Tuesday (but it feels like a Monday) May 31

Right?  It feels like a Monday!   LOL   And I would like to start today with a comment on an entertainment news story I just saw.  British pop singer Adele scolded a fan at one of her recent shows who actually had to balls to bring a TRIPOD and a video camera to record her show.   What is it coming to?   Fans making DVD’s of shows?  I mean, come on people!  I guess we’re ALL guilty of holding our cellphones up to take pictures and video songs of some of our favorite bands, but 9 times out of 10, when you look back at the stuff, the quality is lousy.   And is it something you ever watch a second time?  No! We usually delete, correct?  What ever happened to going to a show, ENJOYING what you see and hear,  and calling it just that, an experience!


Well, this is great news!  The Pulse Of Radio reports Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a new interview with Metal Forces  June will be a decisive month for the band’s long-awaited 10th studio album. Ulrich revealed, “We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe. The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.

Ulrich cautioned fans, however, that he is not sure if it will actually be released this year. He explained, “If the record doesn’t come out this year then it won’t be because it’s not done. It will be because there’s some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer.”

The group has been recording at Metallica HQ in San Rafael, CA with Greg Fidelman, who was the engineer on the band’s last studio album, 2008’s Death Magnetic.  The band has one live date on its schedule at the moment, at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Aug 20th with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.

ROCK IS NOT DEAD, despite what some would like to make us think……

Meanwhile, on a positive note, speaking of the recent swell of destination festivals, read this fantastic article from Billboard magazine. They posted a positive story on heavy metal and hard rock making a resurgence. Thank you!

Still can’t believe Chino is a blond! (Photo credit: Suzy Cole) 

Deftones have chosen “Phantom Bride” as the second single from the band’s recently released eighth album, Gore. The track features a cameo from Alice In Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and will impact at rock radio on June 7th. The song will follow up the band’s first single off Gore, “Prayers/Triangles,” which made it into the Top 10 at rock radio.

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham explained in an interview with North Carolina radio station WXQR how Cantrell came to contribute to the song, saying, “We had this song. It was pretty much done. It could have been left as is, but it sort of had this big kind of a gaping hole in the end, like a gap, that could have just been or we could have filled it up with something . . . we started brainstorming: ‘Man, what if we got someone to play a badass solo on that?‘”

Cunningham added, “(Jerry’s) a good friend and we just kind of rang him up and he was with it. And he came and hung out with us. And we were barbecuing still, and he joined the barbecue and went in there and he kind of banged it out and it was a lot of fun.”
The drummer continued, “(We had) tears of joy when he was laying it down . . . When he plays, you know immediately it’s him, and that’s a rarity.”

Gore came out in April and debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart. It is the band’s highest-charting effort since their self-titled fourth album reached Number Two in 2003.  The first single from the new disc, “Prayers/Triangles,” is Number Eight on the rock radio chart.  Deftones will be touring Europe throughout June but will kick off a new round of North American dates on Jul 31st in Buffalo, NY.

I wanted to share this little ditty from Hollywood Vampires from their recent show in Finland.  Yes, the band with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Johnny Depp, some actor, I think.  LOL  Here they are, joined by drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Robert Deleo of STP who is filling in for Duff McKagan who is off touring with some new band, Guns N’ Roses.  ;>  Here’s their cover of The Who‘s “My Generation.”  Enjoy!

I love the guys in Disturbed.  Here’s a great interview David Draiman did with Cameron Buchholtz from our affiliate Rock 100.5 The KATT/Oklahoma City from this weekend’s Rocklahoma!

This week, Nonpoint join me in the hardDriveRadio studios here in NYC.  They are promoting their upcoming album, The Poison Red.

Gotta dash.   More tomorrow!

Monday May 30 Memorial Day!

Today we salute and honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country and celebrate America!  The GREAT America!

And I’ll telll what is great!   U.S. Navy and Marine troops who were on the Today show today, won 21 front row tickets to an upcoming Five Finger Death Punch concert as part of a program segment on the weekday NBC morning show.  And we all know how much 5FDP loves and cares for our service men and women!  Right on!

Well, not so great for our friends Korn!  According to The Pulse of Radio, technical difficulties forced the band to cut their set short at the Rock in Rio Libosa festival in Libson, Portugal on Friday (May 27). The group had just started their performance of the song “Blind” when a power failure stopped them. After a short break to address the issue, Korn gave it another shot, but the power cut out during the opening verse. The group was able to play about six songs after a second break, before having to give up for good.

Then they tried AGAIN!

The band later addressed the issue on social media, stating, “TO EVERYONE AT ROCK IN RIO LISBOA: We had a number of issues with stage power tonight and unfortunately couldn’t finish our set. Sincere apologies to all the KORN fans!” WAH! Had to be, what, around 80,000 fans there? Damn!

Poster for “Officer Downe” directed by M. Shawn Crahan

Blabbermouth reporting “Officer Downe,” the new film directed by Slipknot‘s M. Shawn Crahan, will receive its word premiere as part of the Nightfall competition at the 22nd Los Angeles Film Festival, which begins next week in Culver City, CA.

M. Shawn Crahan, courtesy of Blabbermouth

This year’s edition of the fest runs from June 1 until June 9 at the newly opened ArcLight Culver City. Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown hosted LAFF for the last several years.  The screenings are Friday, June 3 at 11:15 p.m. at Arclight Cinemas Culver City (world premiere) and Tuesday, June 7 at 9:10 p.m. at Arclight Cinemas Culver City. Passes for the festival are on sale to Film Independent members and the general public.  For more information visit link text.

“Officer Downe” stars Canadian actor Kim Coates — who is best known for playing Tig Trager on the FX series “Sons Of Anarchy” — as an L.A. supercop who is killed in the line of duty but who is repeatedly resurrected and sent back onto the streets. “Officer Downe” is based on the “Man Of Action” imprint/Image Comics graphic novel written by Joe Casey — who also penned the film’s screenplay — and illustrated by Chris Burnham.

The film, which also features Tyler RossLauren VelezReno Wilson and Bruno Gunn in the cast, is produced by Man Of Action EntertainmentSkip WilliamsonCole Payne“Crank” co-director Mark Neveldine and Slipknot manager Cory Brennan.

Coates told Entertainment Weekly about working with Crahan: “He’s crazy. We hit it off from the get-go. We had dinner, and he truly believes that we’ve worked together before in some other universe. Sure, alright, sure. He was ready to learn and share, and he had an incredible kinetic energy. He’s ferociously talented.”

Regarding his vision for the film, Crahan told our hardDrive affiliate 103.9 The Bear radio station in South Bend, IN: “I follow the story. That was my biggest thing. Everybody needs to know… I wanted to represent the story. That was my first prize — to make sure that it has justice. That people that are in love with the comic book and in love with the writer watch the movie and go, ‘Yup. That was the story. And Clown brought the visual and brought these crazy outfits and this crazy way of acting and these techniques.’ So I think the world’s gonna like it.

Back in February, Neveldine declared on “The Movie Crypt” podcast that “Officer Downe” is “better than any Marvel movie or DC movie ever made.” And Casey recently told Entertainment Weekly the film “makes ‘Crank’ look like ’The English Patient’.”

