Friday, Jun 24

GUNS N’ ROSES ROCK DETROIT ROCK CITY!

Guns N’ Rosestook more than 40,000 fans to Paradise City last night as the legendary band rocked Ford Field in Detroit, MI during their 2.5 hour show that kicked off their historic Not In This Lifetime Tour. Following a blistering rock performance from the acclaimed Alice In Chains, Guns N’ Roses took the stage to perform two dozen songs spanning their multi-platinum selling career including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Chinese Democracy” and “Civil War.” A full set list is below.

The tour continues on Sunday, Jun 26 in Washington, DC at FedExField and then moves on to another 19 cities throughout North America. Alice In Chains will also perform on the tour on shows scheduled from Jun 26 thru July 3 while Lenny Kravitz will join the line-up from Jul 19 thru Jul 24. Grammy Award®-winner Chris Stapleton will join the tour for the Nashville show on Saturday, Jul 9, acclaimed Canadian rock band, Billy Talent, will perform in Toronto on Saturday, Jul 16, The Cult, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the late 20th century will join the tour on Jul 27 (Atlanta), 29 (Orlando) & 31 (New Orleans) and Tuesday, Aug 3 in Dallas while multiple-Grammy Award winner, Skrillex, is set to join the tour on Aug 5 in Houston.  Demand for tickets to the Not In This Lifetime Tour continue at an unprecedented pace as additional shows were recently announced including Chicago (Jul 3), Boston (Jul 20), New York City (Jul 24) and two brand new dates in Los Angeles (Aug 18 & 19). A full list of tour dates is in Road Rage.

Set list:
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Estranged
Live and Let Die (Wings)
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (Johnny Thunders)
Raw Power  (Iggy and The Stooges)
This I Love
Civil War
Coma
Band intros into Slash solo – Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from the Godfather/Andy Williams)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Better
Out Ta Get Me
Jam (Wish You Were Here/Pink Floyd)
November Rain
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door  (Bob Dylan)
Nightrain
Encore:
Don’t Cry
The Seeker  (The Who)
Paradise City

When will it end?

 The Pulse Of Radio reporting members of Pearl JamLinkin Park,  Radiohead,  Fun.,  Nine Inch Nails and more than 150 other artists have signed an open letter to Congress asking the government to take steps to end gun violence. According to Consequence Of Sound, the letter comes following the murder of Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and the slaughter of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Penned and organized by the editors of Billboard magazine, the letter is signed by Paul McCartney, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, all five members of Pearl Jam, Fun. members Nate Reuss and Jack Antonoff, all five members of Linkin Park, Stevie NicksBeckIggy Pop, Trent ReznorMichael StipeCourtney LovePanic! At The Disco‘s Brendan UrieElle King, Casey and Sam Harris of X Ambassadors and dozens more.

The letter published in next week’s Billboard magazine reads in part, “As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change. Music always has been celebrated communally, on dance floors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences — going to school or church or work — now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.

The letter asks  Congress to require a background check for every gun sale, as well as block suspected terrorists from buying guns.  The letter closes by saying, “Billboard and the undersigned implore you — the people who are elected to represent us — to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.”

Congressional Republicans, the current majority party, have refused to allow votes on a series of four gun control proposals, both last December and in the wake of the two Orlando tragedies. That led House Democrats to stage a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday (Jun 22nd and 23rd).

Look, this is intended NOT TO TAKE AWAY ANYONE’S GUNS! It is intended to set up restrictions.  And ban assault rifles.  It’s common sense, isn’t it? Come on officials, WAKE UP!  It’s not about politics, it’s about PEOPLE!  (ok, I will get off my soapbox now.)

It’s funny.   Three years ago, I was traveling in France, was in Cannes, and walked by the convention hall where this annual event takes place.  Ah, if  I was only there again THIS year to see DAVE GROHL!  LOL   The Pulse Of Radio reports the Foo Fighters  frontman emerged from hiatus on Wednesday night (Jun 22nd) to play a special invite-only acoustic set at the Cannes Lion International Festival Of Creativity in Cannes. In addition to playing several staple Foo Fighters cuts, Grohl shared a story about getting high at a party a while back and unexpectedly performing a duet with Taylor Swift while Paul McCartney watched from the sidelines.

According to Alternative Nation, Grohl explained McCartney performed a song on piano first and the assembled partygoers began demanding Grohl play as well. He recalled, “I maybe smoked a little pot, so I was already challenged enough. I was like, ‘Oh my god, what do I do right now.’ All of a sudden Taylor Swift stands up and says, ‘I’ll play a song!’ I was like thank god, Taylor Swift is here. So she gets on the piano and I think, ‘Okay, I’ll jam with her.’”  He continued, “So I pick up one of Paul’s left handed basses off the wall, I’m super high, she starts playing, and I’m just trying to figure out how to play along to what she’s doing . . . She was playing this really beautiful thing on piano, and I look at my wife like, I know this f**king song, and she was playing our song ‘Best Of You.’ As if I wasn’t high enough, that f**king blew me into outer space man.” Grohl added, “I just lost my mind, so I felt obligated to sit next to her and duet. But her voice, she’s got a good voice, she can sing man.”

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are currently on an indefinite hiatus that began at the end of 2015, after a three-year period of activity which included the release and promotion of the Grohl-directed Sound City documentary, the filming and recording of the Sonic Highways HBO series and album, and the year-long world tour in support of the latter.

 According to a press release, Cannes Lions is “an eight-day program of creative inspiration, celebration, education and networking. Over 15,000 delegates from around 100 countries attend the Festival, making it the only truly global meeting-place for branded communications professionals to connect, share and discover.”  Sure, it’s on the Cote D’Azur in Provence.  Minutes from some of the best wine in the world.  It’s like heaven.  And the convention center is surrounded by a pier with huge, I’m talking like 5 stories tall, yachts, like the size of dinosaurs.  It’s insane the money that is around there. The weird thing about Cannes is, along the water where this convention center and the beach is, are Beverly Hills-style old hotels and restaurants.  Then a few blocks into town, it’s like a freakin’ war zone!  You are afraid someone is about to mug you any second. Thankfully we found a British-style pub to take refuge on our way to the parking garage.  Crazy.

You can barely see his scar!  Not bad after 3 weeks! 

I totally forgot to tell you how the conversation with Corey Taylor went the other day!  He told us he’s feeling great, his doctor told him the replacement disc they implanted in his neck is taking hold, but don’t expect to see him doing any head-banging or jumping off speaker columns around the stage on their tour, which kicks off Tuesday in Nashville.  I said leave that stuff to Sid!  (You may recall, Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson years ago jumped off his riser and broke not one by BOTH of his heels. Yeah, that sucked for him!)

Corey said they shaved off part of a bone that was starting to grow into his spinal column (geez, that is not good)  and is relieved of much of the pain he had been experiencing.  He also said he’s doing physical therapy, but needs to take it easy.

Meanwhile, we discussed everything he’s been up to including attending the Money in the Band WWE PPV where fans spotted him in the front row, Stone Sour music (can you believe Come (What)Ever May was released 10 years ago?!, the rest of Slipknot’s schedule, Clown‘s new movie, Officer Downe, which, BTW, Corey has a small role in.  And we talked about Joey Jordison.  You may have read the Metal Hammer interviews he’s done, the magazine, I think, is out now with Joey on the cover. Jordison recently received the magazine’s esteemed Golden God Award, given to artists in the metal and hard rock community.  Corey’s comment basically was, well, you should wait til you hear him tell Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL on Friday night, Jul 8th.  (sneaky, ain’t I?)  Slipknot will also be THE XL  Featured Artist of the Week Jul 11-15.

Whew!  Aren’t you glad THAT is over!  The Pulse Of Radio says Robert Plant and  Jimmy Page have prevailed in Los Angeles federal court in the copyright infringement lawsuit regarding their authorship of “Stairway To Heaven.” The pair was sued by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, on behalf of the late Spirit guitarist who wrote “Taurus” and performed under the name Randy California. The trust was hoping to not only win a monetary judgment, but also secure a writing credit for California on “Stairway To Heaven.”

