Monday, Apr 27

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Finally that wily coyote in NYC was caught!  He just wanted to hang out at some trendy sidewalk cafes on the west side….Speaking of trendy, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day already has five new songs in the works, according to Diffuser. Producer Rob Cavallo, who has worked with the band on its last nine albums, told England’s Kerrang! magazine, “I recently heard five new songs that Billie (Joe Armstrong, frontman) has written and demoed. Let me tell you, they were just fantastic. He is absolutely at the top of his game. Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing.” Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told us a while back that it was important that Green Day move forward artistically with each new album: We always want to try to keep reinventing ourselves and come out with something new without changing our clothes. You know, not that we’re trying to, like, have a new image or anything like that. I think we’re just acting our age, trying to make something that’s just the best record that we possibly can.”  Armstrong indicated recently the band was going to get back to work after a year-long break. The trio’s last release, a triple set of albums titled Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, arrived in late 2012. The new Green Day album, which will be the band’s 12th studio effort, will be out later this year. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)

Also from Pulse,  Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach is launching a new side project called the Arcs, telling Rolling Stone, “I’m really excited about it.” The Arcs will first release a seven-inch vinyl single featuring two “boxing-related” songs, “Stay In My Corner” and “Tomato Can,” on May 2nd, the day of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. A full album will follow this summer.Auerbach recorded the new album in rehearsal studios and at a Brooklyn studio, saying, “It was cut really quick in a week and a half, two weeks of recording.” He added that he recorded with “a whole bunch of different people — my favorites,” though he has yet to reveal any names. As for the sound of the disc, Auerbach said, “I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird. I wanted everything to flow (and) be cohesive . . . So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record — that’s all!”  Auerbach said he’s working on the album’s first video with a “kid” from California who has never made a video before, adding, “I’m just having fun (and) basically making music with no responsibility.” Auerbach will head out on the road with the Black Keys again as well, starting at the end of May in Spain. The band’s touring plans have been sidetracked for several months while drummer Patrick Carneyrecovers from a serious shoulder injury.

Stone Sour‘s new Meanwhile In Burbank…, a five-song EP featuring these  covers: Black Sabbath “Children Of The Grave,”  Metallica “Creeping Death,” Kiss “Love Gun,” Judas Priest “Heading Out To The Highway” and Alice In Chains “We Die Young,”  will be released digitally via iTunes tomorrow (4/28.) Recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California, Meanwhile In Burbank…  was initially made available on vinyl exclusively at select record stores on April 18 for Record Store Day. It was also revealed during Jamey Jasta’s podcast STONE SOUR will release two more EPs of cover songs: Straight Out Of Burbank and No Sleep ‘Till Burbank and will feature five songs each, including new versions of tracks from Rage Against The Machine, Motley Crue, Bad Brains and the Violent Femmes. Taylor told us why he enjoys covering other artists’ songs. “The thing I love about playing covers is that a) it’s a chance to walk in the footsteps of your heroes,” he said. “It’s a chance to have fun. There’s a certain amount of relaxation that comes when you don’t have to worry about your song. This is someone else’s song, you know. This is where you can relax and just remember why you’re a music fan in the first place.”

Blabbermouth reports  Atreyu have set Long Live  as the title of their comeback album, due in September through the Search And Destroy imprint as part of the newly announced joint venture between Raw Power Management and Spinefarm. Drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller recently told Australia’s Music Feeds about the band’s upcoming CD: “We’re stoked. It came out great. We’re very much just shooting from the hip with this record, and whatever came out first is what we did. [Vocalist] Alex [Varkatzas] is fucking as brutal as ever. And it’s fun. It’s a very fun, cool record.” Regaridng frontman Alex Varkatzas’s decision to do away with clean singing on Atreyu’s forthcoming effort, Saller said: “Here’s the thing. When we started the band, we were a hardcore band, and we wanted to progress and do… We always wanted to do bigger, better, bigger, better, bigger, better… every album we released at the time. And when we did [2007's] ‘Lead Sails Paper Anchor,’ it was, like, ‘What’s our next step?’ We’ve gotten as big as a hardcore band can get, I think. What’s the next step? So we were, like, ‘Cool. Let’s fucking do whatever the fuck we want. So we wrote a bunch of rock songs. A lot of heavy songs, a lot of rock songs… It was just an expansion of Alex wanting to do something different, and us wanting to do something different.”

Today, yours truly will head down to Irving Plaza to interview Stone Temple Pilots.  Looking forward to that. If you have any questions you’d like to hear answers to, send them along to me via the email link on the home page. But do it soon! And you can also send to me via the Interact Live page on the new hardDriveRadio APP!….Gotta dash.  Later, taters.

 

Friday, Apr 24

Happy Friday!   I’m sitting here with a terrible ingrown toenail. WTH.  I have regular pedicures!  Oh the agony!…..OK, here’s the news.  Last night I watched Halestorm‘s show from the Tabernacle in Atlanta on a live stream from Yahoo Music.  Good job all!  It was a great show, and Lzzy, you just keep getting better and better!  The woman has a set of lungs on her that just don’t quit.  I love her to death! Band was tight, as usual.  Crowd was over the top awesome.  Make sure to catch them on this run with The Pretty Reckless and Starset right now…..Meanwhile, System Of A Down also streamed a live show, their very special event in Yerevan, Armenia.It was the band’s  first-ever concert in their ancestral country, which took place yesterday (April 23rd), can be seen online in its entirety. The concert marked the culmination of the group’s “Wake Up The Souls” tour, a global trek to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The arena tour kicked off on April 6th in Los Angeles and took System to Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Russia. The group, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, have lost family members and history to the Genocide and have worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness. Today (April 24th) marks the actual anniversary of the Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by Turkey’ Ottoman Empire. From 1915 through 1923, 1.5 million men, women and children were starved, shot, beaten and banished to die in the desert during one of history’s greatest crimes. Though considered by many to be the first genocide of the 20th century, the Turkish government denies it ever happened. While other nations have recognized and commemorated the Genocide, attempts over the past several decades to get the U.S. government to do the same have fallen short, mainly due to Turkey’s value to the U.S. as a strategic ally. Although a resolution recognizing the genocide has been up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives over the years, it has never passed. Tankian told us a while back the situation needs to be rectified once and for all: “Every year for the past number of years this Armenian genocide resolution is introduced, and Turkey will always have a reason to deny it. They’re hanging onto their own lies, they’re spending millions of dollars in propaganda to try to change their history. You know, we should always be truthful. We’re a democracy, for God’s sakes. We can’t lie about a genocide because they’re still happening.” The anniversary of the Genocide will be observed around the world on Friday, including marches in Los Angeles and other major cities. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)….Also from Pulse, Faith No More‘s two best-selling albums, 1989′s The Real Thing and 1992′s Angel Dust, are being reissued in new editions featuring plenty of bonus rarities. According to Rolling Stone, the reissues will be available as either double-CD or heavyweight double-vinyl sets with the CDs available on June 9th, one month after the band releases its first set of new music in 18 years, Sol Invictus, on May 19th. Neither disc will contain any previously unreleased tracks, but both will collect hard-to-find rarities in the form of live cuts, remixes and other B-sides and bonus tracks. The bonus disc for The Real Thing contains remixes of three of Faith No More’s biggest hits — “Epic,” “Falling To Pieces” and “From Out Of Nowhere” — non-album cuts like “The Grade,” “Cowboy Song” and “Sweet Emotion,” plus live cuts like a cover of Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs.” Angel Dust also features live tracks, remixes and covers of the Commodores‘ “Easy” and the Dead Kennedys‘ “Let’s Lynch the Landlord.” A vinyl release for both albums is planned for August, though an exact release date has yet to be announced. Faith No More is currently on its first full North American tour since 2010 and plays the third of three Los Angeles shows on Friday night (April 24th)….Got a press release yesterday saying  Scott Weiland has announced a replacement for Jeremy Brown, the guitarist in his band The Walkabouts who died suddenly on March 30th. The new guitarist is Nick Maybury, who has played with Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Debbie Harry, Alice Cooper and others. Weiland said, “Jeremy had big shoes and no one can fill them . . . he was my best friend and my collaborator. But we have to soldier on. Nick is an incredible player and is a great fit for the Wildabouts.” …..Pop Evil issued the first of the in studio websides chronicling the making of their new album with Adam Kaspar in Seattle.  Here’s the first one…..And this is hilarious.  “Secret Metal Mysteries” unravels the story behind how Korn got their name.   Fact or fiction?  You decide!  Watch and learn!  (Thanks Loudwire)….Birthdays are happening today for Brian Marshall, Creed/Alter Bridge bassist is 42.  Billy Gould, Faith No More bassist/producer is 52.  Saturday, Al Pacino is 75.  Sunday, drummer  Joey Jordison turns the Big 4-0  and Incubus drummerJose Pasillas II  is 39.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, Apr 23