Crahan told The Pulse of Radio a while back he’s been working his way toward directing a feature for a long time. “I’ve been preparing myself with art my whole life, and preparing myself for directing and scriptwriting, and this is what I’ve been doing for 10 years, is learning and studying and taking it in,” he said. “You know, I honestly believe that, you know, we are gonna create the next ’Clockwork Orange’ and I’m gonna die trying because that’s my life.”

Crahan has directed a number of music videos, concert DVDs and behind-the-scenes featurettes for Slipknot.

Celebrating with America today, wish these guys Happy Birthday!

  • Tom Morello (guitarist, Rage Against The Machine, The Nightwatchman,  Audioslave, The Prophets of Rage) (52)
  • Patrick Dahlheimer (bassist, Live) (45)
  • Nicky ”Topper“ Headon (drummer, the Clash) (61)


Friday, May 27

Start of the long holiday weekend, YEAH BABY YEAH!   Now I wish all this yellow pollen from the pine trees surrounding my cabin in the Adirondacks would shed this crap so I can stop SNEEZING and COUGHING!

Look what Dave Grohl tweeted from the Foo Fighters Twitter page!   Aw, but why is he writing in all caps?  Is he mad at us?  Anyhow, The Pulse of Radio says Dave has apparently given his seal of approval for Dischord Records to release Scream’s very last album!  How cool!

Fumble was initially released by Dischord in 1993 and would be the band’s fifth and final release. Along with Grohl, the group featured vocalist Peter Stahl, guitarist Franz Stahl and bassist Skeeter Thompson. (Long time Foos fans will remember Franz Stahl later spent some time in an early lineup of Foo Fighters.) Grohl joined Scream after original drummer Kent Stax exited and first appeared on the band’s fourth studio effort, No More Censorship.  Fumble was recorded in mid-1990 before Scream split up later that year, with Grohl venturing to Seattle where he joined Nirvana.

Scream reunited in 2009, with Stax resuming drum duties for the band. Grohl played a few songs with them at a 2010 gig celebrating the 30th anniversary of Washington D.C. rock venue The 9:30 Club.  Grohl and Foo Fighters are currently on hiatus, with no plans at the moment to record or tour.  Check out this 1988 Scream performance with Dave on drums.  Such a baby then, eh?

Meanwhile, check this out from Chris “Shifty” Shiflett, Foo Fighters’ guitarist, who has a new podcast called “Walking The Floor.”  www.walkingthefloor.com for more!

Lou Brutus with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach at Rock On The Range

Pulsealso reporting Papa Roach has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to crowdfund the band’s next studio album, according to The PRP. The campaign page contains a wide number of options through which fans can participate, including a day in the studio with the group for $2,000 and a private acoustic show in your backyard for $75,000. And if you have $600,000 handy, you can purchase Papa Roach’s entire Sacramento, CA studio and all its contents.

Singer Jacoby Shaddix told Lou Brutus at Rock On The Range what he has in mind for the band’s ninth studio effort: “I think it’s time to shake it up again — tone-wise, guitar tone-wise, performance-wise — just something a bit different. Definitely high energy for us on this one and, you know, I mean it’s a classic P. Roach. Elements are always in there, the big guitar riff, the hooky vocal, the anthemic vibe — we still want to maintain that but bring just those different tones and production in.”

Papa Emeritus III and The Nameless Ghouls of Ghost  smile for the camera

Ghost fans will be interested in knowing the band have completed work on a new EP to be released this fall and will consist primarily of cover songs. Asked on the No Brown M&MS podcast why they decided to do a covers EP instead of start work on a new album, A Nameless Ghoul explained, “If you hear the EP, don’t think that, ‘Oh, the next album is gonna sound exactly like this,’ but that is a good way for us to sneak in elements that are, like, you might hear a synth sound like this on the next record, but not as evident.

Ghost released a covers EP called If You Have Ghost in 2013 which included covers of songs by Roky Erickson,  Abba and Depeche Mode among others. The Ghoul said, “‘If You Have Ghost’ was definitely a new dimension of pop-rock that we hadn’t really done before. I mean, it’s sort of closer to R.E.M.than it is Black Sabbath. We’re not doing the same thing this time, but we’re doing something else in order to get people to feel comfortable with (the direction of the next album).”

Ghost will also embark on another round of touring this fall to support the EP and the Ghoul indicated there are plans to bring out a bigger show, He remarked, “I’m not gonna throw stones at the show that we’re doing right now, but this was definitely a baby format of what I had in mind . . . I felt that we really need another chance to show what we can do if we have a bigger production on this cycle.”

Today, wish Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains an extremely Happy 5-0!



Thursday, May 26

Good Morning!  Getting ready for the big holiday weekend!  Can’t wait!

My friends in Linkin Park have posted a new studio progress video. Actually they sent it out in an email.  It depicts Mike Shinoda with two unidentified guys.  The note that was included with the video in the email was:

Hey everyone,

Rather than writing you an update this time, we decided to let this video do the talking!


So it APPEARS, once again, there will be other “collaborators” on this next Linkin Park record, which we expect to hear, at least in single form, later this summer or in the fall.

As we learned over the weekend at Rock on the RangePop Evil has announces its new drummer is Hayley Cramer, a British musician who has previously played in the band McQueen. Cramer replaces Josh “Chachi” Marunde, who exited the group last month after a five-year stint. Frontman Leigh Kakaty spoke to Lou Brutus about the change: You know, we got some new blood, it’s a new chapter for the band, so we’re excited to, you know, just see where this takes us. It’s always difficult when you have a member change, but this transition couldn’t have been any better. It just feels like it’s been very natural, very organic and, you know, we’re excited for this next chapter.

Kakaty told our friends at Radio Contraband about Cramer, “She’s amazing. She’s from Brighton. We love her. And we didn’t think this was gonna work, cause we were, like, ‘A girl on the bus? I don’t know if this is the right idea.’ But we already knew she could play the drums. And if you haven’t seen her play the drums, she slays it. But you know what? She’s even become a better sister, so I love her.

Ms Cramer told Lou Brutus she heard about the gig through an American friend in the music business and jumped all over it: I checked out the albums and I was like literally punching the air in the car. I was like, ‘Yes, this is me! This is me! Gotta do this.’ So I sent loads of videos over to them, got in touch, Skype, the lot…it just felt right. Came over to Grand Rapids, had a rehearsal, hit the road and it feels good.”

Marunde is said to be taking a new opportunity that will allow him to spend more time with family.   Up, Pop Evil’s fourth album, was released last August. The latest single is “Take It All.”   The band will team up with 3 Doors Down and Red Sun Rising for a late summer/early fall tour that will kick off on August 26th in Charleston, West Virginia.

In other drum-related news, UK’s Young Guns has parted ways with its drummer, Ben Jolliffe. The group said in a statement, “We have always been friends before bandmates and that will never change — our paths are simply headed in different directions and we agreed on this being the best thing to do for all of us.”

