Monday, Jul 21

Slipknot‘s new posting is creeping me out this morning!! The GOAT HEADS ARE BACK!  Watch it here.  Lou Brutus interviewed Corey Taylor this weekend at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI and got some exclusive info I hope we can share soon!  I also heard everything will be new!  New masks, new outfits, even NEW LOGO!    So excited and can’t wait for Knotfest and new KNOT music!….OK, so let’s get back to Rock Fest in Cadott!  Lou is texting me from the plane and said the weekend was outstanding.  He interviewed most of the bands on the bill (at least the ones we play here on the shows) and introduced a few of the bands.  Lou also had his own MEET & GREET  that he said went amazing  and even got recognized ordering breakfast this morning the drive thru at McDonald’s on Eau Claire this morning!  Awesome!  He said sets by Cheap Trick and Aerosmith were outstanding. And the only bummer was he was supposed to introduce Rob Zombie and just before the show, he was told it was a no-go.  Rob tried to do a couple of songs, but his lost his voice and had to stop the show.  I don’t think he’s ever had that happen before. Blabbermouth reported Rob saying,  ”Sorry, everybody. I wish my voice wasn’t so f*@ked. I knew from the first second we started that it was impossible to get through the show.” The festival organizers posted: “Sorry Rock Festers. We didn’t mean for Rock Fest to end this way. What we were told is Rob Zombie’s voice went. We tried to get him back on stage, but to no avail. That’s what took so long.” The local newspaper, Leader Telegram posted this story. Meanwhile, if you hit the NEW hardDriveRadio APP, you can find Lou’s posts with pictures. ….Speaking of Corey Taylor, Pulse Of Radio says with San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International right around the corner, Stone Sour has released one last lyric video from its conceptual double album House Of Gold And Bones. The clip is for the title track, which appeared on the second of the two discs, and goes heavy on artwork from the comic books based on the album, which were issued last year by the Dark Horse Comics publishing company.  Singer Corey Taylor, who came up with the album’s concept and wrote the comics, told us a while back what the basic storyline was: “It’s essentially a sci-fi/fantasy story that I created, but at its heart, it’s essentially about a man, standing at the crossroads of his life, trying to figure out what comes next. He’s got 20, 30 years in front of him — who’s he going to be for that 20 or 30 years? Is he going to allow himself to evolve and become a better man, become a different man? And, you know, it’s kind of wrapped in this insane world that I created.”….Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst told Billboard  the band’s fifth studio album is well on its way to completion, saying, “We’ve been writing non-stop and recording a lot. We have a good 10 songs, probably, recorded. We’re almost done with this record. We have another couple months to do in this studio and we’re done with this thing. It’ll hopefully be out by early next year.” As for what the record sounds like, Walst told us it goes back to the Canadian act’s roots: It’s a pretty aggressive record. You know, the last record, Transit Of Venus, we kind of brought the synth world in a little bit and, you know, experimented a little bit with songwriting and our whole process. But you know, I’ve got to tell you, this record is really quite heavy and, you know, sonically and lyrically. It’s just got a heavy sound and there’s some really great songs on it. Man, I’m excited for people to hear it because I think they’re gonna really like it.”….Artist Direct reports Godsmack apparently has a huge fan in Hugh Jackman, best known as Wolverine in the X-Men movies. Jackman, who has to do extensive training whenever he plays the clawed mutant, said, “When I train, I listen to really hard stuff. While I’m working out, I listen to a lot of Godsmack as loudly as I can. That’s the closest to Wolverine that I can get (Laughs)!”…..Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is a decent director.  Example:  ”The Education of Charlie Banks.”  If you haven’t seen it and want to watch something on Netflix,  it’s worth it.   Anyhow, he’s directing ads for eHarmony  right now.  Check it out…..Sorry to hear longtime Primus drummer Tim Alexander, who has also played with A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, suffered a heart attack late last week and will undergo open heart surgery this week to clear a blockage from his arteries. Alexander has played on and off with Primus from 1988 to the present, while doing some early live shows with A Perfect Circle and recording the drum tracks for the song “The Hollow” from the band’s debut disc, Mer De Noms. He has also played on both of Puscifer’s studio albums and one EP (Thanks Loudwire.)

Friday, Jul 18

This is a HUGE day for us here at hardDrive!  Not only are we celebrating our 18th year on the air, we are now the first radio show to have our own APP!  The new hardDriveRadio APP!  GO DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!!! iTunes/GooglePlay

