Dirt - Thursdsay, Apr 09

Worst  cold ever!  And today, Breaking Benjamin (Ben Burnley, Keith Wallen, Aaron Bruch and Shaun Foist) are driving up to NYC to do an acoustic performance in the hardDriveRadio studios!  Psyched?  You BET!…..WOW!  Since the LIVE APP CHAT with our own LOU BRUTUS went so well,  BLACK VEIL BRIDES and LIKE A STORM want in.  So we will be scheduling those very soon, so keep an eye here and on the APP, which you can download for free in the APP store or GOOGLE PLAY!…..Meanwhile, Pulse Of Radio reports In a new interview with Rolling StoneFrances Bean Cobain spoke publicly about her father, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, for the first time, saying, “Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him..” She added, “If he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.”  Frances recalled, “I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad. He’s larger than life. And our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal.”  Ironically, Frances revealed in the interview that she has never been a Nirvana fan, saying, “I don’t really like Nirvana that much . . . I’m more into Mercury RevOasisBrian Jonestown Massacre. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in.”  She did single out “Dumb” as one of her favorite Nirvana tracks, saying, “I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself. Of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.” Frances also recalled one of the first times she hung out with the surviving members of Nirvana after she had gotten older, saying, “They had what I call the ‘K. C. Jeebies,’ which is when they see me, they see Kurt. They look at me, and you can see they’re looking at a ghost. They were all getting the K. C. Jeebies hardcore.”  The 22-year-old Frances has stayed mostly out of the public eye since her father’s death in 1994 and her more recent estrangement from her mother, Courtney Love. She’s emerged now as one of the executive producers of Montage Of Heck, a documentary about her father that opens in selected theaters this weekend and will premiere on HBO on May 4th.  I remember seeing the “baby” Frances Bean at her Mom’s Hole concert in NYC back, oh, had to have been 21 years ago when she was still an infant.   Drew Barrymore was holding her on the side of the stage while the band performed.  Drew was then dating Hole’s guitarist Eric Erlandson.  I can’t remember if she was wearing headphone protection or not. Oh well…..Tale of the sales.  With new albums released on March 31, Three Days Grace entered the chart at Number 16, with its fifth album Human selling 35,000 copies. The disc is the first to feature new singer Matt Walst and has yielded two hit singles already with “Painkiller,”  ”Human Race” and “I Am Machine.”  Drummer Neil Sanderson told us he felt confident the band’s fans were sticking around: This is a new chapter for us, and there’s clearly a new energy within the band and we love the new sound, and clearly the fans do as well. And to see the fans on this journey with us is an extremely exciting thing. We never take that thing for granted, and to see that everyone is as excited as we are is a pretty powerful and awesome feeling.”   The other two major rock releases were Hollywood Undead‘s Day Of The Dead, which followed Three Days Grace at Number 17 with just under 35,000 copies sold, and Van Halen‘s Live: Tokyo Dome In Concert, which moved 31,000 pieces…..Pulse also reports Seether has launched a series of online auctions in conjunction with the band’s upcoming Rise Above festival, which will take place on May 9th in Bangor, ME. The first auction is being held in partnership with Bidding For Good and will include items such as a signed Offspring guitar, VIP passes to the Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville festivals and other prizes, while the second auction is hosted by If Only and will feature guitars donated and signed by SlashTom Morello and Staind‘s Aaron Lewis. The festival’s name is taken from the Seether song, “Rise Above This.” Frontman Shaun Morgan wrote the track as a message to his brother, Gene, who took his own life seven years ago. Morgan created the festival as a way to honor his brother and bring attention to suicide prevention and mental illness.  The singer/guitarist told us a while back he hopes the festival can bring attention to those problems in some small way: Something needs to be done, something needs to be said. Someone needs to tell kids that there’s a better way to do things. And if we can just do a small part of that in our own way in one little festival somewhere in the middle of the forest, then I’ll be happy if we save some lives.“ Joining Seether at the event will be GodsmackSlash featuring Myles Kennedy & The ConspiratorsPapa RoachAll That RemainsButcher Babies and more.  