Morning!  First off, want to thank all the Falling In Reverse fans for making our first artist App Chat  on the hardDrive Radio APP a rousing success!  Ronnie Radke was so super to give up his time for this and he even surprised his fans by entering the chat HOURS before the scheduled time. We had fans from around the globe!  Our downloads increased over 800%!  That is HUGE!  We will have more of these chats in the coming weeks, so please keep your eyes GLUED to the app to find out who and when! (I promise, it will be huge!)…..Getting ready to head into the office to interview Brett Morgen, the director of HBO original series documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck.”  I enjoyed the film and I think Nirvana fans will be delighted to see the archival material and the home video footage, writings, drawings and family revelations about the troubled frontman.  It is a heavy watch, let me tell you.  It is also 2 hours and 14 minutes long.  I hope you will watch it on HBO May 04th. Speaking of Kurt, the LA apartment he once shared with Courtney Love is on AirBNB. Check it out…Congrats to Lzzy and the boys! Halestorm‘s third album, Into The Wild Life, debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release. That was a much bigger haul than the band’s previous effort, 2012′s Grammy-winning The Strange Case Of . . . , which moved 24,000 copies in its debut week. The new album has been described as Halestorm’s most diverse and adventurous to date, which is exactly what drummer Arejay Hale told us they set out to do:Going into this record, we weren’t thinking about the last record. We weren’t thinking about recreating the old or even trying to top it. We were just chasing what gets us excited. A lot of people ask us, they’re like, ‘Hey, you guys won a Grammy, so was there a lot more pressure on you guys?’ And we’re like, ‘No,’ ’cause, you know, that’s kind of just how we are. I think that the best way to evolve and move forward is just to not look back.” Singer Lzzy Hale recently said  Into The Wild Life was structured “like one big song with different elements to it . . . each one lends itself to the other.” Halestorm is the first female-fronted rock band to lodge three consecutive Number One tracks at the top of the rock radio chart.The band kicked off a North American tour with The Pretty Reckless last night (April 22nd) in Nashville. The trek pulls into Atlanta on today (April 23rd). Listen for Halestorm as our Featured Artist of the Week this week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!…..Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach will head out on a co-headlining tour this fall, with In This Moment and From Ashes To New along as special guests. But instead of announcing a confirmed set of dates, the bands are giving fans a chance to help bring the tour to their city. Each week, the top voted cities will move on to the next round until the final routing is revealed on May 19th.  Meanwhile, Papa Roach has also released a music video for “Gravity,” the latest single from the band’s current album F.E.A.R. The track and video both feature In This Moment singer Maria Brink, which Papa Roach bassist Tobin Esperance said brought a whole new dimension to the song: Getting that female voice and that perspective, you know, in the storyline, it just fit beautifully. It’s a heavy song in all ways. The way Maria sings on it, it’s different, and the vibe that we bring out in the song — I don’t know, it’s got a nice little twist to it.….Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has issued a letter of gratitude to fans following the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Saturday night (April 18th) in Cleveland. Writing at his Instagram account, Armstrong said, “I can’t express enough how much love is in my heart for all of you in our Green Day community . . . sometimes I don’t always like to use the word ‘fan.’ I think I can speak on behalf of me, Mike (Dirnt, bassist) and Tre (Cool, drums) when I call you family or community. Because you all truly grew up together with us and shared this journey together.”  Armstrong continued, “This is more than an award. It’s the privilege to play music, write songs and follow this psychotic passion called rock n roll. And we share this honor together. Because honestly YOU ARE our Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.”  He signed off with, “Idiot nation forever, rage and love, Billie Joe.”Green Day was inducted into the Hall by Fall Out Boy and played a three-song set featuring “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around” and “Basket Case.” The group later backed fellow inductee Ringo Starr on the song “Boys.” This year’s other inductees were Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the “5″ Royales and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Watch for the edited version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on HBO May 30th….Metallica‘s limited edition cassette version of its 1982 demo tape, No Life ‘Till Leather, was the second-best selling item released as an exclusive on Record Store Day (April 18th). It was beaten only by a vinyl edition of the White Stripes album Get Behind Me Satan. The cassette, a replica of the original copy owned by drummer Lars Ulrich, sold just under 3,000 copies. Other popular Record Store Day items included releases from the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Replacements and more.And I suspect not enough copies of Foo Fighters Songs From The Laundry Room were made since it was only #18 on the sales chart!  (Blabbermouth).. Speaking of the Foo Fighters,  frontman Dave Grohl and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson both make guest appearances on the new studio album from Alice Cooper, a collection of mostly cover songs that also features contributions from Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, Paul McCartney and others. Cooper said that he’s “really happy” with the album, adding that his guest artists show up on it “in places where you wouldn’t expect them to be, that’s the cool thing.“…Smashing Pumpkins have announced a handful of acoustic shows, where they’ll also perform songs from Zwan and solo Corgan works.  See Road Rage….Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has listed his Beverly Hills home on the market for $4.5 million.  Wow.  Look at it here….Thanks to Pulse Of Radio for the stories today.  Gotta dash.  Later taters.