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and most importantly…We’re Here!!!!!! (Thanks Andre!)  Search: harddrive or harddrive radio.  See exclusive Lou Brutus pictures!  See all the killer interview videos, exclusive live acoustic performances you can only hear on the  app, including some from hardDrive Live headliners Black Stone Cherry, Gemini Syndrome, Beware of Darkness and more!  Miss the weekend edition of hardDrive?  It’s on the app!   Interact with other users, automatically connect to your other socials,  it’s got cool features you are gonna love!  You can read Dirt there every day, too!  Get it NOW and tell your friends! ….Speaking Lou Brutus, he is on his way to Cadott  for this weekend’s Rockfest and it’s gonna be a great weekend weather wise AND interview wise!   Looking forward to presenting you with those in a couple of weeks here on hardDrive and the XL!….Meanwhile, bummed my phoner yesterday with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against had to be rescheduled ’til Monday. He was in a really bad cell phone area (yes, we have those!) and we couldn’t connect.   But you should check out his EPK  on the Alternative Press website!….Tomorrow night in Las Vegas, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails kick off their co-headlining tour.  Wish I was gonna be there!  Dang!….Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear showed up on Wednesday night’s (July 16th) edition of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to play drums and guitar respectively for singer Kristeen Young, who performed her new track “Pearl Of A Girl.” The pair didn’t just walk in off the street and decide to help out — Grohl also played drums and guitar on Young’s most recent album, The Knife Shift…..The Black KeysJack White and Linkin Park are among the handful of rock acts getting any sort of recognition this year from the MTV Video Music Awards. The nominations for the show were announced and typically leaned in the direction of pop, dance and urban music, with the exception of a handful of categories. Linkin Park’s “Until It’s Gone” and the Black Keys’ “Fever” are both competing in the Best Rock Video category, alongside Imagine Dragons‘ “Demons,” Arctic Monkeys‘ “Do I Wanna Know?” and Lorde‘s “Royals.” Elsewhere, 30 Seconds To Mars is nominated for Best Cinematography for its “City Of Angels” clip, while Jack White’s “Lazaretto” video earned a nod for Best Visual Effects….Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims’ families of the horrible crash in Ukraine of the Malaysian Air plane filled with nearly 300 people.  With all the madness going on in the world, I wanted to share Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam‘s comments on the band’s website.   He was responding to the attacks directed against him over anti-war comments he made at a show in England last Friday (July 11th). Some claimed Vedder’s remarks accused Israel of warmongering over the current conflict with Palestine, while others supported the singer’s comments. Vedder wrote:“Most of us have heard John Lennon sing, ‘You may say I’m a dreamer… but I’m not the only one.’ And some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. And what becomes of our planet when that sadness becomes apathy? Because we feel helpless. And we turn our heads and turn the page. Currently, I’m full of hope. That hope springs from the multitudes of people that our band has been fortunate enough to play for night after night here in Europe. To see flags of so many different nations, and to have these huge crowds gathered peacefully and joyfully is the exact inspiration behind the words I felt the need to emphatically relay. When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other. That’s not something I’m going to stop anytime soon. Call me naïve. I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution. The majority of humans on this planet are more consumed by the pursuit of love, health, family, food and shelter than any kind of war. War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on. With all the global achievements in modern technology, enhanced communication and information devices, cracking the human genome, land rovers on Mars etc., do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism? We are such a remarkable species. Capable of creating beauty. Capable of awe-inspiring advancements. We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed. I don’t know how to reconcile the peaceful rainbow of flags we see each night at our concerts with the daily news of a dozen global conflicts and their horrific consequences. I don’t know how to process the feeling of guilt and complicity when I hear about the deaths of a civilian family from a U.S. drone strike. But I know that we can’t let the sadness turn into apathy. And I do know we are better off when we reach out to each other.  ‘I hope someday you’ll join us…’ ‘Won’t you listen to what the man said.’ “…..Celebrating birthdays this weekend:  Daron Malakian of System of a Down is 39, Aaron Gillespie (ex-Underoath) is 31 and Nelson Mandela was born on this day in 1918.  On Saturday, Queen guitarist Brian May is 67 and Machine Head’s singer/guitarist Rob Flynn is 46.  Sunday, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden turns 50! Pearl Jam’s guitarist Stone Gossard is 48 and Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale will be 38.