Yesterday (Jun 24th), the seventh and final day of the trial — which saw Plant, Page, and John Paul Jones all take the witness stand — the jury asked for recordings of both song to be played — with “Stairway” being aired twice. These were not the records of each song, but new recordings based solely on the respective song’s sheet music. 20 minutes later, the jury had its verdict.

Rolling Stone reported: “The In the decisions of the questions considered by the jury, the verdict initially seemed to be leaning towards the plaintiffs. The first — whether or not the trust of late ‘Taurus’ songwriter Randy Wolfe, represented by trustee Michael Skidmore, actually owned the ‘Taurus’ copyright — ruled ‘yes’ for the plaintiffs. (Questions over who actually owned the ‘Taurus’ copyright had been a key part of Zeppelin counsel Peter Anderson‘s defense throughout the trial.) And as to whether there was a ‘preponderance of evidence’ that Page and Plant had ‘access’ to ‘Taurus’ in advance of writing ‘Stairway,’ the answer was definitively ‘yes.’”

Celebrating life this weekend:  Jeff Beck is 72!  (geez!), Mick Fleetwood is 69. Saturday: Mike Kroeger of Nickelback is 44, Ricky Gervais is 55 and Anthony Bourdain is 60.  Sunday, Mick Jones of The Clash turns 61 and former NY Yankee Derek Jeter is 42.  Enjoy your first weekend of  SUMMER!

Thursday, Jun 23

Very sad to hear about the passing of an ole friend, Bill Ham.  Bill was the original manager and producer for ZZ Top.  He was a one of a kind. Rest in peace, Bill. Heaven just got a little heavier.


Well, tonight the Guns N’ Roses tour kicks off!  I gotta tell ya, these pictures are making me rethink my stance on stadium dates.   The tour kicks off tonight in Detroit Rock City at Ford Field,  and The Pulse Of Radio reports the band has released photos of the band’s stage set-up and a brief clip of the group rehearsing ahead of the launch of the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. Drummer Frank Ferrer has also uploaded a photo that features a partial glimpse of the set list, which will feature 26 or 27 songs. In addition to Guns staples, the band will rotate lesser known tracks like “Nice Boys,” “Think About You,” “Perfect Crime” and the Velvet Revolver track “Slither” in and out of the show.

A short clip shared by Fender shows bassist Duff McKagan and other members of the band in their rehearsal space while the original recording of “Paradise City” plays on the soundtrack.

Meanwhile, footage was released on June 18th of former Guns drummer Steven Adler practicing “Paradise City,” leading to speculation that he will at least make a guest appearance on the band’s upcoming reunion tour.  According to some reports, Adler was actually going to perform at the Troubadour with Guns N’ Roses on April 1st, but was unable to play due to a back injury.

The current tour features original members McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose backed by Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Rose just finished a stint as lead vocalist for AC/DC on that band’s European festival run, and is slated to play at least 10 North American shows with that group right after Guns complete their stadium run.

Five Finger Death Punch

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in a new interview the band is doing its best to help frontman Ivan Moody battle “his demons” on tour. The vocalist has been struggling with substance abuse and Bathory confirmed the whole group has made behavioral changes to help Moody’s recovery. Bathory explained, “You have to change the habits on the road — what happens, what’s on the rider. You have to take off all the alcohol — even mouthwash. It’s about trying to eliminate all of the triggers.”

Bathory continued, “He’s been battling his demons, and when you’re in a rock band, it can be really difficult to be on the road. If you have any kind of addiction or addictive personality, everybody wants to hang out and party. People are going to come up to you and say, ‘Hey man, let me buy you a drink,’ or ‘Let’s hang out.’ For them, that’s a big thing. They don’t realize that to us, it was the same thing yesterday, and the day before that, and the past 300 days before that.

Drummer Jeremy Spencer, who’s been sober for several years, admitted that staying clean on the road is tough: When you get sober, at first you just think, ‘Well, I’m sober now, I’m not drinking anymore, I’m fixed, right?’ But there’s a lot of stuff that you have to learn how to deal with. It’s about living life sober and especially being in a successful band, like I woke up, you know, one day I’m sober, now I have to learn how to deal with all this stuff, which is, it’s a great problem to have living this lifestyle, but I had to learn how to do it because I honestly didn’t know how.

Zoltan also spoke about a possible direction for Five Finger Death Punch’s seventh studio album, on which work just got underway this month. He said, “I think now is the time when technically we could do any kind of album. This is the moment where we can sort of experiment.”  The guitarist added, “We have a couple of ideas floating around. One of them is to make a little bit of a retro record, just to have fun and do a thrash metal vibe, and then there are new ideas that are completely different, involving elements that we’ve never had before. Both directions are exciting, so we’ll have to make a decision.

Moody’s addiction problems have received more attention recently after the band was forced earlier this year to cancel an Australian tour due to his hospitalization.  We’ve got our 5 fingers crossed all will be good when the tour starts for Ivan.  He’s a good dude and a friend of the show’s since he was in Motograter.  We wish him nothing but the best!

 


Maynard’s autobiography is coming out!A trailer has been posted online for the authorized biography of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer  frontman  Maynard James Keenan, which will be published on Nov 8th through Backbeat Books. Titled A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, the 284-page tome was written by Keenan’s longtime friend, Sarah Jensen, and Keenan himself was heavily involved in its creation.Keenan told us Jensen was actually around for many of the formative events of his life: She met me when I was doing music, which was in high school of course. High school plays, choir, all those performances. She saw me, you know, when I was going into the military, she saw me in all the sports activities that I was involved in, a lot of the poetry that I used to write back in high school, some of the publications that I was involved in back then…so she’s seen all of that progression.”According to a press release, the book chronicles Keenan’s “journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on the disparate fields of contemporary music and regional winemaking.”   The press release added the book “presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included throughout are passages in Keenan’s own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative. There is also commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues.”Also included are eight pages of never before seen photographs. The book’s cover art is now online.  Maynard will conduct a very cool book tour. More information will be made available on that very soon!

Meanwhile, Tool will be playing a number of festivals and headlining dates this fall, although there is still no word on when the band intends to release its long-awaited fifth album.

Blabbermouth reporting Halestorm is starting to write its next album, according to a new interview with the band by Face Culture. Even though the group is still touring behind last year’s Into The Wild Life effort, drummer Arejay Hale revealed, “This time we’re trying to be a little bit more prepared so when we go in we have a little bit more songs to choose from. We’re all individually writing and we’re writing together and we’re just getting an idea of where we want to go, what direction.”

Singer Lzzy Hale added, “We’re literally writing every day. We’re starting to get a clearer idea. A couple of months ago I had no idea what I wanted to do next, and so it was just writing to write.”

Meanwhile, the band is also planning to continue its tradition of recording a covers EP between full albums, with Arejay saying, “We’re about to go into the studio and record another cover EP and every time we do that we get inspired heavily by the songs that we’ve learned. It’s kind of a great way to get an idea of different ways of songwriting.”

Lzzy Hale agreed that recording other artists’ songs helps her own writing: There’s just nothing like singing and playing and picking apart an already proven amazing song. I think it helps you as a songwriter. I’ll write a song and be like, ‘Well, is that as good as Heart’s ‘All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You,’ and I’ll have to be like, ‘No, back to the drawing board.’”   Find Halestorm next month on the Carnival of Madness tour.  Meanwhile, Lzzy will be able to unpack some things in her new home in Nashville!  Congrats to the new home owner!

According to Alternative Nation, seven previously unreleased Nirvana recordings from 1993 have leaked on a private Nirvana forum, including two never before heard songs. The songs leaked after a fan bought the original tape reel on eBay. The recordings, known as the “Pachyderm Sessions,’ are dated Feb 15th, 1993, and contain two instrumentals that have never been heard publicly before.