Wednesday, Apr 22

Teenage Time Killers

Helicopters buzzing around my hood.  I feel like I’m back in LA. Is some perp running around the cops are looking for?  Armed robbers?  Car thieft?   Turns out, there is a coyote siting in Riverside Park here in Manhattan.  COYOTES IN UPPER NYC!  Something is wrong here….OK, what is this?  Can you tell?  It’s Teenage Time Killers, an all-star punk-metal mind-blowing ensemble put together by Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity, that includes, in no particular order, Dave Grohl on bass, Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) on vocals (on that tune “Hung Out To Dry.”)  There are 20 songs, one, “Egobomb,” has Corey “The Ginger Ninja” Taylor on vocals, one has Mike Skiba of Blink 182 on vocals on “Barrio”, and the band has various rotating members from Foo Fighter Pat Smear  to members of the Dead Kennedys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Clutch, Prong, Fear  and more (see photo above.)  The album is titled Greatest Hits. Volume Oneand is set for a July 31st release via Rise Records, the same fine folks who give you Of Mice & Men and others….I heard this tune in the documentary, but didn’t know the song “leaked” on the net!  A cover of the Beatles‘ “And I Love Her” by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, previously thought lost, has resurfaced and briefly streamed online before Universal Music — which owns Nirvana’s catalog — had it pulled down. The raw acoustic track was discovered in the vast archives of previously unreleased audio and video material left behind by Cobain, which were accessed by filmmaker Brett Morgen for his new documentary on the iconic musician, Montage Of Heck. Another previously unheard Cobain recording — an original 12-minute song — also appears in the film, which is in limited theatrical release now and will premiere on HBO on May 4th. Although it’s difficult to ascertain how Cobain’s music might have evolved had he lived, Nirvana biographer Charles R. Cross speculated on what direction Cobain’s career might have taken: “Towards the end of his life, Kurt was already talking about moving his musical sound away, he said, from quote ‘screaming’ and more towards blues-based acoustic music. My guess is that he would be crafting albums that were of a more acoustic nature, that maybe reflected Americana. You know, he also was very interested in art, so I could have seen him, you know, with a career developing that more.”  Montage Of Heck relies less on straight documentary reporting and is constructed more like a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain’s music.The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, with Collider calling it “a deeply intimate look at Cobain’s life that really takes you inside his head, revealing the joy, depression, anger, and immense creativity that populated his psyche.”   Be sure to set your DVR  for this! I’ll be interviewing the director tomorrow…Going to be speaking with  Stone Temple Pilots on Monday on their bus.  Looking forward!  Love those guys.  They have a single coming in June and album in the fall.  They’re currently doing a short tour that will include stops  in  Chicago (tonight), Silver Spring, MD (DC), Montclair, NJ, NYC,  Boston & Philly.  Got questions?  Send them to me on the app or email link on the home page….Speaking of STP, their FORMER singer Scott Weiland appears in a new band, Art of Anarchy.  The band includes Disturbed bassist John Moyer and Bumblefoot (Ron Thal) from Guns N’  Roses. Check out their video for “Til The Dust Is Gone” here…..Finally today, I saw this stupid thing on Facebook where people are sucking their lips into small jars in effort to “plump” them up. Well, this is VERY BAD!  A dermatologic surgeon explained to Seventeen magazine, “The new trend in trying to DIY lip plumping is quite concerning. Not only can significant pain, swelling, and bruising result from these suction techniques, but there is potential risk for scarring and permanent disfigurement with repeated attempts.” A cosmetic surgeon told Metro U.K., “I can definitely say that this would be dangerous even just to try it, and especially somebody does it more than once. The lips turn blue because blood fills up and they could easily become infected and lose all sensation. It is a really dangerous stunt and I’d advise strongly against anybody trying it.”….People who aren’t trying to suck their lips into small jars to plump them up who are celebrating birthdays include: Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down is 41 and celebrating with his band in Armenia where they’ll be performing tomorrow.  And Jack Nicholson is 78. He wouldn’t look good with those fat lips!

Tuesday, April 21

Wow.  Phil Rudd is a sad case.  Not only did he plead guilty to drug charges, he looks like he aged 90 years over this court case and his bad behavior!  Looks like the former AC/DC drummer will serve time when he’s sentenced Jun 26 in New Zealand for possession of meth and pot, and threatening to have a former associate killed. Read all about it here….Well, we had our AMA last night with Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse.  Many thanks to Ronnie and the thousands of fans who flooded the Interact Live section of the app. Ronnie appeared hours earlier on the app, provoking a world wide frenzy and was going in between his Twitter and the app.  Sorry everyone who posted wasn’t able to get a response from the Falling In Reverse singer, but he was there.  The band is currently in rehearsals for their Ronnie Radke’s 3 Ring Circus which kicks off on Friday…..Was listening to Jamey Jasta‘s podcast with our friend Corey Taylor. Corey was talking about the Stone Sour covers ep they released for Record Store Day, Meanwhile In Burbank.  Turns out, there will be two more EPs coming at some point this year.  Straight Out of Burbank and No Sleep Til Burbank.  Corey promises the releases to be off the hook….Speaking of Record Store Day, here’s a good one from Pulse Of Radio. An undetermined number of U2 fans in the U.K. who picked up a vinyl copy of the band’s latest album, Songs Of Innocence, as a Record Store Day exclusive on Saturday (April 18th) got a surprise: instead of getting the Irish supergroup’s current effort, they instead found themselves in possession of a copy of Tool‘s 1992 debut EP, Opiate — which wasn’t even part of the Record Store Day lineup of items. The error was reported by several users on Twitter, which led to one person joking, “I can see why U2 fans feel shortchanged getting a Tool EP instead of their U2 album. They normally get four tools for the price of one.”It’s not clear how many copies of the U2 album were affected, but one U.K. label manager said “a good chunk” were “sleeved at the wrong pressing plant,” according to Diffuser.. Meanwhile, I noticed yesterday on Amazon, someone is selling the Foo FightersSongs From The Laundry Room for $100!….Today I’m on the hotLine with the frontman from this band! Vancouver-based rockers, Art Of Dying, made up of frontman, Jonny Hetherington, Jeff Brown (Drums), Tavis Stanley (Guitar) and Cale Gontier (Bass) recently premiered their new EP on Spotify in anticipation of their upcoming full-length album, Rise Up, to be released Summer 2015.  The EP will also be available on iTunes worldwide today.  The band recorded the album late last year and early 2015 in New Jersey with uber-producer David Bendeth (Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria, Breaking Benjamin.) Check out the music video for “Rise Up” here and some behind the scenes footage here. And see Road Rage for their tour with Apocalyptica in May…Had Mike Kerr of Royal Blood on the hotLine yesterday, but sadly there was a technical glitch on the call.  His hotel land line had this clicking noise.  UGH!  You just can’t get a good phone call done anymore.  Bummer. But I will see what can be salvaged.  Stay tuned….. Happiest of Birthdays to Iggy Pop-68.  The Cure’s Robert Smith-57, Tony Romo -35 and Her Majesty The Queen of England (Elizabeth)-89.  Have a regal day!