Thursday, Jul 17

Waiting for iTunes to post our app.  I think I have bitten off all my nails waiting for a week now!   Come on, guys!  Let it ROLL, will ya??!!!!!….I love Dave Grohl.  He has no filter, kinda like me!  This is from Pulse Of Radio: The Foo Fighters frontman blasted singing competition shows like American Idol and The Voice when he appeared at a press event for TV critics last week to promote his upcoming documentary series on HBO. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Grohl told journalists at the event, “I don’t want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you you’re not a good singer. Don’t get me started. To me, that’s not what music’s about.” Grohl is not adverse to TV itself, having guest-hosted Chelsea Lately and done numerous musical performances over the years on late-night shows. Dave produced and directed the new series, Sonic Highways, which follows the Foo Fighters as they journey to eight states and eight studios during the sessions for their next album. The process of visiting historic studios had an impact on the music the Foos made for the record, with Grohl telling the Hollywood Reporter, “I couldn’t just write a three-and-a-half-minute long KROQ jingle and film it for the finale of an episode about the history of music in New Orleans, ya know? We really had to step up what we do.” Sonic Highways and the still-untitled Foo Fighters album will both arrive this fall….Linkin Park turntablist  & video director Joseph Hahn‘s debut as a feature film director, a movie called Mall, will have its premiere screening at San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International next week. The film will be shown on Thursday, July 24th, as part of the fifth annual Nerd HQ festivities thrown during the con by Chuck star Zachary Levi‘s Nerd Machine company. The screening will take place at PetCo Park in downtown San Diego immediately after Linkin Park performs there at mtvU’s Fandom Awards.  The film will be followed-up by a Q&A session featuring Hahn, the movie’s producers and cast members. Mall features Vincent D’Onofrio, who also wrote and produced the movie, Gina GershonPeter Stormare and others. The film focuses on a group of suburbanites whose lives are changed by a random shooting at the local mall.  There’s no word yet on a theatrical release date for the film, although it is expected to come out this fall.  Linkin Park will hit sheds and amphitheaters on the Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI, beginning on August 8th in West Palm Beach, FL.  Meanwhile, Chester Bennington is not just hanging around the house before the band heads off on tour. He’s been over at the DeLeo Brothers‘ home studios to work on new Stone Temple Pilots stuff.  The band will perform in October at the Louder Than Lifefestival in Louisville, KY.  I’ll be there! Will you????….This is funny.  The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen recently revealed that ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons got very friendly with her when the two of them appeared together onstage at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in May. Momsen and Gibbons showed up to perform with Joan Jett and Momsen recalled how the day went: “A little bit of a hectic chaos, but a good time nonetheless. Joan Jett’s the coolest chick ever so it was a blast playing with her, and we got a surprise guest with Billy Gibbons and he touched my butt. He was just lookin’ for some tush.”…. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will release his first solo album, titled Head Job, on August 29th. Rudd told an Australian radio station about the disc, “I hope everyone thinks this is a great album from start to finish because that’s the idea. There’s plenty of Phil on there, but no filler.” Asked about AC/DC’s own recently completed new album, Rudd replied, ““I’m very happy to have it all done. It’s all very good, by the way. There’s no comparisons between the two but they’re both very good.” (Ultimate Classic Rock)…Rob Zombie has posted a new piece of production art online from 31, the original horror movie he’s getting ready to direct this fall. Zombie said about the image of three skeletal figures standing next to a van, “Lots of news on my next film 31 will be coming your way very soon. But until then I thought I share with your one many awesome production drawings from the film courtesy of Alex Horley.“ In other news, Zombie and Walking Dead comic artist Tony Moore have created an animated short inspired by the upcoming video game Assassin’s Creed Unity. The clip will be unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 25th. Lou Brutus will sit down with Mr Zombie and we’ll get more poop on this at Rockfest in Cadott, WI this weekend!…..On the hardDrive hotLine today,  Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.  Can’t say enough how much I am loving their new album The Black Market.  Check it out for yourselves!  You’ll thank me!…..Over the weekend we lost Tommy Ramone.  Now comes this! I just read on Blabbermouth blues guitar legend Johnny Winter has passed on.  He was only 70.  Read more about his life here…..Happy 65th to Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler!


Wednesday, Jul 16

#Re2pect!   Derek Jeter.  Final All-Star Game  and his final season as a  NY Yankee and an MLB player.  He’s been amazing.  How many ball players do you know who’ve played for one team and one team only in their careers! (Ok Chipper Jones.)  But New Yorkers and baseball fans everywhere are gonna miss the man and the way he played.  That’s CLASS!….Man, I had a blast yesterday with You Me At Six!   What nice guys and what a fun interview we had.  Was cool getting to know them.   (And I think I may have sparked an idea about putting their 2011 song “Bite My Tongue,” featuring Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, out here in America when they release a deluxe edition of Cavalier Youth.  You’ve got to see it on YouTube!)  Anyhow,  after work, I met up with them at the Vevo offices right over in Times Square!  What a fun bunch of folks who work over there!  hardDrive may have found a fun play pal!  Those guys have a party room complete with a pool table and bar on the 25th floor overlooking Times Square!   Anyhow, was great times.  I also got to take a peek at the upcoming video for Five Finger Death Punch.  All I’m gonna say is WAIT TIL YOU SEE IT. It will blow you away!….Meanwhile, getting Lou Brutus all set up with interviews at Rockfest in Cadott, WI  this weekend.  He’s gonna have a blast there!   Wish I was joining him, but I got to travel last weekend, so I am stayin’ put.  Many thanks to Jill and the folks at Rockfest for being so accommodating!  They rock!….Meanwhile, tomorrow, I will be on the hotLine with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.  I hear they shot a video down in Nigeria that makes a statement about #SaveOurGirls.  That’s huge of them. Will find out more about it when I speak with Tim.  The Black Market was released yesterday and I love it.  Check it out over on iTunes or wherever you buy your music…..Well, now we know why there’s no Tool music! Guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey have revealed the real reasons why the band has not made an album since 2006 in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The biggest hold-up has been a “multi-level lawsuit” that started in 2007 when a friend of the band claimed he had created artwork for the group and wanted credit for it. Then an insurance company Tool had hired for the sole purpose of defending the band against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band countersued the insurer, with the case finally going to trial next January after seven years.  Carey said, “The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out.”  Jones added the lawsuit has cost the band “millions and millions and millions of dollars,” saying, “We’re fighting the good fight. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy.” Even through all the financial and legal turmoil, Jones, Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor have come up with enough raw material for an album and have one song that’s “pretty much done,” with the rest needing further refinement before they’re sent to vocalist Maynard James Keenan.  Both band members describing the overall feel of the band’s new music as “heavy,” with Jones saying, “Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste. There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that. It’s not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy.”   The guitarist said that while Tool has always had complete creative freedom, the band’s legal issues have put a damper on that. He revealed, “I find it so hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you, just stuck between the hemispheres of your brain and affecting your sleep and your relationship with other band members . . . It’s just a shame.” Neither Jones nor Carey offered a possible timeline for when a new album might arrive, but Carey said, “I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year,” Jones added, “We’re just not going to settle for doing anything but our best work, and the fans appreciate that.” (Thanks to Pulse of Radio for their report)….Adelitas Way have a new music video for an album track called “Drive.”  It’s off their forthcoming album Stuck, which drops Jul 29th.  The record was produced by Nick Raskulinecz in Nashville. And if you missed the “Dog On A Leash” video, click here… In This Moment has thrown its support behind an anti-suicide campaign called Never Alone, Never Unloved. Learn more about the campaign at this location. The band is currently at work on its fifth studio album, which will follow up 2012′s Blood. (Brave Words)…And last, but not least, the boys in Slipknot have posted a very creepy snippet.  (I bet Clown had something to do with this!)  Watch it here. Slipknot‘s official website and Facebook page have been updated with creepy images and sounds in preparation for the release of the band’s long-awaited new album, tentatively due late fall. In addition, there are all-new graphics, including a new version of the nonagram. A title and release date have yet to be unveiled for the disc, which follows up 2008′s All Hope Is Gone. (Blabbermouth)….And sorry, but yesterday we missed remembering  Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng’s birthday.  He would’ve been 44. 

