Dirt - Thursday, Jan 22

Cheaters?  Should the Patriots be banned from the Super Bowl if they are found guilty of the “deflated”  footballs?  Hmmm.  I wonder. It isn’t fair that they go un-penalized if they did.  And if so,  who would play against Seattle IF the NFL comes down hard on New England.  This is interesting. Stay tuned…Pulse Of Radio reports  Halestorm  frontperson Lzzy Hale said in a new interview there are some songs on the band’s upcoming album, Into The Wild Life, that might cause some uncomfortable moments with her mother. Hale told radio station 98 Rock, “People kept guessing, ‘Okay, you’ll stray from who you are, because it’s your record.’ And I’m like, ‘No, no, no.’It’s the complete opposite. It’s just further down the rabbit hole of everything that is Halestorm. So, I apologize ahead of time, because there’s a lot of truth to this record. I apologize to my mom.”  I wonder if she’s talking about a heavy (themed) ballad called “Dear Daughter.”  But the sexually charged lyrics of the new single “Apocalyptic” caused a scene while the band was recording it. Lzzy told me ”The guys never read my lyrics, so we’re sitting in this circle recording and I’m blasting in their ears and I say the one line — ‘Give me a red handprint right across my ass’ — and my brother (drummer Arejay Haleliterally stops playing. He’s like, ‘Wait, wait, that’s what that is?’ (laughs) So maybe I end up writing these lyrics just so that I can trip my guys up (laughs).”  Listen for the interview with Lzzy as Halestorm is the  Featured Artist of the Week soon on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!….This is a good thing.  Pulse also reports Hellyeah  recently announced its “Blood For Blood” National Blood Drive in conjunction with the band’s upcoming headlining U.S. tour. Fans who pledge to give or make a financial donation will receive a signed poster from Hellyeah and will also be entered to win tickets, meet-and-greet package, signed merch and more.  Fans are instructed to head over to sleevesup.redcrossblood.org and pledge to either give blood or make a donation. They should take and post a photo of themselves giving blood on Instagram and use the hashtag #BLOODFORBLOOD. More info can be found at the site. The trek kicks off on Friday, Feb 6th in Las Vegas and visits 23 markets through early March. Support on the tour will come from Devour The Day and Like A Storm…..Also from Pulse: Ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott WeilandGuns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer have joined forces in a new band called Art Of Anarchy. The rest of the lineup is filled out by Jon Votta on guitar and Vince Votta on drums. The group’s debut disc will arrive this spring. The band is the brainchild of Thal and the Votta brothers, who have been friends for 18 years dating back to their days on the New York music scene.  Thal also serves as producer and engineer on the album.   Weiland is no stranger to supergroups, having formed Velvet Revolver with several former members of Guns N’ Roses more than a decade ago.  He was dismissed from that band in 2008, rejoining STP until they also fired him in early 2013. He and his solo band the Wildabouts will put out a new album in March. Thal has been with Guns N’ Roses since 2006, playing on the 2008 album Chinese Democracy. He has also released a number of solo CDs.  Moyer has been Disturbed’s bassist since 2004. The band has been on an extended hiatus since late 2011….Rolling Stone posted a story and Soundcloud file of a killer cover of Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” recorded by Serj Tankian and Tom Morello!  Check it out! It will appear on the upcoming  Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute album.  The tune features  Rudy Sarzo on bass (Quiet Riot)  and legendary drummer  Vinny Appice.  This is from the article:  The tribute was especially important to Morello, who plays a dizzying Rage Against The Machine-like solo on the track. “Randy Rhoads is my favorite guitar player of all time,” he tells the magazine. “It was his poster on my wall when I was practicing eight hours a day, and I named my firstborn son, Rhoads, after him. Serj, Rudy, Vinny and I rocked ‘Crazy Train’ as a sonic tribute to one of rock’s greatest fallen heroes. Crank it.” Rhoads grew up in Los Angeles and co-founded Quiet Riot in 1975, while still in his teens. Although he recorded two Japan-only albums with the group, he quit to join Osbourne’s first solo band in 1979. On the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, he helped expand both the vocabulary of metal and guitar playing by emphasizing classical discipline, harmony and song-craft, contributing to tracks like “Crazy Train,” “Over the Mountain” and “Mr. Crowley.” He died tragically on March 19th, 1982, when a small plane piloted by bus driver Andrew Aycock (who posthumously tested positively for cocaine use) crashed into a mansion. The accident also killed the group’s makeup artist, Rachel Youngblood. The rest of the tribute compilation includes renditions of Ozzy Osbourne and Rhoads-era Quiet Riot songs performed by unique mini-supergroups. Participating musicians include current Ozzy guitarist Gus G., Rhoads’ brother Kelle, Dweezil Zappa, Testament’s Chuck Billy, former Dokken guitarist George Lynch, Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho, Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and others.  Kulick’s brother Bob produced the compilation. The digipack edition of the release will feature a DVD containing interviews with Bob and some of the artists involved, as well as a feature on the North Hollywood music school that Rhoads’ mother and Kelle set up iin the fallen guitarist’s name.  Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute will come out on March 3rd, via UDR Music….Happy Birthday today to former Guns N’ Roses drummer Stephen Adler who turns the Big 5-0.  Former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody is 34, The Exorcist star Linda Blair is 56 and original Journey singer Steve Perry, avid SFO Giants fan, is 66.

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