Monday, Apr 20

Busy week for us here at hardDriveRadio!  Today, will be on the hotLine with Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr.  The band just wrapped the first leg of their 2015 U.S. tour and will be back in May.  Have you ever seen the animated video for “Out Of The Black”?  It’s INSANE! TONIGHT! Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke will be on the hardDriveRadio AA!  Be sure to head over to  the Interact Live section to chat with Ronnie starting at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT.…..Over the weekend, I was given a special link to a screening copy of director Brett Morgen‘s documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck.“  The 2 hour 14 minute film gives the viewer an intimate look at the troubled rock star and possibly points to what led him to want to commit suicide.  It’s an intense watch and one Nirvanafans are NOT going to want to miss.  It airs on HBO May 4th.  I will be on the hotLine with the director on Thursday…..Pulse Of Radio reports Green Day played a surprise show last Thursday evening (April 16th) at the House of Blues in Cleveland, just prior to the band’s Saturday night (April 18th) induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to Consequence Of Sound, the punk trio’s first U.S. show in two years was a nearly three-hour blockbuster featuring a career-spanning 35 songs. The show opened with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt reuniting with original drummer John Kiffmeyer to perform,several rarities under their original band name, Sweet Children, including the song “Green Day.” The Green Day portion of the evening included a number of rarities as well, along with a guest appearance from Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong to cover Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge” and “Minority” as well as Rancid’s “Radio.” Missing from the set were more mainstream hits like “Welcome To Paradise” and “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).” Following Saturday night’s Hall of Fame festivities, Green Day is expected to release a new album and hit the road again later this year. Watch the band perform as Sweet Children doing the song “Green Day”  and this is Green Day  with Tim Armstrong playing “Knowledge” & “Radio”….And on Saturday, according to Consequence Of Sound, Foo Fighters played a nine-song set for a crowd of 150 fans inside the Record Connection, a tiny store in Niles, Ohio,  to commemorate Record Store Day. Frontman Dave Grohl told the audience, “I know we’re in a strip mall, (but) let’s pretend this is a stadium!” The Foos also released an EP of rarities for Record Store Day, which was celebrated at independent record stores nationwide..Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, our Pulse Of Radio correspondent filed this report.  (Since we can’t watch it on HBO til May 30th, and I wasn’t there, thought I’d share this with everyone!)

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTS 2015 CLASS 

It was an emotional night at Cleveland’s Public Hall on Saturday night (April 18th) as the surviving Beatles reunited on stage for the culmination of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In addition to Ringo Starr, who was inducted by Paul McCartney, this year’s inductees were Joan Jett & The Blackhearts — inducted by Miley Cyrus, Lou Reed — inducted by Patti Smith, Green Day — inducted by Fall Out Boy, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble — inducted by John Mayer, Bill Withers — inducted by Stevie Wonder, the “5″ Royales — inducted by Steve Cropper, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band — inducted by Peter Wolf.

Ringo Starr and the “5” Royales were chosen by special committees with the former Beatle receiving the Award For Musical Excellence and the “5” Royales earning an Early Influence Award. HBO will broadcast an edited version of the event on May 30th at 8 p.m.

According to inside sources, despite the late hour, after the gala event wrapped, Joan Jett threw a private dinner in the House of Blues Foundations room, with such heavyweights as McCartney, Steven Van Zandt, Tommy James, Alice Cooper, Dave Grohl, and Miley Cyrus in attendance.

Highlights during the night included Tommy James joining Joan Jett & The Blackhearts — plus Miley Cyrus — for “Crimson And Clover”; Tom Morello, Jason Ricci, and Zac Brown tackling the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “Born In Chicago”; Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, Doyle Bramhall II, and Gary Clark, Jr. joining forces for a set with Double Trouble; Lou Reed’s “Satellite Of Love” performed by Beck, Nate Ruess, and Karen O; Stevie Wonder performing Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” John Legend singing, “Use Me,” with Withers joining both musicians for “Lean On Me”; Ringo Starr and Green Day performing “Boys,” Joe Walsh joining Ringo for “It Don’t Come Easy,” McCartney hopping on stage for “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and the entire ensemble jamming on the early Beatles classic “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

