Dirt - Friday, Feb 03

 Had a great time yesterday with Sully Erna of Godsmack and Mike Mushok of Staind, who both came into the studios to promote their upcoming Mass Chaos Tour!  Guess I provoked Sully a little TOO much about our NY Giants beating his New England Patriots in this weekend’s Super Bowl!  When I wasn’t looking, he took a sharpie to our nylon Giants’ banner and wrote "SUCK SOOOOO  BAD!!!"  I had to run around to find a bottle of White Out to cover up his graffiti!  LOL  Was pretty funny actually!   Then I cracked the joke, "See the color of my finger nail polish?"  Sully said, "Yeah, they’re green."  I said, "Yeah, the color of the Patriots when they fly home losers from Indianapolis!"  Groan!  I know!  Anyhow,  Mike told us he wrote a song for some film project and gave it to Sully to sing vocals on. Sully is writing lyrics for it as we speak.  Could be interesting. Meanwhile, Godsmack is going to record 5 cover songs, (can’t tell ya the single yet,) all American rock classics, along with a live album.  Sully said his knee surgery went well.  He had to have it because he hurt it playing sports (hello, he plays volleyball!)  and the recovery is going fine.  He also answered some of your questions you sent in:  One was from Jill  in WI who wanted to know what the status is of the DVD Sully’s solo band filmed back in December.  He said it was in the works, being edited and trying to schedule it. It will definitely be released.  Another question from Brian about balancing the solo project with Godsmack.  To that he said, it hasn’t been a problem. He’s done this solo work while his other band has been on hiatus.  And Ed from the UK wrote in to find out if this tour will come to Europe.  They looked at each other and said, "That would be GREAT!"  And Sully said both bands will be touring (separately) this summer on the festivals, so there could very well be a chance for this to happen!  SO thanks to all who sent in questions.  And look for this tour, and a possible jam session between all the bands! (Maybe a cover song or two!)….Other news today:  Pulse of Radio reports Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has signed on to be an executive producer of a new sitcom for the FX cable network. According to Deadline, the show will star comedian Dana Gould and will focus on a rock band that’s about to become superstars but seeks therapy to avoid breaking up a la Metallica. The catch is that the therapist they enlist hates people and is on the brink of getting a divorce herself. Gould will write the series as well, and enlisted Grohl to come on board because he is a fan of Grohl’s music and because the former Nirvana drummer is known as a funny guy himself. Grohl is no big fan of band therapy, telling NME.com a while back, "I believe one of the reasons (Foo Fighters have) managed to stay together (is) because we just don’t tell each other everything."  …Pulse also reveals Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby have joined forces with Creed and Alter Bridge drummer Scott Phillips in a new outfit called Projected. According to Blabbermouth, the lineup also features guitarist/vocalist Eric "Erock" Friedman, who has played on Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti‘s upcoming solo debut, All I Was.  Interesting!…..This news is a bummer!  Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has announced  he’ll not be able to participate in the recording of the reunited band’s new album or perform with them on tour unless he is presented with what he described as a "fair agreement" and a "signable contract" that financially reflects his contributions to Sabbath’s history and his standing as a founding member of the band. Ward issued a statement in which he said in part, "At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a ‘signable’ contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band."   Ward said he worked last year in "good faith" with fellow original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, including rehearsals and a November press conference in Los Angeles. But then, he wrote, "Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another ‘unsignable’ contract was handed to me." The drummer, who played on 10 of Sabbath’s first 11 studio albums, emphasized, " Recording sessions for the original band’s first new album in 33 years were recently moved to London so that Iommi, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, could be close to his doctors."  Ozzy!!!!  Please have Sharon make this right!!! You can’t have a reunion without Bill!…..Birthdays this weekend:  Sat:  Alice Cooper can sing "When I’m 64!" and  Noodle (Kevin Wassrman) of the Offspring  turns 49!  Sun:  Duff McKagan turns 48 and Adam Carson of AFI will be 37.  Have a great weekend!  Listen to Lou Brutus tonight on hardDrive XL and this weekend on the world famous hardDrive!  See ya Monday!   

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