The band has not announced a replacement for Jolliffe but did indicate that it has completed recording its fourth album for release later this year. The group will appear on this summer’s Warped Tour.  The last Young Guns studio effort, Ones And Zeros, arrived in June 2015 and featured the song “I Want Out.”  I know the album was produced in the NYC vicinity.   We will be releasing a video interview with the  band very soon, so make sure you’ve subscribed to the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!

And speaking of, we just posted this interview yours truly did with Red Sun Rising.  I wanted to get them all on camera as I felt there are not enough folks who know their faces and wanted to acquaint you all with these guys.  They are awesome.  So here is your chance to check them out!

Blabbermouth reports Hellyeah has released a five-minute video featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the first week of the band’s “We’re All In This Together” tour with Escape The Fate, New Years Day and From Ashes To New. Following the end of this trek on Jun 5th in Las Vegas, Hellyeah will jump on the Hell Pop tour with In This Moment & Sunflower Dead scheduled to start on Jun 18th in Des Moines, IA. Hellyeah’s fifth album, Unden!able, will be released on June 3rd.

 Randy Hawke from WJJO sent me a note informing me the station has the world premiere of the new lyric video from Nonpoint.  He said we can share it, too.  Check it out.

Nonpoint’s new album, The Poison Red, was produced in Chicago, where some of the band members are now based.  News is their new guitarist is BC Kochmit, who I originally met when he was in Dark New Day and Eye Empire.  The band will hit the hardDriveRadio studios for an acoustic performance and interview next week.  Looking forward to see Elias Soriano, Robb Rivera and the guys!

About the new album, Elias said, “This record tells a lot of stories: going from guts to glory; chasing impossible dreams down the rabbit hole; harsh and honest words with consequences attached; uncovered rules for the weak, made by the wicked and heartless; recalling fight or flight moments with a deep breath. And it all starts with a warning to all the world’s generations past, present and future to look up, look forward and live their lives loose from social media shackles, online bullying, the devaluation of art and music, and to not be absorbed by the dramatic, megalomaniacal side of politics. Life is right outside of your phone and newsfeed. Go live it and play this record while you do. It’ll all start to make sense.

The Pulse Of Radio reporting A&M Records and London Bridge Studios co-founder Rajan Parashar have finally come to an agreement over Parashar’s possession of the master tapes for the self-titled 1991 album by Temple Of The Dog, with Parashar giving the tapes back to the label. Singer Chris Cornell tweeted the above picture of the tapes on Wednesday (May 25th) along with a caption reading, “Temple Of The Dog masters returned today. History made a whole 25 years later!”

A&M sued Parashar last year, claiming he wouldn’t return the master tapes, which Cornell and his Soundgarden bandmate, drummer Matt Cameron, recorded in 1990 with members of Pearl Jam. Cornell sided with A&M, which said it bought the tapes in 1993, against Parashar, whose brother Rick produced the disc.

A&M now reportedly intends to remaster the record for a 25th-anniversary deluxe reissue later this year.  When A&M’s lawsuit was first filed, Cornell told the Associated Press, “A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio,” adding that for Parashar “to pretend he has a right to keep the recordings makes no more sense than the owner of a laundromat claiming he owns the clothes you washed in his washing machine.”  The former studio owner’s attorney insisted the tapes belonged to Rajan, who said he was not a participant in the 1993 deal between his brother and the label. Rick Parashar died in 2014. RIP Rick.

Temple Of The Dog recorded this album in 15 days as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood, former frontman of Mother Love Bone.  Mother Love Bone was Jeff Ament on bass, Bruce Fairweather lead guitar, Greg Gilmore drums, Stone Gossard guitars and Wood on vocals. Cornell and Wood were roommates.  Temple Of The Dog was  Jeff Ament, drummer Matt Cameron,  Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard,  guitarist Mike McCready and little known second singer Eddie Vedder.   Vedder, Gossard, Ament, McCready and Cameron went on to form Pearl Jam, while Cornell and eventually Cameron went to to do Soundgarden with Ben Shepherd on bass and Kim Thayil lead guitar.  It’s all so incestuous there in Seattle.

Temple Of The Dog reunited in 2011 for Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary and here is what they sounded like.

Speaking of 20th anniversaries, hardDrive will present a special 20th anniversary special edition the weekend of Jul 15-16.  Lou Brutus will be hosting RockFest in Cadott, WI that weekend celebrating with the likes of Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Hollywood Vampires (Johnny Depp is a single guy again, girls!), Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Skillet and MORE!  We will have memories and tributes from tons of the bands we have helped to support over the years. So mark your calendars and get ready for some moments from shows over our illustrious 20 year history on the radio!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 25

Wow!  The Disturbed guys are so proud their song was played during the performance of Dancing With The Stars contestants Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd. Disturbed allowed the contestants to use their version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence” as the music for their freestyle dance on Monday night’s (May 23rd) edition of the popular audience voted program. The pair used the track after DiMarco, who is deaf, penned a letter to the band asking their permission to incorporate the song into the routine.  And GUESS WHAT????  Nyle WON!  

The band explained in a Facebook post, “Nyle emailed us to ask for our permission to use our version of the song that has inspired him and hopes to convey an even bigger message to help people better understand the history of the deaf community . . . This is not only a great honor for a hard rock/metal band like us to be asked to be part of the biggest night of their show but for us to play a role in raising awareness for Nyle’s cause.”   “The Sound Of Silence” has been a huge hit for Disturbed, with Paul Simon sharing his approval of it publicly after watching the band perform the song on Conan and also exchanging emails with singer David Draiman. Draiman told us he still cannot believe the response the band got from Simon: “You always hope and you pray, when you do something like this, that the original artist loves what you’ve done and embraces it. But I had no idea that something this amazing was gonna happen, and humbled and grateful beyond words.” Meanwhile, Disturbed will finish up a run of dates with Rob Zombie tonight (May 25th) in Fort Wayne, IN and hit festivals in Pryor, OK and San Antonio this weekend before heading to Europe. Following that, the band will begin a co-headlining jaunt with Breaking Benjamin along with Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia on Jul 9th in Syracuse, NY. Check out Disturbed from Rock on the Range when Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach joined them on stage for their cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name.”



How things work……

Funny, I got a call yesterday asking if I would like to interview Chris Shiflett from Foo Fighters.  Chris has launched a podcast and I guess he’s doing press about it to let people know it’s out there, right?  But I was told, “Don’t ask anything about the Foo Fighters, please.”  Um, oh, ok.   But I will ask him what’s up at the end of the conversation.  ”No, please don’t.”  Hmmmm.   Then I read this from The Pulse Of Radio:

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett appeared on KROQ in Los Angeles on Monday morning (May 23rd), where he discussed the band’s current hiatus. According to Alternative Nation, Shiflett said the band is enjoying the time off, explaining, “It’s pretty great man. We were working really hard for a long time. We were on the road for at least a year or so for the last one, but then we were also traveling when we made the record, so that kind of felt like we were on the road, so it felt like a year and a half or so. Then before that there were shows we did for Dave’s movie, then the album before that, so it seemed like it was just a long stretch of back to back stuff.”

Shiflett added, “This is like nothing on the calendar, you’re just kicking it for the summer. It’s very strange, and super unusual for us, we don’t tend to do that.”

