Dirt - Thursday, Aug 18

A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon and some ole lady on the floor at Barclay Center-Brooklyn, NY 

Had a great time last night talking to Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember.  We chatted for a bit at the Barclay Ctr in Brooklyn in one of the Nets’ practice floors and there was an audience of people above us on the second floor peering down.  Good thing I didn’t realize it ’til the end!  LOL

Their new album, Bad Vibrations, will drop on Sep 02 and it is every bit of hardcore/pop punk awesomeness you have grown to love about these guys. You may not be aware, but A Day To Remember was the first band to mix hardcore and more melodic punk elements into their music. These pioneers opened the door for so many bands, it’s ridiculous!

Bad Vibrations was  produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore  (the same team responsible for one of my favorite album, Rise Against‘s The Black Market) outside of Colorado Springs, CO, this was the first time the band has recorded in a live setting, and the first time they’ve ever collaborated together in one room to write.  The outcome is stellar with so many killer tunes.   The new single is called “Bullfight” and the video for it just debuted.  It recreates the violence the world has suffered over the decades and it is powerful.  The band has also done a clip for their future single, “Naivety,” which will be their third single and reports from their reps say it is their best video of their career! (And they’ve got some pretty cool videos if you’ve ever taken time to watch.)  Wish these guys all the best and they’ll be touring the rest of the world this year and early 2017 with stops including Europe, Knotfest in Japan, and an Australian run with Of Mice & Men.

Also asked him what was up with the next Self Help Festival, which is in the works and they are just looking for a headliner as we speak for the show out in San Bernardino. More on that as we get it. Be listening for Jeremy as our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus in the coming weeks!

They really don’t like Trump

The Pulse Of Radio reporting Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has offered up his thoughts on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a new interview with Kerrang! magazine, comparing the reality show host and real estate mogul to a would-be Hitler. But Armstrong expressed concern for Trump’s supporters first, saying, “The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are. I actually feel bad for them, because they’re poor, working-class people who can’t get a leg up. They’re pissed off and he’s preyed on their anger.”

Armstrong has always been politically outspoken and blasted then-President George W. Bush on the 2004 album, American Idiot. Speaking about Trump, he said, “He just said, ‘You have no options, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s f**king Hitler, man! I don’t even know how else to explain it. I wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes maybe I do over-exaggerate with Bush. But with Trump, I just can’t wait ’til he’s gone.”   (Hmmm, do you think he may be a Democrat?)

Green Day has never shied away from political material on their albums but bassist Mike Dirnt acknowledged a while back that not every musician wants to comment on the issues of the day:  You know, there’s a comfortable zone. Maybe the people aren’t comfortable in their political views. They don’t want it to become a debate every time they have an interview, or turn it into career suicide. But I’ve always been taught that there’s no such thing as a stupid question, just a stupid answer.

Armstrong recently told Rolling Stone Green Day’s new album, Revolution Radio, reflected the outrage and divisions that have been part of the 2016 election. He explained, “These songs were written before this presidential election . . . It was almost, kind of like, predicting the future, in a way.

Revolution Radio is Green Day’s 12th studio album and arrives on Oct 7th. The first single, “Bang Bang,” is out now.  The new collection is Green Day’s first set of all-new material since late 2012.

A not to recent picture of Avenged Sevenfold:  Zacky Vengeance, Synynster Gates, M Shadows, Johnny Christ 

Pulse also revealed Avenged Sevenfold will play a free show in Minneapolis tonight (Aug 18th) as a warm-up for its gig with Metallica at the city’s brand new U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday (Aug 20th). The band decided to play for 1,500 lucky fans on a first-come-first-served basis at the city’s First Avenue venue to “get the blood flowing” ahead of Saturday’s sold-out concert, which also features Volbeat on the bill.

There will be no tickets for Thursday’s show and fans can start lining up whenever they want. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the first 1,500 people that are lined up will be allowed inside the club.

Saturday night’s show at U.S. Bank Stadium will be the first rock event at the new venue and Metallica’s only concert in the United States so far in 2016.  Avenged Sevenfold has been recording its seventh studio album, but it’s not clear when the disc will be released since the band announced earlier this year that it was attempting to sever its contract with Warner Bros. Records.  I’ve heard a rumor they have signed with another Hollywood, CA based label.

The label sued the group in Jan ’16 for breach of contract, claiming the band owed it another studio effort and a live set on its existing deal.  Avenged Sevenfold said at the time that “none of the senior management or A&R executives who were at the company and responsible for signing us are still there.” (Which is not true, actually.  The main people responsible for their radio promotion are all there, and actually are pretty devastated by their leaving.)

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Temple Of The Dog, the Seattle supergroup made up of members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, has released a demo version of a previously unreleased song that didn’t make it onto the band’s self-titled 1991 debut album. The track, called “Black Cat,” will appear on the deluxe 25th anniversary edition of the disc, which arrives on Sep 30th.