  • Miley Cyrus gave an impassioned, if slightly off color, speech focusing more on the power of Joan Jett’s “gender politics” — rather than any specific songs she ever wrote or albums she released over her 40-year career: “Joan has been an example of what you can achieve and the happiness, which is more important, that you can have. If instead of changing for other people — if you don’t like the way the world is; change it yourself. She made the world evolve. Her life and her success is proof that we can’t stop evolving. And I wanna thank you for fighting for our freedom, Joan, and I love you so much. And it really is my honor to be the one inducting you and the Blackhearts into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Get up here! Come on! (applause)”
  • Ricky Byrd, the Blackhearts’ lead guitarist during its glory days 1980′s run spoke about the key influences that turned him into a musician: “In 1965, I watched two bands on The Ed Sullivan Show, that would forever change my life: the Beatles (applause) and the Rolling Stones (applause). Even at the tender age of nine-years-old, I absolutely got it. One — they looked like I felt; two — the girls were screaming; and three — and most importantly — Ed Sullivan looked completely confused and horrified (laughter). The next day I asked my mom for a guitar. About a week later, she brought me home my first acoustic — that guitar now resides in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (applause). So, I would like to thank my mom for bringing home that guitar and for all her support that continues to this day, but mostly, for never asking that dreaded question: ‘Hey kid — when y’gonna go out and find yourself a real job? (laughter)’”
  • Joan Jett spoke frankly about the passion and promise of true rock n’ roll: I come from a place where rock n’ roll means something. It means more than music, it means more than fashion, more than a good pose. It’s a language of a sub-culture that has made eternal teenagers of all who follow it. It’s a sub-culture of integrity, rebellion, frustration, alienation, and the glue that set several generations free of unnatural societal self-suppression. (Applause) Yeah! Rock n’ roll is political! It is a meaningful way to express dissent, upset the status quo, stir up revolution, and fight for human rights! (Applause) Do you think I’m making it sound more important and more serious than it is — it’s only rock n’ roll, right? Rock n’ roll is an idea and an ideal.”
  • Joan Jett gave a shout out to Runaways co-founding drummer Sandy West and the band’s infamous Svengali producer/mentor Kim Fowley: “When I was 16, I met Kim Fowley and Sandy West. I took four busses to get to Sandy’s house so we could jam in her rec room. Then we called Kim on the phone and played him some songs and the Runaways were formed that day: August 5th, 1975 (applause). We lost Sandy a few years ago, and Kim a few months ago in January. And if Kim was still with us, he’d be here sitting at my table and probably taking bows on this occasion — rightfully so. Thank you, Kim.”
  • Stevie Wonder spoke about the universality of Bill Withers’ most enduring songs: “I think what determines a great songwriter and a singer, who can do both, is when they’re able to let you feel every word that they sing and express, that you can relate to. You see, I’ve always felt that Bill Withers’ songs were songs that were for every single culture there is.”
  • Bill Withers, who hasn’t been seen in public in decades,  couldn’t resist having a little fun at what was undoubtedly a pretty important night for him: “It’s been a wonderful, odd odyssey, with ups, downs, and sometimes screw-me-arounds (laughter). Ha ha, we know about them (laughter). But I will always remember the good things. Bottom line is, check this out, Stevie Wonder knows my name and the brother just put me in the hall of fame (applause).”
  • Just before the ceremony, we caught up with Lou Reed’s sister, Merrill Reed Weiner, and she told us what she thinks her brother would make of such a fuss being made over him and his work: “I think he would be sardonic and I think he would be secretly delighted. Really, really delighted. I think it meant the world to him, and I wish he was here to see it. It’s what I’m. . .  I’m crying as I’m, walking around here, y’know, wishing he was here. But, it’s amazing, isn’t it; for him to be recognized in this way? It’s like, I can’t even conceive of it.”
  • Patti Smith inducted Reed and spoke of the importance of his post Velvet Underground music: “He gave us, beyond the Velvet Underground, Transformer, ‘Walk On the Wild Side,’ Berlin, meditations in New York, homages to (Edgar Allan) Poe — and his great mentor Andy Warhol — and Magic And Loss. His consciousness infiltrated and illuminated our cultural voice. Lou was a poet able to fold his poetry within his music in the most poignant and plain spoken manner.”
  • John Mayer saluted his hero Stevie Ray Vaughan, while perfectly summing up what set him apart from every guitarist that came before and after him: “There’s an intensity to Stevie’s guitar playing that only he could only achieve, still to this day. It’s a rage without the anger, it’s devotional. It’s religious. It was as other-worldly as (Jimi) Hendrix, but where Hendrix was coming down from outer space, Stevie came up from below the ground (applause). He played ‘Voodoo Child’ as if it were forged out of solid steel, instead of beamed like cosmic rays. He took the style of every blues guitar player that ever lived and put it into one perfect, modern day language. He seamlessly melded the supernatural vibe of Jimi Hendrix, the intensity of Albert King, the best of British, Texas, and Chicago blues and the class and the sharp-shooter precision of his older brother Jimmie.
  • Jimmie Vaughan, who accepted the honor for his late brother, explained that when you heard Stevie Ray play guitar, you got all of him: “He could play beautiful, mean, fun and it could be overwhelming and he would. . .  he would drag you along when you started listening to him. Our dad used to say, ‘he’s a bad motor scooter’ (laughter) — and he is a bad motor scooter, I’m tellin’ you. But what you really hear when you hear Stevie was his enthusiasm for everything. That’s what he loved. He had enthusiasm. That’s why people love his music, because he loved it so much.”
  • Elvin Bishop, who was inducted as a part of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, spoke about how the group bridged an important gap during a turbulent time in America: “I was kinda on fire for blues, but I was real inexperienced and I got to play. . .  I ended up in a band with Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield — and it’s a damn shame that they can’t be here tonight! That was butt-kicking band and we helped blues cross over to the regular public (applause) and we kinda set an example, which was badly need in those days that people of different races can work together and do good (applause).”
  • Green Day drummer Tre Cool saluted the band’s past while joking about the absurdity of now being a bona fide Hall of Famer: “We’re all in this room together to celebrate music, and it’s a beautiful thing. It’s overwhelming the amount of talent and love in the room. It’s overwhelming. And when we were on tour in our yellow Econoline, we were playing clubs, squats, backyard parties; we were screen-printing t-shirts on Billie Joe’s guitar case and hangin’ ‘em in people’s backyards. Sleepin’ on floors, on couches, wherever we could. I didn’t think then that we’d be here now, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (applause). I thought it would take at least another year or two (laughter).”
  • Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt spoke about one of the most important links between bands and fans: “I’d like to thank radio. I’m a big fan of radio (applause), I like good radio shows (applause). I hate commercials, but I love good radio shows. So, y’know, there’s something about a radio show that when we’re listening to it, we’re all connected. And it’s the human connection I’ve really always resonated with.”
  • Billie Joe Armstrong closed out his speech with an impassioned call to arms: “I love rock n’ roll music — I always have. ‘Soon as I opened my eyes and took my first breath. I am a fan. And that’s the one thing that I’m gonna close with, is that I love rock n’ roll (applause) and I love it for the rest of my life. Thank you! (applause)”
  • Paul McCartney’s induction of Ringo Starr, touched upon the fact that when the Beatles first met him in 1960, he was far more mature than any of them could ever imagine: “I mean, Ringo was like a ‘professional’ musician — we were just like slamming around, just singing and doing stuff. But he had a beard (laughter). That’s professional. He had a suit (laughter) — very professional. And he would sit at the bar drinking bourbon and seven (laughter). We’d never seen anyone like this (laughter). This was like a grown-up musician (laughter).”
  • McCartney recalled the “eureka” moment when all the pieces fit and the Beatles found the missing like that made them the “Fab Four”: “One night, our drummer then, Pete Best, uh, wasn’t available (applause) and, um, so Ringo sat in. And I remember the moment. I mean, Pete was great and we, we had a great time with him, but, me John (Lennon), and George (Harrison), God bless ‘em (applause). . .  Yeah! Me, John, and George were on the frontline, singing, as we usually were, and now behind us we had this guy that we’d never played with before. And I remember the moment when he started playing and I think it was Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say.’ And most of the drummers couldn’t nail the drum part — it was a little difficult to do — but Ringo nailed it. So. . . . (applause) Yeah! (Laughs) Ringo nailed it!!! (Applause) Woo! And I remember the moment just standing there and looking at John and then looking at George, and that was ‘the moment.’ Y’know, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles. Anyway (applause).
  • Ringo brought the crowd back to the late-’50s when rock was in its most primitive stages: “Ya know, we started off with a radio, it was the first amp we had. Anyway, things got going a lot better an we ended up playing a lot in Liverpool and a lot around Liverpool. We never really made it anywhere else. But while that was going on, I was working in a factory (laughter). Ay, yeah. Yeah, yeah. After the things I’ve sat through tonight!!! (Laughter) Blah, blah, blah!!! I’ve got some stories. Anyway. . .  (applause).”
  • Ringo spoke about the closeness the four Beatles shared throughout their time on the road: “It’s been an incredible journey for me with these three guys, who, ya know, wrote these songs. We were taking just the other night. Paul would come in and strum some song to us, and that’s the first we’d heard of it and we’d play it and we’d get it done in a really good shape in and hour-and-a-half, it’d be the record. Ya know, we didn’t spend a lot of time. And there was a lot of joy. And he’s talking about, we. . .  The Beatles, ya know, they were so big and so famous that shared rooms, ya know? Every hotel — when we got in hotels — when we got to hotels, we always got two rooms. And it didn’t matter who was with who, we were pals, and we hung out. And I’m telling any band in the room, you really get to know your other players. And the other tip I’ve got for all bands who are starting out; if you’re in the van and you fart — own up (laughter), because it’ll cause hell!!! ‘Cause if you don’t own up, everyone’s blamin’ everyone else. So, ya know, we made a pact, in the van: ‘Okay, if we fart, we’ll say it was me.’ (laughter). And that’s what we did and that’s how we get on so well.”