The guitarist also said he felt “weird” for the first couple of months, revealing that it’s often around January that he hears from frontman Dave Grohl about making the next record. Shiflett said, “Dave usually sends out an e-mail or a text or something: ‘Hey, I’ve got some songs, let’s go.’ But usually we don’t have this amount of time off.”

Meanwhile, when I did sit down with drummer Taylor Hawkins and bassist Nate Mendel when the band were playing on the David Letterman show, the Foo Fighters bassist told us a while back how the band’s songwriting process works: It’s really been pretty consistent over the years. Dave writes the songs, and about half the time he’ll do a demo on his own, and the other half of the time he’ll come in and just play it on guitar. Then (he) shows it to the band and then we sit around and play it and figure out, you know, what kind of song is it gonna be. Is it a country song? Metal song? You know, what the dynamic is, arrangement, tempo, that kind of stuff. We help him finish it out.

Shiflett insisted that the band “shall return,” but admitted, “I just don’t know when, but it will happen.”

Foo Fighters finished an intense, nearly three-year period of activity at the end of 2015, which included the release and promotion of the Grohl-directed Sound City documentary, the filming and recording of the Sonic Highways HBO series and album, and the year-long world tour in support of the latter — with Grohl nursing a broken leg for the second half of 2015.

The Foos cut the fall European leg of the tour short after last November’s terrorist attacks in France, but managed to issue an EP of five new songs, titled Saint Cecilia, that was dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks. Grohl revealed at the time that the Foos would go on hiatus.

Whatever…..(slaps forehead!)


Our Columbus, OH  hardDrive XL affiliate, 99.7 THE BLITZ were in the radio tent with Hales and Baker doing interviews.  Watch their chat with Chad Gray from Hellyeah! And here’s Hellyeah’s new video for “Human.”

Our good friends Lacuna Coil (heart heart)  are back in the states.  Their new album, Delirium, is out on Friday (pick it up!)!!!     They kicked off their US tour on Monday night in Baltimore, MD.   Check out two songs:

“House of Shame”


Lacuna Coil is currently touring through Saturday the 28th with Butcher Babies and from May 29-Jun 12 with Stitched Up Heart.

Finally today, our friends and promoters of Rock On The Range and all the killer spring festivals in April and May, will announce the bands for this year’s LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVAL in Louisville, KY set for October on Tuesday, May 31st.  Here is some key info to note:
Announce:  Tues: 5/31 @ 12PM EDT *Bands, Bourbon World, Gourmet Man Food and all experiences 

Early bird sale: Wednesday: 6/1 @ 12PM EDT through 6/3 at 11:59AM EDT

General pricing: Friday 6/3 at 12PM EDT SHARP


Tuesday, May 24

Hard to believe May is nearly over!? Ah…..3 day weekend is on the horizon!

The Pulse of Radio reporting this morning Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the live stage for the first time since singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized last week for an intestinal ailment, closing out the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday night (May 22nd). The band delivered a 15-song set that featured the first live performance of the new Chili Peppers single, “Dark Necessities,” as well as a slew of hits like “Can’t Stop,” “Under The Bridge,” “Higher Ground,” “Californication,” “By The Way” and the show-ending “Give It Away.”

According to reports, Kiedis was his “normal, energetic self” and showed no signs of the illness that forced the band to cancel two shows in California last week.  Kiedis told ET Canada earlier this week he was felled by a combination of a virus, inflammation in his digestive system and old scar tissue from a hernia operation.

Kiedis is actually the second band member to face a health issue surrounding the making of their new album, The GetawayFlea sustained a broken arm last year while snowboarding and told us at Rock On The Range how it set the recording process back: I busted my arm in five places — my elbow, my nerves — like I really busted it up. It was bad. And I thought I might never play again and, you know, anyways I had a big surgery and it was like six months until I could play bass again, or play bass well enough again to like go in and rock with the band. And even that, I wasn’t quite all the way there, but now I’m totally back.”

The Getaway, the Chili Peppers’ 11th studio album, arrives on Jun 17th.  The band’s next scheduled live appearance will be at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, CA on May 29th.  Now THAT’S a festival I want to go to. Napa, wine, rock? Yes please!

Hey, that Wes Styles from WQLZ is at it again!   Not only did he jump on stage at Rock On The Range with Pennywise, he also made news with his backstage interview with Hellyeah’s Tom Maxwell!

If you listened to hardDrive over the weekend, you know we played Saint Asonia‘s cover of Phil Collins‘ 1982 tune, “I Don’t Care Anymore.”  Well, Tom told Wes Hellyeah also has a cover of that song on their forthcoming Unden!able album, but their version contains unreleased tracks recorded by brothers Dimebag Darrell (RIP) and Vinnie Paul (current Hellyeah drummer.)  We won’t be able to hear it until the album drops on Jun 3, but how crazy that two bands have recorded the same cover tune!?????  Of ALL the songs to cover in this world…..it’s nutty, I tell ya!

Maxwell explained, “Dime and Vinnie (Paul Abbott, former Pantera drummer) recorded that track years ago and we went in and dug up his tracks and put it on the record, man. So we’ve got a little Dime . . . Dime’s on our album.

Unden!able  follows up 2014′s Blood For Blood.  The disc marks the first time that Hellyeah’s current lineup — which includes Vinnie, Tom Maxwell, singer Chad Gray, guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders – has recorded together as a unit. Hellyeah recorded Unden!able at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, where it was produced by Kevin Churko, who co-wrote all the songs.

Hellyeah is currently on the road with ​Escape The FateNew Years Day and From Ashes To New. That trek stops tonight (May 24th) in Louisville, KY and ends on Jun 5th in Las Vegas. Hellyeah will then venture out on the Hell Pop Tour with In This Moment, beginning on Jun 18th in Des Moines, IA.

Rob Zombie and Lou Brutus ROTR2016

According to The Pulse Of Radio,  Rob Zombie told Loudwire in a new interview he’s been struggling to get the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) ratings board to give his new movie 31 an R rating. Zombie explained, “You’re editing content for adults. One adult is telling another adult, ‘I think that’s a little too much for you. We’re gonna have to tone it down.’ It’s always ruining the movie at the same time. Horror movies get it the worst, usually, or action movies or any kind of violent movie. Nobody goes, ‘Your comedy is too funny, we’d better cut it down. People might laugh too hard.’”

Zombie has run into trouble with the MPAA before, when they refused to give his second film, 2005′s The Devil’s Rejects, an R rating until he made certain cuts in the film for violence.

Zombie recently struck a deal for Saban Films to distribute 31, in North America. The company will release the movie on September 16th, 2016. ​Zombie told us he’s proud of the picture: I feel like it’s the best film I’ve done and most people that have seen it seem to think that way. It feels like it’s the best of everything. There’s sort of a nastiness to it, like Devil’s Rejects, but then there’s also sort of a grandness to it that I had started playing around with in Lords Of Salem. It’s sort of a little bit of everything.

31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hellish compound where they are forced to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns in a violent game.   The cast includes Sheri Moon ZombieMalcolm McDowellJeff Daniel PhillipsMeg FosterJudy GeesonLawrence Hilton-Jacobs  and more.