The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe set, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD.

The group, which also includes Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron, who plays in both acts, is hitting the road in support of the 25th anniversary reissue of its self-titled debut album.

While the Temple Of The Dog reissue comes out on Sep 30th, while the five-city tour is scheduled to begin on Nov 4th in Philadelphia.

                                                                                                         Uh oh!  I Was Duped!  

The Pulse Of Radio says Jared Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars, performed at a mini-festival in California over the weekend where he allegedly told the crowd he felt “duped” into doing the Suicide Squad movie. According to a Tumblr fansite, “He was very honest about the film this weekend; his disappointment in what he’s learned of the theatrical cut — he’s still not seen the film — feeling sort of tricked into being a part of something that had been pitched to him very differently; thinking it would’ve been more artistic than what it became; feeling overwhelmed by the hate regarding the look and choices…” Jared has not addressed the situation on social media but he has made it clear in other interviews that he filmed a lot more scenes as The Joker than what actually made it into the film.

Meanwhile, the band is working on new music, which I think will be released on Interscope in the coming months.  Stay tuned for more info on that!



This man captured the magic: Sterling Winfield

Blabbermouth also reporting in a brand new interview with Reverb.com, longtime Pantera producer Sterling Winfield was asked for his opinion on why other metal bands still cite the Texas-based act as an influence. He responded: “Here’s the number one rule: Write good songs. It can’t get much simpler. Write from your heart. Influences are great, but you’ve eventually got to be yourself.

“Before Cowboys From Hell [1990],  Pantera was a cover band. They did exactly what everybody else was doing. At some point, something snapped. Their last independent album, Power Metal [1988], was their first with Phil [Anselmo], and man, even that was starting to turn the corner. They had a lot more brutality and heaviness in them than they gave themselves credit for.

They grew up and away from the tutelage of Dime [Darrell Abbott, guitar] and Vinnie‘s [Paul Abbott, drums] dad, got real honest with themselves, and wrote from the heart. They started writing songs with groovy, heavy, badass riffs.

They found their niche after ten or fifteen years of doing covers in bars. They toured the country in a van. That will make your attitude and your music heavy. They were turned down by every major label, including the one that eventually signed them [Atco].

“Their work ethic was off the charts. I gained a lot of my work ethic from watching them stay the course. One of their mottos was ‘Whatever it takes.’ We’d get into situations that seemed impossible, but we all pulled together and made it happen.

Long Live Pantera!  

Read more here.

Kristen May, in her Facebook video,  informing fans of her decision to leave Flyleaf

 reporting Singer Kristen May has announced her departure from Flyleaf after a four-year tenure with the band.  May replaced original vocalist Lacey Sturm when the latter abruptly departed Flyleaf in Oct 2012. She recorded one album with the group, 2014′s Between The Stars, and toured  in support of the effort, including headlining 2015′s Revolver trek.

May confirmed her exit via a video message on her Facebook page, explaining: “The reasons behind my leaving… One of them right now, obviously, is that I wanna be the best mom I can be, and I wanna be here for my son for everything.

“I’ve toured in bands and been on the road and away from home for twelve years. And so, for me, to be able to plant some roots for a little bit with my son and with my husband and our dogs here at my home is really, really important to me. I feel like it’s something that God has called me to do. I feel like it’s a very high calling for me, and a very clear calling for me.

“As far as will I make music later? Absolutely. I know that I will make music again. I already am picking up the guitar again and getting time when I can to make music. But I don’t think it will be with Flyleaf.”

Kristen added ”Anyway, just to be honest, completely honest with you, I need to grow and move elsewhere. And whether that is with music, I know it will be in some capacity. Or whether it’s… I’ve been really into yoga and essential oils and health and wellness, and that’s something I wanna explore as well. I also wanna explore art and try to get better at painting. There’s just so many things I want to do right now, and committing myself to one band just isn’t what is right for me.”

She also said she never felt like she fit in.  I mean, how hard must it have been to replace such a powerful frontperson as Lacey? I didn’t envy her.  Hope she finds something else because she is very talented in her own right.

Happy 47 to Everlast!   Happy 24th today to Frances Bean Cobain.  I will forever remember when she was just around a year old and her mother’s band,  Hole, was playing the Academy of Music in NYC.  I was in the balcony sitting next to the NY Times music reviewer Jon Parales.  Iggy Pop was sitting a few seats away.  While the band was playing, I saw actress Drew Barrymore, then dating Hole’s guitarist Eric Erlandson, standing at the side of the stage holding baby Frances Bean. (Yes, they had  Frances in headphones for protection.) I stopped watching the show and kept watching the baby.  I remember recalling how sad I felt for her, never knowing her father and his greatness.  I hope she finds some happiness when she thinks of him.


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