Dirt - Monday, Mar 13

SNOWMAGGEDON 2017!   Yes, batton down the hatches. It’s coming.  12″ or more, gusty winds.  Today, of course, it is beautiful.  Gonna crack 30 degrees (that’s a heat wave from what it’s been like up here.)  And the snow is nearly gone.   Wait 24 hrs. UGH.  Why am I NOT in Florida?

This is good news.  The Pulse Of Radio reporting Pearl Jam announced on Saturday (Mar 11th) that the band is inviting all five of its drummers — including Dave Krusen, Matt ChamberlainDave AbbruzzeseJack Irons and Matt Cameron – to the group’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Only Krusen, who played on the band’s debut disc Ten, and Cameron, who has been in the lineup since 1998, were named for actual induction by the Hall of Fame organization.

In a handwritten note posted on the band’s Twitter account, the members of Pearl Jam wrote in part that they “feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years.”

The letter continued, “Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs. Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill.”

The Hall of Fame’s omission of Abbruzzese in particular drew a heated response from fans and Abbruzzese himself, who joined the band on the Ten tour and played on two of its biggest and most important albums, Vs. and Vitalogy, arguably providing the beat for the most successful stretch of the group’s history.

Abbruzzese went public with his unhappiness, blasting the Hall of Fame and writing on Facebook, “The members of Pearl Jam have got to know what’s the right thing to do. They can’t justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not.”  Reps for both the Hall and Pearl Jam confirmed again that only Krusen and Cameron will be inducted, with the inductees solely determined by the Hall of Fame. Abbruzzese, Chamberlain and Irons had yet to comment at press time.

Pearl Jam will be inducted alongside JourneyJoan BaezELOYes and Tupac Shakur at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Apr 7th.

TOOL just announced a string of dates and we’ve got them in Road Rage.   Can a record be too far behind?  Wonderers are still wondering……

Dan Donegan of Disturbed made a surprise visit to an ailing fan in Oslo, Norway, according to a post on Rock Feed (via  The Pulse Of Radio.)   After learning the fan was a “Disturbed One” and wasn’t able to attend the band’s show in the Norwegian city that evening, Donegan made a special trip to the hospital and stunned the fan, who was visibly shaking in video taken of the meeting.

Donegan gave him gifts and promised to stay in touch with him. The man mentioned  he had undergone multiple surgeries for cancer, he has been suffering since he was a child, and was told his cancer had come back, so he spent 3 weeks in hospital receiving treatment, and is hoping to make a full recovery.  Donegan told him to stay in touch on Instagram, and he would be on the guest list the next time Disturbed came to town.

The Oslo show closed out Disturbed’s latest European tour with  Avenged Sevenfold and Chevelle.  The band is now in Russia doing some shows, before calling in quits on the Immortalized touring cycle.  Disturbed plans to return to the studio later this year and record an acoustic EP before starting work on its next full-length studio album. Disturbed’s latest album, 2015′s Immortalized, ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One.

Singer David Draiman, whose 44th birthday is today!,  added in a recent interview that the band will probably record and release its seventh full-length album in 2018, with touring to take place in 2019.

Speaking of Avenged Sevenfold, they just announced a string of dates. According to their publicist, weeks after announcing a stadium summer run with Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold have revealed plans for a series of special headline shows that begin Apr 22ND in Las Vegas. The dates will intersperse with the Metallica tour and include support acts Volbeat and A Day To Remember (each at different shows). The dates kick off at Las Rageous, where A7X will top the bill on a lineup featuring acts such as Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal  (see full itinerary on the Road Rage page).

Members of DEATHBAT NATION, the band’s new—and first official—fan club will get first crack at tickets via an exclusive 24-hour pre-sale window that begins tomorrow, Mar 14.  Unlike most artist fan clubs, Deathbat Nation doesn’t require an annual fee. The band (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) sees it as an opportunity to thank A7X diehards by offering them free membership and the opportunity to be part of a community participating in unique multi-layered band/fan experiences. By registering HERE, members will have access to fan club only ticket pre-sales, opportunities to win VIP upgrades, rare and exclusive prizes, early venue access, early access to premium content, exclusive videos and photos, fan club only merchandise designs, opportunities to win access to meet & greets and special “members only” events and more. The band asked fans to name the club and received over 10,000 submissions within the first few hours of posting.  Fans attending the upcoming dates will experience a setlist packed with favorites old and new, including material from the A7X’s critically acclaimed new album The Stage.

Led by its title track, which hit Top 5 at rock radio, and a companion video that’s amassed over 14 million YouTube views, The Stage hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Albums charts, No. 4 on the Top 200 and debuted Top 5 on iTunes in over 35 countries. Rolling Stone praised the album as “the most aggressively bonkers music of the quintet’s career.” Guitar World, who spotlighted the band’s Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance with a cover story, lauded the disc for being “the most surprising and ambitious album of their career.” The Guardian, Kerrang! and NME each gave it four stars, with the latter calling the album “their best yet,” adding that “they’ve truly arrived.” Q called it the group’s  “boldest album yet” and Classic Rock called it “a metal masterpiece.” A recent issue of Metal Hammer features A7X vocalist M. Shadows and the legendary Ozzy Osbourne for a cover story about the passing of the torch.

The band, who are currently on the cover of Revolver magazine, has spent the past month playing to packed-house arena crowds across the UK and drawing rave reviews from fans and media alike. The tour included two nights at London’s 02 Arena, performing to over 80k fans on that leg alone. In their 4-star review of the second 02 show, the London Evening Standard hailed Avenged Sevenfold as “a global phenomenon” and wrote that the band “specialized in preposterous fun,” praising the show as “royally entertaining.” The Guardian ran a 4-star review of the show in Glasgow, writing, “Underneath retina-scorching screens and giant cosmic cube broadcasting spiraling starfields, the five-piece methodically discharge booming, arena-filling songs…these industrial assemblages of growing riffs and fret-melting solos have a default minor-key menace, yet the overall atmosphere is surprisingly joyous.”

Co-produced by A7X and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Chevelle, Tool), The Stage, available HERE, is the band’s 7th studio album and first for Capitol Records.


After posting a brief teaser last week, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has released his new solo track, “The Promise.” The song is the title track from the upcoming film starring Oscar IsaacChristian Bale and French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon, a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide. The track is Cornell’s first new solo effort since his 2015 album Higher Truth.  The Promise premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters April 21st.

Cornell told us a while back that he thinks it’s good for the members of Soundgarden to spend time on their own projects: “We all bring in our outside-the-band experiences back in, and that doesn’t seem to ever be anything but a good thing. It’s great to sort of go out into a different world and come back with new understandings of how to write songs and how to record albums, and also just that sort of palate-clearing of doing something different.”

The singer will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.  Cornell’s interest in the Armenian genocide stemmed from his having married into a Greek family and hearing stories of similar treatment suffered by the Greeks at the hands of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire.

Cornell said about the track, “‘The Promise,’ to me, is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis . . . Even in the U.S., the warning signs — isolating groups based on race and religion — are evident.”

Besides David Draiman, Ed Sloan of Crossfade is also 44 today (wonder what ever happened to them?!), and Adam Clayton of U2 is 57.

Stay safe out there if you are gonna be driving the next couple of days in the impacted areas, OK??  Just because you have an SUV or a truck, doesn’t mean you are invincible! Remember that!   

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