Zombie’s new album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, arrived in late April. He’ll begin a co-headlining tour with Korn on Jul 19th in Englewood, CO.

The Pulse Of Radio also says Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready welcomed his recent Mad Season collaborators, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan  and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, to his 14th annual “Flight To Mars” benefit concerts over the weekend, held at the Showbox in Seattle. Proceeds from the shows benefited the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Camp Oasis program. McCready has suffered from Crohn’s disease for more than 20 years but only began discussing it publicly in the last five years.

McCready has also suffered from addiction and other issues in the past, but said a while back that his bandmates in Pearl Jam have helped him through his struggles: The band has stuck by me in those situations a hundred times. Stone (Gossard, guitarist) specifically has definitely kind of got me…I’m glad that I’m still in the band, I’m glad that I’m still alive in all these kind of situations, and Stone has been integral in keeping me in this thing, and as I think everybody else has been that way too, so I feel very positive to be in it. It is a close, cohesive unit when it comes to that.”


Blabbermouth  reports Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will release a documentary about his life, “It’s So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore,” this summer. The film, which was directed by filmmaker Christopher Duddy, who previously worked on visual effects for ”Terminator 2″, ”Total Recall” and ”Titanic,”  captures a special performance Duff held in Seattle in 2013 when he was promoting his memoir.

A new preview clip from “It’s So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore” in which Slash and Nikki Sixx look back at GN’R‘s big break, opening for Motley Crue in 1987, can be seen below (courtesy of RollingStone.com).

“It’s So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore”  bases its name on the title of Duff McKagan’s best-selling autobiography and  documents the remarkable life of one of the founding members of both Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. It is the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety and eventual redemption. The book was a best seller in 2011. Combined, these bands have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, McKagan stated about the “It’s So Easy” book, “It’s not really my story, it’s really not even my autobiography or memoir. I think that term is overused. It is a story of some shit that happened to me, but probably not the typical [things] what people might expect. It’s not my story of GUNS N’ ROSES or VELVET REVOLVER. All of those things are sort of in it, because they’re things I bounced through as I was getting deeper and deeper into addiction and finding my way out. It was challenging going through some of these things that I hadn’t thought about for a long time. And writing forces you to take your own part of your life, of what role you actually played — as opposed to the one you make up later on.”

Duff’s bandmate Slash has published his own book, as has ex-Guns drummer Steven Adler, who released his life story, “My Appetite For Destruction: Sex And Drugs And Guns N’ Roses”, in July 2010.

In other news:

Slipknot is taking Knotfest to Japan again this year, with the event scheduled for Nov 5th and 6th in Tokyo. So far Deftones,Marilyn MansonDisturbed and Lamb Of God will join the headliners, who will close the show both days. More acts will be announced soon. Here in the U.S., Knotfest is combining with Ozzfest for a late September blowout in California. (The PRP)

Meanwhile, check out Chino Moreno of the Deftones with his new blond do!
Chino Moreno of Deftones at Rock on the Range 2016 (photo credit: Suzy Cole)

Of Mice & Men have wrapped the recording sessions for their fourth full-length album. Frontman Austin Carlile confirmed the news via Instagram. The follow-up to 2014′s Restoring Force comes after a hiatus during which Carlile underwent multiple surgeries on his ribs, hip and back.  Look for them later this year on tour with Slipknot starting Jun 9th. Today they head over to England to start a tour which includes stops at ROCK IM PARK in Nurnberg, Germany!   Meanwhile, Happy Belated Birthday to the band’s guitarist Alan Ashby!


Monday, May 23

Asking Alexandria Ben Bruce James Cassells  with Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts on the band’s bus (photo credit: Mike Jakubow) 

Well. they came, they saw, they conquered!  Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts did it again! Killed it at Rock On The Range.  Not only did they get every single interview and MORE we had pre-arranged, they also made it through 3 days of rock insanity, rain and seasonally cooler temps.

Lou Brutus shooting Johannes Eckerstrom of Avatar (not really SHOOTING him, but you know)

Lou Brutus also got to take a bazillion pictures.  And Paulie took a bunch, too.  I’ll be posting many here and you can find more on our Facebook page soon as well!

Trivium with Lou Brutus at Rock On The Range in the mainstage bus parking area backstage

I have to say, as a by-stander listening on satellite radio to some of the performances, I gotta say. I F-BOMB  was used, oh I dunno, 5 BILLION times on stage by every single band (ok, not Lacey Sturm) but EVERY SINGLE BAND!  For example, I had to post on Matt Heafy of Trivium’s Facebook page, if there was a drinking game going on for every time you heard someone say the F-word to the audience, I would’ve been soooooooo
F-ing DRUNK!  (and I was in the car at the time!)  It was HILARIOUS!   So when I posted that on his Facebook, it opened up a huge amount of laughter, I gotta tell ya!

 Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers with Lou Brutus at Rock on the Ranges

Red Hot Chili Peppers
 frontman Anthony Kiedis said in a new interview with ET Canada that he “feels good” a week after he was hospitalized with intestinal flu, forcing the group to cancel two California concerts. The 53-year-old singer said, “It was a painful and sad thing to have to cancel shows; we don’t really do that. I’d rather play deathly ill than not at all, but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground. I got some help and now I’ve got to figure things out.”

Anthony revealed that a combination of inflammation in his “guts” and existing scar tissue from hernia operations led to his condition, which was exacerbated by a recent bout with a virus. He explained, “That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out.”    As for how he feels now, Kiedis said, “I feel good, not great, but good. I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health.”   He added that the incident has forced him to re-examine the way he takes care of himself, saying, “I push pretty hard sometimes and I do take my health for granted on a certain level because I feel strong and capable . . . I think that my body let me know that I had to change my ways a little bit.”

The Chili Peppers performed at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH on last night (Sunday, May 22nd), marking Kiedis’ first live appearance since his illness. The band will release its 11th studio album, The Getaway, on Jun 17th. The first single, “Dark Necessities,” arrived earlier this month.

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio also reporting this morning  AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said in a new interview on the Sirius/XM program In The Driver’s Seat the hearing problems which have stopped him from touring with the group began eight years ago while he was racing.  Johnson, an avid professional race car driver, explained, “I was at Watkins Glen (a race track located in Watkins Glen, New York), and I was getting ready to race . . . And I stuck this helmet on, and for the first time ever, I forgot to put my earplugs in. And what happened was, off I went, and after about thirty-five minutes, my left ear just (let out) a little pop. And I went, ‘What the heck was that?’

He continued, “All that happened was I suffered tinnitus for about six or seven months, but it cleared up and then I was fine again, because we did another tour after that and I was fine. But, unfortunately, on stage, you don’t have any defense. So when we started the tour, I was just fine; we were just rolling along and rolling along. And I think just age and that industrial noise every night on stage . . . I mean, you’re in a rock and roll band. What the hell do you expect?”