Tuesday, Jul 15

Good Tuesday, folks!  Flood watch in NYC.  Which is scary.  We have rats.  I think they know how to swim…..While Lou Brutus is packing his bags for Rockfest Cadott this weekend, one of the bands on the Friday bill, Alter Bridge, just announced a round of new dates.  See Road Rage.  Looks like these will be the band’s final dates behind their Fortress album, which means Myles Kennedy will start to get to work with Slash and Mark Tremonti will start work on the next Tremonti album.  So win win all around, eh?…. Lindsey Stirling with Lzzy Hale  on Good Morning America.  Should be on YouTube later today if you missed it live!  If you look closely, you can see Joe Hottinger in on the set, too!…..AH!  My favorite song on the new Hellyeah album is called “Moth.”  The band has finally posted a video for it.  Watch it here!….Brian Johnson of AC/DC!  Ya gotta love him!   He was given the honorarium title of Doctor of Music from Northumbria University in Newcastle, England on Wednesday Jul 09.   Check it out here….In This Moment will be announcing a new tour very soon with Starset and Twelve Foot Ninja!  Great bill!   More on that in the coming weeks.  I hear the new ITM album takes the band to yet new levels.   Can’t wait!….Theory Of A Deadman are filming a new video for “Savages,” the title track of their album, and are hoping to have guest vocalist Alice Cooper join them.  Coop is currently on a massive tour.  More on that soon…..You Me At Six are coming to visit me this morning at the hardDrive studios.  Looking forward to meeting them!  And I just got turned onto a track they did a couple of years ago called “Bite My Tongue”  with Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon.  I love it!  Watch the video here!  You Me At Six will kick off their US tour on Sep 15th with Young Guns in Los Angeles at the world famous Troubadour!  Exciting news on this coming soon!  Be sure you are a registered hardDriveRadio Radical or else!..Billy Corgan  will take time out from recording the next two Smashing Pumpkins albums, both due in 2015, to perform a very special, exclusive hometown acoustic-based solo concert Saturday, August 30 at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the oldest outdoor music festival in America and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.  The singer/songwriter/guitarist and multiple Grammy Award winner’s set will encompass material from the Pumpkins’ acclaimed, multi-platinum catalog, including a “Mellon Collie Suite” of songs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of writing the album. Concertgoers will also be treated to his songs with Zwan from their one-and-only 2003 album and his 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace plus songs from his unreleased ChicagoKid album (recorded before TheFutureEmbrace), a song cycle about his hometown. More information and tickets are available here.  “I feel many of my songs are under-represented by the construct of playing in the Pumpkins, which is almost always loud,” says Corgan, whose only other acoustic-based show took place at Chicago’s Metro in 2004. “And I look forward to the intimacy of that kind of performance no matter how big the stage is.”  On the set list will be some material from the Smashing Pumpkins album Adore, due out this fall (release date October TBA) in a multiple CD/DVD configuration via Virgin/Ume. Since he’s been busy preparing this reissue. In other news, Corgan will be honored with the Alternative Press Vanguard Award at the Inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, to be held at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH on Monday, Jul 21. I’ve heard some of the new material and it harkens back to the rockin’ early days of the Pumpkins.  Could Melissa Auf der Maur be returning to the Pumpkins’ fold?…New in stores today:  Rise Against The Black Market….Happy 41st today to John Dolmayan of System Of A Down, Happy 58th to Marky Ramone and Happy 48th to Jason Bonham!

