Dirt - 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!

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