According to Johnson, his hearing issues started interfering with his ability to perform once AC/DC returned to the road in support of the band’s latest album, Rock Or Bust. He said, “I was getting worried because my right ear, my good ear is just about totally deaf . . . it was enough to make things very difficult.”   Johnson said his doctor worked to clear up the problem in his ear in time for an Australian tour and the North American leg which was eventually halted, He explained, “We did all the gigs in Australia — that was great — and then we came back and I did ten shows in America, but I’m afraid after that, when I went for my second check, that’s when they said, ‘You’re killing your ears.‘”

Johnson’s doctors told him that he could not perform on stage at large venues where the sound levels were beyond his current tolerance without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness.

He recalled the band’s reaction to the news, saying, “Angus (Young) and Cliff (Williams), they just said, ‘Jonno, you’ve gotta think of your health.’ And everybody else said, ‘Brian, your health comes first. You’ve done a whole year on the road, you’ve done everything. We wanna finish.’ And that’s what they did.”

Although Johnson doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to perform live again, he said he considers himself lucky to have had the career he’s had. He remarked, “I’m lucky. I’m 68 — I’m 69 later this year — and I’ve had a pretty good run. I’ve been in one of the best bands in the world. (The doctor) didn’t tell me I had cancer or something terminal. And I had so many good times with the boys and I’ve had such a lucky and great life, and I’m just thankful, really, that I came out of it in one piece.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose took over the mic in AC/DC after Johnson was forced off the road. Rose is slated for now to play AC/DC’s current run of European shows as well as ten postponed North American gigs.

This band was a Rock On The Range a couple of years ago, and on Friday, Atlantic Records sent out their new single, “Feel Invincible.”  The Pulse Of Radio  says Skillet  has definitely returned  from a three-year hiatus between studio albums on Aug 5th with Unleashed, their ninth studio effort and first since 2013′s Rise. The first single from the 12-song set is “Feel Invincible,” for which a lyric video has been issued.

Skillet bassist and singer John Cooper said about the new disc, “I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music. I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.

Skillet Unleashed CD cover 

Other tracks on the album include “Back From The Dead,” “Stars,” “Undefeated,” “Out Of Hell,” “Watching For Comets,” “Saviors Of The World” and five more.

Skillet has been recording and touring for 20 years now and Cooper told us he enjoys seeing Skillet fans bringing their kids to the band’s shows: It’s very cool to go to a concert and just see a dad with his 12-year-old son, and they’re both rocking out to Skillet because their dad bought our first record when he was in high school or whatever. You go to a Bon Jovi show or a Nickelback show, Aerosmith, that’s what you see — you see generations of fans. And Skillet is still, you know, quite young, but we have those generations. I think that that’s really awesome.

Skillet consists of Cooper, his wife Korey on keyboards, Seth Morrison on lead guitar and Jen Ledger on drums.  Skillet has been nominated for two Grammys and have one platinum and one gold record award to their credit. The band’s Top 10 rock hits include “Monster,” “Awake And Alive” and “Sick Of It.”   Interesting note:  Korey co-wrote Lacey Sturm’s “Impossible” which is out now on Lacey’s new album, Life Screams.

 has posted a lyric video for “Seal The Deal,” a new track from their forthcoming Seal The Deal and Let’s Boogie.  Check it out!

STP still looking!  Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo spoke with Rolling Stone on Friday (May 20th) about the progress of their search for a new lead singer, which began with open auditions in February and has continued recently with a smaller series of private tryouts. Robert said, “We’re trying some singers out to continue Stone Temple Pilots, and we’ll see where that goes, see where that takes us.” Dean added, “We’re looking for somebody that fills a lot of criteria. Man, woman. There’s a couple of people we really dig and we have some more coming in.”

STP is looking for a new vocalist following last year’s death of founding frontman Scott Weiland and the end of a short-lived collaboration with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, which produced a five-song EP in 2013.

Weiland and the rest of STP were not on good terms when he died from a drug overdose at the age of 48 during a solo tour last December.  Robert admitted, “It’s impossible to replace Scott. It really is. We created something that only the four of us could create. It’s about moving forward, but it’s also about someone honoring that and being able to get their creativity around that.

Although the members of STP have not revealed the names of anyone who has auditioned for the band, at least two singers have hinted that they were in the running. One was Toryn Green, who sang for the band Fuel from 2007 through 2010, singing on an album calledAngels & Devils.    The DeLeo brothers recently appeared live at a charity event, performing STP songs with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and singer Jordan Wright, son of veteran rock artist Gary Wright.

Here we go again!  A warrant was issued on Friday (May 20th) for the arrest of Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin after he failed to show up for a hearing before a judge in a Los Angeles courtroom. In fact, neither Scantlin nor his attorney made it to court for the scheduled proceedings. According to TMZ, the appearance was related to Scantlin’s arrest in December of 2015 for driving with an expired registration as well as possession of a controlled substance.

Scantling was actually arrested after he walked offstage at the end of a show in Hermosa Beach, CA on April 30th, reportedly 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. He skipped two court dates related to the charges, which led to last month’s arrest.

Scantlin lost the house to foreclosure in 2015 and was arrested while attempting to trash parts of the property with a hatchet.  Prior to that, Scantlin was arrested in December 2015 for possession of a controlled substance and had several previous busts that same year for driving under the influence. The December 2015 arrest is the one for which he missed a hearing on Friday.

More recently, Scantlin has been ending Puddle Of Mudd shows early with various meltdowns, including one in which he accused a fan of stealing his house. At one show in England not long ago, the entire band left him alone onstage during one of his rants.

Scantlin was also involved in a standoff with 30 police officers several weeks ago outside his current residence, although it turned out that he and two friends were trying to jumpstart a car and not break in as a neighbor reported.

Nick Menza-RIP   (photo credit: Loudwire)

So sorry to hear the news over the weekend about the passing of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza. He was only 51.  Nick passed away on Saturday night (May 21st) while performing with the band OHM: at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA. The 51-year-old Menza reportedly collapsed just three songs into the band’s set, with early indications suggesting that he suffered a massive heart attack. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Menza joined Megadeth in 1989 and played with the band for nine years, generally considered the group’s most successful era. He appeared on the 1990 album Rust In Peace, 1992′s Countdown To Extinction, 1994′s Youthanasia and 1997′s Cryptic Writings.





Friday, May 20

Sniff.  I am so lonely!   Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts are at Rock On The Range. I stayed home.   I will be there in spirit and can’t wait for you to hear all the awesome interviews we will have Backstage from Rock On The Range on upcoming hardDrive and hardDrive XL’s!

The Pulse Of Radio says Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch said in a new interview with Alternative Press the material for the band’s new album is “awesome,” adding, “We really wanted to go into what Korn does guitar-wise. James (“Munky” Shaffer, guitar), Ray (Luzier, drums) and I started riffing back in June of last year. Then we’d go on tour, come back and spend a week or two just jamming out. We started getting ideas pretty quickly once we started going into bigger studios and everything. It just went in that direction of the heavier sound. It’s the most intense Korn music in a long time vocally.”

Welch told us that the new disc will take a musical step away from the band’s last effort, 2013′s The Paradigm Shift“It was good, I loved the record, like Paradigm Shift we did and all that, but I think we all wanted this low end just to rumble like it used to. And so me and Munky, after touring together for three years, we really wanted to focus on a guitar-heavy record as well.”