Monday, Jul 14

Good Monday people!  Although I am so over TWC!   For the second time in so many weeks,   no service!    No internet.   Nothing!  Email’s been off for weeks.  I am soooooooo  FREAKIN’ over TIME WARNER CABLE!  And now with the news of them merging with another company that has bad service and no FIOS availability in my hood,  I am so F*@%ed!   ARGH! …….Well,  the Nashville stop of the hardDrive Live Tour was extra fun!   Not only did all the bands (Black Stone Cherry, Kyng and Fifth Freedom.  We As Human  were not at that show and are on the next show!) have great sets, but special guest Shaun Morgan of Seether decided to drop by for the evening.  He even join Pepe Clarke to assist him on the drums.  I think Paulie is gonna post the shot here for ya.  I also posted it on the hardDriveRadio Facebook page.  Anyhow, our contest winner,  Heather and her friend Jolynn,  what a pleasure and  a RIOT  to hang with!   They really made the night complete with their joking and just being themselves (two mom’s who needed a weekend escape!)  Good times!  Please check out the tour when it comes to your town!….The fine folks at Pulse of Radio are reporting on the interview I did with Sully Erna of Godsmack!  Check it out here and here……This is HILARIOUS! Blabbermouth reports  Metallica  is featured in the latest in ESPN‘s long-running line of “This Is SportsCenter” ads, which take a whimsical and bizarre angle on the legendary show’s behind-the-scenes productions. According to, the new commercial, which will air during tonight’s Home Run Derby, clip plays off the idea that since Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera retired at the end of last season (taking his “Enter Sandman” entrance music with him) they don’t know what to do with themselves, so they have started coming up with their own ideas.  ”Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others,”  drummer Lars Ulrich told about making the ad. “ESPN‘s commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, ‘That sounds like a good time.’ The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it.”  And Pulse of Radio reports  Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett will promote a ghoulish new collectible figure of himself, looking a little green, at this year’s Comic-Con International, which will take place later this month in San Diego. According to Loudwire, the limited edition figure is part of Hammett’s Famous Zombies Jr. line of his Kirk Von Hammett Toys. 300 copies of the figure will be available exclusively at Comic Con, with Kirk on hand to sign them at booth #503 on the convention floor on Friday (July 25th) from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. PT and Saturday (July 26th) from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT.   Hammett said in a statement, “I’m stoked to be bringing more exclusive wares to the San Diego Comic Con . . . Being a fan of comics and movies since I was a kid, it’s just a huge honor to be a Comic Con on both sides, selling and buying! ….Oh forgot to mention, had lunch with Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger from Halestorm.    Great hanging with them.  They are getting ready to get into the studio with a new producer who converted an old church into a recording studio. Looking for to that later this year.  And look for own “Ask Lzzy”  Lzzy tomorrow on Good Morning America on ABC-TV  in the 8:30 AM hour, as she performs with Lindsey Stirling(that cool violin player)  on the song “Shatter Me.” …Pulse of Radio also says Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl appeared on Thursday (July 10th) at an HBO press event held for TV critics to discuss his new documentary series, Sonic Highways, which will premiere this fall. According to the Associated Press, Grohl was not exactly polished as he appeared before the press, with his cell phone ringing in the middle of the presentation, his clip-on mic falling off his jacket and the singer salting his answers with his usual colorful array of F-bombs. Grohl even admitted to going to a dive bar near his house the night before and sitting in with Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins‘ cover band, The Birds Of Satan, “just because I didn’t want to go to bed at 10 o’clock.” He did get around to discussing the series, which follows the Foos as they travel across the country to record songs for their new album at different iconic studios. Grohl explained, “These recording studios are hallowed ground; they’re churches and monuments to me. History has been made in s***holes all over the country.”   Asked why the band went to the trouble of recording their eighth studio album in such a fashion, Grohl said, “We could just go make another record in the studio, hit the road and sell a bunch of T-shirts. It’s all about reinventing the process.” The show takes the band to studios in eight cities — Austin, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. — and features local legends sitting in for each session. Grohl also interviews artists like Buddy GuyDolly PartonChuck DGibby Haynes and Allen ToussaintSonic Highways will premiere in October, with the band’s as-yet-untitled album due out in November…..Black Veil Brides have revealed the name of the band’s fourth studio album will be, shockingly, IV and that disc will arrive on Oct 28th. It’s currently available for pre-order through a PledgeMusic campaign launched by the group. The site will offer bonus content such as behind-the-scenes photos and videos, plus incentives depending on what you are willing to pay for the album. The offerings range from a digital download for $10 to tickets for any headlining Black Veil Brides show and access to the VIP meet-and-greet for the rest of your life for $500….And finally today:  Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda and Slash are two of the musicians who appear in a new documentary short film called The Distortion Of Sound. According to Loudwire, the film explores how changes in music delivery systems have led to a transformation of the audio experience itself, with digital services like YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and others compressing the sounds so much that it affects one’s enjoyment of the music.  Slash says in the film, “(When) you’re in the studio and you have all the tracks and everything is right there in front of you and you can hear your every instrument and you know exactly what it’s supposed to sound like and then for it to come out compressed, it’s like why did you put all the work into it in the first place? Because you don’t hear it that way.”   Shinoda said, “There is a great irony that as technology advances and music becomes even more accessible, those songs aren’t being played back in their full richness and color. We now have access to all the music we could ever want, but this access has come at the expense of quality.”   Director Jacob Rosenberg said that his intent with the film was “exploring the chasm between artist intent and the audience consumption.”   Other artists appearing in the documentary include Quincy Jones, Snoop DoggKate NashSteve Aoki and film composers Hans Zimmer and A.R. Rahman.   A screening of the film was held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last Thursday night (July 10th), with Shinoda and Rosenberg participating in a post-screening Q&A. Attendees included Tom MorelloCourtney Love, Juliette LewisAdrian GrenierMichelle Trachtenberg and more.