SATURDAY’S SETLIST AT THE ROCK HALL INDUCTION CEREMONY

“Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
“Cherry Bomb” – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with Dave Grohl – and original Blackhearts drummer Gary Ryan
“Crimson And Clover” – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Tommy James, Dave Grohl, and Miley Cyrus
“Born In Chicago” – Tom Morello, Jason Ricci, and Zac Brown
“Pride & Joy” - Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark, Jr., Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, and Double Trouble
“Texas Flood” – Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark, Jr., Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, and Double Trouble
“Six Strings Down” – Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark, Jr., Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, and Double Trouble
“American Idiot” – Green Day
“When I Come Around” – Green Day
“Basket Case” – Green Day
“Dedicated To The One I Love” – Leon Bridges
“When A Man Loves A Woman” – Leon Bridges — in tribute to the recently deceased Hall of Famer Percy Sledge and the others who died this past year
“Vicious” – Karen O and Nick Zinner
“Satellite Of Love” – Beck, Nate Ruess, and Karen O
“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Stevie Wonder
“Use Me” – John Legend
“Lean On Me” – Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend
“Boys” – Ringo Starr and Green Day
“It Don’t Come Easy” – Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh
“With A Little Help From My Friends” - Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Green Day, Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd, Miley Cyrus, and more
“I Wanna Be Your Man” – Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Green Day, Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Beck, and full cast

Nice!….Meanwhile, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett lost his cellphone (or misplaced it for the time being.)  Ok, so what?  So what?!  It had over 250 guitar riffs he planned to use for the new Metallica album!  We hope for Kirk’s sake, he can find it like in between the seats of his car or stuck into his favorite chair! I can totally relate!…..Pulse Of Radio also says Godsmack has released a music video for the song “Something Different,” the latest single off the band’s current album, 1000 Horsepower. Singer Sully Erna told us the song’s lyrics were inspired by his thoughts on relationships: “You know, most people in relationships don’t feel heard, you know, they don’t feel understood, and I think that song just reflects on everyday people that are in that relationship that, you know, was once great and now that like, “I see black, you see white — why do we keep missing each other here?’ So it’s just a very generalized kind of statement about being unseen and unheard in a relationship that was once probably really respected and honored.” Erna told a Boston radio station last year “Something Different” was a “really special song, it’s really unique, definitely branching out from what we usually do.” 1000 Horsepower is Godsmack’s sixth album and was released last August, debuting at Number Three on the Billboard album chart. Godsmack kicked off a new round of tour dates this past weekend that includes stops at events like Welcome To Rockville and Rock On The Range as well as solo headlining shows. The band next plays in Fort Myers, Texas this Saturday (April 25th) at the Fort Rock festival. (Wish I was gonna be there! It’s one of the reasons I plan to retire down there.  So I can still be able to see all my ole friends at a big rock show!  Seriously!)….And this band will also be a Fort Rock on Saturday.  Blabbermouth reports Slipknot is working with Zippo to design a collection of exclusive Zippo lighters that will be made available to fans during the band’s upcoming “Summer’s Last Stand” U.S. tour. Frontman Corey Taylor said, “I think Slipknot fans will be into this, as far as us working with Zippo, because they know that when we put our name behind something that it’s gonna mean quality and it’s gonna mean something very cool for them.” The “Summer’s Last Stand” tour kicks off on July 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up on September 5th in Dallas. The lineup also features Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White…. Have a great day!


Friday, April 17

Fri-Day!  Yes Please!….So stoked about the news yesterday about the upcoming Deftones-Incubus tour  with Death From Above 1979 and the Bots that kicks off Jul 22-Aug 30!  WOO FREAKING HOO!  Means new music on tap from the Deftones, and from what I’ve been told, it should be KILL-ER!  See Road Rage for all the stops!….And a big hardDrive WELCOME and ALOHA  to all of our new listeners in Tucson, Spokane, Flagstaff and in Honolulu and Maui! Happy to have you on board!….OK, is this taking this idea to a new level or what? Pulse Of Radio reports with their new album called Drones, British rock trio Muse hopes to actually fly drones over the heads of their audience during the band’s live shows in support of the record. Frontman Matt Bellamy told a Los Angeles radio station, ”We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there. Drones are obviously an interesting thing to try to bring into the live show so we’re going to try and do that.”  Maybe they can use my company to buy them?   LOL…..Oh, look, another Dave Grohl story! With Record Store Day happening tomorrow (April 18th), this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss — ironically enough — the continuing decline of record sales. Grohl said how fans get the music doesn’t matter as much to him as long as they keep coming to the shows, explaining, “We’re not selling as many records as we used to, but we’re selling out stadiums, because the people are getting the music somehow and they’re coming to the shows, and they’re singing every word. For me, that live interaction is what made me fall in love with music.”  Grohl held up the arrival of cassettes decades ago as another example of a format that was supposed to kill the music business, saying, “When cassettes became popular there were these bumper stickers everywhere that said ‘Home taping is killing the record industry.’ When digital downloading became the industry’s next biggest threat, it just totally echoed what happened when cassettes became popular. Like, ‘Wait a minute, the listener is in control? No!’ And to me, I was like, ‘F**k yeah, man!’”  Grohl added  when he was growing up around Washington D.C., he and his friends would swap tapes of punk acts all the time, adding, “We might not have bought the record, but we went to every one of those shows.”  Foo Fighters will give a special performance at the Record Connection in Niles, OH on Saturday to commemorate Record Store Day.  The band apparently will be in attendance at this weekend’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.  Wanna bet they are gonna play with Joan Jett???!!!  The Foos are  releasing a new EP called Songs From The Laundry Room as a Record Store Day exclusive. It features early Foo Fighters demos that Grohl recorded before the band’s first album, including the previously unreleased “Empty Handed.”  Foo Fighters will kick off a major North American tour on July 4th in Washington, D.C. ….I’ve been offered an interview with the director of the new Kurt Cobain documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, which debuts on HBO May 4.  Pulse says in Courtney Love’s interview with magazine  watching the new documentary about her late husband, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, with her daughter Frances was a “very healing” experience. Love said, “To see (the film) in that room with my daughter was very cathartic and I was very happy to spend a little time with him and to find out, to see things and hear audio, and see into his heart.”  Love added, “It was an important moment of bonding between Frances and me, and I think it’s very healing for our family and for our relationship. Many people who’ve suffered the after-effects of suicide, and in Frances’s case, like any child of suicide, she wondered what part she played in it and why wasn’t she important enough? I think the film points out that absolutely, without a doubt, from whatever age it is that he starts talking about it, that that was where he was headed.” Love also discussed her relationship with the late  Nirvana   frontman, saying, “It f**ked me up. I remembered the sexual relationship, which, as you know, is the core of any good marriage. It almost rendered other intimacies meaningless.” The Hole singer and occasional actress continued, “I don’t have a boyfriend right now, so I’m single. (The film) made me really evaluate what, at the age of 50, I want out of a relationship. He’s a hard act to follow. I love him and I always will.” Frances, who is an executive producer on the film, told Rolling Stone she and her mother watched it in a private screening room, with Frances sitting in Love’s lap the entire time.  Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck has been screening in limited theatrical release and will premiere on HBO on May 4th.  The film relies less on straight documentary reporting and is constructed more like a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain’s music. (Sigh.  So tragic.  I often wonder what music Kurt would be making if he were still around.  And if that was the case, would there ever be a Foo Fighters? Hmmmm.)…..Monday I will be on the hotLine with Royal Blood.  The band had a special guest attend their show this week! Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich joined the British rock duo  onstage Wednesday night (April 15th) at Slim’s in San Francisco to perform the final song of the band’s set, “Out Of The Black.” Ulrich previously hung out with Royal Blood last October when they played San Francisco. Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr told Hot Press about rubbing shoulders with the drummer, “Lars Ulrich was a real surprise. I mean, he has two legs and two arms; he’s a regular guy. And really good company.”   Sweet.  The Bloods are in the U.S. now for a month or so.  This July, they will tour with Foo Fighters. I am sure they are pinching themselves every day!….Here’s something Lou Brutus can talk to Marilyn Manson about when he sits down with him at Rock on the Range (which is sold-out, by the way!).  According to The PRP, Marilyn Manson has landed a role in the movie Let Me Make You A Martyr, playing a hitman named “Pope.” The film, which has just started shooting, is described as “a story chronicling the consequences of abuse and betrayal while exploring the choices human beings make as a result of fear, love, lust, and hatred.” Manson’s previous screen credits include stints on the shows Sons Of Anarchy and Californication….Rolling Stone reports Green Day, the Black Keys, the KillersMy Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy are among the bands that will appear in Guitar Hero Live, the first new Guitar Hero game in five years. The Activision game will return on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U, with a new controller and revamped, more realistic visuals. A full track list and more bands will be announced as the game’s fall release approaches. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and former My Chem singer Gerard Way performed at a launch party in New York on Tuesday night (April 14th)…Art Of Dying are returning with new music.  ”Rise Up” is coming out soon, the first single off their forthcoming album.  Jonny Hetherington is on the hotLine Tuesday!….Don’t forget, MONDAY night, 8 PM PT/11 PM ET, RONNIE RADKE  from FALLING IN REVERSE is on the new hardDriveRadio APP!  Tell your friends.