 

One of them, called “Lullaby,” is mainly focused on drums, bass and keyboards, with some fans speculating that Kurt Cobain might be playing drums. The other previously unreleased song features Dave Grohl playing all instruments, with a woman at the beginning saying: “The one I didn’t play him.” The fast, punk-sounding track has what Alternative Nation describes as “shades of Foo Fighters” in it.

Also included on the leak are alternate versions of “Marigold” and “Dumb.”
There has been fan speculation that Dave Grohl (WHAT?!) has leaked some of these tracks himself.

Nirvana material has trickled out online ever since the release of last year’s documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, which featured music and art from his personal archives that had never been publicly shared before.  A companion album to the film, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, containing previously unheard demos and other recordings by Cobain, came out last Nov.

 Happy 61 today to Glenn Danzig (Danzing/Misfits)! 

Corey Taylor LOVES selfies! 

It’s Wednesday!  We’re psyched because Corey Taylor is calling in today! Woot woot! As you can see from his latest Twitter post, he loved celebrating International Selfie Day!  Meanwhile, if you see  him, do not give him a cigarette!  He’s nearly two months Marlboro Light Free!  Congrats!

Hey now! This is an awesome bill!!!!

Big news out of the Avenged Sevenfold camp!  They’ll hit the road for a short run of dates this fall, beginning on Sep 12th in Bonner Springs, KS and winding down on Sep 21st in Nashville. VolbeatKillswitch Engage and Avatar will all appear on the bill for most or all of the shows. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today (Jun 22nd) at 10:00 a.m. local time, while the public sale begins on Friday (Jun 24th) also at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Avenged Sevenfold has been working on its seventh studio album for a while, but singer M. Shadows told us the band prefers to take its time: In the very beginning, bands put out records almost every year and Led Zeppelin did it and this and that. But then some of my favorite bands would take three, four years to put out a record and when they did, it was a big event for me. And now, because of album sales, because people want to be on the road — that’s where they’re making their money — people want to get things out there and try to stay in the limelight at all times. It doesn’t interest us to do that. We want to just put out the best product possible and when we have something that we’re excited about, then we’ll share it with everybody.”

It is still not clear what label the band will be releasing their new music on.  Last year, they started a suit against Warner Bros. Which is actually sad because that label has done nothing but tirelessly work on the band’s behalf.  I hope the issue gets resolved soon.  Looking forward to some new A7X to rock your faces off with!

Whoa, THAT guy in FBI jacket is JASON HOOK!  (photo credit: Jason Hook Facebook)

Well how do you like THIS!?  Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook has been cast in a small role in Z, a new thriller about a couple that gets into a confrontation with a serial killer. Hook will play the part of an FBI agent in the Sony Pictures project, which is written and directed by Jonathan Wright and stars Shane West.

Hook posted on his socials, “Took a bit of a departure today, acting in my 1st film for Sony Pictures called “Z” about the Zodiac killer (40 years after the original murders) Played the part of an FBI agent. Shot on location in Ottawa Ontario. I managed to get thru my scene without screwing it up! Lol! Back to Vegas in the morning to continue recording with the guys.”

According to Deadline, the story follows a down-on-their-luck couple young who discover a serial killer’s film reels. They decide to take the law into their own hands and risk everything for the chance at a $100,000 reward, but soon find themselves in the killer’s cross-hairs.

This will be the first acting role for the Canadian-born Hook, who joined Five Finger Death Punch in 2009 following the departure of Darrell Roberts.

Five Finger Death Punch is currently recording its seventh studio album and last under its current contract with Prospect Park.  The band recently signed a North American deal with Rise Records, which will officially begin with the album following the one currently being recorded.

It was revealed in April that Prospect Park filed a lawsuit against the band, accusing it of allegedly trying to violate its recording contract by rushing to make a new album despite the addiction problems of singer Ivan Moody.  The group fired back, calling the suit “the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics . . . to extract money from and wield power against the band.” (Thanks to The Pulse Of Radio)
Skillet are back!  The band is wrapping up their European festival run and will be heading back on the road in the states.  I love the band’s new look and especially John Cooper‘s beard!  He is ROCKIN’ that mofo!

The band will release Unleashed Aug 05th and the current single is “Feel Invincible.”  This time the album was produced in 3 cities with 3 different producers:  Brian Howes in LA, Kevin Churko in Las Vegas and Seth Mosley in Nashville. John is super stoked for y’all to hear it.  Skillet is our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus the week of Jul 04.

Duff McKagan looking Duffalicious!

Love this: Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan was asked on Jonesy’s Jukebox  (midday show on KLOS in Los Angeles hosted by Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols) what he thought about Guns singer Axl Rose‘s current stint fronting AC/DC. McKagan replied, ”Me and Slash and our ladies went over to London just to surprise Axl, and to see the AC/DC thing at the new Olympic stadium. And it was amazing. We got to see him do that thing with AC/DC, and it was magical . . . I think it energized the band — they were pretty energized — and the crowd was into it. It was cool. I’m super stoked for him.” (from Brave Words)

Tuesday, Jun 21

Let’s all vibe on rain for our California, Arizona and Nevada peeps.  Those wildfires are out of freakin’ control!!  When I lived in Cali, when the temps got that hot, we always said it was “earthquake weather.”  Let’s hope THAT doesn’t happen, eh?

Prophets Of Rage have canceled six shows on their upcoming summer/fall “Make America Rage Again” tour, while adding others and also confirming AWOLNation as the opening act on the run. The canceled dates are Hartford, CT on Aug 23rd, Wantagh, NY on Aug 28th, Virginia Beach on Aug 29th, Noblesville, IN on the 30th, Burgettstown, PA on the 31st and Tulsa, OK on Oct 7th. No reason has been given for the cancellations.  Before the tour launches on Aug 19th in Fairfax, VA, Prophets will play a one-off show in Cleveland on Jul 19th around the Republican National Convention.

Prophets Of Rage announced its formation earlier this month and consists of Rage Against The Machine members Tom MorelloTim Commerford and Brad Wilk along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. The band will be performing music from all three acts.  See Road Rage for all the dates.

The Pulse Of Radio says Bush has teamed with People.com and the UN Refugee Agency for the premiere of “People At War,” a video that honors World Refugee Day and a new petition circulating online with the hashtag #WithRefugees. Frontman Gavin Rossdale said, “We made this video to raise awareness about the terrible plight of refugees across the world. These are people who are forced to flee their homes for fear of violence, persecution and death.

Rossdale asks fans to visit www.unhcr.org/bush and sign the #WithRefugees petition that asks governments to work together to help.

Bush’s latest album, Man On The Run, was released in Oct 2014. It followed up Bush’s 2011 comeback effort, The Sea Of Memories, which was the first all-new Bush album in a decade.  Rossdale has been in the news for much of the past year due to his split with wife Gwen Stefani, who left her husband of 13 years after she allegedly discovered he was having an affair with their three sons’ nanny.

 

Ok, so everyone is scratching their heads about the news Robert Plant has declined the offer to invite Led Zeppelin to perform at this October’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA. It’s been reported the band was offered $14 million to play the two reunion performances. Ya know, I can understand why.  Robert’s voice isn’t what it used to be. He simply can’t hit those high notes any more, and I guess he doesn’t want to look bad on stage.  I mean, he could have the tunes re-arranged so he could sing in a lower register, but if he wants the “song to remain the same,” I guess he just wants fans to remember “laughter.”  (Play on lyrics here, folks! lol)   But I wonder, the rest of the band could still do these shows with another singer if they really wanted.  Hmmmm. But would they?   I mean, did anyone see Jason Bonham‘s Led Zeppelin Experience set at Rock on the Range a few years ago?  For this original Zeppelin fan, it was amazing! I am sure there are thousands of fans who would be happy to see 3/4′s of the original band.  Just sayin’!  Wonder what Jimmy Page is thinking?

Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington and members of Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne‘s band, Queens Of The Stone Age and more all performed last Tuesday night (Jun 14th) in Los Angeles with the Hellcat Saints, a covers act created by Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner. Among the songs performed were Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Down,” Alice In Chains‘ “Them Bones,” Guns N’ Roses‘ “Paradise City” and Black Sabbath‘s “Hole In The Sky.” Fan-filmed video footage of the event has been posted online. (Thanks Blabbermouth!)

Rolling Stone reports Marilyn Manson is featured in a trailer for the new film Let Me Make You A Martyr, which will premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal next month. The crime movie about an abusive father features Manson playing a Native American hit man named Pope. Manson said about the film, “It was the biggest role that I’ve played. On the script, I’d say I was on half of the pages. I don’t know how the movie will end up though.”

Well, our friends in Islander have posted a video for their new single, “Bad Guy.” Arin Illejay has been confirmed as their new drummer. Arin was most recently with Avenged Sevenfold. Look for Islander’s new album Power Under Control our Aug 05th.

“‘Bad Guy’ is a song about speaking the truth, telling someone something that they need to hear even though it may not be what that person wants to hear. This song is the response to
[previously released] ‘Darkness’,”   explains vocalist Mikey Carvajal

Carvajal goes on to note that “The songs on Power Under Control are meant to be listened to together in the same way that a book is to be read. If someone were to skip the chapters in a book, the story may be exciting, but a lot of the meanings would be lost.

The founding Islander member and vocalist was joined by Love And Death  wunderkind guitarist J.R. Bareis in 2015, leading the band on a powerful new path. The seeds of this relationship were planted during 2014′s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, when word of Islander‘s performances quickly spread to the tour’s headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Korn — who flocked to watch the band almost daily. Bareis, who was then guitar tech for Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, soon found himself in the role as  Islander‘s new guitar player. Shortly thereafter, Islander recruited bassist Zeke Vasquez (ex-Foreveratlast), and after a couple revolving seats behind the drum throne, newly exited A7X skinsman Arin Ilejay became a permanent fixture snapping sticks and cymbals behind the kit.

Islander will immediately hit the road in support of the album, kicking things off at the Chicago Open Air pre-party on Jul 14. Additional dates will soon be announced.

And finally today, the History Channel has posted a new trailer for the new Jack & Ozzy Osbourne series, “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.”  The series starts Wednesday night,  Jul 27th.  It looks like the male version of The Osbournes!  LOL  Meanwhile, even though it’s been said Ozzy is living back in his home in LA, I heard Sharon did not speak to Ozzy while Black Sabbath was at Download in England a few weeks ago. The cold shoulder must be killing Ozzy!

Monday, Jun 20

Whoops.

Oh man.  Did you ever forget you put a bottle of wine or beer in the freezer and then it exploded?  Yeah, that was me.  My BF is not happy right now.

‘Tallica

The Pulse Of Radio
reporting Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke to Citizens Of Humanity magazine (listen here) about the musical direction of the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic, tentatively due in the fall. He said, “It definitely sounds like Metallica. It’s probably a little less frenetic than the last record. The last one (producer) Rick Rubin really encouraged us to for the first time be inspired by our past. It was the first time we sort of looked in the rearview mirror. This time around it’s a little bit of a different thing.

Ulrich continued, “We’re not working with Rick, we’re working with the engineer from the last record, who’s producing, Greg Fidelman. So there’s some of the same production elements at play, but we’re expanding a little bit on the sonics. It’s probably a bit more of a diverse record than the last one. It’s exciting, but I don’t have quite the perspective yet.

Ulrich also addressed the eight-year gap between studio albums, the longest of the band’s career, by saying, “I think what’s happened is our families and our domestic responsibilities are so important to us now, so we just have a new model. We’re sort of constantly doing something but never to the point of the needle going in the red, but Metallica really hasn’t sort of shut down since around 2005, and it’s a model that works for us.”  He added, “We never work at 110 percent to the point where we drive ourselves nuts, but are sort of constantly working at two-thirds, you know — when we make the record we’re writing and we’re recording, but we’re doing it incrementally. There’s always stuff going on. It’s the way we like it. It keeps us engaged.”

Ulrich told us not long ago that Metallica no longer wants to devote large chunks of time to any one project: You know, Metallica, in order for it to be true and pure and honest, has to be fun. And so the days of, you know, writing for a year and then recording for a year and then going on the road for three years — those kind of endlessly long cycles — they’re just behind us. I don’t think we have the stamina to do anything for those elongated periods of time any longer.”

Metallica worked on the new disc on and off over the past few years, in between other projects that included a series of short tours, a film, the restoration of some of their early albums and other projects.  The band recently completed recording at its headquarters in San Rafael, CA and has now begun mixing the new disc, which is expected out before the end of the year or early next.  I would suspect a single could come out later this summer, perhaps in time for their show in Minneapolis on Aug 20th.

This sucks.  The Pulse of Radio also reporting a record store in Istanbul, Turkey hosting a Radiohead listening event was rocked by violence on Friday (Jun 17th) when a group of men stormed the shop and attacked the customers. The men, who witnesses said were carrying metal pipes and glass bottles, were reportedly angry that the patrons in the store were drinking alcohol and listening to music during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

The situation became violent and a Periscope video has surfaced online in which you can hear but not see the altercation. A man claiming to be one of the hosts of the event wrote on Reddit, “I was one of the hosts. I am the person that’s speaking in that video. I am the owner of that periscope account. They were determined to kill us. We were beaten by more than 20 men with pipes in their hands, beer bottles were broken on our heads. I don’t even know how we made it out. I will share the details later guys, just hoping that no one will die.”

It was later reported by Turkish news agencies that no one was seriously injured, though one person was reported to be bleeding from the head after being hit with a bottle. Other reports suggested that several people, including the Korean store owner and several women, had been hurt.

Radiohead issued a brief statement on Friday night (Jun 17th), saying, “Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul. We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past. For now, we can only offer our fans in Istanbul our love and support.

The event, dubbed Live From A Moon Shaped Pool, took place at record stores around the world and included an “exclusive day-long audio stream from the band,” along with competitions, “instructional artworks” and more.  The global event commemorated Friday’s release of the new Radiohead album, A Moon Shaped Pool, in CD and vinyl editions, along with its streaming debut on Spotify.

The Black Key: Patrick Carney & Dan Auerbach

Pulse also reporting Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has joined the list of musicians piling on YouTube and slamming the Google-owned streaming service for its artist royalty payouts. According to Billboard, Carney said in a series of tweets last Thursday (Jun 16th) artists aren’t getting paid the money they are due from YouTube due to unauthorized videos. He added any artist who is invested in a streaming service but doesn’t speak out for fair pay is a “sell out.”

Carney tweeted, “Give me five minutes on @youtube and I probably can find 250 songs that are available which the artist isn’t getting paid for. At least.”  He continued, “A sell out in my book in 2016 is anyone that takes a share in a streaming company who also is an artist and doesn’t advocate for fair pay.” He did not mention any artists specifically by name, although a number have taken shares in the streaming service Tidal.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails slammed YouTube over its royalty payments last week, saying they’re considerably less than those made by Spotify and Apple Music. Reznor also called out YouTube for allowing stolen content to be posted.

YouTube responded in a statement, ”Today the revenue from fan uploaded content accounts for roughly 50 percent of the music industry’s YouTube revenue. Any assertion that this content is largely unlicensed is false. To date, we have paid out over $3 billion to the music industry — and that number is growing year on year.”

Lots of artists are speaking out daily. Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory has been very vocal of late, as well as Corey Taylor, who will be on the hotLine Wednesday. Stay tuned for more.

