Friday, Apr 18

Every large city has it’s own film festival, and every April, New York has the Tribeca Film Festival.  One of the films entered in tis year’s competition for attention is a unique documentary on the life and career of one of rock’s most legendary artists and the film is aptly entitled Super Duper Alice Cooper.   It was directed by Canadians  Reginald HarkemaScot McFadyenSam Dunn, the latter who also did docs on the Iron Maiden and Rush, to name a few. The film will open nationwide on April 30 at select theaters (mostly art houses I’m guessing, like Bow-Tie Theaters).  Great job and one worth finding, even if you wait and find it online…OK so it’s been a few days since I’ve mentioned Dave Grohl.  Pulse of Radio reports with all the recent attention focused on Nirvana‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dave’s current band Foo Fighters has slipped off the radar a little bit. But the group is still hard at work on its eighth studio album, with producer Butch Vig telling U.K. magazine Kerrang!, “We’ve been recording at some different locations, but we’re almost halfway done with the recording and it’s going well. It sounds different — we’ve thrown a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel. It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been exciting.”  Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us recently Foo Fighters have never been in better shape as a band: “We as a band, moreso than ever, can walk into a studio and record a song any way we want, as quick as we want, to the best of our abilities. As a band we’re playing better than we’ve ever played. I just know it. I can feel it, I can hear it, and that’s the most important thing, and it’s awesome.”  It’s been heavily rumored Foo Fighters are recording each of the albums’s dozen or so songs in a different famous recording studio.  At least five studios in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Nashville and Seattle were tagged as stops on the Foos’ itinerary.  Vig said the group is experimenting with a variety of recording techniques. The Nevermind producer also worked on the band’s 2011 effort, Wasting Light, which was recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage. Can’t wait for the new music!….Meanwhile, Pulse also reported on Nirvana and a story that ran in Rolling Stone.  Dave and Krist Novoselic  talked about the band’s performances during and after their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last Thursday (Apr 10th), which featured a series of female singers standing in for late frontman Kurt Cobain. Grohl revealed, “We didn’t even start talking about playing until about eight weeks ago. It just seemed practically impossible. It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs. It takes a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation.” Although they reached out to a number of singers, Joan Jett was the first to sign on. Grohl said, “She took it on like it was her calling . . . She learned every song on Nevermind. She’s everything that Nirvana stood for. She’s a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature. We couldn’t think of anyone better to join us.”  Once Jett was involved, the other members realized that the singers at the induction had to be “all women,” with Grohl explaining, “It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn’t turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future.”  In addition to Jett, the band was joined by Sonic Youth‘s Kim GordonSt. Vincent and Lorde, with Grohl saying that each woman represented a different era of rock.  The biggest surprise of the night, however, was Grohl’s onstage embrace with Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, with whom he has had a longstanding feud.  Grohl said about the moment, “We’re family, no matter what. And we all love each other, no matter what. It’s a lot bigger than a paragraph or a picture. It’s real. So it was a reunion, and we were there for Kurt. It was a beautiful night. It was good.”  The induction was followed by a 19-song show at a tiny bar in Brooklyn, featuring Jett, St. Vincent, Gordon, Deer Tick‘s John McCauley and Dinosaur Jr.‘s J. Mascis.  That show was filmed and Grohl has that footage, but it’s not clear whether it will be made public any time soon.  As for any future Nirvana reunions, Novoselic said, “You never say never now. We did it. I sure won’t say no. Maybe we can even do some new music one day.” Grohl responded, ”We haven’t even talked about it. We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again. That’s what made it so powerful and beautiful and meaningful.”….Blabbermouth shared a post from Korn & KXM  drummer Ray Luzier on the loss of his friend and former Korn touring guitarist Shane Gibson.  Gibson passed away from a blood clotting disorder on Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 35. Luzier wrote on his Instagram: “Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I’m still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson [three] days ago. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I’ve ever known. I’m honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you’ve touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP ENAHS.”….Celebrating birthdays!  Today:  Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Creed & Tremonti turns the Big 4-0  and Conan O’Brien is 51.  Saturday, James Franco is 36  and Metallica producer Bob Rock is turns 60 (the new 40), and Sunday, Mike Portnoy is 47 and George “Oh My” Takei is 77.  Have a great Easter weekend.  Don’t eat too much candy! lol

