listing for La Gargola includes: “Ouija Board,” “An Island,” “Take Out the Gunman,” “Jawbreaker,” “Hunter Eats Hunter,” “One Ocean,” “Choking Game,” “The Damned,” “Under the Knife” and “Twinge.” Look for tour dates for Chevelle in Road Rage…..Was on the hotLine last week with Phil LaBonte of All That Remains. The band has a huge single with “What If I Was Nothing,” which is currently Number Two on the Active Rock chart. The song is very different for the group and Phil told us not everyone in the band was on board with it at first: “There was definitely conflict in the beginning. There are people that come from, you know, a school of thought that like this is what you’re supposed to do and that’s what you do. But you either play inside the safe zone or you really push the envelope, and pushing the envelope is a risk. That’s the thing about trying new stuff — you’re not gonna know when it’s gonna, you know, strike a chord with people. You have no idea.”….This is kinda cool. Stanford University and Warner Music Group have partnered for a free online course, Creativity: Music To My Ears. Some of the artists slated to participate are Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda, Nate Ruess, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban and Tegan and Sara. The six week course starts on April 2nd…Happy 32nd today to Bert McCracken of The Used.
Man, I am bummed today! Came down with a lousy cold and don’t want to infect my guests today, Lacuna Coil and Sick Puppies. So I am still in pj’s in the living room sipping tea and trying an old wives remedy of Braggs Apple Cider vinegar and water. Ugh….Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett told the U.K. magazine Kerrang! the band “cannot think of any other reasons to procrastinate” over the making of their 10th studio album, which is slated to begin this year. He added, “We’re kind of backed up into the corner now, so yes, we have to start working on the album. And I’m excited. James (Hetfield, frontman) has, like, 800 riffs. I only have 400, but there’s not going to be any shortage of ideas. It’s going to be interesting to see how it turns out.” Hammett offered one reason why the band has delayed the start of work on the record, saying, ”We’re only procrastinating because we love being at home with our families, but we really do love writing songs together and making an album.” Meanwhile, Metallica is asking fans to vote on which two songs to add to the band’s official pinball machine. The group said at its website, “We first introduced you to the machine in April of last year and the response has been phenomenal, so now it’s time to add to the 12 songs already part of the game . . . pick your two favs and they’ll be all yours along with a few upgrades already in the works.” Voting closes March 3rd and the winning tunes will be announced the next day. You can cast your vote at this link…. Pulse of Radio reports Kurt Cobain‘s hometown of Aberdeen, WA declared last Thursday (Feb 20th) “Kurt Cobain Day” and celebrated with the unveiling of a truly bizarre statue of the late Nirvana frontman. According to Rolling Stone, the “Crying Cobain” statue, which features a solitary tear running down his cheek and makes him look more like Jesus that punk rocker, was installed in the town’s museum and greeted by Nirvana fans with a mixture of confusion and shock. February 20th would have been Cobain’s 47th birthday. He shot himself to death on April 5th, 1994. The statue’s sculptor, Randi Hubbard, has reportedly been working on the piece since shortly after Cobain’s death. The statue has sat in her auto shop for two decades with art students from around the area occasionally lending a hand to get it finished. Town leaders are hoping that the statue and “Kurt Cobain Day” will boost tourism in Aberdeen, even though it is well documented Cobain disliked living there and was even arrested one time for vandalism. A nearby town, Hoquiam, WA — where Cobain also briefly lived — is having its own “Kurt Cobain Day” on April 10th, the same day that Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Watch a rather disrespectful report on the event on local TV station…. Three Days Grace announced a new tour, which you can find in Road Rage…. Happy 41st today to Chris Fehn # 3 of Slipknot! And lastly, congratulations go out to our very own Lou Brutus who is now being repped for a few book projects his agent is keen on getting published! We’ll keep you posted! Lou Rules!