Happy for our friends in Islander.  The band returns to the scene this summer with a new member in the lineup and a sophomore album titled Power Under Control. The disc is due out on Aug 5th and follows up 2014′s debut, Violence & Destruction. Only singer Mikey Carvajal remains from the original band, while among the new members is drummer Arin Ilejay, who was dismissed last year from Avenged Sevenfold after a four-year stint with that group.

Carvajal told us how Ilejay ended up in Islander: When Islander did the Mayhem festival with Avenged Sevenfold a couple of years ago, me and Arin, we just became really close and we just kept in touch ever since. And we used to actually joke around, like, ‘Dude, it would be so funny if you came and played with us or filled in some shows for us. It was just kind of like a joke between friends, and then all of a sudden the opportunity actually came up for him to go out with us, and he joined the band and it’s just been great.

Ilejay spoke with Rolling Stone about being ousted from Avenged Sevenfold and joining Islander, saying, “I was totally shocked and scared out of my mind when (Avenged guitarist) Synyster Gates called me to let me go. I was like, ‘Oh my God! My wife is about to have a baby. How am I going to support my family now?‘”  He added he never felt like he was ever truly part of Avenged Sevenfold, saying, ”I realized if I joined Islander I would have an opportunity to help write songs and build something, instead of being on the inside but, at the same time, really be on the outside the way I was with Avenged.”

A track from Power Under Control, titled “Darkness,” is online now. The first official single is called “Bad Guy.”  The other members of Islander include former Korn guitar tech and Love And Death‘s J.R. Bareis on guitar and bassist Ezekiel Vasquez.  Islander will play the Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, WI on Jul 16th.

 Happy 43rd today to Chino Moreno of Deftones, Crosses, Team Sleep, Palms and a bunch more.  And Happy 45th to Twiggy Ramierez, aka Jeordie White, of Marilyn Manson’s band.

Friday, Jun 17

Chili Peppers video shoot -photo courtesy Olivia Wilde Twitter 

Happy Friday all!  The Pulse Of Radio reporting this morning Red Hot Chili Peppers released their 11th studio album, titled The Getaway today (Jun 17th). The follow-up to 2011′s I’m With You is its first with producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, who took over after the group’s 25-year, six-album run with Rick Rubin.

Burton had a different method of working than Rubin, which Flea told Lou Brutus made him nervous at first:  I was concerned that we would lean so far in his direction that we would lose the intensity of who we were, but it was a real eye-opening, healthy, new chapter for us that helped us to grow, you know, and I feel so excited about the record. I just feel great. It feels like a new chapter. It’s exciting, I feel a real momentum and power and energy just flowing through us right now.”

Production on the disc was delayed last year when Flea broke his arm in a skateboarding accident, while last month singer Anthony Kiedis was stricken with an intestinal ailment that forced the quartet to cancel two shows.

Director Olivia Wilde gets comfy on set of new Red Hot Chili Peppers video “Dark Necessities”

The band has also released the music video for “Dark Necessities,” the first single from the new CD.  The clip was directed by actress Olivia Wilde, whose career so far has encompassed roles on the TV series VinylHouse and The O.C., while her film credits include The Lazarus EffectHerTron: LegacyRushThe Change-UpCowboys And Aliens and many more.

The Chili Peppers are currently in the midst of European festival season, but will play several Canadian festivals next month before headlining Chicago’s Lollapalooza on July 30th.

And not to be ignored, here is the RHCP “Carpool Karaoke” performance on the Late Late Show with James Corden.  Hilarious.

Well that’s healing nicely, Corey Taylor!

Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan spoke with Metal Hammer magazine about singer Corey Taylor‘s recent surgery for spine and neck injuries, which forced the band to push back the beginning of it summer North American tour with Marilyn Manson by two weeks. Crahan said, “I think Corey’s awesome. He got his neck cut in two . . . He went through some serious s**t. What happened and what he had to do is pretty f**king serious, and the fact that he actually wants to go back out amazes me. But we’re doing it and everything’s cool. I’ve been talking to him and he’s great, and things are good.”

The trek, which also includes Of Mice & Men in the opening slot, was supposed to kick off on Jun 9th in Salt Lake City but will now begin on Jun 28th in Nashville.  Crahan was impressed that the band got this far on its current tour cycle before someone had a serious injury, saying, “We’ve been on this tour about two years. That’s a lot, so it’s amazing that we got this far.

The summer trek is likely to be Slipknot’s last in support of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, which was released in October 2014.   Following the tour, Slipknot and Black Sabbath will co-headline the combined Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a two-day festival scheduled for Sep 24th and 25th in San Bernardino, CA.  Corey will be on the hotLine next week, so stay tuned to hear him on the air with Lou Brutus very soon!

 

Poor Chris Howorth of In This Moment.  You know how he’s been suffering with acute arthritis in his neck and shoulders which was the reason the band was forced to cancel their European run.  According to Loudwire, he admitted to radio station KBAT he has been dealing with the pain for the better part of a decade and in 2008 began to take painkillers after every show. He told the Texas radio station, “I would take one to help me with the pain after the show and as everyone knows, one turns into two. I started taking them before the show because it would make me have a better show. That went on for probably about three years and I think I did a lot of overreaching and overdoing it and I was masking what was going on. I’ve been clean now for about two years.”

Howorth added, “Every time we’d go on tour I’d have to figure out a way to find enough pills to do the tour. It’s a horrible way to live. It’s a bummer that I did so much damage over the years and it caught up with me in this way and effected my band and our career a little bit. It’s just a lesson, you know?

In the interview, Howorth cited the dependence of people around the country on opioids and even the death of Prince as reasons for why he wanted to go public with the story of his own addiction.  Despite his arthritis diagnosis, Howorth said earlier this week that he is ”determined to continue writing and performing with my band.”

Howorth co-founded In This Moment with singer Maria Brink over a decade ago. The pair remain the band’s only original members.  The band’s North American tour is scheduled to kick off tonight (June 17th) in Sioux City, IA. Lou Brutus will catch up with the band at BOB ROCKS 101.5‘s big show at Shiley Acres on Jul 9th as it is a stop on the Hell Pop Tour with In This Moment, Hellyeah, Shaman’s Harvest and Sunflower Dead!  So look for a Brutus appearance there!   In This Moment will also be special guests later this summer on Korn and Rob Zombie‘s co-headlining trek The Return Of The Dreads.

Celebrating birthdays this weekend:  Saturday:  Paul McCartney is 74, Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses is 53.  Sunday, my boy Head, Brian Welch, of Korn is 46 and Ann Wilson of Heart is 66.  Check out my new video interview with Head on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel and subscribe so you don’t miss a thang! (It will be posted later today!)

Thursday, Jun 16

More Metallica news starts Dirt today!  The Pulse Of Radio reporting frontman James Hetfield has confirmed the band has completed recording its long-awaited 10th studio album for a late 2016 release. Speaking with NBC Sports recently before Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final in San Jose, Hetfield explained, “We’re mixing it now, so hopefully by fall it’ll be out and hitting people’s ears. We’re super stoked about it. It’s been a long time coming, and, you know, this is what we do. We love playing. And the next album is exactly what it’s supposed to be. So we’re excited about it.”

Drummer Lars Ulrich recently said in an interview that June would be the month in which the band will begin deciding on what to call the album and how they plan to release it to the public.  The disc will follow up 2008′s Death Magnetic and marks the longest gap between studio albums in the band’s 33-year recording history. The band previewed a new song called “The Lords Of Summer” live last year, although there’s no word on whether that song is on the album.


Lars Ulrich’s wife, Jessica Miller  Photo credits: Lars Ulrich

In other news, Ulrich recently shot a series of black-and-white images featuring his wife, model Jessica Miller, for a new denim collaboration between Citizens Of Humanity and German e-commerce site MyTheresa.com. The collection launched this week at both sites and prices range from $408 to $536 on items including vests, jackets and jeans.  Who knew Lars was a photographer?!