Thursday, Apr 17

Good day.  Starting off with Pulse of Radio‘s report that the members of Korn have issued comments regarding the death of Shane Gibson, a former touring guitarist with the group who passed away from a blood clotting disorder on Tuesday (April 15th) at the age of 35. The band released a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson’s friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend. Shane Gibson was Korn’s touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of (singer) Jonathan Davis‘ solo band, The SFA’S. He will be greatly missed.”  Gibson, who was most recently a member of a band called Stork, was one of several guitarists who toured with Korn during the eight-year absence of Brian “Head” Welch.  Welch, who rejoined the group last year, said online, “I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I’m honored he was able to fill my spot after I left Korn. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP, brother.” Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer added, “Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person. Your kindness and talent will be missed. I’m very fortunate to have known you.”  I remember him now from JD’s solo tour.  He also filled in for Munky when he stepped away from the band for a while.  Here’s a video of Shane in action during JD’s solo tour on a track off the soundtrack to Queen Of The Damned  called “Not Meant For Me.”   (I loved the music from that!) 35, just too damn young.  Condolences to his family and friends….Rob Zombie was on the hotLine yesterday and he told about not only his upcoming tour, first ever live concert dvd (which he also directed) The Zombie Horror Picture Show, but he also revealed he has a new album cooking!  WHAT?!   “I don’t want years and years to go by between records, even though somehow it always seems to happen. And you know, we’re really excited because we really felt that for ourselves as a band, the last record really kind of got back to something that I was looking for, and we were just excited to take it to the next level. When you’re feeling inspired, you kind of want to go for it, because sometimes you don’t feel inspired.”  He said work will resume in May on it and he hopes to have it out in January.  Meanwhile, he said he was sorry the hockey movie he was planning on directing got mired in red tape with the NHL, former hockey stars from the Philly Flyers and just your usual BS that goes along when movies are in the incubation stages.  Not to mention, finding actors who can also skate like  professional hockey players.  Oh well. Next, next, next! as they say.  The DVD will be released May 20th and a photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the home video release.   hardDriveRadio will have copies of the DVD and BluRay for ya, so stay tuned and keep your beady eyeballs glued here…..Spin magazine reports  Foo Fighters fans from Dave Grohl‘s hometown of Richmond, Virginia have launched a campaign to get the band to play a show there for the first time in over 15 years. The campaign, on crowdfunding website Crowdhoster, is selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a ticket, despite the fact that the Foo Fighters have yet to announce they will play a date in the city. Campaign co-founder Andrew Goldin said, “We have reason to believe they know about it at this point. We haven’t been shut down, so that’s a good sign, right?“….Oh I couldn’t believe this, but Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme has a role in an upcoming episode of IFC’s Portlandia playing the “disappointing” gay brother of Fred Armisen‘s wife on the show. Here’s a clip, and I must say,  he’s pretty funny and a good actor!   Meanwhile, Josh’s wife, Brody Dalle,  has some shows coming up in support of her solo record, Diploid Love, opening for Queens of the Stone Age, starting Jul 12-20….. Yesterday, I had a nice long chat with Troy Sanders of Mastodon.  And this is what a small world it really is.  Was asking him where in Atlanta he’s from, saying that I spend Christmases with my boyfriend’s kids (and ex-wife, yes, we are friends!)  down in Lilburn, GA!  And mentioned some towns around there.  Low and behold,  HE’S FROM LILBURN, literally just a couple of miles from where I stay!    Crazy!    Anyhow, he makes Decatur home now, and if I had to live down there, that’s where I would want to be too!   Sweet little town.  Anyhow,  looking forward to seeing the band at Rock on the Range next month!  The new single, “High Road,” is out Apr 28th, but it has been posted online. (It’s nice & crunchingly heavy!) Be listening for it on the 28th in Smash Or Crash on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  The album, Once More ‘Round The Sun, is set for Jun 24th…. Devour The Day drop by the hardDriveRadio studios today….And huge birthday wishes go out to Maynard James Keenan who probably just received his AARP card in the mail because today he is 50!  It’s when you get that card in the mail, you really start to feel OLD!  LOL Happy Birthday MJK!

Wednesday, Apr 16

 

.Good day!  Well, the past 24 hours we turned back the clock to winter!  Of course, wind, rain, sleet, snow.  And it is all because I planted the flowers on the stoop fo my apartment building and washed my windows over the weekend.  OF COURSE!    Yes, I am that person who gets their car washed and it rains……Well, it’s getting to be busy around here, what else is new!  Today I have Troy Sanders from Mastodon on the hotLine and prepping for two interviews tomorrow.  Finishing scripts for Lou Brutus.  My Pulse of Radio cohort and co-conspirator Don is speaking with Rob Zombie, who’s new The Zombie Horror Picture Show  DVD is set for release May 20th.  It’s his first live concert film and if you’ve never seen a live Rob Zombie show, this will be something you definitely should get your hands on!   Robots, LED light show, special effects, lots of boob flashing from the ladies in the audience and the skillz of  showman Rob, John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish in full blown action!  A photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the Blu-ray and DVD.  The Zombie Horror Picture Show will feature footage filmed during stops on last year’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour in Houston on August 3rd, 2013 and Dallas on August 4th.   Meanwhile, I am coming up with new contests for you to enter including that DVD, a Powerman 5000 guitar grab, and a trip for two to Las Vegas to see the opening night of the Soundgarden-Nine Inch Nails tour.  Oh yeah,  we’re busy!   I’m also working up a contest to send you off to hang out with Lou Brutus at the Cadott, WI Rockfest in mid July!  More great contests coming too, so if you are NOT a hardDriveRadio Radical, what the hell are you thinking?  Get over to the home page and register NOW!  (Must be a US citizen)…..Meanwhile, there is no truth to the online rumor started by supposed sources close to the band that AC/DC  was about to announce their retirement due to a serious health issue with Malcolm Young.  Metal Hammer reports today on an article that ran in England’s Telegraph.  AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson gave the paper an exclusive interview. And my diligent  friend at Blabbermouth found a report from Italy where Brian also said the band was heading into the studio in Vancouver next month,  So please check these two links out…..Was perusing Rise Against‘s site to see what they are up to and viola!   A video teaser announced the band is working on a new record that will be released this year! THe band has been on hiatus for a couple of years now.   Hmmm, as I wonder out loud,  I don’t think they are still on Interscope, so I wonder what label or how they will release it!? But very happy to hear the news!!!!…And so sorry to hear about the passing of Shane Gibson. He was a back-up touring guitarist for Korn a few years ago. He was praised for his technical prowess. 35 is waaaaay too young to leave this planet. Condolences to his friends and family…..Later, taters!