Friday, Jul 11

Greetings Radicals!   Today I head down to beautiful Nashville, TN to catch up with the hardDrive Live Tour!  Tomorrow night’s show with Black Stone Cherry, Kyng and Fifth Freedom is sold out!!!!   Very proud to be a part of this and work with these great bands! I’ll update with some shots on our Facebook page so be checking that out over the weekend please!   Also be checking all our socials this weekend as we are thisclose to launching the first app for your favorite internationally syndicated radio show!   The hardDriveRadio APP is coming, and all I can say is you are gonna be blown away!  For all you weekend listeners (and our show is now 18 yrs old!)  who might miss an airing, you will now be able to listen!   So freakin’ awesome, ain’t it!!????   So, be sure to keep an eye peeled for the “green light.”…..In news today:  Pulse of Radio reports Papa Roach has set F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) as the title of the band’s eighth studio album, which will come out in early 2015. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix said the follow-up to 2012′s The Connection is ”a banger,” adding, “There’s elements of hard rock, elements of heavy metal, elements of pop . . . it’s just all over the place, man, but it’s another classic Papa Roach record. I’m very proud of it.”  The new album was recorded in Las Vegas with uber-producer Kevin Churko, and unlike The Connection, which the band did at home in Sacramento. Shaddix explained, “When we went in to make this new record, we (were) out on the road for, I don’t know, a year and a half, and we came home and we were, like, ‘You know what? Instead of taking a bunch of time off, let’s go into the studio with our road chops; we’re playing really tight. Let’s just go in.’ We didn’t have any material written. And it was like the floodgates opened.” Some of the working song titles on the new album include “Just As Broken As Me”, “Never Have To Say Goodbye”, “Gravity” and the title track, “Face Everything And Rise.” The band’s last album, The Connection, was made as Shaddix was going through personal turmoil, including problems in his marriage, his near career-ending vocal cord surgery,  and a struggle to stay sober.  He told us a while back the music of Papa Roach thrives off its members’ personal dramas: “Part of the chaos and the discontent and the madness that we have in our lives and that we bring to the table with the music is what makes, you know, who we are and the music that we make, you know. And I think if everything was just all cool and we got along perfect and we loved each other every single moment of every single day, I don’t think we’d even have the passion to make music or make the music that we do make.” Papa Roach has yet to make any live plans in support of F.E.A.R., but will likely announce some shows soon. Hoping to get Mr Shaddix on the hotLine in the coming weeks!…Pulse is also reporting on this today:  Godsmack has released the first in a series of webisodes that will take fans behind the scenes of the making of the band’s new album, 1000 Horsepower. The clip takes viewers on a guided tour of the band’s new workspace in the Boston area, showing how it looked when they first obtained it and how they transformed into a recording, rehearsal and storage complex. Frontman Sully Erna told us why the band decided to create the new Godsmack HQ: We were just storing our gear everywhere in self-storage units and blah blah blah, so we decided to lease this like 4,000-square-foot warehouse. And we built one side with a loading dock, so it’s just all of our staging, road cases, touring equipment, and then the other side we did this like really cool living room, kitchenette, control room, live stage room. So it’s nice now because we’re all under one roof, we have everything there and we don’t really need to go anywhere else now to either rehearse for tours or to record new music.” Godsmack headline the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour starting next month….And finally today, see Road Rage for new dates for Sevendust!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, Jul 10

Hello folks!   So Argentina vs Germany.  This is going to be good!  Fußball!! Lass uns gehen!…OK, so here’s the latest!   Being a fan myself, I am interested in seeing this film!  Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has recorded a video message in support of actor Don Cheadle‘s Indiegogo campaign to fund Miles Ahead, Cheadle’s planned film tribute to the life and works of Miles Davis. Cheadle will make his directorial debut and star as the legendary trumpeter/avant garde/eccentric genius Davis in the film, which starts filming in Cincinnati this month. (Note:  when I moved back to the city in ’93, I lived on West 76 St.  The building I could see out my bedroom window was the only building on the block that wasn’t brick.  It was painted BLACK.  I always wondered who might’ve lived there. Mick Jagger maybe?  But after reading Miles’ biography, I realized it was HIS home!)  Trujillo recently produced a documentary about late, legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius. (Blabbermouth) …Lollapalooza is reportedly headed to Toronto. With the main festival established in Chicago and several offshoots in South America, organizers are apparently planning to launch a Canadian edition as well. Local promoter Jeff Cohen said, “Lollapalooza is surely coming to Toronto next August 2015, and it’ll be very interesting to see how that changes the summer landscape in our great city.” Lollapalooza organizers said “nothing is confirmed.” (Consequence Of Sound)….Congrats to Seether! Their new album, Isolate & Medicate, sold around 37,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday (July 09). It’s Seether’s fourth Top 10 debut and follows 2011′s Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray, which entered at Number Two with sales of 61,000 copies. The album’s first single, “Words As Weapons” is currently the Number One track on rock radio. Frontman Shaun Morgan told us the tune wasn’t originally meant to be on this album in the first place: “We originally wrote it for the singles collection that came out on Wind-Up Records last year, and we decided to keep it for the album because we liked the song. I feel like those singles things are normally just sort of a throwaway for a label or that the label uses to try and use as a cash cow, and so we didn’t want to, you know, in a sense waste a song that we thought was that good on something like that. So we just saved it for the album and it set the bar and the precedent for the rest of the album.” (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)…Theory Of A Deadman has unveiled the first leg of a fall North American tour in support of its fifth album, Savages. The trek kicks off on September 17th in Tempe, AZ with a dozen dates confirmed so far through Oct 11th in Cleveland. Fozzy will also be on the bill.  Savages arrives on July 29th and Theory frontman Tyler Connolly told us the set brings the band back to its roots: “It’s a return to where we started. It really feels like a 360, it’s going back to our roots. I mean, it’s the kind of music we were writing when we were kids. I don’t want to say that our music got away from us, but the last couple of records, it was a little bit different than what we started out on. So this one is really back to the dark riff-rock that Theory Of A Deadman was when we started.”  See all the dates in Road Rage….Meanwhile, Fozzy is making his return to the WWE!   He will appear at the September Monday Night Raw and Night of Champions bouts.  Watch out!…..AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told TeamRock Radio the band has completed it’s 16th album.  Recorded in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien (Seether, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), this will be the first record Angus Young’s brother Malcolm had to miss due to a rumored stroke.   Their nephew, Stevie Young, is filling in on the album and subsequent tour. Stevie was called in to help out in 1988, when Mal entered rehab while the band was touring.   Brian alluded the name of the record they are bantering around could be “Man Down” in reference to Malcolm.  I suspect a fall or early winter release and tour are in the cards…..And finally today,  Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is quite the land baron.  Wasn’t more than 5 years ago, he put his fabulous Malibu property on the market for several million and now his Los Angeles Hills home is up for sale.   Check it out right here.  It’s selling for $6.8 million (he purchased it 3 years ago for a mere 4.55 Million!)  Nice profit, I’d say!….Elijah Blue Allman (son of Cher and Greg) turns 38 today.  You might remember him as lead singer from Deadsy.  What ever happened to them???