Tom  Morello and Brendan O’Brien in the studio.  Photo  from The Prophets of Rage Twitter page

Rage Against The Machine has always been a political band, speaking out about injustice and inequality.  The new offshoot, The Prophets of Rage, is no different. The Pulse Of Radio announcing Rage Against The Machine and Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello will headline a series of shows this summer to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which was signed earlier this year and which Morello opposes. According to Loudwire, the tour will kick off on July 23rd in Denver with a free show at the Summit Music Hall. Other artists on the bill will include Anti-FlagAnt-Man actress Evangeline LillyFlobots and Downtown Boys.

Morello said about the TPP, “Working people everywhere have had enough. The TPP is nothing short of a corporate takeover of our democracy. That’s why people are rising up to stop it. Corporate lobbyists want to sneak the TPP through Congress quietly; that means it’s time for us to get loud.

Morello told us a while back that he’s never been afraid to use his platform as a musician to speak out on the issues that concern him: “People ask the most asinine questions, like, well, why — ‘I don’t want to hear from you — shut up and rock,’ you know. But when you pick up a guitar, you don’t put down your First Amendment rights. What I would say is ‘You should be speaking out as well.’ Like, why should we just leave it to a bunch of billionaires and crooks to run our country?”

Morello will also be busy this summer with the Prophets Of Rage tour. The band, which features the instrumental section of Rage Against The Machine along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, launches the tour on Aug 19th in Fairfax, Va.

The Prophets Of Rage entered the studio this week to record a brand new song called “The Party’s Over,” which the band premiered at its recent live shows. The group is using veteran producer Brendan O’Brien, who has previously worked with Rage Against The Machine,  Pearl JamAC/DCStone Temple Pilots and others.

SIDE NOTES: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries. It was signed on February 4th after seven years of negotiations. Its stated goals are to “promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections.”

Meanwhile, expect  The Prophets of Rage to be doing a protest show at this summer’s Republican National Convention.

Bullet For My Valentine: Padge, Jamie, Matt, Moose

Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck told hardDrive a while back his band has an EP in the works they plan to release at some point.  According to Blabbermouth, Matt told Finland’s Kaaos TV,  ”It’s still work in progress. We’ve been so busy touring, man, that we just really heaven’t had the creative head on to get stuck into writing stuff. We’ve been touring since the New Year, really, and we were touring in July last year right to Christmas, so the schedule has been so manic that everyone is just not there yet. We need a little bit of downtime to regroup and get creative. We just wanna get in the studio and write a couple of songs, just for fun, and get it out there. There’s no real gameplan behind it. We just feel that when we have a bit of downtime, we’d like to get into the studio and just release a couple of songs for fun.

 

I’ve heard of axe throwing contests at Scottish games, but this is a new one from the metal world! Check out Pure Grain Audio‘s coverage of Killswitch Engage‘s Jesse Leach vs Joel Stroetzel  as they toss axes at massive wooden targets at BATL in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Love it! Thanks Blabbermouth!

Well, gotta dash.  Pierce The Veil is headed into the studios today.  We’ll record frontman Vic Fuentes doing an acoustic performance and speak with the band for an upcoming hardDrive DL podcast and interview for our shows.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, Jun 15

What else can possibly happen down in Orlando? A two-year old dragged away by an alligator at Disney World?  I don’t even know what to say!  Crazy!

I do know that cyber geeks are really messing with us!  In the past couple of weeks, two different attacks on my personal computer and a huge one on our website on Monday from some ass wipe in the Seychelles!  The freaking SEYCHELLES? Gimme a break! Go get a life, dude, seriously!  But I guess we aren’t alone, as you will see in this next story.

Foo Fighters

The Pulse of Radio reporting Foo Fighters filed a lawsuit on Monday (Jun 13th) in Los Angeles against the world-famous 328-year-old insurance market Lloyd’s of London, along with several insurance companies and the insurance broker responsible for securing the policies, Robertson Taylor. According to Billboard.com, the suit alleges the companies have “failed to pay amounts that even they appear to recognize are due and owing” on insurance claims the band made for several shows canceled during its 2015 world tour.

Some of the shows were scrapped after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg on Jun 12th, 2015, during a show in Gothenberg, Sweden. The injury resulted in the cancellation of seven shows. Three of those dates are mentioned in the suit: two shows at London’s Wembley Stadium and one at Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield Stadium.

After his leg was treated, Grohl went on to perform 53 concerts, mostly while seated on a custom-made “throne” onstage.

The lawsuit stated, “After paying certain amounts owed under the Cancellation Policy for four of the canceled performances, [the insurers] began searching for ways to limit their payment obligations on the other three performances.”

The complaint also alleged that Grohl’s insistence on carrying out the tour saved insurers “tens of millions of dollars in claim payments” that would have been owed had they canceled the entire trek.

The second part of the Foos’ complaint is focused on four shows canceled in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, alleging, ”Foo Fighters reasonably expected that the Terrorism Policy would provide them coverage for the four November 2015 performances . . . [the insurers] have engaged in a seemingly never-ending series of requests for increasingly irrelevant information.”

The suit claims that seven months later, the insurers “have not paid or offered to pay a single penny of Foo Fighters’ terrorism coverage claim.”  The Foos are seeking damages, punitive damages to cover London Market Insurers’ and Robertson Taylors’ “despicable” conduct, and attorney’s fees.  Foo Fighters are currently on hiatus for probably the rest of 2016 after touring extensively last year.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports the Foo Fighters website was hacked with images of an ISIS flag, an automatic weapon and the words “Be prepared” the day after the Paris attacks occurred.  Crazy!

My Rock Sistas:  Costa Nostra PR’s Kirsten Sprinks, the amazing Lzzy Hale and Costra Nostra PR’s Michelle Kerr at the Golden Gods Awards/London Jun 13  (photo courtesy Michelle Kerr)

Congrats to our good friend Ms Lzzy Hale of Halestorm who was bestowed a Golden God Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award!  So AWESOME!   Yesterday, we reported on Joey Jordison winning his special award, and here is a complete list of this year’s winners as given by Metal Hammer magazine in London. Lzzy is pictured above with her award flanked by the amazing PR team of Kirsten Sprinks and Michelle Kerr of Costa Nostra PR.  They are some of the BEST publicists for rock in the world if you ask me!  ;)

 

Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 winners

 

Best New Band: Creeper
Best Underground: Enslaved
Best UK Band: Asking Alexandria
Best International Band: Ghost
Breakthrough: Beartooth
Best Live Band: Lamb Of God
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award: Lzzy Hale
Best Independent Label: Prosthetic Records
Best album: Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls
Riff Lord: Phil Campbell
The Inspiration Award: Anthrax
Icon: Nikki Sixx
Global Metal: Chthonic
The Golden God: Joey Jordison
Best video: Vice Grip by Parkway Drive
Spirit Of Hammer: Triple H

 

Chino Moreno of the Deftones at Rock On The Range  (photo credit: Suzy Cole)  

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno will play a special solo acoustic set inside an Icelandic volcano on Jun 18th. The intimate show will take place during Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival, where Deftones is headlining a bill that includes 177 acts. Moreno has been picked to play ”Secret Solstice Presents Inside The Volcano,” which will mark the first time in history an artist has performed publicly inside a volcano for just 20 lucky ticket holders.

Twenty people and Chino will fit in here…pretty rad!  

The fans and Moreno will be lowered 400 feet into the magma chamber of the volcano, which is dormant and last erupted more than 4,000 years ago.  There have been several live performances over the years on top of volcanoes, but never inside one. The event sold out in mere days, even before any announcement of an artist was made. Icelandic act Snorri Helgason will open with Moreno with a short set.

Secret Solstice 2016 is held between June 16th and 19th, with Deftones filling the top slot on the 18th.  The festival will mark Deftones’ first-ever visit to Iceland as the band continues its world tour in support of its recently released eighth album, Gore.