Thursday, Apr 16

I love waking up to news about the Foo Fighters!  Pulse of Radio reporting the Foos announced the band will give a special performance at the Record Connection in Niles, OH this Saturday (April 18th), which is Record Store Day. To attend the noon gig, fans in the area must head to the store and pre-order the new Foos EP, Songs From The Laundry Room beginning on Thursday (April 16th). All pre-orders tickets are limited to one per person and require a photo ID upon check-in at the store.  Niles, OH is near Warren, Ohio, the town where  Dave Grohl was born. Songs From The Laundry Room features early Foo Fighters demos Grohl recorded before the band’s first album, including “Alone + Easy Target,” “Big Me” and the previously unreleased “Empty Handed.”  Grohl, who is Record Store Day Ambassador this year, told Creative Loafing about another Record Store Day release he is excited about, saying, “I hear that Metallica is releasing their first demo tape on cassette — and that is f**king rad! I bought the first Metallica album on cassette from a mail-order catalog in 1983 . . . it blew my f**king mind. I will be a diehard Metallica fan until the day I die because of that experience.”  Foo Fighters will kick off a major North American tour on July 4th in Washington,  D.C…Yesterday I was busy on the hotLine with Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More calling in from Austin, TX.  What a great band they have turned out to be. And what a great campaign they have mounted with the #IKNOWJENNY effort to raise awareness and help for folks with bipolar disorder and other mental issues.  Hit  www.nothingmore.net for more details on how you can help or get help.  Watch the video for “Jenny” there as well. Then I had Chris Turpin from Kill It Kid on the phone from England doing a chat about his new band and I found him to be an avid musicologist and yet another English band heavily influenced by American blues from the 1920′s-30′s from artists like Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell . I mean, White Stripes,  Jack White, Royal Blood, The Temperance Movement, so many bands who have looked back on the forefathers of rock embedded in the blues and bringing little pieces of that to the rock of today. I find it fascinating.  Check  them all out …DING DING DING!  Another Wes Scantlin ARREST!   Pulse reports  local TV station TMJ4 reported the Puddle Of Mudd frontman was arrested on Wednesday (April 15th) on charges of disorderly conduct after an incident at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport. Although the station reported  Scantlin spent Wednesday night in jail, his booking agency told Blabbermouth  the singer is “currently not in jail” and “will be performing all shows, including this weekend and all upcoming shows.”  Puddle Of Mudd is scheduled to perform on Thursday (April 16th) in Wilmington, NC.  The sheriff’s office has not released any further details regarding the incident and the nature of what happened has yet to be disclosed. Scantlin was last arrested in January after taking what was described as a “joyride” into a restricted area on an airport baggage carousel at Denver International Airport.  He previously made news in April 2014 when he melted down onstage, threw a beer and microphone into the audience, and threatened several attendees with violence at a show in Scottsdale AZ.  I know his performance last week in Wisconsin found the singer lip syncing to songs according to a source.   I gotta tell ya, it’s one train wreck after another with this guy! His arrests in 2013 included one for vandalism against a neighbor’s property, as well as one stemming from his 2012 cocaine possession case and another on charges of domestic violence. Scantlin has continued to lead an all-new lineup of the band on tour. A single was released last September called “Piece Of The Action.”  I feel bad for his band and crew….Pulse also saying  Breaking Benjamin has issued a new song called “Angels Fall” from the band’s upcoming album Dark Before Dawn. Both this and current single “Failure” show where Breaking Benjamin is at musically after a six-year break and with a new lineup. Frontman Ben Burnley told us he didn’t want to shake things up too much: I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. I just want to write good music that’s gonna stand the test of time and I try to do that. Whether I accomplished that is another thing, but at least I try to do that. And I think fans are noticing that the band hasn’t changed just because I’m the main songwriter, I always have been, and my process — it’s not gonna change. All I’m gonna try to do is just write really, really good songs and bring the Breaking Benjamin sound to another level.”  Dark Before Dawn will arrive on June 23rd.  Burnley dealt with both legal and health issues during the long break, successfully suing two former members of the band who tried to wrest control of the group from him while he was battling a longstanding illness.  Burnley unveiled Breaking Benjamin 2.0 last year, with the lineup consisting of drummer Shaun Foist, bassist Aaron Bruch, former Red guitarist/producer/songwriter Jasen Rauch and ex-Adelitas Way guitarist Keith Wallen.  Breaking Benjamin will hit the road this spring and summer for a mix of festivals, radio concerts and headlining dates, beginning Friday night  in Texas.  (Don’t be surprised if you bump into one of them today on South Padre Island!)… System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian has co-written with John Psathas a new song called “100 Years” to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide perpetrated during World War One by Turkey’s Ottoman Empire. Tankian, who is of Armenian descent, said about the song’s accompanying video, “The video is a somber commemoration to honor the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian victims of the first genocide of the 20th century.”  Tankian told us a while back the Armenian Genocide has been largely forgotten by history: “You know, I mean, it was all over the media in 1915 when it occurred, but since it’s not put in the books as a genocide and not reviewed and studied like the Holocaust has been, like even the Cambodian genocide has been — you know, we’ve talked about Saddam Hussein’s killing of the Kurds, etc. — all of that is known in modern times, but this is the first forgotten genocide of the century.”  System is currently on a world tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, during which 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives at the hands of the Turkish government between 1915 and 1918.  Turkey has officially denied  the atrocity took place ever since.  (Even Pope Francis acknowledged the anniversary at a ceremony recently.) The tour, which includes dates in Europe and North and South America, will culminate in Armenia in April 23rd, the day before the annual worldwide observation of the genocide. This will be the first time System Of A Down has ever performed in its home country…Just saw on Blabbernouth  Of Mice & Men have released a music video for “Another You.”  The clip was filmed in concert during their tour with Linkin Park last year….Blabbermouth posted these two items: .Danzig is touring with Pennywise and Cancer Bats in July.  See Road Rage….Finland’s postal service is freaking cool!   Where else can you get stamps with BAND pictures?!!!  Apocalyptica, HIM, Children of Bodom, Hanoi Rocks, Nightwish and about 30 others are available.  Imagine if the postal service here had ones for Metallica, Foo Fighters and Five Finger Death Punch???  Forget about it!……Things are brewing for the next hardDrive Live Tour.  Always trying to bring out the best new rock to you guys. Fingers crossed we can announce real soon! As always, stay TUNED!