Tuesday, Apr 15


UPDATE on AC/DC from BILLBOARD.com…….read it here.

Today’s tip:  if you are filing today and sending it in via snail mail, make sure to put more than you think in stamps on it.  Wouldn’t it just suck to get it back for insufficient postage?  Hey, I gotta rant today.  It was brought to my attention that a website that will remain nameless  has been using my info without crediting me.  That blows.  And you know who you are.  So man up and do the right thing, yo?  Otherwise, I will be sending my boys out, and you definitely do not want that.  Seriously.  I mean, we all get stories from other places, but we should all be giving credit where credit is due, eh?  And printing SPECULATION rather than FACT is also a huge no no.  I’ll step off my soapbox now, thank you…..Sometimes it’s feast or famine when it comes to interviews we get for the shows.   Take this week, I only thought we’d be doing Mastodon  tomorrow (looks like I will be speaking with bassist/singer Troy Sanders instead of my friend Brann, who, unfortunately,  is dealing with some family issues. Thoughts and prayers go out to him)  and Devour the Day stop in on Thursday.  Now Rob Zombie and Chris Cornell have been added.   Hey, I am NOT complaining! Very excited actually. Listening to Superunknown right now too!  20th anniversary.  Geez.  It gets strange when you get to a certain age and 20 years seems like 20 weeks ago sometimes.  Time does fly when you are having fun. Hard to believe hardDrive has been around for 18 years this year.  That’s a feather in the cap of our Lou Brutus, who listeners are compelled to listen to every week since 1996!   So congrats to hardDrive!  18 and ready for college!  LOL…..OK  on to the real news.  This has me very worried, since I first met these guys when I worked for Atlantic Records in the late 70′s.  When I write my book some day, I have some great stories going back to the days with Bon Scott.  Anyhow, Pulse of Radio, our sister company, reports there are conflicting reports about the future of AC/DC. According to The Australian, a “music industry source” has stated the band has booked six weeks of studio time at a recording facility in Vancouver, beginning on May 1st, to lay down the follow-up to 2008′s Black Ice. That lines up with an interview singer Brian Johnson did in February with a Florida radio station, in which he also named May as the month the band would begin recording.  However, Peter Ford, an entertainment reporter for Melbourne radio station 3AW, said yesterday (April 14th) the band was preparing to announce its retirement as soon as this week, adding, “We may not hear them perform or record ever again.” He added founding guitarist Malcolm Young – who has been rumored to be ill for some time — had returned to Australia to “live with his family and for his own personal reasons he may not want to continue with the band.”  In the same Florida interview, Johnson did say “one of our boys was pretty ill” — a development that goes back to 2012, when Johnson said at the time the unnamed band member was “getting better” and expected to fully recover.  In addition to the plans for recording the band’s 16th studio album, Johnson also said the band was mulling the idea of playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world to celebrate its 40th anniversary.  (Now all I can add to this news is the fact that, all of their lives, Mal and Angus have smoked cigarettes, and almost to excess.  I remember when I was a smoker,  I would grub a cigarette off them and we’d be chatting and I’d watch as they would light one off the previous one they had just finished.  Chain smoked like fiends!   They did not do drugs.  They drank.   And they smoked hard core cigarettes.  No “lights” for them.  No bleached tobacco.   European hash hard-ass cigarettes.  One after another.  Carried cases of them on the road.)   But now,  over on Blabbermouth, a new updated report has just surfaced that really distresses me. Mark Evans, who says he is the son of original AC/DC singer Dave Evanstweeted a few hours ago reports of AC/DC‘s imminent retirement announcement are not merely rumors. He added: “Malcolm Young is very sick…. [Malcolm's son] Ross Young spoke to my father this morning because the cat got out…. But yes, the band will be finished…. No new shows or music.”  **Update #2** — April 15 at 5:20 a.m. EST: Australian journalist Darryl Mason writes on The Orstrahyun  “when AC/DC recently reunited in a rehearsal studio, Malcolm Young discovered he had forgotten how to play, due to a brain clot on his brain.” He adds: “AC/DC won’t continue playing and recording without Malcolm. It can’t be done.”   Here is a new report I am just seeing at 1:08 PM Eastern from News.com.au.   Oh man.  I am so sad to hear this.  Say a prayer for Malcolm today, please….That’s all I got.  Later.