In related news, Loudwire says Chino Moreno, whose side projects include Crosses and Team Sleep, has another one called Saudade. The band, which features members of veteran hardcore acts Bad Brains and Cro-Mags, has released one song and has, according to Moreno, another 12 or 13 mostly instrumental tunes written. Moreno said the new music is “more likely to be something that I leak out or let people hear, as opposed to something we’ll package up and try to sell. That’s not the idea behind it.”

In case you missed it yesterday because I added it in after I had posted the early news, Ghost have announced their fall POPESTAR Tour.  Find all the dates in Road Rage.

Finally today,  The Pulse of Radio  reporting the first trailer for Rob Zombie‘s new horror thriller, 31, has been released. Written and directed by Zombie, the film follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game and survive 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will be made available on Sep 16th.

Zombie told Lou Brutus  he came up with the idea for 31 after another movie he was working on failed to take off: This movie grew out of my frustration of spending two years working on this movie about the Philadelphia Flyers that never went, and at that point I was like, ‘I’ve got to think of a simple premise that I know I can get made, and I can make it for a reasonable budget.’ And I came up with the idea for31, which was just, you know, five people being kidnapped on Halloween and taken to this remote location where they have to play, like, this game where they become the prey and they’re hunted. Whoever I told, they were like, ‘Okay, we’re in, we’ll do it.’

31 stars Rob’s wife Sheri Moon ZombieMalcolm McDowellJeff Daniel Phillips and Meg Foster.

Zombie had to submit multiple cuts of the film to the MPAA ratings board to get an R rating, after the group slapped the film with an NC-17 twice. Zombie has said that an unrated cut of the film will be issued on DVD.  Zombie’s other films include The Devil’s RejectsThe Lords Of SalemHalloween and House Of 1000 Corpses.

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

 

Gotta go.  Skillet’s John Cooper will hit the hotLine today.  Thanks for reading.

 

Tuesday, Jun 14

It’s Flag Day!  Wave it proudly!

Metallica‘s in the news.  Lars Ulrich told Metal Forces this month of June will see tons of activity surrounding their next album.  First off, they are in the mixing stages of the record. Producer Greg Fidelman is on it out at their studios in San Rafael, CA.  Must be nice to have your own studio, your own label and be able to do things your own way! What the band is strategizing now is when and how to distribute it to the world. HOPEFULLY, if the planets are aligned, they may drop a single this summer.   But who knows. They don’t have a deadline they are trying to meet just yet.

Meanwhile, I listened to this snippet of the new single, the title track, “Beautiful Broken,” from the forthcoming Heart album.  Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are back and have invited Metallica frontman James Hetfield to lend his vocals on the title tune. Look for the album Jul 08.

Congrats to Volbeat!  Grammy Award®-nominated, gold-certified Danish hard rock outfit storm to the top of multiple charts with their sixth full-length, Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie [Republic Records], debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. This marks not only the band’s highest charting album debut but one of the highest Top 200 Album Chart debuts by a Danish artist (previously held by Lukas Graham) in history. In addition, the quartet captures #1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums chart and #4 on the Top 200 Consumption chart.

Internationally the album has also hit #1 in over seven countries and counting. On day of release the album soared to #1 on iTunes in over 15 countries and hit single The Devil’s Bleeding Crown has remained #1 at Active Rock Radio for 6 straight weeks! The song also created another record for the band as it had the highest single sales week in the band’s history. Check out Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie here.

Frontman Michael Poulsen told us that “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” has been misunderstood by some people: “‘The Devil’s Bleeding Crown,’ there was actually some people, after they heard it, (they) said, ‘Is Volbeat a Satanic band?’ Just because we used the word ‘devil.’ But I can promise for you that we are not a Satanic band, but we are not a follower of God either, you know. We believe in Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and a little bit of Slayer, so you know, that’s our (laughs) — if that’s a religion, I guess it is for some people.”

Produced by longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen and co-produced by frontman Michael Poulsen and lead guitarist Rob Caggiano, the record includes a total of 13 new tracks, reflecting their signature hybrid of rock prowess, metal power, blues soul, and rockabilly swing.

Adding to their news this week, Volbeat announced a massive North American tour kicking off at Rise Above Festival in Bangor, ME and includes appearances with Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold at the first ever rock show in the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN as well as appearances at Heavy MTL in Montreal, High Elevation Fest in Denver, CO and Rock Allegiance Festival in Philadelphia, PA.

Special guests Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard will be supporting the band throughout the tour. Additionally, the tickets for the Volbeat headline dates will include a copy of Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie in your choice of digital download or CD. If you’ve already purchased the album, you’ll also have the option of gifting your copy. See the full itinerary in Road Rage.

Papa and his Nameless Ghouls

Oh NO!   Hennemusic is reporting Ghost was forced to cancel a pair of festival appearances in the U.K. and the Netherlands this past weekend after frontman Papa Emeritus III came down with a case of laryngitis. The band said on social media, “Papa Emeritus III has been sick for a week and had a very weak voice on Friday nights’ show at Download Paris. Waking up on Saturday with no voice at all, doctors’ orders were rest and absolutely no talking.” In typical Ghost fashion, the band added, “Fornicating, however, was no problem so we have sent him to a so-called ‘Adult Spa’ somewhere in Northern Europe to recuperate.” The band intends to resume its European tour on Jun 15th and will return to North America in late July.  Get well soon, Papa!  See new tour dates for GHOST’s POPSTAR TOUR in Road Rage!

Bottom’s Up!

Well, this gives new meaning to “Have A Drink On Me.”  AC/DC are launching a line of tequila sometime this summer.  It joins other AC/DC-branded adult beverages like Rock Or Bust beer, plus Hells Bells and Back In Black wine.

Joey Jordison

Just in time for him to revel in his new band’s,  Vimic,   Smash or Crash win, Blabbermouth reports former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has revealed he has been fighting transverse myelitis, an inflammatory disorder that temporarily robbed him of the ability to play drums.

Ever since Slipknot parted ways with Jordison in December 2013, both sides were silent and evasive about the reason why the split occurred.

While accepting the the “Golden God” award at last night’s (Monday, June 13) Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards event in London, England, Jordison gave an emotional speech in which he spoke about his exit from Slipknot for the first time. You can watch the speech at around the 16:30 mark in the above link. He said: “Towards [the] end of my career in Slipknot — and I want you all to give praise to them as well. We accomplished a lot in life, every one of them, and I wish them nothing but luck and the best of praises. Cause what we created in the basements of Des Moines, Iowa will never be matched. It’s one thing that is fucking absolutely fucking unbeatable. I love those guys very much… Towards the end of my career in Slipknot, I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis. I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym, and I got myself back in fucking therapy to fucking beat this shit. And if I could do it, you could do it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, more than fucking anything.”

He continued: “To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, or anything like that, I am living proof that you can fucking beat that shit. And fucking metal and all of these fans will do it for you. This is the fucking world right here. You can beat this shit; no joke. Just the fact that metal lives in your heart, you can fucking accomplish anything.”

According to the Cleveland Clinic, transverse myelitis is a neurological condition produced by abnormal inflammation in the spinal cord, resulting in a block of the nerve impulses and neurologic symptoms. Transverse myelitis is a rare disease, with a frequency estimated to be five new cases for every one million people.  Lou Brutus will be speaking with Joey very soon!

 


Monday, Jun 13

Hello!  Back from a lovely week of vacation in the Sunshine State, where it wasn’t very sunny (maybe a day and a half of total sun) and it wasn’t very happy at the end.  The horrific shootings in Orlando, both the murder of rising pop star Christina Grimmie and the 50 dead, 53 injured at the Pulse disco,  by sick men filled with rage and hate is just mind-numbing. This is not who we are!  It is so heartbreaking that our country has come to this.  That the ease of getting assault weapons is so incomprehensible. That this type of gun, outside of military use, is actually available to the public. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the right to own a gun.  I am dead against assault weapons.  Our leaders need to open their eyes…we need to ban these types of weapons. Before it happens again.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, their families and friends.