Welch also told Alternative Press that the band was “thinking about the live show when we were writing the songs . . . This album has more of that quiet/loud dynamic but also sounds current. The whole band is pretty happy with it. We’ll be announcing the album title, song titles, release date and some new partnerships soon.”

The guitarist added that he thinks a lot of the new album will translate well to the stage, saying, “I can think of at least five of the songs that would be slammin’ in a set.”

Korn will begin a six-week North American tour with Rob Zombie on July 19th in Englewood, Colorado, and it’s rumored that Korn will follow that up this fall with another trek alongside Breaking Benjamin.

Been hearing about this for a whie now. Pulse says Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin‘s side project, The Apocalypse Blues Revue, has signed a record deal with the Provogue label. The outfit, formerly known as the Blue Cross Band, will release its debut album later in the year. Larkin said about the group, “As far as blues goes, Apocalypse Blues Revue is a little heavier, a little darker, and has some punk rock attitude in the lyrics. We wanted to make something deep that will provoke thought. It had to be evil, though. We’re not trying to make it happy. It’s called blues for a reason! It was also an opportunity to show the world what a phenomenal guitar player Tony is.”

The band’s lineup is rounded out by frontman Ray Cerbone and bassist Brian Carpenter.  Larkin, Rombola and Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill previously worked together in a more traditional hard rock side project, Another Animal, which released one album back in 2007.  Godsmack singer Sully Erna has pursued his own solo side career, issuing the album Avalon in 2010. I’m hearing he will probably do a solo record in the meantime, around doing other acting gigs.

Man, I got to see Pearl Jam recently, and I know fans appreciate it when bands perform albums in their entirety.  Pulse says Pearl Jam guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard showed up on their hometown radio station, Seattle’s KISW, on Wednesday morning (May 18th) to discuss the band’s recently completed North American tour, which featured on several dates surprise performances of full albums such as TenVs. and Binaural. Gossard said, “There’s always two or three songs that we don’t play very often, so you kind of have to figure it out. In terms of the sequencing, sometimes album sequences don’t work quite the same when you’re listening to it as it does live, so you kind of have to wrap your head around playing maybe two or three slow songs in a row.”

He added, “Luckily we’re playing a 30 some odd song set, so even if you play a full record, it’s still only one-third of your whole evening. It’s a fun challenge for the band, it keeps us on our toes . . . I think that’s ended up being a pretty exciting thing for our fans, knowing that they’re going to hear a song that the people the night before didn’t hear, and that we might not even know how to play.”

McCready added, “And as those album nights are happening, you can watch the fans kind of go, ‘Oh, this one goes after this one. Oh, they’re doing the record!’ You can see the excitement happening.”

Pearl Jam’s tour ended on May 11th in Toronto. The band will next play at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival on June 11th. They’ve also lined up two-night stands in August at Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

In other news from other sources:

  • The full lineup for the two-city Riot Fest has been announced, and among the acts confirmed for the Denver edition on Sep 2nd, 3rd and 4th are Deftones, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, NOFX, Against Me!, Bad Religion, Meat Puppets, Fitz And The Tantrums and more. Riot Fest Chicago will be September 16th through the 18th and will feature the Misfits, Morrissey, Social Distortion, Brand New, Rob Zombie and others. Several surprise acts are yet to be revealed. (Diffuser)
  • Of Mice & Men recently allowed a fan named Cassy to be the first person to hear their new album. Cassy was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014, and in January, at the age of 14, was told she possibly had only six months left to live. In addition to hearing the album, the band recorded the sound of her clapping along to one of the new songs and intend to add it to the track so that she will be a permanent part of the disc. (Alternative Press)
  • Guitarist John Berry, a founding member of the Beastie Boys, passed away Thursday morning (May 19th) at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, after suffering from frontal lobe dementia. He was 52. Berry was a member of Beastie Boys from July 1981 to when he left the group shortly after recording their debut seven-inch EP, Polly Wog Stew, in November 1982. The band has publicly credited Berry as the originator of their name and used his Manhattan loft for their first shows. Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who died in 2012, specifically mentioned Berry’s contributions in a speech he wrote for the group’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier that year. (Consequence Of Sound)

Have a great weekend!  More on Monday!

Thursday, May 19

Brian “Head” Welch from KoRn  and Love & Death stopped by yesterday to talk about his new book, With My Eyes Wide Open.  It’s a great read about his life and his return to KoRn.  Just like any single parent, it includes many trials and tribulations of raising a teen and the ups and downs of finding his way through life after a successful career as a Rock Star!

In addition, if you buy the book at www.brianwelch.net, you can get a free download of a new Love & Death tune, “Lo Lamento.”  It’s RAWKS!   Be listening for that on hardDrive with Lou Brutus weekend Jun 11/12 in What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player!

Plus it was very sweet of him to sign a copy of the book to me.  I’ve know Korn since 1994 when they released their first album and hardDrive wasn’t hardDrive yet. It was called Pure Concrete.  Anyhow, we played some Korn back in the day and I remember seeing their early shows.  And over the years, I have sort of become part of the “family.”
So when Head signed this over to me (he wouldn’t let me watch him signing it) I was touched when I read this!

Brian also told me some news about Korn, but dang, I can not reveal yet. But it will be out there soon, so please be patient.  And he’s absolutely right about the new Korn music….it definitely is Korn back to their roots.  Are you ready?

Prophets Of Rage posters seen around Los Angeles, CA

While Head and I  were talking, he noticed some news about this!  Originally we thought it was a Rage Against The Machine reunion.  But despite rumors spreading across the Internet on Wednesday (May 18th) that Rage was planning to reunite, sources have told Billboard.com the instrumental members of the band — guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk – have instead formed a new supergroup called Prophets Of Rage with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill MC B-Real. The new outfit, which takes its name from a 1988 Public Enemy song, will make its live debut on Jun 3rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and will perform songs from all three acts.

A show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood is also planned, along with a possible summer tour. Rage frontman Zack de le Rocha is not involved. (What is his story, we wonder?  I mean, in an election year like this, I would think he would be inspired to write and record and tour! But I guess not!)

Fans began speculating that Rage would be reuniting when the group’s social media channels directed fans to a new website, ProphetsOfRage.com, that featured a countdown clock programmed to run out on Jun 1st. At the same time, posters began appearing around Los Angeles that read, “Clear the way for the Prophets of Rage. The Party’s Over. Summer 2016.

Rage Against The Machine has not played live since headlining its own L.A. Rising festival show in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011.  Brad Wilk told us a while back that he had made peace with the possibility that Rage may never play together again:  Well, as far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out. I sort of had to put it in my head that that band is over in order for me to just move on with my life, to be honest with you, so that’s kind of where that lies. The Coliseum — awesome way to go out.”

Rage recorded three original studio albums and one set of covers before breaking up in 2000. The group reformed in 2007 but only played sporadic gigs and never a full tour. All four members of the band have pursued individual projects in the meantime.