Hit www.seether.com  for more info. Check out last year’s event where Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold joined Seether onstage for “Rise Above This.”…OH NO! Black Sabbath will no longer be appearing at this year’s Ozzfest Japan, scheduled for November 21st and 22nd at a venue outside Tokyo. Although it was announced last month that Sabbath would give its final Japanese performance at the event, the band has now dropped out. Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne will now perform solo instead, accompanied by yet-to-be-disclosed “friends.”  No reason was given for Sabbath’s withdrawal from the event.  Ozzy has said previously  Black Sabbath planned to record one final studio album in 2015, to be followed by a farewell world tour. Three original members of Sabbath — Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – reunited in late 2011 to record their first album together in 35 years.  The project was hampered by drama over founding drummer Bill Ward‘s last-minute decision not to participate, as well as Iommi’s battle with cancer.  The album, titled 13, came out in June 2013 and was Sabbath’s first Number One record in the U.S. ever. It was followed by a lengthy and wildly successful world tour.  Iommi said in an interview earlier this year touring had been “tough” on him while he underwent treatment for cancer at the same time.  Although he completed his treatment last summer, he admitted, “The surgeon told me he doesn’t expect the cancer to go away. There’s a 30 percent chance that it could, but more than likely, it will come back and it could be any time. I look at life differently now. I could be here another 10 years or just one year — I don’t know.”  Oh dear.  I am sorry to hear this.  Prayers going out to Tony in hopes his cancer fight is not the reason for this cancellation….Uh oh!  Marilyn Manson wants police to arrest the man who assaulted him at a Denny’s restaurant in Alberta, Canada on the night of April 4th, according to TMZ.com. Manson’s manager claimed the singer was sucker punched in the face by a male companion of two women who Manson agreed to take a photo with, shortly after he entered the restaurant following a show earlier that evening. The man also allegedly elbowed Manson’s makeup artist in the face.  Initial reports said Manson called one of the women a “bitch,” but his reps insisted he never used the word.  An eyewitness named Johnny Scott told the Calgary Sun the attack was unprovoked and  Manson “never got a chance to sit down.”  Scott added, “(Manson) was being friendly with everyone, anyone who wanted a picture, he would give them a picture, anyone who wanted an autograph he would give them an autograph. They were just talking and the guy just punched him right in the face without any provocation.”  Scott said that the attacker “took the shot and ran off right away, then I remember seeing him in the parking lot ducking behind cars, he looked terrified.”  Manson is currently on the spring leg of his “Hell Not Hallelujah” tour in support of his latest album, The Pale Emperor. The trek next stops in Winnipeg on Thursday (April 9th)….This is cool.  Wonder if he was inspired by Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.  Jack WhiteT-Bone Burnett and Robert Redford are co-producing American Epic, a project about the early history of American recorded music that will include a documentary, a feature film and companion albums. According to Billboard.com, the three-part documentary will air this fall on PBS and will retrace the steps of early recording pioneers who traveled the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s with recording machines to capture talent in rural areas. Those recordings were the first to capture blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk music. The series will tell the story of those musicians through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs and interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era.  The film, called The American Epic Sessions, will chronicle the rebuilding of one of the vintage recording machines and willfeature artists such as White, Willie NelsonMerle HaggardElton JohnNasAlabama Shakes and Beck recording songs from the 1920s on the device. T-Bone is married to film producer Callie Khouri, who wrote and produced Thelma & Louise. We worked together at a video production company in LA back in the late ’80′s.  I used to own the computer she wrote the script on!  And I hope a friend, Steve Berkowitz is also involved.  He’s been the man behind T-Bone on many album projects as well as remastering the Beatles catalog.  Yeah, I know some famous folks. ;) , including birthday boy Kevin Martin of Candlebox and The Gracious Few who is 46 today!   Have a great day!

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