 

 

 

 

Monday, Apr 14

Happy Monday.  Sadly, it was one year ago today the horrible Boston Marathon bombings occurred.  I remember the day vividly.   Rob Zombie was in the hardDriveRadio studios and when we were headed over to the video room, I had heard the news.  We went to a tv to turn on CNN. It was all so shocking.  It was also  tax day,  April 15th. Let’s take a moment to remember the victims who were lost and those who have been injured.  Boston Strong, America Strong!…Unfortunately I wasn’t one of the 250  insiders and friends of Nirvana who got to see Dave, Krist, Pat and friends perform a long set of tunes at an obscure small metal club in Greenpoint, Brooklyn called St Vitus early Friday morning.  But the show that took place after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions was apparently  filmed professionally for possible release another day.  Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Annie Clark (St Vincent) were joined by J. Mascis of Dinosaur, Jr  and John McCauley of Deer Tick (also fronts a Nirvana copy band called Deervana.)  The show started at 2 AM.  Here was the set list:
1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (with Joan Jett)
2. “Breed” (with Joan Jett)
3. “In Bloom” (with Joan Jett)
4. “Territorial Pissings” (with Joan Jett)
5. “All Apologies” (with Joan Jett)
6. “Drain You” (with J Mascis)
7. “Pennyroyal Tea” (with J. Mascis)
8. “School” (with J. Mascis)
9. “Lithium” (with St. Vincent)
10. “About A Girl” (with St. Vincent)
11. “Heart-Shaped Box” (with St. Vincent)
12. “Serve The Servants” (with John McCauley)
13. “Milk It” (with John McCauley)
14. “Very Ape” (with John McCauley)
15. “Scentless Apprentice” (with John McCauley)
16. “Tourette’s” (with John McCauley)
17. “Aneurysm” (with Kim Gordon)
18. “Negative Creep” (with Kim Gordon)
19. “Moist Vagina” (with Kim Gordon)
Meanwhile, guess how many drummers were a part of Nirvana’s history before Dave Grohl? 6.  Bob McFadden, Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover, Dave Foster, Chad Channing and Dan Peters.  So glad Buzz Osborne of the Melvins  introduced the band to Mr Grohl!….Adelitas Way are tearing up the rock charts with their new single “Dog On A Leash.”  Rick DeJesus  played it for me as a rough cut back in November in Las Vegas driving around in his car.  I actually heard a bunch of tunes.  The album, produced by Nick Raskulinecz, is called Stuck and should be out in early June.   He told me about the tune, “‘Dog On A Leash,’ I know people out there feel like that. I know, whether it’s at work, whether it’s a guy in a relationship, whether it’s a woman in a relationship, whether it’s a son and their parents, everyone feels like they always have to answer to somebody to go do something they want to do. I mean, when you have to answer to people constantly, sometimes you feel like a dog on a leash, man. Sometimes you feel like you’re chained to the wall, and you can’t do anything unless someone unchains you.”….Speaking of Nick, I listened to the new Mastodon album, Once More ‘Round The Sun, that he also produced.  Really impressed at the trajectory of Mastodon’s sound and songs.  Lots of good pickings here.  I’ll be on the hotLine with drummer/vocalist/songwriter Brann Dailor on Wednesday….Another year anniversary passed yesterday.  It marked the 1st anniversary of the passing of Deftones’ bassist Chi Cheng.   The Deftones honored him by posting one of the last songs Chi recorded with the band called “Smile.”  It was from the 2008 Eros sessions, that my eventually see the light of day.  You can listen to  it here. (Thanks Blabbermouth.)…Five Finger Death Punch‘s agents are putting the final touches on their upcoming fall tour.  Meanwhile, Zoltan is already talking about working on new material!  Check out his Metal Hammer interview here…..And speaking of Rob Zombie, tomorrow night at 10 PM, he will be a guest judge on Spike TV’s “Ink Master.”  Set your DVR!….And finally today, apparently Marilyn Manson has written a song that will appear on an upcoming episode of Sons of Anarchy.  One of the show’s producers also commented Manson will make an appearance in the same episode in Season 7….Happy 69th today to Deep Purple  & Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore!

 

Friday, Apr 11

I have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hangover.  I wish I could recall all the little innuendoes of the evening, there were so many!  For me, or anyone around my age, it was like a walk through when I was probably your age.   I worked with Peter Gabriel when I was at Atlantic Records and he went solo from Genesis.  I was the music director at a Top 40 radio station where I had met and  added songs by Hall & Oates  & Kiss (“Beth” had just been released)   and I was in college when I bought the albums of Cat Stevens.    Linda Ronstadt, I was mistaken for her backstage at one of her concerts back in the day. And I feel a closeness to her as I have had to cope with Parkinson’s disease in my own family.  I know she will be so deeply moved and proud of the way she was inducted in absentia. And for a self-admitted Springsteen fan back in the 70′s, seeing Bruuuuuuuuuce induct his own E Street Band ensemble, from the early to present day, was awesome. RIP:  Clarence “The Big Kahuna” Clemons!  (But the LONG LINE of acceptance speeches allowed for some food and bathroom breaks, let me tell ya!)   Some of my peers who’ve been around for as long as I have and have attended the earlier versions of the induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC  don’t like the fact the show has turned into a polished TV extravaganza.  But then we wouldn’t see it on HBO.  And the removal of the late night, end of show jam session, was also missed by some.   But it has to be made into a commercial, media event.  And frankly, the fact that I could buy a ticket to watch it as a fan that I am in the first place, rather than being excluded because I wasn’t invited to sit at someone’s table or afford a $1500 ticket, is a wonderful thing.  But for me, the highlight was Nirvana. REM’s Michael Stipe did a brilliant tribute.  There wasn’t a person in the place who wasn’t thinking of how Kurt Cobain would react to this honor  or what the band would be  like if he was still here.  And I thought it was so cool Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic invited women to be a part of this. (Did Courtney Love have a say, I wonder? BTW:  Kurt‘s mom and sisters were there.)  Joan Jett was first up to perform”Smells Like Teen Spirit.”  She was amazing.   Then Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth did a rather frantic version of “Aneurysm”  and a singer/guitarist named Annie Clark of  called St. Vincent (she was a member of Polyphonic Spree, anyone recall them?)  joined for “Lithium.”  And the icing on the estrogen-infused Nirvana set list was Lorde, who ended the evening with an emotionally evocative rendition of “All Apologies.”  It was wonderful.    (Joan, Kim and Annie performed on guitars, as well!)   Meanwhile, the little things that I watched from the audience were cool.  Watching Dave Grohl stroking his wife’s arm while Stipe was inducting them,  watching Tom Morello rocking out in the audience to all the performers were just a few.  When we arrived, Peter Asher was inducting Beatles‘ producer George Martin and former Rolling Stones’ manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham. (Oh, I was such a Peter & Gordon fan as a teen, not to mention The Beatles and every record Andrew had a hand in!) All in all, I give the night an amazing 11, because all good amps go to 11, right? Wait for the HBO edited version on May 31st.  Meanwhile, here’s a hint:  which son of one of the inductees will be the new drummer for Slipknot?  Here is a video compilation of some of the highlights from my friends at Artisan News service….Celebrating birthdays:  Today:   Nigel Pulsford, former Bush guitarist, 51.  Saturday:  Everclear’s Art Alexakis is 52, 311′s Nic Hexum is 44, Claire Danes of Homeland is 35,  David Letterman is 67.  Sunday, Aaron Lewis of Staind is 42 and E Streeter  Max Weinberg is 63.  