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis went home from the hospital on Tuesday (May 17th). Kiedis was rushed to the hospital last Saturday night (May 14th) with a severe case of intestinal flu, forcing the band to cancel two shows. He is said to be “feeling a little better each day” and the band is still scheduled to perform this weekend at Rock On The Range in Ohio. Drummer Chad Smith said in a radio interview, “He’s a very strong man and he’ll be back better than ever.” (AnthonyKiedis.net)

As I was preparing notes for our Rock On The Range interviews this weekend, I got this info to ask Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil during our interview “Who’s the new drummer?” So at first I thought it was a joke.  But then yesterday I saw that Josh “Chachi” Marunde made it official that he is leaving the group after their May 24th gig in Grand Rapids. WHAT?!  

Chachi told The MARR Army Rock Show he intends to leave the band before the end of the month. Marunde is said to be taking a new opportunity that will allow him to spend more time with family. He explained, “I definitely am gonna continue to play, write . . . There may be a time where, down the road especially, once I’m settled and everything is relaxed and the dust has settled, where I make myself available to be a hired gun on very short terms — whether it be for an album or whether that be for three to five days on a tour.

He added, “That’s something I’ve already talked to Pop Evil about. A year from now, who’s to say I won’t wanna come out and play three songs on a show, or play a show with the guys — you know, who knows? — whether they are in Michigan or I’m on the road. I’m never gonna stop playing drums.”

Marunde will reportedly make his final appearance with Pop Evil on May 24th in Grand Rapids on a bill which will also include Disturbed and Rob Zombie.  Marunde has played with Pop Evil since 2011 and appeared on 2013′s Onyx and last year’s Up albums.

Up, Pop Evil’s fourth album, was released last August. The latest single is “Take It All.” The band will team up with 3 Doors Down and Red Sun Rising for a late summer/early fall tour that will kick off on Aug 26th in Charleston, WV. Pop Evil will also continue on with 3 Doors to head out with them in Europe.  We wish Chachi the best!

Maynard James Keenan as Puscifer frontman and wine afficianando

Maynard. Ya gotta love him.  The Pulse of Radio reporting the Tool/ A Perfect Circle/Puscifer  frontman aired his thoughts about the 2016 presidential race in a new interview with The Skinny and did not have flattering words for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Asked about the possibility of a Trump presidency, Keenan remarked, “I’m very divided, because all the f**kin’ awesome jokes that are gonna come out if Trump leads the U.S. — the humor, the tragedy and the awful stuff that’s gonna happen — is gonna be fodder for comedians for decades. And the end of the United States. Of course, the practical side of me thinks, ‘I’ve seen this before; I think it’s called Germany, 1938.’ Idiocracy is no longer a comedy, it’s a documentary. Idiocracy is where we are.”

Keenan told us a while back that he still believes in the American right to vote: The voting process works. We’ve been tricked into thinking that it doesn’t help and it doesn’t work. It does work. People need to get out there and figure out what candidate best represents their interests, and what they have in mind for the world, and how they would like the world. So I think people should get out and vote. They need to just register and get involved in the process.”

Keenan has been touring since last year with his multi-media cabaret rock act Puscifer, with a new European run slated to begin at the end of this month.  The instrumental members of Tool have been working on music for their long-awaited new album, although Keenan has not, by all accounts, begun working with the group on melodies and lyrics.

Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz have been tapped to open for Guns N’ Roses on the latter band’s upcoming summer stadium tour. Alice In Chains will appear on the “Not In This Lifetime” bill from its opening night on Jun 23rd in Detroit through its second date in Chicago on Jul 3rd, while Kravitz will join the trek from Jul 19th in Boston through July 24th in East Rutherford, NJ. Opening acts for the shows from Jul 27th through Aug  22nd have yet to be confirmed.

Demand for tickets to the tour has led to the booking of second shows in Chicago, Boston and New Jersey, along with two brand new dates in Los Angeles on Aug 18th and 19th.

The Guns N’ Roses reunion kicked off with a surprise show at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles on Apr 1st, followed by two gigs in Las Vegas, two appearances at California’s Coachella Festival and two Mexico City concerts.  The reunion features original members Axl Rose on vocals, Slash on lead guitar and bassist Duff McKagan on bass, backed by members of the more recent Guns lineup.

Alice In Chains will kick off its own headlining tour on July 6th in Portland, OR and has reportedly been at work on a new studio album. See Road Rage for all the dates for that run!

Our friends Sick Puppies have released their music video for “Stick To Your Guns,” the first single off their Fury cd, which drops tomorrow!  Check it out and see the Puppies this weekend at Rock On The Range!  And special thanks to them for headlining the hardDrive Live Tour. We love you guys!

Celebrating life today, The Who’s Pete Townshend is 71.  Dusty Hill of ZZ Top is 67 and Phil Rudd, embattled original AC/DC drummer, is 62.

Wednesday, May 18

OK, this is NOT what I ever thought I’d be reading this morning!  What The….?????
The Pulse Of Radio reporting Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager Sharon has ordered her husband to check into a rehab facility for sex addiction, according to the U.K. tabloid newspaper Sunday Express. The paper claims Ozzy is being treated at the Pine Grove center in Hattiesburg, MS, the same facility where pro golfer Tiger Woods was treated for similar issues a few years back.

The state of the Osbournes’ 33-year marriage has been in question for weeks since it was revealed Sharon caught the Black Sabbath singer in an affair with celebrity hair stylist Michelle Pugh, who has since lost her job over the scandal.

Pine Grove’s Gratitude program offers treatment for people seeking “help and hope from sex addiction, sexual anorexia, love and relationship addiction and sexual trauma.” The center would neither confirm nor deny the identity of any persons currently being treated there.

Sex addiction is a new one for Ozzy, who admitted a while back he didn’t know how he’s alive after abusing drugs and alcohol for years: I’m not a f***ing doctor. I keep saying that. You know, I’m just a very lucky guy that I ain’t six foot under shoving daisies up, you know. I’m like the laboratory rat that survives, you know.”

Ozzy and Sharon were seen in public together last week at a press conference announcing Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a two-day combined metal and heavy rock festival that will be headlined by Sabbath and Slipknot in September.  The two shared the stage and Ozzy even put his arms around his wife, although the gesture was not returned.

Sharon, who has said she will continue to manage Ozzy’s career, addressed the trouble in her marriage during a May 10th appearance onThe Talk, saying, “I don’t know where I am going, who I’m going with and I just need time to think and really think about myself and what I really want for the rest of my life.”

She admitted that she kicked Ozzy out of their Beverly Hills home, although he has since returned and she has left.  Ozzy is also touring this year with Black Sabbath on their “The End” farewell run.

Blabbermouth reports Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch spoke to Bakersfield.com about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s 12th studio album, due out later this year. He said: “We are finishing some songs for the new Korn record. We have an announcement coming out pretty soon with the producer that we’re working with, and new record label and management things.” Welch also indicated that the new disc will be a “guitar-heavy” Korn album,” adding, “It sounds . . . I believe what the true fans have been waiting for for a long time.”

Head’s second book, With My Eyes Wide Open, is out now.  He is heading into the office this morning to do a satellite tour and interview with yours truly.   Looking forward!

Gotta dash!  Will check back later…..In the meantime, wish Page Hamilton of Helmet a Happy 56th today!