Dirt - Monday, Jan 23

Whoa. Nor’easter on the way!   Feeling bad for my friend who already has a hole in her roof.  Flood warnings.  Not good. Flooding rains in January. Climate change?

Meanwhile, I was so proud to have been a part of the Women’s March on Saturday here in NYC. To be a part of something so huge was just exhilarating, especially a protest march that was so peaceful all over the world. We rocked it, folks!

Audioslave performed together for the first time in over a decade on Friday night (January 20th), reuniting at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles as part of the Anti-Inaugural Ball, a star-studded concert protesting the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president. The band played of its best-known songs: “Cochise,” “Like A Stone” and “Show Me How To Live.”

Audioslave features Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell alongside Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk.  Prophets Of Rage, which also features the three Rage members plus Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real, also performed at the concert, which was livestreamed across the internet.

Audioslave came together in 2001 following the then-dissolution of both Soundgarden and Rage, releasing three studio albums and a historic concert set recorded in Cuba before Cornell exited in 2007, ending the band.

Cornell told U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine in 2015 that he would be open to an Audioslave reunion, saying, “I think it would be great . . . with the benefit of not having done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.”

Meanwhile, the other band Chris is part of, Soundgarden, is working away on their next album, which should be released later this year.  The band already has appearances set for most of the spring U.S. festivals.

Ghost announced they are returning to the states this summer, opening for the legendary Iron Maiden.  I have posted the dates in Road Rage. Ghost is currently working on new music, we expect will he heavier in nature.  OOOOHHHH, 2017 shaping up to be another banner year for hard rock!

We’re coming back! Wanna make something of it? 

Love them or hate them, (count me in the former)  Nickelback has a new song coming called “Feel The Machine.” I got a stream of the slamming rocker late on Thursday with this message:  You have been chosen to receive a private watermark stream of Nickelback’s upcoming single “Feed The Machine,” which will drop on 2/1/17 at 8am EST.  It will then be available on iTunes and Spotify at 11:30 am EST.  The band’s Summer tour will also announce this day as well.  Stay tuned for more to come.

This is the first new music from Nickelback in some time.  They did release a cover song back in November.  Probably from these same sessions.   And if you recall, the band had to cut their last tour short as Chad needed to undergo vocal chord surgery. Looking forward to speaking with Chad Kroeger in the coming days.

Oh I love this one!  Loudwire reporting Avenged Sevenfold had a fan come to the rescue during a show in Nottingham, England last Wednesday night (Jan 18th) when bassist Johnny Christ was feeling under the weather and unable to perform backing vocals. With singer M. Shadows looking to the crowd for help, he called out a fan named Daniel by saying, “You! You know every f**king lyric. You’re probably better than me, so why don’t you come up here and sing some f**king lyrics up there?” Daniel joined the band on “Nightmare” although he admitted he had blown his voice out earlier.  Watch the clip here!


Hellyeah has released a music video for “Love Falls,” the latest track issued from the band’s fifth studio album, Unden!able. The group will continue to support the record this spring, starting with a short five-date tour through its home state of Texas. Support will come from Sons Of Texas and The Crowned. The new tour dates are (subject to change):
March 1 – Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo
March 3 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock Casino (free show)
March 4 – Lubbock, TX – Wild West
March 5 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Chicago
March 7 – Corpus Christi, TX – Brewsters

And finally today,  rock stars continue to voice their opinions, like it or not.   Kirk Hammett of Metallica posted these Tweets.

Great we have the freedom of speech.  Live it every day!

Celebrating life today:  Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 64!

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