Thursday, Apr 10th

Well, tonight’s the big night at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony!  It will be fantastic!  And the Nirvana Facebook page posted THIS!  Speculators are speculating that the white guitar belongs to Joan Jett.   Will she perform tonight with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear when the surviving members of Nirvana take the stage tonight?  Wonderers are wondering.  Along with Nirvana, the E Street Band, Linda Ronstadt, Kiss, Cat Stevens and Hall & Oates will be inducted into the Rock Hall.  But don’t worry if you can’t come to NYC to see it live.  HBO will be showing a severely edited version of it on May 31st.  Check your TV guide for times.  I dunno, but I think I may have to walk up and buy a ticket.  Seems just too monumental to pass up. Anyhow,  Pulse of Radio asked Charles R. Cross, Nirvana’s biographer, what late frontman Kurt Cobain might have thought about being inducted into the Hall of Fame: “Kurt won awards when he was alive, he won MTV Music Awards, he did go to those ceremonies, he did give speeches. You know, at the same time, it was an uncomfortable relationship for Kurt. So my feeling is, he would have been honored to have been included with so many legends that he loved, and he was a student of rock history, so to be there I think he would have appreciated. At the same time, I think he would have managed to say the most sarcastic things possible as he was accepting that award.” Totally see that!….Congrats to my friends from the Windy City! Pulse of Radio reports  Chevelle‘s seventh studio album, La Gargola, sold around 45,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday (April 9th). The chart number is the highest debut of the band’s career, surpassing its previous peak of Number Six with 2009′s Sci-Fi Crimes.  The CD arrived in stores on April 1st and is the trio’s final release under its current contract with Epic Records.  The first single, “Take Out The Gunman,” tops the rock radio chart this week, making it the fourth Number One song of the band’s career and its 12th to crack the rock Top 10.  The trio is currently on a headlining tour with Nothing More and Oh Brother, stopping in Houston tonight (April 10th)…Also debuting this week at #20 is the Ronnie James Dio tribute CD, This Is Your Life, featuring Halestorm, Corey Taylor, Metallica, Rob Halford and more.  Proceeds from the record benefit Dio’s Stand Up & Shout Out Cancer Fund…..Linkin Park have made it official.  Jun 17th is the release date for their new album, The Hunting Party.  They announced it on Noisey yesterday.  The album artwork was also revealed.  Noisey conducted an interview with Mike Shinoda  and you can read here.  I guess I’m the only one talking about the fact that two of the 5 other new songs Mike played last week  (there are 12 songs total on the new album) in a listening session have guest appearances by Helmet’s Paige Hamilton  and one with Daron Malakian of System Of A Down. I believe Daron also adds some vocals to the tune “Rebellion,”  but I think Paige is only playing guitar on “All For Nothing.”  Don’t quote me there as I don’t want to leave him out if he also had done vocals.  May have to text him to ask. Anyhow, great interview, Drew….Ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has recorded a song for the soundtrack of Tusk, a new horror movie from writer/director Kevin Smith. The track that Way recorded, called “Oh Waly Waly” or “The Water Is Wide,” is an “old English folk song written in the 1600s,” said Smith, who explained, “Gerard turned the piece into this achingly beautiful, haunting declaration of undying, hopeless love.” The movie is due out this fall.  I am also hearing Gerard has a solo record coming out in the coming months…..Brad Wilk, Rage Against the Machine drummer, has a new band called The Last Internationale.  The record is coming soon and the female fronted band,  will be in the hardDriveRadio studios on April 21…..Today, Black Stone Cherry have an appointment to stop by those same studios for an interview and acoustic performance. Keep an eye open here for more info on them.  Pretty cool stuff. Their new album, Magic Mountain, drops May 6th.  It was produced by Joe Barresi, who also did Chevelle‘s La Gargola…..Another interesting project in the works is this one. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has teamed up with former members of the band The Mars Volta in a new act called Antemasque. The lineup includes ex-Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and drummer Dave Elitsch. A first single called “4AM” has been recorded and is available on iTunes, while two short promo videos have surfaced online as well.  I interviewed Omar in Amsterdam several years ago when he was in At The Drive-In. (Could it have been in 1999?)  Whoa.  Cool dude….And in closing today, sorry Billboard.  You have this all wrong.  They announced the nominees for this year’s Billboard Awards and check out these bands  nominated for Top Rock Artist:
Capital Cities
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Passenger   and
Top Rock Album
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
Lorde - Pure Heroine
Mumford & Sons - Babel
That’s a bunch of Freakin’ RUBBISH if you ask ME!  Now if you said Alternative Rock, I would have no problem, but to call any of this music ROCK?  I am insulted!….Celebrating birthdays today:  John Madden turns 78!   Steven Seagal is 63  and my friend Mike Mushok of Staind is 44.

