Dirt - Friday, Nov 20

Happy Friday!    Thank you, Microsoft.  Took nearly AN HOUR to have my computer take a new Windows 10 update. AN HOUR!   WTF!

In the news today from our sister company, The Pulse Of Radio…..

Foo Fighters have released a brief studio clip of a new song from the band’s upcoming EP, which will feature five new tracks recorded recently in Austin, TX. A Reddit page dedicated to the band also hinted that the title of the EP may be 2nd Century A.D.. The EP will be released through independent record stores on Record Store Day Black Friday next week (Nov 27th.)

The Foos posted a countdown clock on its site earlier this month counting down to midnight on November 22nd, along with a series of cryptic photos, some of which were apparently taken at the Hotel St. Cecilia in Austin.  According to reports, Dave Grohl told the audience during the band’s set at the Austin City Limits festival in October, “You know what I did last night . . . We recorded five f**king new songs in your beautiful city.”   Grohl has long acknowledged Austin as one of his favorite places, and the city was featured in the first season of the Foos’ HBO series Sonic Highways.  An unofficial track list for the EP includes the song titles ”Iron Rooster,” “Neverending Sigh,” “Saint Cecilia,” “Savior Breath” and “Sean.”  But this is  a teaser for “Nothing’s Set In Stone.”

Disturbed have posted their new video for “The Light.”  The clip was directed by Culley Bunker and Craig Bernard, who also are responsible for the artwork on their Immortalized album cover.  I understand a second video has also been filmed for another song off the album while the band was in LA filming “The Light.”

Pricey VIP incentives are a common thing at concerts these days, and Tool isn’t shying away from the concept on its just-announced 2016 North American run. The band is offering VIP packages for fan club members on the trek that include one ticket to the concert, admission for one into a VIP event in the venue, a VIP merchandise pack, early access to tour merchandise for purchase, refreshments, a photo opportunity and a live Q&A session with guitarist Adam Jones.  The total cost for one package? $500. Fans are allowed to purchase up to two packages only, and the subject of the Q&A session is subject to change at each stop on the tour.

Jones told us recently that the loyalty of Tool’s fans allows the band to record and tour on its own terms: Other bands who are successful come to our shows or see, like, our thing and go, ‘I don’t get it, dude. I don’t get how you do this. You’re not really on radio, you’re not, you know, you don’t play the game.’ And it’s because our fans are very passionate and we take kind of a back door to it.

Tool will embark on its U.S. tour in January, with the first confirmed date on January 9th in San Diego and the last so far on January 26th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just eight shows have been unveiled so far, although at least another eight are expected to be announced as well.  Direct support on the trek will come from Primus, with Los Angeles act 3Teeth also on the bill.  Tool hasn’t performed more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007.  Although the group has been working on new material, it’s next to impossible the band will have any new music out in time for the tour.

Yikes!  A tour bus carrying Oklahoma City band Hinder was involved in a crash on Wednesday (Nov 18th), while en route to the group’s next show. According to Blabbermouth, bassist Mike Rodden and the band’s lighting tech, identified as Clint, both suffered broken ribs in the incident, which happened outside Cookeville, TN. In addition, Hinder’s bus driver, Dave, was transferred to a hospital in Nashville where he underwent surgery.  Dave’s service dog, a 45-pound Australian Shepherd named Cuzco, briefly went missing after the accident but was eventually found.  The group, which was making its way to Charlotte, NC for the launch of a new U.S. tour, was forced to cancel its performances  there on Thursday night (Nov 19th) and in Baltimore tonight (Nov 20th). All tickets for both gigs were to be refunded at the point of purchase.

Evanescence did their first live show in 3 years in Nashville on Nov 13th and was followed by two other shows in Dallas and Los Angeles. The band also plays this weekend at Ozzfest Japan on Saturday (Nov 21st). Singer Amy Lee recently said there are no plans for the band to record new material, but that Evanescence may play more shows next year.  Check out their performance of “Going Under” here.

Hinder’s new full-length album, When The Smoke Clears, was released in May. The CD features the band’s new lead singer Marshal Dutton.  Dutton previously sang for Hinder on some tour dates during original frontman Austin Winkler‘s hiatus from the band in 2012.  After Winkler left for good in November 2013, the band initially recruited Nolan Neal to take his place.  Glad everyone will be ok!   Sorry about your tour bus, dudes!  That SUCKS! See more on Hinder’s Facebook page.

WOLFMOTHER have announced a Feb 19th release date for their highly anticipated new album, Victorious (Universal Music Enterprises). Fans around the world got a sneak preview of the album yesterday when Wolfmother premiered two tracks –  “Victorious” and “City Lights” –  which can be heard via Spotify HERE.  Fans can get “Victorious” and “City Lights” as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order VICTORIOUS on iTunes. The CD is also available for pre-order through Amazon HERE and pre-orders and exclusive merch bundles are also available at http://smarturl.it/wolfmotherstore.

Wolfmother will launch a headline tour of North America set to kick off Febr 24th at First Avenue in Minneapolis (see full itinerary in Road Rage). On Nov 30th at 10am, fans that have  signed up for Wolfmother email updates (at www.wolfmother.com) will receive a special code to purchase tickets before they are available to the general public. On Dec 4th, tickets go on sale to the general public. For more information, please visit www.wolfmother.com.

Blabbermouth reporting Drowning Pool have posted a preview of the single “By The Blood” online The track is taken from the band’s new album, Hellelujuah, which will arrive on Feb 05, 2016. The group has described the follow-up to 2013′s Resilience as its “most metal record to date.”

Have a great weekend.  Please, let’s all take care and extend kindness.

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