Dirt - Thursday, Apr 23

Morning!  First off, want to thank all the Falling In Reverse fans for making our first artist App Chat  on the hardDrive Radio APP a rousing success!  Ronnie Radke was so super to give up his time for this and he even surprised his fans by entering the chat HOURS before the scheduled time. We had fans from around the globe!  Our downloads increased over 800%!  That is HUGE!  We will have more of these chats in the coming weeks, so please keep your eyes GLUED to the app to find out who and when! (I promise, it will be huge!)…..Getting ready to head into the office to interview Brett Morgen, the director of HBO original series documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck.”  I enjoyed the film and I think Nirvana fans will be delighted to see the archival material and the home video footage, writings, drawings and family revelations about the troubled frontman.  It is a heavy watch, let me tell you.  It is also 2 hours and 14 minutes long.  I hope you will watch it on HBO May 04th. Speaking of Kurt, the LA apartment he once shared with Courtney Love is on AirBNB. Check it out…Congrats to Lzzy and the boys! Halestorm‘s third album, Into The Wild Life, debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release. That was a much bigger haul than the band’s previous effort, 2012′s Grammy-winning The Strange Case Of . . . , which moved 24,000 copies in its debut week. The new album has been described as Halestorm’s most diverse and adventurous to date, which is exactly what drummer Arejay Hale told us they set out to do:Going into this record, we weren’t thinking about the last record. We weren’t thinking about recreating the old or even trying to top it. We were just chasing what gets us excited. A lot of people ask us, they’re like, ‘Hey, you guys won a Grammy, so was there a lot more pressure on you guys?’ And we’re like, ‘No,’ ’cause, you know, that’s kind of just how we are. I think that the best way to evolve and move forward is just to not look back.” Singer Lzzy Hale recently said  Into The Wild Life was structured “like one big song with different elements to it . . . each one lends itself to the other.” Halestorm is the first female-fronted rock band to lodge three consecutive Number One tracks at the top of the rock radio chart.The band kicked off a North American tour with The Pretty Reckless last night (April 22nd) in Nashville. The trek pulls into Atlanta on today (April 23rd). Listen for Halestorm as our Featured Artist of the Week this week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!…..Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach will head out on a co-headlining tour this fall, with In This Moment and From Ashes To New along as special guests. But instead of announcing a confirmed set of dates, the bands are giving fans a chance to help bring the tour to their city. Each week, the top voted cities will move on to the next round until the final routing is revealed on May 19th.  Meanwhile, Papa Roach has also released a music video for “Gravity,” the latest single from the band’s current album F.E.A.R. The track and video both feature In This Moment singer Maria Brink, which Papa Roach bassist Tobin Esperance said brought a whole new dimension to the song: Getting that female voice and that perspective, you know, in the storyline, it just fit beautifully. It’s a heavy song in all ways. The way Maria sings on it, it’s different, and the vibe that we bring out in the song — I don’t know, it’s got a nice little twist to it.….Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has issued a letter of gratitude to fans following the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Saturday night (April 18th) in Cleveland. Writing at his Instagram account, Armstrong said, “I can’t express enough how much love is in my heart for all of you in our Green Day community . . . sometimes I don’t always like to use the word ‘fan.’ I think I can speak on behalf of me, Mike (Dirnt, bassist) and Tre (Cool, drums) when I call you family or community. Because you all truly grew up together with us and shared this journey together.”  Armstrong continued, “This is more than an award. It’s the privilege to play music, write songs and follow this psychotic passion called rock n roll. And we share this honor together. Because honestly YOU ARE our Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.”  He signed off with, “Idiot nation forever, rage and love, Billie Joe.”Green Day was inducted into the Hall by Fall Out Boy and played a three-song set featuring “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around” and “Basket Case.” The group later backed fellow inductee Ringo Starr on the song “Boys.” This year’s other inductees were Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the “5″ Royales and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Watch for the edited version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on HBO May 30th….Metallica‘s limited edition cassette version of its 1982 demo tape, No Life ‘Till Leather, was the second-best selling item released as an exclusive on Record Store Day (April 18th). It was beaten only by a vinyl edition of the White Stripes album Get Behind Me Satan. The cassette, a replica of the original copy owned by drummer Lars Ulrich, sold just under 3,000 copies. Other popular Record Store Day items included releases from the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Replacements and more.And I suspect not enough copies of Foo Fighters Songs From The Laundry Room were made since it was only #18 on the sales chart!  (Blabbermouth).. Speaking of the Foo Fighters,  frontman Dave Grohl and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson both make guest appearances on the new studio album from Alice Cooper, a collection of mostly cover songs that also features contributions from Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, Paul McCartney and others. Cooper said that he’s “really happy” with the album, adding that his guest artists show up on it “in places where you wouldn’t expect them to be, that’s the cool thing.“…Smashing Pumpkins have announced a handful of acoustic shows, where they’ll also perform songs from Zwan and solo Corgan works.  See Road Rage….Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has listed his Beverly Hills home on the market for $4.5 million.  Wow.  Look at it here….Thanks to Pulse Of Radio for the stories today.  Gotta dash.  Later taters.


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