Wednesday, Apr 09

I got to view a screening copy of a documentary on the pioneering 24-hour music video channel I once worked for in Boston in 1985.  ”Life On The V:  The Story of V66” brought back great memories of a time when, as I still do in my career today, music was king and my role was to bring the best new music to the people.  It was like a science lab where we were experimenting with new technology of television and building our own little world.  It was a channel back when there was hardly any cable coverage in the Boston metro market, so you could only watch tv with an antenna.  Over the air and free.  And we helped forge careers of so many bands at the time from ‘Til Tuesday to Extreme to the Del Fuegos.  Aerosmith had just reformed and were clean and sober.  And we played countless local unsigned bands.  And it was a very sad day when we were sold to the Home Shopping Channel and went off the air.  The music community was devastated.  Anyhow,  I can’t wait til everyone can see it to show you the power of what can happen when passionate music people are on board.  It’s pretty cool and I feel extremely proud!….Pulse of Radio reports on my friend Slash, who has confirmed his third solo album with his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will be released this September. No title has been revealed yet for the disc, which the group completed recording earlier this week. Slash told us leading his own solo outfit continues to be a great experience: “One of the great things about working with these guys is there’s no issues. All they want to do is play, and they love rock ‘n’ roll and they’re just — they’re fully into it and it’s sort of like when you’re working with people that don’t have any other baggage that they’re concerned about.”  Slash announced the September release while also confirming his summer tour dates with Aerosmith, which will begin on July 10th in Wantagh, NY and wind down on September 12th in Sydney, Nova Scotia.   Slash said about the tour, “Aerosmith is one of my all-time favorite bands, and one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. It’s an honor for me to go out and tour with them and keep the rock and roll banner flying high.”  Slash and Aerosmith played a brief set together last night  (April 8th) at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles to mark the announcement of the tour. Watch it here. Ticket pre-sales go on sale at  (April 10th) at 10:00 a.m. local time….Man, it reminds me that hardDrive will be 20 years old in 2 years.  When I think of things that happened 20 years ago, it really doesn’t seem that long ago, but it is!  Here’s another example: Tuesday (April 8th) was the 20th anniversary of the release of Smash, the third studio album from punk legends The Offspring and the band’s commercial breakthrough. To celebrate, the Offspring will begin playing the record in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the summer with soon-to-be-announced U.S. dates, many of which will also be Smash shows.  A 20th anniversary remastered edition of the album will be released this August by Epitaph Records on both CD and 180-gram vinyl, with new artwork and a 24-page booklet featuring never-before-seen photos plus an oral history of the record. A special ”collector’s box” will feature both the CD and vinyl, art and photo prints, a pin, a patch, a replica tour pass and guitar pick all in a custom wooden box. Although Smash was the first of many commercial successes for the Offspring, singer Dexter Holland told us a while back that he still considers the band to be punk rock:  “You know, it’s definitely where we started, it’s what I’m proud of, it’s what inspired us, so I thought, ‘Yeah,’ and then after a while, people are saying, ‘Well, you can’t be punk, because you sold too many records, or you sound like this, or you don’t sound like that,’ or whatever. And we definitely have other influences. So, after a while, I kind of started saying, ‘Yeah, you know what, we’re a rock band.’ But, you know, lately, the more I’ve been thinking about it, I’m like, ‘F**k it, we’re a punk band.’ That’s what we are, that’s where we came from, I think yeah.”  Smash has sold more than six million copies in the U.S. alone and 11 million worldwide. It remains the best-selling independent label album of all time. The disc’s first single, “Come Out And Play,” hit Number One on the Modern Rock chart in 1994 and was followed by two more Top 10 hits in “Self-Esteem” and “Gotta Get Away.”….Rolling Stone reports Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has hinted that the band’s current three-year-old hiatus may be coming to an end. Boyd said, “(The band has) been hanging out, and we’ve all been at home and talking about making some new music together at the beginning of 2015. I’m really excited about it because it’s been a long time now. We just needed a little break.”….I was emailing with a friend of Dave Grohl‘s yesterday.  I said, “Dave Grohl’s in town, I can smell him!”  I am so hoping I can run into him.  Not going to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (no ticket, they cost like $1500)   but I may have to track him down wherever he might be hanging out.   Don’t forget Dave and Krist Novoselic will be on  The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight with Stevie Nicks and Jennifer Garner. And Friday night, Kiss will perform….And finally, also from Pulse of Radio, contrary to the fact that there is really no solid evidence to support this, a new documentary dredging up the baseless and completely discredited theory Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was murdered and did not commit suicide is tentatively slated for release this year. Titled Soaked In Bleach, the film recreates events in Cobain’s life with actors playing the troubled musician and his wife, Courtney Love, while also featuring interviews with forensic experts, investigative journalists and law enforcement officials.  The film has been spearheaded by Tom Grant, a private investigator who was hired by Love “to find her missing husband” during the last days of his life.  Grant has been pushing — for 20 years — his theory that it was in fact Love who was somehow behind Cobain’s death.  Cobain’s body was found on April 8th, 1994, three days after he gave himself a massive dose of heroin and killed himself with a shotgun in a room above his garage. The police have never found any evidence to suggest that Cobain’s death was anything but a suicide. But there is something to the fact that if you took a massive amount of heroine, why would you take up a shotgun as well.  You can find the trailer on the Soaked In Bleach Facebook page….Happy 45th today to Kevin Martin of Candlebox and The Gracious Few.

