Dirt - Thursday, Aug 11

Couldn’t bear to walk outdoors today. It’s just too damn hot!

New GREEN DAY MUSIC IS HERE!   Viva La Revolution Radio! 

Well, this is VERY HOT and the BIG NEWS of the day fo’ sho’!  New GREEN DAY music is out, it freakin’ RAWKS!!!!   Here is the wording from their press release:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award-winning rock band 
Green Day will release their 12th studio album, entitled Revolution Radio, on Oct 7th via Reprise Records. The album is available for pre-order today at www.greenday.com.  Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the first single, “Bang Bang,” which is now available. Watch a lyric video for the song exclusively via Facebook HERE.

Produced by Green Day and recorded in Oakland, Revolution Radio is a potent 12-track blitz of angst-ridden anthems that unites Green Day’s fully formed stylistic approach with lyrical themes that address the complexities and uncertainties of modern day existence. Musically, the album is raw, visceral, and fearless — solidifying the band’s reign as one of the leading voices in rock music. The first single, “Bang Bang”, released today and inspired by recent events, marks a welcome return from a band with more to say than ever.

Of course the world has lost its collective mind… and me, Mike [Dirnt] and Tré [Cool] are lost souls too,” said Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. “‘Revolution Radio’ is a movement for lost souls to come together… dance together… sing together… and most of all, find each other. That’s what the spirit of Green Day has been about since day one.”

More information on Revolution Radio and live dates will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Here is the track listing for those of you who like to know this stuff:

1. Somewhere Now
2. Bang Bang
3. Revolution Radio
4. Say Goodbye
5. Outlaws
6. Bouncing Off The Wall
7. Still Breathing
8. Youngblood
9. Too Dumb To Die
10. Troubled Times
11. Forever Now
12. Ordinary World

From what I am gathering, expect the band in the NYC area week of release.  What could THAT mean?  Hmmm.  Let me think……SNL?  Colbert?  Secret show?  Blocked off streets?  Anything is possible I guess.  I am so excited for this.  In addition to all the other great rock music that is out right now, this is just part of the icing on the cake for rock radio.  What has been deemed dead for so long is a load of BS! Bring it on, Green Day!

Meanwhile, speaking of blocked off streets, I discovered Skillet is coming to NYC for an appearance on Fox & Friends on Fri Aug 19th.  Set your DVR’s and I will have to find out what time their appearance is.

Zakk Wylde and Dario Lorina recently stopped by the hardDriveRadio studios to perform the song “Yesterday’s Tears” from Zakk‘s  Book Of Shadows II  album. He also performed “Sleeping Dogs.” We’ll post that soon as well.   Also look for the video interview Paulie Walnuts did with the guys over on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.   I couldn’t resist barking at the haters in the comment section. I mean, come on, people!  Get a freakin’ life!  You little faceless people are so small in the big picture of things.  I think we all need to stop the hate. Truly.

Before he goes on the air tonight, Lou Brutus will interview Noodles, guitarist from The Offspring. Their new single “Sharknado,” is a cover-sort of- The Dickies‘ “Gigantor.” Maybe we will be able to find out where they are with new music! Come on, guys! Bring it on!

Jared Leto as The Joker  from  Suicide Squad     

The Pulse Of Radio reports Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto said in a new interview with NME that playing the Joker in the new DC superhero movie Suicide Squad has not had an impact on the music he’s written for the band’s fifth studio album. Leto explained, “I think I’ve had enough dark and twisted with Thirty Seconds To Mars over the years. I don’t need any Joker input, we’ve gone through our dark, twisted period. We’re more in our aspirational, self-reflective period or something, I don’t know.”

Leto confirmed that the band was working on the follow-up to 2013′s Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams, saying, “We’ve written about 40 or 50 songs and we’re getting closer and closer to being finished. I always want to put an album out sooner. Every time I make an album I go on tour and say I’m going to make an album fast this time, in a year or two, but it always takes me four years. I’m just so slow.”

A brief video teaser for the band’s new album was posted online last month, announcing it as a 2017 release.  Although Leto writes a lot of material for each album that doesn’t get used, he told us he likes to start fresh every time out: Yeah, I think it’s important to move forward, not to move backwards. You know, when you’re making music, it’s really about what you have to say in a given period of time as well, and that changes because of what’s going on in the world, what’s going on with you personally — it doesn’t just live in an obtuse, kind of surrealistic world.”

The new disc will be the band’s first on Interscope Records after it severed its ties with Virgin/EMI in 2014. The group had been involved in a long legal battle with its former label several years earlier.  Leto’s portrayal of the Joker in the new Suicide Squad has received mixed reviews, with some fans and critics disliking his version of the character. Others have complained that his Joker is not the main villain and doesn’t have a lot of screen time in the film.  Oh, you can never please everyone, right?

Myles Kennedy 

Pulse also reporting while Slash is out on tour with Guns N’ Roses again, it means of course that his solo band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, are on a forced hiatus at the moment. Speaking with Team Rock, singer Myles Kennedy said he doesn’t see that situation changing anytime soon. Kennedy revealed, “There was always a feeling inside that (the reunion) was eventually gonna happen. It’s such an incredible band and it was inevitable. When (Slash) told me, the first thing I said was, ‘You guys are gonna make a lot of people extremely happy, myself included.‘”

Kennedy caught Guns N’ Roses in Las Vegas on this run and said, “It was just so great to see those guys together on stage again. As a rock fan, it’s good for rock. It’s a well-needed shot in the arm for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s going so well, so I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

Kennedy has sang with Slash for more than five years and also had a chance to jam with the instrumental members of Led Zeppelin back in 2008. He told us a while ago that he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s had: If someone would have told me years ago that I would have experienced some of the things I’ve experienced with the players that I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with, I would have never believed it, you know. I mean, it’s just been insane. So I’m very grateful.”

Kennedy’s other band, Alter Bridge, will release its fifth studio album, The Last Hero, Oct 07. Their current single is “Show Me A Leader.”  He’s also in the process of mixing his first solo album, which he hopes to release and tour behind when a window opens up in his schedule with Alter Bridge.  He’s been working on that for a long time, and I guess with this hiatus with Slash, a window will definitely open after he fulfills his commitment with Alter Bridge.

He’s in remission!   

And wonderful news regarding Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi.   He has announced his cancer is in remission, at least for the time being. He said he will be have blood tests every 6 weeks and other tests to insure the cancer has not returned.   Congrats and continued good health,  Tony!


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