Wednesday, Jul 09

Have you ever seen those “lullaby”  cds   for babies?   Like every band these days seems to have one?  I’ve given them out to friends who have kids and have sent everything from Van Halen to Metallica (knowing which band happens to be a parent fav.)  SO now comes news of this! Five Finger Death Punch‘s heavy rock anthems are getting the lullaby treatment from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company specializing in making soothing little sleepytime songs out of rock classics. The Five Finger Death Punch collection includes instrumental versions of tunes like “The Bleeding,” “Battle Born,” “Under It And Over It,” “Lift Me Up” and the band’s cover of “Bad Company.”   Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has previously released lullaby versions of music from Metallica, Alice In ChainsKornMarilyn MansonSlipknotSystem of a DownIron Maiden, Pantera and many more. Check out the 5FDP one out here.  So sweet!….  So,   Pulse of Radio is also reporting   Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is not a fan of outdoor festivals. Speaking with NME, Bennington said that he prefers playing indoors, explaining, “Rock ‘n’ roll is not meant to be played with the sun shining on your face. It can be done, but it’s done begrudgingly because we’re forced to do it. I think the outdoor festival has killed the live experience a little bit.” He added, “The whole idea of seeing a rock band is to be in a dark place and to be part of the show. When you’re sitting on the grass and the sun is shining it doesn’t matter. You’re just up there playing songs. Inside, dark, lights, controlled environment — always better.”  But check the size of this crowd at Rock Am Ring in Germany last month.  Hello!!!!!   Meanwhile,  excited to share this news from Of Mice & Men!  They are direct support for Linkin Park on their European tour which begins Nov 3-23.  They deserve it!   I was encouraging Slipknot‘s mgt to put them on Knotfest back in May at Rock on the Range, and I dunno if my pushing helped, but I can’t wait to see them in front of thousands of maggots!  I said this before and I will say it again:  OF MICE & MEN are the real deal!  See them now on Warped Tour before they get too big!  LOL….The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, is pleased to announce a renowned addition to this year’s list of stellar award recipients. Iconic, GRAMMY-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash will be honored as the first recipient of the Guitar Legend Award presented by the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. As one of the first covers for Alternative Press magazine, Slash continues to create and innovate as well as influence multiple generations of musicians on the guitar.  The event will take place Jul 21st in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  APMAs organizers have also confirmed pop-metalcore band Falling In Reverse for a very special, one-time-only performance you’ll have to see to believe! On top of that, special appearances will be made by members of Pierce The Veil, New Found Glory,  Mayday Parade, and also confirmed are members of Attila, Bayside, Beartooth, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Less Than Jake, letlive., the Maine, Neck Deep, Sleepwave, We Are The In Crowd and the Word Alive.   In its inaugural year, the APMAs will be hosted by six-time AP cover star Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and will feature performances from A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, Fall Out Boy, Falling In Reverse, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Machine Gun Kelly, the Misfits, Sleeping With Sirens, twenty one pilots and Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, with more to be announced. In addition, special appearances will be made by Billy Corgan, Laura Jane Grace, Ice-T & Coco and Slash, plus members of Attlia, Bayside, Beartooth, Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Crown The Empire, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Emmure, I See Stars, Issues, Korn, Less Than Jake, letlive., the Maine, Mayday Parade, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Motionless In White, Neck Deep, New Found Glory, Paramore, Pierce The Veil, Sleepwave, We Are The In Crowd, We Came As Romans, the Word Alive and Yellowcard, with more to be announced. Cleveland’s 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be performing throughout the APMAs, both independently and through unique artist collaborations.  Tickets are on sale now for $69.99 which includes a ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame And Museum to be used that same day and can be purchased online at Fans that purchase VIP and Monster Energy Drink ticket packages will be invited to a pre-show boat party on the Goodtimes III, located right behind the Rock Hall. The boat sets sail at 1:30 p.m. and will include performances by Issues, Ghost Town and Marmozets, three bands recently featured in AP’s 100 Bands You Need To Know In 2014 special edition issue….We all need a break.  Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez and singer William DuVall told England’s Metal Hammer magazine that the band is considering coming off the road and taking some time off to start thinking about a new album. The band’s fifth studio effort, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, came out in May 2013. DuVall said, “We’ve been going for over a year and a half, something like that, on this record, so it’s time to take stock.”  Inez added: “(It’s time to) turn into mere mortals for awhile. We always say this . . . if the record companies and management want you to write on the road. Like, OK, when are you supposed to write the f***ing album? Between the catering and soundcheck or between the interviews and catering. I mean, we’re always throwing riffs around and jamming, but the thing is we’d only write songs about tour buses and catering, so we’ve gotta go home, experience life and reconnect with our families.”  Inez added, “I have a wonderful wife. I walk in the door and she hands me a dogs*** shovel and says, ‘The dog yard is over there, rock star. Get to work.’ It’s funny. And, ‘Here’s some light bulbs and get the ladder out. You’ve got work to do.’ She slaps me down pretty good. So (we) just need to get home.”….Royal Blood has a new video for “Figure It Out.”  The band will release their debut self-titled album in the states Aug 26th. Mike Kerr is on the hotLinetoday.  Stay tuned for that soon…..Buckcherry has launched a new Singles Club in which the band will deliver a different cover song each month for six months to fans who subscribe through Pledge Music. The band said in a statement, “We’re doing something pretty special here and just for you . . . Anyone that pledges gets an ‘access pass’ to the Covers Feed and lots of other one-of-a-kind goods and experiences. We’re making this personal and it’s all about new music and more songs we love, coming from the studio right to you.” (Sleazeroxx)…Courtney Love will be the second rocker to land a recurring role on the final season of the FX series Sons Of Anarchy. Love will play Ms. Harrison, the pre-school teacher for the eldest son of the show’s main character Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam. Love will make her first appearance in the season’s fourth episode and will appear in several more. She joins Marilyn Manson on the show, who was previously announced in a recurring role as Ron Tully, described as a “white supremacist prison shot-caller.” ….Celebrating birthdays today:  OJ Simpson-67 in jail;  Jack White-39, Courtney Love-50, Anthrax’ Frankie Bello-49.