Tuesday, Apr 08

Today is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day!   Go to your local Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop for one free cone from Noon-8 PM today.   (This is an unpaid announcement!) LOL…Glad I didn’t wash windows last weekend.  Been pouring rain since yesterday!  Yes, I am that person who gets their car washed and two hours later, it rains.  Never fails!….Last night was the closing night at one of my favorite venues here in NYC, Roseland Ballroom.  Lady Gaga  was the final performer last night.  I had seen so many tremendous shows there: Rage Against The Machine, AC/DC, Korn, Marilyn Manson, The Black Keys, Slayer  and so many more I can’t recall at this moment. It’s so sad they are tearing it down and turning it into condos!  It’s a damn shame!…..Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic will appear as guests tomorrow night (April 9th) on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, one night before they’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday (April 10th). Grohl, Novoselic and late frontman Kurt Cobain will be inducted by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe in a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center….My friend Slash tweeted that he’s finished recording his next album (Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators)! Check out his post here.  It’s tentatively set for the fall…Theory Of A Deadman will release its fifth album, SaVages, on July 8th. The  first single, “Drown,” will arrive at rock radio and iTunes on April 22nd. Frontman Tyler Connolly said about the new effort, “We went back to where we belong on this record, back to the angst, back to the darkness. We veered off the road a bit on this one but it took us right to where we needed to be.” Connolly also spoke about the inspiration behind the single, stating, “‘Drown’ is about being alone, the feeling of being washed away and left to your own devices. We’ve all felt that way at some point in our lives; unable to stay afloat, we sink to the bottom which always seems easier in the end than fighting your way back to the surface.”  Heard the song on Friday.  They’re back and is a strong tune!  Check out a teaser here.  We’ll be getting him on the hotLine very soon….Meanwhile, the UK metal magazines, Kerrang and Metal Hammer,   both changed their websites.  There are so many flash items, I am getting dizzy trying to read stuff….Avatar releases their new single from their forthcoming Hail The Apocalypse album called “Bloody Angel.”  Look for the album May 27th. Watch the video for the title track here…Celebrating a birthday today:  Izzy Stradlin (ex-guitarist Guns N’ Roses) is 52  and House of Cards’ Robin Wright is 48.  (Go to Netflix if you haven’t watched this great series.  Highly recommended!)