 

Wednesday, Apr 15

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell with Roxy

Tax Day!   If you don’t have it postmarked by midnight, you know the drill.  I filed so early, I already spent the return! LOL….Last night, got to share some great time with friends and industry-ites watching The Temperance Movement.  I got to introduce Paul Sayer, one of the band’s guitarists, to David Fricke from Rolling Stone.  Always gratifying to help bands along.  And always good to see my ole friend David-we worked together back in the 80′s. Anyhow, I implore you to go see them when they come to town.  It’s a fun,  ’let’s dance and smile’ night. And in the world of rock, it’s a break from the pit and you don’t go home with your ears ringing…..In the news today from Pulse Of Radio, I am excited for my friends from Canada. Theory Of A Deadman is preparing to release a new EP on April 28th titled Angel Acoustic. The disc will feature unplugged versions of Theory favorites “The One,” “Not Meant To Be” and “Santa Monica,” along with a cover of Tove Lo‘s pop hit “Habits (Stay High)” and an acoustic version of the band’s current single, “Angel,” which has cracked the Top 10 at Active Rock radio. Theory frontman Tyler Connolly told us not long ago that picking singles is always a mysterious process:  “Before you make the record, you’re like, ‘Oh, this song’s my favorite, this song’s gonna be awesome,’ and then you’ve got these other songs, you’re like, you have fun playing them but you’re like, ‘I don’t see this being a single, or I don’t think a lot of people are gonna get into this.’ But all of a sudden your label’s like, ‘We want to release this as a single,’ and you’re like, ‘What, really?’”  Fans who pre-order the EP at iTunes beginning April 21st will receive “Habits” as an instant download. “Angel” is taken from Theory’s fifth album, Savages, which also features the singles “Drown” and the title track. The band plays the Biloxi Crawfish Music Festival  with WCPR in Mississippi this Saturday (April 18th) and will tour the U.S. later this summer….Regarding that story from yesterday on the brother of the producer of Temple Of The Dog not turning over the master tapes to A&M Records, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said Tuesday  the co-founder of Seattle’s London Bridge Studios has no legitimate claim to own the master tapes of the self-titled 1991 Temple Of The Dog album, which Cornell and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron recorded with members of Pearl Jam in 1990. Cornell sided with A&M Records, which says it bought the tapes in 1993, against Rajan Parashar, whose brother Rick produced the disc.  According to the Associated Press, Cornell said, “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.”  A&M has sued Rajan Parashar in order to get him to turn the tapes over. The studio owner’s attorney insists the tapes belong to Rajan, who says he was not a participant in the 1993 deal between his brother and the label. Rick Parashar died last year.  There’s been no reason given for why A&M suddenly wants the tapes, but it’s been speculated that the label intends to remaster the record for a 25th anniversary deluxe reissue next year.  The Temple Of The Dog album was recorded in 15 days as a tribute to late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood. Cornell and Wood were roommates, while surviving Mother Love Bone members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard formed the nucleus of Pearl Jam….You might not be their fans, but I appreciate their message here.  Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard joined members of Mumford & Sons in blasting Tidal, the new streaming service owned by Jay-Z and a number of other superstar artists. Speaking with The Daily Beast, Gibbard questioned the true intentions of the service’s millionaire owners and whether it could help smaller, independent artists. He explained, “I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid.”  Gibbard added, “There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling and to make a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable streaming rate. And they didn’t do it..” Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford also told The Daily Beast, “I think smaller bands should get paid more for it, too. Bigger bands have other ways of making money, so I don’t think you can complain. A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining. And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.”  Mumford keyboardist/banjo player WInston Marshall called Tidal owners “new school f**cking plutocrats,” adding, “What I’m not into is the tribalistic aspect of it — people trying to corner bits of the market, and put their face on it. That’s just commercial bulls**t.”  Wow! I think I tend to agree here. Do you use a streaming service?  If so, which one?  Tell us on our Interact Live section of the new hardDriveRadio App or send it in via email and I’ll  ask Lou Brutus if he’ll talk about it on the air, too!… Blabbermouth  reports Halestorm has just released a song online called “Unapologetic,” which can be found as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the group’s new album, Into The Wild Life. The band’s third full-length studio effort was released this past Tuesday (April 14th) and is already being described as Halestorm’s most diverse and adventurous record yet.  Love it! Check it out here….Today, will be on the hotLine with yet another cool new band from the UK,  Kill It Kid.   Check out their tune, “Blood Stop & Run“   And also checking in with Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More!  and Lou Brutus will speak with Highly Suspect….Say Happy 33rd today to Seth Rogen.

Tuesday, Apr 14

Had a complete blast yesterday with the fellas from The Temperance Movement.  Phil, Luke, Paul, Damon and Nick are a delight to be around and I entertained them with my endless music fan stories from the 60′s.  It was a love fest!  They did an AMAZING studio performance we hope to have ready for the site soon!  My staff said it was probably the best in studio performance we’ve had so far.  Very freakin’ cool!   Be listening for the interview and keep an eye out for the video on the hardDriveRadio YouTube channel! Tonight, he band perform at the Mercury Lounge for an industry only show. I’m imagining adult beverages will be consumed after…..Also the new band from Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer of the current Guns ‘N Roses called The Compulsions were in the studio yesterday.  Curious to learn more about them.  They dropped in for another show that’s produced at our offices hosted by Alice Cooper. So we were busy around the studios fo’ sho’….New in stores today! HALESTORM!  Into The Wild Life!   Get it!  You will thank me!…..Pulse Of Radio reporting Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett  told Billboard.com   the band is “at the 25 percen