Dirt - Monday, Jul 10, 2017

Good morning folks!  Thanks for stopping by. Here’s what’s happening!

Our Canadian friends Thousand Foot Krutch have announced the release of a live-in-concert recording, Untraveled Roads. Featuring eight of the band’s last nine Active Rock radio songs, the 12-track album releases independently worldwide Sep 15.

TFK band members Trevor McNevan (lead vocals/songwriter), Joel Bruyere (bass) and Steve Augustine (drummer), along with tour guitarist Andrew Welch, deliver a raw, stadium-shaking live experience on Untraveled Roads. The album was recorded during this year’s 46-city Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, the fourth largest first quarter tour in the world (Pollstar) that was attended by nearly 500,000 people.  

“This album really captures that high-octane energy and electricity you’re meant to have at a TFK show, giving our new and old friends a taste of what these last three albums sound and feel like!” remarks McNevan, one of the most charismatic and versatile frontmen in rock music today. “The live aspect has always been a big part of who we are as a band, and what people have come to expect from us.”

This is a drag.  I saw this email from Green Day’s publicist, and when you see the headline “A Statement from Billie Joe Armstrong,” you know it’s something important.  It read:

Last night  (Friday, Jun 07) at the Mad Cool festival in Spain there was a horrific accident. An acrobat by the name of Pedro was killed during his performance before Green Day played our show. 

We are so sad for Pedro and his family and we pray for them in this time of grief. I can’t imagine how much suffering the friends and family are going through. 

Many of you are wondering why we continued to play our show after the accident.

Green Day did not hear about the accident until after our show was over. 

 We didn’t even know there was an acrobat performance at all. 

these festivals are huge. 

There are so many things happening at the same time it’s impossible to keep up with every performer/artist.. 

 We were in a back stage compound about a half mile away from the main festival stage. We were warming up ready to go at 11:25 pm.

15 minutes prior our tour management was told by local authorities to wait to go on stage because there was some sort of security issue. 

Security issues are a normal occurrence and procedure at any show.. we were NOT told why which is also normal. we waited as we were instructed. Still, We had no clue there was any such accident. 

We were given the ok. The band jumped into vans and drove to the main festival stage. 

This was to be the last show of our European tour and we were all so excited to play our hearts out one last time. 

We were on stage at around midnight and played around two and a half hours. Everything seemed normal. the crowd and fans had a good time. We got off stage and drove back to our artist compound. 

It was there when we were told the shocking news about Pedro. All of us were in disbelief. I don’t know why the authorities chose not to tell us about the accident before our concert. All we know is what was said after our concert. 

This has never happened in the 30 years Green Day have been performing live. 

If we had known prior to our performance we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heartless people. The safety and well being at any of our concerts absolutely comes first. 

What happened to Pedro is unthinkable. Once again we are heartbroken for his friends and family. and we are also shocked and heartbroken for anyone that had to witness this tragedy. 


                                                   Billie Joe Armstrong

Meanwhile, attendees at the festival were reportedly angry that the show continued after just a half-hour delay.  Festival organizers issued a statement explaining why they decided to continue the show, saying,  ”Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident that the aerial dancer suffered during the second day of the festival. For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming. We send our most sincere condolences to all his family.”

Funny, I had a dream that Maynard appeared in last night!  Now comes news of this!

A Perfect Circle and Korn lead the lineup of the 2017 edition of Knotfest Mexico, which will take place on Oct 28th at Foro Pegaso in Toluca, Mexico. Slipknot will not be on the bill, although singer Corey Taylor‘s other band Stone Sour will be. Also joining the festivities are Anthrax, Bullet for My Valentine, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, Taking Back Sunday, Children Of Bodom, Ill Nino and many others.

Slipknot will not be performing at the still-to-be-confirmed Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in California either, and Taylor told us the festival will be fine without its founders: I think in a lot of ways your festival has to live past you, or it’s not gonna live at all. If it has to live and breathe on your presence, then it’s not a festival and it’s not about anybody else except you. And for us, it’s always been more about the art and the music and everybody, so trying to provide that platform, that’s why we put so much work into it to begin with.”