Monday, Apr 07

Good Monday, yo!  Sorry to all the Badgers’ fans out there.  Tough loss.  But congrats to the team for getting to the Final Four!  Tonight’s game oughtta ROCK!….On Friday, I was at a listening session hosted by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park at MSR Studios over on West 48th Street in NYC.  He played  5 of the 12 songs that will be on The Hunting Party album, now with a TBA release date later this summer.  The band is still in the mixing stages on all  and final recording stages on the rest. (“Guilty All The Same” is the first single, and dare I say, tamer than what these tunes are like!)   The 5 songs, “Keys To The Kingdom,”  “The Wastelands,” “Until It’s Gone,”  “All For Nothing” (featuring Paige Hamilton of Helmet!)  and “Rebellion” (featuring Daron Malakian of System Of A Down) were all still unmixed, but every one sounded great! The band self-produced except for one of the tunes (I think it was “The Wastelands,” which  was co-produced by Warner Bros Records president and A&R chief Rob Cavallo.)  I have to say, each song was better than the next, they are all extremely heavy, and as Mike said, some may even sound like prequels to their first album, Hybrid Theory. As I said to Mike,  after all the “Rock Is Dead” critics and naysayers out there trying to forecast the death of active rock radio and its music,  this album will totally pour cold water all over those notions and prove to the industry is it CLEARLY NOT DEAD!  This record has BALLS!  And now one of the world’s biggest  & most popular  bands  is making a statement to support the music they love.  The guitars are smoking, it was all recorded live to tape. (Well, there still are some electronic elements, but they are certainly only a condiment rather than a meal here.)   I can not say enough about how the reaction is going to turn heads and I can not WAIT to hear them do some of these songs live in concert this summer! Mark my words, it will be one of your favorite albums of the year!….. A couple of fan filmed videos of two new Halestorm tunes have surfaced.  One is called “Heartbreaker,” which the band did last weekend in Nashville.  And then there’s “Mayhem,”  which the band did during their show in Sheffield, England.  Lzzy is so amazing.  And the band is more pumped than ever!  Very excited to hear their new stuff, which I believe they may have started to record out in LA…..Pulse of Radio says Tool will apparently get back to work on their long-delayed new album now they’ve finished their short spring tour. A message at the group’s official website explained, “Contrary to those who thought that the tour would only further delay the writing process — with all four band members together during sound checks, catering, etc., I’m fairly certain that they spent a considerable portion of that time experimenting with new tunes. In which case, the tour might have actually sped things up a bit.“  But, the webmaster added, “This snifter of cognac is half full.”  Bassist Justin Chancellor told us a while back sometimes new material emerges during an actual gig:  “We do a lot of kind of segues, you know. When the shows start to really flow, you know, you start to come up with little segues that take one song into another, whether it’s like an old song into a new one or whatever, you know. It starts to help the entire set really flow. And those pieces, those little links, if you like, they tend to become song ideas for the future, definitely.”  So in summary, still no news on a new Tool record.   Come on, boys, get it in high gear!  We deserve some new Tool music already! It’s been 8 L O N G years since 10,000 Days!!…. Metallica played its cover of the traditional Irish folk song “Whiskey In The Jar” for the first time in five years on March 22nd in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the band’s official YouTube channel has uploaded footage of the performance. Also included is a “very wet” performance of “Battery.” Metallica recorded a studio version of “Whiskey In The Jar” for its 1999 covers collection Garage Inc. but last aired the song live in 2009. “Whiskey In The Jar” was first made popular to modern audiences by Thin Lizzy‘s version in the mid-’70s.  Metallica just completed its South American tour on March 30th, with the band playing “all-request” shows and a new song called “The Lords Of Summer” at every stop.  I love how they always use Ennio Morricone’s music as their intro!   The Metallica By Request tour will hit Europe this summer, with a single North American date confirmed in Montreal.  Metallica has supposedly been working on music for its 10th studio album, although drummer Lars Ulrich said in a recent interview that the band might not get into the studio until 2015. (Perhaps he means might not “officially” get into the studio with a Producer til then. Sure would like to see them mix it up on this one. How about Raskulinecz?)….Pulse of Radio also reporting on this.  A man who believes the conspiracy theory Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was murdered has filed a lawsuit against the Seattle police over previously undeveloped photos taken at the scene of Cobain’s suicide 20 years ago. According to Seattle Pi, self-described investigative journalist RIchard Lee claims the department should have long ago released the photos, which were taken by a police photographer following Cobain’s death on April 5th, 1994, at his Seattle home. Seattle police officials found the four rolls of undeveloped film, processed and released them late last month as the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death approached. Lee now contends police should have released the photos when he requested all records related to Cobain’s death shortly after the rocker’s body was found. The 50-year-old Lee, who has run for mayor of Seattle several times and hosted a public access TV show called Kurt Cobain Was Murdered, has made groundless assertions for years that Cobain’s death was not a suicide.  We asked Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross why he thinks the conspiracy theories linger on:  “I think the main reason people embrace the conspiracy theory is simply that it’s very painful to imagine that Kurt, someone they loved or maybe identified with, that he betrayed them in some degree by taking his own life. You know, the bottom line is there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that Kurt’s death was anything other than suicide, and it’s almost absurd that the topic continues to come up.”  The city and police department have yet to respond to Lee’s lawsuit.  State law does in fact require that government agencies which fail to disclose releasable records pay $5 to $100 per day, per document, for the delay. Lee has not yet asked that a judge impose any fines on the police for non-disclosure.  Cobain’s body was discovered on April 8th, three days after he killed himself with a shotgun blast.  If he only had a friend with him.  Things might be very different on the musical landscape….There was another press conference on Friday I didn’t get to attend, but I guessed what would be revealed correctly!  Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd will star in a new touring version of the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar this summer. Boyd will sing the role of Judas Iscariot, first portrayed on the Broadway stage 43 years ago by Ben Vereen. Also appearing in the new production is British actor Ben Forster as Jesus, ex-Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, NSYNC‘s JC Chavez as Pontius Pilate and, in a bit of either inspired or demented casting, John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon of the Sex Pistols as King Herod.  The show’s 51-city arena tour will begin on June 9th in New Orleans, ending on August 16th in Philadelphia.  Jesus Christ Superstar, which chronicles the last week of Jesus’ life, began as a double album in 1969, before being adapted for Broadway in 1971 and then filmed in 1973.  Boyd told Rolling Stone about his involvement, “I was actually confounded by the offer at first. I started watching the most recent shows they did in the UK and Australia and I was blown away with what they had done with the story, because they had brought it into a contemporary setting and modernized it.  Boyd added, “I’m not a religious person, but I think that you don’t need to be religious to appreciate the impact that this story has had on the world. People have been killing each other over it for a couple thousand years now.  Tickets for the first 22 dates go on sale Friday, April 11th, and range from $29.50 to $125. More information can be found on the show’s website….Mastodon have revealed the title to their new album is Once More Round The Sun.  A summer release is expected (I’m guessing July or August.)….Celebrating birthdays, actors Russell Crowe is 50 and Jackie Chan is 60!

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