Dirt - Thursday, Oct 10

Man,  leaving tomorrow morning for Las Vegas!  Korn is Saturday night!  I can’t wait to see them!  WOO HOO!  Then off to LA for a few days. And then back to Vegas for the  RadioContraband Rock Radio Convention, where yours truly is nominated for the third year in a row for Best Non-Traditional Rock Radio Programmner of the Year! (Already won it two years in a row!  Will she 3-Peat? We’ll know next Friday night at the awards hosted by our very own Lou Brutus, who is nominated this year in a new category called DJ OF THE YEAR! Hope he wins ‘cuz there IS  no better!!!)….Five Finger Death Punch has posted the first of five new track-by-track webisodes at Billboard.com in which the band discusses songs from its upcoming album, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 2. The disc is out on Nov 19th and contains a surprising cover of the classic folk song “House Of The Rising Sun,” which is highlighted in the first webisode. Oh goodie, new meat for our Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive  for Thanksgiving weekend!  This year we will have new covers from Seether, Five Finger and Halestorm!  #stoked! ….Speaking of Korn, Metal Hammer posted a new video interview with the band and you can watch it hereDuff McKagan was the keynote speaker last night at the CBGB Music & Film Festival here in NYC.  And it also marked the debut performance of his daughter, singer Grace McKagan and her guitarist Jamie Brooks who did cover tunes from Amy Winehouse, Death Cab For Cutie and others.  Like father like daughter, eh?….And finally today, this story from Blabbermouth. According to WSLS.com, almost four years after 20-year-old Metallica fan Morgan Harrington vanished after leaving one of the band’s concerts, only for her remains to be found several months later, the band is still supporting the young girl’s parents’ efforts to solve her murder and bring her killer to justice. $61,000 from the sale of a special “Enter Sandman” T-shirt was donated in Harrington‘s name to a medical scholarship fund at Virginia Tech, where the victim was a student. It’s a scholarship that will go to a Virginia Tech Carillon student for the first time this year.  Morgan‘s mother, Gil Harrington, told WSLS.com: “I was overwhelmed and humbled that they chose to support us in this way. This is kind of how you triumphs evil. People do the right thing, the generous thing, the wonderful thing. They have really been lovely to us.”  The shirts are available at the Virginia Tech bookstore. Gil Harrington previously told Noisecreep about Metalllica: “It has been humbling from the very beginning. Two days after Morgan was abducted, they could have distanced themselves from an ugly occurrence. But [Metallica  frontman] James Hetfield called this house to speak to Dan [Harrington, Morgan's dad], as a father, and asked, ‘What can we do?’ [More than] three years out, they are still doing things. James participated with the FBI and did public service announcements.”  Metallica has also added $50,000 to the $100,000 reward already offered by the Harringtons for information on their daughter’s murder, and invested another $50,000 in a scholarship named in her memory.   The case remains unsolved and Morgan’s parents continue to press the investigation in the hope that the killer does not claim another victim.   Morgan vanished while hitchhiking home from the band’s show on the Virginia Tech campus on Oct17, 2009. Her remains were found on a farm about 10 miles from the venue in January 2010. Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo told The Pulse Of Radio at the time how he felt when he first heard about the tragic incident. “I mean, I was crushed,” he said. “Stuff like this just really, really bums me out, especially when you are a parent and you have children. I mean, it’s the worst thing that you could ever imagine.”   Although her killer is still at large, the FBI has used DNA evidence to link him to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax County. Authorities have not been able to identify the suspect but have released sketches of what he may look like.   Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467….Happy 59th today to David Lee Roth and Happy 44th to former NFL QB  Brett Favre.

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