Orlando is home to many of our rock star friends, like Mark Tremonti and Trivium. This struck home especially for Matt Heafy of Trivium, who tweeted “My heart and brain are a wreck. At ‪#‎Paris‬ @DownloadFest we celebrated life and resilience, only to learn about so much death in ‪#‎Orlando‬.”  Matt also commented the band’s dressing room was searched by bomb sniffing dogs before their show in Paris.  This is new world we are living in for sure.

Pantera: Vinnie Paul, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Dimebag Darrell

Relating to the Christina Grimmie shooting, according to Blabbermouth, Pantera has issued a statement calling out the concert industry for not doing more to prevent future tragedies in the wake of the shooting death of Christina Grimmie.

On Friday (June 10), Grimmie, a former contestant on NBC‘s “The Voice”, was shot and killed following her performance in Orlando, FL while signing autographs. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Kevin Loibl of St. Petersburg, FL, didn’t appear to know Christina personally and is believed to have traveled to Orlando specifically to attack her and then fatally shot himself.

The manner in which Grimmie was murdered struck a chord with Pantera, whose guitarist, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was killed onstage more than a decade ago.

Earlier today (Sunday, Jun 12), Pantera released the following statement via the band’s official Facebook page:

“We are so sad and disappointed to hear that Christina Grimmie was gunned down the same way that Dimebag Darrell was. After Dime‘s murder, we all prayed that our industry (i.e. club owners & promoters) would do whatever they needed to do to protect artists from gun wielding fanatics. Sadly, that’s not the case and another rising star had to pay the consequences with her life. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE! RIP Christina & RIP DimeJeff ThompsonErin Halk, and Nathan Bray.”

Dimebag was co-founder and lead guitarist for Pantera. When Pantera broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DamagePlan. On Dec 8, 2004, while performing at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, OH, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.

Gale, an auto mechanic and ex-Marine, was described by some as an unstable man who once asserted Pantera had stolen his song lyrics and even his identity.

Vinnie sued Alrosa Villa over his brother’s death. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 2007 for what was described at the time as a nominal amount.  Fighting the lawsuit cost “in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Rick Cautela, the club’s owner, told The Columbus Dispatch. “We went from doing damn good to being broke — and came back.”

In a 2014 interview with the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, Vinnie spoke about his brother’s passing. He said: “It was a really hardcore, tragic event, and the guy [Nathan Gale] wanted to kill me, too. And somehow or another, I was lucky enough to escape that, and I’m still here, and I will do everything and anything I can to carry on the legacy and the tradition that my brother always had.”

Even though it’s been a decade since his brother’s murder, Vin still gets flashbacks of the day’s events “every night.” He says: “I don’t wanna remember it, I don’t wanna think about it, I don’t want anybody saying, ‘Hey, man…’ You know…”  He added, “It’s hard. It’s hard. But I’ve found peace.”

Crobot: They’re Baaaaccck!  
Well I know the staff around here are happy to hear this news!  Pennsylvania-based “groove rock” act Crobot will release its third album, Welcome To Fat City, on Sep 23rd. The retro rockers have just issued the first single from the disc, titled “Not For Sale.” Frontman Brandon Yeagley told Noisey about the track, ” (It) is an anthem for all of us who work hard enough to make our own luck. It’s a cry to hold on to our own humanity, never letting anyone else manipulate our destiny. Who paid your debt to be here? No one…and my soul is not for sale.

Welcome To Fat City is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2013′s Something Supernatural, which featured the rock radio singles “Nowhere To Hide” and “Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer.”   Crobot will begin a summer North American tour with Sevendust on Aug 2nd in Bloomington, IL, and will also appear in the fall at festivals like Rock AllegianceRevolution Rock and Louder Than Life.
Say hello to the new Mr and Mrs Jeremy Spencer!

On a VERY happy note, CONGRATULATIONS to Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer and his new bride, Sarah Lopez.  The couple was married on Saturday, Jun 11,  in Las Vegas.   Jeremy wrote on his Facebook page it was 100 degrees when they took their wedding pictures outdoors in the desert.  Hey, but it’s that DRY heat, man!  LOL

Chris Howorth/In This Moment

Chris Howorth of In This Moment has been diagnosed with acute arthritis in his neck and shoulders.  Oh man, I can totally relate!  Blabbermouth revealed the news.  But the guitarist is “determined to continue writing and performing” with his band despite the diagnosis, which forced the band to cancel its European tour due to what was described at the time as an injury to Chris‘s neck.

One of the factors effecting this were his dreads. They weighed 10 pounds!  Constant pressure from that definitely caused strain on the cartilage.

The guitarist, who co-founded In This Moment more than a decade ago with singer Maria Brink, revealed in a new Instagram post that he woke up one day several weeks ago “in severe pain and unable to move my head in any direction; it felt like my neck was fused.” Believing that he “must have unknowingly injured” his neck while working the day before in the band storage unit, Howorth immediately sought medical attention. Now, after four weeks of therapy and medication, Chris reports he is “getting some mobility back.”  After receiving his diagnosis from doctor, Chris says he has accepted the fact he will have to learn to live with the arthritis “from now on” but insists he is “determined to continue writing and performing with my band.”

He added: “I am gutted that this affected our European tour but I am truly grateful for your support and understanding. We hope to make it up to you as soon as we can. I’m looking forward to seeing friends and fans this summer in the States.”

Brink recently ruled out the possibility of In This Moment touring with a replacement guitarist, explaining that Chris ”is my partner, brother and one of my closest friends. I can’t bring myself to do this tour without him. It simply would not be In This Moment.”

In This Moment’s North American tour is scheduled to kick off on June 17 in Sioux City, IA.   The band recently spent time at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death PunchHellyeah, Disturbed, Papa Roach) working on the follow-up to  Black Widow, tentatively due later in the year, and find the band on the Return of the Dreads tour with Korn and Rob Zombie starting Jul 17th.

And finally today, this:

Blabbermouth has also posted the trailer for the new series, Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour,” the new show produced by the History Channel starring Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack.

“Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” is set to kick off Wednesday, Jul 27 at 10 p.m. and will feature the duo traveling the world together, exploring the history behind some of the planet’s most storied sites, while checking out some lesser known locations along the way.

In this new ten-episode hour-long non-scripted series, the self-proclaimed history nerds hit the road in a father-son journey they’ve waited years to take. There will be no roadies, no tour buses and no boundaries. Just a bucket list of iconic and historically significant spots that includes Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios and a hit list of some fascinating sights and people that they’ve read about. From a Cold War-era Missile Silo to Bletchley Park; from gold miner Rattlesnake Randy’s stream of dreams to vintage tank collector Allan Cors‘  private museum of working war machines, Ozzy and Jack get their eyes and hands on history.

The series is produced for History by T-Group Productions with Osbourne MediaJenny Daly, Jack Osbourne, R. Greg JohnstonPeter Glowski and Rob Lobl serve as executive producers. Matt Ginsburg is the executive producer for History.

In November, Ozzy returned to San Antonio, TX  as part of the History channel program — to apologize for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph in 1982. He was also spotted around Roswell, NM, where he and Jack visited the International UFO Museum, and they traveled to Cuba, where they spent almost a week.

Ozzy admitted to The Pulse Of Radio doing the History Channel show will help him fill in some blanks in his own knowledge of history: “Anything past World War II, I’m clueless,” he said. “I’m kind of up on World War II ’cause I was born a couple of years after. So I know quite a lot about World War II and Hitler and the Nazis and all that. But anything from before or after I don’t know anything about. So we’re going to Mount Rushmore, we’re going to the abandoned silos where you guys, America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It’s quite educational for me, actually.”