Tuesday, Jul 08

Why are the US rail companies in such bad shape?  My train was nearly 2 hours delayed yesterday.  How does this happen?  Because the old rail system has one track going one way, one the other, which both need to serve both freight and passenger trains.  Come on, this is 2014!   Can we have another track just for passenger railcars?  Or even in case of emergency?  Antiquated.  European rail companies ROCK!  Fast and efficient.  OK, I’m done….The Rockstar Energy Mayhem kicked off on Saturday in San Bernardino, CA! Heard Korn’s set was classic and Jonathan and Fieldy brought their sons out for a song to bounce around the stage. JD said he’s bringing the fam out for this summer run, so I guess I’ll get to see Zeppy and Pirate later this month when they are at Jones Beach in Long Island.  Meanwhile,  kind of a bummer.  The only bands who will be performing at that show will be the mainstage acts, because the venue isn’t set up for extra stages. Bummer.  Wanted to see Body Count  and Suicide Silence.  :( ….Meanwhile, we are getting closer to the launch of the new hardDriveRadio APP!  Keep an eye on this space  for news of when you can download it on your iPhone or Android….And Friday night, the hardDrive Live Tour kicks off at Capone’s in Johnson City, TN!  Many thanks to  Black Stone Cherry, We As Human, Kyng and Fifth Freedom for being a part this summer run.  Check the tour site ( for all the dates, tickets and line-up for your local show.  I’ll be at the show in Nashville at the Exit In on Saturday with our contest winner Heather from Huntsville, AL!   Will post some shots on our Facebook for sure…. The 4th annual “Aaron Lewis and Friends” concert to benefit the It Takes A Community Foundation was held Friday, June 27th at the Pines Theater in Look Park in Florence, MA. This year’s version featured an acoustic performance by Staind and also featured acoustic  performances by Shinedown’s frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers and Lewis with children from the Russell H. Conwell School in Worthington, MA. See pictures from the event here.  Another band that performed from Vermont was Dionysia.   Check them out on their Dionysiamusic Facebook. Aaron is also hosting his 3rd annual golf tournament on Aug 9.  See the It Takes A Community Facebookfor more.  Meanwhile Aaron told Audio Ink Radio to name the one song that defines both the band as well as his solo career as a country artist. Lewis said, “For Staind, ‘It’s Been Awhile,’ and for my solo work, ‘Country Boy.’ It’s Been Awhile’ was the Number One most-played rock song of the decade, so that’s why it would sum up that project. ‘Country Boy’ has over 21 million views on YouTube. Those two songs I will have to play for the rest of my life.”  Staind is playing just a handful of shows this year, with Lewis devoting much of 2014 to solo shows.  The last Staind album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011. The band does not yet have plans to enter the studio. Guitarist Mike Mushok told the Midland Daily News back in May about the band’s future, “It’s got to be something that Aaron wants to do. I always enjoy writing with (Aaron) and I look forward to it. We complement each other. He makes what I do better.” (Thanks Pulse Of Radio.)….Happy 56th to Kevin Bacon.  Sadly,  I have no 6th Degree of Separation instance to share.