Dirt - Friday, Jan 27

 Man, Dave Navarro made a good point when he said nowadays, when he looks out into the audience, all he sees are cameras and smart phones focused on the stage.  Not like people are enjoying shows like they used to.  Case in point:  someone who went to see tool's opening night in Reno, filmed the entire show, all one hour and 35 minutes.  I mean, how can you really enjoy a concert doing that?  And now we can all see it on YouTube……Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody has joined Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan in the cast of the upcoming movie The Devil's Carnival. According to Artist Direct, Moody will play "the charming yet doomful character of Hobo Clown. For some spare change, he'll spin you a story, but you may not like the tale's outcome." The horror rock musical, a sequel to Repo: The Genetic Opera, is being directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed Repo as well as the second, third and fourth movies in the Saw franchise.  This isn't Ivan's first role.  He appeared in a straight to DVD film in 2009 called Bled. He played an ogre….I saw surprised to read about this today on Pulse of Radio: The marriage of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani could be on the rocks, according to a report from the tabloid magazine Star. The report alleges that the 46-year-old Rossdale and 42-year-old Stefani have been in and out of marriage counseling in an effort to save the relationship, which sources say has been battered by a continuous stream of revelations about Rossdale's past. One insider told the Star, "He's just not been honest with her about his past."  Just a couple of years after they were married in 2002, Rossdale confessed that he had a now 22-year-old daughter, model Daisy Lowe, from a previous relationship with designer Pearl Lowe.   In 2009,  Hole frontperson Courtney Love claimed to have had an eight-month affair with Rossdale — while he was dating Stefani. Love also hinted that Rossdale had cheated on his future wife with others as well. Sounded to me  Gavin was totally committed to Gwen when I spoke with him last.  He related a romantic Valentine's Day surprise he had for her last year and was wondering what he was going to do this year (a hard one to  top….you'll hear it on hardDriveXL on Valentine's Day!)  Anyhow, I hope this is all rumor, after all, it's coming from Star Magazine, where all credible news comes from!…..I had a great conversation yesterday with Lacey Sturm of Flyleaf!  She is so sweet!  She's at home with her husband and 9 month old son (Joshua and Jack, respectively)  while Jack is teething his first 4 teeth!  Poor kid!  Meanwhile, the rest of Flyleaf is recording in LA with producer Howard Benson.  She will join them in early Feb and said they have a lot of really cool songs and she can't wait to record!  I asked her if it will be hard leaving Jack when the band gets ready to tour, but she said both her husband and son will join her on the road.  She said she was inspired by Skillet, who bring their kids with them when they tour.  She even had Skillet over to her home recently when they had a day off in the Pittsburgh area and invited then  over to the house for a home-cooked meal and they made "monster cookies."  Hit up Lacey's Twitter page where she's posted photos!  Mmmmm.  Cookies.  Anyhow, be listening for the interview with Lacey on hardDrive and the XL soon and watch the music video for "Heavy Prey"  from the "Underworld:Awakening"  soundtrack, featuring Geno Lenardo, former guitarist for Filter.  It's a great song and a beautiful video! ….Speaking of Skillet, Lacey told me they are already working on new songs and they will also be recording this year, after this next leg of their tour (see Road Rage.)….I love this story:  Despite what moral watchdogs may think, the music of Metallica is good for you. That's the finding of Columbia University professor Galina Mindlin, who asserts in her latest book, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life: 10 Proven Ways Your Favorite Music Can Revolutionize Your Health, Memory, Organization, Alertness and More, that listening to songs with a certain number of beats per minute can generate specific mental states, such as productivity and relaxation. Mindlin said, "It's how music affects you — how it can improve your memory, how it can relieve anxiety, enhance your mood, how we can use playlists for specific tasks. Using music with certain frequencies, you really can create the desired state of mind." Along with Metallica, Mindlin says that certain songs by the Beatles, U2 and the Black Eyed Peas all can be used to improve people's mental and emotional states. Interesting. (from Gibson.com)….Here's something I know Lou Brutus will be looking into for "It Came from the Web":  In addition to fronting two bands, producing a feature film and running his own online marketing company, Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge recently launched Strange Times, a website focused on extraterrestrial life, paranormal activity, cryptozoology, conspiracy theories and other otherworldly or non-mainstream topics.  DeLonge explained to Noisecreep why he wanted to create the site, saying, "People forget that a lot of fringe stories routinely had disinformation and were marketed to be unbelievable by our own government for so long for a variety of purposes. So over the decades people became conditioned to think these stories are not real even when some of them were."  Asked if there was one mystery he would like to solve, DeLonge replied, "There's one riddle I'd love to solve – about ancient man on this planet and the capabilities we had. Like, the fact that we may have been to the moon or mars long ago . . . Did we go there a million years ago and are we just rediscovering it all now? I don't think we're working with little green aliens in a mountain, but I do think there's a lot of stuff in our solar system that's pretty trippy."….Have a great weekend!  Be sure to listen to hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus tonight and this weekend's hardDrive!   Happy 68th today to Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Happy 44th to Mike Patton of Faith No More/Tomahawk.  

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