Dirt - Monday, May 05

Ten days til we leave for Rock on the Range!   I can’t believe it’s almost here.  Three days of rock and freakin’ roll  with some of our favorite bands.  Is it Sunday, May 18th yet? (Hey, it’s a lot of hard work we do, honestly!)  LOL….I don’t have DirecTV so I didn’t see the Soundgarden Guitar Center Sessions show, but here are some highlights.  (Band interview and “My Wave” performance.) (And imagine, I was in a small room with that fellow for nearly an hour! ;) …..This is pretty cool.  Pulse of Radio reported on Rob Zombie.  He busted out two cover tunes in his set last week in North Myrtle Beach, SC.   He did Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” and  Diamond Head‘s “Am I Evil?” (incidently, also covered by Metallica.)  Check ‘em out….Speaking of covers, the next hardDrive I am in pre-production on is our annual Cover It Up special edition!   I have some new stuff to share including Avatar doing Nirvana‘s “Something In The Way.”  Be sure to be listening over Memorial Day weekend!…Rumor has it Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm & Angus Young, is going to record with AC/DC in Vancouver.  According to Ultimate Classic Rock, an AC/DC fan named Jeff Lorenz posted a photo he took of the band in Vancouver, where they are recording, saying Stevie was visible in the picture. Another fan tweeted back, “Ok so there we have it. Welcome #StevieYoung to @AC_DC – all the best guys, do it for Mal!” The photo was later removed.  Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.  Legend has it Stevie resembled his uncle closely enough that many fans reportedly didn’t even know Malcolm had left the tour.  AC/DC confirmed widespread reports last month Malcolm was stepping down due to an undisclosed illness, with some outlets reporting that he suffered a stroke.  The legendary Australian act stated it will “continue to make music,” and began recording sessions with producer Brendan O’Brien last week. Plans for a 40th anniversary tour remain unclear……Saw this on Blabbermouth and it is very sad. A fan reportedly died after the crowd failed to catch him when he dove from the stage during Miss May I‘s concert last night (Saturday, May 3) at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City. The fan, who has been identified by music journalism and freelance designing web site Sinestra Studios as 21-year-old Alberto Scott, suffered major head injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. Jenise Ramos Sarraga, who allegedly knew Scott through her daughter, has created a site to raise funds for the young man’s funeral expenses, according to Billboard.com.  Miss May I has posted the following message to Facebook: “Hey everyone, we are aware of the incident that occurred at Webster Hall last night and will be posting a statement shortly. However, we are awaiting further information regarding the situation before we are able to make a full statement.” People:  even though the rush of adrenaline that we get while at a show sometimes drives us to do things that should be contemplated before attempting, I think it’s important to remind everyone you can not expect people to catch you when you jump off a stage.  Even though that particular stage isn’t even that high off the floor to begin with (which makes it that much more dangerous), please do not risk your life stage diving.  It is against the rules of nearly every single venue I know of.  So please, be safe and audiences, please don’t let this happen at a show where you might have been able to save someone’s life.  Very sad indeed….And finally today, Pulse of Radio also reported Courtney Love said in a new interview with Pitchfork her late  husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, would have “loved” the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, at which the surviving members of the group played several Nirvana songs with female rockers Joan JettKim GordonSt. Vincent and Lorde all taking turns at the microphone.  Love said, “Initially, I thought it was sexist, and a little bit ghettoizing. But then I was like, ‘No, Kurt would have loved this.’” Love added, “Kim gave the punkest performance, the one that Kurt would’ve approved of the most. It was the punkest thing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has ever seen. I was really proud of that.”  Love also discussed making peace with Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl after 20 years of sniping at each other, saying, “I saw Grohl, and Grohl saw me, and he came up to me first — which really pissed me off, because I was going to go up to him first (laughs). I wanted to beat him to the punch. I was like, ‘All right, no matter what happens, we’re not going to be bitches’ . . . We just both knew it was time to let it go, and we were ready to do it.“….Celebrating birthdays today:  original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 66.  Monty Python’s Michael Palin is 71 and a former cohort from my days at Rolling Stone, Kurt Loder is 69. Happy Cinco De Mayo! One glass of water between drinks, people!  One glass of water!

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