Taylor is currently touring with Stone Sour in support of its new album Hydrograd, while the rest of Slipknot is on hiatus. A Knotfest documentary called Day Of The Gusano, filmed in 2015 in Mexico, will premiere on Sep 6th in theaters for a special one-night-only screening.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor posted a tweet on Friday (Jul 7th) in which he simply wrote “NEXT WEEK.” Fans began speculating a new EP could be arriving in the next few days from the band, since Reznor already said last month that new music would arrive before the group kicks off a string of summer shows that starts on July 23rd at the FYF Festival in Los Angeles.

The new disc would follow up last December’s surprise Not The Actual Events EP. Reznor wrote in early June, “Did you know there’s a new top-secret Nine Inch Nails EP that will be released before the first shows we do this summer? Did you know Not The Actual Events was the first part of a related trilogy of EPs that will be released about six to eight months apart? Now you do. More information on this shortly.”  Not The Actual Events was the first new NIN music since 2013′s Hesitation Marks album. (THE PRP.)

Chris Cornell courtesy Sub-Pop Records

The Pulse Of Radio says  Seattle theater is currently developing a grunge musical that could feature songs from some of the genre’s most iconic artists, including NirvanaSoundgarden and Alice In Chains. According to Rolling Stone, the Seattle Repertory Theatre has commissioned the project, which will feature an original story about “a brilliant grunge musician and the rival who may have killed him.” The musical takes place in Seattle in the early ’90s.

The show is still in the early stages, with a title, casting and premiere date yet to be confirmed. But the production will have access to the BMG publishing catalog, which includes albums from Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden and more. Final approval from the rights holders will still be needed for the song to be included.

The project would be the first musical to feature the music of Nirvana, although there have been rumors of a Broadway production using Kurt Cobain‘s songs for several years.

Nirvana biographer Charles R.Cross explained why Kurt Cobain’s music has had such a lasting impact on pop culture: The music that Kurt and Nirvana created is still considered some of the greatest music we’ve had in modern rock ‘n’ roll. You know, the albums still continue to sell, and as an influence of other bands and the sound of things that we still hear on the radio, I think you still hear the influence of Nirvana and Kurt. There are a whole bunch of reasons for that: I mean, the most notable being the fact that he just wrote incredible songs that touched so many people.”

The untitled musical is co-created and written by Wendy C. Goldberg, the artistic director of the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Goldberg will also direct the show, which will begin workshops later this year.

Brian & Hugh Warner-via Marilyn Manson Twitter

Sorry to share news of the passing of Marilyn Manson‘s father,  Hugh Warner, who died on Friday (Jul 7th), according to a post on Instagram from the singer. Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, wrote, “Today I lost my father, Hugh Warner. He taught me how to be a man, a fighter and a survivor. He taught me how to shoot a gun. How to drive. How to lead. He will always be the best dad in the world. Somehow and somewhere, I know he is with my mom now. I will keep my promise and never let you down. I miss and love you dad.”

Manson’s mother, Barbara Warner, died in 2014 at age 68. He wrote on Facebook at the time, “To my mother, the first and greatest believer in me . . . I hope I see you again someday. But not now, because I have more things I promised I would do. I’ll make you proud and satisfied that you know you made the son you wanted.”

Last month on Father’s Day, Manson posted that photo of himself and his dad wearing makeup. He wrote, “For Hugh so loved the world he made me. Happy Father’s Day.”  I recall seeing Manson accompanied by his father at Rock On The Range a few years back when Manson was one of the headliners.  You could tell where he got his height from.

Manson recently said that his upcoming album is now called Heaven Upside Down and not Say10 as he first revealed last year. The new disc will follow up 2015′s The Pale Emperor and will arrive later in 2017.  Manson is scheduled to kick off a three-week European tour on Jul 20th in Budapest, Hungary.

Have a good day.  I will be headed to Saratoga Springs this afternoon to interview Nickelback.

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